Baby Led Weaning

Food Product Review – BakeMe Snacks

 

Who loves Muesli bars? We do! They are the best snacks for on-the-go but they are actually packed FULL of refined sugars and preservatives. You can call me a kill-joy or just an over-reactive mother but its important to me to monitor the sugar content in the foods that I serve my kids. It’s common knowledge that refined sugars aren’t great for us and in fact children under two shouldn’t consume any refined sugars at all as their bodies don’t have the ability to process them yet. This is why I rarely buy muesli bars and I never use packet mixes of anything. I bake all my own treats for my kids because then I can control the ingredients and sugar content.

That is until I discovered BakeMe Snacks Bake-at-home Mixes!

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Tidy Tot Product review Australia

Product Review – Tidy Tot Australia

I was pretty excited to be asked by Ast + Co to review the Tidy Tot! Since my son started BLW 5 years ago, I’ve always just dealt with the mess because I knew how much he loved food. I think I was then a bit desensitized to it when Cleo, my daughter, started her Baby-Led Weaning journey.

Why?? Why did I accept that there wasn’t a better way?

I now know there IS a better way and that is with the Tidy Tot! A genius product that is a must have for BLWing especially if you don’t cope well with mess.

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Zucchini Mini Loaf

Last month, we went on a roadtrip to visit friends and family and needed to have nutritious, easily portable foods for all of us. I packed lots of fruit and made some amazing Zucchini mini loaves to take with us. They are a complete meal and are so easy to make.

That’s the beauty of Baby Led Weaning… whole foods, that the entire family can enjoy!

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Corn, Quinoa and Lentil Fritters

You’ve just woken up…or should I say, have just BEEN woken up and the kids are ‘hangry’! You shuffle into the kitchen and put the kettle on, look in the fridge, the cupboards and the same old cereal and toast is completely unappealing to everyone….

What about a corn fritter with your eggs instead of toast?! Not just any corn fritter, one packed with Lentils, Quinoa and Beans!! A great way of adding a little more protein into the kids’ diets without them even knowing. They are particularly great for Baby-Led Weaning as you can make them smaller for tiny hands!

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Sweet As!

A Post written for Lunch Box Pals

Refined Vs Natural Sugars

 

We are being told more and more that sugar is bad for us, however not ALL sugars are bad for us, in fact our bodies NEED sugar to function optimally. Without the right sugars our cells become stressed, and elevated stress levels lead to a breakdown of body tissues, thyroid imbalance, weakened digestion, decreased immunity and damaged metabolism.

Firstly, lets talk about the different types of sugars found in our foods (Pre-packaged and wholefoods) and divide them into refined sugars and natural sugars.

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Banana & Chicken Curry

Who doesn’t love a curry?!

Just because you have kids doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your favourite flavours. It’s actually a great opportunity to add new and different flavours to your little one’s diet. Start with mild curries that have fruit in them and increase the intensity over time as your kids get used to the heat and flavours.

Besides being a delicious treat on a cold evening, curries have numerous health benefits such as boosting bone health, protecting the immune system from bacterial infections, and helping to increase the liver’s ability to remove toxins from the body. So, with all those amazing benefits in mind, here’s a hearty, healthy, dairy and gluten-free taste sensation. My family loves it and I’m sure yours will too! Continue reading

Mini Vegetable fritattas

Let’s talk about the introduction of eggs, as they have a history of being an allergen. The advice is always changing particularly when it comes to eggs. In the past the recommendation was to leave the high risk foods until after 12 months old. This is what was recommended when I had my son 4 years ago. Now, it seems after research and more case studies they are now recommmending introduction to high allergen foods early or even during pregnancy to get the body used to them and reduce the risk of allergic reaction.

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Bubble & Squeak Friands

It can sometimes be tough to get your kids to eat certain vegetables. Interestingly, it’s not them being difficult, it’s actually an evolutionary safety mechanism for any young to be skeptical of green plants such as vegetables because of their bitter taste. In nature, bitterness in a plant is often linked to toxicity or the plant being poisonous. Since children are still learning, caution is their go-to when identifying what foods are safe to eat or not. They will need to sample the vegetable 10-15 times in small portions before they will psychologically accept that it is safe to ingest.

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Banana & Coconut Patty Cakes (Dairy Free)

Every time we go to the grocery store, my son acts like he hasn’t eaten in a week and loses his mind! He grabs a basket at the front entrance, makes his way to the fruit section and races down the aisles picking as much fruit as he can carry. Continue reading

Gagging or Choking?

I’m sure everyone has had that freak out moment, when starting solids, of your baby gagging? What did you do? Did you rush over and slap them on the back? Stick your finger in their mouth to remove the piece of food? Or did you calmly sit and watch to see if your baby could clear the food themselves? When we see a baby gag, our first thought is that she must be in danger of choking. However, that is why we have the gag reflex, to push food away from the opening to the throat thus preventing it obstructing the airways or choking. Continue reading