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Thyme, Parmesan and Almond Crackers

Thyme, Parmesan and Almond Crackers

Recipe taken from That Sugar Film website

 Ingredients

2 cups almond meal

½ – 1 tsp rock salt flakes

1 egg

1 egg white

2 tsp chopped thyme leaves

½ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese (optional)

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  2. Combine almond meal, salt, thyme and parmesan (if using) in a bowl and stir to combine. Make a well in the centre.
  3. Lightly beat the egg and egg white. Pour into the well.
  4. Using a spoon or knife stir the mixture until it comes together to form a ball.
  5. Place dough ball between two large sheets of baking paper and roll out until very thin (approx. 2-3 mm).
  6. Take the top piece of baking paper off and transfer to a baking tray. Cook for 10 minutes or until golden brown (oops yes we burnt ours around the edges!)
  7. Remove from oven and cut into squares while still warm.
  8. Store in an airtight container in a dark, cool, place.


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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!

Tiramisu

Tiramisu

Ingredients
Almond Cashew Cream (1 batch)*
24 Ladyfinger / Savoiardi Biscuits
100g dark chocolate

Syrup
1 cup strong coffee
2 tbsp frangelico (optional)
¼ cup honey or rice malt syrup

Method

  1. Prepare the almond cashew cream following the recipe here and including the coconut oil (and ricotta if you wish).
  2. To prepare the syrup add all ingredients into a small saucepan and bring to the boil over medium heat. Reduce heat and allow to simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to cool. (You may like to prepare ahead)
  3. Assemble either as one cake or in individual glasses. Begin by dipping a sponge finger into the syrup for approximately 10 seconds or until soaked but not soggy. Lay at the bottom of the dish. Repeat until bottom of the dish is covered.
  4. Add a layer of cream on top, approximately 1cm deep and ensuring the sponge fingers are covered.
  5. Grate chocolate on top of the cream.
  6. Then repeat with soaked sponge fingers. Repeat so you have 3 layers of sponge fingers, 3 layers of cream and 2-3 layers of grated dark chocolate..
  7. Decorate with dark chocolate or alternatively a dust of cacao.
  8. Refrigerate for 2-4 hours or until ready to serve.

*For a gluten free option for the cake, try substituting the lady finger biscuits for the cake from our lamington recipe (minus the raspberry). Instead add some coffee powder/flavouring and the alcohol as you will not be able to soak the cake like you can the lady fingers.

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Five Minutes with Being Co. Founder, Stefanie Maras

Five Minutes with Being Co. Founder, Stefanie Maras

1. How and why did you start being co?

SM: “Being Co. has been a little dream since I started business college actually! I’ve always wanted to run my own cafe selling nothing but tasty, healthy options (now known as raw food!). It really started for me in 2014, after the famous Acai berry craze (I love Acai bowls!), where I was researching the many popular health food hangs of New York City. I first stumbled across a Matcha House, yes a cafe that stock a full matcha menu where further research took me to learn of the supreme nutritional value of pure matcha, how incredible it was for you and how little you needed to consume of it. I just had to try! Ordering my first samples of various grades of organic matcha from various tea growers in Japan my dream of building a brand that focuses on affordable, highly natural daily ingredients had began! After 6 months Being Co. is now stocked in over 60 cafes and health food stores Australia wide and will continue to grow and deliver ‘green caffeine’ to your favourite cafes!”

2. What is your favourite way to enjoy Matcha? 

SM: “I must say, Matcha choc mint bliss balls are just an amazing tasty and highly antioxidising snack!”

“And I cannot go past a matcha latte made with frothed almond milk and a dash of maple syrup! Sweet but full of antioxidants!”

3. What sets being co Matcha apart from the rest?

SM: “Being Co. ‘s Organic Pure Ground Matcha Powder is for everyone, it’s simple to use, it’s 100% natural, organic, unblended and involves 1 ingredient. We also provide recipes to customers to get the most out of the product and work with our cafes to provide the best matcha experience for their customers.”

