22.2.14

Healthy Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream




I have entered a Mayvers recipe competition with this delicious and healthy banana chocolate and peanut butter ice cream.

So no this isn't proper ice cream as it does not have sugar and cream but yes it taste and feels like ice cream! 

This is perfect for any chocolate, ice cream or sweet cravings on those hot summer nights!

I used the organic cacao and peanut butter but you could also use normal peanut butter or any other nut butters.




Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream - serves 2

Ingredients:
  • 4 frozen bananas 
  • 2 tbsp raw cacao powder
  • 2 tbsp cacao & peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecan nuts


Instructions:

  1. To do frozen bananas, remove the peel and cut them in slices and leae to freeze in a bag.
  2. Mix the frozen bananas in a food processor until smooth;
  3. Add in the cacao powder and peanut butter;
  4. Serve immediately in bowls and top with chopped pecan nuts;
  5. Enjoy :)








19.2.14

Pure Glow Cleanse Review

I had the pleasure in trialling Pure Glow Cleanse juice cleanse for one day on the weekend. Pure Glow Cleanse specialise in juice cleanse delivery in the Perth area "with the aim of getting the people of Perth nourished, detoxed, glowing, and on the way to living their very best, radiantly healthy lives!"

It was my first time doing a juice cleanse delivered at home and I must say I loved the convenience of it! No need to wash my juicer a dozen times in one day.

They came to my house early on Saturday morning to deliver my fresh raw cold pressed juices. The 6 juices came with a pack of straws and 3 organic herbal teas. 





Juice 1: Sunrise Elixir (Lemon, Cucumber, Aloe & Filtered Water)

I absolutely loved this first juice. I wish I could drink it every morning before breakfast to detox my body and prepare it for the day ahead with this refreshing and zingy alkalising juice. It was a very enjoyable juice to drink to start the cleanse.



Juice 2: Glowing Greens (Kale, Cos, Cucumber, Avocado, Parsley and Celery)



This juice was more like a green smoothie in consistency due to the added avocado. It is packed with greens and will get you glowing in no time. It was quite filling too. 

Juice 3: Green Guru (Kale, Cos, Celery, Cucumber, Apple, Pear, Parsley & Lemon)



I enjoyed the green guru for my lunch while reading my favourite mag. This juice is definitely a green guru juice with that many greens packed into it! I like the refreshing taste of cucumber and lemon together. 

Juice 4: Good Karma (Carrot, Lemon, Apple, Ginger, Turmeric & Grapefruit)



This was my dinner juice- I was quite hungry at that time. I did not love this juice due to the grapefruit in it. I have never been a fan of grapefruit juice but if you like it you would love this juice!

Juice 5: Buddha Juice (Cucumber, Green Apple, Mint & Lime)

I must confess I made a mistake in the order of my juices! I had number 5 before number 4! I guess it is not a big deal. I quite liked the Buddha Juice which fitted perfectly in my Buddha garden statue and made a nice picture! This juice was very refreshing to drink and perfect for an afternoon cooling drink.


Juice 6: Chai Vanilla Dream ( Brazil Nut, Almond, Cashew, Date, Water, Chai & Vanilla)



The last juice was a lovely creamy nut milk drink. It tasted amazing and filled me up nicely. You will definitely have nice dreams after drinking this last juice. It was one of my favourites and I loved the taste of the different nut milks mixed together.



Did I get hungry?



Yes and no! I did not get hungry but I missed not having dinner (we went out for a picnic and my husband had a Grilld burger so that was hard to resist!) I had a juice every 2 hours but I ate a banana before going for a long pushbike ride with my husband to keep my energy levels up. 

Did I get any side effects?
I felt a little nauseous after the second juice which I think can be a side effect of detoxing. It went away after I drank more water and the ginger tea provider in the cleanse. Apart from that no negative effects.

Can you exercise?
If doing a longer juice cleanse I would not recommend doing much exercise but I did a 25 km bike ride (I did eat a banana to give me more energy though). Gentle exercises like yoga and walking are probably more appropriate.

Would I do it again?
Yes! I am planning to do a 3 day cleanse later in the year. I only did 1 day this time and I felt great the next day! Full of energy and healthy. 



