Superfood Chocolate Brownie (Paleo)

This recipe makes the most moist chocolate brownie. It is delicious, chocolatey and totally guilt free. Made with sweet potato, it is not sickly sweet. The brownie is also Paleo and can be made suit vegans. The appropriate substitutes are in the recipe.

This recipe may seem like it has a few steps, but pretty much you just cook the sweet potato (super easy if you throw it in with other veges to roast, while making dinner) or boil it while you’re in the kitchen doing other things. Then you make a super easy batter, add the sweet potato and bake away.

No gluten, grains, sugar or dairy. This is such a winner. Who can say ‘no’ to brownie, anyway?

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Ingredients
1 large sweet potato, or 2 cups mashed sweet potatoes
3 eggs
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted (or butter if you aren’t dairy free)
1/4 cup maple syrup or raw honey
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup cacao powder
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips or cacao nibs\
Instructions
Step 1: Bake or boil sweet potato. If boiling, peel and put in a saucepan with water, let it boil for 5 minutes or until soft; drain water and mash. To bake: place in a 200*C oven, for about 1/2 an hour or until a fork easily pierces the flesh. Remove from the oven and peel

Step 2: Preheat your oven to 180*C

Step 3: Cream the coconut oil/butter with the maple syrup/honey. Mix in the eggs until combined.

Step 4: Add your vanilla, coconut flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt and mix until all is incorporated.

Step 5: With a hand mixer, mix in sweet potato to the batter.

Step 6: If using dark chocolate chips or cacao nibs,  add them in now and mix by hand.

Step 7: Line a baking tray with baking paper and pour the batter in.

Step 8: Place in the preheated oven and bake for 35-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean
Eat warm or cold, cut, serve and Enjoy

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2 Ingredient Digestive Detox

This recipe is amazingly effective at cleaning out the digestive system. Rich in pro-biotics, and with a seed known for drawing toxins from the small and large intestines this is a match made in gut health heaven.

Our colon can store stagnant mucus, and fecal deposits; which lodge in the colon walls and release toxins into our system. This costs our body energy, vibrancy and good digestion. It can lead to serious health implications if there is a build up that is unresolved for a long period of time. These toxins can also lead to weight gain, inflammation, gastritis, colitis, ulcers and duodenal ulcers, diseases of the urinary tract, cystitis, and pyelonephritis. Read more on the website Natural Cures and Home Remedies.

Let’s cut to the chase about cleansing your digestive system in a way that promotes good bacteria, bowel flora and also gets rid of the nasty stuff:

1 tablespoon of flaxseeds

2 tablespoons of coconut/ dairy kefir

Mix together and let it soak for 15 minutes to 2 hours; timing is up to you. Then quickly run through a processor (a hand blender works well) just to crush the seeds a little.

Consume straight away.

Eat this mix in the morning, before breakfast. Continue with the following daily regimen to get maximum benefits.

1 Week: 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed mixed with 100 ml of kefir

2 Week: 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed mixed with 100 ml of kefir

3 Weeks: 3 tablespoons of ground flaxseed mixed with 150 ml of kefir

 

Paleo Tortilla/Pizza Base Recipe

Sometimes, I just feel like a wrap. A nice soft wrap with tasty fillings. But if you go into the supermarket, you’ll quickly find that gluten free wraps are difficult to find, and if you do get lucky, chances are they have other nasties like soy, preservatives and flavours added. Perhaps gluten free, but not so Paleo.

I researched some Paleo recipes for tortillas online and played around with a couple of the recipes, tweaking the mix as I went. This is the final recipe that I used, and even it didn’t quite cut it as a tortilla. The end result was crunchy, like a flat bread and rather than light and soft like a wrap. Not to worry, we topped them with some leftover pork/chicken, roast veg, homemade tomato sauce and spinach. We put them under the grill for about 8 minutes, and it made a super yummy dinner.

gluten free pizza base

So, use this recipe as you wish. As a pizza base, or maybe a rigid tortilla. Either way, very yummy and ticks the Paleo boxes!

 

Ingredients

2 eggs whisked

1/2 cup of water

1 cup of full fat coconut milk (or you can use almond milk

1 tbs of olive oil

1 cup of tapioca flour

3 tbs of coconut flour

1/4 tsp sea salt

Instructions

Step 1: In a mixing bowl, combine all the above wet ingredients (including the tablespoon of oil)

Step 2: In a separate bowl, combine the salt and flours together, give it a quick whisk to combine

Step 3: Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients bowl and whisk until fully combined

Step 4: Lightly grease your fry-pan with olive or coconut oil (we used a 10″ non-stick pan)

Step 5:  Heat pan on medium to medium-low heat; when hot pour 1/3 cup of batter into center of pan to form about a 6″ circle

Step 7: Cook for 2-3 minutes until tortilla is lightly browned on the bottom

Step 8: Flip and cook about 1 to 1 1/2 minutes on the opposite side until browned

Step 9: Place tortillas on a paper-towel lined plate

Makes about 6 tortillas/pizza bases about 6-inches in diameter

gluten free tortilla

Five minutes of Philosophy

I read this quote today, and it blew me away.

