Perfect Papaya Treat

September 13, 2017
First morning in LA after a day of traveling, uber-ing & sorting out an air bnb - I'm a creature who favors homes over hotels because: kitchen!! ‍
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If you caught my insta stories, the first thing I did after arriving in LA was head straight to the closest grocer to stock up on REAL foods & ingredients 
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One of the many delicious real foods I found was this fresh, sweet-smelling, juicy papaya which I am enjoying for breakfast, paired with a few generous squishes of fresh lime juice & a sprinkle of Ceylon cinnamon 
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I love papaya for SO many reasons, here are a few of the main ones:
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It contains an enzyme called 'papain', an incredibly powerful digestive aid.
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Papaya can greatly reduce inflammation in your body, easing pain caused by diseases like arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout, asthma, etc
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Ladies: unripe papaya juice helps to contract muscle fibers of your womb! This means it can support regular menstrual flow.
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And on that note, papain in unripe papaya juice is also extremely beneficial to the development of  natural gastric juice in your body which helps to combat things like excess mucus in the stomach, dyspepsia & intestinal irritation.
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It's rich in antioxidants that prevent oxidation of cholesterol build-up in your arteries - a fantastic aid if you have blood pressure issues.
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Papaya's juice contains an incredibly high amount of Vitamin A which can reduce lung inflammation.
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Best way to enjoy it?
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FRESH!
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Chop or scoop straight from it's skin (which is also magical! Use on burns, stings, cuts and other wounds).
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Just don't forget to add a dash of lime juice when you're chowing down, it truly enhances its flavours & powers! ⚡️
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Oh!! And be sure to keep the little black seeds - post coming soon to explain why, you won't want to miss this!
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Happy Wednesday x

First morning in LA after a day of traveling, uber-ing & sorting out an air bnb – I’m a creature who favors homes over hotels because: kitchen!! If you caught my insta stories, the first thing I did after arriving in LA was head straight to the closest grocer to stock up on REAL foods & ingredients 👌🏻

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My Healthy Travel Essentials

September 9, 2017
Up, up & away I go...  Off to Arizona for @mindbodygreen #mbgrevitalize event - a gathering like no other, where the latest in health & wellness is showcased & experienced 
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The cool thing about this event? YOU can take part too! Tune in via the mbg website + my Insta stories over the weekend ‍✨
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As always, here's a selection of stuff I'm taking en route...
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@kulikulifoods moringa tea & @matchaful matcha tea + tea strainer for loose leaf teas ☕️
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@vitajuwel crystal-infused bottle 
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My dehydrated super soup (see previous post for recipe) 
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@defendershield earplugs to (safely) listen to audiobooks, music and podcasts, EMF-free 
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Assortment of crystals to keep my energy clear (laboradite), protected (shungite) and calm (amethyst) 
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@drbronners_australia peppermint hand soap + antibacterial spray. Both house all real ingredients that won't affect my skin's natural PH levels 
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Colloidal silver spray to disinfect & keep nasty bacteria out of my zone. I spray my chair, arm rests, TV screen, remote control - anything I touch during the flight 
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@gaiaherbs herbs Lemon Balm tincture to nurture my adrenals & keep my cortisol levels (that typically rise during travel) down 
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@naissancetrading cacay oil to hydrate my skin during the flight. Since using this magical oil, my skin has never looked & felt so soft & hydrated 
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@fernolivia's Ajai oil - a girl can never travel with too many hydrating, sensual oils!
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@badgerbalm organic anti-bug body spray because: Arizona = desert = bugs! 
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@naturopathica custom oil blend I created - a mix of organic rose otto, sandalwood, roman chamomile & jasmine 
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@sunroot.eu dried organic jerusalem artichoke crisps for a good dose of prebiotic fibre for my gut 
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@crystaldeodorant - I'm forever searching for great aluminium-free, crap-free natural deodorants (other than the one I make myself).
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A little purse filled with palo santo wood to burn & cleanse my hotel room.
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@the100mileman, Jesse Itzler's book which is incredibly entertaining & so easy to read - this guy's drive & determination needs to be bottled & sold ‍♀️
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@rayban sunnies because: BEST in eyewear protection

Up, up & away I go…  Off to Arizona for Mind Body Green #mbgrevitalize event – a gathering like no other, where the latest in health & wellness is showcased & experienced. The cool thing about this event? YOU can take part too! Tune in via the mbg website + my Insta stories over the weekend.

