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Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit Chia Trifle

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Eat your way to healthy skin with this Kiwifruit Trifle recipe. Yum!

Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit Chia Trifle   

 The SunGold Kiwi Chia Trifle combines this nutrient dense kiwifruit with the protein rich chia seeds. A nourishing, revitalising breakfast or the perfect snack at any time.

This trifle is packed full of fruit and the nutritionally rich chia seeds. Add that to a complete protein seed like chia and you’ve got a nourishing, nutritionally dense breakfast or anytime snack.

The chia seed belongs to the mint family and helps repair the mucous membranes of the intestinal wall that may be depleted due to ulceration and inflammation. It is a complete protein as it contains nine amino acids. When combined with golden kiwifrut the nutrient value sky-rockets with all the goodness of vitamin C. A great start to the day.

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons black chia seeds
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 SunGold Kiwifruit, peeled and sliced
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1 lemon, zest and juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or 1 vanilla bean scraped 
  • 2 SunGold Kiwifruit, peeled and sliced for layering
  • 1 tablespoon mint, washed, dried and finely chopped
  • 1 cup coconut yoghurt
  • 2 tablespoons macadamia nuts, crushed
  • Extra maple syrup for drizzling

 

Method

  1. Soak chia in 1 cup of water for 15 minutes
  2. Meanwhile, combine Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit, maple syrup, lemon juice and zest, vanilla
  3. Add chia and blend until smooth in a food processor
  4. Layer the base of two balloon glasses with sliced SunGold Kiwifruit
  5. Distribute half the mixture between the glasses, layering mint and add more chia mixture. Then add a layer of coconut yoghurt
  6. Continue this process so you have two layers of chia and two layers of kiwifruit to create a trifle effect
  7. Set in fridge 4 hours or overnight
  8. Garnish with crushed macadamias and drizzle with maple syrup to serve

Serves 2.

For the month of June, Samantha has generously given us a promotion code for you to download her ebook The Healing Feeling for $14.95 (full prince $19.95). ‘The Healing Feeling’ is packed with information and inspiration to eat and live well every day.  To purchase The Healing Feeling click here and use code AURORA at checkout. Visit Food Health Wealth for more information.

Images courtesy Zespri SunGold kiwi

Eat Your Way to Better Skin Part 4: Gold Kiwifruit

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It’s our last week receiving skin tips from Samantha Gowing, we’ve loved hearing all about the foods we can put into our bodies to make our skin glow! This week Sam tells us all about Gold Kiwifruit.

Did you know that gold kiwifruit is the richest source of vitamin C of all fruit? Gold kiwi fruit helps to enhance the integrity of the cell membranes, boost collagen production, and assists in the important absorption of iron. The fruit is high in soluble fibre making it an important ingredient for a healthy digestion and the low G.I. count ensures balanced energy throughout the day.

In addition, gold kiwifruit are great sources of soluble fibre contributing to enhanced digestive health by reducing the symptoms of bloating and improving the intestinal enzymes. This may help in natural resistance to illness due to an increased of beneficial bacteria and inhibition of harmful bugs.

Sweet golden kiwi fruit also contain high levels of vitamin E compared to other fruits.  These antioxidants help to promote all-important immune boosting activity, essential for the stimulation of cellular renewal and collagen production.

Samantha Gowing, Spa Chef, Nutritionist, Mentor

For the month of June, Samantha has generously given us a promotion code for you to download her ebook The Healing Feeling for $14.95 (full prince $19.95). ‘The Healing Feeling’ is packed with information and inspiration to eat and live well every day.  To purchase The Healing Feeling click here and use code AURORA at checkout. Visit Food Health Wealth for more information. 

Images courtesy Zespri SunGold kiwi  

Sammy’s simmering green tea noodle broth with shitake and salmon

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Eat your way to healthy, glowing skin with this super quick winter dish from our friend, Spa Chef and Nutritionist, Samantha Gowing, that you can make from pantry items. Just add fresh salmon strips to the end of the dish and your fish will be cooked perfectly by the time you serve.

