Sunday, March 24, 2013

At Home Beauty Spa Treatments!

These are some really cool tricks for an at home beauty spa! Enjoy! 


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Quick & Super Healthy Dinner

Got home from work late & wanted something quick and healthy... 1) microwave pack of brown rice (only need 1/3pack for a serving) and 1 x microwave bag of steam fresh veggies.

Grate a little fresh ginger on top, a dash of soy sauce and a squeeze from a small wedge of fresh lime & hey presto - delicious and nutritious! Add some chicken or fish if you like but I've been feeling so good without meat lately that I'm having a bit of a break from it.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Brown Rice Salad : Clean Eating, Gluten Free

This was so delicious, quick & easy!

I used a microwave brown rice pack (I only eat 1/3 pack at a time) then added half an avocado, a hard boiled egg, fresh cherry tomatoes, a dash of soy sauce, fresh parsley & a squeeze of fresh lime. Serve while the rice is hot and mix it all in together, totally delish!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Healthy Bangers & Mash!! Quick, Healthy, Yum.

If you're in Australia - get yourself hooked on Kanga Banga's - Kangaroo meat is tasty and oh so lean and high in protein! Grill them, fry them, bbq them, bake them, however you like.

For my mash I used sweet potato - peel, chop & boil until really soft, then drain out the water and mash it up with a fork. I also like to chuck a couple of garlic cloves in with the potato while it's boiling.

Serve with steamed veggies or on it's own. You can make up a bit of gravy to put over the top, or a bit of olive oil, or leave it plain.

Very tasty & healthy. xx

How to Lose Weight QUICKLY & Healthily!!

This worked for me, it may not work for you, but I reckon it probably will. It's a little bit hard if you are used to eating whatever you want, whenever you want, BUT it will definitely help you shed those unwanted kilo's and force you to eat a healthier diet.

 1) NO GLUTEN - even if you are not intolerant, check ingredients on everything you eat and avoid anything with flour or wheat in it. This also forces you to give up bread, wraps, cakes, sweets, pastries, sauces etc. I cut out gluten at the start of the year and lost kg's every week. Rice, Grains & Sweet Potato are great to get your carbs from, just keep the portion small and stock up on veggies.

 2) NO DAIRY - yep, don't do it. No milk in your coffee or smoothies, or try soy milk, almond milk, rice milk etc - this was hard for me at first but I now really enjoy the flavour of a coffee without milk. Don't add cheese to anything. For your calcium, get it from lots of green veggies like spinach and take vitamins daily. The only dairy I still will eat is: cottage cheese / natural yoghurt & sometimes fetta/haloumi/parmesean

 3) NO ADDED SUGAR - This is a big one, almost everything you eat that comes out of a packet has added sugar, check the ingredients, not the nutritional info, the ingredients - it's almost always the second ingredient on the list. Just practicing this ONE rule alone and sticking to it will make a massive difference really quickly.

4) DON'T STARVE YOURSELF - If you are eating clean and healthy, stop counting calories and going without food, have a big breakfast, eat lots of food regularly throughout the day, nuts, fruit & hardboiled eggs are great to snack on and keep you going, drink lots of water & tea, like they say - aim for 5-6 small meals a day to keep your metabolism pumping. If you can't do this - breakfast, lunch and dinner with some nuts or fruit & tea & coffee in between. For a sweet desert if you need it - try mashing a banana with some cinnamon - or natural yoghurt mixed with chocolate protein powder..

 So I bet your asking yourself now - well what the hell am I going to eat if I cut out all of that? A damn healthy diet thats what!! If you can make the above changes slowly (not drastically) you will look and feel amazing for the rest of your life. No more bloating, farting, indigestion, constipation, diahorrea, whatever.. For ideas and recipes of things that I cook and eat - follow this blog and/or my youtube channel, where I film recipes that come out of my brain, and sometimes sing a song about the process to make it more interesting.. yep, I'm a little bit of a weirdo but aren't we all :)

 Cheat / Takeout meals for me consist of Hot Chips w no sauce (not often but it's my junk food of choice) & Sushi - just stick to 1 or 2 rolls and aim for fresh avocado & salmon etc and not the deep fried tandoori chicken (gluten and sugar in the coating and the sauce). When eating out at restaurants, the gluten free options are usually delicious and healthy.

 HEALTHY FOOD DOES NOT HAVE TO BE BORING!! Stock yourself up on heaps of herbs and spices, and add them to your meats and veggies instead of sauces. Add cottage cheese to things while you cook them to add thickness (like a sauce). Use lots of garlic, ginger, fresh herbs like basil, parsley, coriander - so healthy and so delicious!A current favourite of mine is adding curry powder to vegetables - SO GOOD.

 EXERCISE!! I'm not a massive fan of exercise, but I love the way it makes me look and feel - a 30-40min power walk EVERY DAY is all you need accompanied by the above food rules to help that fat come off gradually and healthily. Try and walk before breakfast on an empty stomach for the best results. Mix in a short jog / run once or twice during your walk to burn fat quicker. Do some squats / lunges / push ups / sit ups at home every second day, you don't need to do 100 of them, 10 of each every second day is still something and it helps to tone your muscles and also burn fat :)

And last of all - don't beat yourself up if you give in to the above restrictions every once in a while - just accept that you did and be healthy at your next meal choice. Every now and then I just can't say no to a cappuccino or latte - I just have skim milk and no sugar. It's delicious, but it still makes me bloat and fart. But sometimes it's worth it. Sometimes :)

 Anyway - good luck on your journey, I hope to keep you inspired with my creations xoRizz.

Stuffed Brussel Sprouts - Delicious, Quick, Healthy & Clean

Now this one is thanks to a youtube channel and blog I found called 'cooking stoned' - definitely look him up, some awesome recipes and cooking tips!

