Protein Scones with Raspberry Chia Jam Recipe

Protein Scones with Raspberry Chia Jam Recipe

It can be difficult getting enough protein into your diet, particularly if you are vegetarian or vegan. One simple way to increase your intake is to use a protein supplement.  Adding some into a daily shake or into your favourite recipes is simple once you know how.

This recipe is high in healthy protein thanks to the addition of Vital Protein. We’d like to give thanks to our friends at Martin and Pleasance for sharing.



1 teaspoon bicarbonate soda
2 Tablespoons of Vital Protein (Vanilla)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
300g Oat flour
150g plain flour
200ml Almond Milk
200ml Maple/agave/rice malt syrup
1 Tablespoon melted coconut oil


Preheat oven to 180°C and grease a muffin tin with coconut oil (the heat from your hands will help melt the oil as you spread it).

Place all dry ingredients together in a bowl and mix together well. Use a whisk or fork for this.

Add wet ingredients and continue to slowly whisk all the ingredients together until a better is formed.

Pour the mixture into the muffin tins and bake for around 25 minutes or until a knife inserted has come out clean.

Leave your scones to cool in the tin (if you can wait that long!), then serve with yoghurt and chia jam.



1 cup raspberries (frozen are fine)

2 Tablespoons of chia seeds

1 cup of water

1 Tablespoon of agave/rice malt syrup (optional)


Throw all ingredients into your blender on high for around 3 seconds, then transfer to a small pot and gently bring to the boil, stirring occasionally.

Once your jam is bubbling, turn down the heat to simmer and stir continuously for five minutes.

After 5 minutes or once your jam has thickened nicely, transfer to a sterilised jar and refrigerate.

Serve with Coconut Yoghurt.

Eat and enjoy : )

Vegan, Dairy Free, High in Protein



Apple Cider Vinegar Capsules vs Liquid

Apple Cider Vinegar Capsules vs Liquid

There’s no denying Apple Cider Vinegar is a popular inclusion in many people’s daily health routine. It is said to have many benefits including aiding in lowering cholesterol, weight loss, balancing gut ph and improving symptoms of diabetes.

These benefits are mainly attributed to the ‘active’ ingredient in apple cider vinegar. This is acetic acid which is formed as part of the fermentation process.

A quality apple cider vinegar contains the ‘mother’. It gives the product a murky appearance which does not mean it has been sitting on the shelf too long! It indicates the presence of good bacteria which is one of the primary benefits of taking it.

We are often asked whether it is better to take apple cider vinegar (ACV) in liquid or capsule form. While we would love to give you a cut and dry answer on this it really comes down to personal preference.

Benefits of taking Apple Cider Vinegar capsules

Capsules are great for those who are on the go. If you travel for work or are going on holidays and don’t want to lug around a large bottle, capsules can be easily transported.

They are also going to suit people who just can’t tolerate the taste but still want to incorporate ACV into their daily regime.

People who find their stomachs or digestive tracts are sensitive to acidic foods might prefer to take a capsule.

Read the label of bottles carefully for capsule dosage recommendations as these can vary from brand to brand. While it is a natural product and safe to take daily, you should not exceed the recommended daily intake.

Benefits of taking Apple Cider Vinegar in liquid form

The liquid form can generally be purchased at a lower price (when calculated at price per dose).

In liquid form, it can be added to the diet in a number of ways. For instance you can use apple cider vinegar as a salad dressing or use it to replace regular vinegar in cooking.

Traces of ‘the mother’ are probably more evident in the liquid. It will look a little murky in the bottle but either way you should be able to read the label of the liquid or capsules. It should indicate whether the mother has been used.

Specialist Advice from our Team

If you take regular medication for any illness or health condition or are unsure if you will benefit from taking apple cider vinegar, we suggest you speak with your WholeLife Pharmacy and Healthfoods Pharmacist. They will be able to recommend the best course of action for your needs.


