Let’s explore some wholesome foods for children. We all know that healthy whole foods are better than processed foods. The key to maintaining a healthy diet is to eat a variety of fruits, vegetables and other foods in moderation. It is best to make your own meals and bake your own cakes and cookies instead of relying on convenient foods. Better still, rope in your little one to help prepare meals or let him choose the next dinner plan. Jazz up your home dining fares with some recipes we curated for you. NUTRITIOUS RICE Eating rice doesn’t have to be boring if you learn how to include different varieties into meal plans. Choose from brown, multi-grain, white, glutinous rice and even grain types; long or short grain, and adopt different cooking methods for different textures. New in Singapore is Fragrance 43°N Japonica Rice ($11.70, 2.5kg; $23.20, 5kg, NTUC FairPair Xtra hypermarkets and Finest supermarkets) that is cultivated in Jilin, Northeast China which is know for its pristine and fertile black soil. Check out the Japonica Kim Chi Fried Rice recipe below. Photo courtesy of Sino-Singapore Jilin Food Zone
|Kim Chi Fried Rice (Serves 4) Ingredients 400g Steamed Fragrance 43°N Japonica Rice 120g Korean Kimchi 80g Korean Chilli Paste 5 Fresh Eggs 40g White Onion Slices 20g Korean Sesame Oil 4g Korean Black Pepper Powder 4g Fine Salt 4g Fine Sugar 40ml Cooking Oil 40g Butter Method
AMAZING QUINOA Quinoa is a pseudo grain crop – similar to buckwheat but not a true cereal – closely related to beetroots, spinach and tumbleweeds. It is known to be a rich source of protein (high in amino acids) and other nutrients. Make your kiddos a nutritious Quinoa Energy Bar using with this recipe from SuperLife Co with the quinoa selections they have (Mixed Quinoa, $27.40; Red or Black Quinoa, $29.10; White Quinoa, $24.60). Photo courtesy of SuperLife Co
|Quinoa Almond Butter Super Bars (Makes 8 squares) Ingredients 1/2 cup Quinoa (Uncooked) 3/4 cup Rolled Oats 1/2 cup Nuts (Almond Flakes or Crushed Cashews) 2 tbsp Almond Butter 2 tbsp Brown Sugar 2 tbsp Honey Method
WONDERFUL BUTTER Welcome to the world of the re-discovered goodness of butter. While it holds a bad reputation of containing bad fat in the past, recent scientific findings have shown that it contains two essential vitamins that are of extreme importance – vitamins D3 and K2. There are many reasons why butter is not the ‘devil’ you should keep out of your child’s diet as it is not only a great source of vitamins and minerals but also contains glycospingolipids which helps to promote digestion and the same “anti-stiffness” nutrient in raw animal fat that ensures calcium is properly used in the body, an extremely important function for growing children. Make some delicious Coconut Cupcakes for your family as tea-time or recess snacks. Photo courtesy of SCS Butter
|Lime and Coconut Cupcakes (Makes 12 Cupcakes) Ingredients 175g SCS Butter 175g Sunshine Self-Rising Flour (sifted) 175g SIS Cater Sugar (Almond Flakes or Crushed Cashews) 1 tbsp Lime Juice 1 Big Lime (zest) 4 tbsp Coconut Cream *(optional) Shredded Fresh Coconut (toasted) Method
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