Roasted Pumpkin + Rocket Salad

roasted pumpkin and rocket salad

After allowing a bit more sugar into my diet over the holidays, I have been feeling tired and my skin has flared up again. I struggle with mild dermatitis and psoriasis, and literally a day or two after eating sugar I break out with red, inflamed patches on my chest and face. So.. this past week or so I’ve been making sure my diet is clean again, I’ve removed any foods I know cause me issues and I’m introducing foods that will support my body to detoxify and my skin to improve.

Greens are excellent for this, and salads are the perfect way to get more greens into your diet during Summer. I don’t know about you, but I’ve had my fair share of salads over the years and the usual lettuce, tomato and cucumber salad just doesn’t cut it anymore! So, in a attempt to create a variation that was delicious, easy and also supported my body to detoxify (perfect after the post-Christmas indulgence), this salad was created.

It can literally be thrown together in minutes, the most time consuming part is roasting the pumpkin, but I just throw it in the oven, put on the timer and go about my day until it’s ready. Read more

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Carrot, Ginger + Apple Soup

carrot and ginger soup

While soups are traditionally associated with Winter, I think they’re the perfect meal to have when you want to give your digestive system a break every now and then.

Spring + Summer is BBQ season, and while I try to eat a lot of fish, sometimes I find myself eating more red meat than I’d like. After a couple of days of heavy meals I usually start to crave a light dinner or lunch – and if I’ve had my fair share of salads, a bowl of soup is my go-to. If the weather’s warm outside, then I’ll have it cold or at room temperature. 

This  carrot, ginger + apple soup is lovely and sweet and totally fits the bill. It’s filling on it’s own, however I like to add some flaxseed to mine to boost the protein and fibre content (making it even better for helping my body detox naturally). Plus the bright and vibrant colour makes you just want to jump in and eat it! Read more

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6 Reasons why you should be eating seasonal foods (plus yummy pumpkin + ginger soup)

Although it’s taken Perth a while to get there, we’re now in the full swing of winter in the southern hemisphere. Freezing mornings, stormy evenings, fires, wooly jumpers, and the time of year I love to hibernate and spend time with the one I love.

I was out doing the food shopping yesterday, loading my basket with parsnips, sweet potatoes and pumpkin and thinking about how amazing it is that we intuitively know what types of food that most nourish us in these cooler months. It just makes sense that those foods are the same foods that are in season.

So today I’d like to share a list of those beautiful fruits and vegetables so you know what to look out for, as well as the benefits of eating seasonal, local produce all year round (there are lots of them!)

What is eating seasonally anyway?

Eating seasonally means adapting to each of the seasons and eating produce that naturally grows at a specific time of year.

Seasons are critical for sustaining thriving life on our planet. They balance the earth’s resources and allow for natural diversity which has been critical for our survival as a species. They truly are so much more than a change in weather, and should be something that guides our food choices and how we nourish our bodies and look after ourselves.

Unfortunately modern food processing and the worldwide distribution of food means just about everything is available all year-round, so we often don’t think about where our food is actually coming from or what we should be eating at certain times of year.

When I started eating this way, the first thing I noticed was that asparagus is only naturally grown in the summer. For years and years I ate asparagus all year round, every single week. I was a staple in my fridge. But when I become Read more


Sweet Potato + Tuna Patties

When I’m after a quick and easy lunch, sweet potato patties are my go-to. I like to swap between tuna patties and salmon patties because salmon is a healthier alternative, but sometimes all I have in the house are the bare essentials. So today –  tuna it is. These don’t take long at all – most of the prep time is spent steaming the sweet potato, so if you can multi-task it will feel like these are ready in no time at all!

Why it’s good for you:

  • Tuna contains good quality, lean protein that is easily used by the body, as well as Omega-3 fatty acids which helps maintain healthy skin and hair, improve brain function and reduce inflammation.
  • Sweet potatoes are a great source of complex carbs that will keep you feeling full for ages and won’t spike your blood sugar. They’re also an excellent source of beta-carotene which is a powerful antioxidant and essential for vision, healthy skin and strong immune function, and are great at removing toxins from the body.

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