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Simple Strawberries and Cream Smoothie (sugar-free, vegan, with hidden greens!)

I came up with this smoothie one afternoon when my 4 year old requested a ‘strawberry milkshake’. I do buy him the odd milkshake when we’re out and about, although he more frequently enjoys a babyccino, which he shoots back like a yuppie drinking espresso (he has become quite the babyccino connoisseur and is unimpressed if there is no accompanying marshmallow or chocolate freckle). In relation to milkshakes however, I’m not a fan of the supermarket flavoured milk drinks, syrups and powders that have loads of added sugar, as well as various numbers, preservatives, and other ‘ingredients’ I can’t pronounce. That popular strawberry (and chocolate) flavoured milk powder, loved by Australian children, is basically ALL sugar – nearly 3 tsp of it per serve. That’s assuming one sticks to the suggested serving size.

But, negativity aside, I also love smoothies because they provide a wonderful opportunity to sneak in extra healthful ingredients, such as greek yoghurt, kefir, chia seeds, oats, spices (vanilla and cinnamon are lovely), LSA mix, coconut milk or coconut water, as well as vegetables – I frequently add spinach and avocado. Smoothies use the ‘whole’ food – rather than juice, which separates out the fibre. My kids enjoy green smoothies, unaware that they contain all sorts of green vegetables, but they particularly love colourful fruit smoothies. Continue reading

Why my family quit sugar: with tips and strategies for parents who want to reduce their children’s sugar intake

This post describes my family’s experience of going sugar-free, along with some strategies for other parents who are interested in reducing their own children’s intake of sugar and processed foods. It doesn’t come from a place of judgement or criticism – I am lucky and privileged to have been in a position to make this lifestyle change, so I would never judge another person, or parent, for their decisions. Continue reading

Gelatinous Gut Goodness – Dinosaur Chews

I’ve always shied away from using powdered gelatin in recipes, possibly due to years of watching Masterchef competitors screw up panna cottas. If they couldn’t get it right, surely I wouldn’t be able to!

I am aware of the health benefits of gelatin, and have been making my own chicken bone broth for some months, which is much cheaper than buying packaged chicken stock. I take a particular pride in achieving a golden ‘gel’ on the top of my ten-hour broth. Georgia at Well Nourished has provided an excellent overview of the benefits of bone broth and a recipe. She also provides ideas on how to use bone broth every day. In my experience, you don’t need to use a freshly cooked chicken carcass and bones. When we roast a whole organic chicken, or bake a batch of chicken wings, I save and freeze all the bones in giant ziplock bags. First thing on stock day, I simply dump the frozen bones into my massive stock pot, along with the frozen vegetable odds and ends that I’ve saved along the way (carrot peel, celery ends, onion and garlic peel, herbs). Georgia suggests using apple cider vinegar, which helps to extract the gelatin from the bones.

Powdered gelatin, however, has never been on the menu, until I came across this recent article by Sarah Wilson and her recipe for coffee almond gummy squares. I have been wanting to make a healthy ‘lolly’ for my kids, so I used Sarah’s easy method to make gelatin chews in chocolate, strawberry and vanilla flavours. In dinosaur moulds, of course. Continue reading

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