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Organised Christmas 2014 – Day 8

43 days till Christmas Day This series will help you prepare for Christmas.  Each weekday I will share with you Christmas organising tasks, gift ideas, recipes, crafts and fun elf antic ideas. Use ‘The Organised Housewife Christmas Planner’ to help organise tasks throughout the series.  This planner will keep all your checklists, planners, budget, travel information and […]

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Organised Christmas 2014 – Day 7

44 days till Christmas Day This series will help you prepare for Christmas.  Each weekday I will share with you Christmas organising tasks, gift ideas, recipes, crafts and fun elf antic ideas. Use ‘The Organised Housewife Christmas Planner’ to help organise tasks throughout the series.  This planner will keep all your checklists, planners, budget, travel information and […]

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  • Molly

    I was just wondering if you were going to be adding any cleaning tasks to the Christmas series like last year?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Molly, No i’m so sorry not this year. I have changed it up a little.:)ReplyCancel

  • Rachael

    Thanks, Katrina, these are well-timed ideas for me. I like to buy Christmas gifts through the year as I see them on special, so another thing I like to do before I write the gift list is to find all the gifts that are stashed around the house, and assign them to receivers on the list. This way, I know what I already have, who might receive them, and who I still need to buy for.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Love how well organised you are, Rachael!.:)ReplyCancel

Organised Christmas 2014 – Day 6

45 days till Christmas Day This series will help you prepare for Christmas.  Each weekday I will share with you Christmas organising tasks, gift ideas, recipes, crafts and fun elf antic ideas. Use ‘The Organised Housewife Christmas Planner’ to help organise tasks throughout the series.  This planner will keep all your checklists, planners, budget, travel information and […]

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  • Kylee

    Ooh that letter to Santa is adorable, thanks Kat my this will be a great help for me especially as I have no idea what to get this kids this year.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh it is very cute isn’t it Kylee! Hope it helps you.:)ReplyCancel

  • Your Christmas organization ideas are really fantastic. I could really just put together a packing box of Christmas go-tos and get this whole packing and present planning business out of the way based on what you’ve shared here. Thank you!!ReplyCancel

OCTOBER 2014 DAILY INSPIRATION QUOTES

Here is a summary of all the quotes that I share on Facebook and in the newsletters into one blog post, as an easy reference to refer back to when you need a little inspiration. all images were created by and copyright to The Organised Housewife October Daily Inspiration   Please share your favourite quote of the […]

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  • Ebony

    Nobody is worth your tears and the one who is wont make you cry.ReplyCancel

Weekend Catch Up #14

A look at my week via the photos I have shared on Instagram.  From Instagram couldn’t wait, just opened my first Christmas pressie, a glass reusable coffee cup, thank you Reusables etc! a wee bit emotional this morning this is the kids last karate tournament for not sure how long. all three kids are starting […]

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  • Gayla

    Your kids are soooooo cute! Should post more pictures…please!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      thank you Gayla, they are adorable and such good kids!ReplyCancel

Organised Christmas 2014 – Day 5

48 days till Christmas Day This series will help you prepare for Christmas.  Each weekday I will share with you Christmas organising tasks, gift ideas, recipes, crafts and fun elf antic ideas. Use ‘The Organised Housewife Christmas Planner’ to help organise tasks throughout the series.  This planner will keep all your checklists, planners, budget, travel information and […]

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  • Amanda

    Hi Katrina. My daughter and I had a go at making the reindeer Chupa Chups tonight and they turned out great! The Brisbane Kids website didn’t include a reindeer template with their instructions so here is a link to the one I used:
    http://www.northpolechristmas.com/patternreindeer2.html
    Thanks for the great idea!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      That is fantastic Amanda! They are so cute and the kids have so much fun in making them!.:)ReplyCancel

  • Packing boxes for wrapping Christmas pressies seems like an awesome idea! Although I wouldn’t just restrict this to Christmas wrapping. I have definitely saved up QUITE an amount of present-wrapping stationary over the years so I might even need a box slightly bigger than the ones here!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

    Fantastic Audrey.:)ReplyCancel

White bread’s hidden goodness

This post is sponsored by Wonder White A few weeks ago I shared a post on lunchbox ideas and within the post I mentioned we had bread left over from the BBQ so please don’t pick on me for giving the kids a lunchbox with white bread in it (because sadly people do do that).  A few […]

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  • Brooke

    Well I must admit I haven’t really looked into it too much I just heard that white bread isn’t healthy and have always fed my family wholegrain. Learnt something today, might surprise my kids with a loaf of white bread, they will be pleasantly surprised.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I thought the same Brooke.So yes it was a lovely surprise for us too.:)ReplyCancel

  • Jayne

    we are the same, can’t beat a good sausage sandwich on white bread.ReplyCancel

  • I loathe people who judge the lunch box contents. My youngest child makes himself a vegemite sandwich on WHITE bread (oh, the horror) but he will eat it. The oldest lived on stras and sauce sandwiches for a couple of years, but again, ate his lunch every day. And as far as I am concerned, that is the only thing. He eats a decent breakfast, he eats a decent dinner.

    I won’t judge anyone who has the time and the inclination to make a lunch box full of wholesome bits and pieces that looks completely gorgeous. That’s their prerogative. My children will eat a vegemite sandwich or a cheese and salami sandwich at lunch time, so I am happy with that.ReplyCancel

  • Oh goodness, people love trying to bring others down to make themselves feel good don’t they? We eat wholemeal/multigrain bread mostly too, but if we only have white bread leftover from a weekend barbeque or social breakfast on the odd occasion, then they will eat that occasionally too! I believe in everything in moderation, and I believe that children need to learn about how to eat things in moderation for themselves. I wasn’t allowed sweet food much when I was young so it was like “forbidden fruit” to me, so when I was old enough to buy food from the school canteen, I went crazy and bought everything I had been denied all those years and now I am a terrible sugar addict and constantly fight cravings for it. I eat very well, but it is a constant struggle for me! I don’t want my children to be like me, so I allow them an occasional treat. It is not the norm, and our children eat super healthy a large majority of the time, so I think teaching them about “sometimes” foods is healthy, as from a young age they see that so long as you eat well mostly, you can have a treat occasionally too. Denying a child completely of something means they will try to sneak it in other ways I have found from my experience and in chatting with others! A friend never lets her child play video games or the iPad ever, and just found out that he sneaks to the library at school lunch to play the computer there and doesn’t interact with the other kids at school every lunchtime! My children can play a video game twice a week for half an hour IF they have done all their chores and homework only. They rarely watch TV except on the weekends they might watch a movie once or twice. Everything in moderation is the key I believe. I think we all need to relax a little, be more realistic and CERTAINLY not criticise others! We are all intelligent woman who want the best for our children, and are more than capable of making informed decisions for our family ourselves. I don’t understand why some people feel the need to comment negatively on stuff like this! Take what you like and simply leave the rest!! Stay yourself Kat! We love you! XReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Oh my goodness! Well said Fern!!!! Thank you! And yes i agree with you 100% Everything in moderation!!ReplyCancel

      • Yes, “everything in moderation”, including shards of broken glass, and arsenic.

        That phrase is silly. Why not replace it with “eat more of what your body needs, and less of what it doesn’t, or is harmful”?ReplyCancel

  • Laura

    You are spreading such misinformation! No, white bread is NOT healthy. Fortified foods are not nearly as well absorbed as actual nutrients. Where are your sources saying these ingredients are actually healthy or that the fiber is actually good? White bread is highly processed, and full of nasty ingredients. It’s your choice what you feed your family, but please, do some research and stop spreading lies about how “healthy” something like white bread is. There is ZERO health benefit in it. Real foods, like fruits, veggies, legumes, and whole seeds and grains like quinoa and brown rice will provide fiber without blood sugar spikes and fake ingredients. (Though fruit can spike blood sugar, so it’s important to eat it with a protein or healthy, whole grain.
    http://authoritynutrition.com/why-is-bread-bad-for-you/ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Laura I’m sorry you feel this way, but I don’t believe I am misinforming anybody, in relation to ‘healthy’ I refer it to keeping your digestive system healthy and it helps to maintain a regular gut. Wonder White is filled with great fibre benefits that I have listed above and have also suggested some alternatives.ReplyCancel

      • amanda

        the whiter the bread the sooner you’re dead! i can’t believe my eyes reading everyones comments.. its the most basic of nutrition.. get rid of the white processed junk! gosh… this website is a disgraceReplyCancel

        • Mrs Woog

          To call someone as caring and as hardworking as Kat a disgrace, well it is just not cricket. Please think about things that you write online. It hurts more than you know.

          Here are a few things that I find a disgrace.

          The difference in pay based on gender
          The treatment of asylum seekers on Christmas Island
          The situation in Sudan
          The state of Federal Politics in our country.
          The discrimination that minority groups face everyday.

          We are talking about bread here, not the current state in Baghdad. Let’s gain a little persecutive, shall we Amanda?ReplyCancel

          • So, misinformation about white bread, which will contribute to metabolic syndrome items, leading to type 2 diabetes, CAD, CVD, alzheimers and other dementias, is *not* a disgrace? I agree there’s a lot wrong with the world, but simply shutting up about things which are broken “conventional wisdom” that has since been repeatedly disproven is a pretty simple way to make the world at least a bit better.

            And it’s not just about gluten… modern wheat is pretty bad stuff:

            http://www.wheatbellyblog.com/2013/04/earth-to-jillian-its-not-about-gluten/

      • Kylie

        Did you even read the ingredients? It’s not even actual food. So in what universe is it considered healthy? Don’t believe everything you read on a packet.ReplyCancel

  • I love Wonder White, this is what we eat in our house too.

    Bread has such a bad press, yes brown rice salad is a better lunch option for me and my children but who wants brown rice salad every day? I love a ham salad sandwich on white bread! So I pick a healthier white bread.

    And you can’t make toasted cheese sandwiches on with brown rice. Who wants to live in that world!

    I couldn’t agree more with Miss Maudy and Fern. We are bringing our children up to be well adjusted adults who can make sensible choices and live and eat in the real world.

    xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Your right Claire all white breads are different and there are some that don’t have the same benefits as the Wonder White. I just wanted to share with everybody that not all white bread is ‘bad.ReplyCancel

  • Perhaps, as Laura has requested, you could provide your sources, just to give the article more credibility.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I’ve just added the links to the bottom of the post Kym.ReplyCancel

      • Kym

        Hi Katrina,

        Thank you, however the link to the Facebook page is broken, and the Eatforyourhealth links do not actually mention Wonderwhite bread. Further, the linked information doesn’t support a ‘healthy’ label, as the guidelines say with regard to sodium that less than 120mg/100g is best, and WW has 500mg/100g. I encourage you to rewrite your article, still telling us the health benefits of fibre, but promote the product as yummy and fun to eat which is true (as opposed to ‘healthy’ which is not true). Good luck. xReplyCancel

        • Kym

          Perhaps also rephrase the bit that says WW will supply kids with their daily fibre fi, because it would take 12.5 slices to do that.ReplyCancel

  • I’m sorry to break it to you, but foods are not the sum of their parts. As someone who studies biochemistry and nutrition – reading this was painful and disappointing. PLEASE educate yourself on current research BEFORE accepting money from companies to promote their products, especially when they clearly care more about their profits than health.

