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My Favourite Beauty Products

Your body is your temple and it should be treated accordingly. We all (usually) take such good care of our material possessions, cars & houses but do you take the time to look after yourself? Besides eating correctly & exercising, we should also be taking care of our skin, hair, nails, etc. I thought I would use this blog post to share with you my ultimate must have beauty products. My philosophy when it comes to beauty products is natural all the way. Your skin absorbs roughly 60% of what you put onto it topically into your bloodstream – food for thought.

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H20 – Top of the list, in most cases this costs nothing at all. Drinking 2-3L of water a day helps to flush toxins from your body, nourish your organs, speed up your metabolism & clear skin. If you struggle with guzzling your h20 set yourself alarms on your phone, mark your water bottles with times that they need to be drank by, add some Green Tea X50 (I love the raspberry flavour) or revisit my blog post for more tips.

1335315.1.highSunscreen – This should be a no brainer for absolutely everyone, yet so many people still don’t use it. Not only do UV rays enhance your chances of melanomas & other cancers they greatly speed up the aging process. To stay young and youthful apply a SPF 30+ sunscreen every morning, incorporate it into your daily beauty routine. Rub it on anywhere that will be exposed during the day. If you’re worried about it making your skin oily
or clogging your pores opt for a dermatologist developed sunscreen I use Sun Protect by Omniderm Sunscreen from my dermatologist. If you don’t have time to slather it on everywhere at least concentrate on your face, neck, decolletage and arms.

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Coconut Oil – For $8 (roughly) you can buy yourself a jar of organic cold pressed coconut oil & this little beauty is such a versatile product to have in your bathroom cupboard. Coconut oil is a wonderful body moisturiser as it doesn’t clog pores, a great hair mask (use once a week for shiny luscious locks), the perfect lip balm for cracked lips & it can even be used as a deodorant if you’re feeling particularly adventurous.

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Rosehip Oil – It doesn’t matter what brand, this oil is a miracle worker for anyone who has acne scarring, winkles or stretch marks. I swear by rosehip oil, it instantly makes your skin feel softer & after a few weeks of use gives your skin a wonderful healthy glow. I use Trilogy rosehip oil which retails for $29.95 + postage online. Alternatively you can purchase it at Priceline stores.

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Lip Balms – Aside from coconut oil I have two other favourite balms that I apply to my ‘pout’. Lucas Paw Paw ointment – one tube of this is never ending I swear, it’s natural, australian made & also has a multitude of uses and for $3.99 (+ postage online) it’s a beauty bargain. My other go to chapstick is Burt’s bees conditioning lip balm which provides 4 hours of moisturisation and again is all natural, it’s a little steeper in price at $6.95 (+ postage online) but it’s worth it in my humble opinion.

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Frank Body Scrub – A recently new product to the beauty market. Frank Bod is an amazing coffee based body scrub packed with essential oils and minerals that leaves your skin feeling like pure perfection! It also targets cellulite & stretch marks (among other things). Rub a dub dub ladies and gents for $14.95 it’s a steal. Purchase yours at www.frankbody.com (free postage in Aus).

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Young Blood Mineral Make-up: Natural – tick. Minerals – tick. Coverage – tick tick tick. I swear by this foundation, it doesn’t clog your pores & it leaves you with flawless glowing skin. There’s no need for concealer either, simply use a concealer brush & cross hatch the powder over any spots you may have and they disappear before your very eyes. My dermatologist put me onto Young Blood and I couldn’t be happier with it. My skin no longer gets break outs and if you have a big night and happen to fall asleep wearing it it’s not a big deal! Apparently the minerals are larger than your pores so they won’t be absorbed into your skin. One 10g tub of this lasts me 4-5 months and I wear it everyday, not only is it great for your face but it’s great for your wallet. Purchase Young Blood loose mineral foundation for $62.00 + postage online.


