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Jessie + Jillian

When Jessie got on a plane to Indonesia, she didn’t know it would change her life... and her mother's.

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Community

Blizted ’em! How Peter FitzSimons lost 45 kg

The sports writer shares a few gems of wisdom gained.

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Experts

Clenching and grinding: How jaw pain can be treated

Don't put up with stiffness, soreness or clicking of the jaw. Your dentist and physio can develop a treatment plan.

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Travel

Private island buyer’s guide to the Philippines

Imagine making one of these 7,100 islands your own dream retreat.

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Top wellbeing collections

Travel

3 ethical conservation projects to check out in Malaysia

From elephants to orangutans, get close and personal with majestic rainforest creatures.

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Travel

5 South African safaris for all tastes and budgets

Explore stunning wilderness and get up close with lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards and more.

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Travel

Dragon spotting in Indonesia

Komodo National Park is perfect for snorkelling, diving and exploring – and discovering these amazing creatures.

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Travel

The best ski resorts in China

Hit the slopes at these fantastic destinations.

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Travel

How to access Facebook and Instagram from China

It’s not illegal – it just takes a little know-how.

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Travel

Cape Town: the cosmopolitan coastal city

From the heights of Table Mountain to a colony of African penguins, here are just a few things to discover.

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Travel

Staying safe while seeing South Africa

There’s a perception that South Africa is a dangerous country to visit – but is it true?

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Travel

Lombok: Bali’s quiet cousin

Indonesia’s Lombok and Gili Islands are perfect holiday destinations for a relaxed, authentic tropical break.

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Travel

The ultimate festival of wine

Every year, on the third Thursday of November, something marvellous happens in central eastern France.

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Travel

Inside Intramuros: the walled city of Manila

Intramuros, the walled city at the heart of the current day capital, Manila, was the birthplace of Filipino independence.

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Travel

The coldest hotel in Canada

Every winter, just outside Quebec, the Hotel de Glace is freshly constructed from ice and snow.

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Travel

Top tips for visiting the Taj Mahal

It's one of the most spectacular sites in the modern world. Here's how to make your trip seamless.

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Travel

How to tackle jet lag like a pro

Jet lag is a natural part of international travel, but it doesn’t have to ruin your trip.

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Travel

The 10 best New Zealand travel Instagram accounts

Spectacular accounts to inspire your NZ adventure.

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Travel

Travelling to India for the first time

Bright, majestic India can be a culture shock. Here's how to prepare.

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Travel

Singapore: Ecotourism in the big city

Go beyond the skyscrapers and discover rainforests, wetlands and a unique night safari.

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Travel

7 must-have travel apps

The best apps for planning and navigating like a pro.

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Community

Living thoughtfully: Matt and Lentil

How to grow, cook, preserve, trade and live well.

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Community

A conflicted community

In the Colombian mountains armed forces have been in constant conflict for over 50 years.

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Lifestyle

The community garden

As cities grow bigger and living spaces get smaller, connecting with the land is more important than

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Community

The playful community

Play-based projects have taken to the streets changing the way communities connect.

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Lifestyle

The effects of kindness

Can a lawyer change his life by reading a short stack of self-help books in one week?

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Guides

The human heart: An introduction

The average human heart beats 100,000 times a day

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Guides

What’s really going on inside the brain of a baby

Think there’s a lot happening in your head? Try being a baby. Dr Frans Plooij discusses 10 major leaps.

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Guides

The human heart

In the big band that is the human body, the heart is obviously the drummer.

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Travel

5 essential things to do before travelling to the USA

The USA can be a little different to other countries. Here’s how to prepare.

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Advice

The off switch

Transcendental meditation has enlightened and divided since it made it mainstream in the 60s.

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Advice

Brainy facts

There are over 170,000 kilometres of nerve fibres in your brain. Enough to wrap around the Earth 4.5

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Community

The online community

Online communities can be unexpected places of support and friendship.

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Travel

5 lesser-known extreme sports to try in New Zealand

Thrill-seeking adventures for when you've done it all.

