George, aged two, has entered the terrible twos! Lately he refuses to eat certain foods. Sometimes his fruit and sometimes his dinner. So, to avoid falling into the trap of giving him something to eat, anything, just for fear of him getting hungry (the fear of Greek mums!) I started leafing through cooking books with healthy recipes for children. I noticed that one of these books suggested nuts, something that I also as a dietician recommend for snack, but to teenagers. It is not usual to give nuts to a two-year-old toddler. But, always imaginative as a mummy, I thought of pulping them and using them as a base for a healthy vegetarian fruit pizza. Oh, yeah! A pizza stuffed with omega-3, anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory properties and nutrients for you little ones’ memory and energy.
Ingredients for a medium sized pizza
300 gr unsalted nuts (pistachios, nuts, almonds), soaked for about 2 hours to make them more digestible and soft.
- 3 tbsp blac molasses
- 2 tbsp tahini ground in a stone mill
- 2 tbsp raw cacao, organic
- 3 tbsp currants
- 2 tbsp creamy cheese
- Seasonal fruits
In a blender first put the nuts, molasses, tahini and currants and blitz until they become pulp. Then you spread the mixture onto a wax paper in a round shape (You can also make truffles that your kid can take to school).
Put the dough in the fridge for about 15 minutes.
As soon as tough, take them out, spread the creamy fruit and finely chop their favorite fruits.
As simple as that!
Currants have very high antioxidant content, higher than that of sultanas, while their prebiotic properties help in the proper intestinal function.