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5 Foods to Help You Avoid the Lurgy this Winter

5 Foods to Help You Avoid the Lurgy this Winter

While our friends in the Northern Hemisphere are revelling in the warmer weather, for us down under, the cooler months have begun to take their toll (unless we have been smart and decided to escape – Hello Europe) which has also meant an increase in colds and flus floating around! Our dietitian Olivia shares the 5 best foods for keeping your immune system in tip top shape:

  1. Fresh (or frozen) fruit and vegetables – you have heard the saying, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” –  while it takes a bit more than an apple, the fundamental concept is there! Fruit and vegetables are rich sources of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and enzymes. Antioxidants in particular, boost the immune system by mopping up free radicals which attack cells. When people talk about antioxidants you will often hear them refer to the ORAC value – with higher values corresponding to higher antioxidant content. You will notice when you compare the ORAC values of F&V, a general rule of thumb is the darker the colour, the higher the antioxidant content. Blueberries and raspberries are particularly high in antioxidants so try adding them to your breakfast  or enjoying them as a snack through the day for a seriously delicious and low sugar boost to your immune system!IMG_6435
  2. Turmeric – This bright yellow coloured spice has been getting some serious airtime of late with turmeric being added to everything from your warming curry, the crumbing on your fish and increasingly as an alternative beverage to your morning coffee  (sans caffeine) with Turmeric Latte’s (AKA Golden Milk) popping up on menus everywhere. In an era of ‘superfoods’, Turmeric, a spice which has been around for centuries, has been escalated to stardom status. Curcumin, the active ingredient in Turmeric is responsible for it’s distinct yellow colour, as well as providing a list of health benefits, in particular reducing inflammation, with its benefits been comparable to that of anti-inflammatory drugs! It is also a powerful antioxidant and is a well tolerated treatment for irritable bowel syndrome. Try incorporating turmeric into your regime – we recommend a Golden Latte made on our Almond Milk for a delicious way to get the benefits!
  3. Ginger – A well known spice in Asian and Indian Cuisine, as well as being very popular in the western world, Ginger has long been heralded for its immune boosting properties. It is particularly effective for the relief of nausea and symptoms associated with colds and is best simply served as a ginger tea. Slice fresh ginger and place in mug topped with hot water. Add manuka honey and lemon for extra anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties!
  4. Yoghurt & Fermented foods – Probiotics found in yoghurts and other fermented foods play a major role in maintaining the balance of bacteria within our gut. Ensuring there is adequate good bacteria, is essential for keeping our digestive system functioning optimally as this represents the first line of defence against pathogens which ultimately make us sick. Incorporate yoghurt (try Luz Almond Milk Yoghurt) into your daily routine to give your gut a healthy boost!IMG_6469
  5. Matcha – Before there was turmeric, there was Matcha! A long standing tradition in Japanese culture, the Western world caught wind of this vibrant green powder a little while back and these days it is commonplace to see it in everything from lattes (Have you tried our Matcha Almond Milk?) to cakes, desserts and even pancakes! Matcha which literally meals ‘powdered tea’ is basically a super concentrated version of green tea, concentrated in everything from colour, to taste and health benefits. One of the main benefits associated with matcha is the buzz of energy similar to that of caffeine, but without the jittery and anxious side effects. It also rich in antioxidants (ORAC values 20 x that of blueberries) and is known to enhance mood and improve memory and concentration.Powderalmondsbottle
Pear & Almond Bircher Muesli

Pear & Almond Bircher Muesli

Inspired by Jamie Oliver’s Pear & Sour Cherry Bircher

Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 1 cup traditional rolled oats
  • 2 tsp chia seeds
  • 350mL Original Luz Almond Milk
  • 1 tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 ripe pear, sliced
  • 30g almonds, chopped
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 200g Vanilla Bean Yoghurt

Method

  1. Combine oats, chia, almond milk, maple syrup, vanilla and 1 tsp cinnamon in a bowl and mix well.
  2. Cover and place in fridge over night.
  3. In the morning heat small frypan over medium heat and melt coconut oil. Sprinkle with cinnamon and place pear slices in pan. Cook for 1-2 minutes each side or until golden brown on the outside. Remove from pan.
  4. Add chopped almond, a little more oil and cinnamon and cook until lightly toasted.
  5. Divide oat mixture between two bowls. Top with pear, sprinkle with toasted almonds.
  6. Top with a generous dollop of Luz Vanilla Bean Yoghurt. Serve immediately.

