My Apricot Bliss Bombs

3 simple ingredients was all it took to create these delicious, no bake, morsels.

Ingredients:
* 350g of dried apricots,
* 150g of dessicated/shredded coconut, &
* 20g of coconut oil.

Method:
Place all ingredients into your food processor/thermomix and blend for 1-2mins.
Roll out into 24 balls and pop into the fridge until you’re ready to eat.

Caution – they didn’t survive very long in my home, making the perfect after school snack for 4 hungry kids!

Luckily I was smart enough to make 2 batches and I froze the 2nd batch for school lunches, they freeze well.

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Body Mass Index

What is your BMI?
Your BMI is your Body Mass index. Doctors, nutritionists, exercise physiologists and other healthcare professionals use this tool to calculate your age, weight & height to assess whether you are underweight, an ideal weight or overweight.
This commonly indicates to them that once your weight increases or decreases outside of the ideal range, your health risks may increase.
Sadly this tool is not accurate for pregnancy, athletes, those who weight train for hypertrophy (muscle gain) or those with jobs in heavy labour or that train for hypertrophy(inclusive of both males or females) as they will have more muscle mass than their peers (we all know muscle weighs more than fat), and therefore makes these individuals appear within the overweight/obese categories – when they are not.
You can calculate your BMI with the calculator below:

Hope this answers your recent questions on this matter! x

Health Check!

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It’s been quite a while between posts. I’ve been totally consumed with uni, my children and trying my best to keep up with you all via our interactive Facebook page. There are many exciting recipes and articles heading your way very soon!!

Why We Love Chia Seed Puddings

While we’ve posted before the many amazing health benefits of chia we couldn’t help but praise these nutritious little morsels a little more. While these beautiful little seeds aren’t quite the magic seed many report that they are, they come very close. Not only are they regarded a ‘superfood’ (and we highly encourage everyone to have a constant supply of them in your pantries), they are packed with nutrition, delivering a maximum amount of nutrition with absolute minimal calories – winning!

Layered Chia Pudding

Our super delicious layered Chia Pudding. Chocolate Peanut Butter layer (base) , Vanilla layer & Rhubarb layer (top).

The seeds are packed with vitamins, minerals, and fabulous antioxidants that protect your body against free radicals, prevent cancer, and fight aging. Chia also contains significantly more protein than other whole grains, and it has a ridiculously high fiber content. Did you know that only 2 simple tablespoons of chia seeds contain an amazing 11 grams of fiber (which is 40% of your daily requirement!), ensuring that you stay full for longer and your digestion will be improved and your blood sugar will remain stable – yay for those with diabetes!

Once you get more confident with making chia pudding, you can alter these recipes to produce a thicker or pudding by replacing or 1 cup of coconut milk with 1 cup of greek yoghurt or a non-dairy yoghurt of your choice.

CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER CHIA
What you’ll need:

  • 2 cans of coconut milk (we had mine in the fridge for 2-3hrs prior),
  • ¼ cup of chia (white and/or black or a blend is perfectly fine),
  • 4 tablespoons of organic natural peanut butter (we used Woolworths Macro Peanut Butter as our favourite health food store brand PB jar had been licked clean – thanks kiddies!),
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa,
  • ¼ teaspoon of pink Himalayan rock salt,
  • 5 pitted [medjool] dates, &
  • 3 tablespoons of maple syrup.

The Process:
Combine all of the ingredients into your thermomix/blender, and blend until mixture is smooth and creamy, it should only require 30 seconds to a minute or so, depending on your blender (3 x 1 second turbo blitzes on our thermomix is all it takes), alternatively other have reported that whisking by hand to reduce the clean-up is also effective, but we found that using a blender makes the end result a little creamier.

Pour into 4 glasses/jars and pop into your fridge for minimum of 4 hours (cover with cling film/glad wrap), giving the chia enough time to plump up and soak in the liquid. We love making it at night and devouring for breakfast the next morning.

*If you really love peanut butter, feel free to add a little more, better yet try altering the recipe each time you make it to suit your taste.

