3 December 2013

DYI Natural Foundation

If you're conscious of using more natural beauty and body products you'll love this recipe for making 100% natural powder foundation!

I made this on the weekend, it cost next to nothing, it took me about 5 minutes and I love the end result!


All you need is:

* Pure arrowroot powder
* Cocoa powder
* Ground cinnamon 
* Nutmeg

You simply mix about 1 tbsp arrowroot powder with cocoa, starting with 1/2 tsp for light skin then see how that matches up to your own skin colour.

If you need to adjust the tone, just add in cinnamon and/or nutmeg or more cocoa until you reach the desired colour.

I highly recommend you then spoon all of the mixture into a mortar and pestle and grind until very fine, as the cinnamon and nutmeg can often be a bit grainy. I had to do this and I'm glad I did!

To make a creamy foundation you can mix oil in; such as almond, grapeseed, etc

It's as easy as that!

I no longer need to buy expensive brands just to get a completely natural product. With this recipe, I know exactly what's in it, I can make as much as I need it as often as I need, it's inexpensive, and my face smells delicious! LOL!

I'm now on the hunt for a DYI natural concealer.

If you make this please let me know how you go!

Thanks,
Aimee


My 5 Grateful's Today:
1. Beautiful sunny day outside
2. My first pumpkin that hasn't shriveled up after self-polinating seems to be going well!
3. Clint having a fun birthday on the weekend
4. Drinking clean filtered water
5. Family

18 November 2013

My new favourite kitchen gadget!

I totally love my Spirooli!

"A spir... what?" I hear you ask! A Spirooli! It's only the coolest kitchen gadget I've ever seen!

These funky little doo-dads make vegetable spirals, or rather, noodles. So for anyone avoiding gluten and grains, the idea of being able to make a healthy noodle or pasta dish is quite exciting!



The most popular veggie to 'noodle' is raw zuchinni (which I like to call 'zoodles'!) because it's soft, long and slices easily. The texture of raw zucchini noodles is very similar to spaghetti. 

Other veggies that work well are carrots, large radish which produce a really pretty white and pink colour combo, cucumber, some pumpkin varieties, potato and sweet potato and also apple.

The Spirooli has 3 different slicing tools; a small noodle (my fave), larger noodle size and also a thin round slicing size.

Quite often I make a paleo spaghetti bolognese to go with a bowl of raw zucchini noodles. It's delicious, super healthy and really easy to make.

On the weekend I noticed the fridge was getting pretty bare but I had zucchini, pork mince and some eggs so I made a paleo mayo, fried the mince, made noodles and just mixed it all together for a simple creamy noodle mince dish.

pork mince, zoodles, paleo mayo - random combo but definitely worked!


chicken breast pieces, herb avocado pesto, cherry tomatoes and zoodles - fresh and tasty
Y'know what else is cool? The Spirooli machine has suction cap feet so it stays still on the benchtop while you're winding the handle around to make noodles. Also it's incredibly easy to clean. I only like gadgets and appliances that are easy to maintain and this definitely is.

If you'd like to own one of these neat little noodle making machines you can order one through the Primal Pantry catalogue! Click the image below to visit the website and download the catalogue and order form.

What kinda noodles will you make?

 Primal Pantry

If you have any favourite raw pasta recipes you'd like to share, please add them in a comment below!

I'm off to go make some zoodles for dinner! See you next time...


-Aimee


My 5 gratefuls today:
1. Meeting Viki from MindBodyFood today
2. The rain we've had over the weekend
3. Our meet-up group and all the cool people we meet
4. Swimming at the beach when there's no waves (I like it calm!)
5. Winning a bottle of organic rose hip oil and getting it in the mail today!

30 October 2013

Give up on exercise

For many people the word “exercise” conjures up images of spending hours at the gym sweating, endless amounts of crunches, sharing exercise equipment with the sweaty people before you, and just general discomfort.  

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It might be hard for you to fathom but crunches are NOT an essential exercise!

