Product Review: Paleo Crunch bar

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Paleo Crunch Raw Cacao bar

My local greengrocer stocks these new Paleo Crunch bars on their counter. They are made in the Czech Republic for a Swedish company. I bought one to try for under a fiver.

They contain 100 per cent raw organic dates, cacao, almonds, cashew, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, vanilla and Himalayan salt. The good thing is they are gluten-free and a healthier alternative to chocolate bars.

 

 

Paleo orange ice blocks

orange-ice-block

Citrus and coconut water are a refreshing combination on a hot day. You could add a pinch of sea salt and have these as a replacement for those hydrating ice blocks you get at the chemist, as coconut water replaces electrolytes in the body.

Ice block moulds can be found in $2 shops or kitchen shops, otherwise use plastic cups and paddle pop sticks. You may need to double the recipe if your moulds are bigger.

1 cup of coconut water
1 cup of freshly squeezed orange juice

  1. Combine coconut water and freshly squeezed orange juice in a jug. Pour mixture into ice block moulds.
  2. Place lid on moulds and place them in the freezer for a minimum of six hours.

Makes 4 ice blocks.

Bliss balls

bliss balls

These balls are sugar-free and full of healthy goodness. The sweetness comes from the dried dates and sultanas with a touch of honey.

Bliss Balls recipe

2 cups of rolled oats
1 cup pitted dates, roughly chopped
1/2 cup of sultanas
1/2 cup of shredded coconut
1/2 cup of almonds
2 Tbsps cold-pressed organic coconut oil
1 Tbsp cocoa powder
2 Tbsps honey
2 Tbsps water
1 tsp vanilla extract

  1. Put all ingredients apart from the water into a food processor and blend until it has the consistency of breadcrumbs.
  2. Add the water and continue to process until it becomes sticky enough to roll into balls.
  3. Use a dessert spoon to measure the mixture and roll into firm balls.
  4. If you like, roll the balls in desiccated coconut to coat the outside (optional).
  5. Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.

Makes about 20 small balls.

Yellow pawpaw salad

pawpaw-salad

A light whisked dressing of lime and olive oil is tossed into pawpaw and carrots, and garnished with coriander and almonds. Pawpaw is great for digestion.

Sometimes I’ll add half a sliced avocado to the salad. You may like to add some fresh red chilies and fresh chopped basil to add more of a Thai flavour to this salad.

Salad

1/2 yellow pawpaw, chopped
1 carrot, grated

Dressing

1/2 lime, juiced
1 Tbsp of extra virgin olive oil

Garnish

a couple of sprigs of coriander
1/3 cup of chopped almonds

  1. Add the prepared pawpaw and carrot to a serving bowl.
  2. Mix together the lime and olive oil to make the dressing.
  3. Gently stir the dressing through your salad. Set aside and leave to marinate for 15 to 30 minutes.
  4. When you are ready to serve the dish, top with the coriander and almonds.

Serves 2.

Dr Emerson’s daily juice

dr-emerson-juice

This super deep purple juice is alkalizing, anti-fungal and anti-cancer.

It’s a great combination of healthy raw vegetables and fruits.

Beetroot not only detoxifies the liver and helps with methylation but also reduces blood pressure by helping the production of nitric oxide. Nitric oxide is one of the chemicals the body produces to soften it’s arteries. Remember we want sort arteries and hard bones.
Dr Greg Emerson

  • Carrots provide beta-carotene and antioxidants. Recent studies have identified polyacetylenes as phytonutrients in carrots that can help inhibit the growth of colon cancer cells.
  • Celery is is a very good source of vitamin C and potassium and a good source of calcium and magnesium, which may help to reduce blood pressure and lower cholesterol.
  • Apples contain phytonutrients which help you regulate your blood sugar. They help to reduce your risk of lung cancer risk and asthma.
  • Pomegranates are an excellent source of vitamin C. Research has shown that they help prevent an impressive array of diseases, such as prostate cancer, diabetes, lymphoma, common cold, atherosclerosis, and coronary artery disease.
  • Limes are an excellent source of vitamin C and their flavonoid compounds that have antioxidant and anti-cancer properties.
  • Ginger is an excellent carminative (a substance which promotes the elimination of intestinal gas) and intestinal spasmolytic (a substance which relaxes and soothes the intestinal tract). It has very potent anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols, which help to reduce pain levels of arthritis. Research has shown ginger induces cell death in ovarian cancer cells. Ginger has been proven effective for motion sickness, nausea and vomiting during pregnancy.

1 small beetroot
1 carrot
2 celery
1 green apple
1/2 a pomegranate (or 50mls organic pomegranate juice)
a slice of lime (with skin if organic)
1cm piece of ginger

  1. Place all the ingredients in a juicer and mix. Add water to fill up the glass, if desired.
  2. Drink straight away to gain the most benefit from the nutrients.

