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When life gives you Lemons….

February 28 2014 at 13:13

Lemons! You see them every day – nothing too unusual or exotic about them. BUT they are in fact amazing. The zesty wonders are indeed a known source of vitamin C but we’d like to reveal some of the less well-known wondrous benefits of the citrus fruit.

We have all heard of the life-hack of having lemon in warm water first thing in the morning. Honestly there are few better ways to start the day in our opinion.

- Lemons are packed with potassium. Not only good for heart health but also nerves and brain function.

- They are great for digestion (especially when taken in warm water) so bye-bye burps and bloating!

- Packed full of antioxidants, they work magic on hair, nails and especially skin.

- Even the very scent of lemons have been proven to reduce stress so they are beneficial to the management of stress and anxiety as well as giving energy levels a kick.

- A fabulous anti-inflammatory, lemons are super for alkalizing the body, reducing acidity, which is a growing concern for many who adhere to an increasingly acidic western diet. The less acidic your body is – the more difficult it is for diseases to thrive.

- They stimulate the liver and help keep your bowels happy too!

- Choc-a-block with antibacterial properties as well as vitamin C, lemons are one of nature’s best friends when it comes to supporting your immune system.

- Just to make them even more awesome, they contain B complex vitamins, fibre, iron and magnesium to name but a few.

- Benefits your lymph system.

- Keeps your breath fresh. Remember history class? Lemons help prevent scurvy as well as gingivitis. Just be sure to keep it diluted so as not to harm your tooth enamel.

So lemon in warm water is basically a magic potion! However there are tonnes of topical uses for a myriad of ailments such as corns, calluses, eczema and varicose veins when mixed with oils or honey (have a prowl about and check them out).

And we couldn’t not mention our personal all time favourite thing when we get the sniffles or a raspy throat – hot lemon and honey! Throw in some ginger (and/or garlic if your nose is snuffly). Tip: grate some of the rind. Lemon rind contains a whole heap more nutrients in it!

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Detox Boosts

January 22 2014 at 13:36

Photo: Well we’re all thriving on the detox buzz here! How about you, folks?  We hear a lot about superfoods such as spirulina, acai and chlorella that you can add to your juices, smoothies or whatever you’re making. So here’s a brief low-down on some of the nutritional highlights of some of the most popular: WHEATHGRASS – Probably the most popular of the supergreens, we sell wheatgrass fresh for juicing yourself, in tablet form and powder. It is renowned for being massively rich in chlorophyll. It is a powerful detoxifier and cleanser especially for the liver and digestive system. Wheatgrass also helps maintain healthy blood and lower blood pressure. It has an overall alkalising effect on the body (imperative to fighting the effects of an increasingly acidic modern diet). The rich green grass also helps regulate blood sugar levels and boosts metabolism. SPIRULINA – This blue-green algae is indeed a super supergreen. Abundant in beta carotene it is considered something an anti-aging wonder and it promotes healthy vision and eye health. Spirulina is also highly regarded due to its impressive mineral and nutrient profile which includes notable quantities or iron, protein, omega-3, omega-6, zinc and magnesium. It is a known fighter in the battle to lower the ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol. Spirulina is also known to help combat candida albicans (a common fungal problem). CHLORELLA – Another green algae, chlorella is bursting with many of the same nutrients as spirulina while the quantities vary. Chlorella is quite rich in magnesium which has a de-stressing effect on the body and is cited as a natural depression buster. It also assists an effective digestive system and gives one’s energy a good kick. Chlorella also contains iron, chlorophyll and a myriad of vitamins. Like spirulina it also helps lower LDL cholesterol and plays a role in combating heart disease. BARLEY GRASS – This green wonder food has been noted as particularly beneficial to increasing  health of the digestive tracts and bowels since it helps healthy bacteria to flourish in these areas. It has been speculated that barleygrass contains more iron than spinach and more calcium than cow milk. It also is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. ACAI – There has been a lot of hype about this superfoood lately. Harvested from the Brazilian rainforests, acai usually comes in powdered form while acai itself is a berry. It is exceptionally rich in powerful flavonoid antioxidants and amino acids. There is also a notable amount of fibre and happy heart helping fats in acai. It also heavily benefits the immune system. LUCUMA – Also available in powdered form for easy inclusion in your diet, lucuma comes from a fruit which is grown in the Peruvian highlands. It is rich in fibre, potassium, carotene, iron, antioxidants, protein and carbohydrates. We are happy to say that it also has a sweet flavour while it does not bring on that high blood sugar spike. So get creative, don’t just include it in juices and smoothies.. how about yogurt and deserts? Mmmmmm  So those are the highlights but there are tonnes more! You could write an encyclopedia on these super duper superfoods. All are available in-store and on our online shop.

