It’s Dinner Time! 3 Absolute Additions For Your Table

Say good bye to boring dinner wear which looks pretty glum to your child.  Plates with a bit of this and that piled on.  Cutlery that is hard to use.

Insert fun, playful, gorgeous and creative dinner wear that will make meal times fun, playful and explorative.


Did you know?

+  Children are more likely to eat food if it looks fun and playful?
+  We eat with our eyes! Children (adults too!) enjoy food even more when it looks yummy
+  Encouraging children to play with their food is one way to help them eat new food.  Touching food helps children understand what it might feel like in their mouth.  They can explore the texture,  temperature and the consistency.

I have found 3 fun ‘must have’s’ for your dinner table. These are bound to get your little one interested in what’s for dinner tonight!


1. Dinner Do Plates

In two steps you will have created a funny plate of food, ready for your little one.  It’s this easy: Pick a hair do, then create your funny face.  Meat balls with a mullet?  Pasta with a flat top?  Fruit with a comb over?

Why I love these:  Fun  +  creativity  =  curiosity  +  exploration!

Where to find:  Seed Heritage 


2. Taco truck

Beep beep.  Make some room on the dinner table because your child needs to help demolish a special delivery! Drive the Taco Truck up to your child and watch them love this playful addition. Drive the truck into a boulder of meat balls.  A skip of mashed potato.  A pile of sweet potato wedge bricks.  Get creative!

Why I love these:  Versatility  +  a whole lot of spunk,  the special deliveries certainly don’t stop at tacos.  You can deliver sandwiches,  burritos,  sushi rolls and rice paper rolls in the truck!

Where to find:  Lark


3. Zootensils

These gorgeous utensils are thick and come with soft side grips,  making these easy for children to hold and use.  Perfect for those little ones who are new to self feeding or who want to be independent!

Why I love these:  Thick utensils are great for littlies because they have more surface area to grip.  This makes it easier for them to hold the utensil and eat.

Where to find:  Skip Hop

 

 

Cauliflower ‘Fried Rice’

One of the most common questions I get asked when coaching clients and when talking to people is how to cook up a fast fresh meal, especially during busy weeknights.

If you subscribe to my newsletter (I hope you do!), I included tips and tricks on how to prepare healthy food during the week. Based on the feedback there are many busy people out there after quick meals they can make for themselves or for their family.

For those of you who missed it, don’t worry! I will be writing a post on this shortly, covering lots of strategies I have personally tried and tested as well as picked up along the way from my gorgeous clients. In the meantime I cooked this simple, fast and completely delicious recipe this week and given the interest it received on my Instagram feed, I had to share it with you!

Tip: If you have a food processor you might want to save even more time by chopping the vegetables in your food processor. Thank you food processor!


Ingredients:

2 tablespoons olive or coconut oil
1 block of organic tofu, diced
2 cloves of garlic, finely diced
3 green shallots, diced
1 large carrot, diced
1 large red capsicum, diced
1 large corn cob, cooked
1/2 cup edamame beans
1 cauliflower, floret removed
4 tablespoons tamari (or to taste)
Chilli flakes to taste (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste (optional)
1 tablespoon sesame oil

To make:

Start by heating 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Gently cook the tofu until lightly golden. Remove from the frying pan and set aside.

Add the last tablespoon of oil to the frying pan along with the garlic and the shallots. Cook until fragrant and soft. Add in the carrot and the capsicum and cook for 5 minutes or until soft. Remove the corn kernels from the cob of corn and add to the frying pan, along with the edamame beans. Stir to combine.

Pulse the cauliflower in a food processor until it resembles ‘rice’. If you haven’t got a food processor you can grate the cauliflower using a box grater. Place the cauliflower into a nut milk bag or between a few sheets of paper towel and squeeze or press (if using the paper towel) to remove the excess liquid. When done add this to the frying pan and combine with the other vegetables.

Add the tamari, chilli, salt and pepper and combine. Stir in the cooked tofu. To finish add the sesame oil and combine. Serve.


Optional extras:
+ 1 small head of broccoli, added with the carrot and capsicums
+ 1/2 cup of peas to replace the edamame beans
+ 2 tablespoons of soy sauce to replace the tamari

Benefits Of Working With Me As Your Coach

Health and life coaching is booming. Online services are equally booming.

And it’s electric to watch people take ownership of their one precious life.

Like you might work with a personal trainer or a financial planner, a health and life coach helps fast track you to living a life you truly love and desire.


So how is my coaching different to the rest?

In my work I have what I can only describe as a ‘secret weapon’. I am a children’s occupational therapist.

I have spent many years understanding, helping piece together and supporting families and children of all different ages, disabilities and needs.

In doing this work- as a children’s occupational therapist- I have been truly blessed, humbled and thrilled beyond belief to have been a part of a process where uncovering, supporting and nurturing EVERY ounce of the child’s potential is what I do. Simply put- I love my job.

