Mesquite Almond Slice

Happy Spring! The birds are chirping, the sun is shining (for most of the time that is), there are blossoms everywhere and we’ve just got back from giving all the new born Spring babies some love at the animal farm. I just love this time of year!

As we begin to feel more energized, coming out of the cooler Winter months, healthy snacks can be a great way to increase your energy throughout the day. These absolutely delicious Mesquite Almond Superfood Slices are the perfect way to keep you full of beans and bursting with energy. Stabilizing your blood sugars (diabetic or not) has a huge effect on your energy levels. Continue reading

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Dark Chocolate and Orange Pecan Loaf

This is such an exciting post because this recipe was made with my new kitchen gadget/birthday present and it’s one I’ve been lusting over for ages!!!! Yes, I’ve stepped up a level to foodie heaven with my new Breville Kitchen Wizz!

So this delicious Dark Chocolate and Orange Pecan Loaf recipe with buckwheat flour is made using a food processor which is so easy, because you just throw the ingredients in, whizz it up, pour into the loaf tin and pop it in the oven. So great! Continue reading

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Salted Rosemary Chickpea Crackers

Chickpea flour is such a handy ingredient to have in the kitchen cupboard. This really versatile flour can be used in an array of recipes.

From falafels, to crepes, to pancakes, to crackers. It’s flavor is evident, yet not dominant and really pairs well with a bunch of other ingredients.

These Salted Rosemary Chickpea Crackers are proof of just how delicious this little ground dried legume can be. Continue reading

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Caramel Hazelnut Balls – Only 4 Ingredients

It’s my mission to share how delicious and easy healthy food can be. This Caramel Hazelnut Bliss Ball recipe is the perfect way to show how incredibly tasty healthy treats can be.

Using only 4 ingredients (yes you read correct, only 4 ingredients!), these balls are fudgy and have the most perfect texture, and the lightly roasted hazelnut flavor adds such a delicious dimension to this simple healthy recipe. Continue reading

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My Favorite Wellness with Taryn Recipes

This week on the blog I thought I’d share a couple of my favorite recipes so far. Sifting through archives and reminiscing on past dishes has been quite wonderful, therapeutic in a way. A stroll down memory lane is always good. These recipes range from sweet to savory and are in no particular order. 

One thing that gathering all these recipes has made me realize is how much time, effort and hard work I’ve poured into this blog. Not that it feels like work at all!  Continue reading

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Natural Homemade Deodorant

One thing I am so passionate about is natural deodorant, and have converted a fair few people to using alternative natural deodorants as opposed to main stream ones. Embracing natural beauty and all it has to offer, is so exciting and quite liberating when you begin to realize how much less your exposing your cells to. 

This post is all about the Natural Homemade Deodorant I make and have been making for the last 4-5 years. Tried and tested over and over again, it really is my go to deodorant choice – one that I know works so well, only has a handful of ingredients and is so incredibly affordable.  Continue reading

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Blueberry Chia Muffins (Vegan)

I know what you’re probably thinking when looking at this title image – Blood splatter/Dexter crime scene? Right? Thankfully it’s not! It’s just a little Blueberry CHIA drink, beautifully exhibited on my kitchen counter. When the lovely peeps from CHIA sent through some of their delicious drinks, it was time to get creative and play!

Now blueberries are one of my staples in the kitchen. They’re so incredibly delicious, loaded with antioxidants and the perfect snack being not too high in sugar. I always have a bag of frozen blueberries in the freezer, and generally like to have them in breakfasts, as well as with coconut yoghurt as an after dinner sweet treat. Today this kitchen staple is starring in this Blueberry Chia Muffins recipe! Continue reading

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Creamy Vegan Mushrooms with Spaghetti

 

A couple of days ago I shared this post on Instagram and Facebook and asked if you’d guys would like the recipe. I got such a great response, so this week I tweaked and created this delicious Creamy Vegan Mushroom recipe that I paired with some delicious Chickpea Spaghetti. Nick and I rarely eat out, which means that we make 99% of our meals at home. This is usually (depending on how I’m feeling) where my creativity tends shines through.

I always strive to create something delicious, nutritious and relatively easy. The problem is that lighting at this time of day is not at it’s peak, so unfortunately the majority of these meals are not ‘Blog worthy’. Although a fair few sneak into my Instagram feed, like this one that I’m sharing today.  Continue reading

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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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