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Green tea with lemon and coconut oil

Start your day with a warming tea that is satisfying, calming, alkalising and filling. An all natural drink that will help support your wellbeing, kick start your metabolism for the day and support the detox systems within your body. Not such an unusual flavour combination once you taste it and the inclusion of the coconut oil helps you to feel energised for hours. A great way to care and nourish your body at the start of a busy day. 

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Simple and quick to make on a busy day.

Ingredients:

A good quality green tea of your choice

Filtered Water

A fresh lemon

One teaspoon Organic Coconut Oil

Your favourite Mug

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Simple and natural ingredients

Fill your mug with freshly boiled filtered water. Place the tea bag in and let it sit for about 5 minutes. Remove the tea bag and add the juice of a small lemon and the coconut oil.

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Adding the lemon using my favourite kitchen gadget.
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Just a small teaspoon of coconut oil.

Gently stir the coconut oil into the drink.

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The coconut oil will slowly melt.
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Stir the drink gently with a spoon until the oil has melted. Sip slowly and enjoy. Once the drink is 2/3’s gone fill the mug with more hot water and enjoy another cup that will still be fragrant but not quite as strong.

This is a really soothing and lovely drink that will sustain you for many hours so you can enjoy a late breakfast and focus on doing other things when the mornings are so busy. Drink this tea mindfully and think about the goodness that is going into your body and plan the day ahead of you.

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 hard nuts (I used almonds)

1 cup of raw cashews

1 tablespoon chia seeds

Juice and zest of one lemon

1/2 cup coconut oil

1 cup shredded coconut

1/2 cup rice malt syrup (1/3 cup honey or maple syrup can be substituted)

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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Green tea with lemon and coconut oil

Start your day with a warming tea that is satisfying, calming, alkalising and filling. An all natural drink that will help support your wellbeing, kick start your metabolism for the day and support the detox systems within your body. Not such an unusual flavour combination once you taste it and the inclusion of the coconut oil helps you to feel energised for hours. A great way to care and nourish your body at the start of a busy day. 

2015-06-16 07.17.08
Simple and quick to make on a busy day.

Ingredients:

A good quality green tea of your choice

Filtered Water

A fresh lemon

One teaspoon Organic Coconut Oil

Your favourite Mug

2015-06-16 07.11.49
Simple and natural ingredients

Fill your mug with freshly boiled filtered water. Place the tea bag in and let it sit for about 5 minutes. Remove the tea bag and add the juice of a small lemon and the coconut oil.

2015-06-16 07.12.50
Adding the lemon using my favourite kitchen gadget.
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Just a small teaspoon of coconut oil.

Gently stir the coconut oil into the drink.

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The coconut oil will slowly melt.
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Stir the drink gently with a spoon until the oil has melted. Sip slowly and enjoy. Once the drink is 2/3’s gone fill the mug with more hot water and enjoy another cup that will still be fragrant but not quite as strong.

This is a really soothing and lovely drink. You will need to be close to a toilet as it does go through your system quite quickly. It keeps me sustained for many hours so l can enjoy a late breakfast and focus on doing other things when the mornings are so busy. Drink this tea mindfully and think about the goodness that is going into your body and plan the day ahead of you.

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Lemon, walnut and silverbeet quinoa risotto

Quinoa (pronounced Keen-wah) is a nutritious gluten-free grain alternative and is in fact a seed from a vegetable linked to swiss chard, spinach and beets. It is considered a super food and is high in protein, with a good balance of all 8 essential amino acids, making it a good choice for vegetarians. It is also high in fibre and has a low-GI, beneficial for keeping blood sugar levels stable as well as having a slightly alkaline effect on the body.

This dish was very quick to make as l pre-cooked the quinoa and the flavours in it were lovely. There was a strong hint of lemon, a crunch from the walnuts and a flavour kick from the addition of fresh ginger and cumin.

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The risotto is quite sticky so it held together nicely when l placed it in a glass ramekin to shape.

I was inspired to make this risotto as l have a vegetable garden filled with greens including masses of silverbeet. There is no need to follow my recipe to the letter as part of cooking is having fun and experimenting with new ingredients and flavours, and my cooking is quite plain due to food intolerances, so you may wish to spice it up a bit more.

Ingredients:

2 cups organic quinoa (l used white)

Filtered water

Olive oil

1 tablespoon organic tomato paste

1 small tomato diced

1/2 red capsicum diced

1/2 teaspoon cumin

3 large leaves of silverbeet

Fresh parsley and basil chopped

1 cm fresh gInger finely sliced

2 spring onion green tops sliced

5 snow peas sliced

1/2 carrot finely diced

1 cup roughly chopped raw activated walnuts (or another nut)

Lemon juice and zest of 1/2 a lemon

1 tablespoon Organic apple cider vinegar

Pink rock salt and ground black pepper (season to taste)

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White quinoa

Cooking quinoa requires some pre-planning as it needs to be soaked and rinsed prior to cooking. I soaked 2 cups of quinoa in filtered water all day and then rinsed just before cooking to remove the bitter tasting saponins. You can soak it for a shorter time such as 30 minutes if that is all the time you have. I placed the rinsed quinoa in a saucepan and covered with filtered water so that there was about an inch of water on top of the grain. I brought it to the boil, then let it simmer with the lid on until the water was absorbed and the seeds had popped open. You can turn the heat off at this point while the rest of the dish cooks.

