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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 :)

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

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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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Last Days to Register for 18th Oct….

by Vashte on October 12, 2014

-weightloss – fatloss- all natural- wholefood – heal – paleo – raw- vegan – 

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Just a quick reminder to anyone out there ‘thinking’ about coming to my Weightloss and Healthy Snacks Workshop this Saturday….

Last Days to register are NOW…..!!! DOUP!!!

Tickets close on Thursday… so if you are ‘thinking’ about it- shoot me an email if you like to ‘think’ it out with me :) I’m pretty friendly!!

Wholefood Workshop dates with Vashte Oct- Dec

HERE is what other people have said about my Wholefood Workshops if that helps you make a decision…

Think about this, if you will.. and ask yourself these questions:

  • Do you ‘eat fairly well, and healthy.. but keep putting on weight.. or just cannot lose it?
  • Do you run out of ideas for healthy snacks?
  • Do you not know what ‘healthy’ is anymore? There is so much advertising calling food ‘healthy’ but.. is it really?
  • Are you interested in learning about different styles of cooking and food, but not know where to start?
  • Do you want to know more about different ingredients and how to use them?
  • Do you want to cut through the ‘crap’and get some good, down to earth, basic knowledge and skills in the kitchen?
  • Do you want to take the mystery out of healthy eating?
  • Do you want to be in a comfortable,safe, friendly environment with zero pretentiousness (as some ‘health snobs can be) ?

Come to my Wholefood Workshops to get all these answers…

Either:

Saturday 18th Oct 2014 or 

Saturday 1st Nov 2014..

which one are you coming to?!

 

 

…..

What is your question about ‘healthy eating’ that you would like addressed?

In my workshops we are hands on. We are close up and personal. We have fun. We get our hands sticky! We eat what we make and you build your confidence in the kitchen as we debunk myths around ‘healthy eating’together. 

I don’t do ‘diets. See someone else for those.

I do lifestyle. Always have, always will. 

Long-term results, with a realistic approach to life. 

We are all time poor. NOONE has too much time on their hands today – so how do we get around this? By debunking myths designed to keep you ‘in the system’.

………

If you want to get out of the matrix come to my workshop (s).

If you want results – come to my workshop (s).

If you want to have some fun while learning skills you can take home and implement immediately- come to my workshop (s).

BUT

you need to register on or BEFORE Thursday!! Or you miss out!

Email me now: info@vashte.com to get your ticket!

Thursday- last day for a ticket to THIS Saturday’s workshop..and if you plan on coming to the 1st Nov- you might want to email me too...first in, first served my friends!!

Wholefood Workshop Dates.. are you coming? www.vashte.com

LOADS of people want to get eating right – once and for all…. 

Start now… not tomorrow not next week.. not next year…

Carpe Diem!!

Email me for tickets now!! : info@vashte.com

For an awesome Summer – just do it!!! :) 

Saturday 18th Oct 2014

Saturday 1st Nov 2014

Which one are you coming too?!

xx Vashte xx

 

 

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healthy eating with Vashte

 

There are still spaces for the first two wholefood workshops coming up:

 Sat 18th Oct 2014

 Sat 1 Nov 2014

Are you interested?

Wholefood Workshop dates with Vashte Oct- Dec

I chose to focus on a couple of topics for these- they are the same workshop each time, so don’t book in for both! Unless you want a double wammy!

Topic: Weightloss and Healthy Snacks.

 

I chose these two topics as I am asked often and constantly about these two topics, and, coming into Summer and  Christmas- these are usually topics high on the priority list of many people:

  1. Because people often forget during Winter -that Summer comes quickly after Winter.. so think they will reduce naughty foods.. ‘ tomorrow’ ….and then it’s ‘ suddenly’   Summer and.. another year spent not swimming…
  2. In a bid to ‘lose weight’ – we become even more preoccupied with the very things we think we can’t have.. so end up often snacking MORE often ..consuming more than we would normally..

I’m a Personal Trainer. I have spent the past 20 years obsessed with food- what works and what absolutely doesn’t. I have a degree that tells you I’m all in the head as well- Psychology. Double major.

Great and powerful combo for attaining true health results, if you ask me.