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood, and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

I was reflecting on my wellness lifestyle philosophy and trying to simplify the message so that I can communicate it to more people. It’s amazing how these small,  moments of insight take you when you least expect it. Our ability to change the world lies in the simple act of our influence; inspiring others to work together for the common good.

The quote will have a different emphasis for everyone who absorbs it.  But dear readers, I really hope that we can create a longing for a world that believes in the power of using nature to heal and live.

Day 20: March Challenge

Hi Clean Greenies, Let’s cut straight to the chase here; “how early are you waking up?” I hear you ask.

Well, the very latest I have woken up this month is 8am. The very earliest- 5 am.

If you put two and two together, the 5am wake up happened first and I didn’t get to bed until midnight that night, so I allowed myself a little 8am sleep in the next morning.

Other than this (minor) discretion, I have been waking up at 7am daily. Go me! The rabbits are loving it. They get treats in the morning and at 7am sharp they scratch on the bedroom door, demanding sun-dried raisins. It looks like everyone benefits from early mornings ❤

benjamin and frederick

The Revival of Oil Pulling: Lydia’s Story

It seems my last few posts have sparked some interest in oil pulling! Yay! A few friends have messaged me, saying that they’ve tried oil pulling in the mornings since reading the post. This is so exciting, so  I contacted a few fellow oil pullers, and asked them to share their story. I hope to broaden the information available to people; this is an amazing practice to daily cleanse your body. If you have any questions, please ask!

Lydia is a fellow Melbourne dwelling, Chiro student. With an ethical approach to living a whole food, plant based lifestyle, Lydia is all too familiar with the concept of ‘Clean & Green’. I’m so grateful she has written this piece, to help spread the message of the goodness that OP can bring. This is lovely Lydia’s oil pulling story:

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My experience with oil pulling began when a friend and chiropractor that I admire posted on her website about the benefits of this weird practice where you let oil (yuck) float around in your mouth for a while every morning (gross). I was not encouraged or inspired. The next time I heard mention of it yet another healthy mentor of mine was talking about it and it got me wondering, if these very sensible, fad-avoiding, health goddesses were so excited by this bizarre practice perhaps I shouldn’t be so quick to judge.

I did my research (with the limited resources out there) and decided to take the leap and try incorporating it into my morning regime. Who doesn’t want; stronger teeth and gums, better breath, less bleeding gums, whiter teeth and stronger jaw muscles? There seemed to be no adverse side effects mentioned anywhere, even by those shunning the practice as crazy.

I made the commitment to oil pulling for 6 weeks. I got my hands on some organic, extra virgin coconut oil and I began. To put it lightly I was not impressed, it felt awful, I wasn’t used to the feeling of actively swishing something around my mouth and I was self-conscious of the funny noise I made while I did it. But I am strong willed, even when only up against myself, so I persevered. By day 3 I got used to the feeling of the oil, I realised it didn’t feel like olive oil or anything like that, it was just like a smooth, mild tasting gel. My jaw muscles adjusted to the swishing. I stopped caring about the noise and I fell in love!

I noticed almost immediately little to no blood when I spat out my tooth paste, which had been a regular occurrence for many years. These days I wake up with minimal morning breath that reduced over time, my teeth are probably 2-3 shades whiter and I haven’t had a mouth ulcer since I began oil pulling. It has become a pleasant and comforting daily ritual. When my housemate and I are oil pulling at the same time, it gives a 10 minute window of peace and quiet in the mornings (except for the duet of funny sucking noises, identifiable only by a fellow oil puller).

Everyone may do it slightly differently but my morning ritual goes something like this: Wake (often unwillingly), shuffle to kitchen, retrieve spoon and jar of coconut oil labelled OP, take heaped teaspoon of oil and place into cheek to allow to melt, pull melted oil around mouth, through teeth and over tongue for 10-20 minutes (prepare breakfast and perhaps get dressed while quiet and reflective), spit oil into bin (NOT SINK! COCONUT OIL HARDENS WHEN COLD AND WILL BLOCK YOUR DRAINS AND RUIN YOUR LIFE!), brush teeth with fluoride free toothpaste on cute bamboo toothbrush, drink 1L of cold lemon water, enjoy breakfast and begin the day with a positive outlook and an extremely happy mouth. Some may question brushing your teeth before eating breakfast but it actually makes sense. Dentists recommend waiting 30 minutes after eating before brushing your teeth. This is because the acid from food softens the enamel on your teeth and then brushing soon afterwards can damage them.

