. WAKING WITH . PANDORA SYMES OF ROOTED LONDON .

Pandora Symes is a holistic feeder and yoga teacher, and with several strings to her bow, she brings together a wide variety of lifestyle practices to guide people to live well and feel better, reassessing and managing many aspects of their lives. It's no wonder we get on so well, her approach to living well is aligned with our own, focussed more on balancing several good habits, rather just balancing your diet. She teaches yoga across London and supplies and hosts events with her catering company ROOTED London. We find out how she juggles all of her jobs and how she sets herself up to accomplish her potential each day.

"ROOTED started by hosting events, mainly in the form of supper clubs and yoga workshops which since has grown into something different. I did some catering jobs, mostly through word of mouth and people loving the food. But, after graduating from nutrition school and having mastered the healing I wanted to share as a practitioner, it’s now my sole focus.  This year also sees much more content and recipes on the site, plus opening our own living site - bricks and mortar style. It’s a very exciting time for the brand.

I used to teach yoga most mornings but given I like nothing more than waking up well, I had to reduce the number of mornings I woke up at 6am. I work mostly from home so most mornings starts with meditation for 20 minutes. I’ve tried and use all forms but Vedic meditation tends to be my go-to. Meditation is what I call my non-negotiable - no-one or nothing gets in my way! From here I’ll read the papers with a cup off tea in bed, giving my partner and I some together time before the day starts. We both like a slow start in the morning. Breakfast tends to be a smoothie or porridge, and eggs on the weekend. I then check emails for an hour and then take my dogs for a walk. I like to be back at my desk ready for the day by 10.30am.

During the week I like a good smoothie, packed full of nutrients and powders, some of which even I can't pronounce! I’ve recently been working on a lot of heart opening, both in my yoga practice and with the foods I’ve been eating. Almond butter, almond milk, chaga, oat and rose petal smoothie is seriously hitting the spot. Some days I’ll add greens, and others cacao. It really depends on my food and how I need to feel for that day; nourished, energised, cleansed etc.

Mornings on the weekends are even slower. I tend to wake and then read in bed or just chat with the animals and my partner for a couple of hours before we even decide on moving. Omelettes and baked eggs are favoured on weekends although sometimes I’ll look to create something new to add as a recipe on the site.

One thing I need to do more of in the morning is find space for my meditation. I still do it in bed. Post moving to our bigger house though I plan to have my own meditation room! When it comes to my favourite positions and postures, I tend to start in childs pose in the morning and then move into supine twists to get the digestive system going. I’ll lie on back, knees into chest and then out to the side.

The earliest I've ever woken is at 2am to get a flight. I’ve done a lot of these but generally it’s to a warmer climate so I can’t complain. My dad always used to say to me, adjust on the time zone you’re going to as soon as possible. Don't think, “but it’s X time at home”. Jetlag never used to get me as bad but I find meditating once on the flight and when I’m just about to land helps.

The first thing I see in the morning and the last thing I see at night is my love, my best friend, my soul bub. Unless he’s not there in which case, it’s the animals. We are outnumbered 3 to 2 in our house!

I wake up well with love in my heart, knowing that every day there is an opportunity to make a positive change and find more light to fill my spirit. My best piece of morning advice? Smile at yourself in the mirror and say your vision for the day repeatedly for a minute. The universe is always listening. I'll wind down well with a long bath with epsom salts and essential oils, in which I’ll do breath work and a self-hypnosis. That or sex wins every time.

I enjoy Qnola because it helps me wake up well! It’s a great gluten-free alternative and you can have it light, or add thick yoghurts to make it more filling. Tres versatile!"

. MOON JOURNAL . SUPER NEW MOON IN CANCER .

June 24th 2:31 am GMT

A Super New Moon in the sensitive realm of Cancer appears in our skies on the 24th June. As we meet the darkness of this moon, we are invited to welcome our emotions as important guides that help us to let go of what no longer serves, and welcome a new opportunity to discover our natural rhythm with life.

A super moon occurs when the moon is in its closest orbit to the earth, meaning that its gravitational pull is stronger, and just as it effects the earth’s tides so does it influence our emotions. This can result in a period of intensity, and yet if we can look within and open ourselves to explore the root of these emotions, we can experience profound transformation.

Cancer is the sign that governs our sense of home and relationships, and in this cycle we can reflect upon the sense of home we create within ourselves and how this impacts our relationships - both with ourselves and each other. As we release and let go of old emotions that have kept us in a place of stagnation, we open up space within ourselves; creating greater freedom within our lives and in turn energising and nurturing all of our relationships.

