Saturday, 18 January 2014

Saturday's Smoothie: Papaya, Kiwi and Maca

Just like last weekend, I woke up on Saturday morning with an idea for a smoothie. We had bought an expensive but delicious treat at the market the previous day; a large, ripe papaya from Brazil. Keeping with the South American theme, it seemed like the right thing to put our daily dose of maca in the blender with some of it. Banana, kiwi, dates and ground seeds provided the base and me and my husband polished off a large cup each. Here's the recipe- just throw it all in your blender, and voila!

4 dried dates,
250ml water (1 cup)
2 bananas
2 kiwis
1/3-1/2 large papaya
2 heaped tsps maca powder
1 tab 4- seed mix (equal qualtities of ground flax, chia, pumpkin seeds and hemp)
75ml water

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

How -to 19: Fan an Avocado

A fanned avocado makes a pretty salad on a bed of greens or sprouts with a tangy dressing- see here for the recipe
You probably already know how to do this, but just in case there's anyone out there who doesn't, this is a simple way to make an attractive salad or starter/ appetiser. Avocados rock- they are full of nutrients and have a delicious and unique flavour and texture.  

1: You need a perfectly ripe avocado- it should be soft, and the stem part at the top should come off easily.

2: Cut the avocado in half lengthways and remove the stone carefully with your hand not a knife- I once cut myself badly with the point of a knife trying to do that.

3: Peel the avocado. The thicker, darker peel of Hass avocados will lift off; the Fuerte variety usually need a knife.
4: Carefully cut each half into slices, leaving the top part uncut, so that the whole thing stays in one piece. If your avocado is really soft you will have to be careful not to make your slices too thin or too near the top.

5: You can see from this how much to leave uncut at the top.

6: When you have finished slicing, gently fan out the slices, making sure they don't break off.

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Cacao-Maca Shake- vegan, sugar free, gluten free

A delicious start to your day, or any time you need a boost.
-Try saying that quickly! Joking apart, though, this shake/ smoothie will set you up for hours with a ton of super nutrients, mood and energy boosters. Plus it tastes so delicious, sweet and chocolate-y you won't believe it's so healthy. I know it's hard to stomach a smoothie on  cold, dark mornings, so if you can't face it before work try it as a weekend brunch, like we did. You just might find lunch is postponed to linner* because you will be so satisfied! My husband is getting over 'flu' and this smoothie really helped restore his wellbeing. 

The amounts here make about 500ml and we found this was enough for two servings:
1 banana
5 dried dates
1 tab mixed ground seeds (I keep a jar with equal quantities of ground flax, chia, pumpkin and hemp seeds in the fridge.)
1 tab maca powder
1/2 tab cacao powder
350ml plant milk (we used soya, as that was what we had to hand, but almond is probably even nicer)

  • Blend everything together until smooth and creamy. Enjoy!

* A trendy late, relaxed lunch that obviates the need for an evening meal.