Simple Spring Detox Tips

Spring has sprung, and whilst most of us are celebrating it’s long awaited arrival, many others are dreading the impending doom of hayfever, seasonal allergies and the effects of the changes in weather!

Here are five simple, everyday detox tips that will have your immune system firing and your body prepared to tackle spring head first,

1.Tongue Scraping

According to the Chopra Institute, this ancient Ayurvedic based practice “helps to stimulate the internal organs through energetic connections with the rest of the body, improve digestion by increasing your sense of taste, and cleanse the body by removing Ama (toxic residue) and bacteria from your oral cavity.

From personal experience, it just feels good to have a simple practice like this in the morning, and each scrape you notice how much clearer and cleaner you feel. It’s also a good indication of how your health is, if there is a lot of build up on the tongue you have to think about what your diet is like and how effectively is your body processing toxins.

2. Lemon water

Drinking warm, filtered water with freshly squeezed lemon might not sound like the most exciting combination to drink first thing in the morning, but the health benefits are documented and plentiful!

Not only does this act as a detoxifying agent, it is very effective at cleansing the liver as it promotes the liver to flush out toxins as well, which is imperative to you body’s detox process.

Simply squeeze the juice of about half a lemon, add your warm, filtered water (you can pre-boil the water and then just add some cold water in) and consume on waking.

3. Move your body

Regular exercise encourages circulation in the blood and lymph system. Moving your body will also enhance digestion, reduce tension, lubricate joints, and strengthen your body.

People who exercise regularly have far fewer total toxins in their systems, so what are you waiting for? Find something you enjoy, and for extra detox points, do it in nature!

4. Contrast Showers

Naturopathic Doctor Cathy Wong suggests that contrast showers “the contrast between hot and cold water increases circulation, which helps to bring nutrients, oxygen and immune cells to damaged and stressed tissues and carries away metabolic waste, inflammatory by-products and other toxic substances.”

Try it next time you hit the shower, with three minutes of hot water, followed by less than one minute of cold water. Repeat this pattern at least once, always finishing with cold (e.g. 3 minutes hot - 1 minute cold - 3 minutes hot - 1 minute cold).

Best to fit your shower with a filter to get rid of the nasties in our water, including chlorine and synthetic chemicals like fluoride. These filters are readily available to order online.

5. Eat More Wholefoods

Add naturally detoxing foods to your (real foods) diet can be extremely beneficial. These should be in addition to a whole, real foods diet. Here are just a few of the best detoxing foods include:

Fruits – High in liquid-content, fruits help the body wash out toxins. They are also very easy to digest and full of nutrients, an added bonus in the detox process.

Citrus fruit – In particular, things like oranges, lemons, and limes aid the body in flushing out toxins and jump starting the digestive tract with enzymatic processes. Lemon juice aids the liver in its cleansing processes. Try starting each morning with a warm glass of lemon water.

Veggies – Green plants will help give a chlorophyll-boost to your digestive tract and are very cleansing to your system. Other foods like: Onions, carrots, artichokes, asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, kale, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, beet, turmeric, and oregano are great to help cleanse the body. These are high in naturally occurring sulphur and glutathione. Sulphur helps the liver detoxify harmful chemicals. It’s important to add raw veggies to your diet, as the digestive enzymes are very beneficial in the natural detox process.

Garlic – This little food is one of the best detoxing foods there is. It helps stimulate the liver into producing detoxification enzymes that help filter toxic residues from the digestive system.

Want more detox? Join us for our online detox program that just might transform your life forever!


Stressed & Tired Always?

You might be suffering from adrenal fatigue, along with 80% of the adult population.

Do you:

- Exercise intensively everyday or even twice a day?
- Feel tired when you wake up in the morning?
- Use coffee to get you through the day?
- Spend your rest days sleeping on the lounge?
- Always get sick?
- Feel down, irritable and cranky all the time?

These are some of the most common signs and symptoms that you may have adrenal fatigue.

What is Adrenal fatigue?

It’s a condition that usually results from a long period of chronic stress. Over time, this stress taxes the adrenal glands and HPA axis, thereby disrupting the production of cortisol and other hormones.

The body initially produces large amounts of cortisol to cope with the stressors, but eventually cortisol levels drop. The cortisol cycle can also become dysregulated, with irregular peaks in the evening.

Adrenal function determines the body’s ability to shed excess weight as secretion of our stress hormones regulates sugar release in muscles and determines our rate of metabolism.

What causes Adrenal Fatigue?

Adrenal fatigue is usually caused by long-term stressors. These can include financial stress, overwork, family disputes, or marital problems. Often it might a be a combination of factors, such as those experienced by a high-flying executive with young children.

Other factors can come into play too. A poor diet means that your body has fewer reserves and less capacity to deal with stress. Chronic or latent disease can be a factor, as can regular exposure to toxic chemicals or pollutants.

And don’t forget sleep – one of the most important requirements for your body to function properly. If you’re burning the candle at both ends, consider that a lack of sleep might be damaging your long-term health.

How do you treat Adrenal Fatigue?

Treating adrenal fatigue usually means reversing the factors that led to your poor health in the first place. This might mean removing added sugars and junk food from your diet, getting enough sleep, and avoiding or eliminating sources of stress.

There are other ways to support your body, make it more resilient to stress, and treat your adrenal fatigue. Adaptogenic supplements like ashwagandha can help to moderate your stress response, while basic nutrients like vitamin C (always good quality) can give your adrenal glands the nutrients they need.

Adding in nurturing practices for your body, such as mindfulness, meditation, yoga and walking in nature are helpful to calm your nervous system and looking after yourself with massages, naps and downtime are important in the process of recovery.

Of course, seeing a natural health practitioner like myself can help you get back on track, we have specific supplements and herbal tonics to treat this condition, as well as diet and exercise recommendations for you. Book your appointment now!

Want to know more about Adrenal Fatigue? Come along to Mel’s free talk at Verve For Life on Wednesday October 17.

My No BS Baby Tips

Looking back on the last twelve months has been an insightful meditation. Hindsight is always an amazing opportunity to learn. In those moments when I had no idea what I was doing raising my first child, there was some intuition that guided me but there was also advice and help from loved ones.

There are a few things that just worked when Callie was little. It’s so hard in the hubbub of advice to know what is right so it’s just worth having options, trying them, and deciding what works best for you and your child.

Here is what worked for me, I hope it helps you!