As we grow in understanding that everything is interconnected, we begin to see our relationships in a new light. Other people may trigger our emotions, and while this may not be easy, this can show us where we place expectations and demands upon others. As we turn our gaze inward we can rest our attention within the heart. From here we begin to see that we have everything we need within us. This in turn frees our relationships and brings us deeper into the true essence of our lives.

If we remain open to change, this potent super moon exists as portal to a new and exciting breakthrough. Trust and confirm your place in the heart of love, knowing that hidden within difficult times there lies a treasure waiting to be unearthed. 

Image Alexander Calder

. FITNESS FUEL .

Ten years ago, you probably wouldn't have found us lifting weights in the gym or going hell-for-leather at a boxing class. But with the fitness revolution gaining momentum by the minute, more of us are donning the lycra and powering up for a serious sweat sesh. When we work out, we're essentially breaking down muscles to allow them to grow back stronger so it’s vitally important though that we fuel our bodies properly, which, especially if Barry’s Bootcamp is your thing, can be extremely physically demanding.

It’s crucial to fuel-up pre and post work out, not only to aid recovery but also to maximise regeneration for continued fitness success. Here are a few of our favourite fitness foods to help you stay fuelled, hydrated and sustained:


Pili nuts are native to Southeast Asia, and taste like a cross between a cashew and a macadamia. The nuts are activated - they're soaked, then dehydrated to remove the naturally occurring phytates - which act as enzyme inhibitors in our bodies. Activating them also makes them easier to digest and the minerals they contain more bioavailable. Pili nuts are packed full of magnesium, vitamin E and iron - great for a busy and active lifestyle.


Maca is a brilliant adaptogen AKA a nutritive substance that raises the body's state of resistance to disease whilst remaining nontoxic to the recipient. Adaptogens increase immunity by improving the overall ability of the entire body to take on challenging and stressful situations. Maca is abundant in amino acids, phytonutrients, healthy fatty acids, vitamins and minerals - making it the perfect post workout food.


A protein powder that is also a prebiotic? Yes please! Amazonia protein powders are all 100% vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free. They contain sprouted and bio-fermented proteins, which are much easier to digest than your standard whey or pea protein as well as spices known to aid digestion and boost metabolism. They are free of sugar and don’t have any of the thickeners or chemical nasties that are prevalent in so many protein powders.


Probably better known for their nut bars, Pulsin's offering of natural, vegan protein powders couldn’t be more up our street. The 100% brown rice protein is great for blending into smoothies or porridge and has a mild flavour, allowing you to add it to pretty much anything without the artificial, vanilla whey flavour often associated with protein powders. It contains all 8 essential amino acids and so is perfect for a post work-out re-fuel.


Speaking of smoothies, what better way to add natural goodness and nutrition to a smoothie or healthy breakfast than with Plenish's dairy free m*lks. Our new favourite is their 100% organic Coconut M*lk which is abundant in lauric acid - a medium-chain fatty acid that provides a readily available source of energy for the body with essential nutrients to help repair and regenerate muscles.


Kombucha is a fermented drink make from green or black tea, natural sugar and a SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast). It might sound slightly overwhelming, but the result is a deliciously flavoured, slightly effervescent drink that helps to put tonnes of beneficial bacteria into our bodies. Good gut health means more serotonin production (the “happy” hormone), better digestion and increased energy.


Similar to kombucha, kefir can be made using milk, water or coconut milk. Again, a culture of beneficial bacteria is used to gently ferment the milk or water, leaving you with a yoghurt-like drink that’s bursting full of good bacteria. Big retailers are cottoning on to the amazing benefits of kefir yoghurt and you can now find it not only at Whole Foods but stocked in mainstream retailers too.


Matcha speeds up your metabolism so that your body not only becomes more efficient at producing energy, but it also means that we burn off the calories we consume in food faster; great news for anyone wanting to look and feel great for summer. Matcha is also full of antioxidants to help fight off free radical damage and signs of ageing.

. FIND YOUR FLOW . LONDON .

When it comes to waking up and winding down well, there are few things we love more than practising yoga to cleanse the mind. Yoga is the ultimate activity for time poor people with limited space and resources. From your living room floor to group sessions at a studio, it's not hard to find somewhere in the city to practice.

A beautiful practice for the body, mind and spirit, yoga originated in India over 5,000 years ago and is now celebrated the world over. Welcoming people of all ages and skill levels, yoga is designed to help improve flexibility, strength, stamina and to balance the mind.

