Mar 192018
 

Exisle Publishing

As a mum of six little ones I have experienced my fair shares of allergies, intolerances and sensitivities so I wasn’t exactly surprised to discover our little Ted is struggling in that department too. So far we are not having any luck finding a food he doesn’t react to (aside from breastmilk), with his chubby baby body covered in angry red rashes and dry patches after every try. Eczema runs in the family so I was super interested to get stuck into this eye-opening guide by Karen Fischer:

As a successful nutritionist and mother of an eczema-sufferer, and after working with eczema patients for more than 15 years, Karen Fischer knows first hand the impact eczema can have on your life, but also how much of a difference your diet can make in managing it. On a mission to ban nasty skin rashes and fight the eczema misery she has created The Eczema Detox (RRP $34.99), a life-changing book that combines the science behind food choices and the way they affect on your skin with delicious skin-happy recipes for eczema patients of all ages.

Filled with loads of healthy, nutritious recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts, snacks and even drinks changing to this low-chemical diet for eliminating skin inflammation is a piece of cake. The book will use some of your pantry staples but also introduce you to new flavours and ingredients that will help improve your skin and wellbeing. We’ve been testing some of  these treats at home and I can highly recommend the Steamed Salmon with Maple Dressing, the Protein Smoothie Bowl, the Sweet Potato Stack and Banana Carob Icy Poles.

Only released last month ‘The Eczema Detox’ has been such a huge hit that is already out of stock and currently undergoing a re-print. Don’t miss out on your chance to ditch the itch and pre-order your copy today, new stock is due to arrive in April.

To find out more about Exisle Publishing, to take a closer look at ‘The Eczema Detox’ and to order a copy online visit www.exislepublishing.com.au.

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Mar 072014
 

Yonanas

Turning one is a pretty big milestone, one that deserves to be celebrated in style with a wonderful party. Now I don’t know about you but at our parties the food is often the highlight and I spend quite a lot of time baking and preparing yummy treats to fill all those hungry tummies. This year the big winner was not the beautiful birthday cake or the tasty cupcakes, it also wasn’t the plate of freshly made Dutch meatballs or vegies with dip sauce, the champion of the party was by far the home-made ‘ice cream’.

Yonanas Elite RedI can hear you thinking: ‘Isn’t little Sybil allergic to cows milk?’ and ‘I thought you’re into healthy foods, not sweet sugar loaded stuff like ice cream?’ You are definitely right but at the same time, a February birthday is bound to be sunny and warm and ice cream is a refreshing treat every party guest loves. Luckily it turns out you can truly have it all thanks to Yonanas, the healthy dessert maker.

Just in case you have never heard of Yonanas before, Yonanas is a clever kitchen gadget that turns frozen fruit into a delicious and healthy dessert (or afternoon snack or sneaky late night treat, whenever you feel like it!). Yonanas looks and tastes similar to soft serve ice cream yet it contains no dairy, added sugar, artificial colours or flavours or nasty preservatives so it’s great for all ages and most diets and (not unimportant) it’s guilt free. Yonanas is the new must-have kitchen appliance for modern, health conscious families.

So how does Yonanas work? The main ingredient of most Yonanas recipes is (surprise surprise) frozen bananas, a simple but magic way to recreate the soft, creamy texture, look and flavour of soft serve ice cream. The bananas need to be over-ripe so those spotty bananas on your fruit bowl or that bag of reduced bananas from your local fruit and vege shop are ideal, you’ll never throw out a banana again! Depending on your taste and mood you can add raspberries or mango, strawberries or pineapple, pear or melon; virtually any fruit can be turned into Yonanas, just make sure it’s very ripe and peel and chop before you pop it into the freezer.

Peel, chop and freeze

Peel, chop and freeze

After 24 hours in the freezer your fruit is ready to be made into a Yonanas treat. Take out a few pieces of bananas and any other fruit you like and let it thaw for ca. 10 minutes. Assembling the Yonanas maker takes only a few seconds, place a bowl under the chute and turn on the machine. Drop your banana pieces, alternated with any other fruit, down the chute, gently push it down with the plunger and watch your own homemade ‘ice cream’ fill up your bowl, so easy and so quick!

Yonanas Elite

Ready for some Mixed Berry Yonanas

Over the past few weeks we’ve tried many different Yonanas recipes from the Yonanas Recipe Book and the recipe section on the Yonanas website (you’ve got to love $2.49/kg bananas). We were blown away by all the options and it turns out your Yonanas maker can make plenty of non-banana recipes too as well as delicious fruit sorbets. Yonanas allows me to make a tasty and healthy after school snack for my hungry little students without having to worry about mystery ingredients and our little Sybil can happily eat Yonanas without getting an allergic reaction.

