It has been getting rather chilly here in Nelson, New Zealand. Growing up on a farm way out in the Dargle, South Africa, you’d think the cold would have little affect on me. I suppose I’m just a little bit of a wimp these days, brrrrrrr!!!!! Warm baths, comfy PJ’s and lots of cuddles definitely help, but so does a delicious warming meal followed by and even better warming and satisfying healthy dessert. What better way to end of a chilly evening, with a bowl of this delicious apple and sunflower seed crumble!
Apple and cinnamon are a flavor match made in heaven! The tart sweetness of the apple compliments the intense aromatics of the cinnamon, leaving a sensation of a warm winters sun dancing on the taste buds. Ha! Continue reading
Experimenting in the kitchen with different fruits can be exciting and challenging. For me, playing with the New Zealand Feijoa fruit has been incredibly fun. Coming from South Africa, I had never ever heard of such fruit, never mind tasting it. So I was ‘over the moon’ excited to try out this cute little odd shaped fruit, especially being someone who loves trying different fruits and vegetables. I instantly fell in love with the flavor, and that was me, hooked 🙂 So you can imagine how happy I was when a lovely friend blessed me with a whole bag full of the funny little fruits, straight off the tree from her friends farm. So incredibly grateful was I!
Having literally zero carbon footprint, and falling into the ‘eat local’ where possible category, I had to put my thinking cap on to decide what I’d make with so many delicious Feijoa’s. I came up with a tasty muffin recipe. Best of all it’s vegan friendly, gluten free, refined sugar free and dairy free! Whoop whoop!!! Continue reading
The world of raw food is so diverse, and really can be so artistic. I often sit scrolling the internet for inspiration, and my mind is often blown at what people can create with raw food. Now I don’t mean raw as in salmonella raw, I mean food that hasn’t been heated over 47degrees C (I think) and no nutrients or natural enzymes of the food have been damaged due to heat. I myself don’t follow a fully raw diet at all. I find what feels good with my body, and my body likes warm foods. I do, although, like to keep between 60% and 80% of my diet raw, which includes fruits, vegetables, nuts, etc.
So one of my main fascinations with the raw food diet, is the raw desserts. Oh my goodness me! have I seen some A-M-A-Z-I-N-G creations! I got incredibly inspired, and created this super delicious raw vegan cheesecake, which sent my taste buds on a high of note! Continue reading
A couple of posts ago, you’d see our Adventure to Picton, New Zealand, and on this adventure we managed to find a massive stretch of Banana Passion Fruit vines. Now while we were there, there weren’t many to be found, ripe and on the ground. We did, however, find a few and I at least got to taste this delicious fruit for the first time. One of my lovely friends, Lee-Anne, then gave me a bag of them that our trusty tour guide had managed to collect on a trip back up to Picton the following day. The big rainfall from the previous night had helped bring these little gems down to the ground, for us 🙂
With an abundance of these tasty little morsels, I pondered what I could create. A Chia breakfast bowl was the winning thought, and the result was simply scrumptious.
Chia seeds are so awesome! I love them and they’re always a staple in my pantry. There’s just so much you can do with them, and the health benefits are incredible. It’s crazy to think that so much goodness can fit in such a tiny little seed. That’s mother nature for you!
This recipe is so so simple, it’s ridiculous! Now, granted if you’re new to the magical world of chia seeds, the texture is a little different, and for some, takes some getting used to. Continue reading
With Easter around the corner, lots of you will be entertaining or visiting family, and these muffins are a perfect accompany to any family tea. They’re a healthy alternative to store bought, sugar laden muffins, and are sweetened with dates and raisins. They’re full of fiber and are very very ‘moreish’!
If you’re like me, and love that little mid-morning or afternoon pick-me-up-snack and a cuppa tea, then you’ll love this recipe, because these muffins really hit the snack attack spot. They contain affordable ingredients, so are great if you’re on a budget.
Valentines Day! A day to indulge in this delicious and guilt free Raw Chocolate. With this recipe I wanted to do something different. Something fun, and something that wouldn’t break the bank. So I scraped around, and came up with this fab idea. Egg Box Molded Raw Chocolates! And it worked out brilliantly!
This is such a fun recipe as it involves playing around a bit. It’s a great recipe to share with little ones too, who love to help out in the kitchen. With only a few ingredients, it is a quick, relatively affordable and fun alternative to mainstream sugar laden chocolate. Continue reading
Sugar-Free, dairy-Free, trans-fat Free and totally Guilt Free chocolate, filled with abundant nutritional goodness!
Raw Cacao Superfood powder is truly a staple ingredient in my kitchen cupboard. I add it to my breakfasts in the morning, my smoothies, and tasty treats. It is loaded with nutrients, and is so versatile. Continue reading
Healthy living can be really easy, if you learn to plan ahead. An important factor in a healthy clean diet is meal planning. You should be having 5-6 meals in a day. Breakfast, lunch and dinner (medium sized servings of each, dinner being the lightest), and healthy snacks in between.
Why? In order to have balanced sugar levels, without any spikes and surges, low-GI healthy clean meals and healthy snacks help to keep your sugar and energy levels plateaued throughout the day.
This is the first time I have experimented with Lacuma and dates! and Wow! A pair made in heaven. Simply divine! They combine, with the steamed sweet potato, to form the most decadent caramel center!
It’s almost unbelievable that this recipe is refine sugar free, has no dairy or gluten and is totally healthy, boasting a list of beneficial nutrients. Continue reading