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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…

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…

Chocolate chia pudding

The chocolate season is nearly upon us. Is it just me or is grocery shopping 10 times harder at Easter time? Everywhere you look there’s chocolate! Easter eggs, chocolate bunnies, Easter-themed chocolate boxes. Chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate! You might be conscious of the chocolate cravings this subtle advertising can induce, or maybe you can’t figure out why you’re experiencing a strong appetite for the stuff late at night. Either way, constantly telling yourself you can’t have chocolate at Easter time probably won’t be that effective – and it’s definitely not much fun. Health benefits of chocolate Chocolate is often…

Instagram health and wellness terms explained

Instagram is an amazing social media tool for the health, fitness and wellbeing space. Although it might not be 100 percent realistic (yay filters), it can be super motivating. Whether it be relatable memes, motivating quotes, healthy food or a beautiful meal prep, IG is a one stop shop for inspiration. It’s also much more acceptable to post a food snap on Insta compared to Facebook and Twitter, which can only be a good thing. I began using Instagram for motivation at the beginning of my healthy lifestyle journey. I’m a visual person, so platforms like Instagram and Pinterest are…

The most nutrient-dense sources of protein

What do you think of when you hear the word protein? Chicken breast? Quest bars? Eggs? Steak? Protein powder? Before I began studying nutrition, I found it difficult to name a source of protein that wasn’t a type of meat or a protein-specific product. I had relied on meat for protein for as long as I could remember. I certainly had no idea about the world of vegan body builders and athletes, it seemed like a complete oxymoron to me. As I got older and entered the notorious world of dieting, I noticed that most diets recommended replacing carbohydrate foods…

The most nutrient-dense sources of healthy fats.

I watched a hilarious episode of Seinfeld the other day, where Jerry and Elaine gain a bunch of weight in a week of eating copious amounts of frozen yoghurt, even though they’re assured that it’s “non-fat.” They couldn’t believe they’d gained weight from something that didn’t have fat (never mind the bucket loads of sugar usually found in frozen yoghurt). I’m so glad our understanding of fat has progressed. Luckily, fat is no longer considered the enemy. After years of research and evidence, health recommendations and thinking have completely changed when it comes to this macronutrient. In fact, we’re even encouraged…

Apple pie oatmeal

I think I’ve finally found a breakfast recipe that I could eat every day. Day in, day out, I’m down for this apple pie oatmeal recipe. The combination of apple, cinnamon, and maple syrup has to be one of the best I’ve found. Constructing a healthy day is kind of like building a house. You have to start with a good foundation. A house with a crappy foundation isn’t going to last long, just like a healthy day with a not-so-healthy breakfast. But if you fuel your body with the good stuff right from the start, you’ll find it…

Autumn Smoothie Bowl

Healthy meals can take inspiration from so many things in our lives. These can include a person, a special ingredient, and especially the weather. Some dishes are simply made for certain times of the year. Think succulent roast meat at Christmas, a fresh and zingy salad in summer and a warm and creamy bowl of soup for winter. This smoothie bowl recipe is perfect for Autumn when it’s not too warm and not too cold. It can also be meal prepped and frozen in snap lock bags for a busy weekday morning. Enjoy this season-inspired breakfast idea.

Chia pudding 

The texture of food is a HUGE component in any meal. Have you ever completely disregarded a dish or a food because of its texture? I certainly have. I love eggplant, but the texture of it cooked is a huge turn off for me. As a result, I have to cut it up into tiny cubes just to be able to bear it. Because of my strange obsession with texture, I’ve always been wary of trying chia pudding. Instagram photos of beautifully decorated chia puddings have caught my attention for a while now, but I was always worried the texture…

7 everyday superfoods you probably have at home

The term “superfood” seems to have become part of the everyday vocabulary. Whether you’re watching television, walking down the supermarket aisle or scrolling through Instagram, you’re bound to come across this label. But what makes certain foods so super? The food market is swamped with foods claiming to be healthy, while plenty of those claim to be so-called superfoods. Therefore, it’s important to differentiate between a food that’s just being marketed as healthy from one that is actually healthy. The best way to do this is with the label on the back and surprisingly, not from the “superfood” claims written on…

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