    Also, your title should read “White Bread’s Hidden Goodness” as possessive nouns need an apostrophe.ReplyCancel

  • Rachael

    To be fair, I think Katrina disclosed her source at the outset – the sponsor of the post, Wonder White. We each might judge for ourselves whether we think this to be a credible source of non-biased and complete information. However, Katrina might do well to do the same.ReplyCancel

  • Sara

    Please don’t kid yourself that any type of commercial bread is good for you. Many of the added nutrients firstly cannot be absorbed by our bodies anyway, as they’re in a processed form our body doesn’t recognise. Secondly, commercial breads are still loaded with a stupid amount of additives and preservatives and these chemicals are being linked more and more to contributing significantly to the health problems our society is facing. Now, don’t get me wrong: I occasionally eat white bread and so do my kids. I don’t judge others for what they feed their kids – we are all doing our best as parents. But Wonder White is no more good for you than a good old loaf of $1 Home Brand bread.ReplyCancel

  • Rachael, a company such as Wonder White can never be a non-bias, complete source of information. It’s really depressing that sites like The Organised Housewife are taking advantage of mothers like this. Sure, have sponsored posts, but actually do the research prior! When your readers trust you it’s such a low blow to use that against them. White bread is actually one of the worst things you can eat for gut health!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Jo I’m in no way taking advantage of anybody. I received some negative comments about a white bread lunchbox I shared a few weeks ago and agreed to writing this post to share that not all White bread is bad for you. I researched as you can see above defining all the different fibres found in the bread above and their benefits. It’s up to each reader to decide if they feel this is the right bread for their family.ReplyCancel

      • Rachael

        Jo, I absolutely agree 100% with you. Wonder White have a very obvious vested interest in maximising and promoting their claims of health, as does Katrina. Sorry, Katrina, but your ‘research’ smacks of Wonder White-ese (I.e., written by someone from wonder white or a parent/ affiliated company). I don’t mind you seeking sponsors, but I do mind the lack of transparency here, and the trumped-up ‘advice’ thinly veiled as sourced on your own from credible sources. It is only more concerning that you claim the ‘each to their Own’ moral high ground. You’ve lost me as a reader, Katrina.ReplyCancel

  • Christine

    I’d love to give my child wholemeal bread however with a very serious seed and a legume allergy that is never going to be the case. So white bread options with added nutrients is the best option. People should not make judgements on others decision as quite often they do not why that decision was made in the first place. I often feel like I have to explain my decision regard, of all things bread to the judgemental glances from others especially other mothers.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Your right Christine and when I initially shared the lunchbox post a few weeks ago with the white bread I explained I am only using white bread as it was left over from the weekend, justifying it, which really I shouldn’t have to. Like you say, you just have to give your child the best option for them, that must be hard keeping seeds and legumes away from your child.ReplyCancel

  • lisa

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. I’m pretty sure Kat calls herself “The Organised Housewife” not the “Perfect Housewife”. If you don’t like what she shares unfollow, or don’t use that suggestion but most of what she shares is awesome! Take what you need and move on. I hate it when people cannot accept different opinions or ways of doing things.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Lisa xReplyCancel

  • Renae

    Not much is more Aussie than a good old sausage in white bread off the BBQ! And our children will not die or become ill from eating them occasionally. I love all the so called nutrition experts who love to shoot down peoples choices. Anything in moderation. We eat a healthy balanced diet and sometimes my kids have soft drink at parties and even fairy bread!ReplyCancel

  • Sophie

    Sponsored by WonderWhite…need I say more!
    What a joke!
    I enjoy your posts and ideas about keeping organised but I think I’ll take my nutritional advice from people who know what they’re talking about, not being paid off.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Sorry you feel that way Sophie, I thought I was doing the right thing by agreeing to write this post, sharing that not all white breads are so bad.ReplyCancel

  • Oh wow. We are shocked. White bread GOOD for you? No way! What a disappointment to see this sort of information being promoted by people apparently passionate about health and wellness. No bread is actually good for anyone! Let alone white bread! Please do your research because this information is so incorrect it’s not funny.ReplyCancel

  • Anna

    Kat I am so sad to read all the negative comments, are you OK, it’s such a disgrace that people feel the need to be so horrible. I read the post from top to bottom and read firstly that you normally give your kids wholemeal bread. I have always found your post informative and I think this post does just that. I’m going to make those banana muffins BTW they look good!ReplyCancel

  • Jayne

    Chin up Kat can only imagine how you are feeling right now with these nasty comments, have always loved your blog and just wish I could give you a hug right now. Don’t ever remember reading such nastiness on your page before, thinking of you.ReplyCancel

  • Claire

    This is basically a well written advertisement for Wonder White. It’s so well written that it’s almost convincing. Shame.ReplyCancel

  • Tanya

    Kat I’m sorry of you feel you’ve been unfairly vilified for this post but we’re living in times where there is a growing awareness surrounding the underhanded misinformation being dealt to the public from big food companies. In the past we assumed we could trust their claims but it’s become apparent that we simply can’t and this misinformation has led to un unprecedented rise in diabetes, heart disease and obesity. There is a big difference between food that is a ‘healthier’ option and food that is slightly less unhealthy. Maybe wonder white is slightly less unhealthy but it is far far far from a healthier option.ReplyCancel

    • simon

      Now that is very well said Tanya. We must remain vigilant and sceptical to the promotion and products by big food companies. The internet has offered us our best chance yet to counteract the marketing of industrialised false food, so we must use it diligently and responsibly to share real information.ReplyCancel

    • simon

      Very well said Tanya. We must remain vigilant and sceptical to the promotion and products by big food companies. The internet has offered us our best chance yet to counteract the marketing of industrialised false food, so we must use it diligently and responsibly to share real information.ReplyCancel

  • Jane

    I can’t believe how nasty some people are. Get a life, people.ReplyCancel

  • Naomi

    Wow this is obviously a sponsored post. Paid by Wonder White I am guessing. Love your ‘organised’ posts and ideas but promoting this ‘food’ as healthy is not something I like to read :-( I honestly normally enjoy what you write and don’t like to leave negative feedback but it’s just not right to say this is healthy when it’s not. People follow you and are guided by you.ReplyCancel

  • Bec

    Hi Kat, I think your site is great! I love the organising tips! However, I have to say I am disappointed with your article on “white bread can be good” and I think a lot of people are upset with it because of the incorrect information. Perhaps it would have better if you first disclose that it is a sponsored article, and also clarify that “while grain bread is better, there are some white bread which is better than other white bread.” That would have been more accurate than saying “white bread is good”. I am not trying to be mean, or judging you of your food choices. That is none of my business. I am just trying to explain why so many people are upset, they are just upset about the incorrect information.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Bec, thank you for your message, I am open to reading everybody’s feedback. I always disclose at the top of every post if it’s sponsored and did so the moment this post was published, perhaps you missed it at the top right? As you mention above about clarification that was what I was trying to say in the first few paragraphs, perhaps I have very poor writing skills that everybody has misunderstood it, I have not at all said that white bread is healthy in this post. Health is only mentioned in reference to the digestive system. Going to take a fresh new look at all of this again today.ReplyCancel

  • I rarely buy white bread but do agree nothing beats a sausage sandwhich on white bread with some butter and tomato sauce!ReplyCancel

  • Rachael

    Wow it is only BREAD! Does it really matter in comparison to everything else going on in the world?
    I didn’t think people were so passionate about bread. Feed your family what you think is best, do you not think that mothers are judged enough about everything.
    I agree with Lisa ‘the organised housewife’ not ‘the perfect housewife’ If you don’t like what Kat writes don’t keep reading it!

    Kat I hope you are ok after all the nasty comments.ReplyCancel

  • Fran

    Wow! I can’t believe how nasty people are these days.
    Instead of judging Kat why don’t you explain to her NICELY what exactly is wrong with Wonder white? Certain people including my self are still learning about Labels and what the heck numbers are on the ingredient lists.
    To me her post was very clear. Sponsored by Wonder White and the fact that they do NOT eat white bread everyday.
    If you didn’t like her post just skip ahead and focus on the other amazing things she writes about.

    Kat you don’t need to justify anything you do and I am quite saddened to see how everyone is attacking you regarding this matter. I have severe allergies to HEALTHY food and more often than not when eating out including at friends places White bread is the only option available with some delicious butter.
    Hope you’re OK and big hugs.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Fran, feeling your hugs xReplyCancel

  • SawHole

    White bread is responsible for global warming.ReplyCancel

  • Jen

    I don’t think any if the negative posts are nasty, they are just sharing the truth. People are smarter these days, and white bread (or any bread) no matter how the producer tries to market it, is healthy. There are so many other sources to gain fibre from – veges & fruit for one. Those that think the negative posts are nasty just haven’t woken up to the truth yet.ReplyCancel

  • Jen

    *should read ” bread of any type is NOT healthy. Sorry could not edit comment aboveReplyCancel

  • Jen

    Mrs Woog that is a great list of disgraces but you forgot to add that the western diet consisting of highly processed “white” grains and misleading information from corporations and governments promoting this has caused the biggest health problems in western civilization, in particular obesity and diabetesReplyCancel

    • Jen, I disagree. I think the overabundance of food and people just downright eating too much has been the major cause of obesity and diabetes.ReplyCancel

  • wow! Just wow at the vitriol.
    I’m guessing that all the haters have NEVER bought a New Idea or a Woman’s Day or AWW or the newspaper, because they contain sponsored information.
    Chin Up Kat. Loved it when blogging was more community. Just keep swimming.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you Kylie xReplyCancel

      • Hey you are so welcome and by the way a Big THANK YOU – reading your blog every couple of days has kept me sane and helped kick my butt into gear as I prepare my house to be sold. Mwah xReplyCancel

  • Betty

    If people do want to review the actual scientific evidence stating that high fibre (but in particular whole grain) breads are good for you they should probably start by reading pages 44-48 of this: https://www.nhmrc.gov.au/_files_nhmrc/publications/attachments/n55_australian_dietary_guidelines_130530.pdf

    If they want to find out more they should probably talk to a registered dietitian rather than reading most of the non-scientific stuff you see too often on the internet (I’m looking at you, Pete Evans’ facebook page….).ReplyCancel

  • Just writing to say I think you’re lovely. White bread, brown bread, no bread, fairy bread, bread with little seeds – whatever – I don’t care. I hope you’re OK and not upset by some of the comments here. XReplyCancel

  • As an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Advanced Sports Dietitian I’m with you all the way Katrina (and Mrs Woog- loved the most recent blog). Yes, I love brown rice and quinoa but for some of my younger clients high fibre white bread, like Wonder White, is a good start to replacing white bread. A work in progress I call it. I thought your article was balanced and I would write something similar on that topic. And no, I’m not paid by any company to say so. Well done Katrina :)ReplyCancel

Organised Christmas 2014 – Day 4

49 days till Christmas Day This series will help you prepare for Christmas.  Each weekday I will share with you Christmas organising tasks, gift ideas, recipes, crafts and fun elf antic ideas. Use ‘The Organised Housewife Christmas Planner’ to help organise tasks throughout the series.  This planner will keep all your checklists, planners, budget, travel information and […]

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  • Jade Parsons

    Hi Kat

    I was wondering if the 2014 Nov & Dec calendar pages from the planner will be available to purchase from your store separately as oppose to buying the whole planner, as I already have this from last year.

