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Instagram Lately: August

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Well, Winter is done and dusted and we have well and truly stepped into Spring! To cap off the last of the cold season, we wanted to share our favourite Instagram moments from August. We absolutely love the creativity, colour combinations and energy that goes into all of our #customercreations and love sharing them. Check them out here:

 

Funky Bowls

We are loving this trend – pop your Acai, or smoothie in anything but a stock-standard bowl. Be it a coconut husk, or a moulded cacao bowl, get creative with your choices and your pictures will certainly pay off!

Take-Aways

Because smoothies in a jar are a-mazing! We love how cute these look, and how perfect they are for that long work commute, or dash to school drop off. Practical + insta-worthy = winning!

Delicious Spreads

Nothing makes us want to eat breakfast more than a delightful assortment of colourful food. We love these breakfast spreads – they’re so pretty we don’t want to eat them (but we will).

Traditional bowls with a twist

An all time favourite – the smoothie or acai bowl, topped with your favourite toppings to add a bit of buzz to your morning. Getting some serious inspiration here, with these bowls featuring delicious goodies such as goji berries, walnuts, shredded coconut and peanut butter. Talk about heaven on a plate (or bowl).

Now those are some amazing Instagram post’s right there! Keep showing us your inspiration via Instagram (@creativegourmetofficial) and Facebook – Creative Gourmet. We are LOVING each and every single post!

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10 Tips for Organising Your Pantry

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Well, it’s September. The weather is getting better, the sun is starting to shine through the clouds, the garden is refreshed from all the rain and you can finally hang washing out on the line again. It’s an amazing time of year, and what a better time to do a spring clean than at the beginning of spring!

We love organised homes with clean and practical spaces that make the business of life just that little less chaotic. We thought we would bring to you a quick 9-step guide to organising your pantry as our first step to our spring clean out.

Pantries can get crowded very quickly. One trip to the supermarket with a stock up of your favourite items that are on special and you’ve got yourself a crowded space again. Don’t despair as it doesn’t have to be this way! Pantry organisation will give you even more space in your cupboard for all your yummy treats and dinner staples with a better snap shot of what you have, what you don’t and more importantly, what you really need to buy.

  1. Chuck it out

Being wasteful is not good however, we all know that you won’t be using that jar of relish that expired in the early 2000’s. Take everything out and work out what is still in date or close to. Anything that isn’t – chuck it!

  1. Group items together

Once you have worked out everything you don’t need, arrange them into categories. This could be “snacks” or “fruits” or “dinners” if you group things by what meal they will be used in. There are no right and wrongs when it comes to this step, it’s whatever filing system works for you. Our best tip if you’re lost is to imagine the aisles at the supermarket, and group them into similar categories.

  1. Get some storage solutions

You don’t need one for everything, but getting jars, containers, baskets or racks will definitely help you group your items together and make them look organised and uniformed. We love using jars for things like granola or muesli and baskets for odd-shaped items such as chip packets or bars. Racks are great for herbs, spices and sauces which keep them lined up and takes up less space.

  1. Clean

It may seem basic, but a good clean out of your shelves will do wonders to the overall look of your pantry as well as make it smell sweet! Using some cleaning products to get out stains or scuff marks is the perfect way to begin your clean out before putting it all back in.

  1. Think about the layout

When you’ve got your storage solutions sorted and you have a clean space to work with, think about the layout. Do you want your baskets at the bottom or the top? What items should be at eye level? Think about what you want (and don’t want) your kids to see. This may give you a good starting point.

  1. Clean everything

Not just your pantry shelves but things like sauce bottles in particular which can get grubby in no time. Get some hot soapy water and give them a decent clean and it will do wonders (just don’t leave any lids open!).

  1. “Face” your products

Teenage years spent stocking shelves at the supermarket taught us some valuable life-organisation lessons! The reason supermarket products looks so gorgeous on the shelf is because a young lass or lad goes around at night time and “faces” the products to make sure they are facing the right way and are pushed to the front. Don’t let your home pantry be any different – it makes a world of difference!

  1. Label it

Labelling items makes it so much easier to see and grab on the go. It also makes it look neat and uniformed! A simple label maker or Chalk Sticker with handwritten labels will work a treat.

