Power of Supplements

16th August 2017 Olivia Bland Life, Uncategorised, Wellbeing Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , 0 Comments

If you are the type of person to opt for the quick route in life – your daily dose of vitamins must also tie into that attitude, surely? We are going to focus on 2 of our very own Super foods which also come in the form of capsules/tablets.

First, we are going to introduce our Organic Barley Grass Capsules, high in dietary fibre beta-carotene and folic acid, extremely helpful in terms of weight management which is why our owner Julianne included it in the “Detox Box”. It provides you with Vitamin A and B and is also high in Potassium.

 

We recommend you take one a day with a glass of water – we also offer Barley Grass Powders which you can blend into smoothies, sprinkle over a salad or if you’re feeling daring take it with a small shot of water, which one will suit you best?

Our next form of quick and easy supplements is our Spirulina Tablets – our Hawaiian Spirulina is proven to be the best Spirulina in the world, which is why we proved the highest quality for you. It offers the widest range of Vitamins, Minerals and Phytonutrients, an extensive list of health benefits ranging from reducing cholesterol, lowering blood pressure boosting your energy, helps to detox heavy metals and the list goes on!

 

We recommend you again take with a glass of water in the morning to set you on the correct path for the day ahead. Once again, we offer Hawaiian Spirulina powder which you can incorporate into raw home cooking, sprinkle over salad or use as a salad dressing and if you took the dare with our Barley Grass Capsules, why stop there! You can take it as a shot with water and tell us the outcome!

Combine the power and blend them together by adding our Hawaiian Spirulina to the Barley Grass if you want to become the master or green juicing, for a full-bodied, cleansing power powder! We have no rules and our Super foods like to share, each contain their very own specific health benefits which will help build you up into a stronger, healthier version of yourself today.

Vegan Chocoholic Ice Cream Recipe’s

9th August 2017 Olivia Bland Life Tags: , , , , , , , 0 Comments

All vegan ice cream lovers, listen up, we have a few chocolatey tricks up our sleeve that are gonna blow you away! Why settle for plain when you can throw a few things into the mix which will keep your cravings at bay. With the vegan and free from market rapidly growing in the past few years, it’s simple to find a yummy vegan ice cream, however if you want to label yourself head chef then we suggest you follow this recipe for the most rewarding ice cream you will have ever tasted!

Vegan coconut ice cream:

INGREDIENTS:

Two 15-ounce cans full-fat coconut milk, divided
3/4 cup sugar
pinch salt
2-1/2 Tablespoons corn-starch
dried, unsweetened shredded coconut, toasted (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

Combine all but 1/4 cup of the coconut milk, sugar and salt in a heavy-bottomed saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. In a small bowl, whisk together the corn-starch and the remaining 1/4 cup of coconut milk until smooth. Add to the saucepan and cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens and can coat the back of a wooden spoon.

Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature. Cover and chill at least 3-4 hours, or up to 24 hours.

Freeze the mixture in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Serve with a sprinkle of toasted coconut, if desired.

Now for the exciting part, Creative Nature presents their very own… Hot Ice Cream Brownie. Follow our vegan recipe on the back of our Chia & Cacao Brownie Mix pack, feel free to add any flavourings that keep your heart warm and taste buds satisfied.

If you aren’t a massive fan of coconut, no fear, you can tone it down a notch by making a chocolate version, adding Creative Nature’s very own Cacao Powder and Cacao Nibs as a chocolate chip alternative crunch.

Ingredients:

400g Brownie Mix

5tbsp Chia Seeds + 15tbsp water

200g dairy free spread

5ml vanilla essence

How to make:

In a food processor or pestle & mortar, grind the Chia Seeds until fine. Mix in a bowl with the water and leave to sit for 5 mins, or until gloopy.

Preheat oven to 150 c/300 f/ Gas Mark 2

Add all of the ingredients to a mixing bowl and beat together until smooth (start of slowly so the flour doesn’t go everywhere!).

Line a brownie/baking tin with grease-proof paper and carefully spoon the mix into it.

Bake between 20-25 mins then remover and put in the fridge to enjoy later.

 

Once your brownies are fresh out of the oven, cut yourself a generous serving and scoop some of the delicious ice cream on top and voila, desert is served.

Supercocktail Recipes

2nd August 2017 Olivia Bland Life, Wellbeing Tags: , , , , , , , , 0 Comments

Long summer nights, the low buzz of chatter, and a fruity cocktail in hand. What more do we expect from the month of August? If you’re bored of the same old cocktails and are craving a creative alcoholic kick then don’t stop here! We’re going to give you a few unique drink recipes to fulfil those cravings. Summers almost an excuse to have the ultimate cocktail off – who has the most fruity, elaborate or colourful drink? We’ll ask you again at the end of the night 😉

Let’s start the drinks off with something to set you on the right path, revive your energy levels. After all you should start as you mean to go on.

Drink no.1: Raspberry Mojito

  • 3/4 cup Fresh Blueberries
  • 4 ounces White Rum, 4 shot glasses full
  • 2 ounces Water
  • 2 cups Frozen Raspberries
  • 6 cups Ice Cubes
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Mint
  • 2-3 tablespoons Creative Nature Pink Himalayan Salt, To taste, plus more for rimming
  • 2-3 shots of Rum (optional)

Lightly mash the blueberries in a bowl (optional as texture is up to you) then add to your blender with all other ingredients and wiz away! For the most exciting part of the cocktail, pour some lemon juice into a bowl and dip the rim of the glass into it then sprinkle the Himalayan Salt over for texture and your first drink has been completed.

You’re halfway through the night and things may be starting to get a little weird… why not keep your cocktails on the same level.

Drink no.2: Cosmopolitan with a twist

  • 120ml vodka
  • 60ml orange liqueur
  • 60ml cranberry juice
  • juice of 1 lime
  • slice of watermelon for garnishing
  • 2-3 Creative Nature Goji Berries

Stir the ingredients and a little ice together or put them in a cocktail shaker to combine. Strain into two chilled martini glasses. Pop the Goji Berries in and save them until last when they have soaked up all the… goodness, and let the night continue. Add the Watermelon as a top hat and sip away!

 

You have been taken from one fruity cocktail to the next, its time now to unwind and embrace the end of the night.

