FIT FOODS for Winter

fit food for winter

Bonjour from Paris!  I know I might be rubbing it in, but we are still sending you some Ironchick love from the city of love.  We are leaving Paris today and heading over to Disneyland for a few days.  We’ve dragged the kids around the Pyrenees, now it’s our turn to be dragged around to tea cup rides etc.  I’m secretly really quite excited about it.  Tomorrow we are also hoping to hire a car and go and see the nearby Tour de’ France stage (fingers crossed).

So while I’ll probably consume my body weight in crossoints,  you are getting some FIT FOOD tips from our guest blogger, Ironchick Ash!  Ash has also shared some great little recipes that will warm you and keep you healthy this Winter.  ENJOY…..

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As Ironchicks we leave our toasted bed warmed by our loved ones to seize the day. Winter is beautiful when we stop, breathe and be here now. However these simple majesties can be forgotten due to winter’s limitations.

Winter’s a chance to cook with love, to warm our souls with nature’s food, to challenge ourselves and push our limits. Shorter days and cooler temperatures does not mean less opportunities.  It can be  a time when our health is made a priority.

I love being able to cook in winter while the sun sets. We are so lucky on the Sunshine Coast to have comparably longer winter days, warmer temperatures and so many local farmers producing fresh produce. Here are some of my FIT FOOD top tips that will help nourish you….

1.     Turn on the heat

Why not start using your stove and oven to cook beautiful soups, stocks, broth, bake healthy snacks, slow cook meats, hot breakfasts and drinks?  

 2.     Move your metabolism

Use herbs and spices to help stimulate thermogenesis and give your metabolism a winter makeover. Include spices such as turmeric, cinnamon, chili, ginger, pepper, garlic, ginseng, cayenne pepper, paprika to your meals. You will not only be boosting your metabolic rate but they bring amazing flavours to your food. The smell that these herbs and spices give off whilst cooking are amazingly soothing!

3.     Seize the season

Cook and eat foods that are in season. On the Sunshine Coast foods that blossom in winter include; root vegetables which are amazing for soups such as carrots, sweat potatoes, pumpkin. Winter greens such as spinach, brussel sprouts and silver beet are amazing for winter salads or in savory treats. Onions, broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, parsley and bay leaves are great in meals like cauliflower fried rice, baked dinners or just grilled with coconut oil. Avocado is close to one of my favourite foods due to its nutritional properties of monounsaturated fat oleic acid providing essential fatty acids, potassium, vitamins, folate, and fiber, plus reduces satiety. Furthermore its tough skin helps keep its creamy flesh protected making it a staple for many dressings, dips, smoothies, soups and salads. 

My favourite winter recipes

Cauliflower Soup

2 tablespoons of coconut oil

1 Cauliflower head

1 garlic clove

Himalayan salt & cracked pepper

3 onions chopped

750ml of chicken stock

1 ½ teaspoons of apple cider vinegar

Handful of coriander leaves

1 teaspoon Ground cumin

1 teaspoon turmeric

Yellow mustard seeds or paste

Preheat a saucepan and use 1 teaspoon of coconut oil to toast cauliflower and some coriander leaves to serve and to add texture.

Place all other ingredients into a saucepan and simmer until cauliflower is soft. Place in food processer and wiz until smooth texture. Place in serving bowl and top with toasted cauliflower, coriander leaves, ground cumin, Himalayan salt and cracked pepper.

 Serves 4

 

Chicken Broth/Stock

1-1.5kg bony chicken parts such as necks, backs, breastbones and wings

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

1 large onion, roughly chopped

2 carrots, roughly chopped

2 leeks, white parts only, chopped

3 celery stalks, chopped

1 garlic bulb cut in half

1 tablespoon black pepper

2 handfuls of flat leaf parsley

Place all ingredients in roughly 2.5 litres of water and simmer on low heat for 3-5 hours, or until the meat is falling off the bone. Drain broth through a sieve. Will keep in fridge for about one week and roughly 3 months in the freezer.

This stock will do wonders in providing your digestive system with probiotic properties. Maintaining good gut flora can help heal your gut lining and provide multiple nutritional properties for your body.

 muffin recipe

Magic Muffins

These muffins are made with complete whole foods. The quinoa flower is an amazing protein packed replacement for refined, glutinous flours, whilst manuka honey is filled with antioxidant properties. Replacing refined sugar with manuka honey or rice malt syrup not only increases the taste of the food but does wonders in reducing toxins, insulin surges, hormonal responses such as cortisol and dopamine, sugar crashes and fat storage in your body which refined sugar i.e fructose causes.

You can add whatever flavours you want to personalise your own muffins. Add spices such as cinnamon which helps slow the absorption of sugars and carbohydrates or cumin, turmeric, ginger that are packed with antioxidants and anti inflammatory properties. Some hints on flavours include;

-Carrot and chia seeds

-Cocao and almond

-Zucchini and walnut

-Tomato and basil

-Sweat potato and mixed herd

-Avocado and bacon

 

Keep seizing each day through nourishment, love and laughter!   Ash Thomas  

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Thanks Ash.  If you are all in a cooking mood, don’t forget my Berry Yummy Muffins…. they are delicious too.

Berry good muffins

 

AU REVOIR

Cathxxx 

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  1. OOH Cath I am getting so excited reading your Paris moments and as for cooking well just made pumpkin pine nut ravioli mmm mmm have fun enjoy Disneyland I hope its awesome as we are taking kids there too just in the freezing cold though!