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GMB Dessert Night Markets

GMB Dessert Night Markets

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It is hard to believe it was almost a month ago that we had the pleasure of joining Goodness Me Box at the Grounds of Alexandria for the GMB Wholefood Dessert Night Markets. Surrounded by various delicious food stalls, all offering up a great variety of sweet (AND good for you) treats, we had the pleasure of sharing the magic that is Luz with all the guests who attended.

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A little more about the event…

What:
GoodnessMe Box Dessert Wholefood Night Markets

When:
Thursday 28th July 2016

Where:
The Grounds of Alexandria

Who:
Hosted by the incredible Peta Shulman of GoodnessMe Box

MC’d by the very talented Alison Morgan from Relauncher Alison

and guest demos by:
Jessica Sepel, Luke Hines, The Merrymaker Sisters, Jacqueline Alwill, Lee Holmes, Taline Gabriel & Martyna AngellIMG_8712

Plus
a number of other very special guests and delightful attendees! 🙂

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Highlights from the Luz Team

Jade, R&D Dietitian:
“When people tried one flavour and then came to try all four flavours (of frozen dessert)… It was really nice getting feedback, particularly on the new flavour (shhh)”

“Meeting & chatting with influencers”

Liv, Marketing Dietitian:

“The genuine enthusiasm about the product range”

“The atmosphere, the vibe, venue and the organisation of the event made it an absolute pleasure to be a part of”

See some more snaps over from the night over at the GoodnessMe Box Facebook Page

Finally we will leave you with this gorgeous post courtesy of Jessica Sepel enjoying our Luz Almond Frozen Dessert xxx

JCN Food Intolerance Friendly Lunch

JCN Food Intolerance Friendly Lunch

This week on the blog, we are sharing a sneak peak of the food and festivities from last Sunday’s Food Intolerance Friendly Lunch. Our lovely sales superwoman Lauren Welsh, had the pleasure of attending the event and taking lots of drool worthy snaps for us to share with you. So a few more details….

When
Sunday 19th June 2016

Where
Fiamme Trattoria, Albion, Brisbane

What
A lavish 3 course lunch with options catering to various food intolerances including
egg free, cow’s milk free, gluten free and dairy free

Check out the menu:

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Pictured here are our lovely hosts Nutritionists Jessica Cox & Carissa Anne of JCN Clinic
& Chefs Craig & Nicola of Fiamme Trattoria

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The lunch was attended by 60 people with nutritionists, dietitians, wellness entrepreneurs and general foodies in the mix!

Our Involvement

Our Luz Almond Frozen dessert was featured in two of the three desserts on the day…

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Guests also received a tub of our NEW Luz Almond Milk Yoghurt to take home!

It was such a pleasure to join forces with the lovely ladies over at JCN Clinic and we are so grateful to Jess for inviting us to be involved. We can’t wait for next year!


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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
Chai Latte

Chai Latte

Ingredients

4 Black Tea Bags

2 cups Luz Almond Original or Date Almond Milk

2 tsp ground cinnamon

1 tsp ground cardamom

½ tsp ground ginger

Âź tsp ground cloves

Grind black pepper

Sweetener to taste

Method

  1. Place all ingredients except sweetener into a small saucepan over medium heat with the tea bags hanging out of the pot.
  2. Bring to the boil then reduce heat and allow to simmer for 10 minutes so flavour infuses.
  3. Squeeze tea bags to release flavour, mix and then taste.
  4. Add sweetener of your choice to taste (we recommend maple syrup or honey).
  5. Serve immediately.
Ambassador Profile: The FODMAP Friendly Vegan

Ambassador Profile: The FODMAP Friendly Vegan

The FODMAP Friendly Vegan was born following the experiences of Sharon, a vegan who found relief from uncomfortable digestive issues by following the rather restrictive, low – FODMAP diet. The Low-FODMAP diet was created in 1999 by a team of researchers at Monash University, led by Dr Sue Shepherd, who is credited with its inception. Today it has been published in international journals and is widely accepted as the most effective treatment for chronic gastrointestinal symptoms commonly associated with Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Disease (IDS(D)). Through her website, The FODMAP Friendly Vegan, Sharon has decoded the science and wealth of information around low FODMAPs to create a user friendly hub for those suffering from similar symptoms.

She has also published an eBook by the same name. However you don’t have to have Irritable Bowel Syndrome or suffer from similar uncomfortable symptoms (or be a vegan for that matter) to enjoy the numerous delicious recipes Sharon shares through her eBook and blog. See just one example here for a yummy Roast Pumpkin Soup.

