Lettuce Discuss… Biovea Organic Berry Powder Blend Vegan Cupcakes!

CUPcake

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time:  30-35 minutes
Total time:  45 minutes
Serves: 12 Cupcakes

 

Decadent…   Sweet…   Rich…

Recently we tried our favorite Antioxidant daily supplement “Organic Berry Powder Blend” by Biovea to enhance the flavor of cupcakes. The flavor is so great that no frosting is needed- making this sweet dessert a quick and healthy choice.

Ingredients

½ Cup Vegan Butter

½ Cup Raw Sugar

2 Egg Replacer

½ teaspoon of Vanilla Extract

½ Cup Butter Milk (in your ½ cup measuring utensil put 1 Tablespoon of Lemon Juice then fill with Vegan Milk, for this recipe we used Good Hemp Milk)

¼ Cup Plane Vegan Milk (Good Hemp Milk)

1 ½ Cups Gluten Free Self Rising Flour

1 teaspoon Baking Powder

¼ teaspoon Sea Salt

4 scoops of Organic Berry Powder Blend by Biovea

 

Instructions

Mix all the wet ingredients first.

In medium bowl add the Vegan Butter, Raw Sugar, Egg Replacer, Vanilla Extract, Vegan Butter Milk, and Vegan Milk. Mix well.

Then add the Gluten Free Flour, Baking Powder, Sea Salt, and the scoops of the “Organic Berry Powder Blend by Biovea”.

Reheat over to 350 degrees f. (Gas mark 4)

Line muffin baking pan with paper or foil liners. (If you are using paper liner we suggest applying a drop of olive oil to the paper liner to avoid batter sticking).

Bake for 30-35 minutes, use a toothpick to check if the muffins are cooked, pierce the muffin and if it comes out clean they’re done. If not, cook for a further few minutes at a time until they are cooked.

Cool and store in refrigerator.

ENJOY!

Lettuce Discuss… Health Benefits!
Organic Berry Powder Blend by Biovea: Improves Memory, Supports Healthy Vision, Anti-Ageing Protection, and Contains Beneficial Phytochemicals!
What does Organic Berry Powder Blend do?
Berries are astonishingly rich in beautiful red, blue and purple colours, provide some of the most powerful and significant health benefits for those fortunate enough to consume them every day. What is not so well known is that different berries provide different benefits to different parts of the body. Organic bilberry, for instance, supports healthy vision, while organic blueberry is known to protect the brain.
Berries are a rich source of many beneficial nutrients, and regular consumption has been shown to offer significant protection against chronic degenerative diseases, including heart disease, cataracts, diabetes and strokes. Research shows that the powerful health benefits of berries work synergistically and are far more effective when a full spectrum of fruits and berries is consumed rather than single berries or isolated compounds.
The brightly coloured freeze-dried berries in Organic Berry Powder Blend are the superfoods that research reveals can help protect against heart disease, memory and cognitive loss, certain infections, macular degeneration, inflammation and ageing. These berries contain natural phytochemicals, plant substances that can promote health and prevent chronic disease, including flavonoids, quercetin, anthocyanins, catechins, salicylic acid, phyto-estrogens, chlorogenic acid, ellagic acid and many others. In fact, organic black raspberries and organic black currants contain higher levels of disease fighting anthocyanins than any other common fruits.

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For more information on Biovea, please click link below!

http://www.biovea.com/uk/product_detail.aspx?NAME=BERRY-POWDER-BLEND-Organic-Strawberry-442g&PID=1753

 

Lettuce Discuss… Biovea Organic Berry Powder Blend

Water with Biovea

 Refreshing…   Sweet…   Healthy…

 

Recently we tried our favorite Antioxidant daily supplement “Organic Berry Powder Blend” by Biovea to enhance the flavor of Almond Milk, Cereal and Vanilla Ice Cream. Making these desserts a quick and healthy choice.

Ingredients

Biovea Organic Berry Powder Blend!

Instructions

Water: This is recommended on the Biovea Package! Add 1 scoop of the Berry Powder to 8 ounces of water, mix well.

Almond Milk Shake: Add 1 full scoop of Berry Powder to 1 ½ Cups of Almond Milk and mix well.

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Cereal: Add 1 full scoop of Berry Powder directly over cereal and stir to blend.