Well guess what?  It doesn't have to be like that. 

All we need is our body and the natural world outside of gyms in order to be fit and healthy. What’s even better is that nature is completely free – there’s no joining fee or fortnightly direct debits!  

Since you're probably new to this way of thinking and moving, here are some suggestions of fun and functional movements you can perform outdoors…

1. The Lava Game
This is an oldie but a goodie!  For those who don't remember how to play this, the rules are simple…

The ground is lava!  By using equipment and items nearby you have to navigate from point A to point B without touching the ground or you'll simply burn up.

This game is great to play in a place where you have obstacles such as a playground or rocks to play on.  The main benefit of this exercise besides needing to think is ‘mindful movement’ for the whole body. 

What do I mean by mindful movement? Mindful movement is movement that requires you to think about it. Walking on a treadmill or riding a stationary bike for example is not mindful movement.  

You also get the benefit of explosive movement as you jump from obstacle to obstacle, as well as flexibility as you duck, weave and move.

2. Tiggy 
This game requires more than one person to participate, although I must admit it would look pretty funny trying to play this alone!  

Once you have more than one person ready to play, start with 1 person being “it”. This person has to tag someone else in order to no longer become “it”. Then just keep going!

It’s a very simple concept but great cardiovascular interval training is a great workout.  The reason for this is because you are constantly on the move. Sprints thrown in when someone tries to tag you adds to the overall benefit and fun!  

3. Quadrapedal Movements
Do you want abs of steel but hate the thought of doing crunches?  Then try some quadrupedal movements in your play time!  

Crawling on all fours, monkey walks and ape walks will get every muscle in your body working hard as you transform back to our early evolutionary roots.

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crawling on hands and knees

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crawling on hands and feet

4. Remove One Limb
Choose one of your limbs - a leg or an arm - and play around with moving through a variety of obstacles without the actual use of that limb. For example, place one arm behind your back and attempt to climb a ladder at the playground.

This is another mindful activity because it requires you to think about how to move without using a vital body part.  

5. Partner Object Carry 
Pick an object that both you and your partner are capable of carrying, such as a rock, a sandbag, a small child etc and set start and end points. 

Work together to move your heavy object from point A to point B. Pass the object to each other while each person takes turns to move forward or ahead. This game works really well at a children’s playground or in and around a rocky creek.  

This exercise utilizes strength, balance, coordination, flexibility and mindfulness to achieve an objective.

6. Chase the Waves
Next time you're walking along the beach make a game of chasing the waves. It’s fun and incredibly effective!

As a wave heads back towards the ocean, sprint towards it as far as you dare.  Then when it turns to come in again, sprint back so you don’t get wet. Repeat and after a few rounds you'll see why it’s great for fitness!

If you're keen and quick try do some push ups in between each wave! This adds a whole new element to the game.

"you can't catch me waves!"

So as you can see… playing is only limited by your imagination.  There are so many fun movements you can create. The options are endless.

Here’s another gem… try adding some jumping and climbing!

Now that I’ve given you these 6 awesome ideas to stop exercising and start playing I’d love to hear some of your suggestions and experiences. Leave a comment below with ideas you have or games you’ve played and enjoyed.

If you're feeling self-conscious, unsure, unconfident or would like other people to play with then feel free to join in on the Primal Group Training sessions each week

One more thing… stop reading and go play!!

Thanks
Clint


5 Things I am grateful for are:
1. The wonderful people I am meeting on my health journey
2. Truly loving what I do
3. Days off
4. Being the world’s best Uncle!
5. Constant opportunities to learn new things

28 October 2013

Meet-up fun in Mapleton

What better way to spend a Sunday morning on the Sunshine Coast than with a trip to the beautiful hinterland?

Our Sunshine Coast Paleo/Primal/Real Food Meet-up Group meet-up this month was a 30 minute or so drive from Maroochydore to the pretty little hinterland town of Mapleton.
We'd had very little interest for people to attend this time around and a few cancels on the day, but we didn't mind, we knew we'd enjoy the morning anyway!

