Making meal times appetising
A nutritious breakfast will provide energy for several hours - until lunch, in fact. Is any kind of breakfast better than no breakfast at all? Unfortunately, no. A doughnut provides a quick rush of energy that lasts about 40 minutes.
Option 1 - Concoct a shake or smoothie with milk, vanilla, and a couple of tablespoons of honey. There is an unlimited assortment of blended breakfast drinks.
Banana, peeled and cut up, one cup orange juice, three tablespoons plain yoghurt.
Throw all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
Add an extra boost with a sprinkling of chopped nuts, raisins, or other fruit.
Option 2 - Try a breakfast buffet with sliced fresh fruits, finger food vegetables, hard-boiled eggs, whole-wheat muffins. The more colourful, the better.
Get a couple of plastic containers with lids and fill them with fruit cocktail, apple-sauce, orange slices, yoghurt, even popcorn, not with too much oil and salt.
Use cookie cutters to shape sandwiches. Add nuts, raisins, pineapple to peanut butter.
Mix canned fish (remove the sauce) with sliced cucumbers, grated carrots, hard-boiled eggs and chopped celery as a spread
On a tight budget with time to cook, have a fist size of pap, rice or dumpling with vegetables and fish, chicken livers, spinach or beans.
Make food look attractive and interesting. You can cut liver into bite-sized pieces and stick toothpicks in each piece. Children can eat the pieces lollipop-style with a great degree of gusto!
Involve your youngsters in the family menu. Let them suggest foods, familiar and unfamiliar, though some choices might need to be discussed in terms of whether they fit into the family budget.
Occasionally take kids to the grocery store but be sure to feed them and yourself before you go or your food bill will soar. Ask them if they want chicken or fish for dinner, peas or green beans, that way you know this is what everybody will eat instead of spending money on foods that will stay in your cupboards for weeks.