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Hippie Lane the Cookbook + Recipe Share

Written by lee on . Posted in Books, Food & Drinks, Reviews

Hippie Lane CVRAre you constantly on the look-out for deliciously healthy raw treat recipes, smoothie bowls to lust over, vegan Buddha bowls to chow down on and date-night dinner inspiration with edge to seriously impress?

Look no further!

The founder of the wonderful Hippie Lane, the beautiful Taline Gabriel, has debuted her first book Hippie Lane the Cookbook and it’s one not to be missed.  Taline uses whole, unprocessed and real ingredients that are super aesthetically pleasing, free of refined sugars, gluten-free and plant-based to create recipes that are nothing short of drool-worthy and instagram friendly.

Taline has included nourishing recipes for every occasion under the sun, including breakfasts bursting with flavour, delicious dinners, Sunday brunches, sweet fixes and easy lunches!

Taline Gabrielian_SmlGrowing up as a Nutella-obsessed junk foodie, Taline’s speciality is taking treats we used to love and making them with simple ingredients that are vegan, gluten-free and sugar-free.  They're so nutritious and you won’t need to worry about compromising on the taste side of things either.

You may have tried one of Taline’s delicious raw treats, like her Snickerz Bar (spoiler alert: they taste better than the real thing!) around different cafes in Sydney, but her savoury recipes prove to be just as mouth-watering. I’m still dreaming about her Green Goddess Bowl which is a green lover's paradise.

Hippie Lane the Cookbook, is so much more than a compilation of delicious recipes and a few healthy tips, Taline focuses on the power of food and the beauty of gathering loved ones together to celebrate a passion of wholesome cooking that can nourish the body, mind and soul.

The Green Goddess Bowl 

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Images and recipes from Hippie Lane: The Cookbook by Taline Gabrielian (Murdoch Books, RRP $39.99).

Ingredients

serves 2    

VGN  DF  GF  RSF

Almost too yummy to be healthy, and the ultimate brunch, here is the perfect green bowl, fit for a goddess.

  • 15 g (½ oz/½ cup) shredded kale
  • 6 broccolini stems
  • 10 green beans
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus extra
    to serve
  • 1 heaped tablespoon Pesto (see below)
  • 300 g (10½ oz/1½ cups) cooked quinoa
  • juice of ½ lemon
  • 45 g (1½ oz/1 cup) baby rocket (arugula) leaves
  • 1 zucchini (courgette), shredded or spiralised
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon sunflower seeds
  • 1 tablespoon pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped spring onion (scallion)
  • a few basil leaves
  • pinch of Himalayan salt
  • pinch of freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 lemon wedges

Method

Fill a saucepan with water and bring to the boil. Have a bowl of iced water at the ready.

Add the kale to the boiling water and blanch for 30 seconds, then remove with tongs and refresh in the iced water, to stop it cooking further.

Add the broccolini to the boiling water. Leave to boil for 1 minute, or until just tender, then remove and add to the iced water.

Blanch the beans in the boiling water for 30 seconds, then remove and add to the iced water.

Drain the blanched vegetables, then chop the kale and beans and set aside.

Warm most of the olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the pesto, spreading it over the pan. Stir in the kale. Add the remaining olive oil, then add the broccolini and beans, stirring briefly. Stir the quinoa and lemon juice through, then remove from the heat.

Divide the rocket and zucchini among two serving bowls. Drizzle with a little extra olive oil, then top with the pesto-tossed greens.

Top with the avocado, sunflower seeds, pepitas, spring onion and basil. Sprinkle with the salt and pepper, add a lemon wedge to each bowl and enjoy.

Pesto

  • 115 g (4 oz/¾ cup) pine nuts
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • ¾ cup basil leaves, loosely packed
  • 25 g (1 oz/1 cup) rocket (arugula) leaves
  • ½ teaspoon Himalayan salt, or to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 250 ml (9 fl oz/1 cup) mild-tasting olive oil

Place the pine nuts in a food processor and pulse until large crumbs form.

Add the garlic, basil, rocket, salt, pepper and lemon juice. Pulse until just combined. Add the olive oil and process until smooth. The pesto is best made just beforeserving, but will keep in the fridge for a day or two in an airtight container, covered with a layer of olive oil to stop the basil discolouring.

