Beverages & milks, Snacks

Kombucha

The first time I ever tried kombucha was when I was in Portland in Oregon with my lovely friend Aileen – amazing lady, training to be a doctor and has a heart of gold! Fermented tea to me at that time (almost 4 years ago) did not sound like a good thing – but I was pleasantly surprised and Kombucha has now become one of my most favourite drinks, and one I often crave.

Kombucha is packed full of good probiotic bacteria and is made by fermenting a SCOBY in various types of tea. A SCOBY is an acronym for a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast – sounds delish, right?!  Kombucha is very low in sugar and if you’ve recently been on antibiotics or your gut is just feeling a little lacking, drinking kombucha is a great way to boost your digestive system and up that good bacteria in your gut. I have a few favourite brands that I have often bought including Kombucha King and Good Buzz Brewing Co Booch but recently I gave making it myself a shot!

The recipe below is not one I made up but it’s an easy one that I have been using.

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Beverages & milks, Breakfast, Dessert, Lunch, Snacks, Treats

Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie

To continue on the Summer Smoothie Series, I couldn’t go any further without including a smoothie with my old faithful friend, peanut butter. As long as you buy a natural peanut butter, which is essentially a variety that only has crushed peanuts in it and perhaps a little salt, then peanut butter – like all nut butters – is actually really great for you. Life win! Full of good fats that your body knows how to process and packed with protein, you really can’t go wrong; I like to use Pic’s  peanut butter, which is a local NZ product and is suuuuper delicious!  The below smoothie isn’t too rich and is jammed with the savoury-sweet mix of peanut butter and banana, and is a great drink to make the night before and take to work/school/wherever your road takes you if you want a snack during the day.

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Beverages & milks, Breakfast, Snacks

Berry and Maca Smoothie

I’m so excited that New Zealand is finally starting to get it’s summer on, and just in time for the Christmas holidays, yaaaay! I often don’t feel like a huge meal in the summer evenings and sometimes (lots of the time) I have snacked in the arvo so my fall back is a smoothie of some sort when I get home. I’m on a bit of a smoothie roll at the moment so perhaps this can be the second addition to my ‘Summer Smoothie Series’. I got home last night and was super tired so threw together a berry and maca smoothie before I fell into bed. It’s refreshing and full of good stuff, including maca powder which is excellent for you! Maca is packed with a whole bunch of great health properties and assists in balancing hormones which is always a bonus, right? When I first started using maca powder I found it had a bit of an unusual taste, which I am now used to and quite like, but if you’re new to the maca world, I’d suggest perhaps halving the amount of maca powder below to begin with and up it as your taste buds adapt. Smoothies are great for brekkie, snacks, or a light meal, have them as you please. Also having a smoothie post exercise is a great way to replace some lost (good for you) sugars, and if you use milk that is a little higher in protein (nut milks) or if you add some natural protein powder to replenish your muscles you’ll be away laughing in the recovery and energy department.

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Beverages & milks, Breakfast, Chocolate, Dessert, Snacks, Treats

Choc Mint Smoothie

As christmas is sprinting towards us, I can’t help but think of chocolate and candy canes! I’m quite the fan of minty things, and chocolate things, and so combining the two I find is quite delightful. I know that for some the thought of chocolate and mint together is awful, as who would want to taint the beauty of chocolate with the taste of toothpaste?! But for those of you who do fancy the combo, I have whipped up a clean eating recipe for a chocolate and mint smoothie, it’s quite rich and very delectable. I hope you enjoy it! Continue reading “Choc Mint Smoothie”

Beverages & milks, Snacks

Coffee dreams and pottery mugs

Apart from the fact that when you’re an adult you can do whatever you want (within reason), another joy is that you enjoy things that when you were a child were YUCK. Coffee, wine, tea, vegetables, salad, going to bed, entire day walks … the list of glory goes on.

One of my own personal loves is coffee, mmm coffeee. Don’t get me wrong, I am also a huge fan of tea and drink more tea than I do coffee, but that’s what makes coffee even better – it has the treat factor. Another great love of mine is pottery – pottery mugs, pottery bowls, kitchen pottery anything! My super awesome and very dear friend Mecca, who fluttered back to her homeland of Canada last year (sob), is a most excellent potter. I went to a few classes with her, but unlike Mecca who had patience, skill and talent – I did not. Therefore, these days I’m all about supporting other people who are successful potters, and one mug at a time my flat is being taken over! Did I mention that I love my flatmates??

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Beverages & milks

Green juice, dream juice

If someone had of told me 10 years ago that I would enjoy drinking blended salad in a glass, I would have screwed my face up and disagreed. The phenomenon of green juice that has hit the world with its health and hydration benefits is something to be in awe of.

My version of juice actually is more that of ‘everything blended’ as opposed to juicing and discarding pulp etc. This is partly due to not having a juicer but also I figure I’m able to reap the benefits of the entire fruit/vegetable by just blitzing the whole thing into smithereens.  Continue reading “Green juice, dream juice”

Beverages & milks

Nut milk glory

A base for a bunch of recipes involves nut milk – for me, the process of making nut milk has become one of my favourite things and I never thought I would ever say that I ‘make’ milk from nuts – what the?!

An important process of making nut milk – which I actually avoided for a long time out of sheer laziness – is the activation process. It is key. Without realising nuts used to give my digestive system a bit of a run for its money and since paying attention to people in the health-know out there and activating the nuts I use before turning them into milk – or using them for anything now – I have noticed a HUGE difference in my digestion. I probably look like a mad woman taking a pot of soaked and therefore slightly soggy cashews and almonds to work – fair call – but so worth it.

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