Healthy Tips and Treats for Australia Day
We are only just into the New Year and are already faced with a massive challenge – Australia Day. If your resolutions aren’t in line with saturating your organs with alcohol, crinkle cut chips and copies amounts of lamingtons and pavlova, then these healthy tips are most definitely for you!
Firstly, I’m super private about my political stance so have utmost respect for your decision on whether to celebrate Australia Day or not. As long as you act out of kindness and consideration for everyone – no issues here, but it’s important regardless to acknowledge the land on which you celebrate, the history of Australia prior to settlement and the people who may choose not to celebrate with you, and to respect that.
Now, keeping healthy on the day!
1. Start your day right with FitStop Australia
FitStop Westend & FitStops all around QLD will be hosting a FREE community workout on the day. If you haven’t tried FitStop, this is the perfect opportunity. It’s fast, it’s functional and it will have you feeling incredible afterwards. In fact, you’ll probably feel so fit and ‘on-top-of-the-world’ that spoiling that hard work will be a lot harder.. Or alternatively, you have earned your reward (whatever that may be). The team are also raising money for Life Savers Australia on the day and we know how far a simple donation can go for all Aussies. If you aren’t local, you could go for a run, brisk walk with friends, watch a YouTube video on pilates or yoga, or go for a swim at the beach (best exercise option ever!).
2. BYO Snacks
You don’t need to give up all of the celebrations, just go prepared! FitStop Australia has released a pretty lighthearted video on tips for the day (check it out here) but one tip I personally love and will be doing is BYO Snacks! It’s easy, it’s affordable and it won’t break the diet or ruin your intentions. My favourite recommendations:
- Veggie sticks (carrot, celery, cucumber, cherry tomatoes)
- Fresh fruit (low fructose options include apple, berries, kiwi fruit)
- Homemade dips
- Tzatziki – 1 cup yoghurt, 1 grated cucumber, squeeze lemon juice, 2 garlic cloves, drizzle EBO, salt and pepper to taste. Mix together, done!
- Hommus – 1 can chickpeas, 2 tbsp tahini, 2 tbsp water, 1 garlic clove, good squeeze of lemon juice, 1 tsp ground cumin. Blend in high speed food processor and you’re good to go!
- Roast Eggplant Dip – 1 roasted eggplant (use a drizzle of olive oil and salt to cook), 2 cloves garlic, 1 large handful of steamed kale, 2 tbsp tahini, 1 tsp cumin, pinch of salt. Blend and serve!
- Avocado Dip – 1/2 avocado, 1/2 cup coconut yoghurt (I use Pure’n’Free) or natural yoghurt, squeeze of lemon juice, chilli flakes. Mash and serve!
- Sweet Potato Chips
- Slice into chips, drizzle with Cobram Estate EVO, paprika, salt and pepper. Roast for 10-15 minutes on each side, until crispy.
3. Healthy Lamingtons at Nutri HiTt!
That’s right, the team at Nutri Hitt have done it again with their RAW Lamgintons! Yep, expect a raw lamington ‘sponge’ layered with cashew cream, raspberry jam, dipped in our house made chocolate and coated in coconut. You can be sure these are Gluten Free, Dairy Free, RAW, Vegan and Refined Sugar Free – could you ask for much more?
The Lamingtons are available for pre-order online and in-store. Check out the cake store at 99 Racecourse Rd, Hamilton, Queensland.
4. Make your own Lamington Bliss Balls!
Sofie from SofieVanKempen.com has shared her latest recipe with us to share with you! You know those ‘healthy’ recipes that are so good people don’t know the difference? This is one of them. It’s super simple and we recommend you store some away for yourself before everyone helps themselves.
FYI, they are dairy free, gluten free, paleo, vegetarian and can be made vegan friendly (substitute the honey for maple syrup or rice malt syrup to make it vegan!).
- 1 cup macadamias
- 1 cup shredded coconut
- ¼ cup almond meal
- 2 tbsp raw honey*
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tsp vanilla essence
- ¼ cup coconut oil
- ¼ cup cacao powder
- 1 tbsp raw honey*
- desiccated coconut for coating
- Add all ball ingredients to food processor and blend until a crumbly fine mixture.
- Roll into 20 cent size balls and place on a tray with baking paper.
- Pop into the freezer and let harden for 20 minutes.
- In the mean time make up the chocolate coating by heating the coconut oil in a saucepan on low heat until melted.*
- Whisk in the honey to the coconut oil until dissolved, then stir in the cacao until well combined.
- Once balls are set, coat them in the chocolate mixture, roll in shredded coconut and place back on the tray to go back into the freezer to harden.
- After 10 minutes, bliss balls will be ready to serve.
- You can store these in the fridge for 2 weeks or in the freezer for 6 months.
Let us know what your doing on Aus Day in the comments below!