For more information about Taline, check out the Hippie Lane website and Taline's instagram.

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Small Victories Book Review Plus Buttermilk Pancake Recipe

Written by lee on . Posted in Books, Food & Drinks, Reviews

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Food always tastes better when made with love. Whether it's from the passion the cook has for it or from the love for the people it’s being created for. Each mouthful becomes even more pleasurable when love is involved.

Julia Turshen’s new cookbook Small Victories is full of wholesome yet exciting meals made from such moments. Revealing and laughing at her own cooking mistakes, turning them into useful tips, Turshen encourages you to overcome the daunting and stressful task of making a meal. To find enjoyment in the ‘small victories’ like not dropping any celery on the floor when first learning to sauté, or turning ice cream that wouldn’t freeze into a dinner party milkshake hit.

Small Victories has a humble quality, from Turshen’s expert but easy-going guidance, to its focus on utilising good, fresh produce that is accessible to most home cooks. With a few ingredients and flavours included to help broaden your pantry and excite your tastebuds, Turshen takes away the angst of having to find and buy these ingredients if you don’t have them, by providing effective alternatives.

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Out of milk? You can still have pancakes for breakfast (or dinner)!  Try out the ‘Sour Cream Pancakes with Roasted Blueberries’ recipe from the book, which I SuperCharged by using a Turshen alternative of buttermilk rather than sour cream. By the way if you’re dairy free coconut milk would be just as nice!

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This book is Turshen’s outstretched welcome into her home kitchen, with beautiful nostalgic photography and personal stories, and every turn of the page is filled with the essence of her love for food and cooking.

The other wonderful thing about Small Victories is that you don't need to be an expert to enjoy it; if you're more of a "one recipe kind of a cook" the book features creative ways to reuse recipes, turning your single mastered meal into a multitude of delicious moments.  

Small Victories is a great introduction to food for new cooks because it gently takes away the seriousness of getting it right and finds laughter and pleasure in your ‘small victories’.

My first stop was the Sour Cream pancakes and I made a couple of supercharged switches using buttermilk in the recipe which I'm sharing with you here.

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Buttermilk Pancakes with Roasted Blueberries

  • 1 ¼ cups (160g) blueberries, rinsed and drained
  • 3 Tbsp coconut sugar
  • ½ cup (60g) oat flour
  • ¼ cup (30g) sorghum flour
  • 1tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup (240ml) Buttermilk or coconut milk
  • Coconut oil for cooking and serving

Preheat oven to 200°C

In a baking dish, combine the blueberries with 2 Tbsp of the coconut sugar and stir to mix.

Place in the oven and roast, pulling the baking dish out a few times to stir the blueberries, until their skins burst and they have released lots of juices, this takes about 20 minutes.

Using a fork or a potato masher, crush the berries a bit so that they become jammy. Set aside.

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the flours, baking soda, and salt and whisk to combine.

Crack the eggs into a medium bowl, add the buttermilk and remaining 1 Tbsp coconut sugar, and whisk until the mixture is uniform. Pour the buttermilk mixture into the flour mixture and use a wooden spoon to mix everything together. It’s okay if the batter isn’t perfectly smooth – it’s better to under mix than over mix.

Set a large cast-iron pan, or your largest frying pan over medium heat and add 1 Tbsp coconut oil. Once the oil melts, swirl the pan or brush the pan to evenly coat the surface.

Pour the batter into the pan using a ¼ cup (60ml) increments to form pancakes that are roughly 10cm in diameter, cook only as many pancakes at a time as can fit comfortably.

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The minute that pancakes become too precise is the minute they become no fun, so don’t stress over this – it’s okay if they’re not the same size. Cook the pancakes until small bubbles appear on the surface and the undersides are nicely browned, 1 to 2 minutes.

Flip the pancakes over and cook until the second sides are nicely browned, another minute or so.

Transfer to warm plates and continue making pancakes, adding more coconut oil as you go, until you’ve used up all the batter.

Serve pancakes immediately, with more coconut oil on top and the warm roasted blueberries.