Drink no.3: Cacao Espresso Martini

Mix the vodka, coffee liqueur and espresso into a cocktail shaker. Fill both glass and cocktail shaker with ice to chill. Add the lid on and shake away all your worries! You want to smash

the ice up into small chunks. Then pour into your glass and sprinkle a little bit of fairy dust (Cacao Powder) for the finishing touches.

So now that the cocktails are over, which one of you won with the most extravagant cocktail?

Energy Fuelled Recipe’s

19th July 2017 Olivia Bland Life, Wellbeing Tags: , , , , , , , , , , 0 Comments

We’re about to give you a few substantial, healthy recipes to give you a burst of energy on these super warm days! But let’s get creative. You wake up in the morning, breakfast is the first thing that pops in to mind (well it is for me) and you might be craving that delicious chocolatey flavour. Whip up this super quick and easy Chocolate & Strawberry Protein Smoothie Bowl from blogger Nutritiously Naughty:

INGREDIENTS:

1 scoop chocolate vegan protein powder (25g)

100g strawberries

1 banana

200ml rice milk

1 tbsp smooth peanut butter

1 tsp Creative Nature maca powder

Topped with a sprinkle of Creative Nature cacao nibs

METHOD:

Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until completely smooth. This chocolate and strawberry protein smoothie is so sweet and indulgent it’s hard to believe it’s healthy and so high in protein! It’s naturally gluten free, low fodmap and refined sugar free too! If you are after a more filling smoothie try adding a handful of gluten free porridge oats to the blender.

 

As we’re being creative here instead of snacking on one of our very own Goji or Cacao bars, let’s make our own for a little snack to break the day up and ensure energy levels are high. Goji and Cacao Nib Bars :

                                                                                                    Ingredients

1 Scoop Vanilla Whey

1/4 Cup + 1tbsp Coconut Flour

1/4 Cup Desiccated Coconut

1/4 Cup Creative Nature Cacao Nibs

1/2 Cup Creative Nature Goji Berries

1 Cup Almond Butter

1/2 Tbsp Milk (I Used Almond Milk)

Method

Add all the dry ingredients into a bowl and mix well. Add the almond butter (or nut butter of choice) and milk and mix well to form a thick dough. Press the mixture into a silicone bar mould/brownie pan/mini loaf pan and freeze for 2 hours.

Makes 10 Small Bars

For an exciting and vibrant lunch the Barleygrass Guacamole with Shelled Hemp from blogger @Nourishingjessica you can add it to some nachos, or even use it as a dip for a super tasty green salad!

 Ingredients

1 Tsp Creative Nature Barley Grass Powder

½ Ripe Avocado

½ Lemon

Salt and Pepper

Creative Nature Shelled Hemp Seed

 

Method

Start by mashing the half avocado with a fork, squeeze on the lemon juice, salt and pepper and then the Barley Grass Powder and mash until all combined, serve on toast with Creative Nature Shelled Hemp.

FittyLDN July box 10% off!

13th July 2017 Olivia Bland Life, Wellbeing Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , 0 Comments

July has swung around the corner and what better way to celebrate the blossoming moods of summer than indulging on a luxurious subscription box from FittyLDN. With a varied range of products from REN’s anti fatigue body wash to our very own Creative Nature Apple Pie Protein bar.

Head to their website https://fittyldn.com/collections/shop/products/theaubrey and use coupon code – IAMACTIVE to receive 10% off!

This month’s box has every intention of keeping you energised and motivated for these long hot days we’re all surprised to be having. Each product is unique and has the research to back it up.

Bumblezest’s Chamomile, Lavender and Spirulina vegan friendly drink. Natures multi vitamin, particularly beneficial to drink in the evening time to help you relax, un wind and prepare you for a soothing nights sleep.

Rawcha Cacao and Goji organic Matcha Bar delightful free from bar. Offering you a fruity mix of omega-3 oils, protein, vital antioxidants and 100% guilt-free goodness, all in a bite!

 

Deliciously Ella’s Almond & Blueberry Protein Balls. Packed with 8g of plant protein. It’s a perfect post-gym snack made with delicious blueberry pieces and creamy almonds, letting you party with your taste buds whilst still being friendly to your insides.

Qnola Almond and Vanilla highly nutritious and natural breakfast product. Best enjoyed with yogurt, coconut yogurt, fruit and berries. You can also enjoy Qnola dry as a snack alternative, or sprinkled on to refreshing smoothie bowls, chia seed puddings or desserts.

Motion organic roasted peanut vegan protein. Revolutionary plant based protein powder made exclusively from organic real food ingredients. A first of its kind, this roasted peanut vegan protein is pure protein goodness in a delicious peanut butter cup flavour.

We Are Tea alert bags. Quick energy fixes do your body no favours. This caffeine free rich blend of herbs and spices boosts your energy and gives you that natural “get-up-and-go” effect. Perfect for when you want to feel wide eyed and bushy tailed without the looming caffeine crash.

REN Anti Fatigue body wash. Helps nourish, smooth and tone skin. The smell is so invigorating and clean it sets you on a perfect track for the day by awakening and refreshing cloudy thoughts and sluggish skin. I have found it truly is the one shower gel that makes me feel more awake than my morning coffee (which I didn’t think was possible)

Saving the best till last… Creative Nature’s Apple Pie Protein Bar. Offering you a delicious vegan and nut-free protein bar with over 20% protein. Perfect for a pre or post-workout snack. The smell of apple pie giving you a nostalgic feeling, letting you relive easier days.

 

A Plant-Based Wimbledon

12th July 2017 Olivia Bland Uncategorised 0 Comments

It’s that time of year again when people are grabbing their tents and camping out in the queues for Wimbledon Tennis, the deck chairs, bean bags and fake grass have been placed in front of the big screens all around London, the all-white outfits are finally being worn. Wimbledon Tennis 2017 has finally arrived.

Veganism, allergies and vegetarianism is sometimes looked at as a ‘weakness’ or a ‘fad’, and I bet you’re wondering what this has to do with Wimbledon Tennis, right? Continue reading as we’re going to give you a few role models who will reject this stereotype.

Novak Djokovic – 4th in singles ranking and guess what? He’s vegan! In 2010, he became aware he was intolerant to Gluten – which was causing him to have mid match collapses. So, something had to be done. He said having a plant-based diet was the most successful lifestyle to him on and off the court, making him feel more alert and aware of his movements. It proved itself correct by landing Djokovic to No 1 in 2011.

