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Upton’s Naturals Meal Kits

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

Upton's Naturals have done it again (read my previous review here). But this time they've made it even simpler and quicker to eat 100% vegan, real, whole ingredients...already made into a real meal!

Without dehydrating or adding loads of chemicals and extra preservatives, Upton’s Naturals have managed to make two beautiful Thai inspired curries with real, fresh and vegan-friendly ingredients.

The benefit of these two healthy meal kits is that they're not only delicious but super simple to get on the table. With a busy schedule or after a long day of work, sometimes it's hard to find the energy and time to create a whole meal from scratch. With Upton’s Naturals kits on hand, lunch or dinner can be ready within minutes!

First new addition to the menu is a massaman curry. While it's based on an authentic Thai recipe, it doesn’t make use of any animal products. Instead, the curry is made with coconut milk, tofu, and vegetables like carrot, green beans and potato served with rich purple rice.

The Thai curry noodle dish is great for a quick and healthy work break lunch that isn’t from the cafeteria. This noodle curry includes winged beans which are rich not only in protein but also in antioxidants like tocopherols that help the body use vitamin A.

Cooking each of these curries on the stove top only takes about 3-5 minutes and leaves an aromatic hint of flavours like lemongrass, cumin, coriander, nutmeg, cinnamon, and star anise drifting through the kitchen!

With meals priced from only $8.95, Upton’s Naturals offer cost-effective convenience without the processed, pre-made junk from a convenience store.

Just simple, real food made into real meals.

Visit Upton's Naturals or follow them on Twitter,  facebook and instagram.

Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods

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My hemp...my hemp, my hemp, my hemp...my lovely little hemp,

On my salad or in my smoothie, check it out!

While hemp seeds may not be the black eyed peas, they sure do have a lot to sing about. Ok, ok enough of that. I don’t mean to drive you (or the brothers) crazy, but I’m still a little shell-shocked at how such a little seed can carry so many benefits!

Hemp is no doubt a supercharged plant. It has an abundance of uses including food for humans and animals, clothing, skin care, construction material, plastic alternatives and more.

As a food alone, hemp seeds can be used in a variety of ways and offer us a lot of nutritional value. With endless possibilities, they can be eaten with salads, cereal, smoothies, porridge, eggs and more. These versatile super seeds are rich in fatty acids and protein. They include all 10 essential amino acids that our bodies can’t produce naturally and are necessary for robust health.

Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods appreciate the power of this amazing plant and aim to sustainably bring the highest quality hemp seeds from the field to your table. From shelled hemp seeds to hemp protein and hemp oil to hemp milk, they offer a huge range of delicious and nutritious edible hemp products.

Their shelled hemp seeds or Hemp Hearts are ready to eat straight out of the packet and have a yummy nutty flavour. Although they are little, they have 10 grams of plant-based protein and 10 grams of omega-3 and omega-6 per 30g serving (which is more than an equivalent serving of flax or chia).

It doesn’t matter if you’re a savoury person or have a sweet tooth, Manitoba Harvest offer their Hemp Heart Toppers in a range of flavours. Their coconut and cocoa mix is delicious sprinkled on top of yoghurt for a healthy dessert. While the onion, garlic and rosemary mix works really well on top of eggs for brekky or homemade soup for lunch!

Since these super seeds tasted so great on food, I wanted to see if they worked well in drinks too. I tried the natural Hemp Hearts in a golden gut latte...both me and my tummy were delighted at the outcome! (I’ll post the recipe below so you can try it too.)

Whether it’s after a workout or #meatlessmondays, for those needing that extra protein boost Manitoba Harvest have specifically formulated protein powders that are completely plant-based. There’s no more need for the tummy turning whey and soy protein powders. By simply adding a serving of their Hemp Protein or Hemp Protein Smoothie into water or a drink of your choice, you can get up to 20 grams of protein without causing any trouble to your tummy.