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SPIN-OFFS  You can use coconut milk, buttermilk, sour cream or even yoghurt.

SHAKE UP THE TOPPING ROUTINE by roasting just about any fruit in place of the blueberries (berries are the most jammy, but all fruit benefits from the concentrated caramelisation that happens in the oven). Roasted blackberries, sliced bananas, sliced peaches, and thinly sliced apples or pears are all really delicious. Or rhubarb! Just keep an eye on the fruit while it’s roasting, as some types (e.g., apples) take a little longer than others and some (e.g., sliced bananas) take not much time at all.

THE ROASTED FRUIT TOPPING IS VERY VERSITILE; serve it with coconut cream for dessert, on toast spread with goat's cheese for breakfast, or on waffles for any time. Stir it into yogurt. Or serve alongside or grilled rich meat like pork shoulder or pork chops. Or lamb! Lamb loves fruit.

JULIA TURSHEN has co-authored such cookbooks as Spain…A Culinary Road Trip with Mario Batali, It’s All Good with Gwyneth Paltrow, Mastering My Mistakes in the Kitchen with Dana Cowin, and The Kimchi Chronicles, Hot Bread Kitchen: The Cookbook, The Fat Radish Kitchen Diaries, and Buvette: The Pleasure of Good Food

She hosted the first two seasons of Radio Cherry Bombe and has written for Vogue, Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Saveur, and The Wall Street Journal.  She lives in upstate New York with her wife, dogs, and cat.

 Follow her on Instagram + Twitter!

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Synergy Natural, 100% organic Super Greens

Written by lee on . Posted in Food & Drinks, Ingredients, Reviews

Greens PowderLooking for a completely natural Super Greens powder?  If you’re seeking a superpower green mix to complete your morning juice or smoothie then Super Greens is the way to go.

Mineral-rich Synergy Super Greens is a raw greens powder that combines some of nature’s most nutrient-dense foods: Spirulina, Chlorella, Barley Grass and Wheat Grass, with a touch of Stevia to sweeten.

The spirulina within Super Greens is a potent nutritious microscopic plant food with over a hundred nutrients. It is extremely high in protein, anti-oxidants, iron and vitamin B12, without any added cholesterol.

Chlorella is another pure green superfood that supports detoxification, alkalisation and boosts your immune system. It’s packed full of essential amino acids, protein, and essential fatty acids, making you one sip away from improving your health!

Another key component of the Synergy Super Greens is Barley Grass, a natural multi-vitamin, which alkalises the body and rebalances pH levels. Barley Grass contains 500% more Vitamin C than oranges and 200% the calcium of milk.

Wheat Grass provides all the vitamins, minerals and other special nutrients that are essential in our diet. Along with the other ingredients in this product, the wheat grass used is grown outdoors without pesticides and artificial fertilizers making it environmentally friendly as well as preservative-free! Wheat Grass is high in calcium, iron, protein, minerals, fibre and antioxidants so an all round beneficial ingredient to include in your diet to help support your energy.

The best part? It’s as nutritionally beneficial for your insides as it is delicious on your tastebuds and you get the best bioavailability in whole food form.

Synergy Super Greens is an easy way to stabilise your appetite, improve wellbeing and get in some of those daily servings of greens!

Why not try in in my mint choc chip smoothie?  You’ll find the recipe here. http://www.superchargedfood.com/blog/autumn/two-minty-chocolate-drink-recipes/

Find out more about Synergy Super Greens here. https://www.synergynatural.com/products/

 

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Siberian Cedar Nut Oil

Written by lee on . Posted in Food & Drinks, Natural Products, Reviews

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Siberian Cedar Nut Oil is a beautiful oil made from Cedar Trees that can be used unheated in and on food as a dressing or also as a beautiful medicinal body oil.

Through the process of oil extraction, the nuts produced by the majestic cedar trees are crushed in-between pieces of wood, ensuring the oil has no contact with metal and keeps it’s formidable properties, this process is also known as crushing, 

A truly traditional technique, oil extraction is still done by hand with all natural tools to enhance the wonderful density and flavour of the oil.

Being a precious natural source of nutrients, vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids, this wonderfully luscious oil is unique to the market and a great new addition to your kitchen or daily beauty routine.   

