Breakfast

Iced Tropicana Delight

by Vashte on October 16, 2014

raw- paleo – vegan – wholefood – smoothie- weightloss – fatloss – organic – glutenfree – celiac

www.vashte.com Tropicana Delight

Ohhh I can hear the bongo drums.. hips are starting to wiggle (lol) .. the sun is shining… the water calls.. ah yes, the sweet sound of Summer approaching.

My favourite time of the year is NOW. Spring! Flowers bloom and there is a sense of starting over once again. A general upbeat tempo in the air, no one can put their finger on it but for me, it happens every Sept and Oct. OK mostly – there have  been a couple of off years, but we choose not focus on them. Brilliant months!!

FUN PERSONIFIED!

I’m sharing with you a fabulous smoothie I created the other night. I had a mother of a sweet tooth and for the life of me, I was not leaving the kitchen! How funny.. creating and playing. It gives me a sense of freedom and respite as I trial new ideas in there. Curbs that hankering as I make something delicious from my Wholefoods Kitchen.  

My, my..  hasn’t the world changed for me… as I hope it changes for you too. A life remaining the same is rather a dull life and far too ordinary.

When a sweet tooth for me hits, very rarely am I off to buy rubbish from the shops. But it can happen. I prefer..and so does Craig, that I head to the Creative Lounge: My Kitchen and start playing in there!

Healthy Sweet Treats that won’t send your, or my blood sugars into a rage- and far surpass the flavours available from cheap, poisonous ingredients…out there… ewwww

This tasted as good as it looks- I hope you think it looks lush!

Tropical Delight www.vashte.com

A perfect and easy smoothie for any time, any day and is sure to curb that sugar craving.. but you probably don’t get those.. maybe it is just me… lol.

I have balanced the sugars from the fruits with avocado and activated nuts.. which I then stir fried in coconut oil and coconut nectar… you know I bat for most sides when it comes to food- if you are a raw foodist- just don’t cook the nuts- boom. Happy days  :)

Cashews are my nut of choice here- they produce a creamy texture- which is why they are used in so many raw food recipes.

Avocados are used in smoothies 90% of the time in my Wholefood Kitchen as they also create a delicious creamy texture, balance out sugars, and help with fatloss.

Using the nuts and avocado you are sure to enjoy a filling and delicious smoothie- beyond all your wildest dreams! These are the ‘secrets’ behind all those amazing smoothies out there.. now you know.. no excuses at home! Also a great way to sneak Avocado into picky kids foods. – They get a treat they think is icecream- you have a giggle and enjoy the balanced behaviour after one of these as opposed to the anti freeze, refined sugar laden icecream sold for kids….

Enjoy. I am SURE you will as much as we did :)

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Iced Tropicana Delight

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Ingredients

  •  100 ml Almond Mylk- or any non dairy milk you like. Coconut milk is yum. If you want my recipe for nut mylk, click HERE.
  • 1 banana- frozen to create more ice-cream effect- but it can be fresh.
  • ¼ – ½ cup cashews- activated (soak them for a minimum of 30 mins max 6 hours = activated)
  • ¼ to ½ avocado. I usually use ½ – I love them.
  • Organic Vanilla. You decide on how many drops.
  • Coconut Nectar from Purely Natural– oh my Lord I love this stuff.  I added quite a bit this evening- I wanted that sweetness without the guilt.
  • Ice- loads to create your ice-cream thickness

Blend baby blend!!

Pour into a wine glass! That’s what they are good for these days in my house!!

Top with cashews – stir-fried in coconut oil and coconut nectar if you really want to go wild, sweet cacao nibs – again from Purely Natural (this website is very addictive 😉 ), I had some dried blueberries so added those and then…. Drizzled some more coconut nectar.

Hello!!!

Enjoy- please share with anyone who might like this as an alternative to the usual sweet dead food we eat as a human race!! Tag me in on any pictures you take!! @vashte1

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24 hours left! www.vashte.com

That is all the time left to register for this Saturday’s Wholefood Workshop…. Tickets close Thursday 1pm!! Tomorrow!!!!

If you think eating a rice cracker is better for your health than eating sugar… you will enjoy my workshop.

If you want to enjoy sweet food whilst losing fat.. you will enjoy this workshop!

If you want to know how to make amazing meals and snacks from scratch- without being a miracle worker, or trained chef- you will enjoy this workshop!

If you want to lose weight without dropping your metabolismyou WILL enjoy this workshop!

Real food. Real results. Real lifestyle changes.

Register today by emailing me here: info@vashte.com.

Subscribe to this website by sticking your email in the little box at the top of the page- right handside.

Come and enjoy an afternoon filled with refreshing fun, relaxation and learning!

Eat loads of delicious food- that you make yourself – and feel the difference wholefood gives your body, mind and soul!

