Apple, Coconut And Thyme Crumble With Coconut Sauce

Need some good, wholesome comfort food to cope with this crazy Melbourne weather?

Kavisha Jega has kindly contributed her delicious Apple, Coconut And Thyme Crumble With Coconut Sauce recipe!

Vegan. Gluten Free. Grain Free. Dairy Free. Refined Sugar Free. What more could you ask for?
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Ingredients: 


Apple mixture:

6 large apples

1 cup of filtered water

½ Tablespoon cinnamon

Crumble mixture:

2 cups of almond meal

1/4 cup of chopped macadamias

½ cup chopped pecans

½ cup of shredded coconut

1 teaspoon of vanilla powder or essence

1 Tablespoon of chia seeds

1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

¼ teaspoon of ground nutmeg

⅓ cup of maple syrup

⅓ cup of coconut oil (melted)

Pinch sea salt

2 Tablespoons thyme leaves (optional)

Coconut sauce:

1 can coconut cream

2 Tablespoons coconut sugar

Pinch sea salt

– Heat all ingredients together in a small saucepan over a low heat. Mix until well combined. Pour sauce into a jar and store in the freezer to chill.

*Coconut sauce is optional. You could instead serve this crumble with vanilla ice cream or coconut yoghurt.

Method:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 180°C.
  2. Peel, core and slice the apples. Place them in a large saucepan along with 1 cup of water, ½ tablespoon cinnamon over a medium heat. Cover and let simmer for 10 minutes, then remove the lid and continue to simmer for at least another 10 minutes or until the apples are soft.
  3. Empty the stewed apples into a baking dish and then set aside.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, combine the almond meal, chopped macadamias, chopped pecans, shredded coconut, vanilla, chia seeds, cinnamon, nutmeg, maple syrup, coconut oil and thyme. Once combined, spoon it all over the top of the stewed fruit.
  5. Place dish back in the oven and bake for approximately 30 minutes or until the crumble is golden.

*This crumble mixture also makes a great bliss balls! Simply roll the crumble mixture into balls and store in the fridge.

The Perfect Salad: Sweet Potato + Quinoa + Avocado

 

 

Spring’s rebirth of greens means you can put in-season salads back on the menu and reap their many health benefits. Eating salad almost every day may indeed be one of the most healthy eating habits you can adopt, and perhaps one of the simplest!

Here is a delicious looking salad recipe, contributed by Food and Wellness coach, Kavisha Jega, that you can easily put together at home.


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Ingredients:

2 sweet potatoes

1 tablespoon coconut oil

1 1/2 cups quinoa

1 tablespoon cinnamon

1/2 a lemon

1 bunch coriander, finely chopped

1/4 cup sultanas

2 avocados, cut into small squares

4 small spring onions, chopped

1 cup slithered almonds

salt and pepper to taste

Method:

  1. Chop sweet potatoes into small cubes and coat with the coconut oil and some salt. Spread out on a lined baking tray and bake for 20-25 minutes in a 180c oven.
  2. Cook the quinoa according to the package or in a rice cooker. When it’s done cooking, rinse and set aside to cool off. Squeeze the juice from half a lemon and add the cinnamon into the quinoa. Mix well.
  3. Throw the coriander, sultanas, spring onions, avocado, almonds, roasted sweet potato, salt and pepper in with the quinoa and toss it around until all the flavours are well combined. Serve in bowls or pack into containers ready to take for lunch.

*Option: Add some feta cheese, chicken or hard boiled eggs for an extra protein hit!

Nut Free Bliss Balls by Happy Tummies

Here’s our third and final healthy kid snack recipe contributed by Lisa from Happy Tummies!

With two simple instructions, these nut free bliss balls could not be easier to put together. What’s more, its also FREE of the top 8 allergens and food additives!

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Ingredients:

100g desiccated coconut

50g sunflower seeds

8 medjool dates (deseeded)

1 tbsp raw organic cacao powder

1 tsp quality vanilla extract

2 tbsps quality full fat coconut cream

Pinch of salt

Extra desiccated coconut to roll bliss balls in

 

Method:

  1. Place all ingredients into food processor or Thermomix and process until smooth
  2. Roll into balls, coat in extra desiccated coconut if desired and place in the fridge to set

 

For your free handy baking chart and something special from Happy Tummies, click here.

Honey Tahini Cashew Cookies

Valentine’s Day is not just for lovebirds, it’s the perfect time to show some appreciate to the many special ones in your life whether your parents, your friends, workmates or neighbours. Love is a universal desire and everyone wants to feel loved.

A sweet yet simple way to do so is to bake & share some cookies! Our friend Amy from The Holistic Ingredient shares a Honey Tahini Cashew Cookies which not only taste sensational but they’re actually good for you too.

What better way to show that special honey that I’m nuts about you! (corny I know but couldn’t help it)

Happy Valentine’s Day & Enjoy!

