Cacao….for chocolate addicts!

My new favourite treat for these cold days is to mix 1tsp of cacao powder into half a mug of almond or soy milk with 1/2-1tsp of Natvia. Zap in the microwave for 1 minute. Then add boiling water. Mmm delish!

This healthy treat is packed full of goodness. Cacao 10 times more antioxidants then green tea, wine and blueberries. It also helps to keep blood sugar levels balanced and is one of the richest sources of chromium and magnesium. 

Organic Road is the brand I prefer. It is certified organic, 100% Australian owned and has no added nasties. It’s available at Healthy Life health food shops.



The Benefits of Exercising Outdoors

  • You could actually burn more calories/kilojoules outdoors as it requires us to overcome gravity, environmental factors such as wind, heat and cold, as well as changes in terrain.
  • Once you get used to exercising outdoors, you lose the reliance on something external like a gym or health club in order to exercise. How many times have you said “I’ve been away so I haven’t been able to exercise”. Getting used to outdoor exercise means you can stick to your routine anywhere, even when you’re away on holiday and you’re more likely to keep up your normal routine.
  • The vitamin D gained from natural sunlight, plus the fresh air and freedom of movement, are so much more preferable to the artificial lights and air conditioning of the gym any day.
  • Did you know that much of the equipment in our gyms actually contributes to postural distortion, inflexibility and muscle weakness! Fixed weight exercise machines don’t always mimic how we use of muscle groups together in real life situations leading to imbalances and potential injury. When exercising outdoors you are more likely to focus on “functional” exercises which correspond to how we use our muscles normally. .
  • It’s so much more fun! There’s no getting away from it, gym-based exercise can become dull. Running, rowing or cycling for 20 minutes at a time, as well as repeatedly counting to 15 on resistance machines can lose its appeal.

    The Big, beautiful outdoors awaits you!

Aloe Vera Juice

Most of us would be aware of the healing properties of aloe vera when applied topically to the skin for problems such as burns.

Aloe vera is also available as a drink and manufacturers claim that it is a powerful elixir.
However, results from a small number of scientific researches shows that it may actually lead to problems of the gut.

The internet is full of pro and con articles about whether aloe vera juice is beneficial or not. I’ve given it a try, having about 30-50ml a day. I haven’t noticed any ill effects and actually think it has soothed my stomach a little. As always, everything in moderation…we’ll see what happens!

The brand I decided to try was this one



You can buy it at Coles Supermarkets. It was the most reasonably priced one I could find that didn’t have hidden nasties such as sugar and chemicals.

Inner Pickle

This is a woman after my own heart!

Fiona, the owner of, uses natural, unprocessed ingredients to make delicious and mostly healthy foods and meals!

She is keen on growing her own foods and swapping them with neighbours in order to visit the supermarket as infrequently as possible.

For all of us that need inspiration, her blog is full of great ideas for living sustainably and naturally and what we can make with a little know how.

Super Smoothie

This smoothie is soothing to the body and gut!

In a blender/food processor add:

Handful of kale
1 ‘Cocobella’ Coconut water
Half a large avocado
1 tablespoon of vital greens
The juice of half a lime

Blend and enjoy!


Health Tonic

My new favourite health tonic…..for the days that you need a pick me up!

Half a lemon
One or two knobs of ginger (depending on how strong you want it)
A handful of baby spinach leaves
5 pieces of celery
2 cucumbers
Small bunch of mint leaves

Then mix the juice with a tablespoon of Vital Greens and about 50ml of Aloe Vera Juice. Water it down to the strength that suits you. You should be able to get 3-4 glasses once watered down.

This tonic is also great if your stomach is feeling a bit funny or if you feel like you might be coming down with a cold.

Guilt Free Ice Cream

Making your own ice cream is great fun and you can enjoy a treat knowing there are no nasties in it.

My first attempt was Cashew Nut and Raspberry. It was yum!

Here’s how to make your own.

  • 1 1/2 cups organic cashews, salted, frozen
  • 1 cup whole organic milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon extract Stevia or Natvia
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup organic raspberries, frozen
  1. Put all the cashews in the blender. Add the whole milk and blend until smooth.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and continue to blend.
  3. If you don’t like raspberry seeds, run the mixture through a sieve.
  4. Chill mixture in the fridge for at least an hour. Overnight works best.
  5. Put in your ice cream maker and follow manufacturers instructions or store in freezer until set.
  6. Enjoy!

    Because this ice cream is made with nuts and a small amount of dairy, it will freeze much harder than conventional ice creams. Remove it from the freezer and allow to defrost for about 20 minutes before serving. There are no preservatives, so the ice cream will taste fresh for about 2 weeks. If it lasts that long!

Lime Mint Slush

Need a refreshing, thirst quenching drink that is great for your stomach? Pop these in the blender!

7-8 tablespoons lime juice
I cup of 100% white grape juice concentrate or plain water
5 fresh mint leaves
lots of ice (enough to fill the blender)
cold water, as needed

Blend juice, juice concentrate/water, mint, and ice. Add small amounts of water to help the mixture blend well. Blend on high until ice is smooth. Serve in glasses with sprigs of fresh mint.


Colours Of The Rice Rainbow

Bored of your usual white or brown rice? Why not try red or black? Here’s why…

Red rice is high in Vitamin B and Vitamin E.  It contains a substance called angiotensin II which can benefit clogged arteries and high blood pressure.

Red rice can make the skin smoother and help you to overcome allergies.

Red rice can help prevent a variety of degenerative diseases such as diabetes mellitus, hypertension, asthma and liver disease.

Red rice has a high fiber content than white so that it can aid indigestion, constipation, abdominal bloating, as well as lowering blood cholesterol levels.

Red rice to increase stamina, strengthens the body, and helps you to overcome fatigue.

Black Rice has been linked to decreases in the risk of dangerous conditions such as heart disease and cancer.

High blood pressure, circulation and overall blood health also seems to be maintained well by those who add Black Rice to their diet.

Black rice is considered to be anti-inflammatory and a great source of antioxidants, it may be useful in avoiding long term problems like Alzheimer’s and Diabetes.

The common types also have their benefits…



Brown rice includes vitamins K and B6, thiamin, niacin, choline and pantothenic acid.
It also has a healthy amount of calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, manganese and selenium.
White rice has numerous health benefits, such as providing fast and instant energy, aiding good bowel movement and providing essential source of vitamin B1 to human body. Due to the refining process, it lacks the numerous health benefits of red, black and brown rice.

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