Studies have shown that Siberian Cedar Nut Oil can not only help you maintain a healthy weight when consumed, but can also soothe symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), heartburn and gastritis, promote the growth of healthy bacteria in our gut, as well as leave your skin beautifully glowing.  

This medicinal oil is a good choice of oils for dressings, as it has a wonderful woody and soft flavour yet is rich in minerals.

The oil assists the digestive process and helps to heal ulcerations or damage caused to the digestive tract.  It is also reported to stimulate the growth of beneficial intestinal bacteria so it's a great food to add to your gut healing tool kit.

You can create a golden supercharged dressing just by combining it with lemon and garlic and pouring it over your favourite salad, it pairs particularly well with a fresh garden salad. 

Or why not add it to your baking for a distinct and aromatic nutty aroma?

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Working wonders as an oil for your skin, Siberian Cedar Nut Oil enriches the skin leaving it soft and nourished.  The vitamin E content of Siberian cedar nut oil exceeds that of olive oil by five times and coconut oil by three times.

I believe that whatever you’re willing to put in your body, you should be able to put onto it as well and therefore it’s essential to consider naturally produced products bursting with natural properties such as Siberian Cedar Nut Oil which beautifully compliments this mantra and can sit happily in your pantry as well as your beauty box. 

Click here to enrich your life with this healing oil. 

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The Chopra Centre Ayurvedic Teas

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If you’re looking to immerse yourself in mind-body healing then a great way to fill up your wellness cup is with a soothing mug of Ayurvedic herbal tea.

Ayurveda is an ancient healing system, originating in India, that takes
a holistic approach to feeling well and living in harmony with yourself and your surroundings. Through nutrition, yoga and meditation, it focuses on treating the individual as a whole rather than a specific issue or disease, so that you can achieve balance and good health, not only in your physical body, but also in your mind and spirit.

Ayurveda teaches us that balance is the key to health and happiness.

There are three doshas or unique constitutions central to Ayurvedic philosophy and each person can lean towards vata, pitta or kapha or be a mixture of two or three.

When it comes to diet and nutrition and how to balance your dominant dosha, The Chopra Centre teas are a delicious way to tailor your diet and lifestyle to suit your unique constitution and bring about harmony to your body.

There are four gorgeous organic teas in the range, Relaxing Tea, Soothing Tea, Invigorating Tea and Ginger Tea and they comprise of a specially crafted blend of natural and organic herbs and spices.

Relaxing Tea for Vata Dosha

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I tried the Relaxing Tea to balance vata as I am predominantly a vata type. Vata people are creative and contagiously energetic. They make good teachers, artists, actors and professional speakers. The elements that govern vata are air and ether and, just like the wind, they can quickly get out of and back into balance.

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The Chopra Centre Relaxing Tea for vata dosha features organic herbs and spices such as cinnamon bark, roasted chicory root, ginger root, cardamom, nutmeg and licorice root.

It’s a beautifully tasting blend which will soothe, warm, and harmonize your body, mind and spirit.

Relaxing Tea helps to relieve stress or restlessness, silence an over-active or busy mind, warm you in colder weather and settle a disturbed and uneasy digestive system, something that vatas can suffer from.

Soothing Tea to Balance Pitta

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Pittas are fiery people with leadership skills and intellect – they love a good debate! The elements that reign in pitta are fire and water. Pitta’s qualities are sharp, hot, oily, smooth and mobile. Pitta heat is responsible for digestion and transformation of food, thoughts and physical exertion into
 energy. The state of your pitta digestive fire (agni) determines whether you are healthy and digesting your food properly.

This refreshing and invigorating aromatic tea will help to soothe, cool, and harmonize to take the edge off irritability and impatience that goes hand in hand with the pitta dosha.

The Chopra Centre specialized soothing tea blend features organic spearmint leaves, organic coriander, organic fennel seeds, organic hibiscus flowers, organic peppermint leaves, organic citronella, organic chamomile flowers, organic lemongrass to liven and cool down a lively and intense mind.

It has a spicy chai like flavour and is very easy to drink.

