Weaning Recipes from Nurture Your Life

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Weaning Recipes

Have your read my new REAL FOOD way to wean your child? Its called Nurture Your Life (link here). These weaning recipes are all featured in the book. 

My new weaning book
My new weaning book

Here are all the recipes with their links from the book. Let me know your favourite!

First foods:

(4-8 months depending on child’s ability to sit up)

Fish eggs

Bone Broth

Coconut Yoghurt

Parsnip rice (steamed of stirfried in Ghee)

Sweet Potato/carrot Chips (cut into battons and lightly steamed or baked tossed in coconut oil.

Sweet Potato mash

Sweet potato Rosti

Steamed broccoli

Sliced avocado

Sliced pear

Scrambled egg yolks (separate the eggs and scramble the yolks in a little ghee)

Mashed banana

Water or coconut water kefir

Green smoothies (make with powdered greens and fresh coconut water or water kefir)

Fermented green beans

Apple Sauce

Rhubarb and ginger sauce

Oat milk/ Coconut milk

Miso soup

Seaweed snacks (ensure the ingredients contain healthy fats and no MSG)

 

6-12 months

Popcorn chicken

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Falafel

Coconut and ginger chicken soup

Sweet Potato Falafel (use flax/chia as an egg replacer until 12 months or just use egg yolk)

Cauliflower Cheese nuggets (same advice as above for eggs)

Beef Jerky made with thinly sliced beef

Kefir/Kombucha gummies

Chia porridge (use breast, coconut or oat milk) with coconut yoghurt

Banana Flax Crackers or quinoa flatbreads serve with:

Salmon pate

Coconut butter/yoghurt

Hummus add some fermented garlic for an added fermented kick

Tahini and avocado

Rasperries/blackberries/watermelon/mango (mango seeds are great for kids to suck on)

Mango Chia jam

Fat banana custard (before 12 months only use the egg yolks)

Chocolate Avocado pudding

Homemade Chocolate

Balls of Energy (until 12months use only seeds)

 

12-18 months

based on elimination diet protocols can start to introduce egg white, nuts, raw honey. (Try to keep grains to a minimum or traditionally prepared and served with something fermented until 2years)

 

Blender Waffles/Blender pancakes

Egg Muffins

Grain free granola (until you have checked nuts you can just use a variety of seeds; pumpkin, sesame, sunflower, chia and ground flax. Try this salty cinnamon flavour

Breakfast in a glass smoothie

Slow cooked apple, rhubarb and ginger porridge (serve with coconut yoghurt)

Almond milk

Nate’s Kefir Blueberry Mawfins

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Coconut and Turmeric Popcorn Chicken

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Coconut and Turmeric Popcorn Chicken

My son is not a fan of meat- AT ALL. It doesn’t bother me too much as he has lots of stock (bone broth) on a daily basis. He also has a broad spectrum of healthy fats over the day. Animal protein is important and if he ate eggs then I would relax, but he doesn’t. If I am not careful he would just eat carbs all day (like most kids) but then I would pay the price with his behaviour (moaning, anger, weepy and destructive!). 

My quest for lunchbox foods also continues- this one really fits the bill too as they are bite size and nice hot or cold. They will be perfect party food, picnic foods and travel snacks. The fact that they are easy to make is also a huge bonus!

There are just 3 steps;

Cut and soak; Soaking the chicken keeps it really moist and tender

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Shake; shaking it in coconut flour and almond flour/coconut gives it a good crust

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 He loves them and calls them popcorn! I love that they are packed full of goodness and healthy fats! Bonus is my daughter also loves them and asks for them for lunch. Wining all round! You can add a variety of spices to the chicken, personally I like curry powder in mine, it is delicious with the coconut milk. 

Tumeric and Coconut Popcorn Chicken
This is a great chicken recipe, full of healthy fats and packed with flavour. Coconut and turmeric make this grain free, paleo friendly recipe delicious and nutritious.
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Ingredients
  1. 250g Chicken thigh meat
  2. 1/2 can of coconut milk
  3. 1-2 tsp Turmeric powder or grated fresh turmeric
  4. salt and pepper
  5. 3tbsp Desiccated coconut/almond flour
  6. 2tbsp Coconut flour
Instructions
  1. Cut chicken meat into small bite size pieces and place in a glass container (with a lid). Pour over coconut milk and add turmeric, salt and pepper. Replace lid and shake. Leave to marinade in the fridge overnight
  2. Put coconut/almond and flour into a ziplock bag. Pour in chicken and shake bag until all the pieces are covered. Pour contents out onto baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil.
  3. Bake at 200 degree C for 20-25 mins until chicken is fully cooked.
  4. Chicken can be frozen at this time if desired. To reheat, thaw completely and heat some ghee/butter in a pan and reheat chicken until hot through.
  5. Chicken can also be fried in butter or olive oil or in an airfryer
Notes
  1. these are great cold or hot. Serve with some fermented ketchup or mayo, sweet potato chips or a big colourful salad.
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Eggs on the go; Egg Muffins

