Healthy Meals: Campfire Edition

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This past weekend, Blake and I finally set off on what was my first ever real (read: not at a caravan park or music festival) camping trip. To give you a bit of history, part of me is a country kid, with half of my childhood living in a small town in North East Victoria. My Mum has a fireplace that I always volunteer to light, and I’ve been to many a bonfire each winter as a teen. I’ve camped at several festivals, and camping as a kid was always at a caravan park, so I have been itching to go ‘proper’ camping for years. Continue reading

Weight loss and Self-love – Can they coexist?

Is it possible to love yourself and still have the desire to lose weight?

I mean, self-love is all about loving and accepting yourself for who you are right now, while desires to lose weight seems to be in opposition to that, right?

Honestly, I don’t agree.

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Self-love, like love in itself, isn’t just about positive stuff. To have self-love doesn’t mean that you look in the mirror every day and shout “Woohoo!”.   Continue reading

Miranda’s Chicken & Chorizo Paella

Picture this:

It’s a hot but blissful day. You’re 20. And for the first time in your life you’re in a country where English isn’t the first language. You’re staying in a resort with your sister and some family. You spend your days in the pool, at the beach, discovering tapas for the first time ever and getting tipsy from your new favourite summer drink, sangria. You feel adventurous, and you’re loving the extra summer you’re getting when it’s winter at home. Your soundtrack of choice is California Waiting by Kings of Leon and you’ve just tasted the brightest orange juice you’ve ever seen. You’re in Mallorca, an island off the coast of Spain. They serve garlic bread as bread smothered in garlic aioli and the week you are spending here feels like heaven to you.

In 2007, I went to Alcudia, Mallorca, just off the coast of Spain and fell in LOVE with paella. It was one of the first nights we were in Spain, and so, of course, we went to a Spanish restaurant to try some of the local fare. Aioli, patatas bravas, croquetas, albondigas en salsa – the options were endless! This stage in my life was when I first started experimenting and trying new foods, after years of being rather unadventurous. We’d just arrived from England, where I’d tasted my first English strawberries – something that up until that moment, I was convinced that I hated. So in the spirit of new discoveries, without much description of it, I took the recommendation to order paella, and I haven’t looked back. I think I ordered it four times that week, taking home the leftovers. And when arrived back in Australia, it was all I talked about – I even received a paella pan and bag of paella rice at my 21st birthday!

The only photo I could find of myself in Mallorca, 2007

The only photo I could find of myself in Mallorca, 2007

If you haven’t tried paella, it’s a fabulous Mediterranean dish. The saffron-yellow rice with simple flavours of rosemary, parsley, capsicum and tomato can be complimented by any protein of your choice, from prawns, to chorizo, to chickpeas. It’s tasty, it’s filling, it makes a lot, and if you make your own stock, you don’t have to worry about MSG. (If you’d like to skip the nitrites, you don’t need to add the chorizo)

It’s a comfort food classic, and even though the rice is filling, it’s still a perfect meal to eat in summer with a side of salad (in my humble opinion).

Chicken & Chorizo Paella

500-700g chicken, diced (or 2-3 tins chickpeas)

2 chorizo sausages, sliced

2tb extra virgin olive oil

1 large red capsicum, thinly sliced

1 red onion, thinly sliced

2-3 cloves of garlic, minced

1 cup mushrooms, sliced (optional)

0.5g saffron

1 litre of bone broth or homemade vegetable stock (you may need extra water)

2 cups arborio/short grain rice

400g tinned tomatoes

1 cup frozen green beans

2tb rosemary

Salt & Pepper

Half a cup of fresh parsley, roughly chopped

Lemon wedges, to serve

Chicken and chorizo paella

Heat a wide based pan on a medium high heat until hot, and brown your chicken on a medium-high heat. Remove from the pan. Brown the chorizo and remove.

Heat your bone broth/stock and infuse saffron while the water simmers.

Meanwhile, add more oil to your pan if necessary, and cook the capsicum slices for 5-7 minutes, stirring, until tender.

Add the onion and cook until soft. Add the rice and garlic, and cook, stirring for 1-2 minutes, until the rice is coated. Add the saffron infused bone broth/stock, tomatoes, green beans, rosemary, salt and pepper, chicken, chorizo (or chickpeas) and stir to combine. Allow to simmer for 30 minutes, uncovered, stirring occasionally. (If your rice needs a bit more liquid, feel free to add it)

When the fluid is mostly absorbed, stir through the parsley, then stop stirring the pan to allow a “crust” to form on the bottom for a few minutes, until all of the liquid is absorbed.

Serve with fresh lemon wedges and salad.

Exercise and Mental Wellbeing – it’s not just about endorphins #mentalhealthweek

I’m sure you’ve heard that one of the fantastic benefits of exercise, especially when it comes to your mental wellbeing, is that it boosts endorphins – right?

But it can do SO much more than that, because of one simple mechanism, and I am going to make it really easy for you to understand. Hopefully, the more you understand about how exercise can help you, the more likely you will be to include it into your life. Continue reading

Hiking Lamington National Park:: Mira’s Mates: Miranda Vlogs

A couple of weeks ago some of my favourite people organised a hike for us at a place called Binna Burra in Lamington National Park, South East Queensland. It was a day filled with so many fascinating conversations, and we all had something we could teach one another as we walked the altogether 17km.

Being in nature with people that I love; it was a perfect day.

This short video hopefully captures the adventure and shenanigans of the day, (complete with dorky nicknames) and is soundtracked by the gorgeous 19th Century Strongmen, whose EP you can purchase here for $4 (it’s a beautiful collection of work, and I highly recommend it). They also have a YouTube channel and Facebook page. The song is called, “Let’s Go”.

My Top 5 Tips to Increase Energy: Part 2

Fatigue can be quite debilitating, but luckily, there are many natural and easy ways to overcome fatigue and boost your energy, enabling you to achieve everything that you need to day-to-day.

Below is Part 2 of my 5 Top Tips for Increasing Energy. These short videos are give you quick strategies that are easy to put into your day – even when you do feel too tired! You can view Part 1 here.

Don’t forget that my Nutrition for REAL People workshop: Nutrition for Fatigue is 6pm, Wednesday, 24th June – which is next week! For your chance to get a more in-depth understanding of fatigue and achievable strategies to give you long-lasting energy, make sure you book your ticket, as seats are limited.