Keeping Christmas entertaining easy, healthy & delicious

22nd December 2020

Pre-Christmas entertaining doesn’t have to mean that healthy eating needs to go out the door! We have put together some ideas for a party platter that ticks all the boxes; healthy, tasty, easy to prepare and delicious. They also happen to be vegan and (depending on your choice of crackers) gluten free; so everyone can enjoy them!

The key to any great platter is to keep it colourful with lots of variety and texture. Mix raw vegies of all colours: Snackables® carrots, chopped capsicum in a range of colours, cherry tomatoes, snow peas & cucumber all work well because they are finger friendly and great for dipping.  Add a range dips, fresh and dried fruits. Don’t be afraid to add sweet and savoury on the same platter – berries and carrots work well together – we promise!

Tzatziki goes with literally every type of veg, we also love serving them with pesto, olive tapenade and hummus.

Gluten free entertaining is taken care of by keeping it simple (as above) with the option of adding seed, nuts and gluten free crackers.

And for kids – Individual cups with Popcorn and Snackables® carrots with dip offer a healthier alternative to the usual salty snacks. Kid-friendly platters also work well with cheese, rice crackers, cut up fruit, berries and finger friendly veggies.

These ideas will help tick off one task from your party list leaving you with all the energy you need for a great time!

Tips for packing a healthy school lunch

7th December 2020

Packing the school lunch box is one of the many daily tasks families juggle on busy weekdays. Making sure those lunch boxes are balanced and nutritious not only fuels your child’s body and mind for the day – but helps to set the foundations for a lifetime of healthy eating. No pressure!

To help make things easier, here are our top 5 tips for making the perfect lunch box:

  1. Kids love to get involved – let your kids make the final decisions on what goes in their lunch (from healthy food option) let them chose their favourite fruit or vegetable snack and for older kids; allow them to make their own lunches
  2. Get the basics right; in addition to the main lunch, always include fruit, vegetables, (plus extra for brain food or fruit break) add a healthy snack and water
  3. Make sure its practical; can kids open containers? Are the foods easy to hold, bite-sized and portable? Are the foods still appealing at lunch time or have they become soggy, warm or sticky? Fruit and veggies that stay firm and can be eaten in fingers like Snackables® carrots, cherry tomatoes and celery work well.
  4. Do what you can the night before – pre-pack fruit, vegetables or seeds in a container, make and freeze sandwiches, put an ice-bricks in the freezer
  5. Encourage your child to drink water – challenge them to empty their drink bottle twice each day; try adding a few pieces of frozen fruit will sweeten up the flavour and keep it cool.

With these tips in mind you will be well prepared to start the school year off on the right foot!