Juice Detox: Time Saving Tips & Tricks

I’ve always loved smoothies! They are delicious, easy and depending on what you put in them, can make a wholesome meal or snack on the go when time is of the essence. However, after months of pure unrestrained indulgence, I’ve been feeling a little worse for wear. So for the last week or so, I’ve started a liquid detox for 5 out of 7 days a week (as I just couldn’t say no to a cheeseburger on a weekend!), swapping a couple of meals a day for juices, smoothies and soups. While this diet may not suit everyone, I chose a predominantly liquid diet as it allows me to jam pack as much nutrients as possible (without eating buckets of fruit and veggies) as well as giving my digestive system a much needed break!

For me, when it comes to detoxing it has to be easy. If it doesn’t fit into my daily chaos, it won’t be long before I slip back into my indulgent ways! So undertaking this new lifestyle change, I’ve really focused on convenience, speed without compromising on nutrients and have come up with a few tips and tricks that can be easily incorporated into any juicing routine!

Freeze, Freeze, Freeze
Through this detox, the freezer has become my best friend. Buying copious amounts of fruits and veg can get pricey, while frozen berries have always been a stable in my freezer, buying fresh produce in bulk and freezing them when they’re perfectly ripe is a great way to save with no waste. Fruits such as bananas that tend to bruise and spoil faster than you can eat them really benefits from this little trick, they also happen to make a great base for smoothies too! Check out my basic smoothie base recipe here in a previous post.

Green Ice Cube Boosters
Green juices have taken the social media world by storm! The numerous toned to the inch bodies on Instagram has given me green juice envy but juicing daily can be a bit of a chore. To add a little more green each day to my plate (or bottle!) I’ve started making these super simple green ice cubes – pure kale, cucumber, spinach, celery and mint, juiced on the weekends, frozen for convenience. These little veggie shots can then be blended into smoothies or defrosted into coconut water or store bought fresh pressed, organic juice the night before for a bottle of bright green the next morning! You can also create purple cubes with beetroot and watermelon or red ones with carrot and red capsicums for a bit of a kick!Superfood Supplements
Along with my green ice cubes, superfoods are a great way to add extra vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants into your juice or smoothie. Freeze dried acai berries (check that a product is 100% acai as many brands contain fillers such as maltodextrin to bulk up the powder), chia seeds, maca powder and spirulina are some of my favourites. Add a teaspoon or two into your juice or smoothie for a seriously healthy punch!Herbs & Spices
For centuries, herbs and spices have been used for their various medicinal properties. Readily available in most pantries, these humble seasonings can add a real kick to your liquid cleanse. Why not add some grated ginger for immunity, cayenne pepper for detox and circulation or parsley which has a whole host for health benefits or like mine, mint for ingestion.

I find that making healthy dietary changes are so much about good organisation, prepping on weekends, creating good habits and consulting a doctor if you’re making a major dietary change. As with an m Hope you find some of these tips as useful as I have and I’d also love to hear your juicing tips and favourite recipes.

Cassie xx

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Beat Your Sugar Cravings: Chocolate & Acai Bliss Balls

My insatiable sweet tooth has always been my demise when it comes to healthy eating! In an effort to keep my sugary cravings under wraps, I’ve been throwing together these delicious, super nutritious little bliss balls!

These no-bake, healthy treats are super easy to whip up even for the most baking challenged. It’s a recipe I concocted after researching a few different ones online and taking my favourite bits from each. This recipe can be easily adapted to suit your preferences. Play around with different dried fruits, seeds, grains and protein powder, swap the honey for molasses to see what you can come up with!

So what you’ll need:

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup shredded coconut (not dessicated)
  • 12 dates,
  • chopped finely
  • 3 tsp organic honey
  • 4 tsp almond butter
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 tbsp acai berry powder

Add rolled oats and shredded coconut to a blender. Adjust the setting and pulse a few times. The blend should be grainy but not a powder (like in the photo above).

Pour the blend into a large bowl and add the chopped dates, honey, almond butter, unsweetened cocoa and acai berry powder. You may need to adjust the measurements slightly to get the right consistency. If the mix is dry and falling apart when you try to roll up a ball, add a little more almond butter or honey. If it’s too wet, add more coconut or oats.

Now roll up the mixtures into 3cm balls. This recipe should make around 15, give or take how large you make them. Now enjoy straight away or store in an airtight container for whenever you have that sweet craving at school, work, on the go or as an after dinner treat!!

Hope you enjoyed this recipe and let me know how you go!

Cassie xx

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His & Her Smoothies: My Easy Smoothie Recipe Base to Get You Started!

I’m obsessed with smoothies! Not only do they make a great meal on the go (perfect if you’re constantly on the run like myself!) but they can also be a nutritious pick me up during the day. I’m always skeptical of those ready made ones from cafes/smoothie bars as they tend to contain tones of sugar and little raw ingredients.

For me, tasting good is always the first priority! I’ve become accustomed to this simple base that I use to start off all my smoothies, which also doubles up as a delicious banana honey number on its own. Depending on the size of your blender or sweetness preference, you might need to adjust the measurements to suit.

