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    Low carb / keto scone recipe

    Low carb / keto scone recipe

    Hi: Monique Bradley here. I’ve been on a low carb / keto journey since I learned I was carb intolerant in 2017. YES! It’s a thing! (If you want to find out more, please get in touch.)

    I have to be honest: I’ve always been a scone addict and while white flour scones are delicious, my body, my blood sugars and my gut disagree!

    These wee lo carb / keto and gluten free gems are my adaptation of a bunch of tried and tested recipes that I’ve experimented with since I’ve been on this low carb / keto journey.

    For me, the hardest thing about the journey has been that feeling like ‘I’m missing out on my favourite treats’, but as they say, ‘necessity is the mother of invention’, so through sheer desperation, this recipe was created. It’s a fantastic ‘base’ recipe for a scone and I’ve added in a few ideas for optional extras if you want to mix it up a bit.

    Remember though: this is not a perfect replacement for a white flour scone. Nothing beats that kind of carb-loaded goodness, but it IS a nice alternative when you have a hankering for some baked goods or a high tea. Good luck and let me know how you go!

    Ingredients

    • 2 1/4 cups of Almond Flour
    • 1/2 tsp baking powder
    • 3 tbsp melted butter
    • 1 egg
    • 1 tsp of your preferred sweetener
    • 1/4 tsp of salt
    • dash of almond milk of lactose free milk (it’s lower in carbs) A dash is roughly a couple of TBSP’s.

    Optional: a sprinkle of cayenne pepper and mozzarella cheese or bacon bits for a savoury scone, or sugar free choc chips, some blueberries, a squeeze of lemon juice and a bit of zest, or simply add 1/2 a tsp of vanilla essence for a sweeter more flavoursome option.

    Method

    Mix all the ingredients together till a dough forms.

    You can then either flatten out your dough between 2 pieces of baking paper and cut into circular or square scones OR roll them up into balls and place in your air fryer like I did below

    Oven:

    If you’re cooking them in the oven, pre-heat your oven to 180 degrees using Fan-bake.

    Place each scone on a greased baking tray or on a piece of baking paper.

    They will cook in roughly 12 – 15 minutes – depending on your oven – so check them at 10 minutes. They’re done when they are golden on the top, like the image above.

    Air Fryer:

    I pre-heated my air fryer for 3 minutes on the baking heat, then placed by dough balls straight on the plate. I cooked them for 8 minutes at the baking heat of the 160 degrees, then checked to find they were still a tiny bit gooey inside (though still delicious….!).

    I put them back in the air fryer for another 2 minutes at the same heat, and they were perfect!

    Once they’re done, leave them to cool slightly as they are quite delicate and prone to crumbling. Cooling helps them hold together better.

    Add butter or your favourite low carb toppings and enjoy!

    How To Pick The Perfect Mattress

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    How To Pick The Perfect Mattress

    Thanks to the team at beds n lounge direct for submitting this article to help you get a better nights sleep! beds n lounge direct are our official furniture partners, so have read of the article and find out which mattress could help you get a better nights sleep NOW!

    Picking a mattress can be a challenging task with many factors to consider. From comfort levels to time of life, there are many different needs to take into account and if you’re sharing a bed with a significant other who may also have different preferences, how do you find the perfect mattress? In this article we plan to demystify the whole process with an easy to follow range of preferences and some solutions to make your mattress purchasing experience easier!

    What Kind of Sleeper Are You?

    • Back sleeper? 
    • Side sleeper? 
    • Stomach sleeper? 
    • Or all of the above?

    The most important factor when choosing a mattress is your sleeping position. There are technically four kinds of sleepers; side, stomach, sleepers and those that are a mix of all three.  

    Back sleepers

    Newcastle Extra Firm Euro-top Pocket Spring Mattress

    Back sleepers need a mattress that is firm enough to provide support while being soft enough to be comfortable.

    If the mattress is too soft, your body and your back will bend, causing aches and pains. 

    Side sleepers

    Cloud Plush 5 Zone Pocket Spring Mattress

    For side sleepers, a medium soft mattress is a great choice as it gives you support without creating pressure points on your shoulders, ribs and hips. 

    Stomach sleeper

    Cloud Firm 5 Zone Pocket Spring Mattress

    Most sleep specialists do not recommend sleeping on your stomach as it can impact the curvature of your spine.

    If you are a stomach sleeper, it may be worth investing in a firmer mattress, distributing your weight more evenly while preventing hyperextension of the spine.

    Multi position sleeper

    Cloud Medium 5 Zone Pocket Spring Mattress

    For multi position sleepers, a medium mattress provides the best overall support and comfort while allowing your body to adjust naturally as you sleep.

    Basically – if you’re uncomfortable as you sleep, you’ll find your way to a better sleeping position automatically. 

    Additional considerations

    While the feel and firmness of a mattress primarily depends on your sleeping position, it’s also important to consider your body type, weight and size, and how much space you need too. Partner disturbance can be a big challenge, as can time of life so here’s some additional information to consider.

