Bliss Balls For A Sweet Tooth

Bliss Balls for a Sweet Tooth

Do you have a sweet tooth? I know that I do!

 

I try not to eat too many sweet things. Try being the operative word!

I work in a kitchen with lots of cookies, croissants and delicious danishes and if I don’t plan my day out right, I can end up eating 2 or 3 before even realising! Then I have a stomach ache and I feel really crappy ūüôĀ

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I found the trick for me is to be prepared. Obviously I know that I am going to be making these sweet treats and working around them for most of the morning, and I know that I get hungry on my shift so what can I do to make sure that I eat something wholesome, instead of engulfing all the baked goods in front of me?

Nuts have always been a handy little savior. They are compact, don’t go bad in my bag if I forget about them (highly likely) and it is easy to grab a handful while I am rushing around at work.

BUT….

Some days I still want something sweet. You can only eat so many almonds while staring longingly at the perfectly baked almond croissant that is within arm’s reach before you give in completely to the flaky pastry and gooey inside. So, I decided that maybe I needed to add a little “oomph” to my humble nuts and turn them into a mighty powerhouse snack that I actually like eating.

So I made these bliss balls to cope with the sweet cravings!

Now a word of warning, just because these bliss balls are full of goodness, you cannot go mad on them. Nuts are little energy powerhouses which means that when you eat too many, they end up on your hips. 2 a day is plenty but because of the high fat content, they leave you feeling quite full anyway. Coupled with a cup of coffee, they make the perfect mid-morning snack to pull you through to lunch time.

 

Give them a try and let me know what you think?

Reach out to me in the comments section below and if you really like them, please share this recipe with your friends. 

 

Have a  great week,

Olivia xx

 

I Became A Nutritionist So That I Could Help You

Do you feel unsure about your food choices?

Do you want to eat healthy but have no idea what that is anymore?

Would your life be better if you weren’t bloated all the time?¬†

 

I have been there! And these were the constant worries that I had before I decided to become a nutritionist.

Let me take you back to when I was 18 years old. I had finished high school and  I was taking a year off to work and travel before starting university.

Yet, there were a few things that were always bringing me down…

  1. I wasn’t skinny enough! How could I ever be successful if I was chubby?
  2. I was trying to eat well but honestly had no idea.
  3. When I did eat, it resulted in bloating and I just felt fat.

 

The turning point for me is when I went to see a naturopath and realized that food was something so much more than a thing that goes in your mouth!

 

This was a revelation to me and through his guidance, I started eating a balanced diet that took away my fears of eating, I wasn’t bloated anymore and I was losing weight while eating twice as much as I usually did.¬†But it wasn’t just about food. He taught me about gut bacteria and fermented foods, how the mind affects the body and soon I was hooked! I wanted to learn more about nutrition and help other people to feel just as good as me!

 

I enrolled myself into university and started my studies as a nutritionist in 2008.

 

4 years later, I was a bit over the nutritional studies. My idea of being a nutritionist clashed with the ‘clinical’ ideas of nutrition and I was pretty lost with where I wanted to be. I wanted to heal people but my only option seemed to be in hospitals¬†and I really didn’t want to do that.

 

I took some time off. I travelled, I worked different jobs but there was always something there, waiting to be let out. The desire to help people feel good about their food choices, to make women feel good in their skin and to take away the constant guilt that seems to be happening with nutrition and food nowadays. I also wanted to make people more conscientious about their food choices and how they affect the environment.

 

From the¬†time that I first learned about nutrition, up until now, it has allowed me to experience so much! I now know that good nutrition doesn’t start with food but with the mind, and a strong resolve to nourish ourselves. Exercise doesn’t have to be in a gym! You can do it anywhere and the more fun you have with it, the better you feel! And the Earth is such a precious place and our generation is capable of taking¬†care of it by just taking small steps each day.

 

But most importantly, I want to help you feel as good as I do!

 

To help you feel good about yourself and not beat yourself up because you ate a cupcake. I want you to look at yourself and love the person that you see in the mirror! And I want to empower you to feel confident that your food choices are just what you and the planet needs.

