All posts filed under: Sugar-Free

Raw Summer Veggie Pad Thai

Fresh off the back of our amazing trip to Thailand and Cambodia, this week I was craving more of the authentic Asian food we experienced while overseas. Not one to sugar coat it, the food in South East Asia wasn’t always ‘wellness’ kosher, but it certainly was full of flavour and depth. Cambodia is home to some of the most fragrant curries I’ve ever tasted; if you ever get the chance to try an Amok or Khmer dish, don’t pass on it. In Thailand, particularity Phuket where we were based, the seafood options seemed endless. But unfortunately despite how romantic the above sounds, in most instances we were either stuck with poor interpretations of western food or delicious authentic dishes lined with sugar, soy and gluten. And don’t even get me started on the airport food… So it took me by no surprise that upon returning home I had a gut to rebuild. Fortunately one of my intentions for 2016 is to make our dinner meals almost entirely veggie-based; enter the above dish and hello …

Packaged wholesome food (hooray, there is such a thing!)

At the end of a long day the last thing I feel like doing is cooking. While the process of pulling together a dish is OK, it’s the cleaning up afterwards that I hate. The trouble with eating wholesome food is it often requires a lot of prep-time in the kitchen. This is why I have become best friends with my food processor. With the determination to eat well comes the reality that you need to get your hands dirty (particularly in the case of organic potatoes), all the time. Clean eating is the consumption of food in its most natural state, but there are no rules saying that these products can’t be packaged. I recently shared on my Facebook page a tips list for managing the shopping aisle with a clean attitude. Key pointers for success included checking the product list from unrecognisable numbers and ingredients and being mindful of green or organic washing. When you do find a product that meets all your healthy eating needs, it can be a serious sanity saver. …

Quinoa Crust Pumpkin Pie + learning to cook

On Sunday I made pie and it was delicious. That sounds kind of old school doesn’t… but I loved every minute of it. Of course, true to my ‘The Whole Life’ approach this wasn’t your ordinary pie. There was no sugar coating or stewed apples. This one was made from quinoa and cinnamon pumpkin. The incredibly simple and delicious feast was from Donna Hay’s Cookbook Fresh and Easy. While her books don’t usually scream sugar free, gluten free or dairy free recipes, this one offers a seriously good bevy of mostly clean options that’s are pretty easy to adapt to your specific food preferences. Before embarking on my health journey, I couldn’t have given two clicks about cooking. To me, food prep wasn’t a pleasure it was a pain so convenience in the kitchen was always key. When I started to take an interest in what I was putting in my body, I had to learn from scratch what it meant to actually make something that wasn’t toast or packet pasta with sauce. At first …

Winter warmers: the humble berry nut crumble

Winter is in full force. So much so, even the thought of leaving the house without a big scarf and warm boots is enough to send shivers down my spine. Fortunately, with the frost also comes the excuse to eat hot, scrumptious desserts whenever a little warmth is needed (ahem, all the time). Our freezer is currently stocked full of organic frozen berries and as a result the humble berry nut crumble is quickly becoming a winter staple. The recipe for this warmer is incredibly simple. The below deconstructed version also keeps all week (crumble in an air-tight container, berries in the freezer) so if you can resist eating it all at once, it’s a handy one to have ready for lunchboxes. Other than being delicious, berries are also antioxidant powerhouses. Their superpowers include the ability to improve mental dexterity and heart health all while reducing the risk of cancer. Which is amazing! They’re also low in fructose and calories (if that’s your thing) so there’s no need to stress about eating too many. The …

Banana and cinnamon pancakes that will rock your world

It’s a tradition in our relationship to go out for breaky on Saturday mornings. Aaron and I usually jump between a few local cafes as a way to ease ourselves into the weekend. But with me back at  boot camp this week I accidentally threw our ritual into chaos. By the time I got home from my session Aaron was awake and happily resting on the couch watching a movie. But when I walked through the door I felt like I’d committed somewhat of a  cardinal sin; our Saturday morning vibe was out of joint. We were both pretty keen to stay at home and simply enjoy the morning. With this comfort came the question, what on earth were we going to eat? After a few minutes of searching through the pantry, I thought I might just have the ingredients to make some pancakes. I sensed checked my thinking in a few of my favourite cookbooks of late and wasn’t surprised when I found a stellar recipe in Lola Berry’s new cookbook ‘The Happy Cookbook’. …

