- 1 medium sweet potato
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 onion, diced
- 4 medium carrots, peeled and sliced into 1/2″ pieces
- 1 can of beans of your choice
- 1 cup vegetable juice, optional tomato juice
- 2 1/2 cups vegetable broth
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- Kosher or sea salt to taste
- 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
- Preheat oven to 200°C. Wrap sweet potato in foil, place on an oven safe pan and bake until tender, approximately 1 hour. Allow to cool slightly before peeling.
- In a medium skillet, add oil and sauté onion over medium-low heat until tender, approximately 5 minutes. Add onion, sweet potato, and all other ingredients to the slow cooker, stir to combine. Cover and cook on low 6-8 hours, or high 3-4 hours.
- Stove-top version: Follow the instructions above except add ingredients to a heavy pot, bring to a boil over medium-high heat, reduce heat to a simmer and cook until carrots are tender, approximately two hours. Add additional broth or water for a thinner soup consistency.
- 3 tbsp Creative Nature Chia Seeds
- 1 tbsp Creative Nature Goji Berries
- 1 cup cooled Chai tea
- For the Whipped coconut cream
- 1 tin of coconut milk chilled in fridge overnight
- 1/2 cup coconut sugar
- Scraped seeds from vanilla pod
- Mix all ingredients together in a jar and leave for at least 30 mins to get all plump and juicy.
- Meanwhile make your whipped coconut cream. To do this scrape out the solid part from your tin of chilled coconut milk and whisk up with coconut sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy.
- Mix your chai chia pudding with pomegranate seeds, then layer on Sharon fruit, granola and whipped coconut cream. Garnish with more goji berries, clementine and granola.
- 1 Courgette
- 1tbsp Creative Nature Shelled Hempseeds
- 1 Clove of Garlic
- 1tbsp Olive oil
- Handful of basil
- Use a spiralizer to create the courgette noodles.(Pre packed can be used).
- In a bowl pour boiling water over the zoodles & peas and leave them to cook for 2 minutes. (For raw version, skip this step).
- Combine rest of the ingredients in the blender to make the pesto. Add more oil if necessary.
- Drain the hot water from the zoodles and mix in the pesto. Serve and enjoy!
- 1 Large Avocado
- 2tbsp Creative Nature Cacao Powder
- Maple Syrup (to taste)
- In a blender or food processor, blend avocado until smooth.
- Add the Cacao Powder & maple syrup and blend until smooth.
- Chill for about 2 hours in the fridge or half an hour in the freezer.
- 1 can chickpeas (or beans of your choice), drained and rinsed
- 1/2 cup celery, sliced
- 1/2 cup carrots, diced
- 1/4 – 1/3 cup scallions, sliced
- 1/4 cup or so hummus or tahini (any vegan mayo works too)*
- 1 – 2 tablespoons mustard (stoneground or dijon)
- sea salt & cracked pepper, to taste
- dash of garlic powder
- juice of 1 lemon, optional
- small handful pumpkin seeds, optional
- paprika/smoked paprika, garnish
- Drain and rinse your chickpeas, place in medium size bowl and roughly mash with a fork or potato masher. Add the remaining ingredients and combine. Add more hummus if you like it creamier and taste for seasoning.
- Store leftovers in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to a week.
- Top Tip : Pop the Chickpea salad mix between a couple of slices of bread with some avocado and you have yourself a salad sandwich for eating on the go.
Saturday – Recipe for Chocolate ‘Cake’ Oats by @vegan_danni
- 2 cups of non-dairy milk
- 2 heaped tbsp. of Creative Nature Superfoods cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp of black strap molasses
- 1 cup of oats
- 1 heaped tbsp. of coconut or cane sugar
- Frozen berries (for topping)
- In a bowl mix 2 cups of non-dairy milk, 2 heaped tbsp. of Creative Nature Superfoods cocoa powder, 1/2 tsp of cinnamon, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract and 1/2 tsp of black strap molasses.
- Bring this to the boil and then after its heated stir in 1 cup of oats to the mixture.
- Mix in 1 heaped tbsp. of coconut or cane sugar and let oats cook to desired texture!
- Top with frozen berries to complete & any seeds.
- 1 small sweet potato, baked
- 42 grams dry quinoa
- 42 grams dry barley
- 400 gram can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
- 2 tablespoons parsley
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
- 1 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 1/2 fresh red peppers
- Preheat oven to gas mark 6. Bake the sweet potato for 45-60 minutes or until soft.
- While the sweet potato is baking, cook the quinoa and barley in separate pots until soft, about 30-60 minutes (barley takes a little longer).
