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Top foods to boost kids' brain power!

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It’s no secret that growing kids need lots of love and attention. But it’s not just their bodies that are growing and developing at a rapid rate, their brain is too.

That’s why it is so important to keep children active, healthy and engaged in learning. It’s not just about a balanced diet to keep their bodies healthy and growing, certain foods are good for their brain’s development too.

“Similar to the body, the brain absorbs nutrients from food which assist in development,” says Dr Ryan Harvey of House Call Doctor. “The childhood years are a critical time for brain development, focus and cognitive skills.”

There are certain foods which can offer great support for little minds and boosting brain power:

 

  1. Salmon

    “Fatty fish like salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids,” says Dr Harvey. “These are essential for brain growth and function.”

    Try sneaking salmon into salads, sandwiches, sushi or just pan fried.

  2. Egg

    “Eggs are a great snack packed full of protein and choline,” says Dr Harvey. “This is a nutrient which helps with memory development.”

    So keep those boiled egg and Vegemite soldiers coming! Eggs are a great snack to have on their own or on a wholemeal sandwich.

  3. Berries

    Not just a pretty colour, berries can help improve memory and are a rich source of vitamin C and antioxidants.

    “Strawberries, cherries, blueberries and blackberries are a great source of fuel for kids brains,” says Dr Harvey. The richer the colour the more nutrition lays within.

    Add them to a smoothie, eat them on their own or blend them with greek yoghurt to make your own frozen yoghurt ice blocks. 

  4. Oats

    A winter breakfast favourite in most households, oats provide an excellent source of energy. “Oats are a great source of fibre, vitamin E, B and zinc,” says Dr Harvey. “They are a great food to help the brain function optimally throughout the day,” says Dr Harvey.

  5. Peanut butter

    Peanut butter is a childhood favourite of many and it turns out peanuts are actually packed with vitamins E and thiamin. “Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps protect nerve membranes,” says Dr Harvey.

    So not only is it a delicious snack that most kids won’t put up a fuss about eating, it is beneficial to brain development too. Either on a sandwich or as a dip for fruit and vegetables, the more the better.

  6. Vegetables

    Colourful vegetables are an excellent source of antioxidants which help keep brain cells healthy. Particularly tomatoes, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, carrots and spinach are full of antioxidants.

    “Fresh vegetables are not only a great source of nutrients for brain health but a regular intake is fundamental to overall health and wellbeing of adults and children alike,” says Dr Harvey.

  7. Dairy

    Yoghurt, milk and cheese are go-to snacks for many kids. Luckily they are just as good for you as they taste.

    “Dairy products are full of B vitamins, vitamin D, proteins and carbohydrates which are essential for brain tissue, neurotransmitters and enzymes,” says Dr Harvey.

  8. Lean Beef

    Lean beef is a rich source of iron which is essential for energy production, helping kids focus during the day.

    “Beef is also a great source of zinc, which aids in memory,” says Dr Harvey.

 

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Spicy Chow Mein in Lettuce Cups!

Spicy Chow Mein in Lettuce Cups!

I think of this is as an alternative to tacos (which we love) but a little less carb heavy, and you can really pack the veg in this dish without the kids getting fussy.

I like quite spicy food, so if you don’t like too much heat then I would just add one teaspoon of chilli flakes to start and keep tasting as you cook, as no-one knows your families taste buds more then you.  I grew up on very hot food, so I had quite a few people test this dish for heat and so far, its had the thumbs up.

This dish is so very cheap and easy to do, you can freeze it (I would leave the noodles out, and boil those up just before serving).  This recipe serves 4-6 people, so if you are a family of four, well you will have some leftover for lunch the next day (Yum!).  This is also great when you unexpectedly have extras at your house for dinner, just plonk the mixture into the middle of the table and lay out the lettuce cups and let everyone serve themselves.  

