Plant based Munchies

A journey towards whole food, plant based, healthy eating….


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Free ebook

Tao and PBM ebook

I have had the absolute pleasure of teaming up with Tao Nutrition to create a FREE EBOOK of 7 recipes for health and vitality. Head on over to the Facebook page or Tao’s recipe page to sign up for your free copy.

Tao Nutrition is a brilliant plant based, all natural ¬†protein superfood for anyone who values quality, additive-free, plant based, super-foody goodness. We put it in pretty much everything for a boost. Smoothies, muffins, desserts, breakfast, protein/date balls…you name it. Add it ūüôā And now you have a free recipe book to help you along the way!

Enjoy, foodies. xx

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What do we eat in a week?

I was asked recently what do we eat in a week?

It’s actually a tough question to answer because that seriously changes relating to how much time I have and what else is going on. Before I started back at work, I had OODLES of time to shop, plan and prepare lovely, creative and fresh food. Now that work is ramping up again, I am finding I don’t have that time, energy and mental capacity to put into food. So often I am falling back on quick favourites. Which is fine. But it’s not as exciting as one might think.

And for the kids…well…their eating changes on a daily basis. But let me say, we are not 100% healthy as this blog may suggest. I put our good ideas up here but our not-so-good ideas? They are not blog worthy but it doesn’t mean they don’t exist.

One of the things I have come to realise is that balance is everything. We try to teach our kids about healthy eating and model it also. It does work. My 5 year old asks for salads and he eats raw broccoli yadadyayada. But he also arks up some days because he doesn’t want salad. He won’t eat it in his lunch box at school and has given up on carrot entirely now. And after declaring himself a vegetarian he asked for a ham sandwich at the shops. He’s too young to know what’s up and down sometimes so we roll with it.

What I have learnt is that in striking balance, one of the keys to a peaceful house is not to be stressed about it. Sometimes we are super healthy and other times not. Sometimes my 3yo refuses to eat anything of an evening but chips. Other days he’ll eat ¬†soup and cucumber and good stuff.

In a day, it’s not going to make any difference. Over a week, or a month, balance is what his body needs. So I have given up worrying about any particular meal. Some days, if chips is it, well at least he has food in his stomach and we ate a peaceful meal together without any nagging. THAT is of benefit too.

Other days, I thank my lucky stars for the nutrition that does enter their little bodies.

Having said all that – here’s a round -a -bout meal plan for a week if you are looking for ideas.

Pumpkin soup with hot chips.

Shredded rainbow salad¬†with added scrolls¬†for kids (or, it’s not blogged, but I put the bean sauce in pastry and bake as scrolls that they love)

Stir fry veg with rice ¬† or pad see eew (Thai noodles, oops have just realised this also isn’t blogged yet!)

Peanut noodle salad with baked spring rolls  for kids on the side

Curry with rice (and wraps so the kids can wrap up their rice and curry as they like to do)

Mexican – tacos/bean bowls/nachos using the Frijole Refritos and salad and guacamole (or, 2 nights ago we had this but used baked sweet potatoes as a base rather than tacos or wraps. We baked sweet potato chips for the kids and they used those to dip into the sauce and guacamole). The chickpea wraps are a favourite for Dave and I.

Indian baked veggies is a hit. My 5 yo especially likes baked cauliflower for some reason.

Tomato soup with bread rolls for the kids to dip.

Cobb salad where they can pick out their favourites.

Often we will serve a salad (which Dave and I will eat) and have homemade pasties on the side because the kids WILL eat the pasties and are learning about salad. Which is fine. We can serve it all up while they are learning and if they learn in little bits, I’m totally fine with that.

We have seen such a shift in my 5 yo this year that I am confident they will be established veggie eaters as they get older. But with young kids?
Don’t stress. Do what works and encourage and model what you can.

As Sid Garza Hilman says, you can’t change everything over night so if all you do is eat a piece of celery in a day that you didn’t eat yesterday, well celebrate that. It’s the beginning of something.

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Tao Nutrition

Tao Nutrition

Special congratulations and plug today for the launch of our friends at TAO NUTRITION.

They have officially launched a spectacular plant based, whole food protein powder today.

You will see some Plant Based Munchies recipes on their recipe page too for an added bonus for PBM followers ūüôā

Tao Nutrition is a natural, healthy, plant based superfood – easy to add into smoothies, cereal, brownies, balls or anything really to boost your nutrition and protein intake. Love them, love their philosophy, love their yummy product ūüôā

Have a great day!


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Make it possible

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Whilst it’s true that eating a plant based diet is not the norm by any means in Australia, it is definitely on the rise as people become more conscious and more concerned about practices surrounding animal industries.

I have been so amazed to see the Make it Possible campaign launch in Australia with so many of our celebs backing the move to end factory farming. I actually even donated to their cause today (not something I often do). They rely solely on donations to keep the campaign running.

I know that talk about this leads to many feeling uncomfortable and judged. For me it’s not about that. I wonder if we can leave the judgement of each other aside and look at practices with animals and judge that as to whether it is something we are ok with or not. For me, it’s a no. I have always always always been a person that can’t bear the pain of animals. Just ask my mum! ūüôā But as an adult, it is more than that for me now. For me it taps into who we understand ourselves to be in the universe and how we can make compassionate and conscious choices. This might be for some, as simple as demanding more from industries to clean up their act ethically.