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Orange & Pomegranate Bircher Muesli

Orange & Pomegranate Bircher Muesli

Inspired by a recipe from Theresa Cutter, the Healthy Chef

Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 1 cup traditional rolled oats
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Juice from 1 orange
  • 200g Luz Almond Vanilla or Natural Yoghurt
  • Arils from 1 pomegranate
  • 2 oranges, chopped
  • 1 green apple, finely chopped
  • Honey / maple syrup

Method

  1. Combine oats, chia seeds, orange juice and yoghurt and mix to combine. Cover and allow to soak overnight.
  2. Fold through apple and divide between two bowls.
  3. Top with fresh orange, pomegranate arils and a light drizzle of honey.
  4. Enjoy immediately or take in a container or jar to work!

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Gluten Free Almond Pancakes

Gluten Free Almond Pancakes

Serves 4

Ingredients

2/3 cup rice flour

2/3 cup almond meal

1 cup Luz Date Milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 eggs

2 tsp baking powder

coconut oil

Method

1. Combine eggs, almond meal, rice flour, vanilla and baking powder in a bowl.

2. Slowly add the Luz Date 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 pancake batter 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, edible flours and for an extra treat why not top with a delicious scoop of Luz Almond Burnt Toffee and Macadamia Frozen Dessert!

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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.

 

 

 

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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A flying visit to Brisbane

A flying visit to Brisbane

by Jade Ashby

 After a busy day at the factory, I thought I’d go explore Brisbane by foot.  With google maps on my phone to make sure I didn’t wander too far, off I set for a walk along the Brisbane Southbank.  With the numerous bridges crossing the river connecting different city areas, it somewhat resembled a modern European city.  As it was dusk, the city was showing off with a display of beautiful pink and mauve tones.  Trees were illuminated along the stretch of the Southbank, trying not to be outdone by the city lights of the office buildings opposite.  A runners (or walkers) paradise!

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 A vibrant Brisbane sign for a vibrant city.   Can you spot the cyclist?bne

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 Each meal of the day should be enjoyed therefore one must take the opportunity to try new foods when in a new location.  Breakfast at Paleo (cafe).  A Luz Almond milk latte with the omelette of the day.  Lovely food and smiley staff.  If only I had time to look around the shops in Paddington.  Alas, it is a work trip, not a shopping trip!

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 Lunch at Botanica’s, don’t mind if I do!  An absolute must.  Owners Brett and Ali have created a gorgeous space to showcase their scrumptious salads (and sweets!).

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A quick visit to Raw Pawpaw for afternoon teatime, or should I say, another Luz Almond Latte.  Other patrons were having a later lunch and I couldn’t help but wish I had more room as the salad plates looked divine!

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The sun was shining during my visit to Sourced Grocer and it appears the Luz Almond milks were also proudly illuminated within their fridge!

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Last spot for the day at Press Cafe.  A funky permanent pop store with wholesome takeaway options and lovely staff members.

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 Can’t wait for my next trip!

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Spiced Christmas Chia

Spiced Christmas Chia

Ingredients

1/4 tsp nutmeg

⅛  tsp ground cloves

⅛ tsp ground ginger

½ tsp cinnamon

pinch of himalayan salt

15mL 100%  pure maple syrup

500mL Luz Medjool date milk

Decoration

1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries

Arils of ½ – 1 pomegranate

Silver cachous in assorted sizes

 

1. Combine all chia pudding ingredients in a bowl and stir to avoid the chia seeds clumping.

2. Leave chia seeds to swell for approximately 10 minutes and then stir again.

3. Place in fridge for 1-2 hours or overnight.

4. Remove from fridge when ready to serve and top with raspberries, pomegranate and a generous sprinkle of silver cachous.

Serves 2

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