Healthy Living Pantry Essentials

We interrupt this Wednesday Wish List with a very important “Local Love” announcement…
I stumbled across the Vegan Sparkles website (click here) a month ago and since, I have been trialing out healthy living AND healthy recipe’s (like cherry ripe smoothie, apple crumble and mexican street corn!!!!) which ALL recipe’s just so happen to be GOOD for you and are vegan. Now, I am not a vegan…being married to a butcher it’s hard to cut out meat however these vegan recipe’s definitely help to bring a healthy lifestyle into play for you. Founder, Rebecca Wellers, a lovely Perth (healthy living) saint, takes over the blog today as she discusses the pantry essentials to a healthier lifestyle.

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Rebecca Weller is a Holistic Health Coach passionate about helping women transition to happier, healthier living, re-ignite their sparkle, and fall in love with life again. She writes for various on-line health and wellness magazines such as MindBodyGreen and One Green Planet, provides one-on-one health coaching, hosts wellness events, is the author of ‘Eating for Energy’ and creator of ‘The Sparkle Project’ – both available from her wellness site VeganSparkles.com.

Have you ever felt amazing after eating packaged, processed food?  Me neither. Food is energy and everything we eat becomes part of our bodies at a cellular level. It affects our looks, moods, thoughts, sleep, and energy levels. So it’s vital for our quality of life and overall happiness to eat great food.  But where to start? Whether you’re completely at a loss as to where to begin or just need some help getting back on track, these steps will help you overhaul your kitchen and plant you firmly on a journey towards that happy, healthy lifestyle you truly crave.

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1. Clear the clutter! 
Clutter zaps your energy, slows you down, and keeps you trapped. Schedule an hour or so to give your pantry, fridge and kitchen cupboards a spring clean.  Pump your favourite tunes and get down to business. Donate or recycle anything that no longer serves you: appliances you no longer use and containers you never liked. Having a funky, well-organised kitchen will inspire you to use it more and to get excited about the magic of home-cooking and nourishing yourself.

If you’re serious about creating a healthy new lifestyle, also purge your kitchen of all junk food offenders.  If it doesn’t promote health, donate or get rid of it.  Be a food detective and read the labels of everything in your pantry. If it contains artificial sweeteners, colours, flavours, preservatives, or any ingredients you can’t pronounce, it’s outta there!  The more you stay committed to whole, natural foods and simple ingredients, the healthier you’ll be.  Kick packaged, processed foods to the kerb, and watch your energy levels sky-rocket!

2. Re-stock Revolution!
Now that your kitchen is all shiny and organised, it’s time to bring in the good stuff! Head to your local farmers market and stock up on as many wholesome goodies as you can. Think beautiful, juicy fruits, fresh herbs and crisp vegetables the colours of the rainbow. Show your pantry some love too, stocking it up with dried herbs & spices, beans, nuts, lentils and whole grains, so you can whip up a great meal at a moment’s notice.

Buying great quality food doesn’t need to be expensive.  Save money by buying fresh food in season, and buying pantry staples in bulk.  Stores like Loose Produce and Kakulas Bros offer great bulk discounts and encourage you to bring and fill your own containers and glass mason jars.

Remember to only choose healthy foods you actually like. There are plenty of healthy options that will make you feel amazing without you having to force yourself to eat foods that don’t excite you. Creating a healthy lifestyle is not about deprivation or punishment – it’s about building great, lasting habits and creating a life you love.

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3. Organisation is key, baby! 
Streamline wherever possible. Plan your meals for the week ahead so there’s less temptation for take-aways and fewer trips to the supermarket, freeing up precious time, energy and money. Make a double serve of rice/quinoa for dinner and save half to bulk up your salad the next day. Prepare parts of your meals and snacks ahead of time, so you’re not tempted to reach for junk. Fresh fruit, veg and herbs keep really well when chopped and stored in airtight containers in the fridge. Invest in a groovy lunchbox and containers to encourage you to pack your own.

