Homemade Healthy LCM Bars

As much as I’d like to say that I make everything for my little peeps from scratch, it simply isn’t the case.  I generally keep a stash of healthy snacks in the pantry for those times I just need to quickly grab a few quick snacks to pop in my handbag for the kiddos when we are heading out and about.  One of our favourite pre-packaged snacks, that I haven’t paid enough attention to the label, is the LCM bar.

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Embracing Mothers Guilt – Why I’m ok with it

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“Put your phone down mummy”.  Those words still cut through me.  I was awash with mothers guilt.  I felt ashamed and guilty that I was trying to hide the fact that I was responding to emails rather than watching Orlando put on a little show for me.  I hadn’t seen him all day, and yet somehow I still couldn’t dedicate five minutes to my son.   He’s only 2.5 years old and yet he could see straight through me.

I thought to myself “I’m a shit mum”.

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10 healthy blueberry snack ideas that your kids will love to cook

I introduced blueberries both my boys from six months of age, and for them both it was love at first berry! Ever since I have been on the hunt for a variety healthy blueberry snack ideas.  I’ve always got a fresh punnet on hand when they are in season and not too expensive, or a freezer stash of them for other times of year.

There are so many fun and different ways of serving them, but first, let’s take a look at why you should be including them on your family menu.

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Top 10 healthy recipe websites: The ultimate go-to list for meal planning

Like you, each and every week I stop and wonder what I am going to feed the munchkins in the week ahead.  Between work, day care drop off / pick ups, kids activities, there is not a whole lot of spare time up my sleeve.  It can be easy to draw a mental blank when it comes to meal planning, so it is super helpful to pull out my ‘Little Black Book’ of healthy recipe websites.

I get asked all the time where I find all of my favourite recipes from, so I thought I would share it with you.  So here it is, my top ten websites for accessing some fabulous, family friendly recipes, including my kids favourite recipe from each!

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Fussy Eating – How to get your child to eat healthy meals

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Thanks to Jodie Read, Certified Paediatric Dietitian (and co-founder of Rainebeau Co), for contributing this fantastic guest blog on Fussy Eating to Little Peeps Eats.  

How do we get our children to eat healthy meals?

Fussy eating is a normal stage for your child to go through, and this happens usually around the toddler years. Some children will insist on only eating the same thing over and over and any new foods they refuse to try.

Making healthy varied meals for your child only to have them refused and thrown on the floor can be frustrating, upsetting and most likely messy! The good news is that this stage should only be temporary, and there are a few strategies you can try to encourage new foods and expand their choices.

A bit of mess, and food exploration is part of the process of a child discovering and learning about new foods before they may enjoy them. However to encourage them to try new foods, and be a little hungry when meal times come around it can help to be aware of things that may impact on their appetite first.

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Roasted Pumpkin, Cauliflower and Carrot Soup – Your immune boosting Winter recipe

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I’m now in operation immune boosting mode for my family. My little one has gotten sick again in a relatively short period of time and we aren’t even halfway through winter yet.. so I’m pulling out all stops to try to get all our immune system boosted by cooking up some tasty, healthy and full of vitamins dishes.  This Roasted Pumpkin, Cauliflower and Carrot Soup is so full of goodness it has simply got to help keep those germs away!

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Quinoa Con Carne – Quick & Easy Mexican Dinner

My boys are huge fans of Mexican food.  We love to make healthy nachos, enchiladas, tacos, and burritos. I’ve typically always made a batch of mild Chilli Con Carne as the base for these dishes, but as simple as it is sometimes I just don’t have the time or don’t have mince on hand to be making it in the traditional way.  I needed a quicker and easier option for times like these.

I have found using quinoa instead of meat is just as tasty, takes half of the time to prepare, and best of all still 100% kid approved!  There are also some great health benefits to eating quinoa, it’s protein rich, high in fibre, and also a fabulous source of iron.

What I love most about this dish is you literally just throw it all in one pot and let it do it’s thing!

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