Recipe Variation: Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Salad

There’s rumors around town that a Vietnamese restaurant is about to open up, which gave me a serious craving for the noodle salads I used to devour when I still lived in Sydney. I don’t often get homesick for the city, but whenever good food is mentioned my heart instantly aches! Sydney’s home to such a vibrant multicultural food heaven and the flavour choices are endless. Ahhh take me back!

I conquered this craving/homesickness by revisiting my Vietnamese Chicken Salad recipe I posted a few months back and modified it to create a noodle salad. Don’t you just love a recipe that keeps on giving? And it’s still paleo!

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March: What I’m Loving Right Now

You know how sometimes you get hooked on a product, item of clothing or food and seem to just devour it for ages? This happens to me a fair bit. When I was a teen I was obsessed with Maggi 2 minute noodles. I would eat them as often as I could, and not much else. Oddly my mum thought I was anorexic (she clearly didn’t check the nutrition content) because I would be eating them once or twice a day.

Fortunately I gave up that habit after a month or two, and now I’ve moved to far healthier obsessions. These days it’s more likely a sneaky block of raw chocolate that I’m munching on daily, or this awesome Samantha Wills necklace my sister gave me that I’m positive goes with every outfit.

On that note, I want to share what I’m obsessed with this month and why I think you might love it too.  Continue reading

Super Soft, Fudge Brownies 

I am a massive fan of a little sweet treat after dinner and where my boyfriend doesn’t oblige (TMI?), I reach for a piece of chocolate or a raw dessert. It’s a bad habit, but one I’m in no hurry to break. IMG_0891

This soft, fudgy brownie is the perfect ‘little something extra’. It’s nutty, it’s chocolatey, it’s soft and decadent, all while being 100% healthy and super good for you.  Continue reading

Makeup: Saturday night with the in-laws

My (future) parents in-law invited me out for dinner and a musical last Saturday night. My gorgeous partner’s been on night-shift this past fortnight, 6 days a week, and it’s driving me craaaazy! As my alternative was to watch Ex on the Beach all night and eat a tin of sardines (yes, I’m that lazy!), a night out sounded just perfect.

What is evening, in-law appropriate makeup? In my case, I haven’t yet sealed the deal with their son, so they’re not yet legally required to love me unconditionally yet (that’s what being a parent means, right?). You never want to look like you’re about to hit the clubs for a loose night, yet you also don’t want to look plain and dowdy. What’s the line here you need to tread?

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Breakfast: Cinnamon & Cacao Crunch 

Eating a good breakfast to start the day is a simple concept in theory. I’m sure we’ve all had grand plans of waking up a little earlier to prepare a nourishing breakfast, but when the alarm goes off all you want to do is head snooze and grab something quick a little while later.

This is where breakfast cereals and toast have risen to becoming a breakfast staple around the world. Unfortunately, both options are generally completely devoid of any nutritional value and pumped full of sugar. Making your own is a far better option as you know exactly what’s gone into it and can rest assured each morning knowing you’re fueling your body the right way.

I love this breakfast ‘cereal’. It’s so delicious it will convert the unhealthiest, fussiest eaters over to the paleo way. It’s that good. It’s packed full of goodness, nutrition and long lasting energy. One bowl of this stuff and you’ll be satisfied for hours.  Continue reading

The Oil Cleansing Method (OCM)

Face washes to me are generally overpriced and full of unnecessary ingredients. For a product that’s on your skin for under two minutes, it hardly seems necessary to pack them full of expensive ingredients that will just be washed down the drain. I would much rather use the best moisturiser than wash.

A lot of people also complain about over drying caused by face washes. These products strip the oil out of our skin, leaving our largest organ trying to repair itself by replacing the oil stripped away. This leaves us in a cycle of being tight and dry followed by the inevitable oil slick. Each time we strip the oil away, our skin over-compensates for the lack of moisture by creating more oil. Second of all, they’re packed with so many nasty ingredients they deplete our skin and body’s of nutrients.

For me, a face wash needs only to do a few things:

  1. Remove my make up
  2. Clean my skin
  3. Not dry my skin out in the process

I have a very simple product that does just that AND is available in all supermarkets… Not in the cosmetics isle though!

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