Activities for Kids, Food and Nutrition, Life Creativity, Parenting Ideas, Self-healing and Wellness, Weekly Metaphysical Readings

27th February 2018 – Metaphysical Reading for The Real Food Tribe (Teaching Our Kids How To Eat Real Food)

Welcome to this week’s reading by Joanna Becker, author, blogger, and healer (communication with spirits) for the Real Food Tribe Blog.

It is the last week of February and the first week of March. Another week to demonstrate that the year is progressing towards your health goals and you are on track with your intentions.

For food this week, take a different approach to choosing what you will eat.

Instead of using a meal planner, or straining your mind to come up with a fresh idea, or even asking others what they want to eat (if that is what you are typically likely to do), sit down quietly for a moment, and invite yourself to feel what it is that you are craving.

When you are in touch and have an image, imagine the sensation of eating the meal you are imagining. Feel the taste in your mouth. Smell the aromas of the meal. Imagine touching it with your hands and putting it into your mouth. And feel the taste and the warmth or coolness of the food on your tongue.

This is how you will detect what you are craving, and what your body is asking for.

If it feels good then make plans to make this meal as best as you can, using the ingredients you have, or take a quick visit to the market or farmer’s stall to pick up what you don’t have that you need.

This may be a new experience for you and something that you enjoy and want to continue with in future, which is great. Instinct guiding your food choices is a great way to nourish your body and become present in your senses in your busy life.

You will likely find that your family and children will enjoy the meal as well. Being that it is something you are investing your full awareness and intention into, it will no doubt taste perfect to both yourself and to them.


Let love be your compass. 

Joanna Becker

© Copyright 2018. Joanna Becker is an Australian author, blogger and healer (communication with spirits) at The Real Food Tribe Blog website ( She has authored books on self-healing using internal dialogue with self and spirit, positive affirmations, meditation, and conscientious parenting. In 2018 Joanna Becker will be offering free channeled messages on the topic of nourishing the body with Real Food. In addition, you can join Joanna and her tribe in the private support page Real Food Tribe – Private Support on Facebook, click here to join:

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New book release! Max’s Bright Fly … with the magic of making wishes 🌈

Welcoming this little dude to the world today! 

You can now buy my new book, Max’s Bright Fly with me. I’ve ordered the VERY FIRST 🥇 copy for Max, for his 5th birthday 🎁. Don’t tell him 🤣
If you believe in the Law of Attraction, and want to help your children understand how it works, this book is definitely for you! If you don’t know anything about the Law Of Attraction, then this book is definitely for you too… learn along with your kids as you turn the pages 📗 I’m really happy I have shared this special message in a colourful children’s book. This book is all about having a great experience in life – living it to the fullest 🙌

You can read all about it by visiting the  shop tab here on this page, or on, you will be able to add it straight into your shopping basket, or link through to the Ebook version on Amazon (if iPad is your thing).
Not only does this book feature a brightly illustrated characters and farm setting, but with its messages of finding love in your heart, spreading kindness, and making wishes for your own life and watching your own magic unfold – the law of attraction for kids in an easy, readable, and enjoyable format – this book is sure to take pride of place in your bookshelf and be a favourite to read at bedtime.

Also great for preschools, childcare and playgroups. This is a large-format brightly illustrated children’s picture book, written in rhyme, with plenty of opportunity to engage children and start conversations about their own experiences in life. 
More images coming once I have the hardcopy in my hands. Can’t wait! 

Activities for Kids, Food and Nutrition, Parenting Ideas

Helping Your Children Crave Healthy Real Food Tomorrow

As an author of children’s book Dusty’s Wonder Bug, which encourages eating whole food and calling real food grown in nature “treats”, people chat to me and say that their kids would NOT eat vegetables in the past. If this is you now, it doesn’t make you a bad parent!!! It’s simply the times we live in, what our bodies have been taught to crave, and what’s available as far as nutrition goes.

Yet here I have just walked into the kitchen to see my 4yo mixing up a tall glass of water with 17 different varieties from dehydrated powders for no other reason than MUMMY I FELT LIKE HAVING MY CHEWIES. 

He dropped his green and red CHEWIES in the already nutrient-laden water to use as ice cubes. CUTE. 

