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!!

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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

Raw Coconut & Brazil Nut Truffles (Vegan & Paleo)

Coconut and Brazil Nut Truffles via Teffy's Perks

These truffles have stolen my heart. Honestly, I could just sit in a corner and happily munch on these.

The filling has an incredible condensed-milk like flavour which works so well smothered in chocolate and sprinkled with some shredded coconut. It’s a delicious sweet dessert (or snack!) that tastes absolutely indulgent and yet is still something your body will also love! Continue reading

Dandelion Leaves and Weeds Stir Fry

Dandelion and Weeds Stir Fry via Teffy's Perks

I love how simple and quick making a stir fry is. Actually, stir fry was one of my go-to meals while I was in University.

I could simply grab a bag of stir fry mix at Tesco’s for £1, throw it in a wok, top with soy sauce and there, dinner was served! It was both efficient and tasted yummy!

This dandelion leaves and weeds stir fry just takes it to a whole other level! It’s packed with flavour from the leaves and the mushrooms, with some amazing spice from the ginger, the spices, and the tamari sauce (similar to soy sauce except that it’s naturally gluten free and fermented. Be sure to find a Non-GMO brand!)

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Creamy Superfood Chocolate Smoothie

Smoothies are one of my favourite breakfasts.

It’s what I have during the week to start my day right, and it keeps me full and happy until lunchtime (which is key, as I’m horrible when I’m hangry!) I used to have full blown breakfasts and sometimes be super hungry by lunchtime, even if I often felt full after my breakfast. With smoothies though, I feel they nourish me more and I can keep on going for longer without having to reach for a mid-morning slump snack. Love ‘em, and love ‘em even more when they mean I can have dessert and chocolate for breakfast!

Superfood Chocolate Smoothie via Teffy's Perks #cacaosmoothie #superfoods

One of my favourite things about this smoothie (besides the flavour) is how full of goodness it is! Since they’re so many delicious flavours going on, the spinach goes by unnoticed, so if you’re new to the whole green smoothie thing, then this is most definitely going to suit you! Continue reading