  1. Rubbing her back to burp her. This worked so well for us. After weeks of tapping and patting, some soft circular rubbing brought air up easily and soothed her at the same time.

  2. Softly bouncing on a medicine ball. She has always liked movement, even when not going to sleep. The ball gave me a seat to rest while still allowing me to move with her. 

  3. Bathing. Water always soothes me when I am in pain or stressed and it certainly has the same effect on Callie. Enjoying a relaxing bath either on her own or with one of us calms and relaxes our daughter and we relish this time for connection.

  4. Homeopathic medicine. It is so helpful to have options for remedies. Homeopathics were calming to both Callie and I when she needed them. It gave me something to do, to help, to give. It gave Callie medicine to help treat her complaints. 

  5. Paracetamol when things got real. I am so sick of people saying that pharmaceuticals are the devil. I am a Naturopath and I do not believe this. Drugs and herbs, homeopathics and food are all forms of medicine and when used appropriately are heaven sent. You may never need it but paracetamol has taken away Callie’s pain, fever and extreme distress when she has needed it.

  6. Don’t believe everything you hear, read or are told! For some reason everyone has an opinion when it comes to YOUR baby. Do what it right for you and Bub, follow your intuition and get professional advice where needed. 

For more individualised advice and support, please book an appointment with Mel.

Super Food Series - Finale

We hope that you have gained some super powers from using our favourite super foods so far!

This is the last in our series, for more on super foods and how you can implement them into your everyday eating, grab your copy of From Peasants Food To Superfoods.

M A C A is high in iron, iodine, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, selenium, and vitamins B1, B2, C, and E. It is full of amino acids and plant sterols which improve immune system and lower cholesterol. Maca is an energy food, and a powerful adaptogen. It can help enhance energy without being a stimulant. It is also able to increase libido and energy, and help decrease chronic fatigue, anxiety and stress, as well as enhancing fertility by normalising the hormones testosterone, progesterone and estrogen. Perfect in smoothies with nuts and seeds, and sweet fruits like banana and dates due to its malty, earthy flavour that varies from butterscotch to radish-like depending on what it is accompanying.

M A Q U I contains anthocyanins, antioxidant levels 3 times higher than acai, vitamin C, has higher ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) levels than any other fruit discovered, is high in vitamin C, low in sugar, and one for one contains 10 times the amount of antioxidants in a blueberry. Add it to smoothies, juices, cereals, water, and yoghurt. It has a mild flavour and cannot be tasted in smoothies but gives a vibrant and intense violet colour.

M E S Q U I T E has a great mineral pro le including signi cant calcium and magnesium, high lysine, low GI (25), and high protein, making it a wonderful diet addition to keep full for longer or help with muscle recovery. It can also be used to assist weight loss by adding it to shakes.

Q U I N O A is high in lysine, manganese, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, copper, zinc, vitamin E and B6, riboflavin, niacin and thiamine. This little grain has more calcium than milk, as well as antioxidants, fibre, and iron. It is high in unsaturated fats, low carb and low GI. Quinoa is a complete food and high in protein, full of vitamins, gluten/wheat free, and cholesterol free.. Quinoa grains make a perfect substitute for rice, quinoa flakes can be used in place of oats, and quinoa flour is wonderful for gluten-free baking.

S P I R U L I N A is nature’s multi vitamin. Spirulina is jam packed with nutrients and helps the body to detox any heavy metals, as well as kill off any pathogenic bugs. It also improves energy and may assist with weight loss as is it so nutrient-dense.

T U R M E R I C is the ultimate anti-inflammatory food! Turmeric works in every part of the body to reduce inflammation. It can also move out excess fluid and encourages huge detoxing from the liver so that all toxins are sent out of your body. This may assist with weight loss goals as well.

VEGETABLE PROTEIN POWDER Although I am the biggest fan of a real food approach I do believe that good quality food based protein powder has a place. Rather than get pea or rice or another type of single plant based protein, look for a blend. Protein is essentially a chain of links we call amino acids. When we look at amino acids from animal sources such as eggs and meat, they are complete. This means they have all of the links in the chain. Plant proteins are often incomplete, missing a link or two. This means that they do not serve the body with a whole protein and therefore do not function as well in the body. This is why teaming foods together is important for vegetarians, or adding an animal product such as cheese or milk. Combining the right foods will deliver a complete protein from plant bases, such as eating almonds, brazil nuts and cashews all together. This can be done with plant protein powder as well. By using rice and pea protein, and adding some extra goodies such as chia and linseeds, it is a beautiful protein source. This is a much easier source of protein for the body to utilise than whey protein powder.

Thanks for being on this journey to uncover the superfood alphabet with us!

Keep on discovering new and ancient superfoods and their powers with our new cookbook, From Peasants Food To Superfoods.

Super Food Series - Part Two

Are you falling in love with superfoods as much as we have?

We hope you have gained some insight into why superfoods are called super and that you have begun to introduce them more into your day to day eating.

Let's continue to dive into our favourite, functional foods...Continuing our journey through the superfood alphabet!

FLAXSEED/LINSEED are the same thing! These little seeds are full of oily fibre which is a prebiotic, and they assist the bowels to move well. They also provide a beautiful balance of omega 3 and protein, as well as many micronutrients, and are one of the oldest seeds in the world.

G I N G E R is warming, encouraging the blood to move around the body It is also anti-inflammatory and can assist with pain, cramps, cold hands and feet, and arthritis. A little ginger each day can assist in healing a leaky gut as well.

GOJI BERRY is the ultimate berry! They are unlike any other berry as they are full of protein, including 18 essential amino acids. Plus more beta carotene than our carrot friends, high vitamin C, B2, A, iron and selenium. Gojis are also full of antioxidants which are great for the skin and in preventing cancer.

GOLDEN BERRIES are full of vitamin A, vitamin C, fibre and calcium. They have a high protein count and are a good source of bioavonoids (vitamin P). Gobble these straight up, or add to trail mix, fruit cakes, muffins and more.

H E M P is full of chlorophyll, all 8 essential amino acids, essential fatty acids- omega 3 and gamma-linolenic acid. High in iron, magnesium and zinc, it is a great source of plant protein. It is easy to digest and is alkaline to help balance hormones, as well as provides full amino acid pro le, is high in minerals, and easy to absorb. Note: hemp seeds DO NOT contain THC.

