Lemon and Thyme Tartlets

As the season’s change, and we slip back into our Winter cocoons, I reflect back on to the warmer and longer days. I love this time of year, as it always reminds me how balance is so important in our lives, as well as in nature. While our Summer wasn’t as great as last years, I still am grateful and am looking forward to Winter.

While we (in the Southern Hemisphere) transition into this cooler season, colds and flu’s may arise, and these Lemon Thyme Tartlets are just what you need to satisfy your sweet tooth, and keep you on guard for those pesky Winter colds. Using the Artemis Thyme Lemon Tonic, these tartlets contain so much great nutritional and healing benefits, they definitely stand you in good stead to surviving the seasonal transition! Continue reading

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Chocolate Banana Pancakes

Mornings have to be one of my favorite times of the day, especially when they involve pancakes! For the majority of the time, I tend to have easy stuff for breakfast, like smoothies, smoothie bowls, porridge or granola/muesli, but occasionally I’ll sneak in a “treat breakfast”, and recently it was these tasty Chocolate Banana Pancakes.

These pancakes are pretty easy to make. It’s just a matter of throwing all the ingredients into your blender or nutribullet, blending and then there you have it – perfect plant based pancake batter, ready to go.  Continue reading

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Grain Free Paleo Granola

There are so many diets or ways of eating out there at the moment, it can be quite over whelming. Which one do I try? How do I know what’s right for me? Where do I start? From vegetarian to paleo. From vegan to celiac to intermittent fasting. There are so many options and so much information which can make transitioning to a healthier lifestyle so daunting.

I’d say the ultimate goal is to find peace with your food. Finding a lifestyle and diet that suits you perfectly and not one that leaves you feeling stressed out. 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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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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