Well we’re all thriving on the detox buzz here! We hear a lot about superfoods such as spirulina, acai and chlorella that you can add to your juices, smoothies or whatever you’re making. So here’s a brief low-down on some of the nutritional highlights of some of the most popular:

WHEATGRASS – Probably the most popular of the supergreens, we sell wheatgrass fresh for juicing yourself, in tablet form and powder. It is renowned for being massively rich in chlorophyll. It is a powerful detoxifier and cleanser especially for the liver and digestive system. Wheatgrass also helps maintain healthy blood and lower blood pressure. It has an overall alkalising effect on the body (imperative to fighting the effects of an increasingly acidic modern diet). The rich green grass also helps regulate blood sugar levels and boosts metabolism.
SPIRULINA – This blue-green algae is indeed a super supergreen. Abundant in beta carotene it is considered something an anti-aging wonder and it promotes healthy vision and eye health. Spirulina is also highly regarded due to its impressive mineral and nutrient profile which includes notable quantities or iron, protein, omega-3, omega-6, zinc and magnesium. It is a known fighter in the battle to lower the ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol. Spirulina is also known to help combat candida albicans (a common fungal problem).
CHLORELLA – Another green algae, chlorella is bursting with many of the same nutrients as spirulina while the quantities vary. Chlorella is quite rich in magnesium which has a de-stressing effect on the body and is cited as a natural depression buster. It also assists an effective digestive system and gives one’s energy a good kick. Chlorella also contains iron, chlorophyll and a myriad of vitamins. Like spirulina it also helps lower LDL cholesterol and plays a role in combating heart disease.
BARLEY GRASS – This green wonder food has been noted as particularly beneficial to increasing health of the digestive tracts and bowels since it helps healthy bacteria to flourish in these areas. It has been speculated that barleygrass contains more iron than spinach and more calcium than cow milk. It also is known for its anti-inflammatory properties.
ACAI – There has been a lot of hype about this superfoood lately. Harvested from the Brazilian rainforests, acai usually comes in powdered form while acai itself is a berry. It is exceptionally rich in powerful flavonoid antioxidants and amino acids. There is also a notable amount of fibre and happy heart helping fats in acai. It also heavily benefits the immune system.
LUCUMA – Also available in powdered form for easy inclusion in your diet, lucuma comes from a fruit which is grown in the Peruvian highlands. It is rich in fibre, potassium, carotene, iron, antioxidants, protein and carbohydrates. We are happy to say that it also has a sweet flavour while it does not bring on that high blood sugar spike. So get creative, don’t just include it in juices and smoothies.. how about yogurt and deserts? Mmmmmm

So those are the highlights but there are tonnes more!  All are available in-store and on our online shop.

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Chunky Christmas Guacamole Recipe

December 07 2013 at 15:21

Photo: Foodies…possibly the best ‘Chunky Christmas Guacamole’ recipe, fresh tasting, simple and all raw organic… this will bring the house down at any Christmas party. It can be made in 10 mins and can last close to a week in the fridge. No cooking, just pure, organic ingredients.  What you need?  1.)  2 small tomatoes… (but make sure they are ripe) 2.)  Plenty of coarse black pepper & of ‘Maldon' salt 3.)  2 avocados, (again ripe). 4.)  1 large lime 5.)  Fresh coriander leaves & stalks (a essential ingredient) 6.)  1 red onion 7.)  A splash of good quality extra virgin olive oil 8.)  1 green chilli and 1 red chilli 9.)  Tortilla chips, to serve.  10 Mins Prep.  1.)  Chop tomatoes and place in food processor 2.)  Add pepper and salt 3.)  Scoop out flesh of Avocados and add. 4.)  Squeeze in lime juice and discard the rest. 5.)  Roughly chop handful of fresh coriander leaves & stalks and place in processor 6.)  Chop red onion and add to mix 7.)  Add a splash of extra virgin olive oil 8.)  Deseed & chop 1 fresh green & 1 red chill and add. 9.)  Blitz until chunky but not until blended.  Serve with Tortilla chips and some whole coriander leaves on top.    If you have a better recipe please post.  Share, Share if you like :)

Foodies… this is possibly the best ‘Chunky Christmas Guacamole’ recipe. Fresh tasting, simple and all raw organic… this will bring the house down at any Christmas party. It can be made in 10 mins and can last close to a week in the fridge. No cooking, just pure, organic ingredients.

What you need?

1.) 2 small tomatoes… (but make sure they are ripe)
2.) Plenty of coarse black pepper & of ‘Maldon’ salt
3.) 2 avocados, (again ripe).
4.) 1 large lime
5.) Fresh coriander leaves & stalks (a essential ingredient)
6.) 1 red onion
7.) A splash of good quality extra virgin olive oil
8.) 1 green chilli and 1 red chilli
9.) Tortilla chips, to serve.