Monte Carlo is home to his very own vegan restaurant ‘Eqvita’, he wants to share his preferred way of living with like minded people, to prove nature heightens your strength and abilities.

 

Serena Williams – no 1 in singles on 8 separate occasions, ranked no 1 in the World in 2002. Nut allergy for Serena! Nut allergies are becoming a lot more catered for which is extremely important as it allows people with nut allergies to still indulge on foods everyone else is without worrying! Serena Williams must opt out of the standard peanut snacking to fuel her intense tennis match, which has clearly proven to cause no trouble for her tennis career!

Speaking of an intense pre-workout snack, what else to snack on other than Creative Nature’s new high protein range of snack bars – nut free AND vegan.

 

 

 

 

Peter Burwash – 40 years of tennis excellence, 45 years of vegetarianism. Founder of Peter Burwash International, the largest tennis management company in the world. Famously known for coaching Venus and Serena Williams, Sebastian Lareau and Andrew Sznajder. Former Canadian no.1 and played internationally from 1967-1974 once retired then went on to coach the skills he excelled in as the path hadn’t ended for him yet. Not only did Burwash coach tennis but he is coaching the public through his multiple books on vegetarianism. He once said, “You will notice that someone who truly understands vegetarianism will have a sense of humility about them because they will have respect for all life.”

So, there we go – a plant based diet has made these tennis stars excel to their full potential in their career. As the months go by with the vegan, vegetarian and allergy community growing, or just merely becoming more known, stories like these need to be given the limelight. This is motivation. This is an excuse to not give excuses!

Festival Summer Guide

28th June 2017 Olivia Bland Life, Wellbeing Tags: , , , , , , , 0 Comments

Facing reality after living life at Glastonbury for 5 days is one of the trickiest things to date. The sweltering heat on Wednesday took everyone by surprise- if you were there too you realised just how hard it is to stay cool with no actual shade anywhere. Once the tent was set up you had your very own private sauna.

Passing through security and having the mesmerizing wrist band clamped over your arm, lets you welcome the buzz that takes over your body when the realisation sinks in – you have arrived in Glastonbury! This is only the beginning of the best 5 days of your life. Looking over the field and seeing only a select few tents pitched up is a daunting feeling, knowing as the minutes pass on by you will have to trek to find the perfect spot for you and your pals to set up your home.

No one could have warned me how amazingly massive the festival is, having to walk from Arcadia to the Pyramid stage back again to Shangri-La (to name my few favourites) took it out of you, but the pure joy of Glastonbury gave you the energy boost needed. Setting up camp 15ft away from The Other Stage factored in to making it the most memorable, enjoyable week of my life.

There is no way your imagination could even slightly begin to describe the atmosphere, the vibrant decorated stages, the happiness you feel waking up in the morning in a dirty, smelly tent but just knowing you are at Glastonbury, is enough to make you smile like a Cheshire cat.

Want to see some live footage from Glastonbury’s very own pyramid stage? Click on this link to see our Facebook Live from Glastonbury 2017.

 

We are here to give you a low down on how to survive at festivals throughout the summer (sounds dramatic but trust me, I wish someone gave me a few tips)

  1. PACK LIGHT – most festivals do pre-warn you, but listen to them. You aren’t the Incredible Hulk and your shoulders will feel as if they are collapsing as you trudge at a snail’s pace through the queue. Sure, once you have camped up it feels worth it but that shoulder and neck pain takes a while to sort itself out! Just think – do you really need to double up on outfits? The answer is no, no you do not.
  2. ENERGY BARS – now these are a God sent at festivals, I don’t know about you but I can’t quite seem to justify a tenner a meal every day. Just stock up on the energy bars – and what better ones than our very own Creative Nature snack bars – providing a tasty energy boost with a delicious texture. Your appetite seems to stay at home when you go to festivals so making sure you eat food in high protein and energy to keep you going is very important.
  3. DRESS FOR WEATHER – we all love to go a bit out for festivals, it’s the only time you can really wear whatever you like and not worry about anyone saying a thing, because you’re at a festival! But there’s nothing worse than feeling cold (which is the only way you will feel, I mean, we are living England after all) make sure you have a fleece packed away for when the frost starts to nip away!
  4. Last but not least – HAVE FUN – you’ve been waiting all year for it to come and now it has, don’t miss a moment, push your hangover away until home time, they aren’t welcome at festivals! You’re bound to come home a blubbering miserable mess, so why not save it all for then.

If you are attending festivals this summer stay safe and have fun! If our bars make it into the festival backpack with you be sure to take some pics and tag us in them! #creativenaturefestival

Vegan sunny super-powers

20th June 2017 Olivia Bland Life, Women Tags: , , , , , , , , 0 Comments

Wondering how to make the most out of these surprising sunny days? Keep that vegan super-strength                                          going in London’s very own heat wave by doing your exercises outside to soak in the Vitamin D, and     ensuring you have a delicious Creative Nature protein bar by your side to keep you fuelled.

Ever wondered how vegans get their source of vitamins and protein? Read on from our very own ambassador Tsuki Harris on how she sustains a bodybuilders physique through veganism!

1) When did you turn vegan?

“I became vegan about 4 years ago… I’d been a vegetarian since I was a kid. I was competing & eating too many eggs. I did a bit of research and thought apart from that, I was pretty much vegan anyway. So, I made a few changes and never looked back. I do it for my love of animals, it just so happens the health benefits are a bonus.”

2) How do you find being a vegan bodybuilder?

“Easy! Vegetable food sources are lower in calories so I eat a lot more food than you would expect! There are always options these days…whether I make my own food or go out to buy food.”

3) What is your main source of protein?

“I’d say chickpeas…you can have them in so many ways. I’m slightly obsessed with different flavours of houmous. Then there’s also falafels which you can have many ways too; roast them to make them crunchy or just simply throw them into a stir fry or salad as they are.”

4) Top 5 personal fav workouts?

  1. Outdoor Walking in London’s very own sauna (you can’t beat fresh air and thinking time)
  2. Weight Training
  3. Les mills classes-Body Combat, Body Pump & Body Balance are my fave because they cover cardio, strength & flexibility (and I teach them)
  4. Yoga
  5. Kettle bells

5) What would be your go-to meal/snack pre or post workout?

“If I’m on the go I normally grab a Creative Nature bar pre/post workout until I can eat my meal…which is normally something with a balance of carbs, fats & protein. Normally sweet potato with houmous and roasted green veggies cooked in olive or coconut oil.”

