Healthy Recipe: Simple Tuna Fagioli

Healthy Recipe: Simple Tuna Fagioli

We’ve teamed up with Sam Rice at The Midlife Kitchen who has her recently launched blog to bring you a super delicious and nutritious recipe each month. This month she’s sharing a healthy version of the Italian favourite tuna and white bean salad!

If your body is craving something healthy and you are all out of inspiration might I humbly suggest this assembly of powerhouse ingredients. Tuna Fagioli is an Italian Classic but I’ve given it a StealthHealth makeover with the addition of olives and a zingy dressing of olive oil, apple cider vinegar and lemon juice. Buon Appetito!


KITCHEN TIME: 10 mins prep, 0 mins cooking


1 x 400g can mixed beans, drained and rinsed

1 can tuna in olive oil, drained

½ small red onion, thinly sliced,

A handful of pitted olives (green or black), halved

A handful of flat-leaf parsley, chopped

Zest of ½ a lemon, finely grated


2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

Juice of ½ a lemon

1 tsp Dijon mustard

1 tsp honey

1 tsp dried mixed herbs

Sea salt

Black pepper

PREP TIP: The dressing is my standard ‘Midlife’ dressing which I always have made up in the fridge, so make more than you need and keep it on standby to make this recipe even quicker next time!

METHOD: Place all the ingredients in a large bowl. Dress liberally and let sit in the fridge for ½ an hour so the flavours develop.

SERVING TIP: I usually have this for lunch with a couple of oatcakes.

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Gado Gado Egg Salad Healthy Food

Healthy Food: Gado Gado Egg & Peanut Salad

We kick off our Summer 6-week Challenge this week, so we thought we’d share some healthy food – a recipe from the latest meal guide to spice up your kitchen this Summer. This super easy salad is full of goodness and the perfect lunch or dinner option.




– 1 tbsp salt

– 1/2 head cabbage

– 12 green beans, trimmed

– 2 cups raw bean sprouts, washed

-1 Lebanese cucumber, sliced into rounds

– 2 ripe tomatoes, cut into wedges

– 4 hard boiled eggs

– 2 tbsp fried shallots and 2 tbsp freshly chopped coriander for serving 

Peanut dressing

– 1 large red chilli, chopped

– 1 cup roasted peanuts

– 2 tbsp palm sugar, or brown sugar

– 1/2 tsp salt

– 3 tbsp fish sauce (omit if vegetarian)

– 1 tbsp lemon juice

– 2 tbsp tamarind paste dissolved in

– 1 cup hot water



1. For the peanut sauce, process the chilli, peanuts, sugar and salt to a coarse paste in a small food processor or stick mixer. Add the fish sauce and lemon juice and dilute to a thin dressing by gradually adding the tamarind liquid. 

2. Bring a large pot of water to the boil and add the salt. Boil the cabbage for four minutes until just tender and drain very well.

3. Blanch the beans and beansprouts separately for 30 seconds each, bringing the water to a boil between each vegetable. 

4. Arrange the blanched cabbage, beans and beansprouts on a plate with the raw cucumber and tomatoes, as well as the halved eggs.

5. Serve the salad with the dressing and scattered with fried shallots and coriander.

Try some of our other healthy food recipes.


Belinda Survilla is the Pilates & Co. studio manager and takes regular classes at the Miami studio, including orientation.

We undertake the 6-week Challenge every season. Keep an eye out for our next one. It’s lots of fun and a great way to kickstart your Pilates practice.

Healthy Food Watermelon Salad - Pilates & Co. Gold Coast Pilates Reformer & Fitness Studio

Healthy Food: Belinda’s Watermelon Salad

We kick off our Spring 6-week Challenge today, so we thought we’d share some healthy food – a little recipe from the meal guide to give you some kitchen inspiration. This super easy salad is full of goodness and the perfect lunch or dinner option over Spring and Summer. It’s our studio manager Belinda‘s creation and one of her favourites to make for herself.


Belinda’s Watermelon Salad Recipe

If your aim in doing Pilates is to feel fitter and stronger (which we hope it is), then you have to combine your practice with healthy food. And as healthy food recipes go, this one is easy to make and so yummy you will be questioning its goodness. We think it will be joining your regular kitchen staples in no time!



  • 1/4 whole watermelon (chopped into cubes)
  • 2 Lebanese cucumbers (cut into quarters)
  • 3 large tomatoes (chopped into cubes)
  • handful coriander (roughly chopped)
  • handful parsley (roughly chopped)
  • handful mint (roughly chopped)
  • 4 spring onions (sliced)
  • 1 avocado (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup pinenuts (lightly toasted)
  • tablespoon bottled jalapeño’s (finely chopped)
  • juice of 2 lemons
  • a generous seasoning of Himalayan salt


1. Add all ingredients to large salad bowl and toss. This salad is still great the next day if kept


Check out more of our healthy recipes on the Pilates & Co. blog.


Belinda Survilla is the Pilates & Co. studio manager and takes regular classes at the Miami studio, including orientation

healthy food asian inspired food recipe

Healthy Food: Asian Inspired Zoodle Salad Recipe

Healthy food shouldn’t be difficult or expensive. There’s nothing better than a salad that’s quick to make and packed full of flavour. We love sharing healthy food ideas with our members at Pilates & Co. Try this Asian-inspired salad that also makes use of your zoodle grater or spiraliser. You will not be disappointed!


Asian Inspired Zoodle Salad

Many thanks to Mrids from Amealia for sharing this delicious and nutritious recipe with us. We love healthy food, so check out our other recipes too.

Total Time: 10 mins (how good is that!)
Serves 3-4


  • 1 Zucchini
  • 1 Carrot
  • 1 Cucumber
  • 1 Tbsp Peanut Butter
  • 1 Tsp Toasted Sesame Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Clove Of Garlic Grated
  • 1 Tsp Grated Ginger
  • 1 Red Chilli Chopped up and 1 Squirt Of Mayo (Optional)
  • 1/2 Lemon or Lime
  • Basil to Dress
  • Salt and Pepper To Taste



1. Spiralise the carrot, zucchini and cucumber to look like noodles. 
2. Throw all the remaining ingredients in a mason jar or a container you have in hand and give it a good ol shake.
3. Pour over the veggie noodles and toss to coat, top with Basil 
4. Enjoy!!!

Try some of our other healthy food recipes.

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