    Thanks
    JadeReplyCancel

Organised Christmas 2014 – Day 3

50 days till Christmas Day This series will help you prepare for Christmas.  Each weekday I will share with you Christmas organising tasks, gift ideas, recipes, crafts and fun elf antic ideas. Use ‘The Organised Housewife Christmas Planner’ to help organise tasks throughout the series.  This planner will keep all your checklists, planners, budget, travel information and more […]

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Frozen Fruit treat that tastes like ice cream + Win a Yonanas Maker

This post is sponsored by Yonanas Wow the heat here in Queensland has been brutal the past few days, the kids have come home from school so hot and exhausted.  They walk through the door, put away their bags and just head to the fridge for something cold.  Which is a refreshing way for them to cool […]

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  • I make ‘alien juice’ with the kids. (Green smoothies)
    We pretend it’s from outa space, they can’t get enough!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      that is such a clever name Shannon!ReplyCancel

  • Ahh, now I understand what everyone is talking about LOL this looks really cool! Don’t know about sneaking fruit to the kids, I should try this with my hubby!ReplyCancel

  • Stella

    My boy is allergic to dairy and eggs so I make up a soy and fruit smoothie, after freezing it turns into a healthy sorbet. With certain veggies he says he doesnt like I chop them very finely and mix into a stir fry. He often won’t notice they are there and happily eat them.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      That is a wonderful idea Stella!ReplyCancel

  • Ann maree S

    I hide vegetables inside Meatballs and my daughter loves them ,cauliflower, carrots zucchini even potato ,Hubby is far worse than her with vegetables and he has no idea either !ReplyCancel

  • Rana

    With this machine, I won’t be stooping by the Froyo stores anymore. Frozen bananas and strawberries sound delicious.ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth

    I use a stick mixer to blend up frozen fruit with yoghurt! My 1yo loves it! One of these would be perfect for all my kids!ReplyCancel

  • Brooke

    As I’m usually in the kitchen it’s always treat time when daddy joins in…. Little do the mini peeps know but my husband is the fruit and veggie king and his fruit drinks contain everything from beets, kale, carrot and broccoli as well as the usual suspects. What makes the bright pink colour dad? Love! Of course ;)ReplyCancel

  • Usually I mix in some veggies with pasta and nobody notices!ReplyCancel

  • Emma L

    I hide vegies in anything I can – zucchini muffins, homemade beetroot pasta, the kids love date balls and you can even put grated carrot in them. I have even tried hiding avocado under vegemite on toast but that wasn’t successful!ReplyCancel

  • laura swinfield

    I usually freeze blended strawberries into icey poles and it turns into icey poles and it freezes into sorbet consistancy. LovelyReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth Barnett

    Not really sneaky but my kids will eat more fruit if it is already chopped up in the fridge.ReplyCancel

  • Leanne

    I make bliss balls from dates, almonds, prunes, pepitas, sunflower seeds, cacao, little bit of coconut oil and whatever else I have in my pantry at the time, roll them in coconut and the kids just call them chocolate balls. The kids are happy because they think they are getting a very special treat, and Im happy because I know there are no added sugars or nasties!ReplyCancel

  • Bela L

    I’ve love to bake but I drastically reduce the amount of sugar in most recipes by adding pure apple puree instead. It’s a great sweetener and is much easier for little bodies to break down.ReplyCancel

  • Bridget

    My nearly-4-year-old loves lamingtons so I use agave instead of sugar and sneakily put beetroot and zucchini in them. Can’t even taste the difference and they are delicious!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Wow great disguising Bridget, i like it!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    My kids struggle to eat a lot of fruit so I make yoghurt smoothies. I use frozen fruit, low fat yoghurt, a small amount of apple juice and ice cubes, I mix it all up in one of those magic bullet type blenders. This give them a good serving of fruit and calcium. My 13 year old daughter refuses to eat breakfast but will happily have one of these.ReplyCancel

  • Janelle

    Soup!!! For some reason my children love soup – they don’t mind the vegetables they can see and it’s amazing how many you can blend and chop and strain that they can’t see!! Wonder food!! (not so good in summer :( )ReplyCancel

  • Tracey

    I have a 3 yr old that is allergic to milk, eggs, nuts, soy etc. I’m very lucky as he does eat a lot of fruit & a lot of vegetables so I don’t have to hide them but the hardest thing for me is finding new treats for him that taste great. I’m constantly researching & testing new ideas but so many have no flavour. This machine is a great way to create great tasting treats for him. I never like him to miss out on anything so I constantly try to find similar food that taste great. I always test his new food out with his cousins to see if they like it as well. It would be a great after dinner dessert instead of water ice-blocks.ReplyCancel

  • Emma Johnson

    I make a slime sauce for gnocchi or pasta when we have a meat free meal. It is onions and frozen spinach based and then what ever else that is greenish I have on hand goes in as well. Usually brocoli zucchini beans and peas. I pack so many veg in and cook down with garlic and herbs with a can of evaporated milk – whiz it all up to make the slime and they gobble it up like no tomorrow. I have even used wilted lettuce before to use it up!ReplyCancel

  • I think I must be really sneaky! I like to substitute sugar for dextrose or Natvia in my baking. The kids can’t taste the difference and it is so much better for them. I also love filling up my bolognese sauce with grated carrot and zucchini. I then use leftover sauce and a sheet or two of puff pastry to make bolognese pinwheels. They taste delish and the kids have no idea they are chock full of veg.ReplyCancel

  • Darcy

    I just prevent that blueberries are little lollies. It works now but probably won’t as my daughter gets older!ReplyCancel

  • Jamie Harris

    Luckily enough my toddler isn’t too picky. But I will say I buy the veggie pastas and sneak those purée food pouches into EVERYTHING. I want to be sure he gets enough good stuff. But what mom doesn’t? :)ReplyCancel

  • Darcy

    I meant pretend in my previous comment, not prevent! Sorry :)ReplyCancel

  • Kri

    I make Amazeballs – quinoa flakes and/or shredded coconut and/or oatmeal, with dates, sulphite-free dried fruit, honey (from my bee keeper uncle – handy!!), maybe some cacao or maca powder, seeds, nuts if they’re not going into school lunches… Whatever is lying around gets thrown in!! Kids love them and they freeze well for a month or so, great for school. Out the night before and defrosted by morning break.ReplyCancel

  • Lorraine

    I’ve hidden kale in strawberry or banana smoothies. I give my boys a cup with a lid and straw so they can’t see the green bits and they’ve never tasted it.
    Cheesy pasta with eggs and small amount of cheese my 10yr old just worked out that the cheese is eggs but I told him he’s liked it for years so ears it without any complaints. I’d hide little bits of veggies in these ice creams as well if I had one I think it would work better than the smoothies.ReplyCancel

  • karen

    I hide grated verges in almost everything I can! And it’s not just the little one I hide them from…….my husband is just as bad!ReplyCancel

  • Nerida

    My son is only 7 months and I’m experimenting with all the veges and also herbs. Got to get those taste buds going! He is loving our morning smoothie with oats, banana, yoghurt and berries.ReplyCancel

  • Jan

    The most used tool in my kitchen is the grater…you can add grated veggies to just about any dish and the kids don’t mind. I get them to help ether than “hide” the healthy bits. I love the fruit based ice creams and sorbets and the Yonanas looks like such an easy way to do it, would love to give it a try!ReplyCancel

  • Karen Hardwick

    When I make biscuits & slices, I reduce the sugar & add fruit and OATS…. everything has oats added to it!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      That’s great Karen! I like the sound of adding oats to recipes.:)ReplyCancel

  • Laurie Jennings

    My boys are gluten free, wheat free, corn free, dairy free, grain free which can be challenging but fun to create new recipes! I make raw chocolate cake from avocado (creaminess), coconut oil & cacao powder & dates for sweetness & they don’t have a clue :).ReplyCancel

  • cheryl M

    My sneaky way to get my kids to eat they’re veggies is by grating them into sauces (Spag Bol = heaps of grated carrot & Zucchini )… if they only knew ! Pssst – Mums the word ;)ReplyCancel

  • Kylie B

    I always blend up fruit on its last legs and put it in the freezer it’s such a shame when my icypole containers are full and I end up throwing it instead. As for hiding veg I put it in my rissoles granted anything can go in and the family always loves them.ReplyCancel

  • Louise

    Banana and zucchini are my favourite healthy additions to snacks. You can disguise banana in smoothies, ice cream, muffins, healthy muesli bars and biscuits. Zucchini makes the moistest chocolate cake, yummy fritters with feta and makes spag bolg, sausage rolls and the like so much healthier.ReplyCancel

  • Jo

    I have 5 kids and they would love this! I sneak in fruit with smoothies or juices.ReplyCancel

  • Caroline Byrne

    I make my own pasta sauces with hidden veggies
    and sneak in veg and fruit into my sausage rolls too’mReplyCancel

  • Jacqui

    Wow! This is what I need! I’ve tried hiding fruit in icypoles before by food processing or juicing and freezing. But I love this option as I don’t need to add yoghurt or anything to it… So much easier for my dairy intolerant child! I do hide veggies and fruit in my baking and dinners but at the moment the best bet is to tell my son that Fireman Sam eats it…ReplyCancel

    • Hilary

      I use our mandolin slicer to julienne long strips of zucchini to substitute for spaghetti. It cooks in about 2 minuets in boiling salted water. Top with my favourite bolognese sauce (packed with grated carrot and more zucchini) and my 2 and 4 year old nieces love it, they call it alien spaghetti.ReplyCancel

  • Ashleigh Burns

    I call our green smoothies “monster smoothies”! Bananas are great in these too for a lovely creamy texture. Everyone in out family loves them!ReplyCancel

  • Haylee Buckle

    My children love sweet treats. I recently made fresh date and coconut biscuits. The kids love them and its all natural. My sweet potato muffins are also a huge hit.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh sweet potato muffins!! Now they sound so yummy!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly

    I grate carrots and add it to the taco mince mix! Can’t taste it but it bulks it up and gives it colour. Also zuchinni noodles with bolognaise sauce and cutting out apple in hearts!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Wonderful idea Kelly!ReplyCancel

  • Jodi

    I mix fruit puree with yoghurt and milk and put into ice block molds. My 3 yo is always getting ice blocks from the freezer but now doesn’t realise how good they are for him!ReplyCancel

  • My main trick is to try and get them involved in the making. They are much keener to drink vege juice when I chop and they do the juicing. So this machine looks fantastic – they can make their own healthy afternoon tea! The Yonanas would be the hit of summer at my place.ReplyCancel

  • Donna Lewis

    My daughter loves chocolate but despises broccoli (and most vegies). I make chocolate muffins with hidden broccoli, beetroot and purple carrots. She has no idea and thinks she is just devouring a wicked treat. Wicked indeed! And as she is intolerant to cows milk this is a double winner for us.ReplyCancel

  • Cathy

    Like some others, I whizz up low fat yoghurt and fruit to make some yummy healthy icy poles.ReplyCancel

  • Carey

    Here are some of my tricks!

