Category: Five Friday Favourites

Stuff I heart # 3

Here’s the latest in stuff I heart, there has been a tonne of great new products and companies that II have discovered, and I’m excited to share that with you!
 

1. Making your own candles. 

Image from: http://www.underlockandkeyblog.com/2013/01/diy-scented-soy-candles.html

I’m awaiting a delivery of gorgeous candle making supplies, which i’m going to turn into some lovely soy pillar candles. I have a candle lit most evenings, and I just love the feel it gives to my house. I relate candles with warmth, spiritualism, awakening, calm, sensation, enlightening, slow movement and breath. They go perfectly with the evening wind down yoga session. 
I got my supplies from www.candlemaking.com.au. They have lots of great quality soy wax, as well as a huge range of scents. I also found this great tutorial over at move, nourish, believe on how to make your own natural soy candles. 
 

2. Chai Tea:

 

Image from: http://www.hungryforchange.tv/article/coconut-chai

During Winter, chai tea is my go to tea. I love it-with milk, without, with nut milk, with honey, and with absolutely nothing at all! It has such a glorious full flavour, and is super warming. I found this brilliant recipe for Coconut Chai Tea on the Hungry for Change site, its so creamy and has so many spices! If you have never tried chai tea before, I urge you to, its the perfect comfort drink during those cool winter days, as well as the nutritional benefits:
 
Cinnamon: Can help with immune function, muscle spasms, regulating blood sugar and reducing infections
Nutmeg: Can help with sleep, skin, digestive issues, antibacterial, and improving circulation
Cloves: Can help with respiratory issues, inflammation, toothache, digestion, and are also anti-fungal
Cardamom: Can help with mouth ulcers, digestion, depression, urinary tract issues, and immune system function
Ginger: Improving digestion, nausea relief, anti-inflammatory, headaches, immune function, and respiratory function
Licorice: reducing blood sugar, reducing inflammation, antiviral, and is a great antioxidant
 
So with all those wonderful spices, and array of health benefits, why not grab a cuppa!
3. Learning about crystals
 

I started using crystals a few months ago, and have a small collection now. Its one of my favourite things to go shopping for a new crystal, there are so many gorgeous shapes and colours-I find it hard to choose. But the best way I have found of choosing, is to just go with your intuition and pick the one that draws your attention, I also like to pick ones based on how they feel in my hands.

I love this gorgeous guide by Gala Darling on Crystals for Beginners. 

4. GoodnessMe Box

 

I love the whole craze at the moment with healthy “boxes” that are shipped straight to your door. There are so many to choose from though, and they all have such great products. One of my favourite ones is a new company that has just started. GoodnessMe box has some of my favorite brands including Loving Earth, Pukka, and Raw C  Nakula Coconut water. Plus they even have a Nutritionist (Melissa Fine) on board which is just awesome. I’m hoping someone will gift this to me for my birthday (Hint hint it’s on the 30th of May).

5. Botanical Beauty Co.

 
 
Being a kiwi, I love hearing about awesome little kiwi companies making gorgeous healthy products. Botanical Beauty Co is one of those companies. They have tonnes of gorgeous, natural and handmade products that are high quality, honest and natural. Founder Rachael Muollo, wanted to have a range of apothecary formula’s reminiscent of a by-gone era, without the chemical nasties of modern beauty products. I’m loving the solid perfumes and body butters. You can purchase the Botanical Beauty Co products from their website.
 
 

 
 

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Stuff I Heart (Previously Five friday favourites)

Hello lovelies!

Happy Friday! I have decided to rename five Friday favourites to stuff I heart. Here is my roundup of stuff I heart from the interwebs 🙂

1. This video on what the world eats for breakfast. Its very enlightening to see just how unbalanced breakfast is worldwide. Most of the countries included had some form of refined carbohydrate for breakfast, and not many nutritious fruit and vegetables. Most countries also had processed meat products as well. The Indian, Brazilian, Egyptian and Swedish meals were the better ones, but still didn’t contain many fruit and vegetables.

2. This quote: I think its important to remember not to judge ourselves an assign crude labels to what we think we are.

3. Smoothie bowls. They are great, like sweet breakfast soup. And you can top them with all sorts of yummy goodies! Iv’e done mine with frozen blueberries, banana and greek yoghurt, topped with granola!

