Smoothie Bowls

Ok I’ll admit it…..I’m addicted to smoothie bowls. I don’t know whether I need therapy or an intervention or whether it’s ok for me to seriously obsess over creating bowls of awesomeness (if I do say so myself) everyday – or there about.

My favourite at the moment would have to be a ginger and cinnamon flavoured one as it is cold here at the moment and to help with my lack of blood flow I’m at least trying to make an effort to reduce inflammation with these inclusions. I have also gone from frozen to room temp bowls. Slowly but surely I will transition from them but this creative obsession is too fun…..at least it’s a healthier obsession!?

Here is my idea of a smoothie bowl and why I include the things I do to keep me healthy, balanced and nourished from the get go (or be it lunch or dinner….sssshhhhh don’t tell the coach)

My Winter Smoothie Bowl

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PREPARATION TIME                   TOTAL TIME
2 MINUTES                          5 MINUTES

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 frozen banana (I peel, cut mine into quarters and pop into freezer so there’s always options for smoothies, nana ice-cream or a quick snack)
  • 1/4 cup frozen blueberries (I buy organic frozen berries or freeze fresh when in season)
    knob of ginger root
  • 1 tsp ground good quality cinnamon (yes the supermarket ones are not that good)
  • 1 tsp maca powder (lady hormone help)
  • 1 tsp slippery elm bark powder (helps digestion and is a great thickener)
  • 1 tsp of fibre/ omega 3 mix (I mix psyllium husks, flax seeds and chia seeds and pop in jar and scoop out to get a rounded selection of boost – this is also a great alternative to making chia pudding if you don’t want to overload on chia every time)
  • 200ml filtered water (you could use homemade almond milk or coconut water or coconut milk but I prefer to help my daily water intake as much as I can)
  • 1/4 avocado (it’s important to include good fats with your smoothie bowl like avocado as it helps to balance the sugars that you are consuming through the fruits)

*optional (I add to mix up the flavours 1 tsp cacao, 1 tsp turmeric, basil leaves, mint leaves, 1 tsp acai powder,  2 strawberries,  1 Tbsp fresh cut pineapple, 1 tsp spirulina/ super greens mix, knob of zucchini/cucumber, sprig of watercress, 1 tsp unhulled toasted tahini. Anything really to change it up and get your taste buds loving yourself.

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. add all ingredients to a blender
  2. 2 blend on high for 2 minutes
  3. rest for 1 minute
  4. blend on high again for one minute
  5. Pour into bowl, top with a small selection of nuts and seeds (TIP- chop them they stretch further. I chop a selection and keep to add to meals, then I am not over consuming and regretting it half an hour later)
  6. Pour over a drizzle of coconut kefir or unsweetened coconut yoghurt or make your own with a good starter (avoid using commercial yoghurt to culture)
  7. add a sprinkle of coconut, cacao nibs, goji berries or whatever you have to add a little antioxidant, taste, texture and little surprises
  8. mix it all through the smoothie mix
  9. eat slowly, chew through it even if its liquidy please.

    NOTES- why I choose a smoothie bowl over a smoothie
    *Drinking a smoothie is not as satisfying (to me). It’s rushed, you can over consume and end up hungry an hour later. By adding texture like nuts, seeds, berries etc you are forced to chew and that aids digestion, satisfies your taste buds, your brain and your belly.
    *It forces you to sit down and eat (yes I know we don’t all have time) you will be fuller by eating slower and concentrating.
    *You can take it anywhere in a jar
    *You can prepare it the night before
    *It’s healthy
    *It gives me enough to get through until lunchtime. By including the above it is a rounded balance (for me) of the right things to keep me energised, happy and full until I call for lunch.

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Bone Broths

LIVE LONGER, HEAL, FIGHT INFLAMMATION

 

Yes I’ve posted another Broth post. I had a request for a step by step broth recipe.
I used to use a recycled carcass from our roasts however I found that the broth not enough for me. It lacked something and I didn’t feel the same and it made a small amount. So I sourced pasture raised carcass’ and feet, necks and off cuts to try. I then discovered that this broth really was BONE BROTH and the nutrient properties far outweighed my previous broth attempts. The same with Beef. I was roasting bones not knowing what it was all about. I then looked into marrow bones, and knuckles and found the fat that came from the bones and the slow cooking process made the Beef so much more.
I still add my cooked bones to the pot but I make sure that I have some thick beef knuckles, marrow bones, large carcass’ and lots of bits and pieces to go in.

It’s a simple process, I put on my slow cooker and just leave it and come back in 48 hours. The bones are so brittle by then it’s amazing. I leave it to cool on the bench, pop it in the fridge and then portion or concentrate if it is hasn’t already gelatinized.