Here is what I think:

  1. I am sick of the weightloss industry and the lies it spews out.
  2. You can not out-train a poor diet.. even if you are training for an iron man/woman. Note how the iron men and women of today are bigger than they have ever been in history. Now that speaks volumes. (I am not talking about the ones who win- I am talking about your friend down the road who enters, trains, and competes in one).
  3. Wanting to lose weight forces the mind to focus on precisely the things you don’t want to focus on.
  4. We are focused on all the wrong things in life– we trust all the wrong people, we believe the hype of clever marketing, we are forgetting to think for ourselves.
  5. We have taken the fun out of real-food eating and added so much guilt and shame to food- it is a wonder we actually eat at all…however being ‘ naughty’  is now the ‘ in ‘ thing- on the surface (no one explores compounding guilt afterwards when the party is over do they?!)
  6. We are leading into our hottest months, and that means two things: party season and Christmas.. followed closely by January when everyone thinks about dieting again..and then tries it for two weeks in February. Aren’t we sick of Groundhog Day yet? I am.

Wholefood Workshop with Vashte weightloss healthy snacks

Those are just a few things I think about these few months coming up and the concept of weightloss.

 

If you are like me, and love food…

If you are like me, and are sick of the shake diets, the blood diets, the anything diet ….

If you are like me, and realise we need to live…especially coming into the party and festive season…but don’t know how to feel good about yourself, or prepare yourself for the right-now that presents itself at your door: Spring and Summer…

Then please come along to one of these two workshops!

Sat 18th Oct 2014

Sat 1 Nov 2014

Email me here for a ticket: info@vashte.com

Whoelfood workshop dates with Vashte Oct -Dec 2014

There is a minimum number and a maximum number for each workshop I run. Neither of which is met yet. I understand that now is a very busy time for people- that’s the way the end of the year rolls for everyone.

My Sept workshops sold out faster than hotcakes to Eskimos! HERE are the testimonies. Pretty cool. I have had a number of people ask for wholefood workshops in the New Year as they are booked solid on every date released by me till Dec!.

If that is you too- email me to let me know and I will begin prep for the New Year- but to those of you who actually want to make some change NOW, as opposed to ‘Next Year..’ again… you need to book in!

  • I don’t do diets.
  • I don’t do short term results.
  • I DO wholefood eating.
  • I DO realistic.
  • I DO cost effective.
  • I DO fast healthy food.

I live this life for health. I pulled out of the matrix some time ago and can show you how to as well- ensuring you don’t miss out on ANYTHING and ensuring you get the best hands-on experience in the kitchen, having fun, making the best food you have ever tasted.

The great thing about my workshops is that I don’t push you into anything. I’m not selling you anything, not marketing any product.

I’m just showing you how I maintain a body fat of between 14-16% without dieting, without spending pretty much any time in the gym, without obsessing about what I CANT have to eat. I eat– I can assure of you that- look at my Instagram page, click HERE to follow me there! -and you will see what I make .. the photos are mine and I made 99% of that. Ate it too.

When my eating is off, I can train for hours in the gym, do bikram yoga, run a million miles ..and my body will be bigger than what I want it to be.

When my eating is on- without dieting I am healthy, lean and energetic. My skin is clear. My mind is in that happy place and fat falls off without thinking about it. I spend less time working out, more time sleeping and resting. More time in peace.

You can get on that journey too if you register for one of these workshops.. email me here : info@vashte.com.

They are fun, they are delicious and they will empower you to make more clever choices- without missing out. Stuff that! You could stop the binges. You can stop the obsession. You can gain back control through healthy wholefood eating- its logical. It’s easy. It will save you money and time- and your kids will love you for it.

Raw cacao mousse

Make your life easier! Register for one of these workshops today!

Who is in?

Sat 18th Oct 2014

Sat 1st Nov 2014

Email: info@vashte.com

Xx lol Vashte xx

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Wholefood Workshops With Vashte.com Oct-Nov-Dec 2014

Are you confused about what is healthy and what is not?

Would you like an introduction to new ingredients, and how to cook them or use them in meals and snacks?

Do you want some inspiration for snacks to go- kids lunch boxes – your lunchboxes – dinners- breakfasts?

Do you want to know how to start eating healthy without it costing the earth?

I invite you to come along to any one, or many of my wholefood workshops coming up between now and early December. We ran two in September- the review is HERE. Take a read to find out what other people think of them- and then book your spot!

First come- first serve with Vashte’s Wholefood Workshops.. so either email me here: info@vashte.com or call me here : 0419 275 910 to secure your ticket! Simple !!