    1. I grate up lots of vegetables and put it in spaghetti bolognaise
    2. Fruit muffins – my boy won’t eat bananas as fruit, but he begs me to make banana muffins all the time, and I add lots of other fruit to it
    3. We name food to make it fun – carrot “coins”, broccoli “trees” etc
    4. Fruit smoothies always go down a treat!
    5. Tacos/burritos – food kids can make themselves and add their own choices, and I put kidney beans in the meat, something they won’t eat on their own but are accepted with tacos
    6. Home made pizza – hide vegies in the tomato sauce!ReplyCancel

  • Samantha

    We have Monster smooothies here. Fruit, Yoghurt and spinach. I’ve found the greener the smoothie, the better. My kids love it and then love to run around pretending that the smoothie has turned them into a monster.ReplyCancel

  • Claire Deane

    Pasta sauce at our place but my most favourite thing to do is NOT to hide it, instead we make meals together! It makes so much difference (and so much mess ;-))ReplyCancel

  • Janny Pilarski

    I look after my 3 grandsons every afternoon and cook them dinner as well. 2 of them are intolerant to preservatives,artificial colours and flavours so giving them treats is really quite hard. They love fruit and the Yonanas would be perfect to make them a healthy treat that looks like ice cream/soft serve. They eat quite a lot of vegetables but the ones they don’t like for example spinach, I cook and both the veg and the water it was cooked in goes through a moulie and then a sieve so that no green bits can be found in stews or bolognaise.I use a stick mixer for organic kidney beans and then cook them with the mince and homemade spice mix for tacos which they love. It is great when they come back for seconds.ReplyCancel

  • Sonya

    My daughter loves milkshakes. She thinks I’m putting loads of ice cream in them but I just make them with milk and bananas – I just use really ripe bananas and a lot of them, so it makes the milkshake really thick and creamy. I bet she wonders why I always send her out of the room before I make it…ReplyCancel

  • marian bathie

    Cooked cauliflower makes a great cream sauce for Alfredo pasta or macaroni. The family love it. Pumpkin is great in your muffins cakes and scones adds color too. Created zucchini carrot can be added to meat sauce for spaghetti lasagna quiche and muffins.ReplyCancel

  • Helen

    Thankfully I have a daughter who is happy eating most fruit and vegetables so I don’t have to find ways to hide things. I do like to put veggies into fritters, patties and meatloaf and fruit into things like banana bread and muesli slices.ReplyCancel

  • I freaking love banana ice cream! I bought a crappy version of a Yonana last year and it broke. Totally want one of these now!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Oh i hear you! I adore Banana ice cream too! So yummy.:)ReplyCancel

  • Jess

    My daughter loves fruit and vegetables but also liked to snack on dry cereal throughout the day. After seeing how much sodium even ‘healthy’ cereals contained I switched to puffed brown rice and corn (with nothing else added) available in the health food section.ReplyCancel

  • Soni P.

    I add red lentils into my daughter’s porridge to increase her protein intake. To this day she thinks porridge is orange. :-)ReplyCancel

  • Nic

    My friend gave me this great recipe for chocolate cake made with red kidney beans. Don’t laugh – it’s actually deliciously moist and really tastes yummy! And it’s far healthier than standard chocolate cake as it is much higher in protein and fibre.ReplyCancel

  • Sharon

    I have always found blending and freezing pureed fruit into icy poles works a treat at getting my sons to apricots, peaches etc. I am particularly interested in the Yonanas because my son has to eat soy instead of cows milk and the creamy texture of icecream is hard to replicate with icy pole molds.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Mckenzie

    I am lactose intolerant and my son loves I cream so that machine is the best way of making healthy “ice creams ” and sorbets it looks wonderful.ReplyCancel

  • Janine

    “Green dinosaur milkshake”, “moon rocks/cakes” with fruit and chia seeds, natural yogurt and nuts hidden in them. Dinosaurs, space and the colour green are my son’s favorite things at the moment so we go with what’s in at the time!ReplyCancel

  • Jo

    I’ve wanted one of these yonanas for ages! I sneak vegie soup or puree into my toddler’s favourite ‘zotto’ (risotto) or put leftover vegie puree I have made for my 7 month old baby’s food in pikelet mixture – sweet potato and pumpkin make the pancakes golden and sweet but he still thinks they’re a dessert.ReplyCancel

  • Jenny L

    I will put finely chopped vegetables into rissoles, sheppards pie, bolangaise or anything else that they like. Also frozen fruits, yoghurts and/or milk churned together to make a delicious ice cream.ReplyCancel

  • Candice

    My 1 yo is dairy and soy free, so we rely heavily on fruit as snacks, either fresh or made into muffins or puréed and added to oatmeal. Summer fruits (ie peaches, nectarines, watermelon and mango) are eaten plain and in bulk. A great muffin recipe both my kids love to make are ‘Funky Beet Muffins’ from the Cbeebies I Can Cook recipe site (my 3yo’s favourite show)
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/funky_beet_muffins_24134ReplyCancel

  • Timm

    To get my kids to eat fruit and vegies I cut them up fine and serve them in something they love like pancakes or bolagnaise sauce on pasta. Also I give then vegies in “cakes” aka quiche that I tell them is a vegie cake. Works a treat. TimmReplyCancel

  • Saraskye

    blitzed carrot, eggplant, zuchinni and capsicum in rissoles/pasta sauce and for fruit – make it a smoothie and the kids think its groovy! If all else fails I keep the original bottles/packaging from store bought products and put my own in them, the kids don’t seem to notice!!ReplyCancel

  • Kara clarke

    I put zucchini, potato, carrots, pumpkin and apple in my sausage rolls. My girls love them and always come back for more!ReplyCancel

  • Jules

    I know some people will think I’m awful, but I make fairy bread for parties using lite cream cheese instead of butter. Our kids don’t know any different and love it.ReplyCancel

  • Nicola Herring

    I make chocolate mousse – my daughter is completely oblivious that it is quite simply one whole avocado mixed with hot chocolate powder. It really is delicious and she has no idea that it’s healthy! What a genius I am!! ;)ReplyCancel

  • Bianca

    I would love to say I am a queen smuggler but unfortunately I am not! I get really hard to smuggle fruits and veggies but my daughter (2) still scouts them out.
    I am in desperate need of new recipes and appliances to help me feed a nutritious balanced diet.ReplyCancel

  • Shell

    I am not always good at hiding things, but by grating carrot, potato, and an in season vegetable, I find I can hide veggies inside the burger mix, and as long as everyone sees meat, I get away with hiding the good stuff :)

    (fingers crossed, I so wish for one of these, but budget will never allow it)ReplyCancel

  • Peta Scott

    I hide veggies where ever I can!! Cakes, muffins, meatballs, pasta sauce and pie filling!!!! 99% of the time it is successful others nor so much ;p Both kids love frozen banana icecream but making it in the food processor is time consuming and messy!!!!! The Yonanas would make it so much easier :DReplyCancel

  • Kimberly

    Fruit smoothies. Kids won’t eat while fruit but will have it in a smoothies.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Love this idea Kimberly!ReplyCancel

  • Lillian Williamson

    Minnie Mumm:

    I don’t do it sneakily, but a small platter of cheese with crackers,sliced n diced fruit and a little pot of yoghurt for dipping the fruit. This would be awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Sally Duncombe

    I blend baked beans or lentils into soup or bump out spag bol with them. I also eat well in front of them and sometimes say this is mummy’s treat don’t take any _ always makes food more alluring to my kids! Like the yonana idea, sounds great for quick deserts for the whole family .ReplyCancel

  • Shannon Ruddock

    It’s all in the name!ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne

    I have never really had to sneak any fruits and vegetables to my kids. My problem has been the husband…. although now they are teenagers they say they dont like brussel sprouts. If thats the worst they come out with I am happy.

    I run a small family support agency (not-for-profit) and we are always promoting healthy eating alternatives to our families including ‘hiding’ fruit and veg. I wish I had some pictures but we make fruit wands, cut soft fruit with a cookie cutter and stick a straw in it, watermelon pizza, take 1 round of watermelon cover with yoghurt, sprinkle pineapple, strawberries and blueberries on top then cut into wedges and of course the kids love slinky apples. There are so many ideas we use, making faces out of sliced cucumber, grated carrots, sultanas, cream cheese or humus on a rice cracker. What we know works and the kids love at our events is getting to experience healthy food in a different way.