H I M A L A Y A N  S A L T is an amazing substitute for avoiding refined salt. This is most important due to the additions of nasty chemicals and bleaching that can be found in your average table salt. Pink salt helps to balance electrolytes in the body so that you hydrate better while providing a huge array of micronutrients. It also has healing properties and is known for its effect on allergies, sinus and asthma. It aids in nutrient absorption and helps to reduce fluid retention, and maintains an acid-alkaline balance in the body. Plus it contains over 84 minerals!

K A L E will assist with liver detox and fat metabolism, like most leafy greens. It also has the added bene t of being jammed with so many nutrients that it has been dubbed a superfood in its own right. It is full of vitamins and minerals including the ever elusive and always needed magnesium.

L U C U M A contains carbohydrates, fibre, vitamins, and minerals. It is loaded with antioxidants such as beta carotene and complex carbs, fibre, B3, zinc, magnesium and iron. With a creamy citrus flavour, not only does it smell delicious, it can also be used as a low GI subtle sweetener and as a natural flavouring.

Join us on the next blog to uncover the last of the superfood alphabet with us!

In the meantime, pop over to the shop and pre-order your copy of From Peasants Food To Superfoods.

Super Food Series - A, B & C

We love our super foods here at MG Herbs!

In the first blog of this series, we introduced you to superfoods, what they are, how they work and why we use them.

For the next couple of weeks, come and meet some of our favourite, functional foods...Starting off with the As, Bs and Cs of the superfood alphabet!

A L M O N D S are high in magnesium, calcium, protein and good fats. These super nuts are the perfect addition to the diet for recovery. They also keep you full and help stabilise blood sugar levels as they are slow burning fuel for your body. A tasty addition to an afternoon fruit or veg snack to help make the energy from other foods last longer.

A C A I is full of anthocyanins, avonoids, anti-ageing pigments, lot’s of minerals and vitamins, as well as omega-3, 6 and 9. It is a super powerful berry and is loaded with 19 amino acids, 30% fibre, and monosaturated fats. It also has low GI and low sugar, making it a heart-healthy essential.

B A N A N A is rich in potassium but what does that mean? It means that they can help reduce high blood pressure and risk of stroke as potassium helps to stop hardening of the arteries. Banana can also help reduce reflux as its works like an antacid so is great for gut healing. They are also jammed with energy so are perfect for a pre-workout snack or if you are just on the go and need a pickup. A perfect component of an energy smoothie!

B E E T R O O T is full of nitric oxide, which relaxes the blood vessels and increases oxygen circulation in the blood. It is perfect for those with high blood pressure. Beetroot is also great for detoxifying the liver so it can assist with weight loss goals and cleansing. As a vasodilator it can also be used as nature’s Viagra for the boys.

C A R R O T is full of the powerful antioxidant beta carotene which is super important for good skin, so it will help to clear any blemishes and also supports your immune system. Carrots also reduce your risk of heart disease and cancer with this amazing antioxidant, fighting free radicals in the body. Of course it’s still great for eyesight as we all know as well!

C H I A S E E D is the ultimate seed and is thought to be the most nutritious food in the world. We now grow the majority of chia here in Australia in the KiImberly's. Full of omega 3, 6 and 9, antioxidants, protein, calcium, protein, magnesium and fibre, these little miracle seeds are anti-inflammatory, blood sugar balancing, satiating and great for detoxing the gut and bowels. Easy to throw into a smoothie or sprinkle on top of salads.

C A C A O is a natural antidepressant and stress reliever! Cacao is full of antioxidants which keep our mind sharp and our skin young. Plus it’s the highest magnesium food in the world which is important in preventing cramps and headaches (hence why we girls crave it around our cycles!) as well as helping with stress and anxiety. It is the most mineral rich superfood, and is energising and mood enhancing since it increases serotonin levels in the brain (our feel good chemical). It has almost double the ORAC value (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) as acai berry and is rich in polyphenols to help reduce cholesterol and support heart health.

C O C O N U T is the ultimate fat. It keeps us full, satiated and helps stabilise blood sugar levels as it is slow burning fuel for your body. Coconut is also antimicrobial so is perfect for keeping any nasty bugs at bay. It will help keep your mind switched on ghting brain fog and is great for your hair, skin and nails as well!

COCONUT OIL is a rich source of super good saturated fats (90%) which are medium chain triglycerides. This means that they are metabolised uniquely and can actually help to burn fat when eaten by increasing the calories you burn. This oil is also antimicrobial so can help kill pathogens in the body and on the skin as well. It will keep you full and reduce hunger and sugar cravings.

Join us on the next blog to uncover more of the superfood alphabet with us!

In the meantime, pop over to the shop and pre-order your copy of From Peasants Food To Superfoods.

Super Food Series - Introduction

All real foods are super foods.

The key word here is real. Real, whole foods are medicine and they all possess innate abilities to serve our bodies and communicate with our cells in their own unique way. There have been many foods in the last few years that have been touted as ‘superfoods’ and it has become a word associated with expensive, hard to pronounce and alternative health foods.

However, we have always known that oats give us energy and beetroot makes us poop. We may just not have know exactly why, and we didn’t think of them as super- they are just everyday foods that we eat to help keep us full and make us feel like we can face the day.

There is a huge difference between margarine and butter. One is a real food, and one has been dreamed up in a lab and has a nice yellow colour added in the end to make it resemble its counterpart.

Over the next few weeks I am going to preview some of the amazing superfoods that are used in my upcoming book, and some extras to get you started. One of my aims in writing recipes is to ensure that you can whip something up at home out of everyday ingredients. Do not underrate the power of your meat and veg combinations. However, there are some extra little things that can make it easier for you to get more nutrients and they become especially important if you are unwell or trying to achieve a health goal.

If you have any kind of gut complaint, from a leaky gut to food allergies & intolerances, it can be as simple as adding some good quality gelatin to your pantry. Once you are comfortable with using this you may like to try some hemp seeds in a smoothie. Whatever you do, don’t feel like you have to have a health food shop at home. Just start with a few little things, allow them to become the norm (if you like them), and add to your journey as you go.

If you don’t like it there is no need to force it down or upon the kids. As you can see there are many different super foods and those I preview here are only some of hundreds of others. Many of the properties also overlap so get through the bag or give it away if you do not like it and try something different next time.

Our next blog will start to introduce you to some of our favourite superfoods, how they work and what they can be used in. Don't miss it!

