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We Luz Australia

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With Australia Day just a week away we asked our team at Luz HQ to think about what they love most about Australia. With over half our team being born and growing up in other countries it was particularly interesting to get their perspective on the country we all now call home.

Here we have compiled a list of what we love most about Australia:

Julie-Anne (born & bred Ireland, now calls Brisbane home) LOVES:

  1. Sunshine at 6am!
  2. Lightning storms that light up the sky
  3. Use of the line “No worries”
  4. Sitting outside in a café on a Saturday morning, sun on your back and breakfast with avocado
  5. Avocados
  6. Some of the most friendly people
  7. Hemsworth brothers (who DOESN’T agree with this one :))
  8. How multicultural this place is – At times some people may disagree, but compared to other countries, Australia is very good I think
  9. Fresh food at farmers markets! Again much harder to find in cooler countries
  10. Having swimming pools in the ocean, it’s weird, but great!
  11. Not needing to wear a coat!

 

Dermot (born & bred Ireland, now calls Brisbane home) LOVES:

  1. The people and their diversity, yeah there are good and bad ones here too but life’s too short to waste time with the bad apples.
  2. How most Aussies don’t get too hung up about religion, politics or that sort of thing.
  3. Sport and how Australians go crazy about it, why I’ve even watched cricket and rugby league games many years ago without even knowing the rules, I guess it must be rubbing off on me too as I now enjoy drinking beer and watching other people play the sport!
  4. The wild weather is sometimes to like, great lightning shows, rain on a tin roof, I can only ever recall hearing rain on a tin roof in Ireland whilst inside a barn as our houses have slate or tile on the roofs back home. I’m not mad on the wild winds we get here as it interferes with my enjoyment of bike riding, but having just experienced what my mates back home  were doing on their bikes on the roads there in mid winter I can safely say that we’re blessed here.  At least when it rains here it usually gets it over and done with and doesn’t drizzle for days on end like back in the old country, I hate that. And the rain in Queensland is warm anyway for most of the year!
  5. The nature, so many unspoilt areas and green tree frogs here, I guess that’s why so many of my friends call me Kermie. (Dermot the Kermot :))

 

Jade (born & bred Australia, calls Sydney home) LOVES:

  1. How the sky can be such a bright blue
  2. Coffee, good coffee
  3. ​Cafe culture
  4. Australian Open (it’s tennis season!)
  5. Beautiful seafood
  6. Bright, fresh food
  7. How the landscape is so varied from rainforests, beaches, desserts, bushland…I think it’s got everything (minus proper snow!)
  8. Australian native flowers e.g. flannel flowers
  9. The colours and calls of Australian birds
  10. Wine regions

 

Liv (born England, bred Australia, calls Sydney home) LOVES:

  1.  Coming home to Sydney
  2. The harbour views and lights – “the beauty is something I will never get over”
  3. The lifestyle – “I find Sydney to be the perfect combination of chilled and fast paced, you can be at work in the city and 15 minutes later be down at Bondi Beach”
  4. Sydney summer; everywhere just bustles and everyone is happy
  5. The food, the salads, the fresh produce and the creativity
  6. The coffee
  7. Walking spots like Bondi to Bronte, hermitage walk, Gap walk
  8. Sydney CBD – I find it very inspiring!
  9. The New Years eve fireworks

 

Wayne (born & bred New Zealand, now calls Brisbane home) came here for the ​​​land of great opportunity (both countries a lot closer now)​ and LOVES:

  1. The golden beaches​
  2. 9 mths of summer and 3 mths of winter​
  3. Warm days in winter
  4. Great coffee and beer​​
  5. I would say the Wallaby’s but being a kiwi I still support the All Blacks​!

What do YOU love most about Australia? Tell us in the comments 🙂

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!

To Detox or Not Detox?

To Detox or Not Detox?

Did you indulge over the holidays? Was it one too many champagnes or that extra slice of cake…on a few too many occasions? We have all been guilty of a little over indulgence during the festive season with the endless parties and catch ups, it can be hard to maintain your ‘usually’ healthy eating and exercise routine. Consequently when January rolls around, detox advocates see this time of the year as the ultimate opportunity to promote their detox programs. It comes as no surprise that many people are drawn to the promises of rapid weight loss, increased energy levels, improved health and decreased inflammation which are used to endorse and promote them.

What is a detox?

Detox diets claim to cleanse your body of toxins, ultimately resulting in rapid weight loss and an overall feeling of health and wellbeing. Yet some people fail to realise that the human body already has its own extremely efficient detoxifying process, with no evidence to suggest it needs any help to get rid of waste products if we are healthy. The three main organs which naturally detoxify the human body are:

  1. Kidneys: Clean the blood by removing waste products before returning it to the body. The waste products are concentrated in fluid which is then excreted as urine from the body.
  2. Liver: Removes toxins from the body (most well know is alcohol), processes food nutrients and regulates body metabolism. The blood must be filtered before it travels around the body.
  3. Lungs: Maintain the body’s respiration by bringing oxygen into the body which provides it with energy, while removing carbon dioxide which is a bodily waste produced by cellular metabolism.

