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Live Love Nourish Interview

Casey-Lee is a qualified Nutritionist, Naturopath and mother to another little Gracie,  based in Brisbane, Australia.  I just love her outlook to food and we adore her delicious recipes.  All Casey-Lee’s recipes are Gluten, Dairy and refined sugar-free which makes them a fantastic resource for families who have food allergies and/or intolerances and are looking to transition to a more wholesome way of eating.

I recently caught up with Casey-Lee to find out more about herself and Live Love Nourish.

How has becoming a mother affected your outlook on food?

As a Nutritionist and Naturopath my outlook on food has always been of an understanding and respect for how much food can impact our health and the way we feel on a daily basis. Now as a mum I have an even greater respect (and real experience) for the influence food has on our children’s development, behaviour and ability to thrive. Becoming a mother has also made me become much more time-efficient in the kitchen with a great appreciation for making recipes that are not only kid-friendly but time-friendly too as well as embracing a messy kitchen!

What lead you to become a qualified nutritionist and naturopath?

Growing up I always had an interest in natural health and was lucky enough to be surrounded by a family interested in healthy living also. Becoming qualified meant I could share my passion for helping others to live a healthier and happier life.

Why are all your recipes Gluten, Dairy and refined-sugar free?

I really believe in the benefits of eating a whole-foods diet (avoiding processed and packaged food as much as possible). When you stick to fresh and whole food you naturally eliminate the processed sources of gluten, dairy and sugar and instead begin to cook with real food ingredients that love your body back. As I teach in my 8 week online program, I also believe in tuning in to your body to find a diet that best works for you and your body’s unique needs. For me that means cutting out gluten, dairy and refined sugar. My recipes are all 100% free from gluten, dairy and refined sugar catering for anyone looking to embrace a whole-foods way of eating as well as to support anyone with food sensitivities and special dietary requirements.

Can you tell us a bit about Live Love Nourish and the philosophy behind it?

Live Love Nourish is an online health website that specialises in sharing healthy, simple and real food recipes (all free from gluten, dairy and refined sugar) as well as practical nutrition and lifestyle advice and the Live Love Nourish signature 8 week program. I believe health requires a holistic approach and we feel our best when we live true to ourselves, have love for ourself and others and nourish our body. Hence, the philosophy behind LLN is to “live the real you, love truly and deeply and nourish from the inside out”.

What’s your favourite family meal?

This changes week-to- week! At the moment, I’m loving my healthy version of “fish and chips;” crispy skin salmon with homemade sweet potato chips seasoned with spices and served with an avocado dipping sauce. My toddler Gracie loves this too.

What advice would you give to families navigating special dietary requirements?

Navigating special dietary requirements can be a little challenging at first but here are some tips I hope help you along your way to better health:

Keep it simple. Use simple ingredients.

  • Stick to whole and real foods, as close to their natural state as possible
  • Avoid packaged food as much as possible (this is what can often complicate the process with having to read and interpret labels)
  • Stick for fresh food as much as you can
  • Try new recipes and ingredients you haven’t cooked with before
  • Get your kids involved in the kitchen. The more involvement they have with food, the better their relationship with food will become and the more willing they will be to trying new foods
  • Start with a well-stocked pantry and fridge. Having healthy options on hand makes meal time easier
  • Plan ahead. Plan your week of meals on the weekend prior. This will help to reduce food stress at meal times
  • Be kind on yourself. Allow a little extra time and space at first. Seek support where you can.

If you are looking for help with what to stock in a healthy, gluten, dairy and sugar free kitchen, the Live Love Nourish Pantry Detox e-book is currently on sale for AU$5. The e-book includes an extensive list of ingredients to stock, healthy swaps and alternatives and money-saving tips.

As a friend of Healing Gracie’s Gut receive a $50 discount off The Live Love Nourish 8 Week Online Program using the code NOURISH at the checkout. The program is an online guide to help you live a healthier and happier life and includes 8 weeks of meal plans all done for you, (all free from gluten, dairy and sugar) shoppings lists, nutritional guides and support to develop a healthy relationship with food.

For more simple and healthy recipes (free from gluten, dairy and refined sugar) please visit: www.livelovenourish.com.au

After hearing how much Gracie loved the Live Love Nourish ‘free from’ banana bread Casey-Lee is kindly sharing this amazing recipe.  The Live Love Nourish Banana Bread is free from gluten, dairy, nuts, soy, eggs  and sugar!

