Mixed Quinoa Salad

My beautiful mother in law bought this salad to a family house warming a few weeks back and it was amazing! It was so good I had to steal the recipe to make for my mum while I am back in New Zealand. I have made a couple of adjustments to the original but you…

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Apple vs Coke?

So my dietitian says I can have margarine but not avocado and I can have diet coke but not an apple. Tell me where did we go so wrong? Now I don’t consider myself as the general public when it comes to diet knowledge, I am a qualified Personal Trainer and avid researcher of all…

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Super Quinoa

Native to South America and once a staple foods of the Incas, Quinoa, pronounced ‘Keenwah’ is all the rage at the moment.  You have probably seen it in some of my recipes such as Mixed Quinoa Salad and Tomato Quinoa salad. A couple of big reasons why I use it often are its high in protein (great for vegos or vegans)…

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Pumkin and Spinach Brown Rice Penne

I have been trying to move away from the pre-packaged ‘gluten free’ brands of pasta due to a lot of unnecessary ingredients and I have been playing in the bulk bins at the organic store. My newest find has been brown rice pasta. As with most gluten free pasta it is still a little fragile,…

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Tomato Quinoa Salad

This is a great side either on its own or on a bed of spinach or kale. You will see in the pic I have teamed it with the yummy Pumpkin and Spinach Brown Rice Penne. Ingredients (serves 2 sides) 2 Handfuls of mixed quinoa (I love the grainy texture of the mixed variety, you…

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Have you fallen off the health wagon?

When you start shifting all the toxic elements out of your life, it is amazing how in tune you become to your body, nature and the universe. You remove all the ‘noise’ and everything starts to become clear. Sometimes, we stray a little and if we are aware we get little signs helping bring us…

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Basic Uses for Coconut Oil

  I could write forever about the uses for this amazing oil due its antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiviral, moisturising and detoxing benefits! If you keep these properties in mind, you can use it whenever you need these benefits. Check out my coconut oil post from last week for all the goody treats you get from coconut…

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Perception is Reality

Have you ever paused for a moment and stepped in another mans shoes? Could you see their point of view? If you have, then you a probably more emotionally mature than most. This can be a very challenging exercise, to humble yourself, to consider that there may be another way of looking at things, another…

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Celery, Cucumber and Kale Green Smoothie 1

This is my recipe for this morning’s green smoothie. Its one of my favourites as it has just the right amount of fruit for where I am at the moment. I am working towards 100% vegetables however it is quite hard to have no sugar after a lifetime of being addicted.Ingredients 1/3 cup oat milk3…

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Get Skinny by Eating Fat

As a personal trainer, eating saturated fats has always been a big no no. Saturated fats cause high cholesterol, obesity, heart disease and cancer.  Coconut oil however unlike most common vegetable oils contains medium chain fatty acids (MCFA) instead of long chain fatty acids (LCFA). This means being smaller, they are easily digested and burned…

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