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Ten Vegetable Based Recipes to Live Life on the Veg

Written by Lee on . Posted in All, anti-inflammatory, Blog, Blog Dinner, Blog Lunch, Blog Salads, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Organic, Seasonal, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegetarian, Wheat Free, Winter, Yeast Free

Let’s talk about vegetables.

To be frank, many of us are simply not getting enough of them. 

As a whole, our society is in need of a total food choice revamp. While I'm not saying that we all need to run around being 'vegan hippies' and changing our name to Lola Granola, I do think it's fair to say that there are many people who don't have enough vegetables in their diets, eat way too many refined, processed foods and some that consume copious amounts of animal protein and fat.

If this resonates with you, then I'd love to share a few of my favourite veg based recipes.  

Including more vegetables in your diet doesn't need to be a scary thing. In fact, it can be fun and easy; it's sure to ease up your digestive system, make your skin glow and leave you feeling lighter and cleaner. You can always combine it with my vegan Love Your Gut powder to help the process along. 

Going more plant-based means you increase your intake of micronutrients that help the body thrive, not just survive. Vegetables and fruit are high in dietary fibre, minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, phytonutrients and more that have proven to help boost immunity, fight infection and help to protect against disease.

If we examine diets of those living in the Blue Zones, populations who have the most number of centurions (people living over the age of 100), such as the Okinawan’s, they consume a largely plant-based diet.

The proof is in the pudding (if that pudding was vegan and made of avocado and cacao obviously...).

These people live high-quality lives with minimal medicine, relying on their food as medicine. I don’t know about you but that sounds like a pretty good deal to me.

If you want to get in on all the vegetable action, I’ve put together my Top Ten Favourite Veg Recipes to help you Live Life on the Veg.

Are you ready?

Vegetable Marrakech Casserole

There’s nothing better than a hearty vegetable casserole. Inspired by the spices of Marrakesh, this delicious casserole filled with hearty vegetables, chickpeas and delicious spices makes vegan eating exciting! When you eat this casserole, be sure to eat it mindfully and slowly. Enjoy it, take in all the flavours and give your gut some real love. Check out the mind-blowing recipe here.

Smashed Avo on Golden Gut Loaf

Nothing says breakfast to me more than my Smashed Avo on Golden Gut Loaf. Before you roll your eyes because you can barely look at the words smashed avo with amazement anymore, let me tell you, this recipe is seriously next level. It's smashed avo like you've never seen before! Avocado is rich in heart-health. monounsaturated fats, boosting skin health, reducing LDL cholesterol in the blood and lowering risk of heart disease. It’s high in Vitamin K which is great for bone health and also, assists our absorption of calcium. Combining avocado with my favourite Golden Gut Pumpkin and Nut Loaf is one veg breakfast you don’t want to miss. Get the recipe here.

Supercharged Dahl

If I had to say one of my favourite meals ever, it would definitely be Dahl. I love Dahl – it’s dahl-icious. If you’ve never heard of Dahl, it’s a curried dish of lentils and includes a whole heap of spices including anti-inflammatory turmeric, digestive-improving cumin and nausea-relieving ginger. It’s warming, grounding and super simple. If you’re following a veg diet, you’ll know just how crucial little lentils are. Lentils are a low-calorie, nutrient-packed legume with a nutty flavour. They contain a great source of prebiotic fibre as well as protein and iron. These lentils pack a serious punch and so, are the stars of our favourite Indian dish. Check out the recipe now.

My Bestest Ever Vegetable Stock

Vegetable stock is a must-have in any kitchen but did you know you could make your very own stock at home? Homemade vegetable broths made mindfully at home are one of the easiest and cheapest ways to use up leftover veggies, making it a fabulous environmentally-friendly household staple. You can use this stock as a base for sauces, stocks, soups and stews. While you can make your own amazing veggie stocks by simply throwing veggie scraps like celery, carrots, garlic, herbs and other garden favourites into a pot, this is by far my favourite recipe for it. Get ready to knock your socks off with this awesome stock here.  

Anti-Inflammatory Spring Pea Soup

Pass the peas, please! Peas contain dietary fibre and a load of antioxidants to help reduce inflammation within the body and encourage healthy gut bacteria. They’re low in calories but high in protein, antioxidants and micronutrients. This anti-inflammatory soup is full of delicious spices and veggies to help ground the body and reduce inflammation . It's a green, lean, gut-healing machine! Get the recipe here. 

Vegan Caesar Salad

You know your friend who watched one of those vegan documentaries, guilted themselves into going vegan and invited you over for gross faux soy meats and soggy tofu dinners? Don’t be that friend. Ever. With my Vegan Caesar Salad, you can show the world just how delicious vegan food can be! I’ve used tempeh in this salad to add plant-based protein and beneficial bacteria to take this Caesar-inspired salad to the next level. If you want to read about my thoughts on soy and try out this delicious salad for yourself, click the recipe link here.

Bohemian Baked Vegetable Bowl

If you’re a keen foodie, you’ve no doubt already jumped on the Buddha Bowl bandwagon. Buddha bowl's are made to be absolutely beautiful. The vegetables are roasted perfectly and placed in delicate coconut bowls, ready to be forever instagrammable. My Bohemian Baked Vegetable Bowl is nothing like that. It’s totally messy, care-free and fun-loving. It’s not trendy; it’s a recipe you can enjoy forever. My Bohemian Baked Veg Bowl is made of deliciously roasted veg, a creamy tahini dressing and some kale, because well, kale. I’ve also included some sunflower seeds and pepitas for a delicious crunch. Let’s spread the messy veggie love with this recipe here.

Savoury Smashed Root Vegetables

Forget boring mashed potato and say hello to this delicious vegetable smash! Think turnip, parsnip, sweet potato and carrots. It's the perfect side to literally everything. My Savoury Smashed Root Vegetables are full of prebiotic-rich fibre for good gut health and delicious spices for mouth-watering approval. I’ve topped it with nutritional yeast flakes and you can use either Golden Gut Blend or Love Your Gut Powder for the ultimate gut-loving boost. Get smashing those vegetables with the unstoppable recipe here.

Oven Baked Veg and Garlic Soup with Toasted Seeds

This baked veg soup is absolutely fool-proof. It’s sure to warm you up from the inside out. It’s full of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory rich cauliflower to help fight off inflammation. Plus, the garlic in this soup can help lower cholesterol and combat heart disease. It’s seriously soupercharged! Think of the toasted seeds atop like the cherry on the cake – seeds are rich in zinc, a crucial but often forgotten mineral that helps with growth, skin health and immunity. Get the recipe here.  

Lentil and Sunflower Seed Moussaka

Last but certainly not least is my Lentil and Sunflower Seed Moussaka from Eat Clean, Green and Vegetarian. It’ll turn any carnivore into a #meatlessmonday fanatic. It’s a seriously delicious recipe that’s oh-so-easy. Instead of using traditional dairy in this recipe, I’ve created a creamy and delicious alternative topping made of sunflower seeds. This moussaka’s topping is made with sunflower seeds to satisfy creamy winter cravings and offer you a healthy dose of vitamin E and B vitamins. I know - crazy talk! Try out the recipe below because it seriously needs to be made to be believed.

Lentil and Sunflower Seed Moussaka

Ingredients:

  • 100g sliced eggplant
  • 100g zucchini, sliced
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 3 Tbs olive oil
  • 1  shallot chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tbs Apple Cider vinegar
  • 2 cans of chopped tomatoes
  • 2 cans of lentils, lightly drained
  • 2 tsps oregano
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup vegetable stock 

Topping: Sunflower Seed Cheese 

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 200C.
  2. Sprinkle eggplant and zucchini slices with Celtic Sea Salt let sit in a colander to drain for roughly 30 minutes, then rinse off the salt.
  3. Brush eggplant and zucchini with olive oil and  place in 200C oven for 20 mins until browned.
  4. Moving on to the sauce, sauté garlic and onions in a pan on your stove top until browned.
  5. Add apple cider vinegar, tomatoes, lentils, stock, oregano and cinnamon and cover and simmer on medium to low heat for about 15 minutes.
  6. To make the sunflower nut cheese, place pre-soaked seeds in a food processor and mix until a smooth paste. Then place into refrigerator to chill and firm. (Tip: For a creamier cheese add filtered water.)
  7. In a casserole dish place a layer of the cooked eggplant and zucchini, and cover layer with sauce. Repeat until casserole dish is full, or you have used all your vegetables and sauce. Ensure the top layer is vegetables.
  8. For the final layer, cover the vegetables in the sunflower nut cheese.
  9. Sprinkle nutritional yeast flakes on top. (Optional)
  10. Bake in oven at 220C for about 15-20 minutes or until the top is crispy.

