Jul 12, 2013

Sisterhood Health + Wellness -- Janelle Twine + Chili Maca Chocolate Avocado Pie Recipe

Happy Friday beautiful! This is the last Sister I have in our Sisterhood Health + Wellness series, and after this, your 3x weekly blog posts will be changing to 2x weekly posts, as my college workload is increasing and increasing, and I don't want to feel too snowed in with everything I've got going on. So instead of Mon/Wed/Fri posts, you'll be getting Tues and Thurs posts, each and every week. The Nutrition Notes Newsletter will still be delivered to your inboxes each Friday so be sure to sign up here if you haven't already coz extra goodies are always in there!

But without further rambling... today's Sister is...

Janelle Twine ~ Cairns, Australia ~ Naturopath & Primary School Teacher ~ 29 years young

Why do you do what you do?

I want people to gain more empowerment with food – get back to an understanding of what food really is. Whole foods that is! Allow them to realize that healthy food IS delicious with the bonus of being nutritious. Better kids lunch boxes (& also our own as adults) to improve behaviour & also wellbeing is another focus of mine.

Why did you start your blog and biz?

To encourage people to eat whole foods again and begin establishing a better foundation of health based on an awareness of whole foods. I started my business with 3 key concepts:
Encourage a more plant based diet from seeds
Encourage others to plant seeds in their own garden to enjoy home grown produce, &
To plant seeds of knowledge to allow others to take the required knowledge & plant it when the time is right for them
I have always had a passion for health and it simply felt right to spread my knowledge with others in the hope that they feel inspired to make the changes necessary for them. Everyone is on their own journey and I feel it is important that seeds of health be planted along the way.

What’s the first thing you do when you wake up, and the last thing you do before bed?

Get into nature & exercising in some way…either a bushwalk, or simply a walk through the cane fields I back on to, or swimming squad or a run with friends on the esplanade. Sometimes I’m lucky to have the time to enjoy a lazy breakfast with friends following this.

The last thing I do before bed is either read a book (even if it is only a page or two) to get a beautiful new thought, concept or piece of knowledge into my mind before sleep, or perhaps listen to a meditation or check out the stars in the sky from my front steps. I may also enjoy looking back over my day & feeling grateful for all that happened.

How do you make sure you’re looking after YOU?

Ensure I’ve ordered my organic fruit & veg box for the week to allow my fridge to be packed with greens & goodness to make fresh juices, smoothies and salads. I love my fresh juices each morning!

I always try and plan some exercise with friends during the week, or on the weekend. Some things I love to do include a hike up Glacier Rock or the Barron Gorge before work, swimming training with a great crew, heading down to a local creek for a swim or a kayak down the Mulgrave. All of these allow me to get into nature at the same time as catching up with good friends. I do also really love doing yoga of a morning overlooking the cane fields & mountains but I’m just trying to find my routine again with that.

It’s important to me to have at least one day off on the weekend to recharge completely & step away from technology. Camping is one of my favourite things to do. It allows a true connection with nature – listening to the sounds in the bush & waking up amongst the trees or beside a creek.

Treating myself to a massage or facial every few months is also delightful.

Favourite place on earth and why?

I really love the top of Davies Creek – a waterfall up here. It over looks an amazing escarpment of the tablelands & is delightful for swimming and drinking coconuts. I feel so at peace in this type of bush with water running past me or over me.
I also really love a place I have been to in Papua New Guinea called Siu. It is a little village by the ocean where the locals grow delicious produce in their gardens and sell it at the local market. They have a strong connection with family and community and are so self sufficient. There is fantastic snorkeling right off the beach and little huts to stay in. The coconuts are endless and the sunsets amazing. It is not uncommon to see silhouettes of village people in their dug out canoes against the sun and hear them singing as they make their way either to the market or home.

5 things you’re grateful for right now?

+ My beautiful friends
+ My new house beside the cane paddocks with a view of mountains and open sky
+ The stars that I can see from my back steps every night
+ Living in Cairns so close to many creeks
+ Raw cake recipes!

What’s your food philosophy?

My food philosophy is one of organic, local and as close to nature as possible. I believe our body has its own intelligence to heal when given the opportunity. There is no need for anything in a packet – nature has given us all that we need. I love reading through recipe books and exploring raw delights. I don’t mind the odd piece of fish from a sustainable local fishing boat. I do appreciate eggs and feel best when eating wheat free, dairy free and sugar free. I feel that our health not only stems from good nutrition but also a balance of sunshine, good water and some time spent doing things we love or spending time with those we love.

You feel most yourself when…

I’m in nature exercising & having fantastic conversations with friends. An element of water needs to be present – whether that be a creek, the ocean, a river, rain or just a good old sprinkler!

Who inspires you most?

People who follow their hearts doing what they love and those who live as sustainably and self sufficiently as possible.

Favourite quote?

"The most common way people give away their power is by thinking they don’t have any."

Recipe to share…

Chili Maca Chocolate Avocado Pie

1 ½ cups sunflower seeds
5 pitted dates
A pinch of sea salt
In a food processor blend the sunflower seeds with the dates and the sea salt until a paste forms.
Press the mixture into a spring form cake pan and set aside.

3 medium ripe avocados
1 cup cacao powder
½ cup coconut oil, melted.
¾ cup agave
½ tsp chilli powder
A pinch of salt
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1tspn maca

In a food processor blend the avocados until smooth making sure there are no lumps.
Add the remaining ingredients and continue to blend until combined and smooth.
Place the filling inside the cake pan and refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours.
This is really nice with fresh strawberries on top. 

Janelle is a seasoned traveller having spent time in India, PNG, Nepal, Fiji, and Canada living with native Indians, as well as all throughout Australia, living in Mackay, Brisbane, Perth and now Cairns. An outdoor nature lover at heart, Janelle enjoys hiking, camping, and making delicious raw treats.

She can be found online at:

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