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Easter is around the corner and we all know what that means... But what if we told you how easy it is to have a happy and healthy Easter? Healthy Easter you say? YES! Chocolate is good for you! Now everyone can enjoy chocolate without the guilt! We have the recipe that is wrapped up in goodness and 5 expert tips to help you stay focused and energetic through the bunny season.
We are also super excited to include the first article in a series of grass roots tips towards a lush and healthy garden that will keep your pantry abundant! Check out our Product of the Month PLUS find out how you can WIN a $100 voucher every month!
So grab a cup of coffee, sit back and read on!
- The Zesty Bunny
Oh Yeah, CHOCOLATE IS GOOD FOR YOU!
 
Raw chocolate is honest to goodness yummy. It is easy to make and you know exactly what goes in it.
Melody from Zesty 4 Life introduced me to raw chocolate a couple of years ago and now that I have become confident with a base mix, adding flavours is really simple.


After I made my first batch of raw chocolate I was ready to play with adding all sorts of ingredients and knew I'd never buy chocolate from the store again. The taste and texture is so similar to store bought chocolate that it never crosses my mind to buy it when I can make it myself and know it's actually good for me.

So, what is raw chocolate? It simply means that the ingredients are all raw, unlike conventional store bought chocolate where the ingredients are mostly heated to a high temperature, hence the nutrients are often depleted. It makes simple sense to eat raw ingredients as they come to us in their natural state, and this is the state which provides the most nutrients to our body. With conventional store bought chocolate the ingredients are also usually undesirable.

Here’s an example of the ingredients listed on the back of a store bought chocolate bar in Australia:
Sugar, wheat flour, cocoa butter, nonfat milk, chocolate, refined palm kernel oil, lactose (milk), milk fat, contains 2% or less of: soy lecithin, PGPR (emulsifier), yeast, artificial flavor, salt, and sodium bicarbonate.

Here’s our list of ingredients for our 4 Minute/4 Ingredient Raw Chocolate:
Organic coconut oil, coconut milk, coconut sugar and raw cacao.
 
You choose from the above to make your own informed decision on which chocolate you prefer your family to eat.

Why is raw chocolate good for you? The main ingredient is coconut oil and it is so incredibly good for you that I have replaced all things oil in my house with coconut oil. It has a long list of health benefits but the fact behind it all is that it is mostly made up of medium-chain fatty acids which can actually do amazing things to the human body. Medium-chain fatty acids increase the rate of metabolism in your body which can aid in weight loss, they are an awesome source of energy and they are easily digested. Medium-chain fatty acids include a lauric acid which protects your heart by increasing the level of good cholesterol and lowering the level of bad cholesterol and it is also a nutrient that supports the body’s immune system.

How does coconut oil aid in weight loss? The medium-chain fatty acids get immediately converted into energy rather than being stored as fat which help to stimulate the body’s metabolism burning off fats in the body, resulting in weight loss. It can also significantly reduce your appetite, which also promotes weight loss. It's already sounding like the much better option to store bought chocolate! Not only is it good for you but it can aid in weight loss!

There are just so many things that coconut oil is good for that it extends beyond just eating it... It's also fantastic for improving the health and appearance of skin and hair. Another incredible application is in a process known as oil pulling, like using it as a mouthwash but it actually kills some of the harmful bacteria in your mouth which improves dental health and reduces bad breath. How it works is that the bacteria gets caught and dissolves in the coconut oil. Every time you do it, it's removing a large amount of bad bacteria and plaque in your mouth.

What else does our raw chocolate have in it that's good for you? Coconut milk; it's used to create that general milk chocolate flavour that everyone loves. Coconut milk has much the same health benefits as coconut oil that is highly nutritious and rich in fibre, vitamins, minerals and unlike cow's milk, coconut milk is lactose free so it can be used as a milk substitute for those that are lactose intolerant.

What makes raw chocolate sweet?... READ MORE
4 Minute/4 Ingredient
 
Raw Chocolate Recipe
 
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Make your own honest and beautiful chocolate - everyone is doing it!
Here is our simply gorgeous 4 Minute/4 Ingredient raw chocolate recipe that can be eaten everyday guilt-free!

 

What you will need:
Ingredients:
  • 2 1/3 cups of Coconut Oil
  • 1/3 cup of Coconut Milk
  • 1/3 cup of Coconut Sugar
  • 1/3 cup of Raw Cacao
Method:
Add all ingredients into a jug or bowl and mix until combined. Test the flavour and add anything to suit your preference. Pour chocolate mixture into molds and set in the freezer for 5 to 10 minutes. Ensure you put the mixture straight into the freezer to avoid separation of the coconut oil.

RAMP IT UP!
Pop some sultanas and walnuts into an Omega Blender and add to your base mix to sweeten and add texture.
Mix in some shredded and dehydrated coconut for a coconut rough.
Grab some mint from your garden or a few drops of peppermint oil and throw it in.
Our personal favourite is to make a strawberry and apple fruit leather in an Excalibur and roll your chocolate up inside the fruit leather. This is a gourmet dessert favourite to really impress!
These are just a few out of a thousand ideas that you can do to ramp it up! Get in the kitchen and go crazy!
Everyone wants a lush healthy garden, check out Tropic Earth's secret ingredient.
 