Wholefood Workshops www.vashte.com

My workshops are:

  • Simple
  • Clear
  • Fun
  • Informative
  • Cover many styles of ‘food’
  • Do not use over processed, refined ingredients.
  • Show you how to shop local and buy seasonal to keep quality high and cost down.
  • Keep it real. Keep it Simple. Keep it valid for your busy lifestyles.

So – I’m running themes for these workshops:

Lighten Up! It is Summer!!

fat prepare to die

  • Want to know how to eat and lose FAT?
  • Want to lose weight?
  • Want to gain muscle?
  • Want to get lean– it’s Summer pretty much now…
  • Want to stop dieting and get off the yoyo cycle?
  • Want to transform your body without starving yourself?
  • Want healthy snack ideas?
  • Want fast healthy meals?
  • Wonder why you train so hard but still can’t lose that last 5kgs..1kg…20kg? ….

– Book in for:  Saturday Oct 18th or Sat 1st Nov 2014.

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A Healthy, Wholefood Christmas:

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Christmas is coming- it is practically here.. so lets get prepared this year. If you want:

Ideas on how to have a delicious, healthy Christmas without the gross sugar overload that comes with it.

Delicious recipes for a perfect Summer Christmas.

A Christmas where you can eat and enjoy treats without feeling sick by lunch.

A Christmas where you have no guilt from the food you eat because you know the ingredients are healthy and whole..

The most amazing Christmas ever– eating food you can hardly believe is good for you..

Then join me on: Saturday 15th Nov 2014

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The final Wholefood Workshop I have set is early Dec…

HEALTHY SWEET TREATS:

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We are all busy at this time of the year..all heading to parties and social gatherings.. all eating and drinking more than usual..

So if you want ideas on HEALTHY SWEET TREATS ..this workshop is for you.

If you would like to make treats for you, and the whole family that won’t make you or them sick, fat, or bloated…

If you want to get rid of the guilt..

If you want to enjoy some sweetness without the after-effects..

If you want to enjoy healthy whole food- that is less likely to disrupt your blood sugars, your thinking, your size..

email me or call me for your space on Saturday 6th Dec .

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Why miss out when you have goals for your health? You don’t have to.

Why go on a ‘diet’ especially at this time of the year… When you all know they just don’t work.

Why feel guilty when you have a desire for something ‘you think you ”shouldn’t”  be eating” ….. maybe you can…. same-same…but DIFFERENT….

When you come to a workshop with me- I will get you involved in the kitchen to give you confidence, a hands on experience, pack it with fun, and show you how to use ingredients that the body just loves… no genetic modification- no refined sugars- no fake food – no DR FRANK-EIN- FOOD.

When you come to a workshop with me- you have a load of laughs and get plenty of really neat ideas to share with your family and friends.

It is high time we took back ownership of our health- and our food is just one place we can start.

Food is fun- it can be– it is in these workshops!!

Email or call me now to grab your spots for this end of year– and make 2015 – more healthy, more whole, and more in control than ever before- with ease, simplicity and basic foundational skills.

It is time for YOU.

It is time to get creative and actually achieve your goals in health..and all areas of life!

‘Start NOW by making that call!

See you in workshop!!

Wholefood Workshops With Vashte.com Oct-Nov-Dec 2014

xx Vashte xx

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Why Chia Seeds?

by Vashte on September 29, 2014

superfood- weightloss – fatloss – vegan- detox- raw- healthyeating – all natural- glutenfree

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Chia seeds have received a rise in popularity again since  hhmmm about 2008-2009- if you ask me.  That was when the health food stores started seeing more brands coming on board, more marketing and then, as a result of that marketing.. more demand. Stands to reason- supply and demand. Today you can buy chia seeds from the supermarkets. You find them in the health food sectiona section that is growing faster than many other sections in the supermarkets as more companies understand that you and I are eduating ourselves and no longer demanding spoon feeding.

Chia is almost a household ingredient… almost, but not quite… but …why are we demanding it?

Well.. its one of those…‘ superfoods ‘.. right? So it ‘must’ be good for us- so we want it. … That is pretty much how it goes isn’t it?  “I heard it was good for me so I want it.”  “My friend puts some in her smoothies and she feels great. I want to feel great too. ” ‘” Someone said it helps with weightloss -I will have that too. ” You know the story.

