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Baby Essentials

One of the most over whelming tasks when you’re expecting, is figuring out what you really need once the baby arrives. There are countless baby products and brands on the market and everyone has a different opinion on what works best for them and their baby.  I thought I’d share a list of products that I couldn’t live without during the first 2 months of having Max. Although the list can get a lot more extensive than this, I wanted to keep it simple and stick with the basics. Every baby is different and comes with their own set of needs, even though I found these items useful, it’s possible that other mothers had success using other brands. Please share your must-have items for newborns if you have them! Bugaboo Cameleon The Bugaboo Cameleon is definitely at the top of my list. After having a c-section, the only exercise I…

Pear, Apple and Kale Salad

Chopped kale, tossed in a maple, mustard, lemon juice and olive oil dressing, topped with sliced apple and pear, quinoa, pecans, goats cheese and dried cranberries. If you are wanting a vibrant salad that is full of nutrients, this is the perfect recipe. The apple and pear help to sweeten the salad, the cranberries add a chewy texture and the kale gives it a crunchy texture. Both apples and pears are high in fibre which helps keep you regular and prevents bloating. They contain vitamins A, C and B6 as well as Magnesium and Calcium. Apples and pears are now in season and there are so many different ways to enjoy these fruits. For more apple and pear recipes, visit the 5+ A Day website. Pear, Apple and Kale Salad Save Print Prep time 10 mins Total time 10 mins Recipe type: dinner Serves: 4 Ingredients 2 apples,…

Top 5 Big Little Lies told about food

Too often we get carried away believing everything we are told. Inspired by NEON and SoHo’s upcoming show, Big Little Lies – starring Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and Shailene Woodley I’ve picked out five Big Little Lies in health and nutrition to expose for you guys! With all the diet and nutrition information out there, it’s not always clear how to distinguish fact from fiction. It’s healthier to eat egg whites rather than whole eggs. For years, experts believed eggs were unhealthy due to their high cholesterol levels, which is found in the yolk.  Dietary cholesterol was once thought to be the cause of unhealthy cholesterol levels so many people stuck to eating egg whites. Research has found that cholesterol in food is not the enemy, and that trans fats have a much greater effect on blood cholesterol. Eggs are a rich source of protein and nutrients including iron, zinc…

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

Green Smoothie

A Green Smoothie was the first ever recipe to feature on our website in 2012, and they still remain a favourite in our diet. Green smoothies are a fantastic way to eat your vegetables without even realising it.  This Green Smoothie recipe is full of nutrient-dense vegetables, giving you the benefits of filling plant-fibre. Feel free to add in other ingredients such as chia seeds, shredded coconut, banana, nut milk, ginger, mint and berries. Green Smoothie Save Print Prep time 5 mins Total time 5 mins Recipe type: snacks Ingredients 1 cup fresh spinach 1 lebanese cucumber 1 cup coconut water or water ½ cup ice 1 cup fresh pineapple, diced Handful fresh mint Instructions Place all the ingredients into a blender and process until well combined. Pour into glasses and drink straight away. 3.5.3208 J&L x  

Cauliflower Rice Stir Fry

Pulsing raw cauliflower in a food processor transforms it into a rice like dish thats perfect for adding another serving of vegetables into your meal. This recipe is also a great way to use up expiring produce, not to mention a delicious way to enjoy them. Feel free to use whatever vegetables you have on hand and any protein choices you enjoy such as chicken, beef, tofu or just extra veggies. This flavourful stir-fried dinner is simple to throw together, healthy, delicious, and your family will love it. Cauliflower Rice Stir Fry Save Print Prep time 15 mins Cook time 15 mins Total time 30 mins Recipe type: dinner Serves: 3 Ingredients 2 chicken thighs, cut into small pieces 1 head cauliflower (approx. 475 g), cut into florets 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 1 head broccoli, chopped into small florets 1 red capsicum, diced 1 large garlic clove,…

Blackberry Nice Cream

Homemade ice cream is one of our favourite treats, especially when it’s made with fresh berries. This 2-ingredient Blackberry Nice Cream is dairy-free, vegan and sugar-free. Perfect to make everyone happy! It is one of the easiest summer no-churn ice cream recipes around and great to have during the warm months of the year. Feel free to top with chocolate, coconut and fresh fruit. Blackberry Nice Cream Save Print Prep time 5 mins Total time 5 mins Recipe type: dessert Serves: 2 Ingredients 2 frozen bananas ½ cup frozen blackberries (or other frozen berry) Instructions Place the ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth. Pour into bowls and eat straight away. 3.5.3208 Enjoy, J&L x  

Chocolate Banana Thick shake

When we were young we used to love making homemade thick shakes after school. We would use ice cream, milk and chocolate or vanilla syrup. If we tried drinking this now, we would probably have a stomach ache for days. This chocolate banana thick shake is made using nourishing ingredients that wont leave you with a sugar rush after consuming. It is also a great way to start the day and can be made in under 5 minutes. Its so delicious, its almost on the verge of being pudding, if you do want to make it into a pudding, leave out the milk. Chocolate Banana Thick shake Save Print Prep time 5 mins Total time 5 mins Recipe type: snacks Serves: 1 Ingredients 1 frozen banana 2 cups milk 1 heaped teaspoon cacao powder 1 avocado, peeled and pip removed 2 teaspoons cacao nibs Instructions Place banana, milk, cacao powder…

Nut Free Bliss Balls

Bliss Balls are one of the easiest and nutritious snacks to make. These bliss balls are nut-free, making them perfect for people with nut allergies. Most schools are a no no for nuts which means you can send these snacks along to school as a healthy lunch box treat. As well as being nut free, these bliss balls are also gluten, dairy and refined sugar free. I have used dates, cacao, orange rind and vanilla to sweeten them. Nut Free Bliss Balls Save Print Prep time 10 mins Total time 10 mins Recipe type: snacks Ingredients 1 cup of dates, pitted and soaked in warm water for 30 minutes 1 ¼ cup desiccated coconut 2 teaspoons cacao powder ¼ cup cacao nibs 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted Juice and rind of 2 oranges 1 tablespoon vanilla extract Instructions Place dates, 1 cup desiccated coconut, cacao powder, cacao nibs, coconut…

Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

For those of you that love ice cream but cant enjoy dairy versions, here is a a recipe to satisfy your ice cream cravings. This chocolate chip ice cream uses frozen bananas as its base, creating a smooth and creamy texture of regular ice cream, without the dairy and refined sugar. Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Save Print Prep time 5 mins Total time 5 mins Recipe type: snacks Serves: 2 Ingredients 2 frozen bananas 1 heaped tsp cacao powder ¼ cup cacao nibs Instructions Place the banana and cacao powder into a food processor and blend until smooth. Sprinkle with cacao nibs and pour into bowls and eat straight away. 3.5.3208 Enjoy, J&L x

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