Raspberry Almond Meal Cupcakes with Cacao Nibs and Citrus

Raspberry Almond Meal Cupcakes with Cacao Nibs and Citrus - Recipe Redux

The trick to making ‘healthy’ cupcakes is to omit the refined white flour and replace it with delicious almond meal. Almond meal, which is basically just whole almonds ground up in a food processor, is the savior of gluten free baking.
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How To Get Your Omega-3’s – For The Vegetarians

How to get your omega-3s - vego style

Long dispelled are the myths of inadequate protein intake in vegetarian diets as we know now that a balanced and varied vegetarian diet, containing nuts, seeds, tofu, eggs, legumes and quinoa will provide us with enough. One query that continues to linger is whether or not a vegetarian diet can provide sufficient omega-3 fatty acids. One of the highest sources of omega-3 fatty acids is seafood, but there are plenty of plant based sources as well. Here is some helpful tips on how much of these plant sources we need to consume in a day, as well as how to ensure the maximum availability of these nutrients.
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Seafood: Greenpeace Ranks Your Tuna

Fisherman Sri Lanka

Canned tuna must be one of the most widely recommended foods in dealing with people who are trying to watch their waistline. There is good reason as well! One can usually provides as much protein as a small steak and is usually a lower calorie alternative. As tuna consumption increases, so does the impact on our oceans.
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Simple Raw Date Fudge Balls {Vegan and Gluten Free}

Raw Fudge Date Balls

Skip the chocolate hangover this Easter and try these delicious and easy Raw Date Fudge Balls! Chocolate eggs and Easter bunny’s have been occupying the supermarket shelves since January. I love my festive holidays as much as the next person but also like to try and keep my distance from the Nestles and Cadbury’s of the world as much as possible.
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Coriander Pesto Atta Wraps with Mushrooms, Feta, Capsicum and Fresh Salsa

Coriander (Cilantro) Pesto on Atta Flour Wraps with Sauteed Mushroom, Roasted Capsicum and Fresh Feta

The theme for this month’s Recipe Redux was Green With Herb Envy – with an aim to use a fresh green herbs in a nontraditional way. I choose cilantro to get a bit crazy with. This pesto recipe was inspired by the Rebar Cookbook which is hands down the best vegetarian cook book coming from Victoria, B.C.
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Help To End Factory Farming: Go Meat Free This Week!

Help To End Factory Farming: Go Meat Free This Week!,

It is not eating meat that is the problem, it is the amount of meat we eat. The human race has progressed from eating meat a few times a week, to a few times a day – and this progression has happened over a very short time span, maybe the last 60 years. So what do the industries do to try and keep up with the demand? Factory farming.
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Yoga Retreat: Plant Based Diet & Environmental Benefits

Yoga Retreat: Plant Based Diet & Environmental Benefits

Yogic Yoga Retreat at Clarendon Forest Retreat

Last week I was grateful to be asked to speak at a local Yoga Retreat run by my friend and yoga teacher, Alexa Nether. The retreat was held at the beautiful Clarendon Forest Retreat just a 30 minute drive inland from Forster. There was a big focus on relaxation and restoring energy levels and aside from two daily yoga sessions and a nightly yoga nidra, there was the most delicious vegetarian fare prepared by a local legend.
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Artificial Sweeteners – Artificial Goodness?

Sweets in Bruges, Belgium

Sweets in Bruges, Belgium

Recent reports state that Australians have reduced their sugar intake by 30% in recent years. Good for you I hear you say! But at what cost? We haven’t lost our sweet tooth, instead we have replaced sugar with artificial sweeteners which carry no shortage of claims on their ill effects — ranging from Alzheimer’s, cancer, seizures, depression and blindness to name a few. What no one ever mentions is the cost to the environment. Maybe what we need to focus on is not what these sweeteners may be costing our health, but what they are costing our environment.
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Baked Tofu, Tahini Sesame Salad & Soba Noodle Salad

Baked Tofu, Soba Noodles, and Tahini Sesame Salad

Tofu isn’t for everyone. I get it. But I dare you to give this recipe a try. By choosing the right tofu, dressing it properly and cooking it correctly the tofu could appeal to even meatiest of carnavoirs.

The two side salads go nicely with the tofu and its the perfect combination for a light summer lunch or dinner. Use whatever seasonal vegetables you have left in your fridge.
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Minimize Your Impact On Meatless Monday

Unawatuna, Sri Lanka

Meat in excess is bad for us. We know that. The health benefits of a plant based diet has been widely studied and has been shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity and some cancers. What we often don’t contemplate is the cost of meat to our planet. Food production is the second leading cause of Greenhouse Gas emissions in Australia and 70% of these emissions come from animal production.

Plant based diets have lower Greenhouse Gas emissions then meat based diets, emitting only 1kg of Greenhouse Gas per 1kg of plant foods compared to 8kg of Greenhouse Gas per 1kg of beef. Climate change experts are now recommending a reduction in meat consumption, especially from methane-producing cattle and sheep.
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