2 cups green tea
200 grams green tea noodles cha soba
4 dried shitake mushrooms, soaked and sliced
3 sachets prepared dashi stock powder *available in Asian grocers
2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
3 spring onions or shallots, finely sliced
2 large kale leaves, shredded
1 teaspoon arame seaweed
1 teaspoon wakame seaweed
1 teaspoon hijiki seaweed
1 teaspoon tamari
1 teaspoon mirin
350 grams salmon strips

1. Make a large pot of green tea using your favourite tea leaves

2. Allow to steep for at least 5 minutes

3. Meanwhile bring a large pot of water to the boil, add cha soba

4. Cook noodles in plenty of rapidly boiling water

5. Drain and refresh under cold running water. Set aside

6. In a large heavy based deep pan add shitake mushrooms, dashi powder, ginger, spring onions, kale and seaweed, mirin and tamari

7. Bring to the boil, reduce heat, add cooked noodles and simmer gently to reheat noodles

8. Add salmon strips, divide into bowls and serve immediately

Serves 2

For the month of June, Samantha has generously given us a promotion code for you to download her ebook The Healing Feeling for $14.95 (full prince $19.95). ‘The Healing Feeling’ is packed with information and inspiration to eat and live well every day.  To purchase The Healing Feeling click here and use code AURORA at checkout. Visit Food Health Wealth for more information.

Recipe & image Samantha Gowing

 

Eat your way to better skin part 3: Green Tea

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This week our friend, Spa Chef, Samantha Gowing tells us all about Green Tea…

The healing properties of green tea have been well documented.  It contains natural polyphenols, a powerful group of antioxidants known as catechins, whose major task is to scavenge pro-oxidants and free radicals, and fight against the production of skin tumors. The predominant and most active catechin in green tea is Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG).  This catechin is over 200 times more powerful than vitamin E in neutralising the pro-oxidants and free radicals.

EGCG protects against digestive and respiratory infection and helps block the cancer-promoting actions of carcinogens.  They have exhibited protective properties against high total and LDL-cholesterol levels in laboratory tests.  In addition, the EGCG catechin helps to inhibit platelet aggregation, being 20 times more powerful than the inhibiting actions of vitamin E.

Green tea antioxidants may have a powerful effect in reducing the incidence, inflammation and severity of rheumatoid arthritis.  The antioxidant polyphenols found in tea help to neutralise the harmful effects of free radicals and possess much more potent antioxidant activity than vitamins C and E.  With regular green tea intake, acidophilus levels increase, facilitating digestion and having a sterilising effect, preventing unhealthy bacteria and infection.

Samantha Gowing, Spa Chef, Nutritionist, Mentor

For the month of June, Samantha has generously given us a promotion code for you to download her ebook The Healing Feeling for $14.95 (full prince $19.95). ‘The Healing Feeling’ is packed with information and inspiration to eat and live well every day.  To purchase The Healing Feeling click here and use code AURORA at checkout. Visit Food Health Wealth for more information. 

Image sourced from sciencefocus.com

Turmeric Health Tonic

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Eat your way to healthy, glowing skin with this easy to make tonic from our friend, Spa Chef and Nutritionist, Samantha Gowing.

Turmeric Health Tonic

1 teaspoon fresh turmeric, grated

1 teaspoon raw honey

Juice of 1 lemon or lime

Select the central body of the turmeric, wash, peel and grate. Strain into a glass and mix with honey and lemon or lime juice.

For the month of June, Samantha has generously given us a promotion code for you to download her ebook The Healing Feeling for $14.95 (full prince $19.95). ‘The Healing Feeling’ is packed with information and inspiration to eat and live well every day.  To purchase The Healing Feeling click here and use code AURORA at checkout. Visit Food Health Wealth for more information. 

Image credit ©NigelCarboon 

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