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Five reasons why you should be buying local

Five reasons why you should be buying local

Ideally when we say local we mean buying directly from the nearby farm, however this is obviously not always possible so make sure at the very least you are buying Australian grown and Australian made products. Why?

  1. It’s fresher– when you buy local, and more specifically from the farmer, your produce hasn’t had to sit in cold storage and be shipped long distances (be wary of some of the larger supermarkets who keep their ‘fresh’ produce in cold storage for days, weeks and even months)
  2. It’s cheaper – If it is not in season in Australia, you are going to pay a premium for an overseas import. Produce in season will be in abundant supply ultimately meaning lower costs to consumers so watch for the specials at your local green grocer!
  3. It boosts the Australian economy – By supporting our local farmers we are keeping money in Australia and creating jobs from the associated industries such as packing, transport etc
  4. It helps create a healthier environment – buying local means reducing our carbon footprint, improving air quality and reducing pollution which helps us and our future generations.
  5. It tastes better – Particularly farm fresh produce is left to ripen for longer on the vines before being picked and then sent directly to markets so the consumer has it within 24 hours of being picked!
Matcha Almond Pancakes

Matcha Almond Pancakes

Ingredients

1/3 – ½ cup Luz Matcha Almond Milk

1 egg, lightly beaten

½ cup almond meal

1 tsp Being Co Matcha powder

½ tsp vanilla extract

½ tsp baking powder

coconut oil for cooking

fresh fruit, for serving

honeycomb (optional)

Method

1. Combine egg, almond meal, matcha and baking powder in a bowl.

2. Slowly add the Luz Matcha Almond Milk, starting with a third of a cup and adding more if required to thin out the mixture.

3. Heat a small fry pan over medium heat and add a teaspoon of coconut oil.

4. Add ½ cup matcha mixture and allow to cook for 2-3 minutes per side or until set.

5. Repeat with remaining mixture.

6. Serve with fresh fruit, honey comb and for an extra treat why not top with a delicious scoop of Luz Almond Burnt Toffee and Macadamia Frozen Dessert!

Spiced Chia Pudding

Spiced Chia Pudding

So simple, yet so delicious! Made with our Delicious Date Almond Milk

Serves 1
Ingredients
2tbs chia seeds
1 cup Date Luz Almond Milk
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp flaked almonds, toasted
3 baby Iranian figs in spiced syrup (we used Tar 10 Sticky Fig) (optional)
Method
  1. Combine chia seeds with Date Luz Almond milk and cinnamon mix and leave to sit until chia seeds have swollen (10-20mins).
  2. Refrigerate preferably overnight.
  3. Serve topped with figs (if using) and flaked almonds.

 

 

 

Vanilla Porridge with Blueberry Compote

Vanilla Porridge with Blueberry Compote

Ingredients

⅓ cup rolled oats

½ cup Luz Original Cold Pressed Almond Milk

½ cup water

½ tsp vanilla powder

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup frozen blueberries

1 tbsp maple syrup

 

Method

1. Heat oats, water, Luz Original, vanilla powder/extract and pinch of salt in small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to the boil then turn down to low and stir continuously for approximately 5 minutes or until oats are tender and porridge reaches desired consistency. Remove from heat.

2. In the meantime to prepare the blueberry compote, place frozen blueberries and maple syrup in small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to the boil and stir consistently for 10 minutes, until blueberries have completely defrosted and syrup has formed.

3. To serve pour porridge into a bowl, spoon out blueberries on top and then pour desired amount of syrup. You may like to reserve some of the syrup (as there is often a fair amount) for using on top of other dishes such as our berry chia pudding.

Berry Chia Trifle

Berry Chia Trifle

Serve as a delicious nourishing breakfast or a healthy dessert!

Ingredients
1/3 cup chia seeds
2 cups Original or Medjool Date Luz Almond Milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
honey or maple syrup to taste (optional)
¼ cup almond meal or LSA
¼ cup coconut flakes
1 cup fresh or frozen berries
Arils from ½ pomegranate
Method
  1. Combine chia seeds with almond milk, mix and leave to sit until chia seeds have swollen (10-20mins).
  2. Add vanilla, almond meal and coconut flakes, mix to combine.
  3. Fill two glasses about 3cm of the way up with the chia mix, then sprinkle with frozen berries and pomegranate arils, then repeat with remaining chia mix, berries and pomegranate arils.
  4. Refrigerate preferably overnight.

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Quinoa Porridge topped with Panfried Cinnamon Pear

Quinoa Porridge topped with Panfried Cinnamon Pear

Serves 1

Ingredients

¼ cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed

2/4-1 cup water

½ cup Luz Almond Cold Pressed Almond Milk with Medjool Dates

½ fresh pear, thinly sliced

1 tbsp coconut oil

1 tsp ground cinnamon plus extra for dusting

Quinoa Porridge topped with Panfried Cinnamon Pear Recipe with Almond Milk

1. Combine water, quinoa, cinnamon and vanilla in a saucepan on medium to high heat. Bring to the boil then reduce heat to low and cover for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

2. Add Luz Almond Milk then cover for a further 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3. In the meantime, heat coconut oil over medium heat in small frypan. Place pear in pan and sprinkle with cinnamon, cook for 2 minutes each side or until golden.

4. Serve quinoa in bowl topped with pear and serve immediately.

NB: You may like to add a tsp of honey or maple syrup to sweeten.