In a fry pan place a splash of olive oil, the organic tomato paste, tomato, red capsicum and cumin. Let that cook for a minute then add the quinoa and mix well. Now add the rest of the ingredients and season well to taste with pink rock salt and ground black pepper.

Give it a good mix for a couple of minutes and serve. I spooned mine into a ramekin, then turned it upside down and let it slip out onto the plate. It looked lovely when it was on the table garnished with lemon rind and parsley.

If you don’t have the ingredients listed just use what you have in the fridge and you can also make the risotto the traditional way by adding the liquid in small intervals to the uncooked quinoa.

Below l have included a link to my favourite supplier of all organic goods such as quinoa and other pantry essentials. They offer a great service and very good prices with free delivery if your purchase is over a certain amount which is listed on their website depending on your location.

bulk wholefoods
A fabulous online store for my Australian followers.

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Banana, Coconut, Lemon and Poppy seed cake (gluten, dairy and processed sugar free)

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A piece or two for morning tea!

This cake is made with real ingredients and as a result each of the flavours can be tasted when enjoying this cake. The fresh banana, lemon juice, lemon zest, organic shredded coconut and poppy seeds give this cake a lovely balance and depth of flavour which is extremely satisfying. When making this cake l used the base recipe that l have for all of my Paleo cakes and l was heading in the direction of a banana or lemon cake, when the idea came to combine them. I couldn’t resist adding poppy seeds as they go so well with lemon, and l adore coconut and the flavour is already in the cake from the organic coconut oil.

Place all of the dry ingredients  into a bowl and mix with a spoon:

2 cups of almond meal

1/4 cup of organic coconut flour

1/2 cup poppy seeds

1/2 cup organic shredded coconut

1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

 Place all of the wet ingredients into another bowl and mix gently until combined:

6 free range eggs

1/4 cup organic coconut oil gently melted

1/4 cup raw organic honey gently melted (organic honey is fine).

2 large bananas mashed with a fork

Lemon zest and juice. I used 4 small lemons but you could use 2 large ones. Grate the zest into the mix and add the lemon juice.

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The dry and wet ingredients combined.

Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl containing the dry ingredients and mix gently but thoroughly with a spoon.

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Ready for the oven!

Place the mix into a greased and lined loaf pan and cook in a 180 degree celsius oven until golden. Use your own visuals and experience with your oven to determine if your cake is cooked and when done gently turn onto a cake rack.

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Just out of the oven!

I have tried this cake warm, just out of the oven and cold the next day. The banana flavour is more intense in the cake when hot and l preferred it cold the next day for that reason. It is quite a dense cake and held together very well. You could ice it with your favourite mix if desired but l just left it plain as there was so much flavour already and it is a very moist cake.

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I cut this cake as soon as it was out of the oven and the smell was lovely.

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A juice for a hot day!

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This juice is a really stunning colour which makes it very inviting to drink. I rushed off in the car yesterday to pick my children up from school and forgot to take my drink bottle with me. I literally have this drink bottle which is filled with filtered water with me at all times and sip it constantly. By the time l got home l was really thirsty as it was a very warm Melbourne afternoon and l was gone for around one hour. Because of my digestive issues l just couldn’t drink enough water to catch up and l was so busy making lunches and dinner that l started to crave a really refreshing juice, rather than a meal. I made the rest of the family a lovely roasted free range chicken served with salad and myself the very delicious juice pictured above. Over about an hour l managed to drink it all and l felt thoroughly satisfied and my strong thirst was gone. I usually share my juices with the family but on this occasion l decided that l should spoil myself and as l had cut up half a watermelon for my husband and children to eat for dessert, they seemed not to notice what l was having. I also tried out my new stainless steel straws which l can highly recommend. I always drink through a straw which is related to sensitivity in my teeth and the plastic ones were such a problem to dispose of and a real waste. I bought a pack of four stainless steel ones which came with a little brush to clean them. Not being able to bite them as you can with a plastic straw takes some getting used to, but they are wider than a normal straw so you get a good amount of liquid through them.

Ingredients:

2 green apples with the skin on (well washed)

1 lebanese cucumber-well washed with the seeds removed

1 bunch of bok choy or a similar green

1/2 a lemon with the skin on-washed

A small handful of mint.

I processed this through my cold press juicer and had it straight away. It would be nice with some ice added and a small amount of ginger would add to the taste.

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Lemon and raspberry smoothie

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On a super hot Summer afternoon a refreshing drink is required, and a glass of this lemony drink is very fulfilling. This recipe makes several glasses and is very easy to make in your blender.

Place in the blender:

1 small lemon with the skin on-washed and seeds removed

1/2 a green apple with the skin on (or a whole one if it is small)

1 tablespoon black chia seeds

1/2 cm piece of fresh ginger (more or less depending on your liking for it)

250 ml plain coconut water

1 generous cup of frozen raspberries

Mix the ingredients on high until nicely blended then serve.