superfood

WHAT THE TEFF? THE NEW SUPERGRAIN ON THE BLOCK!

 

Teff is an ancient grain, which has now made it to the shelves!

Originating from Ethiopia, this little grain may be small (even the smallest grain in the world) but will give you a wonderful nutritional kick!

Teff is gluten free, and great to use for baking as substitute for any gluten free flour!

I was introduced to Teff flour last year, and it's become one of my favourites. It's definitely up there with the most used gluten free grains in my pantry. Teff flour has a slightly nutty flavour and goes really well with raw cacao powder, which is one of the reasons I love it. 

 

Top 5 benefits of Teff:

1. High in calcium - perfect for bone health if are already limiting your dairy intake.

2. A fantastic source of resistance starch, which makes it perfect for stabilizing blood sugar levels. High in fibre, keeping you regular!

4. High in protein - contains 8 essential amino acids. A great source of nutrients that will keep you fuller for longer.

5. High in vitamins C and B's - which makes it perfect for the cooler season. It contains vitamin C for immune support, and B vitamins for energy.

 

 

Teff flour can be found in your local health food store and in some supermarkets!

 

 

PANTRY STAPLES - ESSENTIALS FOR CREATING A HEALTHY KITCHEN

I thought I would do a quick post before I head off to bed!

Here are a few of my pantry essentials. I always have them in the cupboard, ready to whip up a nourishing dish or treat.

Making healthy choices requires preparation, although with these essentials you'll be sure to create something delicious and satisfying in a matter of minutes

1. Raw cacao powder - my absolute favourite ingredient! You can add it to smoothies, on porridge, in healthy cookies or muffins, chia puddings or even in raw avocado mousse. Raw cacao is high in magnesium and essential vitamins + minerals.

2. Almond meal - another essential for healthy and wheat free cooking, it is a great alternative to processed flours. Almond meal is a baking must-have, I use it in the majority of my recipes.

3. Coconut oil - a dairy free alternative to butter. Coconut oil is great to use when whipping up a stir-fry or baking a batch of cookies as it is solid at room temperature. Coconut oil has also shown to aid digestion and reduce bloating.

4. Chia seeds - add them to anything and everything. Chia are full of healthy fats, and are high in omega-3 essential fatty acids, which can help reduce inflammation in the body. Chia seeds can ultimately support weight loss and maintaining a healthy weight.

5. A good quality protein powder - I love pea protein and vegan rice protein powders. You can add protein to smoothies, breakfast or baking. Protein is a great Low GI snack which supports weight loss and is sure to keep you feeling fuller for longer.

6. Almond milk (or nut free milk) - a dairy free option to cow's milk, which is suitable for those with food intolerances or who choose not to consume dairy.

Click HERE to view some deliciously healthy recipes!

 

CACAO & CHIA PUDDING

My go-to recipe when you just have to have chocolate! Full of healthy fats, antioxidants and fibre. The perfect little indulgent snack to keep in a jar in your handbag.

Ingredients

3 tbsp chia seeds

1 cup almond milk

1 tbsp raw cacao powder

1 spoonful of your favourite natural sweetner (to taste)

2 medjool dates (optional)

Method

Combine chia seeds, almond milk, raw cacao and a spoonful (to taste) of natural sweetener. If you choose to add dates then combine in a blender, otherwise you can mix ingredients in a small bowl.

Once combined, scoop mixture into a jar or 2 small cups. Refrigerate for 1-2 hours.

Eat up!

 

Rich decadent mud cake

This is honesty one of my favourites for the perfect chocolate fix! I usually make it and freeze it to last me a week or so! It's super rich and very chocolaty, also high in antioxidants and skin-loving good fats.

Gluten, dairy & refined sugar free!

 

Ingredients:

1/2 cup hazelnut meal

1/2 cup almond meal

1/2 cup raw cacao powder

2 teaspoons baking powder

4 eggs

1/2 cup coconut oil

1/2 cup almond milk

4 tablespoons rice malt syrup

 

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees

2. Combine hazelnut meal, almond meal, raw cacao & baking powder.

3. Add eggs, almond milk, coconut oil & rice malt syrup.

4. Spoon mixture into 20cm round baking tin.

5. Bake for 35-40 mins, or until cooked all the way through.

Icing: mix 200g 85% dark chocolate with 200ml of warmed coconut cream. Icing inspired by Teresa Cutter's chocolate ganache.