Clint and I drove to Mapleton Falls National Park and met up with Jenny, the owner of Mapleton Falls Luxury Accommodation guest house, and her partner Lucky, visiting from Sydney, for an easy 30 minute bushwalk. We then headed just a couple hundred metres down the road to the guest house where our mate and meet-up group member Ross joined us for a picnic on the back deck.


The view from a lookout along the track in the national park



Big deck, nice views, peaceful, perfect!

It was nice to catch-up with Jenny, who's a new friend of ours, and meet her partner Lucky. Ross had recently returned from a few weeks holiday overseas with his wife so it was great to hear about his adventures and also how he ate over in Asia. He said he enjoyed the non-Paleo cuisine but was glad to be back eating how he usually does - back to bacon, eggs, grass-fed meat and all that good stuff!


Lucky and Clint chatting - about fishing probably!

Jenny giving Ross the grand tour of the guest house

So besides the bushwalk and chatting, what else does a meet-up involve? 

Food of course!


Paleo chocolate cupcakes with chocolate icing... <drool>

Ross, the legend, brought along 6 amazing-looking delicious-tasting Paleo chocolate cupcakes with chocolate icing. OMG, they were so yum! Credit must go partly to his wife Danielle who helped make them - thanks guys, these were just so very yummy in our tummies!

Do you wanna make these yourself? You totally can! Here are the recipes...

The cupcake recipe: http://www.elanaspantry.com/paleo-chocolate-cupcakes


Link to icing recipe: http://www.elanaspantry.com/paleo-chocolate-frosting


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I always try to make a picnic food treat that's a little bit different. Not the usual paleo brownies or bacon-wrapped something-or-other. So the day before, I scrolled through my recipes which I save in my Gmail account for easy access pretty much anywhere I feel the urge to find something interesting to create, and found one for apricot cashew butter stuffed dates. The ingredients and method looked simple so I grabbed what I needed and off I went to prepare for the next day's picnic.

I kinda changed the recipe around a bit, and made a slightly different date-stuffing mixture. Not only that but I accidentally made WAY more apricot mixture than I had dates to stuff them in. So, this is what I came up with...


Apricot coconut cashew cups - some with raw chocolate on top 

Apricot coconut cashew stuffed dates
How yum do they look?! I knew the end result would be a winner. Cos I kinda, er, kept eating the mixture as I was going!! I couldn't help it, it was so good!

Recipe? Here tis! Keep in mind I'm known for not taking note of measurements as I'm busy creating magic in the kitchen, so this is a rough idea of numbers and you can feel free to play around with quantities. 

Apricot Coconut Cashew Deliciousness

You'll need:
1 cup organic dried apricots 
1 cups shredded or dessicated organic coconut (sulphite-free)
1/4 cup organic coconut oil 
1 tsp organic cinnamon powder
1 cup soaked organic raw cashews

To do:
1. Roughly chop apricots then place in a food processor
2. Add remaining ingredients to the food processor
3. Pulse a few times to start to gently combine
4. Leave on lowest setting until all ingredients are well combined and apricot is no longer chunky. If you need to add more coconut oil to get the mixture breaking down better you can
5. Once the mixture is well combined - sticky, thick, gooey - you can do a couple of different things with it...

Stuffed Dates:
Grab a pitted date, open the slit a bit and use a teaspoon to place the apricot mixture inside.
Gently close the slit so the date it as closed as possible.
Place in the fridge so the coconut oil sets and the stuffed dates firm up.

Cups:
Grab some silicone cupcake moulds (or something similar) and spoon the mixture in so it's firmly packed into each mould.
These will set in the fridge and can easily be removed from the moulds.

Optional
Make some raw choc using cacao, coconut oil, stevia or raw honey and drizzle around the dates (place them in freezer for 30min first, so choc sets quickly when drizzled on) or drizzle onto cups for added flavour and deliciousness.
Keep refrigerated until serving time or you'll have a runny coconut oil and choc mess on your hands!

