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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
Matcha Tiramisu

Matcha Tiramisu

Ingredients
Almond Cashew Cream (1 batch)*
24 Ladyfinger / Savoiardi Biscuits
2 tsp Being Co. Matcha
1 tbsp water

Syrup
1 cup water
2 tbsp amaretto OR Malibu (optional)
¼ cup honey or rice malt syrup
2 tsp Being Co. Matcha

 

Method

  1. Prepare the almond cashew cream following the recipe here and including the coconut oil (and ricotta if you wish).
  2. Combine 2 tsp of matcha powder with 1 tbsp water, mix until paste formed. Add matcha paste to almond cashew cream and stir until thoroughly mixed.
  3. 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)
  4. 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.
  5. Add a layer of cream on top, approximately 1cm deep and ensuring the sponge fingers are covered.
  6. Then repeat with soaked sponge fingers. Repeat so you have 3 layers of sponge fingers and 3 layers of cream.
  7. Decorate the top as you wish, a simply dusting of Matcha powder also looks great!
  8. Refrigerate for 2-4 hours or until ready to serve.

*You can make the almond cream with Luz Matcha and omit the added Matcha in the cream layer

 

 

 

 

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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Mad About Matcha

Mad About Matcha

Matcha is the new kid on the superfood block. Being used in everything from tea to lattes, cakes and desserts, this distinctly green powder is packed with nutrients and goodness. However while Matcha is only just now gaining popularity in the western world where Matcha shots were recently considered the “it” beverage at New York Fashion Week, Matcha has been a long standing tradition in Japanese culture.

So what is it?

Basically think of it as a super concentrated version of green tea! Yet unlike green tea where the leaves get infused with hot water and then discarded, Matcha literally means powdered tea. Matcha leaves are covered with shade cloths prior to harvesting which helps enhance the flavour and texture of the leaves which are then hand selected, steamed, dried and aged to deepen the flavour before being ground into a fine powder.

So what is so good about it?

  1. Boosts energy – Originally thought to be due to the caffeine content (1 cup of Matcha tea = 1 cup of coffee), the energy boost provided by Matcha is largely a result of the unique combination of nutrients. The presence of L-Theanine also means Matcha drinkers can experience the buzz associated with coffee, without the usual side effects such as nervousness and hypertension (high blood pressure).
  2. Rich in antioxidants – Antioxidants are natural chemical compounds which help to fight infections and disease. With an ORAC value (used to compare antioxidant content of foods) twenty times that of blueberries and pomegranate, Matcha is one of the most potent forms of antioxidants. In particular Matcha contains catechins, known for their cancer fighting properties as well as counteracting the effects of pollution and the sun’s UV rays which can cause cell and DNA damage.
  3. Memory, concentration and calm – L-theanine promotes the production of dopamine and serotonin, both of which play a role in enhancing mood, improving memory and concentration.
  4. Promotes calmness – Monks have used Matcha green tea for centuries to relax and meditate while still remaining alert, due again to the presence of L-theanine which induces relaxation without drowsiness, a side effect known as “alert calm”.
  5. Detoxifies the body – The high levels of chlorophyll which give Matcha its vibrant green colour also naturally remove heavy metals and chemical toxins from the body.

If you haven’t already, make sure you try our latest Luz creation, formulated in collaboration with Being Co, distributor of premium quality Matcha, we bring you Luz Matcha!Matchamilk_website copy