4 large zucchinis
2 red capsicums
1 cup broccoli
1 packet of haloumi
½ cup fresh basil
½ cup fresh coriander
Few mint leaves
1 cup kale or spinach leaves
½ cup sundried tomatoes
2 cups quinoa
Juice of ½ lemon or lime
Sea salt & cracked pepper
Rinse quinoa well and cook for 5 mins. Slice zucchini and capsicums into thin strips and place on baking tray. Drizzle with coconut oil and balsamic vinegar and place under grill until browned.
Grill haloumi slices until browned. Steam broccoli.
In large bowl place kale or spinach leaves, herbs, chopped sundried tomatoes, steamed broccoli, grilled zucchini and capsicum, haloumi, and cooked quinoa.
Season with salt and pepper and drizzle with flaxseed oil and lemon/lime juice. Top with sliced avocado.
2/3 cup cashews
2 peeled garlic cloves
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1-2 teaspoons dried rosemary
2-3 tablespoons nutritional yeast (optional)
Salt and pepper, to taste
Water, as needed
Sun-dried tomato and broccoli pesto: (or use a raw pesto recipe )
1/2 head of broccoli
2 tablespoons sun dried tomatoes
1 tablespoon olive oil (only if your sun-dried tomatoes aren’t already stored in oil)
Salt, pepper and dried herbs, to taste
Water, as needed
To make the noodles: slice the zucchini on a mandolin. Or slice very thinly with a sharp knife. Set aside.
To make the cheese: blend all ingredients in your food processor or blender until smooth and thick, adding as little water as possible. Set aside.
To make the pesto: blend all ingredients in your food processor or blender until smooth and thick, adding as little water as possible.
Assembly: layer the noodles with the pesto, cheese and whatever you else you like, alternating as you go. If you want, make roll ups too!
Makes about 24)
150g dates, soaked in 5tbsp water
125 g cacao butter, melted
120g cacao powder
Pre-soak the dates overnight or use hot water to soften them half an hour before you begin. They should have absorbed most of the liquid and feel soft.
Melt the cacao butter in a ban marie or a bowl over a pan of hot water making sure that it doesn’t over heat. You want to keep the temperature below 42 deg C to keep the cacao content raw. Once melted, pour the butter into a blender along with the soaked dates. Blend until you get a smooth, light brown ‘caramel’.
Add the cacao powder to the blender and blend again until you have a thick mixture. You may need to stop and push the mixture don to the blade a few times if you don’t have a tamper stick on your blender. Once the mixture is smooth, use a spatula to scoop the mixture into a shallow dish lined with cling film, or a flexible teflon container. Press the surface down and cover with cling film to touch the surface. Place in the freezer for 30 minutes to set.
Remove from the freezer and peel off the cling film. Pop the fudge out of the container and either cut into shapes and sizes of your choice or break into rough chunks. Store in the fridge or freezer.
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Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth and creamy. Can add ice if desired…
1 small banana
1 small apple
4 leaves of organic kale, finely chopped
½ cup berries (fresh or frozen)
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon chia seeds or flaxseeds
Using Kale in Green Smoothies:
Kale has a slightly stronger flavour than baby spinach, so if you are not used to green smoothies, you might want to use strongly flavoured fruit such as strawberries or pineapple to help mask the flavour or only use a small amount initially.
Kale’s Nutritional Properties:
Contains betacarotene, vitamin K, vitamin C, lutein, zeaxanthin, calcium and fiber. Contains Calcium-D Glucorate–a cancer-fighting nutrient as well as a sulphur containing phytonutrient called sulphoraphane which is believed to have powerful anti-cancer, anti-diabetic and anti-microbial properties and is released when the leaves are chopped or chewed. Kale also contains powerful antioxidants that help protect against certain cancers such as ovarian cancer and is an excellent green to use for detox smoothies as it has amazing cleansing properties.
