This weeks My Day On A Plate comes from Stacey Clare the brains and beauty behind @A_Healthy_Mum. Stace is a happy mum to two young babes and an accredited health and wellness coach to the masses. Stacey loves sharing nutrition tips and quick a healthy recipes the whole family can enjoy together on her website.
Here’s how a typical day runs:
One or both babes wake - I have my walking clothes laid out in my living room, I pop them on quickly and I scoop them up for an early morning walk with a girlfriend or two.
Sometimes I’ll take a piece of fruit or some leftovers for the babes to eat in the pram, but often the beauty of the sunrise or the fact it’s still so dam early and they’re still half asleep buys me time before I organise breakfast.
Breakfast for us all - And when I say 'us all', I mean we all eat the exact same thing. Yep, the 10 month old, the 2.5 year old, the 35 year old and myself. I just don’t have time or the will to create separate meals. Today it’s apple pie rice pudding that is made in the slow cooker. I make this EVERY week without fail, it cooks while we’re sleeping and keeps for 2 - 3 days in the fridge. Perfect for snacks or with a little yoghurt for dessert.
Snack time at the park - I like most mummas (I’m confident saying most because I health coach 15 a week and we’re all in the same boat) feed my babes ALL morning. Yep, they’re always hungry! It doesn’t worry me too much as the afternoon they don’t snack at all, it’s just how they roll. This is an overview of their lunch and snacks. I will eat the same lunch as them but rarely do I snack. I eat substantial main meals and that see’s me through.
Lunch - My body doesn’t do great on a lot of wheat so often I’ll look for alternatives to make a quick lunch. I LOVE making a standard sandwich in a purple cabbage leaf instead. The babes love it too and it means I can eat on the go as well.
Drink - The babes often sleep for an a few hours in the early afternoon so I use this time to prep dinner, clean the house and get ready for health coaching clients I am talking to that night. I LOVE drinking tea or today it’s homemade almond milk. I really do believe that the majority of sugar cravings is because you’re dehydrated or bored. I make my own almond milk to save money, preservatives and relish the fact I can use the leftover ‘pulp’ to bake something yummy.
Dinner - We eat as a family, yep I am one of the lucky ones that’s husband is home for tea most nights and we make an absolute priority to sit down together. Both our babes are great-great eaters and I know this is just one technique that helps that, food is social and it should be that way from 6 months of age. Tonight we had lamb shank pie with veggie mash, it’s a family favourite and makes great leftovers!
Dessert - I’m a total geek at making cute food for my babes, when I have the time of course! These are my choice-hazelnut bliss balls rolled our flat and cut in to little men. The bigger babe got one of these for dessert tonight, it’s often my bargaining power for getting all of tea in. Hubby and I were happy with a peppermint tea.
Try Stacey's Apple Pie Rice Pudding for yourself!
- 5 green apples, peeled and chopped into 2cm slices
- 1½ cups brown rice, rinsed well
- 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
- ½ tsp ground nutmeg (optional)
- ½ tsp ground cloves (optional)
- 2 x 400ml cans full fat coconut cream
- 4-5 cups water
- 5 Medjool dates, roughly chopped
Place half of the cut apples on the base of the slow cooker and pour the rinsed brown rice on top.
Add the spices, followed by the coconut cream, water and dates. Top with the remaining apple.
Cook on low for 4 hours and if your slow cooker has it, use the 'keep warm' function. In the morning, eat it as is or you could add some milk, yoghurt or hot water to taste.