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Be A Food Label Detective #2

Now that we have a better understanding of food labelling from the first blog, let's look a little closer at the ingredients listing.

Probably the easiest way to read ingredients is to keep this in mind - If you don't know how to pronounce an ingredient, or what it is, then your body won't either. Even if you do vaguely know what it is, can you think about the process it has taken to get there? How far is the ingredient from the whole food in its natural form?

You can then make a decision for yourself as to whether you want to put that in your body.

Of course, there will be times when you simply need to eat, can't find an alternative or just don't want to fuss around. This is simply a guide and good to keep in mind as you are learning more about foods and how they can help or harm your health.

There are so many options now on the shelves, which means there is most likely an alternative option if you are finding your go-to foods are actually not as healthy as you originally thought.

If you are wanting to make a version of your favourite packaged foods from scratch to avoid unhealthy ingredients, usually Googling the food name and homemade or from scratch will pull up a recipe or two!

Here is a guide to most of the ingredients that show up in packaged foods that you probably want to avoid wherever possible:

COLOURS: 102, 104, 107, 110, 120, 122-129, 132, 142, 150, 151, 155, 160b (annatto)

PRESERVATIVES: (200-203), Benzoates (210-213), Sulphites (220-228), Nitrates & Nitrites (249, 252), Proprionates (280-283)

ANTIOXIDANTS: Gallates (310-312), TBHQ, BHA, BHT (319-321)

FLAVOUR ENHANCERS: 620-625, 627, 631, 635

OTHERS: Hydrolysed Vegetable Protein (HVP), Hydrolysed Soy Protein (HSP), Soy Protein Isolate (SPI), Textured Vegetable Protein (TVP), Hydrogentaed Vegetable Oil, Vegetable Oil

+ SUGARS AND SUGAR SUBSTITUTES – Remember, even though they aren’t “sugar” the body still reads them as so! 

They include: Aspartame, erythritol, stevia, palm sugar, agave, sucrose, high fructose corn syrup, xylitol, polydextrose.

A simple online search can tell you the negative side-effects from some of these ingredients if you do want to find out more. 

In summary, be alert but not alarmed! Nobody is perfect and sometimes you need to make compromises. It's good to be educated and to have an awareness about what is going into you foods so you can make conscious decisions for you and your family.

If you need help around reading ingredient labels or finding the right eating plan to suit you and your goals, be sure to make an appointment with Mel.

Be A Food Label Detective #1

Food labelling can be so overwhelming!

It can take a matter of minutes to interpret exactly what the food is, let alone sort through the hundreds of words and numbers on the packaging to find out if it's actually any good for you.

Because we spend hours looking through packaged foods when trying to make a healthy choice, we wanted to help you navigate your way through the supermarket with ease.

In this blog, let's distinguish what is on the packaging of our foods.

HEALTH CLAIMS - These are things like "nutritious", "healthy" and "no sugar added". These claims can be the most misleading part of the food label. They are not well regulated and often the claims are false. Most of the time, avoid making a judgement based on these claims!

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION - This is the panel which tells you how much fat, carbohydrate and protein are in the food. This is where things get tricky.

First of all, if you are going to refer to this panel, look at the values per 100g, not per serving size, as serving size differs across the board.

Again, you shouldn't judge your food too much by this panel, but main things you might want to look out for are the amounts of sugar (you'd be surprised when you start thinking about the % of sugar in your food) and perhaps the amount of protein and fat if you are trying to find a satiating food choice.

INGREDIENTS LISTING - This is where the gold is! The list of what is actually in your food. The listing begins with the ingredient that is in the food the most down to the least. 

It is easy to see by looking at this panel whether the food is going to be good for you or not.

In the next blog, we'll talk more about what the numbers and chemical-sounding names mean, but for now, look for foods that sound the most whole.

Do you recognise the ingredient listed? Is it a whole food?

If the answer is YES than you're probably on the right track. If no, you may need to look for an alternative or weigh up whether to go ahead or not. 

IE. If sugar is your number one ingredient, perhaps best to stay away!

Other easy to avoid ingredients are vegetable or canola oils, processed flours, gluten and dairy if you're intolerant, highly processed parts of whole foods and flavourings (even natural ones).

We'll cover these more on the next blog, but for now, start taking notice of what goes into your trolley.

The easiest thing to do? Avoid the packaged foods where possible. Use the outside aisles of your supermarket more than the inside ones.

Can you make it yourself or find an alternative? Or do you even need it?

For more nutritional tips, recipes and alternatives please make an appointment with Mel.

Struggling With Sleep?

You're not alone.

Research by the Sleep Health Foundation has found between 33 and 45 per cent of us Australians have poor sleep patterns that lead to fatigue and irritability that's putting us at risk of low productivity, damage to their mental health and unsafe behaviours.

You might already been experiencing these symptoms, and more. Reliance on coffee and sugar to keep you going through the day. Disruption to your digestion and hormones, leading to fatigue, weight gain, stress, anxiety and a whole host of other symptoms.

We all know we should be getting more sleep, but what if we simply cannot fall asleep? Or maybe we keep waking up through the night?

There are some really simple methods that my family and I use that help us get a healthy amount of sleep (most nights, Callie is still interrupting that a little!). Start introducing these into your bedtime routine and let's prioritise our sleep for a healthier life!

1. Lights Down, Devices Down

At least half an hour before bed (one hour is possible). Dim lights if you can, or at least turn the bright ones off. Electronic devices out of the bedroom and screens off! Use this time to wind down, connect with your loved ones, or maybe even meditate or journal before bed.

This puts your nervous system in a state of calm and prepares your body for sleep.

2. Teatime

Herbal tea before bed is a fantastic bedtime ritual. Choose an organic blend of sleep or calming tea, and enjoy this in bed (maybe during your lights down time). Herbs in the tea can help you fall asleep and stay asleep.

Small cup is perfect, because you don't want to be going to the toilet all night!

3. Herbal Help

My Sleep Tonic is a classic and effective blend of passionflower and kava, with a hint of rescue sleep remedy. 

The passionflower in the mix will assist sleep onset helping you get to sleep quicker. Perfect for those who are tired and snuggle up but then lay there thinking about everything or nothing and don’t drift off easily. There’s nothing worse than tossing and turning!

