One of my most precious memories as a little girl was coming home from church, the house filled with aromas of the Sunday roast my mum had put in the oven that morning. The whole family sitting down for a long lunch with lots of laughter and jokes, us kids playing under the table and making fun of the mung beans in mum’s salad (little did I know about their nutritional value). The moment we were all waiting for finally came at the end of lunch and mum would reveal a perfectly baked Malva pudding from the oven. We could hardly wait for her to evenly divide it so that everyone had their fair share, and then of course with a big scoop of ice cream on top. Back then, you didn’t have dessert every night, you had a treat once a week. The desserts weren’t low fat, sugar-free, or gluten-free but man did they taste good!
Every now and then I will have a craving for this kind of pudding. If you’re South African (like me) or if you have any South African friends, I am sure they would’ve told you about this pudding before. It really is heavenly in taste, but unfortunately being laden with sugar, butter and cream, not so heavenly for your health. So here is my best recreation of a healthier version. Remember that any dessert, whether healthy or unhealthy, is still a treat and should only be enjoyed occasionally.
Afternoon snack time comes around and every day we find ourselves with the predicament of trying to sidestep the dreaded office fundraiser chocolate box and try to convince ourselves to stick with the celery sticks and hummus instead. But let’s be honest, vegetables cut into “fun size” and homemade bean dip can start to grate on your already-monotonous work routine. Clients ask me all the time for snack ideas on how to satisfy the afternoon sweet tooth munchies, without labour-intensive prep time or weird ingredients. This is one of my go-to snacks for afternoon tea time. I like to have 2 bliss balls with a cup of herbal tea or chai tea with almond milk.
Australia is warming up and we’re getting ready for summer – hooray! With summer comes sun bathing, flip flops, and of course ice cream! We are definitely not willing to sacrifice our bikini body that we’ll need to flaunt on boxing day though, so we need guilt-free options. Here are 3 healthy, delicious, and very summery popsicle recipes that are super quick to make!
Blackberry Froyo (makes 6)
1.5 cups low fat Greek yoghurt
2.5 cups frozen blackberries (thawed out)
Sweetener to taste (rice malt syrup or stevia)
Stir sweetener through the thawed out blackberries. Do the same with the yoghurt, but keep separate from the berries. Layer popsicle mould with a layer of yoghurt and a layer of berries. Continue this process until filled. Pop in the freezer for at least 4 hours.
Mango Lassi Pops (makes 6)
1.5 cups low fat Greek yoghurt
3 cups frozen mango
3 tablespoons shredded coconut
Sweetener if desired
Combine all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth. Fill moulds and freeze.
Breakfast Creamsicle (makes 6)
1.5 cups almond milk
2 tablespoons chia seeds
2 tablespoons hemp seeds
2 tablespoons protein powder
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 medjool dates
Combine all ingredients in a high speed blender for at least 1 minute. Fill moulds and freeze.
My sister and I have been eating no sugar for 5 weeks. She asked me if I wanted to cut out sugar with her for a whole 8 weeks to help keep her accountable. I agreed without realising how difficult it is to actually avoid the stuff. It is literally EVERYWHERE and my eyes have really been opened to how much we eat of it without even realising. I am still allowing myself fruit though – I could never live without fruit, it is my favourite food in the world, really!
I’ve really enjoyed the journey of getting creative making tasty treats without relying on sweeteners. This cashew and fig cream is one of the toppings I created for our pancakes over the weekend. It really is perfect on anything from pancakes, toast, fruit, or even in smoothies…and vegan-friendly too
1 cup cashews
Half cup filtered water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 dried figs
Add ingredients to a blender and combine on a high speed until creamy.