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WHOLEFOOD COOKING AND NATURAL LIVING RECIPES

Everything we need to nourish our bodies and clean our homes has a natural solution.

When we utilise the natural goodness of whole foods for all our day to day needs we can skip the unnecessary additives, chemicals and waste.

In our Natural Recipes section we provide practical recipes, reviews, and tips to maximise the benefits of natural whole foods. Easily increase your intake of natural whole foods through delicious meal and snack recipes or substitute your household and personal care products with natural alternatives to create a more natural, chemical free and zero-waste lifestyle.

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ALL OUR NATURAL LIVING RECIPES

Broccoli, Fennel And Black Eyed Bean Salad

By Roxanne | May 12, 2019

Some salads are so unique you either love them or hate them. This interesting salad is one of those. If you like it you will really LOVE it but with such an exciting and different ingredient combination, there is little room for indifference. This recipe is inspired by the wonderful chefs at the Buddhist Retreat…

Easy Pea Soup Recipe

By Roxanne | May 12, 2019

Pea soup done right is so incredibly delicious! Who thought those pesky little green things that every chilled detests could turn into something so nutritiously yum! This easy pea soup recipe is so simple and freezer friendly it will likely become a staple in your home. Why Green Peas? Green peas (split peas or whole)…

Healthy And YUM Bean Salad

By Roxanne | May 12, 2019

A bean salad is so quick and easy to make, and so versatile in their use. They are perfect for lunches at work or as a side dish to a braai or light meal. Packed with protein and fiber a bean salad is enough to make any dietitian or nutrition fanatic proud. How To Make…

Delicious Minestrone Soup Recipe

By Roxanne | May 12, 2019

We absolutely love freezer friendly soups! Soups are so easy to make, so packed with nutrition and always good to have on hand for the days where you just can’t find the time to add cooking into your schedule. Thankfully this is not the only easy soup recipe to choose from. With such a wide…

High Protein Mung Bean, Lentil, Quinoa Burger Patty Recipe With Egg

By Roxanne | May 10, 2019

It’s not easy to find a delicious and interesting vegetarian burger patty recipe but when you do it’s worth celebrating. This mung bean, lentil and quinoa recipe is an explosion of nutritional goodness and is incredibly tasty to boot! This recipe is perfect for the stovetop or skillet but doesn’t work so well on a…

Delicious Mung Bean & Avo Salad

By Roxanne | May 10, 2019

Coming up with an interesting and delicious salad recipe that does not include the normal leafy greens often requires a bit of creativity. We love sourcing and experimenting with the most interesting and unusual recipes we can find. And the quicker and easier they are, the better. This mung bean and avo salad is packed…

Overnight Buckwheat & Chia Breakfast Pudding

By Roxanne | May 5, 2019

With so many delicious and nutritious whole grains, seeds, nuts, and fruits available your next perfect whole food breakfast idea is probably just a google search away. We have made it even easier by providing a full range of wholefood breakfast options available whenever you need. See our range of breakfast ideas for more inspiration.…

Natural Homemade Washing Powder

By Roxanne | Apr 5, 2019

The base of all washing powders Washing powder is one of those products we often assume there is no natural alternative to. They contain active enzymes, sulfates and optical brighteners designed to clean or mask 90% of all stains. Many of the formulations are based on decades of research and many different, highly developed additives.…

Homemade Bath Bombs

By Roxanne | Apr 5, 2019

You Will LOVE Making Bath Bombs .. Bath Bombs are such a great treat to add to your bath, fun and easy to make and the perfect DIY gift idea. Kids love them as much as the adults. 5 natural ingredients and less than 5 minutes of time is all you need to completely transform…

Natural Baby Oil Without Mineral Oil

By Roxanne | Apr 4, 2019

What’s Really In Baby Oil? Baby oil is generally made from 100% mineral oil with fragrances. Mineral oil is a widely misunderstood ingredient. It refers to a category of oils rather than one particular type of oil. The term mineral oil includes the likes of paraffin oil, white oil, and petroleum oil. Regardless of the…

Natural Talc-Free Baby Powder

By Roxanne | Apr 3, 2019

The Dangers Lurking In Baby Powders If you follow us regularly you will know we are constantly reinforcing the importance of using food grade ingredients on your skin, but especially for babies. Nothing highlights the importance of this more than the baby powder example. A natural talc-free baby powder is an essential alternative to commercial…