BUT – 

Last chance for this Saturday’s Wholefood Workshop focusing in on WEIGHTLOSS and HEALTHY SNACKS for the whole family…

Come along and have a great afternoon- so you can make changes in your own home with ease!

xx Vashte xx

Email: info@vashte.com

Call: 0419 275 910

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Wholefood Workshops Sept SOLD OUT!

by Vashte on September 12, 2014

Wholefood Workshops With Vashte - SOLD OUTFirstly I want to THANKYOU all so much for your enthusiasm and support for my Wholefood Workshops!! They have been received so well, and with such encouragement!! THANKYOU!!

thankyou from Vashte.comThe first workshop takes place tomorrow  :) I am very excited !! The workshop is filled with amazing people all wanting to have fun, and learn more about the basics of my style of food prep. So- I have a very cool afternoon planned :) It is chocka- block full of ideas, concepts and yummy food!!! Not a grain of refined sugar, refined flour..refined anything in sight! If anyone walks away hungry… I will fall over myself in disbelief.

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My wholefood workshops are planned to be easy, and fun and designed for everyone to get their hands messy, sticky and tasty! It is my firm belief that this is the best way to learn– having been a ‘resistant’ cook for many years growing up I know what it is like to have no confidence in the kitchen- and no desire to be there. NOW – I love the place because I know I am creating the most tasty, delicious meals and morsels… and my food does not make me fat!!!

I long believed food made me fat. That just by looking at food I would put on weight. Even if I smelt food I would gain weight. No longer !!! As I grow in knowledge and understanding of INGREDIENTS, and how they affect the body and mind… what foods my body loves, and what foods my body just absolutely does not love….. food is now my friend. It is not the enemy.

So my friends! I share this and so much more with you in my wholefood workshops, on this page and beyond!! Very excited and so stoked you are all behind me. It really is very encouraging and I greatly appreciate it. I truly do.

My second class on the 27th Sept 2014 is now closed too as I have hit the maximum for that workshop as well!! Thankyou!!!

If you missed out, or couldn’t make these dates- I will be holding more workshops in Oct with a different menu– each month my wholefood workshop will be themed to suit the season–  I cook to the seasons, and keep things as organic as possible. If you want to be in one of the October workshops – you will need to subscribe to my website (top right corner of the home page) as all subscribers get first choice for spaces as a thankyou for hanging with me here!

Wholefood Workshops with Vashte

I specialise in weight loss but I prefer to take the focus off that and make food fun. When we make food fun, using whole ingredients that actually nourish the body, taste incredible and make you feel on top of the world… the rest just falls away without too much bother. This whole ‘weightloss’ industryit is failing. Don’t be part of the failing industry- be part of the REVOLUTION. – the WHOLEFOOD REVOLUTION!! Stay here with me a while, hang out, have fun, and let go of all that baggage the world puts on you. THIS is the way forward to true health.  Come out of the matrix :)

Let’s get the whole ‘weightloss’ thing in perspective!!

Please feel free to share my posts and my site with anyone you know- I prefer to be gentle and realistic in the approach to health.

I would love to see you in my October classes (dates to be released) !! So subscribe today!!!!

FOOD MADE FUN .. AND REALISTIC 😉  !!!!!

xx Squishy Hugs Vashte!! xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What is wholefood??

 

Wholefood-

noun-  British  “ food with little or no refining or processing and containing no artificial additives or preservatives; natural or organic food.”

Wholefood Workshops Gold Coast September 2014 dates!

If you ask me  – ‘Wholefoods’ is a fancy way of describing ingredients that are as natural as we can get them, with  minimal  interference from  mankind. Step AWAY Monsanto.

  • Do you want to learn some simple basics in wholefood cooking so that you can step away from the microwave and eat fresh meals?
  • Do you want to come home to a meal that you prepared before you left for work.. yes in the little time that you have – with it cooking and ready to eat the minute you walk in the door?
  • Do you want to learn the truth about how easy it is to make healthy meals and snacks without spending your life in the kitchen, being a chef or employing one?
  • Do you want to empower your children to learn how to feed themselves when they leave home without relying on fast food? Do you want your children to outlive you- the parents? …..
  • Do you want to reconnect with your family? Meal times and preparing meals can be the best times to do this!
  • Do you want to learn how to make some of the delicious recipes I frequently share on instagram? 
  • Think you don’t have time? I can show you that you do!
  • Think you cant afford it? I can show you that you it is possible.
  • Think it is too hard? I can show you how easy it is! And FUN!!
  • Think it is all overwhelming? I can start you off by introducing you back into the kitchen. Cooking comes naturally to ALL of us. I guarantee you, if you had asked me 10 years ago if I would be hosting wholefood workshops I would have fallen over laughing. Wholefood cooking is ingrained in our genetics. It is how we survive and thrive. Natural foods create an energetic response in the body AND brain, that no pharmaceutical pill can give you. Precisely the reason why they want you eating that DEAD food!

