All posts tagged: Vegan

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. …

Why ‘organic’ isn’t always good for you; green washing 101

Recently I posted on detoxing from the outside in – if you missed it you can check it out here. Before I shared this post, I swept my house for nasty chemical-ridden products replacing suspicious looking items with supposed healthier, green versions. I checked the labels on each product I purchased and convinced myself that the extra coin was worth it because I was looking after my body (I still believe it is, but that’s another point). As far as I was concerned, post the purge I lived in a happy, healthy home free of most common household toxins. I’m here today to declare that I fell victim to green washing. Having done my research on the topic I thought I was armed with the knowledge I needed to make smart purchasing decisions. I decided that I would try and buy a mix of products from my local organic health food shop (which has a stellar beauty section) and my closet big chain supermarket. I guess you could say I was hopeful that I wouldn’t …

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 …

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 …

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 …