These little goodies are great as healthy snacks for the kids, taking to picnics and gatherings, or even as a healthy and yum snack for taking to work. 

By the way, I realise the inclusion of cashews means this mixture isn't technically 'paleo', so before you get annoyed at me, please remember that the name of the meet-up group also includes the words 'primal' and 'real food' so it covers all bases, not just strictly paleo-friendly foods. Just had to clear that up :)

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So that was the food we enjoyed on the day but the best part of the meet-up was by far spending time and talking with Jenny, Lucky and Ross and just relaxing on the deck at the guest house.

Mapleton Falls Luxury Accommodation truly is a magnificent property so why not consider it when you're next after a relaxing Sunshine Coast getaway! We highly recommend it!


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Spring time in Mapleton is beautiful

  Stay tuned for info on our November meet-ups!


Thanks for reading,
Aimee


My 5 grateful's today:
1. Super fun shopping sprees with mum the last 2 weekends and all my op shop bargains
2. Enjoying a lovely lemongrass tea at Hot Pipis restaurant in Mooloolaba this morning - one of our awesome Business Alliance members 
3. Working from home and having flexible hours and a great work/life balance
4. Our meet-ups and the wonderful people we meet
5. Yummy primal food!

21 October 2013

Book review: 'Primal Cuisine - Cooking for the Paleo Diet' by Pauli Halstead



Before I started reading Primal Cuisine I was expecting to delve into a showcase of a variety of delicious primal recipes with perhaps a small amount of information about the foods and ingredients. But before I even reached the first recipe I was excited just reading the Preface. Pauli’s passion and enthusiasm for understanding the relationship between food and our emotions, global sustainability, and food for optimum health and wellbeing comes through strongly. I could tell just from reading the Preface that her own journey has been about a lot more than just creating tasty primal dishes, but has been a deep spiritual expedition to truly understanding how food nourishes us on all levels. She talks about Divine Love and God but not in a way that suggests we all need to believe in a particular religion. She talks about it in reference to the universal energy and love that exists in all living things and the role our food plays.

Pauli then goes on to talk about ‘Primal Body, Primal Mind’, a book written by Nora Gedgaudas, a nuerofeedback specialist and certified nutritional therapist. This book changed Pauli’s life and was the starting point for her education on the benefits of following a Palaeolithic diet. It’s interesting to read about the evolution of Pauli’s career as a chef and caterer both preparing and eating conventional ‘healthy’ foods, how her health suffered as a result and how incorporating paleo foods improved her health and completely changed her perception of what foods are actually ‘healthy’.

I particularly like how Primal Cuisine summarises knowledge sourced by famous evolutionary health experts such as Weston A. Price and Francis M. Pottenger and makes the information easy to understand, even for those not yet familiar perhaps with primal health. I also appreciated the general information provided for such areas as the ideal quantities of various nutrients for the general population, such as protein requirements, and believe this information will be very beneficial to many readers, as well as practical methods in which to source and use these nutrients. 

It’s worth noting that many of the recipes list ingredients and brands found in America and not easily sourced in Australia, if at all, so there will be a need for Australian readers to use the information supplied in the rest of the book in order to find suitable substitutions. 

My only criticism is that there isn’t a photograph provided for each recipe and that many recipes require your imagination as to what they will look like upon completion. On the other hand, the recipes are detailed and easy to follow. I’m looking forward to attempting to replicate many of them myself!

If you want to learn how to make a variety of delicious primal masterpieces in your own kitchen then you’ll find Primal Cuisine a handy edition to your recipe book collection. However if you want to go a step further and expand your knowledge to include our evolutionary heritage with regards to nutrition and health and the link between how our ancestors ate to becoming a guide for “the proper nutrition for modern humans” then you will thoroughly enjoy this read!

