This is one of the best salad plates you'll ever have to learn. Simply, because you don't really have to learn anything at all. So long as you have some fresh produce around, then you'll be able to throw something like this together any evening. I have however, for ease and education, given this recipe as a foundation to create amazing summer salads for lazy evenings, or for when you need to impress friends with limited time.  The key is to always have a few staples on hand. I always have a jar of tahini in the pantry, a good quality cold-pressed oil like hemp, avocado or organic olive, and a range of nuts, seeds and ancient grains in the pantry. From there all you need is seasonal produce which can vary widely to suit all your tastes, and then optional haloumi, meat of your choice or salmon to add some protein. To keep this vegan, simply add some nutritional yeast and an extra serving of mixed nuts and seeds or throw home made falafel together to serve.  Salad plate (recipe serves 4) You are welcome to create this on each plate by spreading the ingredients evenly across 4 plates,...

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Suffering digestive issues but no idea why? Then these 5 tips will make sure you're on the right track before you go see someone professionally. We also take a look at why smoothies bowls are the new craze and why you should totally accept this craze.    In my clinic I would say almost 90% of my clients are coming in with digestive issues. Many are not even coming in for that reason, but as we delve into why they're not losing weight, why they're struggling to meet their goals, or why they're having fertility issues it would be almost dangerous to ignore the crucial role that their gut health plays in all these areas. You literally repair and build every aspect of your body, brain and hormones through the food you eat so if your digestive system is not functioning at its best you will not be absorbing the most out of your food. You cannot simply eat good food - you must use it! For most people, it only takes a few small changes and they're well on their way to healthier digestive function. If you're not sure how serious your issues are then you should at the least be...

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We all know how amazing a well made raw cheesecake is, but it's quite daunting to make our own sometimes. Our guest recipe this week comes from a very talented nutritionist, blogger and dietician in the making Amanda Whitford, and it is simple and fast to create.  Dairy, refined sugar and gluten free for a decadent yet healthy option to share with good friends, raw vegan desserts are in fact a great chemical free alternative to traditional cheesecakes and ice creams - especially great to share on these warmer evenings.  Base 1 cup ground almonds3/4 cup raw almonds, soaked for an hour3/4 cup dates, soaked and drained1 tablespoon cacao powder1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract Place almond meal nuts and cacao in a food processor and process until combined. Add the other ingredients and blend until the mixture forms a ball. You may need to break this up and re blend if it is not well mixed – depends how good the food processor is. Press this mix into the base of a lined loose bottomed cake tin (I only line the bottom). Filling 3.5 cups soaked raw cashews (at least 4 hours of soaking)3/4 cup cacao powder, or pure cocoa...

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Recipe for 4 2 chicken breasts*6 cups of mixed greens (I used a mesculin and microgreen mix)1/2 cup walnuts2 large avocado 2 tablespoons tahini2 tablespoons olive oil2 tablespoons black sesame seeds *I cooked a whole roast chicken and allowed it to cool. I shredded the chicken breasts and set aside for this salad while sharing the rest of the chicken with friends for a light dinner the night before. You're welcome to simply roast two chicken breasts or cook falafel for a plant-based only option.  Arrange equal portions of salad greens onto plates, and top with walnuts and shredded chicken. Mix the olive oil and tahini in a small bowl.  Slice 1/2 an avocado per plate and place onto the chicken, pouring a little dressing on each and topping with sesame seeds to garnish.  If you're taking this for a picnic simply throw all the ingredients into one large bowl, mix well and take combined. 

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Spring has well and truly come to the party and with the increase in temperature, in our desire to be outside, and of course with summer around the corner, let's look at the top 5 plants coming into season this spring, what they're good for, and how to store them. If you're good in the garden then you might like to grow some of these beauties yourself, or look for your local markets for the freshest options.    Beetroot We can't write out anything on spring veg and not include our favourite of all time. Coming into its real season in November we love the rich source of betalains that give it its red colour. These red pigments help boost the body's natural detoxification processes and are also anti-inflammatory. It is the main reason we use them in our heart beet juice. You can store the roots in your vegetable drawer, but don't forget their leaves are also edible so enjoy sliced in salads and store in your crisper.    Watercress This is an underrated and under grown vegetable in most homes. Rich in vitamin C, folate and vitamin A, this is an exceptional salad ingredient. While it can be...

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