4. Keep it simple. 
Complicated meals can wait until you’re sparkling all over the place. I’m a huge fan of Buddha Bowls because they’re fast, simple and delicious – especially if you’ve already prepped most of the ingredients. You can throw any combination of your favourite, healthy ingredients into a bowl and be completely nourished and satisfied. They’re a great way to make being healthy fun and easy until you get the hang of the new lifestyle and it becomes second nature. Then you can experiment with more elaborate meals and ideas.

Try the simple, nourishing recipes in my Eating for Energy eBook, or build your own:

Satisfying Salads
Start with leafy greens + any salad veg you like (or even grilled or roasted veg from dinner the night before) + any combination of whole grains, beans or lentils, nuts, seeds, herbs or spices + dressing.

Buddha Bowls
Start with a bed of whole grains or lentils + grilled or roasted veg + any combination of beans, nuts, lentils, seeds, herbs or spices + avocado + dressing.

Sensational Stir-Fries
Start with a bed of whole grains + your favourite, crunchy vegetables + any combination of nuts, seeds, herbs or spices.

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Want the simplest meal planner and shopping list ever? Check out this handy tool from the Eating for Energy eBook.  Circle your favourite foods in each of the sections (or add your own), head to the market and stock up.  Then mix and match the ingredients to create salads, buddha bowls and stir-fries all week. Job done!

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Perth Op Shops FULL LIST!

So I put up my list a couple of weeks ago…with what Op Shops I have been to, it was over half this full list (taken from opshop.org) so I decided to put the full list of Perth Op Shops up so you can tick off your own list!!

If you see any that are NOT on this list please comment below or e-mail me [email protected] OR you know that some of these are closed down 🙂

HAPPY SHOPPING PERTH!!!!

