Monday, 27 June 2016

Licorice orange smoothie




Healthy does not = boring. That is what data entry is.

With the boom of the restaurant and café culture we are so tantalised by new flavours and exotic foods that it
makes us think that healthy food is the stuff that rabbits live on. It's as if for some reason (according to the majority that are not enlightened) that real food high as a kite on nutrients cannot be crazy, exciting, flavoursome and creative. Um, wrong.

Licorice orange smoothie


What you need

  • ½ orange
  • 1 handful of spinach
  • 1 handful of mint
  • 1 cup of licorice tea
  • ½ cup of coconut milk
  • pinch of Himalayan sea salt
  • a few ice blocks


What you do with it

  1. Brew one cup of licorice tea (I used 2 bags, but I could have used 1) then place in the fridge to cool down.
  2. Once cool, place in a blender with the rest of ingredients for a Harvey Wallbanger take on a smoothie!



Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Flu Fighter Balls



These balls pack a powerful punch against colds and flus by combining ingredients such as lemon, ginger, turmeric and cinnamon that have been used by many Eastern cultures for centuries as a natural remedy.

Turmeric:
Helps fight foreign invaders by stimulating and strengthening the body’s immune system due to it having strong antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties.

Lemon:
Acts as a strong defense against germs due to high levels of vitamin C, antibacterial properties, and the natural ability to support and detoxify your liver.


Cinnamon :
Traditionally used to soothe aches and pains because of its natural pain relieving effects, cinnamon is also a natural antibacterial and anti-fungal. It has a warming effect within the body therefore stimulates circulation and increases the elimination of toxins flushing the body of flu promoting germs.

Ginger:
Has been used for centuries to relieve a sore throat and loosen up congestion during a cold. Ginger helps stimulate perspiration, which cleanses the system and brings down the body temperature that occurs during a fever. Like lemon, ginger also has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. Ginger also acts as a cough suppressant.

Dry ingredients
  • 4 tablespoons almond meal
  • 4 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tablespoon Maca powder (or additional protein powder)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon pepper



    Wet ingredients
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 3 drops vanilla
  • Juice of 1⁄2 lemon
    *Desiccated coconut for coating

  1. Mix all dry ingredients together in a bowl till combined
  2. Melt coconut oil, honey and tahini together. Stir in lemon juice and
    vanilla.
  3. Pour wet ingredients into dry mixture and stir to combine
  4. Roll into desired size balls, roll in coconut and place in freezer for 30 min.
*Best kept refrigerated
Makes approximately 15 balls



Sunday, 5 June 2016

Mel's hot tip for a healthy winter!!



"Always add something with ‘more life’ to your meals"



I know it is getting super cold here in Melbourne which means we tend to sway away from our crisp light salads and more towards our hearty, warming and earthy meals. Mmmmmm…..slow cooker. But don’t forget how important it is to still be making a raw addition to your meal. This is so that you are giving yourself access to the max amount of nutrients to fight off the bugs of winter.  The way I like to think of it is, ‘the less time since the food has ‘died’ the more life there is inside it!’

Think about it this way. When a human body dies, it stops physically living yeah? It’s done (physically). It will soon have no living energy. From this moment on the time in which the body had the most ‘life’ in it increases. As this continues, the life that was once inside starts to deteriorate more and more.

Now, think about your food the same way!

The moment your apple was picked (died) the deterioration has commenced. The time in which it had the most life energy (nutrients) starts to increase. Two seconds after it was picked it has 2 seconds less ‘life.’ 2 days after this, it has 2 days less life (nutrients) than 2 days ago. Do you get where I am going with this?? You may have seen a picture of how the human body looks when it starts to decompose, it eventually diminishes into nothing. You can’t help but think ‘wow, what nutrients are actually left in my food when it is not freshly eaten or made??’ And even more so……what about when we cook it! Cooking it is essentially speeding up the process much like a human body being cremated!! Less life at a quicker pace!

Now please don’t mistake me for a ‘Raw Foodist’ I don’t really think that we should all be following the ‘raw eating’ movement.  And in particular, in the Autumn and Winter months it is actually much better for your digestion to consume slower, easier to break down foods. This is cos your body is workin extra hard trying to keep you warm!! But while eating these kinds of meals it’s always important to add a bit of pep to your step!

This could be:

  • ·      A handful of spinach, lettuce, and greens on the side of your Sunday roast or slow cooked meat
  • ·      Some fresh fruits to your muesli or porridge
  • ·      Some avocado or fresh tomato to your big breakfast
  • ·      Zucchini or carrot noodles to go with your Bolognese
  • ·      A handful of fresh herbs dumped on top of your soup or curry


Just get into the habit of thinking ‘what is something fresh I can add?’