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Poached Pears with Cinnamon and Anchor Greek Yoghurt

Pears are harvested in New Zealand and Australia around February to March and are generally available until May so this is the perfect time to get your pear fix.  Poached pears are a beautiful addition to have on top of muesli, keep in an airtight jar and snack as you go or as a dessert topped with Anchor Greek Style Yoghurt for added sweetness.  Anchor Greek Yoghurt is high in protein and low in fat – deliciously good for you.  It’s thick and creamy, with a tasty fruity layer of either strawberry, passionfruit or pear.  We put some of the leftover poached pears in a smoothie with more of the Anchor Greek Style Yoghurt and some spinach, wow, dream combo! Anchor Greek Style Yoghurt has no artificial colours or flavours, and comes in a cute little 180g pottle, or a 450g tub. There is also a 950g natural version – perfect for…

Apple and Elderflower Iced Tea

Apple and Elderflower Iced Tea Iced tea has proven to be one of the healthiest drinks available. Not only does it revive you on a hot day, but also adds nutrients to keep you healthy. Improving health is a multifaceted process. Many of us are already aware of the steps which one needs to take to maintain a healthy life like quit smoking, keeping a check on the level of alcohol consumed, avoiding fried food, and including a lot of fruits and veggies in our everyday diet. But most of us did not know the fact that drinking a glass of iced tea during the day can take care of most of our problems. Iced tea is rich in vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants that keep a check on calories consumed during the day. Not only does it refresh your mind but also improves your health, especially if you are addicted…

The Importance of Gut Health

Probiotics are the naturally occurring good bacteria that are found in our gut. These bacteria play a considerable important role in our health. The human gastrointestinal tract (GIT) is one of the most complex ecosystems known, there are over 100 trillion friendly bacteria found in the gut, this is over 10 times the amount of cells found in the human body. Around 60-80% of our immune system is actually found in our gut and 90% of our neurotransmitters are produced there! This really puts things into perspective when it comes to the importance of gut health. When there is an imbalance with our friendly gut bacteria, also known as dysbiosis, there are going to be problems within our gastrointestinal and immune system. When someone has an imbalance in their gut bacteria they may be more likely to suffer from inflammatory bowel disease, anxiety, depression, eczema, rosacea, chronic fatigue, bloating, stomach…

Coconut Ice

With the silly season just around the corner, I thought it would be appropriate to share a recipe that is delicious, easy to make, and can be taken to upcoming summer BBQ’s and parties.  I wanted to make a healthier version of the classic coconut ice recipe by replacing the original recipes refined sugar with coconut sugar and red food colouring with beetroot juice. The beetroot juice gives the slice a beautiful, vibrant pink colour. This is a chewy treat that is quick to make and super moreish. It is perfect for a sweet afternoon treat served with a herbal tea or wrapped up as a Christmas gift. * Vegan * Raw * Gluten Free * Dairy Free Ingredients 4 cups of desiccated coconut 1/2 cup of coconut sugar 1 small beetroot or 1 tsp of beetroot powder 400 grams of coconut milk 3/4 cup of coconut oil 1…

Inspirational Friends – Alistair Horscroft

  When I heard that Alistair, founder of The Mind Academy in Noosa, was coming to New Zealand I knew I had to get an interview. Isabel Fenwick, one of our former ‘Inspirational Friends’ attended The Mind Academy in 2013 and said it completely changed her life. She says Alistair is a triple threat with a deep understanding of all things mental, physical and financial. This, coupled with his appearance in the 2014 Noosa TED talk event, made me more than a little curious to learn about him, and the way he lives his live day to day. I was also very excited to hear that this trip to New Zealand isn’t just a recreational one and that he will be running a 4 day ‘Coaching For Success’ training program. But more on that below! Thanks Al! – Where are you based? I am based in Noosa, Australia,…

