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November 01, 2015

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Issue #006, 1st November 2015

"We never know the love of a parent until we become parents ourselves."
- Henry Ward Beecher

In this issue:

1) Giving Thanks
2) Making Baby Food Tips
3) Recipe: Raw Ginger Buttons

Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving, as the Americans celebrate it, is traditionally about a group of settlers (commonly known as the Pilgrims) from Plymouth, England, and their journey to the new world in 1620 to seek religious freedom. Several members of local indigenous tribes (the Native Americans) taught the Pilgrims how to live off the land, including cultivating corn and catching fish. When the first corn harvest was successful, the Pilgrims and Native Americans celebrated with a feast, which is the basis of the modern day Thanksgiving feast.


Even if you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in this way, it is a good time of year to pause from our hectic lives, as things start to slow naturally due to the shortened daylight hours and more time spent indoors. With only two months left of the year, November is an ideal time to reflect on everything that’s happened in the past year and to start thinking about changes and improvements for the following year.

Modern life can be so busy, and it is all too easy to take what we have for granted, but every time I think about my beautiful family, our friends and our health and happiness, I am always extremely thankful and feel wonderfully blessed. I hope you all can take some time out from your busy schedules to hug your children a little bit closer and simply enjoy them.

Making Baby Food Tips

  • Plan your meals
    I find that a bit of organisation around meals for your little one can take a lot of the stress out of it. I like to create a meal plan with at least a weekly, preferably two-weekly, menu rotation and have it to hand. That way, I can reference it easily to prepare upcoming meals or cook a batch for the freezer if stocks are low. A menu rotation also allows your little one to eat something different everyday, so he doesn’t grow tired of his favourite foods!
  • Introduce herbs and spices
    A slow but early introduction to herbs and spices allows your baby to get used to a variety of different tastes and flavours. Added salt should still be avoided for the first two years, but you can experiment with a host of different dried or fresh herbs, including spices such as mild curry or even chilli powder for older babies, to refine your little one’s palette.
  • Keep hydrated
    As your baby cuts back his milk intake and begins to rely on solids as his primary source of nutrition, it is important to ensure he keeps well hydrated by offering water at snack and meal times, especially if he is also becoming very active. Preparing healthy meals using fresh wholefood ingredients, rather than relying on dehydrating processed foods, will also help.

Recipe: Raw Ginger Buttons

The 1st of November is World Vegan Day, so why not celebrate with these delicious Raw Ginger Buttons, which happen to also be sugar-free. So quick and easy to make, these are the ultimate guilt-free snack for you and baby!

This recipe yields approximately 20 small buttons.

150g (~8) pitted Medjool dates, chopped into quarters
85g raw almonds
60g raw pecan nuts
1 1/2-2 Tbsp ground ginger
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves

Baby Snack: Raw Ginger Buttons


Whizz the nuts in a food processor until roughly chopped.

Add the dates and spices, and whizz for a few more minutes until the ingredients form a uniform paste. You may need to scrape down the sides of the processing bowl to ensure everything is well mixed.

Take a tablespoonful of mixture into your hands, and roll it into a ball.

Then squash it gently to form a button shape.

Repeat until you have used all the mixture.

Stack your buttons for easy storage, and see how long they last in a house full of little people (or big people...)!

Now time to get back to the little ones! Thanks for stopping by.

See you soon,

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