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Red Sweet Potato Chips

Crunchy, salty and sweet! Absolutely delicious baked red sweet potato chips. A gorgeous gluten free snack or side dish.

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Red sweet potatoes have a lovely flavour and when the skin is left on there is a lovely crunch and chewiness that adds to the texture.

They can be a bit more expensive than the orange sweet potatoes but if l buy the really large funny shaped ones they are often quite cheap.

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Wash the outside of the potato really well and then slice into chips with a sharp knife. I like to slice them length ways so the chips are really long. Place on a tray line with baking paper and drizzle with olive oil. Top with a generous sprinkle of sea salt. Place in a hot oven (200 degrees celcius) and bake until golden. You can turn them once while cooking if desired. Serve straight away and top with extra salt if desired.

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Enjoy your golden and delicious chips.

My green smoothie creation!

My smoothie recipe! I have this green smoothie most days of the week. The ingredients are quite constant with a few variations now and then. It is really delicious, highly nutritious and very filling. Detox, up the greens in your diet and be kind to your digestive system.

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So green!

I have a basic list of ingredients which suits me. You will want to tweek the recipe to suits your tastes and likes. I make a whole blender full of smoothie which sometimes lasts just one day but mostly now l drink it over two days. Sometimes l drink the smoothie in the morning, especially in the warmer weather but often it replaces lunch. I keep it in great containers that are so convenient to take with me when l am out and about. I use a high speed blender which l love. It breaks up the ingredients and is large enough to make a big batch. I fill the blender so it is over flowing as the greens really break down.

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The Recipe:

1 tablespoon black chia seeds

1 tablespoon flax seeds

1 teaspoon greens powder

1 cup coconut water

1/2 to 1 cup filtered water (depending on how thick you want the smoothie)

1/4 to 1/2 of a lemon or lime

1/2 cup frozen pineapple (strawberries, berries, banana etc)

2 large stalks of fresh celery

Lots of greens. Examples are half a small cos lettuce  and 2 cups of fresh spinach (try not to overload on the spinach or kale as examples due to oxalate content)

A small handful of fresh mint

Place all of the ingredients in the blender and mix well. I usually need to stop and use the pusher to fit it all in the blender.

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The blender is full and often over flowing.
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Buy a good quality greens powder
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Invest in some good containers.
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A smoothie on the go. Break down those barriers to eating well.

Adjust the recipe to suit your own needs. It may take time to drink a smoothie that is this green. You can add a bit more fruit when starting out. There is so much fibre and goodness in this drink. Over time you will grow to love this liquid gold and will adapt the recipe to suit your own needs and lifestyle.

I take liquid fish oil each day and add it to my smoothie. It can be a great place to add those supplements that may be otherwise difficult to take. Use the drink to your advantage and to make a meal out of it add some nuts to snack on, beef jerkey or piece of whole fruit such as an orange. Keep your diet natural and see the benefits.

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Walnut and Sweet Potato Cake

A really lovely cake with the sweetness of sweet potato and the goodness of so many natural ingredients. Gluten, dairy and processed sugar free and very easy to make.

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A perfect treat for morning tea.

I like to have snacks ready so that when l am working l can just grab them from the freezer and quickly pack my lunch box. This cake is a great lunch box filler as you can pack it frozen and it is ready to eat when needed mid morning or at lunch time. You can easily double the recipe if you are having a cook up and you can substitute the nuts with another kind or swap the sweet potato to something like pumpkin or carrot. This recipe cuts well and when the cake is cool l cut it with a serrated bread knife and wrap each piece individually with cling wrap and freeze.

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A firm cake that holds together well.

Ingredients:

2 cups organic almond meal (keep this in the fridge)

1/4 cup organic coconut flour

5 large eggs (700 grams) (These should also be kept in the fridge)

A generous 1/4 cup organic coconut oil

A generous 1/4 cup raw organic honey (or organic honey)

1 teaspoon organic cinnamon

1 teaspoon Bicarb Soda (Bob’s Red Mill Brandon is good)

1/2 cup walnuts (this measurement is when they are whole and not ground). Process these in the food processor until in small broken up pieces.

1 cup grated sweet potato (This measure is the sweet potato loosely filling the cup)

Method:

Place all of the dry ingredients in a bowl. Place the eggs in another bowl and whisk. In a saucepan warm up the coconut oil and honey until a liquid. Let cool.

