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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…

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…

Recipes

Sweet and Healthy Chocolate (Eggplant) Muffins

July 2, 2017
JUST in time for 4th July, I lovingly share my latest gluten free, plant-based recipe 
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If you saw insta stories earlier today, you'd know the key ingredient within these fluffy, moist muffins is EGGPLANT ('aubergine' in Brit-speak)
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Before you turn away in disgust (I see you!) give me a few insta secs to explain why I used this not-so-popular veggie...beyond the fact my husband @benjaminshinestudio detests it which creates a fire of desire to convert his disdain into admiration!
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Even though eggplant is a funny, slightly un-sexy-looking veggie, it's such a wonderful veggie to include in your diet. A few key reasons: Nasunin - a rare type of antioxidant housed within eggplant helps your body fight free radical damage.
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Manganese - has a profound effect on your body's ability to form healthy bones thanks to its impact on bone mineralization and metabolism.
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Vitamin B6 & B1 - two vitamins vital for a healthy metabolism. Vit B6 helps create amino acids are critical for numerous bodily functions - not enough and you can experience all kinds of inflammation.
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Convinced? Just make these muffins, marvel at the fact they DON'T taste like eggplant & enjoy all the healthy benefits...
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Red, White, Blue (& Brown) 'Merican Muffins .
YOU NEED:
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370g steamed eggplant - drained of excess water
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100g dark chocolate - I used 70%
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2 tbsp coconut oil
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2 tbsp cacao powder
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10 medjool dates, pitted
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1 cup gluten free flour
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2 tsp baking powder
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1/2 tsp baking soda
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¼ tsp sea salt
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You do:
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Pre-heat oven 200C/400F
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Steam eggplant & place in strainer. Push to release water - you want a big ol' lump of gooey-ness. Weigh out 370g. Place in food processor with dates & flour.
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Melt dark choc & coconut oil together, add to processor.
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Blend until everything is well combined. Stop & scrape down sides, then scoop mixture into an oiled/floured/lined muffin tin.
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Bake for 8 mins at 200C/400F & reduce heat to 180C/356F for another 5 mins.
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Remove from oven, leave to cool 15 mins before turning out onto a wire rack to cool further.
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Enjoy with/without healthy frosting
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Celebrate your INDEPENDENCE!

JUST in time for 4th July, I lovingly share my latest gluten free, plant-based recipe 🌱 If you saw insta stories earlier today, you’d know the key ingredient within these fluffy, moist muffins is EGGPLANT (‘aubergine’ in Brit-speak)

👉👉🏾👉🏻🍆👈🏻👈🏾👈

Before you turn away in disgust (I see you!) give me a few insta secs to explain why I used this not-so-popular veggie…beyond the fact my husband detests it which creates a fire of desire to convert his disdain into admiration! Even though eggplant is a funny, slightly un-sexy-looking veggie, it’s such a wonderful veggie to include in your diet. A few key reasons:  Continue Reading…

My Terrific Time With Trinny…

June 23, 2017
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Happy FriYAY my friend! What a fun day I had yesterday with Trinny Woodall. If you didn’t manage to catch my Facebook live with her, no probs! Just click here to watch it now. For those of you who tuned in live, please know all information including my skincare recipes will be shared via her blog very, very soon!

When I awoke this morning, I found I had many new subscribers to this page – if this includes you, WELCOME!! Don’t forget to subscribe before you leave because soon I will be revealing a new website – this one is undergoing a MAJOR facelift right now which is SO exciting.  Soon, it will become Continue Reading…

