This post has been a long time coming! I am sorry to keep you waiting as I know many of you have been hanging out for a post on Kombucha.
I brewed my first jar of this sparkling effervescent tea last winter, and I've been enjoying delicious weekly batches of it ever since. I love it because a) the taste is addictive, like fizzy apple champagne with a delightful cidery twang b) the very nature of the ever-growing 'scoby' encourages community and sharing, c) it's insanely simple to make and d) if you can afford some tea and raw sugar, then you have access to one of the most incredible probiotic beverages on the planet, continuously!
Green juices and smoothies are so hot right now, and for very good reason! Made the right way, they are absolutely delicious, revitalizing and nourishing to our bodies. If you're new to the buzz, rest assured it ain't hype: smoothies and juices are the incredible, life giving elixir they are cracked up to be! They are kind to your digestive system, great for your skin, hair, eyes and immune system, anti aging, weight loss , detox and cleansing. Moreover, green smoothies and juices are a cost effective way to get and keep you and your family healthy. I love them because they promote REAL food. Sure, you can chuck all kinds of super powders and potions into your drinks, but fundamentally, blenders and juicers are all about fresh produce: their number one goal in life is to make your fruits, nuts, seeds and vegetables SHINE!
Given it's #SMOVEMBER (your 30 day pre-summer smoothie challenge), and the month before Christmas and beach season really gets cranking, I thought it was high time I did a post on smoothies and juices - their benefits and differences, tips, and the best types of machines to invest in.
SO which is better, blending or juicing?
It's the classic debate among health lovers. The answer is, well… BOTH .. are fabulous (but different) ways to quench your body with loads of nutrient dense veggies! Both smoothies and freshly extracted vegetable juices offer better nutrient absorption than you'd get eating foods whole. They’re a delicious, quick way to download a massive amount of raw nutrients into your body every day.
I'm a huge fan of dairy-free milks - they are a delicious, healthy, plant-based alternative to cow's milk and have solid nutritional profiles. They work a treat in cereal, in your smoothies, desserts and baking. You can pick them up at the supermarket, but homemade milk will always be the safer, cheaper, more nutritious option. Why? Non-dairy milk cartons have obscenely long shelf lives and contain ingredients like starches, sugars and preservatives. Plus, it turns out the 'natural flavouring' in them is often not that natural at all.
This ultimate nut milk guide is a journal of my dairy free escapades, the wins and the fails! You'll be surprised just how easy it is, and how many things can be made into milk!
I hope this inspires you to have some fun and experiment. Each milk has sweetener options and ideas for 'deluxe' add ins. They have been given a price evaluation: thrifty - reasonable - treat and, not that we condone too much coffee drinking! But I've put them through the "Coffee Test" a) does it froth up well and b) taste good with coffee - a plant-powered coffee is an improvement on cows milk.
Health Yeah! grew out of a love for green smoothies. They’re quick, yum, portable, SO easy to digest, and you can download a massive amount of nutrients into your diet by drinking them regularly. After making zillions of smoothies, a pattern has started to emerge. So here's a guide for blending up a simple, nutrient-loaded smoothie that even the most disorganised breakfast eater can manage!
If you and your blender are just starting out on this adventure, start with sweeter fruits like bananas and then as your taste buds acclimatise (it happens!) you can get greener and more adventurous. One more thing - choose your greens wisely! 2 handfuls of spinach ain't the same as 2 handfuls of mint!!
What's the big deal about sprouts? 'Living' foods? Well, they are the most vitally alive and nourishing foods you can eat. Grains, seeds and beans are nutritionally dense little powerhouses, full of all the potential and nutrients required for new life. When they are sprouted, they truly 'wake up' to their full potential, preparing the plant for it's first stages of life: their protein content increases by 15% – 30%, they have up to 10 times the B-vitamins, and boosted vitamin C, E and K, beta-carotene, calcium, phosphorus and iron. They are low calorie and saturated with nutrients that are easier to digest and assimilate.
Homemade Bounty Bars
Chocolate Coconut Kale Thickshake
Dinspiration - my favourite throw together meals
Raw Vegan Lime Cheesecake
The Original Green Smoothie
Plant-powered Mint Choc Chip Ice Cream
DIY Three Ingredient Facewash
Creamy Cashew Berry Smoothie