Meanwhile the blend of traditional Kava will allow you to get a deeper and better quality sleep. This means it may help to keep you asleep for the entire night rather than that pesky midnight toilet wake or early morning wide eyed think.  Kava has a 3000 year old history of use and folklore. It is used today to assist relaxation and stress as well as insomnia by people in multiple countries. It is safe and effective if used correctly.

Neither of these herbs is a heavy sedative so there is no hungover feeling in the morning. After a good night’s sleep with less worries you can wake feeling refreshed and ready to start your day.

4. Get To Bed On Time!

And at the same time every night, or as close to as possible. Studies have shown that sleep before midnight is much better quality, so make sure you are going to bed before then!

Also, getting up at the same time every day will help your body settle into a healthy rhythm.

5. Watch What You Eat

Eat well before you're planning to go to bed. Minimise caffeine and sugar, especially in the hours before hitting the sack. 

Ensure your dinner is satiating so you won't be hungry and tempted to eat late night treats!

Lastly, don't worry! Enjoy creating a healthy bedtime ritual that works for you.

Still struggling to sleep?

Make an appointment with Mel and get a personalised sleep plan today.

How To Be Healthy For Less

It's probably the most common reason I hear why people can't be healthy...

"It's too expensive!" as well as "It's too hard!".

I totally get it. Living a healthy lifestyle can come at a higher cost than not. But the way I see it, it's an investment. 

Think about living a healthy life like paying for your health insurance. It's a preventative measure for your health and it can even save your life. The amount of money you won't have to spend later on in life for having better health will pay off!

My goal is to try and encourage as many people as possible to change their lives for the better. I understand to do that, I need to help people understand that living well doesn't have to be hard.

Let's start by changing the way we eat. Good health starts with excellent nutrition. Nourishing the body to feed the cells to maximise your health and wellbeing. It makes sense!

But people look at healthy eating and believe they can't afford it. Maybe it's an excuse? Or maybe it's partly true. Sure, my family spends more money on good quality food than most other things, but being well is our priority. Plus we love food!

You can't compare the cost of eating a salad with some good quality protein to eating a white bread sausage sandwich. What you can compare though is how good your body feels after it!

Here are five ways you can start to eat healthy, without breaking the budget.

1. ORGANISATION

Sure, we all know that if we do one grocery shop per week instead of five little ones that we'll spend less. Do we actually follow through on this though?

It's best to have a plan. Make meal planning fun, involve the whole family and make room for flexibility.

From your meal planner, write a list that covers all bases and stick to it. 

2. SHOPPING

Your local supermarket may be the most convenient way to shop, but have you ever looked at other options?

Most of your meals should revolve around fresh, healthy produce (look for inspiration in my cookbooks here) and less around packaged foods. Thus, going to the supermarket doesn't have to be a necessity.

Farmers markets are a brilliant way to buy bulk produce, often for cheaper than the supermarkets, much better quality and less packaging. Plus you get to buy what is in season, which works out more affordable.

If you don't have access to them, Woolies now has "Odd Bins", produce that isn't perfect for a much cheaper price. Harris Farm has the same thing. And Aldi often has some cheap produce buys.

3. BULK FOOD ORDERS

The moment I discovered these, was an exciting time!

Sure, buying in bulk costs more in the short term, but in the long term it pays off.

Here in Newcastle, you can do this with eggs (The Local Yolk), toilet paper (Who Gives A Crap) as well as wholefoods (The Healthful Pantry). 

Wholefoods bulk ordering is great for all your staples, like non-dairy milks, grains, oils and so on.

Scoop is brilliant for this as well, as you can simply buy what you need!

4. WASTE NOT WANT NOT

Broccoli stalks - eat them! Avocado seeds - blend them in smoothies! Almost dead veggies - cook them up into fritters! Overripe bananas - make banana bread, or peel and freeze for smoothies or ice cream!

There are so many ways you can get the most out of your food. 

Also, is there something you are throwing out every week? Is there a way you can make sure you use it or not buy it/buy less in future?

5. MAKE THINGS FROM SCRATCH

There is a common misconception that being healthy means buying a pantry full of fancy products, expensive alternatives and one-off ingredients.

This is often untrue and for much less, you can re-create your own versions with fewer ingredients.

Gone gluten free? You don't need to go and buy a whole host of gluten free products. See what you can make yourself. See what you can eliminate. Same goes with going dairy free. Or any other elimination diet!

You'll find that many wholefood, healthy recipes use the same base herbs and spices, so invest in these in bulk. If there is something you don't have, use good old Google to search "alternative to ..". If it's only a small amount, maybe you don't even need it! 

Experiment and have fun with it.

I would love to hear your best healthy eating on a budget tips!

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CLEAN OUT YOUR PANTRY!

How is the health of your pantry?

For many of us on this health journey, we have cleaned out our fridges. We have the nutritionally inspiring cookbooks (like mine) on our shelves to replace the old Women's Weekly classics. 

But hiding in the back of our pantries are most likely some nasties that you may be still holding on to.

It's easy to get into the habit of using certain ingredients or having go-to's that actually aren't serving us. 

Chemical-laden canned goods are probably one of the main culprits that are probably hiding up the back of your cupboard right now. From the packaging, you would think you are doing the right thing, perhaps buying some mixed beans to go into your homemade nachos, or some lovely vegetable soup to take to work for lunch. But look at the ingredients panel (note, not the "nutritional information" panel, which really doesn't give you much actual information) and you will usually find sugars, preservatives, unknown numbers and colours, salts and less-than-desirable oils.

Many of these canned goods can easily be swapped for healthier alternatives, you just need to know where to find them! Often the organic canned goods have better ingredients (although always check) as well as better quality cans, so you know you won't have extra chemicals leaching into your food. If it's just an oil or salt, you can rinse out the contents before consuming. Or make your own version at home! Google is your friend here, with millions of recipes to choose from. Or ask me during your next consultation.

There are many other simple swaps you can do RIGHT NOW to improve you and your family's health and ensure you are getting the most out of your food. 

1. Swap table salt for a natural pink or Celtic salt. Look for a good quality version of these salts! I stock a beautiful Changing Habits Seaweed Salt online and in the clinic. 

2. Swap white vinegar for raw apple cider vinegar. You can buy Braggs now from most supermarkets in the health food section. 

3. Swap supermarket nuts for fresh good quality nuts from health food or whole food grocer. Store them in the fridge.

4. Swap oily meals to the the fridge so they don’t go rancid. These include your LSA, almond meal, etc.

5. Swap overly processed seed oils like canola, vegetable and safflower for olive oil or coconut oil. Ensure you go for a good quality version of these oils!

