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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


I am addicted to this muesli!! A lovely friend gave it to me a year or so ago, and I swear in that time I can count on one hand the times I have NOT had it for breakfast!!


So I thought you might like to enjoy it too! It is gluten free, vegan and very healthy 🙂


Quinoa flakes

Slivered almonds

Puffed rice

Shredded coconut

Pitted dates

Dried cranberries

Puffed millet



Black Chia seeds

Puffed amaranth

Linseed (slightly ground)

Sunflower kernels

Activated bukinis

Either  raw malt syrup, maple syrup or coconut nectar to drizzle

I don’t use quantities, but a basic rule is to

make the majority of the mix puffed rice and sunflower seeds, and add whatever quantities you feel of the rest.

You can put whatever nuts or seeds you have in the pantry. My recipe changes slightly every time depending on what I have, and also my taste at that time.

 Power Muesli 


Combine everything except dried fruit and the “to drizzle” ingedients in a large bowl.

Put the griller of your oven on. Spread mixture thinly on an oven tray. Drizzle over your choice of sweetener. Pop into the oven to brown, will only take a few minutes so don’t leave it.

Place into a ceramic container to cool. Once cooled you can add your choice of dried fruits, and transfer to a plastic storage container.


Pre shake up 🙂



Enjoy with almond milk or rice milk for premium health benefits. Try to keep all ingredients organic, and buy sulphate free fruits.

Tonight I enjoyed a beautiful meal with like minded vegos/vegans at a local restaurant. The restaurant even created a special Vegan Menu for us! Talk about feeling the veggie love! They did such a great job, as vegan food is not something they specialise in. They were not able to offer a vegan dessert (which is ok) so I whipped up this little beauty when I got home, I’m calling it my Raw Vegan Choc Orange Mousse.  I hesitate to call it Jaffa flavoured as it just doesn’t quite cut it!


2 1/4 cups almond milk

1/2 cup hazelnuts, lightly crushed

1/2 cup walnuts, lightly crushed

1 avocado

2 tablespoons chia seeds

1 tablespoon of raw cacao

1/2 teaspoon mesquite powder

1/2 teaspoon maca powder

1 teaspoon lumica powder

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Pinch of Himalayan salt

1/4 teaspoon vanilla essence

2 tablespoons rice malt syrup

1/2 cup orange juice

1/4 teaspoon of orange rind

Few tablespoons of activated bukinis and raw cacao nibs to top


Whack everything in the blender, starting with the milk and avocado so your blender doesn’t clog up. If you find you would like it a little sweeter add some more syrup.

I decided to be a bit fancy and layer some bukinis and choc nibs, to add some crunch, as I was craving some crunch, but you don’t have to.

This will make about a litre of mousse. Keep in the fridge. I reckon I’ll have some more for breaky! 🙂

Al xx

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Today at work again I had a lovely chat with my workmates about my diet, (which I love to do by the way) and what I eat and what I don’t eat. And it really got me thinking about why I eat the way I do, and how that has changed so much over the past couple of years. I am a vegan and intolerant to gluten, dairy and soy.

As an introduction, I will tell you what I eat now:

Fruit and vegies, and plenty of them, and yes that includes potatoes. I try to limit my garlic and onion as it doesn’t agree with me.

At this time of year, soup is king. I have it at least once a day. And I throw everything in. If you follow me on Instagram (alsone765) you will see the sort of stuff I throw in. Everything but the kitchen sink (except for onions, garlic and oil.) And I use Vegetta gluten free, vegan stock.

Herbs and spices – when was the last time you had Cardamom? Rediscover it, its a beauty.

Herbamare is a great seasoning and I put it on just about everything. Even salads.

For butter I use Nuttalex.

I don’t eat bread currently as I am yet to find a gluten free one that doesn’t contain soy or dairy.

Quinoa, brown rice, legumes and beans (chickpeas don’t tend to agree with me)

Nuts and seeds – these make up the bulk of my diet. Nut butters too, except for peanut and only the organic stuff.

My cheese alternative is cashew cheese! It is amazing, you can make it yourself or try the Botanicals Cuisine brand, which is made in Melbourne.

For sweet treats, the above brand also makes ‘icecream’ made out of cashews – so delish but beware it is sweetened with Agave and this does not agree with everyone.

Coconut butter, milk, water, oil, cream etc etc!

My milk alternatives are Almond milk and rice milk.

Instead of Cabury’s or sugar laden chocolate, I make my own or enjoy coconut mylk chocolate made by ‘Loving Earth’. Great brand with a lot of amazing products.

Panty staples include Raw Cacao, Maca and Mesquite powders, ready to pop into a smoothie or Bliss Balls at any given moment.

I don’t eat traditional pasta as it is so highly refined and full of gluten.. (not because I am scared of carbs). I have Mung Bean pasta or make my own ‘pasta’ out of zucchini.

I stay away from anything that is highly processed or full of preservatives. If it is in a box, it was probably made in a science lab. If you can’t recognise the ingredients on the box, then your body won’t either. I buy my fruit and veg from my local green grocer or farmer’s market. Organic first where ever possible. I know this means my shopping bill is high and things are expensive, but If i ever get cancer then the cost will be much higher and on so many other levels.

A wise woman once told me, ‘If it has a barcode, it doesn’t belong in your body” and that’s the way I try to eat. As close to nature as possible, buying my own ingredients to make my own creations. 

Sugar causes cancer. It stuffs around with your metabolism and your hormones, so I don’t eat it. And because by body is free from candida, I don’t crave it either.

Part 2 – coming soon

Al xx