Healthy snacks and packed lunch ideas
0:07 Hi, I’m Paul. I’m Blair. We’re two high school teachers.
0:11 We love cooking and creating healthy and nutritious foods.
0:13 Now, the Smart Choices initiative have asked us to come along today, and they look at getting
0:18 healthy food and drink into the schools. So we’re going to share some of our recipes
0:21 with you today. Today we’re looking at two healthy food
0:25 fundraising ideas, a super smoothie and a healthy pizza. Let’s get going.
0:29 Let’s cook away. Now, you’ve got a little bit of work to do today, mate.
0:32 I do, mate. I’m making my own bases. Now, it’s not going to rest because it doesn’t
0:36 have any yeast in it. So all we’re doing is a cup of self-raising flour straight in
0:41 and about the same amount, a cup of natural yogurt.
0:44 Now, it’s wonderful; it’s a great little versatile recipe, this. You can use it for
0:47 pizza bases, you can make your own pita bread, you can make flatbread and the key is getting
0:51 the right consistency, isn’t it? You don’t want it to be too moist. You want to be able
0:55 to roll it out and have a nice, steady dough. I’m just going to put some seasoning in
0:58 there with that, about a teaspoon. And also, you can put some flavours in there. You can
1:02 chuck some dill, you can put some chives in there as well.
1:04 Rosemary, chilli, salt and pepper. Stop it.
1:07 Okay. Now, I’m going to do something really simple. I’m just going to cut and dice while
1:11 you’re doing that. Right. Well, I’m just going to pulse this
1:14 until we get the right consistency. Now, obviously if it’s too wet, all right, we’ll put a
1:18 bit more flour in. If it’s too dry, we’ll put a little bit more yoghurt in.
1:23 We’re after that consistency. There we go. It’s a little bit wet, so I’m going to put a little bit more flour in.
1:32 Give it another pulse.
1:41 There we go, until it’s starting to join together. Righty-o. What sort of flavour are you going for today?
1:45 I’m going to do a vegetarian on my pizza, so we’ve got zucchini, we’ve got sundried
1:51 tomatoes, capsicum. We’ve got some red onion. And I’m going to top it with some dressed
1:56 rocket, mate, and feta. All right. Now, it doesn’t need too much kneading. You just want
2:00 to bring it together. All right, a little bit of a floured base here and after that,
2:06 we’re going to roll it out. So, I’m just trying to bring it together here, just kneading
2:10 it slightly, a little bit more flour required. We’re going to do a couple of simple Aussie
2:16 pizzas. So I’ve got some pre-prepared egg, got some feta cheese. Feta’s better. Got
2:22 some nice, tasty cheese. I’ve just diced up some ham and pineapple. And again, this
2:26 is up to your own creative juices, depending on what kids like and what you want to put
2:30 in. This is a really simple pizza. So if you’ve got fussy eaters, you can just do a simple
2:34 ham and pineapple, entirely up to you. So, no resting required. We’re already looking
2:39 at a beautiful pizza base. All right. And really, the thickness is up to you, isn’t
2:45 it, mate? Yeah.
2:45 If you want to do a nice, thick base and keep it lovely and doughy, you can do that.
2:50 All right. What do you reckon, mate? Well, I think that’s looking pretty good.
2:53 You don’t want it too thin. Nope.
2:55 But you don’t want it too thick, obviously. You can use this as a soft bread too. You
3:00 can wrap it up and make little wraps and fill your ingredients, almost like a soft-shell
3:04 taco. There we go. Look at that. Straight into there. So, we’re just going to put
3:10 our topping on, just like you, Paul. We’ve got our pre-made base, another thing that’s
3:15 very easy to make as well, but you can get so many good flavoured ones these days. So
3:20 we’re just going to spread it around with the back of a spoon. The thing we love about
3:26 it is it’s just so quick. So I’m just going to put a dabbling of some
3:30 cheese, grated cheese on the base. Not too much. You don’t need a lot. It’s going to
3:35 melt; it’s going to spread out. And then we’re going to go with our toppings.
3:39 All right. Well, I’m just adding some egg here too, lovely little protein hit.
3:47 There we go. All right. Red foods, beautiful. Few thinly sliced zucchinis on there. We’re
3:57 both going to be topping both these with some feta. There we go, some sundried tomatoes.
4:03 I’m going to top it with the rest of the cheese and the feta. And when it comes out,
4:08 I’m going to put a little bit of dressed rocket on just to finish off, almost like
4:12 a gourmet pizza over here, isn’t it? It’s such a lovely, healthy option when
4:17 you know what you’re going to be putting into your stomach. Look at what you’ve made in
4:21 that base. There’s very little in it. There we go. A little bit of cheese over the top.