I thought I would pop down a few facts I found for you to peruse over as to why I use chia in my foods, and why I have found it good for me. Yes, I do think chia is a great ingredient in the pantry. Pretty much any day you come to my house you will likely find some either in my pantry unopened or in the fridge- (that is where I keep most opened product due to humidity and weevils..such is life in QLD) .. lol. or you will find foods that that I have made and have frozen ready for eating – with chia in! Yes chia is a friend to my body and mind! Love it!

The good stuff:

100g chia provides:

  • 9x more omega 3 than salmon and zero mercury! Bonus!!
  • 2 x more protein than 3 eggs
  • 2 x more fibre than oats and ZERO GLUTEN
  • 5 x more calcium than a glass of milk and ZERO PUS!!!

So as a celiac- of which I am, and many people are although most do not know it – it is highly beneficial for me to choose not to eat gluten/grains (due to the gross genetic modification and gluten content) as well as choose not to consume most dairy products esepcailly milky, processed, pasturised pus filled milk and cream. Chia can give me what you think I am missing out on!! Yay!

100gm of chia is a truck load though- don’t go out and stick 100 gm of chia in a glass and drink it- you will explode! Chia, when coming into contact with fluid produces a gel like substance around the chia seed. It is pretty cool to watch. Place a teaspoon  in your glass bottle of water, some lemon, shake it up and leave it for an hour- you will see how the chia ‘expands’ and results in a gel like substance – a bit like little frogs eggs lol. Drink throughout the day! I do, it keeps me full between meals as well as keeping my mind alert, and my energy high providing me with nutrients without ‘eating’ a meal. Perfect.

Chia is high in :

  • fibre
  • calcium,
  • complete protein
  • amino acids
  • slowly processed carbohydrates
  • and loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and omega-3

Chia seeds added to meals and drinks can:

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  • boost energy
  • improve brain, heart and skin health
  • thicken soups and casseroles instead of flour based thickeners- or thickeners filled with fillers.

Chia keeps me healthy from the inside out. And that is the only way to achieve true health- from the inside out.

Chia are called a ‘superfood ‘ yes- but don’t fall into the ‘superfood’ trap. Keep it real. Superfood is now a term that is coined by those clever marketers to sell you more of what you don’t really need. In this case- ‘superfood’ is a good term to use. The benefits from chia are outstanding. The Mayan’s are believed to have, in times of scarce solid food, only consumed chia and water and been able to run for days.  So great for running!! lol!!

Chia are said to be a complete superfood as they are supposed to be the richest plant based source of omega 3, protein, dietary fibre and antioxidants.  And because of their high fibre content they keep the body feeling fuller for longer which can result in eating less as the body feels full. When the body is filled with nutrients dense food(of which chia is)  the brain switches of the ‘hunger trigger’- so the mind moves away from being all consumed with food too. Make sense?  This can help  with weightloss/ fatloss – and sanity!

So all this said and told, I think chia is fabulous for the yummy and delicious foods I can make with it as well!!

Chia can be used as a breakfast.. in homemade cereals (grain free and nut free if  you, like me prefer grain free, sugarfree and often nut free foods…)

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Chia pots- which can be eaten any time of the day as well as a desert.. certainly beats all those horrible refined sugar options out there!! As a breakfast pot this will keep you going till lunch easy!!! Watch the 10am sugar crash disappear without you even thinking about it! Goodbye ‘diets’.

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Chia in soups and casseroles to thicken them up.

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Chia in bliss balls/protein balls (chia is high in plant based protein)/truffles.

chia truffles. www.vashte.com

If you want to detox your body as so many people seem determined to do these days .. instead of buying some packaged premade juice drinks delivered to your door …containing preservatives to keep them looking pretty for longer. Or instead of buying into the latest and great scam I have heard of in a long time.. marketed as a detox system– selling you low quality whey protein drinks overflowing with poor quality ingredients/fillers and …SUGAR….

Why don’t you just pop on down to the supermarket or health shop and get yourself some fabulous gelatinous plant foods like… hmmm oh I know… chia!!! or aloe vera or and seaweed!!!. All natural just the way God made them.