Live Love Nourish Banana Bread

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Cooking Time: 60 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 large ripe bananas (500g peeled), cut into pieces (+ 1 extra to decorate)
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) coconut oil, melted
  • 3/4 cup (110g) buckwheat flour*
  • 3/4 cup (60g) organic desiccated coconut
  • 2 tsp gf baking powder
  • 1 tsp organic vanilla powder

Instructions

1

Pre-heat fan-forced oven to 180°C.

2

In a blender or food processor blend banana and melted coconut oil until smooth (be careful not to over blend*)

3

In a medium mixing bowl combine buckwheat, coconut, baking powder and vanilla.

4

Add banana and coconut oil mixture and combine well.

5

Pour batter into a lined loaf tin.

6

Bake in oven for 55-60 minutes or until cooked through.

7

Allow to cool on a baking before slicing.

Lifestyle

Well Nourished – Georgia Harding Interview

Well Nourished

I would like to give a very warm welcome to the lovely Georgia Harding from Well Nourished.  Georgia is a Naturopath with over 20 years experience living in sunny Queensland with her two  lovely children and husband.

As a background, I stumbled across Georgia, via her Well Nourished Lunchbox Facebook group (which has amassed a huge following!) and swiftly purchased her Well Nourished Lunchbox e-book which has now become a firm favourite in our household.

Fun question to start with! What was the last book you read?

Con Iggulden Conqueror Series – a series of five books that basically tell the life story of Genghis Khan, they were brilliant. The most fascinating part for me is learning how the Mongols survived trekking the harshest climate consuming mostly milk (from their horses and goats), dried meat and root vegetables (while they lasted) and when desperate, they nicked an artery and drank the blood of their mares. Even the heaviest reads come back to food for me – ha ha!

What was your inspiration for starting Well Nourished?

Definitely my kids. I really wanted to help families to feed their kids well. The predictions for the long term health and wellbeing of this generation is pretty dire. Starting my website was my way of sharing my experience as a Naturopath and my passion for making whole foods utterly delicious to make a difference.

How have your own health problems shaped the way you eat?

I’ve always eaten pretty well, I was very lucky to be raised by a very health conscious mum. I’ve been seriously ill twice in my lifetime and I suppose this has actually forced me to look beyond food to heal. On both occasions stress, unresolved grief and pushing myself beyond reasonable limits contributed a lot to my health decline. Eating well comes very naturally, I love cooking – but managing my stress, putting myself first occasionally is a work in progress!

Has your philosophy on food changed since having children?

I suppose I’ve been forced to loosen up a bit. I found with my first child I was very strict around food which was okay when she was little but when she began school and socialising with other kids I had to back of a lot in order for her to develop a healthy relationship with food. Kids are human, it’s normal for them to want what others have so I feed my family very well when I’m in charge, but at parties and sleep overs, they make their own choices (with my guidance and ongoing food education of course). When they don’t make good choices, we talk about how they feel and now my daughter is 12 (and has gorged herself on junk plenty of times) she is now very aware of how food makes her feel and I’m so proud of how she is able to make very healthy choices these days. Paves the way for her being able to self regulate as an adult.

What top 3 tips would you give to families looking to transition to a more wholesome way of eating?

  1. Start slowly, choose one meal or food group and focus on that. Fill your pantry and fridge with mostly whole foods so there is less temptation to choose processed meals and snacks.
  2. Talk to your kids (and spouse) about the importance of making changes and how eating whole food helps their body and brain to be stronger, smarter etc;
  3. Get them involved, ask for their feedback and support. Encourage them to help you when shopping and cooking – kids who feel they have had some involvement in their meal are way more likely to eat it.  

What advice would you give to parents whose children have food intolerances/allergies but are going through a fussy eating stage?

All kids will go through a fussy stage at some point. It’s important to never give in to it and substitute a healthy whole food with nutritionally void food (because ‘something is better than nothing’). I understand that it is tough, but in my experience preventing food fussiness is easier than reversing it and if you give in once, your kids learn that they choose (where as you choose what and when, they choose how much). I have a whole library of information and strategies written on this topic which I’m hoping to release this year.

What’s your go-to family meal?

We eat such a varied diet – the upside of having a compulsively creative cook in charge!! If I’m feeling lazy though it will be some kind of simply cooked protein and a big salad.

