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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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You need:
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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…

Nutrition

Savoury Gluten Free Granola

July 30, 2017
Here's one for the weekend: savoury granola!
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In my opinion, sweet granolas (though UTTERLY delicious) are getting a little yawn-tastic these days...
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Aside from the fact I routinely give my gut a break from sweet-tasting foods first thing in the morning, it's also important to change up what you eat regularly so you don't develop intolerances to foods you love! .
To give your gut a break from all the sweet nut-milk-infused granolas, here's a little savoury treat instead. PERFECT with soup, veggie or bone broths, atop salads or eaten on its own, I've included a range of savoury spices to support optimal digestion. Here's what & why:
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✨Cumin - antiviral, anti-inflammatory, improves digestion, supports bones
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✨Garlic - antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, lowers blood pressure
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✨Cayenne - anti-inflammatory, improves circulation & metabolism
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✨Ground Coriander - anti-inflammatory, prevents gas, alleviates cramps & gout
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✨Ground Mustard - alleviates congestion, bronchitis, sore throat & arthritis
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✨Garam Masala - heats the body, improves digestion, eases constipation
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Sea Salt - contains magnesium, calcium, potassium, iron, zinc & iodine
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Ground Onion - natural antiseptic, lowers blood pressure, alleviates asthma & colds
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GUT-TASTIC GRANOLA
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You need:
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1.5 cups gluten free oats
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1 cup desiccated coconut
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1/2 cup dried organic raisins
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1/2 cup smashed cashew nuts OR sunflower seeds
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1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
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1/3 cup ground flax + 1/3 cup water
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1 tspn each: garlic, garam masla, ground coriander, cumin, onion, salt
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1/2 tspn each: mustard, cayenne
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You do:
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Pre-heat oven to 160C/320F. Combine flax & water, leave to thicken.
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In a medium bowl, combine dry ingredients, mix well.
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Add oil into flax mix. Combine with dry mixture.
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Mix with a fork to combine. Flatten mixture about 1/4 inch thick on a baking tray.
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Bake for 25 mins or until edges brown. Remove & break into larger chunks. Place in oven to crisp up further.
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I leave granola in the oven another 10 minutes, until golden brown. Leave out overnight to crisp further.
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Enjoy every spice-induced, savoury crunch! ✌

Here’s one for the weekend: savoury granola! In my opinion, sweet granolas (though UTTERLY delicious) are getting a little yawn-tastic these days…

Aside from the fact I routinely give my gut a break from sweet-tasting foods first thing in the morning, it’s also important to change up what you eat regularly so you don’t develop intolerances to foods you love!

To give your gut a break from all the sweet nut-milk-infused granolas, here’s a little savoury Continue Reading…

How to Protect Yo’self From EMF

July 28, 2017
A few years ago I began delving deeper into different types of detrimental toxicities that exist within our environment because I'm a health nerd who wants to know anything & everything about how to guard & support the body naturally.
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Aside from natural food & skincare, what do I know? 
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That EMFs encompass areas of energy surrounding all electronic devices. Their electromagnetic fields affect you (and me) because our bodies have their own electric & biochemical responses - our nervous system, digestion brain function, heart function, etc.
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In the last 3 years, I've spoken to many experts who tell me EMFs can & do interact with the body in lots of not-so-great ways causing: headaches, anxiety, nausea, depression, fatigue, loss of libido as well as more serious health issues involving degeneration of cells leading to very serious dis-ease in the body 
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So what can you do about it?
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Protect yo'self of course!
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⚡️Eat a real food diet - LOTS of greens containing 'chlorophyll' which cleanses, detoxifies, purifies & supports the body. Take a look at my insta feed and You Tube tube channel for LOTS of great recipes.
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⚡️Drink filtered water, health supportive tonics & elixirs as well as my fav: detoxifying teas! My current love, pictured above, is Pau d'Arco. My friend Mason from @superfeast tells me this herb has been used for years to relieve pain & treat conditions including yeast overgrowth, fungal infections & skin rashes. Aside from its detoxing power, Pau d'Arco tea can also support the body to heal chronic digestive disturbances.
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⚡️Seek out products that block harmful laptop and phone radiation like my @defendershield mat pictured above. This mat also greatly reduces heat emitted from laptops, tablets & other electronic devices. Whenever I'm working, I make sure my Defender Pad is placed between my laptop and my body.
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⚡️Invest in a crystal because they're not just beautiful specimens, they're health supportive too! Whether you're a little woo woo like me or not, there's no disputing the fact crystals like shungite can help support the body. Shungite is the only natural material containing 'fullerenes' which are SUPER high in antioxidants

A few years ago I began delving deeper into different types of detrimental toxicities that exist within our environment because I’m a health nerd who wants to know anything & everything about how to guard & support the body naturally.

