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Healthy Fruit Icypoles

Here in Australia, the weather is heating up just in time for the New Year. Summer is filled with days by the beach, the smell of mowed lawns and the nostalgic sounds of Mr. Whippy. For a healthier spin on icecream and icypoles to beat the summer heat, I’ve created these fruity icypoles.


Ingredients (Makes 4):

  • 3-4 passionfruits
  • Coconut water
  • Raspberries
  • Blueberries
  • Greek yogurt (we used passionfruit)

Method:

  1. Halve the passionfruits and scoop the pulp into the bottom of the icy pole moulds. They should go 1/4 of the way up. 
  2. Pour coconut water as needed to fill 3/4 on the mould with coconut water. 
  3. Place as many blueberries and raspberries as desired/can fit into the moulds, allowing them to sink throughout the liquid. 
  4. Dollop a teaspoon of Greek yogurt on top of the liquid mixture and cover with the icy pole handles.
  5. Allow to freeze for 2 hours before enjoying. Run the moulds under hot running water to loosen the icypole.

These icypoles are kid friendly and are a great way to get them involved in the kitchen. They are so easy to make in advance and can be stored in the freezer until needed. Plus, they are full of healthy fruit and coconut water which is packed full of essential electrolytes. 

Happy cooking!

New Years Resolutions

Happy NYE! 

New Years is a time on celebration. A time when we collectively remember and reflect on the amazing moments of the past year. A time when we look towards the stars in hope for what the next year may hold. It’s an ancient, magical tradition. 

Yet, for many New Years Eve can be daunting. Undoubtably, someone will ask you what your New Years Resolutions will be. These are statements of what you would like to work on and achieve in the following year. For some, the fear of saying their hopes aloud to others and committing to their aspirations is anxiety inducing. For others, the excitement in prosperity is exhilarating. 

The issue with New Years Resolutions is that they are often brash, ill thought out statements with no clear timeframe. Such as, ‘I’m going to get fit’ or ‘I will be nicer to others’. Without a clear direction, these Resolutions are likely to fail. 

On the other hand, if you set clear goals for yourself you are more likely to reach them. This provides yourself with a sense of achievement, gratitude and happiness. Treating them as stepping stones allows us to reach our bigger dreams. 

Below are my 3 steps for setting goals and New Years Resolutions:

  1. What is your dream? Think about what your bigger ideal is-whether it’s a fitness goal or a larger encapsulating aspiration such as your dream career. This gives you an outlook on what you would like to achieve holistically.
  2. How are you going to get there? By asking yourself this question with your dream in mind, you can set up smaller stepping stones. For example say your resolution is to do a chin up, break it down into smaller steps. Beginning with strengthening your shoulders and back, using an assisted chin up machine and doing reverse hangs are all ideas. By breaking your dream into smaller goals, it becomes more manageable and attainable. In turn, you are more likely to be persistent in your achieving your dream goal.
  3. When would you like to achieve this? The final step is to put a time frame on your stepping stones. It may seem scary by committing to achieving a goal by a certain date, but it is really motivating. It pushes you to work harder for your dream and achieve it within a realistic time frame. 

Good luck and happy New Year! 

Leftover Brioche French Toast

French Toast has always been a treat in our family. We even called it ‘eggy bread’ as we were growing up, and it was made as a savoury dish instead of a sweet. Today, I’ve made a sweet, caramelised French Toast from Christmas leftovers.

For our Christmas lunch we made a delicious stuffing dish from Brioche bread to have with roast chook. We had a whole loaf left over which I thought would be delicious as a Boxing Day breakfast .

Additionally, I made a healthier version of French Toast, which can be modified to be vegan if desired. It is lower in refined sugar than traditional recipes. Thus, there’s no reason to feel guilty to eat this breakfast after stuffing yourself full at Christmas.

Ingredients:

For berry sauce:

  • 1/2 chopped fresh mixed berries (I used raspberry, blueberry and strawberry)
  • 1 Tsp brown sugar
  • 1 Tbs water

For French Toast:

  • 3 slices of Brioche bread (can be substituted for vegan sweet bread)
  • 1 egg (can be substituted for a flax egg)
  • 1/2 cup of almond milk
  • 1 Tbs cinnamon 
  • 1 Tsp nutmeg

Method:

  1. Combine all the berry sauce ingredients in a medium saucepan over low heat. Stir occasionally until the berries have reduced into a sauce. Allow to cool.
  2. Combine the egg, almond milk, cinnamon and nutmeg in a mixing bowl.
  3. Soak the Brioche in the bread until saturated. Heat some butter (coconut oil if vegan) in a medium frypan over medium heat.
  4. Place the soaked pieces of bread in the frypan and cook until golden on each side (about 5 minutes).
  5. Serve the French Toast warm with the berry sauce poured on top.

Tips for Shopping the Boxing Day Sales

My guide to surviving the Boxing Day Sales.

It’s that time again, and no I don’t just mean Christmas pud and candy canes. Whilst Christmas is fantastic, I get super excited to shop the Boxing Day Sales. Finding a good bargain can require a keen knack for haggling, a quick eye and speedy legs to find the perfect product at a reasonable price. However, these tips will help you stick to your budget and find some awesome buys at a reduced price, without the stress. Continue reading “Tips for Shopping the Boxing Day Sales”

Ultimate Fitness Gift Guide 2016

The ultimate gift guide for active friends.

Your active friends can sometimes be the most difficult to buy for in the holiday season. Especially, if you are new to the fitness industry and have little idea of the dramatic (and sometimes catastrophic) difference between normal and high waisted leggings.If this festive season has got you trying to decipher what those ridiculously long names actually mean, such as Lulu Lemon’s ‘Ultra Lightweight Tech Long Sleeve Crew’, look no further. Below is my list of the perfect gift ideas for fitness fanatics, no matter what your budget is.  Continue reading “Ultimate Fitness Gift Guide 2016”

Healthier Gingerbread Cookies

Festive and healthy gingerbread cookies for the holiday season.

This Christmas, I was on a mission to create some healthy and festive gingerbread cookies. Having never made gingerbread, I was unfamiliar with the traditional recipe, let alone adapting it into a healthier version. Alas, I have crafted some delicious cookies that are perfect for any festive occasion.  Continue reading “Healthier Gingerbread Cookies”

How to Relax

A guide to the most effective ways to reduce stress.

Being able to relax is an integral part of well being. Relaxation allows us to become more focused and content. And lets face it, sometimes you just need some ‘me- time’. After running around all week trying to reach deadlines and who knows what else, you can end up feeling lethargic and mentally exhausted. Add into the mix the hectic festive season, and you’ve got a recipe for total meltdown. Thus, it is crucial that we recognise and act on when we need a little time for ourselves. Continue reading “How to Relax”