Brands That Support Indigenous Communities

Brands That Support Indigenous Communities

Each year, NAIDOC Week comes as a welcome reminder to all Australians about the necessity of continued support to First Nations people, whose people and remote communities are still some of the most disadvantaged and marginalised in Australia today.

It’s one thing to be an ally to first Nation’s People, but even better to be an ally and  a supporter. That’s why we’re wanting to call out some brands you can find at WholeLife that consciously choose to give back and support Indigenous communities, not just during NAIDOC week or when the spotlight shines a light on it, but year-round.

We love brands that exist with a purpose here at WholeLife and trust us ­­­– we range soo many of them! Here are just a few brands that give back to Indigenous peoples and communities in Australia that you should support during NAIDOC Week.

Brands That Support Indigenous Communities

Rare Earth Oils

Beginning as a small social enterprise from Far North Queensland in 2011, Rare Earth Oils produces 100% organic, wild harvested essential oils and natural beauty products with an emphasis on native Australian ingredients. All profits go to support the Rare Earth Foundation, a charity set up by the founders of Rare Earth Oils. The Rare Earth Foundation works with family groups, schools, and social groups to deliver programs with a focus on Indigenous youth empowerment and the preservation of cultural heritage.

You can read more about the Rare Earth foundation here.

 

Roogenic

Roogenic are an Australian family owned business and leading supplier of Australian bush teas, spices and infused honey that are all made in Australia. Their mission is to embrace Australian culture and share with the world the amazing benefits and uses of Native Australian plants.

Roogenic describe themselves as “a health-conscious bunch with a passion for bush tucker and the great outback” and strive to make native food more accessible to the everyday Aussie. They have an Indigenous Support Policy, with a goal of making a difference in Indigenous communities across Australia by choosing to deal with more and more Indigenous suppliers each year. They’ve also been involved in multiple community projects throughout the years aimed at empowering Indigenous communities.

You can read more about their community contributions and programs here.

 

ROHR Remedy

Natural skincare with Australian medicinal botanicals is ROHR Remedy’s main game, and they do it well! ROHR Remedy are an all-natural skincare brand with products for all skin types and concerns. Their ingredients are wild harvested, meaning that there are no major farms or plantations that they source their raw ingredients from, meaning that the lands are not over-worked and destroyed. They work with Indigenous landowners and elders to ensure that their wild harvesting is done with sustainable and ethical practices at the forefront of importance.

The company was founded thanks to the shared knowledge and skills of the Yulparitja women and men, who live near Broome in Western Australia. ROHR Remedy continue to support Indigenous communities by collaborating with different Indigenous communities and farmers who share their passion for sustainable, ethical, and organic ingredients.

You can read more about how the Yulparitja women and men helped ROHR Remedy here.

 

Nutra Organics

Nutra Organics are an Australian-founded wholefoods company who have been providing us with ethical and organic nutrition for over 20 years. Throughout that time, they initiated Project Give Back which is their ongoing commitment to helping our environment and communities. Since 2019, Nutra Organics have funded multiple programs including the donation of $30,000 to Bridging the Gap Foundation which provides health education to Indigenous Communities.

You can read more about their other Project Give Back initiatives here.

 

If you enjoyed this post, click here to read our post on why shopping native and local is important.

Feature image via ROHR Remedy.

Banana and Wattleseed Pancakes with Manuka Honey & Macadamia Crumble

Banana and Wattleseed Pancakes with Manuka Honey & Macadamia Crumble

What’s better than a stack of fluffy, warm pancakes on a cold winter’s morning? In celebration of all things Native Australia for the month of July, we’ve put an Aussie twist on a comforting classic by using Australian owned brands and native Australian ingredients where possible in this recipe.

The star of the recipe is undoubtedly wattleseed, which is the native seed from Australian Acacia trees that have been traditionally used for thousands of years by Indigenous Australians. The roasted and ground wattleseed gives the pancakes an earthy, chocolatey flavour. If you’ve never tried traditional Australian bush tucker flavours before, these pancakes are the perfect introduction.

