After research and a lot of taste testing I have realised that the movement towards a plant food diet is real here in FNQ. The more you look, the more options spring up! Even the pub has great options for the vegetarian and vegans alike! Most cafes have plant based milk options and an option other than chips and salad ;)
The Courthouse - MUST TRY: Nourish Bowl.
Café Fresq – All day breakfast menu, and lots of veggie meals. Lovely coffee too.
The Mexican – Modern Mexican – MUST TRY: Cauliflower Tacos.
Deep Whole Foods – So many snacks, kombucha and coffee (not really a meal worthy stop, but snacks for sure).
Watergate – Has a vegetarian menu - MUST TRY: Eggplant stack + Beetroot Cigar.
The Little Larder – Breakfast and lunch, Melbourne cafe style - delish.
Goodies – MUST TRY: All homemade goodies!
Beechwoods Café – MUST TRY: Almond milk coffee + Felafel wrap + Bliss balls.
Chill (MY FAVOURITE) - Incredibly delicious and healthy menu, with options such as activated charcoal bread, hemp seeds spinkled over your meal, green juices and smoothies. And the staff are really friendly and helpful there too. You can see that they are proud of their café, and rightfully so.
Paradiso - Great place for fast food and coffee on the way through.
Lilypad (ALSO MY FAVOURITE) MUST TRY: Temptress Burger (Tempeh, peanut sauce, salad… so so good).
There is a saying, the grass isn’t greener on the other side, well in Port Douglas I would like to concur that the grass IS greener, and I am still on a metaphorical high from exploring the luscious beauty that is quite obviously watered frequently.
Below are a few of my favourite places from my most recent holiday in Port Douglas and surrounds that made my eyes widen and heart soar.
From the moment you arrive you are surrounded by the luscious green Daintree Rainforest, and you can hear the sound of the power from the water running through the Gorge on most parts of the track. Take the circuit track, which will take about an hour to walk around with a few stops to check out the enormous some 1000 year old Fig Trees, and ambling paths that bring you to some gorgeous creeks that run to the Gorge. Take your bathers if it’s a hot day, the water is clear and cool.
Kuranda + Barron Falls
You can take the sky rail, train or drive. Each equally spectacular with views of the surrounding mountains and rainforest.
Amble through the hippy markets at the top in Karanda to find some souvenirs and little keepsakes of your trip. There is art, jewellery, clothing, bags and lots of natural local products. Explore a little deeper and beautiful little bits of street art do seem to pop up.
The breathtakingly large Barron Falls is not far from Karanda Village, about an hour walk, or 5-minute drive. Although it only falls like in the postcard pictures after large amounts of rain, the vastness of the rocky escalades and huge drop to the pools below will make your jaw drop.
Every time I have been to Palm Cove it has been rather windy. I googled it to see if it was ever not windy and the consensus that I drew was that its something called the table winds… However, gorgeous place. Highly recommend eating at a café called ‘Chill’, beautiful locally sourced meals, coffee, juices and smoothies with many healthy and tasty options.
But here there is nothing much to do other than walk the beautiful beach, swan around the jetty and relax amongst the tropical palm trees.
The Daintree Rainforest + Cape Tribulation
If you have a car, don’t be afraid to self-drive to Cape Tribulation! The drive is slow and the enchantment of the beautiful Daintree rainforest is unremarkably green and gorgeous.
There are so many little lookouts, walks and beaches to explore. Watch out for the crocs!
You may also want to stop off at Daintree Ice Cream, where they grow the fruit and make organic ice cream, in numerous tropical flavours. Perfect after a day of walking.
Great Barrier Reef
Book a snorkel/ scuba dive day on one of the smaller boats from Port Douglas Marina. (Skip the big Quicksilver Boats – the smaller boats can take you to more areas that arnt full of people and are best for the weather conditions of the day). Its definitely a more personal experience with less people)
NOTE Before you book have a look at the weather ahead and look for a day that the wind isn’t too strong. Wind causes the water to be choppy, which reduces your visibility to see the beautiful reef and marine life!
I went out on Poisidon and highly recommend it. The captain and crew were awesome, I went scuba diving and we saw a large reef shark, huge fish, gardens of colourful coral, nemos. And the snorkelers also saw were also lead to the best places to see the reef.
Such a good day.
Port Douglas Gym
Located at the back of the Coles Carpark, you can get casual and weekly passes. The gym has everything you could need, its clean and tidy, the owners are lovely, basically a gym home away from home.
4 Mile Beach
Walk or run along the sand. And you can finish with the track up to the Flagstaff Hill Lookout. Head right to the Northern end of the beach, and you will see some stairs. Up the stairs are numerous looksouts, and if you keep walking the track you will end up at the other end of the main street at Rex Park near the marina.
PORT DOUGLAS IS BEAUTIFUL, with the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree Rainforest sooo close it is definitely a bucket list location to tick off...
As we determined last week in the article So why should you plan your meals? your body composition results (weight loss and fat loss) comes 80% from your diet and nutrition.
That old saying ‘failing to prepare is preparing to fail’, is so true, particularly when applied nutrition. Therefore having those meals planned ahead of time seems to be the key to staying on track with your nutrition.
So would you like to take the next step and meal prep your food for even more convenience and compliance?
Here are my favourite tips for fast and efficient meal prepping!
PLAN: Plan plan plan!