Honey Tahini Cashew Cookies

Cashew Cookies

Ingredients 
Makes 18

1 ½ cups cashew meal*

2/3 cup white sesame seeds

1/3 cup unhulled white tahini

¼ cup raw honey

1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted

1 teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla powder

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon cinnamon, ground

¼ teaspoon sea salt

Directions

Preheat oven to 175 0 C. Line a baking tray with baking paper.

In a large mixing bowl place cashew meal, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. In a small

mixing bowl combine tahini, raw honey, vanilla extract and coconut oil. Add the wet ingredients to the dry mix and use your hands to combine the dough. It should be slightly tacky to touch. Roll into balls of 2cm diameter.

Place the sesame seeds into a shallow dish. Roll balls in sesame seeds then place onto baking tray. Press down to 0.5 cm thickness.

Bake for 10 minutes. If you would like even crispier cookies flip and bake for a further 5 minutes. Allow to cool and store in an airtight container.

* To make cashew meal, simply blend raw cashews in a high-powered blender until it resembles course flour.

Surprising Health Benefits of Cucumber Water

Cucumber WaterThis summer has delivered many scorcher days across Australia, making so important to stay well hydrated. Make plain water taste better by adding some fresh fruits/veggies, so you’re likely to drink more H2O.

We highly recommend simply adding cucumber & mint. This is not only adds super refreshing flavour, cucumbers are chock full of nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin A, iron, calcium, vitamin K and potassium. That means you could be reaping benefits like great skin just by adding some slices to your water. If it sounds easy, that’s because it is.

So what’s so great about cucumber water? Here are 4 surprising healthy benefits of cucumber water:

  1. Weight Loss benefits :

 Cucumbers act as a natural diuretic helping you get rid of that excess water and bloating. Not only that, but cucumber water makes plain water taste better, so you’re likely to drink more H2O. Water is an important factor in preventing constipation, which can cause swelling in the abdomen and add on a few extra pounds. Also, sufficient water intake helps your body’s natural detoxificationprocesses, which makes it function more efficiently, thereby facilitating weight loss.

 

2. Detoxing Properties

Use cucumber water during a detox program. It contains antioxidants that will help battle free radicals, and helps the body flush out built-up toxins thanks to its hydrating effect. Detoxing the body doesn’t have to be a drastic 1 time event, you can cultivate healthy every day habits to help your body stay clean with daily attention to the foods that you’re taking in, as well as avoiding foods that are known as being toxic to the body. This sort of regular maintenance keeps you feeling great all year long.

3. Healthy Skin: 

To give your skin even more cucumber benefits, you can wash your face with cucumber water. It refreshes the skin, closes pores and helps prevent oiliness. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can make your own cucumber cleanser with this recipe from The Times of India .The silica and antioxidants help your skin stay clear and supple. Wash your face with cucumber water in addition to your usual acne routine to reduce redness.

4. Strong Muscles

The same silica in cucumbers that helps the skin, also helps your muscle tissues healthy. It’s a great choice if you’ve added a strength training regimen such as barre or pilates workouts to your lifestyle, or if you want to make sure that your muscles have all of the nutrients needed to function at their best. A daily glass of cucumber water makes a great contribution to the overall health of your muscles, and your body in general.

 

 

Healthiest Sangria Ever

You know what we love about the holiday season? The happy buzz we get from sipping cocktails with family and friends, the endless days of festivities. It’s just such a joyful time to be.

The only problem: You may be pouring on the sugar and calories if you’re not paying attention to what you’re sipping through at parties.

BUT there’s ALWAYS a healthier solution yes?

So we’ve done a healthy makeover of the refreshing sangira without sacrificing any of the buzzy delights!

Start with a red wine base, which contains healthy antioxidants & then add fiber-rich fruits like berries, pears and oranges. Top it off with sparking water instead of the usual soda or syrup.

As healthy as it sounds, it’s still alcohol and should be enjoyed in moderation.

Summer Sangria

Serves 10

Sangria1.5 bottles red wine
1/4 cup triple sec
2 cups sparkling lemon/lime/orange-flavored water (get brands that has no added sugar)
1 pear diced
1 cup fresh strawberries, diced
2 oranges diced or sliced (not peeled)
1 cup pineapple chunks
1/4 cup orange juice

 

 

Directions

  1. Combine everything (except the sparkling water) in a large pitcher, and store in the fridge for at least 4 hours.
  2. Before serving, add the sparkling water to the pitcher, stir completely, and serve!

Think Pink Go Green (October Special)

BCAThumbnailIn 2015, approximately 42 women in Australia are diagnosed with breast cancer each day. Globally, over the last two decades, breast cancer rates have risen from a lifetime risk of one in 20 to one in eight.