Choose a sport or exercise routine that you enjoy and that has plenty of variety to help keep you interested and motivated. Group classes make exercise fun while meeting new people at the same time. Exercising with a friend or personal trainer makes you more committed to showing up and pushing yourself harder.
Exercise for a minimum of 30 minutes daily at moderate to high intensity to get your heart rate up and to kick into fat-burning!
Lose excess Weight:
Most people fail to keep the weight they lose while on certain diet off long term. Does this sound like you? Here are some tips on how the lose weight successfully without putting it back on once you start eating normally again.
Do an annual Detox:
Summer is the perfect time to detoxify our bodies as the warm weather makes it easier to eat more salads and drink more fresh juices with an abundance of delicious fruit and veggies in season. The liver is the primary fat-burning and detoxifying organ so it’s important to make sure it’s working optimally. Follow this liver detox diet for 2 weeks and see how amazing you feel!
Optimise your Nutrition:
The guidelines for a healthy diet are quite simple–eat a wide variety of foods, and make sure they are as close to their natural state as possible. This means no additives, preservatives, colourings, flavourings, processing or refining! Read on for more info on the different food groups and how to get the best nutrition from your food.
Whizz up a green smoothie:
Blast your body with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants!
Blend together 1 cup spinach, ½ cup celery, a couple of sprigs of mint, 1 kiwi fruit, a knob of ginger, ¼ lime and 1 date with 2 cups of water until smooth.
Drink ½ first thing in the morning and the other ½ later in the day just before you go out to a party. It will boost your body with antioxidants and fibre - which many people miss out on during this time of year. It should also fill your tummy up enough to pass on the party pies!
Grab a Juice daily!
Raw fruit and veggies juices are packed with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. They help detoxify our bodies, aid with digestion, boost immunity, and help us live longer! Try some of these delicious juice recipes-you’ll be amazed at how good they taste!
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Wheat, dairy, gluten and refined sugar free. No nasty additives or oils either. Guilt free!!
Makes about 12 mini puddings.
Ingredients for the Xmas pudding:
Ingredients for the custard cream:
1/2 cup coconut meat
1/2 cup coconut water
1 vanilla bean pod - scraped
pinch himalayan crystal salt,
1/2 tsp star anise, pinch turmeric.
Blend all in a high speed blender.
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl then set aside. In a high powered blender combine:
Blend all ingredients together. Add to ingredients in bowl and combine. Shape into mounds by hand or use a small bowl and turn upside down onto baking paper or paraflexx lined dehydrator sheet & dehydrate at 105°F for approx 5-6 hours.
If you don’t have a dehydrator you can bake in the oven at the lowest setting (on or below 50°C) with the door slightly ajar.
Check every hour. It is cooked when a skewer placed in the middle of the pudding comes out fairly clean. (You want the pudding to stay slightly moist).
Serve with with ‘custard’ cream pored over the top and decorate with shredded coconut, berries or grated chocolate. Divine…..
A chocolate flavoured raw crust layered with a silky chocolate avocado mousse, sweet and lemony cashew cream, and a sprinkling of raw cocoa powder on top. Divine….
3/4 cup oats, buckwheat groats or nuts
3/4 cup raisins
1 heaped tablespoon cacao powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Lemon cashew cream:
1 cup soaked cashews
Juice of 1 lemon
1-2 tablespoons coconut nectar
Pinch of Himalayan pink salt
1 cup dates
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-2 tablespoons cacao powder
1 cup water
1 tablespoon melted coconut oil
To make the crust:
Pulse the oats, buckwheat groats or nuts in a food processor until they turn into crumbs. Add the rest of the ingredients and pulse until it all sticks together. Press into two lined tart tins and put in the fridge.
To make the cashew cream:
Blend all the ingredients until smooth then set in the fridge.
To make the mousse:
Blend all the ingredients until smooth. Spread into the bottom of your tart crusts and cover with the cashew cream. Put back in the fridge overnight or for at least a couple hours. Dust with cacao powder and serve!