Nurture Your Life is the second in my series of books on natural health (the first was Culture Your Life published 2014). Children’s nutrition is a big passion of mine. As a Naturopath and Nutritional Therapist I see many children with chronic conditions like persistent illness, skin conditions, energy and growth issues and a staggering increase in children with allergies and intolerances. With two children of my own, I feel compelled to help these kids find their strength and return them to health to help prevent more serious conditions in their future.
Weaning a child onto food is a very powerful first step in a child’s relationship with food. A relationship which is of fundamental importance to health. Think of your own love/hate relationship with food. There are so many non-foods in our diets in the west, our supermarkets are sometimes almost 80% stocked with chemical, processed and unhealthy foods. Conventional avenues still persist that rice cereal (which may be hugely inflammatory to an immature digestive system) is the food we should be starting our kids on. This book does not recommend that route.
I hope you enjoy reading it and ask questions, keep reading, become informed as to how the body works. Change your own relationship to food if need be. Lets start our kids off the right way, with foods to nurture their life from the beginning.
I absolutely love lemon curd (here is my version). I whipped up a batch as it is packed with healthy fats (butter and eggs) and I don’t worry so much when I use coconut sugar to flavour it- we like it tart anyway. It is a great way to really treat the kids.
We also love making these coconut cookies– so when my daughter asked me to make them again I thought of combining the two. The result is really delicious! Lemon and ginger of course being a match in heaven- and great for the immune system as the change of season is upon us.
Coconut and Lemon Curd Thumbprint Cookies
I twist on my coconut ginger cookies- adding a dollop of my freshly made lemon curd. Light, delicious and good for the immune system! Full of healthy fats. Really easy recipe to make with the kids
This recipe is so simple and delicious and only has 5 ingredients! Have you tried vegetable pasta/noodles yet?
I have been enjoying trying to be grain free the last few months. I have not missed pasta and have still enjoyed noodle soups, spaghetti, and other dishes simply swapping pasta with either sweet potato lightly steamed or zucchini raw.
but I have to say the spiralizer definitely makes a difference. The texture and thickness of the ‘noodles’ feels more similar to the original. I mostly use the julienne peeler for coleslaw like this Kraut Slaw recipe. You can of course just use a simple peeler and have flat, wide noodles!
This recipe I made for my own birthday dinner! I love the combination of butter, lemon, garlic and prawns and it took seconds to throw together. I added a little stock to boost nutrient levels too! Simply season with salt and pepper and you are done!
Garlic Butter Prawns with Zucchini Noodles
A deliciously quick and nutritious simple dinner. Grain free and gluten free. To make it dairy free, swap the butter for coconut oil.
The other morning I woke up starving! I also really craved a smoothie. I haven’t been drinking smoothies recently as I went off them a couple of weeks ago. I think it has something to do with the fact that since I have gone off grains (for my trademark 80% of the time!) I have not been half as hungry as before. I decided to have a smoothie and created this one with as many fats in it as possible. I cannot describe how satisfied I felt after this! At lunch I had a salad with pomello and shrimps and scallops and I was still satisfied until dinner- with my blood sugar levels for the past 15 years that is practically unheard of.
Here is what I did;
Ultimate Fat Smoothie
A smoothie designed to get a wide range of fats into your daily diet. Delicious too! Includes kefir to maximise absorption of the fats.
Always on the lookout for nut free nutrient dense recipes for school lunches and snacks- I found this recipe. I love the simplicity of the recipe but since my daughter is not a massive coconut fan I wanted to change the flavour without changing the flour.
Adding the ginger gives an amazing spin on such a wonderfully simple recipe.
Coconut Ginger Cookies
A delicious spin on a very simple and effective cookie recipe.