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The Banting Band Salad

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I’ve had over 52 shares of this post on the Banting diet. Here is a gorgeous Banting recipe I just tried out for lunch today. It’s a quick, delicious way of eating salad the Banting way! Made up of 7 layers, I call it the “Banting Band Salad”. Enjoy!


+ Lettuce

+ Baby spinach

+ Green peppers

+ Celery

+ Frozen Green Beans

+ Boiled Egg

+ Sour Cream / Mayonnaise

Topped with

+ Pumpkin Seeds

+ Crispy Bacon

+ Grated Cheese


+ Always start with the lettuce

+ You can also start with Avocado

+ Keep it covered with a lid or foil

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Banting Band Salad

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Carb-Free Drinks


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Hard alcohol contains no sugar or carbs. Even though it’s made from natural sugars, fruits, grains, sugarcane and berries, those sugars are converted to alcohol during the fermentation and distillation process. Stick with straight alcohol, though. Cocktails and mixed drinks will be full of sugary sodas and fruit juices. Hard alcohol does, however, contain calories, so anyone on a weight loss plan needs to be careful when it comes to alcohol intake.

Vodka is generally made from a grain base, such as rye, wheat or potatoes, and typically has an alcohol content from 35 to 50 percent by volume. Make sure to buy only straight vodka; flavored vodkas will often have sugar added.

Rum is free from added sugar or carbs, is typically made from sugarcane or molasses, and comes in a variety of styles: white rum, amber rum, dark rum, spiced rum and aged rum. Typically, the darker the rum, the older it is. Rums can spend years aging in oak casks. Flavored rums can have sugar added, so make sure to stay away from them. The average rum has an alcohol content of 35 percent by volume.

Gin is made from a grain base and flavored with juniper berries, and has a typical alcohol content of 35 percent by volume. It’s also usually made with citrus botanicals such as lemon, orange, grapefruit or lime peel. Straight gin has no sugar or carbs, but the mixers in popular drinks, such as a gin and tonic, do. Also make sure to avoid sloe gin, which has sugar added.

Whiskey is made from a fermented grain mash, usually of barley, rye, wheat or corn. Depending on where it’s made or what it’s made from, whiskey can be found under different names. None have carbs or sugar added. Most whiskey has an alcohol content of about 40 percent by volume.

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Top 10 Foods That Will Keep You Hydrated

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Reblogged from Healthy Food Mind, I just loved this article on which fruits & veg keep us hydrated the most! We get thirsty very often in these hot summer days because our body is forced to cool down through perspiration. This drains significant amounts of fluid out of the organism. If you didn’t know, the thirst is a kind of an emergency alert and occurs just after the body loses more than 1% water. The best way to avoid dehydration is to regularly drink small amounts of water even when not thirsty. However, avoid ice cold water because it depletes the body. Include more vegetables, fruits and salads in your diet, which will give you more water and less calories. In this way you will hydrate your body properly and at the same time you’ll get lot of electrolytes, which are necessary for the bodily functions. Foods with high water content are cucumbers, lettuce, melons and more. Here are some foods and the percentage of water they contain:

Cucumbers: 96%
Crystal salad: 95%
Tomatoes: 94%
Peppers: 94%
Watermelon: 91%
Strawberries: 91%
Spinach: 91%
Melon: 90%
Peaches: 89%
Pineapples: 86%

To get you started, here are some genius ways to enjoy watermelon. Check out more interesting facts and cool designs on my Health Board on Pinterest ❤

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32 Ways To Eat Quinoa

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Quinoa Meals

These are some great ways to use Quinoa. I sourced this from Pinterest and re-blogged it from BuzzFeed Food. I Love it! See my Healthy Eating board on Pinterest here.

1. Quinoa, Fruit, and Nut Bars

Quinoa, Fruit, and Nut Bars

Carry these around with you for snacking and feel virtuous all day. Recipe here.

2. Nutty Cinnamon Breakfast Quinoa

Nutty Cinnamon Breakfast Quinoa

Recipe here.

3. Almond Cranberry Quinoa Cookies

Almond Cranberry Quinoa Cookies

Three words: COOKIES FOR BREAKFAST. Recipe here.

4. Hot Oat and Quinoa Cereal

Hot Oat and Quinoa Cereal

You can start this cereal the night before and have it ready to go in just a couple minutes in the morning. Recipe here.

5. Coconut, Almond, and Quinoa Breakfast Cakes

Coconut, Almond, and Quinoa Breakfast Cakes

Vegan and not about to apologize for it. Recipe here.

6. Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

Recipe here.

7. Quinoa Granola

Quinoa Granola

Recipe here.

8. Quinoa Pudding

Quinoa Pudding

Very like rice or tapioca pudding but with the MAGIC POWER of quinoa. Recipe here.

9. Sweet Potato and Quinoa Salad with Soft-Boiled Eggs

Sweet Potato and Quinoa Salad with Soft-Boiled Eggs

All the protein a lady or gent could ever ask for. Recipe here.

10. Green Quinoa

Green Quinoa

Fresh herb paste turns the quinoa this pretty color; finish it with chopped nuts, arugula, and pepper flakes. Recipe here.

