Five-Spice Pork  


Time: half an hour plus marinating time… if you’re patient.

Makes: Three  to Four Serves

Ingredients: 600 grams of pork (snitzel or fillet) quarter of a cup of soy sauce or tamari, 1 tablespoon of five-spice, 2 tablespoons of honey, coconut oil for frying.

Steps: Slice the pork into smaller squares. Mix together the tamari/soy sauce, five-spice and honey, and use it to coat the pork. Marinate for as long as you like from no time at all to overnight. Obviously, you will get more flavour from a longer marination! Heat a good pan with a dollop or pour of coconut oil (depending on the climate of your whereabouts!) to a medium heat. Add the marinated pork and sizzle for a few minutes on each side or until cooked though. I like to cook it long and hot enough that the marinade begins to caramelise on the outside of the pork.

Serve with kumara mash and steamed veggies, or a beautiful, fresh garden salad!

By Jasmine from Franklee Healthy

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#2 Jasmine’s Healthy Habits – Practice Self Love


Photo: Natural Heart in Tree Trunk by Ian Trafford Photos

It is interesting that acts of self-love are the items that get bumped off the end off our to-do lists when we become overwhelmed with the day’s tasks. I have been making an effort to do something for myself each day, even on the super busy ones. It doesn’t always happen, but usually I am pretty good at getting a soul-nourishing moment into my day. These moments are ones that give me time to take a deep breath and just be. They are restorative for mind and over all energy and contentment. Moments of self-love in my life include:

  • Sitting down with a hot cup of herbal tea
  • Doing a yoga session – I love ‘Yoga with Adriene’ on YouTube – she has a yoga session to match any need… morning yoga, yoga for when you’re sick, yoga for anxiety, yoga for runners, and bedtime yoga just to name a few.
  • Meditation – I’m not great at this one, but just finding five minutes of stillness with some relaxing music helps me to get grounded and re-boot my energy.
  • Gardening – see my previous blog post
  • Going for a walk outside
  • Doing a clay face mask – I use a lovely one from Wild Nature Australia
  • Having a bath with a good book… I’d have to rate this as my favourite self-love activity!
  • Reading a book – at the moment I am powering through plenty of Dr Libby’s books, which cover nutrition as well as a whole lot of interesting biochemical info. But a good fiction novel is always great to give your mind and body a mini-holiday.
  • Baking (or unbaking) healthy treats

There are more little things that I do, but these are some favourites off the top of my head. Different ones serve me on different days, depending on how I’m feeling. I would love to know some of your self-loving moments in the comments!

By Jasmine from Franklee Healthy