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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

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…

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…

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

Spaghetti (tempeh) Bolognese

March 26, 2017
Winner, winner, PLANT-BASED dinner! 
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I spent all day today working on content for my new website that will support my soon-to-be-released @hayhouseinc book, I completely forgot to visit the markets to stock up on food for dinner, whoops ‍♀️
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Luckily, I'm a girl whose eyes are bigger than her stomach! I rarely run out of food and can always pull something delish together with whatever is lying around in my fridge 
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Case and point: the plant-based, pasta-free yummy spaghetti bolognese pictured above  In place of pasta, I spiralized the most wonderfully crisp daikon radish a friend (and local farmer) gifted me during the week.
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To create the bolognese, I combined BPA-free tinned organic tomatoes with a bunch of spices and added diced courgette, carrots and last but not least, the most AMAZING organic tempeh I have ever tasted 
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My love for organic tempeh first started when I began to rebuild my body and re-establish my health. Tempeh was something I was advised by my holistic doctor to factor into my diet because it can:
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✨help increase bone density
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✨promote muscle recovery
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✨be a wonderful source of protein - matching animal protein almost gram for gram
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✨help replenish vitamins and minerals within the body - it contains high levels of vitamins B5, B6, B3 and B2
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✨support your gut garden, as it's essentially fermented soybeans, so it's LOADED with good probiotics
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In terms of best brands to try:
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Primasoy from @letsbenatural_healthyliving
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@barrys_tempeh
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 Impulse Organics from @planetorganic
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I'll be sharing more recipes featuring tempeh soon, so stay tuned - and have a great weekend!✌

Winner, winner, PLANT-BASED dinner! I spent all day today working on content for my new website that will support my soon-to-be-released Hay House book, I completely forgot to visit the markets to stock up on food for dinner, whoops!

Luckily, I’m a girl whose eyes are bigger than her stomach! I rarely run out of food and can always pull something delish together with whatever is lying around in my fridge. Case and point: the plant-based, pasta-free yummy spaghetti bolognese pictured above 👌🏻 In place of pasta, I Continue Reading…

Recipes

Black Rice Milk AKA ‘Mylk’

March 24, 2017
MAGICAL MYLK 
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Every time I create this delicious non-dairy milk, I'm always amazed at the beautiful, completely-natural purple colour that it creates 
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Although this isn't the main reason why I make it, it's certainly a happy bonus that I've found really appeals to both children (and adults!) which is fantastic because: more nutrition for EVERYONE! 
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I created this 'mylk' using BLACK RICE - my favourite rice of all time!
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Why?
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Because it's:
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jam-packed with powerful disease-fighting antioxidants
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a great dose of dietary fiber
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 filled with anti-inflammatory properties that support your body to fight inflammation linked to the development of diabetes, cancer, heart disease and weight gain
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DELICIOUS (it tastes quite nutty)
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Ok, enough already - want the recipe? It's my absolute pleasure to share it with you... 
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YOU NEED:
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1/2 cup organic black rice, rinsed, boiled and drained
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2-3 cups drinking water (depending upon how thick and creamy you like your milk)
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high speed blender
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nut milk bag
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YOU DO:
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Combine cooked black rice and water in your blender. Blitz on high until rice is completely pulverised
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Pour and strain through a nut milk bag into a sterilised glass jar with an air-tight lid
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Store in your fridge for up to 5 days and shake well before consuming
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Use in your teas, elixirs, smoothies and with breakfast

Every time I create this delicious non-dairy milk, I’m always amazed at the beautiful, completely-natural purple colour that it creates  Although this isn’t the main reason why I make it, it’s certainly a happy bonus that I’ve found really appeals to both children (and adults!) which is fantastic because: more nutrition for EVERYONE! 🙌🏻

I created this ‘mylk’ using Continue Reading…

Recipes

Rockin’ Raw Salad

March 20, 2017
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Leonardo da Vinci once said “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication” which means I have one VERY sophisticated salad sitting in front of me right now (pictured above)  This beautiful raw rainbow salad (big enough for 4 sizeable servings) cost only $3.50 to make because I shopped locally for the ingredients and added parsley and mint from my garden 🌱

