Choose whichever option you prefer.
● 8 small gluten free biscuits/cookies (We like Gluten Free Freelicious Tea Biscuits)
● ~1/2 cup Almond Meal plus 1/2 tbsp Honey
If using the biscuits, simply crush them and pour into the bottom of your glasses
If using almond meal, mix the almond meal and honey and pour into your glasses.
- 2 cups reduced fat ricotta (2x 250g tubs)
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen.
Mix together your ricotta and honey and divide amongst your glasses.
Microwave your blueberries for about 30 seconds or until they can be squished.
Spoon on your blueberries over the top of your ricotta mix.
Serve immediately or chill in the fridge until you’re ready to serve!
My top 5 tips for reducing chemical exposure in your life and live clean this summer:
For those of you who don’t know my journey, I grew up in gorgeous Central Queensland, the lush black soil was perfect for cattle farming and growing crops. However, the 70’s bought with it the chemical revolution in the farming world. This unfortunately meant as children we were exposed to multiple chemicals pretty much on a continual basis. In my 20s and 30s I found myself continually detoxing under the guidance of health professionals, astounded by the deep levels of chemical residue in my system, but I never really understood the full extent of the chemical maze out there in our food and environment.
So began my intense journey to find products and ingredients that I could trust.
What companies do you trust to provide you with products that will support a Live Clean lifestyle? Everyone wants to know that what they are paying for is safe and that all ingredients are exposed. Argghhh now here is the key, let me share some tips with you.
Be aware of words on packaging
Words like Natural, Clean, Safe, Pure, Green even Organic are the keywords that make my eyes pop lately. You see marketing is very tricky these days, just because you see these words does not necessarily mean the product is free of the nasties. Check out our resources on this topic on our blog.
What’s not listed?
Call the company, ask them if they list all the ingredients on the packaging, and ask them what ingredients are NOT listed that are below the threshold where they do not have to be revealed.
What testing has the products been through. Have the products been endorsed scientifically and can they prove this. I know of companies whose products were thought to be safe and natural that have since been tested independently tested and the ingredient protocols were definitely NOT ok. When mixed with water they formed formaldehyde. So do your homework.
Many people have not heard of the Environmental working group. Just onto their site, they are leading the way in ensuring consumers know about products and ingredients. http://www.ewg.org/
Take action TODAY!
Once you find a brand that you can trust, stick with it. I am pleased to say there are many out there. My favourite Live Clean brand as many know is Modere, you can find their website here at https://www.modere.com.au/?referralCode=256337 with an embedded code to allocate you a $10 credit into your cart to start making the change. They have safe solutions for your home from the bathroom to the kitchen and anything in-between. Consumers can buy what they want when they want online and home delivered.
Enjoying freshly made yogurt offers a wealth of health benefits, particularly for growing children. In fact, recent research revealed 98 per cent of dietitians recommend yogurt as a healthy snack for children because of its health benefits.
Yogurt is an excellent source of protein and calcium. To maximise the benefit of live cultures such as probiotics, yogurt is best made fresh at home rather than purchasing from a supermarket shelf.
Encouraging little ones to eat nutritious foods can be challenging. It requires a bit of clever, fun thinking to convince kids that healthy food can also be delicious.
These ideas are designed to offer parents healthy snack food inspiration:
- Serve unsweetened yogurt with a drizzle of honey and fruit. It’s a great way to kick start the day and also makes for a nutritious after school snack.
- Add grated cucumber and garlic, fresh lemon juice and mint to unsweetened natural or Greek yogurt for tantalising tzatziki. Kids will enjoy eating this dip with carrot, cucumber and celery sticks. Any leftovers can be added to Monday’s ‘Sip and crunch’ and even used as a delicious sandwich spread for lunch.
- Yogurt is a versatile substitute ingredient in cooking. Replace sour cream with unsweetened Greek yogurt when making nachos and the kids won’t know the difference. Alternatively, try making café style pancakes using unsweetened natural yogurt instead of milk, add favourite toppings and enjoy!
- Enjoy greater control of ingredients by making homemade frozen yogurt popsicles. Simply add freshly cut fruit to favourite yogurt flavours and freeze in popsicle moulds for a fun, delicious and nutritious alternative to pre-packaged ice cream.
- Turn yogurt into an easy on-the-go travel snack or school lunchbox treat with yogurt pouches such as the range from EasiYo. Featuring three kid friendly designs, “Squeezi-yo’s” are available in packs of three from Australia Natural Care and EasiYo.
