The Healthy Kids Association (HKA), one of the main players in keeping kids healthy in Australia, has put together their Core 4 Plus 1 rule, which helps parents structure kids lunchboxes the healthy way and still keep them interesting.
The HKA Core Lunch plan suggests that lunches be nutritious and filling. So that is the first part of the “core”, or the basic lunch.
Then they suggest the “core snack” which would come from a variety of the five food groups. This is followed by the “core fruit” which is where it becomes interesting for us. They suggest that the fruit be low fructose, like fruit or mixed berries.
From there, there is the “core drink.” The HKA suggests a water bottle.
So how about this for an idea: Investigate the value of watermelon juice, made from pressed watermelon. A superfood, it provides a lot of beneficial nutrition for children’s body. Or, pack two! It is filling and comes in its own organic portable bottles. And obviously, you could still add that water bottle.
This is finished off with the option of having an extra core snack for “active kids” in need of more energy.
Who doesn’t love watermelon? This big fruit is not only juicy, sweet and refreshing, but it’s also full of health benefits: the high water content keeps you hydrated, the lycopene provides antioxidant to protect your body from free radicals, the vitamins and minerals boost your immunity system and keep your health in check.
Besides cutting it up, there are many different ways to serve watermelon as a dessert. Here are some of my favourite recipes:
Tofu has long been known as vegans’ ultimate protein source. However, it is also severely underappreciated as an ingredient on its own, despite its great taste and versatility. Tofu is not only nutritious, but it also can be used in every dish, from appetizer to (seriously) dessert. Here are a few recipes to get you started…
Silken tofu has been a substitute to cream in vegan recipes for a while now, but it’s definitely not inferior. The mixture of tofu and agar agar flakes creates the perfect wobbly texture that would please every panna cotta enthusiast.
If you like your dessert a bit tart and not too sweet, citrus might be the right choice for you. From oranges to limes and lemons to pomelos, you can’t go wrong with these fresh fruits. Here are a few recipes to get you cooking…
Australia’s first dairy free ice cream truck is hitting Sydney streets soon.
The coconut milk ice cream brand Over The Moo is set to launch their 1981 Ford Transit ice cream van on Thursday, March 2 at their Glebe headquarters – and they’re bringing some free ice cream to celebrate!
The launch party event features Prosecco, beer, cocktails, and vegan cheese boards, followed by all-vegan sweets including sundaes with brownie bits, cookie chips, gooey sauces, and sprinkles. Over The Moo’s nine signature flavors, such as Matcha Made in Heaven, mmMangooo, Pandan Pecan Party and Ginger Ninja Karate Choc, will also be available on cones.
We know sugar is not all sweet – while it makes desserts taste more pleasurable, it also lacks nutrients and increases risks of diseases. But good news – you can have your cake and eat it, too! There are a lot of dessert options that don’t involve sugar as a sweetener. Here are a few recipes that you can try to get the sweetest, tastiest desserts with no added sugar.
No-Bake Sugar Free Peanut Butter Pie
The decadence of peanut butter, without the added carbs and sugars.