Karla Rawles Naturopath

What’s behind a smile?

People are often surprised when I tell them I feel anxious – I’m quite practiced at appearing calm and as though I have my shit together… like a duck serenely gliding across the water, but with its little legs working so hard to stay afloat… Pretence is pretty draining, I’ve found. And I’ve worked hard …

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Selection of vegetables

One pot wonder

Serves 6 Eat a rainbow they say. OK… here’s how, in one pot. This recipe is based on the Kichadi creation in Sarah Britton’s cookbook, Naturally Nourished. But you don’t need specific ingredients to make this, just grab whatever is in the fridge! The basic ingredients Brown rice (100-200g) Mung beans or lentils (100-200g) Vegetables …

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Spices with pestle and mortar

Adding a little spice

Spices add so much incredible flavour to meals and also bring some excellent health benefits to the table. Cumin – aids digestion, possibly via supporting pancreas function, antioxidant and assists the liver’s natural detoxification enzymes Coriander seeds – support digestion, anti-inflammatory, may be cholesterol-lowering Ginger – anti-inflammatory, improves circulation, reduces nausea, supports digestion Turmeric – …

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Vitamin D

For most people, just a few minutes of sun-basking (without sunscreen) a day in summer is enough to top up your vitamin D levels. Vitamin D is important for: Bones and muscles Immune health Mood But as many as 1 in 4 Australian adults could be deficient. Risk of sunburn is a real concern with …

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Fresh garlic and coriander

Garlic – one of my absolute heroes

Garlic (Allium sativum) goes in everything, except my smoothies and desserts! As well as its punchy taste, my little friend contains an assortment of healthy nutrients and plant chemicals which have been extensively researched and could help protect garlic-fans from things like heart disease and cancer. It’s also totally awesome for the immune system as …

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Turmeric veggies

Turmeric scrambled eggs

Serves 2 I love packing as many veggies into lunch as possible. Here’s one of my favourite quick and healthy lunch recipes – turmeric scrambled eggs. Ingredients Extra virgin olive oil One heaped teaspoon of turmeric, Sprinkle of garam masala powder Shake of chilli flakes (to taste) Handful of nuts – I used slivered almonds …

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Chicken curry

Easy chicken curry dinner

(that still has heaps of veg and nutrition) Serves 2 Sometimes it’s late and you’ve already been hungry for an hour when you get home. Hanger is imminent! Danger zone in the kitchen! You want to eat ASAP, you want it to be healthy, but healthy food takes so long to prepare…not always! In the …

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Stone fruit

Stone fruit crumble

When dessert becomes a healthy breakfast – one of my favourite transformations! Serves 4 Ingredients 10-12 pieces of stone fruit (peaches, nectarines, plums, apricots etc) 4-5 handfuls of chopped nuts (almonds, walnuts, macadamias) 2 handfuls of preservative free shredded coconut 2 handfuls of oats or quinoa flakes Drizzle of honey (optional) Yoghurt to serve (coconut/dairy) …

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