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Wholefood Workshops with Vashte: COMING SOON!

by Vashte on August 17, 2014

wholefoods; glutenfree; celiac; weightloss; fatloss; sugarfree; raw; slowcooked; paleo; workshops; 100% natural; smoothies

Ok my friends. Here it is- the long and the short of it. My last post was in May 2014- it was all about ‘seasons’  in life. I took an unexpected ‘season’ off this site- so I have missed it, and you unless you are connected via instagram or facebook, in which case you will know I have been cooking up a storm!

Sweet Potato Soup

Me- I have little patience for anything technical. This means the cleverness of blogs (I really don’t understand how this thing works.. ) I just lost my entire blog by pressing the F5 key to reload the page… so at this moment I am slowing my breathing down and focusing on relaxing instead of doing what I instantly wanted to do: throw this thing out the window and communicate telepathically with you all. So you see- we all need a good coach in life – even the coaches themselves!

I’m good in person. So I am going to do more of what I am good at! Being around people!!

Wholefood Workshops with Vashte are coming!  They will be: Hands on, you will get down and dirty in the thick of things, you will create master pieces in moments, have fun and learn loads whilst being in a fun, safe environment and sampling the goodies to take home and/or gobbling them up right then and there! And they will be fun! Did I mention fun?!

Wholefood Workshops with Vashte

Wholefoods means making food from scratch with REAL ingredients. No refined sugars, no gluten just delicious food anyone can make… .once shown how.

My Wholefood Workshops will show you how easy it is to make nutritious, delicious meals in moments- food that anyone can eat and LOVE be they:  a calorie obsessed teenager; sweet tooth; savoury tooth;  ‘no time to cook’ Mum or Dad, and especially for the fitness fanatic  spending hours in the gym, on the track or bending it like Beckham in the yoga studio. Have you ever wondered why you spend so much time training but cannot seem to lose the weight? The answers will be in my Workshops!!!! Unlocking the secrets to all the questions you have about healthy wholefood!!! Yay!!

Wholefood Workshops with Vashte will not fall into any cooking ‘category’. They revolve around the food I eat to keep me healthy, lean and energetic. They will include:

  • raw food
  • cooked food
  • slow cooked meals
  • vegan food
  • vegetarian
  • carnivore
  • paleo
  • nuts and without nuts.
  • grains but mostly no grains.
  • natural sugars and how to use them. No refined sugar.
  • celiac meals.
  • smoothies- green and others !!

And certainly not limited to those.

Wholefood Workshops with Vashte are designed to get you involved, have fun and meet new like minded people. I want to show you how easy it is to make delicious food from scratch in moments.

Wholefood workshops with Vashte will show you how to save time AND money for meals.

Wholefood Workshops with Vashte will be 100% natural, or course, as this has always been and will always be my mandate. 

Vashtes Green Smoothie

Are you keen?

Workshops will be small to maintain a relaxed intimate group. The first people to be notified are those who have subscribed to this site ( it’s really easy to subscribe- it is the top right hand box…;) Register your interest in the comments below after subscribing, and or email me here:

Vashte and Raw Protein balls

Coming soon to the Gold Coast! 


Food Made Fun!

Showing you how Food is your Friend, and not your enemy!

Watch this space!!!

Know this: “If the diet is wrong medicine is of no use. If diet is correct medicine of of NO NEED” – Ayurvedic statement.

I am an advocate of preventative medicine through healthy living: Body, Soul and Spirit. Too many people I love have been affected by serous illness and even death. It is high time to move and make some waves. 

Come along to a workshop, have some fun and learn some tricks to keep your taste buds and appetite happier than you have ever experienced them.  Watch the weight fall away WITHOUT BEING ON A DIET.!!!!!!

