Confused by the multitude of opinions on lunchboxes and what goes in them? We're here to help...
Homemade broth so easy you'll wonder what all the fuss is about.
"The obligation for working mothers is a very precise one: the feeling that one ought to work as if one did not have children, while raising one's children as if one did not have a job." Annabel Crabb
I was at a talk the other day and the speaker cautioned, 'Don't wait for perfect' - that's the perfect piece of advice right there is it not?
An easy, delicious recipe for protein packed alternative to sandwiches that is freezable, and customisable to your kids' tastes.
"Has the baby started to crown?" I was thankful that we'd not yet reached the Coronation stage, but the throne room doors were certainly starting to strain.
I am constantly on the lookout for gluten free, vegan cookie recipes and this one from Deliciously Ella is a one pot (well one food processor bowl) wonder. A few useful notes: I used half the quantities as it was a new recipe and to be honest that yielded a good 10 small cookies. I … Continue reading Super Simple Chocolate Chia Cookies
One word: Fail! Fail hard, fail fast and here's why...
Hey Mum, So this isn’t weird at all right? Writing to your dead mother and sharing it for the world to see? I mean, I could just sit here talking to your ashes that are sitting on the shelf in the original cardboard box, wrapped in an M&S bag, in the wicker basket with the … Continue reading Letters To Mum #1
We are social animals deep down and really, who doesn't want to party like it's 1999? It's just some of us may prefer to dance with the lights out.
There's nothing like the feeling of a full freezer. Check this guide to back to school prep to hit the ground running.
From Meat Free Monday to Bread Free Friday we've got your first weeks at school covered.
'There are no 'well at least's only sadness and an 'I'm sorry', a cuddle and an offer of help is everything.'
Why is protein important for our kids to eat, and how to get it into their lunchbox.
Why is giving our kids a juice such a big deal?
The small human asked if we could make Daddy a caramel slice, his vegan dessert of choice as of late, so I thought we'd give it a go. The picture above is our first attempt - I wasn't planning to post it, but the general consensus was that it was as delicious as it was … Continue reading Easiest Caramel Slice Recipe
Below is a briefly updated version of my post from before the awards, as I managed to repost it by accident! Jem x As a photo editor for fashion magazines, awards season is one of our highlights and beyond 'fashion month' one of the busiest times of the year - and now with digital, the … Continue reading Time’s Up: How Hollywood Transformed The Golden Globes Red Carpet From Catwalk To Political Platform
Instead of cracking open a pack of chips next time you are picnicing, try some of our healthy(ish) ideas.
One afternoon while standing on the shoreline, watching the waves and playing mental ping pong about life, as one does, I misjudged the tide and my feet and pants got a good soaking. I had to laugh at the irony; here I was trying to work out what the right move would be and … Continue reading How Do We Know When It’s Time To Step Back Or To Go All In?
I wanted to give my colleagues at work something a little different to the standard card this year. It's been a tough one for us all and they're so inspiring and talented I always refer to them as stars. So I'm giving them a little jar of Christmas wishes with personalised tags. THE WHAT: All … Continue reading DIY Personalised Christmas Tokens
'Pace yourself' I said. 'Get organised' I said. 'Write lists, shop early, budget'...and what did I do?
If you're anything like me, this is the time of year when life ramps up when all you really need to do is wind down. Work gets hectic, everyone is tired and stressed and trying to finish projects pre-holidays, the social calendar explodes and if you have small humans it's a constant cycle of assemblies … Continue reading Ten Tips To Mastering A Stress Free Holiday Season
We made it! Happy Fri-yay!! Now, by Friday my lunchbox game is thoroughly off, and after 4 days of sandwiches, leftovers are a surefire way to change things up at lunchtime. Thursday night is ballet night, so dinner needs to be quick, easy and slide down the hatch pronto, with zero fuss. This pork recipe … Continue reading TWF Lunchbox Instagram Challenge – Bread Free Friday
We've written before on our love of the thermos. It is truly the sandwich-hater's superhero. Head over to our post Sayonara Sandwiches to get some new ideas. For today's challenge, the inspiration came from my kids' love of our local Sushi Train and my friend who admitted she keeps 2 minute noodles in the cupboard … Continue reading TWF Lunchbox Instagram Challenge: Thermos Thursday
Parents and carers often tell me variety is the biggest challenge they face when doing school lunches. Wraps are an easy way to make a simple change. This one was an easy one for me as we had burritos for dinner last night. I love having lunch done the night before - it's like Yesterday … Continue reading TWF Lunchbox Instagram Challenge: Wrap It Wednesday
As the small human can't tolerate gluten, pastry treats are a rarity in our house, so these cheesy bites, simple as they are, are actually met with squeals of excitement. When there's time they're a great one to do with the kids. I'm still working on perfecting home made gluten free pastry, until then I'm … Continue reading TWF Lunchbox Instagram Challenge – Tasty Treat Tuesday
Day one of the challenge and I have to admit, I left this until the very last minute - which is not that unusual for me. So the mini frittata was a life saver! Mini-Frittata 1 egg, 1 dsp cheese, 1 tbsp veg (we had broccoli and carrots left over and I threw in a … Continue reading TWF Lunchbox Instagram Challenge – Meat Free Monday
We love a challenge at TWF and to break up the monotony of heading towards the end of term we've divided next week into the themed days below. To make sure we actually follow through, starting Monday we'll post a shot every day to our Instagram @thewholesomefeed of whatever we have made under each theme … Continue reading TWF’s Lunchbox Instagram Challenge
So, we're midway through the final term of the year here in Aus...and it's usually around this point I find that the inspiration from new recipes gathered over the previous holidays has run out and I am back to packing the same thing day in, day out...ugh! Ali's Instagram pic below pretty much sums it … Continue reading Is Anyone Else Experiencing Lunchbox Fatigue? We’ve Got Some Ideas To Help Keep Things Interesting
Our guide on how to teach children to eat well.
