Party-season

Raw Food Recipes To Replace Silly Season Sausage Rolls

It ‘tis the season of overindulgence, but if we throw some raw food recipes into the Christmas catering mix, we may well save ourselves (and our thighs) the horror of hiding on the beach in a muumuu.

RELATED: Get Raw For The Christmas Party Season

That’s the message from Brisbane’s Raw Blend, which promotes the importance of eating nutrient-dense, plant-based foods because of the healing benefits, such as boosted energy and nutrition levels and healthy weight maintenance. Now, with the impending healthy-diet disaster zone that is Christmas, Raw Blend has come to the rescue with its healthy party-friendly ideas and recipes, see below.

National sales manager Tommy Nicholas says these amazing recipes will both satisfy cravings and nourish our bodies.

“Nothing tastes better than fresh,” Tommy says. “These recipes are fun and delicious and even a little nutritious thanks to the raw food ingredients.”
For more information, recipes and Raw Blend products, visit www.rawblend.com.au.

Avocado, Olive and Lime Dip

Makes about 750ml

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Equipment

Vitamix or equivalent blender

Ingredients 

2 small avocados (or 1 large)

350g Sicilian olives (pitted)

1 clove garlic (without skin)

1/3 cup macadamia nuts

2 limes (juice only)

small slice chilli

2tbsp olive oil (or oil of choice)

Himalayan salt and pepper (to taste)

Method 

Put all the ingredients into blender. Increase the speed to medium. Blend for 30-45 seconds or until desired consistency is reached. Serve. Follow along with Tommy via http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TW9fM87Z9G8.

Chocolate, Rosemary and Sea Salt Fondue

Makes 2 cups

Serves 4-12

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Equipment

Vitamix or equivalent blender

Ingredients 

125ml spring water

1 cup raw cashews

180g dark chocolate

3-5 sprigs rosemary (without stem)

Pinch of rock salt

Method 

Put all the ingredients into blender (if not using a Vitamix, melt chocolate before adding to blender). Quickly increase the speed to high. Use tamper (if you have one) to really press the ingredients into the blades for 2.5 to three mins or until steaming hot. Serve.

Nut-Free Protein Bites

Makes 15–20

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Equipment

Vitamix or equivalent blender

Ingredients 

2 cups raw sunflower seeds

2 tbsp carob powder

Pinch Himalayan Sea Salt

1 cupmedjool dates, pitted and soaked

3 tbsp oil (coconut oil or olive oil)

2 tbsp maple syrup or coconut nectar

3 tsp Lariese Hemp Protein Powder

Shredded coconut for rolling

Method 

Measure out your dates and soak them for about five hours until nice and soft. Place all the ingredients in the order listed above into your blender. Turn your machine to variable speed and pulse on and off three times for about three seconds each time. Turn your machine to high speed and mix the ingredients in a dough mixture. Use your tamper effectively as this is a thick mixture. Turn your machine off and roll the bites into preferred size and then roll in coconut. Set in the fridge for about an hour or eat straight away!

Sweet Summer Pops

raw food, Raw Blend, clean eating

Equipment

Vitamix or equivalent blender

Ingredients 

Watermelon Layer

2 cups watermelon

1 cup strawberries

1 cup coconut milk

2 tsp maple syrup

Makes 3 cups of liquid

Cucumber Layer

2 cups cucumber, peeled

1 cup coconut water

6 mint leaves

3 tsp maple syrup

Makes 2 cups of liquid

Method 

Blend watermelon layer ingredients together. Pour mixture into ice block moulds to half fill them up. Set in freezer. Blend cucumber layer ingredients together. Fill the other half of your ice-block moulds with the mixture and place back into freezer until completely set. Serve icy cold on a hot summer’s day and enjoy!

December 15, 2014

Get Raw For The Christmas Party Season

I don’t want to panic anyone, but Christmas is coming! In fact, at the time of writing this – it’s just under two months away – but party season is well and truly upon us.

Now, if you’re anything like me, you leave the Christmas cooking until the last minute, or to your husband (cocktails are my thing, the making and the consuming).

Related: How Effective Is The Raw Food Diet

And while the Christmas party season can be an extremely fun and debaucherous time, it can also wreak havoc on even the best healthy eating plan. Never fear, help is at hand thanks to raw food enthusiasts Raw Blend, who are striving to educate Australians on how to incorporate raw foods into their diets.

A family-owned and run Brisbane business, Raw Blend promotes the importance of eating nutrient-dense, plant-based foods because of the healing benefits. Their mission is to stress the importance of eating a variety of fresh whole foods to help fight chronic disease and illness, says Raw Blend national sales manager Tommy Nicholas.

“A raw food diet can dramatically increase your nutrient intake, your energy level and help you lose or maintain an ideal weight,” Tommy says. “Personally, raw foods make me feel better, look better and I have loads more energy to get me through my action-packed day!”

Below is a sinfully sweet, yet healthy Raw Choc-Cherry recipe from the good people at Raw Blend, which you can snack on now, or add to your Christmas cooking list.

“This is one my favourite treats when I’m craving a sweet fix!” Tommy says. “Not only is it delicious and easy to make, but it’s super nutritious compared to all the pre-packaged, processed junk foods on the market around Christmas time.

“Cherries, cacao, pistachio nuts and coconut – what’s not to love about that combination? Raw Choc Cherry will surely be a crowd pleaser at any festive occasion.”

Find more information, recipes and Raw Blend products, visit www.rawblend.com.au.

Raw Choc-Cherry

raw food, Raw Blend, party season

Ingredients

1 cup coconut oil (melted)

1/4 cup coconut nectar

4 tbsp cacao powder

A handful shredded coconut

A large handful frozen cherries

A large handful raw pistachio nuts

Method

  1. Mix the coconut oil, coconut syrup, cacao powder and shredded coconut in a bowl until smooth.
  2. Line a small glass baking tray with some baking paper and evenly distribute the cherries and pistachio nuts on the bottom.
  3. Pour the chocolate all over cherries and pistachio nuts and then pop in the freezer for about an hour to set.

Notes
Keep in the freezer in between serves.

 

October 23, 2014

How Breaking up is hard particularly over Festive Season

You’ve finally made up your mind. It’s taken you 10 months to work it out but finally, you’ve realised that Mr.Cute Smile – the man who’s currently occupying your time – is not Mr. Right. It’s time, you’ve decided, to hand him his marching orders. The only problem is that it’s Christmas. A few tiny weeks away from the culmination of the festive season. Do you drop him or don’t you?
DROP HIM BEFORE SANTA ARRIVES
It’s party season so having a bloke on your arm could be a hindrance – particularly if: a) you meet the man of your dreams at your best friend’s office soiree, b) the sexiest guy you have ever seen makes eyes at you across the bar at your sister’s work party.If your man’s a scrooge it’s probably not worth keeping him just for the lousy pair of Santa socks he’s likely to give you for a Christmas gift. But do make sure he wasn’t planning to lash out and surprise you with something expensive. Surely he is not worth hanging on to just for the presents?

Christmas is family time which means, you guessed it, you’ll have to meet his extended family. If you don’t fancy chatting to Mr.Cute Smile’s great uncle Barry about the war and having to accept politely when offered the fourth helping of Aunty Sue’s chewy, curdled trifle, ditch him asap. All the more time to spent with your loved ones too!

If you already have doubts and your friend happens to be having a massive New Years’ Eve party, drop him! There’ll be some serious new-boyfriend material floating around so the last thing you want is the soon-to-be-dropped current boyfriend getting in the way of your romantic future.

May 2, 2000