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T-Veg: The story of a carrot crunching dinosaur by Smritti Prasadam-Halls

Have you ever considered becoming a Vegetarian? Or perhaps even a Veganism?

Did you get hassled? Questioned? Teased?

Reginald the T-Rex does – and he is not happy about it.


Reginald is a fierce T-Rex, he can run fast, jump high and roar very loudly! However,  he just doesn’t want to eat meat – he wants to eat carrot cake, vegetable stew and banana berry cake instead!! His friends laugh at him and tell him that there he cannot be  T-Rex if he is to continue these veggie eating ways and with this, Reginald walks away.

He tries to befriend some other herbivores but when they just run away he tries to act like a herbivore but finds it too boring. Sad and confused Reginald heads for home – only to find that his T-Rex friends really do need him – and it’s lucky that he has returned!

This book, written in rhyme is a fun adventure into the world of vegetarianism and acceptance of everyone – no matter what they eat, look like or believe in. Children will learn that everyone is equal, special and has something to add to the community.

Katherine Manolessou’s illustrations are bright and energetic and she makes Reginald an easy to love T-Veg – Rex.

Perhaps you have never considered a carrot crunching dinosaur to send a message about Vegetarianism or acceptance of differences – but written in fast paced rhyme, this book does just that.

Perhaps it’s time you enjoyed some more vegetarian meals!

So what can you do at home?

SUSTAINABILITY

– Try to have a meat free day once a week then progress to twice a week….it can be done!! A current favourite of ours is: Pumpkin and Peanut Butter curry

– Source your meat from organic and local companies. It may mean spending more money but just use less – add more vegetables to the dish instead!

– Try adding more vegetables to your meals and snack – they create less waste

– Do you have a compost bin? Worm farm? All those extra scraps can go this way!

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It’s our world

How do we raise our children to be more environmentally conscious children?



How we do we raise them so that they are not caught up in the world of consumption, acting for the Instagram followers or having a total disregard for tomorrow?

In the western world where convenience is key it seems to our survival we, the adults, need to change our ways and show our children that convenience isn’t always the best way forward.

Raising environmentally aware children is paramount. This doesn’t just mean awareness of the natural world, it also means awareness of how our actions impact other people’s lives.

But how do we do this when convenience is right there to make our lives easier when many of us work full time, need to keep a tight budget or want to relax rather than clean, cook or sew?

We can do this – one step at a time. And that one step at  a time should be together with our children and on display to them.

How can you slowly move from a life of convenience to an eco-conscious life?

– Go to the library and borrow some of the books I have reviewed. By educating your children about the world around them they are more likely to make changes. Try Feathers by Phil Cummings

– Eat more fruit and vegetables from a coop, markets or fresh delivery. Vegetables and Fruits have little or no packaging and have less of an impact on the environment that plastic wrapped things. Try a Patch from Scratch by Megan Forward

– Try baking your own biscuits, cakes and bread. I’ve just started making my own sourdough and it is a lot easier than what I thought! I’ll share my recipe some day soon. Try this delicious recipe Coconut carrot cake

– Get outside into the natural world every day. It might just be the park and that’s fine. We need to teach our children about these spaces that allow us to slow down. Try Last tree in the city

– If your children are old enough watch the news but if not there are plenty of books out there that explain these issues in a much more gentle way. Try Illegal by Eoin Colfer, Phasmid by Rohan Cleve, The Hairy Nosed Wombats find a new home by Jackie French

– And most importantly be a part of your community. Check out the Crop swap groups, local community gardens, markets, second hand stores, food delivery groups and repair cafes. Being part of your community will help you to move away from a life of convenience. Try The Patchwork Bike by Maxine Beneba

Is there a change you need to make? Perhaps a book will inspire that change – ask me and I can help!

 

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An eco easter.

Another Easter rolls around and all we seem to see in the shops are hot cross buns and easter eggs! Not that this is a bad thing but it is starting to become more and more consumer driven rather than about the meaning behind Easter. Whether you are christian or not – Easter shouldn’t be about the foil covered, plastic boxed easter eggs. It should be a celebration of new life.


There are many ways we can start to change our habits and not make Easter another environmental disaster – AND still have fun! Most Easter eggs are covered in foil which isn’t recyclable and also boxed in plastic which is also not recyclable.

So what can you do? Perhaps try these swaps this year to make your Easter a little bit more eco-friendly!

  • We all love chocolate so keep the chocolate! But can you source locally made or fair trade chocolate?
  • Buy an Easter book! A book is a gift that keeps on giving.
  • Make your own Homemade chocolates! Melt some bulk bought chocolate (if you buy in bulk there is little or no packaging from whole food stores) into moulds. The children can wake up to a jar of homemade chocolates instead of store bought eggs.
  • Use bunny prints instead of an Easter egg trail.
  • Buy seeds or flowers – these represent new life and many seeds planted now will be stunning flowers in Spring!
  • Replace plastic eggs with felt or knitted eggs (many of these can be sourced online).
  • Donate to the Bilby foundation instead of buying Easter eggs for the Adults in your life.
  • Make your own Homemade Hot Cross Buns!
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Reading snacks: Chocolate and popcorn? Who knew?

 

We all read reading snacks and if the snacks are healthy then we can eat more and read for longer…right?

Here is a wonderful recipe that is homemade, nut free and mostly Australian grown. They are also packaging free which is not only great for the environment but great for you as it means one less trip to the bin!

1 1/2 cups of cooked popcorn.

1 cup of coconut – desiccated works better but shredded is fine.

1 cup of melted coconut oil.

