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Brought to you by two fun loving raw vegans, Courtney and Todd.

This space is for you, to learn all about eating to heal and nurture your body, bring clarity to the mind, and in a way that is gentle on the earth and does not cause harm to other sentient beings.

Everything in this world is made up of energy, including us. When we feed our bodies living, plant-based, raw foods, alive with enzymes, minerals, vitamins and water, we are feeding ourselves foods of a higher vibration.
High vibrational foods feed your body on all levels, physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. A high vibrational diet, rich in life force energy will not only bring you health and healing, but will also help connect you to the Earth, connect you to your source energy, amplify your intuition and give you a far more positive outlook on life.
Our desire is to share our knowledge on raw, high vibrational foods; to provide recipes; review products; share our favourite books and plenty more information to help educate and inspire others to make empowering food choices that positively impact their own lives and the beautiful planet we call home.

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Many Blessings and enjoy the blog posts below.

Courtney & Todd
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Saturday, 9 May 2015

Raw Vegan Stir Fry!!

Hey friends, hope you're having a beautiful weekend.

It's been nice and sunny this last week in Perth and we are trying to latch onto as much sun as possible before the showers kick in this coming week. Just in time for our engagement party too!
Fingers crossed (and gratitude sent to the universe in advance) in the hope that we can pinch a few extra sunny days next weekend to make our special celebration even more special.
:)

So it's a Saturday night and we've had a busy arvo doing the usual house type chores. You know bit of gardening, bit of cleaning, bit of washing, all that exciting stuff haha.
But none of that mattered because we had a delicious little dinner dehydrating throughout the day, which is now digesting in our tummies.

A raw vegan stir fry is easy, delicious, and is perfect for those families or friends that are a bit reluctant to try raw vegan dinners. Let's face it you don't even have to use the term 'raw' or 'vegan' as they'll think it's been cooked anyway because it tastes so damn good!

Also this is the kind of dish that you can make quickly in the morning, with just about any veggies you have in the fridge, throw it in the dehydrator (with love of course) and it'll be ready to go when you get home.


So here's what we put in our stir fry.

Ingredients:

1 Head of Broccoli - Cut off the florets, but not too small as they will shrink a little when dehydrated.
A handful of mushrooms - Give them a wipe clean and slice them up.
2 capsicums - sliced thin (we prefer red or yellow to add some colour)
2-3 carrots - We sliced ours pretty thin into circles rather than along the length of the carrot. It can be mesmerizing looking at the cross section of an organic carrot. You soon realize why they are so good for the eyes :D

2 Zucchinis - Spiralized on the thinner setting if you have that option on your spiralizer.
Handful of sesame seeds

Sauce:
2 Tbsp of CocoSoy - This is a soy substitute that is essentially fermented coconut. It tastes amazing and works really well in place of soy. You could also use Nama Shoyu which is a raw, unpasteurized soy sauce. As always just check for any unwanted additives as its a pre-bottled ingredient.
3 Tbsp of Tahini
1 Tbsp of Coconut Oil
1 tsp of Sesame oil
1 Clove of Garlic (optional) - pressed through a garlic crusher


Method:
Chop up all of your veggies and pop them into a large bowl ready to mix the sauce through.
Mix the sauce in a separate bowl and once it's all mixed well add it to the large bowl of veggies.
Massage the sauce through the veggies to make sure they're all coated well.
Spread the veggies out on your dehydrator sheets so it's not too crowded and drizzle any of the remaining sauce from the bowl over the top.
Set your dehydrator to 42 degrees Celsius and set the timer for 6 hours.

Then when dinner time comes, you just need to spiralize up your zucchinis and toss through the dehydrated veggies.
Sprinkle some sesame seeds over the top and you're good to go.
It's amazing how the veggies have a "cooked" like texture yet they still taste fresh and have some crunch to them!
This really is a satisfyingly filling meal. The whole family will be feeling satiated and it'll be smiles all round.



Happy weekend to all of you beautiful souls. 
Enjoy the sun, and share a laugh with someone you love.
:) :) :)

Endless gratitude and love.
Todd & Courtney
x

Friday, 8 May 2015

Do I have something on my face?

