Eating Healthy

Blueberry And Yoghurt Breakfast Bars Recipe

Who has time to make a nutritional breakfast meal each morning?

Prep these incredible bars overnight and they’ll be ready to enjoy with a glass of orange juice the next morning! For this recipe we’ve used blueberry, but you can add a few of your favourite berries for an exceptional taste.

RELATED: BBQ Pineapple and Yoghurt Recipe

Ingredients

150g fresh blueberries

250g rolled oats

50g unflavoured Greek yogurt

1 egg

Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 180ºC and line a round tin with canola oil and baking paper.
  2. Combine the blueberries, rolled oats, yoghurt and 1 egg into a large bowl. Mix with a wooden spoon until all of the ingredients have combined.
  3. Transfer this mixture into the tin, and push down as hard as you can. Use a large spoon to help you out with this step. Cook for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
  4. Wait for the tin to cool down, then slice into thin bars. You can use any leftover yoghurt and drizzle it over the top.

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August 31, 2015

Fresh Fruit Spring Roll Ideas

Looking for a healthy snack which takes just minuets to prepare? Stock-up on fresh fruits and create these delicious spring rolls which are ideal for lunch, a quick snack, or even if you’re on-the-go.

RELATED: Rainbow Spring Rolls Recipe

Strawberry and mango

These delicious rolls are made from freshly sliced strawberries, mangoes, and served with a side of honey and lime dressing.

Fresh Fruit Spring Roll Ideas

Peach and avocado

Enjoy these delicious spring rolls which are so unique and tasty. Add a few greens such as baby spinach, rocket, and pistachio nuts along with the peach slices for a filling meal.

Fresh Fruit Spring Roll Ideas

Kiwi fruit, blackberry and Greek yoghurt

For extra flavour, add one teaspoon of Greek yoghurt into each spring roll and refrigerate until it sets. These are made from kiwi fruit, mango and blackberries.

Fresh Fruit Spring Roll Ideas

Melon and basil

Finely slice your melon, red cabbage and carrot then add some basil for truly fresh snack at any time of the day. Perfect for vegans!

Fresh Fruit Spring Roll Ideas

Mixed fruit rolls

If you can’t choose just two fruits, why not have them all? Strawberries, kiwi fruits, peaches, nectarines, and banana slices make for a tasty snack even the kids will enjoy. Serve with delicious ginger sauce for extra flavour.

Fresh Fruit Spring Roll Ideas

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August 8, 2015

5 Healthy Vegan Snacks

Looking for a way to beat 3:30itis without snacking on everything in the pantry? We are sharing some of the tastiest vegan snacks even the kids would enjoy! Simply prepare them the night before and pack in an air-tight container if you’re on-the-go.

RELATED: Wholesome Treats: Raw Vegan Chewy Pecan Brownie

No-bake bites

Prepare these healthy energy balls made from oatmeal, coconut flakes, peanut butter, flax seed, cocoa, honey, chia seeds and vanilla extract. Let them cool in the fridge overnight, then serve!

5 Healthy Vegan Snacks

Zucchini chips

Indulge in a handful of healthy zucchini chips the next time you want something healthy to snack on. Add some chilli flakes over the top if you like yours extra spicy!

5 Healthy Vegan Snacks

Tomato, mint and avocado bites

Take a 5 minute lunch break to enjoy these juice bites which are made from avocado, tomato and fresh mint. Drizzle some lemon juice over the top before serving.

5 Healthy Vegan Snacks

Salt and vinegar sweet potato chips

Or you can make these crispy sweet potato chips for the kids as a healthy snack for their school lunchbox. They only require 3 ingredients and no deep-fryer!

5 Healthy Vegan Snacks

Blueberry bars

We’ve definitely saved the best until last! These raw vegan bars are made from fresh blueberries, a nutty base and can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch or even a sneaky afternoon snack.

5 Healthy Vegan Snacks

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August 5, 2015

7 Healthy Haloumi Snack Ideas

If you haven’t tried haloumi before, then you’re just about to love it. This versatile cheese can be grilled, fried and baked to create a multitude of main meals and snacks that taste amazing. We’ve compiled a few of our favourite haloumi dishes below for extra inspiration!

RELATED: Mediterranean Haloumi Salad Recipe

Fig and haloumi canapés

Start by making these delicious canapés made with grilled figs, fresh haloumi, mint and drizzled honey over the top.

7 Healthy Haloumi Snack Ideas

Avocado, pumpkin and haloumi quinoa

A serving of healthy quinoa is the perfect way to balance out this lunch or dinner meal. Serve with a few slices of avocado for extra flavour, yum!

