Our Favourite Wellness Podcasts

I'm a self confessed podcast addict - it's my favourite way to unwind at the moment. There is so much incredible knowledge out there to be shared, so we compiled this list of some of our most loved podcasts right now.

We'd love to hear your recommendations in the comments below! 

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Wellness and Health:
The Rich Roll Podcast - This is such a popular podcast, and it's easy to see why. Rich is a great interviewer with some truly inspiring guests. Covering wellness, spirituality, happiness and so much more. 
The Life Stylist - Another excellent wellness podcast with some really interesting guests on such a wide range of topics. 
Wanderlust Speakeasy - This series is a recording of live lecture talks from yoga teachers, authors, musicians and just generally very inspiring people at Wanderlust yoga festivals. 
Almost 30 - I found this through the blog Free + Native and am enjoying it so far. I definitely recommend the episodes with Tero Isokauppila and Lacy Phillips. 
The Balanced Blonde / Soul on Fire - As a fan of her blog, I was super happy to find out Jordan now has a podcast too! Again, covering some really interesting episodes about nutrition, holistic health and more. 

Herbalism & Spirituality
The Flower Lounge - This is one of my favourite podcasts right now, made by the owner of the beautiful Flower Essence brand Lotus Wei. 
The Herb Nerd - Discussions about alternative health, herbal remedies, ayurveda, shamanism and more. 
Forage Botanicals - Made by herbalist Natasha Richardson (who has great online content!), every episode of this podcast focuses on a different herb as Natasha interviews herbalist friends. Nettle is one of my favourite herbs, so I naturally loved the episode on Nettles!
Dream Freedom Beauty - Some really interesting episodes with healers, herbalists and generally inspiring people. I loved the episode 'The Bee Priestess, Ariella Daly  on Shamanic Dreaming with Bees' ... so interesting! 
Starseed Survival Guide - This is a new discovery of mine but have learnt a lot from this podcast already. I definitely recommend the episode with Paola Garcia about ceremonial cacao. 
Your Own Magic - The hosts of this podcast have such a dreamy looking life - living in Kauai, Hawaii and interviewing inspirational people for their podcasts. Some great episodes on life lessons, meditation & health. 

Shamanism and Plant Medicine  
Psychedelic Salon - As well as a great archive of Terrence McKenna talks (an advocate for use of psychedelic plants and an amazing speaker), this also has great episodes about different areas of psychedelic research. 

Entheo Nation - Lots of really interesting episodes about plant medicine, traditions and spirituality. 


General Inspiration and Life Wisdom! 

On Being - I love this podcast, the range of guests is great and it covers really powerful topics effecting our current society.
The School of Greatness with Lewis Howes   - During some of these episodes I've had to stop to grab a notebook and write down bits of wisdom! The episode with the poet Rupi Kaur is definitely one to download. 
Rising Women Leaders    - Some beautiful, insightful interviews with some incredible women from all walks of life
Ladies who Lead -Another inspirational one for the ladies. I recommend episode 69 ' The wisdom of our feminine cycles' - such important knowledge for us to discover! 

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What are your favourite podcasts? We'd love to hear your recommendations below! 

Raw Chocolate Hazelnut Fudge

It's been forever since our last post - it feels like so much has been happening these past few months we've barely had time for creating. But we're here again and so excited to put more energy into this passion project. It's been a time full of big changes for us recently. A few weeks ago we packed up once again and moved to a small town in southern Spain called AndΓΊjar. So far, we're loving having our own space, a big terrace that we're slowly filling with plants and trying all the local produce at the daily market. Although a lot of the cuisine in restaurants here involves meat and fish, we're really enjoying the abundance of locally grown fruit and vegetables. And olives growing quite literally everywhere! We can't wait to share some our new favourite discoveries, but in the mean time, here's a recipe we think everyone will love. It's one of the tastiest things we've ever created!