I recently stumbled across this TEDtalk by ecologist Suzanne Simard, 'How Trees Talk To Each Other'. It was such an eye opener, not just in relation to a deeper understanding of the effects of logging and deforestation, but also to the remarkable parallels between some of their behaviours and ours. Simard discovered that trees in … Continue reading The Secret Life Of Trees And What They Can Teach Us
Have you ever wondered which lunchbox is the best? Or what great ideas other parents have for making a healthy lunchbox easy to pack? We have too - so here we are... asking! This is our survey on lunchboxes and how we use them. Our goal is to spread the word on what works and what doesn't.
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This recipe is probably the one I get asked for most often. It's also the easiest, with the maximum benefits.
Whether your child is gluten-free, or bored of the same old lunch, or perhaps you want to boost your child's nutrient intake, there are lots of reasons why we might want to look for sandwich alternatives.
Look away now if you are a fan of packaged kids' convenience foods... or prepare to have your mind changed (hopefully)!
For kid's snacks, avoid the babies and toddlers aisle at the supermarket and head straight to the fresh food. It's easy, cheaper, and better for your kid.
The first time your child does a poop in a previously agreed location is one of the weirder emotional moments. What could possibly have driven me as a right minded human to record the image of a giant stool nested in a plastic bowl emblazoned with images of Dory. Why am I saying that? I … Continue reading Dad Files #4 Trials And Tribulations Of Toilet Training
Why is it, that when you are on your way home with a pregnancy test, the second you reach the front door your bladder stops connecting with your brain? You just managed the 10 minute trip home aware that now would be a good time, but suddenly an extra 30 seconds is asking too much? … Continue reading Trying Times: The Pregnancy Test
This is a much-touted tip for healthy eating, and part of our 5 key guidelines for packing a healthy lunchbox. But why should we do it? And what are some ways to incorporate the rainbow into lunches? We sometimes get stuck feeding our kids (and ourselves!) the same thing over and over as we know … Continue reading Eat The Rainbow: Why And How With These Simple Recipe Ideas And Tweaks To Your Daily Routine
I've just read Dr Mosley's The Clever Guts Diet. It's a great read, and I recommend it to anyone interested in their 'biome' as an accessible starting point. And if you have no idea what a biome is... then you should. I'm constantly amazed by our bodies; they are a truly miraculous piece of machinery with … Continue reading Love Your Guts
There are not many screening invitations that excite us these days, but when this one came in we hit RSVP faster than the Williams sisters return serves. It's a decade since Al Gore's Academy Award winning An Inconvenient Truth and the message could not be clearer or more urgent: It is time for us as … Continue reading Film Review: Al Gore Is Back With An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power
Hilary Duff has shared a gorgeous picture of herself on holiday with her son, Luca, aged 5, and in a single Instagram caption, summed up everything that is wrong with tabloid media and the social narrative surrounding body image, 'Since websites and magazines love to share 'celeb flaws' - well I have them!' she writes. Bloody … Continue reading Hilary Duff Calls Time On The Tabloids And Body Shamers In One Candid Swimsuit Shot
Australian model Megan Gale recently posted a selfie to Instagram breastfeeding her then baby boy River, now 3. In the caption she writes: 'I find it so shocking that breastfeeding in public is still so frowned upon and considered inappropriate in many cases.' The post, shared in honour of World Breastfeeding Week, reminded me of my … Continue reading Megan Gale – Why She Posted A Breastfeeding Selfie On Instagram
From about fourteen months we were arguably the luckiest parents in the world, particularly during the hours of darkness. Our little guy would have his bath at 7pm then get ready for bed and his bedtime bottle. As he sucked his milk down we’d have a ceremonial run through of Rod Campbell’s Dear Zoo, followed … Continue reading Dad Files #3 The Night-Time Insurgent
It occurred to me today that there may be two types who turn up for school drop off with wet hair; 1: Got up to run/do yoga/make the 6am barre class/partake in any kind of physical activity - before the kids woke up - returning refreshed, revived and ready to take on the world and … Continue reading This Is Us: Mums On The (School) Run
Image courtesy Ferdi Rizkiyanto Australian supermarket giants Woolworths and Coles, shortly followed by trailblazers Harris Farm, all confirmed on Friday that they will no longer be supplying free plastic bags to customers as of next year. That's 3.2 billion less lightweight plastic bags from Woolies alone, according to chief executive Brad Banducci. An exciting step … Continue reading Woolworths, Coles and Harris Farm Commit To No More Free Plastic Bags in 2018
When I said I would write something for The Wholesome Feed, I wasn’t sure I really would. Now I am writing!! What do I want to say? A lot. Government policies, big pharmaceutical companies and the popularity of processed food have led us down a difficult and compromised path. We now have a lot of … Continue reading Could A System Focussed On Profit Over People Be Making Us Sick?