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Ice Cream:  Add ½ scoop of Berry Powder to 2 scoops of Vanilla Ice Cream, and mix well.

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ENJOY!

 

Lettuce Discuss… Health Benefits!
Organic Berry Powder Blend by Biovea: Improves Memory, Supports Healthy Vision, Anti-Ageing Protection, and Contains Beneficial Phytochemicals!
What does Organic Berry Powder Blend do?
Berries are astonishingly rich in beautiful red, blue and purple colours, provide some of the most powerful and significant health benefits for those fortunate enough to consume them every day. What is not so well known is that different berries provide different benefits to different parts of the body. Organic bilberry, for instance, supports healthy vision, while organic blueberry is known to protect the brain.
Berries are a rich source of many beneficial nutrients, and regular consumption has been shown to offer significant protection against chronic degenerative diseases, including heart disease, cataracts, diabetes and strokes. Research shows that the powerful health benefits of berries work synergistically and are far more effective when a full spectrum of fruits and berries is consumed rather than single berries or isolated compounds.
The brightly coloured freeze-dried berries in Organic Berry Powder Blend are the superfoods that research reveals can help protect against heart disease, memory and cognitive loss, certain infections, macular degeneration, inflammation and ageing. These berries contain natural phytochemicals, plant substances that can promote health and prevent chronic disease, including flavonoids, quercetin, anthocyanins, catechins, salicylic acid, phyto-estrogens, chlorogenic acid, ellagic acid and many others. In fact, organic black raspberries and organic black currants contain higher levels of disease fighting anthocyanins than any other common fruits.

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For more information on Biovea, please click link below!

http://www.biovea.com/uk/product_detail.aspx?NAME=BERRY-POWDER-BLEND-Organic-Strawberry-442g&PID=1753

Lettuce Discuss… Pumpkin Spice Muffins

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Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time:  20 minutes
Total time:  35 minutes
Author: Lettuce Discuss… Hema & Mako
Recipe type: Vegan Pumpkin Spice Muffins
Cuisine:  American
Serves: 12 muffins

Delicious… Extraordinary… Heavenly Moist…

Ingredients

1 ½ Cups Gluten Free Self Raising White Flour

1 teaspoon Baking Powder

¼ teaspoon Sea Salt

1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon of Homemade Pumpkin Spice

1 Cup Almond Milk

2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil

1 Egg Replacer

1 teaspoon of Vanilla Extract

½ Cup Brown Muscovado Cane Sugar

For an added delicious flavor, we made Apple Pumpkin Spice Muffins & Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Muffins!
For these you will need the following extras.

1 Apple

1 Tablespoon Vegan Butter

1 Dark Chocolate Bar

 

Instructions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees f. (Gas mark 5)

Line muffin baking pan with paper or foil liners. (If you are using paper liner we suggest applying a drop of olive oil to the paper liner to avoid batter sticking).

Prepare the 1 Egg Replacer in a small bowl and set aside.

Chop the Dark Chocolate Bar into bite sized pieces.

Chocolate

Peel, core, and chop the Apple into small pieces. Sautee apple pieces in 1 Tablespoon of Vegan Butter, add 1 teaspoon of Pumpkin Spice. Cook for 2 minutes. Set aside.

Apple

In a medium bowl add the Gluten Free Flour, Baking Powder, Sea Salt, and 1 Tablespoon of the Pumpkin Spice, mix well. Add Almond Milk, Olive Oil, Egg Replacer, Vanilla Extract, and Brown Sugar, mix well.

Spoon Pumpkin Spice batter into muffin tin liners, filling ¼ full, add a spoon full of Apple mixture and top with more Pumpkin Spice batter. Do the same with the Dark Chocolate.

Bake for 15-20 minutes, use a toothpick to check if the muffins are cooked, pierce the muffin and if it comes out clean they’re done. If not, cook for a further few minutes at a time until they are cooked.

Cool and store in refrigerator.

 ENJOY!

 

Lettuce Discuss… Health Benefits!

Apples are extremely rich in important antioxidants, flavonoids, and dietary fiber. The phytonutrients and antioxidants in apples may help reduce the risk of developing cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease. The possible health benefits associated with apples are, improving neurological health, preventing dementia, reducing your risk of stroke, lowering levels of bad cholesterol, reducing your risk of diabetes, and warding off breast cancer.

