Carrot and flax crackers

These little beauties are perfect for your little beauties but also great for adults . Serve with hummus, dips or anything you fancy

Carrot pulp from juicing is best but if using grater do it on finest setting.
Mix all ingredients together but be careful not to handle too much as it can get very wet
Roll into dough and then flatten/roll out between 2 sheets of parchment.
Mark out through the top sheet
Peel off top sheet and lay bottom sheet plus dough directly onto oven shelf (can also be done in dehydrater for 8 hours at 45 degrees)
After 12 mins, check.
The outer edge crackers will probably be brown and need removing (they will crisp up as they cool) and the rest leaving for a minute or two more
Cool on wire rack for 20 mins.
Will keep for 1 week in sealed container in fridge

How to keep your child hydrated in the heatwave

Here are some of our top tips to keeping your little one hydrated in the heatwave

Babies and infants are sensitive to even small amounts of fluid loss so one of the biggest problems during warmer weather is dehydration which, in severe cases, can be life-threatening.

Early warning signs of dehydration are feeling thirsty and lightheaded and having concentrated, strong-smelling urine.

Make sure your child drinks plenty of fluids and always has them available. If you’re breastfeeding you won’t need to give them water as well as breast milk, but you may find your baby is thirstier and wants to breastfeed more than usual.

If your baby is on solids or mixed feeds you can give her cooled boiled water throughout the day as well as their usual feeds.

We hope you found this helpful

How to prevent your child from overheating this summer

WOW this has been an unbelievable summer so far and its set to continue… so be prepared!

On sunny days babies under six months should never be in direct sunlight and young children should be kept in the shade as much as possible, especially between the peak times 11am and 3pm.

Attach a parasol or sunshade to the pushchair to keep baby out of direct sunlight and make sure toddlers and older children wear a sunhat, preferably one with a wide brim or a long flap at the back, to protect their head and neck.

Older babies and toddlers, particularly if they are going in and out of the water, should have their exposed skin protected by a high factor (30 or higher), water resistant sunscreen. This should be reapplied regularly throughout the day. A high factor sunscreen should be used even when there is cloud coverage, remember to re apply when playing in water.

Keep children’s nightwear and bedclothes to a minimum. If it is very warm babies can sleep in just a vest and nappy, or just a nappy with a thin sheet over them.

You can use a nursery thermometer to monitor the room temperature. Your baby will sleep most comfortably when the room is between 16°C and 20°C . But the best way to tell if a baby is too warm is to feel the back of their neck, tummy, or back underneath the clothing.

 

If you are worried always consult a doctor.

Top tips for summer holidays with little ones

Travelling with a little one in the Summer months can be a daunting thought… but if it is your first time here are some top tips:

  • Keep the room where your baby sleeps between 16-20 degrees.
  • Make sure your baby’s bedding is right for the weather.
  • Take PLENTY of sun cream.
  • Look out for protective summer clothing especially for babies to protect their delicate skin.
  • Keep the same sleep routine on holiday as at home.
  • Use a clip on shade or parasol for the pram.
  • Make sure your baby has a travel cot or safe place to sleep.
  • Always make sure you have water available.
  • Let your little one play in the water to cool down.

We hope you have found this blog helpful!

Gentle exercise to rebuild your core for mums

Your stomach muscles are stretched and abused beyond recognition through pregnancy and getting back into shape is often a big worry for Mums- but don’t worry these simple and gentle exercises will strengthen your core!

 

The first sign of complete lack of core strength comes when your back starts to ache after holding your baby for just a few minutes. Because your abdominal muscles are giving you no support, your back is working overtime trying to keep your torso upright.

 

Diastasis Recti

This occurs when the connective tissue between your abdominal muscles thins, causing your muscles to separate. This is a common pregnancy condition, but some women may have a more severe case. You need to check this before you start any exercise- speak to your GP about how to spot it.

 

These following exercises target the transverse abdominals as well as the pelvic floor muscles, which are the keystone for a strong core.

 

1. Belly Breathing

Belly breathing simply involves allowing your stomach to expand and contract as much as possible while you actively inhale and exhale as deeply as possible.