 

Ingredients

500g of beef mince

1 bunch of finely sliced shallots

2 teaspoons of garlic

1 small packet of vermicelli noodles (or any noodles is fine)

1 teaspoon of ground chilli powder

2 teaspoons of chilli flakes

4 – 5 tablespoons of soy sauce

1 teaspoon of brown sugar

1 level teaspoon of sesame oil

1 & 1/2  level teaspoons of 5 Chinese five spice

1/2 iceberg lettuce

1/4 of finely sliced red cabbage

1 diced (small cubes) zucchini

1 diced (small cubes) carrot

Handful of fresh coriander (to serve)

1/2 red capsicum finely sliced (optional)

 

Method

Brown the mince in the sesame oil, add your spices, garlic and sauces and let simmer for 5 minutes, in the meantime boil up your noodles (they only take a minute or two) and drain.  Add your diced veg, let it cook for another 10 minutes.  Don’t overcook the veg, because you really do want that lovely crunchy texture through the dish.

Place into lettuce cups and serve. Don’t overfill the lettuce cups, because you want to bend it over the mixture almost like a roll when you bite into it.  

I added a few slices of fresh red capsicum on top for that extra crunch.

It’s that easy.

Enjoy!

 

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No Rice Fried Rice!

No Rice Fried Rice!

After Christmas we are back on the low carb wagon way of eating. Hubby and I did quite well on it in 2016 losing about 15kgs each, this no rice fried rice is one of the dishes we almost live off when eating low carb, its delicious!

 

INGREDIENTS

1 full cauliflower with the florets broken off ready.

150 grams of ham

1/2 a zucchini

1 onion

2 eggs

1/2  a  red capsicum

1 cup of mixed peas and corn

1 tablespoon of fish sauce

2 tables spoons of soy sauce

1 tablespoon of coconut oil, you can use sesame or olive oil to.

 

METHOD:

Place cauliflower into a blender or Thermomix, blitz in pulses until is rice texture.

Chop up all other ingredients finely.

Add onion and ham to wok or frying pan on medium heat, brown  for 2 mins and then scoop out and put to the side.

Place zucchini, capsicum and corn and peas into wok and cook for 1-2 mins.

Add the blitzed cauliflower to the wok stirring through.

Add the fish and soy sauce and stir through.

Add the onion and ham back to the wok.

While the mixture is cooking, place 2 eggs in a microwave bowl, whisk well then cook on high for 1 min 20 sec, once cooked remove and cut up then add to the mixture. Stir through gently.

Then that’s it, simply serve up and enjoy!

Serves 4

 

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Simple Beetroot Salad!

Simple Beetroot Salad!

Before Christmas I went looking for a few different salad recipes, we normally do the standard Greek salad and rice salad at holiday events but I really wanted to try something different, I came across this beetroot salad and it was a real hit on Christmas day so thought we would share it.

Ingredients

1 Large tin of Beetroot, not sliced you want it in ball form so it can be diced easily.

1 Cup Walnuts roughly crushed

200 grams crushed Fetta

3 Eggs boiled and sliced in half

Your favourite herbs

1/2 Lemon juice

1 Tablespoon Good quality Olive Oil

 

Method

Dice beetroot into cubes and place on a serving plate.

Sprinkle crushed fetta over the top.

Add the walnuts across the salad evenly.

Place the boiled eggs across the salad scattered.

Add the Lemon juice and olive oil to a cup and then sprinkle  over the salad, it doesn't need to drench the salad just enhance the flavour.

Top with your favourite herbs.

Serves 6 as a side or 2 s a meal.

 

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Easy Omelette Muffins

Easy Omelette Muffins

I love these omelette muffins! They’re quick easy and oh so tasty! Best bit is that they’re great hot or cold and on the run! They’re packed with protein and healthy veggies and I also love them as a snack after a gym work out. They just satisfy that void!

 

Ingredients

 8 Eggs

¼ cup of Milk

2 Handfuls of Baby Spinach, chopped finely

1 Tomato, diced

4 Rashes of Short Cut Bacon

½ Red Onion, finely diced

½ Red Capsicum, finely diced

¼ Block of Smooth Fetta (optional)

 1 tbsp of Basil

 Salt and Pepper, to your taste

 

Method

Preheat oven to 160 degrees (fan forced) and grease a 12 cup muffin tray.