    Latex and memory foam

    For midlife women – as an example – a latex topped mattress or gel infused memory foam layer on a mattress is a great option providing both bounce and cooling qualities.

    Gel infused memory foam provides a restful sleep experience especially for those with higher body temperature or who tend to sweat as they sleep, and it also has a better open cell structure than standard memory foam or latex, making it more breathable and airy. 

    Pocket Spring Mattresses

    Chelsea 6 Turn Pocket Spring Mattress SG | KS | Double | Queen

    Mattresses with pocket spring systems allow each spring to work independently from each other supporting the correct positioning of your body and only responds to the pressure applied to that area. This helps to prevent “roll-together” while reducing the transfer of movement to other areas of the mattress. 

    Adjustable Beds and Mattresses

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    Adjustable beds and mattresses are a very popular option, initially designed to cater to people that suffer from certain conditions that may cause pain or discomfort, now becoming increasingly more popular for all! They give you the freedom and flexibility to individually change your position from prone to upright, including adjusting the position of your legs, without affecting the positioning of your sleeping companion!  Adjustable mattresses can also prove practical for people that are prone to snoring as this could be a result of incorrect sleep positioning, so if you have a snorer in your household, this could be a great option. 

    There are many other factors to consider.

    • Need more space?  Try a bigger bed and a bigger mattress!
    • Do you and your significant other sleep in very different positions? A medium mattress is a great choice!
    • Not sure where to start? Come and see us!

    The knowledgeable team at beds n lounge direct have many years of experience when it comes to both sleeping and mattresses, so get in touch and let them help you find your way to a better night’s sleep!

    And as you’re buying at wholesale prices, it’s a great decision worth sleeping on!

    Memes About The Property and Housing Market That Will Make You Laugh

    Thought you saved enough to buy a home? Think again.

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    Let’s face it. We are in a housing crisis right now.

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    While some of us may already own a home, we still want our kids and loved ones to be self-sufficient and survive in this dog-eat-dog world. But in this economy?

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    It’s not like we have any control over the price of property and housing, right?

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    Maybe, if we close our eyes and pretend nothing’s wrong, the housing market will go down?

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    Let’s just sit back and laugh at the inevitable.

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    Mindfulness as an Introvert

    Does being around people drain you? Do you find yourself having to fake interest in a conversation? Do you get random bouts of anxiety after a long day?

    Then you may need to step aside and recharge.

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    Mindfulness as an Introvert

    As a kid, I used to feel spontaneous bursts of emotions, fatigue and irritation mostly. Other than being an extremely hormonal teenager, I realised that I had always felt drained and unsettled around other people or large crowds. I was really only able to balance myself once I had learnt about introversion and extroversion; You might think that these are just labels, but they actually help describe people’s energy levels around social interaction!

    So if you’ve figured out you’re an introvert like me, I’ll give you some advice to keep in mind. It’s good to keep note of when you start to feel tired before you end up feeling completely exhausted.

    Tips for an Introvert

    1. Isolate yourself first.
      • If you derive energy from within yourself, you won’t be able to think clearly or sort your thoughts out with other people around you. Give yourself time and space to process your thoughts.
    2. Rationalise your emotions.
      • If you’re feeling unusually anxious or irritated, take a breath. Regulate your emotions by working through your thoughts at your own pace. Ask yourself why you might be feeling upset, and take steps to help your emotions calm before taking action.
    3. Do activities to clear your mind.
      • Sometimes taking a step back isn’t enough. Sometimes you’ll want to do things on your own, or be in a bustling, energetic environment without wanting to talk to anyone. Whether it’s being productive or taking a stroll at the beach, there are many ideas for introverts to enjoy on their own!
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    Solo Activities for Introverts

    • Driving with music
    • Cleaning around the house
    • Going out for lunch a cafe by yourself – If you’re feeling productive, take your laptop or work with you!
    • Solo trip – If you have the resources, I highly recommend a trip out of town to purge yourself from a busy and stressful lifestyle!
    • Gym – Fitness is a great activity to release endorphins and relieve depression and anxiety!
    • Running errands
    • Grocery shopping
    • Reading a book in your own home or at your local park
    • Furniture and appliance shopping – Not sure if it’s just me, but I feel so accomplished when I purchase ‘adult’ necessities!
    • Self-care with a spa day
    • Writing – A great outlet for expression! Blog writing, fictional writing, journal writing; Not only does it clear your mind, but it refines your literacy skills!
    • Baking
    • Gardening
    • Take a trip to the Museum or Art Gallery
    • Visit a local event in your area
    • Curl up on the couch and watch a movie with your best friend! – Sometimes, all you need is that one person who doesn’t make you feel misunderstood!
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    Your 4-step plan to boost your immunity

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    Naturopath and Kombucha City founder Gail Matthew looks at how you can boost your immunity to prevent getting sick or speed up your recovery post illness.