7 Healthy Haloumi Snack Ideas

Beetroot and haloumi sliders with chilli jam

These mini sliders are a delicious slider to serve with fruity cocktails at home. Lightly toast the bread bunch for extra crunch and serve with fresh arugula.

7 Healthy Haloumi Snack Ideas

Baked haloumi cheese rolls

Simply fill your filo pastry with fresh haloumi, twist and bake until golden brown. So quick and easy!

7 Healthy Haloumi Snack Ideas

Haloumi and watermelon salad

Try this easy summer salad idea which combines the best of sweet and savoury produce. Serve with fresh red cherries, juicy watermelon and grilled cherry tomatoes with a balsamic glaze.

7 Healthy Haloumi Snack Ideas

Zucchini and haloumi fritters

Try these delicious haloumi fritters with fresh zucchini for a healthy meal at any time of the day.

7 Healthy Haloumi Snack Ideas

Vegetable stack

For a healthy meal sans-carbohydrates, try this yummy vegetable stack which is completely grilled. Add some hummus into the base for extra flavour.

7 Healthy Haloumi Snack Ideas

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August 3, 2015

5 Breakfast Ideas To Boost Weight Loss

Looking to make some healthier changes in your diet this summer? Rather than skipping breakfast and choosing meals which won’t sustain your body for the day, we have compiled a list of five options that will promote weight loss and keep you feeling fuller for longer.

RELATED: 5 Valentine’s Day Breakfast Ideas

Poached eggs

While the eggs themselves might feel difficult to poach at first, this is actually a quick and easy breakfast everyone can enjoy. Stick to wholemeal or multi-grain bread which is packed with added nutrients to keep you going throughout the day.

5 Breakfast Ideas To Boost Weight Loss

Oatmeal

A bowl of oatmeal with a few sliced vegetables and low-fat milk is another great breakfast option that won’t have you binge-eating by the early afternoon. The oats help to fill your stomach without feeling too bloated, also.

5 Breakfast Ideas To Boost Weight Loss

Chia pudding

Choose a healthy chia pudding which is loaded with fibre, omega 3 and protein to provide your body with energy all morning. Sprinkle a few pomegranate seeds over the top to naturally sweeten the meal.

5 Breakfast Ideas To Boost Weight Loss

Green smoothie

A green smoothie might seem like an obvious choice, but it’s packed full of vitamins and minerals which are so good for you! Be careful with your portions since this might actually cause weight gain.

5 Breakfast Ideas To Boost Weight Loss

Smoked salmon and avocado

Not only is smoked salmon easy to prepare (it’s mostly pre-cooked) but it’s so good for you! The protein will keep your body full and will give enough energy to last all day long.

5 Breakfast Ideas To Boost Weight Loss

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July 30, 2015

5 Healthy Summer Breakfast Ideas

Embrace the warmer weather and make sure your breakfast is packed with seasonal fruit and vegetables this summer. Stuck on ideas? Try some of our favourite healthy summer breakfast dishes below, which are quick and easy to create if you’re in a hurry!

RELATED: Low Fast English Breakfast Recipe

Acai bowls

These healthy breakfast options are packed with fibre, vitamins, and are so yummy! Add some of your favourite fruits such as banana, strawberry, blueberry, kiwi fruit, and grains to give the bowl added texture.

5 Healthy Summer Breakfast Ideas

Parfait jar

Create this stunning parfait the night before and layer yoghurt, fruit, and crunchy grains to create a delicious meal for the morning.

5 Healthy Summer Breakfast Ideas

Fruit yoghurt popsicles

This is the perfect recipe for kids who are more than picky eaters! Create your own fruity popsicles with delicious berries which everyone is bound to enjoy during the summer.

5 Healthy Summer Breakfast Ideas

Smoothie

A healthy fruit smoothie is the perfect way to feed your stomach first thing in the morning. Add a handful of berries to give even those sour vegetables a fruity taste.

5 Healthy Summer Breakfast Ideas

Quinoa bowls

For more of a filling meal, opt for quinoa which works well with milk and coconut water. Drizzle some sliced fruit and honey over the top for extra flavour.

5 Healthy Summer Breakfast Ideas

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July 17, 2015

Easy Dinner Recipes Using A Slow Cooker

A slow cooker is a great investment for any kitchen since you can create healthy, wholesome meals especially during the colder months. If you don’t quite know what to create with your slow cooker, try a few of our tasty ideas below to give you some extra inspiration.

RELATED: Healthy Provencal Vegetable Soup

Honey and garlic chicken

Show off your cooking skills with this tasty topping of honey and garlic chicken which works well with rice or noodles.

