Water Kefir

We’ve been interested in the idea of improving our gut health with either Water Kefir or Kombucha for awhile now so when a notice appeared on our local noticeboard from a neighbour with excess Water Kefir grains, we thought, why not?

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Water Kefir grains from our neighbour

After searching up various methods for brewing the Water Kefir, I found this one, that after I’ve been using for awhile now, am super happy with.

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I accidentally added double the amount of molasses for my first batch, hence why it’s so dark 😛 However since then i have added the correct amount and it looks and tastes much better!

Brewing Water Kefir

Brewing a double batch of Water Kefir

Bottled Water Kefir

Bottled with sugar added for the second ferment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What does it taste like? It actually kind of tastes like beer! Surprisingly enjoyable. Kel has one each night with his dinner, just like you would a beer – except this one is much better for you. His digestive system seems to be going well so here’s hoping it’s doing lots of good and improving his immune system 🙂

 

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Recipe Recommendation: March

These are the recipes that I’ve tried from other bloggers/websites that I haven’t altered that we’ve really enjoyed for the month of March. It’s nice to recommend others plus it’s also encouraging to know the recipe didn’t just work for the person posting it but for others too (I’ve tried so many recipes that just simply haven’t worked).

No Food Processor Protein Balls

No Food Processor Protein Balls

Awhile ago i bought a giant tub of vanilla flavoured pea protein powder however i much prefer the dairy-free Isagenix shakes so it’s just been sitting there unused. I found this recipe to start using it up! I’m not a huge fan of these protein balls as i find them too rich however Ethan can’t get enough of them (we’ve given him a limit of two per day) and Kel loves them too although they are quite calorie dense so he doesn’t have them that often.

How To Make The Perfect Custard

How To Make The Perfect Custard

I had half a carton of Bonsoy that had been open for too long and i didn’t want to waste it. I had some fruitcake to eat and so i thought, why i don’t make custard? I know how to make custard however i wasn’t sure whether simply substituting the milk would work so i looked up a recipe to guide me. OHMYGOODNESS. This was actually the best custard EVER. You could hardly tell it was made off soy milk and it was SO delicious. Even Kel had a serve and loved it! I’d be interested to try the recipe with other milk substitutes. Highly recommend even for normal milk.

Recipe Recommendation: February

These are the recipes that I’ve tried from other bloggers/websites that I haven’t altered that we’ve really enjoyed for the month of February. It’s nice to recommend others plus it’s also encouraging to know the recipe didn’t just work for the person posting it but for others too (I’ve tried so many recipes that just simply haven’t worked).

Paleo and Vegan Cut-Out Sugar Cookies with Naturally Dyed Icing

Paleo and Vegan Cut-Out Sugar Cookies with Naturally Dyed Icing

Ethan loves having a cup of tea and a biscuit with his Pop and although Milk Arrowroot biscuits aren’t too bad, i was wanting him to have something a bit less processed. Although this recipe fit the bill and was super delicious, they were SO sweet (and we didn’t even add the icing!) and aren’t really an everyday biscuit so although i do recommend the recipe, only as a sometime treat! Ethan did have a lot of fun using the cookie cutters.

Italian Tomato and Spinach Risotto

This is the second time i have forgotten to take a photo of a recommended dish so you will just have to take my word for it! I’m loving The Healthy Mummy recipes at the moment because they are super easy, delicious and healthy! What more could you want? This was a great dish that tasted like a meatless version of bolognese with rice instead of spaghetti 😀

Recipe Recommendation: January

These are the recipes that I’ve tried from other bloggers/websites that I haven’t altered that we’ve really enjoyed for the month of January. It’s nice to recommend others plus it’s also encouraging to know the recipe didn’t just work for the person posting it but for others too (I’ve tried so many recipes that just simply haven’t worked).