Recipes

Revitalizing Matcha Tea Face Mask

June 18, 2017
Happy Sunday!
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SUPER excited about this new recipe (below) I created for you - it's one you can eat AND wear!! Introducing... My Magical Matcha Tea Mask 
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Wait! Wha??
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Yes, that's right my friend, I created this mask to FEED YO' FACE - literally!
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Best worn for 10-15 minutes so the matcha has enough time to do its work which includes:
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Removing harmful toxins and fighting free radicals that damage cells needed to protect your skin.
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Decreasing excess oils that get trapped beneath the surface of your skin and become infested with bacteria - hello acne!
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Protecting your skin from harmful UV rays that encourage premature aging and hyper-pigmentation.
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Stimulating and rejuvenating your skin cells to keep you looking FRESH!
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Aside from all that goodness, I've combined it with full fat yoghurt, RICH in probiotics () and lactic acid that gently removes the top layer of your skin - where all the dead skin cells hang out  ewwwww!! Lactic acid will also help promote the growth of new skin cells - amazing what REAL food can do right?! 
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Quick note to my VEGAN brothers and sisters: replace the dairy yoghurt with coconut yoghurt, your skin will never know the difference... 
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And if any leftovers? Add a little maple syrup, maybe some dried coconut or just devour 'as is' - lick the bowl clean my friend and feel GOOD - inside and out! ‍♀️
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Magical Matcha Tea Mask
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You need:
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✨1 teaspoon full fat dairy yoghurt (sub with coconut  yoghurt if vegan)
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✨1.5 teaspoons matcha tea powder - I recommend @matchaful because it's high quality stuff - no second rate matcha allowed!
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You do:
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✨Mix, stir, combine, then paint onto your face and leave for 10-15 minutes to let the magic happen!
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✨Lick the bowl clean, then use a washcloth soaked in tepid water to remove.
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✨Look in the mirror, admire your beauty & tell yourself how much you love YOU - a critical step, seriously!
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✨Resume life with healthy, happy skin. Repeat once or twice a week for optimal results ✌

I am SUPER excited about this new recipe I created for you – it’s one you can eat AND wear!! Introducing… My Magical Matcha Tea Mask 

Wait! Wha??

Yes, that’s right my friend, I created this mask to FEED YO’ FACE – literally! Best worn for 10-15 minutes so the matcha has enough time to do its work which 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

Magical Matcha Chocolate Truffles

May 22, 2017
As promised in Friday's post (& with permission from @amylevin_ ) here is THE recipe of all recipes: Amy's (to-die-for) matcha chocolate truffles 
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Things to note:
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You can replace lemon juice with any citrus, eg: lime or orange.
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Using xylitol or honey will keep the recipe light & bright. If you use maple or coconut sugar, it’ll have a darker flavour to it & may not highlight the delicateness of the matcha as much.
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These don’t need to be enrobed, you can just roll them in matcha, cacao powder or ground pistachios.
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Amy used Matcha Gold from @lalaniandco, but just use the highest quality you can afford.
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You need:
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70g (¼ cup) coconut butter
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200g (1 cup) water, hot/warm
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150g (4 oz) cacao paste, baking chocolate or your favourite chocolate – shaved
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100g (½ cup) xylitol or coconut sugar
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2 tsp lemon juice
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1 tsp matcha powder
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½ tsp vanilla powder
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1 tsp tamari (optional for added depth)
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You do:
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It’s important water is warm/hot & chocolate is shaved before  starting beginning.
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The liquid being hot & the chocolate being shaved will mean the mixture melts very quickly & can properly emulsify in blender.
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Combine all ingredients in a high speed blender & process, starting on low-medium, then increase to full power until all ingredients are smooth & creamy.
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Pour contents into a large bowl so ganache sets quickly. If bowl is tall & narrow, it will take longer for the mix to set. Create as much surface area as possible for faster setting.
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Leave mix uncovered at room temp until completely cooled. Wrap with plastic wrap, or transfer to a container & place in fridge for a few hours to set completely.
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Once set, dust hands with a little cacao powder & roll mix into small balls.
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Don’t use too much cacao powder or chocolate won’t stick to them when you enrobe them. Alternatively, dust them in matcha & call it a day!
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To enrobe, place back in the fridge to set again while you get chocolate ready. Garnish with chopped pistachios nuts or simply roll in matcha powder.
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Amy has a brilliant video on her website demonstrating how to enrobe using cacao paste - The benefit of using paste? It's less expensive than chocolate and is 100% cacao

As promised in Friday’s Instagram post (and with permission from my girl Amy Levin) here is THE recipe of all recipes: Amy’s (to-die-for) matcha chocolate truffles 👌🏻

Things to note:

  • You can replace lemon juice with any citrus, eg: lime or orange.
  • Using xylitol or honey will keep the recipe light & bright. If you use maple or coconut sugar, it’ll have a darker flavour to it & may not highlight the delicateness of the matcha as much.
  • These don’t need to be enrobed, you can just roll them in matcha, cacao powder or ground pistachios.
  • Amy used Matcha Gold from Lalani and Co, but just use the highest quality you can afford.

Continue Reading…