Pumpkin stars alongside creamy feta in this tasty spinach salad. This one is packed with fibre, keep you fuller longer and your appetite at bay until dinner thanks to the pumpkin and flax. You’ll also get a lovely dose of protein from the feta (option to add egg for those who need it!) and healthy fats with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. Now thats what I call a balanced meal.
When the temperatures drop and the days get shorter, nothing hits the spot like a bowl of warm soup. Store-bought varieties are convenient, but they can be shockingly salty, and packed with heavy cream. This recipe is deliciously nourishing, surprisingly filling, and low carb. A great recipe for rest-days from the gym, curled up on the couch with your favourite blanket.
Though this recipe is nothing like the plain old veggie sticks you’ve been told to eat a thousand times before, you gain all the nutritional benefits of raw goodness, and prep time is minimal. This dish makes a great lunch on it’s own, or is a welcome addition to any BBQ. Make extra and store leftovers in a container for the rest of the week – you’ll be amazed at how many dishes this compliments!
To get beautiful skin (I’m looking at you, Scarlett Johansson*), healthy fats should be an essential part of your diet. Your nutrition is paramount in achieving supple, hydrated, wrinkle-free skin. The recipe? Essential fatty acids, which irritatingly your body can’t make on its own. This dish is sure to boost your natural glow – chocked full of EFA’s with avocado, mackerel and caviar.
*Disclaimer: this meal does not guarantee an overnight transformation to Scarlett.
Cauliflower is so underrated. You probably remember it as the wet, mushy tasteless stuff of your youth that most likely brought horror when laid next to roast meat on a Sunday. Granted, it isn’t packed with flavour, but it can be one amazing vehicle for plenty of punch. This spicy version is a great metabolism booster, and can be enjoyed on its own or as an accompaniment to a main dish.
This delicious lunch will keep you satisfied until dinner – a delicious mix of satiating good carbs and fats (lentils and olive oil / walnuts / cheese), with plenty of fresh greens thrown in for good measure. Goats cheese is the perfect cheese to select if you’re cleaning up your diet. It’s creamy, comparatively low in kilojoules, and has no added nasties. Whip this up in under 10 minutes.
Cauliflower (member of the cruciferous vegetables) is often overshadowed by its lovely green cousin broccoli. However, Cauli deserves a regular rotation in your diet because it contains its own impressive array of nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other phytochemicals. Get your dose in this simple but tasty soup!
A deliciously satisfying gluten-free loaf, full of wholesome ingredients. Skip the store-bought stuff for a happier tummy, and have this on your table within the hour. Top with a thin spread of goats cheese or freshly mashed avocado and a slice of smoked salmon for a delicious lunch.
My smoked fish addiction is pretty out of hand. In fact, smoked anything really tickles my fancy…but I am wary of the sodium content. I try to limit my intake to once a week, and am sure to drink plenty of water on that day. That being said, smoked trout is an excellent good source of protein, B vitamins, vitamin D, magnesium and selenium. It also contains plenty of omega-3 fatty acids, which have been linked to a lower risk of heart disease, macular degeneration and Alzheimer’s disease. Try these delicious gluten-free fritters to get your fix at breakfast or lunch!
Love pasta but watching your carb intake? Full of healthy fats, vitamins and minerals, this dish is a powerhouse of nutrients, and will leave you feeling energised, not lethargic. It’s also super-versatile: enjoy for brunch, lunch or dinner, any time of the week.