 

2. Abdominal Bracing

Begin by lying face-up on the floor. Brace your abdomen by contracting your entire abdomen as if you were preparing to get hit in the stomach. This is your starting position. From here, perform different movements such as raising one or both arms overhead or extending your legs while keeping your back flat against the floor.

 

3. Pelvic Tilt

Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor or propped on a ball. Brace your abdomen and tilt your pelvis back by pressing your lower back into the floor. Hold this position for five seconds then repeat.

 

 

4. Yoga Boat

Sit on the floor with your knees bent. Brace your abdomen, slightly lean your torso back while lifting your feet off the floor. Lift until your shins are parallel with the floor, your back is straight and your hips are flexed to ninety degrees. Extend your arms forward to a comfortable position to help maintain your balance. Hold here for at least thirty seconds. Once you are stronger and more confident extend your legs.

 

 

5. Plank

Place your elbows on the top of a stability ball and extended your legs out behind. Brace your abdomen and hips, straighten your back and hold the position for at least thirty seconds. This exercise is basically just a standard plank but you’re adding in the instability of the ball.

 

6. Toe Taps
Lie on your back with bent knees, brace your core and gentle lift your neck. Straighten your arms to your side and gently tap your toes alternately to the floor.

These exercises are great to get you started and feeing more confident- let us know how you get on.

*Please contact your Doctor before starting any exercise routine.

Simple baby food ideas

These homemade baby food recipes are simple and rewarding to make plus healthier too.

The benefits of making your own baby food are enormous …

• You know exactly what your baby is eating – none of the dreaded “fillers” commonly found in commercial baby food

• You know that the ingredients are fresh and healthy

• You can “tailor make” your baby’s food to best suit his/her preferences and needs

• You will save money. These homemade baby food recipes cost a fraction of the price of ready made foods

• And most importantly … making your own baby food is tremendously satisfying – for you AND your baby.

Making your own baby food is not only easy, but really economical.  If you have multiple children to feed then try and use the same fruit and veg for all of them but just serve them appropriately for each age. The fun part about making your baby food in small cubes like this is that you can try lots of flavour combinations!  Just pop 1 cube of each flavour from your freezer and heat.  Some of our favourites are:

1 Pear + Spinach
2 Banana  + Squash
3 Apple + Sweet Potato + Blueberry
4 Carrot + Squash + Apple
5 Peach + Banana + Carrot
6 Apple + Blueberry + Kale
7 Pear + Carrot + Peas
8 Pear + Zucchini
9 Squash + Peas

Have fun experimenting and letting your baby try all sorts of new flavours!

Sugar Free Saturday

The weekend is HERE!!! YEAHHHH

And we know how difficult it can be to avoid sugar. It’s absolutely everywhere, on everything, it has us surrounded……..

 

Unless you want to be a hermit,socialising & heading out for food can be a some what tricky….

But not impossible…….

Here’s another one of  my famous “Top Tip Lists” to keep you on track in the sunny weather!

 

1:  Don’t add it to foods and drink.
This is the easiest and most basic way to immediately reduce the amount of sugar you’re eating.
Biggest targets:  coffee and tea- swap for honey if you must sweeten.

 

2: Don’t be fooled by “healthy sugar” disguises- they are all used by the body in the same way.
Brown sugar, turbinado sugar, raw sugar, agave nectar, stevia & artificial sweeteners….

It’s all pretty much the same thing as far as your body is concerned.

 

3: Make a real effort to reduce or eliminate processed carbohydrates.

 

Most processed carbs — breads, biscuits, pastas and snacks, are loaded with flour & other ingredients that convert to sugar in the body almost as fast as pure glucose.

That sugar gets stored as triglycerides, which is a way of saying fat.

Try swapping pitta breads/ wraps for large cos lettuce leaves and wrap up in them. Swap bread for almond break or banana bread. Swap pasta for spiralled courgette/ butternut squash. Swap rice for cauliflower rice. Swap white potatoes for sweet potatoes.

These are all simple and healthy swaps!

