Mango Coconut CHIA Tarts and Summer Mocktails

Copy of Recipes (1)Is it just me, or is there something so incredibly exciting about new health and wellness products?

I walk through the isles of our local Fresh Choice store and am always enticed when I discover a new product on the shelves. Recently there’s been a few popping up and I especially got excited about the launch of CHIA’s new range of gorgeous drinks. Just in time for summer, the lovely CHIA team have release 4 new flavors of their ever popular CHIA range.

As you all know, I am super keen on supporting local businesses, and CHIA is definitely one of them! CHIA is a Nelson based company that is all “about adventure and the outdoors, good food, and living a balanced sustainable lifestyle.” 

“In creating CHIA, we wanted to share something of nutritional value for sustained energy and well being. CHIA started as an endurance drink for athletes, but we soon realized that everyone can do with a nutritional boost.” Source Continue reading

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Chocolate Espresso No Bake Brownies

Copy of Recipes (9)Coffee! One of the most popular drinks in the world. Most cannot start a day without it. When I’m out and about I tend to drink decaf, however a shot of caffeine every now and then is okay. I can definitely feel the effects of caffeine, maybe as I’ve become more sensitive to it.

To be honest, I never really feel that great after having a coffee – be it decaf or regular, yet in the moment it always seems like a good idea.

Recently I’ve been cutting out soy from my diet, so I’ve been having my decaf cappi’s with almond milk, which is pretty tasty! Although I still feel rather flat after drinking one, so I don’t have them too regularly.

But here, in this Chocolate Espresso No Bake Brownie recipe, I decided to use full caffeine coffee for the intense flavor. That, and the fact that Nick’s coffee machine makes a pretty darn good espresso! 🙂 Continue reading

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Vegan Cinnamon Waffles

Copy of Recipes (8)I have been dying to get a waffle maker for ages now, and it finally happened! So you can guess who’s recently been having waffles galore! It’s so nice to experiment and try foods that you wouldn’t normally eat. Though of course these still fall between the lines of being gluten free, refined sugar free, healthy and vegan.

Experimenting and creating different dishes, trying new ingredients, and really just having fun with your food can be so rewarding, especially if you know that the food you’re eating is doing your body a whole lot of good (as well as your mind 😉 ) Continue reading

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Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins

Copy of Recipes (6)With the apparent abundance of lemons this time of year, I’ve been incorporating as much lemon into my diet as possible. Whether it be squeezed freshly over a salad, or juiced and frozen into ice blocks for a refreshing glass of sparkling water. It hasn’t been difficult because I love lemons, and use them so regularly. They’re amazingly good for you, as I’ll discuss a little later on.

So, while searching for inspiration, this Lemon Poppy Seed Muffin recipe was created, and I incorporated the ever so delicious Vanilla Cashew Glaze. This creamy sweet concoction paired so well with the zesty lemon muffins ending in a recipe success. Continue reading

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Buckwheat Broccoli Fritters

Copy of Recipes (5)Cruciferous vegetables boast a huge amount of anti-cancer properties, which include removing carcinogens from your body, inhibiting cancer cells from growing, and even forcing the cancer cells to die. These points alone are perfect reasons to include as many cruciferous vegetables in your diet as possible.

“But how, Taryn?” you ask. Well I’ll tell you! Forget about the sloppy, boiled, green mush our grandparents and parents used to make us. Let me introduce you to my special Buckwheat Broccoli Fritters. Continue reading

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Sweet Potato Chocolate Tahini Fudge

Copy of Recipes (8)There comes a time in our month, week or day that we long for a bit of indulgence. These cravings can be mild or full blown, and when the latter is evident, it’s great to have a healthy decadent option on hand to satisfy those needs.

Now, I never quite realized how many delicious options there are when making a healthy refined sugar free treat. The internet has exploded with Instagram pictures that’ll make you literally salivate and that’s just the brunt of it!

The amount of creative deliciousness that’s out there is astounding, and this inspires me to no end! Continue reading

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Turmeric Ginger Slices

Copy of Recipes (4)I don’t know where you are in the world right now, but it’s getting pretty chilly where I am! Winter is most certainly evident in Nelson, and the snow capped mountains in the distance, that greet me every morning, are a sure sign that the seasons have changed and colder times are on the way!

And along with the chilly mornings and darker afternoons, come the subtle effects or ‘symptoms’ of the changing seasons. May it be a snuffled nose, a sneeze, a cold or the flu, winter likes to let us know it’s here! So I’ve created these Turmeric Ginger Slices that will not only boost your immune system to harp you from getting these symptoms, but will make it super easy and quick to stopping them in their tracks! Continue reading

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Rice Noodle Salad with Pineapple Thyme Dressing

Rice Noodle SaladAlthough Winter is inevitably on it’s way, and actually should be here already, I thought it a good idea to squeeze out one last salad recipe. A ‘farewell to Summer’ recipe as you may, and this one is yummy and experiments with different taste combinations.

The subtle, dry aroma and a slightly minty flavor of the Thyme, blends quite beautifully with the attractive sweet flavour of the pineapple. It’s an odd combination, but it works! and this Rice Noodle Salad with Pineapple Thyme dressing proves that! Continue reading

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Chocolate Walnut Brownies

Copy of Recipes (11)There’s nothing quite like sinking your teeth into a moist, rich and decadent chocolate brownie! With the subtle texture of crushed walnuts to add the explosion of your senses, this recipe for Chocolate Walnut Brownies is sure to inspire you to pull up your sleeves, get busy in the kitchen and create these squares of complete awesomeness as soon as possible!

They’re gluten free, so won’t be upsetting any tummy’s, and are loaded with nutritional goodness! And people say vegan/vegetarian food is boring/tasteless. Pft!?! They obviously haven’t tried these brownies, and many of the amazing vegan recipes you can find today.  Continue reading

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Cinnamon Oat Biscuits

Copy of Recipes (10)From porridge, to health bars to bulking up veggie burger patties, there’s just so much you can do with this grain. Which grain is that you wonder? I’m talking about oats!

I think (if you can tolerate and digest it), oats has to be one of the main essentials in a healthy kitchen pantry. It’s always great to have on hand and is so versatile it can be used in a wide variety of foods. These Cinnamon Oat Biscuits are a fine example of what you can create, by using this humble grain. Continue reading

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