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Want to look good and feel great? How to change your life in 5 small steps!

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5 Top Health Tips

This is my top 5 KISS List.
Keep It Simple Sam!
And watch out because number five might just change your life… forever!

No 1. Shake it, Blend it, Juice it!

We’re all living a fast paced life: short on time and short on nutrient dense food. Drinkable superfood blends are an excellent way to provide the nutrition your body needs in a tasty and quick way.
♦ Shake it – Keep it simple. Add a tablespoon of a superfood powdered blend and coconut water. Give it a shake.
♦ Blend it – Make a wake-up shake with frozen fruit, baby spinach and a nut milk base. It can keep you on the go- full of energy and right on time
♦ Juice it – For the hardcore: juice your fibrous vegetables. Carrot, celery, cucumber, lemon and green apple is a fresh cleansing combination that will help start your day with a bang!

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Watermelon, Blueberry and Vanilla Smoothie

No. 2 Colour. Colour. Colour.

Eat a rainbow- red, yellow, orange, green, purple, blue. Each coloured group has their unique class of phytochemicals that corresponds to their own colour and each phytochemical has a unique function. A great example of this is orange coloured fruit and vegetables like pumpkin, carrot and mango. They are all high in beta carotene – a nutrient that is good for your immune system and contributes to beautiful glowing skin. To get the most nutrition out of your diet a variety of fruits and vegetables helps to make your body shine!

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No.3 Herbs and Spices are your flavour friends.

When you buy packaged food your tastebuds are (over)stimulated by a trukckload of sugar, salt and MSG (or MSG derivitives). And the more you eat the more you’ll want them. But there is a great alternative. Herbs and spices like garlic, chilli, paprika, lemongrass, parsley, just to name a few, are the key to the amazing taste sensations that come out of the best restaurants and your grandmother’s kitchen. Don’t be shy, get involved with your spice rack.

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Australian Garlic

 No. 4 Mum was right- Eat your greens.

Anti-inflammatory, Alkalising and Detoxifying. These are just a few of the powerful benefits of eating greens like;  Broccoli, Rocket, Spinach and Brussel Sprouts. Thanks to the high alkalising mineral content of most green vegetables they help reduce the acid load on the body. They are also great detoxifiers as the bitter phytochemicals in the vegetables stimulate your digestive system and your liver to function more efficiently. I’ve also added broccoli and brussel sprouts to the list as a good dose of cruciferous vegetables help repair cellular and DNA damage and have been shown to reduce your risk of cancer.

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Grilled Brussel Sprout Salad

 No. 5 Keeping it real.

This is by far the most powerful of the five. It is the most simple yet often the hardest to implement.

Eat. Real. Food.

It may be simple but it’s revolutionary! Food that comes from a factory has been processed, heat treated, refined, fortified, manipulated, depleted, destroyed and packaged in brightly coloured plastic with a high priced fancy logo. Compare that to food that comes from a farm, it might still have a little dirt on it but in the nutrient department it leaves processed food for dead. The more real food you eat the better you’ll feel.

Well, now you know. Now you have 5 fantastic tools to start living a healthier happier life.

Start today because if you leave it till tomorrow, tomorrow will never come.

100% Carob Gold

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I know what you’re thinking.

Carob is not chocolate. And I totally agree. It’s not.

But it is something lovely and its worth goes beyond the infamous “alternative to chocolate” status.

Carob has healing properties, essential nutrients, and its colourful history makes for a fascinating topic.

We begin our story deep in the Mediterranean basin of Ancient times.

The Carob tree (Ceratonia siliqua) has roots in ancient Egypt as its use; both fruit and wood, was etched into the Harris Papyrus from the Middle Kingdom approximately 4000 years ago.

Next, in Ancient Rome we meet a man by the name of John the Baptist. The Bible says he lived in the wilderness for many years surviving off locusts and honey. But did he really live off honey coated bugs? (Eww!) Carob pods are also known as locust beans and some historians believe John the Baptist may have eaten Carob beans rather than bugs. A much more palatable choice I’m told.

Closer to our time we read that tiny carob seeds and precious gemstones share a rich past. Seeds from a Carob tree were once used as a measurement of weight during the 15th century. It was believed they had very little variation in their size and weight and were trusted to give customers a fair price. The term carat possibly of Arabic origin is still used today in reference to the weighing of gold.

Once I began reading about these power packed little beans I was amazed by the untold wonders I found.

I have made an inforgraphic (my first 🙂 ) to show why Carob is such a wonderful addition to any healthy food program!

 

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Sugar Cravings? Help is Here!

Many of us suffer from a sweet tooth urge, to indulge in quick sugar hits.  And amazingly on top of all these benefits this legume has the potential to control our blood sugar balance.

Three characteristics of the Carob bean work in synergy to help support blood glucose control and help keep those kilos off!

  1. Soluble Fibre – This form of fibre works by slowing down the absorption of glucose into the blood stream. This creates a beneficial balance between blood glucose and our insulin response thereby preventing sugar highs and lows.
  2. Phytochemicals – Research work has begun to show that eating Carob can increase fatty acid oxidation- In short it means that it helps us to burn our fat stores for energy and may help people with weight management.
  3. Naturally Sweet – In contrast to the bitterness of Cocoa, Carob is naturally sweet and consequently requires little or no sugar. And everyone knows eating less refined sugar is good for you!
  4. Added Bonus! – Unlike Cocoa, Carob is caffeine free. Kicking the caffeine habit is a viable way of encouraging good balanced energy levels throughout the day which in turn helps to curb the 3pm slump and the consequential carb cravings.

What an impressive plant indeed!

And its versatility is as expansive as your imagination.

Here are a few quick links to some amazing carob recipes!

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 Tammy’s Hot Tip: If you’re new to the wonderful world of Carob try half Carob half Cocoa powder. 

Unless of course you have a sense of adventure then just dive right on in!