There’s your protein shake!

Did you know that if you mix chickpeas and rice milk together you have a complete protein? No more having to resort to processed protein powders with their potential for serious damage to your liver and kidneys.

Protein shake chickpeas rice milk

Thanks to one of those quirky bits of science, if you mix the humble chickpea with rice you get a resulting mixture that is a complete protein. It might be a bit hard to drink like that but by substituting rice milk we get a liquid result that can rightly be called a “protein shake”. Admittedly it’s not very tasty as is so Molly brings it to life with the addition of other goodies like bananas, frozen berries, yoghurt etc.

What is a complete protein? From Wikipedia :

complete protein (or whole protein) is a source of protein that contains an adequate proportion of all nine of the essential amino acids necessary for the dietary needs of humans. 

You can find more information on chickpeas in Molly’s earlier post, “Chickpeas Champion of Champions“.

Try Molly’s Protein Shake, I think you will be pleasantly surprised, I was.

Molly's Protein Shake


  • 100g chickpeas. (We use a 400g can between the two of us. Yes, a 400g can will only yield about 200g of chickpeas.)
  • 300ml rice milk
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen berries
  • 1 heaped teaspoon LSA mix
  • 1 heaped teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 1 heaped teaspoon flax seed meal
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon yoghurt


  • Place all ingredients in a blender, mix, pour into a glass and drink. We get good results just using a stick blender with the ingredients in a jug.

All measurements are per person.
The only required ingredients are the chickpeas and the rice milk, all the other ingredients can be varied in both content and quantity as you like. Experiment to get your own favourite mix.
LSA mix is ground linseeds, sunflower kernels and almonds. Readily available at supermarkets and health food shops.
We have suggested canned chickpeas as being a readily available source but you could of course prepare your own chickpeas from raw in bulk and freeze individual portions.

Meditation Direction

All of us who meditate regularly develop our own little quirks and idiosyncrasies in our practice. I haven’t tested this personal theory but here is an example of one of mine and I would appreciate any comments you might have about your practice.

As I have stated before, I do open eye meditation from the Zen school of Buddhism. That is, I keep my eyes open throughout the meditation and keep my gaze fixed on a single spot in front of me, usually an image in my iPhone meditation timer which I place in front of me. However, most people in our Western communities learn meditation in the traditional method with eyes closed. This choice to use the open eye method is however not one of my individual idiosyncrasies. But it does lead into one that I do have and that is, that I usually like to face east when I have a choice of direction, at least at home.

Why east?

Well, I was amazed when I was made aware of how fast the earth rotates. At the equator, the earth is spinning at about 1,675 kilometres per hour!  That speed decreases, of course, the further north or south you get from the equator but it is still a mind-boggling rate. The direction of rotation means that we are always heading east at 465 metres per second.

So here I am, sitting perfectly still in meditation, on my cushion, eyes gazing fixedly at a point in front of me, and for the 20 minutes that I sit there in that fixed position, I have traveled 558 kilometres toward the east! And I don’t feel I have moved even one centimetre!

When I realised that I was heading east regardless of how still I was sitting I thought, what does that represent? East seems to me to represent the future, what is coming and that is the direction I am heading anyway. Conversely, if I was to face west then I would be continually looking at the past, out the back window as it were of the vehicle in which I ride. Personally, I would rather look forward to the future with eagerness than to the past with regrets.

This choice of facing east,  however, presented me with a little dilemma recently when I needed to change the location within our house to meditate. If I was to face east in this new location I would be looking at my own reflection in the mirrors on the wardrobe doors.  Comfortable as I may be with my own image I did think it might be a little distracting. I am not a perfect meditator yet, it is called practice after all.

So not west then, how about the median way, north or south? North toward the sun traversing the sky, for us in the southern hemisphere at least? Perfect I thought because north could represent the now, the exact moment I am in at any point in the course of the meditation, and the moment we are all striving to live a mindful life in. So north it is, or at least till I can start facing east in comfort again.

What meditation quirks do you have?

Opening hours

From the 30th August 2016, Molly will be available for appointments during the following hours:

  • Monday to Friday  9am to 5pm
  • Saturdays 9am to 3pm

Molly may, at her discretion, agree to appointments outside of these hours but would appreciate your cooperation in trying to fit appointments within these hours wherever possible.

Please note that appointments can now be requested online by clicking “Make an Appointment” and selecting your preferred date. We will then confirm or amend your appointment by phone or email.

You can also simply email or phone Molly or Mike directly, see our contact page for details.

Cayenne, A Herb To Love

One of my favourite herbs is Cayenne Chilli Pepper.

We mostly know it as a spice but it is also considered as a powerful healing herbal remedy. We always have a bush growing in the garden, and as nature will always provide, it is a prolific fruiter. We literally get hundreds of chilli’s off one little bush. So many that we have to freeze them or give them away.

What are the benefits of Cayenne?

