health

VEGGIE-FILLED FAJITA BOWLS

You all know I’m obsessed with sneaking veggies into ANY meal that I can and these Fajita bowls are no different! You could even leave out the chicken and opt for a Vegan meal choice! Just add some extra mushrooms and maybe even some cabbage and eggplant instead! Super quick, super easy and super yummy! (more…)

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DAIRY FREE, GLUTEN FREE CARBONARA PASTA

My version of a deeeelish carbonara pasta packed with protein from the chicken and quinoa pasta and also a wholeee sneaky bag of baby spinach (that I mix through and trick my boyfriend into eating hehehe)
Oh, and the best bit…it literally takes 15-20 mins depending on how quickly your pasta & chicken cooks!

INGREDIENTS:
Your desired serving of gluten free pasta (I use Orgran brand from Coles or your local Organic shop)
2 tablespoons coconut oil (more…)

GRAINS – WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO EAT ORGANIC

Ok, so this might be a little controversial & I know so many people roll their eyes when the health industry pushes eating organic produce…but I want to explain exactly WHY it’s important to eat organic – when you can. And ESPECIALLY with grains.

I’m sure we are all aware of the huge gluten free movement over the last few years. This has reared it’s head due to hundreds of thousands more people showing symptoms of intolerances just in the last 10 years. But why has this happened? (more…)

DOUBLE CHOCOLATE MUFFINS

An old recipe of mine that I have re-hashed to make gluten free & a little more clean

INGREDIENTS:
1 cup applesauce
1 teaspoon coconut oil
1 teaspoonΒ vanilla extract (more…)

IMMUNE BOOSTING CHICKEN & VEGETABLE SOUP

There’s a reason our parents, grandparents and great-grandparents would feed us a warm chicken soup when we were sick. Allllllll of those nutrients!

So, so many amazing immune boosting, anti-inflamitory properties of this soup…all which I will detail after the recipe, for those that don’t really care about all of the ‘nutrition’ side of things and just want the recipe!

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BREAKFAST MUFFINS

My work/life balance has been WAY out of whack lately, so I’ve had to focus a lot on food prep on the weekends to make sure I’m making the best food choices I can, quickly, during the week!

I’m not normally one to promote packaged and processed foods, but I think Sarah Wilson’s I Quit Sugar range at Β Coles and Woolworths does a pretty good job of cutting out preservatives and additives and it’s a really good option if you’re on the run.Β  (more…)

ADAPTOGENS

What are adaptogens? Why are they important? How can we incorporate more herbs and spices in our lives to benefit our bodies?

These days, life can be ‘hard’ and stressful. You may not feel stressed, but is your body telling you otherwise? Are you abnormally snappy, cranky or emotional? Do you suffer from headaches? Do you have skin rashes or itchyness? (more…)

PINEAPPLE SALSA

The weather is heeeeating up over here in Australia! Time for a healthy and Summery take on the tomato salsa classic…perfect as a dip, tossed through baby spinach leaves for a nice salad or added as a side to chicken wraps!

 

INGREDIENTS
500g pineapple (you can use fresh if in season, or canned…but make sure you look for the canned variety in juice NOT syrup!) (more…)

P L A N N I N G

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A friend of mine recently posted an article on Facebook that I found really interesting. It talked about the importance of girls ‘lifting weights’ and the stigma attached to that. Girls ‘don’t want to get too muscly’ so the majority of us stick to cardio alone.

The article went on to explain how important weights are to improve muscle tone and achieve that lean, slender body we are all striving for. Of course the weights have to be hard to lift, you need to raise your heart rate and break a sweat…otherwise what’s the point? You will have just waisted an hour of your life doing a pointless workout at the gym!
Another interesting point it made was that a weights session improves metabolism, so much so that you can eat ‘pretty much whatever you want’ an hour or so after a workout and not put on any weight. Now, not to take that to the extreme obviously and pig out on a block of Marvellous and a Big Mac…but it’s nice to know that the ‘fear’ of carbs can be overlooked and a yummy big chicken and salad sandwich can be enjoyed, rather than feared.

Another obsession I have had for a while now is writing out my weekly goals on my Kikki K planner (pictured above). I literally can’t live without it anymore, and feel so lost if I haven’t filled out my week’s goals by Monday lunch time. I feel so much satisfaction when ticking off ‘to dos’ and of course, my days are so much more productive! It helps me make sure I get in every workout that I plan on (without skipping any!) and prompts me to drink the 2L of water I should, but hardly ever do! And those small weekly goals will eventually lead me to my bigger goals, without me even realising!

You can read the full weights article, mentioned above, here.