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RAW DEHYDRATED SALT VINEGAR AND BAOBAB KALE CHIPS RECIPE

November 10, 2012

Dear One,

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Baobab fruit powder is an exceptionally nutritious superfood from Africa.

The baobab is a truly remarkable tree. Said to live for a thousand years or more, baobabs dominate parts of the African landscape with their root-like branches and massive trunks that can reach 25 metres or more in circumference. One baobab tree in South Africa, known as ‘Big Baobab’, has a circumference of 47 metres and even a bar for 60 people inside the trunk !

The baobab is often called ‘the healing tree’ because sap, pulp, leaves and bark are used for medicine to treat as various conditions as toothache, asthma, colic, inflammations, insect bites and fatigue. The bark is widely used as a substitute for quinine to treat malarial fevers. Moreover, there is a strong belief that baobab trees house spirits which, if called upon, will help heal sickness, suffering and particularly infertility. For this reason, many stands of baobab trees have become sacred sites and places of worship.

The powder from the baobab fruit is an excellent source of the minerals potassium, calcium, iron, and magnesium, an outstanding source of vitamin C, and a great source of B vitamins. It’s a fantastic antioxidant, has anti-inflammatory properties, and is an effective prebiotic. It has a high pectin content, so you can use it as a thickener in recipes.

Baobab is also very rich in dietary fibre, which are beneficial for gut health, weight management and heart health. It contains 50% dietary fibre – 77% of which is soluble, and 23% insoluble. It is the dietary fibre that gives it the prebiotic effects.

And finally, it has a wonderful lemon sherbet flavour and is a natural flavour enhancer, so adds depth to any dish, sweet or savoury. I just had to put them in Kale chips, and I am pretty happy I did 🙂

Serves 4 or 2 or 1 …

400g Kale (I like to use green kale, but will perfectly work with any variety)

2  tbsp Olive oil

2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

2 tbsp baobab fruit powder

1/2 tsp crystal salt or sea salt

Wash and spin dry the kale. Tear it into not too small pieces. First add the baobab and mix with your hands to distribute. Then add the oil, vinegar and salt, and mix again.

Evenly spread your seasoned kale onto 2 dehydrator trays lined with nonstick sheets and dehydrate at 42°C for about 12 hours or until crispy. Check halfway and then every few hours, trying not to eat it all. The time needed to dehydrate the kale until crispy varies, as it depends on the temperature and humidity levels around.

Enjoy

Stay Well and Happy,

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PEACH POPPY CREAM SMOOTHIE, NO SUGAR

October 16, 2012

 Dear One,

If you are reading me for the first time, welcome to my blog, and thank you for stopping by. If you have been here before, thank you for visiting again.

Most mornings, I will have green juice, and then a smoothie when I get hungry again, which is usually after an hour or two. Smoothies are perfect breakfast foods, as they are easy to digest yet filling, and they are a great vessel for your daily dose of healthy fats and superfoods. This one has an intense peachy – citrusy – nutty flavour delivered in an incredibly smooth cream.

I like to change the nut / seed milk I use, this way I make sure I get the goodness from all the different nuts and seeds. My latest favourite is poppy seed milk. Opium is made from the sap of the seed pod (the big poppy head), not the seeds. And it has to be opium poppy seeds, not just any old poppy seeds. The poppy seeds that are sold in health food shops to sprinkle on breads are perfectly safe and not mind altering at all !

So do give this wonder a try for breakfast or as a mid-day snack (:-)

Serves 2 to 4 (You will need a blender, a nut milk bag or a fine sieve and 15 minutes)

1/2 cup poppy seeds, soaked for about 4 hours

2 cups pure water

peaches, fresh or frozen

1 tbsp maca

1 tbsp baobab fuit powder

1 tsp cinnamon powder

Start by making the poppy seed milk : blend the drained seeds with the water. Strain using a nut milk bag, a very fine sieve or cheesecloth. Put the left-over pulp on the soil of your plants. Rinse your blender.

Return the poppy milk to the blender, along with the peaches, the maca, the baobab  and the cinnamon and blend until smooth. If you prefer a less creamy smoothie, just add more pure water until you reach your desired consistency. I usually don’t add any sugar or sweetener of any sort to my smoothies, but if you do have a sweet tooth, please feel free to add a small amount of your favourite low glycemic sweetener.

