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A super simple and refreshing recipe showcasing how amazing the Greenstar Elite Juicer is. It’s simply just cucumber but feel free to add in any other ingredients that you want. Lemon would be delicious and even a little bit of mint! These recipes are to show you how the Greenstar handles certain fruits and vegetables. 

Cucumber Juice Recipe

Submitter by Tommy @Team Raw Blend
Makes – 750mls
Serves – 2 people

Equipment Ingredients 
  • 3 large cucumbers
  • ice (to serve)
Method
  1. Use the fine juicing screen and turn your juicer on.
  2. Feed sliced cucumber and use the tamper to push the cucumber down.
  3. Once juiced store in a sealed jar or bottle in the fridge.

How to Make Cucumber Juice - YouTube

Happy Juicing! 

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Now. I have a confession to make. Does anyone remember those Wonka Strawberry Twizzlers?? I do. I was obsessed and could eat hundreds in one sitting. Especially when I was a professional dancer back in the day. I cringe at the amount of crap I was putting into my body. 

Here’s a healthier spin on them! YAY! They still contain sugar from the dates obviously but it’s a lot better than the chemicals in the other stuff.

Raw Strawberry Twizzlers 

Submitted by Claire @Team Raw Blend
Makes – Approx 30
Serves – Up to 30 people

Equipment Ingredients 
  • 2 cups date paste (soak pitted medjool dates for 12-24 hours and blend with salt)
  • 1/4 cup beetroot juice
  • 1 tsp freeze-dried strawberries (or dehydrated)
Method 
  1. Juice your beetroot Juice in a quality juicer.
  2. Blend the strawberries for 30-60 seconds until you form a powder.
  3. Combine the date paste, beetroot juice and strawberry powder in a bowl and mix well.
  4. Place the combined mixture in a piping bag and pipe onto Teflex dehydrating sheets.
  5. Dehydrate at 45 degrees Celsius for about 24 hours.
  6. Allow to cool before storing in an airtight container.

How to Make Raw Strawberry Twizzlers - YouTube

Happy Dehydrating!

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CBD seemed to be the hottest word on everyone’s lips in 2018, but is the buzz real? Well, according to research by Brighton Group, the CBD market could reach $22 billion by 2022. This surge in popularity happened thanks to its capability to ease anxiety, PTSD, migraines, and so on without getting you high, but also thanks to the relaxed hemp regulations.While we see new studies about its impact on health and tips on how to use it, the question that still remains mostly unanswered is: do CBD products align with a vegan diet?In this article, we’ll go through everything you need to know about these products and their main ingredient, but we’ll also try to see how you can fit them into your plant-based diet.

What’s all the buzz about?

Due to the strict regulations, there are not many studies researching the positive and the negative effects of CBD, but the ones that exist, mainly show encouraging results.

For example, a study published in the European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience (2019) suggested that CBD in combination with other medications improved symptoms of anorexia, PTSD, dementia, Tourette`s disorder, anxiety, and other conditions.


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The journal Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry (2019) published research on how CBD affects adults with ADHD, and the effects on impulsivity and hyperactivity were positive.

One study showed that CBD produces significant changes in patients with depression.

Furthermore, there were many studies finding positive results in cases of epilepsy, glaucoma, cancer, autism, and aging effects.

Is CBD vegan-friendly?

CBD is short for cannabidiol which is a chemical compound extracted from the cannabis plant, which, in its essence, makes it a vegan-friendly compound. Unlike THC, it is a non-psychoactive share of the plant, so – no – it won’t get you high.

Hemp, one of the plants that contain CBD could be a perfect food for vegans, since it contains more protein than lamb or beef, and it wins the battle with another popular alternative protein source – flax seeds. It also includes vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids.

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There are several ways to use CBD, and they include using CBD oil directly, smoking or vaping CBD (all of which is without a doubt vegan-friendly), and eating CBD edibles. The latter one is the trickiest because many CBD edibles contain animal-origin ingredients, so they are not suitable for vegans. This means that you need to read your labels well when buying CBD products that are supposedly vegan.

CBD oil, on the other hand, is a dietary supplement that delivers all the good sides of CBD and the natural benefits of hemp. It is non-intoxicating and, therefore, federally legal in the United States. It interacts with the organism via an endocannabinoid system thus encouraging balance in the organism and keeping the crucial functions (memory, immunity, mood, and metabolism) working optimally. The fact that it offers vitamin B complex keeps you energized. Not to mention that it is an animal-free source of iron.

Isolate or full-spectrum CBD?

Before you begin consummating CBD, you need to be aware that there is not a single type of this compound. There is a significant difference between CBD isolate and full-spectrum, and it reflects mostly in their ingredients. The isolate type is the purest form of CBD, while full-spectrum contains other compounds found in cannabidiol. The latter one can be more effective and it has a stronger sedative effect.