Live Your Life OutLoud– for a very long time.

xx Vashte xx




EASTER- Homemade Hot Cross Buns- RAW

by Vashte on April 14, 2014

RAW-glutenfree-celiac-sugarfree- wheatfree- dairyfree- all natural

Vashtes Homemade Hot Cross BunsHot Cross Buns. They are everywhere. It is Easter. This year I have experimented with a raw recipe and …found I love it! Not usually a hot cross bun fan myself, but this recipe works. Served warm with loads of butter, or however you like them- you can enjoy knowing that these babies are made from the best ingredients, taste amazing… and there will be no issues as they exit your body on time and gently 😉 

As soon as we all start realising that the stuff in supermarkets is absolute rubbish, the sooner we can all start reinventing and playing with our food- making it taste amazing, and digestible!

I used my dehydrator but if you don’t have one that is OK too. Any recipes where my dehydrator is used in, can be made in the oven as well. Set the oven to the lowest possible temperature with the door ajar. Keep checking your goodies every hour to ensure they are not cooking.  Of course a dehydrator works best but why miss out if you dont have one today?! No need! Improvise :))

Golden Flax Seeds are used in my recipe as opposed to my usual dark flaxseeds/linseeds. Either the dark or golden can be used- they are approximately the same nutritional value- the golden has a lighter taste- so I think better for hot cross buns. If you choose to use the dark seeds- add more date paste to get around the earthy taste of the dark seeds.

I have used sultanas and sugar free dark chocolate nibs in my hot cross buns today. You can use any dried fruits you like- nuts etc… leave out the chocolate if you like your buns more savoury.

Really really important: as this recipe is raw- the uncooked mixture at the end is more or less exactly as the end result will be. If you taste your mixture and it has no flavour– this is how your buns- or any raw recipe result – will turn out. As these recipes are not cooked, and each time you make a raw recipe you may use the same measure, but as ingredients are sourced differently- every single time you make a raw recipe it is going to be different. Make sense? So there should be a  lot of testing as you go with raw food. Make sure you are happy with the result before you form your shapes, and set. The flavour is not going to change too much from that point on. If you need to add more of anything- now is the time to do it! Raw food is not a precise art, not to me anyway!

What You Need:

Handy equipment:

Coffee Grinder to make ingredients like powder. I grind coconut sugar, psyllium, herbs, nuts- in my coffee grinder. Never coffee beans!! I bought the cheapest brand on the market. It works perfectly fine :)

Food Processor: I have been using my vitamix as my food processor but it just doesn’t cut the mustard. I went out and purchased a little food processor and life is so much easier. Again, a cheap model- they all do the same thing.

Dehydrator or Oven: I used my Excalibur. OK -I splashed out on the dehydrator and I think it is worth it. I love it, and use it constantly. If you don’t have a dehydrator yet, improvise and use the oven until you save up and get a dehydrator. (And make space in your  kitchen- they are big, pretty ugly really, and you just cant hide the thing! lol)

Piping bag for icing- or a sandwich bag to improvise!

Bun: (No buns in the oven here!!!)

  • 2 cups almonds.
  • 2 cups ground golden flaxseeds. (Can use brown flaxseeds but they have a more earthy taste)
  • 2-3 cups water
  • 1/2 cup psyllium powder
  • 1 -2 cups date paste
  • 2 Tablespoons cinnamon or mixed spice. More if you like it.
  • 1-2 cups mixed dried fruit/nuts/chocolate (fruits and nuts soaked for at least 2 hours)

hot cross bun mixture

The Cross:

  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 Tblspn coconut sugar- or any other natural sweetener you prefer
  • Water to mix
  • Coconut oil if you like.