If you have kids, you know that what you give your kids’ bodies today they will CRAVE MORE of tomorrow. 

More than 70% of illness is widely preventable by 7-13 servings of fruit/veg/berries/sprouts/legumes every day. 

Another EASY WAY to make it happen, along with leading by example and following the techniques in my book Teaching Our Kids How To Eat Real Food is this: 

If you encourage they have fun with these chews, what you might see happen is kids rummage through the fridge to eat cucumber, carrots, spinach, and load up their smoothies with avocado, and start filling up their own lunchboxes with cold broccoli and even zoodles (zuchini noodles) with pesto, just like I’ve seen in my home and in the home of many friends around the globe. 

While I’m not an active distributor for anything other than my books, I will more than happily refer these food products to you. I’d love to invite you to use my virtual office to get your order in quickly and securely. Below thumbs up this post and I’ll message you the link where you can get your questions answered and place your order with a click. 

I ❤️ helping you all.

Activities for Kids, Food and Nutrition, Life Creativity, Parenting Ideas, Self-healing and Wellness, Weekly Metaphysical Readings

13th January 2018 – Metaphysical Reading for The Real Food Tribe (Teaching Our Kids How To Eat Real Food)

Welcome to this week’s reading by Joanna Becker, author, blogger, and healer (communication with spirits) for the Real Food Tribe Blog.

Exciting things are happening in the world right now with the enthusiasm of supporting local community workers and remembering to pay people what they deserve for the effort they put into their offerings. For example, there are local producers of all kinds of goods all over the world, and they are rapidly being chosen and favoured over larger corporations that commercialise their manufacturing of products – we all know them, large companies creating enormous scale quantities of products, food and otherwise, and making it difficult for locals and everyday people to compete and make a living for themselves.

This week we ask you to choose to support your local producers in whichever way you can. This is not to say that you cannot buy online or from businesses such as larger supermarkets at all – it is to simply open your eyes to who is working around you and the need they too have for supporting their family with their exceptional talent and skill for producing a particular service or product.

Who is it that you are living nearby to that is talented at making preserves, growing food, gardening, farming, even creating tools and materials, or servicing all these people, with their own personal effort? The reason we ask you to open your eyes to the energy that is in your local community, is because embracing relationships in your local community and truly honouring who is working hard around you, investing their effort and talents in this way, will reward you with a satisfying and empowering relationship both now and in the future.

Let your intuition guide you, simply ask for your angels and your intuition to allow you to see this week, those local community members who are offering their skill, talent and experience, to service your community – and if it’s possible, invite them into your world by trying out their products or services for a change.

Enjoy a wonder-full week and remember the world is changing, and so must you. Each day is a new day to be grateful for what has passed, to live in the moment, and take advantage of change so as to keep yourself fulfilled for a wonderful tomorrow and beyond.

Let love be your compass. 

Joanna Becker

© Copyright 2018. Joanna Becker is an Australian author, blogger and healer (communication with spirits) at The Real Food Tribe Blog website ( She has authored books on self-healing using internal dialogue with self and spirit, positive affirmations, meditation, and conscientious parenting. In 2018 Joanna Becker will be offering free channeled messages on the topic of nourishing the body with Real Food. In addition, you can join Joanna and her tribe in the private support page Real Food Tribe – Private Support on Facebook, click here to join:





Activities for Kids, Food and Nutrition, Life Creativity, Parenting Ideas, Self-healing and Wellness, Weekly Metaphysical Readings

2nd January 2018 – Metaphysical Reading for The Real Food Tribe (Teaching Our Kids How To Eat Real Food)


Welcome to this week’s reading by Joanna Becker, author, blogger, and healer (communication with spirits) for the Real Food Tribe Blog. As you’re enjoying the first fresh days of the new year, and setting intentions and reflecting on what was great (and not so great) about the year passed, don’t forget to listen to your body and honour its very specific needs at the beginning of a new cycle.

The body’s seasons begin fresh every year: within your body’s internal biological clock, there is a re-birth occurring. So think of it like the beginning of Spring – a fresh time, waking up, setting intentions, spreading wings, tasting new things, trying new experiences with excitement and vigour, all while being aware that you are cared for, loved and safe and have a beautiful spiritual support system on call, anytime, within your own energetic field.

