Eco Baby with @yumglutenfree

Eco Baby with @yumglutenfree

We’ve teamed up with our long-time friend and gluten free goddess Olivia Jackson from Yum Gluten Free to chat about all things mum-life since giving birth to her now 4-month-old baby, Eloise. Olivia chats with us about her newly uncovered mum hacks and her go-to ecofriendly products that she couldn’t live without from her local WholeLife!

 

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do?

Hi! I’m Olivia, owner of Yum Gluten Free, diagnosed coeliac of over 10 years and a new mum to four-month old baby Eloise. I wear many hats, but at Yum Gluten Free, we share all things in the gluten free wold. My husband and I also started another Instagram called @pandemic_parents to support those going through family life during this unprecedented time. It’s become being such a positive space to share our journey.

How did you find the shift in lifestyle to the role of becoming a mum?

It’s really and truly been the best experience of my life! Eloise has brought me more joy and fulfilment than I ever could have imagined. Some days are tough and others beyond exhausting… but she is just our greatest gift. My husband and I made a commitment to speak positivity over her while I was pregnant and it’s been so sweet witnessing our dreams become our reality.

What’s your ultimate mum hack that you have discovered?

Be sure you’re doing full feeds! In the early days, she was feeding on demand which helped my milk supply. But once my milk came in and we got the hang of things, I started lengthening our feeds. Then I found that full feeds meant long sleeps… and that’s the best thing any mama could ask for.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learnt about motherhood?

That I’m more capable than I ever could have believed I was. I had so many insecurities about how I would be as a mum whilst pregnant and I’ve surprised myself with how capable I’ve been since having Eloise. I’m also learning to ask for help when I need it… That was a tough lesson to learn but very important!

What is your favourite thing about being a mum?

There are so many things… but my favourites must be the smiles, watching her grow and develop and getting to know her little personality.

Any advice for the new mamas out there?

I’ve got three things.

1. Mum-instinct is absolutely a thing so trust your gut.

2. Join your local mother’s group through your community child health centre. Having the support of those with babies around the same age also helped me feel more confident and capable in my abilities as a parent.

3. Find a perinatal psychologist and have a fortnightly call. Even the weeks I didn’t think I needed it… I did!

What is important to you when looking to buy and use baby products?

Even before Eloise was born, I have always looked for products with clean ingredients. To me, this means ingredients that I can pronounce and know what they are. Knowing just how sensitive babies are, this is my number one rule of thumb when buying products for Eloise.

Finally, which baby products have you discovered and would recommend from WholeLife?

All of the products are ones I would recommend to any new parent. I am especially loving the Ecoriginal nappies, Weleda Nursing Tea, Natural Rubber Soother Teether and the Wotnot Naturals Nappy Rash Creams. I love that I can purchase all of these products in one place!

We hope that you loved hearing from Olivia as much as we did! You can shop all of your favourite eco baby products at your local WholeLife, and check out our latest catalogue here.

Stay up to date with Olivia through her website, social media platforms, private Facebook Group, the Yum Gluten Free Village, and digital magazines.

D.I.Y Eco Easter Bunny Ears

D.I.Y Eco Easter Bunny Ears

This hands-on D.I.Y is for little and big bunnies alike, and sure to keep the little ones entertained whilst you’re self-isolating at home this long weekend.

 

Things you’ll need:

. Head bands

. Scissors

. Foliage

. Paint & paint brush

. String

. Hot glue gun

. Ribbon

Step one is see if you can find any leaves in your backyard that resemble bunny ears, if not get some fresh air by going for a walk (be sure to keep your social distance if you are leaving your house) and forage for some foliage to use, frangipani leaves work well for the ears and feel free to unleash your creativity for the decorations!

Once you’ve collected your foliage it’s time to get your hands messy, set up some paint in an egg carton and let the kids paint their bunny ears.

Once painted, allow your bunny ears to dry in the sunshine. While you’re waiting, pick and choose the foliage to compliment your ears and use scissors to trim where necessary.

We have used some cute cotton ribbon to cover the headband.

Using the string and hot glue gun, secure the foliage to your headband and you’ll have your eco bunny ears ready to hop into Easter!