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These foods form the gel- the gelatinous fibre- in fluid. This gelatinous fibre moves through the intestinal tract absorbing and binding waste. They particularly absorb bile salts produced by the liver (oooh a liver detox type thing….); taking with them fat soluble toxins (sounds good yes?) that the body needs and wants to get rid of. Without foods such as chia, aloevera and or seaweed – all foods that produce this fabulous gel- the body finds it very hard to rid itself of the toxins we consume or absorb. When the body can’t pass toxins, the toxins get dumped…into fat cells… and the more crap we eat, the poorer our lifestyle choices.. the more we produce fat cells as we need a place to dump toxins.. which eventually turn into more  insidious things if left uncleared…. The small intestine is where it all starts, when foods/toxins are left there- they are just reabsorbed back into the body.- This is bad.

We need to release all toxins so they do not pollute the body.

Drinking pre made juice, proteins, whey or non dairy, as ‘detoxes’ just does not compute. Don’t waste that $600 odd a month on some MLM scheme no matter how amazing they say they feel. Just wait till they start back on real food again!! Or check back on them in 5- 10 years time- and see who is the healthy one..or who is still actually around….

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Eat loads of green veges.. bought from your local farmers markets, or permaculture farm.. they are everywhere- you just need to have a squiz for them. Now they are just as reasonable in price as the supermarkets if you are buying in season. Stop demanding all foods all year round. It just isn’t natural! We are seasonal for a reason! So enjoy the foods that are available in season and watch your body detox naturally, and easily!

I hope this gives you an idea of why I dig chia seeds! You are welcome to comment or ask me questions!

My info comes from a documentary I sell – if you want it- let me know and I will get you a copy Expand your knowledge and resources- empower yourself. Take back the control. ONE LIFE LIVE IT WELL!!!!

Here’s to your health and a better world for you, and your children’s children.

Keeping health real, realistic and attainable for everyday people xx

xx Vashte xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Spelt Double Choc Chip & Walnut Cookie!!

by Vashte on September 5, 2014

Ancient grain – wholefood – low gluten – low sugar – all natural – baking- weightloss -fatloss – vegan

Spelt Choc Chip and Walnut Cookies - www.vashte.com

Who doesn’t love a cookie every now and then? Apparently they are ‘ bad’ for you… well that all depends on the ingredients doesn’t it! My cookies are mouthwateringly delicious – white flour free! White sugar free. Vegan. So enjoy with a lovely cup of green tea ( my preference is Madame Flavour– love her teas). It was a rainy day this cookie day so I had my ugg boots on and a plate of three- all to me. Happy days!

 

These cookies do contain some gluten as spelt has gluten- low gluten- but it’s gluten. As spelt is an ancient grain it is much less refined than regular flour. If you are ‘gluten intolerant’ try spelt – many people can enjoy this ancient grain. If you are a celiac like me – you will need to use a different flour- I give you some options below- and a couple of different photos subbing out the spelt to make them celiac friendly. Wholefood, healthy cooking is really all about understanding ingredients and knowing how to manipulate recipes to suit your digestion and palette. SO have fun with food- like I do!

I am not a ‘baker’  – I predominately make raw treats (without too many nuts and dates..); smoothies; and slow cook or dehydrate. But why put oneself in a box- if I can create these delicious morsels- so can you !!

 

What you need: 

  • 1 cup organic spelt flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt
  • 1/4 c almond mylk (homemade if you have time !) HERE is how to make your own mylk. It is easy.
  • 1/4 c melted virgin coconut oil
  • 1/4 c coconut nectar – these are not sweet cookies- if you want them sweeter- you need to add more nectar..but make the recipe first-we eat too much sugar today…..
  • 1 tspn organic vanilla paste – from the supermarket even!! It is heaven :)
  • 200 gm good quality dark chocolate (75% cacao or more!)
  • 1/4 c chopped walnuts

How to Make it Work:

  • Preheat the oven to 150C and line a baking tray with baking paper.
  • Sift spelt, baking soda together in a bowl then add salt.
  • Pour in melted coconut oil, almond mylk, coconut nectar, and vanilla – mix.
  • Add chocolate pieces (keep them chunky!) and walnut pieces leaving a little chocolate and walnut aside to sprinkle on top as decoration.
  • Wet your hands slightly and then roll into balls then place on the baking paper. If you make them big- they result in big cookies. Make them small – they are small cookies!
  • Dip a fork in spelt to lightly cover the prongs and use to flatten the cookie out. Make them quite fat if you like a chunky cookie.
  • Bake for 10-20 minutes. Keep an eye on your cookies as they are easy to burn. They are ready when they are a light brown colour all over- they need to be baked through to the middle. Watch the middle cookies- some ovens cook the cookies on the outskirts faster than the middle ones.
  • When they are done, let them cook for 3 minutes or so, then remove with a spatula to place them on a cooling rack. The longer you leave them on the baking tray- the longer they contunue to bake. They will be quite soft but will harden when they are cool.

