At Halcyon Daze we like to inspire a healthy lifestyle, one that connects mind, body and soul in the most positive way. We believe that beauty radiates from within and are so fortunate to reside in this day and age surrounded by amazing women who practice, encourage and share a positive approach towards women's health, exercise and nutrition. We felt the need to offer to you, alongside our swimmers, the knowledge of these women, who are experts in their chosen fields, so that you too can embrace summer, sparkling from the inside out.
The very first of our series begins with a personal friend and all-round powerhouse regarding all things women's health, Eloise Hyne the brains behind "The Nutritionist Kitchen". Eloise is a clinical nutritionist with a passion for women's wellbeing and delicious food! We were fortunate enough to spend a morning in the kitchen with Eloise and her gorgeous little boy, where she shared with us her favourite gluten-free seeded bread recipe, ideal for all those beach day breakies!!
TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT WHAT YOU DO?
I’m a Clinical Nutritionist with an enormous passion for women and children’s health. I specialise in fertility, pregnancy and postnatal support but also love working with women to optimise and maintain the balance of their body and hormones. My practice focuses on and centres around healthy food relationships and making the right balanced nutritional choices for your body and lifestyle. I try to inspire a passion for eating delicious highly nutritional food for overall health in a simple way!
WHAT ARE SOME QUICK AND EASY WAYS TO INCORPORATE MORENOURISHMENT INTO OUR DIET/ LIFESTYLES ON A DAILY BASIS?
Nourishment doesn’t have to be complicated, it can be as simple as adding some flaxseeds into your daily summer smoothie or on top of your porridge in winter. Flaxseeds are fantastic for women as they contain lignans which help to regulate women's hormonal systems. Flaxseeds provide both soluble and insoluble fibre which helps give regularity to the bowel, flushing out toxins and stopping the reuptake of the hormones. They are also a great source of fibre, protein and good fat. Another quick way and easy way is to incorporate nourishment is by adopting a little food prep into your life. Something so simple that offers huge rewards, and it can be as easy as taking a small container of fruit or vegetables with you each day to snack on!
WHAT ARE YOUR TOP TIPS FOR A HAPPY AND HEALTHY BODY?
Food - Eat intuitively, listening to your body enables you to focus on its own individual wants and needs. Stay away from fad diets, the restrictive eating associated with these diets can in some instances wreak havoc on the female body. Don't be lured by quick short term results, the long term effects on your health are not worth it!
Movement - Make sure you move your body in a way that makes you happy and that you don’t dread the thought of, this means you are more likely to commit to a little movement every day. Spend time doing things that make you feel good inside, take a walk by the ocean, skip rope with your kids...move without the pressure of extreme exercise - unless that's your thing and then go for it!
WHAT IS YOUR ULTIMATE GO TO NUTRITIOUS AND DELICIOUS MEAL/SNACK/TREAT?
My all-time favourite, absolutely packed full of so many vitamins and minerals essential for women's health and so easily digestible and gut-friendly is my tasty gluten-free seeded bread. Topped with tahini, figs and honey for a sweet hit or avo and an egg as a simple yet highly nutritional breakfast. Check out the recipe below!
GLUTEN FREE SEEDED BREAD
3 cups filtered water ( start with 2 1/2 and see add little more if needed )
1 cup raw sunflower seeds, ground
1 cup raw almonds, ground
1 cup rolled oats, ground
1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds
1/2 cup flaxseeds, ground
1/4 cup coconut flour
3 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp psyllium husk powder
2 tbsp, chia seeds, ground
2 tbsp sesame seeds
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp cinnamon
1. Measure out all the seeds and nuts. Then in your blender or food processor add
almonds, flaxseeds, sunflower seeds and chia and grind until a fine powder.
2. In a ‘small bowl’ whisk olive oil, maple syrup, herbs/spices and water until very well combined.
3. In ‘large’ mixing bowl, combine all the ground ingredients ( almonds, flaxseeds,
sunflower seeds and chia) to all the remaining dry ingredients ( oats, pumpkin seeds, psyllium husk, sesame seeds, coconut flour)
4. Put all the “ wet “ mixture from the small bowl into the large and mix well - see here if you may need to add a little more water the coconut flour can really drink it all up.
5. In a standard loaf tin line it with baking paper, and pour the mixture in, give it a little shake to make sure it's all nice and settled in.
6. Let it sit at room temperature for about 2 hours. The water will be absorbed and a Lovely dough will form.
7. Bake at 180degrees for around 1hr -1hr/15mins I like to check if cooked through with a clean knife through the middle (if it is still wet cook for a further 15mins)
1hr- 1hr 15mins will make the inside nice and moist, I love it like this.
If you prefer the bread harder cook for a further 45mins out of the tin.