Can you “cook it up” yourself?

There is a reason we mentioned isolate and full-spectrum CBD in the previous paragraph. CBD isolate is more often used as a food ingredient than the full-spectrum, and it can be added to the food because it most frequently comes in the form of a powder and it is THC-free.

The CBD isolate is tasteless (it can be somewhat bitter) and odorless. It is easily dissolved in liquids. A quality product will contain no preservatives, no additives, and no solvents. Most importantly, it will be made from organic (non-GMO) hemp.

Most recipes with CBD focus on sweets, because if you get stuck with a bitter powder, it is easy to cover this taste with some sugar. However, there are ways to do the same in savory dishes, especially if you are using oil-based ingredient (coconut oil is a great choice).

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It is important to note that CBD should not be placed on direct heat and that it begins to evaporate at temperatures higher than degrees Fahrenheit. Overheating it will make it lose its valuable properties and it will make the bitterness come out to the surface even more.

If it is your first time cooking with CBD, start with small amounts and serve in smaller batches.

There are many vegan recipes where CBD isolate can make the difference by infusing additional minerals, vitamins, protein, and fatty acids. You can make CBD chocolate mousse, brownies, and cookies. As for the savoury dishes, you can try with pesto, vegetable soups, pasta, guacamole, and sauces.

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To answer the question above all the question: Yes, CBD aligns with a vegan diet. However, if you are buying CBD edibles, you need to make sure they do not contain any animal products. Do you know what the safest way to be sure is? Well, you can cook the edibles yourself, according to various recipes you can find online.

The post Hottest Wellness Trend: Do CBD Products Alight With Vegan Diet? appeared first on Raw Blend.

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The perfect recipe for those who are dairy intolerant or Vegan. This Cashew Mylk is creamy and a delicious and nutritious alternative. You can add more sweetener if you like and take it on the go with you! 

Equipment Ingredients 
  • 1/3 cup cashews
  • 1 ½ cups filtered water
  • 1/2 medjool date (pitted)
  • Sprinkle of cinnamon
  • 4-5 cubes ice
Method 
  1. Put all the ingredients into the Vitamix 600ml container in the order listed.
  2. Screw the blade onto the container, using the arrows, and attach to the Vitamix base.
  3. Select drink setting and turn the machine on.
  4. Add to your cereal, or smoothie or store in an airtight container for later.
Note
  • If using manual settings or a 2L container, blend on high speed for 45 seconds to 1 minute until desired consistency is reached.
  • Can be stored in airtight container, in the fridge for up to 5 days.

 

How to Make Cashew Mylk - YouTube

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A simple way to use up bulk garlic that’s sitting in your kitchen! Just dehydrate your bulbs until they are completely dry and then whizz them up in your 225ml Vitamix blending cup. 

Equipment Ingredients 
  • 2-3 bulbs of garlic
Method 
  1. Peel and wash the garlic cloves then roughly chop.
  2. Put garlic onto dehydrator trays.
  3. Dehydrate at 50 degrees Celsius for 8-12 hours.
  4. Blend the dehydrated garlic for 30-60 seconds to form a Garlic Powder.
  5. Store in an air tight container.

How to Make Garlic Powder - YouTube

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Delicious. Bright. Beautiful. That’s how you’ll be feeling after this smoothie creation! We love adding Basil into our smoothies regularly. Have you tried any other herbs in your smoothie creations? 

Ingredients 
  • 1 punnet blueberries
  • 1 banana (peeled)
  • 1 kiwi fruit
  • 1 lemon (peeled)
  • 1 beetroot (peeled)
  • 1 passionfruit (seeds only)
  • 1 bunch basil
  • 1 date (pitted)
  • 2 cups ice
Method 
  1. Add all ingredients to the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure the lid.
  2. Select Variable 1 or the Drinks program.
  3. Start the machine, slowly increase to its highest speed, and blend for 1 minute; or start the machine and allow the Drinks program to complete. Use the tamper to effectively press the ingredients into the blades whilst processing.
  4. Stop the machine and serve.

How to Make a Blue Basil Beet Smoothie in a Vitamix Ascent! - YouTube

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Raw Blend by Claire Walters - 2M ago

Well, I don’t know about you guys but I feel as though I have just finalised saying all my Merry Christmas’ and a Happy New Year!

It’s already Easter time! I should feel more prepared I guess. The supermarkets gave me an ample amount of time with them releasing their Easter confectionery and decorations, not to mention the Hot Cross Buns… IN JANUARY!

January… come on… January? I’d hate to find a hidden Easter Egg that was purchased in January. Although, with all the additives and preservatives found in some of the confectionery I’m pretty sure that most of them would outlive my expected life span. At worst… it would be very melted thanks to the good ol’ Brisbane Humidity.