How to Make It Work:

  • Grind the almonds in a blender or food processor. You want a powdered result. This is called ‘almond meal’ and you can buy it as almond meal from the shops- already ground. Up to you. Watch the almonds turn to powder. If you go away and leave it on for too long you could end up with almond butter. :) Almond butter is just almonds in a food processor processed for a long time. Simple. Transfer the almond meal/flour into a mixing bowl.
  • Grind golden flaxseeds in the coffee grinder to produce the same flour like texture. Add to the bowl.
  • Add all other ingredients mixing through thoroughly making sure there are no lumps.
  • Taste! Really, really important! Make sure you have a sweet, cinnamon/mixed spice tasting bun. Now is the time to add more of anything should you feel the need.
  • Roll out into bun shapes and place on a lined dehydrator tray.
  • Make the flour paste for The Cross in a bowl. Add more water and coconut oil to ensure the paste is smooth and a paste consistency. It should be runny. If so, place mixture in the freezer for a few minutes to allow it to thicken up.
  • Use an icing piping bag. If you don’t have one, improvise by using a resealable plastic sandwich bag. Put the flour paste in the bag and cut a small hole at one end. Squeeze mixture out the end with the hole in it to make crosses on the buns.

raw hot cross buns

  • Dehydrate for 5-8 hours at 47 C or until you have the consistency you desire.
  • Oven Option: set at the lowest temperature with the door ajar. Check every hour to ensure the buns are not cooking.

Option: add a glaze to your hot cross buns!

Blend some dried apricots and water then apply using a brush over your hot cross buns. Beautiful finish!

You can eat hot or cold. Freeze for long term storage. Remember these are raw buns, so expect a denser product. Eat slowly and mindfully. One bun should fill a person up. This is real food. Wholefood made from clean ingredients. Our bodies do not need as much to feel full. This food is filled with nutrients. You may think raw food is higher in calories- you are likely to be right. Raw food is rich, high in nutrients and provides the goodness and fuel we need for our our bodies, mind and spirit. You can eat 5 hot cross buns bought from the store and still feel hungry. Why? Because there is very little nutritional content found in food from the supermarkets. But the calories remain!! Overfed and undernourished. So I say eating from the supermarket makes a person fat, as they never feel satiated and can continue to eat and eat and eat- without any nutritional value being ingested, only calories being stored as fat

Eat one raw, homemade hotcross bun and I feel full. Happy days. I eat mine once it has been warmed n my dehydrator and then add real butter to it. Pure decadence.

Get your kids to make these with you as well as the chocolates I will post tomorrow. When they get involved with making food, they understand it’s value and appreciate it, as well as respect it better. It’s fun. Have some fun in the kitchen as a family this Easter! Make a mess! What is life without a bit of mess in the kitchen experimenting?!

Easter- remember the true meaning of this time and take time to honour and thank Jesus for coming to this earth for ALL of us; for dieing on the Cross and for the resurrection so that every single one of us has the choice to choose Him, if we desire. Ask Him in to live in your heart, and He will be there. As soon as you ask Him. That is all it takes. Just invite Him in. Easy. 


God Bless you

xx Vashte xx







RAW Food Class

by Vashte on February 27, 2014

rawfood- alkaline- all natural- weightloss- fatloss- wheatfree- celiac- wholefood- SUGARFREE

With Bryn Morgan and Colin Douglas- the guys behind raw food businesses: RawConnections and Rawthentic Organics.

Raw Food Class

I love food. I admit it. I am a foodie.

I share my recipes and ideas here on this space, and post my pics via instagram. Food is fun! Food is my friend! I have finally made peace with food and it is no longer war on food or my body because of what I do or what I think!! Ah the sweet sound of …FREEDOM.

On a Saturday morning you will find me mooching swanning around the Burleigh Farmers Markets. Click HERE for details on where they are.

I have my favourite vendors;

  • The apple man with the legitimate free range eggs;
  • The coconut muffin ladies who have recently opened their very own cafe!! Click HERE for their website; located at 1863 Gold Coast Highway- Burleigh Heads. (used the be the Red Frog but now definately improved!)
  • The meditation peps who do the Vietnamese rice wraps although I’m thinking I won’t be able to eat there anymore as I’m just not digesting the rice wrap so well!
  • The kombucha guys and girls and…
  • Last but certainly not least;  Bryn and Colin- the raw foodies with all the goodies from Raw Connections! Click HERE for their website.