- Remove the stem and seeds from the red peppers. Cut the whole pepper in quarters and the half a pepper in half, and roast all six pieces in the oven for about 15-20 minutes.
- Once the sweet potato is baked and cooled, combine garbanzo beans, sweet potato, parsley, cayenne pepper, cumin, salt and pepper, flour, and one tablespoon oil in a food processor.
- Allow the grains to cool, and then in a separate bowl, mix the bean mixture with the quinoa and barley.
- Heat the remaining tablespoon of oil in a large pan on medium heat. Place heaped spoonful’s of the mixture onto the hot pan, and use the back of the spoon to pat them flat and form four-inch diameter patties. Brown both sides of each burger. Serve on a bun with one piece of the roasted pepper, sliced into thirds.
‘Be Bold For Change’ was the phrase on the minds of women and supporters worldwide this International Women’s Day, Wednesday, 8th March. #BeBoldForChange is a slogan meant to rouse supporters of gender equality to take action and begin to establish a fair society, one of which parity between genders is a common mindset. Last year’s International Women’s Day was one of great significance, many people of influence around the world such as; Richard Branson (Vigrin CEO), Fiona Dawson (Global President) and Mark Weinberger (EY Global Chairman), pledged their allegiance to equality not only within their organisations, but to wherever their reach allowed.
In the UK, thousands of organisations across the country held events not only celebrating women of today, but taking the opportunity to educate the masses at conferences and marches to make sure the point is clear; IWD is a campaign for equality, everyone needs to be on board.
We at Creative Nature are very proud after this year’s events, as our very own founder and CEO, Julianne Ponan, was a keynote speaker at the ‘Empower Women of Croydon’ seminar, inspiring fellow women with the story of how she’s launched her own innovative products, reaching high end retailers in a 4 year period, and is now going global with our brand.
The result of the world’s love and effort in supporting this change of the world has been even more substantial than ever, millions were raised for international charities and trusts supporting women’s health, socioeconomic positions and going towards women suffering from domestic abuse.
As wonderful as the outcome of this International Women’s Day has been, it’s still to be seen as cleaning up the mess from our societies’ unfair, patriarchal past.
There’s still a long way to go, so keep being bold for change.
What is Spirulina? Spirulina is the world’s first superfood, and one of the most nutrient-rich foods on Earth. Spirulina has between 55 and 70% protein (more than beef, chicken, and soybeans), 8 essential and 10 non-essential amino acids, as well as high levels of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), beta-carotene, linoleic acid, arachidonic acid, vitamin B12, iron, calcium, phosphorus, nucleic acids RNA & DNA, chlorophyll, and phycocyanin, a pigment-protein complex that is found only in blue-green algae.
Spirulina provides a wide range of health benefits almost immediately upon ingestion. It provides a near-instantaneous boost to your energy, while helping to improve endurance and reduce fatigue. It helps improve the immune system, and provides exceptional support for the heart, liver, and kidneys. Spirulina is also a natural detoxifier, oxygenating the blood, and helping cleanse the body of toxins and other impurities that may be causing illnesses or other health complications.
Spirulina is also a natural appetite suppressant, and it helps to improve the body’s digestive system. It also has very powerful antioxidant properties and it helps to balance the body’s pH, thereby reducing inflammation throughout the body in a safe and chemical-free way.
Studies show that Hawaiian Spirulina has higher beta-carotene and superior enzyme levels than Organic or other country’s Spirulina varieties. At Creative Nature we only source the highest quality ingredients for you!
“It’s proven to be the best Spirulina in the world and has been around for billions of years! Hawaiian Spirulina is a must have in the Creative nature ultimate range. Get that body revitalised!” Julianne, owner
Reasons to choose Creative Nature’s Hawaiian Spirulina:
- Naturally grown in pure, deep ocean water containing 94 trace minerals
- Highest levels of mixed carotenoids, enzymes and antioxidants of any Spirulina in the world
- Higher iron content than spinach
- Best vegan form of protein in the world
- Good source of Phycocyanin, Chlorophyll and Beta-Carotene
- 100% natural and raw
- Sugar free
- Certified Vegan and Vegetarian
- Free from gluten, dairy, GMO, soya and lactose
- No added sugar, preservatives or sweeteners
- Sourced from Hawaii
Ingredients: 100% Hawaiian Spirulina Powder, and that’s all!
|Per 100g||Per 3g serving||%RDA|
|Of which: saturates||1.6g||0.05g||0.25%|
|Of which: sugars*||trace||trace||<0.1%|
|Vitamin A (as beta-carotene)||11,250iu||338iu||34%|
|Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)||75mcg||2.3mcg||0.3%|
|Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)||110mcg||3.3mcg||0.3%|
|Vitamin B3 (Niacin)||450mcg||14mcg||1.1%|
|Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin)||2mcg||0.06mcg||4%|
|Vitamin E (Tocopherol)||45mcg||1.4mcg|
*naturally occurring sugars
Food pictures have well and truly taken over Instagram, we’re all guilty of taking the odd picture when we’re presented with a plate of well-presented food, so much so that there are around 208million posts on #food.