Visit Make it Possible. Donate, sign, FB…whatever. Spreading the cause to end factory farming is a great thing.

 


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Teaching your kids about food will not cause eating disorders

Today I am promo-ing an excellent article.

I read an article (referenced in todays) going around linking food education to eating disorders a couple of weeks ago and was challenged by it (in a good way). It reminded me to not be fastidious with the kids. Not that I am. By any means. But I took a positive out of it.

Now Spoonfed has written a response and it is brilliant. It is about how to be balanced and educative in your approach to food as a parent. She does not advocate blanket “no sweets” etc but more so teaching children how to eat things that are as close to their original food source as possible – and why. She helps her children see that real food tastes BETTER and helps them feel GOOD.

We had evidence of this recently when, after a long spell of not buying any hot chips, we bought hot chips. My 5 yo says “Mum, these are no where near as good as yours”.

YAY! ūüôā This is our experience. Our kids over time have changed their tastes. Since they are eating real food, they know what real food tastes like. At first they craved sugar and salt (because it’s in everything), and now…not so much. Our 5 yo is now rejecting things because he thinks they are ‘too’ sweet, which is very odd given he has been the biggest imaginable sweet tooth.

They now eat cereal in the morning that has ZERO sugar and they are happy just to put non dairy milk on top or sometimes soy yoghurt (I’m making my own). This story is not about boasting but about how much hard work Dave put in to get them to that point. He persisted, and he modelled. And he persisted. Some days he threw rice bubbles on top to help them get used to a mostly sugar free breakfast and eventually they didn’t look for it anymore. And this is now their preference.

Changing eating habits can and does work. It takes patience, trying over and over again and belief that tastes do change – and reasonably quickly.

And as the kids grow, my hope is that they will have a firm understanding of what is food and what is not. And making healthy choices is not about exciting or boring, but making a choice that helps us feel GOOD so we can enjoy the things we want to do. As we say, “Your body is thanking you for that choice”.

Have a great weekend ūüėČ

 


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Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

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I had a nice little surprise this morning as Ally nominated me for the Sisterhood of the World bloggers award :). It’s so nice when you hear someone appreciates what you do. You can find Ally at the Hopefullvegan.¬†Thanks Ally!

On that note, it turns out there is a ripple effect going on with the blogging ‘sisterhood’. I’m not sure where the brothers fit into that? At any rate….here are the rules!

The rules for Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award are:

1   Visit and thank the blogger who nominated you.
2   Acknowledge that blogger on your blog and a link back.
3   Answer 10 questions given.
4   Nominate up to 12 bloggers for Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award, provide a link to their blogs in your post, and notify them on their blogs.
5   Copy and paste the award somewhere on your blog.

The 10 Questions:
What is your favorite color? ¬† ‚ÄĒ I like that stormy, smokey blue colour. And various shades of pink.
Your favorite animal? ¬† ‚ÄĒ ¬†Pelicans. And dolphins. And ducks.
Your favorite non-alcoholic drinks? ¬†‚ÄĒ¬†Cranberry, soda water and fresh lime
Facebook or Twitter? ¬† ‚ÄĒ Facebook
Your favorite pattern? ¬†¬†‚ÄĒ ¬†hmm. Never thought about this one. I probably like swirly things rather than straight lines.
Do you prefer getting or giving presents? ¬†‚ÄĒ¬†Absolutely BOTH.
Your favorite number? ¬†¬†¬†‚ÄĒ 13
Your favorite day of the week? ¬†¬†¬†‚ÄĒ They all have potential!
Your favorite flower? ¬†¬†¬†‚ÄĒ Plumeria (Frangipani) – special mention to the peace lily and oriental lily though ūüôā
What is your passion? ¬† ‚ÄĒ¬†¬†Gentle parenting, families, nutrition, well being, health/vitality, relationships, mindfulness, non-violence, justice, peace, compassion, living in harmony with oneself and the world…

The Nominees Are…

I happily nominate the following Bloggers for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award. Congrats to you all!!

Emily at Happy Vegan Mom Emily has a pretty inspiring life story and a will to not just survive life but thrive in it.

Matt at¬†No Meat Athlete– inspiring wealth of information, ‘non-sanctimonious’, and a plant based athlete.

Shannon at¬†Move Eat Create is a runner, foodie and knitter. She’s got a good looking yellow curry burrito recipe up there that I’d like to try soon too!

Sheila at Tea, A Drink with Jam and Bread is a foodie/law student who has some lovely vego/vegan recipes

Dawn at Small Footprint Family SUCH an awesome site: more than recipes, this is about sustainability and reducing consumerism too. Love, love.

Claire at Skinny Vegan Food is a fellow Aussie on a plant based, whole food journey.

Kirstie at Living Healthy Mom has a huge range of info on healthy living as well as recipes. Another mum with young kids juggling everything and inspiring the world into health.

To everyone who has a special woman in their lives or is a special woman, happy ‘mother’s’ day! Thanks to those who inspire the rest of us.