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What better way to celebrate Australia Day than with healthy lamingtons?  I’m really not a fan of traditional lamingtons – probably because I like a sweet with some substance. So when I set out to create a healthy lamington it really was rather simple because I already have two basic cake recipes that I just love the texture off.

 

So I’ve put this recipe together with several options.  I’ve made a double-decker style lamington with a layer of chocolate in between (pictured).  You could also layer with a good quality jam or just make a lamington slice if you like.

 

I’ve taste tested these with a couple of lamington lovers and been given a big thumbs up – my husband thinks these may be the best sweet recipe I’ve posted yet!

 

Ingredients

Cake

For the cake, you can choose either:

I’ve tested both, and both were delicious, so use which ever suits your dietary requirements / philosophy.

 

Chocolate coating (you have two options here)

Dairy free chocolate:

Over a very low heat mix together well:

2 tablespoons of raw cacao powder

100gram (½ cup) of coconut oil

2-4 tablespoons of sweetener (rice malt syrup, honey, maple syrup or coconut syrup) – for low fructose choose rice syrup

2 tablespoons of coconut milk

You don’t want to let this sit for too long or the ingredients will separate.  If this happens just give it a good stir before dunking your cake.

 

Chocolate ganache:

Place a bowl over a pot of boiling water and mix together until melted:

100gram of good quality dark chocolate (85%)

50gram of cream or coconut milk

 

Method

  1. Bake your choice of cake into a lined tin (approx. 30-20cm) for 15-20 minutes.
  2. Allow to cool on a cake rack and then trim the edges.
  3. You can cut into small squares for little lamingtons.  For big ones like pictured, I halved the cake, sat one on top of the other and cut into six squares.
  4. Pop the cake in the fridge for 10 minutes or so to chill while you make the chocolate.
  5. Once you’ve made the chocolate place it in a shallow bowl.
  6. In another shallow bowl place about a cup of desiccated coconut and prepare to get messy! I always work next to my sink in case I need to rinse off.
  7. Dip all four sides of the cake in the chocolate followed buy the coconut. If you are making them with chocolate middles, I dipped the two middle sides in the chocolate, placed them together and then coated the rest.
  8. Work quickly, you don’t want to soak them, just lightly coat them.
  9. Place on a piece of non-stick paper and refrigerate until you are ready to serve them.

 

 

TIME TO REGROUP & DEVELOP HEALTHIER HABITS FOR 2016

 

DSC_0008-980x600The New Year marks a time to start a fresh, a new beginning.  When I was consulting, this was always the time of year when I was bombarded with old and new patients alike requesting support to detox, or kick start a healthier way of living.  So, here it is – my views on detoxing and tips to regroup and develop healthier habits for 2016.

 

To detox or not to detox your diet?

I first need to begin with a warning.  Detox programs that severely restrict your calorie intake or require extended periods of fasting can do more harm than good.  Please be sensible and listen to your body.  My approach to detoxing is gentle and about setting in motion a realistic, sustainable and healthy relationship with food (as opposed to unsustainable deprivation). In fact, I prefer to focus on a gentle cleanse, rather than a detox.

 

So you feel like you need to get back on track?

As disciplined as I am with my diet, even I tend to let go a little at Christmas time – they don’t call it the silly season for nothing!  This Christmas, sugar has crept back into my life, also an extra cup of coffee (I’m a one-a-day max girl) and too many social glasses of wine – it’s very easy to justify when you’re ‘stressed’ or ‘relaxed’ or ‘on holiday.’  I get it and I’m the best at it.  I’m currently paying the price for my overindulgence with less energy that normal and poor focus – so I’ve set about getting back on track, and, after just 3 days I’m feeling a lot more like my old self!

 

Where to start…

Let’s face it, life is full of ups and downs, good days and bad.  To maintain a healthy mind and body is to be true to yourself – to find that 90/10 balance and to be able to recognise and rebalance when you do get out of sorts.

So start;

  • By identifying what needs to change.  e.g.; I need to cut back/ avoid caffeine
  • I always recommend to replace an unhealthy habit with a health one.  e.g.; have a herbal tea or hot lemon drink when coffee craving hits.  Herbal teas also help me when I’m feeling like something sweet.
  • Commit to making a change.  How you implement changes will depend upon your personality type – all at once or one by one, it’s up to you but only do what is attainable and sustainable.  If you set the bar too high, you might not achieve what you set out to achieve.

 

Some of the things you might like to consider…

Hydrate

Hydrate – simple, obvious and profoundly beneficial.  If your feeling like much of my parched garden looks, that is wilted (exhausted and unmotivated), then hydrating will be your saviour.  If alcohol and caffeine are your poisons, this becomes even more crucial.  Replace them with water, herbal teas (only un-caffeinated) or coconut water.  For more ideas about how to hydrate, check out this post here.

 

Avoid all processed foods

The best detox involves eliminating all refined grains, sugar, vegetable oils and processed foods from your diet.  Basically cut out the crap and try to eat the types of food our ancestors ate.  Real food that our body is designed to recognise; food that is more a product of nature, than industry.  I like to call this low HI (human intervention) food.

For breakfast, avoid ALL commercial breakfast cereals and make it your most important meal of the day. You will have more success making other dietary changes if you have set yourself up with a good, nutritionally balanced breakfast.  Check out this post for breakfast ideas or some of the recipes on the site.  My ebook offers lots of inspiration and simple recipes to make breakfast simple and nourishing.

Aim to eat mostly a little protein and a variety of vegetables for lunch and dinner.  Sprouts, green leafy, and cruciferous vegetables should form part of each meal.  Include no more than two serves of fruit per day.

 

Nurture your gut

Your digestive system is so important to the functioning of not only your physical, but mental health too.  It really bares the brunt of over indulging, over eating and poor food choices.  Any detox needs to begin with the gut.  This post will give you ideas to help to support its proper functioning.

 

Image-61-e1371970145556Love your liver

Your liver also bares the brunt of overindulging, especially in alcohol and sugar.  If the festive season has left you feeling bloated, frustrated and a tad irritable, your liver is in need of some loving.  Lemon juice in warm water first up in the morning is very nurturing.  Add a teaspoon of extra virgin coconut oil and pinch of turmeric for an extra boost.  Increasing your intake of leafy green vegetables like coriander, parsley and broccoli is important.  Also make sure you have a little protein with every meal.

To really regenerate your liver, look at taking herbs such as St Mary’s Thistle (Milk Thistle), Dandelion Root, Globe Artichoke and/or Schisandra – preferably in a liquid herbal extract or tableted formulas (see your Naturopath for further advise).

 

Move, relax and get some help

Set in place an exercise plan, reserve time for yourself (the one thing I struggle with repeatedly).  I have made a commitment to myself this year to spend at least the first 10 minutes of each and every day practicing mindful meditation.  I figure if I can’t reserve 10 of the 1440 minutes given to me each day to meditate, then I clearly have a problem!  I know the benefits of regular meditation are profound, so I have made doing so a priority.  If you are looking for a good place to start, check out the Smiling Mind (free app).

 

Seek professional support

Perhaps enlist in the help of a Naturopath or adequately qualified health practitioner for a personalised approach to wellness.

 

Want more…

I won’t cover old ground, but if you’re new to Well Nourished, or just feel like a little more inspiration to get back on track, then www.wellnourished.com.au has loads of content aimed at helping you to become nourished, happy and healthy.

 

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