What exciting things have you got lined up in 2017?

My website is in the process of being rebranded and rebuilt. I’m also developing an online library (of mostly podcasts) to help busy parents to raise food loving kids (and banish food fussiness). I’ve teamed up with a fabulous psychotherapist to share this fabulous info with loads of actionable strategies to really get kids eating and loving whole foods like my own do. Also a small pictorial cookbook of easy, whole food recipes that even little kids can cook from. Busy year!!

Take 10% off ‘The Well Nourished Lunchbox’ eBook until the end of February with the code ‘NEWYEAR’ at checkout (normally $24.95). 

Please note as an affiliate of Well Nourished I will receive a small commission from the sale of each e-book that is made via my website.  This helps to cover some of the running costs with maintaining my blog and also go towards some of Gracie’s medical expenses.  

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THREE INGREDIENT BROWNIE

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Cooking Time: 30 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 6 medium sized, very ripe bananas (2 cups approx.)*
  • 250g (1 cup) nut butter (any kind you like, such as peanut butter, almond butter, hazelnut butter etc;)
  • 60g (½ cup) cacao powder (you can use less if you prefer a less intense chocolate flavour)

Instructions

1

Preheat your oven to 180℃ and line a small brownie tin with baking paper.

2

Mix all of the ingredients together in a powerful blender or food processor (Thermomix, 15sec, speed 5).

3

Pour into the lined tin and bake for 25-30 minutes or until firm to touch.

4

Allow to cool and slice into squares. These can be frozen for up to a month.

Notes

*The more ripe the bananas, the sweeter these will be. As there are no other sweeteners ripe bananas are a must.

Health

Healthy Eating on a budget

This year my husband and I are trying get back on track financially.  Last year we had a few hiccups so 2017 for us is getting back on our feet and trying to work towards setting some kind of budget to work with.  We’re a single income family which has taken some adjustment, especially for myself the past couple of years.

Flowers

Daddy bought his girls some flowers

Looking through all our bills it’s pretty clear that one of our largest spends is on food (as well as supplements – don’t get me started on those costs!).  We tend to shop at various places to get different things and it all adds up, $50 here and $100 there…you end up losing track of what you’ve spent until you get a huge credit card bill at the end of the month.

Flemington Markets

Flemington Markets

As Grace and I have different but similar special dietary requirements at the moment, the main thing that we all eat A LOT of is vegetables and fruit, like ridiculous amounts!

So a couple of nights ago my husband said that he would get up early regardless of how many times Grace woke up throughout the night and leave around 5am on Saturday morning to go and shop at Flemington Markets! Well Grace must have a sixth sense as she woke up three times during the night and only wanted Daddy!!

So my tired husband arrived home a couple of hours later, high on caffeine buzzing about all the amazing produce he had bought for $146!! It took a good couple of hours to sort through and put away in the fridge and pantry, but we didn’t mind.  I’m 100% certain if we had bought all this at the shops it would have cost double the price.

Was it worth it?  Totally!  Yes it took more time and my husband had to get up extremely early but the savings were incredible and justified. Eating healthily and continuing to be able to do so is a priority of our family, so we will definitely be making this a regular occurrence.

Would love to hear if anyone else regularly shops at their local Markets, do you make large savings?  Is the produce better quality?

For more information on Flemington Markets, click here.

Flowers

 

 

 

Breakfast

Stewed Fruit with Quinoa flakes, Nuts & Seeds

Stewed Fruit

So simple and so delicious!

I like to make this and top it with Coconut Yoghurt for Gracie, but you could use it for topping on pancakes and ice-cream as well.

The smell when it comes out the oven is so delicious, it’s mouth-watering!

I like to add Quinoa flakes, nuts and seeds to add more nutritional weight to her breakfast.

Quinoa is a grain-like seed.  It’s one of the only known grains that provides all the essential amino acids needed by the human body.

Pepitas are extremely nutritious, they’re high in protein and a good source of as magnesium, manganese, copper and iron.