We’ve topped the pancakes with a 100% Australian Manuka honey and macadamia nut crumble which has a toasted, sticky, and sweet toffee flavour. Macadamia nuts are native to southeastern Queensland and northeastern New South Wales and were an important source of food for Indigenous Australians. The nut is known by the names of bauple, gyndl, jindilli, and boombera in local Indigenous languages.

We’ve used Australian owned and made ingredients in this recipe where possible.

Banana and Wattleseed Pancakes | WholeLife Pharmacy & Healthfoods
Native Australian Recipes | WholeLife Pharmacy & Healthfoods

BANANA AND WATTLESEED PANCAKES WITH MACADAMIA CRUMBLE

 

INGREDIENTS

Pancakes

  • 1 ½ cups WholeLife Healthfoods Organic Plain Flour (GF option: WholeLife Healthfoods Buckwheat Flour)
  • 1 cup milk of your choice (we used Milklab Almond Milk)
  • 1 banana
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp WholeLife Healthfoods Baking Powder
  • 1 tbsp Herbie’s Wattleseed Roasted & Ground
  • ½ tsp Chef’s Choice Pure Vanilla Extract
  • Pinch of salt

 

Crumble

  • 1 cup WholeLife Healthfoods Raw Macadamias
  • 1 tbsp B Brothers Manuka Honey MGO 100+
  • Pinch of salt

 

METHOD

  1. Sift the flour into a mixing bowl and whisk all ingredients together. Be sure not to over combine the batter – it’s ok if it’s a little lumpy. Let the batter rest for 15 minutes.
  2. Heat a non-stick frying pan with butter or coconut oil over medium heat.
  3. Use a half cup measure to scoop the batter out of the bowl and into the frying pan.
  4. Flip the pancake once it starts to bubble and cook for a further 2-4 minutes.
  5. Heat a smaller non-stick frying pan for the macadamia nut crumble.
  6. Combine roughly chopped macadamia nuts and a tablespoon of Manuka honey over medium heat until the honey has coated all the nuts. Set aside.
  7. Serve pancakes with sliced bananas, macadamia nut crumble, and a drizzle of Manuka honey on top. Enjoy!

 

We’d love to hear if you tried this recipe out! Show us your pancake stack by tagging us on Instagram @wholelifepharmacyandhealthfood.

 

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Why Shopping Native and Local is Important

Why Shopping Native and Local is Important

Today marks the beginning of annual NAIDOC Week celebrations held nationally across Australia. It’s a week that is not only in celebration of Australia’s rich culture, lands and traditions, but also a celebration of our First Nations’ people and a recognition of the injustices they have faced.

This year’s NAIDOC Week theme is ‘Heal Country!’ and will run from the 4th to 11th of July 2021.

“The NAIDOC 2021 theme – Heal Country! – calls for all of us to continue to seek greater protections for our lands, our waters, our sacred sites and our cultural heritage from exploitation, desecration, and destruction.”

WholeLife is proud to range a variety of brands that actively support Indigenous communities through various foundations and projects. We also are proud to range a large number of Australian owned brands with Australian made products that incorporate native ingredients.

Each WholeLife Pharmacy & Healthfoods you visit is owned by a local pharmacist in your community, and you’ll notice that not every WholeLife has the exact same range of products. That’s because each store is encouraged to support local and small business by ranging locally made and owned products. This could be things like local fresh bread, handmade soaps, hand poured candles, small batch skincare… the possibilities are endless!

It’s so important to support your local community and First Nations’ people, especially during a week as pertinent as NAIDOC Week. This year’s theme is all about healing our lands, our waters and our heritage, and a great way to be a supporter of this cause is by shopping mindfully and sustainably and by choosing to support Indigenous owned business.

 

Here are 5 reasons why shopping native and local is important.

