Sew is Life is written by E. It is a little space of blogging bliss inspired by art, design, craft, fashion, beauty and wellness. Based in Perth, Western Australia. Read about the daily ramblings of me being a mother of three and wife to an amazing creative man. The second me makes fresh skincare at SELF Organics. These are my stories sewn together with love.
Time for a foodie post! I have been staying up most nights working on my Tessuti Awards submission, but I haven’t really achieved much sewing ground work. With an infant crying in the other room, the project is far from complete and I have less than 12 days!
My body is in sleep-deprivation mode and I have dark holes where my eyes used to be. There is no better time to start a health kick than NOW!! I am six weeks post partum and my body still has some squishy bits that need tightening. Though I am fitting into my jeans and my legs are looking more presentable (minus varicose veins and water retention). I’m looking forward to the Summer days ahead where I will most likely to be expected to participate in water activities of some sort which means I will have to put on a swimming cossie (swimming costume).
So I have jumped on the craze that is ‘green smoothies’. And surprisingly got my kids and hubz on it too. Green smoothies is such a cheats way to eat your greens and enjoy them. My toddler doesn’t know what hit him, he guzzles it all down and asks for my share too. Although it is a little hard to work on my 5 year old who takes one look at it, without even a taste, to say ‘Yuck!’. Just one glass is enough to fulfill half your daily intake of fruit and veg.
With their powers combined they are ‘super green smoothie juice team’…errr…it’s just amazing stuff :)
Here is my recipe for a simple green smoothie:
- a handful of baby spinach leaves
- 1 stalk of celery
- half a handful of blueberries (frozen is ok too)
- a teaspoon of wheatgerm
- a teaspoon of LSA (Linseed, Sunflower and Almond)
- 2 tablespoons light agave syrup
- 1 pear (diced up, to allow blender to chop easily)
- organic orange juice (just enough to cover the ingredients in the blender)
Put it all in a blender and blend till smooth.
This should make 2 and a half glasses of green smoothie. Drink it straight away!! I try to do this every second day, some chose to have a glass a day which is even better! Doesn’t matter when you have it, you can have it for brekky, lunch or dinner.
It may not look delicious in this photo, but trust me it is!!
There are so many other combinations you can try - maybe add some kale, honey banana or strawberries. Or add some quinoa or spirulina for extra goodness! My Hubby said it tasted just as good as those smoothies you buy from the commercial stores! It is made fresh and not blended with ice, which dilutes the flavour and reduces the quality of the smoothie in terms of having all that healthy stuff in there.
So why not try out this recipe for yourself and your family and get your body into shape and energy levels peaking for the Summer season!!
Have you tried green smoothies before? Please share some recipes here in the comments section :)
Have a fun-filled weekend!
There is a tradition that goes back a long way into Chinese Malaysian history that a mother who has just recently given birth must go through a ‘confinement’ period of at least 30 days. They believe that a mother’s body is at its weakest and most vunerable and needs to be restored after the birth.
During this time the mother is cooked various nutritional foods consisting mainly of ginger, sesame seed oil, wine (DOM), chicken and chinese herbs. The purpose of eating these types of food is to expel the ‘wind’ from the body and warm and nourish the mother’s body. If the mother does not do this, her body will be susceptible to future ailments such as arthritis, pain in the feet, colds etc.
Ginger chicken with wine
Photo courtesy of 101healthyeasyfoodrecipes.com
Then there is the other not so fun traditions of not touching water or not touching cold surfaces for the 30 days. This includes:
- No bathing or washing of the hair or body (this step is especially difficult for me!)
- No washing of laundry, dishes or even bathing baby
- Must cover up the body with layers of clothing
- Cannot turn on the fan or airconditioner
- Cannot go outside of the house, especially when there is wind
- Should wear socks and slippers to avoid feet touching cold surfaces
- The mother is not even allowed to drink plain water but drink chinese herbal tonics
- No ‘cold’ foods such as fruit and certain vegetables, definitely no ice-cream, yogurts and juice.
