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FIVE ON FRIDAY … 5 foodie tips

FIVE ON FRIDAY … 5 foodie tips

Posted July 22, 2011

My five favourite foodie tips 1. Try different seeds/grains Open up to trying a few different, incredibly nourishing and easy to prepare grains such as Quinoa, Barley, Millet, Amaranth…Whole grains are an excellent source of slow release energy. Nutritionally they contain essential enzymes, iron, fibre vitamin E and B- complex vitamins. Whole grains have been part of the human diet since early civilization when we figured out how to grow and yield crops. From here we shed their hunter-gatherer ways and settled into farming communities. From corn, rice and millet to quinoa, oats, bourghal, barley and more, cultures around the world enjoyed a variety of grains as a staple in their diet – so why shouldn’t we? 2. Oils are your friend Give oil a go. We’ve been brainwashed into thinking oil is the (evil) reason behind weight gain and bad health. Think again. Yummy healthy oils like olive, macadamia, walnut, sesame, coconut are all incredibly nourishing and essential fats! Eaten raw – drizzled onto avocado, a summer salad or vegies – it adds a unique flavour that can make the simplest, same-same meal taste different. Also, other oils like coconut, sesame, rice bran oil and peanut oil have higher burning or ‘smoke’ point, which means it takes a greater temperature to heat the oil to burning. You want to avoid cooking with oils that easily hit the smoke point because this basically marks the breakdown of flavour and nutritional value.Avocado oil has one of the highest smoke points at 271 degrees. Look for extra virgin, cold pressed and unrefined where possible. 3. Make your own yoghurt This is my parents totally old school method of making yoghurt, but it works and I stick with it, even though I know there are fancy yoghurt makers and all. It’s satisfying to eat your own yoghurt (or use it in a smoothie). I know what’s not in it! Just a note here – don’t even bother buying ‘lite’ or ‘fat-free’ yoghurt. Basic science; if you take something out (the fat) it must be replaced… otherwise it’s no longer stable. So all those fat-free, skim options are just packed with added sugar – check out the labels if you don’t believe me. When it comes to making yoghurt, anyone can do it. You just need a bit of patience. I prefer raw, unhomogenised, unpasteurised full fat milk. But technically it’s not allowed to be sold in Australia – so I won’t be talking about that. Otherwise organic milk and goats milk are two options that work well separately or sometimes mixed together. How to: · Pour milk into a pot. I usually do about 1 litre at a time. I also place a small flat plate in the pot – I’ll explain soon. · Gently bring the milk to a simmer. When the milk is a moment’s away from boiling and it starts to build a white frothy top (or when you first here the plate tinkle away at the bottom of the pot) take it off the heat. · Let the milk cool – I usually know when it’s ready if i can keep my little finger in for 10 secs(that’s a dad trick). No idea what that temperature is! · Add in 1-2 heaps tablespoons of yoghurt (starter) – either from the previous batch or from a tub of organic yoghurt, full cream milk · Mix in the yoghurt and then put the lid and wrap the pot in a cloth and keep it somewhere warm so the temperature doesn’t drop – allowing the cultures to grow. In summer it’ll be fine left out, but in winter I place my pot under my sick near the hot water tank! · Come morning what you should find is a tub full of thickened yoghurt. You’ll also see the curds and whey (running, goopy stuff) which is extremely nutritious. Keep it as it is, or if you prefer a thicker yoghurt place a muslin cloth over a strainer with a bowl beneath it and pour in the yoghurt. The longer you strain the thicker your final product will be. 4. Don’t cook with Chia seeds Chia seeds are packed with Omega 3 fats (as well as calcium, boron and protein), which are good for your brain, hormones and reducing inflammation.But, you should cooking with Chia seeds. Essential fats are polyunsaturated and this means they’re unstable. Oxygen, light and heat can quickly turn omega-3’s rancid, destroying many of their healing properties. (Similar to Olive oil) o Eat chia seeds raw, soaked (add to a little water and watch them soak up the water, turning into a goopy jelly consistency) or ground then up just before eating o Don’t bake with chia seeds o Avoid processed foods made with chia including crackers, breads, and cookies (your Omega-3’s must be fresh) o The best ways to eat fresh chia is (ground up) sprinkled on a salad/meal or added to a smoothie (soak first) Try 1-2 Tbsp of ground seeds daily for a nice kick of healthy essential fats, and can keep you fuller for longer. 5. Get Sprouting I love doing this. The process of it and then the final product is all very rewarding. What you get is pure goodness goodness! There are two examples here of sprouting. The first is about activating nuts and the second is sprouting beans. When it comes to nuts, enzyme inhibitors such as Phytic and oxalic acid, make it difficult for us to digest nuts and preventing the absorption of vital nutrients and energy.So, get activating. It’s really easy and something that can be done in 24 hours. · Buy a large (500g-1kg) bag of nuts – my favourites are walnuts and almonds · Soak the nuts in water, with a dash of salt, overnight. · The soaking process ‘sprouts’ the nuts – releasing the inhibitors, awakening the enzymes. · The next morning, drain and rinse thoroughly. Lay the nuts out onto a tray and bake (dehydrate) them in […] Read more

