Healthy Food Options

INFLAMMATION STARTS IN THE GUT - ADDRESS YOUR DIET

This article shares some great points regarding foods that are pro-inflammatory and some alternative substitutes.  

I would highly recommend looking at your diet if you suffer from inflammatory conditions such as arthritis; any allergies; crohn's disease; eczema; fibromyalgia; psoriasis...and the list goes on.  
The vast majority of inflammatory conditions begin in the gut.  

Of course, it doesn't stop with just working on diet. You have to also take into account stress levels; movement levels; emotional state & hydration as some additional factors to assess and address. The body is a system, you can't treat the symptom without treating the cause and your body won't heal unless given the right environment to do so.

Shame On You Michelle Bridges!

Link to the APPALING advert for Woolworths featuring Michelle Bridges.

Wow! I try to never say nasty things or promote negative behaviour but WOW! Michelle Bridges, you need to crawl into the hole that "top soil" came out of and never return!

I have never liked Michelle Bridges, The Biggest Loser or any person or property promoting healthy living who sells their souls to the media and marketing. These people need to be called out. There is a large number of "health advocates" out there who have a mass following, not because they are knowledgeable and great at what they do, but because they have a great marketing team & look the part. That is it! These people should not be held in high regard.

Saying it's ok to choose a microwaved meal with minimal, if any, nutrition over a home-grown, nutritious-filled meal clearly means someone waved a LOT of dollar signs in front of your face. Not to mention that these "healthy meals" are packaged in wasteful plastic.

If we don't keep growing our own food and teaching our kids the importance of growing our own food then we are heading towards an even SICKER population!  In order for our food to have ANY nutritional value, it needs to be grown in healthy, LIVING soil, something that is somewhat lacking in current times due to commercial farming methods.

Now, more than ever, we need to bring awareness to preserving what gives us life - we keep taking, taking, taking from Mother Earth and not often enough GIVING BACK!  We SHOULD be growing fruit & vegetables, we SHOULD be minimising our waste, we SHOULD be avoiding processed foods!

Shame on you Michelle Bridges!

 

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make your chocolate dark

Did you know dark chocolate can actually be healthy?

Here are some of the benefits: - keeps your heart healthy - improves cognitive function (brain health) - helps control insulin levels due to low glycemic index of dark chocolate - full of antioxidants to fight free radicals in the body - high in the minerals pottasium; copper; magnesium; iron

It is recommended to have 20g per day (roughly 2 blocks) for health benefits.

Make sure your dark chocolate is a minimum of 70% cocao solids (this ensures lower sugar content) & preferably organic. Pictured is one of my favourite brands, Vivani, another one is Green & Blacks. Both are organic and have ethical sourcing standards.

Why Vivani?

  • all ingredients are organically grown and certified.
  • cocoa varieties and other ingredients are of top quality and are used in an optimum ratio of mixture.
  • they deliberately exclude lecithin.
  • they do not use genetically engineered ingredients.
  • they have an amazing dark chocolate range such as dark chocolate 71%, 75%, 85%, 92%; dark chocolate chilli; fine dark orange amongst others!

Next time you reach for the milk chocolate, why not try dark ;-)

 

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how to make bircher muesli

So simple, yet so tasty!

Serving size: 1 (adjust accordingly)

bircher muesli recipe healthy breakfast
  • pour 1/2 - 1/3c of raw organic oats into a tupperware

  • pour apple juice (or any apple and other fruit combo, my fav is apple & ginger or apple & guava) over, just enough to nearly cover the oats

  • add any extras you desire such as a handful of goji berries; cinnamon; chia seeds (my chosen picks)

  • gently mix with a fork to make sure the juice has mixed with the dry ingredients, cover & soak for at least one hour in the fridge or if making in the morning just put it in the fridge at work when you arrive.

  • in a seperate container add 1/2c of organic yoghurt, this is to mix in with your oats once you are about to eat it.