With such a diverse and delicious range of edible hemp products, Manitoba Harvest Hemp Foods are great at empowering such a little seed to shine so bright and become more accessible in the mainstream food world.

Golden Gut Hemp Latte (Serves 2-3)

Method:

  • Gently heat milk of your choice in a small saucepan on the stove
  • Blend the Hemp Hearts into a fine powder
  • Once the liquid is warm, add the powder and Golden Gut blend and honey and bring to a gentle boil
  • Simmer for 3-5 minutes and serve in your favourite mug while hot!

Jo & Co B-Mite Savoury Spread

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Move over vegemite...there’s a new savoury spread taking over the shelf!

Jo & Co Foods is a healthy food company dedicated to producing food that tastes delicious and is also good for you and your gut.

They have a specially created B-Mite savoury spread which is crafted from natural and certified organic ingredients. Made with 7 naturally occurring B vitamins, antioxidants, omega-3, amino acids and peptides, the spread works to help convert our food into fuel, enabling us to stay energized throughout the day.

BMITE is a blend of naturally occurring vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, omega-3, amino acids & peptides providing you with instant energy & mental alertness. These help to provide you with immune system, digestive system, and cardiovascular support.

This dairy-free, vegetarian and vegan-friendly spread is filled with delicious ingredients including organic sesame seeds, organic tamari (soy), nutritional yeast flakes, organic coconut cream, organic maple syrup, garlic, pineapple and ginger spices.

It is absolutely delicious as a spread on toast, in a sandwich, served with crackers and avocado, or to add an umami flavour hit to savoury dishes or sauces.

Since BMITE contains certified organic ingredients, it ensures the quality of nutrition and the protection your gut microbiome remains supported for the health of mind and body.

A healthy alternative to store bought vegemite is now here! With ingredients crafted by nature, you'll love the health benefits in a tasty snack without all the effort!

Find out more about this delicious and healthy spread here and follow them on instagram here.

The Good Sort Go-To Meals

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Do you ever get to 3pm and realise you've forgotten to eat the whole day? You’ve been so busy working and keeping on top of things you’ve forgotten to eat!

Perhaps you’re tired of always being tired?

Or maybe you’re fed up with another fad diet that just never seems to work and leaves you tired and starving?

Welcome to The Good Sort.

The Good Sort Go-to-Meals offer a delicious and natural range of food options and snacks for busy people on the go. They’re clean, natural and full of the good stuff. Just think of them as your go-to fulfilling fast food that provides the ultimate nourishing meal for when you’re on the move and don't want to be taking hundreds of supplements that just burn a hole in your pocket.

While this wonderful go to meal provides so much and more, one thing it’s not is another boring weight-loss drink with questionable ingredients. The Good Sort is for those of you who want to feel your best, improve your energy and be fuelled with natural, good-for-your gut ingredients. If that sounds like you, The Good Sort is the perfect choice. It’s nothing but the good stuff to nourish you from the inside out.

The Good Sort meal and snack replacements are convenient and easy to use. What’s so fantastic about them is that they come in single-serve packs for lasting freshness and ease of use. The Good Sort includes scientifically proven, organic vitamins and minerals alongside quality ingredients that target specific short-term and long-term health benefits for women.

The Good Sort uses Ganeden BC30, a probiotic that has a stable, exceptional shelf life and better digestive transit than others. It helps support your digestive system and improve your immunity. The nutrients are quickly absorbed so you can feel instantly energised and satisfied.

The Good Sort products aren't just tasty and nutritious, they’re also individualised to your own personal needs. You’ll see a big improvement in different areas of your life such as digestion, energy and even an improvement in your hair, skin and nails.

This wonderful 100% natural go-to-meal comes in eight different delicious flavours to fit your mood with both dairy and plant-based options for those who are dairy free.