If you are interested in doing a juice cleanse I highly recommend contacting the team at Pure Glow cleanse to get you glowing! Find out more about their juice cleanse here

12.2.14

Raw Salted Caramel Cookies


As per my previous recipe posted on the blog I got busy in the kitchen over the weekend and made some delicious and healthy raw salted caramel. I actually made the salted caramel with this raw cookies recipe in mind. I shared these with my parents who were visiting me from overseas and some friends at work. Love sharing my raw healthy treats (it saves me from eating them all by myself!)

This is a very simple recipe that actually looks more complicated than it is. I think it took me around 20 min to make them. With raw cooking what takes the longest is the cleaning up of the food processor afterwards!  

I topped the raw treats with Goji berries but you could also use nuts or a layer of raw chocolate. I might try the latest next time...

Raw Salted Caramel & Cacao Cookies: ( Makes around 28-30)

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup of salted caramel ( see recipe here)
  • 2 cups of raw almonds
  • 10 small dates
  • 2 tbsp of coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp of raw cacao powder
  • 2 tbsp of water
  • 1/2 tsp of vanilla powder
  • pinch of salt

Instructions:
  1. Mix in a food processor your almonds then add the dates and the cacao;
  2. Add in the coconut oil and the vanilla;
  3. Mix until it forms a sticky paste and add a little bit of water at a time until the dough sticks together;
  4. Make small balls using around 1 teaspoon of dough at a time and make a hole in the centre as if to make a little nest.
  5. Once you have made all your empty "nests" add in 1/2 tsp of salted caramel paste in the cups.
  6. Top with Goji berries.
  7. Leave in the fridge for 1-2 hours to let them set.
  8. Enjoy! they can keep in the fridge for 1 week.











9.2.14

Healthy Salted Caramel

healthy salted caramel

Healthy Salted Caramel Recipe: (makes 2 cups)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of dates 
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/2 tsp of vanilla powder
  • 2 tsp of sea salt- I used Pink Himalayan salt.

Instructions:

  1. Soak dates in water overnight;
  2. Rinse dates;
  3. Mix dates with water in a blender or food processor until smooth;
  4. Add in vanilla and salt;
  5. Keep in the fridge for 1-2 weeks.
This healthy salted caramel paste is delicious with a sliced apple, on top of a fruit salad, granola, in chocolate recipes or on its own with a spoon! To enjoy in moderation due to the high natural sugar content of the dates. ( I have the perfect treat recipe coming up on the blog this week using this salted caramel!)

This recipe was inspired by recipes I have seen online of simple caramel made of date paste. 

healthy salted caramel

6.2.14

Roasted Spiced Nuts


 I have got your next dinner party nibbles sorted! Healthy spiced roasted nuts! These nuts are the perfect snack for a busy day or platter to a dinner party. They are packed with nutrients, healthy fats, and vitamins and minerals. 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup of raw cashews;
  • 1/2 cup of raw almonds;
  • 1 tbsp of coconut oil;
  • 2 tsp of mixed dried Italian herbs;
  • 1/2 tsp of cayenne pepper ( you can add more if you love spicy foods!)
  • 1 tsp of turmeric;
  • 2 tsp of Himalyan salt;


Instructions:
 Mix the spices oil and nuts with your hands and put on a tray with baking paper in the oven for 15 min at 180 degrees. 







2.2.14

Healthy Moroccan Quinoa Salad






If looking for some lunch or salad inspiration look no further! I have the perfect nutritious and healthy salad recipe for you! It has the benefits of the ancient grain Quinoa and some amazing Moroccan flavours. This healthy quinoa salad a definite winner amongst my friends and family. Enjoy!

Ingredients: 

  • 2 cups of quinoa
  • 1 carrot
  • 1/3 cup almonds
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 6 dried apricots
Dressing:
  • juice of 1 lemon;
  • 2 tsp of turmeric
  • 3 tsp of cumin
  • 1 tsp of cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp of coriander seeds;
  • handful of coriander leaves;
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil;
Instructions:
  1. Cook the quinoa ( I boil 2 cups of water and add the quinoa and let simmer slowly with a lid on for the quinoa to absorb all the water)
  2. Let the quinoa to cool down;
  3. Grate a carrot;
  4. Chop the nuts, cranberries and apricots;
  5. Mix together with the quinoa and the dressing.
  6. Top with a few more chopped nuts and fresh coriander.


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