Breakfast, Raw, Recipes

chocolate wellness bowl

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This is a nourishing smoothie bowl full of protein and healthy fats to keep you satisfied all morning. What I love about it is that it tastes like chocolate ice-cream!

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Dessert, Raw, Recipes

raw vegan caramel cake

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I can remember exactly when my obsession for raw treats started. I was working as an online health editor at the time and my colleague asked if I’d tried avocado chocolate mousse before. I was like, “Ew, what’s that?” As it turns out, I found it pretty amazing… I even made a 5 minute version of it here and, because I love it so much, I’ve made a paleo cake version here.

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Breakfast, Dessert, Paleo, Recipes

guest recipe: paleo coconut bread (three ingredients!)

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Those who know me would say that I’m a little short on patience. I want to get things done fast, I move fast and I eat fast. It’s something I’m working on – I have to consciously remind myself that there’s no rush to do things.

My lack of patience is also probably why I tend to make things that are either low on fuss, done in a relatively short amount of time, or with few ingredients – which is why this three-ingredient recipe instantly caught my eye. Yep, you read that right: three ingredients! It’s as easy as making a cup of tea. Seriously.

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Breakfast, Chocolate, Dessert, Paleo, Raw, Recipes

raw chocolate velvet smoothie

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Who needs to buy a chocolate milkshake, thickshake or ice-cream drink concoction when this healthy smoothie tastes SO MUCH better and it’s good for you (you’ll be satisfying your chocolate craving while sneaking in some veggie goodness thanks to the baby spinach. Plus, blending the chia seeds makes them more easily absorbed in the body).

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Breakfast, Dessert, Nutrition, Paleo, Raw, Recipes

strawberry cheesecake smoothie

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This is an absolutely luscious smoothie that tastes just like a strawberry cheesecake! Nut-free, dairy-free and vegan. It’s the perfect go-to sweet and creamy smoothie combo.

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Health, Nutrition

‘healthy foods’ that aren’t so healthy

Cereals offer very little protein and essential good quality fats, both of which we need to kick-start the day and feel satisfied.

Cereals offer very little protein and essential good quality fats, both of which we need to kick-start the day and feel satisfied. Image via Favim

Contributed by Libby Nathan

1. Agave nectar

Agave is touted as a healthy, low GI alternative to sugar and has tricked many into thinking they are making a healthy, guilt-free choice. But, it is actually very high in fructose, not too dissimilar to high fructose corn syrup (yuck). Excess fructose is converted to glucose which can then be stored as fat.

Alternatives: Get your sweetness from a little fruit (fresh or dried) or stevia. Use spices to add a little sweetness –Cinnamon tastes sweet and actually helps balance blood sugar levels! Vanilla bean powder is great too.

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Breakfast, Chocolate, Paleo, Raw, Recipes

not another chocolate smoothie

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I thought I’d write a quick post on this hugely popular pic I posted up on Instagram recently. If you’ve been reading my posts long enough (thank you! x), you’ll know it’s no secret that I love raw cacao. I can’t get enough it. Some of the ways I’ve used the raw chocolate goodness is in pancakes and porridge.

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Chocolate, Dessert, Paleo, Raw, Recipes

healthy chocolate ice-cream

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This is heaven in a bowl. It’s also a never-fail recipe courtesy of The Farm, San Benito, in the Philippines. I’ve run their recipes before, but I thought to share my absolute fave in time for Easter. Like most of the recipes on this blog, it’s wheat-free, refined sugar-free, dairy-free and 100% delicious – just as rich, decadent and creamy as the store-bought kind. Yep, even ice-cream lovers won’t be able to tell it’s not really ice-cream! Bonus: it’s super healthy as it’s rich in healthy fats, vitamins, antioxidants and magnesium 🙂

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Chocolate, Dessert, Nutrition, Recipes

five yummy ways to use cacao

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My friend’s version of my raw cacao treat! Yum yum 🙂

 

If there’s one ingredient I always have in my kitchen, it’s raw cacao. It’s versatile, delicious and a real superfood.

While it looks like the packaged chocolate powder you buy in the baking aisle of the supermarket, what I’m referring to here is the raw grounded stuff you get from cocoa beans. It’s what gives chocolate it’s flavour – like vanilla bean for vanilla ice-cream or the spices that make curry powder.

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Health, Nutrition, Spirit

what is spiritual nutrition?

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Image via favim.com

It might seem a little strange linking food to spirituality. Perhaps it’s even a totally foreign concept to you; food is often reduced to the nutrients they contain, or seen as fuel for the body. Hey, you probably just eat for your taste buds! I was that person, too – until a few health issues made me re-evaluate what I was putting into my body.