4:27 Finish it off. There we go. Just a little bit of crumbled feta. Now, what have we pre-set
4:33 the oven, 180? 180. If in doubt, go to 180.
4:37 Look at that. That’s what I do.
4:38 We are done. Now, that took very little time at all. Money
4:43 for jam. In they go.
4:45 You want to take the top shelf? And I’ll take the bottom.
4:48 Yup, no worries. Ooh, watch out. So that lot probably 10 to 15 minutes?
4:55 Maybe not even that. Not even that.
4:56 We’ll see. 5 to 10 minutes depending on how thick your base is, I think. So, we’ll
5:00 see you soon. Hey, why don’t we go and make some smoothies
5:03 while we’re at it? That’s not a bad idea. You have any ideas?
5:06 Let’s clear the bench and let’s get started. Well, the pizzas are in the oven, which tells
5:10 me one thing: mate, it’s–? Smoothie time. So let’s get on. I’m going
5:13 to make a fruit-based smoothie, all right. So all I’ve got is some watermelon, some
5:18 orange, and some mint, just to give it a little bit of something different.
5:22 Well, that’s pretty simple. I think I’m going to give it a little bit more of a dairy-based
5:24 one. This is something you could do if you want to do it at breakfast. I’ve got some
5:28 berries, some yoghurt, natural yoghurt. I’ve got some oats. You could put those in if you
5:32 wanted to, but it’ll obviously change the texture. It will, however, make it a really
5:36 good drink that’s going to have some added fibre in it, and some milk. So, again, both
5:40 very simple. So, we’re just going to use a food processor
5:43 here, and we’ll just blitz the whole food up. We love using the whole fruits. So you
5:47 could use any fruits you wanted to. You could chuck apple in, blitz it up, keep the fibre
5:51 in there. It makes it really, really nice. So, I’m just going to chuck some mint leaves
5:55 in here – very refreshing to our drink. Here we go. This won’t take long at all, folks.
6:04 It looks good. If it tastes as good as it looks–
6:07 And really easy to set up for a stall, too. You can just have all your produce already
6:11 pre-cut, “What sort of smoothie do you want?” Blitz it up, serve it. Away you go. All right,
6:16 there we go. I’m going to give that a whirl. There we go.
6:29 There you go, mate. You’re on. All right. Let’s see how we go.
6:35 You’ll love the colour too, won’t you? Beautiful.
6:42 That ice is just about chopped.
6:44 I’m happy with that. Now, let’s see your pouring skills.
6:49 What could go wrong? What could go wrong?
6:53 Ah, look at the colour of that.
7:00 I’ll tell you what we’ll do. We’ll swap over.
7:02 Okay. Cheers. Here we go.
7:06 Smoothies, easy. Mm. It is absolutely beautiful.
7:10 Delicious. We should check those pizzas, hey?
7:15 There we go, all right. Look at that. That’s all for me. So remember this was the yoghurt and flour
7:22 base that we pre-made. There we go. That’s all done. Now, Paul, you used wholemeal, did
7:28 you? Always looking to add a little bit of fibre
7:30 into the kids’ diets. And there we have our Aussie pizza.
7:34 It’s already gourmet. There you go. That looks beautiful.
7:41 So, there we go. Smoothies and pizza, what a great fundraising idea for your school.
7:47 Healthy base, beautiful. You like that? [laughs]
7:57 We should probably try these, too.
8:03 So which one’s this? Is this the– This is the pizza base. Again, wholemeal. For a bit of extra fibre.
8:11 And this is our pita bread. I’ll try this one, mate.
8:15 I’ll go for this one. Still sizzling.
8:17 Aussie pizza. Delicious. Mm. And I guess there’s only one other thing to tell you. If you like
8:34 any of these recipes, the smoothies, the pizzas, go to the Smart Choices website and download
8:39 away. Fantastic. Well done.
Try some of these healthy meal ideas to keep your child’s lunch fresh.
- Freeze healthy snacks (like mini muffins or quiches) ahead of time to take the pressure off packing school lunches each morning and keep lunch times interesting.
- Make fruit kebabs on paddlepop sticks.
- Cut sandwiches or fruit into fun shapes with cookie cutters.
- Cut up vegie sticks to dip in salsa, hummus or avocado.
Join high school teachers, Paul and Blair, in the kitchen to create some healthy snacks and packed lunch ideas.