Natural Nappy Rash Cream

By Roxanne | Apr 3, 2019

Natural Nappy Rash Cream Is Essential. There is no skin as silky soft and smooth as a baby’s skin, specifically their adorable bottoms! But with the constant wet and friction of nappies on their bums they are prone to skin irritations like nappy rash. Babies skin is sensitive and readily absorbs substances through its surface.…

Natural Homemade Cleaning Tablets For Your Dishwasher

By Roxanne | Mar 26, 2019

Can You Really Make Your Own Dishwasher Cleaning Tablets? There are few appliances that have revolutionized household cleaning tasks like the dishwasher. Anyone who has one knows the luxury they bestow and the absolute joy of packing the dishwasher opposed to settling in to wash an entire counter full of dishes. The little dishwasher tablets…

Make Your Own Gluten Free Whole Grain All Purpose Flour Mix

By Roxanne | Mar 25, 2019

Gluten intolerances and allergies are becoming more and more prevalent and there are many theories on why. Regardless on what you believe to be the reason, the need for substitute gluten free flour recipes is growing. Fortunately there are a lot of naturally gluten free grain flours. Unfortunately there is no 1 for 1 substitute…

Superfood Energy Bar Recipe With Dates, Chia And Teff

By Roxanne | Mar 19, 2019

There are few things better than having delicious, guilt free snacks at home. When they are homemade they somehow seem to be even more rewarding. This energy bar recipe is not only packed with superfoods and nutritional glory but is also incredibly delicious. Absolutely the most rewarding 30 minutes of baking time you will have…

Gluten Free Chocolate Pudding

By Roxanne | Mar 19, 2019

Delicious AND Healthy Superfood Desert If you haven’t yet had the pleasure of cooking with teff this chocolate pudding recipe is likely to be the one that makes you start. Teff is an ancient grain superfood produced locally in South Africa. Did you know teff releases starch as it cooks in a similar way to…

Vegan Burger Patty Recipe

By Roxanne | Mar 19, 2019

Burger patty recipes are something that have always been traditionally made of red meat. Whether you are vegan or just up for a change this burger patty recipe is made from grains, sweet potato and beans. It holds together well and tastes delicious done on the braai even though it has no meat or eggs.…

Gluten Free, Mixed Ancient Grains Porridge

By Roxanne | Mar 19, 2019

Whether you are gluten intolerant or not ancient grain porridges are an amazing, wholesome start to a day. Unfortunately they tend to sit on the baby food shelves in stores so we aren’t exposed to a wide variety of them anymore. We have to hunt them down. But when it comes to gluten free breakfasts…

Superfood Teff Porridge Recipe With Pumpkin Seeds, Cranberry And Ginger

By Roxanne | Mar 19, 2019

Tiny and mighty teff grain is something you need to be stocking in your pantry! It is easily ranked one of the most nutritious grains available because of its high protein, iron, calcium and magnesium content. To make things easier for you we have condensed all our teff recipes and info into our product info…

Tasty And Easy Lentil And Mushroom Stew

By Roxanne | Feb 28, 2019

We LOVE stews and casseroles. So flavourful and nutritious, even the biggest meat eaters will enjoy these vegetarian recipes. Stews are a bit like soups in that you can throw everything in a pot and let it work it’s magic with minimal effort from your side. For busy people that believe in healthy, homemade foods…

Easy Homemade Natural Fragrances And Perfume

By Roxanne | Feb 19, 2019

Nothing makes you feel quite so ready to take on the world like a pair of heels and a squirt of incredible smelling perfume! And, nothing is quite as inviting as a great smelling room! These days perfumes are getting a bad rep as a result of all the chemicals that go into making them.…

Incredibly Effective Natural Deodorant Recipe

By Roxanne | Feb 19, 2019

Deodorant is one of those personal care products we have become incredibly attached to. We can’t possibly risk smelling bad! Believe it or not deodorant hasn’t been around that long – with the first stick deodorant invented in 1903 and the first aerosol invented only in the 1960s. As with many personal care products the…

Simple And Delicious Coconut Chocolate Mousse

By Roxanne | Feb 13, 2019

For years I thought the only way you could make delicious chocolate mousse was with cream, eggs and melted store-bought chocolate. This isn’t ideal if you are diabetic, lactose intolerant, or opting for a more natural or paleo diet. The good news is there is a simple, natural and equally easy chocolate mousse recipe that…

Delicious and Refreshing Christmas Cocktails With Rooibos

By Roxanne | Dec 18, 2018

It’s almost Christmas and it’s summer in South Africa. Nothing represents all of those things quite like a mint and peach rooibos cocktail! As research on Rooibos increases, it’s status on the list of ultimate naturally healthy foods increases. It makes sense for it to be your choice as a base for some fun and…

