Healthy Food

An Unexpected Benefit

My kids have been asking me for a soda stream for a long time. I finally gave in and bought them one a few weeks ago.

After making a few bottles of soft drink I quickly realised a benefit for us adults who are watching our kilojoules. You can make a really nice drink by carbonating water and instead of adding in the soda stream syrup, just add in the juice of half a lime to your glass of water. Throw in a few ice cubes and you have a sweet fizzy drink with only a fraction of the kilojoules of other soft drinks.

This drink is around 5 kjs. Compare that to 450 kjs for most soft drinks.

Shh, don’t tell the kids. I’ve only been adding half the amount of syrup to their drinks, so I can cut down on their sugar as well.

 

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A Healthy Winter Warmer

A vegetarian friend of mine gave me a recipe for ratatouille, although I did modify it slightly.

This is such a tasty dish for warming you up in winter and is only around 370 kjs per 250ml.

You can make a batch of this on the weekend and have it through the week. You can even take it to your workplace and leave it in the fridge and then reheat. A quick low kilojoule lunch that allows room for dessert.

 

1 medium brown onion

3 cloves of garlic

1 eggplant

1 capsicum

1 zucchini

100g of mushrooms

1 400g can of diced tomatoes

1 400g can of crushed tomatoes

1 cup of fresh basil leaves

20 sprigs of fresh thyme

 

Spray a frying pan with olive oil spray. On medium/high heat, cook the onions and garlic until slightly caramelised. Add the eggplant, capsicum and a little water and cook until they are slightly softened. Add the zucchini and cook until it too starts to soften. Add the rest of the ingredients and cook on low heat for 10 minutes and then simmer for 1 and a half hours or until the eggplant isn’t chewy. Add water as needed if the dish starts to dry out.

 

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A Little Gem

I always have diet jelly in my pantry. I try to have some of it made up in my fridge at all times. Well I try. You see, my kids really like it too.

This diet jelly only has 116kjs (28 cals) per 500mls. It’s perfect for a mid-afternoon snack or when you just want something sweet.

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Lemon Detox Water

Love this drink!

One lemon, one cucumber, fresh mint and some water.

I drink this instead of high cal fizzy drinks.

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Stop Eating Bread

I’m serious!

Bread today is full of chemicals to lengthen it’s shelf life. These chemicals are not good for you.

I only eat bread occasionally now.

The day I stopped eating bread was the day I took control of my weight.

 

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Coconut Power Balls

I found this recipe in a magazine and decided to try it. There are approx 100 calories in each ball.

Coconut Power Balls
Makes 16

Ingredients:

8 large dates
4 tbsp coconut oil
1/2 cup almond meal
1/2 cup LSA (linseed, sunflower seeds and almonds)
4 tbsp raw cacao powder
4 tbsp cacao butter
4 tbsp desiccated coconut

Remove pits and chop dates into small pieces.
Melt the coconut oil by sitting in a bowl of warm water if solid.
Put all ingredients except the desiccated coconut into a blender and pulse to blend completely.
Roll mixture into small balls.
Roll each ball in desiccated coconut and put into the fridge for 30 to 60 mins.

I’m going to have two of these coconut balls with my coffee for my morning snack. That should keep me within my calorie intake.

Yum, they are beautiful. A Small Weekly Pleasure.

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