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What Is BARE Essentials?

What Is BARE Essentials?

Hey Guys! I hope you're staying super safe and well.  I know how easy it can be to lose focus of leading a healthy lifestyle in unusual times like these, but it is so important now, more than ever, to focus on maintaining your physical, mental and emotional health as this is one thing that we can control and is going to keep us strong moving forward. I don’t want you guys to feel stranded with your healthy eating, particularly with the reduced access many of us have to certain food products. So I thought what better way than to give you some more BARE recipes, using simple ingredients that you are likely to already have in your pantry, to cook while you are spending more time at home! We’ve put together this BARE Essentials as an extension of the current BARE Guide and BARE Vegetarian Guide. The BARE Essentials contains 40 BARE main meal recipes that fit either Model 1 and Model 2, but instead of serving 1, they serve 4.Each recipe has a meat-based and vegetarian variation, so whether you use the BARE Guide or the BARE Vegetarian Guide, there is an option for you! We also have a little freeze symbol that shows what can/cannot be frozen.  Along with this, we have a few included breakfast and snack recipe ideas. Once you have stocked your pantry, fridge and freezer with the staples, you can then purchase your fruits and vegetables fresh as you need them or, as an alternative, use a mixed frozen variety – depending on what is available to you. As you look through the guide you will notice I have included ‘mixed vegetables’ in some of the recipes, this leaves the option open for you to use whatever you have access to, whether that is fresh or frozen. As for meats, your local butcher is often the best place to find what you need! If you can’t find what you are looking for, consider a different cut of meat or swap for an alternative protein. The recipes inside are similar to the ones in BARE where they are not under 5 ingredients, however, you are able to access these ingredients easily.  What we consider staples as:  Pantry:  Tinned tomatoes, Tomato Passata (tomato puree),Tinned beans & lentils, Oats, Grains: (Rice, quinoa, couscous), Coconut milk, Tinned tuna, Pasta. Flour, Breadcrumbs, Stocks, Sauces (i.e soy sauce, chilli sauce), Oils & Vinegars (olive oil, sesame oil), Spreads (peanut butter, honey, maple),Nuts and Seeds, Dry spices, Baking goods (sugars, powders), Bread (Freeze before going stale!), Onion, Garlic, Potato Fridge: Meats, Eggs, Dairy (cheeses), Sauces  Freezer: Frozen fruit, Frozen Vegetables   Here are some more FAQ's that you might want to have a read of :)  Do I have to pay for BARE Essentials if I’ve already purchased the BARE Guide or the BARE Guide Vegetarian? Yes, BARE Essentials is an additional purchase for all BARE Guide and BARE Guide Vegetarian members.  How much is BARE Essentials? The BARE Essentials eBook is $15 AUD. Can I use a discount code for this purchase? Unfortunately, no discount codes will work on this product. We understand that you have purchased the BARE Guide/s before and we have therefore priced BARE Essentials to account for this, at the small price of $15 AUD. Do you offer Afterpay? Yes, After-pay is available for those that live in Australia and are wanting to purchase BARE Essentials.    How many recipes are vegetarian / vegan? 3 recipes are vegetarian completely, however every single recipe has a vegetarian swap - which is awesome!  Are the recipes gluten free / nut free / dairy free? Nut free: 36 recipes  Gluten Free: 6 recipes (however many recipes with stock and soy sauce cannot be classed as GF, but 1 swap and it becomes GF)  Dairy Free: 19 recipes  Freezable: 25 recipes  Is this for BARE Guide members only? If I haven’t purchased the BARE Guide, how can I access BARE Essentials? Yes, unfortunately as BARE Essentials is a top up eBook of BARE Guide recipes, the recipes and content will only make sense for existing BARE members as they will be familiar with the BARE principles and models. If you would like to purchase BARE Essentials, you’ll first have to purchase the BARE Guide and/or BARE Vegetarian Guide and familiarise yourself with the BARE concept and from there you’ll be able to purchase BARE Essentials via our BARE Guide Facebook community group.  Can I get a refund? Unfortunately, as this is a digital product it is deemed used once opened. Please contact us with any questions before purchasing as we will not provide a refund once purchased. If you do accidentally buy two (web crashes etc) we will happily refund you the accidental additional purchase.  Are the calories provided for each of the recipes? Personally, I do not believe in counting calories, as it is time consuming and unsustainable. I therefore haven’t included the calories for each recipe. The BARE and BARE Vegetarian Guide recipes use the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating which means the BARE models provide the appropriate amount of each of the 5 core food groups each day to support optimal health.   However, we DO have the macronutrients available for anyone who needs them. Please email leah@leahitsines.com.au with your order # and we can help you. Are there snacks in BARE Essentials? BARE Essentials has 40 main meal recipes, along with some snack and breakfast recipe suggestions, however no physical recipes for snacks.
My Top 20 BARE Guide Regular Recipes To Freeze

