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Cutie Fruity After-School Snacks

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Last week not only marked the longly anticipated Easter four-day-weekend, but the start of Term 2 for many kids around Australia. We know how hard it is to get your little darlings to eat healthily (or at all sometimes), so we’ve bundled together our favourite after-school snacks that are not only nutritious but so absolutely adorable that they won’t be able to resist them.

Fruit Pops

Definitely a great alternative for the after-school icy pole! They’re not only quick and easy, but they look amazing and are full of vibrant colours. The recipe here is filled with kiwi-fruit, blueberries, strawberries, mandarins and coconut water. With such a refreshing taste  we’re sure that you will be sneaking a few of these for yourselves!

Find the recipe here.

Mr Snail’s & Mrs Caterpillar’s

Another too-cute-for-words little delight that takes a moment to prepare, but looks like you’ve spent hours in the kitchen! We love this idea and it will really get the kids into eating different types of fruit and veg in a fun and creative way!

Find the recipe here.

Mixed Berry Buttermilk Muffins

A delicious way to end the day. Jam packed with mixed berries such as blueberries, raspberries and blackberries your little ones will love the sweet flavour and the fluffy textures in the muffins. We love how easy these are to prepare and store, you can eat them throughout the week!

Two-Ingredient Yoghurt Pops

Two ingredients? Is there anything else needed?! We love how quick and easy these pops are to make, but they are also absolutely delicious for young and old. The bright pink colour will make your kiddies think they’re eating real ice-cream, without the sugar hit!

Find the recipe here.

Wa-la! Now to choose which one you’re prepping this week! Show us your creations on Instagram using the hashtag #CreativeGourmet or @creativegourmetofficial

Fresh Vs Frozen

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A long-held debate between friends, family, co-workers, everyone! There are bound to disagreements when it comes to this topic, so we thought we’d clear it up for everyone!

According to a study published by The Journal of Food Composition & Analysis, frozen produce is often healthier than fresh.

The Facts: 

Fresh fruit loses nutrition faster

So as majority of us do, we head to the supermarket to purchase our fruit & veg, and then leave it in the fridge for the week while we eat away at it. By doing this, the study has shown that our fruit and vegetables are losing nutrition rapidly, at a much higher rate than frozen ones.

Why do frozen fruit/vegetables last longer?

Because, in most cases the produce is picked and chilled almost immediately – therefore locking in the high nutritional content right away. Because it is then kept frozen those nutrients are locked in place until you decide you’re ready to defrost and eat them, meaning your eating fruit/veggies that are still fresh as well as full of vitamins & nutrients.

Should you Pick It?

The study also says that picking fruit/vegetables and eating them immediately is the best way to eat them. However, not many people today have the time to grow, harvest and then pick/eat their own fruit/vegetables all the time, so if your like us and need a simple, healthy option – frozen wins.

What do you think? How do you buy your vegetables & fruit? 

Let us know on our Facebook or Instagram pages!

Delicious Must-Try Food Trends for 2017

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Kombucha 

A fermented, pro-biotic drink that comes in delicious flavours and organic ranges. Kombucha is low in calories, and is full of probiotics. It also aids in balancing out your pH level. But it’s so much more than that – it is irresistibly delicious – especially the Raspberry Lemonade flavour.  We love this, and this year it is going absolutely c-raaaazy!

 

Sushi Donuts

This years latest craze – and it has gone WILD! It’s literally a sushi roll without the roll, and its a donut instead! It has taken the world by storm and is becoming a hugely instagram-able trend! It also tastes amazing and makes sushi fun again.

Acai Bowls

Our favourite (we’re not biased at all). Acai bowls have been around for a year or so now, and they are not going anywhere fast! We love seeing everyone’s different toppings and styles and they taste fantastic!

Nice Cream

Literally ice-cream made from “nice” stuff. It’s vegan, and quite adaptable – you basically just substitute out all the nasties, and add in all the nice-eys. We love the simplest form of nice cream, which is blending a frozen banana (or our frozen banana chunks) in a blender until smooth, and then top with your fav toppings such as peanut butter, blueberries or chocolate!

Poke Bowls

This is one of those things that look super dooper fancy, but is seriously easy to pull off! Add rice to a bowl, and top with raw fish of your choice (or cooked if you prefer), and vegetables such as avocado, capsicum, snow peas, julienne carrots, cabbage and then top with black sesame seeds and soy. YUM!

So there you have it folks – which one are you going to try next? Show us on Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #CreativeGourmet

Insta Inspiration

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Happy Monday!

Three things we love – a fresh new week, healthy food and delicious inspiration! Our Organic Acai Puree has been a complete hit with all our amazing customers, and they’re giving us some major #Inspo on our Instagram pages!

Here are a few of our favourite’s that have popped up recently that we just couldn’t not show you!

@tashiesglutenfreekitchen

@hylime

 

@realfoodfeels

@flourishing_kitchen

@sophiella_fitness

@whatjaneread

@lukenancarrow

Make sure you tag us in all your delightful creations on Instagram or Facebook @creativegourmetofficial or #CreativeGourmet.

