Healthy Travel snack ideas for upcoming holiday period

With my holiday rapidly approaching, I am thinking about travel snacks and healthy options. I’ve expressed some anxiety about my diet and routine suffering, and there are definitely some VERY unhealthy options in terms of travel food – whether it be airports, or on the road. It’s easy to not even try being health, but with the holiday season approaching I thought I would write about some healthy options.

 

Obviously – fruit. You can pre-cut it if that’s easier, but what better packaged option then a piece of fruit?

Yoghurt – A small portion sized container filled with some full fat greek yoghurt portioned out has an added bonus of probiotics which can help if you get uneasy in your stomach while travelling. I would get the small serves from a supermarket, but trying to find one that ISN’T REDUCED fat, and naturally flavoured is practically impossible. Plus, some of the sizes are more then 1 serve, so I bought these little stay fit containers, you freeze the lids to keep it cool, and you’re set.

 

Nuts – a small serve of nuts or trail mix is so handy to have, again you need to be aware of portion sizing, but they’ll help keep hunger and cravings at bay until you can get a proper meal.

Homemade muesli bars – I am making some with oranges and a little chocolate drizzled, yummm. There are some good natural bars you can get if you don’t feel like making them, I just don’t want something with too many additives.

I did consider some beetroot chips, organic and blah blah, but the sodium was ridics in them.

 

Because I am road tripping, I’ll also pack some crackers, like Vita-weats, or Ryvitas, with some avocado, or tuna that I can put together on the go for a bit more of a meal-y snack.

 

 

 

Liebster Blog Award

. Haha, I got so excited by this nomination, it’s embarrasing! I’m reasonably new to blogging and it’s my first times though… Thank you to Laura from fit and busy for the nomination!

 

first  facts about myself…

1. I am going away on a road trip beach holiday in a few weeks

2. I love keeping fit, and have lost A LOT of weight in the last year

3. I have a killer boyfriend (not a killer, but as in awesome, haha)

4. I am a qualified makeup artist

5. I love shopping, even grocery shopping

6. I have a weakness for Louis Vuitton and whatever, I LOVE the monogram

7. I was Manager of a modelling agency up until recently, and used to model and was even a beauty queen once!

8. I also have a weakness for reality tv, I love it. Addicted  – hook line and sinker

9. I was born in Poland and LOVE my home country

10. I love to read books, I am such a nerd and bookworm at heart

11. I love cooking and experimenting in the kitchen. I have had some epic failures from time to time, but I just love being in the kitchen

 

now, my questions to answer…..

1)  How much time do you spend Blogging every day? About half an hour, a LOT less then I do readingn others, haha.

2)  What is the one song that get stuck in your head all day after you hear it? Jenny from the Block, I heard it at the gym – on repeat and I was done for like a week!! I’m not even a huge fan or anything, arghhhhh drove me nuts and now as I type I can hear it in my head again!!!!

3)  What TV shows are on your DVR right now? Soprano’s from the beginning, Seinfeld, Kardashians, Survivor, Jersey Shore, Mob Wives, My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding. What can I say, I love tv!!!

4)  What is your favorite season and why? Summer time girl through and through

5)  What is your favorite brand of jeans? Has to be Sass and Bide. Or True Religion, but my fave all time pair is a pair of Lee jeans.

6)  Last movie you watched? Oh sh*t, I have to admit The Vow, but that doesn’t mean I liked it.

7)  If you could be any cartoon character, who would you be and why? Cindy-fuck*in-rella, for the happy ending. Also, even since I watched pretty woman never did I think I’d get to use that line, but there it is.

8)  Name one talent that you wish you had. I’m pretty talented, haha. Nah, I guess a photographic memory, or dancing.

9)  What is your best feature/ favorite body part? My boobs. Or abs.

10)  What did you eat for dinner last night? Shepherds pie made with turkey mince and a cauliflower mash on top. So yummy, I’ll post a recipe.

11)  Favorite childhood game?I don’t remember, but my favourite childhood Cartoon is Maja the Bee, Pszczółka Maja for anyone Polish. I remember going on holiday as a child and being AMAZED to find my favourite speaking another language. And having an argument with a friend who’s Croatian about her origins, each thinking that she was from our country. Turned out she’s from Japan.

 

My Nominations: (i’m not sure how many followers some have… I hope that doesn’t matter ), plus I didn’t want to double up too much with what i’ve seen on theirs already….