Chicken Bone Broth (in the slow cooker)

 

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Chicken Bone Broth

INGREDIENTS

2 Chicken Carcass’
Chicken feet, necks, wings (all the bits with joints)
2 Carrots chopped
1 Onion chopped (opt out if avoiding FODMAPS)
Any other Vegetables like Kale, Beans, Cabbage etc (the left overs that haven’t gone to compost or whats left in the fridge)
1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar (this helps bring all the goodness out of the bones and into the broth)
2 tsp Himalayan Salt
Herbs of choice (bay leaf, oregano, thyme, basil)
Water to cover- 4-6 cups usually fits my cooker (filtered preferably)

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Put everything in the slow cooker, set to low and leave for 24-48 hours (yes that long)
2. Strain the Broth and leave to cool. Scoop off fat and use to cook with (mmmmm roast veggies)

3. Depending on the collagen from the bones your broth can turn to jelly (this is good, very good)
4. Add Gelatine to make thick (beef gelatine is the best)
Portion into a range of jars, ice cube trays and freeze

 

*Alternatively you can concentrate the broth into a small more rich portion and add to filtered water. This will save on space in the freezer.

For this simply;
1. Place Broth in a pot on stove and bring to a simmer.
2. Reduce the broth by two thirds and leave to cool
3. This broth will be darker, richer and stronger in flavour
4. Refrigerate and the broth SHOULD gelatinise
5. Portion into ice cube trays and freeze or measure portions and freeze in freezer suitable pouches.

Beef Bone Broth (two steps)

 

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Store in jars and freeze so you know the portion size

INGREDIENTS

1kg of Beef Bones (a selection of marrow, knuckles, feet, ribs)
2 Carrots
1 Onion (opt out if avoiding FODMAPS)
1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
1 tsp Salt
Herbs (parsley, oregano, thyme)
Any other vegetables needing to be used (kale, beans, cabbage, zucchini etc)

 

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Roast the bones for 3 hours at 180c
2. Transfer to slow cooker
3. Add a little water to the roasting pan and mix in with fat that has come from roasting bones then pour into pot to slow cook with bones
4. Just as above add desired vegetables, herbs, Apple Cider Vinegar, and Water
5. Cook on Low for 24-48 hours and strain, cool and jar up!

*Concentrate as above method suggests.

Fun information on broth that will hopefully encourage you to cook some and consume this week.
  • We freeze ours in recycled jars of different sizes. We have a cup with our meals as a drink, we make soups, gravies, stews, casseroles; anything we can.
  • I add it to stir-frys, vegetables, steak, mushrooms, dressings, anything that calls for water ADD IT.
  • My daughter loves a cup of broth with her lunch and before bed at night.
  • When we feel a little under the weather we up our intake. It’s fabulous for the immune system.
  • The collagen has anti-aging properties which is great for skin, you will feel amazing and nourished and younger. Ha
  • It’s heart warming so if you suffer from poor circulation it will boost your blood flow.
  • It’s especially important for women as the nutrients support hormone structure and keep us balanced.
  • It’s helped my digestive system so much
  • If I eat out and am not 100% confident on ingredients I have broth as soon as I’m home
  • I up my broth intake when injured to help inflammation
  • It is a great hangover cure (really I recommend it)
  • It is natural, full of real foods, made by you for you

    Over all it’s an important daily liquid for life, it has replaced medication in our house.

 

Supporting Local Growers & Farmers

REPOSTING from last year…….

 

This is a huge passion of mine! Whether you are living in a big city, country town or something in between…support the local producers.  A while ago I convinced my husband to come grocery shopping with me in a supermarket. I had him do most of the shopping while I pushed as I wanted him to see what we bought. At the end of the shop we were behind a family with an overflowing trolley filled with foods that I would not want anyone in my family consuming. Hubs watched them go through (most likely thanking god that we only have one child) and their total was $126, then it was our turn. Half a trolley of vegetables and meat later and our total exceeded the family in front; $150. He was blown away and I caught him saying ‘how can a family eat crap for less?’ I told him commercial food from big supermarkets are cheap. A family assorted pack of biscuits for arguments sake is half the price of a tub of strawberries, it’s a shame really.
The following week I took my hubs to the market where I buy all my vegetables and whatever else I can. Once again I gave him the money and free reign to purchase the weeks worth of fruit and veg. Three green bags later and we’d spent $30. A stop at the butcher $30 and an order of organics from health food shop ($100 for the month) and we were in front by $50. He was so happy and relieved the exercise paid off.

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Since then he has told half a dozen mates that exact story in hope that they will stop shopping at the chains and start buying local. It is sad and disgraceful that supermarkets (even the ones that are the cheapest) continue to have people spend too much money on crap let alone fresh produce. But it is uplifting and so so satisfying to find local suppliers that are half the price, great quality and people you can trust.

Think Local before you enter the supermarket next time..

 

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Check out where your local market is.

 

Grainfree & Nutfree Banana Bread

Bananas seem to be everywhere in my house. My organic supplier has a new variety and I swear by day two they are twice the size. We love them though, especially when they go brown as they are better for our sensitive digestive system.

I had some ‘damaged goods’ so to speak (I dropped a large squash on a few ha) so it was to the mood board for some banana inspired recipes. Every recipe called for dates, sweetener, almond flour, tapioca, walnuts etc; we wanted a clean version as really come on a banana is sweet enough!

This is what we ended up with. …._MG_4104

A little flatter than normal and a little dense as I did forget to put the baking powder in until it was in the loaf tin so I mixed it around in tin…whoops. It also was hard to know when it was cooked (as with all coconut recipes I find). Let me know how yours turns out.

