Bib & Spoon – “the way baby food should be”

Just 10 days ago the amazing Clare & Danny (creators of Bib & Spoon), dropped off a package to my front door step. Inside the package was the delicious goodness of organic and chemical free, made with love, toddler food for Cruzie. Wow this couldn’t of came at a better time in our lives.

The toddler meals came stored in a conveniently packaged container, which you could stack and store in the freezer. The baby purées came in easy to store, resealable bags. Reading the ingredients on these meals I was blown away. It was all just good food for my little guy to eat. No additives and no chemicals. Tick tick.

Now you all know I love creating all my food for Cruz as I love to know what’s in it (except when his Aunties or grandparents look after him). So I was very pleased to know that these frozen meals were filled with the goodness I would personally give to my son. Plus life gets so crazy at times that I can honestly say, that grabbing something that is healthy for your child, straight from your freezer, can certainly come in handy st times and a win win for us parents too (especially when you are in a rush to get your little babe down for the night).

Clare and Danny are the Brisbane based, creators of Bib & Spoon.  They are the parents to beautiful twin girls, Olivia and Hannah. They were on the hunt for delicious, fresh produced meals for their babes and could not seem to find anywhere that sourced these type of meals. So they got an idea,  teamed up with a dietitian, who then helped to make their dream become a reality. They are now helping out busy mummy and daddy’s and feeding the mouths of lots of hungry baby and toddlers around Australia. Congratulations to you both for chasing your dreams and making it work. So inspiring!

After a busy rainy day, this meal was enjoyed by Cruzie as he loved all the bits in it. Mummy even got fed a few teaspoons!
Shell bolognese. A winner! (Even I licked the spoon).
Cruzie enjoying his little toddler meals.
Perfect to stack in the freezer. Just poor ingredients straight into the saucepan to heat.
A favourite purée of ours, we add it to our bolognese sauce for the whole family!

Even though the purées state 6 and 8 months, sneaking extra fruit and vegetables into our little picky, toddlers food, is a cheeky way to give them the extra goodness in their diet and bulk up their daily intake with the natural vitamins and minerals they require to grow!

Below is a little idea you can do with the pre made purées.

Zucchini & Pear Oats

Zucchini and Pear Oats 



Ingredients 

1cup almond milk

1 cup organic raw oats

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp organic vanilla essence

2 frozen bib and spoon zucchini and pear slabs

Method

In a saucepan place 1 cup or almond milk or milk of choice, add in 1 cup of organic raw oats

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Sprinkle I’m cinnamon, nutmeg and a little vanilla bean or essence

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Continues to stir

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I the added in some bibandspoon pre made zucchini and Apple purée (CLICK HERE TO BUY)

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Allow to cook for 3-5minutes on low heat (continue stirring)

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Can add more milk or water if you prefer more milkie consistency

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Serve and poor left overs into container for the next few days, store in the fridge
Want to know more about Bib & Spoon check out their Instagram here – 

www.instagram.com/bibandspoon

And their website here to order the goodies for your little babes – 

www.bibandspoon.com.au

My Little One Eats #showtherealyou

This weeks #showtherealyou feature is Michelle Tess from https://www.instagram.com/mylittleoneeats/ I have featured this beautiful women on my blog a few times already but thought it would be great if we could all get to know the women behind the blog that little bit more. Michelle is shares her honest motherhood stories, photography skills and delicious recipes with her followers and has a gorgeous daughter that could make anyone smile with her adorable piccies.

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Favourite hot drink?

Oohh that’s a toughy. That would have to be a toss up between roasted dandelion tea or warm homemade bone broth. I love the flavour in a roasted dandelion tea, it is just so earthy. When I was pregnant I heated up homemade bone broth every morning and drank it on my drive to work (1.5hour drive… don’t miss that). Bone broth has so many healing properties and the collagen I believe helped with my stretching belly!

 

Can you tell me who the REAL Michelle Tess is?

If I was to describe myself in three words it would be sensitive, driven & happy.

 

Honestly the real ‘Michelle Tess’ is an unsure Mum trying to do the best for her family and herself. Plain and simple. There are many more layers to me but that is the crux of it and I like people to know that behind what you see on my IG page, there is a Mum who doesn’t necessarily have her sh*t together.

