I tried out Raw Conscious the other week, a petite cafe style eatery which has just opened on Chapel Street, Glenelg. If you enjoy eating fresh and raw then you will love it, just like I did! The menu is not huge but everything sounds delicious and best of all… very filling. I had the Yogi Bowl which tasted exactly like Chocolate Yogo (but good for you) and couldn’t even finish the whole thing, even though I really wanted to. Presentation of the food was beautiful! A variety of coffee, juices and smoothies on offer as well as raw cakes and treats. I loved the interior design of the shop which is very modern and fresh, creating a relaxed and calm environment. I will definitely be recommending this store to anyone who already loves raw health foods or to those wanting to try it out! Location: 2/2 Chapel Street, Glenelg, South Australia Pictured: Yogi bowl + Acai Bowl ft. 2 x Watermelon and Mint Juices.
I am probably Acai bowls’ #1 fan. Regardless of where I go, I always find myself tracking down an acai bowl one way or the other. My go-to place is Nektar Juice Bar, because they have a to DIE FOR PB (Peanut Butter) Bowl: An acai bowl mixed with peanut butter, granola, cashew milk and topped with fruit. It’s safe to say this food came down from food heaven. Who said eating your fruit servings wasn’t fun? Being that I’m in love with this bowl, I was able to find a recipe for it, that a way I can just whip it up in the kitchen and save some gas money. Found on Fettle Vegan , here’s the recipe: INGREDIENTS 1 acai smoothie pack (Sambazon packs found at Sprouts or Whole Foods freezer section tends to work best) 8 ounces dairy-free milk ( I prefer Almond Milk) 1 cup fresh or frozen strawberries 1 cup fresh or frozen mixed berries (OR you can sub 1 banana for 1/2 cup of berries) 2 tablespoons peanut butter (or any other nut butter) fresh fruit + granola, for topping Blend all tougher in a blender until thick. Pour mixture in a bowl, add toppings and you’re good to go!
Have you ever been curious about super-foods? If not, you should be! Super-foods are defined as any nutrient rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well being. Do I have your attention now? I have compiled a list of a few of the top super-foods and how each one can benefit your health! Remember, whenever you are making a change to your diet and you’re unsure of how it will impact you, be sure to check with your health care provider. Chlorella Single celled green algae. Chlorella is an ancient super-food. Fossil records indicate it existed up to at least 540 million years ago! It was the first cell form to contain a nucleus. It’s cells established the blueprint for land based plants. Chlorella has survived any and all climate changes over the years (earth, wind, and fire!). There are two important and highly unusual characteristics: It has a tough cell wall that is almost unbreakable. The materials that make this durable cell wall have been shown to bind with heavy metals, pesticides, and toxins and carry them safely out of the body! Chlorella has a high reproduction rate. Regenerates into four new cells every 17-20 hours. It’s unusually high regeneration rate is attributed to what’s called “chlorella growth factor” or (CGF). CGF is found in the nucleus of every cell. Not only does CGF help with regenerating Chorella but it can safely fuel your body’s regeneration as well! Contains carotenoids like vitamin A (beta-carotene) and alpha-carotene and lutein, powerful antioxidants: vitamins C, D, E, and vitamin K. Chlorella has a higher concentration of chlorophyll than any other plant on planet earth along with the super antioxidant alpha-lipoic acid. It also has a whole slew of the brain-healthy, energizing B-vitamins: thiamine, riboflavin, pyridoxine, niacin, pantothenic acid, folic acid, vitamin B12, biotin, and choline. Contains important minerals like phosphorus, calcium, zinc, magnesium, and iron. Here’s a fun fact: Chlorella contains more protein per ounce than steak. Chlorella contains favorite fibrous food of probiotic bacteria, inositol. Includes healthy fats like oleic acid, a balanced supply of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. It also has nucleic acids for building DNA and RNA. Chlorella has the perfect combination of nutrients your body craves for healing to help achieve optimal health and bodily function. Spirulina A type of blue green algae that grows naturally in