Food should be shared around a table, talking and laughing with family and friends. My neighbours are popping over for a cup of tea and my mum’s Coconut Banana Bread recipe, is perfect for this occasion. Enjoy!
Coconut Banana Bread
1 1/2 cups of sifted plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup desiccated coconut
270ml can coconut cream
1 cup mashed banana (ripe)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1. Preheat a fan forced oven to 150 degrees Celsius.
2. Line a loaf pan with baking paper.
3. In one bowl mix together all the dry ingredients, in another mix all the wet.
4. Fold wet ingredients into the dry and mix gently.
5. Spoon into prepared loaf pan.
6. Bake for 1 1/4 hours.
7. Stand in the pan for ten minutes and then turn out onto a wire rack to cool.
8. Best eaten warm, with goods friends and a lovely cup of tea!
After dinner last week I sat down to watch Sunday Night and because I’m interested in food and nutrition, I watched with an open mind about the ‘new’ 5/2 diet. It explores the theory that you eat what you like for five days and then restrict your calorie intake to 500 calories for two days.
It is a fast!
Results: according to Sunday Night, not only did participants lose weight, but it was proven medically to increase a patient’s longevity.
To be honest, I don’t like counting calories. I like to eat whole foods and think about nutrition. Yes, I have a piece of chocolate sometimes, and enjoy a cheeky glass of wine…as I believe in taking a balanced approach to life.
What was good about watching the show, was taking a look at my portions.
I grew up with healthy food, but our servings were huge. We are of European hospitality where food is love, and it came in abundance. Big serves, food piled high and happy, family gatherings.
I now live with a gorgeous man (my husband), who has an unbelievable appetite and can metabolise an amazing amount of food. As for me, my frame is small, I am only 160 centimetres high and I eat similar amounts to hubby.
So let’s take a look firstly at my plates. My Kitchen Rules contestants would think they were gorgeous! Big, white and shows off the food beautifully. As I was shopping the other day, I went looking through an Op shop to see the size of plates my grandmother might have eaten off, and I was shocked at the comparison.
Another noticeable difference today is, the proliferation and availability of food. Service Stations, Chemists, Gyms, Newsagents…..So how do we go about reducing our portion sizes, especially if it could lead to a long term healthier you!
Here are a few tips I’m going to try.
1. Use a smaller plate.
2. Keep a food journal for one week, just to take a close look at what I am actually eating.
3. Drink more water.
4. Chew my food!
5. Meal plan and get organised.
Good luck this week and if you have any helpful tips, please let me know.
I just realised how much I love Wonder Woman. Not only did she have a great outfit…..she kicked butt, didn’t take rubbish from anybody, still maintained her integrity and was true girl power.
So I wanted to think about role models for our girls (I’ll get to boys on another post). I love the generation of fabulous young woman, being themselves and going to the top in their chosen field. Because I love the water, Professional Surfers, Stephanie Gilmore and Sally Fitzgibbons are two women that instantly come to mind. They are healthy, hard working and determined.
But we don’t see every side to these women’s lives. The triumphs yes but never the tragedies or moments of self-doubt.
So who should our girls be looking too?
The answer is you and me!
We are the best role models for our girls on kicking butt, staying healthy, empowering ourselves, maintaining loving relationships, setting goals, and looking after ourselves. And because I’m not Super Woman, seeing me cry, make mistakes and then figuring out how to fix them.
So don’t be afraid to let your beautiful daughter (and son), see you in ALL your glory. The good, the bad and of course the fabulous! xx
I love fish and this dish is light, fragrant and fresh and a great use of my favourite greens!
Funky Fish Stir-fry with Broccolini and Snowpeas
2 tsp Olive Oil
600g Snapper, raw, cut into cubes (any firm white fish works in this recipe)
4 green shallots, peeled and cut into 3cm lengths
2 tbs green curry paste
2 bunches of broccolini, cut into thirds
200g snow peas, end trimmed
1 1/2 tbs fish sauce
1 1/2 tbs lime juice
2 tbs brown sugar (coconut sugar works well in this recipe)
1 cup fresh basil leaves
2 cups of cooked brown rice
Heat a wok or fry pan over high heat. Add a little oil and fish in two separate batches. Cook until brown on both sides. Remove from wok and set aside.
Add a little oil and allow to reheat. Add shallots, curry paste, broccolini and snow peas. Cook for 2 minutes. Add fish sauce, lime juice, brown sugar and 3 tbs water.
Stir fry for 3 minutes or until veggies are slightly tender.
Add fish back to wok and 1/2 the basil leaves. Toss to heat.
Serve fish and veggies over rice, with the other half of torn basil leaves.
Sneaking Fruit and Veggies into Kids!
I don’t know about you, but I have a child who loves fruit and would eat it for every meal if allowed and another who has been….let’s say…challenging with trying new things.
But we have had a breakthrough. I have started juicing in the morning and the kids take turns in making it for each other. We call it a glass of “health and happiness.” It’s very basic just oranges, but #1 loves it.
Another idea I read recently was getting a “Lazy Suzanne” and letting the kids pick of it what salad or veggies they like. Did you know, It takes three attempts of a new food for a person to like it.
I know friends who grate carrot and zucchini into spaghetti, another who put’s honey and butter on carrots and even cover’s broccoli with chocolate sauce (yes, it’s true). That young boy now eats broccoli without any sauce and loves it!
Have you got a great way of sneaking fruit and veggies into the kids? If so, I would love to hear your tips and tricks.
Self Care Tip #2
I work in a gorgeous Day Spa and see the amazing results people have from MicroDermaBrasion!
But what if you can’t get to the spa?
Here is a little tip I learnt from one of the beauty girls that you could do in between visits, that’s just as effective and costs a few cents!
A few teaspoon’s of Bi-Carb Soda
A dash of water to make a paste
1. Mix the water and Bi-Carb together to form a paste.
2. Clean your skin and pat dry.
3. Use your fingertips to apply the paste to your face and pores.
4. Leave on for five to ten minutes (you may experience a tingling feeling).
5. Wash off with cold water.
6. Moisturise face and neck after treatment.
Your skin will feel fresh, soft and clean at a fraction of the price!