2017 Health and Wellbeing Forecast

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With each new year comes some exciting and sometimes surprising tips and new ways of nourishing ourselves for optimal wellbeing – and 2017 is no different! Here is a sneak peek at my top health and wellness predictions to keep on your radar:

  • Back to our roots

More and more people are fed up with diet trends and restrictions – so rather than trying to figure out what not to eat, think about it differently and focus more on what to eat and who to support. Aim for a diet of all natural chemical free foods that our great grandparents used to eat, and try to support local chemical-free farming.

  • Skin health

As a society, we are obsessed with cleaning our skin daily. But what we don’t realise with all the chemicals in today’s products, we are stripping away our skin’s natural bacteria’s and microbes. Research is revealing that much of the bacteria within us is linked to healthy, functional systems. We are seeing an increased interest in probiotics and other products that improve health from within the body, and greater attention needs to be paid to good bacteria on the skin that is harmed by anti-bacterial products.

  • Adaptogens

These are herbal plants that help you deal with stress factors in your life, and we will see these herbs become essential parts of our lives.  They help balance, restore and protect the body, helping you respond to any influence or stressor, normalising your physiological functions. One of my favourite adaptogens is Holy Basil aka Tulsi – it comes in a tea form, and helps you fight fatigue and stress, boost your immune system, and regulate blood sugar, blood pressure and hormone levels.

  • Gut health

Still big on the health scene in 2017! This time the focus will not only be on the gut but also mouth and skin health. All these are very closely linked to our immune system, so the bottom line is eat foods rich in probiotics and don’t go crazy on all those antibacterial soaps and sprays (not only on your skin but also in your home too!).

  • Plant-based diet

Salads and veggies will continue to be the core of a well-balanced diet.

  • Food waste

This is the topic of most wellbeing conversations now and how we can be sustainable. Australians throw out approximately 345kg of food waste per household per year, which is the same weight as 3 average sized fridges! This is something to really think about – not only that we waste foods and also our money, but we also waste the energy and water that it took to produce these products and needless to say the farmers’ hard work and hours that were put into all of this produce.

My top 3 tips to reduce food waste:

  1. Always check what is in your fridge and pantry before you go shopping
  2. Cook less – as a nation we tend to overcook and over eat because it is rude not to eat everything on the plate right? Think of your wallet and your waistline!
  3. Use up your leftovers – leftovers taste amazing the next day – salads or veggies can be used in a frittata, meat on salads for your office lunch, etc.

About Life COO & Wellness Ambassador Vladia Cobrdova

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CELERIAC, APPLE AND POPPY SEED SALAD

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INGREDIENTS
8 whole celeriac
1 red apple
2 tsp poppy seeds
2 tbsp flat leaf parsley
1 tbsp lemon juice
pinch of salt and pepper
Dressing
2 tbsp natural yoghurt
1 tbsp wholegrain mustard

METHOD
1.Top and tail the celeriac and peel. Grate using hand
grater and place in bowl.
2. Cut red apple into quarters removing the core and slice
into thin slices and add to grated celeriac.
3. Season with salt and pepper and add lemon juice.
4. Add the parsley and poppy seeds and combine.
5. To make dressing mix the mustard and yoghurt in a
bowl and combine well.
6. Add the dressing to the salad and gently fold through
ensuring salad is coated.
7. Serve and enjoy.

 

Recipe by About Life COO & Wellness Ambassador Vladia Cobrdova

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KOHLRABI CHIPS WITH TURMERIC AIOLI

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Ingredients

1 kohlrabi
1 tbsp coconut oil
pinch salt
1/2 pinch pepper
1 tsp garlic chopped
1 tsp thyme chopped

Turmeric Aioli 

3 tbsp About Life aioli
1/2 tsp ground turmeric
grated parmesan optional

Method

1. Peel kohlrabi and slice into 4, 3 cm slices.
2. Cut slices into thick wedges
3. Place in bowl and add the coconut oil, garlic, thyme,
salt and pepper. Ensure all ingredients are combined.
4. Place on a baking tray and put into a pre-heated oven
190 degrees for 20 – 25 minutes until golden brown and
cooked through.
5. Remove from oven and place in serving bowl.
6. To make turmeric aioli add the turmeric powder to
About Life aioli and mix until turmeric is well blended.
7. Finish with freshly grated parmesan (optional)