Your skin is the largest organ of your body and anything you place on your skin is readily absorbed by the body and eventually ends up in your bloodstream.

There are over 10,000 chemicals used in personal care products including: carcinogens, reproductive toxins, endocrine disruptors, nitrosamines, lead, heavy metals and formaldehyde's. Parabens, used as preservatives in almost all products, are designed to kill cells and prevent growth of bacteria and fungi. Manufacturers may use almost anything as an ingredient and market products without the FDA’s approval. Some chemicals are allowed only at certain levels, but these levels accumulate from using many products containing chemicals.

The idea, “if you wouldn't eat it, don’t put it on your skin” Is THE best place to start. Inspect beauty products as if you were looking at a food labels. There are so many great, natural products on the markets these days and SO many easy DIY recipes on the web to play around with.

Below is a really simple DIY face mask that will leave your skin feeling super moisturized and if you’re hungry…well, you can put some in the fridge and you've got yourself some raw vegan mousse to snack on!

Choc pudding face mask


The idea, “if you wouldn't eat it, don’t put it on your skin” Is THE best place to start. Inspect beauty products as if you were looking at a food labels. There are so many great, natural products on the markets these days and SO many easy DIY recipes on the web to play around with.

Below is a really simple DIY face mask that will leave your skin feeling super moisturized and if you’re hungry…well, you can put some in the fridge and you've got yourself some raw vegan mousse to snack on!

Choc pudding face mask
1 avocado 2 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder 1 Tbsp. coconut flower nectar
 

·         Mix all the ingredients in a bowl until smooth.
·         Apply to the face and neck. After 10 minutes, rinse thoroughly




Real attractive right?....

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

The apple of my eye!

Apples are such an incredible fruit that is often under appreciated.
It's not very often people would list apples as their favourite fruit, but read on to find out why these crisp little brightly coloured delights should quickly climb your favourites list.




So first off, apples (Malus domestica) are actually part of the rose family, which when you think about it kind of makes sense because roses make rose hips which are fruits that are similar to an apple.

Now I won't go into all the details about what apples look like and taste like etc because there's a very good chance (around 98.4% if I was to randomly guess) that you've eaten an apple before. What I will say though is that there are over 7,500 different varieties of apples around the world!! 7,500!! That's crazy!
That means that if you tried every type of apple in the world at a rate of one per day it would take over 20 years (approximately 20.53) to try them all!!
Wow!! 
It makes you want to just book an around the world ticket, grab you're favourite canvas tote bag or basket and go on an epic apple picking adventure!! haha :D




So let's cut to the core of this fruit and talk nutrients and benefits ;)
First off, as always, all together now, 'SAY NO TO GMO'. Organic is essential to really reaping the benefits of what apples have to offer.
Apples contain a wide range of polyphenols and flavanoids. 
Poly-what-now? and flava-who?
Polyphenols are a large class of chemical compounds found in plants. They are characterized by the presence of more than one phenol unit or building block per molecule. They contain antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic and other amazing properties.
Polyphenols are divided into groups, one of which is represented by flavanoids.
This can get pretty deep and complex as there are over 8,000 different polyphenolic compounds identified to date.
So let's cool it with the fancy terms and get back to everyday language again.

Apples are also a good source of fibre, vitamin C, and contain no saturated fats or cholesterol. 
The skins of apples are also packed full of these plant based nutrients so don't peel, just wash them! (unless of course a specific recipe calls for it).

So benefits wise here's just a sample of what you could expect:
 - Improved digestion.
 - Prevention from stomach issues, liver issues, constipation, anemia, diabetes and heart disease.
 - Prevention of the onset of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.
 - Improves weakness and provides relief from dysentery.

Something else worth noting is that apples are a great alternative to that morning wake up coffee. Apples don't contain any caffeine but they do help keep you awake and alert because they have around 13 grams of sugar. This is natural glucose though, and the body will slowly process this and use this rather than giving you that jolt of energy followed by a crash like coffee will. 
So maybe try a couple of apples as tomorrow's get up and go!

