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ExtraFresh

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Who would like to be 1 of 4 lucky winners to be sent a 6 pack carton of ExtraFresh as part of our Vegan & Eco-Friendly Giveaway?

ExtraFresh
We have only recently come across ExtraFresh, but we love the idea. We were given a single pack to try which was delivered to us with a range of other goodies from EcoDeals.

“Designed and made in NZ, especially for domestic fridges, ExtraFresh keeps fruit and vegetables fresher for longer, decreasing spoilage and ensuring that you enjoy the best possible eating experience.” ~ExtraFresh

To read more about how these packs work, check out the info section on their website. In short, these packs help reduce ethylene which you trap by putting all of your fruits and vegetables into a drawer. Without these packs, ripening occurs much more quickly which can lead to more wasted food.

I know that I do not like wasting food, and although we do compost what we do not eat, I do not like the idea of wasted money and food. Whether you put a lot of time and effort into growing your own fruit and vegetables or consider the environmental impact and labour from food production to supply in your local supermarket, there should be no desire to waste food and a lot more concern with the amount that ends up in landfill. The amount of wasted food is ridiculous in my opinion, and I am all for a product that can help preserve produce to stay fresher for longer. If you are buying produce from the supermarket, these will also allow you to buy a variety of produce without worrying about it not lasting. This will be better for a healthier lifestyle or save extra trips to the store which will save you time and money as well as saving you from contributing to the environmental impact due to more travel.

For those with one vegetable drawer, the ExtraFresh 6 pack carton will give you freshness for the entire year, or 6 months for a two drawer fridge.

Another way to involve the community in supporting sustainability is to fundraise with ExtraFresh. Whether schools or sport clubs want to be involved, this is a great way to involve the younger generation in protecting our environment and promoting healthy lifestyles.

Although ExtraFresh is quite new to us, I absolutely love the concept and the positive impact within the environment, our health, and the community.

Is there an ExtraFresh pack in your fridge?

Enter for your chance to have fresher produce all year long.

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Fruit & Greens

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Fruit
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Ever need more space in your kitchen? A cupcake plate stand is the perfect solution, and it even makes it more appealing to choose what you want to eat. We have been living off mostly what we can find in our kitchen or out in the garden. Unfortunately, we do not have a backyard full of fruit trees. We made a trip to the store and filled our trolley with fresh fruit as you can see. Yum! As some of the produce can be limited, we bought as much organic fruit as possible. We even found mangoes for under $3. With a much higher price tag, I could not resist buying at least 3 passionfruit. If you have been following me from the start or know me well, they are one of my favourite fruits. I was quite surprised to see them already coming into season, but at $39.99kg! Since our lovely lamb ate our other vine and our new one is still growing, I am uncertain if ours will even produce fruit this year. I hope that someone near me will kindly donate lots of passionfruit to us because I definitely cannot afford to keep buying this yummy fruit.

You might be wondering what the cauliflower photos are all about. It might seem a bit silly and really simple, but have you ever cut cauliflower in small pieces or tossed some in the food processor and mixed in hummus? If not, you should definitely try it. We love raw cauliflower and hummus, but this is just something a little bit different. Depending on the flavour hummus, there is a slight resemblance to Mac ‘n Cheese. Well, that might just be me. It has been a very long time since I had that, and I do not remember having it all that much, but I always seem to think of it when eating this. I usually use a spicy or capsicum hummus, but feel free to use any kind. Yum! Zaedyn likes to dip big pieces of raw cauliflower in hummus, but this is also a great alternative. If you have little ones and are worried about choking, you can process this a lot more than I did and then mix with hummus.

Another beautiful day in the sunshine! I heard Zaedyn and the lawnmower making their way down the steps as I grabbed our smoothie, and off he went. Lawnmowers seem to be one of the most important things in his life at the moment. He just loves them, and he will be the first to hear and tell you about them when a neighbour is mowing their lawn. Last weekend we bought a handmower which seems to be working really well and is much more eco-friendly than our other lawnmower. If only we could cover our entire yard with fruits and veggies! Even with the amount we eat, I am pretty sure I would have a lot to share seeing as we have a pretty big yard.

