Oh. My. Goodness! I am on a roll You know how I love Great Lakes Gelatin right?! How I have it every single day in my smoothie or mixed straight up in water? Well I’ve been making jellies for the kids so they get the awesomeness of gelatin too, they need it as much as I do. I make my GL jellies with a tried and true:
Well today I made…..chocolate mousse jelly! Ooooooohhhhhhhhhh yes!
This will be our Easter Egg substitute this year…I have some great Easter moulds and I can’t wait to get them setting the night before Easter. Yours in Health Jess xx
Our household has been so busy! The kids all at school, W not in day care anymore, me not ‘working’ but studying, D back at football and me running him to training and games, Husband doing a 7 on 7 off roster….and me starting Primal Life Marketplace….phew!!
So with all of the stress/busyness of our household came some convenience foods….now our type of convenience foods are totally different to other people’s convenience foods. We had packets of gluten free popcorn, organic plain rice cakes, gluten free muesli bars, pre-flavoured and roasted nuts…all the things that I could quickly give the kids without me having to make them on Sundays.
I’m happy to report that they have now left the Rath house and will not return, why? Because there is a very big need to focus on our health/nutrition/wellness/healing. We have children who need us to pay special attention to this, for their sake I had to pull up my Mummy Socks (whatever they are…and what the?) and get back into the kitchen, get my head space right again and focus more on them.
Anywho…so today I got back into the kitchen, got my nut milking/flour making game on…cranked up some tunes and cooked up a storm. I even created a new recipe for you all :-) I have trouble getting my kids to eat vegetables (2 of them I don’t have any trouble with, but the eldest and the youngest are so hard to get veggies into). I wanted to make a ‘bread’ that I could spread things on and send to school, or make up as snacks at home….helllllooooo Zucchini Broccoli Bread! And it worked first time!! And second time! Double bonus :-) You are going to love it! As always you can substitute some of the items (I’ll tell you which ones) and make it to suit the needs of your family.
Paleo Zucchini Broccoli Bread
Yours in Health and Wellness
The weather at the moment is so unpredictable. One minute it’s pouring down with rain and the next minute it’s sunny, then you blink and its overcast again. Aaahhh summer in North Queensland.
I love summer! For so many reasons. I love the sun, the beach, the beautiful summer fruits and air conditioning (sometimes the humidity is just way too much). This brings me to…bananas.
We have so many bananas! They are so cheap at the moment and the kids aren’t eating them as quick as they usually do so I’ve been freezing some and baking with some. Remember the banana bread? Well yesterday I wanted to cook something for the kids after school but I didn’t have an hour to spare….hmmmm the dilemma. Ah-huh I know, banana bread cookies! Genius, I know
I made them again today, just to road test the recipe to make sure it wasn’t just a fluke the first time…nope it wasn’t…they are GOOD! I made them 3 different ways…ready?? Ginger Banana Bread Cookies…Chocolate Banana Bread Cookies….and Banana Bread Cookies. Go try them…you’ll love them. The recipe makes 35 cookies.
Paleo Banana Bread Cookies
Paleo Ginger Banana Bread Cookies
Paleo Chocolate Banana Bread Cookies
You can eat them as they are, or sandwich them together with some nut butter.
Yours in health
This week was a bit mixed up and not my usual week, we had a ‘cyclone’ Friday and that made some things a bit tricky (see the thing about cyclones is you just don’t know when to take them super seriously or when to be a bit slack about it…I err on the side of caution and also make sure we are prepared).
I had a gym buddy this week too, how awesome is it to train with a friend?! Makes the time just fly by.
Monday: Legs day and I had planned a run with my girlfriends, which fell through with last minute babysitting falling through for one of the girls. I added PBs to my leg weights this week J
Tuesday: Chest/Shoulders/Triceps and 20 minute HIIT on the Rowing Machine (1 minute sprint and 1 minute steady).
Wednesday: Back/Biceps/Abs and 20 minute HIIT on the Elliptical Trainer (30 seconds fast as I could and 1 minute recovery).
Thursday: Unscheduled rest day.
Friday: Modified my training so I could complete my workout at home, couldn’t get to the gym. Legs in the morning and Shoulders in the afternoon. No cardio because I did the 2 sets of training.
Saturday: Walk in the morning before breakfast (with my girlfriends) and then Back session.
Sunday: Hill run/walk with my girlfriends and my running stroller (with my toddler inside…because running with an empty stroller would be totally weird).
My goals are not primarily to lose weight. I want to lose body fat and lean out while building muscle and this type of training and eating will get me the results I am after.
I did 7 weeks of Jamie Eason’s LiveFit program and wasn’t seeing results (sometimes a one size fits all program just doesn’t work). So I sort the help of a trainer, she wrote a meal plan for me (specific to me and my goals) and a training program. I have just finished my second week with her, I feel fantastic and I am SEEING results!!
My food was spot on apart from some banana bread on Thursday. I post my food everyday on IG, so if you’re interested in that then head over to InstaGram and check it out. High carb day tomorrow…that makes a sweet potato loving gal really happy!
How was your week? What kind of training do you do?
