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Vegan Healthy Treats

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31.05.16

We have found the most AMAZINGLY delicious and totally vegan recipes from one of our favourite bloggers Madeleine Shaw.. featuring freeze dried goodness!

Check this out..

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Directions

Preheat the oven to 180C and grease a doughnut pan with coconut oil.

Mash the banana, chia egg, maple syrup, spices and melted coconut oil together. In another bowl mix the flour and baking powder. Pour the wet mix into the dry and combine well with a spoon. Spoon in the batter and cook for 10 minutes until golden and cooked through.

Depending on the size of your doughnut pan, you might need to cook in two batches.

While this is cooking make the glaze by melting the coconut oil with the nut butter and maple syrup. Stir well until fully combined then leave to the side to cool a little.

You can also glaze your donuts with melted dark or raw chocolate if you are nut free, or just for some extra decadence! Or do a mix of both like I have. Brush the donuts with the glaze then top with the toppings. They won’t last long because they’re so moreish but if you’re going to savour them, they’ll last in the fridge in an airtight container for a couple of days.

Pancakes with Strawberries and Coconut Cream

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Directions

For the crepes: Whisk the eggs and milk in a large bowl, slowly shift in the flour and a pinch of salt.

Heat 1 tbsp of coconut oil in a pan on a medium heat, swirl the oil around to cover the pan.

Pour about 50ml of the batter onto the pan making sure the mixture is distributed evenly. When the edges are set and they start to curl up (after just under a minute) flip over and cook for 30 seconds, then fold in half.

Repeat this same procedure for the rest of the mixture.

To serve, open up each crepes, smear in the coconut yogurt, a drizzle of honey and the strawberries, fold in half then into quarters and serve.

Note – The wet mix will keep in the fridge a few days so you can enjoy them a few times more.

February is heart month, show it some love!

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02.02.16

There’s Valentine’s Day on Feb. 14, of course — but this is also Heart Month and on February 5th its the British Heart Foundation National Heart day, dedicated to raising awareness of heart health.

Heart and circulatory disease takes the lives of more than 400 people in the UK each day. So let’s get red everywhere and help raise money for the British Heart Foundation’s life saving research.

We can use this month to raise awareness about heart disease and how people can prevent it — both at home and in the community.

Some simple ways to ensure keeping your heart healthy come from the following;

- A healthy diet rich in heart healthy foods (oily fish, avocado, grains, legumes, tomatoes and berries)

Try making some fantastic heart healthy recipes using our Giving Tree snacks - our strawberry crisps make the perfect addition to yogurt, porridge, smoothies, juices and even a substitute to fresh strawberries in baking! With all the same nutrition as fresh and 1 of your 5 a day you can't go wrong.

- Limiting alcohol in the diet

- Exercising -  Physical activity can help reduce your risk of heart disease. It can also help you control your weight, reduce blood pressure and cholesterol and improve your mental health – helping you to look and feel great.

- Smoking increases the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases, which includes coronary heart disease and stroke.

  • Smoking damages the lining of your arteries, leading to a build up of fatty material (atheroma) which narrows the artery. This can cause angina, a heart attack or a stroke.
  • The carbon monoxide in tobacco smoke reduces the amount of oxygen in your blood. This means your heart has to pump harder to supply the body with the oxygen it needs.
  • The nicotine in cigarettes stimulates your body to produce adrenaline, which makes your heart beat faster and raises your blood pressure, making your heart work harder.
Screen Shot 2015-08-20 at 12.06.42 Why not try some great fundraising activities to promote Heart Health. Invite your friends, neighbours or whole community to do somethingred and join you for a breakfast, afternoon tea, pamper evening, quiz night or even an auction to raise those pennies!

To get the pounds piling in, you can ask people to give a donation on the door, or pay to enjoy food and drinks as they go along.

If your feeling slightly more adventurous.. Bring an exercise bike into work and keep it spinning for an hour, a morning or even a whole day. Colleagues chip in to sponsor those who are cycling and wearing red.   Shop_banner760x339 Turn PE at school into a fundraising event with a laps-round-the-playground ‘marathon’ or red baton relay. Children (and teachers) can bring in £1 to take part on the day.

Not feeling so energetic? No problem. Here are some easy other ways to make fundraising a team effort at work, school, college, your toddler’s playgroup, your workout class or wherever you’ll be on Friday 5 February:

Have a dress-down day, where everyone gives a donation to participate - while wearing something red of course.

