All posts tagged: superfoods

Superfood Cornflake Cakes

Cornflakes cakes are probably a childhood favourite to thousands of people, and I think it’s one little treat not made enough as adults. I guess it looks pretty sloppy and you couldn’t really serve them up at a dinner party… But that doesn’t make them any less easy and fun to make. These are my almost raw version of that classic. I like to add different seeds, superfoods and nuts to make them that bit more interesting. You can really throw in anything you have on hand, and omit anything you don’t have, as long as you keep the amounts similar. Why not try using some oat flakes, bran flakes, rolled oats or even puffed quinoa in place of the cornflakes. Maybe try adding a bit of Matcha powder, acai or spirulina. The possibilities are endless!   Superfood Cornflake Cakes   1/4 cup coconut butter 1/2 cup maple syrup 1/4 cup cacao powder 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds 2 Tbsp chopped almonds 2 Tbsp sunflower seeds 2 Tbsp goji berries 1 Tbsp chia seeds 3/4 cup …

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Matcha Green Tea Cupcakes

Matcha Green Tea has a bunch of awesome health benefits. It has antioxidant qualities, can help with detox, boost concentration and give you a natural energy boost without the usual side effects like hypertension and nervousness of other stimulants. I also really just like the flavour! I have wanted to post a cupcake recipe for ages now, but could never decide what flavour to go for…. so I figured why not Matcha flavoured! Where the ship is now I can’t get hold of any natural sweeteners or unprocessed sugars, hense why this recipe just calls for straight forward regular crappy sugar alongside something awesome like Matcha Green Tea powder. So if you make these at home feel free to swap that out for a more unprocessed sweetener. I will definitely be trying so when I head back home.   Green Tea Cupcakes   1 1/2 cups plain flour 2 Tbsp corn starch 1 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 2/3 cup sugar 2 tsp matcha green tea powder 1 cup soya …

Blueberry and Banana Smoothie

Banana’s and blueberries… such a perfect combination! This is the perfect smoothie to have for breakfasts. Blueberries are considered a superfood and have some amazing qualities, some of which I mention here in my post about eating rainbow foods. Pair them with chia seeds and bananas and you have a pretty amazing morning pick me up!   Blueberry and Banana Smoothie 1½ cups blueberries 1 banana 1 cup baby leave spinach 1 Tbsp pumpkin seeds ½ Tbsp chia seeds 1 tsp spirulina 1½ – 2 cups water/ almond milk Place all ingredients in a high speed blender and blend until smooth.  

Mango Raspberry Smoothie with Spirulina

  This has been my favourite smoothie in a long time, and with only a few ingredients. I love the deep green colour that comes out from all that spirulina, and which the other ingredients the flavour of the spirulina doesn’t overpower at all. And the added goji berries give another superfood boost.   Mango and Raspberry Smoothie with Spirulina ½ cup fresh raspberries large handful of fresh spinach 1 medium sized mango, cubed and scooped out 1 tsp spirulina powder 1 Tbsp goji berries water to cover Place all ingredients in a blender, just covered over with water and blend until smooth. Drink straight away, add ice if you wish.  

mint carob chia pudding with almond milk

Chocolate Mint Chia Pudding

Since returning home I’ve been really eager to get involved with everything, and am definitely learning new ways to manage my time. Living on a ship is the simplest of lives and I absolutely love that simplicity. I wake up, cook breakfast lunch and dinner, help with any deck jobs you can, keep the ship clean and sail around trying to save some ocean life. Its a big culture shock to come back to reality after being so detached for so long, and I am finding the hours in the days just are not enough. So currently I am working out how to juggle family, friends, this blog, creating new recipes and working on new projects…something that most of the population manage to do on a daily basis, I seem to have missed this life lesson! One of the projects I’m getting together which is exciting is THE GRUMPY SAILOR zine. A collection of recipes from a number of vegan cooks, interviews, articles, rants and artwork, with all proceeds going to Hillside Animal Sanctuary in …

Melon and Cucumber Coolers

This morning one of the crew on board requested melon coolers! Smoothies are usually something I make on the ship in the afternoon, as like an afternoon pick-me-up to keep people going until dinner. Today was super humid all day so this actually made a really good mid-morning refresher for a change. I like to add spirulina powder to this melon cooler recipe for extra nutrition- if you don’t like the taste of spirulina then this is perfect as the other flavours mask it well. Melon Coolers   1 large english cucumber 5 cups of melon, cantaloupe works well the pulp of 1 passionfruit 3 kaffir lime leaves ½ Tbsp spirulina juice of 1 lime 2 cups ice cubes Place everything in a high powers blender and blend for 30-60 seconds. You may need to add up to ¼ cup water to get it going if your blender isn’t too great (like mine!)  

Eating Rainbows

For years I have tried eat by this simple rule… EAT LOTS OF COLOURS I am far from being a nutritionist but I have been very interested in the subject and try to learn as much as I can, especially after being a chief cook on board a vegan ship and therefore becoming responsible for not only my own health but the nutrition of all the crew! All fruits and veggies contain phytonutrients, which are plant compounds that work to improve your health. It seems many people have forgotten that that is what food is for! To restore, repair, energise and replenish your body with all the nutrients and minerals that it needs to keep it going. And each colour food contains different essentials that your body needs. Its a pretty easy way to help ensure your eating a balanced diet. So step away from the beige and eat some rainbows!!   GREEN Green foods are loaded with lutein, zeaxanthin and carotenoids which help lower risk of eye disease, heart disease and skin cancer. They …