Recipe: Chocolate Avocado Mousse

By Adrianna McDonald

Cocoa is one of nature’s many miracles. It is in fact a great super-food and to get the full benefit of its goodness it is best eaten raw. Today’s recipe is full of antioxidants, good fats (avocado and coconut oil) and ingredients rich in nutrients (honey and goji berries).



What’s even better is that it’s delicious, rich, smooth, creamy, chocolaty… Simply heavenly!

What you need:

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1/3 cup of honey
  • 1/3 cup of cacao powder
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground flaxseed

Mix all the ingredients together using a blender until smooth. Place in the fridge for 30 min. Add cacao powder and goji berries on top and serve.



Recipe: Veg Spaghetti Bolognese

By Adrianna McDonald

I was looking for an alternative to pasta for a while as I absolutely love Bolognese and one day I found a solution. To be honest one of my favourite bistro bars were serving vegetable pasta and I stole the idea. One day I went on the hunt to find a spiralizer and since then my life is fulfilled 😂😂😂



The recipe is very easy and straightforward, what you need is:

  • 500g ground beef (or turkey or chicken mince)
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 chopped celery stick (optional)
  • 1 jar tomato puree or ready-made sauce Bolognese
  • Herbs and spices
  • 1-2 each of zucchini, yellow and green carrots, parsnips (shaved on your spiralizer)

The amounts will always depend on how many people you will be cooking for but this was enough for 2 adults and 2 kids.




  • Heat the pan and add coconut oil.
  • Add the onion and garlic first and cook for 2 min then add celery.
  • Next add the ground beef and cook until it’s brown (10 min) then add 2 cups of boiling water (I added vegetable stock as well) and leave it to simmer.
  • Steam or stir fry your vegetable pasta for about 2-5 min, be careful as it’s easy to overcook it. I like it crunchy so 3 min is enough.
  • I like adding some herbs, salt and pepper to my vegetables to add more flavour.
  • Lastly, check your meat – it should be soft before you add the tomato puree and herbs or the ready mad sauce Bolognese.
  • If you’re not too concerned about the calories shave some parmesan on top.

And voila! Serve and enjoy!



7 Tricks to Eating Healthy While Dining Out

Last week I wrote about the benefits and importance of meal prepping. However, in the real world of busy people like myself sometimes meal prep just doesn’t work out. Too busy, too tired, out of ingredients or simply not in the mood are just few of the reasons.

So what do we do then? Well, unless you have a personal chef or someone else to cook for you then you are left with no choice but to eat out.

Eating out comes in many forms – supermarkets, fast food joints, restaurants… the list goes on.

The real problem with eating out


There is nothing wrong with the concept of eating out though. The problem is from the food choices available when eating out.

I’m talking about that annoying moment when you are reading a menu or a product’s ingredients list and you are wondering how healthy that thing is, whether there are any hidden toxic or allergy causing ingredients and how filling and satisfying the meal will be. Pah! Tough job!

That’s the moment we all struggle with. It can be very challenging to find something that is truly healthy, but also delicious, light on the wallet and filling in your tummy.

Hidden truths

You see, many items that initially come across as healthy can reveal themselves to be quite the opposite once you have given the ingredients list a closer look.

Preservatives, weird sounding ingrdients, chemicals, acids, sugars and fats can be easily disguised under some funny names!

Fear not! There are a few tips you can keep in mind when you are faced with such situations:

1. As a rule aim for vegetables with protein (meat, fish, pulses, soy products) and a bit of carbs (rice and potatoes preferably).

2. Always go for grilled, steamed or boiled foods and avoid anything fried.

3. When doing groceries avoid any complicated sounding ingredients (e.g. maltodextrin is a type of sugar, anything with a number is a chemical, e.g. E122, hydrogenated oils are transfats and so forth).

4. Beware of sauces and desserts! These are full of sugars and fats, so you will be better off with olive oil based dressings and fruit. Instead opt to have a home-made dessert or an organic treat separately from your dine-out meal.


5. Don’t forget that drinks are calories too (apart from water)! Avoid fizzy drinks, sodas, milkshakes and lemonades. Your best bet is water or herbal tea/black coffee. Be careful with juices – even fresh ones tend to be very high in sugar and low in fiber (as that is in the fruit itself which is discarded during the juice making process).

6. Prices can be deceiving. What is cheap is not always unhealthy (e.g. fruits, beans, chickpeas, rice). On the other hand what is expensive is not always healthy (e.g. salads with fatty sauces, gourmet quiches and sandwiches can all contain very high levels of fat and hidden sugars).


7. To keep yourself full try to have as much protein for your buck as possible. Choose salads with chicken, fish, beans, chickpeas, lentils or tofu. If available go for yogurt based sauces and top up with nuts for an extra dose of protein. Slow-releasing carbs (e.g. rice, potatoes, oats, quinoa and whole grains) and a dash of healthy fats (avocados and olive oil are best) will also help you feel full .

Phew! So there you go. Quite a few things to keep in mind but once you have gone through this checklist a couple of times you’ll know it by ❤ I promise 🙂

So go out, don’t be afraid and choose wisely!