Do you like cooking with veg?  Let me know your favourite recipes in the comments section below.

My Tea Schedule + Pukka Tea Review

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

Hi, I’m Lee and I’m a tea-aholic.

Yes, yes, I’ll be the first to admit it: I’m addicted to tea. I drink several cups of tea a day and have found that there’s tea for every occasion and mood. 

There’s a tea for waking up in the morning, soothing a sore throat that arises mid-day, cooling down in the afternoon, easing digestion after a big meal and even one for helping you tuck into bed at night. While there are plenty of tea brands out there that have a range of flavours and offer several health benefits, I have to say, no one makes tea quite like Pukka does. 

Not only does Pukka create deliciously tasting tea, they also follow fair and sustainable practices for people, plants and the planet. 

Pukka herbs harness the indescribable power of nature through their award-winning organic and ethically sourced organic herbal wellbeing creations. Their herbal blends are based upon Ayurvedic principles as they cultivate healing teas based on ancient wisdom, herbal expertise and of course, the best taste and flavours.

If a cup of their tea doesn’t warm you up enough, the fact that they’re involved in several social mission initiatives will. Their aim is to make the world a better place by donating 1% of their earnings towards environmental causes. 

I love the fact that their tea bags are biodegradable, and only organic cotton strings and compostable tags are used, so perfect for the garden. Even their packaging involves recyclable paper with vegetable ink; it fulfils every one of my inner-hippie dreams!  To me, this makes each cup of tea taste even better and more fulfilling. Who doesn’t love drinking your favourite cup of tea and saving the planet at the same time? I’ll wait.

Pukka is a leader when it comes to the herbal wellbeing and sustainable business revolution and that’s a train I’m definitely not missing. If you’re wanting to jump on the tea train but don’t know where to hop on, below is my very intensive tea schedule to help inspire your tea journey (I told you I’m seriously addicted!). 

My first tea of choice is, of course, an Elegant English breakfast tea. I’m not sure if it’s because of my English roots or my love of all things comfort, but I have a serious obsession with the classic English breakfast tea. I usually have this tea with a drop of oat milk (my new favourite!) upon rising. Drinking this tea mindfully and slowly in the morning with a couple of deep breaths is the best way to enjoy it. Don’t even think about drinking this tea on the go as it doesn’t have the same effect (trust me, I’ve tried!). 

Whenever I need a good freshen up, Pukka’s Three Mint tea has got me covered! This classic herbal favourite combines peppermint, spearmint and field mint to cool and calm you down. While we all know mint is a great breath refresher, it’s also beneficial for relieving indigestion and improving symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. Unlike many mint teas on the market, this tea doesn’t become bitter after a long brew; it’s a real winner. 

After I’ve had lunch, my first tea of the afternoon is the Three Fennel. I love having it after lunch as it soothes digestion and offers a delicious blend of flavours for the taste palate too. It includes sweet Turkish fennel seeds, soothing wild fennel and feathery fennel leaf which is why it’s my after-lunch special. Drink up! 

Liquorice and Cinnamon has to be one of my favourite tea flavour combinations of all time. Not only does it include the sweetness of liquorice and fragrance of cinnamon, it also provides a whole host of health benefits. Liquorice is often used in herbal medicine to soothe digestive complaints and even ease a sore throat, while it’s dynamic partner, cinnamon, can help reduce blood sugar levels. It’s perfectly warming, nourishing and sweet; cinnamon and liquorice are truly a power couple.

Having a cup of tea at night has always been a special ritual to me. It’s one of the most comforting cups of tea that I have throughout the day and lets my body know it’s time to tuck into bed and get my z’s on. Pukka’s Night Time Tea has been blended by a Master Herbsmith to create the ultimate sleepy tea. Combining a dreamy blend of oat flower, soothing lavender and silky-sweet lime-flower with the magical powers of valerian, this tea acts as a saviour for everyone, from those who can fall asleep at the drop of a hat to even those who are sleep-deprived. It’s a seriously special blend to calm the spirit, quieten the mind and put the body at rest. 

So, that’s all for my tea schedule – I told you it was intensive! If you're keen to find out more about this tasty and feel good 100% organic tea brand head to Pukka’s site here

Golden Gut Egg Nog

Written by Lee on . Posted in Blog, Christmas, drinks, Videos

Nog Nog.... who's there?

Just in time for the holidays, I got to film some fun cooking videos with my friend Irene from Nourished Life last week.  We shook up the traditional egg nog and added some golden spice and everything nice.

This is a delicious dairy free and healthy version that the whole family can enjoy around Christmas time.  It's so much better than the gloopy stuff from the carton!

Enjoy anti-inflammatory turmeric, spicy ginger, a hint of cinnamon and spiced rum (adults and pirates only Arrr... me hearties!).  

Egg nog goes back to medieval Britain, but fear not, even your modern day Aussie knight in shining armour can shake this up for you.

By the way, if you're on still on the hunt for last minute Christmas gifts check out my Supercharged Christmas gift giving guide here

Golden Gut Egg Nog

Serves 6

  • 250 ml (9 fl oz/1 cup) coconut cream
  • 750 ml (26 fl oz/3 cups) coconut milk
  • 3 cinnamon sticks

  • 1 teaspoon golden gut blend (plus extra to serve)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla powder or essence
  • 5 egg yolks
  • Spiced rum (optional!)

Method

  • Combine all the ingredients except the egg yolks in a medium saucepan, stir gently until combined, then slowly bring to the boil over medium–low heat.
  • Remove from the heat and set aside to steep for 3–4 minutes, then remove the cinnamon sticks.
  • Whizz the egg yolks in a blender on high until frothy or whisk them.
  • Add the coconut milk mixture, then whizz for a couple more seconds or pour all into a shaker.
  • Serve warm or chilled, sprinkled with extra golden gut blend on top.

Eczema and the Gut + an Interview with Dr Peter French

Written by Lee on . Posted in anti-inflammatory, Blog, micro flora, microbiome, Natural Products, Reviews

It’s always a bumpy ride when skin issues surface.  Particularly when it comes to children.  Thinking about acne and eczema literally makes many parents’ skin crawl (myself included).  My daughter Tamsin suffered from eczema throughout school and into university. When any signs of dryness or red bumps appear on your child’s skin and you've tried so many different products to ease the symptoms, but nothing seems to help it can be very frustrating.  

Does your child often feel irritated? Do you both tend to suffer from skin issues? New research has come to light that may be the helping hand that we’ve all been waiting for.

The condition of your skin can say a lot about your health and common skin conditions such as acne, rosacea, eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis can actually be a sign that your gut isn’t functioning properly.

I hear from many parents whose children are suffering from skin problems, two of the most common complaints are eczema and acne. Both can have a negative impact on quality of life both visually and with physical symptoms such as itchiness, pain and lack of sleep.

Fortunately the latest research that scientists are uncovering is the connection between the health of your microbiome and how it can directly affects and impacts your skin. This is welcome relief for many parents who are struggling to find answers that don’t involve hardcore steroid creams or medication.

It’s easy to forget that your skin is actually an organ; in fact, it’s your body’s largest organ. Your skin is part of the integumentary system, which also consists of your hair and nails and its main function is to act as a physical, chemical and antimicrobial barrier.

