Our daughter turned one yesterday!
It was such a fun day full of laughs, swinging on the swings, and some bloody good food. We're pretty low fuss parents, so my husband and I decided against a party she wouldn't remember and got her a cute pair of shoes as her present. Pretty sure she had an amazing day and that's what matters most.
Disclaimer: To each their own when it comes to feeding your kids! It can be a topic of contention among parents, there is no doubt about it. This is just what we decided to do on our daughter's special day.
I knew my daughter was never going to have a proper cake on her first birthday. She hasn't had refined sugar, eats like a little legend and loves her fruit. Why introduce her to highly addictive sugar and risk the good thing we have going on?
I decided to make her one from scratch. It took me minutes to make and cost me 12$.
Place the watermelon in the fridge an hour or so before you need to make the cake
Slice the end off and continue to slice 1/2 inch to 1inch thick pieces. If you want a perfect shape, use a cookie cutter (like the image above). I decided to go free hand, cutting the largest square at the bottom and then each layer got smaller and smaller.
Stack the slices on top of each other and secure with toothpick, or a long candle. I got a long candle because I thought it was a bit safer.
Add the blueberries and then sprinkle with chia (they're kinda like the "sprinkles")
Serve chilled, and have fun watching the mess be made!
Meal prepping isn't for everyone, and it sure as hell wasn't for me before becoming a Mom. I'm not a huge leftover fan if I'm honest. I prefer to cook fresh food over turning the dial to 1:30 on the microwave.
However, I do love leftovers when my husband is away for work and I'm cooking for one. That's about it though. I know meal prep is different than leftovers, but the premise was kinda the same to me. I had to ask myself: Will putting the work in really make a difference, and will I mind eating food that has already been prepared?
The answer was a simple, yes and NO!
Meal prep has been huge help in our household. Putting in the time does make a huge difference, and no, I don't mind eating food that has been pre-prepared.
There were a few things I needed to implement to have the most amount of success with this new endeavor.
1. Meal Planner
I bought this one from KMART and it was a whopping $3. If you are taking the time to prepare your food ahead of time, then you should be able to jot down what you're having and when so that you don't forget what's in the Tupperware. I also recommend labeling them with sticky notes, especially if you're prepping food for multiple people. For instance, when I make overnight oats, mine differ from my husband's (his have diary, mine are dairy free), so I like to stack and label them accordingly with our initials.
This part had two components:
A. Storage for your meals / cut veggies
B. Storage for your produce
A. I just bought this 10 piece glass Pyrex set (in the collage below) from Harris Scarfe during the Boxing Day sales. It was $70, marked down to $34! I prefer glass to plastic for a lot of reasons. Glass is dishwasher, microwave and refrigerator safe. It also doesn't absorb odors, food stains or flavors. AND, let's not forget, glass is also better for the environment.
I've included some other containers that that I'm a huge fan of, including the Kilner travel jar and the stainless steel Planet Lunchbox. Click the photo to visit the product's web page.
B. Storing veggies and keeping them fresh can me a mighty tough task. The veggie crisper drawer gets more and more full, with the newest produce sitting on top of the previously store-bought food items . . . and we know all know the outcome, don't we? Throwing away countless kilos of food annually, which is such a shame and hard of your wallet too.
So, how can we fix this dilemma? Cue Swag Bags. I posted about them already, (<----- Read It) but these little guys are mighty cool, and will really help you to fight the war on waste if you use them correctly. They are non-toxic, machine washable, sustainable and environmentally friendly. Loads of people asked me about them on post mentioned and via instagam as well. I bought them for my Mom for Christmas and it sounds like a lot of my other followers gifted them as well.
So this week I've partnered up with BIOME, and I'm excited to announce that I'll be giving away a Swag Bag Starter Kit (valued you at $72 AUD) to one lucky winner!! This starter kit has two small bags, one long bag, and one large bag. It is what I use in our household and I have been astounded as to how well, and how long, it keeps our produce crisp and fresh.
I'm so passionate about food, health and wellness and finding this company was a highlight for me on my new low tox journey in 2017.
Head to my Ohm My Yoga Instagram for all the details and enter to win!
TO BE CONTINUED...
You guys know how I feel about turmeric if you read my latest blog post.
These burgers are so easy and make, healthy and fantastic for 8+ months - toddlers (and beyond). My daughter loved them. I like to incorporate some type of homemade burger on my Saturday meal prep day, and this is my latest made-up recipe which was a hit on all fronts, with all members of the family.
Turmeric Chicken Burgers
(makes 7-9 patties )
500 grams of chicken mince (free range, organic, you do you)
1 bunch coriander, washed well and roughly chopped
1 white onion, peeled and grated
1 egg (if vegan, don't use an egg- or add a tablespoon of chia seeds if you want)
1 large carrot, trim ends, peel, then grated
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp garlic salt
Take the mince out of the fridge 30 minutes prior to making the burgers
Add all the ingredients to a large bowl and mix well with your hands
While pan heats up, roll into desired size patties. Add a tablespoon of coconut oil (or avocado oil), and the cook approximately 4 minutes per side.
Antioxident + Anti-inflammatory Baby Pureé
6+ month old
2 zucchinis, cut into 3 cm pieces (washed, not peeled)
1 butternut pumpkin (chop off the ends, peel, de-seed and cut into cubes)
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 tbsp turmeric
Steam the pumpkin and zucchini until tender
Add everything to the blender, including the spices, and puree
* 8 months + / BLW : Mash with a fork for a chunkier consistency
Makes 5-7 servings depending on your bub's appetite!
If you want to spice up your food, or baby's food, in ways other than a puree, try sprinkling some cinnamon on their morning cereal/yogurt, or mix in some turmeric with their scrambled eggs.
Green Smoothie for all Mankind
Serves 1 human
1 cup of fresh organic spinach (organic b/c spinach is in the dirty dozen!)
1 cup of frozen blueberries
1 cup of coconut water
1 frozen banana (cut it up and freeze the night before)
1/2 an avocado
Add all the ingredients to your blender and blend on high until you reach your desired consistency. If you want a more liquid-y smoothie, add more coconut water.
For garnish, you can top it off with extra frozen blueberries, kiwi or shredded coconut.
For the Love of Food
I think eating well is a form of self-respect, and that's evident in my recipes.