Scallop, ginger and goji berry congee/porridge
Photo Courtesy of cookingstudio1.blogspot.com
Red date tea
Photo Courtesy of ilovebakingncooking.blogspot.com
Ok, it hasn’t been too bad, I’m trying to remain positive here. Since I had my baby during Winter I am not sweating as much. Though, my hair gets soooo itchy I had to beg my Mum to wash it after the first week. She helped me boil some ginger cut offs in water and washed my hair in the basin. I like the smell of ginger so this didn’t bother me. My husband, who is not Chinese is extremely understanding and has been through this twice before. I bought a few cans of dry shampoo, so this has been my saving grace (review to follow shortly)
I’m half way through my confinement period, and it doesn’t seem to get any easier. I’m the type of person who can’t sit still or stay at home for too long, I need to go out and meet people and I feel most independent and useful when I can do things for myself and my family. Now I rely on others to grab something for me down at the shops, or take my daughter to school.
In Malaysia they have hired help, women who are specially trained in the art of ‘confinement’, who will cook meals for the Mother and look after the baby to allow her to rest. How I wish I could hire a ‘confinement’ lady, my Mother helps me a lot but this is a specialized occupation that is a full-time job. Mum still has her day job to go to. So I find myself breaking the ‘no touching water’ rule, such as bathing my kids, cooking meals etc.
I’m so glad I have understanding friends. It annoys me that I can’t go out and catch up with them, but they come and visit me which I appreciate so much! I miss adult conversation and interaction! But maybe…it is best to wait until I am less smellier (phoar!)
Just another 19 days…and I’m starting the count down…
Do you follow any traditions past down through generations?
Have a great weekend you lovely smellin’ people, I’m so jealous that you are having your warm showers!
I have been going on and on about eating healthier for the past 7 months but for some reason this pregnancy is not agreeing with me! All my body wants to do is go towards the lollies, the biscuits, the chocolate, the white bread, the cake…obviously the complex sugars. *smack my hand* This usually means the body is crying out for nutrients that it is currently lacking! To stop the sugar addiction I had to eat more protein and green veg such as broccoli, nuts and fresh fruit.
So I decided to make some home made protein bars, packed with all the good stuff to curb my cravings. I don’t like the thought of buying supermarket ones, because they could be packed with preservatives. Fresh is best in my book :) Plus Hubz is working out now and without a doubt, he will come home looking for something to eat…even if it is a piece of white bread.
I found a recipe for home made protein bars at Money Saving Mom but I decided to change the recipe up a little. It is such a simple recipe, even the kids can help out! No cooking or baking involved! There isn’t a lot of sugar either, so this will keep you feeling fuller for longer. Click 'Read more' for recipe and photos.
Mother’s Day is just around the corner! What plans do you have to celebrate this day with your mum? What would be the perfect gift to honour this special lady in your life? Aside from flowers and chocolates…buy her something she will use, cherish and keep. Mums love a bit of sentimentality. Here are just some gift ideas I thought would be perfect for Mums on Mother’s Day.
For the ‘expecting’ mother, when she constantly suffering from ‘There is nothing to wear’ syndrome.
For the ‘chef’ mum who loves to bake cakes, cookies, tarts etc. Maybe you could use it too, and bake her a few treats!
For the ‘pampering’ mum. Clarisonic is the next best way to cleanse the face, it uses micro-massage action to gently and effectively loosen dirt and oil to clear pores.
For the ‘beauty addict’ Mum, The Napoleon Perdis Mother’s Day Pack includes:
Limited Edition Prismatic Palette
Devine Goddess Lipstick in Gia
Deluxe Auto Pilot Pre Foundation Skin Primer 15ml
Mini Long Black Mascara 4.5ml
Floral Cosmetics Bag
For the ‘interior decorator’ mum, house rules decal for her home so everyone who lives under her roof abides by it.
For breakfast in bed or a place where she can leave her tea cup and her knitting at the same time.
For the ‘tea-enthusiast’ Mum, something a lil quirky than your normal tea-ball diffuser.
For the ‘Fashionista’ Mum, spoil her with a gorgeous embellished necklace.
What are you planning for your Mum on Mother’s Day?