The dairy protein is great for any time of the day, especially when you need a boost. All of the sachets are perforated, meaning you can easily choose between having a shake as a full meal or a quick snack while still enjoying the same benefits. Dairy Protein Shake Flavours include Banana, Chocolate, Vanilla, Coffee and Strawberry. You might like to also mix and match flavours; banana and chocolate make a really tasty combination.

The plant-based protein contains a complete protein blend to help sustain your energy and keep you nourished and happy. It's great for supercharging your morning routine - just simply blend with 250 ml of your choice of milk, cold water or coconut water and you're sorted! Plant Protein Shake Flavours include Naked, Cocoa and Wildberry. I always use the Naked version when travelling as I find it so convenient to use when I can't find healthy options.

These wonderful nutritional meal replacements are truly one-of-a-kind. It's time to say goodbye to the 'hangry's' for good with The Good Sort and hello to natural nutrition made simple.

Read more about The Good Sort.

Follow The Good Sort on Instagram here: @thegoodsortofficial

Check them out on Facebook on this link here.

Australian Digestive Excellence

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If you’re looking for a product that’ll provide instant relief for your gut issues, you’ve come to the right place! The Australian Digestive Excellence is a product that is well… excellent.
 
It contains everything you need to strengthen and develop a healthy digestive system, including a unique blend of some of my favourite high-quality special herbs like aloe vera, liquorice root extract, marshmallow root extract and more. The formula was developed, researched and perfected for over 17 years in Australia and is now available in the USA! 
 
The Australian Digestive Excellence has proven to promote immune and digestive health and defend against the common culprits of constipation, gas, diarrhoea and bloating. For all my vegetarian, gluten-free,alcohol-free and GMO-free friends, this product is perfect for you guys too! It's an extremely natural product dedicated to anyone who's interested in living a healthier, happier and more vibrant life. 
 
Once you’ve cleaned your gut with our lovely Love Your Gut powder, The Australian Digestive Excellence can enable you to help alleviate your symptoms. It’s based on both Ancient healing methods and modern-day research. Trust me, it makes an impact. Anyone who’s ever experienced diarrhoea, bloating, gas, constipation, indigestion and more, will agree with me when I say one of the worst parts of these issues is not knowing when they'll end. This is where the Australian Digestive Excellence thrives as a product. It provides instant relief. So, if you’ve ever had that post-plane stomach feeling (you know exactly what I’m talking about!), this is your new favourite travel companion.
 
 
If you want to take control of your life and your gut health, you’re going to need to try the Australian Digestive Excellence out for yourself.
 
In fact, Dana said: “For the past 25 years I have been bound to my house and my bathroom. I have suffered with chronic Crohn's disease and Ulcerative Colitis. My life has been a series of health obstacles that could only be treated by using immunosuppressive drugs. Most of that time I have relied on steroids to live. Thanks to high doses of those drugs I developed  stage II breast cancer at the age of 32. I have survived! My magic bullet has arrived. It's all natural! I drank! Within five minutes I started to noticed signs of improvement. I am not kidding!  The Juice had an instant effect on my gut. All I could think was that's it's too good to be true.”
 
This amazing product is only available in USA for the time being, but If you are in Australia there is limited stock to one per individual in Australia right now and this can be arranged via emailing summit@healthygutexperts.com
 
For future orders you can contact Australian Excellence directly at australianexcellence.com to get on the growing waiting list for orders outside the USA.  Use our code SUPERGUT to let them know you found their beautiful product through me.
 
If you’re ready to take charge of your gut health today, be sure to check out The Australian Digestive Excellence today! 

Thompson’s Hemp Foods Review

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Ready for a riddle?

What’s got all three Omega fatty acids, comes in three different forms, often feels misunderstood and is sure to put a smile on your dial?

Hemp seeds, of course.

Hemp food holds a wonderful source of nutrients that can be used as a healthy snack, added to salads, smoothies, granolas and more.

Thompson’s have just released their line of Hemp Products and I’m so excited to share them with you.

