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Gluten free health? 

Hey there!! 

Have just been on Facebook live talking about my thoughts about gluten free produce!! 

Watch and join the conversation here

In other news… 

We made our own crisps!! 

No transfats no MSG and free of hidden gluten…  And YUM!! 

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 Christine xx

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parsnip and curry soup

Food needed

Parsnips 2 large

2 teaspoons curry paste ( madras, massaman or other favorite) 

4 shallots or 1 large onion

2 vegetable stock cubes ( natural/ organic best you can get)

Next ….

Chop parsnip and onion 

Fry in pan with little coconut oil and curry paste

Dissolve  stock in 3/4 litre of hot water

Add stock to pan 

Boil and simmer for 10 mins

Blitz with handheld blender

Serve with a dollop of natural yogurt and sprig of coriander if you have it!

Finding tasty combinations is my winning thing to do on my clean eating journey ….

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Christine x

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Lunchbox challenge!!

lunch boxes are coming on!!!

Notes on this week

Variety is key.. mixed with the right dose of nutrition and taking into account my children’s own tastes seems to do the trick!

I’m enjoying the conversations about the food when the kids come home,

…. and I think it’s encouraging them to eat more at school … they enjoy that we are trying out new things and trying to improve lunches!

I’ve learned 2 lessons this week

1. The right equipment helps a lot!! Having lots of different size tubs and flask,  thermal lunch boxes, helps me be able to prepare a  keep a variety of food that will keep fresh or hot, whatever the case. I find baking paper best thing for wrapping foodstuffs.

2. I have 2 types of eaters in my house …. My eldest who is up for challenges on the taste buds … I tried him with lentil Dahl over the weekend and he said he’d love it for lunch.
I find it’s too easy to get monotonous with lunches … I’m going to make sure to meet his taste buds and make the most of his adventurous palette.

My other is less adventurous but likes hot food stuffs and smoothies and great for raw veg….. so I’m getting to know individual tastes a lot more, and am learning how to cater for all tastes whilst not making a work load for myself!!!


I’m trying dips for veg sticks to see how they go … Yogurt with cumin was a goer … Will try salsa and a hummus next week.


Doing non-bake flapjacks tomorrow so stay tuned!!

…. And Friday will try savoury pancake and custard for treat day 🙂

… Thanks to everyone for sharing, and again all ideas welcome!!!

Here’s a summary so far:

hot french tost


cheesy bites went down a treat

had to work on getting smoothie right

hot pasta with pesto

X Christine

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Bored with sandwiches? Try these …

Sick of sanwiches?

Try these savoury swirls!!

All you need is pre-made roll of puff pastry and leftover pasta sauce and cheese if you wish!

Here’s how to make <=
 ….. And how they look in the lunchbox!

Kids love them hot or cold

Great way to use leftover pasta sauce!!

The lunchbox challenge is keeping us creative with ideas!!

I’ve been repeating the same lunchbox box for 2 days in s row so Monday to Friday I just need 3 ideas!!

I’d love some more inspiration!!

Tell me what works for you!

….. And don’t forget

Sharing is caring!! Please share via social media with friends if you found it valuable 🙂


Christine x

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shopping list for school lunches

foodAfter a week of trial and errors, week 2 will be ….. probably the same lol!

variety …. the spice of life?! kids are real creatures of habit, start with what they do like and work from there!!

no … itll be a bit easier really. I’m learning …..

notes on my findings so far  ……have you checked out my 8 tips for healthy lunchbox?

I’m definately sending a hot option one day ( get your thermal lunch box in heatons)

…my eldest could probably do with a flask too as he loves soup!

I will stick to what worked last week … and experiment with a few options to add the week after! ( savoury muffins and crepes)

My lunchboxes are to the taste of my individual children … but like all kids, would gladly eat processed lunch snacks if they got them.

They are genuinely enjoying the fresh lunches, and give their opinions on what they liked/disliked.

My youngest still isnt eating a lot, but he’s only in school for a short while and finnishes his lunch box when he comes home!

If you fancy making changes, and following my guidelines, I’ve made a list of the foodstuffs to get in over the weekend to enable you to follow the week with me 🙂

Feedback from the kids is key …. its not for show, its for them to eat!!!

Small changes are beneficial…. they may be more willing to compromise on somethings and not others!!

… for example, my daughter doesnt like wholemeal bread…. the only way she ll eat it if its made into french toast!

…so I made her that for breakfast, and she took another slice in her lunchbox!….she loves when i put vanilla extract into the egg mix, and a tiny sprinkle of brown sugar on top!

I’m genuinely enjoying this …. inspired by my commitment to my role as food ambassador for Jamie Oliver alongside blogger oneyummymummy

I just truly believe offering kids a great relationship with food is goldust for life!!

I can see that prevention is better, simpler, easier on the pocket than consequences of not addressing how we feed ourselves, and habits are born young!!!! …..  best of luck to us all for next week!

Christine x

Shopping List

Bread wholemeal

For flapjacks

  • Oats
  • Honey
  • dark chocolate


For cheesy bites

  • cheese
  • sesame seeds

fruit …. apples, oranges, melon, berries

pasta wholemeal

good quality pesto ( we ll make our own another week!)



puff pastry roll ….( very easy snack … I’ll demonstrate next week)



tortilla wraps ( we ll have a go at homemade for next week)


Greek yogurt


carrots, peppers, celery, cucumber, baby tomatoes


orange juice, just to add to smoothie

grease proof paper for baking, and wrapping lunch stuff

**** note: I will be using leftovers for a cooked chicken (dinner from one night) … pasta sauce leftover …

Budget cost per child per day to send these lunches for school = .60c each per day

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Back 2 school …. Day 1

Menu plan for dinners ….   Check!