4. What is your favourite health motto?

SM: “You are what you eat- I couldn’t agree more. Food is fuel and you don’t get the kms out of a McDonald’s burger.”

5. What inspires you?

SM: “2 things in life inspire me.

1. The desire to inspire people to live a healthy and active lifestyle through my health journey and experience and to find natural products at affordable prices that help deliver the maximum nutrients we require without costing us loads.

2. My mother, the pinnacle of love and support, all I want to do is go out there and prove to her I have what it takes to build, motivate and inspire people, just like she has done for me. And ofcourse my partner (Mr Being Co.) is the very definition of inspiration, he’s always looking to motivate and inspire me in every space in life, when I fall down, he picks me up, dusts me off and sets me back on my way to try again!”

 

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Lovely Lamingtons

Lovely Lamingtons

With Australia day fever in the air, we couldn’t think of a better recipe to reinvent than the humble lamington. Inspired by Theresa Cutter and Kate Doyle of Honest to Goodness, we have created these gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free lamingtons which taste even better than the real thing. Please note credit for the sponge recipe goes to Kate Doyle, with the addition of raspberries inspired by Theresa Cutter’s recipe. The chocolate glaze however is entirely our own!!

Ingredients

Sponge

3 eggs

⅔ cup coconut oil

⅓ cup rice malt syrup

1 tsp organic vanilla extract

2 tsp baking powder

½ cup arrowroot powder/tapioca

¾ cup almond meal

1 cup frozen raspberries

½ cup Henry Jones & Co Raspberry Fruit & Chia (or other raspberry jam of your choice)

 

Glaze

2 tbsp cacao

¼ cup coconut oil

¼ cup rice malt syrup

2 tsp nut butter

½ cup Luz Almond Original almond milk

1 tsp corn flour/tapioca / arrowroot

1 cup shredded coconut

 

Method

1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees celsius. Line lamington / slab tin with baking paper.

2. Combine the coconut oil, rice malt syrup and vanilla in a small saucepan, over low heat, stirring occasionally until combined.

3. Beat the eggs until thick and creamy, approximately 5 minutes. As you continue to beat, add the coconut oil mixture in a steady stream.

4. Add the almond meal, baking powder and arrowroot flour. Fold until combined.

5. Pour into lined tray and sprinkle with frozen raspberries. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes or until skewer comes out clean. You may need to cover with foil half way through if it begins to brown too much. lamington1

6. Remove from tin and allow to cool then cut into equal sized squares (we would suggest cutting into 20 pieces to make 10 lamingtons).

lamington27. Sandwich two squares together with a little of the raspberry jam. Repeat with remaining squares.
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8. To make the glaze combine all ingredients, except the shredded coconut in a small saucepan over low heat. Whisk continuously until thick glaze is formed. Remove from heat and allow to cool/thicken for a few minutes. Then spread onto each side of the lamington and roll in shredded coconut.

9. Refrigerate until ready to serve!

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WARNING: These are messy to make but the end result is well worth it!!

Top Ten Tips to Avoid Ending up looking like Santa at Christmas

Top Ten Tips to Avoid Ending up looking like Santa at Christmas

There is no denying we all have a soft spot for the magic affiliated with the big jolly guy in the red and white suit…however despite all the love in the world we would prefer to not end the silly season looking like him! The fact is ‘you are what you eat’ and if you spend the entire silly season stuffing yourself with pudding and mince pies, you are bound to start resembling one. Here we have compiled our top ten tips for avoiding the Christmas weight gain:

  • Stock up on fresh produce and a healthy pantry – particularly if you are in Australia at this time of year, the warm weather and abundance of delicious fruit and vegetables makes it a great time to enjoy salads and fresh fruit. Avoid the temptation of eating highly processed food and Christmas treats by keeping it out of the house (at least until the 25th) – out of sight out of mind!!
  • Don’t go to the Christmas party hungry – consume a light meal such as a salad or sandwich (made on wholegrain bread) prior to the event to prevent you from overindulging on party food as soon as you arrive. Many party foods are ladened with saturated fat and / or sugar (think party pies, spring rolls and mince pies), which are high in kilojoules but leave you feeling unsatisfied and often result in excessive consumption.
  • Eat regular meals – skipping meals will often leave you reaching for the Christmas cake later on so stick to your regular meal times!

