The idea of going vegan for two weeks, to me, was incredibly daunting. I’ve had times in my life in the past where I’d mostly eaten vegetarian (for budgetary reasons, mostly) and even though I thought I was eating well, over time, my mental health declined, and I became more prone to anxiety and felt overall, pretty miserable.
Eating an animal source of protein usually improved my mood fairly quickly (within a day), so I associated good mental health with getting an animal source of protein in my diet most days of the week. The idea of eating vegan (for more than a meal here and there) scared the shit out of me – the last thing I wanted was to put myself at a higher risk of an anxiety attack, but all the while, I had found myself craving vegetarian meals since winter last year, and I always want to reduce my environmental impact on the world. It was a very confusing position to be in. Continue reading
I’m happy to admit, when I make a recipe I love, I always want to brag about it. Case in point, not only is this smoothie recipe delicious, if you can’t be bothered making it yourself, you can head down to Sun & Earth Organics, New Farm (my work), and I can make it for you, because I made such a big deal about it that we put it on the menu.
This recipe is great because the only thing sweetening it is the fruit and the tiniest bit of stevia in the protein powder, and the jaffa flavour comes from fresh orange zest, orange juice, and beautiful, raw cacao powder.
I have proudly converted choc-orange non-believers to this smoothie and surprised many a sweet-tooth by how yummy this is, with absolutely no additional sugar.
Best of all, you get to watch me make the recipe instead of reading it – it’s super easy, I promise!
So here it is, in all it’s jaffa glory;
Miri’s Chocolate Orange
At this time of year I often notice that the ads for detoxes and cleanses really ramp up as we all start our New Year’s Resolutions to be healthier and happier. Ads that promise you’ll have more energy, lose weight and all you have to do is drink a tea, take a pill or a powder – doesn’t that sound great?
Now, while not all detoxes are as effective at helping your body to detoxify as others, if you really feel like you want to (or need to) detox, instead of just boosting the function of your detoxifying organs, why not look at why you need a detox in the first place?
Recently I’ve had to make a few major adjustments to my diet because of my own personal health issues, which means, apart from butter/ghee, I have cut out gluten, dairy, alcohol and sugar from my diet. This has reduced my bloating and gut issues, given me more energy, cleared up my acne, balanced my moods a bit and has me feeling more like myself again, even though I still have further to go. Having food intolerances can really suck, especially when people have no empathy for you (because gluten intolerance doesn’t exist, apparently) and a lot of the foods that are created as substitutes are loaded with sugar and chemicals and crap.
Between my boyfriend and I, the list of foods we can’t eat is quite expansive, so we’ve become experts at reading labels and thinking outside the box when we cook for one another. For the most part, we don’t feel like we’re missing out, and we enjoy cooking together, or for each other, because we both like to try new things when we do. Continue reading
Who doesn’t love a chocolaty treat that’s easy to put together?
For a sweet treat without the sugar, but with a nice whack of protein, fibre and good fats, like omega3, you can’t go past my chia pudding.
It can be adapted to suit any flavour palate, just like my Coyo Chia Pudding. Try it with cacao powder or even fresh passionfruit instead of the cacao nibs, if you want, and top with any fruit you like.
The thing about being a grown-up, is that, even if you aren’t the sort of person who cooks, you may find yourself in a position where you need to cook for others. It might be for some friends after a sunny Saturday at the markets, some in-laws, or for a sexy date you’ve been seeing lately, but, every now and then, it happens. Now, I’m not saying that you need to “impress” people (it’s just not my bag to think that way), but when it comes to food, I want to enjoy all of my meals and for those I share with to enjoy them too. There’s something uniquely satisfying about sharing love with your food and magically silencing an entire table in a unison of gratification.
But, sometimes that can seem like a daunting task of endless dirty dishes – and nobody like dishes! While, I am known to use every pot and pan in the kitchen occasionally, in my experience, you can make some incredibly impressive food that does just that with hardly any effort or mess at all. Continue reading