As always, here’s a selection of stuff I’m taking en route…

  • Assortment of crystals to keep my energy clear (laboradite), protected (shungite) and calm (amethyst) 
  • Dr Bronners peppermint liquid hand soap + antibacterial spray. Both house all-real ingredients that won’t affect my skin’s natural PH levels 
  • Colloidal silver spray to disinfect & keep nasty bacteria out of my zone. I spray my chair, arm rests, TV screen, remote control – anything I touch during the flight 
  • Fern Olivia’s Ajai oil – a girl can never travel with too many hydrating, sensual oils!
  • Naturopathica custom oil blend I created – a mix of organic rose otto, sandalwood, roman chamomile & jasmine 
  • Sunroot Erbology dried organic jerusalem artichoke crisps for a good dose of prebiotic fibre 
  • Crystal deodorant – I’m forever searching for great aluminium-free, crap-free natural deodorants (other than the one I make myself).
  • Purse with palo santo wood to burn & cleanse my hotel room.
  • Rayban sunnies because: BEST in eyewear protection 
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Super Vegetable Soup

September 6, 2017
Sharing my super soup recipe today because I was able to borrow some dehydrating time with a friend who invited me over to teach her how to use her new dehydrator!
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Needless to say, we dehydrated everything but the kitchen sink and it was MUCH fun! 
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Although I don't advocate eating lots of dehydrated foods (you really need to eat whole foods to reap maximum health-supportive benefits) I do support dehydrating real foods to take with you when on the go
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If you've been following me for a while, you know I choose not to eat solid food during flights - instead, I drink copious amounts of water & herbal teas to keep my gut garden hydrated and happy.
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When I land, I fuel my body with food that digests easily, like this yumtastic dehydrated veggie soup pictured.
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This bundle of goodness is my fav 'go to' when I travel. I change it up each time by adding different veggies, organically-grown rice or quinoa + lots of sensational gut-supportive spices.
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Today, I dehydrated:
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✨1 cup each of locally grown & chopped cauliflower, broccoli, potatoes, brown onions & red peppers. I mixed them together, then scooped 1.5 cups of this mix.
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I then added:
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✨25g of organically-grown basmati rice
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✨1 tsp each: ground turmeric, cumin, fennel, caraway & mint
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✨1/2 tsp black pepper
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✨Pinch of sea salt
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I pack this in the coolest BPA-free travel pouch (more info to come next post) that I can easily add boiling water to if there are no bowls around.
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Once water is added, the veggies expand, the rice cooks & the spices work their flavourful, digestive magic - always such a treat to eat 
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My main msg to you today? Try something a little 'left of centre' every now & then!
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Get creative & don't let traveling create anxiety over what to pack & eat, because as you can see, it's actually quite easy!
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As always, I hope this excites & helps you to think outside the box - remember, health-supportive eating should always be fun! 

Sharing my super soup recipe today because I was able to borrow some dehydrating time with a friend who invited me over to teach her how to use her new dehydrator! Needless to say, we dehydrated everything but the kitchen sink and it was MUCH fun! 

