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Mother nature provides everything we need to live a healthy life; stunning natural surrounds for invigorating walks, precious Vitamin D from the sun\n and an abundance of raw foods that nourish and vitalise our bodies.

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But, in today’s world, we often struggle to find a moment to wander through our national parks, we rarely soak up the sun and our diets are laden with\n high-fat, high-sugar processed foods. Convenience, a lack of time and financial confines are often the reasons we find ourselves reaching for the\n packaged foods yet again.

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Raw chef and (gasp) vegan, Kelly Alexander, is on a mission to help everyday people create healthy, nutritious meals that will nourish the body. She\n wants to show people that raw, vegan food isn’t scary and can easily be worked into our daily diets.

\n

“My move into vegetarianism started when I was 16 but soon moved fast as I found places to eat and discovered things to make,” she recalls.

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“It’s getting easier to be vegan now, but it does require a little extra effort whether you’re shopping for your groceries or dining out.

\n

“But, for so many reasons, it’s worth it. People are starting to catch onto the benefits of plant-based foods whether that’s for their diet or the\n well-being of animals.

\n

“I think people are becoming much more open and are starting to think about what they are eating and why.”

\n

Kelly, with the help of her partner Tommy, has just released her first cookbook Raw by Nature offering a collection of healthy plant-based dishes anyone\n can create quickly.

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Her book can teach even the toughest meat-eater how to turn zucchini and carrots into long pasta noodles or make pizza from buckwheat. Her recipes\n will satisfy the sweet tooth with chocolate mousse or a creamy cashew cheesecake.

\n

“People are starting to change their perspective and ask questions about veganism. That was one of the intentions with the book, to start to open people’s\n eyes to other alternatives and change the idea that vegan food is dull or boring,” she says.

\n

“It can be fun and exciting and really tasty. That’s what I’m noticing with vegan restaurants opening around the region, it’s a celebration of vegan\n food.”

\n

Kelly lives a life committed to mindfulness, simplicity and radiance and believes we can all make the switch to a more plant-based diet.

\n

“I went to the vegan markets (in Nambour) recently and it was great to see such a diverse mix of people there. I loved seeing people from all different\n walks of life interested in a vegan diet,” she says.

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“It may have been the vegan cupcakes, but it was great to see. I can see people are more willing to try new things. With my cookbook, I hope I can\n inspire others to be open to healthy foods.”

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Raw by Nature

Sugar, fat and chemicals; our diets are laden with nasties but a new book by a Noosa local aims to return us to nature with raw, plant-based recipes anyone can make.

Mother nature provides everything we need to live a healthy life; stunning natural surrounds for invigorating walks, precious Vitamin D from the sun and an abundance of raw foods that nourish and vitalise our bodies.

But, in today’s world, we often struggle to find a moment to wander through our national parks, we rarely soak up the sun and our diets are laden with high-fat, high-sugar processed foods. Convenience, a lack of time and financial confines are often the reasons we find ourselves reaching for the packaged foods yet again.

Raw chef and (gasp) vegan, Kelly Alexander, is on a mission to help everyday people create healthy, nutritious meals that will nourish the body. She wants to show people that raw, vegan food isn’t scary and can easily be worked into our daily diets.

“My move into vegetarianism started when I was 16 but soon moved fast as I found places to eat and discovered things to make,” she recalls.

“It’s getting easier to be vegan now, but it does require a little extra effort whether you’re shopping for your groceries or dining out.

“But, for so many reasons, it’s worth it. People are starting to catch onto the benefits of plant-based foods whether that’s for their diet or the well-being of animals.

“I think people are becoming much more open and are starting to think about what they are eating and why.”

Kelly, with the help of her partner Tommy, has just released her first cookbook Raw by Nature offering a collection of healthy plant-based dishes anyone can create quickly.

Her book can teach even the toughest meat-eater how to turn zucchini and carrots into long pasta noodles or make pizza from buckwheat. Her recipes will satisfy the sweet tooth with chocolate mousse or a creamy cashew cheesecake.

“People are starting to change their perspective and ask questions about veganism. That was one of the intentions with the book, to start to open people’s eyes to other alternatives and change the idea that vegan food is dull or boring,” she says.

“It can be fun and exciting and really tasty. That’s what I’m noticing with vegan restaurants opening around the region, it’s a celebration of vegan food.”

Kelly lives a life committed to mindfulness, simplicity and radiance and believes we can all make the switch to a more plant-based diet.

“I went to the vegan markets (in Nambour) recently and it was great to see such a diverse mix of people there. I loved seeing people from all different walks of life interested in a vegan diet,” she says.

“It may have been the vegan cupcakes, but it was great to see. I can see people are more willing to try new things. With my cookbook, I hope I can inspire others to be open to healthy foods.”


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