Second recipe, this was an interesting one…. :)

You know howΒ  I have discussed food textures before, and I can’t eat foods that are slime? You know, things like bananas*, zucchini, eggplant, chokos, well they are all the slime foods. Well check this out:

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Deliciously Ella Chia Seed Pudding – http://deliciouslyella.com/

Have you ever had chia seeds in anything? I have them in my bright purple berry smoothies all the time, they remind me of the seeds you would have in say, raspberry jam, but in a little pocket of goo. As we all know, lots of people are hurrah-ing over their goodness, their omegas, and their ability to reduce inflammation by sweeping through the system with their slime, which is activated once they hit liquid. And oh wow, their slime was abundant in this breakfast!!! This was almond milk, a bunch of chia seeds, cinnamon and honey, left overnight in my fridge to absorb all of the super yum deliciousness that is cinnamon, almond and honey, then topped with berries when I woke up.

Now the flavour this pudding had was AWESOME. It was exactly the right balance of all of the flavours. The berries could have done with more thawing, but I was marvin and I wanted to eat it before I ran off to teach Pilates. Also, I think mine hadn’t set as well as it could, I probably could have drunk it like a thick shake, I did leave some of it in the jar and just checked it before sitting down to write this, it has gotten firmer, so maybe make a couple of jars two days out and you would be set for breakfasts for a few days. Now back to the texture….. It was slime with little seeds in it. Great tasting, but since I’m such a textural eater it might have been a bit too much goo on one big hit. It needed some crunch. So I think next time I have it, I will pair half of it with her Banana and Almond Granola Clusters (doesn’t that just sound so so yum!!!) which I will be making on Friday πŸ™‚

So there you have it πŸ˜€ I ate chia seed pudding ha ha ha ha ha

xx

*disclaimer – yes I do sometimes eat banana, but it needs to be very thin slivers of only just ripe bananas, no slime πŸ˜€

P.S., Notice how many times I use the word slime. I am not messing around πŸ˜€

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The time has come… :)

In two sleeps I will teach my first proper Pilates class. I have taught small groups and one on one, but they were with people I know, this is a whole different thing now. I’m so nervous!!!! I’m hoping it will be like when I used to sing in high school: Scared to death in a small group, but in front of a whole hall full of people I didn’t really know it turned out ok and got a bit easier. So I’m super excited, because I’ve wanted it for so long, but also super jittery ha ha ha ha ha Wish me luck!!!!!

So birthday week is well and truly over πŸ˜€ Back to the juice tomorrow, with my veggie foods thrown in. With exams coming up there is no way I can just do juice right now, my brain needs all the help it can get. So my little boys birthday was fantastic, I couldn’t have been happier, when he came up to me to tell me what a great time he was having, that is the best part πŸ™‚ I’m still smiling remembering that πŸ˜€

This is my little guy with his cake that I made, he is a huge Angry Birds fan πŸ˜€

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We had an awesome time, was so nice to have a happy break from everything Ive been doing lately πŸ˜€

 

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Cant believe he used to be a little bubba, he still sleeps like that too!! Bet he does when hes 15 too ha ha ha ha ha

So now, its all systems go for studying, boooooo. I have two exams and one assignment due all in the next two weeks, its been a super hard session, and I’ll be happy to be at the end of this one. I’ll be halfway through, only two and half more years to go, woo-hoo!!!!!! Meow has been helping me πŸ˜€

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I’ll let her do the exam, she probably reads more than I do anyway πŸ™‚

While my sister was here she threw together a super yum dinner (bit of a quick change of subject!!!) and told me the ingredients, gave it a go tonight with a couple of small changes, and its super yum, here is the recipe:

1 carrot, grated

1 red capsicum, finely chopped

1 red onion

8 button mushrooms

1 tin tomatoes

1 tin red kidney beans

1 tin low fat refried beans

1 tin corn kernals

2 red chillies (I have jar of organic red chillies that I dehydrated myself and are super strong, seeds still in, gives it a really good kick, you might want to adjust the quantity according to the chillies you use)

1-2 tablespoons ground cumin seeds

2 tsp smoked paprika

3 tablespoons tomato paste

1 sachet taco seasoning (you can make your own, theres heaps on Google, but I used the shop bought one for this)

So pretty much you cook up the onion and mushrooms, add the carrots and capsicum when the onion is soft, add spices, then all of the canned stuff and give it a good stir. Season if you want, and simmer until it looks like this:

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It’s so so easy, and super yum!!! Makes a GINORMOUS pot of it too, dinner for ages and good to freeze. This is how I have it:

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On a tortilla with lettuce, baby spinach, tomato, soy mayo, avocado and brown rice and quinoa, and a teensy spoonful of cottage cheese, I so love cheese with my meals, am cutting it right out, slowly, but I’m getting there. So without all of my extras, the Mexican stuff is 100% vegan, how I have it is vegetarian, cause of the cheese obviously. I swear I will make my own cashew cheese one day, I will πŸ˜€

And there you have it πŸ˜€

Oh, and one more thing: I finally got my drink bottle. Might not be a huge announcement, but I was pretty excited πŸ˜€ You all know how I love my lemon water, but it does get to be a pain in the bottom sometimes when I’m out, you cant just squeeze a lemon into random water bottles, so this is what my new drink bottle does, winning!! It’s called a Citrus Zinger, and I seriously waited 4 weeks for it to come from overseas, but its so cool and totally worth it πŸ˜€ It has a citrus juicer in the bottom, so you just flip it over, squeeze your lemon, then flip it back and fill it up. Genius. You can store a lemon for a second refill too, also genius!!!

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Lovely πŸ˜€ I so love my gadgets πŸ˜€

Anyhow, it is back to the study for me, thanks for reading as always!!!

xx

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Day eight reboot / Day 3 juicing: Still going strong

Well yay its working πŸ˜€ The results were almost immediate. And that is such a good thing!! I’m such an instant gratification person, and work better when I get immediate results πŸ˜€ Its day 8, and I’m on the third day of juicing only. I feel awesome, not a bit tired, not a bit hungry, and I’ve managed to lose 1.4 kilos (3.1 pounds). So that is entirely cool πŸ™‚

The first time I did a juice fast I felt revolting for a good week, I also didn’t gradually build up (down?) to just juicing either, I went cold turkey from lots of junk straight into the juice. But this time I feel great already, so either it’s because I was clearing out junk I’d accumulated over a LOOOOONG time and this time it’s only been a little while, or the stepping into it slowly has been the difference. Either way, yay!!!

The only negative I can feel (and it may or may not actually be related) is that my skin has gotten a bit dry. But that could also be because of the drop in temperature and me having hotter showers, so I decided to add a small handful of nuts, and also some chia seeds into my plan just to keep the omegas and good oils in the system. Can’t hurt πŸ™‚ Also satisfies the need to chew something (‘chewing’ liquid makes me feel a bit stupid* ;)).

So yay for the juice fasting, not sure how long I will go on for, if i can keep going like this, a while is my guess πŸ˜€

See ya xx

*chewing helps to release digestive enzymes, so because I am not actually chewing what I’m ‘eating’, I ‘chew’ the juice to help these get going…..

Day six reboot/day one juice only = success :D

Yup you read it right, success πŸ˜€ Yay I didn’t even cave in to garlic bread ha ha ha ha ha

Pretty happy with todays outcome really, I’ve had 4 out of 5 juices so far, with one saved for when I start studying in a minute, had my coconut water, my peppermint tea, although I disguised that as coffee, it didn’t work…..

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And thats it πŸ™‚ Had a yum juice this afternoon, pineapple, lime, lemon, ginger and celery, that was good πŸ™‚ Had one carrot, ginger and apple juice and two of the green lemonade juices that I tried the other day, so far so good!

What I found really interesting was that I am not ‘hungry’. Not food hungry anyway. It’s a totally different feeling…

I watched a documentary the other night called Superjuice Me. Its like Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead in that it promotes juice as a way to get loads of nutrients into the body, but a bit different in that it takes 8 individuals with LOADS of diseases between them, and sees what difference a 28 day juice cleanse makes to their lives. And its AMAZING. I totally recommend giving it a watch, the link is here:

http://www.superjuiceme.com/28-day-juice-plan/

What really made sense from the documentary was this: Remember every time you have ever gone for like, Chinese food or something, and you stuff yourself stupid, then you get home and you are all kinds of hungry and could eat that whole entire thing over? Well if you think of your body as a whole bunch of cells needing nutrients to keep everything going and running properly, and then when they have enough power from food to run smoothly they switch off your hungry signals, well, your Chinese dinner doesnt do this. Instead, you eat all the food, you don’t take in any nutrients, and your cells say “well that was all very well and nice, but I’m still hungry for nutrients so give me more food!! I will make you eat until I have my nutrients!!!!” And so you are hungry again, despite your digestive system trying to work its way through the four plates from the buffet you just scarfed down.

