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 :)

For a discount on the best coconut nectar available click HERE for the code and HERE for the website. Have a good squizz around. I love their products. You will get 15% off any product using my discount- because we lurve you for hanging out here with me.

Iced Tropicana Delight

www.vashte.com Tropicana Delight

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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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

Vashte and Raw Protein balls www.vashte.com

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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Feature Cafe: Marie Anita’s. BURLEIGH

by Vashte on March 24, 2014

Gluten Free Health Cafe- Honest Flavours, Healthy Foods

Marie Anita's

For some time now I have been frequenting the Burleigh Head markets on a Saturday morning. Here, local farmers sell their produce; some chemical and spray free, some organic, others full blown use of sprays and pesticides. Find your true locals! They are there- search them out and get to know them. Friendly bunch they are :)

If you read my blogs you will notice I favour certain people, with certain wares. I especially favour Bryn and Colin from Raw Connections; and Marie and Maz. This post is dedicated to Marie and Maz. I fell in love with these ladies from the outset; and their sugar free, gluten free coconut muffins :) And NOW … little to my surprise I know for sure that they are MORE than sugar free, gluten free coconut muffins!! Marie always sold her beautiful sorghum gluten free breads at the markets and an array of other sugar free, gluten free treats. They would usually sell out. Very special, her food. Why? Well when someone has a genuine passion about what they do- it shows. And so it tastes… A- MAZING!!

It turns out I was not the only avid fan of this little stall. When they weren’t at the markets I was sorely disappointed- often travelling from my home in Budds Beach just to go get a muffin!! It is not often I can find quality like this. She uses pure, clean ingredients, without the over load of sugar. Often ‘gluten free’ means removing the wheat but substituting with poor quality ingredients and packed to the brim with fillers and sugars. Beware of poor quality ingredients. I cant stand it.

Not Marie’s food. Her food is clean, fresh and exactly what it says it is. 

And now… she has opened her own cafe!!! She is no loner at the markets- she is farrr to busy in the cafe!! YAY!!! Marie Anita’s is now located directly opposite the markets on the Gold Coast Highway. It is a cute location on the corner of First Avenue and GC Highway. She opens for breakfast and lunch. It is cute. It is fresh. It is quirky. It is wholefood. It is clean eating. It is delicious!!!! She opened in February and I only just made it for the first time this past weekend. I have been missing out!

Marie Anita's Renovations

The Gold Coast is severely lacking in honest, clean, wholefood cafes. This one fills a big part of that space. 

All meals are fresh, mouthwateringly delicious, clean, and made from local produce. Awesome. There is a ZERO  tolerance to artificial ANYTHING at this cafe. What a refreshing breath of fresh air! I am so sick of companys, people, cafes, calling themselves what they are not. The meals here are made with love and care, and it shows. You can feel it. You can taste it. Finally a personal, honest space where people can come to dine in a relaxed atmosphere, knowing without a shadow of a doubt that the food presented is truly good for you; or just grab a (healthy, delicious gluten free, low sugar) meal or the run, coffee on the run.. whatever.

Marie Anita Coffee

  • A cafe specialising in artisan baking- without the gluten and sugars!
  • A cafe specialising in sugar free meals and treats; as well as providing dairy free, vegetarian, vegan and raw options.
  • Finally a cafe that truly reflects ‘healthy eating’.  A cafe not just using the term for trend’s sake, but a cafe with owners and operators who work IN the space, who create from that passion, and produce meals worth writing home about! 

If you are a bread lover and have given up bread due to gluten intolerance- head down here to buy Marie’s freshly baked sorghum gluten free bread. Your body will love you for it. You don’t have to miss out. But you do need to get the right kind of food in. This could be the place where you are finally introduced to healthy eating, without missing out! Healthy food is not boring! Let Marie Anita’s prove that to you.

I’m a massive fan, always have been, always will be and I will definitely be frequenting this place to eat, drink and just hang out. It is a long way for me to go in relative terms for breakfast, but I’m very specific about the food I put in my body. So this is where I’m going to eat.  I like good food that doesn’t result in my feeling tired, sick or half dead. HERE is their website. Check it out!!

Marie Anita's menu

I had breakfast here. It was divine. My mouth was watering over the menu. So clean and fresh!! It was hard to choose- but it doesn’t matter matter -I will be back to work my way through it. All of it!