Dark Chocolate is loaded with organic compounds that are biologically active and function as antioxidants. Quality dark chocolate is rich in Fiber, Iron, Magnesium, Copper, and Manganese. The bioactive compounds in cocoa can improve blood flow in the arteries and cause a small but statistically significant decrease in blood pressure… plus many more benefits.

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For more information on Health Benefits- Apples and Dark Chocolate click the following links.

 http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/267290.php

 http://authoritynutrition.com/7-health-benefits-dark-chocolate/

 

 

 

Lettuce Discuss… Biovea Berry Powder Blend Vegan Sugar Cookies

BIOVEA COOKIES 

Prep time: 5 minutes plus 2 hours
Cook time:  8-10 minutes
Total time:  15 minutes plus 2 hours
Author: Lettuce Discuss… Hema & Mako
Recipe type: Vegan Sugar Cookies
Cuisine: Desert
Serves: 15-20 cookies (depending on cookie cutter size)

Recently we tried our favorite Antioxidant daily supplement “Berry Powder Blend” by Biovea to enhance the flavor of the classic sugar cookie recipe. The flavor is so great that no sugar icing is needed- making this dessert a quick and healthy choice.

Ingredients

1 ½ Cups of Gluten free self-rising flour

½ teaspoon of Baking Powder

pinch of Sea Salt

½ Cup Vegan Butter

½ Cup Raw Sugar

5 Tablespoons of Almond Milk

½ teaspoon Vanilla Extract

3 full scoops of Berry Powder Blend by Biovea

Instructions

Sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl.

In the mixer beat the butter and sugar on low speed adding in the almond milk, flour mixture, and the scoops of the “Berry Powder Blend by Biovea”.

Refrigerate for 2 hours

Preheat oven to 375 degrees f. (Gas mark 5)

Flour the work surface and roll out the flavored dough to your desired thickness. We use approx. ¼ inch thick. Use desired cookie cutter and press into dough cutting the cookie out. Place on cookie tray and Bake for 8 to 10 minutes.

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Transfer hot cookie using a flat spatula to Baking rack to cool!

Enjoy!

Many Blessings

Hema & Mako

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Lettuce Discuss… What are Antioxidants?

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Antioxidants are phytochemicals. These are natural chemicals that are great for promoting health and well being in your body. They offer unique properties that help to maintain healthy cells.

Phytochemicals are non-nutritional chemicals found in plants. They have protective and disease preventing (not curing) properties.  Plants produce these chemicals to protect themselves, however these chemicals can also reduce the risk of diseases in humans. There are over a thousand known phytochemicals, the most common ones are found in Tomatoes (Lycopene), in fruits and berries (Flavanoids) and in soy (Isoflavinoids). These are all antioxidants. But before we get into antioxidants we need to understand what a “free Radical” is.

Free Radicals.

Simply free radicals are chemicals that are formed naturally in our body that have the potential to harm or damage our cells. In normal cellular functions they play an important role. However in large concentrations they can become hazardous to our bodies and cause damage to DNA, Cells, Proteins and Cell membranes. This can be caused by environmental toxins including and not limited too cigarette’s, metals, high oxygen atmospheres, and ionizing radiation (x-rays entering the atmosphere from space and exposure to radiation). These can increase the risk of cancer, heart disease and other diseases.

Antioxidants.

Antioxidants neutralize free radicals. The Antioxidants interact with the free radicals and prevent them causing any harm. The body does make its own antioxidants in small doses, these are called “endogenous”. Which simply means they are produced inside the cell or organism. However, the body really relies on the “exogenous” (externally produced), antioxidants to obtain what it needs. These are called dietary antioxidants and are found in higher concentrations in dietary supplements.

Summary:

Free Radicals in large concentrations can cause damage to cells, cell membranes and proteins within our body. Antioxidants interact with the free radicals and neutralize them rendering them harmless.

Follow this link for more information http://www.phytochemicals.info/antioxidants.php

We at Lettuce Discuss… use a daily supplement to top up our intake of Antioxidants.

Our preferred supplement is from Biovea and is called “Berry Powder Blend”.