 

 

Stewed Fruit with Quinoa flakes, Nuts & Seeds

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Serves: 4 Cooking Time: 20 mins

Ingredients

  • 4 over ripe nectaries
  • Handful of strawberries
  • Half a cup of macadamias
  • Half a cup of pepitas seeds
  • Vanilla essence
  • Coconut oil
  • Grounded cinnamon

Instructions

1

Pre-heat oven to 180C

2

Chop the fruit up roughly and place in oven proof dish

3

Blitz nuts and seeds in food processor and mix with fruit

4

Cover the fruit, nut and seeds with coconut oil, mix well and sprinkle cinnamon on top

5

Pop in the oven for approx 10 minutes and once the fruit has soften, sprinkle Quinoa flakes and mix well for another 10 minutes

Notes

Change up your fruit, nuts and seeds to your preference and to meet special dietary requirements.

Breakfast

Chia Pudding

Chia Pudding

Delicious and nutritious – I know that rhymes!  Chia puddings are so simple and versatile to make.  I like to add a nut butter layer with a dollop of Coconut Yoghurt with ours.

Chia seeds are amazing!  They contain a very high concentration of ‘Omega 3’ fatty acid and they’re high in protein and dietary fibre!

Below is a basic recipe for making one of Gracie’s favourite breakfasts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHIA PUDDING

 

Chia Pudding

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Serves: 2-4

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of coconut milk (or milk of your choice)
  • 1/4 cup of chia seeds
  • 1 banana
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
  • 1 tablespoon of honey or maple syrup

Instructions

1

For a smooth pudding I blitz all the ingredients together in a blender and pour into a cup. Otherwise blitz everything up apart from the chia seeds for more texture.

2

Can be left overnight to set or a couple of hours

Notes

Can omit or add more sweetener. Mix up with different fruits. Add cinnamon.

Lunch

Italian Chickpea Pancake – Farinata

chickpea pancake

My husband loves making these, they have a delicious soft and custardy texture.

You do need to prepare these a few hours in advance, but the actual cooking time is around 10-15 minutes.  The beauty of this recipe is that it’s a one bowl wonder.

We sourced this recipe from Serious Eats , where my husband spends A LOT of time scanning for new ideas!  He loves their scientific approach to cooking food.

Italian Chickpea Pancake - Farinata

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Serves: 4-6 Cooking Time: 10-15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 250 grams finely ground chickpea (Besan) flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 660 grams water
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Picked rosemary leaves, for sprinkling (optional)

Instructions

1

In a mixing bowl, combine chickpea flour and salt. Gradually add water, whisking constantly, until a smooth, thin batter forms. Let stand, covered, at least 4 and up to a maximum of 8 hours

2

Preheat oven to 280C and position oven rack in second position from top. If you have a pizza stone or sheet pan, set it on the rack (it will help crisp the farinata from below, but isn't required).

3

Pour olive oil into well-seasoned large cast iron skillet and swirl to fully coat bottom in an even layer. Using a spoon, scrape any foam from surface of batter and discard. Stir batter to mix well, then pour into skillet. Stir gently to swirl oil on top of batter

4

Season all over with black pepper and sprinkle with rosemary leaves, if using.

5

Change oven setting to grill. Set skillet on pizza stone or sheet pan or on the oven rack if not using a stone, and cook until farinata has just set, no longer jiggles, and is browned all over, about 11 minutes. If your grill cycles off, you can prop the oven door open with a utensil to keep it on the whole time.

6

Let farinata cool slightly until set. Eat warm or at room temperature.

Notes

We used a 8" cast iron pan.

Italian chickpea pancake. Dairy, Gluten & Egg-free

Breakfast

Buckwheat Banana Pancakes

Buckwheat Pancakes

 

These pancakes are absolutely lovely, so fluffy and light.  They’re Gluten, Dairy, Egg & Soy-Free and a massive hit in our house, we hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

Recipe has been tweaked to fit our special dietary requirements from here.

 

Buckwheat Banana Pancakes

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Serves: 4-6 Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of buckwheat flour
  • 1 tbsp of sweetener (honey, maple syrup, rice malt syrup etc)
  • 1 cup of coconut milk
  • 1 ripe banana, mashed
  • 2 tbsp of flaxseed meal
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • ⅛ tsp pink Himalayan salt

Instructions

1

In a large bowl, mix the buckwheat flour, ground flaxmeal, salt, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda

2

Add the mashed banana and sweetener to the dry ingredients and mix to combine, until you obtain a thick but runny batter.

3

Scoop ¼ cup of batter into the pan and cook until little bubbles appear on the surface (about two minutes). Flip over and cook for two more minutes.

4

Continue the same with the remaining batter, greasing the pan every time you start a new pancake.

