All posts tagged: Healthy

Lemon Persian Lamb- Slow Cooked

There is nothing like coming home to lamb shanks in the slow¬†cooker. This dish only took 10minutes to prep in the morning ( or the night before ūüĎĆ) and switch on lowūüĎćūüĎć It is also loaded with Vegetables, herbs and spices! Slow cookers are the best kitchen appliance to have when life gets a little busy! Here is what I do, to be more time effective with eating well in a busy life; I meal plan I choose meals that are time appropriate each day, according to what time we walk in the door of an evening. I prep as much as I can- this often means either prepping on a weekend, or the night before. I don’t let the prep and planning become time consuming- 10-30 minutes max. I keep it simple during the week and especially in really busy times. I use my slow cooker a lot!! ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† …

How to stay healthy during the festive season!

The festive season is amping up. The parties are being had, the shopping is getting done…or at least started, I hope? And the festive feast with all its trimmings is being planned. With all this going on, it usually means we have a tendency to overload on sugary treats, processed finger food and dare I say a few glasses of the stuff that makes you a little warm and fuzzy inside.¬† Now, I’m not saying don’t relax and enjoy yourself, do, its the festive season after all but too much of the above foods and drinks can be harmful to our health. It can lead to sugar crashes, fatigue, brain fog and a little extra weight gain….now we all don’t fancy that, when¬† after all, its a time of year to be upbeat and joyful. The good news is, there are definitely ways to keep the holiday season healthy while still taking part in the festivities and having fun. Firstly, here are some tips I shared with you last year on how to moderate and …

Quick Roast Greek Lamb and Vegetable Tray Bake

In Australia, we love our lamb, we love a roast and at GC headquarters, we love a kitchen hack! This simple shortcut to achieving a roast lamb with lots of tasty vegetables and Greek flavours in around 45 minutes, is always a hit on a week night.¬† The secret to achieving this is in a smaller period of time is to; use either lamb chops or fillets to chop up your root vegetables small a really hot oven. Tray bakes are also convenient and easy when you can place everything on one tray- less time, less dishes and so simple. Tick, Tick, Tick in my book!   Cheats Roast Greek Lamb and Vegetable Tray Bake Print Recipe The secret to achieving this is in a smaller period of time is to; use either lamb chops or fillets to chop up your root vegetables small and a really hot oven. Tray bakes are also convenient and easy when you can place everything on one tray- less time, less dishes and so simple. CourseDinner, Main Dish CuisineGreek …

7 Tips to Prevent Colds and Flus this Winter.

It’s that time of year in Oz, when the weather changes, the leaves on the trees are turning a beautiful array of autumn colours. It also means the onset of rainy, cold, dark, dreary days and nights ahead, along with the dreaded colds and flu season. But what if I said to you, these simple tips below will help you build up¬†your immune system, to help fight off the dreaded lurgy? Even if you do get a cold, if you’ve built up your immune system to be strong, it will mean your cold won’t be as severe and your recovery, much quicker. Plenty of Sleep- A lack of sleep means our bodies can’t function correctly. Did you know that when we sleep, it’s when our bodies go into rest, digest and repair mode. It’s when our bodies organs and systems do all their repair work, so we can operate optimally, so without a good nights rest, we lack energy, make poor food choices, use caffeine to get us through the day, our bodies don’t get …

Vietnamese Chicken & Vermicelli Noodle Salad

I love a good salad, one that can be whipped up quickly with lovely fresh ingredients, that can feed a crowd, large or small, with little effort and also using up leftover Roast Chicken I always seem to have¬†in my fridge. This recipe is without doubt, ticking all these boxes. Surprise, surprise, I had half a roast chicken in the fridge tonight, left from a couple of nights before,¬†along with half a bunch of coriander and thought…. Mmm, Vietnamese chicken salad! Now I’m not saying I had all the ingredients in my fridge, I did quickly¬†dash out¬†to the supermarket and grab a few extra ingredients, but you could easily use, bits and pieces you already¬†have. So improvise if need be. I like to use the mung bean thread vermicelli noodles, as I like the texture, but thin rice noodles could be used if you can’t find the bean thread variety¬†at¬†an Asian grocer or supermarket ( look in the Asian section of your supermarket). I always have a couple of packets in the cupboard, ready to …

Immune Boosting Noodle Soup

It’s now March and even though here in Melbourne, Australia, its Autumn time and the weather should be cooling down, but not this year, it’s still mostly hot, with the odd cool day or humid day. One thing I do know is, when the weather is a little crazy, often its a breeding ground for virus’s and¬†we get challenges with sniffles and colds, which has been the case in my household a couple of weeks ago. When this happens, I like to get some homemade chicken broth out of the freezer, some medicinal herbs and spices and whip up a big batch of my immune boosting soup. Bone broths have been used in traditional cultures for centuries, not only for it’s immune boosting but many other medicinal purposes.¬† You can find out more here if you like? The other medicinal properties I have used in this soup are garlic, ginger, lemongrass, chilli, turmeric and miso paste. The later being optional. Garlic- is known to boost the function of the immune system. One large 12-week study …

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 …

The surprising secret to managing your health… Could it be that simple?

I love a good health talk fest and¬†going to talks, conferences, expo, all in the name of health and wellness, particularly from a holistic standpoint, whatever I can get to, I’ll be there! I love to learn and hear about what people have to say, what the latest science, approaches and even the outlandish claims some of these people offer. It doesn’t mean I always agree or adopt their messages, but as a health coach and a wellness advocate, it is important for me to be abreast of what is going on out there in the health world. I have seen many claims, some completely ahead of their time and ground-breaking research, for example like in the field of our gut microbiota, some however, can claim down right negligent and crazy claims, for example,¬†that one ingredient has the power to heal all modern disease. As always, I listen, assess¬†and judge what is a¬†valid approach¬†and what is just cray, cray! The one thing that always remains the same, no matter who I hear talk, no matter …

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‚Äôs 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 …