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Eating Through a Straw

6 Jul

I had all four of my wisdom teeth removed a week ago, so this second week of holidays has not been ideal. Most of my meals have been mush and, most frustrating of all, I haven’t been allowed to exercise. On the plus side, I was pedantic about ice application, so my swelling was minimal and I didn’t have any bruising :).

Motivation: Ana Delia De Itturondo



In an effort to maintain my high protein, low carb diet, I came up with a few yummy smoothies. It seems that many people turn to smoothies when wanting to go on a ‘health kick’. Maybe it’s just me, but I’ve found that liquid food is never as filling. If you look at the recipes below the macros are higher than my usual recipes, and yet they never kept me satisfied for very long (I’ve been snacking on sugar-free jelly to get me by – highly recommend for cravings!!!!).

Let me explain the importance of chewing (mastication) to you. Chewing is a primary component of the first stage (ingestion) of food digestion. It triggers various physiological components that are essential to good digestion and the feeling of satiety.

1) Mechanically breaks down food (duh) which increases the surface area of the food and enables easier absorption later on

2) Saliva contains an enzyme called salivary amylase (or ptyalin) which starts the  breakdown of starch and carbohydrates

3) Glands near the tongue secrete an enzyme called lingual lipase and is involved in fat digestion

4) Chewing relaxes your stomach. There is a muscle called the pylorus at the base of the stomach leading into the small intestine. The mechanism of chewing helps relax this muscle, enabling the contents of the stomach to easily enter the small intestine

5) Helps taste the food. This might seem silly, but taste is actually an important part of triggering the rest of the digestive system to produce certain substances to optimise digestion. This is called the cephalic stage of digestion. Here’s a good little animation if you’re interested: http://highered.mcgraw-hill.com/sites/0072507470/student_view0/chapter24/animation__three_phases_of_gastric_secretion.html

So basically what I’m saying is that I prefer to chew my food haha.


Breakfast Booster

This contains super foods such as goji berries, psyllium, flaxseed and blueberries. It is high in antioxidants, fibre, good fats… and is delicious!

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Serves 1-2

¼ cup reduced fat cottage cheese

1/3 cup oats

1/3 cup frozen blueberries

1 tsp goji berries

1 tsp flaxseed oil

1& ¼ cup water

¼ tsp psyllium

4 serves Stevia

1 scoop vanilla whey

4-5 ice cubes



Nutritional info: for whole recipe

Calories: 345

Total fat: 8g (1.8g sat)

Total carbs: 33.5g

Sugar: 7.2g

Protein: 35.8g


Coco-Berry Smoothie

Tastes like a chocolate smoothie!! I recommend adding natural almond butter, I think it would taste even better!!

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Serves 1-2

½ banana

½ cup silken tofu

3 strawberries

2 tbsp cocoa

4 serves Stevia

1& ¼ cup water

4-5 ice cubes

½ scoop vanilla/choc whey

Handful spinach



Nutritional info: for whole recipe

Calories: 415

Total fat: 14.4g (7.3g sat)

Total carbs: 29.1g 

Sugar: 11.3g

Protein: 39.5g


Starting back at uni next week – holidays never seem to be long enough!! I’ll be able to get stuck into my training again; I’m going to start Ashley Conrad’s program from the start and this time there won’t be any surgery disrupting it. Hope everyone is well and keeping on track!! Please don’t hesitate to message/email me, I love hearing from you all and finding out where your are in your fitness/healthy lifestyle journey 🙂 x

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24 May

Sorry the latest post has been delayed, I’ve been busy with assessments and starting a new rotation in oncology. The last couple of weeks have been a bit up and down for me – I don’t handle stress very well because I’m not very good at acknowledging and accepting the fact that I need to try to relax a bit. Even when I watch tv I have to play sudoku or browse facebook at the same time… the only time I really feel like I have ‘me’ time is at the gym – music pumping, sweat dripping and muscles burning – I love it!!

Motivation: Ana Delia De Iturrondo is absolutely gorgeous and I love how toned she is!!

