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From left to right: raw organic almonds, Bragg apple cider vinegar, Australian grown quinoa, Grants chlorophyll and chia seeds.

These are 5 essentials that I always keep in my home. They are great staples that I consistently consume to support my health. They support healthy digestion, liver function and blood sugar levels. It is so important to be prepared. Being healthy is all about being organised. Plan your day to prevent eating something you’ll regret when you find yourself crashing at 3pm!

1. Almonds

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Almonds are my favourite nuts! I love to keep a small zip lock bag of them in my hand bag to catch myself if I’m feeling peckish and can’t find something healthy. Almonds can be added into your smoothies, used in baking, in salads and just snacked on by themselves to balance blood sugar levels. They contain protein, healthy fats and phytosterols, which help encourage used cholesterols to be excreted.

Remember to store your almonds in an air tight container in the fridge to stop them going rancid!

Always choose organic raw almonds, though tamari roasted ones are lovely sometimes too!!

2. Apple Cider Vinegar

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This is a newer addition to my health regime and it’s something I wish I’d made my self do years ago! I was turned off previously by the taste of Apple Cider Vinegar, however you get used to it after a while and the benefits outweigh the taste!

Apple Cider Vinegar helps prepare your belly to digest proteins by decreasing the pH of your stomach acid.

It has an alkalising effect in your body, helping decrease inflammation.

It can help to relieve constipation by gently stimulating the peristalsis of your bowel. (Natural rippling movement)

It can assist with liver detoxification and stimulate the cardiac system.

I recommend you take 1-2 tbsp in warm water upon rising.

I choose Braggs as it contains “The Mother” which is believed to have added health benefits, and because it isn’t subjected to over processing and filtration like some other Apple Cider Vinegars available.

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3. Quinoa

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Quinoa is the revolutionary food that we have all come to know love, and almost learnt to pronounce!

It’s a versatile ingredient in the kitchen, and contains all of the essential amino acids, making it a complete source of protein! It can be added into salads, used in place of rice with curries and stir fries, added along side meat and vegetables, and even turned into porridge!

Its gluten free, and very easy to cook. Just use 1 part dry quinoa to 2 parts water and cook on the stove for 10-15mins. Don’t stir and fluff with a fork once done

*Please remember to buy Australian Grown quinoa or quinoa that is Fair Trade!

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4. Chlorophyll

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Chlorophyll is my favourite thing ever! Its so subtle, and so great for our bodies. Chlorophyll is the blood of plants. It has the same molecular structure as haemoglobin, though at the centre it holds Magnesium, where haemoglobin holds Iron. It gently cleanses each cell and removes toxins from the body, working as a blood tonic and gentle detoxifier.

Like apple cider vinegar, chlorophyll is alkaline, so it helps decrease inflammation.

Chlorophyll has the potential to chelate heavy metals such as mercury from the body.

My favourite is Grants because it’s an Australian brand and has a light minty aroma to it. It is made from alfalfa sprouts and is so cleansing, it can be used to combat body odours. You can even use it as a mouth wash!

5. Chia seeds

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Chia seeds are becoming easier and easier to get your hands on these days as they take the health food world by storm! They have this amazing ability to form a gel when they come in contact with water. This makes them great for adding fibre into your diet as they bulk out your stool and gently stimulate peristalsis.

I love to add chia seeds into smoothies, sprinkle them on porridge or over salads. Because of their ability to swell up and create a denser load in your tummy, they assist in stabilising blood sugar levels by slowing food through our digestive systems.

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A really easy and cool idea is making chia breakfast puddings. You can experiment with different nut milks, coconut water and other yummy (healthy) additives like nuts and berries to make your own at home! Just pour some seeds into a recycled jar at home and try it out (:

**Remember to increase your water intake by at least 1 glass when you have chia seeds to keep things moving 😉

Gigi x

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