Easy Dinner Recipes Using A Slow Cooker

Beef and broccoli crockpot

A yummy crockpot of beef and broccoli is a classic dish which even the kids are bound to love. Add a few more vegetables such as carrot or asparagus to give the dish some body.

Easy Dinner Recipes Using A Slow Cooker

Jambalaya

Make like Seinfeld and create your very own Jambalaya from scratch. It’s the perfect recipe for entertaining and tastes amazing with a glass of white wine.

Easy Dinner Recipes Using A Slow Cooker

Healthy butter chicken

Skip the naan bread and fill-up on tasty chicken and vegetables for a modern take on a traditional Indian dish.

Easy Dinner Recipes Using A Slow Cooker

Mozzarella stuffed meatballs

Try this delicious recipe as an appetiser, or a side to plain pasta. The filling is so thick and creamy – you’ll never want to eat anything else!

Easy Dinner Recipes Using A Slow Cooker

Potato soup

For the warmer months, try a classic potato soup with all of your favourite vegetables. It makes for a filling dish for both lunch and dinner, with plenty of leftovers!

Easy Dinner Recipes Using A Slow Cooker

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July 16, 2015

Breakfast Staples: The Perfect Bircher Muesli Recipe

Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day. There are so many breakfast foods that are absolutely delicious and guarantee a good start in the day, one of them being Bircher muesli.

Bircher muesli has become a classic breakfast recipe and a staple in every reputable cafe. It was invented by Swiss physician Maximilian Bircher-Benner at the start of the 20th century; he wanted to create a healthy breakfast that included fruits for his patients in Zurich.

RELATED: Easy Paleo Breakfast Recipes

Throughout the past 100 years, the recipe has been copied, altered, and honed worldwide, but the basic ingredients stay the same: Oats, nuts, apples, and milk or yoghurt. There is no cooking involved and it’s incredibly quick to prepare.

There are many ways to make Bircher muesli and different tastes require different ingredients, but I think the following is a winner:

Ingredients

2 cups rolled oats

25 grams of almonds, chopped

1 1/2 cups Greek yoghurt

1/2 cup apple juice

1 big apple, grated

Method

  1. Mix the rolled oats and almonds with 1 1/2 cups of natural Greek yoghurt and apple juice and let soak overnight. Depending on how mushy you like your muesli to be you can adjust the amount of yoghurt and apple juice you use.
  2. Add grated apple to mixture and sprinkle with honey for sweetness.
  3. Add any (dried) fruit or nuts you like. A bit of cinnamon works well, too.

This recipe is so easy to make and the best thing is that you can prepare everything the night before, then in the morning all you have to do is mix it, put it in a jar and it will easily last a few days in the fridge. Your healthy breakfast for this week is sorted! Enjoy hitting the snooze button on your alarm one more time.

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July 10, 2015

How To Make Italian Antipasti

A pre-dinner appetiser should be light, tasty and easy to prepare – even if you’re a beginner in the kitchen. Italian antipasti ticks all of these boxes and let’s face it, everyone loves a bit of Italian food.

RELATED: Make Your Own Cheese Platter

Try these yummy antipasti dishes which are appropriate as an appetiser, snack with drinks, or part of a three course meal at home.

Meat

A traditional dish is nothing without a side of meat, and this is usually salami, pepperoni and prosciutto.

Olives

Olives are a must-have if you want to break up all the heavy meat and bread on the dish. Olive tapenade, black kalamata olives and a side of hummus is always a popular choice.

Seafood

Experiment with a few different seafood styles such as smoked salmon strips, fresh tuna and sardines.

Fruit

Delicious melon and seasonal grapes taste amazing with cold meats.

Nuts

Salty nuts add a savoury side to the antipasto dish and complement any glass of red or white wine. Cashews, walnuts and roasted almonds are perfect for this dish.

Vegetables

Roast vegetables are another essential part of the antipasto dish because they are great with salty cheeses. Eggplant, zucchini, bell peppers and tomatoes are the best place to start.

Cheese

Finish off a traditional antipasti dish with a soft cheese such as camembert (bring it out last so it doesn’t melt), savoury cheese such as feta and Gouda.

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July 10, 2015

7 Delicious Summer Picnic Snacks

Planning a fun day in the sun this summer? Instead of buying something pre-made, why not pack your very own picnic! We have a few of the best healthy snacks to entertain your guests, made from seasonal fruits and vegetables.

RELATED: Summer Beetroot Salad Recipe

Fruit kebabs

Make your very own fruit kebabs with the essentials such as strawberries, bananas, kiwi fruit, melon, and pineapple – yum!

