The Flu Shot Wellness Juice

The Flu Shot Wellness Juice

Warning: this flu shot wellness juice is not for the faint hearted! It is, however, for the lovers of immune-boosting, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant rich superfoods like turmeric, ginger, Manuka honey, lemon, and cayenne pepper.

While the ingredients may seem scary for some, we can promise you this wellness juice is actually quite palatable! The Manuka honey works to soften the spice of the ginger and cayenne pepper, while the lemon and orange add a zesty flavour that helps to mask the tang of the apple cider vinegar.

This wellness juice can be juiced up in less than 5 minutes (or blended and then strained if you don’t have a juicer). A perfect mid-winter pick me up!

 

Ingredients:
  • 1 tbsp Manuka honey
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 orange
  • 1 knob ginger
  • 1 knob turmeric (turmeric powder is fine if you can’t find it fresh)
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

 

Method:
  1. Prepare the lemon and orange for juicing by removing the skins
  2. Peel the skin off the ginger and turmeric if using fresh ingredients
  3. Juice (or blend) the lemon, orange, ginger and turmeric
  4. If blended, strain through a cheesecloth or fine strainer into another container
  5. Stir in the Manuka honey, cayenne pepper, sea salt, apple cider vinegar (and turmeric powder if unable to find fresh)
  6. Pour 50ml into each glass to serve
  7. Bottoms up!

 

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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!

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Immune Boosting Almond Butter Brownies with Superfeast

Immune Boosting Almond Butter Brownies with Superfeast

These decadently rich and fudgy Almond Butter Immune Boosting Brownies are guaranteed go down an absolute treat in your kitchen! We’ve taken our favourite gluten free and vegan friendly brownie base and souped it up with the immune-boosting magic of SuperFeast’s medicinal mushroom blends.

Just 1 teaspoon each of SuperFeast’s Lion’s Mane, Jing and Mason’s Mushrooms herbs elevate this sweet treat to be an immune boosting essential this winter. SuperFeast’s medicinal mushrooms and blends are extracted by trained herbalists and refined using techniques unique to each and every herb.

 

What makes SuperFeast’s herbs immune boosting?

Herbs have been used in traditional herbalist medicines for thousands of years. SuperFeast’s herbs are all cultivated and extracted using the most stringent quality measures and are sourced upholding the ancient sourcing criteria called Di Tao. These herbs, also called tonic herbs, support the balance of energies within the body. It’s already well known that mushrooms have some impressive nutritional qualities, so it’s no wonder that SuperFeast’s mushroom extracts cano wonders to support your immunity!

Lion’s Mane is an extract used for thousands of years by herbalists and may support optimal organ function, nerve health and your immune system. Mason’s Mushrooms is a hand-picked blend of mushroom extract goodness to support energy, vitality and immunity. Jing is a super-blend of Taoist traditional herbs including Eucommia bark, cordyceps and goji, and it can be used to support kidney function and adrenal health.

We promise you’ll love the immune boosting benefits found in these gluten free, vegan Almond Butter Brownies!

 

Brownie Ingredients | WholeLife Pharmacy & Healthfoods
Immune Boosting Brownies | WholeLife Pharmacy & Healthfoods
Immune Boosting Brownies | WholeLife Pharmacy & Healthfoods

Immune Boosting Brownies

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp SuperFeast Lion’s Mane
  • 1 tsp SuperFeast Jing
  • 1 tsp SuperFeast Mason’s Mushrooms
  • ½ cup WholeLife Healthfoods Cacao Powder
  • 1 cup WholeLife Healthfoods Almond Butter
  • 1 cup WholeLife Healthfoods Organic Coconut Sugar
  • 2 eggs (vegan option: substitute for flax egg)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon bicarb soda
  • A pinch of flaky sea salt + extra to sprinkle on top

 

Method

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 175C
  2. Line a mini loaf pan with baking paper and set aside
  3. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and keep stirring until the batter is thick and uniform in texture (this batter is super thick and fudgy so don’t give up until all dry ingredients are combined!)
  4. Spread your brownie batter into the bottom of the pan. Press firmly with a spatula to make sure it’s spread evenly
  5. Bake for 20-23 minutes at 175C
  6. Check that your brownies are ready by inserting a skewer or fork in the centre. If it comes out mostly clean, remove the brownies from the oven. It’s ok if they’re still a little fudgy as they will firm up as they cool
  7. Leave to stand for 10 minutes
  8. Use the edges of the baking paper to lift your brownies out of the pan and make sure they’ve completely cooled before slicing
  9. Sprinkle some flaky sea salt on top to serve and try not to eat them all at once!
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Hungry for more? Why not try out Healthy Pulled Jackfruit Nachos or our Asian Veggie Noodle Soup with Bone Broth?

