Nourished Beginnings / Nutrition

Small change for big impact

I have two words for you: Grocery Shopping.

I’d be lying if I said I looked forward to grocery shopping each week. First theres the packing of enough snacks to get my 2 year old through the event, then theres the deciding which meals to have for the week (making sure they’re healthy and the kids will eat them), and my favourite part – unpacking the shopping and wishing I’d cleaned the fridge last week (and the week before that).

While I can’t take your grocery shopping pain away, I can take some of that stress away by helping you to make healthier choices in what has become a sea of confusing, clever packaging (why is everything ‘fortified’ and why does sugar filled cereal have a 4 star health rating?). Each month I am going to share with you some some simple ways to get more nutrition and less packaging into your trolleys with as little stress as possible – making small change for big impact.


Food Allergy or Intolerance?

How often do you go to a child’s birthday party or a play date and find a list a mile long of all the different food allergies being catered for? According to the Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy, “food allergy affects 10% of children up to 1 year of age [and] between 4-8% of children aged up to 5 years of age”. In Australia, hospital admissions for anaphylaxis due to food allergy in children aged 0 to 4 have increased fivefold in the last decade. It’s no wonder ‘everything-free’ parties are now the norm. But are we seeing an increase in food allergies or intolerances, and what differentiates the two? Food Allergy Or Intolerance? The key factors differentiating a food intolerance from a food allergy are: severity...

Anzac Biscuit Chewy or Crunchy

I love food. One misconception about people who eat healthy is that we mustn’t really like food and that we must be live in a world without flavour. If it’s healthy, it must be bland right? Well, in my house that is definitely NOT the case. When people ask me what I do and the conversation inevitably turns to food, the thing I bang on about most is that you can still enjoy the food you love, all you need to do is give it a healthy twist....


Creamy Coconut Chicken

Thank goodness spring is here! As I’m sure you would agree, it is time for winter to move on over and make way for some beautiful warm spring days. Winter in early childhood centres is often overrun with runny noses and more bugs than one person should be allowed to catch in 1 lifetime! So let’s nourish those little tummies with a delicious creamy coconut chicken recipe that’s always a favourite in our house....


Quick Smart After School Snack

Tell me, how is your back to school transition going? With shoes to find, kids to clean and lunch boxes to be packed, I never realised it would be so hard to JUST. GET. OUT. THE. DOOR! For us, this is the first time attempting the school morning routine. Our beautiful, energetic, spirited Addison is finally in ‘big school’ and none of us could be happier (yeah okay, maybe I’m most excited of all)....


Prepare to fly

We’re recently back from a holiday which required super human efforts in organising 2 adults, a 3 1/2 year old and a 4 month old for a whole day of flying. Maybe it was such a mammoth effort due to the fact that I didn’t start packing until the day before…anyway, my priorities for flight prep were something like this:...


Just a little tweak

Okay, so I’m going to be honest here. Recipe creation is not one of my strengths. When I started out on this journey, I thought that I had to be developing new and exciting recipes if I was going to succeed (and everyone else seemed to be doing it so I should be to). I struggled with this for a long time because I felt like a fraud if I did’t come up with amazing recipes myself....


The good old party pie

It seems that I’ve been on a sweet tangent over the last few weeks, sharing with you some of my favourite party sweet treats like caramel crunch popcorn, the ultimate chocolate cake and cherry coconut slice (I hope you’ve had a chance to try some). So this week we take the sweet-o-meter down a notch as I share with you my version of a good old party pie....