Author Pauli Halstead
(Photo sourced from the Primal Cuisine Facebook page)


Purchase 'Primal Cuisine - Cooking for the Paleo Diet' here 
Visit the Facebook page here


Thanks
Aimee


My 5 grateful's today are:
1. Having the opportunity to read Primal Cuisine and learn a lot from it
2. Sunny blue sky days like today
3. Bone broth 
4. Grass-fed meat from Yandina Butchery
5. BBQ's outdoors with good company

20 October 2013

Our meetup group and why we created it

We created the Sunshine Coast Paleo/Primal/Real Food Meet-up Group back in November 2012 after Clint had said a couple of months earlier "I reckon we should get a paleo meet-up group happening on the Sunshine Coast". So we did! 

At that point he was very much into 'paleo' and I was still very new to it all. I think I was still like "You want me to leave the fat ON my meat? Are you kidding? That's crazy!" because I was so used to cooking lean meats and using very little fat in the kitchen, as so many people are. But as he was getting more into the lifestyle, I enjoyed learning about it and soon started to implement many aspects myself, so I was totally on board with the idea of creating the group.

When we decided to launch the meet-up group we chose to include the words "primal" and "real food" in the title because we didn't want to label it as strictly "paleo" and possibly exclude people who don't follow a 100% paleo lifestyle. We're really glad we made that decision because as our own health journeys have evolved we now call ourselves 'real foodies' and use paleo as more of a guide than as a specific guideline, and we know others do also. We understand that we're all at a different place with our health and how we live and that no one 'diet' is right for all of us, including paleo. Paleo isn't usually classed as a "diet" but it does have basic rules and outlines. However out of all of the diets out there, we feel it's definitely one of the most beneficial and useful. So basically we made sure it was obvious that the group is there for anyone interested in paleo, primal and real food.

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If you're familiar with what paleo is then you'll be understanding and nodding your head as you read this. If not, feel free to read this post from legend Mark Sisson of Mark's Daily Apple about the differences between paleo and primal.

By the way, when we talk about 'primal' it extends into movement and general lifestyle and isn't solely about food. We personally implement primal methods into all aspects of our lives, so we're happy to share with others not just the food side of things but also movement and mindset. It really allows for a huge variety of people to be involved in the group which is great! 

So who can be a part of this group?! Basically it's for anyone wanting to learn about and share information on...

* organic, spray-free, chemical-free, clean produce
* organic, grass-fed, chemical-free meat
* natural foods, fermented foods, fats etc
* where to buy good quality food from
* connecting people to local suppliers and farmers
* sharing recipes and kitchen successes (and failures!)
* where to eat out
* how and where to exercise and move more
* natural and alternative therapies; educating on the benefits and connecting to good practitioners
* health concerns, remedies, ideas etc
* different illnesses, eating plans etc
and basically anything else that's relevant! 

We enjoy hosting this meet-up group but it's been a bit quiet lately. We originally chose to base the group on Facebook as a Page and more recently a Group and not use meetup.com because it has a monthly fee that we can't justify paying. We're happy with the success and reach of the Page but it seems there's been a lot less interaction lately, in general from Likers and also notably from our local members. We've started to wonder if maybe Facebook isn't working in our favour and that followers just aren't seeing our posts. Or maybe people are simply losing interest in the meet-up group.We hope that's not the case! We've held a few successful meet-ups this year, have met some really lovely people from both the Sunny Coast and also Brisbane and hope to continue hosting events and catching up with the people we've already met and newbies as well.

We've been wondering if the slump in group interaction is perhaps partly due to members and followers finding their own journey is heading away from paleo and in other directions. If that's the case and that's you, then we want to let you know that we are still here for you. If you're still interested in anything relating to real, wholesome, healthy, nourishing foods that are positively imnfluencing your health, then you're absolutely welcome to interact and be a part of the group!

We have a sneaking suspicion it's also partly due to the Facebook Page posts not showing up in everyone's news feed because there's just so much on Facebook now, making it harder and harder to keep up with posts from the Pages we like.

