This week’s guest is the lovely Steph Lowe from one of my favourite websites thenaturalnutritionist.com.au. Steph is a nutritionist and specialises in sports nutrition and high performance weight loss. Her website is full of delicious gluten free and refined sugar free recipes so make sure you head over and check it out.
Tell us a little bit about why you are so passionate about what you do?
I am passionate about nutrition as I truly believe that if you make your health a priority, you will find a way to prepare healthy food for yourself and your loved ones. It can be simple, delicious and affordable, and there is certainly no need to count calories or buy expensive food products! “Food doesn’t come in a box, food products do”.
2/3 cup steel cut gluten free oats
1/2 cup cashews
1/3 cup sunflower seeds
1/3 cup shredded coconut
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp chia seeds
1/3 cup maple syrup
2 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp coconut oil
Extra oats to roll the balls in (optional)
So I am just going to put it out there and say this is probably the best recipe I have ever made. It is definitely a must try for everyone! It would be a great thing to take to parties and no one would ever know they were healthy.
This week’s guest is the lovely Samantha from The Happy Eater. Samantha is also studying health coaching with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and lives in Coogee Beach, Sydney. After having some stomach issues, Samantha decided to quit sugar which she says changed her life. I will let Samantha share more about herself below (including some very exciting news that I was only made aware of after reading this interview!) Also be sure to check out her website for some great recipes and other fun posts.
Tell us a bit about yourself and what you do…
I am a health and lifestyle coach, focusing on women who want to have FUN in the process of losing weight. I’m all about adventure, trying new activities, meeting new people, and fitting healthy eating into an active, exciting life.I spend enough time in the kitchen each week to make sure that the foods I’m putting in my body give me energy and vitality, and the rest of the time out with friends, bushwalking and finding the latest random event that’s going on (the latest I’m super excited about is Sketch the Rhyme, a hip hop game show. I’m all over stuff like that!
I made this tart the other night for my sister who is following the GAPS diet and she loved it. This is also a great paleo dessert option. I didn’t add any sweetener to this as I found the pear was sweet enough, however, you can add some honey or your choice of sweetener to the base if you wish.
This recipe was inspired by Jessica Sepel’s Banana Nut Protein Bars. They are a great thing to have on hand to kill those 3pm sugar cravings and give you an energy boost up until dinner.
½ cup shredded coconut
1 tsp natural vanilla
2 tbsp chia seeds
1 cup nuts (I used a mixture of almonds and walnuts)
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 tbsp coconut oil
3 tbsp almond butter
Honey or your choice of sweetener to taste (This is optional, I didn’t use any sweetener as I found the banana is quite sweet)
Last week I was lucky enough to be interviewed by the lovely Alana from rayofsunshinewellness.com about self-love and self care so I thought I would share the interview with you all below. Also make sure you head over to Alana’s fabulous site for some great recipes and health tips. Thanks again for having me Alana!
Sunshine Sisters is a brand new feature for Ray of Sunshine Wellness. I’ll be interviewing amazing women on the regular. I hope you enjoy!
I have been wanting to make Spaghetti Squash for ages, but I only just came across it in the store yesterday. Naturally, I was extremely excited and couldn’t wait until dinner time to make this recipe, so I ended up eating dinner at 3pm!
Spaghetti Squash is a great low carb natural alternative to spaghetti and in my opinion tastes so much better. It also contains a wide range of vitamins including vitamins A, C, B-6 and K, plus approximately 2.2g of fibre per cup.