Aside from eating apples as they are, there are so many other ways in which you can prepare them.
They can be juiced, steamed, baked, roasted, grated, dehydrated, pureed, poached and the list goes on.


Recently Courtney and I made up a cheeky little 'Caramel Apple Tart'.
It's simple, delicious and won't take long to make.

Here's the recipe below:

For the base:
2 cups of almonds
1 cup of pitted dates
1 Tbsp of coconut oil
Dash of water

Topping:
4-5 Organic apples - we used some green organic apples picked from Courtney's sister's tree.
Sauce:
1 tsp of organic raw maca powder
1 Tbps of organic raw yacon syrup (you could also use agave or maple syrup)
1 Tbsp of activated brazil nut butter


Method:
For the base, blitz up the almonds first until they are quite fine in texture. Then add in the dates and blitz. As they come together add in the coconut oil and a dash of water if needed. You want it to be a soft mixture but not too sticky and mushy. You can use the base of a cake/pie tin for your pie base or even a board or plate as it's not going to be cooked in the oven. Just press the mix until it's about 1cm in height and looking pretty even across the whole base.

Then for the filling thinly slice the apples and arrange them as per the pic below. After each layer drizzle some of the sauce mix over the apples.
The sauce mix can be blitzed in the blender, nutri bullet or even just mixed in a bowl by hand as it's quite simple. Keep layering the apples and the sauce until you make it to the centre. You'll end up with about 5-6 layers.

You can eat the pie like this but to really make the most out of it and to get the sauce to 'caramelize' a little it's best to put it into the dehydrator for around 5-6 hours at 42 degrees Celsius. If you don't have a dehydrator you could warm it in the oven on the lowest temp for a short amount of time (maybe only 15 minutes, I'm not too sure as we don't use our oven haha).

The apples will still have a slight fresh crispness to them but will contrast nicely with the sauce and 'chewyness' of the base. Hmm mmm soo good!!


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Have a blessed, love filled day and may you find the apple of your eye, like I have found mine :D <3 <3


Peace and plants,
Todd and Courtney 
xo









Monday, 4 May 2015

Wraps Galore!

This post is all about a simple dinner favourite of ours!

We often have epic salads or at least incorporate a large amount of greens and fresh colour into our dinners, but sometimes you want a bit more texture or something a little different from your everyday salad.

Wraps are great way of mixing things up.
Of course you could buy some wraps from your local shop, but where's the fun in that! Plus by making your own wraps you know exactly what's in them (ie none of the bad stuff) and you can tweak the spices and flavours to suit your palette. You can also save yourselves a lot of money making them at home. 

So why use a dehydrator and not the oven?
Let's talk dehydrators quickly. Dehydrators come in a variety of sizes, temperature settings and are well worth having in the kitchen.
The idea of having a dehydrator is that you can set the temperature controls right down below the 'raw food' threshold. Anything heated over approximately 43 degrees Celsius will start to cook so most ovens aren't really ideal to keep it raw. When food is cooked many of the nutrients are destroyed, so by dehydrating over a longer period of time you can get that 'cooked' feeling without actually killing off those beautiful nutrients.
So if you are new to raw foods and want to get your own dehydrator don't worry, you don't have to spend hundreds of dollars. Dehydrators start as low as $50 for a small 5 tray or you could splash out and spend up to $600.
Something to be mindful of though when buying the cheaper option is they sometimes only have set temperatures rather than complete control. These set temperatures are often 35 degrees, 55 degrees, and 80 degrees (sometimes higher than that).
The issue there is that you often want the temp to be pretty close to the 43 degree mark which is between the first and second option.

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These wraps we decided to incorporate some edible flowers to make them really stand out


Okay sorry, that's enough waffling on let's back to dinner!
So the beauty of these wraps is that once you've got a few basic ingredients down you can really have some fun with it.

You will need:
2 cups of chopped zucchini, washed and chopped into 1 inch chunks.
1/2 a cup of flaxseed
1/4 of a cup of psyllium husk
A pinch of Himalayan salt
1 Tbsp of dried Italian Herbs
1 Tbsp of cold pressed organic hemp oil
1 red capsicum washed and chopped into small chunks
Dash of water to bring it all together.

*Instead of the capsicum you could put in beetroot or carrot or a whole variety of other veggies

Marinated mushrooms is another great filing idea. These were so juicy and full of flavour!

Once you've blended everything to a smooth texture you're ready to pour. 
You should get a few wraps out of this mix.
NOTE: Make sure you get some teflex sheets for your dehydrator because they really do make a difference in getting things dehydrated evenly (as opposed to using baking paper).
Pour into a dinner plate sized puddle and move the tray around to spread out the wrap so it's quite thin.

Dehydrate at about 42 degrees Celsius for 8 hours. If you can carefully flip them over at around the 5-6 hour mark then that'll help to even out the dehydrating process so they're perfect all the way through.

Fill the wraps with your favourite greens, freshly chopped veggies, marinated mushrooms and perhaps a cashew or sunflower seed sauce. We also like to top it off with some extra goodies like dulse flakes or nutritional yeast.
They are packed full of plant based nutrients that will leave you feeling full and nourished.




Have fun creating some delicious wraps and if you have any queries about dehydrators then please leave a comment below and we'll happily help you out.
:D


Peace, love, plants and gratitude coming your way!

Todd & Courtney
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Sunday, 3 May 2015

The truth about salt

Salt often comes up in conversation when talking about cutting out bad foods and making healthier choices each day.
But are we categorizing all salt into the "unhealthy" banner?

Let's firstly look at some of the differences of regular old table salt versus Celtic sea salt or Himalayan salt.
The biggest issue is the processing. This doesn't just go for salt but everything we consider putting into, or onto our bodies. If it's processed, then we need to be asking questions (the right questions) about what this processing has done to it's original form and what it could potentially do to us?

So first off, the common table salt we are all familiar with is extremely processed!
It is stripped of all minerals apart from sodium and chloride, has additives put back in such as ferrocyanide, talc (a known carcinogen) and silica aluminate, and is heated to up to 1200 degrees Fahrenheit (about 640 Celsius).
Now think about that last sentence for a moment. We know that processing things is bad and that we should be eating things in their natural state (or at least very close to that) so to me this is the point where I'd be frantically throwing out any table salts I have in the cupboard and calling those close to me to make sure they're doing the same.

I'll give you a moment to double check your cupboard ;)

So the next thing to consider is what type of salt (sodium) is in the things you're buying in the supermarket?
Well if it's a box of processed cereal, or muesli bars, or a tomato sauce that has a large number of ingredients in it with fancy numbers etc then there's a good (almost certain) chance that the salt in these products is processed like table salt. This can cause a huge unbalance of minerals in the body.

Okay so let's look at the better stuff now.
Celtic sea salt (naturally harvested in Brittany, France, near the Celtic sea) and Himalayan salt (mined in the Khewra salt mine, in the Punjab region of Pakistan) are both natural salts that are unprocessed and retain all of their trace minerals. For example Himalayan salt contains all of the 84 trace minerals found in our bodies.

Celtic sea salt has a light greyish colour and originates in Brittany, France.
Here's just some of the benefits of these two amazing salts:
 - Regulates water content in the body
 - Prevent muscle cramps and bone strength
 - Trace elements required for proper adrenal, immune and thyroid function
 - Alkalize the body
 - Balances electrolytes
 - Build immunity
 - Promote sinus health, and so much more!


So should we slamming down heaps of these good salts?
No not necessarily. We should eat clean, healthily and moderately. Eating all the colours of the rainbow and eating quality over quantity.
A pinch of good salt in a home made salad dressing, perfect!
A dash of good salt in some raw chocolate you are making (or have bought), not a problem.
A pinch of good salt in some sweet treats you're experimenting with, it's all good.

But remember, keep the table salt off the table, and stick with good salts.

Himalayan Pink Salt
Our personal choice is the Himalayan pink salt and here's a few ways we like to use it.

1) We often make raw chocolate and a pinch of salt really helps to balances out the flavour in the chocolate.

2) We always put a pinch of salt as I mentioned above in our sauces and dressing we make for salads.

