This is a great meal to make for your weekly meal prep. I love to cook this up for dinner one night and then divide the leftovers into containers for my me and my husband to eat for lunch for the next three days. Eight meals is definitely worth spending 45 minutes in the kitchen for! Traditional Chinese fried rice can be a bit of a fat and carb bomb, so I designed this fried rice recipe to have plenty of vegetables and protein, and only a moderate amount of rice.
Spring rolls are such a light, healthy and fresh lunch or dinner. I used to be daunted at the thought of making them, thinking they would be too time-consuming and fiddly. They’re actually quite simple and don’t require much effort. I absolutely love eating them, so that’s strong motivation to take the time to make them, too! This recipe makes four serves so I love to make them up at dinner time and have the leftovers for lunch the next day.
This a delicious snack, and it’s perfect now that the weather is warming up. You can’t go wrong with the flavours in this smoothie bowl!
1 handful ice
1/4 cup coconut milk
1/4 cup filtered water
1 scoop/30g vanilla protein powder
1 large / 140g frozen banana, broken into chunks
2 dried dates
2 pinches Himalayan or sea salt
1 tsp maca
1/4 cup granola
When travelling, my husband and I try to always book accommodation with a kitchen. We really enjoy cooking a majority of the meals ourselves rather than eating out all the time for several reasons. Firstly, it saves a lot of money. I’d rather spend that money on clothes and activities to be honest. Secondly, I like to be in control of what I’m eating so I know it’s healthy, not cooked in inflammatory vegetable oils, and is gluten free. Thirdly, after a big day filled with adventures, we often don’t feel like heading out again at night for dinner, especially because a lot of our holidays are in the snow. It’s nice to get back indoors, have a hot shower, put your cosy trackies and uggies on and stay indoors for the night. (I know. We’re going to make good ‘old people’ some day!)
When cooking on holidays, you need meals which take very little time to make, require few ingredients and are as healthy as possible. Just about every meal I make needs coconut oil and Himalayan salt, so I always either bring this with me from home, or buy it from the supermarket during my first food shop.
I hope you find this list helpful next time you’re on holidays!
1. Steak, potato and frozen veggies steamed
- Remove the steak from fridge half an hour before cooking so it changes to room temperature.
- Thoroughly wash and dry the potatoes. Poke them all over with a fork. Place them in the microwave for 5-8 minutes (depending on how big they are and how many you put in). Turn them over and cook for another 5-8 minutes.
- Fill a medium saucepan a quarter full with water. Cover and bring to the boil.
- Preheat a frypan on high so it gets nice and hot. Rub a little coconut oil into both sides of the steak and season with salt and pepper. Cook for 3 minutes each side for medium. Remove and put on a plate, cover with foil to rest for 5 minutes before serving.
- Place frozen vegetables into boiling water and cook for 5 minutes, stirring once.
- Top the potatoes with sour cream and grated cheese.
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You’re probably going to think these tips are all things you’ve heard before, but I urge you not to glaze over them! They really do make a huge impact on your health and weight.
1. Do something active every day.
Find something you enjoy so you won’t skip it! Yes, resistance training and high intensity interval training (HIIT) are the most effective forms of exercise for dropping body fat, but if you can’t stand them you can still get good results from other types of exercise. The best type of exercise is the one that you will actually do.
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My diet has progressed from me having no idea what I was doing in my teens, to being overly strict in my early-twenties, to now in my mid-twenties being a little more relaxed. I now understand that being overly-obsessive with your diet can cause guilt, anxiety and affect your social life, which is just as detrimental to your health and well-being as a bad diet.
I have also learnt that being a food perfectionist is unnecessary to reach my goals. In my experience, you can have both wellness and a body you love without being obsessive with food.
Here are some of the characteristics of how I like to eat: