Health and Fitness

A healthy lifestyle with good food and a descent fitness regime has been an ongoing journey in my books. My journey has been interesting especially since I committed to becoming a vegetarian several years ago. I never felt so much better since I made this huge lifestyle change however since having a baby, I have dropped the 8 ball, neglected my body and indulged in way too much junk food. Yes I do try to sustain a healthy diet but my focus has been not on myself but my little girl and ensuring that she gets what she needs for her growing mind and body. You will find in this section inspirational fitness ideas and my experiences with post-natal fitness.

FRUITY GREEN SMOOTHIE

Hello all

I’ve decided to kick if this miserable morning in Melbourne with a delicious green smoothie. It’s perfect for those who want to put some veg in their smoothies without an overpowering green taste.

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Ingredients
2 small frozen bananas
1 small zucchini
3 nectarines
1 level tbsp chia bran
Handful of grapes
A few basil leaves

How?
1. Place all the ingredients s except grapes in the blender
2. Blitz until smooth
3. Top with grapes and garnish with basil
4. Serve chilled in glasses

Serves 2.

Have a great day and for all the Aussie folks, happy Australia day long weekend.

Sovanny x

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RAW CHOCOLATE PASSIONFRUIT MOUSSE CAKES

Hello gorgeous

I made these delish raw cakes the other day using my left over raw chocolate mousse (recipe here). Worked a treat so thought I’d share it with you.

Ingredients
Chocolate mousse recipe here
3 passion fruit pulps (canned pulp works well too)

For the crust
1 cup roughly chopped walnuts
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
Handful of cranberries (dates are a great substitute)
1/2 cup agave nectar
1 tbsp raw coconut oil

The simple instructions
1)
Place all the ingredients for the crust  mixture in a bowl and mix thoroughly
2) Spoon the chocolate mousse into tupperware molds (found here), ensuring its only 3 quarters of the way full

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3) Spoon in the crust mixture of the mousse ensuring you leave some room at the rim
4) Leave to set in the refrigerator for a 3-4 hours

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5) Turn the molds upside down and gently push the cake out of the molds and top with passion fruit pulp.

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So so so so good! Again, you would’nt know the main ingredient was avocado.

Serves 4-5

Thanks for reading my loves.

Sovanny x

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PUT WHATEVER YOU WANT ROLLS

Hello readers

Vietnamese rice paper rolls are great summer meals.Once more, they are easy to make, healthy and oh so tasty.

Now with fusion cooking, there is so much room for you to be creative in the kitchen. So if you don’t have all the ingredients to make it the traditional way, you have a whole lot of other options. I’ve got a whole heap of rice sheets in my pantry and have been using all kinds of fillings. It’s very much like making wraps except with rice sheets.

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For a little inspiration, these are filled with avocado, tomatoes, sunflower seeds, spinach, rocket and orange but the combinations are absolutely endless.

Happy eating folks.

Sovanny xx

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RECOVERY

Hello everyone

It has been a while since I’ve written in this section of my blog. I have so much to write about but I’ll keep it as short as possible and leave the rest for another day. If you are following me on Instagram, you will have noticed that I have been placing a lot of energy into healthier eating habits while inspiring others to do the same. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again- bearing a child and then giving birth can turn your body to shit. I’m not talking about appearances either. I’m talking about within and it’s up to you to ensure you look after yourself and recover. I’ve tried to focus on my health before and literally gave up on it. FAIL.

However this time things have changed. I’m extremely motivated, conscious, mentally prepared and keen to cut down on processed foods while getting fit. So here’s what I’ve been up to.

1) Steering away from fashion, I invested in some magazines to get some inspiration and lucky for me there was an artical about veganism in the fitness mag. Although I’m a vegetarian, like the lady in this particular artical we hate to preach about fruits and vegies. It’s our chosen lifestyle, the benefits are visible and we feel good about it.

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2) If there’s one thing I can’t kick it’s snacking on whatever is in the pantry from chips to chocolate. I’ve now always got healthy treats and a variety of chopped up raw fruits and vegies in the fridge. Problem solved.

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Fruit, coconut, chocolate and mixed nut balls rolled in macadamia

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3) Not sure why I thought I’d get away with it, but last year I turned into a chip eating monster. Every time I ate out I’d have a side of hot chips and glass of wine just because. These food items have been banished. At least until Summer is over and hopefully my body won’t crave for it anymore come Winter time.

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4) Jars are great for layering different foods. Best of all you can see exactly what you’re digging in to. Most nights I’ll prepare the jars up with something wonderful and pop it in the fridge over night so theres something yummy to wake up to. Once more I could take it to work with me if I’m short for time in the mornings.

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Muesli in soy milk (overnight) layered with banana, vanilla bean yoghurt and fresh berries

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Chocolate granola, muesli, orange and pomegranate pudding

5) If I ain’t filling up jars, I’m blending up smoothies for the family. These taste as wicked as they look. Unfortunately I don’t have recipes for them as i tend to throw fruit in the blender however I found this link which has a good selection of recipes for you to choose from.

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Berry, banana and pomegranate smoothie topped with pomegranate jewels

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Rockmelon, orange and pomegranate smoothie

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Mixed Berry and banana smoothie

6) I’ve only read good things about going raw. Now, I to have decided to eat a portion (if not entirely) of all my meals raw. Takes some creativity but there also some fantastic recipes out there if you need a little inspiration. Website I enjoy looking at include:

http://www.thekindcook.com
http://www.rawmazing.com
http://www.secretsquirrelfood.com

As for the family, they don’t rely on a plant based diet and I do my best to ensure that they are satisfied with a variety of meals. Personally I don’t think it’s fair to push them into a lifestyle I’ve chosen as long as they respect it.

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Rice paper rolls with carrot, apple, cucumber, pumpkin seeds and cashew butter

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Raw vegetable stack with layers of pumpkin, zucchini, beetroot, hummus topped with cashew butter and pumpkin seeds and a side of rocket and spinach salad.

7) Exercise definitely helps. Eat well and exercise. There are no other fitness tricks in my book. The commitment I’ve made is 20 minutes of physical activity a day. Most of the time I’m going for walks and I even get the free weights out while I’m watching TV. Yep!

8) Finally, detox. Yesterday, I placed an order with Pressed Juices for the 3 day advanced cleanse so will let you know how it all goes!

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Every now and then I will allow myself to indulge (encourage you to do the same), but for the most part I’m off to a good start.  On occasion I will post my recipes up but where I don’t, links to similiar if not the exact ones will be provided.

In the meantime, remember that you are what you eat.

Catch you later and thank you for reading.

Sovanny x

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