Maple quinoa granola

I have recently begun my journey to better health by way of a dairy free, gluten free, low FODMAP diet.

FODMAP stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Dissacharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols and refers to the indigestible sugars present in many foods.

This new diet has really pushed me to further my understanding of a balanced healthy diet, and is definitely testing my cooking skills and creativity!

I recently read through Gwenyth Paltrow’s recipe book “It’s All Good” and found lots of healthy new treats to try! I began with her breakfast Quinoa Granola, modified to suit a low FODMAP diet.

Having tried quinoa flakes before (and hating them!) I was a bit nervous about this recipe, but I was so pleasantly surprised! This is a super delicious snack I’d happily eat any time of day.

20140726-092356.jpg

Ingredients:

– 3 cups quinoa flakes
– 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
– 1/2 cup organic maple syrup
– 1 cup raw walnuts (roughly chopped)
– 1 cup pumpkin seeds (roughly chopped)
– low FODMAP fruits for serving (banana is my fave!)

Method

1. Preheat your oven to 200’C, and line a baking tray with baking paper
2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the olive oil and maple syrup
3. Add the quinoa flakes and mix thoroughly to combine
4. Spread the coated quinoa flakes on the tray. I also sprinkled my quinoa flakes with some Himalayan pink salt for extra minerals.
5. Bake until golden brown and crispy! I stirred my quinoa flakes once after 10 minutes, and every five minutes thereafter. Keep an eye on them to ensure they don’t get too crispy! In saying that, some of mine were a little burnt, but I quite like the burnt sugary taste so this didn’t bother me 😛
6. Allow quinoa flakes to cool completely before mixing with the other ingredients.

Serve with almond milk and your choice of fresh fruit, and enjoy!

20140726-093352.jpg

20140726-093418.jpg

Lexie x

Advertisements

Alta Moda

It’s been a little while since I have been truly astounded by a haute couture collection, but Dolce & Gabbana have done just that with the Fall debut of their Alta Moda line. 

A three day experience stunningly set in Capri, Italy, gave the lucky 250 guests a taste of the entire creative concept behind this collection. 

Truly luxurious and out of this world beautiful – for me this collection embodies my personal ideal of haute couture, and everything I dream it to be!

 

dg

 

dg1  

 

dg3

 

dg2  

 

dg4

 

dg5

 

dg6

 

dg7

 

Ciao bella,

Lexie x

 

 

– pictures from: http://www.buro247.com/me/fashion/feed/dolce-gabbana-alta-moda-couture.html

Polka dot princess

I got to dress up in one of my favourite outfits at my last shoot with Millyjane Photography . I adore this skirt, and its so versatile – goes with everything! After we finished the fairy princess shoot we played around in the industrial area surrounding Milly’s studio.

Hope you enjoy them, it was so much fun to shoot 🙂 I miss this colourful hair!

20140705-112036.jpg

20140705-112043.jpg

20140705-112049.jpg

20140705-112146.jpg

20140705-112157.jpg

20140705-112215.jpg

20140705-112222.jpg

20140705-112229.jpg

20140705-112238.jpg

Photography: Millyjane
Hair styling and makeup: Sarah Kay MUA
Custom hair colour: Scissors, Paper, Rock Salon
Top and skirt: TopShop
Shoes: Wittner

Lexie x