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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!

 

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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

Banana Deserts for Winter

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There is nothing more warming in winter than a dessert. I’m definitely not the only one who craves something warm, filling and sweet before I nod off to sleep, right? One of my favorite flavors is banana, so I’ve tried to incorporate bananas into my winter recipe list!

I’ve found some great flavor combinations, with caramel, raspberry and butterscotch topping the list. So here are some of the fantastic recipes that I’ve collected. You can thank me later!

Banoffee Pie

Surprisingly, this dessert has been one that I’ve seen pop up on various blogs, and websites but have never tried! With cream on top, sweet and sticky bananas with caramel in the middle, and a crumbly pie base to top all of that off! This recipe is fantastic and will have you craving for more (just make sure you make this on a cheat day so its guilt free!)

 

Recipe: https://au.pinterest.com/pin/197806608609383054

 

Sticky Banana Butterscotch Puddings

 

A take on the delightful sticky-date pudding that will make your taste buds burst! The combination of banana and butterscotch will make your kitchen smell amazing too. The burnt butterscotch flavor paired with some lightly whipped cream on top is complimentary textures, and you’ll find this Donna Hay recipe absolutely divine!

Recipe: https://www.donnahay.com.au/recipes/desserts-and-baking/sticky-banana-puddings-with-burnt-butterscotch

Caramel Banana Pudding Parfaits

 

Um, does this look absolutely-positively-amazing or what?! I love how quaint and sweet these delightful desserts are, they’re perfect for a dinner party. With layers upon layers of wafer biscuits, caramel sauce, banana’s and cream this recipe ignites the senses and will keep your tummy warm before you jump into bed!

Recipe: https://au.pinterest.com/pin/139822763411304697/

 

Banana Raspberry Bread

Our delightful banana bread recipe is a quick, easy and versatile for desert, breakfast or snacks. The pops of raspberry gives you a sweet-yet-tart taste to the desert. It’s able to be eaten as it is, warmed up, or toasted – depending on what your preference is!

Recipe: http://creativegourmet.com.au/recipe/raspberry-banana-bread/

 

So there you have it, some fantastic banana desert recipes for you to enjoy this Winter. Which one will you choose to warm you up? Show us your creation at #CreativeGourmet or @creativegourmetofficial.

Banana’s For Breakfast

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Bananas are an all-year-round favorite in many household, and our Frozen Banana Chunks enable you to make delicious creations with ease and convenience. We’ve put together our favorite banana breakfast recipes for you to try and enjoy throughout the cooler months!

Banana Pancakes

 

These delightful creations are perfect for a Sunday morning, post sleep in! They’re easy to make and the banana adds a delightfully sweet, natural flavor to the pancakes. Top with some thinly sliced banana and passion fruit, or more blueberries!

Recipe: http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/ultimate-banana-pancakes/1c3cf42b-a995-4f09-90d0-56e49f54f30c

 

Berry & Banana Smoothie

A quick and easy breakfast that is healthy and nutritious. With four simple ingredients that you’ll probably have in your kitchen, you can easily create this delightful breakfast and drink it on the run.

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

  

Banana Raspberry Bread

Okay, so it’s not a typical breakfast food, but for indulgent mornings it’s a nice sweet treat. We love the texture, and pops of flavor that the raspberries provide. Toast and add a little butter for a warming treat that will have you wanting more!

Recipe: http://creativegourmet.com.au/recipe/raspberry-banana-bread/

Banana Overnight Oats

This recipe is a scrumptious mix of banana’s, oats, chia seeds and cinnamon. Perfect for frosty mornings when you just need something to warm you up! By preparing the night before and storing in mason jars, these could be easily transported on your way to work.

Recipe: https://au.pinterest.com/pin/535717318161726425/

 

 

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Afternoon Snacking: How to do it Right

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There’s nothing quite like an afternoon snack. From being a great 3pm pick-me-up, to providing you with the energy to get through the last hours of your work day, an afternoon snack is a must-have in our eyes.