6) Any words of advice or wisdom to aspiring vegan bodybuilders?

“Avoid all the negative people who tell you that you can’t do it. If you eat well & train hard you can get to where you want to go. The choices may not be as obvious but there is so much variety in a vegan diet don’t be afraid to research & explore!”

7) If you could relate yourself to 1 Creative Nature product what would it be?

“It would have to be the Peanut Protein bar because I’m a fitness nut 😂…I have so much energy & passion for the health & fitness industry!!!”

There you have it, our very own Vegan super hero Tsuki Harris giving us the low-down on being a vegan bodybuilder and smashing it!

Post-workout snacks, smoothies and tips

14th June 2017 Olivia Bland Uncategorised, Wellbeing Tags: , , , , , , , 0 Comments

Knowing the right things to eat after a workout can be complicated and you may think it will take hours of meal prepping to find the right meal for you.  However we have five helpful tips to get you started!

It is very important to include

  1. Carbohydrates & protein – To help reduce fat down to a minimum for a post workout recovery formula
  2. A high protein meal – pick your protein of choice (eg salmon) with a sweet potato, salad, and a bit of avocado
  3. Green smoothie – with kale, half a banana, coconut water and our hemp protein powder to assist recovery, strength and growth
  4. Original protein flapjack – carbohydrates from the oats and the protein from the seeds and soy protein

Recipes

If you’re looking for something different and appetizing then this is for you!

Black Bean Avocado Enchiladas

These vegan enchiladas are perfect for a flavoursome healthy meal. You’ll be full for hours thanks to quinoa and black beans, while heart-healthy avocado adds creaminess. Substitute in almond, coconut or gluten-free flour in place of the unhealthy, processed stuff then bake and enjoy! Perfect for a quick intake of fibre and nutrients.

Smoothies

Sweet, smooth, summer-ripe smoothies are a great snack to enjoy as the weather is warming up!

Our Green Machine Juice with Barley Grass smoothie is the ideal post work out snack as it enriches your body with the correct nutrients to enable your body to work its magic after your enduring workout!

Ingredients

1 Cup Coconut Water or Milk

¼ Of A Cucumber

½ A Green Apple (Cored)

Handful Of Kale

2 Tsp Creative Nature Barley Grass Powder

Fresh Parsley (To Your Taste Preference)

1 X Kiwi Flesh

1 Tbsp Honey

 

Stay Healthy The Right Way

Your body is a temple, so treat it that way! It is very important to feed your body with the correct ingredients in order for you to sustain a healthy diet. Combining exercise and the right meals before and after a workout will all help develop your desired body results.

Here are a few snacks for on the go, if you need a quick snack to or from the gym then this energy booster is perfect for you!

Which Super-Party are you?

7th June 2017 Olivia Bland Uncategorised 0 Comments

With the general elections coming up, we should all take some time out of our busy days to see what party suits us best. If you’re interested in what parties our superfoods are voting for, get those glasses out and carry on reading!

 

Spirulina has decided to represent The Conservative Party, to tell you how you can make your future strong and stable by mixing spirulina into your daily life by sprinkling over salad or use in salad dressing, with fruit juice or in smoothies, raw home cooking or the hardcore way… as a shot with water. How does Spirulina ensure a strong future? Well, funny you should ask that, it happens to be the best vegan form of protein in the world! Move over Popeye we can top your strength, Spirulina contains higher iron content than spinach. Will you choose Spirulina?

 

 

Goji Goodness is running for Labour. Our Goji Bars are ‘for the many not the few’ catering for the vegans, to all of you with allergies and those who say no to added sugar! Goji’s are with you! They are made for you, but we don’t discriminate, we participate – we want everyone involved, feel welcome to give me a try and let your life burst with flavour. Will you choose Goji Goodness?

 

 

Maca powder is rooting for Lib Dems. Changing yours and Britain’s future just by popping this small but mighty root powder into a morning smoothie to keep you feeling energised and vibrant. This mighty root vegetable fights and battles extreme conditions high up in the Andean Mountains, but let’s focus on politics in the UK for now. Will you choose Maca Powder?

 

 

A Chia change is on the cards for UKIP. Fuel your active lifestyle just as the Aztecs and Mayans used to and feel your traditional roots float back. Here are some ways you can incorporate me into the average daily life: Sprinkle over porridge, muesli, granola or other cereals, blend into smoothies, soak in water/juice for an interesting ‘slimy’ experience! Will you choose UKIP?

 

 

 

Of course, Hemp Protein resides with The Green Party. This hearty hemp seed giant of the protein world is harvested from one of the most versatile plants on earth. Standing up for what matters. This is our 100% natural and raw Green (Hemp Protein) Guarantee to you. ‘We will fight for equality, and for a society where nobody is left behind.’ Hemp Protein is one to be enjoyed by all; vegans, athletes or those simply choosing a healthy lifestyle. Will you choose The Green Party?  

A Quenching Summer Guide

1st June 2017 Olivia Bland Wellbeing Tags: , , , 0 Comments

 

Summer has sprung out of nowhere and hit us smack bang in the face. All those cold months of complaining have finally worn off and now we can complain about the sweltering 24 degree heat! The key to lasting in this heat is to keep your hydration under control, which we all seem to be failing miserably at. Everyone is aware of how much water is meant to be drunk per day, yet we still can’t get the hang of it.

Believe it or not water is the most important nutrient out there for us, even more so than food! Crazy, right? Our bodies can only function a few days without it, which is why it is so important for us to monitor how much we drink in correlation to how much exercise and what climate you are in.

The average male body is recommended 2.5 litres a day and the average female body 2.0 litres. I know I know, it sounds impossible. We have a secret for you so listen up: the daily fluid intake isn’t JUST restricted to water, hooray! Tea, coffee, juices, milk and soups (though excluding alcohol sadly, which is extremely dehydrating) all play their role in keeping you fit and healthy (in moderation of course)

The moment you feel thirsty, dehydration has kicked in and some signs to look out for are: tiredness, headaches, muscle ache and dizziness. Before, during and even after exercise keep an eye on your water intake – begin exercise well-hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids the day before and within the hour before, during and after your exercise session. This will keep your body hydrated and happy!

If you are one for thinking outside the box and you want to take drinking water to the next level then do not fear, Creative Nature are here! Our very own superfoods can become your bottle of waters best friend!

