Cacao and Berry Layered Smoothie

Hey everyone! It’s been so hectic at uni with my exams, rowing training schedule, and general life so I’ve taken a bit of a break from blogging, but I’m back with a new breakfast recipe featuring Vita Coco’s new Coconut Milk – a dairy-free alternative which is a perfect substitute for regular milk. It’s generally been so much fun to experiment around with their new Coconut Milk Alternative so I hope that you’re inspired to do the same.


CACAO & BERRY LAYERED SMOOTHIE

Ingredients:

1 frozen banana

1 cup almond milk

2 tbsp oats

handful of berries

1 tsp cranberry and lingonberry powder (optional)


1/2 medium avocado

2 tbsp cacao powder

3 dates (soaked if needed)


Method:

  1. Blend the first 5 ingredients until super smooth and creamy. Pour half of the mixture into a glass or jar.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients to the remaining smoothie mix and blend once again.
  3. Carefully pour the chocolate smoothie into your serving jar or glass then pour a layer of the berry smoothie mix.
  4. Alternate between the smoothie mixes.
  5. Then top with some nibbles and more fruit!


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N.B. This recipe is an entry into the Dairy Free Style Your Breakfast challenge with Vita Coco and Foodies100. See more great breakfast ideas athttp://vitacoco.com/uk/

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Choco-Cherry ‘Black Forest Gateau’ Nana Ice Cream

CHOCO-CHERRY ‘BLACK FOREST GATEAU’ NANA ICE CREAM

Ingredients:

For the chocolate nana ice cream:

2 frozen bananas

1tbsp Aduna Super Cacao Powder

Splash of plant-based mylk e.g. coconut, unsweetened almond, hazelnut

1tsp plant-based syrup e.g. agave nectar, maple syrup, date syrup


For the cherry nana ice cream:

2 frozen bananas

Handful of fresh cherries

1tsp Arctic Berries lingonberry powder

1tsp Arctic Berries cranberry powder

1tsp plant-based syrup e.g. agave nectar, maple syrup, date syrup


Method:

  1. Add the ingredients for the chocolate nice cream in a high-speed blender; then blend until desired consistency. (You can add more liquid if you would like soft-serve ice cream).
  2. Place chocolate banana ice cream in the freezer whilst you make the cherry nana ice cream.
  3. Add the ingredients for the cherry nice cream in a high-speed blender; then blend until desired consistency. (You can add more liquid if you would like soft-serve ice cream).
  4. Remove the chocolate nice cream from the freezer and transfer the cherry nice cream from your blender to your bowl.
  5. Top with fresh fruit, raw chocolate and small nibbles for an additional crunchy texture.

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Guest Blog Post: Amy Mia Goldsmith

5 Foods to Ease an Upset Stomach

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Whether you had a stomach flu or simply ate something bad, your organism will not respond quite well to certain types of food. During this period you might experience nausea, vomiting and diarrhea and it is recommend altering your diet, at least until your organism stabilizes and starts digesting foods normally. But before you condemn yourself solely to toast and crackers, you should try implementing these few foods into your diet plan, as they are known to be some of the best stomach soothers:

  1. Bananas

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Bananas are known to be natural antacids, meaning they contain vital nutrients which can normalize the stomach acids and firm the bowel movements. Because they are so rich in fiber, pectin, potassium and vitamins, they can be easily digested and actually serve as a great energy booster, which is another plus, as stomach problems are known to drain your energy and leave you feeling exhausted. This is why bananas are generally recommended as breakfast foods or pre and post-workout snacks.

  1. Papaya

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Fruits are known to be generally quite healthy because they are so rich in vitamins, but it is a well-known fact that they should be avoided during stomach issues, because their acidic levels could harm the stomach flora even further. But every rule has its exception and in this case the exception comes in the tasty form of the tropical papayas. Papayas are known to be quite rich in papain, an enzyme that aids with digestion. These enzymes help break proteins and create a stable acidic environment. This is also why papayas come in many supplement forms and are used to treat stomach ulcers, certain allergies and even some sports injuries.