The only trouble is that it can be a very easy way to over-indulge and have a nibble on those donuts that the boss brought into the tea room. We’ve developed a quick guide to healthy snacking during your afternoon to keep your health goals in check and give you a tasty treat to keep you motivated throughout the day!

 

Dark Chocolate

We’re just going to put it out there – dark chocolate is actually good for you. It’s rich in antioxidants, and could potentially improve your heart health as well! A few squares is all you should need to keep you going and give you a delightful sugar boost.

Smoothie

If you have the time, a quick smoothie is a great alternative to ice-cream or candy. Make it simple, and wiz up some of our frozen bananas, honey and low-fat milk for a light, healthy snack.

Fruit

I know, I know – this sounds like mums old saying “If you’re hungry, eat some fruit!” But seriously, do it. Fruit is high in good sugars, and apart of your daily health needs. Chew on a whole apple, or banana for a fantastic arvo-boost.

Nuts

High in fat, and density, you only need a few to keep you feeling full until dinner. Grab a handful of almonds, and nibble on them during afternoon snack time. You’ll not only be full but probably thirsty as well, so it will remind you to keep that water intake up.

Veggie Sticks & Dips

A simple yet utterly delicious way to pack in some more vegetables to your day. Cut up some carrot, celery, capsicum and cucumber and dip them into some delicious dips like hommus or red capsicum. Don’t over do it though, as you will be full for dinner!

Baby bell cheese

It sounds like something you pack into a childs lunch box, but at 70 calories per piece these cute little cheese wheels are a delightful addition to yours as well! They’re 100% natural cheese and taste fantastic.

Alas, there you are fellow snack-a-holics! Go forth and snack away on these delightful bites! #CreativeGourmet

Acai – Why is it Good for You?

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So we know that you love our Acai based on the many pictures flooding through our Insta pages. But do you actually know why it’s so good for you? Most people will answer that question with a no, so we decided to break it down so you know exactly what you’re getting out of your Acai.

They promote a Healthy Heart, as the berries are extremely high in antioxidants, which are known to help balance out your cholesterol. Having a healthy heart is something that majority of young people take for granted, but as you get older and it becomes a more important focus to assist with a healthy lifestyle, you will be thankful for doing at least one thing to assist in your bodies’ number one asset!

Acai berries are Low in Sugar, contain high amounts of nutrients and vitamins, such as Vitamin A, Iron & Fiber. The taste is naturally sweet, so it assists in helping you overcome those sugar cravings you may get during the day.

Not only do Acai berries have and low sugar content, but are also High in Fiber, therefore assisting with digestion and the prevention and relief of constipation.

Acai is also great as an Energy Booster, which makes them a perfect post or pre-workout meal!

So there we have it, some fantastic health benefits of Acai, which you can add to your healthy diet and exercise regime. Show us your Acai on Facebook or Instagram, using the #CreativeGourmet or @creativegourmetofficial.

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Trend Alert: Matcha

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Source – beingco.com.au

 

No, you’re not the only one who is seeing green everywhere! Matcha is the latest foodie trend and is taking the world by storm. In basic terms, matcha is made from green tea leaves that have been crushed down to a powder. Don’t be green with envy, and get on the band wagon with this delightful trend. We’ve put together some must-try matcha recipes for you to indulge yourself in!

Matcha Chia Pudding

Okay so this is seriously simple. All you need is matcha powder, coconut milk, sugar, chia seeds and un-sweetened coconut to garnish. A perfect way to spice up your usual chia pudding breakfast staple, and add an amazing colour to it, to make breakky just that bit more interesting!

Find the recipe here: https://au.pinterest.com/pin/496381190163654226/

Matcha Banana Bread

This delightful recipe is also gluten free which is perfect for those with allergies. Using almond flour, banana’s, eggs and matcha powder, this recipe is seriously simple and you can cut it up to eat all week long (if it lasts that long!) It’s also a cool green colour, so for the little ones, call this “Alien Bread” and they will be totally on board!

