Iced Tea

Iced Tea is simple to make and makes a refreshing, lower sugar beverage option for warmer days.

3 cups of water with 3 teaspoons of loose jasmine green tea and 1 teaspoon of peppermint tea (both from WP) brewed in a pot then strained into a jug with 1 cup sugar (adjust to taste), 5 cups cold water and 1/4 cup of fresh lemon juice. Serve over ice and garnish with mint leaves and lemon wedges.


Shortbread Biscuits with flowers

These are perfect for a high tea or even just a cute little snack!

Ingredients

– 250g butter, softened

– 1/2 cup of caster sugar

– 3 cups of plain flour

– 1 tbs of dried flowers, we have used lavender & rose petals

Method

1. Place butter and sugar into a bowl of an electric mixer. Mix on a medium speedier 5-7 mins or until it is light and creamy

2. Reduce the speed of the mixer and gradually add flour 1/2 a cup at a time. After the flour is all added mix for 30 seconds or until the mix looks like a dough.

3. Spoon the mixture onto a lightly floured bench and roll to form a ball

4. Roll the dough until it is ~5mm thick and cut into the desired shape with a cookie cutter. Put the shortbread on a lined baking tray. Sprinkle on dried flowers and lightly press them into the dough.

5. Bake for 10-12 mins @160C or until lightly golden

Happy baking 😊


Overnight oats recipe

Ingredients

– 1/2 cup of rolled oats

– 1 tbs chia seeds

– 1 tbsp maple syrup

– 1/4 tsp vanilla extract

– 1/4 cup of yoghurt

– 1/2 cup of milk ( I used almond milk)

* I also added 1 tbs of choc hazelnut butter

Method

– Combine all the ingredients and stir until combined

– Leave in the fridge overnight

– Top with extra yoghurt, strawberries, choc bits and nuts 😍


Cinnamon lip scrub

Lip scrubs are fast becoming a skincare staple! Using a lip scrub will help you get rid of the flakes and old dead skin cells and improve the texture and appearance of your skin. Exfoliating your lips properly will allow the moisture from lip balms to actually get in there and penetrate the skin instead of sitting on top of a flaked mess. So to get the most hydration out of your lip balm, make sure you exfoliate first!

Ingredients

➭ 2 tsp cinnamon powder

➭ 1 tbs of honey ( or you can use aloe vera)

➭ 1 tbs olive or coconut oil

➭ 4 tbsp brown or raw sugar

Method

Mix all the ingredients until they form a grainy paste. You can make the scrub courser or softer depending on the liquid to sugar ratio, to suit your needs. Store in an airtight container 😁


Chickpea Omelette recipe

✅Vegan ✅Gluten-Free ✅Nut-free ✅Soy-free

Ingredients

– 1 tbs (7g) ground flax seeds

– 3 tbs (45ml) water

– 1/2 cup (45g) chickpea flour (besan flour)

– 1/2 cup (120ml) unsweetened plant-based milk

– 1 tbs (10g) nutritional yeast

– 1/4 tsp onion powder

– 1/4 tsp garlic powder

– 1/4 tsp salt

– 1/8 tsp black pepper

– 1 tbs (15ml) olive oil

Directions

1. In a large bowl, mix together the ground flax seeds and water, set aside to thicken up.

2. When the flaxseed has thickened (about 5 mins) add to a bowl with the chickpea flour, milk, nutritional yeast, onion and garlic powder, salt and pepper, mix until combined.

3. Heat up a large pan over medium heat, add olive oil, and when hot add about two tablespoons of the omelette mixture to create a small, thick omelette. When the omelette bubbles on the top flip and then cook until golden. Repeat with the rest of the mixture.

4. Serve with your favourite breakfast toppings or sides. I have used mushrooms and cherry tomatoes, garnished with parsley.

ENJOY😋


Dark chocolate almond bar

Ingredients

– 2 1/2 cups of dry roasted almonds

– 300g dark chocolate buttons

– A pinch of salt

Method

– Put the chocolate buttons in a heatproof bowl (glass) over a small pot of boiling water. Once the chocolate has melted, add in the almonds and stir until completely covered.

– line a baking tray with baking paper (reusable of course 😉 ). Spoon the chocolate and nut mixture into the tray and smooth out until it is an even thickness.

– Let it cool at room temperature or in the refrigerator until the chocolate has set. Sprinkle with salt and serve!

So delicious and easy! Great for gifts or just a cheeky snack for yourself.


Vanilla Chai Protein smoothie

If you are looking for a delicious, healthy treat after your workout you have to try this one!

Ingredients 

– 1 1/2 cups of almond milk

– 1 large frozen banana 

– 1 tbs protein powder ( I used our whey protein powder)

– 1-2 tbs chai tea powder or loose leaf tea

– 1/4 tsp vanilla extract 

– Ground cinnamon 

– Chopped banana 

Method 

1. Heat up 1/4 cup of almond milk either in the microwave or on their stove, heat until steaming. Mix in the chai powder or the loose leaves in a tea strainer until combined/ remove the tea strainer

2. Combine chai tea milk, remaining milk, banana, protein powder, and vanilla extract into a blender

3. Blend until smooth and top with fresh banana and cinnamon 

Enjoy 🙂


Gluten-Free sponge cake recipe!!