Planning a fun day in the sun this summer? Instead of buying something pre-made, why not pack your very own picnic! We have a few of the best healthy snacks to entertain your guests, made from seasonal fruits and vegetables.

Baguette

Bring your favourite baguette bread packed with sliced tomato, fresh basil, mozzarella cheese, salami and a touch of garlic to taste.

7 Delicious Summer Picnic Ideas

Berry salad

Entertain your guests with this fresh berry salad boasting balsamic grilled cherry, blueberries, goats cheese and crunchy lettuce. Make sure to add the dressing just before you serve the meal so it doesn’t make the meal soggy.

7 Delicious Summer Picnic Ideas

Melon and cucumber salad

For another fresh salad recipe, slice some fresh melon and cucumber, then season with crumbled feta and coriander. Don’t be afraid to add a few chilli flakes for an extra kick!

7 Delicious Summer Picnic Ideas

Rice paper rolls

Prep these pre-made rice paper rolls with fresh chilli sauce the next time you want to impress your guests. Simply wrap them up, refrigerate and pack them into your picnic basket when you’re ready-to-go.

7 Delicious Summer Picnic Ideas

Strawberry caprese salad

For a modern take on a traditional classic, try this refreshing strawberry salad with fresh mozzarella.

7 Delicious Summer Picnic Ideas

Asparagus and haloumi sandwiches

We’re finishing up the list with these mouth-watering sandwiches with grilled asparagus, yummy mozzarella, and lemon and mint to taste.

7 Delicious Summer Picnic Ideas

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July 8, 2015

5 Tasty Granola Recipe Ideas

Looking for a tasty way to enjoy your granola in the morning? From granola cups to fruity parfaits, we’ve got you covered for every meal including breakfast, brunch, or even a healthy afternoon snack!

RELATED: Apple Cinnamon Granola Recipe

Parfait

A healthy homemade parfait is the perfect way to combine granola and your favourite seasonal fruits. Serve in a clear glass and make sure to layer it up to keep the berries fresh.

5 Tasty Granola Recipe Ideas

Granola cups

Make your own healthy granola cups by filling a cupcake tray with the mixture before it sets. For the filling, add some Greek yoghurt, yummy berries and chia seeds for extra flavour and texture.

5 Tasty Granola Recipe Ideas

Muffins

Who knew that granola can also be used to create a healthy breakfast muffin? One of our favourite recipes uses granola, brown sugar and fresh blueberries for a tasty snack you can keep in the pantry.

5 Tasty Granola Recipe Ideas

Baked oatmeal

Instead of using the standard oatmeal mix, add some granola, blueberries and a pinch of chocolate chips for a crunch oatmeal cupcake. Bake until golden brown, then leave to cool before serving with a cup of coffee.

5 Tasty Granola Recipe Ideas

Breakfast bars

Bake your very own granola bars made from scratch and store them in the fridge for up to 5 days. Add a few super foods into the mix for a truly healthy snack which you can enjoy on-the-go.

5 Tasty Granola Recipe Ideas

What are some of your favourite ways to enjoy granola?

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July 2, 2015

Strawberry, Basil and Smashed Avocado Toast

If you’re looking for a quick breakfast, snack, or even dinner recipe, then avocado on toast should be the number one choice.

Not only does it take just seconds to prepare, but it also tastes incredible. Combine with fresh summer strawberries and a hint of basil for extra flavour.

RELATED: Easy Prawn and Avocado Wraps

Ingredients

Strawberries

Balsamic vinegar

Toasted bread

Ripe avocado

Fresh basil

Lemon juice

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Chilli flakes (optional)

Method

  1. Place the strawberries in a small bowl and toss with a small drizzle of balsamic vinegar. Let sit for 5 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile toast the bread. Slice your avocado in half and then into cubes and add a squeeze of lemon and a pinch of salt right into the avocado. Scoop it out and use the back of a fork to smash it on toast.
  3. Top toasts with basil, strawberries, a sprinkle of hemp seeds and freshly ground black pepper. Add more salt to taste (only if necessary).

Image and Recipe via Love and Lemons

June 26, 2015

Cherry Tomato, Ham and Egg Frittata

This egg frittata is perfect for breakfast, brunch, or let’s face it – any time of the day! Make sure you’re using a variety of red and orange cherry tomatoes since they are absolutely packed with flavour. Serve with freshly squeezed orange juice for breakfast, or a cheeky mimosa with brunch.