Smoothie Base (serves 1)

1/2 medium banana
1 tsp organic honey
3 ice cubes
300ml unsweetened almond milk (add a little more or less if you prefer a thicker or thinner consistency)

Here are some of my favourite combinations to add to my smoothie base above! But you can also add other fruits, oats, whey protein, acai powder and chia seeds. The possibilities are endless!

My top picks!

Papaya Raspberry Smoothie
1 cup papaya
1/2 cup frozen raspberries
+ smoothie base

Mixed Berry Smoothie
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup frozen mixed berries
+ smoothie base

For my man!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie
1 heap tsp of unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp peanut butter
+ smoothie base

Hope you enjoy these as much as I do!

Cassie xx

Check out my Dad’s giant zucchini in the background!!

The Creative Blogger Award

I’ve been a little slack with my blogging lately. My world in the last couple of weeks has been nothing short of chaos! Between working 12-14 hour days and getting everything organised for my new house, I’ve been in a state of manic excitement, stress and everything in between. Before I retreat back into pandemonium, I would like to thank and give a massive shout out to the lovely Lauren Pickens from La Whimsy Writer (isn’t the name the cutest!!), for nominating me for The Creative Blogger Award. Lauren is amazingly versatile and always entertaining, so don’t forget to check her out! The Rules:

  1. Thank and post the link of the blog that nominated you
  2. Share 5 facts about yourself
  3. Nominate 10 other blogs and their links
  4. Notify all nominees via their social media/blogs
  5. Pass these rules on to them

In light of the tradition, here are 5 random facts about me!

  • My secret (now not so secret) aspiration is to star in a Disney animated movie, I’m obsessed with Frozen!
  • I’m a huge foodie, so much so I’ve out eaten my 1.91cm (6 foot, something) boyfriend on the odd occasion. We are huge fans of Anthony Bourdain and have literally planned holidays around his culinary recommendations.
  • I’m super pedantic about my skincare regime and will proudly admit that no matter how big a night I’ve had, I’ve never gone to bed without taking my make up off!
  • My favourite era in history is the 1920s to 30s as I’ve always been in awe of everything and anything made in the art deco style.
  • I’m a bit of a soy hot chocolate connoisseur (soy because of a lactose intolerance), I have it during meals, for dessert as well as a pick me up on the go!

The awesome blogs that I would like to nominate are (drum roll): Maison Bentley Style Chicinitie annie’s beauty… Dorkchops Denim & DumplingsElleKae stylesteph Sonam Naidu The Classified Chic Keishikibi | Australian Street Fashion & Street Style Blog Please check these amazing blogs out, as these girls always have something fun and interesting to share! Happy blogging! Cassie xx

2015 Resolutions: My Blogging Journey So Far…

It’s been almost two months since I started this blog and boy, has time flown! I was scheduling an appointment in just the other day and it struck me, we’re in March already?

First and foremost I wanted to thank you all for your support, and putting up with any potential technical issues caused by myself from changing my theme 100 times over! But I also wanted to give a shout out to my amazing boyfriend who has obligingly taken all my photos, regardless of my dictatorship like approach to giving directions.

The last two months have been lots of fun and reignited my love for writing, which between all the bits and bobs of life, I haven’t done much of in years. I’ve also found blogging to be quite therapeutic, at the end of a busy day it’s nice to be able cozy up in bed, put your thoughts on a page and ‘zone out’ into the little part of cyber space I’d like to make my own.

I always love to hear feedback and comments, so keep in touch! Thanks again for all the likes, follows and for being a part of one of my new years resolutions for 2015 (tick!).

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My Favourite CNY Treat: Pineapple Tarts

Chinese New Year ushers in the second biggest festive season for my family. 15 days of crazy relatives, manic chaos and boundless indulgence to be precise. Perhaps my favourite of these are my mum’s homemade pineapple tarts, little golden treats of pure heaven!

Exceptionally time consuming and readily available in most Asian stores, making them at home and possibly by hand has become quite a rare art. A buttery shortbread dough is individually cut with a cookie cutter, pressed with a traditional mould, topped with a caramelised pineapple jam and baked to golden perfection. Deliciously insatiable, my mum has resulted to hiding boxes of them around the house in the desperate hope that there just might be some left for the big day!

Mister J’s Valentine’s Day Surprise: A Scrumptious Strawberry Tart

My Valentine’s Day surprise to Mr. J this year was a humble one. They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, so taking this advice wholeheartedly, I’ve secretly baked his favourite dessert, strawberry tart of course!

I pride myself to be a pretty decent cook, baking on the other hand has never been my forte. Precision and exact measurements have never been my thing instead, being the recipe whore that I am, I prefer to mix and match whatever I google! However, on this occasion all that freestyling back fired, in the midst of combining 3 recipes I forgot to add the egg to the pastry (I kneaded for ages and added tonnes more butter but couldn’t figure out why the dough wouldn’t bind)!

While I suspect my base will be extra rich and buttery (probably more crumbly too), other than that little mishap, everything else went smoothly. The filling is a simple mascarpone combined with sugar and lemon juice while the strawberries have been glazed with a raspberry compote with a little gelatine. I would have loved to share this recipe, if only I knew exactly what was actually in it!

A successful surprise: He ended having a quarter of the tart for breakfast!