What are you struggling with at the moment? Emotion eating, lack of motivation, sad, sadness, boredom so many words can describe what we are feeling at the moment and the total overwhelm can definitely play a toll on our health.

On Monday night I decided to record a short video on a few tips that I believe my clients are struggling with at the moment and came up with some tips to support you during this time.

I would love for you to watch the recording or below is a quick overview of what we spoke about and seem to be common issues with most.

https://youtu.be/rttdwejepyM
  1. Emotional Eating = You either eat or down eat so make sure you have healthy snacks like bliss ball in the cupboard that you can turn to or keep yourself busy around the home – create a list of things to do
  2. Boredom/overcoming cravings – add more protein and healthy fats to your diet, don’t bring temptation home, learn to read a label
  3. Meal plan – keep doing this and let yourself be creative in the kitchen, get the kids involved. SAVE MONEY
  4. Water – Lots of it, jug on the bench so it is always in your face. A friend of mine had a great idea and was doing a water challenge 2 litres in a day, great way to keep each other accountable and working together as a family with a common goal LOVE IT
  5. Exercise – THS IS IMPORTANT – no excuses as you can’t use time anymore, will list some ideas in the comments for this. Make a challenge for yourself, LIKE I will walk 5kms 3 times a week
  6. Sleep – stick to a good sleep routine go to bed at the same time and wake up at the same time.
  7. Essential oils – this is the time that you can experiment with them and find what oils work for you when it comes to emotions.
  8. Practice Mindfulness – Each day take 5mins to reflect, notice your surroundings how you are feeling, acknowledge the present and say what you are grateful for.
  9. Home Cook – Stay away from take away a lot less unwanted kilojoules int he food that you make. Get the kids into a master chef challenge
  10. Create a family activity that you can all do – we are doing 80 countries in 80 days, fun, the kids are learning something new plus we were suppose to go to Denmark in July so we are starting in Australia and will end up in Denmark.

I hope these tips are helpful and you and your family are safe and well. I would also love to hear from you if you have some great tips to share with our community or struggling with something and need advice.

Vee x

10 Simple steps to keeping healthy during isolation


Tasty dinners don’t need to be complex or boring simply head to your spice cabinet and come up with your favourite spice combos. Not sure about you but in our house we go through months where we are loving a certain cuisine and then we get over it and move on but then come back to it later on in the year. Do you do that too?

Or are you the google queen and spend hours googling for a scrumptious chicken recipe to even get more confused, then you decide you will have the same recipe as last week as it’s too hard to come up with something new. Yeah, I know that’s you. I do it, too.  These flavoursome chicken thighs are tender, juicy and the kids will love them too. 

On those nights when you have a million things to do or you are planning your lunches for the week these come in handy as they are packed with flavour and can pair up with a salad, steamed veggies or make your own poke bowl with brown rice. And hopefully you have these simple staples in your kitchen cupboard.

Stuck on a flavours, just experiment and give it a go! I always say head to your spices or essential oils and then choose your cuisine to come up with flavours, in this case Asian infusion especially with the GINGER ESSENTIAL OIL!

Continue to the recipe

Comment below let me know your favourite chicken recipe!

Ever ask yourself, how can I make chicken taste better?


Sunday afternoons usually consist of the kids playing in the backyard with their Far (dad) and their mum busy prepping for the week to come! I actually call this “mummy needs to be organised” it gives me the chance to plan the week ahead, prep for school lunches, get creative in the kitchen and clean out my neglected fridge.

Tomatoes are best stored out on the bench until ripen and used, however I find when the tomatoes are over ripe I put them in the fridge as they keep better until I use them in one of my meals.

This week I had a few punnets of over ripe tomatoes that needed to be used and I thought I would share a few easy ways that you can use your over ripe tomatoes before you toss them in the bin or add them to your compost:

  1. Bolognese Sauce
    Chop up the tomatoes into quarters then add directly to the pot after you cook up the meat! It is important that you let the sauce simmer for at least an hour on low heat so that it gives the tomato skins a chance to soften.
  2. Red Pasta Sauce
    Add some water to a sauce pan and when the water boils add your tomatoes. Cook until the tomato skin starts to split then remove from water and drain. Now you will be able to remove the tomato skins to add/ blitz to your favourite homemade sauce.
  3. Tomatoes for breakfast
    Perfect for those Sunday morning breakfasts! Halve the tomatoes and then add to the a roasting pan and bake for about for a few minutes and then season & oregano and then add to your eggs on toast. YUM
  4. Mediterranean or slow cooking 
    When I am putting together a yummy stew or my delicious Moroccan lamb, I often use over ripe tomatoes as I love the flavour that ripeness gives! With my morrocan lamb, I usually cut the tomatoes in quarters and use the tomatoes as my base of  tagine.
  5. Blitz away & freeze
    When my kids were babies I use to blitz the tomatoes up and store them in ice-cube trays. This was a great idea and made life handy when you are trying to add a little extra flavour to their steamed vegies or chicken dish! Raw blitz tomatoes can store from 4 to 6 months in the freezer.

Did you know? You are better off using the whole tomato as opposed to boiling and removing the skin,  as there are plenty more nutrients in the skin that you want to nourish your body with such as lycopene and beta-carotene.

5 Ways to Use tomatoes when they have gone soft!


Kids sandwich ideas are one of the most common questions I hear around the playground. Since my boys started at daycare it was a battle to get them to eat a sandwich, they were so used to eating a hot lunch that sandwiches were often sent home and not eaten!

About a month ago, I couldn’t stop laughing as the ladies from their daycare were requesting some of my recipes, which I have promised to share with them so I will get around to posting the recipes up here soon. There lunches usually consisted of Danish meatballs with rice, Spaghetti Bolognese packed with veg or fried rice –  to tell you the truth they got what we ate the night before 🙂 However, sometimes their weren’t leftovers and as my business grows I needed to try out some alternate lunch ideas.

So I thought I would share my kids top 5 sandwich fillings and to give you some inspiration to try new fillings with your kids:

The Nordic: Smoked Salmon, cream cheese, cucumber and avocado wrap

The Italian: Salami, Tomato & Cheese on wholemeal bread

The Mexican: Lettuce, tomato, cucumber, avocado, salsa and cream cheese wrap

The Lachlan: Tuna & Cheese sandwich on wholemeal bread with cucumber and a boiled egg on the side

The Danish Smørrebrød (open sandwich): Egg, Tomato & Cucumber on rye bread (rugbrød – Danish rye bread). If you have never heard of smørrebørd they are open sandwiches topped with delicious fillings ( my fav is danish meatballs & red cabbage).  Check out blonde catering in Sydney he is the master of smørrebrød making and if you fill like trying something new order one of his gourmet boxes book – they are delicious. When it comes to sourcing the rye bread,  I have still yet to mastered making my own sour dough starter so I either use the  Ikea rye bread kit – (tip: when baking, cover with a bread lid or foil that way it stays moist on the top and the crust doesn’t go hard) or you can use Burgen Rye bread, which you can buy from woolies or coles. Both these bread are packed full of fibre and delicious wholesomeness! 

Healthy eating tip: When choosing bread for your kids try to go for a high fibre bread like whole grain or wholemeal. As a mum, I understand that it can be a little hard when kids don’t like the texture, so look for the varieties with softened grains as this is easier for them to eat – try and stay clear of white bread as they don’t contain the fibre that we need in our daily food intake. There are so many choices now so here is a great guide to help you choose the best bread for you and your family!

WHAT ARE YOUR KIDS FAVOURITE SANDWICH FILLINGS?COMMENT BELOW

 

My Kids top 5 Sandwich Fillings