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You got the peaches, I got the cream. Sweet to taste, saccharine

Summer is slowly coming to an end, the warm sunrises are being replaced with orange skies and the crisp air of Autumn, the best part is when the alarm clock triggers for your morning wake up, instead of getting out of bed, you snuggle deeper under the duvet and give it another 5 (?) more minuets.

Now, living in South Africa, we are blessed with our Autumn weather being a mixture of all four seasons in one. One day it’s raining and cold, you find your winter boots and pull out your scarf collection, and boy oh boy, do I have a collection of note. The next day you wake up to cloudy skies but by late morning, the weather is immaculate, the skies are bright without a cloud in sight. You spend the day frolicking outside and grabbing onto that last bit of good weather before winter sets in.

There is this little stream I take the boys too, they love it, being in the middle of nature, doing what kids should be doing – playing outside.

For those who know me well enough, you know how much I love tea. It is all weather purpose, so much so, on the same level as coffee connoisseur, I have numerous teas from different places, different styles and flavours. I use teas to infuse into meals, I make sweet tea ice lollipops for the boys, and besides drinking a nice cup of hot tea, I love making ice tea combinations.

This combination is a Rooibos, Apple & Cranberry infusion with lemon and rosemary. I can control the sugar, and 9/10 times I don’t even bother with sugar. This is not a luxury you have with store bought ice teas, often drinking one is like eating a spoonful, or 6, of sugar. If you look at Store Bought Ice Tea, you are looking at 6.6 tsp of sugar I’m a 500ml bottle.What does 6.6 tsps of sugar look like?

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Now to be fair, I do not have a sweet tooth, but know many people in my personal circle who have sugar addictions. Sweets for my sweets, honey for my honey…or sugar for my sweets and Diabetes for my honey. Sugar can be responsible for many health problems. To name just a few:

Diabetes, weak immune system, formation of kidney stones, tooth decay, eczema in children and of course my personal favourite, obesity.

Now don’t get me wrong, I am not saying cut out sugar completely as I know for the average person, this is a challenge. All I am advising is to watch your sugar intake and believe ice tea is a healthier drink, unless it’s homemade.

Everything in moderation, stay happy and healthy.


Summer Loving and Healthy Lunches

Summer is just about here! And to celebrate the warmer weather, I like to take full advantage of the beautiful surrounds of St Francis Bay.  The Cape St Francis beach is one of my favourite places to spend time, the sand always forms magical patterns and creates a fairytale atmosphere.

sand patternsshadows

lighthouse from the beach

To celebrate the summer, I thought I would share one of my favourite easy and healthy lunch time dishes.

Spinach, Feta & Mushroom Quesadilla

1 whole wheat tortilla wrap
¼ cup mozzarella cheese
1 cup fresh spinach which has been blanched in boiling water
4 button mushrooms, sliced and cooked in a little olive oil and garlic.
30g Danish feta, crumbled
¼ tsp nutmeg
chopped dill

Mix the spinach, feta, mushrooms, nutmeg and dill together.  Season to your liking.

Heat a large non-stick pan over medium heat.
Place 1 tortilla onto the pan.
When warm, flip it over.
Sprinkle about half the Cheddar cheese evenly over the one side of the tortilla.
Top with the spinach mixture.
Add a little more cheese, fold over in half and press down lightly.
Cook until the bottom gets a little colour, flip over and let the other side also colour.
Slide onto a cutting board, using a pizza cutter or a very sharp knife, cut into 4.
Serve with a little side salad of your choice.

spinach feta and mushroom