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Egg Muffins; Eggs on the go

I love 2 fried eggs cooked in ghee and sprinkled with ghee for breakfast. I serve it with some sauerkraut or kimchee for a yummy balanced breakfast. Recently I have wanted more and fancied trying egg muffins or crustless quiche as they are also known. I love these recipes for eggs on the go. They can be made and then frozen or are egg-cellent in lunch boxes (sorry I couldn’t resist!)

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The Earthy Mama; Pepper Quiche Cups

crustless-artichoke-quiche Don’t Mess With Mama; Crustless Artichoke and Cheese Quiche

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Real Time Mama; Omelette on the Go

Bacon,-Egg,-Cheddar-&-Kale-Breakfast-MuffinsThe Rising Spoon; Bacon, Egg, Cheddar and Kale Breakfast Muffins

Enjoy! Breakfast has never been so easy!

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Why are companies giving away free ice cream in School?

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Should there even be ice-cream in school?

Last week I got very cross with my daughter’s PTA (Parent Teachers Association). On the Monday we were given a flyer through the school diary. It read-

Ice Cream Day

It was on the following Wednesday (in less than two days) it was the first I had heard of it. There was very clear and blatant branding on the flyer. The wonderful “insert brand” have donated ice cream for us to sell to your kids. We are selling ice-cream to the children on Wednesday- please provide your child with $xx for them to buy their ice-cream in school. For the PTA to profit from.

My daughter is 4 years old.

When she was 2 and she started going to Kindergarten we had to walk past 4/5 ice cream places to get to and from school. It was a mine field- so we introduced ice-cream Friday. It meant that we didn’t have to experience a melt down every single day  going to and from school- we could simple say, “it’s not friday”. Don’t get me wrong- we make ice-cream at home, we buy good quality ice-cream with few ingredients and every so often they get terrible ice-cream at various intervals. I don not need her to be able to buy ice cream in school.

We do not call it a treat and I try to explain very clearly to both my kids (I also have a 2 year old) about what is real food and what is a chemical food. Which one does not give us anything for us to grow or develop and which makes us feel strong, balanced and full of energy. I want my kids to be able to make informed choices in their lives and to be able to nourish themselves- rather than pay into the ‘treat yourself’ vibe that marketing companies love so much to make us by utter crap for our bodies.

There are foods that do treat the body

When looking at real treat foods, we need to understand and appreciate the necessity of nutrients in our foods together with the ratios of macronutrients (fats, proteins and carbs) which are fundamental to health. You probably know by now how much I love healthy fats and how much they have changed my body, mind and spirit (they help me feel satisfied, safe and nourished). If not check out my articles and recipes here. Healthy fats are almost always missing from the cheap nutrient free ‘treat’ foods.

SO when I read Ice Cream Day at school I was cross- not necessarily because of the Ice-Cream (my daughter chose to switch days for the week). Although the ingredients in the ice cream in school were poor, cheap and mostly chemical, I was cross for the following reason;

My child was being used.

Used by “insert brand”. They set up the ice cream carts in the school playground in constant view of the kids. The kids were introduced to the brand and they were told ‘how exciting’ it was to have ice-cream in the school. The carts were there all day Monday and Tuesday, just so the recognition was there. My daughter was eager to show me them on tuesday morning and told me which one contained cones and which ones had cups and what flavours they could buy the next day. I drop my daughter off every morning and its all you could hear from the kids- ice-cream, ice-cream.  My daughter was introduced to the concept of

“ask mummy and daddy for money”

to buy this exciting thing. I am trying to teach my kids that just because you want something does not mean that it can or will be bought. That there is nothing wrong with admiring something and NOT buying it. The fever stirred up in the classrooms and the playground about buying ice-cream was necessary to help the kids to recognise the brand and when they see it out and about with mum and dad etc to demand to have it. This kind of advertising (ie breakfast cereals during cartoons) has been banned in several countries as it is absolutely disgusting and cheap tactics.

I personally do not agree with the company who donated the ice-cream’s ethics or business practices. It is not a brand I expect or want my child to be pushed towards by the schools Parent Teacher Association- WITH TWO DAYS NOTICE. No time to complain or say ‘no’ to- the ice cream was already there in the playground for all to see.

