I love to start my day with a cup of matcha green tea. Giving you a morning boost with the rollercoaster of coffee, its an awesome way to get your energy and concentration levels up. Being a little bit obsessed with all matcha-related things, I whipped up these delish greenola these bars – a great morning or 3pm pick-me-up!
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.
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?!
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 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.
Sticky, chewy blondies with no flour, no oil, no white sugar. Crammed with heart-healthy chickpeas, these will fool even your healthiest of friends. With a low GI value of 28 – 32, chickpeas carbohydrates are broken down and digested slowly. This is helpful for weight loss (or maintenance) as it works to control appetite. Enjoy one with a cup of tea, or warm it up and add a dollop of greek yoghurt for dessert.
I know I’m healthy and all that, but I do have a tendency to add salt to just about everything. I’m cool with it, because I don’t have any pre-packaged foods that are secretly loaded with it.
Salt is actually a nice addition to food if you opt for a good-quality version (I love himalayan) and stay away from the gross iodised table salt my mum used to ply me with. It is packed with trace minerals that can help maintain a healthy stomach pH. It’s also important to replenish the salts lost through exercise (ever seen those white marks on your favourite black crop-top?). Granted, excessive amounts of salt in your diet won’t be all that great for your bod, but this super tasty bowl has just a pinch, and is super post-workout to replenish and revive.
Aside from the science, this is one delicious bowl. Sweet, silky and satisfying – it would make an awesome breakfast or even dessert.
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.
Wholegrain Teff is extremely nutritious. It boasts a wealth of vitamins and minerals including magnesium, potassium, zinc, copper, manganese, choline, Vitamin B3 (niacin), Vitamin B6, Thiamin, Pantothenic Acid, Riboflavin and Vitamin C, which is rarely found in grains. Teff can be purchased as a wholegrain or flour, which is used most commonly in Ethiopia to make a traditional sourdough flatbread called injera. It makes for a highly nutritious substitute to traditional gluten-containing flours. Try it in these amazing muffins for a nutritious way to start the day!