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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‘Feed Your Brain: The Cookbook’ giveaway

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Nov 282017
 

Exisle Publishing

If you are a longtime Hip Little One reader you may remember that I introduced you to the talented Delia McCabe, the talented author of ‘Feed Your Brain’. Delia has a Masters of Psychology under her belt and for the past 20 years has been researching how certain foods influence brain function. To help people create quick, easy and tasty ‘brain healthy’ meals and snacks Delia has put together a fantastic new cookbook filled with recipes the whole family will love:

Delia McCabe’s Feed Your Brain: The Cookbook (RRP $34.99) offers a refreshing combination of teaching and tasting. Before you get started in the kitchen Delia teaches you how your brain works and how certain food(group)s affect your brain, as well some handy preparation and storage tips. Once you’ve literally fed your brain with knowledge it’s time to feed your brain with more than 100 nutritious (and of course delicious) recipes.

From Quick Fresh Thai Stew to Sweet Potato and Tomato Gratin, from Spicy Mexican Bean Salad to Mushroom and Lemon Risotto and many more mouthwatering delights, this cookbook is sure to please everyone with healthy dishes that will impress your family and guests but don’t require hours in the kitchen. If you are anything like me a meal is not complete without a scrumptious dessert, so Delia has your sweet tooth covered too with tasty treats like Chocolate Mint Slice, Raw Pecan Pie, Spiced Christmas Ice-Cream and even Apricot and Almond White Chocolate Bark (a perfect homemade Christmas gift). What are you waiting for, do your brain fever and tuck in.

Whether you want to improve focus and memory, reduce stress and anxiety or think more clearly, ‘Feed Your Brain: The Cookbook’ will help you find the dish that does the trick!

Right now Exisle Publishing is giving you 20% off, free shipping AND the chance to win 1 of 3 Brain Food Hampers (valued up to $300), simply purchase a copy of Feed Your Brain and enter the code ‘FYBCB17’ at checkout. Be quick, entry is limited to the first 100 orders.

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

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Apr 212017
 

Exisle Publishing

With all the yummy Easter chocolate gobbled up and the lazy long weekend over and done with I can’t wait to get back into the kitchen and cook delicious food from scratch. With everyone home on school holidays the kids and I have been trying out different dishes from around the globe and this week it’s all about Croatia with this lovely little cookbook from Exisle Publishing:

Inspired by her father’s homeland of Korčula, Croatia award-winning author Barbara Unković has bundled some of her favourite rustic recipes and special memories in The Adriatic Kitchen (RRP $14.99).

Using a refreshing mix of seasonal ingredients, combined with pantry staples, and guided by easy step-by-step instructions Barbara helps her readers whip up traditional Croatian delights in their own kitchen. The book covers more than 70 delicious recipes, lovingly divided by the season they are generally made in so you can enjoy a taste of Croatia all year around.

From delicious dinners like Dalmatian Shepherd’s Lamb with Potatoes and Broad Beans, End of Summer Cazlone and Roast Chicken with Pomegranate and Spinach to sweet treats like Bowknots, Double Chocolate Fig Truffles and Lemon and Lavender Shortbread and so much more, you will find The Adriatic Kitchen serves up something to please everyone.

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

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From first bite to family table

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Feb 232017
 

This post is brought to you by Heinz

I can’t believe how far baby Hattie has come since she had her tongue tie snipped just almost one year ago. After being sent from GP to paediatrician to ENT specialist we finally ended up at a wonderful oral surgeon who listened to our concerns and rectified the issue in a matter of minutes. In the past eleven months our little girl has changed from a grumpy eater who would keep her mouth firmly shut when first starting solids into a inquisitive lady who loves trying new foods!

Harriet 3

Even though we were a bit late introducing solids Harriet quickly caught up and at 17 months old she now joins us for family dinner every day. When feeding baby solids you may choose to start with single flavours/foods so you can easily detect any possible allergies, thankfully Harriet (unlike her siblings) experienced no dramas with most popular solid food for babies so by now she is eating pretty much everything.

french-toast

With 4 siblings to look up to it is no surprise Harriet prefers baby food that she can hold herself, so we’re always trying new baby finger food recipes. You can easily use your child’s favourite homemade baby food or Heinz food pouches and make them into fun finger food for babies that they can eat independently. I love that Heinz baby food is Australian made and approved by nutritionists. You can use the handy pouches on their own (at home and on the go) or as a tasty base to create new recipes for toddlers.

The Banana Pikelets with Strawberry and Vanilla Custard, topped with a few slices of kiwi, make a great (messy!) dessert and the Very Berry French Toast is always a hit with all our kids. Toddler food should be sturdy enough to hold, yet soft enough to break for little hands and moderately easy to chew. You can adjust the consistency of your toddler recipes as your baby grows.

pikelets

Need some more mealtime inspiration? You can find lots of other tried-and-tested baby recipes and toddler food ideas on the Heinz for Baby website, all recipes are quick to prepare and suited to your child’s developmental stage. You can rest assured with Heinz you’re whipping up wholesome baby meals and tasty treats.

If you’ve got a winning recipe to share make sure to drop by at www.facebook.com/HeinzForBabyAustralia so other families can do the taste test too.

The Power of Flour

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Oct 312016
 

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After a busy week of stressing, rushing and running around we were all in desperate need of some quiet time at home, so we cancelled our Sunday plans and instead we pottered in the garden, played games and got the kitchen dirty by cooking up a storm. I love trying something different and Rowie Dillon’s new cookbook is definitely full of refreshing ideas:

the-power-of-flour

If you thought gluten-free meant boring and plain you’re in for a big surprise with The Power of Flour (RRP $35), a wonderful cookbook exploring a range of different flour types. From delicious desserts and yummy treats to hearty dinners, Rowie shows how to make a gluten, wheat and yeast free diet exciting and fun. Filled with more than 150 pages of recipes there is a wonderful dish for everyone.