 

1. It’s more sustainable

Choosing to buy from local producers is an eco-friendly move, which we’re all about at WholeLife. Local goods have accumulated fewer travelled kilometres – meaning that the resources needed to produce the item are generally sourced around the local area and not imported from overseas.

2. You can support Indigenous makers

Supporting your local Indigenous businesses and makers produces more than an economic benefit ­– it connects you to the local land, traditions, and community. First Nations people relied heavily on the land for thousands of years before invasion, and that connection is something that modern Australians should preserve.

3. You can support your local economy

Of course, shopping local creates an obvious economic benefit. It’s easy to choose convenience these days, but keeping wealth circulating in your local community creates long-lasting effects that can benefit other small, local businesses.

4. It’s an opportunity to immerse yourself in native Australian ingredients

Native Australian ingredients are truly unique and like nothing else on earth, just like our native fauna. Acquaint yourself with the tastes and scents of your backyard by choosing products that contain Native Australian ingredients like Kakadu Plum, Wattleseed, Lemon Myrtle or Finger Lime. Who knows, you might stumble across something that you love!

5. You will find unique products

Local products are usually one-of-a-kind and handmade with love! Owning something unique from a local maker is a feel-good exercise, because you know you’re supporting a good cause (and you have something that not many other people have!).

Everyone should strive to keep their shopping native and local more often.

Do you have any favourite local, Indigenous makers we should know about, or brands that support Indigenous communities? Let us know in the comments below!

 

 

Feature image via ROHR Remedy.

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Dark Chocolate Lava Baked Oats

Dark Chocolate Lava Baked Oats

Baked oats have been trending across platforms like TikTok and Instagram Reels for months now – and it’s no wonder, because who could say no to cake for breakfast? Although it looks like a not-so-healthy sweet treat, baked oats are actually a great breakfast option.

Oats are a highly nutritious whole grain that are naturally gluten free. Often oats aren’t labelled as gluten free due to cross-contamination concerns on processing equipment, so if you’re gluten sensitive or coeliac it’s always best to check labels on your oats to be safe.

You’ll be getting a healthy hit of carbs and fibre with your morning oats, including the gut-loving beta-glucan. The beta-glucans in oats are a great prebiotic which is food for the good bacteria that live in your gut. Your gut will love baked oats as much as you do!

The beta-glucans in oats also attract water and increase the thickness of digested food, which in turn increases the volume of food in your gut and slows digestion. Oats will have you feeling fuller for longer to keep those mid-morning munchies at bay.

We’ve added cacao for its antioxidant properties and chocolatey flavour, chia seeds for an omega-3 boost and manuka honey for a dash of sweetness (add more if you have a sweet tooth!). And finally, the ‘lava’ component comes from 4 squares of Loving Earth Dark Chocolate buried in the batter and baked until it becomes an oozing delight – but of course, you can skip the chocolate if you want to keep it super healthy!

This recipe is a super easy and fast way to whip up an indulgent healthy breakfast. You could also mix it up and add in nuts or protein powders for extra nutrients. We’re huge fans of this recipe in the WholeLife kitchen.

 

Ingredients:
  • ½ a ripe banana
  • 2/3 cup Oatly oat milk
  • 2/3 cup WholeLife Healthfoods Certified Organic Rolled Oats
  • 1 tbsp B Brothers Manuka Jellybush Honey 30+ MGO (or use agave for a vegan alternative)
  • 1 tbsp WholeLife Healthfoods Certified Organic Raw Cacao Powder
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • ½ tbsp WholeLife Healthfoods Organic Chia Seeds
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 4 squares of Loving Earth Dark Chocolate (plus more finely grate on top)

 

Method:
  1. Preheat your oven to 200°c
  2. Add banana, milk, oats, Manuka honey, cacao powder, salt, chia seeds and baking powder to blender and blend until a smooth batter has formed
  3. Spoon the batter into your ramekin
  4. Place 4 squares of Loving Earth Dark Chocolate into the centre and cover with batter
  5. Bake in oven at 200°c for 18-20 minutes
  6. Finely grate some leftover dark chocolate on top and enjoy!

