Spring Clean Your Diet

Spring is in the air! Can you feel it?

If Winter did some damage (it happens to the best of us), and your exercise regime is almost non-existent, give these 10 Spring tips a go. No juice cleanses, restrictions or fasts – just good, healthy eating to break those nasty Winter habits so you can get back to feeling energetic and happy.

 

  1. Set your alarm 30 minutes earlier – if you managed to wake up at 5am throughout Winter to fit in your 30 minutes of activity for the day, we salute you. For those who woke up when the sun made an appearance, try setting your alarm 30 minutes earlier to get into a good routine.
  2. Give caffeine the boot – limit yourself to 2 cups of coffee daily and instead of the 3rd and 4th (and sometimes 5th) cup of coffee, drink a glass of water. If water seems like the most unappetizing drink to opt for, try herbal teas or add cucumber, rosemary and strawberries to your bottle of water for a bit of flavour.
  3. Spruce up your pantry – no need for heavy, hearty meals. Ensure your kitchen is stocked with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, wholegrains such as oats, bulgar wheat, rice noodles and quinoa, fish, chicken, eggs and lean meat and all the herbs and flavours of spring. We love grapefruit, pineapple, coconut and alllll the greens.
  4. Say no to sugar – it’s time to break the habit of tea and rusks, sugar-laden cereals, pastries and the frequent chocolate. Get in healthy sugars from fruit instead – your gut will thank you.
  5. Put a spring in your step – aim to get in some form of exercise at least 4 times a week. Gym, walking, hiking, or yoga… just get active and moving.
  6. Greens, greens, greens – a change in season usually means a stubborn flu is making the rounds. Load up on all your greens to ensure you are getting in all the immune boosting vitamins and minerals. Spring is also the time to get sprouting. Sprouts (broccoli sprouts specifically) are fantastic in helping your body to naturally detox itself.
  7. Load up on anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory foods – fighting off infection, eliminating bloating, decreasing oxidative stress. There is no reason to not be getting in these superhero foods. Include in your spring diet: cold pressed extra virgin olive oil, olives, walnuts, almonds, avocados, herbs and spices (turmeric, ginger, rosemary, cayenne pepper), garlic, spinach, kale, bok choy (all collard greens), tomatoes, beetroot, cacao, berries, prunes, raisins, apples, plums, oranges, red grapes, alfafa sprouts, red pepper and aubergine.
  8. Go meat-free Monday – start your week off right by opting for bean, peas, protein-rich grains or an egg-based lunch and dinner. This sets your week off right and gets you going for the week ahead. Try combining different beans, peas and grains to ensure you are getting in all the important amino acids that your body needs.
  9. Be mindful – listen to your body. Some days you need an extra green juice or a power nap. Be in tune with what your body is telling you. Rest when tired. Stop eating when you’re full.
  10. Take in your surroundings – be outside. Go for walks, hikes or picnics. Getting in a healthy dose of Vitamin D will work wonders for your energy levels.

Our Q&A with Kim after doing the 4 Week Health Program

The answer to question 7 says it all – Kim loved the 4 Week Health Program. Read about Kim’s experience during her 4 weeks to a healthier self.

  1. Did you find the program manageable to follow?

Yes I did.

  1. What was the most challenging throughout the 4 weeks?

Making sure I was organised and prepped. It was tough traveling for work and having food sorted out. Thank goodness for rice cakes and peanut butter :).

  1. Stage 1: how did you feel eliminating all the toxins?

I felt horrendous for the first 5 days!!! I had major headaches and dizziness. Then on day 6 I woke up feeling AWESOME – so much energy and felt great.

  1. Did your mood and energy levels improve after the 4 weeks?

Yes, hugely.

  1. Were the recipes easy to prepare and delicious?

Yes but ended up making very simple food.

  1. Did you feel hungry throughout the program?

I was hungry in the first week and I craved dense bread!

  1. Would you do the program again?

YES!!!!

