Healthy Summer Breakfasts




It’s summer and it’s hot here in Perth, WA. I don’t know about you, but when it’s hot I don’t really feel like eating much in the mornings so I’ve had to inspire myself somewhat because I know breaky really keeps me going until morning tea time. Here are four ideas that are quick and easy…oh and TASTY!

1. Overnight oats

There are a million different ways to do these and the only restriction is your imagination. They are also really great if you are low on time. Make them in individual jars to smash and grab on your way out the door. Eat in the car on your way to work (or train coz you take the train occasionally yeah?)

They’re super easy and great to use up leftover ingredients. Open your fridge and see what you have! For 4 small jars use 2 cups of organic oats, 1 Tablespoon of Chia seeds, 1 cup of milk (almond, coconut, cow, soy), grated apple or frozen berries, 2 Tblspn protein power if you’re that way inclined. Stir and divy up between your jars! Experiment. Here are 50 ideas to get you on your way and these ones are worth a try as well!

PLUS we make fresh almond milk in store everyday. You’re welcome to BYO container or take it home in one of our free jars. $8/L

2. Chia Pudding

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Another easy, portable breakfast on the go. I use my leftover chai tea in a small jar, add 1 Tbsp chia seeds, a lil vanilla powder, a lil cinnamon when I’m feeling spicy, shake and leave overnight. Cashew milk, chia and vanilla is another great combination! Pour into your bowl in the morning and add fruit and whipped coconut cream. Oh. Yeah. We stock Australian Grown, Australia Owned Chia Company Seeds and a range of different coconut product. Banaban is one of our faves.

More recipes here and here.

3. Paleo Coconut Choc Granola

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Replacing oats in this granola turns it into a paleo breaky fit for a queen! This tastes like CocoPops in a bowl. Super easy: mix 4 cups of coconut flakes with a bunch of tasty nuts and seeds that float your boat. We use pepitas, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, buckwheat groats, almonds and walnuts. Mix through 1/4 cup good quality cacao powder and 1/4 cup coconut oil. If you’re a sweet tooth, give it a dollop of fructose free rice malt syrup. A grind of salt, a sprinkling of vanilla powder and a dusting of cinnamon powder to spice things up. Mixing it with hands is best here! Pop into your preheated 180degC oven until slightly golden! Cool. Eat. Easy.

We stock all of the ingredients you’ll need for your designer granola and if you can’t be bothered making it yourself, Merry has fashioned up her very own secret recipe available in store. Merry’s Paleo Granola is $24/500g or $55 for 1.5kg.

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I Quit Sugar has some great options here too.

4. Blueberry Paleo Buckwheat Pancakes

Again I Quit Sugar come up with the good for these tasty treats! These take a lil more time so perhaps a Sunday morning kinda dish but totally worth it! Again, we stock all the ingredients in store at Loose Produce. Buy a little, buy a lot.

Ingredients
  • eggs, lightly beaten.
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk.
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil or butter, plus extra for frying.
  • 1/3 cup buckwheat flour.
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder.
  • pinch salt.
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut, optional.
  • 1/4 cup frozen blueberries.
  • full-fat natural yoghurt, to serve.
  • extra shredded coconut, to serve.
Directions
1. Combine eggs, milk and oil in a mixing bowl.2. Stir in flour, baking powder, salt and coconut until combined. Fold through blueberries.3. Heat a generous amount of oil or batter in a frying pan over medium heat. Pour in some batter. When the surface begins to bubble, flip carefully and cook on the other side.4. Repeat, until all the batter is used.Serve with yoghurt and extra shredded coconut.

Main image via Ashley Neese.

Guilt-Free Spring Cleaning Guide



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Cleaning your house for spring is a time-honoured tradition and one which makes me feel slightly guilty every year. Have I been harbouring nasties in these dusty corners all Winter? Was the little patch of mould between the tiles under the bathroom cabinet the real origin of the cold-weather lurgies? The least I can do is get into every nook and cranny without doing any further harm to our health without toxic chemicals! Here is a GUILT FREE SPRING CLEANING guide, to give you back your righteous godliness.

NB: Nature’s chemicals can still be toxic, so use the same precautions as you would with manufactured cleaning products.

Cleaning Product

 

Nature’s Substitute

 

Surface Spray 2 parts water, 1 part white vinegar, 12 drops of essential oil (citrus and tea-tree are best) more… 
Scrubbing Powder For delicate surfaces such as stove-tops or refrigerator shelves, baking soda on a damp cloth will make a gentle scrub. Rinse cloth thoroughly and clean off residue. Add a few drops of anti-bacterial essential oils to your clean sponge or cloth for anti-bacterial preotection AND a great smelling fridge!
Toilet Cleaner Mixing a 1/4 cup of baking soda and 1 cup of vinegar will react quite dynamically, so be sure to use a large-ish bucket . Pour into the hand basin or toilet and let it sit for a few minutes. Adding some anti-bacterial essential oils to your brush, sponge or cloth will take out any germs when you wipe it down.
Carpet Go half water, half white vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray on your carpet stain and let it sit for 5-10 minutes. Sponge off with warm soapy water. If you’ve got something greasy to get out of your floor fibres, sprinkle some cornflour on the area. The cornflour will literally “mop-up” the grease as you let it sit for half an hour. Vaccuum as normal.
Bathroom Mold Cleaner 1/3 cup of Household grade Hydrogen Peroxide (3%) with 2/3 cup of water will have your spray bottle packed with punch. Spray onto affected area and give it a good hour before rinsing off.
Cutting Board Cleaner Get that lovely lemon from your neighbourhood tree and rub a wedge into the board. If it’s really been a while cover it in juice and let it sit (out in direct sun is even better) for 10 mins. Rinse in hot water and dry well.
Drain Cleaner  ½ salt in 4L water, bring to about 80°C and pour down the drain. If you need something to break down fatty or greasy drain blockages, pour ½ cup baking sode, then ½ cup vinegar down there. After 15-20 mins pour near boiling water down there to flush out the residue. Interesting fact The chemical reaction between baking soda, vinegar and fats will make a kind of soap, turning your clog into cleaner!
Windows 2 tsp white vinegar 1L warm water. Spray on glass and use crumpled up (b+w) newspaper to polish off. TIP: Giving the glass a quick rub down with a dry cloth before spraying will remove excess dirt first.

