I’m sure by now you’ve heard the latest news in gut health and why it’s so important for the rest of your body to function. Improving your gut health has been proved to boost your immune system, eliminate toxins, reduce allergies, elevate your mood, normalise your weight and the list goes on! Upping your fibre intake can improve your gut health with products such as psyllium husks and chia and drinking bone broth. Eating fermented foods is another way! Fermenting terms such as kombucha, kimchi, kefir, jun are being dropped into more conversations than I can throw a cabbage at.
We spoke to Kim Veale from Organic Training Solutions and she took us through how to make Sauerkraut in your very own kitchen. She also showed us a bunch of other experiments on her kitchen bench including beetroot kvass! Check out the video…
No time for DIY sauerkraut? We stock a bunch of amazing products in store that can improve your gut health at Loose Produce. Some of these include Kehoe’s Kitchen Sauerkraut, Chia Company Chia Seeds, Remedy Kombucha, Honest to Goodness Apple Cider Vinegar, Foleys Ferments (sauerkraut), Kvass by Bio Beet, Loose Produce’s house made grass fed organic bone broth, slippery elm powder, Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar. We’re open Monday through Friday 730am-530pm and Saturday’s 9am-5pm.
Winter has set in and I can feel it all the way through to my bones. There are a few lurgies going around so we thought we’d share with you some of our favourite home remedies to get rid of those cold and flu bugs and send them packing.
This one is from one of our favourites, Green Kitchen Stories. They have produced some beautiful books and a beautiful food blog. Definitely check them out.
1 lemon, peeled and chopped, seeds removed
1 orange, peeled and chopped, seeds removed
2 tbsp raw honey
1 tsp ground turmeric (or fresh if available)
1 knob fresh ginger, peeled
pinch ground cayenne pepper
Add everything to your blender and blend on high until smooth.
Pour into shot glasses and dust with cayenne
Slam it back
Lemon Ginger Honey Tea
An oldy but a goody! A personal favourite I’ve tweeked over the years and there are plenty of variations. You can change the amounts to suit your patients needs and tastes. Have a play around with it. The lemon provides vitamin C, the honey is anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal and the ginger is pain relieving, an antiseptic AND an antioxidant. All good things when your body is at it’s low.
1 knob of ginger
2 cups water
juice of 1 lemon
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp raw honey
Roughly chop ginger, add to water in saucepan. Bring to the boil.
Once boiled, pour over honey and juice in your cup.
Add honey and vinegar to taste.
Sip throughout the day.
Favourite Home Remedy: Kirsten Swales, Naturopath
We asked our naturopath pal, Kirsten Swales from Urban Remedies what she did when she has a cold.
“Garlic. I chew on a clove three times daily and follow it with a banana to get rid of the taste. Swishing coconut oil in your mouth afterwards also helps to get rid of the burn. I like to nail it as quickly as possible before the germs get comfy so I do this 3-5 times a day. I also take an echinacea supplement as well.”
There are a bunch more alternatives online too so shop around for something that you can stomach.
School Holidays are here! And almost on the way out again (“I know, I know, don’t remind me!” I hear you scream!) Sending the liluns off to school with enough of the good stuff in their tucker box to get them through their big day can be a tricky road to navigate. Sugar-free items are usually packed full of fat, fat-free items are full of sugar and reading the label can be a mine field!
So here are a few ideas we’ve put together to satisfy those kiddy cravings!
Veggie sticks and Fruit Chunks
The ol’ a la natural! Cut them up. Make them hand size – their hand size. Add some cheese (we love the range from Organic Dairy Farmers), nuts, berries and/or sultana’s. Why not add a lil tub of whole fat, sugar free yoghurt for dipping? Or try home made peanut butter or nutella. Sarah Wilson has some great recipes for both in her I Quit Sugar books…you can purchase these in store.
This recipe from Urban Remedies is a fail safe. Super tasty and easy to change the recipe to suit adult tastes (mocha/jaffa) PLUS you don’t have to bake them!
Popcorn is a great addition to school lunch boxes. There are a variety of flavouring you can add without it being high in saturated fats and sugars. We can’t get enough of Cobs Popcorn in store or you can have a go at popping your own sweet and/or savoury flavours!
Organic Corn Chips
There are a great range of healthy options for corn chips these days and they’re an easy addition when you’re in a rush. All sorts of flavours are available to cater to all discerning tastes. The trick will be whether or not they make it to the kids lunch boxes or yours! Try Luke’s Organic Corn and Kale for that green zestiness!
Three words: World. Chocolate. Day.
Put together are these not three of the best words ever?
Lets talk about chocolate, and how to enjoy it without the guilt or post splurge sugar coma. Chocolate comes from Cocao, which is a tree. That makes it a plant. Therefore, chocolate counts as salad! You’re welcome.
Seriously though, there are plenty of nutrients and antioxidants up for grabs if you get the right stuff.
Cacao, the star of the show, is the raw form of cocoa…notice the “a’s” and the “o’s” are switched around there. The cacao bean is full of antioxidants, healthy fats, carbohydrates and protein, as well as minerals such calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc and potassium. It also contains lots of lovely energy enhancing B vitamins.
The darker the chocolate, the more concentrated the cacao will be.
This is the same cacao that has been linked with lowering high blood pressure. The same cacao again that can also help to boost mood by raising levels of our happy hormone serotonin. And wait for it, it has also been shown to help with weight-loss too! This is due to its fibre and chromium content. Amazing.
Too much of a good thing is never great though; apparently the lethal dose of chocolate for a human being is 10kg. Or 40 Hershey bars. That’s a lot of chocolate! Not that you’ll be reaching for the Hersheys though when you can make your own delicious, healthy version at home in two minutes flat with this Raw Chocolate recipe.
Happy World Chocolate Day everyone!
Lots of love,
Guest Author Bio
Kirsten Swales is a qualified Naturopath and Medical Herbalist who is passionate about health. She is currently working from Bali where she is studying for her Yoga Teacher Training. She is passionate about good food and good chocolate! Find more about Kirsten and pinch her healthy recipes here.