Just when you thought smoothie-bowls were so 2016, you get hit with this bowl-o-rama that tastes like cupcakes. Not just any cupcake, RED VELVET ones. Uh huh. It’s packed with protein for muscle recovery, along with beet powder that is said to increase endurance. The cacao (aside from being insanely delicious) is a super source of anti-oxidants and also helps you body to produce happy chemicals. What’s not to love?!
‘Tis the season for blueberries here in Aus. They’re in abundance and cheap until March, so I try to get my fill in the summer months when they’re at their tastiest and locally sourced. Aside from being once of the most nutrient dense fruits around, they make the most amazing ice-cream that can legit double up as a brekkie bowl when your post-Christmas sugar crash is looming. The natural sweetness they provide kills sugar cravings and their fibre keeps you fuller for longer too!
I made these to end my jealousy with green pancakes popping up on my instagram feed every damn minute. There’s a simple reason they’re so popular – they taste amazing. They’re so quick to make too – there’s no excuse for a bowl of processed, sugary cereal. Matcha comes with some awesome health benefits too, including a metabolism boost and super amounts of antioxidants. Time to get flippin’.
If your Instagram feed is awash with yellow drinks and you’re feeling a little confused, it’s time to jump on the Golden Mylk bandwagon. It’s the next big health trend to come out of Asia after ghee and coconut oil. Cafes from Sydney to LA are spicing up their menus with turmeric-and-coconut-milk drink combos. While we’re just catching on, mixing turmeric root with milk is a well-entrenched drink in Indian food culture, where it is considered a restorative brew. The goodness come from the turmeric – known for its benefits to digestion, immune function, liver health and even possible protection from cancer. It’s a healthy alternative to your morning coffee, it tastes great, and it’s easy to make your own.
There’s more to the whole grains game than brown rice. From quinoa (my fave) to bulgur, amaranth and more, whole grains make a delicious addition to a balanced diet. Teff is a gluten-free ancient grain, but the new kid on the block with health fans – fast gaining a reputation as a ‘superfood’ for it’s ease of use, versatility and nutrient density.
If you haven’t used it before, try it in this delicious breakfast crumble – it’s deliciously nutty in flavour and pairs well with almonds to make a crunchy topping to your morning bowl of goodness.
I know Nutella love to advertise themselves as a ‘healthy’ nut spread packed with milk and natural goodness, but it’s dangerously addictive. Why is it that I can’t leave the jar alone?
Here’s a closer look at the ingredients list (in order of highest quantity): Sugar, Vegetable Palm Oil, Hazelnuts (13%), Skim Milk Powder (8.7%), Fat-Reduced Cocoa Powder (7.4%), Emulsifier (Lecithins) (Soy), Flavouring (Vanillin). Hum… SUGAR is the first ingredient, meaning it spikes your blood sugar levels and when they drop, you’re left crying out for more. Sugar is swiftly followed by palm oil – don’t even get me started on that one.
So kicking my addiction with something a little less toxic…homemade chocolate nut butter, dip or sauce – whatever consistency you prefer, it should go on everything. Perfect for when sweet cravings hit, the healthy fats from the pure nuts and coconut oil will actually mean you don’t eat that much – it’s really satisfying to stick to just a couple of tablespoons. *eye roll* Just trust me.
If you’ve ever indulged in a Terry’s Chocolate Orange, you’ll know quite how good the combo of sweet oranges and milky chocolate is. Addictive, in fact. As a Christmas tradition (and Easter, and probably most Fridays) I used to ‘tap and unwrap’ these babies and devour the lot in a few short days. Now i’m a little more conscious about ingredients and portion control, it’s time to re-invent another classic. If you use stevia to sweeten, these delicious chocolates have just 54 calories and 0.5g carbs each! They’re helpfully packed with healthy fats too – so it’s seriously unlikely you’ll manage to eat the whole tray. Then there’s magnesium – thanks to the cacao powder, which is great for exercise recovery (if you’re feeling that way inclined over the holidays) and also helps combat fatigue – which is definitely how I feel over the silly season.
Kick your sweet tooth with these amazingly chocolatey rounds, with sweet hints of orange that just melt in your mouth. Being raw so they’re so easy to make too!
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!
Sounds fancy right? It takes 10 minutes from start to finish. Move over Jamie.
Perfect as a mid-week meal or special enough to serve to guests, this restaurant-quality dish is packed full of protein, omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants. Along with it’s low-carbohydrate profile and a calorie count of just 270 cals, this is a great evening meal for anyone looking to lose weight.
*My muffins bring all the (gym) boys to the yard*
Need a healthy pick-me-up? These mini chocolate muffins are where it’s at. These babies are awesome for chocolate cravings, are sugar free (you’re sweet enough, right?) and are totally gluten + dairy free. Not only that, they’re boosted with additional protein, which acts as the building block for your bones and muscles. It’s also one of the only nutrients your body can’t produce itself, so you have to supply it with a steady stream throughout the day.
Biology not your thing? Basically, just eat these.