During the summer of last year, we were at a friend's place for a Vegetarian Meetup party. (I am a member of a Vegetarian Meetup group here and we occasionally meet for a shared dinner and other activities. Although lately, I haven't really had time for any of the meetups).
That evening, an exuberant toddler was playing around and was quite literally the centre of attraction; he was so full of life! I instantly became very fond of him. Later, I came to meet his mum who is Heather. I remember being quite literally mesmerized both by her radiating natural look and bubbliness. That night we didn't actually had any conversation, Heather and I, but I did had a great time playing with her super adorable toddler. He is just the most healthy looking kid I had ever seen, quite pleasantly enjoying his own company. To be honest, I first mistook him for a girl with his long curly hair!
Boyfriendlovlie was quicker to become friends with Heather's partner who was also there. So that is how we eventually kept in touch and later I came to know that Heather is actually mostly a raw vegan. Apart from thriving mostly on a raw diet, Heather is actually a Kundali Yoga Teacher qualified in many healing modalities and has over 10 years experience as a Natural Remedies, Health and Beauty Manager while working in the UK for the Natural Products industry. She now lives in Ireland teaching raw recipes, homemade beauty potions, kundalini yoga, also writing and running her online shop www.consciousearthcompany.com. She also has a Facebook page where she shares her amazing raw concoctions and much more.
Heather's natural health and beauty writings are really as much informative as they are enjoyable. I really look forward to them as I am always learning something new and interesting. Here's a list of my favourite articles from her:
Do The Beet Test: How to Tell if You Have Low Stomach Acid & Weak Digestion
Natural Health & Beauty: 6 Stinging Nettle Recipes for Healthy Hair, Skin & Nails
How to Use Nettle Seeds to Make Your Own Wild, Green Superfoods
The Powerful Properties of Pine Trees (and other Extraordinary Evergreens)
Beat Cellulite and Tone your Skin with Hot and Cold Shower Hydrotherapy
and much more here.
I am really honored to be featuring Heather on this blog. Today, she is sharing with us one of her yummy raw recipes, Crazy Like A Coconut Chia Pudding. You can subscribe to her Facebook page for more amazing recipes and natural beauty concoctions.
*CRAZY LIKE A COCONUT CHIA PUDDING*
*Basic Recipe Ingredients*
1 large Mango
1 Brown Coconut (green if u have it)
1 large Banana (or 2 small)
1 tsp Cinnamon
dash of Vanilla
1/2 cup Chia seeds
Put the flesh of the mango, coconut & banana in the blender, add cinnamon & vanilla and enough coconut water or nut milk to blend, but keep it thick.
Pour into a bowl and stir in 1/2 cup of chia seeds. Stir it really well and allow to stand for a minimum of 10 mins, stir it every so often to avoid clumping. When its ready either eat as it is or chill and serve in little bowls garnished with fruit, goji berries or cacao nibs :)
Add to the basic batter mix, the following:
1/2 cup cashew nuts
1/4 cup coconut oil or cacao butter
1/4 cup lacuma powder
Then follow the above recipe.
While the above recipe sets
- prepare a cashew cream (or hemp cream) blend cashew/shelled hemp seeds, vanilla, lemon juice & sweetener with enough liquid to make a thick cream.
- cut up some fruit attractively, such as more mango, papaya, banana, red grapes, strawberries, blueberries....
- get out some pretty glasses or even wine glasses
- then create layers of the different ingredients in the glasses, however you like, you can try
a layer of fruit
a layer of cream
a layer of chia pudding
.....and so on, ending with fruit &/or cream on top......perfect for impressing your RAW Skeptical friends this summer!