The line includes hemp seeds, hemp wholefood powder (chocolate & unflavoured) and hemp seed oil (for all your salad dressing dreams).

Hemp seeds are a plant-based protein that contains amino acids, including the essential amino acids that our bodies are unable to produce naturally. That’s pretty good when it comes to plant-based protein! Hemp seeds are also rich in essential fatty acids. It’s also high in dietary fibre which means it’s great for supporting the digestive system, keeping it regular. 

For all my sniffle buddies out there, Thompson's Hemp Products are low allergy and suitable for vegans, meat-eater’s, Keto and Paleo enthusiasts, dairy-free and glutards alike.

Let’s start with the seeds. Thompson’s Hemp Seeds are the most nutritious part of the hemp plant. They naturally contain a whole load of essential fatty acids, protein and fibre, and can boost energy. You can sprinkle them on top of soups, salads, smoothies, curries and all your favourite dishes. The seeds are available in a 225g (RRP $15.45) and 450g (RRP $27.25) pack and serving size is 15g per day (1 heaped tablespoon). 


Throw out your tummy-troubling whey and soy protein powders and say hello to hemp-y goodness.  Thompson’s Hemp Wholefood Powder is rich in both plant-based protein and dietary fibre. It comes in two flavours – chocolate and natural so, you can pick whichever one suits your taste buds. If you’re anything like me though, you’ll choose chocolate. Chocolate always wins. Always. I love adding Thompson's Hemp Wholefood Powder  to my smoothies, breakfast bowls and baking (or raw-ing… you know, raw dessert making). The powder is available in a 450g standing pouch in chocolate (RRP $32.95) and unflavoured (RRP $29.95). Serving size is 30g a day. 


If you’re looking for a new salad dressing, you may want to add some Thompson’s Hemp Seed Oil drizzle to your life. It’s extremely rich in essential fatty acids (79% Omega 3 & 6) and has a delicious nutty flavour so it works well with everything. Thompson's Hemp Seed Oil can be drizzled onto your favourite salads, stir-fries, used to coat veggies after oven roasting and can even be added to your own home-made dips!  It comes in a 200mL bottle (RRP $18.15) and serving size is 10mL per day. 


Thompson’s Hemp Products are now available at pharmacies and health food stores! I’ve been waiting for the day that this nutrient-dense food would be available to the public and now it’s finally here. Oh, no, I’m not crying… something just flew into my eye. I promise.

If you're looking for more ways to add hemp to your life, be sure to check out their Instagram and Facebook pages too! 

Four Sigmatic Mushroom Elixir’s Review

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Today, we’re talking about shrooms.

No, definitely not those kinds of shrooms!

We’re talking about medicinal mushrooms.

Medicinal mushrooms have been used for centuries to increase energy, boost brain function, rev up metabolism and strengthen the immune system. They’re also great for relieving stress and aiding sleep. They're basically the new kale. 

Four Sigmatic is a mushroom superfood company who are on a mission to make mushrooms cool again. I know what you’re thinking, *sigh*, another superfood product. While some products are great in theory, they often taste gross and are hard to implement into everyday life. Four Sigmatic have created a deliciously easy way to incorporate these powerfully potent and often overlooked superfood mushrooms into your everyday life. Get ready to upgrade your elixirs, hot chocolates and even your coffee, because these mushrooms are coming at you with a purpose!

Four Sigmatic use a blend of functional mushrooms like chaga, reishi, cordyceps and lion’s mane to create beautiful and delicious products we all can enjoy. While some of you may be mushroom ninjas, I know not everyone has mush-room for facts and figures, so I'll gently guide you through what mushrooms are special and why they're so good for us.