As a kid, Easter time meant Chocolate. I know that I should have held the religious sentiments closer to heart however; Easter to me meant my Birthday and Chocolate.

Pretty selfish of me I know…

So why the Easter Bunny and Easter Eggs?

I guess the Easter Bunny is very similar to Santa Claus. Sneaking around at night to leave you some wonderful surprises in the morning.

Easter Time is a very religious affair for some. A time for chocolate and gifts for others. An extended Holiday from work for most and for some… it has no significant meaning to them at all.

That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some tasty treats! Here are a few that we have whipped together minus all the nasty additives.

Equipment
  • Vitamix 2L Wet container
Ingredients – Chocolate Nests
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil (melted)
  • 1/2 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1/4 cup coconut syrup
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 pinch Himalayan salt
Ingredients – Eggs for the Nests
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup hemp seeds (shelled)
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds
  • 1 pinch Himalayan salt
  • 2 Tbsp lucuma powder
  • 1 Tbsp coconut nectar/ maple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 6 drops mint essences
Ingredients – Melted White Chocolate
  • 6 Tbsp virgin coconut oil (melted)
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup or coconut nectar
  • 1/4 tsp real vanilla powder
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 pinch Himalayan salt
Method – Chocolate Nests
  1. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and form into balls and then mould them into a nest shape. You may need to warm the coconut butter slightly.
  2. Chill in the refrigerator on greaseproof paper.
Method – Eggs for the Nests
  1. Put all the ingredients into the Vitamix 2L wet container in the order listed and secure the lid.
  2. Select Variable 1. Turn the machine on and quickly increase the speed to 10, then override to High.
  3. Use the tamper to effectively press the ingredients into the blades whilst processing, until you have formed dough.
  4. Form the small eggs in the size of kidney beans and place them on top of a plate with grease proof paper.
  5. Put the eggs in the freezer while you make the melted white chocolate.
Method – Melted White Chocolate
  1. Slowly melt the coconut oil in a water bath. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir with a whisk.
  2. Wait until the melted chocolate thickens as it cools down.
  3. When it’s become thicker it is time to start dipping the eggs.
  4. Lay them on the grease proof paper to harden.
  5. Flip them to make sure they won’t stick to the paper.

Ingredients – Shortbread
  • 2 cups macadamia nuts (ground into flour)
  • 3-4 pitted dates
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla paste
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp Himalayan sea salt
Method – Shortbread
  1. Place all your ingredients into your 2L Vitamix wet container and secure the lid.
  2. Turn your variable speed dial to speed 7 and pulse your machine on and off a few times to start processing your dough.
  3. Once you have pulsed 3 or 4 times quickly turn your machine up to HIGH speed and use your tamper effectively to push the ingredients down to the blade. It is important to get onto HIGH speed as quick as possible and to use that tamper.
  4. Once you have formed a dough cut it out into your desired shapes. I used a cookie cutter for the “Bunny Bums” and an olive oil lid for the bunny feet.
  5. Once all shapes have been cut place them on your mesh dehydrator sheets and dehydrate on HIGH (65 degrees Celsius) for 4 hours.
  6. After 4 hours turn the heat down to 40 degrees Celsius and dehydrate for about 24 hours or until you think they are ready.
  7. Once you think the cookies are ready place them in the fridge before you start to move them around as they are very delicate and I found them easier to work with once they had been set in the fridge for a while.
Ingredients – Cashew Icing
  • 3/4 cup cashews (soaked 24 hours)
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 3 Tbsp rice malt syrup (or liquid sweetener of choice)
  • 1 tsp vanilla paste
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 pinch cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp beetroot juice to add some colour (optional)
Method – Cashew Icing
  1. Put all the ingredients into the Vitamix 2L container in the order listed and secure the lid.
  2. Select Variable 1. Turn the machine on and quickly increase the speed to 10, then override to High.
  3. Use the tamper to effectively press the ingredients into the blades whilst processing
  4. Blend for 45-60 seconds or until smooth.
 Assembly
  1. Take your cookie parts out of the fridge and start to spread the icing onto the ” bunny bums”
  2. Stick two feet onto each “bunny bum” and pipe some additional icing on them to make the feet. I missed this when assembling mine! So I had a little help from photoshop in the image above… cheeky…
  3. Use some shredded coconut for the bunny tail and you’re done!

Please note… I am not very good at decorating as you can probably see…

HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE!

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Raw Blend by Claire Walters - 2M ago

There’s chocolate. There are hot cross buns… and then there’s Choc Cross Buns! However, the RAW and healthier option! Introducing the Choc cRAWs Bun! It’s full of real ingredients and it’s certainly a healthier option to the conventional hot cross bun out there that are sometimes filled with chemicals and nasties.

