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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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  

Strawberries and Cream Crepes

STRAWBERRIES & CREAM CREPES

Ingredients


For the crepes:

45g wholemeal/ buckwheat flour

25g oat flour (Note: blended oats is fine; that’s what I use)

2tbsp coconut sugar or any other granulated sweetener/ sugar of choice

1 egg (vegan substitute: flax egg)

200ml unsweetened almond milk or other plant-based milk


For the cream filling:

100g plain, white-coloured yoghurt e.g. coconut, Greek or quark

1tbsp berry powder or fruit jam

1tbsp plant-based milk (if needed, to loosen mixture)


For the strawberry drizzle:

2tsp vegan strawberry syrup/ sauce


Method:

  1. Combine all the ingredients for the crepes in a deep, medium-sized bowl and whisk, with an electric whisk, until the batter is smooth and free from lumps. The batter will be quite thin.
  2. Melt a drop of coconut oil (vegetable oil will work as well) on a low-medium heat, in a small pan.
  3. Pour batter (I use three flat tablespoons but it will differ according to the size of your pan) onto the centre of the pan while swirling the pan’s handle, using a circular movement of your wrist, to cover the base and create a thin crepe.
  4. When the underneath is golden, flip the crepe (Note: the edges of the crepe should be peeling upwards and so I use my fingers to flip them as it’s much easier than using a spatula).
  5. Remove when the crepe is completely cooked on the other side and repeat with the remaining batter.
  6. Whilst the crepes are cooking, combine the ingredients for the cream filling in a small, shallow bowl until the mixture is smooth and free from lumps. Add more liquid as required to thin the filling.
  7. Fill each crepe with the cream filling. Top with strawberries, a chopped bar and drizzle with the strawberry sauce.

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Mindfully, Moni x

LifeFood Review

– CACAO SPIRULINA RAW PROTEIN POWDER: The most delicious blend of superfoods which is simply so easy to pour into a blender with some fruit or just in a glass with some water!

Absolutely loved the strong cacao taste but it’s not so decadent as it’s counterbalanced by the spirulina to give it a nutritious kick and satisfyingly wholesome feeling. The combination of hemp protein powder with the superfoods makes it the perfect post-workout refreshment or drink in the morning as protein helps to kickstart the body’s metabolism! I could really enjoy every single ingredient as when slurping/ spooning, each mouthful provides a different tasting experience: cacao, banana, spirulina or lucuma to constitute a rollercoaster of flavours for your tastebuds 🙂 Check out the amazing health benefits here.

– BERRY SUPERFOOD LIFEBAR: Gorgeously fruity bar with the balancing potency of maca, nutritional qualities of baobab powder and antioxidant power of cranberries. I simply loved the chewy fruit pieces in this Lifebar as it provided a different texture to the nuts and seeds. The combination is truly sensational and curbs hunger pangs in a healthy plus tasty way! It also has a pinch of crystal pink Himalayan salt for an amazing combination which truly gives fantastic result in terms of energy boosting as well as presenting the Lifebar with a unique, flavoursome taste.

  

– TROPICAL MIX RAWMEO: These yummy confectionary balls are the perfect way to satisfy your sweet-tooth. It’s made from pure dried fruits, nuts and seeds but without any added sugar so is simply the best choice for a delicious alternative to unhealthy sweets/ junk food! Each truffle was a different flavour: pineapple and mango, cacao nibs and orange zest & almond and pineapple so all had their own unique, sensational flavour!!

Mindfully Moni with Sandrine & Co. from LifeFood at the LNLO Show on 5 July

As in the name, RAWmeo, the truffles are 100% raw and made using organic ingredients👌They actually remind me of bliss balls in particular as they have a similar texture due to the base ingredient of dates but are less chewy as the truffles are chockfull of crunchy almond nuts (and cacao nibs for the orangey one) to perfectly complement the sweet date taste. My favourite one had to be the cacao nibs and orange one since the bitter crunch of the nibs and sweet, zesty orange combined to make the most heavenly taste – reminding me of a healthy Jaffa cake! But having said that, I loved the tropical flavours of the mango and pineapple truffle (they really remind you of a Piña Colada but without the nasties) plus the crunchy, nutty truffle was simply divine and the perfect addition to the sweeter, more chewy two truffles! All in all, LifeFood’s Rawmeo really was a delicious dessert which I’d have a million times over without a doubt 👍

– CRISPY ONION RINGS: At first, I was slightly sceptical about trying the crispy onion rings since it’s an unusual product – but as the saying goes, never judge a book by its cover as I was pleasantly surprised to find how much I enjoyed them! So fear not, you will simply love this LifeFood product and is simply the perfect healthy replacement to ‘normal’ crisps as they’ve got a similar texture (but these are slightly tougher to chew and less crunchy) and are slightly salty as there is sprinkling of pink Himalayan salt on the onion rings. The difference in tasting experience from these LifeFood crisps and regular crisps is that the onion rings are dehydrated so when placed in your mouth, the saliva supplies moisture to the crisps so that the crisps become softer and chewier.

You can compare it to other vegetable crisps – beetroot and sweet potato crisps are the most common – but this LifeFood product really does take raw vegetable crisps to a whole new level! It’s a totally unique twist placed on dehydrated vegetables as the tiny onion rings are in fact marinated in a spicy, a la barbecue sauce of dried tomatoes, nuts, raisins and chilli for a completely sensational tasting experience. It’s quite spicy, but not too much if you usually prefer milder foods like me – just the right amount of spice! This flavoursome snack with a bite can be accompanied with a refreshing, summery drink 🙂

Mindfully, Moni x