January 2019

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Why we choose Cobram Estate Olive Oil

Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) is a major feature of the Mediterranean Diet, consistently regarded as one of the world’s healthiest diets. This diet also includes fish, vegetables, fruit, nuts and wholegrains. EVOO has been extensively researched for its health benefits and particularly its high monounsaturated fat content, shown to benefit cardiovascular health and promote healthy cholesterol levels, including ratios of LDL/HDL (low density and high density lipoproteins). There is also some controversy surrounding EVOO, and some less well known facts… Firstly, the health benefits: EVOO is anti-inflammatory, attributed in part to the Oleocanthal component, which is a phenolic compound shown to possess non-steroidal anti-inflammatory properties.EVOO is exceptionally high in natural antioxidants (rare in oils) protecting against damage through oxidation.Studies show that EVOO exerts a neuroprotective activity against oxidative damage in the brain. However Not all olive oils are the same. Quality is everything, from the raw product (olives), to processing and storage.For…

Mayan spice nice cream

This Mayan spiced nice cream was inspired by our mayan hot chocolate recipe, available in our ebook, The Ultimate Chocolate and Caramel Collection. For a more ice cream-like consistency, we recommend making this mayan spice nicecream a day ahead, freezing overnight and then leaving to soften in the fridge just before serving. Serves 2-3. Ingredients 4 frozen bananas2 tbsp peanut butter1/4 cup cacao powder1 tsp vanilla bean powder1/4 tsp Himalayan salt1 tsp mesquite powder1/4 tsp chilli flakes1/4 tsp cinnamon1/4 cup cacao nibs (to stir through) Method Combine all ingredients, except cacao nibs, in a high power blender (we use a vitamix) and blend until smooth.Transfer to a bowl and stir through cacao nibs.Either place in the freezer for a few hours for a more icecream-like consistency before serving or serve as is.Top with extra peanut butter, cacao nibs, coconut or your choice of toppings. Want to know more about the…

Detoxification, cleansing and weight loss

For those of you who follow us on Instagram, I’m sure you know that one half of Healthy Luxe (Hannah) has been away on exchange for the past few months. I am studying at King’s College London which has been amazing, but I have also tried to get involved in the health/foodie scene as much as possible. One of the things I have done since being away was enrol in a nutrition short course at the College of Naturopathic Medicine (CNM). The course was tailored towards detoxification, cleansing and weight loss/management. Having a mum as a naturopath and given all the work we do together, I was already familiar with a lot of the information being taught but I still found it to be hugely beneficial. There were a few really interesting facts and tips that I wanted to share with you all, as well as just to reinforce some…

Avoid the Type 2 Diabetes epidemic

Diabetes is fast becoming a common illness. Alarmingly though, whilst there is support as well as effective treatment options for those who have it, there still appears to be a general lack of awareness in the community who are not (yet) affected by it. Many people, for example, don’t fully understand the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes. Although they both involve the hormone, insulin, secreted by the pancreas, there is little else in common with the two conditions. Type 1 Diabetes is an auto-immune disorder resulting in the destruction of the insulin producing cells in the pancreas. Onset of symptoms is most often sudden and severe. There is often a genetic component and it occurs more frequently in children, adolescents and young adults. Type 2 Diabetes, however, is most commonly associated with lifestyle choices. It is usually preventable and sometimes reversible. Yet, studies show that incidences of the condition have soared over the past decade…

Spicy walnut beetroot dip

Our spicy walnut beetroot dip is deliciously creamy with a hint of spice… the only problem is that it is seriously addictive! This dip is great served on a mezze plate with guacamole and flat bread. We find that there is something very satisfying about knowing exactly what is going into our food, and it means you can reduce or eliminate oils, preservatives and any unnatural additives that are common in most store-bought dips. You won’t find any such nasties in our Spicy Walnut and beetroot dip! The reality is most people are unaware of how much processing occurs before these mass produced products reach supermarket shelves. We know that long expiry dates may be convenient, however we believe that the freshness, flavour and nutrient-retention of these dips make them no match for the long-life supermarket variety. Serves 2 Ingredients 500 grams beetroot1 small red chilli (chopped)1 cup walnuts (leave some…