Chaga, also known as the King of Mushrooms, is famous for its medicinal properties. It’s been used since the 17th Century to help guard against several diseases because of it's high antioxidant properties. It’s also highly alkaline to help balance the environment within our body. The next mushroom, cordyceps is extremely famous in Asia and is actually known as a sacred treasure. Cordyceps help produce energy and can even assist our adrenals and stress hormones. Lion’s Mane is another medicinal mushroom that's well-known in traditional Chinese medicine. It's a great booster of brain health and can help to increase cognitive function. Reishi, the ancient and well-studied mushroom, is great for balancing our adrenal system and relieving stress. Phew!

Four Sigmatic is founded by the Finnish Funguys, a small start-up company which I love. They’re the most fun-guys around! They’ve created their very own Elixirs, Mushroom Coffee and Mushroom Cacao. My personal favourite is the Mushroom Cacao. After all, just a spoonful of cacao helps the medicine go down! Their Mushroom Cacao is a smooth and creamy dark chocolate mixed with warming cinnamon and cardamom. It works as an adaptogen to help relieve stress and boost the feel-good hormone known as serotonin. It's the perfect treat to satisfy chocolate cravings and serves as a great afternoon pick-me-up. 

If you’re a coffee drinker, the Mushroom Coffee will help boost your brain and energy, without the usual coffee jitters.

If you're keen to make some medicinal mushroom magic, just dissolve one packet into a cup of hot water, mix it into a smoothie or even add it to raw slices. Hello deliciousness!

Four Sigmatic use the highest quality ingredients which have been wild-picked or log grown. All of the products are organic, vegan, paleo and don’t contain additives, gluten, lactose, white sugar or soy. Everything is 100% safe and tested rigorously.

For more information about Four Sigmatic or to purchase your very own mushroom magic, Follow @FourSigmatic on Instagram, @FourSigmatic on Twitter and FourSigmatic on Facebook.

Upton’s Naturals Jackfruit Review

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For all you vegetarians, vegans, flexitarians and #meatlessmonday’ers, this one’s for you!

You know when you're invited to a barbecue and everyone's eating their pulled-pork burgers or shredded chicken burgers and you're left with a sad, soggy mushroom burger (been there, done that)? It can sometimes feel a little isolating and tastes a lot like you should've eaten before you came.

Well, not anymore! 

Upton's Naturals has created THE ultimate replacement for your sad mushroom burger. Guess what it’s made of?

Jackfruit!

Yes, you read that right – your newest burger is made of fruit. Confused? Do read on...

Jackfruit, native to Southeast Asia, makes for the perfect meat substitute. It’s rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fibre. I guess you could say it’s the jack of all fruits! 

Upton Naturals takes the green young  jackfruit plucked from the tree and does all the dirty (or in this case, very clean) work for us! They prepare, season and package the jackfruit so it’s ready to serve.

Unlike many alternative meat products, Upton Naturals Jackfruit is low in saturated fat and cholesterol, low GI, gluten-free, oil-free and soy-free.  It’s completely natural, vegan, cruelty-free and guilt-free!

Now for the most important part – how does it taste?

Upton’s Naturals Jackfruit comes in six different flavours!

The Original is completely unseasoned so you’re free to make it your own. I like shredding it up and pan-frying it in my favourite seasonings.

If you’re looking for something a little more tangy, the Bar-B-Que Jackfruit may be your perfect fit! I also love the Chilli Lime Carnitas for a bit of a kick. Sriracha Jackfruit makes for a great wings alternative or chilli-swap for your Mexican feast. If you're a lover of all things smoky, Sweet and Smoky may be your new favourite. There’s even a Thai curry flavour; that’s sure to give your meat-loving friends a run for their money!

Upton's Naturals Jackfruit is also extremely versatile – you can try your hands at fresh rice paper rolls, jackfruit stir fries or even a Thai curry burger. Adios sad mushroom burger! 

If you want to read more about Upton's Naturals and their legendary Jackfruit, be sure to check out their website here! It's got lots of tasty recipes. 