 

 

Banana Bread

grain free ,nut free, sugar free, dairy free, low FODMAP
preheat oven to 200c, line a loaf tin with baking paper
PREPARATION TIME       TOTAL TIME
10 MINUTES             1 HOUR

INGREDIENTS

3 Large Extra Ripe Bananas
5 Eggs
1/2 Cup Coconut Flour
1 Tbsp Ground Cinnamon
1 Tbsp Tahini
1 Tbsp Coconut Oil
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/4 tsp Vanilla

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Add bananas to food process and whizz on high until a smooth paste.
2. Add Cinnamon and Tahini and whizz again until combined (the mix will turn brown)
3. Add Eggs and Oil while the food processor is going along with vanilla
4. Add Flour and Baking Powder last of all
5. Pour into a lined loaf tin
6. Bake at 200c for 50mins or until an inserted skewer comes out clean in the centre.

Cool slightly before slicing.
Slather with Butter and Enjoy.
Portion and freeze if it doesn’t get eaten in the first hour.

 

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Watch for those little hands

 

Chilli Beef Chow Mein

How many times do you leave the house in someone else’s hands and just ‘assume’ it’ll all be handled and those few hours your out won’t matter??? THEN you get home and the roast is still on the bench and there is a hungry little human greeting you ‘mummy I’m hungry’
GAH…..panic stations!!! I had meat thawing everywhere today, fillet on the bench, chuck mince in the sink, and lamb just hanging out for the day near the stove. Come 4.30pm there was only one thing I could do, grab the mince that was the closest to thawed and try to work something out. Filled the sink with cold water, immersed the meat and quickened the process while I gawked at the fridge and then at my daughter who looked like she was going to die of hunger, or hanger and that’s not cool in my house.
I had greens coming out my behind so asian inspired it was. I grabbed whatever fresh, dried and ground herbs and spices and set out to create something out of nothing…….

Panic no more,  a chilli chow mein (the totally healthy non nasty packet salt version) is here to save the day.

Chilli Beef Chow Mein

grainfree, dairyfree, sugarfree, lowfodmap
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PREPARATION TIME          TOTAL TIME
10 MINUTES                20 - 40 MINUTES

INGREDIENTS

  • 500g pasture raised chuck beef steak minced or good quality minced beef
  • 1tsp fresh grated ginger
  • 1 tsp Turmeric
  • 1 tbsp Cumin
  • 1 Carrot grated
  • 1/4 Cauliflower riced
  • 1/2 Chinese cabbage
  • 1 Bok Choy
  • 4 whole Silverbeet stalks
  • 1 Zucchini Spiralized

Sauce

  • 1 big hot Red chilli (leave out or reduce amount for kids)
  • 1 tbsp Fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp Coconut aminos/ tamari
  • 1 and a bit heaped tbsp Tahini
  • 400ml broth (homemade preferably)
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt

INSTRUCTIONS 

  1. Brown meat ginger turmeric cumin
  2. Whilst that’s going whip out food processor, grate carrot, empty, pulse cauliflower to ‘rice’
  3. Add carrot and cauliflower, leave for a few minutes while you shred cabbage and silverbeet
  4. Add cabbage and Silverbeet.
  5. Mix sauce and add with cold broth
  6. Pour over pan
  7. Simmer for 5-10 and slice Bok Choy
  8. Add Bok Choy
  9. Turn off, cover and leave until needed. The long the better
  10. Just before serving add zoodles and heat through.

Top with extra chilli, some tangy kraut and watercress.

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Not in to Beef? Swap beef for chicken, pork, prawns, fish, tempeh or go vegetarian and serve with a fried egg

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Green Eggs and Ham Frittata

Meal planning for a week away has kept me occupied preparing meals. Pretty sure (as usual) I’ve over catered but I’d rather have more than not enough in unknown territory and spend an hour finding something that’s got no onion, garlic, dairy, grain, fructans, fructose blah blah blah. You get me drift?!

I cleaned out the fridge for the week and created a few staples.

Green Eggs and Ham Frittata

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Green Eggs & Ham Frittata

12 Pasture Raised Organic Eggs (beaten until light and fluff)
6 Whole Rash Bacon
2 Cups fresh Baby Spinach
salt and pepper to season
1 Tbsp Coconut Oil
INSTRUCTIONS

1. Beat eggs
2. Place spinach in a lined lasagna dish (Lined with it all covered is the important bit as you want to be able to remove the whole thing to slice and not end up with egg stuck everywhere)
3. season with salt and pepper
4. Lay Whole Bacon Rashes on top (depending on size you may overlap)
5. Pour Eggs over top
6. Give the dish a light shake (the bacon will rise, that’s ok)
7. Pop in Oven for 30 Minutes (or until the eggs bounce back when you press in the centre.
8. Leave to cool completely, take out then slice in portions or keep whole

Feel free to add more vegetables too, this was just me clearing out the end of the weeks supplies. I would serve this with more vegetables on the side or a salad or a meat or fish portion. Also makes a great lunchbox filler for the kids.