Autumn Activities

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As the days get shorter, and summer slowly becomes a distant memory, we begin to realize that autumn is well and truly here.

With warm colored leaves covering the ground and the comeback of boots and sweaters, this season is definitely a cozy one! We’ve lined up 6 fantastic Autumn activities to do throughout the coming months so you can make the most of this stunning time of year.

Hit the Road              

      

The age-old Sunday afternoon tradition, and all you need is a car, some snacks and a friend or two to come along for the ride! The best part about this pastime if that you can literally go anywhere! For Melbournians, the Macedon or Dandenong Ranges are two beautiful spots to have a picnic and enjoy watching the leaves fall off the trees. Can’t you just feel the serenity from here? A perfect snack to take with you would have to be our Mini Blueberry Friands.

Have a Bake-Off                  

You guessed it, our favorite way to spend an Autumn day. From our Mixed Berry Tarts, to Cherry & Almond cake, you will have your entire home smelling sweet, and your bellies will be full and warm. We suggest inviting some family members over and getting the kids in the kitchen so that you can have a huge day of baking to stock up for Winter.

Play Board games     

             

Such a great way to connect with family/friends and bring out some competitive fun! Our favorite is the classic Monopoly which gives hours of fun for the whole family and is a great way to teach your not-so-little-ones about the basics of finance!

Take a Hike       

               

Literally! A walk is good for the mind and the body, so why not rug up and get hiking! Australia has some of the most beautiful spots to walk and hike – so you have a huge array of choices. Once you get into it and start to warm up, we’re sure you will enjoy each minute!

Hop into the Hot Springs

A great way to spend the day with the girls! Hot springs are the “in-thing” right now, and what better way to spend a cool Autumn day? The Peninsula Hot Springs just South of Melbourne is a huge attraction and they will have you relaxing in no time!

Eat your way through Easter          

        

Because why not? It’s no secret we love our food, and it just so happens that Autumn is home to a favourite holiday of ours, Easter! It’s a great chance to unwind, relax and eat to your hearts content. We recommend our Ricotta Hotcakes, or Blueberry Scones for a real sweet treat over this time of year!

We hope you have now got some #inspo into how to spend your Autumn days! Let us know what you’re up to by visiting our Facebook, Instagram or Twitter pages! We’d love to see!

#CreativeGourmet

5 Simple Ways to Add More Fruit to Your Day

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Fruit + Kids = tricky business.

Parents are constantly asking themselves how much fruit is enough for their little ones. The Australian Department of Health recommends 2 servings of fruit per day, which is a real struggle for some families! We’ve written down 7 handy hints on how to smuggle some more fruit into your families daily routine.

These ideas are so fun and easy that everyone will be requesting more!

1. Sunday Pancakes

A Sunday breakfast staple in many households! Most of the time we associate pancakes with maple syrup and that’s about it – but a great way to add some fruit and flavour into this scrumptious breakfast is to add some mashed banana to the batter! Simply defrost, and then mash some of our Frozen Banana Chunks until they are relatively smooth. Add this to your pancake batter and your little Miss or Mr will never know the difference, as it is so sweet! Top with some of our Mixed Berries for a delightful burst of colour!

2. Sweet or Savoury

At dinner we tend to steer away from fruits and focus on vegetables, grains and protein. By making simple additions, such as adding our Frozen Mango pieces to a salad, or topping your favourite pizza with some Pineapple, you can get your kids munching away on fruit without even realising it.

3. BBQ food.

When you think BBQ, no doubt the last thing you think of is fruit. Normally its meat, bread and a salad if you’re lucky – but if you’re committed to increasing your families fruit intake, there is no need to stress, we have you covered. A great way to add some flavour to your BBQ food is through skewers or kebabs! Simply add some Pineapple Pieces into the mix and off you go! A great flavour combination is pork, capsicum and pineapple.

4. Bulk up your Cereal

A simple way of adding more fruit to your day is to start with breakfast. A simple idea is to add Banana Chunks into your porridge with a dash of cinnamon. For a splash of colour add some raspberries. This will keep you full all morning!

5. Top up your Toast

Photo Source – Pinterest

If you’re a peanut butter lover, we suggest to add Bananas to accompany the nutty flavour. Some other great combinations include Strawberry and Cream Cheese, or Blueberry and Ricotta!

Well, there you go. Do you now feel prepared to tackle your toddlers this week and get more fruit into their days? Let us know what you come up with by tagging us on Facebook or Instagram using @creativegourmetofficial or #CreativeGourmet.

 

Dinner Party Delights

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Ever hosted a party of people and had that distressing moment when you bring out the dessert? That moment of “did I make enough”!?!?

Here’s a range of restaurant-worthy, easy to prepare individual desserts that can be made ahead of time to avoid such stress and ensures you get a decent serve of your own delicious creation!