More Oats Please

Modern Girl Nutrition

Silly Truths

Pumps and Iron

A Working Woman’s guide to Keeping Fit

Lifting My Spirits

I know squat

Fit is the new black

Moonfitness

Concrete n Coffee

Mademoiselle Snow

Ingredients of a fit chick

 

Sorry If anyone’s already been nominated and done this already:)

Oh my goodness I’ve just realised I’ve answered the wrong flippin questions!! These are what I was meant to answer, not the questions that fit and busy was asked!!

  • What inspired you to start blogging? Accountability, definitely. That, and I love reading them, and great to have recipes all in my own little corner of the internet.
  • What’s your favorite food? I had this conversation at a dinner recently, my aunty and I both said bread, definitely without a doubt bread.
  • What’s your favorite exercise?
  • Where do you consider home? Where the heart is, awwww.
  • How many states have you lived in? I’ve lived in a few different countries and states!
  • What’s your favorite sport to watch? A few, Soccer (or Football depending on where you are) my number one, but I like tennis and UFC!
  • Do you have any pet peeves? Bad service!!!
  • If you could live anywhere, where would you live? I don’t know, I think I can live anywhere, so right where I am.
  • What’s your favorite way to relax? Trashy tv!!
  • What did you want to be “when you grew up” when you were younger? I wanted to model
  • Have you ever been skydiving? If not, do you want to? No, and no way! Haha, I’m NOT interested in jumping out of a plane!

My 11 to answer (as opposed to the 22 I just did!!!)

  1. What’s your favorite tv show?
  2. If you could eat only one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?
  3. What is your favourite breakfast?
  4. What sort of holiday do you like? City, snow, beach etc?
  5. Last move you watched?
  6. Favourite thing about yourself?
  7. Pet hate?
  8. What’s your favourite music to workout to?
  9. What web sites do you like to use that are fitnes related?
  10. Favourite sport to watch?

 

 

 

20 days to go…. fresh air and lizards and a yoghurt parfait

Went for a two hour beach walk -without my camera!! I saw the biggest lizard and wish I had a phone or camera to take a pic with.

I had a yummy yoghurt parfait for breakfast today. You NEED to try this. I had some low fat greek yoghurt ( i don’t do fat-free foods, I usually just get normal greek yopghurt too, but the low fat is good, by the ingredient list, peaches, Power Superfoods Cacao nibs, Power Superfoods Goldenberries and I toasted some rolled oats and shredded coconut with some Agave Syrup on it. Layer in a glass, go and sit outside and enjoy your yoghurt parfait. Bliss.

Today I am sooooo excited to go to the gym and deadlift and squat myself stupid!! Tight butt and six pack you’re mine baby!!

I also started on my new Maxine’s burn protein yesterday. Choc Latte flavour and flavour wise it’s got to be the yummiest protein drink I’ve ever tried. I’ll ave to wait and keep with it to see effects and results, but yum, this stuff is good. I used it as a meal replacement after a workout and it satisfied me, and did it’s job well. Back on track, feeling so good, sooooo excited to go away. I was getting nervousthat I’d blow out into a big fat blob in fluro (i love fluro bikini’s – and clothing for that matter, if you’re tanned and at the beach it’s all good I reckon!), but now I think i’ll be ok. I’ll put up some pics soon too. Very soon, just getting up the nerve.

Weight gain, a small setback but I got this!!!

Over the past week I have gained a kilo!!! Sure, I’ve indulged in alcohol and lot’s of eating out, pizza, ice cream, chocolate, fish and chips even, but I’d been active and the meals that we ate in – I was careful with. Shows how fine a line it is. Also makes me feel so moody and down, because I had reached a mini-goal, and was set to get to where I want to be before our holiday. Now, I’m pretty stressed as I don’t think I’ll get there, or if I do, I’ll have to be ULTRA strict, like shakes for dinner strict, and I prefer to be healthy and nourish my body.

Eat to nourish, Move my body, and Achieve beyond my wildest dreams.

This has also made me nervous about the holiday. Clearly, I am more easily led then I knew, and my determination and will is not what I thought, when I’m tested. What am I going to do while we’re away for a month?? If it was just the two of us I’d be fine, of that I’m sure. But, it’s not. Staying active I feel good about, that isn’t my issue. I love it. My aunty that was visiting was telling me about a yoga app that she said is divine, she is totally in love with, so I may give that a go, I’ll have to double check what it was called, I’ve forgotten. She looks amazing (hi if you’re reading this J ), so if she swears by it I have faith. I know there’ll be long hikes, I can go for runs and we are taking a resistance band set, plus lot’s of swimming and boogie boarding, beach sports etc.

My area of concern is the all bbq’s (usually means wine), convenience food (grabbing something on-the-go) and me not being in control of cooking. When you do it yourself you tailor what you eat to your needs and taste.