  1. List noticeable changes in yourself (both physically, mentally and emotionally) after the 4 weeks?

Skin was a major thing that everyone commented on. My skin cleared up and wrinkles seemed to vanish slightly 🙂 I lost some weight and just slimmed down overall. I had a lot more energy – didn’t feel lethargic. I fell asleep really quickly at night which was great – no insomnia. Emotionally, I also ‘detoxed’ my social life and became more aware of when I was pushing myself to unhealthy limits. I also coupled the program with guided meditations – I did one every day for the 4 weeks.

  1. Did the program make you reconsider your normal diet?

For sure – I am still staying away from caffeine and trying my best to stay away from sugar.

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Feel Good this Spring

“Asian inspired beef stirfry with egg noodles”

“Deconstructed Mexican Bowl”

“Chicken meatballs with arrabiata sauce and zucchini noodles”

 

Sound delicious? These recipes are GLUTEN, LACTOSE and SUGAR free, and all feature in Stage 1 of our 4 Week Health Program. Eliminate the toxins and boost your mind and body in 4 weeks starting with ELIMINATION then DETOX, BOOST and lastly INTEGRATION.

Find out more: http://alexroyaldiet.co.za/eliminate-detox-boost-join-4-week-health-program-now

The 4 Week Health Program is now on SALE for R1199.00

WOMEN’S MONTH SALE: 4 Week Health Program

Calling all women – from near and far. Spring is just around the corner and the Winter fatigue needs to be shaken off! Improve your health, body, work productivitymood, and energy levels this August by joining our 4 Week Health Program. Each week marks a different stage that is important for your health: ELIMINATION, DETOX, BOOST and INTEGRATION.

The 4 Week Health Program includes:

  • A healthy eating program divided into 4 stages
  • Four consults (online consults are available)
    • An initial consult (body composition assessment and diet explanation)
    • 3 follow up consults
  • Our ‘Dietitian’s Guide to Clean Eating’ e-book for FREE

*The 4 Week Health Program is now R1199 (excl supplements and exercise regime)

August: A time to celebrate Women

There’s no denying that as a woman we have certain roles to fill, duties and responsibilities that are both unique and wonderful but can also be draining both physically and emotionally.

Knowing and accepting that you need an extra boost is what being human is all about. So take from the tips what you need and share with someone near and dear the tips they might need, after all, we are in this together.

Women’s Health Tips from girl-to-girl:

  1. Good, nutritious food – this is a no-brainer yet it happens to be the first thing that goes out the window. Women need a healthy balanced diet that suits the needs of its holder, whether that is more protein, no dairy, a block of dark chocolate after a bad day or a veggie juice because the greens are otherwise non-existent. Find what works for you and stick with it.
  2. Soulful company – a loyal pet, a trusty friend or a peaceful yoga group. Find your tribe, this is a must.
  3. Extra vitamins and minerals – iron, omega 3, a good B-vitamin, vitamin A, C and D, Calcium. Women need a little extra when it comes to these all-important nutrients. Make sure you are getting in enough through a healthy, balanced diet.
  4. Sleep – a luxury to most but I cannot stress the importance of getting in enough. Aim for 7-8 hours a day and if possible, sneak in that 15 minute shut eye in the afternoon.
  5. Time to yourself – possibly more of a luxury than sleep? Maybe. Put down the tab, iPhone or laptop. Try 10 minutes of meditation or a 30 minute walk outdoors. Breathe. Relax. Be grateful.

 

Need a little pick me up? Try our Royal Lattes

Five uses for your trusty blender

Has your blender made its way to the back of the cupboard because the idea of making a smoothie in this chilly Winter puts you off ? Dust the handy appliance off ASAP. Here are 5 fantastic uses for your trusty blender.

Homemade Hummus

Ingredients:

  • 200g tinned chickpeas
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice (or more)
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Method:

  1. Place all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until combined. If not fully blended, scrape down the sides and blend again. Season to taste.

Thai Green Curry Paste

Ingredients:

  • 4-6 medium green chillies, deseeded
  • 5cm piece of ginger
  • 2 cloves of garlic, peeled
  • 1 small onion, peeled
  • 2 lemongrass stalks, trimmed and roughly chopped
  • Small bunch of coriander
  • 1 lime, grated zest and juice
  • 2 tsp fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Method:

  1. Place all of the ingredients into a blender and blend to make a paste. If not fully blended, scrape down the sides and blend again.