Marie Anita’s café is just one street back from the beach so if you are a coffee drinker, pop down for a beautiful coffee- have in or take out. Stop by as you drive through to Burleigh. Parking on Gold Coast Highway so you can run in and grab a takeaway! GOOD coffee, hard to find on the Coast…  It is here. If you are like me and drink tea or smoothies- then choose from a variety of fresh teas, or delicious green and fruit smoothies. …Have some breakfast; brunch or book in for lunch! Guaranteed you wont be disappointed!!!

The only thing I am disappointed about is they are not open or dinner!! lol But I will let them off- they are open 7 days a week from 7 am to 5pm. I think they are working hard enough.

Meet me here for a tea/coffee/smoothie… or delicious gluten free, sugar free treat!!! Raw or baked- they do it all!!!

YUMMMMMMMMMMMM

My breakfast was delicious: eggs, baby spinach, asparagus and  zesty homemade hummous on lightly baked pumpkin. No bread- the pumpkin served as bread. WOW.

breakfast with Marie Anita

Craig made his own meal up- another added bonus is the flexiblity of the chef. Some places will not allow changes to menus. He had eaten but still couldnt resist the temptation of Marie Anitas clean food! He LOVED the bacon.

Marie Anita's

Marie Anita’s

1863 Gold Coast Highway (corner of First Ave) Burliegh heads Q 4220

P 07 5659 1324

www.marieanitas.com

They are on facebook and instagram too.

To your health- go see them!

Meet me there! Any chance I get..I’m there!

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

Dark choc Mousse www.vashte.com

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

raw-weightloss- fatloss-glutenfree-celiac-100%natural- wholefood-sugarfree-dairyfree

The Energiser www.vashte.com

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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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How to make Nut Mylk

by Vashte on February 7, 2014

raw- glutenfree- celiac- wholefood- vegan- 100% natural- fatloss

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I recently went to a fabulous raw food class run by Bryn and Colin from Raw Connections. Easy going, laid back and very informative. I like it. What I especially like is the incredibly balanced approach Bryn has in his class whereby he is not advocated a 100% raw lifestyle expecting your everyday person to suddenly ‘come to the light’ and change to raw food only. His approach appears to be in line with mine– and that is something along the lines of- make it work for you today. Play with your food. Have fun with your food. Explore and experiment to see what your body likes and dislikes as every single human body is made differently. One size does not and never has fit all. (correct me if I am wrong please Bryn if you read this- but that is what I gathered from the class and why I am so happy to promote and advocate your awesome work!!) And try to keep food as real and natural as possible. Work with that :)

In the class we went through a number of great, basic raw food recipes. Bryn made; them we devoured them. Thankyou.

Not new to the health food scene but always open to new ideas to create fresh, live, new foods- that’s me. Why not immerse yourself too in classes, workshops, talks – take away what you can; try new things; invent your own- grow and learn! I firmly believe that the person who calls themselves an expert; a guru; or any other glorifying name.. is obviously not. We constantly learn and grow; grow and learn. We can always take something away from every meeting; experience; conversation- if we are open to it. I took loads from this brilliant class on that Sunday. Thank you.

So I am sharing with you my experience in making almond mylk. Yes; I had tried it before but was missing the essential piece of equipment – which is the nut bag. It would also appear from the comments on my facebook page when I posted my pic- a few of you have had the same dilemma. A dilemma very simple to rectify; so let me assist you here thanks to the gentlemen from Raw Connections. :) I want to add here that people who make nut mylk all the time can be very blasé in the way they describe HOW to make nut mylk. We tend to forget how to explain in simple, clear, concise, baby terms when we become adept on a topic- so let me, as a new nut mylk maker, explain to you; how to make this simple product via a step by step process. To make it easy for you too :)

1. Mega important to get organic nuts. You can make any kind of nut mylk you like, but almond is likely the most common to start with. Once you get a handle on almond mylk, start exploring! Organic is important as you want to reduce the amount of chemicals your body consumes- therefore being kinder to your internal organs- keeps you younger as well. If you can’t get organic try to get spray free.

2. 1 cup of almonds. 3-6  cups of filtered water. Put almonds in a container and cover almonds with the filtered water.  If you want a creamier, thicker mylk soak in 3 cups of water. If you like a thinner mylk use 6 cups of water.

