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6 Vegetables to Hide in a Smoothie

No matter what I'm cooking, I'm always thinking in terms of how I can inject more nourishment, especially when feeding my kids. Because children are growing so rapidly, they have a much greater nutritional requirements, yet a smaller capacity to be nourished (smaller stomachs). So my motto when working to improve the health of kids is to make 'every mouthful count' nutritionally. One tip I always offer pare ...

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Planning Makes Perfect

Feeding a family is not always easy, right? But having a little forethought and planning ahead a few meals can really help feed your family well. Meal planning is such a great idea in theory but sometimes the follow-through can be a little harder for those who aren’t in the meal-prepping routine (yet). Here are some tips and ideas for quick, convenient meals that can often be prepared or made completely in ...

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Mexican Omelette Wrap

This Mexican Omelette is a delicious, quick and easy breakfast, lunch or dinner. It’s so simple, the kids could even make it themselves.   INGREDIENTS Salsa 10-12 cherry tomatoes, halved 1-2 capsicums (red or yellow), diced 1 cup baby spinach leaves ½ cup red cabbage, shredded (optional) 1 avocado, diced Handful of coriander leaves, chopped 425g can black beans, drained and rinsed Dressing Juice half l ...

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Have Your Cake and Eat it Too!

There’s no doubting it – the star attraction at most parties (be that a kids’ birthday bash or a sophisticated adult do) is the cake. It can be the element that you work your entire party theme around, or it can be more practical and multi-tasked at dessert time. Either way, make sure you get a slab and enjoy it – it’s bad luck not to eat cake at a party, right?! These cakes were made by Olivia McAuliffe of ...

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Bring a Plate

In primitive times, food acquisition was a group effort and food was shared amongst the village. There’s something special about sharing food with others - it’s very bonding and even educational, teaching children about cooperation and fairness. An interesting study of 466 Belgian students found that those who had shared meals more frequently in childhood scored better for altruistic behaviours, particularl ...

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Nori-Crusted Salmon

I’m a huge salmon lover, so I’m always looking for new ways to prepare and serve it. Here I’ve teamed it with nori, and its salty sea flavour works perfectly with the succulent rich fish. Then served on a fresh, ginger-flavoured bed of soba noodles as the smart carb and a gorgeous mix of veggies. Serves 4. INGREDIENTS 4 nori sheets, torn into pieces 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1 teaspoon chilli f ...

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Kids in the Kitchen

One of the most effective ways to encourage your kids to develop a love of real food is to get them involved in preparing meals with you. Kids love cooking and research has proven time and time again that when they have some involvement in the creating of the meal, they are much more likely to eat it.    Getting your kids in the kitchen isn’t as time consuming or messy as you’re thinking. They don’t have to ...

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Recipe // Fruity Pops

One of the most simple and creative ice blocks your kids can make themselves is the Fruity Pop. Kids of any age can make these - you can cut the fruit so they can design their own ice block, or older kids can both cut the fruit and make them. If you don’t have ice block moulds, these can easily be made in tall glasses or ramekins with wooden popsicle sticks.  What you need Your kids’ favourite fruits, cut i ...

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Nature Cure

Have you heard of “nature cure”? It’s a term that underpins the philosophy of naturopathy and encompasses using nature to treat what ails us. The Medical Sanctuary’s Cassi Cowlam explains. The concept of “nature cure” is simple. It includes drinking plenty of fresh water, exercising daily, playing in the sunshine, eating as close to nature as possible and getting restorative sleep. It doesn’t sound that har ...

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Healthy Snack Ideas for Kids

In my experience, snacks are often where many kids diets are let down with most commercially available ‘snack’ food not only nutritionally void, but often actually detrimental to good health and development. Just because it’s ‘just a snack’ doesn’t mean it should lack nourishment! Snacks are very different from treats in my mind. So today I thought I’d share my thoughts and ideas on healthy snacks for kids. ...

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