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List: Favourite food blogs

Finally got around to putting all my favourite ‘go-to’ food blogs in one place. The list below is predominantly health-focused, but there are a few naughty treats in there, too. Enjoy!

Whole Food, Real Food
The Stonesoup
Notable recipe: Paleo Brownies

Sprouted Kitchen
Notable recipe: Pear and Buckwheat Pancakes

My Wholefood Life
Notable recipe: Chocolate & Chia Seed Pudding 

Eating Beauty
Notable recipe: Zucchini Pasta with Pepita Pesto and Garlicky Tomatoes

Kris Carr – Crazy Sexy Wellness
Notable recipe: Epic Raw Citrus Cake

My New Roots
Notable recipe: Enoki, Broccoli and Kimchi, two ways

Lola Berry
Notable recipe: Green Tea Soba Noodles + Tempeh

Chocolate & Zucchini
Notable recipe: Red Quinoa Salad with Red Peppers and Pine Nuts

The Healthy Chef
Notable recipe: Quinoa with Roasted Pumpkin, Zucchini and Basil Pesto

Petit Kitchen
Notable recipe: Banana Breakfast Cookies

Deliciously Ella
Notable recipe: Nutritious Nutella

Homegrown Kitchen
Notable recipe: Cauliflower Crust Pizza

The Mindful Foodie
Notable recipe: Adzuki Bean and Brown Rice Bowl with Carrot Tahini Dressing

Julia and Libby
Notable recipe: Chocolate Espresso Truffles

Path to Wellness – Melissa Ambrosini
Notable recipe: Rhubarb and Berry Crumble

Notable recipe: Anti-inflammatory Smoothie

Supercharged Food
Notable recipe: Maharajah Indian Stuffed Peppers

Wholehearted Eats
Notable recipe: Caramel Chocolate Bars

Wild Health Food
Notable recipe: Almond Banana Cake

Civilized Caveman Cooking
Notable recipe: Apple Cinnamon Scones

The Merrymaker Sisters
Notable recipes: Paleo Chocolate Brownies

The Paleo Network
Notable recipe: Avocado Chocolate Mousse

Balanced Bites
Notable recipe: Spaghetti Squash Bolognese

Paleo Jess
Notable recipe: Chicken Bone Broth

Paleo OMG
Notable recipe: Shredded Pork over Caramalised Mashed Plantains

What Would John Mack Eat?
Notable recipe: Breakfast of Champs

The Gluten Free Scallywag
Notable recipe: Afternoon Apricot & Almond Tea Slice

Elena’s Pantry
Notable recipe: Chipotle Orange Chicken

My Darling Lemon Thyme (also vegetarian)
Notable recipe: Red Cabbage Slaw with Sesame and Feta

GF and Me
Notable recipe: Rustic Apple Tarts

Raw Food
Better Raw
Notable recipes: Pesto Courgette Noodles and Red Velvet and Caramel Cream Icing

This Rawsome Vegan Life
Notable recipe: Chocolate Banana Peanut Butter Cups

Golubka (mostly raw)

Ascension Kitchen
Notable recipe: Raw Chocolate Caramel Slice

Notable recipe: Raw Oreos

Raw on $10 a Day (Or Less)

We Like It Raw

The Raw Project

Notable recipe: Kettled Kale Chips

The Best of Raw Food
Notable recipe: Cucumber Sandwich

The Wellness Warrior
Notable recipes: A few raw desserts

Veggie Wedgie
Notable recipe: Sour Kick Quinoa

Notable recipe: Carrot Ginger Dressing

Vegie Head
Notable recipe: Potato and Sauerkraut Pierogi

Salad Pride
Notable recipe: Roasted Aubergine, Roasted Butternut Squash and Peas

Meat Free Mondays
Notable recipe: Beetroot Gnocchi with Smoked Almond Pesto

The Vegan Food Diary
Notable recipes: Chocoloco Soft Serve (raw) and Creamy Straciatella Coconut Chia Pudding with Grated Raw Chocolate

Christine Salus
Notable recipe: Vegan Caramel Apples

Sunday Morning Banana Pancakes
Notable recipe: Crispy Matsutake Spring Rolls

Food for Food Allergies
Eating 4 Balance
Notable recipes: Grain-Free Apple Crumbly Bread

Sarah Wilson & I Quit Sugar
– Notable recipes: Mushroom, Walnut Quinoa with Fried Egg and Watercress Salad and Grainless, Sugar-free Breakfast Ideas

Food / Drink Delivery Blogs
Eat Fit Food
Notable recipe: Gluten Free Chia and Goji Bircher Muesli with Coconut Yoghurt and Passionfruit

Skinny Limits
Notable recipe: Raw Chocolate Cake Recipe

The Fit Baldman
Notable recipe: Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Pancakes

Protein Pow
Notable recipe: A Fig, Goats Cheese and Prosciutto Sweet Potato Pizza

Notable recipe: Vegan Banana Protein Cookie

Other Blogs
My Food Challenge
Notable recipe: Avocado and Chocolate Mousse (the healthy way)