Healthy Pulled Jackfruit Nachos with Oven Baked Tortilla Chips

Healthy Pulled Jackfruit Nachos with Oven Baked Tortilla Chips

We LOVE a Mexican-inspired feast here in the WholeLife kitchen – the flavours are fresh and vibrant with just the right amount of spice. We’ve combined all the best parts of Mexican-inspired cuisine and come up with this delicious vegan and gluten free pulled jackfruit nachos recipe that utilises a fruit in replacement of tender meat – and trust us, it works!

Jackfruit is the fruit in question and can readily take on whatever spice and flavour you throw at it, making it the perfect meat substitute for our version of healthy nachos. Once cooked, it has a pulled pork like texture which pairs perfectly with our homemade pico de gallo and oven baked tortilla chips.

Pico de Gallo | WholeLife Pharmacy & Healthfoods
Pulled BBQ Jackfruit Nachos | WholeLife Pharmacy & Healthfoods

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Serves 3-4

Ingredients

For the corn tortilla chips:

  • 1 pack of Diego’s GoMex Corn Tortilla
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp Planet Organic Cumin Seed Ground
  • 1 tbsp Planet Organic Paprika
  • A pinch of salt and pepper

For the BBQ jackfruit:

  • 2 cans of Ceres Organic Young Jackfruit
  • ¾ cup of Absolute Organic BBQ Sauce
  • 1 tsp Planet Organic Paprika
  • 1 tsp Ceres Organic Garlic Powder
  • ½ tsp Planet Organic Chilli Powder
  • A good pinch of salt and pepper

For the nacho toppings/pico de gallo:

  • 1 red onion
  • 2 vine ripened tomatoes
  • 1 bunch of coriander
  • Juice of one lime
  • 1 jalapeño, seeds removed
  • 1 avocado
  • Plus whatever other toppings you’d like – salsa, sour cream, cheese or vegan cheese are all great options

 

Method

To make the corn tortilla chips:

  1. Pre-heat your oven to 175C and line a baking sheet with foil or baking paper
  2. Slice your whole corn tortillas into 8 triangles and place in a bowl
  3. Drizzle your olive oil and sprinkle your spices into the bowl and mix everything together with your hands
  4. Spread out your tortilla triangles onto your baking sheet in an even layer
  5. Bake for 15 minutes until brown and crispy

To make the BBQ pulled jackfruit:

  1. Drain and rinse your canned jackfruit, removing the seed pods and pulling apart larger chunks
  2. Place jackfruit and spices into a bowl and combine together
  3. Heat a large pan over medium heat with 1 tbsp of olive oil
  4. Add seasoned jackfruit, BBQ sauce and enough water to thin the sauce and coat the jackfruit
  5. Stir and reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes (or longer for a deeper flavour)
  6. After the jackfruit has simmered, turn up the heat to high and cook for a further 2-3 minutes for extra colour
  7. Remove from heat and shred using two forks for a pulled pork-like texture

To make the pico de gallo:

  1. Finely chop or dice up tomato, onion, coriander and jalapeño and place into a bowl
  2. Squeeze the juice of one lime into the bowl and a sprinkle of salt

TIP: For extra flavour, prepare the pico de gallo first and let all the flavours marinate together in the fridge

To assemble the pulled jackfruit nachos:

  1. On a serving tray or plate, layer your corn tortilla chips and shredded jackfruit
  2. Using a slotted spoon, top your nachos with your pico de gallo, sliced avocado, cheese, salsa or whatever other toppings you have and dig in!

 

Pulled BBQ Jackfruit Nachos | WholeLife Pharmacy & Healthfoods

After a dessert recipe? Try out our Mini Raspberry Brownie Cheesecakes!

Asian Veggie Noodle Soup with Bone Broth

Asian Veggie Noodle Soup with Bone Broth

The dreaded cooler weather has arrived. Noo – where has summer gone?! With the cooler months inbound it’s time to strengthen our immune systems and keep ourselves warm, and what better way to do that than with an Asian Veggie Noodle Soup with a hint of Bone Broth?

Bone broth is the holy grail of boosting immunity and reducing inflammation. It’s highly nutritious, can help protect your joints and great for gut health! Not only is this soup extremely delicious, but it also has so many additional benefits for your health.