This recipe is super easy, delicious and is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

Ingredients

500g gluten-free sponge cake mix

225ml of water

2 eggs

Method

Add the sponge mix to the liquid ingredients in a bowl. Mix for 1 minute on low speed using a whisk. Mix for a further 5 minutes on high speed. Pour mixture into a cake tin and bake at 190C until cooked all the way through. I baked the cake in 2 round tins for 20 mins @ 190C and topped with whipped cream and fruit.

TIP Add cocoa to the mix to make it a chocolate sponge!


Eco-Friendly Laundry Tips & Tricks

I love anything that tells me to do less laundry 😆

Great ways to lighten your load…

👚 Buy clothes made with natural fibres

👖 Wash clothes less often (not your socks and jocks though!)

🌿 Use earth-friendly cleaning products (like the ones we stock at WP) – if you refill your containers you get bonus eco points!

☀️ Use the clothesline for solar and wind-powered drying

These tips will help you save money, get more wear out of your clothes, reduce your carbon footprint and reduce micro-plastics in our oceans – winning! 

Okay, so lets circle back to those earth-friendly cleaning products. Not everything that has organic, eco, environment or natural on the label is actually friendly to the planet. Do a little research and reading to find the best options you have available to you – it doesn’t have to be perfect, just the best you can access.

The zero-waste laundry options we have at WP include:

​🌿 Refillable laundry liquids (top loader, front loader and wool wash/delicates options) – add 30ml to your wash for regular loads

🌿 Refillable fabric softener – add 13 to 25 ml to your wash

🌿 Refillable laundry powder and presoaker – use a little (25g) as laundry powder and a bit more (100g) as a stain remover/presoaker

🌿 Stain remover bar – the great all-rounder for rubbing on stains or for handwashing especially when travelling, always apply to wet cloth

🌿 Refillable organic Castile liquid soap – add 30-60 ml to your wash

These have all been locally made in WA, are palm oil free, vegan, and are greywater safe.

🌿 Soap nuts – add 4-6 half shells in a little bag or old sock to your wash (replace every 3-6 washes depending on how hard your water is and how heavily soiled your washing was to start with)

Once everything is clean, pop it out to dry on a clothesline or airer using wire pegs or bamboo pegs that will last for years!


Travel Waste Free

These are all my favourite things to pack when I’m travelling 🌴🏖️👙

  • Insulated water bottle: great for keeping water super cool and hot beverages, well, hot! I find that having this is means I don’t need a separate reusable coffee cup, so I can travel light. If you have more room in your bag then you could easily take both.
  • Cutlery set: I’ve been caught out without it and regretted not having it. Either I end up feeling bad for using plastic single-use cutlery or I don’t get to enjoy my meal fully by eating with my hands. This way I always feel good chowing down.
  • Reusable container: I love having a 2 tier variety since I can separate out meals or tailor to the quantity of leftovers I have better. Plus, I can also use it to store small items in my bag between destinations so they are easy to find on arrival.
  • Handkerchief: Multipurpose goodness! Use it as a tissue, napkin, wet wipe, flannel, sweatband on your wrist, wrap for your sandwich, tie for a water bottle to your belt for hands-free hydration, and more. As they are so lightweight easily handwash in a sink at the end of the day and it will be dry by morning to go again.
  • Shampoo bar, conditioner bar and stain remover bar in a travel tin: Shampoo bars double as body wash, conditioner bars double as body lotion and stain remover bars triple as laundry, dishwashing and handwashing products. The travel tin isn’t airtight which means that my bars can dry out a little even in transit.
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste: Taking my own bamboo toothbrush and refilled toothpaste means that I can give the hotel samples a miss.
  • Refillable deodorant: I love my natural deodorant and my own little sprayer is just the right size. So handy to be able to access liquid or paste varieties at WP now.
  • Lip balm refillable tin: My handy little tin fits plenty of lip saving wonder, this one is tinted to give me a little colour and I know that the ingredients are just right for me.
  • Moisturiser: I want to look after my skin for the happy snaps so refilling my container before I travel is a must.
  • Bamboo comb: It’s lightweight, it does the job and it is a great shape to pack easily into my bag.
  • Plastic-free hair tie: I’d be lost without a hair tie and if I do lose one then I want to be sure that it will biodegrade back into the earth rather than sticking around forever harassing wildlife.
  • Reusable bags: Having a stash of cloth and mesh produce bags plus at least one shopping bag that folds down to practically nothing means that I can avoid ever taking a plastic single-use bag. Cloth produce bags are great for buying bread, rolls and sandwiches. Mesh produce bags are great for fresh fruits and vegetables, bulk foods, as well as keeping your small laundry items together at the end of your trip. Shopping bags also double as a handbag for takeaway meals or laundry bags or any time you want your hands free.

What about you? What is your must-haves for zero waste travelling?