Category: Raw Food

Radish Salad Recipe

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Radishes……..

I only ever saw them used as a decorative garnish on the food buffet at the local Chinese restaurant in the town I grew up. Together with carrots, which was another Chinese carving favourite.

But tonight I cut up thinly a bunch of radishes I had bought for a pressed salad I was going to make. I didn’t feel like making the pressed salad, so instead I decided to simply eat the thinly sliced radishes as a snack on its own. Except, that is somewhat boring. What happened next needed to be shared with the world. It is absolutely astounding what a drop of olive oil and apple cider vinegar can do to an otherwise boring bunch of radishes. You MUST try this at home, peeps! It is impossible for me to describe or put into words what party occurred on my tongue. But as the Dutch would say “It was like an angel urinated all over my tongue” If you want to know what that tastes like, follow the recipe instruction below 😉

  • 1 bunch of radishes, thinly sliced
  • A drizzle of olive oil
  • a drizzle of apple cider vinegar
  • a shake of Herbamare 

Put everything In a small bowl and combine well. I had a lidded bowl and gave it a good shake.

Absolutely enjoy this all by yourself, you will not want to share this!

 

 

This Super Duper breakfast in a glass will get you Up&Gone without the nasties

I decided to start my day with this smoothie:

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  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 400ml coco quench (non dairy milk)
  • 1 super duper heaped tbsp raw cacao
  • handful of goji berries
  • 2tsp or more of Maca
  • handful of dates

I’m full now! #loveraw #superfoods #vegan #preventionisbetterthancure #eatrealfood

Maca is a root that grows in Peru and it gives you loads of energy and balances your hormones. You can have up to 2 tbsp of Maca a day.

The raw Cacao will give you a hit of caffeine. If you prefer to leave the cacao out, you may do so. It will still be yummy without.

Pantry staple #3……….Coconut Butter

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Just lately in the world of health food a “new” product is being marketed, called Coconut Butter.  Back in the days of my raw food adventures, coconut oil and coconut butter were the same thing. But when I kept seeing these ads for coconut butter,  I realized that this was something different than coconut oil. Really it is a product which I believe has been re-namend and re-marketed. I did some digging and found that it also goes by the name “coconut cream concentrate”, which is the hard layer you will find on the top of your can of coconut cream.

However,  if we are to believe that this indeed is a new and trendy ‘must-have’ item and an impossible one to make at home,  you will be confronted with a price tag that is higher that the tree from which the product  came.

Let me tell you the truth about this trendy coconut butter. All it is?  Shredded coconut blended for a minute or 2 in your high speed blender. That is all there is to it. Absolutely nothing fancy, whatsoever.

What does this cost at the shops, you might want to know? I did some online shopping for you and found several different brands of coconut butter going for around $37.90 a kilo! That is more expensive than coconut oil. Shocking, considering it is an easier process to make the butter than it is to extract the oil from the flesh of the coconut. Go figure….

I made some of this delicious butter the other day in my blender. Once it was creamy I transferred it into an ice cube tray and put it in the fridge where it became really hard. After dinner I popped one out and ate it. It was so satisfying and it literally melted in my mouth. I immediately thought of all sorts of ways for which I could use this incredible ingredient. First thing that came to my mind was of course……CHOCOLATE! I will be experimenting with this as soon as I find some time to do it. I promise I will share with you the things I made. There are many other ways this butter is used. You can put it on your toast or drizzle it on your veggies. You can also cook with it and use it in baking instead of using butter. Or you can just eat it by the spoonful, like I do. It is also an anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal. Natures anti-biotics!

Here is what it really costs, when made at home.

1 kilo of Organic Coconut Butter = $8.00

Want to know where you can purchase Organic Shredded Coconut for that price? Check out our Whole-foods co-op, in the Hills District NSW.

 

Pantry staples from scratch…..Food Item #1

 

I promised to show you how to make food,  generally bought ready-made, at home from basic ingredients.

I thought it would be appropriate to start of with breakfast. A recipe I heard of a few years ago revolutionised my life. I know……sounds dramatic, BUT it just created a zing for me in the mornings. And best of all everyone in my household liked it as well, which is always a bonus for mummy.

It’s  a granola recipe created by Cindy O’meara. She is such a gifted lady and has a website called http://changinghabits.com.au/   Absolutely brilliant, so please check out her wisdom as well.

Anyway, back to the recipe. There are only 4 ingredients:

  • Coconut
  • Almond
  • Date
  • Apple (1 whole)

That is it, CADA. All you do is, cut up the apple, dates and the almonds and mix it together with the shredded coconut. If you have a blender or food processor or even better a thermomix, you can use that to do the chopping.

If you feel a little adventurous, you could add some rolled oats as well and roast it for a short time in the oven. You might want to drizzle a mixture of water and honey over the top of it to make the oats crunchy. You can eat this granola with yoghurt.

For me, I eat it as is, for breakfast or a snack. Yum, yum.

