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Vegan Parmesan Flakes

October 14, 2017
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Do you do dairy

I don’t these days, mainly because I’m having way more foodie fun experimenting with yummy dairy-free creations like coconut yoghurts, nut milks and nut cheeses! Speaking of…during a delicious lunch with the delightful Julie Montagu (check out her page pronto if you haven’t already!) I enjoyed a wonderful ‘courgetti spaghetti’ dish adorned in the most perfect pine nut parmesan flakes I’d ever seen!
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Mint & Matcha Slice

October 6, 2017
Attention, attention:
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As your Natural Foods Chef (and friend!) it gives me GREAT pleasure to let you know mint + matcha = MAGIC! 
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Make this when you're craving something sweet n' mint-y that's nut-free & gut-friendly.
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Keep half in the fridge to share with friends & family...perhaps leave the other half in the freezer to enjoy at a later date (it stores well for up to 4 weeks, wrapped tight).
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Here you go...
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Must-Make Minty Matcha Slice
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BASE:
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✨105g dried, shredded coconut pieces (not desiccated)
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✨50g sunflower seeds
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✨200g dates - I love @thedatelady
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✨4 tbs cacao or carob powder
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✨Pinch of sea salt
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MIDDLE
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✨250g dried, shredded coconut pieces
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✨2 tbs date syrup
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✨1 tsp organic mint extract OR 2-3 drops food-grade peppermint oil
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✨2 tsps matcha powder, I love @matchaful
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TOP
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✨2 x 200g blocks of your fav soy-free dark chocolate (melt and pour!)
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OR
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✨1/2 cup extra virgin coconut oil
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✨1/2 cup cacao or carob powder
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✨1/4 cup date syrup (sub for maple)
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✨Pinch sea salt
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You do
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BASE:
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‍Blend all ingredients until mixture sticks together when pinched together.
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‍Transfer to a lined baking dish and press down firmly & evenly.
Place in the freezer to begin setting.
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MIDDLE:
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‍Blend shredded coconut in a high powered blender until it turns into coconut butter (about 5-7 mins).
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‍Add remaining ingredients, blend to combine well. Pour on top of base, smooth out & place back into freezer
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TOP:
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‍Whisk together oil & syrup until combined.
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‍Add remaining ingredients & pour on top of the slice. Place back in the freezer to set (at least 25 minutes) before removing & leaving to soften (at least 10 mins).
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‍Slice, taste & feel GOOD!

Attention, attention:

As your Natural Foods Chef (and friend!) it gives me GREAT pleasure to let you know mint + matcha = MAGIC! Make this when you’re craving something sweet n’ mint-y that’s nut-free & gut-friendly. Keep half in the fridge to share with friends & family…perhaps leave the other half in the freezer to enjoy at a later date (it stores well for up to 4 weeks, wrapped tight). Continue Reading…

Magical Miso Soup

September 30, 2017
Holy mother of MISO!
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Almost all of my friends are dealing with sniffles, sore throats & other unfavourable flu-like symptoms right now! If this is you too, you NEED the recipe below STAT‼️
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It's literally been YEARS since I had a sore throat or runny nose & I can honestly say it's because of the magical substance you see in the pic above: miso.
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If you're not familiar with this potent ingredient, all you need to know is it's worth trying!
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Miso is made from soybeans & a culture starter called Koji made from beneficial molds, yeast & lactic acid bacteria.
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Sounds a little wacky & maybe even slightly off-putting, but sample a something created with miso & you will be thanking me my friend, because it is SO. DAMN. DELISH!
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The taste is second to none + the fact it's fermented results in a happier, healthy gut (as long as you're not intolerant to soy or currently have candida. Soy is high in copper which can disrupt candida).
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A few more important bits to know about miso...it's:
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highly alkalizing & strengthening to the immune system
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packed with beneficial bacteria and enzymes
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incredibly supportive for your good gut bacteria
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packed with protein, vitamin B12, vitamin B2, vitamin E, vitamin K, tryptophan, choline, dietary fiber, linoleic acid & lecithin
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filled with linoleic acid, an essential fatty acid that helps skin stay soft
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MAGICAL MISO SOUP
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✨4-6 cups vegetable stock or water
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✨1/4 cup thinly sliced leek
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✨1/4 cup thinly sliced carrots
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✨1/2 cup thinly sliced shiitake mushrooms
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✨1/4 cup miso, any variety but white miso is my fav
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✨1 cup sliced greens (kale, spinach, etc.)
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✨Toasted sesame seeds for garnish
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✨2 tbs toasted sesame oil
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You do:
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Saute leeks, mushrooms and greens in oil. Once cooked, set aside.
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In a separate saucepan, combine stock/water, leeks & carrots. Bring to a low boil, then reduce heat. Cover and leave to simmer until vegetables are soft. Reduce heat. Add in sauteed vegetables.
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In a small bowl, mix miso paste with 3 tbs of stock or water. Add into the vegetable mix & keep everything at a very low heat (boiling destroys probiotics in the miso).
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Serve & enjoy! by Meru Miso
Holy mother of MISO! Almost all of my friends are dealing with sniffles, sore throats & other unfavourable flu-like symptoms right now! If this is you too, you NEED the recipe below STAT

It has literally been YEARS since I had a sore throat or a runny nose & I can honestly say it’s because of the magical substance you see in the pic above: miso. If you’re not familiar with this potent ingredient, all you need to know is: it’s worth trying!

