Deliciously Healthy Red Velvet Pancakes

Oh god these pancakes. Where to begin?

I think I’ll start from when I fell in love with red velvet for the first time. I had just moved to London in my teenage years and was having my first birthday celebration. One lovely lady got me these amazingly coloured cupcakes from Hummingbird Bakery as a gift, the famous red velvet cupcakes. It was love at first bite. See, I thought that red velvet was this incredibly magical flavour, but little did I know that it is, in fact, only chocolate and colouring! Mind.blown.

Deliciously Healthy Red Velvet Pancakes

Anyways. moving on from the fact that my world was shattered when I discovered it was only a chocolate cupcake that had been coloured. That actually meant that I could re-create it at home!

Which is exactly what I’ve done here with these pancakes. These are sooo delicious, you wouldn’t even believe they are healthy and full of goodness. Not a fake food colouring in sight! Instead we use the amazing, brightly coloured, and oh-so-versatile…. beetroot! Don’t worry though, these don’t taste like vegetables in the slightest. I actually got Matt to try and guess what I had used to get this colour and he was clueless. Continue reading

Ginger Snickerdoodle Cookies (Gluten Free)

This cookie is just such a beautiful combination of two amazing ones – the ginger and the sugar cookies (also known as snickerdoodle!).

The ginger and the cinnamon just go together and give it such a warm taste, while the coconut sugar gives it a super addictive crunch! It’s soft on the inside, just as a cookie should be! These ginger snickerdoodle cookies are quickly becoming a household favourite (I’ve made them twice in less than a week!) and I just love how they taste just like Christmas!

Ginger Snickerdoodle Cookies

These delicious cookies are also gluten, grain, and refined sugar free, so it’s all the fun without any of the bloating and sugar crashes usually associated when eating cookies. But don’t worry, they actually taste delicious, you wouldn’t even guess they were full of goodness! Continue reading

Christmas Vanilla Chai Milkshake

I love how warming chai tea is. The cinnamon and cloves are just like a nice big hug, and the cardamom and cloves add such a delicious spice to it that I can’t seem to get enough!

The first time I tried it was at Starbucks, where I had their chai latte. It was love at first sip, and whenever I passed one in London (which is just about everywhere!) I had to go in and get one. Since going off refined sugar and dairy, I needed to find an amazing alternative that would keep me happy without having to compromise on flavour, and since it’s currently summer in Sydney (though it’s been super windy and rainy lately) I decided I needed a clean summer version of my addiction.

Christmas Vanilla Chai Cashew Milkshake via Teffy's Perks

Besides the amazing healing spices from the chai I’ve also added some cashews and banana for creaminess, and mesquite and lucuma powders for a superfood kick. Also, mesquite has an amazing, caramel-ly taste to it that goes so well with this! And since for me there is no such thing as a shake without vanilla, I’ve added the seeds from the vanilla stalk, which just gives it the most gorgeous speckled look!

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8 Tips For Staying Healthy Over the Holidays

Hello lovelies! I can’t believe we’re so close to Christmas, it’s crazy!! December has truly crept up on me this year, and it seems time is just going by so quickly!

Christmas is such a beautiful time. The decorations go up, family gatherings happening everywhere you look, gifts, beautiful wrapping paper, and all-round merriness. Christmas can also be a very stressful time though, especially when it comes to our health. We have work gatherings and lots of gift buying to juggle along with trying to maintain a sane mind and body. With so much going on it is super important to keep our health and our bodies happy and strong!

Tips For Staying Healthy Over the Holidays

Here are my best tips for staying healthy over the holidays! Continue reading

Goji + Walnut Breakfast Cookies (Gluten Free + Vegan)

Mmnmm cookies. I remember watching Rugrats as a child. Did you guys watch it? There was this little girl called Angelica that was completely obsessed with cookies. Like completely.

I identify with her in that. Cookies are my weak spot, and I just knew I had to create a healthy version if I wanted to survive. I also wanted some delicious cookies I could have for breakfast because, well, why wouldn’t you want to have cookies for breakfast?!

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These  goji + walnut breakfast cookies are super delicious and the perfect grab-n-go breakfast! They’re soft on the inside, the perfect healthy breakfast cookies! Continue reading

What I’m Loving Lately 5.12.14

What to Pick up At a Flea Market!

I loved this post by The Kitchn on what things are best to pick up on a trip to a flea market! I sometimes felt myself hesitant on getting certain items at flea markets, as I was never sure if it was a good idea or not, and now I know!

Especially love how they also give tips about when to pass it up – something I definitely need to have under my belt!

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Natural Beauty: Goodbye Cellulite! Coffee Body Scrub

I know you must be thinking I’m crazy, saying that a coffee scrub can help you rid yourself of those pesky dimples, but I promise you I’m not lying!

Coffee contains caffeine, which, when applied directly to the skin frequently, provides it with antioxidants and helps to tighten the problem area. Since we’re using it as a scrub, we’re also massaging the area which stimulates the blood flow and gets rid of dead skin!

We’re also adding coconut oil for it’s amazing moisturising properties, tea tree oil for it’s anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, and Epsom salts which help eliminate toxins from the body and help relax!

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Flower Power Brazilian Açaí Bowl

I love having smoothies for breakfast, but sometimes I need something with a bit more substance to it, but not as warming or filling as porridge.

That’s when I have smoothie bowls! They’re light and refreshing, and just remind me of having ice cream with tons of toppings for breakfast! They’ve been popping up everywhere on the internet, and people everywhere seem to be going crazy for them, especially for one in particular – the açaí bowl!

Flower Power Acai Bowl via Teffy's Perks - the best brazilian acai bowl ever! #acaibowl #smoothiebowl

Growing up in Brazil, açaí bowls were just another thing we had (and loved), so when the world started falling in love with them I found it kinda funny, as people everywhere were talking about açaí as if it was this cool new thing when in fact it had been around for ages! Continue reading

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