The FODMAP Friendly Vegan blog also has a wealth of resources covering topics such as the science behind the low – FODMAP diet, the diet itself, following a low-FODMAP diet in the real world as well as providing some healthy tips and even yoga poses for improving digestion.

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We encourage you to check out The FODMAP Friendly Vegan:

www.thefodmapfriendlyvegan.com

F: www.facebook.com/thefodmapfriendlyvegan

IG: www.instagram.com/thefodmapfriendlyvegan

Pear & Almond Bircher Muesli

Pear & Almond Bircher Muesli

Inspired by Jamie Oliver’s Pear & Sour Cherry Bircher

Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 1 cup traditional rolled oats
  • 2 tsp chia seeds
  • 350mL Original Luz Almond Milk
  • 1 tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 ripe pear, sliced
  • 30g almonds, chopped
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 200g Vanilla Bean Yoghurt

Method

  1. Combine oats, chia, almond milk, maple syrup, vanilla and 1 tsp cinnamon in a bowl and mix well.
  2. Cover and place in fridge over night.
  3. In the morning heat small frypan over medium heat and melt coconut oil. Sprinkle with cinnamon and place pear slices in pan. Cook for 1-2 minutes each side or until golden brown on the outside. Remove from pan.
  4. Add chopped almond, a little more oil and cinnamon and cook until lightly toasted.
  5. Divide oat mixture between two bowls. Top with pear, sprinkle with toasted almonds.
  6. Top with a generous dollop of Luz Vanilla Bean Yoghurt. Serve immediately.

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Fragrant Quinoa Porridge

Fragrant Quinoa Porridge

A wholesome nourishing breakfast for these cooler months! Try any variation of fruit to mix it up!

Serves 1

Ingredients

  • Âź cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup Luz Almond Cold Pressed Almond Milk with Medjool Dates
  • 1 tbsp dried cranberries
  • ½ fresh apple, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp almonds
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Method

1. Combine water, quinoa, cinnamon and vanilla in a saucepan on medium to high heat. Bring to the boil then reduce heat to low and cover for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

2. Add Luz Almond Milk and cranberries then cover for a further 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3. Serve topped with fresh apple, almonds and a sprinkle of cinnamon!

NB: You may like to add a tsp of honey or maple syrup to sweeten

Chocolate-y Easter Tart

Chocolate-y Easter Tart

These delicious tarts make the perfect Easter dessert! For a little fun try decorating with Easter eggs or baby chickens

Serves 6

Ingredients

Pastry

  • 1 1/4 cup almond meal
  • 1 cup coconut flour
  • Âź cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp cacao
  • 2-2 1/2 tbsp ice-cold water

Filling

  • 1 ½ cups Luz Almond Medjool Date or Original Almond Milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • 3 tbsp tapioca flour
  • Âź cup cacao (additional if desired)
  • 3 tbsp pure maple syrup (additional if using Luz Original)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

 

Method
1. To make the pastry mix together all the dry ingredients (almond meal, coconut flour and cacao) in a bowl then add to a food processor.

2. Combine vanilla, maple syrup, coconut oil and 2 tbs ice cold water. Add to food processor and blend until it forms a dough. You made need to add a little more water if it appears dry.

3. Refrigerate for half an hour then press into 6 individual 10cm diameter tart tins.

4. Blind bake on 150 degrees Celsius for 10 minutes then remove weights and cook uncovered for further ten minutes or until crisp. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

5. To make the filling, put the tapioca flour, cinnamon and cacao in a saucepan. Add vanilla and maple syrup.

6. Whisk to combine over low heat then add almond milk and coconut milk and whisk constantly. Slowly bring the mixture to the boil and continue stirring constantly until thick custard consistency.

7. Pour into tart cases.

8. Refrigerate for 4-6 hours. Gently remove tarts from tins and serve dusted with cacao.

Why you SHOULD keep drinking that almond milk latte

Why you SHOULD keep drinking that almond milk latte

As proud producers of almond milk and almond based products we feel it is time we cleared something up! The arguments against almond milk are not new, no doubt it has popped up in your Facebook feed about the environmental cost or the actual percentage of almonds in your almond milk. But when it comes out of the mouth of someone whom many of your target market follow and whom you have spent significant advertising dollars with … well let’s just say a confused emoji face springs to mind!

So we are going to clarify a few points and just to make it more simple we are going to break it down as they have.

