10 easy, healthy lunchbox ideas

We dusted off our lunchboxes this week as my girls returned to their various preschool activities after the summer holidays. On Monday I certainly struggled to think of good lunchbox fillers and have been trying to put more thought into it as the week has gone on. My eldest daughter needs a packed lunch four days a week now. Ideally I'd love these lunches to be varied, healthy, homemade, tasty and desirable, without being too stressful for me to put together. To me a healthy lunch is one full of real food and real ingredients. I try to limit the amount of refined white sugar, refined white … [Read more...]

Tips for feeding kids a good breakfast

I noticed something pretty important recently. On the days I feed my girls a hearty breakfast, they don't get as hungry or grumpy during the day, and they don't ask for as many snacks. In fact it makes such a difference to how our days go, that I try to prepare them a cooked breakfast every day. I don't do this first thing in the morning mind. My oldest daughter nibbles on fruit and drinks raw milk while I get myself sorted for the day, and my youngest still starts her day with a bottle. I find this tides them over till I'm ready to fire up the stove. You might feel daunted by the idea … [Read more...]

How I helped my bottle-fed baby through reflux

Our first daughter, Lily, was always the picture of health and didn't get her first sniffle till she was18 months old, despite being put on antibiotics at birth for a suspected Strep B infection. When our second daughter, Sophie, was born naturally without antibiotic or drug intervention, I felt sure she would follow in her sister's healthy footsteps. This meant I was totally unprepared for dealing with reflux and the associated health issues Sophie had. Because Sophie was mostly bottle-fed (due to my lack of supply), I felt stuck as to what I could do to help her. I examined ingredients … [Read more...]

Herb Roasted Chicken on Creamy Potato Chunks

Today I'm sharing my favourite method of roasting chicken, along with the recipe for side potatoes I think compliments it perfectly. INGREDIENTS FOR HERB ROASTED CHICKEN 1 size 14 free range chicken 2T butter, cut into small pieces 1 onion, peeled Salt Pepper 1/2t thyme 1/2t marjoram 1/2t rosemary METHOD FOR HERB ROASTED CHICKEN 1. Place rack in centre of oven and preheat to 190°C. 2. Rinse chicken inside and out and pat dry with a paper towel. 3. Place breast-side up in a roasting dish (preferably one that comes with a cover). 4. Loosen the skin and place … [Read more...]

5 healthy foods to stretch your grocery budget further

  With food prices soaring, more parents like me are wondering how to get the best bang for their buck. I've found the following five nutrient-dense foods to be a good deal.   1. Whole free range chickens. Now I know free range chickens cost more than cage/barn-raised chickens, but they're also a lot more nutritious. When chickens are free to range outside in the sun, they make vitamin D which is then passed on to us when we eat them. Most of us are deficient in vitamin D, especially in winter, so it's important to absorb it from as many food sources as possible. Free range … [Read more...]