Invigorating Tea for Balancing Kapha

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Kapha people are steady, grounded and nurturing. They tend to be the healthiest of the three doshas, particularly when it comes to mental health. Kapha is the dosha responsible for lubrication and structure of the body. Its elements are water and earth, and its governing qualities are wet, cold, heavy, oily and static. Kaphas like to be
 in their comfort zone, and once they find a place where they’re content, they find it hard to move. They don’t like change or disruption, and like to stay where they are.

If you’re a kapha who suffers from a sluggish digestion, this balanced tea blend provides natural energy without containing caffeine. Invigorating Tea contains a fragrant blend of herbs to speed up your metabolism and enliven your natural energy. It’s the kind of tea which is good for reducing congestion within the body, something that can be common in kapha types. Ginger helps to rekindle the digestive fire or agni in your body. Cloves and black pepper warm and stimulate, while cardamom and allspice warm and balance. To refresh and rejuvenate, a mixture of earthy cinnamon, peppermint, and orange peel are used.

Ginger Tea

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The Chopra Center's Ginger Tea has a pungent, earthy and warming nature and helps to enliven your digestion and boost metabolism. Digestive fire or agni is stimulated and in Ayurvedic philosophy, a strong agni supports better absorption of nutrients and elimination of toxins. The tea features Wakaya Perfection 100% organic pink Fijian ginger and anti-inflammatory spices, Organic Ginger Root, Lemon Peel, Ginger Pieces and Black Pepper. Sipping on this tea will provide a spicy and fresh flavour and will instantly calm your senses.

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To make the perfect cup of Ayurvedic tea, use freshly boiled water and let it steep for 2-3 minutes or up to four minutes for a brisk and deeper flavour.

You can drink up to two to three cups a day or more to bring balance to the body.

For more information about the teas and to purchase visit The Chopra Centre.

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The Chopra Centre Ayurvedic Remedies

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Ayurnas – Ayurvedic Cold and Allergy Remedy


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Throughout the seasons, cold and flu symptoms and environmental allergies can surface, and really knock you for six.

In wintertime, colds and flu can be at their worst and in springtime, many people can suffer from seasonal allergies.

Some of the first signs of a seasonal allergy are runny nose, red eyes, congestion, sneezing, bronchial irritation and itchy skin. This allergic reaction is generally due to an inflammatory response within the body, so it’s important to have a low irritant lifestyle and consume a diet which is low in inflammatory foods and that means cutting down on sugar-filled and processed foods, pesticide-laden fruits and vegetables, caffeine, unhealthy fats and alcohol.

If allergies have gotten you down and you want to relieve them naturally, The Chopra Centre offers a range of supporting natural oils and treatments to help abate the symptoms of colds and flus and allergies. Ayurnas is a tri-doshic oil treatment that is used at The Chopra Center to help relieve cold and allergy symptoms such as congestion, dryness, and post-nasal drip as well as stress related symptoms such as headaches and muscle tension.

It’s created with a customised-blend using ingredients such as organic safflower oil, sesame oil, coconut oil, vitamin E, infused with the natural aromas of eucalyptus, rose, sandalwood, peppermint, lavender, and basil to help to open nasal passages and clear the head.

To use Ayurnas oil, all you need to do is simply place a few drops of the oil on your baby finger and apply it inside your nostril. Then gently breathe in through your nose and repeat on the other side.

This can be repeated four to six times per day.

Biochavan – Ayurvedic Rejuvenating Antioxidant Herbal Jam


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If you’re looking for a healthy way to start the day, why not try a spoonful of nutritive jam spread onto gluten free toast? This is a special kind of jam though, and one which is not loaded with sugar or preservatives and it’s full of rejuvenating and life enhancing qualities. In fact it has long been referred to as The Elixir of Life.

Often referred to as chyawanprash, Biochavan is a valuable herbal dietary supplement which is popular in Ayurvedic nutrition. The Chopra Centre Herbal Jam contains amalaki, a Sanskrit term for the Indian gooseberry or amla. It’s a greenish-yellow fruit which possesses innumerable health benefits and is used by Ayurvedic practitioners as a wonder herb to treat health ailments as it does not present any unwanted or harmful effects.

