Archive | January, 2014

Sugar Free Banana & Strawberry kefir ice cream

26 Jan
Our Lemon Kefir Ice Cream post created a bit of a stir, quite a few readers asked me for a Sugar-free version – so here it is 🙂
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While our Lemon Ice Cream is divine, it really needs the sugar to balance the acidity & create that yummy Lemon Curd flavour, I don’t recommend making it without sugar unless you are really, really big on sour desserts!!
So with quite a lot of kefir experimenting we have our yummy Banana & Strawberry Kefir Ice Cream which is perfect without any Sugar – you are still getting your pro-biotic goodness just with the added benefit of a healthy serving of fruit.
To make sure this ice cream is just right for you & your family I recommend tasting the mix before placing it in your ice cream maker. If it isn’t sweet enough add another banana to the mix. Be sure to use extra ripe banana’s for their softer texture & added sweetness.
 Sugar Free Banana & Strawberry Kefir Ice Cream a’la Mama Going Natural
  • 3 ripe banana’s
  • 1 c kefir milk
  • 1 1/2c kefir cream (make the same as with milk kefir just let it ferment for a little longer)
  • 1/2 t cinnamon
  • 2 t vanilla extract
  • 500gms strawberries

Blend your 3 banana’s with 1 c kefir milk until its smooth. Add the remaining ingredients & blend for 30 seconds (if you want to have strawberry lumps) or blend for longer to make it smooth.

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Pour your cool mixture into your ice cream machine & wait for magic to happen!

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Gentle Almond Cleanser

19 Jan

This cleanser is perfection! Its gentle, creamy, non-oily & has just the right amount of scrub to keep your skin fresh & black head free.

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I used to buy a cleanser very similar to this one from a well-known “natural” company but after studying the ingredients and finding a wide array of known toxins I couldn’t use it & feel okay.

Although you may have to buy a few ingredients to make this cleanser – Its well worth it. I used to pay $17.95 for 100gms of this cleanser & for the same amount you can buy the ingredients to make many batches 🙂

This recipe has no preservative in it, so I recommend keeping it in the fridge although I have managed to keep it in the bathroom for several weeks at a time.

This cleanser not only scrubs your skin clean, but its also full of goodies like moisturising glycerine, soothing & anti-inflammatory Lavender, Sebum secretion balancing Rose Geranium, rejuvenating & smoothing Neroli & gentle kaolin clay.

But feel free to make it with what ever oils you have on hand or you think has the best properties for your skin. If you don’t want to purchase any essential oils you could always add in 1/2 t of a good quality oil, olive & heavier oils are best for dry skin & lighter oils like rice bran, grapeseed oils are better  for oilier skins

Gentle Almond Cleanser a’la Mama Going Natural

  • 5 t ground almonds
  • 5 t kaolin clay
  • 1T glycerine
  • 5 drops Lavender essential oil
  • 5 drops Rose Geranium essential oil
  • 5 drops Neroli essential oil

Mix well & get ready to enjoy clean, fresh, moisturised skin.

Pinch off a small piece of your cleanser & add a little water & work into a paste between your fingertips, gently rub into your face, rinse off. To heal blemishes you can even leave it on as a facial mask 🙂

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I hope you love this cleanser as much as I do 🙂

Enjoy

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Peanut & cacao Bliss Balls

12 Jan
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I have a little confession to make , peanut butter & dark chocolate is my crack!!
I will take it anyway I can get it, ice cream, brownie, even straight from the jar. But these bliss balls are peanut & chocolate perfection, they are the perfect combination of peanut salty & dark chocolate, with just a hint of sweetness.
They are almost (dare I say it?) truffle-like because of the moisture from the activated nuts.
Best of all they can be made with whatever combination of nuts & seeds you have on hand, you could even add a little coconut sugar for a sweeter version. The recipe doubles as a raw brownie recipe if you press it into a pan & slice after chilling 🙂
However you make them, they keep well in the refrigerator & make a great on hand snack or lunch box filler. They seem to taste better the longer they sit, so try to ration them out 🙂
Peanut & Cacao Bliss Balls a’la Mama Going Natural
  • 1/2 c  activated cashew nuts
  • 1/2 c activated almonds
  • 1/2 c activated sunflower seeds
  • 3/4 c dates
  • 1/2 c oats
  • 2 T L.S.A (optional – I just had some in the pantry)
  • 3 T peanut butter
  • 1/3 c cacao powder
  • 1 t vanilla essence