 

5:  Watch out for “fat-free” foods & snacks.

 

One of the biggest myths is that if a food is fat-free it doesn’t make you fat. Fat-free doesn’t mean calorie-free, and most fat-free snacks can be loaded with sugar.

Try making your own snacks such as roasting nuts or making avocado mousse:

 

6:  Become a food detective.

 

To reduce sugar, you have to know where it is first. Start reading labels and making from scratch as much as possible.

 

7:  Beware of artificial sweeteners.

 

Unfortunately, they can increase cravings for sugar.
They can also deplete the body’s stores of chromium, a nutrient crucial for blood-sugar metabolism.

 

8:  Do the maths.

QUICK TIP: Look at the label where it says “total sugars” & divide the number of grams by four.

That’s the number of teaspoons of sugar you are ingesting.

This exercise alone should scare you to death.

 

9: Limit fruit. (Notice I didn’t say “eliminate.”)

Fruit has sugar, but it also has fiber and good nutrients. Just don’t overdo it.

For fat-loss purposes, keep it to 1 or 2 small servings a day & try to make most of them low-glycemic (grapefruit, apples, berries).

 

10: Eliminate fruit juice.

It’s a pure sugar hit with none of the fiber and less of the nutrients that are found in the fruit.

 

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I hope that  helps you get into the sugar free groove because once that sugar fog lifts

OMG

You will be unstoppable!!!

 

And if you fancy doing a free mini programme – just follow this link to join (its free)

20 Tips to boost weightloss today


1: If it says LOW FAT on the package it’s screaming  low nutrients & hidden sugar that will keep you on a  blood sugar roller coaster all day..
Tip – Bin ALL low fat / packaged /processed food

2: Stick to 3 meals per day no snacking made up of  meat / fish.  Loads of green vegetables & FATS to control & level your blood sugar.
3: Train first thing in a fasted state. Eat your first meal after working out.
4: Eat a protein & fat rich breakfast as your first meal. Ditch all cereals even if YOU “think” they are healthy.
5: Ditch the dairy for fat loss.
Up your green veggies & fats every meal for calcium & fatbusting nutrients.
6: Do a daily 10minute HIIT workout. Make it as intense as possible. Go all out – Join me every morning on Facebook Live.
7: Sugar is the enemy NOT fat. It’s highly addictive for the brain 
Cut it out & watch for hidden sugars in tinned/packaged/processed food & drink.
8: Intermittent fasting for 18 – 22 hours is useful tool to rest the digestive system & get the body utilising your fat for fuel.
9: Get a slow cooker & use your microwave less. Microwaving food  changes the molecular structure of food & damages nutrients.
10: Cook with Organic Cold Pressed Virgin Kick Start Coconut oil & dress your food with high quality virgin olive oil from a glass bottle
11:Rotate your meats & fishes every day. Don’t eat the same food day in & day out.
12: Stress makes you retain weight!
The body releases more cortisol into bloodstream which is the fat storing hormone.
13: Take time to work on what exercise you enjoy most so you are more likely to stick to it.
14: Ditch cows milk. Substitute with Almond or Hazelnut milk.
15: The more toxic the body is – the more we retain excess weight.
Detoxify the cells & liver first by eliminating wheat, gluten, dairy, alcohol 
Eat clean unprocessed foods for 7 days for detoxification slowly add foods back into the diet to see how you respond.
16: Positive thinking makes you thin! 
Change your thoughts & banish negative self chat.  Start your day with positive affirmations & 5 minutes meditation.
 
“Today I choose to eat clean unprocessed foods”
17: Fruit is the most heavily sprayed crop with pesticides. 
Pesticides cause toxicity, messes with your thyroid & hormones.  Choose organic & seasonal if possible.
18: Good quality sleep is key for fat loss. Switch of all phones, stand by on TV & all electronic items. Sleep in a bat cave.
19:LOVE MORE. Hug, cuddle, love and kiss more people every day. Humans NEED touch & the heart needs love.
20: Limit alcohol if you want to get cortisol levels down. Alcohol raises cortisol. Drop the booze if you want  to drop body fat.