The 24-hour Flat Belly meal plan!

As much as you do your Russian twists and crunches at the gym to get toned, it’s also all about your diet. If you end up after your 30 day beach body workout and don’t feel all that great – I’d start looking at what you’re putting into your belly. I, for one, oscillate between wanting to stuff my face with burritos after the gym, no probably Chimichangas and fries, and eating a bowl of veggies. What I found was having a gym buddy is great because you keep each other motivated and on track!

Here is a few foodie tips to get your flat belly bod just in time for the summer. Fit is the new skinny this season –  that’s for sure.  And according to style.com – if you want to flaunt it – wellness is the new luxury. Scroll below for some yummy looking pics to inspire you in the kitchen and throughout the day. xxx

Morning Wake Up Call

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Put all these ingredients in the juicer for a mega shot of immune booster to accompany your morning routine or place slices of apple, cucumber, and lemon in your water bottle to keep you hydrated and detoxifying through the day

Breakfast

1 packet of instant oatmeal with a cup of berries & 2 tablespoons of peanut better

OR

2 hard boiled eggs & 1 cup of berries

Oats are filling and packed filled with fibre and you get the natural sugar from the fresh berries alongside the healthy fat from peanut butter. If you’re feeling hardcore you can always go the boiled eggs option! Lean & mean for sure.

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Morning Snack 

1/3 of raw nuts or celery sticks with 2 tsp of peanut butter OR a cup of berries.

These two have fibre, protein, and healthy fat, and will keep you full.

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Lunch

2 cups of salad greens (suggestions: 1/2 diced cucumber, 10 cherry tomatoes, 1/4 cup of shredded carrots, 1/2 an avocado, 1 hard-boiled egg, 1 tbsp of sunflower seeds and squeeze of lemon and vinegar.

Try avoid oily dressing, cheeses, things like that. You can also add other nuts and other seeds as well. This is going to leave you feeling super healthy, light and clean. The egg and nuts will be your protein.

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Afternoon Snack

A cup of Greek/natural yoghurt with a dash of cinnamon OR slice cucumber with 1 tbsp of rice vinegar and fresh dill.

The natural smell of cinnamon is a stress reliever – great pick me up in the afternoon at the office. Plus it’s also the sweetener substitute and yoghurt will keep you full until dinner. If you’re really craving something sweet – natural Manouka honey can’t go wrong.

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Dinner

Grilled salmon, sauteed spinach in olive oil and garlic and roasted fennel and root vetetables

Salmon has omega-3 fatty acids, which are the fats that will help you burn fat. Fennel is a cleansing veggie that will help flush you out. (in a good way).

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Voila! Cannot wait to try these – you can also switch out salmon for chicken or other veggies like carrots for celery too. If you are out of ideas – here below – are what Christina from @fitgirlxtina have put together if you’re ever out of ideas of what to munch on… some healthy, clean, beauty foods….YUM!

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– Avocado – Blueberries – Coconut – Dark Chocolate – Kale – Raw nuts – Sweet potato

(News Source: Elle.com || Photo credit: @whoismaggs, @healthyfreshfood, @fitgirlxtina, @coconutrevelution, @yumezakka, @missveganbunny, @detox_beauty, @healthforhappy, @edenlightretreat, @littlebirdcafe, begoodorganic.com, @elisanilsen)

Curated Eat List: Melbourne

Like every other cosmopolitan city, everything changes so fast in Melbourne, following my photo diary, I have compiled a list of places I love which are mainly a goodie but (probably) an oldie.

“THE CURATED EAT LIST: Melbourne”

  • Stokehouse in CBD… for Friday boozy cocktails and guaranteed great food (business, after work crowd)
  • DOC Pizza (always the Prosciutto & rocket thin crust straight from the wood-fire oven)
  • Messina Gelato (dare I say best Gelato in Australia?)
  • The European for oysters and bone marrow (finally they manage to put this back on the printed menu)
  • Supernormal… the new fusionAsian restaurant
  • Pillar of Salt: Everything on the menu (raw fish salad is to die for and blueberry smoothie)
  • Cafe e Cucina for Seafood Pasta en papillote (argh cravings)
  • Lucy Liu – another new Asian addition
  • Post work drinks at Hihou (very low key Japanese place)
  • East – the new Hu Tong for dumplings
  • Hobba for breakfast (absolutely gorgeous gorgeous menu)
  • Yardmill for fresh-pressed juices
  • Cutler & Co.
  • Cumulus Inc for breakfast
  • MoViDa for Spanish
  • Touche Hombre & Fonda for your burrito cravings
  • Attica
  • Burch & Purchese for fancy-ass desserts
  • Vue du Monde – Bistro Vue is also my all time fave for French
  • Rockpool for steak
  • Pei Modern
  • Grossi Florentino (grab a seat outside on sunny day – perfect Italian)

Coffee:

  • Sensory Lab
  • Brother Baba Budan
  • Manchester Press
  • Seven Seeds
  • Coin Laundry
  • Auction Rooms

If you get a chance to go out of town:

  • Royal Mail
  • Lake House in Daylesford
  • Brae
  • Port Phillip Estate

Ogle-worthy food snaps from MS Happy Diet

Just to give you guys a bit of a background about MS Happy Diet because I’ve been quite a fan of these happy snaps on Instagram for quite some time…. May, the founder of Ms Happy Diet, doens’t fall far from the fashion fruit tree and is currently the brand manager of Brioni, the luxury menswear brand from Italy. While she is busy doing measurements for the hand-made perfect cutting suits with a hefty price tag, she also snaps loads of scrumptious looking pictures with probably the same hefty calories portions. So… lets find out a little bit more about MS Happy Diet.

