Savory Seasoning

These delicious cheesy savory seasoning mix sprinkles are great on just about anything. From soups to tomato on toasted wholegrain bread to salads! SOO YUM. I've just made a delicious organic spinach/goats cheese/potato/portabello mushroom bake for the family which I'm topping with my Savoury Sprinkles for extra delish & nutrients too!! :)

 

Savory Seasoning Sprinkles
Savory Seasoning Sprinkles Recipe Type : seasoning mix Cuisine: vegan Author: Lonneke Engel A cheesy savory seasoning mix to add to many recipes

Author:
Cuisine: vegan
Recipe type: seasoning mix
Serves: 4

Prep time: 
Total time: 

Ingredients
  • 1 cup sesame seeds, lightly toasted
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon himalayan salt
  • 1 teaspoon chives, dried
  • 1 teaspoon rosemary leaves, dried (optional may use oregano)
  • 1 tablespoon savoury yeast flakes
  • ½ teaspoon tumeric, ground (optional)

Instructions
  1. TOAST sesame seeds lightly in a frypan without oil, stirring constantly until a subtle golden brown. Cool. Place seeds & all other ingredients into a blender (or coffee grinder)
  2. Dry blend on high until fine.
  3. Store in a glass jar in the fridge until needed.
  4. Keeps for ages!

How to serve

Serve as mentioned or try over steamed or stir-fried vegetables or sprinkled over whole baked sweet potatoes, slit open,  & stuffed with greens such as rocket & finely chopped parsley & lashings of my  Tasty Hempy Dressing! YUMMMM!

LOVE & chocolate xxx Abigail

PS. To make these sprinkles 100% RAW simply soak sesame seeds to activate 4hrs & drain. Dehydrate them until completely dry & continue with recipe! My fave.

First published on organiceyourlife.com by Abigail O'Neill on April 13th 2012, updated in 2020.


Easy Clean with soap nuts

Did you know you can wash your laundry with soap nuts?

My introduction to soap nuts

WOW. Now I really know nature has it all. I'd never heard of these clean as a whistle little munchkins until I attended a soapmaking class. The information shared was AMAZING. Afterwards, people lined up for ages to purchase soap setting boxes, natural ingredients to make soap with...AND the best thing ever! SOAPNUTS. They look delicious don't they, & yet they are, SOAP?? Yes. Soap, in a nutshell! I'm still wowed out that these grow on trees (actually they are soap berries or Sapindus mukorossi) Anyway... All you do is boil 6 of them up in half a liter of water for 20 minutes & you have your very own, liquid soap. Strain before filling a pump 'foaming' bottle & keep near the kitchen sink, bathroom vanity or laundry to wash your hands without chemicals!


Isn't that simply 100% genius from mother earth? I think I'll add a little essential oil to mine...& apparently, you need to use it up within two weeks. That's because there's no nasties!!!! No evil preservatives. MMMM I like this soap.

Here is a little video for you to get an idea what you can do with soap nuts:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q315kdYxr9M

More information on Soap Nuts you can read HERE

Or buy soap nuts HERE

Xoxo

Abigail O'Neill


Coriander Chelation Pesto

I've just finished making the most easy cilantro, or 'coriander' as we call it, PESTO! Best thing about this coriander chelation recipe is that it is not only simple to make but really YUMMY.

Nourishing yourself with pesto

It's also a 'natural medicine' concoction which helps to remove heavy metals from the body I was told :) BRILLIANT for anyone with high mercury levels in the blood, hormonal imbalances, cancer, thyroid problems, neurological disturbances, learning problems, depression, food allergies, parasites, etc etc. this could help the process. I obtained the recipe from my sister-in-law years ago, who runs a renowned Health Retreat in Australia. Apparently one lady had such high blood pressure due to severe mercury poisoning, had her blood pressure return to normal after eating 2 teaspoons of this pesto daily for only a week. So whether you need to detox your body from heavy metals or just wish to use it as a preventative measure, 2 teaspoons a day is all you need to feel the benefits.

Coriander Chelation Pesto
A healing pesto made with coriander.