My hands-down ultimate favourite is their raw pizza. I just love the base. It is a dehydrated slice made from a load of nuts, seeds and other stuff. Just scrummy! Then they top it with loads of veges and creamy sauces they have made from vegan ingredients. All very clever.

Raw Pizza

If you are a sugar fan or a self-confessed chocoholic then you will just love their raw chocolate treats, or cheesecakes, or mousses or biscuits..the list goes on. I believe the raw caramel slice is quite famous.  Too sweet for me but not too sweet for most people. I say head down there on a Saturday morning and work through their samples!

Recently Bryn and Colin held a raw food class, so I attended. I am so very glad I did. I have been making treats off the recipes they made on that day ever since and I have been Little Miss Popular as a result! Thanks guys!

Here is a little except from the class via video link. Click HERE.

On the day Bryn made loads of recipes and Colin supervised :) Some of us participated, but I think so many were just in awe of the simplicity of the recipes; that we were busy writing notes and taking photos. I took my big burley 120kg fiancé along too. He was slightly dubious about raw food as a meal- but he left full and satisfied as well! So raw food is not just for those bean poles out there!

We started the afternoon making our own almond mylk. I posted on this recently. Click HERE for that post. I too, had tried making my own almond mylk previously,  but had not bought the nut bag. Big mistake. I just can’t make almond mylk, or any other nut mylk without it. Go get one!

Almond Mylk stages

Followed closely by Raw Nut Meatballs with Zucchini Noodles tossed in Basil Pesto Dressing. Hello !! Yum. The balls didn’t set as time did not permit Bryn to dehydrate them or set them in the fridge. It mattered not, as the taste was delicious! I have since recreated them and got the balls to set. They went down a treat in my usually ‘’cooked food’’ household!- oh and no meat in this recipe either :)!!

nut balls and pesto zucchini

Next Bryn made his Raw Fruit and Nut Chocolate: so simple your kids can easily play with this. Let them eat chocolate this way!

And then…his famous Choc Fudge Brownie– oh baby, this is SWEET. Small pieces are all you need over coffee- if you drink coffee but I would choose a green tea to balance out the naughtiness. And yet, the naughty is not THAT naughty… not when you compare the chocolate you would usually be partaking in.

raw Chocolate Fudge Brownie

More….- he whips up the Raw Cacao Beetroot Cake. BOOM BOOM!

Seriously. If you ever thought raw food was time consuming (as I did) think again. All this food made in the space of two hours- including instruction, answering questions and tasting!!!! On viewing I was sure this cake was not for me as it  looked WAY to sweet for me- but this was the one sweet I could consume all to myself. The topping was the part that threw me, but as the body of the cake was made of beetroot, so there wasn’t that extreme sweetness I associate with raw sweets. Amazing. So amazing I decided to make that cake for my very own birthday party. Belated.

Raw Beetroot Cacao Cheesecake

Think that is enough? Nooooo-not to be outdone by any other food class.. Bryn continued on and created a new favourite of mine: Raw Rice Free Sushi Rolls with Tamari Dressing. Oh yes! Now we are cooking!! Doup ! Now we are ‘talking’ is better perhaps! No ovens here! Raw Vegan Rice Free Sushi. You have to try it to believe it. And yes, my 120kg burley man LOVES this. I have recreated this dish on a number of occasions! No rice, no meat. All vegan. I bet that confuses some people momentarily….

Wheatfree Rice Free Vegan Sushi

And finally we finish with a very special dish: Macadamia Crème Cheese on my favourite pizza bases, or cracker bases. THIS crème cheese… Mumma Mia!!! You have GOT to try it at home!!! AMAZ-BALLS!!!

Macadamia Creme Cheese on Raw Crackers

To totally send us into foodie heaven Bryn and Colin had prepared a take home pack of more goodies they made previously.