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Mint Choc Chip Patties

This recipe is vegan, dairy & refined sugar free. These mintie mouthfuls make for the perfect little afternoon treat and they’re great to take along to family gatherings or dinner parties. Enjoy!

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Makes 24 (when using a small cupcake tray)

What you’ll need:

2 cans full fat coconut cream – refrigerated overnight
1/4 -1/2 cup maple syrup – or less depending on your desired sweetness
cacao nibs
6 sachets natvia/stevia
pure edible peppermint oil – you can use peppermint extract
natural green colouring – optional
1/4 cup cacao powder
1 cup pure coconut oil

What to do:

First things first, lets start with the chocolate bases.
Tip: I always use a silicone cupcake tray when making these but a normal small cupcake tray or an ice cube tray will work.

1. Melt coconut oil over a low heat on the stove or in a microwave proof bowl in the microwave.
2. Whisk in cacao powder & maple syrup.
3. Spoon a little into the cupcake tray (enough to fill 1/3 of the hole).
4. Pop into the refrigerator for 10 minutes.

Now for the filling…

1. Scoop the coconut cream out of the cans, leaving behind any unthickened cream (you can use this in smoothies).
2. Pour Natvia into a cup & add a little boiling water until Natvia is dissolved.
3. In a food processor combine: coconut cream, Natvia solution, peppermint oil (to your liking, I used 1/2 tsp) & natural food colouring. Blend well.
4. Stir cacao nibs into filling mixture.
5. Scoop filling mixture on top of chocolate & place in the freezer for 5-10 minutes.
6. Top with more cacao nibs or alternatively another layer of raw chocolate!


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Clean Popcorn Chicken

Attention all hot & spicy chicken fans, behold my twist on popcorn chicken! Okay so maybe it doesn’t photograph all that well, but I will tell you this it is a taste sensation, even better than that? It’s guilt free (I promise). This poppin’ dish is sure to be a hit with the kids, as an appetiser, with fussy husbands (this passed with flying colours), a great tasty snack to whip up for any sporting get together or even just to fight an ‘oh my god I just feel like something greasy & terrible’ craving. Without further rambling, I present you with clean popcorn chicken…

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What you’ll need:

500G Free range chicken diced
1 1/2 cups LSA
2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning
1 tsp chilli flakes
Pink himalayan sea salt
Pepper
1-2 eggs or egg whites
Coconut oil for frying

What to do:

1. In a bowl combine LSA, Cajun seasoning, chilli flakes, sea salt & pepper, combine well.
2. In a separate bowl whisk eggs/egg whites until mixed.
3. Roll chicken pieces in egg wash & then into the LSA mix, set aside.
4. Heat coconut oil in a fry pan on a medium heat, when hot put chicken into the pan.
5. Cook chicken until golden on both sides, rest on paper towel.
6. Pat with paper towel to remove any excess oil.
7. Serve with veges & mash, your favourite clean sauce or just on their own!

**You can cook these in the oven if you’d prefer not to fry them


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Coconut Pancakes

Soft, fluffy, tasty & healthy… these little beauties are the perfect Sunday morning breakfast. I’ve been experimenting with coconut flour in a range of recipes over the last couple of weeks. Coconut flour is rich in protein, fibre & good fats keeping you fuller for longer. It’s also rich in Manganese which:

- Assists your body in absorbing & utilising vitamin c, thiamin & other various nutrients.
- Promotes healthy bones.
- Supports nervous system & thyroid function.
- Helps to promote optimal blood sugar levels.

A few things to be note with coconut flour:

- Do not substitute it for normal flour at a 1:1 ratio, coconut flour has a completely different texture & it is super absorbent. A general rule of thumb is that if substituting for regular flours you should be looking at using 1/4 of the amount that the recipe calls for.

- Coconut flour is dense and has a tendency  to be dry, ensure you use plenty of eggs or for vegans use plenty of mashed/pureed fruit.

- Coconut flour can form clumps if not properly combined with other ingredients. I use a whisk/beaters or a food processor in order to make sure that any of my mixtures are well combined.