Find the recipe here: https://au.pinterest.com/pin/547680004664765273/

 

Matcha Smoothie

Making mornings magical. We love this easy adaption to our morning banana smoothie for some added antioxidants that is rich in flavor and fun in colour. The matcha flavor doesn’t over power the banana, so it’s not going to be a big difference in taste.

Find the recipe here: https://au.pinterest.com/pin/364228688600326269/

Matcha Date Balls

Made from dates, pistachios, raspberries and coconut these delightful little balls will burst with flavor and excite your taste buds. They’re the perfect addition to your daily diet and will give you a great burst of energy, Included in these delightful bliss balls are frozen raspberries, which really add a zing to the recipe.

Find the recipe here: http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/surprise-matcha-balls/9fa04939-eec1-4fdd-a52c-8233e456ba64

 

Fitness Tech

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Fitness is not just about exercise, am I right!? In all seriousness though, fitness comes with gear – and a great motivational tool to work out is to look and feel the part. There are so many amazing gizmos and gadgets out there to assist with your workout and get you in the best shape possible but it can be hard to sort through them. We’ve listed our absolute favourites for you here, to help you get the most out of your working, and look amazing doing so. Ready… Set…. Go!

 

1. Fit Bits

They’re literally the cutest accessory out there, and they monitor your sleep, and exercise. They now come in a huge range of colours and sizes and will help you reach your #goals in no time!

2. Apps

My Fitness Pal is an absolute favourite. It tracks your exercise and food intake, enabling you to monitor your diet and get to your goal weight. It shows you at the end of each day what your goal weight would be if you ate like that everyday – making you motivated to do and be better each and every day!

3. Misfit Activity Tracker

Similar to that of the Fit Bit, this is a stylish necklace that you can wear while you work out and the rest of the time. In gorgeous colours, this little darling sits pretty on your collarbone and monitors your sleep and exercise output for the day. All of which can be blue-toothed to your laptop or smartphone for continual monitoring.

4. Fit Bit Scales

Not only does this track your weight, but it will also “calculate your body fat percentage, and BMI, painting a picture of your long-term progress. It wirelessly syncs your stats with online graph and mobile tools that help you stay motivated and on track.”

 

5. Wireless Headphones

Beats by Dre enables you to run at your hearts content without loose cords and wires getting in your way. Syncing up to your smart phone, they definitely enable you to enjoy a freer workout, without any tangled messes! And they also look pretty good!

 

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Foodie destinations to head to this winter

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Okay, it’s safe to say it – winter is here. At least for the state of Victoria that is! As the air becomes fresh, and the ground becomes frosty, we often rug up, hibernate inside and rarely leave the house. After a while, it gets to be a little boring, and you just need to get out and move around again! So no matter where you are, jump in the car and head to some of these locations for a day-out-in-foodie-heaven that will be worth braving the cold for.

Well there’s a reason Melbourne is called the world’s most livable city! The reason why so many people migrate to Victoria every year is because it has an abundance of food, from various cuisines, all at your fingertips, and this extends to the outer boroughs as well.

A great place to visit for a divine foodie experience is Bendigo, in Central Victoria. With so many choices you will have a fantastic experience wherever you go (there’s approximately 200 places to eat in town!). From classic-yet-divine pub food, to Asian-inspired share-style cuisine there are some fantastic choices! Our favorites have to be Masons, The Woodhouse, Four Ponies, and Rocks on Rosalind.

 

Another fantastic foodie location is Red Hill, on the Mornington Peninsula. With wineries galore, this is a great place to stay, wine and dine to your hearts delight. Hosting home to delightful wineries such as Montalto, T’Gallant, and Hickingbotham you can really eat your way around the vineyards and take in the pristine scenery that is the Peninsula.

Last but certainly not least is Daylesford, Central Victoria. Known for its delightful, funky establishments, it’s perfect for the ultimate hipster. Test out Kazuki’s or Lake House and you’ll be in for a real treat!

Alas, there we have it fellow Victorians. Now which one will you be trying out this weekend? Send us your pictures of Facebook/Instagram using the hashtag #CreativeGourmet.