HOW TO START A VEGGIE GARDEN
 
Tropic_Earth_Lush_GardenWelcome to our first newsletter where I will pass on some cost-effective and rewarding grass roots tips that I hope our readers can apply to their own home garden.
There is nothing more satisfying than walking into your garden and plucking off flowers for a vase or succulent nutritious veggies to throw in a juicer or dehydrator to share with the family.


I am a third generation farmer with experience in growing over 40 different crops on the Atherton Tablelands in the wet tropics of North Queensland.

Seeing as this is my first blog I would like to begin with the most crucial part of reaping a successful harvest and this is ‘PREPARATION’.

Preparation of a good seed bed for planting often requires some initial effort and the first thing to do is ‘Weed Control’.  Weeds are a source of competition for moisture and nutrients and some can attract unwanted pests.

So the first thing to do is to remove the weeds from your garden bed. If the weeds are breaking off at ground level, you may need to water your garden and to help with easier removal of weeds a small spade or screw driver may help. Remember to tap the root system to remove excess soil, this ensures they don’t spring back to life. I recommend removing the weeds completely from the garden and put into a waste pile so that the seeds they are carrying aren’t going to germinate and create competition for your vegetables, it is also worthy to note I don’t recommend putting weeds into your compost but rather into their own pile, the rubbish bin or somewhere you can burn them once they dry out.

An old farmer I know has a saying about weeds which illustrates why good weed control is so important. In reference to weeds he used to say... READ MORE
Remedy's 6 Tips for Feeling AWESOME over Easter!
 
Zesty_Dessert_ChocolateAfter all of these years... Yes, I am most definitely a Zesty By Nature devotee. I couldn't say enough good things about the Zesty By Nature team. There is a distinct difference when doing business with a company that has customer service unlike many out there. So, THANKS to Zesty By Nature for supporting me over all of these years :-)

So here goes; Remedy's tips for a health Easter :-)

In Australia Easter is celebrated in so many different ways, from family traditions, religious customs or simply because of the declared National 4 day break.

Despite the various ways individuals & families spend their time over Easter, one theme is central to all experiences... FOOD... (did I hear someone say CHOCOLATE??!!) Oh yes, maybe a 'bit' of chocolate!

For the first time in her life, my 16 year old daughter Sienna declared, "Mum please don't buy me any Easter Eggs this year". I was devastated......... I love delivering those beautiful foil wrapped eggs each year in our traditional Easter Egg basket..... adorned with flowers, fresh green grass & a little sprinkling of spilled hard chocolate eggs all over the ground. Ok I know, she is 16. But the magic..... who doesn't love a little magic?!

"No Mum....maybe you could get me some Bonds undies instead".............  a basket full of undies is not quite the same I despairingly thought...

Anyway back to chocolate! This is an important consideration for our 'healthy approach' to Easter.

So, here are my 6 tips for feeling AWESOME over Easter;
  1. Buy undies instead :-)
  2. Be sure to increase your servings of CULTURED FOODS. The sour flavour of cultured foods balances the bodies Ph levels & modifies the likelihood of over-indulging in sweet foods.
  3. Take PROBIOTIC CAPSULES; (particularly for those who do not eat FERMENTED FOODS) By increasing numbers of beneficial flora in your gut helps to 'mop up' excess sugar loads, keeping the 'bad guys' (non-beneficial yeasts & bacteria) in check.
  4. GREEN SMOOTHIE or GREEN JUICE: without fail, start your day with either of these BLOOD BUILDING drinks. Again it will steady your blood sugar, drench your system in vital nutrients & minerals to reset your system & reduce cravings.
  5. DARK CHOCOLATE or better still RAW CACAO (chocolate)..........now we're talking. Have you ever thought of creating your very own RAW CHOCOLATE TREATS for Easter? Maybe a RAW CACAO MOUSSE served with a berry coulis & slivers of macadamia nuts. Or a RAW CACAO tart or your own RAW chocolates set in molds. There are so many recipes available now online. Many exquisite recipes to drool over. The ingredients are easily available at your local health food store.
  6. NATURE; Take time each day to walk somewhere in Nature. (looking for Easter Eggs of course). Breathing in fresh air, expanding the lungs, taking your shoes off & looking off into the distance (rather than 2 cm away into your computer or phone) is incredibly restorative. 
REMEMBER EASTER IS ALSO A TIME OF RESURRECTION. It can be that for you too!

If you'd love to learn more from Remedy, head on over to her website!
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We want to hear your pros and cons, what you use it for and what you love about it! Each review will go in the draw and the winner will be contacted via email with their voucher code and announced in next month's newsletter. Don't forget to share this newsletter with a friend for more chances to win.
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OMG this is awesome! We call it the 'Jowl'. A jug and bowl all in one. It's used on a daily basis in my household by everyone in the family!"
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