EasiYo yogurt is made effortlessly at home, is delicious, nutritious, vegetarian and gluten free. Simply follow the instructions – it takes just a few minutes to prepare – and let the live cultures work their magic overnight!
EasiYo is available from Big W, Woolworths, Foodland, Coles, IGA and online via Australian Natural Care or directly on EasiYo.com. For more information and recipe ideas, visit EasiYo.com.
School lunches can produce lots of waste from plastic wrapping to chip packets and sealed snack bags. Waste free lunches are designed to eliminate the use of unnecessary packaging by using reusable products that are environmentally friendly. This means no excess waste is produced in the making or consumption of school lunches.
Creating waste free lunches is an easy way to help ensure your child is consuming food that is nutritious and less toxic by reducing packaged and processed foods and introducing fresh whole foods. Tracey Bailey, founder of Biome Eco Stores lists six ways you can reduce the waste in your child’s school lunches.
The thought of packing good cutlery into a child’s lunch box can be worrying for some parents. Instead give your child the responsibility of taking care of their own cutlery and purchase a set that comes with a storage bag. This will ensure your cutlery won’t get lost and will prevent you from purchasing disposable plastic cutlery that takes over 100 years to decompose.
The convenience of disposable paper napkins or towels make it appealing to pack one in to your child’s lunchbox, however this single use product contributes greatly to landfill and destroys our natural resources. Instead pack a reusable napkin and wash it after each use.
A common lunchtime meal consumed by children every year are sandwiches which are usually packaged in plastic wrap or aluminium foil, methods of which contribute to excess environmental waste. Instead, try a reusable lunch wrap made from fabric. It will keep your child’s sandwich fresh without the use of plastic or aluminium foil wrapping and can be washed and used again.
Bento-style lunch boxes are a fun and waste free way to package nutritious food for your child’s lunch. The range of compartments allow you to provide a variety of different foods for your child to consume. From blueberries to rice, dried fruit or vegetables, this style lunch box is fun, nontoxic and completely waste free.
Disposable plastic water bottles are becoming a major environmental issue. They significantly contribute to landfill every year, litter our oceans and extract valuable natural resources from our planet. Instead of giving your child a plastic disposable water bottle or pre-packaged juice opt for a reusable stainless steel or PBA free plastic bottle.
Reusable pouches and plastic free container
Single use plastic zip lock bags contribute greatly to landfill and harm our planet in many ways. Instead of using single use plastic zip lock bags try reusable pouches or plastic free containers to store food. These reusable items will significantly reduce your household contribution to landfill.
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Back to School can conjure up feelings of joy for parents and trepidation for teachers. It’s hard to miss all the wild excitement for it, as five minutes after the post-Christmas sales finish, the back to School ads appear. So what are some considerations for heading back into a new academic year? From a teacher’s point of view, I’d love to see kids coming back having had an awesome break, feeling reinvigorated for their next year of learning with one or two goals in mind for what they want to do. So how can you achieve this? Most kids have no idea what they want. The same could be said for a lot of adults too, but you never know what someone wants until you take the time to ask them.
Whilst the cliché idea of the New Year’s resolution is nothing more than a notional way people feel good for a day or two before they go back to their old ways, goal setting with your kids is completely different and is an excellent way to create a positive and proactive start to the year.
Take some time in the holidays to spend a day one on one with each of your kids. A special day out with mum or dad. Do something fun and then ask the child about what he or she would like to achieve this year. What do they want to achieve academically, sports-wise and for their personal interest? What excites them? Is there anything that worries them, or anything they might see as a barrier this year? This can be a great and informative goal-setting exercise and you might discover interests that your kids have that you never knew.
This sort of one on one family discussion can quite often be missed due to the busy nature of our lives, but it can create focus and lead to other great conversations with your kids throughout the year. It’s really important you make the time about them. It’s not what you want them to do or achieve this year. It has to come from them. It’s about what they want to achieve. Your task is to tactfully frame the conversation and provide the opportunity for your kids to think about the idea of setting goals.
Having a healthy and proactive mind goes hand in hand with having a healthy diet and being physically active. So coming into the new year, set the scene for your kids to get the most out of 2017! Spend some time, set some goals and together you can look back as a family on the many proud moments that come from this. Have a wonderful and prosperous 2017!
Article submitted by David Gregory of Xcursion