I did give the food diary a rest for a week, I don’t think I’ll do that while away. I have eating at home, work etc down pat, but entertaining and holidays I think I need to still be very mindful, and the diary is such a must for me. Which reminds me, it’s winner time… I’ll generate a random number and announce the giveaway winner, and link it to the original post so everyone who entered is notified. Good Luck!!!

Vegetable Curry with Quinoa – from Kora Organics – Miranda Kerr

Vegetable Curry with Quinoa

Picture Different from outcome

Don’t you just love a meal that you can sit down to with the complete assurance that what you’re eating is bringing health, vitality and healing to your body?.  In the state of the busy world today, it seems that our priorities are so focused on the high speed rhythms of work and priorities, that we don’t have any time to think about what we are feeding the very body that is endlessly chugging us through a life of almost impossible demand. Those demands require nutrients and that is the key for a functioning body and a healthy life.

Nowadays we are fully immersed in a society where fresh wholesome food is available, yet unfortunately our biggest killers are preventable diseases.  In my opinion we need to get our aprons on, our skillets a-sizzling, and link arms to tackle these issues head on, with enthusiasm and joie de vere.

The idea of preparing nutritious meals at home can seem like a pain to many people. But really there’s no need to feel daunted, it just takes a little practice in the kitchen, planning, and an appreciation of the nutritional value of wholesome ingredients.

The Supercharged Food website and blog are a perfect starting place, providing you with nutrient packed, easy recipes complimented by research that will educate you on the very ingredients you’re cooking with. You can prepare and enjoy disease fighting food knowing exactly how the ingredients are bringing your body into a state of health and wellness. Win-win!

This exotic vegetable quinoa curry is a wonderful meal to include into your transition to a lifestyle of health. Cook up a massive double portion and freeze the leftovers for those busy weeknights or work lunches. I promise that your body and tastebuds will be jumping for joy!

The base of this mouthwatering curry is quinoa (pronounced keen-wah), technically a fruit seed that seems to be growing and growing in popularity due to its versatility and significant health benefits. Quinoa conveniently has a quicker cooking time compared to brown rice and other grains, and accompanying flavours are absorbed beautifully, making it a great option for sweet or savoury cooking.

The uses of quinoa are remarkably diverse, and it can be used in pilaffs, gluten free risotto’s, soups, salads, or as an interesting addition to stuffed capsicums, tomatoes or mushrooms.  I personally love to use fluffy royal white quinoa to make a satisfying gluten free breakfast porridge.

One very important thing to remember before cooking with quinoa is to wash the seeds, as they contain a naturally occurring outer coating called saponin, a defense mechanism of the seed that is toxic to humans. This can be easily removed by placing the seeds in a fine sieve, washing under a tap and using your fingers to scrub off the residue. Saponin has a bitter taste, so a taste test before cooking will ensure that it has been removed.

So why is quinoa really selling out in supermarkets? What are its real claims to fame besides being a convenient grain substitute? The rage for quinoa has its roots in the knowledge that unlike other grains, it is a complete protein. The superfood uniquely contains all nine essential amino acids required for protein utilization. Vegans and protein junkies rejoice!

Quinoa is the perfect substitute for animal protein, therefore a lunch ingredient of high biological value that will fill your tummy and protect you from the haunting idea of eating that sugar laden doughnut during your 3 o’clock slump. Quinoa is also rich in iron and magnesium, and provides fibre, vitamin E, copper and phosphorous, as well as some B vitamins, potassium and zinc.

Studies confirm that quinoa is a very good source of flavanoids, particularly in its high levels of quercetin and kaempferol antioxidants.  Quercetin has been found to be valuable in cases of allergic reactions due to its ability to inhibit the production and release of histamine.  It has also been linked to an improvement in the health of capillaries and connective tissues, as well as having important antiviral and immune support benefits. Kaempferol is known for its strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Evidence has indicated that kaempferol is one of the most important flavanoids that inhibit heart, spinal cord and brain disease, and studies have shown that it can help the treatment of cancers, cardiovascular disease, neuron disorders and cholesterol.

I could go on forever. There is so much valuable evidence out there showing the countless benefits of this superfood. Try out this delicious, hearty curry as a way to include quinoa’s wonderful benefits into your life.