Food for this week –

Meal 1/Breakfast:

Pancakes! This is a photo of my peanut butter and maple syrup w/e treat 🙂

Meal 2:

The base of this recipe I got from proteinpow.com (the Kristen Apple, Vanilla and Popcorn Protein Cake) but I changed it just a touch 😛 here’s my recipe (I call them Choc Goji muffins – not too creative :P):

Serves 7

1/2 cup vanilla whey

1/2 cup egg whites

1/4 cup cottage cheese

1/4 cup coconut flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tbsp vanilla essence

4 tsp sugar free strawberry drinking mix

Handful of dark chocolate chips

Handful of dried goji berries

1. Mix all ingredients together

2. Pour into muffin tray

3. Bake at 160 degrees for about 20 minutes or until cooked

I think these are pretty yummy though the texture is a little bit funny, possible due to the use of coconut flour. I love the goji and chocolate mix though! Full of antioxidants (however I think I went a little bit overboard on the choc chips… I’m a chocoholic)

Meal 3/Lunch:

Quiche recipe from http://www.mckennagordon.com/blog/my-favorite-healthy-quiche-recipe (I altered it slightly by subbing and adding veggies). Here’s what I did:

4 cups fresh spinach

1&1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 large red onion – diced

1/4 tsp salt

1&1/2 cups mushrooms – chopped

1/2 sweet potato – diced

1 red capsicum – diced

1/4 carrot – diced

7 large eggs (I used about 1 cup of liquid egg whites instead)

3/4 cup low fat fetta cheese (I used skim cottage cheese instead)

2 tsp oregano

1/4 tsp black pepper

1. Cook spinach and a couple of tbsp water in a frying pan over medium heat until spinach is just wilted – put aside on paper towel

2. Cook ingredients with olive oil in frying pan in the following order (don’t add next ingredient until the previous ingredient is properly cooked). Stir occasionally while cooking:

– Onion and salt (until starts to become translucent)

– Mushrooms (until lightly browned)

– Potato, red capsicum and carrot

3. Cover and cook until the potato begins to tender; stir every couple of minutes

4. Meanwhile, whisk eggs, spinach, cheese, oregano and pepper

5. (Here’s where I did it differently again) Instead of putting the egg in the frying pan and cooking it a bit like an omelette, I poured everything in a baking pan and baked it at 180 degrees for about 25 minutes (I think…) or until cooked

Meal 4:

Coconut and Chocolate Protein Bars

Meal 5/Dinner:

Healthy Chicken Souvlaki from thegraciouspantry.com

700g chicken breast – diced

2 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp lemon juice

1 tbsp lemon zest

3 cloves garlic

1/2 tbsp salt

1 tsp red chilli flakes

1 tbsp dried mint

1 tbsp dried oregano

1. In a small bowl whisk together all ingredients (except chicken) and then pour over chicken to allow to marinade for at least 30 minutes (even better if you’re organised enough to let it marinade overnight)

2. When ready to cook, heat over medium-high heat until no longer pink in the middle

Yummy! This is really nice in a psyllium crepe with spinach and greek yoghurt 🙂

The photo above isn’t my chicken souvlaki but I had leftover turkey meatloaf muffin in a psyllium crepe with spinach, salsa and Greek yoghurt the other day and it was so yummy and looked so good so I had to take a photo 😛

Meal 6:

Ok so I know this looks like all of my other desserts but it IS different!! And it’s my new favourite! 🙂

Super Dooper Mousse

30g skim cottage cheese

1/2 weightwatchers chocolate mousse sachet (10g)

1 tsp unsweetened cocoa

Dash of almond milk

1. Mix it all together and enjoy! This is so yummy and creamy and delicious!! The cottage cheese that you use might affect how it tastes though (the texture might be a bit funny?) – I use Tempo continental skim milk cottage cheese and I absolutely love it.

I was so excited to find these in the supermarket – $2 cheaper than the ‘adult’ sugar free hot chocolate yet exactly the same!! There is also banana flavour which I have yet to try. These are great to stop cravings/add to protein shakes/add to cooking (I’m still experimenting), and I’ve just discovered that when I add the strawberry flavour to Greek yoghurt it tastes quite a bit like strawberry icecream… 😀 YAY!!!

Hope everyone is having a good week… only one week left until 3 weeks of winter break and I am SO hanging out for it!!! Counting down the days 🙂 x