Iced Chocolate (Paleo and Vegan)

Iced chocolate is such a treat. It shouldn’t have to be a guilty pleasure though. A lot of chocolate milks and milkshakes are full of refined sugar, preservatives, flavours and colours. Do your body and favour and switch them out with some superfood alternatives that still satisfy that sweet, rich craving.

Perfect on a hot summers day, when you don’t really feel like doing much at all.

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3 tbs boiling water

2 tbs cacao powder

2 tbs honey or coconut nectar

1 tsp vanilla essence

dollop of your favourite healthy chocolate spread

300 ml of your dairy free milk of choice (I use coconut)

Handful of ice cubes

 

Step 1: In a strong glass cup, combine the boiling water, cacao, honey and vanilla.

Step 2: Stir until they have combined and have formed a chocolatey liquid.

Step 3: Mix in vanilla essence and chocolate spread, mix again until combined.

(If you want the fancy ‘chocolate effect’ on the side of your glass, simply drizzle the chocolate syrup mix down the sides and stir the milk in very gently, taking care not to hit the sides of the glass)

Step 4: Add in milk and ice cubes, and stir all together.

 

We bought some lovely reusable straws online, so that we can wash and use them again and again.

2 Ingredient Digestive Detox

This recipe is amazingly effective at cleaning out the digestive system. Rich in pro-biotics, and with a seed known for drawing toxins from the small and large intestines this is a match made in gut health heaven.

Our colon can store stagnant mucus, and fecal deposits; which lodge in the colon walls and release toxins into our system. This costs our body energy, vibrancy and good digestion. It can lead to serious health implications if there is a build up that is unresolved for a long period of time. These toxins can also lead to weight gain, inflammation, gastritis, colitis, ulcers and duodenal ulcers, diseases of the urinary tract, cystitis, and pyelonephritis. Read more on the website Natural Cures and Home Remedies.

Let’s cut to the chase about cleansing your digestive system in a way that promotes good bacteria, bowel flora and also gets rid of the nasty stuff:

1 tablespoon of flaxseeds

2 tablespoons of coconut/ dairy kefir

Mix together and let it soak for 15 minutes to 2 hours; timing is up to you. Then quickly run through a processor (a hand blender works well) just to crush the seeds a little.

Consume straight away.

Eat this mix in the morning, before breakfast. Continue with the following daily regimen to get maximum benefits.

1 Week: 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed mixed with 100 ml of kefir

2 Week: 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed mixed with 100 ml of kefir

3 Weeks: 3 tablespoons of ground flaxseed mixed with 150 ml of kefir

 

Vegan Chocolate Smoothie Bowl

Gosh this is just the best breakfast! As Regan ate it he sang “just like a chocolate milkshake, only crunchy” and that’s exactly what it was like.

The smoothie was made from:

2 bananas

2 medjool dates

1/3 cup coconut kefir

2 tablespoons Chia seeds soaked in 1 cup water

1 heaped teaspoon of Super Greens and Reds powder

1 tablespoon raw cacao

2 raw eggs

Blend together!

(Serves 2)

Sprinkled on top:

Almond meal

Sunflower seeds

Linseeds

Goji berries

Raw Cacao nibs

What a power packed way to start the day. Gosh I love trying new things for breakfast.

 

 

Lunch Inspiration: Rice Paper Rolls

This is a great meal to have any time of day. If you’re strapped for time, or just want something light, yet filling. Rice paper rolls are super easy and if you’re using fresh veges they are crispy, delicious and full of goodness!

What I used: avo, carrot, capsicum, spinach leaves and some chicken pieces.
What I used: avo, carrot, capsicum, spinach leaves and some chicken pieces.

Get some good quality rice paper rolls, make sure they don’t contain any nasties like preservatives, colours, additives or refined ingredients.