    I would really like to have one of these machines to do ‘fruit icecreams’ at our playgroups.ReplyCancel

  • Kathryn

    I sneak veggies in everywhere I can! I love baking so zucchini and pumpkin regularly go into muffins. There’s always the puréed soup which they love and have heaps of veggies in it! Pasta sauces are another easy one too. We would love to win, us Canadians need more ways to cool down in the hot Australian summer!ReplyCancel

  • lucy

    I sneak veggies into meatballs, sausage rolls.
    date, dried figs, coconut into fruit balls. I also make fruit and veg juices, which have the kids totally baffled!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I love the sound of this Lucy!ReplyCancel

  • Katherine Hassam

    pureed fruit that I freeze into ice blocks! This wonderful machine would make this so much easier for me to feed my bubba :)ReplyCancel

  • Jane Orr

    I put vegies in everything!! If you can blend it up small enough then you can add vegetables to almost every dish, without the kids detecting .ReplyCancel

  • Diana O

    Nothing sneaky about it, it’s all in the actions, over animation, pretending that the fruit and vegetables I am eating are the GREATEST things on this earth & ‘special’ only for grown ups. This done, it’s amazing how quickly little bodies love them too, needing to consume them at every opportunity.ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty

    My kids love smoothies, and think they are such a breakfast treat. You can sneak all kinds of goodness into them, such as spinach, many kinds of fruit, coconut milk, chia seeds, medjool dates, and yoghurt. Who doesn’t love some icy, creamy goodness?ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca P

    I make up a batch of ‘chocolate mousse’ for my kids. It’s raw cacao not sugar filled cocoa whipped up with avocado and banana! All they see is a creamy chocolate dessert that tastes sweet and yummy but it’s filled with good fats, energy and has no sugar! It’s a dessert they can eat for breakfast! Win!ReplyCancel

  • Fiona

    I don’t recall ever having to sneak my kids healthy food. Call me lucky I don’t know. But my trick is to let my kids see the rainbow in their food. If the food is beige it won’t be touched. Rainbow is good. Everybody loves a rainbow!ReplyCancel

  • Emma

    I sneak in all sorts, greens and seeds into smoothies and pasta bake, but my most successful veg sneaking is in my vegan chocolate cake, I use either zucchini, carrot, or beets our a combination as a base for the cake, even my fussy hubby eats it without question! I also add nut meal in to the batter to sneak nuts into my son who thinks he hates nuts.ReplyCancel

  • Alexis Robinson

    With children who dairy intolerant and one with a nut allergy and very fussy eating habits, their favourite treat is an icecream made from whatever fruit is on it’s last legs and coconut cream blended and frozen. If they’re lucky I’ll add some cocoa or honey. But this machine looks far more exciting! My kids will also eat frut more readily if it’s frozen – grapes are particularly great.ReplyCancel

  • Barb

    I sneak veggies in frittatas, muffins, pies, dips and my kids favourite pasties! The pasties are great because you can use any leftover meat and veg, just dice it up and enclose in delicious homemade pastry. A nice frozen fruit-cream would be a tasty and healthy addition!ReplyCancel

  • Hayley Hitchings

    I am very lucky that miss 4 loves fruit and veg and miss 1 is heading in the same direction but cant go wrong when their favourite treat is a lollitup which is a tupperare product, an icy pole filled with straight fruit (watermelon is our favourite or a traffic light of watermelon, orange, kiwi fruit)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh great idea Hayley.ReplyCancel

  • Belinda McLeod

    Would love to be able to make some healthier desserts for the family that taste goodReplyCancel

  • Tracey

    Icy poles made with freshly squeezed fruit juice are great for hot summer afternoons. They love frozen fruit smoothies with a dollop of natural greek yoghurt, but who could not enjoy an icy cool creamy treat. Would love to have the YONANAS option to give the girls when they get home from school.ReplyCancel

  • Janet Martin

    Get the kids to choose a colour green, purple, orange, red and then purée either spinach, blueberry, pumkin, or beetroots and add them to muffins or pancakesReplyCancel

  • Easy, I just tell my kids that fruit is a sometimes food and put up a bit of a fight when they ask for it. Works a treat!ReplyCancel

  • caitlin jordan

    Thankfully the kids are pretty good about eating fruit but their dad is really bad!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    I sneak veggies into whatever I can – snacks, main meals, ice creams, smoothies. Luckily I have one child who will actually eat his veggies just as they are – he gets rewarded with an icecream ( that’s full of fruit lol)ReplyCancel

  • melissa chance

    I like to make muffins that is my favorite way but then I also make smoothies they arw good and the kida like them better then the muffins. But thi ab machine would help so much. It looks like a cool product. I never win nothing maybe this will be my lucky day.ReplyCancel

  • Jeanette barker

    I have ASD sons on limited diets (for different reasons) and am always looking for easy, healthy snacks. Presently my go-to in hot weather is a fruit smoothie (made from fruit I’ve frozen to not have wastage and keep prices down). This way I can often sneak in a little of the fruit they are usually fussy about, without them even knowing!ReplyCancel

  • Dia

    Every day my kids usually make their own with bananas with other fruits or Oreo and freeze. with Yonanas maker, it will bring our family more closer. We can’t wait to try variety ideas with it.ReplyCancel

  • Erin Dawson

    My two year old will quite often refuse whole or sliced banana. But if I chop it into finger size pieces and tell him it’s a ‘monkey stick’ he’ll gobble it up no worries. .ReplyCancel

  • Pauline Stewart

    I had my kids convinced that sultanas were lollies until they started school!ReplyCancel

  • HOLLIE

    i watch animal docos or TV shows with my 2 year old and when we see an animal eating fruit, the next time we eat that fruit we pretend to be that animal! Lots of squawking and laughing PLUS a healthy snack.ReplyCancel

  • Judi Adams

    Animals made out of fruit often does the trick, and another favourite is kebab fruit loaded onto a blunt stickReplyCancel

  • Marie Shing

    Lucky for me, my daughter loves eating healthy! I could cook a nice roast or something, and she just wants a plate full of veggies!! But here, my fruit tends to spoil so fast and it would be great to use to make delicious frozen yogurt for my daughter!! She starts prep next year!!ReplyCancel

  • Jen

    I grate vegies into pasta sauce and make green smoothies.ReplyCancel

  • Jodie

    Smoothies smoothies and more smoothies! So hot in western qld ATM def going to try this. Looks so yummy. Thanks xoReplyCancel

  • Brittany

    I am very blessed with an adventurous eater. However I do add veggies that are difficult for my daughter to eat like spinach and kale to smoothies. She gets so excited over GREEN smoothies!!!ReplyCancel

  • Tamara

    My 2 year old is fruit obsessed so hiding that is no issue, veggies on the other hand, well, I hide grated veggies in pasta. She’s allergic to tomatoes so I use pumpkin and peas for a pasta sauce base then add all sorts of other veggies. It’s a bonus that it’s super yummy too!ReplyCancel

  • Annaliese

    I cook everything I can into a ball shape or sausage shape – so long as it’s the right shape and called a sausage it doesn’t matter if it’s filled with veggies!ReplyCancel

  • Locky

    Chocolate cake made from kidney beans cocoa powder coconut oil etc with cocoa avocado icing. The kids love it and don’t have a clue whats in it. :)ReplyCancel

  • Monique

    My 4 kids saw this and would love one!!! It would stop them using all the milk for fruit smoothies all the time. And they can do it themselves!!! It will def get used on a daily basis here!!!ReplyCancel

  • Lina

    I hide veges in anything i can. From pasta sauce, meatballs, but the most successful way is when i make a “fruit juice” with pineapplle and spinach, kale… I put it in a green cup so it “reflects” green color. The juice is sweet but full of great nutrients.ReplyCancel

  • Susannah

    Home made sausage rolls using Turkey mince and veggiesReplyCancel

  • Wendy

    We freeze loose grapes from the bottom of the bag and the kids love them!ReplyCancel

  • Bridget Studders

    I recently made cupcakes for a birthday party and put banana in them…kids didn’t notice and the parents thought they were super delicious :) we also put spinach and carrots in spaghetti and the kids don’t notice :)ReplyCancel

  • Amy Marsland

    I grate lots of veg (onion, carrot, zucchini and mushroom) and hide them in zucchini slice. I even sub spelt flour for wheat… She loves it :)ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    I have to say that I am a very lucky Mum indeed. From a really young age, I taught my kids to like salads,fresh fruit and veggies. I always explained how good they are for them and that they will get really strong if they eat them. They loved that idea and use to and occasionally still do, show me their muscles when eating the healthy snacks.
    So hiding things isn’t a concern for me, and I am fully aware how lucky I am. I totally love your idea making 100% fruity, yummy ice-cream with the YONANAS MAKER!!ReplyCancel

  • Astrid

    Rainbow mash. Lots of vegies mashed together. They love it!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Great tip! Thank you for sharing.:)ReplyCancel

  • Samantha Fischer

    I freeze small pieces of fruit like banana, orange, pineapple, grapes for icy treats. In slow cooker meals I put in baked beans (which my kids hate) and lentils and as many veggies as possible and they eat them all!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Cannon

    My 2yr old wants to be a “big boy” like his 3 older brothers. He is getting a little picky at times. So everything is big! Sit at the big table, with a big bowl, a big spoon, eat big boy food just like your big brothers! Big Yonanas, that works!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle van Zyl

    I put frozen fruit and oats in their morning smoothie and grate veggies in everything I make. I would love to be able to use frozen fruit in the yonanas and the whole family will be fighting over whose turn it is!ReplyCancel

  • Jenni Williams

    I don’t really make healthy treats (or sneaky ones anyway) but I do healthy meals and sneakily add lots of veggies all the time. Even my husband doesn’t know :)ReplyCancel

  • Fiona Wypych

    When making bread I pop in finely chopped up fruits, grated carrot/zucchini and nuts – then when the bread is cooked and warm spread over mashed up avocado or homemade strawberry jam. This is such a filling and satisfying snack and also lots of “good” things! For Summer though, the things I could do with a Yonanas!ReplyCancel

  • Jenni Williams

    I don’t really sneak healthy things into treats but I do it all the time in meals – veggies can be hidden in almost anything – even my husband doesn’t always know..ReplyCancel

  • Lauren

    As a yummy summer treat, my girls love yogurt buttons. I fill a squeezy bottle with their favourite yogurt then squirt small button size blobs onto a sheet of baking paper and Pop it in the freezer to set. My girls go crazy over these and I love knowing that they are enjoying a healthy treat ;)ReplyCancel

  • Shelley

    Wow, this is a great idea. My hubby and I are hopeless on the fruit but this would be a great idea to incorporate it. My 1 year old is only starting to try fruit but she does love ice-cream so may also be fantastic for her.ReplyCancel

  • Clare

    Like most mums I hide the vegies in spag bol sauce, but I also found slices were a great way to add vegetables too- once my kids liked eggs…and mini savoury muffins always went down a treat, with lots of grated veg mixed in!ReplyCancel

  • Donna

    It’s amazing how many leafy greens you can add to a delicious fruit smoothie without changing either the colour or taste – so much sneakinessReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    I really struggle with finding sneaky ways to add fruit and veg to meals, so that’s why this would be such an AWESOME item to have in my kitchen!! Although I will certainly be trying some of the ideas listed ;)ReplyCancel

  • Reeva

    The ONLY way I can sneak any fruit into my son (who eats NO fruit or veg!) is to make ‘chocolate milkshakes’ which are frozen banana, a spoon of vanilla icecream and some cacao! it’s exhausting! i would love one of these super machines! :)ReplyCancel

  • Katryna

    My kids love slushies and they would like cordial in it but I just blend up the ice with any fruit (watermelon, grapes, kiwi fruit, pineapples, strawberries, blueberries etc) and instant fruit slushie!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Preston

    I just whip things up in a frenzy to make smoothies/milkshakes. I actually invite participation. Extra points for originality. Weird combos can be amazing & also just plain weird.ReplyCancel

  • Fabian

    Anything where I can get my kids to participate in making & preparing food from raw ingredients is always good, can be lots of fun and in most cases take less time than you would think.

    When kids make it themselves suddenly the rules change. They will eat it and will insist that you and everyone else does as well.

    This Yonanas Dessert maker would be so much fun at home.
    My kids would certainly love getting creative and even making dessert for us parents too.

