Chocolate Matters


Another (extremely) quick and easy snack that will leave you feeling full and mentally satisfied:


I was halfway through munching when I snapped this, apologies. But the bite is delightful!

Whilst I’ve almost cut dairy out completely, every once in a while I’ll opt for some creamy, natural yoghurt (I used plain; sweeter flavours are available, but I’m extra mindful of sugar content) and some dark dark chocolate. By dark I mean 70% cocoa minimum.  This was 85% cocoa and a pure dark delight.  The chunky bite gives such a dopamine release!


Real cocoa (and even better, cacao) is packed full of wonderful nutrients. Yep, chocolate is actually healthy for us. It is rich in flavonoids and antioxidants, which with the right balance help prevent heart disease and cancer, amongst other common ailments and dis-ease (blood clots, high blood pressure, high cholesterol). It can also help boost cognitive performance. That’s right, it’s a brain food. Elementary!

But, if your body is truly a temple, raw cacao is your best bet. This is because it goes through minimal processing compared to commercial cocoa, which often has its antioxidant features removed due to the ‘bitter’ taste produced.

I’ll be doing a follow up on the uses of raw cacao powder. But for now, do enjoy your guilt-free yoghurt and chocolate!

Wholegrain wheat cereal with oat milk, nuts & honey


Here’s one idea for a quick, healthy breakfast (or snack).


Bite-sized wheat shreds cereals (branded or non works either way), oat milk, mixed nuts and pure honey.

These particular cereals work nicely with honey as they can be quite bland without sugar (which I’ve cut substantially). Just try your best to get raw, organic. Nom!

Happy Tuesday :)

Coconut-Curried Veg (Undercover)


Dont like vegetables much, but want to live healthier? Give this easy-peasy dish a go.

If you’re looking for an ‘easier’ way to consume more vegetables, but battle with how boring it can seem, I’d like to share one of my own quick and easy tacts that can help make eating greens healthy, tasty and even fun.

One could call it a vegetable curry, but I prefer ‘curried vegetables’. Just because most curries take specific and precise amounts of spices and cooking technique. Whereas this here is a loose, almost homage, curry – based dish.


My motivation was actually from attempting to up my vegetable intake but being unable to withstand the (sometimes) bland taste of greens. Now I’ve come to realise I can eat (and enjoy) any vegetable if it’s combined with some more exciting ingredients. And if chopped into tiny bite size pieces, you might even convince the kids to give it a bash too!

This is one of my favourite ‘curry’ dishes, for which I throw in brocolli (again!), green beans and spinach as my main veggies. It’s so delicious and simple to make, and I often take the leftovers to work with a fresh naan or chapatti.


•1-2 inch grated/ground ginger
•4 cloves garlic, chopped/ground
•1-2 large yellow or white onions, chopped
•Curry paste of your choice
•400g coconut milk
•1-3 Tsp cayenne pepper
•1-3 tsp ground turmeric
•Half head of brocolli
•Handful green beans
•2 handfuls spinach
•Olive oil
•Coriander (to season)


Brown the onions with the spices for roughly 5-6 mins in a deep(ish) frying pan. Add the garlic and ginger for 3-4 mins until aromatic.

Stir in coconut milk and curry paste, and reduce heat to a simmer.

Throw in brocolli for 3 mins, followed by the green beans and finally the spinach. Serve and top with the coriander.

In total the veg should take 6 minutes: 6 for broccoli, 4 for green beans and 2 for spinach.  Try not to overdo the vegetables as they can not only lose their flavour and become rubbery, but they’ll also lose their nutrients. And then you’re just eating empty greens.


Depending on your taste buds, you could also add more spices or fresh chilli to the veg, for an extra hot kick.

Stir all in well to ensure even coverage. If you find you need a little more ‘juice’ you can add water and a little more curry paste. Or if it needs thickening up, a dash of cream.

And voila. Easy, nutritous and delicious!


Those ingredients listed are rough measurements but experimentation is key.  You can combine any veg/spices of your choice and even substitute coconut milk for tinned/fresh tomatos if you prefer. The key is to get those spices penetrating well enough to make you forget you’re even eating (healthy) greens, and really get that heated, aromatic ‘curry’ feeling going on.

Serve with rice, naan, chapatti, or whatever you like.

Peace out my loves, and good eating.

The Hippy Who Was Afraid of The Dark



I’m re blogging this post on impulse, as I’ve just inadvertently stumbled across it. I realised I actually uploaded it a year ago today, and the context is still very relevant to me.

