Mother’s Day Twilight Fete – Woodroffe

Come on down to the Woodroffe Primary School on Friday 11th May 5:30-7:30pm!!!

You can grab a bite to eat, check out the stalls & maybe even some gorgeous organic herbal tea for your mum to enjoy!!

Very affordable gifts for anyone to enjoy!!!

Love to see you there….5:30-7:30pm Friday 11th May,

Woodroffe Primary School on Woodroffe ave. Woodroffe.

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Never Too Late To Enjoy ANZAC Biscuits!!

So….this year I made a batch of traditional ANZAC biscuits & a healthier batch with less sugar. Hubby loved the traditional – too sweet for me?!! But he didn’t mind there healthier version either…shows where his taste-buds are?!!

Yumm!!

Here’s the basic recipe…you can adjust the flours as you wish, add nuts/seeds if you like, but I thought they were pretty tasty as they were!! And I’m sure your household will love them too….just don’t trial out the alternatives side by side!!!  LOL

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup dried dates (I like to soak in water to ease chopping)
  • ½ cup coconut flour (or 1 cup plain flour if wish)
  • ½ cup desiccated coconut
  • 1 cup oats – gluten free
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ cup melted coconut oil (or butter)
  • 3 tablespoons honey

Method:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180°C & line a baking tray with baking paper.
  2. In a food processor place the dates & coconut flour (or plain), whiz until the dates are very finely chopped into a crumble.
  3. Add the desiccated coconut, oats, baking powder & salt & mix through.
  4. Add the coconut oil (or butter) & honey, combine all the ingredients.
  5. Heap the mixture onto a teaspoon & roll into balls, place the balls onto the tray. Using the back of a wet fork, press the balls into biscuits.
  6. Place in the oven & bake for 10 minutes.
  7. Remove from oven & allow to cool & harden.

Recipe by Caralee from www.realfoodpledge.com

 

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How’s Your Thyroid???

Thyroid imbalances are one of the key hormone imbalances which I see regularly in my clinic…..particularly in women. Often your doctor will only do the TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) blood test & often reports back that all is in range & honky dory.

Photo by Tanja Heffner, Unsplash

Just because your TSH is in range, doesn’t mean your thyroid is balanced & “A OK”.  As a naturopath I like look furthter at the freeT3 & freeT4 results…& possibly various antibodies & reverse T3 to ensure all is good.

There are many symptoms of hyper/hypothyroid…here are a few listed below, but seeing a naturopath to help identify what is really going on is soo important. Many health concerns can look similar…that’s why we take a full history to put the pieces together:

  • unexplained weight gain/loss
  • heart palpitations, trembling
  • shortness of breath
  • sensitive to cold or  heat
  • infertility
  • fatigue
  • muscle weakness or tenderness
  • changes in bowel motions
  • depression
  • poor concentration & memory
  • insomnia
  • and the list goes on…….

There can be many drivers to throwing out thyroid hormone balance such as:

  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Increased cortisol due to stress
  • Low carbohydrate &/or restrictive diet
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Acid-alkaline imbalance
  • Exposure to toxins, heavy metals
  • Some Medications ie beta blockers, chemotherapy, phenytoin (anti-seizure meds) etc
  • Co-Infections often present ie Epstein-Barr Virus, Candida, Hepatitis C etc

Understanding your own circumstances & pathway is important in your healing & returning your body to ‘real balance’  to get you back on track quicker.

I use diet & lifestyle advice to suit your personal case…along with herbs & extra nutritional support where needed. Not all cases are the same & extra support may only be needed for a few months to get you into balance. It all depends on your own case.

If you’d like to get your thyroid under control & back to feeling like your ‘old self’. then give me a call on 0411 378 997 or BOOK NOW

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Looking for a Vegan Alternative for Dinner??!

Protein Packed Bean Patties

Many of you know I have a couple of students sitting in on clinic at the moment. Well, my student Kristy is a Nutrition student full of great recipe ideas….so I asked her to share one of her vegan easy, go to recipes for you. Packed with magnesium, calcium, iron, potassium, zinc, protein & good fats  – I’m sure & your family will love them!!

