Saturday, August 24, 2013

A giveaway with heart!

It’s been a few weeks into my Mum’s United Heart Foundation challenge and I’ve been enjoying it.
The campaign is all about encouraging Australians to get healthier the easy way.
The idea is that we don't have to make difficult and expensive changes to our lifestyle – which are therefore often short-lived; but by making small, inexpensive changes. Which then hopefully become a part of life.
For us, that’s been surprisingly easy.
We started by making some treats from the Heart Foundation website.


The strawberry muffins – modified to suit what we had in our pantry, blueberries – were an instant hit. The kids at the morning tea we baked them for wolfed them down and we had had to rescue a few for the grandparents! We didn't use the almonds in the recipe either, because Chase is allergic.


We made a mixture of big and small muffins, and they were delicious!

The next day, Harmonie experimented by making another batch, but this time baking the mixture into a loaf. It was moist and delicious and just took a little longer in the oven.
Another challenge was finding healthier versions of our favourite foods.
As Mr 12 edges closer towards teenage-dom, he has developed an overwhelming love of KFC.
He’s a health-conscious child and knows he shouldn’t eat it often, so he’s been at me to come up with a home-cooked, healthier version of his favourite chicken treat.

“Ask your foodie friend if she knows how to make it,” he begged.
My 'foodie friend' is blogging legend Lorraine Elliott, of NotQuiteNigella fame. 
I like to boast that I've loved her blog from before she was famous, and Chase was right, she was the perfect person to ask.
Indeed, she replied that she did have a couple of recipes for chicken that might pass for a reasonable version of KFC!
This is the one we tried ... 
Ours turned out looking like this:


It was quite nice, but as Chase said, didn't really fill the Kentucky Fried Chicken craving. And to be honest, I didn't enjoy cleaning up the kitchen afterwards either!

However, we did have fun buying the ingredients and making it together, and it felt good to add a new recipe to our repertoire. 

We also found a salt-reduced version of family favourite cottage pie on the Heart Foundation website. This one is a good way to get extra veggies into our diet without adding too much salt.

Ours looked like this, and we didn't notice any big difference in taste. The kids still cleaned their plates.

Served with a chunk of crusty bread

Speaking of bread, Chase has been making his own recently.

We don't have a bread maker, so he does it by hand using recipes we google off the internet.

It's surprisingly good.

He makes it at night, and leaves it in his room, which is heated, to rise overnight. It's lovely to have for breakfast the next morning.


This was the first batch he made, so it doesn't look as pretty as it can look. He sometimes makes little dinner rolls too. 

We've made other changes too, like incorporating a family walk into our day - though we've had to put that on hold for a while as Harmonie recovers from shingles. She gets aches and pains in her legs and joints, and incredibly tired, and sometimes she's too worn out after a day at school. But we enjoy it when she's up to it. 

And we make healthy choices when shopping by choosing Heart Foundation 'tick' products. The tick means foods must meet strict nutrition standards which limits bad things like saturated and trans fats, salt and excess kilojoules, and includes more good things like calcium or fibre. 

We feel like we're a healthier family as a result, and best of all, we're spending more quality time together, exercising, shopping for ingredients, and cooking.

On a recent break away with the kids, I even joined in activities I'd planned for the kids when I'd normally just watch and take photos. 


Why should the kids have all the fun?

Now it's time for you to enjoy getting healthier! Thanks to Mums United and the Heart Foundation, I have a $200 supermarket voucher to give away. To win, simply make sure you're a liker of my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Maid-In-Australia/250293071668396Then leave a comment below and share a simple way you've made your life or you family's lives healthier.  The winner will be drawn at 5 pm on Monday September 2. Good luck!

The competition has closed and the winner was MitchVee. Congratulations. Please contact me so I can organise for your prize to be sent to you. 

14 comments:

Not Quite Nigella said...

Oh Bronnie I'm sorry that it didn't fill the KFC craving! I know cleaning up afterwards is never fun is it? I wish I had someone to whisk it all away! :P

Bronnie Marquardt said...