Author:
Cuisine: vegan kitchen
Recipe type: healing
Serves: 10

Prep time: 
Total time: 

Ingredients
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • ⅓ cup brazil nuts (selenium)
  • ⅓ cup sunflower seeds (cysteine)
  • ⅓ cup pumpkin seeds (zinc, magnesium)
  • 2-3 cups packed fresh coriander (Vitamin A)
  • ⅔ cup flaxseed oil (omega rich fats) (I used hemp oil today)
  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice (Vitamin C) (I replaced 1 Tbsp with apple cider)
  • 1 teaspoon celtic or himalayan salt (pink salt) (may use Japanese Miso)

Instructions
  1. Pile everything into a blender & BLEND until fairly smooth.
  2. Add more salt if you want to & blend again.
  3. Otherwise simply store your delicious pesto in glass jars (dark glass is best), in the fridge.
  4. It freezes well, so you can buy plenty of coriander in season & freeze it for up to six months.

 

You could eat it this pesto three times a year, for a week at a time, to cleanse your body of heavy metals. Tastes soo good on toast, with baked potatoes or pasta, with poached eggs, I even love it as a serving addition to bowls of soup!

 

 

 

Love & chocolate xxx Abigail

p.s. check out my many recipes and stories on this organiceyourlife.com!

This recipe was first published by Abigail O'Neill on Organiceyourlife.com on February 21st 2012, and was updated in 2020.


Balsamic Goji Beets

DELICIOUS beetroot recipe with a subtle spice & vibrant colour for winter or summer :-) You have to try out this Balsamic Goji beets recipe!

 

Balsamic Goji Beets
A delicious side dish for any meal!

Author:
Cuisine: vegan
Recipe type: BALSAMIC GOJI BEETS
Serves: 2

Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 

Ingredients
  • 4 medium organic beets, sliced
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon himalayan salt
  • ½ cup rapadura sugar
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon organic goji berries
  • Pinch crushed chilli flakes

Instructions
  1. Bring to the boil & cook rapidly for 5 minutes before lowering heat.
  2. Simmer until tender.
  3. Keep in a glass container/jar in the fridge.
  4. Use on cold on sandwiches, or tasty with almost any meal (we even had it as a side dish with vege curry last night)...
  5. REALLY good served warm with organic goats cheese, rocket leaves & walnuts.

 

MORE DELICIOUS RECIPES BY Abigail O'Neill:

Vanilla Mylkshake by Abigail O'Neill

Frosty Fruity by Abigail O'Neill

Pumpkin Pie by Abigail O'Neill

Love & chocolate xxx Abigail O'Neill

First published on December 17th 2011, updated in 2019


BREAKING FREE

There's plenty of inspirational reading to be found online, in magazines & self help books to do with becoming the 'best you' you can be. Don't you love that?! Great concept.

Be your best you

Imagine it just for a moment. Close your eyes & visualize yourself living your best life! Your best healthy, gorgeous self!

READ MORE: Beautify with essential oils

I was out enjoying lunch the other day with my family & a simply dressed, radiant woman sat down close by us & we shared a word or two.

What impresses me in another person

What always impresses me most about a person is their smile. Their radiance. Their GLOW. This lovely lady wasn't wearing much make-up - if any, but she was amazing! Healthy, happy & at peace with herself & us as well. She was no supermodel, but bound to brighten up the day of anyone she may have bumped in to! For sure!!... It was raining too... & she had the cutest little puppy. :)

Breaking free

Love people. Be kind. Put on something nice in the morning & GLOW all day long. The coolest thing is that being your best you isn't only about you...! Let's break free of our own limitations & be beautiful. Touching the lives of others & inspiring them too. ;))

Love Abigail

Published on April 27th 2012, updated in 2019


Abi's Pumpkin Pie

Hi again! How's everyone?

Most people who know me know I prefer raw desserts (especially RAW CHOCOLATE!) but every now & then I'll cook an old fashioned favourite with local organic ingredients. Tonight I'm treating the family to pumpkin pie for dessert & I quickly jotted down the recipe as I went so I could share it with you. :) I haven't made it for years! Pumpkins are so fresh and lovely at the markets just now. I use fresh organic eggs in this recipe, because I have well loved hens of my own, but you could replace these with chia seeds.

BEGIN WITH:

2 cups pumpkin (I used the 'jap' variety, butternut is also lovely)

2 cups dates

1 teaspoon cinnamon powder

1 cup water

COOK TOGETHER until most of the water is absorbed and the dates & pumpkin soft. Place into blender, then ADD:

1 270ml can coconut cream

3-4 organic eggs (OR two tablespoons chia seeds + 3/4 cup water)

1 scraped vanilla bean or 1 tablespoon natural vanilla

2 tablespoons organic maple syrup, coconut sugar or extra dark brown sugar

Extra cinnamon for sprinkling on top

BLEND until smooth. Pour into prepared crust (below), sprinkle with cinnamon & BAKE 45 minutes in a fan forced over at 175'C or until the pie is nicely set through & slightly browned.