As a mother of several children with food allergies I know how overwhelming it can be, and it is easy to feel limited in your options. The Power of Flour is a wonderful way to discover flours that you may not have heard of before, it teaches you about popular flours like quinoa, amaranth and polenta but also introduces you to less common alternatives like potato flour, teff flour, sorghum flour and lupin flour.

quinoa-porridge

On Sunday morning we tried Rowie’s Porridge with Apple, Coconut, Goji and Blueberries, a wonderful, warming breakfast that went down a treat with all five kids. I have no doubt this will become a weekend-favourite for us, it takes a bit of time to cook the quinoa but the wonderful mix of flavours is totally worth it.

brazilian-cheese-breads

For lunch we grabbed our star-shaped muffin tray and whipped up a big puffy batch of Brazilian Cheese Breads with tapioca flour and parmesan cheese. They were so simple to make and turned out really light and fluffy, they would be an ideal side dish at a BBQ and we had enough left to pack some in the lunchboxes the next day too, bonus.

carrot-cake

Last but not least we finished our day of down-time on a high note with the World’s Best Carrot Cake. With beautiful ingredients like freshly grated carrot, rice flour, walnut and coconut you can almost trick yourself into thinking this is a healthy treat, until you sink your teeth into the sticky and scrumptious cream cheese icing… This would make the perfect gluten-free party cake for your next celebration.

To find out more about New Holland Publishers, to take a closer look at The Power of Flour by Rowie Dillion and to order a copy online visit www.newhollandpublishers.com.

Aug 022016
 

Penguin

Considering I have had a baby (or even two) on my hip for eight years straight I have become quite the multitasker: from making sandwiches to brushing teeth and hanging up the washing, being a busy mum of five I thought I was pretty good at doing things with just one hand. In saying that, with my right hand currently out of action everything takes a little longer and most of the cooking is up to hubby at the moment.

One Handed Cooks

If you’re looking for some fabulous kitchen inspiration and simple, healthy recipes that you can make (almost) single handedly you will love what this clever mum, dietician and teacher trio are serving up:

Hitting the shelves this week One Handed Cooks (RRP $39.99) is a fun, refreshing and family-friendly cookbook that is specifically developed for carers of young children aged 0-5 (but even I would gobble up most of these tasty dishes!). From the moment your little one has its first taste solids you are on a journey to raise a healthy, happy eater, it may not always be smooth sailing but One Handed Cooks is here to help you along the way.

Rainbow Shreddies

As well as over 100 recipes to inspire you in the kitchen the book covers a lot of important background knowledge that will help you understand how little brains and bodies work. This will equip you with all you need to tackle common mealtime battles and deal with fussy eaters calmly. Rainbow Vegetables Shreddies, Creamy Banana and Apple Porridge, Chicken, Pumpkin and Spinach Bread Pies, Turkey and Cauliflower Tots… getting the kids excited about nutritious foods (hidden or not) was never this easy, the book really contains something for everyone!

Scrumptious lunch

With five hungry tummies to feed it can be a tad tricky to come up with meals they will all love, all it took was one quick flick through this beautiful full-colour cookbook to leave me super keen to whip up some new creations. The recipes look amazing yet surprisingly simple to make, the instructions are easy to follow and there are lots of helpful tips in regards to storage, different variations and allergies. Add all these ingredients together and you’ve got a tasty winner for your kitchen bookshelf.

To find out more about One Handed Cooks by Allie Gaunt, Jessica Beaton and Sarah Buckle and to order a copy online visit www.penguin.com.au.

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Jul 082016
 

Exisle Publishing

Ever since giving birth to baby Harriet 9 months ago I have been on a slow and steady journey to get back to my pre-baby weight through healthy eating and gentle exercise. Aside from the encouraging results on the scales I have seen other welcome changes too, eg. healthier skin, improved moods and a better memory, showing that food is so much more than just fuel to keep your body going. Don’t just take my word for it, learn from an expert in this nutritious guide to ‘Brain Health’ by Delia McCabe:

Feed Your Brain

Author Delia McCabe has a Masters in Psychology under her belt and is currently completing her doctorate on the effects of certain nutrients on female stress. She is on a mission to educate people about the dramatic influence the right diet can have on our memory, moods, ability to focus and stress levels. In her first book Delia shares a unique 7-step plan to brain health that is practical and easy to implement, whether just for you or for the whole family.

If you would like to learn how the right foods can help you use your brain to its full potential you will love Feed Your Brain (RRP $34.99). This educational book explains how your body and brain work and how certain foods directly influence your brain function. From stress, sex, exercise and sleep to food intolerances and additives, vitamins and minerals, this book explains how they are all linked and where to start if you are hungry for change.

I found Feed Your Brain very detailed and informative, it is so much more than just a list of healthy foods. I was really pleased to see that proper ‘brainfood’ doesn’t necessarily have to be expensive and hard to find, you can find lots of it at your local supermarket without having to break the bank. To help you get started Feed Your Brain includes a range of tasty and ‘brain approved’ meal, snack, dessert recipes that are quick and easy to make, two ingredient fudge anyone?

Raw Coconut Date Fudge

Feed Your Brain was a real eyeopener for me, knowing what I do now I will definitely shop more consciously and choose specific foods that will make a difference. I also appreciate that Delia’s message is backed up by reliable studies and proven research, so you can create your healthy eating habits with confidence.

For a sneaky little taste of this great read check out Delia’s scrumptious Raw Chocolate and Date Mousse (free recipe), your first bite to a healthy brain!

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

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