Recipes

Vegan Parmesan Flakes

October 14, 2017
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Do you do dairy

I don’t these days, mainly because I’m having way more foodie fun experimenting with yummy dairy-free creations like coconut yoghurts, nut milks and nut cheeses! Speaking of…during a delicious lunch with the delightful Julie Montagu (check out her page pronto if you haven’t already!) I enjoyed a wonderful ‘courgetti spaghetti’ dish adorned in the most perfect pine nut parmesan flakes I’d ever seen!
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Recipes

Super Real Food Blueberry Smoothie

September 26, 2017
Putting my new @coconutbowls to the test, filling it with one of my fav b'fast smoothies I make when I feel like a sweet start to the day.
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Try this the next time you crave processed, crappy sweet stuff, it will satisfy you in the most health-supportive, poop-tastic way 
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I used wild blueberries, gifted to me by a friend who likes to forage for his food - they're slightly darker in colour which is why this smoothie looks a little grey.
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I heart berries SO much - they have many beautifying benefits for your skin, packed with antioxidant compounds that neutralize free radicals that cause skin cell damage & premature ageing. They're also loaded with vitamin C, crucial to a clear complexion.
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I've thrown in a little flaxseed for optimal pooping (you're welcome!) followed by some dandelion greens because they:
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✨provide 535% of the recommended daily value of vitamin K, one of the BEST sources of plant-based food that help strengthen bones & limit neuron damage in the brain.
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✨provide 112% of the daily minimum requirement of vitamin A, great for skin, mucus membranes & vision 
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✨are high in fiber, vitamin C, B6 + thiamin, riboflavin, calcium, iron (crucial for generating red blood cells), potassium (to help regulate heart rate & blood pressure), & manganese.
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'Nuff said? Got it!
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‍Berry Beautiful Smoothie (for 2)
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2 BIG handfuls dandelion greens (sub for any dark non-bitter lettuce)
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500ml/16oz coconut milk
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1 cup blueberries
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2 tbs ground flaxseed
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1-2 dried, unsulphured organic figs (sub for dates)
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1/4 cup dried, shredded coconut + extra for topping
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1 tbs cacao nibs or goji berries for topping
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Add into blender in the order above. Blitz & add extra water if you want a runnier smoothie.
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You can also add any fav herbal powders if this floats your boat. I often add a tablespoon of whatever @superfeast blend I have on hand - today it was their new JING magic which is an amazing support for the kidneys and adrenal glands.
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If you're looking to add more protein, nix the typical (boring, often overly processed) protein powders and try @kulikulifoods morninga powder which is such an amazing ingredient that won't cost you the earth

Putting my new coconut bowl to the test, filling it with one of my fav b’fast smoothies I make when I feel like a sweet start to the day. Try this the next time you crave processed, crappy sweet stuff, it will satisfy you in the most health-supportive, poop-tastic way 💩

I used wild blueberries, gifted to me by a friend who likes to forage for his food – they’re slightly darker in colour which is why this smoothie looks a little grey. I heart berries SO much – they have many beautifying benefits for your Continue Reading…

Sign up for the Best Self World Summit

September 25, 2017
OK, no more excuses!
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It’s time to stop bypassing YOU, to break through your blocks and to shift into your most vibrant self 
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You’re a part of my tribe for a reason and I want more for you - and me!
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Here’s the good news...
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My friends @bestselfmedia have created an online conference featuring 21 cutting-edge experts (including ME!‍) in the field of holistic health. We have come together with ONE goal in mind:
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To help you break through your blocks so you can live an unstoppable life 
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Throughout this summit, you'll hear about my (and other's) personal stories, stumbles and top tips to that I hope will support you to become your best self 
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Are you ready?
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Because the summit starts all TODAY! 
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So be sure to register now for FREE via the link in my profile.
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There’s no time like NOWmaste my friend, your best self awaits!
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Danielle

OK, no more excuses! It’s time to stop bypassing YOU, to break through your blocks and to shift into your most vibrant self. You’re a part of my tribe for a reason and I want more for you – and me! Here’s the good news…

My friends Best Self Magazine have created an online conference featuring 21 cutting-edge experts (including ME!👩🏼‍🍳) in the field of holistic health. We have come together with ONE goal in mind: to help you break through your blocks so you can live an unstoppable life. Throughout this summit, you’ll hear about my (and other’s) personal stories, stumbles and top tips to that I hope will support you to become your best self 🙏🏻

Are you ready? Because the summit starts all TODAY! So be sure to register now for FREE via this link. There’s no time like NOWmaste my friend, your best self awaits!