Ingredients

Rice paper

Warm water

Fresh veges chopped length ways

Meat (if desired)

Dipping Sauces (I used sweet chilli + ginger, and Tamari)

 

Instructions- it’s best if you set up a work station ahead of time to work through quickly and efficiently.

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Soaking container, wet tea towl, veges, meat and of course the rice paper are all prepped and ready for show time.

 

Step 1: Place warm water in a container big enough to hold the rice paper when it is flat.

Step 2: Soak the rice paper for 30 seconds in the warm water, and have a wet tea towl on standby to place it on to, after it has soaked and become soft.

Step 3: Place on the wet tea towel, and flatten out all the edges.

Step 4: Place fillings of choice near the middle, on the edge closest to you, in a horizontal line.

Step 5: Wrap them up by tucking and rolling the rice paper away from you and closing the outer ends as you go.

Step 6: Eat fresh with your dipping sauce.

Mmmm 🙂 so tasty.

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Valentines day special: Gooey, Fudgy Peanut Butter and Chocolate (N)icecream

This one is for the dessert lovers. Regan and I are enamored with this recipe!

The weather has been intermittently steamy and hot, with cool rugged up pyjama days in between. You never really know what you’re going to get, but I always have some frozen bananas on standby for the days when the heat just won’t break.

So simple, this recipe is dairy free, made with ingredients that you (hopefully!) already have in the pantry.

Don’t get overwhelmed by the amount of steps in this recipe- they are quick and easy and the results are totally worth it.

Ingredients

1 frozen banana (per serve)

2 tablespoons of coconut milk/cream

1 tablespoon of peanut butter

2 teaspoons of coconut oil

2 teaspoons of cacao powder

1 teaspoon of maple syrup/honey

1 teaspoon of cacao nibs/crushed nuts for garnishing

Instructions

Chocolate sauce

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Step 1: Melt the coconut oil (or if it’s a hot day and it’s already liquid, just use as is).

Step 2: Mix together the cacao powder, maple syrup and coconut oil. Set aside until serving time.

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Step 1: Combine frozen banana and coconut cream in a food processor (or a tall narrow container if using a stick blender). Blend until almost combined.

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Step 2: Add the peanut butter to the banana mix, and blend until it is combined and the consistency of ice cream.

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Assembling

Step 1: Working quickly, spoon the ice cream into a bowl.

Step 2: Pour over the chocolate sauce.

Step 3: Garnish with nuts (I used walnuts) and or cacao nibs for extra chocolatey crunch!

Eat immediately and enjoy every last mouthful!

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Breakfast Inspiration: Smoothie Bowls

I have seen this craze, all over my Instagram (Follow me:  @cleangreenstudents) and it’s a meal that you can eat pretty much any time of day, but they’re most popular at breakfast time.

What is a smoothie bowl? It is a smoothie, wait for it, in a bowl. With toppings and pretty things on top.

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I made a Tropical themed bowl. I used spinach, coconut kefir, dates, raw egg and banana in my smoothie. I whizzed that up with the trusty Bamix and poured it into 2 bowls (yes, I had to share with Regan).

On top I sprinkled goji berries, chopped pineapple, mint leaves, sunflower seeds, chia seeds and shredded coconut.

Was it good? It was AMAZING! It was sort of like eating cereal because of all the lovely crunchy things added. The tropical smoothie bowl was filling, nutritious and took about 10 minutes to prepare.

How’s that for a raw, clean green, Paleo, delicious breaky!

Why not make your own, and tag me in your Instagram photo 🙂

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Kale Basil and Walnut Pesto

This was such a delicious pesto! Perfect to use as a dip, or double the oil and make it a sauce to dress a salad or to accompany a meal.

Dairy free, grain free and gluten free this one will be a hit for anyone who is vegan, Paleo, raw or just avoiding those allergens.

This recipe is easy peasy- just blend it all together and voila! A dip/sauce/spread in about one minute flat.