Your house should smell amaaaazing! That vanilla is yummmmmy!!! I love my cookies warm- so go ahead – enjoy  one  before they become all boring and cold and…everyone else eats them!!

I pulled mine out a tad too soon so they were a little too moist- I use my dehydrator to finish the job when I do that – they go in for 30mins  or so on 45C – it made them perfect. I slightly over cooked my other version (with no spelt) so was extra wary on these.. !!

spelt double choc chip and walnut cookies www.vashte.com

Non gluten version:

for celiacs like me!!!

Sub out the spelt for

  • 1 cup of almond meal. Almond meal is simply almonds ground to a flour- I ground mine but left them quite chunky. You do need a fine meal otherwise you end up with quite a wet cookie which is harder to get firm.
  • add 1/4 c coconut flour as well.
  • I took the coconut oil out completely as nuts have their own healthy fats. You don’t need more.

The oven needs to be lower- so set for 130C and bake for longer at the lower heat. This will help ensure you get a crispy cookie without burning the top like I did first time round. Bake for 20 mins keeping a close eye on  them. I popped mine in the dehydrator once they had cooled for 20 mins or so- the dehydrator rocks!  If you don’t have a dehydrator and try this version- pop them in the freezer once they are cooled! Yes really! They end up deliciously crunchy and won’t freeze. Nuts in the freezer are the best place to keep them as they keep their crunchiness there- especially if they have been activated and then dehydrated. (Bonus tip!!)

Next time I make these babies- I will add raisins and take out the walnuts. Keeping the chocolate though thank you very much!

So this is my mixture using my ground almond meal- it can be easier to buy the almond meal if you don’t have the best food processor. See how chunky and nutty it looks? :

almond meal double choc chip and walnut cookies www.vashte.com

 

If you make these – let me know how you go! Leave a comment below! They didn’t last 24 hours in my house!!!

Makes 9 big fat cookies.

This is the finish product for the almond meal double chocolate chip and walnut cookies. With Madame Flavour tea.. of course !

Leave me a comment- make them! Tell me your adventure in the kitchen!!!! I love sharing!!!

Almond Meal Double Choc Chip and Walnut cookies www.vashte.com

 

 

 

 

 

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Wholefood Workshops

by Vashte on August 31, 2014

wholefood – organic – raw- slowcooked – weightloss – fatloss – paleo – all natural – no gmo

-Wholefood-

Vegan Homemade icecream www.vashte.com

We see fads come in food, and fads go. Be they healthy or not, we are a people searching for the easy way out, and we want it yesterday. But “the time has come the walrus said” …. People are waking up from the slumber that very clever marketers have bathed us in for so many years. No longer can we deny the ever present UN- healthy state too many people find their bodies..and their minds to be in. More and more people are slowly but surely choosing to research, hunt out and learn different strategies to heal themselves– all looking for answers. Answers the pharmaceuticals, manufacturers and agri-business just are not providing. And have never provided… slowly are we realising the pills, potions, quick fixes, shakes and lotions have obviously just not worked… ever. 

So where do we go from here?

Welcome to Wholefoods. Or perhaps a better welcome is: welcome BACK to wholefoods. Our grandparents and their parents may have known a thing or too after all…..

What are ‘ wholefoods’? Is this another catch phrase/fad used by the clever marketers? Well yes, in some cases – so buyer beware…always beware!.. Stear clear of food coming in boxes!!!

A wholefood is all about REAL FOOD. It is food that nourishes the body. It is food that nourishes the mind. Do you think the food you eat does not absolutely, directly affect how the mind thinks? hmm think again…. The whole is in the part and the part is in the whole… who can it NOT affect our minds as well as our bodies?

