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Spiced Chocolate Smoothie

Spiced Chocolate Smoothie

For a nutritious breakfast or an awesome post work out snack, try this delicious smoothie made with our Original Cold Pressed Almond Milk and Sunwarrior Chocolate Protein powder!

Ingredients

1 scoop Sunwarrior Chocolate Protein powder

1 cup Luz Almond Original almond milk

¼ avocado

½ frozen banana

2 tsp cacao

Cinnamon

Nutmeg

Ice cubes

Stevia to taste

Method

1. Blend all ingredients in a blender or vitamix.

2. Serve topped with crushed almonds and shredded coconut.

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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Waste Not Want Not

Waste Not Want Not

Have you ever noticed that children turn their noses up at the sight of a bruise on a strawberry, a brown bit on an apple or a vegetable which looks less than ‘perfect’? We know as children we did it and having babysat many children over the years, it seems to be just one of those things kids do! The other day I was going through the Luz HQ fridge and I looked at the mango which I had been (for some unknown reason) ignoring for the past week, I am not sure whether it was because I thought my colleague Jade may have been saving it or perhaps it was the other way around, either way what had been a perfectly flawless mango had suddenly seen better days as we both for whatever reason left it sitting untouched.

In the past I too would’ve thrown this now less than perfect looking piece of fruit into the rubbish without a second thought. However on this day I decided I was going to make use of it, ‘waste not, want not’ as my parents used to say. Perhaps it is the fact that living out of home we know we have to buy our own food or the increasing awareness about the immense amount of food wastage (thank you Harris Farm & Woolworths for their ‘Imperfect picks’ campaigns) but I could not let this sad looking mango go to waste. I decided to create a smoothie with it so I didn’t have to deal with the less than desirable texture of the sad mango but still being able to harness the incredible taste which if anything had only improved as it had proceeded to over ripen.

 The finished result was actually so delicious, incase you missed it we will share the recipe with you now:

 

Mango Smoothie

Serves 2

2 cup Original Luz Almond Milk

2tsp vanilla extract

1 mango peeled, depitted

1/3 cup shredded coconut

¼ cup chopped almonds

4-6 cubes of ice

Blend until smooth! You may want to add two Medjool dates to sweeten slightly, although the mango gives it a delicious sweet flavour already!

 

Following our experience with our over ripe mango and the delicious smoothie which resulted we were inspired to write a post on a few ways to prevent food wastage when your perishables including your Luz Almond milk are close to use by date.

  1. Use perishables first before buying more – first in first out
  2. Shop locally at fresh food markets – tends to last longer as hasn’t been transported for long periods
  3. Make dishes with fruit & vegetables that are close to turning – Smoothies with fruit, casseroles, overripe bananas are best for banana bread and cake
  4. Be aware of portions when preparing meals, don’t overcook and then leave an overload of leftovers
  5. Clearly label leftovers and leave notes for yourself or others in your house – ‘Eat me… Tuesday’s stirfry’
  6. Don’t shop when you are hungry – as the saying goes your eyes are often bigger than your appetite and you end up with way more than you needed or can get through
  7. Opt for 2 or 3 smaller shops during the week rather than 1 big shop
  8. Freeze food – you can even freeze your Luz Almond milk (make sure you pour out a little as the milk expands on freezing) and defrost when required for use in smoothies & baking
  9. Freeze food in individual portions –  save money by buying in bulk
  10. Freeze your Luz Almond milk in ice cube trays, perfect for throwing into smoothies!
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!

 

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!

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!
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 🙂

 

 

 

Trop Choc Smoothie

Trop Choc Smoothie

A delicious chocolate smoothie packed with tropical fruits and made with Sunwarrior Chocolate protein powder and our Luz Almond Date Milk! 

 Ingredients

½ frozen banana

2 kiwi fruit, peeled & chopped

¼ cup frozen mango

½ small green apple

1 scoop Sunwarrior Chocolate protein powder

Handful walnuts

1 cup Luz Almond Date Milk

Method

1. Blend all ingredients in a blender or vitamix.

2. Top with whatever your heart desires!! We used a small handful of raw trail mix 🙂