  1. White Rice

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In the last couple of years the complete hype about white foods being bad for you has resulted in many people simply cutting certain foods like white bread, flour and rice out of their nutrition. Contrary to popular belief, plain white rice holds many benefits, especially when it comes to easing stomach pains. It has the ability to absorb the gases and acid in your stomach and solidifies your stool. This helps especially with diarrhea or similar issues in the digestion track. White rice is also a good idea as it can replenish your energy; make you feel satiated without upsetting your stomach further.

  1. Ginger

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Considered one of the healthiest foods, ginger has many great properties that are used to treat all kinds of diseases and health issues. For many years, ginger has been praised as one of the best remedies when it comes to alleviating symptoms of gastrointestinal distress. Not only does it have anti-inflammatory components that help reduce the stomach pains, but it is also regarded as a substance which eliminates intestinal gases and soothes the intestinal track. Depending on your ache, you can consume ginger in fresh form or perhaps mix up a cup of ginger tea. It is very important to remember that a recommended dose is 4 grams of ginger per day.

  1. Apple Sauce

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When it comes to stomach aches, an apple a day will certainly not keep the doctor away, at least not if you consume them in a fresh form. Fresh apples are known to contain high levels of fructose which can be very upsetting for the stomach. On the other hand, this fruit is also quite rich with pectin, which helps soothe the symptoms of diarrhea ad constipation. In order to get the most out of these health properties, it is recommended to consume apples in a form of applesauce, as cooked down apples will help with digestion.

 

Lastly, it is really important to create a well-balanced nutrition that will help you get all the essential nutrients without doing any harm to your digestion track. This can be accomplished by mixing up some probiotic and prebiotic foods and forming a synbiotic your body desperately needs. Personally, I use and recommend the SCD Lifestyle diet plan. Try to manage a diet that contains all the essential nutrients needed for a body to function properly.

Here are some gut healthy recipes:

Strawberry Smoothie

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Simply blend half a cup of low-fat yogurt, milk and frozen strawberries and enjoy your instant synbiotic mini meal.

Toasty Breakfast: A combination of toasted whole-wheat English muffins with low-fat yogurt and bananas makes a nutritious and healthy breakfast idea.

Chicken Salad Sammie:

When you feel ready to step up the game, mix up a bit of mayo, low-fat yogurt, celery, cut-up chicken breasts and spread it on whole-grain toast for a delicious afternoon snack.

Savory Yogurt Dip:

A light everyday snack which contains low-fat yogurt, minced cucumbers, a pinch of salt and a teaspoon of fresh dill makes a tasty dip or a toast spread.

After you have cured your stomach ache and feel ready to get back to your regular nutrition, it is a good idea to start slowly by implementing some of the above light snacks and gradually introduce other foods.

About the author

Amy Mia Goldsmith is a personal trainer and chief editor at Beausmith blog, a healthy lifestyle blog. She has a degree in nutrition and her goal is to teach people to live a healthy, happy life.

Wild Thing Paleo Review


When Wild Thing contacted me looking to collaborate, I couldn’t say no to their exciting and vibrant Paleo bars. I knew that this was a company who I’d love working with as their ethos complements mine – bio, vegan, organic, Paleo and generally wholesome food without comprising the delicious factor!

I’m a big advocator for eating Organic foods because organic paleo food is grown without pesticides and in a way that helps bio-diversity thrive. It also guarantees that there are no additives, chemicals or unacceptable processing added during production. That’s why I love that Wild Thing organic paleo bars are made exclusively with raw ingredients.

