A raw dessert recipe without nuts - allergen free!

The raw food movement is taking the world by storm, yet it’s leaving some of us out: what about those with nut allergies? Almost all raw desserts contain copious amounts of nuts and dried fruit to replace traditional baking ingredients such as eggs and sugar. Nuts are a fantastic source of good fats (e.g. Omega-3 fatty acids) and dried fruit provides phytonutrients and energy, but it does leave those less tolerant or even allergic in need of an alternative. Not only this, incidents reported in the media are raising the question in the food industry “what can we use instead of nuts and seeds to keep our customers safe?” Admittedly this only effects a minority, but when it comes to life or death it is simply not worth the risk of a single nut.

Creative Nature Superfoods launched “free-from” snacking in the raw food market. In a world where health food seems to be the new processed food, Creative Nature focuses on healthy eating authentically.

Read on for how I’m using them in my raw desserts!

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RASPBERRY COCONUT CHEESECAKE

BASE INGREDIENTS:

5 Goji Bars from Creative Nature Superfoods

1 tsp beetroot powder

2 Medjool dates, soaked 15 mins in water and drained

1 tbsp desiccated coconut

CHEESECAKE FILLING:

100ml coconut oil

1 tin coconut milk

200g raspberries, fresh or frozen

25g xylitol

TOPPING: fresh raspberries

  1. Pulse all BASE INGREDIENTS in food processor until a dough forms.

  2. Press dough into a silicon mould, or cake tin double-lined with cling film.

  3. Blend CHEESECAKE FILLING ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth.

  4. Pour cheesecake filling over base and leave to set in fridge or freezer.

  5. Decorate with fresh raspberries.

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FISH CURRY

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Fish tonight? Don't worry too much if you don't have every spice ingredient at home- just get creative and create a flavour you enjoy. Vegan? Don't use fish and add more veggies #genius 

For more recipes like this you can follow me on Instagram @victoriaadams

RECIPE

2 tsp garam masala

1 tsp turmeric

½ tsp smoked paprika

½ tsp cumin

250g white fish fillet, cut into bite-sized chunks

1 onion, finely sliced

2 garlic cloves, finely sliced

thumb-sized piece ginger, finely chopped or grated

400g can coconut milk

200g fresh tomatoes, halved or quartered

100g broccoli

2 cubes homemade fish stock (optional)

fresh coriander to serve

Optional extra: green beans, sweet potato, fresh peas, spinach

Combine spices in a small bowl. Coat fish with half the spice mixture and season with salt and pepper. Set aside.

In a medium lidded frying pan on a low heat, sweat onions, ginger and garlic until translucent. Add water or oil if necessary to prevent drying/burning.

Add the remaining spices and cook gently for 1 minute or until fragrant and slightly dry.

Pour in the coconut milk, bring to the boil and simmer for 3-5 mins to reduce slightly, then add the fish.

Take the lid off and add broccoli and tomatoes.

Remove from the heat when vegetables are soft and stir in fresh coriander.

Season to taste and serve with basmati rice or cauliflower rice, if you like.

A raw dessert recipe without nuts - allergen free!

The raw food movement is taking the world by storm, yet it’s leaving some of us out: what about those with nut allergies? Almost all raw desserts contain copious amounts of nuts and dried fruit to replace traditional baking ingredients such as eggs and sugar. Nuts are a fantastic source of good fats (e.g. Omega-3 fatty acids) and dried fruit provides phytonutrients and energy, but it does leave those less tolerant or even allergic in need of an alternative. Not only this, incidents reported in the media are raising the question in the food industry “what can we use instead of nuts and seeds to keep our customers safe?” Admittedly this only effects a minority, but when it comes to life or death it is simply not worth the risk of a single nut.

Creative Nature Superfoods launched “free-from” snacking in the raw food market. In a world where health food seems to be the new processed food, Creative Nature focuses on healthy eating authentically.

Read on for how I’m using them in my raw desserts!

Creative+Nature+Superfoods+Bars+raw+nut-free+dairy-free.jpg

RASPBERRY COCONUT CHEESECAKE

BASE INGREDIENTS:

5 Goji Bars from Creative Nature Superfoods

1 tsp beetroot powder

2 Medjool dates, soaked 15 mins in water and drained

1 tbsp desiccated coconut

CHEESECAKE FILLING:

100ml coconut oil

1 tin coconut milk

200g raspberries, fresh or frozen

25g xylitol

TOPPING: fresh raspberries

  1. Pulse all BASE INGREDIENTS in food processor until a dough forms.

  2. Press dough into a silicon mould, or cake tin double-lined with cling film.

  3. Blend CHEESECAKE FILLING ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth.

  4. Pour cheesecake filling over base and leave to set in fridge or freezer.

  5. Decorate with fresh raspberries.

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How Rose can literally make your life better

Rose - the scientific reason you deserve a bouquet from your beloved

ROSE PETALS - THE SCIENTIFIC REASON YOU DESERVE A BOUQUET FROM YOUR BELOVED

ROSE PETALS - THE SCIENTIFIC REASON YOU DESERVE A BOUQUET FROM YOUR BELOVED

ROSE PETALS FOR YOUR PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL WELLNESS

I love using Rose! A few drops of rose oil on my yoga mat, to scattering rose petals over my desserts, and occasionally in the bath tub! There is something about using Rose that instantly makes me feel warm, comforted, and content. If I am experiencing any sense of anxiety, insecurity or self-doubt, rose brings me back to my centre, my femininity, my strength. It’s a way of making me feel indulgent without cracking open the Milk Tray!!

