26.3.14

3 Ingredients Chocolate Bliss Balls

chocolate bliss balls


Health foods and recipes can be daunting sometimes for people just starting on their health journey- recipes sometimes called for so many ingredients with some you have never heard of! I tried to come up with a simple easy and delicious chocolate bliss ball recipe that used as little ingredients as possible that can be found easily in shops and in your pantry. It is also a great base bliss ball recipe to which you can add more ingredients to suit your taste.

Ingredients can be purchased from the main supermarkets and health food shops.

View below my recipe for these easy chocolate bliss balls.
cacao chocolate bliss balls

Chocolate Bliss Balls Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of raw cashews or almonds
  • 1 cup of pitted dates
  •  2 tbsp of raw cacao powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp of water

Instructions:

  1.      Mix in the food processor the nuts;
  2.      Add  in the dates then mix well;
  3.      Add in the cacao and pinch of salt;
  4.       Add in the water- more or less depending of the consistency. You need it to stick together but still be able to roll them;
  5.      Roll them with the palm of your hands and keep in the fridge.



Options: you can add different nuts, goji berries, desiccated coconut, dried figs, roll them in cacao, coconut or chia seeds. The list of bliss balls variations is endless.

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23.3.14

Quinoa Ratatouille

quinoa ratatouille recipe

Quinoa Ratatouille is a recipe that combines both my French roots and my love of healthy cooking. Ratatouille is a famous french dish ( you probably have seen the cartoon Ratatouille!) from the south of France full of vegetables and flavours. It is usually eaten as a side dish along grilled meats at a BBQ. My mom would make it very often in summer for dinner. I used my mom's recipe and just combined it with quinoa for a meal that is vegan, nutritious and delicious. It can also be served with meat or fish.

See below my recipe for a very french and very healthy meal!

Quinoa Ratatouille ( serves 4)

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup of quinoa;
  • 1 eggplant;
  • 1 brown onion;
  • 4 cloves of garlic;
  • olive oil;
  • 1 red capsicum;
  • 3 fresh tomatoes;
  • 1 zuchinni;
  • salt & pepper;
  • Oregano;
  • Thyme;
  • parsley 
  • Dried italian herbs


Instructions:

Quinoa:
  1. Rinse 1 cup of quinoa;
  2. Put 1 cup of quinoa and 1 cup of water in a pan on medium heat with the lid until it boils;
  3. Then put it on low heat with the lid for 12 min stirring through every few minutes;
  4. Take of from the heat when done;


Ratatouille:
  1. Chop the onion and the garlic;
  2. Put in a pan with some olive oil;
  3. Cook until clear; then add the chopped up eggplant and put a lid on;
  4. Add the capsicum and stir through;
  5. Add the tomatoes and stir through;
  6. Add the zucchini and stir through;
  7. Add in your fresh and dried herbs and season with salt and pepper; (optional to add a bit of chili)
  8. Leave to cook for 15- 20 min on low heat covered with a lid until all the vegetables are nice and tender;
  9. Serve on top of the quinoa and enjoy!






22.3.14

My Top Healthy Cafes in Perth

This is my top favourite healthy cafes in Perth for everyone looking for some new cafe ideas to try out this weekend. They are a lot more healthy cafes in Perth lately which is great. Some of those places are more for the health conscious but many offer more traditional menu options for your loved ones who might not quite be ready for a raw pizza! 

This list only highlights my personal favourite cafes and does not include all cafes around Perth. I know they are quite a few more south of the river which I have not tried so if anyone would like to add some of their personal favourites please do so in the comments below.

Solomon's Cafe in Highgate
Solomon's is an organic cafe owned by the singer Drapht, offering delicious menu options that cater for everyone, vegan, paleo, raw, gluten free and more. My favourite dish there is the Super Kale salad (which is quite big! I often take the other half home to eat the next day), I also like the sides and they serve fresh juices and Kombucha! And they also do takeaway!

solomons healthy cafe perth


The Raw Kitchen in Fremantle

I absolutely love this place - the new building is amazing so are the raw nachos, ice creams and the raw cakes! They also do yoga and fitness classes and have an amazing health shop.
Their menu offers plant-based dishes, including some raw options and some "normal" pizzas too. 


raw Kitchen nachos, a healthy cafe in Perth


CNR Kitchen in Northbridge
http://www.cnr.net.au/


This little cafe on the Northbridge Piazza appeals to a larger crowd by offering a wide range of dishes including paleo, raw, vegan and gluten free options.  

They do breakfast, lunch every day and dinner on Friday nights only.

I have yet to do one of their workshops or classes but they sound amazing. They also do healthy high teas! 

Perth City Farm Cafe in East Perth
http://perthcityfarm.org.au/cafe/

This little cafe is next to the Perth city farm cafe (which I highly recommend going to on Saturday mornings to find some organic goodies!). They do great breakfast and lunches using organic ingredients as much as possible including organic meats, eggs and breads. They also do cakes and muffins baked daily including gluten free options. They do not offer lots of vegan or paleo options but they do very good breakfasts!

Healthy cafe perth



Veggie Mama in Mount Lawley
http://www.veggiemama.com.au/

Veggie Mama is a little vegetarian cafe offering breakfast and lunches specialising in gluten-free, egg-free and dairy-free products. They very nice salads and juices. 
I recommend it for a quick lunch on the weekend. 