  1. Sit back and admire 

Your hard work is done and you have a delightfully clean pantry! Treat yourself to a delicious (and now organised) treat!

Well, there you have it – some of our best tips to keeping clean and organised this spring. Show us your pantry before and afters at @creativegourmetofficial (Instagram) or Creative Gourmet (Facebook). We’d love to see what you do with your spaces!

#CreativeGourmet #Spring #Cleaning #SpringClean #Pantry #Organised #Blog

SPRING INTO SPRING: BREAKFAST RECIPES

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It’s official – spring is finally here! When spring rolls around, we expect lighter nights, and warmer days, which is very motivating after the cold chills of winter. September is a great time to get motivated and embrace a new routine for you fitness, health and wellbeing. A great way to start your spring motivation is with breakfast!

Breakfast as we know is the most important meal of the day so we have compiled a list of favorite spring-worthy recipes that will get you up and going from the start of the day!

BERRY SMOOTHIE

Made using our delicious Frozen Banana’s Raspberries, Blueberries or Strawberries this delicious pink smoothie is a perfect breakfast option that will keep you energized all morning.

Recipe: http://creativegourmet.com.au/recipe/berry-and-banana-smoothie/

 

ACAI BOWL

Our Frozen Organic Acai packs are perfect for making your spring breakfast easy, fast and healthy. Top with your favorite fruits such as kiwi, banana, blue berries, and raspberries. Then add some muesli, nuts and seeds and you’re good to go! To make it even easier to cart around, pop it in a jar or take away drink container.

Organic Acai Packs: http://creativegourmet.com.au/product/organic-acai-puree/

MIXED BERRIES AND YOGHURT

A quick and easy way to start the day is simply yoghurt topped with mixed berries. Simply thaw out our mixed berries and add them to your favorite yoghurt – either flavored or plain Greek yoghurt.

Mixed Berries: http://creativegourmet.com.au/product/mixed-berries/

GREEN SMOOTHIE

What a delicious, zesty way to start your day. Made from pineapple, spinach and blueberries, the buzz of this smoothie will keep you going all throughout the morning and fuel your body with plenty of nutrients and energy!

Recipe: http://creativegourmet.com.au/recipe/pineapple-green-smoothie/

MUESLI WITH BANANA’S AND STRAWBERRIES

 Another delicious, healthy way to step into spring. Simply find a delicious muesli that you can’t live without, or make your own and then top with yoghurt or milk and your favorite berries. We love blueberries as they pop in your mouth taste really gets you up and moving!

Blueberries pack: http://creativegourmet.com.au/product/blueberries/

Now which one are you going to start with? We’re going to start with our long-term favorite, Acai Bowl! Show us your breakfast, or find plenty of breakfast inspiration on our Instagram page – @creativegourmetofficial #creativegourmet.

 

Honey Vs Sugar

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During the winter months, it’s easy to crave warming foods that aren’t necessarily good for you. A lot of these foods can be full of sugar, which we all know, leads to fat. Many people are cutting down on their sugar intake, but if you haven’t already – we thought that we’d show you some easy ways to substitute sugar in dishes by using honey instead.

Lets start off by saying we’re not experts, but honey has a range of health benefits and is a natural way of getting a sweet fix.

We love adding honey to our dishes, and we think you will too!

Porridge/Oats

Porridge is a simple one.  If you’re adding sugar to your porridge, replace it with a small drizzle of honey and fruit such as berries. We love the sweet and soothing taste it gives to oats.

Smoothies

Another quick and easy breakfast that can quickly rack up your sugar intake for the entire day! You need to look out for the hidden sugars in the ingredients being added such as flavored or frozen yoghurts as well as the natural sugars in fruits. We much prefer the taste with a small spoonful of honey, especially when mixed with banana or berries. It allows you to satisfy your sweet cravings whilst not blowing your sugar intake for the day in one meal.

 

Muffins/Cakes

Baking can be a nightmare for those wanting to lose weight or keep a healthy/balanced diet. We love to substitute honey instead of sugar or artificial sweeteners! It makes things like muffins and cakes just that little bit better for you, so you wont feel as guilty taste testing a couple whilst you’re cooking!

