Thrive Giveaway!!!

I can barely believe that it’s been over three years since I set up my business Brenda Janschek Health and Lifestyle. It seems like yesterday I was poised at my keyboard wondering how on earth I was going to find “my voice” in order to write my first blog post.

Yet, here I am today celebrating the milestone of having two successful ecourses under my belt, a steady stream of health coaching clients, ‘healthifying’ kitchens across Australia, getting kids to try kale in my kids cooking classes, as well as launching my first recipe eBook!! The icing on the cake? Last night I ticked over to 8,000 followers on Facebook!!

Now I reckon that’s cause to celebrate!

To thank you all for joining me on my passion plight to inspire positive health in families throughout Australia and beyond,  I’m doing a special little giveaway just for you.


Premium access to one lucky reader for the next 21 day round of  THRIVE: RAISING KIDS WHO LOVE REAL FOOD eCourse valued at $139.00. The course begins 29th February 2016.

THRIVE  is an education eCourse which aims to empower all parents with the knowledge and nutritional skills to give your children the greatest opportunity to enjoy life in robust health. With a team of experts, meal plans, articles galore, we tackle areas like fussy eating, body image, nutrient density, pantry staples and brands and so much more. There is also endless support and encouragment in our private facebook group where you will enjoy sharing time with a like-minded community of parents.  Click here for more information on the course.

For your chance to win, all you need to do is answer this question in the comments.

What is your main challenge when it comes to raising healthy kids who love real food?

Terms and Conditions: Giveaway is only for 24 hours and will end 8pm Thursday 18th February 2016. Winner will be chosen by and announced on this blog and also sent an email.

Good luck!

  • Real Food for Hungry Teens

    Created by certified health coach, Brenda Janschek, and her hungry and creative son Orlando, this eBook contains a rich variety of over 20 nourishing, real food recipes designed to satisfy the tastebuds and growth requirements of developing teenagers.  
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Your thoughts on this post


  1. Alina Humphreys

    Overcoming the extreme attention to detail and focused concentration that my daughter displays when examining and discarding unknown foodstuffs on her fork …!

  2. Megan

    Main challenge is managing expectations of young visitors and convincing my husband day in and day out that the extra mess and washing up from all our home cooked nourishing food is well worth it in the long run 🙂

  3. Heidi Wheatley

    My main challenge is consistency. I get inspired and go all out guns blazing on my whole food journey and them crash bang, we have a major slip up, eat something disgusting like potato gems and a paddle pop, have a major meltdown (me and my kids) then feel hugely guilty!!

  4. Jayne

    Would like love the opportunity to participate in this eCourse! One of the main challenges I find is time preparation & meal planning to ensure that meals are diverse, interesting & nutrient dense.

  5. Jayne

    I would love the opportunity to participate in this eCourse! My main challenge is meal planning & time to prepare interesting diverse nutrient dense meals that the kids will eat.

  6. Gabrielle

    Getting my daughter to focus on eating! She loves real healthy & home cooked food but takes over an hour with lots of encouragement to eat!

  7. Josephine

    The challenge for me is to give my kids ‘food satisfaction’ from the healthy food I make for them, when they are intrigued by the packets/school lunches that other kids have around them.

  8. Linda Miguel

    Congratulations on 3 years Brenda! One of my many challenges is other people! Kids at school giving my kids money so they can buy ‘amber’ rubbish from the canteen, treats given out in class every time it’s someone’s hmbirthday/Easter/Christmas, after-school plays on the school oval where all manner of food is passed around! But I keep on keeping on…

  9. Andrea

    Our main challenge is how available unhealthy food is once we leave home. Starting with ‘healthy’ school cantens, to shops, cafes to school parties and birthday parties. How to say to ones own child when the other children easily receive sweets and unhealthy food. As a parent the challenge is to find a way not to stick to our healthy diet and yet not become outsiders in the social world that surround us.

  10. Joanne Engelbrecht

    I find it a constant struggle to provide meals that are low in preservatives and additives as they just seem to be in everything at the moment. Whilst we are all trying to find more time in the day I find most of the ingredients on the “quick recipe” lists are full of sauces that hide not only all the preservatives and additives but a whole lot of sugar.
    The struggle to find meals that are wholesome and nourishing as well as tasty is a daily challenge and any help would be appreciated!!!

  11. Sarah Birchmore

    Convincing my children to eat vegetables! They will eat all varieties of meat, and one child will eat potato, peas and corn, but both baulk at most colourful vegies and many fruits… If I puree and ‘hide’ them they are eaten, but otherwise dinner involves a great deal of cajoling. We serve vegies every night and my husband and I eat all of them… They are 3 and 4 years old – hopefully it will pass right?