 

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So I leave you with my mantra; Be Kind, Be Brave and Be Forever Curious.

 

Be Kind to yourself and to others.

Be Brave and challenge yourself to not let fear hold you back.

Be Forever Curious. There is a great big world out there so keep your eyes wide open and never stop learning.

 

Have a great week,

Olivia Louise Taylor

 

 

 

 

 

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What Happens To Your Body When You Eat More Veggies?

For the past couple of weeks, I have been talking about veggies A LOT!

How to get your 5 servings of vegetables, as well as how to sneak more veg into your everyday diet. But I haven’t told you why you should be doing this!

Therefore, I am dedicating this blog post to the benefits of eating at least 5 servings of veggies a day and how it improves you.

I will be breaking the post into the three sections of: mind, body and Earth; as these are the key areas that I like to focus on when working with nutrition.

 

MIND

  1. Clear mind. When you are eating more veggies, you are eating less crappy food like MacDonald’s takeaway. The immediate benefit of this is that you will have a clearer mind as your body isn’t always dealing with the sugar rollercoaster of highs and lows (think 3pm slump)
  2. Stay Hydrated. Because veggies are mainly water, it is easier to stay hydrated. When hydrated, the brain functions better. This also helps if you often get headaches from not drinking enough water.
  3. You will be more productive! Studies have shown that people who increase their veggie intake experience a raise in productivity. This is because your brain is getting better fuel to run on.
  4. Better Moods. People who eat a diet rich in plants experience better moods. This is the result of veggies keeping blood sugar levels stable. Stable blood sugar = stable mood.
  5. Better sleep! Another positive result of having stable blood sugar levels in you will sleep better. If you include some sweet corn or tomatoes in your dinner, this will boost your melatonin levels (sleep hormone) to give you an even more restful night.

 

BODY

  1. Better skin. This goes hand in hand with point 2 for the mind. More veggies = better hydration and when the body is hydrated, it immediately shows on the skin. This can result in less fine lines, clearer skin and a better complexion.
  2. More energy. There is a lot to be said in keeping your blood sugar levels stable. Not only does it help with your mental state but it physically helps you as well by giving you more energy. When your body isn’t constantly crashing for high sugar meals, it can easily function and give you the energy that you need to do all that you want in a day.
  3. Less hunger. Veggies are full of that magic stuff called fibre that keeps you full for longer. No more feeling hungry after just eating breakfast. This is very handy if you are trying to maintain or lose some weight.
  4. More regular. Thanks again to fibre, when you eat at least 5 servings of veggies a day, you will be increasing your fibre intake which leads to regular bowel movements. When regular, you don’t often experience that gross heavy feeling in your stomach or as much bloating and gas. Side note: Although, when initially increasing the fibre in your diet, there can be an uncomfortable bloating stage while your body is adjusting.
  5. Feeling good. When you are eating lots of veggies, you are going to feel better. This is because you are simply getting more nutrients into your body to help it run better. You are also going to be experiencing the positive side effects from the other points and it won’t take too long before other people are noticing too.

 

EARTH

  1. Better for the planet. Eating more veggies is one of the best ways that you can help the planet because the more you eat, the less factory farmed animals you are going to need to consume. Factory farming is one of the biggest contributors of CO2 into the atmosphere due to the increased amount of animals that we now have on the planet. By voting with your plate, you can decrease the demand for this farming practise.
  2. Use less water. Producing a pound of beef uses a staggering 2500 gallons of water compared to a pound of lettuce (15 gallons). A pound of butter requires 2400 gallons of water, while a pound of bananas uses 120 gallons. By eating more vegetables, you are easily reducing your environmental footprint by the amount of water that you consume.
  3. Use less fossil fuels. According to the American Society for Clinical Nutrition, the animal food production system uses The high uses about 50% of the total US land area, 80% of the fresh water, and 17% of the fossil energy used in the country.  This is mainly due to the amount of work that goes into growing the crops, which are then fed to the animals. Another way to reduce your eco footprint is to opt for grass fed animals.
  4. More compassion. 9 billion animals need to be maintained in the US to meet the demand for meat. That is a lot of mouths to feed! If we ate more veg, the demand for these animals would decrease and the food that we fed them, could be used to feed people in poverty and even better, stop the cruel practises that happen to the animals.
  5. Reduce deforestation. Animal agriculture is the number one reason for deforestation, closely followed by wood based industry as stated by WWF and Conserve Energy Future. By eating more veg, we can reduce the demand for land needed to raise more livestock.

