Peanut butter and Popcorn Chocolate Bites

Cooking, Food, Health, Nutrition, YUM

Peanut butter and Popcorn Chocolate Bites
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1 cup of cocoa butter
3 tbsp of cacao powder
1/4  cup of sweetener of your choice (I used coconut nectar but maple syrup, raw honey or coconut sugar will do)
½ a cup of peanut butter
1 cup of cooked popcorn

Melt on a low heat the cocoa butter… adding in the cacao powder and sweetener as the butter melts. Continuously stirring, ensure it doesn’t start boiling. Place peanut butter and cooked popcorn into muffin tins lined with baking paper, greased with coconut oil or cupcake patty pans. Then once the chocolate is fully melted and evenly stirred, pour chocolate over each cupcake holder (over the peanut butter and popcorn) until at desired size. Place in freezer for 1-2 hours. Remove from freezer and store in fridge once set. SO YUMMY!

Creating a satisfying, delicious salad

Cooking, Food, Health

Creating a satisfying, delicious salad
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Recently my boyfriend expressed to me how he loves salad, loves how good it is for you but never feels like its quite enough to fill him up and satisfy him. It got me thinking that SO many people (particularly men) have the same vision on salad.  I think a lot of people’s vision on salad is that it includes lettuce, and a few other watery, raw veggies that realistically a rabbit would only be satisfied after eating.

For me, creating a salad for dinner is one of my favorite meals and creations. I love how versatile it can be. In my world… salad can involve grains, meat, veggies, fruits, nuts, super foods, herbs, spices, cheeses and basically anything I feel like throwing in!

I thought I’d do a post on how simple it is to take your salad from being a rabbits dinner to a man’s meal.

So firstly the base… A traditional salad would use a green base such as lettuce, spinach, and rocket. I say why not add the lot. Mix your greens, considering they’re so good for you throw them all in. ½ a cup of spinach, ½ a cup of lettuce, ½ a cup of rocket and even ½ a cup of kale for extra goodness.

A base to me is not just the green stuff… If were talking a man’s meal a grain MUST be added. My favorite grain to use in salad would definitely be quinoa.

Quinoa has been found to have the highest nutritional profile of all the grains…. It also conveniently cooks the fastest and is bursting with energy, B vitamins, iron, zinc, potassium, calcium and Vitamin E. Gluten free and the ideal food for endurance… need I say anymore? So chuck in a cup of cooked quinoa (two if you’re feeding a big group). If you’re not feeling the quinoa thing your options are endless… Brown rice, millet, buckwheat, kasha, amaranth, barley are all other amazing, nutrient rich grains that you can alternate with.

Next I think of the body. What type of mood I’m in, how hungry I am and what I’ve got in the fridge are basically all the factors that contribute to this phase. Generally I would throw in a few raw veggies and a few cooked veggies. My favorite raw veggies would be cucumber, capsicum, sprouts, tomato, occasionally carrot. Like I said what ever you prefer and what ever you have in the fridge.

Cooked veggies for a salad are AMAZING. Roasted, steamed, boiled, fried… I love cooked veggies and they make a salad so much more interesting and delicious. Sweet potato is a goody… particularly roasted with some coconut oil and Himalayan salts (heaven).  Zucchini cooked in the pan with some spices (cumin and paprika are a good combo) is a great one and roasted beetroot, carrots, and onions all intensify the flavor of your salad. This phase is really the phase to get creative and pick what suits your taste buds.

Now fruits. You may think eh? Fruit and salad? But trust me on this one… from apple, to figs, to grapes, to mango… fruit and salad is a match made in heaven. Some of my greatest meal memories are of mum’s famous sweet potato, mango, feta and beetroot salad. SO YUM.

Next we add the extra sustaining and filling ingredients. Nuts and seeds! Nuts and seeds are quite honestly my secret to making a filling salad. Candied nuts are food from the gods… If you haven’t done this before all you do is pick your nut (walnuts are my favorite) pour maple syrup or honey over them… place them on a tray lined with baking paper and put them in the oven at about 180 degrees celcius and cook for about 15 minutes. They are heavenly. If you’re not into the sweet/savory thing it’s as simple as getting ½ a cup – 1 cup of raw nuts and-or seeds (activated if possible) and throw them in the salad bowl.

Then there are the add ins. Whether it be for flavor, nutritional goodness or an experiment these little add ins can make or break a salad. My favorites are a good quality, organic goats chees, goji berries, seaweed, herbs (fresh mint and feta are an amazing combo with roast veg), lemon and lime, nutritional yeast flakes… again, get creative. Whatever is in your fridge or pantry will do.