There is no money in healthy people. 

  • Do you want to reduce and even stop visiting a doctor eventually because you are so well no illness can come near you? Through wholefoods you can do this. 

Come along and have some fun with me!  I keep things simple- why complicate lives even more??!! Simple flavours- massive impact!!

Wheatfree Pizza vashte.com

These workshops are for anyone wanting to get their toes wet in the kitchen! Well fingers at least!! They are for people who care about their health,and want to live a long, healthy and prosperous life. They are for people who want to empower themselves with the knowledge of how to whip a delicious meal in a matter of minutes- filled with nutrition, life and health! They are for you and your friends!!!!

I want to show you that food is not the enemy! Food is your friend! Master simple food and you master so many aspects of life. Food is fuel to your body and mind – lets quit abusing this body we rent so that it can go the distance with us for all our days here on earth!

Come along- get involved- dispel old belief patterns and empower yourself with simple techniques for your benefit!

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“Beyond all else I wish that you prosper and be in health according to your soul prospering” 3John2

Choose a Saturday to come along to!!!

Email me at this address: info@vashte.com. Give me your name, email address and phone number- and I will contact you to secure your space.

LIMITED SPACES FOR A CLOSE ENCOUNTER :) 

These sessions are designed to show you the way I eat. If you like it, do more of it! If you don’t then take any learning you get and discard the rest. -Empowering people. Empower yourself.

xx Vashte xx

 

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Wholefood Workshops with Vashte: COMING SOON!

by Vashte on August 17, 2014

wholefoods; glutenfree; celiac; weightloss; fatloss; sugarfree; raw; slowcooked; paleo; workshops; 100% natural; smoothies

Ok my friends. Here it is- the long and the short of it. My last post was in May 2014- it was all about ‘seasons’  in life. I took an unexpected ‘season’ off this site- so I have missed it, and you unless you are connected via instagram or facebook, in which case you will know I have been cooking up a storm!

Sweet Potato Soup www.vashte.com

Me- I have little patience for anything technical. This means the cleverness of blogs (I really don’t understand how this thing works.. ) I just lost my entire blog by pressing the F5 key to reload the page… so at this moment I am slowing my breathing down and focusing on relaxing instead of doing what I instantly wanted to do: throw this thing out the window and communicate telepathically with you all. So you see- we all need a good coach in life – even the coaches themselves!

I’m good in person. So I am going to do more of what I am good at! Being around people!!

Wholefood Workshops with Vashte are coming!  They will be: Hands on, you will get down and dirty in the thick of things, you will create master pieces in moments, have fun and learn loads whilst being in a fun, safe environment and sampling the goodies to take home and/or gobbling them up right then and there! And they will be fun! Did I mention fun?!

Wholefood Workshops with Vashte www.vashte.com

Wholefoods means making food from scratch with REAL ingredients. No refined sugars, no gluten just delicious food anyone can make… .once shown how.

My Wholefood Workshops will show you how easy it is to make nutritious, delicious meals in moments- food that anyone can eat and LOVE be they:  a calorie obsessed teenager; sweet tooth; savoury tooth;  ‘no time to cook’ Mum or Dad, and especially for the fitness fanatic  spending hours in the gym, on the track or bending it like Beckham in the yoga studio. Have you ever wondered why you spend so much time training but cannot seem to lose the weight? The answers will be in my Workshops!!!! Unlocking the secrets to all the questions you have about healthy wholefood!!! Yay!!

Wholefood Workshops with Vashte will not fall into any cooking ‘category’. They revolve around the food I eat to keep me healthy, lean and energetic. They will include:

  • raw food
  • cooked food
  • slow cooked meals
  • vegan food
  • vegetarian
  • carnivore
  • paleo
  • nuts and without nuts.
  • grains but mostly no grains.
  • natural sugars and how to use them. No refined sugar.
  • celiac meals.
  • smoothies- green and others !!

And certainly not limited to those.

Wholefood Workshops with Vashte are designed to get you involved, have fun and meet new like minded people. I want to show you how easy it is to make delicious food from scratch in moments.

Wholefood workshops with Vashte will show you how to save time AND money for meals.

Wholefood Workshops with Vashte will be 100% natural, or course, as this has always been and will always be my mandate. 

Vashtes Green Smoothie www.vashte.com

Are you keen?

Workshops will be small to maintain a relaxed intimate group. The first people to be notified are those who have subscribed to this site ( it’s really easy to subscribe- it is the top right hand box…;) Register your interest in the comments below after subscribing, and or email me here:  info@vashte.com

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Coming soon to the Gold Coast! 

 

Food Made Fun!