Chia Seeds
Chia Seeds , raw, natural
  • Try our ancient South American super grain (otherwise known as Chia Seeds) which you can soak in water/juice for 10 mins and allow the seeds to put on their best slimy coat for you! Watch them expand and prepare yourself for the unique texture of water! http://staging.creativenaturesuperfoods.co.uk/product/chia-seeds/

 

  • Next up on the dare devil water challenge is Hawaii’s superior super powder, otherwise known as Spirulina, which isn’t as daunting as it sounds, or is it? The best way to consume our spirulina for maximum absorption is to just simply mix in 1tsp of it to a glass of water daily and watch yourself transform! Just a select few benefits of Spirulina: high in protein, encourages weight loss, counteracts toxins in the body, helps purify the liver and increases mental alertness. http://staging.creativenaturesuperfoods.co.uk/product/spirulina-pacifica/

 

  • The processed junk food we are brainwashed by and the repercussions of a ‘heavy’ weekend surely isn’t treating our bodies like the temple we are supposed to, so let’s all make a vow to get rid of that toxic build up and take advantage of Barley grass’ biggest benefit: it being a natural detoxify by adding a shot of it to water once or twice a day.  http://staging.creativenaturesuperfoods.co.uk/product/organic-barley-grass/

 

 

  • Add a fruity step into your day by adding a handful of our Goji Berries into a big glass of hot or cold water, let it absorb for 5-10 mins and watch them swell with excitement. Quenching your thirst and eat the hydrated berries which are jam packed with antioxidants. http://staging.creativenaturesuperfoods.co.uk/product/goji-berries/

 

 

  • Vegan protein made quick and easy! Another one of our superfoods you can add into a simple glass of water: Hemp Protein. It is a known source of omega 3,6 & 9 and offers an easily digestible, rich plant protein alternative to whey protein! http://staging.creativenaturesuperfoods.co.uk/product/hemp-protein/

 

 

Now you have finished reading why hydration is so important, take a big gulp of your water, complimented with one of our superfoods, sit back and watch the better you evolve.

Healthy balanced diet? No problem!

19th April 2017 Sophie Life, Wellbeing Tags: , , , , , , , 0 Comments

To live a long, fulfilled life is our dream at Creative Nature, well I think it’s a dream that many of us have. We would say one of the main aspects of keeping our lives fulfilled is a healthy balanced diet! Having a balanced diet allows you to maintain your health kick whilst still having your occasional splurge on those naughty little treats!

Our advice? You can be healthy with a balanced diet without dwelling on the lack of sweets, chocolate or whatever your guilty pleasure is.  We would like to highlight the fact that everyone is unique and different, meaning several regimes apply to everyone personally. Each portion of food group will vary on age, gender, weight and lifestyle.

The importance of having a healthy balanced diet is to keep your body in tip-top condition, allowing no room for limitations. It is the long-term solution to weight loss or just simply keeping yourself feeling healthy and happy!, All food groups should be incorporated into your day, keeping a healthy balance of each but remember always remain aware of your portion sizes.  

Eating your 5 a day could be the easiest path into your new lifestyle. Adding a banana to your breakfast, snacking on an apple, nibbling on a slice of watermelon. They all equate to one portion of your 5 a day, lowering your risk of heart disease, strokes and some cancers.

Protein assists with growth and repair all around your body but we don’t just mean the protein you get from eating meat. You can get protein from a variety of sources such as the new protein bars we’ve launched at Creative Nature or just back to the basics of beans, nuts and seeds.

Six to eight glasses of water a day sounds a little insane to some, yet having six to eight glasses of your favourite beverage doesn’t seem so hard! Once you ease into the routine you will wonder how you ever went through the day without it.

Don’t fret! Good news for those who aren’t a fan of the bland taste of water… Tea, Coffee and even sugar free drinks count towards your daily intake!

In our opinion, taking a step towards a healthy balanced diet is taking a step towards a stronger and more rewarding lifestyle.

You know the saying, ‘you are what you eat’.

54 Things Everyone Needs To Know How To Do

5th April 2017 Sophie Life, Uncategorised Tags: , , , , 0 Comments

We recently put together a list of 54 skills, quintessential skills that we could all agree every human should have, including wilderness and survival skills. However, in this day and age, there are another set of skills we should acquire in addition to basic survival skills. Don’t underestimate the importance of being prepared for an emergency. In this list you will find all the skills you need to be self-reliant in our information era, as well as emergency related skills.

We did a quick survey in the Creative Nature office this week to find out how many of these things we can actually do… and our results weren’t too horrific (but they weren’t fantastic either)

But How many of them can you do?

