MOTHERHOOD Q&A

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself…
Firstly my name is Brittany and I am a mother of two, Georgia 2.5 years old and Hudson 7 months. I have been married for 3 years but I have been with Stuart for 11 years now. We live in the suburbs of Sydney and spend our time trying to making memories with our little babies. We run a small business but prior to having kids i worked in the fashion industry as a clothing buyer. I like to drink coffee, shop and sit down and watch some Netflix when I am not busy playing with my kids.


2. What are your self care rituals?

Self Care is so important for me. Some of my favourite things to do are skincare treatments, Pilates and drinking tea. I also like to go for walks and shopping trips alone.

3. During your pregnancy and postpartum, what are some healthy habits that made you feel your best?
During both of my pregnancies I was very sick. I suffered with pre eclampsia with Georgia so I was very unwell most of the time and with Hudson I was also unwell and spent most of my pregnancy on very light duties not to mention I was pregnant in the middle of a pandemic. I did however make it apart of my daily routine to have a glass of celery juice a day and I still try and do that most days now.
Postpartum I definitely started doing light workout and was able to return back to Pilates which made me feel really good about myself and for my mind.


4. What does a ‘day on the plate’ look like for you?
My day usually starts with Georgia’s left over Oats and at least two cups of coffee.
For lunch I like to have salad bowels or I like to snack on Cheese, avocado and tomatoes on crackers! I actually have this most days. Dinner, pasta is my usual go too. It’s quick and easy and kids love it. I try and eat healthy during the week because I like to treat myself on weekends.


5. What are your currently reading/watching/listening to?

I am currently watching Mafs and now it’s over I will go back to Netflix. I have just watch Seaspiracy and I found it so interesting! Definitely recommend.

6. Top 3 baby buys for a new mum?
Bonds Zippys and Singlets are the best for night time feeds and changes. Vee Bee baby bouncer is a life saver and I have used it on Hudson from birth and I am still using it now and Bibs dummy’s are worth the money they are the best.

7. Who is your fav Mum instagrammer?
Hard question- I love Chloe Zep and the way she shares motherhood and Arti is just adorable.

8. Favourite Mum hack?
I usually buy a bag of pre chopped up vegetables like broccoli, carrots, corn, capsicum (there is so many vegetables in the mix) its $3 from coles and I mix it into a lot of meals like pasta and no one knows they are in there. 😉

9. What is your favourite type of exercise?

I absolutely love to dance I feel it’s such a great and fun way to exercise but I also love reformer Pilates. 

10. Do you have any advice for pregnant/new mums?
For new mums I wish someone told me that I had a voice. I was so scared or felt like I couldn’t express how I am was feeling during my pregnancy or during my labour. I knew something was very wrong during my pregnancy with Georgia and I was always just pushed aside and told I was fine. I wish I had the strength to speak up and say how I was feeling and to push for answers. It’s your body and your baby and you are allowed to do what you want. Don’t feel like you have to do things you don’t agree with. With Hudson I found my voice and my pregnancy was birth was a lot better because I pushed for answers and did it my way.

HEALTHY ANZAC BISCUITS

MAKES 16 medium cookies
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INGREDIENTS
⭒ 1.5 cups rolled oats
⭒ 2 eggs
⭒ 1 scoop vanilla VPA protein powder
⭒ 1/4 cup shredded coconut
⭒ 2/3 cup apple sauce/purée
⭒ 1/2 cup chickpeas (puréed)
⭒ 1/3 cup flax meal
⭒ 1/4 cup stevia (+- depending on sweetness)

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DIRECTIONS
➳ Preheat oven to 190 and line baking tray.
➳ Mix all dry ingredients together then add in wet ingredients.
➳ Shape mixture into a cookie and press down
➳ Bake for 20 min (shorter if you like them chewy 👌

