13/02/2017

Valentine's Biscuits - Toddler Activity



Valentine's day is here again (boy does time fly!) and the Little One is another year older so this year she can help create something for the lunch box. We chose decorating some biscuits. As always I cheat and buy some finger biscuits. You can bake your own but at this age I always end up doing most of the work when it gets to baking and the Little One looses interest so quickly...


This is however a great activity whenever you want to keep them busy indoors. Using a tray also limits the amount of spillage that is usual with these types of activity. It's also a nice cheap activity as you only need a few things in order to make this successful.



What you need:

  • finger or any shop bought biscuits
  • icing (super fine) sugar
  • food colouring
  • sprinkles
  • water


I let the Little One choose their own biscuits and the sprinkles as it makes it so much more fun. I used the pastel circles (I added the colourful circles later), some blue and white mini sprinkles and chocolate sprinkles. 



To make the icing I take 1/2 cup of icing sugar and add 1tablespoon of water and 1 drop gel food colouring. I then mix it and add 1/4 teaspoon water until it is a thick spreadable consistency. If it is too watery add more icing sugar.


To add to the fun I made 2 colours. You can do more or use only one colour. It really is up to you.



Place the biscuits, sprinkles, icing and spoon or mini spatula on a tray. I use a tray with a big edge as this will avoid any sprinkles rolling onto the floor.



Then sit back and enjoy the silence. I helped with the first one justto show in what order to add the icing then the sprinkles. Then stood back and watched.



 These are so cute and the icing dries hard so you can pack in a lunch box the next day.

10/02/2017

BBG Hummus Sandwich



How can a meatless sandwich be this good? I am in love with this wonderfully filling sandwich that I am convinced I can eat this every day!



What do you need:

  • 2 slices whole wheat bread (I buy Tante Anna from Woolworth's)
  • 1/4 cup hummus (I buy the low fat one from Woolworth's)
  • lettuce
  • 1 medium carrot sliced into ribbons (don't grate as it will go soggy)
  • 1/4 cucumber, sliced and quartered
  • 1/4 small red onion sliced and quartered
  • 6 baby tomatoes halved
  • fresh parsley
  • salt and pepper
 What to do:
  1. Spread the hummus on the 2 slices bread.
  2. Top with shredded lettuce.
  3. Add the carrot, cucumber and onion with the tomatoes.
  4. Top with fresh parsley and salt and pepper.
  5. Cut in half and enjoy!


How pretty is this? So good looking. Such pretty colours.

09/02/2017

BBG Whipped Peanut Butter


So no ordinary peanut butter on toast here. No way. Here we add some tangy yoghurt and whip the crap out of it before spreading it on lovely warm toast. Add an apple and you have a great snack ready to go. Its 1 tablespoon peanut butter and 1/4 cup yoghurt, whipped with a whisk until smooth. That's it. Easy right? Even I can do this.


08/02/2017

BBG Greek Chicken Wrap


How good is this? So quick to make and really delicious. I used smoked chicken instead of making this especially for lucnh.

What you need:

  • 1 whole wheat wrap
  • 150g cooked chicken breast, diced
  • 1/4 cucumber sliced 
  • 1/4 red onion sliced
  • 1/2 medium tomato diced
  • 1 hadful of lettuce
  • 1/4 cup tzatziki (or yoghurt with garlic and fresh coriander, salt and pepper)
What to do:

  1.  Chop everything into equal sized pieces.
  2. Place lettuce on top of the wrap.
  3. Top with chicken, cucumber, red onion and tomato.
  4. Top with tzatziki and enjoy!

Less than 5 minutes to pack, less than 5 minutes to assemble. Just slow down when you are eating this delicious wrap! You can add feta cheese or some olives to the mix if you want, but I add enough salt to the yoghurt sauce to make up for any other additions.


07/02/2017

BBG Banana Spinach Smoothie Bowl



My first ever smoothie bowl. What an experience! It's like a smoothie but thicker, you add toppings and eat it like a cold soup. So good. This one  had baby spinach, a banana, some strawberries and low fat yoghurt with cocoa granola on top. I pack it all separately and use a small cheap blender at work to ensure it is freshly made. So quick and easy! I mus admit I am using so much yoghurt at the moment. Might need to start making my own again...





06/02/2017

Bikini Body Guide



I, like every women out there, hate dieting. I really ready do. Most diets require you to avoid massive amounts of food groups (No carb, low fat, no diary not this no that) and I am one of those people that will only concentrate on that food I am not allowed to eat. I have now found an amazing book that makes it so much easier to concentrate on what I can eat. And the eating is good! It's Kayla Itsines' 28 Day Bikini Body Guide. The book itself is what I love! You get 4 weeks of daily menu's each beautifully photographed and set out as in the picture, plus a whole bunch of swap out meals if you don't like the ones included.




Now don't get me wrong, the food is good but I am not going to gym 6 days a week (one of Kayla's requirements). I have to work, raise a kid and look after a home and a husband! But I do believe limiting my calories to 1600 a day would also do me some good. I try to exercise twice a week (which is 2 time more than before so another good step).  The thing is that, while it is a reduced calorie meal plan, it doesn't feel like it! It is so much food!




The best part? Carbs are included! So I start the day with oats made with milk and yoghurt, some maple syrup and a banana.I like snacking while working so having hummus and rice crackers is fantastic as it satisfies the crunch element without going off plan. And the hummus is surprisingly filling.




Lunch is a chicken and veggie wrap with carrots, peppers and baby spinach with a bunch of Moroccan spices.  So good! While the afternoon snack is a frozen berry and yoghurt smoothie. I make this just before I leave from work and then have something to sip on while I drive home. this means that snack-attack I have just as I arrive home is eliminated as I am so full from the smoothie. It also helps to fill me up with protein (apparently very important) before going to gym.




The best part is the dinners. They really are good. From marinated chilli chicken kebabs or sweet and sour chicken and rice. Every meal so far has been delicious and Hubby even loves them all! That is an added bonus. The biggest surprise so far was the fact that I can leave Hubby with a page number and when I get back from gym he has supper ready. That in itself is the best excuse to go to gym - 2 days off from making dinner while still staying on plan! 




One of the things I do every Sunday is do a meal plan. This helps with budget, grocery shopping and eliminates the dreaded "What's for dinner?" question. I love the book, the outlay and the beautiful pictures. Each week looks delicious and you can't help but get excited. Contrary to everything else connected with Kayla Itsines, the book is actually surprisingly cheap. Don't even try to use her App or try and get hold of her exercise guides. they are just too expensive. But the book is really good. I would suggest you give this a try.

Let me know how you do!