Tag Archives: Breakfast

How to start the day right


Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day, especially when I have my homemade Banana Granola on hand. It is gluten and dairy free deliciousness without the added sugar, preservatives, salt etc that you find in shop bought cereals. I like to have mine with almond milk or cashew nut yogurt.

This granola will keep for one week if kept in an airtight jar.  If you live in a warm climate, I would recommend keeping it in the fridge.

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Budget Pleaser: Smoky Baked Beans

smoky baked beans

As the season is changing, I am starting to seek out warming, healthy meals. So, this week I am making a budget pleaser meal: smoky baked beans.

Now not all baked beans are the same. I was shocked to discover that my one of my university days staple meals, shop bought baked beans, is full or sugar, preservatives and salt. So much for thinking I was making a health choice.

I have instead made a batch of smoky baked beans from scratch with a no mess, no fuss recipe from the book The Art of Eating Well by the clever Hemsley and Hemsley sisters.

This recipe is super easy to cook, budget friendly and free-from refined sugar, gluten and dairy.

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Happy New Year Pancakes

Happy New Year

Happy new year!

There is something exciting about the start of a new year. A fresh calendar just waiting to be filled with fabulous events and time with friends and family – creating memories of a great 2016.

And what better way to start the new year than with some healthy-fied pancakes. This pancake recipe is gluten-free and dairy-free, with added goodness from the blueberries and ground almonds.

These yummy pancakes might a nice treat for breakfast or brunch. Serve with mango cashew yogurt or other yogurt of your choice.

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Green Detox Bowl

Detox greens

Green veggies are chock-a-block full of nutrients, are alkalising and help detox the liver. All particularly useful when you live a busy life.

This dish is a great way to use up any left over veggies hiding in the back your fridge – the more green veggies the better. Add any other veggies you like kale, coriander stems or even fennel into this detox bowl for the perfect breakfast or lunch.

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Oven baked tomato, asparagus, crispy kale and eggs

Baked eggs asparagus tomato mushroom

There is nothing quite like eggs for breakfast, especially on the weekend when you have time to linger and read the paper with a good cup of coffee or tea.

This baked eggs recipe is quick and easy to make, the equivalent of a one-pot wonder. It is easy to make if you have friends coming over the brunch, giving you more time to relax and chat.

Eggs are a great source of protein and with the addition of asparagus, tomato, mushroom and kale you are also getting a great start on your five-a-day of fruit and veggies.

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Recipe: Fig and hazelnut smoothie

Fig and hazelnut smoothie

This fig and hazelnut smoothie tastes amazing and will convert even the most sceptical of your friends and family to the benefits of a smoothie.

The figs provide you with a good source of fibre and are rich in minerals including potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron and copper and are a good source of vitamin A, E and K – antioxidants that contribute to good health and wellness.

While the hazelnuts are high in energy, rich in mono-unsaturated fatty acids (good cholesterol), that help to prevent coronary artery disease. They also give this smoothie a sweet, nutty taste and a creamy texture.

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Coconut and Ginger Snaps

coconut and ginger snaps

What I like about this recipe is that you can modify it to use up what ever nuts and seeds you have in your pantry cupboard. They are also really nice with the addition of ground ginger for some extra kick. They are quick to make and go perfectly with a cup of herbal tea.

Buckwheat groat are a type of gluten-free fruit seed with a nutty taste. They are a good source of fibre, B-group vitamins, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, zinc, copper, potassium and selenium. The addition of cinnamon adds some sweetness without adding sugar, and also assist with maintain blood sugar levels.

They are great on their own or with some yogurt as a crunchy breakfast ‘cereal’.

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Quinoa, Pomegranate and Carrot Super Salad

Quinoa Pomegranate Carrot

This salad can be eaten warm or cold, so it works for an Aussie winter or for a UK summer. It is easy to prepare, keeps well and can be made ahead to take to work or a picnic. The ingredients used will boost your health and satisfy your taste buds.

Quinoa is a complete food, containing all essential amino acids. It is high in protein, iron, potassium and it is easy to digest. It is a gluten-free grain that makes a nice alternative to rice or cous cous.

Pomegranate provides you with vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, iron and a good dose of antioxidants.

While the carrots contain fiber, vitamin K, potassium, folate, manganese, phosphorous, magnesium, vitamin E and zinc. Read More →

Smoothie: Kiwi fruit and banana

Kiwi Fruit

Ready for a new taste sensation in your smoothie?

This smoothie gives you with a protein hit from cashew nuts and two serves of fruit. Not a bad way to start your day.

Kiwi fruits are high in nutrients and low in calories. Kiwi fruit has been shown to assist with maintaining healthy skin tone and texture, reducing blood pressure and supporting heart health.

While the addition of banana is great for reducing swelling, protecting against type II diabetes, aiding weight loss, strengthening the nervous system and helping with the production of white blood cells due to it high levels of vitamin B-6.


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Sinus Fighting Strawberry and Cucumber Smoothie

Sinus fighting

Do you suffer from sinus related allergies, such as hay fever?

Is so, then you know the symptoms all to well – runny eyes, sneezing, itchy nose and eye, sore throat, etc.

Rather than taking tablets that make me feel drowsy, I turn to this sinus fight smoothie with a blend of natural ingredients:

  • strawberries for vitamin C, a natural antihistamine
  • chia seeds to help clear mucus
  • cucumber for its soothing, anti-inflamatory properties, and
  • coconut water for hydration.

This smoothie is a natural antihistamine without the side effects that can be experience when taking tablets, and it tastes great!

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