Back to the positives… the best thing about Coconut Flour is that it’s not grain based so it’s great for people who are grain & gluten intolerant (hip hip hooray!).

Now without further a-do I present you with my delicious coconut pancakes recipe…

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Taking you to cocomo…you can eat them slow…

What you’ll need:

1 whole egg
1 egg white
1/4 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup almond milk
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1-2 packets Natvia (I used vanilla liquid stevia)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
Pinch of himalayan sea salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
Spray coconut oil
+ Toppings of your choice

What to do:

1. Heat pan over a low heat.
2. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl & combine (I used a whisk to avoid clumps).
3. Spray pan with coconut oil & increase heat to medium.
4. Pour desired amount into the pan – I use 1 tbsp of mixture which makes roughly 3 medium sized pancakes.
5. Cook until golden on each side.
6. Serve with desired toppings, I served mine with some Natvia Strawberry Jam (recipe later this week), some natural yogurt, fresh strawberries & blueberries.

Enjoy your fluffy rounds of heavenly goodness!


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Coco Cookie Dough Bites

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Tasty little bite size balls that are perfect for a mid morning sweet snack! Packed with good fats & protein, these tasty bites are great all round. Added bonus? they taste like a coconutty cookie dough ;)

Recipe will yield 20 balls

What you’ll need:

1/2 cup natural unsalted macadamias
1/2 cup natural unsalted almonds
1 tbsp Agave nectar
1 tbsp coconut oil
2 tbsp dessicated coconut
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 scoop vanilla protein powder (optional)
1 tsp pure vanilla bean extract
3 Medjool dates (pitted)

What to do:

1. Combine everything in a food processor & pulse until well combined.
2. Roll mixture into balls, roll in extra coconut/chia seeds/crushed nuts.
3. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.


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Tropical Pancakes

Rise & shine! These pancakes will make you feel like you’ve just woken up on a tropical island. Serve with the toppings in the recipe or experiment & create your own. These are also delicious when topped with a little greek yogurt! The perfect way to start your weekend. Love & light xo

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What you’ll need:

1 cup organic wholemeal spelt flour
2 eggs (I use eco eggs)
1-2 drops of vanilla creme liquid stevia
3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1-2 handfuls of blueberries
Spray coconut oil

Toppings:

Pulp from one passionfruit
1 tbsp dessicated coconut
1 tsp chia seeds
Maple syrup
1 banana chopped

What to do:

1. Sift flour & protein powder into bowl, create a well in the centre and add in eggs & almond milk.
2. Whisk well until well combined & free of any lumps.
3. Stir in liquid stevia & blueberries.
4. Heat frying pan to a medium-high setting, spray with coconut oil.
5. Cook 1/4 cup of batter until slightly cooked around the edges, flip. *These pancakes may not form bubbles
6. Repeat with the rest of the batter until all is cooked.
7. Top pancakes with a little maple syrup, chopped banana, coconut, chia seeds, some left over blueberries & passionfruit pulp!


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Banana Twist

This is my twist on a banana split. With the nights cooling down I find myself craving warm comforting food. This just hits the spot! The tartness of the yogurt & berries compliments the sweetness of the banana just perfectly, this dessert will leaving you feeling satisfied & warm your tummy.

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Do the twist…the banana twist!!

What you’ll need:

1 ripe banana
1 tsp coconut sugar
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 handful frozen mixed berries
1 tbsp greek yogurt
1 tsp maple syrup
1 tbsp flaked almonds
1 tsp shredded coconut

What to do:

1. Slice banana in half (vertically), place on a tray lined with baking paper.
2. Brush vanilla bean paste over the banana, sprinkle on coconut sugar & nutmeg.
3. Place almonds & coconut next to the banana on the baking tray.
4. Place the tray in the oven & select ‘grill’ mode (around 180 degrees celcius), grill for 5 minutes or so until almonds/coconut are toasted & sugar is caramelised (you could also use a chefs blow torch).
5. Place mixed berries into a microwave safe bowl & heat on high for 1-1 1/2 minutes until they are warm.
6. Place the bananas, berries & yogurt on a plate. Sprinkle the almonds & coconut over the top & drizzle with maple syrup and the juices from the berries.
7. Sit down and savour this yummy winter warmer!!


