Coconut Tapioca Pudding (with fruit) – Vegan

Coconut Tapioca Pudding (with fruit) – Vegan

Recipe and Photo by Dr Alexis Weidland (Osteopath)
 
Ingredients:

  • ½ cup small pearl tapioca
  • 3cups coconut milk (or 1 can and the rest water)
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • berry coulis or puree mango or cut fresh fruit (to mix through pudding after its cooked or put on top after it’s set – optional)

Method:

  1. Place tapioca and coconut milk in medium saucepan and let sit for 30min
  2. Add maple syrup and salt to tapioca and heat over medium heat till reaches a simmer
  3. Reduce heat to a gentle simmer for 20min – or until all pearls are transparent and thickened
    • hint – if you’d like less thick, add more liquid, remembering it thickens more in the fridge
  4. Stir in vanilla
  5. If want the fruit through the pudding, add and mix through
    • hint – this will reduce the pudding thickness a little
  6. Pour into cups, jars or dessert glasses and refrigerate for about 3hours
  7. If adding fruit on top, do that once the puddings have set
  8. Lasts up to a week in the fridge

Optional – Cut fruit or fruit puree

  • 1½-2 mangos or about 110g berries of choice
  • Up to 1 Tbs maple syrup
  • 1 Tbs coconut milk

Place ingredients in blender, blend till smooth and creamy
Stir through once pudding is cooked, but before it sets, or add on top once set

Healthy Peppermint Patties

Healthy Peppermint Patties

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Recipe and Photo by Dr Alexis Weidland
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Difficulty: Easy
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Portions per batch: 20-30
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Time: 5min mixing;
20min rolling and choc coating;
30min “freezing” time
15min “setting” time
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Bought chocolate snack bars are full of processed sugar, poor quality fats (including the most dangerous trans or hydrogenated fats) and are high in calories without having any nutritional value.
These simple and delicious treats use organic shredded coconut, providing fibre and healthy fats, removing the highly processed or totally unnatural, hard to pronounce “ingredients” used to produce that soft, chewy, melt in your mouth patty. A small amount of minimally processed sugar (your favourite organic – coconut syrup, maple syrup, raw honey…) allows an enjoyable treat, without added chemicals, or too many calories and the potential added benefits of raw honey (as it is potentially anti-microbial and useful for asthma type allergies). Using organic essential oils provides safe and tasty flavouring with the added health benefit of the oils themselves – peppermint has been shown promising to improve clarity and focus as well as assist gut issues (bloating, discomfort, indigestion and even IBS). When covered in a thin layer of high quality dark chocolate (preferably vega, organic, fair trade and low processed), we can enjoy the flavour and sweetness of cocoa/cacao while our body gets the benefit of the antioxidants found in low processed cacao without the high sugar or unnecessary fillers (that allow the products to be produced cheaper and go further) that may also be harmful. One can even play with making one’s own chocolate from cacao powder, cocoa butter (or coconut oil, but this is much softer and melts quicker) and a touch of low processed sugar such as maple syrup or raw honey- simple and delicious)
 
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Ingredients:

  • 4 cups shredded coconut (approx. 220g)
  • 35g (1/8cup/2 Tbs) maple syrup or fav “healthy” sugar
  • 2Tbs coconut milk (I use cocoquench by pureharvest)
  • 10-15 drops peppermint essential oil (organic)
  • 200g dark vegan chocolate

 
Method:

  • Use strong blender/Thermomix place shredded coconut in blender and blend on highest speed until you hear it change sound/it becomes “coconut butter” and the oils release (30sec in thermomix)
  • Add maple syrup and coconut milk and essential oil and mix thoroughly
  • Take full teaspoon scoops and roll into ball, flatten and place on tray
  • Place in freeze for at least 30min
  • Heat 200g (more is better) high quality dark chocolate (at least 70%) either in double boiler or microwave method, use a fork and dip each of the patties into the chocolate.
    1. Allow drips to run off and place back on the tray.
    2. Reheat the chocolate if it gets too thick due to the ice-cold patties sitting in the melted chocolate. Allow to harden

 
Suggestions

  • try with
    1. Orange essential oil
    2. Orange blossom water
    3. Rose water
  • Try making Peppermint bars instead – pat down the patty mixture into a slice tray (either silicone, or lined with baking paper). Place in fridge to cool then place cut marks in the slice and then place in the freezer. After 30min, take out of tray, slice into bars and the coat with chocolate as above

 
Tips

  • If a cool day, on bench is fine to set
    • If hot or humid, place in fridge to set
    • To get the smoothest finish, its best to have more chocolate in the bowl than required, so that the patties can be immersed in the chocolate. Therefore, I suggest melting at least 200g chocolate, 250g even better. You will find you will only use 170g or so of chocolate around the pattiesBest stored in fridge, yum at room temp or cold
  • Lasts a few weeks, but I’ll bet there won’t be any left after a few days!

 
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Peppermint Oil Patties
 
Servings per pack: 20-30
Serving size: 16g
 

Nutrient Qty per serve            per 100g
Energy (kJ)            371                   2319.39
Protein (g)              0.8                         5.27
Fat, Total (g)            7                          44.01
Fat, Saturated (g)            5.3                       33.19
Carbohydrate (g)            5                          31.59
Sugars (g)            4.4                       27.27
Sodium (mg)            5                          29.55

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Caring for Baby and Yourself, once Baby Arrives

Caring for Baby and Yourself, once Baby Arrives

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In our last blog article, we discussed the various changes your body undergoes during pregnancy and
how an Osteopath can support you through this exciting period.
In this article, we look at post natal care and recovery following the birth of your baby.
 
