Category Archives: beetroot

Beetroot Relish

I had discovered Beetroot Relish a few months ago & was embracing it with foods as much as I could…

But alas, the jar now runs empty..
Time to create my own.

Ingredients-
2 large beetroots, peeled & grated
1 Granny Smith apple, peeled & grated
1 cup red wine vinegar
1 small onion diced
3/4 cup Natvia for Baking
1 tsp cumin seeds
Salt & pepper

In a large saucepan cook down the beetroot, apple, onion, cumin seeds & vinegar until soft & cooked through. This should take about 15-20 minutes on a medium heat.

Mix in the Natvia until dissolved & then add the salt & pepper to taste.

Cook for another 15 minutes until much of the liquid has evaporated. You will be left with a thick mixture with pungent beetroot scents.

Leave to cool and then transfer to a container or sterilised jar and refrigerate.
Enjoy warned or cold with salad, bread, crackers or tossed through pasta. 
Total recipe calories- 180

Kilojoules & Calories

I’ve had a busy week so not much blogging! I did get the chance to create a Facebook Page for my foods so please search Halfway To Healthy on Facebook to find me! Please Like and Share. 

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Coffee Club

Enjoyed a late night snack & soy chai latte with a friend a couple of nights ago in Wantirna South. The Coffee Club have a decent menu (pricey), and list the kilojoules (kjs) on their menu. It’s a great help if you’re counting or restricting intake. 
Kilojoules (metric equivalent to calories) & calories are a measurement of energy, if you’re looking to lose weight, counting them can be a huge help. Burn more calories than what you’re intaking. Simple, right? Not always.
Some meals can be in excess of 500 calories, if you’re looking to slim down it’s recommended that you stick between 1,200 & 1,500 calories per day, depending on your needs. Figuring out the caloric value of your foods prior to eating can allow you to make better food choices, and help to stay within your limits.
I decided upon a Walnut, Beetroot & Feta Salad with snow peas & spinach. Delicious, light & a perfect low calorie choice. It was better than nachos, fries or a burger. Assessing what’s actually in the meal, what benefit you’re getting from the food & how you’re going to feel after, tends to make choices that bit easier.
To convert kilojoules into calories (it’s much easier to work with smaller numbers) divide the kilojoules by 4.2. 
This will give you the calorie value of a kilojoule listing.
The above salad set me back 262 calories or 1,100 kilojoules. 
It’s always a good idea to view the menu of the place you’re planning on eating at before visiting. This way you can get an idea of the variety of their foods and find out if they cater for any dietary needs. 
Using apps such as My Fitness Pal can also come in handy when menus don’t contain calorie counts & can be used to gauge your consumption, and keep your fats, carbs and proteins in check.
The app also keeps record of your exercise too, this way you can actually see in real time how you’re tracking for the day & keep tabs on your weightloss.
My Fitness Pal is free on your App Store.