So the Group page is the best place for interaction. Members of that page receive notifications of new posts, events etc, it's not busy in there and the posts can't get lost because it's a separate section in your Facebook account.

If you're not already a member and you live locally or nearby and want to interact with others about all things paleo/primal/real food then please feel free to join HERE. Please read the page rules! If you're already a member of the main page or the group page please feel free to chat to us in either; about foods you're making, troubles you're having, movements you're doing, questions you have, ideas you have... anything, just go for it!

Moving forward, what are our goals for the future?

Clint and I are very passionate about helping people become more educated on how they can improve theirs and their family's health and well-being. We'd like to keep organising meet-ups for fun, education and interaction between like-minded people. 

If we can connect folk to information, people and places that somehow positively influence their lives then that's brilliant!

We're planning a Farm Tour in November at CGL Beef, another picnic because they're easy and popular (probably Peregian like we tried to do once but cancelled due to bad weather), and we'd like to include fun things like park days where we play games, bush walk and things like that. But we need interest from people in order for us to keep organising events. If you have any suggestions for meet-ups please let us know. Also if you know anyone who's even remotely interested in learning about this stuff you're welcome to bring them along to doos :)

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Thank you to everyone who's interacted on our pages, attended meet-ups, told people about the group, and who has supported is. We really appreciate it! We hope to catch-up up with you at a future meet-up or at least in the Facebook pages.

Click here to visit the Facebook Group
Click here to visit the Facebook Page
Click here to visit the Primal Influence page including the newsletters we made for the meet-up group and photos from past events

One of the next blog posts will be about the meet-up we had today, so stay tuned!

Thanks
Aimee


My 5 gratefuls today are:
1. spending time in the hinterland today with lovely people
2. shopping spree with mum yesterday
3. picking kale and herbs from my garden
4. country music (do I always add that one?!)
5. receiving help from Gavin Heward for my health goals

16 October 2013

Do something that scares you!

During the process of creating the MindBodyReboot program we decided it’d be really cool to include videos and audio files. The only problem was, I was making the videos and audios by myself, just me, no help, and as I’d never done anything like this before, it was definitely going to push me outside my comfort zone…. way outside! 

At first I was quite daunted by the task of creating professional videos and audio files from scratch. But once I started I realised how easy it actually is. With the constant evolution of technology, making audios and videos these days is not such a big deal.  Any caveman can do it!

Since taking the first step and getting stuck into the project, I’ve overcome what I was initially afraid of and I’ve had some time to wonder, ‘what else is my comfort zone holding me back from achieving?’.  When I figure that out and I tackle some more fears, I’ll let you know!

Now my question to you is; when was the last time you went outside your comfort zone and did something you were a bit scared of doing?

If it’s been a while then I can help you make a start in breaking down the barriers. 

THE CHALLENGE:  For those of you who live near a lake, a beach or a river I want you to go and jump into the freezing water! For those of you who don’t have any of these options then turn your shower on to freezing cold and hop under!  This seemingly simple exercise is still very challenging. And cold! 

Break free of the restraints of your comfort zone and soar high like an eagle


Let us know how you go!

Now’s the time to break through the restricting walls of your comfort zone and create the best life possible.

Cheers
Clint

5 things I am grateful for:
  1. People reading and taking in our information
  2. Sunny days
  3. Surface fishing for bass
  4. Getting out in nature
  5. The positive and happy people in our lives


9 October 2013

Recipe: plantain and date muffins

Ever since Clint and I started eating paleo/primal we were always seeing plantain as an ingredient in many recipes. Not being familiar with what a plantain was, we eventually figured it out but realised because the recipes were mostly American we probably wouldn't be able to make them ourselves as we hadn't heard about them being available here in Australia.

So when I  saw plantain for sale at a fresh produce market literally a few hundred meters down the road from where we live (Jeffers Market in Maroochydore), I just had to grab some and try cooking with them!

Plantain are similar to banana. There are a few differences, such as...

