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Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Low-carb Alternatives for a Hungry Family

Eating a low-carb diet, or at least reducing the number of carbs you eat, can be healthier for all the family. You don’t have to be obsessive about it or make it hard work, either. Nor is it a boring diet or overly complicated when you get to grips with some alternatives to replace bread, pasta, and high-carb snacks. 

If you want to try low-carb and you’ve never done it before, try having one or two low-carb days each week to start. As you get more familiar switching out highcarb foods, you can get more adventurous and include more days. 

Easy low-carb snacks 

Snacking comes partly from habit, partly from boredom and partly from hunger. And it’s a really tough habit to break since eating is one of life’s great pleasures for most of us. Instead of denying yourself any snacks at all, prepare some easy low-carb snack alternatives:

● Eggs. Boiled eggs are packed with protein, easily portable and very low in carbs. Hard boil a few and keep them in the fridge. 
● Nuts and seeds. Some nuts are better than others when you’re reducing the carbs in your diet. Good ones to nibble on include macadamias and almonds, pecans or brazils. Avoid cashews and pistachios. For seeds, try pumpkin and sunflower. 
● Some fruits. This is where low-carb eating can get a bit confusing because most diets tell you to eat more fruit. But when you’re trying to reduce your carbs and start investigating, you’ll find some fruits are higher than others, such as bananas. Good fruits include some of the berries, for instance raspberries or blackberries. You can also have plums, kiwis and cherries. Have a little pot of full fat whipped cream on the side for dipping and they are a delicious, low carb-snack. Having said all that, eating a banana is still better than eating a packet of crisps. 
● Ready made lunch snacks. Try veggie rice as a quick lunch snack. You can get this in pouches, ready to eat, and it doesn’t need to be in the fridge to stay fresh.
Low-carb vegetablesLots of vegetables are low in carbs and high in fibre, making them nutritious foods whether you’re trying to change your diet or not. Preparing fresh vegetables puts off many people living a busy lifestyle, but these days prepared, convenient vegetable dishes such as cauliflower rice are easy to find in most supermarkets. 

For low-carb alternatives try: 

Cauliflower mash instead of mashed potato. It's great served with sausages or as an alternative topping to cottage or shepherds pie. 
● Carrots and swedes mashed together make for a tasty and colourful alternative. 
● Try roasting butternut squash cubes instead of roast potatoes. 
● Instead of chips, make some courgette fries. They are really nice with home-made burgers. 
● If you don't like courgettes, try carrot fries instead. 

Low-carb Alternatives Kids Will Like 

With so many children developing allergies and food intolerances these days, getting them to eat more natural, plant-based foods is more important than ever. Fortunately, most vegetables are naturally in high in fibre and gluten free, providing lots of healthy nutrients and helping to reduce allergic reactions. Knowing this and putting it into practice are two different things however, especially if you have picky eaters at home. 

Make young children’s food colourful, fun, and easy to eat: 

● Make a plate of food into a story or game. Chop up carrots into long thin sticks and arrange them in a sunburst or a face on the plate, or stand them up in a tub so they look like French fries. 
● Bake thinly sliced beetroot or carrots in the oven to make homemade vegetable crisps. You’ll get more even slices if you use a mandolin, but a knife works just as well with a bit of care. Pat the slices dry with kitchen paper to remove excess moisture before putting them in the oven. 
● Slice cucumbers into ribbons by cutting them lengthways and using a potato peeler.
● Make veggie kebabs with cherry tomatoes, cucumber cubes and sweet red peppers. You can add a bit of apple or cheese too. 
● Make wraps out of crunchy lettuce leaves instead of using tortillas or bread for lunchtime snacks. When you first start, finding low-carb alternatives to everyday dishes can seem challenging. It soon becomes second nature though, and the health benefits certainly make up for a bit of extra effort at first.


Friday, 22 March 2019

Mothers Day Crafts

With Mothers Day just around the corner, I began thinking about what to get for my mum. Presents can get so out of hand if you don't stop yourself, making something with Darcy would be a great way for us to spend time together whilst she making something for her grandmother. I put it out to my fellow bloggers to see if they had any ideas of what me and Darcy could make and here is what they came back with.

These are such a lovely looking and tasty gift, who doesn't like chocolate!? 

Easy Recipe: Sparkly Chocolate Cups for Mother's Day

A lovely gift to make with the kids! I bet they smell amazing too.

bath bomb how to make bath bomb thimble and twig

Love this idea, really good instructions too so perfect with the kids.

Mother's Day Flower Colouring Craft - Smaller Version

This would be the kind of idea that would be perfect for my mum and something she'd really use.

How to make your own twig wrapped flower pots - a simple and fun nature activity for children, great for a homemade mother's day gift!

A really cute personalised gift.

Mothers Day craft for kids

Some really good ideas here, so glad I asked as it's given me some inspiration for me and Darcy to make something for my mum on Mother's Day.

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