We love seeing your kitchen creations! Make sure to tag us in your posts on Instagram @wholelifepharmacyandhealthfood

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Why You Should Consume More Fermented Foods This Winter

Why You Should Consume More Fermented Foods This Winter

What do yogurt, sour pickles and kimchi have in common? You guessed it, they’re fermented foods! Packed with antioxidants and probiotics, fermented foods can do wonders for your digestive and immune systems. And with flu season on the way, our bodies may need a boost.

 

WHAT ARE FERMENTED FOODS?

Hey, remember that time a guy turned water into wine? Ancient articles tell us that fermentation has existed for thousands of years. Before refrigerators and Tupperware, the process of fermenting was necessary to preserve food through seasons when fresh vegetables, fruit and milk were scarce. Today, we use fermentation as a simple, tasty method to preserve food and its nutrients.

Ever heard of tempeh, sauerkraut or miso? They are vegetables and soybeans that have been prepared, sealed and left to ferment. Over time, good bacteria convert carbohydrates into acid and/or alcohol. This produces essential catalysts, vitamins, and probiotic strains that help balance the natural flora in our bodies. But before pouring yourself a GENEROUS glass of red, remember that the benefits of fermentation do not outweigh the negatives of consuming excess alcohol.

 

WHAT’S THE HYPE ABOUT?

If you jumped on the sourdough bandwagon during the lockdown, you’re probably familiar with the key benefits of preserved food/drink. Studies have confirmed that cultured and fermented foods are loaded with good microbes—BILLIONS of them—that help the flora flourish inside our digestive system. Yakult! Remember drinking those as a kid? Those small bottles of fermented milk are densely rich with nutritional probiotics. Now, we have access to a HUGE variety of fermented wonder-food in grocery stores and e-markets. Kefir, chocolate, and pickles. Feeling hungry yet? Here are some examples to include in your diet:

  • Yogurt – You’ve heard of this stuff. Yogurt is cultured dairy that contains living probiotics. And if lactose doesn’t work for you, you can try out non-dairy options like almond or coconut milk yogurt.

 

  • PL&V cashew cheesePeace, Love & Vegetables is a Byron Bay-based organic food producer bringing you organic, fermented foods like cashew cheese. Yum! Choose from Dill, Mediterranean, French Onion, Medicine Mushroom or Chipotle flavoured cashew cheese, packed with probiotics.

 

  • Kombucha – Made from sweetened tea and symbiotic culture, this fermented wonder-drink is now homebrewed globally. Ever heard of a SCOBY? It’s that pikelet-looking growth agent, a blob of bacteria and yeast that converts sugar into ethanol and acetic acid. After a week, a scoby can transform tea into sweet bubbly kombucha. Filled with gut-nourishing antioxidants and said probiotic functions, kombucha drinks come in SO many flavours! Mango, ginger, blueberry—discover your favourite at one of our WholeLife stores. A Kombucha also goes perfectly with our Healthy Pulled BBQ Jackfruit Nachos with Oven Baked Tortilla Chips! Click for the recipe here

 

  • Kimchi – Brined (salted and drained) vegetables, such as radishes and cabbage, are seasoned and sealed air-tight in jars to ferment for 24 to 48 hours. This stuff is a staple in Korean cuisine. So go ahead, spice up that fried rice with some Kimchi goodness!

 

SUMMARY

  1. Fermented food/drinks contain antioxidants and good bacteria (probiotics)
  2. Probiotics help balance the natural flora in our bodies
  3. Healthy flora boosts our immune system, which reduces the risk of common infections (e.g. cold virus)
  4. Fermentation breaks down food, making it easier for us to digest and absorb nutrients
  5. You can upgrade any meal with tasty fermented food/drinks