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Vegan christmas sweet treats

Vegan Christmas Cooking Tips

Christmas is all about eating tasty stuff, but there’s no reason why you can’t stay healthy and enjoy wholefoods at the same time! Our expert nutritionist, Lucy-Ann has put together a couple of simple and delicious vegan treats for you to whip up with plenty of time left for enjoying the holiday cheer. 

Winter berry, banana and coconut smoothie

Serves 2-3

  • 270g of fresh or frozen blackberries or other berries of choice

  • 1 banana, peeled and chopped

  • 250ml pure organic coconut water

  • Place the chopped banana and blackberries in a blender or processor. Add the coconut water and blend until smooth and creamy. Serve immediately. 

What’s great about this recipe?

This delicious smoothie is full of vitamin C as well as natural fruit sugars to energise and nourish the body. It also has excellent amounts of fibre, which helps slow the release of glucose into the bloodstream, providing lasting energy. 

Organic chocolate-coated figs with ginger and nutmeg

Makes 6 figs

  • 50g of organic high-cocoa dairy free or “raw” chocolate (70-75% cocoa)

  • 6 organic dried figs

  • ¼ tsp of cinnamon

  • ¼ tsp of ground ginger

  • ¼ tsp of nutmeg

Preparation and cooking:

Melt the chocolate in a pan, over a low heat. Add the cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg, and stir. Taking one fig at a time, coat one side with the warm chocolate, turn and coat the other. Place on a plate. Coat all the figs in the same way, placing them one by one on the plate. Finally, put the plate of coated figs in the fridge for at least one hour for the chocolate to set.

What’s great about this recipe?

Figs are great sources of natural sugars, as well as calcium and other essential minerals. High-cocoa chocolate or raw chocolate also has some great nutritional benefits. For starters, chocolate contains L-Arginine, an amino acid that boosts production of Nitric Oxide (NO) in the body. NO plays a vital role in blood vessel dilation and is responsible for blood flow to organs, including the heart, and even the sex organs! Ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg are popular spices have their own nutritional merits, collectively promoting a healthy immune system, antioxidant support and good digestion.


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