Vegan Fruit Mince Pies

Need a delicious festive recipe? Here’s a great one we came across for a Christmas season staple fruit mince pies! You can use regular butter or you can adjust the recipe to use a vegetable based spread or coconut oil to make them vegan fruit mince pies if you want! These pies are super yum and super easy and so much better than the supermarket version! They also make a great gift for you family and friends over the Christmas period!

Vegan Fruit Mince Pies:

Ingredients

  • 1 large apple
  • 280g dried fruit mix
  • Juice and zest from 1 orange
  • Juice and zest from 1 lemon
  • 30ml dark rum or single malt whiskey
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 ½ tsp mixed spice
  • 150g brown sugar
  • 40g vegan butter, melted
  • 2 sheets shortcrust pastry (make sure your frozen pastry does not contain butter if you want to make the vegan version of these pies)

Method

  1. Finely chop the apple
  2. Add the apple and all other ingredients (except pastry) to a large bowl and stir to combine
  3. Cover and leave in the fridge overnight
  4. Preheat oven to 180 degrees
  5. Take your thawed shortcrust pastry and use a cookie cutter to cut out 8 large circle
  6. Take circles and and gently press into cupcake moulds
  7. Fill each pastry case with mince filling
  8. For the pastry top, cut 8 large circles out of the pastry sheet. Use a star cutter to make a star in the middle of the circle. Place on top of pie
  9. Place in the oven for 15-20 minutes 10.

Allow to cool properly as the fruit will be very hot and then share and enjoy!

Broccoli Salad with Curry Dressing Recipe

Broccoli Salad with Curry Dressing Recipe

This broccoli salad recipe is a favourite of ours! Full of anti-inflammatory spices and magnesium, this broccoli salad not only packs a flavour punch, but it will make you feel great as well. This salad not only tastes great but it’s good for you too, Broccoli is packed with vitamin C and fibre! Perfect as a side dish for any dinner or to take for lunch at work

Broccoli Salad recipe.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 head of Broccoli, cut into florets and steamed
  • 1 red Capsicum, roasted, peeled and cut into strips.
  • 1/2 cup Cashews lightly toasted.
  • 120g Baby Spinach leaves.
  • 1/4 red Onion, very thinly sliced

DRESSING

  • Juice of 1 lemon.
  • 1 heaped teaspoon of curry powder.
  • 1 heaped teaspoon of smokey paprika.
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric.
  • 2 tablespoons of Olive oil.
  • 1 tablespoon Tahini.
  • Salt and Pepper  

METHOD:

  • Put dressing ingredients in a clean jar and shake to combine
  • If the mixture is too thick, combine with a little water until you get the desired consistency.
  • Spray or drizzle olive oil on a whole red capsicum and bake capsicum in a hot oven until the skin starts to blister and soften away from the flesh.
  • Allow the capsicum to cool slightly and peal away the skin (should remove easily) and then cut into strips
  • Steam the broccoli  being mindful to not overcook so it is still firm and then allow to cool
  • Combine all ingredients in a Salad Bowl and lightly toss.

Enjoy!! 😊

August Recipe – Kale Chips

August Recipe – Kale Chips

Health benefits of Kale & Kale Chips

Kale Chips can be a great way to get all of the health benefits of kale in a tasty crunchy snack. I am sure you have heard that kale is packed full of vitamins and fibre making it a true superfood. Kale is naturally high in

  • B vitamins – essential for converting nutrients you consume into usable energy
  • Vitamin C:  essential for the growth, development and repair of tissues. Assists in the development of of collagen, helps us to absorb iron, assist the function of the immune system
  • Fibre – improving digestive function and bowel health, lowers cholesterol and assist in controlling blood sugar levels and maintaining health weigh
  • Magnesium – Good for bone health and calcium absorption

Making your own kale chips is easy and better and cheeper than any you can buy in stores (that are often high is salt). So long as you do not drench them in old and salt. If you keep cooking time under 10 minutes it helps to retain many of the nutrients in the kale

Kale chips are the nicest of treats with the naughtiest taste!!! Give this easy 4 Ingredient recipe a shot, you wont be sorry

ingredients

  • Olive Oil
  • 1 bunch of kale, washed, stems removed 
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Fine Celtic Sea Salt

method

  1. Preheat the oven to 120 degrees while you massage olive oil into the kale leaves. Lay the kale leaves out on a lined baking tray in one layer, being careful not to let the leaves overlap. You may need more than one tray or to do the kale chips in batches.
  1. Combine the garlic and salt in a small dish and sprinkle sparingly on top of the kale leaves.
  2. Bake in the oven until chips are completely dry and crispy. If the leaves are looking a bit brown, try turning the oven down. Cooking them for longer at lower temperature results in greener and crispier chips. 