Image from: http://blissfulbasil.com/2014/01/17/antioxidant-smoothie-bowl/
Here are some great smoothie bowl recipe inspirations:
4. The 100 Happy Days challenge! I decided to embark on this challenge today, after learning all about the United Nation’s International day of Happiness Yesterday. So continuing with that theme, I will be posting a pic everyday on my Instagram page, of something that makes me happy. Today, I chose my gorgeous puppy dog Jaffa. His everlasting excitement to see me brightens everyday <3

Have you found anything exciting, interesting or inspiring on the interwebs lately. I would LOVE to hear what you guys have found!

Five Friday favourites #3

Hey all!

Its been a slow week here on The Wellness Plate, I have been incredibly busy with work and Uni! Alas, that’s no excuse for a lack of posts 🙂 So here is my roundup of Five of my favourite things from this week.

1. This article about the 11 most destructive nutrition lies ever told. There have been so many nutrition myths told in the past, much of it is misinformation and a lack of research. Some of it is marketing hype or media lies. Anyhow, all of it is destructive and have caused a significant change in the way we eat. Take the eggs myth for example. Eggs are a great source of B vitamins, Vitamin D, E and many of the Minerals. Eggs are also a fantastic protein source, which is great for keeping us feeling full for long.

The other one which has had a huge impact on our diets is the myth about grains. Grains such as wheat are cheap and keep us from feeling hungry, however they are pretty low in nutrients, and as a society we have become so dependent on them. The agricultural revolution has only happened recently, and has been associated with all sorts of health problems, including intestinal damage, bloating, and pain.

Find the full article here: http://www.businessinsider.com/the-11-most-destructive-nutrition-lies-ever-told-2013-11?IR=T

2. Julie and Julia. After telling someone about my blog and how much I love food, nutrition and cooking, they recommended I watch Julie and Julia. Its a brilliant movie about the stories of two individuals,w hos love of cooking intertwines their stories. Its the life story of Cooking legend Julia Childs, as she learns and develops her passion of food and cooking into an incredible cook book. The story of Julia Powell begins with the goal to cook her way through this very book, and of course, blog about it.

I absolutely loved the movie, especially Meryl Streep-She was totally brilliant. And although isn’t about healthy food, it does portray my love of cooking none-the-less. It reminds me of the way my nana used to cook, and how she put her love for people in the food she cooked.

3. Teresa Cuttter: The Healthy Chef’s recipes. This week alone I have made her Chilli Con Carne, Green pea and Spinach risotto, Massaman curry, Classic tomato soup, and Granola. I would LOVE to one day have as many wonderful recipes as she does! Its such an inspiration to have so many really great healthy recipes available. if you haven’t been over to her website yet, I urge you to! You can find her at: http://www.thehealthychef.com/

4. Volunteering abroad. As I’m getting to the end of my Nutrition degree, I have decided that it would be great to get some international Nutrition experience, and I have found a great organisation that does just that. The project is in Peru in a place called Urumbamba, and kids there are at high risk of being undernourished. So I’m hoping to get there at the end of this year over the summer break. For more info: http://www.projects-abroad.com.au/projects/medicine-and-healthcare/nutrition/peru/

5. Simple acts of Kindness. Its such a beautiful thing when another human being does something completely selfless for another human. And I realised the other day that I have been doing alot of the receiving and not much of the giving of these simple little acts. My goal for the next week is to do one kind thing a day. Yesterday I did the warm drink rounds at work, and offered everyone a hot drink. Such a simple thing that made someone else’s day. Peppermint tea for all!

Five Friday favourites #2

1. Food that magically regrows itself.

I love this, its basically free food. Ok, so you do have to wait for it to grow, but the idea is so great! I might try it with some green onions, they look pretty easy! And I’m amazed at how many foods you can do this with. I’d also love to try the mushrooms and the pineapple!

Find the full article here: http://cookingstoned.tv/blog/2014/02/food-that-magically-regrows-itself-from-kitchen-scraps/

2. Farmers markets

I visited my closest farmers market last weekend, and totally loved it! It’s just such a pity its a 25 minute drive away. I love the community atmosphere, getting to know the farmers and stall owners. Plus you know the produce you are getting is good quality, local and fresh. I was also lucky enough to pick up some raw honey, figs, and a gorgeous loaf of sunflower and rye sourdough!