This is our third day of somewhat following the 40 Days of Smoothies e-book. As I have mentioned before, I never seem to follow recipes; not even my own. Why? Often I use what I have or prefer to use, and by the end I realise that I have actually changed or substituted a lot. However, I still am inspired by looking at a recipe. Anyways, if you have the e-book, my changes were cacao instead of cocoa powder, a mix of kale and spinach as we are running low on kale, LSA (linseed, sunflower, and almond) instead of flax meal, and some frozen banana instead of maple syrup. There was an extra addition of green today with avocado in our smoothie. Oh, and the photo on the right is just another little snack: avocado on organic sesame corn thins sprinkled with chia seeds for an extra boost.

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Smoothie a Day ~ November

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Smoothies are full of goodness! They are packed with lots of nutrients. Fruit, Veggies, and superfoods: there are endless ways to make a different smoothie every day. This actually made it extremely hard in choosing only 30 ideas, but I tried to choose a variety as well as a few that I know will be a bit more challenging. I also tried not to use too many ingredients that not everyone stocks in their pantry, but with only one ingredient listed you can feel free to get creative. I am going to be creating smoothies that I have never made before, and I look forward to seeing everyone else’s creativity.

If you are following us on Pinterest, there is a new Smoothies board which I will be adding lots of pins to as I come across them. I will post this photo so that you can re-pin. Please like and share this photo on Facebook as well so that as many people as possible can be involved in creating and drinking smoothies this month. Each day we welcome any way you wish to contribute whether it is a photo, recipe, or your thoughts. If you post a photo on our wall, you can re-share on your own. Thanks for all of your support, and I look forward to all of the smoothie bliss in November.

Smoothie Challenge

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Are you up for a smoothie challenge? With the cold weather, we have not been very consistent in making our smoothies. As summer is coming and lots of new fruit is in season, I was thinking about smoothies. I asked David if he would be up for a bit of a challenge, and surprisingly he is keen. He is usually not that impressed when he sees me with spirulina! However, Zaedyn and I love it. You can read more about the benefits of Spirulina in Nutritional Discovery.

I have mixed feelings when it comes to smoothies. They can be a great way to combine a lot of ingredients, and it can often be  easier to drink than to sit and eat the amount of fruit and vegetables compared to drinking them. You can pack a lot of greens into your green smoothies. For children, this can also be a great way to fill them up with a lot of nutrition and add in fruits and vegetables that they may not eat whole. Nuts and seed milks, LSA, chia seeds, and spirulina also add nutrition. What else do you add?

On the other hand, I love to sit and eat fresh fruit. Over the past few years, I have really come to love eating lots of raw veggies as well although they usually must be paired with hummus. There are also some ideas that different types of fruit should not be eaten together. So if you decided that you wanted to eat watermelon, you would eat as much watermelon and only watermelon until you were full. I have also often had my fair share of smoothies where I packed as much as possible into one and realised that too much can make them not taste very yummy.

Anyways, we have decided to take on this smoothie challenge as it adds a lot of nutrition into our bodies. I often find it hard to come up with exact recipes for smoothies as I often add in what is around or what I think at the time. Everyone also has their own preferences with consistency. I am more than happy to share estimated measurements if people show interest though. We may not always have something new or exciting to share as our basic smoothie with spirulina, banana, and almond milk is often a favourite, but I will be looking to make sure we benefit from lots of veggies and fruit and will keep you updated on anything interesting. Zaedyn does not seem to eat as much fruit as veggies so smoothies are a fun way for him to sip his fruit.

Who else is keen to join in our smoothie challenge? The challenge is not based on an exact amount of time as smoothies should always be a part of lives, but we are challenging ourselves and you to take part in making more smoothies on a regular basis. Please feel free to comment below or share feedback with us on Facebook. We would love to hear about your favourite smoothie recipes or photos of smoothies you make. Do you have a main base that you use in your smoothies, or a superfood that you use? Keep in touch through our Smoothie Challenge: drink your fruit and greens. As inspiration, we might even have a smoothie theme challenge next month…