6 November 2014
During the month of October we asked Sustainababy Eco Challenge participants to makeover their lunch boxes by banishing processed foods and creating nutritious lunches that children would love to eat. The results were nothing short of amazing!
There was one participant in particular however, who shared the inspiring lunchox creations for her six-year-old on Instagram throughout the month. We are so excited to announce that @dreamdream936 (otherwise known as Sapna Sharma) is our October Eco Challenge Winner!
Congratulations Sapna! For your efforts you have won a Yumbox Bento lunchbox and matching So Young Insulated Lunchbox Bag combo valued at $70.
Did you miss out on seeing the images through Instagram? Fear not, as we are thrilled to share the images with you here. Of course it's not too late to head over to Instagram and explore #loveyourlunchbox @sustainababy for all of this month's entries.
Top left: egg sushi, sultanas, orange, rice thins, boiled chickpeas with carrots and a banana.
Top right: bus sandwich, cucumber slices, boiled egg, crackers and strawberries.
Bottom left: chickpea rice, cucumber and tomato caterpillar, orange, pretzel, homemade yoghurt and an apple.
Bottom right: cheese, star-shaped sandwiches, brown rice sushi, celery, cucumber, strawberry, honey dew melon and grape fruit skewers, boiled egg shaped like a fish, kiwi fruit and mandarin.
Above: Red kidney bean rice with yoghurt, cucumber, carrot, cherry tomato, kiwi fruit, seeds and dates.
Top left: crackers, cucumber, strawberries on a food pick, grapes, boiled egg, cheese sandwich, carrot pieces and a mandarin.
Top right: leftover pasta, boiled egg, strawberries, rockmelon stickes, steamed cauliflower and an orange.
Bottom left: avocado sushi, pretzels, cucumber and carrot flowers, beans, strawberries, papaya and a banana.
Bottom right: egg roll sushi, pretzels, cucumber slices, carrot and rockmelon sticks, boiled egg, steamed cauliflower (colour changed by dipping in fresh beetroot juice) and a banana.
Above: Egg and beetroot brown rice sushi, cucumber, tofu, pretzels, yoghurt, boiled egg, capsicum, carrot, apple.
Top left: brown rice sushi, dates, orange, roasted vegetables on a food pick, pretzels and cheese.
Top right: egg fried rice, carrot, asparagus, boiled egg, capsicum, mushrooms, pretzels, dates and banana.
Bottom left: A lunch for a school excursion! Cheese and greens burger, asparagus, leftover pasta, cucumber and carrots, pretzels, olives and cheese.
Bottom right: sushi, grapes, left over pasta, egg and cheese.
Last night's pasta and red kidney bean salad, popcorn, nectarine, beans, carrots, strawberry and cucumber.
Top left: beetroot rice (rice mixed with homemade beetroot dip) and boiled egg, steamed broccoli, mejdool dates, crackers and cheese, and a banana.
Top right: avocado sandwich, roasted chickpeas, crackers, pasta, carrot and cucumber flowers and strawberries.
Bottom left: left over noodles, car shaped boiled egg, carrot flowers, cucumber slices, mushrooms, dates, rice thins and cheese and an apple (cut into pieces using an apple slicer and secure with a band).
Bottom right: cucumber caterpillar sandwich, sushi, kiwi fruit and a boiled egg.
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29 October 2014
We love a lot of things at Sustainababy, but if you’ve been following us for a while now you’ll know that the plastic bag is most definitely NOT on our ‘love list’.
Did you know that about one million plastic bags are used worldwide every minute? [Every MINUTE!] Or that a single plastic bag can take up to 1,000 years to degrade?
How many plastic bags do you use each day?
This month at Sustainababy we are asking our Eco Challenge community to break up with the plastic bag and Turn It Loose by saying, “No!” to plastic in the supermarket, around your bread and in the home. Sound tricky? Our friend Rebecca 4myearth is here to help!
4myearth produce funky, organic alternatives to the humble plastic bag, including bread bags, food covers and 100% cotton produce bags. My absolute favourite products are the food wraps and pockets, which are perfect for the lunch box, and the bread covers, which are a must have for those of use who bake our own bread!
You can see their range here.
Throughout the month of November there will be support from other EcoceptionalTM Mums like you in our Eco Challenge Facebook Community. You can request to join the group here. There will be blog posts and updates on Pinterest and Instagram. You can join in too by using the tag #turnitloose @Sustainababy.
Share your journey to Turn It Loose and you will be in the running to win a 4myearth prize pack of two bread bags, two cotton produce bag packs (three bags in each pack) and a food cover value pack. This is a great prize valued at over $100.
If you are keen to be part of the Turn It Loose Eco Challenge during November, then this is what you’ll need to do:
- Request to join our closed Sustainababy Monthly Eco Challenge Facebook Group here. In this group you'll meet heaps of other like-minded ecoceptionalTM mums doing the eco challenges who can support you along the way.