Vegetable Quinoa Curry Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 2 cups baby green beans
  • 1 head cauliflower chopped into florets
  • 4 carrots, peeled, thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup chopped coriander
  • 1 1/2 TBS coconut oil
  • 2 tsp. grated fresh ginger
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 2 cups vegetable stock or water
  • 1 large onion, cut into strips
  • 2 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 2 tsp. minced garlic
  • 2 tsp. ground coriander

Let’s Get Cracking:

  • Bring a saucepan of water to the boil and add quinoa cooking for 5 mins
  • Add green beans and cook for a further 5 mins
  • Now drain and set aside in a colander
  • In a frying pan sauté garlic, ginger and onions in coconut oil push to one side and toast cumin and coriander and turmeric for a couple of minutes, stirring consistently
  • Add cauliflower, cashews and carrots and stir fry for a couple of minutes then add stock and bring to boil then reduce heat to simmer and stir through coconut milk cook for 10-15 mins
  • Remove from stove and stir coriander through and then fold in quinoa and green beans

For more gluten, wheat, dairy, yeast and sugar-free recipes visit www.superchargedfood.com

And a pic of Miranda looking Ah-mazing to inspire…

Alcohol and exercise… no go!

I drank last nig ht, not a lot as it’s been ages since I last had any booze, but I had about 6 drinks (to me that’s not a lot – but I am Polish, hahaha). I also smoked – terrible, but I can be a bad, bad person when drinking. Much worse then I was last night which was the tamest, but since I’ve been on my health kick also the most rotten. I did no exercise and and ate, but it was bbq – shaslicks, steak and salad so far from tragic. And a prawn cocktail for lunch, I know the sauce on it isn’t great.

I’ve got a visitor here, so am going to ‘rest’ the food diary for a week, and try to be mindful of what I eat. Wish me luck! I’m scared, as it’s been my saviour/obsession. I had reached a mini-goal on Saturday morning before this all went down, and I don’t want to be hating it come next Saturday. Eye on the prize baby, I only got one mini-goal to go before I reach my goal. I will post progess pics …. as soon as I get the courage to.

20 snacks uner 100 calories – what i SHOULD HAVE had.

Last night I went to the supermarket after the gym. Bad move.

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Enter Weiss coconut rough bars. Delish. At 187 calories per ice cream not tragic… except I had two. I’d done a killer chest workout, an hour 20 min beach walk, and was feeling so damn good too! They were yummy though, and if I’d had just the one I wouldn’t feel bad. This week was meant to be an ah-mazing week for me food and training wise though. Maybe I was putting too high expectation on myself and the sabotage part of me had to strike. Anyways, I put it into the food diary, take my exercise I was still negative 445 for the day, so not too bad.

It did lead me to write up a list of snacks under 100 calories, that I can refer to next time I get snacky.

What I should have gone for..

21 Snacks under 100 calories!

  1. Chocolate banana – half a fresh or frozen banana, with 2 squares of dark chocolate      melted over it
  2. 3/4 cup frozen grapes
  3. ½ cup no fat greek yoghurt with cinnamon and stevia
  4. One cup blueberries with a tablespoon of greek yoghurt
  5. 2 squares of dark chocolate
  6. A mug of Jarrah Chocolatte
  7. Baked apple (cored) topped with cinnamon, sweetened with stevia with a tablespoon of greek yoghurt
  8.  2 Carrots and hummus (watch the portions as the hummus varies A LOT between brands, or if you make your own)
  9. Hard boiled egg
  10.  1 med sized celery stick with a tablespoon of Peanut Butter
  11. Cottage cheese (1/2 cup) with blueberries or pineapple pieces
  12. 3 Caramel rice cakes from Sunrice
  13. ½ Apple with a teaspoon of peanut butter
  14.  1 small can of tuna in springwater, add tablespoon of ricotta, some dill, chopped onion & pepper
  15.  10 almonds, 20 sultanas
  16.  Cup of skim milk (or skim soy, almond etc) with a teaspoon milo
  17.  Slim secrets bars – they have different options under 100 calories and they’re good.
  18. my Choc fudgy balls
  19. 2 medium  kiwi fruits
  20.  ½ cup frozen yoghurt
  21. (even the fit protein icecream, comes in just over 100 but can have a slightly smaller serve)

There we have it, some wiser choices for the future snack attacks!

 

Baked Pumpkin Ginger Oatmeal

If you LOVE ginger like I do, check this out. Another recipe from Oxygen Mag. Yummmmmmmo! And cinnamon. Spices are meant to do all sorts of great things for your health, with these two being amongst the bes! Ginger is said to stimulate the heart and assists in circulation & lowers blood pressure as well as Ginger has been also found to contain satiating properties, and has been found to help boost metabolism by approximately 20%! Cinnamon is said to help with muscle and joint pains, as well as regulating blood sugar levels – helping with weightloss as well.