Category Archives: Foods For Health

Need a New Smoothie Combo??

Berry & Beet Smoothie

Our lifestyle today has seen an increase in heart disease & heart attacks in women – yes…we need to take care of ourselves. Try this combo to boost your antioxidant & vitamin C intake, plus support your cardiovascular & nervous systems.

  • 1C frozen mixed berries
  • 1/2C orange juice/coconut water
  • 1/3C diced cooked beetroot
  • 1/4C Greek yoghurt
  • 2Tbs oats
  • 1tsp honey
  • 2-3 ice cubes

Throw all the ingredients into a blender/food processor, & blend until smooth. Pour into a chilled glass & serve immediately. For an NT tropical twist…..use frozen mango or pineapple!

 

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Teas….teas….everywhere!!

From this week you can purchase my Certified Organic Herbal Teas from Chantilly Kitchen Tearoom or Kings Wholefood Artisans!!!

I have a few other places in the pipelines too…..stay tuned for more outlets so they will be at your fingertips!!

Don’t forget….you can always by them online & have them delivered to your door  🙂

Remember….

“Take time to pause & embrace the ritual of tea drinking….Smell, Taste Feel with every sip…towards Everlasting Health”

 

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Tamari-Lime Tofu with Noodles

Looking for a tasty midweek meal this week???

This vegetarian meal can be switched to replace the tofu with chicken/turkey/prawns if you prefer….& even the noodles can be of your choice…or even brown rice or quinoa if you’d prefer. Add any veggies in the fridge to pack them in there.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4C tamari
  • 2-3 red chilies, finely chopped
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2cm ginger, finely grated
  • 1Tbs honey
  • 3Tbs lime juice
  • finely grated zest of 1 lime
  • handful fresh coriander, roughly chopped
  • 300g medium tofu
  • 1/3C coconut oil
  • 150g snowpeas, diagonally sliced
  • 1 bunch broccolini, sliced
  • 3 spring onions, diagonally sliced
  • 1/2 red capsicum, sliced
  • pkt rice noodles

Method:

  1. Combine tamari, honey, lime juice, chili, garlic, ginger & ring into jug & whisk together. Drain tofu, halve & cut into into 1.5cm thick slices.
  2. Heat 2Tbs oil in frypan over medium heat. Cook tofu for 2-3mins on each side or until golden. Pour half of the sauce mixture over tofu &simmer for 1-2mins, till sauce thickens.
  3. Prepare noodles as per packet. Heat remaining oil in wok. Add snowpeas, broccolini, capsicum & spring onions & stirfry for 1min. Add remaining sauce & cook for further 2mins.
  4. Stir through drained noodles with veggies until heated.
  5. Divide noodles & veggies into serving bowls. Top with tofu, coriander & sauce.

ENJOY!!

 

 

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Creamy Thai Soup

This time of year is great to enjoy soup….no matter where you are!!

It’s a great lunch to take to work or school in a thermos….or to enjoy for a nutritious, easy dinner. I’ve made mine in the slow cooker – but you can easily whip it up after work on the stove.

Jam packed with calcium, magnesium, potassium, folic acid, phosphorous, vitamin C & beta-carotene – it’s easy on digestion, detoxifying & great for circulation!!

Ingredients:

  • 2tsp oil (I like coconut)
  • 1 small brown onion, chopped
  • 3tsp red curry paste (modify for kids)
  • 500g gold sweet potato, peeled & coarsely chopped
  • 250g pumpkin, skin off & chopped
  • 2tsp lemongrass paste (or fresh lemongrass to taste)
  • 2 pinches of salt
  • 1 tsp coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
  • 2C coconut/almond milk (‘So Good’ one….or Soy milk if prefer)
  • 1/2C coconut milk
  • 1.5C water
  • Coriander, chopped to serve

Method:

  1. Heat oil in slow-cooker set on ‘high’ (or large saucepan). Add in onion & cook until softens.
  2. Add in curry paste & cook for 1-2mins till aromatic.
  3. Add in sweet potato, pumpkin & lemongrass. Pour in 1.5C water & leave in slow-cooker till vegetables are tender (or bring to boil in saucepan, then reduce to simmer for 15-20mins).
  4. Add in salt, sugar & ‘milks’. Set aside to cool slightly. Blend or process soup in batches, until smooth.
  5. Return to pan & stir over low heat until heated through. Ladle into bowls & sprinkle the coriander on top. Enjoy!!
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Healthy Lunchbox Workshop this Sunday!!

If you signed up for Activate NT this year…..did you realise you’re also able to join Louise (nutritionist from Healthy Eating Australia) & myself at one of our three Healthy Eating Workshops for FREE!!!??

Please let me know if you’d like to join us at our workshops….as places are limited!!!

Next one is Sunday 28th May 1-3pm

then, Saturday 10th June 10-12noon

All held at Durack Heights Community Centre at 33 Packard Ave, Durack Heights.

Please let me know ASAP to join us….remember – this is a FREE part of Activate NT!!!

Oh…..& keep up the good work towards your wellness goals!!  😉

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Another Banana Cake…GF, DF, Egg Free!!

Banana cake is a favourite in our household….there always seems to be good intentions of eating the bananas….but they do seem to go ‘black’ quicker up here??!!