Enjoy 🙂

July Recipe – Chickpea Dahl

July Recipe – Chickpea Dahl

Chickpea Dahl

Beautiful vegan winter warmer full of fiber and anti-inflammatory spices

  • 1 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 2 Cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 2 birds eye chilli, finely diced
  • 2 coriander roots, trimmed
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, finely grated
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon powdered turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon Thai red curry paste
  • 1 cup Chickpeas, soaked overnight
  • 1 cup red lentils, soaked
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • 1-2 cups boiled water
  • 4-5 green cardamom pods
  • 3-4 star anise
  • 200g diced tomato
  1. Heat olive oil in a large pot and add onion, garlic, chilli, coriander and ginger – fry briefly until fragrant. Stir through curry paste. Add chickpeas and lentils and stir to coat.
  2. Add stock and water bring to the boil and leave uncovered on a low simmer for 2 hours – stirring occasionally. Add diced tomato.
  3. Serve with cooked quinoa and garnish with mint leaves and pepitas

May Recipe – Papaya Smoothie

May Recipe – Papaya Smoothie

Don’t take the warm weather for granted, cold and flu season is just around the corner! Being as it is that the weather is too warm for soup, why not try this delicious immune boosting Papaya and Avocado smoothie?
Just throw everything in a blender and enjoy! If you can handle the spice, throw in more ginger and turmeric for better therapeutic effect. To increase the fibre add a tablespoon of ground flaxseed or chia.

INGREDIENTS

½ ripe papaya
½ ripe avocado
1 teaspoon of Manuka honey
¼ teaspoon organic ground ginger/1.5cm piece of fresh
¼ teaspoon organic ground turmeric
Dash of coconut cream
Pinch of ground black pepper

The road to empowering your pregnancy journey and beyond

The road to empowering your pregnancy journey and beyond

There is no denying that pregnancy is one extremely daunting experience for many women (especially the first-time round, am I right?) and that is OKAY. Comparing the parenting advice from your friend Jane at lunch who has 3 kids under the age of 6, to your mother’s advice which usually revolves around “oh, I never worried about that with you” can be extremely stressful and can make you feel as though you need to pour coconut oil over your entire life to survive. However, there are many support systems in place to help you along the way for both your physical and mental health. This blog article is aimed at shedding some light onto how Osteopathy can assist you on your pregnancy journey. It is NEVER too late to see an Osteopath along your journey, whether you plan to deliver vaginally or by C-section. During pregnancy, there are many structural changes that occur, which can impact on your daily functioning. Due to biomechanical changes experienced during pregnancy, this can result on additional pressure on the spine and pelvis. This may lead to certain musculoskeletal pain and additional ailments which can impact on a woman’s wellbeing. Changes that you are likely to see

  • Shift in your centre of gravity
  • Rib expansion
  • Softening of ligaments
  • Increase in blood volume by almost 50%
  • Mood Swings

Conditions that you might experience.

  • Sciatica
  • Pelvic Girdle Pain
  • Pubic Pain
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Upper Back Pain
  • Leg Pain
  • Swelling of the legs
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Fatigue and Exhaustion (you are growing life remember!)
  • High or Low Blood Pressure

Who are we? I hear you say it in your mind, “Ost-E-O-path…it’s something to do with bones, isn’t it?” correct, BUT we consider all your body systems and how they impact on your wellbeing through our wholistic approach to your health.

  • Government registered allied health care professionals, who attend 5 years of accredited university study inclusive of clinical practice, anatomy, physiology, pathology, neuroscience and osteopathic studies.
  • Osteopathy is covered by most private health funds and by Medicare’s Chronic Disease Management Plans, DVA patients, State Worker’s Compensation schemes and motor accident insurers (1).
  • We take a thorough medical history, perform an extensive musculoskeletal examination and any other special orthopaedic or neurological testing if deemed necessary in the consultation.
  • Hands-on treatment approach to suit your individual wellbeing goals and alleviate pain.
  • We are highly skilled in supporting women throughout their pregnancies. Our role is to be supportive, aid in maternal biomechanics to help reduce pain and possible difficulties with labor.