Natural Cold Clay Recipe Using Only 2 Ingredients

By Roxanne | Dec 13, 2018

Homemade cold clay or porcelain clay is a more recent evolution to the normal play dough crafts or kiln fired clay. Cold clay is one of the really great easy craft activities for older kids and even adults. The clay sets at room temperature, so the creation can be painted, varnished and kept as a…

Easy Homemade Natural Playdough

By Roxanne | Dec 13, 2018

Playdough is one of those exceptionally easy healthy activities for kids that we often forget about. It can be made from all natural ingredients, used as an educational tool and stimulates creativity. It makes a great gift for children of a range of ages. Thankfully it is so simple to make, you can whip up…

Homemade Natural Whipped Body Butter

By Roxanne | Dec 6, 2018

When we think of natural health we immediately think of diets and what we put in our mouth. But, we also need to take into consideration what we absorb into our bodies through other means, including our skin.  Natural health is important in skincare for many reasons. The products that we are most frequently exposed…

Homemade Dry Shampoo For Naturally Healthy Looking Hair

By Roxanne | Dec 4, 2018

With our lives getting increasingly busy it is hard to figure out when to do simple things like washing your hair! We all want to look our best for every event but when that requires washing your hair daily it’s often just not practical. We know many commercial dry shampoos do not promote naturally healthy…

Natural Crafts And Homemade Gift Ideas For Kids

By Roxanne | Dec 4, 2018

  In such a consumer driven society it is hard to steer our kids away from the desire and need for things. The irony is often the gifts that weren’t things, are the gifts from our childhood that we remember most fondly. Sometimes all it takes is a little bit of inspiration and memory jogging…

Homemade Natural Hair Gel Using Only 1 Ingredient

By Roxanne | Dec 3, 2018

If you have curly, wavy or frizzy hair this recipe could change your life! Not all of us have hair that is ready to go as soon as we get out of bed. At the very least, most of us need the help of styling products for formal events. Commercial hair styling products often damage…

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All Natural Multipurpose Balm For Lips, Skin Irritations And Babies Bums

By Roxanne | Nov 22, 2018

With an array of uses as a lip balm, bum cream, barrier cream or soothing cream for dry skin this multipurpose balm is one of our favourite natural recipes. It is also one of the easiest recipes for personal care products. The importance of natural ingredients within personal care products should not be underestimated. Most…

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Rissoles With Spinach And Chickpeas

By Roxanne | Oct 10, 2018

Looking for lunchbox ideas? Rissoles are a great recipe to have in your arsenal. They are a perfect lunchbox snack or can be served as a side dish, starter or part of the main meal. A great finger food for entertaining too! This recipe version can be made with quinoa, arborio rice or millet, depending…

Fluffy Date, Fig, Almond And Whole Grain Salad

By Roxanne | Oct 10, 2018

Summer is the perfect time to experiment with delicious superfoods in salads. This salad is full of natural grains, nutrient rich dates, figs, almonds and chickpeas. Did I mention the dressing is a 30 second mixture of delicious and interesting combinations of natural ingredients from your pantry?! We LOVE the delicious flavour combinations in this…

Biltong: The Ultimate South African Whole Food

By Roxanne | Sep 27, 2018

When it comes to South African whole food and health there are many theories, diets, and guidelines. Almost all of them have some counter debate. Often the simpler view is the most effective. Our food rules are easy: keep it natural, keep it simple, keep it colourful and cook it yourself. When you stick to these…

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The Wonder of Soap Nuts For Your Hair

By Roxanne | Sep 13, 2018

What Are Soap Nuts? Soap nuts are natures best-kept secret. Although they have been around for centuries they originate from India and have only recently become available in South Africa. When it comes to healthy lifestyle habits soap nuts deserves a spot within our daily routines. It is great in the washing machine with our…

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Baking Soda And Apple Cider Vinegar For Naturally Beautiful Hair

By Roxanne | Sep 12, 2018

Baking soda is probably one of the oldest known natural hair wash alternatives. How to be healthy with your hair care is about more than what you use. It is also about what you use it with, how you use it and the frequency you use it. What It Really Takes To Move To Natural…

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Washing Your Hair With Rye Flour – How To Guide

By Roxanne | Sep 12, 2018

Washing Your Hair With Rye Flour – How To Guide When deciding to transition to natural hair wash methods choosing the best DIY natural product alternative for your hair can be quite daunting. Understanding how to identify if your hair needs moisture or protein and what porosity hair you have is like entering a whole…

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Natural And Delicious Homemade Dark Chocolate