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Chocolate, Dessert, Health, Nutrition, Raw, Recipes

my favourite spa recipes from the farm, san benito

Image via The Farm, San Benito

Image via The Farm, San Benito

Ever heard of The Farm? It’s one of the most amazing ‘paradise-on-earth’ eco-spa / raw food retreat places I’ve experienced (and would def go again!).

This was me earlier this year – in their outdoor garden COFFEE BATH! – said to be a great detoxifier 🙂

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Beauty/Treatments, Health, Recipes

guest post: homemade coffee and vanilla body scrub

Doesn’t this look so luscious? Plus it’s chemical free, smells divine and cheap to do. Image via Kirstie Muttitt

Doesn’t this look so luscious? Plus it’s chemical free, smells divine and cheap to do. Image via Kirstie Muttitt

Contributed by Kirstie Muttitt

As I’m trying to make my diet simpler, less processed foods, less chemicals, more cooking from scratch, I am wanting to make other areas in my life simpler too – including skin and haircare. This is an area that I’ve always loved spending money on! Seriously, leave me in a chemist or department store and I was happy for hours. But I gave no thought to what chemicals I might be putting onto my body and what effect this might have on me.

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Breakfast, Recipes

guest recipe: traditional balinese banana pancakes

Image via Alison Morgan

Image via Alison Morgan

The inspiring health and wellness business coach Ally from Relauncher has kindly let me share this incredibly easy and exotic pancake recipe that she enjoyed at the bucket-list worthy Balinese retreat, Sharing Bali.

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Mind

a note on introversion

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    Sometimes I just want to curl up under my shell and hide. My slightly inhibited ways could be because I’m a Cancerian, in which, like the crab, we like to protect our soft insides with a tough outer exterior. But it’s mainly because I’m an introvert (an INFJ to be exact). I have a natural tendency to prefer my own internal world of thoughts and feelings than wanting to be around a group of people.

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Nutrition

my happy foods

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It’s hard to go back to eating like I used to. Think: Baker’s Delight white chocolate chip and blueberry scones for breakfast, a kebab for lunch and several rows of Lindt chocolate as a snack. (I know right, what was I thinking?!) You can read more on my transition to becoming healthy here.

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Alternative Therapies, Health, Mind, Nutrition, Spirit

finding out my ayurvedic body type

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Last weekend I went to the Ayurvedic Wellness Centre in Bondi for an Ayurvedic consultation.

It was like a having a check up with a GP except that instead of the doctor trying to find out what might be wrong with you, an Ayurvedic doctor wants to determine your ‘dosha’ or body type, which helps them understand why you may be experiencing certain types of symptoms or imbalances.

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Alternative Therapies, Beauty/Treatments, Health, Healthy holidays/destinations, Reviews

the farm at san benito, philippines

Taste-testing fresh coconut milk!

Taste-testing fresh coconut milk!

The Farm is like one big nursery for adults: you’re nourished with good food, nurtured and pampered like a baby, massaged in coconut oil from head to toe, and by the end of it, you feel as if you’ve just had five days’ worth of Sundays.

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Beauty/Treatments, Reviews

product love: frank coffee scrub

Image via Instagram/@workagency (original photo by Nicole Bentley)

Image via Instagram/@workagency (original photo by Nicole Bentley)

I came across Frank’s coffee body scrub in my bag of goodies from Lola Berry’s book launch event and am absolutely in love with it. I also kinda get excited with new and natural beauty buys because aside from writing about health, I love reviewing the odd beauty product or two!

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Health, Healthy holidays/destinations, Reviews

healthy holiday: tao philippines expeditions, palawan

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I love the idea of a healthy holiday because it means you come back without having to feel like you have to detox or make up for the time you’ve spent being overly indulgent (well, at least that’s how I feel anyway!).

The Tao Philippines Expeditions boat trips aren’t exactly known for being a ‘healthy holiday’ (which is often the name given for yoga, detox or beach spa-type destinations), but more of an off-the-beaten track adventure. You get plenty of sun, sleep, healthy fresh food from the ocean, an abundance of exotic fruit and endless chances to snorkel, swim, kayak or explore different islands every day.

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Nutrition

10 things you didn’t know about food – part 1

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One of the best things I love about studying nutrition is that I come across nuggets of information that I can apply to my everyday life.

The below is a list of things that have stuck with me, not only from studying nutrition, but from picking the brains of various health food coaches, nutritionists and authors working at Prevention.

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