Breakfast

Breakfast is probably my favourite meal of the day. I’m always starving when I wake up. It’s important to have a decent sized healthy breakfast to kick start your metabolism in the morning and give you fuel for the day. Today’s breakfast was delicious:

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Banana split protein pancakes!

1/2 cup oats (not gluten free, but can be handled by many people who are gluten sensitive. Brown rice flakes can be used as a gluten free option

2 tablespoons gluten free self raising flour

1/2 teaspoon Natvia

1 egg white

Small drop vanilla essence

Almond milk- enough for a reasonably thick pancake mixture

Mix well and fry in a pan with coconut oil. Will take a few minutes on each side. Cook the banana on the side while the pancakes are cooking. When the pancakes are done, top them with natural peanut butter, the banana, some heated berries (I used Woolworths frozen berries), some A2 natural yoghurt or Greek yoghurt, and then some cinnamon to finish. Delicious! Very filling too.

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Another favourite is brown rice and chia porridge:

Cook half a cup of brown rice flakes and a few tablespoons of chia seeds (both available at health food stores and supermarkets) in a small saucepan with some boiling water and almond milk, until it thickens to the consistency of porridge. I added a banana, some berries, a little vanilla, cinnamon and Natvia as well.

Top with coconut or LSA mix, and a little more almond milk. So nice and soothing on these cold winter mornings, and totally gluten and dairy free!

Gluten free toast is always a winner too. My favourite is Mattisse brand, it’s a buckwheat sourdough and it’s sooooo good. You can buy it at the South Melbourne Market. It’s pricy though at $8.50 a loaf.

I love to top my toast with scrambled eggs, or avocado and goats cheese.

What are your favourite breakfasts?

Mothers Day + Sweet treats

I have been so slack lately, and haven’t blogged at all! I’m going to make an effort to make more regular posts. Uni and work have been ruling my life lately!

Anyway, Sunday was Mother’s Day. My sisters and I took Mum out for lunch in lovely bayside Mornington. It was a chilly day, but it’s always so nice to get down there, out of the hustle and bustle of the city. We went to La Monica’s, an Italian restaurant on Main Street. Mum picked it because it had a large gluten free selection, and I was very impressed! Almost everything on the menu came with a gluten free option, and the service was fantastic. They were also able to cater to my dairy free requests.

We had dips with gluten free bread to start with, an olive tapenade, a capsicum tapenade and a tzatziki (which isn’t in the photo).

ImageI had a chicken and mushroom risotto for lunch, which I forgot to take a photo of! It was delicious, creamy yet dairy free. My mum and sisters also enjoyed their meals. We followed off our lunch with coffee, I had a chai tea with soy milk.

ImageWe had such a lovely day! I love spending time with my mum and sisters, and don’t get to catch up with them as often as I’d like.

In other news, I’ve recently discovered Teresa Cutter’s website called The Healthy Chef (www.thehealthychef.com). She has some AMAZING recipes on there which I have been trying out! So far, they have all been delicious.

Since I can’t have oats anymore for breakfast, I’ve been having Apple and Cinnamon Porridge, made from grated apple, cinnamon, almond milk and LSA. I top it with chopped banana and a little nut butter. So good!

ImageLast night I tried out the Healthy Choc Chip Cookies. Teresa’s recipe just uses almond meal, but I added coconut flour as well and I found it gave them better texture. I also added quite a bit of water.

ImageImageImageThese were delicious! They weren’t too sweet either, but my sweet toothed boyfriend loved them too! Will definitely be making these again.

Tonight I tried the Healthy Hot Chocolate and I used almond milk, cocoa, vanilla extract, honey and cinnamon. Perfect for a cold May night.

ImageAll the recipes are available at www.thehealthychef.com. I’ll be sure to try some more of Teresa’s recipes and review them soon.

Back to the gym

I’m ashamed to say that the past five months I haven’t exercised much at all. Apart from riding my bike and going for walks. And I’m starting to feel it. I definitley go through periods where I’m right into exercise, and periods where I’m….. not. So, I decided that it was time to get back into it and joined the gym at the St Kilda Sea Baths. It’s a really nice gym, I like that I can walk or ride there, and that they have lots of yoga and Pilates classes and a pool.

Last night I did body attack, and was surprised that I kept up, as I hadn’t done it for two years.  Stupidly I ate an omelette at 5pm (and the class was at 6.30) so I had a stitch throughout it! Not comfortable at all! But I got through, and have planned to go to body pump tonight and Pilates tomorrow.  I’m aiming to do a mimimum of four classes a week, and I have to stick to it! Motivation is my downfall, as well as having low energy levels a lot. I also had a weights program written up for me, which I’ll do twice a week. I might add a few exercises to it as it’s pretty basic.

What exercise do you do and how do you stay motivated?

Coconut Dreaming

It seems lately that coconuts are all the rage and are being promoted for their health benefits. Coconut is full of fat, and not only that, but the BAD fat, which is of course, saturated fat. But is it so bad after all?

Generally speaking, saturated fat is the stuff that will clog up your arteries, add inches to your waistline and hike up the numbers on the scales. It isn’t good for you. It’s found mostly in animal foods, such as meat and full fat dairy. You really shouldn’t be consuming too much of it. But, with coconut, whilst high in saturated fat, it’s a type that gets absorbed by the body better. It’s high in lauric acid, which is an antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial agent. It’s also been promoted to help fat loss. I don’t know if it does help fat loss, but I certainly haven’t gained any weight since I added it to my diet. I went all out and bought coconut oil, coconut flour, coconut milk and shredded coconut. Yep, I just love coconut!

I’ve been taking two teaspoons of the oil per day, and I’m also using it as a makeup remover. Gets all your makeup off so well, better than any foaming cleanser.

The other week I made some coconut and banana icecream, which was delicious. Here’s the recipe below:

1 can of full fat coconut milk

2 bananas

1 -2 tablespoons Stevia (a natural, low calorie sweetener)

About half a cup of shredded coconut

2 eggs

Mix the stevia and coconut milk in a bowl, then put on top of a saucepan with some boiling water in it, and put on a low heat. Heat until the mixture is hot, but don’t boil.  Slowly add the beaten eggs, stirring continuously. Add the mashed banana and coconut. Keep stirring until the consistency is quite thick. Take off the heat and pour into a pan, then leave it to cool for about an hour. When it’s cooled, pop it in the freezer. Take it out of the freezer every half hour and stir it.

 

 

 

Hello

Well, I thought it was about time I started a blog. A blog about the things I love of course, food, predominantly healthy food with a bit of naughty stuff thrown in, fitness, wellbeing and generally living a healthy and vibrant life.

I love to cook and try out new dishes, and since going gluten free I have been experimenting even more (and I feel so much better). There’s always lots to be tried when eating out around St Kilda, which I do a lot!

I study Nutrition so I know all about the sciencey side of food, but I’m always curious to learn more about the latest food trends, fad diets, new ingredients, supplements, fat burners, energy boosters, naturopathy and herbs, you name it!

I’m not a total health freak all the time though, I certainly enjoy a glass of wine and I love chocolate and cheese. Everything in moderation of course.

I hope you enjoy my blog 🙂