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“We have Easter in our house”

Children are so good at being happy and enjoying life to the fullest. Jonah (my 4 year old son) has been very excited about Easter. After his birthday, at the beginning of March, he asked if we could “make Easter in our house”…and we have done A LOT of Easter and Spring activities since then-

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Easter buntings have been up for over two weeks now, and the boys already have enjoyed three Easter egg hunts -no sweets included so in theory you can have as many Easter egg hunts as you want (???). I filled a few plastic eggs with some stickers, Easter shaped erasers and a few little toys from their toy box- like bouncy balls and small animals that they haven’t play with for a while – and they loved it. I think it’s the searching for eggs that they love the most and of course the count down to the real Easter egg hunt- with chocolate!

They also enjoyed the real Easter story, which I focused on FORGIVENESS. Even though at Jonah’s nursery they talked a lot about Jesus dying on the cross, I don’t think he can quite understand that (or maybe I do not want him to understand what death is… just yet)- so I just focus on Easter being a reminder of Jesus going to Heaven and forgiving our sins. With two little boys in the house there are plenty of opportunities to exercise forgiveness! Noah (age 2) understands as much as he does, but I can see that Jonah really learnt something- and he is more likely to accept Noah’s apology with a smile:).

As I mentioned here before, for various reasons we don’t eat carbs- so Wednesday brought even more excitement when Daddy suggested making hot cross buns!

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My children have definitely enjoyed Easter preparation and are super excited about the next four days, we planned a few outings, where they will be able to run around and enjoy nature. But today I realised that all that time, their excitement have been contagious, I have been feeling  down about things more recently and they definitely brought rays of sunshine to my days.

Hope your Easter preparation is busy and filled with lots of lovely things and may You find joy this Easter!

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Easter egg decoration- part 2

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Eggs are finished, branches found  and the living room is ready for Easter. Honestly, I expected this to be a “mummy do it” craft, but the boys loved every step of it! Especially arranging eggs on the branches :)

Healthy- cereal free breakfast

Disclaimer: The information written below is based on my personal research and experience.

I wanted to share my usual breakfast idea with you.  A while ago my family went gluten-free after I realised that my youngest son couldn’t tolerate gluten – even through breastmilk. It turned out to work brilliantly for us and after we cut it out we learnt that gluten was causing us a fair few aches, indigestions and causing my skin problems. Nowadays gluten free breakfasts are easy – you just buy gluten-free cereal! It tastes just as good, in most cases is organic and in most cases has less sugar added. More recently we have been trying to significantly reduce our sugar and carbohydrate intake and concentrate on a high (HEALTHY!!!) fat diet. This involves a lot of nuts and seeds, avocados, organic or grass fed fatty meat, fish and lots of veggies and fruit.

The problem with carbohydrates is that they don’t give us much nutrition and once we consume carbohydrate rich foods, our body turns them into sugar giving us quick burst of energy – followed by a sugar low and feeling hungry again. What’s more, our bodies can’t process the big amounts of sugar we feed them so they store it in fat. One of the reasons our bodies produce fat is to protect us from the chemicals we consume (I mean the nasty food additives mostly found in all processed foods) – our bodies will produce fat to surround the chemicals that are dangerous to us – sugar counts as one of those chemicals. Another reason for our bodies to produce fat would be if we go hungry on regular basis, fat would be produced to keep us from starving. On the other hand, healthy fats provide us with stable energy without the extreme highs and lows making us feel satisfied for longer and because we are avoiding sugars and other chemicals, there is no need for our bodies to produce extra amounts of fat. Interestingly, when we consume healthy fat -our bodies don’t store it, they use it up as energy.

Once I tried to cut out all pasta, potatoes, rice and grain from our weekly menu I realised how a typical diet focuses on carbs and makes it difficult to adjust and change. However, with time, research and listening to my body I came up with plenty of alternatives and we are doing pretty well staying off carbs and sugar.

Today I would like to share a very quick and easy breakfast “recipe” with you. If you are not looking to cut out carbs and sugar from your diet- I hope you will find this as a nice occasional change to cereal and toast:). I am using a banana, which contains some amounts of carbohydrates and natural sugars, but since it’s a natural food I can’t see it causing harm and if you wish – you can leave banana out. I also add (organic) full fat natural yoghurt.

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Why seeds and nuts?

Chia seeds- are full of calcium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, manganese and they contain omega 3 and 6 fatty acids.

Sunflower seeds- are full of vitamin E, copper, selenium, phosphorus, manganese, magnesium and others.

