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Making healthy food cool

Ayesha Michael

Lets start by going back a few years.

During my first pregnancy I was diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes (GD). This was a huge shock to me as I had always been rather light weight and otherwise fit and healthy. It was even a shock to my obstetrician who didn't even send me to have the test done simply because "I didn't seem like a candidate." It got me a thinking, if I make healthy food choices and still end up with GD what chances does everyone else have!

When I found out I was pregnant with my second I was determined not to have the same result from my Glucose Tolerance test. I started really thinking about the sort of food I put in my body and realised my previous "healthy" food choices were actually not that great.

Now I know it seems like a very "on trend" thing at the moment but we went the sugar free route. Mainly because I believe it teaches you for foods to eat for life rather than a quick fix weight loss diets (that is not sustainable.)

Hubby rolls his eyes at some of the dishes I produce. Like the beetroot "Chocolate brownie" fail. But I am willing to try everything to prove you can have delicious healthy meals without them being pull of sugary, chemically, processed, rubbish.

Since the introduction of our Re-Play dinnerware meal time has got so exciting for Jobe. He loves making me fill each compartment in the divided plate and forces you to add lots of fresh colourful food to your plate.

Today we made a simple snack. Sticky Popcorn!! Simply get 3 cups of air popped popcorn and mix well with 1 cup of chopped nuts (peanuts, macadamias, almonds what ever you like) and 1 cup of coconut flakes/chips. Bring 1 cup of raw honey to the boil and then simmer for 5 minutes until it browns but be careful not to burn. Add to the popcorn mixture and cover well. Lay out on a baking tray and allow to cool completely before eating.

This will make about 20 portions and can be kept for up to 2 weeks in the fridge in an airtight container.



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