STRESS SUPPORT: ROSE HELPS STRESS-FILLED CRAVINGS DISAPPEAR

The aroma of roses can melt away our stress and tension, and is immediately uplifting. Do you think it’s coincidence that the rose is harnessed as a gift to console grief or adorn romantic interests? Traditionally, the aromatic oils from rose petals appeal to all the senses, not just smell: rose is cooling, and ingesting rose cannot only calm those very hot type-A personalities, but also has been proven to increase sexual function in both men and women (Farnia et. al., 2015). How does it do this? Rose has an effect that balances stress and emotional hormones, calming down the nervous system and allowing the rest of your hormones to work in sync. Rose petal tea is great for reducing stress levels after a long day, as well as helping to induce sleep if you struggle to wind down.

ANTIMICROBIAL

You might have heard that bouquets were traditionally used to cover up bad odour. Along with other aromatic plants, rose prevents the spreading of microbes. Try rose water mixed with a saline solution for infected eyewashes. A cup of warm rose tea is packed with Vitamin C that will fight infection, help improve immunity and safeguard you from colds and infections. Drink it as a tea to provide relief from a runny nose and cold. Have it cold to alleviate a sore throat. Rose is also an effective anti-allergen: use your cold rose water home-brew for mild sunburn, rashes and allergies.

YOUR SKIN + BEAUTY

Rose is tightening and toning for the skin, and even proven to help alleviate canker sores and other inflammatory breakouts from head to toe. Rose petals are rich with antiseptic, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory. Its antioxidative properties make it an ideal home cure for various skin conditions, including acne. Read on to make a rose water that you can use orally or topically for your skin. Drinking rose water or washing your face with this will help lock in moisture to keep your skin soft ad hydrated. Rose’s antioxidant properties (it’s packed with vitamin A and Vitamin E) help clear blemishes, leaving you with a softer, smoother and more radiant younger-looking skin. Rose’s antioxidant effect reduces the effect of free radicals which damage skin, which will delay ageing. It is effective at reducing dark circles too.

ROSE FOR HORMONAL HEALTH

Rose petals can work in an adaptogenic way as far as our health is concerned - they have been show to both help reverse menorrhagia (abnormally heavy bleeding) as well as act as a styptic. It has been used historically by midwives. So be careful! Rose’s power on the female reproductive system varies from person to person. Two cups of warm tea with black pepper (which acts as a synergen) and honey is said to help decongest blood flow and reduce pain. It’s also a good home remedy for irregular periods.

NUTRITION + DIGESTION

Rose’s bright hue is indicative of the presence of phytonutrients, like antioxidants, carotenoids, anthocyanins, and bioflavonoids. Scatter a few dried rose petals on your desserts, cereals and in tea! Rose contains organic acids such as citric, malic acid and pectin- these are known to boost the digestive power of the body. A stronger digestive system makes for a safer gastrointestinal tract, more equipped to fight against diseases and infections. It also helps to expel waste more efficiently, nourishes gastric mucosa (lining of the gut walls) and sets a stronger foundation for the growth of good bacteria in your gut. As rose is a natural laxative, it is less invasive than over-the-counter drugs or something stronger like Senna. Again, Rose Tea has an adaptogenic response as it can alleviate not only constipation, but also diarrhoea and dysentery.Drinking Rose water regularly is also known to alleviate urinary tract infections.

WEIGHT MANAGEMENT

Replace your midday snacks with a hot rose tea twice daily. This zero calorie drink is something akin to green tea, will a lesser stimulative effect. It will calm down hunger pangs and as it helps control cravings you can move forward in your fat loss journey.


ROSE RECIPES

Rose Water - face wash, eye wash or mouthwash, antimicrobial gargle, sunburn soother

Crush rose petals before adding to hot water. Brew for 5-15 minutes.Drink immediately or allow to cool before applying topically to the skin.

Rose + Pistachio Granola

½ cup Tahini, ⅓ cup maple syrup, 1 tsp Vanilla pods or powder, ½ tsp cinnamon, ¼ tsp sea salt, 2 cups oats, 1 cup pistachios, Rose petals, 1 tbsp Matcha @omgmatchatea - this is the one I use, took me ages to find a Matcha I actually LIKED!

Preheat oven to 180C.

In a large bowl, combine maple syrup, sea salt, vanilla, cinnamon, matcha and tahini. Stir well.

Stir in oats and pistachios.

Spread out thinly and evenly onto a lined baking sheet, pressing the mixture together.

Bake for 10-15 minutes, then remove from oven to flip.

Bake for another 5-10 minutes.