FIVE ON FRIDAY

FIVE ON FRIDAY

Posted July 15, 2011

1) ‘The 7 Spiritual Laws of Success’ by Deepak Chopra My latest read. It is an exceptionally small book – I’ve read one ‘law’ each night before lights out – but wow does it pack in a lot. This little gem breaks down the timeless spiritual ‘laws’ of Karma, Pure Potentiality, Detachment, Dharma (purpose!) Intention and more. In a nutshell, this book brings to life how to become all that you are destined to and should be, with grace and ease. Using these powerful principles to find fulfilment- manifesting whatever it is your dream and seek. I’m going to do a summary in another post. But go out and read it! 2) Eveleigh Markets I am loving the community feel as people come together each Saturday to shop local produce and enjoy good quality wholefood, coffee and company. The boy and I take our time… kicking off with a breakfast roll and then meandering through, picking up bits and pieces for the week. For $30 I can fill up two large shopping bags with straight-from-the-farm organic veg and then nip over to Mirrool Creek Farms for some of the most mouth-watering grass-fed and finished lamb! 3) My 1930s post-war burgundy leather chair A spontaneous coffee with friends, in Erskineville, had me admiring the café’s collection of eclectic, shabby-chic furniture. Being a fan of vintage furniture, we decided to take the spontaneity one-step further and dashed off to Mitchell Rd Auctions. We spent an hour on the hunt for the right piece. In the process of haggling over a quaint little stool, my boyfriend decided to take rest and plonked himself down on a beautiful burgundy chair. Unexpectedly he discovered how comfortable it was … before long we were haggling for the stool and the chair. $60 for the pair – bargain. It’s become my new reading/studying/sun catching chair. 4) Raw Cacao Powder Seriously. There is nothing more decadent and good for you in one hit. I put a heap in my smoothies – makes them taste lightly chocolatey. I also mix together raw honey, hot water and and warm (raw) milk for a healthy hot chocolate. The same mixture is great as a cake icing replacement! Cacao, born in South America (like most good things!) is the base ingredient for most chocolate products. The raw cacao beans are the most unprocessed form. The Incas considered cacao to be sacred – using it as currency for barter and also in marriage ceremonies.Packed with anti-oxidants, magnesium, chromium and vitamin C cacao acts as an energy booster, strengthens cardio-vascular system, reduces fatigue and regulate sleeps, stimulates immune system and the most delicious part… increases sexual appetite. 😉 I use the Loving Earth Raw Cacao Powder. 5) Sunday Roasts Nothing beats a Sunday Roast. Enjoying a big breakfast and then spending the day pottering around, basking in the winter sun, reading the paper with a chai in hand paper and then eventually getting a roast going. Usually we cook up something we’ve picked up at Eveleigh markets – organic duck, lamb or chicken. Keeping it simple, there is always a heap of veg, garlic and fresh herbs paired with a good bottle of red. Not only does it taste like heaven, but there is something so special about spending time to prepare and enjoy a meal. Not just eating for fuel. Happy Friday. Signing off with an exhale. Pause.Listen.Live Cx Read more


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