Cold Desserts

Iced Tropicana Delight

by Vashte on October 16, 2014

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

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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!

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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 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!

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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?!

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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. 

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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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Organic Coconut Power Balls

by Vashte on May 18, 2014

– for superheros….as well as the rest of us;)

-raw, celiac, gluten/dairy/grain/wheat free, wholefood,all natural, no added sugar, vegan, paleo

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My coconut protein power balls help combat those mid morning cravings, and mid afternoon slumps. And work for pretty much any time of the day … if we snack, we might as well snack on food we know is healthy, and food we have made ourselves. Right?

Cravings can happen when the body’s blood sugar levels drop too far. Once blood sugar drops too far, the body takes over and seeks food high in carbohydrate (sugar) because it knows this type of food is the fastest ‘hit’ for immediate energy. Think breads, biscuits, chocolate, sugar… these all produce an immediate ‘hit’ in energy, or ‘high’ ….shortly followed by those ‘crashes’.

These ‘high’s and low’s’ are ‘normal’ for many people eating the way many people eat today.

We can avoid them by ‘smart’ eating. My organic coconut power balls are what I call ‘smart food’.  Avoid the yoyo effect of ‘high’s and lows’ which result in exhaustion, mood swings, irritability, weight gain, illness…by preparing snacks like these! Delicious and easy to prepare you might be amazed at how simple it actually is to eat well! HERE are other easy, delicious snacks to prepare for the week at work; for the kids; for social occasions.

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All my RECIPES are made from natural and healthy ingredients, easily sourced from either the supermarket, health food shops or even online.

My organic coconut power balls consist only of ingredients that are good for you; they are high in protein; high in essential fats and contain NATURAL sugar. Natural sugar in moderate amounts is OK for most people but always try to keep sweet treats to a minimum, even when they are ‘natural’ . Unless you are some kind of elite athlete, chances are you, like me, eat too much sugar. Let’s get real on that :) My organic coconut power ball is good for a snack, and one is enough as a snack- so always be mindful of ingredients and quantities if you really want to have a balanced ‘healthful’ diet.

The great thing about my power balls is this:  because they have a balance of essential fats and proteins, those fats and proteins balance the release of the natural sugars into the body and brain. They slow the release of sugar down. This is a good thing! Because nutrients are released slowly, we are less likely to experience those ‘highs and then lows’ from other carbohydrate sources. We are then satisfied with a delicious sweet snack- satisfying that sweet craving or desire. The feeling of fullness or satisfaction lasts longer- until the next meal, be that lunch or dinner. We stay balanced in thought and nutrition so therefore function more efficiently. No more bingeing or spending all your time thinking about food!!

Win -win- win!

YOU stay in control of YOU :) The key to controlled, fun and enjoyable eating is balanced nutrition with whole food ingredients.

Food is our friend. Food is not the enemy. All we need to do is understand how it affects our body’s, and then we can make educated, personal choices, knowing the consequences of our own actions. WE take back control of what our very own bodies are doing.

It all makes perfect, logical sense, once we dig a little deeper and ask the right questions from people who actually care.

Please feel free to peruse my plethora of healthy meals, snacks and drinks. They are all delicious and super easy to make. The road to health is started by making one step. So try a recipe. Try this one!! Or try any other on this site! They are all free!! And always have fun taking them for a test run!

The secret ingredient to any delicious meal/snack or drink is this:

LOVE

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What You Need:

  • 1 Cup Organic Almonds. (activated is best) – Ground them. Or you can use almond meal which is simply ground almonds.
  • 1.5 Cups date paste. (Date paste is just dates soaked in water 1:1 ratio for 6-12 hours then blended to make a paste).
  • 1 Cup dairy free protein- use pea/hemp/rice. Non flavoured. Make sure there are no added ingredients.
  • 1 Cup shredded coconut
  • 1 Cup Cashews (activated is best.) Cashews give a mixture a creamy taste and texture.
  • 3/4 Cup Brazil Nuts (activated is beast)
  • 1 Cup shredded coconut.
  • (Optional) Dried fruit like sultanas, goji, inca, dried apricot….