Tea

I know it sounds silly, but do you have sugar in your tea? Why not substitute it for a teaspoon of honey instead? It gives your daily warm drink a comforting component and will naturally sweeten it up. Isn’t that a win-win?

 

Muesli/Cereals

A lot of pre-packaged cereals can be full of sugar or artificial sweeteners which is hard to avoid, right? Wrong! If you can, take the time to make your own! You can use oats, dried fruit, nuts and shredded coconut, mix it all with honey and bake it until lightly golden! This will give you a naturally sweetened toasted muesli for your breakfast each day and take out all those nasty sugars other pre-made cereals are filled with!

So there you have it everyone, some quick and easy ways to reduce your sugar intake, and replace added sugar with honey, which you can incorporate into your daily routine without much fuss, or breaking the bank!

#CreativeGourmet #Honey #Food #FoodBlog #Healthy #Lifestyle

5 Tips to Being Healthier at Work

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Ah, work. Some love it, some hate it – either way it’s a really easy place to become lazy. Especially when you work in an office. With people always bringing in cakes or sweet treats, making coffees and all the sitting down you do throughout the day, it’s easy to lose track of just how little time you’ve spent being active. Not to mention, when you get home I’m sure the last thing you want to do is work out. So, to help you beat those lazy workdays we’ve got 5 quick tips to keep you active all day long.

 

Get up every hour and do 10 x reps.

It sounds silly, but the best way to do this is to set a reminder every hour on the hour to do 10 x reps of an exercise. For example, each hour you could do 10 x lunges on each leg, or 10 x pushups. By the end of the day you will have done 80 reps – which is a lot when you add it up over the week! You’ll be surprised at the strength you gain from something so simple.

Every time you go to the toilet do 10 x squats

We know, it sounds awkward, but why not? By doing 10 x squats a couple of times a day when you go to the bathroom, and you will be better off for it. It takes less than a minute, and will have your behind looking amazing!

 

Fill your water bottle up half way so you have to walk and get more

A friend told me once that they do this – and ever since I started doing it, my pedometer step count has grown tremendously. When you’re an office worker in particular, you sit down to work, eat, and drive and then when you get home you sit again. It’s good to get up off your feet more often, so by filling your water bottle up only half way you will be getting up at twice as much as what you used to!

Walk at lunchtime

This is so important when you sit at your desk all day, and then go to lunch and sit down again. Try to get up and move around – whether it means eating your lunch quicker and going for a quick power walk around the block, or bringing your sneakers to work and going for a light jog before lunch, you’ll get your heart rate up and feel better for it by the end of the day. 

Cut the coffee

I know, I know – this is many of our weaknesses, but in a work environment we tend to socialize around getting a coffee. Not only is this extra calories and caffeine that you may not need, it’s not the best for you. Instead try substituting it for herbal tea or hot water with lemon with honey. Your body will thank you and you can still chat with everyone making coffee!

Now that you have all you need to lead a healthier, happier workday, go out and do it! We’ love to see snaps of you squatting at your desk, or enjoying a cup of herbal tea at lunchtime. Just tag us @creativegourmetofficial or #creativegourmet

 

How to: Switch off & Sleep

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It is a common problem for the people of today, and one that can only be overcome by a change in mindset. What are we talking about? Sleep! Most of us do not get anywhere near enough, and are often tired throughout the day and then wide-awake at bedtime. We have a few tips and tricks for how to wind down throughout the evening to get your body ready for sleep. Check them out;

Reading

There is nothing that makes us sleepier than reading a good book before bed. Instead of tuning into the television right before bedtime, switch off and jump on the couch or into bed with a good book, and unwind! 

Bath

A nice warm bath, some candles and even some essential oils if you want to go all out, and you have yourself a relaxation station. A warm bath before bedtime will relax you, and help to prepare your body for bed time. 

Take the time

Preparing for sleep takes time, so why not create a nightly routine. A basic outline of a good pre-sleep routine would start with a relaxing and warm bath or shower, followed by your nightly skin care regime (moisturizer always makes us feel clean and fresh before bed time), and then a good book in bed before nodding off to sleep.

