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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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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

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…

Recipes

Anti-Inflammatory Juice for Pain and Inflammation

July 1, 2017
Hi there, how's your week been so far? If you've joined me recently, or reached out to say hello since my appearance with @trinnywoodall, I'm truly touched to know I've ignited a fire within you to find out more about your overall health 
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To celebrate, I've created a very powerful anti-inflammatory elixir - upon request from many of you experiencing joint pain and inflammation
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Your body is an amazing machine, it only needs the smallest of encouragement to begin to soothe and heal naturally. .
So the goodness in this elixir includes:
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Tart Cherries - contain the highest anti-inflammatory content of any food (). Cherry juice reduces inflammation in your blood vessels by up to 50%!
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Pineapple - contains bromelain, a 'systemic oral enzyme' used to treat pain and problems like arthritis. Bromelain may also help your body fight cancer by dissolving 'fibrin' (cancer cells hide under fibrin to escape detection, cheeky little buggers!). When fibrin is dissolved, cancer cells become uncloaked and easily detected by your immune system 
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Spinach - attacks inflammation from every angle! Rich in carotenoids + vitamins C, E, and K, that protect your body from pro-inflammatory substances.
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Parsley - great protection from rheumatoid arthritis thanks to its SUPER high chlorophyll and Vitamin C content.
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Cacao - contains 'flavanols' which work fast to reduce inflammation and blood clotting.
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Water - enough said!
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☄️Turmeric - an amazing anti-inflammatory, best taken with pepper (see my latest Insta story re: why!)
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Extra Virgin Olive Oil - the source of its distinctive aftertaste (called 'Oleocanthal') has similar effects as synthetic (more harsh) forms of pain relief like ibuprofen 
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ANTI INFLAMMATORY ELIXIR
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1 cup tart cherries, pitted
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1 cup fresh pinneapple, chopped
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1 cup packed, organic spinach
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1/2 cup packed fresh parsley
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1 tablespoon cacao powder
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1/2 tablespoon turmeric + teensy tiny pinch of black pepper
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1/2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
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200mls water
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Combine all ingredients in the blender (in the order above) and blend on HIGH.
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Strain through a nut milk bag and drink immediately to reap the benefits!

Hi there, how has your week been so far? If you’ve joined me recently, or reached out to say hello since my appearance with Trinny Woodall, I’m truly touched to know I’ve ignited a fire within you to find out more about your overall health 🙏🏻

To celebrate, I’ve created a very powerful anti-inflammatory elixir – upon request from many of you experiencing joint pain and inflammation

Your body is an amazing machine, it only needs the smallest of encouragement to begin to soothe and heal naturally. So the goodness in this elixir includes: Continue Reading…

Recipes

Gluten Free Zucchini Bread

June 9, 2017
Well hello there Friday, it's lovely to see you! 
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To celebrate, here's a yumtastic recipe I first created for a client wanting a healthy vegan version of the more traditional zucchini bread (minus the animal-based ingredients) to snack on.
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Aside from it being gluten and egg free, this lovely loaf is PACKED with all kinds of real food stars like zucchini, organic apple puree and flaxseed 
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All perfect poop-forming ingredients to keep your body in tip top shape 
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If you've never tried flaxseed before, do it, do it! It's filled with healthy fats and functions as an effective little vacuum cleaner as it moves through your digestive tract.
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This recipe is best enjoyed with someone you love because food and friendship = LIFE 
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Have a great weekend, and don't forget to cook with love because it's the best, most health-supportive ingredient!
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EASY PEASY PLANT BASED ZUCCHINI BREAD
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You need:
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4 tablespoons flaxseed + 12 tablespoons water - mixed and left to thicken
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4 cups packed zucchini, grated
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3 cups gluten free flour blend (see my insta for past recipes or use organic, store-bought kind).
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1.5 cups organic apple puree (or boil 1-2 small apples & puree)
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3/4 cup organic nut or seeds of choice - you can also sub for dried fruit
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1 cup raw, organic coconut, cane or maple crystals
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1 tablespoon organic vanilla extract
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3 teaspoons aluminium-free baking powder
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1 teaspoon baking soda
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1 & 1/4 teaspoon true cinnamon.
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
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You do:
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✨Preheat oven to 180C/350F. Line or grease one large loaf tin.
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✨In a large bowl, combine applesauce, crystals and vanilla. Stir in the flax “eggs” and shredded zucchini.
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✨In a second bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. .
✨Add dry ingredients into wet and stir well to combine. Lastly, fold in nuts/seed/dried fruit.
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✨Pour batter into loaf pan and smooth on top. Bake for 45-60 minutes or until a cake/bbq skewer comes out clean and your loaf turns a nice golden brown colour.
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✨Leave to cool on a wire rack before slicing (drooling) and enjoying! 
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BIG thanks to my girl (and pro photographer) @alisonmcwhirterphotography for the )

Well hello there Friday, it’s lovely to see you! To celebrate, here’s a yum-tastic recipe I first created for a client wanting a healthy vegan version of the more traditional zucchini bread (minus the animal-based ingredients) to snack on.

Aside from it being gluten and egg free, this lovely loaf is PACKED with all kinds of real food stars like zucchini, organic apple puree and flaxseed, YUM! All perfect poop-forming ingredients to keep your body in tip top shape  If you’ve never tried flaxseed before, do it, do it! It’s filled with healthy fats and functions as an effective little vacuum cleaner as it moves through your digestive tract. Continue Reading…

Recipes

My Best Self Podcast Interview + EASY Sauerkraut Recipe

June 2, 2017
Put simply, YOU CAN!
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Earlier today, I had a hearts-wide-open chat with @bestselfmagazine editor and all-round goddess of greatness, @kristennoelwriter 
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We talked all things health n' happiness, and I shared more than I ever have before about my own personal journey to wellness 
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Throughout the chat, Kristen asked me to share my thoughts and advice - words I'd say to my younger self, as well as things I want people to know now...
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On reflection, everything I said stemmed from 'you can' 
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Whether it be healing your body, starting a new relationship with yourself (or others) or learning how to truly love and honour yourself - whatever your own challenges may be...I want you to know YOU CAN 
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More information coming soon about this interview which I'm so very proud of, so stay tuned 
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PS while you wait, be sure to check out the latest edition of @bestselfmagazine - I've shared a super delish, very easy sauerkraut recipe for you to make and enjoy

Earlier today, I had a hearts-wide-open chat with Best Self Magazine editor and all-round goddess of greatness, Kristen Noel. We talked all things health n’ happiness, and I shared more than I ever have before about my own personal journey to wellness. Throughout the chat, Kristen asked me to share my thoughts and advice – words I’d say to my younger self, as well as things I want people to know now…

On reflection, everything I said stemmed from ‘you can’  Whether it be healing your body, starting a new relationship with yourself (or others) or learning how to truly love and honour yourself – whatever your own challenges may be…I want you to know YOU CAN!! More information coming soon about this interview which I’m so very proud of, so stay tuned.

PS while you wait, be sure to check out my sauerkraut recipe in the latest edition of Best Self Magazine – it’s SUPER delish AND great for your gut!