Basil Pesto (or any pesto)

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1-2 cups fresh basil, washed
  • 50g pine nuts, lightly toasted
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

Method:

  1. Place the pine nuts, basil, garlic and parmesan in a blender and process until finely chopped. With the motor running, gradually add the oil in a thin steady stream until well combined.

Tomato Soup

Ingredients:

  • 8-10 tomatoes, halved
  • 2 medium onions, quartered
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2-3 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup plain low fat yoghurt/coconut cream

Method:

  1. Place the halved tomatoes, quartered onions, and garlic cloves into a large bowl and add the oil. Season well with salt and pepper, and stir well to coat. Pour the oiled and seasoned vegetables onto a baking tray, and roast at 180C for about 30 minutes.
  2. Set the roasted vegetables aside for 15 minutes to cool and then place the veggies into your blender.
  3. Once the soup is blended, add the yoghurt/coconut cream and, salt and pepper to taste. If you are serving the soup immediately – pour the soup into a pot and heat on the stove top for 5 minutes.

Salsa Verde

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves
  •  1 cup basil leaves
  •  1 garlic clove, chopped
  •  2 teaspoons capers, drained
  •  1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  •  1 lemon, juiced
  •  Salt, to taste

Method:

  1. Place parsley, basil, garlic and capers in a blender. Process until finely chopped.
  2. With the motor running, add oil and 2 tablespoons lemon juice to parsley mixture. Blend until well combined. Season with sea salt and pepper.

Blenders are so versatile. From the above mentioned recipes to the humble pancake, frothy lattes or simply grinding flaxseeds – there should be no reason to ever push your blender to the back of your cupboard.

 

 

Have yourself a Merry Christmas in July

Who doesn’t love a mid-year Christmas?

If you are feeling festive this July – give these simple but oh-so-yummy recipes a try.

Salmon with Roasted Veggies (serves 4)

Ingredients:

  • 2 red onions, cut into wedges
  • 2 red peppers, sliced into strips
  • 1 yellow pepper, sliced into strips
  • 1 zucchini, halved lengthways and thickly sliced
  • 1 whole garlic, halved across the middle
  • 2 medium tomatoes, halved
  • 3 tbsp olive oil, plus extra to drizzle
  • 270g cherry tomatoes
  • 4 x 150g salmon fillets
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • Handful of fresh basil leaves

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  2. Place the onions, peppers, zucchini, garlic and tomatoes into a shallow roasting tray. Pour over 3 tbsp olive oil, season with sea salt and ground black pepper, then gently toss to coat.
  3. Roast the veggies for 20 minutes.
  4. Add the cherry tomatoes to the tray and lay the salmon fillets on top. Season, then drizzle with a little more oil and a generous squeeze of lemon juice.
  5. Return to the oven for 10-12 minutes until the salmon is just cooked through and the vegetables are tender. Scatter with fresh basil leaves to serve

 

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Fresh Cherry Crumble (serves 4)

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups fresh pitted cherries
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 tbsp raw honey
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch

For the crumble topping:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons coconut
  • 1/3 cup agave nectar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts or pecans

Method:

  1. Heat oven to 190 C. Lightly spray four ramekins with baking spray or lightly butter the bottoms and sides.
  2. In a medium saucepan, combine the pitted cherries, water, honey, agave, and cornstarch. Stir to blend and put the pan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer; reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Divide cherry mixture among 4 ramekins.
  4. Combine topping ingredients and, using fingers, sprinkle evenly over each filled ramekin.
  5. Put ramekins in the preheated oven with a sheet of foil or baking sheet on the rack below to catch drips. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the topping is browned and the filling is bubbly.

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Eating for the Winter Season

Winter is a time where your metabolism slows down, your immune system is put to the test and you tend to feel the effects of being tired, unmotivated and lethargic. Many are also driven to comfort foods which can cause weight gain and healthy eating can be put on hold.

