Nut Free Bliss Balls (School Snack)

Here is a new preschool/school snack idea that your children will enjoy and thrive on. These nut free bliss balls are fast and easy to make, keep up to 2 weeks in the fridge and are nutritious. As the autumn (and spring time in the Northern hemisphere) time are very aggravating season it is important for our physical health to decrease dry and hard foods (e.g. corn chips, crackers) and increase the intake of moist foods such as bliss balls with pre-soaked seeds or nuts.


Makes  approx. 21


1 cup sunflower seeds, soaked overnight with filtered water, discard water before use

1 cup medjool dates, seeds removed

1 tablespoon goji berries or 1 large dried mango pieces, chopped up in small pieces with a knife

1 cup desiccated coconut

½ teaspoon concentrated natural vanilla extract

+ desiccated coconut for rolling

Put all the ingredients except the apricots or dried mango pieces in a food processor and blend well. Cut the apricots or dried mango pieces into smaller chunks and mix with the paste with a spoon.

Next simply grab around a tablespoon of mixture at a time and roll into balls. Roll the balls in desiccated coconut and place in an airtight container in the freezer or fridge. These guys will keep for around 2 weeks in the fridge (store in glass jar), and a couple of months in the freezer. Mmmm.. Enjoy!

Note: You can also use 50% sunflower seeds and 50% pumpkin seeds for the recipes. You can purchase all those ingredients at our local Flametree Food Co-op in Thirroul.

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The Elixir of Life

The health and longevity of many of the world’s oldest and healthiest people can be attributed to the quality of the water they drink every day [1]. Ancient cultures respected water for its healing powers, attributed to its mineral properties, thermal effects and even supposed subtle and supernatural energetic qualities. Indeed, drinking or bathing in springs, streams or pools, predates recorded history.

Sourcing and drinking the highest quality water is a priority for me and my family. We are therefore honored and grateful to partner with zazen (http://www.zazenalkalinewater.com.au/) and offer customers the zazen Alkaline Water System.


The zazen Alkaline Water System: zazen Alkaline Water Guide

• Alkalizes lower pH water up to a pH of 7.4-8.5. This slight alkalinity helps buffer the blood to its natural pH (7.35 to 7.45) and improves hydrochloric acid secretion in the stomach. Read more: http://www.zazenessentialwater.com.au/…/zazen-alkaline-wate…

• Reduces Fluoride up to 90%. Fluoride is a known neurotoxin [2] and has been shown to adversely effect neural development in children [3]. Fluoride can be used topically to prevent cavities, but it is not necessary to add fluoride into the drinking water for cavities prevention [4].

• Is made from BPA & Phthalate-free plastics.

• Tastes Delicious – no chlorine taste! Everyone loves it, especially our kids. We did experience a slight mineral taste when we first set-up our system (due to the burst of minerals released by the mineral stones), but this dissipates in a few days and you are left with crystal-clear tasting water.

• Exceptional Quality:
-Filters chloroforms and trihalomethanes (THMs) (e.g. bromoform, chloroform, chlorodibromomethane): these are caused as a by-product of the chemical reaction between the proteins released from the dead bugs, parasite, bacteria etc. and the disinfectant chemicals e.g. Chlorine and or Chloramine to render our municipal water supply “safe” to drink. These chemicals are known carcinogens.
-Filters poisonous heavy metals (copper, lead, mercury, arsenic, etc.)
-Filters bacteria (e.g. e.coli, salmonella, etc.)
-Anti-bacterial – includes silver stones to keep the system bacteria free

• Hydrates immediately at the cellular level. Magnetic energy is applied to restructure the water into a hexagonal shape for faster, immediate cellular hydration. This water is more ‘energised’ (i.e. it has higher conductivity). Note: if you’d like to research more about the energetics of water, I highly recommend the pioneering work of Viktor Schauberger

• Nourishes and cleanses – with a balanced range of essential minerals & electrolytes. Notably, zazen water contains more electrolytes that sports drinks and premium bottled waters!



For more information, please visit my husbands (Dr Bobby Cheema) product page:


Or Email: drbobbycheema@gmail.com

More about the philosophy and the science of zazen: http://www.zazenalkalinewater.com.au/the-facts/

International customers: please contact Dr. Cheema at drbobbycheema@gmail.com to place an order (all international orders are GST exempt, however shipping costs apply and generally range from $80-$160 AUD. Shipping to North America is approx $125 AUD). International customers can also place their order directly with zazen: http://www.zazenalkalinewater.com.au/


1. Liu YL, Luo KL, Lin XX, Gao X, Ni RX, Wang SB, Tian XL: Regional distribution of longevity population and chemical characteristics of natural water in Xinjiang, China. The Science of the total environment 2014, 473-474:54-62.
2. Grandjean P, Landrigan PJ: Neurobehavioural effects of developmental toxicity. The Lancet Neurology, 13(3):330-338.
3. Choi AL, Sun G, Zhang Y, Grandjean P: Developmental Fluoride Neurotoxicity: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Environmental Health Perspectives 2012, 120(10):1362-1368.
4. Pizzo G, Piscopo M, Pizzo I, Giuliana G: Community water fluoridation and caries prevention: a critical review. Clin Oral Invest 2007, 11(3):189-193.