BERRIES AND SEEDS: On an initial impression, I loved the look of this Wild Thing bar – the deep, vibrant purple colour and funky design gives the whole company and snacking experience a fun and carnival-like feel to it. And that’s exactly the sensation you experience when biting into the bar – a burst of wholesome nutty and berryilicious yumminess (sunflower seeds, cranberries, pumpkin seeds, blueberries, goji berries) 👍 I also loved the texture, the chewiness of the bar is perfectly complemented by the crunch of some of the bigger nuts such as the pumpkin seeds to give an all-round delicious tasting experience👌


COCONUT & CHIA: Loved the crunchy, flapjack-like texture to this bar. I’d say that it was actually my favourite one as it was sweet (I have a major sweet tooth) due to the main ingredients being dates, coconut and cashews. But it had truly divine taste – similar to that of golden syrup – which perfectly complemented the slightly more bitter taste of the chia seeds.

CACAO & ALMOND: Heightened by the luscious smell of cacao, I was particularly excited to try out this flavour – and I definitely wasn’t disappointed! Biting into the bar, my tastebuds were awakened by the strong taste of cacao – in all its raw, natural, bitter and earthly glory ❤️ Think it is the perfect bar as a not too indulgent, guilt-free treat as its’ not overly sweet or decadent – so is absolutely the right snack to curb any hunger pangs or chocolate cravings without the feeling of guilt/ failed self control afterwards. Also loved how the chewy texture was broken up by small chunks of almonds to provide a crunch every now and again 🙂


NUTS & SEEDS: I’m simply in love with all things nutty so this bar was delicious in my opinion! It had a slightly different texture to the others due to its composition of various nuts and seeds (sunflower seeds, cashews, almonds, pumpkin seeds) and is crunchier, more grainy and has small pieces of nuts/ seeds distributed throughout the bar which I quite enjoyed as each bite has a slightly different taste and crunch to it 🙂 I was happy to find that there wasn’t simply one nut/ seed which overpowered the others in terms of flavour, each nut/ seed was definitely present in an equal and complementary way 👌 Absolutely divine!

Mindfully, Moni x

InSpiral Cakes Review

I was so excited to be approached by InSpiral who were looking to collaborate in the lead up to Christmas as a way to promote their Limited Edition Raw Christmas Cake! Of course I said yes immediately – I simply love InSpiral; my favourite hangout in Camden and of course everything on their online website is just lush ❤ So to receive a box of four abolsutely delicious and wholesome raw cakes actually made my week – ask anyone, the grin could not be wiped off my face XD Anyways, I’ve written a review of the four flavours which I was so kindly sent to taste and sample…  

RAW VANILLA BERRY TART: I absolutely loved this gorgeously smooth, melt-in-your-mouth tart. From the word go, I fell for the cute-as-buttons packaging that although is simple, perfectly correlates to the InSpiral ethos of plant-based, wholesome food with no nasties! But I was even more blown away but the delicious flavours and textures of each layer which completed one another beautifully: the sweet, thick blueberry jam; creamy, smooth cashew and coconut oil ‘cheesecake’; and dense, sticky walnut and almond base. I kid you not that in my long, experienced history of raw vegan desserts, this was most definitely one of the top ones because it was seriously so scrumptious and smooth – a seriously pleasurable, heavenly eating experience of pure bliss. It genuinely is the perfect treat as the portion is designed for a light, single serving which is nonetheless very satisfyingly filling due to the rich texture and dense ingredients!  RAW PASSIONFRUIT TART: As, of course, passionfruit is naturally more bitter and has more of a tang than most fruits, this tart was very zingy. The sharpness of the passionfruit layer complemented the creamy and dense cashew nut ‘cheesecake’ in a gorgeous manner, really tickling your tastebuds with the various flavours and sensations! I liked this tart in contrast to the others as it was much less decadent and not as rich so much more pleasurable if looking for a light, fruity and not so sweet dessert👌Even my non-health conscious uni neighbour loved it and wouldn’t have known that it was raw, vegan or gluten free – he’s officially converted and the no.1 fan of InSpiral!

