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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!

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.

 

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

Breakfast Criminals

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!

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!
Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Refined Sugar Free Nutty Loaf

Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Refined Sugar Free Nutty Loaf

Ingredients

2 cups quinoa flakes

1 cup almond meal

1 cup Luz Almond Original Almond Milk

½ cup raw nuts/seed/raisin (plus extra for sprinkling)

½ cup cranberries (or other dried fruit)

2 eggs

2 tsp baking powder

½ cup organic pure maple syrup

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla extract

 

Method

1. Combine dry ingredients.

2.Combine eggs, almond milk, vanilla and maple syrup and add to dry ingredients.

3. Stir until combined.

4. Pour mixture into greased muffin tins or alternatively a lined loaf tin and sprinkle with pepitas and sunflower seeds.

5. Bake in preheated 160 degree (Celsius) oven for 45 minutes for muffins or 1 hour for loaf, or until skewer comes out clean.

6. Allow loaf / muffins to cool in tin.

 

Makes 12 loaf slices or 8-10 muffins

Foodie in Focus: Heather Cox aka eatrealfoodnyc

Foodie in Focus: Heather Cox aka eatrealfoodnyc

During our recent trip to New York, I was lucky enough to meet the very lovely Heather Cox who through her passion for fresh, organic and most importantly REAL food, founded her company Eat Real Food NYC. Originally born in Sydney, and having lived all over the world, Heather currently spends her time between the Hamptons and NYC. Consequently you will find upon exploring her website Eat Real Food NYC that Heather not only highlights the best New York has to offer in terms of great wholefood stores, markets and restaurants but she also includes her best picks from both the Hamptons and Sydney as well. In addition she also shares her own clean, fresh, healthy food recipes … check out the chocolate hazelnut banana tart which looks to die for!!!

Heather’s philosophy which is defined by her company name and supported by all that she does is that everyone deserves access to fresh, organic and most importantly REAL food. Thus she is a firm believer in using education, awareness and inspiration as a means of creating this. In line with this some of Heather’s most important work includes working with Stone Barns Centre for Food and Agriculture, where she teaches kids about the importance of knowing where their food comes from, sustainable farming and healthy eating. She also teach kids yoga and work at Balsam Farm Stand over the summer. While extremely dedicated to eating a clean, pescatarian diet, Heather openly admits to enjoying such indulgences such as cheese, wine and chocolate because as she puts it ‘’Quite simply life would be boring without it”! Touche!!

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We highly recommend taking a brief minute to sign up to Heather’s monthly newsletter which apart from delivering you insightful information and delicious clean recipes, will also provide you with exclusive password restricted access to her recently launched Treehouse retreats thetreehouseretreats.com! Spend a few days escaping the city, enjoying the tranquility and relaxation of your surroundings, while nourishing your body with fresh and wholesome foods! Participate in activities or use the time to unwind, Heather’s Treehouse retreats will cater to your needs!

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For more information about Heather and Eat Real Food NYC check out her website

Eat Real Food NYC

OR find her on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook

@eatrealfoodnyc

Cooling Green Smoothie Bowl

Cooling Green Smoothie Bowl

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Luz Almond Original
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/4 avocado
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • two large handfuls of spinach
  • Vanilla protein powder
  • 1 tbs nut butter
  • 1/2 cup of ice (the more you add the thicker it gets)
  • 1 tsp stevia
  • Toppings: berries/granola/coconut chips/chia/activated nuts etc

Method

1. Blend until desired consistency.

2. Top with cut up berries, granola, coconut chips, chia seeds, activated nuts etc.

Optional: add any fresh herbs like parsley, mint etc. for an extra zing! The more greens, the better 🙂

 

 

 

Sugar-Free High Tea

Sugar-Free High Tea

On Wednesday August 27th Team Luz joined forces with Sarah Wilson and the lovely IQS girls for an afternoon of sugar-free treats, Luz cold pressed almond milk and a cup of tea!

We were joined by the wonderful Alexx Stuart – the founder and face behind Real Food & Low Tox Living, Lee Holmes – founder of Supercharged Food and author of a number of books by the same name, Peta Shulman – founder and director of the incredible GoodnessMe Box, Rebecca Gawthorne – qualified accredited practising dietitian and nutritionist and founder of her own private clinic inspiring others to live healthily and last but not least the lovely Alison Morgan – founder of Relauncher Alison, her own company which provides health and wellness business coaching to other passionate people in the field.

In addition we had the pleasure of meeting Rebecca and Kerry who were the delightful winners of the IQS ‘Win a place at our Sugar-Free High Tea’ Competition!

 

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To see more piccies from our wonderful afternoon check them out on the I Quit Sugar Facebook Page

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