Ingredients
2 cups chopped kale leaves, spine removed

1 cup fresh basil

½ cup walnuts

4 large cloves of garlic

½ – ¾ cup extra-vigin olive oil, or avocado oil, to desired consistency

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon black pepper

A big squeeze of lemon juice

Instructions
Step 1: Add kale, basil, garlic and walnuts to blender or food processor.

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Step 2: Blend well, stopping to scrape down sides.

Step 3: Slowly start to pour olive oil in until you reach desired consistency.

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Step 4: Continue to blend, adding lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste.

Enjoy tossed with pasta or as a dip or spread.

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Mango, Banana and Chia Parfait

I posted a photo of this gorgeous dessert on my social media, and started getting requests for the recipe.

It was the perfect dessert, I made it frozen and it was like ice cream ❤ It was so creamy and had complimenting textures from all the layers.

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Ingredients

1 cup of coconut milk or kefir

2 teaspoons of chia seeds

1 tablespoon of maple syrup

1 cup of mango pieces

1 cup of banana

3-5 tablespoons coconut cream to mix with banana

Instructions

1. Mix the maple syrup with the chia seeds and coconut milk/kefir. Let it sit for 1-2 hours so the chia seeds swell up.

2. After making the chia mix, place the mango and banana (in separate containers) in the freezer.

3. After 1-2 hours the fruit should be almost frozen, but still a tiny bit soft. Place the mango in a blender and whizz until it’s pureed.

4. Rinse the blender attacment and place banana and coconut cream in the blender and whizz until it is smooth and the consistency of icecream.

5. Layer the chia, banana and mango on top of each other, and serve in a nice glass. Mint leaves, goji berries, shredded coconut are all gorgeous additions on top.

Eat immediately and enjoy!

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Probiotic Rich Smoothie

Probiotics are amazing. The things they do to bring wellness to your body is a neccessity. I always notice that post exams, I feel tired and lethargic from all the late nights and sporadic meals.

My go to solution: rehydration and probiotics.

I will spend a day or two just putting lots of water into my body. I always feel amazing the day after consciously re-hydrating. See here for my 20 Lifehacks to drink more water.

Probiotics in the form of kefir, sauerkraut and kombucha are all pantry staples for us. They are easy to make at home and a cheap way to boost your gut health.

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Here is a recipe that is not only deliciously fruity but also includes a huge amount of good bacteria that aids digestion and gut function.

Ingredients

1-2 cup of fruit (I used strawberries and banana)

1 tsp honey

1 tsp vanilla

1-2 cups of kefir (and or yoghurt)

 

Instructions

Step 1: Place all of the fruit in a blender bowl

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Step 2: Add honey, vanilla and kefir

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Step 3: Blend together until smooth

Step 4: Drink and enjoy feeling amazing!

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Raw Peanut Butter and Chocolate Rough

This recipe was simple and super easy to throw together. I actually realised that it was Halloween and made this in anticipation for some little trick-or-treaters.

And come they did. They knocked on my door and yelled ‘trick or treat’, and looked totally down trodden when I told them I had no sweets for them. And then I pulled out a few pieces of this, and they quickly ate them. Their faces lit up, and they asked for more. One little boy exclaiming ‘wow, this is amazing!’.

It really is. I will be making this forever.

Ingredients

1 cup coconut, desiccated or shredded
1 cup raw cacao powder
1 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup any organic dried fruit
1 cup any nut, roughly chopped
1/3 cup of sweetener of choice (I used honey)
1/3 cup organic peanut butter, or any nut butter

I used slivered almonds, cashews and apricots
I used slivered almonds, cashews and apricots

Instructions

Step 1: Gently melt the coconut oil and sweetener.

Step 2: In a bowl, mix together all the ingredients together with the oil and sweetener- apart from the peanut butter.

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Step 3: Press half of the mixture into a tray then slather the peanut butter on top,swirl it through or dollop it on the bottom.

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Step 4: Cover with the remaining half of the coconut mixture then pop in the freezer. When firm, cut into chunks using a knife.

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