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April 2016

Winter Wonder

April 17, 2016
Winter fog

I’m a summer-kind-of-girl. The clocks turning back to end daylight saving is my reminder that the season of cold is coming. I know I’m not alone, and this is in Sydney where it barely gets in the single digits! So as days at the beach become rare & the long sleeves appear it’s easy to get a bit demotivated & nostalgic for sand & salt. 

I don’t remember having the same hesitations as a child. Back then winter was a time to get the raincoat on & play in the puddles. Fun was had no matter what season. I think it’s time to update the mindset & embrace winter for what it is – cozy & an opportunity to enjoy some downtime without feeling like your missing out on the sunshine.

Recently I read a blog over at Darling which resonated with me & was on this very theme (link at bottom). Apparently there is a Danish word – Hygge – similar to cozy and according to the Danes it’s “a sense of warmth, of togetherness, of intimacy and wellbeing.” I love this! It puts a whole new spin on winter – almost makes it irresistible!

So this year instead of wishing winter be over, lets embrace it. I’m going to enjoy every moment of curling up by a fire with a hot cup of tea or glass of red wine, initiate dinner parties at home full of vibrant conversation with friends and bounce out of bed for a walk in the crisp winter air.

Are you ready to embrace winter too?

M x

http://darlingmagazine.org/why-embracing-hygge-will-radically-change-your-winter/

Recipe: Anzac Cookies

April 13, 2016
Anzac Cookie & Tea

Anzac Day is just around the corner… & who doesn’t love a cookie? Today I’m sharing a delicious recipe full of nutritious ingredients & free from gluten, dairy & refined sugar.

Stack of Anzac cookies

1/2 cup brown rice flakes
1/2 cup quinoa flakes
1/2 cup almond meal
1/2 cup desiccated coconut
1/2 cup almonds
2 tbsp macadamia or coconut oil
2 tbsp rice malt syrup
1 tsp vanilla powder

Preheat oven to 150c.

Combine dry ingredients in a food processor and combine until almonds are relatively small chunks. Add oil, syrup and vanilla and mix through.

Form into 12 cookies & place onto a baking tray lined with baking paper. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until golden brown.

Enjoy!

M x

Ingredient of the Week: Protein

April 10, 2016
Protein

What is it? A nutrient made up of amino acids which is an essential part of the human diet. It is used by the body to build & repair tissue.

Benefits: Critical to build muscle mass, supports neurological function, helps balance hormones, increases metabolism & energy.

Interesting fact: Protein is in every single cells of our body!

How to: Make sure you consume some of these foods which are high in protein – eggs, fish, beef, lamb, chicken, pork, turkey, yoghurt & kefir, cheese, beans & legumes, nuts & quinoa.