Shake and stir granola a little in between baking.

Allow granola to cool, then toss with dried rose petals.

If you fancy giving Rose a try, I buy mine from here

Yours always,

Victoria x

How Matcha supports your yoga practice as well as your wellness

How Matcha supports your yoga practice as well as your wellness

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I am not a big coffee drinker. I only ever remember to drink the herbal tea I’d made by the time it’s gone cold. For most of my adult life, I’ve stuck to water, freshly-extracted juice and – in my broker days – wodka or wine. But then there was OMGTea: the Matcha that tastes amazing and has improved my health and happiness tenfold. It has been good enough for Zen Buddhist Monks for over 800 years, and fancy enough to grace the drinks menus of countless coffee shops and even cocktail bars. Drinking Matcha will mirror the benefits your Yoga practice offers, as well as enhance them. Here’s why I am drinking it, and how OMGTea has shown me how to love Matcha…

 

HOW MATCHA WILL HELP YOU IF YOU’RE STRESSED AND OVERWORKED

My former job left me wired enough from stress. I didn’t need coffee to give me that get up and go in the mornings; my adrenal glands were already pumping out adrenaline and cortisol on overdrive. I stayed away from caffeine and other stimulants as much as possible because they stress the adrenal glands, and used yoga and meditation to ground me. This is where Matcha comes in – it is fantastic to drink for those who are over-stressed, tired, and quite likely adrenally-fatigued.

 

HOW MATCHA CAN ENHANCE YOUR MEDITATION AND YOGA PRACTICE

Buddhist Monks drank Matcha because it actually enhanced meditation, allowing them to relax the mind but remain energised. It offers the body a boost of energy without jitters, anxiety or that inevitable crash – call it a “clean pick-me-up” if you wish. Matcha is the perfect boost I need before a physical yoga class. It does not cause disruption to my stress hormones or the mind chatter that I am working to quieten in my practice.

I’ve noticed a huge difference since incorporating good-quality Matcha into my own diet and wellness menus on the retreats I run. My sleep has improved and the way I practice yoga has changed. I relax more quickly in both body and mind, my entire practice feels more grounded and even my flexibility has improved.

 

Guests who have enjoyed Matcha on the retreats are reporting: “I now have a delicious ritual where I drink Matcha before practice – I am practicing more frequently and enjoying it even more”, “I make my tea, mix residue powder with coconut oil into a face mask and then start my yoga practice – my skin and body feel amazing!” and “I enjoy meditation so much more now, it seems I’ve finally started to get it”.

Katherine Swift, OMGTea’s founder calls it “liquid meditation”. Why does Matcha aid meditation and yoga? 

 

THE SCIENCE BEHIND MATCHA’S BENEFITS ON STRESS AND THE NERVOUS SYSTEM

The components in Matcha work synergistically with the small amount of caffeine it contains to reduce physiological and psychological stresses. Matcha is rich in the amino acid L-Theanine. It boosts alpha brain waves to promotes a more alert state of relaxation, which keeps you calm, focused, and energised for hours. L-Theanine enhances yoga and meditation because it creates an effect similar to that which meditation itself can produce – calming the nervous system (rather than over-stimulating it, like caffeine does) and regulating our blood sugar levels – good enough for Tibetan monks and modern day yogis alike.

L-Theanine combined with other components such as Theophylline promote a better-timed and more sustainable release of energy. This energy is less likely to end with the “slump” or “crash” usually associated with drinking coffee. This is because it inhibits sharp and sudden insulin spikes. Nor does Matcha stimulate the production of cortisol, your body’s stress hormone. Not only does it promote mental alertness alongside a state of calm, L-Theanine increases the production of dopamine and serotonin, the feel-good hormones which enhance mood, focus, concentration and memory.

So, in a nutshell, the combination of caffeine, phytonutrients, antioxidants and amino acids produces a fabulous effect on Matcha drinkers. Whether you are practising yoga or meditation, working like a Trojan or go fishing at the weekends, your body and mind will be more grounded and better able to handle whatever is thrown your way, with more ease and efficiency. Enlightenment and levitation have not yet been scientifically proven, but watch this space 😉

YOGA ASANA FOR BUSY PEOPLE

There are a few very simple postures you can enjoy at home to either calm or energise you. Give these a go:

Supported Supta Buddha Konasana– this is a gentle hip opener that relieves stress and is a fantastic posture to help reconnect to your breath. Also helps relieve symptoms of PMS and menopause.

Urdhva Dhanurasana– backbends are energising for your body and can also lift your mood!

 

CRIB SHEET – HOW MATCHA MIRRORS THE BENEFITS OF MEDITATION AND YOGA

 

1. Promotes a new state of mind as L-Theanine boosts alpha-wave production.

2. Energises and reinvigorates without over-stimulating the adrenals.

3. Calms and relaxes, promoting the efficiency of thoughts and a more alert mental state.

4. Relaxes muscles and helps burn fat thanks to its high antioxidant content.

 

 

Don't forget - if you fancy giving Matcha a try, you'll get 20% off using code VICTORIA at www.OMGTea.co.uk