September 30, 2013

Jessica Alba's Healthy Meatball Recipe



These versatile meatballs are a favourite in the Alba household. You can use lean turkey mince, organic free-range chicken mince or extra-lean beef mince in the recipe and make your own breadcrumbs if you prefer (or use gluten-free breadcrumbs if required). Serve these meatballs on their own with fresh salad or incorporate in a tomato sauce to serve with quinoa or brown rice.

September 24, 2013

Healthy Peanut Crunch Chocolates... sugar free, paleo AND vegan!


Lovers of peanut butter will delight in the crunchy peanut butter centre of these coconutty chocolates. To make these delicious and creamy chocolate treats, you only need a a few ingredients and a silicone ice cube tray or chocolate mould (these are flexible and make it easier to pop out the set chocolates).

If you prefer, you can substitute the peanut butter with a preferred nut butter with the same result. Yummy additions to these chocolates could include goji berries, shredded coconut, chia seeds, cinnamon or orange zest.

September 18, 2013

Not Losing Weight But You're Doing Everything Right? Three Weight Loss Road Blocks

You think you are doing everything right... You are going for daily runs, eating salads and steamed vegetables and saying no to sabotages and temptations. The problem is you aren't losing weight. You are stuck and you are pretty frustrated. I hear so many confused dieters say they've hit a wall in losing weight and can't figure out why. Here are three main reasons why you might not be reaching your goal weight. Read about these road blocks and how to turn your weight loss around in the right direction by making a few simple tweaks to your routine.

Jodhi Meares 'The Upside' is Gym Gear for the Cool Kids


Frustrated with the lack of activewear that translated from yoga to every day, Jodhi Meares (former owner and designer of swimwear label Tigerlily) started a concept for her own sport label that gave women access to chic exercise clothes. Reassembling her Tigerlily team, Meares has spent the last four years building her new brand The Upside, an exciting take on exercise gear that is practical, versatile and effortlessly cool. Meares' gym wear style is influenced by her experiences in cities New York, Sydney and Hawaii.

Diving into a lifestyle filled with yoga and plenty of green juice, Meares is the perfect candidate to spearhead a sport brand. When in sunny Hawaii, Meares does soft sand running on the beautiful beaches near her home. In New York, her typical day is yoga, vegan cafe hopping for lunch, and making a delicious raw food meal in the evening.

Her devotion to exercise means that Meares lives in clothes that work into her lifestyle. In Australia's Bazaar Magazine, she says "I was wearing a bit of Lululemon and Omgirl to my yoga classes at Equinox (New York), or if I was in Hawaii I'd resort to pulling on some great Louis Vuitton leggings, wearing them to yoga class them teaming them with Havianas afterwards. I couldn't find anything I wanted to wear, so I'd put these looks together."

Meares could see a gap in the market that many other active women would have already encountered. "Everything that was available was either too sportswear, mainstream or suburban," she observed. 

Now that exercise is an integral part of most women's busy lives, women are updating their sports wear seasonally. Purchases on sport wear is encompassing a large portion of most women's clothing budgets. "We are doing more to nourish our souls and condition our bodies more than ever before and being here in New York at the moment I am really inspired by the amount of people who are seriously looking after their bodies," said Meares in an article for news.com.au. 

September 03, 2013

Skinny Tiramisu

Coffee lovers rejoice at this traditional Italian dessert, which I just served at Father's Day dinner. I was never a Tiramisu lover but this recipe had me converted. Super easy to make, you can make these skinny treats ahead of time and have them at the ready.