Review: Aussie Hemp Seeds + Giveaway!

I'm finally giving away a bag of certified organic raw Australian hemp seeds from Hemp Foods Australia. I haven't had a whole lot of experience with hemp products since they are few and far between and "not classified for human consumption" in Australia, but I've had a few samples of the seeds and protein powder before, and these seeds, hands down, are the freshest darn things I've ever got my filthy hippie mitts on.

For those not yet in-the-know, edible hemp is not of the same variety as the drug cannabis seed. Full of omega-3 oil goodness, plenty of vitamin B, C, and E, magnesium, iron, friendly vegan proteins, and the anti-inflammatory properties that come with GLA (gamma linolenic acid) and with no risk of getting high (which may or may not be a plus depending on your personal proclivities) since it's from a different plant, you'll want to be nomming on these... but you can't in Australia! Government says

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Is Soy Good Or Bad For You?

Dangers? Benefits? So much drama over a little bean!

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="240" caption="Thai Tofu Laab: tofu loaded with greens & herbs"][/caption]In my post on Friday, I mentioned one of my current favourite cookbooks called Japanese Cooking: Contemporary and Traditional that features a fair amount of soy in its recipes - perhaps a bit controversial in some health-conscious circles. But unless you've been diagnosed with a soy allergy or intolerance, being anti-soy is unnecessary: soy is safe and has a number of notable health benefits.

Over-eating soy? Over-eating almost anything is going to catch up with you eventually, but the problem with soy arises when people eat too many processed soy products, not good quality foods containing whole-beans. The fact is that everyone - vegan and non-vegan alike - who eats processed food is eating some soy - it's used as a filler and binder and protein element in so many foods, including most of

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Review: 21 Day Raw Cleanse with Jinjee

This is a follow-up to my review of the 28 Day Transition to Raw Program with Jinjee.

The Garden Diet's 21 Days Raw Summer Cleanse is coming up in a couple of weeks, and it's Jinjee's most popular program of the year. Northern hemisphere folks are slimming down for summer, while those of us in the southern hemisphere are vitamin-loading as a preventative against the cold and flu season.

A raw cleanse will help you achieve weight-loss and improved health with a supportive and safe MD-approved program, and plenty of inspiration to help you succeed. With my 2nd baby due on Saturday, jumping into a full-on cleanse is not on the cards for me right now, but extra health and vitality could be just what you need... and just what I'll need very shortly as well! As soon as I adjust to caring for my new little friend, I'll be eating even more raw food and cleansing away for as

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Review: 28 Day Transition to Raw Program with Jinjee

I've been madly sorting out my living arrangements in-between toddler-wrangling, vegan parenting interviews, tweets, and pregnant lady appointments and naps... This has also included a renewal of my passion for tasty, revitalising raw foods in my diet. I went vegan for non-violent principles and for the animals, and I'm going high-raw again for the extra health and vitality. I've been getting right in to juicing and smoothies and raw veggie soups and fresh fruit again, and feeling SO MUCH brighter and shinier as a result. Whee! ;)

Raw food can be so satisfying and tasty when you get in to the swing of things and when you have people around you who are supportive... which is what got me interested in looking into the transition programs that are out there... There are lots of "raw experts" selling magic cures and superfoods and quick fixes. But raw food doesn't have to - and shouldn't be - that complicated... or expensive! Fresh raw

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Easy Bean Rissoles (or Gluten-Free Chickpea Cutlets!)

The Chickpea Cutlets from Veganomicon have become legendary, but they're not suitable for those of us avoiding gluten! So I've invented a gluten-free variation of sorts... and since I prefer to save chickpeas for falafel and hummus, I use whatever beans I have on hand. These rissoles work great with azuki, navy, soy, or black beans (as per pic below)... or a combination of whatever you've got around! Just use your favourites. Or just do gluten-free chickpea cutlets! The flax sticks these together. I tend to quadruple this recipe, cook LOADS of rissoles, and freeze what we don't eat. They freeze really well! These are a great replacement for more-processed/expensive products like Gardein, Redwood, and Fry's schnitzels.

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="512" caption="Stodge de la Black Bean + steamed veggies + herb gravy"]Rissoles and steamed veggies and gravy[/caption]

2 cups cooked (or canned) beans, mashed 2 tbsp olive oil up to 1 cup of gluten-free breadcrumbs* 3 tbsp ground flax (linseed) 2 tbsp
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Choc Chip Coconutty Cookies

Husband says, "These have an interesting texture." ... WOT! WOT'S WRONG? He says, "They're really good." ... H'okay, then! I'm not into cooked sweet things much these days (RAW FOODIE ALERT!), but my husband tells me these are blog-worthy.

Orgran gluten-free plain flour mix results in a texture that is somewhere between most gluten-free things & wheat flour things... thus interesting! The peanut oil gives these biscuits a pleasant roasted taste, too... Obviously these biscuits are not part of a weight-loss programme, but they can be used as part of a tasty vegan snacking programme.

& I used agave to sweeten instead of processed sugarcane, hooray. You could also use maple syrup if you are from a certain part of the world where that stuff is abundant & cheap...!


Choc Chip Coconutty Cookies

Makes: HEAPS.
Gluten-free, sugar-free, soy-free.

Dry ingredients: 2 cups gluten-free plain flour mix (eg. Orgran) ½ cup muesli (I used our homemade mix of buckwheat, nuts, puffed grains, seeds, etc) ½ cup chunky almond meal

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