The Hot Cross Bun is traditionally eaten on Good Friday and the cross on top, in today’s society, is meant to represent the crucifixion.

Marking a cross on the bun is of ancient origin and is connected with religious offerings of bread. An example of this is when the Egyptians would offer small round cakes marked with the horns of an ox, to the goddess of the moon. Another example of this is when the Saxons ate buns marked with a cross in honour of the goddess of Light, Eostre, whose name was transferred to Easter.

Originally the cross was created by simply cutting a cross into the top of the bread before it was baked. This is still an option however; once it is baked it is quite hard to make out the shape of the cross. This lead to highlighting the cross in different ways such as applying it after baking using a mix of icing sugar and milk.

Not my recipe though! Say goodbye to Icing Sugar and Milk and enjoy these super yummy Choc cRAWs Buns!

For the “bread” part of the Hot cRAWs Buns I just used out Cacao Bliss Balls recipe and omitted some of the cacao to make them slightly lighter in colour. I also added some cinnamon and you could also try adding some orange zest to really spice it up!

Ingredients
  • 1 cup medjool dates (pitted)
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1/4 cup cacao power
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil (melted)
  • 1/3 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 pinch cinnamon powder
  • Optional: orange zest
  • 1 pinch Himalayan sea salt
  • 1 Tbsp chia gel (mix 2 tsp chia seeds with 2 Tbsp water to form a gel)
Method
  1. Put all the ingredients into the Vitamix 2L container in the order listed and secure the lid.
  2. Turn your variable speed dial to 10 and pulse the machine on and off 5 times for 3 seconds each time.
  3. Select Variable 1. Turn the machine on and quickly increase the speed to 10, then override to High.
  4. Use the tamper to effectively press the ingredients into the blades whilst processing.
  5. Blend until you have a nice dough consistency.
  6. Roll the dough into a squashed spherical shape so it gives you the Hot Cross Bun look.
  7. Set the bliss balls in the fridge and it’s time to make your cross mixture.

Ingredients
  • 1 cup cashews (soaked for 24 hours and rinsed)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 Tbsp liquid sweetener of choice
  • 2 tsp quality vanilla bean paste
  • 4 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 pinch cinnamon
  • 1 pinch salt
Method
  1. Put all the ingredients into the Vitamix 2L container in the order listed and secure the lid.
  2. Turn your variable speed dial to 10 and pulse the machine on and off 5 times for 3 seconds each time.
  3. Select Variable 1. Turn the machine on and quickly increase the speed to 10, then override to High.
  4. Use the tamper to effectively press the ingredients into the blades whilst processing.
  5. Blend until you have a nice smooth icing mixture.
  6. Place your icing mixture into a piping bag or sandwich bag and pipe over your hot cross buns.
  7. Serve and enjoy!
Have a safe and Happy Easter everyone!

The post Easter Inspiration:<br> Hot cRAWs Buns appeared first on Raw Blend.

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I have honestly become juice obsessed since owning a Greenstar Elite Juicer. The creations / possibilities are endless and the quality of juice that the Greenstar Elite creates is amazing. I was feeling a little under weather recently and I always find that raw garlic is an absolute saviour. So I added it to a juice! 

Yes. I added garlic cloves to a juice creation and the outcome was surprisingly tasty! The Greenstar Elite Juicer makes it so easy and delicious.

Zinger Juice 

Submitted by Claire @Team Raw Blend
Makes – 250mls
Serves – One person

Ingredients 

3 x Radish, no leaves
1 x Lemon, peeled
2 x Limes, peeled
5 x Garlic Cloves
1/2 Bunch Fresh Thyme
1/2 Small lebanese cucumber
1/2 Orange, peeled

Method 
  1. Wash and Chop all ingredients to ensure they fit down the Greenstar Elite Chute
  2. Juice all ingredients
  3. Drink straight away
Happy Juicing 

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Just because you’re busy doesn’t mean you can skip on the healthy goods and drinks! This Green Smoothie To Go is simple to make, a great hit of nutrients and made even easier when using the 600ml blending cup for the Vitamix Ascent Series. 

Green Smoothie To Go 

Submitted by Claire @Team Raw Blend
Makes – 1 x 600ml cup
Serves – 1 person

Equipment
  • Vitamix Ascent Series Blender
  • Ascent 600ml Blending Cup
Ingredients
  • 1/3 cup ice
  • 1/3 cup fresh mango, peeled
  • 1/4 ripe banana, peeled
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1/4 cup green grapes
  • 1/4 cup water or milk of choice
Method
  1. Add ingredients to your Vitamix 600ml blending cup in the order listed above
  2. Screw blade base on securel
  3. Blend for 45 seconds on high speed
  4. Drink straight away or simply pop the travel lid on to – go!

How to Make a Green Smoothie To Go in a Vitamix - YouTube

Happy Blending on the run! 

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