Lunch

ZUCCHINI CHEESE

Zucchini Cheese

Zucchini cheese has seriously blown my mind!  Never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined making cheese out of zucchini…that was until I stumbled across a couple of Instagram Posts telling me otherwise.

As I mentioned before I’m actually lactose intolerant and Dairy-free now, Grace has been Dairy-free for a long-time and my husband…well he just eats anything!!

I found a very simple recipe to start out with, I will be looking next-time to add a few more herbs to experiment further.

I’m currently using this Gelatin.

 

ZUCCHINI CHEESE

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Cooking Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups zucchini, peeled and cut up into small cubes
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 TBSP coconut oil, melted
  • 4 TBSP gelatin
  • 2 TSP lemon juice
  • 2/3 TSP of fine sea salt or more to taste
  • 2 TBSP nutritional yeast flakes (optional)
  • 1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped

Instructions

1

Steam the zucchini for 5 minutes, until tender.

2

Drain the zucchini.

3

In a high speed blender, blend the zucchini with water, coconut oil, lemon juice, and salt for 30 seconds or until smooth.

4

Add the gelatin and the nutritional yeast. Blend for another 15 seconds.

5

Pour the mixture in a bowl, add the parsley and mix well with a spoon.

6

Pour the preparation in a loaf pan and refrigerate until set (at least 4 hours).

Breakfast

Bone Broth Smoothie

Bone Broth Smoothie

Bone broth smoothies are a perfect way to get some extra goodness into your smoothies, especially in the summer when you feel too hot to drink as a broth.  We’ve been adding broth into our smoothies since we discovered them at Star Anise Organic Wholefoods a couple of years ago.

They’re a perfect option for kids that aren’t keen on drinking the broth as is.

This how I made ours, I normally just make it by sight so below are the approx measurements.

Use your imagination and make a variety of combinations with non-dairy milks/coconut water, fruits, nut butters, cacao powder – the list is endless.

 

Bone Broth Smoothie

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Serves: 1/2

Ingredients

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 4 pitted dates
  • Tablespoon of honey (optional)
  • Handful of strawberries
  • Approx 3/4 cubes of frozen bone broth
  • Approx a cup of non-dairy milk (we use Coconut Milk)

Instructions

1

Add all ingredients to a high powdered blender until smooth consistency

2

Pour and enjoy!

Notes

If you don't have bone broth you can use gelatin powder

Lunch

Gut Healing Bone Broth

Bone Broth

Bone broth is extremely easy to make and packed full of nutritional goodness.

It’s high in amino acids which are inflammatory, collagen, gelatin and trace minerals.  Gelatin has been proven to be beneficial in assisting with healing of the gut lining and helping with growing good bacteria.  It’s also very easy to digest!

Please note if you have a amine intolerance you should only cook for around 2/3 hours.

This recipe has been taken from Quirky Cooking, for more information and original recipe click here

Gut Healing Bone Broth

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Ingredients

  • 1 whole, fresh chicken, or a chicken carcass (organic, free range)
  • 3-4 litres filtered water, room temperature
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 large onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped (optional)

Instructions

1

If starting with a whole chicken, cut meat off bones (as much as you can) and refrigerate to use in other meals. (Use fresh chicken within 24 hours – can be frozen if you bought the chicken fresh.) The fat can be added to the stock as it gives flavour and helps nutrients to be absorbed more easily. OR start with a chicken carcass left over from a roast dinner, or a raw carcass from the butcher.

2

Place the bones (and any fat) into a large, heavy-based stockpot or slow cooker. If you are cooking up your own chickens, or have access to the 'whole' chickens, you can also add the chicken feet.

3

Bring to a gentle boil and skim off any foam that rises to the top. Reduce heat, and simmer on low for 1 ½ to 3 hours (or cook 3-4 hours on high in a slow cooker). Take carcass out of broth, and remove any remaining meat from bones. (Refrigerate meat to use in meals.)

4

Return bones to broth and continue to simmer for another few hours if you're ok with longer cooking times.* If you are using a pot on the stove, keep heat low and top up water as needed so that the bones are always covered.

5

Strain the broth into into jars/containers. Discard bones and vegetables.

6

Store in the fridge for up to a week, or freeze for up to 6 months. (Make sure you leave about 3cm of space at the top of the jar/container as liquids expand when freezing.)