All posts filed under: Organics

Banana and cinnamon pancakes that will rock your world

It’s a tradition in our relationship to go out for breaky on Saturday mornings. Aaron and I usually jump between a few local cafes as a way to ease ourselves into the weekend. But with me back at  boot camp this week I accidentally threw our ritual into chaos. By the time I got home from my session Aaron was awake and happily resting on the couch watching a movie. But when I walked through the door I felt like I’d committed somewhat of a  cardinal sin; our Saturday morning vibe was out of joint. We were both pretty keen to stay at home and simply enjoy the morning. With this comfort came the question, what on earth were we going to eat? After a few minutes of searching through the pantry, I thought I might just have the ingredients to make some pancakes. I sensed checked my thinking in a few of my favourite cookbooks of late and wasn’t surprised when I found a stellar recipe in Lola Berry’s new cookbook ‘The Happy Cookbook’. …

Sweet cravings + berry and vanilla lunchbox muffins

When I was first told that I had to breakup with sugar I decided that one last rendezvous with the stuff was in order. Thinking it was the end of all sweetness in my life, I ate an entire box of rainbow paddle pops and a dozen donuts in one sitting,  almost sniveling (amongst serious sugar highs) as I finished the feast. Today despite that I avoid fructose, the want for sweetness is still loud and clear. Except now I simply look for ways to indulge that add to my health, rather than take away from it. My current favourite way to get that sweet fix? Go to your pantry and throw out that awful ‘milk’ chocolate or that crappy banana bread that resembles cardboard, and get excited about healthy baking (ah-yeah, you can bake awesome deliciousness without butter, white flour and sugar! Who would have guessed!?). I’m talking about moist nut based cakes that ooze flavour and chocolate that’s so rich but luxurious you only need one piece to satisfy all your cravings. I’m …

Detoxing your body from the outside in

I’ve been eating clean and organic for almost a full year now. While there’s no question that reducing your exposure to the pesticides that are found in and on foods is beneficial to good health, this isn’t the only way toxins enter our bodies. We live in a world flooded with dangerous chemicals. Today many of the common household products we use everyday (hand soap, toothpaste, make-up and cleaning products to name a few) are built using a mix of unpronounceable, unregulated or unknown chemicals. (Yes – unregulated – a significant portion of ingredients used in personal care items have not been tested for human safety.  In fact, many household items are full of antibiotics which are helping to build our resistance to bacteria – but that’s a separate debate for another day). Now before you start thinking I’ve truly gone past the point of no return into hippy land, I’m not suggesting that we should abandon modern life as we know it and crawl into a cave (as tempting as that may be some …

Gettin’ snacky with it + the best ever raw granola slice

Knowing what to snack on when you’re trying to be healthy is like avoiding a Krispy Kreme on an empty stomach – damn hard. While we’d all love to devour that raspberry and white chocolate muffin from the cafe across the road, the only goodness its going to give you is a sugar high for about 15 minutes. That said, try telling a hangry person that the muffin they’re eying off won’t solve all their problems. Avoiding snacking is setting yourself up for failure. Having a list of go to snacks that are easy are to prepare, reasonably inexpensive, handbag suitable, while also being super good for you is the healthy eating holy grail. It’s also the only way you’ll beat that inner monster who’s demanding you to eat all the chips, now. Of course, life is just that little bit sweeter when that list actually tastes pretty damn good too. Introducing to you the best ever raw granola slice you will ever eat. The first time I made this I consumed nearly the entire …

Drinking green – is it really worth it?

As I’m typing this all I’m thinking is, oh no! Not another green juice post. Yes, they are everywhere. And yes they mostly all say the same thing. Drink your greens kids! But even if you’ve already read several-hundred posts on the topic, you should still read this one too (as you never know what you might learn!). Yes dear readers, I’m encouraging you to join me on the green team 😉 When I first started my health kick just under a year ago, I swore that I wasn’t going to buy into the green fad and start drinking my salads. In fact, when I first moved in with my flatmate she made me one as a welcome drink. I took one sip, put it down and said thanks but no thanks it’s not for me (how rude!). But like all those before me, once I let my guard down my mind (slowly) changed. I finally understood the green craze when I stumbled across a movie called Hungry for Change by the awesome people at …

Blog Crush: Meet Meg from Meg and Veg

If you’re into awesome healthy food there’s a good chance you’re aware of the stellar job Sarah Wilson and her team at I Quit Sugar are doing. Meg Yonson is a junior writer on their team and the author behind drool-worthy food blog ‘Meg and Veg‘.  She’s also my latest blog crush! A qualified nutritionist, Meg is a country girl at heart who is passionate about making and consuming real, honest food. Her blog is a gathering of flavoursome, easy-to-prepare eats featuring fresh produce and ideas. Meg was kind enough to give me a few minutes of her time to dish on her love of food and nutrition. She also shared a couple of her recipes with me, so make sure you click through to get more. You won’t be disappointed. Tell me about your blog. Why did you start it and what’s your passion? As soon as I became “that friend” that took photos of their food on Instagram, my friends were asking for the recipes. So, I created Meg & Veg – a …

Ditch the dirty and get clean

This past week I’ve spoken with several people about the Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen. This topic has always been on my need-to-cover list, and with summer now underway it’s become particularly relevant (and important) as we up our salad and fruit intake. If you’re into buying organics you’ve probably heard about these lists before, but if you haven’t or if you’re interested in organics but don’t know where to start – get ready to feel empowered! The Dirty Dozen is a list produced every year by US organisation, the Environmental Working Group. The group analyses the Department of Agriculture’s data to determine which fruit and vegetables have the most pesticide residue when they reach the consumer. On the flip-side, the Clean Fifteen uses the same data to rank which fruit and vegetables you can safely buy non-organic, as the levels of pesticide residue are incredibly low or in some cases non-existent. Why is this list important and fantastic? Today, there are many different types of pesticides that are used, each with a particular …