Aside from natural food & skincare, what do I know? 

That EMFs encompass areas of energy surrounding all electronic devices. Their electromagnetic fields affect you (and me) because Continue Reading…

Easy No-Recipe Stir Fry

July 22, 2017
Question: do you ever have days where you go at break-neck speed to get it all done, then realise it's WAY later in the day than you thought it was?
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That was my day today! 
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After a wonderfully restorative yoga class and catch up with my girlfriend @carolinepicsnyc, followed by helping @benjaminshinestudio move into his new art studio, I arrived home feeling SO tired!
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That's when I realised I'd been running on empty for hours, whoops!
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Practising what I preach, I quickly pulled together a yummy stir fry using leftovers and fresh veggies I got from  @unsqgreenmarket yesterday.
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The point of this post? .
Choose real over fake food every time - even when you're starving and can't be bothered to cook!
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It doesn't take long to throw a few things in the fry pan or steamer.
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Don't sweat it if all you have is veg in the fridge - did you know broccoli, cauliflower, spinach and kale all contain great amounts of plant protein?
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 When you're strapped for time, cook up some veggies and add a handful of organic pumpkin or sunflower seeds with a glug of extra virgin olive oil and you have yourself a well-rounded plant-based, protein-packed meal!! 
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Want to know what was in my meal melange today?
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✨Broccoli - protein, vitamins A, B6, C, potassium
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Carrots - beta carotene, biotin, fibre, vitamins A and K
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✨Red Capsicum - folate, vitamins C, B6, A, E, fibre
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Bok Choy - calcium, iron, manganese vitamins A, C, K, potassium, folate
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✨Onion - copper, biotin, manganese, phosphorous, vitamins B6, C
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Spinach - protein, choline, zinc, copper, folate, magnesium, iron
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✨Pumpkin seeds - protein, manganese, phosphorous, copper, magnesium, zinc
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YUM!!

Question: do you ever have days where you go at break-neck speed to get it all done, then realise it’s WAY later in the day than you thought it was?

That was my day today! 

After a wonderfully restorative yoga class and catch up with my girlfriend Caroline, followed by helping my beloved move into his new art studio, I arrived home feeling SO tired!

That’s when I realised I’d been running on empty for hours, whoops!

Practising what I preach, I quickly pulled together a yummy stir fry using leftovers and fresh veggies I got from Union Square Green Market yesterday.

The point of this post?  Continue Reading…

Nutrition, Recipes

Banish the Bloat Green Juice Elixir

July 16, 2017
RECIPE BELOW 
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Even after you get your gut garden sorted, it's important to be aware there may be days/times in future when you eat something that's a little iffy, or experience a stressful situation which can directly result in the dreaded bloated belly.
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Meditation & deep breathing exercises are fantastic de-bloating devices when bloating is caused by stress. Don't forget your gut is your second, most important brain when it comes to your emotions and mental health!
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But when your bloating is food related?
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On rare occasions when I eat out - even after I ask the waiter to tweak ingredients to suit my dietary needs - I find I react quite badly when the overall quality of food is poor, the chef hasn't made any of my requested changes (because: ego) and/or the meal includes highly processed, cheap ingredients and rancid oils the restaurant chooses to use (and not tell their customers about) 
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SIDE NOTE: similar to most conventional medicine doctors, did you know most chefs have zero nutritional training/knowledge which means they don't always have your best health interests at heart. Sad but true ‍♀️
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In situations when I'm hit with a case of bloated belly, I go straight to the juice recipe below which I created to support breakdown and elimination of all the bad bits stuck in your system.
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I hope it provides you with all you need - great in the fridge for up to 3 days, just shake it well before serving 
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BANISH THE BLOAT JUICE
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You need:
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✨200g white cabbage
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✨150g pineapple
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✨140g cucumber - skin on
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✨1/3 cup fresh mint
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✨1 mug of boiling water + 2 ginger tea bags, steeped for 10 minutes. After steeping tea, break open one of the ginger tea bags & add contents into recipe.
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You do:
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✨Scrub all veggies well. Add into a food processor (or juicer) and blend on high to pulverise.
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✨Pour through a fine mesh strainer or nut milk bag (I used my @elliesbest nut milk bag) into an airtight, glass jar to serve/store.
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✨Relax!! Before you drink:
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take a deep breath in for 4 counts
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hold for 4 counts
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breathe out for 4 counts
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hold for 4 counts
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REPEAT until you feel centred and calm, then drink & de-bloat

