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pomegranate-blueberry-smoothie

We’re making use of what the season has on offer, and made this refreshing Pomegranate Blueberry Smoothie as a pick-me-up drink in the office today. It’s full of antioxidants, with just 4 ingredients simple to make, and the honey adds that bit of sweetness to balance the pomegranate’s tartness.

Ingredients (serves 1): 

  • 1/3 cup pomegranate arils
  • 2/3 cup frozen blueberries
  • 2/3 cup low fat plain yoghurt
  • 2 tsp honey

Directions: 

To seed the pomegranate, slice about 1-2 cm from the top of the pomegranate, and remove the lid to expose the seeds. Now slice the fruit down through each of the white membranes inside the pomegranate. Pry the sections apart, and turn it inside out to pop the seeds out into a bowl.

Add all ingredients to the OmniBlend jug, and blend starting on low, and increase to medium until smooth, about 30 seconds.

Our verdict: amazing colour, great creamy texture, and just the right combination of fresh & sweet. A keeper!

beet-carrot-apple-juice-recipe

After introducing the first green smoothie last week that tasted like pure chocolate bliss, this week we tried a combination that was inspired by what I had in my fridge at home: carrots & beetroot. Surely we could use these for our next office energy booster?

Yes, of course! Beetroot, carrot and apple are the basic ingredients of what’s often referred to as the ‘Miracle Drink’, for it’s many health benefits. Sometimes ginger or lemon is added too.

Beetroot has got incredible liver cleansing properties, and it promotes the bowel function, so it’s excellent as a remedy for diarrhea and constipation. Beetroot has an excellent detoxing properties. Beets are also rich in Beets are loaded with vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 and C, and a superb source of calcium, magnesium, copper, phosphorus, sodium and iron.

Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, as well other antioxidants that help protect against cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Apple is added not only to give it a fresh flavour, apples also contain vitamin A, B1, B2, B6, C, E and K, Folate, Niacin, Zinc, Copper, Magnesium, Potassium, Phosphorus, Iron, Calcium, Sodium and Manganese.

We added cooled buchu rooibos tea as a liquid. Buchu is also known for its medicinal properties, as it’s effective in the treatment of bladder and urinary tract infections (UTI),and kidney infections, and buchu is also often used to treat prostate infections. Buchu's healing and soothing properties indicate its use in combination with other relevant remedies for many conditions affecting the urinary tract.

We’re spoilt in South Africa to have Buchu growing in the Cederberg area in particular. It was in this area, around 300 years ago, that the indigenous Khoi San people introduced Buchu to European settlers.

So we combined all this goodness into our office juice!

Ingredients: 

  • 2 beets, cut in quarters (raw)
  • 3 carrots (raw)
  • 1 apple, halved (stalk removed)
  • 1 to 2 cups chilled buchu rooibos tea

Directions: 

Add all ingredients to your OmniBlend jug, and blend starting at low, then increase to medium power. As the ingredients are raw, you’ll blend for 30 to 60 seconds. Add some more cold water if it’s too thick.

Place your nut milk bag in a bowl, and poor the contents of the jug into the nut milk bag. Let the juice drip out of the nut milk bag, and squeeze the last bit of juice out of it, so that only the pulp remains in the nut milk bag. Serves 3.

Give it a try, we’ve been beaming all day on this juice!

pomegranate-blueberry-smoothieWe’re making use of what the season has on offer, and made this refreshing Pomegranate Blueberry Smoothie today as a pick-me-up drink in the office. It’s full of antioxidants, with just 4 ingredients simple to make, and the honey adds that bit of sweetness to balance the pomegranate’s tartness.

Ingredients (serves 1): 

  • 1/3 cup pomegranate arils
  • 2/3 cup frozen blueberries
  • 2/3 cup low fat plain yoghurt
  • 2 tsp honey

Directions: 

To seed the pomegranate, slice about 1-2 cm from the top of the pomegranate, and remove the lid to expose the seeds. Now slice the fruit down through each of the white membranes inside the pomegranate. Pry the sections apart, and turn it inside out to pop the seeds out into a bowl.

Add all ingredients to the OmniBlend jug, and blend starting on low, and increase to medium until smooth, about 30 seconds.

Our verdict: amazing colour, great creamy texture, and just the right combination of fresh & sweet. A keeper!

miss-molly

A real classic, this Bellini cocktail was invented in 1948, in Harry’s Bar in Venice. As the story goes, Giuseppe Cipriani, the owner of Harry’s Bar, was inspired by the 15th century Venetian painter Giovanni Bellini. The pink drink reminded him of the color of a saint's toga in a painting by Italian Renaissance artist, so Cipriani named the cocktail in honor of the painter.

Where some cocktails can leave you confused about what you’re actually drinking, this Bellini is a combination of pure peach puree and sparkling wine. We’re using the Miss Molly Bubbly for its delicate flavor. It matches the sweetness of the peach perfectly, without overpowering, and creates deliciously soft sweet cocktail.

Ingredients:

  • 2 chilled ripe peaches, peeled and stone removed
  • a chilled bottle Miss Molly Bubbly

To serve: champagne glasses

Directions:

Add the peaches to your OmniBlend, and blend on low to a smooth puree.

Add a tablespoon of the puree to a champagne glass and poor the the Miss Molly on top, while stirring slowly. You should ideally have one third peach purée to two thirds Miss Molly.

Elegant, scented and gently sparkling, a good bellini is a fine drink. This cocktail would certainly do well on a special occasion breakfast, or you could serve as a pre-dinner drink. 

 

 dark-chocolate-green-smoothie-blender

We recently started having our ‘office smoothies’, basically a way to treat ourselves to some indulgence, and to try and test some recipes at the same time! Our intern suggested it and kicked it off with some seriously nice and fruity smoothies. It’s awesome when someone’s joining the team, and comes up with great ideas!

After the first few tropical sweet flavoured smoothies, we decided to bring some veggies in, and so we had our first green smoothie. That is: a dark chocolate brown ‘green’ smoothie! This green smoothie tastes more like a decadent chocolate creamy drink than a veggie smoothie, and therefore makes for a great introduction to green smoothies. Pretty sure kids will love it too, they won’t even notice there’s spinach in it.

Apart from the chocolate flavour that it creates, the cacao powder adds antioxidants and minerals, without adding sugars and fat that chocolate or chocolate syrups would. The flaxseed powder adds Omega 3 fats and minerals, and the spinach and berries add vitamin A and C. Overall a powerhouse, this smoothie!

Ingredients: 

  • 1 mango, peeled & pitted
  • 2 cups frozen spinach
  • 1 cup frozen black currants
  • 1.5 cup unsweetened soy milk
  • 2 tbsp cacao powder
  • 1 tsp flaxseed powder
  • 1 tsp raw honey

Add some cold water if you prefer it more liquid

Directions:

Add all ingredients to the jug of your OmniBlend. Blend on low, increasing to medium, until smooth. We kept it quite thick, however you can add some cold water to make it thinner.

That’s half your fruit & veg intake done for the day! 

frozen-banana-berries-yoghurt-breakfast

With breakfast being the most important meal of the day, you might as well add some variety to keep it interesting. This layered power cup does just that. The frozen banana creates a creamy texture, almost like ice cream, and the berries give it a fresh taste and beautiful colour. Needless to say, the nutritional value of the fruits makes it a super healthy breakfast. You can make it as a post-workout breakfast, or have it as a snack on a sunny day. It’s refreshing, and high in protein to keep you going.

 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup frozen mixed berries
  • a handful of cashews
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened soy milk
  • 2 tbsp yoghurt
  • 1/2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 tsp raw honey
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract

To serve: double cream yoghurt (or other plain yoghurt that you prefer), and nuts & seeds of choice

Directions:

Blend all ingredients in your OmniBlend until smooth, using the temper through the lid of the jug to create a smooth creamy texture. When using the frozen fruits, you can eat immediately, or freeze for 30 minutes. Layer with double cream yoghurt and serve with nuts & seeds of choice.

Serves 2.

 gourmet-chicken-burger-recipe

Gourmet burger places are great for a casual evening out, but it’s also a lot of fun to make your own burger! Making your own burger is simple, and healthy as you can choose your quality meat. This is free-range chicken burger is spiced up with simple ingredients, and served here on a ciabatta bun with lettuce, tomato, cheese, broccoli cottage cheese spread and a bit of mayo.

