Chia Fresca Upgraded

Chia Fresca Upgraded

I’ve created this new variation of my Chia Fresca that’s even more nutritious, and has a wider range of flavor possibilities. I ran out of oranges one day and had to come up with something. So I used what I had available. I used frozen organic pineapple, peaches, strawberries, blueberries, and a scoop of the Madre Labs Immune Punch SuperFood blend. It was delicious! It saw so good, this is what I’ve been drinking ever since. Madre Labs Immune Punch is on sale right now, 25% off, till the end of May. This stuff is amazing. Grab some while it’s still at this low price. They are best-sellers, with hundreds of excellent reviews for each product for good reason. I’ve been having this every day in my chia drink, and even though I’ve been staying up late, getting up early, not getting enough sleep, I’ve stayed healthy. Read more »

Chia Fresca

Chia Fresca: Chia and Apple Cider Vinegar Tonic

This is my new morning drink ritual. I love it! When I wake up in the morning I can feel that I’m dehydrated. I think it happens to all of us naturally when we sleep. Chia seeds are great for stamina and, when soaked in water like this, they become very hydrating. This is an easy way for me to incorporate apple cider vinegar into my daily diet too. This drink is so delicious and hydrating it’s addictive. You can easily play around with the flavorings, especially with the wonderful variety of flavored liquid stevia available now. So let me tell you a little bit about chia seeds and how wonderful they are. If you’ve never seen them before, chia seeds are tiny and look similar to poppy seeds except they are shiny. They come in white, but are most commonly found in a mottled gray-black color. The little black specks you can see in the photo are chia seeds. Chia […] Read more »

Kombucha tea

How To Make Kombucha

Kombucha is a tart and refreshing fermented beverage with a taste reminiscent of apple cider. It is loaded with beneficial yeast and bacteria that will help re-establish your healthy gut bacteria. In fact the weird, gel-like kombucha culture that resembles a jellyfish, is called a SCOBY. That’s an acronym for Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria and Yeast. Kombucha is an ancient, home-made folk remedy. It was very popular in Russia and Eastern Asia. It was reportedly used by the Chinese 2,000 years ago. In the early 1950s Russian scientists did quite a bit of research into the beneficial properties of kombucha with respect to treating cancer after finding that there was an extremely low incidence of cancer among the people of certain regions, even though pollution and environmental toxins in those regions were so bad the trees and fish were dying. The scientists were doing a really thorough study of the food that was consumed and other reasonable habits these people […] Read more »

Blueberry Orange Smoothie with Acai Berry

Blueberry Orange Smoothie with Acai Berry

When it comes to quick and simple recipes with high nutritional benefits, smoothies are at the top of my list. In an almost unbelievable stroke of good fortune I happened to be looking in a part of the freezer section of my local supermarket that I usually ignore. The supermarket has recently moved everything around, and in my hunt for my favorite organic frozen blueberries I happened to see a few boxes of frozen acai berry puree for less than a quarter of their normal retail price. What!? True. I bought 3 boxes, but I wish now, after having come up with this awesomely delicious smoothie, that I had grabbed all of them. Even though this is yet another blueberry smoothie recipe (and I put blueberries in almost all my smoothies), the fresh, tart flavor of the freshly squeezed orange juice and acai berry make this my favorite so far. In case you’re one of the dozen or so people […] Read more »

Carob Mint Superfood Smoothie

Carob Mint Superfood Smoothie

This carob superfood smoothie has become my latest addiction. They are so good I sometimes have them twice a day. And I don’t mean, have a glassful, I’m talking the whole blenderful! Kids would love this smoothie! They are great cold, like a thick non-dairy milkshake, if you use frozen bananas and let the mint tea cool before making the smoothie. But they are equally nice if you use fresh (not frozen) bananas and make it while the mint tea is still warm (not too hot though). It’s winter here in New Zealand, and it’s just turned really cold. I always find it hard to stick to a predominantly raw food diet when the weather turns cold, and amazingly just having these warm smoothies in the morning, and warm tea at night is making it really easy. Read more »

Raw Chocolate Sesame Almond Halva Balls

Chocolate Almond Sesame Halva

Since seeing how popular my first Raw Sesame Halva recipe has become I have been intending to make a chocolate version. But there’s nothing like a food craving to actually propel me into action. I didn’t have enough sesame seeds on hand to make a worthwhile batch, so I used almonds to make up the difference. I also added maca powder for even more superfood goodness and a bit of finely ground coffee beans for an extra kick which sent the taste over the top into the heavenly realm. The base of this recipe is quite simple – sesame seeds, almonds and honey. Around that you can be a bit flexible with the ingredients. If you don’t have raw cacao powder (raw chocolate) you can use unsweetened cocoa powder instead. The coffee and maca, or other superfood powder can be left out and it’s still delicious. I’d also like to try this using spirulina as the superfood powder ingredient, though I […] Read more »

Himalayan Goji Berries

The Health Benefits of Goji Berries

Goji berries (Lycium barbarum) are the most nutritionally dense fruit on Earth. They are a member of the nightshade family (Solonaceae), which contains many other common vegetables such as potato, sweet potato, tomato, eggplant, and pepper, as well as some poisonous plants like belladonna and deadly nightshade. Native to the Himalayan Mountains of Tibet and Mongolia, the goji berry is now grown in many other countries as well. Read more »