You only have to spend five minutes with three-time Paralympic gold medalist Dylan Alcott to feel moved by his majestic, positive energy. The world champion basketball star turned tennis ace, who carved his name into sporting history at the 2016 and 2008 Paralympics, refused to let his wheelchair stop him from achieving his dreams. It’s this bold, unbeatable attitude that has seen him become the poster boy for not allowing a label to define your life. We couldn’t be more proud to feature this Aussie legend in our second edition of A Conscious Collection Magazine. To see the full interview, pick up a copy at one of our out our partnering cafes / fitness studios / wellness clinics and health food stores. In stores as of 14/1.
As a wellness coach, and businesswoman, multitasking day-to-day jobs and the running of a magazine I cant stress how important it is starting your day off right. The right outlook, some sort of exercise and a decent breakfast. I Created A Conscious Collection, to educate, empower and inspire women for the most, on tips of how to life a healthy and happy life. Like Special K, I like to show people ways in which they can make healthy eating accessible, easy and of course INTERESTING. As we dive ‘mouth full’ into a prosperous 2017 I’ve teamed up with Special K to create a series of recipes inspired by the top food trends of 2017 as selected by Liz Lyons to help you all reimagine your New Year resolutions in new, creative and exciting ways.
I hope you like these quirky recipes that help you tick of those new years resolutions with recipes that inspire you to be your best.
Apple and berry Special K crumble with banana and blueberry “ice-cream”
This recipe is a take on an old favourite, the apple crumble. We see much loved favourites being reinvented all the time, and I wanted to show that with a little forward planning, you can create your favourites with a healthy twist.
3 cups Special K Gluten Free
1 cup desiccated coconut
1 tablespoon coconut oil or butter
2 apples, core removed, chopped
5-10 strawberries, chopped
1 handful seedless grapes
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 banana, frozen
1 cup frozen blueberries
½ cup almond or coconut milk almond, or dairy milk
In a saucepan, melt the coconut oil, add fruit and cinnamon and 1/4 cup water and stew until soft
In a frying pan, toast the Special K Gluten Free and coconut on medium heat until golden brown
To make the “ice-cream”, place all ingredients in a high-speed blender until an ice-cream consistency is formed
Spoon 3-4 tablespoons of the fruit into a cup, sprinkle the Special K crumble and place a scoop of “ice-cream” on top
Special K breakfast bars with “rawtella” topping
The Nutella trend not going anywhere. These breakfast bars are a convenient and delicious way to eat breakfast on the run (and a chocolate lovers dream!). Make a batch, slice them up and pack conveniently in your handbag for those times when you’re on the go!
Makes 8 Bars
3 cups Special K Gluten Free
1 cup desiccated coconut
¼ cup pepita seeds
¼ cup flaxseeds
¼ cup sunflower seeds
4 tablespoons coconut oil
2 tablespoons honey or rice malt syrup
¼ cup coconut oil, oil or butter melted
¾ cup roasted hazelnuts
¼ cup almond or diary milk
¼ cup rice malt syrup or honey
Preheat the oven to 150°C
Line a slice tin with baking paper, allowing the paper to flow over the edge
In a large saucepan, melt the coconut oil and honey and whisk together
Add remaining ingredients and stir, ensuring all ingredients are coated well
Place mixture into the slice tin and pat down firmly
Place in the oven for 15 minutes then transfer to the fridge for at least 2 hours
To make the “rawtella” topping, blend ingredients in food processor or blender until smooth and creamy
Coat half the mixture with the “rawtella”, place back in the fridge and cut into 8 bars
This is a sponsored post brought to you in collaboration with Special K
For our very first issue of A Conscious Collection Magazine, we were lucky enough to feature the gorgeous and good friend of mine, Elyse Knowles. She’s the down-to-earth, Aussie bombshell with the world waiting graciously at her fingertips. With and infectious smile and svelte golden limbs, this genetically blessed beauty is quickly becoming an admired house hold name as one of Australia’s most loved models. Click the video to watch the behind-the-scenes and pick up a copy of the latest issue to read the full article.