Mixed Berry & Pear Cookie Crumbles

It takes 35 minutes to cook – need I say more? These delightful crumbles are made in teacups, making them super cute and a perfect way to add a sweet element to your dinner party.

Find the recipe here.

Iced Berry Yoghurt Cups

Three ingredients that make 6 x delicious, fruity desserts – perfect for a hot summers day! Mix all the ingredients into a food processor, pour into your serving cups and then freeze until icy! Top with a few frozen berries and you will be the talk of the town with your stunning (yet simple) dessert.

Find the recipe here.

Mixed Berry Pannacotta

This is definitely a restaurant-worthy dish! A luxurious and creamy dessert with sweet pops of berries that will leave your guests truly impressed.

Find the recipe here.

Hot Raspberry Soufflé

I don’t know about you, but for me, soufflé sounds fancy! Everyone will think you’ve slaved away in the kitchen for hours making these little delights yet, they were whipped them up in less than 10 minutes!

Find the recipe here.

There you have it! Some scrumptious ideas for your next dinner party! We would love to know your thoughts on these inspiring recipes – share your Creative Gourmet creations with us!

Tag us on Instagram using the hasthag #CreativeGourmet or @creativegourmetofficial.

 

Acai Bowls: Toppings

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Acai Bowls. Easily one of the largest #Insta trends of 2016 that doesn’t look like its going away any time soon (and for good reason). Acai Bowls are found at your local cafe, or brunch spot and come with a delicious range of toppings that look and taste amazing, but wouldn’t you just love to make your own at home? Thanks to our Creative Gourmet Acai Puree, you can now make your favourite bowl of goodness from your very own home. Below we’ve put down out tips on how to jazz up your Acai Bowl so not only does it taste amazing, but looks #Insta worthy too!

 

Granola – Not only does Granola taste absolutely delicious but its full of grains and nuts that fill you up and give some texture to your bowl. A sprinkle on top, or a pile on the side – you choose, but this is a must-have topping!

Shredded Coconut – The shredded coconut gives a deliciously sweet taste to any Acai Bowl, and gives a light and bright look to the bowl. You only need a little bit of this sweet delight or it may overpower all the other flavours.

Strawberries – Because when are strawbs a bad option? But seriously, this deliciously juicy fruit amps up your bowl and adds a great pop of colour to your breakfast.

Kiwi Fruit – It’s green, need I say more?! Kiwi Fruit tastes delicious with Acai and especially with granola as well! It adds another element to your colour scheme and a contrast to the red in the strawberries. You’re on your way to a picture perfect bowl!

Banana – High in potassium, but even higher in flavour. Who doesn’t love a na-na?! A half a banana is all you should need (but feel free to use more if you like!) Cut them into chunks, or add our Creative Gourmet Frozen Banana Chunks that are conveniently cut for you!

Blueberries – Frozen blueberries will be the berry on top of your delicious breakfast. A few to pop on top will add little, juicy balls of goodness to your bowl and be utterly delightful!

So there you have it folks, some great ideas to get you up and running to Acai Bowl heaven! So what toppings do you like? Or do you have something completely different to show us? Tag us on Instagram using the hasthag #CreativeGourmet or @creativegourmetofficial.

*Photo’s sourced from Pinterest

Quick & Easy Breakfast’s with Creative Gourmet

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We’re constantly being told that breakfast is the most important meal of the day – yet so many people tell us that they simply don’t have time to make it, and are therefore missing out on not only a delicious meal of the day but a meal that is a really important part of a healthy diet!

So we thought we’d give you some delicious, healthy and quick options to start your day that take minimal time (we’re talking under 5 mins people!) and are filled with goodness to get you through the morning!

Pineapple Green Smoothie – filled with Pineapple, Blueberries, Spinach, Maca & Coconut water! That’s it, but it tastes amazing and will get you up and going in the morning.

Find the recipe here!

Blueberry & Ricotta Hotcakes – they take 10 mins to prepare, so do this the night before and then whip up in 5 minutes in the morning for a delicious, warm breakfast that is speedy and nutritious! Top them with our frozen blueberries and maple syrup for added flavour and sweetness!

Find the recipe here!

Mixed Berry Bircher Muesli – Another one you can prep the night before in a take-away container, and simply grab on the go in the morning!The oat, yoghurt and apple mixture can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container for a few days so it’s ready for breakfast each day. Add some frozen raspberries or blueberries (or both) on top as you go!

Find the recipe here!

Berry & Banana Smoothie – this takes all of two minutes to prepare and gives you a delicious and sweet breakfast that will last you through the morning (or at least until your morning snack!). With simple, everyday ingredients such as Creative Gourmet’s Frozen Banana Chunks, Frozen Mixed Berries and Honey this is a staple breakfast you should add into your day, and you can drink it on the way to work/school!

Find the recipe here!

So there you have it! Which one is your favourite? If you have any delicious recipe’s you’d love us to see & share, tag us on Instagram @creativegourmetofficial, or by using the hashtag #CreativeGourmet