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  • I scream, you scream, we all scream for Angel Cream

    Alpha Dream Angel Cream

    I have to say I wasn't sure how this luscious new addition to the Alpha Dream range, Angel Cream, was going to compare to my all time favourite Supreme Cream.  You see, I'm a total sucker for anything with glitter in it and so Supreme Cream takes a lot of beating.

    With almost entirely edible ingredients, including cacao butter, coconut butter, monoi de Tahiti, hemp oil, aloe, MSM, jasmine, clary sage, ylang ylang and may chang. Angel Cream is a deliciously light and soft body cream suitable for those that want all the benefits of raw natural skincare but without the glitter...


    I find this cream very hydrating and great for dry skin.  I've been slathering it all over my legs and arms and my friend commented the other day I was feeling very smooth!  A little certainly goes a long way.

    The fragrance is very light and sweet and the only difficulty is trying to refrain from eating it!

  • Here we go round the mulberry bush...

    Black Mulberries

    Do you remember that children’s poem?

    Here we go round the mulberry bush,
    The mulberry bush,
    The mulberry bush.
    Here we go round the mulberry bush
    On a cold and frosty morning.

    Funny cos mulberries don’t grow on bushes they grow on trees!

    Anyway, I want to tell you about these little beauties.  Black Mulberries – as it says on the packet, these are the dried fruit for Goths.  But even if you're not a Goth and hold no Goth-aspirations, you will still LOVE these!

    Mulberries are a popular medicinal herb used in Traditional Chinese Medicine and are thought to support the kidney and liver.

    These berries are multi-coloured geniuses.  When young, they are anything from white or green to pale yellow with pink edges!  When they are ripening they turn red and then slowly go from dark purple to black.

    Rich in nutrients such as Vitamins C and K, iron, calcium, and fibre, black mulberries are an excellent superfood.  They are also full of antioxidants, have anti-inflammatory properties and are huge in the antioxidant anthocyanin.  Wow that’s a lot of ants isn’t it?

    Black mulberries have a really incredible texture and taste.  They do look a little teeny bit like rabbit droppings but definitely don’t taste like it even though I don’t know what rabbit droppings taste like…they might even taste nice?

    Moving on, they’re very like raisins but certainly not as sweet.  The taste is still sweet but not sickly sweet like raisins can be.  They’d be great to use in recipes as an alternative to dates, raisins or any other sweetener.  However I just eat them straight from the bag.  I’m not massive on dried fruit but I have to say I’ve been going back for just another handful since I opened the bag!

    The great news is that black mulberries also have an antihyperglycemic effect which means they won’t mess about with your blood sugar levels.  This makes them even more ideal and my favourite snacky type snack thing to snack on for snacking purposes.

    I also plopped a big handful in my chia pudding this morning and it was delicious!

  • Naked on Valentine's Day!

    Raw Chocolate Naked Pie

    I must've been pretty damn amazing in a past life because I seem to get all the good stuff in this one!  Namely, a delivery of one Naked Raw Chocolate Pie on Valentine's day.  Not bought for me from the husband but hey, who's complaining?

    Raw Chocolate Pies are a new addition to the raw chocolate market - you can never have too many raw chocolate options to choose from - and come in a variety of flavours including: Festive, Chocolate and Chilli, Chocolate and Goji, Ginger and Orange, Chocolate Booster, Chocolate with nuts and Naked.

    Made by Living Foods of St Ives, these cheeky little pies are reminscent to me of what would happen if a chocolate bar ever mated with a chocolate cake (could happen).  That is, a chocolatey, gooey but still a bit crunchy, cakey type mix that's not too heavy but very satisfactorily filling and moreish.


    The Naked version of the pie is just a simple pie without anything extra added but raw chocolate, coconut butter, yacon, lucuma, agave and carob flour.  It's recommended that you put it in the fridge first but being the raw chocolate devourer that I am, I didn't have time for that hoo hah and went straight in for the taste.  Jeez, just having to stop to take pictures of it takes up too much of my important chocolate eating time!

    To look at it you might think it would be very heavy but it really isn't!  In fact, it's probably the lightest raw pie of it's kind that I've tasted.  It's still got a crumbly texture so make sure you're ready to hoover up any little crumbs...with your mouth obviously.

    It's incredibly great value for money too at £2.20 for 60 whopping grams!

    Can't wait to get trying all the other flavours...where's that husband of mine? :)

  • the new blackcurrant

    Following on from my earlier blog about blackcurrant powder, I thought I'd share another wee recipe I've made using this marvellously fruity curranty mix

    Blackcurrant Milkshake

    Serves 2

    3 cups of hemp milk (you can use whatever milk you prefer)

    1 TBSP blackcurrant powder

    1 TBSP lecithin

    1 TBSP lucuma

    1 tsp vanilla powder

    1 tsp purple corn

    1 TBSP sweetner of choice (honey, agave, xylitol)

    Blend and enjoy whilst marvelling at how purple it all is :)

  • Oh my rawtella!


