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Meet the Flipp Family

New Zealand has some of the most perfect conditions in the world for dairy farming.  Plenty of wide open spaces, lush green grass and moderate temperatures.  We are a nation of milk drinkers and in the year ending June 2014 New Zealand dairy companies processed 20.7 billion litres of milk. Recently we wrote a blog post on what organic truly means.  It means that what you are eating is in its purest form, no synthetic pesticides have been used, no antibiotics, no genetic modification.  It also means organic farmers have to work harder to sustain the health of soils, ecosystems and stock. Julia and I are huge advocates for organic products so were happy when Anchor introduced an organic milk to the market, which is available throughout New Zealand.  The Anchor Organic milk is sourced from Manawatu farms, including the Flipp family farm in Te Oroua Downs.  For the Flipp’s, dairy farming is in…

HAIR // Julia’s Beauty Essentials

Welcome to part 2 of my beauty blog post series –  this post will cover the products I use on my hair.  If you missed the first post I wrote last week about face skin care you can read it here. My absolute favourite indulgence is going and getting a blow wave, it’s all part of my scheduled “me time”… that helps me justify the cost! A fresh blow wave makes me feel like a million dollars, I would choose one over a pair of new shoes any day! I have been dying my hair for years and years and have been every shade possible.  Black, brown, orange, red, white, yellow (oops) and blonde.  If you regularly dye your hair you will know that trims and treatments help keep the health of your hair in good shape.  Diet also plays a big part as ultimately what you eat becomes part of…

FACE // Julia’s Beauty Essentials

Libby and I get asked weekly from readers what our beauty regime is, our favourite products or for recommendations of natural or organic cosmetic products.  Those questions inspired me to put together a 4 part series of blog post showing you what cosmetics I use on a daily/weekly basis. My budget is not always kind on me (I know there will be many of you nodding your head at this comment), being a Uni student there will be months when I have extra money and can splurge on a luxurious beauty product, and then there are those months when a text book purchase comes before something expensive that needs replacing.  Due to this I can use two different brands of the same type of product – one with a cheaper price point and not necessarily 100% natural and then a more expensive product.  In a perfect world I would only…

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…

Colourful Capsicum Cups

Loaded with vegetables, chickpeas, quinoa and herbs these capsicum cups provide nutrition needed for a wholesome and balanced meal. These are incredibly filling and the quinoa and chickpeas provide a high vegetarian source of protein. These are great to make for lunch, dinner and snacks. Try to choose a variety of coloured capsicums to make the meal bright and colourful. * Vegetarian * Vegan * Gluten Free * Dairy Free Ingredients: 3 capsicums 3/4 cup of quinoa 1 400g can of chickpeas.  I used half a can. 1/4 pumpkin 1 avocado 1 fresh chill pepper- diced 2-3 cloves of garlic- diced 1 small bunch of chives 1 bunch of parsley Olive oil Salt and pepper Note: For a non vegan meal, feta cheese can be sprinkled over the capsicums after the capsicums are roasted in the oven. Method: 1. Cut up the pumpkin into small cubes, drizzle with olive oil and…

Bestow Beauty

Julia and I are often asked what skin care and supplements we use, I often find it hard to find products that contain no nasty chemicals or synthetic ingredients which can do more harm to our bodies. A friend of mine recommended I try Bestow Beauty products, they are like edible cosmetics that are full of superfood goodness to help nourish our body. Bestow Beauty have created three products, the Bestow Beauty Oil, Bestow Beauty Powder and Bestow Detox Powder, these products that can be added to smoothies, salads, desserts and juices. My two favorite products are the Beauty Oil and the Beauty Powder, both of which I use everyday. I find they make such a difference to my skin especially when I am really stressed out during exam time, I will increase the dosage to ensure I am getting enough nutrients. My favorite way to have these products is…

The importance of Whole foods.

As people’s waistlines increase, and the rate of type two diabetes and obesity soars in New Zealand, it is time we as a nation start looking at what we are eating.   There are around 200,000 New Zealanders that have type two diabetes and 18.6% of us have pre-diabetes which in many cases leads to type 2 diabetes.  There are also a number of other diet related illnesses that are in the incline and that comes as no surprise when the number of pre packaged and processed foods on our supermarket shelves are increasing. ‘Processed’ is becoming one of the frowned upon words when it comes to diet.  The rise of consumers who want to eat locally grown, organic, real food is beginning to thrive.  Eating a clean diet full of whole foods has become a mantra for many of us.  There has been a spike in the amount of people…

Home made Granola

As a kid I used to love Cocoa Pops at breakfast time but now cringe at the thought of eating them.  They are full of refined sugar, artifical colours and preservatives.  Breakfast is supposed to be nutritious, set you up for the day – not make your blood sugar spike and then half an hour later fall asleep. In my house there are no packaged cereals.  I have learnt to not be fooled by clever marketing – “low fat”, “high fibre”.  According to Food Standards Australia and New Zealand cereal can be labelled a “good source of dietary fibre” if the cereal contains 4 grams of fibre per serve.  I don’t know about you but 4 grams per serve is not a lot when you also have to factor in the sugar and other additives that outweigh the good.  In Cocoa Pops there are 11 grams of sugar per 30…

White Chocolate and Raspberry Almond Muffins

This week we have another delicious recipe by the very talented Petite Kitchen. If you have been looking for a healthy alternative to muffins then this recipe is perfect. This is a recipe for gluten free, grain free, refined sugar free and dairy free white chocolate and raspberry muffins.  The muffins are sweetened with cacao butter, I will give you a little insight into what this beautiful ingredient is if you don’t already know. Health benefits of cacao butter Cacao butter adds a chocolatey bite to these muffins without all the excess sweetness from refined sugar. The purest chocolate comes from organic food grade cacao butter. Cacao butter has great medicinal value in treating and protecting us from various ailments and can even be used on the skin as a moisturiser. Cacao butter is the pale yellow, edible natural vegetable fat of the cacao bean. Cacao butter is extracted from the…

Eco Tan

Fake tan has become a staple beauty product with women around the world, especially New Zealand. There has been alot of reports lately over the side effects of fake tan and how they are known to cause cancer. Alot of fake tans on the market contain dihydroxyacetone (DHL) which is the active ingredient to turn the skin brown. This ingredient has the potential to cause genetic alterations and DNA damage. Some of the other ingredients can disrupt our hormones and may affect fertility and have been linked to other health problems including asthma, diabetes, birth defects, allergies and hormones disruption. Our skin absorbs a large amount of what we put on it, any chemicals that are applied to our skin are then absorbed into our blood stream which are then stored in the body. For a long time I tried to find a fake tan that didn’t contain any nasty chemicals which was…

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