My Top 20 BARE Guide Regular Recipes To Freeze

Are you staying indoors right now? The world feels so strange right now and I feel like we all need a little positivity, fun and things to do to take our minds off the panic (nothing to panic about, just be aware and safe!) Of course, my favourite thing to do is cook BARE, create and make a mess and now that we have the time – what better way to spend your days then eating (yassss) and learning new skills in the kitchen.  If you’re staying indoors, here are some BARE recipes that I LOVE to make in advance and freeze.  At the moment when food seems to be flying off the shelves, if you can grab some things to make and freeze, you’re self-quarantine will be a breeze! Here are my top 20 BARE Regular recipes to freeze.           Model 1  Mango smoothie, green smoothie, berry bowl The fruit can be prepared in advance and frozen in zip lock bags. When it comes to making them, remove from freezer and add the remaining ingredients (long life items like oats, milks etc) and blend! Bacon pinwheels The pinwheels are incredible to make in advance. I freeze uncooked on a tray, once frozen I will then transfer to a bag to save room in the freezer. These can be frozen cooked. Defrost in the fridge and pop in oven to cook! If I’m super hungry and impatient, I’ll throw them in the microwave frozen for a minute or so to defrost and then pop in oven to cook. Savoury muffins These are great to make in bulk. once cooked, wrap in film in single portions and grab and go in the mornings. Spinach Filo Pastries  I have these in the freezer at all times in case of any visitors! Great to whip out and they’re always a hit. I freeze on a tray uncooked and then transfer to a zip lock bag. Zucchini fritters Cook these and freeze in single portions (a piece of baking paper in between each. Grab and defrost in the fridge and pop back on the pan to heat up. Beef burgers The patties are great to make in advance, freeze on a tray uncooked with a sheet of cling film in between each layer. Transfer to a bag once frozen. These just need to be defrosted and cooked on the pan, then added with the additions (lettuce, tomato, burger bun etc). Can’t find burger buns? Open burger plate or patty plate as I like to call it ha-ha!  Beef curry Curries are ALWAYS a good idea to freeze. This can be frozen as just the sauce, or in containers with the rice. Chicken parmigiana The parmy’s are great to make in advance. I coat the meat in the crumb and place onto a tray. I like to freeze uncooked, but these can be cooked and then frozen. Freeze on a tray with a sheet of baking paper in between each layer so they don’t freeze together. Transfer to a bag once frozen. Marinated meats - chicken chipotle salad, chicken yiros, satay skewers, Greek oregano chicken, grilled pork and broccoli, pepper steak   Every recipe that calls for meat to be marinated, can be marinated and then frozen uncooked. This is a super easy way to reduce mess at cook times because you’ve already done the hard work. Meat can be frozen for up to 4-6 months, but I prefer to rotate quicker than this. Zucchini slice Slices, eggy bakes etc are all amazing to freeze cooked, in single portions ready for you to grab and go. Napoletana sauce Sauces are perfect to make in bulk and freeze in single portions for you to grab and quickly whip together a quick pasta or easy dish. Model 2   Egg and chorizo Shakshuka The sauce part of this recipe can be prepared and then frozen. All you’ll need to do is pop it in a pot and then add the eggs fresh. Ham and asparagus frittata, Pumpkin and bacon muffins, Zucchini eggy muffins Any eggy bake is great to freeze. Cook these and freeze in single portions (a piece of baking paper in between each. Grab and defrost in the fridge and either in the oven or microwave to heat. Banana blueberry loaf This is a great sweet treat to have in the freezer! Freeze cooked in single wrapped portions to defrost. Beef Black bean chilli con carne The sauce part of this recipe can be prepared and then frozen. This can also be frozen with cooked rice, up to you! Bolognese Sauces are perfect to make in bulk and freeze in single portions for you to grab and quickly whip together a quick pasta or easy dish. This could be frozen just in sauce or with cooked pasta too. Pesto Freeze your pesto in ice cube containers. These last a month in the freezer and they defrost really well in the fridge! Honey salmon Marinate salmon and freeze uncooked. Defrost and place it straight onto pan and cook. Meatballs and rice These are probably my favourite recipe to freeze! Mitch loves these for a quick lunch so I freeze (cooked!) in single portions so I can grab and defrost in the microwave or a pot. These can be frozen as an entire meal with rice, or alone with just the meatballs in sauce. Fish burgers The patties are great to make in advance, freeze on a tray uncooked with a sheet of cling film in between each layer. Transfer to a bag once frozen. These just need to be defrosted and cooked on the pan, then added with the additions (lettuce, tomato, burger bun etc). Sesame soy beef, spicy chicken bowls, Mediterranean stuffed chicken, chicken lettuce cups  Every recipe that calls for meat to be marinated, can be marinated and then frozen uncooked. This is a super easy way to reduce mess at cook times because you’ve already done the hard work. Meat can be frozen for up to 4-6 months, but I prefer to rotate quicker than this. I hope you love these recipes & they help keep your stock levels at home up throughout these crazy times. Remember to stay safe, be careful & remember to spread love and positivity.Love, Leah x
My 5 Easiest Dinner Recipes