    I love how it can also take their attention away from all the digtal devicesReplyCancel

  • Nikki Sims-Chilton

    I make bliss balls (full of dates and nuts) and call them chocolate balls. Also the classic grated veggies in spaghetti bolognaise.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    My favourite veggie hiding ideas are:
    1) Spaghetti bolognaise meat sauce, with lots of grated veggies in it – including carrot, onion, zucchini and capsicum.
    2) Mini veg quiches and fritatas – great size for lunch boxes, freeze well and are a good way to use up leftovers.
    3) Potato and veggie fritters – grate potato and veggies, compact into ‘pancakes’ and shallow fry in olive oil.
    4) Make your own veggie pizzas – we use pita bread as a base, and the kids choose their own toppings.
    5) Sweet potato ‘wedges’ – cut sweet potato into chunks, brush with olive oil and add some cinnamon, then bake.
    6) Meet and veg burger patties – I use lean meat and combine with veggies to make healthy burger patties. These also freeze well, and are a ‘treat’ for the kids served on burger buns with lettuce, tomato and sauce.
    7) Sweetcorn and tuna cakes which you can also add veggies to.ReplyCancel

  • Megan

    While I dont have kids as such, I do have a big kid whom I am consistently trying to get extra vegetables and natural nutrients into. I make some chocolate chip cookies made using chickpeas as a base ingredient which to this day he doesn’t know that is what I use as a base. The trick is to make them only when he is out of the house so as not to blow my cover!ReplyCancel

    • Jen

      Would love that recipe as my family love chocolate chip cookies and I’d like to make them healthierReplyCancel

  • Mary-Ann Stone

    I have to sneak certain fruits, dried fruits and vegetables into the house so my son won’t eat them all at once.ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty

    I chop up banana then dip the pieces in natural yogurt. Place them on baking paper and freeze. Yummy summer treats :)ReplyCancel

  • Aimee

    I hide grated veggies in anything and everything. I also make a ‘pesto’ soup which is almost entirely zucchini! Of course if he knew that, he wouldn’t touch it!ReplyCancel

  • Kerri

    I am forever trying to either smuggle vegies or fruit into the kids (and husband) anyway possible, eg., chocolate bran muffins that have zucchini in them. Brownies that have beetroot in them. Kids and Hubby love them – just do realise they are a healthy treat.
    A Yoananas would give me the opportunity to sneak the fruits into the kids that they say they don’t like – whilst still maintaining my sneaky composure.ReplyCancel

  • Brook

    Hello, I make fettuccine cabonara, minus the eggs, with peeled grated zucchini and mashed cauliflower. The think creamy cheesy sauce hides the veggies and adds a great flavor. All from scratch too, no jars.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh that sounds really yummy Brook.:)ReplyCancel

  • I love it. Can’t get enough.

    Good luck to you all. Huggiez.ReplyCancel

  • Kate

    we have a fig tree and there’s only so many figs the kids will eat, so I cook and purée them and make roll ups! They think they’re getting a special treat and I’m happy because it’s healthy.ReplyCancel

  • nicole french

    I thankfully haven’t had to sneak healthy foods to my children, having food intolerances has meant the healthy foods were the treats! The only ‘sneak’ has been their diluted pear juice frozen pops that they think are the bees knees, Ooooo imagine how real pear sorbet would go down for them! :)ReplyCancel

  • Shayne

    Hi Katrina love your site I am co-raising my 5 yrs old grandson who is non-verbally autistic he understands us but can’t communicate back we are learning sign language as you know food is a on going issue only eating certain things that they know they like I would luv to give the yonanas maker a go knowing how much he loves ice-cream & 100% natural WOW !!!ReplyCancel

  • Mel

    I have loved reading everyone’s comments and getting more ideas – thank you!! Like many others who have commented, I try to sneak vegies and fruit in wherever I can. But I also want my 4 kids to know that they are eating healthy food so they grow up knowing that they have eaten them and can and should eat them…. so.. I don’t tell them what’s in it until AFTER they’ve eaten it! Then we play a guessing game of who can guess which vegies have been hidden in the meal – it’s usually about 5 or 7 different ones and I love seeing their faces when they’ve guessed correctly, or when I’ve hidden a new one in or even something they’ve never heard of! Knowledge is power and doing it this way, hopefully they’re gaining a broader knowledge of the world of food and smarter choices for our bodies. A Yonanas maker would be very used in our kitchen! We live in a very small country town and we would probably become the healthy ‘soft serve’ house in town where the neighbourhood kids are always welcome :)ReplyCancel

  • karina l

    I make my own ice blocks with fresh juice…and even add in a spoonful of carrot or broccoli into them. It’s so subtle they have no idea!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Grives

    I have to hide veggies from my husband as well as my two boys – though the boys are slowly getting better at eating them when they are out in the open so long as the older one can cover his in tomato or BBQ sauce !!! Probably takes away part of the healthy element of eating them but hey thats progress really. Otherwise they get grated in pasta sauce, into sauce for lasagne and recently i bought ravioli full of veggies that all 3 of them loved. Stir fries get packed with everything that is in the fridge as do soups and stews. We have been experimenting with growing our own veggies which seem to help – they are happier to pick them and eat them when they have done it all themselves. Their kindy is very good at doing this too which has transferred over to us at home. And they love helping me cook so they will happily grate and cut veggies and add them into the dinner. This way my husband won’t complain either cause he knows the kids have helped …ReplyCancel

    • sharon Grives

      As an aside, the reason I would love one of these machines is that I am lactose intolerant and have recently been placed on a low fat diet because of gall stones. i am missing ice cream so much and the soya ice creams are just not the same – nor are my family of boys too impressed. This machine would allow me to eat “ice cream.” A friend made me something similar in her thermomix recently however they are way too expensive for me to buy. This machine would allow us to eat low fat, healthy ice cream as a family.ReplyCancel

  • maryan zarif

    I love your blog and ideas. I sneakily make yoghurt in the yoghurt machine I bought from Aldi with different flavours of fruits blended to give colour and then freeze them to convince my 2 toddlers that it is ice cream so i watch how much sugar and fruit they getReplyCancel

  • Vicki

    I add healthy vege and fruit by grating up and adding to almost everything i cook mince, muffins, smoothies. Pastry with puréed fruit in the middle kids love the burst of running fruit when they cut them open. The list is endlessReplyCancel

  • debbie davidson

    would love to win the yoghurt maker.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Pozz

    Always add chopped fruit to muffins instead of sugarReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Wonderful tip Lisa! I love it.;)ReplyCancel

  • Colette

    Spag Bog is a favourite in our house. I grate zucchini and carrots into it and also add lentils. I’ve slowly been adding more lentils and the kids haven’t noticed. It makes the meat go further therefore savings money too. I use that sauce in lasagne too.ReplyCancel

  • Nell

    Oh my………I make these already with frozen bananas and cocoa. The cleanup is so difficult with my blender though. This machine looks amazing and would ensure I make healthy desserts more often.ReplyCancel

  • I dont have to hide much in our snacks and meals. My kids are really good about eating healthy. Some things that are their favorite are, “toddler muffins” (these are good for adults too!), cauliflower/mashed potatoes and pumpkin(or sweet potato) cookies. We LOVE fall because of all the “fall foods” we can mix up. Sometimes I add mashed carrots to the pumpkin cookies too. And we LOVE LOVE LOVE baked pumpkin oatmeal! You can put it in muffin cups and it makes it portable! I could go on and on. We love good food.

    ps. Dont underestimate the power of baby cereal. I found a recipe for pancakes and baby cereal, and those are amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Jules

    I make my kids a ‘lottachocka’ snack which basically includes seeds, almonds, cashews, pecans, dates and some high-protein cacao powder. They think it’s a delicious chocolate snack and they have to do chores to earn one! They’re super delicious and healthy and they’re none the wiser.ReplyCancel

  • Wendy Ollington

    I make muffins with anything and everything in them. I am also hoping to make a beetroot chocolate cake :)ReplyCancel

  • samantha moon

    We make green smoothies our favorite combination at the moment is pear, banana, green apple, avocado, spinach, bees pollen, chia seeds, baby kale, a dollop of yogurt and some water yummy :)ReplyCancel

  • Megan Brown

    I try to add cut up pieces of spinach to his organic grassfed burgers. He picks some of it out but eats some of it too.ReplyCancel

  • Nadine

    Pureed spinach goes into casseroles or pasta sauces. Cubed eggplant cooked well dissolves into sauces etc and gives a creamy texture…ReplyCancel

  • Julie

    I have one daughter I can’t sneak anything past. She picks up on everything I try to sneak in. I made her usual banana,mango smoothie the other morning, put in a tablespoon of oats & bam – “Mum – why does this taste/feel different”? refused to finish it. But I will keep trying.ReplyCancel

  • Natalie

    My kids love any baked treats with sugar substitutes for dates!ReplyCancel

  • Leigh Morgan

    We have been having morning smoothies with Kale, celery, carrot and Avocado. My son has been very interested and tried some which he loved. We now all have them in the mornings. He just recently turned 5 and wanted a boat cake surrounded by green jelly. Our extra smooth smoothies with some gelatine made some very healthy sea for his boat cake!ReplyCancel

  • Cindy Macgregor

    I put a paddle pop stick through a yoghurt lid and freeze the youghurt. Instant ice lock :)ReplyCancel

  • Kerry

    I grate a lot of vegies in pasta sauces. They will eat a lot of salad on tacos. Frozen grapes they loves after school as they r really coldReplyCancel

  • Alex Cheeseman

    One girl loves pink the other loves purple – so we make our plain yoghurts ‘colourful’ simply by adding frozen fruits (favourites being cranberries or blueberries). I also make ‘pink’ dips by adding beetroot to hummus which I also add finely grated carrot and zuchinni to). If its bright- it must be yummy right?! :-)ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Adams

    I’m not at the stage of needing to hide fruit yet but I’m keen to have such a healthy option for the whole family. :)ReplyCancel

  • Cressey Thomas

    My kids love pizza, but hate vegetables…lately I’ve been making homemade pizzas with a homemade cauliflower base and then I make a pizza sauce with veggies all finally chopped. I even finally chop broccoli and sprinkle on top… They think it’s parsley… Add meat and cheese and the are none the wiser.ReplyCancel

  • Rae

    I make green french toast (whip the eggs with spinach) and also Pink mashed potatoes which is Beets and potatoesReplyCancel

  • sam

    My son seems to find everything i try to hide! He is 9 and still tastes the difference if i sneak in a veggie or fruit! Maybe one of these gadgets might help….he loves yoghurt and icecream ;)ReplyCancel

  • Rachael Gimson

    My husband is a policeman and miss 2.5 absolutely idolises her daddy, so when she doesn’t want to eat her veggies I tell her “daddy can only be a big strong policeman because he eats his veggies” she usually clears her plate and then tells me “I’m big now mummy!!”ReplyCancel

  • Dom

    Grated zucchini and beet root are great fillers in sweet and savory snacks!ReplyCancel