VANILLA CHIA PUDDING
What you’ll need:

  • ¼ cup of chia (white and/or black or a blend is perfectly fine),
  • 1 can of coconut milk (once again we keep ours in the fridge for 2-3hrs prior),
  • 5 teaspoons of pure vanilla extract, &
  • 2 tablespoons of maple syrup.

The Process:
Combine all of the ingredients into your thermomix/blender, and blend until mixture is smooth and creamy, it should only require 30 seconds to a minute or so, depending on your blender (3 x 1second turbo blitzes on our thermomix is all it takes), alternatively other have reported that whisking by hand to reduce the clean-up is also effective, but we found that using a blender makes the end result a little creamier.

Pour into 4 glasses/jars and pop into your fridge for minimum of 4 hours (cover with cling film/glad wrap), giving the chia enough time to plump up and soak in the liquid. We love making it at night and devouring for breakfast the next morning.

*If you really love the vanilla flavour, feel free to add a little more, better yet try altering the recipe each time you make it to suit your taste, 1/4 cup of organic shredded coconut it a super tasty addition to this recipe! Yummo!

RHUBARB CHIA PUDDING
What you’ll need:

  • 2 cups of rhubarb (diced in 2cm lengths),
  • 1 can of coconut milk (once again we keep ours in the fridge for 2-3hrs prior),
  • ¼ cup of chia (white and/or black or a blend is perfectly fine again also),&
  • 3 tablespoons of maple syrup.

The Process:
Combine the rhubarb and maple syrup into your thermomix on varoma setting on speed 4 (reverse) for 15mins, or sauté in a small saucepan on low heat for 20 until it is softened well. Once cooked, set aside and allow to cool.

Once cool, add the coconut milk and chia seeds and stir in well. Pour into 4 glasses/jars and pop into your fridge for minimum of 4 hours (cover with cling film/glad wrap), giving the chia enough time to plump up and soak in the liquid. Once again, making the night before makes an awesome healthy breakfast the next day.

*As tempting is it is, don’t add water while cooking down the rhubarb.

It’s National Diabetes Week – 13th to 19th July

Diabetes. It’s a pretty scary word, with even scarier statistics. Whats the first thing that pops into your mind when you think about it? Needles, sugar, blood sugar, jelly beans, blindness, uncontrolled weight, early death? It’s all a pretty daunting concept to be faced with.

Currently we are faced with the appearance of a global epidemic of diabetes that science has linked directly to rapid increases in overweight, obesity and physical inactivity.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) report that “Total deaths from diabetes are projected to rise by more than 50% in the next 10 years. Most notably, they are projected to increase by over 80% in upper-middle income countries” wow, now that is a scary statistic.

  • Did you know that one third of all those with diabetes are totally unaware that they even have the disease?
  • Did you know that Diabetes costs $174 billion annually, including $116 billion in direct medical expenses?

Type 1 diabetes occurs when the pancreas can no longer produce the insulin that the body requires, representing 10%-15% of all cases, and is most commonly diagnosed within children. The exact cause of type 1 diabetes is not known, many studies are continuously ongoing and early research show evidence that some may simply have a genetic predisposition for it and common simple triggers (such as a virus) may then signal for the immune system to destroy certain cells withing the pancreas that are responsible for producing insulin.
Sadly, children (continuing to adulthood) diagnosed with type 1 diabetes require daily insulin injections (often required several times a day) for the rest of their lives.

Type 2 diabetes is the most common form of diabetes, representing 85-90% of all cases, and occurs when the pancreas fails to produce enough insulin and/or the insulin is not working correctly within the body.
Risk factors for type 2 diabetes include one’s family history, being overweight and their ethnic background as well as poor eating habits and one’s lack of physical activity.

How high is your diabetes risk, you ask?
This year’s National Diabetes Week campaign urges the public to take the time to visit http://www.checkmyrisk.org.au to keep an eye on your health and encourage all those who are important to you to do the same.

Credit to World Health Organisation (WHO) – http://www.who.int/topics/diabetes_mellitus/en/ for further reading.