This cleansing cabbage and hemp salad only takes 10 minutes to toss up

Are you looking for something quick, easy as well as tasty to toss up at lunchtime? Then this colourful cabbage and hemp salad recipe is just the thing for you!

This delicious salad incorporates a variety of colour, which is essential for obtaining a vast amount of nutrients in a single meal. It’s sure to stave off midday slumps and instead give you a great energy boost!

With added hemp seeds for protein and healthy fats such as avocado and olive oil, this salad is perfect for a satisfying lunch.

Bonus tip: Blend up a nutrient-dense green juice to enjoy with your salad for an added nutrient punch!

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Tasty hemp and cabbage salad recipe

Prep time: 10 minutes

You’ll need:

  • 1 small head of purple cabbage
  • 1 handful cilantro, coarsely chopped
  • 1 large red or yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cucumber, diced
  • 1/4 cup olive or hemp oil
  • 1 avocado, pitted and sliced
  • 1/2 cup hemp seeds
  • Juice of a lime

What to do:

  1. Wash, cut and prepare all of the vegetables on the ingredients list.
  2. In a side bowl, whisk the olive or hemp oil with a sprinkling of salt and pepper.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix the vegetables, olive or hemp oil and hemp seeds.
  4. Squeeze the lime juice over your salad and refrigerate it for one hour.
  5. Remove your salad from the fridge, then top with sliced avocado.
  6. Enjoy immensely!

Let me know what you think of this tasty recipe!

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My top three tips for aspiring vegetarians

Ever since I fell in love with the vegetarian lifestyle little over a year ago, I’ve been aspiring to convert to a plant-based way of life.

Throughout my journey thus far, I’ve encountered a couple of struggles along the way. I’ve also, of course, made a couple of mistakes.

To save any new vegetarians a ton of time, energy and frustration, take a look at the top three mistakes that meat-free eaters tend to make!

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Three tips for aspiring vegetarians

#1: Don’t replace meat with cheese

Seriously – put down the cheese! Replacing meat with cheese may seem like a no-brainer at first, but it’s a trap – just trust me on that. When I first gave up meat, I panicked and was stressed I’d become deficient in protein, so I turned to cheese to up my intake.

Initially, I thought it was fantastic – I was eating lots of delicious, cheesy things such as cheese fries, nachos, quesadillas, grilled cheese sandwiches and veggie pizzas. If a meal contained vegetables and cheese, I was on it like white on rice. And then, after about three months, I realised that I was piling on weight…

You see, cheese is a processed food and it’s very high in fat. Therefore, it offers very few health benefits. And, because the human body wasn’t designed to ingest other animal’s bodily fluids, it doesn’t quite agree with it. So when you start consuming cheese regularly, you’re pretty much just rebelling against your body’s natural process. In the long-term, this can lead to myriad health problems.

I know that cheese is awesome and hard to resist, but go easy on it!

#2: Fill up on carbs

You might’ve heard the long-standing myth that your body needs massive amounts of protein to drop weight, but this actually isn’t at all true. While your body needs protein to stay in balance, what it’s actually crying out for is carbohydrates. So I say, “bring on the carbs!” (Seriously – forget what the Atkins Diet told you)

Now, when I say carbs, I’m not talking about cake, doughnuts, bread, bagels and pasta. Rather, I’m referring to fruits and veggies, beans, nuts and rice. Such carbs are natural, derived directly from the earth, and aren’t in any way processed. In the case of white flour, it’s bleached, processed and stripped of al its beneficial nutrients. So even though flour is technically vegan and vegetarian, it’s unnatural.

I get it – white flour is cheap and versatile, but there are healthy, natural alternatives that are so much better for your body that won’t up your risk of disease and weight gain. Experiment with almond flour, coconut flour, chickpea flour and rice flour. They’re loaded with nutrients and are just as tasty in your favourite dishes!

Swapping out meat for vitamin- and mineral-rich carbs will keep your cravings at bay. They’ll also promote better overall health and keep your diet healthy and balanced!

#3: Stay away from frozen foods

When you first start your plant-based journey you may be tempted to buy readymade frozen veggie burgers and the like. I get that it’s far quicker and easier to do this then prepare a fresh plant-based meal from scratch, but are you aware of how unhealthy these frozen foods actually are?

That’s right – they may taste great, but just like cheese and flour, they’re processed products, which are bad for your health. And they also kind of contradict one of the main things you should be aiming to achieve by switching over to a plant-based diet. Why, you ask? Because they lack nutrients, vitamins and all the other good stuff that food directly from the garden contains, that’s why!