- Ditch the use of plastic bags for the month of November and get creative with alternatives in the supermarket, for your bread and in your home.
- If you'd like to be in the running for the 4myearth prize pack, tell us about how you managed to “Turn It Loose” and break up with plastic.
You can either do this by:
- Creating a video and posting the link on our Facebook page;
- Blogging about the Sustainababy November “Turn It Loose” Eco Challenge on your personal or business blog (and posting the link to our Facebook page);
- Sending through a collation of photos documenting your transformation ~ you could do this through Instagram using hashtag #turnitloose @Sustainababy; OR
- Emailing a short summary of your journey (500 words maximum) and supporting photographs with subject line “November Eco Challenge” to email@example.com before 5pm AEST Tuesday 9th December 2014. Please ensure that your summary is grammatically correct, as the winning summary will be published word for word on the Sustainababy Blog.
The winner will be contacted by email and their summary will be published on our blog no later than 5pm AEST on Wednesday, 10th December 2014. Our November Eco Challenge is open to Australian and international residents.
So, what are you waiting for? Turn it loose and ditch those plastic bags for good!
28 October 2014
Meet Jessica Donovan, a naturopath, woman's holistic health expert and founder of Energetic Mama. Today Jess talks about the key ingredient that might be missing from your child's lunch box and how you can take action.
Is your child’s lunchbox missing something?
If you want to help your children to concentrate, focus and learn while they are at school then pack them some good fats in their lunchbox!
I want to get the facts straight when it comes to fats! We don’t need to be scared of fat! Fat is really important for everyone’s health and most children are generally not getting enough of the right sorts of fat!
So what are the right sorts of fats? Forget all you have learnt about fats and stick to this one golden rule when it comes to fats
If it is natural eat it, if it is processed, steer clear!
So using this rule I class butter, fat from pasture raised meat, nuts, cheese, coconut oil and olive oil as healthy! Now using this rule can get a little confusing when it comes to unnatural fats. Oils such as canola, vegetable and sunflower oil may sound natural but they go through a fair bit of processing to get onto the supermarket shelves so I don’t class them as healthy fats!
Fats are super beneficial for our children’s health! They are essential in brain development and function, so they help our kids concentrate, learn and focus. Fats are important for the nervous system and eye development. Fats are also needed for healthy skin and more.
Healthy fats are essential for our wellbeing. In fact, omega 3s and omega 6s are known as essential fatty acids because they are nutrients that we need to take in every day. We generally obtain plenty of omega 6 fatty acids from our modern day diet, but we need to ensure we consume plenty of omega 3 rich foods. Omega 3 is found in oily fish such as sardines, anchovies, mackerel and salmon, nuts and seeds such as flaxseed, chia seeds and walnuts and pasture raised meats.
We also need to reduce the intake of omega 6 fats in our children’s diets as they promote inflammation leading to health issues such as eczema and asthma. Omega 6s are found in cheap oils – vegetable, canola, sunflower, safflower, corn and soy oils, which are found in almost every packaged food at the supermarket including so called healthy breads, wraps, muesli bars and other snacks, marinades, sauces etc.
• Include a fat component into your children’s meals – nuts, seeds, oils such as coconut or olive, butter, yoghurt, cheese and fish are all good examples.
• Aim for oily fish such as salmon, sardines, mullet and mackerel in the diet 3-4 times a week.
• Ask for grass fed meat at your butcher. Kangaroo is a great choice for red meat.
• Avoid Canola, sunflower, safflower, vegetable, corn and soy oils and limit the amount of processed foods, which contain these oils, such as bakery products, biscuits, most crackers and many types of bread. These oils contain high levels of omega 6 fats which promote inflammation, and can upset the balance of healthy fats.
Bliss Balls are a fantastic way to get healthy fats into kids, try this nut free version in the lunchbox.
Nut Free Bliss Balls
1 cup oats
1 cup buckwheat kernals
3/4 cup pumpkin seeds
3/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup flaxseeds/linseeds
1/2 cup dates
2 tablespoons tahini
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons coconut oil
2 tablespoons cacao
Mix all the dry ingredients and dates together in a food processor (I use a vitamix). It can be done by hand but you will need to chop it all up.
Pour into a bowl and add the wet ingredients.Mix well with your hands, form into balls and set in the fridge for 30 mins.
Jessica Donovan is a woman’s holistic health expert who helps mums get their sparkle back and become a more energetic, calm and joyful version of themselves. She is a one stop shop for all things nutrition, stress and hormone related. Jessica combines her deep naturopathic knowledge with a realistic, empathetic, inspiring and down to earth approach to empower women to look after themselves and take charge of their own wellbeing.