Raw Food Take Home Pack

What a day!

What I particularly  liked about this class was the down to earth approach taken by Bryn. He made it all very simple.  A perfect basic class for everyday people to start experimenting with wholefood, left raw.

There are a lot of food police out there, extolling their beliefs on how you ‘must do this, and must do that’; Bryn encouraged everyone there to just give it a go. He wasn’t there trying to ram raw food down my throat threatening that I will  die and go to hell if I don’t switch to raw food NOW. He was very cool in how he just showed us all some great ideas to get us started in playing with our food.

  • And isn’t that what it is all about? Learning to play with food and have fun with it?
  • When we start to have fun, we start to WANT to make the right choices for our bodies and minds. Well I do anyway.
  • When food is not a chore, but a point of interest, then I want to make it tasty and healthy.
  • When I understand how great natural food tastes, looks and makes me feel- then I’m definitely more inclined to choose those options!
  • When I understand how EASY healthy food is..then I’m sold! I love food made easy! Tasty! Fresh!
  • When I learn that food is my friend and not my enemy– that is when the war ends. On food. On my mind. And on my body.

I quite like thinking outside the box and exploring places I haven’t been. It makes it a lot easier when I have good people there to guide me without being so over the top I just can’t relate; and they can’t be bothered. Have you met people like this? The ones who have educated themselves so much that they become so self-righteous and hoity-toity about their wealth of knowledge. Ewww this tires me somewhat. I like kind people with good hearts who are willing to share. Keeping this a reality can allow us to maintain an open enough thought pattern so we CAN change our minds once we learn something new that warrants that change. THAT is wisdom.

I’m truly very stoked, blessed and appreciative for meeting Bryn and Colin at the markets and I thank them so much for this class- and for any more they have in the future. Click HERE to find out about more classes run by the guys. Know that you are in well educated, caring and experienced hands with well over 25 years in the live food world. I am sure Bryn especially is over the moon seeing how very close to mainstream this great way of eating has finally come, and I am sure he has been a very important part of that movement.

How do you meet them face to face? Get down to the Burleigh Farmers Markets and start buying some of their divine wares on a Saturday morning! Start with the raw pizza. Its scrummy! Raw Connections is found int he LOHAS precinct- in the hall with all the organics.

You don’t have to eat ALL raw to enjoy the benefits of raw food. I try to make sure at least 51% or more of my meal is raw to aid with digestion. And I like salads. With no dressing. Easy. Raw Food. Not rocket science :)

Thankyou Bryn and Colin!

xx Vashte xx


Feta and SunDried Tomato Frittata Muffins

by Vashte on September 23, 2013

gluten free, sugar free, wholefoods, weightloss, delicious, easy!!!

Frittata Muffins from Vashte

I use my food as medicine, and make sure my medicine tastes GREAT! For me, life is SO much more than time spent in the kitchen so fast food, made healthy, and fun is my way of life! I get incredibly annoyed when I am presented with poor quality foods, especially in restaurants as I have very high expectations for professionals to know what they are doing, don’t you?

Some people would consider my definition of healthy food as very ‘particular’. I find that interesting in itself, as those very same people are the ones who often present with constant illnesses such as colds, flu’s, bloating, low energy, mood swings, weight issues… and later in life more serious ailments. I think it is worth knowing what ingredients go into my body, and refusing those I know I do not digest well. When you learn just a little about food, flavours and how to make your favourite foods healthy– you get excited and interested in the subject.

What results is a healthy body and mind. More energy. Weight loss or gain depending on your situation and what your body needs right now. Improved relationships as you heal yourself from the inside out. Tasty, delicious food.. and no more microwaved, frozen dinners as your taste buds change to realise that those frozen ‘meals’ are in fact dead foods that taste like cardboard and are stuffed with sugar.

