Zucchini Boats

Zucchini Boats

I love the comfort of a lasagne or pasta bake, but I know these dishes are full of processed carbs and not exactly packed with nutrition. Zucchini boats are a great way to make a healthy version of pizza or pasta, and this basic recipe can be tweaked to include your family’s favourite ingredients.

Ingredients:

  • 4 large zucchini, halved lengthwise
  • 1.5 cups of your favourite pasta sauce (home-made tomato or bolognese work well)
  • 2 c. shredded mozzarella or non-dairy alternative
  • Chopped fresh basil or parsley

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. 
  2. Scoop out the insides of the zucchini  to create zucchini ‘boats’.
  3. Heat up a frypan to medium and add your olive oil.
  4. Add zucchini and cook until tender (about 7 minutes).
  5. Put your zucchini onto a large baking sheet and spoon in your sauce and top with cheese. 
  6. Bake until the cheese is a bubbling golden brown.  This should take around 15 minutes.
  7. Sprinkle with herbs and serve!

Options:

  • Top your boats with nitrate-free pepperoni, sliced olives, and mushrooms before sprinkling on cheese for a ‘pizza’ vibe.
  • Add fresh chilli to your sauce for ‘arrabiata’.
  • Add meatballs for extra protein.
  • Add extra nutrition and flavour by adding halved cherry tomatoes and pickled artichokes.

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Vegan Tacos

Vegan Tacos

Vegan doesn’t have to mean boring! There are so many fantastic plant-based meals out there to enjoy, whether you’re having a meat-free-Monday, or a total lifestyle change. Give these tacos a try, they’re part of a delicious and healthy Tex-Mex meal that the whole family will love. 

Taco Ingredients:

  • 1 butternut pumpkin or two large sweet potatoes
  • 1 tin of organic black beans
  • 1 red onion diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • ¼ cup of water
  • 1 tbsp of olive or avocado oil
  • 2 tbsp of taco seasoning
  • Bunch of coriander (chopped)
  • 3 avocados chopped into 1cm chunks
  • 3 cups of baby spinach, rocket, or your favourite shredded lettuce.
  • 3 limes cut into wedges
  • Organic corn tortillas
  • Optional: Vegan Mexican or Feta Cheese, pumpkin seeds,
  • Optional: Sliced jalapenos or chipotle sauce.

Method:

  1. Peel and cut your pumpkin or sweet potatoes into 2cm square chunks and roast in a 180 C oven for around 25 minutes, or until they have cooked through and begun to caramelize.
  2. Heat your oil in a large fry pan and saute the onion over medium heat until it is translucent.  Add in your garlic and stir for a couple of minutes.
  3. Add in 2 tablespoons of taco seasoning (if you don’t have time to make our GF seasoning, you can use a sachet of a store bought organic alternative) and stir for a minute.
  4. Add the ¼ cup of water and the black beans to the frypan and stir until the beans are warmed through and the water has reduced to about a tablespoon.
  5. Add your pumpkin/sweet potato to the pan and stir.
  6. Serve the veggie/bean mix with wedges of lime, a bowl of baby or chopped lettuce leaves, coriander, chopped avocado, vegan cheese or pumpkin seeds, chilli of your choice, and organic corn tortillas.
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GF Taco Seasoning

GF Taco Seasoning

Our favourite story-bought seasonings can be full of chemicals and gluten.  This is a terrific and simple version of taco seasoning. It’s great for any kind of Mexican meal, and will last for months in a jar!  

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp chili powder 
  • ½ tbsp ground cumin
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper

Method:

Mix all the ingredients together and pop in a jar. Voila!

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Riding in Cars with Kids: a Survival Guide

Riding in Cars with Kids: a Survival Guide

Can you actually road trip with a toddler? Caravan with kids?  Wayfair with your wee ones? You can with our handy hints, and even enjoy it (mostly).  

My love affair with life on the road began when my husband and I were first married.  We flew to the US and drove from California to Texas, checking out the sites from Hollywood to the Grand Canyon, to the rising rocks of Sedona, to the boot scootin bars of Dallas.  But the best part was the time we spent together, in those weird empty miles between destinations, talking, laughing, and trying roadside diner food.

Many more trips followed, the Great Ocean Road, Far North Queensland, the Appalachians of the Eastern USA… But then things changed.  

We.  Had. Kids. 