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Cooking With Jackfruit

September 2, 2017
After a delightful afternoon spent with @julie.montagu and her AMAZING superfood creations we demo'd on facebook live yesterday (did you tune in?) I was feeling inspired to create something new!
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Which is why I ventured to Chinatown lastnight to pick up two cans of jackfruit, one the most versatile fruits I know! 
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I love playing with this ingredient (pictured 'in the raw' if you swipe left above) because there are so many sweet and savoury things you can create with it 
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If you've never tried jackfruit, the time is NOW! 
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Need more reasons to give it a go? Sure! Jackfruit is SO wonderful because it's:
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✨High in fibre
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✨Low in fat
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✨Contains potassium, calcium & iron
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✨Great for digestion
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✨Eco-friendly - often used in place of animal meat.
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Convinced?
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GREAT! Now Make this and enjoy 
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MISO ROASTED JACKFRUIT
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✔️2 x 20oz cans young jackfruit, water (not syrup!)
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✔️2 tbs extra virgin olive oil
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✔️1 teaspoon garlic powder
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✔️1 teaspoon cumin
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✔️Pinch salt
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✔️1/2 cup vegetable broth (or water)
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✔️1 tablespoon sweet miso paste (soy or chickpea)
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✔️2 tablespoons tamari (or coconut aminos)
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You do:
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✔️Preheat oven to 400F/200C. Line a baking tray. Drain & rinse jackfruit. Cut or break into smaller pieces - I like to pull the pieces apart with my fingers.
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✔️Add oil & jackfruit to a large frying pan & heat. Add broth & simmer, covered, for 10 minutes until jackfruit softens & can be easily mashed with a fork.
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✔️Once mashed, add miso paste, spices, tamari & salt. Combine well, then transfer to a baking tray, spread in an even layer, then pop in the oven to roast - this should take about 10-20 minutes depending upon your oven, watch closely & be sure to shuffle pieces around every 5-8 minutes to roast evenly.
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TIP: you'll know it's ready when the jackfruit darkens in colour & a few strands get start to burn - this is perfect!
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Remove from oven & enjoy 'as is', with soup, or eat alongside some sauteed broccoli, kale & cauliflower topped with some toasted pumpkin or sesame seeds

After a delightful afternoon spent with Julie Montagu and her AMAZING superfood creations we demo’d during our fun facebook live yesterday (did you tune in?) I was feeling inspired to create something new! Which is why I ventured to Chinatown last night to pick up two cans of jackfruit, one the most versatile fruits I know! 

 

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Magical Molasses Cookies

August 25, 2017
Oh happy day my friend!
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Fridays are no longer FRYdays for my brain after making the switch from conventional headphones to these @defendershield ones 
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After a little research, I discovered these earplugs are designed to deliver the clearest sound via hollow air tubes that contain NO metal conductors⚡️
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In other words: no metal conductors = no chance for EMF radiation 
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The hollow air tubes also increase space to create better quality noise - totally makes ALL my media sound SO much clearer 
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I'm sitting here with freshly-baked molasses cookies, having a little laugh to myself, because I'm SO meticulous about what I put into & on my body when it comes to food and skincare...but what about EMF?
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I started with a laptop mat (a few posts ago) and now these earplugs... .
What's next? Who knows! For now, just consider investing in a pair of these earplugs if you're always listening, talking (and singing!) on the go....and make these cookies STAT! .
Magical Molasses Cookies
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½ cup extra virgin coconut oil, melted
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1/4 cup molasses
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1/4 cup raw cane sugar
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1  x organic egg OR flax egg
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1/4 cup peanut butter
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1 tsp vanilla extract
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1 tsp ceylon cinnamon
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½ tsp baking soda
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½ tsp salt
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3 cups gluten free oats
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You do:
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✨Preheat oven 180C/350F. Roughly blitz oats in food processor to create crumbs. Mix with all dry ingredients in a separate bowl.
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✨Add all liquids into processor, blitz to combine. Add dry ingredients, blend on high until dough forms.
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Use a tablespoon to measure even amounts of dough. Roll & flatten on a lined baking tray.
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Place in oven and bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown. Carefully lift onto drying rack after 5 minutes to cool & harden.
Oh happy day my friend! Fridays are no longer FRYdays for my brain after making the switch from conventional headphones to these Defender Shield ones  After a little research, I discovered these earplugs are designed to deliver the clearest sound via hollow air tubes that contain NO metal conductors
In other words: no metal conductors = no chance for EMF radiation. The hollow air tubes also increase space to create better quality noise – totally makes ALL my media sound SO much clearer 