How To Make It Work:

Ground all nuts in a food processor or blender. I ground mine to a ‘flour’ consistency for this recipe but you can have chunks if you prefer that consistency in your powerballs. Chunks can be quite a nice surprise.  Once the dry ingredients are ground, add the remainder to your mixture. I recommend mixing in a bowl with a wooden spoon. The date paste will bind the mixture, add water if you find the mixture too dry. A wet mixture is good as your balls or bars will dry in the fridge once covered with desiccated coconut or coconut flakes.

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Use gloves or wet your hands when rolling into balls to avoid the mixture sticking to your hands. Make sure you taste test along the way. If you want your mixture tasting sweeter add some raw honey, or more dates/date paste. This is a raw recipe- so be aware that how your mixture tastes is pretty much how the end product will taste.  Add any extra treats here like goji, sultanas, dried apricots…..

Make into balls small or large depending on your preference.

Roll your balls in desiccated coconut or coconut flakes, then place in a container for storage. Store in fridge for approx 2 weeks.

Alternatives: 

Conventional oven: Shape into bars as seen in my image above with the green tea. Place on a wire rack in an oven set on the lowest setting possible- approx 60C. Leave in the oven, with the door ajar for 30-60 minutes. (You can also do the same with the balls if you like) The balls and bars are ready when there is a slight coating on the outside, ever so slight. Keeping the door open will keep the oven at approx 40C which qualifies for raw food. Best to keep an eye on them every 30 minutes to be safe. Allow to cool and store in the fridge.

Dehydrator: Shape into balls or bars and place on trays at 42C for approx 3 hours or until the outside is slightly dehydrated. Allow to cool and store in fridge.

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DELISH!!!

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.

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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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Bite Sized Dark Chocolate Protein Mousses

by Vashte on March 18, 2014

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Bite Sized Chocolate protein mousses by Vashte

So everyone loves chocolate!! Well maybe not everyone, but many people seem to love the stuff.

Instead of buying the horrid artificial-packed chocolate products from the supermarkets and shops; lets make our own. Buyer beware:  many of the ‘healthy options’ from expensive ‘health food shops’ are packed with rubbish. So again…why not make your own?!

I have so many recipes for chocolate mousse on this site. I encourage you to have a look- try HERE, and HERE, and HERE to start. With many more. More HERE!!!It is so incredibly easy that you may surprise yourself and begin to take a liking to the kitchen for playing with foods. Hey, if chocolate mousse gets you interested in healthy foods… then I think that is brilliant. What a fun place to start!! 

I made this recipe as I had soaked a whole heap of almonds with the intention of making almond mylk. Want to make your own almond mylk? Click HERE and I show you how. So I did- make the nut mylk, but I had far too many soaked almonds. Almond Mylk homemade does not last as long in the fridge as store bought stuff. Why? Homemade is all natural. Store bought will keep for weeks as it is packed with, you guessed it,  poor quality oils, sugars, preservatives…

I don’t like waste, so I figured chocolate treats would be appreciated and well received in my house :) I was right of course! We are just like you and like our treats, especially at night. You know the time, after dinner, when you are chilling out and then start searching the pantry for that little something to eat?! lol Perfect treats for this time. Not too little, not too big. Just right. Enough to satisfy that craving and put it to bed, without blowing the diet.In this recipe I have added pea protein. I really do not like adding protein powders-be they dairy or vegan based. The more I am researching into this topic the more concerned I am becoming. I am formulating a post on my findings soon.

In this case I added pea protein to boost the protein content as an experiment; and for my old-school-thinking sake. It really is not necessary. But to encourage the many people who still use protein powders on a daily basis, this can be a great recipe to use and enjoy while you still use this ingredient. A sweet treat with the additional protein for muscle retention.

Raw Dark Chocolate Protein Mousse. Bite Size.

Bite sized chocolate mousses by Vashte

1 cup soaked almonds (soaked for 6-12 hours in filtered water)

1 cup fresh filtered water

1 avocado

1 teaspoon maca powder

Pinch of Himalayan Salt

2 Tablespoons good quality cacao powder

2 Tablespoons non flavoured 100% natural pea protein

4 Tablespoons coconut sugar

Blend in a vitamix or other similar high powdered blender until a creamy texture results.