RELATED: Oven-Roasted Roots Frittata Recipe

Serves 4

Ingredients

4 eggs

100g cherry tomatoes

4 slices of ham (or prosciutto)

100g ricotta cheese

Salt and pepper

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 200ºC (400ºF).
  2. In a bowl, whisk the eggs until smooth. Add salt and pepper to season.
  3. Line a pan with baking paper (or canola spray), then empty the mixture into the pan. Chop the cherry tomatoes and place them over the top, then sprinkle with ricotta cheese and ham slices. Cook for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

Image via Canelle Vanille

June 15, 2015

The Secret To Perfect Breakfast Porridge

Porridge might be one of the most underrated breakfasts ever. Not only is it delicious and filling, but it’s also high in fibre and protein, which makes it ideal for starting the day right.

I have to confess that I usually opt for quick oats prepared in the microwave, but whenever I have a bit more time in the morning, I make sure to prepare the perfect breakfast porridge, which is a million times better than your quick oat sachets.  Here’s how it’s done:

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The first important thing is to get the right oats. Rolled oats take longer to cook than quick oats as the grains are not as thin, however the texture of your porridge will be much better with rolled oats. If time is an issue for you, simply soak the oats in water overnight. This will make them cook within 5 minutes.

Use 1/2 cup of oats per person and 3 times the amount of water, so for one person, you would need 1 1/2 cups of water. Bring oats and water mixture to a boil in a pan or pot and then turn down to simmer, all while stirring with the “wrong” end of a wooden spoon. Keep stirring for 5 to 15 minutes, depending on the creaminess and texture you like.

Now here comes the secret: salt. Add a pinch of salt to your oats and you’ll be surprised how much more flavour you’ll get from whatever you add to your oats. This could be fruits, peanut butter, cinnamon, nuts – the possibilities are endless!

During cooking, you might have to add some more water if your porridge gets too thick. Remember that it will thicken even after you have turned off the stove so if it’s a bit runny while still hot, it should be perfect once cooled down.

Serve in a bowl and add a splash of milk and whatever topping you feel like. Enjoy your perfect breakfast porridge!

image via the-nutritionista.co.uk

 

June 7, 2015

5 Healthy Desk Snacks

Can’t quite keep away from snacking at your desk? Get rid of all the garbage in your drawers, handbag and other compartments and try some of these healthy snacks instead. They are sure to keep you feeling fuller for longer and taste amazing!

RELATED: Healthy Snack Alert – Hummus

Dark chocolate

A few pieces of dark chocolate is the best way to curb those sugary cravings when 3pm hits. Choose anything higher than 85 per cent since it’s healthier for you and isn’t packed with nearly as much sugar. Enjoy a few pieces with your green tea to unwind in the afternoon.

5 Healthy Desk Snacks

Blueberries

Not only are blueberries a healthy snack, they’re also easy to find at all supermarkets! Simply rinse them with water and keep them at your desk the entire day.

5 Healthy Desk Snacks

Edamame beans

Enjoy a handful of crunchy edamame beans the next time you’re feeling peckish. They are packed with fibre, protein and antioxidants, which all contribute to a healthy body in the long-term. Sprinkle with sea salt or even use them in your salad!

5 Healthy Desk Snacks

Unsalted pistachios

Swap the potato chips for a handful of healthy pistachio nuts. Choose the variety which are unsalted since they taste even better raw and roasted. Yum!

5 Healthy Desk Snacks

Dried fruit

Any type of dried fruit including mangoes, pineapple and apple is a great snack to stash on your desk or in your handbag. It doesn’t need refrigerating, tastes amazing any time of the year and is so yummy!

5 Healthy Desk Snacks

What are some of your healthy desk snacks?

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June 3, 2015

Fresh Ricotta and Blueberry Ciabatta Recipe

Who doesn’t love a fresh punnet of blueberries on a lazy Sunday morning?

This recipe takes tasty ricotta cheese, crunchy ciabatta bread and a handful of blueberries to the next level. You could also substitute them for fresh strawberries or raspberries. Or both!

RELATED: Healthy Blueberry Pancake Recipe

Ingredients

1 large oval ciabatta loaf

500g ricotta cheese

1 cup fresh blueberries

Honey

Mint leaves

Method

  1. Slice the ciabatta into 4 slices, and grill on both sides until golden brown.
  2. If you want to make the bread extra infused, grill it with the ricotta over the top. If not, spread it generously after it’s cooled down.
  3. Top off with blueberries, mint, and drizzled honey for extra flavour. Yum!

Image via Heather Bullard

May 31, 2015

How To Make Crispy Kale Chips

The humble kale has experienced a steep rise to fame in the past two years thanks to its versatility. You can eat it raw, cook it, roast it, and even drink it as part of a green juice. The green leafy vegetable is full of goodness like Vitamin C and Calcium and also contains a chemical with anti-cancer properties.