    With Covid-19 and winter flus and bugs continuing to take hold right across New Zealand, there has never been a more important time to focus on ensuring you have a strong immune system. Whether you are trying to avoid getting sick in the first place, or whether you want to build up your strength after an illness so you don’t get sick again, there are steps you can take to support your wellbeing. Here’s a four-part action plan.

    1. Support your adrenals

    When you have a severe illness such as Covid or an extremely bad flu, it puts extra stress on your body, impacting your adrenal glands. Adrenal glands are part of your body’s hormone system and control your body’s response to stress.

    If our adrenal glands go into overdrive to deal with the extra stress created by being sick, they have nothing left to support our recovery or to help our body fight the next bug or virus that comes our way.

    One way to support your adrenals is with herbs – Withania (also known as Ashwaganda or Winter Cherry) is one of the best herbs for this purpose but Licorice and Rhodiola are also good.

    Most health shops will be able to sell you an over-the-counter adrenal support supplement.

    It’s also important to do everything in your power not to put more stress on your body. Routine is key to this – our bodies respond well to rhythm and routine. Get up at the same time, eat breakfast at the same time, and go to bed at the same time, before 10pm or earlier if you feel tired. Make sure you get lots of rest – even 15 or 20 minutes sitting on the couch counts. Mini breaks can really help, especially when you are in recovery mode.

    Don’t exercise unless you feel up to it. Exercise is good for you unless your body is really tired. A handy rule to follow is that if you go for a short walk and you feel fatigued, you shouldn’t be exercising. If you go for a short walk and you feel energised, you are ready to exercise again.

    2. Get help for your immunity from herbs and vitamins

    As well as the herbs that work with your adrenals, there are other natural helpers that will support you to build up your immunity.

    Taking Echinacea for a short period is a great way to boost your immune system. With natural remedies, the earlier you start taking them, the more effective they will be. So, if you feel a niggly sore throat coming on, hit the Echinacea. It’s best to use the

    Vitamin C and zinc also help with immunity. Liposomal Vitamin C is more effective than regular Vitamin C because it is more easily absorbed by the body.

    Finally, if you feel as though you are lacking in energy, it would be a good idea to start taking a high-quality Vitamin B complex.

    3. Eat your way healthy

    Another way to support your immune system is to ensure you are getting a wide spectrum of vitamins and nutrients from your food.

    Eat lots of vegetables – aim for a ‘rainbow plate’ with lots of different coloured vegetables to increase the range of antioxidants you are consuming.

    Fermented food will increase the microflora in your bowel which boosts your immunity by creating an environment where it’s easier for your body to absorb the nutrients from the food you eat. Stock up on some delicious kombucha from Kombucha City, or add other fermented foods such as cultured yoghurt, sauerkraut, kimchi, miso, sourdough bread or fermented sausage to your diet.

    Fall in love with soup. If you are recovering from illness it can be taxing for your body to breakdown whole food but it can absorb nutrients from soup. Soup is a great way to get a variety of vegetables into one meal. Also, because you are eating the liquid the vegetables were cooked in, you are not losing any of the nutrients. It’s fine to blend the soup if it makes it easier for you to eat.

    4. Sleep, sleep, sleep

    Sleep is essential because it allows your body to rest and recover.

    Listen to your body and do what it wants. If you are falling asleep in front of TV, head to bed instead of watching the last 15 minutes of your show. If you are tired at 6pm, it’s ok to hit the sack early. Or even better, schedule in time for an afternoon nap so you can make it through the evening.

    Get into a healthy sleep/bedtime routine. Start getting ready for bed at 9.30pm so you will have your head on the pillow ready for sleep by 10pm. Follow a similar pattern each night – for instance, turn off the TV, put your cup in the dishwasher, then brush your teeth and wash your face so that you train your body to know when it’s time for sleep.

    Boosting your immune system will help you fight off infectious diseases and feel healthy all the time, making it easier to enjoy all the gifts and challenges life brings.

    3 Winter Breakfast Recipes to Warm Up Your Morning

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    Does waking up to cold feet and chilly weather make you want to curl back under the covers? We’ve got a few delicious recipes to warm up your morning!

    As working women, we understand that not all of us have hours to spare preparing a nutritious meal, so we’ve collated a few simple, and time-efficient recipes for you.

    Start your day off right with these 3 Winter Breakfast Recipes!

    Low-Carb Coconut Keto Porridge

    Quick and easy, this delicious porridge recipe is full of nutrients and fibre to jumpstart your day! There’s nothing like a warm bowl of porridge on a chilly morning!