Last but not least we have the dressing. No one likes a naked salad! Well some people do but dressing it again enhances the flavor, increases the nutritional benefits and makes it more filling (if done correctly). Here I will tell you my very secret ingredient to most of my meals, all of my dressings and something of which I have a personal addiction to…. TAHINI. Creamy, versatile, healthy, filling… you can add this stuff to anything and it will create heaven in your mouth and belly. So my favorite dressing at the moment is garlic, chilli, lemon, tahini, water, olive oil, cumin, and coriander. Blend/ mix it together and pour it over your salad. Basically tahini can be thrown in a blender with anything to suit your personal tastes and desires. If you are stuck for ideas just comment and ask me because I have plenty of ideas for you.

ANYWAY there you have it. A salad made into a man’s meal. YUM.

Coconut, banana and hazelnut chocolates

Clean Creations, Cooking, Fish out of the water, Food, Health, Nutrition, Vegan, YUM

RECIPE:

Chocolate
½ cup cocoa butter
3 tbsp of cocoa powder
3 tbsp of coconut nectar

Heat all ingredients in a saucepan on a low heat. Gently cook and stir until all melted and combined. Do not let it boil and set aside.

Coconut + hazelnut mix
3 tbsp creamed coconut
1 cup of desiccated coconut
1 tbsp of coconut nectar
3 tsp of hazelnut butter
1/2 cup of hazelnuts

Blend together and pour a thin layer of chocolate into the bottom of your molds. Then using a teaspoon put coconut blend evenly through chocolate in the mold then pour more chocolate over. Continue to do so once or twice. Place in freezer for 30 minutes. Leave aside a quarter of the mix for next step.

Coconut bananacream topping
Left overs of coconut mix
2 small bananas
1 tbsp of chia seeds

Blend all together and pour onto pre prepared chocolate bases. Smooth evenly over the chocolate molds and put back into the freezer for another half an hour. Remove from the freezer and store in the fridge covered for 3-4 days.

Enjoy 🌸💗😘
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Antigravity Yoga

Charity work, Fish out of the water, Health, The Choclo Project, Training, Yoga

Antigravity yoga is easily my favorite type of yoga. For anyone who hasn’t seen or heard of it before, it may look daunting and a little strange but trust me when I say, it’s incredible.

It allows you to gain all the benefits of traditional yoga but with zero compression on your spine and joints. Being perfectly suited to older, stiffer bodies or for anyone recovering from an injury. It is extremely rejuvenating, challenging, relaxing and fun and there is forever a new pose or variation to try.

Here are a couple of the poses I did this morning in my Choclo gear. The Choclo product is so suitable and perfect for the antigravity yoga as there are no zips to catch and the fabrics work beautifully against the hammock. It keeps everything in securely and the colors look incredible against the white hammock.

Haven’t heard of The Choclo Project? They are one of my incredible sponsors and a brand of which I’m EXTREMELY proud to be aligned with. They produce ethical clothing for balanced living. Their fabrics are incredible and so comfortable you won’t want to get out of them. The best part about the Choclo Project is that the purchase of any Choclo product results in 5% of sales going directly to the children in the various centres they support. This concept not only gives the children a feeling of freedom as they tap into their imagination, but it will give the kids ideas of a positive way to make a living and change their lives. Please follow the link to find their amazing story and product http://www.chocloproject.com

If you know of an antigravity class near by you I completely encourage you to give it a go and give it a few tries as the more classes you do, the more familiar and comfortable you become in the hammock and the more enjoyment you will get out of the class. Image

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MIXED BERRY AND WHITE CHOCOLATE CHEESECAKE

Clean Creations, Cooking, Health, Nutrition, Vegan, YUM

Mixed berry and white chocolate cheesecake

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Now, this was one of those creations where my friend and I literally just threw things into the thermomix and hoped for the best. It ended up turning out incredibly and I’m almost going to claim it as the best cheesecake yet! Because it was such an experiment the measurements may be slightly off but just go with the flow and experiment yourself to find the right consistencies.

 I’m up in Lennox Head at the moment and this area has so much amazing food-spiration. I’ve got a thermomix and a huge kitchen so I’m so excited to be able to just experiment and have fun while having access to so much amazing, fresh, organic produce. There’s something about warm weather and living by the ocean that gets my mind and body inspired. I hope you love this cheesecake as much as my mum, my friend and I did because we ate it within two days!

