Summer salads are made easy thanks to a few simple ingredients and a delicious variety of our favourite sweet, bite sized tomatoes. The very high flesh to juice ratio in these varieties, not only intensifies the flavour but also makes Perino™ tomatoes practically ‘squirt free’ and the perfect ingredient for a light, fresh and nourishing salad. Look to your local Coles to pick up some punnets of the Blush Tomato variety and whip up this summer salad in less than 15 minutes. The whole family will love it.

 

 

Ingredients:

¼ cup olive oil

1 tbs lemon juice

1 tbs lemon rind

1 tbs honey / rice malt syrup

Pinch of salt

Pinch of Pepper

1 punnet of Blush Perino Sweet Snacking Tomatoes

1 punnet of Blush Perino Gold™ Sweet Snacking Tomatoes

1 packet of Blush Amoroso Cocktail Truss Tomatoes

2 tbs chopped fresh basil

1 tbs fresh chives

200 grams fresh ricotta cheese.

Twigs of thyme for garnish

 

Method

Preheat the oven to 150 degrees Celsius.

Place Blush Amoroso Cocktail Truss Tomatoes on a baking tray, spray with extra virgin olive oil and bake for 10-15 minutes until tomatoes are soft and roasted.

Cut half of the punnet tomatoes in half and leave the rest whole. Place in a large mixing bowl. Add in cooked Truss Tomatoes.

To make the dressing, combine the olive oil, lemon juice, lemon rind, honey/rice malt syrup, chives, salt and pepper in a mixing jug and whisk with a fork.

Pour dressing over tomatoes, mix well. Spread out on a clean plate for presenting. Add wedges of cottage cheese, extra basil and twigs of thyme for decoration.

 

Enjoy!

 

This post is brought to you in collaboration with Blush Tomatoes. All views and opinions are our own.

 

 

With summer in full swing, gatherings are plentiful and food is the essence of every get-together.  Whilst tomatoes are available all year round, the extra variety in the warmer months is perfect for the tomato lover, making entertaining a breeze and effortless. ‘Throw it together’ healthy, summer platters are now yummier and an absolute winner.  Ever wondered what the difference is between these little red and golden gems? With the help of Blush Tomatoes, here is the lowdown on tomato 101 to help you make entertaining a breeze and of course tastier!

 

Perino Sweet Snacking Tomatoes –

  • Bite-sized and similar to a grape in shape
  • Twice as sweet as the average tomato
  • Healthy and fresh snack for children and adults.
  • Their sweet flavour comes from the very high flesh to juice ratio, which not only intensifies the flavour but also makes Perino™ tomatoes practically ‘squirt free’.
  • Perfect for school lunch boxes or simply as a nutritious snack on-the-go! Also an excellent addition to salads, pizzas and pasta dishes.

Perino Gold™ Sweet Snacking Tomatoes –

  • Orange in colour, these golden grape snacking tomatoes are lower in acidity than traditional red tomato varieties.
  • Have a subtle sweetness and delicate flavour.
  • Perfect for snacking or salads, excellent for the school lunch box or as a healthy treat!

Amoroso Cocktail Truss Tomatoes –

  • Small in size but big on flavour.
  • Succulent and versatile, they have an intense taste and are the perfect size for everyday cooking such as salads or pastas.
  • Picked and packed on the vine, they continue to draw flavour and nutrients to ensure great quality and that true tomato taste.
  • When left on the vine they are perfect for oven roasting or BBQ cooking.
  • Great addition to making your dish look a little more gourmet.

 

How to construct an easy entertaining platter.

Suggested ingredients:

1 punnet of Perino Sweet Snacking Tomatoes (available at Coles)

1 punnet of Perino Gold™ Sweet Snacking Tomatoes (available at Coles)

1 tray of Amoroso Cocktail Truss Tomatoes (available at Coles)

½ cup walnuts

Cheese of your choice: I used bocconcini

Hommus dip,

Dried Fruit

Basil leaves for decoration

 

To check out more click http://www.blushtomatoes.com.au

 

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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.

Check out Dylan here

 

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.

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Makes 3 

Ingredients

Crumble

  • 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

“Ice-cream”

  • 1 banana, frozen
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • ½ cup almond or coconut milk almond, or dairy milk

Method

  1. In a saucepan, melt the coconut oil, add fruit and cinnamon and 1/4 cup water and stew until soft
  2. In a frying pan, toast the Special K Gluten Free and coconut on medium heat until golden brown
  3. To make the “ice-cream”, place all ingredients in a high-speed blender until an ice-cream consistency is formed
  4. Spoon 3-4 tablespoons of the fruit into a cup, sprinkle the Special K crumble and place a scoop of “ice-cream” on top
  5. Enjoy!

 

 

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!

 

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Makes 8 Bars 

Ingredients

Breakfast 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

“Rawtella”

  • 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

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 150°C
  2. Line a slice tin with baking paper, allowing the paper to flow over the edge
  3. In a large saucepan, melt the coconut oil and honey and whisk together
  4. Add remaining ingredients and stir, ensuring all ingredients are coated well
  5. Place mixture into the slice tin and pat down firmly
  6. Place in the oven for 15 minutes then transfer to the fridge for at least 2 hours
  7. To make the “rawtella” topping, blend ingredients in food processor or blender until smooth and creamy
  8. 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 

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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.

Images: David Higgs

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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!

  1. Lululemon All Day Tote | $139.00
  2. Nike Free Train Runners | $169.99
  3. Adidas Yoga Mat – Solid Magenta | $100.00
  4. Country Road RUA Salad Servers | $54.95
  5. T2 When in India | $55.00
  6. Fitbit Charge 2 | $249.95
  7. Perricone MD – Discover Power Essentials Set (Male) | $150.00
  8. Marc Jacobs  Daisy Eau de Toilet 50 ml | $90.00
  9. Tully Lou Hayley Pant | $139.99
  10. Superdry Core Gym Bra | $49.95
  11. Mi Goals 2017 Jasmine Dowling HC A5 Diary | $34.95  
  12. Reebok Speed Rope | $29.99
  13. Kettlebell Cast Iron 12kg E-Coat | $36.00
  14. Midascup Turmeric blend | $21.99
  15. The Beuty Chef book | $49.95
  16. Magnesium + White Tea Body Care Bundle } | $80
  17. Clearboy (Clear Quartz) | $119.99

Hannah Abdulhak writes:

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).

 

Consider practicality

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!img_5614

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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.

Below I have curated styles that express my personality, you can find these looks at Westfield’s Searchable Mall. Don’t forget to visit Westfield’s Beauty and Wellness Weekend on 15 – 16 October – check it out here!

Search more Witchery, Rebel Fashion Cotton On and T2 here.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Highlights

  1. Visit Disappointed Beach. (Don’t be fooled by the name, there is nothing to be disappointed about)
  2. Take a drive to Cape Wickham Light House
  3. Pay a visit to the Kelp Factory, where kelp is hung, dried and processed in preparation for exporting
  4. Indulge in some Cheese tastings at King Island Dairy
  5. Check our the surf at Martha Beach
  6. Pay a visit to the town center Currie
  7. If you are an avid golfer, there are multiple pristine golf courses situated around the island
  8. Trail riding is on offer through multiple companies, a good Google will suffice.

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