Changes that take place after childbirth
The rapid changes that occur after childbirth include the sudden loss of significant weight and the
resulting movement in the organs, muscles and joints.
Hormonal changes include falling levels of progesterone and estrogen, which can cause noticeable
physical and emotional issues.
In addition, the suddenly now excess (pregnancy induced) blood supply, as well as the changes in the
breasts to allow for breastfeeding, can all cause varied and sudden changes in the mother’s body.
 
Osteopathy as part of your recovery plan
Post-partum, the focus is twofold: the health of the baby and support for the mother.
For the baby, it’s important to ensure the baby is thriving and developing comfortably, addressing any
challenges with suckling, bonding and reflux.
For the mother, providing support and guidance to help you function comfortably is of great importance,
along with assistance with feeding and the lack of sleep that may occur.
Your Osteopath can provide you with exercises to assist in the strengthening and support of your pelvic
floor and lower back to reduce the risk of incontinence and lower back pain.
They can also assist with ways to improve posture and muscle tension during feeding to reduce the risk
of upper back, neck and shoulder pain, and assist with correct baby attachment and suckling.
Techniques can also be applied to assist with improving your lymphatic drainage to minimise the risk of
mastitis.
In addition, treatment and exercises may help you to minimise general body stresses so that you can
better cope with the stress of motherhood and the interrupted sleep and fatigue that is likely to incur.
 
Guiding you along your wellbeing journey
At BlossomingMe, our experienced Osteopaths can support you on your journey towards optimal health
and wellbeing during pregnancy and following childbirth.
We’ll work with you to discover what’s important to you and then create a personalised plan to help you
achieve results.
Contact us today to learn more or to book your appointment.
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What is health and lifestyle coaching?

What is health and lifestyle coaching?

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What does health and lifestyle coaching involve?
Health and lifestyle coaching is all about helping busy people stay on track with their health. It’s about understanding what habits you have today that support your health goals and which ones are preventing you from looking, feeling and functioning at your best.
Many tools and techniques can be employed (such as visualisation) to support these changes in belief and fast track and support the attainment and maintenance of your health and life goals.
Through the use of a variety of tools and techniques such as visualisation and hypnosis, you can gain a new perspective and belief about yourself and the world around you. This fast tracks the attainment of your health and life goals, and supports you to maintain them.
You may like to join us for some simple workshops around managing energy and stress levels or some quick and easy nutritional cooking workshops. Or you may prefer a more personal strategy with one-to-one sessions to learn more and tap into resources that can make a real difference for you.
What is Reiki and how can it benefit me?
Reiki is a Japanese technique that focuses on energy healing through the use of the Practitioner’s hands. It’s very calming and relaxing, and you may feel a sense of tingling or warmth around the area that your Practitioner is placing their hands.
At BlossomingMe, Reiki is often used together with Acupressure, activating the acupressure points with the Reiki energy. This enables a simple, deep and profound sense of healing.
Reiki may be especially effective for nerve damage healing after surgery.
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Supporting a healthy pregnancy with Osteopathy

Supporting a healthy pregnancy with Osteopathy

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During pregnancy, your body undergoes many changes, some visible, many not. These changes impact every part of the female body.
From back and joint pain through to high blood pressure and fatigue, pregnancy can bring with it a myriad of discomforts.
But what causes this to happen and what can you do to better support your body through this exciting (and sometimes challenging) time?
Accommodating new life
As soon as the foetus begins growing, the uterus and abdomen start to increase in size to accommodate.
This results in the displacement of internal organs and an altered centre of gravity, putting extra pressure on the back, ribs and lungs, as well as the abdominal and pelvic organs.
There is also a much larger requirement for nutrients and blood supply during pregnancy, leading to more effort from the cardiovascular system to oxygenate and pump the extra blood around.
Such an increase in load on the body in a relatively short space of time can lead to issues such as back and joint pain, shortness of breath, swelling (especially in the legs), high blood pressure, dizziness, fatigue and insomnia.
Osteopathy for a healthy pregnancy
Cranial Osteopathy is believed to be a gentle and effective form of treatment able to reduce pain and discomfort, increase mobility and aid the body’s physiology in order for the mother and foetus to achieve optimal wellness.
Our Osteopathic approach aims to remove physical blockages, improve circulation and nerve conduction, assist with removing any emotional blockages, and provide a realistic exercise and nutrition plan along with ongoing advice and guidance.
An Osteopath can also help you with specific pelvic floor exercises that can maximise support for your pelvic organs and their function through the entire pregnancy, the birthing process and the recovery.
Further, an Osteopath may also be able to assist in the likelihood of a natural delivery of your baby by helping your mind and body to be both strong, relaxed and confident.
By helping you deal with the emotional stresses of pregnancy and the impending delivery, your body will be more likely to naturally go with the birthing process, reducing the risk of an extended labour, pain and complications.
Guiding you along your wellbeing journey
At BlossomingMe, our experienced Osteopaths can support you on your journey towards optimal health and wellbeing throughout your pregnancy and beyond.
We work with you to discover what’s important to you and then create a personalised plan to help you achieve the results you want.
Want a personalised strategic plan and support process, to get you feeling calm and confident?
Contact us today to learn more or to book your free strategic phone session.
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