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It makes a nice refreshing drink of a morning when you mix the powder with water. Organic Berry Powder Blend is an organic, blend of 12 fresh freeze-dried berries (including whole berries, seeds and juice). It is Fresh Freeze Dried and it is a Rich source of Natural Antioxidants. It tastes great and mixes easily without residue or after taste unlike so many other supplements. It is also Gluten Free, Organic, Vegan, Vegetarian, Alcohol Free

Ingredients:

Serving Size: 1 level scoop (9.8g)

Servings Per Container: 45

Amount Per Serving:

  • Organic Berry Blend: 1000mg

Containing Organic Maqui Berry(Aristotelia Chilensis), Organic Acerola Berry (Malpighia Punicifolia), Organic Blackberry(Rubus Fruticosus), Organic Blueberry(Vaccinium Angustifolium), Organic Strawberry (Fragaria Virginiana), Organic Goji Berry (Lycium Barbarum), Organic Raspberry(Rubus Idaeus), Organic Cranberry(Vaccinium Oxycoccos), Organic Yum Berry(Myrica Rubra), Organic Black Currant (Ribes Nigrum), Organic Bilberry(Vaccinium Myrtillus), Organic Lingonberry(Vaccinium Vitis-idaea), Organic Aronia Berry (Aronia Melanocarpa), Organic Concord Grape Fruit Juice Pwd. (Vitis Labrusca), and Organic Pomegranate Fruit Juice Pwd. (Punica Granatum) • Organic Stevia Leaf Extract 20 mg

Other Ingredients: Organic Cane Sugar, Organic Arabic Gum, Organic Strawberry Flavouring, and Citric Acid.

Further Reading

Phytochemicals: Antioxidants

http://www.phytochemicals.info/antioxidants.php

Free radicals

http://www.healthchecksystems.com/antioxid.htm

Stevia

http://www.livescience.com/39601-stevia-facts-safety.html

Biovea, BERRY POWDER BLEND (Organic -Strawberry) 442g 

http://www.biovea.com/uk/product_detail.aspx?PID=1753&OS=204&KW=berry%20powder&cp=4&NAME=BERRY-POWDER-BLEND-Organic-Strawberry-442g

Disclaimer

(Phytochemicals / Antioxidants are not a cure for cancer or heart disease. We have found no medical trials that suggest that Antioxidants will cure heart disease or cancer. We have only found commentaries suggesting that they will reduce the risk and help maintain a healthy body. There is no replacement for a well balanced diet. If in doubt visit your health care professional.)

Many Blessings

Mako & Hema

Lettuce Discuss… Vegan Pumpkin Style Spice Latte

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Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: Various
Total time: Dependent on coffee brewing
Author: Lettuce Discuss… Hema & Mako
Recipe type: Vegan Coffee
Cuisine: Beverage
Serves: 2

Ingredients

1 teaspoon of Ground Cinnamon

3 Dashes of Ground Ginger Spice

4 Dashes of Ground Nutmeg

6 Dashes of Ground Clove Spice

 

Instructions

Brew your desired choice of coffee.

Add 1 ½ Cups of Vegan Milk to a small saucepan, Warm on low heat.

Add all the spices and mix well.

Add spiced milk to coffee, sugar for taste!

 

HaPpY HoLiDayS!

Many Blessings!

Hema & Mako 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lettuce Discuss… Vegan Banana Bread

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Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour
Total time: 1 hour & 20 minutes
Author: Lettuce Discuss… Hema & Mako
Recipe type: Vegan Banana Bread
Cuisine: Vegan Dessert
Serves: 8

 Ingredients

1 ¼ Cup Gluten free flour

1 teaspoon of Baking Powder

½ teaspoon Sea Salt

3 Very ripe medium Bananas

¾ Cup Raw Sugar

½ Cup Hemp Milk

1/3 Cup Vegetable Oil

1 teaspoon of Pure Vanilla Extract

1 teaspoon Cinnamon

1 teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar

1 ¼ teaspoon Allspice

¼ teaspoon Nutmeg

*Optional ¼ Cup Chopped Nuts (We used Macadamia Nuts)

 

Instructions

Preheat over to 350F  (Gas Mark 4)

Grease loaf pan

Mix all the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and optional nuts) together in a medium sized bowl, set aside.