My 5 Easiest Dinner Recipes

I'm sure we're all sick of asking ourselves the age old question of "What's for dinner?" especially.. After a long hard day at work!  Myself included, I don't have the energy to slave in the kitchen for hours after a huge day. Even with my love food, I also crave quick meals that are easy to cook, which is why I wanted to share with you My 5 Easiest Dinner Recipes!   1. Lemon Salmon with Fresh Tomato Salsa I absolutely love fresh meals like this because they leave you feeling super light! The salmon has a delicious lemony flavour and is great with a garden salad. You cant go wrong! It's perfect for a summer meal because of all the fresh and citrusy flavours.  2. Vegan Dahl This recipe is so tasty and packed with protein to keep you nice a full! It takes a little time to simmer but prep time is minimal. Once all the ingredients are on the heat, you can basically sit back and relax. Dont let the "vegan" title scare you, it SERIOUSLY packs a punch with flavour. It can be serves with delicious naan bread and some rice.  3. Chilli Lime Chicken Meal Prep Spice up your meal prep game with this delicious Chilli Lime Chicken recipe! Packed with my favourite veggies, sweet potato mash and broccoli, this recipe is super quick, easy and, most importantly, packed with flavour. In less than 30 minutes, you'll have 3 meals prepped and ready to go for the week. How easy is that? 4. Thai Chicken Burgers Delicious chicken burgers that will leave your family wanting more! Personally I love a good burger, super quick and easy to make.. What's not to love?! 5. Chorizo and Broccoli Pasta I love a simple and quick pasta! This is a super easy meal that the whole family will love. That best part...you'll be finished eating in less than 20 minutes. I hope you love this blog on My 5 Easiest Dinner Recipes! Happy cooking, Leah x
What To Do If You're Just Starting Your BARE Journey!

What To Do If You're Just Starting Your BARE Journey!