Danielle 

 

Best Broccoli Soup! Easy, Affordable, Delicious

September 22, 2017
Happy first day of Fall 
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This easy peasy broccoli soup would have to be one of my all-time favourite fall recipes to make when Friday rocks around and the hunger pangs start to kick in 
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A private client of mine fills one-half of her freezer with this soup during the colder months! She takes it to work to reheat during days she has no time to prep lunch, + she also adds my plant-based 'meat'balls to it during nights when she has no time to cook.
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It's been a BIG couple of weeks for @benjaminshinestudio and I  All super rewarding, uplifting and exciting stuff, but also slightly exhausting...
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Which is why I just cooked up a big ol' batch of this green goodness to see us through the many days and nights ahead when all we want is optimal nourishment and deliciousness minus all effort.
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I'll add in extra bits and pieces every now and then to change things up - different gluten-free, gut-friendly pastas, grass-fed/pasture-raised proteins, sauteed tofu or tempeh and even just more veggies (steamed, chunky broccoli or pumpkin tastes SO good, as does spiralised veggies noodles like daikon or zucchini!).
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However you choose to enjoy this dish, rest assure it's filled with lots of great plant protein and essential nutrients for your beautiful body which much be nourished daily to support your longterm wellness.
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YOU NEED:
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1/4 - 1/2 cup organic coconut cream. 1/2 cup = nice n' creamy
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1 large garlic clove, minced 10 mins before to increase health benefits
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1 large leek, chopped
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2 medium heads of broccoli including the ends, chopped
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4 cups vegetable stock or bone broth
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2 tbs extra virgin olive oil for sauteeing
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YOU DO:
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✨Saute garlic and leek in a saucepan in oil until leek softens. Add chopped broccoli and stock/bone broth. Cover and simmer for about 30 mins until broccoli is tender.
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✨Carefully transfer to a blender or food processor and blend until very smooth.
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✨Taste and adjust consistency or seasoning if needed, then reheat if necessary to serve immediately, or freeze in BPA-free plastic containers (leaving about an inch at the top to allow for liquid expansion) for 3-6 months.
Happy first day of Fall! This easy peasy broccoli soup would have to be one of my all-time favourite fall recipes to make when Friday rocks around and the hunger pangs start to kick in. A private client of mine fills one-half of her freezer with this soup during the colder months! She takes it to work to reheat during days she has no time to prep lunch, + she also adds my plant-based ‘meat’balls to it during nights when she has no time to cook.

It’s been a BIG couple of weeks for mt beloved and I – all super rewarding, uplifting and exciting stuff, but also slightly exhausting… Which is why I just Continue Reading…

Recipes

Healthy Soda made with REAL Food

September 17, 2017
Did you know one can of orange soda 'Fanta' houses:
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23g of processed sugar (the crappy, chemically-treated type of sugar)
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Stuff called: 'Natural Orange Flavourings with Other Natural Flavourings' ❓
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Acesulfame K - an artificial sweetener found in sugar-free gum, alcohol, candy & sweet yogurts. Its main chemical component, 'methylene chloride' may cause nausea, mood disorders, possibly some types of cancer, impaired liver & kidney function, eyesight issues & even perhaps autism.
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Aspartame - a cheap, dangerous sweetener used in more than 6,000 food & drink products + over 500 prescription & over-the-counter drugs. Recently found to have carcinogenic (AKA dangerous & potentially deadly) effects, aspartame is now undergoing further investigation due to the fact it may also impair memory performance & increase oxidative stress in the brain.
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'A source of Phenylalanine' - an ingredient that may be very dangerous to anyone consuming aspartame (). Basically, too much Phenylalanine in the body = neurotoxicity which means it can excite the neurons in your brain to the point of cellular death.
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I could go on & on, but you get the dismal picture...
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I remain utterly disgusted with the company choosing to make & sell this low-grade, unhealthy chemical bomb.
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I offer you (& any children in your life!) this healthier, yummier alternative:
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✨REAL GOOD ORANGE SODA✨
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You need:
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4 medium carrots, skin on, chopped
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1 cup filtered water
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1 tbs organic date or maple syrup
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Juice from 1 x fresh lemon
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1/4 inch piece fresh ginger
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1 x bottle of carbonated water
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You do:
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Add carrots, ginger & filtered water in a blender & blitz until everything is well combined.
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Blend for at least 2 mins before straining into a glass jug using a nut milk bag or fine mesh strainer.
Squeeze pulp to ensure every drop of juice is extracted.
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Add strained juice back into (a well-rinsed) blender. Add lemon juice & date/maple syrup, blend on high to combine. .
Refrigerate for 30 mins to chill, then pour into a glass, stopping halfway. Fill the other half with carbonated water & serve!
Did you know one can of orange soda ‘Fanta’ houses:

23g of processed sugar (the crappy, chemically-treated type of sugar)

Stuff called: ‘Natural Orange Flavourings with Other Natural Flavourings’ 
Acesulfame K – an artificial sweetener found in sugar-free gum, alcohol, candy & sweet yoghurts. Its main chemical component, ‘methylene chloride’ may cause nausea, mood disorders, possibly some types of cancer, impaired liver & kidney function, eyesight issues & even perhaps autism.

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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! 

Although I don’t advocate eating lots of Continue Reading…