It was such a surprise to everyone that I was not grateful for the opportunity for my 4 year old to be able to by a terrible product in school. Not to mention they were buying it from the school hall first thing in the morning- to enjoy later. I would have hated to be a teacher that day.

This school, that is supposed to pride itself on healthy living and parent support, was selling ice-cream to my 4 year old at 9am in the morning. When I voiced my complaints to various classroom teachers, I was met with surprise and off hand remarks. I could bring something else in for my child to have- whilst all her peers were participating. Also that it only happened once a term.

Not good enough.

When I wrote to the PTA from a professional and parent point of view- I was told it would be discussed at the next committee meeting (sure- right). I was also approached by a member of the PTA to assure me that my letter would be answered- I promptly told them how much I strive to provide children with necessary nutrients to support their growth and development- the reply was-

“its only a treat!”

NO IT IS NOT. There is not a single ingredient in those tubs and cones which is in any way a treat to a child as young as 4 and as old as 11 in those ice-creams. For body, mind or mood- every single child will have nutrients leached from them when consuming that ice-cream. Even more importantly when did it become the schools place or right to be giving my child a ‘treat’.

No thank you.

So what do we do. Well I have already sat down with my child and explained to her why she can have the ice-cream if she wants it- but just because she has asked for the money does not mean she will get it every time. She also understands that the ice-cream she had was chemical and so she had to make sure she made up for it by eating all the real food in her lunch box to help her stay alert and balanced for the rest of the school day. 

What can we do as a global community?

We can keep on saying NO. Write letters when you see your schools do the same thing. Ensure that you keep telling people around you (parents, parents in law, friends) that these ‘treat foods’ are not helping your children. That they are not treats.

Most of all change your view of these foods. STOP BUYING THEM. The chocolate, sweets and crap we hide from the kids, consume thinking ‘oh well I deserve a little cheat’, the foods that make you feel like crap later on and feel guilty- the ones making companies a fortune because they cost nothing to make because they contain- nothing. Those foods.

Stop calling them treats.

They arent. Stop allowing companies getting access to your kids, to be brand loyal from as young as 4. It is not okay once a term. It just isn’t. Give your kids food– help them to grow and most importantly help them to have a relationship with food, real food, for life.

see my post on Children’s Nutrition to find real treat foods for your kids and you!

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Also with other mine fields of holidays in school and out read some of these posts;

5 healthy candy swaps for Halloween from Kula Mama

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The Unconventional Guide to Kids Food

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Good nutrition is vital for your child’s healthy development…It is often overlooked and very misinformed in conventional avenues.

Babies need more nutrient-dense calories (such as fats and protein) per pound than at any other age.  It really is amazing to watch how many changes they go through in the first year – physically, mentally and emotionally. Good nutrition is of vital importance for their future health. Even if it is necessary to feed formula, using a homemade formula or adding kefir at the same time can help to provide a closer breast milk alternative. This is a great way to ensure that your baby has the right start in life.

And this focus on nutrition is equally important as your child begins to make his or her own choices and has to deal with social and media pressures about food. Key lessons given to our toddlers as to what constitutes food (real food not processed foods loaded with salt, sugar or man-made ingredients in colourful packaging) are fundamental to how they will view nourishing themselves for the rest of their lives. How can we as parents help them to make good lifestyle choices from the beginning?

We can start by eating with our kids, rather than feeding them on their own. Kids learn by mimicking. Turn off the screens and sit down and show them how to eat. Eat what they are eating too- no special meals. How can we encouragen them to eat something if it is not on our plates too. I like to put all the food in the middle of the table. This way they can choose how much they want and we can talk about what each part of the meal is. There is one rule- everything must be tasted. 

As an example- every time we have salmon for dinner (once a week) my almost 5 year old bellows that she doesn’t like salmon (every time). Every time she has to have some on her plate to try. Every time she takes more and eat it! Every time! If it wasnt there in front of her she wouldn’t taste it or eat it because I would have left it of her plate to be done with the hassle and she would continue to believe that she doesn’t like salmon! All the while my 2 year old is watching and absorbing EVERYTHING! HE sees that dinner is an event, it is a feisty mix of talking and arguing and laughing. That food is there to eat and we all sit until everyone is done (not till everyone’s plate is clean!). This brings us to what should be on offer for our kids to choose from?

Our children should be eating the following:

Good sources of fats: Fats are needed for energy, hormone production, cell strength, memory and to help carry nerve messages through the body. Saturated fats only found in animals are essential for brain development. 