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Everything is ready to be mixed together.

Add the liquid to the egg mix then add the grated sweet potato and walnuts. Now add this mix into the bowl with the dry ingredients and stir until combine.

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Use a spatula to combine all of the ingredients. Look out for the lumps of coconut flour and squash with the spatula.

Place in a greased square or rectangular metal or glass baking dish which has the base lined with baking paper. I grease the inside of the baking dish with the organic coconut oil.

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Greased and lined.
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Smooth the top with a spatula.

Bake in a 160 Degree Celsius oven until the outside of the cake is golden and the middle firmish. Don’t let the cake burn but the outside will be quite darkish brown when done.

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Let the cake cool in the tin for a few minutes. Cut around the edge with a knife to separate the cake from the baking dish.
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The edge pieces are nice and crunchy. Use a serrated knife when cutting for the best results.

This cake is lovely warm, but also freezes well. If you like it you can multiply the ingredients and make several so that they are on hand when needed. You can freeze them whole or in single slices and it is surprising how lovely the organic coconut oil is in baked goods and the cake still has a sweetness to it even though it has only a small amount of honey in it.

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Avocado and Chia seed slice.

How about this for a wild flavour combination! The creaminess and goodness of natural avocado with the highly nutritious and texture laden chia seeds. A raw and frozen, high healthy fat snack with a natural sugar kick of raw honey. So simple to make in the food processor and completely made of Whole Foods and completely gluten & dairy free. 

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A creamy and delicious snack

Ingredients:

2 cups nuts (activated almonds or similar)

1 cup raw cashews

1/2 cup coconut flakes or shredded coconut

1 large or 2 small avocados

3 tablespoons raw honey

1 cup coconut oil

1/4 cup chia seeds.

Place all ingredients in the blender and process until smooth and creamy.

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I processed a few of the ingredients and then added some more. This will depend on the power of your food processor.
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The coconut oil can be added as a liquid which will help it blend quicker.
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Place into a baking dish lined with paper and smooth out evenly with a spatula. Place in the freezer until firm.
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Remove from the baking dish by lifting the edges of the paper.
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Slice into pieces using a sharp knife.

Return the slice to the freezer and have as desired. The whole process is quick and having these snacks in the freezer is so handy.

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A food processor is a wonderful resource to have in a Paleo kitchen.

I hope you enjoy this raw treat. Eat it mindfully and share the recipe with a friend so that we can spread the wellness message.

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Raw seed and nut bars!

A delicious raw and frozen snack bar that will add some sweetness to your day! This is a raw version of one of my most popular recipes ‘Sensational Seed and nut bars’ which are baked in the oven and have a crispier texture. This raw version is equally delicious but has the added benefit of not being baked which preserves the nutrients in ingredients such as raw honey. 

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So simple to make and delicious.

Having healthy snacks on hand is vital if you are going to avoid making poor food choices. Being on a restricted diet is hard enough without feeling hungry or as though you are missing out. These bars are healthy, sweet, paleo, gluten, dairy and processed sugar free. They are filled with natural goodness and can be kept in an air tight container in the freezer. All of the ingredients l use are organic and the nuts and larger seeds are activated which means l have soaked them in filtered water and sea salt for a day, rinsed them well and then dehydrated. This process helps to remove the anti-nutrients and support good digestion.

Ingredients:

1 cup activated organic sunflower seeds

1 cup activated organic pumpkin seeds

1 cup organic sesame seeds

1 cup black chia seeds

1 cup activated mixed nuts (e.g almond, walnut, and brazil)

A generous 1/2 cup organic shredded coconut

8 Medjool Dates seeded and chopped (roughly chop just to make it easier for the food processor)

A good 1/2 cup raw organic honey (use organic or regular honey if that is what you have)

1 cup of organic coconut oil

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These ingredients add a delicious flavour to the bars.

Place all ingredients into the food processor and mix until well combined. If your food processor isn’t very strong pulse the nuts and dates first to break them up a bit before adding the other ingredients.

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Place all ingredients into the food processor and pulse.
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All ingredients are broken down and well mixed.

Line a glass baking dish with baking paper and pour the mix in. Now is a good time to have a taste test. The mix should be sweet and delicious. Use a spatula to flatten the mix and make sure it is quite even across the whole dish.

