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Chocolate Cherry Blitz…sounds just perfect for Christmas!!

Looking for  an indulgent choccie snack that won’t break your ‘calorie bank’ this holiday season???

Boosted with greens full of iron, magnesium, potassium, & folate; protein for that added punch of energy…plus cherries aid melatonin production – so better sleep!

Ingredients:

  • 1C grated zucchini
  • 2 handfuls of baby spinach
  • 1/2C frozen/pitted cherries (in season or berries)
  • 1/4C raw cacao powder
  • 1Tbls chia seeds
  • 1C milk of choice
  • 1/2C water (or coconut water)
  • pinch or stevia or little honey if needed

Method:

  1. Throw all the ingredients into a high-powered blender & blend till smooth.
  2. Add little extra water is prefer thinner smoothie.

Recipe from “Smoothies, Bowls & Drinks” by Sarah Wilson.

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A Delish Smoothie to Enjoy!!

Here’s a yummy smoothie packed full of nutrients, antioxidants, good fats & protein that I’m sure you & the kids will love.

Enjoy after work, school or even for breakfast!

 

Ingredients:

  • 400ml coconut/almond milk (or milk of choice or coconut water)
  • banana
  • 1/4C chia seeds
  • 2Tbs Greek natural yoghurt
  • 1Tbs LSA (linseed/sunflower/almond meal)
  • 1/2tsp cinnamon powder (extra for serving)
  • 1/2tsp turmeric powder (extra for serving)
  • dash of honey (optional)

Method:

  1. Into blender add milk of choice, along with all other ingredients. Add honey to taste if you wish & blend away.
  2. Pour into chilled glasses & sprinkle with extra cinnamon & turmeric powders. Makes enough for two to enjoy!

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Have you heard of Golden Paste????

I LOVE turmeric!!!

I have been using Golden Paste on my fur babies for about the last 3 years…..& they just enjoy it in their dinner each night. My Rotti “Jax”, had occasionally walked like she’s in a bit of pain in her back legs & I really wanted to nip it in the bud before she had real problems. So I started her on the Golden Paste daily…..along with fish oils to ease the inflammation & reduce any pain.

And I truly believe it works. Not only does it help with pain & inflammation….but turmeric also helps the immune system & supports the liver – plus is a fantastic antioxidant. Both of my pups coats are amazing….& they just keep going from strength to strength.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2C organic turmeric powder
  • 1C water (extra if needed)
  • 1/3C oil (try coconut, extra virgin olive, or flax/linseed oil)
  • 2-3tsp black pepper (freshly ground)
  • 10-20g organic Ceylon Cinnamon (optional to help reduce dogs urine smelling like “cat pee”)

Method:

  1. Bring the turmeric & water to a boil, then lower the heat & simmer until you have a thick paste. This should take about 7-10 minutes & you may need to add additional water along the way.
  2. Add the freshly ground pepper & oil at the end of cooking, when the turmeric & water mixture has cooled down to just warm. Add in the cinnamon if desired. Stir well to incorporate the oil & allow to cool.

    The Golden Paste will keep for 2 weeks, refrigerated.

    Freeze a portion if you think you have too much to use within two weeks. You can find small 1/4-1/2tsp molds to use for this if you prefer.

     Add it to your pet’s dinner plate or your horse feed … run wild! You can even use for Golden Milk, Smoothies, stir into Yogurt, add to your dinner plate as a condiment… it’s just as good for you too!

Recipe from Doug English (Australian holistic vet & world leader in treating animals with turmeric powder) http://turmericlife.com.au/turmeric-recipes-golden-paste/

 

 

 

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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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Chantilly Kitchen…stocking my Herbal Teas!!!

Finally I can announce that the very cute & delightful Chantilly Kitchen Tearooms have a range of MY organic herbal tea blends on their menu….plus one I have especially blended just for them Madame Russo!!

I’m sooo excited to have my teas on their menu, plus I will have some stock there for you to purchase soon!!

Check them out on Facebook.

YAY!!!  🙂

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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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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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Veggie & Haloumi Fritters

These went down well in our house too…NO MEAT – how did he survive??!!

I served leftovers up for breakie the next day….yum!!

Ingredients:

  • 2 large zucchini, grated then excess water squeezed out
  • 200g Haloumi, grated
  • 5 spring onions, chopped
  • Corn kernels, cut of cob
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 1/2C mint leaves chopped
  • 1C plain flour (or flour of choice)
  • 1 1/2tsp baking powder
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 lemon, finely grated & juice

Serve with:

  • 1 punnet cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • Baby lettuce leaves
  • Basil leaves

Method:

  1. Put zucchini, haloumi, carrot, corn, mint, spring onions, & lemon rind & juice into a large bowl.
  2. Sift in flour & baking powder. Season with salt & pepper.
  3. Crack in the eggs & stir to combine thoroughly.
  4. Heat oil in frying pan. Use 1/4C of mixture per fritter, mould with your hands. Flatten with spatula.
  5. Cook each fritter 3-4mins each side, or until golden & cooked through.
  6. Serve with tomato & greens – hot or cold!!   😉

 

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Protein Packed Choc Brownie!!

Now…I was a little hesitant when I checked out these ingredients??!

But they were a HIT my house….& he still doesn’t know about the kidney beans…..he just wants me to make more!!!

They aren’t as gooey as the traditional….but still a great treat with a cup of herbal tea…hey – even breakie??!! LOL

Ingredients:

  • 2Tbsp chia seeds
  • 400g tin kidney beans, drained & rinsed
  • 1/2C almond meal
  • 3/4C cacoa powder
  • 1/3C maple syrup or honey
  • 1tsp vanilla paste
  • 1 Tbsp tahini or almond butter

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180ºC and line square baking tin with baking paper.
  2. In a small bowl, mix 1/4C warm water with chia seeds. Allow to sit for a bit to form a gel.
  3. Place chia seeds and remaining ingredients in food processor and blend until well combined.
  4. Pour into cake tine and spread evenly with knife.
  5. Bake for about 45mins or until a skewer comes out clean in the middle.
  6. Allow to cool, then cut into squares and serve.
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