These, the best kale chips ever, are so easy to make you'll be saying "is that it?" before you even get started. Kale Chips are fantastic to have on hand when you are craving a salty snack, and they are a brilliant way to eat kale if you are not normally a fan. I admit it, sometimes it can be pretty intense.
This pesto is a unique and delicious take on classic pesto. Whipped up in 5 minutes, delightfully zesty and rich, you won't believe it doesn't include Parmesan Cheese. Cashew, salt, lemon and olive oil give it a cheesy saltiness while rocket adds peppery punch.
Breakfast isn't the only thing you can make in your blender!
Raw soup has got to be the worlds quickest and healthiest fast food. It works perfectly as an appetizer or a light meal, and I love it because it just feels like pure goodness. If I'm recovering from something, or don't feel like a big dinner, or simply had a long day and don't feel like preparing food, making a green veggie soup is about a zillion times better than succumbing to takeaways! It's also the perfect thing to follow a juice cleanse.
Any blender will work, but a high speed blender is awesome because it will gently heat your soup to about 50 degrees C as it blends. This means you don't need to heat it on the stove, saving time, dishes and protecting the precious heat sensitive vitamins and enzymes that make this soup so full of goodness. If you don't have a high speed blender (like a Vitamix or an Optimum), you can blend and place it in a sauce pan over low heat for a few minutes until it reaches a temp just warm enough to enjoy.
I can't really take the credit for this one. I got home from work and my domestic goddess of a flatmate had already started making them. I grabbed my camera and took a few snaps, of what turned out to be the most delicious, hit-the-spot crackers we ever did taste. A perfect substitute for bread, awesome with all kinds of dips and antipasto platters, or even crumbled over smoothies and desserts (omit the S + P).
We've made several batches since this first go, mixing it up every time with different combos of nuts, seeds and spices. They taste delicious every time!
I am such a sucker for banana loaf. Some of the best things in life reside in this recipe: banana, coconut, cinnamon, walnuts, nutmeg...and none of the questionable things, like refined sugar or gluten. It's the perfect way to use up old bananas, and coconut flour gives the loaf a dense, coconutty flavour. Nothing makes me happier than a slice of this on a sunny afternoon with a spiced chai latte and some good company! Heavenly!
The recipe is GAPS and Paleo-friendly, and can be made with or without dairy, simply substitute butter for coconut oil.
Chia seeds are amazing. High in protein, fibre, omega-3 fatty acids (including high amounts of alpha-linolenic acid), antioxidants, calcium, iron, manganese and phosphorous. They also have that nifty little ability to soak up water and get all gelatinous and such. This is the soluble fibre soaking up all the water and making a gel coating over the seed, forming a barrier between carbohydrates and digestive enzymes, thus slowing the conversion of carbohydrates to sugar.
So what? It means chia seeds are an ultra hydrating endurance food. The seeds become a super slow release energy source, avoiding the usual blood glucose highs and lows, while the gel retains up to 12 times the chia seeds' weight in water, hydrating you and helping maintain your electrolyte balance - especially handy during prolonged physical exercise. The book "Born to Run" describes how the Tarahumara running people would sustain themselves with Chia on their many-hundred-mile runs. Other Native Americans, on the trade route from the Colorado River to California, would bring only Chia seed for sustenance. Chia seeds were so valued by the Native Americans that they were even used as a form of currency!
So how can we eat them? Let me count the ways! Smoothies, puddings, porridge, baking, cereals... you can check out more nutritional info and recipes in my Chia Seed Superfood post, but for now, behold: The quickest, easiest way to get chia into your diet and stay hydrated and energised during the summer months:
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