Amalaki, the primary ingredient of the herbal jam is a rich natural source of vitamin C and contains bioflavonoids, flavones, polyphenols and carotenoids. It’s a powerful antioxidant for the body and boasts the ability to cleanse and detox, improve your digestive functioning, and increase your immunity.

The Chopra Centre Herbal Jam has a sweet and pungent taste and it is blended forty-one rejuvenating herbs, notably Ashwagandha and Shatavari, both traditional Ayurvedic healing herbs.

It’s recommended to take one teaspoon a day, and you can either spread it onto crackers or gluten free toast, eat it directly from the spoon or dissolve it in warm water or milk of choice.

Vedamune® – Ayurvedic Herbal Immuno-Support


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According to the philosophies and principles of Ayurveda, your immune system and natural resistance to germs and disease is directly related to the state of your health and wellness. Being free of disease means that your doshas are in balance, your five senses are working properly and your digestive fire or agni is balanced, resulting in the appropriate functioning of cleansing systems in your body. Once this happens, and when the mind, body, and spirit are in harmony then a person is not susceptible disease.  

Vedamune® is a Chopra Centre immune boosting supplement which contains powerful Ayurvedic herbs such as ashwagandha, guduchi and amalaki, each with their own rejuvenating properties. If you, like many people suffer from a busy lifestyle or low functioning immune system, this completely natural herbal supplement can help to promote wellness, strengthen your immune system and support your body’s natural defences. For many people stress can be a damaging force to your immune system and can result in health issues arising.

If you sense your immune system is not functioning as well as it should, as a result of stress, fatigue, or exposure to germs or viruses, it is recommended that you take Vedamune® twice daily for up to 7 days to naturally boost your defences and improve your digestive fire.

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Forage Cereal

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Forage I love it when a yummy breakfast cereal hits my desk and it’s rare that one does that’s healthy and still tastes good.
For all those with a penchant for paleo, Forage Paleo cereal will fit right into your caveman or woman pantry and being grain free, having no added sugar and packed with good fats of almonds and macadamia nuts you’ll be getting benefits of prehistoric proportions.
for·age- (noun)- The act of look or searching for food or provisions… … and that is exactly what the team at Forage Cereal have done- searched high and low for great quality ingredients that compliment each other to make a range of delicious breakfast cereals that are sure to provide you with enough energy to get you through your day.
Forage has four different cereals available. Often after eating a bowl of cereal you can feel heavy and bloated, but after my bowl of Forage Cereal served with my homemade nut milk I felt energized, satisfied and ready for the day ahead.
Forage Bircher and Porridge are the other two cereals in the range.  Often with Bircher muesli you can end up with an indistinguishable bowl of mush that works well as a poly-filler but on your gut, not so much! Forage Bircher features macadamia nuts, almonds and cranberries to ensure that you can gather morsels of flavor and texture with every scoop.
Check out the Forage website where you can find out the nutritional benefits of the range and also buy online.

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Carob Kitchen Products

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CAROB KITCHEN REVIEW When chocolate cravings are high there’s a great alternative that you can enjoy without all of the added sugar and questionable oils and yum-oh I have a great creamy chocolate alternative to review today in the form of Carob.
The Carob Kitchen has a range of products available to purchase online and in a number of health food stores across Australia.
I was fortunate enough to try their range of 100% Australian made products, which all have no added sugar and are caffeine and gluten free!  I tried the nibbles, mint bar and almond bar which were all delicious, creamy and full of natural chocolaty sweetness.
The range is also 100% natural, with no preservatives, no added colours and no added flavours- making it a great alternative to chocolate.
The team have also just released a new Easter Egg range just in time for Easter so you can ensure that your treasure hunt this year is the healthiest yet!
Don’t forget to put in an entry for our big Easter Chocolate competition here!
The Carob Kitchen really lets the Carob bean become the hero of the product, focusing on the amazing nutritional benefits of Carob including being a great source of dietary fibre and rich in both calcium and iron.
I personally loved their Banjo Bear and also the Carob Mint Bar was a yummy treat.
For a little added bonus instead of using cacao nibs, I popped in a couple of broken up pieces to my favourite Choc Chip Mint Smoothie you can find a video of the recipe here.
For more information and to buy your own delicious treats, checkout the Carob Kitchen website.