54 Things Everyone Needs To Know How To Do.
1. You should know how to start a fire without matches.
You never know when this might come in handy- a fire is one of the most important elements for survival for a human being- providing warmth, light, and energy.
2. You should know basic survival skills.
Should you ever be stranded in a forest or forced to survive outside, you’d want to know the best places to get water, what you can and cannot eat in the wild, where to build a makeshift bed, how to catch a fish, how to correctly cross a river, how to keep your core body temperature high… and much more. Get a survival guide and begin learning.
3. You should know how to grow your own vegetables.
Even if you live in a city, you should make an effort to learn to grow your own food- including all kinds of vegetables, herbs and fruits. It takes a lot of skill, experience and time to make these plants yield valuable output- so if you’re interested in learning this- don’t waste another minute. You might need this skill one day.
4. You should know how to swim.
If you don’t know how to swim yet, you need to seriously consider learning. There are a number of emergency situations where you might need to swim in order to survive or help someone else in the water.
5. You should know how to change a tire.
It’s possible you get a flat while on a trip one day, with no access to a car repair place; perhaps even stranded in the middle of nowhere. What if no one on this trip knew how to change the tire? Changing a tire is something you can learn how to do in a matter of minutes that could save you lots of time and headaches on your next road trip.
6. You should know how to jump start a car.
This isn’t as easy as it seems. If you watched your parents do this in the past but never learned for yourself, now’s your chance. Don’t be unprepared when the need for it arises. It’s very useful knowledge to have, and very common to need this skill one day.
7. You should know how to code.
Not knowing how to program will soon become synonymous to being illiterate. It doesn’t seem this way yet, but this age is coming. If you don’t know how to program, you’re merely consuming the whole world around you, which is programmed. It’s important to know how to navigate this new world by being able to tell the computer what to do. If you want to start empowering yourself, here are some resources.
8. You should know how to build a website.
Another issue of basic technological literacy. Everyone should have a website- whether it’s personal or for a business. If you don’t know the basics of building a website, you have to hire someone or buy a template. You are going to benefit a great deal from learning. It’s also a great way to earn side income.
9. You should know how to think critically and question the status quo.
With all this information at our fingertips, now more than ever, we need to be able to think for ourselves, question the current way of doing things, and be critical of all forms of media, government and education.
10. You should know how to cook an egg (correctly!)
Too many people are ruining breakfast by mucking this up. C’mon people- it’s time to learn the right way of doing this. Runny or under cooked eggs are not only bad for your taste buds, but it could also increase your chances of getting salmonella.
11. You should know how to perform CPR.
Do you want to save a life? 70 percent of Americans feel helpless during a cardiac emergency, and here’s another surprising statistic- the life you save is most likely the life of someone you love, because 4 out of 5 cardiac arrests occur at home.
12. You should know how to manage your time.
Time management is a precise art and science, and if you haven’t studied it yet, you should. Applying these principles of time management to your life can get you back precious hours you didn’t know you had, and completely eliminate much of your productivity destroying behavior.
13. You should know how to dress properly.
First impressions are important. Dressing to impress means being tidy, up to date on fashion, looking as professional as you can, dressing with a vision and hitting the mark.
14. You should know how to approach new people.
Even if you’re an introvert, it is important to have the ability to walk up to a new person and hold a nice conversation. Meeting people is a great way to learn new things, expand your network, and gain new opportunities in life.
15. You should know how to lift your own weight.
If you can lift your own weight, it also means you can lift a lot of things without having to rely on someone else. Having strength is always a handy trait to have and, in case of an emergency involving hanging off a ledge, you’ll be able to pull yourself out of trouble with ease.
16. You should know how to remember peoples’ names.
Most people are tired of that excuse that seems to glide off of so many people’s lips “I’m not good at remembering names…” Let’s stop making this excuse because a person’s name is the single most important thing you can possibly remember when you meet someone new. A good way to remember someone’s name is to say it at least twice during the conversation.
17. You should know how to give a toast in front of lots of people.
Public speaking is the number one fear in the world (ranking higher than the fear of death.) It’s a fear, but if you practice, it’s not that scary. Learning to say a few words in front of a large or small group is a huge asset that can be used in so many instances, professional and personal. For example, you may need to give a toast at a wedding some day. Don’t you want to be prepared and make it awesome? Go to a local Toastmasters Club meeting and try it out.
18. You should know how to negotiate.
Good negotiation skills can save you a ton of money. These skills can also get you that raise at your job you’ve been dreaming about. If you know how to negotiate properly, it means you’re holding all the cards and you’re prepared to battle it out.
19. You should know how to detect a lie.
Learning to detect when someone is lying to you seems like a sneaky thing to do, but you’d be surprised how handy it could become, especially if you’re raising children, or in charge of a huge team. It gives you the chance to consider all possibilities in a relationship. Did you know 91 percent of humans lie on a regular basis at work and at home, and you’re lied to about 2 or 3 times in a ten minute conversation? Yeah. Food for thought.
20. You should know how to shut up and listen genuinely.
If you learn to do this well, you will be loved and admired, and you will understand people better. It can improve relationships drastically, and ultimately make you a more compassionate person.
21. You should know how to tell a good story.
It sucks being the one person around the campfire who has nothing to offer, doesn’t it? Learn how to tell a good story that will have people using their imaginations again. When the power goes out or there’s no cell phone service available, you’ll be a valuable source of entertainment to everyone.
22. You should know how to defend yourself against single and multiple assailants.
Why? Learning self-defense makes you more aware of your surroundings, first of all. You also stop taking physical confrontations for granted. You’re more likely able to avoid a fight effectively if you’ve learned the art of self defense in the first place.
23. You should know how to use a credit card correctly.
It’s not cash…too many Americans use their credit cards irresponsibly, and in doing so, spend much more money on items than they are actually worth, pay tons of fees, and don’t have the ability to reap the many benefits of the cards. Credit card balances are supposed to be paid in full every month and they are not supposed to allow you to live beyond your means.
24. You should know how to invest in the stock market.
It’s not as difficult as you might think. Educate yourself! Money does grow if you know how to invest it correctly. You really have no excuse to not invest. There are a number of ways to invest by diversifying your portfolio automatically and manually through index or life cycle funds. Investing in the the stock market is not about picking stocks, as Ramit Sethi loves to point out.
25. You should know how to speak at least one or two languages besides English.
Did you know that 75% of the world does not speak English? That’s a lot of people you won’t be able to communicate with if you happen to be in an area where English isn’t their first language. Expand your horizons and make an effort to communicate with the rest of the world. Start with Chinese!
26. You should know how to make money (without a job.)
Jobs and paychecks are not the only way to earn money. There are many entrepreneurs out there who know this, but there are just as many people who are wondering how it’s done while slaving away at jobs. There is another way, and it’s not magic, or the lottery. It’s determination, investing in your own education, and lots of sweat. And it’s definitely possible. Instead of plopping down in front of the t.v. after work, set some time aside to learns something and build up your educational and entrepreneurial skills.
