Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Happy Days

Hi my lovlies!!

I hope that you are all having an amazing festive season break and enjoying some quality time with your families.

Due to a serious lack of time, for the next little while, I will be using my Happy Family, Healthy Family facebook page for all my posts / recipes / photos etc so please "Like" me at

https://www.facebook.com/HappyFamilyHealthyFamily

See you over there!

Happy days
xxxx

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Mmmmm Sugar-Free Fudgy Choc Cookies

A quick recipe for you today.  I realised last night that I didn't have any goodies to put in my boys lunch boxes - and I do like to put something in there (hopefully that is halfway healthy!!).

Yesterday, after a full day at work, boys basketball, bbq dinner and a 5km walk, the last thing I wanted to do was to spend hours in the kitchen ... so I thought I would make some quick sugar free, gluten free choc cookies. MASSIVE FAIL!  I used coconut flour and they were so incredibly dry that my mouth literally stuck together.  Good thing that the hubster said he liked them - he now has treats for the week!

So this morning, even after I had slept in for my morning walk (sorry Sam!!) I was able to throw these delicious Fudgy Choc Cookies together before school - I promise they are that quick!

Sugar-Free Fudgy Choc Cookies (makes approx. 22-24)
100 butter (cubed - room temp)
1/2 cup of Natvia (stevia powder)
2-3 lidfuls of vanilla extract
1 egg (room temp)
1/2 cup of unsweetened cacao or coco powder
3/4 cup organic plain flour (please note you could use coconut or almond flour to make a wheat-free version, but I think way too dry for this recipe).

Pre-heat oven to about 150 degrees fan forced (Depending on how hot your oven is!)
Line a cookie tray/s with baking paper

Cream together the Natvia and butter at a high speed for a couple of minutes until very well blended.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl and then add the vanilla and egg and beat for another minute or so.  Throw in the cacao/cocoa and beat for another min at a medium speed until well blended. Add the flour and mix at a low speed just until you can't see any white of the flour.

Grab out 1 tbsp of the dough, roll into a ball and place on the tray.  Once all the balls have been rolled, flatten them with a small based glass (you might have to peel them off the glass), pop into the over and bake for about 10-11 minutes.  This makes for a soft cookie - if you want a crunchier one leave in oven for a couple more minutes, just make sure they don't burn).

Cool for a couple of mins of tray before transferring to racks (or straight into the lunch box!!).

Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Reverse Body Dysmorphia????

I'm sure you've heard of Body Dysmorphia?

It's when a person looks into a mirror and sees something that really isn't there ... like they have a little non-noticable mole on their face and their life revolves around covering it up and thinking how hideous they look. They might have a normal body but think they are huge ... get the picture?

I'm a massive self-diagnoser (although having said that I'm usually correct, but I digress) and have come to terms that I also have a very horrible disorder.

Reverse Body Dysmorphia.

Honestly, this is not a good thing to have. I can't tell you what a shock it is when I look in the mirror and the person who looks back it quite obviously NOT ME!

I am a very athletic looking women in my early 30's, with small perky boobs, smooth olive skin and shiny, straight hair.

But every friggen time I look in a mirror this complete stranger stares back ... she is short (3cm shorter than 5 years ago to be exact, how the #@()*$ did that happen), crinkly, nearing 40 and some would say on the curvy side.

Those jeans that are meant to slide over my slim, long legs are getting quite tight to pull on (they must have shrunk in the wash), and I think I might need to get in contact with quite a few clothing manufacturers as they clearly have had a mishap in the factory and got the sizing tags all mixed up. I'm not sure why my small perky boobs need a bra with seat belt width straps (yet another company to write to), but thank god the people who make earring seems to have it all under control!!



Sunday, October 21, 2012

Colour me Happy!

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Seriously, how amazing does that look! Finally the Colour Run has hit the shores of Australia and I'm just a tad excited - which is a bugger because the race isn't run in Sydney until Feb. If you haven't heard about the race, everyone starts dressed in white and then at each km mark you are showered with (safe) colour and and the end come out like a rainbow.  What is not to love?

Actually, I can tell you what is not to love. Being weighed and measured for my PT sessions at the gym. I know you need a base line (and body measurements are great for this), but for me being weighed is just all negative ... I now have a number (which I'm not loving) burned in my brain and that paired with the fact that I am 3cm shorter than I used to be, does not make for a happy girl.  

Anyways, moving on - recipe of the day ... I have a serious addiction to tabbouleh. Honestly I could eat it with every meal, but along with some of my other fav food foods, it has had to be pushed aside as it contains burghul (crushed wheat). That really didn't bode will with me, so have come up with an awesome alternative which is so good for you there's no reason not to eat it.

(Wheat Free) Tabbouleh

Ingredients
1 cup uncooked quinoa (I used red) 
1.5-2 bunches of parsley 
Handful of mint
4-5 tomatoes (seeds removed)
1 roasted pepper (just cause I had one)
1 small red onion finely chopped

Dressing
Juice of 3 lemons
2 tablespoons of evoo
2 garlic cloves
Seasoning to taste (I use Trocomare)
Good shake of sumac (I forgot to put in this time but would be a great addition to the salad)

Cook the quinoa according to directions (and cool). Rinse the parsley in the sink and give it a really good shake to get all the excess water out, pat with a paper towel. Finely chop the parsley and mint and add to bowl. Throw in the quinoa and give a stir. Chop the tomatoes, roasted pepper (if you are using), and red onion into the bowl and give another stir. 

