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Heal Nourish Believe

The Way We Think

About 2 million years ago we lived in the Stone Age. Humans spent most of their time hunting and gathering as their means of survival. As time went

Watermelon Smoothie

Makes approx 1 litre 6 - 8 Strawberries 3 cups watermelon 1 pear 2 lemons juiced 1 tbsp chia seeds or hemp seeds 1 cup cashew milk Blend

Chocolate Brownie Slice

Ingredients 2 cups of oats blended into flour 1 cup cacao 1/2 cup rapdura sugar 1 cup almonds blended into small chunks 1 cup walnuts blended into small

Dal Palak

Serves 6+ Ingredients 500g large flat mushrooms chopped 4 medium potatoes peeled and chopped 1 inch of ginger finely grated 1 tbsp coriander spice 1 tbsp garam masala

Are Ultrasounds Really Safe?

Ultrasounds. They seem to be a very popular routine procedure for every pregnant woman. But I do question, are they really necessary for everyone? And are they really

Resource List For When You Are Expecting

At The Doula Sanctuary we offer courses that will support, educate and connect you with your pregnancy, birth and parenting journey. We offer the Prenatal Parenting Programme where

8 x Ted Talks & Podcasts on Abortion, Miscarriage & Infertility

I had an abortion....Or maybe I didn't Breaking the silence of pregnancy loss Rainy with a chance of baby IVF, Fertility Treatments & Men  Infertile dad   The sacred

Me as a Miscarriage / Abortion Doula

I need to start with a little confession. I have never actually experienced a miscarriage or an abortion myself. But I have experienced loss. I have experienced relationship

What do I believe about pregnancy and childbirth?

I believe women have an innate inner wisdom. It is the seed to all their power. I don’t mean power in an arrogant, greedy way. I mean the

Creamy Pumpkin Soup

Ingredients 1 kent pumpkin 3 potatoes peeled and chopped 3 sticks of celery chopped 1 tsp turmeric 1 lemon juiced 1 cm ginger chopped 1 tin coconut cream

Berry Yum Smoothie

Ingredients 2 bananas 1 cup blueberries 2 medjool dates pitted 1 lemon juiced 1 cup kale 1 cup celery 1 tbsp hemp seeds 1 cup cashew milk 1

Vegan Cannelloni

You will need: 2 packets of cannelloni tubes 800g spinach 5 cups cashews (soak for 1 - 3 hours) 1 tin coconut cream 1 cup savoury yeast 1

Vegetable Pasties

Ingredients: 12 sheets of puff pastry (I use the Borg brand as it is Vegan) Approx 24 cups of finely chopped veggies of choice. I like to use

Vegetable Lasagne

Ingredients for sauce: 1 broccoli 8 large mushrooms 1 carrot 2 small or 1 large zucchini 200g spinach 1 sweet potato 1 jar of passata 4 tins crushed

Chloe’s Smoothie

Ingredients 2 bananas 1 cup strawberries 1 cup mango 1 cup bok choy 1 tbsp chia seeds 1 cup cashew milk 1 cup water Blend and enjoy

Apple Crumble Slice (with alternative fillings)

Ingredients for filling 1 kg green apples 1 tsp cinnamon Method Peel and slice apples. Place them in a saucepan with a small amount of water to cover

Beet the Blues Smoothie

Makes 1 litre Ingredients 1 beetroot 1 cup carrot 1 cup carrot tops 2 cups mixed berries 1 cup pinapple 1/2 apple 1 cup cashew milk 1 cup

Trusting My Intuition to Homeschooling

Intuition. It's a funny thing as it doesn't always appear logic to the analytical mind. For me personally I've learned that if it feels good, if it feels

Falafel Wraps

Ingredients for Hommus 1 cup chickpeas soaked overnight 1/4 cup tahini 1/4 cup lemon juice 1/3 cup water 1/4 tsp Himalayan salt Cracked pepper Method Place chickpeas in