Prana Chai Review

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Some people can't wake up without their latte fix, others are addicted to their bulletproof coffee and I, well, I swear by my Prana chai.

For any real chai lovers out there, you’ll agree with me when I say a good cup of chai is more than just a good cup of chai. Chai warms you up from the inside out and feels like a million gentle hugs, cuddling your insides. If home had a taste, it would be chai. My ultimate motivator for finishing my morning walk is a daily cup of home-made chai and it helps me reach the finishing line every morning 

I’m not sure if it’s because of my Indian roots or if it’s because I like to add some spice to my life but if you can't already tell... I’m a little bit obsessed with chai.

So, I can say honestly, as a qualified chai enthusiast, there’s nothing worse than ordering a chai at a café and spying a teabag (#anglo-Indian girl problems) or even worse, the instant powder (just a whole bunch of sugar and additives), scooped out of a tub to serve.

Nothing can quite compare to the silky-smooth texture and aromatic delightful taste of a home-made chai.  

Prana Chai is made with that in mind. It's hand-made each day in Melbourne with only the best natural spices, mixes and of course, love by the owners, Vincent Conti and Mario Minichilli. After travelling across the globe, they, like myself and many others, fell in love with chai. Upon returning home, they worked on developing a chai blend inspired by their travels and love affair with India. This is when they met Koray Gencel and I guess you could say, the rest is chai-story!

I try to be humble with everything I do, but there’s one thing I’m certainly not humble about; I make a very good chai, one of the tastiest in the world. I’ve achieved the equal blend of froth with spice and I just couldn't make chai the way I do without my favourite Prana Chai.

So, what is Prana Chai? The word Prana, originating from Ayurvedic medicine, links to the idea of life-giving force or vital force, which is why it's the perfect name for this chai range. Prana Chai is an honest product with nothing artificial; only love, tea and whole spices.

Masala Chai, which is my favourite of Prana’s range, originates from Ayurveda, the traditional healing medicine system of India. It's a beautiful mix of black tea, aromatic Indian spices and milk. 

If you'd like to get your hands on some chai, be sure to go to Prana Chai's beautiful website here or check them out on instagram here.

If you’ve never made chai before, you need to chai it out! It’s so simple to make and will boost your senses!

Just follow these instructions down below:

  1. Place two or three heaped teaspoons of Prana Chai into a pot
  2. Fill with one cup of your favourite milk (or I do half water half milk)
  3. Heat over the stovetop until it’s been brought to the boil.  Turn off and let steep for five minutes.
  4. Strain and pour into your favourite tea cup
  5. Relax and let that chai take over your whole body!

The Digestive Health Solution

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As well all know, the digestive system is one of the most talked about topics in the wellness industry. Did you know one in four people experience regular digestive discomfort? That’s gut to be crazy!

The Digestive Health Solution by expert naturopath Benjamin Brown (ND), gives us the much needed low-down on all things digestive health.

If any of you experience stomach cramps, pain, bloating, gas, diarrhoea and constipation, you may have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Don't panic! Whilst IBS still has no known cause, there’s a lot of available research which uncovers ways to resolve these issues and enhance digestion.

IBS isn't as simple as food goes into our mouth and out the other end with mild (or not so mild) turbulence in between. It also relates to headaches, depression, anxiety, fatigue and more. If we have poor overall health, our digestive health won’t function efficiently. What we need to do is fix our overall health and then we'll be able to reap the benefits in our digestive system!

The Digestive Health Solution is a revolutionary book that’s above and beyond health fads, focusing on an evidence-based approach. Brown explores the mind–body connection, food intolerances, gluten sensitivity, dietary changes, food additives, parasites, fermented foods and a low-histamine diet. He then provides a practical ways to help us turn our digestive health around.

It can be so hard to know what’s right and wrong with a constant flood of gut related products and information from different sources being shoved down our throats. Brown uncovers evidence-based and safe treatments to enhance digestion and improve, or even eliminate, these issues. He individualises his approach with a five-step program to quickly relieve and improve health.