oceans and salty lakes. The Aztecs harvested spirulina from Lake Texcoco in central Mexico and is still harvested today from Lake Chad in West-Central Africa and is turned into dry cakes. Spirulina grows in microscopic spiruls that tend to stick together which makes it easy to harvest. Has an intense blue green color and used as a color additive. Spirulina is rich in protein, vitamins, mineral, carotenoids, and antioxidants. Contains nutrients like B complex vitamins, beta-carotene, vitamin E, manganese, zinc, copper, iron, selenium, and gamma linolenic acid (an essential fatty acid). Be sure to buy spirulina or any blue-green algae from a trusted source. Blue-green algae can absorb toxins and chemicals where it is grown that can be harmful to the body. Alfalfa High in many essential vitamins and minerals: A, D, E, K, and full family of B vitamins: biotin, calcium, folic acid, iron, magnesium, and potassium. High in protein, especially when dried. Known as the “king of all foods” because of it’s nutrient rich qualities. Is used for feeding animals because it has the highest nutritional value of all the forage/hay crops. Very rich in essential nutrients. Its roots can reach lengths up to 60 feet allowing it to absorb nutrients and minerals other plants may not be able to reach. It can help flush the bowels of built up toxins and has been used for diuretic purposes Has been shown to lower cholesterol. Detoxifies and cleanses the blood. Lowers blood pressure and balances hormones. Contains beneficial healing properties against bad breath, sore or achy joints, imbalanced skin conditions, and increases immune system functionality. Alfalfa, when consumed regularly, acts as an alternative to pain medicines for headaches and migraines. Alfalfa does have a bland taste and it is recommended to brew with another tea with flavor. Available in capsule form. Wheat Grass 2 oz of wheat grass has the nutritional quality of about 5lbs of the best raw organic vegetables. Wheatgrass has twice the amount of Vitamin A as carrots and is higher in Vitamin C than oranges! It contains the full spectrum of B vitamins, as well as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium and potassium in a balanced ratio. Wheatgrass is a complete source of protein, supplying all of the essential amino acids, and more. It has about 20% of total calories coming from protein. This protein is in the form of poly peptides, simpler and shorter chains of amino acids that the body uses more efficiently in the blood stream and tissues. Wheatgrass helps neutralize toxins and environmental pollutants in the body. Wheatgrass juice must be consumed fresh, within 15 minutes of juicing. The juice must be consumed undiluted and on an empty stomach to allow the nutrients to be better absorbed into by the body. Spinach Spinach is one of the most iron rich vegetables and is a store house for many phytonutrients. Is a rich source of antioxidants like vitamin A, vitamin C, lutein, zea—xanthin, and beta-carotene. Helps protect against free radicals. Zea-xanthin is an important antioxidant that helps protect from “age related macular disease” (ARMD). Contains minerals such as potassium, manganese, magnesium, copper, and zinc. Good source of omega 3 fatty acids. Acai Berry Found in the Amazon. Is a healing, immune system building, energy boosting berry. Has the ability to lower cholesterol. Rich in plant sterols that provide cardio-protective benefits to our cells by preventing blood clots. Aids in weight loss. Can ward off harmful organisms. Promotes healthy skin. Aids in digestion and is high in dietary fiber. Protects against free radicals. Has anti aging effects. Bee Pollen Bee pollen is the food of the young bee and its about 40% protein. Is considered one of nature’s most completely nourishing foods. Contains nearly all nutrients required by humans. About half of its protein is in the form of free amino acids that are ready to be absorbed by the body. Bee pollen cannot be synthesized in a lab (awesome!) Bee pollen contains all of the essential components of life. Improves endurance and vitality in our bodies. Rich in protein, free amino acids, and vitamins. Richer in protein than any animal protein! Contains more amino acids than beef, eggs, or cheese of equal weight. Inhibits the development of harmful bacteria. Contains an antibiotic factor that is effective against salmonella and some strains of bacteria.
