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Cocoa Smoothie Bowl

11:53 am|

Start your day right. Father of triplets, Ecoriginals ambassador Nic Laidlaw shares his Cocoa Smoothie Bowl. “Post birth, mamas lose a lot of their reserves, and the body needs easily accessible nutrients, and easily digestible foods to restore vitality. A smoothie bowl like this – loaded with good fats and great flavours – is easy for the body to absorb to assist in the growth and repair of our bodies.”

Serve it fresh from the smoothie maker.

Ingredients: (serves 2)
(for smoothie)
1 heaped Tbsp raw Cacao powder
1 can coconut cream (nakula is our fave brand)
1 banana
1 avocado
1 Tbsp psyllium husk
1 teaspoon green power mix (from any good bulk foods store)
1 Tbsp honey

(topping)
Handful dates
Handful almonds
Handful shredded coconut
Pinch of salt
Edible pansies
1 banana

Method:
Place all your topping ingredients in blender (minus banana and edible flowers) and blend for 2-3 seconds to give them a nice chop. Then place in bowl ready to decorate.Without washing your blender add your cocoa, coconut cream, banana, avocado, psyllium husk, green power and honey and blend until smooth. If too thick, filtered water can be added to reach desired consistency.

Serve smoothie in a wide set bowl then get creative sprinkling the blended topping, sliced banana and some beautiful edible pansies. 

Nic Laidlaw, Ecoriginals Ambassador

Nic Laidlaw Part 4: Re-establish the natural rhythms of the pelvis, spine and core.

12:09 pm|

Father of triplets, Ecoriginals ambassador Nic Laidlaw share an alternative & holistic approach to health via the body’s movement.
Part 4: Re-establish the natural rhythms of the pelvis, spine and core.
Try to focus on the smaller details of this movement and do less than more. This will lay the foundation to activate larger muscles and bigger movements safely down the track. To re-engage the muscles of the spine and core begin by simply rocking the pelvis back and forth, see if you can then gently roll the spine off the floor one vertebrae at a time with as little effort as possible. #Ecoriginals

Nic Laidlaw Part 3: Lower abdominals

5:24 pm|

Father of triplets, Ecoriginals ambassador Nic Laidlaw shares an alternative & holistic approach to health via the body’s movement.

Part 3: Lower abdominals.

This exercise is great for pre or post-partum. Lay on your back with your knees bent and your chin gently tucked. Have your hands under the curve of your spine, gently draw the navel to the spine and tilt your pelvis to flatten your lower back over your hands. Hold for 10 seconds and repeat up to 10 times. The next level is to slide one leg away at a time while maintaining a flat back

Veggie & Tuna Rice

10:53 am|

Father of triplets, Ecoriginals ambassador Nic Laid law shows us his families easy go to meal, Veggie & Tuna Rice.

Everything goes into a rice cooker and creates a healthy, warm nourishing meal ready for Madi’s post breast feed.

Ingredients
1 tomato
Handful of green beans (roughly chopped)
1 carrot diced
1 tin of organic tuna in olive oil
1 cup white jasmine rice
2 cups of bone broth (depending on rice cooker, I fill up bone broth to the desired amount)

Method
Rinse your rice and put in rice cooker with all your veggies, fill up with bone broth and cover.
Let rice cooker do its thing. Once cooked mix together with your tin of tuna.
Serve with a big dollop of butter, handful of greens and some Gomasio (great for liver, iron and blood support- essential in breast feeding)

Nic Laidlaw Part 2: Re-engage all 4’s

11:27 am|

Father of triplets, Ecoriginals ambassador Nic Laidlaw shares an alternative & holistic approach to health via the body’s movement.

Part 2: Re-engage on all 4’s

This exercise is great for mummy’s to be or during post-partum. Simply place yourself on all 4s with a long and neutral spine. Breathe deeply, as you exhale very gently draw the navel to the spine while maintaining a long spine. Hold for 10 seconds and repeat up to 10 times. This is activating the deep abdominal wall which will encourage a strong spine as well as helping to bind your core back together after birth and preparing the correct muscles pre baby.

Nic Laidlaw Part 1: Posture

11:45 am|

Father of triplets, Ecoriginals ambassador Nic Laidlaw shares an alternative & holistic approach to health via the bodies Movement.

