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January 17, 2019

You've heard of brownies? This slightly paler variation is a blondie. Just as tasty and a great mid-afternoon snack. Plus, they have sneaky chickpeas in there for a little bit more. 

Ingredients: 

1 can chickpeas (400g) rinsed and drained

1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter 

1/3 cup sweetener of choice. I used 50g maple syrup and 50g powdered Erythritol  

2 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 tsp sea salt

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp baking soda

1 egg 

1/2 cup chocolate chips or dark chocolate chopped up! I used Green and Blacks 85% 

Directions: 

Preheat oven to 180C 

Put all the ingredients except for the chocolate into a blender or food processor and process until smooth. Stir through the chocolate and pour into a greased and baking paper lined square cake tin. (20cm x 20cm) 

Bake for about 30 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean

**Inspired by a recipe in TMIX+ magazine 

December 8, 2018

These chocolate rum balls will please your gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, Keto, paleo, vegan friends as well as those who don’t give a s*+t about any of the above. 

Ingredients :

1/4 cup cacao powder (cocoa powder is fine too) 

1/4 cup softened coconut oil 

1/4 cup almond flour

2 Tbsp coconut flour

2 Tbsp coconut cream 

1/2 cup desiccated coconut 

1 Tbsp SweetNZ erythritol 'not icing sugar' Or any alternative ground to a fine powder.*

25-50ml rum (to taste) 

Directions: 

Simply mix all the ingredients together and then shape into small balls. If it is too 'liquidy', place in the fridge to harden a bit or add more almond flour. Roll in extra coconut or cacao powder. 

Enjoy and Merry Christmas! 

** You could also use maple syrup but it will make it slightly more difficult to roll. Regular sugar is fine too of course! It's only a Tbsp for goodness sake :) 

*recipe adapted from www.fatforweightloss.com (Yummy recipes, not a fan of the name). 

For more easy recipes like this, check out my Sweet Chri...

December 2, 2018

Over the Christmas holidays, we tend to be bombarded with an overabundance of every sweet and salty treat that we can imagine. Christmas, of all times, should never be a time for deprivation but we also don’t want to overdo it too often because that can leave us feel mentally and physically unwell, and that’s not a fun way to get through the holidays!

Empowered eating can help. It’s the ultimate when it comes to getting the healthy foods we love while making room for Christmas treats. Because who doesn't love Christmas treats! 


Often, this time of year, we end up consuming food just because it’s there. It’s eating while distracted – watching TV, working at a computer or texting on our smartphones. It’s eating for emotional comfort instead of for hunger. Basically, it’s not paying attention to what we eat and why we eat. 

When we pay attention to what we’re doing and why – we’re breaking the ‘highway hypnosis’ of eating, which can slow us down, allow us to enjoy our food more, a...

November 26, 2018

We’ve all been there. We’ve started a new diet plan and we’re given a list of foods to eat and not eat. We’re throwing everything out, we’re doing a pantry clean up! We’re avoiding all our favourite treats, we’re adding in 45 minutes of cardio a day. We’ve got the meal plans instructing what to eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks and oh no, no going out with friends for at least a couple weeks while I get my head around all this!

A week or two in, we’re so ecstatic! We’re losing weight, we’re feeling amazing, we’re posting pictures of a delicious’ green goopy smoothies on Instagram for all to see. We’ve done it! We’re awesome! One chocolate won’t hurt us.

Big steps right?

But, that chocolate was so good. OMG was it good. Might as well have another. Or maybe you don’t have the time today to do exercise, you’ve got meetings and kids to pick up. So, we’ll just skip the exercise today. Tomorrow is much of the same. One the weekend we’re out with friends, the wine is flowing, oh what’s...

November 7, 2018

I’m no stranger to wacky diet claims, and honestly it really shouldn’t be a surprise that new and sometimes wackier ones continue to emerge.  The latest trend I’m seeing more and more are the claims that we should go ‘oil free’ for weight loss and health. It’s popped up in online communities, and I’m seeing it more and more in my Facebook newsfeed. When I first saw it, I thought, surely not. But, sadly, it seems to be a trend.

Like many of these claims, they are getting taken to the extreme in the quest for health when really, they are often doing the complete opposite. And when I see these posts on popular pages and in recipes, it concerns me because people may begin to accept it as truth.

As you know there are numerous people online who shout health facts, but don’t back those up with research. And sometimes, these ‘facts’ are not only untrue but potentially harmful.

So what's the deal with oil free? 