27. You should know how to manage your personal finances.
This means knowing how to create a budget, knowing how to save money, automating your income and learning to invest and pay yourself first, before paying all your bills.
28. You should know how to draw.
In A Whole New Mind, Daniel Pink talks about the importance of flexing our “right brain” muscles, by learning creative skills such as drawing. Learning to draw will actually improve leadership ability in a person, and enhance and develop traits like empathy, inventiveness, and big-picture thinking.
29. You should know how to be a respectful house guest.
You never know when you might need to accept the hospitality of another human being. Know the proper etiquette of being a house guest. A great way to do this is by inviting guests into your own home. You’ll quickly learn (the hard way) what behaviour is highly questionable and disrespectful if your guest is not practising proper etiquette.
30. You should know how to keep your computer secure.
With all the information security threats and identity theft these days, we all want to make sure our computer is secure, our personal data is private (as much as possible), and our firewalls are up. Do you know how to set yours up? This is basic computer literacy and probably one of the more important things to be aware of.
31. You should know how to navigate with a map and compass (without a GPS).
Not to mention- learn to find the north star, learn to get your east/west bearings from the sun… what if you’re on a trip and your GPS system fails you?
32. You should know how to sew.
Basic sewing skills- such as sewing a button back onto a coat the right way, or fixing a loose shirt sleeve- will save you a few extra trips to the shopping mall. Advanced sewing skills also improves self-confidence (the knowledge you can mend everyday items), promotes focus (because it requires physical and mental concentration), and teaches persistence (most sewing projects take a considerable amount of time.)
33. You should know how to travel hack.
Once you learn this skill, you will never want to pay for a plane ticket ever again. Just type “travel hacking” into your search engine and let the fun begin.
34. You should know how to buy a car without getting ripped off.
If you don’t know the proper method of buying a car (especially a used car), you will get ripped off. Do you want to get ripped off? I thought so. Now go learn.
35. You should know how to be happy.
There is a method to this, it’s not an automatically occurring thing- people who are genuinely happy are happy despite their circumstances, not the other way around.
36. You should know how to fix a bike flat.
Most people like to ride bikes. Most people don’t know how to fix a bike flat. If it happens to you that you get a bike flat, and you don’t know how to fix it, you will be walking home- carrying a heavy bike. Ouch.
37. You should know how to have a conversation with someone of any age.
It’s a sign of true maturity and humanity when a person can hold a quality conversation with a 5 year old or a 92 year old person without flinching. You will also learn so much about life if you do this regularly.
38. You should know how to drive a manual transmission vehicle.
People who drive stick shift (manual transmission) cars understand their car engines better than people who drive automatic transmission vehicles. Manual transmission vehicles are more energy efficient than automatic transmission vehicles. They are also more responsive to braking and accelerating, and they are safer because of this higher level of control from the driver. A more informed and advanced driver is also a safer driver. Finally, many parts of the world drive manual transmission cars more than automatic cars, and you may need to know how to drive one at some point in your life!
39. You should know how protect your data.
We accumulate so much digital data these days! In addition to being able to do some spring cleaning and organization of your data, you should have a clear system in place for regularly backing up your data- whether it’s to a cloud storage location or your own physical external hard drives. Hardware can break (and of course so can software) and having an extra copy of all your data is pretty essential these days.
40. You should know how to say “I’m sorry” and “I was wrong.”
You know who you are! Being able to admit your faults once in a while takes effort, practice, and a change of attitude. It can repair broken relationships, heal scars, and bring the conversation back to the important things in life.
41. You should know how to sing or play an instrument.
Being able to read music, appreciate all forms of music genres and make music yourself- develops your brain and enriches your life. For example, learning how to play the guitar promotes well being.
42. You should know how to ask for help.
It takes guts to do this, and at some point in everyone’s life, they will need some help from somebody.
43. You should know how the basics of how to repair a car.
I am always amazed at how the guys from Top Gear (the original, British version) can fix a broken down car in the middle of driving through some crazy salt flats, or the desert. How useful would it be if we could all understand the basic workings of a car, diagnose the problem, and fix our own cars instead of spending hundreds (sometimes thousands) of dollars at the car repair shop, trying to describe the weird sound the car is making to the mechanics.
44. You should know how to control your temper.
Holding onto anger, as well as letting anger control your actions usually does more harm to you than good. Learn to let the anger dissipate before reacting. Many angry emails were regrettably sent because of the inability to control our tempers and let the passion die down a bit first.
45. You should know how to show gratitude, write a thank you note.
If you haven’t written a thank you note yet, you need to start. For every professional (and even personal) relationship where one or both of the people have benefitted or learned something, a thank you note is in order. The habit of sending out thank you notes to people is a great way to gain respect, trust, and stand out from the crowd. Whether it’s for the person who interviewed you for a new job, a trusted mentor, an old boss, or even your own parents- a thank you note goes a very long way. It allows you to practice gratitude in your own life, and it also makes the day of another person, giving them (and you) a chance to reflect on your relationship and think of the positive outcomes of knowing one another.
46. You should know how to parallel park.
Although the driving tests all seem to require this skill, many people with driver’s licenses mysteriously don’t know how to do this. If you live in the city, please learn how to do this correctly without nicking the bumpers of the other cars!
47. You should know how to write professionally. (Possibly unlike this)
There are many, many reasons why you should know how to write professionally, from the basic cover letter to the customer service email. Writing professionally will allow your message to be clear and your voice to be respected, even when you’re not speaking face to face.
48. You should know how to perform basic first aid.
Someone you care about or even you could get hurt and when you need to disinfect and dress a wound, you’re gonna need to know how to do it right. Sometimes there’s no time to wait for the doctors.
49. You should know how to give a compliment.
Giving a compliment the right way means paying attention to the details, focusing on the good in others and being very specific. A generalization doesn’t go very far as a compliment. Learn to compliment others by focusing on what makes the other person truly special.
50. You should know the correct way to respond to criticism.
Learn this skill to avoid looking defensive, unprepared and immature. Criticism is a good thing (most of the time), and it can help you improve and develop yourself if you can learn how to take it objectively and reflect on yourself and your work.
51. You should know how to put together a basic emergency preparedness kit.
Better yet, don’t just know how to put one together, actually put one together and have it ready. There’s no substitute for being well prepared.
52. You should know how to prepare and roast a turkey or chicken.
Or if you’re vegan- a tofurky. You’re probably going to be in charge of this at some point in your life during the holidays.
53. You should know how to use google efficiently.
Stop wasting precious time by using google incorrectly. Learn to be precise and use the built in tools that google already comes with. Find exactly what you need using google more efficiently and more accurately. You can learn this here.
54. You should know how to crowd-source opinions from your facebook friends…
Where do you think I got most of the ideas for this article?

