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Smoothie Bowls

Ok I’ll admit it…..I’m addicted to smoothie bowls. I don’t know whether I need therapy or an intervention or whether it’s ok for me to seriously obsess over creating bowls of awesomeness (if I do say so myself) everyday – or there about.

My favourite at the moment would have to be a ginger and cinnamon flavoured one as it is cold here at the moment and to help with my lack of blood flow I’m at least trying to make an effort to reduce inflammation with these inclusions. I have also gone from frozen to room temp bowls. Slowly but surely I will transition from them but this creative obsession is too fun…..at least it’s a healthier obsession!?

Here is my idea of a smoothie bowl and why I include the things I do to keep me healthy, balanced and nourished from the get go (or be it lunch or dinner….sssshhhhh don’t tell the coach)

My Winter Smoothie Bowl

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PREPARATION TIME                   TOTAL TIME
2 MINUTES                          5 MINUTES

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 frozen banana (I peel, cut mine into quarters and pop into freezer so there’s always options for smoothies, nana ice-cream or a quick snack)
  • 1/4 cup frozen blueberries (I buy organic frozen berries or freeze fresh when in season)
    knob of ginger root
  • 1 tsp ground good quality cinnamon (yes the supermarket ones are not that good)
  • 1 tsp maca powder (lady hormone help)
  • 1 tsp slippery elm bark powder (helps digestion and is a great thickener)
  • 1 tsp of fibre/ omega 3 mix (I mix psyllium husks, flax seeds and chia seeds and pop in jar and scoop out to get a rounded selection of boost – this is also a great alternative to making chia pudding if you don’t want to overload on chia every time)
  • 200ml filtered water (you could use homemade almond milk or coconut water or coconut milk but I prefer to help my daily water intake as much as I can)
  • 1/4 avocado (it’s important to include good fats with your smoothie bowl like avocado as it helps to balance the sugars that you are consuming through the fruits)

*optional (I add to mix up the flavours 1 tsp cacao, 1 tsp turmeric, basil leaves, mint leaves, 1 tsp acai powder,  2 strawberries,  1 Tbsp fresh cut pineapple, 1 tsp spirulina/ super greens mix, knob of zucchini/cucumber, sprig of watercress, 1 tsp unhulled toasted tahini. Anything really to change it up and get your taste buds loving yourself.

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. add all ingredients to a blender
  2. 2 blend on high for 2 minutes
  3. rest for 1 minute
  4. blend on high again for one minute
  5. Pour into bowl, top with a small selection of nuts and seeds (TIP- chop them they stretch further. I chop a selection and keep to add to meals, then I am not over consuming and regretting it half an hour later)
  6. Pour over a drizzle of coconut kefir or unsweetened coconut yoghurt or make your own with a good starter (avoid using commercial yoghurt to culture)
  7. add a sprinkle of coconut, cacao nibs, goji berries or whatever you have to add a little antioxidant, taste, texture and little surprises
  8. mix it all through the smoothie mix
  9. eat slowly, chew through it even if its liquidy please.

    NOTES- why I choose a smoothie bowl over a smoothie
    *Drinking a smoothie is not as satisfying (to me). It’s rushed, you can over consume and end up hungry an hour later. By adding texture like nuts, seeds, berries etc you are forced to chew and that aids digestion, satisfies your taste buds, your brain and your belly.
    *It forces you to sit down and eat (yes I know we don’t all have time) you will be fuller by eating slower and concentrating.
    *You can take it anywhere in a jar
    *You can prepare it the night before
    *It’s healthy
    *It gives me enough to get through until lunchtime. By including the above it is a rounded balance (for me) of the right things to keep me energised, happy and full until I call for lunch.

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Grainfree Tabbouleh

This is a family favourite in our house and a weekly fridge staple as we find that the salad gets better and better as the days go by.

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What you will need:

1 Cauliflower

1 Cucumber

2 Cups of cherry tomatoes

1 Big bunch of Mint

1 Big bunch of Parsely

salt and pepper

1 Lime (juice and rind)

2 Tbsp olive oil

Method:

Cut all florets off cauliflower and place in food processor. Blitz until it is a rice, crumble consistency.