Showing you how Food is your Friend, and not your enemy!

Watch this space!!!

Know this: “If the diet is wrong medicine is of no use. If diet is correct medicine of of NO NEED” – Ayurvedic statement.

I am an advocate of preventative medicine through healthy living: Body, Soul and Spirit. Too many people I love have been affected by serous illness and even death. It is high time to move and make some waves. 

Come along to a workshop, have some fun and learn some tricks to keep your taste buds and appetite happier than you have ever experienced them.  Watch the weight fall away WITHOUT BEING ON A DIET.!!!!!!

Live Your Life OutLoud– for a very long time.

xx Vashte xx

 

 

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Pina Colada. No alcohol

by Vashte on March 27, 2014

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I’m a smoothie girl. I just love them. I make my smoothies much like mousse- extra thick. They are a combination between drink and food you chew :) They are filling, easy and nutritious. I figure we are stuffing our bodies with enough solid ‘food’, day in and day out, that the body appreciates a break every now and then. For me, at least one meal is a smoothie, every day. They are fast. I know what goes in them. There are no rules to a good smoothie!! So it can all just depend on what is in my fridge at the time!

I LOVE avocado in smoothies. I have been adding avocados since I started drinking smoothies on a regular basis back in 2008. Avocado adds creaminess to any meal when blended up, and they are a good fat. They are the kind of fat our bodies need. The kind of fat that can actually help us lose excess fat deposits already stored on these awesome temples of ours! They dont teach that in the ‘fat free’ aisle of the supermarket!!!!

There are loads of free recipes on my site here. Click around the recipe section- have some fun.

If you subscribe you will get a weekly update from me,  letting you know what new posts have been added, as well as keep you in the loop for any upcoming events or changes. I expect a few this year. If you don’t subscribe, you won’t stay ahead of the game! Just pop your dets in the box to the right of this post. Bob’s your uncle from then on. That simple. 

So here is my free pina colada recipe! Its a no alcohol smoothie/mousse/dessert. That is not to say that if I was basking by the side of a tropical pool in Thailand, that I wouldn’t add some extras then… but I’m not right now. Right now, I’m swanning around the Gold Coast getting on with my life… :)

ANYONE will love this smoothie. For those peps out there worried that you are not getting enough protein in your diet (she giggles as that is pretty much noone in the developed world) I have added some NON FLAVOURED pea protein to this recipe. You DON’T need it, unless you are training for a body building competition or similar, in which case you ought to be following some strict high protein, low carb diet (which is not healthy long term…. ) BUT the protein, and the good fats from the avocado, coconut and macadamias will help slow the release of the natural sugars found in the juicy pineapple- so they all balance out.

  • Kids love this.
  • Adults love this.
  • I love this.
  • Your grandmother would love this!!

Refreshing, delicious, cleansing and light. Perfect for a hot Summer’s Day. This is how to eat a healthy, well balanced diet. Once you get the hang of how, it becomes a lifestyle choice, and you will find yourself automatically choosing delicious healthy options- because they taste so much better than the dead packaged foods out there!

Its easy!

Pina Colada from Vashte

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150 mls home made almond mylk. Click HERE for recipe

1 cup frozen pineapple (or fresh). use more if you like it really pineapply.

3 Tablespoons moist coconut flakes

1 avocado (or 1/2 depending on the thickness you desire. More thickness= more avocado)

A handful of macadamias

2 Tablespoons of NATURAL pea protein (optional)

2 Tablespoons of granulated stevia (or you favouriate natrual sweetener aside from sugar. You dont have to add this- it is best not to. But see how you go for sweetness. The pineapple could very likely be sweet enough)

Ice

Blend away in your powerful blender. Makes one large bucket of smoothie or two/three portions.

Always make your smoothies look good enough to eat! Make them look pretty! Garnish them with contrasting colours. I sprinkled goji berries on top and a couple of macadamias. They add a crunchy texture to my smooth creamy smoothie. Note: my smoothies NEVER contain milk from cows and yet they are so thick and creamy.

Go figure.

Enjoy!!!

If you make this- let me know what you think!!!

xx Vashte xx

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Detox. Celery, Fresh Basil and Goji

by Vashte on March 21, 2014

weightloss-vegan-raw-green smoothie – all natural- alkalise- organic- fatloss-glutenfree

detox. Celery, Basil, Goji Smoothie www.vashte.com

Vegetables ARE sexy. I have written about that before HERE; and I will continue to write about it until I cant write or speak any more! They are the elixir of life if you ask me. The natural cleansers to the body, mind and Spirit. What we eat directly and indirectly affects the physical state of the body, which in turn affects the thoughts we think, the moods we experience and how we then see and experience the world. When we are stuffed like fat pigs on home delivered pizza and fizzy drink we wonder why we have no energy to even get up off the couch to do the dishes. Home delivered pizza comes in a cardboard box so no dishes… But who is getting up to put the box in the rubbish? Noone.  They are all too tired. Cant be bothered.

