Our Nourishing Table is the place that I created where good food is always served and where there is ALWAYS room for one more. It's the place where I get to share with you the healthy recipes that I share with my family and friends. My recipes are designed to nourish with maximum enjoyment, because I want to show you that healthy doesn't have to be boring.
To me good health doesn't just mean eating well, it means fostering meaningful relationships, having fun & truly enjoying the food that is in front of you. And what better place to do that then at the dinner table with the ones that you love.
Times are busy and often rushed, but that doesn't lead to good health & wellness if we are neglecting what really matters:
Nourishing food, mindful eating and making time for joy.
I'm Sarah Bell, a Nutritionist and the creator of Our Nourishing Table - a food and wellness blog focused on deliciously healthy recipes for you and your family. I am a dreamer, tea lover, matcha drinker, deep thinker, mother, sister, wife, creator, photographer, chocolate lover and appreciator of food.
Food has always been a passion for me. Saturdays spent in the kitchen creating delicious dinners, music playing, rosé in hand are my favourite. Some of my most treasured times are the weekends when my husband cooks the barbecue while I take care of the salads and sides, kids playing outside, barefoot and happy.
I love how food has the power to forge connections. I learnt to cook at home, taught by my Mum and my Nan. When I think about my Nan now I can't help but remember the carrot cakes we baked and the insanely delicious crepes with lemon juice and sugar that we would make nearly every time we stayed. Such sweet memories that make my heart happy.
As with my Mum, everything in my Nan's kitchen was made from scratch. There were no packet mix baked goods or Gravox gravy. Everything was made with real ingredients [and made with love].
Oh and I couldn't go on without mentioning my Dad's Saturday curries. He would be in the kitchen for hours making the most delicious curries, always served with a side of natural yoghurt with banana & cucumber slices. [must remind myself to tell my Dad to bring back Saturday curry night].
The way I cook now is heavily influenced by how I learnt to cook as a child. While I have traded the copious amounts of refined sugar filled frosting for coconut yoghurt and the triple choc brownies for black bean brownies, I will always remember my roots and be grateful for all of my time spent in the kitchen with my family.
As frustrating as cooking with kids can be at times (let's be real here), I always try to make time during the week for the kids to cook with me so I can help them to be confident in the kitchen. Confidence in the kitchen is an important part of health as without skills to create a variety of nutritious food (that also tastes good) it's easy to become bored and opt for more packet style meals.
I am rather digestively challenged, which means that I create recipes that my body will love. I stick to creating recipes that are gluten free (except for the occasional oat recipe), refined sugar free & dairy free (apart from using goats or sheep cheese on occasion) because this is what my body likes.
That doesn't mean that you HAVE to avoid gluten, dairy & refined sugar in order to be healthy. Every BODY is different.
So to sum it up, here you will find a mixture of gluten free recipes, dairy free recipes and plant based recipes, all made with minimal refined sugars.
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My Health Ethos
MY health ethos can be summed up in 3 simple points:
- I believe in counting nutrients and not calories - following a restrictive diet has time and time again been proven to be detrimental to not only mental wellbeing, but physical health and weight gain as well. Why? Because there is only so much time your brain will allow you to restrict your calories before it starts sending messages to your body that it needs more. This often results in sugar cravings and over eating. Eating a diet filled with fruit and vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins ensures that you are giving your body what it needs to thrive, reducing cravings and overeating.
- Diets do not work but long term, sustainable changes do. Small changes over time are more likely to stick. But don't forget that allowing yourself to indulge from time to time is a GOOD thing.
- Eat more plants! I eat meat, however I believe in including as many plant-based meals as possible. It's better for us & better for the environment
Thank you for being here and I hope you find some new and delicious healthy recipes to add to your cooking repertoire.