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Lifestyle

Sign of affection

Why the love heart is the most iconic icon of all time

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Advice

Mind games

Awarded memory champion Tansel Ali can memorise entire phone books. Meg Mundell puts him to the test

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Travel

7 best travel apps

Fill up your smartphone with these apps to make your trip even better.

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Advice

Are you getting enough sleep?

Do you get enough sleep at night? Chances are, maybe not.

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Advice

Brain myths

There’s a long list of oft-quoted “facts” about the brain that are due for a debunking.

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Community

Community of like minds

Whatever your interests and passions, there's a like-minded community out there waiting for you.

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Lifestyle

Forces of nature

Since the dawn of civilisation, humans have consumed mind-altering plants to change their perception

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Guides

Healthy hearts

When it comes to breaking hearts, love ain’t got nothing on the Western lifestyle.

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Lifestyle

Hearts and minds

A look at the growing connection between what we feel and how we think.

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Community

Leading a community

Former principal of Punchbowl Boys High School reflects on the power of community in the classroom.

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Guides

How to be mindful at work

Soothe those office stresses and connect with coworkers to create a fulfilling work environment.

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Experts

4 simple ways to make your work day better

Small things could be impacting your wellbeing at work, Medibank Medical Director Dr Cheng explains.

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In Brief

Natural light: A simple way to boost workplace wellbeing

One simple key to creating a healthier, work environment? Exposure to natural light.

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Experts

The importance of cross-cultural cancer communications

The Cancer Council Victoria explains why knowledge is power.

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Experts

Overwhelmed? Here’s how to beat stress and find focus

Psychologist Alison Hill shares how to boost productivity – and your wellbeing.

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Advice

Bringing your new pet home

Make sure your new furry friend settles in without a hitch.

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Health Check

Can pets make your kids healthier?

Studies show spending time with pets could actually improve kids' health as they grow up.

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Community

CancerAid: A new tool for cancer patients

A new app brings a personalised touch to cancer treatment.

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Advice

5 tips for choosing the right pet for you

Pets bring so much love into your life – but choosing one is a big decision.

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Advice

Travelling with your pet – or leaving them behind

Making travel plans as a pet owner takes a little extra thinking.

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Experts

The best way to prevent hearing loss

Professor David Ryugo from the Garvan Institute shares some expert tips.

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Lifestyle

Can origami help you achieve mindfulness?

Fold your way to a calmer mind. The soothing art of origami can double as a mindfulness tool.

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Lifestyle

7 things I learnt from a 7-day digital detox

Could you use a break to disconnect and recharge?

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Experts

Bowel cancer: 5 facts every man should know

Bowel symptoms aren't a fun topic of conversation – but knowing the facts could save your life.

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Advice

Refreshing summer herbal tea ideas

Naturopath Maya Muckalt on the goodness of tea.

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Travel

The 7 best Australian beaches

How many of these spectacular beaches have you ticked off your list?

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Community

Sydney Story Factory

A creative writing centre that provides workshops, programs and small-group tutoring for kids.

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In Brief

Measuring and supporting corporate wellbeing

Introducing a new tool to help companies understand, measure and improve workplace wellbeing.

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Community

The history of the condom

A look condom use throughout history reveals a lot about changing attitudes to sexual health.

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Experts

5 signs you might need to see a podiatrist

Podiatrist Emily Smith explains how some common issues can be treated.

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Community

7 apps to make you happier

Boost your mood and release stress with these clever apps.

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Community

What it’s really like to float in a sensory deprivation pod

Recharge your mind and body by floating in a dark, soothing bath.

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Experts

How to support a loved one through cancer

Here's how to support a loved one through difficult times.

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Experts

Your 5-minute plan for a healthier day

Ask yourself these four questions each morning and set your day on the right track.

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Experts

Sun protection clothing: A stylish way to stay sun-smart

Sun smart dressing doesn’t have to mean rash vests and legionnaire hats.

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Experts

The easiest way to create a new habit

It's easy to put off making healthy changes if they seem like a lot of work.

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Travel

7 ways to make plane trips more comfortable

We look at how to make your trip a little easier on the body.