Place in a bowl with juice of lime and olive oil. Leave to side

Chop cucumber and tomatoes to a similar size (diced or cherry tomatoes quartered)

Chop herbs (as fine as you can but don’t worry if you have some bigger leaves)

Add cucumber, tomatoes and herbs to cauliflower and fork the mix until combined.

Salt and Pepper to taste.

Serve with lamb cutlets, coconut kefir mint yoghurt and grainfree wraps (recipe to come for wraps)

My Favourite Christmas recipes

I love to give real food as gifts and fill my home with real foods for the holiday season. Below are my favourite and the ones that are in my house this christmas.

Raw Christmas Pies (The Raw Food Mum)

This is not fodmap free but we can adapt some fodmap free goodness

 

Crust

2 Cups Cashews (use walnuts and macadamias)

1 Cup Almonds (sunflower seeds are an option)

¼ Water

3 Tbsp Coconut Nectar (could use rice malt syrup aka RMS)

3 Tbsp Lemon Juice

Pinch of Salt

Food process all ingredients

Press in muffin tin, silicone molds that have been greased with coconut oil

Dehydrate for 2-3 hours (or put oven on lowest and leave door ajar over night)

Remove from cases from mold and dehydrate for another 8 hours (or do the same in oven)

Note; No time for the dehydrating…not a prob. If you’re eating the day of or even the next, add 2 Tbls of coconut oil then pop in freezer or fridge to set.

Filling- total fodmap feast here

½ Cup Medjool Dates (haven’t found a sub)

Juice of 1 Orange

2 Apples chopped (berries are great here)

1 Cup raisins (marinated rhubarb)

1 ½ tsp mixed spice

Blend dates, orange juice and mixed spice in food processor

Mix apples and raisins in bowl with food processed goodness (leave overnight to combine if you have time)

Fill the cases with the mixture

Cream

1 ½ Cups Cashews (soaked for min 3 hours)

1 Tbsp Lemon Juice

3 Tbsp Coconut Oil

¼ Cup Coconut Nectar (RMS)

Pinch of Salt

Blend all the ingredients until smooth.

Top on the fruit mix or use to dip.

EAT EAT EAT!!

Christmas Pudding (Chef Pete Evans)

Again not fodmap free but we can fix that I’m sure…can’t we?!

60 g dried figs

2 tbsp

50 g flaxseed meal

2 tbsp dried sour cherries

1 tsp fresh ginger, grated

100g dried apricots

250g dates

170mg almond meal

1 tsp vanilla extract

¼ tsp allspice

1 tsp ground cinnamon

¼ tsp ground nutmeg

1 tsp ground ginger

¼ cup orange juice

1 tbsp coconut oil

Frosting

100g raw cacao butter

100ml coconut cream

40g maple syrup (RMS)

Line some funky molds that are around 5cm (2 inch) diameter or some 50ml cups with plastic wrap

Combine everything but the coconut oil and orange juice in food processor.

Blend until crumb like

Mix in oil and juice and knead until you can form balls

Fill molds or roll into balls

Pop into fridge to set for about 15 minutes

Make frosting in meantime

Place cacao butter in a bowl over a boiling saucepan. Stir until completely melted

Remove from heat, mix in coconut cream and maple.

Leave to cool to room temperature

Spoon over puddings and pop in fridge for 10-15 minutes to set.

Add some Christmas to the top- a red raspberry, some holly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas Bliss Balls (Real Food Mum- ME)

 

1 Cup Nut and Seed Butter (I use, sunflower seeds, pepitas, walnuts, sesame seeds)

1/3 cup RMS

1 Tbsp vanilla extract

1 Tbsp Raw Cacao Powder

1 Tbsp Ground Cinnamon

1 Tbsp Ground Ginger

1 Tbsp Ground Cardamom

1 Tsp Garam Masala

OK so this is your base, lets get some creativity flowing

Options;

2 Tbsp Shredded Coconut

3 Tbsp goji berries

3 Tbsp Macadamias

2 Tbsp Chia Seeds

2 Tbsp Hemp Seeds

4-6 Medjool Dates (omit RMS)

3 Tbsp Pecans

3 Tbsp Cashews

Haven’t got any homemade nut and seed butter? Pop nuts and seeds in food processor first, blend on high until it forms a smooth paste. Should take 5-10 minutes. Stop every minute or so to scrape down the mixture off the sides.

