Firstly apologies for the lack of posts recently, I’ve been developing a new site I hope to launch soon and it’s taking (much) longer than I had hoped and expected. However, as someone once told me ‘hard work pays off’.
Anyway, todays post is about a recent discovery I’ve made which is Quark. I’ve noticed a lot of health bloggers discussing the protein packed, fat free dairy product but have never managed to find it. But, on my weekly food shop on Saturday I across the wee gem in the soft cheese department of Tesco – which actually isn’t that surprising considering it’s soft cheese!
So, what is Quark? Other than having a rather onomatopoeic name, Quark is a soft white cheese packed full of protein and 99% fat free. In 100grams of Quark the stats are as follows:
- Calories – 68
- Protein – 12.8g
- Carbohydrates – 3.9g
Like other cream cheese it can be used in a variety of ways, both for savoury and sweet dishes. Costing around a £1 for 250g this provided me with two servings which i ate by itself for an afternoon snack and crushed some fresh raspberries on top to add some more natural sweetness. Done the job good! Enjoy! Fx
- What is quark? (fitness-mom.com)
- 06/19/13 (cozyatbreakfast.wordpress.com)
- Tips for Choosing Healthier Cheeses (everydayhealth.com)
Happy, happy Sunday peeps. I can easily say I’ve had two of the greatest weeks and haven’t done anything other than the norm, making me realise how much I love life right now. Anyway, less of the mushiness…
Sunday always make me crave comfort food to remind me of home, which is what has inspired todays post. Mash potato is an absolute comfort joy when copious amounts of butter and cream are added to create a smooth, creamy mash. However, with cream and butter comes the added fat and salt content not excellent for a balanced meal.
During the week I tend to stick to chicken/turkey/fish and effectively two veg which I have been brought up on. So, as always I’ve tried to use alternatives from the calorie loaded mash and have discovered two firm favourites – sweet potato, chilli and feta mash and cauliflower mash. Both easy to make, super tasty and super healthy.
So, as mentioned meat and two veg. Cauliflower mash is as super simple and just a case off boiling up some chopped cauliflower in seasoned water until tender. Then add some salt and pepper, a splash of almond milk, pureed garlic and mash with… a masher?
Cauliflower health benefits – packed with nutrients and vitamins which help prevent cancer, inflammation of diseases and supports the digestive system due to the large volume of fibre it contains.
Sweet Potato Chilli and Feta Mash
Sweet potato is an excellent complex carb, thus a better source of carbohydrate compared to your standard potato. There are more health benefits about the sweet potato on my cauliflower, sweet potato and chickpea curry post. I mash this with one chopped chilli and a couple of chunks of feta cheese for a taste sensation.
- Broccoli and Cauliflower Mash (peakperformanceforeverydayliving.wordpress.com)
- Cauliflower “Mashed Potatoes” (sweatandthesweetlife.com)
- Mashed “Potatoes”? (nckyola.wordpress.com)
- Garlic Parmesan Mashed Cauliflower (hugsnkitchen.com)
Although previously denying the fact I am a vegetarian, i sometimes really have to remind myself that I enjoy meat and similarly have to remember to incorporate it into my diet to ensure I am gaining the full benefits of meat. However, as I have mentioned I love all vegetables so could find it quite easy to become vegetarian.
I can’t seem to get enough of a good stir fry at the moment and even more so that they can be made in a matter of minutes using left over vegetables. It is often argued that it can be difficult to eat healthy and conveniently, but this is a super quick dish which can be whipped up in a snap.
Shredded goose and orange
With all this sunshine a salad is a perfect dish for lunch and dinner. To be honest I eat salads throughout the year, I love how versatile, fresh and tasty they can be. I particularly enjoy a warm salad! A good friend introduced me to a warm brie salad, perhaps not the healthiest choice, but it opened my eyes to mixing hot and cold ingredients. Not only are the easily prepared they can also be packed with lots of nutrients. But be careful to not laden yours in high fat packaged dressings.
It’s that time again! Hope you have all had a fabulous week 🙂
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I made these burgers over the weekend and they were divine, if I do say myself! They are also super quick and easy to make and I served them with all the trimmings. I’d advice leaving out the Corona and bread bun if you want a healthier version, but nevertheless they are a lot more nutritious then your Big Mac.
Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah!) is one of the super foods that I cannot get enough of. There are so many benefits of this super food and so diverse that you can eat either sweet or savoury and either cold or warm, depending on what ingredients you add. Quinoa is available in most health food stores and most major supermarkets retail it now at around £1.60.