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  • Don’t overindulge in alcohol – we know this is the time of year when we are likely to have a couple of extra champagnes, however it is important to remember that large quantities of alcohol disrupt sleep patterns as well being a significant source of empty kilojoules. Try and maintain at least 3 alcohol free days per week plus alternate each glass of alcohol with a glass
    of water – this will help prevent over consumption of alcohol as well as food!
  • Make better choices and set yourself a limit prior to arrival – try and steer clear of pastry /deep fried canapés in particular, as well as giving yourself a limit … let’s say four savoury items and one or two sweet treats (I will let you decide on the number) …and make sure you stick to it!
  • Maintain your sleep pattern – a late night out at a Christmas party may result in inadequate sleep particularly if it is mid week and you still have to turn up to work tomorrow. In contrast a heavy night of drinking may result in a serious hangover and feeling like spending the whole day in bed. Research has shown less than 6 hours or greater than 8 hours of sleep is associated with weight gain so you should be aiming for 7 hours of sleep a night, even during the silly season!!

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  • Don’t try and lose weight – if there is one time of the year to NOT try and lose weight…it is Christmas – you are setting yourself up for failure! Christmas is a time to relax and unwind with family and friends, so don’t place additional pressure on yourself by trying to lose weight! If you have a few extra kilos to lose, focus instead on not putting on weight and then use the New Year to set yourself some achievable goals and targets!
  • Stay active – while this time of year is undoubtedly one of the busiest, don’t let it interfere with your exercise routine, as it is one of those times we need it the most. It will not only help prevent those extra kilos from creeping on but also tones our muscles and relieves stress which can also often accompany this time of year! If you can’t make it to the gym or your usual exercise activities, up your incidental activity by walking to work, choosing stairs instead of the escalators or power walking to do your Christmas shopping! Every little bit counts!
  • Use a smaller plate – it might seem ridiculous but studies have shown people who use a larger plate compared to those who use a smaller plate are more likely to consume more kilojoules. Regardless of the plate size we mentally feel we need to clear the plate (inbuilt from childhood when you weren’t allowed dessert if you didn’t finish everything on your plate), so those
    eating from the larger plate may have actually eaten enough before they finished their plate, yet the need to clear the plate results in overeating.
  • Enjoy yourself – most importantly allow yourself to enjoy this time of year, don’t set yourself expectations of perfect because chances are your ideals of perfect differ from someone else…and really who cares! Focus on what matters most and what this time of year means to YOU!


Lemon Chia Vanilla Oats

Lemon Chia Vanilla Oats

Serves 1

Ingredients

1/3 cup oats

1 tbsp chia seeds plus extra for topping

1 C Luz Almond Original milk (or 1/2C water and 1/2C Luz)

pinch of salt

1 tbsp stevia (or sweetener of choice)

1tsp vanilla powder OR vanilla extract

Rind of 1 lemon plus extra for top

1 egg white

shredded coconut for topping

 

Method

1. Combine oats, chia seeds, Luz Almond Milk, salt, vanilla and stevia/sweetener in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to the boil then reduce heat and simmer for 2-3 minutes constantly stirring.

2. Add egg white and continue mixing, until completely incorporated and oats have reached desired consistency.

3. Pour into bowl and top with coconut, lemon rind and extra chia seeds.

4. Serve immediately.

 

Why Breakfast is Best!

Why Breakfast is Best!

Do you skip breakfast? Are you trying to lose weight? Are you short on time?