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Banaban Nourish Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil Powder

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past five years, I’m certain you’ve heard about the many benefits of coconut oil.

 

What makes coconut oil special is its unique combination of fatty acids that have profound positive effects on health. These fats contain MCTs (Medium Chain Triglycerides) that are metabolised differently from other fatty acids; they go straight to the liver, where they are used as a quick source of energy. In turn, they increase energy expenditure compared to the same amount of calories from other fatty acids, potentially leading to significant weight loss if used regularly!

 

Another of the countless benefits of coconut oil is that it contains lauric acid, which is a natural antibacterial, antimicrobial and antifungal, which can kill bacteria, viruses and fungi, helping to starve off Infections. Yes, coconut oil is that powerful, yet natural and safe for external and internal use.

 

To reap the benefits of MCTs and lauric acid you can cook with coconut oil, enjoy fresh coconut flesh, add shredded or desiccated coconut to porridge, top smoothies with coconut flakes, eat coconut butter (also called creamed coconut) by the spoonful, use coconut milk as a dairy-alternative, add coconut cream to curries and bake with coconut flour for gluten-free treats.

 

I’m reviewing a new coconut on the block, Banaban Nourish Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil Powder. This soluble drink powder is made from 100% cold pressed air-dried certified organic coconut meat harvested in Fiji. It is raw, vegan, paleo and contains naturally occurring MCTs (50% lauric acid), 35% fibre and 16% protein. Pretty impressive!

 

It’s high in energy and ideal for active people or sport enthusiasts. It’s also an excellent supplement for children, elderly and people who need energy but are not eating enough.  For the lactose intolerant, it offers an alternative to other milk-based supplement powders.

 

To enjoy the many benefits of this versatile product, from a metabolism boost to improved digestion and increased immunity, simply add the powder to a glass of dairy-free milk, coconut water, fruit juice or water and drink up.

 

Nourish coconut oil powder is also a fantastic addition to your favourite smoothie. Fruit smoothies can be high in sugar so adding a healthy dose of good oil in an easy to digest form is a must to slow down sugar absorption by the body. For the same reason, I love to sprinkle some Nourish coconut oil powder over a bowl of my morning cereal.

 

Nature Pacific’s Banaban Nourish can be purchased at all good health food stores across Australia and online at www.naturepacific.com

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Herbal Harmonics Tea

Written by lee on . Posted in Food & Drinks, Reviews

herbal_tea_herbs-600x384 Herbal Harmonic teas are a range of beautiful natural and wild-crafted teas to align and balance the body.  There are eighteen different teas in the range, each with their own unique properties.

Two of my favourites are the painless relief blend and focus blend.
Painless is a natural alternative to using pharmaceuticals for pain in the body, and aligns the body to a healing vibration to aid recovery.  It works by reducing the volume in the pain receptors, and shifting anti-inflammatory factors through the circulatory system.  This assists to calm not only physical symptoms but also mental and emotional disturbances.  When your receptors to pain are diminished, the self-talk and anxious thoughts that that run in your mind are reduced helping to accelerate your body’s natural tendency to heal.
The organic wild-crafted ingredients in this blend include White Willow Bark used traditionally for pain relief, Meadowsweet, Feverfew, Catnip, Chrysanthemum flowers and Lemon Myrtle.
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FOCUS, Insight and Clarity Blend is a tea which is calming and nurturing, allowing your energies to focus and bring a renewed sense of concentration to your mind.
The harmonic alignment within this tea enables a shift in the potency of pain held within the skeletal structure, and therefore when the skeleton relaxes, the muscles adhering to it also relax.  By relaxing and releasing this area, your circulatory system and blood flow can be regulated and the electromagnetic fields within your body are aligned. The tea helps to attune your inner voice and is a wonderful grounding tea to drink throughout the day.
The ingredients in Focus blend are organic and wild-crafted and include Brahmi, Gotu Kola, Ginko Biloba, Lemon Balm and Ginger Root, giving it a fresh taste.
Both teas are extremely drinkable and taste mellow and light and can be taken at any time of the day. You can find out more about the teas on the website or via the facebook page.

