Feijoa Vitamin C Mocktail


The Feijoa is a humble little fruit with some incredible health benefits! They’re rich in minerals, are packed with vitamins, can assist cardiovascular health and help you lose weight just to name a few. Our talented chefs have come up with this easy mocktail recipe which is the perfect way to enjoy this tasty, nutritious fruit!

Ingredients (serves 2):
2 Feijoa
2 dates
1 large frozen mango cheek
200 mls coconut water
50 mls coconut cream

Method:
Blend all ingredients together, serve in a wine glass and garnish with a Feijoa slice.

Enjoy!

Posted on May 24, 2017

Health Tips For Winter


Coming into the cooler months its imperative that we prepare ourselves for the winter season.

Here are some tips to follow for optimum health & wellbeing this Winter:

1. Quality sleep is essential for good health. Poor sleep can take its toll on everyday life affecting mood, stress levels and weight. Aim for 8 hours of deep sleep every night.

2. Endeavour to hydrate with 500ml of water prior to breakfast. Good hydration will assist with energy, mental sharpness and digestion.

3. Citrus fruits are coming in to season and now is a great time to consume adequate amounts daily to ensure your intake of Vitamin C is maintained. Vitamin C helps with the body’s immunity which can assist in preventing colds and flu.

4. It is important to maintain adequate Vitamin D levels during the cooler months. Enjoy 10 to 15 minutes of safe sun exposure daily.

5. Take time out to stop, breathe and relax. Overall health is a balance of both emotional and physical wellbeing!

Posted on May 10, 2017

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