Don't underestimate the power of snacks!
When it comes to kids' mood, energy, focus and success at school, one of the most influential factors is diet. And a hugely important part of what kids and teenagers eat and drink every day happens between meals- mid-morning, after school, when they finish a sports game, at the beach. A smart snack will boost them with nutrients and slow-release energy, whereas a processed snack or soft drink can cause a spike in their blood sugar, throwing out their mood and concentration. Poor snack choices can also have longer-term effects on their physical and mental wellbeing.
But family life is busy. That's why passionate foodie Flip Shelton and renowned adolescent and child psychologist Michael Carr-Gregg have teamed up to create this collection of simple, speedy recipes to help you make the most of snacks every day without devoting hours to the process. From two-ingredient cashew balls and sweet potato chocolate brownies to egg jaffles and a whole rainbow of smoothies, whip up these recipes for (or with) your kids and you'll be packing them full of good stuff they'll actually want to eat.
Show them how to snack smart and you can supercharge their happiness and health for life.
Flip Shelton is a mother who's passionate about good food and healthy food choices. For over 20 years she has inspired people about food on radio and TV, starting at Melbourne's 3RRR radio station and continuing with regular spots including Good Morning Australia and Surprise Chef, and countless cooking demonstrations. She has written for various magazines, newspapers and online publications, and ten years ago established her own muesli production business, Flip's Muesli. Smart Snacks is her third cookbook.
Dr Michael Carr-Gregg is one of Australia's highest profile adolescent and child psychologists. He has worked as an academic, researcher and political lobbyist, and is the author of 13 books. An ambassador for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Smiling Mind and Big Brothers Big Sisters, he also sits on the board of the Family Peace Foundation and the National Centre Against Bullying. Michael is the resident parenting expert on Channel 7's Sunrise and the psychologist for Channel 9's Morning Extra, as well as the Morning Show with Neil Mitchell on Radio 3AW. He is married with two sons and is a special patron of the Hawthorn Football Club.
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