The Top Five Reasons for Eating Breakfast

  1. Prevents us from consuming higher kilojoule snacks later on. By the time we end up eating we are often so starving that we are craving that sugar hit which often comes in the form of high fat and high sugar foods which results in the consumption of more kilojoules. We also often over eat at our next meals to make up for our deprivation earlier in the day. Therefore it is better to eat smaller, more regular meals starting with breakfast.
  2. It jump starts our metabolism and gets the enzymes in our body (which we require for metabolising food) going so that we are able to better break down and absorb the energy and nutrients from the foods which we consume.
  3. It makes it easier for us to meet the dietary serve recommendations particularly from the breads and cereals groups as breakfast cereals and toast are commonly consumed at this meal. In addition these foods are often high in fibre which is great for keeping our bowels moving and helping us to feel satisfied for longer.
  4. Provides us with fuel, which is particularly important for kids who require constant refueling to sustain their growing bodies and brains. In addition, a study by the Journal of the American Dietitetics Associaton showed that regular breakfast eaters are more likely to exercise regularly, which once again helps us with our health and can contribute to weight loss.
  5. Weight maintenance and weight loss, as a consequence of all the reasons listed above!!! (Probably the number one reason you may consider changing your skipping-breakfast habit?!)

 

Quick tips to save you time

  1. Make it the night before…Chia pudding requires 5 minutes preparation the night before and it is good to go when you are!
  2. Put your cereal and bowl out the night before, then top with your favourite Luz Almond milk…how long did that take…5 seconds…even?
  3. Grab a piece of fruit and a Luz Almond Espresso almond milk…caffeine hit, good fats, carbohydrates and a bit of protein!

That is just a few quick and easy ideas but there are so many ways you can ensure you fit in your breakfast with some requiring no preparation at all. The best way to ensure you start your day the healthy way is to THINK, PLAN, PREPARE!

Foodie in Focus: Ksenia aka Breakfastcriminals

Foodie in Focus: Ksenia aka Breakfastcriminals

In September we met up with one of our favourite food bloggers and the clever, creative soul behind the awesome instagram account BreakfastCriminals… Ksenia! In true New York style, we met up in iconic Central Park and shared one of Ksenia’s delicious creations…a Dragon Fruit Berry Bliss Chia Pudding (for the recipe click here). In case the picture doesn’t say it all…it was BEYOND delicious and packed with superfood goodness!

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Ksenia founded Breakfast criminals after a visit to Hawaii where she was exposed to the exotic tropical goodness of colourful, superfood packed acai bowls. After a quest to find something similar back home in NYC, Ksenia was disappointed to find the limited options available lacked the love and soul which enriched those with which she had fallen in love with in the Aloha culture. So with some experimentation, inspiration and tonnes of enthusiasm from her friends and the instagram community, breakfast criminals was born!!

From her passion and love for food, health and wellbeing, Ksenia’s Breakfast Criminals has turned into a movement inspiring people all over the world to start their day with a healthy and nourishing breakfast, most importantly made with love! In fact it is the love and soul of the original Hawaiian acai superfood bowls which led to the use of the heart shaped bowl, which has been so hotly requested that she now sells them on Amazon! She also runs incredible acai superfood masterclasses and has her own BreakfastCriminals eBook packed with the recipes for all those incredible bowls she teases us with her on instagram, so be sure to check out her website so you can have access to all the amazing goodness Ksenia has to offer!!

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In line with her love and passion for health and wellbeing, Ksenia is devoted to Strala yoga and meditation. Recently she completed her 200 hour yoga training and is also undergoing her advanced spiritual leadership training. Through the combination of these passions, she is also about to host SuperYou: Yoga + Superfood Retreat in Nicaragua in early November. Incredible superfood cuisine, created by none other than Ksenia herself, as well as yoga classes, long rainforest walks, pristine beaches and luxury treehouse accommodation – need we say more?!

For more information about Ksenia and Breakfast Criminals check out her website

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OR find her on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook

@breakfastcriminals

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P.s. A fun fact we found out about Ksenia when we caught up was that she actually grew up in Australia so we can ALMOST claim her as our own!