A Day on a Plate With… Yasmin Kassim

A Day on a Plate with… Yasmin Kassim

Two words…. Absolute Goddess! My dear friend Yasmin is one of the most creative,  talented and productive women I know. Yasmin is an actress, model & musician, currently based in L.A (La La Land) enjoying life and pursuing her career. Look out for  Yasmin in ‘Jungle’ with Daniel Radcliffe this 2017 ! 

Breakfast? Whats you’re morning ritual and culinary favourites?

First things first, I always start the day with some yoga stretches and a little meditation, mantra time. It can be as short as 5 minutes if Its just one of those days or up to half an hour. Then I pop the kettle on while I make my breakfast bowl, usually all greens, aloevera, coconut water, acai, and lots of powders and oils, flaxseed, psyllium, chia, I mix it up and throw lots of nuts on the top! Then by the time that’s whizzed up and made my Hot water is boiled and I fill that with apple cider vinegar, lemon and cayenne pepper. Best start to the day!

Morning Tea?

Often a banana if I’m rushing around or if I have time I’ll whiz up another green smoothie but mix it with berries, mango,pineapple or banana so it’s different.

Lunch. Are you a big day-time eater or?

Yes, I have to eat regularly or I can’t function! Lunch is usually eggs, mushrooms and greens or some kind of yummy veggie dish, preferably warm.

Snacker? Afternoon Treats?

YES! I’m obsessed with seaweed. It’s such a yummy treat. Or I’ll cut up some strawberries.

Dinner… and, are your mellow night-timer or a party gal?

I mix it up! Mostly a mellow night-timer but on occasion I love to dance under the moonlight!! Dinner depends on whether I’m going out or at home, if at home I’ll usually have soup as it’s nice and light in my belly or roast veggies is always super easy and great to keep for the next day!

Dessert… Go-on tell us about your sweet tooth…

I can’t go past raw organic peanut butter, especially when I get to grind it myself! I love cutting up banana and warming it in a pan then mixing it with chia seeds and honey. It makes the sweetest desert bowl. Have that with home made cashew milk warmed with some cinnamon and you’ll have the happiest belly and such a good sleep!

 

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A Day on a Plate With…

A Day on a Plate with… Isabelle Cornish

Actress, Model, Yoga Teacher & Australia’s Sexiest Vegetarian! If I had to describe the beautiful Isabelle in three words it would be… “Ambitious, Dedicated and Authentic”.  She is truly an inspirational young woman who strives to pursue her dreams and be the best version of her self she can possibly be.

Breakfast? Whats you’re morning ritual and culinary favourites?

I rise early as mornings have always been my favourite time of day. I love the stillness, the fact that I am the only one awake and no one is contacting me. Its beautiful… I take this time to go about my routine and cherish every second of the morning sweetness.

Morning Ritual… 

Is a huge glass or two of water upon rising. Ill keep a bottle next to my bed and hydrate first thing. Ill then have a shower and get dressed. After a little bit of food in my tummy or a hot drink Ill generally do my yoga and OR meditation. I’m a trained Jivamukti teacher, but I just enjoy the space of my own practice.

It changes every few months, Ill be addicted to a certain breakfast then change completely, I seem to change it up every 2-3 months. The past year its gone from oats, fresh fruit with goat yogurt, to organic eggs and veggies. At the moment I’m loving having a big ‘Fatty Latte’ or fatty coffee. I will usually make this with Ghee, MCT oil, plant protein powder, medicinal mushrooms, cacao or matcha and cinnamon. I blend my concoction and sip over the morning. Since adding more healthy fats into my diet I’ve had incredible results with my skin and brain function.

Morning Tea?

I don’t generally snack between breakfast and lunch. Ill often just have a tea with stevia and if I’m working on my computer some dark organic chocolate. If I’m in summer in AUS this is usually green juice time.

Lunch. Are you a big day-time eater or?

Love lunch, it’s my fav!!! I wake up quite early so am generally eating lunch at about 11:30am give or take. Lunch is always a big bowl of veggies/salad with protein; eggs, tempeh, organic tofu, Goats cheese, Sauerkraut, Ground flax, seeds and avo.

I was a strict vegan for many years. But now I consume biodynamic eggs and sustainably farmed goats cheeses and yogurt. I can’t even explain to you the huge benefits I gained personally for choosing this way of eating. I’m very active and working out everyday so I’m always focusing on proteins.

Snacker? Afternoon Treats?

I go through phases and I think its important to tune into the body. I tend to always have a snack between lunch and dinner. After a workout I need this extra boost.

Dinner… and, are you a mellow night-timer or a party gal?

Very mellow. When I get the opportunity to be at home when not traveling for work. I love cooking dinner every night for my boyfriend and I. I use all plant based foods and love the creativity of creating a new dish for us to enjoy every night. He adores my food and healthy way of cooking so it’s amazing to see his eyes light up each night with a nourishing meal. After dinner watch a film or hang out and chat, do some stretching and prepare for bed.

Dessert… Go-on… tell us about your sweet tooth…

Omg if you know me you know I’m all about dessert. I think dessert is one of the best luxuries of everyday life. I tend to have a little something every night. Most of the time it’s my home made chocolate, or some healthy treats I’ve prepared at the start of the week. I also make homemade cacao hot chocolate. I use hot water, coconut milk, cacao, cinnamon and the vanilla flavoured stevia. I will always have a magnesium supplement in the evening to calm my body.