PROTEIN CARROT CAKE MUFFINS

MAKES 6 large muffins
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INGREDIENTS
⭒ 1 large carrot grated
⭒ ½ cup egg whites
⭒ 1 scoop vanilla VPA protein powder
⭒ ½ cup Greek yoghurt
⭒ ½ cup oat flour
⭒ ½ tsp vanilla extract
⭒ 1/4 tap cinnamon
⭒ 1/2 tsp corn flour
⭒ 1/2 tap baking soda
⭒ 1/4 cup stevia
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ICING
⭒ 1/4 cup Greek yoghurt, 1 Tbsp stevia, good pinch of lemon rind

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DIRECTIONS
➳ Preheat oven to 175 degrees and line muffin tray.
➳ Mix all dry ingredients together then add in wet ingredients.
➳ Bake for 20 mins
➳ While baking, mix together the icing and place in the fridge.
➳ Once cooled, decorate with icing and enjoy 😉

MOTHERHOOD Q&A

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself…

I’m Hannah, 28 years old, mum of two from Sydney. I’m currently studying a Bachelor in Naturopathy and have just one year to go. I would describe myself as a free spirit, lover of new experiences and a professional overthinker. And I may as well mention I’m a Sagittarius for all us astrology nerds.

2. What are your self care rituals?

I won’t say ‘showering alone’ although that in itself is amazing anyway. But I do find being outdoors in nature really resets the clock for me and makes me feel my best. Before having kids I used to find a lot of joy in doing yoga and meditation so I’ve been working on incorporating that back into my life as well.

3. During your pregnancy and postpartum, what are some healthy habits that made you feel your best?

I have joined the gym recently and it has felt amazing. I love doing the boxing and yoga flow classes the most because they allow me to just feel and focus without my endless thoughts driving me. I have also made conscious and intuitive decisions in my eating by listening to my body and paying attention to what it needs. Cutting out most dairy foods was a huge part of this as I used to just live with constant bloat and discomfort without knowing any better. 

4. What does a ‘day on the plate’ look like for you?

I like to start my day with water first, always! Then I usually have eggs on sourdough for breakfast or oats during the colder months. Lunch is either leftovers from the night before or salad/sandwich/wrap with whatever veggies I have in the fridge. Dinner is hubby’s domain and he changes it up all the time depending on the season. Often we rotate through meals such as veggie filled stir fry, roasts, bbq, salad with some kind of protein, lamb cutlets, pasta ect. I don’t drink much soft drink or anything other than water  but I do have a bit of the chocolate obsession. 

5. What are your currently reading/watching/listening to?

Watching: shameless (a bit late to the party, I know)

Reading: ‘The postnatal depletion cure’ (a wonderful book I think all women need to read, especially mothers!) 

Listening: I haven’t started yet but I am about to start a podcast recommended by the amazing @amylb___ called ‘The Holistic herbalism podcast’.

6. Top 3 baby buys for a new mum?

This is a great question however in my experience varies so much with each child. With my first I would’ve said alllll the burp cloths in the world and love to dream swaddles. So I stocked up for baby number 2 but didn’t need them at all! Though I would still recommend both those items to any new mum. Thirdly, I would say comfy black underwear in a size up and lots of nursing singlets. 

7. Who is your fav Mum instagrammer?

I have so many! A few big name ones that come to mind is:

@jetsetmama

@sheridanjoyaustin

@amy.gerard 

@krystalhipwell 

8. Favourite Mum hack?

Wipes in every living space; dining table, living room, toy room, bedrooms – essential! And if you’re ever having a tough day with your kids, get them in water! A bath, a pool, a bucket of water, the beach, the backyard hose. Water works!

9. What is your favourite type of exercise?

Lately I am loving boxing and yoga flow. I would also really like to start playing tennis, not that I am any good (yet..)

10. Do you have any advice for pregnant/new mums?

Do whatever works until it doesn’t work anymore! Don’t worry about societal expectations or what your mum did back in the day or what you read in a book. Always listen to your mum instincts, and if it works for your family then keep doing it. And always remember the days feel long but the years go fast. Try and remind yourself of the bigger picture things when the day gets tough. This too shall pass.

