healthy food = party pooper?
Misty had his first “Santa” experience today. To be honest with you, I’m not a huge fan of Santa, but I will play along – Christmas is for the kids, right?
The whole notion of Santa weirds me out a little. Viper calls me The Scrooge as he is all for everything Christmas-related. Anyway, the point of my little Santa-rant is to bring up my issue of the day. Today my plate of home made, healthful muffins (or cupcakes) was left in the kitchen at Misty’s Play Group Christmas party. This was no accident, and I didn’t realise until later what had happened. Typical Misty didn’t really want a bar of the whole “Christmas Party Orchestration” and had made a beeline outside to play.
By the time Misty and myself had made it indoors, the shared morning tea was pretty much done and dusted. My plate was still in the kitchen, all alone. Too brown? Too boring? Not laden with sprinkles, colourful frosting or doused in sugar? I don’t know about you, but I would consider these REAL food – and they ARE tasty – Misty ate 3 in a row when he decided it was time to eat. Good boy. It’s funny, I thought I was being responsible bringing a nut/gluten/refined sugar free treat to a children’s party (!)
I’m not trying to be preachy or anything – I’m not going to tell anyone what to eat, or what they should feed their child. I’m not going to touch that can of worms with a 10 foot pole…. yeah I’m a bit of a wuss when it comes to public confrontation. I just think if kids become used to “food” being of the processed, additive-laden, multi-coloured variety, then we are just setting up this new generation for a life time of health implications. It’s not about being a “Scrooge” or a “Kill-Joy-Hippie” – real, wholesome, nutritious food IS delicious, we as the adults have to set the example, am I right?
Speaking of nutritious, delicious food, my gorgeous friend made this recipe for healthy gingerbread cookies for the party – and Misty loved them. Why can’t healthy yummy food such as this be the majority, not the minority? Photo credit goes to her for the Santa-snap above too.
Fruity Nut-Free Cup Cakes
(Nut/wheat/refined sugar free – gluten free if you use certified oats)
- 1/2C oats
- 1C sunflower seeds
- 2T coconut sugar (or any granulated sugar such as rapadura)
- 1/4t sea salt
- 1/3C dark raisins
- 1/3C dried strawberries (or any dried fruit – cranberries or apricots would work well)
- 1/4t baking soda
- 1t baking powder
- 1C mashed banana (about 2 medium sized bananas)
- 1 large egg
- 1/3C milk (any full fat milk will be fine here – almond, soy, cow, coconut)
- 2t apple cider vinegar
- 1/2t pure vanilla extract
- 1T liquid coconut oil or other neutral tasting oil (melted butter would be fine too)
- Pre heat oven to 170 degrees C fan bake.
- Make your “flour” by whizzing together the sunflower seeds and oats in a food processor until a fine meal is formed.
- Combine all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
- Lightly whisk together wet ingredients, and carefully fold into the dry.
- Spoon into silicone cup cake moulds, or a lined/greased muffin tin…. I only filled the cup cake moulds about 2/3 full for a smaller cake.
- Bake for 18 minutes or until golden brown and “springy” to the touch.
Thoughts? Am I being over-the-top or do you agree?