Healthy Vegan Raspberry Cheesecakes

Healthy vegan mini raspberry cheesecake

When you’re having friends over for dinner, or want a delicious dessert on the weekend, these healthy vegan raspberry cheesecakes are sooooo good!

Raspberries are a good source of vitamin C (which our body needs for growth and the repair of tissues) and contain vitamins E, K, dietary fibre and folate too. So adding some raspberries into your weekly healthy eating plan has more benefits than just how yummy they are 😉

The healthy vegan raspberry cheesecake recipe below makes 12 little cheesecakes, that work perfectly in silicone cupcake moulds.

Healthy vegan raspberry cheesecakes

Healthy vegan raspberry cheesecakes

Ingredients

Base

  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1/2 cup dates
  • 1/2 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil

Filling

  • 2 cups raw cashews (soaked overnight or for at least 2 hours)
  • 1/4 cup raspberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 3/4 cup raspberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • pinch of salt

Directions

  1. Using a food processor (or thermomix) blend the pecans, almonds, dates, coconut oil together on high for 10-20 seconds.  Open lid and scrape down the sides. You should now have a nice sticky dough to use for the base of each of your cheesecakes.
  2. Use 12 silicone cupcake moulds and place a spoonful (or two) of mixture into each mould. The base will be about 0.5cm thick.  Place into the fridge while you prepare the filling.
  3. Blend together the coconut milk, cashews, maple syrup, coconut oil, lemon juice, and 1/4 cup of raspberries into food processor and blend on high for 10-20 seconds, until mixture is smooth and creamy.
  4. Pour half the mixture into a separate bowl.
  5. Using the remaining mixture in the food processor, add 3/4 cup raspberries on medium speed for 10 seconds, until blended well.
  6. Take the cupcake moulds from the fridge and add spoonfuls of the first (lighter pink) filling into each mould (leaving room for the next layer).
  7. Now add spoonfuls of the darker pink filling to each cupcake mould.
  8. Place in freezer for 2-4 hours, then serve and enjoy!

 

  1. NOTES

    • Please store cheesecakes in the freezer, and remove 5 minutes before eating them to allow them to soften slightly.
    • I love serving each cheesecake with a fresh raspberry on top – yumm!

If you enjoyed these healthy raspberry vegan cheesecakes, then we think you will love our Healthy Bounty Bites!

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Macadamia cashew & honey bliss balls

Feeling like a yummy treat? We LOVE macadamia nuts here at Nourishing Your World HQ and these macadamia, cashew & honey bliss balls are divine.

This recipe contains only 5 ingredients, is quick and easy to make, and is full of good fats thanks to the high nut content.  Whizz some up and keep some handy in the fridge and store the others in the freezer.

Perfect with a cuppa or as an after-dinner treat, our macadamia, cashew and honey bliss balls will hit that sweet spot!

Macadamia, cashew & honey bliss balls  

Macadamia cashew honey bliss balls

Ingredients

  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut (plus a little extra coconut for rolling)
  • 1 cup macadamia nuts
  • 1 cup cashew nuts
  • 1/4 cup honey

Macadamia nuts cashew honey bliss balls

Directions

  1. Place oats in a food processor and whizz on medium for 5 seconds.
  2. Add 1 cup coconut, 1 cup cashew nuts and 1 cup of macadamia nuts. Whizz on high for 10-20 seconds. Scrape down sides and whizz on medium for another 5-10 seconds.
  3. Add 1/4 cup honey and blend on low-medium for 5-10 seconds until mixed through.
  4. Take a spoonful of the mixture and roll into a ball.  Roll each ball in the extra desiccated coconut. Repeat until all the mixture is used (makes approximately 20 bliss balls, depending on how big they are rolled).
  5. Store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer. Enjoy!

Makes approx 20 balls (depending upon how big they are rolled).

If you like these bliss balls and are looking for another healthy snack, then we think you will love our Coconut Caramel Bliss Balls!

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10 summer skin care tips

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Summer is undoubtedly one of the best times of year. From beach trips to lazy summer afternoons with good food and great company. The summer heat is perfect for a dip in the pool, but it isn’t all sunshine and rainbows for your skin. Summer heat can wreak havoc for your skin, from UV damage, to sweating more, oilier or drier skin and the dreaded sunburn. Fortunately there are plenty of easy tips and tricks that will help you take care of your skin this summer. 