You cannot deny that ACAI berry is one delicious fruit which is really difficult to find in the market. Apart from being delicious, this fruit works wonders in cleansing your blood streams which are damaging with the time and also improves the efficiency of your system that helps in burning the body glucose. There might be other fruits as well that may help you lose weight, but one of the most important ACAI berry benefits is weight loss and it just does that better than any other food you can think of. ACAI berry benefits can be a wonder for your weight loss goals because of its additional minerals and vitamins all you need to do is to mix it with your post workout energy shake. ACAI berry is a rich source of Vitamin E, Calcium, Iron, phosphorus and magnesium, which nourishes body and keeps your digestive system satiated for a long time. Replace your regular tea with ACAI green antioxidant tea which is a rich source of fiber that makes you feel full, cleanses your arteries and improves digestion. Also you can replace your sugary juice with ACAI berry juice to increase your energy levels, which in turn will motivate you to hit the gym and start losing it.
I have always loved Sol Breads they do lots of great gluten free and spelt loaves. Although, I have never been to either of their cafes. I was meeting a friend and we were looking for a healthy cafe brekky so popped in and I was not disappointed. Food After a lot of deliberation I opted for the Acai Bowl with Coyo and Housemade Granola $14.50. This was quite expensive for an acai bowl but it arrived and it was huge! The acai was the perfect consistency and the granola was delicious. A little bit more fruit would have been appreciated. Drinks As the weather is getting warmer I decided to try an Iced Matcha Latte which was yummy although quite small. We also tried one of the Harvest Cold Pressed Juices which was refreshing. Service The drinks arrived quickly but unfortunately the Acai bowl took quite a while (over twenty minutes). Location Sol Foods is located in West End down the river end. We arrived on a Sunday and there was a lot of parking available, this would be metered during the week. We sat in the main area where the coffee machine was but there is another seated area. The Verdict: I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Sol Foods. Despite the food arriving late overall I would rate it 8/10.
I love juice/smoothie bars that serve acai and quinoa bowls and have a giant superfood topping bar. They are probably one of my favorite things on earth. Usually the vibe/environment is awesome and the food is delicious plus it’s all healthy and filling. Recently I discovered Healeo in Seattle and I’ve fallen in love. Their website is linked here if you’re interested. I got the acai bowl and the pitaya bowl. The acai bowl was sweeter, but both were delicious. Also, the granola was amazing. I chose to top my bowls with coconut shreds and hemp seeds. I will definitely be ordering both of these again. Here is a close up of my pitaya bowl for your viewing pleasure. I also ordered the cranberry smoothie made with kale, cayenne, and apple which was… fantastic to say the least. Also a close up of the pitaya puree. Beautiful color, amazing taste. Go to Healeo today!