  12. Kelly

    Peer pressure is a real challenge now that our eldest two boys are in school – they just want sandwiches like all the other kids.

  13. Rachel Foster

    The main challenge I find is the peer pressure our kids can experience. Given the choice our kids will pick real, healthy food over take away and junk food but when they go to friends houses they’re often not given those healthy options or are made to feel awkward about choices they make.

  14. Deborah

    Biggest challenge for me is always juggling my schedule to allow time to make the food. With 3 under 5 there is always someone needing Mummy. Then when I am in the kitchen preparing the food the little ones want it like yesterday and often sneak things from the pantry that are not so great. Need to not have bad stuff in there and only have the good stuff.

  15. Casey

    Love your work and would love to win the THRIVE course! I think the main challenge I come up against is asking my children (particularly my school age daughter) to eat differently from the majority of the kids around them. Unfortunately unhealthy eating is more normal than healthy eating. I also have a big challenge with the school canteen offerings at my daughter’s school. And of course, convincing them that green foods aren’t automatically disgusting!

  16. Leah

    Main challenge is just when you think you have a meal they like, there tastebuds change. This tends to be temporary, but oh such and inconvenience!

  17. Marnie

    I have one daughter who is 5 and I find vegetables the biggest challenge. Her overall diet is still healthy, but I can’t get her to eat more than a few types of vegetables and I struggle on different ways to approach it. Help 🙂

  18. Shiralee Stewart

    With 4 children aged 12 – 19, my main challenge is to find recipes that will entice them to healthy eating when all their friends are eating fast food!

  19. Caroline Coady

    The availability of packaged snacks etc. Also trying to get them to eat proper meals thus reducing the need for multiple snacks.

  20. Chantel martin

    My main challenge would be my fussy toddler whom I try very hard to cook wholefoods and it usually ends up being wasted. She loves fruit and meat but I really struggle with veggies (including foods with “hidden” veg) and pretty much anything I bake she turns her nose up. I would love any advice to try and get her to eat more protein, full meals (instead of snacking) and more veggies. Thank you!

  21. Jo Gillard

    Trying a new recipe (or a new version of an old one that most kids like – think of frittatas – I’ve even tried to name as ‘egg muffins’) & being told it’s disgusting, pushing it away & refusing to even try!

  22. Ros Guy

    For the kids to keep up their healthy eating habits when outside the family home, where they are tempted to eat foods not good for their bodies or mind.

  23. Marg

    I have a 7 year old who will try anything. A 2 year old who will eat most things. The nearly 5 year old is not adventurous at all even though we grow our own vegetables and he helps cook and makes suggestions, then won’t eat it. Trying to make a meal that suits all adults and children that is healthy and full of flavour is such a challenge for me.

  24. Amy

    My main challenge is that every day is a new day and all children and families are different.
    I have two girls, 10 and 3, great eaters that will try everything and then I have a 6yo son! Well he won’t eat fruit, always complains about my healthy meals and often doesn’t eat for this reason. I’m almost adamant he will like the food if he lets himself, but he won’t. Through out of the blue he will enjoy a meal I’ve made and it suprises me. Occasionally it makes it feel like more of an effort to make a meal or treats for the kids lunches, when it’s just going to get wasted.

  25. Nikki

    My main challenge would be not only trying to accommodate the likes and dislikes of a family of 4 young children, but also remembering what kid likes what. With limited time and money I can’t be cooking 4 separate meals to satisfy individual tastes! But it is heart breaking to see food and time wasted.

  26. Carly W

    Bread doesn’t sit well for miss 6.5 but I just don’t know what other options to pack her for lunch. She loves salad but ‘not for school’ because she wants something that is quick to eat so she can get out and play.

  27. Sarah

    Getting him to eat broth, try new things and branch out in the veggie department!! My sons pretty good on the fruit but his palette is far too swayed to the sweeter side of life! I’ve been trying to work out how to heal his gut when he wont eat broth / soups! And get him to try new foods! Great comp!

  28. Ashleigh Cooney

    Coming up with a variety of snacks that are full of nutrients that will keep them satiated.
    Also, dealing with the not so good food options we are surrounded with and educating them about this.

  29. Shari Johnson

    Breaking the bad habits that I have created that have resulted in a fussy 4year old when it comes to food. My 2year old will try absolutely anything and this used to be the case for my older daughter. I try to encourage her to try new things and make them fun but it’s usually the old favorites that win out in the end.

  30. Jayne

    As the chief grocery shopper and cook in the house (husband hates cooking) I feel the pressure is up to me. Finding the time to make whole foods to then get them rejected by the family is very disheartening.

