Lemon Bliss Balls

food prep recipes Apr 24, 2020

Instead of snacks potentially taking away from you having a healthy body and a healthy mindset, let’s get prepared! When that 3pm sugar craving hits, it important to have something nourishing to go to that you will also enjoy. 

Makes approx 20 balls 

Ingredients

• 200g raw cashew nuts
• 6 dried figs, finely chopped
• zest of 2 lemon
• 6 tablespoons lemon juice
• 2 tablespoon honey
• 2 tablespoon coconut oil
• 2 cup desiccated coconut + extra to coat
• pinch of salt

Method

1. Combine all ingredients in a food
processor. Process until well combined
and sticky.
2. Use a Tbsp to scoop mixture and roll into balls, coat in desiccated coconut (use a small bowl for this)
3. Refrigerate or leave in the freezer in a airtight container 

Lemon and honey is known to help boost the immune system. This snack has immune-boosting properties such as vitamin C, potassium, and vitamin K. Both honey and coconut oil have antibacterial...

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Raw Vegan Snickers Slice

This actually taste like a snickers bar and hard to believe it is vegan and filled with nourishing ingredients. I have no met a person who doesn’t think it’s delicious. I find it a extremely satiating treat and fun to make on a free afternoon. #madewithlove

Let me know how yours turns out!

Ingredients

BASE
1/2 cup almonds
1/2 cup raw peanuts
1/2 cup cacao or cocoa powder
2 Tbsp coconut oil
10 dates

FILLING
1/2 cup peanut butter (Fix and Fogg is my favourite)
1/3 cup tahini
1/3 coconut oil, melted
1/3 cup maple syrup – can use sugar free if want to reduce sugar intake
1/2 tsp salt

CHOCOLATE TOPPING
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup maple syrup
handful of smashed peanuts to decorate

Directions

  1. Line slice tray with baking paper, make sure there is enough coming out of the edges
  2. Add all Base ingredients into a food processor or blender if you do not have one (just make sure you soak dates in boiling water before if using blender)
  3. Press ingredients into pan...
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3 Nourishing Breakfast Ideas

education Apr 09, 2020

1. A Smoothie

For those short on time this one’s for you! Try to make it a balanced meal by adding

1 x Serving of Protein
– 1 scoop protein powder
– Raw eggs if you are trying to add more calories into your diet

2 x Servings of Veg
– Handful of spinach
– Kale
– Zucchini
– Greens Powder
– Cucumber if your keeping it just green

1/2 – 1 x Serving of Fruit
– 1 Cup of Berries
– 1/2 Banana (frozen gives a creamy consistency)
–...

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Mount Maunganui Summit Walk

adventure Apr 07, 2020
 
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Queenstown Hill Walk

adventure Apr 06, 2020

The Queenstown Hill Track is a beginner – intermediate walk uphill, ending with breathtaking views of Lake Wakatipu, the Remarkables, and other mountains near by.

The reason I say beginner is because its doable in 1 – 1.5 hours return including spending a bit of time at the top taking photos of the stunning view. If you want to make it harder – you can run to the top.

The starting point for the Queenstown Hill Time Walk is located at a small car park off Belfast Terrace in Queenstown, not far from the city center.

The track itself is easy to find, reasonably paved the whole way and you get to walk through the most stunning forest, you feel like faeries could live there!

The Basket’s spiral of steel follows you
inward to reflect to draw inspiration from the mountains, lake and from those who are with you
outward to dream for the future.
Time flies, eternity awaits.

I love getting outdoors and getting my cardio in. 

I hope your enjoy this little day...

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Bob's Cove Summit Walk, Queenstown

adventure Apr 06, 2020

Bobs Cove must be one a favourite walk around Queenstown. The water is incredibly blue and you are rewarded for your efforts with the view at the top of the summit. All up it is about 30 mins up and a similar time back, there is about 5-10 min worth of incline heading towards the top but the hill climb is worth the breathtaking views at the summit.