1. The water.
“It takes 5 litres of water to grow one almond!”

Yes this may be true but please put it into context! As Alissa Walker pointed out in her article ‘Seriously, Stop Demonising Almonds’, 80% of California’s water is used to grow food but we shouldn’t stop eating any fruit, vegetables or even meat due to how much water they take to grow so why are almonds now the devil?

By just focusing on the ‘water cost’ you are failing to consider the whole picture such as the social and economical value of the food we are growing with the water, not to mention the nutritional value. From an economic perspective, while almonds use 10% of the California’s water, they are generating approximately 15% of the state’s total farming value and almost 25% of agricultural exports from the state (Walker, 2015). Plus given the increasing demand for almonds which has seen prices skyrocket, almonds are bringing in significant revenue for California, $11bn of it in fact.

And what about the fact that the water is being used to provide us with a healthy food rich in protein and good fats – surely being used to create something which benefits the health of the population stands for something, right?

2. The waste.

“The almond meal is tossed when almond milk is commercially produced”.

Firstly don’t lump all commercial almond milk producers together. At Luz we actually wholesale our almond pulp to people for use in baking, plus we are always looking for ways to utilise it in product and recipe development. The fact is all food manufacturing has waste so no need to single out almond milk!

  1. The carbon footprint.

“The environmental cost of shipping almonds from US + packaging = small environmental disaster”

Carbon footprint, yes, environmental disaster – slight exaggeration perhaps? Regardless many products are also produced with ingredients from overseas so perhaps it is better to focus on supporting local farmers and industry – something we are big advocates of at Luz! We proudly use Australian almonds to minimise our environmental impact, as well as contributing to the Australian economy.

We won’t even get into the carbon footprint of the meat industry but needless to say it is huge!

  1. The dose of additives.

“Most brands are packed with thickeners, emulsifiers, sugars and other crap stuff “– you are right, we couldn’t agree more! Luz Almond milk is made simply of almonds and water without all those additives and nasty stuff. Again the fact is many manufactured products are packed with this stuff and I can assure you almond milk is not the only or the worst examples of this so it is about reading and understanding labels!

  1. The nutritional value.

Probably the most contradictory point in the whole article – on one hand we have that “most brands only contain about 2% almonds” so you can’t really benefit from the vitamin E, B2, magnesium and copper, however on the other hand it says really “we would only eat a small handful of almonds in one sitting and having two lattes on almond milk will add up to more than that”. So wait there is too many or too few almonds?

On a gram per gram basis it should be no surprise that almonds pack a greater nutritional punch than almond milk so by no means are we suggesting almond milk should replace almonds in your diet. However there are an increasing number of people looking for an alternative to dairy milk to use on their cereal or in their baking, coffee etc for many different reasons. For this, almond milk is a great alternative as it not only tastes great but also contains vitamin E, magnesium, zinc, calcium, iron and B vitamins. Obviously the amount of each of this is dependent on the actual percentage of almonds used in the milk but once again we always encourage people to READ LABELS and know what is in the food you are eating.

  1. The price.

“Almond milk is one of the most expensive alternatives out there” – well that shouldn’t really come as a surprise given how much almonds are these days. As a rule of thumb the most expensive brands usually contain more almonds and less of the other stuff but again read the label!

 

Our simply Luzscious verdict

Sure make your own! In an ideal world we would all love to make it BUT if god forbid you are busy or don’t own a high speed blender or I don’t know … just can’t be bothered then buy Luz…the closest thing to the homemade version!

But wait a minute … wasn’t the headline of the article ‘Sorry, but you actually shouldn’t be drinking almond milk’?

Guess your recipe books may need an edit!

 

 

Gluten Free Almond Pancakes

Gluten Free Almond Pancakes

Serves 4

Ingredients

2/3 cup rice flour

2/3 cup almond meal

1 cup Luz Date Milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 eggs

2 tsp baking powder

coconut oil

Method

1. Combine eggs, almond meal, rice flour, vanilla and baking powder in a bowl.

2. Slowly add the Luz Date Almond Milk, starting with a third of a cup and adding more if required to thin out the mixture.

3. Heat a small fry pan over medium heat and add a teaspoon of coconut oil.

4. Add ½ cup pancake batter and allow to cook for 2-3 minutes per side or until set.

5. Repeat with remaining mixture.

6. Serve with fresh fruit, honey comb, edible flours and for an extra treat why not top with a delicious scoop of Luz Almond Burnt Toffee and Macadamia Frozen Dessert!

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