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Raw Transformations

raw-foods

The health benefits associated with a balanced raw food diet are numerous and include a healthier weight and reduced fatigue. But aside from bright eyes and luminous skin, raw food diets have been shown to improve the well being in individuals with serious chronic illnesses, such as fibromyalgia and diabetes. The former, often defined by overactive nerves and constant, widespread pain, can be debilitating to those afflicted and currently has no cure. However, improvement has been found in cases with diet changes and daily exercise regimes. While each individual is sensitive to different foods, many people with fibromyalgia have felt… read more

Holiday Leftovers Done Right

Holiday Leftovers Done Right

Food waste is an issue in the home kitchen, and after the holidays are over the leftovers can still be lingering. Thinking of creative ways to put a new spin on what’s left can be money saving and can also offer a new experience for the tastebuds. Cranberries are a seasonal favorite, but sometimes cranberry sauce gets left by the bowlful, as its rich and tart taste goes a long way. For a neat way to use fresh or cooked cranberries, a homemade liqueur updates a French cocktail classic called cranberry kir royale. After cranberries steep in the concoction of… read more

Quick Vegetarian Tortillas

Vegetarian Tortillas

For a healthy and quick meal, try these vegetarian torillas. With ingredients that most of us would find in the pantry, they can be whipped up in no time. Ingredients Olive oil 2 cans of red kidney beans, washed, drained 1 can of chopped tomatoes 1 medium sized onion, peeled, chopped 1 clove of garlic, minced 2 tbls cumin powder 2 tbls coriander powder 1 teaspoon chilli powder ½ red pepper (capsicum), thinly sliced Guacamole 1 large avocado ½ red onion thinly sliced, diced 1 lime, juiced Black pepper and sea salt Chilli sauce or ½ small chilli, sliced To… read more

Lentils For Life

Lentils for Life

With the meat industry producing more greenhouse gases than all forms of transport on earth, there are a million reasons to go meat free. Even if it is just for one day or at the very least one meal. Below is a great recipe for dahl (lentils) that will satisfy your taste buds without harming the planet. Ingredients 1 cup Split Red Lentils 1 cinnamon stick 2 bay leaves ½ lemon 3 cups water 1 med onion ½ tsp garam marsala 2 tsp tumeric 1 tsp ground cumin ½ bunch of fresh coriander salt yoghurt ½ capsicum ½ sweet potato 3… read more

15 New Year’s Resolutions

2013 New Years Resolutions

We are just hours away from the new year so it’s time to make promises about how we’ll better ourselves in the year ahead. Some resolutions are small and others are a lifelong challenge. More New Year’s resolutions are broken than kept every year, especially if they are not whole hearted decisions. Going green is a great way to start off the new year. Choose a few specific ways to green your life in 2013. Below are 15 suggestions to get you started. 1. Stop using paper and plastic bags all together. Start carrying at least one reusable bag with… read more

Spanakopita

Spanakopita

Another meat free meal and this Greek dish is one of my all time favourites! The main ingredient is spinach or, my preference, silverbeet. I find that the silverbeet is meatier, more textured. There are many benefits to the leafy greens such as vitamins C, K, and B, and minerals including folic acid, calcium, iron, selenium, zinc, manganese, magnesium, potassium, beta-carotene and antioxidants. Below is a recipe that can be served hot or cold and is a great meat-free meal. Ingredients olive oil 1 onion, finely chopped 1 bunch shallots (spring onions), finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1.2kg spinach… read more

Meat vs Plant Diets

Animal based diet vs plant based diet

Increasing amounts of meat are consumed annually across the globe. The consumption of meat is associated with higher obesity rates, bad cholesterol, and cardiovascular disease. Animal protein is one of the main risk factors for cancer and 23 percent of global water usage is used to raise livestock.  This includes 80 percent of freshwater in the U.S. These numbers can be overwhelming and you may wonder where you fit within all these statistics, but there is great deal that can be achieved by one person. It can start with a change in diet. First we must realize that vegan and… read more