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Food prep for the week!

I recently showed you (here) part of my food prep and organisation that I like to get done on the weekend so that I’m ready to go for the week. Part of that routine is to go to the fruit and veg markets to get all my supplies for the week at a reasonable price. I also like to prepare a few foods on the weekend to make the process of creating meals easier. Here are a few of my favourites!

Breakfast:
It’s a real treat to wake up in the morning without having to think what you’re going to make for breakfast. That’s why I like to make a big bowl of homemade granola to last us a week or two. I like to do gluten-free sprouted buckwheat or an oat-based granola mixed in with various goodies. Perfect with almond milk and fresh chopped banana. Watch this space – recipes to follow!

Dips/sauces/spreads:
I get so much use of out making these and they are so versatile! They’re perfect as a spread on a lunchtime sandwich, a dip with veggies or a few wholegrain crackers for a snack or to mix through quinoa or steamed veg for a main.
– Hummus
– Tahini Yoghurt
– Chargrilled capsicum relish
– Pesto

Here I made a baked sweet potato, radish and tahini yoghurt lentil salad topped with chargrilled capsicum relish. Lentil salad

Poached chicken:
It works really well to poach a few pieces of lean chicken breasts, shred them and flavour them with lemon juice, pepper and herbamare. This can be kept in the fridge for up to 2 days, or I like to freeze them in portions. When you make your salad for lunch in the morning you can take it out of the freezer, pop it on top of your salad and it will be thawed and ready to eat by lunch time!

Quinoa: This is my absolute favourite staple as mentioned before. It behaves like a grain (so you can substitute it for rice/couscous/pasta) but it is actually a seed and a complete protein source. This beauty is perfect tossed through salads or to bulk up soups and curries. I also like to make quinoa pilaf and use it as a foundation for my meals. Here I mixed quinoa with pesto and brocolinni. Quinoa salad and scallops

Frozen fruit:
I love to freeze ripe bananas and mangoes. Whenever I feel like a healthy frozen treat during the week I throw them into my thermomix to make 100% fruit ice cream! They’re also really handy for making smoothies. I love to freeze grapes for a cool summer snack.Frozen yoghurt blocks:
I take this as a perfect opportunity to use up the last bit of my yoghurt from the week before it goes off. I like to combine it with honey/agave/maple syrup and any kind of chopped fruit.

Snacks:
Trail mix – I like to combine raw almonds, walnuts, goji berries, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and some chopped dried apple. You can leave this in a jar and grab as you go, or you can make them into little snack packs.

Super snack balls – these are one of my favourite snacks. So easy to make and very tasty!20130114-175701.jpg

Remember, 80% of your success is going to be nutrition – whether it is to tone up, bulk up, maintain or improve your general wellbeing. Exercise is vital, but eating the right foods is going to be the secret key to unlock the door to that level you’re aspiring to! And being organised forms part of the key.

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Question: What kind of foods do you like to prepare to be organised for the week?

Tropical Sunrise Breakfast

20130204-152415.jpg You have to look twice at this photo or you’ll think it’s a dessert. It is in fact BREAKFAST. And YES it is healthy and dietitian-approved :)

20130204-152945.jpg This is the perfect recipe for those balmy Saturday mornings before strolling down to the beach, for wowing your overnight guests the next morning, or to impress your other half with breakfast in bed!

It is so quick to make, tastes delicious and makes you feel like you’ve just woken up on a tropical island. Here’s how:

Ingredients:
1 banana
1 passionfruit
1 tsp coconut oil
1/2 cup low fat Greek yoghurt
1 tsp maple syrup

Method:
Heat pan on medium to high heat. Add coconut oil to pan. Slice banana in half lengthwise. Pan-fry the banana on both sides until golden. Serve with passionfruit, yoghurt & maple syrup.

20130204-153912.jpg The combination is magical – like a Hawaiian party in your mouth. Your body will love you too! Banana is the perfect fruit to fuel you up for the looong summer day ahead. Passionfruit has a long list of good-for-you ingredients. It is rich in vitamins A and C – powerful antioxidants that will keep you young and glowing! It is also rich in fibre which is great for keeping you regular and for fighting off those unwanted kilos. Low fat Greek yoghurt is high in protein and good bacteria to keep your muscles and tummy happy :)

This summer…inject some TROPICAL into your day – no matter where you are!

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Maple Peach Brown Rice Pudding

Need new inspiration for breakfast, late-afternoon snack, or dessert? Look no further than here!!!

This is quick, healthy and delish.

Fruit is my favourite food on earth. If I could I would have it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Although as a dietitian and a foodie, I feel it is my duty to try other foods as well…*sigh*…tough life! But today I didn’t feel any such obligation when I started to think about my afternoon snack.

I let my love of fruit guide me to the way of a Maple Peach Brown Rice Pudding! Even if you don’t love fruit…you will love this!

 

Maple Peach Brown Rice Pudding
Ingredients
½ cup cooked brown rice
¼ cup coconut cream*
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 peach
Maple syrup to taste – I used 1 tsp

Combine all ingredients and ¾ of the peach in a blender and blend until smooth. Serve with remaining peach and a drizzle of maple syrup.

*for low fat version use reduced fat coconut milk/soy/almond/oat milk instead.     

If you feel you want something creamy and luscious on top…I recommend this vegan cream recipe! It’s the perfect accompaniment!

This pudding is also great for our vegan friends and those that need a gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free or soy-free option!

And for those interested in the nutritional info, here it is:

Energy: 974 kJ
Fat: 5.3g
Carbs: 39.7g
Fibre: 3.8g
Sugar: 13.9g
Protein: 4.1g

Fill in the blank:
My favourite food is ________

Maple Peach Brown Rice Pudding

Need new inspiration for breakfast, late-afternoon snack, or dessert? Look no further than here!!!

This is quick, healthy and delish.

Fruit is my favourite food on earth. If I could I would have it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Although as a dietitian and a foodie, I feel it is my duty to try other foods as well…*sigh*…tough life! But today I didn’t feel any such obligation when I started to think about my afternoon snack.

I let my love of fruit guide me to the way of a Maple Peach Brown Rice Pudding! Even if you don’t love fruit…you will love this!

 

Maple Peach Brown Rice Pudding
Ingredients
½ cup cooked brown rice
¼ cup coconut cream*
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 peach
Maple syrup to taste – I used 1 tsp

Combine all ingredients and ¾ of the peach in a blender and blend until smooth. Serve with remaining peach and a drizzle of maple syrup.

*for low fat version use reduced fat coconut milk/soy/almond/oat milk instead.     

If you feel you want something creamy and luscious on top…I recommend this vegan cream recipe! It’s the perfect accompaniment!

This pudding is also great for our vegan friends and those that need a gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free or soy-free option!

And for those interested in the nutritional info, here it is:

Energy: 974 kJ
Fat: 5.3g
Carbs: 39.7g
Fibre: 3.8g
Sugar: 13.9g
Protein: 4.1g

Fill in the blank:
My favourite food is ________