Monthly Archives: July 2014

Random eats

Random eats

Hi Hi everyone. I know a few weeks ago I said I’d be back to regular blogging but once again life, work and school took president, however, all of that will change next week because I’ll be done school for good!!! I am SO very excited to have a bit of a breather before I decide where I want to go with all this school stuff. In the meantime I thought I’d pop in and share some of my eats over the past few weeks.

 

Lately I’ve been obsessing over fresh berries (see last post), however, last night I took it to a new level when I purchased 20 pounds of fresh organic blueberries from one of my classmates!

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SO AMAZING. Since bringing them home last night I’ve been brainstorming ways I can slip them into every single meal- they are heavenly! i’m thinking dressings, smoothies, cocktails, salads, marinades… everything! Blueberries are one of the best super foods so why not!?

While we are chatting berries lets talk about these awesome popsicles I made to help keep cool during these crazy hot days! Not only are they super refreshing they are full of wholesome ingredients that won’t send your blood sugar sky-rocketing (aka no guilt with eating the whole batch… or is that just me).

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1 banana (frozen or fresh)

1 ½ cup fresh or frozen strawberries

1 can of full fat coconut milk

1-2 tbsp of maple syrup (depending on how sweet you want it. I omitted the sweetener all together and they were perfect)

All you do is blend everything together, pour into Popsicle molds and you’ve got the perfect healthy yummy treat to help you cool off from these crazy temperatures.

Along with the handfuls of fresh berries and popsicles my meals have been super random, no planned meals, just eating whatever we have in the fridge. A few people have asked what my normal meals look like so I thought I’d share a few.

IMG_6901 My classic weekend meal- BBQ organic steak, with BBQ veggies (yellow squash, red peppers, mushrooms and onions) and 1/2 an avocado.

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These two are fairly common post workout breakfasts. Soft boiled eggs, sautéed kale, a baked plantain and 1/2 an avocado. OR. Roasted sweet potato, some roasted chicken, fresh berries, some sprouts and 1/2 an avocado (can you see a theme- I love avocado!)

IMG_6944 And then finally a go to a classic weeknight meal. Zucchini noodles (made with this) tossed in homemade avocado pesto, topped with garlic sautéed prawns. YUM!

The avocado pesto is something I make often because it’s easy, tasty and super filling.

1 ripe avocado

juice of 1/2 lemon

1 clove of garlic minced

1 handful of fresh basil

A few glugs of good extra virgin olive oil

Salt and peper to taste.

Whirl everything together in your food processor and your done. It tastes great on your noodles of choice but is also great as a dip for cut up veggies.

There you have it. That is basically what a lot of my meals look like on a daily basis. And yes I like to place everything ‘just so’ on my plate- I can be a little particular 😉

This has been a long babbling post so i’ll leave you all for a few more days.

Next time i’m back i’ll be done school!! Can’t believe it- 2 years has gone by so fast!

I’ll leave you with these picture of Taffy because- well because she is just so cute!

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Berry season

Happy Sunday everyone. Hope you all had a nice relaxing weekend. We sure did. Lots of dog walks and naps, trips to the farmers market, lazy morning cuddles and a little work all followed up with a great family BBQ.

This time of year is definitely one of my favourites purely because of the abundant fresh berries littering the farmers market stands. I am completely obsessed with fresh berries, I could eat them all day every day (and I have been for the past few weeks!), they are perfect in salads, in smoothies, as a snack on their own, in a dressing, in a pie or crumble etc.,
The other week we went to a family BBQ and I was in charge of bringing dessert. As I did this morning, I visited the Sunday morning market to grab my bounty of fresh berries and decided my dessert MUST revolve around the fresh strawberries that were picked just that morning-HEAVEN! I love supporting local businesses but even more so when they provide produce that was picked that very same day. As i’m sure you are all aware, fruits and vegetables loose nutritional value every day once they are picked! Consuming your produce the very day they are picked ensures your are obtaining all the amazing nutrients your food has to offer. (Tangent over)
Back to the recipe… When I bought the strawberries I was originally thinking strawberry shortcake, but an afternoon nap got in the way of that plan. In the end I threw together a few random ingredients hoping I would have a winner- and it was!

No the picture isn’t the prettiest, but I was impatient and wanted to eat it 🙂

Strawberry chocolate parfait (makes 4)

1 pint of fresh organic strawberries (please please only buy organic strawberries!!)-Sliced

Mousse:

2 avocados (ripe)

2-4 tablespoons maple syrup (depending on how sweet you want, I don’t like it very sweet especially because the strawberries were so sweet)

1/4 cup raw cocoa powder

1/4 cup coconut or almond milk

Whip everything together in a food processor until nice and creamy

Crumble:

1/4 cup almond flour

1/2 cup coconut flakes

1/4 chopped almonds

1 tsp cinnamon

2 tablespoons maple syrup

1 tablespoon melted coconut oil

Spread out crumble mixture on a greased baking sheet and toast in 350 degree oven until nice and golden, stir after about 10 minutes.

Once everything is made, it’s time to start layering. I made mine in mason jars because I was taking them to a BBQ and this helped ensure they wouldn’t spill everywhere, but any clear glass would do. 

I layered strawberries, mousse and crumble 2 times through and then topped with chopped strawberries. 

These made the perfect addition to a backyard BBQ. They were super easy to assemble and really highlighted the natural sweetness of the fresh local strawberries. Please try this the next time you’re looking for something quick to whip up after dinner, you won’t be upset you did.

Hope you enjoy 🙂 

 

 

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