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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Recipes

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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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…

Uncategorised

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…