SISTERS ARE DOING IT FOR THEMSELVES: JULIA & LIBBY

Here at RUBY we've been closely following the dynamic sister duo, Julia & Libby pave their way in the world of health & nutrition. It's not surprising that only 4 years into their journey they have published their first cookbook comprised of, never seen before delicious wholefood recipes that help to nourish the body, mind & soul.

We spoke to Julia & Libby about their blog and how it led to them publishing their first book, Julia & Libby's Wholefood Kitchen....

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How have your roles developed as your business has evolved?

We share roles within the business. Every day is different and we always have different campaigns we are working on which makes our job interesting and fun.

What inspired you to start studying health & nutrition?

We were both big party girls growing up but eventually it started to take a toll on our health. Libby decided to study nutrition and that’s when we started experimenting with healthy recipes and that is how our page started.

Has your blog lead to any changes in your personal lives?

The blog was first started because we had a change of lifestyle, not the other way around. By eating more fresh, wholefoods our health has improved dramatically!

In your opinion, where has the current wholesome nutrition movement come from?

There has been a huge health movement and we think it is because there is so much information coming out now about the food industry and how certain foods impact our health. There are a lot more people finding out that they have food allergies or intolerances and having to look at alternatives. When people start to improve their diet and lifestyle they feel so much better, it becomes a ripple effect.

What have been the main challenges you’ve faced since starting your business?

The main challenge has been having people doubt your authenticity and criticize what you’re doing. It used to bother us in the beginning but now we don’t give it any of our time.

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What has inspired you the most along the way?

Our followers inspire us every day and knowing that there is a need for simple recipes that include lots of nourishing ingredients and taste great at the same time.

Everyone has got a vice, right? What's the one delicious treat you can't say no to?

J: Potato fries are my favourite. I always make up my own by chopping up potatoes and baking them in the oven with olive oil and salt. There is a kumara fries and aioli recipe in our book. These are both are a healthier and more nourishing alternative.

L: Cheesecake is my absolute weakness, especially cookies and cream. We have a beautiful recipe in our book called the ‘Peanut Butter Cheesecake.’ It is vegan and tastes amazing!

Do you have any personal favourite recipes from your cookbook?

The Watermelon & Mint Salad, Chicken Slaw, Beef & Quinoa Meatballs and the Lemon Curd Tarts. Too many to choose from.

What's are your favourite pieces from our latest RUBY collection's?

L: The Lila Pleat Skirt and the Aloe Crop Top.

Thanks ladies! We can't wait to start making delicious, fresh & healthy meals from your cookbook...

We've also got one signed copy to give away, head to our RUBY Instagram to find out more x

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We love the girls at Julia & Libby and love the delicious, but healthy, treats they create!

Check Julia & Libby out in the latest Taste Magazine wearing our RUBY Autumn/Winter 2014 'The Dreamer's collection, which starts to arrive in store from Friday 14th of February - EXCITING!

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We thought we'd share with you their recipe for GOURMET BANANA POPS that we started craving the moment we set eyes on them!

Banana Pops

GOURMET BANANA POPS

You will need:

  • 4 or 5 bananas – chop in half and cut off the sides to make into more of a square shape
  • 8 x sticks (use something stronger than a toothpick as the bananas can be quite heavy and will slide off a toothpick)

Vegan Chocolate Dip:

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/3 cup cacao powder
  • 1/4 cup coconut nectar (or any other sugar free sweetener e.g raw maple syrup)

To decorate:

Choose any of the following and have 1 cup worth:

  • Dried cranberries
  • Almond flakes
  • Walnuts
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Hazelnuts
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Goji berries
  • Cashews

Banana Pops

Directions:

  1. Cut bananas in half and skewer with a wooden stick. Place bananas onto non stick paper on a baking tray and put into the freezer.

  2. Place dried fruit, nuts and seeds into a blender or food processor and gently pulse until they are into smaller pieces. Place into a bowl.

  3. If you are making the vegan chocolate dip gently melt coconut oil in a pan over a low heat on stove top, take off heat and stir in cacao powder and the sweetener. Put the chocolate dip onto a plate so it makes it easy to roll the bananas in.

  4. Take bananas out of the freezer – roll each banana in the chocolate dip and place back on baking tray. Sprinkle with the nut topping. Repeat with each banana and then place back into the freezer until chocolate has hardened.