My frittata muffin recipe came about as I wanted to take a plate to my niece’s birthday. I love my frittata’s and often make them to keep in the fridge or freeze them for when I am rushing, but need to eat. Keeping backups for these inevitable events can prevent desperation at meal times resulting in blowing my healthy eating. It is far too easy these days to grab fast food made by big companies, thinking there is some nutritional benefit in it. Fact of the matter is- there is no nutritional benefit in fast food made by them. End of story.

Frittata’s to me are just quiche’s with no pastry. Pastry to me is redundant to my body. Pastry is just fat, with little to no nutritional benefit to my health needs, nor does it taste any good. So no thanks! I do, however, love the body of a quiche- so enter the ‘frittata’.

Frittata’s  made in cafe’s and restaurants tend to be filled with potatoes, sweet potatoes, pasta, and cheeses. Again, I rarely eat any of these ingredients. My body does not like them. They are cheap ingredients on which businesses can maximise profits, to your digestive detriment. So make your own! They are easy, fast and simple. Again, as with most of my recipes- there are no rules so this recipe is a guide. Add, subtract, embellish on my suggestions to make yours better, bigger, tastier!! Go for gold!

I used a muffin tin so these frittata’s are frittata muffins! They cook easily and you have bite size snacks for any time of the day! Yay! Fast, healthy food!!

Frittata Muffins from Vashte

What is in them:

  • Coconut oil for greasing the muffin tin
  • 400g premium grass fed mince
  • Chopped up veges- whatever you like! I have used onion, carrot, zucchini, baby broccoli, spinach and tomatoes. Approx 1-2 cups.
  • 12 free range eggs
  • 220g cottage cheese
  • Freshly chopped herbs. I like coriander, and I usually add cayenne pepper to aid with digestion, as well as caraway seeds
  • Option: Top with feta cheese and sundried tomatoes. If you are watching your weight, leave the topping as these frittata’s do not need the topping to be delicious. There is enough good fat in the eggs to assist with healthy weightloss. Adding feta could hinder your progress. If you are maintaining your weight- no problem, enjoy a little feta!

Frittata Muffins from Vashte

How to make them work:

  • Preheat your over to 150-180C.
  • Lightly grease your muffin tin.
  • Saute onions and brown the mince in a frying pan. Allow to cool slightly.
  • Whisk your eggs in a bowl, then add all other ingredients to the bowl.
  • Simply spoon your frittata mix into each muffin pot, ensuring you get a nice selection of all ingredients in each little pot.
  • Top with feta cheese and sundried tomatoes if you are using them.
  • Cook for approx 15- 30 minutes, depending on the strength of your oven.

Frittata Muffins from Vashte

Do not worry about them sticking to the edge. Once they are cooked properly they will come away from the edges and easily turn out onto a wire rack to cool.

This recipe makes at least 20 frittata muffins! They are best served warm. They can be frozen for later, and eaten as a snack anytime!


xx Vashte xx






Spinach and Coconut Water Smoothie

During the week I am not a big breakfast eater. I used to start with eggs and veges; egg whites and veges; smoothies with protein and fruits; gluten free cereal (has to be soggy for me to eat it so that takes a while for the rice/almond/cashew milk to soak in..hence too much time!); or an omelet. These days, as I am not pumping iron (never have really), I don’t find I need all that food first thing. To me, these meals mentioned are very substantial and, listening to my body, I find they slow my digestion down. Now days I enjoy these breakfasts as a brunch in the weekend- not all at once mind you! -If you lift weights in the mornings or are in an active job/lifestyle- you would likely need to eat differently to me.