An important factor in keeping your skin healthy is sebum. Whilst the right amount of sebum protects the skin, too much can result in conditions such acne and too little can result in dry or cracked skin.

Your gut flora have been shown to influence sebum production (an oily secretion that reduces water loss from the skin surface and protects the skin from infection caused by bacteria or fungi) as well as the fatty acid composition of the sebum. Signals sent from your gut flora can communicate with the bacteria on your skin and research is beginning to show these interactions have a major influence on skin conditions such as dryness, collagen production and other skin issues such as atopic dermatitis.

This week I interviewed cell and molecular biologist Dr Peter French, Bioxyne’s Chief Scientist so that I could learn more about this condition that is affecting 10% of the population and find out more about the connections between atopic dermatitis and the gut. Over the years I made my own discoveries too such as the importance of gut health and the prevalence of staph infections in eczema cases. I had always been convinced that this was one of the missing links but it was never confirmed until now.

Even if this post only helps one family it will make my work worthwhile!

What is atopic dermatitis? What are the causes? 

Atopic dermatitis (AD), also known as eczema, is a common inflammatory skin disease affecting 10% of the population, and posing a significant burden on healthcare resources and on the patients’ quality of life. The first signs of AD usually appear early in life (from 6 months of age) and often precede other allergic diseases such as asthma or allergic rhinitis. The majority of cases (at least 60%) arise within the first year of life.

Supercharged Christmas Gift Giving Guide

Written by Lee on . Posted in Blog, Christmas

Let’s get the holiday party started! May I present to you, my Supercharged Christmas Gift Giving Guide.

If you’re looking to approach the silly season mindfully, consciously and with sustainability in mind, to get the ‘baubles’ rolling, I’ve rounded up a few natural favourites that I’ve had my eye on for gift giving this year.

Whether it’s a natural health and beauty product for a special person in your life, something sustainable and nifty for the kitchen or an inspiring cookbook to give the gift of home cooking to friends and family– there’s something Supercharged for everyone this Christmas.

By the way I’ve featured some ridiculously good sustainable ideas and recipes to grace your table this Christmas plus my famous Turkey with all the Trimmings Recipe if you're interested.  

Here are some thank you ideas for your family, friends loved ones or your lovely self!

Healthy Beauty

Weleda, Beauty Essentials Pack

Say goodbye to chapped lips and dry skin. This Weleda Beauty Essentials Pack deeply hydrates and protects for super soft skin and lips. The pack includes Weleda Skin Food and Weleda Everon Lip Balm.

Skin Food is an intensely hydrating whole-body moisturiser that restores and soothes dry skin. A blend of all natural ingredients including organic chamomile, calendula and wild pansy relieve rough skin. Combined with sunflower, lanolin and sweet almond oils and provides a protective barrier against the elements of wind and weather.

Everon Lip Balm is created with a selection of oils and waxes including organic jojoba seed oil, shea butter, rose wax and scented with delicate musk rose. This simply beautiful product not only moisturises lips to prevent drying, cracking and chapping, but it also relieves burn after exposure to sun and wind.

The best thing about this beauty pack is that you can take it anywhere and use at any time. Totally tote-able! A great Christmas gift for anybody who enjoys taking care of his or her skin naturally. $24.95  Shop here 

KORA organics Daily Ritual Kit

Absolutely love this gift pack and have been using the three gorgeous products with great results, my skin feels soft and smooth, like velvet. The packaging itself is beautiful, inviting and feels really summery too.

The Daily ritual kit includes a cream cleanser, balancing rose mist and a hydrating moisturiser.

The cream cleanser makes removing make up effortless and leaves skin feeling flawless. I like how the balancing rose mist can be used anytime of the day so my skin can stay fresh all day. The hydrating moisturiser is great for my drier bits of skin too.

Using these three products twice daily makes it super simple to have healthier and more radiant skin.  

The items included in these kits, are available individually too (our Christmas ornaments) for a limited time or you can purchase the full size 3 step system and save. $124.95  Shop here

 

Skin Juice Lemon Sorbet Bundle

This bright and beautifully boxed package fittingly reflects the natural and organic fruits, plants and super foods that each product is crafted with. Included in the bundle is a fresh and vibrant Lemon Sorbet Body Wash and a Lemon Sorbet Body Cream.

These both cleanse, balance and soften the skin with antioxidant rich, skin purifying fruit and plant oils that are free from harmful chemicals.

The body wash is created using conditioning shea butter, soothing aloe vera and calming cucumber hydrates, moisturises and calms irritation for an all over healthy glow. The body cream gives the skin a refreshing and non-greasy moisture boost. This light creamy blend combines antibacterial and purifying essential oils to maintain fresh and soft skin throughout the day and night.

What I love about both these aromatic skin care experiences is that they are crafted fresh from Skin Juice’s very own Juice Lab in the Hunter Valley, using sustainably and ethically sourced ingredients. And not to mention they leave your skin feeling and smelling like a fresh summer garden! $61.00 Shop here

ECO Modern Essentials - Christmas Favourite

Celebrate the festive season with this beautiful collection of pure essential oils and blends. They’re mood enhancing, relaxing, and perfect for all year round.

This delightful Christmas collection contains six blends including frankincense, orange and nutmeg, festive pine blend, cinnamon, ginger, and Christmas eve blend.

Frankincense Essential Oil 10ml: a spicy, woody, slightly balsamic scent.
Cinnamon Essential Oil 10ml: a sweet, warm and spicy scent with antiseptic qualities that can really lift your spirits.
Festive Pine Blend 10ml:a festive blend of Orange, Pine, Cypress, Frankincense, Cassia and Sage.
Christmas Eve Blend 10ml: a beautifully warming blend of Orange, Cedarwood, Frankincense, Cajeput, Cassia, Clove and Myrrh.
Ginger Essential Oil 10ml: a strong, warm and pungent spicy scent.
Orange & Nutmeg Blend 10ml:a delicious blend of Orange, Nutmeg and Clove.

With all these scents and aromas in the air, you’ll be sure to be filled with Christmas spirit and holiday cheer. $100 Shop here

Lük Beautifood

If you’re keen to get your hands or lips around a conscious gift this Christmas why not try lük beautifood’s Lip Nourish?

Now you and your friends can sparkle naturally with one hundred percent natural, toxin-free real food lipsticks. These are so lip-smackingly good you could actually eat them!

The nourishing sheer lipsticks combine nutrient-packed food ingredients that hydrate, nourish and repair your lips for a beautiful glossy and natural smile.

Made from moisturising avocado oil, soothing sesame oil and cacao butter, they deliver a sheer to pigmented veil of colour, while the incredibly soft, velvet-like texture makes them perfect for everyday wear. Delicious shades include Nude Cinnamon, Chai Shimmer, Mandarin Spice, Vanilla Chocolate, Tea Rose, Rose Lime, Peach Melon, Pink Juniper, Cranberry Citrus, Tangerine Pomegranate, Ruby Grapefruit and a cheeky little Cherry Plum.  Pucker up and give your loved ones the gift of mistletoe-ready lips this festive season! From $29.95  Shop here

Inika Organic

What I love about INIKA Organic is that their products are 100% natural and certified organic. Unlike many other make up brands, there’s no need to compromise your skin’s health to get a beautiful, flawless look from your makeup every time you use it.

This wonderful set includes Long Lash Vegan Mascara in Black and Certified Organic Vegan Lipstick in Pink Poppy, beautifully presented in a gorgeous natural canvas makeup bag.

These products not only contain nourishing botanical ingredients that your skin will thank you for, but they also meet the highest of beauty standards. The Pink Poppy lipstick feels light and fresh on the lips and the mascara is ideal for anyone with sensitive eyes (including me!) It contains antioxidant-rich Sunflower Oil and Vitamin E to protect lashes from environmental damage, and Castor Seed oil to deeply condition.