Share your D.I.Y Easter creations with us on Instagram @wholelifepharmacyandhealthfood

Make our Healthy Easter Egg recipe

Back To School Lunchbox – With Live Love Nourish

Back To School Lunchbox – With Live Love Nourish

Casey-Lee from Live Love Nourish is a nutritionist and mother of two. We chatted with her about getting some ideas for the daily struggle of healthy kid’s lunchboxes. With back to school just around the corner; Casey helped us put together the ultimate, easy and healthy lunchbox.

Being a mum of two and this year a first-time school mum, lunchboxes are now very much a part of our everyday. As a mum and as a nutritionist who is passionate about real food for kids, I understand the importance of easy & healthy back to school lunchbox ideas.

Some important tips before we get started: 

•Food should be fun

•Keep it simple 

•Stress Less – Find out what works best for you when packing a lunchbox. Some 

parents find it easier to pack a lunchbox the night before, whilst others prefer to make it early morning. 

What to Include in a Healthy Lunch Box?

I encourage a lunchbox that is both simple and whole-food inspired. It’s important to include a variety of food in your little one’s diet to help you build a balanced lunch box that includes the key nutrients that their growing bodies need. Key nutrients such as protein, healthy fats, complex carbs, vitamins and minerals (such as calcium and iron) are all necessary for a nutritionally balanced diet. The key is to look over the course of the day to ensure they are getting the variety of nutrients rather than putting too much pressure on just one meal.

 

Savoury Main Items 

This is what will form the main item in your lunchbox, much like a classic sandwich would. If you are choosing a sandwich as your main lunchbox item, focus on filling them with nutrient dense and healthy ingredients. Ideally, you want to focus more on what they are getting from the filling of the sandwich rather than the bread itself. 

Frittata or egg muffins  

Fritters (you can make these with egg and veggies or for an egg free option use chickpea flour + water in place of eggs) 

Homemade sushi (you can make this with quinoa too. If using quinoa mash a small amount of hummus or avocado into the quinoa so it sticks together). 

Spaghetti bolognese muffins (make these by whisking leftover spaghetti bolognese with 1-2 eggs and bake in muffin trays). You can also do this to make a fried rice slice, mix fried rice with whisked egg and bake in a slice tray for a lunchbox friendly way to serve fried rice). 

Pasta salad. Pulse pasta (made from chickpeas, legumes or pulses are a high protein option). Mix with 1-2 of their favourite pasta ingredients such as cherry tomatoes, chicken or mushrooms. 

Don’t forget leftovers. A lot of children love their dinner leftovers for lunch. Especially if it is a familiar, family favourite dish. You can get some great kid friendly, lunch flasks to take warm or cool food to school. 

Homemade chicken nuggets using chicken mince, finely grated veggies and rolled in a nut free coating 

Pita pockets (these are great for a “spill proof” alternative to sandwiches. You can also pack a lot of nutritious ingredients in to them also. 

Rice paper rolls 

Whole Fruit and Vegetables 

Make sure your lunchbox includes some fresh fruit and vegetables. These are easy, time saving, affordable and healthy. If your little one doesn’t like fruit or vegetables get creative and try different ways of serving it and keep offering. 

•Cut fruit into fun shapes using a cookie cutter. 

•Name veggie sticks in a fun way. Such as wizard swards for asparagus spears! 

•Lightly steam and cool some vegetable sticks. Some kids don’t like raw veggies but will eat softened carrot sticks or softened beans for example. 

•Get kids to pick their favourite fruits or get them involved in chopping and preparing. This will encourage them to eat them, I promise!

•Theme your fruit and vegetables for a fun approach, such as a colour theme each day. 

•Draw funny faces on whole bananas.

Snacks 

Kids love snacks, well at least mine do! Balance your lunchbox well and choose snacks that are nutrient dense and provide nutritional value. Of course, fun snacks can be included, the main focus though is to fill their tummies first with whole food options. Some healthy whole food snack ideas include:

Dips These are a fun item in kid’s lunchboxes. Dips such as hummus or guacamole are popular with children. Serve with crackers or veggie sticks. WholeLife has a great range of organic & vegan dips.

Yoghurt with mixed berries. Choose a yogurt with no added sugar. We use unsweetened coconut yoghurt.