My BARE Guide is packed with over 120 exclusive recipes, an abundance of resources and flexible weekly planners so you can feel happy and healthy while enjoying all your favourite foods. I want you to enjoy everything that BARE has to offer! So here are my 6 top tips on how to get the most out of the BARE Guide. The BARE Essentials 1. Plan ahead Whether you want to meal prep, batch cook or cook as you go, organisation is key when it comes to the BARE Guide. I’ve designed example weekly meal plans, which you can follow or use for inspiration, while also providing you with a meal planner template so you can easily choose your BARE meals and plan them out for the week ahead. This small organised step helps you to save money, not waste food and, most importantly, ensure your body is getting all the macronutrients it needs to thrive. In this case, the BARE Guide meal planners & shopping lists are super helpful.. I know I personally use them each week to help me plan my meals for the week! Below is an example meal planner we have in the BARE Guide! 2. Swap recipe and ingredients to your liking! I’ve designed every BARE meal to be flexible and swappable so you can eat to suit your lifestyle. So if you don’t like a Model 1 Main Meal then simply swap it for another Model 1 Main Meal recipe OR if you love recipe but don’t like a particular ingredient then use the Swaps & Alternatives chart in the resources of the BARE Guide to find an appropriate alternative. For instance, swap a zucchini for broccoli, swap an egg for a flaxseed egg or swap white flour for gluten free flour. 3. Prep on Sundays Whether you want to meal prep or not, using Sunday as your prep day is another great way to stay organised and relieve yourself from stress and hunger pains later on during the week. At a basic level, I recommend using Sundays to plan your meals for the week ahead, confirm any swaps, write out your shopping list, buy your ingredients and get your meals ready for Monday. 4. Stock up your pantry If you look through the recipes, you’ll notice that there are a few staple ingredients I use throughout the BARE Guide. Some of these items you may already have in your cupboard but I recommend keeping these ingredients well stocked so you have everything you need to create your BARE meals. In the resources of the BARE Guide, you can discover my full list of kitchen essentials for fridge, freezer and pantry. 5. Join the community Get daily support and motivation from myself and the private BARE Guide Facebook Community. Here you can connect with women all over the world, including my BARE Ambassadors, while sharing tips, tricks and ideas. 6. Don’t forget the resources While all the BARE recipes are super amazing, make sure you don’t skip over the resources in the BARE Guide. From my Snacking Guide and Cooking Basics to Universal Measurement Conversions and Swaps and Alternatives, I’ve packed the resources with an abundance of food, cooking and nutritional information that are not only going to help you get the most out of BARE but also help you to enjoy healthy eating for life. If you have any other BARE questions, be sure to let me know via my contact form or Instagram! I absolutely love hearing from you and want to answer any questions you may have. Haven't already got the BARE Guide? Join thousands of other woman who are enjoying the ease, flexibility and taste of BARE. Start now. Leah xx
5 Ways To Increase Your Daily Exercise

5 Ways To Increase Your Daily Exercise

While healthy eating is important for a balanced and healthy lifestyle, exercise also plays a pivotal role. In my BARE Guide, we recommend you're moderately active and enjoy 30 minutes of exercise a day. Exercise should include a combination of strength, flexibility and cardiovascular training. It's not about crazy long workouts in the gym every day, it's about moving your body in an enjoyable manner. Keeping yourself fit works wonders for your mental and emotional well being.  Just like with healthy eating, you need to find a REALISTIC approach to exercise that suits YOUR lifestyle.  Here are some of the ways I like to move my body on a daily basis.. To much of your surprise, none of them are in the gym. 1. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Take the option of getting your heart rate up and using the stairs at work, trust me.. You'll be surprised as to how beneficial this would be. 2. Park further away from work & walk 5-10 minutes extra to the door. Again, another great option to get your heart rate up and enjoy a small walk to & from work to your car. 3. Standing at your desk vs. sitting Effectively by standing at your desk, instead of sitting your body burns more energy, which allows this to count as being more active. 4. Walk your dog in the morning or night This is a great way for you to get out of the house with your partner and get some fresh air with your dog. I know Mitch and I will be doing this every night as soon as Wally is able to be walked.  5. Do the house work You'd be surprised by how many ladies in our BARE Guide community have been losing extra body fat by just doing the house work each week and eating healthy. This is one that doesn't seem like much, but really.. Doing the housework allows you to be quite active. There are many other ways in which you can get your daily exercise up, however, these are the 5 that are most realistic to ME. It's important you do things that make YOURSELF happy and suit YOUR schedule. Give these a go and embrace being more active each and every day, as your body, mind & soul will feel good! Leah x  
My 10 Favourite Brunch Recipes