Ingredients:

-1 ½ cups cooked black beans (or canned)

-1 Onion

-1tsp dried coriander

-1tsp dried basil

-1/4 cup fresh parsley

-1/4 cup oats (ground into powder)

-2 cloves garlic

– 1TBSP ground flaxseeds

-Flour of choice for dusting

 

Method:

  1. Mix all ingredients together (except flour) in food processor, or finely chopped & mix together.

  2. Roll patties & dust in flour

  3. Fry on low heat or oven bake on 180ºC

  4. Enjoy with an awesome salad of choice!

Recipe by Kristy Boeyen

 

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Tea for 2??? Why not support local!!!

Just in case you forgot….or you’re new to my tribe – I blend a range of organic herbal teas to suit many tastes. They’re professionally blended to support anything from sleep, detox, stress & mum’s with bubs.

  • Balance Me (adrenal & stress support…yummy with naturally sweet licorice)
  • Bliss (anxiety & ‘chillout’ blend)
  • Dreamtime (restful with beautiful relaxing herbs including lavender)
  • Protect Me (refreshing & immune boosting blend)
  • Tummy (great for nausea, upset tummies & refreshing when chilled)
  • Metabo (kick start your metabolism & balance blood sugar levels)
  • Wellness (a great detoxifier for your liver & kidneys)
  • ClariTea (refocus & concentrate with this refreshing blend)
  • Nourishing Women’s (comes from heart centre, & is nutritive & balancing)
  • Mum2Be (nutritive & preparing for birth blend)
  • Breastfeeding (enhance milk flow)
  • Raspberry Leaf (prepare for birth)

Over the last 8mths I’ve been lucky enough to have these stocked in a few cafes & stores around town. I’d love you to support these local business (& myself) by buying these gorgeous organic herbal tea blends directly from these stores. You can even enjoy them in-store at The Chantilly Tearooms in Nightcliff & Kings Cafe at Casuarina CDU.

You can also purchase your own take home loose leaf packs at:

Eco Organic Market in Darwin city

The Harvest Press within Coolalinga Central

Bits4Bub within Coolalinga Central

 

Support LOCAL!!!  🙂
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Caramel Smoothie…..naturally!!

Check out this smoothie…packed with natural goodness (magnesium, zinc, calcium, potassium, EFA’s & B vitamins) with no added sugars or dairy. It’s bound to be a winner with you & the kids!

Naturally sweet with dates…& kinda salty from the nut spread – Salted Caramel!

YUM!!!

Ingredients:

  • 2 bananas, chopped
  • handful cashews or 1-2Tbs LSA (linseed, sunflower, almond meal)
  • 6-8 fresh dates, chopped
  • 2C Almond or Soy milk (I like Almond/Coconut blend)
  • 2Tbs ABC nut spread (Almond, Brasil, Cashew nuts)
  • 2C ice cubes

Method:

  1. Place all ingredients into blender & whiz up until smooth.
  2. Divide between 2 glasses & enjoy!!  😉
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Family….who needs them??!!

Well the answer for me is – I DO!!

I don’t know about you…but sometimes family can drive you a little stir crazy??!! It can be a love-hate relationship on the surface sometimes…but deep down it’s truly a love relationship – well, for me anyway.   🙂

With Easter fast approaching, we often spend more time with loved ones over the holidays. We all have our quirks…some that are annoying to others….some that are cute. It’s all about knowing how to ‘go with the flow’ & not turn their drama into your drama. Believe me…I know that can be trying sometimes. Recently, I think I’ve managed quite well with this on a few occasions. I honestly wanted to ‘go with the flow’ & have a great time & not get bogged down…I consciously chose positivity.

I know, I know….life isn’t always supposed to be rosy. There is negativity in the world, in many shapes & forms. But I’ll share a little secret with you…my ‘problem’ or how I react to some people was weighing me down – & it’s not where I want to be. I don’t want to be negative…I want light & fun & positivity.