1/4 cup of cacao powder.

1 cup of sultanas

1/2 cup sunflower seeds

1/2 cup of pepitas.

Method.

  1. Whizz up the sultanas – they are tricky to whiz so at least make them as mushy as possible!
  2. Whizz up the sunflower seeds and pepitas.
  3. Mix all of the dry ingredients together then add the coconut oil.
  4. Set in the fridge for at least 4 hours before eating.

 (excuse my poor food photography!)

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Home made Advent Calendars

Temptation abounds in supermarkets with the chocolate advent calendars in store!

BUT – you can avoid these additive fuelled, sugar infused and terrible tasting calendars for your own, homemade thoughtful one!

The one pictured above was made by my 5 year old. She copied the numbers down onto each envelope and clipped them to a piece of string.

We then wrote one activity down on a piece of scrap paper and placed it into each envelope.

These included:

  •  Go for a bushwalk
  • Made a seed bell for the backyard chooks
  • Have a dance off
  • donate a present to a giving tree
  • Plant some summer seeds
  • Write someone a letter and post it.
  • Bake a cake
  • Go and visit your next door neighbours with a Christmas card.
  • Create a new game to play outside.

There are so many options here – so have fun creating your own!

We also created our own chocolates which will be kept in the fridge and eaten each day!

Simple ingredients

  •  One block of dark chocolate
  • One bowl of Sprinkles
  1. Melt the chocolate using the double boiler method.
  2. Spoon the chocolate into moulds
  3. Place sprinkles over the top!
  4. Place in fridge over night.


 

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Home made Bath bombs

Christmas is a time of giving and there are so many ‘things’ to give people that involve plastic and waste.

We decided that instead of buying our friends different presents, we could make our own.

Bath bombs were high on the list after being given some last year and we found out that they are quite easy to make.


There are many different recipes out there so I tweaked what I found and here is my recipe:

HOMEMADE BATH BOMBS

  • 1 1/2 cups bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 cup citric acid powder (We bought ours from Aussie Soap Supplies)
  • Food colouring
  • Lavender oil
  • Sparkles, potpurri (anything to add some surprise to the bath!)
  • Coconut oil
  • Silicon moulds.

  1. Line silicon moulds with small amount of coconut oil.
  2. Mix Bicarb soda and citric acid powder in a separate bowl.
  3. In another bowl add your food colouring.
  4. Use half a cup of the powder mixture and add to the food colouring – make sure you stir quickly so it does not fizz!
  5. Add a couple of drops of lavender oil
  6. Add a large teaspoon of coconut oil.
  7. Mix together with your hands until you can scrunch the mixture and it sticks together.
  8. Add sparkles etc.
  9. Place the mixture into a mould and leave for 36 hours.
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Banana flour pancakes! 

I’ve posted some books recently on the topic of bees and honey AND I have many more to come. However, today’s blog post is on the best way you can use honey and that is on pancakes!

We love pancakes and I especially love homemade, waste free and gluten free pancakes!

Today we made Banana flour pancakes.

My Banana flour is made in Australia by some ingenious banana farmers who needed to use up some green bananas rather than letting them go to waste. Banana flour is a great prebiotic and is fantastic to bake with. It is a great alternative to flour and is nut free so great for lunch boxes.

Banana flour is great for the environment as it reduces the waste of the green bananas just ending up in the compost, it lessens the reliance on wheat flour and is better for your health!

Here is a great recipe, I hope you enjoy it!

1 cup of Banana Flour

3 tablespoons honey

3 eggs

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda

150 ml coconut milk. You could also use almond milk – or a combination!

 

 

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Banana pancakes! 


Taking care of the planet is important to me so trying to make small changes with my family is really important. 

One step is to make our own healthy food bought from bulk food sources rather than just the supermarket. 

Not only do you save money buying in bulk, you reduce unnecessary plastic waste and trips to the supermarket! 

We made these great pancakes today and here is my recipe: 

1 cup besan flour 

3/4 cup water

1/4 cup coconut cream 

1 banana 

3 tablespoons of coconut oil

Vanilla or honey or cinnamon to taste 
Mash banana then add the rest

Fry in coconut or macadamia oil

Eat hot! 

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Home made Sauerkraut

This is a great recipe from the book Heal you Gut by Lee Holmes.

Many people are talking about the benefits of probiotic food at the moment so it is everywhere in the health food shops but you can make it at home!

This is so easy to make  – cabbage is cheap and all you need is a glass jar, some herbs and a dark cupboard!

I find the taste of this one quite subtle so perhaps you will too (especially if you are new to eating it). I eat it  when I have eggs and vegetables for breakfast!

Sauerkraut – Use 2 x 1 litre jar.

1/2 green cabbage

2 litres of filtered water

1 tablespoon of Australian sea salt (much more eco friendly)

1 garlic clove – crushed

1 tablespoon of caraway seeds.

  1. place cabbage in jars and press down until 3/4 full.
  2. Stir other ingredients together so the salt dissolves then fill the jars with the mixture.
  3. Place a tight lid on the jars and place in a dark cupboard for 4 days or until bubbles start to form (This depends on the time of the year you make it!)

 

 

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Coconut carrot cake

Time for a cuppa a slice of carrot cake!

carrotcake

 

4 eggs (from the backyard chooks)

1 cup shredded coconut

2/3 cup coconut oil

1 Tbs honey

1/2 tsp vanilla

1/2 cup coconut flour

2 tsp baking powder

1 cup grated carrot (about one big one)

1/4 cup almond meal

1/4 cup finely chopped dates.

Bake for 20 mins!           At 180 degrees