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Zucchini Hummus

September 30, 2017
Happy days! We've reached the weekend and am THRILLED!
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I'm celebrating life this weekend by surrounding myself with good people who I love very much 
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We're going on a picnic & I've been tasked with creating some allergy-friendly bits & pieces for some of my friends who need a little @chef_shine help when it comes to delicious dishes they can't eat due to certain food intolerances...
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Take hummus for example - even though chickpeas are a great addition to most diets due to their high protein & fibre content, they're still part of the legume family which includes peanuts & soy beans.
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As you may/may not know, legumes house a common sugar called 'raffinose' which many people have problems breaking down in their body.
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Their high fibre content can also mess with a lot of compromised gut gardens resulting in not-so-nice side effects.
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If you have an intolerance to chickpeas and other legumes, you've probably experienced all kinds of bodily reactions after eating including: excess gas, hives/itching of the skin or a tingling sensation in/around the mouth after eating 
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A couple of friends picnic-ing with me this weekend experience this issue when they eat chickpeas, so I've created a yummy CHICKPEA-FREE HUMMUS so they can have their...errr...hummus & eat it too! 
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I just tested this batch with my neighbours & my (super picky but lovely) doorman & NONE of them could tell it was missing the key ingredient 
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Don't take my word for it though - make & enjoy this too!
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‍Chickpea-free Hummus‍
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✨3 cups peeled, raw zucchini (AKA 'courgette'). Save the peel for veggie stock or a stir fry
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✨1/2 cup hulled tahini
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✨1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
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✨1&1/2 tsp cumin
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✨1 large or 2 small cloves fresh garlic
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✨1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
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Whiz everything in a food processor or high speed blender until it resembles drool-worthy creamy, dreamy hummus.
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Taste and adjust to suit your tastebuds. You can add more spices, tahini, garlic or a touch more oil if necessary.
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Eat, enjoy

Happy days! We’ve reached the weekend and am THRILLED! I’m celebrating life this weekend by surrounding myself with good people who I love very much. We’re going on a picnic & I’ve been tasked with creating some allergy-friendly bits & pieces for some of my friends who need a little @chef_shine help when it comes to delicious dishes they can’t eat due to certain food intolerances… Continue Reading…

Natural Skincare Recipes for YOU!

September 28, 2017
I am beyond excited to share this post with you...
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A re-post from someone I admire so much - a woman who inspired me to look at my illness as a challenge, not as a sentence 
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In many ways, my healing came thick & fast once I decided not to be a victim to my illness.
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I took a leaf out of @crazysexykris book, diving in to become 'a full-time healing junkie' 
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Granted, I didn't have stage 4 cancer, but she did. And if she could support her body to heal, so could I!
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For those of you who tuned into my @bestselfmedia interview yesterday, you heard my story of how I healed my body after nearly dying.
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Every day I became a little stronger, rebuilding me into a girl who gave two hoots about herself ❤️
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I promised the universe if she helped me heal, I'd dedicate my time to sharing my knowledge, experiences & love for all things real, natural & health-supportive ⛑
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So this is me, joyfully keeping my end of the bargain ‍
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See below for more info, & know there's a LOT more to come x
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*Repost @crazysexykris (@get_repost)
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Today, I’m super excited to show you how to make some of your own personal care products. While you’re whipping up that morning smoothie or healthy dinner, why not add some skin and haircare to the menu?
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Which is why I reached out to my friend, the lovely @chef_shine, a Natural Foods Chef and Health Coach who specializes in making DIY beauty recipes.
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As you probably already know, what you put on your skin is just as important as what you put in your stomach. With so many different products on the market, it can be confusing to find the right beauty regimen that works for you.
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But knowledge is power—so let’s learn how to choose wisely and how to make our own potions from the ever-glowing, Chef Shine…
I am beyond excited to share this post with you – my very FIRST post for Kris Carr! I admire this strong, resilient beacon of light so much… Kris was the very first person to inspire me to look at illness as a challenge, not a life sentence. In many ways, my healing came thick & fast once I decided not to be a victim to my illness.

I took a leaf out of Kris Carr’s book, diving in to become a full-time 

healing junkie. Granted, I didn’t have stage 4 cancer, but she did. And if she could support her body to heal, so could I! For those of you who tuned into my Best Self Summit interview yesterday, you heard my story of how I healed my body after nearly dying. Every day I became a little stronger, rebuilding me into a girl who gave two hoots about herself. 

I promised the universe if she helped me heal, I’d dedicate my time to learning and sharing my knowledge, experiences & love for all things real, natural & health-supportive. So this is me, joyfully keeping my end of the bargain.

Read on for more info, & know there’s a LOT more to come x
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*Repost from @crazysexykris:

Today, I’m super excited to show you how to make some of your own personal care products. While you’re whipping up that morning smoothie or healthy dinner, why not add some skin and haircare to the menu?

Which is why I reached out to my friend, the lovely @chef_shine, a Natural Foods Chef and Health Coach who specializes in making DIY beauty recipes.

As you probably already know, what you put on your skin is just as important as what you put in your stomach. With so many different products on the market, it can be confusing to find the right beauty regimen that works for you.

But knowledge is power—so let’s learn how to choose wisely and how to make our own potions from the ever-glowing, Chef Shine

 

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 👌🏻

One of the many delicious real foods I found was 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…