11. Quinoa, Fennel, and Pomegranate Salad

Quinoa, Fennel, and Pomegranate Salad

Observe the trademark Ottolenghi blend of colors of and textures. Recipe here.

12. Plum and Quinoa Salad with Pomegranate Dressing

Plum and Quinoa Salad with Pomegranate Dressing

Pears would be a very nice sub for plums in non-summer seasons. Recipe here.

13. Quinoa Tabbouleh

Quinoa Tabbouleh

Because bulgur is so 2007. Recipe here.

14. Sweet Potato, Craisin, and Pecan Quinoa Salad

Sweet Potato, Craisin, and Pecan Quinoa Salad

Recipe here.

15. Pomegranate, Orange, and Quinoa Salad

Pomegranate, Orange, and Quinoa Salad

Pom and quinoa are a match made in tiny crunchy spherical food heaven. Recipehere.

16. Garlic and Thyme Quinoa Patties

Garlic and Thyme Quinoa Patties

Recipe here.

17. Quinoa Cakes with Eggplant-Tomato Ragu

Quinoa Cakes with Eggplant-Tomato Ragu

Makes a nice vegetarian dinner-party main course. Recipe here.

18. Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bites

Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bites

Recipe here.

19. Crispy Quinoa Sliders

Crispy Quinoa Sliders

Chickpeas, cheese, and breadcrumbs hold these cuties together. Recipe here.

20. Taterless Tots

Taterless Tots

This is either sacrilege or genius. Both? Recipe here.

21. Broccoli, Cheddar, Jalapeño, and Quinoa Fritters

Broccoli, Cheddar, Jalapeño, and Quinoa Fritters

Recipe here.

22. Cheese and Scallion Quinoa Cakes

Cheese and Scallion Quinoa Cakes

Little cubes of mozzarella melt into magical gooey cheese zones. Recipe here.

23. Veggie Fried Quinoa

Veggie Fried Quinoa

Recipe here.

24. Quinoa-Crusted Chicken with Peanut Sauce

Quinoa-Crusted Chicken with Peanut Sauce

Served here with soba noodles. Recipe here.

25. Quinoa Chili

Quinoa Chili

Recipe here.

26. Turkey Quinoa Meatloaf

Turkey Quinoa Meatloaf

Recipe here.

27. Homemade Quinoa Pasta

Homemade Quinoa Pasta

Next level. Recipe here.

28. Quinoa Kale Jambalaya

Quinoa Kale Jambalaya

Recipe here.

29. Quinoa Sushi

Quinoa Sushi

Watch your back, rice. Recipe here.

30. Chicken Stew with Butternut Squash and Quinoa

Chicken Stew with Butternut Squash and Quinoa

Big Q is a great way to add oomph to soups and stews. Recipe here.

31. Broccoli Quinoa Quesadillas

Broccoli Quinoa Quesadillas

Recipe here.

32. Spaghetti with Quinoa Meatballs

Spaghetti with Quinoa Meatballs

Neat vegetarian swap idea. Recipe here.

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Easy Low-Calorie Health Snacks for High Energy + Healthy Living ❤

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Healthy Eating is really important to me. Because of this, I’ve decided to do a ‘Health Series’ every Monday. My aim is to post some cute health food ideas each week. This week I’m highlighting healthy snacks. Here are ideas below for:

  • your own detox water
  • making fruit popsicle snacks with coconut milk
  • 10 snacks under 200 calories
  • useful fruits as snacks
  • making your own carrot chips as snacks
  • 20 snacks that will curb your appetite

I sourced these ideas from Pinterest – check out my Healthy Eating Board here.

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Serious About Berries


So we all love to keep healthy. I’ve read a lot about berries recently and it seems they are seriously the way forward. I’m talking about dried pomegranates, gooseberries, goji berries, blueberries and strawberries.

Scholars speculate that the pomegranate decorated temples in the Old Testament and was buried with Egyptian royalty as a means to a healthy afterlife. It is a viable source of vitamin C, fiber, potassium and folic acid. Although the pomegranate does contain a high quantity of sugar and is more calorie-dense than most fruits, it does not take a whole portion to reap its rich-in-antioxidants benefits.


Here is a snippet from from a Men’s Health article on goji berries:

Goji berries have one of the highest ORAC ratings—a method of gauging antioxidant power—of any fruit, according to Tufts University researchers. And although modern scientists began to study this ancient berry only recently, they’ve found that the sugars that make goji berries sweet reduce insulin resistance—a risk factor of diabetes—in rats.

I like that you can eat these things dry, or simply include them in a health smoothie for an on-the-go day.

my first sip = gross! sad face

Here are my favourite places for smoothies in Cape Town:

Liquorice & Lime in Bellevue Street – Fruit Smoothie R28

Spur anywhere – Strawberry Smoothie R24

And Kuai anywhere – Strawberry Smoothie R21

I’ve also found a great recipe for a healthy banana & peanut butter smoothie:

  • 2 bananas, broken into chunks
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons honey, or to taste
  • 2 cups ice cubes

Place bananas, milk, peanut butter, honey, and ice cubes in a blender; blend until smooth (about 30 seconds).

peanut butter & banana smoothie