Almond Butter & Chia Protein Balls

Almond Butter & Chia Protein Balls

Packed full of protien and nutritious ingredients. These Almond Butter & Chia protein balls are the perfect grab & go snack to nourish your body!

Ingredients:

.10 pitted dates

.1 heaped tbsp Amazonia Isolate Protein Powder

.4 tbsp The Almond Farmer Chocolate Almond Butter

.2 tsp chia seeds

.1/2 cup almonds

.1/2 bar bennetto dark chocolate

 

Prep time: 15 mins

Makes: 10 balls

Let’s Begin:

1.Pulse the dates, protein powder, almond butter, chia and almonds in a food processor until well combined.

2.Using clean hands roll into 10 tablespoon sized balls.

3.Chill in refrigerator on a tray for 10 minutes.

4.Break up the chocolate into pieces and place in a clean bowl, we have chosen the Bennetto Mint & Cocoa nib chocolate for a pop of minty fresh flavour. Place the bowl over the top of a saucepan with boiling water. Slowly melt your chocolate until smooth. Turn off the heat.

5.Using a skewer or fork, carefully half dip the chilled protein balls in the melted chocolate.

6.Chill in the refrigerator for a further 5 minutes then they are ready to go!

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Superfood Lattes with Nutra Organics

Superfood Lattes with Nutra Organics

In celebration of Organic Awareness month, we chatted with the organic queens at Nutra Organics about their range of Certified Organic Superfood Lattes. Nutra Organics is an Australian family business who believe that the food you eat directly influences your health & wellbeing. They pride themselves on being a company of integrity that only sources the best quality, organic ingredients.

1. What inspired you to create these superfood lattes?

 Our range of superfood lattes were inspired by our teams own need to find a nourishing caffeine-free alternative to our morning coffees. We wanted to create delicious, functional options that we could enjoy throughout the day that we were unable to find anywhere at the time. 

2. What ingredients do you use to create these products?

 Our superfood lattes all contain different functional and colourful ingredients so each one has a unique flavour along with their own benefits. 

Our Velvet Latte is a delicious beetroot chai infusion which makes a vibrant pink latte. It’s naturally sweet with subtle Ayurvedic chai spices; ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, black pepper with cayenne, turmeric & vanilla bean. It’s the perfect harmony of flavour and nutrition.

Our Golden Latte is packed full of all the goodness of turmeric, along with the unique properties of Manuka honey, making a bright golden latte. It also contains creamy coconut milk powder along with Ayurvedic chai spices.

Our Mermaid Latte is a dazzling marine blue and features blue spirulina, blue butterfly pea flower, Manuka honey, arctic sea algae, and adaptogenic herbs, which are perfectly complemented by an array of Ayurvedic chai spices and creamy coconut milk. 

Our Lunar Latte is a blissful blend of vibrant purple carrot, traditional Chinese adaptogens and organic floral botanicals including Chamomile, Lavender and Passionflower making a moon milk potion to help relax before bed. Its smooth vanilla tones combined with caramel notes of mesquite and a subtle hint of pink Himalayan crystal salt compliment the delicate bouquet to deliver a delicious pre-bedtime indulgence. 

3. What process do you go through to learn and source what ingredients to use?

We are so fortunate to have a team of incredible naturopaths and research nutritionists who live and breathe sourcing unique and supportive ingredients which are not only delicious but provide unique health benefits that are easily incorporated into daily life.

4. How important is using certified organic ingredients to you?

It’s in our name! Our team works hard to source all of our products as locally as possible as well as certified organic wherever possible. It’s at the core of all we do. All of our Superfood Lattes are certified organic.

5. What is your favourite recipe incorporating a superfood latte?

That’s a tricky one, we’ve created so many delicious recipes over the years. One that definitely sticks out is our Unicorn donuts with creamy coconut glaze, we mixed our Velvet and Mermaid Lattes through the glaze and it was the perfect addition to the moist banana bread donuts. You can find it here.

6. What is your favourite flavour in the range and why?

That’s also a tricky one, and my answer definitely changes all the time. But at the moment I’d have to say the Lunar Latte, it tastes like a rainbow paddle-pop and is the perfect bedtime treat with relaxing botanicals and herbs like lavender, passionflower, chamomile, ashwaghanda, he shou wu and reishi mushroom.

Shop the Nutra Organics Superfood Lattes in-store at WholeLife, which flavour are you most excited to try first?

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Turkish Couscous Salad

Turkish Couscous Salad

Featuring ingredients from this months catalogue , we created this delicious, bright Turkish Couscous Salad, studded with turmeric roasted chickepas, pistachios and sweet dates. The perfect accompaniment to any lunch or dinner.

Ingredients:

 . 1 cup couscous

. 1 ½ cup water

. Olive oil

. Sea salt

. Small bunch parsley chopped

. 1 cup chickpeas

. 1/2 cup almonds

. 1/2 cup pistachios

. 1/2 cup dried apricot sliced

. 1/2 cup pitted dates sliced

. 1 tsp turmeric

. Half a lemon

Let’s Begin:

1. Pre-soak chickpeas overnight & then boil for 2 hrs

2. Pre heat your oven to 200 °C fan forced

3. Place dry couscous in a bowl

4. Combine boiled water with 2tsp of oil and a pinch of sea salt. Pour over the couscous. Stir and leave to sit until all the liquid has been absorbed.