RELATED: Refreshing Kale Salad With Honey Vinaigrette

Even though it is very popular at the moment, there are a lot of people who dislike kale because of its slightly bitter taste. However, if you roast kale to make delicious kale chips, most of the bitterness subsides and the kale takes on a very similar taste to potato chips.

With less than half the calories, kale chips are the better, healthier option when feeling peckish. Here’s how to make perfectly crispy kale chips:

  1. Your oven temperature is very important as kale can burn easily. Preheat your oven to 160 degrees celsius.
  2. Cut your kale into chip-sized pieces and separate the leaves from any stems that are quite thick as they take much longer to roast.
  3. Wash and thoroughly dry kale – it won’t get crispy when the leaves are still moist.
  4. Sprinkle olive oil over the leaves, making sure that each leaf is covered but not drenched.
  5. Add sea salt and any other spices or herbs you’d like your kale chips to taste like, such as paprika or rosemary.
  6. Spread in one layer on a baking tray and bake for about 10-20 minutes. The baking time really depends on your oven so make sure you check on your chips after 10 minutes. If the edges of the leaves are starting to turn brown, they’re ready.

Enjoy your guilt-free kale chips!

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May 15, 2015

10 Quick and Easy Appetisers

Next time you’re throwing a dinner party, why not serve a few different appetisers instead of a main course? Not only are they quick and easy to prepare (seriously, each appetiser takes about 10 minutes), but they taste amazing and are so versatile!

RELATED: Clean Spaghetti Bolognese With Zucchini Noodles Recipe

Here is a few of our go-to appetisers which are appropriate for any type of occasion:

Spring garden salad

Try a classic spring salad featuring seasonal crunchy vegetables with a delicious dressing – perfect for the entire family. If you want to add a little extra texture to this salad, feel free to add some some asparagus and peas into the mix.

1

Crostini

Who can resist a classic crostini? They’re bite-sized, easy to eat standing up and taste amazing! Experiment with some of your favourite toppings such as salmon, chicken, turkey and even vegetarian options.

2

Prawn stir fry

Prepare a delicious prawn stir fry for your guests for lunch or even a late dinner. Make sure you don’t forget to add the soy sauce before serving, and add something sweet such as grapefruit or orange essence for a sweet taste.

3

Tomato, feta and green beans

A classic green bean salad is a standard dish for most households, especially during the warmer months of the year. To make sure your salad has a little extra crunch, add the green beans at the end and cook for only 3-5 minutes.

4

Zucchini ciabatta

Zucchini are so quick and easy to prepare, especially if time is not on your side! Drizzle the ciabatta bread with some olive oil and grill until golden brown.

5

Vegetable frittatas

Combine the best of eggs, red onion, parsley, chives and basil into a fine paste, then grill into small patties. Cook until golden brown, then serve with fresh vegetables at room temperature.

6

Red cabbage salad

There are few things which are healthier than a red cabbage salad, but we’re keeping things tasty here! For a light, tangy flavour, squeeze the juice of half a lemon over the top and add some of your favourite summer fruits into the recipe. We recommend sliced strawberries or red apples.

7

Cucumber and avocado rolls

To really impress your guests, create this easy cucumber roll recipe featuring delicious avocado. Simply slice the cucumber, then add one tablespoon of mashed avocado into the centre.

8

Prosciutto wrapped asparagus

For a quick appetiser to enjoy on-the-go, nothing beats this amazing prosciutto wrapped asparagus. Grill for just a few minutes, then drizzle some olive oil and lemon over the top.

9

Fig and cheese flatbread

Finally, we’re finishing up with this delicious flatbread. Buy it made, warm it over a hot pan, and add some sliced gorgonzola cheese, fig and drizzled honey over the top.

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April 29, 2015

Guilt-Free Turmeric And Carrot Cake Recipe

Everyone loves a guilt-free treat, but what about guilt-free treat that’s packed with health benefits? Chef Cynthia Louise’s nutritional spin on carrot cake incorporates turmeric – an anti-inflammatory spice full of antioxidants – plus chia seeds and psyllium husk to deliver exactly what nature requires from you in a cake.