Raw chocolate hazelnut fudge

This raw 'fudge' has been some what of an obsession of ours during the past few months. It's basically like a healthy nutella formed into perfect bite size portions. It's similar to a perfect brownie texture - fudgey and rich, yet it doesn't require any baking and can be made easily in a food processor. We normally make a big batch of this to keep in the fridge for the week - a really tasty and satisfying treat to grab and go or savour for a while. The key ingredient is the cacao butter, which if you're new to we highly recommend you look into. The butter really enhances the texture of the fudge and gives it such a deep chocolate flavour. If you can't get hold of this, we recommend you substitute with coconut oil.

Ingredients
1 cup of pitted dates (soaked in hot water for 20 minutes, to soften)
1/2 cup of walnuts
3/4 cup of sunflower seeds
1/2 cup of organic cacao powder
1/2 cup of grated cacao butter
1 tablespoon of coconut oil
2-3 tablespoons of hazelnut butter (can substitute for any other nut butter)
1/4 cup of plant mylk
A generous pinch of salt

Method
1) Soak the dates in hot water for at least 20 minutes before preparing the fudge. 
2) Drain the dates and add to a food processor with all the other ingredients. Blend on a high speed for a minimum of 1 minute until the ingredients are well combined. The consistency should be quite smooth. You might need to scrape round the edges of the processor to make sure everything is well mixed. If it's not coming together add a few more teaspoons of plant mylk. 
3) Line a tupperware box with baking paper and add the mixture. Press the fudge down with the back of a spoon, making sure it is well compressed. 
4) Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before cutting and serving. The fudge should keep well in the fridge for at least a week, if you can make it last that long! 
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Raw Vegan Sushi Rolls with Sunflower Seed 'Rice'

As the weather gets (somewhat) warmer in the UK, we've been eating a lot more raw food and experimenting with different recipes. I always feel so energised after eating raw meals, so I'm curious about the raw lifestyle and this interesting way of creating food. If you have any recommendations or resources then let us know in the comments below!

These sushi rolls are a recent favourite to make for lunch - they're so delicious, fun to make and packed full of  colour and goodness! Instead of rice, we make a really tasty paste out of sunflower seeds - the texture and taste is weirdly a bit like tuna,  but it works perfectly in sushi and adds a great flavour. What's great about these rolls is you can mix up the recipe depending on what veggies you have in - some great options are avocado, carrot, cucumber, pepper, sprouts, beetroot & any pickled veggies, but it's great to experiment with what you have! 

RAW VEGAN SUSHI ROLLS WITH SUNFLOWER SEED RICE

Ingredients (serves 2 people)
For the sunflower seed filling:
1 cup of soaked sunflower seeds
1 tblsp apple cider vinegar
pinch of salt
1 tbsp tamari
water

For the sushi rolls:
2 nori sheets
thin strips of vegetables (we like avocado, pepper, carrot & cucumber)
optional: pickled vegetables
toasted sesame seeds
tamari 

Method:
1. Soak the sunflower seeds for 2+ hours (overnight if possible)
2. Drain and rinse the sunflower seeds, add to food processor with the vinegar, tamari, salt and pepper. Blend well and add a little water to bring the mixture to a fairly smooth paste. (see picture for the texture)
3. Place your nori sheets onto sushi rollmats, then press half the mixture down evenly onto each sheet, leaving about a 2 inch gap at one end. (see pics)
4. Add strips of vegetables evenly along the center of the nori sheet, don't overload them or they will be difficult to roll up!
5. Using the mat slowly roll up the sushi, if you've never done this before there are some helpful videos on youtube!
6. Use a long sharp knife to cut the rolls into 5 or 6 pieces and sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds, enjoy with extra tamari and wasabi.

raw vegan sushi rolls with sunflower seed rice
raw vegan sushi rolls with sunflower seed rice
raw vegan sushi rolls with sunflower seed rice
raw vegan sushi rolls with sunflower seed rice

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