Hi everyone! I hope you’re having a great week so far
I had lots of fun this afternoon with the kids at my ‘Wednesday Workshops’ (the little Buddhist meditation classes I teach at our local primary school). After a beautiful meditation on ‘the kindness of others’, I thought it’d be fun to watch one of my favourite Star Wars clips.
When it ended, I asked them if they’d learnt anything from watching it. Their hands shot up in the air and they started reeling off the lessons they’d learnt including…
- Never give up (even if you’re finding something difficult or have already failed in your first few attempts)
- Don’t get distracted
- Control your mind
- Believe in yourself
- Size doesn’t matter
All that wisdom from watching a 5 minute clip of Yoda! Just imagine how wise they’ll be after they’ve watched all six Star Wars films
After watching the clip, we had great fun making paper fortune tellers and filling them with Yoda quotes and kind messages.
Think you the relationship between Master and Padawan is only to help them?
Oh, this is what we let them believe, yes! But when the day comes that even old Yoda does not learn something from his students – then truly, he shall be a teacher no more.
WIAW – Sensible Snacking … Lil’ L Style!
This month, the lovely Jenn over at Peas and Crayons has set ‘Sensible Snacking’ as the theme for our weekly ‘What I Ate Wednesday’ foodie parties. I think this is a great theme as it’s all too easy to reach for the junk snacks when we’re feeling a bit peckish.
For me, the most important thing is making sure that Lil’ L has snacks that are going to sustain his energy levels. On weekdays, he has a morning snack at playtime and an after-school snack. I try to make sure that these snacks contain whole foods, complex carbs and minimal sugar so that his energy levels don’t peak and slump. I also want encourage him to develop healthy snacking habits for the future.
Now that he’s older, I involve him in the decision making about his choice of snacks. Here’s a run down of some of his current favourite snacks (all of which he’s eaten in the past week).
- 2 seeded flatbread crackers with bean pate or houmous filling (his number 1 current favourite snack)
- 2 wholegrain rice cakes with yeast extract (these taste like the Marmite rice cakes but they have the added bonus of being wholegrain)
- 2 sesame wholegrain rice cakes with St Dalfour Strawberry spread or Manuka honey filling (the honey was a gift from his grandma!)
- Packet of wholegrain mini biscuits with no added sugar or salt.
- Piece of goji berry and choc chip granola bar (made with low GI agave syrup)
After School Snacks
- Roasted pistachios nuts (salt free).
- Almonds and sunflower seeds roasted in a tiny amount of low-salt soy sauce (recipe here)
- Apple cinnamon pancakes with chopped pecans, ground linseed and a drizzle of maple syrup.
I make pancakes every Sunday and Lil’ L likes to have the leftover pancakes on a Wednesday before his swimming lesson (warmed in the microwave).
- Wholemeal choc chip or almond cookie.
We also make a fruit smoothie after school. This week, he’s made smoothies with different combinations of pineapple, blueberries , banana and strawberries, non dairy milks and yoghurt, and chia seeds for an omega-3 boost (the seeds are completely obliterated in a high speed blender, so you don’t even notice them).
We’re always on the look out for new snacks, so do let me know if you have any suggestions.
If you have kids, I’d love to hear what their favourite snacks are.
And equally importantly, what’s your current favourite snack?
Enjoy the rest of your week everyone! xx
This time last year: Sugar Free Jam Tarts