Wednesday 21st June marks International Yoga Day and whether you’re a beginner looking to start regular practise or a devout yogi, there are various places across London to get your yogic juices flowing. Here are a few of our favourites:

Hotpod Yoga // Good for: getting sweaty with deep stretches for all skill levels

Down To Earth // Good for: studio ambience and inspiring group workshops

TriYoga // Good for: range of classes, welcoming cafes and locations across London

Detox Kitchen // Good for: dynamic pilates & vinyasa flow with some of our fave instructors including Pip Roberts & Louisa Drake.

Indaba // Good for: range of classes and in-house treatments

Yoga Home // Good for: community vibe and attentative teachers

Yoga Haven // Good for: hot yoga and locations across the UK

Fierce Grace // Good for: variety of classes to suit every skill level

If you aren’t able to indulge in a studio class, there are various at-home practices we also love – head over to YouTube to flow through some sequences with our favourites, Adriene or Tara.

. WHERE WE'RE WAKING . T&SHOP .

We don’t know about you but one of our favourite weekend pursuits is a lazy browse of the shops followed by an indulgent brunch, or breakfast followed by browsing – whichever way takes our fancy.  At our newest favourite spot, T&Shop in Newington Green, you can roll all of that into one as owner Emily serves up delicious food alongside an unparalleled homewares shopping experience.

For breakfast we're loving the nutty granola and fruit compote and the incredible choice of homemade jams and nut butters on sourdough toast or gluten-free millet bread. The coffee is pretty special too, T&Shop are masters of matcha and putting a twist on your regular flat white with their choice of alternative milks. T&Shop has a lovely local vibe to it and it’s a great place to hang out with a book or your laptop, having lunch or catching up with friends.

The hummus and spiced muhammara (walnut and pepper dip) on toasted seed sourdough is our go-to for lunch, and there’s always an array of freshly baked brownies, granola bars and gluten-free cakes made in small batches every morning. If you’re just nipping in for a spot of shopping and a smoothie as you browse, we recommend the spinach, apple, ginger, turmeric and cinnamon.

As you can imagine, with a name like T&Shop, there are various loose leaf teas to choose from if coffee isn’t your jam; from fennel to buckwheat, chilli and chai to rose earl grey and your standard (but well loved) builders tea.

The shop itself has a great edit of jewellery from local and independent designers, rugs, blankets, Nordic slippers, copper cutlery, marble tableware, amber glass bottles, metal lampshades, succulents and cacti…the list goes on.

So when you’re next in the mood to kill two birds with one stone, we’ll see you at T&Shop.

. SUMMER TREATS FROM SKIN & TONIC .

To celebrate the glorious Summer weather, we've teamed up with one of our favourite natural beauty brands Skin & Tonic for a beautifying giveaway.

With every Qnola Life candle purchase made until the end of July (while stocks last), we're giving away a bottle of Skin & Tonic's detoxifying Gentle Scrub - worth a combined total of over £25.

Wake Up Well & Wind Down Well candle - Our Wake Up Well candle is made with Cedarwood & Amyris and is aimed to help you feel focussed, centered, calm and mentally energised whilst our Wind Down Well candle is made with Ho Wood Oil, Ylang Ylang, Bergamot & Clary Sage aimed to reduce stress and encourage relaxation at the end of a busy day.

Skin & Tonic - Wake up well and start each day with an Oat, Rosehip and French Pink Clay face scrub. Gently detoxifying, it’ll leave your skin feeling soft and nourished - just the ticket for dry, sun soaked skin.

Simply purchase either our Wake Up Well candle or Wind Down Well candle (until stocks last) and we'll do the rest!

. WAKING WITH HOLLY ALLENBY FROM THE ACEY .

WAKING WITH HOLLY ALLENBY

THE ACEY

What do you think of when you think of sustainable fashion? Vegan shoes? Pleather? Shapeless and colourless hemp dresses? Although animal and earth-friendly goods are (finally) becoming increasingly popular and respected, there is still a very limited selection of actually wearable options that fit this description. Holly Allenby, founder of The Acey, is on a mission to change that. The Acey is an online shopping destination for style with purpose that stocks independent and honest women’s wear that we believe are doing business better by sourcing and producing products responsibly. Read on to find out more about the morning routines that drive her energy behind running a business and her constant passion for making a difference.

"My work day usually begins with checking the news, my emails and social media in bed. Then I put the kettle on whilst en route to the shower, for a simple cup of hot water and lemon. This morning I did not go on the run I was planning to go on, had a shower, a glass of hot lemon, made scrambled eggs with smoked mackerel and rushed out the door to the studio which is just around the corner. Tomorrow morning I will have a breakfast meeting at 8.30am in Central London - so will be up and out by 7.30am to venture from East London!

