It is not every day that you can say that you found something that changed your life. You know when you have something in your life that you know you have to work on, and you do try and make changes but never fully take the leap?! Well for me that is cutting out all the crappy food out of our diet and not eating sugar,dairy or gluten. Today I am telling you all about Mila’s Meals and giving you a chance to win a copy of your own plus a R500 Faithful-To-Nature voucher.
I have tried so many diets and ways of eating and dieting and trying to be skinny, I am so over it. I do not want to be skinny anymore, I want to be healthy and happy. I want a diet that is nutritious for me and my family and will be a permanent lifestyle change and not just a “phase”. I am sooo proud to announce that I have found just that! A way of eating that keeps me healthy and at a happy weight.
The day I received the Mila’s Meals book, I immediately started reading it, by the time I had gotten to page 22 I was already convinced that this book was life changing. It has so much important information regarding the foods we should not eat, why we should not eat them and what we actually should be eating. My eyes were opened and I was so inspired to change our eating habits that I packed out our entire kitchen food cupboard and gave away all the stuff that did not fit into our new adventurous way of eating. My husband looked at me like I was crazy when I told him I would also be swearing off dairy! What do you mean we cant have butter??!!! no cheese? Dear lord.
At first I had no clue what all these healthy ingredients were, but the book explains it all and I find that shopping for the stuff I need on Faithful-To-Nature is most convenient, better than driving around town trying to find the correct health foods that are trustworthy. Some ingredients seem expensive but with they way they are used, you get your moneys worth. Spent about R1550 at Faithful To Nature and I stocked up on all the items I needed and then just bought some veg and meat to add, so it did not work out too expensive to switch over to the new way of living.
I have spent the last few weeks reading the Mila’s Meals book over and over again. learning the ingredients and good nutritious foods that I can eat and prepare for my children. Imagine enjoying food, really yummy food, and at the same time having the satisfaction of knowing that the food you are eating is beneficial to you and your family, each item is nutritious.
The book is written by Catherine Barnhoorn, it has over 100 recipes that are free from processed sugar, gluten and dairy. It is written to be recipes that are perfect for your child’s first year so it has baby food, kiddies finger foods and a guide to what your child should be eating at what age.
I would however recommend the book to EVERYONE, if you have kids or not. Because the recipes can be used for adults too and there are lots of super yummy ones. The information in the book is vital as the first stepping stones to understanding why you should not be eating sugar, gluten and dairy. It will completely change the way that you look at food.
So over the last few weeks of changing our eating, what was the result:
- I am less tired and definitely have more energy.
- My daughter Zoe who struggles with focusing and is hyperactive, has started to calm down a bit. The difference in her is like day and night, shes gone from uncontrollable to actually having calm days.
- I lost weight.. even tho this was not actually my intention but it is definitely a added bonus. Plus knowing that it happened in a healthy way that is actually ok for my body is great.
- At about 4 days in, the cravings stopped. I was no longer in need of eating something unhealthy or sweet. I did not even feel like having bread.
- I was not bloated and constipated anymore, able to go to the toilet regularly.
- My family adapted to it, learnt to eat the gluten free breads I bake and my husband started coming home with food shopping that is good for us and stopped buying crap. In our house it is not a good thing for him to come home with chocolates for special occasions, he should rather bring some almonds and a Faithful-to-nature voucher lol
- I learnt how to make my own Almond milk and different other milks and flours.
- We are having fun in the kitchen! Mixing and baking and trying new foods, Like quinoa , we had never eaten it before! Now we eat it all the time and it has become like a rice to us, I even made a cake out of it the other day.
I can go forever with a list of benefits. But I think you get the point, the book has been an amazing help for us, opened my eyes to so so so many things I just needed a good source of confirmation for, Like why you shouldn’t feed solids before 6 months and why rice cereal is actually a super bad first food for babies!
Here is the Mila’s Meals Chocolate Brownie Recipe!!!! :) It is such a yummy one and you will love it! I even sneak in some Green Powder for extra nutrition. Shop for all the ingredients at Faithful-to-Nature, the ingredients below are linked for your convenience if you want to shop them or just check it out.
- ½ C. sweet potato, cooked, peeled, cooled and mashed
- 5 dates, soaked and pitted (keep the soak water)
- ¾ C. Health Riot’s Cassava Flour
- ½ C. raw cacao powder
- ½ t. vanilla powder
- ¼ t. aluminum-free baking powder
- ¼ t. Himalayan or sea salt
- 2 free-range / organic eggs
- ½ cup nut butter (almond or cashew)
- 3 T. organic maple syrup
- 3/4 cup raw organic chocolate, crushed in a pestle and mortar (optional)
- Coconut oil for greasing
- Variations:Add 1 T. orange zest and substitute the sweet potato for pumpkin / butternut
- Turn your oven on to 170°C.
- Grease your pan with coconut oil (my pan measured 16cm x 12cm x 5cm).
- In a mini-blender, blend the soaked dates, 3 tablespoons soak water and the sweet potato until smooth.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the cassava flour, cacao powder, vanilla powder, baking powder and salt.
- Beat the 2 eggs in a small mixing bowl and add to the dry mix.
- Add the sweet potato mixture next and fold in. Note: the cassava flour is a very fine (“dusty”) flour, so unless you want to spend the rest of the afternoon dusting your kitchen surfaces, do not use an electric beater until the flour has been incorporated into the wet mixture.
- In a small saucepan over low heat, melt the nut butter together with the maple syrup until just softened and mixed.
- Add this to the rest of the ingredients.
- Beat with an electric beater until well combined.
- If you want to be extra decadent, add the crushed chocolate and fold into the mixture.
- Scoop this very sticky mixture into the prepared baking tray / pan.
- Bake for 20 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the pan.
- Slice and enjoy!
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