With Christmas just around the corner, shopping for your loved ones can become a tedious and daunting task! If you’re still unsure of what gifts to buy your fellow fitness loving friends and family, consider us your go-to for ideas and suggestions. These are our top 16 favourite fit-mas gifts!
Spring Racing is in full swing, which means you have undoubtedly scrolled through Instagram only to find a plethora of fashionistas snapped looking nothing short of impeccable on the race course while having the best time of their life! After all, Spring Racing is one the most anticipated and exciting events of the year. With such a focus on fashion, planning your outfit may get overwhelming.
So in an effort to make it easier, I’ve compiled my top 5 Spring Racing tips to not only make you look polished but also have you feeling your absolute best at the Spring Racing Carnival!
Stay healthy and hydrated
Firstly, no matter how stylish you look, if you don’t feel great, you won’t enjoy the event. Therefore, make sure you follow these crucial tips to remain healthy and hydrated on the day!
Often enough you are crammed for time while prepping for races and forget to have breakfast, so ensure you eat a breakfast full of whole food. This will not only keep you fuller for longer, but it will also fuel your body, allowing you to stay energized throughout the whole day.
This is probably the most crucial tip, you must drink plenty of water before and while you are attending the races. You’ll be exposed to the sun all day so its best to stay hydrated to prevent headaches and nausea from ruining your day.
Also, we can sometimes feel pressured to eat whatever we are offered at the racing events but try and opt for healthier choices when possible, such as salads and oven baked food over deep fried and greasy food. You’ll be feeling much better with your choices at the end of the day!
Match your accessories
The key to pulling a look together is all in the accessories, particularly millinery. Whether you choose to wear a hat, a fascinator or a headband, your millenary will be the item that will make your outfit unique to you. In saying this, if you do choose to go bold in the millinery department, let your other accessories compliment it rather than compete with it. Think dainty rings, simple studs and simple bag that will help elevate your outfit while allowing the dress and headpiece to standout.
Stay true to your style
Trends are a fabulous way to look stylish, but they can also have you looking like every other person on the day. To avoid having a “who wore it better” incident, keep your outfit true to your style. Some of the ways you can do this is:
Buy online – ASOS, Nasty Gal and The Iconic are just a few of the online stores that have a wide variety of dresses to choose from.
Wear a two piece set – a mid-length skirt and structured top follow the dress code whilst remaining unique to you.
Pulling out a vintage dress from your mums closet or even from a vintage shop (keeping in mind the dress code).
Taking your shoes off has never been appropriate and the Spring Races is no exception, no matter how much pain your feet are in! Taking into consideration that you’ll be standing a lot, ensure you choose footwear that looks good, but more importantly is comfortable enough to stand in for the whole day. A nice wedge, block heel or even kitten heel are all practical yet still trendy shoes that will keep your outfit looking fabulous!
Follow dress codes
Each Spring Racing day has a different dress code, make sure to follow the basic dress codes for each event.
Oaks Day – This day is all about the ladies, so make sure you get your femininity on. Think soft colour palettes, intricate lace, silk fabrics and shiny embellishments which will work perfectly for the day.
Derby Day – Black and white is the colour code for Derby Day so get experimental and try different fabrics and cuts.
Melbourne Cup Day – Go bold or go home – this is the day to wear your brightest and loudest outfit!
And the most important tip, don’t forget to enjoy the day while enjoying a glass of Rose!
Athleisure, the trend that sees us go from workout to street in comfort and style. Whatever your style, embrace a unique and individual approach to who you are. Through fashion, pick styles that compliment your personality, body type and most of all allows yourself to be confident and proud. Be comfortable, be bold, be anything but ordinary, as you my darlings; are extraordinary.
Situated in the middle of the Bass Straight, between Victoria and Tasmania’s North West Coast, lies an idyllic, quaint island; rich in history and rolling hills of fertile farm land. Known as King Island, this stunning country island produces some of Australia’s finest natural foods including an abundance of gourmet cheese’s and succulent, tender beef. We hopped off the small Regional Express plane, eager to explore all of King Islands offerings, including its iconic surf beaches, gourmet restaurants, hiking trails and some much needed country air.
