Breakfast Banana Bread

Start your morning with this delicious banana bread packed with fibre

Ingredients:

  • 200 grams oat
  • 2 banana’s
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon backing powder
  • 215 grams low fat plain yoghurt

Variations:

  • 1 handful of nuts
  • 175 grams blueberries
  • 1 apple (good combination with a little bit cinnamon)

Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 180’C.
2. In a blender add the oatmeal and blend.
3. Then add the bananas, eggs, backing powder and low fat yoghurt and mix until combined.
4. Pour mixture into a bread tin or muffin tin and bake in the oven for 30 minutes.

Enjoy for 2-3 days and store it in the freezer.

 

Sweet Potato and Chickpea Curry

Ingredients

  • 1 large of sweet potato, diced
  • 1 tin of chickpeas, cooked, drained and rinsed
  • 2 large tomatoes, quartered, seeds removed and diced small
  • 2 red onion, diced
  • 2 cm of ginger, chopped finely
  • 2 cloves of cloves, chopped finely
  • 1 tbsp of masala
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • Handful of coriander
  • Salt and pepper

Method

  1. Pre heat oven to 180 C.
  2. Cover the sweet potato with the masala and oil, combine well then add to a heated tray and cook in the oven for 10-12 minutes (or until cooked), turning once.
  3. Combine the remaining ingredients (except coriander) in a large bowl, add the sweet potato hot or allow to cool. Mix well.
  4. Add the coriander just before serving.
  5. Enjoy on its own, with a side of greens or alternatively with grilled fish or chicken.

Exchanges

1 cup salad = 2 starch + 1 fat + 1 veg

Quinoa with roasted pumpkin, zucchini and basil pesto

Ingredients

Serves 4

  • 600 g pumpkin  cut into large chunks
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 red onion, cut into wedges
  • 6 baby zucchini, sliced
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 lemon
  • Small bunch parsley chopped
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons pesto depending on your taste

Method

 

  1. Preheat oven to 200 C.
  2. Combine pumpkin and red onion with a little olive oil.
  3. Season with ground pepper and a little cinnamon.
  4. Roast for 30 – 40 minutes or until pumpkin is tender.
  5. Sauté the zucchini lightly in a pan over the stove.  You don’t really want to roast this as they only take 2 – 3 minutes to quickly cook in a pan. Season lightly and set aside.
  6. Remove vegetables from the oven.
  7. Add the quinoa, zucchini, parsley and pesto. Taste and add adjust accordingly.

Serve as is or garnish with garden herbs, and feta.

Basil Pesto Chicken and Hummus Couscous

For the chicken

Ingredients:

  • 2 handfuls of basil
  • 1 handful cashews
  • 2 glugs olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • salt and pepper

Method:

  1. Blend pesto ingredients and add to the chicken while frying.

For the hummus and couscous

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 tin chickpeas
  • 1 glug olive oil
  • 30g feta
  • cumin, coriander and dried chilli
  • 1 cup dry couscous

Method:

  • Hummus: Blend chickpeas, olive oil, feta and spices.
  • Cook couscous in 2 cups water (pour boiling water over dry couscous and cover for about 20 minutes until cooked).
  • Mix the hummus and couscous and add some extra chickpeas.

Exchanges:

1 chicken breast = 3 fats + 3 protein

1/2 cup couscous = 1 starch + 1/2 protein + 2 fats

Healthy Starches

A lot of people are confused about carbohydrates and are unsure of how to work them into a healthy diet and this can be so frustrating!

So to put the confusion to rest…Carbs can be divided into complex carbs and simple carbs. Simple carbs, such as white bread and flours, are processed foods that are stripped of their nutrients, wheat germ and bran during the refining process. They offer little nutrition, are low in dietary fibre and are a source of refined simple sugars.

In contrast, complex carbs retain their nutrients, wheat germ, bran and the kernel. They are a source of dietary fibre and are digested more slowly in the body, they also provide vitamins, minerals and are important to the health of an individual. The majority of carbohydrates should come from complex carbohydrates (starches) and naturally occurring sugars, rather than processed or refined sugars.

The table below illustrates great sources of complex carbs that can be incorporated into your healthy diet.

COMPLEX CARBS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See links below to recipes that incorporates healthy starches into your healthy meal plan 🙂 

BREAKFAST:

Birchers Muesli

Banana oat pancakes

LUNCH:

Quinoa chickpea and everything nice salad

Lentil & Beetroot salad topped with caramelized onions

DINNER:

Chickpea and vegetable curry

Butternut aubergine bake with a garlic herb vinaigrette

ENJOY 🙂