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Slow cooker vegan Thai pumpkin soup

Ingredients Roughly 1.3 kg of Kent pumpkin or two quarter pieces 1 white potato, peeled, chopped in half 1 carrot, peeled, chopped. 1 onion, roughly chopped 1 can of coconut cream/milk 1 tsp of cinnamon 1 tsp of cumin 3 cups of vegetable stock Directions Cut skin off pumpkin and place on a roasting tray with some olive oil. Place in an oven on 180°C and lightly roast for 20 mins. In the meantime, place remaining ingredients into a slow cooker on low heat and season with salt and pepper. Add pumpkin and cook for approximately 6 hours. With a stick blender or in batches in a blender, blend entire content of the slow cooker and combine. Serve as desired with bread, yogurt, parsley or alone!

3 Tips for Shopping Healthier

Supermarket shopping can be a weekly chore that can really make or break your health. It all starts with what you bring home as to what you consume through the week. If you don't buy it, then you don't eat it. It can be as simple as that, so getting the supermarket shop right is essential for keeping your health on the straight and narrow. Below are my top 3 tips for mastering the art of the supermarket shop. And it's easier than you may think! 1. When buying fresh produce buy veggies/fruits with the leaves on it. These leaves will give you an idea of the freshness of the produce, if they are wilted and tired looking then best to avoid, as it would suggest the produce is older. So sticking

Immune boosting shitake bone broth soup

The ultimate combination of immune boosting ingredients! This recipe contains a variety of foods that will boost your immune system and go a long way in helping to reduce the severity of colds during those winter months. Ingredients 4 cloves of garlic, minced Bunch of spring onions chopped into 1cm pieces 1 nob of ginger, grated 1 packet of soba noodles (optional) 1 cup of cubed GMO-free, organic tofu 4 cups of water 2 cups of dried shitake mushrooms ½ cup miso paste 2 tbsp. of bone broth paste (I use the turmeric 'Best of the bone'). Method 1. Refer to dried mushroom pack; these will need to be soaked in hot water, then rinsed. Keep the remaining water aside for the soup. 2. Add olive

The healing power of sleep

We often make time to exercise, socialise and eat well, which are important for our health, but are you making time for sleep? We all need to sleep, it is physiologically important. Make it one of your priorities to try and get more sleep. Sleep is vital for many functions in the body including the regulation of mood, modulation of the immune system and hormones, detoxification, memory and concentration (1). Specifically, when you are sleeping your body heals and repairs cells and blood vessels, as well as encourages tissue growth (2). Your body and mind break also take a break, as it lowers blood pressure, slows down breathing and relaxes the muscles. Sleep also regulates your blood sugar l

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