ElishaElisha Danine, Nutritionist for the January 28 Day Weight Loss Challenge provides some easy ways to get ready for the meals in Week 3 as well as some tips on how you can make some ingredients yourself to ensure you are eating preservative and additive free:

  • Prepare the Banana Almond Breakfast Cup the night before to save some time in the morning. Psyllium will thicken up overnight, so if you don’t want it too thick – leave preparation until the morning.
  • Make some homemade mayonnaise to use in the salad recipes for this week. To make a cup of mayonnaise place 3 free range egg yolks in a blender with 2 tsp of white wine vinegar and 2 tsp of Dijon mustard. Process until light and creamy. With the blender still running, slowly pour in 200ml of extra virgin olive oil in a steady stream until thick and pale. Store in an airtight container or jar in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. It’s so easy to make and you’ll have additive and preservative free, delicious mayonnaise.
  • Most almond milks have a high percentage of water and a low percentage of actual almonds. Try making your own almond milk to use in breakfast dishes such as the Coconut & Berry Baked Oats. It’s easy to make, just blend 1 cup of almonds (that have been soaked in water for at least 12 hours and then drained) with 3 cups of water. Blend until well combined. Either use the milk as is or strain through a fine mesh cloth. Store in a glass jar in the fridge for 2 to 3 days.
  • ChickenMincePatties_0849-3000Prepare the Kale & Bean salad the night before as the dressing will soften up the kale leaves. Keep sealed in the fridge overnight.
  • With the Strawberry Frozen Yoghurt, if using a bullet style bender, make sure you add the berries to the blender last so they are blended completely.
  • Chia puddings always taste better the longer they sit in the fridge. So prepare the Mixed Berry Chia Pudding the night before and enjoy a quick and easy breakfast.
  • The Chicken Mince Patty mixture keeps really well in the fridge so make in advance for an easy to cook dinner. Make up some extra mince and add to some grated veggies to the mix. Then cook for an easy lunch the next day.

Elisha Danine – Nutritionist (BHSc Comp Med).
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