A Complete Guide to Washing Fruit & Vegetables

A Complete Guide to Washing Fruit & Vegetables

Due to the current circumstances with the COVID-19 global pandemic, this has ignited concerns by many people speculating whether more aggressive washing techniques should be used when washing their fruit and vegetables. In response to this, health professionals have advised that using pervasive substances are unnecessary and global pandemic or not, individuals should be adequately washing their fresh fruit and vegetables to remove germs and any unwanted residues from their surfaces before eating them.

How to do this? The first steps even before washing the fruit and vegetables, is that the individual washes their hands with soap and water and ensure that any utensils or surfaces that the fresh produce may come into contact with is thoroughly cleaned.

The next steps of washing the fruit will depend on the characteristics of the produce. Fruit including apples and pears and vegetables like potatoes that have firmer skins can be brushed with a clean, soft bristle to remove any residues and must be washed before peeling to prevent surface bacteria from reaching the inside of the produce. Leafy greens, which include spinach, lettuce and bok choy should be submerged in a bowl of cool water, swished and rinsed off with fresh water. With delicate produce, including berries or mushrooms which can fall apart can be cleaned with a steady stream of water and gently using fingers to remove any grit on the surface.

Fruit and vegetables offer an abundance of vitamins, minerals, fibre and antioxidants which can enrich an individual’s diet once the effective cleaning methods which were mentioned above are applied.

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Vegan White Chocolate & Macadamia Cookies

Vegan White Chocolate & Macadamia Cookies

Crunchy on the outside & chewy on the inside… We used the new Loving Earth vegan white chocolate to create these crowd pleasing cookies. 

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Serves: 20 cookies


 .1/3 cup chopped macadamias

.3/4 cup chopped vegan white chocolate – we are using the new Loving Earth white chocolate

.1/4 cup virgin coconut oil

.3/4 cups brown sugar or coconut sugar

.2 tablespoons coconut yogurt

.2 tablespoons dairy-free milk

.1 teaspoon vanilla extract

.1 1/3 cups wholemeal spelt flour

.1/4 teaspoon bicarb soda

.1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Let’s Begin:

1. Cream the coconut oil and sugar in a bowl with an electric mixer.


2. Mix in the yogurt, milk and vanilla.


3. Add the flour, baking soda and salt to the bowl and mix until combined.


4. Add the chopped white chocolate and macadamias, mix until evenly combined throughout the cookie dough.


5. Roll little balls of the dough with floured hands to avoid sticking, arrange the balls on baking trays and press with your fingers to flatten slightly.


6. Bake the cookies for 10 minutes, allow to cool before eating.

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Another delicious vegan recipe to try: Vegan & Gluten Free Brownies

Vegetarian Dumplings With Fried Rice & Broccoli

Vegetarian Dumplings With Fried Rice & Broccoli

For those nights that you can’t be bothered, or don’t have the time to be cooking up a storm in the kitchen, we present to you our healthy quick freezer aisle options at WholeLife. We’ve kicked off this new freezer series with a delicious bowl of vegetarian dumplings with a serve of garlic broccoli and healthy fried rice.

Prep: 10 minutes

Cooking: 10 minutes

Serves: 2


 .1 packet microwave brown rice

.1 packet Golden Pig & Co, Tofu & Shiitake Mushroom Dumplings

.3 cups frozen broccoli florets

.1/2 cup frozen corn

.1 clove garlic

.1 spring onion

.1 tbsp teriyaki sauce, we have used the Absolute Organic Coconut Amino Sauce

.1 tsp Nutra Organics vegetable broth powder

Let’s Begin:


1.Fill a pot with water and bring to the boil. Boil the dumplings according to the packet instructions.


2.Whilst you are waiting for the vegetarian dumplings to cook, heat a wok with a drizzle of olive oil. Add the frozen broccoli into the wok and start to stir fry, when the broccoli begins to soften, mince the garlic and add into the pan.


3.Now you can add the teriyaki sauce to the wok, keep frying until the broccoli is cooked through.


4.Set aside the broccoli in a bowl. We will use the wok to cook the fried rice so no need to clean it yet.


5.Heat the microwave rice according to the packet instructions, whilst the rice warms, finely chop the spring onion.


6.Reheat the wok with a drizzle of olive oil, remove the rice from the packet into the wok and begin to fry, breaking apart the rice with your spoon.


7.Add to the rice your corn, spring onion, vegetable powder. Mix and stir fry the mixture, season with salt and pepper to taste.


8.Once the rice is thoroughly stir fried, warmed through and has a little bit of nice crispiness it is done. At this stage you could whisk an egg and cook it through the rice for extra protein if you wanted to.


9.When the dumplings have finished cooking, drain them and serve hot. You can also serve some more of the teriyaki sauce on the side for dipping.

