Month: November 2016

6 little reminder for the upcoming festive season!

I don’t know about you, but Christmas can be a crazy time of year. The gift shopping, endless parties and dinners, kid’s activity breakups, Xmas meal planning and tying everything up at your workplace. The build-up can be exhausting and overwhelming and for some, just not fun at all. Below I have listed 6 of my top tips to losing some overwhelm from the build up that can otherwise get a little cray, cray! I personally love this time of year and for me, Christmas has always been a time of year that I have enjoyed and I always look forward to the whole experience except for the part where everything just steps up the pace and you are trying to fit everything in. I did have a panic day, just recently, though. I sat down and looked in my diary and realised that Christmas was fast approaching. I still had things on my years, ‘to do’ list that had not been achieved, I have a full work schedule leading up the big day and the social …

My 3 budget friendly meals made with mince.

This time of year, things ramp up in the busy and budgetary stakes. We start spending a lot more money, buying Christmas presents, going out for dinners and end of year celebrations, possibly planning a little getaway over the holiday period and if you have kids at school, school fees and book lists come in as well. So as the old wallet and credit card gets a good workout, I have put together a few budget friendly meals, that are made using good old mince. All recipes have my basic rule of thumb- real ingredients, added vegetables and one has the added protein boost of some beans ( legumes). Why mince? As mentioned mince is- budget friendly easy to source kid friendly can be cooked in bulk and portioned up to place in the freezer or fridge for a quick meal on another night. you can sneak more vegetables into these dishes add in extra protein, by adding in a can of legumes eg; black beans, cannellini or kidney beans versatile these recipes can be made ahead of time, …

Chilli Con Carne

  Mince is the perfect budget friendly meat. Pimp it up in this dish, with lots of diced/grated vegetables and beans and you have yourself a little nutritional power house of protein, vitamins and minerals and cheap to boot! I love a dish that not only is budget friendly, nutritional diverse but also one I can cook up in bulk, to portion up to either freeze or place in the fridge for another night.  This dish is also one I can pop in the slow cooker, or on the stove in the morning, and let it simmer away, while you go about your business. I like the diversity of Chilli Con Carne, as mentioned above, if cooked in bulk, I can ‘rehash’ it into other dishes on another night. For example; serve on baked potatoes, with a little grated cheese or sour cream and steamed spinach or slaw. OR  add a few spoonful’s into a saucepan, add in another tin of tomatoes and beans, then heat. This can be served on some corn chips with guacamole …

Turkey Burgers

Who doesn’t love a burger? These healthier turkey burgers have sneaky vegetables in them, for the fussy veggie eaters out there and also offer you an opportunity to have a different protein, rather than beef burgers, for variety. Turkey in one of those proteins we have but perhaps, like many, only at Christmas.  But why not have it more often? Nutritionally, I don’t recommend high consumption on meat, but I won’t lie, I do eat meat, but I consume a high amount of plant based foods, as my body require and responds so much better if I do this. As Michael Pollen stated  in his wonderful book, In Defence of Food- ” Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” Turkey is a valuable source of protein, is a source of iron, zinc, potassium and phosphorus. It is also a source of vitamin B6 and niacin, which are both essential for the body’s energy production. The meat is low-GI and can help keep insulin levels stable and contains the amino acid tryptophan, which produces serotonin and plays an important …

10 simple steps to eating well

  Eating well is not as hard as you may think. Adopt and follow these simple and sensible guidelines, one step at a time, and before you know your diet and energy will sore!     Eat plenty of seasonal vegetables and some whole fruits. Choose organic whenever possible.  In Australia, according to current statistic, only 31% of people have there daily recommended intake of fruit and vegetables and only 4% are eating their daily vegetable intake. So eat your veg, just like you mother told you and eat plenty of them! Food should be served as close as possible to it’s natural state– real, whole without a long list of ingredients, processing, additives, preservative, artificial colour or flavours. A saying I uses often is “if your grandmother doesn’t recognise it, then neither will your body!” Cook with lots of herbs and spices, not only for more flavour and taste, but with the added benefit of their medicinal properties.  It will also allow you to use less salt in your cooking. 4. Keep red meat to a minimum and …

Be your own health advocate!

Your health and wellbeing is so important to your energy, focus, happiness, vitality and longevity. If you truly knew just how amazing our bodies are, then you would be in absolute awe of yourself. Just think about this for a minute; Your body is a multitude of biological pathways working constantly to keep you alive, happy, well and full of energy. You have a autonomic nervous system (ANS). This autonomic nervous system is a control system that acts largely unconsciously and regulates bodily functions such as the heart rate, digestion, urination, coughing, sneezing and controls our responses to just about everything- automatically. You don’t have to do anything….or do you? Now I don’t know about you, but this body of mine, is something I certainly want to look after? Though, in this fast paced world we are living, we often neglect this most important fact….If we don’t nurture ourselves and our bodies, then no one is going to do this for us and our truly amazing systems that are there to protect and maintain us, will start to decline- …

Chai Pudding

Preparing some breakfast options the night before, or at the beginning of the week, will save you loads time in the mornings when your juggling everything to get yourself, kids or who ever out the door! It will ensure you start your day right, but nourishing your body for energy and focus. These little jars of yum, will fill up your tummy and provide you with satiety all morning long. They only take minutes to prepare, store in the fridge and are easy to grab and go, as you rush out the door. You could even pop them in your kids lunch box for a filling morning snack! Chai Seeds are choked full of goodness- they contain fibre, protein, antioxidants, good fats, Calcium, Manganese, Magnesium and Phosphorus. Also, reasonable amounts of Zinc, Vit B3, B1, B2 and Potassium. Now that’s’ a powerhouse profile, worthy of it’s ‘super food’ title, don’t you think?   Chai Pudding Print Recipe These little jars of yum, will fill up your tummy and provide you with satiety all morning long. Chai Seeds are jammed packed …

Herby Garlic Dressing

I love a good salad dressing- It can lift any dish, from being very plain and simple to alive and exciting. You don’t have to always use it just on salads either. You can drizzle it over cooked vegetable, or grilled meat to give it a lively boost of vitamins, minerals and flavour. Below, I have listed one of my favourite simple dressings you can quickly whip up once a week, add into a sealed jar and keep in the fridge to take that dish from very simple to an extra added delish and nutrish! This dressing has lots of herbs, garlic, good fats and more- a little nutritional powerhouse! Herby Garlic Dressing- Print Recipe This simple, quick, delish & nutrish dressing will take a salad or vegetables from boring and bland to tasty and alive! Servings Prep Time 12+ servings 5 minutes Servings Prep Time 12+ servings 5 minutes Herby Garlic Dressing- Print Recipe This simple, quick, delish & nutrish dressing will take a salad or vegetables from boring and bland to tasty and alive! Servings …