Wheat-Free Cinnamon Mini Cookies

I’m addicted to cinnamon – there is something so comforting about the smell of cinnamon.  It is perfect in cookies because it helps to stabilize blood sugar levels and helps keep sugar cravings under control.  

Wheat Free Cookies

These cookies are the right amount of sweetness for our family, but you could add a tsp or two of honey and it will add an extra sweet hit.  I used buckwheat flour because it packed with nutrients and it is one of the cheaper gluten free flours. 

Cinnamon Mini Cookies 

(Dairy free, wheat free, and refined sugar free)

Ingredients:

2 beaten eggs

1/2 cup coconut sugar 

1/4 cup olive oil

1 cup buckwheat flour

1/2 cut oats

1/2 cup fine coconut

4 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp baking powder

pinch of sea salt

Method:

I love this kind of baking, it is just a put it all together and mix well kind of baking that suits my busy lifestyle.

Preheat oven to 180 C.

In a large bowl add the beaten eggs and mix in the coconut sugar.  Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well until the mixture is able to form into balls.

The balls will be a bit sticky so you may need to put some four on your hands first.  Shape into 12-14 bite size balls and flatten with a floured fork.

Bake for around 10 minutes until golden.

Enjoy x 

3 Ways To Reduce Children’s Anxiety

Children are far more prone to anxiety than ever before and suffer from stress, depression, and behavioural issues that effect their quality of life.  

I know what that feels like, as my son suffered terrible anxiety until we made some significant changes in his life.  We decided not to give him medication, and instead supported him to heal naturally.  

As a parent it can be heart breaking to watch our child suffer.  

reduce children's anxiety

If it was a cut knee they had, you can put a bandaid on it, or if they suffer a cold we can tuck them up in bed, keep them warm and know they will soon be ok, but with anxiety it can hard to know what to do to help and can be an ongoing and debilitating problem .  

As parents we don’t have to feel helpless, in fact as the most important people in the lives of our children we are in the best position to make a difference.  

3 ways to reduce anxiety in children naturally.

1 – Feed them foods that fuel the mind.  

Every cell in the body is made from the food that children eat, including the brain cells. Additives such as artificial colours, flavours and preservatives can cross the blood brain barrier and effect the way the brain processes information, how they behave, how they feel and how they think.

Clean foods create a clean mind.  After taking my son off processed foods such as sausages, and ice blocks his debilitating anxiety reduce within just two weeks and he was able to have such a better quality of life. I also recommend using a few drops of lavender essential oil on a tissue under their pillow at night, and my family uses Weleda’s stress & tension relief tablets as an additional support during stressful times.  

2 – Let kids be kids.  

Leave children to be little, to grow and to play in their own way and in their own time.  Play is one of the greatest healers and NOT the time waster that some think it is.  

It allows children to process their thoughts in the real world, and is very therapeutic.  Too often children are thrown into the adult world of news stories, drama, and adult problems too soon. The adult world can cause havoc on a young mind that isn’t prepared for dealing with such problems yet.  Letting children be little for as long as possible will enable them to grow a strong and capable mind.

3 – Let them draw out their feelings.  

Drawing at any age is therapeutic and a great way of taking blocked feelings and emotions and getting them out on paper.  For children who may not have the words to tell us what is wrong, or even know what is wrong themselves, drawing can be very beneficial.  Give them plenty of paper, and crayons and pencils and get them drawing.  Let them draw what ever they want, but if they are having trouble getting started, or don’t know what to draw try this:

Ask them to draw a house and their family.  The colours used in their drawings all have a significant meaning, as do the people they draw.  The drawing of a child can tell a parent a lot about what is going on in their mind.

I have worked for more than 12 years with young children and have studied children and their art work. If you would like to understand your child’s drawing a little better, get them to draw their house and family, post it below, and I can help you understand it.  

If you feel like your child’s anxiety is getting out of control remember to talk to your doctor or natural health professional. 

Jamie x 

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How I made 68 Servings of REAL food for just $100

 

My $100 REAL food challenge is yours free!

Excited!!! Sign up to the challenge and share the link below with friends and family. It’s 100% gluten and additive free too.

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I have included my Pak ‘n Save shopping list, and all the recipes I used to create 68 REAL food meals, that worked out to be over 2 weeks of dinner meals for my family of 4….at just $100.

