If it wasn't for my two kids I am convinced I would be living off a diet of packet ramen noodles.
It’s true, isn’t it? We often care for our kids in a way that we can more easily justify neglecting when it comes to our own needs.
As mothers or parents, we often play the role of making sure our children get the nutrients they need – even if it’s something they think they don’t want. Sometimes, it involves getting creative about how we make things that are good for them actually fun and enjoyable. It’s not just the art of disguise, it’s about showcasing what’s really good about these nutrients and foods that nurture us.
Connecting “kid care” with “self-care”
If you’re a mother, you probably already know pretty well what this tug-of-war looks like at the dinner table. But does it spill into other areas of your home life, too? We’re not necessarily used to thinking about kids needing “self-care.” But someday, they’re not going to need us to lather shampoo into their heads or apply lotion when their skin gets irritated. It’s not a bad idea to introduce them to safe, nourishing ingredients while we can, instilling an appreciation for the kinds of restorative elements that will keep them caring for themselves – long after we’ve stopped needing to disguise their peas and zucchini.
Safe and restorative oils and balms, no matter their age
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Meals to get excited about
Below are a few simple, HEALTHY recipes that both of my children love. If you want more kid-friendly ideas for living a healthy, eco-friendly lifestyle, sign up for our newsletter.
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- lb lean ground turkey
- 1 garlic clove minced
- 1⁄4 cup spinach finely chopped
- 1⁄4 cup fresh parsley chopped
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄2 teaspoon pepper
- 1 egg beaten
- 1⁄2 cup dry breadcrumbs
- Mix all the ingredients and shape into small meatballs.
- Place parchment paper on baking tray.
- Pre heat oven to 350F, cook the meatballs for 25 minutes or until cooked through and nicely browned on the outside.
CARROT + APPLE MUFFINS (SUGAR FREE)
Carrot muffins loaded with fruit and veggies, no sugar. Super flavorful (I know this because I eat most of them before my children get to see them), healthy and made in one bowl. Perfect for school snack and on the go breakfast.
- 2 tbsp (46g) coconut oil
- 1 ripe banana (mashed)
- 1 apple (grated)
- 1½ coconut flour
- 1 packed cup (145g) grated carrot
- ⅓ cup (80g) apple puree
- ½ cup milk
- 2 eggs (beaten)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp powdered ginger
- 1½ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ cup chopped walnuts (optional)
- Pre heat oven to 190C/375F and prepare muffin tin with liners. (I made 16 muffins)
- Melt coconut oil and add to the mashed banana, stir to combine.
- Add the apple puree, apple, carrot, eggs, milk and combine.
- Mix the flour, cinnamon, ginger, baking soda and salt together
- Combine the wet and dry ingredients and stir.
- Fill each muffin case to the top with the mixture and sprinkle with the chopped walnuts (optional)
- Bake for approx. 35 mins (until golden brown and you can stick a knife in and it comes out clean.)
- Leave to cool for 10 mins.
TWO EGGS 1 BANANA PANCAKES
These pancakes are bananas. No, I mean they are literally made from bananas. And eggs. Eggs and bananas, and that's it. I can see that look you're giving me right now, my 9yr old + my husband gave me the same look. These two ingredients, whisked together and given a little skillet love, are truly something magical. My step daughter Sadie was begging for pancakes and I needed a guilt free recipe that the entire family could enjoy so that we didn't have to turn Early's high chair around to avoid him seeing our unhealthy pancakes.
- 1 medium ripe banana
- 2 large eggs
- Optional extras
- 1/8 teaspoon baking powder, for fluffier pancakes
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon agave
- 1 cup fresh fruit, like blueberries, raspberries, or chopped apples
- Maple syrup, agave, jam or any other toppings, to serve
- Mash the banana: Continue mashing until the banana has a pudding-like consistency and no large lumps remain; a few small lumps are okay.
- Add any extra ingredients: These pancakes are pretty great on their own, but a few extras never hurt. Add 1/8 teaspoon of baking powder for fluffier, lighter pancakes, and whisk in salt, vanilla, cinnamon to flavor the pancakes.
- Stir in the eggs: Whisk the eggs together until the yolks and whites are completely combined. Pour the eggs over the banana and stir until the eggs are completely combined. The batter will be very loose and liquidy, more like whisked eggs than regular pancake batter.
- Heat a griddle over medium heat: Melt a little butter or warm a little vegetable oil in the pan to prevent sticking, if you like.
- Drop the batter on hot griddle: Drop roughly 2 tablespoons of batter onto the hot griddle. It should sizzle immediately — if not, turn up the heat slightly.
- Cook for about 1 minute: Cook the pancakes until the bottoms look browned and golden when you lift a corner. The edges should also be starting to look set, but the middle will still be loose like barely set Jell-O.
- Flip the pancakes: I've found it best to do this very gently and fairly slowly — the opposite of regular pancakes. Gently work a spatula about halfway under the pancake, then lift until the unsupported half of the pancake is just barely lifted off the skillet. Lay the pancake back down on its other side. Some of the loose batter will probably spill onto the skillet as you do this; just be sure to lay the pancake on top of the spill and nudge any excess back under the pancake.
- Cook for another minute or so: Cook the pancake for another minute or so, until the other side is also golden-brown. You can flip the pancakes a few times if you need to in order to get them evenly browned. (Flipping is much easier once the second side is set!)
- Serve warm: These pancakes are best when eaten fresh off the griddle and still warm. Serve with maple syrup, honey, jam, or any extra toppings you'd like.
Peas are a great nutritional addition to you and your kid’s diet. They are amongst the best vegetable source of fibre, which helps to keep digestive system working efficiently. They have a good supply of protein and iron and are a great source of vitamin C to help promote a healthy immune system.
- 3 cups (400g) frozen peas
- 3 eggs
- 1¼ cups (210g) self raising flour
- 1 spring onion - chopped
- ⅓ cup (55 g) crumbled feta cheese
- 2 tbsp chopped parsley
- Boil the peas for 4 minutes and drain.
- Add the flour, eggs, spring onion and half of the peas to a food processor and pulse until combined.
- Fold through the remaining peas, feta cheese and parsley.
- Fry spoonfuls of the mixture in a little oil for 2 minutes on each side until golden.
- 250g grated zucchini (150g (3/4 cup) squeezed dry)
- 70g (1/2 cup) cheddar cheese grated
- 2 eggs
- 4 tbsp oat flour
- Pre heat oven to 180C / 350F
- Place the zucchini on a clean cloth and squeeze out the liquid. (You need to get the zucchini quite dry)
- Place the zucchini back in the bowl and mix with the remaining ingredients
- Prepare a baking tray with baking paper or use a silicon baking sheet
- Form ½ tbsp balls and flatten into rounds onto the baking sheet. (Mine were around ½ cm thick and I made 20) OR spoon into muffin tin.
- Bake for approx. 20 mins (until crispy on the sides)