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Kids and Adults do love MILO

Who doesn’t love a good milo? Who has read the ingredients???

A hot chocolate on a cold winters day or night? We often have carob or raw cacao, cinnamon and maca with a dash of vanilla with some almond milk (we use the automatic milk frother machine….perfect) But when I can remember or more so when I’m willing to give up some of my nuts and seeds I make this drink mix.

My tip- grab a little bit of boiling water and make a nice paste then mix with milk or ‘nicecream’ or sprinkle on pancakes, on cappuccino’s on your dinner if you love and miss the malt and chocolate taste.

Superfood Choco Powder

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INGREDIENTS

3 tablespoons linseeds (meal is fine and this is the one that is the hardest to grind)

2 tablespoons organic activated sunflower seeds

2 tablespoons organic activated sesame seeds

2 tablespoons organic activated pepitas (pumpkin seeds)

1/3 cup organic activated almonds

1/4 cup organic activated brazil nuts

1/4 cup organic activated cashews

1/4 cup organic activated pecan nuts

1 cup raw organic cacao powder (or carob to avoid caffeine will taste a little different)
2 Tbsp Maca or Mesquite Powder
1 tsp Liquorice Powder (optional for sweetness)

1 cup organic rapadura sugar (alternatively you can omit sugar completely and add a dash of maple syrup and a ¼ tsp vanilla extract if needed to the drink once mixed)

 

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Grind nuts and seeds in food processor or even better a Thermomix (i wish) or a coffee grinder to a fine powder (think Milo)

2. Add Cacao/ Carob, Maca/Mesquite, Liquorice Powder and Rapadura Sugar to mix in a jar and shake shake shake!

3. Test with Milk of choice for taste.

*When serving use 4 teaspoons to a glass of milk

* Store in the fridge or freezer.

*If you don’t activate that’s fine, use raw nuts and seeds or grind and then roast for an even more amazing flavour.

 

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Fries

Sick of Sweet Potatoes? It’s hard not to delve into sweet potatoes at every meal and nutritionists and pt’s around the world say eat a potato a day as you are not eating enough carbs. To be honest sometimes I look at a sweet potato and want to throw it at the wall. Sometimes I want an easier option than peeling an oddly shaped hard to cut vegetable. I love zucchini, I eat it everyday and don’t get sick of it (yet) my daughter loves zoodles but misses fries so to whip these up in 20 minutes, I’m a pretty cool mum.

Here’s some alternatives to the traditional fries that we all love;  zucchini, eggplant, daikon, capsicum, sweet potato, turnip, pumpkin (harder varieties). Cut in fries, rounds, shapes of all kinds!!

Zucchini Fries

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*apply for all vegetables
Preheat oven to 190c

INGREDIENTS

1 Zucchini per two people
1-3 egg
⅓ cup coconut flour
⅓ cup arrowroot flour/powder
1 tbsp Nutritional yeast
1/2 tsp salt
1-2 Tbsp Coconut Oil or Ghee

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Place lined tray with oil or ghee in oven to preheat

2. Slice Zucchini into long fries or wedges (thickness totally up to you but keep them consistent for cooking)
3. In seperate bowls mix eggs and then dry ingredients
4. Dip zucchini into egg mixture then into dry and coat.
5. Bake for 15 minutes before turning and repeating on other side

Serve with cultured mayonnaise, homemade sauce or guacamole.

Perfect side for any dinner. The kids will think they are chippies and for school lunches they are divine!

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Kids – Apple & Cinnamon Muffins

I don’t usually stray from foods I can’t eat but there are apple eaters in the house and they were on their way out so I thought instead of composting I’d attempt to bake.

This recipe can be adapted for most fruits really. Blueberries are my favourite followed closely by strawberry and rhubarb. But try banana, pineapple, raspberry, throw some choc bits in!

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Apple & Cinnamon Muffins

grainfree, dairyfree, sugarfree, histamine, inflammation 
PREPARATION TIME          TOTAL TIME
10 MINUTES                50 MINUTES

Preheat oven to 180c
INGREDIENTS
1/2 cup coconut flour 3/4 cup blanched or activated almond meal 1 1/4 tsp baking powder spice mix* 4 eggs  1/3 cup coconut oil 2 tsp 100% maple syrup (optional) 1 cup homemade apple puree 1 cup diced apples 2 tsp vanilla extract1/4 cup milk of choice or coconut kefir or yoghurt
*spice mix
3 tsp cinnamon powder
1/2 tsp allspice
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp salt

INSTRUCTIONS
1. mix dry ingredients in a bowl
2. mix wet ingredients (except apple)
3. add apple puree to wet ingredients
4. add diced apples and fold
5. fold wet mixture gradually into dry
6. pour into prepared muffin tray (or alternative cake dish or loaf pan)
7. cook for 30 minutes
8. remove from oven (check for clean skewer) they will seem soft and you’ll question them but they are light and fluffy muffins
9. Leave to cool in tray before removing
10. Top with coconut kefir cream or frosting glaze

For a sweet topping…………..

