Who doesn’t LOVE a good vegan recipe? We all love food- but food that is both mindful and conscious is always a plus! Many yogic teachings favour the benefits of a vegan diet, but even if you are not vegan, this doesn’t mean you cannot enjoy a delicious vegan meal!
Danielle, one of our Peak Physique Hot Yoga teachers and author of The Energy Kitchen, knows a thing or two about how to make some yummy vegan treats. ‘I don’t eat a solely vegan diet,’ she says, ‘but I do try to make sure that my week includes a healthy balance of vegan meals.’ Being a Hot Yoga instructor, Danielle knows it is important to keep her energy levels up and to nourish her body. ‘I find that including vegan and vegetarian meals regularly in my meal plan helps me to be mindful of fuelling my body in a healthy way, and gives me a chance to use some of the amazing local and organic produce available in the Adelaide region.’
With Vegan Festival Adelaide coming up this weekend, we thought we would get everyone’s tummies rumbling with some of Danielle’s own vegan recipes! Enjoy and let us know what you think!
A healthy dip full on green goodness and healthy fats that you can whip up in a flash!
1 can chickpeas, rinsed
1 clove garlic
3 tablespoons lemon juice
3 cups baby spinach
salt and pepper to taste
Around 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
Optional additions- 1 teaspoon tahini, dried chilli, basil, pine nuts, sun dried tomato.
Place all ingredients except for olive oil in a food processor and blitz until mixed. Slowly drizzle in olive oil with processor running until the mixture forms a soft paste.
Vegan Apple, apricot and coconut energy cookies
Vegan cookies you can prep in 10 minutes the night before to enjoy in the morning. A quick energy boost perfect for when you’re off to work after your morning yoga class.
2 cups rolled oats
2 medium apples, skin on, grated
2 cups dried apricot
1 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup dates
4 tablespoons coconut oil
2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon natural vanilla extract
1 teaspoon lemon zest
Preheat oven to 170 degrees. Place all ingredients into the processor and blitz until they form a dough. You can roll the mixture into balls and flatten them slightly as you place them on the oven tray or press the mix into a cookie cutter if you would prefer to have the cookies shaped. Place tray in the oven and turn the oven off. Leave to set overnight.
Hydrating ‘Peak Physique’ Smoothie
After working up a sweat at one of Peak Physique’s classes, it is important to replenish your body. This quick smoothie is super hydrating and full of electrolytes, perfect for refreshing and cooling your body after your workout!
1 cup chopped watermelon
1 cup frozen strawberries
1/4 cup cucumber
1 cup coconut water
Place all ingredients in the blender and blitz to combine. Serve immediately.
Mike, Suz & Danielle!