    Ingredients:

    • 2 tablespoons of Golden Flaxseed Meal
    • 2 tablespoons of Coconut Flour
    • 2 tablespoons of Chia Seeds
    • ½ cup of Unsweetened Almond Milk
    • 2 tablespoons of Heavy Cream or Coconut Milk
    • 2-3 tablespoons of Sugar-Free Maple Syrup
    • 1 teaspoon of Vanilla Essence
    • For cinnamon – add 1/2 teaspoon of ground Cinnamon
    • For brown sugar – sprinkle over 1 tablespoon of Brown Sugar or Sweetener
    • For double chocolate chip – add 1 teaspoon of Unsweetened Cocoa Powder and 2 tablespoons Dark Chocolate Chips

    Steps:

    1. Place the dry ingredients into a small saucepan and mix together.
    2. Add the remaining ingredients.
    3. Place the saucepan over medium heat and whisk the ingredients together for about 10 minutes until it has thickened and is warmed through.
    4. Pour into a bowl and top with your favorite toppings – we recommend extra Sugar-Free Maple Syrup and chopped Pecans.

    Overnight Oats with Chia Seeds

    This super easy recipe can be prepped the night before for a quick getaway in the morning! No need to make a mess in the kitchen while you’re in a rush!

    Ingredients for the base:

    • ½ cup of Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
    • ½ cup Milk of choice
    • ¼ cup of non-fat Greek Yogurt
    • 1 tablespoon of Chia Seeds
    • 1 tablespoon of Sweetener – Honey or Maple Syrup
    • ¼ teaspoon Vanilla Extract

    Instructions:

    1. Place all ingredients into a large glass container and mix until combined.
    2. Cover the glass container with a lid or plastic wrap. Place in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or overnight.

    After your build your base, you can begin to add in toppings, either the night before, or before serving:

    Peanut Butter & Jelly

    • 1 tablespoon Strawberry Jam
    • 1 tablespoon Peanut Butter
    • ¼ cup diced Strawberries
    • 2 tablespoons crushed Peanuts

    Apple Pie

    • ¼ cup Diced Apples
    • 1 tablespoon chopped Pecans
    • 2 teaspoons Maple Syrup
    • ¼ teaspoon Cinnamon

    Banana Nutella

    • ½ sliced Banana
    • 1 tablespoon Nutella
    • 1 tablespoon crushed Hazelnuts
    • 1 tablespoon Chocolate Chips

    Almond Joy

    • ¼ cup shredded Coconut
    • 1 tablespoon chopped Almonds
    • 1 tablespoon Chocolate Chips
    • 2 teaspoons Maple Syrup

    Healthy French Toast

    If you’re craving something a little more sweet and filling, try this healthy French toast recipe!

    Ingredients:

    • 4 slices of Wholewheat Bread
    • 2 Eggs
    • 1 cup of Milk of choice
    • ½ teaspoon Cinnamon
    • ½ tsp ground Nutmeg
    • 1 tablespoon Maple Syrup
    • ½ teaspoon Vanilla Extract
    • ½ an Orange – Juice and Zest

    Steps:

    1. Add the eggs, milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, maple syrup and orange juice and zest to a bowl and mix well.
    2. Dip the bread in the mixture one slice at a time until the mixture soaks in to it.
    3. Add a little butter to a pan and add the soaked slices of bread. Cook for around 2-3 minutes on each side, turned every minute or so.

    Need some topping ideas? Click here.

    If you try these recipes out, post them on instagram and tag us! Let us know what you think!

    New Zealand’s Bali getaway – The Secret Garden Cafe

    New Zealand’s Bali Getaway – The Secret Garden

    Heading out to the east coast? Cruising down the Bay of Plenty? Check out Waihi’s best kept secret!

    This little cafe is mostly known by the locals, and is slowly becoming more well known by travellers through social media! The Secret Garden in Waihi Beach brings a touch of Bali to the comfort of our own country!

    So of course, we had to try it out and let everyone know: Is it worth the hype?

    Starting off, the decor is GORGEOUS!

    If you’re seeking a tropical Bali getaway, then this is for you! Circling the cafe are wooden gazebos with low Indonesian tables, designed for sitting on the ground while eating a meal. These give an authentic feel to the place, and brought me back to memories of my home country from when I was a child. Trees surround each table, providing some privacy from other tables around. I personally LOVED this part of the cafe. It was peaceful, it was unique, and it was quiet.

    Bean bags are provided for comfort, and the gazebos provide great shade from the sun. The trees sprout fresh fruit and figs, and Balinese statues It’s a beautiful place to take photos, and soak in the experience of Bali in New Zealand.

    While they offer European cafe-style meals, and Mexican dishes, I ordered the Pineapple Smoothie bowl, which was absolutely delicious and loaded with nutritious ingredients, such as granola, cacao nibs, and coconut flakes. The staff were also incredibly kind, which was not what we were expecting as their online reviews had criticised staff for being rude and disinterested.

    Let us make it clear that this was NOT the case.

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    Everything was absolutely beautiful, and the food tasted amazing! If you’re heading out to Waihi, or passing through to the Bay of Plenty, make sure you stop at The Secret Garden for a light snack or lunch. We would definitely come here again!

