WHOLEFOODS FOR KIDS

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In a world where allergies, anxiety and attention disorders are sky-rocketing in our kids, there is much to be said about eating a wholefoods diet and its role in the prevention and treatment of these conditions. It is also a great way to educate children, and bring more fun into eating for them as they explore the different textures, tastes and shapes of natural wholefoods.

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STICKY CARAMEL POPCORN

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When you ask Nutritionist & Naturopath Casey-Lee Lyons for a popcorn recipe or two, oh boy does she deliver. Here is a fun popcorn snack with homemade sticky caramel for all the sweet tooth’s out there.

How to make stove top popcorn (makes approx 8 cups)

Ingredients:

Method:

  1. Heat oil in a thick bottomed saucepan (with lid).
  2. Melt coconut oil. Put 3-4 kernels into the oil, when kernels pop the temperature is right. Add the rest of your popcorn (across one even layer).
  3. Cover (with a lid slightly ajar for drier and crispier popcorn) and remove from heat for 30 seconds (this helps to even the temperature so that they pop at the same time).
  4. Return to heat. Once popping slows remove from heat.
  5. Allow to cool.

Sticky Caramel Popcorn

  • Serving Size: makes 3 cups
  • Cook time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp hulled tahini
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 3 cups popped popcorn

 

Method:

  1. Set aside popcorn in a heat proof mixing bowl.
  2. In a small saucepan combine maple syrup, tahini and coconut oil. Mix well.
  3. Over medium heat allow the syrup to come to a boil and leave to bubble away for a full minute.
  4. Remove from heat and pour over popped popcorn.
  5. Mix to combine caramel with popcorn.
  6. Allow to cool in fridge. Store in an air-tight glass container in your fridge for freshness.

SENSATIONAL SUMMER SALAD

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This is hands down our pick for a sensational salad this season. Fresh, crisp, sweet, crunchy and wholesome in one. With the addition of quinoa, combined with lightly toasted walnuts, fresh salad vegetables and leafy greens it covers all bases on the nutritional front, but doesn’t leave you feeling hungry like other green salads can. It’s also simple and enjoyable to make. Enjoy!

Serving Size: Serves 4 as a side OR 2 as a complete meal
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SIMPLE STARTER RECIPES FOR KIDS

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Wholefoods are the foundation of a healthy diet and nourished body and are one of the best gifts we can give to our children. As we discussed in last weeks article,  bringing our kids into the kitchen at an early age and teaching them about cooking with wholefoods is a great way for them to learn about different nutritious foods and to help them feel more independent and involved in their food choices.

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DIABETES – THE 21ST CENTURY HEALTH EPIDEMIC AND WHAT TO DO

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Diabetes Type 2 is an epidemic health condition with almost 300 people in Australia alone newly diagnosed each day. That’s one person every five minutes and more than 100 000 in just one year. (1) On a global level an estimated 415 million adults suffer from the illness with 12 percent of the global health expenditure spent on diabetes (a whopping USD $673 billion dollars). (2)

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DENISE’S SPANAKOPITA

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Last years Christmas party saw the whole team come together to share a meal celebrating another year at Affordable Wholefoods. We each brought along a dish to share and Denise’s contribution was her take on the traditional Greek recipe ‘Spanakopita’.  It took just a few minutes for the plate to be empty, so we decided to remake it and share with our readers. Hope you enjoy as much as we did. Continue reading