Part 1: Posture

First to consider before restarting a movement program is to acknowledge how much your centre of weight has evolved over the past 12 months. Now that you are feeding, nursing, and bending down all the time to pick bubba up, how will this affect your posture and ability to benefit from exercise?

Welcome Brock and Lara to the Ecoriginals Family.

11:30 am|

Purists at heart and an appreciation for the natural, they’ve been trying their best to do more with less. Be more thoughtful, more considered and less wasteful. Buying only the items they need and recycling/redistributing the ones they don’t which is what makes them the perfect family to join us here at Ecoriginals.

In April they were graced with twin girls, Daisy & Paloma, joining their first-son Aspen. Whilst these two beauties are only a minute apart, surprisingly their little personalities are already so different.

They’ll be documenting the ups and downs from the constant juggle that comes with twins. “It’s crazy to think that for the past few years it was just the three of us – last minute travels, comfortable and cruisy. Yet the world we once knew has since been turned upside down, evolving into one of the most beautiful, yet challenging things we’ve endured so far. These days we’re overwhelmed, exhausted & time poor – and yet we’re all the better for it too!” They look forward to sharing their journey with our Ecoriginals family. @all_ourtomorrows

Quinoa Porridge

10:47 am|

A great meal to warm you from the inside out as well as sustained energy. Great to prepare fresh or (most likely) the night before, just add the toppings and feel free to mix them up.

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups white quinoa
  • 1 can coconut cream
  • 4 dates
  • 2 bananas
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric (optional)

Method

  1. Cook your quinoa in 2 ½ cups of water, till light and fluffy
  2. In your blender, mix coconut cream, dates and banana until smooth and creamy. Pour into cooked quinoa and stir
  3. Heat up porridge on low adding your nutmeg, cinnamon and turmeric. Keep stirring so it doesn’t stick to the bottom of pot.
  4. Serve with a dollop of coconut cream or yogurt and some seasonal fruit. Sweeten with honey if needed

Nic Laidlaw, Ecoriginals Ambassador

Setting an Intention for yourself

1:42 pm|

Father of triplets, Ecoriginals ambassador Nic Laidlaw shares his thoughts on setting an intention for yourself that’s more than just about your waistline. See if you can look down the line in three months’ time and imagine what your dream self is – not only what it looks like, but also what it feels like. Give yourself a minute or two to look beyond getting the bod back in shape and see what practices you could employ to really ground yourself to be the best mumma and best version of yourself. Exercise should be a part of this but what else do you see as important to bring yourself back to fullness after such a huge process of carrying your baby? Some ideas could be to love your body right now from the outset, others could be to grab a minimum of 5 minutes to simply breathe and sit in the sun each day, tune in and see what your body is craving.

Pre & Postpartum Food Philosophy

1:51 pm|

If what we are is what we eat, we want our family and community to be eating the highest quality, locally sourced, seasonal and organic produce that is out there. I have found over the years that it’s more than what you eat, it’s also how you eat.

When my wife and I found out that we were going to be parents, the focus with food became more about setting aside the time not only to prepare and cook the best food that we could, it also highlighted the necessity for putting aside the time to eat mindfully, to eat in company and to eat slowly with gratitude for our delicious efforts….and then we had triplets!! To be perfectly honest, it’s all gone out the window, hot food, cold food, shovelling it down while Madi is soothing the bubs or vice versa, it’s about what is practical and getting in the densely nutritious food whenever you can, especially for a Mumma who is breast feeding. It’s so important to be getting enough of the high vibration food into the system to replenish the body from the incredible demand that it is under.

Here are a few helpful tips that we have found assist us in keeping ourselves nourished while wrangling three boys. -warm food – for a mum who has just given birth or is about to do so, it’s important to keep the system warm, try to eat as much food that is warm and easy on the digestion as possible. A few ideas are- bone broths, miso, curries, slow cooks and soups. -Make enough for a few meals – try to prepare meals that there is plenty of for later and the next day, even a few meals that you can freeze and defrost when the fridge is completely empty to avoid getting low grade takeout and foods that don’t nourish you.

Don’t be afraid of fat- fat is largely responsible for growth and repair of our hormones and is especially helpful for not only brain development of the bub, but also for milk production and healing post pardon. – drink plenty of high-quality water.

If you are breast feeding your baby/s – you are giving a lot! Fluid drains from your system very rapidly when feeding so keep a big bottle of water close by and try to get up to 3L+ per day. Nic Laidlaw, Ecoriginals Ambassador