Organique Acai Premium Blend is the most concentrated acai juice in the market. Growing in the jungle of Amazon are acai (pronounced ah-sigh-ee), the tallest palm trees growing up to 80 feet tall and with pinnate leaves that are about three meters long. Named after the Brazilian Portuguese adaptation of the Tupian word “iwaca’i” which means “fruit that cries and expels water,” these palm trees are often cultivated for their fruits and hearts. Endemic to Brazil, Trinidad and northern South America, the palm trees thrives where the sunlight and shadows meet, usually on the margins of the forest, along the rivers and streams and through the canopy of trees. The palm trees are very useful. Their leaves can be used to create hats, mats, baskets, and brooms as well as roof thatch for houses. Because they are pest resistant, woods from the trunk are best for building construction. The hearts, meanwhile, are a delicacy. Good source of polyunsaturated and saturated fatty acids, the seeds can be gound to make livestock food. But it is the grape-like fruits that most are interested with. The fruits are a major diet component of the Brazilian people living in the Amazon, more than 40 percent of their total food intake. A staple food, fresh acai is often describe as somehow tarty and quite earthy. The fruits are shelled, separating the inedible seed from the pulp and purple skin. People would often bring acai with them while fishing in the river, sprinkling it with toasted cassava. Through the years, there has been a growing global demand for the acai berries. In a blink of an eye, the unassuming berry become a global superfood. In recent years, it has taken the world by storm and becomes the much-hyped food. It has now reached the Philippine shore through Organique Acai Premium Blend. From Left: Cory Quirino, Cathy Salimbangon, Regine Tolentino during the launch of Organique Acai Premium Blend. A registered nurse, Cathy Salimbangon worked in Geriatrics in the US and Canada for several years. She saw how healthy lifestyle can make a good impact on one’s body. In 2009, she and her husband Elton, who worked in a nutraceuticals industry, launched Organique Acai Premium Blend. Among those available in the market, their product has the highest concentration of acai. It also has the USDA Organic Seal, which means that the product is about 95 percent organic, implying that it is free from synthetic additives such as pesticides and fertilizers and not processed using industrial solvents, irradiation or genetic engineering. “We believe it is the king of superfoods. Acai berry is rich in antioxidants which combats cell damage. It is basically a cellular approach. Our cells are being attacked by free radicals from the pollutants around us, antioxidants help repair them,” relates Cathy. It was a claim backed by the National Institutes of Health report: “Acai contains chemicals that are antioxidants. Antioxidants are thought to protect body cells from the damaging effects of chemical reactions with oxygen (oxidation). According to some research, acai has more antioxidant content than cranberry, raspberry, blackberry, strawberry, or blueberry.” In another study, laboratory test showed that a powdered preparation of acai may contains 533.9 calories, 52.2g carbohydrates, 8.1g protein and 32.5g total fat. The fat content consists of oleic acid, palmitic acid and linoleic acid. The carbohydrates include 44.2g dietary fiber. Regine Tolentino shares her experience in drinking Acai berry juice. She tells about taking acai juice when she has hangover. “The pulp and skin of acai fruit are rich in anthocyanins (ACNs), proanthocyanidins (PACs) and fatty acids. It is marketed as a dietary supplement for lowering cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, allergies, and for cancer treatment. In vitro and in vivo studies have shown that acai has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, pro-apoptotic, antitumorigenic, and athero-protective effects. An acai extract inhibited beta-amyloid inhibition, which suggests it may also have neuroprotective activity. Further, nasal acai polysaccharides were found to potentiate innate immunity against pulmonary infections in mice; and oral administration of acai extracts prevented the development of exercise intolerance, cardiac hypertrophy and dysfunction in rats with myocardial infarction. Some laboratory studies suggest acai may reduce cholesterol, prevent diseases of the heart and blood vessels, and cause programmed cell death in leukemia cells. Due to its antioxidant effects, acai may interfere with the actions of certain chemotherapy drugs. Consumption of contaminated acai fruit with insects carrying Trypanosoma cruzii, a