Surviving the Holiday Season – Part 2

To finish off for the year, I have included my last few tips for surviving the festive season! Follow these tips for a happy and healthy Christmas and an empowering 2014!

Healthy At Home Nachos

Healthy Nachos - Alyse Cocliff

Ever had a craving for nachos but realised they were full of a whole lotta cheese, colours, flavours, additives and preservatives? I have! So I decided to get creative in the kitchen and whip up something nutritious and delicious with those same Mexican flavours…

Cacao vs Cocoa – What’s the difference?

an apple a day - dark chocolate

This question comes up a lot and for good reason. Why should we spend more on Cacao when Cocoa is half the price? Whether or not you choose to use Cacao or Cocoa, it could be the difference between whether or not chocolate is actually good for you! Which one should you use? Read here to find out.

Hiking & Your Ultimate Recovery Formula

My recent hiking expedition proved to me that looking after yourself is key to a speedy recovery. Unlike some of my group, I was fortunate enough to come out of the hike feeling great and once we returned to the CBD, I got dressed up and went out to meet a friend whilst others retired to the couch in a world of hurt. Whilst many of my friends didn’t expect anything less from me, what they didn’t realise is that what it took to get me there wasn’t a whole lot of work. To help dispel the myth that looking after yourself is a whole lot of hard work, I have listed my top tips for surviving a hike. If hiking isn’t your thing, this advice can be applied to almost any form of exercise we undertake. All you have to remember is that preparation is key.

My Favourite Paleo Potato Mash Substitutes

As the chilly months are well and truly upon us, one of the most regular appearances on the dinner time menu is that of potato mash. Whilst organic potatoes can be a wonderful source of nutrition, using them each and every night can do more harm than good. What’s the easiest solution? Substitution. To help you get started, I have listed my favourite potato mash substitutes for you all to enjoy.

100% Real Food Egg Replacements (Vegan)

For one reason or another, eggs seem to be climbing the list of common allergies. Whilst I feel for anyone who can no longer enjoy nutritious pasture-fed eggs, I am extremely proud of the readers writing in and telling me how they refuse to use commercial egg replacements (high fives all round!), and requesting some real-food substitutes. To show you all just how proud I am, I have compiled a list of 100% natural, real food egg replacements that can be used in a variety of recipes. For those of you still able to eat pasture-fed eggs, these substitutes work extremely well if you ever find yourself one egg short.

Cauliflower Pizza Bases

Cauliflower Pizza Bases - An Apple a Day - Alyse Co-cliff

We haven’t eaten Pizza in such a long time. Initially, I think it was a result of deciding to skip the gluten and soon after that (when I realised what was in the gluten free pizza bases), we decided to skip on those also. However all of this changed last week when I had a sudden had a Pizza craving. I don’t know what bought it on, maybe it was the weather? Or maybe it was the abundance of cauliflower stashed in our refrigerator? Whatever it was, I embarked on a mission to bring them to the table. The result? A whole lot of ‘nom nom nom’.

What’s in your Taco?

Tacos are a favourite at our place, we love Mexican food (who doesn’t?) and when it is prepared correctly there is a whole lot of nourishment to be found with the perfect combination of quality proteins, fresh vegetables and super-food spices; but like most products found on supermarket shelves, the term ‘convenience’ often comes at a hefty price.

On a recent trip to the supermarket I noticed a popular Taco kit on display. Being the investigator that I am, I couldn’t help but flip over the packet and had a quick peak at the ingredients. What I saw left me saying a whole lot of ‘what the hell’?

Paleo Cauliflower Fried Rice Recipe

This recipe became an all time favourite during my 30 day Paleo challenge and one we will continue to use going forward, it is oh so tasty and a great way to add loads of delicious vegetables to your day, without you even realising.
For those of you who turn your nose up at cauliflower rice, let me tell you it is not as bad as you think. Not only is it more nutritious than white rice and more delicious, cauliflower rice is a wonderful substitute for anyone wanting to avoid grains or wheat.