3) If you're feeling a little 'fluey', maybe a little sore in the throat or sinuses etc. Then take some warm to hot water and dissolve some salt in it. Then gargle the water, repeating several times a day. This will draw the moisture out of the mouth to kill off any bacteria and reduce inflammation.

4) A relaxing salt bath. This is great for soaking aching muscles after really pushing yourself in that marathon you've just dominated ;) Add in some essential oils like lavender to help relax you even further.

5) Salt lamps are also becoming quite popular. We love ours and have it on every night before we go to bed to help cleanse the air around us as we sleep. 

6) Salt can also help improve your skin, nails and hair. When mixed with other natural ingredients it can be used as a rejuvenating face mask or a softening body scrub.

Here's a super simple scrub that works well:
Just take a quarter cup of good salt and mix with half a cup of softened coconut oil. Mix together (essential oil optional - maybe about 6-8 drops of rose) and scrub in a circular motion in the shower.

Salt really is a misunderstood natural wonder that when used properly and treated (or should I say untreated) with respect, really can do wonders for us and our health!


Sending you all a lot of warming love as the rain hits hard on our windows as we give thanks to another beautiful day.


Much love and endless happiness to you all!

Todd & Courtney
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Saturday, 2 May 2015

Lettuce turnip the BEET!!

Did you know that originally only the beet greens were consumed and it wasn't until the era of Ancient Rome that people actually started cultivating the root itself. Also that in the early 19th century in some areas beets were considered a primary source of sugar as access to sugar cane was restricted by the British.

Beets have the highest sugar content of all vegetables, but don't worry you can safely eat beets several times a week, and as much of the beet greens as you want. Beets have a sweet, earthy flavour and are filled with amazing nutrients to feed our bodies.
First off beets have naturally occurring nitrates in them, which when consumed the body will turn them into nitric oxide. This relaxes and dilates the blood vessels which will allow the blood to flow easier and therefore reduce blood pressure. This also improves your stamina and allows you to exercise longer. Beet juice can give you that extra boost you need as a pre workout.
Something that is an ongoing problem throughout life is inflammation, whether it's short term from muscle injury or an ongoing problem as we age. Beets have a unique source of phytonutrients called betalains and they've been shown to have strong anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Beets also contain a nutrient called Betaine, which helps to protect cells, proteins and enzymes from environmental stress. It can help with everyday performance and is likely to play a valuable part in preventing chronic illnesses. Beets are high in immune boosting vitamin C, fibre, essential minerals like potassium and manganese (manganese is good for your bones, liver, kidneys and pancreas). Beets are great for helping detoxify your blood and your liver. Also the powerful phytonutrients that give beets that dark, rich crimson like colour are said to help reduce the likelihood of cancer developing in the body.

This organic little 'candy' striped beet was so sweet and tasty you could bite into it like an apple!

So we are always suggesting that you buy organic local fresh produce.

Not only so that you get all the incredible nutrients (free from harsh chemicals etc) mentioned above but also quite often when you buy beets from a large chain supermarket you miss out on the best bit! The greens!!

I often see beets that have had the greens chopped of so they can fit more on the shelf or pre-pack several into an "easier to hold" glad wrapped tray.

Screw that, I want quality first, then convenience second. So get to your local farmers market and get a fresh bunch of organic beets with greens intact, or better yet, grow them yourself!!
Here's a quick little rundown of what the greens have to offer:
Phosphorus, zinc, fibre, vitamin B6, magnesium, potassium, copper, manganese, vitamin A, calcium, copper and iron.
In fact the iron content is even higher than spinach.
Plus they help fight off Alzheimer's disease and keep osteoporosis at bay by increasing bone strength.


Craving some beets yet?!

I'm sure you've all got some great salad recipes, or soups etc that you love that include beets. They can be steamed, roasted, baked, sliced and thrown in the pan and more.......buuuuut as we live a fully raw lifestyle we can take advantage of every single nutrient possible by retaining them as we aren't cooking any of them out.
So with that in mind here's a couple of simple juice recipes that you should definitely try.
Think organic, cold pressed, super beet nutrients delivered straight into your body.