    When I was in my sixth year at high school, every single day after school me and a couple of friends would go to my best friend Jo's house (she's still my best friend...actually, all my friends are the best).  As soon as we walked in the door we'd go straight to the kitchen and get out a loaf of bread and the mammoth jar of nutella.  I think I'd average between 4 and 6 pieces of toast and nutella every day!  I was a hardened nutella addict!

    Unfortunately, the real Nutella is jam-packed with quite a few less than healthy ingredients including refined white sugar, a whopping 55% of the entire ingredients, vegetable oil (and I'm not talking from a carrot), hazelnuts (hooray) making up 13%, cocoa, a teeny toaty 7% (hello? chocolate spread?) and other paraphenalia not even worth mentioning including artifical vanilla flavouring...ok so I did mention it.

    Thankfully, Raw Living have brought to our wonderful selves a brand new healthy raw vegan, nutella reminiscent, chocolatey spread made using but the finest of ingredients of course.  It's called Rawtella (naturally).  The producers combine soaked and dehydrated organic hazelnuts and stone-grind them with organic cacao nibs and coconut crystals for a sumptuous spread you will become addicted to!  Oh yes you will...

    The amazing news (as if you could get any more amazing than a healthy chocolate spread) is that it won't affect your sugar levels as it's made with coconut sugar, a low glycemic sweetener.

    If you're stuck for ideas on what to do with it (?) then you'll be pleased to hear there are many uses as suggested by Raw Living:

    • Ice cream topping
    • Spread over berries, figs and other fruits
    • Delicious inside crepes
    • Spread over croissants
    • Instant hot chocolate! - Simply add 1 heaping tablespoon of Rawtella to 1 cup hot water.  Stir well and enjoy!
    • Perfect for chocolate fondue
    • Or, just eat it straight from the jar off the spoon!

    I have to say I opted mainly for the last one.  In fact, entirely.  Jar, spoon, gob, in that order and very enjoyable it was too!  Once you've tasted it, it's very difficult to fight the overwhelming compulsion to keep going back to the jar for another spoonful of the dreamy, creamy, melt in your mouth, chocolatey goodness.

    Although more expensive than your usual run of the mill chocolate spread (coming in at a whopping £12.95 a jar) I can say that it's worth the price for the indulgent experience.

    Given the price I'm more likely to save it for extra special occasions - if nothing else for fear of being locked away in a rehab for rawtella addicts!

  • blackcurrant power

    Blackcurrant Powder

    The following is a true story, names have not been changed to protect the ecstatic!

    I was reading the Donna Gates Body Ecology book the other day and it was talking about things to eat to combat candida.  If you haven't already read the book it recommends cutting out sweet fruits with the exception of lemons, limes, cranberries and blackcurrants.  So I thought to myself, the last time I had blackcurrants was in a carton of Ribena about ten years ago, how on earth will I find any blackcurrants?  I don't think I've even seen a real-life blackcurrant since I was a little girl!  Raw Living to the rescue (I swear I manifested this) with their magical blackcurrant powder!


    Black currants are rich in many phytonutrients, antioxidants, vitamins, essential fatty acids and minerals

    In particular, they are renowned for their high content in Vitamin C, Omega-6 and potassium.  They have twice the potassium of bananas, four times the vitamin C of oranges, and twice the antioxidants of blueberries!

    The powder itself is very concentrated in flavour so you only need a little bit.  I decided to make a blackcurrant chia pudding, which I'm calling Ri-chia.  You can also add it to smoothies, cakes and chocolates for a fruity punch, it does pack a real KaPow!


    Soak 2 TBSP of chia in 1 cup of pure water overnight, the next morning add:

    1 TBSP Blackcurrant Powder

    1 TBSP Lucuma

    1 TBSP sweetener of choice (raw honey, agave, etc.)

    Add more water if you want to make a runnier pudding!  Top with goji berries if desired

  • Baobalicious

    Baobab Powder

    I recently got my hands on some baobab.  I always get excited trying out a new superfood, thinking about how I can add it in to my already supershero-esque diet.  Baobab is actually an African tree which grows lush green fruits inside of which are a pale powder that is super sweet and tangy.  It’s a powerhouse of nutrtition including potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium,  vitamin C, and B vitamins. It’s a fantastic antioxidant, has anti-inflammatory properties, and is an effective prebiotic.  What more can you ask for?

    Baobab certainly doesn't disappoint.  It's very reminiscent of camu camu with it's fruity sweet and tangy flavour but with a lot more depth.  What's more exciting though is just how versatile a product it is.  Of course it fits in well with smoothies and nut milks (goes really well with purple corn and berries) but also chocolate recipes and savoury dishes!

    I got a wonderful recipe courtesy of one Kate Magic and the lovely people at which I enjoyed over some spiralised courgette.

    Kate’s terrific Baobab sauce

    • 3 tomatoes
    • 1 red pepper
    • 6 sundried tomatoes
    • 2 TBSP olive oil
    • 1 TBSP apple cider vinegar (didn’t have any, used lemon juice)
    • 1 tsp tamari
    • 1/4 red onion
    • 1/2 avocado
    • 1/2 red chilli pepper
    • 1 TBSP baobab

    You can blend it all together but I used the food processor and it worked a wee treat!  Yummy!

  • enter the dragon!

    Alpha Dream Dragon Cream

    This is a first!  Reviewing a product for men!  Luckily I have a husband of the male variety that tested the brand new Alpha Dream Dragon Cream on my behalf...

    Let me begin by saying that my other half is a man of very few words so this was going to be somewhat of a challenge.  However, I'm pleased to say it wasn't as hard as blood out of a stone as I thought it might be.

    'The husband', as I lovingly refer to him, has only recently started to shy away from conventional chemical-laden products.  Not that he uses that many.  I think he wants me to be clear he's no metro-sexual with umpteen products to primp and preen.  Nope, he's a real man's man, one product to wash (body and hair), one to moisturise.  However, after a bit of harping on by moi he has opted for more natural products and so was a bit more open to trying out Kate's latest spa sensation.

    Dragon Cream is very reminiscent of its female counterpart (the sparkley and amazing Alpha Dream Supreme Cream which I LOVE) and has many similar ingredients to include cacao butter, coconut butter, shea butter, hemp oil, Aloe with MSM, Klamath Lake blue-green algae, frankincense oil, cedarwood oil, ginger oil, mandarin oil.

    Ok so from what I can obtain from the husband here are his my words...thankfully!

    The cream has a nice texture, really easy to put on and blends in well.  The smell is not as overpowering as the other creams he has used in the past.  A little goes a long way and is absorbed quickly so you don't walk about with a big sheen on your face (not Charlie Sheen).  Also it leaves your face nicely moisturised.

    So there you have it.  Now confession time.  When I saw how nice his skin was looking on the cream I stole some.  He caught me though, the big finger scoop mark kinda gave it away.  But the best news is that you can share and share alike.  That's what marriage is all about right?


  • Be Real, Ethereal

    Be Real

    You know what I missed the most since going raw? Cereal!  A lovely big bowl of crunchy cereal with lashings of cold milk.  That was my fave comfort food since as far back as I can remember.  Any kind of cereal would do as long as there was lots of it.  Of course, when I went raw I knew I could make my own style granola but to be honest it just didn't cut the cereal mustard.

    Imagine my delight when Kate mentioned she was working on a raw cereal range?  I couldn't wait to get my greedy little hands on the new Be Real!  I ordered all three varieties, Be Bright, Be Good and Be Happy.  All are made using sprouted buckwheat, berries and superfoods.  Be Bright is strawberry and coconut, Be Good is chocolate and mulberry and Be Happy is goji and orange.  Talk about the best combination of flavours ever! These are just delicious with a lovely hemp or almond milk topped with fresh berries.

    There's little surprise in my household that Be Good is my all time fave, being lovely and chocolatey.  I love how filling these cereals are which is surprising because unlike your typical home-made granola these are very light and easy on the digestion - ooh, did I mention they have probiotics?  :)

    These are fabby to have in the cupboard, not only guaranteed to make your breakfast extra special but to satisfy that mid-afternoon or evening snack attack!

  • kaleiscious

    Kale Chips - Cheesy

    I admit it, I'm a kale crisp addict.  A kalecrispaholic if you will.  I defy anybody to try kale crisps and not instantly become hooked on the crunchy moreish kaley crispy flavoursome gorgeous snack.  In fact, when I make these myself, they never make it off the dehydrator tray!  I just keep going back for more and more and more even before they're properly dehydrated.  You get the picture, I'm a complete addict!

    Now for the embarrasing part.  Whenever I blog or review items I always, always have photos.  Here is my photo of the kale crisps I tried:


    That area of kale crisp crumbs you can see at the top of the packet, that's where I tipped the last of the crisps in to my mouth straight from the bag.  I'm laughing through the shame of this picture.  The truth is, these are SO DAMN GOOD I couldn't physically put the bag down to go get my camera to take a picture of them!  How's that for a bonefide kale crisp addiction? :)

    The Kale Crisps come in 2 flavours, Ranchier and Cheesy.  These were the cheesy ones and boy they were they cheesy!  Really crispy too and just utterly delicious.  There isn't much more I can say really - I think the picture tells the story :)  Again, handy sized pack to take on travels with you but I defy you not to have them eaten before you pack your suitcase!

    A must for any kale crisp addict!

    Editors note: Kale Crisp addicts can get help here.

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