protozoan that causes Chagas disease, resulted in 178 cases of acute disease. However, studies in humans are needed to confirm these effects. While proponents claim many health benefits of acai, research on acai berries is limited, and health claims haven’t been proved.” (Source: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center) Just to be sure, check with your doctor before consuming, especially for people taking medications for high cholesterol or diabetes and those with kidney disease, as large amounts of acai might affect the management of these conditions. Also, it is best to let your doctor know that you are taking acai if you’re scheduled to have a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) test. Very large doses of acai might affect the results of MRI scans. But don’t worry. Acai is practically safe to consume, as long as you are not allergic to it. It can be eaten raw, in tablet form, in beverages (juices, smoothies, energy drink) or in other food products (jelly, ice cream). With Organique Acai Premium Blend, you can drink it as it is. (Cathy recommends 30 to 60ml per day, depending on the health conditions of the person). Or you can try and combine it with other food. Here are some recipes you can try: GRILLED CHICKEN WRAP with mayo garlic and Acai Berry sauce (Recipe by Chef Tenten Casasola) INGREDIENTS: 6 large pieces chicken breast 1 bunch lettuce 1 piece cucumber 4 pieces tomato 2 pieces onion 6 pieces tortilla wrap 4 pieces garlic olive oil For the sauce: 1 cup mayo (you can also use sour cream) ¼ cup Acai Berry Juice 2 pieces garlic cilantro lemon juice, to taste salt and pepper, to taste PREPARATION: Wash and prepare the vegetables. Cut the cucumbers (with skin) to julienne. Quarter the tomatoes and remove the seeds. Then slice the quartered tomatoes into strips. Slice the onions thinly. PROCEDURE: In a bowl, add chicken breast, oil and garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside for at least 5 mins. Grill the chicken breast until tender. Slice the grilled chicken into one-inch thick strips. In a separate (smaller) bowl, add the ingredients for the sauce. Season to taste and set aside. To assemble the wrap: Spread the sauce evenly over the tortilla wrap. Layer the vegetables and chicken. Roll the tortilla wrap tightly. Cut in half. Makes 6 servings. AMERICAN SALAD with Acai Berry Vinaigrette (Recipe by Elaine Grace Gatdula, RND) INGREDIENTS: For Olive Oil Preparation: ½ cup olive oil (pomace) 1 tbsp garlic, minced 2 tsp rosemary For Dressing: 2/3 cup Acai Berry Juice ¼ cup apple cider vinegar 2 tbsp corn syrup For Salad: 450grams romaine lettuce 2 pieces medium-sized apple, sliced 2 pieces carrots, julienned ½ cup croutons ¼ cup pili nuts, crushed (you can use other kinds of nuts) PROCEDURE: Heat olive oil in a pan. Saute garlic and rosemary until brown. Remove the garlic and rosemary out using a strainer. Let the olive oil cool. In a bowl, combine Acai Berry Juice, apple cider vinegar, corn syrup and olive oil. Mix them well until smooth. Transfer the mixture in a container and keep inside the chiller. In a salad bowl, mix lettuce, apples and carrots. Top the salad with croutons and pili nuts. Serve with acai berry vinaigrette on the side. Or you can drizzle the vinaigrette on the salad before serving. Makes 5 servings. GRILLED TILAPIA with mango and Acai Berry salsa INGREDIENTS 2 pieces tilapia fillet For marinade: 1/3 cup olive oil 2 tbsp Acai Berry Juice 1 tbsp parsley, minced 1 tbsp garlic, minced 1 tsp basil ½ tsp salt 1 tsp pepper For salsa: 1 piece large ripe mango, diced 1 piece red bell pepper, diced 2 tbsp onion, minced 1 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped 2 tbsp lime juice 1 tbsp Acai Berry Juice salt and pepper to taste PROCEDURE: Mix all the ingredients for the marinade. Pour the marinade to the tilapia fillet. Marinate in the refrigerator for an hour. Prepare the salsa. Combine all the ingredients for the salsa (mango, red bell pepper, onion, cilantro, lime juice, Acai Berry Juice, salt and pepper) in a bowl. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Grill the tilapia over medium-high heat in an outdoor griller. Lightly oil the grate to keep the tilapia from sticking. Cook well. Serve the fillet with the salsa on top. Makes 2 servings. ACAI BERRY SMOOTHIE INGREDIENTS: 200 grams strawberry 200 grams grapes 1 cup Acai Berry Juice 1 cup yogurt 3 cups ice ½ cup corn syrup (you can also use honey or sugar) PROCEDURE: Mix all the ingredients in a blender. Set aside some strawberries and grapes for garnishing. Blend until smooth. Add water if necessary. You can make this by batches. Pour the mixture in glasses. Garnish with slice grapes and strawberries.
