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Simply Plastic-Free Swaps in a Pandemic

1. REUSABLE FACE MASKS It's clear that single-use face masks are creating an enormous amount of waste. Outside of essential clinical settings, there are plenty of environmentally friendly, plastic-free, reusable alternatives that people can choose to use.   Unfortunately wildlife is getting tangled in mask straps, the masks are being ingested. The standard single-use masks aren't biodegrade and although they will break up, introducing more micro-plastics into the sea and the food chain isn't great. In instances where disposable masks are essential, the RSPCA is encouraging people to "snip the straps" after use to prevent animals getting caught in them. Have fun with your reusable face mask choice as a quick social media search on local group pages or Etsy will yield a wide variety...

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Spiced Pumpkin Soup with Shredded Chicken

Get super comfy and make yourself some of this heart & soul warming soup, just another delicious meal made with the delicious pumpkin Lui from The Naked Seed Nutrition received in her @theorganicscarecrow bounty box! Ingredients: 800g roasted pumpkin (around 1/2 a medium sized Jap Pumpkin) 3 big ass zucchini’s 1 can coconut milk or cream (if you don’t like coconut then use 1 cup unsweetened oat or almond milk) 1 can cannelini beans (BPA free, rinsed & drained) 250ml bone broth or 2tbsp bone broth concentrate mixed in 250ml water 1tsp turmeric 1tbsp cumin A couple of pinches of chilli flakes A couple of pinches of salt + cracked black pepper to taste Extra water if wanting to make soup thinner Optional* Chicken:...

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Boost your circulation this Winter with Dry Body Brushing

Content by the lovely Lui at Naked Seed Nutrition. Have you noticed yourself sprinting to the shower this winter, turning the temperature up so hot that you're almost scalding yourself? Do you feel that your hands and feet are constantly cold? You just can't get warm no matter what you do? The idea of dry body brushing may sound strange to you... I know it did to my boyfriend when i stood there explaining why I was brushing the non-existent hair on my stomach. But I can tell you from personal experience, it has definitely helped me through these coldest parts of winter! Each morning, even on the coldest mornings I now know that as soon as I begin dry...

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Mandarin Oat Bars

A naturally sweet lunch box snack free of refined sugar. Takes approx. 30 minutes to prepare and yields 8 servings. Ingredients: ⅔ cup rolled oats ⅔ cup quinoa flakes ½ cup desiccated coconut ½ cup slightly crushed cornflakes 2 eggs, beaten 1 tablespoon honey 80g butter, melted zest and juice of 1 mandarin (50ml juice) Method: Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Place all dry ingredients into a bowl and stir until combined. Set aside. In a smaller bowl whisk together the beaten egg, melted butter, honey, mandarin zest and juice. Pour the citrus egg mixture over the dry ingredients and quickly stir until well combined. Tip the mixture into the prepared tray, taking care to...

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Mandarin Five Spice Pork

Add a burst of citrus flavour and vitamins to your dinner with this tasty recipe that incorporates this seasons sweet and juicy mandarins. Ingredients: 800g boneless pork shoulder, cut into 3cm cubes 2 tablespoons plain flour 1 tablespoon oil (oil oil, coconut oil, sesame oil - whichever you prefer) 6 small brown onions, peeled and left whole 5 cloves of garlic, peeled 2 chillies, chopped (optional) 1 tablespoon ginger, chopped finely 4 mandarins, juiced (reserve peel of 1 mandarin) ¼ cup tomato sauce 1 cup water 4 tablespoons tamari or soy sauce 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar ¼ teaspoon white pepper 2 teaspoons five-spice powder ½ cup spring onions, sliced Method:   Heat oil in a saucepan on high. Dust pork...

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