If your patient enough to soak these oats in milk the night before, that 5 minutes of prep makes this recipe incredibly creamy. As a sufferer of anaemia, I love to add molasses as a sweetener because it provides a dose of iron. Aside from that, it’s reminiscent of gingerbread cookies, which needs no further explanation! So, good.
If you haven’t used liquid smoke before, you’re in for a real treat. You can find it at most speciality grocers, and it adds an amazing BBQ flavour to sauces, meats, soups and more. A little goes a long way. Great if you don’t have a BBQ to hand and end up doing these in the oven, like me in my little city apartment!
Did you know chickpeas are a great source of protein for vegans and veggies? They’re also great on the fibre front – so you can stay fuller for longer. WINNING.
Dandelion (or just Dandy, if you’re hipster), makes an awesome coffee substitute. It’s roasted so you get that earthy, rich aroma that you get from your usual morning brew, but with the benefit of zero caffeine. I’m quite sure around xmas time I get enough caffeine through chocolate. It’s also a bit hard-hitting on your adrenals, so I like to moderate my intake at times of higher stress. Dandy is the perfect option. It’s great for detoxification of your liver – which is also helpful at Christmas if you’re prone to a drink or six – and also helps promote healthy digestion.
Light the fire and cuddle up with a cup of this and a daggy film. Santa will soon be here!
I know y’all like ‘but porridge is sweet’, and you’d be right…until now. Oats can be enjoyed just like quinoa, rice or buckwheat in many recipes. Just because your mum used to cover them in honey, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy them in a savoury dish too. To confuse you more, this is a breakfasty dish – but also great at lunch or as a side for dinner. Oats are a great source of soluble fibre that will keep you regular and lower cholesterol. The beta-glucan fiber found in oats helps regulate your appetite for up to 4 hours too, so you’re less likely to be snacking.
Once you make this, you’ll wonder why you haven’t been having it for years. Expect to start seeing it on restaurant menus soon! *2016 prediction*
Sometimes you need something hearty on a weeknight. It’s been a long day and you simply don’t have the time (or energy) to start gutting and chopping a chicken. In true Fit Foodie style, there’s a work-around. Grab a pre-marinated chook from the good folk at Lilydale, who very kindly haven’t loaded their sauce with flavourings and other nasties. Whack it on a foil tray, and focus on the most delicious rice you’ve ever eaten. Super nutritious, and all pulled together in one hour, with minimal slimy chicken contact. Winning.
I’m a big lover of Sydney Fish Market. They have an amazing array of fresh seafood, sushi bars and a fully stocked grocery store.
I recently bought my first whole salmon from there, and was utterly amazed at how many different meals it made. This was one of my favourites – spicy, soft, crunchy and sweet – not to mention super high in protein, vitamins and minerals, and low on the carb front. Perfect for weight maintenance over the festive period!
Kangaroo certainly packs a nutritious punch! When it comes to kilojoule and fat content, kangaroo fairs better than beef, lamb, and even chicken. It’s protein is important in any strength training regimen to build lean muscle – but even if you’re not lifting in the gym, it works to satiate you for longer, meaning less after-meal snacking! Adjust the spices in this dish to suit your tastes, and it will be a regular on rotation at your house!
I am literally drooling over this new breakfast creation. Warming cinnamon with sweet apple and juicy raisins, this is just like having a slice of ‘naughty’ pie from the local cafe, without the guilt! Bake ahead for a nutritionally balanced breakfast on-the-go!
Looking for a healthy take on your favourite morning treat? This is it. Traditional sugar is replaced with stevia, meaning fewer calories and plenty of natural sweetness. The addition of cinnamon helps to stabilise blood sugar levels, meaning you won’t suffer cravings later on in the day. Warming spices never looked so inviting! Toast a slice for breakfast, and top with a little ricotta and honey…your Sunday morning, sorted.
Swap your usual fries for the super sweet potato version. A source of vitamin C, vitamin D and iron, sweet potatoes are also a good source of magnesium which is the relaxation and anti-stress mineral.