Question: after eating all the ‘food’; why is it that noone is asking the obvious? With so much ‘food’ wouldn’t we expect to be buzzing round with energy? I mean, food is our fuel right? We should be loaded with fuel and bouncing off the walls!!!

The answer to that is this: that type of ‘food’ is not actually food at all. We are overfed and under  nourished. If you haven’t heard this before, I expect you will soon become more aware of this as fact. In developed and developing nations the issue of food ‘shortage’is being solved, but under nourishment continues to thrive. This results in the over weight and obese ‘epidemic’ we are seeing in our very own backyards, if not homes. We are eating ‘food’, sometimes we think we are eating ‘healthy’ foods; but we continue to get fatter, get sicker, get more and more tired.

I’m not one for missing out. In fact I will do all I can to make sure I don’t miss out on anything. Especially the fun.

Food is fun!! I’m not missing out.

While my green smoothie may not look like a whole heap of fun to someone who loves home delivered pizza; I bet some of my chocolate treats look like a whole heap of fun. Click HERE for some of those.

But my question remains open to you home delivered  pizza lovers. Why are you so sick, tired and almost dead? I’m sorry but that IS how you feel often right? huh. Wouldn’t you like to feel healthy, alive and bouncing with fun? You CAN if you really want.

I used to have a problem with SUGAR. I couldn’t have a block of chocolate in the house or it would be gone in one sitting. I know some if you can relate. No biscuits, especially not chocolate; no ‘treats’ allowed in my house or near me, or they would literally be inhaled. Sometimes without me even realising what I was doing. Did that make me a pig? No. But that IS what I called myself.

What that made me is human. If I keep putting sugar, wheat, dairy, artificial sweeteners, flavours; packaged ‘foods’ into my body- my body will demand that I eat more. Sugar is highly addictive. There is very little nutritional value from any of these ingredients to the human body. What they do contain are calories.FAT calories. Because these calories remain mostly undigested by the human body. So we are in essence training our bodies extremely well in how to become amazing fat storing machines.

I was a fat storing machine. I craved the foods my body couldn’t digest. I thought I was pretty healthy, but had these episodes where I just felt like a good ‘pig out’. Do you ever REALLY feel full after one of those? Or just SICK? Think about it. Really, eating to the point of popping… is it sickness you are feeling as opposed to fullness? Interesting how you will often continue eating more of the same ‘food” if it sits in front of you an hour later…. perhaps because there is no nutritional value to that food.. could your body still think it is hungry?  My bet is you are still hungry. That is why we can eat such quantities. = Over fed and undernourished.

If you plug into my recipes you can still enjoy the sweetness. You can still enjoy pizza- better pizza. You can still enjoy taste, and deliciousness. Why should you miss out?

What you WILL miss out on is EMPTY calories, turning your bodies into efficient fat storing machines. Instead you will turn your bodies into fat BURNING machines by eating WHOLEFOOD; REAL food. Food made easy.  Subscribe to my website to stay tuned for:

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Here is a green smoothie. Why sugar coat it. I hate the stuff- sugar. No thanks. Take a walk sugar!!! I am here to Live Life OutLoud for a very long time and it sure won’t happen if SUGAR is part of my diet. Goodbye. Green smoothies are an easy and awesome way to cleanse the body from toxins. Toxins hang out in FAT. So that means, if I drink a green smoothie a day (or more if want…) I will help my body to move the toxins out, as well as the FAT. Bring it ON!!! Toxins HAVE to come out one way or the other or they will KILL. Fact. They can come out on the skin (I experience this on my face. It really sucks). Or, easier- they can come out when I poop. I much prefer this method. Usually far less traumatic than my face breaking out. They come out via sweat- BO= toxin overload. They come out via urine- urine shouldn’t smell strong.

If you think you could do with a good clean out, then try this green smoothie. Get my other green smoothie recipes and play with them- make them taste good for you so that you keep drinking them. The more you drink them the more you love them and the less extra sugar you need in your life. Its true! Try it for two weeks and then tell me I’m wrong! HERE are more green smoothie recipes:) trust me- you are sweet enough already…. too sweet. Come walk on the alkaline side with me!

Go to town on them!

Celery, Basil and Goji Smoothie

Detox. Celery Goji Smoothie www.vashte.com

While other people reach for chocolate, I reach for a green smoothie. 90%green veges and an apple thrown in for a hint of sweetness.
Ginger for zest and to calm my stomach.
Slippery elm to encourage ease of bowel movement :)
Lemon for that sweet and sour experience.
Loads of celery, hint of spinach, green capsicum because they are the greens I have in my fridge!!
Fresh basil from my balcony. Loads of that. It’s the secret ingredient.
Filleted water and ice.
BOOM.
Happy stomach, happy body, happy mind :)

Exact Ingredients:

200 mls filtered water, some ice

6 stalks organic celery

The remainder or the baby spinach in my fridge (not much!)

