Month: July 2016

Cauliflower and Celeriac Soup

Have I told you just how much I love cauliflower? Well, I love cauliflower very, very much….so much so my 9 year old daughter ask me the other day, “Mummy if you love it so much, why don’t you marry it?” Well, if I could, my darling, perhaps I would!! We all have our favourite vegetable, I have many but Cauli is most certainly on the top of the list. It is botanically, a member in the cruciferous or brassicaceae family of vegetables and  nutritionally contains dietary fibre, several anti-cancer phyto-chemicals, Vitamin C, good amounts of many vital B-complex groups of vitamins such as folates, pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), pyridoxine (vitamin B6) and thiamin (vitamin B1), niacin (B3) as well as vitamin K, manganese, copper, iron, calcium and potassium. No wonder I love it so much!   Celeriac is one  vegetable that many may never have cooked with or even know of it’s existence. I like to cook with it and add it into things like soups, stews and mash, giving it a different flavour and nutritional profile. It is also, a change …

5 ways to ‘healthy swap’ this winter to help with your waistline!

It certainly is getting chilly out there this winter and I for one am not a big fan. We have 4 seasons in a year, 3 of which I love but winter, well I don’t know about you but I just get over it very quickly and start fantasizing ( even planning) warm  beach holidays. The one thing that I do look forward to in winter is warming comfort food. I think of soups, stews, curries, slow cooked braises and warming drinks. But some of these comfort foods, along with the desire to lounge around more and hibernate can not be so great for the waistline. You can make a few switches in your diet, to help swap out the not so great for the waistline to sailing through the season feeling and looking good. Here is my list of 5 great healthy swaps that will keep you satisfied and give you that feeling of comfort without the guilt and perhaps that ‘muffin top’! Switch white potatoes to sweet potatoes-  Sweet potatoes are higher in fibre, vitamin A and C, contain fewer calories …

Healthy Hot Chocolate

It’s winter time and we are all looking for ways to warm up our bodies. I will always look for something warm, sweet and nourishing that’s healthy and not going to expand on my waistline. This recipe for a healthier version of hot chocolate is no exception and is adapted from Teresa Cutter, ‘The Healthy Chef”. Raw cacao is full of nutritional benefits and has been hailed a superfood. I’m am not one to use this word much and even cringe at the sound of it, but this ingredients is a little powerhouse. Raw cacao powder is made by cold-pressing unroasted cocoa beans. The process keeps the living enzymes in the cocoa and removes the fat. Cacao powder is known to have a higher antioxidant content than cocoa, is also a great source of magnesium and contains iron, copper, calcium, potassium, and zinc. Healthy Hot Chocolate Print Recipe Very Simple, quick, delish and nutrish! Servings Prep Time 2 People 2 minutes Cook Time 3-5 minutes Servings Prep Time 2 People 2 minutes Cook Time 3-5 minutes Healthy …

Jam Drop Coconut Biscuits

These lovely biscuits are more like a coconut macaroon, are gluten and dairy free, also Paleo friendly. You can be made with any jam, but I like to make up my own quick and low sugar version, which is super simple, quick, delish and nutrish! I have used my own apricot jam,( I ran out so a few made with raspberry jam). Use what you like as it is only 1/4 teaspoon per biscuit. To make chai fruit jam, click on the link here to find out more.   Jam Drop Coconut Biscuits Print Recipe These easy Biscuits are more like a macaroon and have the added boost of protein, with eggs and protein powder. If you don’t have any protein powder, you can make it without. Servings Prep Time 24-26 Biscuits 10 minutes Cook Time Passive Time 12 minutes 30 minutes Servings Prep Time 24-26 Biscuits 10 minutes Cook Time Passive Time 12 minutes 30 minutes Jam Drop Coconut Biscuits Print Recipe These easy Biscuits are more like a macaroon and have the added boost of …

Make your own Muesli Bars

When you go to the supermarket and buy your muesli bars, don’t be surprised to find lots of sugar and artificial ingredients in them. I usually choose to make my own and I can promise you, they don’t take long to make(approx. 10 minutes to make, half an hour to cook!). I usually make up a batch, cut them into bars, them freeze for a quick ‘grab and go!” As I always say, when you make your own, you always have control over what ingredients go into your body and if you have fussy ones, you can give them choices as to what ingredients they would like to add. This will give them a sense of control and ownership over their food. This recipe is a template/guide, so you can add in, omit or play around with the dried fruits, seeds, etc. You could even add in a few dark choc chips if you want, but not too many, as the dried fruit adds a lot of natural sugars, so you don’t want to overload them.   Make your …

Busy to Grounded- my new exciting online course!

  I am so excited to announce my new online course- ‘BUSY TO GROUNDED’ This exciting new course I have been writing and developing for some time now and I am so thrilled to be finally sharing it with you. It has been designed to take your life from  busy and hectic to more calm and grounded. Everyone these days I talk to is busy. Busy, rushing around, trying to be all for everyone and doing all for everyone. BUT                                                                                                        Ask yourself this…How is this working out for you? If you are yearning to slow down more and invest your time into the more important things in your life and have the energy to do so? Then this online course is for you. Click here to enrol now. The key areas you will focus on in this online course, ‘Busy to Grounded’ are; Making you and your body the priority it needs to be Mastering your to do list Nourishing your body by cleaning up your diet & cooking tips in a busy life. Discovering what exercise works for you & …