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Mexican Rice Bowl

One of my favourite cuisines is Mexican food. This is such a simple recipe to make and it is also inexpensive. It is a great warming meal that tastes so fresh with tangy lime & lemon juice and coriander. SunRice Rice & Quinoa is a source of protein, fibre, magnesium and niacin and not only is it easy to cook, but rice is also versatile and gluten free. So no matter if you prefer to use it in a fresh rice salad, or alongside a crispy skin salmon, there’s something for everyone. There’s a bit of a misconception that rice – and brown rice in particular – is hard to cook, but it’s really not; it just requires a little more water and time than white rice. From go to whoa this dish can be made in 30 minutes, and that’s mainly just prep. Double the recipe and use for lunches during…

Should parents post photos of their kids online?

As I approach the end of my pregnancy, something I’ve been asked a lot is whether I will include my baby in my social media posts. Often, when a baby arrives, we post pictures for the whole world to see. In fact, this generation of kids are the first in history to have their lives shared on social media before they’re old enough to even have a say. Would love to hear your opinion on why or why not you chose to share photos of your kids online. Read the full article here. L x

NZfulvic – The Best You

Trialing health products are what I could describe as being a hobby. Studying Nutrition and Naturopathy has opened me up to a world of information that I feel privileged to know, and also a responsibility to educate others on – I am lucky to do so through Julia & Libby. Libby and I get the chance to try lots of products and when NZfulvic turned up on my doorstep and I read it could help with the gut, I knew I had to try. Having battled with leaky gut a few times it is always in the back of my mind to consume nutrients that help with gut health. So what is fulvic?   Fulvic is extracted from nutrient rich soil in the South Island of New Zealand. Our soils used to be rich in fulvic acid but over time it has been stripped due to over farming and pollution.…

Berry Crepes

If you are in charge of breakfast on Christmas morning (or any morning for that matter) this is a delicious festive recipe for the troops! Utilising berries that are in season and packed full of antioxidants you can have these berry crepes ready in 20 minutes.  Use raspberries, blackberries, blueberries or strawberries, whatever you can get your hands on. Don’t miss out of the lemon marinade, that’s our favorite part.  For more berry recipes, like this Christmas Berry Fruit Salad, visit www.5aday.co.nz. Jx Berry Crepes Save Print Prep time 10 mins Cook time 10 mins Total time 20 mins Serves: 6-8 Ingredients 1 cup fresh blueberries, roughly chopped 1 cup fresh strawberries, diced Juice of 2 lemons 1 cup gluten free flour (or plain flour) 2 free range eggs 1 cup nut milk (or milk) ½ cup water 1 tablespoon coconut nectar (or sugar) Dollop of coconut yoghurt for…

Salted Caramel Milkshake

A little bit sweet, a little bit salty. Anything caramel flavoured I am drawn to. In my early 20’s I would go through the McDonald’s drive thru and ask for a cup of caramel sauce and devour the whole thing in a sitting. Long gone are those days, it’s not worth the sugar hangover! If you are a caramel lover, try this homemade milkshake. The combination of dates and cashews make it ultra creamy! Enjoy! Jx Salted Caramel Milkshake Save Print Prep time 2 mins Total time 2 mins Recipe type: Drinks Serves: 1 Ingredients 2 cups milk 6 dates, pitted 1 frozen banana ½ cup raw cashews 1 tablespoon maple syrup (or rice malt syrup) pinch salt Instructions Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until creamy and smooth. Pour into a glass. Enjoy! 3.5.3208  

Travelling on a budget

For the last three months I have been using Westpac’s new app CashNav to help me keep an eye on my spending habits. CashNav is linked to your Westpac bank account and every time you make a purchase, it automatically categorises your spending into things like health, eating out, groceries and shopping so you can really see what you’re spending your money on! During these three months, I’ve had all my purchases broken down for me, which has given an insight into what my money is being spent on and what I perhaps should not be spending so much money on.  It turns out that my money is mainly being spent on food, fitness and travel, so I know that I need to make more of an effort to save in these areas. Summer is just around the corner, and that means a lot more people are going to be travelling…

Quinoa and Vegetable Stir Fry

Stir Fry’s are a fantastic way to get several servings of vegetables in a meal, use up vegetables in the fridge before they go off and also include your favourite picks.  Asparagus is back in season but it doesn’t hang around for long so make the most of this vitamin packed anti inflammatory vege! Asparagus is an excellent source of Vitamin K and Folate. 1 cup of cooked asparagus contains 1/3 of your daily copper needs and is also a source of Vitamin B1 and selenium.  Store asparagus in the refrigerator with the cut ends covered in moist paper towels. This recipe is fibre rich and full of flavour.  It tastes better the next day and can be made in large batches to enjoy over the week for lunch or dinner when you are pressed for time. Visit 5ADay for more asparAgus recipes and nutritional info. Jx Quinoa and Vegetable Stir Fry…

Nut Free Bliss Balls

Bliss Balls are one of the easiest and nutritious snacks to make. These bliss balls are nut-free, making them perfect for people with nut allergies. Most schools are a no no for nuts which means you can send these snacks along to school as a healthy lunch box treat. As well as being nut free, these bliss balls are also gluten, dairy and refined sugar free. I have used dates, cacao, orange rind and vanilla to sweeten them. Nut Free Bliss Balls Save Print Prep time 10 mins Total time 10 mins Recipe type: snacks Ingredients 1 cup of dates, pitted and soaked in warm water for 30 minutes 1 ¼ cup desiccated coconut 2 teaspoons cacao powder ¼ cup cacao nibs 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted Rind of 2 oranges Juice of 1 orange 1 tablespoon vanilla extract Instructions Place dates, 1 cup desiccated coconut, cacao powder, cacao…

Why Im not finding out the gender of my baby

Surprise! Why I decided to not find out the gender of my baby. These days with social media, smart phones and the internet, surprises in life are rare and most of the time we know a surprise before it happens. Not finding out your baby’s gender is one of the rare moments in life where you get to be surprised. Would love to hear whether you found out or waited for the surprise, and why. Lx Link to the full article> http://bit.ly/2gs5xMC

Coconut Macaroons

After months of buying similar macaroons online that were quite expensive, I decided I wanted to made my own and this recipe is affordable and simple. These homemade coconut macaroons are sweet, moist and chewy on the inside and are made using no flour, no dairy and no grains. These macaroons can also be dipped in dark chocolate. Keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week. Coconut Macaroons Save Print Prep time 10 mins Cook time 20 mins Total time 30 mins Recipe type: Snack Serves: 15 Ingredients 3 cups shredded coconut 4 free range egg whites ½ cup coconut sugar 1 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract ¼ tsp salt Instructions Pre heat the oven to 180 degrees and line a baking tray with non stick paper. In a bowl, whisk the egg whites, coconut sugar, vanilla or almond extract and salt until…

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