Base

1 cup of almond

½ cup of hazelnuts

1 cup of medjool dates

Blend all ingredients together until consistently combined. Shape to bottom of a cake tin and set aside in the freezer.

White chocolate filling

4 cups soaked cashews

1 cup coconut cream (or coconut milk)

2 tbsp lemon juice

1/4 cup raw organic honey

pinch of salt

Blend together until smooth. Set aside half the mixture for the berry filling and pour the other half evenly onto the pre made base and place into the freezer.

Berry filling

½ of the pre made white chocolate filling

1½ cups of organic, frozen mixed berries (or fresh)

¼ cup of raw organic honey

splash of water

Heat the water, honey and frozen berries in a small saucepan on a medium heat until the berries are defrosted. Pour the berries and the sauce from the berries into the left over white chocolate filling and blend again. Pour evenly over the pre prepared base and white chocolate layer and place into freezer for 2-3 hours to set.

Serve with coyo and store covered in the fridge for 2-3 days.
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Mint and beetroot quinoa

Food, Health, Nutrition, YUM
Mint and beetroot quinoa salad
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This salad is such a simple yet delicious recipe that you can store in your fridge and nibble on throughout the week. It is such a delicious, healthy and vibrant meal I’m sure it will leave you feeling satisfied and with a smiling stomach.
Not only is this salad delicious but it is super charged with some of my favourite super foods. Beetroot is known to be great for boosting stamina and making your muscles work harder. It is full of goodies including magnesium, iron, potassium, vitamins A, B6 and C and folic acid. Quinoa is one of my favourite foods. It’s a great alternative to rice and has the highest nutritional profile out of all the whole grains. It’s an extremely high energy grain and has been grown and consumed for about 8000 years. It contains all 8 amino acids to make it a complete protein, it is high in B vitamins, iron, zinc, potassium, calcium + vitamin E.Mint promotes digestion, soothes the stomach in cases of indigestion or inflammation and is even known to have very positive effects on alertness, retention and cognitive function. So now you can eat this meal and while enjoying the flavours, enjoy the fact in knowing how amazing all these ingredients are for you!
Recipe + Method
1 beetroot peeled and slice into wedges
1 apple sliced
½ and onion peeled and sliced into quarters
1 handful of mint
Blend the above ingredients in a food processor until finely chopped and combined. Set aside
1 whole avo diced
1 cup of sliced greens (spinach, rocket, lettuce, kale)
1 cup of quinoa

2 cups of water
Rinse quinoa then place in a saucepan with water and bring to a boil. Lower heat to a simmer and stir occasionally. Remove from heat once the balls have become clear and are no longer crunchy (should take around 15 minutes). Place the quinoa into a large bowl and stir in beetroot mix. Add in the sliced greens and avo and mix.
1 cup of mini tomatoes
1 dessertspoon of coconut butter
salt and pepper
Melt coconut butter in pan and place tomatoes in over a medium heat. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and cook tomatoes for around 7 minutes until slightly cooked. Remove from heat and place on top of the salad. Halve the tomatoes if you prefer.
Squeeze a wedge of lemon over the salad, mix and serve with a good quality goats cheese. YUM!
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Raw, vegan, nut free Banana Cream Pie

Clean Creations, Cooking, Food, Health, My week behind the lense, Nutrition, YUM

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Banana Cream Pie
Raw, vegan and nut free.

COCONUT CRUST
2 ¼ cups desiccated coconut
127 g date paste- medjool dates
½ tsp powdered vanilla
pinch seaweed salt
1 banana

Blend all ingredients minus the banana together and grease a suitable pan with coconut butter. Press crust into pan evenly. Slice banana into thin pieces and layer over the crust. Set aside in freezer.

FILLING
1 ¼ cups coconut milk
1 ¼ cup bananas (3 bananas- 1 small, 2 large)
1 standard spoon of vanilla extract
1 tsp lemon juice
pinch of salt
pinch of cinnamon
½ cup date paste- medjool dates
1 spoonful of lecithin (optional)

Blend all ingredients minus the lecithin and date paste together until smooth. This will take around 2-5 minutes depending on the power and quality of your blender. Then add in the date paste and lecithin and blend until smooth consistency.

Layer evenly on top of the pre prepared crust and place in freezer for 1 hour.

Keep covered in the fridge or freezer for 2 days.