10 summer skin care tips for glowing skin

1. Sunscreen Sunscreen Sunscreen!

Whether your skin is light or tanned, applying sunscreen every day is a great habit to get into. Sun damage dries out your skin and can prematurely age it over time.  Not to mention the health risks and potential sunburn that comes with frequent overexposure to the sun. In Australia, it’s especially important to protect yourself with our high levels of UV.  Applying an SPF foundation each morning or wearing sunscreen underneath your make-up, is a great way to start your beauty regime every morning. 

2. Don’t neglect your scalp

It’s a common mistake to protect your skin everywhere else but completely forget about your scalp. To avoid white streaks of sunscreen in your hair (not a good look) use a sunscreen mist to cover up your part line, or just go with a good old fashioned sun hat.

3. Moisturise

One of the most important things you can do for your skin over the summer is to keep it hydrated. We recommend using a hydrating moisturiser each morning, and moisturising your entire body every night before bed. (and whenever you have a shower or wash your skin). 

4. Gently cleanse, morning and night

While all that sunscreen and makeup sitting on your skin during the day is great to protect you, you need to give your skin the opportunity to breathe at night. After removing your makeup, a gentle cleanse in the morning and before you go to sleep will do the trick.

5. Give your skin a deep clean once a week

Daily cleansing is great to remove the surface layer of dirt and maintain your glow, but once per week is ideal to do a deep clean. Exfoliating scrubs or pore cleansing brushes can assist with cleansing your pores, removing dead skin cells, and leaving your skin feeling clean and fresh.

6. Don’t forget your lips

Just like anywhere else on your body, your lips need some TLC when summer rolls around. Keep a lip balm with SPF in your handbag, so that your lips can stay hydrated and protected from the sun all day long.

7. Stay cool with a refreshing mist

Proper hydration is key to having glowing skin during summer, but lathering on moisturiser every half hour doesn’t do much to cool you down. When on the go, keeping a cooling face mist handy, is the perfect solution. A quick spray will not only refresh you, but will also refresh and hydrate your skin. 

8. Avoid hot showers

After being in the sun and heat all day, the last thing you want to do is subject your skin to a hot shower. Hot water will dry out your already exposed skin even further. End the day with a lukewarm shower or, if you can stand it, a cold one. You will feel refreshed and your skin will love you for it too.

9. Scrub dead skin away

Just like your face, your body needs a deep clean from time to time as well. Treat your body to a monthly body exfoliation.  Body scrubs and exfoliating gloves are great at removing any dead skin cells that build up from the dry, hot weather. Make sure to follow up with a moisturiser after your exfoliation.

10. Drink water and get your beauty sleep

Arguably the most effective summer skin care tip is to drink plenty of water and get a good night’s sleep. The reasoning is simple: if you aren’t hydrated and well rested, your skin won’t be either.

 

Keeping your skin feeling hydrated and fresh during summer can be tricky, but with a great routine, your skin will be feeling amazing. Remember that effective skin care relies on proper hydration and regular care, so as long as you get in the daily routine of caring for your skin you will glow all summer long.

 

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Melissa Dickfos, is the Founder of Nourishing Your World, a coffee lover, mum of two children, advocate of making small steps towards healthy living and loves to laugh!

 

 

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3 must have natural beauty products

3 must-have natural beauty essentials

Beauty products can sometimes be bought on a whim. Something catches your eye, or you hear a great review. Before you know it, you have added it to your online shopping cart without really looking into all the ingredients. Let alone whether it will be good for your skin.  There are a lot of natural beauty products on the market, and we have put together our 3 must have natural beauty products to help you save time and money. 

3 must have natural beauty products

Like me, you value your health and the health of our planet. So it makes sense to buy natural makeup and natural beauty products. This way you know exactly what you are putting on your skin and can avoid products that are harmful to you, or the planet.

There are three natural beauty products that will give you the base layers to create a beautiful, natural look. And the best part is that these products don’t contain damaging chemicals or harmful artificial ingredients. Once you add these three products to your morning routine you will not only look and feel amazing but have your skin will love you for it too!

You will also enjoy the confidence that comes with knowing that what you’re putting on your skin is beneficial to both you and the world around you.

