Monthly Archives: December 2015

Simple Strawberries and Cream Smoothie (sugar-free, vegan, with hidden greens!)

I came up with this smoothie one afternoon when my 4 year old requested a ‘strawberry milkshake’. I do buy him the odd milkshake when we’re out and about, although he more frequently enjoys a babyccino, which he shoots back like a yuppie drinking espresso (he has become quite the babyccino connoisseur and is unimpressed if there is no accompanying marshmallow or chocolate freckle). In relation to milkshakes however, I’m not a fan of the supermarket flavoured milk drinks, syrups and powders that have loads of added sugar, as well as various numbers, preservatives, and other ‘ingredients’ I can’t pronounce. That popular strawberry (and chocolate) flavoured milk powder, loved by Australian children, is basically ALL sugar – nearly 3 tsp of it per serve. That’s assuming one sticks to the suggested serving size.

But, negativity aside, I also love smoothies because they provide a wonderful opportunity to sneak in extra healthful ingredients, such as greek yoghurt, kefir, chia seeds, oats, spices (vanilla and cinnamon are lovely), LSA mix, coconut milk or coconut water, as well as vegetables – I frequently add spinach and avocado. Smoothies use the ‘whole’ food – rather than juice, which separates out the fibre. My kids enjoy green smoothies, unaware that they contain all sorts of green vegetables, but they particularly love colourful fruit smoothies. Continue reading

Gallery of the I Quit Sugar 8 Week Program: Winter and Spring 2015

Just photos of the food (because isn’t the food what it’s all about!?) from the 2015 Winter and Spring rounds of the I Quit Sugar 8 Week Program. For more information on my experience of the program, click here. Continue reading

#2 – A Simplicious Challenge: The Battle with Laziness

The Simplicious Challenge: I’m cooking all 306 recipes from Sarah Wilson’s book Simplicious, to see the impact it has on the way I buy, cook, consume and waste food. Read the first post here, if you missed it.

I’ve read Simplicious at least three times from start to finish over the last month (I even took it interstate, and it’s not the smallest book around), and I’m still picking up new tips and noticing little notations with each read. I was embarrassed to discover how little I know about seasonal cooking, beyond citrus-in-winter and berries-in-summer… For example, I was surprised to find out that Australian pomegranates are in season in Autumn – yet they seem to be marketed here by supermarkets more often during Spring, presumably because they are imported. As part of my own education process I’ve recommitted to buying fresh produce from a local vegetable delivery service, Vegies To Your Door, which sources local Australian produce. If it’s not in season here, they don’t have it. Plus, I like the thought that I’m reducing my food miles. Continue reading

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