All posts tagged: Clean Eating

Getting healthy on the shimmery, shiny Gold Coast

Love it or hate it, I think almost every Aussie has visited the Gold Coast’s beautiful beaches and tourism hub, Surfers Paradise, at least once. Well known for its white sand, warm weather and friendly people, the area is a playground for tourists, schoolies, holiday makers, young families and now it appears, health and wellness enthusiasts. For me, the Golide has never really been my destination of choice (stay with me GC readers). I’ve always been more a fan of it’s neighbours Byron, Yamba and Noosa; most probably because I find the high-rise buildings, strip clubs and theme parks that crowd Surfers Paradise a little overwhelming. But despite this, this past Easter long weekend my man and I found our ourselves back near the strip seeking some sun, good food and a bit of R&R. And I’m super glad we did. Our holiday started as any good trip does – making the most of free flights! Aaron was working from Brisbane for the following week, so we thought we’d make the most of his journey …

Lee Holmes’ book launch ‘Eat Clean, Green & Vegetarian’ + her heavenly Caramelised Onion Tart

With the wellness revolution booming there seems to be a new cookbook ready for testing every other week. I was fortunate enough to spend last Tuesday night with my good friend Mel (from The Well-Planned Wife) at the book launch of Lee Holmes’ fifth book ‘Eat Clean, Green and Vegetarian’. I’ve found that health and wellness cookbooks can be placed into two categories; those that produce deliciously good food, and those that produce food that simply tastes healthy. Why the distinction? While healthy is important, healthy shouldn’t equal bland just because it lacks sugar, dairy or gluten. Lee’s books use nutrient rich ingredients and wholefoods to create delicious recipes designed to help our bodies perform at their best everyday; with a particular emphasis on the healing properties of clean, unprocessed foods on our guts. Having had the pleasure of first meeting Lee at last year’s Vitality conference, and then again through work this year, I can say she is a truly lovely person. She can also cook supercharged food like a MasterChef. Her ‘Eat Your …

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 …

Ditch the dirty and get clean

This past week I’ve spoken with several people about the Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen. This topic has always been on my need-to-cover list, and with summer now underway it’s become particularly relevant (and important) as we up our salad and fruit intake. If you’re into buying organics you’ve probably heard about these lists before, but if you haven’t or if you’re interested in organics but don’t know where to start – get ready to feel empowered! The Dirty Dozen is a list produced every year by US organisation, the Environmental Working Group. The group analyses the Department of Agriculture’s data to determine which fruit and vegetables have the most pesticide residue when they reach the consumer. On the flip-side, the Clean Fifteen uses the same data to rank which fruit and vegetables you can safely buy non-organic, as the levels of pesticide residue are incredibly low or in some cases non-existent. Why is this list important and fantastic? Today, there are many different types of pesticides that are used, each with a particular …