So today I have had four juices. And I’m not hungry AT ALL. I have an ’empty’ feeling, but its not a real hunger that I would normally get, telling me to eat crackers and coffees and bread and salty food, its just not there today. I made dinner for my little boy, which looked and smelt really good, but I didn’t have the urge to eat anything myself, I just didn’t get the ‘it’s dinner time’ signals I usually get. I think my cells have said “good work, we are full now, you did good” πŸ˜€

And that is a happy thing πŸ™‚ Yay for day one juicing working out πŸ™‚

xx

Day three reboot: hitting the 3 day wall

This is normal, detox/cleanse/diet procedure for me. Day three sucks. And it sucks bad. Even a TV ad will make me run down the street waving my money yelling “buy all the pizza!!!!!”. Its so very glamorous. My friend sent me an assignment she is doing, where she grows listeria on cheese. AllΒ  wanted after that was cheese, poisonous and bacteria infested, or not.

Today was absolutely no different. After staying up a fair bit later than I had planned last night for very important study time* (what, I had a double episode of Downton to catch up on!!) I was slightly wrecked all day, and being day three did not help me out one little bit. By day three I am a cranky, tired, salted-chip craving monster, and is ALWAYS the day I cave. ALWAYS.

SO considering what I had to work with today, I didn’t really do too badly. Some things worked out really well! I found a new favourite juice to add to the list, I only ate like, 4 chicken flavoured crackers (4!!! And it was a brand new box and everything!! Good job me!!) and my ‘dinner invention’, whilst not being on my menu, did include all of the ingredients from one of the meals I was supposed to eat, with a couple of extras thrown in.

So food today:

Lemon water and a berry smoothie. I was suppose to have a green smoothie, but *gag* I hate those things. So I made my go to favourite, from blueberries, raspberries, coconut water, oat milk and chia seeds.

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Mmmmmmm yum πŸ˜€

Next was morning tea. Check out the colour of that, that’s not enhanced in any way, that’s just bright green goodness in a jar. Its called Green Lemonade, and consists of kale, spinach, lemon, apple, cucumber and celery. One of the best juices ever, I don’t love sweet stuff so this one is great for when I really don’t want a sweet juice πŸ™‚

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Oh!!! And notice I got new stainless steel drinking straws!! They are super cool, I picked these up at the health food shop here for $9.95 for two plus a cleaning brush, odd how excited I am feeling about some new drinking straws right now πŸ˜€

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And…. I’m just noticing I don’t have a photo of my lunch. I don’t actually think I HAD any lunch. I had my juice right on lunch time, then I had the second one, and nothing in between. Hmmmmm.

And then we come to dinner. It was supposed to be pumpkin with mushrooms and onions and garlic, but instead I might have made this:

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So this is: Pumpkin, broccoli, mushrooms, coriander, laksa paste, low fat coconut milk, water and dried shallots. Not TOOOO bad…. Right? Its all still plant based, and thats what I’m standing by tonight. It could have been worse, everyone else ate sausages. I was *this close*!!!!!! :/ Stupid day 3!!!!!

SO that was my day, I am supposed to study tonight but am wrecked. Hoping tomorrow will be a better day.

xx

Day two reboot: Is it juice time yet?

So day two wasn’t as good as day one. Similar food, but I had to change some things around, I’m a textural eater, I like crunchy things, so all of these soft vegetables I ate today had a bit of a gag factor for me. I did add a tortilla because dinner was not going to do it for me today, I actually would have rathered a juice, bring on the juicing!!!!!!

So todays food:

Same breakfast as yesterday. I was totally right about the sultanas. Blerk.

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Morning and afternoon teas were the greenest juice ever, and so yum!! Kale, cucumber, celery and pear, this one was GOOD πŸ˜€ Threw some chia seeds in for a few omegas, I highly recommend this juice:

 

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Lunch and dinner, not so great. Was supposed to have a raw carrot and ginger soup, but i had sweet potato left from yesterday, so thought I better not waste it, so I made the chips again. Then I put avocado on top. Ate about a third before I hated it, and put it in the fridge to invent something for dinner.

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And invent I did. Enter a tortilla (definitely not on the list, but needed the crunch or I was going to eat something really bad…)

Put the sweet potato and avocado, leftover coleslaw from yesterday, and chopped up half a tomato and some onion, wrapped it up and toasted. Did the job (like, I’m full) and didn’t make me gag from soft vegetables, also not bad….