It is always what I do. Have done. Will continue to do. Everyone, big or small deserves to live their one precious life in a way that let’s:

//  Their creativity do some of the talking
//  Them see the world bright-eyed and opened hearted
//  Vulnerability and a ‘Let’s do it’ attitude help them explore, learn, grow
//  Them understand what they take a stand for in this big world.

I have many video posts (yes, videos!) ready to birth about how I put all the puzzle pieces together to help you and your child GLOW.

Nutrition. Self love. Development. Self esteem. Creativity. Independence. 
Watch this space. They are coming.


But let’s continue to dive a little deeper here.

I get your child’s development, their sleep routines, the difficulties of toilet training and the communication behind tantrums. And I simply love. all. of. it.

My secret weapon goes beyond food; beyond what to eat and how to cook it. I dive deeper.

I dive into your child with a view to see all of them.

Here are a few examples:


:: Is your child not eating?

You might hear: Make them a separate meal (yeah, sometimes!), feed them, they will grow out of it (again, sometimes!).

My secret weapons:
//  Can they use cutlery?
//  Are they sensitive to certain textures/ temperatures/ tastes?
//  Do they need a supportive chair to be able to sit upright and feed themselves?
//  Are they over-whelemed by the amount of food on the plate?
//  What are they trying to communicate to us by refusing to eat?

Note: I use intuitive questioning and razor sharp holistic observations of your child. I know what to expect developmentally and I know how to problem shoot using creative, bullet proof strategies.


:: Is your child inattentive? Bouncing around with a lot of energy? Do you wish they would sit still?

You might hear: Don’t give them sugar or red food colouring (great start!), make sure they sit at the front of the classroom, be stern with them and set firm boundaries (…can work), use time out when they don’t listen/ misbehave etc (in my experience this often doesn’t work).

My secret weapons: 
//  Are they eating breakfast?
//  Let’s have a look at their daily meals.
//  What’s their sleep routine?
//  What triggers their described behaviours?
//  How are the family managing this?
//  Any anomalies with their digestion?
//  What are their motor skills/ classroom participation like?
//  How do they process their environment e.g.noise, touch, vision?

Note: This last point eludes to how we process sensory information- sensory processing- which links in with our energy systems and ultimately our interaction with the environment- a BIG blog post on this to come! Parents NEED to know about this. It is magic. It makes sense.


I’ve been described as:

+ Your Cheerleader. Someone who has a ‘can do attitude’. I believe wherever you are, wherever your child is at, you can take steps forward. Let’s do it!
Offering a fresh perspective. I brainstorm with you- not for you, because I value YOU and YOUR wonderful insights. We evaluate together and I’m always there. Always. You need me and I’m right here. I help you to step back and see the situation from the ‘bigger picture’ using my secret weapons. I love nothing more than the ‘uhh’ moments.
+ Accountable. We turn the ‘if only’s’, ‘I’m stuck’ and the ‘I will do that next week’ into positive step-by-step actions (which you my lovely create, with my support).

Every session- and in between sessions- I’m here to help you get unstuck and become curious.

I ignite the fire in your belly to get started.


Do you feel a connection? Interested to know more?

To get the most out of your coaching sessions it is important that we feel the connection. And that’s why I offer a FREE initial chat which we can do in person (if you’re in Singapore) or online over skype. They are a truly magical way to find out more about my ‘secret weapons’ and to dive deeper into what you want for yourself and for your child.

Click here to find more information or email me at sarah@practiseglow.com

Now I’m curious about your experiences. What do you find difficult about raising children? Have you ever used a coach? Tell me in the comments below. If you know someone who might need a gentle nudge to get some support, then share this article with your friends.

 

Peanut Butter Granola

 It is no secret that I am obsessed with peanut butter. Actually any nut butter in fact. Ever since I got an Optimum 9400 blender I have had so much fun making nut butters. If you have a high powered blender all you have to do is put the nuts into the blender and then wait a few minutes for this mixture to turn into a delicious creamy ‘butter’. I really enjoy this granola on days when it is hot and I feel like something light, cold and easy to prepare. I usually serve this granola piled high with fresh seasonal fruit, a dollop of coconut yoghurt and then splashed with cold almond milk.


Not a fan of peanut butter?  + This recipe would work really well with another nut butter to replace the peanut butter. Cashew or hazelnut butter would be my pick!

Is your child allergic to nuts? + Simply omit the peanut butter. + I have word from a friend (who begged me for this recipe!), that replacing the peanut butter with tahini + a few extra tablespoons of sweetener, was delicious!