Creative Nature at The International Food and Drink Event 2017

24th March 2017 Sophie Launch 0 Comments

On the 22nd-25th March 2017, we took our business to the UK’s largest bi-annual trade show to showcase the launch of our 3 new delicious protein bars; Apple Pie Protein, Orange Cacao and our personal favourite, Salted Caramel.

Across the 479,493 square feet were hundreds of businesses similar to ours, some much bigger or smaller, all looking for prospective business within each other. The atmosphere was alive with the excitability and co-operation of different food traders, it really was quite an outstanding experience. Opportunities like this are something we are very grateful for as it gives us the opportunity to get face time with our clients and partnering businesses, which is what we’re all about. We even got to put some faces to the voices we hear almost every day over the phone, it was like a reunion for the first time in some cases!

 

The feedback we got from IFE 2017 was outstanding, we’re currently facing the massive task of following up hundreds of leads for trade and networking opportunities, which really speaks for itself as to how our new products went down at the launch.

With arms full of contact information (and free food samples), we are now back to the office looking forward to the next trade show opportunity to meet as many more of you as possible.

 

7 Vegan recipes to get you through the week

24th March 2017 Sophie Life, Uncategorised, Wellbeing Tags: , , , , , 0 Comments

Monday – Slow Cooker Spicy Sweet Potato & Bean Soup
Ingredients:

  • 1 medium sweet potato
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4 medium carrots, peeled and sliced into 1/2″ pieces
  • 1 can of beans of your choice
  • 1 cup vegetable juice, optional tomato juice
  • 2 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Kosher or sea salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 200°C. Wrap sweet potato in foil, place on an oven safe pan and bake until tender, approximately 1 hour. Allow to cool slightly before peeling.
  • In a medium skillet, add oil and sauté onion over medium-low heat until tender, approximately 5 minutes. Add onion, sweet potato, and all other ingredients to the slow cooker, stir to combine. Cover and cook on low 6-8 hours, or high 3-4 hours.
  • Stove-top version: Follow the instructions above except add ingredients to a heavy pot, bring to a boil over medium-high heat, reduce heat to a simmer and cook until carrots are tender, approximately two hours. Add additional broth or water for a thinner soup consistency.

Tuesday – Chai Chia Pudding by @bos.kitchen
Ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp Creative Nature Chia Seeds
  • 1 tbsp Creative Nature Goji Berries
  • 1 cup cooled Chai tea
  • For the Whipped coconut cream
  • 1 tin of coconut milk chilled in fridge overnight
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • Scraped seeds from vanilla pod

Directions:

  • Mix all ingredients together in a jar and leave for at least 30 mins to get all plump and juicy.
  • Meanwhile make your whipped coconut cream. To do this scrape out the solid part from your tin of chilled coconut milk and whisk up with coconut sugar and vanilla until light and fluffy.
  • Mix your chai chia pudding with pomegranate seeds, then layer on Sharon fruit, granola and whipped coconut cream. Garnish with more goji berries, clementine and granola.

Wednesday – Zoodles with Hemp Seed Pesto
Ingredients: Serves [2]

  • 1 Courgette
  • 1tbsp Creative Nature Shelled Hempseeds
  • 1 Clove of Garlic
  • 1tbsp Olive oil
  • Handful of basil

Directions:

  • Use a spiralizer to create the courgette noodles.(Pre packed can be used).
  • In a bowl pour boiling water over the zoodles & peas and leave them to cook for 2 minutes. (For raw version, skip this step).
  • Combine rest of the ingredients in the blender to make the pesto. Add more oil if necessary.
  • Drain the hot water from the zoodles and mix in the pesto. Serve and enjoy!

 


Thursday – Raw Cacoa & Avocado Mousse
Ingredients: Serves [2]

  • 1 Large Avocado
  • 2tbsp Creative Nature Cacao Powder
  • Maple Syrup (to taste)

Directions:

  • In a blender or food processor, blend avocado until smooth.
  • Add the Cacao Powder & maple syrup and blend until smooth.
  • Chill for about 2 hours in the fridge or half an hour in the freezer.

Friday – Mashed Chickpea Salad
Ingredients:

  • 1 can chickpeas (or beans of your choice), drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup celery, sliced
  • 1/2 cup carrots, diced
  • 1/4 – 1/3 cup scallions, sliced
  • 1/4 cup or so hummus or tahini (any vegan mayo works too)*
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons mustard (stoneground or dijon)
  • sea salt & cracked pepper, to taste
  • dash of garlic powder
  • juice of 1 lemon, optional
  • small handful pumpkin seeds, optional
  • paprika/smoked paprika, garnish

Directions:

  • Drain and rinse your chickpeas, place in medium size bowl and roughly mash with a fork or potato masher. Add the remaining ingredients and combine. Add more hummus if you like it creamier and taste for seasoning.
  • Store leftovers in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to a week.
  • Top Tip : Pop the Chickpea salad mix between a couple of slices of bread with some avocado and you have yourself a salad sandwich for eating on the go.

Saturday – Recipe for Chocolate ‘Cake’ Oats by @vegan_danni
Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of non-dairy milk
  • 2 heaped tbsp. of Creative Nature Superfoods cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp of black strap molasses
  • 1 cup of oats
  • 1 heaped tbsp. of coconut or cane sugar
  • Frozen berries (for topping)

Directions:

  • In a bowl mix 2 cups of non-dairy milk, 2 heaped tbsp. of Creative Nature Superfoods cocoa powder, 1/2 tsp of cinnamon, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract and 1/2 tsp of black strap molasses.
  • Bring this to the boil and then after its heated stir in 1 cup of oats to the mixture.
  • Mix in 1 heaped tbsp. of coconut or cane sugar and let oats cook to desired texture!
  • Top with frozen berries to complete & any seeds.

Sunday – Sweet Potato, Chickpea, and Quinoa Veggie Burger With Roasted Peppers
Ingredients:

  • 1 small sweet potato, baked
  • 42 grams dry quinoa
  • 42 grams dry barley
  • 400 gram can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 2 tablespoons parsley
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 fresh red peppers

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to gas mark 6. Bake the sweet potato for 45-60 minutes or until soft.
  • While the sweet potato is baking, cook the quinoa and barley in separate pots until soft, about 30-60 minutes (barley takes a little longer).
  • Remove the stem and seeds from the red peppers. Cut the whole pepper in quarters and the half a pepper in half, and roast all six pieces in the oven for about 15-20 minutes.
  • Once the sweet potato is baked and cooled, combine garbanzo beans, sweet potato, parsley, cayenne pepper, cumin, salt and pepper, flour, and one tablespoon oil in a food processor.
  • Allow the grains to cool, and then in a separate bowl, mix the bean mixture with the quinoa and barley.
  • Heat the remaining tablespoon of oil in a large pan on medium heat. Place heaped spoonful’s of the mixture onto the hot pan, and use the back of the spoon to pat them flat and form four-inch diameter patties. Brown both sides of each burger. Serve on a bun with one piece of the roasted pepper, sliced into thirds.

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