Protein rice crispies

MAKES 9 slices

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INGREDIENTS

⭒ 2 cups crispy rice cereal (GF if desired)

⭒ ½ cup natural peanut butter

⭒ 1 scoop vanilla VPA protein powder

⭒ 1/2 cup rice malt syrup

⭒ sprinkles for topping

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DIRECTIONS

➳ Line a baking tray and set aside

➳ In a large mixing bowl add crispy rice cereal and set aside.

➳ In a saucepan on the stovetop, mix and melt the peanut butter and sweetener until blended. Add the protein powder and mix until combined.

➳ Pour mixture over cereal and stir until evenly combined.

➳ Pour mixture into baking tray and evenly disperse. Decorate with sprinkles.

➳ Refrigerate for a minimum of 30 mins

Multi green matcha protein balls

MAKES 11 balls

INGREDIENTS

⭒ 1 cup cashews

⭒ ½ cup desiccated coconut

⭒ 2 scoop vanilla VPA protein powder

⭒ 1 Tbsp matcha powder

⭒ 1 Tbsp chia seeds

⭒ 1 Tbsp maple syrup

⭒ 2 scoops VPA Multi Greens

⭒ 2 Tbsp natural peanut butter

⭒ 3 Tbsp water

⭒ Good pinch of salt

⭒ Extra coconut for rolling.

DIRECTIONS

➳ Blend cashews in food processor until chunk form

➳ Add all other ingredients, blend until formed.

➳ Pour extra coconut into separate bowl.

➳ Roll mixture into balls, roll in coconut.

➳ Freeze to set

MOTHERHOOD Q&A

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself…

I’m a mum of 2 gorgeous boys, and one on the way (secret’s out!). I work as a women’s health Dietitian and Exercise Physiologist and have a special interest in the journey from pre-conception, through pregnancy and post-partum. This is a phase of life that is just full of change, and being able to support women with their health holistically is a huge

2. What are your self-care rituals?

I love so many relaxation activities, like yoga, dog walks, listening to music, baths (either alone, or with hubby!), and of course dance #physiegirl (if you know, you know)

3. During your pregnancy and postpartum, what are some healthy habits that made you feel your best?

Eating to nourish both bub and myself, and staying regularly active seem like obvious answers from someone like me.

My best (and relatively recent) ritual has been to have my phone automatically set to “do not disturb” mode at the same time every night. Doing this and diming the lights within the hour before bed has made a tremendous difference to my sleep quality. There are so many things that are outside our control when it comes to sleep as parents with young children, and especially as pregnancy progresses, so doing what’s within my control is definitely an important mindset when it comes to sleep.

4. What does a ‘day on the plate’ look like for you?

I’m a 3 meals and 2-3 snacks-a-day-kinda-gal. My own body and brain need the fuel, and then of course right now, I am turning food into a baby so it is a lot more!

On this particular day I had:

– An egg on toast with seared tomatoes

– Coffee, whilst watching Bluey – anyone else a fan?

– Greek yoghurt with oats, mixed nuts & seeds & some fresh fruit

– Schnitzel (left overs thanks to hubby) with salad and wholegrain toast (my go to for carbs)

– Nuts, seeds, dried fruit and wholegrain crackers – this usually sits in my bag as my go-to snack- Banana – I don’t think there is a week we don’t have bananas at home.

-Dinner: chilli con carne + pickled jalapenos + yoghurt and a grainy roll

– Dinner # 2 (eek): sweet corn chicken soup and (you guessed it) toast

– A glass of milk – have always loved this as a pre-bed drink since childhood.

5. What are your currently reading/watching/listening to?

I’m currently re-watching Friends (for maybe the 80th time?), just started watching Scrubs (why have I never before). Re-reading the 12 Rules for Life by Jordan. B. Peterson!