1. Hydrate your skin naturally

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The most valuable thing you can do for your skin is to keep it well hydrated. Some of the biggest brands in the world may have left you thinking that you need expensive moisturisers and facial creams to keep your skin looking fresh. Unfortunately, many of these products could be doing more harm than good. They are often times packed with chemicals and preservatives to give them a longer shelf life. On top of that, they typically contain unnecessary fragrances and even dyes that could be doing damage to your skin.

Avoid all those nasty unnatural ingredients and opt for something simple, soothing, and effective like the Nourish and Repair Face Oil from Paudhā Healing. This oil is ideal for hydrating your skin. It is made up of a blend of certified organic oils such as jojoba oil and rosehip extract, both rich in vitamins A and E to combat premature aging. Not only does this beautiful oil effectively moisturise the skin but it also has anti-inflammatory properties that soothe irritation and redness, leaving you with a radiant glow.

2. The perfect base for a natural beauty routine

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Once your skin is properly hydrated you can move on to your base layer of foundation. Whether you incorporate foundation in your everyday look or just use a sheer layer every once in a while, it’s important to find a quality product. The good news is that there are some great options for natural, cruelty-free foundation out there that contain only organic ingredients.

For a liquid foundation with a wide variety of shades, a great option is the Zuii Certified Organic Flora Liquid Foundation. This foundation comes in over 20 shades and applies easily, leaving a silky-smooth finish. On top of providing great coverage, it also contains aloe vera and calendula to soothe and moisturise the skin. Other benefits of the foundation including reducing inflammation, and providing antioxidant properties to keep your skin bright and healthy.

3. A touch of colour to show your natural beauty

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The last natural beauty product you need is to find your signature shade of lipstick. Having the right lippy will tie your whole look together by adding the perfect pop of colour and personality. While it may seem that any lipstick you can find will do, many brands use animal testing and harmful ingredients that you generally want to keep as far away from your mouth as possible.

Neek is a gorgeous company that has their own line of 100% Natural Vegan Lipsticks. All of their shades draw from a neutral base, adding rich tones of pigment to create stunning tints that are perfect to complete an all-natural makeup look.

It may seem like you need all the new products on the market to keep your beauty routine up to scratch. The reality, however, is that you can create a simple, timeless look that is great for your skin with only a few natural beauty essentials. To complete your natural makeup look, browse through our Natural & Organic Beauty collection.

 

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Healthy Chocolate Avocado Mousse

We are delighted to be taking part in the My Kitchen Rules 10th Anniversary show, by joining in from home.  Developing our own creations is one of the things we love to do. Recipe creation is lots of trial and error to get the right flavour, consistency, serving size and the list goes on. But the joy and feeling of satisfaction when you get it right is hard to beat.  So when we saw that Stacey and Ash plated up a yummy Chocolate Avocado Mousse for dessert, we knew we had to re-create the recipe and add our own Nourishing Your World spin on it.

So we have kept it simple and made a couple of simple swaps too. If you love chocolate mousse, but have been wanting to try a healthier version, then we think you will love our Healthy Chocolate Avocado Mousse.

Healthy chocolate avocado mousse 

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Find the original recipe here

Ingredients

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  • 2 large ripe avocados
  • 1 tbsp cocoa (or cacao)
  • 80ml coconut milk
  • 60ml maple syrup
  • 150g dark chocolate, melted (we love Green & Blacks Organic 70%)

Directions

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  1. Melt chocolate.
  2. Cut avocados and scoop out flesh.
  3. Place avocado flesh, cocoa, coconut milk and maple syrup into a blender (or thermomix) and blend on medium for 10-15 seconds or until smooth.
  4. Scrape down sides, then add melted chocolate and blend to combine.
  5. Spoon mixture into small ramekins or bowls.
  6. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours or longer, as required.
  7. Enjoy!

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Makes 4 servings.

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Healthy lunchbox ideas for school

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The school year is nearly here and it’s time to shake up your lunchbox routine and include some healthy lunchbox ideas and recipes. Getting going in the morning can be tricky at the best of times. But when you have kids running around it can feel like utter chaos. Trying to get everyone clothed, fed, packed, and off to school. This lack of time means it can be tempting to turn to less than healthy options like pre-packaged foods to fill up our children’s lunchboxes. Whilst we believe ‘everything in moderation’, nothing beats yummy home-baked snacks.