So I worked on it….with Flower Essences. I sat down & really focused on the ‘nitty gritty’ of the relationship…& how that made me feel. I then went through the process of choosing my personal Flower Essences to shift my response & attitude, & took them regularly whilst reinforcing them with the meditations…..& you know what…it worked for me – just like magic…& as it does for many of my clients!

Snake Vine 

I feel the smile within my mind,

it tells me to dance along,

enjoy the road,

keep my eyes towards the Sun,

& give no thought to shadows.

 

So if you’re struggling with something, or your reaction to someone….why not turn to Mother Nature & see how she can support you. You really have nothing to lose. It may not be your whole answer…but I’m sure it will definitely point you in the right direction to make that holistic shift.

Call me to discuss on 0411 378 997….or BOOK NOW!!

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Egg White Omelette….yum!

This omelette is sooo easy & really healthy too!! Mix & match your fillings to whatever you like….I’m sure you’ll create a masterpiece!  😉

Ingredients:

  • olive oil spray (or coconut oil)
  •  2 green/spring onions, sliced
  •  50g baby spinach
  • tomato, chopped
  • mushrooms, chopped
  •  1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill or any herbs you love
  •  sea salt & cracked black pepper
  •  3 egg whites

Method:

  • Lightly spray a non-stick frying pan with olive oil spray. Add green/spring onion, spinach, mushrooms, tomatoes & dill, & cook over medium heat until spinach is wilted. Remove from pan & season with sea salt & cracked black pepper.
  • Lightly spray pan again with a little oil. In a bowl, whisk egg whites with electric beaters until soft peaks form.
  • Add egg whites to the pan & cook over medium heat for 2 minutes or until nearly set. Sprinkle spinach filling over half the omelette & cook for further 3 minutes or until the base is golden.
  • Carefully fold over omelette to enclose filling. Serve immediately.

Enjoy….even as a light dinner choice!!

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Women’s Awareness & Wellness Afternoon Teal…this link works!!

Apologies if you tried to buy tickets via my previous email…my silly tech error?! The link below & Facebook works just fine..  😉

As you may know already…February is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month. 

Just recently a lovely Darwin lady lost her battle with Ovarian Cancer. She was sooo full of life & wanted to help educate women about trusting their gut instinct to get health concerns checked & double checked early.
We want to help others be more mindful of their health….mind, body & soul. Tammy, Louise & I would love you to join us for our Women’s Awareness & Wellness Afternoon Teal where mindfulness, health – body, mind & soul….& of course healthy treats & organic herbal tea will be on offer.
There will also be some beautiful products from these wonderful practitioners….with 10% sales going directly to Ovarian Cancer Australia.
Please note that if you purchase a ticket & are unable to attend there are no refunds as all ticket proceeds are donated to Ovarian Cancer Australia.
If you are unable to attend, & wish to donate please do so via: 
Thank you  for your support X

 

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Veggie Stroganoff!?!

Trying to pack in the veggies & still provide a tasty meal for the family can sometimes be a chore….but this will have something yummy for the table, it can save you time as a slow cook & you can freeze leftovers for later!!  😉

Ingredients:

  • can lima beans, drained & rinsed
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • can tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 medium zucchinis, grated
  • 1 C broccoli, chopped
  • 1 capsicum, seeded & cut into thin strips
  • 2Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1/2C veggie stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 400g mushrooms of choice
  • 1 C soy yoghurt (or Greek)

Method:

  1. Combine all ingredients into slow cooker except mushrooms & yoghurt.
  2. Set on auto or low for overnight cooking or as you leave for work.
  3. During last 20mins or upon arrival home after work…add in mushrooms. Unwind…have a shower, or chop up a green salad to serve alongside.
  4. Stir through yoghurt before serving. Enjoy!!

“Be confident & fearless as a cook. Accept compliments & criticisms graciously. Never apologise if it doesn’t work out….just do your best” ~Audrey Tea

 

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Everlasting Health- the natural choice for you & your family.