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Easy No Bake Brownie

Yummy guilt free afternoon tea in 10 minutes?! Yes please!!

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What you’ll need:

2 cups oats (soaked in water for 10 minutes and then drained)
2-3 tbsp cocoa powder (pure nothing added)
1 large ripe banana
1 tbsp nut butter (I used natural almond butter)
2-3 tbsp pure maple syrup
Cacao nibs (optional)
2 tsp chia seeds
1 tsp coconut oil

What to do:

1. Line a baking tray & lightly spray with some coconut oil.
2. In a food processor combine all ingredients & blend well.
3. Press into the baking tray & pop in the freezer for 5-10 minutes until set, enjoy!


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Healthy ANZAC Biscuits

Today is ANZAC day in Australia. It is a day where we remember those who fought courageously for our country to allow us the freedoms that we have today.It has been claimed ANZAC biscuits were sent by wives to soldiers abroad because the ingredients do not spoil easily and the biscuits kept well during naval transportation. Today I decided that I would ‘tidy’ up the ingredients a little & boy did these biscuits turn out to be a hit (they passed the fussy husband test). But best of all? They’re chewy and delicious!!

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What you’ll need:

1 cup Organic wholemeal spelt flour
1 cup Traditional rolled oats
1 cup Dessicated coconut
110g Coconut oil (solid)
3/4 cup Coconut sugar
2 1/2 tbsp Pure maple syrup
1 tsp Bi-carb soda
1 1/2 tbsp Water

Yields approx. 20 biscuits

What to do:

1. Line a baking tray with baking paper & preheat oven to 160 degrees celsius
2. Sift flour into bowl, add in oats, coconut & sugar. Stir to combine.
3. In a saucepan melt the coconut oil, once melted stir in maple syrup & bi-carb soda.
4. Add wet mixture to dry mixture & stir until well combined.
5. Roll out spoonfuls of dough, pop them onto the tray and press down on the top of each ball lightly with a fork.
6. Bake in the oven for 12 minutes or until golden (Side note: Do not worry if they still seem a little soft on top, they will still cook a little whilst cooling).
7. Pull the biscuits out of the oven & allow them to cool on a wire cooling rack for roughly 10 minutes
Enjoy & Lest We Forget


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Loco Coco Slice

This delicious slice will delight young & old. It’s the perfect accompaniment to a big cup of tea in the afternoon!

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What you’ll need:

8 tbsp coconut oil
2 cups wholemeal self raising flour
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1 cup coconut sugar
2-3 eggs (2 eggs if you prefer a more crumbly slice, 3 if you prefer it more moist)
2 tbsp chia seeds

What to do:

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
2. Line a slice tin with baking paper & spray sides with a little coconut oil.
3. Melt coconut oil, stir in sugar & allow it to dissolve.
4. Whisk in eggs
5. Slowly stir in flour, coconut & chia seeds.
6. Pour mixture into slice pan, smooth out by pressing down with your fingers.
7. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until a skewer can be inserted into the middle of the slice & comes out clean.
8. Allow slice to cool by transferring to a wire cooling rack.

For the icing…

What you’ll need:

2 tbsp coconut oil (melted)
3 tbsp cacao powder
1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste
1-2 tbsp honey

What to do:

1. Using a whisk combine all ingredients until smooth.
2. Pop in the refrigerator for 2-5 minutes so that it thickens a little, give it a whisk once you take it out of the fridge.
3. Using a knife smooth over the slice, top with a few sprinkles of shredded coconut.

Enjoy!!

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