Free Paleo Food and Exercise Diary

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Paleo Food and Exercise Diary

I’ve been looking everywhere for a free food and exercise diary which was customized towards the goals of the Paleo diet. Alas I couldn’t find anything.

I have trialed this template and found it works well for my needs. It is best if you print off three months worth and put it in a ring binder folder. It is well known that to develop a new habit it takes on average 90 days.

The left hand side is for recording your food and drink intake. The right hand side is a little more adaptable and can be used for your exercise and then doing your macronutrient sums. If you need more space to write down your calculations you can use the back of the page.

At the bottom of the page there is a summary. I write down how I feel that day and reflect on my overall health and fitness goals.

Please download the free A4 printable paleo-food-exercise-diary-template (PDF) and let me know if it works for you.

Review: Gold Coast Food and Wine Expo

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Ilias the Greek

We spent a pleasant morning at the Gold Coast Food and Wine Expo. It was great to see so many new brands that I haven’t come across before and there was a good variety of food, wine and travel on offer. There were just under 150 exhibitors.

The expo featured many well-known food celebrities such as Ben Milbourne, Georgia Barnes, Jessie Spiby, Carly and Tresne (all from Masterchef or My Kitchen Rules).

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The 3 Bees Raw Honey

There were also a small number of food trucks, so you could have had lunch at the venue. These included Japanese pizza, Thunder Burgers, Greek, Mobile Mocktails and tempting plates of fresh oysters.

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Oysters

There was amazing truffles and Italian pasta, rice and tomato sauces at the Benfatti Fine Italian Foods. I wish that I wasn’t taking photos and could have purchased some of their tempting products.

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LamHam

I loved trying the LamHam by Silverwood Organics. It’s an artisan product which is cured and naturally woodsmoked using beechwood and fresh rosemary. Delicious.

There was plenty of red, white and rose wine options to try and you could purchase tasting glasses there.

The Really Stuffed Olive Co

The Really Stuffed Olive Co

Adults tickets cost $22 and you can park under the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre for a tenner. I would like to see more stalls at future expos but the crowds were more than bearable.

The Gold Coast Food & Wine Expo was held over three days at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre at Broadbeach.

Thank you to the Gold Coast Food and Wine Expo for providing two free tickets for us to attend. 

Product Review: Naturally Nood bars

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Naturally Nood bars

I am currently on the hunt for a good convenient healthy snack bar.

Naturally Nood bars are produced by the well-known Australian company Sanitarium.

I packed them in my lunchbox to have for a morning and afternoon snack. The reality is I ate them both at the same time because I was so hungry and they were too delicious!

The first one I tried was called Cocoa Lamington and it contained all natural ingredients like dates, cashews, coconut, raisins, and cocoa. It was all chocolate to me.

The second one was just as yummy and called  Cocoa-Orange-Tango. It was packed with ingredients such as cashews, dates, orange juice, cocoa, apple juice, apple fibre, and vegetable oil.

The good points about these bars are that they contain zero added sugar, they aren’t baked and there are no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.

I bought mine from the local supermarket so they are easy to find. They contain a little under 20 carbs.

Just be a little careful of the hard nuts and eat mindfully. If you read the fine print you’ll discover they are made in Thailand.

Enjoy in moderation, as they like to say.

 

Product Review: Paleo Crunch bar

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Paleo Crunch Raw Cacao bar

My local greengrocer stocks these new Paleo Crunch bars on their counter. They are made in the Czech Republic for a Swedish company. I bought one to try for under a fiver.

They contain 100 per cent raw organic dates, cacao, almonds, cashew, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, vanilla and Himalayan salt. The good thing is they are gluten-free and a healthier alternative to chocolate bars.

 

 

Product Review: VOSS still water

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VOSS still water (watercolour pencil) by Emma Crameri

In an effort drink something a little more healthy than soft drinks and juices, I wanted to try VOSS water. It comes in a heavy glass bottle in two different sizes. I found it originally at the health food shop and then saw it stocked in Woolworth’s. As we had the car and could carry it home we decided to give it a try.

The still water is made up of Sodium 6, Calcium  5, Magnesium 1, Chloride 12, Fluoride 0.1 and Sulfate 5. The sparkling water is made up of Sodium 90, Calcium 5, Magnesium 1, Chloride 12, Fluoride 0.1 and Sulfate  5.

I love the taste of VOSS water. It is even better infused with slices of fruit. Why not give this artisan water from Norway a try.

 

Review: Schkinny Maninny

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I was able to try Schkinny Maninny over two days and I would recommend starting on the weekend. If you have always wanted to try a juice cleanse then this might appeal to you.