Place your nuts & dates in the blender & blend on high until they form a paste. Add all other ingredients & blend on high again until oats have been blended down. Take your bliss ball paste & roll into balls, you can roll them in cacao powder or in coconut if you prefer, I like mine plain. Chill & then enjoy 🙂

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How to activate your nuts?

Place your nuts & seeds in 2 cups filtered water with 1 t salt, leave out on the bench to activate for 6 hours & then place in the fridge until you use them (for a max of 48 hours). We only activate this batch for 6 hours as cashew nuts can become slimy if activated for too long, refrigerating after 6 hours stops this from happening.

Enjoy

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Berry jelly yogurt mousse cups

3 Jan
We have just very excitedly received our order of Great Lakes Gelatine powder from iherb!!
I am now on a mission to try to find as many ways as possible to get my little one to eat it!!.
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Gelatine is so good for you, especially the grass-fed kind that the Great Lakes folks make.
  • It is great for your skin, hair & nail growth
  • Good for lubricating your joints
  • Can help tighten up loose skin (YAY)
  • Improves digestion since it naturally binds to water & helps food move through your system easily
  • There’s a crazy rumour it helps cellulite
  • It is a great source of collagen (younger looking skin here I come!)
  • A great source of protein & amino acids (just if the no cellulite & younger looking skin didn’t work for you!!)
 For More information on the wonders of gelatine visit the Weston A Price Foundation for the full low down on why you should be adding it to your diet.
If you too want to try some Great Lakes Gelatine powder although I am an Aussie I do recommend ordering it from Iherb in the US as it is half the price that I could find it locally & the shipping rates are insane at $8 for 8 pounds shipped to Australia!!. The following link will get you a discount of $5 to $10 off your first order depending on the amount you spend. http://www.iherb.com/?rcode=PFR484
This was our first attempt at introducing gelatine & it was a hit, even though my daughter can be a little weird about different textured foods. I have to say I ate two, one for the cellulite & one for the collagen that is going to reverse the clock!!
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Berry Jelly Yoghurt Mousse Cups a’la Mama Going Natural
  • 1 & a 1/2 t great lakes gelatine powder
  • 1 c blueberries
  • 1/8 c water
  • 1/2 t stevia
  • 1 t vanilla essence
  • 1 c yoghurt
  • 1 t vanilla essence
  • 1/2 t stevia
  • 2 T hot water
  • 1 & a 1/2 t great lakes gelatine
  • Granola mix

To make the fruit jelly:

Place blue berries & water in a saucepan & cook over a medium heat until the blueberries are cooked & the water has turned into a syrup. Add stevia & vanilla to taste. Turn heat down to low & add 1 & a 1/2 teaspoons of gelatine & stir in till fully dissolved (this may take a few minutes). Pour jelly into cups, bowls or moulds & set aside to cool in the refrigerator for a couple of hours.

To make the yogurt mouse:

Once the jelly has set make the yoghurt mousse by placing 2 T of hot water & 1 & a 1/2 t of gelatine into a bowl, stir well to dissolve the gelatine then add the yoghurt, stevia & vanilla essence & whisk well with a stick blender till you get an airy mousse like consistency. Pour on top of the set jelly & leave to set again in the refrigerator.

Once the mousse has set & your ready to serve, pour a tablespoon of your pre-made granola on top of each one for a nice little burst of crunch & enjoy 🙂

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