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Looking forward to tomorrow when there is more juice involved, yay!!!!!!!

 

Oh, and this happened today. Im all set, exciting!!!!!!!!!

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YAAAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

See you guys tomorrow xx More juice!!!!!!!

 

 

 

A few of my favourite recipes :)

After sharing one of my most favourite recipes at the moment with a friend just now, I thought maybe I would share a couple of the things Ive been making lately with all of you πŸ™‚ Ive been a bit of a crap vegetarian lately, some bacon and other things snuck its way back in. And I’m not one for a piece of lean meat, my tastebuds like the ‘who even knows whats in that’ type of concoctions you can get from the supermarket deli like salami and deli ham…. So in the spirit of regaining my energy, out goes the salty yumness of salami and in comes the deliciousness of huge zucchinis (did I just say zucchinis are delicious? I need to lay down :D) and lentils and a surprise dessert that was really good on my fruit-only day I made from hardly anything!!

 

So the first recipe is YUM. Its not raw but it is vegetarian, and vegan if you add something other than cream to it, like a soy or non-dairy yoghurt. If you like tandoori, and a bit of spice, this is great, and if you divide the mixture between three it works out at 166 calories per serve, and with 3 papapdums is 260, and provides protein and fibre to your diet.

Tandoori Lentils

1 onion, chopped finely

1 tablespoon tandoori paste

1 cup Massel brand chicken stock (I use this one as its vegan but you can use any)

1/2 can diced tomatoes (if I have very ripe tomatoes I make my own, but this is easy and cheap if you don’t)

100g red lentils

60mL light cream (or non dairy yoghurt if you would like this to be vegan)

microwave papadums

spray oil

Lightly spray a saucepan with oil and cook onions on med-high until soft. Add tandoori paste and cook until fragrant. Add lentils, stock and tomatoes, reduced heat and simmer for about 20 mins, or until lentils are soft. Add cream and stir through, and thats it. Super simple!! Cook your papadums, I’m not a fan of microwaves, I barely use mine, but this is the lowest fat way to make papapdums, just spray with oil and microwave for 50 seconds. If you don’t like as much spice you can add some natural yoghurt on top, or a nice cucumber salad, whatever you like really! Its one of those things you can add vegetables too, and just experiment with πŸ™‚

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The next thing Ive been making a lot lately is also vegetarian, and that is Zucchini Fritters. You can use whatever flour you like, Ive been using self raising gluten free flour, but am going to try some other ones soon and see how I go with those πŸ™‚ This is another recipe you can throw whatever vegetables you have into it, I like these but have also tried with grated pumpkin, peas etc.

Zucchini Fritters

400g zucchinis

2 medium carrots

1 potato

30g tasty cheese (you can leave this out if you like but I crave salt, and cheese is the hardest thing ever for me to give up, so I just have it in little quantities)

3 spring onions

1 free range egg, beaten

1/2 cup self raising flour of your choice

Salt and pepper

Spray oil

Grate up the zucchinis, carrots, potato and cheese, mix with finely chopped spring onions. Mix through the flour and egg, and some salt and pepper to season. Spray a pan on medium heat and drop big spoonfuls of the mixture into it and press down to flatten. Turn and cook the other side. They do take a little while but don’t be tempted to turn the heat up, the outside will burn and the middle wont be cooked. Serving with some mashed avocado and a salad is nice πŸ™‚

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Now this dessert was surprisingly awesome, is also vegetarian and super YUM. It can be made vegan by substituting honey for a different sweetener like maple syrup or dates, but I found I was getting right over dates in recipes, so I gave honey a go for this recipe.

Avocado Chocolate and Raspberry Mousse

1 avocado

2 teaspoons honey

2 heaped teaspoons raw cacao powder

2 heaped tablespoons frozen or fresh raspberries

Put avocado, honey and cacao in a food processor, blend until smooth. Add raspberries, mix gently, then decorate with a few more, and eat. EASY. And was surprisingly yum, even got my little boy to eat some, looks just like a regular chocolate dessert πŸ˜€ I had this for dinner on my fruit-only day, it was amazing and filling too!! Play around with the sweetener if its too bitter from the cacao, I like a bitter chocolate with the raspberries but not everyone is like me πŸ™‚

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So they are three of my most favourite things to make at the moment, and so simple, let me know what you think!!

Only five weeks until Pilates school now, massive nerves are setting in, excitement too, but mostly nerves πŸ™‚ Will get back on here this week for a few more posts hopefully, hope you are all having a great weekend!!

xx