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Community

The history of washing hands

It's been barely a century and a half since hand washing was adopted as common practice by doctors.

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Community

Can urban greening make us happier and healthier?

How can more city-greenery improve our lives? Professor Richard Fuller explains.

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In Brief

A new step in cancer research

Susan Clark from the Garvan Institute explains new steps in cancer research.

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Experts

How stress can cause jaw pain and how to relieve it

Physiotherapist Michael Chan explains how stress and tension can cause jaw pain.

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Advice

7 ways yoga can help you beat stress

Here's why yoga is a fantastic tool against stress, tension and worry.

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Travel

7 ways to spend a weekend in Brisbane

Here’s a handful of ideas for making the most of your visit to Brisbane.

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Community

The art of drinking tea for mindfulness

Here’s how to create a calming ritual out of the simple act of drinking tea.

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Community

Visit Glenmore House: A garden in full bloom

Macarthur farm estate opens its doors this October in a celebration of the beauty of spring.

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Community

Indoor skydiving: Flying without the fear factor

Have you always dreamed of skydiving? Indoor skydiving is the adventure activity for you.

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Health Check

What is single sided deafness?

Here's what you need to know about single sided deafness, and how it can be treated.

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Community

How essential oils can help you relax and recharge

Soothe your mind and boost your vitality with beautiful, natural scents.

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Experts

Why sun safety matters in spring

Being sun smart isn't just for the heat of summer. Stay aware of the UV risk with these tips.

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Experts

Understanding FODMAPS and IBS

Do you suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome? Take some advice from dietitian Chloe McLeod

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Recipes

Cauliflower and chickpea salad recipe

A fragrant and filling veggie salad, bright with the flavours of tahini, almonds and sultanas.

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Experts

Immunotherapy and cancer treatment

The power of the immune system can play a vital role in the development of new cancer treatments.

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Experts

The secret to making high heels more comfortable

Podiatrist Emily Smith shares a few tips for reducing foot pain.

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Experts

When clean eating goes too far

Psychologist Loren Byford takes a look at the development of orthorexia and eating disorders.

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Community

Why you need basic first aid skills

In an emergency, five minutes can save a life.

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Lifestyle

5 relaxing yoga poses for the work week

This relaxing sequence of yoga poses will have you feeling rejuvenated.

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Experts

10 ways to treat hayfever

Dr David Ng shares things that may help soothe those sore eyes and fight off spring itchiness.

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Advice

How to make (or break) a habit in 3 simple steps

Here's how to create positive habits and kick the ones you want to change.

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Recommended reading - Sweet treats

Recipes

Pear crumble tea cake recipe

The classic tea cake gets a fresh makeover from Thoroughly Nourished Life

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Recipes

Apricot chia bliss balls recipe

Delicious little balls of summer goodness.

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Recipes

Apple, oat, cranberry and chocolate muffins recipe

Simple and satisfying fruity muffins – the perfect 3pm pick-me-up.

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Recipes

Banana trifle recipe

Try this healthier trifle option using creamy vanilla custard, bananas and granola.

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Recipes

Caramel chocolate power balls recipe

Boost your energy with these sweet treats, packed with nutty protein.

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Recipes

Chewy persimmon and ginger cookies recipe

Poh shares a delicious treat, blending the unique flavours of persimmons, pecans and mixed spices

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Recipes

Chestnut and hazelnut cake recipe

The crumbly qualities of chestnuts lend themselves to much more than simply being roasted

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Recipes

Chocolate brownie energy balls recipe

Scrumptious little balls of energy-boosting goodness.

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Recipes

Coconut crepes recipe

Indulge in a naturally sweet, berry-topped feast by The Natural Nutritionist.

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Recipes

Coconut and lime cheesecake recipe

Enjoy irresistable no-bake coconut cheesecake with zesty lime.

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Recipes

Chocolate mandarin cake recipe

This dairy free, gluten free chocolate mandarin cake is a tasty crowd pleaser.