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Place the slice in the freezer for several hours to set.
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Remove the slice carefully from the dish by holding the edges of the baking paper.
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Carefully slice the bars length ways with a sharp knife.
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Cut the bars into the size that you would like them and place in a tub in the freezer.
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A delicious and nutritious snack.

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Chocolate, Coconut and Beetroot Brownie

A brownie is like a cake but cut into squares and is often used as a dessert or snack. Usually chocolate and delicious this version adds the flavours of coconut and fresh beetroot with the raw cacao to produce an interesting and quirky flavour. Out of the oven they are extremely moreish and you can adjust the level of beetroot in the brownie to suit your particular tastes. 

Ingredients:

1 cup of blanched almond meal (you will need more liquid if you use the regular almond meal as the skin is very drying).

1 cup coconut flour

1 teaspoon baking soda (Bobs Red Mill)

4 free-range or organic eggs (700g)

1 cup shredded coconut (flakes or dessicated is o.k as well)

1/2 cup coconut oil

Generous 1/4 cup rice malt syrup

12 small spoonfuls of Pure Stevia (the equivalent of 1/4 cup sugar)

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Alter the amount depending on the product you use.

1/2 cup filtered water

2 level tablespoons raw cacao

1 small raw beetroot grated (use more or less depending on your tastes).

Method: 

Place all ingredients in the food processor and give a light mix until all combined. 

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An intense colour
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Place into a baking dish greased with coconut oil.
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Cook in a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees celsius until cooked but not overly done. Let it cool in the baking dish and then transfer to the cooling rack.
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Eat while warm when it is at its best.

Have a try swapping the beetroot with other vegetables such as sweet potato.

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Lemon, Coconut and Chia Seed Balls.

It is so much fun to just grab a healthy treat from the freezer knowing exactly what is in it and that it is going to taste excellent and be sustaining. These little balls are packed full of healthy fats from the nuts, coconut oil & chia seeds. Whip up a batch right now!

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A tangy lemon treat.

Ingredients:

2 cups of activated nuts (I used almonds)

1 cup of activated raw cashews

1 tablespoon chia seeds

Juice and zest of one lemon

1/2 cup coconut oil

1 cup shredded coconut

1/3 cup rice malt syrup

Method:

Place all ingredients in the food processor.

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All healthy and natural

Blitz until well combined and the nuts are broken down.

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Have a taste now.

Roll into small balls using your hands.

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This recipe makes approximately 20 balls.

These will go quite firm in the fridge if you are eating them within a day or two. Otherwise keep them in the freezer and eat them frozen or let them sit for a bit until they soften. Have one or two as a snack and enjoy.

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These can be made in around 5 minutes. Vary the nuts and add different flavours that suit your tastes.

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Coconut and cinnamon balls with Rainbow Superfood Blend

These tasty raw snacks have the most delicious sweet flavour and are packed with goodness. They are Paleo, gluten, dairy and processed sugar free and filled with nutritious ingredients. 

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Power packed snack.

These are the simplest balls to make and taste testing the mixture is part of the fun. You need a food processor to make these as there is quite a lot of blending required. The method is so simple with all ingredients placed into the food processor and blended until an even consistency.

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Just minutes to make with a food processor.

Ingredients:(everything organic if possible). This recipe makes approximately 12 balls. 

1 cup of raw activated nuts (l used almonds and brazil nuts)

3 tablespoons sesame seeds

2 tablespoons coconut flakes

1 teaspoon cinnamon

4 large medjool dates (seeds removed)

3 generous tablespoons coconut oil

1 level tablespoon of a superfood powder (I used Loving Earth Rainbow SuperFood blend)

Use a spoon to scoop a small amount of mixture out of the food processor and using your hands shape into a small ball. Cover in extra sesame seeds.

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Ready to be covered in sesame seeds.
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Looking good at this stage. A taste test here is highly appropriate.

Place the finished balls on a plate and place in the fridge for a couple of hours to firm up.

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A delightful Paleo snack.

As this mix makes a small quantity of balls you could keep them in the fridge for a few days and eat as desired. Alternatively you can freeze them especially if you are doubling the recipe. You can experiment with different types of superfood powders such as spirulina or acai berry or add some raw cacao for a chocolate flavour.

