My 6yo went back to school this week and my 4yo starts preschool on Monday. Back to school and preschool means back to lunchboxes for me. I almost always include a sweet treat in their lunchboxes and try to make things things that I can keep in the freezer so I can just pull out and put straight in to their lunchbox in the morning.So while I was fillling my freezer with snacks I thought I would compile a list of the recipes I use constantly for snacks for my kids. All of these recipes my kids love and they all keep well in the freezer with the exeption of the banana cake… it never makes it to the freezer as we eat it too fast.
This year I have to cater for my son’s coeliac disease so it makes things slightly trickier. I am still experimenting with gluten free flours and working out which recipes he likes but most of the time when I have used the Orgran brand of gluten free flour I have good results.
Note: there are several recipes that use a thermomix but do not require one. I do not have a thermomix and just use a saucepan, food processor, grater… whichever item I need to replace the thermomix function.
Snacks my kids (and me) love are:
Lunchbox Biccies from The Road To Loving My Thermomix. These are a favourite and freeze very well. I leave out the flaxseed as my kids think it gives them a funny taste. I have also used the mixture as a base for Jam Drops (pictured above) or put chocolate chips in them. The kids do not notice the ground seeds in them if you grind them up fine enough. I don’t have a thermomix but make them very successfully in my food processor – soooo easy! I substitute the sugar with Rapadura sugar which is a less refined form of sugar.
Teeny Teddies from The Road To Loving My Thermomix. I vary the shape I cut them in. They last well in the cupboard and wonderfully in the freezer. There is a chocolate teddy recipe on the site also that is quite good. They work well with Gluten free flour also and I have made them successfully with Nutalex instead of butter however they were a little softer in texture.
Fruit Filled Bars from The Road To Loving My Thermomix. These can be filled with any kind of stewed fruit or often I make a chia jam and use that as the filling.
A delicious,easy and quick banana cake from Fat Mum Slim.
Mini Carrot Cakes also from The Road To Loving My Thermomix. I sustitute the coconut oil for butter or another light flavoured oil as we are not big fans of the coconut oil taste.
Bliss balls There are so many recipes for not free bliss balls around. I have one child that likes then and one that does not.
Pancakes Which ever your favourite recipe is. The freeze well. I often flavour them with some cinnamon and grated apple or pop some bluberries in while they are cooking. For a savory version try grated carrot.
Muffins You need to eat these on the day or freeze them once they have cooled. The recipe I tend to use is a basic one and then I add either a mashed banana, choc chips, grated apple and cinnamon, frozen blueberries or other fresh fruit that needs eating. My basic recipe is:
2 cups of SR Flour
3/4 cup of sugar (or less if you like them less sweet)
75g melted butter or the equivalent of oil
1 egg beaten
1 tspn vanilla
1 cup of milk (I think! I am so used to making it and adding in however much it needs)
I sift the flour then add the sugar. Melt the butter then let it cool slightly so that it doesn’t cook the egg. Beat egg with a fork and combine with the milk and vanilla. Once the butter has cooled I add it and the milk/egg mixture to the dry mix and gently combine. Do not overmix or they will be tough. Bake at 200 celcius for 12 to 15 minutes. Sometimes if I have added frozen fruit or mashed banana they take around 20 minutes to bake. I don’t claim that these are the best muffins in the world but they are what my kids have eaten for years.
Gluten Free Snack ideas
Most of these recipes contain almonds so are not suitable for schools and preschools that have a no nut policy. We save these for after school or weekends.
Grain-free Banana Muffins from Mamacino. I personally don’t like the taste of coconut oil in my cakes so I replace with the equavalent of melted butter.
Plum, Vanilla and Almond Muffins from Mamacino. As above with the coconut oil. I have also replaced the plum with nectarines, peaches and strawberries and they were all delicious.
Gluten Free Apple Muffins from Taste.com.au
The Teeny Teddy, Lunchbox Biccies, and the Mini Carrot Cake recipes above work really well made with Orgran gluten free flour. I tend to very slightly reduce the amount of flour in the carrot cakes though to keep them moist.
Enjoy another year of lunchboxes!
Happy New Year! Do you set a new year resolution, intention, or word for the year?
Each year I choose a guiding word and up to five feelings for the year, rather then a resolution. Resolutions never work for me! These words I choose describe how I want to feel and what I want to focus on for the year ahead. I use these words to guide my decisions and actions for the year.
