Recipe of the Quarter - Banana Oat Mylk Smoothie

As I’m breastfeeding my nearly eight month old (where did that time go!) I like to consume foods that are good for baby and good for my supply. Oats are a well-known galactagogue, and we pair them with yummy bananas in this delicious smoothie. 

Ingredients 

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 3 tablepoons oats
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup, to sweeten

Method 

Pulse oats in blender until finely ground. Add all other ingredients into blender and blend until smooth. Serve in a glass with ice and enjoy!  

Bon Appètit!  

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Family Getaways - Phillip Island

A fun-filled seaside adventure awaits you just a short trip from Melbourne. With plenty to see and do, Phillip Island is the perfect destination for families.

We share our top highlights and must-do’s when exploring Phillip Island with kids.  

Sleep

There are many great AirBnB options to suit families of any size, so you can enjoy your stay on the Island with the comforts of home. Our pick is the centrally located ‘Seacluded’. The property, run by hosts Brendan and Ella, is located in a quiet court in the heart of Cowes, allowing you easy access to the towns cafes, restaurants and boutique shopping. Keen to eat in for a night of your stay too? This property is literally just around the corner from Coles supermarket, so you can pick up a quick meal - and also restock on necessities for baby. 

Eat

For the foodies you can’t go past Island Wholefoods. The buckwheat pancakes are perfect for brunch, coupled with a delicious smoothie - or a much needed coffee - this top menu pick will provide you with much needed fuel before you get on your way to one of the Island’s many attractions. Another must visit is the Cape Kitchen, offering stunning views of the seaside and equally stunning meals. 

Play

There is so much to see and do on the Island - there are many attractions to suit the whole family such as the famous Penguin Parade, the Koala Conservation Centre and the Churchill Island Heritage Farm. For older kids there is the quirky Amaze ‘N Things, now with the daring SkyTrail - a short trip from the Phillip Island Chocolate Factory. For the little ones, there is a neat little playground near the Cowes pier, and also a fun nautical themed playground in nearby Rhyll. A relaxing walk along the beach is also a must-do!

Phillip Island sure makes for an easy family getaway. 

 

 

 

Allergy Friendly Blueberry Muffins

This week is Food Allergy Awareness Week, and we’re looking forward to making our favourite blueberry muffins - which are free from gluten, dairy, nuts and egg. 

This quick and easy recipe will have your toddler asking for multiple servings!  

Ingredients  

  • 1 cup milk of your choice (depending on your loved ones allergy you may be choosing whole milk, skim milk, almond milk, oat milk or soy). 
  •  1 cup buckwheat flour (or sub for flour of your choice - you just may need to add a little more if using all-purpose flour).
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries - yum! 
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder 
  • Pinch of salt
  • Splash of extra virgin olive oil
  •  1 very ripe banana (or you can use Orgran Egg Replacer - available from local supermarkets - or apple sauce if there is both a banana and egg allergy)
  • 2 heaped teaspoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence (optional) 

Method 

Preheat oven to 200. Line your 8 muffin hole muffin-tray with cupcake liners. Mix all dry ingredients together in a bowl. Add milk, banana (or chosen egg replacer), a splash of olive oil, maple syrup and vanilla essence. Stir gently to roughly combine mixture, before folding in the blueberries. Place mixture into your muffin tray and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown on top.

Let cool, serve and enjoy!  

 

 

Cafe of the Month - Crafternoon

Whoever came up with the idea of combining a cafe with craft activities to keep your little ones occupied was a genius! Crafternoon is the very definition of a 'kid friendly' and 'family friendly' cafe. They offer brunch, light meals (with excellent vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options) - and the all important coffee for mum and dad . With the combination of craft activities for kids it makes for a perfect morning or afternoon out for the whole family! 

The Details:

Crafternoon - 718 Sydney Rd, Brunswick

Suitable for:

  • Vegetarian mummas
  • Gluten free mummas

Opening Hours: 

  • Monday - Wednesday: 9AM to 5.30PM
  • Thursday: Closed
  • Friday: 9AM to 5.30PM
  • Saturday and Sunday: 8.30AM to 4PM
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Eczema Awareness Week: 14-20 May 2018

Next week is Eczema Awareness Week, and this cause has a special place in my heart - particularly when I think of new mums who have little ones that may be just starting to show signs of eczema.

My first-born suffered from eczema from the age of four months, and to this day occasionally experiences very mild flare ups if it is warm. When she first started displaying symptoms I wasn’t sure where to turn to, or what to do, to help diagnose and treat them.

Amongst all the random (and sometimes unwanted) advice and old wives tales thrown at you as a new mum it can be difficult at first to trust your own instinct and navigate your own journey as a mum. All I knew at that time was that it was important to me that I obtain advice and treatment options from qualified medical professionals, so I did just that.

I spoke to my trusted GP and we also attended an eczema workshop run by specialists at the Royal Children’s Hospital and with our treatment plan underway, my daughters symptoms and suffering was soon relieved, and she was once again a bright, happy and bubbly baby!

The Eczema Association of Australasia is running free workshops across the country next week, as part of Eczema Awareness Week. Visit www.eczema.org.au for more information.

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Starting Solids - Homemade Purée Recipes

My baby boy has recently turned six months old, and we are excited to be starting his journey with solid foods. 

Here are some of our favourite recipes for baby’s first foods:  

Sweet Potato, Parsnip and Cauliflower Purée

Wash and peel the sweet potato, cauliflower and parsnip, and chop into very small pieces. Steam vegetables until well cooked (by steaming them you are keeping as many of the nutrients in as possible). Once cooked, add to blender and blend until smooth. You can add a little breastmilk before serving to ease baby’s transition too - and for more nutrient and immune boosting power. Serve cooled. 

Broccoli, Spinach and Carrot Purée 

Wash broccoli, spinach and carrot well. Roughly chop broccoli and carrot into small pieces. Steam broccoli, carrot and spinach until cooked. Add to blender and blend until smooth. Again, you can add a little breastmilk to the pureé if you desire. Serve cooled. 

Apple, Banana and Avocado Purée 

Add chopped apple, banana and avocado to a blender. Blend until smooth and serve. 

Bon Appétit!

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Cafe of the Month - Combi, Elwood

This smoothie recipe is almost as good as the smoothies from @wearecombi ... almost...ok, honestly no-where near as good as Combi’s!! Located in beachside Elwood, Combi serves up allll the delish vegan food and nourishing ‘bevies from smoothies to super bowls to raw desserts. If you haven’t had the chance to try - we highly recommend popping in for some brunch today! In the meantime, check out our strawberry smoothie recipe below. 

Strawberry Smoothie Recipe  

Add to your blender a cup of cold almond milk, one banana, a punnet of strawberries, half a cup of rolled oats and two teaspoons of maple or agave syrup. Blend until smooth. Serve and enjoy!

Bon Appétit! 

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Almond Anzac Biscuits

Today on the blog we share an easy recipe for delicious Anzac biscuits with almonds.

Simply combine a cup of rolled oats, a cup of buckwheat flour, half a teaspoon bicarbonate soda, a handful of desiccated coconut, 1/4 cup of of almond milk (you can add more if you feel mixture requires it), and three heaped table spoons of maple syrup.

Place dollops of mixture on baking tray, flatten slightly and top with almond slivers. Bake for 10 minutes (or until golden brown) at 180. Let cool. Serve and enjoy!

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