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My Terrific Time With Trinny…

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

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

Recipes

Revitalizing Matcha Tea Face Mask

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

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

Wait! Wha??

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

Recipes

Super Simple Chocolate Bark

June 16, 2017
An ode to you (and chocolate)
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Because I love you...
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Because I care...
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Here's a choccie recipe to make, eat and share 
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But waitaminute! Why should you make it instead of buying it? 
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Because YOU get to control the ingredients (have you seen what's in most conventional, big-name brand chocolate bars? ☠️)
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Also because raw cacao is:
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✨one of the BEST sources of magnesium, essential for energy production, healthy brain function, happy nervous system and for strong muscles, bones and teeth 
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✨Packed with iron that helps build your blood and transport oxygen around your body 
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✨High in flavonoids that have super antioxidant powders that support optimal heart health benefits, eg, increasing good cholesterol in your blood, supporting the lowering of blood pressure and improving vascular function 
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✨Filled with 'phenylethylamine' (let's call it PEA for short) which helps elevate your mood and energy levels - PERFECT for welcoming in the weekend! 
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PLANT BASED CHOCCIE BARK
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YOU NEED:
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✨160g cacao butter, melted
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✨60g pure maple syrup
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✨60g organic cacao powder
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✨¼ tsp vanilla powder OR cinnamon
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✨Pinch sea salt
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✨Toppings of your choice - I used dried, organic, preservative-free jujube dates and raisins + activated and roasted pumpkin seeds, walnuts and sunflower seeds - all from @absolute_organic
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✨Food thermometer
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YOU DO:
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Melt cacao butter, keeping its temperature under 40-45°C/104-113°F.
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Add the rest of the ingredients - one by one - and whisk thoroughly until well combined and completely smooth.
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Let the temperature drop to 31°C/88°F, then pour straight onto a lined tray and top with all your favourite real food bits n' pieces.
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Pop tray in the fridge until set, then remove and crack up into pieces to devour joyfully and mindfully 
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Happy FriYAY!
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PS: shoutout to my girl @bellephotog for snapping this super profesh pic of my choccie bark babies

An ode to you (and chocolate):

Because I love you.. Because I care… Here’s a choccie recipe to make, eat and share!

But waitaminute! Why should you make it instead of buying it?  Because YOU get to control the ingredients (have you seen what’s in most conventional, big-name brand chocolate bars? ).

Also because raw cacao is:

  • One of the BEST sources of magnesium, essential for energy production, healthy brain function, happy nervous system and for strong muscles, bones and teeth.

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

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…

BRUSSELS AND ‘BACON’

April 30, 2017
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Ahhhh!! I’m SO excited to share this yummy plant based recipe after receiving RAVE reviews from one of my beautiful celebrity (vegan) clients who just called me all the way from LA to tell me how much she & her children are loving it, hooray! Apparently – at their request – she has Continue Reading…

Nutrition, Recipes

Cute n’ Healthy Crunchy Cookies

May 4, 2016
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Making these yummy little health supportive cookies last night means I can enjoy a few with my cup of tea today, hooray!! Gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, these are nothing by nice for you and your insides. I created these in the similar fashion I create most of my cookies – using whatever’s left in my pantry! Ever since culinary school I have loved experimenting with buckwheat because, aside from the health benefits, it adds a delicious, nutty flavour to breads, cereals and cookies without the wheat and gluten!

Try the cookie combination below first, then Continue Reading…

Nutrition

Garlic 2.0!

May 3, 2016
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STOP!!!!! Don’t throw away those garlic bulbs you forgot about that are now spouting bright green shoots – they’re actually really, really, ridiculously GOOD for you! 🌱👌🏻 While some sprouting veggies (like potatoes) can be dangerous to eat after they’ve grown green shoots, it’s SO not the case with sprouted garlic!

Sprouting enhances Continue Reading…