1. Why did you start MS Happy Diet?

Because I was able to lose and maintain my weight by eating and living a healthy lifestyle. I also wanted to show everyone that eating healthy is not boring and difficult.

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2. What are you into mostly…apart from of course, luxury retail and healthy dieting?

Healthy and Clean recipe, Nutrition, Dessert (I know it is contradictory), Travel, Authentic Dishes, Thai Education System and Charity Projects.

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3. Do you have a favourite restaurant or supermarket in Bangkok?

Suikin Japanese Restaurant, Taling Pling for Thai Food and Lemon Farm’s Be Organic Restaurant for super healthy meals.

I usually do my grocery at Central Food Hall (Central Chidlom due to the location), Villa Supermarket (many organic products), sometimes at Paragon Gourmet Supermarket for the variety and my favorite is at Bangkok Farmer’s Market (End of the Month at K-Village) for many homemade, local and organic ingredients and dishes.

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4. Do you have any amazing cookbooks or recipes you’d like to share with us?

I usually learn about the ingredients and find inspiration from different recipes, but my favorite books are: Macrobiotic โดย สิทรา พรรณสมบูรณ์ – many delicious, yet healthy recipes, ผอมได้ไม่ต้องอด โดย พ.ญ. ธิดากานต์ รุจิพัฒนกุล – practical how-to, to change your lifestyle
For desserts, a simple Pinterest search or Instagram for “healthy/ clean dessert recipes”

5. Fave dish?

All kind of salad, homemade Chinese style vegetable soup ต้มจับฉ่าย (a lot less oily than outside) , Japanese set with grilled fish, brown rice with Thai Style omelet ข้าวกล้องไข่ข้นกุ้ง, Shrimp/ tofu suki – basically, I love fish, tofu and veggie!

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6. And what are some of your meals you have throughout the day?

I usually cook my own savory or sweet breakfast (most of the menu are super easy, quick and simple – the recipes are on the blog) – it is my most happy and important meal! I eat lunch around the office. For breakfast and lunch, I eat whatever I like – if I want some desserts, I will eat them with these meals. For dinner, I try to eat at home and go for something light, a lot of vegetable dishes and fruits. For all meals, I always try to avoid white carbs, a lot of salt and sugar, fried dishes and fatty foods.

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7. What’s the most fun/exciting thing about keeping a blog?

To see it grows into a happy and healthy community where people interact and share their tips & delicious looking recipe. Also, when people tell me I have inspired them to live a healthier lifestyle or how they are able to lose weight by following my blog!

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Well, well, now that we all know Ms May’s little secret to staying healthy. If you’d like to try it at home, tag your snaps on instagram with #mshappydiet and follow her routine on @MsHappyDiet. We’ll be sure to do a round up of recipes and healthy pictures for you lot to be salivating over all year round. xx

xxx

Introducing Tess Dann

‘Never be afraid to try new things when it comes to food’. If you can think of it, she’s probably eaten it (and most importantly knows where it’s good). And if she hasn’t, she wants to try it. We’re talking about Tessa Dann, an easy-going, Louboutin wearing, Anglo-Australian go-getter, who is currently living in London and very proud to call herself a true ‘Foodie’.

Raised in Papua New Guinea and educated in Australia, Tessa Dann is currently working in the hustle and bustle of The Square Mile, the financial district of London. While that might be her day job, she has a passion for food that runs deep. Food is her ‘Raison D’être’; her reason for being.

Tessa has watched all the cooking shows, read all the books, and knows all the techniques. She confesses she might not be the greatest cook but we know she’s just being modest (take a look at her Instagram if you don’t believe us). Tessa attributes her love of food to her multicultural upbringing and teenage culinary escapades. Armed with her taste buds and a pen, Tessa is here to take the guess work out of living and eating in London.

“You know those cartoon’s with thinking bubbles are above people’s heads? If I had one of those, 95% of the time it would be filled with food”

She loves:

  • Travel: “Many people have said that to understand a country, you must first eat it. Always remember that cuisine is the quickest way to learn about culture.”
  • Expensive footwear: “If only I could actually bring myself to live off nothing but ramen noodles so I could satisfy my shoe obsession. Unfortunately, that just ‘aint an option”.
  • Cooking for family and friends: “Half the pleasure of cooking is seeing other people enjoy your food.”
  • Christmas: “A holiday where it’s okay to switch from savory to sweet 10 times and pass out at 4pm in a self-enduced food coma smelling like Champagne and roast Goose? What more could I ask for?”
  • Well-manicured eyebrows: “Yeah I’m aware it’s a little weird but I’m actually obsessed. If I say you have nice eyebrows, I mean it.”
  • Lazy mornings spent in Bed: “As far as I’m concerned, 7am is still night”.

She hates:

  • Bad manners: “Completely unforgivable”
  • Loose use of the term ‘Foodie’: “In my book, if you’re going to call yourself a Foodie, you better be able to live up to it. Really loving food is totally badass”.
  • Blunt Knives: “Enjoying good food but having blunt knives in your kitchen is blasphemous. It’s like saying you’re in to fashion, and then wearing sneakers with jeans. Barf.”
  • Glass chopping boards. “No comment”
  • Birds. All Birds: “They’re unpredictable and terrifying. Especially Pigeons. The only place they should be is on a plate with a Red Wine Reduction and perfectly executed Potato Dauphinoise”

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Do check out her awesome orgasmic collection of colourful pixels of sweets and spices! @tessaisabeldann

Xx

Photo: Tessa Dann

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