Sweet Dhal & Veg

Ingredients 1 3/4 litres of water 1 cup yellow split peas (soaked overnight) 1/2 cup basmanti rice 1 parsnip diced 2 carrots diced 2 large potatoes peeled and

Fancy Baked Beans and Scrambled ‘Egg’

Serves 2 Ingredients for Fancy Baked Beans 2 tins organic baked beans in tomato sauce 1 & a 1/4 cups tomatoes chopped 1 cup spinach 1/4 tsp turmeric

Thai Green Curry

Serves 2 Ingredients for curry paste: 1 red chilli, DE-seeded 1 lemongrass stem chopped 1 tbsp fresh ginger 1 cup fresh coriander 6 - 8 tbsp freshly squeezed

Spiced Pumpkin Soup

Ingredients: 1 large pumpkin of choice 2 litres of homemade veggie stock 4 cm ginger 1 tsp cumin 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1 cup red lentils or split peas

Potato & Eggplant Curry

Serves 4 Ingredients for curry: 2 tbsp sunflower cooking oil 1 tbsp finely grated ginger 1 tbsp mustard seeds 1 tsp turmeric 1 tsp coriander 1 tsp cumin

Vegetable Stock

Ingredients 1 cup fresh oregano 1 cup fresh thyme 4 large carrots or 6 - 8 small ones. Add in the carrot tops if you have them. 1/2

Choc Almond Balls

Ingredients 12 Medjool dates pitted 1/2 cup almond butter 4 tbsp cacao powder 2 tbsp maple syrup 1 tbsp coconut oil 1 cup almonds chopped Method Blend all

Raw Squidgy Slice

So I was aiming for a choc/caramel slice. I made these, gave my children a taste test and they all liked it. My 5 year old comes to

Green Detox Smoothie

Ingredients 2 frozen bananas 2 medjool dates pitted 1 lemon juiced 2 cups spinach 1 cup celery 1 tbsp hemp seeds 1 cup cashew milk 1 cup water

Breakfast Overnight Oats

Chocolate Overnight Oats Serves 2 Ingredients: 3/4 cups of oats 2 tbsp chia seeds 2 tbsp cacao or carob powder 2 chopped Medjool dates 2 tbsp shredded coconut

Cashew Milk

2 cup cashews (soaked for 1 - 3 hours) 6 Medjool dates pitted 1 tbsp coconut probiotics 1 tbsp vanilla bean powder 1 tbsp Mesquite powder 1/4 tsp

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad

4 - 6 serves Ingredients: 4 Sweet Potatoes 2 cups chopped celery 2 cups chopped red capsicum 2 tbsp dried dill sunflower oil 1 large cos lettuce shredded

Homemade Crackers & Cheese

Ingredients for the cheese: 2 cups cashews (soaked for 1 hour in water) 4 tbsp. savoury yeast flakes 1 tbsp. coconut probiotics 4 - 5 tbsp freshly squeezed

Pesto Pasta

Serves 6 Ingredients: 500g spiral pasta 2 large zucchinis grated 3 eggplants 12 cherry tomatoes Basil Pesto Ingredients for basil pesto: 90g pine nuts 2 bunches of basil

Almond Bliss Balls

Ingredients 1 cup Medjool dates pitted 4 tbsp. Almond Butter 2 tbsp Maple Syrup 3/4 cup almonds blended into small chunks 3/4 cup oats 3/4 cup shredded coconut

Hearty Tofu Hot Pot

Serves 2 Ingredients: 1 cup pumpkin 1 cup carrot 1 cup celery 1 cup broccoli 1 cup cabbage 1 cup peas 250g firm tofu 2 cups homemade vegetable

Raw Passion Fruit Cheesecake

Ingredients For The Base 1/2 cup almonds or pecans 1/2 cup macadamias 1 cup Medjool dates 1/3 cup shredded coconut 1/2 tsp vanilla bean powder 1/8 tsp Himalayan

Vegetable Soup

Ingredients 2 large sweet potatoes Half jap pumpkin 2 large carrots and carrot tops if you have them 1 cauliflower ¼ cabbage 1 celery heart 1 cup chickpeas