This week we’ve compiled some of our favourite recipes from Instagram for you!
This Creamy Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding by @befrox is the perfect chocolate fix for your week!
1/4 cup chia seeds
1 1/4 cup non-dairy milk
2 tbsp. raw cacao nibs
1 tbsp. raw cacao powder
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
4 dates (or 4 tbsp. agave nectar/maple syrup)
Pinch of salt
Optional: 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and blend on high speed until very smooth
You may need to scrape down the sides of your blender once or twice to make sure all ingredients are well blended into the pudding
Taste for sweetness and add extra agave nectar / dates if desired
Pour the pudding into two jars and place in the fridge to set until thoroughly chilled, at least 4 hours
Serve cold and enjoy!
Or this Mint Nice Cream topped with Chocolate Pistachio Apricot Kernel Bark by @madeby_danica which is a creation to die for!
For the Chocolate Bark:
200g Good Quality Dark Chocolate
100g Roasted Pistachios
50g Roasted Apricot Kernels
2 Tbsp of Melted Cacao butter
Fully melt the dark chocolate and spread out on a paper lined baking sheet.
Drizzle the melted cacao butter and swirl into the dark chocolate.
Then sprinkle the roasted nuts &kernels onto the chocolate and leave to set.
Then break into pieces.
For the Mint Nice Cream (1-2 servings):
3-4 Frozen bananas
1 bunch of mint leaves
Few drops of food grade mint oil
You can juice the mint leaves for a mint swirl effect but simply chopping the leaves works too.
Blend your frozen bananas and mint oil in your food processor till smooth and creamy you may need to add a tablespoon of water to bring together. Add chopped or juiced leaves and a piece of chocolate bark.
Our products used in these recipes are available on our website just follow the links below!
Apricot Kernels – http://www.creativenaturesuperfoods.co.uk/product/bitter-apricot-kernels/
Cacao Nibs – http://www.creativenaturesuperfoods.co.uk/product/organic-cacao-nibs/
Cacao Powder – http://www.creativenaturesuperfoods.co.uk/product/organic-cacao-powder/
Chia Seeds – http://www.creativenaturesuperfoods.co.uk/product/chia-seeds/
In 2016 we saw the meteoric rise of ‘The Green Smoothie’, many of us ate more Kale and Avocados than we ever thought we could, but what will you be adding to your smoothie this year?
Chia Seeds – Chia Seeds boast an envious nutritional profile! Our Chia Seeds contribute to the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol, bones, teeth and support normal muscle function, so they’re a great addition to your morning smoothie and they’re also great for keeping you fuller for longer!
Barley Grass – Our Organic Barley Grass Powder is sourced from New Zealand and is a great addition to any green smoothie! It’s low in fat, saturated fat, refined sugar and salt and contains 34% RDA Vitamin C per serving, so is perfect for helping you detox!
Cacao Powder – Our Organic Cacao Powder is the perfect smoothie ingredient for chocolate lovers! Our Cacao Powder comes from Peruvian Criollo cacao beans and has no added sugars, preservatives or sweeteners so is perfect for when you want some guilt free chocolate!
Maca Powder – Maca Powder is a great energy booster and is a Good source of Vitamins, minerals, fibre and amino acids. Our CEO Julianne said “To help me through a busy day, I pop this small but mighty root powder into my morning smoothie, to keep me calm in the mind yet energised in the body.”
Spirulina Powder – Our Hawaiian Spirulina is naturally grown in pure, deep ocean water containing 94 trace minerals and is perfect for a detoxing smoothie. “It’s proven to be the best Spirulina in the world and has been around for billions of years! Hawaiian Spirulina is a must have in the Creative nature ultimate range. Get that body revitalised!” Julianne, Creative Nature CEO
If you pop the hashtag #cleaneating into Instagram there are currently more than 27.7million posts, with images of everything from colourful salads, flat stomachs, green smoothies and everything in-between. When I searched the term the other day, this is what I was presented with.
