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How to pack the ultimate beach picnic for your family

Baby on beach eating banana

Today we welcome mum and business owner, Melanie Aslanidis from Beachside Collective – an online space for lovers of coastal design and island style.  She’s giving us her tips on how to pack the ultimate beach picnic for your family!  Over to you Mel…

It’s that time of year when it’s the perfect weather to get out and about in the Australian Summer and enjoy a beach picnic with little ones.  There is nothing like a cool dip in the ocean and the feeling of sand between your toes to bring you back to nature and let relaxation wash over you.

However, getting to the beach is often not stress free with kids.  When you need to cart along towels, buckets, spades, beach tents and a toddler under one arm, it can be super tempting to buy fish and chips or unhealthy snacks from the shops just to eliminate one more layer of packing.  But, before you crack out the salt laced snacks, check out these tips for what to pack and how to pack it! Hopefully this will make your beach day a little easier!Continue Reading →

Sour Cream and Chives Crackers

I made these with the boys during the holidays and they were so easy to make and the boys could not get enough of them!   They are great to have with cheese, hommus and other condiments, and a fabulous lunchbox addition.

Sour Cream and Chives Crackers

Ingredients

  • 2 cups plain wholemeal flour
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped chives
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp dried onion
  • 75g butter
  • 100g sour cream
  • Water if required

sour cream and chives crackers

Image:  Goodie Goodie Lunchbox

Instructions

    1. In a food processor, add all of the ingredients except the water and process until mixture comes together and balls around the bowl. If the mix remains a breadcrumb texture add a little water slowly (up to 1 tbsp). If the mixture appears wet, add a little flour until the consistency is like pastry.

  1. When the dough is ready, turn onto a floured board or bench (or directly on to baking paper which is a lot easier) and roll out in a rectangle to around 0.25 – 0.5cm thick.
  2. Carefully lay on baking paper and lay flat in the fridge for at least 30 minutes and pre-heat your oven to 180c.
  3. When the dough has chilled cut the dough into squares and lightly prick with a fork.
  4. Bake in the oven for around 6-10 minutes until lightly browned. The time indicated is entirely dependent on how thin your dough is rolled so keep a close eye on the crackers. I find 0.25 cm thickness is ready at around 6 minutes.

Big thanks to the every so lovely Bernadette Hanly from Goodie Goodie Lunchbox  for sharing her DELICIOUS Sour Cream and Chives Crackers recipe with us!

If you find labelling confusing and would like some examples of healthy pre-packaged snack options, click here!

Rachel Cassidy Little Peeps EatsRachel Cassidy is the founder of Little Peeps Eats.  She is a passionate food blogger and brand ambassador, but her most important job is being a mum!  Little Peeps Eats helps families take the stress out of mealtimes by providing healthy, kid approved recipes, as well as fussy eating tips and tricks. Their website hosts a directory of nutritionists, resources and mealtime products to ensure that you have everything you need at your fingertips when it comes to feeding your family.

 

Healthy lunchbox snacks your kids will actually eat

Happy school girl with healthy lunchbox snacks

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In just a few short weeks, Julian will be starting school, and I’m starting to think about how I can pack some healthy lunchbox snacks that he will actually eat.

Where did the last five years go?  My little man is growing up, and he is super excited about the adventures to come.  If you’ve been following me for a while you will know that I’m pretty passionate about nourishing my family (as we pretty much all are right?) but I am also realistic and know that as life gets busier, I won’t always have time to be baking from scratch for hours on end anymore… so I have been on the hunt for some healthy lunchbox snacks that Julian will actually eat!  And I’m so pleased to be sharing with you what I’ve found…Continue Reading →

How to choose healthy pre-packaged snack foods for your kids

woman reading labels of healthy pre-packaged-snacks

We all know that kids need to eat a variety of fresh foods to be healthy. Great. We also know that packing a lunchbox with fresh food can be challenging at times. It might be a Monday morning emergency when the fridge is empty and the fruit bowl only contains one limp looking banana. Or perhaps you’ve got a super fussy child who only likes plain, white, crispy foods. Or perhaps you just don’t have a lot of time, but the canteen is closed that day. Whatever your reason, sometimes you just need the convenience of a healthy pre-packaged snack to pack in the lunchbox.  So, what to choose?Continue Reading →

3 Step Nutrition Plan for Mums to Thrive this Festive Season

Nutrition Plan for Mums - Mother and daughter with christmas cookies

Today we welcome Natalie Thompson, Accredited Practicing Dietitian, to share with us her amazing 3 Step Nutrition Plan for Mums to Thrive this Festive Season.

Christmas. Does it evoke emotions of anxiety? Running yourself ragged from all the social commitments, the obligatory extended family get-together, the endless amounts of food and alcohol.  for Mums

It should be a happy time of year to celebrate with family and friends.

Even though it is usually busy socially, it is a great time to slow down and reflect.  Reflect personally and professionally on the year that was and the coming year.Continue Reading →

How to enjoy healthy meals without the stress this festive season

A collaboration between Hello Fresh and Little Peeps Eats.

Every day I seem to have something new added to the Christmas social calendar, which has started to impact my ability to provide my family with healthy meals.  This week, I have work Christmas functions, kids sporting activities, daycare graduation and Christmas party, and an extended family festive celebration on the weekend.  During the busy festive season,  it can be difficult to find time to meal plan and often we end up making unhealthy choices for our family as we crave some convenience among the chaos.Continue Reading →

Back to School Christmas Gift Guide – Grab your exclusive promo code!

Christmas Gift Guide - Kids opening presents

I can’t believe in two months time Julian will be starting school.  I know I’m going to sound so cliche, but the years truly do fly by.  The kid loves his food, and he loves a good variety, so I’m wanting to get a few different lunchboxes, food pouches, bento accessories, and drink bottles.  This way I will have flexibility in what I give to him on any given day, whether it be leftovers I’m wanting to keep warm in an insulated lunchbox, or a smoothie for morning tea that I need a great quality pouch for.  I’ve reached out to all of my favourite businesses and bought them together to offer YOU some amazing deals if you are in need of some back to school essentials also!Continue Reading →