Even after you get your gut garden sorted, it’s important to be aware there may be days/times in future when you eat something that’s a little iffy, or experience a stressful situation which can directly result in the dreaded bloated belly.

Meditation & deep breathing exercises are fantastic de-bloating devices when bloating is caused by stress. Don’t forget your gut is your second, most important brain when it comes to your emotions and mental health!

But when your bloating is food related? Continue Reading…

Nutrition

Oat & Goji Berry Bliss Balls

July 14, 2017
Years ago, when I started making bliss balls, most people thought I was a little cray cray 
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"WHAT are THOSE?" they'd ask in disgust... 
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"Ummm, they're bliss balls" I'd say "...full of protein, fats, vitamins, minerals..." .
By the time I reached "minerals" I'd be met with: .
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"They taste AMAZING, try one" I'd say...
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And the rest is history  Because anyone who popped one of these into their mouth instantly transformed from a hater into a lover ✨
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And I've been bliss ballin' ever since 
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So it goes without saying how THRILLED I am now to see so many iterations of these bliss balls popping up on social media, in cafes, etc. The only issue I have are the astronomical prices (depending upon where you buy them from!) & freshness of ingredients.
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Too many rancid nuts/seeds + rancid oils + lots of dried sulphered fruits can turn bliss balls into bliss-less bombs for your gut ☄️
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This can lead to an overabundance of Omega 6 oils (the naughty oil you DON'T want a lot of in your system) + high amounts of sugar and suphites which can really mess with your body & cause hormonal imbalance, thyroid issues, weight gain, etc.
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And so...with much love I share this very easy, balanced bliss ball recipe with you in time for the weekend, because: PERFECT time to get creative in your kitchen and work on your wellness 
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Goji Berry Bliss Balls
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You need:
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✨1 cup gluten free oats or oat flour
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✨1 & 1/2 cups dried, sulphur/oil-free dates (I used @thedatelady)
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✨1 cup salt-free, organic peanut butter
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✨1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract
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✨¼ teaspoons celtic sea salt
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✨½ cup dried, unsulphered goji berries (I used @absolute_organic)
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✨1 cup organic pumpkin seeds
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✨Pinch sea salt
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You do:
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‍Grind oats into a rough flour in food processor. Add all ingredients & pulse to combine thoroughly. Mix is ready for rolling into balls when you press it together and it sticks.
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‍Remove blade from food processor, grab small handfuls & mold into balls.
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‍Place each ball on a lined tray - pop tray in fridge for up to one hour to set.
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‍Store in an air-tight container in fridge for optimal shape and freshness OR store in freezer for up to one month.

Years ago, when I started making bliss balls, most people thought I was a little cray cray 
“WHAT are THOSE?” they’d ask in disgust… 

“Ummm, they’re bliss balls” I’d say “…full of protein, fats, vitamins, minerals…”. By the time I reached “minerals” I’d be met with: .

“They taste AMAZING, try one” I’d say…

And the rest is history  Because anyone who popped one of these into their mouth instantly transformed from a hater into a lover 