Let’s talk about which foods are best for your body at the time of year when you are waking from a tiring, effortful end of year, and ready to start a new chapter of your life time with improved happiness and success.

Cucumbers, are fresh and cooling, and light on the body to process. They are invigorating, and especially great for stimulating new thoughts and generating inspiration and enthusiasm.

Strawberries, a summer fruit, are a sweet treat that are enjoyed from frozen in smoothies or ice-crush drinks. They create a feeling of safety, love, nourishment and enjoyment in the life that it is now, presently.

Lettuce, a great food for summer, and great crisp energy for encouraging you to be light-footed, energetic and embracing new experiences. Easy to digest, nourishing with a good supply of water, easy on the tastebuds. This food is good for creating an energetic field of lightness, but also grounding, with structure and stability.

Sometimes during the early parts of this year you may feel like there is no way to improve on the situations you experienced last year. It is paramount that you monitor your language, that comes out of your mouth, and is passed through your brain in thoughts, and your heart in emotions, and improve on what you say. Thoughts are the key to your ultimate fulfilment. The sense of wonder that you will have in life, this year, will be generated from the words that you speak, think and feel. Words that will be especially helpful for you this year, in creating a safe and healthy home for yourself and your children, are:

  • “Let this food inspire us to be better versions of ourselves.”
  • “Especially now, I welcome this food into my body to nourish and enable healthful growth and support.”
  • “Yes, I am willing to improve my body’s health and am ready to try new foods.”
  • “Give me the strength, courage, discipline, and ambition to try what is ultimately good for me and can inspire my children to do what is good for them.”
  • “Thank you for the food I eat, the water I drink, the air I breathe, and nature I enjoy.”

It is of course helpful to print out phrases such as the above and include them on the dining table or breakfast bar, and involve the family in reading them aloud during meals.

Thank you for sharing a wonder-full 2017 with me and the Real Food Tribe Community.

You are loved more than you know! Be yourself, bless others and live your truth.

Let love be your compass.

© Copyright 2018. Joanna Becker is an Australian author, blogger and healer (communication with spirits) at The Real Food Tribe Blog website ( She has authored books on self-healing using internal dialogue with self and spirit, positive affirmations, meditation, and conscientious parenting. In 2018 Joanna Becker will be offering free channeled messages on the topic of nourishing the body with Real Food. In addition, you can join Joanna and her tribe in the private support page Real Food Tribe – Private Support on Facebook, click here to join:


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Playing the Traffic Light Game + teaching your kids about Life Food vs. Labelled Food

We live in an awesome time, with a super-intelligent society and more resources and facilities than ever before. Our parents lived in times of massive industrial/commercial growth with new products and advances in advertising, packaging and marketing through technology. To our parents, new products on the supermarket shelves were a reason to be excited!

Somewhere along the line, however, we awesome people generally stopped questioning how food was being made and if it was healthy. Supermarkets, which were at first an exciting novelty, became routine and an integral way of life. We started to take packaged food for granted. And children of this generation learned supermarket shopping as the only way. Many of us are still consciously and sub-consciously influenced by advertisers and marketers, and have not the time to question everything.

Trying to educate us are medical experts, nutritionists, naturopaths, social workers, and so on, who encourage us to take on a certain diet or purchase certain food groups and supplements to benefit our health. There are charts and diagrams, tables and lists, of exactly what is in each food, and calculations for us to estimate our daily intake of certain food groups.

When it comes to feeding a family, counting food groups and calculating ‘recommended dietary intake’ is confusing, difficult to teach children, and is hard to live with. And it has possibly created an unhealthy and complicated view of what it really is to be healthy.

That’s why I love this game and love sharing it with parents who want some simple techniques! I believe this game is a healthier approach than label-reading.

Parenting Energy Life Food Fun a simple way to change the way you and your children think about eating. In this approach everything is good in abundance and everything is recommended. If it’s Life Food, it’s good to eat.

We have always had fun with our Food-Life-Fun game at home.

Why you might like this game?
1. You are passionate about creating and sharing ways of feeding our body in ways that honour the body’s natural, organic functions.
2. You respect the earth and its natural ways of providing us with an edible habitat.
3. You are enthusiastic and committed to making sure your kids eat extra servings of real, healthy, beneficial food.

