Wow your valentine

WOW

Wow your valentine with these chocolate inspired recipes.

Cacao is chocolate in its raw form. Raw Cacao is powder is packed with antioxidants, calcium and potassium. In fact, raw cacao contains three times more antioxidants than green tea. Cacao powder is preservative free and it is not highly processed which is why it is much healthier for you then low-grade chocolate which has been highly processed and had sugar and preservatives added to it.

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How to travel in style and wellness

Suitcase Essentials

Ready to travel in style and wellness?

This week I am sharing with you my travel essentials that I use so that I arrive in a state of relaxation, ready to enjoy my holiday without compromising on my choice to eat well while I am away.

After my recent 2o plus hours flight from the United to Kingdom to Australia, I feel I am in a pretty good position to comment on these travel essentials.

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Ready to crank up your recipe rota?

4 Quick

Ready to crank up your recipe rota?

Tired of making and eating the same main meals?

Then this weeks article is designed just for you. Amp up your recipes as I share with you four quick (and nutritious) main meals. We are talking minimal number of ingredients but maximum taste.

They say that variety is the spice of life and 2016 is going to be no exception. Lets get cooking!

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Middle Eastern Stuffed Eggplant

Middle Eastern stuffed eggplant

This recipe came about out of the need to use up a smallish amount of leftover cooked mince meat sauce and an eggplant that was on the edge of being overripe. It needed to be a quick dinner option that was healthy, hearty and tasty.

The result: middle eastern stuffed eggplant.

If you don’t have eggplant on hand, this would be equally as good to roasted squash, sweet potato or large mushrooms.

Eggplant is a really good source of dietary fiber, vitamin B1, plus copper, manganese, vitamin B6, niacin, potassium, folate, and vitamin K.

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Kickstart your 2016

Kickstart

Ready to kickstart your 2016?

Give yourself the gift of health and wellness for the new year by trying out these four simple smoothies formulas designed to give you energy, strength and nourishment.

Smoothies are a great way to give you maximum nutrients through the additional fruit and veggies, plus protein from nuts and seeds, with added hydration from water or coconut water.

You can also download my smoothie formula cheat sheet for more inspiration.

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Love your leftovers? Hazelnut crust pie

Hazelnut crust pie

Do you still have leftovers hanging around from the festive season?

Then use them up in this pie. This moorish hazelnut crust pie is a great way to use up leftovers – meat, fish, poultry and veggies are all a winner here. The more veggies the better really.

This recipe is simple, fresh and super tasty and it can made gluten-free and dairy-free so everyone can enjoy it.

The combinations that you put in this pie are endless – turkey and cranberry with veggies, nut roast with kale. Or make a sweet filling with leftover custard or chocolate mousse.

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Happy New Year Pancakes

Happy New Year

Happy new year!

There is something exciting about the start of a new year. A fresh calendar just waiting to be filled with fabulous events and time with friends and family – creating memories of a great 2016.

And what better way to start the new year than with some healthy-fied pancakes. This pancake recipe is gluten-free and dairy-free, with added goodness from the blueberries and ground almonds.

These yummy pancakes might a nice treat for breakfast or brunch. Serve with mango cashew yogurt or other yogurt of your choice.

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Throwing a Party? 3 Easy Party Snacks

Party Snacks

Are you throwing a party during the silly season?

If so, then you want to be the hostess with most and be looking gorgeous and relaxed as you mingle with your guest.

From my experience, the art of throwing a successfully party (that doesn’t leave you running around like a mad woman) is to plan ahead and make party food that you can make in advance. That way you can enjoy the party just as much as your guests.

These are my top three, easy-peasy recipes that you can make several days in advance.

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Festive Millet Porridge

Millet Porridge

With the Christmas season is now in full swing, a hearty but simple breakfast is essential to ensure I have the energy to power through my to-do-list.

This festive porridge is made with millet, a gluten-free grain. It is best eaten hot and is a perfect substitution for couscous. It is high in nutrients such as magnesium and manganese. The cinnamon and cranberries give it a festive aroma that fills the house with the smell of Christmas.

I like to cook up a big batch of this porridge and then I can just reheat a single serve in the morning.

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Festive Chutney

Festive Chutney

I have made a batch of this chutney to have on hand over the Christmas season. It goes brilliantly with a cheese board, as a snack with apple slices and with left over cold cuts such as ham and roast meat. It will bring a fresh flavour to leftover roast meat sandwiches.

Shop bought chutneys are generally loaded with sugar and preservatives. But this recipe from Hemsley + Hemley’s cookbook is refined sugar-free and instead uses natural real foods to give that sweet-sour-tangy taste that a good chutney should have.

It also makes a great stocking filler or last minute gift!

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