Meanwhile in a jar, throw in the lemon juice, evoo, garlic and whizz with a hand mixer. Season to taste.  Throw over the salad and give a good stir. Cover with freshly cracked pepper.  

Serve and enjoy.

Why so good?
Full of good healthy food colours (dark greens, reds and purples) and protein in the form of quinoa.  This salad is jampacked with vitamins C, A and K, antioxidants, and flavour.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Coconut Love

For those of you who know me, I just love my coconut.  Coconut in any form - water, fresh meat, flakes, desicated coconut, milk, cream, coconut butter and today's subject coconut oil.

I use coconut oil for cooking, for my skin, for my son's kerotosis on his arms and I am in the process of experimenting with it to get rid of a skin condition I have called granuloma annulare which doctors have said can only be treated with steroids (injecting straight into the problem area - so very painful).

There is also some interesting information going around regarding the use of coconut oil in the fight against Dementia, as this is a problem close to home it something I will continue to read up on.

Anyways, yesterday I did a little happy dance in the local supermarket. For the first time, I found a jar of virgin, cold pressed, unrefined organic coconut oil right there on the shelves.  I didn't have to go to a speciality health shop, it was just there ready for me to buy. Maybe this healthy eating thing is catching on?

Because I use it for everything I buy a jar of coconut oil every couple of weeks. I know there are some of you out there who have bought it knowing it is good for you, but don't have any idea what to do with it (not naming any names..) so it just sits there in your cupboard getting lonely.  No more people, it's time to crack the seal on that jar of goodness and reap some of the benefits:
  • Helps optimise body weight, decreasing your risk of diabetes
  • Helps control food cravings such as sugar addiction
  • Great for cooking as it can't be destroyed by heat
  • Fantastic natural moisturiser that helps prevent wrinkles
  • A perfect chemical free weekly hair treatment
  • High in lauric acid (breast milk is the only other source) which is toxic to viruses and bacteria
  • Could help combat tooth decay
  • Contains no cholesterol or harmful trans-fats
  • Improves digestive health
How much coconut oil should you have?
Are you ready ... between 2 and 4 tablespoons a day! If you have been on a low fat diet I strongly suggest starting off with maybe a teaspoon and working your way up slowly ... otherwise, well it involves running!

So there you have it, enjoy some with your dinner tonight ... maybe with some panfried asparagus with a dash of chilli and lemon?

If you are already a fan, what's your favourite use?



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Friday, August 24, 2012

One Word

I'm totally stealing this meme post from the beautifully preggas Kat at Petticoats and Peplums ... 
One word answers ... let me know if you join in!

1. Where is your mobile phone? Table

2. Your hair?  Grose

3. Your mother? Tomorrow

4. Your father? Big

5. Your favourite food? Coconut 

6. Your dream last night? Vague

7. Your favourite drink? Chai

8. Your dream/goal? Happiness

9. What room are you in? Family

10. Your hobby? Life

11. Your fear? Boys

12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Travelling

13. Where were you last night? Boxing

14. Something that you aren’t? Crafty

15. Muffins? Raspberry

16. Wish list item? Beach-house

17. Where did you grow up? Snives

18. Last thing you did? Kiss

19. What are you wearing? Jarmies

20. Your TV? Cougar Town

21. Your pet? Mussycato

22. Friends? Love

23. Your life? Crazy

24. Your mood? Exhausted

25. Missing someone? Sister

26. Vehicle? Mazda

27. Something you’re not wearing? Bra

28. Your favorite store? Markets

29. Your favorite color? Pink

30. When was the last time you laughed? Tonight

31. Last time you cried? Yesterday

32. Your best friend? Janksi

33. One place that I go to over and over? Laundry

34. One person who emails me regularly? Spam

35. Favorite place to eat? Japanese

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Ladies who lunch

I like nothing better than going out for breakfast, lunch or dinner or any meal in-between!  I love spending that time with family or friends over yummy food and catching up on everything that's been happening in their lives.

This week I have been spoilt for choice with culinary outings with friends and the hubster, but it was my lunch the other day that had me in the kitchen. I had enjoyed the most delicious spinach salad with lamb it was so tasty - but when I came home and I was still ravenous ... seriously folks I don't understand why eateries can charge you next to nothing for a big bowl of crap, but charge through the roof for the healthier option?

Anyways, I couldn't wait to make myself a much larger serve the next day!!!

Spinach and Sweet Potato Salad with Lemon Dressing
Serves 1-2 (I like a lot of salad ...)

A few big handfuls of baby spinach
Roasted sweet potato or pumpkin - warm or cold
1/4 - 1/2 an avocado
A few sun dried tomatoes sliced
Handful of nuts (walnuts and almonds both work well)
Shaved parmesan cheese 
Shredded chicken / lamb / beef etc - whatever you might have around (optional)
Chia seeds

Lemon Dressing
The juice of one really big lemon - our tree is full of massive lemons at the moment!
Rice Bran Oil couple of tablespoons - depending on how much lemon juice you have
Good shake of preferred seasoning (I used Trocamare Herbs and Vegetables)
Garlic*  I didn't put in, but would probably add a grated clove next time for a bit more bite

Whisk lemon juice and oil together in a bowl and then season to taste.

In a large mixing bowl gently toss all the ingredients together including desired amount of dressing.  Plate up and enjoy.  Even better with company!