Emma Nutrition

Simplifying the science through cooking and education. When I'm not on Mummy duties…


The best kids holidays

Deciding on where to take the kids for the holidays can be a full time job! I have the propensity to spend FAR too much time researching destinations and venues and if I’m honest, using holiday research as a procrastination tool. It works very well in case you needed something to distract you from an important task.

Last summer we had just 2 weeks and on a whim (usually my spontaneous streak wins against the control freak streak even after much research!) we went camping in France. We had to upgrade the camping equipment from the last time we went pre-kids. That trip is now known as ‘the camping trip from hell’ and I did, in a very un-environmentally-friendly way, throw our campers guidebook out the window of the car when we finally decided that Southern French campsites in August are just not the place to be darling (trust me on this; do not go there in August!) and we booked a hotel. Understandably I was quite nervous in case we had a repeat experience of camping on a roundabout, showering with a deodorant stick and getting kicked out of unapproved sites by the police. Now we are parents we must alter our behaviour and be responsible…

Fortunately we discovered camping in the French Alps. Absolute bliss. There was space, clean showers, a washing machine and I even had my hair-dryer in the tent! Civilised camping! The husband and kids would get up early, grab some croissants from the bakery and make coffee while I leisurely made my way out of my bedroom. Yes we had a bedroom. 4 of them in fact AND a lounge room. This tent was considerably bigger than the ‘camping trip from hell’ tent.

Watching Daddy putting up the tent!

Watching Daddy putting up the tent!

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RECIPE: Mince pies

Last week I attended a cookery workshop run by Cook With Me Kids with my family. We went to the beautiful Taste Kitchen Academy in Suffolk and between ourselves and another family managed to mess up the entire kitchen! We had alot of fun 🙂


The recipe was as follows and I’ve since tried it with half wholemeal flour. It could also work with coconut, rice or almond flour. Continue reading


Oat bath parcels for dry skin

Today I’ve made a stash of oat bath parcels. After a week of my 1 year old having terribly bad nappy rash (that no amount of metanium could heal) I remembered Oats. Phew! I’m convinced the best thing for nappy rash is a good fashioned home remedy made of oats. He was red raw and yet after sitting in his oat bath for 30 mins or so the redness had reduced and thankfully his craziness had too – he was so beside himself in pain he was slapping me in the face, biting me and throwing things around. This behaviour was very abnormal from my sunshine bringer; the boy who smiles and laughs so much it takes us hours to get around the shops because people are stopping to simply revel in his cloud-clearing aura.
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Top 10 things your children want you to do

With the exception of number 4 this isn’t strictly health related but after a slightly fractious day I needed to read this 🙂


The top 10 things your kids really want you to do with them:

1. Come into my bedroom at night, tuck me in and sing me a song. Also tell me stories about when you were little.

2. Give me hugs and kisses and sit and talk with me privately.

3. Spend quality time just with me, not with my brothers and sisters around.

4. Give me nutritious food so I can grow up healthy.

5. At dinner talk about what we could do together on the weekend.

6. At night talk to me about anything; love, school, family etc.

7. Let me play outside a lot.

8. Cuddle under a blanket and watch our favorite TV show together.

9. Discipline me. It makes me feel like you care.

10. Leave special messages in my desk or lunch bag.

I love that there is nothing in here about going to soft play or structured activities as my kids don’t do structure too well but would happily play outside all day long.

Thanks to this blogger for posting this http://www.handsfreemama.com/2012/05/16/what-a-hands-free-summer-looks-like/

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I’ve joined Brit Mum’s!

Apart from having some lovely neighbours for lunch and a playdate with my 2yo, I’ve managed to join Brit Mum’s today and – here is the exciting part – install a widget. I didn’t even know what a widget was 2 hours ago and now I’m all glowingly pleased with myself for installing one (its the pretty new image top right on my page). Happy hump day to everyone 🙂

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A touch of Australia for my boys’ new cousin with these baby boots!

I must admit I struggle with finding the patience for socks and shoes on babies. In fact my baby mostly lives in baby grows for the reason that its now cold and he kicks socks off. Ive seen those little sock holdy on thingies and really must get some. Given that trying to get out of the house with a toddler, a baby and lively dog jumping around is a battle paramount to trying to balance jelly on a wet bouncy castle, my littlest man rarely gets to show his fashion savviness with shoes. He does, however, look pretty funky and stays nice and toasty warm in his little ugg boots. FYI Ugg boots to Australians are ‘ugly’ sheepskin boots to be worn as slippers. I must admit to letting my baby wear his outside the house. I think that is JUST about socially acceptable if you can’t yet walk – and get them soggy (like many an Ugg boot I’ve seen in London).

I hope the new addition likes his toasty boots as much as his cousins do 🙂

Here are the ones I bought.

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I love Sundays!


A protein-packed ever so tasty breakfast in bed. Bacon & cheese omelette. You can’t get much better than this…especially when it’s made for you!

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Today Im thinking healthy recipes

Ho hum, today I was far to tired to contemplate reading anything about statistics and science so I started to record my favourite heatlhy recipes instead. These have been tried and tested by myself and my Nutrition patients. Perhaps I shall put them in a document in case anyone wants to download them.