Highly processed breads are being avoided by more and more people and for great reason. Being so heavily refined, and with almost zero health benefits, people are making the choice to use more nutrient dense whole foods in their lifestyle instead, and reaping the benefits of nourishing fats, quality plant protein and tasty options.  The Midnight Baker has shaken the system and has been sending her amazing loaf of seed and nut bread around Auckland and even opened her own cafe where her perfect toast is on the menu in so many stunning ways. Vegan, gluten free, refined sugar free is totally the new black.  If you are not in Auckland and have to make your own then you can find a great recipe here I created with inspiration from other seed loving nutritionists, and below I look at a sweet and savoury option you can choose to top yours with.    For the savoury lover - Miso, avocado and edemame smash with chargrilled broccoli This is undeniably one of my favourite combinations. It works perfectly at any meal of the day and you can even add your own hand-smoked bacon or a poached egg if you eat either. A great calcium source...

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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.  It is not unheard of to know someone with digestive issues. As people 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 going to the toilet regularly - ideally daily, and it should be with ease, but not too much.  Here are...

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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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Brilliant Buckwheat and Banana Bread Recipe A seed-like grain; that contrary to its name, is actually gluten and wheat free and comes from a flowering plant related to rhubarb. It is one of the most versatile ingredients in my pantry and one of my most desired. Ground into a flour; it rises and binds better than other gluten free options, goes great in place of rice in hot dishes, but as a raw ingredient; sprouts perfectly for raw salads, bircher muesli, and sprinkled on porridge. If you don't eat oats, then you can use buckwheat exactly the same way to make a protein packed porridge for yourself. For many people with gut issues or IBS, buckwheat when prepared properly sits much better without symptoms.  With a high protein content, this triangular seed packs a fairly decent punch nutritionally. It’s high in fibre for a healthy and active digestive system, is an excellent source of and contributes to a healthy cardiovascular system by being a good source of magnesium, which is required for lowering blood pressure and delivering nutrients through relaxed blood vessels. Here is our recipe for a healthy banana bread using buckwheat flour, making it gluten free, and rich in protein with...

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