I mean what Mama doesn’t need nifty hacks for keeping kids healthy during the Summer months? Wether you are surviving the school holidays or troublesome toddlers, it can be tough getting through the heat, keeping children entertained whilst trying to keep them healthy and yourself not feeling drained, exhausted and in need of an entire bottle of wine every evening! My little dude loves days out and can get pretty stir crazy if we keep him inside so we try and go on outdoors adventures frequently, but this does often mean that the heat and humidity can lead to tantrums and exhaustion and I never thought we’d be able to get through them without the lure os crisps and treats; but using these super easy hacks I have managed to survive the Summer months with a healthy troublesome two toddler and had fun along the way!
I know it can’t just be me that has encountered the undoubted struggles at mealtimes caused by Christmas and its showering of sweet treats and snacks. The festive season is very welcoming to food, we relish the opportunity to have a yule tide feast and invest in bountiful snacks and delicacies we would usually not think to buy day to day. But the feasting must come to an end (for us it is slowly getting there but there are still signs of Christmas in our cupboards in the form of chocolates and packets of nuts) and unfortunately children, especially toddlers, must face the reality that they cannot continue to eat the volume of snacks and chocolate provided to them over the last few months. I have a few tricks up my sleeve though Mamas, so do not fear. This is how to conquer your meal time struggles and the apparent ‘post Christmas food aversion’.
If you follow me you will know that I love a good ol’ baking session with my little man. The benefit of it being that I also get to eat what I create; win win. As the season of gluttonous goodwill approached I thought I would have a stab at Mince Pies. The seasons traditional sweet treat; along with many others that have entered my mouth already and will continue to do so until they stop selling them (Valentines? Easter maybe?) On perusing traditional recipes, I’m looking at you Delia, Mincemeat seems a horrendous faff so I decided to cheat and pick up some ready made stuff from my local LIDL as ‘Every LIDL helps’… right? Indeed it does. So here are my Mince Pie baking hacks with LIDL.