At 34 it didn't occur to me that I might be writing a eulogy. I knew the day would come of course, but not until, well, not until I was a grown-up. The call came on a Saturday. We had just moved house and were rushing around trying to manage our as-per-usual stupidly stacked schedule. … Continue reading How Losing My Mother At 34 Inspired Me To Slow Down
Sometimes we need to escape to the land of all things bright and beautiful. Here are a few Instagram feeds that are sure to lift your mood. Love, Jemx @kellywearstler @nectarandstone @jennykeeoz @romancewasborn @rachelcastleandthings @solucy_ @natalie_miller_design @cc_tapis @electric_confetti @camillewalala
I'm collecting links on the interwebs like Adele collects Grammys, so thought I'd share some of my best finds this week! We've got a ballet competition this Saturday, which means applying eyeliner and cross-braiding hair for the small human before sunrise...especially challenging as I have limited braiding skills and have rarely ever successfully applied eyeliner … Continue reading Our Top Picks From Around The Web
We love getting nude, even when it’s 10 degrees outside! Obviously I mean we love to get our FOOD nude…right? The concept is so simple and so effective with wins all ‘round so we wanted to get you on board. It’s one of our 5 guiding principles for packing a healthy lunchbox and it’s honestly … Continue reading Get Your Food Nude: A Guide To Why And How
From sleek, perfectly styled Instagram posts, to cafes dedicated to dressing it in adventurous and delicious combinations, this once simple snack has had a serious makeover and is aspiring to new culinary heights! I escape to a little cafe called The Ragland in Redfern, about 10 minutes away from my office, for lunch when I … Continue reading Toast Toppers: 15 Ways To Spice Up Your Slice
Lets face it, kids love treats, and parents love bribes. Sounds like a match made in heaven to me! But things get off course when the treat isn’t treaty enough, or the kid eats the treat and moves on before paying up on the deal. But it can’t all be alfalfa sprouts and 100-grain bread … Continue reading Lunchbox Treats – 5 Ways To Get It Right
Our goal is to help you pack a healthy lunchbox easily, with food your kid will actually eat. In the back of my mind when I start thinking about lunches (thinking and doing happen at precisely the same time mind you), I aim to hit 5 basic guidelines: Make a rainbow Fill them up Building … Continue reading How To (easily) Pack a Healthy Lunchbox Your Kid Will Actually Eat: The 5 Elements
It is standard practice among our group to have multiple books on the go at once. Some we are re-reading, others have been recommended, more still are on our ‘to read’ list. Here are a few that we thought you might enjoy too. We’d love to know what you’re reading at the moment? THE MUSEUM OF … Continue reading Book Club: The Latest Releases and Awesome Reads You Won’t Want To Miss
Nothing excites me more than the prospect of a new notebook! The crisp, blank pages ready to be filled with the millions of ideas I have swimming around in my head and the to-do lists as long as Karlie Kloss' arm! The latest launch of stationary by two of my favorites; London based designer Orla Kiely (above) in … Continue reading Pretty Up Your EOFY With Orla Kiely & Jonathan Adler’s Latest Stationery
Can you tell the difference between happy tears and sad? I definitely can’t. This is especially a problem when listening to music, which as we all should know, has magical powers to hit us right in the sweet spot and make or ruin our day. Personally it’s not just songs that are related to a … Continue reading It’s My Playlist And I’ll Cry If I want To
Miss E is not a fussy eater. However she is extremely fussy about muesli. This is important because breakfast in our house follows one strict guideline: The Path of Least Resistance. The Path of Least Resistance means one breakfast for all, no swapsies, no switchouts. We have weetbix + yoghurt + banana/berries (season depending) + … Continue reading Recipe: Easy Snacky Muesli
“When’s the big day?” “Planning any little ones?” “What colour was your poo this morning?” Too much? Relatives, friends and colleagues, even the lady in the local shop seem to have a checklist of lifetime events perfectly mapped out that they expect you to fulfil. They feel they have a duty to buy the right … Continue reading Dad Files #2 First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage, Then…