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Lemon & Mint ‘Detox’ Water

It’s Summer in Australia and the mercury is certainly on the rise. We know that no matter what time of year, or weather, hydration is so important for our overall health, but when the temperature rises, it is paramount that we keep even more hydrated. Now, I am often hesitant to use the word ‘DETOX” as it can often denote thoughts of extreme diets and activities, which I am not one to endorse or advocate, but our amazing bodies, in particular our livers undergo a massive workout each day. Our modern lifestyle, has place an even larger burden on this amazing organ that has over 500 functions it needs to carry out, in order to keep our bodies working optimally. Detoxification is one of the main functions of this amazing organ. If there is one organ in your body I always say to love, it’s to love your liver!  This refreshing lemon and mint (plus cucumber!) is a great way to not only hydrate on these hot days, but also help with detoxification, along with …

Lemony Tuna and Cannellini Dip

I recently had some girlfriends over for a little get together of ‘shits and giggles’! Don’t you just love it when you have an impromptu gathering of a few girlfriends, where you have a few nibbles to snack on, a bottle of bubbles and lots of chatter and laughs? Well, as I said, it was impromptu and I had a short time frame to whip something on a platter for us to nibble on. I had some leftover sushi from lunch, chopped up some veggie sticks, some rice crackers and always a jar of olives in the fridge. I quickly looked in the cupboard, saw a time of tuna, a tin of cannellini beans and thought “I know, some lemony tuna and cannellini dip!”. This dip takes moments to whip up and uses ingredients you usually have in your pantry/fridge. Not only is it great for a dip to serve on a platter but you can also serve it as a sandwich/wrap filling on the side of a salad for a quick lunch to take …

Satay Sauce- Super easy and quick!

Satay Sauce is such a versatile and healthy sauce, that can be served along any protein or used as a dip. For so long, in the ‘health world’, fats where demonised and yes, there are still folks out there professing the fat is bad myth- yes there are of course some bad fats, but not all fats are bad, in fact a lack of good ones in our diets can be really negative for overall health. I’m not going to get into a list of all the good and bad fats here, and how the low fat era only saw an increase of sugar, artificial sweeteners and salt in our products ( fat = flavour, so if removed from a food/product, flavour has to be replaced and this is what it’s replaced with!)  as this is all about the wonderful and tasty Asian sauce of satay. This recipe is so simple and can be whipped up in minutes. I served it with turmeric chicken skewers, stir fry veggies and a little rice, but it can be easily served along side, beef, pork, prawns, tofu or even …

Creamy Avocado Dressing

Who doesn’t like a good creamy dressing? This one will certainly hit the spot. Can be used as a substitute for mayonnaise, especially if eggs are a problem. It also contains wonderful ‘good’ fats, with the use of avocado and Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Contrary to previous popular belief, not all fats are the same, nor are they all classified as bad. Fat is a major source of energy and helps your body absorb nutrients from foods. Avocados contain naturally good fats; in fact over 75% of the fat in avocados is good fat with 3g coming from monounsaturated fat (MUFA) and 0.5g from polyunsaturated fat per 1-oz serving. Extra virgin olive oil is fairly nutritious.; It contains modest amounts of Vitamins E and K and plenty of beneficial fatty acids. This is the nutrient content of 100 grams of olive oil (1): Saturated Fat: 13.8%. Monounsaturated Fat: 73% (most of it the 18 carbon long oleic acid ). Omega-6: 9.7%. Omega-3: 0.76%. Vitamin E: 72% of the RDA. Vitamin K: 75% of the RDA. …