Diffusing Essential Oils in your home can also help with air-borne nasties. Be sure your essential oils are Certified Pure. Thankfully there are many companies out there providing us with such wonderful tools to stay uplifted and healthy in our homes and bodies!

11 Hot Solutions for Using Your Coffee Grounds



Coffee Solutions

If you love coffee then you’ve done away with instant years ago and invested in a fresh roast method. Having improved your life (by a trillion times), it’s now just a matter of what to do with those grounds!

Around-the-Home Brew

  1. Wake up and smell the coffee

Coffee Smells Great. Place a small open container in your fridge or freezer to absorb smells.

  1. Be abrasive

Grounds are naturally abrasive, so using them as a scrub to remove heavy-duty grease build up is a neat way to clean green. Get those barbecues ready for summer!

Coffee Bean Garden Buzz

  1. Acid lovin’ friends

Azaleas, hydrangeas, rhododendrons, camellias, roses and other acid loving plants will benefit from the nitrogen and potassium in your spent coffee grounds. By adding a little lime or wood ash to the mix, you’ll have a complete fertilizer.

  1. Go to ground.

Introducing coffee grounds to your compost heap will add nitrogen to your compost, an important nutrient to help your composting microbes thrive. not too much though, they can get out of hand! (Get some cool compost balance tips here.)

  1. Pest Control

Sprinkle grounds around the base of your plants to deter small pests like ants, slugs and snails. Mixing with orange peel or rosmary oil is even said to deter cats and other small mammals!

The Bean of Natural Beauty

  1. Percolate and exfoliate

Coffee grounds are a fabulous exfoliant for your skin. Mix a few teaspoons into a dollop of your favourite body lotion for a magnificent foot scrub. Wipe off and reveal fresh feeling (and smelling) feet.

  1. Awaken your skin

Caffeine is absorbed through the skin and is used in many commercial beauty treatments. Create your own rejuvenating facial by mixing grounds with a few dollops of firm coconut cream and a tablespoon of honey for an all-natural alpha-hydroxy and antioxidant home facial.

  1. Hair and scalp often collects residual build up from hair care products. Massage a handful of grounds into dry hair, paying particular attention to the scalp, shake out and shampoo as normal. You may want to perform this exercise in the warm afternoon sun to keep escaped grounds outdoors.

Get Crafty

  1. Vintage Dyeing

Resoak your grounds in water to give you a dye which can turn your tired white blouse or shirt to a golden vintage.

  1. Century Paper

Use some coffee grounds in half a cup of water to create the essential aged look for your lost letter or treasure map. Dip the paper through the solution. Lay flat and sprinkle a few wet grounds on a corner or two. The speckled areas give it a nice variation and add to its yesteryear look.

  1. Burning the candle at both ends

Make your own candles with the energizing aroma of a fresh brew by adding grounds. A great way to upcycle your burned down candle ends as well as creating a funky scented décor item. Be sure you have a length of wick. Melt your candle ends in a small saucepan over low heat, Sprinkle a couple of teaspoons of grounds into an old martini glass or other wide mouthed vessel. Pour in the melted wax in slowly and place the wick into the centre of your speakeasy-meets-café candle.

Whatever you decide to do with those delicious-smelling, nutritionally rich grounds – DON’T put them down the sink. Coffee grounds are not good for your plumbing or our water-ways. As you can see, there are plenty of fun, and practical, ways to ensure your grounds’ disposal serves you up with another delicious solution.

We serve locally roasted, fair trade Backyard Coffee at Loose Produce.

Back to school lunch ideas



Back to School

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.

Bliss Balls

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!
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Popcorn

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!

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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!

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DIY Avocado Face Mask



Avocado

Winter is well and truly here but so is the dry skin. We tend to have hotter showers and hide our skin away from the sun in the cooler months so here is a tasty, moisture-filled mask for your face. Beauty and snacks. Multitasking 101.

Avocado Face Mask

  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/4 cup uncooked oats
  • 2 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

Make yourself a cup of herbal Pukka tea and grab a book. We’re reading Sarah Wilson’s I Quit Sugar at the moment. Set up your space/couch/hammock for a 20 minute “you” time.

Mash your avocado then combine all ingredients in a small bowl.

Smear onto your face, taking care around your eyes.

Relax. Ahhhhhhh.
Take it to the next level with cucumber on the eyes lying down completely. Put your timer on for 20 minutes.

Rinse mask off with warm water and moisturise as normal.

Voila! Tasty, easy, cheap ingredient you can find in your pantry – if not, we have them in store!

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