1/2 green capsicum

1 lemon

1 apple

Ginger. I use a lot because I ike it.

2 Tablespoons Slippery Elm Powder

Fresh basil from my balcony- as much as i like

Top with goji berries.

Happy detox and cleanse. Your body will love you for it.

xx Vashte xx

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RAW Dark CHOCOLATE Mousse

by Vashte on March 10, 2014

RAW-Dairyfree-Sugarfree-Wheat and Grainfree- Weightloss- 100% natural- Paleo-Celiac  Smoothies

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I make a smoothie pretty much every day. If not for myself, then for my fiance. We find that as much as we love food, time does not always allow preparation for a healthy meal, or we are just too pooped after a long day. So a smoothie will suffice as an evening meal- or any meal throughout the day. This one is particularly indulgent and perfect for those days when you are hankering for that little something sweet.

When I chose to eat healthy, that did not mean going without. Quite the opposite in fact. I used to starve myself of so much before I came to an understanding that food is purely a fuel source, and I can eat whatever I want, whenever I want, so long as I balance my days appropriately. Exploring different styles and ways of preparing food has been very much an eye opener, and continues to prove so. Little gems of knowledge picked up at different stages fall into place, and often old beliefs are changed as more and more makes sense, the more I play with my food.

I chose to share this recipe today as I have have two people ask from instagram for the recipe- the second one using the magic word.. so I will now happily provide my recipe.  Old fashioned girl that I am :) I also thought I would share for a friend of mine : Russell – who is rather squeamish at my green concoctions likening them to swamp scum. Fair enough I suppose but those green smoothies are my personal preference. This smoothie is only ever a once in a while for me. Give me green smoothies any day!!!

This is a great chocolate smoothie to be loved by all ages and all palettes :) It could be a great bridge proving to disbelieving friends and family that healthy is not flavourLESS!!! I have a load of raw choc mousse recipes here as well- keep in mind that just because something is ‘raw, all natural, gluten free, etc etc’ doesn’t mean you can go to town on them. Always listen to your body and stop eating when it tells you that you are full. This can be a learning curve for many. But you will get there. When we stop eating with óur eyes’and becoming more aware of what our bodies actually desire; then we are truly on the way to complete wellness.

Have fun in your wellness journey and enjoy this beautiful treat:

What You Need:

  • 100 mls almond mylk. Preferably home made, but it is available from the shops if you are starting out on this new way of eating!
  • 1/4- 1/2 avocado ( makes the smoothie deliciously creamy in texture and stops the release of sugar into the blood stream from being too fast.
  • 1 banana – frozen gives a great texture but fresh is fine too.
  • 1 Tbspn  of good quality cacao. The quality of your cacao powder will directly determine the richness of your mousse. Look for a deep, dark, rich cacao powder.
  • 1 Tbspn cacao nibs.
  • A few cashews.
  • 1-2 dates for extra sweetness
  • a pinch of Himalayan salt
  • 1/2 scoop pea protein, unflavoured. You can use chocolate but MAKE SURE there are NO artificial sweeteners – including 995; sucralose; maltidextrin. I am not a fan of powdered protein. IF I ever use it, it is pea protein only. Ditch the whey isolate and concentrate. Many bodies find it DIFFICULT to absorb, results in inflammation, and can be toxic. Despite all the clever marketing out there. Once we add a powdered protein to a food or have it as a drink- this is no longer considered a ‘whole food’. Man has denatured a natural product- there is nothing natural about powdered protein so lets just get real and honest about that. So just to completely aware of what you are putting into your body and …do your own research!! It pays off in the end, and we can make more educated and wise decisions based on what we ‘know for ourselves’ as opposed to what other people tell us- including me. :)
  • Ice

Blend all in a high powered blender. I use the Vitamix- you can use any blender so long as it is high powered and creates a smooth, creamy texture. This recipe should be thicker consistency, to be eaten with a spoon. Add more mylk if you need it to make it that mousse-like consistency when it is too thick. Always add less to start and add as you go.

I served my mousse with a sprinkle of cacao nibs and bee pollen. I like to mix them into my mouse for a combination of texture when eating a mousse.

Let me know what you think PLEASE!!!!!

xx Vashte xx

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The Energiser

by Vashte on March 5, 2014

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I made this today to get me through the day. And it will! Not only is it packed with nutrients, but it is delicious as all my smoothies are. It is all natural, and there are no nasties added. Further to these awesome points- it is made in a matter of minutes so- hammering home my age old adage of ‘healthy fast food’. Why wouldn’t you?!

