Healthy Eating for a Healthier Me #WOYP

Party time is over!

Last month for What’s on Your Plate #WOYP, I shared the delicious party staple of Fairy Bread – which isn’t particularly healthy if I’m being honest!

Since we’ve now been home from our big holiday for over a month, and with no more parties on the horizon, (next up is my birthday in December), I decided to use the final few months of the year (!) to start eating a bit more healthily and to move more. I’m usually active most days but I’m trying to be more diligent and focussed in my movement.

I’m looking at it as a 62nd birthday gift to myself in advance 🙂 I’m enjoying the slow but noticeable progress I’m making and the fact that I’m eating more ‘mindfully’ now. I’m mixing my daily eating up and I have to admit the process of planning and making dishes is proving to be more enjoyable than I’d imagined. I think I needed a project after our great holiday away and guess what – the project is me!

I’m proud to say in over 4 weeks I haven’t resorted to any sweet treats and in hindsight, I’ve come to realise that biscuits with my many cups of black weak tea throughout the day were my downfall! My treat when I’m out with friends is a skinny hot chocolate.

I’m eating well with healthy good foods and haven’t been hungry at all in between meals. I’m already fitting into clothes a lot better and my muffin-top is fast disappearing. I’m not weighing myself along the way but I did take original measurements (scary stuff!) and will compare my progress every few weeks. I’m also moving a lot more and enjoying it. I’ve been told my skin is looking good and I’ve not been suffering from heartburn like I was before. So I’m taking that as a win so far – but I know I have to continue on to make these habits stick.

So where I’m going with all this, is to share one of my regular recipes I’ve been making courtesy of the CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet book. I tend to change it up depending on what vegetables I have in my collection.

Ham and Vegetable Frittata

Frittata and salad
Frittata and salad for a healthy dinner

Ingredients – serves 4

  • 8 eggs lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup low fat milk
  • 4 spring onions (shallots) finely sliced
  • 1 small zucchini sliced
  • 8 cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 4 mushrooms, sliced
  • 400g lean ham (or cooked chicken)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped basil (I used dried basil and it was fine)
  • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan
  • black pepper
  • optional extras – chorizo, paprika, capsicum, any leftover vegetables


  1. Preheat oven to 170C (330F)
  2. Lightly grease a 20cm ovenproof dish with a little oil
  3. Whisk eggs with milk in a large bowl. Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
  4. Pour mixture into flan dish and bake for 35-40 minutes or until set.
  5. Serve with a green salad & bread rolls.

Feel like joining in?

It’s always fun joining Canadian bloggers Donna and Deb for their What’s on your plate challenge series each month. These posts go live on the first Wednesday of each month and you can join in too with a food related post, just by adding your post to their linkup.

It’s not too hard a challenge and I can assure you it’s not just for ‘proper’ cooks – I say this every month!

It’s also fun looking at what others are making and how they do things, where they get their inspiration from, what their motivation is….in other words I’m curious (nosy)!

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Deb xx

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31 Replies to “Healthy Eating for a Healthier Me #WOYP”

  1. I love fritatta Deb – quick and easy to make and so many variations. I’m sure you are feeling good after your holiday but as you say it is time to get back to healthy eating and this recipe fits the bill. I’m off to Tassie today for 3 weeks and whilst I won’t be overdoing it on the eating side of things, I will be enjoying the quality produce that is available. Thanks for the recipe. xx

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    1. Yes Sue, I am feeling good after our holiday but also recognised I needed to change a few things around. It’s been surprisingly easy to do so but maybe because I was ready to change, so the timing was perfect! Enjoy your trip to Tassie 🙂


    1. Hi Donna, thanks so much for the linkup each month. I think I posted a bit early but I’ll link your posts up later. The frittata is a really good way to get lots of veges into my diet.

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  2. A lot of us seem to be making healthier choices with our eating as we get older Deb. I think it’s definitely the way to go – and obviously it’s paying off for you. I’m trying to be more careful while I’m not moving all that much – it’s very easy for the kilos to creep on!

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    1. I can imagine it’s quite difficult Leanne, especially as you can’t move as much as you would like to. Getting older has benefits but hip pain is not one of them!


  3. Your project resonates with me so much. I’ve also started to get myself back on track after the stress of moving. By the way that’s just an excuse that I’ve been making. Like you I’ve been trying a few different recipes. I’m hopeless at taking photos of food, but if I can get one that looks ok, I might join you for #woyp next month

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  4. Good on you Deb! Sounds as though you’re doing really well on your healthy eating plan. Must admit I find it hard to resist a bickie or cake with coffee! Thanks for the frittata recipe, sounds nice and easy and delish! 😋

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  5. Well done you for making some changes. It’s easy to fall into small daily habits (like biscuits) that undermine our health goals. Thankfully making small daily changes like adding in more veggies or drinking more water can quickly boost our health. I find making a weekly meal plan really helps me stick to healthier choices. I shall be adding your frittata recipe to my list. Thanks for sharing

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