Milkshake Monday – Strawberry Shake

Breakfast smoothies have replaced cereal and toast in our house. Served alongside protein and veg of some kind as well. Smoothies are rarely the same from one day to the next but Milkshake Monday is a thing! This Monday we had: strawberries, frozen banana, almond milk, ice, gelatin powder, ‪#‎sunwarrior‬ vanilla protein powder, vanilla bean powder and ground nuts with CoQ10. Winner!! and in the ‪#‎milkshakemonday‬ rotation with our chocolate avocado smoothie now! Chia seeds, flaxseed meal, super green powder and water kefir are some other things we often throw into the mix

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Strawberry Milkshake

8 strawberries (you can leave the tops on)

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If you only ever read one of my posts, I’d like it to be this one

My most popular posts are, without a doubt, the recipes I post for guilt free healthy treats for the kids. Usually chocolate related. (And I posted one of my favourites yesterday! ) but my real passion is why do I make these treats at home from scratch? Why do I labour over the quality of ingredients? What is the driver for me to do what I do? The About Me page will tell you a little about how we started on our journey but I want to dig deeper today. Listening to this podcast by Dr Steffanie Seffen that I posted on the Facebook page last night has inspired me to share more on the contributing factors in the significant increase in Autism,  ADHD, ADD and other sensory and behavioural issues we see in our kids today. As well as the increases in allergies and intolerances, eczema and asthama!! If you didn’t listen to the podcast I’ve linked it above and really suggest you do, even if you don’t agree with everything she says.

 

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Peppermint Patties

This recipe below has only 4 ingredients. And 4 good ingredients at that. I’ve been making them for years and they have been a hit everywhere I take them.

Coconut oil is known to aid in weight loss, helps to stimulate the metabolism and has amazing anti-microbial properties.

Raw honey has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties. Among other things it also promotes body and digestive health and is a powerful antioxidant. Read More

Slow Cooker Beef Curry with Spiralized Butternut Squash

It is extremely rare in our house for all 3 kids to like a new recipe I put together. This one was an instant winner and has been repeated a few times now. Husband and I like it too.

Slow Cooker Beef Curry

1 kg diced beef
2 brown onions
1 tbsp ghee or coconut oil
1cm ginger
3 cloves garlic
3 tbsp curry powder (i use medium)
1 tbsp tumeric
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 cup beef bone broth (beef stock would also be ok)
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EAT LESS SUGAR

Two great articles below about the mental health effects of eating too much sugar. But how much is too much?

Recently the World Health Organisation recommended that for optimal health we should restrict our added sugar intake to 25 grams or 6 teaspoons a day.

Sugars naturally occurring in fruits, vegetables and dairy are considered okay but sugars removed from their original source and ADDED to foods are the ones we need to limit.

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Fudge Friday

The boys have decided that this is kind of, sort of, like chocolate fudge. I think that’s just so they could be sure it gets served up at least once a week on our newly names, Fudge Friday. Like all the recipes I share it is super easy and packed full of nutrients. So healthy you could eat it for breakfast 🙂

Dairy Free Chocolate Pudding

Rich and decadent. Taste sensation with fresh strawberries.
– 1 medium very ripe avocado
– 1/4 cup raw cacao powder
– 1/4 cup almond milk
– 1tbsp raw honey (add more or less to suit taste pref)
– 1 tsp vanilla extract
Blend or purée until smooth
Refrigerate for 10-15 mins.

Serves 4

Enjoy!

 

EAT MORE VEGETABLES

The first step towards healthier eating for us was increasing our vegetable intake.

My kids love rules so we have a few household rules that helped us to get where we are today.  They might not be a good fit for your family but they have really helped us reach our new “normal”.
1. At least two diff colour vegetables with EVERY meal.
2. Eat all the vegetables on your plate.
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