What is Life Food?

Life Food is anything that is as close to its original life form as physically possible. It can be grown and produced in your home or by a neighbor – in a metaphorical sense. For example, fresh seasonal produce, free-range animal products, wheat, grains, legumes, etc – anything that can be grown and produced within a family or community environment and you can see the original food in your kitchen. This also includes home-made preserves, sauces, breads, seasonings, juices, milks, etc, or other creative ways of using Life Foods. We can buy plenty of Life Foods in the supermarket so long as we shop in the fresh-food aisles.

But Labelled Food is sold in a package and may be something you could never independently produce, due to the complicated production processes – or it may be an original Life Food that has had something added to it that couldn’t be added at home. The less the Life Food is altered, the healthier it is for your family to eat.

We have made it easy to get on the right road with Life-Food-Fun. 


With Life-Food-Fun, you simply play a game with the food that’s available and have a little fun talking about it.

Imagine a set of traffic lights. Red is stop, orange is proceed with caution or stop if possible, and red is stop. From a very young age children can learn and associate actions with these colours, and so we use these colours for Life-Food-Fun.

Life Foods are the green light. You can exclaim to your kids: “Go! Eat as much as you like! Healthy! Eat these all day! These foods help your body! Hooray!”

Life Foods, which are blended with oils, are mostly wheat products, or are animal products/bi-products, are the orange light. You can ponder with your kids: “Hmmm, lets think about this. Is this food helpful for my body? Was it produced safely, and respectfully? A little might be ok but we should plan what we’re going to eat today so we make sure to give our body the best food.”

Labelled Foods are the red light. You can say, “Whoa! Stop! Let’s think about what are asking our body to do – this food is not what our body is designed to eat.”

The ingredients in some foods we eat with our family on special occasions (such as ice cream and custard) have some harmful ingredients likened to paint stripper. We question everything, and if we can’t understand how a food is made, stop now.

The simplest way to play the game with your children is to tell them, when they pick food, what colour light it is and whether to Go! Wait and think, or Stop. Be animated! And explain why – what is the food doing that is good, or not good, for the body.

Remember, even if you have a home full of green light foods, you may find that some foods agree with you better than some others do. All people have a body that has its own unique needs that can only be discovered by each person. You will know you best, and you can learn all by yourself.

If you were to take notice of what your family eats for one week, would they be eating mostly Life Foods, or Labelled Foods? I’d love to hear your feedback to this question – comment below or send me a private message to chat.

P.S. We can eat green light all day and live healthy, happy, empowered lives. Thousands of people do right now. They feel happy and confident, look amazing, are enthusiastic to discover new foods, and they have a tasty, varied diet. Life-Food-Fun could be helpful for you, if you are taking a real-time experiment and journey of changing the foods in your pantry live healthier, natural and empowered lives.

Healthier: Giving bodies the food they need to grow and create healthy cells. Not modifying the food in radical ways that destroys their health benefits.

Natural: Respecting the relationship between the earth and human bodies by eating foods in their natural season that they grow, and minimizing food kilometers (or the carbon impact by food traveling to defy the natural season).

Empowered: Taking back control of what food is put into our body. Deciding to eat only food, and not unnatural additives.


Copyright, Joanna Becker. Seek permission to copy or reproduce. 

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When television works for you

His blue eyes are open in wonder, and his head moves around as he intently watches what I’m doing.
‘Tape.’ I say.
He passes me tape. I affix a green paper plate onto the cardboard box, which already has 3 wheels, 2 arm straps, a steering wheel, and a cut-out hole fitted to his body.
Finally he talks.
‘Where did you get that stuff from? I mean, where does all this COME from?’
I realize that we have just performed a miracle in his eyes. We have created this monster truck out of thin-air. Thirty minutes earlier daddy had walked in the front door with a box of vegetables, and now – after raiding our paper plate drawer and stationery box, we have a monster truck.

Thank you, Play School.

There are times when I’m grateful for television and I feel I’m a better parent because of the shows I’ve watched. But because of some surprising issues in our family lately, I’ve been weighing up the pros and cons of TV and wondering whether it really has a positive purpose in our lives.

