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Health Hacks on a budget

Hello friends :)) I want to share with you my favourite apps I currently use and most importantly why. It can be overwhelming sometimes scrolling through Instagram, Facebook or even ITunes Store and seeing a thousand new interesting ‘health’ apps. Often I’ll get caught up and think yes that looks awesome and download a new app, but come 1 week later I’ve forgotten all about it. So, below are a few that I have as part of my ‘minimal’ thing going on…. Every month or so I have a purge of all the things I don’t use on my phone and these guys have stood the test of time. Here is what my current ‘health’ folder looks like. From left to right I’ll explain each one and you might be able to incorporate some in your day-to-day. 1. Easy Diet Diary. This is a way to ‘track’ your food intake. How it works is that you can ‘add in’ certain foods and it tallies it up for you for the day. It also tells you …

Skin & Gut Health Hack

Skin and Gut Health Hack Part 1.  I bet you have used this ingredient at some point. Myself living in South-East Queensland I am very familiar with this as a salve for my sunburnt skin as a teenager (sorry mum). Of course, I am talking about Aloe Vera This is fast becoming one of my favourite ingredients to use as it has SO many benefits. Which, might I add, does not involve purchasing any additional products, all which can be quite expensive. I am going to go through 2 QUICK and EASY ways I incorporate Aloe Vera into my day-to- day to help with my skin, gut and digestion. 1. Aloe Vera Water Benefits -May improve digestion (soothes digestive tract) How I use it Firstly, you’ll want to find some Aloe Vera Barbadensis around the house or find a neighbour with some). Chop a piece off about 10 cm in length (don’t worry, the plant will grow back) Next, place your piece of aloe in a glass of water and leave for at least 30 …

My experience with HELLOFRESH

  I am usually the person who will bring an esky full of food to any function (even for a 1-hour University lecture). You could say I am fairly organised. Or maybe it is the fact that you do not want to see my at my ‘hangry’ stage. Whatever the reason, I am generally pretty organised, even down to bringing my vitamins and peppermint tea in a little zip-lock baggie. With that being said. Every person (even you superhumans in the kitchen) has those days where you come home from a big day, just want to chuck off your bra (sorry guys) and kick your shoes across the room and sit on the couch. You remember you need to go grocery shopping and it is the last thing you feel like doing. There’s the dilemma of wanting a healthy, delicious, home-cooked meal but you’re couldn’t be stuffed to go to the shops so that uber-eats app is looking mighty appealing. This is where HelloFresh comes in. **Full disclosure** The Collaboration for this Classic Box is …

Crunchy Pumpkin Granola

This is one of my favourites!! Such a versatile recipe. Can use on it’s own, as a snack or as a topping on a smoothie or a chia seed pudding.  It’s gluten free, dairy free and vegan friendly. Ingredients: 1.5 cups pumpkin (chopped) 1 tblsp ground cinnamon 0.5 tblsp ground ginger 1/2 tblsp ground nutmeg 1/4 tsp ground cloves 3 soaked dates (in 1/4 cup water) 1/2 cup coconut oil 2 cups shredded coconut 1 cup pepitas 1.5 cups mixed nuts (chopped roughly) 1.5 cups puffed amaranth pinch of salt 1/2 cup raisins Method Preheat the oven to 90 degrees C. Place the dates in the water and leave to soak. Place the chopped pumpkin into a saucepan and add a few cups of water.  Bring the pumpkin to the boil and leave until soft (use a fork to check).  Once the pumpkin is soft, strain the water and tip the pumpkin into a blender along with the dates (and the water it’s soaking in), spices and coconut oil.  Blend until a pureed consistency.  Place …

Pumpkin Risotto

This is a super easy, quick & tasty meal!! I recently got a new microwave in my attempt to be more adult-like and its suppperrrr slick…… very minimal and touch pad…. noice (If you’re interested, check out LG NeoChef). Anyway… I wanted to create and share one of my favourite recipes that can be made with only a few ingredients and from the fridge to the table in less than 20 minutes. Sounds GOOD to me. This is a Pumpkin risotto recipe which is full of flavour, gives you a serve of veggies (with those all-important vitamins and minerals) & can satisfy even the fussiest of eaters in your household. Ingredients: 1/2 risotto rice (arborio) 2 stock cubes (vegetable) Pumpkin (250 g) 450 ml water Cheese (1 handful) Rosemary (1 tblsp) Method: Place 250 ml of water and 2 stock cubes in a microwave safe dish. Cook for 1 minute in the microwave. Once done, stir the stock cubes in the water. Add the risotto rice and cover with film and microwave for 4 minutes. …

