Healthy Summer Breakfasts




Breakfast

It’s summer and it’s hot here in Perth, WA. I don’t know about you, but when it’s hot I don’t really feel like eating much in the mornings so I’ve had to inspire myself somewhat because I know breaky really keeps me going until morning tea time. Here are four ideas that are quick and easy…oh and TASTY!

1. Overnight oats

There are a million different ways to do these and the only restriction is your imagination. They are also really great if you are low on time. Make them in individual jars to smash and grab on your way out the door. Eat in the car on your way to work (or train coz you take the train occasionally yeah?)

They’re super easy and great to use up leftover ingredients. Open your fridge and see what you have! For 4 small jars use 2 cups of organic oats, 1 Tablespoon of Chia seeds, 1 cup of milk (almond, coconut, cow, soy), grated apple or frozen berries, 2 Tblspn protein power if you’re that way inclined. Stir and divy up between your jars! Experiment. Here are 50 ideas to get you on your way and these ones are worth a try as well!

PLUS we make fresh almond milk in store everyday. You’re welcome to BYO container or take it home in one of our free jars. $8/L

2. Chia Pudding

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Another easy, portable breakfast on the go. I use my leftover chai tea in a small jar, add 1 Tbsp chia seeds, a lil vanilla powder, a lil cinnamon when I’m feeling spicy, shake and leave overnight. Cashew milk, chia and vanilla is another great combination! Pour into your bowl in the morning and add fruit and whipped coconut cream. Oh. Yeah. We stock Australian Grown, Australia Owned Chia Company Seeds and a range of different coconut product. Banaban is one of our faves.

More recipes here and here.

3. Paleo Coconut Choc Granola

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Replacing oats in this granola turns it into a paleo breaky fit for a queen! This tastes like CocoPops in a bowl. Super easy: mix 4 cups of coconut flakes with a bunch of tasty nuts and seeds that float your boat. We use pepitas, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, buckwheat groats, almonds and walnuts. Mix through 1/4 cup good quality cacao powder and 1/4 cup coconut oil. If you’re a sweet tooth, give it a dollop of fructose free rice malt syrup. A grind of salt, a sprinkling of vanilla powder and a dusting of cinnamon powder to spice things up. Mixing it with hands is best here! Pop into your preheated 180degC oven until slightly golden! Cool. Eat. Easy.

We stock all of the ingredients you’ll need for your designer granola and if you can’t be bothered making it yourself, Merry has fashioned up her very own secret recipe available in store. Merry’s Paleo Granola is $24/500g or $55 for 1.5kg.

Granola

I Quit Sugar has some great options here too.

4. Blueberry Paleo Buckwheat Pancakes

Again I Quit Sugar come up with the good for these tasty treats! These take a lil more time so perhaps a Sunday morning kinda dish but totally worth it! Again, we stock all the ingredients in store at Loose Produce. Buy a little, buy a lot.

Ingredients
  • eggs, lightly beaten.
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk.
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil or butter, plus extra for frying.
  • 1/3 cup buckwheat flour.
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder.
  • pinch salt.
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut, optional.
  • 1/4 cup frozen blueberries.
  • full-fat natural yoghurt, to serve.
  • extra shredded coconut, to serve.
Directions
1. Combine eggs, milk and oil in a mixing bowl.2. Stir in flour, baking powder, salt and coconut until combined. Fold through blueberries.3. Heat a generous amount of oil or batter in a frying pan over medium heat. Pour in some batter. When the surface begins to bubble, flip carefully and cook on the other side.4. Repeat, until all the batter is used.Serve with yoghurt and extra shredded coconut.

Main image via Ashley Neese.

Summer Sunshine Vitamin C Boost Smoothie



Orange

Nothing worse than a summer cold hey?! I feel like everything is gaining speed as we hurtle towards the festive season. Work do’s, family, friends, shopping, food, my list keep getting longer I’m sure so I’ve felt a little like I need a boost of late. This works really well with a Vitamix blender because if you don’t have one the carrot is kinda in bits through your smoothie.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 carrot, diced
  • 1/2 peeled orange
  • 1/2 banana (frozen is great for the warmer months)
  • 1/2 cup raspberries (again frozen if you need to cool down)
  • generous spoonful of CoYo Yoghurt

Pop everything together along with a cup of filtered water or coconut water in your blender and blend until you reach your desired consistency. You might need to add a little more liquid depends how smooth you like your smoothies!

Iced Maple Coffee



Maple COffee

As the temperature rises here in Perth the more ice blocks we’re adding to our coffee. Recently the gals have been sipping on these Iced Maple Coffee’s in store. Try swapping your milk for something a little different. We may have added ice-cream with a drizzle of maple over the top too! #sometimesfood

Ingredients:

  • one shot of freshly brewed coffee (or two if it’s Monday). We use locally roasted, fair trade beans by Backyard Coffee.
  • dash of organic maple syrup. We used strip by Honest To Goodness because it is authentic Canadian, organic syrup and owned by an Australian company.
  • coconut, almond or dairy milk. We make our almond milk fresh every Saturday and it’s available for you to purchase by the litre. Buy a little, buy a lot.

Method:

No great brain strain here. Pour it all in together and blend. If you have a vitamix the more ice you add the more like a slushy it will be!

5 mins with…Ms. Nikki



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We have a great staff here at Loose Produce and the lovely Nikki is no exception. If you’re ever in store and you need to know a thing or two about anything relating to food and what it is or ISN’T doing for your body, Nikki is the gal to see. Nikki has been here so long she is part of the furniture, so like a dust cloth she has picked up a lot of stuff on the way. Here’s what she had to tell us…
1) What does Loose Produce mean to you? 12 years of work, food, education, friends, passion, family, etc. etc.
2) Product of the day? Pukka 3 ginger tea, love it nearly as much as I love coffee.
3) My perfect day includes coffeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.
4) Cat or Dog? Dog & cat, mostly dog. Weasel 12 years – 3 countries, Crosby 14 years 1 country, hard to choose!  
5) Tea or coffee? coffeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee 
6) Three words to describe Loose Produce. Lots of work!!  (But I love it)
7) Sometimes I wish I was a child again & have someone do everything for you. 
8) My favourite thing to cook is sausage surprise, chicken surprise, anything surprise. Those meals that use up all odds & ends & surprise, you may get sausage, chicken or anything!!!!!
9) When I’m at work you can ask me about anything, I will try my best to help. 
10) If i had a super power it would be invisibility, sometimes I need to do some work!!!!!

Gut Health 101



Gut Health 101

Did you know that the number of bacteria cells in our body outnumber our human cells 7 to 1? Woah!

Our internal micro biome (or gut) is a beautiful, yet sensitive ecosystem made up of our good and our bad bugs. And we need both, just in the correct ratios. This delicate balance can be disrupted by outside influences such as processed foods, stress and toxins.

Your gut flora can always benefit from a lil top up and probiotics are amazing for this.  Cultivating your gut flora with natural food sources is the best way. Here are 7 tips to get you on your way to a happy and healthy gut!

  • Eat whole foods
  • Introduce fermented foods into your diet such as sauerkraut and kimchi
  • Decrease intestinal irritants such as caffeine and processed foods
  • Limit sugar intake (fructose AND glucose)
  • Destress with yoga or meditation
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Including a probiotic supplement in your diet will help to build and maintain your healthy gut flora. We stock Probiotic Foods currently in store

Thanks goes to Kirsten Swales from Urban Remedies for the interesting info on gut health! Kirsten is a naturopath and a yoga instructor.

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