Avocado & Passionfruit Dream Smoothie


Here at Eden Health Retreat we love our smoothies! They’re a quick, easy and tasty way to fuel our bodies. This smoothie recipe has a gorgeous creamy texture which we feel makes it even tastier! Give this recipe a try next time you’re looking for something deliciously healthy and quick to prepare.

Ingredients (Serves 4):
1 Large Avocado
5 Fresh Medijool dates
2 Passion fruits
2 Large frozen mango cheeks or 2 frozen bananas
500 mls of Almond, Coconut or Oat Milk

Method:
Place all ingredients in a blender and mix for approximately 30 seconds.
Ensure you blend all ingredients long enough to blend up the frozen fruit, as this gives the smoothie a lush creamy texture.

Posted on March 29, 2017

Vegan Chocolate Caramel Slice


Ingredients:

Base:
1 cup raw almonds
½ cup dates
1 tablespoon coconut oil

Middle:
1 cup soaked cashews
1 cup soaked dates plus soak water
2 tablespoons agave nectar
½ teaspoon each of cinnamon and vanilla

Top:
1 ½ cups soaked cashews/macadamias
½ cup soaked dates
100ml agave nectar
Pinch vanilla
75 ml water
1 heaped tablespoon raw cacao

Method:

Base :- Place almonds in a food processor and blend until they form into a meal. Add the dates slowly while motor is running and add coconut oil straight after so that it incorporates with the dates. Once they are evenly chopped and the mix stays together when pressed into a ball, pour into a slice pan and press down firmly and evenly.

Filling:- Rinse the cashews then place in a good quality blender with the dates and soak water, agave nectar, vanilla and cinnamon and blend until smooth. This can take awhile so test between thumb and forefinger until there are no grains – if it is smooth like cream it’s ready. Spread evenly over the base then place into the freezer to cool.

Topping:- Place all ingredients except the cacao powder into the blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Then add the cacao powder and blend until combined. Spread evenly over the filling once it has cooled. Refrigerate for at least 5 hours, then slice and ENJOY!!

Posted on March 9, 2017

Natural Migraine Remedy


Migraines are more than just a bad headache. They’re often accompanied by nausea, vomiting and intense throbbing pain. Whatever the cause, we can agree that they’re not a pleasant experience. Our natural reaction is usually to reach for the paracetamol/ibuprofen which if taken over long periods of time, can cause damage to the body. Next time you’re experiencing the crippling effects of a migraine, try out this natural remedy which actually works!

Ingredients:
1 cup of hot water (not boiling)
Juice of 1 lemon
2 teaspoons of Himalayan Salt

Method:
Combine all 3 ingredients in a cup and drink. Himalayan salt and lemon juice work by restoring electrolytes in the body that are lost as a result of dehydration. The symptoms of your migraine will start to subside fairly quickly.

Posted on February 15, 2017

Raw Christmas Cake

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Ingredients

2 packed cups dates
1 cup coconut oil
2 cups ground almonds
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean powder
zest of 1 orange
zest of 1 lemon
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1 cup chopped pecan nuts
3/4 cup chopped hazelnuts
1/4 cup walnut pieces
1 cup raisins
1 cup dried cranberries
1 cup dried apricots chopped
1 heaping cup dried chopped figs

Method

Add the maple syrup, coconut oil, dates, spices, vanilla bean powder, salt & almonds to a food processor.
Process until smooth.
Spoon out into a large bowl.
Pour all of the other ingredient into the bowl and mix well.
Line a slice tin with baking paper.
Scrape the mixture into the tin and press down all over well.
Use a spatula or the palm of your hand.
Cover and put in the fridge for 12 hours.
Remove from the tin and slice.
Dust with coconut sugar prior to serving.

Posted on December 12, 2016

Macadamia & Coconut Encrusted Chicken

coconut-chicken
Ingredients
2 chicken breasts
½ lime
1 tlbs of coconut cream
1 tlbs of tamari
¼ cup of arrowroot flour
1 tbls of coriander
2 egg whites- whisked
2 tablespoons of crushed macadamia nuts

Method
1) Make a marinade of ½ a lime including zest, coconut cream and tamari
2) Place chicken in marinade and return to refrigerator for 2-4hrs.
3) Remove chicken and place in arrowroot flour, then egg whites and finally baste in crushed macadamias.
4) Place on an oven tray and cook the breasts at 150 degrees for 25-30 minutes.

Serve on a bed of basmati rice with a little bit of sweet chilli or mango chutney.

Serves 2

Posted on November 18, 2016

The Importance of Vitamin D

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Why is Vitamin D so important? We need it in order to maintain healthy bones, help our bodies fight against free radicals, help to protect our bodies against cardiovascular disease, autoimmune diseases, infections and assist in DNA repair. Here are some ways you can ensure your vitamin D levels are sufficient.

Catch the suns rays – Easily the best and most effective way to absorb Vitamin D is to make sure you’re getting adequate sun exposure. Up to 15 minutes of sun exposure daily should be enough to maintain healthy levels of vitamin D. It is very important to not be in the direct sun too long as you may put yourself at a greater risk of getting skin cancer.

Foods that are high in Vitamin D – Fatty fish, certain mushrooms, raw cow’s milk and eggs can assist in maintaining adequate Vitamin D levels.

Vitamin D Supplements – If your Vitamin D levels are particularity low, then supplements combined with safe exposure to the sun and a balanced diet will significantly improve your overall health and wellbeing. Supplements should only be used in certain cases and always consult your doctor beforehand.

Posted on October 24, 2016