    You can visit The Secret Garden at 17 Wilson Road, Waihi Beach, 3611.

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    3 Easy Pancake Recipes For You To Try Out

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    Craving those hot Sunday morning pancakes? Well, we’ve collected 3 easy pancake recipes for you to try! Make them for the kids, or just for yourself!

    3 Easy Pancake Recipes for you to try out

    Good Old Fashioned Pancakes

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    Now this is one that everyone’s mums and grandmothers know how to make. The Classic, Old Fashioned Pancake recipe is sure to cater to everyone’s tastes.

    Ingredients

    • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt, or more to taste
    • 1 tablespoon white sugar
    • 1 1/4 cups milk
    • 1 egg
    • 3 tablespoons butter, melted

    Steps

    1. In a large bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar all together. Create a well in the center and add the milk, egg, and melted butter. Mix until smooth.
    2. Heat a frying pan over medium-high heat. Lightly butter the pan.
    3. Scoop the batter onto the pan, using approximately 1/4 cup of the batter for each pancake. Cook until the pancakes are golden brown on each side.
    4. Serve alone or with toppings. For some topping ideas, scroll down to the bottom of the article.

    Buckwheat Pancakes

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    Rejoice, dairy-free and vegan pancake lovers! This recipe contains no animal or dairy products, so you can enjoy the taste of pancakes without compromising on your lifestyle.

    Ingredients

    • 1 cup buckwheat flour
    • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 3/4 cup + 1-2 tablespoons unsweetened almond or cashew milk
    • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar or lemon juice
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 2 tablespoons maple syrup

    Steps

    1. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon in a mixing bowl and mix well.
    2. Add the rest of the ingredients and gently fold together until the mixture is wet. Aim for a clumpy texture, and avoid over-mixing.
    3. Let the batter rest for 8-9 minutes. Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat.
    4. Spray the pan with non-stick cooking spray. Scoop the batter onto the pan, using approximately 1/4 cup of the batter for each pancake. Cook until the pancakes are golden brown on each side.
    5. Serve alone or with toppings. For some toppings ideas, scroll down to the bottom of the article.

    Flourless, Banana Pancakes

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    This one is a unique recipe. Unlike the traditional recipes, this one doesn’t use flour, eggs, or butter in the batter. Instead, the core ingredients are healthy and nutritious, and can even be enjoyed by the gluten-free lifestyle.

    Ingredients

    • 1 cup gluten-free (or regular) rolled oats
    • 1/4 cup milk (or substitute with other milks)
    • 1 banana
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
    • 1 tablespoon sticky sweetener of choice
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    Steps

    1. Combine all the ingredients in a blender until smooth.
    2. Allow the batter to rest for 5-10 minutes.
    3. Preheat a non-stick pan over medium-high heat. Scoop the batter onto the pan, using approximately 1/4 cup of the batter for each pancake. Cook until the pancakes are golden brown on each side.
    4. Serve alone or with toppings. For some toppings ideas, scroll down.

    Toppings for your pancakes

    Not sure what to put on your pancakes? Here are some ideas:

    • Frozen Berries
    • Nutella
    • Greek Yogurt (Flavoured, for an extra taste)
    • Syrups and Sauces: Lemon, Caramel, Chocolate, Maple, Golden
    • Ice Cream
    • Whipped Cream
    • Fresh Fruit
    • Berry Composite (Berries, sugar, water, boiled in a saucepan)
    • Cocoa Powder
    • Cream Cheese (Goes amazing with berry composite)
    • Granola
    • Custard
    • Jam
    • Bacon
    • Cinnamon
    • Mascarpone

    Let us know if you enjoyed these easy pancake recipes!

    Detox for beginners – 8 easy tips

    Naturopath and Kombucha City founder Gail Matthew shares why detoxing boosts your health and gives some suggestions to get you started.

    Our body has an amazing natural detoxification system, with the liver, colon, kidneys, lungs and the skin all working together to get rid of toxins.

    However, the toxins we are exposed to every day from our food, water and the products we use are greater than any other generation in history and, if left to build up, they can overwhelm those organs, leaving us feeling unwell or at risk of disease.

    That’s why it’s good to give our bodies regular breaks from toxins. But that doesn’t have to mean fasting or just drinking juice for three days. Rather than a restrictive, possibly dangerous, detox, it’s better to take a few simple and achievable steps to support your body to get rid of the nasties you don’t need.

    Try following the suggestions below for two weeks – or if that seems too hard, even a week of focusing on reducing your toxic load will make a difference.

