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Giant Peanut Butter Cup

Uncategorized Sep 15, 2021

 

Hey everyone! How are you? I'm sharing this yummo recipe I made for Chris who has an obsession with Reeces Peanut Butter Cups (luckily they’re not that easily accessible in Tas, haha!). I thought I’d try my hand at making a healthier version. This tart turned out divinely rich – without all the refined sugar and preservatives and additives. It’s packed full of good fats, which makes it hard to over-eat. One small slice, and you are satisfied. It’s also not overly sweet, so if you have a sugar/sweetness addiction, it’s not going to leave you craving for more. I usually try to reduce the number of dried fruits in recipes as well, due to the high-fructose content which can set your blood sugar levels on a roller-coaster. However, the amount of dates you would eat in one slice of this tart is very minimal (probably like half a date per slice). If you don’t eat peanuts, you can easily substitute them for almond butter. 

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Flavoursome Spuds

Uncategorized Sep 09, 2021
Who doesn’t love good ol’ roasted spuds? Well, here’s a way you can really BOOST the flavour of your spuds, using food-grade essential oils. Seriously, this recipe is amazing. You HAVE to try it (actually you can next week Friday – see details below)! The rosemary essential oil coats the potatoes (and your taste buds!) with a lingering herby flavour. I also used rosemary leaves from my garden for eye appeal, extra micro-nutrients, and an added depth of flavour. I’ve tried thyme essential oil (instead of the rosemary) in this recipe as well, and it is just as brilliant. Even the BigDog and our little girls loved them.

Ingredients

  • 6 Potatoes*
  • Olive oil, butter, or ghee
  • Himalayan crystal salt
  • Black pepper
  • Rosemary leaves
  • 5 drops rosemary essential oils**

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 100 degrees celsius.
  2. Wash, peel, and chop potatoes into quarters and place on a baking tray.
  3. Pour olive oil (or melted butter or ghee) over your potatoes.
  4. Make...
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Turmeric Latte

Uncategorized Sep 01, 2021
 
Faaaaaar folly fally out…I CAN’T get ENOUGH of my oil-infused Turmeric Lattes. Turmeric lattes are all the rage at the moment, and for good reason! Not only do they taste amazing, but they are also caffeine-free (great if you avoid caffeinated drinks, but still want something rich and full and warm to drink). But it gets better. Turmeric is also a powerful anti-inflammatory and has clinically been shown to help prevent chronic inflammation in diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Some studies point to turmeric’s potential role in fighting cancer, with the active compound in turmeric – curcumin – has enormous potential in the prevention and therapy of cancer. Curcumin is also a natural antioxidant that can help relieve conditions such as osteoarthritis. Other benefits include helping people with diabetes manage their blood sugar levels and cholesterol levels.
 
Studies show that you need to ingest about 5 grams of...
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How Environmental Toxins Cause Oestrogen Dominance

Uncategorized Aug 31, 2021

 

Anxiety, fatigue, headaches, migraines, brain fog, weight gain, insomnia - these are all signs of burnout. They are also signs of oestrogen dominance.

Oestrogen dominance occurs when there is a build-up of the sex hormone oestrogen in the body, especially in comparison to the sex hormone progesterone. And it can seriously make you feel a bit (or a lot!) like a Dragon Mum. Males are susceptible to oestrogen dominance too. Dads getting man-boobs, difficulty shifting the belly, lethargy, brain fog...Zombie Dad syndrome could literally be a result of having too much of the feminising hormone!

 

So what’s the cause of oestrogen dominance?

One major reason is environmental toxins. Things like nasty chemicals in skincare, hygiene & cleaning products, dangerous food additives, cigarettes, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, synthetic hormones (i.e. the pill), and even dirty electricity coming from mobile phones and electric blankets, all intensify the toxic dilemma of...

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Butterbean Shepherd's Pie

Uncategorized Aug 26, 2021

 

We all used to sing it: “Bean, beans are good for your heart. The more you eat, the more you fart. The more you fart, the better you’ll feel. So eat beans and feel unreal!”

As silly as the lyrics sound, there is some truth to the words! Beans are high in minerals and fibre and can reduce your “bad cholesterol,” a leading cause of heart disease. Beans have also been shown to be a powerhouse for feeding the beneficial bacteria in your gut. A diverse and healthy microbiome has wide health effects, from maintaining good gut functioning to improving the metabolism and body composition, to enhancing a balanced mood.

Oh, and the part about farting…that’s a good sign that your microbiome is feeding & growing!

To get more beans into your diet, try out this delicious recipe. It is seriously the best you’ll ever try!

Ingredients

  • 90ml olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
  • 3 shallots, peeled and thinly...
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If, Then... Planning

Uncategorized Aug 25, 2021

 

Are you sick & tired of trying & failing?

