Home made Halva

Recently I have been replacing cacao with carob, I still love cacao, but after leaving it out of my diet for over a week and noticing I had an addiction to chocolate; I also noticed I felt better if I ate less, for this reason I decided I had better find an alternative ingredient to continue making home made goodies and I found carob; I have used carob for many years, but it kind of took a back seat to cacao but not anymore.
The following recipe is real simple, but does require a high speed blender, it is near raw version and I say near raw because I did not test the temperature that was reached in the blending process, but it was not overly hot that you could not eat with ease straight away. As always play with the recipe until you find your perfect combo; this version is a real simple foundation.

Ingredients:

250g – black sesame seeds
1tbsp – carob powder
1tbsp – wild honey

Method:

In a high speed blender whizz up the sesame seeds and carob first, once they have been processed add the honey. Scoop out and place on a serving plate of your choice. For best results leave in the fridge for a couple of hours.

To you all in great health

Matt Allen
The Yoga Health Coach

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3 C Smoothie Magic

The 3 C’s: Cherry, Coconut and Carob. These three magic ingredients along with some fresh dates made this amazing smoothie. It was not only the ingredients that made it amazing, but the quality of the ingredients! The coconut milk was home made using a slow masticating juicer, the cherries came freshly picked from a local farm, the dates are fresh and my one corner cut was the carob powder, that leaves room for improvement; next time I will get my very own carob beans and ground them down.

Ingredients:
500ml – coconut milk
10 – cherries (remember to remove the stones)
3 – fresh dates (pitted)
1tsp – carob powder

Method:
Into a blender and whiz until smooth and beautifully blended, then serve in your favourite glasses and cheers to a great drink.

Enjoy

To you in great health

Matt Allen
The Yoga Health Coach

Smoothie Challenge Finale

We have completed our 31 day green smoothie challenge which lasted the month of July. At first it was a simple banana, chard greens and hemp seed smoothie, however bananas did not agree with me. We traded in the bananas for watermelon and as the month passed different obstacles were faced; we went to my mums for a weekend, but we still managed it there it simply required some planning on our part. At one point during the month we had to use rocket as our choice of greens as we had not been to the shops, the rocket was from our garden and as such was much more peppery in flavour than our shop bought version; I must confess rocket and watermelon are a surprisingly complementary balanced flavour for a smoothie. At one point although there were greens in every smoothie not every smoothie was green in colour! It was the season for cherries and red currants mix those with watermelon and greens and well green was not the resulting colour.
We all feel better for having a daily smoothie and its a great way to get lots of awesome nourishment quickly into your body, on days when your energy was low all you needed to do was open the fridge or go into the garden grab your produce put the produce in the blender and hey presto salvation, an instant pick me up without the crash of stimulants. We have found I of such great benefit that we are simply going to keep on going with the smoothie revolution.
One tip for great smoothies is balancing your flavours: sweet, salty, sour, pungent, astringent and bitter along with balancing your food groups: carbohydrates, protein and fats. For example today we finished with the following green smoothie:

Watermelon
Hemp seeds
Slippery elm bark powder
Camu Camu berry powder
Spring green leaves
Fresh dates

Play around your know when it’s balanced; you will be left feeling balanced.

Enjoy

Matt Allen
The Yoga Health Coach