By Roxanne | Aug 31, 2018

Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate – oh so delicious!! We can’t live without it but all that sugar doesn’t make it the healthiest snack food. When it comes to store-bought chocolate the ingredients in the labels can be quite overwhelming and the packaging can’t be recycled. Is it possible to get chocolate without all the palm oils,…

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Rejuvenating And Blemish-Lightening Natural Face Mask

By Roxanne | Aug 16, 2018

The Big Deal About Skin Care Skincare is a big deal, for women and for men these days. Many of us have spent thousands on products to lighten, rejuvenate, exfoliate or create an even tone, youthful complexion. We go to great lengths to get our skin to stay healthy looking. The options available on the…

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Our Top 4 Natural Hair Wash Options

By Roxanne | Aug 10, 2018

A healthy lifestyle doesn’t just revolve around what we eat. What we put on our bodies and hair also impacts our health. After all, our skin absorbs substances into our bloodstream much the same way as our digestive system. It’s a good idea to learn more about why people are moving to natural products. We…

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All Natural Hair Care – Why, What, How?

By Roxanne | Aug 2, 2018

    Luscious, youthful-looking hair – we all want the beautiful shine and volume at just the right level! For most of us, hair is a big part of our lives. The lucky ones have maintenance free hair, the rest of us seem to spend an age trying to figure out how to tame and…

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All Natural Tomato and Lentil Soup

By Roxanne | Jul 6, 2018

There is something about a really thick homemade soup that is just unbeatable! Winter calls for them like spring calls for flowers. But soups are even better when they are made from 100% natural and simple ingredients. It warms your soul, not just your tummy. They are so easy, almost completely fail proof, freeze so well…

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Natural Face Wash: So Simple and So Much Better

By Roxanne | Jun 28, 2018

Is It Time To Rethink Our Face Wash Routine? When it comes to a natural skincare routine, what we put in our bodies, through a healthy diet, contains everything we should be putting on our bodies, and nothing more. Our skin absorbs substances much the same way as our intestines absorb foods. For anyone with…

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The Benefits Of Natural Beauty Products Everyone Should Know

By Roxanne | Jun 20, 2018

There are few industries that have boomed as much as the skincare and beauty industry in the last few decades. Thousands of products line aisles in our shops. They all do a variety of different things, for different people, for different purposes. Navigating them is a minefield of marketing and pretty packaging. We invest thousands…

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Delicious Homemade Hot Chocolate: Quick, Easy and Incredibly YUM

By Roxanne | Jun 13, 2018

Winter is here! It’s time to break out the slippers and spend the weekends snuggling under the covers. Did someone say HOT CHOCOLATE and rusks? Yes please!! Homemade Hot Chocolate Is A Thing! Before you rush off and buy another container of the glorious hot drink to add to your trolley, consider what you are…

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Homemade Natural Multi-Purpose Surface Cleaner

By Roxanne | May 31, 2018

For most of us, the cupboard that contains the household cleaning products is the dark shadowy place of our kingdom that we ban our children from, and dread to go ourselves. It usually contains an impressive display of tightly packed, brightly coloured bottles ready to cascade out the second the doors are opened. We have…

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Homemade Natural Yoghurt: Easy, delicious and full of goodness

By Roxanne | May 23, 2018

There are so many products we buy automatically that we have come to assume that buying them is the only way to get them. When you start to rediscover what natural foods can do you very quickly realise how easy some of your most loved healthy food ideas are to recreate yourself, at home, naturally.…

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Vinegar: the game changer in simpler, more natural living!

By Roxanne | May 10, 2018

Most of us know vinegar for its use in cooking or on potato chips, but historically it has been one of the most versatile products in our homes. For centuries it has been used for everything from salad dressings to hair care and even as a natural cleaning product. Once you understand where it comes…

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Natural Fabric Softener With 1 Ingredient. No Mixing. No Prep

By Roxanne | Apr 20, 2018

Climbing into bed after laundry day, with fresh smelling, clean linen has to be one of life’s small glories. The soft texture and beautiful smell of freshly washed towels and linen after a long day …… instantly calming. The original fabric softeners Despite the modern look and smell of fabric softeners, the concept has been…

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Homemade Natural Toothpaste with 2 Ingredients

By Roxanne | Apr 12, 2018

Over a lifetime the average person will use approximately 50 liters or 620 tubes of toothpaste. That is a lot of tubes and a lot of toothpaste! Children swallow large amounts of toothpaste relative to what they use. Even as adults we will consistently consume small amounts of it daily. Toothpaste is not the only…