My essential breakfast items include said glass of hot water and lemon, eggs, avocado, tabasco sauce, along with a green juice from time to time, if I'm feeling particularly rundown. Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day so this is what gets me out of bed! I won't Wake Up Well without a good breakfast. I love Qnola because it’s uniquely delicious and can be added as a topping to so many things. Other than the Ginger + Goji one, I love soaked chia seeds as a healthy breakfast option - made with either in water or nut milk. It's not the most indulgent option but it feels so healthy. For something more indulgent, I love smoked salmon with scrambled eggs.

One thing I need to do more of in the mornings is stretch and exercise - story of my life! I really want to start integrating exercise into my daily life so it doesn't feel like such a chore, but at the moment it sits toward the end of my days, if and when I can fit it in. I love ending the day at Tempo pilates - just opposite my studio.

The earliest I've ever woken up is probably to catch a flight. I love it though, waking up at 3am in the dark always feels like an adventure! The latest I've ever woken up was last Christmas, back in my hometown of Hull. I didn't wake up until midday which is so out of character, but I think it was literally my body shutting down after such a busy lead up to the holidays.

The best place I've ever woken is my Mums house. Although I now live in London, that will always be home.

My ideal morning in London would involve waking naturally with no alarm set. I'd go out for a big breakfast locally at either E5 Bakehouse, Tiosk on Broadway market.

My morning advice? Always a glass of hot lemon & don’t click sleep on your alarm!"

. WAKE UP WELL GUIDES . BIKINI BODY WORKOUT WITH KAYLA ITSINES .

If you know us well, you'll know by now that we believe living and feeling well each day begins with waking well. And if you know us really well, you'll know that, although we love breakfast, we believe that waking up well is influenced by more than just your morning meal choices. From enough sleep, meditation, exercise and gentle morning stretches to natural beauty regimes and coffees, teas or tonics, there is a variety of things you can do in the morning to enhance your mental and physical potential for each day. To support and inspire, we're introducing Wake Up Well Guides - a series of useful videos to assist and inspire your morning routines. If you don't have time for a gym class or can't afford a private meditation session, you can benefit just the same from the comfort of your own home.

This week, be inspired by Kayla Itsines's full-body workout, and whip yourself into shape in under half an hour - no gym or kit required.

. MOON JOURNAL . NEW MOON IN GEMINI .

May 25th, 2017

This powerful super moon in Gemini invites us onto the path of self-reflection by serving as a mirror onto our inner world. As events occur within our lives that feel beyond our control, we are encouraged to move our awareness to the heart and ground ourselves in simplicity. From here we can honestly ask ourselves about our actions; do our decisions come from a place of fear or love? We can use the darkness of this potent moon to plant seeds of intention that are truly aligned with our soul purpose.

When we are acting in alignment with our inner guide, without obsessing over the external result or worrying about how we are perceived, we are empowered by our own strength. Against all odds we can use this limitless source of energy to form a bridge between our inner and outer worlds. This is a time of creative revelation and spontaneous insight, in which new projects, relationships and ideas can be formed. 

Even as the world feels chaotic, we can ground ourselves in a daily practice of expressing love, kindness and compassion towards ourselves, and each another. By choosing to act with grace and quiet strength, we find that in spite of all of our differences, there is an eternal love that unites us all.

. RECIPE . ALMOND, AVOCADO & COCONUT GELATO .

For many of us, eating ice cream is often a 'spoon in the tub' kind of activity; without an ice-cream maker (and let's face it, no one actually owns one), homemade ice-cream can be a bit of a faff. Which is why you're going to LOVE our easy almond, avocado and coconut gelato.

With the sun finally shining, we're in prime ice-cream season - impress your dinner party guests or eat the whole lot yourself, either way this vegan. refined-sugar free recipe is a total summer winner.

INGREDIENTS
2 ripe avocados
¼ cup almond or coconut milk
6 heaped tbsp solid coconut milk
Generous pinch of salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp raw honey / coconut palm sugar / agave / 2 medjool dates
2 tbsp flaked almonds
2 tbsp hulled hemp seeds

Optional:
1 tsp instant coffee powder
1 tbsp ground chicory powder
1/2 tsp medicinal mushroom powder (reishi / shilajit / chaga)
Handful fresh mint
Cacao nibs

METHOD
1. Blend all the ingredients except for the flaked almonds and hemp seeds in a high speed blender or food processor for 2 - 3 minutes. If you are using the optional powders, add them now - apart from the cacao nibs or raw chocolate, which should be stirred gently through the main mixture before freezing.
2. Blend until smooth and fully combined. Taste, and add a little more sweetener, salt or flavourings to suit your tastes.
3. Transfer to a deep container or bowl and stir in the cacao nibs or mint, if using.
4. At this stage you can also add dried fruits, nuts, seeds, nut butter, berries or compotes.
5. Serve straight from the blender as a pudding / mousse / yoghurt or freeze for around 4 hours (depending on the depth of your tin) or overnight to turn it into a rich, creamy ice cream.