Jessica created her free guide ’10 mistakes mums make that keep them overwhelmed, exhausted and out of balance’ to help mums feel great again. Grab your copy here http://energeticmama.com
22 October 2014
I am so thrilled to let you all know that Sustainababy was the recipient of two national awards in October, winning bronze in the eco-friendly category of the Ausmumpreneur Awards and Highly Commended in the Kids category of the Green Lifestyle Awards.
I made a fleeting visit to Melbourne (leaving my boys in the capable hands of their dad) to attend the AusMumpreneurs Conference and Awards ceremony.
The experience was amazing.
I loved meeting many other mums in business, including Sustainababy supplier (and the Ausmumpreneur of the Year award recipient) Christine Kininmonth from Fertile Minds, and the lovely Quirky Jo, and of course, was so humbled to receive bronze in the eco-friendly business category.
Catching up with fellow Ausmumpreneur and winner of the Blog Award, Jo Whitton from Quirky Cooking.
With the Sustainababy HQ located in my loungeroom, and working around my young family in Outback South Australia, it's so easy to forget the reach I have. Thank you to everyone who voted! Knowing that I am inspiring Mums from all over Australia (and beyond!) to make more sustainable choices for their families truly makes the hard work worthwhile.
Great to meet Ausmumpreneur of the Year Winner, Christine Kininmonth.
Being recognised at both the Ausmumpreneur and Green Lifestyle Awards is a dream come true and has motivated me to continue my work to guide more families in making the switch to an eco-friendly lifestyle.
There are so many exciting projects in the pipeline at Sustainababy. These awards have given me an added boost to continue to develop these resources and achieve my dream of enabling all Mums out there to create 'An EcoceptionalTM Life They'll Love'!
22 October 2014
Ecococoon stainless steel drink bottles in ballerinas, dino party, spring bees and zoo friends.
This month at Sustainababy we’ve been giving our lunch boxes a makeover and now you can too!
Check out the amazing range of lunch boxes, containers, cooler bags, drink bottles and re-usable utensils that will let you pack and carry the perfect lunch-on-the-go again, and again, and again.
1. Sinchies Reusable Food Pouch (pack of five)
Perfect for yoghurt, custard or homemade purees on the go, without the waste! Simply fill, use and clean over and over. These food pouches are freezer and dishwasher safe. Available in 80ml, 140ml and 200ml sizes.
2. Sustain-A-Stacker 3 in 1 Stainless Steel Lunchbox
With the tick of approval from adults and children alike, all members of your family will be happy to pack this lunch box wherever they might be off to. The two stackable levels and bonus oblong container means that you can stack a three-course lunch all in the same container.
3. Dandelion Re-Play Utensils 8 Pack – Blue, Green, Orange.
These bright and colourful forks and spoons are actually made from recycled milk containers. BPA-free, phthalate-free and PVC-free, they are also available in purple, green and orange 8 pack.
4. SoYoung Insulated Cooler Bag – Turquoise Scooter
These cooler bags from SoYoung will grow with you and your child. Use it as a bottle bag for baby, pack your child’s drinks and snacks in it, or leave the kids at home and take your lunch with you wherever you go! The thing we love the most is that the bag can be snapped onto your stroller handlebars or, or worn in messenger or backpack style. More designs available in store.
5. Lunchbots Thermal Insulated Food Container – Green
These insulated food containers are perfect for Summer or Winter. They keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold for hours, without plastic coming into contact with your food. Also available in pink.
6. Yumbox Leakproof Bento Lunchbox Original - Pomme Green.
Yumbox is a newly inspired bento lunchbox that allows anyone to pack a nutritionally balanced meal in minutes. The best thing is that Yumbox is leakproof, so you don’t have to worry about yogurts, dips or other liquids making their way out of the lunch box and through the rest of your bag.
7. Kids Konserve Ice Pack and Cover – Green
This clever ice pack is made from recycled plastic bottles. The sweat free cover means that it is the perfect summer companion for lunchboxes and bags. Also available in magenta.
8. SoYoung Insulated Lunch Box – Russian Dolls
We love the retro-inspired designs from SoYoung! These coated linen lunch boxes can be worn either as a backpack or messenger style for hands free adventure outings. They are also a perfect fit for the Yumbox Lunchbox range. More designs in store.
9. Lunchbots Dips Condiment Containers (set of three)
These leak proof stainless steel containers from Lunchbots are perfect for your salad dressing, sauces or dips and fit neatly inside the Lunchbots range of stainless steel lunch boxes.
10. Ecococoon Stainless Steel Drink Bottles
Leak proof, condensation free and insulated to keep cold drinks cold for 24 hours and hot drinks hot for up to 12 hours, these are not your average drink bottle. Available in a range of designs and colours in both 350ml and 500ml sizes.