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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raw matcha green tea vanilla cake

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I was recently inspired by this Matcha Vanilla Raw Vegan Cake recipe I found online for a friend’s Japanese-themed birthday party. I just modified the proportions and reduced the number of ingredients to suit my taste.

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guest recipe: strawberry-coconut chia breakfast pudding

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Who can’t resist a ‘dessert for breakfast’ recipe? This piece of goodness is from Prevention’s new Sugar Smart Diet book that contains loads of low-sugar recipes. Great healthy inspo if you’re trying to cut down on the sweet stuff. This Strawberry-Coconut Chia Breakfast is my favourite out of all of the recipes because it contains some of my favourite ingredients.

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homemade pre- and pro-biotics masterclass: about life rozelle

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A few weeks ago I got to go on About Life‘s masterclass on pro- and pre-biotics hosted by nutritionist and founder of Fitness Food, Patrica Rufus.

It was an eye-opener for me because I thought that making these probiotic foods, meaning foods containing “good bacteria” that promote healthy intestinal flora, were really hard to make. But, as I discovered, most of the work is all in the prepping.

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berry bombshell smoothie

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I’ve been feeling a little under the weather recently and am suffering from post-Summer blues (if there’s such a thing). So I’ve decided to whip up something that’s immunity boosting, fruity and refreshing. Result? The Berry Bombshell smoothie – full of nutrients including vitamin C for immune function, anti-inflammatory omega-3 and antioxidants, magnesium for nerve function and muscle-building protein. Ideal for breakfast or as a nourishing snack. Bonus: It’s gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free.

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‘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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solar springs health retreat, bundanoon

Morning workout: stretch class overlooking this amazing view!

Morning workout: stretch class overlooking this amazing view!

If your idea of relaxing is doing stretch classes, bushwalks, facials and sipping herbal teas in front of an open fire, then Solar Springs Health Retreat, Bundanoon (just a 2 hour drive from Sydney’s CBD) is THE place to go.

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personal training and q&a with cassie white

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I’ve always been curious about what it’s like to have a personal training session. There’s something about the one-on-one attention, that perfectly tailored approach to achieve your fitness goals, that makes you feel like you’re guaranteed to achieve beach-body (if that’s what you’re after) success.

Well, I was lucky enough experience a PT sesh last week with personal trainer, yogi and health journo, Cassie White.

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