My first tip is to write out your plan! (Click here to download my weekly meal planner!). from your plan, create a shopping list.
TIME: Split your food prep to keep it manageable.
Keep in mind that fresh fruit and vegetables will probably only be at their best for 3-4 days. That is why I like to split my food prep into two food preps per week. One on a Sunday, then another on Wednesday or Thursday. This also makes the food prepping a bit more manageable and less time consuming! I also like everything fresh.
PREP: You don’t have to cook every meal on your meal prep day!
Sometimes prepping doesn’t have to involve cooking a whole meal and eating out of a container for the whole week. Prepping can mean pre-cutting your veggies or other ingredients ready to cook. Having snacks divided and ready to grab and go. Making a batch of snacks, like protein balls or banana loaf, so that you have food readily available. Remember if you do decide to freeze foods, think about how they taste when they are then reheated. Things like soups, bakes and casseroles work well to freeze and reheat, but stir-fry’s do end up soggy, and egg doesn’t take to freezing too well either.
Its easy and quick to cook a meal when everything is ready to go.
INVEST: Invest in some good containers and invest your time.
Spend an hour or so of your time a few times a week to give yourself and your family the best nutrition available to you, invest in your health and vitality, invest in less stress.
Good containers that fit in your fridge also make life less frustrating! Haha :)
What my prep looks like…
I will prep for about three days.
Meal 1: Eggs and stir fry veggies. I cut up all of my veggies and put it into a small container ready to cook. Eggs are easy to cook, I will either scramble or fry my eggs and then stir fry my veggies and its made in a few minutes. If I have trained I may have a slice of toast with this meal.
Meal 2: Fruit and yoghurt. I cut up and potion my fruit and then just add to a few tbsp. of yoghurt and a sprinkle of nuts and seeds when I am ready to eat it.
Meal 3: Tofu and stir fry veggies. I have my tofu cut up, and I usually will use frozen stir fry veggies for convenience. And I will make 1 stir fry for three servings and place the other two servings into containers in the fridge ready to heat up.
Meal 4: Smoothie. I blend together berries, spinach, chia seeds, avocado, protein powder, nuts, and almond milk or water and a date or two. I will then take this to have at work.
Meal 5: Veggie sticks and hummus. Veggies are all cut up and divided into sandwich bags, and dip divided, ready to grab and go out of the fridge. I also have this at work.
Meal 6: When I get home about 8:30pm I will have some tea before bed, and sometimes a tsp of coconut butter or a square or two of dark chocolate.
And that is my base. If I am hungry throughout the day I will eat another meal, and I add some unprocessed carbs such as a banana or sweet potato to a meal if I have trained.
For any recipe ideas, I have a few in my blog and also some recipe ebooks to purchase.
There is no debate that your body composition results (weight loss and fat loss) comes 80% from your diet and nutrition.
You may have all the right intentions, but how well do you stick to healthy eating?
A few early decisions during the week can eliminate hours of work, (or bad decisions... hello takeaway/ chocolate/ chips and dip) which can be the difference between success or failure.
How many times have you skipped breakfast because you woke up late, had a coffee and whatever you could grab for lunch, gone about your day busily (either/ and/ or - working, picking up the kids, running errands) come home ravenous and eaten the pantry out of snacks and now the thought of dinner makes you feel overwhelmed and rather sick?
With every intention of eating well, you even have the ingredients in your fridge, but IT JUST DOESN’T HAPPEN. Why?!... you ask yourself. You then slouch on the couch exhausted, wine/ cheese/ chocolate in hand and admit defeat... again.
But guess what! That’s where meal planning straightens out your day smoother than your nana’s ironed and folded socks!
Even having each day partially planned, can set you up for effortless progress for the whole week. (Click here to download my weekly meal planner!)
So why should you plan your meals?
Do you have five minutes?
If you do, write down your plan and set yourself up for success
Next week, we delve into tips on how to efficiently meal prep!
Do you find yourself smiling a little more when the weather gets a little warmer and the sun begins to shine? I know I do!
For years we have been told to cover up in the sun to reduce our risk of developing skin cancer, which is true. However we should not completely shun the sun! A little exposure to sunlight is actually good for us.
UV rays from the sun stimulate the production of Vitamin D in our bodies. Vitamin D is essential to the smooth running of our bodies vital functions, particularly keeping our bones strong and boosting our immune system.
Why we should all get a little sunlight...
Keeps your bones strong - Vitamin D stimulates the absorption of calcium and phosphorus which helps to keep our bones strong.
Makes you happy - your brain produces more serotonin on sunny days. Serotonin is the bodies natural happy hormone.
Improves your memory - Vitamin D also spurs nerve cell growth in the part of the brain responsible for forming, organising and storing memories.
Improves your immune system - Sunlight encourages the production of white blood cells. White blood cells play a key role in fighting disease and defending against infection.
Improves your quality of sleep - Sunlight tells your body it's daytime and you should be awake. This helps to maintain normal circadian rhythm, so that when it is dark, your body is given the signal to make you feel tired and get ready to sleep. So in short, sunlight exposure keeps your body clock in check, which should give you a better quality of sleep at night time.
Although you can get Vitamin D from foods such as oily fish, fortified dairy and eggs, many of us do not eat these foods every single day. Therefore experts recommend that you spend between 5 - 15 minutes everyday in the sunlight to boost your Vitamin D, depending on your skin colour and tolerance to sun exposure.