Last year I chose Shine as my main word. I wanted to shine in my parenting, friendships, marriage, in starting my life coaching training and business, and let myself be seen more by others. To be honest, I don’t particularly feel that I lived up to it for many reasons. I talked about my core desired feelings in this post. For the most part I think I let them guide my actions and choices. This year I want to make sure I keep them written somewhere I will see them everyday to remind me of how I want to feel this year.
This year I have taken more time to really make sure that I choose words that are right for me this year, knowing that I will be having a baby in late April and how this will impact on my life.
For 2018 I have chosen my main guiding word as Aligned. I want to feel like I am living a life aligned with my values and who I am and want to be as a mother/woman/partner/friend/community member. I want to make choices that feel like me, that feel like they are aligned with the vision of what I want for myself and my family. I have also chosen connected, ease and flow as my desired feelings this year. I want to feel connected to my family and friends, I want to create a life and home that feels as easy as possible, I want to accept the challenges that come my way and move through them with the least resistance I can. To do this I am working with a beautiful coach to set up some foundations in my home and business life to make this easier.
In her book The Desire Map Danielle La Porte goes in to much more detail on how to work out what your core desired feelings are and set goals which will help you to achieve these desired feelings. If you are interested in learning more about using core desired feelings in your life Danielle Le Porte is currently offering the digital download and audio download of her book for a limited time for FREE here. You can also buy her book here*. You can also find a list of core desired feelings here and here although they are not a definitive list of all feelings… you might come up with a phrase rather then a word to describe how you want to feel this year.
How do you want to feel this year? Let me know in the comments x
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Apologies for being gone for so long. I promise I have a good reason. I got some surprise news in August. A big surprise. The kind that makes you feel sick a few weeks later, for a few months. The kind of surprise that brings a little human in to your life nine months later. Yep… I am pregnant.
When I published one of my last blogs on about the grief I felt about not having another child, I had begun to move on and feel ok about not having a fourth baby. I had begun to plan out a return to work and was working hard to complete my life coaching course. I had begun to coach one beautiful woman and was getting excited about setting up my coaching business. I could see a life without any more babies being fulfilling and exciting. I think that this was probably the first time in my adult life that I had realised that I was ok with no more children.
And then…. Surprise! The universe had other plans.
For someone who had grieved the loss of my dream for another child so deeply… I was very shocked, and it took a while for me to come to terms with the fact that my plans had changed. I also felt a lot of guilt for feeling like this. I mean wasn’t I the one who wanted another child and now I was completely freaking out? Also, after my littlest two being such planned and monitored conceptions via IVF this felt very different.
Fast forward a few months of terrible morning sickness, exhaustion and putting plans on hold and I am happily 19 weeks pregnant tomorrow. I feel those little kicks and movements in my belly and know that my coaching plans can wait and that I will be ok (somehow) at being an (unorganised) mum of four.
I believe that self-care is vital for everyone, and particularly for those of us who take care of others. I know a lot of mothers often wonder how they are supposed to fit self-care in to their already busy day. I know that large pockets of time are not often possible but I want to show you a few ways to integrate small moments of self-care in to your day.
For me, having quick things that I can do that nourish me is a must. As a mother of three I am busy and I cannot always find the time to get a massage, a facial or other things that may take organising a babysitter. I need things that I can do throughout the day to keep me feeling good and better able to deal with the daily parenting challenges like the kids fighting, bedtime struggles, crazy mornings.
Ideas for Self-Care in 15 minutes or less.
- Step outside in to the fresh air – there is something about being outside that makes me feel refreshed and more centred.
- Sit in the sun for five minutes and feel the warmth on your skin.
- Sit in silence on your bed – this one can be hard because as soon as you disappear the children usually follow but it makes a such a difference to just get a few minutes alone. If not your bed maybe the toilet?
- Breathe deeply in to your belly for three to five breaths – this does amazing things for your mind and body.
- Drink you hot drink, holding it with two hands and enjoy it!
- Spend a few minutes in the car alone before you pick up the kids/go in to work/walk in to a crazy house.
- Put your favourite music on. I find this is an instant mood lifter for me and the kids.
- Take a quick hot shower and then use your favourite body lotion.
- Set your alarm for fifteen minutes and have a power nap if you don’t have any children at home to supervise.
- If you have a hobby, take 15 minutes to do it!
- Paint your nails.
- Sit down and eat your lunch rather than grazing throughout the day while doing housework or working.
- Read a book or magazine.
- Go for a walk, pop the kids in the pram or on their bikes and go. Everyone will feel better for it.
- Journaling, colouring, or whichever creative outlet you enjoy.
- Go to be fifteen minutes earlier than normal.
These are just a few ideas of quick things you can to do to take care of YOU! Share with me what you do for quick self care.