It’s that time of the year again where Poppy’s are blooming and people gather at dawn to show their respect for the diggers who fought for our country 100+ years ago Continue reading “ANZAC BISCUITS”
SUGAR FREE BANANA AND BLUEBERRY MUFFINS
What’s a freezer without a stash of wholesome muffins? Every second Sunday I find myself in the kitchen whipping up a large batch of healthy banana muffins for on the go quick snacks, morning teas or when you just feel like a muffin. These are quick and simple and a great recipe for the kids (nut free) Give them a go! Continue reading “SUGAR FREE BANANA AND BLUEBERRY MUFFINS”
OH MY GINGERBREAD MEN
My favourite unhealthy biscuit on the market is a a two way tie between the Gingernut biscuit and the Monte Carlo – both Aussie Aarnott’s classics. But we all know that these highly processed biscuits are packed with preservatives and refined sugars that aren’t good for our waistlines when consumed out of moderation. So how can be have our biscuit and eat it too? By removing the nasty stuff and baking my healthy alternative ginger bread biscuits yourself. You can add a thumb print of homemade strawberry jam (recipe from the I Quit Sugar blog) for a cheeky festive touch and Monte Carlo effect. I shall call these my ‘Gingerbread men from Monte Carlo’ biscuits. Don’t forget to put a couple out for Santa with a glass of almond mylk too. He will love them! Not to mention how insanely incredible and festive your house will smell. Continue reading “OH MY GINGERBREAD MEN”
Chocolate is just one of those things that makes us happy. FACT! It’s actually scientifically proven too!! OH YOU BETCHA. Chocolate is a very nutritious source of antioxidants which are good for our inner health, skin, brain function and hormones. Personally I don’t need much more reason than that and that’s why I rarely go a day without some form of chocolate. And why should we? Continue reading “CHOCA-HOLIC”
WINTER SNACKS COVERED
So its winter in Australia which means two things; our bodies go into hungry bear hibernation mode right? and the cold weather just makes us want to eat pasta, pizza and pies all day long. There is no hiding the fact that our appetites increase as the temperature decreases and we start to crave comfort foods. Therefore instead of going for an evening walk after work or hitting the gym early in the morning we chose to reside to the couch with something warm. No judge!! Continue reading “WINTER SNACKS COVERED”
Banana bread has seriously got to be one of the best things going around. Perfect for lunch boxes, morning teas or ‘bring a plate’ style picnics. It is so simple to make and without all the added butter and sugar of a regular loaf, this clean healthy recipe means you can toast it, microwave it or spread some peanut butter on it, totally guilt free anytime of the day.
BANANA BREAD – makes 1 loaf
3 large over ripe bananas mashed
3 Tbs honey or maple syrup
1/4 cup coconut oil melted
1tsp bi-carb soda
1tsp baking powder
3 Tbs dedicated coconut
2 cups almond meal or spelt flour
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp vanilla extract
Extra: shredded coconut or banana sliced for decoration
METHOD: Combine all wet ingredients in a bowl. Add the dry ingredients and pour into greased or lined loaf tin. Place in preheated 160 degrees oven for 50 – 60 minutes until nice and brown. Keeps in fridge for 1 week.
Remember that it is a ‘bread’ so it is supposed to have a nice dark crust.
HOT TIP – I love to eat my banana bread microwaved and smeared with 1 Tbs peanut butter and 1/2 banana sliced topped with cinnamon. Heaven!
Slice up and freeze for morning tea!
NN DAY 5 – GRAB ‘N’ GO SNACKS
(above) Lunch box packed for the flight back to Perth last week – all the goods!!
If there is something that I excel at in life… it is snacking! Road trips, aero plane flights, weekend escapes, movie dates… you name it, I’ve got the snacks covered. I am honestly like a child. The only way to keep me happy is occupying me with food. When it comes to planes, boats and cars I blame this on my motion sickness. For some reason the only way to keep the nausea away is by eating. Literally as soon as I finish chomping my last mouthful, the motion sickness sets in. So that’s why I always have food handy!
And my draw at work. Well that is another whole kettle of fish. Unlike the limited space of a woman’s handbag my draw is STOCKED full of the essential snacks to keep that HANGRY feeling away. Nothing gets me in quite a rage like being so insanely hungry that it turns to anger. Admit it – we have all been there.
Here are my 5 favourite grab-and-go snacks kept on hand to avoid the “hangry” stage;
1. Rice cakes with nut butters, fruit, cottage cheese or avocado. (photo sourced from @mb_motivation)
2. Banana and handful of nuts/trail mix
3. Protein bars or homemade muffins (banana date muffin recipe HERE)
4. Carrot sticks with hummus
5. Medjool dates with peanut butter or almonds
Try and combine healthy fats, protein and carbohydrates into the one snack for optimum nutrition. That’s why you cant go wrong with the above snacks!!