Tag Archives: summer

Ricotta Fritters with Mango & Beetroot Marinated Zoodles

I don’t know about you but my appetite is hugely affected by the temperature outside. When it’s hot I love light, fresh meals that don’t take too long to prepare and that can be enjoyed outside under a tree on a blanket or on the side of the pool, or even at the beach. I take any opportunity to include summery flavours like mango, coconut, pineapple, watermelon, basil, coconut…oh wait I already said coconut. Yep I love coconut. I sneakily incorporated it into this dish, along with mango and a few other unusual ingredients. The combination might sound a bit strange, but this one is a winner! We had this on a balmy summers evening last month when there was no breeze when I quite frankly would’ve been quite happy to eat a bowl of watermelon (if I lived by myself). This was the next best thing…

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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.

 

Mediterranean Multigrain Salad

Today is Salad Inspiration day – and this one will fill up your tank with lots of flavour, fibre, and fat-fighting goodies!

Ingredients:

1/4 cup 4Grain Protein Rice (I also added wild rice and buckwheat to the mix)
10 cherry tomatoes
1/4 onion
2 handfuls of green leaves
1 tsp tahini
Juice from half a lemon
2 – 3 tbsp almond milk
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp cumin
1 tbsp goats cheese fetta (optional)

Add the chopped onion and cherry tomatoes to the protein rice, and lay the mixture on a bed of green leaves. Place tahini, lemon juice, almond milk and spices in a small glass jar and shake vigorously until well combined and a dressing consistency is achieved. Pour the dressing over the salad and top with goats cheese fetta. Enjoy!

What is your favourite go-to salad?

I love a freshly grilled fish salad with some sort of fruit added to it – like mango or peach! In case you haven’t realised – I’m a bit obsessed with fruit :)

Link of the day:

Fresh Fig & Goats Cheese Salad
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Lean, Clean & Green

Do you feel “the bulge” (aka food baby) on Sunday nights after too many celebratory meals and drinks over the weekend? If you said YES you’re not alone! Many people, including myself, have a relaxed approach towards food over the weekend. The brunch, late lunch, and a night out on the town can wreak havoc on your progress if you are trying to slim down.

Take heart! Sunday nights are here to help you bounce back and get you ready for an incredible week of eating lean, clean & green! By that I mean:

– Lean meat/fish/chicken/legumes
– No processed foods
– Lots and lots of green veggies!

This is what I had for by bounce-back Sunday meal:

Grilled Scallops marinated in chilli, garlic, lemon juice & coriander

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20130211-095053.jpgFresh broccolini and asparagus steamed and mixed with tahini yoghurt, pine nuts and fresh basil (from my garden)

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Question: What is your favourite way to bounce back?