Posts Tagged ‘vegan desserts’

Wake up from Winter! Superfood Smoothie Talk & Demo at NYR Blackheath

April 3, 2014

Last night, owner Alina & I were joined by a group of 8 female customers from Blackheath Neal’s Yard Remedies for our Talk & Demo Workshop on healing through superfoods with 3 individual, special smoothies & desserts.

Each ‘Superfood’ is a versatile ingredient in its own right. Initially, here’s what we can do with them, at home: Add to salads, dressings, soups, cereals, desserts and tonight: drinks.

These are fun to make at home; they’re not too sophisticated (or complicated).

We made a fresh Almond milk as a dairy milk alternative, to add protein and fat to the drinks and which slows down the sugar release during the day.

Stress Support, Adrenal Adaptogen

A base of almond milk, banana and berries with added Viridian Omega Oil for EFAs (a blend of flax, hemp, avocado & evening primrose oils) and Rhodiola Root. A delicious, deep pink\purple drink with a creamy texture. Supports the adrenal glands to support against stress eg. revision, exams, a busy day or evening ahead.

Alkaline & Detox Beauty Cleanser

This uses the same base but with added Soul Food Greens – a blend of Spirulina, Seagreens seaweeds, Wheatgrass & Barley Grass powders, plus Omega Oil. A deep purple\green colour to aid in alkalising and reducing acidic affect of processed food or fruit sugar. This helps to rebalance us towards pH7.5 a more balanced state internally. They reduce heavy metals and provide minerals inc. Iron, Magnesium, Sodium and Potassium. Alina informed us that this blend (or Spirulina alone) is a useful travel supplement taken on long-haul flights may reduce jet-lag.

Active Energy; Sports & Fitness 

Again, we used the same fruit & nut milk base and then we added additional soaked Gogi berries (in warm water), Chia seeds, Coconut Oil and Baobab powder. This would add Vitamin C for immunity and cell growth, EFAs & energy metabolism, fibre and many minerals inc Calcium and Vitamin K. Coconut Oil contains Lauric Acid to support muscular growth & development and sports performance.  This is a pretty coral\pink\red colour drink\dessert. This was the group’s firm favourite; possibly due to the added fat from the coconut, Baobab fibre and bright colour! Coconut Oil is also antiseptic, anti-microbial and anti-bacterial. As such, we shared that it is also useful as a treatment against head lice in children, a treatment against internal parasites and as a make-up remover and moisturiser!

All the smoothies turned out to be thicker due to the frozen state of the mixed berries (but would be thinner with more added juice eg.apple or water.) They’d also make an excellent dessert, or frozen into ice cream or lollies for children.

When avoiding fruit or bananas, use the superfood powders along with Avocado for chilled soups, with added vegetables (inc. cucumber, celery, kale, herbs etc). We suggest that you could also use other fruit eg mangos, kiwis, orange, peach, plum, plantain or pears instead of bananas.

Participant Feedback from the Talk & Demo:

“I really like the almond milk. It doesn’t taste like dairy (milk) – It doesn’t have that … cloying effect that cow’s milk has, it’s lighter.” Lindsay

“I really enjoyed it”. Rosie

All products may be purchased through NYR.

There will be more talks planned for the coming months.  Shop location here: http://www.nealsyardremedies.com/blackheath-store

Including Raw Chocolate, a sugar-free, locally handmade chocolate that is good for you!

Top Tips for Lent: An Eco-life made easy in 40 Days… Day 3: Chocolate alternatives – Carob Whip Recipe

March 6, 2014

Well, if you’ve made it this far, the end of the week and we’re still into alternatives to Chocolate and Wheat…

I’ve been found munching away on juicy Blueberries which are simple enough to take away cravings and add a boost natural fructose + antioxidants 🙂

I’d recommend using Carob (powder), as an alternative to Chocolate; it is caffeine free, boasts a similar, complimentary flavour and is chocca block full (!) of nutrients inc high in Calcium, Copper & Zinc. It is found in Mediterranean areas, Israel and Turkey (where I have collected pods fresh from the trees) and are naturally sweet but contain no harmful sugars. Their history dates back to beyond Egyptian times when their seed pod pips (small round discs) were the original weight for gold ie 21 carat gold weighed in at 21 seed\pips weight. They are an abundant crop in summer and the beans store well into winter. I’ve a bundle in my larder as I type.

However, for this & other recipe purposes, a powdered form, available from health food stores, is best.

Carob Cream Whip

Serves 2

Ingredients

1 ripe Avocado
2 ripe Bananas
2 dsp Carob powder
Vanilla bean to taste + spices (cinnamon \ ginger)
Blueberries or other fresh fruit to serve and\or garnish

Method

  1. Peel the Avocado & Bananas and place all the ingredients into a bowl.
  2. Blend up using a hand blender (or mash with a fork if without a blender \ camping without plug points…!)
  3. Mix well into a creamy consistency.
  4. Serve alone or with Blueberries.

Tip: This is quite a rich tasting dessert, so is best to serve along with other fruits if wished (it combines well overall) so add other berries etc to go with it or serve it with fresh fruit on the side.

Nutrition notes

  • Avocados replace Dairy products in this recipe, as a creamy, fatty fruit. They are rich sources of Vitamin A and E and contain healthy fats which help to scrub out unwanted fats from our cells.
  • As the Doctrine of Signatures describes, they are shaped like a preganant woman (with a bump at the front and back!) and are known to help shift unwanted pregnancy fats after child-birth.
  • For a glowing complection, rub the peel containing any green remnants onto the face as an instant ‘mask’ to make the skin glow! Be warned not to apply infront of anyone other than a close friend as the Incredible Hulk look is not appealing, in the short term. Voila! An instant moisturiser and mousse in one!

Lent suddenly looks more appealing…! 😉

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Green Salad Wild Food Foraging Walk

May 2, 2013

With enormous thanks extended to the immensely talented Anne-Marie at Lewisham Gardens for her beautiful designs on the food-nature walk posters. Image

Wild Food walk lead by Theresa Webb Dip.Nut mBANT Nutritional Therapist.

Explore and discover wild foods in Hither Green and then learn how to prepare and eat them.

Learn more about the nutritional benefits and medicinal properties of over a dozen local species as well as their uses in soups, teas, salads and skin care.

Book in advance today! (for our organising of lunch people) Prices include lunch: Adults £11.00 Children *FREE*  (eg. a family of four £22.00.)  Call or email Theresa to book your place(s)

Chelsea Fringe details here: http://www.chelseafringe.com/event/green-salad-foraging-walk/

Kitchen Buddy Raw Food Cuisine Class: Low Calorie & Carb Desserts

February 20, 2013

Following the delicious gourmet dinner held last night in Hampstead, we are planning a sugar-free desserts class for next week. 

Carrot Cake served with: 

Vanilla, Chocolate chip and Mint Ice-cream

Frozen Fruit Sundae and Apple Cream.

Tickets are £35.00 each (currently 4 places remain for booking). Bring a friend for £60.00 (couples) save £10.00. Senior citizen discount additional 10%.

2hr tuition, 5 organic recipes, talk on alternative sweetener and fruit sugars, Eating on a budget and shopping locally. Taste samples,  FREE magazine and Q&A.   From 7-9.00pm.

Restorative Yoga Session 6.40pm *FREE* pre-class relaxation and gentle, supported stretches with Maryam.  

Testimonials from previous sessions:

“Thank you, I really enjoyed tonight. It has given me a good idea about what raw food is about; It tastes really good – all 4 of the dishes together.” Alisdair

“This is my favourite! (Kale & Pomegranate)” Mimi

Contact me to reserve aImage place(s)