Healthy Body, Happy Me with Kids 1st and Little Kickers

28th Mar 2014
Healthy Body, Happy Me  with Kids 1st and Little Kickers

The NDNA’s healthy body, happy me campaign aims to give children the energy for play, learning and fun. This week nurseries across the UK have been joining in with activities to support the campaign.

In this blog post we explore with Little Kickers North East and Sean McArdle, Head of Catering at  Kids 1st, why exercise is key for a happy child, and how simple it can be to make healthy changes to some of your children’s favourite treats.

Little Kickers is one of the key supporters of the NDNA campaign this year and Joanne Temple from Little Kickers is passionate about the benefits of football for the wellbeing of children: ” When it comes to Little Kickers in the North East, we pride ourselves on being about more than just football. Not only do we provide a platform for the development of football skills and the opportunity to get kids moving at a young age, but by following the early years goals, we’re able to improve aspects of learning, such as colour recognition and numeracy skills. Developing social skills such as turn taking, sharing and confidence is also hugely important as a way of encouraging, not just healthy bodies but happy minds too. We’re so pleased to be working alongside Kids 1st throughout the region, and being given the opportunity to do just that.”

This spring at Kids 1st Sean and his catering team have been looking into the benefits that a reduction in sugar can have on a child’s health and they have been working on new recipes that will reduce the amount of sugar that goes into our desserts by up to 10%.

Sean McArdle: “We all know the importance of minimising sugar in our diets, however we appreciate it is difficult to get the balance of having a super healthy low in all things bad and high in all things good diet, and actually get children to eat it. Our approach is that we will continue to offer some desserts and cakes throughout our menus, however we will start to introduce some new desserts that have reduced sugar.”

 Here is Sean’s sponge ingredients before the changes:
› 100g Butter/Margarine
› 100g Caster Sugar
› 2 Medium Eggs
› 100g Self raising flour
› 1/2 a teaspoon of baking powder

Here is Sean’s sponge recipe after the changes:
› 100g Butter/Margarine
› 80g Caster Sugar
› 2 Medium Eggs
› 120g Self raising flour
› 3/4 teaspoon of baking powder
› 1 apple (peeled and cored – the apple could be replaced with most other fruits done in the same way)

Want to give it a try? Here is the recipe…

1. Chop apple into small chunks and place in a pan and cook on a low heat with its lid on for approx. 5/10 mins until soft (add only a tablespoon of water) – mash with a fork or a masher and allow to cool.

2. Beat together butter and sugar in a mixing bowl.

3. Add all other ingredients and combine.

4. Either place in a tin or in bun cases and cook in a preheated oven of 190c for 12-15 mins.

National Day Nurseries Association is the national charity and membership association for nurseries. NDNA provides nursery support, information and advice, childcare training and a quality improvement scheme, e-Quality Counts.

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