The bottom line: Make your own plant-based meals!

Don’t be afraid to get creative in the kitchen – it can actually be lots of fun! Buy yourself a vegan or vegetarian cookbook and commit to making your own natural, plant-based meals. Your health (and your waistline) will thank you!

Share your top tips for succeeding as a vegetarian with me in the comments below!

My favourite strawberry, vanilla and coconut breakfast smoothie recipe!

This breakfast smoothie recipe is one I can’t get enough of right now. It’s loaded with antioxidants and healthy fat, which is just what your body needs first thing in the morning!

 

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A glass of pure pink goodness – yum!

 

Strawberry, vanilla and coconut breakfast smoothie recipe

Serves: 1

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yoghurt (make sure it’s organic!)
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk (or whole raw milk)
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 8 large strawberries, fresh or frozen (use ice cubes to taste if you use fresh)
  • 2 tbsp virgin organic coconut oil, melted

Method:

  1. Blend everything except for the coconut oil on high-speed for one minute.
  2. Pour in the coconut oil and blend for another 20-30 seconds.
  3. Pour into a glass and garnish with coconut flakes or a fresh strawberry. Drink up and enjoy!

Eight foods that feed your skin, hair and nails

It doesn’t matter how many serums you slather on your skin, hair and nails – what goes in your mouth has the strongest influence on what shows up on your face! Here’s a list of my favourite skin, hair and nail superfoods.

 

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Eight foods to eat for beauty benefits

#1: Walnuts

The omega-3 fatty acids help strengthen skin and keep it well-hydrated.

#2: Carrots

Carotenoids protect skin against sun damage.

#3: Kiwis

A rich source of vitamin C that promotes collage growth and prevents free radical damage.

#4: Green tea

An antioxidant powerhouse!

#5: Tomatoes

Full of anti-inflammatory lycopene.

#6: Sweet potatoes

Their vitamin A promotes collagen growth and repair.

#7: Brazil nuts

High in mineral selenium, which prevents premature ageing.

#8: Oysters

Packed with zinc to renew and repair skin and nails.

Five secrets to blending up creamy and delicious low-fat smoothies

Nothing sounds better on a hot day than a rich, creamy, fruity smoothie… Am I right? If your mouth waters at the thought of smoothies but the fitness freak inside you says too many calories!, don’t despair!

 

Smoothies, when done right, can have the texture of a double thick milkshake but the calories of a lunchtime salad. When done poorly, they can add to your waistline much faster than you think!

 

Here are my top tricks to blending up tasty low-fat smoothies.

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Five low-fat smoothie tricks

#1: Opt for fat-free dairy

The first secret behind a low-fat but rich and creamy smoothie lies in the use of low-fat or fat-free milk and yoghurt, which is often the base of creamy smoothies. This will give your low-calorie smoothie a creamy consistency without any fat or sugar. You can also use skim milk for a richer and more drinkable texture.

#2: Add shaved ice

Adding shaved ice to your drink will give it a lovely smooth consistency, minus the calories! This will give your smoothie a more drinkable texture.

#3: Use sugar substitutes

To further lower the calorie intake, you may also consider adding sugar substitutes. I personally love honey or stevia in my smoothies.

#4: Substitute yoghurt with juices

Adding juice instead of milk or yoghurt can also add to the texture of your smoothie. However, I recommend that you pass over the pasteurised type and stick to the juices made from fresh fruits. If you love smoothies and intend on making these diet drinks daily, then investing in a quality blender or juicer is the way to go.

#5: Use frozen fruits

My last secret to achieving low-fat yet creamy smoothies is adding frozen fruits to the drink. This will help you add more crunchiness and reduce the unpleasant texture. It’s easy to put in the wrong ingredients and end up with an almost undrinkable puree instead of a smoothie! Frozen banana and berries, for example, almost assure a velvety and rich concoction. Yum!

Happy blending!

Six foods I love to eat in the mornings

Breakfast has got to be my favourite meal of the day! While smoothies are my go-to because they’re quick and easy to blend up, I also love toast, yoghurt bowls and a few other things in the morning.

 

These are my six favourite foods to eat at breakfast (plus how you can use them in a tasty morning meal). Enjoy!

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Six foods that are great in breakfasts

#1: Almond butter

You’re already familiar with my love of almond butter, right? Thought so! Almond butter is delicious on toast (especially when topped with banana and chia seeds – yum!), blended into smoothies (try it with banana and raw cacao), dolloped into smoothie bowls or smothered onto slices of green apple.