These handy beauty tools will be following me everywhere I go for an effortless and natural touch up on the go. $45.00 Shop here

Ere Perez

Australian owned, Ere Perez has got to be one of my favourite natural cosmetics companies on the market, plus I’ve met Ere and she is absolutely lovely!. Simple products like foundation, mascara and even brushes are made completely from powerful botanical ingredients that transform, nourish and leave the skin feeling radiant.

My favourite foundation is the Oat Milk foundation. The light and non-greasy formula is crafted with natural oat milk. This helps to balance the pH levels in your skin, while creating a beautiful, natural finish that lasts.

Since I travel a lot for work, my skin dreads the dry and cold air on planes. But this natural foundation is ideal for air travel. It’s really soothing and has become a staple in my work and holiday carry bag.

The best way to apply this foundation is to use the Cream Dream, multipurpose brush. Not only is it stylish but it is also made with vegan bristles and a biodegradable corn resin handle. It beautifully blends and offers smooth coverage to the face. Hassle free and flawless face.

Is there anything avocado can’t do?! Move over avo on toast it’s now time to put avo on our lashes…yes you read that right. Ere Perez has formulated an avocado waterproof mascara made with mamey and avocado oils that help stimulate growth, regenerate and strengthen lashes. This natural, waterproof, volumising mascara is perfect for day or night. An effortless transition in a busy lifestyle.

The calendula powder foundation feels weightless and breathable on the skin. It helps to even skin tone with light reflecting qualities. Free from nasties and talc, this calendula powder is extremely sensitive and gentle on the skin.

These natural beauties are a great way to treat your skin or a best friend’s skin this holiday season! From $26.00 Shop here

Healthy Kitchen

Euclove Cleaning Essesntials

Packed into an adorable tote bag is all your cleaning essentials for the kitchen, bathroom, stainless steel, floors and more. However unlike most cleaning brands (even some who claim to be natural), Euclove steers clear from absolutely any synthetic chemicals and use a unique blend of pure essential oils sourced from Australia and India.

The kitchen cleaner is a tough everyday all purpose surface cleaner. It is crafted with a variety of essential oils including Australian eucalyptus oil. It not only removes dirt and stains, but also leaves a lingering clean fresh fragrance.

Using a blend of essential oils including clove oil, the bathroom cleaner prevents and removes mildew, cleans dirt and is antibacterial, antifungal and antiseptic. Surfaces like ceramic, porcelain tiles, shower bases and sinks will be shining clean and smelling clean!

Euclove floor cleaner and the stainless steel cleaner use pure essential oils like blue gum eucalyptus to naturally leave floors and stainless steel tops bright and streak free.

You can use all these non-harmful cleanses with a premium woven microfibre. Perfect for an all purpose cloth, you can use it damp or dry, day or night.

This gift pack is ideal for anyone really, mums, dads, uncles, and aunties, kids who actually do their chores. Maybe this holiday, share it with someone who needs a light little push onto the natural pathway. From $7.99  Shop here 

The Swag

Gift wrap your presents a little more consciously this year! Rather than reaching for that sparkly plastic wrapping paper, try getting your swag on instead. The Swag is a new way to keep your fresh produce fresher for longer in your refrigerator. Are you heading to the supermarket for your holiday lunch ingredients and coming back home with mountains of plastic bags with more plastic bags inside those plastic bags? That’s where the Swag comes in. It’s here to make your life a little easier, affordable and more environmentally friendly.

Made from three unique layers of 100% natural, unbleached, unseeded cotton materials these bags protect your fruit and veggies and keep them fresher for much longer! Giving your fresh produce a breathable environment that is moist, not too cold or too hot helps them to survive in your fridge and last 2-4 times longer than in the crisper.

The Long Swag is mostly used to store longer vegetables like celery, spinach and leeks. The little produce bags are the perfect companion for your durable shopping bags, ditch those fiddly, toxic, plastic bags and instead fill these little beauties with your loose produce – leaf spinach, grapes, cherries, garlic etc.

As most of you may know, I am a tea-aholic. That’s why I can’t help but love the new Tea Swag Set. These reusable Tea Swags are made from chemical free, 100% unbleached, unseeded cotton and have no nasties or plastic infused in them (unlike most single use tea bags).

Maybe make your holiday gift one for the environment and limit your use of single use plastic this Christmas. $72.95  Shop here

English Tea Shop Christmas Collection

Spoil your loved ones or even yourself these holidays! English Tea Shop Organic Christmas Collection Gold Cube Gift Set is a perfect gift for this Christmas.

It contains 96 sachets in a number of delectable flavours!

I’m talking about the finest and mouth-watering ingredients sourced directly from farmers and producers from all over the world.

Flavours include: Apple Spice, Christmas Punch, Christmas Night, Berry Savoury Pie, Sweet Vanilla Bread and Candy Man.

English Tea Shop Teas are Certified Organic and Fair trade produced.

The premium gift for the festive season and should be enjoyed in your favourite cup with your pinky finger out! $19.95  Shop here

 

 

Pique Tea Crystals

Speaking of tea, here’s a tea that’s perfect for after the big Christmas splurge! Pique Tea Crystals offer a fasting tea bundle that will be especially helpful post hefty Christmas dinner, long Boxing Day lunch and New Years Eve events.

Included in this bundle are the Matcha Green Fasting Tea and Ginger Green Fasting Tea. They are both formulated to help suppress cravings, provide satiety and boost energy burn. With a vibrant blend of the highest catechin containing green teas - Sencha Tea Crystals and Matcha Green Tea make the matcha and green tea ideal for morning fasts.

The ginger green tea uses botanicals from Traditional Chinese Medicine like ginger, licorice root, citrus and mint to suppress appetite, aid digestion and improve digestion.

These teas are infused with high catechin Green Tea Crystals to help reduce hunger pangs while improving digestive health. I’ve found this tea super soothing and calming with a warm and spicy blend and aromatic citrus notes and a hint of sweet licorice.

How is Pique different from many other teas? Their Tea Crystals dissolve instantly in cold or hot water so anyone can make Gold Medal winning tea with no effort.

Whether your loved one is tea connoisseur, tea beginner or even diehard coffee drinker, it’s impossible not to get hooked on the amazing flavor of Pique’s teas. Shop here

Books

Supercharge Your Life, Lee Holmes

Ok it seems funny to include my new book in here, but I am. Cheeky aren’t I?

My new book is a guide to making your supercharged kitchen the heart of your home, with over 160 nutritious recipes, information and inspiration to help you consume and live with purpose.

If you've spent years navigating one restrictive diet after another, it's time to shed the fear of eating the 'wrong' thing and fall in love with food again. An enduring kitchen is one where real food and thoughtful eating practices come together, and where commonsense and simplicity are celebrated.

The recipes are tried and tested, and beautifully tasty and nourishing and cover every occasion from breakfast, afternoon tea, dinner, and festive occasions. The food as always is underpinned by my Supercharged principles of anti-inflammatory, balanced meals that draw from the traditional wisdom of Ayurveda. There are no fandangled ingredients in these pages; just honest, real, accessible food as close to nature as possible. I hope you like it! $29.95  Shop here 

The Farm Community, Emma and Tom Lane

This beautiful book by Emma and Tom Lane encapsulates and celebrates the simple and sustainable way of living, eating, working and connecting at the Byron Bay property, The Farm.

It not only showcases a collection of recipes from organic growers, chefs and bakers who make up the community of The Farm, but it singlehandedly encourages and teaches you simple ways to live more sustainably, whether in the city, suburbs or the countryside.

The book includes enriching projects like drying flowers and making your own compost bucket which is right up my alley!.

Alongside an array of recipes ranging from gourmet to simple, all inspired by a love of growing and cooking farm-fresh food this book is one of my favourites this season and I can see myself delving into it for more seasons to come. 

$30.95  Shop here

 

She Sheds Style, Erika Kotite

Bite the dust "man caves!" the “she sheds” revolution is taking over the world with style!  Erika Kotite has created a guide to all things interior design, décor & style so that women can create a space for themselves, by themselves. They can do what they want in a room of their own. No boys, oh the joys ;)!