 What does a detox diet involve?

Many detox diets are predominantly comprised of maximum consumption of fruit, vegetables and water with restrictions (often very strict) on the consumption of dairy products, meat products, as well as breads and cereals. In addition they often encourage kilojoule restriction and periods of fasting. Advocates promote the weight loss, reduction in bloating, improved skin and energy as the benefits of doing a detox.

However with very little scientific evidence to support them, the question remains – are they really all they claim to be?

By limiting whole food groups, particularly those which tend to be more kilojoule dense, it is by no means unexpected that the individual loses weight. What they fail to mention, is by doing so you are also putting your body at risk of a nutrient deficiency as these food groups also offer a plethora of nutrients, many of which cannot be found in fruit and vegetables in adequate amounts. In addition much of the weight loss is often regained once you regain your normal eating habits.

As a nutritionist and dietitian, I agree with a fellow nutritionist and dietitian Dr Amy Lanau who says the “ideal weight loss method is one where you are choosing a new way of eating that you’re going to be able to maintain rather than doing something for a short period of time and then returning to old habits”. With this in mind, there are a couple of elements of most detox plans which are worth incorporating into a healthy way of life:

  •  Increasing fruit and vegetable intake
  • Increasing water intake which assists with kidney function
  • Decreasing consumption of highly processed & junk foods
  • Decreasing alcohol intake

So as we embark on the new year, I encourage you not to get persuaded by the seemingly magic ticket to weight loss and perfect skin. Establishing a healthy weight comes from the consumption of a balanced diet (refer to the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating) and regular exercise PLUS keeping a happy healthy mind!!

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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Luzscious Dairy-Free Egg Nog

Luzscious Dairy-Free Egg Nog

Serves 2 
1 cup Luz Almond Medjool date milk

2 eggs (can replace with 1 banana for vegan alternative )

1 large scoop Burnt Toffee & Macadamia Luz cream
2 tbsp LSA
1-2 tsp cinnamon
1/2-1 tsp ginger, grated
1/2 tsp nutmeg
Pinch rock salt
1. Blend and serve, it’s as easy as that!

 

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!

Thai Green Chicken Curry

Thai Green Chicken Curry

Ingredients

1 tbs coconut oil

1 cup Luz Original Almond Milk

2 tbsp green Thai curry paste

1 onion, finely chopped

½ cup water

200gm snow peas

500gm chicken thigh fillets, cut into pieces

1 tbsp fish sauce

¼ cup flaked almonds

Juice of 1-2 limes plus extra to serve

1 cup coriander, roughly chopped to serve

1 tbsp rice malt syrup / palm sugar /brown sugar (optional)

1.5 cups quinoa / brown rice to serve

1 tsp chicken stock powder

 

Method

1. Prepare quinoa/brown rice as per packet instructions, adding chicken stock powder for additional flavour.

2. Heat oil in a wok, over medium-high heat. Add onion and curry paste and cook for 1-2 minutes.

3. Add almond milk and water, bring to the boil.

4. Add chicken, fish sauce, lime juice and rice malt syrup. Simmer uncovered for approximately 10-15 minutes.

5. Add snow peas and cook for extra two minutes or until cooked to your liking.

6. Toast almonds on stove or in oven, watching them carefully to make sure they don’t burn.

7. Divide quinoa between 4 plates, top with curry, sprinkle with coriander leaves and almonds then finish with a lime wedge.

 

Serves 4

 

Why activate almonds?

Why activate almonds?

You have probably heard the word ‘activated’ buzzing around in the health world in the last few years, but you may not actually know what it means, except that ‘it is apparently meant to be good for you’!! So what is all the hype about…

Activating or sprouting as it is more commonly known in the US, refers to a process whereby the foods, primarily nuts, grains, seeds and legumes are soaked for 12-24 hours in water, which starts the germination or sprouting process. The main purpose of this process is to reduce or neutralise the natural toxins including enzyme inhibitors (interact with enzymes and stop them working in their normal manner) and phytates, which act as natures own defense mechanism and are naturally found in the outer layer of the nut or seed.

As we all know, almonds are a rich source of important nutrients including healthy fats, protein, vitamin E and zinc however they also have rather high levels of these natural toxins which can interfere with the bodies ability to absorb these important nutrients. In particular phytates decrease the bodies ability to access and absorb calcium, magnesium, zinc and iron. Long term exposure to high levels of phytates can lead to nutrient deficiencies which can affect our health in many ways. At Luz we want to promote health through the goodness of nature so we ensure we activate our almonds, so we can provide you with a premium product that is packed with nutrients, which your body can readily access!

Cacao Mint Smoothie

Cacao Mint Smoothie

Start your day with this nutrient packed smoothie!
Ingredients

1 cup Luz Almond Cold Pressed Almond milk with Medjool Date

½ bunch mint, roughly chopped

1 tbsp chia seeds

1 tbsp cacao powder

Maple syrup to taste

1 frozen banana

 

Method
1. Blend all ingredients until smoothie consistency, adding maple syrup last to taste.
2. Top with a mint leaf and there you have a delicious and nutritious breakfast which will keep you full for hours!