    Detox tips

    • Ban booze – why not give Dry July a go and cut out alcohol completely. If you can’t do the whole month, commit to one or two weeks. Stopping drinking gives your liver a chance to recover which will have a big impact on the way you feel. Even one glass of wine every day puts a strain on your liver. Check out the non-alcoholic cocktail recipes on the Kombucha City website. Or just drink our yummy kombucha by itself. Tip it into a wine or cocktail glass and you can still enjoy drinks with friends or family.
    • Exercise every day – every system in our body works better with movement, including our digestive system. The good news is that you don’t have to do intense cardio exercise to boost your body’s ability to detoxify. Look to increase your step count rather than getting your heart rate up. Aim for a minimum of 5000 steps a day. If you already achieve that easily, push yourself to increase your daily steps to 7000. Most phones come with a step counter or there are several good free apps you can download.
    • Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Your kidneys need water to work on removing toxins and your bowel needs water to function effectively. Support these amazing organs by keeping your fluids up.
    • Introduce green tea into your diet. It is rich in antioxidants and acts as a natural flush for your system. It will boost your immunity and help protect your liver. If you don’t normally drink green tea, don’t go overboard. Start with one cup a day.
    • Improve your bowel health by adding fibre and fermented foods to your diet. Increasing your consumption of food and drinks such as kombucha, cultured yoghurt, sauerkraut, kimchi and miso will increase the good bacteria in your gut, which will improve bowel function and support detoxification.
    • Consider a supplement to support your body. If you can afford it and want to give your body some extra detox support, Vitamin C is important for removing toxins. Or you could try an over-the-counter liver support supplement short term to give your liver a boost.
    • Go natural. Try to keep personal care products as natural as possible as toxins are absorbed through our skin. Think about the washing powder and make-up and skincare you use. Be aware of what’s in your cosmetics and look for those that contain as fewer chemicals as possible. If you are going to buy one natural product, make it lipstick. Whatever you put on your lips, you eat, so keep it as toxin-free as possible.
    • Rinse your dishes after you have washed them – when we put dishes straight from soapy water into the drying rack, there is likely to be residual soap that stays on plates and cutlery. That can end up contaminating the food we eat off them or with them.

    Once your two weeks is up, you might find that it’s easy to maintain some of these good habits. Many people report that regular detoxing improves their immune system and their digestive health, helps them sleep better, gives them more energy and boosts their mood. What’s not to like about that?

    Stay fashionably warm this Winter with these style tips

    Winter is finally here! And for us Kiwis, we all know what that means: powerful winds, freezing weather, and cold, wet rainstorms.

    While it’s easy to stay warm with a simple hoodie or sweater, if your looking for that extra element in your wardrobe to stay fashionable, you’ve come to the right place!

    Check out these style tips to stay fashionably warm this winter!

    Firstly, Layering

    Layering doesn’t have to be just a plain t-shirt under the itchy sweater you got last year for Christmas. Mix in different fabrics and lengths. A silk shirt will keep you warm and comfortable as a base layer, while a cashmere-silk blend sweater will look classy and keep you warm without generating too much heat. Additionally, a coat would add that extra element to your look, perfect for that added layer of warmth and style. Choose different lengths to either complement or contrast with your inner layers.

    Outer Layers

    Of course, polyester coats are not everyone’s forte. There are a range of winter outerwear, such as leather coats and jackets, padded or puffer jackets, sherpa lined coats (sherpa lined denim jackets if you’d prefer), parkas for a more casual look, or quilter coats and jackets. If you have a disdain for hoodies or sweatshirts, these are your go-to outwear pieces.

    Avoid Cotton

    Number one tip for winter is to avoid cotton at all costs! While cotton is extremely breathable and comfortable, it is a fabric that retain water and moisture, making it an unsuitable fabric for winter weather. Aim for wool, silk, fleece, nylon, or polyester to keep you warm.

    Snug-fitting clothing

    You would think the more fabric you wear, the warmer you’d be, right? Incorrect. Baggy clothing allows air to flow more freely inside, trapping cool air and moisture close to your body. Instead, choose more snug-fitting pieces, especially for your first and second layers. Fleece-lined leggings or skinny jeans will keep your legs warm, and also balance out various or oversized layers on your body.

    Review: Aquaviva IV Lounge – Parnell

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    Review: Aquaviva IV Lounge in Parnell

    Let’s face it: If you’re a business owner or entrepreneur, busy parent or work in a high pressure environment, you’re probably like me: living in a hyper driven world of high expectations and sleep deprivation which we all know can lead to a whole lot of stress, potentially leaving us is a state of ‘dis-ease’. Burning the candle at both ends is not a great place to be and can lead to complications with our health, impaired judgements, bad eating habits, nutrient deficiencies and of course, burn out. Been there, done it and just quietly, I knew I was on the brink of it again.

    I, by nature, am a super over achiever.

    I’m never focussed on one project because I always have a 20 on the go. My brain doesn’t stop and as I’m ageing, I’m starting to see AND FEEL the effects of doing too much for too long, so when gorgeous Editor of Eye Magazine and all round goddess Vanessa Bennett looked at me and said ‘you need an IV infusion’ part of me freaked (due to my needle phobia) while the other part of me almost cried with gratitude. With a family history of Vitamin B deficiencies, anaemia, diabetes, weight issues and other concerns, I’ve tried my best to live well and eat well, however most mornings it takes a good cup of coffee to get me going.