I was at the fresh food markets on Sunday and bought brussel sprouts, which I havn't eaten in years, but  wanted to give a go as I know how good they are for you. So rich and dense in vitamins! (hence the strong flavour that many people don't like)

So, I followed the directions - cut off the ends, cut them down the middle, put them cut side down into boiling water for about 5mins, and then cut out the middle, which was super duper easy...

While they were boiling I mixed up a filling (I just pulled random ingredients from my kitchen, trying to keep it really clean and healthy, but you really could put ANYTHING in them!) I would love to try a cheesy bacon filling (and then toast them under the griller) - but I'm being quite health conscious at the moment, so no cheese and bacon for me...

Anyway - I mixed up some cottage cheese, basil pesto, fresh corriander & chopped walnuts in a bowl, and then added it to the freshly boiled and hollowed out sprouts, and surprisingly, without knowing how this would taste, they were super duper easy, quick, tasty and amazing!

I am certainly going to make many more variations of these in the future and they would make a wonderful entree or snack at parties - warm or cold!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Spicy Anti-Bloating Tea

A slice of ginger, a wedge of lemon (squeezed) a shake of cayenne pepper and some crushed coriander seeds - put all in a cup and fill with boiling water - surprisingly delicious, spicy and healthy tea, which helps to get rid of bloating x

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Sweet & Salty & Spicy - Bacon Chicken Skewers!

I think I saw this on pinterest, not really all that healthy but it's definitely quick and yum!!!

Cut a chicken breast in strips and wrap bacon around them, thread a skewer thru each one to secure.

Sprinkle them all with brown sugar, salt & chilli flakes - enough to add flavour but not too much - bacon is already salty remember.

Turn the skewers in the coatings that missed them and then grill to perfection, I use my breville double sided grilly thing. It's sloped so the fat drains out and heat adjustable too.

Serve on salad... Yum yum yum!!

Monday, January 21, 2013

Gluten Free French Toast!

This was so quick and easy and delicious! I used one large fresh organic egg, one piece of gluten free, yeast free bread. Preheat a fry pan with a bit of rice bran oil. My bread was frozen so I microwaved it 20secs to soften it up. Crack egg into a bowl, cut bread into 3 bits and put them in the bowl, soak in the egg on both sides and add a little salt & pepper. Once pan is hot and bread is eggy - tip the bread into the pan, any leftover egg can get poured on top. Cook a few minutes per side, until golden brown, then remove from heat and eat! I put some fresh basil and a bit more pepper on top. Took about 5-10mins all up. Yummo!!!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Eggplant Burgers Recipe! Gluten Free!

I had no idea what to make for lunch so I whipped out some leftover mince, some bok choy, tomato & eggplant.. Hmm.. Let's try to make burgers using eggplant in place of the bread..

I mixed garlic, chilli & an egg into the mince, mixed it all up and grilled flattened dollops on both sides until golden (burger patties).. I lightly cooked a bit of bok choy in the pan while the burgers were cooking (2-3mins for bok choy). Then removed burgers from pan and add sliced eggplant.

Eggplant should be rinsed first and salted. I used a pinch of veggie salt on either side of the eggplant slices. I turned the pan heat up and grilled until nice and brown. Eggplant will taste funny if not cooked properly.

Once all cooked I layered it up, added some cottage cheese & pepper and a dash of chilli sauce and viola.. Nice healthy lunch with a twist.

Soft Boiled Gourmet Eggs breakfast recipe - gluten free

This was amazing and also so pretty to look at. Decided I wants my egg soft boiled this morning, accompanied by some fried chilli, garlic, red onion, fresh coriander & silverside (which I never actually buy or use but we had some leftover in the fridge). You could use bacon / ham / chicken / beans.. Whatever..

For the perfect soft boiled egg - bring water to the boil and add your eggs, time at exactly 4 minutes then remove from heat and drain boiling water. Add cold water and some ice cubes to the saucepan to cool the eggs and leave to cool down while u prepare the rest of the meal.

I fried up the rest of the stuff in some rice bran oil and then served with some avocado slices and once the egg was peeled and sliced open (half way to let the yolk out) I added some black pepper and spring onions / eschallots to garnish.

Serve with toast or gluten free bread if you like, I'd already had a fresh made fruit juice before this so didn't need it.


Thursday, January 3, 2013

Delicious 'McDonalds' tasting healthy burger patties/rissoles recipe -gluten free

I experimented with this one and it turned out to be a completely surprising taste bud explosion. After the first bite I said to my partner "This tastes like McDonalds"! We both then tucked in greedily and were left quite satisfied and smug looking. Tasty tasty tasty...

Now for you to try it - adjust recipe according to people served. I served 2.

250g lean beef mince
1 x dill pickle
2 x anchovies (if you like them)
Veggie Salt / Black Pepper / Garlic Salt
1 egg
Worcestershire sauce
1Tbs rice bran or olive oil
Fresh or dried parsley

1) beat egg & oil in bowl until combined.
2) add one large pinch veggie salt, a dash of black pepper, a couple of shakes of garlic salt (could use minced fresh garlic instead) & parsley - mix in well.
3) finely dice one large pickle & anchovies and mix into the mixture.
4) finally add the mince and mix thru all ingredients until well combined.
5) heat some more oil in a pan and when hot, add the mixture in dollops and flatten slightly with a fork. Once slightly cooked, add a dash of worcestershire to the top of each one .
6) After a few mins, flip the patties over and cook the other side until nicely browned on both sides. Cut one open to check if cooked through.
7) serve with a salad or bread or whatever you like. I used a 4 leave mix salad with some chopped walnuts & fresh lime juice (the best salad dressing), and a few cherry tomatoes.
8) Nom it all down.