Happy Thursday my lovelies! Well I certainly had a lot of fun constructing this post yesterday arvo! I hope you enjoy my latest edition of ‘5 Things I’m Loving Right Now’!
1. Vegan Sparkles delectable Mint Choc Chip Smoothie!
This recipe comes directly from Rebecca Weller’s gorgeous Vegan Sparkles blog. When I saw this recipe, my mouth seriously started to water! How good does it look?! Make sure you check out Rebecca’s interview next week on my blog
Makes 2 large smoothies:
- 350ml coconut water
- 1 large frozen banana (pre-cut into pieces for easier blending)
- 4 Medjool dates, pitted
- 2/3 cup raw cashews
- 1/2 avocado (optional – for extra creaminess, nutrition and colour)
- 2 handfuls baby spinach (you won’t even know it’s there, trust me)
- 1/3 cup mint leaves, firmly packed
- 1/2 tsp non alcoholic natural peppermint extract
- 1/2 tsp non alcoholic natural vanilla extract
- 1 tsp maca powder (optional – I didn’t have any in the house last night and it was still good!)
- Pinch of sea salt
- A handful of ice cubes
- 3 tbsp raw cacao nibs
- Throw all ingredients except the cacao nibs into a high-speed blender and blend on high for a few minutes until smooth, icy and creamy.
- Pour into serving glasses and sprinkle with cacao nibs.
- Drink through glass straws and giggle with delight every time a little cacao nib works its yummy way into your mouth.
2. My First Model Shoot Project Photo Shoot!
Still not officially launched yet (it has now), last Friday May 17th was my first shoot for my new biz, Model Shoot Project. It was such a great day – hugely successful which I’m so happy about! I must admit, I was a wee bit nervous…and so was my lovely first model, Emma Croft (sitting next to me in black), but the day ran very smoothly thanks to the amazing team I had working on this shoot! Starting from the left, we have Jem Thomas – videographer, Stef King – photographer, Emma Croft – my first client, Me, Yvette Gray – makeup & hair artist and Ivanna Fontana – stylist. For their full bio’s, make sure you tune in for the official launch next week where you will FINALLY learn what Model Shoot Project is all about plus see the pics from my shoot and Emma’s
3. Complete Feng Shui
I had an interesting conversation last week with my client, Ingrid, who was telling me about the new apartment she’s moving into. She told me she purposely chose the smaller bedroom because the larger bedroom had “bad Feng Shui”. When she told me that her bed would have to face the door which is considered bad bedroom Feng Shui, I cringed as my bed faces the door! Ingrid then shared Complete Feng Shui’s page with me on Facebook which explains exactly why this isn’t good, and how to create harmonious bedroom Feng Shui. At least I’m moving out in a few months so I can be mindful of this and all the other tips Complete Feng Shui has given below…
“A bedroom should promote a harmonious flow of nourishing and sensual energy. Inviting you in, excites and calms at the same time. Being fun and pleasurable to be in.
To create a good bedroom Feng Shui
Do not have TV, computer or exercise equipment in your bedroom. As the good energy in your bedroom is destroyed when these items are present.
Be mindful of the quality of air in your bedroom. You cannot have good Feng Shui if the air you breathe in is stale. Open the windows often or use a good quality air-purifier to keep the air fresh.
Good lighting is very important, as light is one of the strong form of energy.
Try to use soothing colours to achieve a good Feng Shui balance in your bedroom.
Good bedroom decor is a balanced decor that promotes the best flow of energy. Best Feng Shui colours for the bedroom are considered the so-called “skin colours”, and we know the colours of human skin vary from pale white to rich chocolate brown. Choose colours within this range that will work best for your bedroom decor. You can then add the extra element colours that are needed according to the Flying Stars.
Choose the style and image for your bedroom wisely, as images carry powerful Feng Shui energy.
The best Feng Shui advice for the bedroom is to choose images that you want to see happening in your life. Unless you enjoy being sad and lonely, do not use sad and lonely images in your bedroom. Place Art and images of what you want out of your relationships.
- Bed placement is very important
- Don’t place bed directly across from door.
- Don’t place bed in front of window.
- Don’t sleep with feet facing door.
- Don’t sleep underneath beams.
- Have your bed easily approachable from both sides,
- Have two bedside tables (one on each side), and,
- Avoid having the bed in a direct line with the door.
- Keep bedroom doors closed at night, be it the closet doors, the en-suite bathroom door or the bedroom door.
This will allow for the best flow of energy to strengthen your health, as well as the health of your relationship. Keeping your bedroom closet clean and organized will further create a sense of peace and calm in your bedroom.”
For more fantastic Feng Shui tips, make sure you like Complete Feng Shui’s page!
4. Gwinganna Health Retreat’s Chicken & Quinoa San Choi Bow Recipe
I signed up at the beginning of April, to Gwinganna’s 4 weeks of wellness newletter. It had some fabulous tips and recipes like the one below! To download their eBook that has 35 pages of wonderful health & wellness tips and yummy recipes, simply click here.
A popular Gwinganna lunch dish that is delicious and simple.
Chicken San Choi Bow – 15 serves
- 700g chicken mince
- 1½ cups (300g) raw quinoa
- 375g water chestnuts, drained & chopped
- 1 medium to large knob ginger, chopped
- 2 medium hot chillies, chopped
- ½ cup (100ml) tamari
- ¼ cup (50ml) maple syrup
- 2 tbsp (50ml) camellia tea or macadamia nut oil
- 1 tbsp (20ml) sesame oil
- 1 tbsp potato or cornflour
- 15 iceberg lettuce cups
- 5 sprigs coriander
- some carrot & capsicum strips
- slivers of shallots as garnish
Rinse quinoa well and cook absorption method, using 1 cup quinoa to 1¾ cups water. Heat oil in wok, add mince, chillies and ginger and cook for a couple of minutes, stirring constantly to break up any lumps. Add tamari and maple syrup and cook further. Mix potato or corn flour with a little water to thicken the mix slightly and to give it some glossy appearance. Check seasoning. Fill into washed and trimmed lettuce cups and garnish with sprinkles of carrot, shallot, capsicum and coriander. Serve with chilli sauce and lime wedges on the side.
5. Jess Ainscough’s Interview with Dr Sherrill Sellman
I strongly urge all women to listen to this interview! As Jess points out, there certainly has been a massive media frenzy over Angelina Jolie’s decision to have a double mastectomy to prevent breast cancer. Whilst I find her decision courageous as she did it for her children, I believe there are other options available to us.
Dr Sellman is the author of What Women Must Know To Protect Their Daughters From Breast Cancer and Hormone Heresy: What Women Must Know About Their Hormones. She’s done extensive research in the fields of epigenetics and the breast cancer genes – BRCA 1 and BRCA 2.
As Dr Sellman explains in this interview, through epigenetics it is possible to alter our gene expressions through nutrition, our thoughts and environment. To listen to this powerful and informative interview, head over to Jess’s post here. And don’t forget to check out Dr Sellman’s Australian tour dates! I just booked mine in Perth on June 14th/15th. Who’s coming with me?
As always, I absolutely LOVE hearing from my readers! Feel free to leave a comment below to share your thoughts