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Happy St Patty’s day!

19 Mar

Try this green drink for St Patty’s! Much healthier, and won’t leave you with a hangover 😉

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Vegan rice paper rolls

4 Mar

I had a craving for something healthy and light for dinner tonight. On my way to the market I passed by a Vietnamese restaurant, and immediately thought of making these rice paper rolls. Most people will know that traditionally rice paper rolls are filled with prawns or pork. Lettuce, red pepper, carrot & mint :) All I did was omitted the meat. This recipe is extremely easy. All I used was 1. rice paper sheets (available at any Asian grocer) 2. Cos lettuce 3. red peppers 4. carrots 5. mint. Place the rice paper sheet in warm water for 30 seconds, move to a plate, then start stacking your ingredients on the bottom part of your sheet (much like how you assemble a burrito)  and Voila! It really is that simple! It is a great dinner idea because it is so easy, and nutritious. Mess around with the ingredients too, make it your own. As for a dipping sauce, because most Asian sauces are laden with refined sugar I decided to make my own. I just mixed Tamari soy sauce (wheat free), a little bit of honey and rice wine vinegar. You can find plenty of great healthy sauce recipes on the web as well 🙂 Happy eating!

Love,

C-

* Please excuse the poor quality of my pics, the lighting in my apartment is completely ghetto.

Perfect way to start the day

3 Feb

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Ch-ch-changes

17 Jan

Sorry for the lack of updates, it has been an interesting last few weeks. I’m officially moving from my home in Melbourne to Sydney. I literally don’t know a soul there, but am so excited to start this adventure. I’ve already found a few health food stores and cafes, and can’t wait to get engaged with the holistic health community up there. I will keep posting weekly updates (hopefully) about life in Sydney and also I hope to start writing more about natural health as I start to learn more and more. Let me know if any of you are either from Sydney or know anyone living there- would love to meet you. Hope everyone is still enjoying their new year!

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Take care,

C-

What is the Paleo Diet?

6 Dec

Image via Primal Palat

 

I love this short summary about the Paleo diet. It is a great snapshot of what the diet (I hate this word, considering the Paleo way of life isn’t really a diet) is about, and also provides straightforward and simple advice on what foods you can enjoy or what foods you should avoid to gain better health. This picture is perfect to print out and stick on your fridge 🙂

Take care,

C-

The joys of eating: caveman style

16 Nov

For those of you who don’t know much about the Paleo diet, here’s a great website to find out more. It’s actually less of a diet, and more of a lifestyle. It’s a great way to eat in order to feel better, and even lose some weight. Last week I made (attempted to make lol) Asian chicken lettuce wraps. I marinated organic chicken thighs in tamari (wheat free soy sauce) and then baked them in the oven. While the chicken was cooking, I stir-fryed bean shoots, water chestnuts, baby corn (not technically Paleo–you can omit these) and bamboo shoots. Once I combined the oven baked chicken with the other ingredients I added a little bit of honey, in order to get that famous Asian sweet-sour combination. Once I incorporated the honey, I then took a spoonful of my ingredients and added it to my lettuce leaves…all in all it was pretty easy 🙂

My attempt at Asian lettuce wraps

Apple crisp with coconut ice-cream 🙂

I finished my meal off with a Paleo friendly dessert. I promise this tastes ALOT nicer than it looks 🙂 It is so easy to make aswell. I got the apple crisp recipe from here. Instead of using xylitol, I used coconut sugar– it’s easier for me to digest, and also has a low GI (Glycemic index.) I also made my own almond flour, by buying blanched almonds and grinding them in my vita-mix (blender.) The ice-cream was amazingly easy– I just took a can of coconut milk, added about 3 heaping tbls of coconut sugar (you can add more, or less according to your taste) and then finished with 1 tsp of vanilla extract. I combined these ingredients in my blender and then added everything into my ice-cream maker. Easy!

As with all cooking, it’s supposed to be FUN! So feel free to play around with ingredients, and add or omit things that you don’t like. The Paleo way of eating is surprisingly easing to adhere to, and there are tons of recipes online for you to try. Let me know if you have any recipes for me to try…I would love to hear 🙂

Live well,

C-

Paleo Dinner (Japanese style)

7 Nov

This was so unbelievably easy to make! Here in Melbourne, there is a great little Japanese grocery store that sells sushi grade tuna– I just cut the fish into sashimi, and added a mixed cabbage salad (with Ponzu dressing) Sooo good 🙂

This picture shows only about 1/3 of the fish I had, the whole meal cost about 1/2 of what you would pay at a restaurant. Check out your local Japanese markets– you’ll find so much cool stuff! Be careful though, I found that a lot of the  imported Japanese foods contain high fructose corn syrup as a sweetner (not good!)– so make sure to read the labels.

Even better then purchasing dressings is to make you own. This recipe is great, and really simple (for those of you without a lot of time) 🙂

Live well,

C-