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How to Make a Flax Egg 0

It can be hard to find good substitutes in recipes for eggs, but this flax egg is easy to make and works well in most recipes. A flax 'egg' has the same effect in baking, it doesn't quite bind or stiffen in the same way as a regular egg, but is a good substitute for pancakes, biscuits and brownies.

  • 1 tbsp ground flaxseed 
  • 2 1/2 tbsp water

All you need to do is mix the two together and leave to thicken for about 5 minutes.

Use in recipes in place of 1 medium egg.

How To Juice Like A Pro! 0

Stepping into the world of Superfoods can be a daunting experience. Many customers have told us the easiest way to incorporate Superfoods into their daily routine is with smoothies and juices. We have learnt lots of great smoothie and juicing tricks over the years, here is our top ten tips to have you juicing like a pro:

1. Use in-season, local produce as much as possible. In markets featuring local produce, the fruits and vegetables are likely to have been harvested within the last 24 hours at the peak of ripeness. If you can try to use organic as much as possible. This helps provide you with all the benefits (flavor, texture, nutrition, etc.) freshness can offer. 

2. Don’t be afraid of a little pulp. I like my vegetable juices with a bit of extra pulp. It feels more well-rounded and wholesome.

3. If you want more sweetness, add more fruit. I like my juice and smoothies on the less sweet side (generally with less fruit - no more than an apple sized portion), but using seasonal local organic fruit like an apple, pear, stone-fruit or berries can help provide wholesome and natural sweetness.

4. Try a smoothie in the morning and a juice in the afternoon. Juicing and blending are complementary — not oppositional. I typically do a smoothie (with veggies, fruits, superfoods and nut milk) in the morning, and a lighter veggie juice in the afternoon with leafy greens, cucumber, celery, carrots, beets, ginger, lemon and turmeric.

5. For smoothies, make your own nut milk. Nut milk can help cut down on the sweetness of your juice, and it may also offer additional impact on the smoothie’s nutrient profile! I prefer to sprout my nuts by soaking them 1 to 2 days before making nut milk. Here is a quick how-to:

  • Soak organic raw almonds for 8-12 hours at room temperature
  • Rinse
  • Blend water & almonds in roughly a 1:3 ratio for 1-2 minutes until almonds are ground very fine
  • Strain with cheesecloth or fine mesh strainer
  • Fiber can be dried and reused as flour

6. Don’t be afraid to juice the stalks and rinds! These may offer nutrients you don’t want to compost. For instance, just one cup of beet greens can provide a rich source of vitamins A (as beta-carotene) K, and C.

7. Stock your pantry with ‘superfoods’ so that you can add them to any juice or smoothie. I like to enhance my juices and smoothies with superfoods such as:

  • Cacao: it offers a hint of chocolate and bolsters the taste of the other ingredients in your smoothie
  • Maca: this root adds a touch of sweetness
  • Goji Berries & Chia: Try soaking them overnight before blending with your other ingredients

8. Experiment with variety. We've all heard that we should “eat the rainbow,” of vibrant fruits and vegetables. It can help to create variety in our diet and maintain health through various nutrients.

9. If you're not sure where to begin, start simple.

10. A morning juice is the perfect way to start your day with self-love. For me, juicing is a self-nurturing, loving choice that I make everyday. I choose to be Loving with myself and share the joy I feel with others! I encourage you to juice freely and enjoy the “feel good” side effects!

Happy juicing!

Ten Tips To Organic Living On A Budget! 0

Organic food and consumer products that have been produced in a cleaner, more environmentally friendly manner take a bad rap on a fairly regular basis for being more expensive. On this point alone, that reputation is typically pretty justified: Yes, these products can be and often are pricier than their conventional counterparts. But there are ways to offset the costs so that your overall expenses in going organic won’t be much more than what you’re paying now, and possibly even a little less. Here’s how:

1. Buy direct from the farm.

Farmers’ markets and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) arrangements are typically less expensive than organic markets or the organic section of your local grocery store. You’re guaranteed the freshest flavors of the season, and as an added bonus, farmers have the best recipe tips!

2. Buy store brands.

Supermarkets and large discounters like Wal-Mart have realized good success in offering their own organic products. Private-label offerings are expanding, and they’re cheaper than name brands.

3. Clip coupons.

You might not see many coupons for organic products in the weekly food section of the newspaper, but you’ll definitely see them in other places. Look for them in health and fitness magazines and in lifestyle magazines. 

4. Make your own.

Processed organic food products can be substantially more expensive than their conventional equivalents, and processed foods overall are always more expensive than the sum of their individual parts. Instead of buying granola cereal, make your own. Want to make sure your baby’s food is the freshest and healthiest it can be? When you make it yourself, you can ensure the quality of the ingredients and the processing. Cook at home using organic foods. You can turn almost any recipe into an organic recipe just by using organic ingredients.

5. Buy in bulk.

Buying in large quantities is always cheaper than buying smaller, prepared portions.

6. Learn your labels.

It’s easy to get a little confused over the terminology and lingo in the organic world, especially when you’re first starting out. When you’re watching your pennies, don’t buy something that’s labeled “natural” when you’re looking for “organic.”

7. Learn what to buy organic and what to not buy organic.

There are certain organic foods and food products that are worth spending the money on, and some that you can skip and save the money. Check out these top fruits and veggies to buy organic.

8. Grow your own.

Even the smallest balcony can usually support a pot or two. Fill those pots with a tomato plant and maybe a pepper plant and you’ve got the beginning of an organic garden. Herbs grow well indoors on a sunny windowsill.

9. Make your own cleaning products.

The ingredients that go into natural cleaning products — baking soda, vinegar, borax, washing soda — are as cheap as can be. The cost of making products from them is about one-tenth that of their commercial equivalents. Add up what you spend every month on cleaning products — you might be surprised at how much money you can save here.

10. Finally, don’t be a slave to the word “organic.”

Yes, a label that says something is organic can be a sign of the purity and goodness of that product. But there are plenty of good, wholesome choices to be made that don’t include the word. For example, if you’re taking your dog organic, buying him a tin of certified organic dog biscuits might seem the thing to do, especially since you can point to the organic label and know for sure the ingredients therein are indeed healthy. But maybe there’s a pet store in your town that sells homemade dog biscuits. And maybe the woman who bakes them uses ingredients from her own garden. And maybe she gardens organically. And maybe she doesn’t use any preservatives or fillers in her products. They’re probably pretty darn good dog cookies, fresh and natural, and most likely about half the cost of the certified organic ones.

Don’t be an organic snob. Don’t pass up good products and good food because they’re not labeled “certified organic.” As you progress further into the organic world, you’ll find out that very little of the products it contains are certified organic, and for some good reasons.

Recipe || Overnight Vegan Oats With Superfoods! 0

Overnight Oats with Maca, Chia Seeds & Goji Berries

Everybody loves oatmeal! It can warm you during the winter or cool you during the warmer months. Overnight oatmeal is the solution! This Oatmeal Parfait is just what you’ll need.

You’ll have to make this before you go to sleep, so when you wake up, all you have to do it get the glass from the fridge and add superfoods and fresh fruit. Easy, healthy and fast!

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 5 to 6 tbs oats
  • 1 mashed banana
  • a pinch of cinnamon
  • superfoods like goji berries and mulberries
  • fresh fruit like raspberries and blueberries

Stirr the almond milkoats and the mashed banana in a glass. Add the cinnamon and mix well. Put it in the fridge for a night, the next morning, top it off with superfoods and fresh fruit. Enjoy, that’s it!