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Ethical Coffee Company

Written by lee on . Posted in Food & Drinks, Reviews

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Gone are the days of instant coffee, with its bitter taste and burnt smell, and good morning to coffee pod machines around the globe, making kitchens at home smell like the local corner café, filled with the scent of freshly ground coffee.
Over the last few years, Australia has seen a massive rise in the number of people using Nespresso machines, with somewhere between 2.5-3 million coffee pods being consumed EVERY DAY! That’s some seriously scary statistics when you think that these capsules are then going into landfill.  Sarah Wilson talks more about it more on her blog here.
But a new fully Australian owned company, ecoCaffe has launched a fantastic solution- Ethical Coffee Company Biodegradable Coffee Capsules! Eco Caffe has just released a range of coffee pods that are 100% biodegradable and biodegrade within 180 days of use. Compare this with a regular aluminium capsule that can take up to 500 years to biodegrade… if at all!
A decade of research has gone into making these capsules, ensuring they taste delicious but are ecologically invisible- leaving as little footprint behind as possible. The capsules are made from vegetable starch and fibres, making them super easy to dispose of- just put them in your green waste bin and allow them to biodegrade rather than sitting in landfill for literally hundreds of years!
I love that not only do these capsules biodegrade so quickly, they definitely do not compromise on flavour. Filled with the finest coffee beans sourced from Columbia, Central America, Ethiopia and Kenya, these capsules are packed with flavour and I felt like I was drinking a latte made by the handsome barista at my favourite coffee spot!
I tried one of the decaffeinated capsules with my Curative Coffee recipe (see below) and loved the thick texture and delicious crème on top. Although if you feel like you need a morning caffeine hit- Eco Caffe has a range of 17 varieties of espresso, catering for all coffee lovers whether you like it that little bit stronger to get you through the afternoon or a more subtle taste for the mornings. They also have a special decaf only value pack on offer too.
Try and replace your regular coffee pods with a guilt free Ethical Coffee Company capsule by Eco Caffe either buying online or finding a stockist near you.
Here is my curative coffee recipe that will bulletproof your digestive system with the help of my good friend- coconut oil.
Curative Coffee Recipe   GF, WF, SF
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Bulletproof your digestive system with the healing powers of coconut oil. This ‘coffee’ is so thick, rich and creamy, you won’t even notice you’ve given up your regular coffee fix.
Ingredients
  • 250 ml (9 fl oz/1 cup) decaf coffee made then cooled slightly
  • 2 teaspoons unsalted raw butter (omit if lactose-intolerant)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin coconut oil
Method
  • Whizz all the ingredients in a high speed blender for 30 seconds or until well combined and frothy. Pour into a mug and sip slowly.

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Balance Cleanse

Written by lee on . Posted in Food & Drinks, Reviews

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I get really excited when every now and then, I find a product which really lives up to it’s mantra.  About a month ago, a case of Balance Cleanse landed on my doorstep for me to try out. The premise behind cleanse is that with regular drinking, it cleanses and gently flushes out all the things that your body doesn’t want. I opened the carton and drank it daily and noticed that after about two weeks I started to feel more energized and a lot lighter too!

The ingredients in Balance are spring water which has been gently infused with wild harvested Australian Flower essences.  Australian Flower Essences or “bush medicine” is not a new thing, it’s been around for hundreds of years and pioneered by indigenous Australians as a healing remedy.

The four flower essences contained in Balance Cleanse are papaya, she-oak, bush iris and bottlebrush.   The hero flower essences are She Oak and Papaya. She-oak has a mild natural diuretic property so it helps the spring water flush through you faster than a regular spring water. The Papaya essence  is helpful with digestion and reducing inflammation. The combination of these two essences aid in making Cleanse a good complement to any meal.

You’ve probably noticed too that there are many well-meaning cleanse and detox products on the market but a lot of them are loaded with synthetic ingredients and artificial sugars which I believe somehow defeats the purpose of a cleanse product.  What I like about Balance Cleanse is that it contains no sweeteners (natural or artificial), preservatives, colors of flavors and the bottles are BPA free. If you’re looking for a cleanse product to further purify your body along with a good diet I would recommend Balance Cleanse.

You can visit their website here.

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