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Citrus Snowballs

Citrus Snowballs

Are you searching for a caffeine free treat that won’t upset your sleep, gluten free goodies that are gut health friendly? Or perhaps you super simple delights to freeze for any unexpected guests? You’ll love my super simple Citrus Snowballs! 

What you’ll need:

3/4 cup cashews
1/2 cup finely shredded/ desiccated coconut + extra for rolling
2 tablespoons raw honey or rice malt syrup
2 tablespoons cold pressed extra virgin coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
6 drops Lime Essential Oil*

What you’ll need to do:

Add all ingredients into the food processor & process until well formed
Roll into balls & use extra desiccated coconut to help form
Refrigerate or freeze for later or enjoy them straight away

*It’s important to note that not all essential oils are created equally. Please do your research and source a high quality, pure oil which has full transparency of their testing procedures. If you would like to start playing with...

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My Gut Friendly Bubba Bread Recipe

 My Gut Friendly Bubba Bread Recipe

Has your bubba's appetite increased and you're constantly searching for healthy snack options? I've been there! I felt like apples were on repeat as a popular snack in our household, so it was time for something new.

As we had not yet introduced gluten containing grains into our baby’s diet (and still haven't now at 16 months), I created this very simple bubba bread recipe that would avoid compromising the health of her developing gut. More on this topic to come in my upcoming baby book- you can register your interest over here

This bright orange bread cuts into small squares easily for your bubba to enjoy as a snack, added to a main meal and you could even use the squares to create a grain free 'sandwich' for older children.

 

What you'll need:

3/4 - 1 cup roasted and mashed sweet potato (roast your whole sweet potato with the skin on, for around 1.5 hours, or until very soft when pierced)

1/2 cup cassava flour (pick this...

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How To Minimise The Effects Of Chlorinated Pools

Do you strive to live a low-tox lifestyle, but concerned about your (or little ones) exposure to chlorine in swimming pools? 

As your skin is your largest organ, it therefore absorbs much of what you apply topically and expose it to- the chlorine in your water supply and swimming pools included. 

 

So what’s the big issue with Chlorine?

Chlorine is antibacterial, so if you're inhaling and ingesting the fumes and water, it will effect your microbiome such as the beneficial bacteria on your skin and within your gut. We know our good bugs play a major role in detoxification, digestion of your foods, building your immunity, supporting your brain and hormone health among much more. When your levels are under attack, this can contribute to health conditions throughout your body. 

 The gases released from chlorine are also lung irritants and if the experience of many Naturopathic patients is to go by, chlorine is an eye and skin irritant and...

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My Gut Friendly Biccie Recipe

 

Are you finding it hard to find a gut healthy recipe, that caters for the growing number of food intolerances? 

Try out my nut free, refined sugar free, egg free, gluten and grain free, dairy free biscuits, be surprised by how simple they are to make and how popular they are with the whole fam. An additional health bonus is their prebiotic benefit from tiger nuts (actually not a nut, instead a tuber), which help to feed your good gut bugs for a healthy digestion and immunity.

Now let's get you baking...

 

Gut Friendly Biccies

What you'll need:

1 1/2 cup shredded coconut 

1 cup tiger nut flour, sifted*

1/2 cup tiger nut flakes* (you can alternatively use chopped nuts or rolled oats, if they agree with you)

1/2 cup coconut oil

1/8 cup raw honey

1/2 tsp bicarb soda

 *Find these in your local health food shop, selected supermarkets or online. 

What you'll need to do:

  • Preheat your oven to 160 degrees C and line a large making tray with bleach free...
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How To Nourish Little Ones On A Road Trip

By Kasey Willson 

Are you thinking about heading off on a family road trip, but you’re not sure how to navigate nourishing your little ones while away? Read on for some tips we implemented on our most recent caravanning trip through central Australia (from Adelaide to Lake Argyle) & home via Uluru, to keep our 14 month old bubba happy & healthy.


Keeping Bubba Entertained

We had some big days of travel, which meant a restless bubba at times. The long stretches of sitting down in the car, were broken up with lots of morning play and encouraging movement at each stop. Our favourites were the nature walks at Uluru and Kings Canyon, plus the walk and water activities at Lake Argyle. At more basic stops bubba had fun chasing her shadow, sneaking up on birds and if there was enough time, we'd get her trike off the back for a spin. If there was lawn, we'd be playing on it, if there were rocks bubs would be collecting them and if there was dirt, she'd...