With just a little bit of planning and food prep (either the night before or on the weekend), you can ensure that your child is heading off with healthy lunchbox snacks for school. Here are some great, easy recipes you can make as a family ahead of time. They are all great lunchbox fillers that are not only tasty but nutritious, giving your children the brain fuel they need to make the most of their school day.

Start the school year with these healthy lunchbox ideas

Chocolate chip muesli bars

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Muesli bars are a fantastic grab and go option packed full of nutrients. The only catch is that many of the store-bought versions are also loaded with refined sugar, preservatives, and additives.

This recipe swaps out the bad with the good to make this nutrient-dense snack much healthier. The chocolate chips and honey give these healthy bars their sweet taste while the oats, coconut, sunflower seeds and chia seeds make them a filling and healthy lunchbox snack.

For the full recipe, click here.

Healthy banana bread

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Banana bread has always been a lunchbox favourite and is so easy to make from scratch. With all the sugar and preservatives found in pre-packaged, store-bought banana bread, it’s definitely worth taking the time on the weekend to make your own.

This healthy version uses maple syrup which is bursting with antioxidants and nutrients as well as wholemeal flour. If your child doesn’t have a nut allergy, (or your school doesn’t have a nut-free policy) throw in some optional healthy walnuts that are brilliant brain food to keep your child going throughout the school day.

For the complete recipe, click here.

Strawberry bliss balls

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If you’re pressed for time this is the perfect recipe to add a splash of colour and flavour to your child’s lunchbox. The best thing about it is that you probably already have the ingredients in the cupboard at home. So it is an easy snack to throw together on a tight schedule.

This healthy lunchbox idea is great to make in the spring and early summer when you can grab fresh, seasonal punnets of strawberries at a low cost. But if they are out of season you can just as easily make them with frozen strawberries.

For the full recipe, click here.

ANZAC biscuits (gluten-free)

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If your kids are calling for cookies in their lunchboxes, give them what they want without sacrificing their health. These ANZAC biscuits use pure maple syrup instead of golden syrup, giving you that rich, sweet taste while avoiding refined sugar and adding in some valuable antioxidants and vitamins to fuel your child at school.

This recipe is also completely nut, dairy, and gluten-free. Thanks to the use of coconut oil instead of butter and quinoa instead of oats, which are commonly processed on the same machinery as gluten products. These swaps make this recipe a great allergy-friendly option for the school lunch box that will energise your kid’s mind and body throughout the day while also being absolutely delicious!

Click here for the full recipe.

Healthy LCM Bars

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One of the biggest struggles when packing lunch for our kids is finding the right balance between healthy, wholesome foods and the occasional treat. When your little ones are calling for prepackaged, processed snacks such as LCM bars, send them to school with this easy substitute instead.

These Healthy Rice Crispy Bars have all the tasty flavour of LCM bars without all the nasty refined sugar and additives. They are super quick and easy to make too. The best part is that this healthy version is also gluten, nut, and dairy free making it suitable for school and those with allergies.

Read the full recipe here.

These healthy lunchbox ideas for school are the perfect addition to any wholesome lunchbox. They are ideal healthy substitutions for any packaged food your kid might be asking for. All of the recipes are filled with nutritious ingredients that will sustain your child’s learning throughout the day. So they won’t have that sugar crash as soon as they get back to class, when they are ready to learn.

For more healthy lunchbox ideas for school, have a look at our Kids Lunchbox Ideas.

Not quite healthy rum balls

It’s nearly one of our favourite times of the year – Christmas! With lots of Christmas parties and entertaining, it’s great to have a yummy festive snack on hand.  We have added a healthy twist to the old Christmas classic – rum balls. They are an old favourite at this time of year., and perfect to add to a Christmas platter, or just for a yummy little treat.  Rum balls are loved by many and the only ingredient that isn’t ‘healthy’ in this recipe is the rum! (It would be a little hard to make rum balls without rum 😉)

Our not quite healthy rum balls have lots of yummy ingredients and are a perfect after dinner treat, or to have with a cuppa too.  If you don’t like rum, simply leave it out and they will still taste great! Our rum ball alternative for kids can be found below.