Most days I walk or jog first thing on an empty stomach aside from a sip if water or two. One major caveat is- I have to fall out of bed,throw on my clothes and GO. Clothes prepared the night before or therein lies an issue. I cannot think about anything, nor engage in conversation with anyone, and most certainly and definitely no snuggles up for that last minute or two when you are the most comfortable in your warm bed! Or it is over red rover and there is no walk and certainly no jog. Bad. Very bad state of affairs. No thinking allowed- just do it. That is my motto (thank you nike)- but, at this time in the morning-  I can not even think of that! Just throw on daggy clothes + Cap and gloves, leave house, walk, then jog. And then wake up, during said walk.. and life is seen through rose coloured glasses even when it is raining.  Once it is over. 😉

Breakfast for me needs to be light. All I need and want is something to fill the gap, and not slow down the cleansing process my body is still working through. I can consider a more solid meal around 11am or after. Before that, I am still cleansing. Yes breakfast IS important. Do not get me wrong there- but I choose to keep mine light.

Today for example this was my choice- my alkalising spinach and coconut water smoothie topped with cinnamon.  It was delicious. It was light. It was nutritious. It was alkalising. It was detoxing. It filled the gap. It was more hydrating than the 1.5L of water I had already ingested after my walk/jog.  Why? It was made from coconut water. Some (not all) benefits of coconut water are:

  • It’s a natural isotonic beverage, with the same level of electrolyte balance as we have in our blood – it’s the fluid of life so to speak
  • Coconut water is more nutritious than whole milk – Less fat and no cholesterol
  • Coconut water is more healthy than Orange juice – Much lower calories
  • Coconut water is better than processed baby milk – it contains lauric acid, which is present in human mothers milk
  • Coconut water is naturally sterile – water permeates through the filtering husk
  • Coconut water is a universal donor – it’s identical to human blood plasma
  • Coconut water is a natural isotonic beverage – the same level we have in our blood
  • “Coconut water is the very stuff of nature, biologically pure, full of natural sugars, salts and vitamins to ward off fatigue… and is the next wave of energy drinks BUT natural” – Mortin Satin, Chief of the United nations Food and Agriculture Organisation
  • Coconut water contains more potassium (at about 294mg) than most sports and energy drinks (117mg)
  • Coconut water has less sodium (25mg) where sport drinks have around 41mg and energy drinks have about 200mg!
  • Coconut water has 5mg of Natural sugars where sports and energy drinks range from 10 – 25mg of Altered sugar. Coconut water is LOW in sugar. VERY good!!!
  • Coconut water is very high in chloride at 118mg, compared to sports drinks at about 39mg.

(taken directly from Coconut Essence Water ‘benefits’ page and based on a 100ml serve.

I love coconut products and coconut water is the bee’s knees to me. My favourite brand is from JT’s Coconut Essence based here in Queensland- they deliver online so go for it. If youJT's Coconut Essence Water can not get the real thing- the white, young coconut from the supermarket; then this is the next best ting. It saves you time and keeps you and those close to you, out of danger as you try to handle a meat cleaver type knife trying to open the real McCoy!! (Watch the fingers!) JT’s Coconut Essence is 100% pure- no additives, and the flavour is the closest to the real thing out of all the different brands I have tried. Yes, I have tried a few. Beware of cheap imitations filled with preservatives. Look at the ingredient list- if there is anything other than 100% coconut water in there- you are buying a cheap imposter. (It may not be cheap on your wallet but it will be cheap in nutritional value). Coconut water is coconut water- don’t let anyone mess with it.  You can find JT’s Coconut Essence at GoVita in Robina if you are on the Gold Coast. Or as I mentioned buy online- buy in bulk- you can use it in your cooking, baking, smoothies, or just when you need a refreshing drink.

My Refreshing Spinach and Coconut Water Smoothie Recipe:

2 leaves of spinach (as much as you like really), 1 can 330ml JT’s Coconut Essence Water, juice of one lemon (you could use half as it was slightly tart), 1 Tblspn activated ORGANIC linseeds, 2 teaspoons organic green barley powder, small portion of organic vanilla bean, and a sprinkle of cinnamon- ice. if you need to sweeten, use a small amount of stevia, but it should be sweet enough. Then blend away in your vitamix preferably, but any blender will do! YUM!