Basil pesto and tiny tomatoes

basil pesto recipe

Basil pesto has always been one of those things that I have thought of as a `special occasion’ item; a bit of a treat; and definitely not cheap to buy. Then of course there is the ingredients list in some of the store bought ones. They’re not all `clean’. With the fact that we’re fortunate […]

Nutrient rich icy treats – ginger, mint, pomegranate

healthy icy poles

It’s summer here in Australia so one of the staples in my kitchen at this time of year is Icy Poles (or an `ice block’). The kids love these nutrient rich icy treats, thus there have been lots of experiments happening in my kitchen recently. Of course Icy Poles tend not to be a really […]

Don’t let unwanted ingredients undermine your paleo Christmas

vegetable oil in nuts

This is the time of year when we really want to be able to have some convenience foods on hand. Or at least be able to run to the shops to pick up the bits and pieces to make food preparation easier. Today in our Preparing for a healthy paleo Christmas series we want to alert […]

Apricot balls – a healthy treat

Apricot balls recipe

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post in our Preparing for a healthy, paleo Christmas series, our son Paul’s favourite treat is apricot balls. My Mum used to have a bowl of these on the table every Christmas, just for him. Sometimes they were the bought variety. Other times they were a home-made recipe with sweetened […]

Christmas cake – without grains!!!

Christmas cake recipe

We’re down to just fifteen days till Christmas, and as promised in yesterday’s post, (number three in our series of preparing for Christmas) it’s time to do a Christmas cake recipe. Australia is a very multi-cultural nation, and as such I think it is sometimes difficult for us to describe a national Christmas tradition. The […]

Remove or reduce stress this Christmas

reduce stress at Christmas

In yesterday’s post I talked about stepping back and gaining a fresh perspective on stressful situations. Today, let’s start with a question: What makes a situation stressful? Your answer will be different to other people’s answers. What causes your cortisol levels to rise may not have that effect on another. Your stress levels are your response […]

Is Christmas a stressful situation for you?

stressful situations

Recently I was sitting at one of my favourite cafes `people watching’ and relaxing with a pot of peppermint tea. There in the mall, with a backdrop of fantastic Christmas decorations and Christmas music, was a continuous stream of people rushing by….most with some expression of pain either on their face, in the way they […]

Preparing for a healthy, paleo Christmas

healthy Christmas

It’s now just eighteen days till Christmas. We’re well into that busy December time leading up to the big day….and you can feel it pressing in on you. The Christmas tree is up and decorated. Most of the gift shopping is done. But there is so much more yet to do. You’re busy!!!! Busy…. finding […]

Zucchini Flats – a convenient snack

zucchini and almond flats

Do you sometimes feel like you just want to snack on something crunchy and savoury? Here it is then! Zucchini and almond Flats. Like the label says, they’re `real veg squished into snacks’. Nice tasting, great texture, and conveniently in a package ready to go. There is a whole range of flavours in the product […]

Is sun exposure a safe way to get Vitamin D?

The amount of discussion about Vitamin D  in the media over the past two years is more than enough to leave people confused as they try to fit all the pieces together and make appropriate choices for themselves and their families. Is sun exposure safe? Should we use sunscreen? There are many questions. Let’s look […]