You’ll be able to look through ideas, detailed step-by-step projects, and use the handy decorating tips from a number of creative 'she shed' owners – then all you need to do is add your personal style to your own shed and relax! The book shows you how to create cosy go-to spaces and getaways with upcycling ideas and do-it-yourself decor.

There’s a handy gallery that includes more than one hundred inspirational photos to get you revved up about everything from décor to paint colours, interior design and even dip your toes into gardening and landscaping. Create your own hideaway from it all with this glorious book. $23.75  Shop here

 

Baladi, Joudie Kalla

The beautiful and bright cover will draw you in like no other! The contrast of colours between the bowls of dips alone is enchanting. This book is divine.

Joudie Kalla portrays wide-ranging‭, ‬vibrant and truly delicious dishes that are made with a twist on traditional recipes that originate from Palestine, her ‘Baladi’ which means home land and country. ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

The recipes are cleverly structured according to the various environments they originate from‭, ‬such as the land‭, ‬the sea‭, ‬the forest‭ and ‬the orchard‭. They’re also designed eaten together however she adds that flexibility works here too and the recipes can be mixed and matched! ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Whatever flavours you’re craving you can throw a beautiful feast together under Joudie’s direction or choose what you fancy and create your own tasty combinations!

Some of the spectacular dishes in this book include atayer sabanekh‭ (‬spinach‭, ‬sumac and onion patties‭), ‬samak makli‭ (‬fried fish selection with courgette‭, ‬mint and yoghurt dip‭) and a family favourite at our place her amazing lamb meatballs!. $44.80 ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Shop here

Ottolenghi, SIMPLE

SIMPLE is a collection of 130 brand-new dishes that include all the inventive components and flavour combinations that Ottolenghi is loved and known for, but this time with minimal hassle for maximum joy.

Bursting with bright and colourful photography, the book displays dishes that are suitable to whatever type of cooking you find easy – whether that’s getting a quick and easy after work dinner, using just one pot to make a delicious meal, or a flavoursome dish that can be prepared ahead and then served when you’re ready.

Each dish is falls into an area which is part of a simple key, that helps you to unlock the best recipe to suit you depending upon the time, ingredients and inclination you have.

S – short on time: less than 30 minutes
I – 10 ingredients or less
M – make ahead
P – pantry
L – lazy
E – easier than you think

As it’s Christmas time, I headed straight towards the Spring Roast Chicken with Preserved Lemon, full of yumminess for the holiday period because the recipe is built around minimal hassle for maximum joy! $34.95  Shop here

The Art of Kindness

Meredith Gaston’s words and illustrations in The Art of Kindness motivate us to care for each other, our earth and ourselves.

She is such a wonderful person and a friend of mine so I know these words come directly from her heart to the reader.

Her playful illustrations are set against inspirational essays and quotes, along with journal prompts, positive affirmations and beautiful meditations.

These ingredients reveal the joys of cultivating kindness and mindfulness into daily life and inspire us to grow through self-care, self-love and self-empowerment.

Once we can do this naturally, like a radio wave it will radiate to others in the community. Feeling loved and accepted is a gift worth giving to yourself and others.  This is the perfect pressie for yourself, a friend or a loved one.  

Such a beautiful book and gift for Christmas time. $18.75  Shop here

Jamie Oliver’s Christmas Cookbook

A beautiful cookbook is filled to the brim with all the classics you need for Christmas day and beyond. It includes a bunch of delicious recipes for edible gifts, party food, and new ways to love those leftovers.

Imagine all the classic Chrissy recipes and exciting new meals that’ll wow your guests and fill them with Christmas cheer. Say hello to Roasted Carrot and Avo salad and a whole bunch of interesting and helpful chapters that include cooking for the Main Event, Meat, The Wonderful World of Potatoes, Vegetarian Mains and Scrumptious Veggie Sides, Cute Edible Gifts and Festive Puddings.

The best part is, Jamie finally lets us in on the biggest Christmas secret of them all – what to do with all those Christmas Day leftovers. If you can follow Jamie's guidance and get help from friends and family you might just find your Christmas turning out as joyous as the merry photos inside Jamie’s book.

Jamie you've got me, hook, line and sinker! $37.75  Shop here

I Hope you have a wonderful Christmas with friends, family and loved ones!

Lee xo

Supercharge Your Christmas + Roast Turkey with all the Trimmings

Written by Lee on . Posted in Blog, Blog Lunch, Christmas, Seasonal

The festive season has arrived yet again, and boy do I have some ridiculously good sustainable ideas and recipes to grace your table this Christmas!

This celebratory season is all about love, connection and gratitude centred around the best food you'll cook all year. My latest book Supercharge Your Life features lots of festive recipes from decadent grazing platter morsels to gorgeous roasts and pot luck favourites to share with family and friends over the Christmas break.

Supercharge Your Life centres around food as the catalyst for pleasure, enjoyment, love and connection. To ramp up the love even further, I’ve put a huge focus on how our food and entertaining choices can be a gift to heal our planet.

The Australian Retailers Association predicts that Aussies will spend approximately $48 billion over Christmas, which results in a massive increase in the waste we produce. The average western country is estimated to throw away around 300,000 tonnes of card packaging, 8000 tonnes/approximately 50,000 trees worth of wrapping paper, 125,000 tonnes of plastic, and 200,000 tonnes of meat!

This doesn’t sit well with me.

So here are some tips straight from my own personal Christmas plans that will hopefully inspire you and your family this year. Why not curate a Christmas experience that will help to save the environment and your wallet, whilst savouring a wholesome feast to delight the senses and warm the hearts of everyone.

Full Tummy, empty bins: Meal plan, meal plan, meal plan! To cut down on waste, be sure to carefully plan your Christmas day spread, being mindful not to over cater. Ask your guests to bring along some containers so that they can take leftovers home for boxing day lunch rather than tossing all that beautiful food in the bin. Compost or worm farm all your food scraps; it’s good for the garden and the planet!.

Use brown paper bags and newspaper: Instead of using wrapping paper, opt for leftover newspaper to wrap your gifts. Tie with ribbons or twine (tip- I always save these from gifts and keep them in a special box. This saves me money too!) and poke some foraged flowers, foliage or herbs into the bow. Brown paper bags can be used to bag up cutlery- just tie the top with twine and again pop in some rosemary. Brown paper can also be used to write up menu cards or to gift wrap fresh herbs for your guests.

Forage baby forage! Real plants and foliage offer a free way to decorate your table or create Christmas decorations. Walk through your garden or search for overhanging plants on your street on Christmas morning with a basket and scissors. Snip flowers and/or greenery and place in jars of water. Herbs like rosemary can be tied with string around cutlery or bunched up and given as gifts. Natives like eucalyptus can be woven into a wreath for your front door, or laid out across the middle of the table for a rustic tablescape. Dry eucalyptus leaves can also be used as name tags for your gifts. Simply hole punch them, thread ribbon on twine through them and write the persons name on the leaf for a unique and thoughtful touch.

Ditch the plastic tableware: Straws, cups, plates, and other plastic tableware are simply terrible for our environment and find their way into our oceans; destroying our marine life. Stick to your regular ceramic ware and metal cutlery or invest into some bamboo eco tableware that is more durable and biodegradable. Metal straws and beeswax wraps are widely available now and significantly cut down on single use plastics.

Make a mason jar snow globe: Skip on the plastic Christmas ornaments and make your own out of mason jars and desiccated coconut! Simply glue small ornaments or beautiful small items already available to you into the inside of the mason jar lid. Place a handful of the coconut into the jar, screw the lid on and place upside down for your very own DIY snow globes. Your guests will love the creativity!

Make a herb garland: Herbs are the perfect Chrissy decoration because they reflect the theme of greenery that we all love at Christmas, but they’re also an edible decoration! Weave together herbs like rosemary, oregano, basil, thyme, bay leaf branches, mint, or any others you like. Add red chillies, cherries or garlic bulbs for hits of other festive colours. Give sections of it away as gifts or use them to flavour your meals.