SPELT CRUST:

So simple!

2 cups wholemeal spelt flour

1/2 cup oat bran

1/4 cup rice bran oil OR use a little organic butter in place of part of the oil

1 tablespoon organic coconut sugar or extra dark brown sugar

Water. Just enough to bind.

MIX. Press into a lined pie dish & bake until semi cooked at 180'C.

I served the pie at room temperature with pure coconut yogurt & extra maple syrup

 

Actually quite nutritious & high in protein, good fats & fibre this pie would be perfect served after nice salad with lots of dark leafy greens or as it is with a pot of tea!

Love & chocolate xxx Abigail

First published by Abigail O'Neill on March 19th 2012, updated in 2019

This recipe is great for Thanksgiving too!


Forever Young

I LOVE NATURE. I like to immerse myself in it entirely so that the refreshing benefits endure as long as possible.

Go on an adventure

SO....we went on a this super-refreshing adrenaline-rush adventure with some friends (& their one year old baby boy). A rock-hopping, cliff-leaping adventure! We saw the most exquisite blue dragonflies!! I wish I'd got a clearer picture of them, they were amazing. There were two waterfalls. One tiny one - which was like a frothing spa which you could sit in for ages melting away tension AND one VERY LARGE ONE - to test the courage! My girlfriend & I didn't bring swimmers so I don't have any pictures of me leaping in (very feminist we were & did so in our NUDE BRAS LOL) but it felt so very exhilarating that we had to climb back around through all the spiders, rocks, bush & jolly well whatever else to do it again!

Point of Abi's stay young crazy story: Jump off cliffs if you dare, climb trees, run in the rain, swim in COLD WATER with your kids or friends or family. Keep a little spirit of adventure within. Try to resist the urge to be a 'sit & watch' parent, brother, sister, aunt or uncle :) Go on, you know you want to, just do it... You'll stay forever young & feel like a superhero, but better still, the people around you will totally LOVE you for it!

Love & chocolate xxx Abigail

 

First published by Abigail O'Neill on OrganiceYourLife.com on January 22nd 2012


Autoimmune Generation

Below are a couple of pictures of me with my beautiful mum - Maria Grace. They were taken a few years ago, at a time when she was much more the vibrantly healthy person I remember. My mum has been struggling with an undiagnosed autoimmune condition for over 15 years now. Although she has some good days, she is progressively getting worse. The concerning thing is - I have also felt lots of things in my own body, which remind me of her symptoms.

Prevention of disease

"Prevention is better than cure" yes, but I believe in the body's ability to heal itself. Do you? I also believe that through our pains, sufferings, confusion or other negative life experiences may come beauty, healing, joy, and much knowledge worth having!

I haven't worked out all the answers, even for myself; but I do know that all manner of fruits, vegetables, alkaline water, superfoods, light proteins, greens (yes they are vegetables, but I've doubled up as I feel we all should be consuming way more of them!), sunlight, fresh air, exercise, rest, and trust create an environment for the body and mind which has proven to promote healing and wellness.

Something I haven't shared, even on my own personal blog is that all I know and do on a day-to-day basis is because of many years of seeking, experimenting, reading and believing.

Mum and Me

We are living in an Autoimmune Generation. But whatever you're going through today, whatever your parents have suffered before you - please don't give up! Don't despair.

Mothers Day

Instead, go for a brisk walk... make a green juice! Start filling up your day with all the vibrancy from nature available to you. Read all you can, and fight with all your being. Lets create a revolution that turns Autoimmune conditions up-side-down!

Love Abigail O'Neill xxx

First published May  19th 2013, Updated in 2019


chocolate massage

Two things I love with a passion? Chocolate and massages. You can imagine my delight when I recently discovered that you can actually combine the two! Even though both are considered luxury products, I personally believe they are extremely healthy for you and (dare I say it) even quite necessary for your wellbeing.

Why chocolate?

Uhm...seriously? It's just damn good! :D

But it's also actually really good FOR you, especially dark chocolate has a lot of health benefits: It contains alkaloids like theobromine, that increase serotonin and endorphin levels in the brain. (Serotonin has various functions, including control of appetite, mood and anger, endorphins work as natural pain relievers and produce a sense of well being). Scientists also claim that chocolate, eaten in moderation, can lower blood pressure.