 

Mango coconut cream pie

This dessert doesn’t have much eye appeal, but it’s yummy and very healthy.The cashews and chia seeds contain protein, calcium, iron, and essential fatty acids. We used coconut cream and diluted 50:50 with water to make coconut milk. You could even serve this dish with your morning porridge or muesli.

1 cup of cashews, soaked, rinsed and strained
1/4 chia seeds (to make 1/2 cup chia seed meal)
1/4 cup coconut oil, liquified
1/4 cup raw honey or coconut sugar
2/3 cup coconut milk
1 mango, sliced
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp vanilla extract

  1. Soak the cashew nuts for at least 3 hours beforehand.
  2. Grind the chia seeds in a coffee grinder, or similar, to make chia seed meal.
  3. Add all of the ingredients to a food processor and puree.
  4. Pour the mixture into a pie dish and refrigerate overnight or at least 8 hours.

Serve with fresh fruit.

 

Green and natural dogs

dash

When we brought home a cute dog from the RSPCA we didn’t know what we were in for! Dash’s two favourite activities are to dig holes in the dirt and chase lizards, which is not so great for our garden. Although, she does loves ripping up boxes and cardboard which we then put in the compost.

Dash was a stray so she was pretty boney when we got her, but now she has put on some weight and is the normal range. She eats very well and  is on a mostly raw diet from The Complete Pet Company. I’ve recently added in yoghurt for the probiotics and coconut oil.

We’ve tried a number of different dog training techniques, but found attending dog training classes with IntaDOGZ were just what we needed. I also liked the following books:

Other good places to buy dog stuff are:

Please do not use tennis balls with your dog, as the yellow fluffy surface is not good for their teeth and gums.

I’m hoping to buy a Doog dog walking belt for Christmas, since I’m getting a little tired of always finding dog bags or treat crumbs in my pockets!

Market salsa

market-salsa

The markets were quiet today – just how I like them. I was able to pay straight away (without queuing) and no bumping into dogs, prams and market trolleys. The ingredients for this salad are made from purchases from the same stall where the owners play music to their vegetables. I’m hoping this salsa makes me sing all afternoon.

1 cucumber, small
handful of tomatoes
3 capsicums, one of each colour
lime, juiced
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
several leaves of fresh basil
a few strands of chives

  1. Peel the skin off the cucumber and dice. Dice the tomatoes and capsicum (red, orange and yellow). Add them to a serving bowl.
  2. Add the lime juice and extra virgin olive oil with the chopped herbs as a dressing. Mix together and serve.

Serves 2.

Nuts berry crumble

This is a raw nuts berry crumble inspired by the Renegade Health Show’s recipe for Blazing Berry Crumble. The only problem was my food processor has given up the ghost, so this is a quick version.

LSA stands for linseeds, sunflower seeds and almonds. Linseeds are also known as flaxseeds. It’s better to grind these up yourself fresh using a coffee bean grinder or a mortar and pestle. If you do buy them pre-ground from the shop, make sure they were stored in the fridge. When you get them home put them in an air-tight container and keep in the fridge for up to a month. They are packed full of fibre, calcium, essential fatty acids, protein and minerals.

1 Tbsp LSA
1 Tbsp hazelnut meal
1 Tbsp honey
1 small punnet of strawberries

  1. Hull and quarter the strawberries.
  2. Add the LSA and hazelnut meal, stirring to mix.
  3. Add the honey and stir well to serve straight away.

Serves 1-2.

Documentary films for foodies

Here’s a round up of some of the better documentary films which deal with food and diet that I’ve seen in the last couple of years:

Future of Food– A scary film about the dominance of certain companies trying to monopolise food supply and the dangers of genetic modification. See also the Future of Food website. Sadly the GM ban was recently lifted in Australia – so please be wary of any products containing canola, cotton, cotton seed oil, corn and soybeans.
King Corn – A documentary about two friends who grew an acre of corn over a year. They then follow its path into the food chain and into their hair! Corn feed cattle feedlots are disgusting.
Simply Raw – Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days: An amazing story of a handful of courageous diabetics who go raw for 30 days. Some of them reduce their insulin dependence and lose weight, and others drop out from the sheer difficulty in sticking to the diet. But it’s pretty inspiring, nevertheless. There is an accompanying website called Raw for 30 Days.
Super Size Me – A popular film featuring Morgan Spurluck, who documents his health while eating McDonald’s for 30 days. Maccas was forced to change their menus after it’s release, and withdraw its super-sized fries and drinks.
Food Matters – A panel of experts talk about the important role that diet does play in the prevention and reversal of many diseases.