The Healthy Snack
From the depths of one small metal box covered with slender calved pink fairies and wistful looking princesses, I endeavour to supply my culinarily adventurous 7 year old daughter Coco with an appetizing array of healthy snack lunch offerings for her to take to school each day.
I have discovered that the more ambitious we become with the daily delights, the more disappointed we end up by whats available on our supermarket shelves.
A trip to my local supermarket, recycled canvas bag in hand, had me tripping and fumbling my way through a product list on the back of a granola bar that contained no less than 39 separate ingredients. I thought I was buying a cereal bar not a tub of polyunsaturated cholesterol free omega enriched low salt margarine. Healthy snack? I think not.
As I’m not one that normally sports a scientist in my handbag when I go to the grocery store whom is able to tell me what raising agents 170 and food acid 296 are doing shacked up together in my cereal bar alongside a mountain of sugar and a truck load of fat (breathe breathe), I decided that what’s best for me and little Miss Coco is a matter of refining and simplifying the snack process.
So in times of great inspirational need, I find myself chatting with fellow foodie friends on twitter like @dragonskitchen and @figandcherry and visiting my favourite Internet food blogs to help me collect a beautiful selection of healthy snack recipes that I can now share with you in all there wholegrain glory.
I have avoided recipes that are high in fat, sugar and anything artificial or plastic sounding, as well as trying to keep it interesting and palate exciting for who is now a mighty pleased wee scholar.