Today I started the day doing what I love to do on a Wednesday, going for a run. I’m so very fortunate to live only minutes from the beach and am spoilt with this amazing weather here on the Gold Coast even in the Winter, that it would be ignorant of me not make the effort to utilize it.
After I drop the kids at school and preschool I make Wednesday morning my day to inhale in the ocean air while I run amongst the many other fellow runners, walkers, or just peaceful wave watchers. People from all walks of life appreciating natures beauty. It always fascinates me to observe people and wonder what is happening in their lives to bring them here.
I discard all the negativity and stress that life brings in my day-to-day busy life and focus on only that moment. I don’t have to tell you how mind health is just as important as physical health and I feel running in this environment so freeing, peaceful and so valuable for your soul and spirit.
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Hello again, I know it’s been a little while since I’ve posted a recipe my sincere apologies. 2018 has been a challenging year thus far finding the balance of mum and personal life quite demanding let alone time to work on my blog sharing my ideas. It becomes a juggling act that’s for sure.
My love for healthy food hasn’t changed we continue to live a healthy lifestyle even when the weekdays find no time for long hours in the kitchen especially with after school sports/activity commitments every night of the week. The joys of active boys.
Lately my food philosophy has been quick healthy meals and a lot more food prepping. That could mean planning at the start of the week what’s for dinner each night. Making a few extra dinners when I have a free day to freeze for quick no-time for prep nights, and even making double batches so we can eat it for a second time throughout the week (nothing wrong with that). This has helped take the stress out of meal time and keeping us on track with eating nutritious dinners which is so important for my growing, active family and us parents keeping up with them.
I’ll post more about this later on and share some of my go-to meals for mid-week dinners stay tuned..
For today I wanted to share with you these amazing brownies I made for two reasons. One because my kids love brownies and seriously who doesn’t love an indulgent gooey brownie every now and then. And two, my middle son suffers from very dry skin and acute eczema. With the change of weather now becoming colder and a lot dryer his skin has dried out severely and made him inch and irritable.
You probably asking why don’t you just use some cream and what has this got to do with brownies? Continue reading “Healthy Choc Chunk Brownies”
It only feels like the kids just went back to school for term 3 and now we are starting the school holidays again. I don’t know about you but it gets more difficult to keep the kids entertained as the year goes on. On the plus side the weather is warming up so beach and park days are definitely on the agenda and is free bonus.
Here is a old school favourite that I’ve adapted to a refined sugar free recipe and has a gluten free option. Another sweet kids treat without the sugar hit to feed the kids and their friends these holidays.
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Fresh figs, Oh how I have missed them, admittedly store-bought are no comparison to my Nonno's homegrown variety but seriously nothing ever is.
I sourced some from my local fruit shop as flying to Sydney might not seem feasible to collect some from his garden though with the price of them in store it was very tempting let me tell you. Not sure if it is just an Italian obsession but these fruits just tantalize the taste buds like no other.
Perfectly enjoyable on their own, though I did decide why not experiment and make a tea cake with these beauties whilst they are at their best. We have all used the dried kind before but fresh figs in baking is a whole new ball game, on another level on enjoyment. The sweetness they contribute is perfect when making desserts without added sugar, it gives the sweetness in a natural form. Pairing with another favourable natural sweetener thank god for the bees the purest kind, raw honey of course. They are truly made to go together like mac and cheese, gin and tonic, like bacon and eggs well you get where I am going here.
The cake turned out a treat. I substituted the flours to make it gluten-free and can I just say when I turned it out I was so pleased. This moist teacake (I hate to use that word but that's the best way to describe it) sweet and delicate, Oh and the smell of the figs and honey filled the whole kitchen.
I was in fig heaven.
If you are a fig lover this is one cake worth making. Served warm with melted honey drizzled over the top. You can add a dollop of fresh whipped cream or natural yoghurt to top things off.
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The most buttery, crumbly cookies you ever did eat. Lunch Box treats never looked so good need I say more!
Chocolate Chip Cookies
1/3 cup coconut sugar
2 cups wholemeal spelt flour (brown rice flour for GF)
1 tsp bicarb soda
200g 70% dark choc chips or chocolate broken into chunks
- Preheat oven to 180’C and line a baking tray with baking paper
- Beat butter, vanilla, coconut sugar and egg in an electric mixer until light and fluffy
- Mix through flour, bicarb soda, and chocolate
- Roll mixture into heaped teaspoon size balls
- Place balls 2 inches apart and bake for 15 mins
- Cool completely on tray store in an air tight container in the pantry