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Welcome to Ascension Kitchen.

Plant Powered Wellness for Body + Soul. 

An online sanctuary to house everything you need to achieve plant based wellness for body and soul. Here you will find:

Plant based, whole foods recipes

Some raw, all free from gluten and refined sugars

herbal wisdom and recipes

Get to know the healing powers of herbs and how to prepare them

Food for the soul

True health is as much about nourishing the soul as it is the body

All of the above are kind to your body, and our earth. A truly conscious approach to health and wellbeing.

Explore the Blog for recipes, remedies and wellness articles. Explore the Store for guides to all things plant-powered. Explore my Wellness Coaching offering if you’d like to go deeper, and be guided on making a plant based diet and lifestyle work for you in overcoming stress and digestive complaints.

laurenglucina
Naturopath, Medical Herbalist
Certified Holistic Health Counselor, Raw Foods Chef & Educator

Ad Dip Nutritional Medicine Candidate (Grad. 2016).

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Chickpea Sorghum Salad

A delicious Chickpea Sorghum Salad filled with fresh herbs and spices. Sorghum is a gluten-free grain hailing from Africa with a lovely mild taste and chewy texture. Packed with B-group vitamins, protein and fibre. I feel like I am running with a theme here, after using that lovely rich pomegranate molasses and lemony sumac in […]

22 Jan 2017 | 0 comments

Sorghum Nutrition and Health Benefits

This is part of a series on some of my favourite whole foods – things I consider kitchen staples and use often in my recipes. I hope you get to discover something fun and new about them!  I’ve been using sorghum quite a bit in the kitchen lately – a lovely neutral to mildly sweet […]

21 Jan 2017 | 0 comments

Radical Roasted Beet Hummus with Sumac and Lime

Summer calls for Radical Roasted Beetroot Hummus with Sumac and Lime, and if you’re adventurous, a dash of tangy pomegranate molasses. A nutrient dense dip loaded with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds,  protein and gut-loving prebiotic fibre. We celebrated my little-big-brother’s 30th birthday last week. His gorgeous partner planned a birthday picnic. But in typical Auckland […]

15 Jan 2017 | 2 comments

Top Prebiotic Foods for Gut Health

This is the second of two posts on this topic. The first looks at the health benefits of prebiotics in detail. Prebiotics are types of dietary fibre that arrive un-digested at the colon, where they are readily fermented  by beneficial bacteria, allowing them to grow and thrive. In order to be classed as a prebiotic, […]

11 Jan 2017 | 0 comments

Health Benefits of Prebiotics

This post is one of two posts on this topic. The second post will look at my favourite prebiotic foods in detail. We hear a lot about probiotics – but what about prebiotics? They’re just as deserving of attention because they play such an important role in our health. Prebiotics are certain types of fibres found […]

9 Jan 2017 | 1 comment

Kawakawa tea: my favourite digestive tonic

It felt fitting to end the year by sharing my favourite herbal tea. It has a beautiful calming effect on the digestive tract, appropriate given the time of the year and the tendency to over indulge – particularly on Christmas day. Kawakawa (Macropiper excelsum) is a New Zealand native, a relative of the pacific kava […]

26 Dec 2016 | 2 comments

Healthy Vegan Ginger Cake

This healthy Vegan Ginger Cake is gluten free and filled with aromatic spices. Soft and moist, with a cashew lemon icing. Mineral-rich blackstrap molasses, whole dates and a little organic rice malt syrup make up the natural sweeteners. I served this with fresh blackberries, pomegranate and mint leaves – the perfect complement to ginger (and […]

16 Dec 2016 | 5 comments

Healthy Gluten Free Christmas Fruit Cake

This healthy gluten free Christmas fruit cake is a family recipe that has been tweaked and modified over the years. There is no added sugar, butter or eggs, and sorghum flour is used in place of self raising white flour (though almond meal would work equally as well). Soft and moist – perfect with a […]

3 Dec 2016 | 4 comments


 

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