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The freshly squeezed juices, soup and salad arrived in a small esky. They were all packaged in plastic, so you can rinse them and recycle. The only real cooking I had to do was reheating through the soup.

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You are able to specify your dietary requirements when you order. I liked most of the juices, but thought the soup needed more seasoning. I would have liked the juices to be full of green vegetables, but the fruit based ones were yummy because of the fructose content.

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If you can afford the cost, I would recommend trying it once every few months when you are on holidays and relaxed.

Schkinny Maninny Nutritional Juice Cleanse

Schkinny Maninny Nutritional Juice Cleanse

Schkinny Maninny is available in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.

 

Food trends for 2016

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Mixed Media painting by Emma Crameri

What are your food predictions for the coming year?

Here are ours:

  1. Reintroducing food from our childhood, such as Polly Waffles as The Great Aussie Waffle Log by Chocolate Works.
  2. Workshops in canning and preservation.
  3. What about camel milk? Any one?
  4. Seaweed as the new kale.
  5. Cuisines from the Scandinavia. Rotting fish, sustainably produced reindeer and lingonberry desserts. It’s not just about IKEA food anymore.
  6. The United Nations has dubbed 2016 as International Year of the Pulse. They are inexpensive and versatile. We love a good lentil curry.
  7. Fermented foods of all varieties. Our favourite brands were Peace, Love and Vegetables and Kitsna’s Kitchen. We hope the price of jars and crockpots and starters will come down in price.
  8. Smashed cucumber instead of avocado on toast.
  9. Craft artisan food and beverage tours. We love the Bean Brewding coffee tours. Have you tried a coffee and cheese matching tour?
  10. Small-batch hard liquor, such as gin, mescal and tequila.
  11. Selling sea water for cooking purposes.

Let’s hope we see the end of cronuts (a croissant-doughnut hybrid), cruffins (croissant crossed with a muffin) and freakshakes (oversized milkshakes, generally with doughnuts stuffed in them). So unhealthy.

For more restaurants and cafes tips in the South East of Queensland, please feel free to follow my recommendations on Yelp.

In My Kitchen: October 2014

Thank you Celia from Fig Jam and Lime Cordial for allowing me to participate In My Kitchen October 2014. This month, in my kitchen are …

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Australian Wild was a great discovery. It’s a brand of native foods that came about as a result of the owners involvement in social activism in protecting the Australian bush and its biodiversity. We’ve been using the native spice (a blend of native bush tomato and mountain pepper berry) over lamb and fish. I’m planning on using the wattle seed in some biscuits.

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I’m over ciders, and now trialing all the ginger beers on the market. This one called Brookvale Union by 4 Pines Brewing is a favourite so far.

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When we lived in the UK I got in the habit of drinking Yorkshire Tea every day. It’s great to see it’s now half the price it used to be and in stock in major supermarkets.

Thank you Celia from Fig Jam and Lime Cordial for organsing In My Kitchen October 2014. Thank you Australian Wild for providing samples.

Paleo double chocolate granola

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This granola is for those who love chocolate. It had double the chocolate with cacao powder and cacao nibs, you could use cocoa or carob powder instead. Serve with almond milk or coconut milk for a filling paleo breakfast.

Paleo double chocolate granola

1 cup almonds, sliced
1 cup walnuts, crumbled
1 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup pepitatas
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup linseeds or sesame seeds
1 Tbsp honey
2 Tbsp cacao powder
1/2 cup cacao nibs
1 tsp vanilla extract
sea salt to taste
2 Tbsp coconut oil

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C and line a baking try with baking paper.
  2. Combine all the nuts and seeds, coconut, honey, cacao powder and nibs, vanilla and sea salt in a bowl.
  3. Melt the coconut oil and pour over the dry mix.
  4. Mix together really well and then spread out evenly on baking tray.
  5. Bake for 8 minutes in the oven. Turn mixture half-way through.
  6. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
  7. Serve with almond milk or coconut milk.

Makes 5 cups.

Taste test: Spiral’s sugo

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Spiral Foods has an exciting range of Mediterranean inspired sugos. They come in three flavours: Basil and garlic, Primavera Sugo and Arrabbiata Sugo.

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We tried the sugo successfully tossed through pasta, and added to a lamb casserole and also in a chicken caccitatore. You could also use the sugo instead of tin of tomatoes in a recipe.

The best thing about these sugos are that they are certified gluten-free and sugar free. What I really like about these products is there’s only natural real ingredients listed on the bottle, and there are no strange unpronounceable nasties.

All three sugos are a delicious combination of flavours and would be a handy addition to your kitchen.

Available from the Spiral Foods website.

Thank you Spiral Foods for allowing me to trial these products.