101 Recipes
Notable recipe: Ginger Coconut Milk Soup

Oh Bite It!
Notable recipe: Cherry Cheesecake Bites

Simply Recipes
Notable recipe: Slow Cooked Mexican Pulled Pork

Rachel Schultz
Notable recipe: Fried Honey Bananas

Little Bird Organics
Notable recipe: Cacao Super Smoothie with a Clustery Twist

Dinner with Julie
Notable recipe: Roasted Sweet Potato Gingerbread

Conscious Choice
Notable recipe: Almond Mylk

Craving Chronicles
Notable recipes: Chocolate Espresso Tart (Gluten-free, Dairy-free)

Notable recipe: Avocado Chocolate Mousse

The Cultureist
Notable recipe: 10 Cleansing Smoothies

Reclaiming Provincial
Notable recipe: Homemade Nutella

Gourmet Traveller
Notable recipes: Slow cooking recipes

Taste and Tell Blog
Notable recipe: Double Stuffed Butternut Squash

The Greatist
Notable recipes: Healthy Egg Recipes

From Buenos Aires to Paris
Notable recipes: Osso Buco, Orange Gremolata, Carrot / Citrus Puree

Notable recipe: Five Spice Crispy Roast Chicken with Roasted Sweet Potato

David Bitton
Notable recipe: Mushroom and Vanilla Capuccino Soup

Integrative Nutrition

Authority Nutrition
Notable recipes: 101 Low-Carb Recipes

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Top 10: GIF resources, obstacle racing, home-cooked food and more

I’ve been doing a bunch of ‘Top 5’ posts recently to practice more gratitude and appreciation of cool/exciting/nice things. I’ve not posted in July so I’ve now acquired TEN awesome things that I want to share.

1) GIF Search and Reaction GIFs
Are you looking for that perfect GIF to express yourself? Check out the Giphy search site and the Reaction GIFs site for ideas!
Happy Dance
GIF taken from Reaction GIFs

2) The Futility of Comparing Yourself to Others
Just an all-round, excellent post by Leo Babauta. He gives the example of running in a park, and comparing yourself to another, obviously better, runner. BUT, when we compare ourselves to others, we don’t have all the information, so making comparisons is useless.

3) Sunrise clouds
If you aren’t a fan of clouds and you don’t follow me on Instagram, consider yourself lucky. Coz I adore ’em.
Sunrise clouds

4) Warrior Dash & Urbanathlon
If a year ago you’d told me that in a year I’d be doing things like the Warrior Dash or running for 12kms without stopping, I would have said, “YES, DAMMIT I WILL BE!”

It’s an incredible feeling to achieve goals that once seemed unattainable or scary. I was nervous putting myself up for a 5km trawl through mud and obstacles, but it was fine. I was nervous about 12kms and 10 obstacles through the city, but with some focus, training and team support, I can tick it off the list.

Shoes after Warrior Dash
There are many others to add to the ‘to-do’ list, including:

Or check out the Obstacle Racers calendar for a list of upcoming events.

5) Quinoa porridge
Quinoa Porridge
This is a bit of a treat breakfast, but healthy enough to not be too naughty! Perfect for Winter and tastes like it should be sinful. I make mine in coconut milk and a bit of water, by bringing the quinoa to the boil then simmering gently. I add raw cacao and some honey and serve with banana and cinnamon. Variations: cooking in almond milk, serving with berries. Delicious.

6) Rarotonga
In early June I visited Rarotonga for the third time. The first time was in November 2008, the second time was November last year, and this time was for a dear friend’s 30th with a great bunch of friends.
Rarotonga is in my Top 5 favourite places in the world. Check out my November post to get a better idea of why this is.

7) There are so many paradises, you just have to pick one
I really enjoyed this lovely little post by Paola Parsons. Beautiful in its simplicity, it address the fact that life is never perfect, and often things can be in a state of disarray. But amongst the chaos, there is calm.

Paradise and happiness are what we make it. I choose my current paradise, it’s quite nice.

8) Sydney home-cooked food companies
I’ve already harped on about Hungry Mondays, but they’re not the only ones providing delicious, home-cooked goodness to Sydneysiders. Check out Arthur Street Kitchen and The Soup Stone for more!

Honourable mention: Auckland’s Jess’ Underground Kitchen
The Soup Stone
Harriet from The Soup Stone

9) The Ricky Gervais Guide to a Successful Career
Ricky Gervais – funny, opinionated and now, career advisor (not that he knows it!). In this post by Louise Fletcher we’re alerted to Ricky’s career/life tips, including:

  • Be true to yourself in order to achieve great work
  • You can’t please everyone, so please the right people
  • Worrying about how you’re perceived doesn’t get you anywhere, but worrying about how much value you add does

Check out the post for the full article.

10) Mark Grist on Girls Who Read
A man who speaks admirably about girls who read. In prose. #saynomore

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What fruit should I eat, and how much?

