7 Tasty Food-Hacks for the Intolerant Foodie

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

Chocolate Chia Pudding:: Miranda Makes

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.

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Cook Like a Pro! (aka. Flavour Bases That Will Make Anyone Think You’ve Got Your Shit Together)

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

Homeostasis: Finding the Balance

Originally posted on Kaleidoscope Blog

One of my favourite things about science and nature, is that everything strives for balance. This balance is called ‘homeostasis’ and it describes the process that finds the “happy medium” in all things, almost as though nature itself is aiming for moderation.

I really connect with the process of homeostasis. Our body is a fantastic example of homeostasis in action; all it wants is balance. Our body temperature, for example, has dire consequences if it gets too hot or too cold, so there are safeguards in place that cause us to sweat when we get too hot – as the air around us will feel cooler on wet skin – and shiver if we are too cold – the involuntary action creates heat as our muscles move. It’s an innate function of the body to fine tune this balance because it protects our cells from damage, keeping us alive. Personally, I think that alone is incredibly cool.

It is the same for other processes in our body; our blood sugar, our hydration levels and the strength of our bones are some more, incredibly important and impressive, examples of nature being aware of and striving for balance, helping every function occur at peak efficiency.

I think of homeostasis like those old-fashioned scales, tipping back and forth gently until they hit the “sweet spot” which tells you how much the item weighs. It doesn’t take much to unbalance the scales, but there is always a way to bring it back to the middle.

The thing with health these days, is that we get so caught up in the superficial things that we give ourselves unrealistic goals and expectations, which in the end, cause us more grief and hinders our health even further.

Especially as someone who has studied nutrition and writes a wellness blog, I have felt an overwhelming pressure that I had to look, eat and be a certain way in order to be respected and relevant; to be “healthy”. I didn’t (and still don’t) have a perfectly toned body, and I rarely drink smoothies, let alone load them full of superfoods and eat them from a bowl, so I worried that I didn’t have anything inspiring to contribute – I wasn’t like everyone else. But when I truly thought about it, I realised that my expectations for myself were completely out of line with what is right for my body. They were unrealistic and unattainable without me causing myself a lot of psychological turmoil.

This is how homeostasis helped me.


On one side of the spectrum, there are the food and lifestyle habits that are clearly unhealthy; emotional eating, avoiding exercise, eating processed foods, not eating enough fruit and vegetables and being unaware of your body’s needs. We all know that these behaviours can have a negative effect on our overall health. On the other side, we have the strict rules and restrictions of diets, “clean eating” and movements like paleo and raw vegan. Of course, there are a wide array of benefits and ethical considerations to a lot of “diets” out there, but for some people, imposing strict rules can be incredibly detrimental, and lead to a psychological condition called Orthorexia Nervosa; an excessive preoccupation with healthy eating and behaviours.

I split these two sides into their extremes because that is exactly what they are. When we live at either extreme, we are at a high risk of harming ourselves, even when one extreme seems healthier than the other. There is a tiny percentage of people who can happily live their life at these extremes and be healthy, but they are a rarity. For most of us, extreme behaviours can harm us, which is why homeostasis is so important. Understanding that you and your body are different to other people is crucial to a healthy lifestyle, because it highlights the individuality that is so often forgotten with blanket terms and rules created by each “diet”.


There are a few things that are a must as far as I am concerned, but as you’ll be able to see, they aren’t hard and fast rules. Instead, they can easily be adapted to your life, and so they should be.


A minimum of five serves to be exact. I’d happily say that this is my most strict rule, but it truly is important to ensure you’re getting a wide variety of vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals.


Yes, even if you’re vegan or vegetarian. Nuts, seeds, legumes and wholegrains are great protein-foods to add to your vegetables no matter what your diet is. They are full of fibre, vitamins and minerals too!


At least 5 days a week for at least 30 minutes at a time. Find stuff that you love to do and make the time to do it. It will break down your stress hormone, cortisol, and increase your happiness and motivation by increasing your endorphins.


2-3 litres a day is a great benchmark for water intake, and isn’t hard to achieve if you put your mind to it. Our bodies are made of 60% water after all!


Whether it’s eating food that isn’t healthy, being lazy, eating too fast, abusing drugs and alcohol, spending time with negative people or just criticising yourself too much, find a way to change the habits that you know aren’t serving you into ones that do. It’s hard to break habits, but it is possible, and who knows, you might find something to replace it with that you enjoy even more than the short rush you initially get with your bad habit.


Having said that, there are some circumstances where sometimes the healthiest thing you can do is to eat something for the sake of eating (because there is no other option) and accept the circumstances and the poor quality of what you ate. The stress you put on yourself worrying about whether or not it is “healthy” or what you “should” be eating can often exacerbate the effect of the poor food choice itself, and if your only other choice is to not eat for several hours, I’d prefer that you eat.

We often forget that our psychological health is just as important as our physical health, and the energy surrounding our food choices contribute just as much to our health as the nutrients we are consuming. If we take our health choices too seriously, the guilt associated with breaking rules not only contributes to the overall levels of stress in our bodies, but allows our emotions to be ruled by food, often encouraging emotional eating.

Being not only ok, but content with the person you are, the body you have and what works best for you is the best move you can make with your health. In the end, it is your body, so if you can become attune to what it needs, you are truly nurturing your own homeostasis and the person you are meant to be, which to me is what health should be.


Four Minute Salad

Yesterday I had a wonderful afternoon of creation in my kitchen. I didn’t do anything too complicated, and I didn’t have to buy any new ingredients; I just cooked real, delicious food. I created some flavours to cook chicken wings I had in my fridge, and while they were cooking, I realised that I hadn’t even thought to have them with anything (sometimes I get all too focused on the protein component of a dish that I forget about the other things I’m supposed to cook until the last minute and fluster around with them).

I had a quick look in my fridge and grabbed out the vegies I had most of to create this simple and very refreshing salad which I put together in about 3-4 minutes (which stopping to crunch on extra celery because sometimes I forget how delicious that can be)

The thing I like most about this salad is that it’s a little different so can shake up your usual routine when it comes to salads, as we can all get in a habit of making the same salad over and over again. It also has a lot of flavour and the minute pieces make it easy to get a range of flavours in every mouthful.

I promise you will thoroughly enjoy it!

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Choc-Cherry Ripesicles :: Feb Refresh Day 2

Thinking of summer brings about fun vibes for me, and happy, simple childhood memories of sprinklers, pools, reading books, giggling and popsicles. Not only that, but cherries are perfectly ripe and in season in summer, which means not only are they tasty and full of nutrients, but they are good value too. If Cadbury have taught us nothing else, its that cherry goes perfectly with coconut and dark chocolate (oh my GOODNESS yes!).

But hey guys, this is the Feb Refresh! We can’t be gorging ourselves on Cherry Ripes – no no no. We’re clever, and sassy and know that we can one-up Cadbury with our know-how; and with these babies you aren’t missing out. I’ve created sugar-free, dairy-free and guilt-free Choc-Cherry Ripesicles just for you (gosh, aren’t you lucky you have me?). Continue reading