* Not as sweet as banana, even when really ripe
* They are larger in size
* They can eaten green
* The flesh is a light orange colour
* Sugar content is lower and overall nutritional makeup is better (see nutritional breakdown here)

I made a few different things with the first lot I bought but my favourite creation so far has been the plantain and date muffins I made to take camping last weekend.

Typically plantain are meant to be used green, peeled, sliced and fried to make 'chips'. This time I decided to buy 2 ripened plantain and make muffins as you would with bananas.

They turned out terrific and made a great snack (even cold!) while camping.

Here's the recipe I made up...


Plantain & Date Muffins (makes about 16 small muffins)

Yum!!
INGREDIENTS:
2 tbsp baking powder (rice and gluten-free)
1 tbsp raw apple cider vinegar
2 ripe plantains
6 fresh medjool dates
4 tbsp coconut flour
3 large pastured eggs
1 tsp bicarb soda
pinch Himalayan salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon and nutmeg powder together
Dash pure vanilla
3 tbsp melted coconut oil

METHOD:
1. Preheat oven to 170 degrees
2. Place all ingredients into a food processor

Chuck all ingredients into a food processor

3. Mix for a few minutes until well combined. Use a spoon to scrape edges occasionally


Food processor making the job of mixing so much easier!

All ingredients are combined

4. Grease muffin trays with coconut oil
5. Spoon mixture into muffin trays

Ready for the oven

6. Bake in the oven for about 35-45min depending on your oven
7. Check muffins at about 30 min using a skewer pushed through the centre of one muffin. If it comes out clean the muffins are done. If not, continue to bake
8. When ready allow them to cool then serve


Moist, soft, fluffy, slightly sweet... YUM!


So very easy!

Note: if the muffins turn brown, that's fine, it's just the sugars colouring. However try not to let them burn!

Alternatives: replace dates with sultanas. Or use cacao nibs for a plantain choc chip effect!

Gluten/grain/dairy/nut/seed/refined sugar-free

I hope you enjoy this recipe! Please feel free to comment if you tried it, liked it, hated it or just have any questions or suggestions. 

Aimee

My 5 grateful's today:
1. Successful kitchen creations
2. Camping with family on the long weekend
3. Being able to exercise
4. Kayaking and fishing at dawn with mist all over the water and seeing platypus swim by
5. My partner Clint


29 September 2013

Time for a quickie... Raspberry lollies recipe

I love making lollies at home with good quality gelatin. They're fairly easy to make, you can choose a kazillion different flavours (ok maybe not that many! But lots anyway!), and gelatin is a major contender to be added to the sought-after lists of 'Superfoods' as it's so incredibly healthy.

Tonight I made raspberry lollies, to go with the AWSEOME grain-free mini burgers I made (recipe here). Tomorrow I'm returning to my ketosis journey after having been sick for two weeks and not worrying about eating for ketosis due to the raw honey I was consuming by the big jar load. So tonight was a nice dinner and dessert before a few weeks of mostly low-carb (30g or less per day!).

Okay so these lollies were pretty darn good, even if I do say so myself!

Here's how I made them...

INGREDIENTS:
2-2.5 cups raspberry pulp - which I got after simmering a whole pack of frozen conventional raspberries (don't judge me for not using organic berries, it's all I had in the freezer!), blending, straining through a sieve to remove most of the seeds, then blending again
Stevia - to your liking. Alternatively use organic honey
6 tbsp gelatin powder (use Great Lakes or another grass-fed variety if you can)
3 tbsp pure coconut milk (I use Ayam from the supermarket)

METHOD:
1. In a large saucepan on medium heat, add the raspberry pulp, stevia and coconut milk
2. While constantly whisking the warm liquid, slowly add in the gelatin, bit by bit
3. Once all gelatin is mixed in well, add mixture to blender and blend well. I do this to ensure the gelatin is completely mixed in and doesn't leave lumps
4. Pour mixture into flat square or rectangle shape containers and place in the fridge for 2-3 hours to set. If you use round containers the end shape is a bit odd!
4. Once set use a rounded knife (butter knife) to separate edges from containers, cut into strips, then carefully lift out each strip. 
5. Cut the strips into small squares and there you have it... DIY healthy lollies!

