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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
Chai Latte

Chai Latte

Ingredients

4 Black Tea Bags

2 cups Luz Almond Original or Date Almond Milk

2 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp ground cardamom

½ tsp ground ginger

¼ tsp ground cloves

Grind black pepper

Sweetener to taste

Method

  1. Place all ingredients except sweetener into a small saucepan over medium heat with the tea bags hanging out of the pot.
  2. Bring to the boil then reduce heat and allow to simmer for 10 minutes so flavour infuses.
  3. Squeeze tea bags to release flavour, mix and then taste.
  4. Add sweetener of your choice to taste (we recommend maple syrup or honey).
  5. Serve immediately.
Carrot Cake Muffins

Carrot Cake Muffins

Ingredients

1 cup rice flour

½ cup almond meal

1 tsp xanthan gum

2 tsp baking powder

½ tsp baking soda

½ tsp cinnamon

sea salt

1 cup grated carrots

½ cup pitted medjool dates

½ cup chopped walnuts

½ cup honey / rice malt syrup

½ cup Luz Date Almond Milk

2 eggs

¼ cup light extra virgin olive oil or macadamia nut oil

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius.
  2. Sift rice flour, almond meal, baking powder/soda and salt and mix evenly.
  3. Melt the honey in a small saucepan on low heat.
  4. Use a hand blender to combine the eggs, Luz Date Almond milk and oil. Then add the melted honey.
  5. Keep the mixer running gradually add the flour/almond meal mix until well combined.
  6. Fold in the carrots, dates and walnuts.
  7. Pour mixture into well-greased muffin tins, and bake for about 25 minutes or until cooked through when tested with a skewer.

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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.

 

 

 

How Almond Milk helps with Weight Maintenance

How Almond Milk helps with Weight Maintenance

With a team of accredited dietitians and food experts we are the first to admit that there is not one miracle food or weight loss secret. Instead we are firm believers in consuming a diet rich in whole foods and variety from each of the food groups to ensure you are meeting your nutritional requirements. If you choose to adopt a vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free or other kind of diet for any of the various reasons, we encourage you to do so carefully and in consultation with a fully qualified dietitian or nutritionist to make sure you are still able to meet your nutritional requirements.

And while there is never going to be one simple solution, there are certain foods which can contribute to a healthier diet and lifestyle and may in fact help you control your weight. Lucky for us almond milk is one example of this and here is why:

  1. Contains less kilojoules than dairy milk and other non-dairy alternatives
  2. Low in carbohydrates – with 2.5g per serving, it has significantly less carbs than dairy (~12.0g/serve) and most non-dairy alternatives including soy (~12.0g/serve) and rice milk (~24.0g/serve)
  3. Contains good fats – good fats not only contribute to increasing our good cholesterol, they also help slow down digestion and are particularly good at keeping us feeling full for longer
  4. Naturally contains no cholesterol – plant products are naturally cholesterol free which means no increase in bad cholesterol which can increase risk of heart disease, as well as other chronic diseases
  5. Naturally low in saturated fat – almonds contain very little saturated fat, thus almond milk is also very low in saturated fat, once again helping to reduce risk of heart disease
  6. No impact on blood sugar levels – while carbohydrates are responsible for increasing blood sugar levels (BSLs), given the low level of carbs in almond milk, it has little to no effect on blood sugar levels which is great for diabetics who need to carefully count their carbohydrate intake. Plus for those non-diabetics, maintaining balanced BSLs helps prevent people from over – eating which is often cause by the dips that subsequently follow spikes in BSLs.

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10 Fabuluz Facts about Luz Almond Milk

10 Fabuluz Facts about Luz Almond Milk

Just in case you needed 10 more reasons to enjoy our delicious cold pressed almond milk!

