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What I Ate Wednesday {2nd edition}

Back by popular demand…I’m bringing you another edition of What I Ate Wednesday!! It seems you lot are VERY interested and nosy about what a Dietititan eats. Well, here you go, you can have another sticky beak at my food from yesterday :)

Breakfast:

This was a protein eggwhite crepe inspired by Jessica Sepel. It consists of the following: half small mashed banana, 1 tbsp. psyllium husk, tbsp. ground linseeds, 1/4 cup yoghurt, 1/4 cup frozen berries, half a scoop sunwarrior protein powder. I mixed this together, cooked for 3 to 4 minutes in coconut oil and flipped either side into crepe style! I then topped with a dollop of yoghurt, warmed berries, and a drizzle of maple syrup. So delicious!

Next, I went for a walk with this one…her name is Macy.

Along the way, I stopped for one of these…

My lunch was constructed from bits and bops I found in my fridge, and it turned into a colourful and tasty lunch plate! It featured the following:

– 1 slice of cinnamon and honey roasted pumpkin with goats cheese
– Raw zucchini pasta with homemade kale pesto and chopped capsicum
– 1 cup of fresh baby beetroot leaves dressed with lemon juice
– 1 slice of the life changing bread spread with kale pesto
– A few cherry tomatoes

For a snack, I had a big mug of rooibos tea and 2 fresh medjool dates filled with almond butter. This is probably my favourite snack at the moment.

Dinner was almost around the corner, but my husband was still at work and I was getting hungry. This is when I take the opportunity to eat a piece of fruit. It prevents me from getting ravenously hungry at dinner time so that I don’t overeat and gobble up the food in 5 minutes. So I had a fresh persimmon (not pictured). This was dinner…

– Roasted pumpkin with kale pesto
– Broccoli and sugar snap peas sautéed with kimchi
– Carrot and beetroot “rice” with a hearty side of avocado

To finish the day off, my husband made me a cup of rooibos tea with a side of apple slices dipped in peanut butter. He also cleaned up the kitchen and did the dishes. Pretty awesome guy – I think he deserves to be in the running for the “husband of the year” award.

Rhubarb & Raspberry Tart

Rhubarb is really in right now. Especially since it’s winter here in Australia. So I made a rhubarb and raspberry tart to celebrate (healthy style of course!). Here’s how I did it.

Ingredients – Makes one delicious tart

Base
1 ½ cup oatmeal
½ cup shredded coconut
½ cup almonds or macadamia nuts
3 tablespoons coconut oil (or 2 ½ tbsp. almond/macadamia/olive oil)
2 tablespoons maple syrup

Filling
5 stalks rhubarb (chopped)
1 cup frozen raspberries
1 large pear (chopped)
3 tablespoons honey/maple syrup/agave (or stevia equivalent for sugar-free diets)
2 tablespoons arrowroot
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Topping
¼ cup shredded coconut
2 tbsp. coconut sugar
2 tbsp. chopped walnuts

Method
Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius.
Using a food processor, lightly process the oatmeal, coconut, and nuts until the nuts are just broken. Add the oil and syrup and pulse until the mixture is combined enough to stick together. Press the mixture firmly into a tart tin using clean fingers. Place in a hot oven and bake for 8 to 10 minutes or until slightly golden.Meanwhile, heat a saucepan on medium heat and add raspberries and chopped pear. Using a potato masher, squash the fruit to release juices. Stir in the syrup and vanilla until combined. Add the rhubarb and cook for approximately 10 minutes, stirring the contents to prevent it from burning. Once the rhubarb becomes soft and starts to disintegrate take off heat and add the arrowroot to thicken the mixture. Cool slightly.

Pour rhubarb mixture into tart base and spread evenly to cover pastry. Place in the oven and reduce heat to 180 degrees Celsius. Combine the ingredients for the topping and sprinkle over tart after 20 minutes of baking. Bake for another 5 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven and eat warm with coconut ice cream. Heaven!!

This one was eaten with Greek yoghurt, crushed berries and honey, but the flavours in your mouth turn into a party when paired with some homemade or store-bought coconut ice-cream.

Are you licking your screen yet? Go and make it NOW! :)

 

Healthy Lemon Slice

I gave the classic lemon slice a make-over.

20130509-192038.jpg No butter or sugar here…

20130509-192519.jpgJust old-fashioned deliciousness and amazing flavour. I can pretty much guarantee you won’t want to make the old version again. Even my husband agreed this is as good as what his grandma used to make – and he is a connoisseur in desserts.