6. Top 3 baby buys for a new mum?

1. Nipple cream/ butter – early breastfeeding can be a challenge, so this stuff really saved me! There is so much to gain from the breastfeeding journey, even if it is short, but do what you need to keep it going for as long as you can, and getting the support and tools you need is essential!

2. Zip suits – those babies become wrigglers so quickly, andgetting them into a wrap can be tough. A quick zip up, especially with transition wings goes a long way.

3. Couldn’t think of a 3rd – I’m pretty minimalistic when it comes to stuff. There is so much you could buy, but if you have family, friends, or even a good swap & sell site, you will be set. You figure out what you need pretty fast, and can usually pick up/ order stuff along the way.

7. Who is your fav Mum instagrammer?

@Maternalinstinctsbyamberly – I just love the work she does, and the content she shares because the fourth trimester is such a challenging phase, but one that can be overlooked especially for mum. Having a holistic approach to supporting breastfeeding is so so important, because it really takes a team!

8. Favourite Mum hack?

When it comes to meal-time with my toddler, rejecting what on the menu has been his favourite new pass-time, and there are so many other mums I speak to who go through this phase. Here is what to keep in mind: – You choose what is for dinner, and your child decides how much they eat. 

So instead of an argument, here are some things to try when they say “I don’t want that, it’s yucky”:a) This is what everyone has for dinner today, but do you want to eat in the yellow or blue bowl?b) It’s ok if you think you don’t like it today, you may like it more another next time, but maybe try a little bit and tell me what you think. Would you like to feed yourself or have mummy help you today?

9. What is your favourite type of exercise?

Anything that is dance related, but I love moving in general. 

10. Do you have any advice for pregnant/new mums?

– Don’t have the same expectations as you did before you were a mum, when it comes to routines like cleaning, preparing meals, and especially sleep. Go with the flow, and remind yourself, it is all a phase. The good and bad things don’t last, but this kind of journey really gives you meaning!

COLLAGEN PROTEIN BROWNIES

(Yields 12)

INGREDIENTS

⭒ 1/2 cup almond butter

⭒ 1/2 cup natural Greek yoghurt

⭒ 1/2 cup sugar free maple syrup

⭒ pinch of salt

⭒ 1 scoop chocolate protein (I use VPA WPI)

⭒ 2 scoops Collagen powder (I use Collagen Pro by VPA)

⭒ 1/2 tap baking soda

⭒ 1 egg

⭒ 1 Tsbp coconut oil

⭒ 1/4 cup cacao powder

⭒ 1/4 cup white choc chips (I use the Noshu sugar free)

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DIRECTIONS

➳ Preheat oven to 160 degrees. Place baking paper in an 8″ x 8″ baking dish.

➳ Place all ingredients (except the choc chips) in food processor. Blend until combine.

➳ Stir in choc chips and pour into baking dish. Sprinkle extra choc chips on top.

➳ Bake for 20-25 minutes. Allow 20 mins to rest. Enjoy!

MOTHERHOOD Q&A

This months featured Mama is Wendy, who is the creator behind Mammas Milk Bar . Her beautiful business provides delicious blends to support mums and their milk supply. I have tried these blends and can wholeheartedly say – they are divine ! This gem was created from a personal experience and has grown into an inspirational business.
Wendy is a mother of 2 and has shared some amazing tips and experiences surrounding motherhood, health and hacks !

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself…

Im Wendy, the mamma behind @MammasMilkBar, mammasmilkbar.com I have 2 wee babes, a mother, sister, daughter and wife. I started Mammas Milk Bar as a passion project after struggling with low supply and finding healthy, low sugar options to boost my supply, as well as finding clean protein safe for pregnancy and breastfeeding when I had morning sickness! It’s now my calling to help other mums with what I went through.

2. What are your self care rituals? Yoga and a few minutes of closing my eyes, deep breathing and affirmations each day keep me sane

3. During your pregnancy and postpartum, what are some healthy habits that made you feel your best?
Definitely cutting out sugar and keeping my diet varied and colourful. Going for 7000-10000 step walks each day was amazing, it made me feel so good to be able to be consistent in gentle exercise.