Now I don’t know about you but I am nowhere near organised enough in the mornings to allocate 30 minutes after eating before brushing my teeth, I’m more of a spoon hanging out of mouth, brush hanging out of hair, running down the stairs two by two kind of morning person. So as long as you use mild tasting toothpaste like mine (Grant’s natural toothpaste, mild mint with aloe vera) changing the order of your morning shouldn’t be too traumatic.

I wish you good luck, try to enjoy alarming friends and loved ones with your new morning routine, if they question you, just dazzle them with your gorgeous white smile.

Mornington Lunch Date – Winey Cow

After camping on Phillip Island and eating camp food (albiet Paleo), cooked over the gas burner we decided to splurge on a nice lunch in the Mornington Peninsula before heading home.

The Winey Cow was on the Main Street, and after taking a quick dip in the clear, icey peninsula ocean we went for a bite to eat.

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Pendant lamps hanging from the ceiling, wooden slat blinds and a classic colour scheme of white, grey and blue- it was quaint and classic all at once.

I love it when a menu includes freshly squeezed juices. We indulged in a watermelon and mint juice, served in a cute little milk bottle.

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Our meals were fresh, presented beautifully and came out quickly. I loved the healthy alternatives to cafe “staples” like chia polenta chips and house made dressings and mayos.

I had the Superfood Sandwhich, sans bun: Free-range chicken, avocado, goji mayo, watercress, kale and almond pesto with chia polenta chips- wow. 

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And Regan had the Grilled Cow: grilled sirloin, toasted ciabatta roll, Swiss cheese, beetroot relish, pickled onion rings, rocket, mustard mayo with parmesan and thyme rosti.

winey cow

De-liscious. 

Prices: $$

Address: 39A Main Street, Mornington Peninsula.

Make Your Own Tomato Sauce with Fresh Tomatoes!

Here is a healthy life hack for you, it will only take a few minutes to prepare and will save you from hidden nasties added to your favourite childhood condiment… Tomato Sauce.

I made this in the slow cooker, and let it simmer away all night. It reduced down to a beautiful, rich soupy mix that I blended together.  I would encourage everyone to try this easy peasy recipe. It has no sugar, no preservatives, no colours, flavours,  or anything else. Just good old tomatoes, and a few other natural enhancers.

Even more attractive about this recipe is NO SUGAR. I did a quick bit of research in my local supermarket on the sugar content of tomato sauces and ketchup. The average bottle had about 1 teaspoon of sugar in every tablespoon of sauce. So for 17 grams of tomato sauce, 4-5 of those grams is sugar! I’m going to reiterate it again, it means that between 23-29% of the average bottle of store bought tomato sauce is SUGAR! Ugh.

Okay, off my high horse and back to the recipe:

slow cooked tomato sauce

Ingredients

10 fresh tomatoes,  seeded and crushed
1⁄2 small onion, chopped
1 teaspoon garlic, minced
1⁄4 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1⁄4 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions:

Step 1: Place tomatoes, onion, garlic, and olive oil in a slow cooker.

Step 2: Season with oregano, basil, cayenne pepper, salt, black pepper, and cinnamon.

Step 3: Cover, and cook 10 to 15 hours on Low. The longer you simmer it, the richer the flavour  becomes.

Step 5: Turn the slow cooker off between 10-15 hours. At 10 hours it’s really good, but at 15 its even better. Blend together (I used a stick blender) and place in a sterilized glass jar. Let it cool, and refrigerate. The sauce can also be frozen.

 

Vegan Chocolate Smoothie Bowl

Gosh this is just the best breakfast! As Regan ate it he sang “just like a chocolate milkshake, only crunchy” and that’s exactly what it was like.

The smoothie was made from:

2 bananas

2 medjool dates

1/3 cup coconut kefir

2 tablespoons Chia seeds soaked in 1 cup water

1 heaped teaspoon of Super Greens and Reds powder

1 tablespoon raw cacao

2 raw eggs

Blend together!

(Serves 2)

Sprinkled on top:

Almond meal

Sunflower seeds

Linseeds

Goji berries

Raw Cacao nibs

What a power packed way to start the day. Gosh I love trying new things for breakfast.