Yours in health
I’ve been baking things for the kids lately, and this banana bread was a hit. I made three until I had the recipe just right, and all three were demolished by the teens. The first one I made was a bit dry, the second one was too moist but the third one was spot on J
I made them yesterday before the cyclone came, just in case we lost power (we have been without power for a week during a cyclone a few years ago). I didn’t stock up on tinned food like all of the other people in town, it didn’t make sense to me because we don’t eat tinned food. I made sure I had boiled eggs, cooked sausages and meatballs, cans of tuna, banana bread, bottled water, ice and a supply of fruit and vegetables.
Paleo Banana Bread
Yours in health
I miss the smells of the street food in Thailand, I can’t wait to head back there in September again. I adore Thai food, I adore Thai people and plain and simply I just LOVE seafood. From dusk till dark the gorgeous Thai foodies are out cooking the simplest of food, most chicken, fish or egg dishes. And the smell! It’s like food heaven! These people know a thing or two about combining spices. I stood for a long time just watching them flick food around in their pans and toss spices in, all while smiling and chatting to people around them. You can see why I love it, right??
Today I bring you Thai Fish Cakes, absolutely to die for!!
Thai Fish Cakes
Traditionally this is served with rice, diced cucumber and tomato (everything is served with rice, cucumber and tomato). I just swapped the rice for cauliflower rice.
Not a fan of fish? You could substitute the fish for chicken, or even green prawns
Yours in health
The kids start back at school in 5 more days (notice I said the KIDS and not me), and yes, I am counting. Holidays have been awesome but after 7 weeks it’s really time to get back into routine.
That routine also means more cooking for me. I have enjoyed taking a break from cooking sweets, mostly because I have been so focused on my fitness goals that I knew I needed no sweets in the house until I was at a comfortable place with them, and I am now there….so lucky kids get sweets again.
I am trying to avoid using honey, mainly because I can give them ‘sweet’ using other naturally sweet things that have more nutrients in them, and yes it’s still high in sugar so moderation is the key here. W has already started asking for honey on almost everything so that’s another reason to start using other sweeteners, like fruit.
I made Granola Bites yesterday, as a trial run for the kids’ lunch boxes and to see if I could get them to stick together like a biscuit instead of crumbling. Success! I took a bite of one, yes just one bite. I made them for the kids so they had to be the ones to like and approve of them, and they did! I have three out of twelve left.
Do you bake sweets for your kids? I need some more inspiration, what do you make for your kids?
High carb day number 2! Yeah! Sweet potato with every meal, ok not crazy have as much as you like at every meal, half a cup or 70g at each meal. I have changed my program slightly, with the help of Krista (sf_lifts on IG) and she has given me a plan. I have 2 high carb days and 5 low carb days a week. I am excited!!
I wanted a bit of a change from grated sweet potato hash, not that I don’t LOVE that but because I had some baked sweet potato jackets in the fridge from last night’s Turkey Twice Baked Sweet Potato and I thought I’d use them. Turns out, they were soooooo good! So here you go, enjoy!
Sweet Potato Egg Boats
Love your carbs?
Yours in health
Destiny Rescue have a big target to reach this year, 800+ children saved from the grasp of sexual slavery and continue to work with families and villages to keep them safe from human traffickers. And this target is completely doable, if we all get behind them and help.
Destiny have so many ways in which you can help them, you can sponsor a child that has already been rescued or is living in their prevention home (100% of sponsorship funds go directly to sponsorship, it is not taken up in admin fees etc), you can buy shirts from their Destiny Threads company where 100% of the profit goes directly towards an area in need of funding, or you can fund the rescue of a child.
It cost $1500 to rescue a child and house them in a safe place where they will receive intensive counselling and rehabilitation. I am aiming to raise funds this year to help rescue as many children as we can. If you can’t raise $1500 and want to help, then donate what you can and together we can rescue girls and boys and help them to live the life they once dreamed of.
If we all give a little, it adds up to a lot and changes the life of a precious child. How far would go, or want someone to go, if it was your child?
I am an accredited advocate for Destiny Rescue and I have a bank account that has been set up for raising funds for Destiny Rescue. Once we reach the target of $1500 then we can fund a rescue, then we start all over again, and again.
If you would like a tax receipt for your donation, I can organise for one to be sent to you.
Yours in health and social justice
What an awesome day! Just plain awesome! It’s raining again, the grass is brilliant green, the temperature outside is perfect, the kids are still on holidays, my home smells beautifully of food (thanks to lunch/dinner in the slow cooker), and I decided to do leg day at home…just because I didn’t feel like leaving, AND I get to catch up with my super amazing girlfriends tonight…I am one blessed girl!
I woke up starving this morning, like seriously I could’ve eaten anything. Thank goodness for meal prepping and planning, all I had to do was throw food into the fry pan, put the lid on and walk away. See, another plus on this awesome day. Wow, this meal was totally loved by people on IG too, so I thought I better post the recipe.
Breakfast Hash and Eggs
Enjoy, it really was good! I’m absolutely having this again in a few days
How was your day?
Yours in health