Menu plan for lunchbox ….  Check!

Here we go ….

Lunchbox mania

What’s easy?

What will they eat?

What’s fresh and will help them grow that they will eat … Hmmm

Here’s the first day !

lettuce wraps with chicken and hummus … pepper and cucumber and melon and strawberries
rye crackers with peanut butter
greek yogurt with a little maple syrup and vanilla extract

I added homemade protein bars

Feedback from kids?

Empty lunch boxes yay! My daughter told me to wrap the lettuce  better her chicken fell out!

Not bad!!

See ya for day 2!

Ps: check out my 8 tips for healthy lunch boxes here

X Christine

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green wraps

Fresh and light!

For those trying to give gluten the heave ho!

Lettuce wraps:

Crispy lettuce leaf

Roast turkey /chicken …. Whatever’s leftover (any meat really, but better to use leftover than buy processed slices)

Sprinkle of sea salt

Sprinkle of smoked paprika


I really feel better personally cutting right back on bread stuffs, so love ideas that cut out using wheat, and are tasty. Here are some other ideas substitute white bread from holistic healthy living

There will be lots of clean eating ideas throughout  my 30 day cleanse refresh reboot self love programme starting September 7th.

Check out details here

Gift yourself a great September!

X Christine

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Alternative crisps!!

Savoury snacks …..

Hmmmm once my big downfall!!

On completing a clean eating programme called transform 30 I have never gained the same cravings  for the traditional crisps!

I have started to love my alternatives though

Kale crisps!

These are bitter beautiful! Melt in your mouth …. Addictive!…. One batch is gone in a flash so be generous!


wash snd pat dry…cut off the stalks … rub the leaves in oil and sprinkle with sea salt … oven bake for 12 minutes until crispy!!


Pitta crisps

The ones below were made with bought pitta …

Just smear with oil of your choice … Add a sprinkle of sea salt … these have a sprinkle of paprika.

Plain ones go well with curries soups salads and stews, or snack with hummus….

….. another delightful Option for spice lovers is lime zest and chili!!


cut into triangles and heat in the oven for 6 minutes of until aittle golden and crispy on the edges


Tasty more wholesome style snacks !!!

Don’t knock till you try!

Any other ideas for savoury homemade snacks let me have em!

By the way making your own flatbread is fun too!…  Check out  One Yummy Mummy… She makes hers to go with korma here

X Christine


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Kids korma friday

Train your kids to love the spices!!!

This mild easy korma will get the kids smiling about curry!!

happy kiddies happy grown ups!!

This dish is not exclusively for children either!!

Search the cupboards for

Fresh or ground ginger 1/2 tsp
ground coriander 1/2 tsp
turmeric 1 tsp
garamasala 1 tsp
Corn flour 1tblsp
Vegetable stock ( cube or fresh)
coconut milk 1tin

From the fridge

Natural Greek yogurt 2 cups
Leftover chicken …. Or variety of cooked veg

To make

Drizzle some oil of your choice into a saucepan. Add ginger and spices, and stir until the aroma lifts from the pan!

Take it off the heat.

In a separate bowl mix yogurt and corn flower then add to fried spices and stir.

Add then the coconut milk and stock cube or concentrated stock, made with 1/4 cup water.  Add your left over shredded chicken or cooked veg

Turn on the heat low and let the sauce work its magic! Leave it on low simmer for 15 mins and add little water if needed.

Nows the chance to make some rice to accompany your sauce!!

Another side dish idea to this is to boil and cube potatoes and mix through fresh spinach leaves whilst potatoes are hot wilting the spinach nicely but not over heating it.

It’s a winner with my bunch, and you can also do some homemade chips instead of rice and potatoes …. You know your kids best!!

So give it a whirl and tell me how you went!

Thanks for reading,

Remember if you like and share it gives someone else the chance too!

Have a super week-end!!

Christine x

* Image at top purchased from instagraphics until I replace with my own!!

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Chia seed bread

Mum discovered this recipe on line and I thought it needed to be shared!!

I don’t have the original source but here’s how she taught me to make it…..

Perfect as a substitute to bread and ideal broken up and used as croutons in a salad or soup

Ever tried Chia seeds?  Check out the benefits!!!!

Chia seed bread….you will need

1/4 cup of chia seeds

1/4 cup of pumpkin seeds

1/4 cup sunflower seeds

1/4 cup of oats

1/2 teaspoon sea salt 2 tbsp flaxseeds 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1/4 cup of wholegrain unrefined spelt flour

1 cup filtered water

To make

Combine all of the ingredients together and mix with a spoon.

Leave to sit for 30 minutes to allow to chia seeds to absorb some of the water making it a dough consistency.

Spread the dough out on a piece of non stick parchment paper.

Place another piece of parchment paper on top of the dough and roll out the dough as thin as you can get it

*Rolling the dough can be tricky because the chia seeds are quite sticky so you need the second piece of parchment paper

After rolling, remove the top layer of parchment paper and cut into squares using a pizza cutter.

Place into a pre heated oven for 30-40 mins until golden brown Leave to cool and break up into formed squares

They are ready to eat!!!!

This is an example of low G.I and a great snack for those on the one simple change programme as a substitute for bread!

Mum searched for this recipe as a participant in the One Simple Change programme,  adding this as a substitute to make 1 change for 30 days!

hope you find it helpful

Christine x