Pumpkin Porridge

I had a delicious pumpkin brown rice porridge when I stayed at Gwinganna Health and Lifestyle Retreat on the Gold Coast a few months ago. I recreated it a few days ago with the brown rice (so good), and again this morning with Rolled oats, to make a post-workout breakfast. I love this recipe because 1. Coconut Cream (holla!). I am actually obsessed. Could drink it out of the can (not the best probably). 2. Spices! It has one of my favourite spices (Cardamom – great in sweet dishes) and 3. It has a good serve or 2 of veggies (pumpkin) that you masked by the other flavours in the dish.   This recipe is DAIRY-FREE and free from refined sugar.  It can be made GLUTEN-FREE and COELIAC FRIENDLY if you change the oats from Rolled to Gluten-free.   Using brown rice instead of oats would make it COELIAC FRIENDLY. Pumpkin Porridge  Ingredients: 1 cup rolled oats 1 can coconut cream 1.5 cups pumpkin puree (From a grey pumpkin, about 400 g) 1 heaped tsp. cinnamon 1 …

Healthy Classic Hot Choc

This is great, simple recipe for an all-time classic Hot chocolate.  I have been playing around with the recipe for a few days and I believe this blend is the winner! Why is it so good for you? Well firstly, cacao is a great mood-stabliser which promotes a sense of well-being.  It is full of rich antioxidants and essential micronutrients such as magnesium and zinc which are vital for proper cell function in the body and functioning of the nervous system.  So why wouldn’t you try and have cacao everyday? Another ingredient Maca has great benefits for women in particular (sorry, guys) by balancing hormones which are important in menopause and also sexual function. It also plays a great role in enhancing mood and energy. The ingredients for this simple, delicious and inexpensive hot chocolate are as follows: 1.5 cup almond milk (other milk is fine too, full cream/soy etc.) 2 tbsp cacao powder 1 tsp maca powder 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1/2 pinch of Himalayan salt (other salt is fine) 1 tbsp natvia (stevia also an option) Add all of …

Lemon and Coconut Dhal

Ingredients: 5cm/2 inch piece root ginger 1 onion 2 garlic gloves 2 small red chillies, seeded 30 ml/2 tbsp sunflower oil (other will work also) 5 ml/1 tsp cumin seeds 150 g/5 oz/2/3 cup red lentils (soaked overnight beforehand) 250 ml/8 fl oz/1 cup water 15 ml/1 tbsp hot curry paste 200 ml / 7 fl oz/ 1 cup coconut cream juice of 1 lemon handful of fresh coriander leaves 25 g/ 1/4 cup flaked almonds salt and pepper Method: Use a vegetable peeler to peel the ginger and finely chop it with the onion, garlic and chillies.  Heat the oil in a large, shallow saucepan.  Add the ginger, onion, garlic, chillies and cumin.  Cook for 5 minutes until softened but not coloured.  Stir in the lentils, water and curry paste in the pan.  Bring it to the boil, cover and cook gently over a low heat for 15-20 minutes.  Stir occasionally (try not to break the lentils) until the lentils are just tender but not yet brown.  Stir in about 2 tbsp of the coconut …

Raw Lemon Cashew Tarts

Ingredients: Dessert Base: 1 cup walnuts pinch salt 8 dates dash vanilla Filling: 1 cup soaked raw cashews 1/4 cup maple syrup juice of one lemon dash vanilla pinch salt water (add for consistency, fill until about 1/2 way up the mixer) Method: Blend ingredients from Dessert Base in a food processor or a good blender until smooth. Fill into cup shapes (I use a muffin tray with little cupcake cups) and set aside while making the filling. Scoop the filling into each individual cup and freeze. OPTIONS: For a delicious sweet topping you could add some coconut yoghurt or plain natural yoghurt. If you’ve tried and made these please let me know on @claudiacramedietitian 🙂    

Vegan Fudgy Blackbean Brownies

As you will see, I don’t like small talk.  Whenever I look at a blog for a recipe I scroll as quickly as I can to the recipe, no mumbo jumbo. And here it is. Ingredients: Wet ingredients: 1 1/2 cup Bean puree (I use 1 can of black beans, drained, blended with some water, could also use Chickpeas or Lentils) 1/2 cup applesauce 1/4 maple syrup dash vanilla Dry Ingredients: 1 cup oats 3/4 cup coconut 3 tbsp cocoa powder 1 1/2 tsp baking powder pinch salt choc chips (optional, I use semi-sweetened ones) 1/4 cup sugar (optional, I use just 1 tblsp)   Method: Combine WET & DRY ingredients together & bake at 350 degrees F for 18 minutes.   Let me know if you’ve tried it and tag me 🙂 @claudiacramerdietitian