Christmas is the time for getting together with families and friends. If you have kids it seems like hardly a day goes by without some sort of celebration. Often as parents we need to provide a plate - ahhhh! Over the years I've come up with a stable of quick and easy platters that I can whip up. Check out some of the fun plates from this season.
A super simple tree made from melon and berries. Took literally 5 minutes to make and only lasted about that long at the junior Cubs end of year party!
I love using bread boards as they help keep things from moving around. Here are a few I've done for parties of all ages.
I was also delighted to see that other parent's are using food art to provide the wow factor for plates! Have a look at this awesome watermelon cake that one of the mothers put together for her son's infant class. Yummm. And, spectacular edible flowers too.
I'm always pleasantly surprised at how much of a difference individuals can make. This is the story of a mother in Wellington who set out to change the drinks on offer at the school fair. The story is taken from the Facebook page of The Healthy Future Families Trust who are campaigning to reduce the incidence of obesity and type 2 diabetes:
That Sugar Film has inspired some fantastic changes in our communities and the Healthy Future Families Trust were very happy to help turn inspiration into action at the recent Brooklyn School fair.
The Trust were approached by Mary Goodwin, a parent from Brooklyn school, who after seeing a school screening of ‘That Sugar Film’ wanted to initiate some healthy changes in the food environment at school events.
Mary wrote “In the past, I have not been a strong advocate for healthy food and our own family certainly has improvements to make, but I think as individuals and as a community we need to start making a change in our diet... thus my interest in doing this.”
Mary proposed to the school Principal and fair committee a ‘Wonderful water' stall at the fair and received their full support. She sought financial support from the HFF Trust to cover the costs of the compostable cups, the fruit and the ice. As part of this sponsorship we asked that the Fair committee agreed to remove sugar sweetened beverages from the fair.
Mary decided to ask for a koha for the water rather than charge a set fee.“This way people who understand and value the concept will hopefully contribute financially. For those who may not feel so positive about having to go without sugary drinks then having a refreshing cool drink FREE of charge may help to change their attitudes about WONDERFUL WATER being a perfect choice of drink.”
The water was beautifully displayed in labelled jugs – Strawberry and Borage, Cucumber and Mint, Lemon and Tangelo and Orange. The stall had long queues and was greeted with enthusiasm and appreciation. One child came running over to her parent and said “Mum, you’ll never guess what they have here, they’ve got a water stall, it’s such a good idea they never usually have that at school fairs!”. The children were really taken by the choices and came back many times.
In an environment like a school fair where there are a lot of sweet treats available it was fantastic to have only water as the drink choice- it is only water that truly quenches thirst.
Doing away with sugar sweetened beverages meant the school provided a consistent message for their children, families and community - a message that links with current research and the educational messages that the children are receiving in the classroom, from the Life Education Trust and from the school dental service.
We applaud Mary Goodwin and Brooklyn school for providing such leadership and encourage other school communities to ditch sugary drinks, offer water in an attractive way and prioritise kid’s health.
The queues of people and the fact that the koha donations covered the costs shows that this leadership is strongly welcomed in our communities
I love making healthy food exciting. Here's an Egg Clown I made that was chosen as part of a breakfast series for kids in The Huffington Post:
Christmas is a time for socialising and for many of those occasions we need to bring a plate. It can be fun and yet still fresh food oriented. Check out our blog at the Healthy Food Guide for a host of fabulous ideas for this holiday season.
Hi I'm Judith. Welcome to our page and please feel free to comment or contact me personally. I am mother to two fabulous boys, Max and Joe and am passionate about fresh food for families.