4. What does a ‘day on the plate’ look like for you?
7AM: Eggs & Toast and a breakfast smoothie to go – Spinach, Blackcurrants, Almond Milk, and a Banana

10AM: Snack on a handful of pistachios and a cup of Green Tea

1PM: Lunch! Smashed avocado on Sourdough, and fruit, whatever is seasonal. Its stone fruit season so a nectarine today

3PM: Seaweed snack, and a hot matcha latte

5PM: Dinner: A bowl of colourful stir fried veges, dinner is usually pretty light and no carbs because I get bloated near day end!

5. What are your currently reading/watching/listening to? Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking Both the book and the Netflix show haha! Listening to: Doja Cat

6. Top 3 baby buys for a new mum? Haakaa silicon pumpHydrogel breast Padsand Mammas Milk Bar Lactation Blends.


7. Who is your fav Mum instagrammer? Apart from @amylb____? Oh too many to choose from! It is such an amazing community. But for a big account, I really like @evachen for her mum boss life and being super authentic

8. Favourite Mum hack? Laying a fresh nappy under babys bum during a nappy change. It catches any ‘accidents’ that could happen mid change!

9. What is your favourite type of exercise?
During winters post baby, you will definitely find me on the mountain snowboarding! And a good hike on a gorgeous trail

10. Do you have any advice for pregnant/new mums? Don’t sweat the small stuff, and tune out the noise. Trust your insticts, you know your baby and yourself the best.

POSTPARTUM HAIRCARE

Prior to bubs arrival I stumbled on the news of postpartum hair loss. Now, I have thin and weak hair on a good day so I wasn’t too excited about this. I started researching the how, why, when and the most important – what can be done. From there my hair journey started and is still in full swing. I’ve learnt some effective and not-so-effective tricks and safe to say- my hair has remained in tact and has actually become longer & stronger! I mention a few supplements below, this is not sponsored- I did originally collaborate with the company, however the results were incredible and I continued to purchase their products. Apotecari Bioactive Hair Care is founded by Simone who is a Naturopath, Herbalist, Nutritionist and holds a certificate in Trichology. Definitely worth checking out!

I’ve trialled a few different products/habits and these are the ones I’ve seen results with, as well as the things I’ve stopped doing…
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❀ Stopped colouring my hair. This may not be an option for everyone, however I found the timing of COVID and bub perfect for staying away from the hairdresser and I do believe it’s done wonders for my hair.

❀ Collagen daily. There is collagen in my Hair Food supplement (by Apotecari), as well as other beneficial ingredients including protein, Vit C, antioxidants & zinc.

❀ A good quality hair supplement- I use both Hair Food & Mane Event by Apotecari.

❀ Only using heating tools once a week.

❀ Sleeping with a silk pillowcase.

❀ Reducing the use of hair ties and using large tooth clips.

❀ Finding effective hair treatments – this is an area I’m still working on. The two brands that make my hair feel AMAZING are Aveda and Kerastase. Both are on the $$$ side, however the results are worth it!

❀ Focus on diet: it all starts from within… eating your vegetables, healthy fats and water – have huge impacts!

❀ Apple cider vinegar: What can’t ACV do? A great at-home, cost effective treatment with amazing benefits. ACV can stimulate hair growth, balance pH levels, enhance shine, treats itchy/dry scalp.
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𝙃𝙚𝙧𝙚 𝙞𝙨 𝙖𝙣 𝙚𝙖𝙨𝙮 𝙖𝙩-𝙝𝙤𝙢𝙚 𝙩𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙩𝙢𝙚𝙣𝙩:
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↣ Mix a couple of tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with water.
↣ After shampooing and conditioning, pour the mixture over your hair evenly, working into your scalp.
↣ Let it sit for a couple of minutes.
↣ Rinse it out