I chose today to reduce the amount of solid food I ate. Something similar to an intermittent fast, without going completely without. I find that my body likes to take a break from solid food every now and then, so to nourish it and keep it energised, a smoothie like this one is perfect. After my acupuncture session today I learnt exactly why my body likes this kind of eating! It all makes sense!! When we listen to our bodies, we can fall into good habits that heal these bodies naturally. It absolutely helps (and is neessary) to connect with people who are educated and learned in healing- such as accuncture – so that we (I) can speed up the healing process as opposed to missing the mark just a little and falling back on old practices. Make sense?!

So this smoothie was my morning snack, lunch and afternoon snack today. It is filled with great nutrients so I’m not missing out, nor am I hungry as I have so much else to do today anyway. My focus is on getting stuff done! Not food.

The Energiser consists of:

  • Water from a young Thai coconut. Not the packaged coconut water but the fresh, real mccoy young thai coconut water. Keep the flesh for another smoothie- or throw it in this one if you don’t think you will make another in the next 24 hours. Either way I use fresh coconut for hydration and electrolytes.
  • A handful of fresh organic kale. Kale needs to be organic as this vegetable is one of the most sprayed vegetables from ‘regular’ farms. It is better to go without than use kale bought from supermarkets. Try to avoid as many toxins as you can. Kale contains lutein, an antioxidant that protects against macular degeneration (loss in eyesight).  It is also rich in beta-carotene, Vitamin C and E as well as folate. Folate helps prevent heart disease and birth defects. Great if you are planning on pregnancy. Kale contains calcium and magnesium to help maintain strong bones, as well as is high in omega-3 fatty acids- the fats that can help you slim and stay young looking. 
  • A handful of organic spinach- same reason for organic as above. Spinach is a great source of iron (most Western Women as lacking iron); folate, and also helps prevent macular degeneration.
  • 1/4 avocado. I love avocados as they contain the good fats which actually aid weight loss, keep us young looking and add a delicious creamy texture to smoothies. You HAVE to try them in your smoothies!! 
  • Pea Protein – I don’t often use a powdered protein as I am no longer a fan. Any powdered protein is not a ‘wholefood’ so remember that. It has been manufactured by man so is not as readily bio-available as a wholefood source is- which is anything made by God, with no interference by man). Pea protein is vegan, has a high alkalinity reading (the only powdered protein to provide alkalinity to the human body. ALL other powdered proteins are acidic, especially whey); and is, of the powdered proteins, the most readily bio available for the human body- remembering this is less bio available than a wholefood. But sometimes I like it to add to my meals if I know I am not going to eat throughout the day, or that my protein intake will be low.
  • 1 Tablespoon Cacao Powder – yum. Cacao is used to add delicious flavour and to provide magnesium- which many people in the Western World are lacking.
  • 1-2 Medjool dates – I don’t often use dates in food I make for myself. Dates have a very high GI level- meaning the sugar is released into the body at a faster rate than the speed of light. Well, not entirely but something like that. I am highly susceptible to sugar, and will break out just by looking at anything high GI. Dates are not my friend, and I am not a friend of dates. When I do add dates, or sugars, I will add them with proton (ie in this case pea protein); or/and good fats (avocado). These both slow the release of the sugars down so help in avoiding a blood sugar high and low, by the slow release of the sugars. It is important to understand how different foods work together so we don’t have to miss out on the things we think we like! It is all chemistry, and easy to understand once you start!
  • 1 banana – Bananas will thicken up a smoothie also contributing to the creaminess; but more importantly they are a great source of potassium. Potassium is an essential mineral for maintaining normal blood pressure and heart function and can aid in the release of our happy hormones – like serotonin. If you are felling blue, go and eat a banana. 😉
  • Ice to cool it all down.

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– I keep my fruit frozen as I can’t eat it all fast enough before it becomes overripe and spoils. When the fruit is frozen, this will aid in thickening smoothies up and keeps the smoothie nice and chilled. Add ice if you like them super cold. I like them super cold.

-All smoothies can be made into ‘mousse’ or ‘icrecream’ the texture of a Mr Whippy. Just add less water.

-A good note-to-self is: add less of everything. If you need more of something, you can always add it to get that perfect flavour, as opposed to adding too much of an ingredient. It is impossible to get an ingredient out once its all blended! Make sense for you out there?!

Then blend!!! Make it thick or smooth- however you like your smoothies!! Perfect meal in a glass and ALL good for us!!! YUMMO!!!

XX Vashte XX

 

 

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Bloody Beetroot

by Vashte on February 24, 2014

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If you have been hanging out with me here for a while, you will know I love my healthy, wholefoods; exploring where many men and women fear to go, or just plain won’t! Bringing to you the latest and greatest in terms of easy, fast, nutritious, DELICIOUS options to replace all that ‘dead’ food out there found in supermarkets.!!

