What I’m Loving Lately 28.11.14

Can’t believe another week has gone by!

Summer is starting to hit hard in Sydney, with temperatures getting close to 40ºC! It’s super hot and I’m loving it! If you follow me on Instagram you’ll have seen that I’ve escaped to the beach as often as possible, something I intend on doing a lot now that I live somewhere close to the ocean! Heaven!

Anyways! Here are some things that I’m loving lately that I think you lovlies might love too (lots of love in one sentence there!)

Recovery Series from The Balanced Blonde

As some of you might know, Jordan from The Balanced Blonde came out a few months ago saying she was transitioning away from veganism in order to help her get over her orthorexia (unhealthy obsession with healthy eating). She has since started a recovery series which I love reading, and it has featured some amazing bloggers like Jessica Sepel from JS Health and Katie from Chocolate Covered Katie (pictured below)!

Loving Lately - The Balanced Blonde Recovery Series

The Chalkboard Mag

I can’t stop going through the amazing posts at The Chalkboard Mag! They have everything from beauty, fitness, fashion, and nutrition. Honestly, what more could a girl ask for?! You could spend hours on end just going through the posts, interviews, and recipes. I have definitely spent waaay too much time there, but what can I do?! Every time I tell myself it’s the last one, I click on another link. Oops.

I mean… just look at this photo of their Raw Chocolate Truffles! Drool.

Loving Lately - The Chalkboard Mag

Practising Kindness

Gotta love Pinterest for it’s never-ending supply of inspirational quotes!

Being kind is definitely something I’m focusing more on lately. It can be super easy to be kind to others when I’m in a good mood and having an amazing day, but it’s on those not-so-great days where I find myself being snappier than I would have liked. That is the one I’m trying to focus on, the being kind when it doesn’t come naturally, when the easier way out is to release the anger or frustration onto someone else, even if they are not the cause.

It’s still a work in progress, but I’ve gotten better by reminding myself to simply be kind and not take my frustrations out on other people!

Loving Lately - Practising Kindess

The Oh She Glows Cookbook

I’ve got a cookbook wish-list saved, and the next one of my hit list was The Oh She Glows Cookbook, by the amazing blogger Angela Liddon from, well, Oh She Glows!

So many amazing recipes, and the food photography is incredible! I am such a sucker for good photography, I could just look at pretty pictures of food for hours on end (such an exciting person aren’t I?)

She was actually the first healthy food blogger I ever followed, and every recipe she posts is so drool-worth and amazing that I had to get her book!

Loving Lately - Oh She Glows Cookbook

How’s your week been? Anything you’ve been loving lately?

Superfood Spotlight: Kombucha

Have you guys heard of Kombucha? It’s known as the “Immortal Health Elixir” by the ancient Chinese, so with a name like that it’s time we all heard about it, don’t you think?

It’s been around for about 2000 years, but it’s only gaining momentum in the western society now – and it’s about time! This amazing elixir aids in digestion, joint care, and liver detoxification, and also promotes gut health, weight loss, and immune support! All in all, it’s a pretty awesome drink (and it tastes amazing as well!)

The Amazing Benefits of Kombucha Tea

So, how exactly is it so awesome?

Kombucha is a sweetened tea fermented with “SCOBY” (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast) so it becomes a low-sugar but nutrient dense fizzy tea drink! You can get it in so many flavours, but my favourites are the ones that contain ginger. I’ve also recently had a pineapple one which was incredible! Continue reading

Chia and Quinoa Porridge with Rhubarb Compote

Guys, I swear I eat more than just porridge! I just have an amazing relationship going on with my porridge bowl right now, it would be a shame to end it. So just go with it m’kay? Cool, thanks!

Chia and Quinoa Porridge with Rhubarb Compote via Teffy's Perks

Porridge can often be seen as this bland healthy breakfast, but I’m here to prove all those haters wrong! Continue reading

Roasted Squash and Quinoa with Toasted Hazelnuts

I love winter salads.

The colours are always so deep and gorgeous, and there is no such thing as a light winter salad – they fill you up and keep you going so that you can face the cold and keep warm with a happy tummy!

Roasted Squash and Quinoa with Toasted Hazelnuts via Teffy's Perks #wintersalad #quinoasalad

This salad is full of goodness, so when I say that it keeps you full I definitely do not mean the sluggish and heavy kind! Continue reading

How to Eat Healthy on a Budget

“But eating healthy is soooo expensive!”

I hear that all the time, and yes, while it can be true, there is absolutely a way to eat healthy and wholesome foods without breaking bank!

One of the first things we need to do, is change our mindsets. Instead of thinking ‘why is organic and chemical free food so expensive’, we should really be focusing on ‘why is chemical and pesticide food so cheap’.

Here are my 8 tips for how to eat healthy on a budget!

1. Shop at Farmers Markets

When you shop at local farmers markets, not only are you supporting your local farmers but you’re also more likely to get cheaper (and better!) produce than from huge supermarket chains. The food won’t have travelled far to get to you, which means much better nutritional content and more sustainability!

By shopping locally, you buy what is in season for your area, which is very important. Something that has travelled around the globe for days to get to the shelves has probably been picked early to look ripe when it gets to you, resulting in loss of goodness.

Also, if you go towards the end they’re more likely to drop the prices. I once got a bargain for a bag of avocados as they were the runt of the litter and didn’t look the most gorgeous – but they tasted amazing!!