 

I have always had a love for fitness and my dream was to represent my country as an adult. I reached my goal as a junior but quickly realised as I went into adulthood that there is so much more to life than training twice a day, 5 times a week. Whilst that dream faded, my love for fitness and health always stuck around. In 2012, I completed my studies at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition (IIN) and while Health Coaching was not for me (listen to your gut & don’t just do things because you feel you have to), the principles and lesson learnt were so valuable to me.

 

My husband and I turned our nutritional lives around. We started to rely on our garden, local and organic produce to sustain our diets.

We now live on 10 acres in the Gold Coast hinterland. We have a happy 1 year old daughter, 2 cows, 20 chickens and a very large veggie patch.

 

Tell me about a day in the life of Michelle?

 

I usually wake to the murmurs of my LittleOne at around 5.30am. I bring her into bed the me where she plays with her toys, usually wacking me in the face repeatedly with her plastic phone.

 

I breastfeed her and then we get changed to walk up and down my street, I am sure my followers are over me capturing my morning walk but we usually say hi to the horses, geese and wallabies as we walk past them.

 

We come inside, eat breakfast and then play until she goes down for her first nap at 9am.

 

When she wakes, she has her bottle and then we usually head out for a few hours to meet up with her bubba friends, catch up with Grandparents or do really boring mum stuff.

 

She goes down for her second nap at 2pm. When she wakes she has a breastfeed and then we eagerly await at the mailbox for her father to arrive home….. Usually my arms are stretched out saying ‘Take her’ if it has been a rough day.

 

We play, cook/eat dinner & have a bath before putting her to bed around 7pm. I then eat, watch some trashy TV, plan my food shoots/recipes and get to bed by 9.30pm.

 

What drove you to create your My Little One Eats?

Being a new mum can leave you without a sense of purpose (for yourself). As mentioned above I have always been very driven and whilst I do enjoy the Mum gig, I felt I had lost myself in all of it.

 

I spoke with my mummy friend Mel and we were talking about how difficult it can be getting ideas for recipes with a baby who is just starting solids. That day I went home and started ‘MyLittleOneEats’ where I was documenting recipes that were of help to me.

For my 29th Birthday I got a new DSLR camera and fell in love with the art of shooting food. BAM…. purpose had arrived. I love the whole process of food photography and am learning all I can by reading books, watching tutorials and experimenting as often as I can.

 

What do you think attracts mumma’s to your site?

I think beautiful images may bring many people to my page. I hope they then quickly think ‘WOW, the recipe for that beautiful image is so simple, delicious and healthy”. I hope people enjoy the simplicity of my recipes and the realness of my stories.

 

Favourite quote or mantra?

 

You gotta stop watering dead plants.

 

Don’t be afraid to let go of what doesn’t serve you in order to give love to the things and people that do!

 

How often do you find the time to move your body?

Not as often as I used to pre-baby. I try to go for a walk up and down my hilly street six times a week. It is about a 25 minute walk which is great for exercise but absolutely clears my mind too!

 

Go to healthy recipe for the family?

Cold Rice Paper Rolls.

I can’t claim this recipe but you can include so many veggies in one roll. I love it!

Wet rice paper roll, add vermicelli noodles, mince, sliced egg, kale, sprouts, cucumber, capsicum, mint, coriander and crushed nuts. Add a little sauce of your choice, I used tamari.

 

As a mumma how do you find time to juggle your blog, Instagram and #mumlife?

 

Planning my week is key. I try to have my Dad/Mum come and hang out with my daughter on one day of the week, which is normally when I cook/shoot 2-3 recipes. I then edit the photos and create my website content in the evening once my daughter is in bed.

 

If I didn’t love what I was doing it would be a struggle. But the fact is, I love connecting with other mums and love creating images and content that inspire others.

 

What advice would you give to other people out there wanting to start a blog/business?

 

Do it because you love it, not because you want to make money or be famous. Being fake bleeds through every word and people will pick up on it instantly. Find what makes you excited and makes you want to go to the library and read about it. If you’re not sure what that is, keep looking and just follow your bliss.

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Want more from Michelle ?

Instagram – @mylittleoneeats