Fresh organic market purchases, buy local, buy organic, buy seasonal! Your produce will be fresher, tastier & you won’t be consuming nasty chemicals - fruits and vegetables don’t grow all year round - if you buy them out of season they have often been in storage for months, sprayed with chemicals to stop them ripening then sprayed again to make them ripen upon delivery. Bigger and shinier is not better, seasonal means fresh & packed with nutrition!

Fresh organic market purchases, buy local, buy organic, buy seasonal!
Your produce will be fresher, tastier & you won’t be consuming nasty chemicals - fruits and vegetables don’t grow all year round - if you buy them out of season they have often been in storage for months, sprayed with chemicals to stop them ripening then sprayed again to make them ripen upon delivery. Bigger and shinier is not better, seasonal means fresh & packed with nutrition!

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Fresh Organic WatermelonWatermelons are incredibly hydrating (up to 90% water) Good for the immune system with a high content of Vitamin C. They also contain lycopene which improves bone health and are rich in potassium which helps the body retain calcium. Reduces body fat - the amino acid citrulline in watermelon has been shown to reduce the accumulation of fat in our fat cells. Watermelons also have an alkaline-forming effect in the body reducing risk of developing disease and illness. Another reason to eat fresh organic snacks!

Fresh Organic Watermelon
Watermelons are incredibly hydrating (up to 90% water) Good for the immune system with a high content of Vitamin C. They also contain lycopene which improves bone health and are rich in potassium which helps the body retain calcium. Reduces body fat - the amino acid citrulline in watermelon has been shown to reduce the accumulation of fat in our fat cells. Watermelons also have an alkaline-forming effect in the body reducing risk of developing disease and illness. Another reason to eat fresh organic snacks!

Ingredients (serves 2)
1 young green papaya
1 organic carrot
1 avocado (sliced)
5 cherry tomatoes (halved)
1 bunch fresh coriander, chopped

Dressing:
1 2inch fresh ginger root
1 knob garlic 
1 small chilli 
2 tbs sesame oil 
2 tbs amino acids (or tamari / gluten free soy sauce)
1 lime, juices 

Instructions:
1. Remove skin and seeds from papaya, using a Julian peeler, peel both papaya & carrot into a bowl.
2. Add avocado and tomato halves
3. Using a mortal & pestle (or food processor) combine ginger, garlic and chilli until it creates a smooth paste, add remaining dressing ingredients and mix well.
4. Cover salad ingredients with dressing, if time permits, allow salad sit in the fridge for at least 1 hr before serving.

Ingredients (serves 2)
1 young green papaya
1 organic carrot
1 avocado (sliced)
5 cherry tomatoes (halved)
1 bunch fresh coriander, chopped

Dressing:
1 2inch fresh ginger root
1 knob garlic
1 small chilli
2 tbs sesame oil
2 tbs amino acids (or tamari / gluten free soy sauce)
1 lime, juices

Instructions:
1. Remove skin and seeds from papaya, using a Julian peeler, peel both papaya & carrot into a bowl.
2. Add avocado and tomato halves
3. Using a mortal & pestle (or food processor) combine ginger, garlic and chilli until it creates a smooth paste, add remaining dressing ingredients and mix well.
4. Cover salad ingredients with dressing, if time permits, allow salad sit in the fridge for at least 1 hr before serving.

Anonymous asked:

Hi, great blog! A little bit off topic, but nonetheless partially food related (i suppose), just wondering if you could share your skincare tips. Which foods to avoid/have more of and the skincare products that work for you? Thanks

Sure! Avocados and cucumbers are great for skin!
Healthy fats are great for healthy skin/hair/nails  (i’m talking coconut oil, nuts, seeds)
I keep it minimal with skincare products.  I use coconut oil as an eye make up remover and I currently use a gentle natural neem based face wash (as I work as a model I often have to remove heavy make up at the end of the day) and this works for me. 
I apply SPF50+ every morning & wash my face with cold water morning and night. 
xx

dreamstrangely asked:

Hi Natascha, love your blog and recipes! I am a vegetarian and sometimes wonder if I am getting all the proper nutrients in my diet. Do you use any vitamin or mineral supplements or think they are necessary? Thanks!

Hello there!
No I do not take any supplements, there is absolutely no nutrients that you can’t find in a vegetarian diet.  You will find that a balanced plant based diet will have much more nutrients than ‘standard’ diets.  It’s simple, eat a wide range of fruits, vegetables, legumes, proteins and grains from the land, sea and tree and you will have everything covered! If there are particular types you are missing out on, for example protein, just look them up!
eg. plant based protein can be found in Avocado, Beans, Nuts, Quinoa, Spinach & Mushrooms
:)
x

Anonymous asked:

Hey, I've just got here because of your Instagram! I'm a 21, girl from Chile (SouthAmerica) and I've been reading your blog to see some recipes. I was diagnosed with Insulin resistance and I've been on a diet for about a month. Here in Chile is hard to find healthy food that's cheap as the fast and crappy food. Also, is hard (at least for me) to follow the diet without having, at least once, sweets. I love chocolate!! But, when I read the way you prepared some sugar- free sweets I loved it!