  • Jenny laing

    My son is very fussy and it’s about texture and appearance with him. So as well as hiding veggies in anything I can I purée things even though he’s nearly 5. For example he doesn’t eat meat of any description because of texture so when I make lasagne as well as adding zuchinni and carrots I purée all the bolognaise component before assembling. Now he devours it! If I don’t win one of these I will definitely be purchasing him one.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Blanchard

    Spag Bol is the easiest meal to sneak in extra veggies, I grate eggplant, zucchini, and carrots, and finely chopped mushroom and spinach and they never knowReplyCancel

  • Marcia Ockwell

    I hide veggies in slow cooked shepards pies made in the taco boats. My kids love them and don’t notice the veggies.ReplyCancel

  • Karla Navarro

    My kids love everything with cheese ,
    so I make a vegie savory muffin, with grated zucchini,
    Carrots, corn some feta cheese & mozzarella &
    they can’t even taste the veggies.ReplyCancel

  • Whitney

    I like using pureed vegies in all my meals. They are smooth so they dissolve into anything without the obvious vege texture :) macaroni cheese with added pumpkin puree. Meatballs are ooften 50% meat and 50% vegie puree mix. In spag we have pureed broccoli. We love milo milkshakes with banana added im too!ReplyCancel

  • Nomes

    I have some yummy smelling chicken & vege nuggets/muffins in the oven at present! I also put veggies in everything from spag Bol, pizzas, lasagna & anything I can think of!! Would love to win one of these great little machines to cool us on these hot mallee days!ReplyCancel

  • Lorna

    My little guy is only 17 months so healthy snacks are easy. I put veggies in anything savoury and thankfully he hasn’t developed a sweet tooth so is delighted with fruit and yoghurt. The yonana would make a great addition to our kitchen, I’ve been eyeing them up for a while!ReplyCancel

  • Kate

    Finely grated veg such as carrots into the spag. bol. works. I was lazy one time and did a coarsely grated carrot. Well, that was the end of that batch of bolognese being eaten by master fussy ????ReplyCancel

  • Diana Gamra

    I have 1 fussy child who won’t eat veg and 1 who won’t eat fruit. Blending and sneekily adding the offending ingredients usually does the trick! The yonana would be fantastic for us all.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Hall

    I have started making zip pops. My fussy 10 year old is now eating so much fruit and he doesn’t know ther is yogurt in them too.ReplyCancel

  • Lauren

    Grated beetroot into chocolate muffin mix. Kids don’t know the difference, bless them. :)ReplyCancel

  • Angela Arancio

    I have 3 boys who are all pretty good with fruit and veges- they love them. But my eldest son is allergic to dairy and nuts and this really limits a lot of after school treats that I would live to make for him. He is limited to sorbets at the moment for a cool treat but find these very icy. He would just love the yonanas machine to make so yummy and original sorbet flavours and they look so much creamier than your standard sorbet flavours!ReplyCancel

  • Erin Chiaroscuro Purdom

    I make a healthy spaghetti mince
    sauce that has zucchini, carrots,
    tomatoes, pumpkin, sweet potatoes,
    broccoli, cauliflower, peas
    and mushrooms all blended up into it :)
    My 8yo son (who HATES veggies) LOVES it!
    And my husband who HATES tomato and pumpkin
    loves it too!!ReplyCancel

  • Emma

    I make lollies for my two children. Simmer apples until soft then add strawberries, pineapple, orange or whatever fruit is around & blend until smooth then sieve. Dissolve gelatine & add to fruit mix. Refrigerate until set then cut up. I use 1cm shaped biscuit cutters for interest. Kids love them & this works especially well for my Son who reacts badly to many different colours, flavours and preservatives.ReplyCancel

  • Belinda McMahon

    Any veggies grated up into spaghetti bog or frittata. Also create a picture on a plate using potato mash as mountains, broccoli as trees, carrots as rocks and dion nuggets!ReplyCancel

  • Christina Shin

    I have 2 girls, one totally avoids any sorts of veggies excep sweet potatoes and corns, the other totally avoids fruits except apples and bananas.
    With veggies, I camouflage them in pasta sauce, dumplings and soups.
    With fruits, home-made ice creams and boost juices.
    This machine is perfect for my fruits-avoiding one.
    Saves me from blending.ReplyCancel

  • I love to bake and my kids love cupcakes and muffins. With this in mind I have made it my mission to hid as much goodness as I can in these little handfuls of delight. It started with banana muffins and has moved onto pumpkin and zucchini. I also use zucchini in choc cupcakes and a healthy carrot cake version. Yumm!! They have no idea they are eating veggies and each time they go for treat basket I can relax and give myself a little pat on the back. :)ReplyCancel

  • Linda

    My kids love eating clean as they understand what’s in processed food (we’ve discussed it a lot and watched YouTube clips like Jamie Oliver’s one on making nuggets) but we haven’t seen an alternative to ice cream except frozen Greek yogurt and fruit – they would love this! It would be an excellent joint stocking stuffer, especially if I have pre-frozen bananas!ReplyCancel

  • Jane

    I made fruit platters for my children with different fruit. They had to eat 4 pieces before they could eat a chocolate freckle. They now eat all fruit and it’s their preferred dessert.ReplyCancel

  • Megan

    Lots of fruit packed into a smoothieReplyCancel

  • Vicki McEwan

    My kids are pretty good eaters, but I will sneak grated chord into bolognese sauce on pasta.ReplyCancel

  • Renita

    I use frozen bananas instead of
    ice cream to make banana and
    honey smoothies for my daughter
    and husband, they love it.ReplyCancel

  • charlotte v

    Me and miss 3 cut pictures of fruit and veggies from some old womens day’s and made a ‘book’, when we are eating dinner we look through and she spots the veggie we are eating and I encourage her and master 2 to take a bite to see what they think!
    Works very well sometimes!!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina Harvey

    I have twin boys both have autism and fruit and veg can be hard to get them to eat so we tend to do muffins and quiches to hid these items in. But to use something that makes healthier and more pure items would be fantasticReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    We like to add fruit and veggies to muffins, pancakes, and even cookies! Our girls love fruit and love ice cream so I’m really loving the idea of this new machine! Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Ellen L

    My toddler is one of the fussiest kids around, but I’ve managed to convince him that LSA makes his weetbix taste delicious! Another favourite staple is carrot and zucchini muffins with ground almonds, pepitas and sunflower seeds. Protein and veggie hit, in the shape of a cupcake!!ReplyCancel

  • Vinetta

    Make stick people, vehicles, flowers (be creative) with fruit and vegetables.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah freeman

    I have chopped up veg sticks to eat in the car on the way home from school… They are so hungry, and busy chatting and looking out the window that they don’t notice they are eating them and the box is always empty when we get home. Or if they are watching TV before dinner I do the same then they have eaten their veg part of dinner… Just before dinner. Healthy mindless munching !ReplyCancel

  • Rachel

    I put purée veggies into everything like spinach in brownies or pumpkin into muffins. But I’m also very lucky my girls will eat most heathy food with argument and my youngest doesn’t like choclate. But always going through and endless amount of fruit and vege.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    I blend spinach and apple purée into my sons chocolate smoothie as he eats no fruit or veges. I also grate cauliflower and zucchini into every main meal that I can,he eats it and loves it.ReplyCancel

  • Tamarac

    I am always sneaking extra fruit into my son’s ‘milk shakes’ that he says he doesn’t like and refuses to eat. I also add in probiotics and camu camu….. As long as he doesn’t see me making it!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    My teen kids!!! love sugary treats, as all do. I make snacks such as slices and balled treats with zooshed up dates instead of sugar, coconut milk instead of dairy and rice or alternative flour to wheat. One made up with other healthy ingredients, they love them. None the wiser!!ReplyCancel

  • Helga

    I always add fruits of the seasons to our homemade yoghurt. I use ripe sprinkled bananas to bake a banana cake. We do not eat chips or savoury snacks during TV time; but have fresh cut fruit on a plate.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Mitchell

    My kids seem to think that anything from an ice cube tray is a treat, so I have taken to stick blending fresh fruit, mixing it with a little juice and filling ice cube trays, easy and mess freeReplyCancel

  • Donna

    I make a fruit platter and use yogurt as a ‘Dip’ frozen fruit added to a plain base cupcake mix works well too.ReplyCancel

  • Isabella Platt

    Mars Mission Meat Balls!!
    I put a piece of broccoli into the centre of the meatballs.
    The kids are told that the meat balls come from Mars
    The green centre will give them special alien powers.
    So if they are lucky enough to get one with a green centre they must eat it quickly before anyone else takes the special meatballs
    Works a treat :)ReplyCancel

  • Jackie

    I put extra vegies and most meals I cook. From spag bog to sausage rolls. It makes the meals go further and the kids love it. I do struggle with different ideas for fruit. This machine would be perfect and stop a lot of wastage.ReplyCancel

  • Karina

    I make sorbets for the kids but it still has sugar in it. I hide veges in pasta sauce.ReplyCancel

  • Ebaney

    Veggies are our problem, so we have cauliflower mash instead of potato, make healthy soups and sweeten them with coconut cream and do a lot of healthy baking with coconut flour, almond meal and fruit!
    My two year old doesn’t complain!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thank you for sharing Ebaney! I love these ideas.:)ReplyCancel

  • Joanne Cardamone

    grated vegies or fruit is put into things, but I don’t have much of a problem with vegies, I have to mince all meat and disguise it either in sauces with heaps of vegies or in muffins!!ReplyCancel

  • Maria

    The family loves pasta and don’t care what “yucky” vegetables are included, as long as there’s lot of bolognaise sauce.ReplyCancel

  • Jay

    I add natural yoghurt to muffins and cakes instead of using butter – makes them deliciously moist without the fat. My kids don’t ordinarily eat yoghurt but this way they get it without knowing.ReplyCancel

  • Karissa

    I make green monster pasta! Spelt pasta, sauce is avocado, Greek yoghurt, spinach, a teeny bit of pesto, garlic, lemon. Nice and creamy.ReplyCancel

  • EMMA

    We make homemade pizza dough with wholemeal flour and use vegetables and tomatoes pureed as the sauce base … they have no idea and they love it!ReplyCancel

  • Elle

    We make faces out of the food, smiley faces, pear mice, cut them into shapes etc and make it funReplyCancel

  • Kylie

    I have a green smoothie for breakfast every morning using a variety of healthy ingredients. My little boy always love to share some so he gets his own cup too :)ReplyCancel

  • Jenai

    Sneaking vegetables doesn’t work with my boys – they have amazing palates and will reject anything that looks, smells, tastes or sounds like a hidden vegie!

    Making their food fun is what works with my kids. I slice up a range of different fruit and vegetables and serve them in a cupcake baking tray. There are 12 sections (6 for each child) and they race to eat their slices of strawberries/apples/cucumber/orange/carrot/banana.