Tea vs Coffee

Some people swear by a hot drink before bed (especially in winter) but many of these include A LOT of caffeine. Coffee before bed is a recipe for disaster, and can keep you up all night long. Instead opt for a delicious herbal tea, which will calm you and prepare you for a nice night’s sleep.

 

Meditation/Yoga

One amazing way to keep calm and relax your body is to partake in a yoga or meditation class. Yoga classes usually have a relaxation part at the end, where the instructor will assist you with breathing techniques and relaxation methods. By doing this at nighttime you will relax your body and mind, and therefore induce sleepiness, ready for bedtime.

Clear your mind

Last but definitely not least – clearing our minds from work, life and family issues can be hard. Our technique is to write down a list of all the things you need to do/remember for the next day, or for the week so that your tasks are down on paper. It makes things more manageable so you’re not relying on your brain power to remember everything right before bed time. This clears your mind and worries which makes you more able to shut off and go to sleep.

So there you have it – our tips and tricks for sleeping more soundly and getting ready for bed. How many of you struggle to find a good life/sleep balance? Let us know your methods and how you prepare for a good night’s snooze!

 

#CreativeGourmet #Blog #Sleep #Health #Life

 

Instagram Lately: July

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We are overwhelmed by the amazing response to our frozen fruit products. Your creations have been absolutely spectacular! We wanted to share a few of our favorites from the month of July to show off how truly incredible our customers are and how delicious their creations look. We hope you get some serious #inspo from these, as we have!

We love delicious bowls full of goodness, topped with some amazing fruits and grains. When putting together smoothie or Acai bowls colour is everything!

Um, hello toppings! These incredible Acai bowls are styled to perfection, and topped with some of our absolute favourite fruits – check out that passionfruit!

Oh-em-gee! We are actually drooling over these delightful creations. Healthy pancakes and a smoothie topped with granola and fruit = absolute heaven. Perfect for eating all year round!

We LOVE colour. The bright purple and pinks really pop when photographed and are absolutely delicious to eat!

Heavenly winter bowls… We are in love with these delicious breakfasts. Perfect to warm up with on a winter’s morning.

Now those are some amazing Instagram post’s right there! Keep showing us your inspiration via Instagram (@creativegourmetofficial) and Facebook – Creative Gourmet. We are LOVING each and every single post!

#CreativeGourmet #Acai #Fruit #Health #Healthy #Food

How to: Pronounce those unusual food names

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Although we may not admit to it, we all struggle with those new, trending food names and muffle them under our breath when speaking out loud. With new health foods trending regularly, we thought we’d break down those hard-to-pronounce food names for you to avoid those awkward moments with your foodie friends, enjoy!

Acai

It’s our #1 choice for breakfast, lunch and sometimes, even dinner. We love our Frozen Organic Acai packs, so we thought we’d teach you all how to say it correctly. You pronounce Acai – “Ah-Sai-Ee”. So many people pronounce this “A-Cai-Ee”, or “Ac-Eye”, so now you don’t have to be one of them!

Quinoa

Now this has been around for a little longer, so majority of you will already know how to pronounce this one but for those who don’t – it’s pronounced “Keen-Wah”, not “Kween-Oh-Ah” or “Quinn-Oh-Ah”. You can thank us later.

Pho

Now this one is a little tricky – majority of us have tried this delicious Asian food trend, and go back time and time again for more! But do you actually say what it is, or just point to it on the menu? Many of us would automatically pronounce this as “P-O-H” or “F-Ow”, when in actual fact it is pronounce “F-uh”.

Charcuterie

This one, we constantly go to order as an entrée, or share plate and kind of just say “cha…. That one” and point at our menu’s and make sad eyes at the waiter to say “don’t just me please”. This one is pronounced “shahr-KOO-tuhr-ee”.

 

Edamame 

This one has got me stumped SO many times that I’ve not ordered it because of the embarrassment of trying to say it aloud! I’ve attempted so many times, trying “Ed-A-Meme” or “Eda-Mamme” and after the waiter gives me confused looks, I end up just pointing to it on the menue and putting my head down! The correct way to pronounce this is “ed-dah-mah-meh”.

Alas, there we are! We hope this saves you some embarrassment at your next dining experience! #Creative Gourmet