A little honesty here. I was that mumma that would rarely think about dinner before 5pm. I’d either madly dash to the supermarket with two cranky toddlers (we all know how that one ends), or better still, we’d go out for dinner.
Now I’m lucky, I live in inner-west of Sydney so I have some great restaurants at the end of my street. It sounds magical, but it’s dangerous. Just as dangerous as having an app, a phone or a takeaway menu within reach. It’s an easy money-guzzling trap to fall into, and for me, that easy route was something I did at least 2 nights a week for a LONG TIME.
As a health and nutrition coach for mummas, there’s a little question I get asked more than anything else… “But how do you actually do it? Like, get dinner on the table every night, that the kids will eat?”
Sure, we’ve got a tonne of recipes, often sitting in pretty cookbooks on our shelves, but it’s making those recipes happen that is the clincher.
Do you want 2017 to be the year you lose stress over dinner? The year you get organised and feed your family yummy, healthy meals? The one where your kids start eating all their dinner and you know exactly how to handle food battles? Well mumma, you’re in the right place!
I say jump in the kitchen, get the babes to roll their sleeves up and have a go at making these super simple and fun edible Christmas wreaths.
My little guy is off eggs, dairy and gluten whilst I help treat him naturally for eczema.. These dietary changes I've done have been working a treat and wherever I can (even over Christmas), I try and cook around them. But I didn't want him missing out on a yummy edible, cookie Christmas wreath. So I used this egg-free, dairy-free, gluten-free cookie recipe from Mummy Made.It and added some of my own gingerbread spices. I often make this recipe in to small tiny teddies for the babes’ lunchboxes – they store a dream in the freezer. After adding some gingerbread spices, I cut them in to big gingerbread men and then made them in to this edible cookie Christmas wreath. It may look a little tricky, but trust me, it's really-really easy! The secret is in the overlapping the alternate arms and legs of the cookies and letting them bake so they're really-really crunchy. Be sure to check out the video recipe of how I make the Christmas cookie wreath so you can make one like a pro too.
I’m always looking for cheap organic & health food shops that are online and local to me, here in Sydney. I hunt down the best bargain organic fruit & veg, I buy from wholefood shops rather than supermarkets and I’ll stock up at free-range butchers when the cuts we love are on sale. It saves me money, it saves me time and my whole families health is so much better when I shop this way.
I want you to know exactly where to grab these bargains too. I’ve pulled together a complete list + saveable PDF of where to buy the best and cheapest organic and healthy wholefoods in Sydney + online Australia wide too, so here goes: