Monthly Archives: June 2013

Top 10 smoothie ingredients

Green smoothies, green smoothie, green monsterOh yeah!  I like a green smoothie!  I don’t care what they say, I say green is good!  I thought I would do a round up of some of the things I love to add to my smoothies.  This is by no means a definitive list, and I change my favourites regularly.  In fact, I encourage you to change it up regularly – variety is the spice of life and all that!  But on a more practical note:  eat a variety of foods for good health!!!

It’s in no particular order, and I’m not suggesting you use them all at once. Change up your smoothies, try something new and get some powerful nutrients in you!  I love mine for breakfast!

Top 10 Green Smoothie ingredients

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Strawberries and ‘Cream’ cake: egg-free, vegan,

So I’ve learned something new, it’s Vegan Pizza day today.  Maybe I can come up with something between now and dinner tonight… While I’m on the subject, it’s American Independence Day on Thursday, and Ben wants ‘traditional Independence Day food’.  I don’t really know where to start.  Please leave me some recommendations in the comments box below – or tell me on my Facebook Page. Who knows, your recipe might feature on our dinner table, and subsequently on this blog next week!

So, this strawberries and ‘cream’ cake.  I was asked by a friend if I knew a recipe for an egg-free, nut-free cake which still tasted delicious.  I knew the places to look, and came across this fab vegan chocolate cake recipe by Angela from Oh She Glows.

I tested the recipe, and (of course) the cakes were fabulous.  But then I decided I wanted to make them ‘my own’.  Inspired by Wimbledon, and the strawberries I had leftover from my breakfasts I decided to make a strawberries and cream version.  Don’t you love the tradition and ceremony of Wimbledon?  It would be perfect to have ‘afternoon tea’ with this ‘cream’ cake.

vegan strawberries and cream cake

vegan strawberries and cream cake

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Coconut water: Vita Coco review

Don’t forget to enter the competition to win a sample of Matcha green tea.  Crack on (oh dear, the coconuts are getting to me) and have a look at my Facebook page and like It Comes Naturally Blog!

Coconut water has been celebrated for it’s nutritional benefits lately.  Touted as the perfect work out drink, I like to work out so is it something I should be investing in? Is it really all it is cracked up to be?

coconut waterNot to be confused with coconut milk, this is the juice from inside the coconut.  Many brands are marketed as using coconut water only from coconuts aged under 7 months.  I particularly like Vita Coco brand.  Plain coconut water is slightly sour, but that is compensated for by the real pineapple pulp.  It reminds me of a Pina Colada 🙂

I’ve used coconut water in my cooking, see my healthy sweet and sour, but how does it rate as a drink?

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Wimbledon inspired strawberries and cream, quinoa parfait: gluten free, vegetarian

Has anyone been enjoying Wimbledon? SPOILERS… I can’t particularly say I enjoyed Roger Federer going out last night! There is a history of everyone watching it in separate rooms in my family.  The tension will be high, there is division in the ranks, someone will make that inevitable but really annoying comment

Come on!  I can do better than that!

Yeah Nan, sure you can.  You’re 77!

At times like this I am thankful I don’t live at home anymore 🙂  I decided to get into the Wimbledon spirit by making strawberries and cream quinoa parfait for breakfast – Yum!

I saw a tip for keeping your strawberries in ‘peak condition’:

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My Facebook page – and a competition

Oh yeah!  I have got my It Comes Naturally Blog Facebook page up and running!  Woo hoo!

Facebook page

In honour of this momentous occasion, I am running a competition.  Simply like my Facebook page in the next week (up to and including 3rd July 2013) to be entered to win a 2g sample of the Teapigs Matcha Tea I reviewed.  The winner will be picked at random on the 4th July and notified through Facebook.

competition prize matcha tea sample

competition prize

It is two servings worth: that’s two of my matcha smoothies, two matcha shots or however you want to use it.

NB. Winner will be selected at random from all likes on It Comes Naturally Blog Facebook Page which come through in the competition period.  All taxes and other charges are responsibility of the winner.

All hail the kale: kale chips – vegan, gluten free

I was excited to see new season curly kale back at the Farmer’s Market (I know, I need to get out more).  I got into making kale chips at the start of the year when whole heads of kale were available from the market – often covered in a slight layer of ice.  The stuff now is so much more tender though.  My chips were plain, and while nice, I have bought some really nice flavoured ones and wanted to try it myself.

tofu cheesy kale chips

kale chips

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Why gluten free?

I was asked recently why so may of my posts are gluten free.  It made me think, so I looked into it.  Researching this post, has left me more confused than ever!  This post has taken me longer than I thought to write!  I’ll present the information and let you make your own decisions.

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Versatile sweet and sour sauce – healthy, gluten free, no added sugar

My blog is one month old today!  Thank you to everyone who has supported me.  I hope you like the direction it is going!  Any questions or comments, please do leave feedback, I read it all!

I thought it was about time I posted another dinner recipe – things have been too sweet lately 🙂

sweet and sour, pineapple, carrot, sweetcorn, peas

Sweet and sour

I find that a lot of commercial sweet and sour sauces are packed with sugar, syrups and artificial flavours, so I made my own – and I have to say, it was delicious!  No added sugar, just sweetness from pineapple and red pepper.

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Catering for 100: lessons I learned

My lovely sister and her husband celebrated their recent wedding with a party last weekend.  to cut back on costs we catered ourselves.  Mum, Lucy, The Groom’s Mum, Auntie and I took on the challenge of catering for over 100 people.  Here I’ll share with you some lessons that I learned which I hope will help if you are ever in that situation 🙂

catering for 100

Preparing the food

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Healthy chocolate truffles – vegan, gluten free

I’ve got a bit of foodie’s block.  I have an opened tin of chickpeas in the fridge and I just can’t decide what to do with them.  Deciding what do to for breakfast is a big deal: oats, buckwheat or quinoa, or shall I have a smoothie?  Banana or melon.  It’s not that I don’t have any ideas – I have loads, but not one idea is exciting me.

Thankfully for this blog, I saw a good friend yesterday, and I always take her a treat.  I can usually rise to a challenge.  I had an idea for chocolate truffles a while back when another friend was poorly.  I made them with nuts, cocoa powder, amongst other things, but when I took them round to her they were all melty.  They tasted lovely, but I wanted something that could be transported without a health warning – you will get very messy eating these.  So I decided to try again.

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