Want some delicious coconut butter. Blend 1 cup of coconut in food processor until it forms a smooth paste.

Ok so once you’ve chosen your mix, lets blend on high until it is a sticky thick paste

Have a plate of ¼ cup of chia seeds, crushed pecans, crushed hazelnuts, shredded coconut, pepitas, sesame seeds, cacao powder, chopped goji’s.

Roll into balls and then roll into your choice of above.

I love doing cocnut, goji and pepita’s so it looks fabulously festive for presents……that’s if they make it out of your house.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last Minute Choc Puddings (Grass Fed Girl)

 

3 organic eggs

1 tbsp liquid coconut oil

2 tbsp raw cacao powder

2 tbsp maple (RMS)

1 tsp ground cinnamon

½ tsp ground nutmeg

1 tsp vanilla extract

½ baking soda

Heat oven to 180c/350f

Mix all ingredients with whisk

Pour into oven proof dishes (the smaller, the quicker the cooking)

Bake 10-15 minutes

EAT EAT EAT

Chai Tea Concentrate (Against All Grain)

10 cups filtered water

18 bags black tea (preferably Darjeeling)

4 cinnamon sticks

4 star anise

3 tsp whole cloves

2 vanilla beans, split

3 tbsp chopped ginger

1&½ tsp cardamom pods (smashed)

1&½ tsp peppercorns

1&½ tsp ground nutmeg

1 tsp fennel seed

1 tsp licorice root

zest 1 orange

1 cup honey (RMS, Maple, Coconut Nectar)

¼ tsp lime juice

Bring water to boil

Add everything but honey and lime juice and turn down to simmer

Simmer for 20 minutes

Remove teabags, leave to steep for another 20 minutes strain spices

Add Honey and Lime Juice

Pour into Jars with ¼ inch room at top (this will make 6 8 oz jars)

Seal the jars in a hot water bath for 15 minutes

Remove with tongs

Lightly press, lids until the popped out bit pops in and stays.

Once opened the concentrate will last a week in fridge

Mix 1 part concentrate, 2 parts milk

Coconut, almond, rice milk all delish!!

Raw Chocolate Bars (Real Food Mum, Adapted from Wholefood Simply)

 

¼ Cup Raw Cacao Powder

¼ Cup Raw Cacao Butter

¼ RMS or Maple Syrup

¼ Coconut Oil

Pinch of salt

Place Cacao in a bowl over a boiling saucepan, stir until melted

Add Other ingredients and remove from heat.

You do not want to get any water in the mixture or it will turn to a mess.

Pour onto a baking paper lined oven tray (that will fit in your freezer)

Now to add the extras.

Sprinkle Goji berries, nuts, seeds, coconut, raisins in separate lines.

Pop into freezer to set for about 20 minutes

Once set take out and break into pieces or chop into a neater bar.

Keep in freezer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coconut Chocolate Bars (Real Food Mum, Adapted from Wholefood Simply)

2 Cups of shredded Coconut

(spread on oven tray and roast at 170c/350c. Watch closely, you want it to be a light golden colour)

Blend on High until it forms and smooth paste.

Add 3 Tbsp coconut oil

Options-

Goji berries

Raw Chocolate

Nuts

Seeds

Choose your options, portion out coconut cream into mixing bowls

Add individual ingredients, mix until combined.

Add to molds. I used silicone molds

Pop into freezer for 10 minutes while we make the Raw Chocolate

¼ Cup Raw Cacao Powder

¼ Cup Raw Cacao Butter

¼ Cup RMS or Maple

¼ Cup Coconut Oil

Pinch of salt

Place Cacao in a bowl over a boiling saucepan, stir until melted

Add other ingredients and remove from heat.

You do not want to get any water in the mixture or it will turn to a mess.

Pour into a bowl and leave to cool a little so it thickens

Once the Coconut creams are set and still cold, pop them out of mold, drop one at a time into chocolate and then pop back in freezer to set.

OH MY YUM!!