  1. Vegan friendly – all Luz Almond products are 100% free of animal products
  2. Gluten Free – our products are free of gluten-containing products, and therefore are suitable for celiacs and those with gluten intolerances
  3. Dairy & lactose free – making them suitable for those who avoid dairy and lactose for dietary, religious or personal reasons
  4. Made with Australian Almonds – we are proud to say our product is Australian made using premium quality Australian almonds, supporting our local industry
  5. Activated almonds – we activate our almonds to reduce the phytates which can prevent absorption of the good nutrients in the almonds
  6. Source of protein – unlike most almond milk brand, Original Luz Almond milk contains 5.3g of protein per serve versus ~1g in other brands
  7. No added or refined sugar – our Original almond milk is made simply from almonds and filtered water, while our flavoured milks are naturally sweetened with dates
  8. Low in saturated fat – almonds are naturally high in good fats (poly and monounsaturated fatty acids) and low in the bad fats (saturated and trans fats) which cause high cholesterol and increase risk of heart disease
  9. 12% almonds – most almond milks contain 2-4% almonds and have added oils, emulsifiers and fillers to make them seem denser
  10. Fresh, unpasteurized, no HPP – our milk is simply made by soaking then pressing the almonds, bottling, labeling and distributing. Our milks contain no preservatives and do not undergo any form of heat or high-pressure treatment to ensure the nutritional integrity of the product is maintained.

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Rose Water Infused Black Rice

Rose Water Infused Black Rice

Ingredients

2/3 cup black rice

1 red apple grated

¼ cup pistachios, ground of whole

½ punnet chopped strawberries

rose water

arils of ½ pomegranate

honey, rice malt syrup or sweetener of choice

rose petals (optional)

½ cup Luz Almond milk

 

Rose Water Infused Black Rice with Almond Milk Recipe

 

Method

  1. Cook black rice according to packet instructions (can be prepared in advance).
  2. Add the apple and stir over low heat for 2 minutes or until the apple is tender.
  3. Add almond milk and simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Divide rice between 2 bowls and sprinkle with rose water to taste.
  5. Top with strawberries, pomegranate, pistachios and rose water.
  6. Serve immediately. Serves 2.

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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.
Six Splendid Ways Almond Milk Improves Your Health and Body

Six Splendid Ways Almond Milk Improves Your Health and Body

People who value nutrition without sacrificing taste strongly recommend almond milk as a welcome addition to a healthy diet. Have you ever wondered how almond milk actually helps your body, though? Here are six great health benefits of consuming almond milk.

1. It aids in managing your weight – Whether you want to gain or lose some weight, drinking almond milk is a great way to get in shape! A cup of almond milk contains less kilojoules than dairy milk as well as most dairy alternatives including soy, rice, oat and coconut milk.

2. It strengthens your heart – Low in sodium and rich in healthy fats (e.g. mono and polyunsaturated fatty acids), almond milk helps to prevent high blood pressure and fatal heart diseases.

3. It protects your skin – Almond milk contains vitamin E, an antioxidant which nourishes and protects your skin against harmful Ultraviolet rays.

4. It satisfies your sweet cravings the healthy way – Since almond milk is low in carbohydrates, it will have very little effect on blood sugar, which is particularly beneficial for those with diabetes. In addition the presence of good fats in almond milk helps to keep you feeling fuller for longer as it slows down digestion and consequently energy release.

5. It keeps your digestion in check – Almond milk is a source of fibre contain 3.0g per serve. Fibre is responsible for keeping the digestive system in check and also plays a role in stabilising blood glucose levels and cholesterol which contributes to the prevention of chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes.

6. It tastes better than dairy milk – Making it a great alternative for those who are lactose intolerant. Plus it serves as a wonderful substitute in recipes and dishes which call for cows’ milk.

These are just a few of the many benefits of consuming almond milk but if you don’t do it for any other reason, just drink it because it tastes great!! When buying your almond milk (as with all foods & beverages) make sure you read the list of ingredients to ensure you are buying products free from added sugar, preservatives and harmful chemicals.

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References:

Brady, Krissy. “11 Benefits of Almond Milk You Didn’t Know About.” Lifehack, n.d. Web. 1 April 2015.

Morgan, Griffin. “How Fiber Helps Your Digestive Health.” WebMD, 1 November 2010. Web. 6 April 2015.

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!