  31. Lisa Thiedeman

    The main challenge for me is the time to do it, so that it’s ready when my daughter is hungry, or shell stuff her mouth with snacks. This happens usually when she’s back from school and just before dinner.

  32. Helen

    Congratulations and thank you for the value you give! My main challenge is getting them to try, and finding heathy options that appeal to kids taste buds. Sadly many a healthy experiment has ended up in the bin. We would love this course! X

    • Brenda Janschek


  33. LISA

    the main challenge to raising healthy kids is to raise them to be strong enough to say no and not go along for the ride (that is what everyone else is eating).Let them make their own food choices and hopefully they are the ‘healthy’ ones.

  34. Jacinta Brown

    Main challenge for my 6 year old daughter is getting her full because she loves to eat simple with one or two flavours at a time. This means she loves everything to be deconstructed like she will eat bolognase if the mince is plain with uncooked tomato on the side and pasta in a plain pile. Would be great to have her eat a whole put together meal!
    My 7 year old is pretty easy going and eats most things. We do bento lunch boxes for school for variety.

  35. Emma

    The biggest challenge I am faced with now my eldest has started school is her seeing what her peers are eating and wanting to have the same. I don’t want to be mean and make her feel ‘deprived’ of anything, but highly processed, additive filled packaged food will not give her the nutrients she needs to get through a big day at school. It’s a fine balance between doing what you know is best and keeping the peace. Sneaky vegetable filled ‘treats’ are doing the trick for now.

  36. Holly

    Main challenge for my family revolves around veggies. They’re eaten when chopped small within a dish or hidden, but not on their own. I’d love for my little love to enjoy his veggies! I keep seeing pictures of these marvellous lunchboxes Mummas are packing their kiddos, filled with vege, my dream is for my kiddo’s to be the same!

  37. Penny

    My main issue is having one child with Coeliac and fructose Maelabsorbtion, and one who doesn’t. We have to be healthy but sometimes finding ‘nice ‘ food that she likes, pfor her to except non packaged. She just wants to feel like everybody else and they don’t eat as healthy as she does/ has too . It would be great to get the stigma of her mind that it’s so different.

  38. Terri

    I am entering on behalf of a friend. She has 3 kids and 1 with food intolerances (the youngest) Her biggest challenge is feeding her whole family a meal they all enjoy when she needs to accommodate her son.

  39. Bel

    Keeping them interested and not feeling like they are missing out. I need quick simple food that doesn’t need 100 weird wild ingredients that I can’t just store in my cupboard or fridge.

  40. Liz

    My challenge at the moment is my 2yr old. she has gone from eating anything and everything, to being very fusy and changing her mind from 1 day to the next. it’s very disheartening to cook food (especially when i work fulltime and am time challenged) only to have it rejected.

  41. Simone

    For us it would be having 4 kids who all eat real food but its pretty basic. Introducing something new takes a while! Doesnt help when one is type 1 diabetic and one is coeliac. Everything focuses on food in this house but not alwats in a positive way!

  42. Tracey

    My biggest challenge is…. With the kids having several afternoons a week of training/ sport, it’s too easy to fall back on bought preprepared food. Whilst trying to use healthy versions it probably still has too much sugar and salt.

  43. Emma

    My biggest challenge raising my children who love real food is educating grandparents on why I limit the processed food and sugar my children consume. I might get there one day

  44. Melissa jones

    The hardest thing is what their peers have in their lunch boxes and what they eat at parties. Kids constantly moan and complain but I do say that their lunches are boring and in packets where your lunches are colourful and fresh.

  45. Kristie

    My biggest challenge is keeping motivated and finding wholefoods that all family members think is yummo. I try for a while and then loose motivation and the packets creep back in. Having a not very wholefoods supportive husband doesn’t help either! You are amazing Brenda, congrats on the milestone and keep up the brilliant work.

  46. Natalie

    Hi Brenda, I was so excited to find your recipe book Think outside the cereal box, but the first recipe I made was an outright disaster! The Notella spread didn’t mix to a thick chocolate spread; it was a thick grainy spread that didn’t even vaguely resemble Nutella. I tried mixing it more, however then the oil separated out and left a gooey revolting hard blob that would not mix in and was not edible. What went wrong? I have a thermomix so the problem wasn’t mixing power, and I faithfully followed all your instructions. If the problem was over mixing then perhaps you could add a note to this effect in your recipe, as most people would assume that if the consistency is not right they should blend more.
    Any suggestions would be gratefully received as we really need a good healthy Nutella recipe!

    • Brenda Janschek

      Hi Natalie, I’m so sorry to hear this, I’ve only had positive feedback with this recipes. I would recommend melting the mixture back up, allowing it to cool a little, then adding in some coconut cream to help it smooth out a little.

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