75 Calorie Super Greens Energy Balls

75 Calorie Super Greens Energy Balls

Awhile ago Kel wanted to up the nutrition in his diet. Apart from the obvious of eating healthier foods for each meal and snack, he wanted to give a greens powder a go to give him an extra boost. After trying it with water, juice, even mixed into a smoothie, it was obvious that this was not going to be an enjoyable daily ritual but a necessary evil. He didn’t find the taste enjoyable and nor could he mask it. It soon fell by the wayside. A few weeks ago i was trying to come up with healthier snack alternatives for him that i could make when i received this recipe in an email from The Healthy Mummy. Above was my first attempt. Kel tried one and didn’t really like it. Oh well. It was worth a go. Anyway i get a text later on that day that he had eaten another one and he didn’t mind it so much, the taste was growing on him. Well he ate the rest of the batch and asked me to make another. And another. I think that it actually was a success then?! He’s said they aren’t the most enjoyable snack in the world however it’s the nicest way to ingest the greens powder and his body feels good eating them. I think that’s a win-win.

Raspberry Cheesecake Protein Bliss Balls

Raspberry Cheesecake Protein Bliss Balls

After the success with Kel’s snack, when i received another email from The Healthy Mummy with this recipe, i knew i had to try it! I LOVE cheesecake and being dairy free means cheesecake is a no-no. Although i found these super tasty, to me they were more like raspberry shortcake than raspberry cheesecake. There’s a lot of almond meal in them, which i think is why. I would definitely still recommend them though!

 

Recipe Recommendation: December

These are the recipes that I’ve tried from other bloggers/websites that I haven’t altered that we’ve really enjoyed for the month of December. It’s nice to recommend others plus it’s also encouraging to know the recipe didn’t just work for the person posting it but for others too (I’ve tried so many recipes that just simply haven’t worked).

Chocolate Yoghurt Cake

Chocolate Yoghurt Cake

We had some yoghurt that needed to be used up and Kel’s Dad is always asking why i never make chocolate cake. I realised that i don’t tend to make anything that i actually feel like, it’s always because there is something that “needs to be used up”! I thought if i could make a chocolate cake with yoghurt, then i’d be hitting two birds with one stone. This recipe was super quick and easy and was exactly what i was after. I doubled the recipe and made two delicious cakes.

Crabapple Yogurt Bundt Cake

Crabapple Yogurt Bundt Cake

I still had a lot of leftover yoghurt plus some homemade crabapple jelly that we had from someone in the fridge. I wondered whether there was a recipe that combined the two – and there is! I tripled the recipe and made three cakes, two of which i froze. The cakes were a big hit! As you can see though, i didn’t bother with the Bundt tin 😉

Recipe Recommendation: November

Sadly i don’t have any recipes to recommend for the month of November. However there’s a pretty good reason why.

We had a baby!

On 30th October we welcomed our beautiful baby girl, Ava, into the world.

Like with Ethan, we won’t be posting any photos as we aren’t comfortable with photos of her floating around the Internet. This includes Facebook much to the shock and horror of many!

Anyway, i should be back to cooking and baking soon, and now we have two kitchen hands to help us!

Recipe Recommendation: October

These are the recipes that I’ve tried from other bloggers/websites that I haven’t altered that we’ve really enjoyed for the month of October. It’s nice to recommend others plus it’s also encouraging to know the recipe didn’t just work for the person posting it but for others too (I’ve tried so many recipes that just simply haven’t worked).

Healthy Eating Banana Yoghurt Muffins

Healthy Eating Banana Yoghurt Muffins

I had some yoghurt go past its use by date and to avoid it going to waste, i thought I’d cook with it. Ethan and i have started baking together and I’ve found muffins are by far the easiest thing to make with him. This was a FANTASTIC recipe as it is super healthy and super easy and they were a hit with both Ethan and Kel.

Gluten Free Anzac Biscuits

Gluten Free Anzac Biscuits

I have a large jar of rice flour that really needs using up so I’ve been on the hunt for recipes that use rice flour. I thought I’d give these a go as again, it’s a fairly easy recipe to make with Ethan. I didn’t have gluten free oats on hand so i just used regular oats, which obviously is okay unless you need the biscuits to be gluten free. I also just used white rice flour because that’s all i had as well as raw sugar instead of coconut sugar and golden syrup instead of maple syrup because i didn’t mind that they weren’t healthy – we made them specifically as a treat. This probably means that i altered the recipe a bit too much to really be able to recommend it however i have to say that making them with rice flour worked super well. They were really chewy, which we way prefer over the hard Anzac biscuits. They went down a treat, especially as Ethan and i packed some up fresh out of the oven and drove to the shop and had them with Kel for morning tea!