Mix all the wet ingredients (mashed bananas, milk, vegetable oil, vanilla, and apple cider vinegar) together in a medium sized bowl; gently fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients mixing well.

After all is mixed well, pour into greased loaf pan and bake for 50-60 minutes. Check on the loaf after 30 minutes if the top is browning quickly Carefully Tent the pan with foil.

Many Blessings

Hema & Mako

 

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Lettuce Discuss… Vegan Chocolate Oat No Bake Cookies

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Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes
Total time: 10 minutes
Author: Lettuce Discuss… Hema & Mako
Recipe type: Vegan Chocolate Oat No Bake Cookies
Cuisine: Vegan Dessert
Serves: 15 cookies

 

Ingredients

½ Cup Raw Sugar

¼ Cup Hemp Milk

4 Tablespoons of Vegan Butter

6 squares of Vegan Chocolate Bar OR 1 ½ Tablespoons of Cocoa Powder

Drop of Pure Vanilla Extract

Dash of Sea Salt

1 ½ Cups of Organic Oats

*Optional ¼ Cup Organic Peanut Butter

Instructions

Add Sugar, Milk, Butter, and Chocolate to a medium sauce pan over medium heat, bring to a light boil. (3minutes)

Remove from heat Add Peanut Butter (optional), Vanilla, Salt, and the Oats, Mix well.

Drop on parchment paper over a cookie sheet and cool in refrigerator for 10-15 minutes.

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NOTE: this refrigerates well!

Many Blessings

Hema & Mako

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Lettuce Discuss… Chickpea Scramble

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Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 5 minutes

Total time: 10 minutes

Author: Lettuce Discuss… Hema & Mako

Recipe type: Chickpea Scramble

Cuisine: Vegan Breakfast

Serves: 3

 Ingredients

1 tin of Organic Chickpeas

1 teaspoon Turmeric

½ teaspoon Cardamom

¼ Cup Hemp Milk

Instructions

Drain and rinse the tin of Organic Chickpeas and empty into a small saucepan on low heat.

Add the Turmeric, Cardamom, and Almond Milk and mix well.

Allow all ingredients to heat for 3 minutes; this will get the Chickpeas to soften. Get a masher and mash all ingredients well.

Cook for another 2 minutes.

NOTE: this refrigerates well and is best served the day after made. Warm it up for a minute and Voila ready to eat!

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Lettuce Discuss… Awesome Alfredo Sauce with Gluten Free Penne Pasta (All Vegan)

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Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Total time: 15 minutes (depending on your choice of Pasta)
Author: Lettuce Discuss… Hema & Mako
Recipe type: Alfredo Sauce
Cuisine: Vegan Italian
Serves: 3

Ingredients

1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil

4 Spring Onions

1 Cup Fresh Peas or a Tin of Peas

½ teaspoon of Sea Salt

½ teaspoon Pepper

¼ Red Pepper Flakes

¼ Thyme, dried

6 Tablespoons of Nutritional Yeast

3 Tablespoons of Gluten Free Flour

1 Cup Hemp Milk

For the Pasta

3 Cups of Pasta (We used Penne)

1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

Instructions

First, boil your Gluten Free Pasta Al dente style by adding 1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil to the water to prevent the pasta sticking together. While this is cooking… Lets make the Alfredo Sauce!

In a Wok add 1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil and add the Spring Onions and fresh green Peas, cook for 3 minutes.

Add Sea Salt, Pepper, Red Pepper Flakes, Thyme, mix well and cook for another minute to marry the spices.

Add Nutritional Yeast, mix well cook for another minute.                                                          (we use Engevita Nutritional Yeast found at our local health food store here in England, for the USA see icons below!)

Add Gluten Free Flour, mix the dry flour into the Veggies, cook for another minute, this gives the veggies a nice flour coating.                                                                                             (We use Doves Farm Bread Flour found at Tesco here in England, for the USA see icons below!)

Next, add the Hemp Milk, mix well, continue cooking for another minute until the milk is nice and hot. (We use “Good Hemp” found at Tesco or Asda here in England, for the USA see icons below!)

Finally, add your drained al dente Pasta, mix well, cook for 3 minutes, lightly stirring.          (We use “Free From” found at Tesco here in England, for the USA see icons below!)

Many Blessing

Hema & Mako

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