Friday, 26 February 2016

Roast veggie salad

Healthy salads

3 potatoes washed and cut into chunks
½ sweet potato peeled and cut into chunks
¼ pumpkin washed and cut into chunks with seeds removed
4 large mushrooms cut into pieces
¼ onion thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves chopped
Handful of pinenuts
Bunch of baby spinach
Meredith goats fetta
Olive oil
Herbamare salt

Preheat oven to 220 degrees celcius
Place potatoes, onion, garlic and sweet potatoes onto a large baking tray. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt.
Bake for 25 minutes. Then add pumpkin, drizzle with more oil and salt and mix veggies around.
Bake for another 15 minutes and add mushrooms and pine nuts. Add another sprinkle of oil and salt. Bake for another 15 minutes or until veggies are soft.
Remove from oven and allow to cool.
In a salad bowl spread out spinach. Once veggies have cooled top spinach with beautiful roasted vegetables. Sprinkle goats fetta to your liking over the top. Pour a few table spoons of the garlic infused oil from the fetta over veggies.

Top with tuna for a quick meals or use as a side to meat or fish J

Friday, 19 February 2016

Stop sugar cravings with cinnamon

Day after day I hear people complaining about their sugar cravings, how they make it so difficult to lose weight, how chocolate is all they can think about and how every month these cravings are out of control.

One of my favourite tools for reducing sugar cravings is incorporating cinnamon into the diet. Cinnamon helps to balance blood sugar levels and therefore reduce cravings. It is also a great digestive if you feel bloated after meals and is a warming herb too if you tend to feel the cold easily. Plus it tasted great too!

Here are a few of my favourite ways to incorporate cinnamon into your diet:
1.       Add to smoothies. If you enjoy a breakfast smoothie simply add 1 teaspoon of cinnamon for your daily dose.
2.       Feeling a bit chilli? Add cinnamon to your cup of tea. Simply sprinkle some cinnamon or place a cinnamon quill to soak into you hot water or tea. It goes great with both black tea and green tea.
3.       Sprinkle cinnamon over fruit for a delicious treat.
4.       Make a curry of anything (meat, chicken, chickpeas, lentils or beans) and use cinnamon as one of the spices to add flavour.
5.       Make a Middle Eastern rice pilaf using pine nuts, sultanas, turmeric and cinnamon.
6.       Mix a teaspoon of cinnamon through yogurt
7.       Add it to your green juice
8.       Make roast veggies with cinnamon sprinkled on to. Yum Yum!

There are so many fabulous ways to add cinnamon into your diet. Have any other suggestions? Feel free to post below.

Rice pillaf with cinnamon-
Cinnamon roasted veggies-
Cinnamon breakfast smoothie-