Baked Eggs  www.vashte.com

  • A wholefood is food that fills you up-  the body knows when to stop….
  • A wholefood is food that tastes like heaven would!
  • Wholefood is made from natural ingredients with little to no genetic modification from man. Man has NEVER been able to produce a food better than God has. Never.
  • Wholefood is food kept as close to it’s natural state as possible in the cooking process. And when cooked, it is cooked gently to reduce loss of nutrients.
  • Wholefood is food made from ingredients that care for the environment, sustains the beautiful planet we live on and the magnificent animals that have helped to produce it.
  • Wholefood is food that HEALS.
  • Wholefood is simple food using simple ingredients.
  • Wholefood is not lumped into a box- it can be raw, cooked, slowcooked, baked, dehydrated, gluten free, containing gluten, ancient grains, vegan, meat… 
  • Healthy food is wholefood. It is not from a box in the middle of the supermarket aisle, nor has it been pulled apart as a singular source with added ‘ nutrients’, artificial sweeteners, additives, fillers, colours… 
  • Wholefood can be UGLY to look at.. but the tastes are like little explosions of deliciousness in your mouth!
  • Have you ever wondered how so many people, myself included, can sit down and eat an entire takeaway pizza all to myself..and still feel hungry? I am not a large person- nor am I overweight. But I can do that at the drop of a hat. Easy. 

 

Why?

Here is why I can do that, and likely so can you...: The great majority of ‘ food’  produced by manufacturers and large scale agri-business today is virtually devoid of any nutritional content at all. 

What results is that you and I, are able to….. eat and eat and eat. We eat huge amounts of this stuff ‘they’ call food..but we just don’t get full. Not even after one entire family sized pizza. We are still hungry. We are consuming huge amounts of calories ..devoid of any goodness.

We are overfed and undernourished. 

Let me repeat that:

We are overfed and UNDER nourished.

Marinate on that a moment. Could it, in fact, be true? Does that seem a fair call? It certainly seems that way to me. 

It is little wonder so many of us are painfully overweight, obese and morbidly obese. SO much so that ‘overweight’ is normal today. Why is it so hard to lose that extra 5kgs for those of you out there who exercise and keep relatively healthy? ??? Look at the quality and type of the food we eat… the results are speaking for themselves.

We are all in the same boat. Those who want to lose that 5kgs to those who are morbidly obese. It is time to take back ownership of control- and you CAN do it. One step at a time.

You are not alone. 

Take your life back- now!

  • Wouldn’t you like to have the ability of what you put in your mouth?
  • Wouldn’t you like to destroy those ‘cravings’ ?
  • Wouldn’t you like to feel the empowered change of learning some delicious basics?
  • Wouldn’t you like to NOT BE afraid of the kitchen? Im talking to YOU- I know you are reading this.
  • Wouldn’t you like to have some FUN in the kitchen, with no guilt or condemnation attached!
  • Wouldn’t you like to start to experiment with interesting ingredients?
  • Wouldn’t you like to take the control BACK and put it square in your own hands!
  • Wouldn’t you like to never DIET again?

If you answered yes to just one of those questions..

If something triggers an interest in finding out more about wholefoods with me…

If you would like to have a bit of fun (a whole heap of fun) with me in my kitchen, with no judgement..just us sharing ideas….

…then I invite you to my Wholefood Workshops this month. 

Sept 13th and 27th- both days are Saturdays so you choose which day best suits you.

12 noon to 3pm ish.

$67 pp, per session. 

Surfers Paradise.

Email me for tickets with your full name and phone number and I will call you to confirm. 

Wholefoods come naturally to you.  Come and see/experience just… how naturally.

These are small groups only. This is not a seminar. 

You get to have a go making, creating, and then sampling what you make!

Food is not your enemy. Wholefood is your friend. Mind, Body and Spirit.

Email me today to secure your tickets. 

Come along, have some fun, learn some basics to get you ruling the kitchen and understanding food! We are only afraid of the things we do not understand. So come and begin on this exciting, empowering journey!

Vashte has a BA majoring in Psychology; is a Master Neuro-Linguistic Programmer, Master Results and Performance Coach, and holds qualifications in advanced neurological re-patterning. She has a Diploma in Christian Biblical Studies and is a Qualified Personal Trainer registered with Fitness Australia.  She has been researching nutrition for 20 years; composing wholefood food plans for 6 years, focusing on weight and fatloss via wholefood.

Vashte is a health and wellness ambassador, specialising in spirit, mind and body. 

Vashte is currently based on the Gold Coast and consults from there. Skype sessions are available for those outside this area. Please contact her via email: info@vashte.com for further information.

JOY Filled Life with Vashte www.vashte.com

 

 

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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!

Chia Snacks www.vashte.com

“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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Organic Coconut Sugar

by Vashte on May 16, 2014

I quite like fresh coconut.

