Chia Wonder Cereal

Chia Wonder Cereal

For anyone who has watched Dragon's Den, you may recognize 'Holy Crap' as one of the most successful business deals that's ever gone down on the show. Holy Crap is a breakfast cereal made of only a few natural ingredients. As you may confer from its name, the soluble and insoluble fibre content contributes to happy bowels. The only problem with Holy Crap is that it's holy expensive!! Here is my version that is yummier and cheaper.

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The dangers of non-stick cookware - is there a healthier option?

The dangers of non-stick cookware - is there a healthier option?

A few years ago, it was time to scrap the Caphalon non-stick frying pan that we had been using. Layers had been shed and the underbelly was exposed. I had some sense that this wasn't a good thing but I wasn't sure about the details. So I went on one of my research bents to determine what we should replace it with that would meet specific criteria for healthy living.

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Recipe Alteration: Life-Changing Loaf of Bread

Recipe Alteration: Life-Changing Loaf of Bread

Full credit to Sarah Britton for her Life-Changing Load of Bread.
It is a fantastic accomplishment to make a bread that looks and tastes amazing, and is filled with only healthy, natural, low- sugar impact foods. Read her blog first, get the low down on how to make it, see the photo, and then if you want to take the oats out, make it grain-free and paleo, try this version.

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Recipes - Caesar Dressing and Herbed Vinaigrette

Recipes - Caesar Dressing and Herbed Vinaigrette

I generally steer people clear of commercial dressings, even the 'natural' ones - ya never know what quality oils they are using. Also the use of clear bottles means consistent exposure to light, which leads to potential rancidity for the oils that they do use. So I'm offering up a couple of simple options for dressings that you can make in 5 - 15 minutes. These will store in your fridge for up to 2 weeks.

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Eggs, cholesterol, free range, Omega 3 and other info about what the chicken laid

Eggs, cholesterol, free range, Omega 3 and other info about what the chicken laid

Eggs, those little oval perfect food bodies in a shell - the ones that need to peel right for the universe to be okay...are they really an issue for cholesterol? Can we get too many of them? How many can we eat? Which ones should we buy - is free range better than Omega 3 eggs? Should you throw out the ones with blood in them? Is the white sufficient to eat or should I be including the yolk?

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5 VEGETABLES that you don't want to ignore

5 VEGETABLES that you don't want to ignore

It's great to see that kale and broccoli are getting their well deserved appreciation. It's now time to shine the light on five other vegetables that have a smaller following but are due for some of the limelight.

They are scored on a system that looks at cost, availability, storage time, nutritional value, versatility and ease of prep. Score is out of 10. Taste profile wasn't included because that is a personal preference. However, I included either a quick mention of my favourite way to prep the star veg (almost all quick and easy) or a link to a recipe. Here they are:

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Chocolate Nut Butter Protein Shake

Chocolate Nut Butter Protein Shake

Need a healthy, protein-rich breakfast or snack that is easy and quick to prepare? Bonus - it's yummy, easy to consume first thing in the morning and it will satisfy your hunger for hours.  Tip: want it for an afternoon snack? Make it the night before and freeze it overnight. Take it with you in the morning and leave it out of the fridge. By mid-afternoon it will be ready to drink and still cold.

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Fiddle Diddles (Chocolate Protein Snack Bar)

Fiddle Diddles (Chocolate Protein Snack Bar)

I decided to adapt my beloved Fiddle Diddles  to make a healthy, homemade alternative to protein bars to ensure that I (and you) have a snack that is providing enough nutrition to keep the brain focused and to maintain energy throughout the day. I made them 'not too sweet' so they don't induce cravings or become addictive (and to keep the carbs lower for those needing to keep their weight down).

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Fitness Recovery Shake

Fitness Recovery Shake

This is a great shake to have within 30 minutes of an intense workout, whether it is power or cardio based. This is the time when the muscles are most ripe to recovery their stored sugar (glucose) supply and when protein can most easily be shuttled into the muscle tissue alone with the glucose. We keep fat low or non-existent so the digestion and uptake of the sugar and protein are not slowed down.

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Chickpea Crepes

Chickpea Crepes

I've been making these chickpea crepes for the last couple of weeks. They've become a staple, acting as a stand-in for the role that bread usually plays. They're soft, comforting and offer an alternative carrier for sandwiches. The batter stores well for at least four days (maybe more, but I wouldn't know because they get gobbled up too fast in my house).

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