Explore the beach: Hit the seaside with kids and collect beautiful pieces of driftwood, stones, shells and feathers to express a beachy vibe for your Christmas table. Driftwood can be collected in different lengths to be glued together in the shape of a Christmas tree. Sand can also be placed in small jars and topped with a tea light candle.

Buy second hand or recycled: Buy a bundle of unique clothes, accessories, books or retro ceramics from your local thrift store as gifts and invest into the circular economy. Chances are that if they’ve survived one person’s ownership, they’ll be of the quality that can be enjoyed for years to come.

Give thoughtful gifts: Common Christmas gifts like i-pads, phones, clothing and fashion accessories are encased in layers of styrofoam and plastic packaging. To eliminate waste, opt for experiences such as tickets to a concert or shout them a cooking lesson. If the kids are into video games, get them off their screens and into a real life experience like a go-karting class rather than giving them more “stuff”.

Use old magazines as place mats: For Christmas last year I used decorating magazines as place mats. They were the talking point of the table and everyone wanted to take them home afterwards! Simple, creative thoughts like this can be a great way to upcycle things you already have in your home that would simply go straight to land fill.

If you really want to create a show stopper meal this Christmas, get organised, roll up your sleeves and throw yourself into the joy of creating and devouring this gorgeous recipe from my new book Supercharge Your Life:

I hope you have a lovely Christmas filled with good cheer, friendship, family and the kind of food that shares love and brings people together!

Xx Lee

Christmas stuffing balls

{ makes 12 }

These can be made the day before and warmed in the oven while the turkey rests – 10 minutes at 150°C (300°C) should do the trick.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large brown onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 celery stalks, finely chopped
  • 500 g (1 lb 2 oz) minced (ground) pork
  • 1 tablespoon dried mixed herbs (e.g. sage, rosemary, thyme)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley, plus extra to serve
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 110 g (334 oz/12 cup) cooked quinoa or 95 g (314 oz/12 cup) cooked brown rice
  • 115 g (4 oz/34 cup) pine nuts or crushed nuts
  • 100 g (312 oz/1 cup) almond meal
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

METHOD

  • Preheat the oven to 190°C (375°F) and grease a baking tray.
  • Heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat, then sauté the onion, garlic and celery for 3–4 minutes, until the onion is translucent. Add the pork, mixed herbs, parsley and lemon zest, then cook until the pork is no longer pink. Add the quinoa and allow to cool.
  • Once cool, add the remaining ingredients and mix well.
  • Roll 60 g (214 oz/14 cup) portions of the mixture into balls, sit them on the prepared baking tray, then bake for 30 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy.

Cranberry sauce

{ makes about 500 ml [17 fl oz/2 cups] }

INGREDIENTS

  • 310 g (11 oz/212 cups) fresh cranberries, rinsed and drained, or frozen cranberries
  • 180 g (614 oz/12 cup) rice malt syrup, plus extra as needed
  • 125 ml (4 fl oz/12 cup) filtered water
  • grated zest of 1 orange
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 12 teaspoon ground cinnamon

METHOD

  • Combine all the ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a gentle boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat to medium–low and simmer, stirring, for about 10 minutes, until the mixture thickens.
  • Taste for sweetness, add more rice malt syrup if necessary, then cool and seal in a sterilised jar until ready to use.

Roasted whole turkey

{ serves 1012 }

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 × 6 kg (13 lb 4 oz) turkey, giblets removed
  • large handful flat-leaf (Italian) parsley
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 170 g (6 oz) butter, softened
  • grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • large handful thyme
  • small handful sage
  • 3 bay leaves (optional)
  • 2 brown onions, peeled and halved
  • 2 leeks, pale part only, halved lengthways
  • 4 baby carrots, halved
  • 2 celery stalks, halved lengthways
  • 2 garlic bulbs
  • 1 litre (35 fl oz/4 cups) chicken stock

METHOD

  • Preheat the oven to 210°C (410°F).
  • Pat the turkey dry with paper towel. Place the parsley in the cavity. Season the turkey with salt and pepper, and place in a large roasting tin. Spread the butter all over the bird. Drizzle over the lemon juice, sprinkle over the zest, and tuck the remaining herbs under the bird.
  • Arrange the onion, leek, carrot, celery and whole garlic bulbs around the turkey, then pour in the stock. Cover the tin with foil and roast for 45 minutes, then reduce the oven temperature to 170°C (325°F) and roast for a further 3–4 hours. About 10 minutes before the end of cooking, remove the foil, increase the oven temperature to 200°C (400°F) and roast until the turkey skin is golden brown and crisp, and the juices from the thickest part of the leg run clear.
  • Remove from the oven and set aside to rest for at least 15 minutes before carving.

Enjoy your Christmas and let me know what you think of the recipe in the comments section below.

Supercharge Your Life + Layered Salted Caramel Peanut Fudge

Written by Lee on . Posted in Blog, Supercharge Your Life

Are you ready to Supercharge Your Life?

In celebration of my new book release in February 2019 and in partnership with Booktopia, I’ve wrangled a very special pre-order discount for you, if you’re keen to get your hands on a copy. You can read more about it here. Or if you're in the US you can order a copy here

Supercharge Your Life, is a book that culminates all that I’ve learnt throughout my journey of life and the years of research, cooking and writing I’ve enjoyed during the creation of Supercharged Food.

To be perfectly honest, in the world of wellness I’ve seen the waves of fad diets, exotic superfoods and kale smoothies rage and settle. I’ve also observed the underbelly of the wellness movement; where the extreme focus on clean eating can create more anxiety than it’s really worth.

I wrote this new book to take the fear out of food again. My aim is that it will be a breath of fresh air for our relationship with food; widening our focus from the meaning of food simply being a potential catalyst for health or harm- towards a much broader and truly holistic perspective.

Food ties through every part of our lives, and when we perceive a broader appreciation of food and its power, we can lighten up a little; connecting food with purpose and joy once again!

The book includes over one hundred and sixty tried and tested, nourishing recipes that will cover every occasion from breakfast, afternoon tea, dinner, and festive occasions. The food as always is underpinned by my Supercharged principles of anti-inflammatory, balanced meals that draw from the traditional wisdom of Ayurveda. There are no fandangled ingredients in these pages; just honest, real, accessible food as close to nature as possible.

To help you understand the diverse, multifaceted power that extends from your relationship with food, I bring forward the concept of The Seven Keystones Of Life: Home and Family, Friends and Community, Career and Passion, Finances, Health and Longevity- with Love and Food at the centre of it all. I take you on a journey of how each of these areas represents a complex cultural, philosophical and even political relationship to food, and how each keystone is interwoven.

I explore concepts such as leading your household’s food culture, voting for the ethical production of food with our wallets, food as fuel for our passions and creativity, hospitality as the language of the heart, our food choices being key to a long and a fulfilling life and cultivating a respect for the wonder of earth's provision of food that traces back to our ancestors.

Supercharge your life is broken up into three sections: Eat, Love and Connect:

The kitchen truly is the heart of the home, and as a pragmatist, I’ve made sure to include all the “how to’s” for creating your ideal kitchen, understanding flavour profiles and pairings, building a spice rack and stocking your pantry, fridge and freezer slowly and systematically; ensuring the heart of your home is a supercharged paradise.

With our lives becoming more and more full, one of the easiest things to go out the window is our food organisation- so I’ve included a detailed section on how to simplify your meal preparation and food budget, so you can eat wholesome and affordable food whether you’re a large family or a cash-strapped student. With an extended segment of “The Lost Art of Cooking Vegetables” you’ll have all the tips and knowledge on how to turn cheap, everyday veg into a wonderous feast.

Love is all about the heart, baby! Both your own heart, and the heart of what food is truly all about: hospitality, sharing love through nourishing and delicious food and creating memories with those we adore most. This is about shifting from a perspective of food and cooking as an inconvenience or a chore, towards a fresh rekindling of love towards the natural, instinctive and utterly human behaviour of turning base ingredients into something to savour.