Hello! I’m so happy to hear that you are able to find some recipes that work for you on Clean Cooking! My best advice to you is make everything you can yourself, that way you know that all of the ingredients are clean and healthy! Always thing ahead, if you pre-prepare meals and snacks and take them with you - you won’t be stuck with having to buy packaged or fast food.  You might like this raw chocolate moose :-)
All the best on your health journey xx

Warm Mushroom, Spinach, Arugula & Sundried tomato salad 

Ingredients: (serves 2)
2 portobello mushrooms, sliced
2 big handfuls of organic arugula and baby spinach 
1 tbsp amino acids
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice 
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 
5 sundried tomatoes, sliced
Pinch of cracked pepper 
Fresh herbs, chopped (parsley and coriander or basil)

Method: 
1. In a bowl or jar, mix amino acid, dash of olive oil & lemon juice. Mix well. 
2. Coat arugula and baby spinach with mixture and set aside 
3. Heat olive oil in a pan on medium heat, add mushrooms & cracked pepper, sauté until soft & slightly brown, add tomatoes and stir
4. Turn heat down, add greens and toss until slightly wilted, remove immediately from heat & dish up
5. Too with fresh herbs & serve

Warm Mushroom, Spinach, Arugula & Sundried tomato salad

Ingredients: (serves 2)
2 portobello mushrooms, sliced
2 big handfuls of organic arugula and baby spinach
1 tbsp amino acids
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
5 sundried tomatoes, sliced
Pinch of cracked pepper
Fresh herbs, chopped (parsley and coriander or basil)

Method:
1. In a bowl or jar, mix amino acid, dash of olive oil & lemon juice. Mix well.
2. Coat arugula and baby spinach with mixture and set aside
3. Heat olive oil in a pan on medium heat, add mushrooms & cracked pepper, sauté until soft & slightly brown, add tomatoes and stir
4. Turn heat down, add greens and toss until slightly wilted, remove immediately from heat & dish up
5. Too with fresh herbs & serve

Coconut Kale

Want all the benefits of this Iron rich leave green but not fond of the taste? Here is your solution - recipe below - more on cleancookingrecipes.com

Ingredients:
1 bunch of kale (more than you think as it will wilt) 
1/2 tbsp expeller pressed coconut oil 
Low sodium herbal salt like celery salt or Herbamare 

Method:
1. Blanch kale first, this will soften it making it easier to cook and it will absorb less oil
2. Using a medium pan, heat coconut oil and add Kale
3. Allow to cook, stirring often until evenly coated, add salt of choice & remove from heat

*serve as a side dish

Coconut Kale

Want all the benefits of this Iron rich leave green but not fond of the taste? Here is your solution - recipe below - more on cleancookingrecipes.com

Ingredients:
1 bunch of kale (more than you think as it will wilt)
1/2 tbsp expeller pressed coconut oil
Low sodium herbal salt like celery salt or Herbamare

Method:
1. Blanch kale first, this will soften it making it easier to cook and it will absorb less oil
2. Using a medium pan, heat coconut oil and add Kale
3. Allow to cook, stirring often until evenly coated, add salt of choice & remove from heat

*serve as a side dish

Rosemary Roasted Butternut Pumpkin

Ingredients:
1 butternut pumpkin, washed and cut into cubes
1 twig of fresh rosemary, removed from stem
1 tbsp coconut oil 
Herbal or sea salt and pepper to taste 

Method:
1. Pre heat oven to 220 degrees celsius 
2. Mix rosemary, coconut oil, salt & pepper in a small dish or jar until well combined 
3. Place pumpkin cubes in a baking tray, pour mixture over and toss well to coat
4. Stir mixture every 20 minutes, roast until soft & slightly brown on edges.

* Serve as a side or as a meal with brown rice and sautéed kale or nwith rocket and spinach leaves as a salad.

Rosemary Roasted Butternut Pumpkin

Ingredients:
1 butternut pumpkin, washed and cut into cubes
1 twig of fresh rosemary, removed from stem
1 tbsp coconut oil
Herbal or sea salt and pepper to taste

Method:
1. Pre heat oven to 220 degrees celsius
2. Mix rosemary, coconut oil, salt & pepper in a small dish or jar until well combined
3. Place pumpkin cubes in a baking tray, pour mixture over and toss well to coat
4. Stir mixture every 20 minutes, roast until soft & slightly brown on edges.

* Serve as a side or as a meal with brown rice and sautéed kale or nwith rocket and spinach leaves as a salad.

Blueberry & Lemon Infused Water

Ingredients: 
1 organic lemon, sliced. 
1/4 cup of blueberries
Filtered water

Method: 
1. Fill a bottle or jar with filtered water, add lemon slices and blueberries, place in the fridge and allow to infuse for a few hours (or overnight)
2. Enjoy your fruity fresh flavoured water! 