6. Swap white sugar for a natural sweetener like stevia, honey, maple syrup or coconut sugar. You can also use medjool dates as a natural sweetener.

7. Swap white wheat flour for a good quality whole meal or ancient grain like spelt. There are so many flour options now, especially if you have a bulk whole foods store handy like Scoop in Newcastle!

We'd love to hear from you - What is one of the pantry swaps you have made to improve your health?

Comment below!

Do I Have Post-Natal Depression? 

* Please seek advice from PANDA or call 1300 726 306 if this resonates with you *

This is not just another blog about how hard it is to be a Mummy. Sometimes I struggle to find topics to write blogs on and other times I find myself writing in my head about anything from the book I am reading to my deepest darkest feelings. 

This is the latter, but instead of making it just about me I hope it can reach out and empower some of the many women around me who may be struggling as well.

I think many of those women and my clients see me as Super Herbalist and Mummy and possibly put me up on a pedestal in terms of successful clinic, healthy baby and happy marriage. She can cope with it all! But there is no need. I do have all of those amazing blessings in my life, however you never really know what’s going on in someone’s life and mind unless you are them.

More to the point, I want to stamp out the competitive baby comparisons and have always tried to be very transparent with my mental health to open that conversation for anyone else who is trying and those that are struggling. 

I have always been a high achiever and I have always worked my butt off. As we speak I am in bed, having put Callie down three times so far, writing this blog. She is ten months old and this week is the first I have started to truly feel like myself again.

While these glimpses of my old self have made me feel happy and secure (OMG, light at the end of the tunnel), they have also made me realise where I have been mentally and where I can easily slip back into in-between these moments.

I should say, I have a pretty bloody good kid. She has had no health issues, she eats everything, no allergies and she loves to sleep (mostly with me, which I secretly love as well). She is happy and content, she plays with other kids and by herself. She loves people and will give anyone a cuddle and she comes to work with Sam and I most days. 

This led to a burden of guilt like I have never carried. How dare I feel anything but pure elation when I have a perfect little baby girl? What is wrong with me and why the baby blues? 

When we set out on this baby journey I never thought about the fact that I would have to slow down. Then, in my baby bliss it never bothered me. I would get done what I got done and that would be that (yes, signing a deal with a publisher for a third cookbook is just what I happened to get done in this downtime, cut yourself much slack Mel?!).

Now, for the first time since she was born, I am starting to enjoy things again. This is a big shift.  

Before, I guess it was just like going through the motions. There have been unfathomable highs watching her grow, hearing her laugh and feeling her soft skin against mine. But the in-between feels a little fuzzy and the relationships with everyone else a little further away.

I have had moments of Callie and I against the world (sorry Sammy) where I think of just running away with her and being done with the rest, and others of thinking she would be better off without me. I have thought I couldn’t cope and I have felt numb with exhaustion.  

One in seven women experiences post-natal anxiety or depression and one in ten men.

These stats feel quite low compared to the reality and maybe this is because many of us feel it is just normal. Of course, you will be stressed, tired, teary, furious at your partner, overwhelmed, out of routine, have piles of washing with no end in sight, and no energy for groceries after having bought a new life into the world and attempting to keep it alive. Right? Right? 

Of course, you will be! But we need to know when to ask for help. It may just be family and friends (literal lifesavers), but it may need to be a doctor or health care professional who can tell you what’s normal and if you need extra support. PANDA (Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia) has some great resources and a free helpline which you can access as well. Common signs of depression are common signs of being a new mum as well, so sometimes it is hard to tell and we need someone to look from the outside in.

I have taken support in the form of any and all volunteers and visitors. I take strength from my family and my amazing support group of super strong wonder women who surround me and prop me up. I ask for help, often.

I lean on Sam like he is the hardest brick wall I have ever seen and I tell him how I am feeling. We learnt early on that to manage our mental health best, we needed to share our thoughts and feelings, and tell each other when we were acting crazy, when we needed therapy, and when we needed medication. I have taken support from my herbs and supplements and food. I have taken support from talking to a professional. There is no shame in asking for help and no shame in getting it.  

I have seen women in the clinic who still carry their post-natal depression despite their baby starting school or being teenagers. The burden unlifted, their self still lost and hazy. So many of us give ourselves over so completely and so unconditionally that the road back can be difficult.

Sure, we will never be the same and for the better. Most of us are left with a new most important thing for the rest of our life (said baby). But despite this we still need self-care, self-recognition, mummy and daddy time, mummy alone time, daddy alone time and so on.  

When I first went back to work, an hour was agony. I would text my poor Mum or Mother-in-law between every client demanding photo updates. Has she taken her milk, did they burp her like I do, were they holding her how she likes, how long did she cry?

Now that the initial anxiety has dissipated around leaving her with others for a few hours and that has allowed me some clarity. All in all, maybe the clearing fuzz at ten months is not so bad. The precious glimpses of my old self are a nice treat. The timeframes where I don’t worry about her dying are getting longer. Most importantly, the breaks allow me to be a better Mum and appreciate all those little moments more. The shift has allowed me to open my heart again and to love people other than my new baby again.  

* If this blog has triggered something in you, please seek support from PANDA *

All About Cold & Flu Tonic

 Got snot?

Not only do herbs sometimes work better than meds in situations like a winter cold to eradicate symptoms while boosting the immune system, they also stop the infection hanging around so long.

I love making mixes that people can take home, use for a few days, feel awesome and then pop in the cupboard for when they need them again. This idea of building people’s first aid kit of herbal remedies at home is my dream come true!

My Cold and Flu herbal mix is great for treating symptoms like runny noses, dry coughs, sore throats and headaches, whilst nourishing your body.

This mix boasts:

- The sweet flowers of Elderflower to help clear any mucous congestion in the sinuses.

- Andrographis, known as the King of Bitters, which comes in fists swinging and kills any lingering bacteria or viruses. 

- Well known for its effects on the immune system, Echinacea clears congestion in the lymph glands and pushes out toxins, boosts the immune system and has an adaptogenic action which helps to get you back on your feet quicker.

- The root of Elecampane has been used for centuries as medicine for coughs and lung complaints. It has an expectorant action, helping to bring mucous up from the chest so it can be expelled.

- To top it all off, Ginger adds its special zing to help all the herbs work together as well as help out with general symptom relief. 