My 10 Favourite Brunch Recipes

Let's be honest, whenever we get a morning off or some time to ourselves to just chill out and relax.. It's quite amazing.  What better way to spend this time than with some delicious food.. Here are My 10 Favourite Brunch Recipes! For the Savoury Lovers: 1. Shakshuka (Baked Eggs) YAY! Who doesn't love baked eggs! They're seriously delicious and one of my favourite Sunday breakfast cook ups when I have a little more time! This recipe was by @katiegb as a part of my community recipes! Thank you Katie!     2. Asparagus and Zucchini Fritters This is cafe level brunch style! These Asparagus and Zucchini Fritters are incredible especially when you add a poached egg on top.      3. Pancetta and Sun Dried Tomato Omelette How good are omelettes? 🍳Do YOU guys have a favourite flavour? I swear I never stick to one, its basically whatever I have in my fridge, goes in! 😂 This is a pancetta, basil and semi dried tomato omelette and it is AMAZING!     4. Salmon Salsa Pockets We have these at Christmas as a little appetiser but they are perfect brunch addition too. They're really fresh and lemony, perfect for those summer days coming up.     5. Simple Hollandaise Sauce How good is Hollandaise! I LOVE making my own so I can spice up the flavours and of course it's what makes the classic brunch favourite; Eggs Benedict. This recipe is sooo tasty and sooo easy, you'll wonder why you ever eat out.     6. Mushroom and Pancetta Frittata This will soon be your new favourite brunch option. It's super simple and easily feed the whole family. Tip: is make a big batch so you have some leftover to grab on the go when a lazy brunch isn't possible.     For the Sweet Tooths: 7. Sticky Date Oats Yessss YAY! I love this community recipe by Jenny (@theactivebod). It is SO DELICIOUS! The perfect brunch for those colder mornings or when you just want something that tastes like cake!     8. Berry Buttermilk Pancakes Pancakes are clear brunch favourite and OH MY these are super delicious! The strawberries are the perfect addition! I love making a BIG stack of pancakes and topping them with maple syrup or coconut yoghurt but you can add whatever you like.     9. Peach Parfait  Summer is nearly here in AUS, which means peaches are coming back into season! YAY! I love enjoying a beautiful big fruit salad or parfait on a warm Sunday morning. The best thing about parfaits in the they looks really fancy but they're actually SOOO EASY to make. It's a win win.     10. Coffee Banana Smoothie I don't think brunch is complete without a coffee AND a smoothie, which is why I LOVE this Coffee Banana Smoothies so much! It is so delicious! It's definitely my favourite morning smoothie because the shot of coffee gives me a little wake up!     Try a recipe or two this week and let me know your thoughts in the comments below. I LOVE LOVE LOVE hearing your feedback! Be sure to also share your creations with me on Instagram so I can like, comment and share! Use the tag @leahitsines and hashtag #leahitsines to reach out. Leah x
13 Delicious Reasons To Eat Your Greens