These lollies would be quite bitter if no stevia or sweetener of some kind was added. The coconut milk also helped reduce the intensity of the flavour and gave a slightly creamy taste. Clint and I ate most of this container - they're so moorish, so be warned!

Grain/gluten/dairy/sugar/nut-free

ENJOY!!



sushine coast, personal training, primal, paleo, yum, healthy


Thanks
Aimee :)

My 5 gratefuls today are:
1. Making yummy healthy food we love to eat
2. Going fishing yesterday at the lovely Ewen Maddock Dam
3. Soaking in a magnesium bath
4. Country music
5. Rodeos

25 September 2013

Are you drinking bone broth yet? If not, why the heck not!

Bone broth is basically just stock. But with a whole lotta health benefits than just a simple beef or vegetable stock you'd use in cooking.

Bone broth is a big part of our lives and we drink it regularly. I'm sure you're wondering why that is, so I'm going to tell you my story!

A beautiful site - freezer full of broth!

I first got onto the bone broth bandwagon late last year when a patient where I worked told me how good it was for bone and general health. The conversation sparked interest in me, mainly because I've had a degenerated intervertebral disc in my spine (between L4 and L5) for some time and it's caused me a heck of a lot of pain, stress and immobility  When I learnt how bone broth can help improve bone and joint strength I knew I just had to try it.

So I did some research. The info wasn't hard to find because I was already inside the 'paleo-sphere' and of course bone broth is big in the paleo/primal circles. When I read about how it can actually put cartilage back into bones and joints, that was it, I was trying it!

In November I started making it at home and drinking it daily. Within just 2 weeks I noticed less back pain. Over the following weeks and months the pain reduced so much that it was non-existent for about 90% of the time! That was HUGE for me because up until then I was in pain every day. Some days I was in pain most of the day. I was loving this no pain thing, I can tell you!

For the past few years I'd been experiencing pain at the site of the problem and also often down my right leg. I was limited to how much exercise and general movement I could do. I also had to be careful how I sat, and for how long. I couldn't even sit down casually with one leg underneath me for a couple of minutes or I'd quickly pay for it. The only exercise I was able to do for a long time was walking. Boring! I enjoy walking, I've always walked, but just walking gets kinda frustrating, especially when I used to do kickboxing, running and lifting heavy weights. I'd try and do some boxing or something else if I'd not had pain for a couple of days but the pain always came back really quickly and with more intensity as a result.

But I'm happy to report that since drinking bone broth, my pain is almost gone! It's not fixed but for most of the day and usually for days on end, I don't feel any pain whatsoever. I can now do more exercise and movement with no problem.

I'm still cautious and I don't overdo anything because I don't like pain and I don't want to feel more of it if I can help it! I still need to incorporate pain-prevention techniques and certain lifestyle factors to maintain my back but I can say with 100% certainty that bone broth has dramatically improved my back health.

Now I don't drink it every day but I always have some in the freezer and I'd probably drink it about 2-5 times a week. 

Bone broth doesn't just reduce pain. It has many other health benefits. It really is amazing stuff!

PLUS: it's super easy to make, it's really cheap, it's easy to store, and it's real food and not a synthetic supplement.

So now you're probably wondering how this weird-sounding concoction does such amazing things... right? 

There's stacks of info about bone broth on the internet, but here's a great article given to me by Graeme Sait from Nutri-Tech. Graeme has kindly allowed me to pass on this article to anyone who wants to learn about the beauty of bone broth.

It's a few pages in length but I strongly urge you to take a few minutes to read through.

Download the article and recipe here

Thanks
Aimee

Here are today's 5 gratefuls...

1. Going for a walk on the beach this evening with Clint
2. Meeting really amazing and interesting people on the Coast, to be friends with and network with
3. Our family
4. Our cool car
5. Country music!