 

What do you think about eating more veggies? Now that you know how it improves aspects of the mind, body and Earth, does this make you want to try to eat them more?

 

Let me know below and have a great week,

Olivia xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

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References

http://www.treehugger.com/green-food/from-lettuce-to-beef-whats-the-water-footprint-of-your-food.html 

http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/78/3/660S.full 

http://www.conserve-energy-future.com/causes-effects-solutions-of-deforestation.php

http://www.livescience.com/27692-deforestation.html

https://www.allianz.com/en/about_us/open-knowledge/topics/environment/articles/150329-the-top-ten-drivers-of-deforestation.html/

 

 

 

 

 

How to Sneak More Veggies into your Life

This week, I figured that I would continue on that theme of veggies and talk about the sneaky little ways that you get add more veg into your life.

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Last week, I wrote in the blog about what a serving of veggies is and how to get 5 servings in a day. If you haven’t read it, then it is definitely worth the read as the information will surprise you.

This little tips are perfect for the busy life, and even better if you have some fussy eaters in the house…

I try and use at least one of these methods a day, if not more. The green veggie soup that I made a couple of night ago is a perfect example of ways to sneak in some extra veggies.

 

I definitely have to thank my mum for many of these little life hacks. We lived in rural Australia when I was a little girl and because we were so isolated, the quality of the produce was not that great. Of the fresh veggies that we did get, many of them were either bruised or already showing the signs of being old. A lot of the time, we used frozen veggies and although they are nutritionally sound, they don’t always taste that great to a little kid. So my mum would “hide” the veggies into our food so that my siblings and I wouldn’t realise that we were eating them.

Fast forward 20 years and I am still using some of her methods to include more veggies into my life:

    • Grate carrot and/or zucchini into your pasta sauce. It thickens the mixture and you cannot taste the veggies at all.

 

    • When making a smoothie, add a handful of spinach. If you have plenty of fruit in it already, you won’t be able to taste the greens.

 

    • Grate beets into chocolate cakes/brownies/anything chocolate! Beets and chocolate go great together.

 

    • When making a cake, grate a zucchini into it. It makes it really moist.

 

    • When making an omelette, add some diced veggies like sweet potato, peppers or mushrooms. It adds more veggies and flavour!

 

    • Add diced tomatoes to scrambled eggs.

 

    • After you have pulled your pizza from the oven, put a thin layer of salad greens on top. This gives the pizza a fresher taste.

 

    • Make a cheesy bake with veggies (kind of like this one) to serve with dinner. Cut your vegetables into bite sized pieces and lay in a baking dish, cover with a simple cheese sauce (like this one) and bake in an oven at 180¬įC/35o¬įF. This was my favourite meal as a kid!

 

    • Substitute crackers for raw veggies. This is perfect for hummus or seven layer dip.

 

    • In the winter months, always have some vegetable soup on hand. They are an easy way to get your veggie intake and keep you warm.

 

    • One of my favourite things to do at the moment is to cut up cucumber and carrots, and eat them with a honey dijon mustard dressing. ¬†You don’t have to eat veggies with just dip.

 

    • Cut up some parsnips, carrots and/or sweet potatoes, then roast them in the oven. The roasting makes them really sweet and they are a great snack between meals.

 

    • Try making some savoury pancakes instead of the regular sweet ones. My corn pancakes are great with tomato salsa.

 

These are my top 13 ways to sneak more veggies into your life.

 

Do you do any of these tips? Do you have any extra tips that you would like to share? Let me know in the comments section below. And if you like this post, don’t forget to share it with your friends.

Have a great week,

Olivia xx

 

 

 

 

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