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Often overlooked, oils are a vital support for the immune system and are necessary for maximum brain function.  Include coconut oil and olive and avocado oils in the diet.  Cooking with coconut oil adds delicious flavour to your foods and can safely be heated to a higher temperature than other oils. I also love butter/ghee, eggs (just the yolk for the under ones), avocado’s, nuts and seeds (just the seeds- like flax, chia, sesame and hemp for the under ones- soaked and sprouted if possible), olive oil (I like the cold pressed extra virgin best!) and some aged raw cheeses. 

Fats help kids to develop strong bones, teeth, digestive systems, cells, brain cells and skin. They also help to balance moods and help sensitive kids feel a bit more protected. The energy kids get off of a high healthy fat meal is more even and sustainable too (less tantrums!). It also helps to fill them up- because, man, kids can put food away!

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Protein: Essential amino acids support liver detoxification, new cell growth, energy production and metabolism. Protein can be found in all animal sources including eggs, gelatin, nuts, seeds, chia, quinoa, lentils and beans. Gelatin is an excellent source of protein, very restorative (especially for the immune and digestive system), anti-inflammatory and helps to satisfy hunger. Great for snacks. You can use bovine gelatin or a fish/vegetable (agar agar) alternative.

Fermented foods: It may surprise many people but bacteria are essential for all health. We have more bacterial cells than human cells and ensuring a balance of the right bacteria is key. Include fermented foods such as kimchi, miso and pickled vegetables and introduce fermented drinks such as Kefir and Kombucha. Get kids to help you make it, use them in smoothies and dont worry about the sour aspect- it is good to culture your kids palates- not everything has to be sweet to be delicious.

Organ meats: We have lost the tradition of eating all parts of the animal from hoof to tail and are eating lean meat off the bone which is not as healthy. Organ foods like liver, kidneys and sweet meats are nutrient-dense foods that contribute greatly to our health. If this is something you just can’t ‘stomach’ (pun intended!). Bone broths also contain essential nutrition, especially for healing and growing kids and can be used in soups, stews, sauces etc. Otherwise adding gelatin to drinks, soups, stews and jelly is another protein rich food in the diet.

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Fruit and Vegetables: Make mealtimes fun by selecting fruits and vegetables of a wide range of colours, thereby providing a good range of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Fresh vibrant foods are far more exciting to the palate and to the body than products endorsed by a cartoon character. Allow them to go to markets and supermarkets, to help pick out the foods, smell them and even taste them as they help you prepare the meals.

Fibre is also essential as it helps in balancing blood sugar levels and removing toxins.  Whole grains such as brown or red rice and quinoa are a good choice. Fruit and vegetables are by far the best source of insoluble fibre. Eating foods as close to the natural origin as possible will help their body’s to process and use the foods that they eat. Grains can be used but ONLY if prepared traditionally.

The best gift we can give our children is to help them make dietary choices that strengthen and heal their digestive, hormonal and immune systems.  At the same time, they can learn to balance their blood sugar by eating the right foods in the right combinations.  This can help greatly in avoiding mood swings and the tantrums and upsets that these can lead to.  Also stay away from refined grains (and indeed all grains till the age of 2) and learn how to prepare and cook your grains, legumes, beans, nuts and seeds traditionally. Your child will be happier and more productive and your life will be easier as a result.

Sadly, we see many cases of food intolerances today, showing up as eczema or asthma.  The root cause of these conditions is very often inflammation of the gut.  Being aware of one’s reactions to food is critical in preventing these issues.  By being informed and teaching your children you can make eating not just a necessary part of life, but something you can use to enhance your health and your enjoyment of life.  Look at your own relationship to food- do you think food is exciting, a vital part of whole body health, something to nurture you and keep you on top of your game? If not then maybe that is something YOU need to work on first.

Here are some healthy recipes that have been tried and tested by kids!

Balls of Energy

Beetroot Brownies

Vanilla Butter Fudge

Carrot cake bites with kefir cheese frosting

Bone broth

Slow cooked Lasagna

Baked Falafel

Choco-coco milkshake

Gluten free chocolate chip cookies

Gluten free Shortbread

Kefir Gummies

Ginger Coconut Cookies

Banana Date Muffins

Ultimate Fat Smoothie

Chocolate Orange Grain Free Granola

Homemade Chocolate

Mango Lassi Chia Pudding

Orange Peel Powder

Choco-coco milkshake

Coco-berry milkshake

Apricot Kernel Chocolate Butter

Sweet Potato Falafel

Cauliflower Cheese Nuggets

Sweet Potato Rosti

Cinnamon Salty Sweet Popcorn

 Beef Jerky

 

Here is my pin board; Food for kids;

Follow Loula Natural’s board ++Loula Natural’s Food for Kids++ on Pinterest.

  Another one for Lunch box ideas; Follow Loula Natural’s board Lunch box ideas on Pinterest.

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