When DS was a baby, we could get away with watching almost anything. DS was uninterested and uninfluenced by what he saw on the screen. Around the time he turned two he started to like The Wiggles and some Disney films. As the months passed and I found convenience in him watching TV while I cooked dinner, his interest grew to ABC 4 Kids. Then we had our second baby, the weather turned rainy and we all caught the flu a few times. Because I needed help with entertaining DS, switching on ABC 4 Kids became easier and easier… sometimes watching TV even replaced our daily craft activity and bedtime story. Little by little, our son’s behaviour changed …

Finally we realized – after detective-like monitoring of when he was acting silly, talking in a strange voice, or not listening / responding to our questions – that TV was affecting his engagement and connection to us! He was imitating silly voices and faces, repeating nonsense dialogue, and his attention span was getting shorter and shorter and he would bounce from one activity to the next without finishing or communicating what he had planned.

We decided to unplug the digital set top box and only watch movies we approved of once or twice per week – and we noticed an immediate and radical difference in our son’s behaviour, personality and attention-span. (If you have ever cut sugar or additives out of your child’s diet and noticed a positive change, you will know the kind of difference I am talking about. You won’t believe it until you try it and see for yourself.)

I realize TV can be a positive learning tool as each show presents a lesson to learn. New concepts such as the weather, and species of animals on Sesame Street, for example. Social themes and understanding relationships within families on shows like Olivia and Angelina Ballerina. Song and Dance with various other shows. And most importantly to us, cooking, craft, reading, dress-up, role-play and music on Play School.

And it is because of Play School that we have a dedicated ‘Play School’ room in our house where we do craft, play, dress-up and story telling, and that I find it so easy as a parent to whip up a monster truck out of a grocery box and paper plates.

But despite the convenience and educational benefits of TV, there are several drawbacks, as well. In addition to affecting the young child, it also affects parents and how much attention and love they are capable of giving. For example, when daddy finishes work and the TV is switched on, he can’t see how desperate DS is to play and talk. Furthermore, the dialogue on the TV can bring energy and ideas into the home that do not belong – such as talk and visions of sickness, conflict, opinions, complaints, sarcasm, humour at someone else’s expense, violence and fear.

So with all this in mind, I have recommended a way of making TV work for us – and I’ll share these ideas with you in the hope you benefit from a calmer, more focused, caring and intelligent child (as we are).

1. Sit with your child through an entire TV watching session and absorb everything that they are absorbing. Realize where they hear certain phrases and where they pick up silly faces and voices. Observe if your child appears stimulated or bored.

2. Decide which shows you feel are appropriate based on how well the characters/actors speak, the messages and themes in the plot or story-line, the amount of nonsense or silly language/behaviour, how stimulated your child is, and the favourite characters that could become your child’s role-model.

3. Observe how your child behaves between shows. Does he imitate what he just watched? Is he aware of what else is happening in the room with other family members? Does he show consideration to other family members or does he seem detached from real life?

4. Pick one or two favourite shows from TV that you truly think benefit your child from an educational point of view. Buy several episodes on DVD. (We chose Playschool and The Wiggles.) Unplug your digital set top box.

5. Watch your chosen DVD’s at appropriate times and always watch the shows together. Sit with your child, show interest, and make conversation during the show about what you are observing and learning. If music comes on, get up and dance. Interact with the characters by laughing and talking about them. Ask your child if he understands what is being said, and the story. Pause the DVD and clarify the meaning of words, and give more detail on concepts your child may not yet understand.

6. Make mental notes about how you can repeat the show’s key concepts in your home. Can you re-do the craft with materials in your play area? Can you prepare the same meals? Can you sing the same songs, do the dress-up and role-play? When doing follow-up activities, stay with your child and guide them so they understand how to appropriately apply what they have learned. Explain to your child that you want to do/make/cook/sing/play just like you both saw on the DVD.

7. When you want to watch TV or movies yourself, pick educational shows that you can watch as a family and talk about. Great TV shows to watch together are cooking shows, Dr Harry Cooper or Bondi Vet, nature/space documentaries, and musical shows.

8. Prove that TV watching comes second to family time. If a family member speaks, press mute or pause and have a brief conversation.

