Author: TheEightHours

Wild Berry Coconut Bark

For someone who would rather eat a block of cheese than a block of chocolate it can be a little tricky finding a healthy snack to satisfy that sweet craving. There’s only so many banana and peanut butter bites one person should eat, so I think we’re onto a bit of a game changer with this one, Coconut Bark where have you been all my life. This sums up all the components that make a great recipe, it’s quick – like insanely quick, you can probably make this in an ad break (maybe? Try it) it’s the perfect healthy snack to grab after dinner or when you’re watching a film and need that snack, and it uses some of my favourite ingredients, especially The Wilds Muesli, yes yes yes. And the thing that makes a good recipe for me, is that you can play around with whatever ingredients you want to add in there, Nuts? Berries? Honey? Go wild… What you’ll need 55g Coconut butter 1 can of coconut cream The Wild Lime & Coconut …

Japanese Lettuce Cups

I haven’t been this excited about a recipe since I first moved to Melbourne and discovered Smashed Avocado. Now that was a great day and this comes pretty close, you’re going to kick yourself you haven’t tried this sooner. Depending how elaborate you want to get it this can be so easy to throw together, just use whatever veg you’ve got in your fridge, play around and decide what makes the best healthy combo. We went a bit crazy in the local Asian supermarket with an ingredient overload and made all our sauces and dressings – obviously you don’t need to do this every time but trust me it tastes so good, it will definitely be worth it. Ingredients 1 baby cos lettuce 1 clove of garlic 1 small chilli 100g firm tofu ½ avocado, thinly sliced length ways ¼ mango thinly sliced ¼ cucumber ¼ red cabbage thinly sliced sesame seeds to scatter on top Wasabi Avo & Edamame Spread 2 teaspoons of wasabi powder 1 cup of Edamame beans ½ avocado 2 spring …

Lavender Chia Pots

Winter is definitely coming in Melbourne, these pitch black mornings are a killer to wake up to aren’t they? It is my belief that in winter breakfasts need to be carefully planned, I’m talking about doing as much as you can the night before so you can snooze that alarm and stay in bed until the very last minute without compromising on flavor or benefits, so this recipe is a guaranteed winner, introducing our Lavender Chia Pots. Make these the night before and voila your looking at your main reason to throw yourself out of bed in the morning. An ideal healthy breakfast rich in nutrients and nourishing goodness. There’s a reason chia seeds are as popular as they are, they’re high in fibre and a great source of anti-inflammatory properties, did you know they actually contain more potassium than bananas? But my absolute favorite thing about this recipe is using Lavender. Everyone knows how relaxing Lavender is, so imagine how calming it is to our body when we eat it? It is infamous for its …

Baked Easter Eggs

I hate Chocolate. Can you picture the outrage I get when this comes up in conversation? You’re probably doing it right now, how? What? Why? But I just don’t like it, never have, so all this Easter-food excitement is completely lost on me. Try telling that to my Dad who still buys me an Easter Egg despite me never eating chocolate my whole life, he’s chosen the route of refusing to accept it’s humanly possible or he just knows he gets to eat it, but give me a real egg any day. So in the efforts of doing something Easter related with not an Easter Egg or Hot Cross Bun in sight here is a recipe we made last year, Baked Easter Eggs. If you’re not a chocolate fan either then this one is for you. An eggscellent idea I think, this recipe is so easy to throw together, just use whatever you’ve got in the cupboards, don’t worry about it being too eggstravagant, it’s Easter after all and it’s time to relax. I’m counting down the hours until it’s the …

Lime & Coconut Slices

Here’s something  I never thought you’d ever hear me say but I think I’ve found something I like more than my Peanut Butter Balls – and as a self confessed Peanut Butter addict this is big. Seriously they taste amazing, sharp tang of the lime with the creaminess of the coconut and cashews, mix that in with the sweet realization that these are actually so good for you and a great post work out protein hit and nothing tastes better. Plus these will literally take you a whole 5 minutes to make so it’d be rude not to knock a few up. What you’ll need: – 3 cups of cashews – 3 limes – 1 cup of Grated coconut – 1 cup of Coconut chips – 2 tablespoons Coconut butter – 1 tablespoon of Protein powder What you’ll need to do: – Put everything except your limes and half your coconut chips in your food processor – Half your limes and squeeze in the juice – Pulse your food mixer until your ingredients are roughly blended and sticking together – Flatten …

GF Carrot Cake Muffins

Because nothing says Sunday more than baking. Even better when it’s baking up something healthy and the words Carrot and Cake are involved. These little beauties are ideal if you want to bake but are no Mary Berry. I’m all about simple, I want an easy recipe that I can throw in the oven and in less than half an hour I can claim to be the modern day muffin man. So here we have it, simple and healthy Carrot Cake & Coconut Muffins. (And gluten free – we can still enjoy baked goods too you know) This recipe doesn’t need any extra sugar or unhealthy additions and all the carrot is a great source of antioxidants and fibre. You could even add in some protein powders to transform these into the perfect post work out snack. All this can be quickly knocked up in one bowl in record time, plus they’re a healthy take on Carrot Cake, surely that’s reason enough? What you’ll need: – 3 carrots – 1 cup of walnuts – 1 banana – 2 eggs – …

Chargrilled Aubergine & Goats Cheese Rolls

Sometimes there’s just no need to waste time with introductions. I’ll get straight to the point: Chargrilled Aubergine & Goats Cheese Rolls. Sounds pretty good right? I promise you this recipe isn’t going to disappoint. All it takes is a few key ingredients and you’ll be making this almost as often as we do. They’re light, simple and so tasty – perfect for a snack, your next picnic or for dinner with a big old salad. Only problem, you can never ever make enough. What you’ll need: – Medium sized aubergine – 200g goats cheese roll (log) – Small handful of finely chopped parsley – Salt and pepper – You need to cut your aubergine into thin slices lengthways (if you cut on a diagonal it makes it easier) – Lay out your slices in a sieve and sprinkle in salt (this draws out the extra moisture) leave for around 30minutes – Rinse the slices and grill with oil and pepper until golden (keep a close eye you don’t want them to crisp) – In …

24hrs in Melbourne

There’s a reason Melbourne’s been voted the most liveable city in the world for the 5th year running, hundreds of reasons in fact. Why else do you think we moved here from London? 24 hours is never going to be long enough but here are some of our favorite things for you to check out in Eight Hours does 24hours in Melbourne with Eventbrite: COFFEE: Lawson Grove Cafe You can’t start a day in Melbourne without a coffee, it’s pretty much the law here. One of my favorite places is a bit of a hidden secret, Lawson Grove Café is a local treasure, places this good don’t come about often so definitely worth checking out. ACTIVITY: Walk around the Royal Botanical Gardens Coffee in hand take a stroll along the river towards the Botanical Gardens, the most beautiful place around, just wander through or sit and relax by the lake. In Summer they even hold a Moonlight Cinema in front of the water with the city as the backdrop. Think of the Instragram potential. BREAKFAST: Uncommon I’m not ashamed …