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Foraging and the Living Green Vegan Market

So last weekend was a literal foodie-weekend. I was pumped. Excited. Maybe even a little impatient but I was counting down until I could visit foodie-truck heaven Saturday, in The Forage; and then Vegan heaven Sunday at the Living Green Vegan Market.
Both did not disappoint.
The Forage is basically a bunch of local food trucks and cafes, set up in a big circle with some entertainment and then piles of hay bales and rustic tables dotted around to eat your purchases at comfortably. The sun was out and bright and hot on the Saturday and Wee Man and I were able to find parking and walk up to the truckies.
I knew ahead of time that the Forage was catering for those with food intolerances and choices such a gluten free and vegan. So of course it suited me well. I devoured a gluten free crepe with apple, banana and cinnamon, ohhhh it was good!


Wee Man on the other hand went complete opposite and enjoyed a fried chicken waffle cone from Fricken which he loved and was happy to pose with for photos. We also had a Blue Magic pressed juice from Naked Pressed Juice Co, which was literally perfection, I want more of it.
The sun was a stinker and it was a perfect Saturday to be out and about.
The Forage was held outside at the Little National Hotel and was the perfect size for the amount of food trucks and visitors. So luckily the weather was good as any rain would most definitely put a dampener on the event. The really lovely thing about the event was the opening and closing time, an early afternoon beginning of 2pm and a nice early close, in time to get the kids to bed at 7pm. Definitely add to your 2019 list of foodie visits.

 

On Sunday morning we were up early and ready to be at the Living Green Vegan Market for its 10am open. I was worried about parking but luckily was still in luck from the day before and found one easily just outside of Albert Hall where the market was taking place.
There were a multitude of stalls and businesses set up. Some opposing animal cruelty, some in support of orangutans, books stalls, make up and cosmetics and then of course all the foods. Sweet food, savoury, hot, cold, home bakes, cakes, slices and dumplings.
I let Wee Man be treated to S’mores vegan dumplings for breakfast and I had the most delicious raw nori wrap from Organic Energy, which came with an almond dipping sauce.
We purchased some delicious raw slices from Rainbow Nourishments along with some bliss balls. Veganarchy was also at the event and I purchased a couple of gluten free cupcakes.
This was a lovely event, although I did find I was comparing it to World Vegan Day in Melbourne which is a huge larger event so part of me was disappointed with the size and variety but realistically I should just be happy there are vegan events like this to attend.

Again I would be sure to add this to your 2019 foodie list.

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Coconut Revolution

Have you ever thought about how easy it is to incorporate Coconut Oil into your daily routines?

Coconut Oils can be used for the inside and out side health and wellbeing.
 
I just love the Coconut Revolution range! There are some gorgeous rich, glossy oils that are ideal for cooking and also a range of skin care oil products.
A perfect go-to oil is the Coconut Revolution Thai Jasmine hand cream. Toss this little wonder into your handbag or car glove box and you’re hydrated wherever you are! The Jasmine scent is breezy and I find myself breathing in deeply every time I apply it!

I’m really interested in the benefits of the oil on my skin- I tend to have oily skin but I find it has it’s ups and downs and can also become quite dry.

I made a couple of nourishing face scrubs and masks using Coconut Revolution Oil for Beauty.
This oil is designed to cleanse, moisturise and is perfect for make up removal.
I used a couple of table spoons mixed with organic ground coffee beans as a face scrub.

This was perfect as an end of the day rejuvenation and the Coconut Oil will moisturise and remove dirt, whilst the coffee will help tighten the skin and improve blood circulation. Plus it smells incredible if you’re a coffee fan!!
I created a leave on face mask too. I just added another couple of table spoons of Coconut Revolution Beauty Oil with a teaspoon of organic Manuka honey and a teaspoon of oat meal.

Removing the oil from the face is easy enough with a warm water soaked face washer. Your pores will feel open and clean! Not to mention the sweet breakfast scents from the honey and oats.
The range by Coconut Revolution is huge. Beauty, health, hair, organic, dietary, skin…
Honestly you can find what it is you’re looking for and what suits your needs.
The benefits of these oils are they are organic, cold pressed, natural. It’s a direction most people are aware of and Coconut Revolution makes the pathway easy, simple and vibrant.
Head over to Coconut Revolution and see what I am talking about.
Their range will inspire you to get healthy, make small changes and realise that looking after yourself is easy and simple. 
Click here to find your local retailer.

John’s Nuts

Nuts are a great source of essential nutrients, dietary fibre and minerals such as calcium, iron, zinc and magnesium.
A small handful of nuts can provide much needed health benefits and can actually aid in weight loss.

Roasted? Salted? Raw?

Raw nuts are always best, just like fruits and vegetables, keeping foods in their natural state do hold more nutrients for the body.

Roasted and salted nuts are just as good, although best to limit or avoid if you’re concerned about sodium content.

Nuts contain health-promoting monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats and can help regulate cholesterol.

Being naturally low in sodium, and with high potassium levels, nuts can also assist in maintaining healthy blood pressure.