RAW CHOCOLATE BLACKOUT TART: If you’re one for sweet treats and devilish decadence, then this is the perfect dessert for you! The rich, smooth, creamy texture simply melts in your mouth within seconds and is so luscious due to the avocado base. You really can’t taste the avocado but it most certainly contributed to the gorgeous texture. The taste as well is absolutely divine – think rich, dark and chocolately heaven. Accompanied with this velvety mousse-like pudding is a chocolately walnut and almond base which complements the main layer perfectly. It might be far too indulgent for some and I would definitely advise eating in two sittings but an all-round guilt-tripping yet totally wholesome, natural treat.


 – RAW CHRISTMAS CAKE: As InSpiral’s limited edition cake, I was most excited to taste this one! I’ve been feeling more and more Christmassy as the countdown gets closer and closer to 25th December so this plant-based goodness has just heightened my festive spirt. Delving into the luscious coconut vanilla cream frosting and then the raw marzipan layer and dense, spiced raw fruit and nut base was a whirlwind of all things Christmassy. Perfect treat for the festive season and deliciously wholesome as usual of course. Compulsory to serve with a Christmas playlist in the background and whilst wearing your favourite Xmas jumper 🎅🏼🎄🎁

Very Berry Pitaya Smoothie

After spending three weeks touring China and experiencing a different culture, it would be unthinkable to not write a few blog posts/ recipes dedicated to my travels. Having been inspired the many food markets and street vendors of Chengdu; Guilin; Guangzhou; Hong Kong; and Yangshuo, I decided to buy some local food products and experiment around with them. Here’s the first recipe I’d like to share with you all: a dragonfruit and lychee-based smoothie! Although pink pitaya and lychee are difficult to source outside of South America and Asia, you can try track them down at Asian markets or the worldwide aisle in big supermarkets. Alternatively, you can buy powdered pitaya in pouches to get that truly gorgeous, deep pink colour ❤

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VERRY BERRY PITAYA SMOOTHIE

Ingredients:

1/2 pink dragonfruit

3 lychees, peeled and pit removed

2 medium-sized bananas

1 handful frozen blueberries

1 handful frozen strawberries

1 handful frozen raspberries

1tbsp cranberry powder (Optional: for extra vibrance)

1tbsp coconut sugar (Optional: for extra sweetness)

100ml almond milk

Suggested toppings: Creative Nature chia seeds, crumbled health bars

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Method:

  1. Combine all the listed ingredients into a blender.
  2. Blend on medium to high for 40 seconds, or until smooth. Alternatively, if you use a BlendTec, select the “Smoothie” programme.
  3. Pour into a glass or bowl & enjoy!

As featured on the Creative Nature website {use code MONI10 for discount off all purchases}.

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Mindfully, Moni x

Nosh Raw Review

Nosh are a wheat, dairy and gluten-free company as well as vegan. None of their products are heat-treated so all the nutrients and enzymes are as nature intended. 

 

Their Philosophy – Well Being, Well Delivered

Nosh was founded in 2008 by Geeta Sidhu-Robb as a result of spending years fighting her son’s multiple food allergies and anaphylaxis as a baby. Geeta had to give up her work as a lawyer to look after her son and meanwhile, developed her own solutions using nutritious, balanced meals, alternative therapies and natural supplements. Using just these natural methods, Geeta completely cured his eczema and amazingly, reduced his asthma to an intermittent event!

Geeta hopes that her story inspires others to change their own lives as it has changed so many of her clients’ lives.

Issues Nosh Work With:

Nosh produce amazing results using unique diets that only they supply such as:

Every day, we eat things we shouldn’t and come into contact with all sorts of toxins without even knowing it. We are not designed to deal with this sort of overload and can become backed up. Our systems then start to fail. Doing a detox allows your body to catch up and process all of that build up bringing your body into homeostasis or balance.

Raw Food Rocks! Nosh bottle live vitamins, minerals & nutrients without heat-treating. Raw fruit on the go. Natural, unsweetened, delicious. Well being, Well Juiced!


