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Easy avocado blender pesto

Pesto is one of those things that you either love or hate. Take my brother and me for example. Ever since I discovered pesto in my mid-teens, I’ve never been able to get enough of the stuff. In fact, mainly sustaining myself with white pasta and jars of pesto was probably the main cause of my fresher 5 (ok, 15) while living in a university dorm. My brother, on the other hand, hates the stuff. He even disliked being in the same room as me when I was eating anything that contained pesto. Too bad, I say. While pasta isn’t…

Lunch meal prep: rainbow crunchy ginger slaw

Planning and preparing your lunch for the week is a great way to get started with meal prep. That’s because lunch meal prep can be as simple as a salad or toast, or as extravagant (and delicious) as a slow cooked curry or buddha bowl. The options are endless. While lunch meal prep is a great way to add more nutrients to your diet and to save a few bucks, it can be a tricky one. There are a few variables you have to consider, like: where will you be when you’re eating? can you reheat your meal prep lunch? do you need access…

17 healthy desserts that contain legumes

I’ve always been the type of person that has room for dessert, no matter how full and bursting I already am with food. Before I got interested in health and nutrition, I’d often have dessert instead of dinner. Because, you know, why waste room on vegetables…. These days I’m a little more health focused, but I’ve still got that same sweet tooth. That’s why I try my hardest to create dessert recipes with benefits. The more nutritious, the better! If you’ve come across Sarah in Shape before, you’re probably aware that we’re ALL about those healthy desserts and treats. Healthier desserts…

Black bean brownie balls

If you’re not an avid Pinterest user, the combination of black beans (a legume) and chocolate (usually a dessert) might seem kind of weird. Well, if you’re not overly experimental in the kitchen, the whole idea of legumes in desserts probably sounds like a strange one. But just trust me on this one. The whole dessert food category has had a bit of a makeover in recent times. Recipes filled with butter, sugar and/or flour were once the staple of an after-dinner meal. But that’s no longer the case. Desserts with benefits Thanks to the development of healthy ingredient swaps,…

17 recipes to sneak more vegetables into breakfast

In my personal experience, I’ve come to realise that just about every aspect of your life improves when you begin to eat more vegetables. Not only are vegetables usually low in energy (calories) and super filling, they also offer a myriad of nutrients including micronutrients and fibre. If you’re one of those people that loves to have giant salads and green smoothies for every meal, you might find it easy to eat plenty of vegetables. But you are definitely the minority. Although there are a number of delicious vegetable types (sweet potato omg), they’re rarely people’s favourite thing to eat. One handy…

Sweet potato toast that’s meal prep-friendly

Remember that heart-wrenching feeling you felt deep within your soul when you found out bread might not be that nutritionally wonderful for you? If you’re a bread lover like me, you might have felt like your world was turned upside down. In Western society and many other cultures around the world, bread is an absolute staple. It’s eaten as toast for breakfast, in sandwiches for lunch and as a side with dinner. There’s even bread and butter pudding for dessert! Unlike plenty of health practitioners and diet advocates, I actually don’t think that bread is the equivalent of the…

Low-carb creamy carbonara

There’s nothing better than a big, creamy, steaming bowl carbonara pasta. The Italians definitely what’s up when it comes to putting yummy ingredients together. I mean, lasagna, pizza, gnocchi, cannelloni – people with taste buds have much to thank Italy for. And although these delicious foods are perfect in moderation, we need healthier alternatives to put together for our week on Meal Prep Monday. But just because traditional carbonara isn’t that nutritionally great for you doesn’t mean you have to scrap the idea all together! If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll know recreating healthier,…

Cauliflower fried rice (that tastes just like the real thing)

Are you a sucker for Asian takeaway food? I certainly am. Sometimes it’s a craving for the exotic flavours. Other times it’s just a cheap, easy fix for dinner after a long day. When you think about traditional Asian dishes like fried rice, the ingredients don’t sound half bad for you – especially compared to most other takeaway food options. I mean, you’ve some got egg and maybe some prawns for protein. You’ve got a few veggies. You might even have some healthy fats. But like the majority of mass produced food in our modern society, most Asian takeaway fried…

Healthy Beetroot Hummus

Do you know what’s better than food? Pink food! This recipe is a delicious twist on the Middle-eastern classic, hummus – complete with sneaky veggies. This recipe is lighter in calories than the original recipe but still delivers healthy fats, vitamins, minerals and plenty of fibre. Possible health benefits of beetroot include improving insulin sensitivity with alpha-lipoic acid, lowering inflammation thanks to its choline content and has even been shown to improve exercise performance. Beetroot is also: Low in energy a source of complex carbohydrates a source of potassium, magnesium, antioxidants and fibre. Beetroots are the perfect vegetable to hide…

Pumpkin Cinnamon No-oats 

Grains: a food source that has kept the population fed and satisfied since the beginning of agriculture. They’re basically the reason humans have been able to survive and prosper for as long as we have. Because let’s be honest, the poor and huddled masses in history weren’t surviving off grass-fed organic rib-eye steak. They ate bread, potatoes, legumes and whatever else was easy to farm. History aside, there appears to be a whole lotta’ mixed opinions emerging about grains. Some people can’t get enough grains (the vegetarians) and others refuse to touch the stuff (looking at you Paleo folk). Personally,…

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