Abigail O'Neill's Model Chocolate book
Abigail O'Neill's Model Chocolate book

Why massages?

(Again: seriously?)

As opposed to the calvinistic belief that massages are a decadent indulgence, they are actually a powerful pain management tool, a very effective stress reliever and therefore a good way to keep your body healthy. Massages relieve pain, reduce anxiety, depression and blood pressure. They also stimulate the release of endorphins and serotonin. Another interesting fact is that they increase peripheral blood lymphocytes, which stimulates the immune system by getting rid of the body's waste products. This is because massages improve both blood and lymph circulation, which helps your body gain strength and maximizes your energy level. Efficient circulation also helps in muscle recovery, growth, and promotes the natural healing process.

Why chocolate massages?

Well, duh... Ok, in the highly unlikely case you're not convinced yet, here's why: Needless to say, it smells delicious, and the warm chocolate on your back feels amazing. But there's much more to it: The combination of almond oil and cocoa really hydrates your skin, and therefore has an anti-aging effect, plus it contains various minerals that improve skin texture. Cocoa contains anti-oxidants, that have a detoxing effect on your body. Also, it contains tannic acid, known for its slimming effect. And this is only the physical part! It's very good for the mind too: The double increase of serotonin and endorphin makes you feel super relaxed, peaceful and gives you a feeling of happiness.

Can anyone resist...?

 

Model Chocolate

xoxo Abigail 

p.s. check out my book Model Chocolate for delicious chocolate recipes!

Organice Your Life choice for a chocolate massage if you don't want to make the chocolate massage oil yourself: Chocolate Massage Oil/Body Oil 8 fl. oz. with All Natural Plant Oils


Self MOTIVATION

Hi again, beautiful OYL readers... I'm posting this for myself as well as anyone of you who may read it.

Motivation

You see, WE ALL NEED MOTIVATION. Daily. Hourly, even minute by minute! So I'm going to open up my personal (very new) 'Yoga' Diary, for you to see here & it's very honest! I hope it will help to inspire you to a little extra 'self-motivation' for something you want this year.

Each year goes by. Every year (at Xmas-time, I think :( ohhh no, another year I didn't do my yoga), this is victim mentality. Even WORSE LOL, I get jealous of 'downward dogs' >>> ACTUAL DOGS stretching in the 'downward dog' posture.  Quite ridiculous isn't it? Yes hilarious.

So FINALLY, here I am kicking some butt, up it goes! YAY! Practicing yoga & it feels soo good! I'm super busy. I don't have time & have 100 excuses, believe me. I prepare three loving meals a day for my family, making everything from scratch, juices & smoothies daily, fresh bread, muesli, run kids here & there, work as a model, am writing books, shop in about 5 different places to get all the best prices & organic produce I can... rave rave, the list goes on.

If you want something though, YOU CAN MAKE IT HAPPEN. If you really want it, you will make it happen. 

This is what I really want. It may take 10 years, but to make it happen I'm going to need to practice today, tomorrow, & every other day until it does. Best thing is. Every moment I do it, of every day I make the time for it, I LOVE IT. IT'S SOO WORTH IT.

Personal Goals

Same goes for anything really, what is it that you really want? Maybe it's to eat healthier, run 3 x per week, learn to surf, horse ride or waterski. Perhaps it's to grow organic vegetables. Choose a personal goal. One you've wanted for a long time & set small, achievable goals. Before you know it you may be growing so many vegetables you have a stall at the farmers market! Who knows? In the meantime you'll be enjoying yourself.

Inspire yourself by purchasing a nice diary which suits the theme of what you want to achieve most. For me it's yoga, but I'm also adding other exercise notes to it. Overall, my theme is wellbeing & fitness.  PERFECT ;)

Click here to watch an amazing yoga video ... If you are like me, YOGA is what you crave right now. Very inspirational!

LET'S MAKE OUR DREAMS COME TRUE.

Love and Chocolate,

xoxo Abigail O'Neill

PS. Thank-you to Wellbeing for such a perfect diary!

First published on January 31st 2012, updated in 2019


B-17 and Apple Seeds

Hi, how's your week going!?.. I don't have time to write a long post today, but I'd like to provoke your thoughts a little. I'm munching on organic apples (pictured), halved, cores intact & served with a sprinkling of organic cinnamon. Simply lovely with a pot of tea!