So, how can Osteopathic treatment during pregnancy help my journey? With limited medication considered safe to take in pregnancy this leaves very few options for pain control. Osteopathic treatment in pregnancy is safe for both mothers and babies and uses non-invasive and gentle techniques that are carefully selected to minimise any risk and to assist the body to adapt to pregnancy-related changes. Pregnancy brings dramatic musculoskeletal changes that alter normal biomechanics, accompanied by ligamentous strain, increased muscle tension and decreased range of joint motion which can cause pain (2). In a recent study, the most common pregnancy related health conditions that women reported were musculoskeletal complaints including back pain at 39.5% (3). A study of 430 pregnant women found that feelings of depression, anger, anxiety and raised cortisol levels were associated with back pain and leg pain during pregnancy (6).

  • As Osteopaths, one of our main philosophies is that structure and function are interrelated and symbiotic. Our treatments aim to normalize the structure so that it functions as efficiently as possible. We use techniques that will assist the natural process of pregnancy and birth by aiding the body to adapt, adjust and align as the pregnancy progresses.
  • We use manual therapy techniques such as soft tissue massage, mobilisation of joints, myofascial stretching and joint manipulation (when deemed safe and appropriate), visceral techniques and Osteopathy in the Cranial Field. Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) is a body-based treatment that offers a conservative, non-invasive option for relieving pregnancy-related LBP while increasing back-related function (2).

Studies suggest that Osteopathic treatment provided during the third trimester of pregnancy lessens or halts the deterioration in back-specific functioning that often characterizes the third trimester of pregnancy and thereby provides an important clinical benefit when used as a complementary therapy (4). They also indicate that providing OMT as a complement to conventional obstetrical care during the third trimester of pregnancy has beneficial outcomes (5). Benefits of Osteopathic Treatment in Pregnant Women

  • Decreased Duration of labor
  • Decreased Sacroiliac Dysfunction
  • Decreased Low Back Pain
  • Decreased Carpal Tunnel Symptoms
  • Decreased Use of forceps during delivery
  • Decreased Likelihood of having a preterm delivery
  • Decreased Blood Pressure
  • Decreased Fluid Overload
  • Decreased Probability of having meconium-stained amniotic fluid (8)

Download our free “Basic Pregnancy Stretches” HERE– Before commencing, remember to take this to your Osteopath, GP, Obstetrician to get clearance.                                      How can Osteopathy help on your post-partum journey? Regardless of the type of labour and birth, women can experience a wide range of postnatal issues that can impact their function. Like pregnancy, there are limited medications deemed safe for breastfeeding. Your Osteopath may advise you to make return visits with your newborn to help prevent or manage conditions to help you meet your baby’s needs, whilst caring for your own. Conditions you may experience post-partum;

  • Back and neck pain due to postural challenges relating to breastfeeding.
  • Fatigue, anxiety or depression due to sleepless nights and the constant changes you experience as a new mum.
  • Incontinence and constipation due to changes in the pelvic floor and pelvic mechanics
  • Lifting babies, prams and capsules causing musculoskeletal strains and sprains.
  • Pelvic imbalance from pregnancy and labour (including C-Sections).

References:

  1. osteopathy.org.au, (2017). Retrieved 12/11/2017. Osteopathy: About Us. From www.osteopathy.org.au.
  2. Hensel, K., Buchanan, S., Brown, S., Rodriguez, M., Cruser, D. (2015). Pregnancy Research on Osteopathic Manipulation Optimizing Treatment Effects-The PROMOTE study A Randomized Controlled Trial. The American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, V (212), p1-16.
  3. Frawley, J., Sundberg, T., Steel, A., Sibbritt, D.,Broom, A., Adams, J. (2016). Prevalence and characteristics of women who consult with osteopathic practitioners during pregnancy; a report from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health (ALSWH). The Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies (available via Science Direct subscription). V (20). p.168-172.
  4. Licciardone, J., Buchanan, S., Fulda, K., Stoll, S. (2010). Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment of Back Pain and Related Symptoms During Pregnancy: A randomized Controlled Trial. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. V (202). p.1-15.
  5. Licciardone, J. (2017). Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment During the Third Trimester of Pregnancy. The Journal of the American Osteopathic AssociationV (117). P.289-290.
  6. Field, T., Hernandez-Reif, M., Diego, M., Schanberg, S., Kuhn, C. (2006). Stability of mood states and biochemistry across pregnancy. Infant behaviour and Development Journal. V (29). p262-267.
  7. Saurel-Cubizolles, MJ., Romito, P., Lelong, N., Ancel, PY. (2000). Women’s health after childbirth: a longitudinal study in France and Italy. International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology. V (107). P 1202-1209.
  8. Lavelle, J. Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment in Pregnant Women. The Journal of the American         Osteopathic Association. V (112). p343-346.