Options: add 100% natural essential oil such as spearmint to make mint chocolate; or orange to make chocolate orange mousse. Try doterra as a safe organic essential oil brand. (google them)

Serve in bite sized portions with cacao nibs sprinkled on top, and dust with cacao powder.

Enjoy!

xx Vashte xx

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RAW Dark CHOCOLATE Mousse

by Vashte on March 10, 2014

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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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Icecream rulz!

by Vashte on February 18, 2014

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It’s the middle of February. It’s stinking hot. Who doesn’t feel partial to a little icecream every now and then?! The thing is, the vast majority all that soft, creamy, delightful icecream out there contains ingredients along the lines of antifreeze; is made virtually entirely of refined sugar and all it’s cohorts;  not to mention artificial colours, flavours and dead food sorts rendering this sugar bomb completely toxic to our fabulous human bodies. Sai la vie Golden Gaytime!! Despite how well some people’s tastebuds have been  brain washed- or rather taste washed; I am here to help bridge the gap between what is readily available out there and that crazy, sexy hippie food! Lets have a go with homemade icecream!!!

I like icecream. I’m particularly fond of vanilla- with things in it, like pecans, honeycomb, chocolate, caramel. So I discovered and recreated an idea on how to make my own  icecream with no icecream maker. Just fresh from scratch. No dairy. No refined sugar thankyou very much. And I did!! I think it is delish, healthy and fun and am pleased with my first batch, and will be working on improvements for the next! I have my official taste tester ready to go to critique me fairly but harshly. I can handle it!

I made my Coconut, Almond and AmazonBerry Icecream from wholefoods. Which means, in you and I language,- no packets of anything!! All natural. No refined sugar added. It’s really good :))) The only thing about making homemade icecream without an icecream maker is that it sets really hard. I think an icecream maker stops that. But never the less; it just means you can’t go sneaking a spoonful everytime you are bored and grazing the fridge/freezer (we all do it); so can save you from overindulging. I’m good with that! I have to take this icecream out of the freezer in advance so that it can begin to melt for me to access it. Plan ahead!

Beware when making it up as the mixture before freezing; is just divine. I was not willing to share licking the vitamix bowl with anyone!! LOL

So easy!

What you need:

  • 2 cups raw organic cashews- soaked for 2 hours in filtered water
  • meat from one-two young coconuts
  • water from one young coconut
  • a dash of organic vanilla essence
  • pinch of Himalayan salt
  • 1/4 cup of coconut flower nectar
  • 3 tablespoons of granulated stevia
  • 1/4 cup organic extra virgin coconut oil
  • 1 cup pecans – soaked for two hours in filtered water
  • 1 cup Amazon Berries
  • 1 cup organic almonds. Soaked for 6 hours minimum in filtered water.

How to make it work:

dairy and sugar free icrecream by vashte.com

  • Place all ingredients, aside from some pecans and berries and all almonds, in your blender. You will need a high speed blender, such as a vitamix or similar- there are some great versions for reasonable prices available these days. We need the mixture to be creamy and smooth, no lumps. Blend until the mixture is precisely that- creamy and smooth.
  • Chop almonds, remaining pecans and berries and fold into the smooth, creamy mixture leaving some aside so you can sprinkle on top to make your icecream look even more inviting.
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  • Pour into your chosen container and set in the freezer.

B-U-T-FUL!!!!!

homemade icecream by vashte.com

Remember this will result in a very solid icecream. That is to be expected. Just remove from the freezer before you intend to eat it to allow some defrosting to occur.

This is a basic recipe- add more to it, go wild with the flavours, natural additions and toppings!

Who said natural food was difficult, hard or boring??!!!! YUMMMO!!!!

Please feel free to share and add to this recipe! I am open for ideas and will be making a new batch up very soon!!

xx Vashte xx

 

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Summer Berry Smoothie

by Vashte on December 6, 2013

Enjoy this berry smoothie in Summer. Packed with goodness, antioxidants, alkalising, raw, delish. Smoothies are mega easy to make, refreshing in the heat of Summer, and filling. The entire family loves them and if you have children- you can pile in goodies without them even knowing it! Smoothies beat a milkshake hands down every time!

