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Dates are the fruit of the date palm tree. They’re a delicious sweet snack, and have become quite popular in recent years – luckily for us, not only are they delicious, they’re super healthy too.

High in fibre. Fibre benefits your digestive health by preventing constipation and promotes regular bowel movements, and dates are a great source of it.

High in antioxidants. Dates contain various antioxidants which protect your cells from free radicals. Compared to similar types of fruit, dates have the highest antioxidant content.

May promote natural labour. Eating dates during the last few weeks of pregnancy may promote cervical dilation and may even
be helpful in reducing labour time, several studies have shown. How interesting!

Dates serve as an excellent natural sweetener, and are delicious added to smoothies, muffins, oatmeal, salads and bread. They’re great as a snack too, so next time you’re craving something sweet, why not reach for some dates instead of lollies or cookies?


It’s Saturday morning, the kids have got a full morning of sports ahead and you want to fuel them in high energy healthy food. This is the perfect pancake recipe to start their active day.

Pre-workout snacks should be;

• High in carbs to fuel their growing bodies
• Eaten about 1-2 hours before a work out
• Ensure snacks are eaten along with fluids, preferably sipped, to hydrate


150g sifted self-raising flour
1 egg
250ml buttermilk
Pinch salt
Pinch of sugar
Butter or margarine to grease fry pan


1. Whisk all ingredients together in a large jug together with half of the buttermilk. When smooth add the remaining buttermilk.

2. Add 2-3 tablespoons of mixture to fry pan. Flip pancakes when bubbles appear and cook until golden brown

3. Serve with peaches (or in season fruit) and a dollop of Tablelands ricotta cheese. Add a drizzle of honey

Dorothy’s Tips: Pancake batter can be used with sweet and savoury items. Use fruit in season for flavour and cost. Serve with tuna or salmon for a light pre-workout lunch or after school savoury snack. Adults may like to add capers to the salmon or sumac to ricotta cheese to add some extra zing.

RECIPE Dorothy Richmond, Dorothy Dietitian



These homemade muesli bars are delicious to take to school or work, or make a yummy quick breakfast full of goodness.


3 cups muesli
1 cup sultanas
¾ cup honey
½ cup cacao nibs
¼ cup brown sugar
¼ cup pumpkin seeds
1 tsp cinnamon
50g butter


1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Line a rectangular slice tin with baking paper.

2. In a pan over medium heat, combine the sugar, butter and honey. Continue stirring for 5 minutes or until the sugar is dissolved.

3. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook for 2 minutes to thicken the syrup. Remove from heat.

4. Combine the muesli, pumpkin seeds, cacao nibs and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl. Pour the hot syrup over it and combine.

5. Spoon the mixture into the rectangular slice tin and press down to ensure the entire surface is covered.

6. Bake in the oven for 30 minutes or until crisp. When it’s done, set the pan aside to cool completely. Once entirely cool, cut into strips of desired size.

PakMag tip: As well as making a fantastic healthy lunchbox addition, these homemade muesli bars are also a great after school snack or breakfast on the go.



It’s hard enough to find places to eat on a good day, but if you’re travelling to a different location and you’re on a time limit, it can seem impossible. That’s why we’ve made a list of family-friendly restaurants in the Whitsundays which will make sure that your family is happy their bellies are full. 

1. This first one is, in fact, a series of restaurants on Hamilton island.

Sails, TAKO, Coca Chu, Pool Terrace and Manta Ray are places which all have kid’s meals for the price of $12. They also adhere to a special. If you book your holiday through Hamilton island holiday homes then you can use the kids stay and eat free offer.

2. Mermaids

Mermaids is a restaurant on Daydream island. It has an a la carte menu for the adults and the classic fish, chicken, beef or pizza with chips menu for the kids. To top it all off, the restaurant overlooks the beautiful Whitsundays and serves fresh local seafood.


Enjoy a cocktail by the beach in paradise. Image courtesy of Mermaids Restaurant / Daydream Island Resort and spa.

3. Café One 3

If you’re looking for a café that caters for everyone, Café One 3 has your back. Located at Airlie beach, it sells food that is vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free friendly. And as a bonus, it’s healthy!


A healthy way to fill up your tummy. Image courtesy of Cafe One 3.

4. Sorrento Restaurant and Bar

Sorrento Restaurant and Bar has a friendly atmosphere and a view of the Whitsundays. There’s a kid’s menu for under 12s with meals costing between $6 and $10. And if that wasn’t good enough, every kid’s meal comes with a free soft drink.


Views like this is hard to beat. Image courtesy of Sorrento Restaurant and Bar.

5. Fat frog beach café

Everyone wants to visit a good café by the seaside. At Fat Frog Beach Café, you can enjoy a friendly, quirky atmosphere while you sip some delicious coffee. And if you’re feeling peckish, they’ll serve you up some healthy, homemade food.


A beachfront location and pup-friendly. What more could you want? Image courtesy of Fat Frog Beach Cafe.

6. Mr Bean Cold Brew Coffee

The Coffee Bean Café, like Mermaids, is located on the Airlie Beach shore. Serving everything from hot drinks to cold drinks to cakes, pancakes and bliss balls, there’s something for everyone.


The best way to start a day full of adventures. Image courtesy of Mr Bean Cold Brew Coffee.

7. Hog’s breath cafe

With a chain of restaurants around Australia, the Hog’s Breath Café is well-known. And for good reason too. If you let the little ones dine on the kid’s menu while you crack out the steak, then they’ll be treated to a free drink and ice cream.


A family favourite restaurant right here! Image courtesy of Hog’s Breath Cafe.

8. Mangrove Jack’s

Mangrove Jack’s specialises in wood fired pizza while offering you a vantage point over the village. It also comes with a meal deal, so for $4 extra you can get a glass of soft drink and ice cream with your kid’s meal.


If this doesn’t make your mouth water, I don’t know what will. Image courtesy of Mangrove Jacks.

9. La Marina

Presiding over the port of Airlie, La Marina is a hub of Italian cuisine. This restaurant caters for breakfast lunch and dinner. Its generations-old recipes create delicious pasta and pizza (with optional gluten-free bases!) which is sure to fill up everyone.


A sweet treat like this is enough to make anyone’s day. Image courtesy of La Marina.

10. Jubilee Tavern

The Jubilee Tavern is the ideal place to bring your family, catering for people of all ages. With high chairs and colouring activities, an indoor games room, and a large outdoor playground, your kids will never be bored! The children’s meals are all $10 and come with the salad bar and ice cream cart.


Crispy, delicious chicken wings, pizza, burgers, and much more! Image courtesy of Jubilee Tavern.

Feature image courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland. Photographer: Paul Giggle.



These adorable vegan owl pancakes provide a deliciously healthy start to the day.

Serves 2


1 cup organic, unbleached flour
1 tbsp sugar
2 tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
1 cup soy milk
1 tbsp vinegar


Combine your flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a bowl. In a bowl add your soy milk with vinegar and whisk well. This turns your regular soy milk into soy buttermilk!

Allow this to sit for about 5-10 minutes, then add the soy buttermilk and coconut oil to your mixture, and mix until smooth without clumps.

Turn your pan to medium heat, grease with a tbsp of oil and spoon your batter onto your cooking surface. Flip your pancakes carefully when you see that the bubbles have stopped opening and closing. Continue to cook until the other side of your pancake is cooked and remove from heat.

Arrange fruit and almonds on top of the pancake to create an adorable owl!

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