Wellbeing

Health and fitness tips to make the most of your sober month!

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10 Tips for Eating Out

By Peter Rule on

It can sometimes be a bit “too hard basket” to eat out when you’re on a “diet” or a specific health/food plan that limits what you can eat/drink, not to mention socially isolating; But it need not be like this.

Firstly you need to remember that if you are on a “diet” or a specific plan, whether you’ve done it yourself or a healthcare practitioner has advised you of it, the intention for it was clearly to maximise optimal health, so it was a choice and when you make a choice you can’t say that you are missing out, because you’re not. All this means is that you’ll need to think outside the box a little from what you would normally opt for.

Here are some tips to help you:

1) Read the menu thoroughly & ASK questions

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Cacao Coconut Rough Balls

By Karen McLean on

It’s SNACK TIME!!! These cacao coconut rough balls are the easiest snacks to make and are perfect for chocoholics, like me!!! Throw it all into a blender and roll them up into bite-size energy balls. It’sas simple as that!! There is much hype about cacao and I am absolutely crazy for it!!

Cacao is theraw unprocessed for of cocoa and is considered a “super-food”. The benefits of cacao are phenomenal: rich in antioxidants, contains essential vitamins and minerals, promotes healthy skin, mood enhancing… intense chocolate flavour!! I’m addicted to this stuff!! I love the combination of chocolate and coconut and these balls are packed full of goodies, which will keep you energised throughout the day! Even possibly bouncing up and down the...

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5 Ingredient Chocolate Cake

By Bianca Slade on

At Wholefood Simply, my passion is to recreate traditional treats and sweets to suit my whole food ways. I keep my ingredients and methods simple without compromising on taste. Try my easy 5-ingredient chocolate cake.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup full fat coconut milk
  • 400 grams dark chocolate, roughly broken into pieces
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 cups almond meal

Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 150C or 300F
  2. Grease and line a round 18cm cake tin.
  3. Fill a kettle with water and boil
  4. Place the coconut milk, chocolate and honey into a medium sized saucepan over low heat. Stir continuously until chocolate has melted and the mixture is well combined. (Keep the heat low as you do not want to burn the chocolate.)
  5. Once melted and well combined, remove from...
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Simple Chia Pudding

By Karen McLean on

Chia puddings are a bowl packed full of Omega 3 fatty acids! I love the soothing gel-like texture of this pudding – it’s just so simple to make and so easy to eat! What I love about chia puddings is the many different ways it can be served! Layered with fresh fruit, granola, nuts, superseeds, berry compotes, fruit smoothies. The combinations are endless! This is also perfect served on its own for the little ones as it is very easy to swallow and is only slightly sweetened. This is a truly nutritious breakfast, which will give you a radiant glowing skin!

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 cup milk of choice (soy, almond, coconut milk etc)
  • 1 tsp sweetener of choice (raw agave syrup, maple syrup, honey)
  • tsp vanilla bean paste

Method

  1. Combine...
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Antioxidant Smoothie

By The Fit Foodie on

Aside from this being insanely pretty, strawberries and acai make for a refreshing and detoxifying smoothie. Full of antioxidants to clear your skin, this one is a great way to start your day if you’re feeling a bit run-down.

Serves 1

Ingredients

  • 2 cups unsweetened coconut water
  • 1 cup plain greek yoghurt
  • 1 tbsp acai powder
  • 6 strawberries

To garnish (optional)

  • Unsweetened coconut flakes
  • Dried lavender
  • Goji berries
  • Red fruit tea mix


Method:

  1. Add ingredients to a blender and process until smooth.
  2. Serve between two chilled glasses and garnish as desired.


Tip: For an extra boost, add 1 scoop of vanilla protein to make this a great post-workout snack.


Recipe courtesy of The Fit Foodie

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Super Green Smoothie

By Karen McLean on

I give 110% into everything I do, whether it’s work, cooking, health, fitness, friends and family. I love to make the most of each and every day because we only get one chance! In order to give my best, I have to keep myself energized and ready for what lies in my day ahead. A typical morning for me includes going for a run around Burj Khalifa (tallest building in the WORLD!!) and then drinking a super green smoothie before going to work. I love going for a run in the mornings as it gives me that much needed extra energy boost for the day!

I always look forward to drinking my super green smoothie as it keeps me happy, both on the inside and out! Even the thought of green smoothies, makes me feel good. Start off with one handful of...

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Chicken Curry

By NHS Choices on

Preparation: 15 minutes.

Cooking: 45 minutes.

Ingredients:

  • Olive oil or vegetable oil (1 tbsp)
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • Tomato purée (1 tbsp)
  • 1 medium chilli, chopped
  • Chilli, coriander, cumin and turmeric powder ( tsp of each)
  • Chicken breast, chopped (250g/9oz)
  • Natural yoghurt (1 tbsp)
  • Black pepper to taste
  • Basmati rice (130g/4oz)
  • Cauliflower (160g/5oz)
  • 1 cube of ginger (10mm/ inch), finely chopped
  • Fresh coriander (1 tbsp)

Instructions

  1. Heat the oil in a large, non-stick saucepan or frying pan, and fry the onions until soft. Add the garlic, tomato, tomato purée, chopped chilli and spices. Cook for a few minutes. Then add two tablespoons of water and allow to reduce.
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Superfood Caramels

By The Fit Foodie on

These tasty caramels come totally guilt-free. Tahini is simply ground sesame seeds – full of healthy fats and nutrients to nourish your body. Throw in some metabolism-boosting coconut oil, low GI Sweetner, high antioxidant cacao powder and an awesome superfood powder, and really this could be medicine. Right? Baobab powder has a delicious caramelised pear flavour. It’s high in fibre, vitamin C, potassium (great for workout recovery), and acts as a natural prebiotic. If you can’t lay your hands on any, there’s some handy substitutions available in the Tips section below.

SERVES: 6

INGREDIENTS:

For the caramel

  • 1 tablespoon tahini (heaped)
  • tablespoon melted coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon rice malt syrup
  • 1 tablespoon stevia (I use Natvia)
  • ...
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Apple & Walnut Quinoa Porridge

By The Fit Foodie on

Not sure what to do with that Quiona you picked up at the health-food store on a whim?

I certainly spent some time researching its uses! My most successful to date is this hot and tasty wheat-free breakfast that’s sure to keep you satisfied. Plus, quinoa is a rare source of ‘complete protein’ which means its great for your body and mind. Period.

Satisfying, hot and rich?! Who knew quinoa could sound so tempting!

SERVES: 2

INGREDIENTS:

  • cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 1 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • grated apple (with skin)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped walnuts
  • cup raisins
  • 2 teaspoons lime zest (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons of Natvia (stevia) or natural sweetener of choice


METHOD:

  1. Combine the...
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