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My smoothies contain no dairy, no added sugar, no gluten, no artificial sweeteners or ingredients and always safe local ingredients.

It is best to buy from your local farmers markets if you can. There are less chemicals, and you can connect with your local communities supporting smaller companies. Commercial farming practices generally use huge amounts of toxic chemicals and sprays; as well as genetically modified seeds- none of which are good for us. In fact, many people, myself included, believe substances like these are major contributors to terminal illnesses like cancer and autoimmune disorders. Having lived through losing my partner when he was just 38 years old to cancer, I am very aware of the lies being sold and peddled to you and I, the consumers.

We have the buying power to stop this misinformation from being spread- but likely only for a short time as large corporations are working hard to close down individuals from free speech in the health industry. So take action NOW. Your money is what talks to them. If we all choose to buy from local farmers who are organic and/or sprayfree- the price of these items will come down as demand increases. Conversely demand will drop for the toxic foods peddled at supermarkets so the big guys have to get on board with organic, healthful foods. WE control THEM- Through our money. When we choose organic and natural- our immune systems become stronger and we no longer fall ill as easily = So fewer visits to the doctors, less reliance on pharmaceutical drugs (all of which have side effects, suppress the immune system and stress other important internal organs etc etc etc.) = we save money on REACTING to illness by not getting sick!!

Yes, We may spend more money on food but less on doctors, hospitals, drugs, illness. Doesn’t it make more cents to you 😉 to live longer, healthier, carefree lives? Imagine a life without the prediction that 1 in 2 people will develop cancer; where children are expected to outlive their parents; where it is normal for children to be born with or develop ADD, autoimmune disorders, allergies, and terminal illnesses. Doesn’t it make sense to look to our food as a possible remedy to some, if not all, of these present day issues? Please remember food is designed to be the fuel for the body- just like petrol to a car. What happens when you put diesel into a car requiring gas? It malfunctions. Why are our bodies any different? God did not make these bodies with the intention for us to fuel them with processed, frozen, ready-made sugar-laden microwaved meals. If we put dead food in, why are we expecting our bodies to do anything other than …die Faster. Painfully before an acceptable life span of  80 YEARS MINIMUM.

Perhaps we might like to change our perspective. Drop the poverty mentality. The ”lack-of ” mentality. Drop the dependence on pharmaceutical drugs. If we get a head ache- that is usually a sign we are dehydrated as the brain is swelling and pressing against our skull. Simple.  So ask a simple, logical question- have I been drinking water today? What type of food have I eaten? Have I had enough sleep? Is my food living, or is it dead- could it be causing my body to dehydrate as it overworks trying to eliminate the poisonous food I chose to et today? What pharmaceutical drugs am I taking… and just go drink a couple of glasses of filtered water and keep doing that all day, every day.

Food for thought? I hope so.

Anyhoo.. smoothies rock. Especially at this time of the year. I like to jazz them up and throw in as many or as little ingredients as I have in the pantry. There are no rules. Aside from making them taste delish. Smoothies are live foods, usually packed with goodness. And great for when you are running short of time- even better as a desert option when other people choose to stuff their faces with lower class foods. :)

This one is mega simple:

Strawberry Smoothie

– berries are in season- its December- go nuts and enjoy them!

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  • 200mls almond milk
  • filtered water
  • ice
  • 1 cup strawberries- any berries you like.
  • 30 gm pea protein ( from vital greens)
  • 1 tablespoon l-glutamine
  • Blend! If you want your smoothie sweeter, try stevia but the more you DONT use a natural sweetener, the faster your palate will adjust and you will enjoy the natural sweetness of organic fruits. Ditch the sugar addiction.
  • xx Vashte xx

 

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sugarfree, glutenfree, celiac, protein, dairyfree, weightloss, fatloss, DELICIOUS, vegan.