The Loving Earth Rainbow SuperFood Blend is in a 150g jar and cost me $45 from the health food shop. The ingredients are raw organic macqui, raw organic acai, wildcrafted gubinge, raw organic camu camu, organic spirulina and organic wheatgrass. I like adding it to raw recipes as heating it too much can impact the nutrient content.

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Green smoothies: A masterpiece every time!

A few hashtags to describe a green smoothie!

#nutritious #fibre #filling #colourful #healthy #fun #vegetables #fruit #raw #vitamins #minerals #antioxidants #tastesamazing #healthychoice #green

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Filled with green goodness.

Mental and practical roadblocks people use to not have a green smoothie in their life.

It it scary to drink a green smoothie

I don’t want to drink vegetables, especially green ones

There are things in there l won’t like

I’ve never had a chia seed

I don’t have a blender

The ingredients are expensive

It will taste awful

I’d rather have a normal fruit smoothie

Do any of these sound familiar? They can all be overcome if you can think out side of your comfort zone. If you don’t have a blender they can be purchased very cheaply or you can borrow one, and if you grow your own green leafy vegetables that is another one crossed off the list.

Take the plunge and try a simple recipe for your first smoothie that is guaranteed to be delicious. You can even leave the chia seeds out.

Cos lettuce (fill up half the blender with this, but make sure it is well washed), one small banana, one navel orange, 1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional), some fresh mint and enough plain coconut water to give a good consistency to drink or you can eat it with a spoon.

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Just pile all of the ingredients into the blender and process. Pour it into a glass and enjoy!

 

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An amazing colour with a wonderful sweet flavour.

A green smoothie is different to a green juice. A juice has most of the fibre removed and is much lighter to drink and digest. When l was very unwell last year l loved having a green juice as the nutrients were quickly and easily broken down and absorbed for use in the body, whereas a smoothie was too heavy for me and l just couldn’t digest them.

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A green juice made with the Cold Pressed juicer.

Part of the joy of drinking a green smoothie is that it is green!

A green smoothie can quickly turn a not so nice colour if you add certain ingredients to it such as raspberries, blueberries or blackberries. It could go a brown colour and will taste great, but won’t look so appetising.

Choosing your ingredients:

1. Start by picking your choice of greens. You can have just the one such as cos lettuce, kale, spinach or silverbeet or a mixture. Cos lettuce is so sweet and lovely and l love the smaller green spinach leaves.

2. What liquid are you going to have in your juice? I would advise either plain coconut water or filtered water.

3. Choose the fruit you are going to add. This could be banana, apple, peach, apricot, pear, mango, pineapple, orange and mandarin as examples. Citrus is wonderful as it will help your body absorb the iron from the greens.

4. Add a few interesting things to your smoothie. Limes and lemon’s with the skin on will give the smoothie a kick, while fresh ginger and herbs such as parsley and mint will help to enhance the flavour.

5. Add additional nutrients such as chia seeds, green powders or nuts.

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This smoothie has lots of greens, a few strawberries, chia seeds, activated almonds, orange and filtered water.
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This was such a filling smoothie and there are speckles of red through it from the strawberries.

A way to combine a green smoothie with a more colourful ingredients and still have it looking good is to have some fun putting it together as in the one below. Both the green and pink sections tasted wonderful, but when mixed together were a not so nice brown colour.

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A green smoothie with a dash of colour!

The green section is cos lettuce, banana, green apple and coconut water. The pink layer is strawberries, blueberries, acai berry powder, chia seeds, banana and coconut water. I make the green part first and pour it into two glasses and wash the blender, then make the pink part. The decorative pointy bits l do with a stainless steel straw and it looks nice to drink!

A smoothie can easily be a meal if you add in good sources of protein such as chia seeds and nuts. I drink them slowly as it is a lot of liquid going into the stomach all at once and adding the nuts and chia seeds make it a bit heavier and thicker as well as slowing down the digestion of the sugars in the drink. Sometimes l have a handful of nuts with the smoothie if it has a lot of fruit in it and this balances out the snack.

The best way to get started on your smoothie adventure is to fill up your fridge with lots of healthy fresh food. Here is a quick snapshot of my fridge as it looks most of the time.

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I really need a bigger fridge!

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