Generally I have found it always very quiet! Would be a great spot for a little picnic or a place for some mindful time..

Find out more here 

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Fly & Adventure Around Milford Sound

adventure Apr 06, 2020

Milford Sound is a fiord in the southwest of New Zealand’s South Island. It’s known for towering Mitre Peak, plus rainforests and waterfalls like Stirling and Bowen falls, which plummet down its sheer sides. The fiord is home to fur seal colonies, penguins and dolphins and absolutely mesmerizing!

I highly recommend doing a scenic flight from Queenstown, if you are into trekking there are many adventures to choose from, or you can do a cruise once you are there to see our beautiful wildlife on the water. I went with https://www.milfordflights.co.nz/ and had a day I will never forget. The pilots were helpful, enthusiastic and extremely knowledgeable about the surroundings you fly over.

Milford Sounds is a bucket list destination! You will be in complete awe at how majestic yet powerful mother nature is and attain a real untouched experience of our beautiful homeland. I felt like I was in a dream and slept very well that night!

 

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Steamed Broccoli

food prep recipes Apr 06, 2020

Method 

  1. Cut broccoli into 2-inch florets.
  2. Place in a bamboo steamer, layer another on top and place over a pan of boiling water
  3. Cover steamers with the bamboo lid until the broccoli is crisp-tender, 4 to 5 minutes.

That’s it! I don’t like to overcook mine as I usually use it for food prep, I am going to be heating it up again in the microwave later. This just avoids it going mushy later.

To Taste

  • Season with salt and pepper
  • A squeeze of lemon juice
  • Olive Oil 

To Make a Meal

Add 110g of any lean protein with a serving of carbohydrates (sweet potato being my favourite) and a serving of good fats for a complete meal!

Sometimes for breakfast I will chop steamed broccoli up into small pieces and make it into a omelette with 3 x eggs, spinach.

Where do I get one of these steamers?

I got mine from Kmart for $10. I have seen them in supermarkets, Asian grocers, knickknack shops and homeware stores. If all else fails you can...

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Healthy Pizza

recipes Apr 06, 2020

In my late teens I didn’t know how to cook. I thought a oat bran muffin was a good breakfast choice, natural confectionary lollies where healthy and skinny hot chocolates where “A OK”. Just so you know I was very wrong.

Nevertheless I have come a VERY long way since then. I was determined to feel fit and healthy. I started a fitness routine and would come home and have these “Healthy Pizzas” for dinner. To me it was a great start and my flat mate also loved them, it was fun night eating “healthy” pizza and watching movies. Sometimes it really is the small things that can make the biggest difference. 

They are a guilt-free recipe I still use today. 

Ingredients

Wholemeal Lebanese Bread (base). I now use gluten-free wraps or keto pizza bases. 
Tomato Paste
Spinach
Cherry Tomatoes – chopped
Red Capsicum – sliced thinly
Avocado – sliced
Tuna Can
Low Fat Cheese
Chilli Flakes and...

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Vegan Moussaka

 

Traditionally this Greek dish is made with meat, this my vegetarian/vegan version!
I make this as food prep with a bit of rice or extra greens. My boyfriend loves it too! 

It's nice to have those easy, nutritious, cost effective recipes available that help you consume a wider variety of vegetables and add a few more plant based meals into your diet. 

Ingredients:
3 x eggplants, thinly sliced
spray oil
3 tsp olive oil
1.5 brown onions, finely diced
3 garlic cloves, crushed
3 medium carrots, coarsely grated
3 tsp dried oregano
660g canned crushed tomatoes
1.5 cup salt-reduced vegetable stock
3 x cans brown lentils, drained and rinsed
2 medium potatoes
60g vegan cheese, grated

Method:

  1. Preheat Oven 180 degrees and line 2 x baking trays with baking paper
  2. Lay the eggplant on the lined baking tray in a single layer and spray lightly with oil spray. Bake for 20 mins
  3. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.
    Add the onion, garlic, carrot and cook for 5...
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