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Recipes

Coco-Cacao Truffles Recipe

Power up your afternoon with these scrummy treats

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Recipes

Creamy coconut berry parfait recipe

Founder of The Holistic Ingredient Amy Crawford shares a wonderfully easy and healthy treat.

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Recipes

Goji and coconut bliss balls recipe

Bliss out on the super-goodness of these delectable treats

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Recipes

Ginger coconut black rice pudding with roasted rhubarb recipe

A vibrant, fruity dessert with a twist of Indonesian flavour

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Recipes

Goji nut bar recipe

Full of the antioxidant goodness of goji berries, these snack bars are a delicious winner

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Recipes

Grilled peaches with vanilla ricotta recipe

Enjoy the last of this season's peaches with this delicious recipe from Rachael Finch.

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Recipes

Healthy cherry muffin recipe

Soft, sweet and low-sugar, these cherry muffins are the perfect summer treat.

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Recipes

Lamington bites with cashew cream and raspberry jam recipe

Whip up these morsels of coconutty goodness and relish the delight.

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Recipes

Mini Chocolate Cakes Recipe

These naturally sweet little cakes are the perfect chocolatey treat

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Recipes

Macadamia and fruit mince Christmas tarts recipe

Bright with Christmas spices, these treats make sweet gifts – or a delectable afternoon pick-me-up

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Recipes

Macadamia and honey frozen yoghurt sundae recipe

A simple, sweet dessert with the goodness of fresh fruit and a satisfying nutty crunch.

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Recipes

Nectarine waffles recipe

Rachael Finch shares a delicious recipe to bid nectarines a sweet goodbye.

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Recipes

Nectarine honeycomb ice-cream recipe

Model Rachael Finch shares an easy, delicious ice cream dessert recipe.

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Recipes

Mini vegan chocolate macadamia cheesecakes recipe

Here's a treat you can feel good about – naturally sweet 'cheesecakes', with delicious macadamias

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Recipes

Overnight avocado, coconut and lemon ‘cheesecake’ recipe

A delicious treat by Amy Crawford, advocate of five:am yoghurt’s Wake Up Be Am:azing initiative.

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Recipes

Peanut butter granola energy balls recipe

Satisfy your sweet tooth with these energy packed peanut butter granola energy balls.

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Recipes

Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies recipe

Scrumptious, bite-sized treats to get you through the afternoon.

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Recipes

Peach popsicles recipe

A summery treat, bursting with the natural sweetness of fresh peaches and cooling yoghurt.

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Recipes

Peach cobbler recipe

Savour the sweetness of this scrumptious, fruity treat

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Recipes

Olive oil and sea salt molten brownies recipe

Try these sweet, scrumptious treats for a special afternoon delight.

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Recipes

Piña colada popsicles recipe

Dream of a tropical island with these sweet, coconutty treats.

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Recipes

Pear, apple and blackberry crumble recipe

Crumbly, fruity and nourishing... satisfy your sweet tooth with this dessert from My New Roots

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Recipes

Raw cacao and cashew chocolate mousse cake recipe

Your sweet tooth won’t believe this yummy, chocolatey cake is sugar-free.

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Recipes

Raw mint chocolate mousse recipe

Feel like a healthy dessert? Try this raw chocolate mousse recipe with surprising fruits and herbs.

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Recipes

Quinoa chocolate cake recipe

Soft and succulent, this cake is a decadent delight. Trust us, nobody will guess it's quinoa

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Recipes

Raw chocolate and orange mousse recipe

Rich, creamy mousse with a refreshing citrus twist... this dessert is a chocolatey winner.

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Recipes

Raw macadamia caramel slice recipe

If you're a raw recipe fan, you'll be very tempted by our macadamia caramel slice!

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Recipes

Secret pear pie recipe

With pears picked by her children from their pear tree, Kate Berry shares a heart-warming dessert

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Recipes

Strawberry parfaits with pomegranate and pistachio recipe

A juicy burst of pomegranate makes these sweet vegan parfaits a real treat.

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Recipes

Warm coconut and caramel pudding recipe

A soft, wholesome pudding overflowing with natural caramel – now that's our kind of dessert

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