My two friends and I have created a social media movement called Clean Creations to empower others through holistic living, nutrition and fitness. So for more raw, clean, delicious recipes like this go and like Clean Creations on facebook and follow @cleancreations on instagram.

A weekend of clean creations

A bit of fun!, Amazing Places, Clean Creations, Cooking, Fish out of the water, Food, Friendship, Happy Monday, Health, Inspiration, Nutrition, Training, YUM

A few snaps from my weekend. I made a beautiful raw, organic, clean cake for my friends 21st, alongside some yummy date squishes… I’ll probably post the recipes tonight or tomorrow :-).

The bottom photo is of me and my partner in crime from my instagram clean eating page Clean Creations, we went to the Body, Mind, Spirit Festival at the Melbourne Exhibition centre this morning and then had lunch at the incredible Bodhi Dharma Cafe in Balaclava… the food was crazy!! That’s where the beautiful pancakes below came from, all vegan, gluten free and scrumptious.

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Coconut + banana clean sago pudding: Recipe

A bit of fun!, Clean Creations, Cooking, Fish out of the water, Food, Health, Inspiration, Nutrition, Surfing, Training, YUM

I have intense cravings for sweets after dinner, particularly of the chocolate variety. Some nights I can push through it with a glass of water and a distraction but other nights, I just want to eat a whole block of Cadbury coconut chocolate. Considering my aspirations for my health and training and my allergies to dairy… it’s best on these nights for me to find an alternative to satisfy those cravings. So here was tonights sweet satisfier. Completely clean and 100% my favourite dessert.

Clean coconut + banana sago pudding: Recipe
Ingredients~
Sago:
3/4 cup of uncooked sago
2 cups of coconut milk
1 cup of cold water
2 tsp of cinnamon
2 tsp of vanilla essence
1 sliced banana
Topping:
1 cup of mixed berries (fresh or frozen)
Pulp of 6 passion fruits
1/4 cup of water
2 tsp of honey

Method~
– Combine sago, coconut milk, water and cinnamon in a saucepan and stand for 30 minutes to soak.
 Meanwhile, put passionfruit, berries, honey and water on a low heat on the saucepan and simmer for around 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat when smooth and cooked through, cool completely.
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Put sago mix onto stove on a medium heat until boiling, stirring occasionally. Then turn heat down to low and add in banana and vanilla essence.
– Stir through banana and vanilla essence and then allow to cook on low heat until the sago balls turn clear, stirring every 5-8 minutes (should take up to 30 minutes). Add in some extra cool water if the sago seems like it’s lacking moisture.
– Remove from heat and serve with passionfruit and berry sauce and any type of fruit. Desiccated coconut on top also is a delicious addition to make it a little more coconutty. I added goji berries because of their high content of antioxidants and amino acids and then a couple of slice of kiwi fruit to go with the tang of the passionfruit sauce.
Hope you love it as much as I do.


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Homemade Protein Porridge: Recipe

A bit of fun!, Clean Creations, Cooking, Fish out of the water, Food, Health, Inspiration, Nutrition, Training, YUM

Cooking, nutrition and clean eating has become a growing interest for myself. I love waking up in the mornings, being the only one at home and being able to cook a massive feast of nutritious, clean and organic foods.

My friend, Nell, and I have created a clean eating Instagram page. It’s such a huge and growing thing amongst society at the moment so we both thought we’d have some fun and create a page where we can share our ideas on food and clean eating. If you have Instagram, search for: @cleancreations 

Today I’ll share with you one of my posts I did yesterday on @cleancreations. Basically I had an extremely active morning of training, surfing and horse riding so in between activities I thought it would be important to re-fuel efficiently so I had energy to make it to the end of the day.

Protein Porridge
 Heat half a cup of oats and half a cup of quinoa flakes with 2 cups of rice milk (add milk as needed throughout cooking), on a low heat in a saucepan. Once simmering, add a tablespoon of your choice of protein powder… the more natural and chemical free the better.  Mix in a diced up banana, then add a teaspoon of 100% organic maple syrup or honey, stir through. When you think the mix is almost ready to be eaten, tip in a 1/4 cup of chia seeds, goji berries, desiccated coconut, and a sprinkle of LSA. Then remove from saucepan into a bowl… Serve with a heated up mixture of fresh or frozen berries, 100% hazelnut butter, chocolate coconut butter from the amazing brand Loving Earth and sprinkle with coconut flakes. Hope you enjoy this nutritious, filling meal, I certainly did! :-).
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