9. If the child loses interest in the show, and is looking for stimulation elsewhere, turn the TV off. Don’t leave it on as background noise or in the hope they will return to it. Offer alternative activities, something to eat, a walk outside, or simply sit together and have a conversation or cuddle.

10. Make your own home movies by recording simple daily life activities in your phone or camera. Then watch them together on the computer or TV screen. Our children’s beautiful little faces light up with wonder when they see their own features and voices caught on film. It’s a good time to talk about memories, and the people, places and pets they love.

TV doesn’t need to be timed or limited to ‘x’ hours per week. It just needs to be USED and made to WORK FOR US. Apply what you see on TV to your life. (Deciding to do this will naturally make you more selective on what shows you encourage your children to watch.)

I feel that TV is very similar to packaged food in the supermarkets. It was a novelty when introduced, yet somewhere along the line it became a habit and we forgot to question whether it was truly healthy and natural. Now is a good time to question whether it really helps your family – or if it’s more like a ‘convenience food’.

I urge you to try unplugging the TV and seeing the affect on your child’s personality. You might find the occasional bouts of tantrums, rudeness, hyperactivity, naughty or destructive behaviour is replaced with calm, mature, reasonable, friendly behaviour. It’s totally worth it.

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Honey and Cinnamon Breakfast Donuts

This morning my DS woke up with a growing-boy hunger for… Donuts. At first I explained why donuts would not be a healthy breakfast but then I realised: we can make a healthy donut all by ourselves. So off to the kitchen we went to make donuts for breakfast.

Involving DS in the preparing and baking, as usual, made the eating so much more enjoyable! It was in fact a very filing breakfast.

You may have seen Jamie Oliver’s Baby Yorkies (30-minute Meals)? This donut recipe of mine is inspired by the simplicity in Jamie’s recipe, plus the key ingredients and cooking techniques.

You will need:
– 1 mug almost filled to the top with whole meal self-raising flour
– the same mug filled with milk
– 1 egg
– 2 carrots or 1/2 sweet potato
– 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
– honey and cinnamon for serving

1. Using your fingertips, grease a 12-hole muffin pan with olive oil. Pre-heat your oven to 200 degrees Celsius.

2. The sweet potato or carrot will be used to create a donut shape hole in your muffin pan. You need to cut the carrot or sweet potato into 4cm long portions, as shown in this photo. Place a portion in the centre of each muffin hole.
3. Drizzle olive oil in each muffin hole.
4. Add the flour, milk and egg to a liquidiser (blender). Blend ingredients together, remove lid and make sure all flour is mixed by scraping sides and bottom with a fork. Blend again.

5. Pour the mixture into the muffin pan, evenly divided throughout the pan.
6. Put the pan on the top shelf in the oven and set the timer for 14 minutes.

7. In a mug, add 1 tbsp hot water with 1 tbsp honey. Stir vigorously.

8. When your donuts have finished cooking, remove the pan from the oven. Allow to cool slightly before removing each donut from the pan, gently lifting out with a butter knife. Remove the sweet potato or carrot centres.

9. Arrange your donuts on a plate and baste with your honey/water syrup. Sprinkle generously with cinnamon.
10. Enjoy eating while they are still warm. You can serve with fresh fruit. I used the blender to process 5 prunes and a touch of water into a jam-like consistency, and then spread the prune jam onto my donuts. (This gave the chocolate look). Yum!

Note – on a future round of this recipe I made the donuts ‘shake and bake’ style. Instead of using the liquidizer, I used a shaker measuring cup. I filled the bottom half with flour, top half with milk, cracked in an egg, and shook for a few minutes (lid firmly sealed). So easy, I love it!



Activities for Kids, Food and Nutrition

Snow Pea and Soy Udon

My DS (currently 3.5 years) and I have a fun ritual of cooking and eating together every lunchtime – and making a real activity out of it.

There are so many learning benefits to this activity such as encouraging creativity, following instructions, sharing ideas, using teamwork, and asking for help. Emotionally, it provides togetherness and a sense of achievement and pride.