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Obtain a Healthy Bone Mass: The Magnesium Connection

Calcitonin is a hormone which increases calcium in the bones and keeps it from being absorbed into the soft tissues. Magnesium increases calcitonin production and therefore increases calcium in the bones while drawing it out from the soft tissues. A magnesium-rich diet of whole foods is generally the cure for most forms of calcium deficiencies.

The food groups in order of their magnesium content are:

  1. Dried seaweed (dulse, arame, wakame, kombu, kelp, hijiki and most others)
  2. Beans including mung, aduki, black and lima beans and lentils
  3. Whole grains, particularly buckwheat, millet, wheat berries, barley, rye and rice (brown and wild)*
  4. Nuts and seeds, especially almonds, cashews, filberts and sesame seeds
  5. High chlorophyll foods such as wheat and barley grass products
  6. Micro-algae including spirulina and chlorella (beneficial for calcium utilization)

Note: Beans, whole grains, nuts and seeds should be soaked overnight to eliminate phytates and increase magnesium and calcium absorption.


Regtop, H. Is magnesium the grossly neglected mineral? International Nutrition Review? International Clinical Nutrition Review 3: pp 18-19, July 1983

Levine, B. and Coburn, J. Magnesium: the mimic/antagonist of calcium. New England Journal of Medicine 310: pp 1253-1255, May 10, 1984

Pitchford, P. Healing with whole foods: Asian traditions and modern nutrition (ed 3). Berkley: North Atlantic Books, 2002

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7 Tips to Increase Calcium Absorption

Published on 18 March 2012 by in Blog

7 Tips to Increase Calcium Absorption

Seven tips to increase your calcium absorption:

  1. Get sufficient vitamin D from sun light
  2. Eat calcium-, magnesium-, chlorophyll-, and mineral-rich foods, especially grains, legumes, leafy greens (including cereal grasses and micro-algae), and seaweeds.
  3. Avoid calcium inhibitors (chocolate, coffee, alcohol, sugar and excess consumption of any sweetener (e.g. honey, rice syrup, etc.), excess meat consumption)
  4. Exercise regularly and moderately to halt calcium loss and increase bone mass.
  5. Presoak grains, legumes, nuts and seeds before cooking/consumption to neutralize their phytic acid content, which otherwise binds the calcium, zinc, iron and other minerals in these foods.
  6. Use oxalic acid foods sparingly – rhubarb, cranberries, plums, spinach, chard and beet greens
  7. If dairy is used, they fermented forms are easier to digest – kefir, etc.

Calcium is not only an important mineral that is essential to strengthen and build our bones.

Calcium also

  • calms the nerves
  • relaxes the liver and
  • benefits the heart.

Absorption and Utilization of Calcium

When we want to improve our calcium status to maintain a healthy bone mass it is not only crucial to eat calcium rich foods. We need to make sure that we absorb and utilize the calcium from foods effectively. As all the minerals in the body are in a delicate and dynamic balance, an improvement in calcium absorption will also improve the effective use of other minerals in the body. Calcium absorption requires adequate dietary magnesium, phosphorus, vitamin A, C and D. Without certain of those nutrients, it appears that calcium can not be absorbed at all.

Dairy Foods as the Synonymous for Calcium

Calcium in our diet is perceived as almost synonymous to the use of dairy products. However, dairy foods are generally not of good quality and this is perhaps one of the main reasons that so many people in the Western World, who consume large amounts of dairy (25% of the average diet), still have widespread calcium deficiency problems such as osteoporosis and arthritis. In China and areas of Southeast Asia where diary consumption is minimal, arthritis and bone deteriorations are not the major health problems as they are in the wealthier countries.


Regtop, H. Is magnesium the grossly neglected mineral? International Nutrition Review? International Clinical Nutrition Review 3: pp 18-19, July 1983

Levine, B. and Coburn, J. Magnesium: the mimic/antagonist of calcium. New England Journal of Medicine 310: pp 1253-1255, May 10, 1984

Pitchford, P. Healing with whole foods: Asian traditions and modern nutrition (ed 3). Berkley: North Atlantic Books, 2002

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  • 10 ml of Liquid Chlorophyll
  • 10ml of Aloe Vera Juice
  • 1 tsp of Bee Pollen
  • ½ tsp Acai berry powder
  • 1 tsp of Barley Grass Powder
  • 1 tbsp of sunflower seeds (soaked)
  • ¼ cup of almonds (soaked)
  • 4 fresh dates
  • ½ cup of water

Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend until you receive a smoothie consistency.

