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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

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

¼ 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.
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
  • ¼ 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
  • ¼ 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.

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.

Five reasons why you should be buying local

Five reasons why you should be buying local

Ideally when we say local we mean buying directly from the nearby farm, however this is obviously not always possible so make sure at the very least you are buying Australian grown and Australian made products. Why?

  1. It’s fresher– when you buy local, and more specifically from the farmer, your produce hasn’t had to sit in cold storage and be shipped long distances (be wary of some of the larger supermarkets who keep their ‘fresh’ produce in cold storage for days, weeks and even months)
  2. It’s cheaper – If it is not in season in Australia, you are going to pay a premium for an overseas import. Produce in season will be in abundant supply ultimately meaning lower costs to consumers so watch for the specials at your local green grocer!
  3. It boosts the Australian economy – By supporting our local farmers we are keeping money in Australia and creating jobs from the associated industries such as packing, transport etc
  4. It helps create a healthier environment – buying local means reducing our carbon footprint, improving air quality and reducing pollution which helps us and our future generations.
  5. It tastes better – Particularly farm fresh produce is left to ripen for longer on the vines before being picked and then sent directly to markets so the consumer has it within 24 hours of being picked!
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.

 

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.

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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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!