Suffering from the sniffles?

Grab my Cold & Flu Tonic now!

Please make an appointment if symptoms persist. 

Why You Need HERBS In Your Life!

Humans have used plants as medicine for millennia. In fact, Barbara Griggs in her book Green Pharmacy talks of Neanderthal man laying eight different flowers around the grave of a loved one, seven of which are still used for medicine today. These plants may have been chosen to protect the person from sickness in the next life (or they may have just been really pretty flowers) but the fact we still use nearly all of the today is astounding to say the least! These plants include the beautiful slippery marshmallow root, perfect for a sore throat in winter and present in my own dispensary in 2018. 

Herbalists have evolved from witch doctors, spiritual leaders and shamans (not to mention your local pharmacist) to become the middle man between community healer, doctor and big pharma today. We sit on the cusp of traditional and modern medicine and ensue a balancing act between those herbs used by caveman and those proven to work via double blind placebo controlled clinical trials. 

However, before a lab worked out how to synthesise and isolate chemical constituents from herbs, every doctor and pharmacist was in fact a herbalist! Big pharma was in plants and medicinal trade was a shipment of an exotic herb from across the seas, rumoured to cure syphilis, to England or America.

Naturopathic principles are simple and astute. Trust in the healing power of nature and that of the body to heal itself, do no harm, treat the cause not just the symptoms, treat the whole person, educate and prevent. 

Medicine in all forms quickly became a way of earning money or livelihood. Today, herbal medicine is thought of as expensive and inaccessible to many. It is not under Medicare and only loosely covered privately in Australia. 

My goal is to educate every single one of my clients to care for themselves herbally when it comes to everyday ailments, rather than relying on me as their only source of medicine and healing. If we can each learn to heal ourselves and our family and pass this knowledge on I believe we can contribute to a healthy community with less disease and better quality of life.

Now, we aim to complement modern medicine. To assist in reducing side effects when an isolated ingredient is necessary but volatile. Or to treat diseases that are yet to have a medicine, prevent a genetic disease or help manage chronic illness. Why don’t we also continue to use the herbs we know work on the simple everyday ailments? Tummy upset, stress, mild pain in the form of menstruation or headache, cold and flu. 

Once upon a time every housewife would have collected and cherished her own herbal medicine first aid kit. The local healer encouraged the lady of the house to care for her family and treat common sickness herself, only calling the doctor in when needed. I want you to have access to your own kit, and to add to it as your family needs grow.

To have access to such effective natural medicine is a privilege today. I am a huge advocate of medicine in all forms but I think if we can treat it naturally we should. This means that we will lessen our need for pharmaceuticals, side effects and allow them to work better when we do need them. 

Check out my first aid kit specifically made for you and your family!

All About Tummy Tonic

I started making general tonics so that people could experience the amazing benefits of herbs for everyday complaints. Things that maybe didn’t need a full naturopathic appointment, but that herbs worked wonders for.

My Tummy Tonic is one of these and has been a mix that has survived the last seven years without change. The blend of herbs in this tonic will help soothe most tummy complaints. I first made it for my many clients with food intolerance, IBS and bloating to their extreme relief.

Usually within 30 minutes, any stomach pains or bloating will subside. It often works faster than this and gives such relief that we keep it on hand in our house for all tummy complaints.

The beautiful ingredients of this tonic include Chamomile, which soothes and heals the stomach, while fennel and chen pi will mobilise any stagnate food from sitting heavy in the gut, moving it through. 

Chen Pi is the citrus peel of mandarin and has been used traditionally for digestive discomfort, indigestion, bloating, flatulence and nausea.

Fennel was used by ancient Romans for over 22 different ailments. It was used in ‘gripe water’ for infants with colic so is perfect for an upset tummy in us big kids as well.

This mix is perfect for accidental ingestion from food intolerances and any IBS symptoms.

You can order Tummy Tonic here and keep it at home to use whenever tummy troubles occur.

I gave it to my 7-year-old niece recently as she had been nauseas and unwell all day and within an hour she was feeling well, had no pains or nausea and was fine to go to school the next day!

Natural Health For Babies

My baby Callie is now almost a year old and we spend a lot of time with other kids. She loves being with them and is a social butterfly, but it does mean that she picks up whatever bugs they have.

She has had two colds in her short life and when she is sick it is hard to just sit and watch her suffer. If she has a fever I go for the baby Panadol, but there are so many other things you can do as well as pharmaceutical pain relief that will assist babies, despite the lack of options at the pharmacy.

I find that Callie is happier for it, not sick as long, has reduced symptoms and it may help prevent the need for further medications such as antibiotics. So, I thought I would share what I do as aNaturopath and Mum combined to help us both get through it as painlessly as possible.

You may also find some of these tips helpful during teething, growth spurts and general discomfort or unsettled times.

Rescue Remedy: I spray this on Callie’s head (and my own) when she is upset or before bed.

Magnesium foot wipes: Specially made for babies these are great to relax bubba and help with any pain.

Herb Mix: I make Callie a special little mix which assists with calming, pain and sleep.

Homeopathics: Brauer have a great range of baby homeopathics including teething liquid and gel, colic, sleep and more.

Bath: Do not underestimate the power of a warm bath or steamy shower for little one. It helps Callie to loosen mucous from her little sinus passages plus is a great relaxer. Once the mucous is softened it will easily run out or can be removed with a baby snot sucker or a brave Mum’s mouth (gross but effective, yes I do it). A bath was my choice of pain relief when giving birth to her and it was amazing. The bath solves most problems in our house.  

The bath – or the shower- are also a great place to feed if baby is unsettled. As they relax and become more comfortable it will be easier for them to latch and feed plus you will be more relaxed with them happy so your milk will come easier.

Olive Leaf: Is very safe for Mum to take while breastfeeding. This helps boost immune system and will assist stop the cold hanging around. I take 1 teaspoon in the morning and 1 at night when Callie is sick.

Vitamin C: Dose up as Mum and baby will get through the breastmilk. Get a high-quality vitamin C with no additives.

Cod Liver Oil: Callie gets this in her breakfast every morning. It has vitamin D and A and is great for her immune system. It is also full of beautiful omegas for her brain.

Probiotics: I pop these in Callie’s breakfast a few time s a week generally but every day when she is sick. Get baby-age specific probiotics.

