Bec’s Brownie Bliss Bullets

May 2, 2011 § Leave a comment

Why Bliss Bullets and not Bliss Balls you ask?

Because they are the ammunition of choice by The Craving Assassin, of course!

Each mouthful is a burst of chocolaty-nutty heaven.

Take one bullet during your 3pm slump and never again will you find yourself scrounging around the bottom of your handbag for loose change to hand over to a vending machine.

You’ll never be in search of chocolate again (well, I personally barely even met my usual Easter Chocolate Consumption Quota – a few eggs from my sister, that was it)!

I’ve forgotten that the confectionary aisle at the supermarket even exists.

Also all ingredients are vegan, raw (er, not counting puffed millet – so I lied, sue me…. please don’t) and gluten-free – if those sorts of things float your boat.

Ingredients

1 cup puffed millet

3 T freshly ground flax meal

1/2 cup raw cashews

1/2 cup raw walnuts

1/3 cup tahini

1/2 cup rice malt syrup

1/4 cup raw cacao powder

Method

Blitz nuts and millet in a blender/food processor to a fine crumbly mixture.

With powerful food processors you can then dump in the rest of the ingredients blitz again and you’re good to go.

Alternatively mix the crumbly nut mixture, cacao powder and flax meal in a bowl. Next add the tahini and rice malt syrup. Mix well until the texture is consistent throughout.

Press the mixture into small ball shapes, then place in the fridge to set.

Makes approximately 25 balls.

This is definitely one bullet I’d take for a friend.

(And stay tuned for more completely tops variations.)

Tomato and Fish Stew Recipe

March 17, 2011 § 1 Comment

I'm a superb eater of food but not much of a food stylist

Tonight’s healthy and easy dinner idea comes from the autumn issue of Alive Australia magazine, which you can find free of charge at your local health and wellness retailer.

Here is the recipe straight from the magazine:this is a snap from the magazine itself…

If you can’t handle the heat…. then stay out of the kitchen. No wait, I mean…. use less chilli flakes. It’s a spicy dish.

We replaced the white fish fillets and haddock with a couple of King Fish fillets. We visit the fish monger every Saturday and the King Fish looked like an excellent, hearty fish for a stew. Having said that, after I checked out Australia’s Sustainable Seafood Guide, I’m now aware I could have picked a better option in regards to ethical and sustainable eating. Anyhoo…  lesson learnt.

Also, I didn’t bother serving with crusty bread. Typically I like to avoid grainy/starchy foods at night to prevent bloating.

Healthy notes:

Look for a can of diced tomatoes with no added salt or sugar.

Consider using organic vegetables. Celery sits at the top of the Dirty Dozen list (i.e has the highest level of pesticide contamination) with carrots not too far behind. For vegetables like onions which rank the best, I don’t bother with buying organic because it can get a bit expensive.

Enjoy (because I sure did)!

Bangin’ Breakfast

March 14, 2011 § Leave a comment

So I’m leaving sugar behind, and the first place for me to start is at breakfast time. I find a smugly healthy, satisfying and nutritious breakfast sets the pace for the day, and I’m less likely to snack on sugary treats.

please excuse the hasty iPhone snap... can't you see I was already mid-nosh?

A healthy on-the-go breakfast:

An organic pear cut in quarters, core removed, and topped with brazil nut butter.

Oh it was delicious! Tasted like almond cake, and it’s the perfect alternative for a sugar addict, like me, trying to replace the usual starchy, sugar-laden breakfast (which would often include brownies!).

So why brazil nut butter?

For starters it contains organic, raw, fair-trade brazil nuts; so it includes all the wonderful essential fatty acids of raw nuts plus a few bonus karma points for ensuring the Peruvian pickers fetch a fair penny for their efforts,  while maintaining conservation of the Amazon jungle.

Also, I eat cashews, almonds, walnuts and pistachios by the handful. However, my diet is completely void of brazil nuts, and introducing them in the form of a nut butter is a fun and easy way to incorporate this rich source of selenium into my diet, along with its immunity boosting properties.

Belly Benefits

Despite the bulky fibre content of fruit (especially pears), after its sole consumption, I find that satiety doesn’t really last too long and I’d be reaching for a sugar-filled blueberry muffin shortly thereafter.

With the inclusion of healthy fats and protein in the form of fresh nuts or a nut butter alongside the fruit, the body’s appetite control system goes into full swing and it could be three hours before I even start to feel hungry again.

This brekky is simple and can be prepared in the time it takes to toast a piece of bread. It’s probably not ideal for everyday, however it’s fresh, healthy, and most of all it’s effective for those days when you need to rush out the door and don’t have time to mess around poaching eggs and dicing vegetables. Alternatively, it makes a great snack.

Enjoy!

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