A great way to keep hydrated without buying sugary it artificially flavoured drinks.  Easy to make - healthy fresh and delicious!

Blueberry & Lemon Infused Water

Ingredients:
1 organic lemon, sliced.
1/4 cup of blueberries
Filtered water

Method:
1. Fill a bottle or jar with filtered water, add lemon slices and blueberries, place in the fridge and allow to infuse for a few hours (or overnight)
2. Enjoy your fruity fresh flavoured water!

A great way to keep hydrated without buying sugary it artificially flavoured drinks. Easy to make - healthy fresh and delicious!

Sundried Tomato Baked Portobello Mushrooms

Ingredients: (serves 2)
4 portobello mushrooms 
250 grams of semi-Sundried tomatoes
1 tsp fresh chopped oregano
1 clove of fresh garlic, crushed
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 
1 tbspl balsamic vinegar 

Method:
1. Pre heat oven 180 degrees celsius
2. Mix vinegar, olive oil, garlic and oregano in a small bowl or jar
3. Trim the stem of each mushroom and place upside down on a baking tray.
4. Coat each mushroom with the vinegar mixture & top with sun dried tomatoes
5. Bake until warm and slightly brown (about 20-30 minutes)

Sundried Tomato Baked Portobello Mushrooms

Ingredients: (serves 2)
4 portobello mushrooms
250 grams of semi-Sundried tomatoes
1 tsp fresh chopped oregano
1 clove of fresh garlic, crushed
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbspl balsamic vinegar

Method:
1. Pre heat oven 180 degrees celsius
2. Mix vinegar, olive oil, garlic and oregano in a small bowl or jar
3. Trim the stem of each mushroom and place upside down on a baking tray.
4. Coat each mushroom with the vinegar mixture & top with sun dried tomatoes
5. Bake until warm and slightly brown (about 20-30 minutes)

Lemon Rosemary Shoe String ‘Fries’

Baked instead of fried, using a extra virgin olive oil, for a much healthier version of fries! 

Ingredients:
1/2 a lemon rind 
1 twig of fresh rosemary 
1/2 teaspoon of sea salt flakes 
1 tbsp extra Virgin olive oil 
2 potatoes, washed, peeled and cut into strips.
Method:
1. Pre heat oven to 180deg celcius & lay potatoes out evenly on a non stick baking sheet on an oven tray.
2. Mix lemon rind, olive oil & rosemary in a small jar.
3. Using a brush, coat potatoes in mixture
4. Bake until lightly golden, turn heat off for an extra 2-5 minutes before removing from oven.  Place in a cooling rack - allow to cool slightly before serving!

Lemon Rosemary Shoe String ‘Fries’

Baked instead of fried, using a extra virgin olive oil, for a much healthier version of fries!

Ingredients:
1/2 a lemon rind
1 twig of fresh rosemary
1/2 teaspoon of sea salt flakes
1 tbsp extra Virgin olive oil
2 potatoes, washed, peeled and cut into strips.
Method:
1. Pre heat oven to 180deg celcius & lay potatoes out evenly on a non stick baking sheet on an oven tray.
2. Mix lemon rind, olive oil & rosemary in a small jar.
3. Using a brush, coat potatoes in mixture
4. Bake until lightly golden, turn heat off for an extra 2-5 minutes before removing from oven. Place in a cooling rack - allow to cool slightly before serving!

Morning Detox Drink 

Lemon - Cayenne - Apple Cider - Maple

Ingredients:
1 cup of warm filtered water 
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice 
1 pinch cayenne 
1 tsbp apple cider vinegar (we used braags)
1 tsp of grade B pure maple syrup 
Mix well.
Why?
Lemons aid alkalinity & breakdown far molecules to assist cleansing. Cayenne pepper helps to increase metabolism, promotes blood circulation and acts as an antioxidant 
Maple Syrup (grade B) gives energy, boosts immune system, contains zinc & manganese for healthy blood & bones
Apple Cider Vinegar helps with detoxification, increases metabolism and reduces water retention, it contains potassium as enzymes and helps control blood sugar.
Morning Detox Drink

Lemon - Cayenne - Apple Cider - Maple

Ingredients:
1 cup of warm filtered water
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 pinch cayenne
1 tsbp apple cider vinegar (we used braags)
1 tsp of grade B pure maple syrup
Mix well.
Why?
Lemons aid alkalinity & breakdown far molecules to assist cleansing. Cayenne pepper helps to increase metabolism, promotes blood circulation and acts as an antioxidant
Maple Syrup (grade B) gives energy, boosts immune system, contains zinc & manganese for healthy blood & bones
Apple Cider Vinegar helps with detoxification, increases metabolism and reduces water retention, it contains potassium as enzymes and helps control blood sugar.