They’re all pretty glamourous looking pictures aren’t they? A posted gym selfie, arms folded in a way to show off maximum muscle and of course the food pictures.
I can tell you from my experience that getting that angle on your smoothie bowl takes some serious effort, by the time you’ve contorted yourself into the most ridiculous photo taking position your left wondering is it all worth it?
In January Ella Mills, better known as Deliciously Ella, branded the ‘clean eating’ movement as ‘dirty’. So what is clean eating?
Essentially clean eating is about eating whole foods, or “real” foods, those that are un- or minimally processed, refined, and handled, making them as close to their natural form as possible. The Oxford Dictionary defines clean eating as: “Relating to a diet consisting of unprocessed, unrefined, and nutrient-rich food, typically eaten as small meals throughout the day,”
Has the clean eating movement done us any good?
We can’t deny that the UK could do a little better when it comes to healthier eating. Many young people today wouldn’t be able to cook any meal from scratch, ‘cooking’ simply consists of putting a ready-made meal in the oven on microwave these days. As a nation we are accustomed to frequent restaurant dinners, microwave meals and ordering takeaways at the touch of a button, and what’s the betting that you’d spend a few extra pounds to get free delivery on that pizza you so badly needed?
However a 2016 PwC study found that healthy eating is now increasingly on consumers’ agendas, with 47% of the 18 to 35 group reporting healthier eating habits between 2015 and 2016 than in the year before, and a predicted increase to 53% in the next year. Due to social media it has become fashionable for people to pay more attention to their diet, because a green smoothie is way more ‘instagrammable’ than a microwave lasagne, am I right?
Books such as Joe Wick’s Lean in 15 have put the message out there that ‘it’s easy to cook from fresh’, or ‘I don’t need to buy processed foods all the time’.” In 18 months, the Instagram star’s three titles have sold more books than any other UK weight-loss title since records began. This surely is saying something about our changing attitudes towards healthy eating.
Here are some of our top ‘Clean Eating’ Tips!
- Never skip breakfast – Eating something in the morning boosts your energy levels and gets you set up for the day.
- Drink plenty of water – Most of us don’t drink enough water each day, we should have roughly 2 litres per day.
- Avoid ready-made meals and cook from scratch instead – Cooking from scratch is the only way to know exactly what is going into your food.
- Have a meal plan – It’s so much easier to stick to a healthy eating regime if you have a plan in place.
- Allow yourself a treat every now and again – Resisting temptation can be one of the hardest things to do, it’s best to allow yourself small treats so you don’t end up on a junk food binge!
- Swap to healthier alternatives – If you don’t think you can give up your beloved chocolate why not try swapping to Cacao? Cacao is raw, high in magnesium and free from Gluten & Dairy so is the perfect substitute while still getting that chocolate fix! You can pick up our Organic Cacao Powder and Organic Cacao Nibs on our website, on Ocado and in various independent health stores!
Let’s be honest, for many of us there is nothing more tempting than that bar of chocolate. Am I right? It’s on discount, positioned by the tills, it’s practically screaming at you to pick it up, you’ve just battled the masses while doing your weekly shop, so you deserve a treat right?
However as more and more of us are turning to a healthier lifestyle, we’re turning our backs on the once irresistible treat of milk or white chocolate and are looking for alternatives. One of the main alternatives that we are turning to is Cacao. But what is it?
‘Cacao’ refers to any of the food products derived from the cacao bean that have remained ‘raw’. These products include cacao nibs, cacao butter, cacao mass or paste, but most commonly cacao powder. Raw cacao powder is made by cold-pressing unroasted cocoa beans, this process retains the living enzymes and removes the fat (cacao butter).
‘Cocoa’ looks the same however there is a big difference. Cocoa powder is the ‘raw cacao’ that’s been roasted at high temperatures. The effect of roasting the cacao is the molecular structure of the cocoa bean changes, lowering the overall nutritional value and destroying the health benefits
There are many studies that boast of chocolate’s amazing health benefits, however these sadly aren’t referring to your average, store-bought chocolate bar. The ‘chocolate’ that they’re referring to is much closer to cacao, and also includes dark chocolate.
So, what are the health benefits of cacao I hear you ask? Cacao powder is known to have a higher antioxidant content than cocoa, and cacao is the purest form of chocolate you can consume, which means it is raw and much less processed than cocoa powder or chocolate bars. Cacao is thought to be the highest source of antioxidants of all foods and the highest source of magnesium of all foods.
Cacao powder contains more fibre and calories than cocoa powder since more of the nutrients from the whole bean are still intact. Cacao is an excellent source of monounsaturated fats, cholesterol-free saturated fats, vitamins, minerals, fibre, natural carbohydrates, and protein that make it an excellent source of nutrients.