If you are serving as an ice-cream, make sure you’re organised as without an ice-cream maker, the texture can be a tad tricky to work with. All you need to do is remove from the freezer 1 hour before you wish to serve. Let the mixture thaw at room temperature for 20 minutes and then leave to thaw gradually in the fridge for a further 40 minutes. When ready to serve, simply scoop single portions into bowls and top with the flaked almonds and hemp seeds, to add protein and healthy fats, as well as texture and sprinkle-like excitement.

. SIMPLE MEDITATION TIPS TO HELP YOU WORK WELL .

On an average day, various small challenges and obstacles arise that have an uncanny ability to impact your entire week. In order to prevent these moments from manifesting negative thoughts and feelings, it's important to embrace and handle them as soon as they happen.

We've come up with five simple meditative tips to help see you through the day with your dignity (and sanity) fully intact. Read on to hear our suggestions for coping with: the daily commute, receiving stressful emails and hitting the 4pm work wall.

WHEN YOU'RE COMMUTING:
For most of us, the commute to work is the worst and most stressful part of the day. If you ride public transport, more often than not you'll find yourself squashed into someones armpit and simultaneously trodden on - all before you've even had breakfast. In these instances you should stand as still as possible, close your eyes and visualise looking out over the ocean or up at a blue sky - you'll instantly feel more relaxed.

IF YOU'RE QUEUING:
From standing in line at the Post Office to paying for your morning coffee, queuing is a simple and unavoidable fact of life. Focus on your posture and ground yourself by standing with equal weight on both feet. As you breathe in, imagine your breath dropping to your feet and as you exhale, picture it rising to your head. Think positive thoughts to share with those around you and you'll feel better for sending others good vibes. 

WHEN YOU RECEIVE ANNOYING EMAILS:
Stressful (and often rude) emails are a common part of many peoples working life but they don't need to ruin your day. If / when you receive an email that gets your blood boiling, take time away from your screen to do something positive before responding. Go for a walk, make a cup of tea, talk to a colleague - it'll allow you to have some perspective when you return to your desk. Before you reply, ask yourself if your message provides the best solution for both parties. 

WHEN YOU HIT THE AFTERNOON SLUMP:
You've been working hard all morning and before you know it, it's lunchtime. Despite that wholesome salad you prepared last night, come 4pm you're craving something sweet. We've all been there. Chances are you're bored rather than hungry so try reconnecting your mind and body with a simple breathing exercise: inhale and lift your arms above your head, exhale and lower them. 

IF YOU'RE HAVING TROUBLE SLEEPING:
The more you think about falling asleep, the less likely you are to peacefully drift off. You don't need us to tell you that an overactive brain doesn't make a happy snoozy bedfellow. Lie flat on your back with your hands on your stomach, feeling it rise and fall as you breathe. As you inhale think 'rise' and as you exhale think 'fall' with a short 'relax' period in-between. If you notice your mind wandering simply start the practise again, focusing on your breath and the motion of your stomach.

. NEW STOCKIST . THE GATHERED GOODS CO .

With a carefully curated selection of the best wholesome free-from foods, The Gathered Goods Co is a one-stop online shop for paleo, vegan, raw and organic supplies.

Like us, The Gathered Goods Co believes that the food we eat has a huge impact on our physical and mental wellbeing and should always be nourishing and free-from unnecessary additives. Every product on the website has been handpicked to help support and maintain a healthy lifestyle, including our full range of quinoa breakfast granolas.

We're thrilled to share digital shelves with the likes of Rebel Kitchen, Rude Health, Biona Organic, Raw Health and Pip & Nut to make the world a better, healthier, more wholesome place - one breakfast at a time. 
 

. WHAT WE'RE MADE OF . BEETROOT .

This week, we're exploring the powerful health benefits of the humble beetroot. One of the delicious, less traditional flavours in our best-selling Beetroot & Pistachio blend, this sweet earthy vegetable is packed with essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants for a satisfying and sustainable start to the day.

