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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
8 Ways with Luz Almond Yoghurt

8 Ways with Luz Almond Yoghurt

  1. Add it to your smoothie
  2. Have it with muesli and fruit
  3. Make it the star in our trifle (see our recipe)
  4. Freeze it into ice blocks – Blend with berries or other fruit and then pour into ice-block moulds to make a healthy ice cream alternative for the kids (or adults)
  5. Make your own homemade bircher muesli
  6. Enjoy it as an alternative to ice cream
  7. Turn it into a satisfying afternoon snack – sprinkled with cinnamon and a small handful of chopped nuts
  8. Or simply enjoy it just as it is!
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

  • ¼ 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

Thyme, Parmesan and Almond Crackers

Thyme, Parmesan and Almond Crackers

Recipe taken from That Sugar Film website

 Ingredients

2 cups almond meal

½ – 1 tsp rock salt flakes

1 egg

1 egg white

2 tsp chopped thyme leaves

½ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese (optional)

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  2. Combine almond meal, salt, thyme and parmesan (if using) in a bowl and stir to combine. Make a well in the centre.
  3. Lightly beat the egg and egg white. Pour into the well.
  4. Using a spoon or knife stir the mixture until it comes together to form a ball.
  5. Place dough ball between two large sheets of baking paper and roll out until very thin (approx. 2-3 mm).
  6. Take the top piece of baking paper off and transfer to a baking tray. Cook for 10 minutes or until golden brown (oops yes we burnt ours around the edges!)
  7. Remove from oven and cut into squares while still warm.
  8. Store in an airtight container in a dark, cool, place.


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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.

My Day on a Plate with Jade Ashby

My Day on a Plate with Jade Ashby

Breakfast: I’m a cold weather girl (I know, why would someone actually like cold weather). Aside from the crisp fresh air with a clear blue sky backdrop, I love the warming comfort food that winter brings. With the winter months coming to an end, I’m making the most of the porridge mornings we have left! The porridge recipe always varies but the base will consist of ½ cup rolled oats (I prefer rolled to quick oats as they have a lower GI and add texture), ½ cup milk and ½ cup water. You can then add whatever you fancy whether it be walnuts, cinnamon and maple syrup or grated apple, cinnamon and almonds. For this porridge variation, I added buckwheat to add variation in texture and topped with a honey spiced baby fig compote that I had previously made. Cinnamon stick for decoration of course.

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Mid-morning: With an English partner I’m quite inclined to a cup of tea, English Breakfast, naturally. Nicely brewed with a little bit of milk, no sugar. With the winter bugs in full force at the moment I’ve found myself craving fruit a bit more so than usual, so come mid-morning I’ll usually be reaching for a good-old-fashioned apple. An apple a day they say.

Late morning: As part of my role as a Product Development Dietitian I conduct ongoing sensory evaluation of products we produce. Currently we’re focussing a lot on yoghurt. So what does that entail you ask? Prior to any product being released it has been routinely tasted to note any sensory changes (e.g. look, smell, taste) that may occur over the period of time that you, our lovely customer would have it in your fridge. Basically, we routinely taste the product to ensure you’re getting a tasty product! Exhibit A: Yoghurts 1, 2 and 3.

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Lunch: I love lunch. Lunch is a great opportunity to have a nutrient dense meal and my lunch will nearly always contain numerous serves of vegetables. A wholesome vibrant salad with wholegrains and/or protein not only taste delicious but makes you feel good too. Make it as easy as possible for yourself and I find the best way is to make an additional serving of the vegetable based part of your dinner. For example, take a dinner side salad of peas, fennel and mint with a lemon and olive oil dressing, add some sliced poached chicken and you have a completely new meal for lunch.

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Mid-afternoon: As the above lunch was a lighter (albeit delicious) meal, I like to ensure I’ve got enough food in the tank to keep me effectively working through the afternoon. A couple of slices of sourdough, toasted and spread with nut butter works a treat for me (and a cup of tea).

Dinner: Meals are often Ottolenghi inspired as it ensures that dinner includes a nutritious dose of vegetables. Favourite classics such as spaghetti are often enjoyed too! I try to eat fish a couple times of week as it provides a delicious protein source that is rich in omega 3 (salmon more so that others). I bought some beautiful yellow and purple beetroot from the markets and on this occasion had the time (and patience) to prepare them as they deserved.

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Post dinner: You would think that trying yoghurt each day as part of my role would mean I would be over yoghurt. No chance. I enjoy some generous dollops of unsweetened natural or Greek yoghurt with fresh strawberries. And then some chocolate. I’m talking about the good stuff. Usually a high cocoa percentage of 70% or greater but always made by a company where you can tell some love went into making the chocolate, because I too, love good food.

 

Quinoa Porridge topped with Panfried Cinnamon Pear

Quinoa Porridge topped with Panfried Cinnamon Pear

Serves 1

Ingredients

¼ cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed

2/4-1 cup water

½ cup Luz Almond Cold Pressed Almond Milk with Medjool Dates

½ fresh pear, thinly sliced

1 tbsp coconut oil

1 tsp ground cinnamon plus extra for dusting

Quinoa Porridge topped with Panfried Cinnamon Pear Recipe with Almond Milk

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 then cover for a further 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3. In the meantime, heat coconut oil over medium heat in small frypan. Place pear in pan and sprinkle with cinnamon, cook for 2 minutes each side or until golden.

4. Serve quinoa in bowl topped with pear and serve immediately.

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

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Spiced Christmas Chia

Spiced Christmas Chia

Ingredients

1/4 tsp nutmeg

⅛  tsp ground cloves

⅛ tsp ground ginger

½ tsp cinnamon

pinch of himalayan salt

15mL 100%  pure maple syrup

500mL Luz Medjool date milk

Decoration

1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries

Arils of ½ – 1 pomegranate

Silver cachous in assorted sizes

 

1. Combine all chia pudding ingredients in a bowl and stir to avoid the chia seeds clumping.

2. Leave chia seeds to swell for approximately 10 minutes and then stir again.

3. Place in fridge for 1-2 hours or overnight.

4. Remove from fridge when ready to serve and top with raspberries, pomegranate and a generous sprinkle of silver cachous.

Serves 2

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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