Healthy Christmas treats the kids (and you!) will love

Are you looking for some healthy Christmas treats the kids (and you!) will love?  These treats are not only tasty and 100% kid approved, they are a fun activity  to keep the kids entertained in the kitchen this festive season, without the worry of sugar overload.

Healthy Christmas treats the kids (and you!) will love

For my family, Christmas time is just as much about enjoying delicious food together, as it is about exchanging of gifts and spending time with loved ones.

It can be hard with young children to find a balance between allowing them to have ‘treat’ food, as it is a special occasion, whilst still making sure their little bodies aren’t being overloaded with sugar and processed foods.

By getting creative with fresh fruit and vegetables in bright, vibrant colours you can create gorgeous festive snacks that the kids will love to make (and eat!).Continue Reading →

Pick and Mix homemade ice blocks (popsicles)

Colorful popsicles with fresh fruits in vintage tray

The weather here in Sydney has started to really heat up, and the kids are spending more time in the pool, running under the sprinkler, and having fun in the sun.  Like all kids… my kids just love ice blocks!  I don’t love the sugar rush that they seem to get from many of the store bought varieties, so when I was given these awesome pick and mix homemade ice blocks (popsicles) recipes I was one happy camper!Continue Reading →

9 healthy Halloween party food ideas your kids will love to make

Healthy Halloween Frankenstein Kiwis

Over the past few years I’ve noticed that Halloween in Australia seems to be getting more and more popular, however I don’t see many healthy Halloween treats around.

I must admit that I do struggle at these times of year as I don’t love loading my kids up with sugary snacks.  Whilst I am all for my boys having the occasional sweet treat, I just don’t like what the sugar overload does to their little bodies.

My youngest, Orlando, particularly doesn’t handle sugar well and tends to get very over stimulated by even small amounts.  So this year, we’ve been on the hunt for some fun healthy Halloween party food ideas!

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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.

Unfortunately, whilst they are super tasty, they are expensive and have over 13 ingredients…. and at least 7 are sources are sugar!Continue Reading →

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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Super Power Spaghetti Bolognaise

If there is one thing my boys will always eat when put it in front of them, it’s spaghetti (or as they call it, pisketti!).  Whilst it’s easy to simply buy a jar of pre-made pasta sauce to make your spaghetti bolognaise, its actually not at all difficult to make your own.  By doing so you avoid unnecessary salt, preservatives, and other additives, and can pack a whole lot of goodness in for your little peeps (that even the fussiest of eaters won’t detect)!Continue Reading →

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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