Hope you have all had a great xmas with your loved ones. I have personally been enjoying the break and the company of my sister and her family who arrived from Melbourne last week. I have also been enjoying my new chairs which I have Santa to thank for. As part of a collection of items passed on from my late grandmother I decided for xmas to have two of her chairs recovered in textiles by Clothfabric - have you heard of them? If not, they are a small independent company based in Sydney, Australia who like doing things the old fashioned way. They screenprint by hand and use an array of natural fibres such as hemp, organic cotton and linen which is naturally stylish. Click here to find out more. I only have one deliberation - should I keep the arms of the chairs the original colour as I have considered changing them? Anyone got any thoughts????? The fabric here is banksia. I was instantly drawn to this print as I love this native plant for the same reason cloth do - its strength and resilience... two amazing qualities that I respect and desire. I think the end result was worth every penny and even more special is their individual status which I so openly love and admire.
Continuing on the natural theme is our breakfast in recent days. Raw Buckwheat! Initially I was skeptical due to thoughts of a gritty palate but I was surprised to discover, not so. The boys eat their serving with natural yoghurt + a drizzle of maple syrup and I prefer mine with almond milk, cinnamon & coconut. Add to it whatever you like to make it taste your way and consider this an easy way to add some raw goodness into your day and keep your tummy happy. Click here for other ways with buckwheat if this one doesn't take your fancy.
Wishing everyone a Merry Xmas and Happy New Year. I am looking forward to taking some time out to enjoy the company of my loved ones and those very special little people who make xmas so magical again. Xmas always inspires my inner creative soul to explode and we have loved wrapping and creating some little extra pieces around the house whilst sipping on my newest thing - the dandechino.
Have you heard of dandelion root tea? This herbal infusion can be bought from most health food stores and is made from roasted dandelion root. Crazy thing is it has a very similar appearance and taste to coffee. You see a good cup of coffee is my one vice in life. It became so after I had children. Stuck at home day in day out I felt like going out for a coffee made me feel like a part of the world that existed beyond the perimeter of my house and and unfortunately it has now become a pure habit. I have known about dandelion root tea for a while now however just hadn't bothered to try but I know that caffeine wreaks havoc on my blood sugar levels and as a sufferer of PCOS this is not helpful at all. So with an
indulgent couple of days ahead this little fella is going to be by my side. Who knows I may even convert some family members. I can only try right!! You can find out loads more about dandelion root tea here and also find some lovely variations here that I am certainly going to try when I stop cooking for xmas but essentially all you need to make a dandechino is:
1) brew some dandelion tea*,
2) froth your choice of milk
3) add a sprinkle of unsweetened chocolate powder and voila!!!
* Roasted dandelion filters bags can be purchased from most health food stores. A word of advice - read the label to ensure there isn't any preservative or added flavours and check they haven't been genetically modified as well.
Add a side salad of greens, tomatoes and avocado to your pizza
Stuff your sandwiches sky high with greens and bright salad such as carrot, grated beetroot, alfalfa sprouts, red onion, tomato or avocado.
We started with her first meal of the day - Breakfast. We swapped out the processed breakfast cereal and its nutritional claims for that matter and opted for a nutrient boosting breakfast consisting of - quinoa, organic natural yoghurt, blueberries, goji berries, walnuts and shredded coconut. After a quick lesson in "how to prepare quinoa" - see here, a natural and more satisfying breakfast is now her break of day staple and an overall better choice.
From a fertility perspective this breakfast offers an array of vitamins and minerals both necessary for and valuable to conception, hormone regulation, sperm production, quality and quantity. Overall however, eating a wholesome, nutrient rich and unrefined breakfast as such will give the body nourishment to do great things with no matter what stage of life you are at.
So Be Better by Choice! Make better choices toward better health gradually and find a routine that works for you. If you require any assistance with this then click here or if you have any ways to share on how you have made your start to the day better I wold love hear from you.
Place all the ingredients in a blender and whiz until smooth.
Don't be frightened away by a green smoothie with thoughts of "yuck" The mango and banana in this green smoothie make it very tame and far from hard core . The peanut butter also rounds out the flavour of the greens so I encourage you to give it a go and suck up all those valuable vitamins and minerals in their raw state. I figure if the kids drink it it can't be to bad. Chill factor is a must for me so don't forget to cool things down by adding ice to the mix especially now that the weather is heating up in the Southern Hemisphere (well in some places at least)
Poached eggs are a no brainer for breakfast. They are an excellent source of protein, vitamins and iron. Choose organic pastured eggs if you can find them for the reason that pastured eggs come from chickens that are free to roam and forage for insects meaning happier and healthier chickens and therefore eggs. Any readers on the Sunshine Coast can get pastured eggs from Rawganix Farm who attend the Kawana Farmers Markets every Saturday morning from 7am - 1pm
If you are into your toast then consider adding a slice of wholegrain sourdough toast for some slow release carbs on the side.
P.S - for all my friends out there planning for pregnancy take note that eggs are rich in choline ( a chemical similar to B vitamins) that is essentially important for women and their reproductive system. Overall everyone can gain numerous benefits from the humble egg that offers an abundance of benefits that see it back in favour all over again as a fabulous nutritional storehouse.
For the flatbread follow this recipe here and adapt by omitting the sesame seeds and thyme and add a 1/4 cup finely chopped coriander and 1 -2 fresh red chilli's finely diced. It's always nice to have something to dip with.
Two litte piggies sharing some berry love!
Spelt flour tends to be my preferred choice as a baking flour. From my own observations, it behaves in a similar manner to wheat flour and tends to be easier to digest as well. These days spelt flour is widely available in most supermarkets in either a whole or white spelt preparation. We like to make pikelets regularly around here and i do like to add ground flaxseed to the mix for some added nutritional benefits. Where ever I think I can sneak it in i do and to date I have had no complaints. The above recipe makes approx one dozen.
 Blereau, J (2010), Wholefood for Children, Murdoch Books, Australia
i like to reserve the poaching liquid for use in cakes and muffins for added flavour
Almond Milk and Date Porridge
inspired by Alice Hart
200g rolled oats
500 ml fresh, homemade almond milk (as per above)
4 fresh dates, pitted and sliced
50 gms pre soaked almonds, sliced thinly
2 medium size bananas, thinly sliced
shredded coconut to serve
a drizzle of maple syrup
Soak the oats in half the almond milk overnight in the refrigerator
The next morning, place the soaked oats into a medium size saucepan along with the remaining almond milk
Heat gently, stirring constantly for a few minutes until the porridge turns thick and creamy
Remove from stovetop and divide into four servings
Top with chopped dates, banana and shredded coconut
Hey There, I’m Sherilyn the creator of Wholepromise. This is where I venture outside of being a mum, wife and Fertility Nurse Specialist. I live on the Sunshine Coast in Qld, Australia and am spoilt by year round access to Farmers Markets offering a plethora of local, seasonal and organic produce. In all Wholepromise is my style of food, it’s the food I want my boys to appreciate and it’s the food that makes me happy. Styling and photographing it is just another bonus.
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