MY HEALTHY LIVING PRINCIPLES

I thought I would share my principles that I live my life by in order to feel and look the best I can. I don’t believe in depriving myself or fad diets. What I do believe in is balance and eating real, wholesome foods with as few added preservatives and additives as possible. I believe in eating food that taste like food should, fresh, tasty and yummy which is why I prefer seasonal, local food, ideally organic and free range meat and eggs. I also believe in an active lifestyle as well as self care and a daily “time out” time to just be.

I’ve summarised my top 10 Healthy Living Principles below.

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BEETROOT & RASPBERRY BROWNIES

The kids have athletics carnival tomorrow and need to bring a cake for the bake sale. Feeling brave I decided to cook a beetroot brownie adapted from an old recipe that I found in Good Living.

My daughter came home from school and wrinkled her nose and exclaimed – “Beetroot! Mum, why can’t you ever cook normal food!?” Feeling a bit nervous about the low sugar, beetroot version of a kids favourite I decided we better taste test it so we did, and we did and we did……. Oops somehow we couldn’t stop ourselves and ended up eating half the batch…. I didn’t even think of snapping a nice photo of it!

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“SWEDISH HUSMAN” LAMB IN CABBAGE

Traditional home cooked Swedish food is called “Husmans Kost” or simply “Husman”. The word is derived from “husman” which referred to the owner of a small house that didn’t own any land back in the farming days. The concept was originally a generic term for cheap and simple food eaten in the country by farmers. Nowadays it represents classic Swedish home cooking.

Veggies for Far i Kal

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HOW TO READ FOOD LABELS

Simply speaking, If it has a label, avoid it!.
The longer the list of ingredients, the further you should stay away. 

A simple way of deciding if the product is healthy or not is the 3 R’s principle

  1. Can you READ and understand all of the ingredients?
  2. Are all of the ingredients REAL food?
  3. Could you REPRODUCE this at home yourself?

Read the ingredients list first, ingredients are listed in order of weight so the ingredient listed first is present in the largest amount. So if sugar is the first ingredient it means that sugar is the main ingredient.

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