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Have you been enjoying healthy desserts and treats month in the Shape University community? If for some crazy reason you’re not a part of it, click here to sign up now. Not only do you get tasty Tuesday recipes and Sunday motivation emails straight to your inbox, you also get FREE access to the Shape University healthy living resource library! This month we’ve been talking about the benefits of a majority approach to healthy living. Just like the name “majority approach” implies, it involves making the healthy choice the majority of the time. Bet you’ve never heard that suggestion before…

Nicecream cake with clean salted-caramel sauce

Are you a recovering dieter? I only ask because you’re on a healthy food and wellness blog, so you’re clearly someone who’s interested in respecting their body – good for you! When I chat to my readers and Shape University members, I find we all have a similar yet individual story. It usually begins with body loathing and poor body image, then moves to a period of strict dieting and disordered eating. Luckily for most of us, the story ends with a realisation that you can’t trick your body into sustainably losing weight – and a journey to a holistically…

Chocolate chickpea cookies

Do you ever have one of those days when you just really need a cookie? Not want, need. Nothing will fill the void. No matter how many pieces of fruit or roasted nuts you have, the craving remains. It might not be a cookie for you. Maybe chocolate, ice cream, chips and/or cheese is your vice. Whatever it is, I’m sure you’ve felt a strong food craving for it before. It’s usually a bit of sign that you’re depriving yourself a little too hard. It’s human nature to want something 100 times more when you’re told you can’t have it.…

Sweet potato crusted quiche

Were you under the impression that quiche is an “unhealthy” meal? Although I don’t like to label many things as strictly healthy or unhealthy, for a long time quiche was something I wouldn’t eat a lot of. If I was eating out and saw quiche on the menu, it would automatically fall into my mental list of foods to be eaten only in moderation. Quiche is a bit of a family affair for me. It was probably one of my first introductions to the idea of meal prep as a child. Both my parents made variations when I was growing up.…

Fourth of July fruit gelatin square flag 

Although I’m a born and bred Australian, I’ve always had a place in my heart for the American holidays. As a child, I could never understand why we didn’t have snow at Christmas time, or why we didn’t sit down to a turkey feast on Thanksgiving, or why we didn’t have super-sized fast food meals – because of course, everyone on TV did! But while the internet has brought our cultures closer together, I couldn’t help but find myself becoming excited for “America’s Birthday,” with video’s of Independence Day cocktails and holiday-themed snacks flooding my newsfeeds. So from Sydney, I…

No-fail homemade cashew butter.

I was always too afraid to make my own nut butter. I thought it would unnecessarily messy, expensive and would take hours. I mean, nuts aren’t the cheapest ingredient in the first place, so I wanted a no-fail way to make nut butter before I even considered giving it a shot. Then I read about other bloggers making nut butter with blenders, and I figured surely it couldn’t be that difficult. After a few batches, I found cashews were by far the easiest of the nut types to turn into butter. I found pulsing the nuts into small pieces to…

Healthy easy cheesy meatballs

“Spahhhhgggeettttttiiiiiii and meatballs, all cover in cheese,” is exactly what I was singing while crafting this delicious healthy meatballs recipe. And I must say, it certainly did not disappoint. A couple of these mozzarella-stuffed healthy meatballs, a carrot spiralized into noodles, a few spoonfuls of your favourite tomato pasta sauce and you’re in business. I created this recipe on a cold autumn night when the craving for comfort food had reached its peak after a rainy commute home. There’s nothing better than biting into a meatball, fresh from the oven, followed by a string of melted mozzarella cheese. The best part is,…

12 high iron foods that aren’t steak. 

After some recent blood work by my doctor, I’ve discovered that I have low iron levels – something all too common in women of my age group. Although I rarely eat red meat, I’ve never experienced problems with my iron levels before. But the diagnosis does explain a number of problems I’ve been having lately, namely tiredness and dark circles under my eyes (which I had put down to shift work). My doctor told me to begin with taking a supplement to solve the problem short term while also looking for ways to add more iron into my diet for…

Healthy paleo caramel slice.

I have, and always will be, an advocate of treating yo’self. Whether it be a few squares of chocolate, your favourite dinner, a healthy dessert or a full blown cheat meal, I don’t see any problem in having a treat – in moderation of course. One of the most effective weight loss tools I have found to date is planned splurges. Even the most disciplined, bulging, burly bodybuilder veers from their strict regimes from time to time because hey, life’s short! And willpower will only get you so far. Personally, I enjoy a cheat meal once a week of around…

Low calorie PB Banana Mug Cake

Like any regular human being, I love cake. Any cake. All cake. Just cake in general. I’ve always thoroughly enjoyed baking and experimenting with creating my own recipes. Although, before I decided to change my eating habits for the better, cake wasn’t even something I ate all too often. But it’s always been something that I thoroughly enjoyed eating. So the concept of a mug cake recipe seemed extra appealing to me. I mean, you get to enjoy that great cake flavour with minimal washing up. The concept sounds like perfection if you ask me! But you know what it’s…

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