Have you ever actually stopped to relish in the magical interplay of nature’s forces, and how our food makes its way from soil to plate? In this section I really delve into my own food philosophy including my adoration for the ancient healing art of Ayurveda and eating with mindfulness and gratitude and the ways in which we can open our eyes to the power of our food choices as a way of loving this planet we call home- including tips on my top ingredients for growing in your own edible garden.

I get a little political in here too- waving my banner for purposeful and ethical food choices so that we can make positive change in our food systems. Seeing your food budget as an investment into your world and your time in the kitchen as a way of loving your community is a way to spark new love and appreciation for food and its purposeful place in your life. I share a range of delightful recipes in this section; from how to create your own supercharged fruit infused water jars, and pot luck delicacies such as my super green hummus with turmeric and sesame crackers that can be taken along to gatherings and picnics.

Here is where we connect all the dots. You’ll learn about what eating for pleasure really looks like, the psychology of eating, how to identify whether you're eating from a place of freedom or fear; and how to let go of our intrinsic “immortality complex”. You’ll discover how to transform your thinking from fearful towards a liberated relationship to eating.

It really is my belief that food should first and foremost be enjoyed and savoured, and with so much nutritional information out there, we can be frozen like a deer in headlights when it comes to choosing what to eat. Casting the chains off a rule-based approach to food, I really take us back to good old fashioned, common sense eating.

Connection is all about relationships, and what’s better than food to bring people together? I really focus in on meal times as one of the most important rituals in our day for both nourishment and connection with our loved ones, with some friendly tips and reminders on why this is so important. I educate you on how to re-create the lost art of meal times in a busy twenty-first-century world; including some Pinterest worthy tablescape inspirations that'll be sure to turn your next mealtime gathering into something that places beauty and value on those at your table.

This truly has been a delightful process and I’ve poured my heart and soul into a book that'll hopefully impart in you a new sense of freedom, joy and connection into your life through the power of wholesome food.

I adore every single one of these recipes and hope you will too!  

I’d love to share a recipe from the book that’ll be sure to spread love to all your friends and family. Give it a whirl and let me know what you think in the comments section below. And to find out more about the Booktopia special click here

Layered salted caramel peanut fudge

{serves 4–6}

This is one of my favourite freezer desserts, and I like to keep it ready to grab at a moment’s notice. A decadent delight, it homes in on the irresistible flavour combo of caramel and sea salt. The unique peanutty edge makes it fulfilling for adults with a cuppa, but also brings plenty of happiness to little kids.

Fudge

  • 270 g (912 oz/1 cup) almond butter
  • 80 ml (212 fl oz/13 cup) coconut oil, melted
  • 90 g (314 oz/14 cup) rice malt syrup
  • 30 g (1 oz/14 cup) raw cacao powder
  • 1 teaspoon alcohol-free vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon Celtic sea salt

Salted caramel and peanut

  • 90 g (314 oz/14 cup) rice malt syrup
  • 2 tablespoons cashew butter or other nut butter
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • sea salt, to taste
  • 35 g (114 oz/13 cup) roasted salted peanuts

Method:

Line a 12 × 18 cm (412 × 7 inch) baking tin with baking paper.

To make the fudge layer, whiz the almond butter and coconut oil in a food processor until smooth. Add the remaining ingredients and process until smooth and creamy. Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin to 3 cm (114 inches) deep and smooth the top with the back of a spoon or a spatula.

For the salted caramel and peanut layer, clean the food processor then process all the ingredients except the peanuts until the mixture has a caramel-like consistency.

Spoon the salted caramel over the fudge, smooth with the back of a spoon or a spatula, then scatter the peanuts over and press them in gently. Freeze for at least 1 hour before slicing and serving. If stored frozen for longer, it may need some time in the fridge to soften a little before serving.

Sprinkle with extra salt before serving, if you like.

My Fast Your Way to Wellness Online Program Is Here

Written by Lee on . Posted in Blog, Fast Your Way to Wellness

Fasting? You need a plan.

Are you keen to learn more about intermittent fasting and not sure where to begin? Or perhaps you've tried it but didn’t get off on the right foot?

After the overwhelming response I’ve received to my cook book, Fast Your Way to Wellness, (I realise that sounds like an oxymoron, but bear with me 😉 ) I knew I had to lend a hand to those of you who’d like to take intermittent fasting to the next level or, those of you who need a little bit of extra help getting started and keeping it going!

If you’re eager to embark on a health journey that’ll change how you look and how you feel, my Fast Your Way to Wellness 6-week Online Program is your answer.

The practice of intermittent fasting has improved my life so much and I’d love for you to experience these benefits for yourself. I started the practice in menopause after realising that the weight creep, night sweats and low energy were foreal! (Not kidding).

I wanted to find an easy and sustainable way to lose the extra weight I had gained and feel my best, and intermittent fasting has been the best way for me to do this naturally and with minimal effort. I personally follow the 5:2 method of intermittent fasting and delay breakfast each day to give myself and gut a good 16 hour break between meals, the 16:8 approach.  But there are a number of ways you can do it to make it fit in with your lifestyle and these are all covered off on the program. You choose... your day your way!

I’ve created this program for you because I do know how you feel; I’ve been there. Bloated, tired, frustrated, confused, moody and unable to shed weight. And that was just menopause ha! It’s time for a change! 

You deserve to enjoy a healthy life, and one that enables you to follow all of your dreams and passions. My new and affordable Fast Your Way to Wellness program provides you with a step-by-step guide to help nurse you through your journey, with delicious recipes and ideas, menu planners, shopping lists, inspirations, scientific research, tips and everything else you need to get started on changing your life for the better! You can read more about what it involves here.

If you’ve never attempted intermittent fasting before, and you’re interested to try it and reap all the wonderful health benefits, or if you’re a fasting professional but have run out of recipes and need inspiration to keep it going, then why not consider my six week online plan?  It's affordable at only $69 for the full six weeks and super easy to do!

Are you?

  • Tired of constantly feeling bloated, tired, frustrated, confused and moody
  • Looking for a complete health reset and want to feel healthy and happy
  • Ready to get off the diet rollercoaster for good
  • Keen to lose weight and keep it off
  • Desperate to increase your energy
  • Interested in balancing your hormones
  • In need of improving your sleeping patterns
  • Choosing to reduce bodily inflammation
  • Wanting to look after your gut health and improve your beneficial gut bacteria
  • Needing to reduce your blood pressure
  • Sick of your slow metabolism and want to increase your fat burning capabilities
  • Ready to normalise your hunger hormones for better appetite control and more

If any of the above feel like you, then this proven program works.  While of course we’ll be looking at dietary changes, we’ll also take a deeper look into my key tools and show you how to implement intermittent fasting into your weekly life. Over the six-week plan, you’ll discover:

  • The benefits of intermittent fasting and why it’s helped me and so many others regain control of our lives
  • How to knock back cravings and understand what they mean
  • Self-care practices that actually work
  • The lo-down on exercise
  • How to practice portion control
  • How to clean out your pantry and enjoy foods that benefit your health without restricting your diet
  • How to re-wire your brain for complete wellness
  • And so much more

And now for the part you’ve been waiting for… what about the food? 

Intermittent fasting will provide the most health benefits and is much more achievable if you consume food that is full of wonderful nutrition and not low calorie junk food.

This isn’t a time of deprivation but rather, a time where you enjoy what you’re eating and take pleasure in the experience. Even during an intermittent fast, eating should be joyful rather than a chore.

This program emphasizes avoiding processed foods to give a break your digestive system. You’ll be eating more natural, easily digestible whole foods to satiate you and provide you with good nutrition. Fasting is a healing process that gives your gut, brain and body time to reboot and recover and the recipes and ideas are super easy to make and implement.