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No-Churn Plant-Based Ice Cream

August 19, 2017
RECIPE BELOW 
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You scream, I scream, we all scream for (no churn, plant-based) ice cream!
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Am I right? ‍♀️
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If you're thinking "yes, yes YES!" then here's one I created for YOU for when temperatures hit an all-time HIGH & you need to keep your cool in a healthy, happy way
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I love this version so much because you can make it without an expensive churner + it's creamy & flavorful without fake flavours, preservatives, additives or colourings 
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Now...with every sweet treat I create & share, bookmark this in your 'every now & then sweet treat' folder vs enjoying it as an 'ice cream/cake for breakfast' kinda situation 
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Although it's filled with real, health-supportive ingredients, it houses lots of healthy fat + real, natural sugars - best factored into a diet filled with non-starchy veg FIRST + a sensible portion of plant &/or organic grass-fed/wild-caught/pasture-raised animal protein - whatever floats your boat!
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No Churn Choc Coco Ice Cream
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You need:
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✨2 x 400g/14oz cans coconut cream, left in fridge overnight
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✨1 cup cacao powder
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✨3/4 cup pitted, organic dates, soaked in boiling water for 15 mins (drain & keep water)
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✨1 cup unlsulphered desiccated coconut
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✨1/2 cup full-fat coconut milk
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OPTIONAL:
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4 x probiotic capsules - use powder, discard the capsules
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1/2 - 1 cup soy-free choc chips, cacao nibs or unsulphered dried fruit
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1/2 cup crushed nuts - soak at least 4 hours & fold in at the end
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You do:
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Place a large mixing bowl (preferably a stainless steel one) in the freezer to chill.
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Blitz dates in food processor, adding 1 tablespoon at a time of its soaking water until you make a thickened paste.
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Remove coconut cream & bowl from fridge. Scoop JUST thickened cream into bowl - save liquid for smoothies, etc. Using electric beaters (or stand mixer) whip until smooth & creamy.
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Add cacao, milk & date paste. Whip until completely combined.
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Transfer to freezer-safe container, freeze o/night. Remove at least 25 minutes before serving. Run an ice cream scoop under boiling hot water before scooping.

You scream, I scream, we all scream for (no churn, plant-based) ice cream!

Am I right? ‍♀️

If you’re thinking “yes, yes YES!” then here’s one I created for YOU for when temperatures hit an all-time HIGH & you need to keep your cool in a healthy, happy way  I love this version so much because you can make it without an expensive

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Easy Peasy Breakfast Buns

August 15, 2017
Oh happy day! ☀️
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I'm headed out to meet a girlfriend this morning in @centralparknewyork. We're going to take a nature bath, strolling amongst the trees before visiting her local fresh food markets to stock up on some real food provisions 
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Before I head off, breakfast today for me n' my beloved @benjaminshinestudio is toasted chunks of my yummy 'not' cross buns 
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I make these every Easter - they're such a such a fantastic, filling, health-supportive treat you really can enjoy all year 'round (unlike the additive-filled commercial kind that's sold only during Easter time - best AVOIDED like the plague! )
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You want in on this goodness? Be my guest ❤️ Here's the recipe again for you to create, bake and enjoy!
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BEST B'FAST BUNS
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You need:
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✨175g full fat coconut milk
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✨75g organic vegan butter or ghee
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✨10g dried yeast
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✨1/4 cup warm water
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✨1 tsp pure date syrup (I used @thedatelady )
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✨1 flax or chia egg or 1 normal egg
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✨500g gluten free flour mix
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✨70g coconut sugar
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✨1/2 tsp sea salt
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✨50g dried, unsulphured raisins
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✨2 tsp ceylon cinnamon
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✨1 tsp nutmeg
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✨1 tsp allspice
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OPTIONAL add-ins:
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✨50g soy-lecithin-free chocolate chips
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✨75g macadamia nut pieces
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YOU DO:
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Heat milk, add butter and whisk together until melted. Leave to cool.
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Combine yeast, warm water & honey in bowl – whisk to combine, cover with a tea towel and leave for 5-10 mins to become frothy.
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Combine flour, sugar, salt, spices, dried fruit and optional extras. Make a well in the centre, add egg and yeast mixture. Fold together with a wooden spoon. The mixture will be sticky. Cover with a tea towel, leave for an hour to expand.
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Turn out onto a lightly floured bench top and knead – not to knead for 30 secs. Divide into 12 equal pieces and roll into balls. Place dough balls on a lined baking tray and cover again for an hour to rise further.
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Pre-heat oven to 200C/400F and bake for 10-15 mins or until golden brown. If you want white lines across the buns, mix 2 tbs of tapioca flour + 2 tbs water & pipe across the top before placing in the oven OR pipe warmed coconut butter across the buns after baking is complete.