Health Freak Cafe in Subiaco
http://www.healthfreakcafe.com.au/

This is a newly opened cafe in Subiaco offering clean eating breakfast and lunch options. They offer a wide range of menu options to suit gym goers, vegan and health freaks! They also offer raw vegan gluten free high protein and low carb cakes! as well as smoothies, juices and protein shakes. If you work around the cafe you can pick up some healthy lunch takeaways. I like the concept of the cafe and the fact it caters for a big crowd but I did not think the food was that fantastic when I went there both for breakfast and lunch.

Paws Cafe in Northbridge
http://www.paws.org.au/community-resource-centre/

This is a little community cafe open for lunch near Tafe in Northbridge and is 100 % vegan. It is very cheap and has a hot food and a raw food section as well as amazing raw cakes and a little shop. It is open for lunch and afternoon tea only. 
Paws vegan cafe perth

paws vegan raw cafe perth

Source Foods Cafe in Highgate
http://www.sourcefoods.com.au/

It is a little eco friendly cafe in Highgate offering breakfast and lunch. 
Their menu is mostly organic, fair trade, free range, sustainable and local produce.
It caters for meat lovers, gluten free, vegan and vegetarian. 
I really liked the concept of the cafe but was a bit disappointed with the menu options. 
The food was good though.

Samudra in Dunsborough
http://www.samudra.com.au/

I know this isn't a cafe in Perth but it is only 2.5 h south of Perth and it is my ultimate favourite healthy cafe. I like it so much that I would write a full review of Samudra in a future post and will be doing one of their weekend retreats in June with some girlfriends! But if you are heading down south make sure to stop there for lunch! they do amazing raw food dishes as well as delicious organic wood fired pizzas and delicious raw cakes. It is by far the best raw food and cakes I have ever eaten. They even have beer for your partner!




16.3.14

Healthy Lemon Poppyseed Muffins

I love making raw cakes but sometimes I just want to bake something. I got given a big bag of organic homegrown lemons this weekend and decided to put them to good use in this healthy lemon & poppy seed muffins. This recipe is grain free, dairy free and refined sugar free. I have used coconut flour and used coconut milk for a healthier paleo version of an old favourite.


Ingredients: makes 6

  • 1 cup of coconut flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 300 ml coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 tsp of baking powder
  • 1 tbsp poppy seeds
  • 1/2 cup rice malt syrup ( or any other sweetener)
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • pinch of salt

Instructions:

  1. Pre heat oven to 200 degrees and grease a muffin tray with coconut oil;
  2. Mix coconut milk, chia seeds and poppy seeds on the side;
  3. In a separate bowl mix coconut flour, baking powder and eggs;
  4. Mix in rice malt syrup and coconut milk mixture;
  5. Wash lemon and zest using a grater then juice the lemon and mix it with the rest;
  6. Pour dough in your muffin tray and leave to cook in the oven for 40 min or until a skewer comes out clean. 
Enjoy! xx



Healthy “Rawky Road” By Amelia Harvey




Yesterday I made Amelia's amazing "Rawky Road" recipe. Amelia is a fellow Perth girl and she is also studying with IIN. She has recently launcher her beautiful website and health coaching business and I highly recommend you have a look as she posts amazing recipes, articles and has a beautiful Juice Cleanse ebook. She has also an IG account: @ameliaharveyhealth

Recipe:
  • 3/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup cacao powder
  • 1/2 cup rice malt syrup ( I used 1/2 cup of honey)
  • 2/3 cup of almond meal or any nut meal ( I used a mix of linseed and almond meal)
  • 1/2 cup of macadamia nuts (I used hazelnuts, macadamias and almonds)
  • 1/2 cup dried goji berries
  • 1/2 cup coconut flakes
  • himalayan salt
What to do:

Combine the coconut oil, cacao, honey and nut meal. Once it is well mixed add in the chopped nuts, goji berries and coconut flakes. Spread the chocolate mixture in a baking tray lined with baking paper. Sprinkle salt on top and leave to set in the freezer. It will be ready in about 10 minutes. Break it into chunks and keep it in the fridge or freezer.

It is absolutely delicious and I couldn't resist eating quite a few chunks last night! Thanks Amelia!






3.3.14

Berry Coconut Chia Pudding





Move over overnight oats and green smoothies! Chia puddings are in! They are popping everywhere on social media and on television due to the new ads for the Chia Co company with brand ambassador Kelly Slater. I think it's great these little seeds of goodness gets some more publicity. They are so nutritious and delicious! 

However it is very easy and cheap to make it so you should try to make your own at home. They are different ways to do them using different milks or using mashed banana. The flavour combinations are endless, mango, apple, berries, cacao, matcha and so on.

Berry Coconut Chia Puddings recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp chia seeds;
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk (you could use almond milk, cashew milk or cow's milk too)
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • dash of cinnamon;
  • optional: honey or rice malt syrup. 
  • Toppings: fresh or frozen berries, nuts, bananas use whatever you feel like!


Instructions:

  1. Mix chia seeds and milk;
  2. Add vanilla & cinamon;
  3. Leave overnight until the chia seeds absorb the milk and become a jelly like texture;
  4. Top with fresh fruit, berries, nuts...
  5. Serve cold.




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