Although some of those past issues or ‘fights in the darkness’ have been faced, I realise there are some that still haven’t.

I wonder if today will finally be the day I truly face up to my demons, get the truth outside, and take the first step forward with my life again.

I want it to be so. I’m going to make it so.

*Quivers with nerves whilst stomach does somersaults*

Peace to One and all, and I’ll be back.

Originally posted on To The Hippy Van!:

Once upon a time in a small western town, a young hippy – type person began their spiritual journey.

From as young as they could remember, the hippy had always been fascinated by ‘life’ and the universe. As a child they would often gaze at the stars and find themselves wondering why they were so mesmerised. And as they got older the world just made less and less sense. Nothing seemed to work the way it ‘should’.

In fact, this particular hippy found themselves spiralling into a deep depression the more they learned about life and the world.

Sure, there were good times, too- amazing times, in fact. But the darkness would quickly envelope the air once such joyous occasions dispersed.

The six months preceding their 25th birthday, the hippy was going through by far the darkest stage of their short 25 years on the Earth plane. Finally, unable to…

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I wrote this for You.


Just browsing WordPress and finding each post more relevant than the last. Synchronised with my issues. Makes one think of how we create our realities.

Warrior Juice


Come one, come all
Be delighted, be enthralled
Bear witness to the fruit
(And veg) of Warrior Juice

This is what I drink most days. Every day would be ideal but preparation does get tedious (I also choose not to pay premium for readily chopped ingredients, since the saving can be allocated elsewhere).


Anything can be added, but the main hero of our concoction is brocolli. Tough, tasty and textured, brocolli is a powerhouse of essential minerals and vitamins for the human body. In fact, it’s so nutritious it even fights off cancer (as do many of the wonderful ingredients of Earth). Honest!

Throw in some spinach, mango, kiwi, lime, avocado, celery, banana, ginger, raspberries,  blueberries, strawberries, pomegranates etc. Whatever takes your fancy. Fruits of course are all powerhouses in themselves, so it’s just a matter of making them work in the right amounts.

Banana and avocado help smooth the texture and ginger gives it a spicy kick, while celery makes it more refreshing. Sometimes I even throw in flax or ground hemp seed for an added nutrient boost. Just try to have more greens to fruit ratio so as not to overdo it on the sugar (about 3:1 is best).


Time to mush it up with super greens

I don’t have an expensive smoothie maker, so instead I whiz the smaller, softer ingredients first, then go in with the brocolli after. At the moment it’s an immersion blender (which admittedly has resulted in a couple of messy accidents), but used tacticly enough it does the job.

Now we’re aware blitzed brocolli might not taste (or look) that fab to everybody… but never fear. It can always be sweetened up with a dash of pure, unconcentrated orange juice (again not too much, due to natural sugar). This also helps water it down if it comes up too thick (as does water, for this one I used coconut water ;) ). It’s tough but try not to be put off by the murky colour it can turn once the greens go in- since real beauty is on the inside!


WJ can be refridgerated in a jug with cling film, or in individual portions

This hippy’s body has found Warrior Juice most beneficial when consumed on a empty stomach, between 7am-1pm. It’s great to fuel cycling, yoga or just a quick breakfast on the go (try pairing with nuts or seeds if early in the morning)… It also does wonders for the bowel and detoxing!

So the possibilities are endless
Depending on your intentions
The vehicle is kept lean, clean
And basking disease prevention 😁

Staying Balanced.. 2014 in 4 Paragraphs


Browsing through some of the older posts here, I’m left unexpectedly surprised at how negative many of them were.

Much of it was venting, but what surprises me most is how unbalanced yet interconnected the posts are. One post would be full of praise and gratitude for life and the universe, then the following could be full of depression, or casuslly dropping the word ‘suicide’.

So how do I feel now, upon entry to 2015? Well paranoia is certainly an issue. That’s clear from many of the posts. But so is lack of fulfilment.  And this seems to be where most of the sub – issues are stemming from.

On a positive note, I’ve been practising yoga and have fixed up my nutrient intake. Real food is back on the menu. I’ve done more meditation,  and an awesome Kyanite crystal arrived in the post today, right on cue. So the vibrations are certainly coming back into tune.. and I feel great!

I’d like to take the opportunity to wish the same peace and reassurance to all, and may your 2015 wishes manifest into reality.

Peace out.✌😇