  • feel free to add nuts/berries or any other fruit to it just before eating...ENJOY! :-)

 

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tend to skip breakfast in the morning?

Find it hard thinking up what to have? Here are a few brekkie ideas to fuel you for the day! Don't starve your brain in the morning, rather fuel it! Once again, here is how to make bircher muesli.

 

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what's in your lunchbox?

Struggling to make time for food prep to get you through a busy day's work? Often find yourself grabbing something less than nutritious from the corner shop or food van?

Well here are some easy suggestions that will take you no longer than 10-15mins total prep time for a days worth of grazing.

Try and ensure your mid-morning snacks are high in protein as this ensures increased satiety so you won't be reaching for the biscuit jar & increased alertness to avoid dozing off in those 10am meetings! Don't forget to keep well hydrated either so you don't get brain fuzz!

If you have never heard of or are unsure how to make bircher muesli then click here for our 30 second recipe of this delight!

 

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whole food meal ideas

Ever feel lost as to how to create a balanced, tasty meal? Do you lack saturated fats in your diet and not sure how to include them or what they are?

Well here is a little inspiration simply to help you with matching food groups in order to create a balanced meal.

These are ideal for lunch or dinner. I have not specified any portion sizes as there is no one size fits all! Some need more protein to carb ratio; others need more carb to protein ratio and the same goes for the fats.

This is just something to help you get inspired, it's not a prescription. A little tip to help you get your fats into your diet is to always try cook with coconut oil. Also take into account if a piece of meat is fatty then don't worry about adding additional fats to that meal.

 

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gluten free green tea biscuits

 These are super awesome for impressing guests! I re-used the tags from the teabags I had ground.

These are super awesome for impressing guests! I re-used the tags from the teabags I had ground.

Yummy, healthy & gluten free!

Of course fussing over shaping is optional!
I tweaked a couple things: omitted oat flour; xantham gum & matcha powder and used organic wholemeal stoneground flour & just ground up green tea leaves in a pestle and mortar instead. Of course that renders them no longer gluten free (due to flour) but that is up to you...used all organic ingredients and found I only needed 100g of dark choc not 250g ;-).
Try 'em...won't disappoint!

Ingredients:

– 380g gluten-free oat flour (I used organic wholemeal stoneground flour)
– 70g almond meal
– 0.5 tsp salt
– 2.25 tsp xanthan gum (I did not use)
– 15g matcha green-tea powder (I used ground green tea leaves)
– 150g olive oil
– 150g honey
– 1 tsp vanilla extract
– 2 egg yolks
– 250g dark chocolate 70%+, vegan (I used 100g and found it was enough)

Directions:
1. in a large bowl, combine the oat flour, almond meal, salt, xanthan gum & matcha powder. Use a wire whisk to distribute the ingredients together evenly & set aside.
2. in a separate bowl, combine the oil, honey, vanilla & egg yolks. Whisk until it’s combined.
3. add the wet ingredients to the dry & fold together. Refrigerate the dough for an hour.
4. line a work surface with baking parchment & roll the dough out to 1/4inch thick. Cut into squares (or the shapes of tea bags if you’re feeling creative, don’t forget the hole at the top if you do though). Due to a lack of gluten, the dough is a little more delicate than your traditional shortbread dough. I found pushing a spatula underneath the cookie to lift & transfer it to the baking sheet worked best. Alternatively, the shaped can be cut directly on the parchment & then the surrounding dough can be removed. Once baked they are no longer delicate.
5. preheat the oven to 150°C & bake for 25-30 minutes or until starting to turn a little golden. Remove from the oven & after five minutes, transfer to a wire rack to cool.
6. Whilst cooling, melt the chocolate in a heat proof bowl either in a double-boiler or the microwave. Once the cookies are cool & the chocolate is melted, dip half way into chocolate, lightly shake off the excess & then transfer to a parchment sheet to allow the chocolate to harden.

Thanks to @whateversleft for the inspiration and recipe!

 

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