He learns practical skills of cooking too, such as:
– how to cook using kitchen utensils and safe methods
– the difference in the taste between raw and cooked ingredients, and cold and hot ingredients
– how ingredients come together to create a unique taste
– how to use fresh ingredients including produce
– suitable crockery for serving
– culture and traditional values of particular styles of cooking
– quantities and selection of healthy ingredients
– how restaurants provide food (it is possible to cook same foods at home)
– clean- up processes

Kitchen set-up and suitability for children is essential. We have fresh vegetables and ingredients on display and in easy-to-reach baskets in the kitchen so he can help me select ingredients. He has a step-ladder he can carry to various places including sections of the bench where he can reach to turn on the kettle, put scraps into the compost and comfortably pour and mix ingredients in a mixing bowl. To ensure his safety around the appliances, utensils and hot gas element, I never take my eyes off him and do not allow distractions like phone ringing or adult conversations to take priority over what we are doing.

Today we cooked a simple udon noodle broth, with snow peas and boiled eggs. It tasted like a broth from the Sushi Train and it was fun to set up bamboo mats and chopsticks to eat in style.

You will need:
– 1/2 cup soy sauce
– 1 tsp minced garlic
– 1 tsp grated ginger
– 1 tbsp honey
– 1 tbsp sesame seeds
– 1 tsp lemon grass (from jar)
– 1 pack udon noodles
– 3 pre-boiled eggs
– handful of fresh snow-peas
– 1/2 cup vegetable stock

1. Bring a fry-pan to high heat. Add to the pan the soy sauce, ginger, garlic, lemongrass, honey, and sesame seeds. Place boiled eggs on top, cover with lid and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove lid.

2. Add udon noodles and stir-through.

3. Add snow peas on top.

4. Pour in vegetable stock, and continue to simmer for five more minutes.


5. Turn off heat and pour into deep bowls. Nice and steamy!

Caution: Warn children the soup will be hot.


Activities for Kids, Food and Nutrition

Easy vegetable sausage rolls

Here is another recipe that is fun for kids. Our DS loves using food processors and being involved in preparation, and in taste-testing too! This one had the taste-tick before it was even half-finished.

This is such a simple, easy-to-remember dish.

You will need:
– 2 tomatoes
– 2 zucchinis
– 2 carrots
– 2 cups pearl barley
– 2 cups breadcrumbs
– 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
– 1 tbsp mixed herbs
– 4 sheets of puff pastry

1. Cook your pearl barley according to packet directions. Meanwhile, put the slicer blade on your food processor and turn it on, push your tomatoes, zucchinis and carrot through the top.

2. Once the pearl barley is cooked, put it into a large mixing bowl. (Set aside any remaining cooking water.) Add the vegetable mixture, and the breadcrumbs, to the pearl barley in the mixing bowl. Add the olive oil and mixed herbs. Stir with a wooden spoon to combine.

3. Scoop 1/4 of this mixture into your blender (liquidiser). Add 2 tbsp of water (reserved cooking water if available). Blend until smooth like a purée. Pour it out into a different mixing bowl, then repeat 3 more times until all your mixture is a smooth purée.
At this stage you can cover and refrigerate your mixture for 1 day. This helps the flavours combine and brings out the rich seasonings of the dried mixed herbs, breadcrumbs and olive oil.

4. Pre-heat your oven to 180 degrees celcius. Prepare 2 flat baking trays with baking paper.

5. Lay out your sheets of puff pastry on a large board or bench workspace.

6. You will now need a medium-to-large plastic bag for piping the mixture onto the pastry sheets. Cut one corner off the bottom of the bag to create a hole approx. 2cm square.

7. Fill the bag with half the mixture. Squeeze it out through the hole into the sheets, with 2 lines of filling per sheet. When empty, fill with remaining mixture to complete all pastry sheets.
8. Slice your pastry sheet down the centre and roll the pastry over to form the sausage roll shape (for both sides). Repeat until you have made 8 sausage rolls. If you like, cut each sausage roll to a smaller size using a large and sharp kitchen knife.
9. Place each sausage roll on your baking tray, put trays in oven, and remove after 30 mins (or when you can see the pastry is cooked and golden).

10. Allow to cool slightly. Serve with your favourite tomato sauce or relish. Caution: Hot! Warn children to take care with their first bite!

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