Probiotic bliss balls – freezer-friendly!

Bliss balls are a yummy sweet treat in any lunchbox! They’re also fabulous for hiding some added nutritious ingredients in, like seeds, oils, superfood powders, vegetables, and even probiotics. Yep! Probiotic bliss balls are a thing! You heard it here, ladies and gentlemen. These probiotic bliss balls are easy, yummy, reasonably healthy for a sweet treat and your kids will love them!

You might be wondering why I don’t just get the kids to pop a supplement or eat some yoghurt, which is fair enough given the marketing hype around some probiotic products. The truth though is that, well, they’re usually pretty garbage.

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Apple donuts – raw, paleo, vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free!

A few years ago, apple donuts became a craze in our house! I started out having them for breakfast when I was trying to lay off the grains, and before long the kids were eating apple donuts of their own. Back then, our apple donuts were nothing more than apple rounds covered in peanut butter, but as the kids have gotten older and realised that real donuts exist and they’re prettier than apple smothered in peanut butter, I decided to jazz ours up a little bit!

Raw apple donuts with icing and sprinkles
These raw apple donuts can be made as fancy or as simply as you like!
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7 of the best healthier Easter chocolate recipes

Easter is only a few days away! Can you believe it? Whether you celebrate Easter, Ostara, something in between or nothing at all, you can’t deny that being only a couple of days away from the one day of the year where it’s perfectly acceptable to literally wake up and eat copious amounts of chocolate in your pyjamas is really freaking exciting. How about a few chocolate Easter recipes to get you started? 😉

If you’re a parent of young kids with little self control and you’re not feeling the chocolate excitement, I’d encourage you to read this post from nutritionist Mandy dos Santos on the Little Peeps Eats blog.

We’re personally a number 1 in this house. Does that surprise you? While I’m all for healthier options for kids, I don’t think it should mean missing out and it should absolutely be in consultation with your kids. Easter comes but once a year, so if they want to go wild on the Cadbury – go for it. It doesn’t mean you can’t add in some healthier options too, like the ones on this list!

1. Yoghurt filled Easter eggs

all natural yoghurt filled easter egg
Cadbury Creme Egg, anyone? Image: cleanfoodcrush.com

Do chocolate eggs with white and golden insides that look just like Cadbury Creme eggs but without the high sugar content and weird ingredients sound good? Then you’re going to love these
healthy chocolate yogurt-filled Easter eggs!

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Lunchbox Slice – gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free

This morning, after two weeks of perfecting this lunchbox slice recipe, I sat out on my deck photographing it and noticed two rainbow lorikeets in my neighbour’s Callistemon and thought to myself, “I’ve already tested this lunchbox slice recipe on the kids. I wonder if the birds will like it?” So, I threw them a slice of it, crumbled up into bird-friendly sized pieces and stood still waiting for them to come over. It didn’t take them long – they flew over the fence a few seconds later, straight onto my lawn and gobbled up every crumb of the lunchbox slice! So not only is this allergy-friendly and kid-approved, it’s also bird-approved! Haha!

Lunchbox Slice Recipe - suitable for nut-free schools
This lunchbox slice is gluten-free, nut-free, and dairy-free!
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Probiotic Monkey Ice Cream Pops

My kids have been requesting ice blocks a fair bit with the warm weather, but the combinations have been getting a little boring. I sifted through a few kids ice block recipes online and not much was standing out. I wanted something chocolatey and delicious, without too much fuss.

Almost all of the kids ice block recipes I found either needed a custard base (yum, but too much effort on this particular day) or were full of sugar. Treats are great, but loading my two up on sugar after school when they’re exhausted is usually a recipe for disaster. So, I had to get a little creative and try something new.

Something new turned out to be a bit hit!

Bonus: these ice blocks are chockers full of good bacteria that are great for happy little tummies, thanks to my easy dairy-free yoghurt. Read on for the recipe.

Chocolate probiotic ice cream popsicles for kids
Photo: Jennifer Pallian on Unsplash
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Easy dairy-free yoghurt

Originally published 2nd February, 2015 as Easy Peasy Coconut Yoghurt.

Dairy allergies and intolerances can seem like a really big pain sometimes. Dairy-free replacements for milk, cheese, yoghurt and cream often contain weird non-food ingredients and taste nothing like the real thing.