Our travels came to a grinding halt as we swapped carefree couplehood for life with a screaming baby who hated her car seat with the power of 1000 suns.

Now, I wouldn’t trade that little girl (or her brother who followed) for anything, but I did miss those road trips!  So I decided to get creative and find a way to still enjoy life on the road, even with toddlers. Here are the seven secrets I uncovered: 

1. Drive at night

This is especially helpful when you have a destination to drive to and then a few days for recovery (as you’ll need time to rest after being up all night).

I stumbled on this technique a few years ago, when we had to drive to a funeral 15 hours away.  Leaving at the kids’ normal bedtime was a perfect choice. We cleaned teeth and put on PJ’s before we left, so at least part of the normal routine was at work.  The kids were then strapped into car seats, handed their snuggle toys, and we let the rhythm of the road do the rest.  

My kids are generally TERRIBLE sleepers, but they were amazing on this trip.  We only pulled over to fill up the car or swap drivers and I’d quickly nurse my 15-month old son back to sleep if he started to wake up (you really haven’t lived until you’ve breastfed a kid in a car seat in a service station full of confused looking truck drivers). 

We also made sure we had bought and installed shades for the back seat windows so the kids weren’t automatically awakened by first light. 

2. Pack Perfectly

For any kind of road trip (night or day) pulling out your tetris skills is really important.  You’ll have your suitcases in the boot, so you need to have three well-organised bags in easy reach towards the front. 

  • Snack Station

Favourite treats (nothing with too much sugar as the kids won’t have a lot of time and space to run it off), fruit, muesli bars, puffs, water bottles, sippy cups (and extra sippy cups when you inevitably lose at least one somewhere), fruit and veg pouches, etc.  

  • Toy Station 

Any comfort items should be in easy reach, along with age-relevant ‘things to do’ toys and books.  I love ‘Water Wow’ colouring books, scratch art, and LCD writing tablets. I’m also a big proponent for ‘giving in’ at least once at a service station when the kids spy a toy they like.  My little ones are still in love with the bears they bought on one long car trip. Those toys gave us HOURS of peace, so it was totally worth it.

  • Disaster Prep Station

Things go wrong – kids vomit, spill things, have epic poops etc. Make sure you have a change of clothes within easy reach (so you don’t have to pull everything out of your suitcases in the boot). Also bring a small bucket with you in case of car trip nausea, a little beach pail will do the trick. A small pack with bandaids, antibacterial cream, a thermometer, and pain relief is also a great idea.

3. Changing Times

Try to have room somewhere in the car for nappy changes, and all the associated paraphernalia.  Being able to change your little one without having to visit some germ infested servo toilet is a huge bonus.  But also remember to bring LOTS of sanitising wipes with you. They’re useful if you don’t have a way to wash your hands after a nappy change, or you must head into a public toilet.

4. Make room for you

This isn’t always possible, but leaving room to sit next to your kids (for at least part of the journey) solves a lot of drama.  You often don’t realise it, but all day spent in the car means all day without physical contact, or even your kids seeing your face! Spending some time in the back seat just holding hands, or reading a story, can stave off a lot of tears.

5. Map Playgrounds

When we’re doing a long daytime drive I always work out where all the decent playgrounds are between home and our destination.  That way we can make our scheduled wee breaks and leg stretches somewhere that is conducive to getting our wriggles out. If you have room, packing a foldable scooter or ride-on toy is great too.  

When it’s cold or there’s bad weather, I have also been known to choose fast food ‘restaurants’ with indoor playgrounds.  The food is average, but climbing on equipment and using a clean toilet is worth its weight in gold on a road trip.

6. Screen Saver

There are lots of arguments for NOT giving children unlimited access to screens.  I throw all those arguments out the window during car trips. We make sure to pack lots of DVDs for the kids to watch whenever they want.  Also, for bigger kids, I love tablets crammed with appropriate games and movies. Of course, great music and audiobooks are terrific too. We love old fashioned comedy radio plays when we’re road tripping. 

6. And finally...

Remember that it takes WAY longer to get anywhere with kids. For every four hours of driving with just adults, it normally takes at least five with kids on board. So make sure you plan appropriately. 

And don’t forget to dress comfy, eat the weird road-side things, and take lots of breaks to enjoy the scenery along the way.  You’ll be surprised how many amazing memories you’ll make on your journey!

