Healthy Habits Video Series- Simple Nutritious Salad

Changing your lifestyle isn’t an overnight job, it takes time to change unhealthy habits. I believe the key to good health and maintaining a healthy weight is balance and consistency. Start by making small changes. You don’t have to change everything at once and become a healthy guru, that’s when things start to go downhill when you can’t keep it up.

My “healthy habits” will be a series of videos to help you make small changes to improving your lifestyle with a new healthy habit to adopt each week.

My first step is to look at the sauces and dressings you are using. Salad dressings in supermarkets and restaurants are full of unhealthy ingredients including trans fats and sugar! In this video I show you how to make a simple dressing from scratch and it can be used in so many different ways. On your salad, rye toast, chicken or fish.

Watch the video below…

Food Diary | What I Ate Today

Today I am grateful! I love my healthy lifestyle and am so grateful for the nutritious and delicious foods that are available to me. I am so grateful that I actually enjoy making fresh food. When asked whether I feel like I’m ‘missing out’ on eating dominoes pizza or cream cakes or McDonalds as examples, I honestly don’t get it. What do you mean missing out! I don’t enjoy or want those foods. I don’t crave them or feel the need to have them as a ‘treat’. I’m perfectly happy to miss out on feeling like crap, tired, getting bad skin, feeling bloated and unsatisfied. When you start eating healthy nourishing foods your body stops craving all that bad stodge and I 100% do not feel like I restrict myself in anyway. I eat what I love and what I want all the time and I am so grateful that what I want and love most of the time is amazingly healthy yummy food. So for a little inspiration or just for a nose here’s what I ate in day…

BREAKFAST

Gluten free oat meal with homemade almond milk, blueberries, tsp manuka honey, 4 brazil nuts

My Dublin Healthy Havens

Over the weekend I was in Dublin and I was delighted to find some little foodie gems that I wanted to share with you! I didn’t expect to find anything remotely appropriate for health foodies let alone places specifically targeted at them! But I did and was excited to eat at wonderful restaurants and cafés with amazing fresh food options. From sourdough bread to raw food menus, Dublin delivered!

I love eating out and never really worry too much about being health conscious but always get excited when I find great places with nutritious and delicious menus. The two places I’ve picked are not only healthy but really cool too. The vibe and interior design were awesome in both, making the experience even more enjoyable even if your not a health foodie like me.

For Lunch

The Cake Cafe

This really is a hidden gem, tucked down a quiet and rather eery back street a short walk from Stephens Green, I was a little tentative to trust the GPS but once inside the little front garden, there’s a buzzy energy of friends and families chatting over coffee, gluten free cakes and sourdough open bread sandwiches.

The Cake Cafe are famous for their freshly baked bread and cakes and their “beans on toast”. However I opted for a roasted tomato, onion, rocked and feta open sandwich on brown sourdough which was truly the best bread I’ve ever had. I also had a almond milk mocha and a slice of courgette cake (I was on holiday after all)…

The Battle with Counting Calories

After posting my piece “Why for Me Being Too Healthy is Unhealthy”, I got an overwhelming response from beautiful young woman who are possibly struggling with a balanced lifestyle, who said they were grateful for my honesty and sharing my lifestyle now has really inspired them. I firstly want to thank anyone who reached out to me as it always make my day hearing from my readers.

This post again is a personal and honest one and it touches the issue calorie counting, something I know some of my readers and I’m sure a lot of people feel confused about. I was confused, I am confused, we will forever be confused in my eyes hehe. But again my approach, as always comes down to moderation, balance and a healthy happy mind!

I’ve gone through stages of counting every single calorie I consume, to vaguely trying to figure out numbers in my head to then not giving a crap. Now, I know a lot of people and me included to a certain extent would say counting calories is extreme, restrictive and not necessary and to be honest it is pretty hell. Trying to work out how many calories is in your homemade salad down do the drizzle of balsamic glaze is rather stressful to say the least but I’ve been there. I’ve weighted nuts! Even after knowing that a small handful is roughly around 25g, you still have to bloody go and weight them every single day! Boring and NOT healthy for the mind in my eyes.

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When I went through stages of calorie counting it was not very fun, did not promote my wellbeing and left me feeling stressed to say the least BUT I was in control. And this need for control is the underlying issue which then perhaps becomes the fear of not knowing, hense the weighing of those bloody nuts…..

My Weekly Food Shop

I thought it might be quite fun and hopefully helpful to talk through what I get in a typical weekly shop. I know it can be hard every week to find the inspiration to plan meals and rather than buying fresh whole foods, the microwave or oven versions look way too tempting and easy for a midweek dinner but I can’t tell you how important and simple it is to make your meals from scratch. To control what goes in your body is a powerful and wonderful thing. It’s fun to experiment with flavours, recipes, create your own sauces and dressings and food combinations.

In my video this week I simply talk through what I bought in my food shop this week, it’s all whole nutritious foods that I combine to create tasty salads, smoothies and dinners. I hope it gives you a little bit of inspiration…

Homemade Healthy Tomato Sauce Recipe

One of my favourite meals as a child was pasta with tomato and basil sauce. It was the first thing I learnt to make myself as it was so easy and quick and it’s such a comfort food. The combination of tomato and basil is a winner every time, unfortunately most of the store bought packaged tomato sauces have a little too much sugar and salt in that we would really want.

My homemade version is super easy to make and only has a few simple ingredients. With no added sugar, salt or nasties, you can enjoy your tomato sauce knowing that you’re only getting goodness with every mouthful. I like to have mine with a simple salad or mixed with brown rice pasta. I’ve also added chilli and prawns before. It’s so versatile.

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Watch my video below to find out how to make it and also see below for the list of ingredients you will need.