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What Twelve Months Of Motherhood Has Taught Me

I've just celebrated my baby girls first birthday, our birthing anniversary and one year of mummahood. What a whirlwind of a year. The most challenging, but rewarding days of my life. 

Here is what the last twelve months of being a Mumma has taught me...

P A T I E N C E. You can’t hurry along a feed, hold off the tears until the morning, speed up a milestone or ‘just quickly’ do, well anything. Instead, trusting that everything will unfold as it’s meant to and in the right time.

P R E S E N C E. Oh how precious it is to watch and be lead by little ones being present while playing, learning, feeding & chatting. There’s no dwelling on the past or worry about the future, just purely living in the moment.

N U R T U R E. My self care has stepped up a notch to make up for the constant broken sleep & breastfeeding demands. Yep this includes putting my ego aside and taking a nap when my body calls for the rest.

Filling up my cup allows me to be the...

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The Best & Worst Milk Alternatives

The Best & Worst Milk Alternatives

I’m no coffee addict, but I do enjoy my morning bulletproof and catching up with friends (or myself), over a an almond milk latte every once in a while. I thrive on the cafe vibes and find myself very work productive while soaking up the atmosphere…or perhaps that’s the caffeine speaking?!

Almond milk or coconut milk are my go-to dairy milk alternatives (when dining out) and I’ve accustomed my taste buds to really enjoy the different taste and texture than regular coffee (with cows milk). When a cafe uses a milk that has nasties added, I can usually tell and my naturopath instinct kicks in to do some detective work. So you can imagine my disappointment when I recently discovered one of my favourite local cafes did the old switch-a-roo on me and started using dairy free milks that are not up to my (admittedly high) naturopath standards. Relax, I’m not talking about Nutrition...

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Our Fourth Trimester Experience

It's midday here as I attempt to multi-task to find the words for this post, watch over my baby girl sleep in her rocker, while I glance up to capture the highlights of the Ellen show.  Oh how life has changed! I am twelve weeks into motherhood and my days (and nights) are now full of breastfeeding, burping, reading baby books and of course, loads of cuddles. I have to admit, it's been the most challenging but rewarding and joyous experience.

As Amelia is past the new born phase and our 'Fourth Trimester' is over, I wanted to share with you how we filled up our precious twelve weeks post birth (if you missed it, read our birth story here). Why? With all the attention surrounding baby, the health and wellbeing of Mumma is overlooked during this phase, often contributing to future exhaustion and illness.

After reading books 'First Forty Days' and 'The Fourth Trimester', I understood the importance to nourish my temple during these initial weeks post birth, so I could best provide...

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Chocolate Delights

Chocolate Delights

Try my satiating dairy and grain free Chocolate Delights as a guilt-free way to satisfy your chocolate cravings!

CHOCOLATE DELIGHTS

What you’ll need:

  • ½ cup almonds, macadamias or hazelnuts, activated and chopped
  • ¼ cup walnuts, activated and chopped
  • ¼ cup tahini (hulled)
  • 2 tbsp raw honey, or rice malt syrup (optional)
  • 1 tbsp cacao powder
  • 2 tsp coconut oil / MCT oil
  • ¼ tsp vanilla paste
  • ¼ cup shredded coconut
  • 3-5 drops peppermint, or wild orange essential oil

What you’ll need to do:

  • Add all ingredients together into a food processor.
  • Blend until well combined.
  • Remove a heaped teaspoon of the mixture at a time.
  • Roll the mixture into into small balls.
  • Place onto a plate to serve, or put in the freezer for a treat later on.

Healthy chocolate delights, ready to enjoy when you next get your sweet craving!

You can find more healthy meal ideas over here.

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Naturopath Approved Party Foods For Kids (+ Adults)

Naturopath Approved Party Foods For Kids (+ Adults)

 

Wheat, gluten, sugar and then dreaded additives (colours and preservatives) are frequent occurrences at most kids parties. In clinic, I hear time and time again from upset mothers who take their children to child care, parties, visits to the grandparents (the list goes on)…and back they come with signs and symptoms of junk food overload. This can include behavioral issues, skin conditions (such as eczema), digestive disturbances and a struggling immune system for days following.

We all love to be able to spoil our little ones, with loads of hugs and kisses, presents and yes, the sweet treats. Its ok for kids to have some sweet surprises, but you can do this without exposing them to unnecessary nasties. I challenge you to try whipping up my Naturopath approved kids treats instead!

FUN WITH FRUIT:

 JOLLY JELLY

Makes 8 servings

What you’ll need:

  • 4 tbsp water
  • 5 tsp gelatine powder
  • 6 cups coconut...
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