Update time

I’ve really picked up my game in been super healthy since my last post, but most especially in the last 7 days. This last week i’ve eaten strict paleo, with my only vice being a small (and i mean tiny) piece of dark chocolate every second night. I’ve replaced my breakie with a green smoothie, i make about a litre of the vege overload and sip it throughout the morn… Gone are the cafe lattes and they’ve been replaced with long blacks. The smoothies have given my metabolism a huge shake up, since monday i’ve lost 2 inches off my waist (so all up 3 inches in nearly a month). I’ve got to be honest the smoothies aren’t the most delightful things, but they’re not offensive. I’ve been having

2 handfuls of spinach

cup of blueberries

stalk of celery

whole lemon (peel off)

knob of ginger

2 glasses of water

chuck it all in the thermomix, on speed 10 for 1-2mins and voila! This literally keeps me full for 4-5hours, and I’m not in a sedentary job, as a barista I’m on my feet for 9 hours a day. The results are fucking unreal!! And because change has happened so fast I’m more determined than i ever have been. My energy levels have doubled and i just feel happier. And the added bonus of weight loss is the cherry on the top (of coconut ice-cream but of course)

Usually by my weekend i’m rooted, so emotionally depleted and physically exhausted from working in hospo (don’t get me wrong, i love my job, its just demanding) but today being the start of my weekend , i’ve been buzzing around cooking, prepping and cleaning, usually i’d plant my arse on the couch and smash out a tv series! The joy of falling off the wagon and getting back on it, is the initial high from fuelling your body with the best possible food. Its contagious! Fuck feeling like shit ever again… This is defiantly a new me!

Soooooo go paleo if you know whats good for ya!

Fruity thermomix sorbet

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So its been a super hot summer in Bendigo, we’re suffering! I love summer, but prefer winter. The best way to cool down is with this delish fruity sorbet. And it took like 5 mins including prep time to make.

100 grams mixed fruit (i used figs, kiwi and strawberries)

200 grams of ice

splash of maple syrup.

Chuck it all in Edna (thermomix) slowly turn the speed up to speed ten and i constantly stirred with the spatula and 15 secs later. ta da! A dessert with no crap! All natural. Nut free, gluten free, refined sugar free, vegan summer cool down. It was delightful! And that made enough for hubby and i with extra that i turned into icey poles for another night.

Paleo Carrot and Cranberry Cake

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I found a delish carrot cake recipe on Thermomix Recipe page. Its sound delightful, but i can never follow a recipe without making a few tweaks! The carrots i used were from the Bendigo Farmers Market, they were so so sweet, maybe the best carrots i’ve ever had. The original recipe is here. And this is my rendition. She may not look pretty but she tastes superb. If you don’t have a thermomix, you’ll be able to make this in a food processor, just use almond meal instead of raw almonds, and grate the carrots first.

300 grams raw almonds

4 large carrots cut in inch blocks

4 eggs

an inch of vanilla bean

2 tsp cinnamon ground

1/2 tsp nutmeg

60 grams avocado oil

60 grams maple syrup

2 tsp Gluten Free Baking Powder

90 grams cranberries

Preparation

1.

Preheat oven to 160C.

2.  Place almonds in mixing bowl and mill 10 sec/speed 9 or until milled – if you are in tune with your Thermomix you can hear when most milling, chopping, grating is done).

3.  Add carrots and grate 5 sec/speed 6 – it will mix with the almond meal.  Scrape down the sides.

4.  Add eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, oil and maple syrup and mix 15 sec/speed 5.

5.  Add baking powder and combine 5 sec/speed 5.

6.  Add cranberries and mix on Reverse 5 sec/speed 4.

7.  Pour into a prepared 20 centimetre baking tin and bake for one hour  or until cooked through.

8.   Remove from oven and cool completely in the tin, then turn out.

9. No need to ice! i just ate with a spread of butter.

My paleo chocolate

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My paleo chocolate

I’ve been making this chocolate for about 6 mths now, it just hangs in the freezer when hubby and i have a sweet tooth craving. There is no added sugar in it, all natural. And i love it! So it’s time i share the super easy recipe.

With todays batch i used Edna (thermomix)

INSTRUCTIONS
Step 1
Grate 250 grams of cacao butter 5-10 seconds on speed 8. Then Melt 3 mins at 50 degrees celcius. Then add about 1/4 cup of cacao powder

STEP 2
Whilst the cacao butter is melting, chop a handful of cranberries, handful almonds, handful dried apricots, small handful of pistachios and a small chilli.

STEP 3
Combine the melted “chocolate” and the nuts/fruit. Then pour onto a baking tray covered in baking paper. The chocolate won’t be as thick as other chocolate, so its thin with delicious chunky bits! I now leave the tray in the freezer and just break bits off when I’m having sugar craving. But its sugar free!

Meet the new addition to the family

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Meet the new addition to the family

So we bit the bullet and decided to purchase a Thermomix to make out paleo lives easier. We’ve had “Edna” (i’ve named her after my beloved Nana who’s baking was amazing) for 24hrs. We’ve already made, “almond hummus”, vegetable stock concentrate, beetroot salad and vege soup (all with the help of our lovely thermomix consultant Stevie-Lee) and today i’ve made paleo chocolate. I can already sense, we’ll be using Edna nearly everyday. To make my paleo chocolate, it took me 5 mins from start to finish rather than the usual 20 mins. I’m in love!