Posts tagged healthy-living
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.

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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.

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Apple and Carrot Cake

This is a recipe for a quick and easy apple and carrot cake that will melt in your mouth.  The cake is gluten free, grain free and refined sugar free. It uses cinnamon, coconut sugar and honey to naturally sweeten it, and the apple makes the cake moist and light.

This cake tastes delicious on its own, or you can add the cream cheese icing on top which complements the carrot nicely. I made this cake for a dinner party and it went down a treat!

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Banoffee Pie

Calling all Banoffee Pie fans out there, this recipe is truly divine. The combination of dried nuts, dates, banana, avocado, cacao and peanut butter make a beautiful guilt free dessert. The traditional banoffee pie is full of refined sugar and contains dairy, this recipe is refined sugar free, gluten free and vegan. This banoffee pie is creamy and chocolatey and has a hint of peanut butter.

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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.

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Fruit Whip featuring Yonanas machine

After hearing lots of talk about a Yonana machine I decided to purchase one and have to say I'm pretty happy I did. For anyone who is unsure of what a Yonana is, it is a machine that makes it possible for vegans, any one who is dairy free or lactose intolerant and those of us who are more health conscious to enjoy frozen desserts similar to ice cream/sorbet/frozen yoghurt.  All you need is frozen fruit as a base, along with your favourite topping, mine is dark chocolate and pistachios.  Other fruits that process well through this machine are frozen berries, peaches, apricots, mangoes apples and cranberries.

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Chocolate Hazelnut Spread

This chocolate hazelnut spread is so easy to make and tastes surprisingly similar to Nutella, except it contains no nasty additives. After trying this recipe you will never want to buy a pre made jar again. Serve this delicious spread over bread, oats, cakes, ice-cream, fruit or even eat straight with a spoon.  It is sweet and creamy with a burst of rich chocolate and hazelnut flavour.

This recipe is dairy free, gluten free, soy and refined sugar free.

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Dairy Free Coconut Ice Cream

This simple ice cream recipe is perfect for the hot summer weather. It is dairy free, refined sugar free and vegan, an ethical choice and we think it tastes a lot better than standard ice cream. It is super creamy with a beautiful vanilla flavor and a hint of coconut. You would never notice that this recipe contains no dairy. Serve with your favorite fruit, or nuts for a crunchy texture.

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Inspirational Friends - Puawai (Blossom) Munro-Halkyard

Last week, I had the pleasure of interviewing Puawai (Blossom) Munro-Halkyard, an inspiring, talented CrossFit Athlete from Auckland. CrossFit is a strength and conditioning program that was designed to help people gain a broad and general fitness.  It condones a perpetually high powered mix of aerobic exercise, Olympic weight lifting and gymnastics (body weight exercises). CrossFit first came to New Zealand in 2008 and CrossFit Auckland was one of the first CrossFit affiliates to open.

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