Recently I’ve been doing a lot of reading about health and nutrition. The battle to lose the ‘last 5 kilos’ is a hard battle for most people, especially those who:

  • Work in an office
  • Enjoy socializing around food and alcohol
  •  Have the occasional craving for chocolate
  •  Are over 25 years of age
  •  Have been snacking on the WRONG things

I happen to fit into all of these categories, so I had to attack each one. There’s nothing that can be done about being over 25, but I found some solutions for the other categories:

  • Join the gym and take up yoga and pilates to increase flexibility and movement
  • Limit my food and beverage socializing situations, aim to meet friends for Japanese food instead of Italian, have one glass of wine instead of four
  • Mix cacao nibs into low-fat yoghurt. If you’re gonna eat chocolate anyway, might as well make it healthy!
  • Review the types and quantities of fruit that I’m snacking on

Through marketing, advertising and the “healthy food pyramid” we’re groomed to believe that certain foods are great for us. But are they really? We’re taught that “5+ a day” is the key to a healthy life but we’re not reminded often enough that fruits which aren’t organic or in season can contain a lot of sugar but very little else. 

A few years ago I met an amazing woman, Tanya Alekseeva through a mutual friend. Tanya is a Wellness Coach who specializes in Raw Food nutrition and detoxing and is the author of downloadable book ‘Purified – Your complete 7 Day Detox Program. I love Tanya’s blog, Better Raw and I really admire what she does to educate people about improving their health.


The lovely Tanya Alekseeva

I decided that with her knowledge of natural living, she’d be the ideal person to ask a few questions about fruit.

Solange: “We all know that fruit is good for us, but can too much snacking on fruit be a hindrance for people who are trying to lose weight?”

Tanya: “Too much of anything is, well… too much of anything. When trying to lose weight, the most important goal should be creating a balance in your diet and certainly avoiding this ‘too much of anything’ – starving included. You don’t have to starve yourself to lose the unwanted weight, instead quite the opposite. Purify the system, wake up your cells, get the metabolism working, improve your digestion and focus on elimination. All this is possible when eating an abundance of fresh organic raw vegetables, greens, nuts, seeds, grains and indeed lots of fruit.”

Solange: “What types of fruit and how much should be eaten daily by a person at a healthy weight?”

Tanya: “As long as you are eating a balance of all the above, there really isn’t any restriction on the quantity, but there is a catch. It is the quality of fruit that will determine your success of reaching and maintaining that healthy weight. If fruit is picked before it is fully grown, it is practically worthless as far as nutritional value is concerned. The sad part is that most fruit is picked unripe, takes weeks to reach us while in large crates seeing no sun at all and develops its sweetness in a very unnatural way off the tree, keeping the fruit in its starchy state, which makes it very difficult for our digestion. To add to that it was probably already nutrient-deprived, being grown on fertilisers and pestisides which rob the soil of minerals and making them less available to the plant. In fact some supermarket oranges have no Vitamin C at all! For these reasons it is crucial to buy organic local produce that is in season and consume it quickly. When specifically concerned about weight or while detoxing, the most beneficial fruits are all types of berries, apricots, melons, kiwi, papaya, mango, all citrus fruits and grapes.”


Solange: “What are the best fruit options for those trying to keep fructose levels down (either from being overweight or diabetic)?”

Tanya: “For a diabetic or an overweight person concerned about diabetes, it is crucial to watch what food does to your blood sugar. In this particular case the GL score (glycemic load), which takes both the quantity of carbohydrate in the food and the quality of the carbohydrate into account, is important to know well. The lower the score, the better effect food has on stabilizing your blood sugar levels. When trying to lose weight, eat no more than 40 GL points a day (not just fruit, but all food over the day). When it comes to fruit, the lowest GL scores per serving (about 120gm) are in blackberries/blueberries/raspberries/strawberries (1 GL), cherries/grapefruit (3 GL), pears/melon/watermelon (4 GL), peaches/ apricots/ plums/ oranges (5 GL), kiwi fruit/ apples/ pineapple (6 GL), grapes/ mango (8 GL). The worst GL scores are found in dried fruits like sultanas, dates and raisins which can have scores of up to 45 GL for a 60gm serving.”

Solange: “Many of your recipes use raw honey or agave to sweeten the dishes. What are the benefits of these?”

Tanya: “There are many benefits of these, but if you are not familiar with the source, I wouldn’t recommend either. For example, raw natural agave nectar is an amazing cactus syrup with a very low Glycemic Index, making it safe for diabetics. However, supermarket and most store agave has been treated and heated making the sugars have adverse affects. The same goes with honey. I only use raw unpasturised manuka honey with an UMF (Unique Manuka Factor) or 5+ or more. This is a very soothing sweetener with very high anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. The best sweetener of all is Stevia, but unfortunately we can’t get it here in the UK.”

Fortunately, we can get Stevia in NZ and Australia, so if you are keen to cut back on your sugar intake, check it out.



Tanya’s blog is rapidly approaching its 1st birthday and to celebrate, Tanya is running a Healthy Hamper competition with three prizes to be won, and she will post anywhere in the world. Entries close on the 16th of April. To enter, go to Tanya’s competition page. I would be happy with the Organic Cacao Nibs alone! YUM!



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