And I’ve been bliss ballin’ ever since

So it goes without saying how THRILLED I am now to see so many Continue Reading…

Nutrition, Recipes

Plaintain Coconut Porridge

July 11, 2017
YUMMO! .
I'm currently enjoying a VERY yummy, nourishing breakfast  whipped up with what little ingredients I have in my pantry at the moment!
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Because it tastes SO good, I'm sharing it with you, in case you're stuck in a breakfast rut & want to try something new 
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When it comes to breakfast, you're literally breaking(your)fast, so it's important to eat foods that are delicious, filling, nourishing and 100% gut-friendly!
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My super simple recipe (below) combines all of these elements PLUS a good dose of:
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✨potassium
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✨omega 3 fatty acids
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✨beta carotene
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✨protein
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✨vitamin B6
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✨vitamin C
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✨dietary fibre
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➕PLUS ➕
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✨a super important gut-friendly ingredient called 'resistant starch' which stimulates the good bacteria in your gut, helping to maintain a healthy balance of the good guys to keep everything - including optimal pooping  in check!
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Where does the magical resistant starch come from? The plantain of course! 
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If you're unsure of what a plantain is, don't stress - you can almost always find one (or ten!) at your local asian market. Look for a banana with black splotches all over its skin - this is what a perfectly ripe plantain looks like (google & take a look!) 
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Plantains begin green and are super hard to cut into. As they age, they soften which is the type needed for this recipe.
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This yumminess is great hot or cold - if you're making & storing overnight, add more liquid in the morning to create a perfect porridge texture 
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COCONUT PLANTAIN PORRIDGE
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You need:
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1 cup full fat organic coconut milk
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3 tbs coconut flour
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2 tbs desiccated coconut
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1 tbs chia seed (or flax seed)
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½ ripe plantain, mashed roughly
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Toppings incl: sliced plantain, dried coconut, chia, cinnamon, crushed nuts/seeds (just not too many because there's already enough healthy fats in the porridge!)
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You do:
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In a small saucepan, combine coconut flour, shredded coconut, chia seed & milk. Stir over a medium heat to warm & thicken - won't take long!
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Turn off heat, add mashed plantain. Stir/whisk/blend to arrive at desired consistency.
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Add more milk (or water) if you want a more runny consistency.
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Top with extras & enjoy

YUMMO! I’m currently enjoying a VERY yummy, nourishing breakfast, whipped up with what little ingredients I have in my pantry at the moment. Because it tastes SO good, I’m sharing it with you, in case you’re stuck in a breakfast rut & want to try something new 👌🏻

When it comes to breakfast, you’re literally breaking(your)fast, so it’s important to eat foods that are delicious, filling, nourishing and 100% gut-friendly! My super simple recipe combines all of these elements PLUS a good dose of:
Continue Reading…

Contents of My Carry On Luggage!

July 4, 2017
I'm headed to New York City today, filled with MAJOR excitement about the connection, collaboration & creative vibes I'll inevitably be exposed to while there 
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To ensure I arrive in tip top shape, here's what I'm taking on-board (from L to R):
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✨ @matchaful - much nicer to your adrenal glands than caffeine. This brand of matcha tea is one of my favs.
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✨ @maulirituals herbal 'surrender infusion' tea. Drinking this helps me feel calm & relaxed. It also has the most blissful aroma & delicious flavour.
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✨ @naissancetrading organic spearmint essential oil. Aside from masking potentially funky smells mid-flight  this oil helps keep me feel so refreshed.
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✨ @naissancetrading organic 'cacay' oil. Packed with loads of goodness to keep skin happily nourished, it's my anti-aging, hydrating oil of choice.
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✨ @gabbybernstein's 'Add More -ing to Your Life'. Opening any of my fav @hayhouseinc @hayhouseuk books gives me MAJOR butterflies - in 2018, I will publish my first Hay House book (and am working on book 2 right now!)
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✨My homemade hydrating lip balm 
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✨A batch of my latest bliss balls to eat post-flight. I don't eat food while flying, the quality is poor + your gut is placed under so much extra stress in the air which makes optimal digestion near impossible - especially if you've got a compromised microbiome (leaky gut, IBS, etc).
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✨NYC adventure cards from one of my BFFs who knows how much I  exploring the New York!
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✨A few of my fav crystals from Australia. Wherever I roam, I always take a little piece of Oz with me.
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✨ @superfeast Astragalus Root. I mix this herbal tonic powder into my teas & water to supercharge my immune system. After years of use, I'm convinced it helps me to arrive at my destination with no jet lag & tonnes of energy!
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✨ @jarrkombucha - to enjoy on the way to the airport. Like the gut, your immune system is also put under extra pressure when flying, so I always supercharge my gut with the most potent probiotics possible before boarding 
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✨A positive attitude! Since almost losing my life in 2014, I approach every day with a childlike sense of wonder - always determined to have the best day ever...and y'know what? I always do!

I’m headed to New York City today, filled with MAJOR excitement about the connection, collaboration & creative vibes I’ll inevitably be exposed to while there 🙏🏻

To ensure I arrive in tip top shape, here’s what I’m taking on-board (from L to R): Continue Reading…