Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Juicy juicy yum yum

I really should have written this post about 2 weeks ago but I let time get the better of me.  Reason being, it was still fresh in my mind what I had to tell you, now I have to delve into my fish brain and try and recollect all the great memories that was my juice and smoothie fast.  
As you know, I did the May Juice and Smoothie Festival at the beginning of May and it went for 5 days.  Like with any new thing you do, the initial first days are challenging but then it was smooth(ie)sailing :)
I'm not lying, whilst the beggining was difficult, after the third day I felt positively euphoric!  Yes, not quite like having a flashback of times in my crazy young girl days, but better.  
I had so much energy, I would bounce out of bed hours ealier than anyone else, ready to rampage through the day.  It was a little bit weird yes, but, it was also a very productive time and it has set some great new habits.  
I'll explain......because I was getting up before anyone else was around, not able to make noise goodness forbid I wake up the bear and cubs, I had time to try new things.  Guess what I did.  Yes, that little thing I've been dabbling in here and there.  MEDITATION.
Oh my golly goodness, I tell you what, it is really something.  Now I'm not saying I'm an expert in the discipline of zen, not at all, but, I am managing to do about 30 mins 3X a week.  Now that is huge for me.  I can barely get my mind to stop whilst I go to sleep, least of all when I'm awake.  
But don't ask me to explain further.  I can't really pin point exactly what's good about it, just that it's a lot of little things.  Like the way your body tingles when you start coming back to the moment.  Or the way you can just let things go, like, really let go.  Without mumbling angry swear words under your breath and stuff.  I really hope that with continued practice, I will be able to remain calm in all situations.  Hmmm, you gotta aim big right?

So, meditation was one amazing thing that happened out of the fast, the other great thing was all the support we gave each other during that time.  I started a FB page so that everyone could share their recipes, answer questions, make suggestions e.t.c., and it really was invaluable.  Everyone's vibe was so totally on par, and it made it so much easier.  
It was such an amazing experience, I'm actually doing it as a monthly thing.  So feel free to join the FB group and get into it!  Highly recommend it, your digestive system will thank you for it.

Ok, so now you know how it went, let's get into some recipes.

Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding with Activated Buckini Granola & Persimmon
Serves 1


2 TBS chia seeds

1/2 cup water
1 cup of sweet pumpkin*
1 ripe persimmon
2 dates
1/8 tsp each of ground cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg.


Make the gel by mixing the chia and water and set aside.
Blend the remainder ingredients until super smooth. Add water until you get it to a desired consistency. Not too runny.
Mix with the chia gel and place in fridge overnight or for 30 minutes.

To make the granola, just mix 1 cup of activated buckwheat with what ever dry fruit, superfood powders, yummies, you want to add.
I added goji berries, pecans, cacao nibs, maca powder, mesquite powder and raisins.

Now all you have to do is layer your chia pudding with fresh chopped up persimmon and the buckini granola.
Easy Peasy!

*feel free to use cooked pumpkin if you want.

Vanilla Bean Ice Cream & Cacao Chia Pudding Breakfast Parfait
Serves 1


Ice Cream

3 frozen bananas
1/2 tsp vanilla bean powder (I use Loving Earth)
1 Tbs lemon juice (to keep it from going brown) 


Blend all ingredients to ice cream consistency 

Chia pudding 

2 Tbs chia seeds
3/4 cup water
1 Tbs raw cacao powder


Shake and leave to set, pref overnight or at least 30 mins. You can add a sweetener to the chia but I left it out. The ice cream is sweet enough & I just wanted the taste of chocolate! 

Layer and enjoy.

Apple, Coconut & Raspberry Crumble
Serves 1


apple crumble

1 large apple 
1 medjool date 
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon 


process all the ingredients together in your food processor until chunky. 

raspberry chia pudding 

2 TBS chia gel 
1 cup raspberries blended (fresh or frozen) 


Mix ingredients until well combined.

the rest

1/2 cup activated buckinis 
1 tsp raw cacao nibs 
1/4 cup shredded coconut 
3 fresh raspberries 


Mix buckinis and cacao nibs together. 
Place most of the buckini mixture on the bottom of your serving bowl, saving some to sprinkle on the top. 
Top with the apple crumble mixture.
Then add coconut (leave some for the top), followed by the raspberry chia pudding. Top with the left over buckinis, a little coconut and the fresh raspberries and you're done! 

Coconut Chia Porridge with Bananas & Berries
Serves 1


1 young coconut*
1 cup chia gel
1 tsp pure maple syrup
1 banana
1/4 cup raspberries & blueberries
1 TBS activated buck inis (optional)


Blend the flesh and water of the coconut until it forms a creamy smooth consistency.  Add your syrup and blend again.
Mix through your gel and set aside.
Arrange some banana pieces on the bottom of your serving bowl/glass, pour the prepared coconut porridge and then top with more banana, berries and sprinkle of buckinis if using.

