If you’ve never tried a black sapote, you’re missing out. A relative of the persimmon fruit, they are also known as chocolate pudding fruit, and don’t disappoint! They have four times as much vitamin C than an orange – great immune boosters when you’re feeling a little under the weather. Chocolate is just what the doctor ordered.
There’s a place in this world for healthy ice-cream. Dairy-free, sugar-free ice cream without a churner (because who owns one of those?!). While Gelato Messina (a Sydney Institution) makes my boyfriends top treat list, I literally get the shakes from the sugar content, syrups and moreish cookie pieces.
This is my answer to a cup of Messina, minus the medical issues. Packed with healthy fats and zero refined sugar to keep your tastebuds and waistline happy. Skip the wattle seed if you can’t lay your hands on it, and you’ll still get one hella-tasty coconut ice-cream.
Given I’ve just had my citizenship ceremony and can officially call myself an Aussie (bloody bonza, mate!) it only seems fitting to play around with some native bushfood ingredients. While I’m not about to embrace Witchetty Grubs, there are some yummy and unusual ingredients here.
Wattleseed is an extremely versatile ingredient and may be used in savoury dishes such as a pasta, bread and as a seasoning for meats and seafood. With sweet foods though, it takes things to the next level.
The fibre content in wattle is higher than legumes! It’s low glycemic index means the starch is digested and absorbed slowly with a sustained rise in blood glucose. Nutritional studies have shown that wattle lowers the GI for other foods in which it is mixed. Try it sprinkled on dates or bananas to reduce spikes in blood sugar levels OR just make this mousse. Simples.
I used to love bread and butter pudding. It’s kind of a strange marriage – I don’t know of another dessert that uses bread as the main ingredient – but it just works. The versions i’m used to are loaded with no-so-great ingredients and gluten, which gives me brain fog and plenty of lovely bloating to contend with. This lighter version skips the copious amounts of butter, sugar and white bread. I also managed to squeeze extra protein in there. Tummy says YES!
This is probably my last post before I turn 30. THIRTYYYYYY. Jay Z tells me ’30’s the new 20′, but isn’t that just what people say when they get older?! To drown my sorrows / celebrate, I’m eating ice cream. Lots of it. Because it’s sugar free, dairy free, and so damn fine. No churner required….who actually owns one of those?! Someone with too much storage, thats who.
The health world is currently green with envy over matcha powder. Shots of the drink were the “it beverage” at New York Fashion Week, and now even dedicated coffee lovers are ditching their morning cup in favour of this earthy tea. Green tea leaves are ground to a powder, meaning you ingest the tea leaves – giving you 137 x more antioxidants than traditional green tea. It’s also know as a mental booster and helps improve stamina. Sounds awesome right? It’s even better in ice-cream. Just sayin’….
We can all agree that it would be *awesome* if there was a healthy version of pizza out there. There’s just something about picking a multitude of toppings that gets me over-excited. While this one isn’t filled with melted cheese, it’s just as delicious (promise). It’s practically a fruit salad, which means you can have 4 slices of pizza and not feel ill. You will need a watermelon any then anything else lying in your fruit bowl or pantry – scarcely a recipe, but share-worthy all the same!
Admittedly this recipe takes a bit longer than my usual (unless you’re friends with Heston Blumenthal – in which case you can borrow some nitrogen to freeze the ice-cream). You have to believe me though, it’s totally worth the wait. Of course, you could cheat and buy some Chocolate Coyo ice-cream from the health food store, but where’s the fun in that?
This is salty, chewy, crunchy, sweet and chocolatey….all of which you need in your life. In one GIANT bowl.
Salt + caramel. Is there anything better? Actually, yes. A healthy version. This is one of my go-to breakfasts after an intense morning workout. It helps to replenish protein and glycogen stores and build lean muscle (which in turn burns calories – yay!). The Maca is gives the dish a toffee flavour, and works to alleviate anxiety and stress in the body. It’s also high in iron and is great for boosting energy – much needed on a Monday morning. Whip it up in under 2 minutes for a delicious dessert too.
For a wonderful crowd-pleasing dessert, fill happy tummies with one of these dairy-free creamy panna cottas and grab 10g protein while you’re at it. With plenty of aromatic fresh vanilla bean and zero sugar, this is one healthy re-invention you don’t want to miss.