The book teaches us that by improving our digestive health we can transform the health of our whole body. He’s passionate about all things natural health. His interest in various natural therapies, such as mind-body therapies, nutritional and herbal medicines has been incorporated in a fascinating way.

Good luck with your new book Benjamin! It’s a really good read.

If you want to hear more about the author click here, or, if you’re interested in the Digestive Health Solution, click this link here.

Whole Food, Bowl Food + Carrot Cake Spiced Buckwheat Porridge

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If you’ve ever tuned into My Kitchen Rules (like yours truly!) you would've seen Anna Lisle and her mum, Cathy, cooking their way to our television screens back in 2014. Their keen determination, passion and talent made their instant restaurant episode reach over 2 million views!

Since then, Anna has become an established lifestyle journalist, foodie, instagrammer, author and passionate cook. In fact, Anna has just released her latest book, Whole Food, Bowl Food which is a modern cook’s dream. It contains over 100 inspiring recipes to get you in the kitchen and loving every second of it. So now, you can have your (gluten-free and sugar-free) cake and eat it too!

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Anna moved to London in 2016 and I was lucky enough to catch up with her there during my book tour for Fast Your Way to Wellness. Anna is as wholesome and warm as her recipes. She believes in homely fuss-free food and that’s exactly what she delivers.

Whole Food, Bowl Food uses gluten-free ingredients in their most natural state to let whole foods shine. In our modern world, we can sometimes forget how delicious food can be when it’s made simply. This is what Anna teaches us.

Whole Food, Bowl Food has no hard-to-pronounce ingredients or wacky sauces, just easy ingredients that we all know and love, made differently.

One of the reasons I love this book is because like Anna, I love bowls! I know that sounds a little crazy (which isn’t too unusual around here), but there’s just something so comforting and enjoyable about eating food out of a bowl. It’s a relaxed way of both cooking and eating that makes the experience so enjoyable. This also means that you can enjoy Anna’s delicious recipes while sitting at the dining room table, perched on your favourite park bench or while immersed in the sand at the beach. How cool is that?

Whole Food, Bowl Food  has food for the whole family to enjoy. At the top of each page, Anna indicates the different dietary guidelines it can fit – listing everything from paleo to vegan! Now that is sure to make our lives a little easier! Each recipe is simple enough to make after a long day at work or when in a rush in the morning, but special enough to impress your friends with.

One of my favourite recipes in the book is her Carrot Cake Spiced Buckwheat Porridge and Anna has kindly shared it with us.

Whole Food, Bowl Food includes deliciously tasty recipes that will leave you wanting more!

Congratulations on the new book Anna - it's a great one!

Check Anna out on instagram and go to her website for more!

carrot cake porridge

Carrot Cake Spiced Buckwheat Porridge

Serves: 3-4 

Ingredients:

  • 100 g (31⁄2 oz) raw buckwheat, washed and drained
  • 500 ml (16 oz) Fresh Cashew Milk or milk of choice
  • 1 Pink Lady apple (or other variety), coarsely grated
  • 1 carrot, peeled and grated
  • 40 g (11⁄2 oz) shredded coconut
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon mixed spice
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 3–4 tablespoons sultanas, roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons walnuts or pecans, roughly chopped
  • pure maple syrup (if vegan) or honey, to drizzle

Method

Place buckwheat, cashew milk, apple, carrot, coconut, vanilla, cinnamon, mixed spice, salt and sultanas together in a medium saucepan. Over a gentle heat, stir regularly until buckwheat is cooked and the mixture has thickened, about 30 minutes.

Divide porridge between 4 bowls. Serve with persimmon slices, scatter with extra grated carrot, coconut, nuts and drizzle with honey or maple syrup, if desired.

Hippie Lane the Cookbook + Recipe Share

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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 

Hippie Lane Cookbook

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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