Easy as A, B, C...
So this is a classic juice recipe.
You will need about 3 apples, a medium size beetroot, small handful of beet leaves, and about 4-6 carrots.
Simply rinse all of your produce with fresh spring water and feed through the juicer.
If you don't have a cold pressed juicer then a high speed juicer is fine too.
If you're in the market for a new juicer then drop us a line as we would be happy to help you out with some juicer advice.


Beet, watermelon, lime...
This next juice recipe is such a good hydrating post workout juice.
You will need a medium sized beetroot, small handful of the beet leaves, about 1/8th of a large watermelon (or more if you plan on making a litre or more) and a lime.
Once again give your produce a good rinse and feed it through. The lime adds a really nice kick to the juice but is still balanced by the sweetness of the beetroot and with the watermelon you can practically slam this juice back as its so thirst quenching.

As always please subscribe to our blog above to keep up to date with all of the info and recipes we'll be sharing, and if there's someone in your life that could benefit from some of these amazing beet nutrients then share this post so they too can start making positive changes to their day.

Thanks and much love!
Todd & Courtney.

x

Wheatgrass Shots

Ok, so I know that the word 'wheatgrass' can sometimes throw people off. It doesn't sound like the most appetizing beverages around, but we are massive fans of this powerful, living green liquid and want to share some of it's benefits with you all.

Wheatgrass shots a small amount of juice, usually 30 milliliters  (1 ounce), made from the tender shoots of the wheat grass plant (the same plant that wheat is made from). You drink it in one or two drinks, or mix it with other juice or a smoothie. Wheatgrass juice is quite bitter...but sweet at the same time.


- Wheatgrass juice is one of the BEST sources of chlorophyll available today!
Wheatgrass juice contains ALL minerals known to man, and vitamins A, B-complex, C, E, l and K
- Wheatgrass is extremely rich in plant protein, and contains 17 amino acids (aka, the building blocks of protein)
- C
hlorophyll has been known to help reduce growth and development of unfriendly bacteria
Chlorophyll can be extracted from many plants, but wheatgrass is superior because it has been found to have over 100 elements needed by man. If grown in organic soil, it absorbs 92 of the known 115 minerals from the soil
Wheatgrass helps neutralizes toxins in the body
-Can help purify the blood

- Improves blood sugar problems
Wheatgrass is high in oxygen like all green plants that contain chlorophyll. This is beneficial because the brain and all body tissues function at an optimal level in a highly- oxygenated environment
Wheatgrass juice is a superior detoxification agent compared to carrot juice and other fruits and vegetables
29.57 milliliters of wheatrgrass juice has the nutritional value of almost 1 kilo of greens! (1 ounce of juice equals 2 pounds of produce)
Wheatgrass juice cures acne and even help to remove scars after it has been ingested for seven to eight months
- Gargling wheatgrass can help relieve a sore throat

- Wheatgrass juice helps keep the hair from greying
Wheatgrass juice is an excellent skin cleanser and can be absorbed through the skin for nutrition - Just put wheatgrass juice over your body in a tub of warm water and soak for 15 to 20 minutes.
Wheatgrass implants (enemas) are great for healing and detoxifying the colon walls. The implants also heal and cleanse the internal organs. After an enema is evacuated, implant 4 ounces of wheatgrass juice. Retain for 20 minutes
Wheatgrass juice is great for constipation and keeping the bowels open because it is high in magnesium

Wheatgrass is gluten-free because it’s cut before the grain forms
- AND you can grow 
wheatgrass in just about a weeks time, right in your own home!!

Anyone want to just grow a truckload of wheatgrass after reading about its benefits? I do!! I can definitely handle the taste if I know I am supporting my health that much by doing so.

You can buy sprouted wheatgrass trays at some health food stores, or simply sprout it at home. Then all you need to do to juice it is trim some of the grass off, push it through your juicer (our Oscar Neo DA-1000) works a treat. You can shoot the juice back just as is, chase the shot with a wedge of orange or mix it into a juice or smoothie.












I'm so craving wheatgrass now...my kind of Saturday night shots! ;)