Healthy, delicious and PACKED with all kinds of amazing plant-based goodness to keep your system functioning well, you really can’t go wrong with this one  Great enjoyed as raw side salad topped with a delish dressing drizzled over the top OR sautéed in a little coco oil/ghee + a pinch of mineral-rich sea salt, served in place of starchy carbs like sweet potato, rice, quinoa, pasta, etc
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Super easy to make if you have a food processor or an all-in-one dream machine like my @magimix_australia Cook Expert Follow the fool-proof steps below to make this simple-yet-so-good salad…

ROCKIN’ RAINBOW SALAD

You need:

  • 1 small head of cauliflower (core removed and saved for later – chop and use in a stir fry or add into your morning smoothie 💚)
  • 1/2 purple cabbage
  • 6 medium orange carrots .
  • 2 shallots – green part only
  • Juice of 1 lemon (Meyer lemon is best, but use what you can)
  • 4 sprigs fresh parsley (dried is fine also)
  • Mint leaves to top – optional .

You do:

  1. Place cauliflower, cabbage, carrot and parsley – one at a time – in food processor .
  2. Pulse each veggie to create smaller, pebble-like pieces. Don’t blend because you risk turning them to mush
  3. Chop shallots and add with all other ingredients in a bowl. Combine well, then drizzle your favourite dressing ingredients over the top (my current obsession is extra virgin olive oil + dried garlic flakes + dried rosemary + @hilbilbyculturedfood Fire Tonic apple cider vinegar) OR sauté this mix in a little coconut oil or ghee and serve with a protein of your choice
  4. Yum. Fun. And so, so, SO good for your insides raw OR cooked! Enjoy!!
Recipes

Lean, Green Cleansing Juice

March 12, 2017
It's been a while since I blitzed my favourite cleansing veggies to make a delicious, cholorophyll-fiilled green juice... I don't even have a juicer!
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But ever since spending time with @davidavocadowolfe, I've felt super inspired to add in a green juice every now and then to turbo-boost my health and vitality 
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So how did I made this green glass of goodness?  Easy!! I blitzed a small bunch of veggies (full recipe below) then strained it all through a nut milk bag to separate the pulp and juice 
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And because I'm a girl who likes to use the WHOLE vegetable (to ensure there's no waste) I used the leftover pulp to make the super yummy veggie burgers for @benjaminshinestudio and I 
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If you want in on this detoxifying delight, here y'go... Just make sure you choose organic veggies where possible and don't forget to give them a good scrub before you make this amazingness.
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GOING GREEN JUICE
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You need:
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1 large lebanese cucumber
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4 sticks of celery AND its leaves - use the whole stick because the leaves hold the majority of goodness!
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1/4 lemon (skin and pulp included)
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1/2 cup 100% coconut water
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You do:
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Blitz it all up baby! If you have a juicer, fantastic!! If you don't, just blitz on high until all veggies are pulverised, then
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Grab a nut milk bag and pour the juice through to separate
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PULP PATTIES
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Keep the pulp and add a chia egg (or a real one depending your diet/preference)
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Add your fav herbs and spices, then flatten palm-sized amounts into small patties and fry in a little coco oil or ghee 
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Enjoy ✌
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Oh!! And... If you want to super charge this juice, you can always add in a teaspoon of schizandra berry powder - believed to be a complete holistic tonic for the entire body 
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According to the super duper @superfeast team (who sell all kinds of amazing tonic herbs and medicinal mushrooms) schizandra has been used for centuries by Daoist herbal masters for its life-enhancing powers that help sharpen the mind, improve memory and cleanse and tone the blood, liver and kidneys

It’s been a while since I blitzed my favourite cleansing veggies to make a delicious, cholorophyll-fiilled green juice… I don’t even have a juicer!

But ever since spending time with David Avocado Wolfe, I’ve felt super inspired to add in a green juice every now and then to turbo-boost my health and vitality

So how did I made this green glass of goodness?  Easy!! Continue Reading…