It seems anxiety is the buzz word these days (no pun intended) and something many of us can relate to experiencing at some point in our lives. Anxiety affects us on many levels, from a slight feeling of uneasiness, to the ‘butterflies’ in the stomach feeling and on to more extreme levels of anxiety often experienced as panic attacks, rapid breathing and a rise in heart rate. Yet, no matter what level of anxiety we experience, it all has a wearing down effect on our nervous and endocrine systems which eventually leads to physical exhaustion.
Yet another gem from Tris of Balanced Body Nutrition. This one uses many of our favourite products including chia seeds, Medjool dates, sunflowers seeds and pepitas. Super nutritious, nutty and delicious! As a healthy snack, this recipe pretty much speaks for itself.
Following on from last weeks article Understanding Gut Health by Jesabe Warner, here are our top wholefoods for fostering a healthy gut.
Recently joining our team of fantastic food bloggers is the charming Evanna Kate. Evanna has worked with food in the hospitality industry for the past 9 years, spending some of that time training as a chef. She now works for Affordable Wholefoods as well as taking up the role of baker and barista part-time in the popular local ‘Clunes Cafe’.
Another inspiring recipe from Nutritionist Casey-Lee Lyons of Live Love Nourish. For those of you who are new to our recipe blog, Casey-Lee has a great business that runs out of Brisbane hosting interactive online nutrition programs for healthy living. All the recipes contributed by Casey-Lee on our site are gluten, dairy and refined sugar free which fits with her food philosophy.
Eating a diet rich in wholefoods offers so many benefits not only with our physical & mental health, but also the health of the environment we live in.
To celebrate this weeks 100th episode of our Newsletter we are sharing an old family favourite. A rich chocolate cake, no holds barred. This one comes with all the trimmings and tastes divine. Enjoy! Continue reading
In a world where allergies, anxiety and attention disorders are sky-rocketing in our kids, there is much to be said about eating a wholefoods diet and its role in the prevention and treatment of these conditions. It is also a great way to educate children, and bring more fun into eating for them as they explore the different textures, tastes and shapes of natural wholefoods.
When you ask Nutritionist & Naturopath Casey-Lee Lyons for a popcorn recipe or two, oh boy does she deliver. Here is a fun popcorn snack with homemade sticky caramel for all the sweet tooth’s out there.
How to make stove top popcorn (makes approx 8 cups)
- Heat oil in a thick bottomed saucepan (with lid).
- Melt coconut oil. Put 3-4 kernels into the oil, when kernels pop the temperature is right. Add the rest of your popcorn (across one even layer).
- Cover (with a lid slightly ajar for drier and crispier popcorn) and remove from heat for 30 seconds (this helps to even the temperature so that they pop at the same time).
- Return to heat. Once popping slows remove from heat.
- Allow to cool.
Sticky Caramel Popcorn
- Serving Size: makes 3 cups
- Cook time: 10 minutes
- 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
- 1 tbsp hulled tahini
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 3 cups popped popcorn
- Set aside popcorn in a heat proof mixing bowl.
- In a small saucepan combine maple syrup, tahini and coconut oil. Mix well.
- Over medium heat allow the syrup to come to a boil and leave to bubble away for a full minute.
- Remove from heat and pour over popped popcorn.
- Mix to combine caramel with popcorn.
- Allow to cool in fridge. Store in an air-tight glass container in your fridge for freshness.
Not only do herbs and spices improve the taste of our food, they also provide a range of nutrients and health benefits. Some spices are known to boost metabolism, improve insulin sensitivity and improve digestion. Many herbs and spices also contain more disease-fighting antioxidants per gram than fruits and vegetables.