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Berry Smoothie

  Make the most of berry season with a big glass of fruity goodness. This recipe is a quick and delicious way to satisfy your sweet tooth in a healthy way. Perfect to have for breakfast or add in some protein and enjoy it after a workout. Berry Smoothie Save Print Prep time 5 mins Total time 5 mins Recipe type: snacks Serves: 1 Ingredients 1 cup fresh spinach 1 cup frozen mixed berries 1 cup coconut water 1 frozen banana Instructions Place all the ingredients into a blender and process until well combined. Pour into a glass and drink straight away. 3.5.3208 Enjoy, J&L x

Mexican Rice Bowl

One of my favourite cuisines is Mexican food. This is such a simple recipe to make and it is also inexpensive. It is a great warming meal that tastes so fresh with tangy lime & lemon juice and coriander. SunRice Rice & Quinoa is a source of protein, fibre, magnesium and niacin and not only is it easy to cook, but rice is also versatile and gluten free. So no matter if you prefer to use it in a fresh rice salad, or alongside a crispy skin salmon, there’s something for everyone. There’s a bit of a misconception that rice – and brown rice in particular – is hard to cook, but it’s really not; it just requires a little more water and time than white rice. From go to whoa this dish can be made in 30 minutes, and that’s mainly just prep. Double the recipe and use for lunches during…

Peach and Nectarine Sorbet

Peaches and Nectarines are now in season and there are so many ways to enjoy them. I love making fruit sorbet in summer and have included both of these fruits in this recipe. This recipe does not require an ice cream maker and there are only 5 ingredients needed for this healthy, fresh dessert! Peaches and Nectarines are both rich in fibre, vitamin C and Vitamin A. For more recipes visit the 5 a day website. Peach and Nectarine Sorbet Save Print Prep time 5 mins Total time 5 mins Recipe type: Dessert Serves: 4 Ingredients 4 peaches, washed, pip removed 4 nectarines, washed, pip removed 4 tablespoons maple syrup 1 cup greek yogurt Juice of 1 lemon Instructions Place all ingredients into a food processor and blend well. Transfer to loaf pan and freeze for 5 hours before serving. 3.5.3217 Lx  

6 things you should never say to a pregnant woman

Since I’ve had my baby, I can now laugh about some of the comments that people make to pregnant woman. Getting asked if you’re pregnant with twins is bad enough, but when you’re hormonal and not sleeping, the crazy does come out hearing such comments. Here are a list of things you should never say to a pregnant woman. Your baby is going to be huge. One thing that is always going through the minds of every pregnant woman is how the baby is going to evacuate the building. When someone tells you that your baby is going to be huge, your anxiety levels climb! No one wants to imagine giving birth to a three year old with a head the size of a large watermelon. Sleep now because you won’t get any when the baby gets here. This one really grinded my gears. Throughout my entire pregnancy I don’t…

Rainbow Vegetable Skewers

  Wanting more ways to incorporate vegetables into your families diet to get your 5+ a day? These rainbow vegetable skewers are an easy way to increase your vegetable intake and kids love them! I try to use as many different coloured veges as possible so I’m getting a wide variety of vitamins, minerals and anti oxidants, we should be loading up on these. Other vegetables that can be added to the kebabs are mushrooms, eggplant, broccoli, beans, pumpkin, sweet potato and brussels sprouts. Vegetable skewers are a perfect side dish or snack that are packed with tons of flavour. They can also be cooked on the BBQ. Rainbow Vegetable Kebabs Save Print Prep time 20 mins Cook time 15 mins Total time 35 mins Recipe type: dinner Serves: 8 Ingredients 4 cherry tomatos, sliced in half 1 red capsicum, cut into chunks 1 carrot, cut into chunks…

Our favourite Auckland Spas

From facials and waxing to pregnancy massages, we’ve selected seven of our top spas in Auckland for the ultimate pampering session as we are often asked where our favourite places are to get beauty treatments To read our full list of Auckland Spa’s, visit Expedia. L x

Should parents post photos of their kids online?

As I approach the end of my pregnancy, something I’ve been asked a lot is whether I will include my baby in my social media posts. Often, when a baby arrives, we post pictures for the whole world to see. In fact, this generation of kids are the first in history to have their lives shared on social media before they’re old enough to even have a say. Would love to hear your opinion on why or why not you chose to share photos of your kids online. Read the full article here. L x

NZfulvic – The Best You

Trialing health products are what I could describe as being a hobby. Studying Nutrition and Naturopathy has opened me up to a world of information that I feel privileged to know, and also a responsibility to educate others on – I am lucky to do so through Julia & Libby. Libby and I get the chance to try lots of products and when NZfulvic turned up on my doorstep and I read it could help with the gut, I knew I had to try. Having battled with leaky gut a few times it is always in the back of my mind to consume nutrients that help with gut health. So what is fulvic?   Fulvic is extracted from nutrient rich soil in the South Island of New Zealand. Our soils used to be rich in fulvic acid but over time it has been stripped due to over farming and pollution.…

Berry Crepes

If you are in charge of breakfast on Christmas morning (or any morning for that matter) this is a delicious festive recipe for the troops! Utilising berries that are in season and packed full of antioxidants you can have these berry crepes ready in 20 minutes.  Use raspberries, blackberries, blueberries or strawberries, whatever you can get your hands on. Don’t miss out of the lemon marinade, that’s our favorite part.  For more berry recipes, like this Christmas Berry Fruit Salad, visit www.5aday.co.nz. Jx Berry Crepes Save Print Prep time 10 mins Cook time 10 mins Total time 20 mins Serves: 6-8 Ingredients 1 cup fresh blueberries, roughly chopped 1 cup fresh strawberries, diced Juice of 2 lemons 1 cup gluten free flour (or plain flour) 2 free range eggs 1 cup nut milk (or milk) ½ cup water 1 tablespoon coconut nectar (or sugar) Dollop of coconut yoghurt for…

Salted Caramel Milkshake

A little bit sweet, a little bit salty. Anything caramel flavoured I am drawn to. In my early 20’s I would go through the McDonald’s drive thru and ask for a cup of caramel sauce and devour the whole thing in a sitting. Long gone are those days, it’s not worth the sugar hangover! If you are a caramel lover, try this homemade milkshake. The combination of dates and cashews make it ultra creamy! Enjoy! Jx Salted Caramel Milkshake Save Print Prep time 2 mins Total time 2 mins Recipe type: Drinks Serves: 1 Ingredients 2 cups milk 6 dates, pitted 1 frozen banana ½ cup raw cashews 1 tablespoon maple syrup (or rice malt syrup) pinch salt Instructions Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until creamy and smooth. Pour into a glass. Enjoy! 3.5.3208  

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