3. Soak. Leave your soaking almonds on your bench- no problem. Soak for 6-8  hours. Most nuts have a shell. For instance, the brown on the outside of the almond is a shell. It protects the actual nut from predators. YOU are a predator :) Soaking plumps the nut up and loosens the shell, therefore releasing the enzymes we need to digest and enjoy all the nutritional benefits of the little nut. That is why we soak them.

4. Drain your nuts in a sieve and wash filtered water over them. This will wash the nuts. Pop your soaked nuts into your blender. A powerful blender is important to help keep the quality of the food in tact. I use a vitamix. But there are plenty of replicas out there at a fraction of the price. They generally don’t last as long. Pour a fresh 3-6 cups of filtered water into the blender over your soaked nuts.

5. Blend. Until the mylk is a creamy, smooth consistency. Approx 1 minute. Here is where you can jazz it up a tad if you like. I don’t. I like my mylk as it is; however, if you are coming straight from bought álternative’ milk to homemade mylk- you may like to bridge the gap in your palette. (or coming from cows milk!) Bought nut milks contain preservatives; sugars; sweeteners,, cheap oils…ra de ra… so simple nuts and water might be too greater jump. Have a taste and make your own decision. If you would like to make a bridge in the transfer- add a natural sweetener to your mylk here. You could add a couple of dates; or natural vanilla essence; or coconut nectar.. just as tad. I think it’s best not to do this, but you have to make your food enjoyable otherwise you just wont make it nor eat it. Right?! If you do add here blend it up to make it all mylk.

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6. It’s looking pretty exciting at this point. It looks really creamy and delish. So you get your nut bag. (The one I bought is from Living Synergy. I just stopped on my way home from Bryn’s class at my local health food store and grabbed it.) This one is awesome. I think it’s all in the nut bag as to if your nut mylk works out. Although the blender is pretty important… as are the nuts.. as is your mood 😉 Place your nut bag in a container big enough to hold all the mylk.

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7. Pour your creamy mylk into the nut bag then squeeze all the liquid through to the container. ‘Mylking’ the bag! Massage all the mylk out. If you want, you can pop the remains – the almond ‘meal’- back in the blender along with another 3 cups of filtered water and repeat to make your mylk go further and really get all the mylk out of the nuts.

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8 Voila !! You now have delicious homemade almond mylk. Use in smoothies; over (grain-free) cereals; in hot drinks; or just drink straight. It will keep for approx 3 days in the fridge. I add cinnamon to mine as I love this hint of flavour, plus its fat-burning quality.

Three nuts that do not require soaking for so long are: macademia, cashews and pinenuts. They can soak for a couple of hours or not at all. When you soak these nuts they become very soft- it is normal. I say this as I thought I had ruined them when I soaked them the first time. I hadn’t.  They are hard to strain through your nut bag- so you don’t have to- they can be used for creamier recipes where the recipe calls for cream, or yoghurt. Sub out the cream and try it with your homemade nut cream! Give it a go! Tell me what you think!

The remainder of the nut left in the bag can be used! Do not through it away! No waste!!! Use it in smoothies; in energy balls; and when my dehydrator arrives… its being used in bases for raw pizza and savoury biscuits.

I met Bryn and Colin as I frequent the Burleigh Farmers Market on Saturday mornings to collect organic or spray free greens and veges; to visit my sister who often holds a naturopathic stall there; and explore local goodies as far as food goes (hello Raw Connections!) Being the lover of fine health filled food that I am; I can spot a fellow well rounded, well balanced kindred spirit when I meet one; especially when they make delicious food lol. Oh and I must also plug my favourite muffin girls -Marie and Maz- try their gluten free coconut muffins. If you can get their recipe I will be your new BFF. Not too sweet; not too savoury. Just right said Little Miss Goldilocks 😉

Head down to the Burleigh Farmers Markets and meet Bryn and Colin. They are in the LOHA’s precinct – inside where all the best foods are – tell them I sent you!! Try their raw pizza. Its my favourite!! Hurry up dehydrator and arrive please!!!

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Wishing you well in health and loads of fun exploring cool ideas in a healthy, realistic, sustainable style of living for the whole family.

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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