Applecross

The Pink Room, 31 Ardross St Applecross

Armadale

Vinnies Armadale Centre, 13/47 William Street ARMADALE

Good Sammy, 40 Fouth Road, Armadale

Balcatta

Good Sammy’s Balcatta, 10 / 257 Balcatta Rd

Balcatta Salvos, 207 Balcatta Road, Balcatta

Ballajura

Ballajura Salvos, Shop 32-33 Illawarra Crescent, Ballajura

Bassendean

Bassendean Salvos, 22 Old Perth Road, Bassendean

Vinnies Bassendean Centre, 11 Old Perth Road BASSENDEAN

Belmont

Belmont Salvos, 11/199 Abernethy Road, Belmont

Good Sammy’s Belmont, 8 / 199 Abernethy Road

Vinnies Belmont Centre, 3A/171 Abernethy Road

Belmont Anglicare , 9/199 Abernethy Road, Belmont

Bibra Lake

Society Store, BIBRA LAKE Unit 1, 2 Port Kembla Drive

Rags to Riches Op Shop, 16 Port Kembla Drive Bibra Lake

Bibra Lake Salvos, 28 Port Kembla Drive Bibra Lake WA

Butler

Brighton Salvos, 5 Kingsbridge Road,Butler

Butler Salvos, 5 Kingsbridge Road, Butler

Calista

Vinnies Kwinana Centre, 3 Calista Avenue MEDINA

Canning Vale

Good Sammy’s Canning Vale (Sth Street), Cnr South Street & Bannister Road

Good Sammy’s Canning Vale, 33-35 Bannister Road (Cnr Magnet Rd

Canning Vale Salvos, 2A/256 Bannister Road , Canning Vale

Cannington

Good Sammy’s Cannington, 3 / 1440 Albany Hwy

Cannington Salvos, 1299 Albany Highway, Cannington

Churchlands

Good Sammy’s Osborne Park, 3 / 320 Selby St 6017

Claremont

Vinnies Claremont Centre, 26 Ashton Avenue CLAREMONT, WA , 6010

Clarkson

Ocean Keys Salvos, 6/35 Ocean Keys Blvd Clarkson, Clarkson WA 6030

Vinnies Clarkson Centre, Shop 1/5 Ebb Way CLARKSON, WA , 6030

Good Sammy’s Clarkson, 7 / 61 Key Largo Drive 6030

Cloverdale

Starick Op Shop, 9 Love Street

Coolbellup

Shop 21/80 Coolbellup Ave. Coolbellup. WA. 6163. Phone (08)9331-2227

Craigie

Craigie Salvos, Shop 12 Craigie Plaza Shopping Centre, Eddystone Ave,

Dayton

Second Chances Op Shop, Unit 3/435 Lord Street

Dianella

Good Sammy’s Dianella, 51 Walter Rd

Duncraig

Duncraig Red Cross, 10/50 Marri Rd Duncraig

East Victoria Park

East Victoria Park , 911 Albany Highway

Vinnies Victoria Park Centre, 824 Albany Highway

Nulsen Op Shop, 907 Albany Highway, East Victoria Park

Good Sammy’s East Victoria Park, 818 Albany Hwy

Ellenbrook

Ellenbrook Salvos, Shop 1, Woodlake Village Shopping Centre, Sunray Circle,

Forrestfield 

Forrestfield Salvos, Forrestfield Forum Shop 33, 20 Strelitzia Ave

Fremantle

Good Sammy, 142 High St,

Anglicare, 181 High Street,

Boutique Unique, 197 High Street,

DOWN TOWN RAGS, 45 HIGH STREET,

Fremantle Salvos, 3/5 Josephson Street,

Fremantle Red Cross, 37 Market Street

DUFUS CLOTHING SHOP, 130 HIGH STREET,

Vinnies Retro Fremantle Centre, Shop 2/142 High Street

Girrawheen 

Vinnies Girrawheen, Shop 39, Newpark Shopping Centre

Good Sammy’s Girrawheen, Shop 20, 64 Marangaroo Dve

Gosnells

Gosnells Salvos, 23A Gosnells Shopping Complex 2158 Albany Highway,

Vinnies Gosnells Centre, Unit 6/2155 Albany Highway

Good Sammy’s Gosnells, 2288 Albany Highway

Greenwood

Greenwood Salvos, 3/10 Canham Way,

Hamilton Hill

Hamilton Hill Red Cross, Hamilton Hill Shopping Centre,

7-9 Rockingham Road. Hamilton Hill.

Heathridge

Vinnies Heathridge Centre, 5/89 Caridean Street HEATHRIDGE, WA , 6027

Hillarys

Whitford Salvos, 3/37 Endeavour Road

Innaloo

Vinnies Innaloo Centre, 12 Morris Place

Joondalup

Good Sammy’s Joondalup, 2 / 143 Grand Boulevard 6027

Joondalup Salvos, 2/116 Winton Road

Kelmscott

Kelmscott Anglicare, Unit 1/227 Railway Avenue

Lifeline, 255 Railway Avenue

Kelmscott Salvos, 227 Railway Avenue

Kensington

St Martin in the Fields Op Shop, 53 Brandon Street (corner Brandon and Vista Streets)

