Silly season food tips

Written by Cyndi

Cyndi is about educating. Her greatest love is to teach, both in the public arena and within the large corporate food companies, to enable everyone to make better choices so they too can enjoy greater health throughout their lives. Considered one of the world's foremost experts in Nutrition, Cyndi brings over 40 years experience, research and knowledge.

December 17, 2015

Do you want to stay healthy over the silly season but you’re feeling confused as to what to make that will be tasty, nourishing and still be healthy?

We have compiled a few of our favourite breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, snacks and drink ideas to help keep you motivated to stay on track and not be tempted with foods that you know will not leave you feeling your best.

Breakfast

If you’re after something a little different to your normal pancakes then why not try our Turmeric Pancakes with Crispy Bacon and Fresh Herbs these are particularly yummy with fresh avocado and homemade pesto with some caramelised onions and tomatoes on top.

 

If you’re after something a little fresher and would love to utilise all those beautiful summer fruits then you’ll love our Summer Chia Pudding with Grain Free Cinnamon Muesli.

 

Lunch and Dinner

Fresh salads are always a must and this Tropical Rocket and Mango Salad with fresh prawns and lots of lemon or lime sounds delicious.

Roast Pumpkin, Avocado and Fetta Salad is also another yummy option.

These Coconut Chicken Tenders are a great meal option for the kids and even adults as it pairs nicely with a beautiful fresh salad and dipped into homemade mayo or tomato sauce.

You can’t go wrong with a beautiful Roast Chicken or Roast Lamb with veggies – they are always an easy favourite. The beautiful thing about roasts is that you can re-use the bones to make a nourishing and delicious Bone Broth.

 

If you’re more of a seafood lover try this Snapper Pesto with Salad and Green Beans.

You can even make a big bowl of Homemade Oven Chips and serve with Cashew Pesto, Inca Inchi Oil Basil Mayonnaise, or homemade BBQ and/or Tomato Sauce.

These are a much healthier alternative to the bought version and are so incredibly easy to make!  

 

Dessert

Raspberry Panna Cotta is such a quick, simple and nourishing dessert. If you don’t have access to raspberries then use mangoes, passionfruit or whatever fruit you desire that is currently in season. NOTE: This recipe does provide a firm set panna cotta, so if you like it softer use 20-25g of gelatin instead.

You can’t go wrong with a decadent yet beautiful Baked Creamy Custard. It is wonderful when paired with this Choc Chia Cake or for more of a Christmas cake this stunning Chocolate Almond Fruit Cake.

 

I love this Raw Lime Cheesecake it’s so refreshing, zesty and stores in the freezer really well.

Avocado Choc Mousse such a simple, quick and tasty dessert and is delicious with chopped fruit such as berries, banana, apple or pear.

 

Snacks

It’s always a good idea to have snacks on hand (or in the freezer), especially through this busy time of year. Tahini Treats are always a favourite and can be made ahead of time and kept in the freezer and pulled out 5 minutes before they are needed.

Because you always need a little slice of heaven, try our Christmas Chocolate Bark. This can also be made ahead of time and kept in the freezer.


 
Bliss Balls
are another great, healthy option and can be modified to taste. Add a touch of quality rum if you feel like a better alternative to rum balls. You could make extra and put them in glass jars to give as healthy gifts.

You could get your kids to help make these Emmer wheat Gingerbread Cookies. As a gift idea you could also make extra and wrap in cellophane or add to glass jars and tie with a ribbon.  

Drinks  

Coconut Water Kefir is so easy and nourishing. Water Kefir is a great replacement for store-bought soft drinks. In addition to the probiotics, the culture in the kefir eats away the sugar, so you don’t have to deal with the adverse effects of sugar in processed soft drinks, such as fluctuations in blood sugar and cravings for sugary sweet foods. And as a bonus to those of us who crave bubbly beverages, the kefir creates naturally occurring carbonation. You can get creative and add in chopped fruit, mint leaves even a dash of vodka, rum or gin for a healthier alcoholic option. 

 

Why not make a large pitcher each of this Seasonal Green Smoothie and Inca Inchi Mango Smoothie to have in the centre of the table so everyone can help themselves? After every mouthful of these drinks, you know that those who are consuming it, will be receiving so much nourishment, nutrients and minerals that it will be sure to make you and them happy.

One last really simple drink idea that will take no time at all is to add soda water, lemon, ice, sliced cucumber and fresh mint leaves to a pitcher. Allow everyone to grab a drink as they need and enjoy! 

So there you have it… a few simple, easy yet healthy and nourishing meal suggestions to keep you feeling fabulous over the Christmas period. We hope you enjoy!

Merry Christmas and Happy Changing Habits! 

Cyndi

December 2015

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