Dr Joanna’s Go To Green Smoothie: Get Lean Stay Lean – Dr Joanna McMillan

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Images and recipes from Get Lean Stay Lean by Joanna McMillan (Murdoch Books RRP $35)

My go-to green smoothie

“This is the smoothie I make most often. It’s all plant food and so has a seriously low number
of kilojoules, yet delivers some serious nutrition. It has B group vitamins for energy, folate
for cell protection, vitamin C for immune function and healthy skin, antioxidants galore
for anti-ageing and it even has almost 2 mg of iron. All up it’s a fantastic addition to your
daily Get Lean, Stay Lean menu plan.” p.224

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Serves 1  Time 5 minutes  DF GF NF V Ve

 

1/2 celery stalk

1/2 Lebanese (short) cucumber

20 g (3/4 oz) baby English spinach leaves

1 thin slice of lemon

6 mint leaves

Small handful flat-leaf (Italian) parley leaves

80 g (23/4 oz/1/2 cup) fresh or frozen pineapple pieces (see note)

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A few ice cubes

 

 

Put all the ingredients into a Vitamix or high-speed blender with 250 ml (9 fl oz/1 cup) of water and the ice on top. Blitz for about a minute or until completely smooth.

 

 

Note You might not think of a pineapple automatically when we list superfoods, but there’s more to this tropical fruit than you might realise.
A cup of pineapple chunks provides you with over 60 per cent of your RDI for vitamin C. Since we know vitamin C aids in the absorption of plant iron, adding some pineapple to smoothies like I have done here, or to a legume or quinoa salad will boost your uptake of iron from these foods.

I always chop up my pineapple soon after purchase so they are ready to eat immediately. I keep one tub in the fridge for using fresh over the next few days and pop the rest, ready in ice cube-sized chunks, into zip-lock bags in my freezer. These are ideal for then using in your smoothie and frozen dessert recipes.

 

Slow-Roasted Tomato and Scrambled Egg Breakfast Wrap: Get lean Stay Lean – Dr Joanna McMillan

I think this is going to become a new favourite for breakfast or even lunch.

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Images and recipes from Get Lean Stay Lean by Joanna McMillan (Murdoch Books RRP $35)

Slow-roasted tomato and  scrambled egg breakfast wrap

I have to admit to being a creature of habit with my weekday breakfasts, but on the
weekend I love to do something different. These wraps filled with scrambled eggs and
veggies are so delicious, they fit the bill for a leisurely Sunday morning meal. I’ve used
a sandwich press to toast the wraps, but if you don’t have one you can do this in a large non-stick frying pan instead.”p.70

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Serves 4  Time 40 minutes  NF V

 

12 cherry tomatoes, halved

Freshly ground black pepper

1/2 garlic clove, crushed

8 button mushrooms, sliced (see note)

70 g (21/2 oz) rocket (arugula) leaves

8 free-range or organic eggs

125 ml (4 fl oz/1/2 cup) light milk

4 thin wholegrain wraps

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

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1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar

Pinch of salt flakes

 

Preheat the oven to fan-forced 160°C (315°F/Gas 2–3). Line a baking tray with baking paper.

Put the tomatoes on the tray, drizzle with 2 teaspoons of the extra virgin olive oil and the balsamic vinegar, and season with salt and
pepper. Roast for 30 minutes or until the tomatoes are soft and slightly caramelised. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool.

Preheat a sandwich press, if using.

Heat a teaspoon of the olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and mushrooms and sauté for 3–4 minutes or until browned.

Meanwhile, break the eggs into a bowl and whisk together with the milk.

Remove the mushrooms from the pan and set aside.

Wipe the pan with paper towel and place over medium heat. Drizzle the pan with the remaining teaspoon of olive oil and pour in the egg mixture. Cook gently, moving the eggs with a wooden spoon until just set (they should still be slightly wet as the mixture will continue to cook off the heat). Remove from the heat and set aside.

Lay out the wraps on your work surface. Divide the rocket between the wraps and place in the centre of each one, then top with the sautéed mushrooms, slow-roasted tomatoes and the scrambled eggs. Fold the bottom of the wrap up into the centre, then fold each side over the other to enclose the filling and form a parcel, open only at the top.

Place in the preheated sandwich press or in a frying pan over medium heat and cook for 1–2 minutes until sealed and heated through. If cooking in a frying pan, turn over after 1 minute to toast the other side.

Serve immediately.

 

Note I’ve just used button mushrooms here, but you could also try chestnut, shiitake or any other type of small mushroom. All mushrooms have an impressive nutrition profile and are a worthy addition to your diet

 

Post Script: Happy Go Paleo – Irena Macri

A colourful, fresh and fun way of presenting the Paleo diet.

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Happy Go Paleo

Fun Healthy Meals From My 80/20 Kitchen

Irena Macri

Penguin

Viking

ISBN: 9780670078820

 

 

Description:

A little paleo goes a long way . . .

 

‘Happy Go Paleo is exactly what the name suggests: an easy-going, relaxed approach to the paleo diet. I love paleo as a lifestyle, a diet focused on whole foods, a simpler way of living, spending more time outdoors and getting fit through functional movement. I want other people to discover my 80/20 paleo philosophy and how fantastic it can make you feel.’

 

In this book, internationally renowned blogger Irena Macri creates complete paleo meals to show how accessible healthy eating can be. Here are over 100 of Irena’s best recipes of whole foods, good-quality protein, nuts and seeds. Fun to make, delicious to eat and using everyday ingredients, all recipes are gluten free and refined sugar free to help you craft your own paleo and healthy eating journey!

 

My View:

A colourful, fresh and fun way of presenting the Paleo diet.

 

The bonuses:

An easy guide to recipes that suit your individual needs; recipes that contain the following are noted and easily discerned:

Vegan

Low carb

Contain nightshades (e.g. potatoes, tomatoes, capsicum, chilli etc.)

Contain egg

Contain shellfish

Contain nuts

Contain dairy.

 

 

There are some gorgeous and easy to follow recipes here; I think these would be a hit, paleo or not:

 

Grilled Prawn with lemongrass & Garlic Nut Crumbs served with Salad of Asian Market Greens

Roasted Sweet Potato, Red Onion and Coriander Salad

Creole Prawns, Avocado Salsa & Lettuce Cups

Rainbow Salad with Maple Syrup Pecans

Green Smoothie

Frittata of Potato, Chorizo, Caramelised Onion and Black Olive and

 

Let’s not forget desserts:

Lemon Honey Pudding

Mini Chocolate Soufflé Cakes

Banoffee Pie Parfait Cups

Chocolate and Chia Seeds Salami (yes this is a dessert- the salami reference is to the shape of the mixture – a log that is chilled and sliced into rounds) 🙂