So why don’t you swap your cocoa for cacao? You can use cocoa powder and cacao powder interchangeably in baking recipes, smoothies, and other treats so making the change to cacao is easy, plus cacao will still satisfy that chocolate craving!
Our Organic Cacao Powder is available on our website, through Ocado and various independent health stores.
Bored with the same old banana or strawberry smoothie? Mix up your blender routine with something new. Try these five delicious super-nutrients you may have overlooked.
That innocent-looking green tea that accompanies your Chinese takeout is one of the healthiest beverages you can drink. It has a fresh, light, somewhat earthy taste and it mixes well with avocado, grapes, berries, kale or spinach in a smoothie.
Green tea has antioxidant catechins, which may prevent cancer, the amino acid L-theanine to relax you, a small amount of caffeine for energy and a polyphenol called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) to prevent inflammation.
Brew green tea (or the stronger matcha green tea) to the strength you like, then refrigerate it for 30 minutes. Add the desired amount of tea to your blender along with fruit, veggies and other ingredients.
Here’s an alternative to yogurt and vegan milk. Probiotic Kefir, a cultured dairy product, contains more beneficial strains of bacteria than yogurt. It’s mildly sweet, a little tangy and has a consistency similar to buttermilk. Make your own kefir at home or buy unflavored kefir from the health food store.
You can use kefir instead of yogurt in any fruit or vegetable smoothie. Try using it with kale, peaches and bananas for a slightly sweet smoothie the whole family can enjoy.
Known for its purifying qualities and entirely free from gluten, dairy, soya and lactose, barley grass is a fantastic addition to your next smoothie. Barley grass has many proven health benefits including relief from digestive system problems and discomfort and contributing to the maintenance of healthy skin and bone metabolism. It is packed with vitamins including Vitamin A, a range of B Vitamins, Vitamin C, Vitamin E and vitamin K. It blends with ease into practically any smoothie too.
Ginger contains gingerol which fights against inflammation, congestion, and queasy stomachs. Chop fresh ginger root to add to your smoothie. It has a sharp, spicy taste and adds a kick to your drink, along with the health benefits. Ginger tea or ginger spice from the supermarket won’t have the same edge, and you’ll get fewer antioxidants. Once you’ve gotten used to drinking green smoothies, add a tablespoon of chopped ginger to a green smoothie to liven up your veggie drink.
Pomegranates, prized as a medicinal treatment for centuries, are full of antioxidants as well as Vitamin C, fiber, and protein. You eat the crunchy seeds inside this round, red fruit, which have a sweet but tart taste, like a cross between cranberries and apples. Add pomegranate seeds to your smoothie to increase Vitamin C and give it a tart edge. If you can’t find fresh pomegranates where you live, substitute pomegranate juice.
We would like to say a massive thank you to Jenny Holt who guest wrote our blog this week!
So we’re nearly two weeks into 2017. How are the New Year’s resolutions going? Have you stuck to them? Or crumbled at the first sight of a slice of chocolate cake?
Don’t get me wrong, setting New Year’s resolutions is a great way to start the year but most of the time we set ourselves resolutions that are just too drastic to impose on our day to day lives. Remember that target of hitting 30,000 steps a day you set yourself when you got a Fitbit for Christmas? It might not be quite as achievable when you’re back working a 9 to 5, so set yourself achievable targets.
Resolutions have become about the things we want to remove from our lives instead of what we could add in the year ahead. We should focus more on making our resolutions fun and realistic. Also your resolutions aren’t set in stone, so if you don’t hit your target, it doesn’t matter, just remember that you have made a start on your resolution. Resolutions aren’t just for January, just like a puppy isn’t just for Christmas, so remember that not achieving that resolution in January doesn’t mean you’ve failed it, there’s still another 11 months to make that change!
A simple resolution for 2017 may be to drink more water, we find that a glass of lemon water in the morning helps to kick-start our day. Our Barley Grass or Spirulina also give you that hit of energy you need in the morning, they can be taken as a shot or added to the green smoothies you told yourself to start making in 2017.
According to ‘StatisticBrain’,Healthier Eating / Weight Loss is the top New Year’s resolution that we will make for 2017, so exercise is key to success. By simply walking to the shops instead of driving you’re making a small step, plus carrying the shopping home could be the perfect substitution for the weight training you said you’d do, right?
Here’s my top 3 goals to start your New Year
- Take a water bottle to work and make sure you finish it by the end of the day
- Stand up and walk around during your lunch break
- Incorporate 1 Superfood into your diet a week.
