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Choc Almond Paddle Pops

Choc Almond Paddle Pops

Makes 4

Ingredients

½ cup Luz Original Almond Milk

1 tbsp raw cacao

2 tbsp Isowhey Wholefoods Cacao, Maca & Mesquite

1 tbsp coconut butter

¼ cup slivered almonds, toasted

¼ – ½ cup frozen or fresh avocado

Method

  1. Blend ingredients until smooth consistency.
  2. Fill moulds and then place in freezer for a few hours until frozen.

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Optional: Melt approximately 60g-80g dark chocolate with a teaspoon of coconut oil. Pour melted chocolate over ice block, working as quickly as you can to prevent the ice cream melting. Then roll in crushed almonds (1/2 cup toasted & chopped).

Vanilla Porridge with Blueberry Compote

Vanilla Porridge with Blueberry Compote

Ingredients

⅓ cup rolled oats

½ cup Luz Original Cold Pressed Almond Milk

½ cup water

½ tsp vanilla powder

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup frozen blueberries

1 tbsp maple syrup

 

Method

1. Heat oats, water, Luz Original, vanilla powder/extract and pinch of salt in small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to the boil then turn down to low and stir continuously for approximately 5 minutes or until oats are tender and porridge reaches desired consistency. Remove from heat.

2. In the meantime to prepare the blueberry compote, place frozen blueberries and maple syrup in small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to the boil and stir consistently for 10 minutes, until blueberries have completely defrosted and syrup has formed.

3. To serve pour porridge into a bowl, spoon out blueberries on top and then pour desired amount of syrup. You may like to reserve some of the syrup (as there is often a fair amount) for using on top of other dishes such as our berry chia pudding.

Almonds and Your Skin

Almonds and Your Skin

Almonds and almond milk* are a rich source of protein, vitamins and nutrients which not only nourish the body but also provide significant benefits for the skin which is why almond oil and almond milk have long been used in the cosmetic world.

So what is it in almonds that makes them so good for our skin?

  • Rich in antioxidants – plants develop protective chemicals as a means of protecting themselves against nature’s elements. These protective chemicals also act to cleanse and eliminate toxins and free radicals in the body which can lead to diseases such as cancer and heart disease. One of the most abundant antioxidants in almonds is Vitamin E.
  • Vitamin E – acts by preventing and repairing cell and sun damage. It is well known as an important vitamin required by skin for it’s nourishing and hydrating functions.
  • Protein – almonds and some almond milk brands* are a good source of plant protein, which is particularly important for vegans and vegetarians to ensure they are meeting their protein requirements as protein is essential for growth and repair of body tissues including the largest organ, our skin.
  • Monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs) – Almonds and almond milk are a particularly rich source of monounsaturated fatty acids, as well as containing some polyunsaturated fatty acids. These essential fatty acids also necessary for the transportation and absorption of many nutrients, in particular the fat soluble vitamins – vitamins A, D, E and K. Fats also provide energy to keep our skin and hair healthy.
  • Magnesium – assists in the formation of bone, protein and fatty acid as well as counteracting the effects of stress hormones which lead to premature ageing, acne and hair loss.

* Due to the high volume of almonds we use to make our almond milk, Luz Almond milk is a much greater protein source than many other almond milk brands which use a lower percentage of almonds (2-3%). Each 250mL serve of almond milk contains 5.3g of protein compared to 1.3g when comparing Luz to other brands respectively. As Luz Almond uses more almonds (12%), it makes sense that our milk would contain a greater proportion of these other beneficial nutrients too!

While you can obviously obtain the above benefits from consuming almonds and almond milk, there are a number of DIY beauty recipes which incorporate almonds and almond milk into non-edible solutions for your skin – here’s a few we stumbled across online:

http://www.thefitindian.com/amazing-benefits-of-using-almonds/

http://www.naturalbeautyworkshop.com/my_weblog/2015/03/fresh-rose-almond-milk-beauty-recipes-.html

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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.

Carrot Cake Smoothie

Carrot Cake Smoothie

Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups Luz Almond Original cold pressed almond milk
  • 2 medium carrots, roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ c walnuts
  • 2 medjool dates
  • ½ cup rolled oats

Method

  1. Blend until smooth. Serve immediately.

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Cacao Truffles

Cacao Truffles

A delicious and healthy cacao truffle which makes the perfect not – so – naughty treat at this time of year!

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Ingredients

1/3 cup purple skinned sweet potato puree (see step 1)

15 pitted Medjool dates

1 1/2 cups walnuts

1/2 cup raw cacao

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tbsp chia seeds

1 tbsp coconut oil (optional)

1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted

 

Method

1. Heat oven to 250 degrees celcius (or very hot) and bake the sweet potato for 1 hour or until soft when pierced with a fork. Allow to cool and then scoop out flesh from the skin (discard skin). Puree flesh in food processor (Mash can be made in advance and kept in the refrigerator).

2. Chop 1/4 cup of walnuts roughly and set aside. In food processor grind remaining walnuts until fine, then add dates and mashed sweet potato. Blend until mixture sticks together.

3. Add raw cacao, chia seeds and cinnamon and blend until incorporated. Add coconut oil (optional).

4. Remove from food processor and fold in chopped walnuts evenly.

5. Roll teaspoon sized amounts into balls and roll in almonds.

6. Place on tray and refrigerate until set (1 hour +). Enjoy as you please!

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Tips

–        try other coatings to mix it up – chopped goji berries, cacao powder

–        to make the truffles that extra bit special dab them with gold leaf (see below)

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Luzscious Pumpkin Pancakes

Luzscious Pumpkin Pancakes

Serves 2

½ cup baked pumpkin (approximately 100g, bake in 180 degree oven for approximately 45 minutes or until tender)

50mL Luz Original Cold Pressed Almond Milk

1 tsp cinnamon

¼ tsp allspice

¼ tsp ground nutmeg

1/4tsp ginger

1 tbsp honey

pinch sea salt

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 tbsp almond meal

1tsbp rice flour

1 tbsp coconut oil plus 1 tbsp for frying

 

  1. Blend all ingredients in a blender or food processor.
  2. Allow to rest for 5 minutes then mix with a wooden spoon.
  3. Heat coconut oil over low to medium heat then add ¼ cup of mix at a time to the pan, allowing to cook until golden brown approximately 2 minutes then carefully flip and cook for further 2 minutes or until set.
  4. Repeat with remaining mixture.
  5. Divide between two plates and serve with a dollop of ricotta, yoghurt or even better a scoop of our premium range of Luz Cream Frozen Dessert!

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Featured on Melissa Eats Mindfully

Featured on Melissa Eats Mindfully

We are so grateful to have been included in the ‘What I Ate Wednesday’ section of the blog of the very lovely Melissa Fine of Melissa Eats Mindfully. She is a qualified nutritionist, health foodie and blogger. She is also part of the wonderful trio which makes up Goodness Me Box where she is the health editor and is responsible for providing general nutrition tips to help you lead a happier, healthier life.

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To see the feature visit:

http://www.melissaeatsmindfully.com/a-not-so-ordinary-what-i-ate-wednesday/

While you are there make sure you check out the rest of her blog, as well as her delicious recipes.

You can also find her on Facebook and Instagram

@melissaeatsmindfully

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