(Not quite) healthy rum balls

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Ingredients

1 1/2 cups cashews
1 1/2 cups rolled oats
1 cup desiccated coconut (and a little extra for rolling, if desired)
1 tbsp cacao
1/2 cup rice malt syrup
1-2 tbsp rum

Directions

  1. Place cashews and oats in a food processor and whizz on high for 10 seconds.
  2. Scrape down sides and add all remaining ingredients.
  3. Blend on medium for another 10 seconds.
  4. Take a spoonful of the mixture and roll into a ball. Repeat until all the mixture is used.
  5. Rum balls can then be rolled in coconut, if desired, or simply left as they are.
  6. Place in fridge to cool for at least 1 hour before serving.
  7. Store in an air-tight container in the fridge (or freezer). Rum balls should keep for at least 7-10 days when stored in the fridge.

Makes approx 20 balls (depending upon how big they are rolled).

Rum ball alternative for kids

Not quite healthy rum balls

If you would like a rum ball recipe that is suitable for the kids – simply omit the rum.  Or make the mixture without the rum, roll half of the balls, and then add 1 tablespoon of rum to the remaining mixture.  You could then place in separate containers, or simply coat the kids’ ‘rum balls’ in coconut, and leave the adult version plain.  Winning!

If you love these rum balls and are looking for another Christmas treat, then we think you will love our Sugar Free Shortbread Cookies..

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3 DIY Homemade Cleaning Products

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Finding cleaning products that fit in with an all-natural, toxin free lifestyle can be a struggle. Many detergents and all purpose cleaners are filled with harmful chemicals that most people would like to avoid.  They can not only cause health issues, but often also impact our environment. The good news is that there are some great natural alternatives to the traditional cleaning products found in your local supermarket.  You wouldn’t be alone in thinking that only abrasive chemicals will cut through the grime.  However, there are plenty of natural alternatives that will have your home sparkling clean.  And the best part? You probably already have them in your pantry.  Here are our top three DIY natural, homemade cleaning product recipes that will help you keep your home clean and healthy.

Our top 3 DIY homemade cleaning products

1. Homemade all purpose cleaner

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For all of your general surfaces, vinegar is your best all-natural friend. Combine one part vinegar with one part water in a spray bottle and use it as you would any all purpose cleaner.

If you have marble, granite, or stone countertops and are worried about the acidity of the vinegar you can replace it with rubbing alcohol for a less abrasive disinfectant, but for everything else vinegar is completely safe.

Vinegar in a spray bottle is also great to use on glass and stainless steel surfaces, just adjust the ratio to one part vinegar, four parts water. Unlike soaps and detergents it wont leave streaky marks, and if you are worried about the smell, don’t be, it fades away as soon as you polish your surface. Vinegar is also handy to have on hand when cleaning any floors that aren’t wood. Mop with one part vinegar and two parts water to make your floors sparkle.

2. DIY kitchen cleaner

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This one is super simple to DIY and remarkably effective. All it really takes is a lemon. This cheap, natural, and acidic fruit is brilliant for cleaning everything from microwaves to cutting boards in your kitchen. To start with the latter, cut a lemon in half and rub it over your cutting board. Be it wood or plastic, the disinfectant properties and porous texture of the lemon will clean out every groove. If you have any particularly tough spots or grimy sections, sprinkle some coarse salt on the board and scrub it away with the lemon. Once you have scrubbed the entire board, leave it be for ten minutes or so and then rinse it off with water.

If your microwave is looking a bit grubby, a simple solution is to cut up a lemon, put it in a bowl with some warm water or vinegar, and set it to two minutes. Leave the door of the microwave closed for a good ten minutes after it has pinged. Take out the bowl and wipe down the sides with a sponge, chux, or cloth, the grime should come right off and the natural cleaner will leave no residue that could seep into your food.

3. Natural bleach alternative

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Sometimes it may seem like a natural cleaner won’t get the job done. This is where baking soda saves the day. The coarseness of this natural powder is sure to alleviate any tough stains lurking on surfaces, silverware, in bathtubs, sinks, and toilets. It’s the perfect DIY natural cleaning product that you probably already have somewhere in your cupboard. Especially when combined with vinegar and a little elbow grease, baking/bicarb soda really packs a punch.

To use this natural cleaning powerhouse, simply sprinkle it on tough spots, lather it in with either warm water or vinegar, and scrub the stain away. You can use this simple trick anywhere from the kitchen to bathroom, just keep it away from more porous surfaces such as wooden floors so that you don’t damage them. It even works to freshen up the notoriously difficult to clean grout lines.

