There’s something divine about lemon and pepper together. The zesty flavours are awesome on both seafood and chicken. Here I’ve added a bit of extra spice and paired it with a low-carb rice option for a lean and green dinner.
Mason jar salads are just that – a salad in a mason (or glass) jar. I’m not sure who came up with this concept, but I think it’s genius. Storing the salad in a jar keeps it fresh for 5-7 days. What’s easier than jamming loads of fresh ingredients into a jar? It will save your loads of cash if you usually buy from the local cafe, not to mention the calories you’ll save! Theres a strategy to assembly to keep all the contents at their freshest:
Layer 1 – Dressing: 1-2 tablespoons
Layer 2 – Hard vegetables: carrot, celery, capsicum, red onion, cucumber
Layer 3 – Complex carbs: Brown rice, pumpkin or quinoa (if desired)
Layer 4 – Soft vegetables: avocado, tomato
Layer 5 – Protein: chicken, tofu, egg and cheese
Layer 6 – Salad greens: lettuce or baby spinach
Now admittedly the one I’ve made here, I ate straight away, so I totally ignored this method. If you’re going to eat it soon, or dressing with citrus (lemon / lime) and just leave a wedge in the top, you don’t need to worry too much about the layering method. If you’re storing it for a while, ensure the dressing is kept at the bottom, and then mix through the salad just before lunch time.
Let’s get to it!
The temperature is rising here in Sydney. Spring is finally here and the longer nights are rolling in. What better way to celebrate than with this delicious detoxing bowl of goodness? Packed with antioxidants, minerals and nutrients for glowing skin, it’s the perfect way to start the season. Lather up in sun lotion and take this out on your patio with a good book.
The healthy stuff: Shrimp (or prawns if you’re from the UK!) have fewer kilojoules, more protein and way less fat than beef, skinless chicken, pork and lamb. With zero carbs and less fat than all land based animal protein sources, it’s easy to see why they’re awesome for the waistline. Shrimp are naturally high in Omega 3 and 6 polyunsaturated fatty acids, better known as the “good” fats – earning them a rep as ‘brain food’ too. A fantastic addition to a healthy diet.
Delicious on it’s own, or an impressive accompaniment to cold meats, tarts, and quiches, this one will become your winter staple. It’s packed with anti-oxidants to keep your skin glowing. Red cabbage is also high in potassium – tuck into it after a workout to help reduce muscle soreness.
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.
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.
Swap your usual beef mince with turkey to pimp the protein and reduce the saturated fat content of this classic Italian dish. Protein can help maintain lean muscle in the body which even at rest, helps you to burn more calories. Bonus. A great lean dinner option without the heavy starchy carbs.
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!
This smooth and creamy dressing and it has a delicious kick thanks to the cayenne – that will give your metabolism a boost. The fresh herbs give it loads of flavour, so enjoy it over any of your favourite salads, veggies, as a dip for crackers.