TRADITIONAL MEXICAN CORN TORTILLAS (GLUTEN FREE)

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Here is our foolproof recipe for making delicious homemade tortillas. Using our specialty masa lista flour, these will have you thinking you are in dining in the heart of Mexico. Masa lista flour is made from 100% corn flour and treated with lime to make it more alkaline and easier to digest. It is high in fibre and protein and is also gluten free, so suitable for those with sensitive digestion, gluten intolerance or Coeliac disease.

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KITCHEN ESSENTIALS PART 2 – APPLE CIDER VINEGAR

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Apple Cider Vinegar is made from fermenting apple juice using bacteria and yeast, producing a fresh and sour tasting amber coloured liquid.  Often you will notice floaty particles in the vinegar and this indicates the presence of the culture used to produce the vinegar and is only present in healthy unpasterised or unheated vinegar and always found in organic vinegar.

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TEFF PANCAKES WITH COCONUT YOGHURT & RASPBERRIES

teff-pancakesOne of our store managers suffers from coeliacs disease and is always looking for inspiration in trying new recipes that fit into her gluten free lifestyle. When we recently started to stock Teff flour and grain she was very excited to try these two products out and made these very delicious Teff pancakes adding coyo (coconut yoghurt), raspberries and honey. A woman of many talents, she even captured the image herself. She said they were so good, we couldn’t not share them. Continue reading

SAVOURY CHICKPEA PANCAKES (GLUTEN FREE)

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We love experimenting with all the different varieties of gluten free flours in store and how to use them. Chickpea (or besan) flour is one of our favourites and we find a lot of our customers asking how to use it.

Traditionally it is used in Indian cooking to make pakora, chapati or naan breads, or as a thickener in curries or dahl. However we love using it to make savoury pancakes adding in loads of yummy vegetables to make it a complete tasty meal.

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GLUTEN FREE SWAPS WITH NATUROPATH CASEY-LEE LYONS

 

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Living a gluten free lifestyle often means having to find substitutes for many ingredients/food products. At first this can seem like a big task but it can actually be quite simple and fun. Being ‘gluten free’ doesn’t mean you have to miss out. With a few healthy swaps you can enjoy a nourishing and delicious diet that provides a great balance of nutrition whilst avoiding gluten.

I believe the best way to avoid gluten and to nourish your body is to stick to whole and fresh food sources as much as possible.

Here is a simple list of gluten free swaps that I hope supports and inspires you to make healthy meals and snacks to nourish yourself and your family.

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MOROCCAN CAPSICUM DIP

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This is one of our favourite homemade dip recipes and in perfect timing as we prepare for springtime and the season of getting together with friends and family.

So easy to make and absolutely delicious, this Moroccan style dip is great to accompany a roast lamb, some spicy fish, a hearty bean salad or on its own with a tasty cracker.

Serving Size: One size for all – first in.

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium red capsicums
  • 1 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
  • ¾ cup roasted cashews
  • ½ cup semi dried tomatoes (drained)
  • 1 tablespoon mild Moroccan spice mix
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • Chopped free parsley to garnish

Method:

  1. Roast the capsicums in a hot oven (200’C) for 15 minutes, or until tender and starting to brown up. Allow to cool and place in your food processor (remove the skin if you prefer).
  2. Add the parmesan, cashews, semi-dried tomatoes and Moroccan spice blend and process for 10 seconds.
  3. Add the olive oil and process until just combined (still a little chunky), then season with salt and pepper where needed.

Inspiration:

For a dairy free option, replace the parmesan with ½ cup of fresh parsley.

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AFFORDABLE WHOLEFOODS MEETS NUDE NUTRITIONIST LYNDI COHEN

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When we first stumbled upon Lyndi Cohen; Nude Nutritionist and Chanel 9 TV Dietition, we fell in love with her playful and relaxed approach to dieting. Lyndi doesn’t hide the fact that she has struggled with her weight in the past and shares openly in her blogs and with her clients  how she discovered a way of eating that naturally resulted in weight loss and greater vitality in her life. Lyndis food philosophy includes a diet that is rich in wholefoods as well as bucket loads of self understanding and self care. She radiates health from the inside out and it has been a joy to collaborate with her on the Affordable Wholefoods Blog.

“If you are serious about feeling amazing and loving your body, you need to ditch your desire to be lean or skinny and instead, fully embrace the idea of eating well and exercising to be healthy and feel good”. 

Lyndi Cohen

Here’s what Lyndi shared recently in an interview with Affordable Wholefoods.

AW:       How did you get into Wholefoods?

Lyndi:   Ever since I can remember, I struggled with my weight and was constantly yo-yo dieting. But instead of helping me achieve my dream body, dieting made me obsessed with counting calories, over exercising and depriving myself. I would eat processed foods as long as they were low in calories and fit my idea of what healthy meant!

In 2011, I was diagnosed with clinical anxiety and an eating disorder – something I’ve openly shared and spoken about on my blog. The diagnosis rocked me to the core but it was actually the life-changing moment I needed to help me rethink my relationship with food.

I learnt that eating a wholefoods diets is a simple, stress-free way to live. You don’t need to count calories or restrict – just eat real foods from nature! Since embracing whole foods, I have discovered the joy and freedom of eating again. I’ve fallen in love with food again and as an added bonus, lost over 20kg.

AW:       What do you love about eating a diet that is rich in wholefoods?

Lyndi:   I love the simplicity of eating whole foods! When you embrace whole foods instead counting calories or dieting – it’s a relief because you don’t need to read ingredients list anymore. When you eat wholefoods, you can trust that the food is good for you. Eating wholefoods means I don’t need to stress about whether something is ‘good’ or ‘bad’ anymore. It’s really so simple.

I also love how affordable it can be eat a wholefoods diet! It’s far more expensive to buy processed foods and you also miss out on the fun of making your own creation.

AW:       Do you have a favourite wholefoods recipe at the moment?

Lyndi:     I am obsessed with banana nice-cream as a yummy treat! It’s so delicious and easy to make.

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