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Peachy Green's Feel Good Gardens

You only need a brief encounter with landscape designer Fran Hale of Peachy Green to get a sense of what her gardens are like. Open-hearted and personable, Fran exudes an instant feeling of warmth and calm. She is the kind of girl you feel comfortable pouring your heart out to within a few minutes of meeting. She’s also one seriously talented landscape designer.

We recently visited Fran in her brand new studio space at the base of Nightingale 2.0 in Fairfield, to learn more about her human approach to landscape design.

Creating Original Gardens With Kep Horticulture’s Andy Kepitis

If life had turned out the way Andy Kepitis initially planned, he’d be spending his days in front of a computer working as an accountant – not tending to cacti and succulents in his backyard!

It wasn’t until studying at university that Andy discovered his love for plants, leading him down an entirely different career path, to found kep Horticulture

We caught up with Andy in his Northcote garden to learn about his horticulture practice, garden philosophy, and the value in loving what you do. 

A WOW-Factor Secret Garden In Blairgowrie

Unlike many coastal properties, the brief for this garden on the Mornington Peninsula was to create seclusion and sanctuary, rather than to maximise beach views.

In response to the sprawling site, Ian Barker Gardens designed a varied, six-part layout encompassing outdoor entertaining, a sunset terrace, a pool, fire-pit and luscious flowery plantings. It’s a ‘secret garden’ filled with unexpected delights!

Popcorn: The Newest Superfood Inductee

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Popcorn: The Newest Superfood Inductee

New research shows popcorn contains a higher concentration of the antioxidant substances polyphenols than fresh fruits and veggies.

Sure, popcorn has long been a popular food among movie lovers and chronic snackers alike, but did you know that popcorn is now considered a superfood? That’s right, popcorn lovers, this puffed crunchy whole grain contains a higher concentration of the antioxidant substances polyphenols than fresh fruits and veggies.

The reason behind popcorn’s superfood status? Researchers say it’s the food’s low water content that results it such high concentrations of polyphenols. Most fresh fruits and vegetables contain approximately 90 percent water content, whereas popcorn contains only 4 percent, giving you more bang for your buck. In fact, a single serving of popcorn contains upwards of 300 mg of polyphenols compared to only 160 mg for a serving of fruit.

According to experts, it’s the hull of the kernel that deserves the most credit (although its tendency to get caught in our teeth is most unappealing). This portion of the kernel contains the most polyphenols, as well as fibre.

What’s more is that popcorn is a 100 percent pure unprocessed grain, and a single serving of popcorn provides more than 70 percent of our daily whole grain intake. Beat that, potato chips!

Keep in mind, however, that slathering your popcorn with melted butter and salt defeats the purpose of having a healthy snack. And air-popped popcorn reigns supreme compared to its lowly cousin, microwave popcorn, which contains twice as many calories as air-popped popcorn.

So skip the butter and have your superfood snack with one or more of these tasty toppers:

  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • flaxseed oil
  • vinegar
  • nutritional yeast flakes
  • fresh minced herbs
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Italian seasoning
  • cinnamon
  • minced garlic
  • chili powder
  • honey
  • maple syrup

Also, check out the following three recipes:

  • EFA Popcorn
  • Festive Pizza Popcorn
  • Dark Chocolate Popcorn

Don’t let these suggestions bog you down, though. Experiment with your favourite flavours and find your perfect popcorn mix!

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