Who says you can’t have chocolate first thing in the morning? This smoothie bowl is my absolute favourite indulgent breakfast. It is so smooth and creamy, and packed with all the goodness that you need to start your day. Raw cacao is rich in anti-oxidants, polyphenols, flavonoids, heart-healthy mono-unsaturated fats, fibre and vitamins. It has all the qualities to help you fight the aging process and those chronic diseases, but best of all it tastes delicious!
200ml almond mylk (the recipe can be found here)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon hemp seeds
2 tablespoons raw cacao
1 scoop protein powder (optional)
Place all ingredients in a high speed blender and blend until desired consistency.
Transfer into a bowl and top with your choice of shredded coconut, berries, cacao nibs, buckinis and chia seeds.
Makes 1 serve
Almond myIk is a fantastic substitute for dairy and I am constantly making it at home to add to smoothies, pour over cereals and use in baking. Almonds are rich in fibre, Vitamin E, Magnesium, anti-oxidents and healthy unsaturated fatty acids. Unfortunately many of the commercially made almond mylks available at the supermarket are shredded of all their goodness and packed with preservatives, so why wouldn’t you want to make your own clean, healthy, preservative free mylk?
1 cup raw organic almonds
1.25 L filtered water
Pre-soak almonds overnight (8-12hrs) in glass jar with filtered water and a pinch of salt to activate almonds.
Rinse almonds thoroughly from the soaking liquid.
Place almonds in high speed blender together with filtered water.
Blend on high speed for 90 seconds.
Strain the blended almonds through a nut bag (or fine strainer) saving the almond milk.
Pour almond milk into glass jar and keep in refrigerator for 3-4 days.
The pulp remaining from the strained almonds can be dried out in a low temperature oven for 3-4 hours and used as almond meal. Transfer the dried almond meal into a glass jar and store in the refrigerator until required.
Note - Make sure that the almond meal is completely dried out before storing because if it is left wet, it will start to smell and become toxic.
Juicing is one the easiest ways to get loads of nutrients and vitamins into you whilst giving your digestive system a bit of a break. It's all about throwing in a mix of whatever you have available in the fridge, but if you are new to the concept, here's a recipe that is easy to follow and won't be too bitter to drink.
1 baby cos (romaine) lettuce
2 Lebanese cucumbers
1 lemon, peeled
1 slice fresh ginger
small handful parsley
1 cup water or coconut water
2 green apples, cored (optional)
1 teaspoon Spirulina (optional)
Place lettuce, cucumber, lemon, ginger, parsley, and apple through juicer.
Whisk in Spirulina and add the water.
Pour into glasses and enjoy!