Have a great 2017 and remember … you’ve got this!
Chia seeds and pistachios are a part of the ultimate protein dream! Not to mention all the important antioxidants and vitamins that go along with it. Be sure to check out the yummy recipe below and try using our Creative Nature Chia Seeds!
This delicious breakfast combo has our mouths watering. Despite their great taste, blueberries are incredibly healthy for you as they are jam packed with antioxidants! Alongside this, Greek yogurt has a huge amount of nutritional value, with it being full of protein. This breakfast option satisfies your sweet tooth whilst also giving you the perfect detox and energy boost for the day!
This perfect power smoothie is full of all the right nutritional ingredients. The avocado in the smoothie provides a lot of fibre, potassium and vitamin C, whilst also making the smoothie rich and creamy. The spinach brings a kick of iron to the smoothie, as well as serving several other healthy functions such as keeping your hair and nails healthy. Lastly, the pineapple in the smoothie contributes to sweetening the taste, as well as providing many other health benefits such as adding calcium, potassium and vitamin C to the smoothie. Check out the recipe below!
Dark Chocolate & Apples
When eaten together, dark chocolate and apples are said to help break up blood clots. With apples being associated with lowering the risk of death from heart disease and dark chocolate being rich in antioxidants and supporting heart health, this combo is a health match made in heaven! So, next time you are slicing up some apples to eat, why not add some dark chocolate to the mix to maximise the health benefits completely!
Broccoli and avocado make the perfect superfood filling combo for a cheesy quesadilla! The broccoli is full of sulforaphane, which helps clean your body of cancer-causing chemicals and the avocado provides a lot of fibre, potassium and vitamin C. All together in a cheesy quesadilla wrap is a healthy and hearty dream come true! Check out the recipe below.
Green Tea & Lemon
Green tea seems to be the craze these days and this is due to its richness in antioxidants. By squeezing a lemon into the green tea, it helps our bodies to absorb these all-important nutrients better. This combination can help improve weight loss and can help to fight diseases.
Raw Cacao, Nut & Berry Truffles
Behold the ultimate superfood dessert! These truffles are loaded with superfoods including goji berries, raw cacao, hemp seeds, chia seeds and walnuts. The goji berries are full of beta-carotene, which helps to promote healthy skin, boost the immune system and protect the eyes. The raw cacao in the truffles has lots of antioxidants which can benefit the body in many ways such as by improving your memory, reducing risk of heart disease, shedding fat, boosting immunity and creating lots of energy. As well as this the hemp seeds in the recipe are rich in fatty acids and nutrients, while the chia seeds are full of protein and low in calories. For the full recipe, click the link below and be sure to use our Creative Nature goji berries, hemp seeds and chia seeds!
Flax & Quinoa Porridge
Adding quinoa to your porridge aids in starting off your day perfectly. Quinoa is packed with protein and all the essential amino acids, as well as being a good source of potassium, iron, magnesium and Vitamin B. Also, adding in flax seeds into the porridge, helps to add a source of tasty nutty fibre, as well as a healthy kick of omega 3 fatty acids. Flax assists in providing effective fibre for your heart alongside adding flavour to the quinoa as well. Sweeten and spice up the quinoa porridge how you like, be it with a healthy sweetener, some spices and perhaps some non-dairy milk if you would like to.
Sweet Potato & Cheese
Sweet potatoes are full of vitamin C and are also an excellent source of potassium, dietary fibre and the Vitamin B’s. Pairing this with cheese, which contains a lot of fatty acids, works well as it enables fast absorption carotenoids in sweet potato. These two match together perfectly as they balance out one another to create the perfect savoury combo.
This flawless superfood shake is perfect for the typical chocolate obsessed health freak! This shake combines chia seeds which are very high in omega 3 fatty acids, as well as dietary fibre and protein. Also in the shake are pistachios, bananas and of course cocoa powder. Which all contribute to forming this ideal superfood shake. Check out the full recipe below and be sure to make it using our Creative Nature chia seeds.
Smoothie Bowls seem to be the new craze lately! Understandably so as these bowls offer a healthy breakfast option full of energy for those who have a bit of extra time in the morning. Add a twist to your usual morning smoothie by making a bit extra to fill up a bowl and adding your own choice of fruit and superfoods! Our Creative Nature Superfoods would be a perfect addition into the smoothies itself or sprinkled over the top; try adding our Guarana powder for that extra boost in the morning and why not sprinkle our cacao nibs over the top of the bowl as a conventional chocolate alternative!
