Recipes For Summer 2015
Taking inspiration from her Purely Delicious cookbook, The Healthy Chef shares two creations to make your body sing this summer!
Matcha Almond Mylk
This yummy drink was designed to make your body strong and beautiful, both inside and out.
What’s great about it?
It is rich in protein and antioxidants that will help nourish healthy hair and glowing skin. It also boosts your metabolism, enhances mood, aids concentration and helps stabilise blood sugar levels.
Makes approximately 5 cups
1 cup raw almonds (soaked overnight in water and drained)
2 teaspoons Healthy Chef Matcha
6 fresh dates, pitted
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or powder
6 cups water
Combine almonds, matcha, dates, vanilla and water in a high-performance blender. Blend at a high speed until creamy – this should take about 30 seconds. Strain through a fine sieve, muslin or cheesecloth. Give your bag a good squeeze to remove all the excess moisture. The pulp can be used for other recipes such as power balls, cookies or gluten-free crackers. Pour into clean bottles or jars. The mylk can be stored in the fridge for up to 4 days.
Make an antioxidant-rich matcha latte by gently heating Matcha Almond Mylk until hot – but don’t boil. Pour into your favourite cup and sip slowly.
Melon Breakfast Bowl
If you wake up with a hearty appetite then what better breakfast than one that lets you eat the bowl?
What’s great about it?
Rockmelons have a high electrolyte and water content and they are rich in fibre. This combination helps promote regularity, and a healthy digestive system. Rockmelons are also high in antioxidants such as vitamin C and A that are important for boosting the immune system. Vitamin C is also important in the making of collagen. Collagen gives strength and structure to your skin and is vital for elasticity and firmness.
1 rockmelon (cantaloupe)
200g thick Greek style yoghurt or natural yoghurt
2 tablespoons goji berries
2 tablespoons bee pollen
2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds
2 tablespoons coconut
1 tablespoon cacao nibs (optional)
Cut melon in half and scoop out the seeds in the middle. Fill melons with yoghurt then top with goji, seeds and your selection of superfood ‘sprinkles’. Enjoy an amazing start to your day!
Granola or a mixture of nuts, berries and seeds can be used in place of the superfood sprinkles.
Teresa Cutter, aka The Healthy Chef, is one of Australia’s leading authorities on healthy cooking and the author of the Purely Delicious recipe book. A chef, nutritionist and fitness professional, she combines her knowledge of food, diet and exercise to develop delicious recipes that maximise health and wellbeing. thehealthychef.com