5. Roughly chop the almonds and place on one side of a baking tray

6. Place the chickpeas on the over side of the baking tray and sprinkle with turmeric

7. Leave to roast for 15 minutes or until golden and toasty

8. In a large bowl toss the couscous, parsley, apricot, dates, almonds, pistachios and chickpeas

9. Arrange on a large serving platter

10. Zest the lemon over the salad and finish with a squeeze of lemon

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A Complete Guide to Washing Fruit & Vegetables

A Complete Guide to Washing Fruit & Vegetables

Due to the current circumstances with the COVID-19 global pandemic, this has ignited concerns by many people speculating whether more aggressive washing techniques should be used when washing their fruit and vegetables. In response to this, health professionals have advised that using pervasive substances are unnecessary and global pandemic or not, individuals should be adequately washing their fresh fruit and vegetables to remove germs and any unwanted residues from their surfaces before eating them.

How to do this? The first steps even before washing the fruit and vegetables, is that the individual washes their hands with soap and water and ensure that any utensils or surfaces that the fresh produce may come into contact with is thoroughly cleaned.

The next steps of washing the fruit will depend on the characteristics of the produce. Fruit including apples and pears and vegetables like potatoes that have firmer skins can be brushed with a clean, soft bristle to remove any residues and must be washed before peeling to prevent surface bacteria from reaching the inside of the produce. Leafy greens, which include spinach, lettuce and bok choy should be submerged in a bowl of cool water, swished and rinsed off with fresh water. With delicate produce, including berries or mushrooms which can fall apart can be cleaned with a steady stream of water and gently using fingers to remove any grit on the surface.

Fruit and vegetables offer an abundance of vitamins, minerals, fibre and antioxidants which can enrich an individual’s diet once the effective cleaning methods which were mentioned above are applied.

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Vegan White Chocolate & Macadamia Cookies

Vegan White Chocolate & Macadamia Cookies

Crunchy on the outside & chewy on the inside… We used the new Loving Earth vegan white chocolate to create these crowd pleasing cookies. 

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Serves: 20 cookies

Ingredients:

 .1/3 cup chopped macadamias

.3/4 cup chopped vegan white chocolate – we are using the new Loving Earth white chocolate

.1/4 cup virgin coconut oil

.3/4 cups brown sugar or coconut sugar

.2 tablespoons coconut yogurt

.2 tablespoons dairy-free milk

.1 teaspoon vanilla extract

.1 1/3 cups wholemeal spelt flour

.1/4 teaspoon bicarb soda

.1/4 teaspoon sea salt

Let’s Begin:

1. Cream the coconut oil and sugar in a bowl with an electric mixer.

 

2. Mix in the yogurt, milk and vanilla.

 

3. Add the flour, baking soda and salt to the bowl and mix until combined.

 

4. Add the chopped white chocolate and macadamias, mix until evenly combined throughout the cookie dough.

 

5. Roll little balls of the dough with floured hands to avoid sticking, arrange the balls on baking trays and press with your fingers to flatten slightly.

 

6. Bake the cookies for 10 minutes, allow to cool before eating.

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Another delicious vegan recipe to try: Vegan & Gluten Free Brownies

Vegetarian Dumplings With Fried Rice & Broccoli

Vegetarian Dumplings With Fried Rice & Broccoli

For those nights that you can’t be bothered, or don’t have the time to be cooking up a storm in the kitchen, we present to you our healthy quick freezer aisle options at WholeLife. We’ve kicked off this new freezer series with a delicious bowl of vegetarian dumplings with a serve of garlic broccoli and healthy fried rice.

Prep: 10 minutes

Cooking: 10 minutes

Serves: 2

Ingredients:

 .1 packet microwave brown rice

.1 packet Golden Pig & Co, Tofu & Shiitake Mushroom Dumplings

.3 cups frozen broccoli florets

.1/2 cup frozen corn

.1 clove garlic

.1 spring onion

.1 tbsp teriyaki sauce, we have used the Absolute Organic Coconut Amino Sauce

.1 tsp Nutra Organics vegetable broth powder

Let’s Begin:

 

1.Fill a pot with water and bring to the boil. Boil the dumplings according to the packet instructions.

 

2.Whilst you are waiting for the vegetarian dumplings to cook, heat a wok with a drizzle of olive oil. Add the frozen broccoli into the wok and start to stir fry, when the broccoli begins to soften, mince the garlic and add into the pan.

 

3.Now you can add the teriyaki sauce to the wok, keep frying until the broccoli is cooked through.

 

4.Set aside the broccoli in a bowl. We will use the wok to cook the fried rice so no need to clean it yet.

 

5.Heat the microwave rice according to the packet instructions, whilst the rice warms, finely chop the spring onion.

 

6.Reheat the wok with a drizzle of olive oil, remove the rice from the packet into the wok and begin to fry, breaking apart the rice with your spoon.

 

7.Add to the rice your corn, spring onion, vegetable powder. Mix and stir fry the mixture, season with salt and pepper to taste.

 

8.Once the rice is thoroughly stir fried, warmed through and has a little bit of nice crispiness it is done. At this stage you could whisk an egg and cook it through the rice for extra protein if you wanted to.

 

9.When the dumplings have finished cooking, drain them and serve hot. You can also serve some more of the teriyaki sauce on the side for dipping.

Looking for more vegetarian meals? Try our Vegan Summer Spaghetti reciepe

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