Feel Good Foods. Part Two.

I did a post a little while back talking about the importance of feel good foods.

This next post has been on my mind for quite a while now and the importance of fuelling my body with feel good foods has never been more important. Not only am I fuelling myself, I’m fuelling my babe and creating a healthy, happy environment for her future food behaviours.

I’ll share with you a few of my favourite breakfasts, lunches and dinner ideas. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Simple, wholesome, nourishing, feel good foods have been my bread and butter at the moment.. so to speak.

Let’s talk about breakfast.

I’m still loving my acai bowls as much as ever. You can view my recipe for these from my previous blog post here.

When I’m in a richer smoothie bowl mood, I reach for my banana smoothie. Man is this is a luscious start to the day. Recipe is as follows:

Banana nut butter smoothie:

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 150-200mL milk (depending on hunger levels)
  • 1/2 tsp chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp rolled oats
  • Drizzle of honey
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon, nutmeg & or ginger
  • 1 tsp of my homemade nut butter

Method:

  • Blitz all ingredients on high speed in blender until desired consistency is reached.
  • Top with ingredients of choice. I often use a quick stovetop granola and ofcourse another piece of fruit.

The result? A luscious, delicious and nutritious start to the day.

banana

I’ve also recently learnt how easy it is to make chia pudding. These can cost anywhere between $12-17 when dining out for breakfast when in reality these are so simple and SO cheap to make at home.

I’m quite fond of this recipe however I use regular milk and I omit the cacao powder as I’m not a chocolate for breakfast kind of person. As always, I go a little heavy on the cinnamon and only use about 2 Tbs of maple syrup. I’ve found this is sweet enough for me.

Tip: you need to whisk the ingredients for a minimum of 2 minutes in order to aggregate the chia seeds to create a gelatinous dish. Refrigerate overnight, top with Greek yoghurt, fruit and voila. A simple, quick, nutrient dense breakfast. You can thank me later.

In the last few weeks I’ve had a hankering for porridge. Which in all honesty is a little weird as I’ve always found porridge to have a gluey like texture and it’s never been my thing. It’s always irked me that I didn’t like it as I know how good it is for you and how filling it can be.

As always I was looking through the ever trusty Heidi Sze’s recipe bank and it seems that she has this porridge thing down to a fine art. I decided to try her banana and nut butter porridge and I haven’t looked back since. Again this is an expensive dish to order when going out for breakfast yet it is so simple to make and so cheap. Clearly this mumma life has made me more frugal. However my purse and stomach are grateful for this change. I don’t caramelise the banana like Heidi does, instead I add a whole banana into the porridge mix. Depending on my mood I may omit the nut butter. Again I add a generous amount of cinnamon (see a trend emerging here?). I often quickly toast some pepitas, sunflower seeds and coconut to top this bowl of goodness. So filling. So delicous. So much yum.

Can you tell breakfast is clearly my favourite meal of the day? There is something so satisfying both mentally and physically by starting the day off by nourishing your body with foods which make you feel good. I adore spending a few minutes in the kitchen first thing in the morning. I have just fed the babe and popped her down for a quick snooze. This is my ‘me’ time. And boy does it feel good.

So now onto lunches. Once or twice a week I batch cook two trays of roast veggies. These veggies generally consist of whatever I have bought in season at that weeks farmers market. I roughly chop them, drizzle with a hearty helping of olive oil, salt and either dried oregano from our garden or if we are running low, cumin. I pop them in the oven at 175c for 1 hour. At about the 30 minute mark I give them a toss and that’s it. These veggies make up the bulk of my lunches. I often add a tin of tuna or hard boiled eggs alongside some celery/carrot/tomato/lettuce/avocado, a big dollop of hommus and there we have it.

Lunch. Simple, easy to prepare, easy to eat one handed, delicious food. What could be better?

Often if I’m extra hungry I’ll add some four bean mix to my bowl to bulk it up a little bit or some cheese to boost my calcium intake. Yum.

Dinners have been interesting. Alex often works evening and night shifts so it’s often dinner for one which I have to prepare. Night time tends to be the babe’s most unsettled time with lots of cluster feeding and snuggles. As you can see this doesn’t leave a whole lot of time for me in the kitchen. Pesto pasta has been on high rotation. Alex and I premake this and already have my portion ready to go in the fridge. All I do is pop it in the microwave and it’s ready in 2 minutes. Another stellar one handed meal. Some nights I just have a cheese and salad roll because let’s be real. Sometimes it’s just the simplest meal which does the trick. Still nourishing but quick to eat so I have more time to focus on my babe who needs me. There really isn’t anything sweeter.

roll

When Alex is home at night for dinner, we do try to make a little bit more of an effort. Once the babe has fed and is settled in the arms of her dad – one of her favourite places to be, I quickly sneak into the kitchen to prepare a yummy dinner. This is new for me. For those who have been following my blog for a while you will know that I’m a confident baker but not a confident cook. I can bake a cake any day but ask me to prepare a main meal and I lose all confidence. As my time in the kitchen has recently become my ‘me’ time, I’ve somewhat steered away from this fear. The results have been rewarding. I recently made a delicious curried coconut lentil dish with brown rice which was a winner. It gave us 6 portions which was a huge win in terms of meal prep and budgeting. I feel like this is the beginning of a new love affair with cooking.

lentil

Other nights Alex cooks. Which generally is the way it’s always been. I’ve always envied his skills in the kitchen. He always seems to know what ingredients gel together and never needs a recipe. I think this is one of the reasons I feel in love with the kitchen.. oh and him too I guess.

Occasionally when the babe is settled during the day, I can place her in her bouncer in the kitchen (out of any harms way of course) and she will let me cook for roughly 30-40 minutes. It’s amazing what you can accomplish in such a short space of time. These moments are extra sweet as I watch her eyes follow me around the kitchen, soaking this all in. I long for the days where we can cook together. The joy and love food emotes is incredible. I can’t wait to watch us bond even more over our love for food. She already eyes off all of my food when I’m eating. I know it won’t be long. But for now, I’ll savour these sweet, sweet moments.

cauliflower

Until next time, happy baking.

Love Tess & Emilia xxx

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