Mar 122015

Annabel Karmel

As a mum of four young children I know all about busy mealtimes and fussy eaters. Some days it can be really tricky to come up with a tasty meal that the kids will love and that’s easy to prepare. If you could use some yummy toddler-proof meal ideas I’ve got the perfect cookbook for you:

Annabel Karmel

Toddler mealtimes can be a battleground. And for busy parents, time for preparing food is in short supply.

The UK’s number-one expert on feeding children, Annabel Karmel, is on hand to help. Quick & Easy Toddler Recipes (RRP $24.99) by Annabel Karmel contains 130 recipes that can be rustled up in minutes. With an eye on nutritional content and appeal for children, as well as speediness for hassled mums and dads, she solves mealtimes in an instant.

With plenty of tips and tricks to encourage your child to eat, from savoury to sweet, for breakfast, snacks, lunch and dinner, Annabel’s Quick and Easy Toddler Recipes will make for mellow mealtimes.

To help you get started with your new Quick & Easy Toddler Recipes cookbook you can download the FREE meal planner online, just print and pop it on your fridge and you’ll never have to wonder what to cook.

To find out more about Annabel Karmel and the browse the range visit

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Mar 012013

Goodness Superfoods

Many of you have asked me what life is like now that we are a family of six. At the moment I am pretty lucky as I have my husband home to help out, so you are better off asking me again in a few weeks when it is just me and the kids. In saying that, even with the extra pair of hands life is busy and it is easy to forget to eat properly when you are running around all day. The key is to make sure that what you eat is healthy and wholesome which is exactly what Goodness Superfoods is all about.

Goodness Superfoods Cereal Range

Goodness Superfoods Cereal Range

You may have spotted the Goodness Superfoods range at your local Coles, Woolworths or independent supermarket. With so many breakfast options available these days it can be hard to pick the right product for you, you want something that suits your body and your needs but it also has to taste good. Goodness Superfoods has got you covered with a great selection of products specifically developed to provide you with the energy you need, improve your heart and bowel health, reduce cholesterol, lose weight and more, there is a healthy and tasty breakfast solution for everyone.

FibreBoost 1st SprinklesWhat makes Goodness Superfoods stand out from other alternatives in the breakfast aisle is the super wholegrain BARLEYmax, a natural, non-genetically modified wholegrain that contains twice the dietary fibre of regular grains, has four times the amount of resistant starch and has low GI. Within the range you will find breakfast cereals, cereal bars, oats porridge, wraps and fibre boost sprinkles, all of which contain barleymax.

Apple Sultana FibreBoost 1st Cereal BarsCompared to other cereal brands that use bright (artificial?) colours, fancy shapes and cartoon characters to win kids over the Goodness Superfoods range may look a little boring and serious, but my tribe really loves the taste and I know it is much healthier for them. They think the Apple Sultana Cereal Bars are a great treat and the best part is that one bar meets 30% of your daily fibre intake, how easy is that?

Wholegrain Barley WrapsAnother big winner for families are the Wholegrain Barley Wraps, you just can’t go wrong with wraps for lunch or dinner. My big three love putting together their own wraps, they loads them up with lettuce, cucumber, tomato, mushroom, carrot, cheese, capsicum and chicken/beef strips and finish it all up to the last crumb. Such a simple meal idea but never any complaints and again very high in fibre.

Because I am currently breastfeeding our new addition I am extra aware of what I eat, after all what I eat she ‘eats’ too so I want to make healthy food choices. A good breakfast with a bowl of Heart 1st Cereal (love the cranberries, seeds and nuts) and some natural yoghurt is a great, delicious start to my day and being a low GI food it means glucose is released more slowly and steadily keeping me energetic for longer (and you can imagine with four little ones under 5 I need all the energy I can get).

Quick Barley + Oats 1stThe past couple of days have been a little chilly here in South Australia (hard to imagine in February but it is true!) and it always make me feel more like warm breakfast, so the Goodness Superfoods Quick Barley + Oats have been perfect. Being short of time is no excuse for skipping breakfast, the Quick Oats are ready in a flash and are super healthy as they contain both traditional Oats and Barley flakes. They leave you feeling full for a long time so you are much less likely to fall for the 10 am snack trap.

To find out more about Goodness Superfoods, to locate a stockist near you or to shop online visit

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Jan 312013

Vegie Smugglers

As the kids go back to school for many mums it means back to work and back to juggling school and sports pick ups and drop offs, the household and of course cooking. Isn’t it amazing how ravenously hungry kids are after a busy day at school? Vegie Smugglers offers a helping hand in creating healthy, tasty meals with lots of ‘hidden’ goodness that get the thumbs up from the whole family.

Vegie Smugglers Cookbook 1 and 2

Vegie Smugglers Cookbook 1 and 2

The new Vegie Smugglers 2 Cookbook ($29.95) contains 60 refreshing dinner recipes on 160 full colour pages. Just like the first Vegie Smugglers cookbook it is full of easy, tasty recipes that will help you feed your children a healthy dose of vegetables without them knowing. If your children are always fussing about eating their greens this is the book for you!

Pumpkin, Corn and Lentil Soup (Click for full recipe)

Pumpkin, Corn and Lentil Soup (Click for full recipe)

A real big bonus of the Vegie Smugglers recipes is that most meals are suitable for all family members from young to old (sometimes with a slight change). Add to that the handy tips for freezing, storage and preparation and you can see why this is a must-have book for every family kitchen.

To find out more about Vegie Smugglers, to take a peek at some of the recipes and to order online visit

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Sep 032012

As you all know it is very important to drink plenty of water, especially if you are pregnant like I am, but ever since moving to Australia in 2006 I have struggled with it. The taste of Australian tap water really puts me off and when pregnant I am always extra sensitive to unpleasant tastes and smells. Bottled water may be more tasty but it is also rather expensive and using a new bottle every time is not eco friendly at all. A few months ago I stumbled upon a fantastic solution, meet the ‘Bobble‘.

These funky looking drink bottles are called Bobbles, and they make drinking water enjoyable once again. Simply fill one of these babies with ordinary tap water and when you are ready for a refreshing drink the water will flow through the filter and comes out super delicious, time and time again. Instead of buying filtered water you can filter your water on the go, such a simple but clever concept!

Hip individuals will find that the Bobble Water Bottle ($14.95) is a perfect size for at home and out and about, it holds 550ml and you can fill it a massive 300 times before the filter needs to be replaced. For families, the office or if you simply prefer not to fill your bottle that often there is the Bobble Jug ($29.95), its 1.9 liters capacity should get you through the day nicely and you’ll nearly reach your daily quota of 2 liters before it needs a refill.

On top of being super stylish and delivering tasty water the Bobble is of course safe too. Bobble products are made in the USA and contain no BPA so you can drink you water without a worry. Bobbles are reusable so better for the environment, they are made of recycled materials and can be recycled themselves. Lots of top features if I say so myself! You can find the colourful Bobble range at many stockists all over Australia including Woolworths, Myer and Officeworks.

If you would like to be part of the Bobble trend why not ‘like’ Bobble Aus NZ on Facebook? Every week they give away a Bobble Drink Bottle so go and give them the thumbs up and try your luck in the weekly competition. You could just be this week’s winner!

To find out more about Bobble, to take a closer look at its great features and to locate a stockist near you visit

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