Ingredients:

1 cup oats,preferably gluten free
1 cup coconut flakes
1/2 cup almonds, roughly chopped
1/2 cup cashews, roughly chopped
1/2 cup walnuts, roughly chopped
1/2 cup pepitas
1/4 cup chia seeds
6 tablespoons melted coconut oil
6 tablespoons peanut butter
1 tablespoon maple syrup (optional)
1 heaped teaspoon cinnamon

To make:

Preheat your oven to 160 degrees celsius. Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and stir or use your hands, making sure that the wet ingredients evenly coat the dry ingredients. Spread onto a baking tray lined with baking paper. Bake for 15-20 minutes, stirring half way to ensure the granola is evenly cooked. Serve with milk, yoghurt and berries. Store for up to 2 months in an airtight container in the fridge

My throw it in a bowl quinoa salad

Ingredients:

½ cup cooked quinoa
1 tin chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1 small cucumber, sliced
Handful of broccoli, steamed
1 sweet potato, diced and roasted
½ avocado, sliced
Handful of spinach
Pepitas, to serve

To make:

Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl. To dress, add either a mix of apple cider vinegar and olive oil, or a few good tablespoons of a good quality pesto. Delicious with dollops of hummus stirred through. Sprinkle with pepitas and season with salt and pepper. Serves 2.

Crunchie Munchie Muesli

Ingredients:

1 cup wholegrain oats
1 cup raw mixed nuts, chopped
1 heaped tablespoon cacao powder
¼ cup pepitas
1 cup flaked coconut
4 tablespoons chia seeds
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon vanilla powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon vanilla 
2 tablespoons cacao nibs (optional)
6 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
2-3 tablespoons sweetener

To make:

Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Place all the dry ingredients in a bowl and mix until combined. In a small bowl stir the sweetener and the coconut oil until combined. Combine the wet and dry ingredients, mixing well. Pour the mix onto an oven tray lined with baking paper. Cook for 20-25 minutes until golden, stirring half way. Allow to cool. Serve with yoghurt, berries and a splash of milk. Serves 4.

Chocolate mousse

The best 3pm snack for big and small people. No one will ever know this has an avocado hiding inside this deliciously creamy, rich chocolate mousse.

Ingredients:

2 small ripe avocados
½ cup coconut milk
¼ cup cacao powder
1 heaped tablespoon chia seeds
1 tablespoon sweetener
½ teaspoon vanilla powder
½ teaspoon cinnamon

1 tablespoon cacao nibs, to serve
1 tablespoon pomegranate seeds, to serve
1 tablespoon flaked coconut, to serve

To make:

Add all of the ingredients to a blender or a food processor. Combine until smooth and creamy. Pour the mousse into individual serving dishes or a bowl. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight. Serve with the cacao nibs, pomegranate seeds and flaked coconut. Serves 2-4.

Chocolate, maca chia pudding

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons chia seeds
½ – 1 teaspoon maca powder
1 tablespoon cacao powder
½ teaspoon vanilla powder
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon sweetener (optional)
½ cup coconut milk
½ cup water

Toasted granola (see recipe here: Crunchie Munchie Muesli), to serve
Mixed berries, to serve
Shredded coconut, to serve

To make:

Combine all of the ingredients into a jar. Stir well to combine all of the ingredients, especially the chia seeds. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Best left over night so the chia seeds can thicken. To serve sprinkle on granola, mixed berries and shredded coconut. Serves 1.

Tip: Delicious with 1 tablespoon of espresso coffee added.

Chocolate bircher muesli

Ingredients:

½ cup wholegrain oats
1 tablespoon hazelnuts, chopped

chocolate almond milk
1 cup almond milk (to make your own see recipe here)
2 teaspoons cacao powder
1 teaspoon maca powder
½ teaspoon vanilla powder
½ teaspoon maca powder
1-2 teaspoons sweetener (optional)

Toasted flaked coconut, to serve
Pomegranate seeds, to serve
Chia seeds, to serve

To make:

To make the almond milk, combine all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until combined. In a bowl combine the oats and the hazelnuts. Pour the chocolate almond milk over the oats and hazelnuts and combine. Refrigerate overnight. In the morning stir and place in a serving bowl. Serve with toasted flaked coconut, pomegranate seeds and a sprinkle of chia seeds. Serves 1.

Carrot cake oats

This recipe is brilliant because it involves lots of pantry staples and is a great way to include vegetables into your child’s breakfast! This is delicious for adults and kids. If you think your child will not like the shredded carrot, add ¼ cup carrot or sweet potato puree instead.

Ingredients:

½ cup steel cut oats (or rolled oats)
1 cup almond milk
1 cup water
¼ cup packed carrot, grated
½ teaspoon vanilla powder
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon allspice
1 tablespoon sweetener (optional)

to serve
2 tablespoons coconut flakes, toasted
2 tablespoons walnuts, crushed
2 tablespoons carrot, grated
2 tablespoons sweetener (optional)

To make:

Add all of the ingredients to a saucepan and gently bring to the boil over medium heat. Reduce to a simmer and cover with the lid. Simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Pour into bowls and top with toasted flaked coconut, extra grated carrot, handful of crushed walnuts and a drizzle of sweetener. Serves 1-2.