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2 Delicious Ways to Get Avocado Into Your Children

Do you have fussy eaters who turn their nose up at healthy foods?  Well if you’re anything like me you’ll find a way, and this is my way of getting avocado into them – avocados are full of amazing good fats so I make sure it’s part of their diet.

These two desserts are completely delicious and my two boys devour them in seconds and ask for more.  Little do they know…

Strawberry Citrus Ice Cream
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1 ripe avocado
4 cups frozen organic (if possible!) strawberries (I chop these up before they go in the freezer to make it easier on the food processor)
1/2 cup plain organic yogurt
1/4 cup raw honey
4 drops Wild Orange essential oil*
4 drops Lime essential oil*
*you can purchase these food grade oils here.

Add all the ingredients to a high-speed blender or food processor and blend until all the frozen strawberries have broken down.  Serve immediately. 


Raw Chocolate Moussechoc-mousse

This recipe not only has avocado but it’s rich in magnesium from the cacao too so it’s super healthy!  Our bodies need the correct amount of magnesium in our diets for us to sleep properly, so we need a regular intake of magnesium.  Also, cancer free populations have an extremely high magnesium intake of 2.5 – 3g which is 10 times more than most western countries.  So here we go…

1 avocado
1/2 cup creamy coconut milk
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 raw cacao powder
2 tbsp raw honey
(add a dollop of hazelnut butter for a Ferrero Roche twist – so good!)

Using a food processor or high-speed blender, combine all ingredients until smooth.  Put in refrigerator to chill before serving.  I love to top them with some fresh raspberries!


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One of the biggest pitfalls when it comes to weight-loss

Most women approach a weight-loss program with gusto.  We’re spurred on with visualisations of ourselves at the end of the program strutting our stuff in our slinky new outfit – then bam!

You reach the end of the program and find you haven’t reached your target weight – you start to internalise and sabotage yourself for possible reasons why.

More often than not, the answer boils down to one thing (and it has nothing to do with weakness or lack of willpower)…

Body shame.

We get caught up in the self-sabotage pattern and don’t allow ourselves to love our bodies.

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Why do SO many women do this?   When you hate your body, then no one else can hurt you.  As unkind as we are to ourselves, this way of being ‘keeps us safe’. Because if you don’t love yourself then there is nothing anyone can take away from you.

You think you are protecting yourself, but really you keep yourself trapped and avoid any chance of loving the skin you are in and accepting yourself just as you are.

Don’t let negative thought patterns sabotage your goals – you deserve to live in a body you love!

Swapping out negative thought patterns for more compassionate ones might feel vulnerable to start with, but I can promise you this: when you let go, when you start showing you and your body compassion, you start to experience the feeling you’ve been searching for in diets: love & self-acceptance.

So the next time you approach a weight-loss plan, make sure your mind-set is in check as this can make all the difference – because to reach your destination, you need to start loving your body just as it is right now.

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Chocolate Chia Pud

I love chocolate and I love puds!  A sweet indulgence doesn’t have to be laden with sugar and unhealthy fats.  Made with the right ingredients you can have a delicious dessert that’s not only delicious but nutritious too!

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This pudding is rich in magnesium (from the cacao) and is full of amazing omega 3 fats (from the chia seeds).  So many of us are deficient in magnesium so this a really delicious and natural way for our body to absorb it.  Omega 3 fats are essential for our heart, brain and eye health.

1 ¼ cup unsweetened almond or coconut milk

¼ chia seeds

2 tbsp raw cacao powder (more or less, depending on how chocolatey you want it)

¼ tsp vanilla extract (optional)

Pinch of pink Himalayan salt (this is my most favourite nutritious salt)

1 tbsp organic raw honey or 100% pure maple syrup

Directions: add all ingredients into a mason jar, top with lid and shake well until all ingredients are well combined.  Put jar into fridge and let sit for an hour or so, or overnight, until pudding is nice and thick and to desired texture.  Periodically give the pudding a shake.  Serve the pudding chilled and top with fresh rasberries, coconut, or goji berries.

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How to nourish your children without spending hours in the kitchen

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So here goes last night’s conversation with one of my boys:

“Mummy, what are we having for dinner?”

“Cheesy beans babe”

“Awww… but we always have cheesy beans” (THEY DON’T)

People seem to think I have it all figured out and that every item of food that lands on our table is cooked from scratch. Wrong. I’m just like you.

Cooking real food takes real time so if I was doing this for every meal I’d have no time for myself or my children. My realistic goal is aiming for 80% of the time.

Prepping and planning makes life so much easier and at this time of year soups and stews are ideal. I don’t know where I’d be without my slow cooker – this genius appliance saves me a lot of time in the kitchen plus it’s big enough to make leftovers – leftovers for the next day or storing in the freezer are the way to go for an easy life! Plus have you noticed how much more flavoursome it is the next day?

Cooking every meal from scratch is near impossible without burnout so adopt the motto ‘cook once, eat twice’ (or three or four times and box up for the freezer).

Now our boys are older they can eat most things we eat which makes life much easier. They still object to new dishes but that’s because it’s new, however… perseverance pays off. Dishes they were turning their nose up at a month ago they now love.

As some of you know I’m also a huge advocate for smoothies – smoothies can be made full of nourishing goodness, they’re quick, easy, and they’re so digestible – win win!

It always surprises me when my boys enjoy the smoothies I make and nothing makes me happier than when they happily drink or eat something without complaint and I know it’s nourishing them in so many ways. Getting them involved in the making process always helps (although I try and cover their eyes when the spinach or kale goes in).

I’ll be posting more delicious recipes to my blog soon but if there’s anything you’d really like to see please post a comment in the box below and/or if there’s anything that resonated with you in this post I’d love to hear that too!

Happy blending, stewing, slow cooking, or whatever it is that nourishes your family in the most stress-free way.

Health & happiness,
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Xmas Gingerbread & Raw Chocolate Infused with Orange & Cinnamon Essential Oils

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XMAS GINGERBREAD (Gluten-free & Refined Sugar Free)
Preheat oven to 160c (320f)
Ingredients:
1 tbs ground ginger powder
1 egg lightly beaten
100g melted butter
1/2 tsp mixed spice powder
pinch of sea salt
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 cup brown rice flour
1 cup gram flour (chickpea flour)
Method:
Mix all ingredients in a bowl until it forms together in a pastry ball. Dust the bench top with some rice or gram flour and roll out into a thin layer. If you think your pastry is too moist, massage some more gram flour into the pastry. Cut into shapes and gently lift onto your baking tray, rolling out the remainder, dusting surface with flour and repeating. Bake for 15 minutes or until edges are browned. Allow to cool for 5 minutes on the tray before serving. Sprinkle some icing sugar or arrowroot flour if you want to keep them sugar free. Enjoy!

RAW CHOCOLATE INFUSED WITH ORANGE & CINNAMON ESSENTIAL OILS
Ingredients:
100g raw cacao butter
6 tbs raw cacao powder
4 tbs maple syrup (more if you like them sweeter)
1 small pinch sea salt
2 drops cinnamon essential oil (optional)
2 drops orange essential oil (optional)
Method:
Melt raw cacao butter in a pyrex bowl/jug sitting over some boiled water in a large pot (just so long as it’s big enough for the pyrex jug to sit on the bottom). It’s important to melt it slowly and under 40 degrees in order to keep it’s nutrients. Once the butter has melted then add the raw cacao powder, maple syrup, sea salt, and essential oils. Stir until all blended then pour into moulds. Place in freezer to set for 20-30 minutes then store in fridge but I doubt they’ll last long – they make a delicious and nutritious after dinner treat!

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