For the love of pasta; sweet potato gnocchi

Pasta has got to be a staple in every Aussie home, right? As a child I used to love twirling spaghetti around my fork and stuffing it in my mouth. When I first moved out my diet consisted almost entirely of the cheapest packet pasta I could find, and in recent years the fresh stuff has seen my love affair grow even stronger. I will happily put my hand up and say that pasta is one of the most delicious foods on this planet. So imagine breaking up with the stuff. For those of us who avoid gluten, pasta is almost permanently off the menu (and because of its soy content, so to are most of the gluten-free versions). For me, this Easter marks one year since my last rendezvous with the Italian delicacy. In terms of substitutes, I’ve always known that fresh gnocchi was an option, but speaking honestly it’s always been one of those recipes that’s just been a little too complicated to attempt. So when my boyfriend requested sweet potato gnocchi for …

Drinking green – is it really worth it?

As I’m typing this all I’m thinking is, oh no! Not another green juice post. Yes, they are everywhere. And yes they mostly all say the same thing. Drink your greens kids! But even if you’ve already read several-hundred posts on the topic, you should still read this one too (as you never know what you might learn!). Yes dear readers, I’m encouraging you to join me on the green team 😉 When I first started my health kick just under a year ago, I swore that I wasn’t going to buy into the green fad and start drinking my salads. In fact, when I first moved in with my flatmate she made me one as a welcome drink. I took one sip, put it down and said thanks but no thanks it’s not for me (how rude!). But like all those before me, once I let my guard down my mind (slowly) changed. I finally understood the green craze when I stumbled across a movie called Hungry for Change by the awesome people at …

Blog Crush: Meet Meg from Meg and Veg

If you’re into awesome healthy food there’s a good chance you’re aware of the stellar job Sarah Wilson and her team at I Quit Sugar are doing. Meg Yonson is a junior writer on their team and the author behind drool-worthy food blog ‘Meg and Veg‘.  She’s also my latest blog crush! A qualified nutritionist, Meg is a country girl at heart who is passionate about making and consuming real, honest food. Her blog is a gathering of flavoursome, easy-to-prepare eats featuring fresh produce and ideas. Meg was kind enough to give me a few minutes of her time to dish on her love of food and nutrition. She also shared a couple of her recipes with me, so make sure you click through to get more. You won’t be disappointed. Tell me about your blog. Why did you start it and what’s your passion? As soon as I became “that friend” that took photos of their food on Instagram, my friends were asking for the recipes. So, I created Meg & Veg – a …

Clean Blueberry, Coconut and Cacao Cookies

I’m not afraid to admit that the cookie jar in my work kitchen haunts me. It sits so innocently next to the herbal tea, often filled to the brim with all types of delicious goodness. When I think about sweet treats they become almost irresistible, and yes, I do give in on occasion. Unfortunately when I do, I often pay for it a day later with horrible stomach pains. No matter how delightful at the time, the Butterscotch Fingers are never worth it (not even the chocolate covered ones). 😉 I’ve blogged previously about the benefits of having your own healthier treats ready-to-go and today I’m here to share another one of my favourite recipes for such an occasion. I’ve spoken to several people over the course of my journey, and many advocate removing all sweets (and subsequently a lot of the joy) from your diet. Personally, I just can’t imagine a world without a little indulgence, so I figure if you’re going to do it – do it right! While these are definitely a treat food, they’re also clean, vegan, sugar and gluten-free and …

The summer dip that everyone will love: Beetroot Hummus

‘Tis the season for fruity cocktails, sunscreen and prawns with avocado. Yes, the Aussie summer is in full-swing which means long lunches, picnics and BBQs are aplenty. For those who have food hurdles to overcome the joys of entertaining or attending a friend’s do are often squished by embarrassment and starvation. Ensuring there is food you can eat, with out feeling like a royal pain or rude guest, can be a difficult task. Fortunately today it seems that food vices are no longer as taboo as they once were. My social gatherings are often a spectacular collection of no-nos including vegan, dairy-free, pescetarian, paleo and sugar-free eaters. The solution? A list of handy summer dishes that are easy to make, fuss-friendly and so delicious that even your normal friends will love them too. Here’s one to start your collection: Beetroot Hummus You’ll need: 500g beetroot 3 tablespoons unhulled tahini 1 garlic clove 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar 2 teaspoons ground cumin ½ teaspoon sea salt What …