Podcast #61: plant food inspiration with Maeve O’Meara’s SBS series EARTH

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Firstly, a treat from this month’s show supporters… Weleda, Pukka and The Wholefood Collective


I love Weleda and their magnificent range of natural beauty products. Once I learned what low tox products were, Weleda became one of my key go-to brands not only because of the quality of the products but also because they are very affordable. Weleda have been making their products since 1921. It all started with Rudolf Steiner, the scientist, who created the brand on the basis that reconnecting to the natural world brings us back to balance. If you’re starting to think about gift ideas, I can’t recommend the hand creams enough, they are divine. If you know someone who always complains about dry skin patches, or someone who travels a lot, or someone who is in air-conditioning a lot for work, you cannot go past Skin Food. Some of my personal favourites as we come into summer here in Australia the Rose Face Lotion is divine, it’s not too heavy but gives a gentle anti-aging boost.  Some other things that I have in my medicinal cabinet are the Weleda Burns and Bites gel, an indispensable product for mosquito bites or cuts, scrapes and burns, and the Arnica cream or Arnica Pilules, on top of being great for bruises, aches and pains, it is also fantastic to prevent any kind of swelling you may experience when you’re flying.



For the month of November, receive 15% off the entire Weleda range* + FREE delivery over $29.95 (*excludes gift vouchers, gift packs and promotional items. Australian residents only). Code is LOWTOXLIFE and you can SHOP HERE>>>.



The Wholefood Collective

A great new brand that I am proud to support as an affiliate. It’s a small family-run business, focused on education and community and adding value with a membership model giving people 30% off on average their pantry staples, with a mostly organic range. The membership model allows them to pass on this huge saving, helping people make the important changes they want to make and switch to organic. For an entry-level membership of $59 a year, you get on average 30% off your shopping, with free shipping on orders over $140. They also provide beautiful educational resources to which I will contribute to make the transition to healthy living an easier one. They’ve gathered together the bees knees of the Australian health and wellness industry to help share this knowledge along with online classes including cook-a-longs and yoga classes, and more!

Your first order will have an additional 10% off when you become a member, so that’s a 40% total saving on average. When you become a member you receive a host of bonuses such as a complimentary 3 month membership to Food Matters TV (FMTV), a complimentary video mini-series on ‘How to Wholefood Your Life’ with Ashley Jubinville, Australia’s leading Kitchen Coach, a TWC recipe e-book and all the exclusive content mentioned above.

The offer is set to expire on Christmas day, is limited to one use per user and can’t be used in conjunction with other coupon codes. Code is LOWTOX and you can SHOP HERE. If you’re not sure where to start, I’ve put together a list of my pantry essentials HERE.


Pukka may well be my favourite tea of all time! They make incredible organic herbal teas, which are all certified Fair for Life, ensuring the whole supply chain is fair and sustainable. Pukka is proudly a B-Corp company using business as a force for good and donates 1% of sales to environmental projects through 1% for the Planet. Pukka teas hit the mark on exactly what I need for certain things. Three Fennel for digestion boost, Womankind, a beautiful gentle blend, Three Tulsi which is brilliant if you’re reactive to certain foods (it is a powerful anti-inflammatory) and Three Mint tastes tastier than any mint tea I’ve had in my life. There are so many beautiful options across the range! We have two fabulous offers from Pukka for this show and it is also the first time we extend our special offers to the UK and the US as well!


The offer is a 20% discount on online orders with the code LOWTOX20 for Australia and the UK. SHOP HERE.

For USA listeners only, if you fancy a free box of Pukka tea, all you have to do is pop in the comments what your favourite Pukka tea is.

Look – they even have a Pukka Advent Christmas Tea Calendar – when the adults get to enjoy their own little advent treat, too!

Now onto the show…

There are some food series that touch your life profoundly – one such for me was a series of Food Safari where Maeve toured through France with Guillaume Brahimi. Being half French there was obvious cultural appeal but there was something in the way that show was put together – one of the great story telling, discovery focused food series around. The new series EARTH, succeeds last year’s FIRE series, this time focusing on the magic of plant based foods and how so many cultures in the world have treasure trove of inspiration when it comes to including more plant foods in your diet. It was such a pleasure to discuss the current series, available on SBS with presenter Maeve – hearing her share people’s stories and talk about flavours and certain vegetables – you just feel like heading to a produce market instantly to inspire yourself for tonight’s meal. Enjoy the show!

Here’s a little snapshot of the juicy bits in today’s episode…

  • The new series Food Safari EARTH is chasing history, culture and flavour by showcasing simple recipes with few ingredients, classic food that fills you and touches your heart. It is focused on vegetable based meals, and is the next instalment of an elemental series which started with FIRE last year.
  • The richness, the beauty of vegetables and the simplicity of the meals that can be prepared with them really shine through in the series, not taking into account the amazing health benefits that they provide.
  • Each episode showcases easy ways with vegetables, focusing on different cultures and traditions. The mediterranean approach is one that is highlighted throughout the series: preparing a number of different grazing plates, transforming simple foods into interesting and flavoursome adventures.  For example adding toasted nuts to simple blanched greens, making a beautiful dressing to a simple salad, using tempura batter, a favourite with kids, or adding shaved pecorino on simple braised vegetables.
  • Learning about the incredible nutrients that come from vegetables is also a motivation in itself to find out more about the different ways to cook vegetables and incorporate more into the diet. Most of the top restaurants today use vegetables to showcase their skills and grow their own vegetables to serve in their restaurants which is another great way to showcase how versatile and flavoursome plant based meals can be.


And here are a few extra important links:

Food Safari Earth airs 8pm, Thursdays on SBS Australia until January 4. More recipes and catch-up episodes of Food Safari Earth can be viewed HERE. 

The episode guide is HERE.


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Enjoy the show and thanks again for taking the time to rate and review the show – it’s like tipping the bartender and it means the world.

Low Tox. Happy us. Happy planet




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