Oh happy day! I’m headed out to meet a girlfriend this morning in @centralparknewyork. We’re going to take a nature bath, strolling amongst the trees before visiting her local fresh food markets to stock up on some real food provisions.

Before I head off, breakfast today for me n’ my beloved @benjaminshinestudio is toasted chunks of my yummy Continue Reading…

Recipes

‘You Beauty’ Braised Brussel Sprouts

August 10, 2017
RECIPE BELOW
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Brussel sprout haters, LISTEN UP!
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This dish was just given the thumbs up by a VERY picky eater 
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Last year, I was enlisted by a private client to create delicious, nutritious meals using "anything but green vegetables."
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When I delved further (because WTF?!) I was told her seven-year-old son had a strong aversion to foods coloured green 
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Long story short, no matter what she tried over the years (even dying broccoli & celery purple!) he wouldn't swallow a morsel ‍♂️
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Out of sheer desperation, she began looking for someone to help - enter ME!
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So far, in the last 2 months, this little boy has embraced: zucchini, broccoli, celery & spinach.
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Today, however, was the BEST DAY EVER because I just got the call to say he declared he LOVES CHEF SHINE'S BRUSSEL SPROUTS!
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To say I'm thrilled would be an understatement - I feel as though I've won the lottery.
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And because I'm on such a natural foods high, I jumped on insta to share this recipe with you, perfect as a side or snack on its own.
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Obvs, you know how great Brussels are, but just in case:
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They were initially bred from wild cabbage to improve digestion.
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Full of vitamins, antioxidants & naturally-occurring sulphur, essential to the functioning of your cardiovascular, muscular & central nervous system.
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Naturally anti-inflammatory thanks to their glucosinolate & Vitamin K
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'You Beauty' Brussel Sprouts 
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✨500g/1lb brussels sprouts, shaved
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✨1 organic apple, grated
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✨1/4 cup dried, organic currants
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✨2-4 tbs extra virgin olive oil
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✨3 tbs lemon juice
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✨1 tsp garlic powder
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✨1 tablespoon pure date syrup (I used @thedatelady)
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✨½ teaspoon sea salt
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For plant-based parmesan:
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¼ cup shelled pumpkin seeds
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1/4 cup nutritional yeast
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1/4 tsp sea salt
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You do:
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‍Blitz seeds, yeast & salt in a processor. Pulverise & set aside.
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‍Saute brussels & apple in oil & salt until wilted. Turn off heat & mix in all other ingredients.
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‍Toss to combine & serve topped with plant-based parmesan (optional).
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Brussel sprout haters, LISTEN UP! This dish was just given the thumbs up by a VERY picky eater! Last year, I was enlisted by a private client to create delicious, nutritious meals using “anything but green vegetables.” When I delved further (because: WTF – ‘what the food?’) I was told her seven-year-old son had a strong aversion to foods coloured green 

Long story short, no matter what she tried over the years (even dying broccoli & celery purple!) he wouldn’t swallow a morsel 🙅🏾‍♂️ Out of sheer desperation, she began looking for someone to help – enter ME! So far, in the last 2 months, this little boy has embraced: zucchini, broccoli, celery & spinach. Today, however, was the BEST DAY EVER because I just got the call to say he Continue Reading…