Kenwick

Kenwick Salvos, 8/1808 Albany Highway

Maddington

Maddington Anglicare, 80 Attfield Street

Malaga

Malaga Salvos, Unit 5/58 Crocker Dve

Manning

Southcare Op Shop, 54 Bickley Crescent

Maylands

Maylands Salvos, 203 Guildford Road

Vinnies Maylands Centre, 46 Eighth Avenue

Middle Swan

St Richards Op Shop, Great Northern hwy

Midland

Good Sammy, 3 164-168 Great Eastern Hwy

Midland Anglicare, 360 Great Eastern Highway

Midland Salvos, 284 Great Eastern Highway

Vinnies Midland Centre, 285 Great Eastern Highway

Save The Children – Midland, 8B The Crescent

Mirrabooka

Mirrabooka Salvos, Unit 6/9 Cobbler Place

RSPCA Society Store, 20 Cobbler Place

Morley

Morley Salvos, 156 Russell Street

Morley Anglicare, 129 Russell Street

Mosman Park

Mosman Park, 600 Stirling Highway

Mt Hawthorn

Mount. Hawthorn Salvos, 139 Buxton St

Daughters of Charity OP Shop, 421-423 Oxford Street

Mt Hawthorn, 19-21 Green Street

Mullaloo

Pre loved clothing shop, 19 Scaphella Avenue

Mundaring

Mundaring Salvos, 7195 Great Eastern Highway

Myaree

Save The Children – Myaree, Unit 9, 67 McCoy Street

Vinnies Myaree Centre, Unit 4/67 McCoy Street

Nollamara

Vinnies Nollamara Centre, Shop 61, Nollamara Shopping Centre Nollamara Avenue

North Perth

North Perth Red Cross, 428 Fitzgerald St

Northbridge

Vinnies Retro Northbridge Centre, 267B William Street

O’Connor

Vinnies Hilton Centre, Shop 5/352 South Street

Osborne Park

Osborne Park Salvos, 2/320 Selby Street

Vinnies Clothing & Furniture Depot, 59 Edward Street

Vinnies Osborne Park Centre, 59 Edward Street

O’Connor

O’Connor Salvos, 354A South Street

Palmyra

Society Store, 59 Carrington Street

Parmelia

Good Sammy’s Kwinana, 46 Meares Ave 6167

Perth

Good Sammy, 116 Murray St

Perth City Salvos, 119 Barrack Street

Good Sammy, 381 Murray Street

Vinnies North Perth Centre, 215 Bulwer Street

Port Kennedy

Salvos – Port Kennedy, 23 Saltaire Way

Society Store, Unit 3, 1-5 Sunlight Drive

Kwinana

Kwinana Salvos, Units 9 & Pt 11, 40 Meares Rd

Rivervale

Vinnies Rivervale Centre, 110 Kooyong Road

Rockingham

Rockingham Beach Salvos, 6 Patterson Road

Good Sammy’s Rockingham, 12/8 Livingstone Rd

Vinnies Furniture Depot, 17 Hurrell Way

Vinnies Rockingham Centre, Unit 15 Rockingham City Commercial Centre, Livingstone Road

Scarborough

Scarborough, 166 Scarborough Beach Road

Scarborough Red Cross, 164A Scarborough Beach Rd

Vinnies Scarborough Centre, Unit 3/160 Scarborough Beach Road

Shoalwater

Shoalwater Red Cross, Shop 14, Shoalwater Shopping Centre

South Fremantle

Fremantle, 272 South Terrace

South Lake

Good Sammy’s South Lake , Lakes Shopping Centre, Cnr North Lake & Omeo Roads

Lakes Shopping Centre, 39/620 North Lake Road

Southern River

Southern River Salvos, Shop 1 Bristle Avenue, Southern River Centre

Salvos, Bristle Ave

Subiaco

Subiaco Boutique Salvos, 68A Rowland Street

Good Sammy’s Subiaco, 28 Rokeby Rd

Success

Gateways Salvos, Showroom 7 Southgate Commercial

Thornlie

Good Sammy’s Thornlie, Shop 42 Thornlie Square S/C, Cnr Spencer Rd & Thornlie Ave

Tuart Hill

Save The Children – Tuart Hill, 77 Wanneroo Road

Two Rocks

Yanchep / Two Rocks Red Cross, Shop 4, Two Rocks Shopping Centre

Victoria Park

Victoria Park Salvos, 408 Albany Highway

Waikiki

Waikiki Salvos, Stargate Shopping Centre. 78 Charterhouse Road

Wangara

Wangara Salvos, Unit 6, 2 Prindiville Drive

Wanneroo

Vinnies Wanneroo Centre, 1/925 Wanneroo Road

Wanneroo Salvos, 10 Rocca Way

Wembley

Vinnies Wembley Centre, 334 Cambridge Street

Willagee

Willagee Red Cross, 1B/62 Archibald St

Willetton

Good Sammy’s Willetton, 4 / 147 High Rd

Willetton Salvos, 165 High Street

Yangebup

South Lakes Salvos, Shop 39 Lakes Shopping Centre,620 North Lake Road

 

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