10 Mins Prep.

1.) Chop tomatoes and place in food processor
2.) Add pepper and salt
3.) Scoop out flesh of Avocados and add.
4.) Squeeze in lime juice and discard the rest.
5.) Roughly chop handful of fresh coriander leaves & stalks and place in processor
6.) Chop red onion and add to mix
7.) Add a splash of extra virgin olive oil
8.) Deseed & chop 1 fresh green & 1 red chill and add.
9.) Blitz until chunky but not until blended.

Serve with Tortilla chips and some whole coriander leaves on top.

If you have your own recipe tips please post.

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drum roll… ‘The Dirty Dozen 2013′

August 22 2013 at 16:45

‘The Dirty Dozen 2013′ has been released. This is the leader board of the most likely non-organic Fruit & Veg to contain the highest amounts of pesticide residue, (so let’s priotritise organic produce like ours on our shopping lists – as we don’t spray our veggies)….and the winners are…. 1. Apples, 2. Celery, 3. Cucumbers, 4. Cherry Tomatoes, 5. Grapes, 6. Hot Peppers, 7. Nectarines, 8. Peaches, 9. Potatoes, 10. Spinach, 11. Strawberries, 12 Sweet Bell Peppers. Apples top the chart every year, and pesticide are chemical poisons designed to kill life… residue of this in any thing does not sound appealing.
Although this information is American sourced it is a widely known fact that apples are still the most sprayed fresh produce globally. Yikes! We’re happy we have only clean munchy crunchy apples in our organic paradise here!

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Rozanne’s Recipe Corner – Quinoa!

March 12 2013 at 21:06

We are delighted that celebrity chef Rozanne Steven’s has volunteered to bring her wealth of knowledge of food and recipes to our organic blog. Roz has been a great supporter of organic food and a frequent visitor to our store.

She even recently mentioned us on her weekly Pat Kenny show.  She has recently rebranded her wonderful cookery school and we strongly suggest you check out her fantastic courses.

Below is her first update about the wonderful Quinoa and an exciting recipe to match!

Rozannes Recipe Corner

I first tried quinoa about 15 years ago when I read about it in The Readers’ Digest of all places. The article about this South American wonder grain was fascinating but gave no real clue as to how to cook it and make it appealing. Quinoa has been called a super food and a wonder grain. It is in fact the fruit of a South American herb of which there are over 300 varieties. But we won’t split hairs. Quinoa created such a stir because it is a complete protein, something rare in the plant kingdom. A perfect protein means that quinoa contains all the essential amino acids that your body can’t produce and must obtain through food. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein, used in every cell of our bodies. Vegetarians would normally have to ‘protein combine’ and eat several foods in one meal to ensure a variety of amino acids. Plant proteins are much easier to digest than animal proteins, so even if you aren’t a vegetarian, quinoa is a fantastic food to try. Protein gives a feeling of fullness so you wont get the munchies soon after. It also provides high quality building blocks for all the cells in your body.

My first experience cooking with quinoa was pretty bad, it smelt and tasted pretty horrible. This is because quinoa is covered with a natural phytochemical called saponins. This substance is meant to deter insects from eating the grain before it has a chance to germinate. This gives quinoa a funny taste and smell. So before cooking, rinse very well in a sieve. It took me 10 years to find that out! The following recipe I must admit is a makey uppy recipe that turned out really, really well. I took some of my favorite foodie treats, combined with some French cooking technique and the result is a colourful, ,moreish dish with contrasting textures and colours. I hope you enjoy this dish as much as I do, it is one of my favorites.

Xxx Roz

Colourful Quinoa Casserole

- 2tbsp olive oil
- 1 onion, diced
- 2 carrots, diced
- 2 sticks celery, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 1 cup quinoa, well rinsed
- 2 cups chicken stock
- 2tbsp pitted black olives
- 3-4 artichoke hearts in oil or brine, halved
- 10-12 semi-sundried tomatoes
- 2 fresh tomatoes, diced (optional)
- 1tbsp sundried tomato pesto or paste
- 150g green beans, cut into short lengths (can use frozen peas) – 2tbsp chopped fresh parsley (optional)

  Method:

Heat the olive oil in a non stick frying pan. Gently fry the onions, garlic, carrots and celery until softened.

Add the quinoa, chicken stock, olives, artichokes, tomatoes and paste. Bring to thee boil, the reduce to a simmer for 15 to 20 minutes until the quinoa is coming apart and the liquid has mostly evaporated.

Add the green beans and cook for a further 5 minutes.

Season and stir through the parsley. – Keeps well in the fridge for 3 days.

Please visit Ros at http://rozannestevens.com

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