RELATED: Low-Calorie Brownie Recipe

Serves 8

Ingredients

Base

3 large carrots, unpeeled and grated

2 cups shredded coconut

1 tsp ground cinnamon powder

1 tbsp freshly grated ginger

2 cups soaked almonds (soaked overnight in 2 cups of water, then rinsed well and drained)

10 dried dates

1/2 cup currants

2 tbsp psyllium husk

2 tbsp chia seeds

1/4 cup maple syrup

30 g turmeric, freshly grated

Pinch of salt

Icing

1 1/2 cups soaked cashews (soaked overnight in 3 cups of water, then rinsed well and drained)

Juice of one lemon

Juice of one lime

1/3 cup maple syrup

1/4 cup water

Method

  1. Combine all the ingredients for the base in a food processor and process until well combined.
  2. Transfer to a round springform cake tin, pressing down to get an even layer.
  3. Set aside in the fridge while you make the icing.
  4. To make the icing combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until creamy and smooth.
  5. Once creamy and smooth, pour onto the cake and set.
April 26, 2015

Overnight Coconut Muesli Recipe

Indulge in a deliciously healthy breakfast of bircher muesli, which is perfect for a busy working morning. Simply prepare overnight, store in the fridge (or for at least two hours if you can’t wait that long) and enjoy for breakfast with fresh fruit, chia seeds and a cup of coffee.

RELATED: Plum and Yoghurt Muesli Pots

Ingredients

2 cups rolled oats

2 cups coconut water

1/2 cup flaked almonds

1 tbsp Greek yoghurt

Method

  1. Combine the oats, coconut water, chia seeds, flaked almonds and shredded coconut. Stir, then place in the fridge overnight to set.
  2. Scoop the mixture out of the large bowl, then serve with Greek yoghurt or additional milk to make it creamy.
  3. Top with walnuts, fresh fruit, mint, seeds and honey.

Images via Simple Provisions

April 22, 2015

Low-Fat English Breakfast Recipe

Who can resist a delicious English breakfast, especially when the weather takes a turn for the worst and a filling meal is on the cards? Create this delicious low-fat take on the traditional English breakfast, without compromising on taste, flavour, and that delicious bacon!

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Serves 2

Ingredients

2 portobello mushrooms

6 cherry tomatoes

4 eggs

6 rashers bacon (with fat cut off)

2 slices of wholemeal bread

White wine vinegar

Salt and pepper

Olive oil

Instructions

  1. Cut and clean the mushrooms, then lay them flat on a lined tray. Drizzle with herbs, olive oil, salt and pepper.
  2. Lay the cherry tomatoes next to the mushrooms, then finally the bacon. Brush with a little olive oil and cook for 5 minutes or until crispy. You might want to cook the bread in the grill since it gives it an extra crunch.
  3. Poach the eggs by cracking each into a cup, then dropping them into a boiling pot of water. Cook for 5 minutes with the lid on, then remove and set aside.
  4. To serve, season the eggs with some chilli flakes and cracked black pepper.

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April 20, 2015

Healthy Breakfast Recipes: Plum and Yoghurt Muesli Pots

We know you don’t have a lot of time in the morning for a healthy and delicious breakfast, but these plum and yoghurt muesli pots are quick to make and taste like a decadent cafe treat. Really pressed for time? Roast the plums the night before, and all you have to do is assemble them in the morning. Don’t have plums on hand? Just roast apricots, nectarines or peaches. Yum!

Serves 4

Ingredients

8 blood plums, halved with stones removed

1/2 cup brown sugar

400g thick Greek yoghurt

1 1/2 cups toasted muesli

Method

  1. Place the plums onto a baking dish lined with baking paper, sprinkle with brown sugar and 1/2 cup water, cook under a preheated grill until the plums are soft.
  2. Divide half the plums between four serving glasses, top with yoghurt, muesli and finish with remaining plums and syrup.

What’s your favourite healthy breakfast?

April 8, 2015

How To Bake Your Own Wholemeal Bread

Why not take advantage of the Easter long-weekend and bake your family and friends some delicious homemade bread? The steps are actually a lot easier than they seem, and you can customise your own recipe depending on your health and dietary requirements.

RELATED: Why Lower-Carb Bread Is A Dieter’s Best Friend

Ingredients

4 cups whole wheat flour

1 sachet yeast

1/3 wheat gluten

2.5 cups warm water

1 tbsp salt

1/3 cup olive oil

1/3 cup natural honey

1 tbsp lemon juice

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC and grease a non-stick pan with baking paper.
  2. Combine the whole wheat flour, wheat gluten, and yeast into a large bowl. Mix with a wooden spoon or your hands, then cover with cling wrap for 10 minutes.
  3. In another small bowl, combine the salt, olive oil, honey and lemon juice before beating for 1-2 minutes. Then stir in the 2.5 cups of flour, and use an electric mixer to properly combine all of the ingredients.
  4. Bake between 20-40 minutes or until the bread is brown and fluffy. Remove and store in the pantry or fridge to ensure its longevity.