Tray bake with pickled beetroot eggs

Sharing a NEW summer recipe created by Georgia McDermott (@georgeats), author of FODMAP Friendly, for Australian Eggs. The tray bake is designed to help Aussie families make the most of their leftover veggies The colourful pesto and roasted vegetable tray bake with eggs is a great way to feed the whole family and is packed full of protein, fibre, antioxidants and important vitamins – perfect for lunch or dinner. What are the nutritional benefits of eggs? Eggs have long been controversial as a result of their high cholesterol content, however it is now widely accepted that cholesterol containing foods do not have a significant impact on blood cholesterol in most people. In fact, contrary to previous opinion that eggs should be off the menu for anyone with heart disease, it is now considered that the omega 3 content, as well as overall nutritional profile, make eggs beneficial for heart health.,…

The link between nutrition and depression

Every year, on 7 April, World Health Day commemorates the establishment of the World Health Organisation and focuses on a particular health issue. This year, 2017, the issue is depression. We all know it is a condition that has debilitating and sometimes devastating consequences. The symptoms range from sleep disturbances, poor concentration and general apathy to pervasive feelings of worthlessness and suicide ideation. It impacts all areas of life from the workplace to relationships and is often a lonely place. Very closely related are stress related conditions with the WHO declaring these as the epidemic of the 21st century. Yet, despite it’s pervasiveness in society and growing awareness, there is still a reluctance to seek help and a perception that doing so can be interpreted as being somehow defective. Here we look into how our diet impacts not only physical, but also mental health. That is, the link between nutrition…

Vanilla and buckwheat waffles

Healthy has never looked better. These vanilla and buckwheat waffles are great for a weekend breakfast or brunch, especially when topped with assorted coyo ice-cream flavours – they are dairy free, refined sugar free and so delicious! The ‘sea salted caramel’ and ‘coco latte’ are my two favourites. If you have any supplements you take such as protein powder or superfood powders you can also easily add them into the waffle mixture. We add a plant based protein from Amazonia and have also included mesquite powder in this recipe. This ingredient is optional but does enhance the nutritional value of the recipe, as well as providing natural sweetness. We hope you enjoy! Serves 6. Ingredients 1 cup buckwheat flour1 tbsp mesquite powder, optional2 tsp vanilla bean powder1 tsp baking powder1/4 tsp Himalayan salt2 ripe bananas3 organic eggs1 cup almond milk Method Preheat waffle iron for 5-10 minutes.Combine all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl, mix…

Mocha nicecream

Calling all Mocha-holics! This mocha nicecream has been one of our most in demand recipes so we decided it was only fair we share it. There’s a secret to this one, too. To create that extra thick and creamy texture, we blended most of the ingredients in advance and transferred to ice cube moulds to freeze. We then place the coffee ice cubes back in the blender with the frozen bananas, blend and voila. Works a treat! If you’re the type to order your mocha with extra choc, we recommend adding 1-2 tablespoons of cacao powder to the blend. Alternatively, you can just go heavy on the chocolate sauce. Or you can do both! Serves 3-4. Ingredients 3/4 cup macadamias1 1/2 cups filtered water1 1/2 cups organic cold drip coffee (200ml)4 medjool dates1/2 tsp vanilla essence3 large frozen bananas Method Combine all ingredients (except bananas) in a high-power blender, blend…

Courgette and halloumi fritters

Another quick, simple and delicious recipe. These courgette and halloumi fritters are great served for breakfast or Sunday brunch! We serve with avocado, fresh young greens, sliced cherry tomatoes, lime, chilli flakes, Himalayan sea salt and freshly cracked pepper. Serves 2. Ingredients 1 small leek2 shallots1 small red chilli2 courgettes (approx 300g)80 grams baby spinach1/3 cup besan flour70 grams halloumi1 tbsp + 1 tsp coconut oil3-4 tbsp filtered water2 organic eggsPinch sea salt and pepper Method Place 1 tbsp coconut oil in a pan on medium heat and allow to melt.Add in diced shallots, courgettes, chilli, chopped leek and 1-2 tbsp water.Cover and leave to cook for 10-15 minutes or until soft, stirring occasionally.Once cooked, add spinach leaves and 2 tbsp water and steam for a further 2 minutes.Remove vegetables from the stove and roughly mash, adding in a pinch of sea salt and pepper.Place in a bowl with beaten…

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