    Intuitively, my body was crying out for attention and this was an opportunity I couldn’t turn down.

    I’d read about these treatments online.

    I subscribe to a lot of international magazines and IV treatments have long been the secrets of celebrities, so in my aim to live the boujie celebrity lifestyle I knew it had to be done. For someone who is challenged with needle phobia and a touch of anxiety, how was I going to cope? That’s where this place is different.

    Aquaviva Medical Center and IV Lounge provides a ‘holistic’ patient-centred approach to medicine, focusing on prevention and root cause. Lead by DR Ulrich Doering, this family owned and run business oozes calm and tranquility, much like the good doctor himself.

    My first port of call was the consultation room where I shared my own wellness journey and my hyper driven lifestyle challenges, and while a weight loss treatment was on my list of interests, it became clear that an infusion of B vitamins, liver support and energy boosting supplements were exactly what the doctor ordered. Literally.

    Exclusive IV infusions

    Their infusions are exclusive to their IV lounge, personally sourced from world class labs in Europe with more than 40 years of research and development undertaken. Treatments have been designed to support your immune system, anti-ageing and cell regeneration, energy, mood, stress, your metabolism and so much more and there is literally something for anyone who is feeling ‘sub par’: Not necessarily sick, but less than optimal.

    FYI: they also have infusions designed to support those going through treatment protocols or patients with chronic illnesses such as diabetes, dementia and cancer therapies, ‘providing thorough evaluation and treatment of acute and chronic medical problems using anthroposophical and conventional approaches as appropriate and in accord with the patient’s wishes.’ Brilliant.

    After consultation, I moved into the IV lounge – a super classy environ with comfy leather seats and stylish decor – and that’s when Christian, a qualified paramedic, talked me through the process. His manner, much like Dr Ulrich’s, was calm and informative with his paramedic training shining through. Even for a nervous Nelly like me, he managed to talk me through calming breathing exercises and before I knew it, we were all done. A tiny scratch and we were ready to go with the infusion!

    Over the course of the treatment, I sipped on a gorgeous green tea blend and was checked on several times as I chatted to others or zoned out watching instagram reels. 45 minutes flew by and the removal of the IV drip, well……. I didn’t feel a thing! No pain, no anxiety: just time out and a top up. Love it.

    Immediate results

    The first thing I noticed about 30 minutes into my treatment was a lift in my general brain fog. With all the stress I’ve experienced recently I also felt a lift in my mood and could sense glimmers of my old ‘energiser bunny’ self returning. This is good news and I look forward to experiencing more of the benefits over the coming days as these super nutrients make their way around my body. For now, for formerly needle phobic me, this has been a great success. I thank both Dr Ulrich and Christian and their calming manner for that.

    To find out more about their full range of services, head to their website: https://www.aquaviva.nz/

    Top tips for a healthy digestive system

    Look after your digestive system and it will look after you – naturopath and Kombucha City founder Gail Matthew tells us how.

    Top Tips For A Healthy Digestive System

    Digestion is one of the body’s most important processes – food is our body’s fuel and we can only keep going if our digestive system can extract the nutrients we need for energy, growth and cell repair.

    When we are talking about digestion, we are not simply looking at what happens in our stomachs – our digestive system starts in the mouth and ends at the anus, and it impacts almost every organ and system in our bodies as it breaks down carbohydrates, protein and fats, removes toxins and extracts nutrients, then eliminates waste.

    In fact, 80 per cent of our immune system lies within the gut, and our digestive health can even impact our mood and mental health.

    So, how can we best support our digestive system? Here are a few simple tips that you can incorporate into everyday living.