FROSTING GLAZE
1/2 cup almonds
5 tablespoons maple syrup
1 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 Tbsp coconut oil*, melted
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
pinch of salt
*1/2 Cup Coconut Kefir Cream

To make the glaze, roast the almonds (at 180) for 10 minutes or until they smell toasty.
Let the almonds cool for 5 minutes (and no longer!) and then process in a food processor until almond butter forms.
Add the maple syrup, cinnamon, melted coconut oil, vanilla and salt
Process until it’s well combined.
Fold through cream.

*you can omit kefir and just have glaze.

Enjoy with a chai latte using the spice mix (no salt) a dash of maple syrup, hot water and milk of choice.
The kids will love them in the lunch box. Make them nutfree by substituting almond meal with buckwheat flour.

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Snacks

The Controversial Snack Debate

 

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When you live a healthy lifestyle you get asked all the time ‘how do you do it?’ or ‘are you ever naughty with food?’ The answer to the first one for me is ‘it was hard at first then it just got easier and more beneficial’. The second for me ‘well life would be pretty boring if we weren’t naughty, I just make good decisions for myself and my family’. It’s about balance and living….gosh is it about living. My life has pretty much been about food and the porcelain chamber so when I started to work out what was good for me I started living. And now, well it’s my way of life, it’s not hard, it’s easier, it does have it’s bad days and moments where I ask why don’t I just DO IT and eat the stuff that inflames my insides and causes a multitude of problems because it’s convenient. Same with my daughter. It’s easy to judge when looking in but as much as the arguments are out there against kids living a healthy lifestyle the benefits far outweigh the ramifications of ‘sugar highs’ ‘inflammation’ ‘behavioural  and mood problems’ and internal and topical sensitivities’

So what’s balance?
Balance for me is eating proteins, carbs and good fats. We don’t skimp on food, I need a lot of it to keep up with energy demands. I do choose good foods. My daughters lunchbox looks different to other kids, sure she’ll have problems with judgement and being ‘different’ but she’s educated and loves her food.

So what’s balance?
Balance of the naughty kind is raw choc bites, banana nicecream blends, cacavo mousse, nuts, seeds, goji berries, coconut meat. It’s a treat for us and we have it daily I won’t deny that.

Today is movie day, we usually have Kale, Sweet Potato, Eggplant and Zucchini Chips; today we’re having Cheesy Popcorn. Move over Cinema Popcorn…..that’s all I can say.

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Cheesy Popcorn

Cheesy Popcorn

INGREDIENTS
1/2 Cup Popcorn kernels popped in an air popper or on the stove with a heated Tbsp. Coconut Oil (lid on)

1 Tbsp. Ghee
1 Tbsp. Nutritional Yeast Flakes
1/2 tsp. Sea Salt
1/2 tsp. Turmeric Powder

INSTRUCTIONS
1.Heat ghee and mix through yeast, salt and turmeric.
2.Leave to cool slightly (or else your popcorn will shrivel)
3.Drizzle over popcorn and enjoy.

You can also do this with cauliflower to avoid the ‘corn’ aspect but that’s not as naughty I guess.

 

Caramel Popcorn

INGREDIENTS
Cooked Popcorn Kernels (as above)
1/4 Cup Coconut Oil
1/4 Cup Maple Syrup
INSTRUCTIONS
1.Heat Coconut Oil and Maple Syrup
2.Set aside for 5-10 minutes.
3.Pour into a jar and shake for a few minutes until opaque
4.Drizzle over popcorn
5.Pop into freezer for 5 minutes

Mad Flackers

Nut allergies are like a common cold now. I won’t get into why or how I see it but I’ll agree that if there is a nut allergy there has to be no nuts.

Schools, daycare , play centres, cafes all advertise whether they are nut free or offer dishes, most commercial biscuits contain traces of nuts so it is hard to find something suitable that’s made of real food and has none of those nasty numbers added to every packaged brand. So we made a  nut free cracker for school, daycare and everyday that is perfect and so adaptable for your favourite flavours.

Mad Flackers

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1 Cup Flax Seed- soaked overnight in water and pinch of salt
1/4 cup pepitas
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1 egg (or use a Tbsp Chia egg gel as replacement)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp fennel

Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until a wet sludge

On a lined baking tray spread mixture to 1/4 inch thick or as thin as you can

Bake in preheated oven at 180c (350f) for 30 mins until golden brown.

Test centre to see if it is cooked properly. Flip, turn off oven and open door. Leave for a further 10 mins to finish crisping.

Leave to cool completely then break into crackers and store in an air tight container for up to a week in the pantry.

Other flavours to try;
Basil, oregano
Coriander, Cardamom
Cumin
Sesame seeds

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Spread Avocado or Liver Pate and enjoy.