Here are 5 effective ways to increase energy in winter so you can strengthen your immune system, stop the cold and flu symptoms from appearing and continue with healthy eating:

Stick to routine

You’ve been waking up at 5 am and getting to the gym 4 times a week since January  – don’t break this habit now. However, it’s also really important to remember that quality sleep is vital for good health. Poor sleep can impact on everyday life affecting concentration, mood, stress levels and weight gain. Aim to get into bed early and enjoy around 8 hours of deep sleep.

Stay hydrated

Staying well hydrated will give you more energy, mental clarity and enhanced digestive function. If you are struggling to get in your 2l a day – opt for herbal teas to warm up from the inside.

Don’t be afraid of the outdoors 

A refreshing walk outdoors might be all you need to get that energy boost and a little dose of Vitamin D. Rainy? Do 30 minutes of yoga or stretching in the comfort of your own home.

Load up on goodness

Make sure that you are eating enough vegetables throughout the day. Aim for foods rich in the antioxidants vitamin C and beta-carotene, such as citrus fruit, cabbage, broccoli, pumpkin, sweet potato, and spinach. To fight off infections,  increase your intake of zinc, which is found in fish, oysters, poultry, eggs, milk and unprocessed grains.

In addition, try include a healthy level of good bacteria.  Fermented dairy products such as kefir and yoghurt—and sauerkraut—provide live cultures.

Snack

Grab the right snacks – fruit, nuts, yoghurt or a warm cup of tea with a delicious homemade oats biscuit. Steer clear from baked goods or snacks high in sugar.

Try our delicious variations of healthy and super nutritious snacks:

  • Oat and fruit bars – http://alexroyaldiet.co.za/oat-and-fruit-bars
  • Cocoa coconut and date balls – http://alexroyaldiet.co.za/cocoa-coconut-and-date-balls
  • Superfood health nut mix – http://alexroyaldiet.co.za/superfood-health-nut-mix

 

 

 

Mother’s Day Giveaway

WIN a ‘Dietitians Guide to Clean Eating’ for mum this Mother’s Day, the 14th May.

Follow these easy instructions below and you will be one step closer to winning your mum a fabulous guide to clean eating.

  1. Like and share this post on Facebook
  2. Tell us what you’re going to make mum to eat on Mother’s day
  3. Make everyone jealous by sharing your great meal ideas for Mother’s day

The winner will be announced on Friday the 12th May.

Need some ideas?

We were thinking delicious banana pancakes with honey-nut yoghurt for breakfast in bed, and perhaps a chicken and blood orange tabbouleh salad for lunch, not forgetting a late afternoon nibble of brie and pomegranate bruschetta.

                                                             

Sound good to you? We are certain mum’s all over will love you for these recipes!

 

 

A Mother’s Day lazy lunch – Chicken and Blood Orange Tabbouleh Salad

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 large Chicken breast fillet
  • 3 Blood oranges
  • 1 pinch Chilli flakes
  • 1 small bunch coriander
  • 1/4 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1 small bunch parsley
  • 4 Spring onions
  • 200g Bulgur wheat
  • 1/4 tsp Cinnamon, ground
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 400ml Water

Method:

  1. Start by cooking the bulgur wheat. Pour 1 tablespoon of oil into a small saucepan along with the cinnamon and heat gently until starting to sizzle. Add the bulgur wheat and stir.
  2. Continue to cook over medium heat for a couple of minutes until the bulgur wheat smells toasted and fragrant. Add the water and a pinch of salt and bring to the boil.
  3. Cover with foil or a tight-fitting lid and turn the heat down as low as it will go. Cook for 10 minutes and turn off the heat. Leave to steam for 5 minutes before fluffing up the grains with a fork. Set aside to cool.
  4. Cut the chicken into very small bite-sized pieces. Place in a small bowl along with the zest of 1 blood orange and the garlic powder, chilli flakes and a good pinch of salt. Mix together well.
  5. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a frying pan and add the chicken pieces. Fry the chicken pieces over medium heat until cooked through.
  6. In a large bowl mix together the cooled bulgur wheat, the blood orange chunks and the juice of 1 blood orange, the herbs and the spring onions. Taste and season if needed and add a drizzle of oil if liked. Serve with the chicken on top or mixed throughout if preferred.