So I have adapted this ‘Merry Maker Sisters’ recipe to include more fruits, no eggs & no added sugar. Enjoy……I’m sure you & your family will love this in their lunch boxes!!  😉

Ingredients:

  • 3/4C Coconut oil
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 3Tbsp ground Chia Seeds (I use a coffee grinder, but mortar & pestle should work)
  • 2C Almond meal
  • 2-3tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4C chopped raw nuts, plus extra to top with
  • 3/4C Blackberries/raspberries
  • 8 soaked in water, chopped dates
  • 1tsp baking powder

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C, line a 20cmx10cm loaf tin with baking paper.
  2. Soak ground chia seeds in 3Tbsp water for 5-8mins till gelatinous.
  3. In a large bowl mix almond meal, nuts, cinnamon & baking powder. Stir through until well combined dates, berries, bananas & chia seed gel.
  4. Transfer to prepared tin & sprinkle with extra nuts. Place in oven for 50mins, or until skewer comes out clean.
  5. Allow to cool before turning out of tin, slice & serve.
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Cauliflower Turmeric Steaks….

Turmeric is a great spice to have in your kitchen….it protects the liver, boosts the immune system & even  reduces inflammation….particularly in muscles damaged post-exercise.

Read the research here…..

Here’s an easy way to include it in your daily diet….especially during the Activate NT program where you’re extending yourself a little more with exercise!!

Ingredients:

  • x1 large cauliflower
  • 1/4C extra virgin olive oil plus extra for frying)
  • 1 Tbsp Organic Turmeric powder
  • Black Pepper
  • Thinly sliced fried red chilli & spring onions

Method:

  1. Cut cauliflower into 4-5 1.5cm thick slices.
  2. Cook cauliflower slices in olive oil for 2-3mins till golden brown.
  3. Transfer to lined baking tray.
  4. Whisk olive oil, turmeric & some cracked black pepper until well combined. Brush over steaks.
  5. Roast cauliflower in the moderate oven for 12-15mins or until tender & crisp.
  6. Serve as vegetarian main or as a side dish.
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Exciting Tea News Coming SOON!!!!

I can’t quite tell you all the details as yet….but I’m taking my Organic Herbal Teas to the next level!!

Stay tuned….& don’t forget to buy online to have them delivered to your door.

Buy Herbal Teas

I will also be at Woodroffe Primary School for the Mother’s Day Market, Friday 12th May 5-8pm….drop by & grab your fresh organic herbal teas!!  🙂

“Drink your tea slowly & reverently, as if it is the axis on which the earth revolves – slowly, evenly, without rushing  toward the future. Live the actual moment.

Only this moment is Life.”

~Thich Nhat Hanh

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Blissful Lavender Wish Balls….aaahhhh

Insomnia is something that can hit us randomly when we have busy minds…or for some it can be a nightly occurrence.

Aahhh…..Bliss!!!

There are many causes for insomnia…from various hormonal imbalances, stress, & stimulants such as alcohol, tea coffee, chocolate, & drugs may interfere with our sleep patterns too. As may late night meals, our restless sleeping partner or….shift work.

Now I can’t claim these Wish Balls will ‘cure’ your insomnia….though I’m sure they will enhance a still & mindful mind…& help to maintain some balance.

Nuts are a protein source to help maintain blood sugar levels plus rich in calcium & magnesium to support your nervous system; the dates are rich in tryptophan & iron…& of course the lavender is a well known herb to settle a restless mind & relax the nervous system.

I WISH YOU a restful sleep…… 

Ingredients:

  • 1/2C desiccated or shredded coconut, with extra for rolling in
  • 1C Macadamia nuts (activated if possible – or LSA if no macadamia nuts available)
  • 1C Cashews (activated if possible)
  • 3Tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 3/4C Medjool dates (I like to soak mine first into water too)
  • Pinch salt
  • 1/tsp ground Cinnamon
  • 1 Vanilla pod, split & scraped (or pinch vanilla powder)
  • 2-3tsp dried Lavender

Method:

  1. Pop all ingredients into a food processor & blend until well combined with a nice texture.
  2. Using a teaspoon of mixture, form into little balls with damp hands. (I like ‘Lindt ball’ size)
  3. Cover the base of a bowl with extra coconut & roll the balls in the coconut to coat.
  4. Pop the Wish Balls into the fridge on a plate for 20-30mins to firm up before enjoying at night….or anytime!
  5. The can be kept in the fridge for a week or so…leftovers can be frozen in a sealed container. Makes 12-16 balls.

Why not make a double batch & freeze them!!!

From “Food to Make You Glow” – Lola Berry

 

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FREE Healthy Eating Workshop….

Did you sign up for Activate this year???

Great!!!

Lucky you….You really have spent the best $40 on your health.  😉

Did you realise you’re also able to join Louise (nutritionist from Healthy Eating Australia) & myself at one of our three Healthy Eating Workshops for FREE!!!??

Please let me know if you’d like to join us at our workshops….as places are limited!!!

Saturday 13th May 10-12noon

Sunday 28th May 1-3pm

Saturday 10th June 10-12noon

All held at The Heights, Durack Community Centre.

Not only will I be encouraging you on my FB page to keep Activated….I also I will be letting you know how I’m going (since I’ve committed myself to 3-4 classes a week for the 8 weeks).

If you’d like to join us for Activate….you can still sign up today ~100 places left!!

Book online

Get ACTIVATED!!!!

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