Instant and very healthy 'ice cream'

Instant and very healthy ‘ice cream’

Too often food allergy sufferers have to miss out on treats and snacks, something I realise even more since Sybbie’s diagnosis, so I love how Yonanas allows her to have a special treat too. If you have little (or big) food allergy sufferers in your family a Yonanas maker is a great investment for your kitchen and you’ll find you use it a lot.

Happy faces all around

Happy faces all around

Nice bonus: the recipe book includes quite a few ‘grown up’ recipe ideas, they look really fancy and impressive and you can just make them on the spot. Our family favourite, and the hit of the party, was by far mixed berry Yonanas which is really fresh and tangy, closely followed by my personal favourite cinnamon/cocoa Yonanas. If your guests insist on coming into the kitchen to check out how you made that yummy instant icecream you know Yonanas is a big success.

The Yonanas Maker is available in two different models, the Yonanas Original (RRP $89.95) and the Yonanas Elite (RRP $189.95) and a great range of colours to suit your kitchen decor.

To find out more about Yonanas, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.yonanas.com.au.

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Dec 302013
 

Life Space

With a new year just around the corner health is always a much talked about topic, most people are keen to live a healthier life and somehow the first of January is a magical turning point for many. Of course a healthy diet and plenty of exercise are a must but even something as small and easy as a great probiotic can make a difference.

Life Space PregnancyIf you are expecting a new bundle of joy your choice of probiotic can have a huge impact on not only your own but also your babies health, take the exciting new range of Life Space Probiotics. Developed and manufactured right here in Australia all 100% natural Life Space products are based on the latest scientific evidence, they are made with only the highest quality, pharmaceutical grade ingredients and are TGA approved.

Recent clinical research from New Zealand has shown that when expecting mothers take a 6 billion daily dose of the probiotic bacteria Lactobacillus Rhamnosus (from week 32 to 6 months post-birth when breastfeeding) the risk of the child developing allergies like eczema or hay fever is reduced by a massive 44%. With more and more children suffering from allergies this is a major discovery, you can change your child’s health with just one capsule a day!

Life Space BabyLife Space Probiotics are available as a convenient capsule for expecting (and breastfeeding) mothers but also in powder form for babies (0-24 months) and children. Providing your little ones with their daily dose of probiotics is super easy, just add 1 gram (dosage spoon included) to their food or liquids, mums nipple, directly into their cheek or on their gums before feeding or of course straight from the spoon.

Aside from reducing the risk of allergies Life Space Broad Spectrum Probiotics for babies have many other great health benefits like encouraging a healthy development of baby’s immune system, promoting healthy bowel movements and alleviate constipation, offer protection against viral illnesses such as rot avirus, symptomatic relief of baby colic and more. All ingredients are completely safe for infants from birth, you’re never too young for Life Space!

Life Space Children'sUnlike many other probiotics Life Space Probiotics are surprisingly affordable with prices starting at just $27.99 for a 2 month supply, For even better value check out the value packs online, shipping is free Australia wide. For best results use your Life Space Probiotics within 4 months of opening, no refridgeration is required. The Life Space range of probiotics, multi vitamins and supplements is available online and from leading pharmacies across Australia.

Good to know: Life Space Probiotics are free from dairy, lactose, casein, gluten, yeast, wheat, fructose, artificial colours, flavours and preservatives, making them suitable for almost any diet.

To find out more about Life Space, to locate a stockist near you and to order online visit www.mylifespace.com.au.

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Aug 092013
 

Allergy Riders

With three of our little ones celebrating their birthday this month I am in for some busy weeks. Shopping for and wrapping gifts, organising lolly bags and decorations and of course plenty of cooking and baking. These days there are more and more children who have special dietary requirements and serving the wrong food to the wrong party guest can have serious consequences. Make sure all little visitors, allergies or not, can join the party with Allergy Riders.

Allergy Riders Baking Cups ($6.95, 50pcs)

Allergy Riders Baking Cups ($6.95, 50pcs)

Australian mum Amy experienced first hand how tricky parties can be when you suffer from food allergies like her son Ned. Always having to check labels, ask the host questions about the food or even bring your own snacks just to be sure, surely that not what a fun party should be like! Amy decided to take matters into her own hands and created Allergy Riders, taking the hassle out of allergies.

Allergy Riders Baking CupsThe concept is very easy: By using Allergy Riders baking cups and food flags that are easily recognisable by colour and text allergy sufferers can quickly identify which foods are safe for them to eat. Less time wasted on questioning cooks and labels, just grab the ‘colour’ that fits your diet and dig in! The Baking Cups are perfect for delicious muffins and cupcakes while the Food Flags can mark most other snacks, easy as pie.

Allergy Rider Food FlagsThe Allergy Riders range covers four of the most common allergies (Dairy, Nut, Gluten and Egg) as well as a Vegan diet. The bright colours are appealing to little eyes whilst not being childish so they can be used by grownups too. If your child can’t read you can just tell them which colour to look for, very handy. Each pack of 50 Baking Cups is priced at just $6.95 and 25 Food Flags cost only $5.95 plus shipping is capped at $5 Australia wide.