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April 4, 2015

Why You SHOULD Make Friends With Whole Grains

In recent years whole grain foods have been given a bad rep due to their high carbohydrate content. Low-carb eating plans such as the Atkins and Paleo programs – which minimise or completely eliminate grains from our diets – are increasingly becoming the go-to for weight-loss, but there is a great debate among dietitians and nutritionists as to whether this is safe or effective.

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With several health benefits to be gained from consuming whole grain foods, should we be ditching fads and opting for balance instead?

“There is a growing trend towards diets that eliminate sources of carbohydrate to aid weight loss. However, the science shows that these diets are no more effective than calorie-controlled diets that include grain foods,” says dietitian and GLNC Nutrition Program Manager, Michelle Broom.

“In fact, people who eat 3-5 serves of mainly whole grain foods each day are more likely to have smaller waists than people who eat less grain foods.”

According to a study by the University of Sydney, a high protein diet that restricts carbohydrates puts a person at a higher risk of diabetes and can reduce their life span. “Eliminating grain foods puts you at risk of missing out on a unique set of essential nutrients and phytonutrients important for good health,” Michelle explains.

“For example, grain foods are the leading source of fibre in the Australian diet, and many people don’t realise that people who eat diets rich in fibre from grain foods are more likely to be a healthy weight.”

Research shows that grains are the leading contributors of seven key nutrients, including zinc for healthy hair and nails, Vitamins B2 and B3 for soft, smooth skin and magnesium for brain function and muscle fuel. “On a daily basis, these vitamins and minerals in grain foods support your metabolism which helps you to feel less fatigued…” Says Broom.

”In the longer term, whole grain and high fibre grain foods promote health and protect against putting on extra kilos and developing chronic diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease.”

The recommended amount of whole grains is three to four servings a day, so what grains should you be eating and how can you incorporate them into your diet without going overboard? Michelle suggests “starting the day with oats or a high-fibre cereal, choosing a whole grain sandwich or sushi for lunch, and enjoying a stir-fry with rice for dinner.” Different grains like “black rice, barley, freekeh, quinoa or kamut” also make for great substitutes to mix up your week night recipes.

Before you start to panic and reject the concept of eating more carbs, Michelle insists that it will NOT lead to weigh gain. Of course, individual dietary and nutrition requirements need to be considered, as no one body is the same, but “research shows that people who eat higher intakes of whole grains and high fibre grain foods have a lower risk of weight gain and obesity in the long term.”

Now, before you go tucking into a large big mac or something of the unhealthy sort, there are particular whole grains that should be restricted or avoided altogether. Things like muffins, cakes and pizza are an obvious no-no, but Michelle says that it is okay to indulge in your favourite dish of white rice, pasta, low fibre cereal or white bread “once a day,” as long as you’re “careful to limit foods that are high in calories and low in nutrients.”

Essentially, the key here is balance and moderation. The Grains & Legumes Nutrition Council says the healthiest way to boost the whole grains in your day and take the guess work out is to look for foods labelled ‘high in whole grain’ or ‘very high in whole grain.’ They also recommend checking nutritional standards.

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March 27, 2015

How To Poach The Perfect Egg

Who can resist a perfectly poached egg, especially when it’s served with smashed avocado, hollandaise sauce and a side of freshly squeezed orange juice?

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Make your own at home (and they’ll probably taste better than at a café), with a few secret techniques which will always look amazing.

Technique 1: Water

  1. Bring your water to a gentle simmer (no bubbles), then crack your egg into a small cup or mug and drop it into the pan.
  2. Simmer with the lid on for 3 minutes and on a low heat. Then just remove and serve!

How To Poach Eggs Perfectly

Technique 2: Vinegar

  1. Heat one skillet with water, and bring it to a slow boil.
  2. Add some distilled white vinegar into the boiling water. Turn the water slowly with the help of a wooden spoon.
  3. Crack your egg again into a small bowl, then transfer it directly into the skillet. Cook for 3 minutes before serving.

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Technique 3: Microwave

  1. Empty 1/2 cup of cold water into a small bowl, then crack the egg.
  2. Cook in the microwave for 50 seconds, then drain the water and serve.

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Technique 4: Cling Wrap

  1. Cut small pieces of cling wrap and line the base of a small bowl. Drop one teaspoon of oil and a pinch of salt into the base as well.
  2. Crack the egg into the base, then wrap the egg by twisting the cling wrap ensuring that no air is inside.
  3. Drop the egg into a pot of boiling water and cook for exactly 4 minutes.

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March 27, 2015
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