Or, donate to dress up, perhaps with a prize for the best red outfit or fancy dress. Being a tomato, Red Queen, strawberry, Spiderman or lobster could be your winning ticket.

Organise a bake sale, showcasing everyone’s talents. Watch the money roll in!

Of course, Giving Tree snacks will be brought into the help of the special Red Day..

Here is a fantastic Strawberry Giving Tree and berry recipe to keep you going before all of the activities you're going to get involved in...

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Blend all ingredients and immediately consume for a deliciously heart healthy smoothie :)

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Forget the takeaways this weekend, its all about the ‘Fakeaway’

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29.01.16

It’s Friday and the weekend is here! I’m sure most of us will be honest enough to admit the inevitable craving for a takeaway, and the guilt that follows. Why not have a guilt free takeaway or as people are calling it a ‘Fakeaway’. This trend may well revolutionise your weekend eating, with recipes being quicker to make than a delivery, without compromising on taste, and oh yeah they’re actually healthy! Here a just a couple of fantastic recipes to replace those devious takeaways. One of my personal favourites! Low carb cauliflower pizza. Before you completely disregard this hold on and look at the picture………califlower-crust-pizza-46

 Looks delicious right? You’ll never guess the main ingredient (hints in the name).

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Yes cauliflower!

So what do you need to make it...... Answer - Not much! The base includes - 1 head of a medium cauliflower - 60g  grated mozzarella cheese - 60g Parmesan cheese - 1 medium egg - ¼ teaspoon of salt - ½ teaspoon dried basil - ½ teaspoon oregano - ½ teaspoon garlic powder - CHI Coconut oil And for the toppings 100g of marinara sauce 100-200g of mozzarella depending how cheesy your feeling! And whatever else you fancy really! Pre heat the oven to 225 degrees C. Trim stems from cauliflower, cut into chunks and throw it all in a food processer, whizz until its texture is fine (rice like). Microwave for 4 minutes, leave to stand for 1min until cool. Ring excess water out by putting it all in a kitchen towel and squeezing (don’t hold back on this step remove as much as you can). Add the cauliflower to the rest of the base ingredients and mix until it is of dough consistency. Evenly spread into a pizza base and place onto a pizza tray or baking tray lines with some coconut oil as not to stick. Bake the base for 10-15 minutes until the crust looks golden. Remove from the oven and add toppings baking for a further 3-5 minutes keeping an eye on it you don’t want to ruin it now! Enjoy.  

Next......

Guilt free fries. 4 medium sweet potatoes (600g) CHI coconut oil 1 tablespoon Garlic powder Salt and cracked black pepper ½ tablespoon cayenne or paprika (optional)   Pre heat the oven to 225 degrees C. Wash and dry sweet potatoes, aim to cut into ¼ inch thick. (If thicker fries are preferred increase cooking time). Place cut slices into a bowl and add 2 tablespoons of coconut oil until evenly coated, add all seasoning apart from the salt to the bowl and toss again. Line a baking tray with parchment and evenly spread out avoiding overlapping place in oven for 20-25 minutes until deliciously crisp.   Super Tip-  For an even crispier coat place the cut sweet potato in cold water for 20-30 minutes pat dry then add the coconut oil and seasonings   sweet p  

Last but certainly not least..........

  Coconut, honey and raspberry crêpes. Although not strictly a takeaway recipe this is for those of you with the sweet tooth craving. 4 medium eggs 120ml water 2 tablespoons coconut flour 1 tablespoon melted  CHI coconut oil ½ tsp of vanilla extract 18 g The giving tree freeze dried strawberries 18g the giving tree freeze dried strawberries - for crumbling over the top Honey as desired for topping Add together the coconut flour and add a pinch of salt in a mixing bowl. Using a separate bowl whisk together the eggs, water, coconut oil, and vanilla extract, once mixed add bit by bit to the flour mixture whilst whisking. Once the lumps are gone leave to stand for 10 minutes. Heat the pan brushing on more coconut oil so not to stick and add a thin layer of batter to the pan turning every few minutes until cooked to desired taste. (Once cooked crumble the freeze dried strawberries over the top with honey. Repeat this for each crepe.)   Coconut-Flour-Crepes-with-Yogurt-and-Berries-Eat-Spin-Run-Repeat-FI Enjoy!