*you can also use canned coconut milk if there's no coconuts lying about.

And here are a couple of ideas if you're running out of raw breakfast options:
Banana Beet ice cream with buckinis and fresh fruit
Green smoothie with fresh fruit, buckinis, goji and coconut

Apple, cinnamon & date rawnola with chocolate banana milk, green juice and dragon fruit

Green smoothie and custard apple

Raw ice cream: vanilla bean, chocolate almond crunch, raspberry swirl

Mono meal: papaya & fresh lime

Green smoothie, flax meal and raspberries with fresh fruit

Superfoods Chocolate Mousse Pots
Serves 2


1/4 cup chia seeds
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
2 TBS raw cacao powder

Add the above ingredients to a glass container with lid, shake it like a polaroid picture and leave in the fridge overnight to work it's magic.

The next day, blend with: 

2 medjool dates
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
4 TBS sweetener of choice (e.g maple syrup) or add extra dates.
1 tsp ground cinnamon (optional if you want to take it to the next level)
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper (optional if you want to get all Mayan and go to Mexico)

Make sure your blender is cranked to it's fullest blending power and do it until it turns into a smooth and airy delicious mousse.
Top with goji berries and enjoy.

Raw Chocolate Bark
Makes about 8 pieces


2 TBS cold-pressed organic coconut oil
1 TBS raw cacao powder
3 TBS shredded coconut
3 tsp pure maple syrup
2 TBS goji berries
2 TBS raw almond flakes/chunks (whatever shape you want really)


Melt oil if it's solid, you can do this by putting it in a glass container than on of a steamer.  Blend all ingredients together until combined.  Spread on a tray lined with baking paper and place in freezer to set.  When ready, about 20 minutes, take out and chop into desired shape pieces.  I like mine a little rustic :)

And now for some savoury bits.......

Fennel, Endive and Ruby Grapefruit Salad
Serves 1


3 cups of endive 
1/2 large ruby red grapefruit, peel and pith removed
1/2 large fennel bulb, thinly sliced
1/2 lemon juiced
2 tsp wholegrain mustard
Himalayan pink salt to taste


Layer your endive on a plate.  Pour your lemon juice in a medium bowl and add your thinly sliced fennel (stops it from browning). Remove the fennel, leaving behind the juice, and layer on the endive.  Slice the grapefruit into chunks and layer over previous ingredients.  Add the mustard to the left over lemon juice, along with the salt and mix until it combines well, drizzle over salad and serve.

Fig & Beetroot Salad with a Raspberry Vinaigrette & Walnuts
Serves 1


1 cup baby spinach 
1 large beetroot* sliced into wedges 
2 medium figs quartered
5 walnut halves
1 cup raspberries 
1 TBS apple cider vinegar


Arrange baby spinach on the bottom of a serving plate, add the figs, beetroot wedges and some of the raspberries on the plate.  Sprinkle on the walnuts.
To make the dressing, mash the left over raspberries with the back of a fork, and mix through the acv.  Spoon over the top of your salad.

*cook the beetroot before by wrapping them in foil and throwing them in a moderate oven until tender.  I do about 3 at a time, with some sweet potato also, and keep them in the fridge to add to salads at a later date.  Meals in seconds!
Speaking of which......

Baked Sweet Potato with Coleslaw and a Beet, Apple & Pepita Salad
Serves 1


1 large sweet potato
1 kale leave, stalk removed
1/2 avocado mashed with a little bit of lemon juice
1 tsp chilli flakes
1/4 cup white cabbage, shredded
1/4 cup purple cabbage, shredded
1/4 cup carrot, grated
2 TBS finely sliced parsley
1/2 medium beetroot, julienne 
1/2 medium apple, julienne
1 TBS pepitas
1/2 lime, juiced
1/3 cup raw cashews
1/2-3/4 cup water
1/2 TBS nutritional yeast
1/2 tsp raw unpasteurized brown rice miso
1/2 tsp dried dill
1/2 clove of garlic
Himalayan pink salt to taste


Soak your cashews in water and set aside.   Wrap your sweet potato in foil and place in a moderate oven until tender.  Anywhere between 30-40 minutes.
Whilst sweet potato is cooking, and cashews are soaking, make the beetroot salad by mixing the julienne beetroot, apples and pepitas together with the lime juice and add some salt to taste.
Put aside.
When cashews have been soaking for about 30 minutes, rinse and drain them, and place them in a powerful blender with water, nutritional yeast, miso, dill and garlic.  Blend until super smooth, and adjust seasoning.
To make the coleslaw,mix together the cabbages, carrots and parsley, add some of your cashew dressing (you will have some left over) and mix through until all is well coated.
Take your soft sweet potato out of the oven, careful not to burn your fingers! Peel skin back and make cut along the front and push them apart wide enough to fill with the finely sliced kale leaf, and top that with the avocado mash.  Sprinkle on your chilli flakes.
Now add your coleslaw and beet salad and there you have it.
I also added some sauerkraut because I love it and it's good for your guts.

