Detoxifying Green Smoothie

After the holiday period you may be feeling like you need a little bit of a detox… Ok, maybe a BIG detox. Now of course our amazing little body’s are very capable of detoxifying on their own, but sometimes – and especially after the holiday period – our liver can benefit from a little help to enhance it’s natural processes.

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DIY Coffee Scrub

Coffee scrubs are hugely popular at the moment and it’s no wonder why when we look at the benefits which claim to reduce cellulite as well as smooth and firm the look of our skin. Furthermore, they smell absolutely delicious and are literally good enough to eat. Some coffee scrubs on the market however, are unfortunately very expensive. Why pay $18 for a packet of scrub, when you most likely have all the ingredients you need to make your own in your kitchen!

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Mustard & Maple Chicken

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After wondering how I could use up some left over mustard in my fridge the other day, I came across this amazing recipe via the Yummly.com website. If you don’t have the Yummly App, then now is the time to go and download it! It is super easy to use and has some incredible recipes to suit anyone and everyone – and is especially useful when you’re stuck for dinner or even snack ideas.

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Slice – GF, DF

A few weekends ago I was at a friends housewarming / “Pizza Night”. The star of the show was the brand new pizza oven they had just built, and the majority of the evening was spent rolling out fresh dough and seeing who could create the most epic pizza (or Calazones for those that got super creative!). Needless to say after WAY too many slices, I was feeling rather full and bloated and didn’t want to eat for a week…but then someone happened to say “dessert”.

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Healthy Anzac Biscuits – GF,DF

Anzac biscuits are one of my all time favourites! Nothing beats the smell that fills the house as they are baking in the oven (except maybe bacon…), and when enjoyed with a cup of tea, it makes the perfect delicious combo! Unfortunately, the duo of high sugar and fat that comes with the old fashioned recipes is not so great for our blood sugar levels or our waistlines. Thankfully this recipe is lower in sugar and fat using just a few tablespoons of honey and olive or coconut oil vs 1 cup of caster sugar and 150g of butter found in most other standard Anzac recipes. What else is great about it? Using gluten free/organic oats (making sure they are processed on a line that has not been contaminated), these biscuits are suitable for those gluten intolerant or with coeliacs. Also suitable for those that are dairy free – just make sure if you choose to use dark chocolate, it is free from milk solids.

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Broccoli Bites

Wow it’s been a while since I posted up here!

Here’s an easy recipe for a healthy snack, side dish or “party finger food” that won’t leave you feeling sluggish afterwards.

This recipe does include eggs, cheese and breadcrumbs, but if you are vegan or gluten-free I will place suggestions at the end of the recipe for you, so you can still enjoy all the goodness of these Broccoli bites!

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Maca Power Bars

I’m always on the hunt for a good muesli bar, but taking one look down the snack isle at the supermarket is usually enough to make me see red. So many so called “healthy” snack bars are absolutely packed with not only huge amounts of sugar, but also contain many artificial flavourings and preservatives that can’t be doing a whole lot of good for our health. Making your own muesli bars at home means that you know exactly what you (or your children) are eating plus it means cutting out a load of empty calories in the process.

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Picture via mywholefoodlife.com

These particular bars are packed with healthy omega 3 fatty acids, fibre, protein and also contain what I like to call the superfood MACA. Maca, also known as Peruvian Ginseng, is a type of tuber root vegetable grown in the High Andes of Peru and has been used to centuries due to its medicinal properties. A rich source of B vitamins, iron and magnesium, Macas many health benefits also include increased energy, hormonal balance, reduced menstrual and menopausal issues and increased libido and fertility.

Maca Powder

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup ground linseed/flaxseed
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp maca powder
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup almond butter
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

Add the almonds to a food processor and blend to a fine consistency. Add ground almonds to a bowl with the sunflower seeds, maca powder, flaxseed meal, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds and salt. In a saucepan, combine the honey, almond butter and coconut oil. Mix together until all are well combined the add to the bowl with the dried ingredients. Line an 8×8 pan with baking paper. Spread in the mixture and pack down tight . Place in the fridge to set for approximately 1 hour. Cut into desired squares or bars and enjoy!