You may have noticed a number of my recipes include coconut water, coconut milk, coconut oil, coconut flower nectar, coconut cream, coconut flakes, desiccated coconut, and coconut sugar. …the list goes on…:)

Vashte.com coconut water

 Fresh is always best. Coconut water for example, is easily accessible from any supermarket in the fresh produce section as a fresh, real McCoy young baby coconut. Young coconut is white on the outside, very different to the brown skin of an older coconut. Old coconuts have very little water and thick flesh inside. These are not the coconuts I use in my kitchen. You just need a butchers knife to crack the sucker open. I can do it, so you can too. Coconut water sold in cartons and cans has pretty much lost all nutritional benefit and is just another form of lolly water, despite them having only one ingredient listed: coconut water.  Preservatives are added to keep the coconut water shelf stable- thus rendering it …lolly water. (Makes you feel healthy buying it though..as do a whole heap of other non healthy items marketing as ‘healthy’ on our shelves, with a very ‘healthy’ $ value. Buyer beware). I still drink it occasionally but I am aware that it is just another form of lolly water, and that is my choice, fully armed with this  knowledge! Better than any fizzy drink hands down.

coconut flesh and water www.vashte.com

I’ve been playing with organic coconut sugar a bit lately. I made some delicious icecream..yummmmmm. If you like toffee, go buy some organic coconut sugar from your local health store. Sugar is sugar my friends. We all eat too much of the stuff and I am not a huge fan but sometimes a bit of extra sweetness is nice. Choosing Organic Coconut Sugar could be a more healthful option of you are starting on the road to healthful eating, have a sweet tooth, or just want to add another great ingredient to your more healthful pantry.

icecream by Vashte.com

Coconut Sugar is a little ‘brown sugar’ tasting. It is mineral rich; has a low GI of 35 (so is less likely to spike blood sugar levels resulting in cravings and mood swings..) and is a great cane sugar alternative, well actually… any sugar alternative especially table sugar. Throw that shyte out!! Right now!!) Coconut Sugar is produced from the coconut palm blossom before the nut is formed. It is a crystallised version of coconut flower nectar which is also deliciously sweet. Coconut Flower Nectar comes in a syrup form, much like golden syrup- but much healthier.

Coconut sugar, unlike table sugar or brown sugar, is minimally processed and has not been filtered. Again, if you like toffee- you will like coconut sugar.

Coconut Sugar is a rich source of potassium, magnesium, zinc and iron.

Compared to brown sugar, Coconut Sugar has twice the iron, four times the magnesium and over ten times the zinc!

Coconut Sugar is unfiltered, unbleached and preservative free, unlike regular table sugar or brown sugar.

Coconut Sugar has a sweeter taste to my palate than regular white sugar. So halve it in your tea or coffee if you add it. (You can always add more if need be; better still make a plan to ditch all sugar altogether in your hot drinks :) ) But one step at a time- switch to organic coconut sugar in the interim. 

I use it in baking, in smoothies and definitely in my icecreams. Don’t add as much coconut sugar as the recipe calls for- taste test along the way. They say we can use Coconut Sugar as a 1:1 replacement to other sugar, but I say, try a little less. Again, you can always add more if needed, but you cannot take it out once you have added it! And again, work on taking sugar out of your diet altogether!! Once it is removed, you will really taste natural sugars and become aware of the excessive sweetness many of us are now conditioned to. It is frightening!! Wean yourself off all sugars, or better still go cold turkey under the supervision of your chosen medical practitioner- withdrawal symptoms are very likely.

Bounty chocolate with Vashte

I have added pictures of treats I have made using coconut sugar. They look tempting don’t they? They are delicious and use only the best ingredients, with minimal sugar. You can do this too! Recipes are linked above in the second line of this article if you want to try some out!

When and if you choose to have some sweet stuff- make healthful choices. Organic Coconut Sugar is just one healthful choice I make when added a little sweetness to my food. Try it- you might like it too! I bought my Organic Coconut Sugar from HERE. You should be able to find them in your local health shop and can contact them asking them for more information on anything coconut!

coconut sugar www.vashte.com

This is what organic coconut sugar actually looks like. You can see that it could have a toffee-like taste from the colour. I encourage you to give it a whirl! One little step towards choosing a more healthful pantry, without missing out on anything! one step at a time, and it is easy. Just swop ingredients over one by one! :)

One Life, Live it Well.

xxVashte xx

 

 

 

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