Review by Ellie Salkeld, Events Organiser and Book Reviewer for TwinsPlus Arabia.

This book: Raising Happy, Healthy Children, by Sallie-Ann Creed (a clinical nutritionist) and Andalene Salvesen (Super Granny) is much more than a guide to time-outs (although if you’re looking for Super Granny’s secret method to installing obedience into your kids in one three-hour visit, it IS here). I think reading this before you book your private home visit is almost a must: if you violently disagree then you will save some money. And if you agree with all of it then you can begin practicing some new habits before Andalene comes over and save some time!

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup tapioca flour
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • Coconut oil

METHOD

  • Blend everything together
  • Heat a pan with a very thin layer of coconut oil (tilt pan to cover base)
  • Pour the mixture into the pan (tilt pan to cover base)
  • Fry in pan till brown
  • Flip to brown on other side

NOTES

  • Can be used for a savoury wrap (e.g. scrambled eggs with bacon, rocket/baby spinach and bell peppers or mince, chicken nuggets, stir fried veggies, leftovers, etc.)
  • Can be used as an alternative to lasagne sheets
  • Sour cream or pesto can work well as a base spread
  • Can be frozen for later use

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tbsp. warm water
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds
  • ½ cup honey
  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp. sunflower seed butter or nut butter (optional)
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • ¾ cup black pumpkin seeds
  • ¾ cup sunflower seeds
  • 2 tbsp. sesame seeds
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • Coconut flakes

METHOD

  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius
  • Use parchment paper to line a baking sheet

In a small cup mix:

  • 2 tbsp. warm water
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds
  • Refrigerate

Then:

  • Boil ½ cup honey until it browns (about 5 minutes)

Then add:

  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp. sunflower seed butter or nut butter (optional)
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon

Grind together:

  • ¾ cup black pumpkin seeds
  • ¾ cup sunflower seeds
  • 2 tbsp. sesame seeds
  • ½ t salt
  • Then add 1 cup coconut flakes, the honey mixture and the soaked chia seeds
  • Press out thinly on baking sheet
  • Bake for about 5-8 minutes, stir then bake again till brown (it will dry out more once out of the oven)
  • Stir till crumbly

Optional: When cool, add a cup of raisins and a cup of mixed nuts
Uses: Eat as a breakfast cereal with almond/coconut milk | Sprinkle on top of smoothies/oats
Enjoy as a snack between meals

Use as a lunchbox filler with a fresh dip. Perfect filling for gluten-free wraps!

Believe it or not, this Swiss roll is so nutritious, Andalene says you can even serve it for breakfast (the kids will of course think that is a GREAT idea)!

I never really ‘’got’’ all the ‘’new-year, new you’’ banter. Don’t get me wrong. Having goals (or resolutions, as we call them around new-year) are fine, even necessary. But there is a distinct difference between goals and habits.

I recently read a very enlightening article by a guy called Mark Manson, aptly titled: Your Goals are Overrated.

Ingredients: • 1 cup tapioca flour • 1 teaspoon baking powder • 2 cups of cheddar or montery jack cheese • 2 eggs Method: • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit or 180 degrees Celcius • Whisk together the tapioca flour and baking powder. • Stir in cheese and eggs. • Mix together and knead the until a dough forms (can be done with kitchen aid mixer.) This is a wet more sticky dough. It will not be the same as a regular bread dough. • Divide into 8-10 pieces. • Bake for 13-15 minutes or until done, but not browned. You want these to be soft and tender. Sourced from: http://www.lynnskitchenadventures.com/2010/06/brazilian-cheese-buns.html

Granola Recipe

Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Use parchment paper to line a baking sheet In a small cup mix: • 2 tbls warm water • 1 tbls chia seeds then refrigerate • Boil ½cup honey till it browns (about 5 minutes) Then add: • 2 tbls coconut oil • 2 tbls sunflower seed butter or nut butter (optional) • 2 t vanilla extract • 2 t cinnamon Grind together: • ¾ cup black pumpkin seeds • ¾ cup sunflower seeds • 2 tbls sesame seeds • ½ t salt Then add: • 1 cup coconut flakes, the honey mixture and the previously refrigerated chia seeds to this mixture. Next: • Press out thinly on baking sheet • Bake for about 5-8 minutes, stir, then bake again till brown. It will dry out more once out of the oven. Stir till crumbly. • When cool add a cup of raisins (optional), cup of mixed nuts (optional) And enjoy! • Eat as a breakfast cereal with almond/coconut milk; or • Sprinkle on top of smoothies/oats; or • Enjoy as a snack in between meals
Ingredients: 3/4 cup tapioca flour 1/2 cup almond/coconut milk 3 eggs 3 tbls melted butter/coconut oil Method: Mix together and make thin pancakes in a hot pan greased with melted coconut oil. Sprinkle with xylitol and cinnamon sugar and top with fresh cream