Tag Archives: organic

Have I mentioned I love podcasts?

9 Feb

I just got home from my morning walk and listened to a fabulous podcast from The Wellness Guys.  I’ve posted about them before and if you haven’t checked them out, click here to start listening!  It’s free and they talk about all different sorts of wellness, interview some fabulous people and have a variety of shows to listen to.

Episode 167 was with Janella Purcell who I just love!  You may know her from the TV show Good Chef/Bad Chef. I got so much out of this podcast – I won’t spoil it for you, listen to it for yourself.

The one thing I absolutely loved was to eat S L O W food – seasonal, local, organic and whole foods…. I LOVE this acronym and think I’ll steal it for myself, thanks Janella!

If you want to find out more about Janella, check out her website here.

Have a fantastic day 😀

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My thoughts exactly….

2 Jul
My sister sent me this attachment the other day saying ‘thought you might like this’.  I think it was her way of saying, you haven’t blogged in a while!
I think it’s great, really simple and effective.
Thanks Kylie 🙂 xx

Who doesn’t like chocolate?

12 Jun

This was my first attempt at home made organic chocolate and I must say, the result was AMAZING!!

So sticking with my quality over quantity motto and almost having to remortgage my house every time I was buying Conscious Chocolate (6 squares for $7.20!!) I decided to make my own.

I came across Jo from Quirky Cooking’s recipe for ‘Almost Raw’ chocolate and decided to give it a go in my thermomix.

With only 4 ingredients for the chocolate, it was super easy to make and the taste was, as I said – Amazing!

Rather than pouring the chocolate into a slice pan, I decided to use some molds that I had to make individual chocolates.

I did an assortment of jaffa (orange zest), coconut, slivered almonds and sultanas, hazelnuts and some just plain chocolate.

If you would like to make your own chocolate, check out the Quirky Cooking website.

Enjoy!

Mooooooo

10 Jun

For those of you that eat a healthy well balanced diet, have you thought about what beef you are eating?

Conventional beef animals have usually been grazed on pastures grown with artificial fertilisers and chemicals and then grain fattened with the assistance of hormones and antibiotics.

Certified organic beef animals are fattened on natural, chemical free pastures.

If you eliminate grains from your own diet e.g. bread, wheat, rice, oats etc, what do you think you are consuming if you eat beef that is grain fed?

There are many differences with grass fed beef (compared with grain fed beef) that will make you want to eat more beef rather than less:

  • It has twice the amount of Beta-Carotene (a precursor of Vitamin A) – needed for normal vision, bone growth, reproduction and cell division.
  • It has more omega-3 fatty acids, and an improved balance of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation, and help prevent heart disease and arthritis. (Only grass fed beef is recommended by Food Standard Australia for beef to be considered a source of omega-3 fatty acids.)
  • It has 2.5 times the amount of Vitamin E, a natural antioxidant which can help mop up free radicals.
  • Grass fed beef has 30 – 40% higher levels of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), an important polyunsaturated fatty acid which is involved in reducing heart disease, cancer, diabetes and the accumulation of our own body fat.
  • It contains significantly less saturated fats (‘bad fats’) grass fed beef tends to be leaner overall (less than 3% fat).

I recently bought half a side from Dandaragan Organic Beef, which is WA’s largest producer of organic beef.

They supply top quality, grass-fed beef without the use of hormones, antibiotics and chemicals.

Both of their properties were converted to organic in 2000, which means they do not use pesticides, artificial fertilisers, hormones or antibiotics. Instead they use organic farming principles, grazing methods that mimic those of wild herding animals, perennial pastures and low stress stock handling methods.

Below is the link to Dandaragan Organic Beef as well as O’Reilly’s Lot which is the website I ordered through who are based in Malaga.  They are really helpful on the phone as I had no idea what cuts I actually wanted from the half side.  Everything comes cut as you have requested and vacuumed sealed.

It is also far more economical to buy your beef this way too.  You just need a large freezer to store it all!!

For those of you, not in Perth just google grass fed beef and find somewhere local to purchase your beef from.

http://dandaraganorganicbeef.com.au/

http://oreillyslot.com.au/