Lick your glass clean.

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SPICY BAOBAB GUACAMOLE

October 14, 2012

 Dear One,

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Guacamole really is a classic, with endless variations. This one is spicy, and the baobab fruit powder gives it a quick and a nutrition boost. Baobab is an exceptionally nutritious African superfood, with high levels of antioxidants, essential minerals including calcium, potassium, iron and magnesium, and vitamin C. The Seagreens is the secret ingredient that rounds off all the flavours beautifully and will have you licking your plate clean.

Serves 1 as lunch or 2 as a snack. You will need a knife, a blender, and 5 minutes.

1 avocado

1 tomato

1 tbsp olive oil

1/2 lemon, juiced

1 clove garlic

1 tsp baobab powder

1/4 tsp Seagreens (or other seaweed flakes)

1/2 tsp mexican chilli spice mix

pinch of crystal salt or sea salt

Blend all ingredients shortly to keep some chunks, or until smooth. Eat right away. Works a wonder with raw corn chips. Will keep in the fridge for a couple of days.

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RAINBOW SALAD WITH SUPERFOOD DRESSING RECIPE

September 26, 2012

Dear One,

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It is amazing how tasty, filling and satisfying this salad is. It is inspired by a salad I had while on holiday in Thaïland earlier this year. It was served at the restaurant of the place we stayed at, which meant we could always have a delicious raw meal. My partner and I had it everyday, some times twice a day for 2 weeks, and never got fed up with it ! Now, that’s an achievement !!!

Take a simple raw vegetable salad. Take it to the next level by using enough different vegetables to cover the rainbow as much as possible and upgrade the basic oil – apple cider vinegar to a superfood packed baobab dressing. Baobab fruit powder is exceptionally nutritious, naturally containing high levels of antioxidants, essential minerals including calcium, potassium, iron and magnesium, and vitamin C.

For 2 :

1/2 small purple cabbage 

(tricky to get blue …)

1 small salad (I used Romaine lettuce today)

1 cucumber

1 small green chilli (optional)

1 handful fresh basil leaves

1 yellow bell pepper

4 carrots

2 ripe tomatoes

2 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

1 tbsp baobab powder

1 tbsp soy lecithin* (not raw)

1/2 cup pure water

1 pinch salt

freshly crushed black pepper to taste

Using a mandolin, make super thin slices with the cabbage. Add a pinch of salt and massage into the cabbage. Set aside.

Prepare all the other vegetables : shred the salad and the basil, turn the carrots into a fine julienne, slice the tomatoes and the cucumber, chop the green chilli, dice the bell pepper. Assemble all the vegetables with the cabbage that will have softened by now.

To make the dressing, simply blend all ingredients together.

To make a change, you can top the salad with nuts or seeds, diced apple or avocado, …

Enjoy

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RAW OPTIMUM NUTRITION SALAD RECIPE

September 23, 2012

Dear One,

If you are reading me for the first time, welcome to my blog, and thank you for stopping by. If you have been here before, thank you for visiting again.

I do enjoy Gourmet raw dishes, but nothing beats salads for everyday nutrition. This one is highly nutritious, yet exciting and bursting with flavour and interesting textures !

For 2 hungry people :

2 small baby gem lettuces (or your favourite salad, 2 if you are using small ones), washed, dried and torn into bite-size pieces

1 cup home-made or store-bought fermented vegetables (Home-made fermented vegetables recipe)

1 ripe avocado, diced

1 big handful green mung bean sprouts (or any sprouts you have at hand)

about 12 ripe cherry tomatoes, sliced in half (just leave out if you don’t do tomatoes, or replace with red bell peppers)

about 12 plain black olives (the green ones are unripe)

2 tbsp cold pressed walnut oil

2 tbsp walnuts, broken into small pieces

2 tbsp soy lecithin* (soy lecithin is not raw)

2 tbsp buckwheaties (sprouted, then dehydrated shelled buckwheat groats)

2 tbsp shelled hemp seeds

2 tbsp raw cacao nibs

1 tbsp dried cranberries or goji berries

1 tbsp baobab fruit powder (Vitamin C loaded superfood)

about 10g nori sprinkles

1/4 tsp red chili flakes

Mix. Enjoy 🙂

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