13 Delicious Reasons To Eat Your Greens

"Eat your greens! They're good for you" Who didn't hear that a million times growing up. But as much as I don't want to admit my parents were right...they kind of were. I personally believe greens are essential as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle that are pivotal for our well being.  BUT...it's so easy to think of a bland salad, a bitter green smoothie or over blanched broccoli, when you think about eating more greens. So I'm going to bust this myth today. Eating your greens can be super delicious, as well as healthy, quick and easy, and I've got 13 AMAZING recipes to prove it to you. So let's start scrolling...   1. Broccoli & Feta Fritters These little fritters will make adding veggies into your day a breeze! Get the recipe here.   2. Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus  This is the BEST 20 minutes appetiser for a BBQ!  Get the recipe here.   3. Zucchini Bolognese Boats Light, hearty and super healthy!  This is the perfect dinner idea to get some extra veggies into you and your kids.  Get the recipe here.   4. Spinach & Strawberry Salad This different yet amazingly delicious salad is a super fun way to bulk up on your greens.  Get the recipe here.   5. Cheesy Broccoli  This is the best ever Cheesy Broccoli Soup! You won't be able to stop eating.  Get the recipe here.   6. Garlic & Chilli Bok Choy This super fresh recipe is the perfect easy and healthy side to complete any delicious lunch or dinner.  Get the recipe here.   7. Simple Yellow Fish Curry I LOVE this curry! It's so simple, quick and packed with flavour. Serve over basmati rice and you're in for a delicious, light dinner.  Get the recipe here.   8. Chilli Kale Chips   These are quick, easy and, most importantly, delicious! Don't be surprised if you eat them all at once.  Get the recipe here.   9. Grilled Vegetable & Chicken Salad This super satisfying salad with give you all the energy and greens you need to power through the day.  Get the recipe here.   10. Easy Cheesy Broccolini The perfect healthy side to any lunch or dinner. This quick and easy cheesy broccolini recipe is super delicious!  Get the recipe here.    11. Kale Pesto Pasta Such a delicious and super easy way to get some extra greens into you! I mean who doesn't love pasta?  Get the recipe here.    12. Beetroot & Haloumi Salad Haloumi has to be my favourite cheese, ever! Its so soft and delicious, you won't even notice you're eating a salad.  Get the recipe here.    13. Spinach and Basil Pesto This pesto is life changing!! It lasts for weeks in the fridge and is a easy way to make any meal super delicious and bursting with flavour.  Get the recipe here.    Try recipe or two this week and be sure to let me know your thoughts  I LOVE LOVE LOVE hearing your feedback! Be sure to also share your creations with me on Instagram so I can like, comment and share! Use the tag @leahitsines and hashtag #leahitsines to reach out.   Happy cooking, Leah xx  
My Top 4 Favourite Baking Recipes!

My Top 4 Favourite Baking Recipes!

It's no surprise I learnt to cook from both my Mum & Yiayia.. I mean I still love cooking and spending time with them in the kitchen.  One thing I loved as a kid would be baking with both of them.. Mind you I haven't quite mastered my baking skills like they have! Here are My Top 4 Favourite Baking Recipes which would be perfect for you to try over the long weekend! 1. Lemonade Scones This recipe is so simple! My mum has been making Lemonade Scones for years and they are the most delicious, fluffy scones I've ever tasted! They're amazing fresh out of the oven and served with the traditional jam and cream.     2. Choc-Hazelnut Cookies These Choc-Hazelnut cookies are so delicious! They're a super amazing snack or filler dessert and the best thing is they won't take long for the kids prepare or bake.     3. White Choc Blondies How goooood is a blondie?! Don't feel bad if you've only just figured out what a "blondie" is...because, me too!! haha! They're a white version of a chocolate brownie, using white chocolate instead of milk chocolate. Your kids will love these just as much as they love licking the bowl.     4. Oreo Balls HERE IS YOUR NEW FAVE DESSERT! Oreo balls - they are the BOMB! They're a little crunchy on the outside with the chocolate, but then you have a deliciously smooth inside. Don't blame me if you and your kids gobble them all up at once.     You should try a recipe or two while it's the long weekend.. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. I LOVE LOVE LOVE hearing your feedback!  Leah x
5 Meal Prep Recipes You Have To Try