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Green Goddess Chocolate

D.I.Y Chocolate

Making your own homemade chocolate is a very satisfying culinary experience…

Chocolate is known to be one of the most energetically high vibrational foods and is rich in numerous anti-ageing and health prompting antioxidants, including manganese, flavonoids and copper.  Today I would like to share with you how lovely the art of chocolate making can be… 

2 C grated cocoa butter

2 T coconut oil


2 T cacao powder

2 T carob powder

3 T raw honey

4 T dried blueberries


2 d Green Goddess essential oil http://www.perfectpotion.com.au/shop/Product/93531375/green-goddess-blend

1 t cardamon powder

1/2 t Himalayan pink salt

Fill a saucepan with a few inches of water. Place the cocoa butter and coconut oil into a Pyrex jug or glass bowl and sit it in the saucepan on the stovetop at a medium heat. When the cocoa butter and coconut oil is completely melted, remove from the heat and add the cacao and carob powder, honey, salt, essential oil, cardamon, blueberries and any other powders and extracts you think would be appropriate. Mix the chocolate thoroughly, ensuring all the ingredients are well incorporated. Now the fun begins! Pour the chocolate into cute bite-sized chocolate moulds. Place into the refrigerator and allow to harden for a few hours. Once hardened, break up into bite-sized chunks and store in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

Awesome Chocolate Making Additionals

Lucuma, mesquite, purple corn and acai powder. Cacao nibs, ground coffee, goji berries, dried berries, raisins, sour cherries, dates, slivered almonds, crushed nuts and seeds. Chilli, green tea, carob, medicinal mushroom, nutmeg, maca and ginger powder.

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A Day on a Plate With…

A Day on a Plate with… Noémie Cazier, creator of  Paris By Vegan

Noémie is a true Frenchy, therefore she quite literally loves her food! This talented and innovative woman has dedicated much of her life to sharing the importance of living a healthy and sustainable life. Each day she continues to inspire her army of followers through her http://www.parisbyvegan.com/2015/12/03/paris-by-vegan-ebook/ Ebook and vibrant Instagram platform. 

Paris by Vegan has a relaxed and balanced approach to food and cooking, I guess it is one of the reasons why the people of France and beyond love Noémie so much!

Breakfast? Whats you’re morning ritual and culinary favourites?

I try to wake up with the sunrise, I love to capture this precious moment on photos and share it on my social media to spread the beauty.
As it comes to breakfast I love variety, so as a frenchie, one day I can have the traditional french baguette with jam, and the day after a delicious creamy açaï bowl with loads of toppings, shredded coconut, kiwis, pineapple, homemade choc granola… Often on Sunday it’s waffle time, so bring on the toppings (choc chips, maple syrup, coyo…) And when I’m lazy I go to the cute little Parisian coffee in my street and order a giant almond milk latte with toast.

Morning Tea?

ChaÏ, green, Earl grey, or smoked black tea.

Lunch. Are you a big day-time eater or?

Oh yes, I love a big meal at lunch that keeps me pumped until evening. My favourite colourful dishes are green curries, sushi, pizza and I love diversity in my food so buddha bowls are perfect, I try to balance greens, grains, and legumes in it, I also believe that a colourful dish is essential to stimulate appetite, and brings happiness for the soul.

Snacker? Afternoon Treats?

I’m more a savoury person, so sometimes for snack I make a simple avo toast, with sesame seeds, and if I feel naughty I’ll bring on the dates dipped them in peanut butter and sprinkled with shredded coconut … yuuuuum!

Dinner… and, are your mellow night-timer or a party gal?

Dinner is very often lighter than the rest of the day because I believe I sleep better with a rested stomach, so I make roasted chips of sweet potatoes, pumpkin, russel potatoes, beetroot… brushed with a tiny bit of olive oil, balsamic vinegar and sesame oil, sprinkled with sesame and mustard seeds and I eat them with greens (romaine is my favourite with a simple tahini, lemon and fennel dressing) or I have soup (green peas, coriander carrot, minestrone…) with rice and a copious amount of organic Sriracha sauce.

Dessert… Go-on tell us about your sweet tooth…

I love baking, so on Sundays I make a batch of peanut butter and chocolate chip cookies, or raw caramel slices, I try to be reasonable and make them last a week, but that challenge is a hard thing!

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DIY – Sage Smudge Sticks

What is Smudging?

“Smudging” is a cleansing ritual that has been used by many native traditions around the world. The burning of certain herbs, such as sage, lavender, rose, rosemary, lemon balm and cedar leaf has been used for centuries for emotional, psychic and spiritual purification. It is important to regularly smudge the home and workspace, to clear negative energy and simply lift the positive vibration of your space. 

How to Make a Smudge Stick… 

  • Cut the branches of the plant material you are using into 7-10 inch lengths.
  • Measure a piece of cotton or hemp string that is 4 times the length of the cut branches.
  • Bundle the branches together (to your desired thickness).
  • With the tips of the branches pointing down, begin wrapping the string tightly around the bas of your herb bundle.Then, wrap the cord around the bundle (while firmly pressing the plant material together) working your way to the tip of the branches.
  • When you reach the tip, begin working your way back down toward the base.
  • Tie the two ends of the cord together at the base.
  • Set the smudge stick to dry in a basket or indoor clothes line out of direst sunlight.

To Smudge

Light the tip of the smudge stick and once the smudge stick has a steady flame, blow it out so it is smouldering and smoking. Fan the smoke over the body and throughout your home simply using your hand or a feather.

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