Naturopath Detox at WholeLife West End

Naturopath Detox at WholeLife West End

Does the thought of a trip to the beach and the upcoming summer season make you feel free, fit and healthy or does it cause you to want to run away and hide?  With Spring well and truly underway, now is the time to be thinking about shedding your winter coat and refreshing from the inside out. Keep reading for some programs we are running that can help you live in a body where your eyes sparkle, your skin glows and you have a far less toxic load.

What does detox achieve?

Whilst detox programs can conjure thoughts of all life’s joys being taken from you – no sugar, no  alcohol, no dairy, (and the list goes on), it is actually the opposite.  Detoxification is a natural metabolic process where dietary and environmental toxins are processed, changed into less harmful substances and excreted from our body.  The end goal of a detoxification program is to have you feeling and looking your best with a new understanding of what nutrients are good for your body and what foods we can really live without.

Detox programs available

Our Gut Pathogen and Liver Cleanse programs are suitable for most individuals, both programs have a slightly different focus.  The Gut Pathogen program is beneficial for those of us who have persistent gut conditions; bloating, flatulence, pain, burping reflux, fluctuations in stool consistency and inconsistent evacuation.  With the use of specially formulated herbs and nutrients this program is designed to help restore balance in the digestive system, thereby restoring overall health and wellbeing.

The Liver Cleanse program is more focused for those of us who are exposed to high doses of toxic chemicals and heavy metals in their day to day lives.  With the use of specially formulated herbs and nutrients this program is designed to support the elimination of toxins via the liver and digestive system.

Carmel Elmore, our naturopath at WholeLife Pharmacy and Healthfoods West End is offering both of these programs over the coming months. They come with a full naturopathic consultation, diet and lifestyle ideas and support, complementary yoga classes and much more. If you are pregnant detox is not recommended, if you are taking numerous medications detox is possible however slight changes may need to be made to your program.  Make an appointment now and shed the winter coat, in preparation for the beautiful summer ahead.

Green Banana Flour Orange Cake Recipe

Green Banana Flour Orange Cake Recipe

Banana Flour – what’s all the fuss about

Banana Flour is relatively new to the health food scene in Australia and is in super high demand due to its versatility and nutritional benefits. Quite simply, it is flour made from pulverised green bananas. The fruit must be unripe and only certain varieties are suitable. Australia’s first commercial producer of Green Banana Flour – Natural Evolution, is located in North Queensland and uses Cavendish Bananas for best results.

The product is completely gluten free, making it suitable for coeliacs, those who are gluten intolerant and has also been shown to help with weight loss. In addition, and unlike regular wheat flours, it is also packed with nutrients, containing vitamins and minerals that are beneficial to your health.

One of the concerns people have about banana flour is its taste. If you have been wary, don’t be. It surprisingly doesn’t taste like bananas. It has an earthy, wholemeal-y taste so it doesn’t overpower or interfere with other flavours in baking or cooking.

You may need to experiment with your favourite recipes and quantities used. Green banana flour is high in starch so the general rule of thumb is to use 30% less of this product. If you have recipes you have loved and perfected in the past it may take a while to get the combination just right. It’s lighter and fluffier than coconut or almond flour so will result in a less dense finished product than these flours.

To get you started on your quest for success we contacted the folk at Natural Evolution and asked for their favourite, no fail recipe using this new wonder product. Try this Orange Cake recipe pronto. It is awesome!

Natural Evolution Orange Cake


1 cup of Natural Evolution Green Banana Flour
½ cup of water
½ cup of milk (can be rice, almond, coconut)
¼ cup orange juice
2 teaspoons of baking powder
1 tablespoon of orange rind
2 eggs
125g of softened butter (or replace with something else you like to use)
¼ cup of honey or ¾ cup of sugar


Combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly for three minutes.
Pour mixture into a prepared tin. A 20cm x 20cm loaf pan works well
Bake in a preheated 180 degree oven for 30-40 minutes
Allow to cool in the tin before turning onto a wire rack.

Serve as desired.

