Weaning weaning weaning!

Henry is nearly 8 months old and I think we are finally getting the hang of weaning. *KLAXON* He’s now on three meals a day and sometimes can’t get the food in to his gob quick enough!

I was really excited about weaning initially and then I found it stressful, like the feeling of needing a “one way” rule book to guide me through. Almost as stressful as the whole “breast is best” vs “fed is best” debate out there whereby I felt a lot of pressure to stick with the boob for as long as possible… (I’m still not going to cover the breastfeeding subject on my blog – it’s not worth the aggravation with such strong and potentially offensive opinion masters out there!)

Referencing to my initial feeling of excitement, by the time Henry was 5 months old I had bought a variety of weaning options – baby rice, baby porridge, pouches of fruit and I had already peeled and steamed pears, sweet potato and carrots and portioned them in to ice cube trays for the freezer. I was ready!! But was Henry…???

The purpose of this post is to share mine and Henry’s weaning experience so far but also to reach out to any fellow mummy out there in the hope some of you might have some inspiration and ideas to share with me…

Peeling, steaming, blending, portioning, freezing! My evidence of the never ending messy logistics of the early stages of weaning!

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No nuts for my granola!

It’s been an AGE since I posted a recipe. This year I haven’t had the chance, energy or desire to experiment much in the kitchen – pregnancy related aversions may be to blame perhaps?!

That might be news to some of you! I’m 26 weeks pregnant and my relationship with food has changed somewhat. I felt nauseas, but I didn’t suffer with (too much) physical sickness and I haven’t really had “cravings” other than a bowl of Shreddies for the occasional snack (I NEVER usually eat cereal).

Eating a healthy balanced diet in pregnancy can be a challenge when all you want is stodge (especially in the first trimester). I do like to play around with my breakfast recipes and as you’ll see from my historic food posts, breakfasts tend to be my go to for when I do experiment. I  get bored of the same breakfast everyday and one isn’t always organised enough to have fresh fruit in the house!

My recent (and successful) experiment is my granola recipe! Shared for you here…

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My breakfast bowl for champions!

When the sun makes an appearance on a weekend, there’s nothing I like more than to start my day sitting in the garden with my breakfast whilst catching up on my emails,  Instagram feeds (yes ‘feeds’ plural – mine and my cat’s!) and Snapchat stories from all my friends drunken adventures the night before…

When it comes to breakfast I am fairly regimented. I do like my homemade muesli – either dried and I add milk or yoghurt, or when I have time I’ll prepare my bircher muesli. Click here if you haven’t see my bircher recipe.

For me, breakfast is an opportunity to get the nutrients I need to set me up for the day and also to ensure I have a meal that is filling (I’m a guilty snacker). Considering the amount of thyroxine I take, it’s important for me to have a morning meal that isn’t going to have me slumbered on my desk and crashed by mid morning!

Not forgetting that bikini season and beach time is fast approaching! Insert *face palm* of why I didn’t start my bikini diet sooner…

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A chilli for when it’s chilly!

In winter, FOOD is definitely one of my favourite things about this nippy season, and is when I like to stay inside and get my “cooking groove” on!

I need to improve my savoury cooking, and I’m starting to batch-cook (for the first time ever!) in order to have enough meals in my freezer for work/life convenience.

My health has not been at it’s optimum lately, so I want to try and increase my nutrition intake in my dinners where possible, so I’m starting with a veggie chilli…

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Bircher from another nurturer

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Love fresh strawberries!

We are inundated with bircher muesli recipes, granted. BUT, not being the biggest fan of nuts, I’m always disappointed when I order it or buy it and all I can taste is nuts.

So I make my own, and, recently I have found it such a convenient, affordable and yummy breakfast to make in bulk for the whole week ahead – result!

Taking inspiration from some of my favourite food bloggers, I have adapted and created a recipe that includes lots of goodness, textures and flavours, and is guaranteed to keep you full until lunchtime – without a hazelnut, pecan, pistachio or any other nut in sight! I also find my version is cost effective too, without needing to spend on costly ingredients (such as cacao nibs)…

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