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It’s important to note that bicarb and vinegar are the all-natural grime-fighting duo that your cleaning routine deserves. Have a blocked drain? Pour in bicarb, vinegar, let it sit, and chase it down with hot water. Want to freshen up your toilet bowl? Scrub bicarb and vinegar throughout the bowl and drop in some essential oils for a fresh scent. Tarnished silver? As long as the silver is durable, sit it in bicarb and vinegar and the tarnish will vanish before your eyes.

With these three recipes you can make your own natural cleaning products at home with just a few basic ingredients. Try them out and see for yourself how easy it is to clean in a sustainable and healthy way.

 

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Melissa Dickfos, is the Founder of Nourishing Your World, a coffee lover, mum of two children, advocate of making small steps towards healthy living and loves to laugh!

 

 

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7 ways to treat yourself without food

7 ways to treat yourself without food

Whether you have achieved a personal goal or just gotten through a long hard day, we all deserve to treat ourselves from time to time. When you think ‘treat’ you might automatically think of food, and that’s totally fine. There is nothing wrong with taking yourself out to a fancy dinner or indulging in something decadent every so often. It is important, however, to reward yourself in other ways too so that you can keep yourself and your relationship with food healthy.  Here are 7 ways to treat yourself without food. 

7 ways to treat yourself without food

Get a Massage

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Is there anything more relaxing than a long, soothing massage? There is no better way to relieve the week’s stressors than through kneading them out in an hour-long session. Find a massage therapist near you that has great reviews and book yourself in for a luxurious, full body massage. With each knot of tension your body releases, you will feel relaxed and renewed. A relaxing massage is guaranteed to leave you feeling more satisfied than the quick fix a doughnut could ever make you feel.

Get Out in Nature

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In today’s busy world, we rely on our smart devices for everything from work to entertainment. Taking a break from the screens and getting out in the sunshine can do wonders for your mental state, and being away from the constant notifications can feel like a mini holiday. Take a day trip to go on a gorgeous hike, swim in the ocean, or hang out at a picturesque waterfall. Not only will you feel fresh and rejuvenated, but you will also get a nice buzz from the endorphins it took you to get there.

Re-read Your Favourite Book

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We live in a world where there is always something new to read, watch, listen to, or consume. Often times we have an overflowing “to read’ list, but instead of checking off the books we become overwhelmed and avoid the activity altogether. A simple way to combat this excess of choice is to let yourself re-enjoy something you love. Don’t think of it as a waste of time that could be better spent learning something new, just enjoy the familiarity of your favourite characters and get lost in the story once again.

Take a Bath

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A simple but effective way to reward yourself without food is with a relaxing bath. Throw in a bath bomb, bubbles, or salts, light a few candles, and turn on some relaxing tunes or your favourite podcast. Then all that’s left to do is to sink into the hot bath and enjoy some uninterrupted you time. If you think you deserve something extra special, throw on a face and hair mask to fully immerse yourself in the lap of luxury.

Try Something New

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We all have that one thing we have always wanted to try but never had the time or gumption to go through with. This can be something as big as skydiving and as small as taking a painting class or following a makeup tutorial. Whatever your one thing is, finally take the time, muster up the confidence, and try something new. Whether you love it or hate it you’ll never regret giving it a go, and you might just find your new favourite hobby.

Check Out Your Local Museum

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If you’re a lover of all things creative, take yourself out for a culture date. This is a great way to both give yourself a food-free reward and soak in some local artistic talent. Look up what exhibitions are on near you and spend some time wandering through one. Appreciate the art around you and you will feel enriched and inspired by the time you get home.

Take a Day Off and Do Absolutely Nothing

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Sometimes there is no better feeling than doing nothing at all. This is by no means advice to blow off work for no good reason on a regular basis, but a self-care day once in a blue moon is a different story. Take a personal day and sleep in. Don’t feel obligated to ‘make it count’ just enjoy the alone time. Spend the day relaxing, enjoy coffee at a local cafe, read a book, watchyour favourite TV show on Netflix, or just enjoy a nap.. Do whatever brings you joy and let yourself indulge in a much-deserved day to yourself, you earned it!

