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Summer Popsicles

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Breakfast Creamsicle (makes 6)

1.5 cups almond milk
2 bananas
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.

 

Healthy Strawberry Macaroons

I want to clear up the confusion between macaroons and macarons. Macarons is a sweet meringue-based confection made with eggs, icing sugar, granulated sugar, almond meals, and food colouring/flavour. It is usually filled with a ganache or buttercream. The macaroon is a type of light, baked confection, that can look like a small cake or meringue-like cookie. Here is an illustration provided by blogilates

It is this innocent-looking delightful treat on the high tea tiers that makes us second guess the healthy eating vow we murmur to ourselves as the tea is being poured into our fine china cup.

Not Your Typical Dietitian has developed the “Not Your Typical Macaroon” and gave it a healthy twist, without refined sugar and butter. I am not saying that this treat is that healthy that you can now gorge yourself on them, but they’re definitely a better option than the macarons you’ll find staring back at you through the glass casing at the patisserie. And they have real fresh strawberries in them!

Ingredients:
Makes ~20 macaroons

1 ½ cups almond flour
2 ½ cups organic shredded coconut
3 tablespoons raw honey
3 tablespoons cold pressed coconut oil
2 teaspoons natural vanilla extract
1 punnet fresh strawberries (250g) (finely chopped)
Pinch sea salt

Method:
Combine dry ingredients. Warm coconut oil and honey in a bowl suspended in hot water until runny, then add vanilla. Combine with dry ingredients. Once well combined, carefully mix through the strawberries. Use your hands to form into macaroon shapes and place on baking paper. Chill in fridge for around 1 hour or until firm. Keep refrigerated in an airtight container. Will keep for 1 week.

IMPORTANT: You probably noticed that these babies don’t require any baking. However, if you would like to bake these for a crunchy outer casing and soft chewy centre, then you can bake them at a very low temperature (140 or 150 degrees Celsius) for around 40 to 50 minutes. The key is not letting them brown too much – so keep an eye on them!

 

Moroccan Chicken Salad

There are few things as satisfying as enjoying the taste, smell, and look of your food whilst knowing that it is good for you. It is even better when it is easy and quick to make!

This chicken is so tasty, you’ll never want to make it any other way! But there is a bit of cheating involved which cuts prep and cooking time in half and gets the food on the table in less than 15 minutes! Whatch out Jamie!

Ingredients:

2 – 3 small free range chicken breast tenderloins
1 tablespoon Moroccan paste (this is a pre-made paste that you can buy if you’re short on time that has whole ingredients, but if you have some time to spare you can make it from scratch using this recipe)
2 cups fresh dark green leaves
1/4 avocado
1 cup cherry tomatoes
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

Method:
Evenly space the tenderloins between 2 leaves of baking paper or cling wrap. Take a kitchen hammer or the flat end of a wooden spoon and give it a few good whacks to flatten the meat. This greatly reduces the cooking time!

Uncover the meat, make a few small cuts/slits in each tenderloin, and spread the paste evenly onto each side. Cover it with the paper and massage the paste from the outside into the meat on both sides. Heat pan.

Meanwhile, wash the leaves and dice the avocado. Combine the cherry tomatoes, a 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil and 1/2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar. Pour onto an oven tray and bake in very hot oven for 5-10 minutes. When the tomatoes start to blister take them out of the oven, squash them slightly with a potato masher to release their juices. Add the remaining balsamic vinegar. Combine the tomato mixture, salad leaves and avocado in a bowl. Mix well.

Add the remaining olive oil in a pan and grill the chicken on each side for 2-3 minutes or until cooked through. Stack the chicken tenderloins onto the salad mixture and enjoy!

If you’re looking for more sustenance, the addition of some 4Grain Protein Rice would be perfect!

What is your favourite way to cook chicken?

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?