#2: Yoghurt

You simply can’t go wrong with yoghurt in the morning. Yoghurt is a great base for any creamy smoothie (is there any combination better than honey, banana, yoghurt and nuts?), and is also delicious in a simple yoghurt bowl with summer berries or chopped fruit. For some cool ways to jazz up your yoghurt, read this.

#3: Banana

Banana is the ultimate breakfast fruit, am I right?  The soft, sweet fruit is fantastic in yoghurt bowls, smoothies and smoothie bowls. I also enjoy it sliced into a warm bowl of oatmeal drizzled with raw honey and chopped with chia seeds. If you’re using banana in a smoothie, try freezing the fruit before adding it to your blender for a lovely chilled morning drink.

#4: Raw honey

Who doesn’t love honey? Whether stirred into a cup of tea, blended into a smoothie, swirled into yoghurt or oatmeal, or spread onto toast, honey is one of my favourite morning foods! I just take care not to overdo it because as you know, although a natural sweetener it’s still loaded with sugar. I stick to one tablespoon per day.

#5: Blueberries

Blueberries are little nutritional powerhouses! Packed with antioxidants, they’re delicious on their own, as a toast topper, blended into a yoghurt smoothie or in a yoghurt bowl. I love both fresh and frozen blueberries for snacking and blending!

#6: Nuts

High in protein, nuts are filling and tasty – perfect for starting the day! I love all kind of nuts, but in the mornings I most enjoy almonds and walnuts. They’re great blended into a creamy smoothie or mixed into a bowl of yoghurt and fruit for a great crunch. I also enjoy nuts in the form of nut butters and nut milks at breakfast. Yum!

How many of these delicious foods do you eat each morning?

Here are eight ways to fall back into healthy habits when life happens

You have good intentions when it comes to eating perfectly, exercising regularly and making time to find your Zen. Then, after a while, all this “trying” gets overwhelming… And you slip up.

 

The important thing to remember in these “I’ve messed up so I’m just going to trash the entire day” moments is this: You can get right back on track with your next decision!

 

In theory, it’s easy: The next time you eat an entire box of chocolate chip cookies instead of the three you’d planned on eating, simply commit to making a better choice at your next meal. Although even this can be challenging to put into practise, as with everything, healthy living is easier if you break it down into baby steps. Am I right?

 

Here are some helpful tips for getting back on track when life derails you!

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Eight ways to get back into healthy habits

#1: Don’t be afraid to laugh at yourself

See your own patterns and, instead of beating yourself up again, laugh at yourself. It’s the smallest step of them all, but can help lead to a big change. Seriously – stop the stress, refocus, and find humour in your daily life.

#2: Add in health wherever possible

If the thought of eliminating the things you enjoy – such as that glass of wine with dinner or a decadent coffee concoction in the morning – feels too depressing, start small and add in health wherever possible. Enjoy the wine, but add in a glass of water alongside it.

#3: Realise that it’s okay to enjoy your life

I feel that I usually get thrown off track with my good intentions because life gets in the way. It’s okay to pause and enjoy your life – everyone needs a break. Give yourself one, savour it, and move on.

#4: Learn to be selfish

Whenever possible, put your health and yourself first. When you first begin this habit, it may feel wrong, but the longer you practise it, the more you’ll see the positive ripples it sends out into the world!

#5: Walk as much as you can

This is a small step that’ll make a huge impact on your overall health. Walk during conference calls, walk while you’re brainstorming, walk while your emails are downloading… Just keep walking!

#6: Challenge yourself to de-convenience your life

Things designed to make your life easier – such as grocery delivery services, restrooms on every floor of your office building and remote controls – are just opportunities to remain sedentary, thus are negatively affecting your health. So, pretend the closest restroom is out of order, or keep the remote control across the room when you’re watching TV. The more inconvenient you make your life, the more steps you’ll end up taking during the day.

#7: Make healthy meals the easy option

Find four or five healthy options and make these your mindless go-tos. Set yourself up for success and always have ingredients for these healthful meals on hand.

#8: Make time to relax

I think we’re all guilty of making mountains out of molehills. Our problems always seem bigger than everyone else’s. We think it’s harder for us, we have no time, we’re tired, and life is just so hard. Take a step back, practise gratitude, and relax. Part of living your healthiest includes reducing your stress, so why stress about being healthy?