Rainbow Chili Couscous

It’s a very muggy day here in Melbourne, and the rain is currently pouring after some extreme heat. Here’s hoping the rain will wash away some of the humidity we’ve been experiencing as of late and we can all have a bit of a breather.

When rain and sunshine mix there often appears a rainbow – so I decided to create this Rainbow Chili Couscous dish! It is the perfect quick fix for a hot muggy afternoon like today. I had this dish prepped and served in just 15minutes! Job done. I hope you like it as much as we did.

Sugar Free, Vegetarian, Vegan (optional)

(Serves 4-6)

Ingredients for couscous

2 cups of whole wheat couscous
2 cups boiling water
1 clove garlic (crushed)
1-2 Red Chilies (chopped)
Season to taste (such as a sprinkle of turmeric, cracked pepper, paprika etc)
Selection of colourful vegetables. I used:
1 red bell pepper (finely diced)
1 red onion (finely diced)
2-3 stalks of celery (finely diced)
1/2 cucumber (finely diced)

Dressing
2 tbsp sour cream (optional)
Juice of one lime
6 mint leaves (some finely chopped and some to garnish)
1 pomegranate

Method
Finely chop your chosen vegetables (the more colourful the better!)  Saute in a saucepan with some coconut oil and crushed garlic for 5mins.

Add the couscous and boiling water. Turn the heat off completely and cover with a lid. Allow to sit for 5mins.

To serve, add some finely chopped mint leaves, the juice of one lime, a dollop of sour cream (optional) and some pomegranate.

This dish tastes just as nice serve chilled and will keep in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

Rainbow Chili Couscous
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Top Tips To Get Through The Holiday Blues

In the wake of the Christmas mayhem, we may find ourselves feeling run down and depleted. A combination of rich foods and beverages, seasonal stress and holiday overwhelm can all begin to take their toll on our wellbeing.

I know I’m not alone in feeling this way, so I wanted to share some of my top tips for surviving the post holiday blues.

1. Be Extra Kind to Yourself

Post holiday blues can leave us feeling like Ebenezer Scrooge. To avoid appearing like a complete misery-bags, we dawn a false smile in hope that no-one will notice. After all, it’s Christmas, we’re supposed to feel happy right? But it would be naive of us to think that just because it’s Christmas, all of our worries and frustrations will simply melt away. Granted, there’s no need to take our feelings out on others, but we can be extra kind to ourselves during the holidays. If you need some time out, go for a walk, take a bath, or nestle down with your favourite book. Allow yourself the time to do nothing. The holidays are as much about connecting with yourself as they are about connecting with your loved ones. Your family will much prefer you happy and rested over frantic and crazy! So relax, and go easy on yourself.

2. Stay Nourished

Many of us forget that the shops are only closed for one day over Christmas. We fill our cupboards with enough food to feed a football team for a week, and then end up gorging on left overs in the days that follow. It’s ok to loosen the reigns (and trouser buttons) a little over the holiday period, but as soon as possible, try to get back into a normal eating routine. Rich foods and beverages are devoid of nutrients, and contrary to what many believe, alcohol is a depressant. Too much is likely to prolong our holiday blues and leave us feeling despondent. So remember to stay hydrated and drink plenty of water. If you really don’t want to waste all of that food, try freezing some. Or consider making up some food parcels to gift to those in need. You’ll feel much lighter in body (and spirit) for doing so!

3. Set Healthy Boundaries

We can often find ourselves overcommitting during the holidays. Before we know it our schedules are jam packed with outings, visits and gatherings galore. This can leave us feeling stressed, overwhelmed and cranky. It’s important to set healthy boundaries, especially with your time. If you want a day to do simply nothing, say so. Self-care isn’t selfish, it is essential. You needn’t explain your reasons, nor do you need to make up excuses. Be firm. You can communicate your wishes with love without feeling guilty about it. And you’ll also be reminding others that it’s ok to rest during the holiday too!

4. Spend Some Time In Nature

Nature is therapy. One of the quickest, fastest, surest ways to feel replenished again is to spend some time outdoors. Whether it’s a short stroll around the block, resting on a park bench, breathing in the salty sea air or hiking in the hills – there’s something about Mother Nature’s healing vibes that revive and uplift. Often the holiday blues has us cooped up inside, especially if we live in the Northern Hemisphere. But whatever the weather, spend some time in nature today and feel those holiday blues melting away.

5. Be Thankful

For some of us, the Christmas season can leave us feeling blue, especially if we’re remembering loved ones passed, or attempting to relive our childhood memories of Christmas. But just as surely as the seasons change, so do our experiences of Christmases past and present. We should try to release our expectations of what a good Christmas should be like, and instead focus on the things that we are grateful for. You might even want to write your gratitude list in a journal and read over it whenever you’re feeling wishy washy. Maybe you can  invite others to share one thing they are each grateful for over dinner? Focusing on the things that make us feel joyful and happy is a great way to shift our perspective and feel better about life.

It’s important to remember that you’re not alone in feeling this way. The holiday blues are a normal part of adjusting to the changes in our routine as well as the seasons. So be kind to yourself and others. As much as possible try to count your blessings and look for the small things to be grateful for. If you really can’t shake your blues, be sure to reach out to someone you can trust and let that person know how you feel.

I’d love to hear your tips on how to feel better about the post holiday blues!

In love and light,

Hayley xx

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