Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Live Well Go Orange - 10 Oranges, 10 Days and an Abundance of Health Benefits



I have been taking part in Live Well Go Orange for the past 10 days. This is a very interesting campaign where you eat an orange every day for 10 days.

As everyone knows oranges are deliciously healthy, juicy little balls of Vitamin C. Great for warding off colds or making you feel better when you are feeling ill. One fresh orange contains 64 Mg of Vitamin C, this is nearly one and a half times your recommended dietary intake.


This wonderful fruit can benefit you in a whole lot of ways, and they contain so much more than meets the eye. The nutrients in the humble orange are rich, powerful and plentiful.

  • They are a naturally packaged source of valuable antioxidants. These antioxidants can support our immune system and fight free radicals in our bodies.
  • They help keep the aging process in check. Super antioxidants such as polyphenols and carotenoids can keep us looking younger for longer. One orange can contain over 60 different carotenoids!
  • They promote a happy heart. Oranges contain a perfect balance of heart protective nutrients such as folate, potassium, fibre and antioxidants.
  • They can help you to maintain a healthy weight. With low GI and plenty of fibre they ward off hunger pangs and keep you satisfied for longer.
  • They also have a naturally high water content, to hydrate you quickly and easily.



Healthy Orange Recipes

Orange, Watercress & Tuna Salad
Place peeled orange segments into a bowl and mix with watercress, aniseed, salt and pepper. Stir watercress into the orange mixture.  Slice the cooked tuna and divide with equal portions of the salad. Yum!

Orange Hommus
Simply add orange juice to your favourite plain hommus recipe!
Pop chickpeas, orange juice, orange rind, tahina, garlic, puree, cumin and coriander in a food processor. Switch on and blitz. Voila!

Marinated Chicken and Noodles
Squeeze the juice from your orange into a bowl with lemon juice, rice vinegar, soy sauce and spices.
Marinade your chicken in the sauce before serving with slices of orange, some healthy greens and glass noodles. Just perfect for an afternoon snack.


Try the Live Well, Go Orange challenge for yourself. Eat one whole orange every day for 10 days and enjoy the sweet benefits. Make sure that you eat the fresh fruit, don’t cheat yourself by only drinking the juice or taking supplements. It is just not the same, and you won’t get the full benefits that a lovely fresh orange can give you.

You can share your nutritious experiences on facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Aussie-Oranges, Twitter and Instagram, Simply use the hash tag #GoOrange.

 Enjoy the health benefits and Go Orange.


Melanie



Sunday, 23 June 2013

KOMPAN - Promoting Child Development Through Play


Tomorrow I am taking the tribe to a new playground.

I have just let them know, and they are ecstatic. It is an award winning KOMPAN playground. They design equipment for all age groups. It looks great and looks like a lot of fun for kids. They are the world’s number one producer of playground equipment.

All of KOMPAN’s products offer great design, high play value, uncompromising safety, unique innovation and long-lasting quality.
















I think my kids are going to have a lot of fun!


Melanie

Friday, 21 June 2013

Fast & Fruity School Holiday Giveaway

Disclaimer: I have been provided with a Fast and Fruity pack. 
As always all opinions are 100% my own.


School holiday time! I love having my kids home with me. Sometimes though it can be a bit hard to come up with fun activities and keep them amused and busy through the day.

It is also difficult to find nutritious and healthy snacks for them in the holidays too. My kids are always coming up to me and asking for something to eat. They seem to be always hungry!

There is a delicious, brand new product called Fast and Fruity. This is all natural, pourable, great tasting, and 100% pure chunky fruit. Absolutely no added sugar or preservatives, gluten free and completely resealable.

They come in three very yummy flavours – Be-licious Berry and Apple, Golden Peach with a hint of Vanilla, and sunshine sweet Tropical Fruits.




The pouches are a large 500 grams. So they are perfect to whip up a quick and healthy snack for hungry kids with no fuss and in no time at all.

They are made by Freshfields, who have just set up a new facebook page for Fast and Fruity in Australia  https://www.facebook.com/FreshfieldsAustralia.

You can use these very convenient pouches to squeeze a fruity topping on your breakfast, in pancakes, in smoothies, making iceblocks, desserts. You can even add it when you are baking.


Tropical Jelly Fruit Stack


















Summer Fruit Blocks



Hummingbird Cake

The girls and I will be making this one in the next week! So I will let you know if it tastes as good as it looks!






Fast & Fruity have three awesome School Holiday Cooking Packs to give away to three of my readers.


The prize pack contains

  • 6 Fast & Fruity – 2 x 500 gm pouches of each of the three flavours, be-licious berry and apple; golden peaches with a hint of vanilla; and sunshine sweet tropical fruits
  • 1 icy pole maker (makes 4)
  • 1 Sundae Glass
  • Jelly crystals
  • Recipe cards for: Tropical Jelly Fruit Stack, Hummingbird Cake and Yummy Fruit Blocks
  • Total prize value = $39.05


This is sure to keep the kids busy playing chef in the kitchen.



Just answer this simple question to be in the running to win.


Do your children like to get creative in the kitchen? If so what do they like to cook?




This giveaway will run until Saturday 29 June at 10pm, so please be quick in getting your entries in.


Competition only available in Australia


Judges decision is final


Winner will be chosen based on originality.




All the best!


Melanie



Tuesday, 4 June 2013

The Chocolate Diet - Polyphenols Are The Key! - Last Giveaway!


This is my last chocolate diet post I get to share with you all. Boo!

It has been simply brilliant. What a wonderfully indulgent, yet incredibly balanced diet to be on.

With the weather getting colder too, you can have a hot chocolate shake, very delicious first thing in the morning. Make it up as usual, put it into a mug and pop it into the microwave for about 60 seconds. Yummo!


The health benefits of chocolate are starting to become well known.

Of course, not all chocolate is created equal. Unfortunately, a lot of the chocolate bars, the boxes of soft centred chocolates and the blocks of yummy milk chocolate, contain a lot of sugar, lots of saturated fats and not enough of the right type of cocoa. If you overindulge on this type of choccy you will gain weight.

The healthy chocolate is the dark stuff. It contains high levels of nutrients called polyphenols. A good high quality cocoa that contains at least 70% cocoa solids is recommended. This superfood can help control your appetite, increase fat burning, improve circulation, help you lose weight, reduce blood pressure, improve your mood, it also helps your heart, brain, liver, skin and cholesterol health. These little guys called polyphenols are the key.



The chocolate in The Chocolate Diet is good quality Belgian chocolate.  The shakes have a minimum of 20% cocoa by weight and the chocolate treats, which I have come to enjoy so much as an after dinner snack, have a minimum of 70% cocoa, are low in fat, no added sugar and taste just great.





I am very pleased to let you know that I get to give away a weeks' supply of The Chocolate Diet valued at $60.

Let me know in the comments, 

Why Would You Like To Try The Chocolate Diet?

A winner will be chosen on Thursday, 13 June, 2013. 

Open to Australia only.








Melanie

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