The perfect place for all your nutty-needs is at a variety-packed John’s Nuts  kiosk at your local shopping centre.

John’s Nuts stock everything. No, I’m not even exaggerating. For the sweet tooth- we all have one, or ten- there’s Turkish Delights, Chocolate Covered Sultanas, Nougat, Baklava and Chocolate Covered Raspberries. 

If it’s just a snack you’re after or nibbles needed for your next party there’s plenty to choose from at John’s. What about some delicious soy crisps (get the honey soy!!), nut bars, salted nut mixes or even cheesy flavoured cashews? 

The dried fruit range is diverse with paw paw, pineapple, dates, prunes, figs, mixed lots and sultanas.

My favourite range is the plain nuts. Although it’s not easy to decide what to fill your bag with; almonds, pistachios, walnuts, cashews, brazil nuts, hazelnuts and macadamias. I spent a while trying to decide what I wanted to take home, and what was most likely to actually make it home! There’s a few mixed types to choose from too, including chocolate and nut mixes.

The prices are good value at John’s Nuts and it’s possible to choose a range of goodies without feeling you’ve over-spent. I walked away with, medjool dates, macadamias, raw cashews, vanilla bean cashews, honey soy crisps & healthy nut bars.

You will be impressed by the customer service at John’s Nuts too. The staff are friendly, talkative and great with recommendations.  Special mention to Paul at Waverley Gardens, fresh faced and genuine with his customers. It’s down to earth service that’s rare to see.

I hope you’ll get the chance to browse and buy from the John’s range. 
Be sure to visit their website and follow them on Facebook and Instagram:
John’s Nuts.

Frozen Yoghurt Cups

Perfect for the warm weather & a healthy alternative to sugar laden ice cream.

You will need:
2 cups fat free greek yoghurt- 
I used Chobani
2 tbs Natvia Natural Sweetener
1 cup Blueberries-
Or berries of your choice

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl until the Blueberries & Natvia are thoroughly combined in the yoghurt.

Spoon the mixture into patty pans placed into a muffin tin. 
Add a few extra blueberries to the top if you like! 
Freeze overnight.
Enjoy! 
Perfect as a healthy, yet sweet treat!

Fruit Straps

Possibly the easiest healthy snack to make. You will need only TWO ingredients.

2 tbs honey
250g berries

Preheat a fan forced oven to 100 degrees.
Blend the ingredients to a smooth pulp.

Using a flat baking tray lined with baking paper, pour the mix onto the tray.

Smooth the mixture with a spatula so it is flat and even.

Bake in the oven for 3.5 hours or until the fruit is leathery.

Allow to cool with the oven off & door left open.

Once completely cool cut into strips, leaving the paper attached & store in an airtight container in the pantry.

 Make sure you have rolled the strips up so they don’t stick to each other when being stored.

Healthy Nutella

Homemade is always better than processed, packaged foods. Making foods yourself allows sugar and fat control. Along with what ingredients you wish to incorporate.

I decided on my version of Nutella as I was craving something sweet, but also didn’t want the added empty calories.

You will need:
2 cups raw unshelled hazelnuts
4 tbs unsweetened cocoa
2 tbs honey
3 tbs melted coconut oil

Preheat oven to 150 degrees celcius and spread the hazelnuts on a baking tray and roast for 10-15 minutes. You will know the nuts are ready when you see the skins flaking.
Let the hazelnuts cool and them rub them between a couple of sheets of paper towel to remove the skins. You may have to do this one handful at a time.

Place the nuts into a food processor and blend until the nuts create a thick butter. They will begin to release their natural oils and become liquidy.

Once creamy add the coconut oil, honey & cocoa. I used Manuka honey for added health benefits but agave or brown rice syrups would work just as well if you’re vegan.

Add any extra sweetener to your taste.

Your ‘Nutella’ will store in the fridge for up to two weeks. Leave at room temperature before spreading!

Nutrition Station

Have you visited the Nutrition Station at Doncaster Shopping Centre?

If you haven’t get down there & check them out!

The customer service is outstanding & the staff were more than happy to show off their range of products & explain to me their food & drink options. The gentleman working brought out menus of their regular food products- unfortunately their supplier was closed over the Christmas period so there wasn’t any meals to sample, but the variety was huge!

 

Nutrition Station also have a loyalty program that works on a points system, for every dollar spent. Trust me, it will be easy to spend dollars at this place as Nutrition Station cater for literally all your health needs! 

The menu displays a vast variety of basic shakes, smoothies, foods & prepacked meals. 

There’s a decent selection of Vegan Smoothies- I chose the Vegan Vigor- protein, coconut water, raw multi powder, walnuts, chia seeds, cinnamon, berries & banana. The drink was well priced and of decent size.

All calories & protein are listed on each menu item for all sizes which is great of you’re on a macro budget.
There’s some delicious acai bowls & frozen protein yoghurts to chose from too.

The Nutrition Station is young, vibrant & has a fresh feeling about it. The menu is inviting & the staff passionate about what they’re doing. Hopefully this company will pop up at more shopping centres in Melbourne, giving those looking for better, healthier options the chance to indulge in something great tasting & nutritional.