 

Recipe by About Life COO & Wellness Ambassador Vladia Cobrdova

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Spicy Chicken Baked Eggs

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Ingredients

1 tbsp olive oil

500g chicken mince

1 onion, chopped

3 garlic cloves, chopped

1 tbsp Mexican spice

1 tsp chili flakes

1 tsp salt

2 cups tomato puree

2 cups green beans, chopped

2 cups baby spinach

4 whole eggs

1 avocado

2 tbsp fresh mint

Method

In a frying pan heat the oil, add chicken mince & cook, stirring through for 5 mins. Add onion & cook for 2 mins until softened.
Add garlic, Mexican spice and chilli flakes.
Add tomato puree & ½ cup of water.Bring to a simmer & cook for 5 mins.
Add green beans, spinach & kale.
Make 4 wells in the dish and crack an egg into each.
Cover the dish and cook for another 5 mins or until egg reaches desired consistency.
Serve with avocado, chilli flakes, fresh mint. Serve with flat bread.

 

Recipe by About Life COO & Wellness Ambassador Vladia Cobrdova

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TARO LIME & CHILLI FRIES WITH AVOCADO & CORIANDER SALSA

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This simple root vegetable is packed with nutrition and has the ability to improve digestion, lower blood sugar levels and promote skin, muscle and nerve health.

Ingredients

Taro Fries

  • 800g taro peeled
  • 1tbs coconut oil
  • 1tsp Celtic sea salt
  • 2 limes
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

 

Salsa

  • 2 ripe avocadoes
  • 1tbs olive oil
  • 1/2 juice of lemon
  • 1/2 cup fresh coriander chopped
  • 1tbs chia seeds
  • 1 fresh red chilli long sliced
  • 1/4 tsp Celtic sea salt
  • 1 corn cob – kernels removed
  • 1 punnet cherry tomatoes halved

METHOD
1. Cut taro into chips 5cm long
2. Place on greased baking trays into preheated oven 180°C for 30 min
or until golden and crunchy
3. Meanwhile make your salsa by mashing the avocado, placing in a mixing
bowl and add the rest of ingredients and mix until well combined
4. Remove taro chips from the oven, sprinkle with sea salt, and cayenne
pepper, serve in a bowl with side of salsa and lime wedges

 

Recipe by About Life COO & Wellness Ambassador Vladia Cobrdova

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BLACK SAPOTE CHOCOLATE PUDDING

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Chocoholics this is the fruit for you. Black sapote aka chocolate pudding fruit has four times as much vitamin C than an orange – how’s that for an immune booster! It is also a great source of fibre and potassium. Best when eaten very ripe (soft to touch) this fruit has
a custard like texture that will have you in chocolate heaven (minus the calories).

INGREDIENTS
1 ripe black sapote (chocolate fruit)
1 banana
2 tbs cacao powder
3 tbs chia seeds
1tbs maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla paste
1/4 tsp Himalayan pink salt

Garnish
2 tbs coconut flakes
1 tbs cinnamon powder
METHOD
1. Remove flesh from black sapote* and discard the seeds
2. Place into a high speed blender with all the ingredients
and blend until smooth
3. Pour into dessert cups, top with coconut flakes
and sprinkle with cinnamon
4. Refrigerate for 20-30min or until chilled
5. This will keep in fridge for up to 3 days
*Note: black sapote should be eaten when very soft for best flavour.

 

Recipe by About Life COO & Wellness Ambassador Vladia Cobrdova

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Top 10 Energy Boosting Spring Foods

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Spring has Sprung!

We don’t know about you but loving that some sunshine is back and that summer warmth is back in the air. With a change in season comes a fresh few burst of seasonal produce.

Here are About Life Wellness Ambassador, Vladia Cobrdova’s top 10 seasonal energy boosting foods to stock up on for spring:

  1. Dark leafy greens – kale & spinach are great options
  2. Broccoli
  3. Avocado
  4. Tomato
  5. Beetroot
  6. Brown rice
  7. Bean
  8. Berries
  9. Cucumber
  10. Almond butter

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