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Monthly Archives: November 2013

So I am female, so the chances of me participating in Movember are (hopefully) non existent.

That was until I made this awesome connection this morning …

I have a green smoothie most days. They are mostly full of kale, banana, coconut water, superfoods and all the good stuff. They are well known now as a great way to get in nutrients and are quick and easy to make.

For those who haven’t come across her yet – Jess Ainscough aka  “The Wellness Warrior” is the queen of green smoothies. She even put out a free recipe ebook on her website when you subscribe to her email. She calls this ebook, The Green Mo Revolution. If you live in Australia you would certainly remember the run of TV commercials for the dairy industry in the 90s where celebrities drank milk and then had a mustache of milk left on their upper lip. Folk in the wellness world know that milk is not actually ok for our bodies. Milk is the one thing that everyone has some form of intolerance to (I learnt this is some allergy and asthma training I did for my work in Child Care). We actually lose the enzyme to digest cow’s milk at 2 years of age. Quite simply, our bodies cannot digest it.

Can you remember feeling bloated and crap after a yogurt or milk shake??

So Jess’ idea was to replace the milk mo with a green mo. Much much better for us, and the poor creatures that have to endure the dairy industry. That’s my vegan evangelizing coming out. If you want to find out more about this, please google it, I won’t go into it on this post.

Anyhoo, if you want to read more about Jess and her wellness world, and get some awesome green smoothie recipes, go to

So how does this all fit in with Movember?? Easy! I am going to make sure I have a green smoothie each day in November. I might even try some new recipes. In the mean time, enjoy this recipe of mine, my most favourite and most basic recipe. A great one to start with if you are new to the green smoothie game. Your taste buds will take a bit of time to get used to eating this way, give it time and don’t quite! Your health will thank you for it!

Al’s Green Smoothie

1 cup of coconut water

3 pieces of frozen banana (Break your nani up into 3/4 inch pieces and throw into a plastic zip lock bag in the freezer)

2 kale stems – only the leaves

Juice of half a lemon, or lime

1 teaspoon of lumuca powder

1 teaspoon maca powder

Blitz in the blender. I don’t have any fancy pants blender, just a regular old Kambrook. If yout blender isn’t too happy with it, do the coconut water and the banana first for a little while before adding the kale etc.

Drink strait away, green smoothies don’t like being left in the fridge or in glass bottles in the light. Makes them go off.


Al x


This is my go to recipe for bliss balls. It never fails me, always satisfies me and on occasion impresses others. It is free of refined sugar, it is vegan (but doesn’t have to be), contains superfoods and is generally full of all the good stuff. Enjoy!


1 cup almond meal

1/2 cups shredded coconut (can use desiccated)

1 1/2 cups sunflower seeds

1/2 cup pitted and chopped dates

1 tablespoon chia seeds

1/4 cup pepitas

1 tea spoon cinnanom

1 teaspoon lumuca powder

1 teaspoon maca powder

1 teaspoon mesquite powder

2 tablespoons of raw cacao powder

1/4 cup melted coconut butter

1/4 cup rice malt syrup or (honey if you prefer)

few swirls of coconut nectar

Plateful of desiccated coconut to roll in.


Get out your food processor, and start with the dates. Then add the seeds. Then it doesn’t matter what order you wack in the rest of the ingredients.

Once all combined, roll into balls about a teaspoon size of mixture, then roll in the coconut.

If you are feeling lazy or don’t have much time, you can line a shallow slice tray with baking paper, and press the mixture into it, and sprinkle the coconut on top.

Put in the fridge to set. These are really nice if you let them come up to room temp when serving, that way the coconut butter is nice and soft and it makes the cacao taste so yum.


Al xxImage