So there you have it, you can reward yourself for reaching a goal or working hard, without using food as a reward. There are so many wonderful ways to indulge in some self care, and we hope this provides some inspiration for you to take some time out – just for you. 

 

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Melissa Dickfos, is the Founder of Nourishing Your World, a coffee lover, mum of two children, advocate of making small steps towards healthy living and loves to laugh!

 

 

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Healthy Minion Dim Sims for Kids

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(This is a sponsored collaboration with Marathon Foods, for their new product Minion Dim Sims.  Nourishing Your World were gifted the product to try, but the opinions included are our own).

As a busy mum, I often get to 6pm and wonder to myself, does the family really need to eat dinner again?!

Jokes aside, life seems to get busier and busier, and the chaos that is dinner time doesn’t seem to get easier.  From after-school activities, helping the kids with homework, getting the washing off the line, or just general exhaustion from a busy day.  Sometimes there is nothing better than having a quick, easy and healthy dinner only minutes away.  Thanks to Marathon Foods, their new minion dim sims provide just that – a quick and easy dinner option, that is healthy too!

Healthy minion dim sims for kids

Those adorable little yellow minions are a favourite with both kids and adults alike.  Made famous from  the Despicable Me movies, they are cute and always give you a good giggle.  Marathon Foods latest product are minion dim sims – but no, they don’t contain minions, and no minions were harmed in producing these bites of deliciousness!

Minion dim sims are proudly made by Marathon Foods, an Australian family-owned company who have been producing quality frozen foods for over 55 years.

Dim sims with 100% Aussie chicken and vegetables

Minion-dim-sims-with-saladWhat we loved about the minion dim sims is that they are made using  all natural ingredients including 100% Australian chicken and farm fresh, local vegetables.

Each serving (2 dim sims) is equivalent to 1/3 of your child’s recommended daily vegetable intake.  They also contain a nice blend of spices including salt, garlic powder, ground ginger and pepper.

No artificial flavours or colours

A big consideration for our household is trying to reduce as many artificial flavours and colours in the food we eat.

We have noticed big differences in behaviour and skin conditions when we actively avoid too many products that contain artificial flavours or colours.

It was a big tick from our family, as the minion dim sims have no artificial flavours, no artificial colours, no added MSG, are a good source of protein and as mentioned above use 100% Australian chicken.

How to serve your dim sims

You can choose to steam, fry, bbq or microwave your dim sims, with the various instructions (excluding bbq’ing) on the packaging.  We chose to eat the dim sims on 2 separate occasions, both times accompanied by a yummy salad.  We included lettuce, tomato, cucumber, avocado and corn in our salad, and the salad complemented the dim sims and made for a really easy dinner to put together.

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Steamed dim sims

in an effort to maintain a healthier ‘fast food’ option, we chose to steam the dim sims, and also tried oven baking them (even though this wasn’t included on the serving suggestions).

When we oven baked the dim sims, the outer pastry was a little tough to cut, but the inside filling of the dim sim had a really nice flavour.  You can taste that they are made with quality ingredients, and don’t taste like some frozen foods do – with no flavour.

Miss 8 thought they tasted delicious, as did my husband and I. Master 6 (who isn’t a big meat eater) only ate half a dim sim and said it was ‘ok’, but devoured his salad as he always does.

We also had the dim sims on a separate evening, and this time decided to steam the dim sims.  This was by far the better option, and really enhanced the flavour and texture of the dim sims.  We thought they tasted good the first time, but the second time (when they were steamed), they tasted even better! Master 6 even ate an entire dim sim (which is pretty awesome, as he doesn’t love meat).

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Dim sim ingredients and nutrition

We aren’t qualified nutritionists, so can’t provide detailed nutrition advice. However as a mum I feel comfortable in offering this as an ‘occasional’ food for a quick, easy dinner, when served with other salad or vegetables.

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Minion dim sims available at Woolworths and IGA

If you’d like try these yummy dim sims for a quick, easy and healthy dinner for your family, then you can find them in your local Woolworths or IGA.

As a busy family, we will definitely be keeping some in our freezer! The  Minion Dim Sims are perfect to have in the freezer for those nights when you are low on time, but still want to have a nutritious dinner that tastes yummy too.

 

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Melissa Dickfos, is the Founder of Nourishing Your World, a coffee lover, mum of two children, advocate of making small steps towards healthy living and loves to laugh!

 

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