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Warm Chia & Oat Porridge with Mandarin & Raspberry

Warm Chia & Oat Porridge with Mandarin & Raspberry

Serves 1

Ingredients
1 mandarin peeled and separated into segments
¼ – ½ cup raspberries (fresh or frozen, although if frozen allow to defrost)
1 tbsp chia
1/3 cup rolled oats
2/3 cup Luz Almond Original Almond milk
½ cup water
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp rice malt syrup or other sweetener
2 tbsp shredded coconut
pinch of salt

 

Almond Milk Recipe Warm Chia & Oat Porridge with Mandarin

 

  1. Place all ingredients EXCEPT mandarin and raspberry in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to the boil and reduce heat slightly. Stir continuously for approximately 5 minutes or until thickened and desired consistency achieved.
  2. Serve immediately topped with mandarin and raspberries.
Fig & Almond Porridge

Fig & Almond Porridge

As the weather cools down in Australia, we are embracing the opportunity to have some fun with some hot breakfast options. And while winter weather is coming in, fig season is going out so we thought we would capture the last of this delicious fruit by pairing it with a warming bowl of oat porridge so you can start the day feeling nourished and warm!

Fig & Almond Porridge Recipe 2

Fig & Almond Porridge

Serves 1

Ingredients

1/3 cup rolled oats
½ cup Original Luz Almond milk
½ cup water
1 tbsp almonds, chopped
pinch of salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ – 1 tsp cinnamon
2 fresh figs chopped
1 tsp sweetener such as honey, rice malt syrup or maple syrup

Method

  1. Bring rolled oats, salt, water and Luz Almond milk to the boil on medium – high heat. Stir continuously.
  2. Once boiling turn down heat to low and add cinnamon and vanilla. Stir continuously for approximately 3-5 minutes or until desired consistency is reached. You may want to add a little more almond milk or water if it becomes too thick.
  3. Remove the heat, pour into a bowl and stir in chopped figs. Arrange a few remaining fig pieces on top, sprinkle the almonds, add a light dusting of cinnamon and drizzle the honey.
  4. Enjoy immediately!
What’s in your fridge Ksenia Avdulova?

What’s in your fridge Ksenia Avdulova?

You might remember a little while back we introduced one of our favourite instagram sensations and food blogger, Ksenia of @breakfastcriminals. Since meeting her in Central Park NYC for a delicious Breakfast back in September we have watched her go from strength to strength, with her delicious recipes having being featured on such blogs as LuluLemon, The Body Book (yes that is Cameron Diaz’s site), MindBodyGreen, Well+Good and Le Pain Quotidien, among others.

Most of you are probably familiar with some of her delightful breakfast smoothie bowls, if you aren’t I suggest you get over to her instagram or blog immediately. However what you probably haven’t seen is the behind the scenes – what is actually in the fridge of the biggest breakfast criminal of them all, Ksenia Avdulova.

So here it is…have a peak inside her fridge:

  • Unsweetened organic almond milk – to make smoothies and oatmealScreenshot 2015-03-11 10.40.41
  • Probiotic foods – miso to make soup, sauerkraut (I can’t live without it), sheep’s milk yogurt from farmers market, kombucha, yogurt starter, capsuled probiotics, powdered probiotic from SunbioticScreenshot 2015-03-11 10.42.13
  • Superfood shelf, jars – flax, cacao nibs, cacao, hemp seeds, nutrition bars (Kind and International Harvest)Screenshot 2015-03-11 10.41.48
  • Nopalina flax mix
  • Snacks: tigernuts, vegan snack packs raw macarons
  • Juice Press ginger fireball juice
  • Ginger and lemon – to make teaScreenshot 2015-03-11 10.42.48
  • Avocado
  • Ran out of greens because I’ve been making kale salads for lunch daily!
  • Raw cacao beans that I brought from Nicaragua with intention to make my own chocolate
  • Sprout living sprout mix to add to smoothies, oats and salads adding nutrition valueScreenshot 2015-03-11 10.43.50
  • Eggs
  • Veggie burger mix
  • Tahini
    Screenshot 2015-03-11 10.43.05
  • In the back: all my bulk cacao and cacao nibs from Frontier Coop (the best ever!)
  • Aloe vera juice – alkalizing when mixed with water or as a shot
  • Chlorophyll
  • Spelt flour
  • Rice paper-  to make veggie rolls

 Quick Q&A with

Q: How do you maintain a healthy weight?
A: “Exercise is non-negotiable – I’m a sucker for a sweaty vinyasa and a good cardio. Not only it gets my heart rate up and is plain fun, but also it helps me connect with my body on a different level, which ultimately helps control appetite and emotional eating. A few more rules I follow is not shopping when hungry, and only buying groceries that I won’t regret eating 🙂 And rule number one of course, never skipping breakfast! It’s often my biggest meal of the day.”

 Q: Why is a healthy weight important?
A: “Let’s get real, nothing feels more amazing than having a strong sexy bod! It gives you the confidence to go for your dreams and accomplish all your goals.”

 

Get in touch with Ksenia:

 

 

 

Clean Green Smoothie

Clean Green Smoothie

Ingredients

½ frozen banana

1 cup Original Luz almond milk

1 small lebanese cucumber

1 handful baby spinach leaves

5 ice cubes

1 tsp vanilla extract

 

Method

1. Blend and serve immediately!