18.4.16

Self Care Tips For New Mums

I am grateful for all the busyness and craziness that comes with being a twin mum but I am glad that 7 months down the track I have managed to keep my sanity and have found time to take care of myself. Self-care, wellness and health are very important for me. I personally believe it is as important to take care of myself as my babies. I don't put myself first but I don't leave myself last either. Nor my husband. The home jobs are last!

I have put a list together of a few little and big tips for self care and keeping your sanity as a new mum!

13.4.16

Healthy Poires Belle-Helene // Poached Pears & Chocolate Sauce (Vegan/ gluten-free)



I am so happy with this recipe. And even more so when the pictures came out exactly as I imagined them in my head. I won't write too much and let the pictures do the talking.

This is my healthy take on a traditional French dessert called Poires Belle-Helene or Poached pears and chocolate sauce. A perfect Autumn dessert here in Australia where pears are in season right now. I used Beurre Bosc pears from the markets - they are the best for cooking.

I will just finish by saying it is actually a very very easy desert to make and even prepare ahead and looks very elegant and impressive. I know what I will be making for my next dinner party!




Recipe for healthy poires Belle-Helene:

Ingredients:
  • 6 cups of water;
  • 1 cup of coconut sugar;
  • 1/4 tsp of cinnamon;
  • 1/4 tsp of nutmeg;
  • 1 vanilla pod or 1/2 tsp of vanilla paste or essence;
  • zest of lemon;
  • 4 bosc pears;
  • 1/2 cup of raw cacao;
  • 1/2 cup of almond milk;
  • 1/4 cup of maple syrup or rice malt syrup;

Instructions:
  1. In a large pot, add the water, spices, sugar and lemon and bring it to a boil to dissolve the sugar;
  2. In the meantime, peel your pears, cut a fine slice of the bottom of the pears so they stand up straight and with a knife remove the core of the pear as best as you can.
  3. Put them in the boiling water and reduce the heat to medium.
  4. Cover the pears with some baking paper cut in a circle to touch the water and pears. 
  5. Poach them for 20-25 minutes until a toothpick can go through them easily.
  6. While the pears are cooking, make the healthy chocolate sauce by heating in a pan or in the microwave the almond milk, maple syrup and cacao mixed together. 
  7. Remove from the heat and carefully remove the pears out of the liquid with a spoon.
  8. Present them in little plates or bowls and drizzle with warm chocolate sauce. Add almond flakes and whipped cream if you wish too.



11.4.16

Raw Chocolate Tart Recipe

This is the recipe for the beautiful decadent raw chocolate tart I made and shared with my family on Easter sunday. This was the perfect Easter dessert full of chocolate and tasted amazing! Knowing it was made from wholesome simple nourishing ingredients was an added bonus! 

The good thing about raw desserts is that they satisfy sweet cravings and you don't feel guilty for enjoying a slice or two as they are full of nutrients. This raw tart for example is full of omega 3 & 6 the good fats, vitamin E, protein from the nuts, potassium from the banana and magnesium from the cacao.


Find the recipe below for this delicious Raw Chocolate Tart. (Vegan, gluten free and refined sugar free).


  • Base:
  • 1 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 2 tbsp cacao
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp water

  • Filling:
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 banana
  • 1/3 cup almond milk
  • 3 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4 tbsp maple syrup or coconut nectar
  • 1/2 cup cacao
  • Pinch of salt 

Steps:
1. Mix the base ingredients in a food processor and press down in a tart tray. 
2. Mix the filling ingredients in the food processor. Pour on top of the base and keep in the fridge for 2 hours to set. I made mine the night before and kept it in the freezer until 1 hour before serving. 

I hope you all had a lovely Easter- I sure did enjoying also some non healthy treats! The month of April is going so quickly already. Time is going way too fast now that I am a twin mum. I have so much on at the moment! I will be going to Ubub at the end of the month and then Mildura with the family. It will be the twins first flights! I am also planning a trip to France at the end of August to see my family. I am so excited! I haven't been for 3 years! Bring me all the bread and cheese! 

If you remake this tart tag me on Instagram @healthyfrenchwife or Facebook, I would love to see it! 