Anything goes with smoothie bowls as there is such a variety of recipes and endless ingredient options to make them from. One of best things about this new breakfast craze is how creative you can get with it. Making the bowls look pretty enough to post on Instagram is half the fun of making a smoothie bowl! Be sure to make your own smoothie bowls using products from Creative Nature and tag us on Instagram (@creativenaturesuperfoods) and we could feature you on our page!
Check out 11 amazing breakfast smoothie bowls here: https://www.buzzfeed.com/lindsayhunt/smoothie-bowls?utm_term=.uhOalJPeN#.pmWdEo87R
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day as it fuels you up for the day ahead. However, we understand that sometimes you don’t have enough time in the morning to make a pretty smoothie bowl or even pour yourself a bowl of cereal in the morning and you need something to grab on the go! There are many snack bars and breakfast bars out there that can fill you up with a good source of energy to last you the morning. Our own Creative Nature Goji Goodness snack bar, is not only full in flavour, but is also rich in Vitamin C, full of energy and antioxidants, providing you with the perfect on-the-go breakfast snack! Although we encourage everyone to have a proper nutritious breakfast meal; we know this isn’t always possible and hope snacks such as our Goji Goodness bar can act as an effective substitute that can tide you over until lunch!
One of the easiest breakfast options is overnight oats. Prepare your breakfast the night before to give yourself that little bit longer in bed! All y
ou need to do is combine oats with our Creative Nature chia seeds, fruit of your choice and milk/yogurt of your choice and then ensure the container is sealed before placing it in the fridge overnight. In the morning, you’ll have a delicious overnight oats breakfast ready and waiting for you! Cold morning? You can always pop the oats in the microwave for 1-2 minutes to warm yourself up whilst giving you that necessary energy to start your day!
HIMALAYAN SALT INHALER (SALT THERAPY)
The salt is utilised to address respiratory problems and improve one’s overall health. Many people over the years have visited European salt mines (of Himalayan salt) to breathe in the salt-rich air. When the salty air is inhaled, it travels through the whole respiratory system. The antibacterial properties help to purify and detox the lungs and sinuses. Studies have shown that salt therapy is effective for reducing asthma, helping with chesty coughs, improving the respiratory system of smokers, improving skin conditions such as eczema and improving lung conditions in individuals with cystic fibrosis.
If you want to try this therapy in your home, you’ll need a Himalayan Salt Inhaler. This is a jar with a spout. To use, you must put your mouth over the spout and inhale the purifying salt air. Exhale through your nose, and do this for around 10-15 minutes for effective results.
Adding Himalayan salt to your bath (1-2 cups recommended), creates a rejuvenating and detoxing home spa. The salt bath helps to draw out toxins, deep cleanses the skin and cleanses the body energetically. It’s not recommended to not have the bath too hot, just pleasantly warm. It’s also advised to not stay in the bath longer than 15-20 minutes as this amount of time allows for muscles to relax completely; sometimes even to the point of weakness.
One of the simplest ways to gain health benefits from Himalayan salt is to use it instead of the usual refined salt in your salt shaker. Health benefits of Himalayan salt includes aiding in hormone balance for both men and women, supporting a healthy metabolism and is required to make adequate stomach acids.
DID YOU KNOW?
Adding a pinch of Himalayan salt to all your beverages aids in improving hydration!
Barley Grass and Chlorella are both superfoods which can both provide health benefits to many. The superfoods, which can be taken as supplements, pills or in juice form, like most products, have some side effects to their use. Through weighing up these advantages and disadvantages, I have found that the use of the New Zealand Barley grass has an overpowering number of benefits to its use over Chlorella.
Barley grass comes from the soft green shoot of the barley plant grown in New Zealand. The superfood is amongst one of the earliest grown sweet grass in the world and is described by its discoverer as ‘nature’s best fast food’ due to its multidimensional health benefits, which was the reason for its popularity with the ancient Greeks and Romans. Barley grass has also obtained an enormous amount of popularity around the globe today for its ability to cure a broad range of illnesses.
In terms of the health benefits, Barley grass is a fantastic natural detoxifier! The cleansing ability in Barley grass can eliminate harmful heavy metals accumulated in our bodies, including lead, which may cause behaviour problems and learning disorders particularly in kids. Alongside this, Barley grass is the ultimate hangover cure as it aids the body in strengthening the detoxification of the liver.
Barley grass has also been known to help fight addiction in our bodies. The glutamic acid in the barley grass prevents the need for harmful addictive substances such as alcohol, drugs, caffeine and sugary sweets.
