Healthy Snacking, Healthy Kids, Happy Parents

Happy new Week lovers of food! January is almost over 😅😅😅

Moms and Dads, Being a parent is a fun- tough responsibility. When you leave the house for work and come back in the evening you are expected to come back with ‘Tamu’. If you have school going children, they expect snacks to carry in their food tins every morning.   I realized how much it is on me to watch what my child eats. Basically, I decide everything he consumes so if I decide to give him cake and ice-cream every day, the consequences of that are on me. If I decide to give him healthier snacks, then the benefits will favor me too. Everyday snacks need to be healthy.

Children cannot be able to watch their weight and health like adults would. Well most kids do not fancy vegetable and fruits, hence we as parents need to come up with creative fun ways to give them healthy meals.  I figured out the normal muffins are sweet and on demand by Liam, so I did a research on a healthier type of muffin. The Veggie muffin. I would do this over and over again for those moments I get home and Liam goes, “Maa’ Cake…”

Soon, he will be going to school, I will have to pack few snacks for him. I need to have a variety of healthy snacks in my list. First on my list is the Veggie muffin.

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Try the Veggie Muffins…

Ingredients

  • 2 cups – flour, all-purpose
  • 3/4 teaspoon – baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon – salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon – cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup – sugar
  • 4 tablespoon – butter
  • 2 large – egg
  • 1 teaspoon – vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup – broccoli, florets
  • 1/2 medium – carrot
  • 1/2 medium – apple
  • 1 medium – banana
  • 1/8 cup – apple juice
  • 1/4 cup – yogurt, plain

Directions


Fruit Puree

 

Blended fruits (puree) and shredded carrots

 

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Combine  the fruit and veggie puree, carrots (unless you already added them with the puree), and yogurt, into the wet ingredient mixture (sugar/butter/eggs) and beat until mixed
  3. In a mixer or another bowl, mix the sugar, butter, eggs and vanilla. Beat well.
  4.  Shred carrots.  If you don’t want the shreds in your muffin, combine your carrots with the rest of the fruits and veggies in the food processor
  5. Combine  the fruit and veggie puree, carrots (unless you already added them with the puree), and yogurt, into the wet ingredient mixture (sugar/butter/eggs) and beat until mixed
  6. In a food processor / blender, combine steamed broccoli, zucchini, apple, banana, apple juice, and applesauce.  Pulse until thoroughly mixed.
  7. In a mixer or another bowl, mix the sugar, butter, eggs and vanilla. Beat well.
  8. In a medium size bowl, mix together flours, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside.
  9. Soften butter.
  10. In a muffin tin, place muffin papers or spray with cooking spray.
  11. Scoop the mixture into a prepared muffin pan.  Fill each spot about 3/4 of the way full.
  12. For mini muffins: Bake in a 350 oven for 15-20 minutes
  13. For regular size muffins: Bake in a 375 degree oven for about 20-25 minutes.
  14. Bake until the tops are slightly brown and a toothpick comes out clean or they bounce back when you touch them with your finger.

These serve as healthy fruit packed snacks for the kids.  You can also have some of it if you have a sweet tooth like some people I know (read me) 😂

Served with a glass of Milk 😋

Fruit Veggie Muffins