Make food preparation a teaching moment!
Children as young as 18 months can enjoy the process of food preparation, and remain one of the top things to do with kids at home. Involve your child in the easiest tasks from cracking eggs, to pouring water or mixing in flour – don’t be afraid of a little mess! While you prepare your snack together, you can explain to them where the ingredients like the dates (or banana or avocado or nut) grows and how it got to their plate. What vitamins are and why this will make them grow strong and healthy! Children will naturally start to wonder where their food comes from and through the understanding of the process of the different foods they will build a natural affinity to wholesome foods.
When they understand that a candy bar doesn’t grow on trees nurtured by soil, rain and the sunshine, but rather that it is produced in a factory where machines and many hands touch it before it gets to them!
But then they look at that Avocado from Emirates Bio Farm that was grown locally with a lot of love, and they can even see your delivery driver who brought it – yummy!
Snack Energy Balls
- Maple syrup (or honey)
- Rolled Oats
- Cocoa powder
- Shredded coconut
- Cocoa Nibs
- Add dates, maple syrup, rolled oats together and mix them with your hands (If the mixture is hard to mix, add a bit of water)
- Add a pinch of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg
- Add shredded coconut and cocoa nibs
- Now roll the dough into small balls with the palms of your hands.
- Roll the power balls through the cocoa or the shredded coconut
Eat for an energy boost!
These power balls are a wonderful snack idea and shared activity for families. It’s also a mindful activity that requires all attention and truly brings us into the moment. Plus snacking from this specific recipe is highly nutritious- what is not to love?
So all ingredients in these snack balls are really powerful, but let me dig deeper into two of the ingredients, which are two of my favorite foods ever.
Dates are nature’s sugar, and a natural sweetener, giving you an instant energy boost without the nasties of refined sugar. Dates are high in fiber, meaning that they fill you up for longer and release their energy slowly, preventing your blood sugar from spiking (think sugar high in kids!) and then dropping instantly, making us feel miserable.
They’re also full of antioxidants that help our bodies fight disease. Another thing I love about dates is that they grow locally, and they belong here. Foods that are native to a certain region have properties that people living in that specific region need due to weather and nature conditions. They’re full of incredible vitamins and nutrients such as potassium and iron. What’s not to love?
Cinnamon is an all-rounder, and it makes everything taste yummy and there is a reason it is the second most popular spice in the world. It is filled with antioxidants, is anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory. It can help to lower blood sugar and blood pressure, and it also helps to maintain gut health. Many of our modern day diseases and health issues can be traced back to our gut health. So keeping our bacteria in the tummy balanced is incredibly important. Learn how to make these energy balls and many other healthy snack options for your little ones.
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