Nurture Your Life- Your REAL FOOD weaning guide

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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.

 

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My new weaning book

My new weaning book

Here is a link to all the recipes I used when weaning.

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Coconut and Lemon Curd Thumbprint cookies

Coconut and Lemon Curd Thumbprint Cookies Loula Natural

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.

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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
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Ingredients
  1. 12 tbsp Coconut flour
  2. 10 tbsp Butter (soft- I use organic)
  3. 2 tbs of Honeycomb honey
  4. 1-2 tsp ginger powder or grated ginger root
  5. 1 drop of lemon essential oil or a splash of lemon juice
  6. about 1/4 tsp Lemon Curd for each cookie
Instructions
  1. Heat the oven to 200 c
  2. Add all of the ingredients (except the lemon curd) to a mixer
  3. Use the k beater to beat the ingredients together to form a soft dough
  4. Ball up the dough and place on baking sheets that have been greased or have baking paper
  5. Get your trusty assistant (or yourself!)to push their thumb in the middle to create the cookie with a space for the lemon curd when they are cooked.
  6. Cook for 8-10 mins or until turning brown.
  7. Allow to cool on the baking tray otherwise they will crumble apart
  8. When they are completely cool- add a dollop of Lemon Curd just before serving.
  9. Enjoy
Notes
  1. Be careful they burn quickly- I keep going in 30 second bursts on the timer
  2. I keep mine in the fridge without the Lemon Curd otherwise they go soggy.
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 I love mine with a nice cup of Rooibos or my bulletproof coffee!

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Here are some other thumbprint cookie recipes;

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Garlic Butter Prawns with Zucchini Noodles

Garlic Butter Prawns with Zucchini Noodles Loula Natural

Garlic Butter Prawns with Zucchini Noodles

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.

spiriliser

I use this awesome machine to make my pasta (I bought it from here in Hong Kong). I used to use a simple julienne peeler like this one

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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
Serves 2
A deliciously quick and nutritious simple dinner. Grain free and gluten free. To make it dairy free, swap the butter for coconut oil.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 Zucchini per person (spiralized)
  2. 500g Prawns (caught responsibly, from clean waters)
  3. 2 cloves of garlic
  4. 10-50g of butter (depends on how much you like butter!) You can replace this with coconut oil
  5. 1-2 tbs stock
  6. Squeeze of lemon
  7. Salt and Pepper
Instructions
  1. Add the butter to the pan
  2. When melted add the garlic
  3. Fry for a min and then add prawns. Toss in the butter and garlic until they turn pink and flesh is no longer translucent.
  4. Add stock to pan and a squeeze of lemon.
  5. Add to raw or lightly steamed zucchini noodles and toss to completely cover in butter.
  6. Season with salt and pepper.
Notes
  1. serve with a glass of bubbles or crisp white wine!
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Here are some other Veggie noodle recipes;

Oh She Glows; Glowing Green Pasta Primavera

Peace, Love and Low Carb; Rainbow Vegetable Noodles

Real Food RN; How to make noodles out of Vegetables

Empowered Sustenance; Zucchini Pasta with Creamy Avocado Sauce

Thank Your Body; Zucchini Noodles with Sauteed Vegetables

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The Ultimate Fat Smoothie

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How can I get fats into my diet?

You probably know by now, how much I love fats! They are great for reducing chronic inflammation, boost your immune system, change your body shape, balance blood sugar levels and even balance hormone levels. I am looking to lose weight for life and fats have been integral to my success. Especially great for kids- I have been looking at ways to also maximise their intake too. The three of us shared this recipe.

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.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Cup almond milk
  2. 1 Cup oat milk
  3. 2 tbs Milk/Water Kefir
  4. 1/2 tbs raw butter/ghee
  5. 1/2 tbs Coconut oil out side Hong Kong use this one
  6. 1 raw egg (optional)
  7. 30 drops sea buckthorn oil
  8. 1tsp walnut oil
  9. 1 banana r 1/2 avocado (or avocado oil
  10. 1tsp maple syrup (optional)
  11. 1/2tsp Cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Everything in a high speed blender- add ice if desired.
  2. Blend until smooth and creamy.
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now you have see what is in it, you can see how wonderfully filling it is!

Here are some of my other smoothie recipes

Morning Smoothie

Bullet-proof smoothie

Pumpkin Smoothie

Chocolate egg smoothie

Choco-coco Milkshake

Breakfast in a glass

Apple Pie Smoothie

Here are some other inspiring drinks on my pinterest board
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Coconut Ginger Cookies

Coconut Ginger Cookies Loula Natural

Coconut Ginger Cookies

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.
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Ingredients
  1. 6tbs coconut flour
  2. 5 tbs Butter (cold)
  3. 1 Tbs Honey
  4. 1-2 tsp ground ginger
Instructions
  1. Add all of the ingredients to a mixer
  2. Use on a medium speed to blend all ingredients.
  3. ball up mixture into 16-20 balls
  4. Grease a baking sheet, place balls on the sheet
  5. Press down balls to m2ke cookies
  6. Bake at 200 degrees for 8-10 mins.
Notes
  1. Watch the cookies as they start off browning at the endge.
Adapted from Coconut Flour Cookies/
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They are also perfect for dunking into our hot chocolate!dunking coconut ginger cookies

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