An incredibly adaptable vegetable, beetroot can be enjoyed roasted whole, blended into soups and smoothies, used in baking, grated into curries - the list goes on. We use organic beetroot powder to naturally sweeten our popular breakfast granola - a single teaspoon is equivalent to one beetroot, meaning you can easily achieve a concentrated combination of nutrients by incorporating just a small amount into your diet.

Below are just a few of the reasons we love this functional purple superfood and why we'll continue to use it throughout the new Qnola range:

- Used in both savoury AND sweet dishes, beetroot is super versatile and easy to cook - blend with chickpeas and garlic for a more-ish hummus, finely slice and layer with salmon, bake in pastry with goats cheese for a delicious tart or use it to add depth and richness to chocolate cake.

- Although available all year round, fresh beetroot is best enjoyed from June to October when it is sweetest and most tender.

- A large beetroot (or three diddy ones) counts as one of your NHS approved 5-a-day and contains essential vitamins and minerals including: potassium, iron, vitamins A, B6 and C, folic acid and soluble fibre.

- Essential for muscle movement, growth, brain functionality and maintaining an active metabolism, beetroot is a rich and natural source of iron.

- Helping to support a healthy balance of bodily fluids, potassium is an electrolyte that aids and allows proper nerve and muscle function. This super mineral is essential for maintaining a healthy heart, brain, kidney and other major organs.

- Studies by Queen Mary University showed that those who regularly consumed beetroot were likely to have much lower blood pressure than those that didn't. It also increased blood flow to the brain in older people that could help prevent the progression of dementia.

- Up to 10% of beetroot is sugar BUT don't let that put you off as it has an incredibly low GL - glycaemic load; the sugars are released sustainably and slowly into the body to help keep levels stable. It's also virtually fat-free and low in calories!

Make your next beet hit count and give our Beetroot & Pistachio flavour a whirl.

WAKE UP WELL GUIDES . MORNING YOGA ROUTINE WITH TARA STILES

If you know us well, you'll know by now that we believe living and feeling well each day begins with waking well. And if you know us really well, you'll know that, although we love breakfast, we believe that waking up well is influenced by more than just your morning meal choices. From enough sleep, meditation, exercise and gentle morning stretches to natural beauty regimes and coffees, teas or tonics, there is a variety of things you can do in the morning to enhance your mental and physical potential for each day. To support and inspire, we're introducing Wake Up Well Guides - a series of useful videos to assist and inspire your morning routines. If you don't have time for a gym class or can't afford a private meditation session, you can benefit just the same from the comfort of your own home.

This week, let Tara Stiles guide you through a quick (and we mean quick!) morning yoga routine that you can do pretty much anywhere.

. MADELEINE SHAW GUEST RECIPE . MAPLE & MISO RED RICE SALAD .

We've been dying to share this delicious Maple & Miso Red Rice Salad recipe from Madeleine Shaw's new book - A Year Of Beautiful Eating - since we clapped eyes on it last month. We love making the most of seasonal provisions and are always looking for new inspiration on how to use them. Keep this one up your sleeve for when the sun next comes out and you'll have your BBQ guests coming back for more.

Serves 4
100g pecans
200g red rice
1 tbsp avocado oil, coconut oil or melted butter
Pinch of salt
100g watercress

For the roasted radishes and broccoli
300g radishes
200g purple sprouting tenderstem broccoli
2 tbsp maple syrup
2 tbsp avocado oil, coconut oil or melted butter
1 tbsp lemon juice

For the miso dressing
2 tbsp miso paste
2 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp sesame oil
2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
1 tbsp freshly squeezed
lemon juice
2 tbsp olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

1. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/gas mark 6. Heat a small frying pan to a medium–high heat and toast the pecans for 3 minutes, shaking the pan to prevent them burning. Leave to cool on a plate.

2. Rinse the rice in a sieve under the tap until the water runs clear. Put the oil for the rice into a large pot. Add the rice and stir into the oil with the salt, then pour over 500ml of water and bring to the boil with the lid on. Once the water is boiling, reduce the heat and leave to simmer for 35 minutes (or as per the packet instructions). Fluff up the cooked rice with a fork and leave to sit for 5 minutes with the lid on.

3. While the rice is cooking, cut the radishes into quarters and slice the purple sprouting broccoli in half lengthways. Place on a roasting tray and drizzle over the maple syrup, oil and lemon juice. Roast in the oven for 25 minutes until golden and cooked through.

4. Blend or whisk the miso dressing ingredients together. Mix the cooked red rice with the roasted veggies, watercress, miso dressing and toasted pecans. Serve warm.