Beetroot and Zucchini Fritters with Chimichurri
Makes 10-12 fritters


1 cup unsweetened almond milk
2 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 cup GF flour (i use Bob Red Mills)
3/4 tsp xantham gum
1 TBS GF baking powder
2 tsp Himalayan pink salt
1 medium beetroot, juiced and pulp reserved
2 medium zucchini grated, juice squeezed out
1 tsp chilli flakes
1/4 cup sunflower seeds


Add the acv to the almond milk in a small bowl and set aside.
Sift the dry ingredients together and mix well.  Make a well in the centre and add the rest of the ingredients.  Mix well.
The mixture will be thick in consistency.
Heat a non-stick frying pan and add about 1/4 cup of the mixture to the hot pan.  Turn over after a couple of minutes, or when bubbles start to appear at the top.  Because it's a thick mixture, I used the back of my pouring cup to spread it out a bit.
Repeat with the rest of the mixture until all used up.

Makes about 1 cup


1 bunch continental parsley
1 clove of garlic crushed
2 TBS lemon juice
2 tsp lemon zest
2 TBS extra virgin olive oil
1 small red chilli (deseed and remove membrane if you don't like it hot)
1/4 tsp dried oregano
Himalayan pink salt and pepper to taste


Chop parsley and chilli finely and add to small glass jar.  Add all other ingredients and mix thoroughly.  Adjust seasoning.
Will keep in an airtight container for 7 days.
Add it to everything, or use it as a salad dressing.  YUM!
 The next day I used them as a base and added some homemade tomato sauce on the bottom and topped them with tomato, red onion, baby spinach, figs and topped them with a parsley pesto.

Quinoa Nori Rolls with Pickled Ginger and Tamari
Serves 1


2 Nori sheets
1 1/2 cups cooked quinoa
1/4 cup finely chopped tomatoes
2 TBS finely chopped red onion
Veggies of choice, I used:
Sliced cucumber
Sliced red capsicum
Sliced avocado
Salad greens
Pickled ginger


Mix the cooked quinoa with the tomatoes and red onions and mix through.
Lay the nori sheets on top of a sushi mat, then place the cooked quinoa on top, leaving about 2 cm free at the end furthest from you.
Lay the rest of your ingredients on top in a line on the edge closest to you, then carefully start rolling away from you, concentrating on making the roll tight.  Remove any excess quinoa, pat a little bit of water on the edge before you roll it down.  Hold down for a little while until it sticks together.  Then cut to desired sizes.
Serve with some pickled ginger and tamari.

I also made some raw nori rolls.  I just filled it with grated carrots, cucumber, sprouts, capsicum, tomato and apple.  Delicious and super quick!

Zucchini Spaghetti with Creamy Sundried Tomato Pesto
Serves 1


For the pasta:

2 medium zucchini
2 TBS finely diced red capsicum
1 cup baby spinach
1/4 cup sliced mushrooms
1 TBS hemp seeds

For the pesto:

1/3 cup raw cashews (soaked & rinsed)
3/4 cup water
1 TBS nutritional yeast
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp chilli flakes
1/2 tsp raw unpasteurized brown rice miso
1/2 cup tightly packed basil leaves
6 sundried tomatoes (rinse off the oil)
1 small garlic clove
Himalayan pink salt and pepper to taste


Spiralize the zucchini on the spaghetti setting and place in a medium bowl.  Add the rest of the ingredients, except the hemp seeds and set aside.
For the pesto, add all ingredients to your blender and blend until smooth.  Adjusting seasoning if required.
Pour some of the pesto (there'll be some left over) into the pasta ingredients and toss gently to combine.  I use my hands to make sure each and every strand is covered with the delicious sauce.
Place on serving plate and sprinkle with hemp seeds.
Store the left over pesto in an airtight container with tight fitting lid, it will keep for 4 days but mine never lasts that long!

And here are some meal ideas in case you need more:
Kale, avocado & pomegranate salad with heirloom tomato steaks

Salad in a jar with parsley pesto

Salad with baked pumpkin, raisins, broccoli and a lemon tahini dressing

So there you have it lovelies, another month gone.  Well nearly, but can you believe we're nearly half way through the year, already!!
Seriously, time flies when you're having fun.

Peas, love and mungbeans


  1. Hi Brenda,

    Care to elaborate more on the cleanse that you did? Would love more information!

  2. Hi Jessica

    Sorry for the late reply. send me your email and i'll shoot through the info x

  3. So these puddings and parfaits sound and look amazing.. I'd love to make them, but I'm not finding any activated buckini I can order in the U.S.... suggestions? alternatives?