You start off with grand plans to overcome burnout and create a healthy life, but all the things you ‘have to do’ to be healthy feels so overwhelming, and a few weeks (maybe even a few days!) down the track, you go back to your old ways...

Gobbling down the chocolate and ice cream to keep you sane (when the kids are going crazy).

Pepping up on the coffee or energy drinks (because you’re struggling to drag yourself through the day).

Putting off going for that walk outside (again...and again…and again).

Losing your shizzle at the kids (even over ‘small stuff’).

You want to change - you really do. You want to get out of the hole of burnout - the fatigue, the irritability, the gut issues...and you know, you know you’re standing in your own way. So why the heck can you not do the things you need to do in order to heal?!

It might feel a bit like you’re tearing your hair out. You might...

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Chocolate Chickpea Brownies

Uncategorized Aug 19, 2021

We’re big fans of using chickpeas and other legumes in baking. They make a great gluten-free flour alternative, and in addition can bulk up your treats with lots of prebiotic fibre, which can help nourish the beneficial microbes in your gut. Plus our kids love them, and would never know they were made with chickpeas!

Ingredients

  • 420g canned chickpeas, drained
  • 120g natural nut butter
  • 110g raw honey, pure maple syrup or rice malt syrup
  • 50g raw cacao powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • 60g dairy-free dark chocolate, broken into small pieces
  • Sea salt, optional

Directions

  1. Set oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  2. Place all of the ingredients – except the dark chocolate – into a food processor and blend until smooth.
  3. Add in dark chocolate pieces, and mix into the batter. The batter should be very thick.
  4. Pour into a greased brownie tin and smooth over. Sprinkle with sea salt.
  5. Bake in the oven for 22-25min, or until cooked through.
  6. Allow cooling a...
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7 Physical Signs Mummy Burnout Is a Problem

Uncategorized Aug 18, 2021

Working & mothering can be a hard gig. Exhaustion has become the norm for many CFO Mums. But feeling exhausted ALL the time is NOT normal.

I remember pre-kids I could push my body to the limits. I was completing a Ph.D. at the time, as well as working as a lecturer & tutor at Macquarie University. I was staying up late meeting work deadlines, eating poor quality foods, and I hardly had any ‘relaxation’ time. My ‘chill-out’ time involved high-intensity workouts 6 days a week, sometimes twice a day! 

Looking back, I could see signs that I was burning myself out, but those physical signs only seemed minor, and not enough for me to be concerned about at the time. So, I just kept grinding my way through life.

It wasn’t until I had my two babies, and the added stressors that come along with it (pregnancy, traumatic birth, physical trauma, breastfeeding, sleepless nights, and the emotional rollercoaster of becoming a new mum, while also trying to...

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Veggie Burrito Bowl

Uncategorized Aug 05, 2021

 Nutrition can be confusing with all the different diets and research out there that says saturated fats/fruit/grains/meat/dairy…etc, are ‘bad for you.’

We take an individualised approach when helping our clients with nutrition as there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ diet out there, especially when we are trying to heal our bodies.

However…There is one type of food that ALL researchers and nutritionists agree as being extremely beneficial: VEGETABLES! You can’t go wrong if you fill-up the majority of your plate with good old, wholesome veggies.

Here’s a delicious meal that can help you UP your vegetable intake.

Servings: 2-3

Ingredients

  • 3 handfuls long-grain Brown rice
  • 1 packet (25g) Burrito spice mix
  • 1 tin (400g) diced tomatoes
  • 1 tin (400g) Mexican 3 bean mix
  • 1 small tin (125g) corn kernels
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • Half a red & green capsicum, roughly chopped
  • A handful of Lettuce sliced thinly
  • 1 tomato, cubed
  • Spring onions,...
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Immune-Boosting Juice

Uncategorized Jul 29, 2021

 

We’re all for natural ways of boosting up the immune system during winter – especially with The Rona outbreak!

This zesty juice will help your immune system to stay strong and decrease inflammatory symptoms. Inflammation is often an immune response to infections. It can cause flu or cold symptoms like a runny nose, coughs, and body aches. People who have rheumatoid arthritis may especially benefit from drinking this juice, as turmeric and ginger have anti-inflammatory effects.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium beet, peeled and chopped
  • 3 medium carrots, well scrubbed and chopped
  • 1 medium blood orange (or any juice orange), rind, pith and seeds removed
  • ½ a lemon, rind, pith and seeds removed
  • 2 inch piece/10g turmeric root
  • 1 inch piece/10g fresh ginger
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Pinch of freshly ground black pepper

Directions

  1. Pass all the ingredients up through a juicer, expect the peppers.
  2. Stir in a pinch of each pepper and serve immediately over ice.

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