    Failing that – a bribe to eat the undesired vegetable usually does the trick!ReplyCancel

  • Deana

    I used to play Fear Factor with my daughter! She loved it LOLReplyCancel

  • Lea

    I add finely chopped fruits and vegetables and put them in my dishes. The taste is not compromised and I get the satisfaction of knowing my children are eating right.ReplyCancel

  • Janis

    I use the food processor to hide vegetables in things all the time, like hiding grated carrots in my bolagnaise, or grated zucchini in sloppy joes.ReplyCancel

  • Renee

    Hiding fruit luckily isn’t a necessity in our house. Instead, I try to hide vegetables whereever I can – grated up in most dishes, hidden vegetables in baked goods, cauliflower mash instead of potatoes, etc. I have recently found it easier to get vegetables into them by getting them to help in the garden. They get far more excited about eating vegetables when they’ve helped to grow them.

    But this machine would be wonderful for healthy frozen treats now that summer’s on its way :)ReplyCancel

  • Tanya

    I have 2 boys, 1 is REALLY fussy and the other eats anything! Pikelets are my weapon! I do fruit pikelets (grated apple, banana etc) and even vege pikelets with no sugar but grated carrot, zuchinni etc. My Spag Bog always has lots of veges too. Dear little kid – drives me insane some days!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Helen Leijser

    Our children grow their own fruit and vegies, this allows them to grow and pick their own favourites.They love the sense of achievement of choosing, buying, planting, caring for and then harvesting their own crops.It teaches them cause and effect, that they have to think about something else other than themselves.Its a win win way to get good organic food into our kidsReplyCancel

  • Jennifer

    Finely grated veges in LOTS of stuff, including cakes! They’re not so fab with fruit, so it’s about presentation on that front – kebabs, rainbow fruit platters, etc. They enjoy juicing an orange or lemon and popping the juice to pop in some water. They also love anything frozen – ice cream, sorbet, etc. I pour over Pinterest searching for creative ways to serve fruit!ReplyCancel

  • Carly

    My kids LOVE icy poles so instead of giving them the sugar-laden ones that are full of colourings, I like to make them yoghurt pops. Greek yoghurt, frozen berries and a drizzle of honey. My 3 year old loves helping me make them and asks me every 5 minutes if they’re ready yet so I know they will love the Yonana machine!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole

    Instead of using butter in muffins I use apple sauce – it’s healthier and yummier!ReplyCancel

  • Danielle

    I purée lots of veges into spaghetti Bol sauce and use left overs in pastry.ReplyCancel

  • Rachael Lorenz

    Little miss doesn’t eat enough fibre, she just doesn’t like anything that I try to give her. That is until I started baking walnut and chocolate ‘cake’. What it actually contains is walnuts, dark chocolate, bananas, psyllium husks, hulled oats and LSA mix. The child is as regular as clockwork and I am super mummy for letting her have a slice of chocolate and walnut cake each day! I admit this works on my husband also ;)ReplyCancel

  • April

    Anything on a skewer is fun so that usually works.ReplyCancel

  • Louise

    My 2 & 4 year olds love my sausage rolls. They are packed with more veggies than meat and are so moist and delicious they both won’t eat bought ones! Usually whatever I have in the fridge including onion, carrot, zucchini, celery and fresh herbs (from the garden). I put them all in my Tupperware SmoothChopper and chop them up until they are tiny pieces. I add these to my sausage mix which is sometimes sausage mince but I’ve also experimented with chicken and turkey mince and a couple of slices of multi grain bread soaked and squeezed. I cut the pastry sheet in to 3 and make up bite size sausage rolls. We have them as a meal or a snack and are just as yummy cold.ReplyCancel

  • Sonya P.

    My daughter loves eating her dad’s toasted muesli but it’s full of fat and sugar so when she asks for it I crush a Weet-Bix in it or add a handful of rolled oats or unprocessed bran so there’s more goodness in it and less fat/sugar. I always tell her to go the loungeroom while I make it so she doesn’t see she’s not getting what she thinks she’s getting.ReplyCancel

  • Susie V

    My kids love a simple dinner of jar pasta sauce, pasta and olives, so I’ve gradually replaced the jar sauce with my own homemade: almost anything I have handy goes into it – that red colour hides quite a few things! I also freeze kale to crumble into green smoothies (as a sort of green veggie powder). Of course I do the spag bol thing – grated zucchini, mushies and carrots and I do a ‘rice & beans’ thing in my rice cooker and serve like nachos – avo, tomato, cheese and whatever other toppings.ReplyCancel

  • Tali N

    I have slowly been weaning my children off sweetened yoghurt (their grandparents started them off on sugary yoghurt when they went to their place for lunch…grrr). Anyway, I mix half their sweetened yoghurt with half natural low-fat yoghurt. Maybe one day I’ll get all the way to 100% natural yoghurt, but we’ll see!ReplyCancel

  • Renee Ballantyne

    I have a hidden vegies recipe book which is a winnerReplyCancel

  • Lauren A

    Muffins full of apple, zucchini, carrot, sultanas, and oats – the kids love them. I’m sure they’d love fruit “ice-cream” much more though.ReplyCancel

  • Tracy

    I add extra vegies to my slow cooker meals. My hubby and children don’t normally like to eat sweet potato by itself, but add it to a slow cooker meal and guess what they eat it without even knowing! I LOVE my slow cooker for this!ReplyCancel

  • Rosslyn Tadd

    Milk shakes are my secret weapon for health. By adding raw milk, raw eggs, cacao and whey powder to their Milo and icecream milk shakes they are secretly healthy.ReplyCancel

  • Caroline Kelly

    Frittatas with steamed asparagus and beans, corn, ham or left over roast pork, cheese, onion, sundried tomatoes. I fill greased muffin pans with the contents and serve individually with a salad. These, “muffin omelettes,” are great.ReplyCancel

  • Fruit Iceblocks homemade, I put all of the forest fruits the yoghurt and whatever fruits I can lay my hand on and stick them in the freezer, they are a big hit and healthyReplyCancel

  • Soni

    My daughter loves having porridge for breakfast but even better than porridge is pancakes, which she thinks is a special treat. The way I make it is wholemeal flour, 2 eggs (double the amount it’s supposed to have), banana and milk and chia seeds. It’s full of protein and she loves it – I just don’t tell her there are eggs in there!ReplyCancel

Organised Christmas 2014 – Day 2

51 days till Christmas Day This series will help you prepare for Christmas.  Each weekday I will share with you Christmas organising tasks, gift ideas, recipes, crafts and fun elf antic ideas. Use ‘The Organised Housewife Christmas Planner’ to help organise tasks throughout the series.  This planner will keep all your checklists, planners, budget, travel information and […]

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  • Lyla

    This is such a fun task day, have been meaning to get my craft box ready and my daughter will really enjoy making the Olaf, that is such a cute idea, thank you for finding it. Those bottles are great I can’t drink just plain water so these are going on my wish list.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      We love Olaf here too, the girls sing the song all the time!ReplyCancel

  • Bec

    The Christmas organiser is my ABSOLUTE FAVOURITE part of your blog/page. I can’t get enough of it! I LOVE Christmas and all its traditions. By the way, you look fabulous. Congratulations on your amazing journey xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh Bec you are so lovely!! Thank you so much for your lovely comment, you truly have made me day!.:) x
      I am with you on Christmas too! It is such a beautiful special time of year!ReplyCancel

  • Bec

    Thanks for taking the time to reply Katrina ???? I’m so happy that I made your day. I love the Christmas traditions your family has that you shared last year. We have a little boy and this will be his second Christmas, we have started some family traditions too ???? it’s such a special and magical time. Bless you & thank you for sharing all of your wonderful ideas xxxxxReplyCancel

  • Bec

    Oops they were supposed to be smiley faces not question marks!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

    Awe thank you Bec.:)ReplyCancel

Organised Christmas 2014 – Day 1

52 days till Christmas Day This series will help you prepare for Christmas, each weekday I will share with you Christmas organising tasks, gift ideas, recipes, crafts and fun elf antic ideas. Use ‘The Organised Housewife Christmas Planner’ to help organise tasks throughout the series.  This planner will keep all your checklists, planners, budget, travel information and more […]

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  • Jen

    I am so pleased to see this series back, it was so much fun last year and really helped me to prepare for Christmas, you are a gem Kat.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      HI Jen, so glad that the series has helped you and that you will be following along again this year.ReplyCancel

  • Alana

    Hi Kat, what brand are the sticky tabs you used on the dividers? I had a quick look on the officeworks website but can’t find ones like yours in the nice colours :(ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I agree, I love these colours. They are Avery tabs, I purchased them a few years ago from Officeworks, I don’t think they sell them anymore.ReplyCancel

  • Maree

    All I can say is thank you, I have followed this series for the past few years and I have found my sanity over Christmas because of it, will be following again this year.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Christmas can do that to you, easily mess with your head, it just gets so busy around the silly season everything can easily get out of control, here’s to another stress free Christmas for you xReplyCancel

  • Lee

    Where do you buy your white folder that allows you to slip paper in the front back and spine?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Lee, you can get these from OfficeWorks and Kmart used to sell them as well.ReplyCancel

  • Olay I’m not going to lie. I freaked out when I read this because I realised that I need to be organised for Christmas which I am not! But thank you, it’s the kick in the bottom that I needed :PReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I know it is so scary how quick Christmas is coming around!ReplyCancel

  • I am loving this idea as I am suddenly feeling very overwhelmed by Christmas. I was pretty organised but we had a house fire three weeks ago and everything was destroyed. I am starting again from scratch and I don’t really know where to begin.
    Going to check with a friend tomorrow that I can borrow her printer and then I am purchasing this organiser. I love Christmas but currently I am stressing out about it. Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty

    Interested to know where you got the binder receipts folders that will fit into a folder.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

    Kirsty i just got the binder wallets from office works and used a hole punch to out it in the back of the folder. It works great.:)ReplyCancel

  • Alana

    I found pretty coloured divider labels in officeworks! They even match the colours of each divider page!!! Didn’t even look at price stocked just got very excited and brought them!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh yay that is awesome Alana.:)ReplyCancel

  • You little ripper! This is fab, you’re so cvlever xReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh thank you Kylie.:)ReplyCancel

October 2014 tasks of the day

October 2014 DAILY TASK SUMMARY  On facebook and in our daily newsletter I share a task each day to help you create a clean and organised home. Please find October 2014’s summary below. Clean three windows in the home Declutter and organise three drawers in your bedroom Declutter, clean and organise drawers in your office Declutter and organise your […]

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  • Ronniie

    Thanks for these lists you have made. I am just so overwhelmed with my house at the moment, that I was in a state of paralysed procrastination. Now, I feel like I have a helping hand and there is a light at the end of the tunnel.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh Ronnie, That is lovely to hear. To make it a little easier on yourself, make a list of what you want to achieve and tick as you go. I use this method and find it helps so much. It is great sense of accomplishment.ReplyCancel