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Appletiser mocktails

By Appletiser on

Our Headline Partner Appletiser is here to help you Go Sober for October with these thirst-quenching mocktail recipes. Give these quick and easy recipes a try and enjoy the refreshing flavours as well as a clear head the next morning.


Appletiser Elderflower Punch

  • 15ml Elderflower syrup
  • 12.5ml Lime juice
  • 100ml Appletiser

Method

  1. Add all the ingredients into a copper mug
  2. Fill glass with crushed ice
  3. Top with Appletiser and stir well
  4. Garnish with a mint sprig.




Guava & Lychee Appletiser Fizz

  • 50ml Lychee Juice
  • 50ml Guava Juice
  • 100ml Appletiser
  • Two Raspberries

Method

  1. Add the lime juice, guava juice, and lychee juice into a highball glass in a glass filled with cubed ice.
  2. Stir well and top with Appletiser.
  3. Garnish with two...
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Mocktails for Go Sober

By Go Sober Team on

Giving up the booze doesn’t have to be boring – we’re not talking about sipping kale juice smoothies here. Think of it less of an exercise in detoxing and more of an opportunity to experiment with great flavour combination – without the unpleasantness of the morning after.

‘Mocktails’ have always been somewhat of the cocktail's frumpy sister, but whereas the cocktail can easily hide behind a boozy kick, with non-alcoholic concoctions flavour is king. Not only are they a healthier alternative to their alcoholic siblings, but they’re just as much a treat for the weekend.

We’ve cherry picked a selection of tasty recipes below, lovingly created by Georgi Radev – resident mixologist of one of London’s finest cocktail bars, Mahiki.


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Cacao Coconut Rough Balls

By Karen McLean on

It’s SNACK TIME!!! These cacao coconut rough balls are the easiest snacks to make and are perfect for chocoholics, like me!!! Throw it all into a blender and roll them up into bite-size energy balls. It’sas simple as that!! There is much hype about cacao and I am absolutely crazy for it!!

Cacao is theraw unprocessed for of cocoa and is considered a “super-food”. The benefits of cacao are phenomenal: rich in antioxidants, contains essential vitamins and minerals, promotes healthy skin, mood enhancing… intense chocolate flavour!! I’m addicted to this stuff!! I love the combination of chocolate and coconut and these balls are packed full of goodies, which will keep you energised throughout the day! Even possibly bouncing up and down the...

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Simple Chia Pudding

By Karen McLean on

Chia puddings are a bowl packed full of Omega 3 fatty acids! I love the soothing gel-like texture of this pudding – it’s just so simple to make and so easy to eat! What I love about chia puddings is the many different ways it can be served! Layered with fresh fruit, granola, nuts, superseeds, berry compotes, fruit smoothies. The combinations are endless! This is also perfect served on its own for the little ones as it is very easy to swallow and is only slightly sweetened. This is a truly nutritious breakfast, which will give you a radiant glowing skin!

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 cup milk of choice (soy, almond, coconut milk etc)
  • 1 tsp sweetener of choice (raw agave syrup, maple syrup, honey)
  • tsp vanilla bean paste

Method

  1. Combine...
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5 Ingredient Chocolate Cake

By Bianca Slade on

At Wholefood Simply, my passion is to recreate traditional treats and sweets to suit my whole food ways. I keep my ingredients and methods simple without compromising on taste. Try my easy 5-ingredient chocolate cake.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup full fat coconut milk
  • 400 grams dark chocolate, roughly broken into pieces
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 cups almond meal

Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 150C or 300F
  2. Grease and line a round 18cm cake tin.
  3. Fill a kettle with water and boil
  4. Place the coconut milk, chocolate and honey into a medium sized saucepan over low heat. Stir continuously until chocolate has melted and the mixture is well combined. (Keep the heat low as you do not want to burn the chocolate.)
  5. Once melted and well combined, remove from...
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Antioxidant Smoothie

By The Fit Foodie on

Aside from this being insanely pretty, strawberries and acai make for a refreshing and detoxifying smoothie. Full of antioxidants to clear your skin, this one is a great way to start your day if you’re feeling a bit run-down.

Serves 1

Ingredients

  • 2 cups unsweetened coconut water
  • 1 cup plain greek yoghurt
  • 1 tbsp acai powder
  • 6 strawberries

To garnish (optional)

  • Unsweetened coconut flakes
  • Dried lavender
  • Goji berries
  • Red fruit tea mix


Method:

  1. Add ingredients to a blender and process until smooth.
  2. Serve between two chilled glasses and garnish as desired.


Tip: For an extra boost, add 1 scoop of vanilla protein to make this a great post-workout snack.


Recipe courtesy of The Fit Foodie

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Chicken Curry

By NHS Choices on

Preparation: 15 minutes.

Cooking: 45 minutes.

Ingredients:

  • Olive oil or vegetable oil (1 tbsp)
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • Tomato purée (1 tbsp)
  • 1 medium chilli, chopped
  • Chilli, coriander, cumin and turmeric powder ( tsp of each)
  • Chicken breast, chopped (250g/9oz)
  • Natural yoghurt (1 tbsp)
  • Black pepper to taste
  • Basmati rice (130g/4oz)
  • Cauliflower (160g/5oz)
  • 1 cube of ginger (10mm/ inch), finely chopped
  • Fresh coriander (1 tbsp)

Instructions

  1. Heat the oil in a large, non-stick saucepan or frying pan, and fry the onions until soft. Add the garlic, tomato, tomato purée, chopped chilli and spices. Cook for a few minutes. Then add two tablespoons of water and allow to reduce.
  2. ...
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Super Green Smoothie

By Karen McLean on

I give 110% into everything I do, whether it’s work, cooking, health, fitness, friends and family. I love to make the most of each and every day because we only get one chance! In order to give my best, I have to keep myself energized and ready for what lies in my day ahead. A typical morning for me includes going for a run around Burj Khalifa (tallest building in the WORLD!!) and then drinking a super green smoothie before going to work. I love going for a run in the mornings as it gives me that much needed extra energy boost for the day!

I always look forward to drinking my super green smoothie as it keeps me happy, both on the inside and out! Even the thought of green smoothies, makes me feel good. Start off with one handful of...

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Superfood Caramels

By The Fit Foodie on

These tasty caramels come totally guilt-free. Tahini is simply ground sesame seeds – full of healthy fats and nutrients to nourish your body. Throw in some metabolism-boosting coconut oil, low GI Sweetner, high antioxidant cacao powder and an awesome superfood powder, and really this could be medicine. Right? Baobab powder has a delicious caramelised pear flavour. It’s high in fibre, vitamin C, potassium (great for workout recovery), and acts as a natural prebiotic. If you can’t lay your hands on any, there’s some handy substitutions available in the Tips section below.

SERVES: 6

INGREDIENTS:

For the caramel

  • 1 tablespoon tahini (heaped)
  • tablespoon melted coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon rice malt syrup
  • 1 tablespoon stevia (I use Natvia)
  • ...
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