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I’ve been playing with smoothies again. Are you like me and go through ‘seasons’ with foods? This really is no surprise as we are ‘seasonal’ creatures- us humans. Protein smoothies used to be the domain of the bodybuilders and gym junkies but thankfully the rest of us have been educated and encouraged to enjoy these too now. Protein smoothies are not exclusively protein powder smoothies either- not anymore, thank the Lord as well. Protein is sourced very healthfully from raw nuts, and are great in smoothies as opposed to the powders. Think ‘wholefoods’ when you make smoothies.

Wholefoods, by my definition, are natural foods, unchanged by human beings. Therefore this smoothie I made today is not a wholefood as I chose to use protein powder in this recipe. Protein powder is manufactured by man therefore, not ‘naturally’ produced- artificial ingredient free- or not. I am doing a lot of research on the fallacy of the ‘goodness’ of protein powders lately. Especially interesting is the de-naturing process of virtually every WHEY PROTEIN on the market rendering it toxic therefore pointless- to human beings. Whey Protein Isolate especially- perhaps you might like to start researching this too. Start with Dr Mercola– he is great for wisdom that goes against the common misconceptions of mass society. He is very well researched and pretty unbiased from what I can see. I subscribe to his updates- I recommend you do too if you are interested in learning more in health.

I do not use Whey Protein. Not any more. Not after researching and learning more about the product. This says a lot as I used to endorse, market and sell my partner’s “100% natural Whey Protein”. I have since learnt it is not as great for us as we read. This too is all marketing hype designed by the same companies who sell the product, fixing to sell you the stuff. Life can sometimes- so often when we don’t open our eyes – be such a hoax.  Pretty much all New Zealand Whey protein comes from the same company by the way- Fonterra is the name of this mass giant. Perhaps you might like to research their protein and come to your own decisions as to whether you choose to put that stuff in your body.

I use Pea Protein when I do choose to add protein to a smoothie. This is a rare event these days- adding protein to my smoothies. I’m just not into ‘foods’ created by ‘man’. It is never as good as the real thing- wholefood. Pea protein comes from the humble pea. It doesn’t taste like peas, but does have a much thicker consistency than whey. You wont get the smooth, creamy texture you do with whey, but you do maintain a slightly alkaline environment with this food, as well as receive virtually the same protein and carb content as WPI. It doesn’t matter where  I get my pea protein from from either- there are not a whole lot of manufacturers of pea protein so again, most of it comes from the same company. I use Vital Greens Pea Protein if you want to know which brand I like.  Just watch the added ingredients to any of your proteins- as per usual-and make sure you don’t choose a brand that includes fillers, or any artificial ingredients.

Summer is always a great time for smoothies. We are hotter and tend to like a cool refreshing drink. Hence my latest blogs all on cool, refreshing beverages. With Christmas around the corner and the silly season well under way, I thought I would share some ideas I use to keep my drinks healthy, tasty and fun. I don’t like to drink a lot of alcohol and it can get a bit boring drinking water all day/night when my party peps around me have fun looking exciting cocktails. So order a smoothie or mocktail to make things at least look a little more interesting. Who knows- you may even encourage them to ditch their drinks and choose yours because they look so good- that’s because they are!

Choosing a smoothie as a desert is a great way to keep your sugar cravings at bay and still be involved with desert time. They are pretty filling and my smoothies don’t include any dairy, added sugar, or any lower class ingredients so they have a tendency to look after your blood sugar levels, and satisfy even the most ferocious sugar craving. Try them out!! Click here for more ideas!

Strawberry, Chocolate and Coconut Smoothie

 

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  • 200 mls almond milk
  • ice
  • filtered water
  • 1/2 cup strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon organic cacao
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flakes
  • 30 gm pea protein
  • 1 tablespoon l-glutamine (helps stop sugar cravings, can preserve muscle and preserve lining of the stomach)
  • Stevia for sweetness. -A natural sweetener but first taste to determine whether you actually need any. If you do- add a small amount and keep adding small amounts until you reach your desired taste. Best if you don’t need stevia.

Blend. As Pea Protein is thicker- you may like more water. Again, add small amounts to your blender so that you do not end up with a smoothie too viscous. Remember- you can always add ingredients, you cannot take them out. So just add small amounts of anything extra.

Enjoy

xx Vashte xx

 

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