If you are in aus, there is a great farmers market directory here: http://www.farmersmarkets.org.au/markets

3. Zing anything drink bottles

My Naturopath has the most amazing drink bottle the other day when I visited her, it was a bottle that had its own citrus squeezer in the bottom, so you could add lemon to your bottle easily. I will defiantly be purchasing one of these incredible Zing anything bottles, they are such a great idea! I also love the other style, which means you can infuse your water with anything! Think of all the possibilities.

You can purchase a zing anything bottle here: http://zinganything.com/

4. Yahava Coffee

While in Margaret River last year, me and Cam were lucky enough to do a coffee tasting at Yahava coffee. When we got back we decided to switch to Yahava and proceeded to try every single one of their blends in the months since then. We have finally settled on our favourite blend: Kahava. It was also announced this week that Yahava is Perth’s best coffee.

http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/perthnows-hot-list-reveals-perths-best-coffee/story-fnhocxo3-1226844731501 

5. Eating less sugar

I haven’t had white sugar in years, and I actively try to reduce my consumption of sugar. Of course I still consume some forms of sugar-mostly honey and coconut sugar. But reading this article reminded me that regardless of how the sugar is branded and marketed, sugar is sugar, and it still gets broken down into glucose. There are lots of negative health implications of consuming large amounts of sugar, including increasing blood pressure, and obesity. Personally I think the WORST is the sugar found in sugary beverages.

http://authoritynutrition.com/6-healthy-sugars-that-can-kill-you/
http://www.livestrong.com/article/272191-sugar-vs-sugar-in-the-raw/

Five Friday favourites #1

I’ve decided to do a new blog segment called ‘Five Friday favourites’ where I do a quick roundup of my weekly favourite things from the interwebs.

Image: “Boundless” by http://ineedchemicalx.deviantart.com/

1. Mercury retrograde.

Mercury does crazy things and appears to be going backwards, its not but it does have an effect on people. It’s been playing havoc with my ability to communicate, and being a Gemini and ruled by mercury, I have had a huge reaction to this particular mercury retrograde. I can’t seem to get words out, and my brain has been abnormally fuzzy. Gala darling gives a fantastic overview of this crazy phenomenon.

2. Fresca natural deodorants.

Ever since my nana and aunt were diagnosed with breast cancer, I have stopped using natural deodorants free from all the nasties. But this has meant I have tried most of the available brands of natural deodorant in search of one the ACTUALLY works. I love the Fresca range of deodorants, they have lovely scents, and stop the smell. You can get yours from Peachy Clean, or any other health food store.

3. The live lighter campaign. 

It’s been popping up everywhere. And I’m so happy they are doing a big health push here in WA, its totally on the right track, and I hope people are paying attention to the messages. My favourite message is ‘sugary beverages cause toxic fat’. In one of my units at uni I will be doing a small study on the effects of the live lighter campaign, which i’m really looking forward too! Have you noticed the campaign? Do you pay attention to the messages? If you are wanting more info, see the live lighter website. There is even a push for restaurants to revamp their kids menus from chicken nuggets and chips, to nourishing healthy foods.

Image: Eat drink paleo

4. Granola. 

I made it for the first time this week, and golly gosh its amazing! I’m totally addicted, and it makes for a fantastic breakfast. Its basically a muesli/nut/seed/fruit mix that is covered in coconut oil and honey, then baked. I like to keep mine in the fridge, so it stays crunchy! Here’s my top 3 picks for granola recipes:

The healthy chef: http://www.thehealthychef.com/2012/10/granola/
Eat drink paleo: http://eatdrinkpaleo.com.au/our-favourite-paleo-muesli-granola-recipe/
I quit sugar (Sarah Wilson): http://www.sarahwilson.com.au/2012/08/sugar-free-granola-the-most-popular-recipe-from-my-cookbook/

5.Emma and toms life bars.

These babies are amazing, and the ingredients list is super short! My favourite is the cacao and coconut, which is simply:  Dates, raw cashews, raisins, coconut, cacao powder. I love to take them to uni with me, as its a convenient, healthy, easy, simple, nutritious and tasty snack to have to help furl my brain and nourish my body. You can grab yourself some here: http://shop.emmaandtom.com/