There are many loves in my life – obviously there is my family, my fabulous friends and then there is my other true love, food. So I think it is fitting that I share the occasional recipe here on the blog.
I love eating, trying new flavours/cuisines, I enjoy cooking, I am learning the art of baking and my favourite thing to do is to go out for a meal, especially breakfast. Eggs Florentine with smoked salmon – OMG is there anything more heavenly? I think not.
Luckily my next love after food is fitness otherwise I’d be the size of a house.
I can’t wait to introduce The Baby to a wide and varied smorgasbord of tasty treats. I look forward to his first strawberry, first taste of creamy gouda, first bowl of pasta, first freshly shucked oyster and his first bite of chocolate.
I imagine the look on his little face to be priceless as he experiences brand new flavours and textures.
I think a person’s upbringing has a huge influence on the foods they eat and the development of their palate. So I aim to introduce The Baby to as many different foods as possible. I also think it is important for The Boy and I to set a good example in how to maintain a healthy lifestyle especially in the current climate where obesity is everywhere you turn.
Luckily health and fitness are a major focus in my life and I am always looking at ways to improve and maintain a healthy lifestyle. At the moment I am obsessing over coconut oil and clean eating.
Coconut oil, while high in saturated fats, contains short term medium-chain saturated fatty acids which are a healthy form of saturated fats. Rather than being stored as fat it is converted to energy which in turn gives fuel to the brain and muscle function.
It has also been known to speed up metabolism, reduce abdominal obesity, ease digestion, supports immunity, hydrates the skin and controls sugar cravings.
It can also be rubbed straight on to the skin to control any dry patches. I have been using it on The Baby’s cradle cap and it works wonders.
I also recently read an article which stated coconut oil boosted breast milk production. What is there not to love?
I make sure I have one tablespoon per day. Whether that be straight out of the jar – it comes in a solid form – stirred through steamed vegetables or added to soups or curries. I love it.
I have also been trying to make sure we are eating as ‘clean’ as possible. Clean eating means eating whole, natural foods – so no processed or packaged foods and trying to steer clear of refined or chemical-laden foods. For example instead of white rice we have been eating quinoa. In a nutshell it’s about being really aware of what you are putting into your body and where it came from.
Recently I came across the clean eating blog The Gracious Pantry and I have been salivating over all of the delicious recipes. Today I thought I would give the clean eating chocolate bars a crack – which are predominantly made up of coconut oil and perfect for the chocoholic! Win. Win.
You can find the recipe here and trust me when I say they are delicious. I left out the cayenne and chilli powder because we didn’t have either ingredient and The Boy is not to keen on spicy foods.
They are also super easy to make. Which is a bonus because when it comes to making sweets I am not the greatest. Just ask anyone who has been following my #SundayBakingAdventures on Instagram. Believe me when I say there have been some disasters.
If any of you are as addicted to coconut oil as I am and have a favourite recipe or use for it please leave me a comment below.