Wash, chop and dice all ingredients, except eggs. 

Whisk eggs, milk salt and pepper until combine. Once combine add in all ingredients and mix well.

Using a soup ladle, scoop mixture into a muffin tin.  Fill them until their about ¾ full and if you’re using fetta, crumble it on the top.

Bake for approximately 20 minutes or until golden on top.

NB: Cooking time will depend on your oven.

Makes 12

 

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Yummy Chocolate And Zucchini Slice!

Yummy Chocolate And Zucchini Slice!

 Chocolate and Zucchini slice, it may not sound appealing but let me tell you it is delicious, great for school lunch box treats!

 

Ingredients

 125 grams softened butter

 1 cup applesauce

 3/4 cup rice malt syrup ( you can sub for sugar of your choice)

 2 1/2 cups self raising flour

 3 cups finely grated zucchini

 1 teaspoon cinnamon

 1/2 teaspoon all spice

 1/2 teaspoon of salt

 1/4 cup coco powder

 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste

 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt

 3 eggs

 

Method

 Preheat oven to 170 degrees

 Line a 25cem cake tin with baking paper

 Beat the butter, rice malt syrup and applesauce together. 

Add in one egg at a time and keep beating.

Add the flour and combine well.

Add all other ingredients and mix well.

The mixture should be wet enough to pour into the cake tin, if ts to wet add a little more flour, if its to dry add a little milk.

Bake for 30 - 45 minutes until it starts to firm up.

Allow to cool and slice.

You can add drizzled chocolate over the top if you like.

Tip: we also add macadamia nuts, peanuts and chocolate chips to make different variations.

Would you give this a go?

 

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Curb Sweet Cravings With This Cherry Overripe Smoothie!

Curb Sweet Cravings With This Cherry Overripe Smoothie!

This smoothie is seriously so good it reminds me of a Cherry Ripe bar only a healthier version in a smooth creamy drink. It has a great sweet taste which has saved me from breaking my diet on more than one occasion.

Next time you are craving something a bit naughty have a go at making this Cherry Overripe smoothie < bliss!

Cherry Overripe Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 frozen banana the riper the better

  • 2 cups frozen cherries

  • 250 mills coconut milk

  • 1 teaspoon well naturally cocoa

  • rice malt syrup to taste approx 1 small teaspoon

  • Coconut and cherries to garnish

cherry - ripe - smoothie - post Method

  1. Pop all ingredients into a blender and blitz on high for 2 minutes until smooth.

  2. Sprinkle with coconut if you like.

  3. Pour into glasses and enjoy!

Serves

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13 Low Carb Desserts That Will Curb Any Sweet Craving!

13 Low Carb Desserts That Will Curb Any Sweet Craving!

Sticking to low carb options doesn’t have to mean going without desserts. These 14 low carb desserts are the perfects treats, with many also being sugar free. Who knew desserts could be so healthy?

1.Chocolate avocado cookies from Bargain Mums

These indulgent flourless chocolate cookies are low carb, and thanks to the avocado are kind of healthy too. low carb desserts1

 2. Low carb zucchini brownies from Café Delites

Combining chocolate and zucchinis might sound strange, but it works! These brownies are low carb, and the bonus is they are a great way to hide veggies from the kids. low carb dessets 2

3. Low carb chocolate lasagna from Low Carb Maven

This chocolate lasagna is perfect for special occasions. It’s low carb, as well as gluten free and sugar free, and is way easier to make than it looks. low carb desseerts 4

4. Low carb chocolate chip cookie cheesecake bars from All Day I Dream About Food

This recipe combines two delicious desserts into one; chocolate chip cookies and cheesecake. While that might sounds like a very indulgent dessert, these are a healthier low carb and grain free version. low carb desserts 5

5. Sugar free lemon coconut pound cake from Sugar Free Mom

Eating a slice of cake doesn’t have to mean loading up on carbs. This lemon coconut cake is completely grain free, gluten free, sugar free and of course low carb. low carb desserts 6