This is a bit of a different post than what I usually put up, aka talking about writing and books…BUT I wanted to include different topics in my blog including a health section..soo lately I’ve been watching a lot of videos by Essena ONeill, and feeling very inspired to get more fit and healthy ( for those of you who don’t know of her, she is basically this amazing Australian 18 year old teenage girl who encourages people to start eating clean and going vegan.) Now, I’m not vegan haha. I am very much a meat eater. Although I don’t go overboard with eating meat, and I certainly try to eat healthier smaller portions of meat, and making sure I eat meat that doesn’t have a lot of fat on it. There are probably two reasons I can think of why people go vegan: 1. Animal cruelty. This industry can be very cruel to animals, and very inhumane. I’ve seen a few videos that show how brutal they treat animals and it’s enough to make me cry. Which is why I make sure that I am buying my meat from a place I can trust. I only buy my eggs cage-free, and I’m actually lucky here, because in Australia, a lot of people know how to treat animals, and there is more respect I think than in other countries. It’s also a health issue as well. Many countries, and third-world ones especially don’t properly look after their animals, and this can spread diseases. 2. They like the health benefits of clean eating. Plant-based eating is very good for you, and it also gives you a lot of energy if you can do it properly. Of course, you need a lot of substitutes in your diet though. Instead of drinking full cream cow’s milk, people opt to go for almond milk, or soy. And instead of meat, they will go for lentil patties, as an example. In regards to myself, I try to live a balanced lifestyle and diet. I can’t say I could ever give up meat. I think that my body needs that protein, but I do think I should take it in moderation. If I cut back on eating meat throughout the week, and focus on drinking soups instead, or having vegetable stirfrys, or noodles, then I can have a balance of good fats. I am also cutting back on eating stuff with preservatives in it, and eating too much sugar(Although I never was really a sugar addict) The amount of sugar and nasty stuff found in food these days in supermarkets is appalling! So I encourage people to check the labels of food. I’ve even opted to choose dark chocolate over milk chocolate. Not that it was a hard choice I have always loved dark chocolate more! It makes me feel less guilty eating it 😉 Milk chocolate is worse for you, because of the amount of dairy in it, and sugars, whereas dark chocolate has more cocoa beans in it, which is actually healthy for you if eaten in moderation. Basically: Snacks are healthy if eaten in moderation! Just like the food pyramid they taught you in school. You should always have heaps of bread (preferably wholemeal or grains) and pasta, then fruit and vegetables than, milk and cheese, then it goes meats and fish, and then oils and sweets. I have always remembered this and stuck by it. I am in love with fruit and vegetables anyway so it’s definitely not hard for me! I was even nicknamed a fruit bat as a kid XD Yesterday I went to the health store though to kickstart this new health routine I am trying. The health store is called alnatura, and it’s great because you can buy what you need in bulk, and you can weigh what you want on the scales and only pay for what amount you need. So I grabbed a few wonderful products from their store, and ending up getting this lovely arrangement! (Which I presented quite attractively, as I am trying to do more product photography) It consists of: *shredded coconut *chia seeds *acai berry powder mix *quinoa *dark chocolate covered coffee beans *Tilley charcoal soap (made in Australia) The soap is amazing, you can double it as an all over body soap and face that helps clear up your skin, and as a shampoo + conditioner! It stops that yucky shampoo buildup you get! And with these lovely products I bought, I made my first ever acai berry bowl tonight and this is how it turned out! I basically mixed in frozen banana, frozen berries, the powder, almond milk, chia seeds all in a blender, then topped it with fruit! Verdict: It was delicious, and refreshing, and it was very filling! ( Perfect to eat in Summer too. I made this in Winter, and its probably too cold for this season at the moment, but I am going to make them a lot when it gets warmer.) Definitely encourage everyone to try making this for their next breakfast! Suggest some other healthy recipes below too if you have any! Also, here is the link to Essena’s Youtube, packed full of vegan recipes and healthy tips. She also posts amazingly inspiring videos. Go check her out! Essena Oneill
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