Beetroot Coconut Ice

Copy of Recipes (4)I set myself a challenge with this recipe. That challenge was to create something delicious out of the ingredients I already had. No additional purchases. Just make do with what I had in the kitchen.

So, with inspiration and creativity flowing, this Beetroot Coconut Ice Recipe was created. My hope is that you also have similar ingredients in your kitchen to create this recipe, and if not, then to use your imagination and have fun creating something with what you have already.

My mentality and drive behind this recipe, was being so grateful that I actually have all the ingredients I need to create something nutritious and delicious. Being grateful that I just need to turn to my kitchen to find what I need to use my imagination and creative juices to make something yum.  Continue reading

Savory Flax Crackers

Copy of Recipes (3)Healthy snacks are a great addition to any diet. Be it low carb, high carb, paleo, vegan or whatever you choose, healthy snacks are perfect to curb hunger and cravings throughout the day.

They also give you a great nutritional boost which is always a good thing. The more nutrients the better! As I like to get all my nutrition and nutrients from the food I eat, so the more I can get, the better! One particular healthy snack ingredient is flax!

I’m a huge fan of flax. Be it ground or whole, flax is so versatile and is always a staple in my pantry. I generally use ground flax, and am careful to keep it in the fridge in an airtight container after opening to avoid rancidity. Continue reading

Vegan Tofu Scramble

Copy of Recipes (2)Well! I’ll start this blog off by saying it’s been a rather intense week! While I’m super excited to share this Vegan Tofu Scramble recipe with you, I’ll give you my brief summary of my experience of the recent earthquake/s.

If you haven’t heard already, New Zealand had a 7.8 Earthquake at a little past 12am early Monday morning. I awoke abruptly to Nick shaking me and instantly I knew what was going on. The earth was moving. Our whole house was shaking, and so vigorously that the water in the toilet was loudly swishing from side to side. Instant panic mode!

My first instinct was to run outside, yet in my fumbled orientation, I actually didn’t know what to do. And then the electricity went out, all was black, frightening! We experienced one last real jolt, and then it simmered down. We later learnt that the quake went on for around 2mins, which is a freaking long time when you’re in a situation like that.  Continue reading

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

Protein Berry Smoothie

Copy of Recipes (11)With Summer weather making more and more of an appearance, and temperatures rising, I thought it a great idea to post a smoothie recipe. This time of year I feel more inclined to eat less dense heavy foods, and rather opt for salads, steamed greens and smoothies. It’s great to feel light and energized, especially when it’s hot outside. 

A regular query, which I’m sure most plant based eaters can relate with, is “Where do you get all your protein from if you don’t eat meat?” And what most don’t understand is that there is an abundance of protein in plants, seeds, grains, etc. All you need is a little education on what to combine in order to get a complete protein profile. When that fails, there’s always the option of a protein powder as a supplement.  Continue reading

Creamy Vegan Bolognese

Copy of Recipes (10)Slow cooked, aromatic bolognese is one of the ultimate comfort foods. When you’re craving something dense and wholesome, this is a favorite for many! However, for some it can leave the digestive system feeling burdened rather than nourished.

So, I decided to put my own twist of this Italian classic, substituting ground beef for lentils, and dense pasta (which is iconic for a bolognese dish) for butternut squash noodles.

With the addition of a creamy vegan white sauce, the result was a deeply flavored dish with a creamy twist, all elements complimenting each other perfectly!  Continue reading

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

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

Salted Peanut Butter Cashew Fudge

Copy of Recipes (7)I was recently invited to speak at Revolution – Women Empowering Women, which was a charity event in Nelson. The event was in aid of raising funds for the wonderful Whole Lotta Life foundation which was founded by Kristine Paterson in 2013. This foundation aims to provide those diagnosed with cancer between the ages of 20-45yrs a community filled with knowledge, guidance, hope and support.

It aims to give people what they need – a community with support and access to information that’s related to them specifically. This foundation raises funds for retreats where inspiration flows and hope is restored. It’s such a great cause and it was such an honor to be involved. Continue reading

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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