The argument (warning: Triggering)

The oil-free argument claims that an oil free (a...

November 5, 2018

Almost weekly, I get asked by clients, group participants, and random acquaintances about breakfast. Often, their goal is to ‘eat breakfast’ because, like all of us, that’s what we’ve heard all our lives, that ‘breakfast is the most important meal of the day’ but is it? Well, like most things related to food, it really depends on the individual.

So where did this idea that breakfast is non-negotiable start? 100 years ago, this idea that breakfast is virtuous didn’t even exist. But like most eating behaviours – we’ve created rule after rule to keep us and our pocketbooks lean. This idea that we need breakfast actually came from a 1917 issue of Good Health Magazine.

“ "[I]n many ways, the breakfast is the most important meal of the day, because it is the meal that gets the day started," Lenna F. Cooper, B.S., writes in a 1917 issue of Good Health, the self-proclaimed "oldest health magazine in the world" edited by none other than Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, the co-inventor of flaked...

November 4, 2018

Sesame seeds are an often neglected superfood full of calcium, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals. Not only that but they are great for hormonal health - and cheap too! This recipe is a variation of one from The Holistic Nutritionist. You can check out the original recipe HERE

Ingredients

1 cup white sesame seeds

1/2 cup raw cacao powder (or regular cocoa if more suited to your budget)

1 Tbsp of honey + 10 drops chocolate Stevia * 

3 Tbsp coconut oil or ghee 

1/4 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp vanilla extract 

Directions: 

Place all the ingredients into a food processor (or, if you melt the coconut oil prior, you could just hand mix). 

Press into a baking paper lined loaf tin. 

Place into the fridge to harden and then cut into desired sized squares. 

* The original recipe had 4 tsp of honey. I didn't find that it was sweet enough (I like sweet things!) so I added a few drops of stevia and it was delicious. You could just use 2 Tbsp of honey or, if you are trying to avoid sugar, you can use 20 drops stevi...

October 29, 2018

We love sugary foods. We crave them, we’re unable to stop at a taste and can find ourselves going through feelings of withdrawal without the sweet stuff. If you’ve ever seen That Sugar Film or basically been online at all, you've no doubt heard at some point that sugar is ‘addictive’. They will even go so far as to compare it to hard drugs such as heroin or cocaine. The argument says that brain scans have confirmed that intermittent sugar consumption affects the brain in ways similar to certain drugs.

Scary huh? But what’s the real story behind these headlines? Is it as simple as that? Or is there something more going on? And if it's not addictive, you may wonder, why then, do you feel so out of control when you eat sugary foods?

Firstly, let's define sugar.  Sugar can be both natural or ‘processed’. It’s found in everything from chocolate bars to apples. To our bodies, sugar and how we process it is the same regardless of where it’s coming from. The difference is that natural sugar...

October 23, 2018

In case you haven’t noticed, it’s detox season. Everywhere you look there’s another detox being marketed to help you ‘get ready’ for summer. From weight loss to toxin removal the positive results seem plenty but are detoxes something that are truly vital to our health or are they just  heavy on our pocketbooks? 

I have to admit, It feels a bit strange and vulnerable to be writing this post because I, very early in my career used to sell seasonal detoxes!

I had believed that they were the best thing going when it came to health and wellness and I had to face some hard truths when I realised that the evidence just wasn’t there. Not only did I have no idea what toxins I was actually supposedly ridding the body from or how they did so (go ahead and ask anyone who pedals one to give you those answers and see what they come up with) but they were also potentially causing more harm than good. They weren’t all bad, they were helping people to enjoy real foods, giving my clients ideas and in...

October 8, 2018

Everywhere you look there’s a new ‘wonder’ diet.

Online there’s the latest and best, and in your circle of friends there’s often someone who declares that the ___ diet is the best thing to ever happen to them.

One-week carbs are good, the next they are bad. Then there’s sugar – I can remember a time when it was ok to eat a bag of lollies on Weight Watchers because they were fat free. Now it’s sugar that they say we need to ban.  We hear some say to eat six meals a day while others say we need to fast. Some people swear by a vegan diet and others a more carnivore approach. Meanwhile, everyone is adamant they are right and everyone else is just plain confused.

Have you ever thought to yourself “What the F*** do I eat?”

Despite an ever-increasing pool of nutrition information people are becoming more and more lost when it comes to what to eat.

I asked in my recent TEDx talk: How have we taken something so inherently natural and turned it into something so incredibly confusing?

I get a...

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