Introducing the Health Star Rating System

Introducing the Health Star Rating System

If you live here in Australia, you've probably seen packaged products at the supermarkets begin to show a star rating in the bottom corner of the packet. On some packets, there may also be a small depiction of the energy, sugar, salt and saturated fat content next to the star as well. Today I'm sharing with you a little introduction about the Health Star Rating system and why it's being introduced and used, how it has been developed and who actually provided the information for the system.

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The BEST Homemade Smoky BBQ Sauce

Yep, you read it right! The BEST smoky BBQ sauce that not only tastes god-damn delicious but is much healthier than the sugar-laden store-bought varieties. The smokiness of this BBQ sauce is next level, I *cannot* wait to share it around at Isaac's birthday in two weeks on hot rolls with my signature peach bourbon brisket, which I should really get around to the sharing the recipe for! 

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Super Easy Mid-Week Meals

Super Easy Mid-Week Meals

Yep, mid-week meals just got a whole lot easier. I totally get it, you’ve worked hard all day, so why not reward yourself with a bit more relaxation time by cutting down your cooking time?! Luckily, it’s super easy to create healthy nourishing meals in a jiffy, so I’ve put together a list of balanced midweek dinner meal ideas to inspire busy people who love healthy food.  

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Rainbow Rolls with NuVitality

Rainbow Rolls with NuVitality

Nuts and seeds are some of my most favourite ingredients to use in cooking. Not only are they powerhouses of nutrition but their versatility is endless! There really isn’t anything you can’t do with them! Today I’m sharing an absolute cracker of a recipe that I developed in partnership with NuVitality, who are a small whole foods company picking and packing the best quality nuts, seeds, and grains.

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The Cheat's Way to Entertain this Festive Season

The Cheat's Way to Entertain this Festive Season

I feel like we saw the first glimpses of Summer this week, which is super exciting for those of us in Melbourne. This year so far has basically been like Game of Thrones and Melbourne has been at ‘The Wall’ the entire time freezing their butts off in the blistering cold, while every other state has enjoyed the offerings of all the other seasons!

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FebFast

FebFast

The start of February usually rings in the end of the festive and party season. This means you may be feeling a little less than fabulous perhaps having indulged on your holidays and attending more parties and get-to-togethers than usual. There really is no better time to check in with yourself and see where you can begin to make some positive changes to your health and wellbeing.

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Dukkah-Crusted Eggplant with Tabbouleh & Flat Bread

Dukkah-Crusted Eggplant with Tabbouleh & Flat Bread

One of my favourite ingredients since studying Ottoman cuisine has been dukkah. It's smoky, slightly spicy, crunchy and fragrant. It teams perfectly with anything from fish to chicken to veggies and I even love rolling boiled eggs into it or sprinkling some onto my hummus for extra flavour.

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Red Lentil Soup

Red Lentil Soup

This week there's been a few weird-weather days here in Melbourne. Even though it's summer, we went through a bit of a rainy, cold-snap and I felt like nothing more than soup. However, because it is summer, I didn't have any of the usual suspects in my fridge, like celery, pumpkin or broccoli. Luckily, I had the right handful of ingredients to make this delish Turkish red lentil soup that I learnt to make last year.

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Lunching Lighter With Cruskits and Vita-Weats

Lunching Lighter With Cruskits and Vita-Weats

Did you know that more than 3.8 million Australians skip lunch thinking they will get more done? But by 12pm blood sugar levels begin to drop leaving you feeling tired and having trouble concentrating. Taking a few minutes for a light lunch helps to re-fuel your body and get you ready to take on the afternoon. Good choices for lunch are quality carbohydrates, protein, good fats and some vegetables or fruit.

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Raw Vegan Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bites

Raw Vegan Peanut Butter Cheesecake Bites

Humpday calls for treats. Well at least it does in my house haha! I had been wanting to recreate creamy, and smooth raw vegan peanut cheesecake bites like the ones I had sampled at a raw cooking class I did agggeeesssssssss ago but didn't want it to be too heavy or sweet or too dense. 

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Brunch with Mix Apparel

Brunch with Mix Apparel

Nothing beats brunch on the weekend especially after a little exercise, it's such a relaxing way to ease into my days off after I've got my work out done and dusted. Before I workout, I always have a pre-workout snack and The Bar Counter is perfect. It's delicious, all natural and packed with nuts and dried fruit. Peanut butter is my absolute fave at the moment!

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A Healthy Start to The New Year: Mix Apparel at Coles Supermarkets

A Healthy Start to The New Year: Mix Apparel at Coles Supermarkets

Happy new year everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful festive season and are getting back into the groove of healthy, balanced meals and a little more movement! I started my new year in Bali this year and it was absolute bliss. Think early(ish) mornings, long walks in the soft sand (great for your legs and pretty much like a foot exfoliation at the same time!), fresh smoothies for brekky, then a dip in the ocean, some beachside stretching and a walk back home. My go-to 'uniform' for my active routine has heavily featured the new Mix Apparel range now available at 740 Coles supermarkets nation-wide.

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Tarragon Chicken Open Sandwiches

Tarragon Chicken Open Sandwiches

My first introduction to tarragon was when I was in year 7 home economics or cooking class at high school. My home eco teacher needed extra help to prepare a staff lunch during my maths class so naturally, I jumped at the chance.  I don't remember any other dish I helped to make that day, just this chicken tarragon sandwich filling.

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