Eating healthy as a mum is super challenging, when do you find the time to properly prep something for yourself and actually eat it. Looking after a toddler and a newborn I find the times I get to eat are random and often only in the middle of the day when they’re both fast asleep which means I binge eat because by then I’m starving. I’m also too scared to be using the blender or making noise in the kitchen incase I wake them so its the worst time for meal prepping. The only solution that I’ve found is making sure that what ever it is that I’m making is something my toddler can eat, involve him in the making and make bulk so that I’m set for the week!
Mumma Z’s Banana Smoothie- Makes 4 standard Smoothies
Smoothies are great for breakfast or as half serves for a pick me up in the afternoon on a hot day.
- 500ml Milk of choice
- 2-3 bananas
- 2 tablespoons roasted peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- pinch of cinnamon
Method: Place all ingredients in a Blender and blitz until smooth. Store smoothie in fridge for up to 3 days or freeze in single serves and defrost as needed.
Zucchini Plus+ Slice- Makes 12 serves
This is a much time staple for me, I freeze them and microwave them when needed.
- 5 eggs
- 150g (1 cup) flour- I like arrowroot
- 2 tablespoons baking powder
- 1 zucchini
- 1/2 sweet potato
- 1/2 cup mushrooms
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 large onion
- 200g rindless bacon (optional)
- 1 cup cheddar cheese
- 60ml (1/4 cup) vegetable oil
Method: Place zucchini, sweet potato, mushrooms, garlic, onion, and cheese through the grater of your multi-processor. In a seperate bowl beat the eggs until combined. Add the flour, baking powder and oil, beat until smooth. Then grated ingredients in and stir until combined. Grease and line a 30 x 20cm lamington pan. Pour into the prepared pan and bake in oven for 30 minutes at 180C or until cooked through. Alternatively place in muffin pans and bake for approx. 15mins or until cooked through.
Date & Chocolate Balls
- 1 cup medjooal dates pitted
- 3 Tbsp Nut butter
- 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
- 2/3 cup rolled oats
- 1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
- 1 Tbsp Flax Seeds soaked in tablespoon water
Method Pulse pitted dates in a processor then add oats, chocolate, chia seeds, flax seeds and nut butter and pulse or mix until combined. Carefully roll into balls. Should make between 12-15 balls depending on size. To set, pop in fridge or freezer for 15 minutes. Otherwise, eat as is! Will keep fresh in an air-tight bag or container for up to a week. Freeze for longer term.
Coconut & Almond Balls
- 3 cups desiccated coconut
- 1/3 cup cacao powder
- ¼ cup raw honey or maple syrup
- 1/3 cup almonds or nut of choice (roughly chopped)
- 1 tablespoon water
- Pinch salt
Method: Place the coconut into a food processor and process for 10 minutes until it becomes a paste. Add the rest of the ingredients and process until combined. Add the nuts and process until evenly distributed. Shape into balls and freeze or refrigerate until use.
If I don’t have time to prep snacks I make sure I have plenty of nuts, fruit, boiled eggs, hummus and carrots in the house as my go too’s.
Mumma Z xxx