Fasting encourages choosing foods that don’t have an ingredient label. Instead, we focus on toxin-free, and chemical-free foods. The recipes and foods are real and delicious but they are also super easy to buy from your supermarket and create simple meals with. Some of the delicious meals you’ll discover include sweet potato hot cakes, Mexican scrambled eggs, a bento box, an aromatic zucchini curry, steak with caramelised onions and so much more!

So what are you waiting for, sign up today!

Nina and Pieter said, “We are loving your Fast Your Way to Wellness program. The chicken meatballs with marinara sauce and curried carrot soup are weekly staples for us. We’ve also made the ginger and coriander fish, pea soup, prawn curry and saag chicken curry! This is the best intermittent fasting program out there.”

Are you keen to try it? Let me know your thoughts about intermittent fasting in the comments section below.

Lee xo

Family Hub Organics Vegan Food Wrap Review

Written by Lee on . Posted in Cookware & Appliances, Ingredients, Natural Products, Reviews

If you’re trying to hop aboard the plastic-free train, Family Hub Organics is your next stop!

Family Hub Organics is a family-run business from Perth in Western Australia, a place where I grew up and love to visit. They hand-craft a range of products that make sustainable and conscious living easy and affordable. This includes Beeswax and Vegan Food Wraps, organic soaps and body products, organic lip and perfume balms and all-natural laundry cleaners suitable for very sensitive skin. Literally a sensitive person's salvation!

In fact, their slogan is: Simple. Natural. Ethical. If that’s not something you want to get on board with, I don’t know what is. All of the ingredients they use are sourced ethically, as they don’t support environmental devastation, slave or child labour situations or poor working conditions.

Their Vegan Food Wraps, made of all-natural ingredients, are definitely what sold me. Next time you’re wrapping up an avocado, you’ve got to try it - aren't they the cutest? They’re made of vegetable wax, tree gum and jojoba oil and yet, are a fabric-base. These wraps are reusable, washable and even compostable but they last up to 12 months if you give them proper care.

They’re an amazing alternative to single-use glad wrap; something I would love to see phased out of our kitchens.

If you’re keen to save money, and save the environment while you’re at it too, these wraps are your new go-to! They even make for the perfect gift.

Get ready to avoid food waste, reduce your carbon footprint and add some colour to your kitchen. I’ve received the Vegan Food Wraps – Starter Set which includes two pieces that are 1 x 23cm x 23cm wrap, 1 x 30cm x 30cm wrap at only RRP $24.95.

I absolutely love them and can't wait to buy more! 

Have you ever used food wraps? What do you think of them?  Feel free to let me know in the comments section below.

Lee xo 

My Magic Mud Review

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Do you know what we don’t talk about enough?

Oral hygiene.

We can talk all day about how to supercharge the gut, how to detox the liver,  balance hormones and yet, we seem to forget the passageway to all of those things; the mouth!

If you’ve had enough lip-service and you’re ready for the organic and fluoride-free solution to your oral hygiene, My Magic Mud is the key. The company was founded by Jessica Arman, who started her company at a local farmers market in Central Texas. It’s now become one of the top brands in North America and Australia.

Why, do you ask?

The My Magic Mud Whitening Toothpaste in Peppermint uses activated coconut shell charcoal and bentonite clay; the first of its kind. It’s made with wholesome ingredients that’ll naturally give you those sparkling, shiny pearls you’ve been scrubbing so hard for! It's scientifically verified to safely clean, polish, and whiten your teeth. RRP $19.95 at 113g.

Are you ready to get flossy? My Magic Mud Activated Charcoal Infused Dental Floss will help you amp up your dental routine and floss like a boss. This non-GMO, vegan and cruelty-free wax coating is infused with peppermint, meaning it’ll enhance your delicious smelling breath and happy gums! This activated charcoal floss is definitely a key product that’ll make you the MVP of your dentist room the next time you go. RRP: $8.95 at 50m.

About to meet a first date or potential boss but just chowed down on copious amounts of garlic bread (insert face palm)? Welcome My Magic Mist Breath Spray! This spray is sugar-free and free of toxic ingredients. Oh, and the taste? Imagine a cool, crisp burst of peppermint and eucalyptus oil. That's sure to impress a first date! RRP: $14.95 at 29.6ml.

Are you looking for a magical oral rinse? My Magic Mud Activated Charcoal Alcohol-Free Oral Rinse, which comes in a classic mint flavour will give you the blast of mint you’ve been searching for. It’s an extremely gentle yet effective rinse that’s necessary for optimising your oral hygiene. While it’s alcohol-free, it's also full of natural anti-inflammatory ingredients to soothe your gums and mouth, such as aloe vera and turmeric. Think vegan, paleo, gluten-free and fluoride free too!  RRP: $14.95 at 420ml.

Have you tried these oral hygiene products?  Let me know in the comments section below.

Pressed Purity, Proteco Oils

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Do you know what’s absolutely fiiiiine?

Fine cold-pressed, high-quality oils by Proteco; they’re oh so dreamy!

So, what makes Proteco oil’s so fine?

Proteco is the leader of cold-pressed oils in Australia and uses only the greatest, freshest Australian produce.

Proteco have a diverse range of products that can be used in a multitude of ways – it can take you from your morning skincare routine all the way to your stir-fry for dinner; because after all, you are what you eat.

The advanced extraction and filtration technology they use (I know, sounds fancy already!), ensures that every single product is of a high quality and consistency. Proteco practice cold-pressing their products, which means that they press fruits or seeds with a modern steel process so that they’re not refined or stripped of their natural oils, antioxidants, vitamins and flavour. Unlike many pressed oils, Proteco don’t use chemicals or extra solvents, so you can be sure that all of the raw materials, aromas and nutritional values are preserved, just the way we like it!

Who needs a house when you can have the flesh of real avocados pressed into an oil instead? I’m obsessed with Pressed Purity’s Avocado Oil. Avocados are high in healthy monounsaturated fats, vitamins and minerals. This oil is particularly nutrient-rich and versatile; it’s probably in that natural moisturiser you were applying earlier today! Personally, I love using avocado oil in my salad dressing, but it’s also delicious drizzled into stir fries and soups. If you’re all for avocado on the skin, it’s an amazing moisturiser to calm down itchy skin and replenish dry and chapped skin! Avo look at that! RRP $12.95 for 250ml.

Are you ever frying up fish or marinating your proteins and wanting to take it to the next level? Cue: Macadamia Oil! Macadamia oil is fast becoming a favourite cooking oil because of its nutty flavours and high tolerance to heat. I love it in my baking but it’s also seriously amazing for nourishing dry skin. RRP $7.95 at 250ml.

And finally, let’s talk about hemp, baby! Hemp seed oil has all of the incredible properties that you’ve heard about hemp, but this time, it’s grown with organic farming practices. Hemp makes for the perfect oil as it contains a perfectly balanced ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 essential fatty acids, which is required for optimal nutrition! If you’re looking to boost your immunity, brighten up your skin, boost your hair and strengthen your nails, hemp is where it’s at. RRP $16.95 at 250ml.

Have you tried these oils? Let me know in the comments section below. 

Lee 🙂

Five Flat Belly Foods + Baked Papaya with Lime and Coconut

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Do you have a belly? Well this post is especially for you.

Today I'm tackling the common issue of bloating. There's absolutely no gloating when it comes to bloating; in fact it's actually quite common and a real pain for many people.  Usually a temporary thing, it can make life extremely uncomfortable and can contribute to plummeting confidence.

If you’re looking for an easy solution, something that’ll help beat that bloat and bring a smile to your face once more, there are a few foods that can help you fit comfortably into your jeans all day long.

Here are my top five flat belly foods and tummy-flattening snacks.

Cucumbers – are wonderful to help your tummy de-bloat and contain an antioxidant called quercetin which helps reduce swelling.  If you’ve tried intermittent fasting before and have looked at calories, you’ll know that cucumbers are absolutely golden. They’re also low on the glycaemic index table but are rich in water and fibre to keep us feeling full.  These lovely vegetables are your most easily digestible garden dweller too. Try my Cucumber Sailing Boats they are a fun finger food or weekend project.

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