Well, it's not quite Thursday anymore but.....
On the whole I think home-style Japanese cooking os pretty healthy.
Sure, it's true curry rice made from store bought roux and fried chicken are pretty popular easy go to meals in many houses and not exactly at the right end of the food chain but I think the food philosophy (that sounds more high falluting than I am trying for...) is pretty well-balanced: a meal that consists of rice, a protein, a broth-like soup and one or more veggie side dishes.
Snacks on the other hand are a nutrition black hole. One of my friend's kids went to a kinder that didn't have their own kitchen so lunch was brought in and snacks were store bought. That in itself isn't so bad but the snack list (for kinder kids!) included things like individual packs of chips and lemonade flavoured ramune candy.
When friends come over to play they often bring crazy amounts of snacks with them- chocolate, chips, candy, gum...
My poor deprived kids are more likely to be served apple slices, mandarins, veggie sticks and dip, rice balls and pikelets.
Pikelets are healthy?
They are when I make them!
Home-grown, home-ground wholemeal flour, ground oatmeal, egg, baking powder and milk.
Served plain for snacks on the go or with fruit and yoghurt (and cake sprinkles... I admit...) at home.
There's no real recipe. Just tip in a good hill of flour, add about a cup of ground oatmeal (that's all that fits in my little mini-mixer) add a good shake of baking powder (about 2 tsp I guess, I grew up with self-raising flour and still don't really get baking powder...), crack in an egg and slop in some milk. Stir. If it looks like scone mix add more milk. If it looks like cream add more flour. If it looks like batter you're on and can start cooking. Be warned, the oatmeal will soak up the liquid so if you take a while to make these you may need to add more milk part way through the process.
These freeze really well and with those low GI ingredients and milk for calcium and an egg for protein I reckon these are the perfect kid snack! If you're feeling really wild you can add ground sesame, chopped apple, sliced banana or sultanas to the batter and really live it up!