Inspirational Friends – The Diet Doctor, Moodi Dennaoui

Have you heard the saying “Ab’s are made in the kitchen”? Well if there is one person who lives up to those words it would be Moodi Dennaoui.  I found out about Moodi aka The Diet Doctor via Instagram.  He is a teacher, author, nutritionist, father, athlete, mathematician and Designer & Master of Research Methodology.  I look forward to his daily Instagram posts, they are filled with easy to understand nutritional knowledge and he makes “clean eating” look fun.  Moodi explains how our bodies can benefit from eating certain foods at certain times, the best meal to eat after a workout, how to get lean and he shares his love of carbs… everything is said with a bit of humour and a lot of intelligence. It is people like Moodi who help motivate and inspire others to be the best version of themselves.  He really is a picture of health, the…

Mini Eggplant Pizzas

This is an easy recipe to make for dinner served alongside a salad or it can be served as an appetiser for a party.  You can add extra vegetables to the pizzas or leave out the cheese for a vegan option. Recipe makes approximately 12 mini pizzas. Ingredients 1 eggplant 1 chili, diced finely (optional) 1/4 cup of pesto 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese 2 tomatoes 1 bunch of fresh basil Salt & pepper Extra Virgin Olive Oil to drizzle over pizzas. Directions 1. Preheat oven to Fan Bake 180C. Line an oven tray with baking paper. 2. Slice the eggplant into 1cm thick slices and place onto the baking tray. 3. Spread pesto on each eggplant slice and sprinkle with parmesan. 4. Chop up the tomato into small cubes and dice the chili finely.  Place ingredients evenly onto the eggplants slices. 5. Top each slice with a basil…

Cookie Dough Truffles

These cookie dough truffles are the perfect little snack to have when on the go.  I usually make a batch of these on a Sunday night to keep in the fridge to have for the following week. Whenever I feel like a sweet treat I will have one. There are only 5 ingredients needed to make these and they take around 5 minutes to make. * Raw * Vegan * Gluten free * Refined sugar free Ingredients 1.5 cups of raw cashew nuts 1.5 cups of pitted dates 1/4 cup of desiccated coconut 1 teaspoon of coconut oil (melted) 1/3 cup cacao nibs Directions 1. Place the cashews, dates, desiccated coconut, coconut oil and cacao nibs in a food processor and blend well. 2. Take mixture out of the food processor and place into a bowl. 3. Separate the mixture and roll into small balls. Repeat until all the mixture…

Peanut Butter and Cacao Brownie

Chocolate and peanut butter are two foods that taste incredible when combined.  These decadent, chewy peanut butter and cacao brownies are the perfect guilt free comfort food. The peanut butter makes the brownie creamy and rich and the cacao nibs gives it a crunchy texture. This is such a simple recipe to follow and can be easily adapted by adding nuts, shredded coconut, dried fruit and white chocolate bits. I served my brownies with plain yogurt and they also taste great eaten on their own, they are moist so do not worry if you do not have yoghurt. *Gluten Free Ingredients 2 eggs 3/4 cup of peanut butter. I used 100% NUTZ Crunchy Peanut Butter 1/2 cup plain yogurt 3/4 cup of coconut sugar 1/2 cup oats 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk 1/4 cup of cacao nibs or dark chocolate chips 3/4 cup of raw cacao powder or cocoa powder 1 teaspoon of…

Cauliflower Pizza Base

A few months ago I posted a recipe for a gluten free pizza base which is a staple in my household. After making this pizza almost every week I thought it was time to try a new recipe. I have been experimenting with this cauliflower pizza base, which needed to be altered a few times before sharing but I have finally perfected it. If you are like me and love the taste of pizza but struggle to enjoy it due to the additives, gluten and heavy dough causing havoc in your body then this healthy twist will go down a treat. The sesame seeds give it a crunchy and chewy texture and the garlic and pesto add a flavorsome kick.  The cauliflower is hard to taste in this pizza base which makes it a great option for fussy children who do not like the taste of vegetables. Get creative…

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