 

A recipe for a healthy chilled chocolate milk (dairy free)

chocmilk“I’ll give you 2 thumbs up for this one mummy!” That’s what my 7 year old son said when I gave him this chocolate milk. I love some chocolate every now and again, but don’t really buy it from the store all that much. When I do buy it for baking or just a little treat, I use organic dark chocolate. I am a lover of dark chocolate, so it suits me fine and it has more anti oxidants in it too. Win, win!

Today it was a chocolate kind of day. With my ovulation happening as we speak, I am not surprised that it was a chocolate kind of day! I baked delicious Cherry Chocolate Cupcakes, will post recipe when I have perfected it and I made this Rich and Creamy Chocolate Milk.

Ingredients

400 ml almond milk (homemade)
1 frozen banana
2 heaped tbsp cocoa
3 dates
1 tsp vanilla
2 tsp Chia Seeds
1 raw egg

Whizz all ingredients in a high speed blender for 1 minute or until smooth and creamy.
It is the raw egg that makes it super creamy.

Raw eggs are one of the best sources of high quality proteins and fats. Raw eggs have many benefits, they contain essential nutrients for the brain, nerves, glands and hormones, they are nutritionally balanced. The sulphur amino acids help to keep you young, raw eggs also contain an abundance of other vital substances including protein, essential fatty acids along with niacin, riboflavin, biotin, choline, vitamins A, D and E, magnesium, potassium, phosphorous, manganese, iron, iodine, copper, zinc and sulphur. Egg yolks are one of the few foods that contain vitamin D.

Almond milk is one of the most nutritionally valuable milk substitutes available today. It is high in a number of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin E, manganese, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, selenium, iron, fiber, zinc and calcium.

Dates are an excellent source of iron, contains 0.90 mg/100 g of fruits (about 11% of RDI) and potassium (16% of RDI).
They are also rich in minerals like calcium, manganese, copper, and magnesium.
The fruit also has adequate levels of B-complex group of vitamins as well as vitamin K.
And I LOVE how it is a natural sweetener!

Far out Brussel sprout! Super foods made easy.

I love sprouting seeds. It truly is a great and simple way to get some extra nutrition into your meals. Sprouting seeds make delicious add ins for your salad, stir fry, sandwiches, etc. , And it is real easy too. All you need is a glass jar, a cloth, rubber band and some seeds, such as alfalfa, lentil or mung bean.

  1. I put a couple of tablespoons of seeds in a glass jar and fill with water.
  2. I wrap the cloth and rubber band over the top of the jar.
  3. I leave the jar on my counter top overnight.
  4. The next morning, I drain the water of the seeds and rinse them until the water runs clear.
  5. I put the jar with the rinsed seeds on the counter top and rinse them 3-4 times a day, until they are sprouted and ready to eat.
  6. Depending on the seed you use, it can take anywhere from 2-5 days for the seeds to sprout.

I add my sprouts to pasta sauce and soups and sometimes to salads and stirfry’s and green smoothies too. I particularly love sprouts because they are a quick vegetable to grow and when the harvest is not bountiful, you can always grow these little guys and still get an overabundance of nutrition into your meals. Broccoli sprouts especially are being said to raise protective and antioxidative enzymes to fight cancer! However, to preserve those enzymes, you must eat the sprouts raw. Any food that is heated over 45 degrees Celsius has no enzymes left.

Enzymes deliver nutrients, carry away toxic wastes, digest food, purify the blood, deliver hormones by feeding and fortifying the endocrine system, balance cholesterol and triglyceride levels, feed the brain and cause no harm to the body. All of these factors contribute to the strengthening of the immune system.

Click here for an informative article from natural news about the benefits of sprouting broccoli seeds.

 

Mung beans contain vitamins A, B, C and E as well as Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium and Amino Acids.  Protein: 20%

Mung Bean Seeds

Red lentil sprouts contain vitamins A, B, C and E as well as Calcium, Iron and Magnesium.  Protein 25%

Lentil Seeds

Alfalfa sprouts are abundant sources of vitamins A, B, C, E and K, the minerals calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and zinc. Also carotene, chlorophyll, amino acids and trace elements. They contain 35% protein.

Alfalfa Seeds

Wheat grass is a source of vitamins A, B, C, E and K as well as Calcium, Chlorophyll, Iron, Lecithin, Magnesium, Pantothenic Acid, Phosphorus, Potassium, Amino Acids and Trace Elements.  Contains up to 30% protein. Wheat grass is excellent for juicing!

Wheat Grass

Broccoli sprouts contain vitamins A, B, C, E and K as well as Calcium, Magnesium, Iron, Potassium, Phosphorus, Zinc, Carotene, Chlorophyll, Amino Acids, Trace Elements and Antioxidents.  Protein: 35%

 

Broccoli Sprouts

 

Garbanzo beans contain vitamins A and C as well as Calcium, Iron, Magnesium and Amino Acids.  Protein: 20%

Garbanzo beans & Garbanzo Sprouts

            

 

Happy sprouting!