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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

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

Anti-Inflammatory Juice for Pain and Inflammation

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

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

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

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

Recipes

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

My Best Self Podcast Interview + EASY Sauerkraut Recipe

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

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

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

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

Recipes

Lean, Green Vegetable Juice

May 27, 2017
It's a HOT one here in Quiberon, France today  So much so I'm indulging in a couple of these refreshing green babies () lovingly created by moi, because you can take the Natural Foods Chef away from the kitchen, but you'll never take away the burning desire to create! ✨‍✨
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This simple mix is THE perfect combo to whip up at home when you feel a little sun-drunk, hot and bothered, or a little angry because it will cool you down in no time 
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To make a big ol' batch (about 1 litre) all you need is:
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✔️A juicer or blender
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✔️1 whole (large) celery, leaves and stems included
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✔️ About 6-8 medium cucumbers, skin on
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✔️ Juice from 1/4 lemon
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✔️2 teaspoons organic matcha (ceremonial grade is optimal but use what you can get your hands on/afford)
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Then you either: .
➕blend veggies and lemon, pouring the finished product through a fine mesh sieve or a nut milk bag to separate the juice from the pulp. Rinse the blender, then combine juice with matcha powder and blitz on high to combine 
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or
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Juice veggies and lemon, whisking the matcha in at the end - easy peasy!
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Aside from the deliciously crisp and refreshing taste, here's some more reasons why you should absolutely make this the next time you want to quench your thirst the natural, health supportive way...
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Celery:
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Houses vitamin A (leaves) and vitamins B1, B2, B6 and C (stems)
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Rich in potassium, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, sodium and essential amino acids.
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Cucumber:
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Contains a high % of vitamin A (skin) + alkaline-forming minerals, vitamin C, folate, manganese, potassium, silica, sulfur
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Lemon:
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Helps to reduce your body temperature, perfect for HOT summer days and women experiencing menopause hot flushes!
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Tricks your liver into producing extra bile to keeps your food happily moving along your digestive system
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Matcha:
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Contains high levels of chlorophyll which acts as a natural detoxifier to support removal of heavy metals and chemical toxins from the body

It’s a HOT one here in Quiberon today  So much so I’m indulging in a couple of these refreshing green vegetable juice babies lovingly created by moi, because you can take the Natural Foods Chef away from the kitchen, but you’ll never take away the burning desire to create!

This simple mix is THE perfect combo to whip up at home when you feel a little sun-drunk, hot and bothered, or a little angry because it will cool you down in no time. To make a big ol’ batch (about 1 litre).

You need: 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…

Recipes

Easy Peasy Tomato Crisps

May 19, 2017
Snacking on the go as I flit between multiple appointments before @benjaminshinestudio and I head to France next week 
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Whenever I'm out for a full day, I pack multiple provisions: green juices, seed crackers and real food treats like THIS: my delicious dried tomatoes first soaked in @hilbilbyculturedfood Fire Tonic before being dehydrated to a fine crisp 
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I stored them in a reusable tub used to house dehydrated tomatoes purchased during my visit to Byron Bay last month - they actually inspired me to start making my own again 
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BYW, I'm a HUGE fan of recycling plastics because: necessary evil when you're out and about!
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Whether you have a dehydrator or not, you can totally make these babies yourself - all you need is an oven on its lowest setting, door ajar. Sure, it takes a lot longer, but unless you're a foodie fanatic like me (and creating innovative food is part of your livelihood and passion) dehydrators aren't really classified as a necessary kitchen item.
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However, if you DO have a dehydrator, follow the simple steps below...
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You need:
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Firm tomatoes (I like to use Romas but any tomato will work)
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Dried basil, oregano and garlic
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Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
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You do:
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Wash tomatoes & cut off tops. Slice into 1/4″ pieces.
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Place into a shallow bowl filled with Apple cider vinegar and soak for up to 3 hours - or overnight for full flavour.
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Place slices onto dehydrator trays and sprinkle with dried herbs.
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Dehydrate at 58-60C (135-140F) for at least 8-10 hours, or longer if you want them to be super duper crisp!
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Remove from trays and store in an air-tight container. These are great to snack on and/or thrown into salads and stir fries

Snacking on the go as I flit between multiple appointments before my beloved and I head to France next week. Whenever I’m out for a full day, I pack multiple provisions: green juices, seed crackers and real food treats like THIS: my delicious dried tomatoes first soaked in Hilbilby Fire Tonic before being dehydrated to a fine crisp 

I stored them in a reusable tub used to house dehydrated tomatoes purchased during my visit to Byron Bay last month – they actually inspired me to start making my own again. BTW, I’m a HUGE fan of recycling plastics because: necessary evil when you’re out and about!

Whether you have a dehydrator or not, you can Continue Reading…

Recipes

Healthy Fried Rice – Paleo and Vegan

May 13, 2017
Ta daaaaaaaaaa ✨
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I proudly present my yummy cauliflower fried 'rice'  created two ways for a private cooking class I taught today to a health-conscious yummy mummy (who follows a paleo diet) and her beautiful daughter (who follows a vegan diet) 
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Instead of allowing their different food choices to come between them, these two wonderful women decided to enlist the services of a professional chef (moi ) to teach them several different dishes they can create and enjoy together whilst still honouring their individual food choices 
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It always makes me so proud to teach others to make healthier tweaks that are simple and so affordable. It's always so much fun to see my clients have fun with their food 
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The differences in these two dishes is quite minor, so if you're ever faced with a situation where you need to cater to both vegan and non vegan diners, this dish is a definite contender ✔️
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Start by creating cauli rice by pulsing chopped cauliflower in a food processor until it becomes rice-like. Combine with frozen organic peas and small diced carrots (with skin on because: nutrients!).
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Sauté in a little sesame oil (I recommend @absolute_organic cold pressed roasted sesame oil ) and once cooked, divide into two bowls.
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For the vegan version: crumble organic tofu into a bowl and mix with a little turmeric powder, pepper, nutritional yeast and garlic powder. Combine well, then sauté in extra virgin olive oil. Add to one of the bowls of cauli fried rice, toss to combine and and top with sliced shallots 
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For the paleo version: shred and sauté organic chicken tenders and/or scramble a pasture-raised eggs in a little extra virgin olive oil. Add to the other bowl of cauli fried rice and toss to combine. Top with a sprinkle of sea salt and shredded shallots ✔️
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Enjoy! And here's 'cheers' to accepting each other's individual choices!
Ta daaaaaaaaaa! I proudly present my yummy cauliflower fried ‘rice’, created two ways for a private cooking class I taught today to a health-conscious yummy mummy who follows a paleo diet, and her beautiful daughter who follows a vegan diet. Instead of allowing their different food choices to come between them, these two wonderful women decided to enlist the services of a professional chef (moi ) to teach them several different dishes they can create and enjoy together whilst still honouring their individual food choices.
It always makes me so proud to Continue Reading…