You could shape the burgers by hand, but it’s easier to use a burger press, like those of Kitchen Craft.

 ingredients-gourmet-chicken-burger

Prep time:

Blending time:

Grill time:

Total time:

Yield: 2 burgers

Ingredients:

2 free-range chicken breasts

1 tbsp capers

3 tsp tandoori massala

1 egg

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Directions:

Place all ingredients in the jug, and blend for 30 seconds. Use the tamper as required, and through the lid only.

Take half the mince out of the jug and press the burger. Repeat for the second burger. Now heat your grill, and grill the burgers for about 4 minutes, cooked through, but still juicy.

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Now build your burger with toppings of your liking. If you use the Broccoli Cottage Cheese Spread make sure to put the lettuce on first, to avoid that the bun gets soggy.

Enjoy!

Tip: To clean the jug, simply put a drop of dish wash liquid and 100ml lukewarm water in the jug, and blend on low speed, for about 20 seconds. The blades are now clean, and you only have to wash the jug.

Did you know that bananas can cheer you up? Bananas are the only fruit to contain the amino acid, tryptophan plus Vitamin B6, which together help the body produce serotonin: the natural chemical which alleviates mental depression. Now don't we all want to balance our mood? So we created this amazing Banana Mango Blast, and tested.

We're quite lucky to have a fruit stall right across our offices, so our intern went and bought some fruit, and we gave this recipe a try. We put the bananas in the freezer for an hour to cool down the smoothie, and give it a creamy texture. 

Ingredients: 

  • 3 bananas
  • 1 mango
  • 1 pear
  • 1 glass of orange juice
  • 8 ice cubes

Instructions:

Peel the bananas and keep it in the freezer (optional). Prepare the mango and pear (you don't have to peel the pear, just core it).

For any smoothie, it's important to first add the toughest ingredients to blend. In this case that would be the ice cubes. After the ice cubes you can add the bananas, pear and the mango. Blend it for 60 seconds on high speed. While blending, add the orange juice.

Our verdict? It's an absolute treat! If not for the benefits of the serotonin, the flavour will already cheer you up!

This recipe serves 4. Enjoy!

easy-carrot-date-muffin-recipe

Carrots make a great ingredient for moist and sweet muffins. The usual carrot cake or muffin recipe requires you to grate the carrots first, which may already put some daring bakers off as it’s a bit more time consuming.

This recipe however doesn’t require you to grate the carrots, as you’ll just blend them along with the dates and the other ‘wet’ ingredients in your OmniBlend. Once your blender’s done the hard work for you, you fold the wet mixture into the flour mixture, and you’re ready to bake. Easy as that! Making your own treats, knowing what’s in it and using good quality ingredients, really doesn’t have to be a daunting task!

In this recipe we’re using only natural sweeteners, so no additional refined sugars are added. We sourced our raw honey from the lovely City Bowl Market (every Thursday, from 16h30 to 20h30, on Hope Street, Gardens, Cape Town), and hope you’ve got a good supplier too as it adds to the flavour of these muffins. We’re also keeping it dairy-free, by adding soy milk instead of cow milk.

We’ve used the Eureka Mills unbleached stone ground cake flour for these muffins. This flour is made from grain that’s locally grown in the nutrient-rich soil of the pristine Helderberg and Swellendam regions. It’s free of GMO nasties, chemical bleaches and harmful pesticides, because the grain is cultivated in a traditional eco-friendly way. It means it’s free of unwanted chemicals and additives. On top of that, the flour is milled in such a way that none of its essential nutrients are lost.

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Ingredients:

The wet ingredients:

  • 3 medium carrots
  • 1 C dried pitted dates
  • ¼ C canola oil
  • ½ C raw honey
  • ½ C soy milk
  • 2 free-range eggs

 

For the flour mixture:

  • 1 ½ C cake flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ginger
  • pinch salt

 

Directions:

Pre-heat the oven at 180C, and prepare the muffin tray, using either muffin cups or grease the tray.

Add all ingredients from the ‘wet ingredients’ list to the jug, and blend for about 1 minute at low to medium speed.

Sift all the dry ingredients in a large bowl, and mix.

Transfer the wet ingredients from the jug into the bowl, and fold the wet mixture into the flour.

Fill the muffin cups just below the top, and bake for about 20 minutes. Let them cool off slightly and then enjoy them as they are. These muffins are so full of flavour they don’t need any topping.

 This mix makes 12-15 small muffins.

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