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Ingredients:

Makes 9 square slices
159 calories per slice (667 kilojoules)

Crust
Half a cup shredded coconut
Half a cup wholemeal spelt flour
2 Tablespoons melted coconut oil
1 Tablespoon honey

Filling
1 egg
1 egg white
One third of a cup honey/maple syrup mixture (half and half)
Juice and zest of one lemon
One eighth of a teaspoon baking powder
3 tablespoons wholemeal spelt flour

Method:

1. Preheat oven on 180 degrees.
2. Combine shredded coconut, flour, oil and honey in bowl until well mixed.
3. Press dough evenly into bottom of prepared baking pan (20x15cm) and bake until light golden brown (10-15 min).
4. Whisk egg, egg white, and the honey-syrup mixture in a large bowl until blended. Grate zest and squeeze juice from lemon; add to egg mixture. Add baking powder and remaining 3 tablespoons flour. Mix thoroughly.
5. Pour lemon mixture over cooled base. Bake until set and edges are light brown (about 15-20 minutes).
6. Cool and lightly dust with icing sugar using a mesh strainer. Slice into squares.

For an extra bit of fancy, you can combine ricotta with some maple syrup and lemon zest to serve on the side. Greek yoghurt would also be divine!

20130509-211346.jpgGo do yourself a favour and make a batch of these. Then hurry right back and come and tell me how you liked them. I will be a very happy girl.

20130509-211959.jpgWould you like more recipes like these?

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The Life-Changing Bread

I love bread. It is definitely one of my weaknesses. If I didn’t know better and didn’t have all the nutritional knowledge from studying for 6 years, I’d probably eat french bread sticks and sourdough from my local baker with lashing of butter at every meal. But unfortunately (and fortunately for my health and yours!) I do have the knowledge.

By no means am I saying that bread is bad for you. There is definitely a place in a wholesome, well-balanced diet for bread that has been made from good quality ingredients in small amounts. But unless you’re willing to fork out $8-$12 for a good quality bread these days (or have the skills of a Danish bread maker) you’re stuck with the mass-produced loafs from the supermarkets. These are often laden with processed wheat products, soy flour, colours, preservatives, sugars and syrups. If this is news – learn to read your labels.

One of my passions is to create healthy versions of everyday foods and dishes, and to encourage others to do the same. I simply had to look for a healthy alternative. These sorts of pursuits don’t often stop until I find what I look for and it has ticked all my nutritional boxes. It didn’t take me long though, to find this life-changing bread that was geniusly invented by Sarah at My New Roots. When I saw it, I simply had to try it. The end result was a very impressed dietitian with a huge smile on her face holding a piece of life-changing bread in her hand. With lashings of homemade jam (my treat).

The best thing about this bread? It actually is HEALTHY for you. And it is REALLY easy to make, with minimum kitchen mess. You the combine ingredients, stir, soak, and bake all in the one dish – perfect!

Here is the recipe from the My New Roots blog

Ingredients:

Makes 1 loaf

  • 1 cup / 135g sunflower seeds
  • ½ cup / 90g flax seeds
  • ½ cup / 65g hazelnuts or almonds
  • 1 ½ cups / 145g rolled oats ( contains far less gluten than bread)
  • 2 Tbsp. chia seeds
  • 4 Tbsp. psyllium seed husks (3 Tbsp. if using psyllium husk powder)
  • 1 tsp. fine grain sea salt (add ½ tsp. if using coarse salt)
  • 1 Tbsp. maple syrup (for sugar-free diets, use a pinch of stevia)
  • 3 Tbsp. melted coconut oil or ghee
  • 1 ½ cups / 350ml water

Directions:

1. In a flexible, silicon loaf pan combine all dry ingredients, stirring well. Whisk maple syrup, oil and water together in a measuring cup. Add this to the dry ingredients and mix very well until everything is completely soaked and dough becomes very thick (if the dough is too thick to stir, add one or two teaspoons of water until the dough is manageable). Smooth out the top with the back of a spoon. Let sit out on the counter for at least 2 hours, or all day or overnight. To ensure the dough is ready, it should retain its shape even when you pull the sides of the loaf pan away from it it.

2. Preheat oven to 350°F / 175°C.

3. Place loaf pan in the oven on the middle rack, and bake for 20 minutes. Remove bread from loaf pan, place it upside down directly on the rack and bake for another 30-40 minutes. Bread is done when it sounds hollow when tapped. Let cool completely before slicing (difficult, but important).

4. Store bread in a tightly sealed container for up to five days. Freezes well too – slice before freezing for quick and easy toast