  • It supports better circulation
  • Helps to regulate blood pressure
  • Topical pain relief for arthritis and joint pain
  • Relieves headaches and helps to prevent migraines developing
  • Relieves pain of shingles
  • Helps to thin the blood
  • Can stop a heart attack – a famous herbalist Dr Christopher says he always used cayenne for heart problems and never lost a patient from heart attack, when he could give them a cup of hot water with cayenne.
  • Can stop a nosebleed
  • Can heal stomach ulcers
  • Can heal deep wounds

This is a herbal remedy that I use in a lot of my formulations. It can be very hot so needs to be used with great respect! Read More

Treat your TOOTSIES well

Remember those things down there that are attached to your legs?

Right!  Your FEET. Neglected and forgotten most of the time, yet there they remain, faithful and ever-ready, still there and performing a very important job. Holding you up and giving you a point of balance amongst other functions.  So let’s love our feet and show them that we care!

Give your feet a regular massage. Using both hands, rub and use a little pressure with your thumbs. Focus a little longer on spots that feel a bit tender. Your feet have points that relate to every area of your body. If you can’t reach your feet, as some of us can’t, then buy a wooden foot massager and have it under your desk or by your lounge chair and run your feet over it each day. Read More

Stimulate or suppress?

Finally the powers that be are seeing the light!

While watching ABC morning news last week, I saw an item they did on pain relief where they were suggesting that parents NOT give children Panadol for instance when the child has a fever. ‘Just ride it out’

WOW what a turn around! This is something that natural health practitioners have been saying for years, well decades really!

So what does this mean? It means don’t panic if your child becomes unwell.  Fever is a good thing. As the body is working to kill off any bugs that shouldn’t be there, the body heats up. It’s a natural body process. When you give your child Panadol you are aborting the ‘kill off’ process. One of the functions of the body is to develop the immune system, which is not fully developed in children until around puberty. Getting childhood illnesses is normal, natural and important, and fever is always a part of any illness. Read More

Has your bowel gone CRAZY?!

There you are living a great life, all cozy and comfortable and happy when one day it hits you. That sudden urgent call of the loo!

You have to run to find the nearest loo. Not a problem if you are at home, but when  you are out and about it can become the race of your life.

I know you know what I mean!

Then this urgency settles and you figure it was a once only event. Until next time, then it reoccurs over several days, and disappears as suddenly as it started. So you relax again but a small part of your mind stays on alert. Waiting. And there it is, a few days or maybe a few weeks later that urgency hits you, but this time it’s not only a few days of serious urgent bowel situations, it lasts for a week or two, and to top it off you then become constipated and can’t go to the loo at all.  So its off to the doctor to see what is happening.

A barrage of tests later, and all the results are fine, you are a picture of health. Nothing nasty anywhere, nothing wrong at all. So what has happened to your bowel? Read More

Creating 2016

Aren’t we all so blessed!

It’s another new year and we are all still alive!  That’s a blessing!

I get excited when a new year begins! It feels like a whole new beginning. Like breathing in the fresh crisp air after a summer storm. Refreshing and invigorating!

I just love the possibility and potential of what I can think of and create for myself and my family. It helps me to feel that I am making a framework for my future, for what I want to achieve. That there is a purpose for my being.

I love to set my goals, my map of where I want to head in this new year. I know some people don’t like to set goals but for me it’s like having a bit of a road map to follow. Somewhere to head so I’m not just going where the wind blows me.  So I sit at my computer and I list everything I want to do. A bit like a ‘bucket list’ I suppose, and I take my time doing this. I look at all aspects of my life. My health, my relationships, my travel plans, my finances, my work, my dreams. Read More

Goodbye 2015

As we say goodbye to 2015 we also say goodbye to 15 Terminus Street which has hosted our clinic for the last three years. Molly has now set up new premises in Stanhope Gardens and we look forward to welcoming you there in 2016.

This new year will be bringing with it a number of new services and courses such as Molly’s Sunday Morning Healing and a range of ebooks from The Gluten Free Granny. Stay posted for details as these become available.

From all of us at Shavana Health we wish you and your family all the very best for a safe, healthy and prosperous 2016.

Mollys Magic Mix

MollysMagixMix-productThis was included in an earlier post in the Medicine Chest but to make it easier to find we are now including it as a separate post in the Recipes category.

This is a recipe that I get most of my patients to make and use at the first sign of a cold or flu. It can be quite chilli hot, however you can control that ‘chilli heat’ aspect of the mixture. It is not really suitable for children under fifteen years old, nor for anyone with any active digestive problems such as ulcers.

Molly's Magic Mix

A very efficacious remedy to alleviate the discomfort of colds and flus.


  • 1 large Onion
  • 3 or 4 
Garlic cloves
  • 1 inch piece of Ginger
  • Juice of 3 lemons
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon Cayenne powder or you could use a fresh chilli
  • 1 teaspoon Turmeric powder


  1. Blend all the ingredients together in a food processor and store in the fridge
  2. To use it, make a cup of boiling water, add one level teaspoon of the mixture, add honey to taste plus juice of ½ lemon
  3. Have three or four cups a day.
  4. This is a tasty, but more importantly, a very effective remedy.