Healthy lunchbox

I got a new job about 6 weeks ago. I’d worked from home before. I’m on a tight budget. I want to eat healthy. The solution: Take a packed lunch to work.

I wanted something healthy, filling, substantial, affordable, easy and quick to make and eat, not funny-smelling, something gluten-free, and something that doesn’t need to be heated up in the microwave.

This is my unique solution: Substantial lunchbox salad (600g)

Healthy lunchbox ingredients

Healthy lunchbox ingredients

Ingredients (seasonal)

    • carrots
    • pineapple
    • a tangerine/naartjie, seeds removed
    • apple
    • cucumber
    • strawberry
    • lemon
    • fresh basil
    • fresh mint
    • 1/4 cup gluten-free raw, rolled oats
    • a handful of raisins and currants
    • 1 Tablespoon of desiccated coconut
    • 1 Tablespoon seed mix (pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, linseeds/flax seeds, sesame seeds, poppy seeds)
    • cinnamon


Healthy lunchbox ingredients in the 'chopper'

Healthy lunchbox ingredients in the ‘chopper’

Put the fruit, vegetables, and herbs in the chopper part of a blender / food processor. Chop for a few seconds to desired texture.

Healthy lunchbox ingredients, chopped

Healthy lunchbox ingredients, chopped

Add the dried fruit, oats, coconut, and cinnamon.

Healthy lunchbox plus additions

Healthy lunchbox plus additions

Mix in to combine with a spoon.

Healthy lunchbox, mixed

Healthy lunchbox, mixed

Pack into a lunchbox.

healthy lunchbox ready

Healthy lunchbox, ready

Make it the evening before and store it in the fridge overnight.

Seeds and raw oats become more digestible when they soak in the juice of the fruit from the salad overnight.

This makes 600 grams. That’s pretty substantial!

Do you have any other suggestions for me?

What do you have for lunch at work?


Natural salad dressing

Several years ago I remember buying bottled salad dressings that I found in the condiments aisle. I barely even go down that aisle these days and I can’t see myself ever putting a bottle of salad dressing in my basket again.

It just makes so much sense to make my own. I started making ‘chop chop salads’ salad last year, and I would add oil, apple cider vinegar, and every spice in my spice rack before eating my salad. Dressing my salad took as long as making it, which brought me to the idea of making my own salad dressing out of the ingredients I was already using.


Fresh ginger
Fresh garlic (I used 2 cloves)
Fresh parsley (+-30g)
Fresh mint (+-30g)
Flax seed oil / linseed oil (+-125ml) (this oil is high in Omega 3)
Apple cider vinegar (+-125ml) (this is an alkaline/alkalising vinegar)
Black pepper
Dried mixed herbs


  • Peel the garlic and ginger. Chop in the chopper.
  • Rinse the parsley and mint in water. Remove all the stalks. Drain the leaves. Add leaves to the chopper. (you can use stems and leaves)
  • Funnel this into a glass bottle. I felt like Houdini after I funnelled (haha) all this into the bottle.
  • Add all spices. Top up with Flax seed oil and Apple Cider vinegar.
  • Close the bottle and shake. Store in the fridge.
1 natural salad dressing ingredients


2 natural salad dressing preparation separating herb leaves from stems

separating herb leaves from stems (this step is optional)

3 natural salad dressing chopping garlic and ginger

chopping garlic and ginger

4 natural salad dressing chopping herbs

chopping herbs

5 natural salad dressing herbs in the bottle

use a funnel to get the herbs in the bottle. I should have used a bottle with a wider mouth.)

6 natural salad dressing adding spices to the bottle

adding spices

7 natural salad sressing adding flax seed oil and apple cider vinegar to the bottle

topping up with flaxseed oil and apple cider vinegar

I’ve made a few batches of this dressing, and it lasts a couple of months or more. I top it up with apple cider vinegar and flax oil from time to time, too. I use it in salad, I add it to guacamole, and add it to just about anything that needs a dressing. I’m pretty sure it’s high in vitamin and minerals, too.

Do you make your own salad dressing?

Breakfast smoothie

I use to tell myself that I couldn’t eat fruit for breakfast because it just made me feel hungrier. Now I’m in the habit making fruit smoothies for breakfast and I love it! I start the morning by downing 500ml water, followed by a fruit smoothie 30 minutes later. I feel like it has a great cleansing effect in the morning. I’m sure my liver loves it! An hour later, I have a handful of nuts or some oats and yogurt.

pineapple papaya banana tangerine smoothie ingredients

Raw ingredients


Preparation and portions

pineapple papaya banana tangerine smoothie ingredients (3)

Ready to blend

pineapple papaya banana tangerine smoothie

Breakfast! (there was a little more)

What’s your breakfast routine?

Refreshing carrot salad

The warm winter days in Cape Town this past week had me craving something refreshing and juicy. I usually make chop chop salads to help fill my raw food quota, but I was craving something a bit sweet.

carrot salad ingredients


tangerine / naartjie
sunflower seeds


I did this all with the chopping function of my blender, and added the raisins at the end.

carrot salad

Be healthy, y’all!

Green and yellow smoothie

Most of my smoothies turn out to be orange in colour, so it was time for a change!

smoothie ingredients

smoothie ingredients

1 banana
a round of pineapple
1 kiwi
a few thick slices of cucumber

Some mint would have been a nice addition!


Blend in blender – easy peasy lemon squeezy! hmmm lemon or lime would have been another nice addition!

banana pineapple cucumber kiwi smoothie

The time to do this in the mornings – priceless!

What’s you go-to smoothie recipe, and how do you change it up?


Be healthy, y’all!

I finally put avo in my smoothie!

I’d heard about putting avo in fruit smoothies, but I always just felt better about avo in (non fruit) salad. I tried it anyway.



1 small avo
1 banana
some cinnamon
a spoon of cocoa/cacao powder
a spoon of desiccated coconut
a spoon of sesame seeds
a spoon of sunflower seeds
a spoon of honey
a spoon of rolled oats
water to top up



Blend together. Easy peasy lemon squeazy!

I made all my smoothies with a hand / stick blender.


The verdict

I couldn’t really taste the avo, but it definitely added creaminess. I probably couldn’t taste the avo because I added so much other stuff. It didn’t make the smoothie green!

I still prefer avo in (non fruit) salad, but it’s definitely an option for smoothies.

Have you tried avo in a smoothie?

Sprouted chickpea hummus

I used a stick blender with the chopping function to make my raw, sprouted chickpea hummus.



Ingredients for raw sprouted chickpea hummus

2 cups home-sprouted chickpeas
3 heaped teaspoons Tahini (or more)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 or 2 cloves garlic
juice of 1 large lemon
1 heaped teaspoon Cumin
1 heaped teaspoon Coriander
1 teaspoon Paprika
some Turmeric
Himalayan salt to taste


Put all the ingredients into the food processer and blend to desired consistency. Enjoy!