Ingredients | WholeLife Pharmacy & Healthfoods
Ingredients | WholeLife Pharmacy & Healthfoods

Asian Veggie Noodle Soup with Bone Broth

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 tbsp Carwari White Sesame Oil Toast
  • 3 tbsp Carwari Organic Tamari Soy Sauce
  • WholeLife Healthfoods Sesame Seeds (garnish)
  • Herbies Chilli Flakes Medium (garnish)
  • Nutritionist Choice Rice Noodles Brown
  • 2 tbsp Nutra Organics Chicken Bone Broth Homestyle Original
  • 3 tbsp Gevity Rx Bone Broth Body Glue Natural 260g
  • 1 tbsp Global Organics Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Shallot, finely sliced
  • ½ Brown onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tbsp Ginger, minced
  • 1 Bok Choy bunch (roughly chop half the bunch and leave the other half as is)
  • 200g Enoki Mushrooms
  • 4 King Oyster Mushrooms, sliced

 

METHOD:

  1. Heat 1 tbsp of olive oil in a large sized pot on a medium heat.
  2. Once the oil begins to simmer, add in the brown onion, garlic and ginger and cook until fragrant. Add the thinly sliced shallots and cook for a further 4 minutes. Stir often.
  3. Dissolve the Chicken Bone Broth Powder in 500ml of boiling water and add to pot.
  4. Add the soy sauce, sesame oil and bone broth into the pot and stir to combine.
  5. Place the lid onto the pot and allow the soup to simmer for 5 minutes.
  6. After allowing the soup to simmer, add the chopped bok choy, full bok choy leaves and both mushrooms. Let this simmer with the lid on for two minutes.
  7. Add the rice noodles and cook until soft.
  8. Pour the soup, noodles and veggies into a bowl and top with chilli flakes and sesame seeds.
Asian Veggie Noodle Soup with Bone Broth | WholeLife Pharmacy & Healthfoods
Asian Veggie Noodle Soup with Bone Broth | WholeLife Pharmacy & Healthfoods
Asian Veggie Noodle Soup with Bone Broth | WholeLife Pharmacy & Healthfoods

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Green Goodness Smoothie Bowl

Green Goodness Smoothie Bowl

Smoothie bowls – who doesn’t love them?! They’re packed full of superfoods, vitamins and minerals, are refreshing, oh so tasty, and are a fun way to start your day. You can get creative with the toppings (kids love it!) and it’s a fantastic way to sneak in some extra greens without being able to taste them.

So, let’s get back to basics – this smoothie bowl is the OG of green smoothie bowls and a favourite in the WholeLife kitchen. The main ingredients are simple and available all year round, and you can sub pretty much anything out for another fruit or vegetable of a similar texture.

You might want to listen up now, though: the secret to a luxuriously thick smoothie bowl (like the ones you can get at your favourite café) isn’t a thousand-dollar blender. It’s all about getting the balance of liquid and frozen ingredients right. Once you’ve nailed that, you’ll be on your way to becoming a smoothie bowl connoisseur in no time!

Frozen fleshy fruits like banana, mango, açai or avocado also help you achieve that creamy, thick consistency. Your secondary fruit can be something that doesn’t have as much body to add flavour like frozen blueberries, raspberries or pineapple. To pack a nutrient punch, don’t forget a handful of leafy greens like spinach, kale or romaine lettuce, and most importantly do not forget your greens powder! We love Amazonia’s Raw Nutrients Greens because it’s super smooth and blends well.

Smoothie bowl toppings are a whole other game where you can get as creative as you want. But now that you’ve mastered the thick smoothie bowl consistency, you can say goodbye to the days of sad sinking banana slices. No matter what combination you choose, you’ll always want some sliced fresh fruit, a granola or nuts for crunch, and some coconut for a tropical twist.

Read on for our vegan, gluten free, nutrient packed and deliciously thick Green Smoothie Bowl!

Green Smoothie Bowl | WholeLife Pharmacy & Healthfoods

Green Smoothie Bowl | WholeLife Pharmacy & Healthfoods Green Smoothie Bowl | WholeLife Pharmacy & Healthfoods

Smoothie Bowl ingredients:

  • 1 handful baby spinach
  • 1 cup frozen banana
  • 1 cup frozen mango
  • 2 tsp Amazonia Raw Nutrients Greens powder
  • A splash of Milklab Almond Milk

Toppings:

  • Half a sliced banana
  • Chia seeds
  • Blueberries
  • Loving Earth Raw Organic Activated Buckinis Berry & Cacao
  • WholeLife Healthfoods Shredded Coconut

Method:

  1. Place all ingredients for the smoothie bowl into the blender.
  2. Begin blending your ingredients on the highest setting. If your blender gets stuck, you may need to stop blending and give your blender cup a shake or a stir. You may also need to add in a few extra splashes of almond milk (depending on how strong your blender is). If the consistency becomes too runny, add in more frozen ingredients. If it’s too thick, add in a splash more liquid. Keep repeating these steps until everything is well combined and the desired thick and smooth consistency is achieved.
  3. Once all fully combined, pour your desired amount into your favourite bowl and add the toppings. There you have it! A simple yet delicious smoothie recipe that will make you never want to buy one out again!!

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Green Smoothie Bowl | WholeLife Pharmacy & Healthfoods