A clean, eco-friendly home is possible

A clean, eco-friendly home is possible

If you’re like a lot of Australians you’ve wondered from time to time about the effectiveness of natural cleaners. Will they live up to their promise? Will they get in and remove dirt, grime and germs the way ‘regular’ cleaning products do? Will they leave your house or your clothes smelling fresh, clean and fragrant?

Made from non-toxic, plant based ingredients, natural household cleaning ranges have been carefully manufactured to ensure they are powerful enough to perform they function they’re made for but gentle enough to have around your home, your children and pets.


You can’t beat good old fashioned baking soda and vinegar for some household tasks. It’s especially good for removing tea stains from pots and cups and for helping clear blocked drains.

But for convenience we all find ourselves turning to commercial products. They’re easy to grab out of the cupboard and are generally fit for purpose. Here’s a few of our current favourites. Tried and tested by members of the team – both at work and home.

Kin Kin Naturals Laundry Liquid

First up, we love the smell, with eucalypt, tangerine and lemon myrtle essential oils. Talk about a fresh fragrance! This product contains no LAS or SLS – but includes eco-friendly potassium coconut soap and potassium citrate to get the job done. It’s also made on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland so gets extra points for being locally made.

Eco Logic Tile and Floor Cleaner

None of us like cleaning floors (do we?) but this Rose and Geranium floor cleaner makes the job a little easier. It contains NO ammonia which makes for a good start. Instead it’s made up of beautiful, natural ingredients like Lavender, Soapwort, Horsetail herb, Coconut extracts, Citrus seed extract and Rose Geranium essential oil. The anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties will kill germs in their tracks and is safe to use on timber and tiled floors. It is also biodegradable and septic safe.

Ecostore Wool Wash

This eco-friendly product is great for delicates such as lace, wool and silk. It can be used for hand washes or machine wash in top or front loaders. The pH balanced formula ensures an effective clean and is kind to sensitive skin. The Eucalyptus fragrance is pretty nice too.

Organic Clean Oven, BBQ and Grill Clean

This is a powerful but non-caustic, non-toxic cleaner that cuts through grease and baked on gunk from oven, grills and your BBQ. It is made from environmentally friendly ingredients and Eucalyptus, Lemon Myrtle and Rosalina essential oils.

For people who suffer from sensitive skin or allergies, natural products are a lifesaver but we recommend always reading the labels carefully and speaking to a WholeLife Pharmacy and Healthfoods team member for advice.

Healthy Summer Berry Pavlova Recipe

Healthy Summer Berry Pavlova Recipe

This pavlova recipe, by nutristionist Sophie van Kempen, uses coconut sugar and apple cider vinegar for a healthy twist on a traditional pavlova recipe. She has also substituted coconut yoghurt for cream or ice-cream but feel free to play around to find something that suits your taste!


6 egg whites (keep the yolks for your breakfast omelette)
3 tbsp rapadura or coconut sugar
2 tsp cornflour
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
250g coconut yoghurt
150g frozen mixed berries
sprinkle with pistachios or flaked almonds


  1. Preheat oven to 120’C. Line a baking tray with baking paper. It is a good idea to grease the baking paper with butter and dust with some cornflour to help with removing the pavlova once cooked.
  2. Use an electric beater to beat the egg whites until soft peaks form.
  3. Add 1 tbsp of sugar at a time beating until dissolved. Meringue should thicken and become glossy.
  4. Add cornflour and vinegar at the end and beat until just combined. Spoon the meringue mixture onto the baking tray in a round shape using the back of a spoon.
  5. Bake for approximately 1.5 hours. Check pavlova after 1 hour to make sure it isn’t cooking too quickly. Once cooked it will be slightly brown and dry to touch. Turn off oven and leave pavlova inside with door ajar for 2 hours or until cooled.

Top with coconut yoghurt and seasonal fruit. Fresh fruit is always best but frozen berries will also work well. Dust with icing sugar and serve.

You will find many of the ingredients in this recipe at your local WholeLife Discount Drug Store and Healthfoods pharmacy.

Find more recipies by Sofie on her website