All you ever wanted to know about Smoothies!

Thank you to Rebecca Kane, The Raw Foods Coach and Writer, for the following information, hints and recipes on how to make the best most nutritious smoothies!  Barry and I add to our smoothies – 1 tbs ea of flaxseeds, hemp seeds, sesame seeds and chia seeds for protein, omega 3, 6 and 9 and greater energy boost and nutrition. I have a green smoothie every morning – and sometimes another one mid afternoon if I am home or even for dinner for dessert!

Here is Rebecca’s great article:-

YOUR QUICK START GUIDE TO SMOOTHIES

Smoothies are made with the whole fruit and vegetable and as a result they contain fibre.  A smoothie is the equivalent of eating the whole fruit, however more nutrients are made available because the fibres in the fruit and vegetables are broken down, making the nutrients more accessible for your body.

Green is the key for a nutritious and cleansing smoothie as green vegetables, especially
green leafy vegetables, contain lots of chlorophyll which is incredibly effective in cleansing our bodies. Chlorophyll can help make our bodies strong, detoxify the liver and can purify and help to rebuild our blood cells. Continue reading

Dairy free Blueberry ‘Cheescake’

Our favourite dessert recipe thanks to Karen Bartz, Naturopath and author of “Raw Food Reawakening”, a beautifully illustrated raw food book that we often refer to.

Dairy free Blueberry ‘Cheesecake’

Crust
2 cups cashew nuts
1/2 cup dates, pitted
1/4 cup dried coconut
– Process dates and nuts. Sprinkle bottom of 8-9 inch pan with coconut to stop sticking and press mixture into mould.

Cheese
3 cups cashews soaked at least 1 hour
3/4 cup lemon juice
3/4 cup agave nectar
3/4 cup coconut oil
1 ground vanilla pod (or 1 tsp vanilla paste)
Pinch of sea salt
– Process all ingredients until smooth. Add up to 1/2 cup of water if necessary. Pour mixture onto crust.

Blueberry Topping
1 bag frozen blueberries
1/2 cup pre-soaked dates
2 tbs psyllium husk
– Blend until smooth and pour over cheese as topping. Place in freezer until firm.

Decorate top with more blueberries.

Extra keeps 3 days in fridge.

This is delicious, dairy-free and addictive!

Blueberries contain antioxidants and phytonutrients such as resveratrol and are anticancer and anti-inflammatory and relatively low in G1.

Chocolate, banana nut ice cream

One of our favourite vegan dessert recipes that is so healthy, you could even have it for a summer breakfast!  Thanks to Jo from www.quirkycooking.com, this is so delicious!

Toss into
Thermomix bowl and process on speed 9 until it all comes together – about 30 seconds: (or you can use your food processor)

– (500g) half a TM bowl of frozen banana pieces (cut in 1 inch chunks)

– (150g) a good handful or two of raw pecans or macadamia nuts

– (20 – 30g) a couple of heaped tablespoonfuls of cacao powder (or organic cocoa powder)

– (30g) a couple of tablespoons of agave syrup, to taste (or pure maple syrup/raw honey)

(It will be crumbly at first, but keep mixing and it will come together.)

That’s it! Serve it immediately before it melts. This makes enough for 4 – 6 people.

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How to Eat Fruit

It is not as easy as you think to eat fruit correctly!  It’s important to know how and when to eat fruit.  What is the correct way of eating fruits?

IT MEANS NOT EATING FRUITS AFTER YOUR MEALS!  FRUITS SHOULD BE EATEN ON AN EMPTY STOMACH.

If you eat fruit like that, it will play a major role to detoxify your system, supplying you with a great deal of energy for weight loss and other life activities.  Let’s say you eat two slices of bread and then a slice of fruit.  The slice of fruit is ready to go straight through the stomach into the intestines, but it is prevented from doing so.  In the meantime the whole meal rots and ferments and turns to acid.  The minute fruit comes into contact with the food in the stomach and digestive juices, the entire mass of food begins to spoil!

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