You will probably also know I have a penchant for green food and drink. The greener the better!! But I am also very aware this totally freaks many people out so, in being kind to anyone here who is new to this page, I thought I would share with you a smoothie that is very NOT green.. but very, very red instead! This is a favourite colour for many, and used in many artificial colourings enticing us into think we need to eat certain ‘dead’ foods. Think red frogs, jelly beans etc etc.

So I thought I would bring to you a totally natural, no artificial anything added, smoothie that (hopefully) your kids might enjoy alongside you! Remembering that children mimic their parents and pick up on the slightest bit of hesitation – so if you as an adult are nervous or unsure of how something will taste, you can be 100% sure that they read your body language before you have even realised you have told them anything. NEVER underestimate kids!! My suggestion is, if you want kids to enjoy natural smoothies without the dairy milk, overloading of sugars, icereams etc etc; that you try making the smoothie first -without them around, to know exactly what it will taste like. And tweak to ensure YOU like the taste, and THEN serve it up for your little ones. A recipe can be changed! It is OK! You can play with your food!! yippee!!! Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t, but the only way to get a feel for what you actually like is to TRY IT OUT!!! :)))))

I am big on cleansing foods. Be they solid foods, smoothies or juices.. the food I love best serves to cleanse my body without too much down time. ie rotting in my colon. No thanks!

The bright, vibrant colour of red coming through this smoothie is due to beetroot and strawberries from my local farmers markets. MMM, mmm. Beetroot has a great way of cleansing the blood and can aid in weightloss as well as a plethora of other benefits- double whammed with the lemon I added and not to mention the fresh young thai coconut water!! Strawberries have a lower GI than most other fruits but as I added fresh young coconut flesh which contains good quality fats; this will circumnavigate a fast release of sugars from the berries, the banana, the beetroot and the date paste. Note when I mention sugars, I don’t get too concerned from fruits especially considering most people will head out and eat a chocolate bar, or piece of bread without a second thought.  I find a bit of sensible thinking goes a long way :) I added some left over almond meal from my almond mylk which will also slow the rate of sugar absorption. For me this is a win win situation. Slow release of natural sugars and no waste from any food. I don’t like waste. There is far too much today.

For zing, and to help with digestion I love adding fresh ginger to any meal or smoothie- your gut will love you for it!

This is a really light, simple smoothie to whisk up. I prefer not to add date paste, or any other sweetener as it is sweet enough without it for me. But if you are just new to smoothies and used to higher amounts of sugar in your diet, then you may prefer to add it. I slowly backed off the quantities of sweet ingredients over time, and my palate got used to it. Now, I really, really don’t like sugar. And sugar doesn’t like me. So that is a very mutual relationship wouldn’t you agree? ie we just don’t have one :)) happy days!

Try this and let me know what you think!!!

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What You Need:

  • 1/4 Fresh Beetroot
  • Handful of Fresh Strawberries
  • 1/2-1 Lemon
  • Water from a fresh young thai coconut
  • Flesh from a fresh young coconut. You don’t need to add all the flesh. The more flesh you add the more creamy the recipe will become. Start with just a little and if you think you would like a more creamier smoothie at the end, add more flesh then. Style to suit your personal taste buds.
  • A dash of Fresh ginger. Again add more once you have the finished product if you like ginger. But you want it to just be a tease initially. Remember, ginger can be overpowering and once you have too much in there, you can not remove it. Less is best to start!
  • 1/2-1 banana
  • Date paste, or 1-4 medjool dates
  • 3 Tbslpns almond meal from your nut mylk. If you don’t have almond meal just add a few whole dates. (preferably soaked in water for a few hours but not imperative).
  • Ice

How To Make It Work.

  • In your high powered blender ( I use a vitamix but you don’t have to. There are plenty of other blenders out there that are just as good for a more reasonable price, they just won’t last as long); put all ingredients in! The exact measurements are not important. Play with them once you have made the base recipe and adjust to suit your palate.
  • Blend, pour and drink!
  • I always garnish my meals as it is a well known fact we eat and drink with our eyes. If I make my meals/smoothies, juices look pretty, I have likely sold you on the taste already 😉

Oh and in case you were not aware. If you drink or eat a lot of beetroot do not be alarmed when you take an innocent trip to the bathroom to pee…and discover your pee is bright red. Stay calm. You are not bleeding. The beetroot has just stained your pee red momentarily. No big deal. So breathe calmly. Nothing going on here.

I was not aware of this the first time I drank a couple of smoothies with beetroot in it on the same day. That was a tad scary as I wasn’t expecting it, and thought the worst as one does…. :) I’m telling you so that you don’t have to get a fright too!!

xx Vashte xx

 

 

 

 

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