These can be stored in the freezer or fridge. Makes 8-10 banana pops (depending on how generous you are with the chocolate dip/nut topping).

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We Love Julia & Libby

Started in August 2012 by two beautiful sisters, Julia & Libby is a health and wellbeing blog that covers everything that nourishes the body, mind and soul!

Check out Julia & Libby's new photos for their website below. They both look lovely in RUBY Spring 2013!

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Julia: RUBY Ciao Bella Dress & Libby: RUBY Silvana Shirt Dress

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Libby: RUBY Santa Lucia Halter

We spoke to one half of the sister duo Julia, who is currently studying Nutritional Medicine in Sydney, about how Julia & Libby came about....

How did Julia & Libby start?

Lib and I often had people asking us for recipes of meals we would make so instead of typing them out on an email each time we thought the best idea was to put the recipes up on a blog page and direct people there. We then set up a Facebook page for an easy way to link our recipes, then we started getting likes on our page which prompted us to update the content regularly - things kind of grew from there!

What’s your favourite type of food?

Raw cheesecakes are at the top of my list right now - they are delicious and filling whilst also providing you with healthy fats and no refined sugar. It's a win win situation!

What are you top five healthy living tips?

1. Eight hours sleep each night - it is easier said than done but it's definitely my #1 healthy living rule and during the week I'm good at sticking to it. Bed before 10pm and rise at 6am. You will wake up feeling fresh and new each morning.

2. Eliminate processed foods - The more I learn about food and the role it plays in disease the more I preach about processed foods being the devil. Examples of this are pre-packaged foods and soda drinks. Sadly most of these foods are targeted at children so it is up to parents to educate themselves and learn to read food labels. If you can't pronounce an ingredient, chances are it's not good for you. Stick to whole foods, cooking from scratch and get back to basics.

3. Me time - Very very important! Even if it is five minutes out of your day dedicated to yourself, a time where you can sit back and reflect on what you have done or what you would like to achieve. Going for a walk, taking a bath, meditation, yoga, reading a magazine, there are endless options of ways you can have me time.

4. Green Smoothies - Yes they may be the 'it' thing right now but I have been drinking these babies for years and highly recommend you join in if you haven't already done so. We all know the 7+ a day rule but can we honestly say that we stick to it each day? Green smoothies are the best way to pack numerous servings of fruit and vegetables into your diet in the tastiest way. They leave you feeling full, provide nutrients and plenty of fibre.

5. Have a big breakfast - Oats, smoothies, fruit salads, vegetables juices... there are so many options for breakfast. In order to perform at your best, fuel your body with a nourishing meal at the beginning of the day.

What's your favourite recipe?

It would have to be our Raw Chocolate & Banana Fudge. This is a totally raw fudge with absolutely no refined sugar. If you have a sweet tooth and are trying to wean yourself off sugar give this a try. Made with nuts, fruit, raw honey and cacao providing your body with potassium, magnesium, vitamin E and Manganese. (not suitable for children under the age of 1 due to the raw honey content)

Fudge

You will need:

  • 3 ripe Bananas
  • 3/4 cup Raw Cacao Powder
  • 1 cup Almonds
  • 4 Tbsp Almond Butter (or peanut butter if you can’t find almond butter)
  • 1/2 cup Medjool dates (pips removed)
  • 2 Tbsp raw organic honey

Directions:

  1. Place Medjool dates, 1/4 cup cacao powder and almonds into a food processor or blender and blend on high until all ingredients are combined.
  2. Line a glass pan and spread the mixture into pan so that you form a thin layer – this will be the base of the fudge. About 1cm thick.
  3. In a food processor or blender place the bananas, 1/2 cup cacao powder, almond butter and honey. Blend until well combined, the ingredients will have the same consistency as mousse.
  4. Spread this mixture on top of the base ingredients that are in the glass pan, use a spatula to spread evenly.
  5. Place in the freezer until firm – it takes about an hour; then cut into squares and store the freezer. I have put baking paper between the layers of mine to stop the pieces sticking.

What exciting things can we expect to see from Julia & Libby in the coming months?

We are in the process of having a website made so that we can provide our followers with more recipes plus tips and tricks to help you live a healthier lifestyle.

'The purpose of our blog is to inspire and share our holistic approach to life. Beautiful things make us happy.' (We love this motto!)

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