Saturday, 26 July 2014

Kardashians

Why did I title this 'Kardashians'? It is because recently I was sick for a few days and I became hooked on the series. Like addicted. But firstly let me bitch about how angry I was that I got sick. I pride myself in the fact that I neeeeeever get sick! And since changing to an office environment at work I have caught 2 colds. It makes me feel like my body is not strong enough to smash away infections with a baseball bat. Until I started being nicer to myself. And reminded myself of what I already know.....that being sick actually proves that my body is working perfectly. Because when something thinks it can sneak its way into your system and crash, getting sick is the body's response to ridding itself of those foreign bodies and kicking them out! So I visited my personal medical cabinet which houses the following:


  • Ginger
  • Tumeric
  • Lemon
  • Echinacea
  • Olive leaf extract
  • Chlorella
  • Multivitamins
This is not a joke, I literally have a medicine box that does not contain one pill. Just essential oils, some key supplements (only for these occasions where a healthy diet needs a hand) and the above. Needless to say I smashed it out of me!

However getting back to The Kardashians, it made me want to go shopping, put more effort into my make up and appearance when I step out (CBF THESE DAYS) and was generally entertaining. You see I have recently labeled myself an 'urban hippy'!  I am excited by all things natural, love sustainable practices, love yoga, mediation, spiritualism, community gardens, recycled design, eco holiday retreats, colonic irrigation, herbs, ancient medicinal practices, incense, essential oils as perfume, harem pants, wearing no make up and activating seeds and nuts as decor in my kitchen. But do I love my Marc Jacobs bag? YES! Would I ever give up my favourite Lancome mascara? Nope! Am I upset that I bought a top from the corporate giant H&M last night. No no no no! It is these thoughts that make me ponder the 'spectrum' concept that I have. Our whole life should be viewed as a spectrum. And everything that we do to create our lives is based on different levels. Sometimes we try so hard to do the 'right'  thing and buy only organic, all earth friendly products, avoid all mass consumed products, practice mindful behaviours, go to the gym  never eat McDonalds and never look at the colour BLUE!!!!! AAAAAAHHHHH!

But we are not perfect. And in fact what is perfect to me is maybe excessive to you or not congruent with how you live. Most people try to make a change to their lives and get overwhelmed with trying to change everything! But just start small.  Do you think when I started living a healthier lifestyle that I started off buying organic produce, grass fed meat and decided to pay attention to what I was putting on my skin or where my clothing was made??? Hell no!! 

I have my own spectrum I try to by as conscious as I can and when my budget permits. Not all my skincare is free from nasties, not all my household products are free from chemicals, not all my clothing.......actually NONE of my clothing is sustainable and it won't be until it becomes funkier (and believe me it is definitely getting there!) I don't do yoga everyday, I sometimes eat something that I am probably not comfortable with and I don't give to charity enough or volunteer. But I have incorporated so many healthier, sustainable, earth friendly, body friendly, aspects into my life that have just developed over time. It trust me things just develop once you become more and more conscious and learn lots and lots!!! I have my limits and my non negotiables. 

But just do what you can and just start. And we don't have to do everything, but if we each just started to change one thing, say buying an all natural ingredients hand wash that is cruelty free, then the world and earth will already be better than yesterday. And the rest will follow. 

Wow. Deep

 

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Smokey Roasted Vegetable Toss

You can make this with any vegetables you like. Pumpkins, zucchini and beetroot are my favs but whatever you have on hand just throw it in!

Smokey Roasted Vegetable Toss


1/2 small pumpkin
1 large beetroot (or 2 smaller)
1 sweet potato
1 small brown onion
1 capsicum
4 tbs olive oil
3 tsp paprika
2 tsp oregano
1 tsp curry powder
sea salt

Preheat oven to 220 degrees
Wrap beetroot in foil with skin on and place in oven for 30 mins
Meanwhile chop all vegetables into large chunks
Remove beetroot and peel skin off. Cut into chunks
Place beetroot on a separate baking tray lined with foil.
Toss remaining vegetables in olive oil, paprika, curry powder, oregano and salt.
Arrange onto a foil lined baking tray and bake for 50 mins
Once done toss all vegetables together and serve on a bed of spinach or rocket!

Refreshing Asian Slaw


I don't even know why I called this Asian.....because really, I am not sure what is 'Asian' about it. But I feel like if someone told me they were making a Refreshing Asian Slaw then I would picture something light, crisp, tangy and colourful. And that is exactly what this is, so the name is staying!!!


                                               Refreshing Asian Slaw 

                                                            (serves 2 or 4 sides)



1 x carrot shredded or grated
1 x handful of snow peas thinly sliced
1 x bunch of fresh mint roughly copped
1 x fuji apple quartered and sliced into thick matchsticks
1 x small fennel thinly sliced
1/2 lettuce shredded (use any lettuce however I used butter lettuce on this occasion)

1. Combine all ingredients in a larger bowl and drizzle with my Zesty Lemon and Ginger dressing

Crazy good!!!

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Double dip + dressing Sunday

How often do you do the whole 'ohhhh I am going to be good this week.....starting Monday I am going to just eat salads and tuna for lunch and just take carrot and celery sticks to work for snacks, steamed broccoli with poached chicken for dinner.....' BLAH BLAH BLAH. WTF??? Are we in isolation camp? Why do you wanna wake up and hate yourself everyday?? HAHAHA I say that's bbbbbbbbbbssssssss!!!
This is my theory.....set yourself up with amazable flavours so you feel satisfied. None of this taste bud deprivation shit. You can stick to this kind of healthy eating, hell I do. But it's all about making plain vegetables exciting. Here are 2 dips that are stupid easy to make to that you can enjoy with your veggie sticks snacks and also 2 dressings that you should make at the start of the week in a bigger batch so you can just mix and match with what ever salad you want to quickly prepare! I almost never make the same recipes more than once or twice, but OMG my Creamy spiced tahini dressing that  Nouveau Raw gave me inspiration for is my new go to!!!

Cheaters hommus

1 can of chick peas drained and rinsed
1 clove of garlic crushed
juice of one small lemon
1/4 cup tahini
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp honey melted

Puree all ingredients in a processor or blender until smooth.

Hard boiled egg dip 

4 hard boiled eggs
olive oil
sea salt
1 tsp mustard powder

1. Blend eggs in a processor or blender and gradually add olive oil until you have a smooth consistency
2. Add mustard powder and salt to taste and continue to blend.


Creamy Spiced tahini dressing


1/4 cup tahini
2 tbsp gluten free Tamari (or gluten free soy sauce)
1 tbsp organic apple cider vinegar
1 tsp ground chilli flakes
2 tsp macadamia nut oil (or any other nut oil)
1 tbsp organic honey melted

Pour all ingredients into a jar and shake until combined. You can add a little water if it's too thick or you prefer a runnier dressing. 

Zesty lemon and ginger dressing



1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon organic honey 
3 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon organic apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon ginger, grated
1/2 tsp cumin 
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper 


Combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk until combined. 


          When life (or your buddies) give you lemons, make a lemon dressing













*You can store these dressings jars in the fridge so you you have them ready to go. Even if you only have 2 ingredients for your salad, if you mix one of these babies with it I guarantee explosiveness in your mouth!!!