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Baby and toddler snacks: Are they really as healthy as they seem?

I’ve always been a big fan of feeding my children the healthiest food possible, with as little effort as possible.  I love making my own baby and toddler snacks as it’s the best way to know what’s in them. However, as a mum of two children under 3 years old, I also love a shortcut!  Harry is now at an age where he wants ‘treats’ and I am trying to teach him about having them in moderation.  Megan is weaning and hates being left out so I’m always looking for something that they can both enjoy!

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Slimming world update, meal plan and Alistair’s observations on how I’m doing

Last week was a bad weigh in for me.  I gained 4lbs and was absolutely gutted.  I’ll be honest, it really knocked me and I had a bit of a wobble about carrying on.  I felt unmotivated and fed up.  With Easter round the corner I just wanted to eat all the chocolate and forget about losing weight.

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Slimming World Chocolate Cheesecake

I’m back on it this week at Slimming World and feeling positive about losing the weight I gained last week.  I’m still battling the sweet cravings though and am fighting against the urge to fall back on my old ways of, ‘if you can’t have sleep have sugar.’  Today I had terrible chocolate cravings but didn’t want to fall at the first hurdle.  I decided to get creative and make some 1 syn cheesecakes instead.  They were tasty, not quite a family sized bar of galaxy caramel but they definitely curbed the sweet cravings.  They worked out at 1 syn each but the recipe makes 2… and I ate them both!

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How is it even possible to gain this much in one week?! Slimming World Update and Meal Plan

I’ll be honest I may have had a little cry when I got home from weigh in tonight.  I knew I’d been naughty, I’d given myself the week off and let myself eat and drink whatever I wanted.  I expected a gain and was prepared for it.  I wasn’t prepared for how much though!

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The Gentle Eating Guide Review and Giveaway

A while ago now, when I was pregnant with Megan I was asked if I would like to receive a copy of ‘The Gentle Eating Book’ by Sarah Ockwell-Smith to review.  I jumped at the chance and was intrigued to see what ‘gentle eating’ was all about.  I’ve heard of Sarah Ockwell-Smith’s other popular books like ‘The Gentle Sleep’ book and always liked the idea of taking a gentle approach but wasn’t sure it would work for us.  With Harry we followed his lead when it came to eating but did controlled crying when it came to sleep.  It worked for him and I’m a firm believer that some children do need a firm approach to some things.

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Top Tips for eating out and about with a weaning baby and a toddler

Megan has been weaning for a week  now and she’s taken to it like a duck to water.  She loves her food and gets really grouchy if we eat and don’t give her anything.  We went out a lot this weekend and I wanted to share some top tips for eating out as a family that we either use or have learned this weekend!

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1 syn Curly Wurly brownies

For Valentine’s day in the past we have always been big fans of the Marks and Spencer’s meal deal.  This year however, I am on Slimming World and slowly but surely I’m losing weight and getting healthier.  This year I’ve decided to make a Slimming World friendly meal for Valentine’s day.  I still wanted a dessert that tastes like a naughty treat and was really excited when I found out you can make 1 syn brownies! They taste as good as they look and you’d never guess they are so low in syns!

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Keeping it cheap! This week’s meal plan

After an extravagant Christmas, 30th birthday and a tax return we are on strict rations until payday!  Last week I didn’t stick to my meal plan and ended up spending way too much on food and still not quite having all the ingredients to make any one meal.  I’m a firm believer that planning is the key to success so this week I’m back on it.  We’re keeping it cheap but that doesn’t mean we won’t be eating delicious, healthy, on plan food.

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Cheap and tasty meals: Slimming World friendly meal plan for the whole family

It’s that time of the year when pay day feels like an eternity away and we’re all feeling the pinch after Christmas.  This week my goal is to prepare cheap and tasty meals whilst staying on plan at Slimming World.  I had a bad weekend where I may have been led astray by a bottle of wine and eaten a pizza.  I find it definitely helps me to be good when I have a meal plan in place and all the food in the house to prepare each meal.  It also saves money too which is a definite win win!  Another thing I find that helps me stay on plan is keeping a food diary.  There’s something about writing down and coming face to face with everything you’ve eaten that makes you think twice about which foods you eat!

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blueberry and carrot flapjacks

Yesterday was one of those days where Harry decided he wanted a biscuit.  He seems to think he’s the Highway Rat at the moment and is developing quite a sweet tooth.  He will appear at the door of the kitchen and say, in his best baddie voice, “give me your buns and your biscuits, give me your chocolate and cake.” I decided to make him a little treat with some bits and bobs that we had in the cupboard and created these blueberry and carrot flapjacks.

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