This salad will last for 2 days in the fridge.

. NEW STOCKIST . THE NED .

If you haven’t had a chance to visit London’s newest hotspot The Ned yet, well, what are you waiting for?! Nestled in the heart of the city opposite the Bank Of England, The Ned is a joint venture between US hoteliers Sydell Group and the super-exclusive Soho House Co. With a whopping 252 hotel-rooms, three bars, a spa, rooftop pool (of course) AND nine different restaurants under its grade I listed roof, The Ned has become THE go-to hangout spot for creative Londoners since the launch last month.

Set within the original grand banking hall, the vast food court is open to the public and offers a tempting selection of culinary treats. Serving a sunny slice of California to hungry, health conscious Londoners, Malibu Kitchen is The Ned’s new concept restaurant; think botanical juices, raw poke bowls and wholesome plates of fresh, zesty salad with wellness shots and kombucha thrown in for good measure.

We’re excited to announce that Qnola is available to enjoy from Malibu Kitchen’s breakfast menu - the fresh Acai Bowl with fresh berries and bee pollen features a generous sprinkle of our best-selling Almond & Vanilla blend whilst our energising Cacao & Cashew flavour adds crunch to the Banana & Chocolate Mascarpone dish.

Next time you’re in town, make a food-pilgrimage to The Ned and enjoy the very best of what London has to offer – all under one glorious, gold-gilded roof.

Malibu Kitchen, The Ned, 27 Poultry, London, EC2R 8AJ

. MOON JOURNAL . FULL MOON IN SCORPIO .

May 10th, 2017

The Full Moon in Scorpio makes a luminescent appearance in tonight’s sky, inviting us to step into our personal power, and lay the foundation for a new cycle to begin.

Referred to as the Wesak Moon, this is the first full moon of the astrological year, a time for celebration in which we can release what no longer serves, and lovingly plant our seeds of intention for the highest good of ourselves and the planet.

When we raise our eyes to the night’s sky and see the light of this full moon, we can find stillness, breathe deep and tune into our heart. As we open the space for compassionate self-inquiry, we can listen for any signs, nudges or inner wisdom looking to be brought to the surface.

As we allow our intuition to take the lead and let the mind take a back seat, we are able to ask ourselves honestly about our dreams and visions. In what ways are we holding back from taking action and making our dreams a reality? Do we believe wholeheartedly in ourselves, and the unique gifts we have to share with the world? This full moon is a call to transformation, encouraging us to be brave and let go of any fear that might be holding us back.

Fire up the imagination, draw, paint, sing, dance, write, create freely, letting go of all inhibition and see where spirit takes you. Anything is possible.

Happy Full Moon x

. LET'S GET ETHICAL .

When it comes to eating well, we'd like to think we've got it sussed; from generally steering clear of refined sugars and additives to enjoying the occasional glass of wine, it's all about balance and moderation. You don't need us to tell you that what you put into your body affects your mood and general wellbeing.

With that in mind, the same can also be said for what you put on your body; natural and organic skincare has never been so popular (see some of our favourite's at Content Beauty & Wellbeing, Glasshouse and Skin & Tonic)  and ethical fashion has never looked so cool. Gone are days where sustainable = hemp peasant blouses, the latest sustainable fashion brands are making a meaningful impact on not only the way we dress but the way we work out.

We caught up with Rachel Bauer, founder of eco-activewear brand VYAYAMA to discover the long-term benefits of investing in sustainable fabrics and how we can all help reduce our impact on the environment through more ethical fashion choices.

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What inspired you to launch VYAYAMA?
I wanted to create a line of clothing that would respect not only the environment but the people producing it. Clothing that would be kind to the skin, beautiful to wear and give the consumer a mindful choice. I wanted to create clothing in line with yogic values that could also become an integral part of a fashion wardrobe.

One design inspiration to that end, was to satisfy my own desire to wear leggings that were made from natural fibres and were also a deep, long lasting matte black; because I don't believe mindfulness should compromise style! The result is our custom fabric KALABLAKTM range made with eco-friendly Tencel® and black Italian elastane. All of the clothing in the line is created from custom fabrics in natural and noble fibres. So VYAYAMA is a clothing line I am very proud of. 

How did you initially set about sourcing sustainable fabrics and what led you to use Tencel®?
Ethical fabrics and production was a necessity, as we wanted to create zero impact on the environment. Synthetic garments will never biodegrade and contribute to global warming. Cotton production uses too many pesticides. Growing organic cotton takes a lot of water consumption and clean water will be as valuable as oil in only a few decades. The problem with both synthetic and cotton fabrics is that they do not naturally have the properties we need in active clothing. They need to be sprayed with additives that can be absorbed by the skin or washed out in laundry to damage the planet. As we set out to find a healthier alternative for both our skin and the environment, we found Tencel® from Lenzing.