Pikelets are a great, fun food idea for little hands and when made with wholesome ingredients they can be a healthy option too. I make ours from buckwheat flour and top with homemade chia seed jam.

Mini muffins Use whole fruit to sweeten rather than adding refined sugar. We love making these mini coconut banana muffins.

Homemade banana bread Use over-ripe bananas to sweeten.

•Roasted vegetables or their favourite veggies/salad ingredients.

Homemade muesli bars 

Chia seed pudding 

 

Healthy Treats 

Treats are an important part of having fun with food and building a positive relationship with food. With a couple of simple twists on your favourite recipes you can also add some bonus nutrition to fun treat food.

Homemade baking is a great example. There are so many healthy recipes you can make for kid’s lunchboxes from cookies, muffins, slices etc.

When you’re including treats in your lunchbox the key is to make it a part of the lunchbox but not the main focus. Ideally include ingredients that add nutritional value, this is why I love home cooking. For example, I make homemade chocolate crackles but to add value I mix in sesame seeds, sunflower seeds and goji berries.

Quick & Convenient

 

As a mum I get that convenience helps! Having some grab-and-go options in the pantry can take off a lot of pressure and stress. The key is to make them count with nutritional value. Here are some of my favourite lunchbox friendly, healthy snack ideas you can find at WholeLife.

Snack bars – There are lots of healthy wholefood bars available, just be mindful of a few key things to choose a healthier one. Look for no added refined sugars and preservatives. 

Bliss balls – Typically bliss balls are made with nuts, seeds, coconut and dates or rice malt syrup. Look for ones without added preservative and if your school is nut free, check the ingredients label. You can also make these at home! 

Roasted chickpeas or faba beans – These are a tasty snack providing a source of protein and fibre. 

Toasted seaweed – You can get these in mini snack packs at WholeLife!

Seed crackers – These are a nutrient dense snack made from mostly seeds and water. The seeds provide a source of protein, good fats and fibre.

Ready-to-make mixes – There are a lot of great brands with ready-to-bake mixes such as banana bread, muffins, pancakes and crackers which WholeLife have a great range of.

Don’t forget the fridge section of your WholeLife – Here you can find lots of great snacks such as yoghurts, chia seed puddings, pre-made patties, falafels and more.

 

I hope these tips help! Comment below if you have any ideas we can add to the list to help other parents too!

You can follow Casey on Instagram @livelovenourishaus

Want to read more like this? Check out our 5 Healthy Snacks blog

 

Summer Suncare Plan

Summer Suncare Plan

With a long, hot summer ahead, it is worth doing a refresher on the best summer suncare plan for you and your family. If you’re Australian or grew up in Australia in the 80’s or 90’s you’d be able to sing the lyrics to the Slip, Slop, Slap jingle in your sleep. The campaign, created to get Aussies serious about sun protection, launched in 1981 when the links between UV radiation and Australia’s climbing skin cancer rates became evident.

We all knew we had to slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen and slap on a hat and it certainly brought about some excellent habits but did you know in recent years the campaign has been extended to include SEEK shade and SLIDE on sunglasses?

These five suncare steps give us and our children the best chance of avoiding the suns damaging UVA and UVB rays which can cause skin cancer and speed up ageing of the skin.

When it comes to the SLOP factor, the latest advice from Cancer Council Australia and SunSmart is as follows:

  • Apply sunscreen 20 minutes before going out into the sun
  • Apply 5ml (or one teaspoon) of sunscreen per limb and rub in thoroughly. This may seem like a lot of lotion or cream but think about it this way – your skin is the largest organ of the human body and to give proper coverage, you really do need that much.
  • Re-apply sunscreen two hourly or after swimming, exercising or towel drying to maintain optimum levels of protection.
  • Buy the highest SPF factor possible. SPF50+ is the gold standard of sun protection in Australia and blocks 98% of UVB rays.
  • If you have a reaction to a particular sunscreen, try a fragrance-free formulation or one specifically designed for toddlers or babies.

Remember the other elements of the campaign, SLIP on protective clothing whenever you can, SLAP on a wide, broad-brimmed hat, SEEK shade – particularly between 10am and 2pm and SLIDE on some sunglasses.