Monday, 5 August 2013

Tuesday Chats: Natasha from Little Bean Organics + a RECIPE for banana and coconut muffins

Tell us a bit about yourself and your business. How did it all start? 
I am mum to Charlotte (4) and Rory (10 months) and 'try' to live a fairly clean lifestyle with my little family in Frenchs Forest, Sydney. I love running, the local farmers markets, hanging out with my little family and early nights! 

My business turned real when a gap in the market for 'affordable' organic baby wear was realised.  It is something I am invested in emotionally in as Little Bean Organics is more then just a clothing label, it is also as an over all lifestyle choice (for me) I try to be representative of the label by living happily, eating as clean as possible, exercising for healthy mind and body, sharing our ups and downs on the blog and not allowing toxic people in my family space BUT I am not perfect at all of this and certainly have 'fail' days!! I encourage mums to support each other through the joys of raising little ones because it can be tough stuff.

What does organic clothing mean? 
Clothing less the yukky chemicals and toxins that are used on conventional clothing. 

Why organic? 
For me, it's a lifestyle choice. I have suffered from anxiety and PND in the past and I found that living a 'cleaner' lifestyle and making small changes to the overall picture helped keep those yukky feelings away. 

Do you have any advice or inspiration to send out to any of our readers that are thinking about starting a organic way of living?
Yes! Don't get overwhelmed as it does tend to be a bit of a domino effect. Try changing one thing at a time.

 Food; If you had half an hour to cook dinner and realised you didn’t have anything planned, what would you cook? 
Lentil and vegetable soup is our fav, so easy to just cut everything up and chuck it in the saucepan. I even throw some kale, quinoa and chia seeds and then blend it up so it's nice and thick. Really, really nice with good crusty bread.

What’s your favourite juice or smoothie? 
I usually do juice with kale/spinach, apple, celery, zucchini and anything else I can find in the fridge that needs to be used. Doesn't always taste fantastic but it's always super healthy.

What is your favourite live by affirmation, mantra or quote? 
I love and I am loved. 

Do you have a recipe you would like to share with us today?
I just added this to my blog:

I had some greek yogurt and banana’s that had to be used and my 4 year old was desperate to make muffins so I googled for a recipe that I could use both, not loving my options I twisted one I found to better suit a cleaner recipe and surprisingly it came out super yummy that it even tempted my 10 month old that has been super fussy lately (read: not eating at all and only drinking his milk) to eat it as well.
Ingredients:
  • 1 3/4 cups self-raising flour  I changed it to 1 cup of SRF and 3/4 cups of almond meal (next time I will try no SRF and only almond meal)
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar  1/2 Coconut sugar
  • 1 cup natural yoghurt  1 Cup of Greek Yogurt
  • 1 egg (or you could try chia seeds instead)
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil 2/3 cup of Coconut Oil
  • 2 large bananas, mashed
  • I  also added 1/2 cup of desiccated coconut which the original recipe didn’t specify
Method:
  • Preheat oven to 180°C. Sift flour and sugar into a bowl.
  • Combine yoghurt, egg, oil and mashed banana in a large bowl. Gradually add dry ingredients, stirring until just combined.
  • Spoon mixture into muffin holes. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
  • Stand muffins in pan for 5 minutes. Turn onto a wire rack to cool completely. Serve warm or cold.


Where can we find you?
Twitter: littlebean0

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