Looking for more vegetarian meals? Try our Vegan Summer Spaghetti reciepe

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Wintery Oats with Tess Begg

Wintery Oats with Tess Begg

WholeLife x Tess Begg Vegan White Chocolate and Chai Oats

We teamed up with our favourite vegan; Tess Begg, to create the ultimate wintery oats recipe. Tess Begg is a passionate vegan, foodie and fitness enthusiast. Across her social media channels, Tess shares vegan recipe tutorials and workout videos. Tess has recently launched her third vegan cookbook, “Oh Sweet Vegan”.

We’re so excited to share this recipe with you all – It contains some of our most loved WholeLife Healthfoods including Organic Oats, Melrose Chai Butter, Loving Earth White Chocolate and Almo Almond Milk!

Kick start your Winter mornings with these creamy oats, doused with a healthy serving of warming chai spices and vegan white chocolate… It’s the ultimate brekky that will make you feel like you’re getting a warm hug.




1 cup WholeLife rolled oats

1/4 Cup WholeLife organic almonds

1 tbsp WholeLife organic chia seeds

1/2 tsp Chefs Choice vanilla extract

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp ginger

1 tbsp Melrose Almond Chai Butter

1½ cup Almo Almond Milk



Fresh banana

Fresh blueberries

Melrose Almond Chai Butter

Drizzle maple syrup

Loving Earth White Chocolate



1. Add the rolled oats, almonds, chia seeds, vanilla, spices, nut butter and almond milk to a blender. Blend until combined and the oats are slightly broken down. 

2. Pour the mixture into a saucepan over medium heat and cook until thickened to your desired consistency, add more almond milk if needed. 

3. Transfer oatmeal to a bowl and garnish with a cinnamon stick, banana, blueberries, nut butter, maple syrup and white chocolate. 

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Interview With: Noego Coffee

Interview With: Noego Coffee

Tell us the backstory behind Noego Coffee, what inspired the brand?

Noego began in the back of a 1977 Kombi, I wanted to roast organic coffees only and sell at a market stall. We then started to use our storage warehouse as an espresso lounge and it’s just gone from strength to strength. We now employ 15 staff and have moved from a 1.5kg roaster to a 15 kg roaster.

We chose the name Noego (No Ego) because we felt that there was so much attitude coming from both coffee roasters and baristas, that we wanted to bring back customer service and hospitality that comes from the heart. Respect Awareness and love are at the core of everything we do.

Why is organic so important to you?

Simply because that is the way my family and I live, it’s important on so many levels, our pharmacy is our food.

How is Noego tackling the issue of sustainability?

Sustainability on all levels is so important to us. All our coffees are both environmentally and ethically sourced.

Where do you source your coffee beans from?

We source coffees from all corners of the globe and have several single origins available.

What is your everyday coffee ritual?

My only ritual is that coffee is one of the first things I do. But my coffee is always made as a moment of being present and almost meditational. I choose what style I feel like whether it be espresso, drip filter, Turkish or cold brew and sit with it, I enjoy my surroundings as the sun rises usually. It’s always a beautiful moment.

What’s the secret to a great cup of coffee?

Best quality you can afford, freshness, and then making it mindfully.

If you could only choose one of your products to buy what would it be and why?

Ananya Blend. It’s the first roast that I did and has a flavour profile that I’ve never tried before. It has so many different levels of flavour which makes it very versatile in different brewing methods.

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Read our blog with another Australian company Superfeast: Here

5 Healthy Snack Ideas

5 Healthy Snack Ideas

Are you struggling to make healthy snack choices at home or have just run out of healthy ‘snackspiration’? Here are 5 healthy snack hacks that are quick, easy and most importantly, delicious!


Decedent is the most appropriate description for this clean treat. Plant based, vegan, gluten and dairy free. This pack makes 16 bliss balls, share them with your girlfriends or keep them all to yourself, we won’t judge.


What you’ll need:


-Nut spread of your choice

-Toppings of choice (desiccated coconut, dark chocolate, cinnamon, fruit, toasted seeds)


How to make:

 -Slice apples and use a small cookie cutter to remove cores

-spread with your choice of nut butter

-sprinkle with toppings


This snack is especially great if you’ve got a horde of hungry little ones too. Add extra veggies like celery and capsicum and you’re halfway to a picnic!


Spice blend recipe to sprinkle over fresh popcorn cooked with coconut oil:

 -1 tablespoon smoked paprika

-1 teaspoon salt

-3/4 teaspoon garlic powder

-3/4 teaspoon ground cumin

-3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper


You can’t go wrong with a classic yogurt and granola or muesli cup filled with coconut yogurt, fresh fruit and your favourite muesli, granola or buckini.


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Looking for breakfast inspiration? Check out our Winter Oats recipe in collaboration with Tess Begg