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Blackberry Jam and Cream Smoothie

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Even though it is winter, I still need my frozen fruit meals. This reminds me of my childhood.
For the base:
Blend 1 cup of frozen blackberries
1 ripe banana
200 mls of filtered water

For the top:
Blend 1 ripe banana
1-2 frozen bananas
1 vanilla pod
1 tablespoon of cacao nibs

Pour blackberry jam into a suitable vessel and place a huge dollop of banana cream on top.  Stick your spoon in and push your ice cream top down into your jam. Revisit your childhood 😀

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Under the Microscope – Maca.

Under the Microscope - Maca.

Superfood Maca is native to the mountains of Peru and is cultivated as high as 4300 meters above sea level. It has been used for over 3500 years and legend claims that during the peak of the Incan empire, the warriors consumed maca before going into battle to ensure super strength and stamina.  On return from battle however, Incan soldiers were prohibited from using maca in order to protect the women from their insatiable sexual desires. Maca is renowned for providing strength, endurance and enhanced libido.

So what is maca?

A member of the cruciferous  tribe  such as kale and cabbage, maca is abundant in potassium, magnesium, calcium, sulfur, iron, sodium and phosphorous and also contains trace minerals which includes iodine, zinc, selenium, bismuth, copper, magnese, tin and silicon. It is also rich in vitamins B1, B2, C and E.

Maca has the ability to stabilise and balance the body’s glandular – hormonal system, nervous system, cardiovascular system and musculature. This makes it great for managing hormones, stress, thyroid and your mood in general.
According to David Wolfe, maca is great if you suffer from:
Anaemia
Chronic fatigue
Depression
Infertility and sterility
Lack of libido
Malnutrition
Menopausal symptoms
Menstrual discomfort and disorders
Poor memory
Stomach cancer
Stress tension
Tuberculosis

How to use it and where to get it?

Seeing as maca is a superfood it can be used in greater quantities than other medicinal herbs.  It has also found to be safe to use long term. You can purchase it online or at most health food stores in dried, raw, organic food. Look for the real deal and only buying from the root, not other parts of the plant.

Use a tablespoon in smoothies, juices, nut milks, tea or coffee, or add to your raw chocolate treats.

Here’s a recipe to get you started:

Blend 2 frozen bananas

2 fresh bananas

3 medjool dates

200mls of filtered water (or your favourite nut milk)

1 heaped teaspoon of maca root powder

Sprinkle with cacao nibs.

David Woolfe also claims that maca has a special relationship with cacao so use them together regularly to experience the culinary sensation 🙂

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Reference: Woolfe, D. (2009). Superfoods: The Food and Medicine of the Future.  

Smoothie Bowl

Smoothie Bowl

Move over green smoothies, smoothie bowls are the new black. You’ll need your blender, large bowl, spoon and…

1 tablespoon of Maqui Berry Powder
1 handful of organic baby spinach
1 cup of raspberries
3 frozen bananas
Some water or coconut water for desired consistency
Blend well and top it off with hemp seeds, cacao nibs and raspberries.

We use maqui berry powder in our smoothies often. Whilst you may of seen goji berries or acai berry powder used in many recipes, maqui berries are less known.

Maqui berries grow wild in Chile and Argentina and are one of the richest sources of antioxidants in the berry family. They are a beautiful vibrant purple colour, which comes from a pigment called anthocyanin.

Research indicates that consuming anthocyanin rich foods may protect against high blood pressure and high cholesterol, and have anti-cancer properties.

 

 

Banana and Date Smoothie

Banana and Date Smoothie

If you are struggling to curb your sugar cravings then eat more dates – the semi dried, gooey, organic medjool kind. I love them in a smoothie especially with frozen bananas. I made this for my husband the other night as part of his dinner and as usual half of it got robbed off him.

You will need your own homemade almond milk of
1 cup of almonds
4 cups of filtered water
2 tablespoons of organic coconut oil
1 teaspoon of organic vanilla essence (or pod)
1 teaspoon of non-GMO Lecithin Powder

Using around 300 mls of this milk, blend it with 4 frozen bananas; 4-5 medjool dates and a small handful of cacao nibs.

Serves 2.

It’s thick, creamy and super sweet – absolutely no need to reach for the junk food 🙂

Marble Fudge

Marble Fudge

These little gems are quick and easy to make.

I’ve tried to adapt the recipe slightly from http://www.thisrawsomeveganlife.com  Didn’t quite nail the look, but it tastes fantastic 🙂

Raw Chocolate Marble Fudge

Chocolate Fudge

1/2 cup coconut butter (Different to coconut oil and often used in raw treats).
1/2 cup raw cacao powder
1/4 cup of maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla
Pinch of salt

Almond Fudge

1/4 cup coconut butter
1/4 cup raw almond butter
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 tsp vanilla

Line a 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 loaf pan with baking paper. Allow for excess baking paper to hang over the edge.

In a food processor blend together all the ingredients for the chocolate fudge until it is fully blended and has a thick consistency. Pour into the prepared pan and set aside. It will be a bit sticky, so don’t worry about making it fit the pan perfectly.

In a clean food processor blend together the ingredients for the almond fudge until well blended. Drop spoonfuls of almond fudge on top of the chocolate and swirl together in with a knife. Do not overmix or you will lose the marble effect.

Place fudge the freezer to set up. Once solid, remove from pan by lifting up the baking paper. Peel off paper and cut into equal pieces.

Store in the refrigerator or freezer.

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The Highlander

The Highlander

Being a proud Otago Highlander from Dunedin (based on it’s sister city, Edinburgh) I thought it was appropriate to make a raw vegan, green smoothie in it’s honour.

To make this smoothie you need some homemade almond milk. Make the basic milk with 2 tablespoons of coconut oil.

300 mls of almond milk
1 teaspoon of acai berry powder
2 large handfuls of organic scottish kale
1 teaspoon of spirulina (Hawaiian Pacifica is the best)
4 frozen bananas.

Blend and sprinkle with hemp seeds and a few almonds.

Triple Berry Smoothie

Triple Berry Smoothie

1 cup of frozen strawberries
1 cup of frozen boysenberries
1 small handful of goji berries
2 tablespoons of hemp seeds
1 teaspoon of macca powder
2 bananas
400 mls of almond milk

Blend and sprinkle with some organic shredded coconut.
This will make at least 3 hungry people happy 🙂

Mint Chip Cooler

Mint Chip Cooler

I have to say that this is one of the yummiest smoothies I’ve ever made. You’ll need:

Home made almond milk made by blending: 1 cup of almonds (soaked for at least 4 hours); 4 cups of filtered water; pinch of salt; 2 tablespoons of coconut oil; and 1/4 cup of maple syrup (yes not raw but healthier than raw agave).
Whiz it up and then strain it through your nut bag.

Take 300 mls of your almond milk and blend it with 10 -12 mint leaves; 2 handfuls of cacao nibs; and 3 bananas (frozen if you prefer).
Pour and decorate – if you are into a little food porn 😉