 6. Low carb lemon cheesecake bars from Simply Taralynn

Who doesn’t love lemon cheesecake? These cheesecake bars use almond flour rather than regular flour in the crust, and contains no added sugar. low carb desserts 7

 7. Homemade strawberry whips from Health Starts in the Kitchen

These strawberry whips are made using only 5 healthy, real ingredients. They look so pretty served in little jars, making the perfect light dessert to finish of a dinner party. desserts 8

8. Coconut and avocado grasshopper bars from Whole New Mom

These grasshopper bars are a great way to hide veggies from unsuspecting people; they contain 2 avocados but no one will even know they are there. These are the perfect no bake dessert for those times you need something a little healthy, but still sweet. desserts 9

9. Lemon cream tarts from Ricki Heller

These sweet little tangy lemon tarts are vegan, dairy free, egg free, grain free and sugar free. desserts 10

 10. Low carb tiger butter from All Day I Dream About Food

If you haven’t heard of tiger butter before now, it’s a treat with the flavours of white chocolate, dark chocolate and peanut butter, all mixed together. This healthier version is lo carb and contains no sugar. desserts 12

11. Coconut cream layered dream from Low Carb Maven

This creamy dessert is made up of 5 delicious layers. It starts with an almond-coconut crust, then cream cheese, coconut cream, whipped topping and finally shredded or flakes coconut. desserts 13

 12. Healthy cookie dough brownies from Foodie Fiasco

These start with a layer of chocolate brownie, are topped with a layer of cookie dough and drizzled with a little extra chocolate on top, because you can never have too much chocolate! low carb dessert 15

 13. Cream cheese cookies from Low Carb Yum

These low carb cookies are so versatile, perfect for Christmas celebrations or a treat just because. low carb dessert 16

Do you have any low carb recipes you would like to share? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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Start The Day With This Veggie Booster Smoothie!

Start The Day With This Veggie Booster Smoothie!

This Hidden veggie smoothie is great for sneaking in extra nutrients without the rest of the family realising.

With 2 veggies and 2 fruits and some almond milk for protein, this smoothie is sure to give your body and brain the extra boost it needs to get through the day. Perfect for breakfast and afternoon tea yum!

Hidden Veggie Booster Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup frozen mango

  • 1 cup baby spinach

  • 1 cup pineapple

  • 500 mills almond milk

  • 1 Cup cauliflower

veggie booster smoothie post Method:

  1. Pop all ingredients into a Blender and blitz on high until smooth.

  2. If using a Themomix blitz for 2 minutes on high, you want the cauliflower to be processed really well so that the texture is smoooth with no graininess.

  3. Pour into 2 glasses and enjoy!

Serves: 2  

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3 Minute Mango Weis Smoothie!

3 Minute Mango Weis Smoothie!

If you love the mango Weis Bar ice cream you are going to love this!

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups frozen mango

  • 500 Mills of coconut milk or milk of your choice

  • 8 Macadamia nuts

  • 2 drops liquid Stevia

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Method:

  1. Add the macadamia nuts to a blender and blitz until really fine.
  2. Add half the milk and blitz for 1 minute.
  3. Add the mango, rest of the milk and Stevia and blend on high for another minute until smooth.
  4. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

Serves 2

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Sweet Spice Banana Smoothie

Sweet Spice Banana Smoothie

It is hard to believe that this smoothie has cauliflower in it and still tastes delicious. Great for on the go breakfasts and afternoon tea!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cauliflower

  • 2 frozen bananas

  • 500 mills of almond milk

  • 1 teaspoon of rice malt syrup

  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon

  • cinnamon to sprinkle

Method

  1. Pop all ingredients into a Blender and blitz on high until smooth, if using a Themomix blitz for 2 minutes on high, you want the cauliflower to be processed really well with no graininess.

  2. Pour into 2 glasses and enjoy!

 

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Hidden Veggie Nuggets!

Hidden Veggie  Nuggets!

Hidden veggie nuggets are great to get your little ones eating their veggies. The great thing is you can use whatever veggies you have in the fridge, you can also add chicken or tuna as well yum! Great with your favourite dipping sauce to!