Raw Snickers Slice

Ingredients for base: 1 cup almonds 1 cup pumpkin seeds 16 Medjool dates Method: Place almonds and pumpkin seeds in a blender and pulse into smaller chunks. Transfer

Rice Pudding

4 - 6 serves Ingredients 2 cups basmanti rice 1 tin of coconut milk 4 tbsp, maple syrup 1 tsp. vanilla bean powder 1/4 cup sultanas (optional) cinammon

Nice Creams

Banana & Mango Nice Cream Ingredients: 4 frozen bananas 1 mango 1 tsp. vanilla bean powder 1 can of coconut cream from the fridge 2 tbsp. maple syrup

Veggie Rice

Serves 2 Ingredients for rice 1 cup of basmant rice 1 fresh corn cob 1 cup of peas (frozen or fresh) 1 cup of chopped carrot 1 cup

Where Do Vegans Get Their Calcium From?

I'm standing here waiting for my cows to come home. But if they don't come home, where will I get my calcium from? According to Neal Barnard 'Milk

Raw Caramel Slice

Caramel Slice Ingredients for base: 1 cups cashews soaked in water and 1/4 tsp Himalayan salt for 40 mins - 3 hours 1/2 cup activated almonds 12 Medjool

Fear – Less – Birth

It's not the end that counts. It's the process that gets you there. Personally I enjoyed connecting with my baby far more than worrying about the birth-day. Actually

Raw Lemon Pie

For the base you will need: 1 1/12 cups cashews soaked in water and Himalayan salt for 40 minutes 3 cups shredded coconut 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon

Lemon Cake

Ingredients: 150g activated almonds 150g shredded coconut 300g spelt wholemeal flour 1 tsp bicarbonate soda 100g coconut sugar Zest of 2 lemons 1 tsp vanilla bean powder 1/4

Chocolate Mousse

Chocolate Mousse Ingredients 2 cups cashew milk 3 Avocados 1/3 cup cacao 1/3 cup maple syrup 1/4 tsp of cinnamon Blend all above ingredients and enjoy!  

Fearless Parenting

If you were fear less who would you be? What would you say? What would you do? How would you speak? What would you share? What would change

Raw White Chocolate

Coconut is one of the top foods for a child's brain development. Children eat this chocolate until your little heart is content! Ingredients: 3 cups shredded coconut 1/4

Raw Mango Cheesecake

This is my favourite time of year. When all the stone fruits are in season! Mango, plums, nectarines, apricots, yum! I whipped together this cheesecake yesterday as a

Gingerbread Men Biscuits

Ingredients: 2 cups cashews (preferably pre soaked and dehydrated) 2 & a 1/2 cups rolled oats 1/3 cup maple syrup (preferably A or B grade) 1/3 cup coconut

Raw Raspberry Jam

You will need 1 blender 1 glass jar 1 cup raspberries (fresh or frozen) 6 Medjool dates 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice 1 tbsp maple syrup 2

Scones for Mum this Mothers Day

Makes 12 Ingredients 2 cups of wholemeal spelt flour 1/2 cup rapdura sugar 1 tsp of loving earth vanilla bean powder 1/4 tsp Himalayan salt 4 tsp baking

Chips & Gravy

Serves 2 Make 4 to 6 cups worth of chips: To make chips peel potatoes and slice into desired thickness. (sweet potato chips are also a nice option)

Chia Pudding

Chia seeds are a great source of omega 3, omega 6, protein, several essential minerals, antioxidants and fiber. This pudding can be eaten for breakfast, as a snack

What Is The Role Of A Birth Doula?

I was asked not so long ago, what is a Doula? I explained that a Doula is someone who supports a mother through her pregnancy, birth and post

Ideas That Support Relaxation

Do one thing at a time. Allow your plans to change. Breathe in and breathe out. Don't focus on the wrong. Never compare yourself to others - we

Meditation will support a Healthy Immune System

Meditation is an important practice in one’s life to support a healthy immune system. The immune system was once considered to be a purely physical mechanism of immune