5 Meal Prep Recipes You Have To Try

So you guys have been LOVING Meal Prep Sunday! And as a result I have been smashing more and more new meal prep recipes for you. I'm all about giving the people what the want and DAMN! are these delicious! I don't want you to miss out on these tasty, healthy and super easy gems so I thought it was best to put them all in one place.  Here are my 5 new amazing meal prep recipes... 1. Strawberry and Coconut Oats Overnight oats are sooo good! So easy and so delicious. I love heating them up in the morning because then they taste like pudding. This strawberry and coconut combination is the BOMB!     2. Reece's Peanut Butter Cups Who thought a healthy snack could taste THIS GOOD! They look and taste so decadent but are packed with goodness. You have to try these!     3. Roasted Veg and Bulgar Wheat Salad Bulgar Wheat! I had never tried Bulgur Wheat before and really wanted to! 😍 It’s so similar to rice and couscous and is perfect in salads like this Mediterranean Roast Vegetable salad!     4. Mixed Berry Chia Pudding CHIA PUDDING! It took some getting used too, but chia pudding is a great recipe to have in the mornings! It keeps you full, can be made in advance and great for meal prep!     5. Zucchini and Quinoa Slice Zucchini, Mushroom and Quinoa Slice!! 😍 Freeeeeking YUM! This is SUCH a good snack for those 3o'clock snack feelings and will keep you going over until dinner time! Quinoa is a GREAT carb that keeps you fuller, for longer! So adding it into slices like this, salads or anything else thats typically 'light' is a great way to bulk up your meal!     Let me know your thoughts in the comments below and what you would like to see more in Meal Prep Sunday. I LOVE LOVE LOVE hearing your feedback! Be sure to also share your creations with me on Instagram so I can like, comment and share! Use the tag @leahitsines and hashtag #leahitsines to reach out. Leah x
BARE Guide Challenge Starts 13th January!

BARE Guide Challenge Starts 13th January!

What is the 6 week challenge:  To join in on our BARE Guide 6 Week Challenge, all you have to do is purchase the BARE Guide or have purchased before, there is nothing else you need to do other than sit tight....and wait for the fun! Our 6 Week Challenge will start on Monday the 13th of January and run until Sunday the 23rd of February however, you can join at any time before Monday 13th of January. Closer to the date, you will be sent additional BARE Guide Challenge Resource documents which will help support you throughout this journey and also help keep you accountable throughout the 6 weeks. I would recommend joining the Facebook Group for some of the below fun!  The 6 Week Challenge Documents Include: Weekly Measurements Goal Tracker Document What is this $500 AUD Grocery Voucher Prize? How Do I Win? I will be rewarding 4 lucky winners with $500 (AUD) grocery voucher gift cards. These winners will be women who are living & breathing the BARE healthy eating lifestyle over the 6 week period. As the 6 week challenge is about YOUR goals around mental, emotional and physical health and nutrition, we will be judging the winners with a range of factors set out below: Social Media Activity We of course need to be able to see that you’re active, living and breathing the BARE way when it comes to being online! Being active could be posting on Instagram (remember to tag so we see it!), sharing on your creations on Facebook and with the FB group community, engaging on the BARE Guide & Leah's Instagram posts and overall being active on social media. Goal Progress We’d love to be able to see your progress. Of course everyone has their own goals so we want to take ALL types of tracked goals into consideration. Your progress could relate to how many dress sizes you've gone down, how many CM you've lost off your waist, how many KGS you've dropped or even how how much better you feel mentally & emotionally. Support The BARE community is an incredible place for support, and we’d love to be able to see you asking, sharing and inspiring others on your journey within the BARE Guide Facebook community group. If you don’t have Facebook this is okay - We’d love to see support on your other social media profiles.  Community contribution  If another member asks a question and you have the answer - we’d love if you could help them out! The BARE Guide Facebook group is all about helping and supporting one another, so I'd love your help in doing so. If you don’t have Facebook this is okay - We’d love to see some sort of community support on your social media profiles.  Positive and active member  As a base, we’d love to see that you’re a positive and active member of the BARE Guide community and are smashing through your goals, supporting and inspiring women all around you. . We will be announcing our 4 lucky winners on Monday the 24th of February, 2020.  If you have any questions, feel free to email us at info@leahitsines.com.au  Otherwise, I hope to see you SMASHING your goals in January.. I'll sure be joining in! Leah xx  
Sweet Potato, Made 5 Different Ways!

Sweet Potato, Made 5 Different Ways!

