Visual Veggies

Let’s talk veggies.
The above picture is from today’s produce shop with the hubby. I’ll probably duck out to the shops mid week to pick up a few odds and ends, but this is the bulk of our produce for the week. I should clarify those oranges will last longer than a week though – it was just cheaper to buy that many at once 😉
It might be obvious to some, but I’ll list what we have here:

  • 1 big ass box of oranges, fresh from a local orchard ($10! Bargain!)
  • 1 kilo bag of carrots (most of which is for a cashew, curry and carrot soup)
  • chunk of watermelon
  • 4 punnets of strawberries
  • 2 brown onions
  • 2 bunches of asparagus
  • 5 apples
  • bag of mushies
  • 2 cucumbers
  • 2 washed potatoes
  • 1 kilo bag of tomatoes
  • pack of baby spinach leaves
  • 7 limes
  • punnet of cherry tomatoes
  • bananas
  • 4 grapefruit
  • 2 avos
  • 1 zucchini
  • garlic
  • sweet potato
  • green capsicum
  • 3 corn cobs
  • some pumpkin
  • lettuce
I had a few stragglers from last week lurking in my fridge too, like a red capsicum and corriander etc.

I wanted to take a picture because I wanted a visual of how much produce we were eating a week. Is most of it green? Is it a lot? Is it not enough? Obviously there are variants. Like what meals I’m cooking for the week. And what’s on special. But it’s given me a general idea of how much fruit and veg 2.5 people (O doesn’t eat quite as much as we do!) eat in a week.
My thought’s are

  • It’s more than I thought
  • Not enough greens
  • Less fruit than I thought
  • Nice variety
Have you ever done this? Why not take an image of your weekly produce shop? Maybe it can motivate you and others to eat more fresh and colourful foods. Maybe you’re doing better than you thought!

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Jack N’ Jill – Review & Competition!

Organic flavours and calendula, no fluoride, SLS, preservatives or colours.
Awhile ago I wrote a blog post about looking into some natural and organic toothpaste for O to use now that she is nearing 1 and has almost 6(!) teeth. I wrote about the brand Jack And Jill. I did purchase some Jack and Jill toothpaste and brushes, and I also bought some gift kits, a genius idea for kid’s birthday gifts. 
I was worried how O would take it as she thinks my hands going near her mouth is cause enough for a tantrum on the best of days. In a way I don’t blame her, because usually I’m trying to feel her gums for teeth and often I find one almost through. Of course it’d hurt when I’m touching it, the poor thing.
My mum helped me with Operation Brush Your Teeth on the first go, and we used the Silicone Finger Brush with some Raspberry Natural Toothpaste. You wouldn’t believe it (because I sure didn’t) but the little terror liked it. She didn’t seem to mind the brush or the flavour of toothpaste. Win! Next we tried the Bio Toothbrush (it’s made from corn starch and is biodegradable and compostable) which wasn’t as easy. We let her hold it and for a few moments she held it in her own mouth, moving it around her gums (and the few teeny tiny teeth). Then she spotted the cat and that was the end of Operation Brush Your Teeth.
I’d call it a success. We don’t brush her teeth every day at this point, more like once a week. But we are making it a fun game and she now laughs when she watches us brush our teeth. She isn’t sure of the banana flavour but loved the blueberry one last night. I love that its safe if they swallow it (which at this age, she is). I’ll probably stick to the Silicone Finger Brush for the moment, or even try the Tooth and Gum Brush. She loves the little hippo picture on the products too, it’s pretty cute!
I’m glad I found these products, because I do buy into the whole fluoride debate – meaning, I think it’s a slow poison. Okay poison might be a bit dramatic but I really don’t think its necessary to add to our waters. But let’s not open up that can of worms. Let’s just be grateful for companies like Jack And Jill that give us options for our children.
 
Jack And Jill (an Aussie company, by the way) are giving all Hippie Mumma readers the chance to win the products I reviewed (2 toothpastes, a bio toothbrush and a silicone finger brush). How awesome is that! And I’ve made it really easy to enter the competition, just use the form below.

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Blueberry & Banana Smoothie

Some mornings (or really any time of the day) I just can’t be bothered to create a meal. I can’t be bothered to think and I can’t be bothered to spend lots of time in the kitchen. And I can’t be bothered I don’t have the time to sit down and eat a meal let alone scratch my arm sometimes (ah, children). 
My solution on these types of days is this: SMOOTHIE! There’s always some spare vegies or frozen fruit in our house, and experimenting is half the fun. This one is full of antioxidants and is very filling! A great breakfast smoothie to get you going for the day.
Blueberry & Banana Smoothie
1 banana, fresh or frozen
1 cup of frozen blueberries
1/4 cup coconut water
1 tbs chia seeds
1 tbs flax meal
1 tsp agave or raw honey
Blend all ingredients thoroughly. Enjoy immediately (chia turns to a pudding!).