I’ve spent some time dairy-free at my doctor’s request and it was a pain, so I can imagine how hard it is trying to feed a toddler or child who absolutely has to cut out dairy.

Nectarines with cream is one of my favourite desserts. I love love love a Mexican bowl loaded with cheese and sour cream. And cappuccinos. Oh, the cappuccinos.

When I went dairy-free, I really needed a replacement for a few of these things, and being a fan of real food, I wasn’t about to try any weird mock replacements full of goodness knows what. Coconut yoghurt seemed like a good place to start, so I gave it a crack.

There are heaps of different methods online. Many aren’t 100% dairy free, require weird thickeners or only seem to specify how to make coconut yoghurt with fancy equipment. I remember reading once about using probiotic capsules as a starter for something, so I thought I’d try it with yoghurt.

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REVIEW: Little Mashies reusable pouches + 3 easy recipes

I first heard about Little Mashies about a year ago and they sounded like a dream come true. My kids were always wanting to buy pouch yoghurts when we did groceries because they were fun and easy and other kids had them. Sadly, yoghurt pouches sold in stores are chock full of sugar and/or absolute crap.

Just how much sugar and crap was highlighted recently in this great reference post over at Mumma Plus Three.

Vaalia My First Yoghurt? Should be healthy given it’s marketed as a great option when weaning your babe, right? Not so much. Almost 10% sugar and full of starches and additives. Slightly better than the Coles pouch (11.2% sugar) and the Paul’s pouch (11.7%). What about when you go for a healthy option, like Macro Organic vanilla yoghurt? 12.8% sugar! Admittedly, the ingredients list is a tad better on the Macro Organic, but you make up for that with the added sugar.

It’s really no surprise to me that on the few occasions my kids have eaten these pouches, they’ve ended up pretty hard to handle, followed by a whole lot of grumpiness in the afternoon.

After six months of being slightly disappointed my Little Mashies purchase kept being bumped down the priority list, hubby surprised me with a 10 pack he bought from biome and we’ve been using them ever since. So, what do I think of them?

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Grain-free banana muffins

The kids will love these healthier banana muffins made with no grains, gluten, dairy (if you choose), and no refined white sugar. YUM! The sweetness in these muffins comes from honey and banana – still sugars, so don’t go crazy with them now!
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Crap-free curried sausages

Growing up, curried sausages were a regular on our menu. Along with devilled sausages and apricot chicken – three meals that taste like my childhood.

Most of our meals consisted of sausages. They were cheap and easy and we all enjoyed them. Once I started trying to lose weight in my teens, I started to avoid sausages because they were high in fat. Once that no longer bothered me, I avoided them because they were meat. Once that no longer bothered me, I avoided them because they are mostly full of crap fillers, preservatives, sugars, and god knows what else.

Ah, but hallelujah! The age of a healthier sausage has come. The demand for real food has brought about the rise of the traditional sausage. Sausages as they once were, in natural casings with minimal ingredients, have started popping up all over the place. When I found out a local butcher was offering sausages made from 100% beef, Herbamare and Vital Greens and nothing else, I jumped at the chance to recreate a healthier version of my mum’s curried sausages.

This might be the least glamorous recipe I’ll ever post. But if you’re looking for a meal the kids will love that’s:

  • easy, without the need for a meal base
  • that’s spicy and sweet, without any added sugar or sweeteners
  • that’s saucy and gravy-like, without the need for any starches to thicken it… 

…well, my curried sausages might just be what you’re looking for!

This makes a great weeknight meal, but it’s also perfect in the lunchbox in a thermos for a warm meal during the colder months.

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Healthy jelly lollies

These healthy jelly lollies are a great treat to put in the kids’ lunchboxes. They’re a sweet treat, but they’re also really good for them!

If you make them with a high quality gelatin like Vital Proteins or Great Lakes, they’re also a really good source of amino acids and your kidlets won’t even realise they’re healthy! The protein found in a good quality gelatin is easy for little ones to digest and especially useful for kids who don’t enjoy eating meat or eggs. Read on to find out how these healthy jelly lollies can help improve your kids’ overall health.

Healthy jelly lollies with no added sugar
Healthy jelly lollies with no added sugar
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