Over 100 people have signed up to this already, and I am so excited to see everyone’s healthy creations.

Click below to grab your shopping list and recipes.  

http://jamiegeurtjens.com/100-dollar-real-food-challenge/

 

I have made it super printer friendly too, so print the shopping list to take to the supermarket, and keep the easy recipes in the kitchen.

I hope you enjoy the challenge as much as I do.

Share your shopping and cooking journey below or on my Facebook page:  

Facebook/JamieGeurtjensWellness

Jamie x

What Should I Eat To Be Healthy?

Healthy eating…..It’s confusing right!??

Most people I speak to feel bombarded with different diets, superfood powders, kitchen appliances, and advice …everything you are now told to do is the opposite of what you just read.  

So in this crazy busy, information packed world, with big businesses all out for a quick buck, how do you REALLY know what is healthy and what isn’t?

I always use this great piece of advice when deciding if something is healthy for my body or not….

Eat like we did before the supermarkets opened their doors….

We didn’t eat anything from a box, or a packet or a bread bag…we didn’t eat bread or wheat (not the kind we eat now anyway) or processed sugars, and we certainly didn’t eat the millions of chemical additives that are poured into foods to prolong their  life and make them more attractive to consumers like we do now.

 

And you know the craziest thing??? We didn’t suffer from all the obesity, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, ADHD, and autism that we suffer from now. 

Check out my quick video explaining what healthy food REALLY is by clicking below.

 

Holistic Wellness Found- From Fatigued to Energized!

Holistic Wellness Found! It wasn’t easy, there was A LOT of fatigue along the way, and I am determined NEVER to feel like that again.  

I’m sharing how I changed my life, discovered holistic wellness, and energized my mind, body and soul.

Here is sneak peak into my just launched FREE holistic wellness download, for your own copy click the link at the bottom.

Whether you are sick and tired of being sick and tired (LIKE I WAS), you want to slim down to the size you feel your most comfortable, or you just want an extra energy boost to keep up with your busy life, you have started at the right place.

Energy is everything, and everything is energy right?  It is the life force of all we are and all that we do.  With extra energy even the impossible feels possible.

Here is a little of my personal story…..

I don’t know what happened to me along the way, but I kind of feel like I lost myself in the business of ‘life’. 

Once I had my children, I was not only juggling being a mum, but all the other things that popped up along the way like running a business, a household, finances and working outside the home. 

All of a sudden I was 36 and sitting across from my osteopath being told I had adrenal fatigue, a thyroid disorder, was low in Iron, and so on and so on.

WHAT!

How did this happen? After all I live a healthy lifestyle!

Or so I thought…..I ate wholegrain bread, and often even baked it myself, I would even give myself weeks without gluten, eating gluten free bread, yet….I felt completely depleted in all areas of my health, unbalanced and was on the verge of complete exhaustion. 

AND…this wasn’t new, I often felt like this over the past few years. 

I had actually gotten used to it, and had began to tailor my life around my exhaustion.  I would avoid weekends away, telling myself it was easier to stay at home because I would just come home too exhausted. 

This is how EVERYTHING changed for me, and how I discovered holistic wellness…..

And it’s yours FREE just by clicking here ‘The Grain-Free Lifestyle’ FREE Download.  

Dairy Free Basil Dressing Recipe

This is actually what I wanted to call this incredible dressing! ‘The Freaking Great Basil Dressing’. It’s that good.  But I also LOVE that’s it’s dairy free.  So Dairy Free Basil Dressing it is.

It makes everything taste great, and i’m hooked on it well and good.  You won’t believe it’s vegan friendly, no dairy at all, or egg, and no grains, or gluten, just a beautiful creamy cashew nut base.

It’s a perfect addition to my Buddha bowls of goodness, my rainbow salad, or my mega green salads. 

You can change it up too, add garlic, different herbs and even a pinch of spice.

Dairy Free Basil Dressing 

dairy free dressing

Ingredients:
1 cup cashews
1 cup water
1tbsp pesto
Juice of a lemon
Pinch of salt
Optional: A few extra basil leaves if you have them.

 

Method:  Simply pop everything into the food processor, or nutribullet.

Whizz!!

Adjust the water and nuts to make it thicker like a dip or more like a dressing.  

How easy was that right? Store in the fridge in a glass bottle.  It will last a few days and goes well with just about anything….ANYTHING I tell you, i’m so addicted to this dressing.