How to Eat Healthy on a Budget Continue reading

Sydney Eats: Sadhana Kitchen Raw Vegan High Tea

As soon as I heard that Sadhana Kitchen in Newtown hosted a raw + vegan high tea I knew I had to go – and my birthday provided the best occasion!

Living in London for 6 years before moving to Sydney, my love for a tea and assorted beautiful treats runs deep. How could you not love getting a gorgeous tower of delicious sweets and savouries? It’s just not done.

Sadhana Kitchen High Tea via Teffy's Perks

You have to start with dessert ok?

On the top tier we had some delicious caramel slices and raspberry tarts. So so good! On the middle tier we continue with the sweets (oooh yeaaa) and had some carrot cake, scones with chia jam, banoffee pie, and more! The banoffee pie and scones were my favourites! Continue reading

My Birthday + What I’m Loving Lately

I had such an birthday!!

If you follow me in Instagram, you’ll no doubt have seen the pictures of my happy self enjoying an amazing raw and vegan high tea at Sadhana Kitchen here in Sydney! I was so excited for it, and had an amazing time! There were sooo many sweets to try, and the raw quiche and pizza were also delicious. All hail caramel slices!

This advice from Polly

I found this from Joanna’s blog, A Cup of Jo, as her assistant Caroline has recently been through a break-up. It was such an interesting read how sometimes women can try and appear good instead of just being themselves. So what if what we feel like we need to cry or scream? If it’s what we’re feeling, then there is no reason why anyone should have to tone it down to seem good or acceptable! No need to go bat shit crazy here, but it’s important to cherish ourselves and what we want/feel! 

The Whole Pantry Cookbook by Belle Gibson

I already had her app and it is one of my favourites, so when the cookbook came out I knew I had to get it! It’s now permanently on my bedside table, and I just love all the recipes, the gorgeous food photography, and the amazing advice from the amazing Belle!

Soy Candles

I love lighting a candle as I get ready for bedtime, it just so soothing and creates a really nice ambiance. I first heard about soy candles from my friend Andrea about a year ago, but this was the first time I got my own! They are natural, release less chemicals into the air we breathe than conventional candles, are more sustainable than the normal candles, and burn for longer! All in all, a winner!

Getting back into Yoga

After travelling for 6 months, you can imagine my yoga practice was practically non-existent. Now that I’m good and settled in Sydney, I’ve found an amazing studio and am so so happy to be back! I can touch my toes again!! I’ve even got my first ever yoga mat, so you know I mean business! When I first tried yoga as a teen, I wasn’t too keen as I found it quite slow, but now I love it!

The New York City Ballet

I loved the first season of the documentary City.Ballet, and have just watched the second season and loved it as well! They’re short 6-7 minute episodes and I just tend to watch it all in one sitting! It’s narrated by Sarah Jessica Parker, and it’s oh so cool. The way they move their bodies is amazing! They talk about everything from relationships to injuries!

Deliciously Ella’s Post on Fats

It’s time to stop fearing (good) fats! Ella explains it brilliantly and it’s worth a read. I eat a lot of fats in my diet, from coconut oil, avocado, nuts, and fish! Avocado lovers, unite! Read it all here!

The Most Amazing Banana Bread (Paleo + Gluten Free!)

I didn’t grow up surrounded by banana bread.

My family was more of a simple carrot cake kind, and banana breads and cakes were reserved for the special occasion where my auntie would magically conjure one up and we’d all devour it within minutes.

Now, I feel like I need to make up for lost banana bread time.

Coconut Flour Banana Bread via Teffy's Perks #paleo #grainfree #glutenfree

I can’t tell you enough how in love I am with this bread! It is honestly the best one I’ve ever had (and I’m not just saying that because I made it!). It’s perfectly moist inside (I know some people hate this word, but I quite like it, so lets go with it!) and it just holds it’s shape beautifully. Continue reading

Raw Buckwheat Porridge with Avocado (Gluten Free + Vegan)

I’ve always been a breakfast person.

I know many who have to force themselves to eat something in the morning or who skip breakfast all-together (big mistake!) but that was never the case with me! When I was younger I’d wake up for school and head straight to the kitchen in my PJs, ready to pour my bowl of morning cereal.

While my sugar-laden breakfast cereal days are gone, the love for a bowl of yumminess in the morning still remains! And nothing says a comforting good morning like delicious bowl of porridge!

Raw Buckwheat Porridge with Avocado via Teffy's Perks #rawporridge #avocadoporridge

Now, I love avocado, and I basically add it to every single meal, so it was only a matter of time until it made its way into my breakfast porridge! It was meant to happen guys, it was meant to. Continue reading

‘Glowing Green’ Apple and Kale Smoothie

I’m always on the lookout for a new green smoothies so that I don’t get too stuck on the same old recipe of spinach & blueberries. Green smoothies are an awesome way to get an extra green boost in the morning, especially since I sneak in some greens with every single meal (or at least aim to do so!)

This apple and kale smoothie will leave you glowing from the inside out, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

'Glowing Green' Apple & Kale Smoothie

We’ve got the apple for a delicious natural sweetness, which works really well with the kale and doesn’t let your smoothie taste too, well, green! We want something that is good for us AND we can enjoy! Continue reading