Thanks to Mazda, we picked up the new Mazda3 upon arrival and headed to the beautiful Porky Beach House, nestled in the dunes of Porky Beach. We packed the car with winter woolies and set the seat warmers to high. It was time to explore; feeling right at home as a country girl myself, we took to the sweeping planes, and rolling hills, cruising the coast line and winding roads, greeting numerous wildlife along the way including, roaming wallabies, wild turkeys, peacocks, geese and of course an abundance of curious cattle. The Mazda3’s lightweight, sporting agility made it a smooth, quiet ride. It took to the corners with control and conquered all terrain from beach tracks to rocky coastal roads. We explored North to South, East to West and thanks to it’s SKYACTIV-Drive technology and I-stop features, fuel was plentiful! In comfort we drove, stopping at some of king Islands favourite attractions. With not one taxi in sight, bus or equivalent, a car is the only way to get around the island. Thank you Mazda for allowing us to see all of King Islands glory.
From shipwrecks, to cheese factories, there’s ample to see and do. Whether you are looking for a relaxing weekend away or an active surfing weekend I recommend checking out below all that the island has to offer.
Visit Disappointed Beach. (Don’t be fooled by the name, there is nothing to be disappointed about)
Take a drive to Cape Wickham Light House
Pay a visit to the Kelp Factory, where kelp is hung, dried and processed in preparation for exporting
Indulge in some Cheese tastings at King Island Dairy
Check our the surf at Martha Beach
Pay a visit to the town center Currie
If you are an avid golfer, there are multiple pristine golf courses situated around the island
Trail riding is on offer through multiple companies, a good Google will suffice.
Spring has sprung, and whilst we are yet to see its true colours, it’s time to wean out the comfort foods and lighten up our diets, wardrobes and the ever-growing electricity bill. Thanks heaters, you served your purpose this long, cold winter.
Lemon, the ultimate detoxifier, vitamin C booster and antibacterial hero is one of my favourite citrus fruits. While you wont see me chomping into this particular sour gem, you will see me add it to my daily routine, multiple times over. Besides adding lemon to my water upon rising, I like to make this simple lemonade to drink throughout the day. It’s fresh, delicious and thurst quenching. Next time you are looking to spruce up your BBQ or dinner, follow this recipe and reap the benefits of the glorious lemon.
5 health benefits of lemons
Lemons balance PH levels in the body.
Drinking lemon water helps flush out toxins and metals in the body.
Lemons are full of Vitamin C and Pectin Fibre – Important for colon health.
The potassium content in lemon helps nourish brain and nerve cells.
Lemons prevent the growth of bacteria that cause disease and infections
Serves 4, double the recipe for a larger quantity.
200ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
3 cups of water
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
4 tsp granulated stevia
1/2 tsp finely grated ginger
Extra lemons to garnish
Mix the lemon juice, water, mint leaves and grated ginger in a tall jug.
Melt the stevia into syrup by adding 1 – 2tbs boiling water in a mug, stir until dissolved then add to the jug.
Sydney – the home of the Opera House and the famous Harbour Bridge. Do you have a weekend planned and not sure how to fit all the best bits in? Read on for a guide of things to do and see to make the most of your short trip.
Stay: Primus Hotel Sydney. This beautiful art deco, heritage listed, building is the perfect elegant and sophisticated hotel right in the heart of the city, making it the perfect location for you to go to and fro throughout your stay with ease and convenience.
Take a walk around to the Sydney Harbour Bridge, grab a coffee and walk along the bay-line and into the beautiful gardens near by. You will be sure to see a wonderful mix of culture events.
Do a spot of shopping around Pitt Street Mall and enjoy the atmosphere of the bustling Sydney side.
Get a little dolled up for an afternoon of cocktails. Start with an Espresso Martini in the lobby of Primus Hotel where they are chilled with Liquid nitrogen and presented with elegance.
Watch the sun go down at Bondi Icebergs and snap away as the sun hits the water.