And if you like this recipe- why not buy my ebook it contains 35 similar healthy recipes and delicious desserts! xx

4.4.16

A Day In The Life Of A Twin Mum

Since giving birth to twins I have witnessed first hand the attraction and fascination people have with twins! If I go to the shops I get 4-5 people commenting on my babies. I usually get the comments:
  • Are they twins?
  • Are they 2 boys? (No!!!)
  • So lucky! You can stop now (after I tell them I have a boy and a girl!)
  • Double Trouble.
  • So Cute! (My favourite!)
I also get a few questions- how do yo do it? how do they sleep? so I thought I would share what a typical day is for us. I am a stay-at-home mum with twins who tries her best! I probably do a lot of things wrong so please no negative comments!

A typical day for me is the one like below. 

6am-8 am The house wakes up. 

My husband gets up and brings one or 2 kids in my bed for a cuddle if I am not up already. They sleep through the night (most nights) but wake up early and are happy to chat to themselves in their cot most mornings. I quickly make myself breakfast before they feed around 7h30 and I then sit on the floor using my twin pillow holding 2 bottles at once to feed them. I then burp them one by one change their nappies and change them into "day clothes".

8am-9am First nap. 

The twins go back down for a little sleep while maman has her shower, change clothes, clean the kitchen, check Instagram!, Facebook! and do a few other jobs.

9am-11am Time to Go Out. 

That is the time I go do a fitness class with Inspire Fitness for mums twice a week (They have a nanny looking after the twins while I get to do a proper workout!). Or I go to my Mother's group (when I remember it is on! oups!) or go for a walk, go shopping or for a coffee with someone. The twins will feed again at 10h30 and if we are home I will sit them into their high chairs and give them some homemade puree. Takes me 1.5hours to feed milk and purees including the cleaning up!

11am-2pm Big nap. 

They go back down for a nap around 11h30/12 and will stay asleep 1.5 or 2 hours if I am lucky! This is when I have my lunch,  clean the house, do some laundry, prepare new purees, create recipes, shoot them, blog or answer emails. Sometimes though one will go down easily while the other cries so I end up settling one twin and not getting anything else done while the other sleeps. I like having some alone time with just 1 twin though.

2 pm-4pm Feeding & Playing

I know this is the time my twins are the most awake and playful. I feed them after their big naps with milk and puree if we didn't do it earlier and then lay them on their blanket on my living room rug. The playmat we had is by now too small for all the rolling they do. We play with toys and practice sitting and standing. They are starting to want the same toy at the same time. It is very funny seeing them steal the toy from each other but I am sure I won't find it funny very soon! I spend my time cleaning up spew from Eloise who just keeps vomiting when on her tummy. :(

4pm-6pm Bath time.

This is my least favourite time of the day. I am a little tired myself and they are often tired too. I feed them milk when they ask for it (usually every 3 hours on the dot during the day) and then they have a bath around 5pm (every second day right now in the big bath) in turns and put their pyjamas on. I also have to finish up some jobs like tidying the living room, getting the laundry put away, washing dirty dishes & baby bottles (I often have 12 or more to wash!) and getting dinner organised. I sometimes put them back down for a nap if needed but they often fight that nap and end up really cranky by the time my husband gets home! Sorry husband!

6pm-8pm Relaxing

We feed the kids before our dinner and then I jump in the shower for a nice long hot shower. It is my little treat at the end of the day leaving Daddy in charge and taking time for myself (around 5 minutes not much more!!) I then cook dinner while Daddy puts the kids to bed and settle them to sleep. Eloise is the one that never wants to go to sleep at that time of the day so she gets extra cuddles with Daddy and goes on the baby swing while we eat dinner and watch TV. James goes down like a champion and doesn't make a sound at that time of the day. I tend to let their Dad do most of the twins settling at that time just so I can make dinner but also relax a little!

8pm-10pm Bed time.

We do a dreamfeed (a feed while the baby is still half asleep) around 8h30 pm and then put them back down to bed. And then we also go to bed and hope the twins will sleep through.

This is it what my days look like but they often change! The twins are good when I am out and about usually and can nap in the car or the pram.

And I still do not have a nice picture of me with both twins! Must do it soon!
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