All posts tagged: Clean Food

How to food plan like a rock star

Before I started my health kick I used to open the fridge door at work at look at the shelves of homemade lunches with envy. There they stood, packed lovingly the night before full of healthy looking goodness. I wanted to be like those who made at work food look so easy. The owners of this food also didn’t have to spend 20 minutes of precious lunchtime hunting for something reasonably healthy to eat. And then pay $15 for the privilege of enjoying said meal. Fortunately, like all those who had come before me, after some investigation I realised that I too could do the food from home thing. All it would take is a little planning, some consideration and confidence and of course, lots of experimentation! You see, bringing healthy, delicious food from home isn’t actually that hard (I know – shock horror!) you just have to prioritise it and apply some savvy organisation tips to the process. Two years later and I’m now a food prep queen (if I don’t say so myself) …

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 …

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 …