To find out more about Allergy Riders, to browse the range and to order online visit www.allergyriders.com.au.

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May 102012
 

With the start of kindy just 3 months away I recently picked up the twins’ welcome packs so I can read up on all we need to know and all they need to bring on this new adventure. As three of my children are allergic to dairy I am very aware of allergy policies at schools and I was pleased to see our future kindy is very aware of allergies too. If you are looking for that perfect lunchbox treat that is healthy, tasty and safe you’ll love these yummy bars from Freedom Foods.

The name of the Nut Free Muesli Bars doesn’t actually do them justice, they are not only completely free from nuts but also free from gluten, wheat, dairy, yeast and eggs. Surely a bar doesn’t get any more allergy friendly than that? On top of being safe the bars are tasty too, made with wholegrains, juicy Australian fruit pieces and nutritious seeds. Unlike most bars the ingredients of the Nut Free Muesli Bars are only slightly warmed to preserve nutrients and keep the naturally wholesome flavours.

If you are on track with all the latest health trends you have probably heard about the super food quinoa, this grain is tiny in size but it makes up for it in nutritional properties. The brand new nut free Ancient Grains Super Bar contains a puffed version of this hugely popular grain and together with puffed millet, cereals, seeds and fruit makes for a delicious bar packed full of goodness (think magnesium, antioxidants, protein and fibre).

Since starting my healthy craze on January 1st I have come to understand the importance of a good, healthy breakfast. I never used to have breakfast and just grabbed something quick when I could find a spare minute (some days nothing at all) and never realised the disastrous effect it had on me. I think the Berry Good Morning cereal looks and sounds fantastic and I am very keen to give it a try, cranberries are one of my favourites these days so combined with dates and tasty flakes it has to be a winner.

To find out more about Freedom Foods, to locate a stockist near you or to order online visit www.freedomfoods.com.au.

For your chance to win a Freedom Foods gift hamper filled with lots of delicious products (RRP $50) visit www.freedomfoods.com.au and answer the following question: Which Freedom Foods product would your family love to try?

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If you really want to win you can earn up to ten additional entries, please leave separate comments for each entry:

Competition ends June 10, 2012. Sorry, Australian entries only.

Dec 292011
 

If living and eating healthier is one of your New Year resolutions (it is for many!) you are probably feeling very excited and motivated right now, just a few more days until the start of a new, healthier you. The first days, weeks or months might be relatively easy but for most people it gets harder after a while, get yourself in a good habit from the beginning by learning all about which foods are good for you so you always have healthy options to choose from. You can find out all about these superfoods in the awesome new book Supercharged Food by Lee Holmes.

You might know Australian author Lee Holmes from her regular column in the WellBeing magazine or her articles on Miranda Kerr’s Kora Organics blog. Maybe you have already discovered her own website www.superchargedfood.com, the perfect place for people to learn all about healthy foods (and which ones to avoid), explore recipes and to find all the tools you need to look after yourself the best possible way. In her new book Supercharged Food Lee shares more than 90 delicious recipes that are healthy, nutritious, elegant, easy to make, boost your immunity and will provide you with refreshed energy.

If you could use some food guidance and are ready for a positive change in your diet this book might just become your food bible. With 192 pages of recipes, accompanied by beautiful full colour photographs and background information there is sure to be a mouthwatering meal to everyone’s taste, even changing just a few of your ordinary meals or snacks for a healthy supercharged alternative will do you well!

Supercharged Food is a real eye opener for anyone who thinks that eating healthy or dealing with allergies rules out all yummy food. These days many children (and adults) suffer from food allergies and it can be hard to adjust to the new diet and to come up with meals that appeal to everyone. All the recipes in Supercharged Food are gluten, wheat, dairy, yeast and sugar-free so everyone can join in!

What I love about this book is that it contains a bit of everything, it covers your whole day from breakfast, lunch and dinner to desserts, drinks, snacks and much more. I was surprised by how achievable the recipes were with ingredients the whole family can enjoy (not just fancy grownup food). I have added many of the dishes to our family menu but some absolute toppers are spinach toast and aromatic herb & garlic crackers.

To find out more about Lee, to learn how food can change your life for the better and to order Supercharged Food (published by Murdoch Books, $34.99) online visit www.superchargedfood.com.

For your chance to win a copy of Supercharged Food visit www.superchargedfood.com and answer the following question: Which one of the online recipes would you love to try?

Submit your answer by leaving a comment below, your email address will not be published.

If you really want to win you can earn up to ten additional entries, please leave separate comments for each entry:

Competition ends January 29, 2012. Sorry, Australian entries only.