New research from the University of South Australia has found a faster way to identify the quality of drinking water dispensed through activated carbon water filters. Previously, a multiple step process was used to determine the presence of harmful chemicals in the water however this new testing method would provide a more efficient measurement. The research, undertaken in partnership with water filtration company Puratap, also confirmed that between 11 and 12 months – or 2,000 litres of filtered water - is the right time span or quantity of water used before a new water filter is required to ensure the purity of drinking water is maintained.
Puratap is proud to announce that this research conducted by Dr Martin Sweetman has now been published in a white paper... Click here
Snacking, no matter what time, its bound to occur at some time during the day. From sweet to savoury, there are no restrictions when it comes to healthy snack food. Although, savoury foods are more favoured as meal options, where as we commonly turn to sweets for snacking. Therefore, searching for a nutritious savoury snack option can often be difficult.
Pancakes are traditionally eaten as a sweet breakfast meal, but why not savoury too? Basil Chickpea pancakes are perfect for those times that you just want something warm and nourishing, but just light enough to satisfy. Giving a fresh aroma from the Basil, with a smooth texture, these savoury pancakes are easy and quick recipe that will take no time at all.
They are gluten free, nut free and vegan, making them a great option to suit the whole family.
Best served warm with fresh lemon, you will feel satisfied!
Mix, Cook, Enjoy!
Your health comes down to what you eat, what you drink and what you think. Refined sugar is the most popular food to discuss when it comes to health. When consumed, not only does it send our energy levels a little haywire, it also has the ability to trick our body into thinking that consuming it is necessary. Sugar can give a rush of feel-good hormones, followed by a let down, which will start the whole process all over again.
Swapping out these refined sugars for natural options is one of the best choices you can give your body. With an array of natural sweeteners now available, its easy to get that sweet treat satisfaction without the after effects. Peanut Butter Banana Fudge is a great option for this! With a smooth texture and sweet taste, they are bound to satisfy. Just remember, its important to read your labels before choosing a peanut butter. Ensure that you select one that is purely peanuts!
Breakfast. It’s important. Essential for refuelling your energy stores and rebooting the metabolism ready for the day ahead. Although, it seems to be the one meal that frequently gets forgotten. Mornings can get chaotic, life gets busy and eating can be the last thing on your mind.
Begin your day the healthy way with Savoury Breakfast Muffins. Eaten cold or warm, they are a simple and easy. Prepare in advance and all you have to do is grab one and dash out the door! Totally nut-free and vegetarian, but also versatile enough that you could make additions if you desire.
Get a little creative, add in some shredded chicken or salmon for an added protein boost. A healthy breakfast that will set you up to make great nutritious choices for the rest of the day.
There is no excuse when it is this easy! Enjoy!
Dessert - known as the sweet course eaten at the end of a meal. It’s a word that we instantly associate with refined sugar, and unhealthy choices. It's time to change. Yes, you can have dessert and be comfortable in knowing that your body is still receiving the nutrition it needs. Everyone loves a good dessert, and the satisfaction of making it yourself is even better!
Peach Pear Crumble takes minimal effort and is fuss-free, even the kids will be keen to get involved. Using fresh fruit and simple ingredients to form a delicious result, it provides as a wonderful post-dinner indulgence for the whole family. When you end up with leftovers, serve it cold with yoghurt for a nourishing breakfast. It is also gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free and vegan, making it suitable for most.
Bake, eat, enjoy!
When it comes to sweet treats free from additives and preservatives, raw chocolate is the ultimate. The best of the best, the one that sits at the head of the ‘raw dessert’ family. With so many wonderful whole unprocessed products available, it’s easy to create and indulge in raw desserts!
But what is a ‘raw dessert’? Simply put, a short list of whole unprocessed ingredients that are combined together while getting their sweetness from all-natural sweeteners. They do not require cooking or baking, and are able to be set via the fridge or freezer. Most important, they taste amazing!
For this recipe, it’s all in the name - This Raw Chocolate Crunch is soft and sweet but offers a light crunch and will melt in your mouth from the first bite. So, if you need a little extra chocolate in your life that your body will love, these WILL hit the spot.
I love being in the kitchen, and I’m all about easy healthy recipes that will be enjoyed by the whole family. I also love to get my toddler involved in everything I make. I’m sure you would agree; it is so satisfying to see kids helping out in the kitchen! More so, teaching the next generation about healthy food, and getting them involved is highly beneficial for so many reasons.
Tuna Sweet Potato Mini Bites are nourishing, easy and inexpensive to make. They’re also nut free, gluten free, dairy free and best of all, only take 20 minutes to make! They can be consumed hot or cold, making them a fantastic fuss free snack or a satisfying dinner.
I hope these become a healthy household favourite!
For my family and me, we are always looking to make small changes to better our health. After my cancer journey, I began the process of eliminating additives, preservatives and chemicals from my home. My attention turned instantly to what we were consuming in our daily diet. Fortunately, we had already made the investment in filtered water so my focus was on the food.
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Summer has finally hit and with the warmer weather comes the chance to go to the beach. While a day at the beach with the family can equal plenty of fun, we've come up with our 8 top tips to make your next trip to the beach a better one.
1. Lemon & cucumber water
Mix 10 cups of fresh Puratap water, one sliced cucumber and one sliced lemon in a jug. Place in the fridge overnight so the water has the chance to infuse before serving.
2. Orange & kiwi fruit water
Cut one orange into quarters and put two of the quarters aside. With the remaining oranges, cut into smaller pieces as well as about one to two kiwi fruits. Add to 10 cups of water and then squeeze as much of the juice of the remaining quarters as you can into the water. Leave overnight to chill before serving.
3. Red berries & lime water
Add about ¼ cup of strawberries or raspberries (or both) and one sliced lime to 10 cups of water. For an extra refreshing flavour, try adding a small handful of finely chopped fresh mint leaves. Pop it the fridge and leave overnight before serving.