 

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Six Secrets for Glowing Skin

Six Secrets for Glowing Skin

You’ve been told that ‘you’re worth it’ and to ‘love the skin you’re in’ by cosmetic manufacturers a million times.  But your body deserves better than the truckload of chemicals packaged into many mainstream moisturisers and creams.  

Luckily there are some simple ways to have a gorgeous glow without the hefty price tag of luxury brands, or the artificial ingredients of cheap potions.

1. Combat Free Radicals

This isn’t about defeating the next political uprising, it’s about fighting the unstable molecules that damage skin.  Unfortunately, the appearance of wrinkles and dark age spots are part of the aging process as collagen production decreases. But you can help to reduce the effects of time by fighting free radicals and their effects. 

Protecting yourself from the sun is the first step, so make sure you always slip, slop, slap, ensuring your face stays out of the sun.  You can also help your skin from the inside out. A wholefood supplement high in antioxidants is the easiest way to make your body fighting fit, but adding selenium to your diet is even better.  

Selenium is an amazing mineral: its antioxidant properties protect cell membranes from UV damage, inflammation, and even pigmentation.  To boost your intake, try to add these foods to your diet: Brazil nuts, seafood (such as prawns, salmon, and crab), white meat, brown rice, and mushrooms.

2. Zinc about it!

Speaking of important minerals, many people are deficient in zinc.  One of the ways to know if your body is missing out, is by looking at your skin.  Zinc helps to keep your skin clear by keeping hormones in balance and boosting your levels of vitamin A.  Many people with zinc deficiencies will have acne breakouts, and instead of reaching for the right foods, they go to the store for a chemical-laden astringent.  Instead, it might be a good idea to try a wholefood approach.

 Adding oysters to your diet is the best way to dose your body with zinc( 85g of the slippery molluscs yield 74mg of the mineral!).  If you don’t like oysters, try dark meat (particularly beef), nutritional yeast, oats, and pumpkin and flax seeds.

3. Eat more chocolate

Not all chocolate is equal (definitely don’t reach for a candy bar if you’re trying to be healthy), but this delicious treat has some fantastic benefits.

Adding raw cacao powder to your smoothies or baking, or eating high quality dark chocolate can do wonders.  This is because cacao contains nutrients like vitamin C, zinc, copper, and magnesium, all of which are vital for glowing skin.  But wait, there’s more! Chocolate also contains theobromine, a vasodilator that helps increase the flow of blood to the skin, is antioxidant, and has even been shown to improve mood!

4. Plump it Up!

Essential fatty acids are essential for a reason, and adding the right one to your diet is a simple way to look younger, longer.  This is because every skin cell is surrounded by two layers of fat that make up the cell walls. These layers incorporate dietary fats and are key to the appearance of plump glowing skin.   

The most important fat for your skin is Omega-3.  This fatty acid is the basic building blocks for cell structure and is a terrific anti-inflammatory.  Omega 3s have been shown to improve the look of skin by plumping it up, while working under the surface to boost the health of the cells and reduce inflammation.  It has also been reported that Omega 3s can reduce pimples and blemishes by suppressing a hormone called IGF-1.

You can boost your Omega 3s through a plant-based supplement or add these foods to your diet: cold-water fish, walnuts, linseeds, pumpkin, chia, hemp, and grass-fed beef. A perfect skin-care meall would be a wild-caught salmon steak, with a pumpkin and walnut salad.

5. C it through

It seems every second skin care commercial is selling us on the power of vitamin C. There’s a good reason for that – collagen production.  Collagen is a structural protein that builds our muscles, skin, and bones. Combined with elastin and keratin, collagen is also what makes skin plump and firm.  If you’re vitamin C deficient, you won’t have what you need to produce collagen, help wounds to heal, or prevent age spots. The vitamin is also an excellent source of antioxidants, a key ingredient in general health and in youthful skin.

But you don’t have to apply vitamin C topically in the form of an expensive serum in order to see the benefits.  Adding a vitamin-C rich wholefood supplement or certain foods to your diet is a great way to help your skin. Try putting more peppers on your plate (chilli, or red or green capsicum), or broccoli, kale, strawberries, or papaya.

6. Go Natural

For optimum health, when you’re choosing a moisturiser or cleanser, remember to read the labels, and stay away from anything you can’t pronounce! There are so many wonderful natural options out there, and if you click on this link, you can read about easy ways to make great choices about what you put on your skin to boost your natural glow!

Enjoy the skin you’re in,  and with a few simple changes you can glow from inside out!

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