Keeping Kids Active During the Holidays

Routine often goes out the window during the holidays – school is done, sleeping in, movies, play dates, shopping and best of all no homework.  The lead up to Christmas can often focus on food and treats…candy canes, santa lollies, Christmas chocolates and ice cream.  So it is really important to make sure our kids are combatting this increase in calories with a bigger than normal expenditure of energy.  Sometimes they may need a little encouragement to ditch their screens and computer games.  Try and encourage the kind of exercise that is disguised as fun – backyard cricket games, swimming, surfing, skate boarding, dancing, handball, footie, skipping, bike riding, walking the dog and cartwheeling – it all adds up to sweating and laughing, which means a BIG kick of endorphins and lots of energy used.  Also,  make sure you set the right example. If you expect your children to be active, you’ll need to be active, too…one in all in.

 

Byron Bay Lighthouse Run 2015

Another fantastic Brookfarm Byron Lighthouse Run again this year with a big team of runners and walkers.  Running and walking side by side with your friends is a fantastic way to stay motivated and moving…it’s not always about the time or the calories burned, but about the conversations and the experiences along the way.  Thank you to our sponsors, Elders Lennox Head and Southern Cross LADS…we loved our red singlets.  A challenging 10km fun run in our coastal back yard, who wouldn’t want to do it.  In 2015, major sponsor Brookfarm all proceeds went to NSW Health Northern NSW and Rafiki Maweki.  If you want to get started with your running, join me every Friday 5:45am in front of the Lennox Head Catholic Church – we mix between intervals, sprints, distance and incline work…come try it.

 

Moon Salutation Shiva Rea

In this video, Shiva Rea shares a beautiful sequence called a Soma Mandala Namaskar, or Moon Salutation, from her energetic vinyasa style, Prana Flow. It includes spontaneous movement, inner meditation, and unique asanas to cultivate the flow of soma, or lunar, nectar.

Energy Muffins Recipe

These muffins are a great healthy snack on the run. Grab one before you leave the house for your morning fitness for a boost of energy. They also make a great lunchbox filler for the kids.

Ingredients:
2 cups (300g) plain flour or gluten free flour or spelt flour (I used gluten free self raising flour)
2 tsp baking powder (if using self raising flour I only put one small teaspoon of baking powder in )
1 cup dried cranberries
1 large grated carrot
1 grated zucchini
2 grated green apples
1 cup desiccated coconut
1 cup chopped walnuts
3 eggs
1 cup (250ml) oil – I use rice bran oil or you can use grape seed oil – both cholesterol free. Coconut oil would work nicely too
1 tsp vanilla extract

Method:
Step 1
Preheat oven to 180°C. Use 18 paper cases to line muffin pans.

Step 2
Sift flour and powder into a large bowl. Add cranberries, carrot, courgette, apple, coconut and walnuts. In a separate bowl, beat together the eggs, oil and vanilla.

Step 3
Add to the dry ingredients and fold until just combined – do not overmix.

Step 4
Spoon into muffin pans and bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown.

This Girl Can

This Girl Can celebrates the women who are doing their thing no matter how they do it, how they look or even how sweaty they get. They’re here to inspire us to wiggle, jiggle, move and prove that judgement is a barrier that can be overcome.