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Gluten & Yeast Intolerance

Increasing numbers of people today are suffering from gluten intolerance, wheat and yeast sensitivity and related health conditions such as indigestion, lethargy and headaches. A primary cause of many of these health conditions is the continued over-consumption of refined grains (e.g. yeast breads, rice, couscous). Refined grains lack many essential nutrients such as vitamin E, B vitamins and iron because of the removal of the nutrient-dense bran and germ during milling and processing. Further, the combination of wheat and yeast, as found in virtually all commercial breads, can cause our system to clog up, inhibit absorption by the intestine and contribute to the production of toxins.

Whole grains such as quinoa, millet, buckwheat and amaranth are nutritionally superior to refined grain and yeast products. These whole grains contain an abundance of beneficial antioxidants, phytochemicals, and essential nutrients, and are therefore protective against various chronic diseases, ranging from irritable bowel syndrome to cancer. Whole grains are also well metabolized by the human body when properly prepared via soaking, roasting and other forms of preparation.  In addition, they have to be chewed well.

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Summer Food Habits

During summer, the sun is at its strongest and increases our internal fire.  The diet should consist of more cooling sweet foods and drinks such as cucumber, asparagus, beet greens, broccoli, cabbage, celery, cilantro, fennel, green beans, kale, lettuce, okra, parsnip, peas, sweet potato, summer squash, sprouts,  zucchini, sweet fruits (e.g. apples, berries, avocado, coconut, dates, figs, grapes, mango, strawberries, pears) fruit and vegetable juices (not acidic or the citrus variety), mung beans, aduki beans, black-eyed peas, chick peas, pinto beans and soy beans, soaked and peeled almonds, sunflower seeds, seaweed, spirulina, chlorella, barley or wheat grass, quinoa, barley, amaranth and millet, as well as more cooling herbs (mint, coriander, cumin and fennel).

It is also important to consume a lot of water (8 glasses minimum) at room temperature to stay hydrated.  Salty, sour and pungent foods should be avoided.  Hot, spicy, fermented and acidic foods such as chilies, onions, and garlic should also be excluded from the diet or used in small quantities.  Tea, coffee, alcohol and smoking should be avoided or limited to keep the body and mind healthy and balanced during summer.

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Your Body Craves Water

For optimum health and wellbeing our body needs to be hydrated through the right intake of water every day (6-8 glasses is minimum).  Also, the quality of water is crucial for our health and vitality.  Water should be alkaline (ph ≥ 7), without any added chemicals and consumed at room temperature in between meals to maintain a healthy metabolism and digestion.

Drinks that contain caffeine such as tea, coffee, or cola stimulate fluid loss and promote dehydration.  Particularly black tea consumption may cause iron and calcium deficiencies when over consumed like any other stimulant (e.g. coffee or chocolate).  The tannin in black tea may contribute to constipation and other digestive problems.  In comparison, the sweet taste of water calms the mind and supports healthy bowl movements.

Exercise and prolonged physical activity cause you to lose vital electrolytes, which are critical for nerve impulses and muscle contraction.  It is essential that fluid and electrolyte losses are replaced via the right amount of high quality water.

Your body does not need caffeinated tea, an excess of herbal tea, coffee, juices or soft drinks; it purely craves and needs water.

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Seven Super Foods for to Stay Young & Healthy
  • Barley Grass juice of the chlorophyll rich grass of young barley plants is one of the most remarkable high chlorophyll foods. It is as excellent a protein source as meat, offers important digestive enzymes, can resolve toxic substances and contains nutrients that abate physiologic deterioration. Enjoy it freshly juiced or mix 1 teaspoon of barley grass powder with a cup of warm water.
  • Alfalfa Sprouts are a cooling herb that detoxify your body, lower cholesterol and improve the urinary system and intestines. It aids in assimilation of protein, fats and carbohydrates, blocks carcinogenesis and eases menopausal distress.
  • Seaweed reduces blood cholesterol, has antibiotic properties, counteracts obesity and strengthens bones, teeth, nerve transmission and digestion. It has anti-aging properties. Read more about the Calcium Superfoods such as seaweed.
  • Turmeric Read more about Nature’s most powerful healer.
  • Almonds are superior to other nuts in terms of their medicinal action. Read more
  • Quinoa is a gluten free grain that is easy to digest and when washed well can be cooked like rice. It has the highest protein content of any grain and contains more calcium than milk. Quinoa strengthens your whole body, in particular, your kidneys and heart. Read more
  • Lentils benefit the heart and circulatory system and increase kidney vitality. Lentils help to reduce blood cholesterol, control blood sugar and lower blood pressure. They contain neutraceuticals that inhibit cancer and help regulate colon function.

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Barley Grass

Published on 02 November 2009 by in Blog

Barley Grass

Barley Grass juice of the chlorophyll rich grass of young barley plants is one of the most remarkable high chlorophyll foods. It is as excellent a protein source as meat, offers important digestive enzymes, can resolve toxic substances and contains nutrients that abate physiologic deterioration.

Enjoy it freshly juiced or mix 1 teaspoon of barley grass powder with a cup of warm water.

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