Ingredients

1/2 grated zuchini

1 Cup mashed sweet potato

1 Grated carrot

1/2 Diced onion

1 Cup uncooked cauliflower blitzed to a fine crumb.

1 Clove Garlic cloves minced

1/2 Cup parmesan cheese grated

2 Cups of bread crumbs

1 cup Plain flour, Gluten free

2 Eggs

Good pinch of salt and pepper

Butter or olive oil to cook

 

Method

Add all veggies to a bowl and mix well along with salt and pepper.

In another bowl add he parmesan and bread crumbs and set aside.

In another bowl add the flour and set aside.

Whisk the eggs.

Roll veggies into one and half inch balls, roll in flour then dip in egg and then roll in parmesan mix.

Repeat until all mixture is used up.

Add oil to frying pan and heat on high.

Pop the balls in the frying pan and turn as they cook, you want a really golden crispy outside.

Pop on paper towel on a plate to drain any excess oil.

Makes  20 balls.

 

 

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Apple Crumble Smoothie

Apple Crumble Smoothie

We have been trailing smoothies daily now for the past month and this Apple Crumble Smoothie is one of my favourites.

Sweet, filling and with yummy greens that are good for you. A great breakfast on the go or afternoon snack for everyone!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 2 apples
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 dates
  • 1 1/2 cup full cream milk

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Method

  1. Add oats to a blender and blitz for 30 seconds.
  2. Add all other ingredients to the blender and continue to blend for a further 2 minutes until really smooth.
  3. Pour into 2 glasses and enjoy!

Serves: 2

Tip: Use whatever milk you like, this is also great with almond milk. It is also great with chilled coconut water.    

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Berry Good Smoothie - Perfect For Any Time Of The day!

Berry Good Smoothie - Perfect For Any Time Of The day!

A delicious smoothie packed with berries that will curb any sweet craving, great for on the go snacks and the kids love it!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 2 cups frozen raspberries
  • 1 orange
  • 250 mills cold water

Berry good smoothie post Instructions:

  1. Place all ingredients in a blend and blitz on high for 2 minutes.
  2. Pour into a tall glass and enjoy!

Serves:1

Tip: Substitute the water will chilled pineapple juice for an extra sweet treat!  

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Refined Sugar Free Banana And Coconut Muffins

Refined Sugar Free Banana And Coconut Muffins

Do you ever have those days where it is impossible to get your kids to eat breakfast? They stare off into the abyss looking anywhere but at their food they are meant to be eating, while you run around frantically trying to organise everyone, secretly wishing you had time to sit down and eat breakfast yourself < please tell me I am not the only one haha

These times are where these refined sugar free banana and coconut muffins come in handy. They double as a quick breakfast, a lunch box snack and perfect for morning and afternoon tea. They are low in sugar and filling due to the chia seeds, give them a go you will be pleasantly surprised!

Ingredients:

  • 3 Ripe bananas
  • 1/4 cup Coconut oil
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1/2 Self raising flour
  • 1/2 Coconut flour
  • 1/4 Chia Seed
  • 6 Dates
  • 1/2 Ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 Ground nutmeg

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Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees fan forced 180degrees not fan forced.
  2. Pop cupcake cases into a muffin tray ready.
  3. Pop all ingredients except chia seeds and flour into a Thermomix, blender or food processor and blend well.
  4. Pour mixture into a bowl and add flours and chia seeds. Mix well.
  5. Let stand for 10 minutes as the mixture will thicken slightly and then scoop into muffin cases approx 1 heaped tablespoon per case.
  6. Pop in oven for 25 - 30 minutes.
  7. Eat warm, or freeze for up to 5 weeks for lunch box and breakfasts

Makes: 18

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12 Awesome Ways To Eat Cauliflower Instead Of Carbs!

12 Awesome Ways To Eat Cauliflower Instead Of Carbs!

Cauliflower is super healthy and a great vegetable on it’s own, but cauliflower is also amazing at taking the place of potatoes. There are endless ways to substitute cauliflower for carbs, take a look at some of our favourites below.

