Do you wish you had more time to prepare healthy meals?
If one of your New Years' resolutions was something along the lines of eat better/lose weight/get healthy then the best place to make realistic, easy, lasting changes is in the kitchen.
The first reason people list as their biggest roadblock to better health is almost always "not enough time" - well friends, I hear you. So I've asked the lovely Lorna from Eat Myyy Thoughts to put together the answer to your problem and my-oh-my has she delivered. The creator of other amaaaazing recipes like Loaded Mexican-Style Sweet Potato Skins (seriously droolworthy..) and Heirloom Tomato Tart With Buckwheat Crust (almost too pretty to eat...almost) has given us Five Make-Ahead Smoothie Mixes For Busy People. Perfect no-fuss recipes for busy summer mornings!
Coconut water; my new all-round cooking companion.
A little while ago I was asked to develop some recipes for the wonderful people at Natural Raw C coconut water. OK, a long while ago. I’ve been meaning to do a recipe round up for about 12 months but things have been crazy in the Fit Kitchen lately (more details coming soon) and I just never got around to it. Better late than never! This is not a paid post, Natural Raw C have just been really supportive of this blog since I started and I love working with them. I know a lot of people are divided on coconut water, and while I don’t see it as the be all and end all miracle drink that some do, I am a genuine fan. I don’t drink soft drinks or cordial, or really anything other than water and tea usually, so coconut water is a nice alternative for me. And while it may not be a miracle elixir it does have nutritional value, so that’s a thumbs up from me. Plus I just freaking love coconut!
I hated porridge as a kid.
The texture was wrong and those single-serve packets always left me hungry an hour later. Despite it being the breakfast of choice in beloved childhood fairy tales I just couldn’t get behind it and so porridge was abandoned as a breakfast option. When I started becoming more interested in nutrition and fitness it seemed that oats for breakfast was a standard choice for those wanting the body of bikini model, so I jumped back on board the porridge train and set my sights on bikini body perfection…but every recipe I read cooked the oats in water and used almost no form of sweetener, creating what I can only describe as flavourless grey mush. I tried to force it down a few times but not even the lure of super ripped abs was enough to make that mess palatable.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the mums out there!
Tomorrow (at least in Australia) is a chance for us to celebrate and thank all the mothers and maternal figures that have helped shape us. I owe so much to my mum for her constant support, care, love, time and patience, and for instilling in me a love of food and cooking. Now that I am raising a smaller version of myself I have a much greater insight into what it actually takes to raise a strong, intelligent, confident daughter without smothering her in her sleep, and all I can say is this: WOW. Thanks for not killing me and making it look like an accident, Mum. I’m sure there were more than a handful of times you would have been justified in doing so and I’m hope you’re at least getting a kick out of now watching me trying to raise a girl of my own. Well played, universe.
Healthy cake that's ready in 2 minutes. Where do I sign up?
If you’ve followed me on Instagram for a while, you’d know that I am a big breakfast lover. It’s no coincidence that the first ebook I created was dedicated to breakfast foods (if you’d like to take a look you can purchase it here. Shameless self-promotion win!), it’s more that breakfast is my favourite meal of the day. Probably because the time between dinner and breakfast is the longest time I go without food, and so the meal is extra satisfying. Plus they’re so versatile – most breakfast foods are perfectly acceptable snacks or even dinners. Brinners, for all my fellow Scrubs fans, amiright? And what’s better than a breakfast that tastes good, is quick and easy to make, and is actually good for you? A breakfast that is all of these things and is also cake. I present the Carrot, Banana and Pecan Mug Cake.
That's a big call, I know.
But they're waffles. And they're HEALTHY. And they taste great. So great that the bunch of 8 year olds I fed them to didn't realise they were healthy and wolfed them down like there's no tomorrow. Another win for sneaky parenting!
I'm late for everything.
I mean even stuff that I'm really excited about going to I'm late for, and even though most of the time it's my husband's fault there are probably times that I could really stand to be a little more organised. Particularly in the mornings. PARTICULARLY on weekday mornings. Even though I mentally plan what I'm going to eat the next day the actual timely execution of a healthy breakfast is something that sometimes (ok, regularly...) makes me late. NOT ANYMORE.
I love my husband. I love him the most when he goes out.
I kid, I kid. But I do enjoy the opportunity to do some recipe development sans witnesses (just in case...), especially when I pretty much making things up as I go along. Still very much on my quinoa bender I put some time into coming up with a few new, interesting recipes that showcase quinoa in a way that hasn't been done to death. The result was this delicious, flavoursome carrot, quinoa and herb loaf.
With Easter nearly upon us I was asked by the lovely people a t Natural Raw C coconut water to develop an Easter-themed recipe for their subscribers. I was going to head down the very pedestrian route of re-working hot cross buns, and spent my time mulling over the essential parts of a hot cross snack when it came to me: The world has plenty of hot cross bun recipes, what the world needs is hot cross pancakes.
I’m a girl of simple tastes.
(There’s a joke about my husband in there somewhere, I’m sure of it..)
I like my yolks runny, my pancakes fluffy and my cheese within arm’s reach at all times. I’m also partial to sweet flavours early in the day – and any breakfast cereal that doubles as snack material is a winner in my book. Enter granola.
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