The fact is the average women are exposed to 168 chemicals daily from cosmetics, skincare and cleaning products. Cancer News Australia reports that breast cancer risks were found to be twice likely with women who use cleaning chemicals and air-fresheners the most than those who use them the least.  Cleaning chemicals may contribute to breast cancer because it contains mammary gland carcinogens and endocrine disrupting chemicals. These chemical cleaners contain many toxic ingredients – such as Alkylphenols, Phthalates, Triclosan, etc. – that are endocrine disrupters, and are known to alter mammary gland development in rats. The list of household chemicals that contribute to breast cancer risk is long and we encourage to have a read here.

thinkPinkGoGreenThumbnailYes, we live in a toxic world but don’t let that overwhelm you into in-action. The goods news is eradicating your home and daily life of toxic chemicals is easier than it may seem. So let’s all take the opportunity of Breast Cancer Awareness month to Think Pink & Go Green. To share this important message to your family and friends simply click on the facebook/twitter/pinterest button to the left of this page.

To help you go green for breast health, we’ve compiled a little directory of safer choices. The founders of these brands all share Resparkle’s commitment to being 100% honest and creating products that are truly natural & safe. They are also tried and tested by Resparkle’s founder – Pearl. These are products she uses daily.

 

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SKIN-CARE/Cosmetics

  1. DNA Elements
  2. Simple as That
  3. 100% Pure 
  4. Jacqueline Evans
  5. Luk Beautifood Lipstick
  6. Nourished Life: One-stop for non-toxic skincare, cosmetics & home-care products.

TOOTHPASTE

  1. Grants of Australia 

SHAMPOO

  1. Weleda Hair-care 

GO PLASTIC FREE

  1. 4 My Earth: Lunch boxes, Food Wraps & all things non-plastic
  2. Biome Eco Store

Organic Cotton

  1. Bhumi Organic Cotton : Bedsheets, Quilts, Towels, Throws.
  2. Pure Baby: Organic baby clothes

Food for Every Day Health

  1. Matcha Maiden : 100% pure organic green tea leaves ground into powder. Up to 137 times the antioxidants of regular green tea!
  2. Remedy Kombucha: A super healthy alternative to frizzy drinks!
  3. Whole Kids: Healthy snacks for kids and adults too!

Household Cleaners

Resparkle of course! We’re the only home-care brand in Australia that is truly 100% natural and hold a organic certification by NASAA.

There you have it. All you need to KEEP CALM & QUIT CHEMICALS.

Totally do-able isn’t it?

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3 Healthy Post-Workout Smoothie Recipes

After a good work-out when you just can’t be bothered to cook up a elaborate meal, smoothies are the perfect option for a instant nutrient pack meal.

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The best part about being on the smoothie wagon is that you can prep 1 week’s worth of smoothies in under 1 hour! Simply cut up the fruits & veg, pop them into jars and freeze. When you’re ready to enjoy, just add liquid (no need to defrost) & blend.

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3 Healthy Post-Workout Smoothie Recipes

health_profileKim Ong, founder of power blender – Spectablend shares 3 Sweet Smoothie Recipes that would make for a easy post workout meal. These recipes provide a powerful boost of vitamins, minerals, antioxidant without bogging down your digestive system.

 

Reward yourself after a hard workout with some sweet yet healthy recipes.

Consume protein within an hour after exercise to fuel muscle growth. It’s called protein timing, and the idea behind it is this: Resistance training increases amino acid delivery to muscles as well as absorption. Therefore, the sooner you consume protein post-exercise, the bigger the stimulation in muscle protein synthesis. 

Recipe #1: Power Green Smoothie

Green SmoothieIngredients

  • Frozen banana
  • Fresh spinach
  • Fresh mint
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Linseeds
  • Cinnamon
  • Coconut water
  • 1 scoop of vanilla protein

 

Method

  1. Blend all ingredients in your blender until smooth, serve and enjoy.

Recipe #2: Banana-Choc Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of organic pure coconut water
  • ½ cup of organic coconut milk
  • 1 handful of spinach
  • 1 scoop of protein powder
  • 1 tbsp raw cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp of acai powder
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 frozen ripe banana

Method

  1. Blend all ingredients in your blender until smooth, serve and enjoy.

Recipe #3: Raw Chocolate Berry Cream Pie

Spectablend Raw Chocolate Cream Pie

Ok, Recipe 3 is technically not a smoothie but who can resist the sound of Raw Chocolate Berry Cream Pie! It follows the same easy prep-ahead and pop everything into a blender method.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of frozen berries
  • 2 bananas
  • 3/4 cup salted cashews
  • 5 tablespoons raw cacao powder
  • 1 scoop of chocolate protein powder
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup or honey
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt (if cashew nuts are not salted)
  • Dessicated coconut
  • Frozen raspberries

 Method

  1. Add all ingredients into your blender. Blend until creamy and smooth.
  2. Pour mixture into a pie pan. Smooth out with the back of a spoon.
  3. Cover and place in freezer. Freeze overnight to firm up so that it can be sliced perfectly.
  4. This raw chocolate cream pie recipe should always be kept in the freezer as it will get soggy if in the fridge.
  5. When you serve, top with dessicated coconut and raspberries.

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