1. Cauliflower fried rice from Iowa Girl Eats

This is just like traditional fried rice; the only difference is the use of grated cauliflower in place of rice. Best of all, it still tastes just as good!

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2. Cauliflower tortillas from Recipe Girl

These tortillas bend just like the flour version, and so can be used in exactly the same way, minus the carbs found in the flour version. They also taste amazing eaten all by themselves. cauliflower instead of carbs 2

3. Mini cauliflower pizzas from Damn Delicious

These single serve pizzas are so easy to make, and the cauliflower crust make them much healthier than typical pizzas. You can get creative with these pizzas and top them with anything you like. cauliflower instead of carbs 3

4. Quick and Easy Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce from I Wash You Dry

This ultra creamy cauliflower sauce is a healthier alternative to cream based alfredo sauce. Eat it on pasta as it is, or top with some grilled chicken for a delicious, healthy and filling meal. cauliflower instead of carbs 4

5.Cheesy Cauliflower Breadsticks from Jo Cooks

The cauliflower base of the cheesy breadsticks is so simple to put together, all you need is grated cauliflower, eggs, grated cheese and some spices if you want extra flavour. These breadsticks make the perfect low carb side dish to any meal. cauliflower instead of carbs 5

6. Cauliflower Pizza Bites from Wicked Spatula

Next time you crave savoury muffins, try the cauliflower pizza bites. They look just like muffins, only they are made from grated cauliflower, eggs and olive oil. This is another recipe that allows you to get creative and add in and fillings you like. cauliflower instead of carbs 6

7. 5 Ingredient baked cauliflower tots from Just a Taste

These cauliflower tots are the perfect alternative to tater tots. They are a super healthy finger food, being packed full of veggies and baked rather than fried. cauliflower instead of carbs 7

8. Low carb cauliflower mashed potatoes from The lowcarb Diet

Who doesn’t love mashed potato? If you want the mash minus the carbs, swap the potatoes for cauliflower. Use it in place of traditional mashed potatoes to accompany any meal. cauliflower instead of carbs 8

9. Cauliflower rice tabouleh salad from Hello Glow

This fresh and colourful salad is a gluten free twist on the classic version. This cauliflower rice salad will become a summer staple in your house. cauliflower instead of carbs 9

10. Cauliflower crusted grilled cheese sandwiches from Kirbie Cravings

These grilled cheese sandwiches are so much healthier than the typical version. Instead of white bread, the ‘bread’ in these sandwiches is made from cauliflower, egg and parmesan cheese. Now there is no need to feel guilty for craving grilled cheese sandwiches. cauliflower instead of carbs 10jpg

11. Everything bagel cauliflower rolls from Lexis Clean Kitchen

Who knew it was possible to bake without carbs? These cauliflower bagels prove that it is not only possible, but also delicious. While they do contain a very small amount of almond flour, coconut flour and corn meal, the main ingredient Is cauliflower. cauliflower instead of carbs 11jpg

12. You can check out yummy cauliflower pizza base here: Pizza

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11 Of The Best Low Carb Lunches Ever!

11 Of The Best Low Carb Lunches Ever!

 Lunch doesn’t have to consist of carb filled sandwiches each and every day. There are some fantastic alternatives including wraps made from eggs or lettuce, and vegetables rather than carbs, such as cauliflower instead of cous cous. You can even make zucchini noodles to replace pasta. Mix up your daily lunch box with these 11 healthy, low carb lunch box ideas.  

 1. Bacon Lettuce Tomato (BLT Spring Rolls from White on Rice Couple

These spring rolls are made using rice paper, fresh vegetables, herbs and grilled meats. They are the perfect light summer lunch. low carb lunch 1

 2. Skinny omelette recipe from 101 Cookbooks

Eggs don’t have to be just for breakfast. Try these lovely thin omelette wraps as a low carb alternative to flour wraps, and fill them with your favourite fillings. low carb lunch 2

3. Mediterranean zucchini noodle pasta from The Roasted Root

Instead of pasta, this delicious lunch zucchini turned into noodles using a spiral slicer. Follow the recipe or top the zucchini pasta with your own low carb sauce. low carb lunch box 3

