CACAO VANILLA HALVA

SOOO CRAZY BUSY working on all the planning for fashion/beauty/chocolate shoots for my up & coming book MODEL CHOCOLATE & I can't share the real ripper recipes, but here's a little idea for you to get more cacao into your day as well as more calcium.

SESAME halva has long been hailed a beauty food in many European wellness clinics & for good reason! Lots of good fats, vitamins & minerals & so delicious & easy to make.

In my book I like to make it a little less traditional by topping it all up with the extra antioxidants & chocolatey goodness of raw cacao.

To make halva, simply whiz raw sesame seeds in a coffee grinder or blender, placing into a bowl, add a little pure vanilla & raw honey to bind it into a sticky mass, not too much or it will be too sweet. Then simply halve the mixture & add raw cacao powder & a little maple syrup to one part. Layer the vanilla into a sealable glass dish & top it with the raw chocolate halva. DONE! An easy snack you can share with a friend & a pot of tea, or a satisfying raw dessert after a yummy green salad. I love it & it works wonders on my skin!

 

LOVE & CHOCOLATE XXX ABIGAIL


Savoury Sprinkles

These delicious cheesy sprinkles are great on just about anything. From soups to tomato on toasted wholegrain bread to salads! SOO YUM. I've just made a delicious organic spinach/goats cheese/potato/portabello mushroom bake for the family which I'm topping with my Savoury Sprinkles for extra delish & nutrients too!! :)

RECIPE:

1 cup sesame seeds, lightly toasted

1 tablespoon onion powder

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon himalayan salt

1 teaspoon chives, dried

1 teaspoon rosemary leaves, dried (optional may use oregano)

1 tablespoon savoury yeast flakes

1/2 teaspoon tumeric, ground (optional)

TOAST sesame seeds lightly in a frypan without oil, stirring constantly until a subtle golden brown. Cool. Place seeds & all other ingredients into a blender (or coffee grinder) & dry blend on high until fine. Store in a glass jar in the fridge until needed. Keeps for ages!

Serve as mentioned or try over steamed or stir-fried vegetables or sprinkled over whole baked sweet potatoes, slit open,  & stuffed with greens such as rocket & finely chopped parsley & lashings of my  Tasty Hempy Dressing! YUMMMM!

LOVE & chocolate xxx Abigail

PS. To make these sprinkles 100% RAW simply soak sesame seeds to activate 4hrs & drain. Dehydrate them until completely dry & continue with recipe! My fave.


Weird & Wonderful ~ Seaweed

Seaweed is excellent for EVERYTHING. Seriously.

Check out some of the nutritional benefits:

*Nori has twice as much Vitamin C as oranges, packed with beta-carotene like carrots, rich in calcium for your bones, iodine and iron for thyroid, and are great in making sushi.

*Arame is laden with macro minerals like magnesium, potassium, calcium, sodium and iodine.

*Kelp is high in iodine, which must be present for proper glandular function and metabolism. It also contains phosphorus and calcium, as well as magnesium and potassium. Kelp is a source of vitamins A, B1, B2, C, D and E, plus amino acids. Because kelp is the saltiest of sea veggies, it makes a popular salt substitute. However, it’s been tested to be low in sodium.

*Wakame is iron-rich and 10 times more calcium than a glass of milk!

Try whipping up a seaweed salad to have on hand. That way you can easily add it to almost any meal during the week. Try eating it with just about anything savoury, for extra valuable nutrients! I used Arame this time. Instead of boiling it like the packet recommended I simply soak the arame in boiling water for 20-30 minutes, then drain.

It went especially well with an unusual 'pome-chilli' dressing I made to disguise some of the seaweedy taste. I used one part pomegranate molasses, one part agave, 2 parts macadamia oil, 2 parts apple cider vinegar, 2 small finely sliced organic onions, salt to taste, & chilli flakes (for my lack of fresh cayenne peppers)! A sprinkling of fresh basil (parsley may be used instead with success) from the garden is complementary & the chilli will help distract the tastebuds a little also ;)

You can expect: Shiny hair, clear mind, radiant skin, healthy teeth & gums, thyroid function, immunity, cell regeneration (highly anti-aging), bone & joint function, weight loss, detoxification...& everything else. Think of it as a superfood to enhance your superhuman lifestyle!

Love & chocolate xxx Abigail


Why Greek Yogurt?

Why Greek Yogurt?

Probiotics!! Greek yogurt is packed with the live microorganisms. According to the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology, probiotics have many health benefits. Studies show that the live cultures help to alleviate many intestinal maladies, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcers, while enhancing immune function and reducing the risk for colon and bladder cancer. The New England Journal of Medicine also published findings that eating greek yogurt on a regular basis can help you keep off the weight as you get older. A great diet food-it satiates your taste buds while filling your stomach on less calories.

In addition to being good for your waistline, it's a great source of calcium and protein (especially for vegetarians, which I know comprise a lot of our OYL readership). A 6 oz serving is equivalent to 2-3 ounces of meat as a source of protein.  With brands like Fage and Chobani readily available in almost every grocery store, there's no excuse not to try. These brands are prized for their rich and creamy taste- 0% fat content and no sour taste.  The sales speak for themselves. In a Fox News article published last week, it was reported that the Chobani brand alone produces 1.5 million cases per week. Trader Joe's greek yogurt is also a wonderful economic alternative that stands up in taste to the more expensive brands.

And good news for those of you who are lactose-intolerant, the thick consistency resulting from straining,  removes much of the lactose and makes it easier to digest. Furthermore, straining doubles the protein and cuts the sugar content by half.

So when  you're are craving apple pie and ice cream, try this quick and easy-to-make healthier option: baked apples with a scoop of greek yogurt.

RECIPE

Preheat oven to 330 degrees

Slice 3 apples: 1 honeycrip, 1 gala and 1 granny smith

Coat with a teaspoon of grape seed oil or butter

Sprinkle apples with cinnamon to your liking

Bake for ~30 minutes (40-45 minutes, if you like your apples gooier)

Add dollop of greek yogurt- I prefer Fage Total 0% or Chobani

For added crunch, try adding some toasted sunflower/pumpkin seeds/sliced almonds or granola on top.