The Road Ahead : October 2013
2. ROADAHEAD.COM.AU 18 LIFESTYLE | QLD LIVING IMAGE: VERTICAL GARDEN PLANTERS BIOME.COM.AU. THE ROAD AHEAD OCT/NOV 2013 a breath of fresh air home-made 'granola' ENJOY A HEALTHY START TO YOUR DAY WITH THIS GRANOLA RECIPE FROM BRISBANE CHEF ALISON TAAFE. INGREDIENTS: 2 cups raw organic oats, wheat or barley; 1/2 cup sunflower seeds; 1 tsp ground cinnamon (Ceylon variety); 1 tsp stevia or 3 tsp xylitol to taste; 100ml cold-pressed olive oil; 2 tsp alcohol-free vanilla extract; 1/4 cup slivered almonds; 1/4 cup pine nuts; 1/2 cup goji berries; 1 handful acerola berries. METHOD: Pre-heat the oven to 160ºC. In a large bowl, mix all the dry ingredients except the berries. Add sweetener, oil and vanilla and mix well so that all liquid is absorbed and the granola is shiny. Spread granola onto a suitably sized non-stick baking tray, and then bake in the oven for approx. 10 minutes. Take the granola out of the oven and, using a spatula, turn the granola over and bake for a further 10 minutes or until fairly dry and brown. Don't allow to burn. Remove from oven and stir in the berries. Allow to cool before serving, and store in an airtight box when cool (Keeps for up to two weeks. You can freeze it for up to three months). alisontaafe.com You don't have to be a scientist to know that air pollution is bad for your health. While Queenslanders are fortunate to have 'very good' air quality, according to data compiled by the Queensland Government Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, there are simple measures you can take to further reduce any impurities that may affect the atmosphere in your home. Air purifying house plants, for example, not only make them look great, but can improve air quality. The Areca Palm is considered to be one of the best air purifying plants, while the Bamboo plant has been found to remove formaldehyde from the air and act as a natural humidifier. Peace Lily plants are known to remove mould spores and are therefore an effective addition to the bathroom or laundry. Placing a Himalayan Salt Lamp in your home is another way to naturally improve indoor air quality. Salt lamps draw water molecules from the air to the lamp surface, which are warmed by the lamp's globe, causing a chemical reaction that creates negative ions. These healthy negative ions are released into the air to counteract positive ions generated by electrical equipment, thereby eliminating airborne bacteria, mould, viruses and allergens. So you don't have to escape to a mountain retreat to enjoy a breath of fresh air -- simply walk through your own front door. 1. 'Compostable Bin' -- Compost Bin qualityproducts.com.au 2. Eco-friendly Bamboo bowls sampan.com.au 3. Lexon La81 Safe Radio (Bamboo) thedesigngiftshop.com 4. Salt Crystal Lamp stretchnow.com.au our favourites PURIFY THE AIR IN YOUR HOME NATURALLY 4. 1. 3.