Almonds- contain vitamin E, phosphorus, manganese, magnesium, copper, fibre, biotin.

Walnuts- are full of omega 3 fats, copper, manganese and biotin.

Dried coconut- contain B vitamins, potassium, copper, zinc, magnesium, iron and calcium.

They are all good for our hearts and protect us from cancer. They are full of healthy fat so keep us satisfied for longer.  Definitely a good way to start a day!

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You can put it all together in any way you wish.

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Sliced banana with the yoghurt in the middle…

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A whole banana with yoghurt on a plate…

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yoghurt topped with chopped banana, nuts and seeds…

My children love to sprinkle their own seeds on top and I am happy that they are learning to make healthy food choices :).

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Banana and seeds breakfast

Ingredients:                                                                                       

  • banana
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  • 2-4 tbs sunflower seeds
  • 2-4 tbs flaked/sliced almonds
  • 2-4 tbs chopped walnuts
  • 2-4 tbs flaked or desiccated coconut
  • 1 tbs chia seeds

Directions:

According to your preferences: chop or slice the banana into a bowl or onto a plate. Add the desired amount of natural yoghurt and sprinkle seeds on the top. Enjoy your healthy, energising breakfast!

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Grey English sky outside my kitchen window. Where are those beautiful rays of sunshine lighting up my windowsill gone??

To keep our spirits up we turn to juicing! February is our month of going back to healthy eating and juicing helps to get lots of vitamins in- in one go!

As the Polish saying goes: “In healthy body lives a healthy spirit” so today we are trying to make “red juice”. The ingredients are in the picture below PLUS 1/4 peeled lemon (only remembered lemon after everything turned into juice).

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Apples and carrots added sweetness to the taste, so the little ones seemed to love it. I keep thinking that even if they only drink 5 little sips- it’s 5 little sips packed with vitamins and living enzymes!

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Cheers!

A pretend birthday

There are some days that you just wish it was your birthday…at least 3 year old Jonah is having A LOT of those days. He started asking about his birthday in September and he was born in March! He is very patient, doesn’t get upset, but he just really wishes his birthday would come sooner. So on Friday he asked the usual morning question: “is it my birthday today?” and I replied “Nope, but in 35days it will be!!!”, to which his response was “Awww..is that soon?”. His expression was so full of hope that I quickly managed to save the moment by saying: “We have to wait a bit longer for your real birthday, but actually I just realised that today is your PRETEND BIRTHDAY!”

And we had the most exciting day!

We picked a recipe for healthy carrot cupcakes and got mixing…

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and 30 mins later…

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it turns out that when it’s pretend birthday anybody can pick a candle and blow it!

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and don’t forget about frothy milk with cinnamon sprinkles!

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I wanted to try this recipe for a while…if you’re looking for a healthy cupcake recipe this one is definitely worth a try. It uses brown rice syrup without any sugar and you can add any gluten-free flour you wish. We used organic wholemeal spelt flour (spelt does contain some gluten) that we got from our trip to a local windmill in the summer.

If it’s YOUR PRETEND BIRTHDAY today we hope you have a lots of fun!

Noah breaks things

Noah, my younger (22 month old) son breaks things!! I know that children break things but my older son, by the age of 3.5 years broke maybe 3-4 things. Noah’s count of broken items (if I was counting) would be easily in twenties or even higher. When he could walk steady on his feet, which was before his first birthday, he would pick glasses from tables or on tippy toes swipe kitchen worktops, smashing cups and bowls. It was happening so often that I finally learnt to reduce his breaking rate down and now it only happens once a week! The last two weeks he “chose” Friday or more probably caught me off guard after a long and tiring week, and here is this week’s casualty:

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A jar of sea salt.

I just wish I wasn’t getting so worked up about it, he doesn’t do it on purpose anymore (unless he’s very sneaky about it) and he even says “ohhh nooo!”, though I think that I’m actually getting annoyed with myself for not preventing it from happening. At least it’s nothing really valuable, though smashed glass full of sticky salt makes A LOT of mess.

Keeping on “the children” subject but in a different direction… I do love when children discover and learn new things and then try to put it into words, and today Jonah came to me and said:

J: “Mummy, did YOU built our house?”

Me: “No, mummy and daddy bought it”

J: “Umm… Did you bring it here in a car?”

Me: “No, a group of people built this house here and then we came and bought it.”

J: “Oh, it’s called the earth, where the house stands on top of! ……. isn’t it?”

It’s nice to see that they find simple things as intriguing as last week’s “I wonder if the moon is hot or cold” :)

Have a nice weekend!