If you are interested in more info or a special tonic for you or your bubba please make a booking with Mel in clinic or via Skype. Please get advice that is right for you and high quality supplements always. 

Why We Should Use PLANTS As MEDICINE

Humans have used plants as medicine for millennia. In fact, Barbara Griggs in her book Green Pharmacy talks of Neanderthal man laying eight different flowers around the grave of a loved one, seven of which are still used for medicine today.

These plants may have been chosen to protect the person from sickness in the next life, or they may have just been really pretty flowers but the fact we still use nearly all of the today is astounding to say the least-including the beautifully slippery marshmallow root, perfect for a sore throat in winter and present in my own dispensary in 2018. 

Herbalist's have evolved from witch doctors, spiritual leaders, shamans and here’s the kicker-your local pharmacist to become the middle man between community healer, doctor and big pharma today. We sit on the cusp of traditional and modern medicine and ensue a balancing act between those herbs used by caveman and those proven to work via double blind placebo controlled clinical trials. 

However, before a lab worked out how to synthesise and isolate chemical constituents from herbs, every doctor and pharmacist was in fact a herbalist. Big pharma was in plants and medicinal trade was a shipment of an exotic herb from across the seas, rumoured to cure syphilis, to England or America.

Naturopathic principles are simple and astute. Trust in the healing power of nature and that of the body to heal itself, do no harm, treat the cause not just the symptoms, treat the whole person, educate and prevent. 

Medicine in all forms quickly became a way of earning money or livelihood. Today, herbal medicine is thought of as expensive and inaccessible to many. It is not under Medicare and only loosely covered privately in Australia. 

My goal is to educate every single one of my clients to care for themselves herbally when it comes to everyday ailments, rather than relying on me as their only source of medicine and healing. If we can each learn to heal ourselves and our family and pass this knowledge on I believe we can contribute to a healthy community with less disease and better quality of life.

Now, we aim to complement modern medicine. To assist in reducing side effects when an isolate ingredient is necessary but volatile. Or to treat diseases that are yet to have a medicine, prevent a genetic disease or help manage chronic illness. 

Why don’t we also continue to use the herbs we know work on the simple everyday ailments? Tummy upset, stress, mild pain in the form of menstruation or headache, cold and flu. 

Once upon a time every housewife would have collected and cherished her own herbal medicine first aid kit. The local healer encouraged the lady of the house to care for her family and treat common sickness herself, only calling the doctor in when needed. I want you to have access to your own kit, and to add to it as your family needs grow.

To have access to such effective natural medicine is a privilege today. I am a huge advocate of medicine in all forms but I think if we can treat it naturally we should. This means that we will lessen our need for pharmaceuticals, side effects and allow them to work better when we do need it. 

BROTH IT UP TO STAY WELL THIS WINTER

NINE EASY WAYS TO GET MORE BROTH IN YOUR LIFE

1. Broth in your smoothie? Don't knock it until you try it!

Add some cold gelatinous bone broth to a banana smoothie for one of the best breakfast options my heart could desire.

2. Try an omelette in broth.

Callie and I have been loving this lately and it is so easy to do. Simply cook eggs (I like an omelette) as you usually would and heat up some broth to go over the top. It kind of looks like an egg in soup. I then add loads of pink salt, fresh cut herbs, pepper and a good few splashes of Tabasco or some Kim chi to top it off. 

3. Make hearty miso.

Using good quality unpasteurised miso paste and dried seaweed this is a stunner on a cold winter afternoon to beat that 3pm sweet tooth. 

4. Use it for warming risotto.

Way better than water this will make your risotto not only extra tasty but super charged with nutrition to keep you full longer an stabilise blood sugar levels, avoiding the need for an after dinner snack.

5. Ramen or soba in broth.

The hard part is done if you already have broth made, just add noodles! Top with a boiled egg and fresh kim chi.

6. Add broth to all slow cooked, pressure cooked, oven baked or even pan fried food.

Put a cup into your spaghetti mince, use it instead of wine or water in the slow cooker and add potato or veggie bakes in the oven. 

7. You can also make some really simple tasty soups at home which will do lunches for a few days, save you loads of money on meals and will warm the soul.

Simply bake pumpkin, onion and garlic in the oven and then blitz it all up with a few cups of broth. Or, add flavour and nutrition to your pea and ham soup this winter with broth instead of water. 

8. Make vegetarian, not so.

Use broth to cook fresh veg like zucchini, Brussel sprouts and cauliflower in a fry pan. Simply fry veg in some olive oil until it has a little colour and then add a cup of broth until it is just soft. Yum!

9. Enjoy a brotthee instead of coffee on cold winter mornings.

Winter Warmers

There are a few little tricks that I use to keep the family well and full during winter. Along with some good quality vitamin c and a winter immune boosting tonic, I like to do this with food.

One of the easiest and cheapest ways that you can load yourself and the kids with nutrients, keep the gut healthy and bolster the immune system is with bone broth. During winter I like to keep a broth in the slow cooker most days. I just set it on low and add more water as I take the broth out and use it. This is known as a master stick in restaurants and it is our master broth at home. Every second day I take out some of the bones and veg and add fresh stuff to keep it packed with goodness and tasty.

It’s all well and good for me to tell you to make bone broth but many of my clients aren’t really sure what to do with it and are not too keen on drinking it straight from a mug each morning. Whilst I love a brothee to replace my coffee on a cold winter morning, there are other tasty ways to use your broth.

Try an omelette in broth. Callie and I have been loving this lately and it is so easy to do. Simply cook eggs (I like an omelette) as you usually would and heat up some broth to go over the top. It kind of looks like an egg in soup. I then add loads of pink salt, fresh cut herbs, pepper and a good few splashes of Tabasco or some kimchi to top it off. 

You can also add your broth to all slow cooked, pressure cooked, oven baked or even pan fried food. Put a cup into your spaghetti mince, use it instead of wine or water in the slow cooker and add to potato or veggie bakes in the oven.

You can also make some really simple tasty soups at home which will do lunches for a few days, save you loads of money on meals and will warm the soul. Simply bake pumpkin, onion and garlic in the oven and then blitz it all up with a few cups of broth. Or, add flavour and nutrition to your pea and ham soup this winter with broth instead of water. 

We love winter food in our house. Winter is when you can put something in the slow cooker in the morning and come home to a house filled with delicious smells and dinner already done. It is easy to super charge your food in winter by simply adding broth to your meals.