One of the most desirable benefits of barley grass is that it can help prevent signs of ageing! Barley grass can naturally stimulate the regeneration of cells without any side effects. These renewing effects in the barley grass help to prevent the signs of ageing by rejuvenating the ageing cells and helps preserve healthy and youthful skin.
With anything this good, there are side effects present, however minimal ones at that! Although barley grass is generally safe, it’s important to bear in mind the precautions of its use, which include possible vomiting, itching and a burning sensation in the throat. Anyone suffering with celiac disease should try and steer clear of the usage of barley products as it may contain gluten protein and therefore could interfere and cause serious complications to the body.
Chlorella is a single-cell green algae belonging to the phylum Chlorophyta. I found there were also several health benefits to using this product. The use of chlorella can improve flu vaccine responses dramatically, as well as increasing the number of ‘good bacteria’ in the intestine to improve digestion. Chlorella can be used for the prevention of stress-related ulcers and rashes, the treatment of constipation, bad breath, reduction of asthma attacks and hypertension, amongst many others.
However, the side effects and disadvantages of chlorella seemed to outweigh these advantages in contrast with barley grass. Chlorella is only possibly safe when taken by mouth and has a long list of possible physical side effects including diarrhoea, nausea, gas and stomach cramping. There is also a big concern that chlorella may cause ‘bad bacteria’ to take over in the intestine of people with weak immune systems, which means it has a high risk for many people.
Obviously, both superfoods have amazing health benefits for our bodies (they aren’t called superfoods for nothing!), and every good thing has some bad things that accompany it! However, for two superfoods which hold similar benefits and can be consumed in similar ways, I found that if it came down to choosing between Barley Grass and Chlorella, Barley grass would be your safer and (even more) super option!
You may be wondering what Spirulina (pronounced spi-rah-lina) actually is and what it does for our bodies. The answer to that seems to be an ongoing list as it’s perhaps the world’s healthiest food! In technical terms, Spirulina is a deep green aquatic plant and nutritious dietary supplement. The superfood grows in water which has a high pH (alkaline) and after it has been harvested, spirulina can be sold in tablet, powder, flake and liquid forms. Despite being one of the world’s oldest foods, it’s fast becoming one of the world’s most current cutting-edge source of nutrition!
A major benefit of using Spirulina is that it actually helps prevent cancer. According to the University of Maryland Medical Centre, the superfood increases the production of antibodies which are infection-fighting proteins that improve immunity and help fight off chronic illnesses such as cancer. Which goes to show that consuming Spirulina can help your body prevent developing cancers.
Feeling tired or down? Dr Oz recommends combining 1 tsp of spirulina powder with 12 oz of lime juice and freezing the mixture in ice cube trays to give you a big healthy energy boost! The mixture of Spirulina and lime enhances energy performance as they unlock the sugar from our cells and when they are frozen, the cold from the ice boosts our metabolic energies to give our bodies a big “wake up call”.
Another positive to using the superfood Spirulina is that it can help speed up weight loss. Protein-rich foods like Spirulina promote weight loss because it takes more energy to metabolize. For example, when you eat protein, it helps maintain lean tissue and contributes to fat burning. As well as this, it can help lessen hunger and the best way to maximise this benefit is to consume Spirulina in the morning or during the day, rather than at night time.
Spirulina can actually be a beneficial supplement in improving one’s eye health. The green algae is rich in Vitamin A, which is important for maintaining healthy eyes. Which also relates to why your parents would always tell you to eat your carrots and say it would make you see in the dark- as it also maintains a lot of Vita
min A in it. However, Spirulina actually has ten times the amount of Vitamin A concentration per gram of carrots!
Lastly, a DIY face mask containing Spirulina can help to balance and brighten the skin. This recipe contains ½ a tsp of Spirulina Powder, 1 banana mashed up and 1 tsp of fresh lemon juice. Once the mask is mixed together and prepared, for effective results, it’s best to apply the mask and keep it on the skin for 10-20 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water. In terms of what the mask actually does for your skin, the Spirulina has antibacterial properties which helps keep your pores clear and tight. As well as this, the superfood is loaded with an extensive number of antioxidants, which means it’s also effective in lessening the damaging effects of sun exposure and also helps to reduce the appearance of any lines or wrinkles. Along with this, the banana in the mask helps infuse moisture into the skin and the lemon juice brightens the skin.
There you have it! From not knowing what on earth Spirulina is (or how to pronounce it), you now know the quite spectacular benefits it has on our bodies, from effectively helping us lose weight to having magical cancer prevention powers! They don’t call it a ‘Super’-food for nothing.