I am so honoured to say that I had the opportunity to sample and review some of their products as below…

RASPBERRY, APPLE & PEAR RAW FRUITY JUICE: Blissful explosion of sweet berries – I love love love this juice! Definitely my favourite as it’s sweet (raspberries naturally contain xylitol), tangy and berry gorgeous. The intense raspberry flavour is exquisite, and of course the ingredients are just 100% raw fruits! Not only is the taste on point, the fruits – apple, raspberry and pear – will also help you to immune your body. Specifically, raspberries are high in Vitamin C; whereas apples are rich in Vitamins A, B & C as well as minerals such as iron; whilst pears contain high levels of boron which helps the body retain calcium and prevent osteoporosis! The incredible immune-building health benefits are just a bonus to the delicious taste, so it’s a no brainer as the perfect drink to accompany your breakfast on-the-go.    

CARROT, APPLE & ORANGE RAW FRUITY JUICE: I really enjoyed this juice as you could tell that it was made from simply 100% natural, raw fruits (and their goodness) and nothing else! The carrot juice was deliciously sweetened with the addition of the orange and apple juices to constitute a refreshing drink which wasn’t overly decadent. Loaded with vitamins and live nutrients, it’s perfect to help fight viral infections plus is generally extremely nourishing… You can have your daily requirements on Vitamin A just by having this bottle! What is also amazing is that carrots are rich in beta-carotene which helps improve vision, apples help detoxify the liver and boost immunity, whilst oranges have Vitamin C and flavonoids to protect against heart disease – WOWZA! I drank this after lunch to really notice it’s amazing effects 🙂

    

RAW VEGGIE AVOCADO, SPINACH & MANGO SMOOTHIE: An interesting combination of veggies and fruits which you might not expect to work but it did actually taste quite good! The mango was the strongest flavour with the spinach and avocado subtly adding a hint of green veggies into the mix. The joy of this cleanse is that all green leaves are abundant in chlorophyll which cleanses and hydrates the intestines. This bottle has more than 50% of your daily requirements on Vitamin A, C & K. With spinach, avocado, mango and apple being the natural anti-inflammatory that boost your energy, this is definitely the smoothie to have along side your breakfast in the morning.

 

SPIRULINA, APPLE & MINT SMOOTHIE: I’m going to be brutally honest with you all and say that I really didn’t enjoy this smoothie. I absolutely hate mint and felt that it was all I could taste when drinking this, despite the base of mango and apple juice. Nonetheless, the nutrients are worth battling through the not-so-nice taste as when you replenish your system with fresh, raw superfoods, they deeply nitrify and purify you! This vitamin formula of loads of green super powers and sea greens is low in calories but brimming with nutrients. This little booster is cleansing as it is super green which makes it alkaline. The health benefits are truly remarkable: the smoothie contains the green pigment chlorophyll which oxygenates the tissues of the body whilst contains food state Vitamin C to boost immunity. Moreover, it is an excellent source of gentle fiber due to the linseed. So drink up! (Your body, not your tastebuds, will thank you for it.)

 

RAW WHEATGRASS SHOTS WITH FRUIT JUICES: These products come in three flavours: mango juice, mandarin juice, strawberry juice and contain 100% Raw Wheatgrass. I am completely surprised to say that I actually enjoyed drinking these wheatgrass shots! Usually I recoil at even the thought of wheatgrass, but the addition of the various fruit juices make it a pleasurable experience and not so horrifying (mandarin is definitely the nicest one!) The benefits are totally worth the little unpleasant aftertaste – wheatgrass is actually known as the “liquid gold”! It contains 12 amino acids which are the building blocks of protein. It’s rich in chlorophyll, which has a molecular structure almost identical to blood. It helps to cleanse the cells and purify the blood. By having 2 shots per day you will definitely see your body changin. I took a half shot before then the rest of the bottle after lunch and certainly felt the detoxing effect the next morning!

  

Mindfully, Moni x