Food

Food is obviously an important part of sustainability in all aspects. Try these environmentally friendly and body-friendly recipes.

Vegan Cucumber Raita

1.5 cups soy yoghurt
1/4 cup finely chopped mint
1 tablespoon finely chopped coriander
1/2 telegraph cucumber with the middle scooped out, grated or chopped into small pieces (allow to drain for about half an hour)
1 spring onion finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 heaped teaspoon ground cumin
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
1/3 cup chopped fresh mint
Sea salt to taste

Mix together and chill for at least 20 minutes before serving

Chia Seed Jam

Chia seeds are an amazingly healthy source of slow release energy, meaning they will keep you going long after breakfast. If you’re not about gulping down gelatinous seeds in your morning glass of water, try this jam on your toast or in your oats.

1 cup of berries of any type
1 plus or nectarine cut up into cubes
1-2 tablespoons of honey
the juice of 1 lemon/lime
2 tablespoons of chia seeds

Heat up your  berries and plum or nectarine in a small saucepan over a medium heat, mushing it with a fork until it’s all broken down
Add the lemon juice and stir
Add the honey and stir
Once it’s all mixed up, add the chia seeds and stir once.
Take the jam off the heat and leave it to set for 5-10 minutes.

How easy is that?! The jam will last for up to two weeks stored in the fridge, and is fricken amazing served with almond butter (which, by the way, oil separation occurs in it naturally and often needs mixing back in with a knife or fork so open that jar carefully!!).

Brain Balls

We have Dr. Libby to thank for this delicious recipe, great for satisfying the chocolate cravings. I accidentally added sunflower seeds to my last batch and that worked out fine. Other variations of bought brain balls I’ve encountered have replaced the dates with banana.

2 cups walnuts, halves and pieces
1 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup coconut, shredded
2/3 cup cacao or carob powder
8 fresh dates, pitted and coarsely chopped (the more you chop these the better. It gets super sticky and difficult but the bigger the pieces you put in the processor, the bigger the carnage- especially when you use a blender instead)
1/4 cup water
Pinch of salt

Combine the walnuts, sunflower seeds, dates and coconut in the bowl of a food processor (when it says food processor it really means food processor, NOT blender… trust me!!).  Pulse until the ingredients are combined
Add the cacao powder, salt, and water to the bowl and process until the mixture forms a dough.
Form the dough into medium sized balls by rolling a portion between your palms.  Place the finished balls on a tray lined with waxed paper or in a container and chill for at least 30 minutes before serving.
Rolling them around in some more coconut will result in a pretty final result. I was so over mine after all the blender drama that they were barely round and not at all the same sizes, but they still tasted good.