Monthly Archives: April 2018

Health Boosting Pregnancy Pancakes!

Plucked straight from expert chef Sophie Wright’s pregnancy recipe book Blooming Delicious, here’s some perfect pancake inspo to brighten your breakfast and bless your bump with only good things.

Blueberry Pancakes

Even if your energy levels are dipping, plus you’re fielding a sudden bunch of weird and unwanted side effects of pregnancy (including morning sickness), you still need to prioritise healthful eating; this recipe is quick, near-effortless, and delicious–and may even help alleviate some of those strange symptoms.

Chef Sophie also says that these pancakes are packed with nutrients to improve skin, hair, and digestive health–all of which can suffer a bit when expecting. Try it and see if it doesn’t make it onto your craving list!

 

BUCKWHEAT PANCAKES WITH BLUEBERRY COMPOTE

  • 225g buckwheat flour
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 free-range eggs
  • 225ml almond milk or full fat cows’ milk
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted
  • 2-3 tbsp rapeseed oil

FOR THE COMPOTE

  • 400g blueberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup

TO SERVE

  • Natural yoghurt

Method

  • Sift buckwheat flour, cinnamon and baking powder into a bowl. Make a well in and add in the eggs. Beat the eggs, gradually bringing in some of the flour to form a paste. Mix in half the milk and whisk in the rest of the flour. Then pour in the remainder of the milk, and combine into the mixture along with the maple syrup and melted butter. Leave batter to rest and move on to the compote.
  • Place the blueberries in a small pan over a low heat, add the vanilla bean paste and maple syrup. Cook for approximately 5-10 minutes, until berries burst. Let cool.
  • Fry pancakes with rapeseed oil–flipping after 2-3 minutes–until golden brown.
  • Serve with a generous spoonful of compote and a swirl of yoghurt.

Via babylondon

How to Help Your Preschooler Make Friends

Every child loves to play, but cooperative play can come less naturally. It is a key component in learning to navigate the social world, however, and an important part of establishing a sense of self. Making a friend is of course also special in its own right–here’s how to help your child turn peers into pals.

Little friends!

Dr. Kathryn Hirsh-Pasek, professor, early learning researcher, and advocate for preschool social engineering, explains that your child will want to make friends with those with whom they share some common ground–like adults:

“They’ll like the kids that have the toys they like and play the games they want to play.”

Obviously, this necessitates good play etiquette; your child should understand how to share, and take turns. If this is set, you can help your tot along by doing some research. Dr. Kathryn provides some tips:

  • Ask the class teacher for the names of the children, and include the names in conversation with your child, asking pointed questions about individuals and what each of them likes. In this way, you can identify–or help your child identify–which of her peers has shared interests.
  • Get social yourself by setting up playdates based on what your preschooler says about her classmates.
  • Understand that preschool friendships are changeable; young ones barely know themselves! So don’t get stressed over establishing a social circle for your child–anxiety is also the last thing you want her to associate with making friends; keep things casual, and fun.

If you’ve implemented the above strategies and are still concerned, speak to the class teacher to determine if there is either an issue that can be addressed with a professional–or if you are in fact worrying about a non-existent problem (some kids play better when parents aren’t hovering).

“The important thing is to help your child have the tools he or she needs,” Hirsh-Pasek says. “And try not to take too much of this too seriously. Because tomorrow the chances are really high it’s going to turn around and change yet again.”

Via fatherly