How I’ve Stayed Refined Sugar Free for 6 Years

This year will mark the 6th year of being refined sugar free. After being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes I radically changed my diet and lifestyle, and eliminated refined sugar, highly processed foods, along with gluten, dairy and animal products (in the last couple of years). I went cold turkey initially, and I can say that this option is probably not the best for most, but it worked for me at the time. 

I implemented rigid ‘rules’ concerning my diet and deciphered what I could and would not eat. I did my research (extensively) and made personal decisions according to how I felt and what effect certain foods had on me and my body. These days, however, I am not as ‘strict’ as I used to be and have tilted towards a more kinder approach to my diet and the foods I eat. Continue reading

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Sweet Potato Waffle Rostis

Moving to a new country can come with many new things to learn and get used to. New places, new mannerisms and new names. For me, one of those new names is Kumara aka. Sweet Potato. Here in New Zealand, the Kumara is a staple in many diets. Now I also know that sweet potatoes/kumara make up a large portion of most plant based eaters diets too, and there is a number of reasons why.

Firstly they are so delicious! They are sweet and when steamed they have that ‘melt in your mouth’ sensation. Sweet potatoes have a lower GI than regular potatoes, which means they won’t spike your sugar levels, but rather gradually elevate and sustain them over a period of time. This is great for keeping that ‘satisfied’ feeling we get after eating, meaning you’ll have sustained energy levels which is great!  Continue reading

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Chocolate Coconut Popsicles

There’s nothing better than indulging on a homemade popsicle on a hot summers day! Although summer hasn’t really made a huge appearance yet this year, there have been some pretty warm days, and a sneaky little refreshing (and healthy) popsicle is such a great “after dinner treat”. So if you’re looking for a last minute treat for the weekend ahead, I’ve got just the recipe for you. These Chocolate Coconut Popsicles are sure to interest you.

Let’s get to the good stuff! This recipe is seriously so quick, and only needs 4 ingredients! Yup, ONLY 4! The process is so simple too, blend and set in the freezer overnight! Who would have thought these creamy, subtly sweet pops could be so affordable and easy to make! I was inspired by a friends lovely mum, who actually made some with rooibos tea and mixed fruit. They were absolutely delicious! And I knew I had to try create some for myself.  Continue reading

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Sunflower Seed Cookies

Love is not only an amazing feeling that brings such joy and warmth, it is also an vital tool in well being. Living your life from the perspective of love can seriously have a positive ripple effect on every aspect of your life.

Learning to love, feeling love and seeing the world through love are some of the topics I’ll be delving into this post, including all the goodness of these Sunflower Seed Cookies. Quite fitting as it is the month of love, but let’s not forget about ourselves and the practice of self-love. Self respect.  Continue reading

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Roasted Parsnip Hummus

Chickpeas have to be one of my favorite staples in the kitchen. They’re so handy to have – whether they be dry and stored in a glass jar, soaking over night on the kitchen counter, sprouting in my ceramic colander under a kitchen cloth or organic tinned chickpeas in bpa-free tins, tucked away in the pantry. There’s so many beautiful recipes to make with these little legumes, and they make such delicious additions to simple summer salads to roasted vegetable platters to creamy hummus.

A great source of dietary protein, chickpeas are a great addition to any plant based diet. They’re pretty easy to prepare, are loaded with all sorts of great nutritional values and are really fulling. I especially love this Roasted Parsnip Hummus recipe, and may be slightly addicted to it! It’s really that good! Continue reading

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What I Eat in a Day + VIDEO

I’ve seen loads of blog posts on this topic and have watched a few Youtube videos too, and they always tend to inspire me and spark ideas, so I thought it’s definitely time for me to share what my nourishment looks like in a day. 

It’s always so interesting to see what other people eat, when they eat, and how much they eat. Interesting to me that is! And I also find inspiration in the creativity of the food that people eat.

Food is so personal. It can tell a story. It can tell you about a persons culture, what they were craving, what they enjoy. So intimate! Food sustains us and nourishes not only our bodies, but our minds. It reminds us of people, places and spaces in time, shaping our memories and our cultural heritage. It’s a form of personal expression, and helps bring people together.  Continue reading

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Chocolate Hazelnut Smoothie

Copy of Recipes (1)Hope you’re all easing into the New Year well. It’s been beautiful weather here in Nelson. The sun’s been shining brightly these last couple days and the cool, refreshing breeze has been a breath of fresh air. I love this time of year, so much! I love getting out on the weekends, going on unknown adventures, and being immersed in nature. The sun kissed glow to the skin is always welcomed. 

We met up with a gorgeous friend at the Nelson Saturday Market on the weekend (which was fab), and I stumbled across some deliciously fresh hazelnuts which I just had to have. Now, I must admit, I may have a mild obsession with this particular nut. From hazelnut butter to toasted hazelnuts, to hazelnuts staring in delicious recipes – like this Chocolate Hazelnut Smoothie, I love love love them! Continue reading

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Cauliflower Pizza with Sunflower Seed ‘Ricotta’

Copy of RecipesHappy New Year! I wish all my beautiful followers a year filled with happiness, excitement, bliss and all delicious things that make this life so great! If you’re trying to incorporate more healthier dishes into your life, then you’re in the right place!

Join me in nourishing our bodies with wholesome goodness (like with this Cauliflower Pizza & Sunflower Seed ‘Ricotta’), training our minds to incline towards the positive thoughts in life and incorporate more physical movement into our days to live our best possible life.

Now if you’re up for a challenge, I suggest you check out Veganuary. It’s an initiative to help inspire others to live a kinder way of life, making them aware of the impact they make on the world. The site has loads of recipes, information and inspiration, and I highly suggest you check it out and give it a go – it’s not too late to try.

” Veganism is one of the most effective choices a person can make to reduce the suffering of animals, help the planet and improve personal health.”

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The Best Matcha Latte (Vegan)

Copy of Recipes (10)The end of the year is nigh. Happy holidays and festive fun! What better a time than now to boost our health, in preparation for the holiday festivities. And I’ve got the perfect thing! This could just be the best vegan Matcha Latte recipe you’ll ever find! It’s so so delicious and I literally have this every morning. I find matcha gives me such a great boost of sustained energy

Most will be reflecting on the past year, some will be focusing on goals for the new year ahead, and I’d like to encourage you to take a moment to be present. Continue reading

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Gingerbread Men Cookies (Vegan)

I love this time of year! Holidays, summer sunshine and lots of creative juices flowing in the kitchen. There’s always so many awesome Christmas recipes flying around the net this time of year, and I could just burst with all the inspiration everywhere

This year, my Christmas recipe is for these delicious Gingerbread Men Cookies, which just so happens to be refined sugar free and 100% vegan!

Not that that dampens any of the delicious flavor these cookies have. The texture! It’s that perfect crunchy and incredibly addictive texture that keeps us coming back for “just one more”. Continue reading

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