Recipe (Stress-reducing bath salt): Lavender Bath Salts
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  Per bath   2 cups epsom salts 10 drops lavender essential oil – (I use doTerra essential oils) As you’re running your warm bath water, add ingredients to the tub. Mix until dissolved   Enjoy your stress-reducing bath!   Tip: You can add a tablespoon of dried lavender flowers.

Recipe (Gut food fibre, Brain food omega-3): Blueberry Hemp Overnight Oats
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Serves 2   1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen) 1 cup oats 1 cup almond milk 1 tablespoon chia seeds 2 tablespoons hemp seeds ½ teaspoon cinnamon 1 banana, sliced ¼ cup chopped walnuts   Blend blueberries in the food processor until smooth. Mix blueberries, oats, almond milk, chia seeds, hemp seeds in a bowl with a lid. Let set … Read More

Recipe (naturally sweetened): Sweet Enough Matcha Latte
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Serves 1   1 teaspoon matcha powder 1.5 cup almond milk, unsweetened 1-2 teaspoons maple syrup or honey (optional)   Heat almond milk and maple syrup/honey (if using) in a small pot. Add matcha powder to cup. When almond milk is hot, add about a ¼ cup to matcha and stir to combine. Add rest of the milk to cup. … Read More

Raw vs. Cooked – Which Contains More Vitamins and Minerals?
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Let’s finally put an end to the debate of raw vs. cooked.   Of course, in the grand scheme of a well-balanced, nutrient-dense, varied, whole foods diet, the cooked vs. raw debate isn’t that critical for most people. Where this can become a consideration is for vitamin and mineral deficiencies (or “insufficiencies”). These may be due to digestion or absorption … Read More

Recipe (dairy-free probiotic): Super-Simple Coconut Milk Yogurt
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  Serves 6 2 cans full-fat coconut milk 2 probiotic capsules,   Open the probiotic capsules and empty contents into a blender. Blend with coconut milk. Transfer to a sanitised glass jar (make sure it’s not still hot – you don’t want those probiotics to die). Store it in a warm place for 24-48 hours. If it’s not thick enough … Read More

Recipe (Dairy-free): Chocolate Ice “Cream”
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Serves 2   3 bananas, sliced and frozen 2 tsp cacao powder, unsweetened 1 tbsp almond butter   Instructions Place frozen bananas in food processor and blend until smooth (a few minutes). You may have to stop a few times to scrape the sides. Add cacao powder and almond butter and blend until mixed well.   Serve & enjoy!   … Read More

Recipe (High fibre prebiotic): De-Stressing Chocolate Pudding
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  Serves 6 3 ripe avocados ¼ cup cacao powder (unsweetened) ¼ cup maple syrup (or you could try rice malt syrup) ½ tsp vanilla extract 1 dash salt   Instructions Place all ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth. Serve & enjoy!   Tip: Try adding a pinch of cinnamon for a deeper flavour.  

Recipe (Myth-free salad, filling and nutritious): Kale Cucumber Salad
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  Serves 2   Salad 4 cups kale, divided 1 cup cooked beans of your choice (white beans, chickpeas, etc.) 1 cup cooked quinoa, divided 1 cucumber, sliced and divided Cucumber Dill Dressing ½ cup tahini ½ lemon, juiced 2 tbsp dill ½ cup cucumber, chopped 1 green onion, chopped ½ tsp maple syrup 2 dashes salt 2 dashes black … Read More

Recipe (Vegetable Dip): Hommus
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Makes about 2 cups   1  can chickpeas drained & rinsed ⅓ cup tahini 1 garlic clove 2 tbsp sesame oil 2 tbsp lemon juice 1 dash salt 1 dash pepper   Put all ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth. You may need to thin it out with a bit of water, so add it 1 or … Read More

What to eat this winter
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If the colder weather has you thinking non-stop about food, why not focus on the seasonal foods that are actually good for you, instead of reaching for unhealthy choices? Below, Jean Hailes naturopath Sandra Villella talks about her tips and winter-food winners, explaining how they can help you through the colder months and how to get more of these ingredients … Read More

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