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Kara  Mum on a mission to see children eat colourful and nutritious food πŸ“πŸ₯‘πŸ₯• Head to the blog for recipes, stories, and support. Editor at MamaMag.

An attempt to get creative with a smoothie bowl recently πŸ™„

Breakfast was caramelised banana quinoa porridge. It was so delicious and warming on a chilly morning.
I first cooked the chopped bananas in the saucepan for a few mins in butter and honey. This could be coconut oil or other oil to make it dairy free. Maple syrup would be even yummier but we'd run out.
Then stir in your milk of choice - we used almond - and leftover cooked quinoa (not the flakes). I always cook extra quinoa for this very reason. (That and I never measure anything. It's the same for pasta and rice - I could feed the neighbourhood). Warm through, and add any toppings you like.
Mr 3 wanted to eat his on a tray on the table this morning. Sure you can, buddy 😊

Lunch for my three year-old doesn't get much simpler. This is his preferred way to eat, he likes to see everything that he's eating. That suits me fine because it's how we generally eat as a family. We have to. I don't eat meat so every meal has to cater for everyone. Ain't no way I'm cooking more than one meal!
Side note: I'm baaaack after quite a long break from social media. You know, it was just your average existential crisis, plus I felt like I could be doing something more productive with my time. It is so precious, after all. Oh, all that and a dash of morning sickness and fatigue! 😬πŸ₯

Making dinner in the morning when you're going to be home late 😊
@iquitsugar roasted capsicum soup with Finnish scones.

Three funny requests from this kooky kid. Let's make a smoothie. Let's drink it in the sun. Let's put our pyjamas on to drink it. Well, at least the bottoms over his clothes. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
The smoothie recipe was also his: orange, apple, frozen banana, pepitas, chia seeds, and ice.

I love our coffee dates now that he's a bit older β˜•οΈπŸ’•

How scrumptious is this little guy, so excited about his food?! It wasn't always the way for him, mealtimes used to be distressing. He would cry and shake his head no as his mum walked towards his highchair with food. I chatted to Logan's mum, Kelly from @jazzhands99, about his many food allergies, in my final interview with allergy parents. She also kindly shared some heartbreaking photos of her son's allergic reactions. I'd never seen skin reactions like this. Can any of you allergy parents relate? Head over to the blog to check out the photos and this interesting interview.

It's quite sad that this is my final instalment in the kids with food allergies and intolerances series, I feel like I could dedicate my entire blog to the subject. It's been fascinating and informative (and I'll put together what I've learnt into a post later this week), but I won't forget all of these kids' stories and their incredible parents...I'll try to make sure every recipe or idea I share has variations for food allergies. Stay tuned for this month's topic: kids parties! πŸŽˆπŸŽ‚

Happy 3rd Birthday to my dry-witted, affectionate, highly emotional, and chatty little person. I don't really do cakes and themes and icing. His birthday 'cake' was simply some refined sugar free chocolate cupcakes (basic Thermomix recipe but I used cacao and coconut sugar instead) in the shape of a 3. I topped half of them with plain whipped cream, grated chocolate, and pomegranate seeds. Easy! The recipe can also be gluten free and dairy free, @jowhitton has some great allergy friendly variations.
I have one more instalment in my food allergy month (I'm a little behind since it's already June), but my next theme will be KIDS' PARTIES. I'll be including allergy and intolerance friendly ideas and recipes. It should be fun, I can't wait! πŸŽ‚πŸŽˆ

Would you have this for dinner or breakfast? Or both?? Over on the blog today, Emily from @paleocanberra tells us how she's redefined breakfast for her family. Due to a family history of autoimmune and other health issues, Emily and her husband decided that when they had a family they would ditch the gluten, grains, dairy, and refined sugar. As you can imagine, this would make breakfast the biggest challenge in a (Western) world of bread and cereal. To complicate matters the family needed to go on a strict elimination diet to determine the triggers of their 2 year-old's nuts and eggs are off the menu, too. What is left to have for breakfast then? Vegetables, and a little protein. Go to the blog (link in bio) to find out what Emily's family eat for breakfast, and head to @paleocanberra to check out all of her wonderful ideas. I'm totally inspired and reconsidering my breakfast choices now, I would think you'd feel amazing starting the day with a rainbow 🌈

{Food Allergy Parent Interview}
This (old) photo is of my little guy sharing a picnic and a chat with one of his little buddies. His good friend has egg and peanut allergies. His lovely mum Gina was kind enough to allow me to interview her. I also wanted to know all about the peanut allergy trial her son was participating in.
Gina is a close friend of mine - we met through our local mother's group almost 3 years ago - and through her, I have had a small window into the life of kids with food allergies. I bumped into her outside the doctor's once when her son was a baby - her face was one of sheer panic, and her poor son's face was covered in angry welts. It was heartbreaking to see both of them like that. Fast forward two years later, and she tells me the story (which she recounts in my blog post - link in bio) of witnessing her son having an anaphylactic reaction to peanuts. It was in a controlled environment and part of the trial, but it must have been terrifying just the same. She and her son had to stay overnight in the hospital...she was heavily pregnant and 'slept' on a little pull out bed. How incredible are mums?!!! Anyway, naturally I'm all about supporting mums in business so I'm going to give her biz a cheeky little plug 😁. Head over to @picapockets to check out her stylish and versatile handmade picnic blankets. It's what our boys are sitting on in this photo 😊. I'd be lost without mine! We use it indoors as much as outdoors.

See what you miss when you don't check your socials all morning?! Your guest post for the wonderful Mel from @healinggraciesgut gets published, and you're overwhelmed with so many lovely comments and new followers!! Thanks everyone! 😘😘😘
Mel very kindly agreed to be interviewed by me recently (check my blog, link in bio for the interview) - I wanted to know all about her daughter Gracie's food intolerances and just what that world is like for kids with food allergies and intolerances. So, as Gracie's birthday is coming up, I wanted to say thanks by compiling a little list of kids party food ideas that are not only healthy, colourful and fun, but gluten free, dairy free, egg free, peanut free (plus tree nut free options), and refined sugar free. Head over to @healinggraciesgut now and follow the link in the bio to my guest blog post. Hope you enjoy ❀

I want to wish @localmamamag a very happy 3rd birthday!! πŸŽ‚πŸΎ I have had the absolute pleasure of working for this gorgeous little mag for over a year now. I couldn't ask for a better job! Every two months, among other things, I get to interview a local inspirational mum, go to a park with my son and review it, and wander down a local street and review some of its fantastic businesses. THEN, while each issue is at the printers, the team (all Melbourne mums) gets together to catch up and have lunch. I'm sadly still stuck at home with the flu today while they're all out celebrating the mag's have a glass of bubbles for me, lovely MamaMag team! I can't wait to see the photos πŸ’›πŸ’›πŸ’›

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