4. Cauliflower cous cous with leeks and sun dried tomatoes from A House in the Hills

Cauliflower processed until it resembles the consistency and texture of cous cous is a great alternative to ordinary cous cous. Add some leeks and sun dried tomatoes and you have a delicious, healthy lunch. low carb lunch 4

5. Kale and mushroom spaghetti squash quiche from I Food Real

This healthy quiche uses spaghetti squash as the crust, as is filled with kale, mushrooms, egg whites plus cottage cheese for a little protein boost. low carb lunch 5

6. Crustless salmon quiche from Ditch the Carbs

This crustless quiche is a great way to economically stretch out a piece of salmon. You could even bake the mixture in some mini muffin tins to make it easier to take to school or work. low carb lunch box 6

 7. Cheesy low-carb broccoli and cauliflower soup from Kalyn’s Kitchen

Soup is the ultimate low carb lunch box meal, just keep it in a thermos if you don’t have access to a microwave. This cheesy soup is packed full with broccoli and cauliflower.

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 8. Veggie sushi rolls from Nutrition Stripped

This sushi is filled with only avocado and fresh crunchy vegetables like zucchini, carrot and capsicum. Serve it with the soy-like dipping sauce included in the recipe. low carb lunch 7

9. White bean and tuna salad from Bon Appetit

This healthy salad is served with radicchio and is topped with a parsley vinaigrette. Make the salad ahead for lunch and keep the dressing in a small separate container. Add the dressing just before you eat the salad to keep it crisp and fresh. low carb lunch 8

10. Ultimate clean and lean lettuce wrap from Sheer Luxe

Use iceberg lettuce leaves rather than wraps and fill with roast turkey, sliced cucumber and hummus. low carb lunch 9

11. Roast beef roll ups from Nom Nom Paleo

The meat is the wrap in this roast beef roll ups recipe. Fill with vegetables and tie together with a sprig of chive. low carb lunch 10

Do you have any low carb recipes you would like to share? We would love to hear from you!

 

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2 Ingredient Healthy Cherry Ice Cream!

2 Ingredient Healthy Cherry Ice Cream!

This is a great alternative to ice cream, kids don't know any different and you can have a bowl without feeling like you are breaking the diet!

Ingredients

  • 1 Frozen banana
  • 2 Cups Frozen cherries
  • 30 Mills of Milk of your choice
  • Coconut to garnish

  Method

  1. Place all ingredients into a food processor and blitz until smooth.
  2. Add more milk if not smooth enough.
  3. Serve in 2 bowls and sprinkle with coconut and enjoy!

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Keep Cool With This Coconut Rough Frappe!

Keep Cool With This Coconut Rough Frappe!

If you love frappes you are going to love this one!

I had a secret addiction to the McDonald's frappes to the point I was almost buying one every time I left the house, I knew I had to come up with something that was not only better for me but also didn't cost much as they were starting to add up. This is my spin on a healthy frappe, delicious!

Ingredients

  • 5 cups of ice
  • 1 tablespoon of nature’s way cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons of desiccated coconut
  • 1/2 cup of coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon of rice malt syrup or 4 drops of liquid stevia.

 Method

  1. Pop all ingredients into a blender and blitz on high for 2 minutes until smooth.
  2. Pour into glasses and enjoy!

Serves 2

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Easy Homemade Tabouli

Easy Homemade Tabouli

 

This Easy Homemade Tabouli is a great side dish at a bbq a perfect summer dish, packed full of flavour, great with lamb and natural yogurt!

 Ingredients:

 1/2 cup cracked wheat

 1/2 cup mint finely diced

 1/2 cup lemon juice

 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

 1/2 cup good quality olive oil

 2 tomatoes diced

 7 spring onions diced 

1 cup parsley finely chopped

 

Method:

Place cracked wheat in a bowl with 2 cups of boiling water and set aside for 20 minutes, drain well and add to bowl.

Combine all other ingredients and stir through

Pop in the fridge until ready to serve.

Serves 6

Tip: For a low carb option substitute the cracked wheat  for finely diced cauliflower!

 

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