    • Aim to eat balanced meals offering a wide variant of nutrients and a good variety of fermented food so you can replenish your gut from a variety of probiotic sources. Delicious Kombucha City kombucha is one way to add fermented foods to your diet but you can also try cultured yoghurt, sauerkraut, kimchi, miso, sourdough bread or fermented sausage. Get nutrients from a variety of protein sources – don’t forget about nuts and seeds – and make your plate a rainbow with as many different-coloured foods as possible
    • Ensure you are getting enough fibre. Your body needs two different types of fibre. Soluble fibre creates a gel as it dissolves which can help digestion in a number of ways including reducing blood cholesterol and sugar. It’s found in apples, citrus fruits and psyllium – in fact, all fruits and veges have some portion of soluble fibre in them. Insoluble fibre (found in wholewheat flour, wheat bran, rice bran, nuts, fruit and vege skins) supports bowel health and regularity by drawing water into your stool, making it softer and easier to pass without strain.
    • Stay hydrated. The digestive enzymes in our bodies need water to work effectively and liquid also helps everything move through your system, reducing the risk of constipation. But you don’t want to flush out the nutrients, so it’s best to drink half an hour either side of eating or limit the amount you drink with meals.
    • Eat slowly and mindfully. In order for our digestion system to work properly, we need to trigger our parasympathetic nervous system, which is also known as our rest and digest response. For that to happen we need to be calm and relaxed. So don’t watch TV, look at your phone or work while you’re eating – activities that can raise your stress levels will make it harder for your body to digest food.
    • Chew your food well – this not only produces smaller chunks of food for your body to digest, it also acts as a trigger to the digestion system that food is on the way so it kick-starts all those important digestive processes.
    • Don’t eat late at night. When we sleep, our digestion naturally slows down as our metabolism enters a resting state. Heading to bed soon after you have eaten can cause issues such as acid reflux or indigestion/heartburn.
    • Keep moving. Exercise is essential when it comes to bowel transit – the time it takes for food to move from the mouth to the anus. Ideally, transit time should be about 24 hours. If it takes longer than that, waste material can build up in your body and you can have issues such as constipation and bloating. Moderate exercise such as walking is great – you don’t need to get your heart rate up to get your digestive system working. But your body can’t do its job if you are sedentary all day.
    • Reduce your alcohol intake to support your liver. The liver has to process the toxins we ingest, such as fragments of pesticide that may remain on the fruit and vegetables we eat, so they can be removed by the bowel. If we overtax the liver by drinking too much alcohol, it becomes less efficient.
    • Get a good night’s sleep. Digestion is one of the processes that takes place while we rest. If you are trying to survive on a few hours of sleep, your digestive system will not have enough time to work its magic.

    Making a few simple changes to support your digestion will improve your overall health and wellbeing.

    How To Co-Ordinate The Colour Scheme Of Your Home

    How To Co-Ordinate The Colour Scheme Of Your Home

    Brought to you in association with beds n lounge direct

    Is your home feeling a bit ‘tired’? Perhaps it’s time to consider a makeover! And sometimes it can be as simple as a fresh coat of paint or some new furniture that can really make a difference!

    Creating cohesion

    We know that creating a colour scheme for your entire home can seem like a daunting task – choosing a colour scheme for one room can be very difficult, so choosing a colour scheme for your entire home takes a lot of thought and effort. 

    Using an entire house colour scheme along with some room colour psychology and tips for choosing the right paint colour can help you choose the right colour to transform every room, every time. Not only will having a complete home palette with colour transitions make decorating decisions easier, but using the colours in the palette will create a beautiful transition from room to room. 

    For example, if you’re looking for a warm palette and your default neutral is beige, you can use shades of orange or brown for curtains, rugs, single armchairs, and more. Preset neutral colours will match your home and make your work – if you’re still working from home – more comfortable.

    The Bounty 3 Seater Recliner Sofa + 2 Seater Recliner Sofa + Single Recliner

    Continuity and colour pops!

    You don’t have to use the same colour scheme in all rooms, but you should match the colours throughout your home, especially if it has an open floor plan. The ‘least complicated’ way to combine colours throughout your home is to use the same three or five colours in every room. It seems more obvious to use consistent colours in an open space or small space, but even in a house with separate rooms, you don’t want to turn a corner and get the jarring effect caused by an out of place colour. If you want all of the individual rooms, like the bedrooms and bathrooms in your home, to have a different colour and your home doesn’t look like a circus, expand on the existing colours by adding colour accents. Cushions are a great way to do that!

    The Cypress 4 Seater Corner Chaise with Sofa Bed

    Tone on tone

    If you want your room to have a subtle yet elegant colour scheme, you can use colours next to each other and apply them to the different furniture and decorations in the space. You can then work on the finer details for the rest of the room, tie the decor together, and ensure consistency across the colour scheme. If you’re looking for a way to more easily decorate the perfect room, try a free online colour generator OR add the name of your favourite colours into a search engine and add in the words ‘colour palette’ and you’ll find loads of images turn up with a bunch of different combinations incorporating your preferences. 

    The Parklane Ultra Euro-Top Latex Rubber 7 Zone Pocket Spring Mattress Queen Size

    Creating cohesion

    The colours you use in your home should not be chosen individually, in isolation, but with your entire home in mind. You may not want to start painting every space, but look for fabrics or fabrics that use your colour and decide which colour will look best on the walls. Since paint is cheap and can match almost any colour, it’s best to start your colour search with less flexible elements of the room, such as furniture, textiles, tiles, or wallpaper. 

    The Pinegate Coffee Table

    Build your palette

    One of the best ways to build a palette is to find ways to use the same colour in different shades and hues. It is believed that only complementary colours or harmonious shades can be used together for the whole colour scheme of a home, but as long as they work tonally, unusual colour combinations will work and most importantly can be adjusted to suit the room according to the natural light that the space receives and the time of day the room is used. 

    If you’re not sure where to start, consider taking photos of your space and bring them over to the team at beds n lounge direct

    The Rosa Accent Chair

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