Have a healthy Merry Christmas

cucumber finger foods

Well this time tomorrow evening it will be `the night before Christmas’. Most of  the food preparation will have been done, gifts all wrapped, and the kitchen floor mopped. Time to relax with a drink in front of the TV and  watch Carols by Candlelight from the Sidney Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne. A long […]

Drinks for special occasions – with no added sugar

drinks for special occasions

It’s only 3 days till Christmas. Today started with a trip to the local farmer’s market to stock up on the fresh produce. Then it was a full afternoon of making lots of healthy, paleo goodies ready for Christmas. Even had time to try some new recipes and put a whole lot of mangoes into […]

Caprese Salad looks festive for Christmas

tomato and bocconcini

A caprese salad is a very traditional Italian style that is very versatile, simple, and quick to prepare. It’s perfectly primal (paleo + some dairy) and doesn’t need any modification in order to look `normal’.  We love that at this time of year this salad has a festive look with the bright red, white and […]

Basil pesto and tiny tomatoes

basil pesto recipe

Basil pesto has always been one of those things that I have thought of as a `special occasion’ item; a bit of a treat; and definitely not cheap to buy. Then of course there is the ingredients list in some of the store bought ones. They’re not all `clean’. With the fact that we’re fortunate […]

Nutrient rich icy treats – ginger, mint, pomegranate

healthy icy poles

It’s summer here in Australia so one of the staples in my kitchen at this time of year is Icy Poles (or an `ice block’). The kids love these nutrient rich icy treats, thus there have been lots of experiments happening in my kitchen recently. Of course Icy Poles tend not to be a really […]

Christmas cake – without grains!!!

Christmas cake recipe

We’re down to just fifteen days till Christmas, and as promised in yesterday’s post, (number three in our series of preparing for Christmas) it’s time to do a Christmas cake recipe. Australia is a very multi-cultural nation, and as such I think it is sometimes difficult for us to describe a national Christmas tradition. The […]

Remove or reduce stress this Christmas

reduce stress at Christmas

In yesterday’s post I talked about stepping back and gaining a fresh perspective on stressful situations. Today, let’s start with a question: What makes a situation stressful? Your answer will be different to other people’s answers. What causes your cortisol levels to rise may not have that effect on another. Your stress levels are your response […]

Preparing for a healthy, paleo Christmas

healthy Christmas

It’s now just eighteen days till Christmas. We’re well into that busy December time leading up to the big day….and you can feel it pressing in on you. The Christmas tree is up and decorated. Most of the gift shopping is done. But there is so much more yet to do. You’re busy!!!! Busy…. finding […]