Oh Lorraine, it was still yummy, especially with comforting mash and veggies. For Chase it just didn't give him that KFC 'kick'. I swear they put something addictive in that stuff! And that teenage boys get something in their hormones that makes them crave it after a certain age!

Amber Boyce said...

We have recently built our own vegetable and herb garden. It has been really fun to pick our own produce and learn new vegetable recipes.

MichVee said...

Some little changes, the first you see
We have family dance-offs on the Wii.
Healthy change number two:
More fruits and veggies -long overdue!
Change three leaves me puffing,
Exercises for body buffing!
Healthy change number four:
Soft drinks, cordials, out the door.
Change five walk to work or school
Helps keep you de-stressed and cool
Change six, we swapped white to brown,
Helps to keep the GI down.
Change seven soon awaits,
Hit the pavement on our skates!
Change eight have more giggles,
It really tightens all that jiggles.
Change nine swap more for less,
Its the hardest, I confess!
Change ten, last not least
Only one chocolate, NOT a feast!

Mary Preston said...

Just a general reduction in all of the "rubbish" we eat. I don't buy it. Therefore it's not in the house. Everyone is much more inclined to grab a piece of fruit.

marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

jaz said...

1) We eat the vegetables on our plate first to fill us up and to avoid over-eating on less nutritious foods

2) If sugar, salt or fat are featured in the first three ingredients of a product - I stay well away from it!

Char said...

It's so lovely that you and your kids spend time cooking together. You're giving them valuable skills, quality time plus you're increasing your recipe repertoire. I didn't do that with my kids (they always had evening sports practices so it just didn't work) and it's something I think they missed out on.

Kim maxwell said...

I am 39 and my cholesterol is 7.5! That's so not good. I think I have been addicted to food, all the crap stuff. A lightbulb has went off for me and being healthy is easy now. I eat well, all low fat stuff, more fruit, more veg, no crap and exercise. Easy. Very impressed with myself. Never thought I would be able to do this.

galwayst@hotmail.com
Kim

Tegan Churchill said...

We've started cutting down on the take away we eat. A few months ago we were eating a ridiculous amount and it was hurting our hips just as much as our hip pocket. I also notice how much better behaved Mr 4 is when he is eating good, nutritious food.
It's so great that your kids are involved with cooking and experimenting with different tastes and flavours.

Yvette @ Little Bento Blog said...

I'm on a cutting out cola detox atm.. sugar craving overload.. but hopefully eating healthier is going to help me in the long run!!

Those muffins look awesome

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Eleise Hale said...

I did the mum united project a few ago and we have made some huge changes since then. We joined the whole family in a jogging club which we regulary attend. We bushwalk and swim in summer. We do home made burgers, pizza and egg and bacon rolls now, much lower fat and salt produce. We also bake all our lunch box treats and freeze them, the kids love to make and eat these. It has taken a couple of years but each month we get a little healthier.

sapna said...

We are a family of four,
The Kids don't want toeatjunkanymore.
Its all about making Healthy choices,
and ability to shut off those unhealthy Voices.
The kids are being led by example,
Its ok to try new foods and sample.
The tele is off and more we talk,
We take the kids out on a walk.
Less we buy Sweet and Sugar,
More we eat fruit and drink water.
Healthier we feel and are,
Walk when possible and ditch the car.
We are not only a family of four,
We also are a family with a Healthy Score.

sapna said...

We are a family of four,
The Kids don't want to eat junk anymore.
Its all about making Healthy choices,
and ability to shut off those unhealthy Voices.
The kids are being led by example,
Its ok to try new foods and sample.
The tele is off and more we talk,
We take the kids out on a walk.
Less we buy Sweet and Sugar,
More we eat fruit and drink water.
Healthier we feel and are,
Walk when possible and ditch the car.
We are not only a family of four,
We also are a family with a Healthy Score

Melanie Moran said...

My days of breast feeding and not drinking alcohol are over, but it also means I have stopped buying soft drink for myself to drink on the weekend. I must say with no lemonade n the house, the kids can't nag me for it. Win win or everyone!