So lately I've had a lot of feedback from you about wanting to cook on a budget and make delicious meals that use similar ingredients. Especially, when you need a whole different set of ingredients for each meals.  I always believe cooking should be easy, simple, approachable and affordable.  You don't need to be spending big $$$ to make tasty, healthy and filling meals but sometimes that's easier said then done... So here is a blog on Sweet Potato, Made 5 Different Ways! This way you can keep the flavour up but the cost down. Plus, as always each recipe is SUPER easy to make so you'll be saving time and energy too. Let's make life easier for you... 1. Sweet Potato Curry This vegan curry is SO tasty! I used a massaman curry paste as a base, which really makes the flavours pop. I love how light but creamy it is - just a magical!     2. Sweet Potato Pie How great is sweet potato? And how amazing are pies?! Well just imagine how insane this mix is going to taste ! This vegan pie is absolutely packed with vegetables! It's the perfect warming dish for winter or great for when you want to do some batch cooking.     3. Stuffed Sweet Potato These are AMAZING loaded sweet potatoes, topped with delicious chia seeds! You have to try this vegan recipe. It's SUPER filling and packed full with goodness, you'll be loving ever bite.     4. Vegan Enchiladas  Soooo enchiladas are DELISH! I absolutely love them and I just made these BOSS vegan ones to impress a vegan in the office....It totally worked. HAHA. Everyone and anyone are guaranteed to love them.     5. Curried Sweet Potato Soup This soup is AMAZING in winter because its super filling and the delicious spices will keep you nice and warm on the inside! Plus, it's another batch cooking favourite for when you're wanting some easy leftovers.     Try a recipe or two this week and let me know your thoughts in the comments below. I LOVE LOVE LOVE hearing your feedback! Be sure to also share your creations with me on Instagram so I can like, comment and share! Use the tag @leahitsines and hashtag #leahitsines to reach out. Leah x
Top 5 Tips For A Healthy & Easy Christmas

Top 5 Tips For A Healthy & Easy Christmas

Ah Christmas is only a few weeks a way and I am SOOO excited!! I can't wait to get all that delicious food in my tummy BUT before any of us can do that we need to get cooking!! And I know this part can get a little overwhelming so I thought I'd share with you my top 5 tips to a healthy and easy Christmas.  I stick by these tips every single Christmas and they never let me down! So let's get into them... 1. Keep it simple Don't get caught up in the idea that you have to spend hours in the kitchen to serve up an amazing Christmas feast. A simple Greek Salad, with Roast Potatoes and Beef Mince Kebabs can be JUST as delicious and filling, as an 8 hour slow cooked ham and 20 ingredient salad. Choose recipes that are easy to follow, require minimal ingredients and don't require you to spend hours in the kitchen.     2. It's all about the sides Never underestimate the power of sides. Yes, your choice of mains (e.g. meats, lasagna, baked tofu) is important but the SIDES are what make an amazing feast. Instead of focusing on having a million different mains, choose your top 2 - 4 and then steer your attention to your sides. I love loading up my plate a variety with different salads (My favourites are my Greek Salad, Potato Salad from My Easy Christmas Recipes) and Haloumi Pasta Salad), roast and grilled veggies (like my Roast Potatoes, Greek Style Roast Capsicum and my Roasted Pumpkin My Easy Christmas Recipes)  and of course sauces! My top picks are my Chimichurri Sauce and my Creamy Tzatziki.      3. Healthy eating is possible It's easy to associate Christmas with loads of decadent food but in my experience healthy eating is very possible. Loading your plate up with good proteins (e.g. Pork Skewers, Baked Barramundi, Beef Mince Kebabs, Chickpea and Lentil Patties and a variety of salads and veggies is a delicious, satisfying and yet nourishing way to enjoy Christmas! When it come to dessert there are plenty of healthy options with including fruit salad, Mango Sorbet, Peach Parfaits and these nourishing Brownies.     4. Get prepared early A bit of preparation and organisation goes a long way when it comes to Christmas! Tonight or this weekend - the earlier the better - sit down, plan your menu and then get the food shopping down.     5. Make the day before The best thing you can do is utilise Christmas Eve day to cook and get everything ready for the next day. Make sure your all the meats and/or tofu are chopped and marinated, and ready to go straight in the oven or on the BBQ on Christmas Day. Pre-chop all your veggies to roast and even get our salads ready - just leave the salad dressings off so they don't go soggy. Also get all your sauces and dips done the day before! My tip is to go through your recipes and highlight anything that can be done the day before, even if it's just part of a recipe - like chopping up the veg!   I hope you enjoy these amazing tips, which I know I'll definitely be using this Christmas! Love, Leah x