Apple seeds are bad for you

When you search for "apple seeds" online, all sorts of scary articles appear (makes for interesting reading!) about apple seeds being bad for you as they are poisonous if you eat a lot of them. Now if you really want to confuse yourself, type in the benefits or nutrition of apple seeds. Interesting uh?... I reckon nature knows best & if we were a little more in tune with the natural world we might even know what would heal us, as the animals do!

READ MORE: liveSTRONG article on the good and bad of apple seeds

Eating apple seeds

I personally am into eating apple seeds. Not obsessively of course, but if it's a fresh crisp organic apple & the core is perfect I EAT IT. Can't help it really! IT's beautiful star beckons! I remember reading (Jethro Kloss - 'Back to Eden') when I was only 12yrs old how wonderful it is for the body to 'apple fast' & eat apples all day, skins, cores & all, with lots of fresh water in between. I've done it quite a few times with great success (only I like to add green drinks into the course of the day). So I guess you could say I'm healthy living proof that apple seeds won't poison you if you just eat them once a while;)

Some benefits of Apple seeds

Apple seeds are in fact rich in vitamin B-17, something we don't get a lot of. This valuable little nutrient, also found in apricot kernals, buckwheat, strawberries, cashews, & other natural foods. Some studies that I found online say vitamin B-17 actually helps to prevent cancers & even inhibit or reverse tumor growth. (Of course I'm not claiming apple seeds can cure you of cancer & you should probably ask your doctor what he/she thinks before going on mad apple seed eating binges!) Besides that, eating one whole apple or binging on apple seeds are 2 different things.

Apple seeds, like ANY SEED ON THE PLANET, contain the 'lifeforce' or energy to sprout new life!! That's energy to fight disease & promote healthy cells. Food for thought indeed.

Love & chocolate

xxx Abigail 

First published on February 16th 2012, updated in 2019


Healthy Food: Ask and you shall receive

I've had crazy weeks in my life... 4am starts, 12am wraps, you know - all those glam 'life of a model' moments. Nothing I hate more than eating stuff that makes me feel lethargic, heavy and clogged. Unfortunately when working long hours or late sometimes models have to choose between skipping a meal or eat fatty, processed, or chemically treated food! Certainly not the ideal for a gorgeous figure and face that needs using again tomorrow, the day after, and hopefully the day after that.

Little collage of my green juice, quinoa salad, and lovely location of one of my shoots last week.

How I prepare for photo shoots

I usually pack an enormous fridge bag full of healthy food like dehydrated snacks, green juices, organic salad vege's and fresh fruits, bottles of my 'Supergorgeous Almond Mylk' and plenty of raw chocolate options for snacking, such as my raw cacao protein bars (from the book), goji berries and cacao beans, and a nice big slab of raw chocolate. It lasts a few days usually.. This time, unfortunately I ran out.

That one time I ran out of healthy snacks

I was driving 4 hours homeward bound, late at night with only a few hours sleep from the night before and soo tired. I was wishing I had some delicious SOMETHING to keep me awake and there was no organic coffee, or organic anything at the service stations... So I asked for something crazy! I wanted a Chia Latte but without the 'powder' they make it on which is full of sugar, flavorings and other evil things... but they couldn't get their head round that one, so I asked for a 'Earl Grey' (delicious tealeaves infused with Bergamot) Latte with a big pinch of cinnamon and a spoonful of honey and, made on non GM soy (lucky they had this!). It was the best of a bad bunch and ended up tasting delicious! I drank it with the last of  my healthy snacks, my dehydrated cacao cookies and felt very thankful.

My delish raw cacao cookies, makes for perfect travel food ;)

Boost Juice on my way home

On another big drive home I was fortunate enough to have access to a Boost Juice bar (a juice bar chain all over Australia) where I custom ordered a beetroot, pineapple, lemon and ginger juice and asked them to create a frappe with it adding in frozen mango, and green tea powder and it was PERFECT!

Organic farmers market tomatoes made a yummy energizing snack!  

Ask and you shall receive

I'm writing this post to encourage you to be bold! Go ahead, ask for crazy things to suit your needs! Even in places that you think won't have any healthy food that you could eat. The more we do this, the more people will realize the need to have healthier, raw, GF/ DF/ SF, organic, non-GM etc options available in places where now there is only fast food as an option.

Love Abigail O'Neill xxx

First published on November 28th 2012, updated in 2019