Tencel® made from sustainably-farmed eucalyptus trees is a natural, plant-based source rather than oil-derived. The trees originate from a South African wood that is Forest Stewardship Council-certified sustainable. The pulping is done in an energy-efficient plant in Austria and the fibre is closed loop, meaning that most all solvents and water from the process are recycled.

How is natural fabric better for the body than modern synthetic fabrics?
Unfortunately, we find that many people are not yet informed about the level of toxins in their clothes, specifically synthetics, which make up most of the yoga wear clothes on the market today. These garments have performance features that are chemical treatments, which could have a potential negative impact on personal health.

According to the Canadian Cancer Society, some of the commonly occurring chemicals found in synthetic clothing - such as polybrominated diphenyl ethers (flame retardants) and phthalates - are capable of causing skin rashes, birth defects, developmental difficulties in children and cancer.

Our garments have absolutely nothing harmful that pose a risk to human health. VYAYAMA clothing is naturally wicking, anti bacterial and PH Skin friendly. One big plus with nontoxic clothing, is the skin friendly pH. When the skin's pH level is compromised by toxins, your defences are down, leaving the body vulnerable to bacteria, moisture loss, and irritation. Our Oeko-tex certified garments avoid all these stresses and feel lovely against your skin.

Describe the VYAYAMA woman:
The VYAYAMA woman is a free spirit with a love for travel and curiosity for the adventures of life. She values the beauty of nature and makes conscious daily decisions to preserve the environment, but doesn’t compromise on style or fun! A VYAYAMA woman's lifestyle is about the balance of awareness and joie de vivre.

Why VYAYAMA?
VYAYAMA pronounced 'vai'-ah-mah' is a 3000 year old Sanskrit word 'to move.' to tame the inner breath'. The ancient Ayurvedic texts describe vyayama as movement designed to stabilize and strengthen the body. 


Here are some of our other favourite ethical and sustainable brands, let us know in the comments section if you have any recommendations!

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Matt & Nat 
Inspired by nature, Canadian accessories brand Matt & Nat are committed to not using leather or any other animal-based materials and often experiment with different recycled materials such as cardboard, rubber and cork. 


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SVILU
Made using environmentally sensitive fabrics (including organic cotton, model & tencel) SVILU creates thoughtfully designed staples for the 'modern' woman. We love this camel coat - an investment piece to see you through to Summer.


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WORON
Founded by Danish sisters Arina and Anya, WORON creates timeless lingerie staples that are comfortable without compromising feminine shaping. Every garment is made using modal fabric; the beech trees are sourced from sustainable forestry plantations in Europe to keep production as 'close to home' as possible.


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Stella McCartney
Luxury vegetarian brand Stella McCartney strives to operate a business that 'respects the planet as well as the people and animals on it'. They use vegetarian leather, wood & paper from sustainable sources, polyester from recycled bottles and organic cotton where possible.


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O My Bag at The Acey
Made from eco-leather and tanned using natural ingredients to protect the environment, this pixie pouch by O My Bag is the perfect size for cards, cash and handbag essentials. The Acey is your one-stop shop for all things sustainable and ethical - we'd thoroughly recommend a visit to their website, though your bank balance might not thank you for it, your conscience will.


. MORNING MANTRAS TO WAKE UP WELL .

Living well is much more than just the food we eat, it's an all-encompassing lifestyle and we work hard to encourage you to Wake Up Well in order to stay uplifted throughout the day.

For many people, adjusting each morning to embrace the new day can be a struggle as our thoughts start focusing on work, chores, exercise... the list goes on. Allow yourself a few extra minutes to incorporate the below meditation mantras into your morning routine and feel inspired to make the most of the 'right now' and enjoy the present.
 
I am well.
I will make a meaningful impact on someone's day.
I will embrace change.
I am thankful for all that I have.
I am strong.
I will be grateful for today.
I will try my best and if I do fail, I will try again. 
I am in control of my own feelings.
I will use any frustrations as motivation to achieve and succeed.
I will not compare myself to others.

Like everything in life, no one size fits all - find a mantra that resonates with you or be creative and make up your own! Repeat it daily, or just when it feels right. Don't forget to take some time each day to check in on how you are feeling. Mantra's are a great way to reassess and to stay grounded!