Easy Morning Kale Omlette

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Hi everyone, its been a while since my last post in the summer but I wanted to get back into the blogging swing with posting a few healthy meals I have come up with over the last month. Since my last post I made even more changes in my healthy eating lifestyle and became full paleo. 
I started to eat paleo around October last year but fell out of my routine over Christmas. But that has passed now and I just finished a Paleo Challenge called The Whole 30 where you eliminate certain foods from your diet and after the 30 days reintroduce some of them back.

Its been an fantastic experience and I will tell you more about it in the upcoming posts. For now I just wanted to show you what my everyday kind of breakfast looks like. Its super easy and only takes 10 min to make.What better way to start the day with some kale!

All you need is

2 eggs
one half of an onion
small bunch of kale
salt & pepper
some coconut oil for frying

Make it!!!

1. Slice the onion into rings and tear the kale into small chunks. Start frying them with some coconut      oil until soft 
2. Beat the 2 eggs in a small bowl and season with salt and pepper
3. Add  egg to  pan and fry until the egg has set and forms an omelette ( I like to put mine in the grill so it gets fluffy and brown on the top) 
4. Serve with a nice hot tea in the morning for a lovely start into a new day!

Healthy Sunday Night Dinner - Lamb Steaks With Lebanese Tabbouleh Salad

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Its been now over a month since I took my healthy lifestyle up to the next level. What I mean by that is that I gave up all unrefined sugar, high fructose syrups and gluten.
Giving all of these things up sounds quite scary but its something I am passionate about and I am willing to give it a long shot, trying to make it a routine in my life.
Over the summer I read quite a few books on nutrition/ health and how the body is impacted by eating to much of these foods.
I was amazed and since studying these kind of topics, I come to realise that I had to change quite a few habits.
I thought my diet and lifestyle was already quite good but no I was wrong again. To be honest this whole food thing is actually quite confusing because everyone is saying something different. 
So if you want to make some changes for the better in your life try and do your own research otherwise you end up all confused and go right back to your normal ways.

Anyway after doing all my research ( I am sure there is more to know, it never stops) I came to the conclusion to stop eating sugar and holding back on the gluten. 

Here are some the things I started changing around the house!

1. Get a organic veg & meat box delivered every week ( I get mine from Riverford and so far they           have been fantastic)
2. Stop taking sandwiches for lunch and instead taking salads or soups with me in my much loved           Kilner jars
3. Stop eating vegetable oils and instead cook with coconut oil and butter, for salads I like to use             extra virgin olive oil
4. Stop eating pasta and instead making "pasta" from veggies like courgette
5. Stop drinking fruit juice, just have water 
6. Started making my own Yogurt ( its a great way to avoid sugar loaded ones that are in the shops)
7. For snacks I have nuts and dried berry's and when I crave chocolate I like to eat dark chocolate           (anything over 70% cocoa is great)

There are more things that I have changed but for know I think they are just enough. Pick the ones you would like to change and listen to your body. I changed all these things with time and not overnight. It takes time for the body to adapt and not crave sugary foods. Maybe just start with one. 
When I started I only wanted to drink more water and when I saw some good results I wanted to do more.

So to give you a little help and show you how easy healthy cooking can be I want to share last Sunday nights dinner with you! Hope you like it!

Lebanese Tabbouleh
serves 4-6

1 cup uncooked quinoa

half of a red onion or 3 spring onions

3 medium tomatoes

1 large bunch of parsley (1 cup)

1 small bunch of mint (half a cup)

2 cloves of garlic

half a lemon

season with extra virgin olive oil plus salt & pepper

1. Start of by rinsing the quinoa under some cold water, combine with 2 cups of water and some salt.     Bring to a rapid boil, then turn down to a low heat and cook until the quinoa is fluffy, about 20 min
2. Finely chop onion, tomatoes, parsley and mint and put aside in a large bowl
3. Empty the cooked quinoa into another bowl and let it cool down until is barley warm to the touch
4. Combine all the ingredients and drizzle the juice of the lemon and some olive oil over it.
5. Season with salt and pepper ( you might also like to but some feta into the salad to give it some more body) 
6. Give it a good stir to combine.

For the lamb steaks I simply seasoned them with some turmeric, salt and pepper and fried them on a high heat for 5 min in a pan. Easy

I hope you enjoy this recipe and give it a go at your house!

Sugar Free Raspberry Chia Jam

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Hi everybody I hope you all having a good week so far! We had a really nice weekend, just me and my hubby. One of my best friends kindly offered to babysit the boys from Friday night all the way up to afternoon Saturday. So me and my husband jumped to the opportunity and had a lovely pub dinner Friday night and Saturday we went to a National Trust house up in Dorking (Polesden Lacey). We love visiting old historical places and the house we saw that day was a real inspiration in interior design and I felt great seeing such an amazing house and hearing of all the things that went on in an old Edwardian country house.

After such an refreshing weekend I felt even more inspired continuing with my new healthy lifestyle.
I went back to my much loved and missed Yoga lessons ( I haven't done any yoga in 2 years and my whole body is aching now).

One of the most important things that I like to carry on with is giving up refined sugar. I know that sounds like a huge task at hands but its something I find important and that can really improve my over all health and well being. Its has not been easy especially when I am out and about and nearly every snack or food has added sugar or other nasties that I don't even know how to spell out.
I am trying hard and I know I can get there with time so I thought I would share one of my healthy dessert options that won't even make you miss all the sugar stuff.
Its easy to do and won't take any time to whisk up.

serves 4-6

2 cups of frozen  fresh raspberries

1 tbsp of raw honey

5 tbsp of water

4 tbsp chia seeds

desiccated coconut & sliced almonds for toppings

1. Throw all the ingredients into a blender and blitz until smooth. You may need to add some more water to help combine.
2. Pour mixture into saucepan and heat over medium heat until the mixture begins to boil. reduce the heat and whisk constantly until thickened ( 3-5 min)
3. Store in an glass jar for up to 1 week.

I like to serve my Raspberry Chia Jam on top of my homemade yogurt and eat it after lunch. Its the perfect treat after lunch to kill those sugar cravings!