Merry Christmas from Vitalise

Have a wonderful Christmas with your friends and family or wherever you may be. We wish you safety, happiness, laughter and sunshine. We sincerely hope you are able to unwind and fully recharge for the start of the New Year.

Remember if you are picnicking or eating BBQ foods please ensure you store and cook it safely. The attached link is a fantastic reminder on food safety and BBQ-safety. http://www.foodsmart.govt.nz/food-safety/tips/bbq-safety/

You can’t get by Christmas without desserts so here’s a couple of recipes with our favorite berries

Zesty Blueberry-Lemon Sorbet

Berry sorbet

  • 3 cups fresh or frozen blueberries, thawed – preferably organic
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor; process until smooth. Place berry mixture in a freezer-safe container and freeze until hard, about 1 hour. Let stand about 10 minutes before serving. (Recipe credited to www.health.com)

Dark Chocolate covered strawberries

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  • ½ block (225 – 285 gram) Whittaker’s dark chocolate
  • 1 packet roasted or raw pistachios – crushed with mortar and pestle or blitz in food processor
  • 18-20 large fresh, strawberries (chose organic large berries with a nice green stem this becomes your handle for when you dip)
  • Baking paper

Wash the strawberries in cool water and allow them to dry thoroughly. It’s really important that your berries are dry, if the berries are wet, water will cause chocolate to be clumpy and unworkable so after washing ensure you pat dry with paper towel and lay berries on paper towel while waiting for chocolate to melt.

Melting Chocolate – The best way to melt chocolate is using a double boiler, as its easier to control the viscosity of the chocolate, if you choose to melt via microwave or with double boiler ensure you melt the chocolate slowly to avoid graininess. Place a large saucepan over medium heat ¼ fill with water, bring to a strong simmer (soft boil). Place small to medium stainless steel or pyrex bowl over top of pan – make sure the bowl does not touch bottom of pan and avoid contact with water. Turn down heat, break up chocolate and place in bowl to melt slowly. Once chocolate is almost smooth turn off heat and stir, it will become smooth. Chocolate dips and clings best when it is not to fluid, you will feel right temp.

While chocolate is melting – blitz your pistachios and place in bowl

Carefully holding the strawberry by the stem, dip the berry into the melted chocolate, rolling it around to coat evenly. Leave a little berry showing at the top. Allow excess chocolate to drip off, then turn the berry upside down for a few moments.

Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

Place the berries on wax paper (baking paper) covered tray or plate. Allow the chocolate to set for a minute, then sprinkle with pistachios or gently role strawberry in pistachios. Sprinkling may work better than rolling for control of coverage.  Place berries back on wax paper and allow to dry and set completely. You can place them in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.

Then enjoy these melt in the mouth treats. Best to eat the day they are made or at latest the next day. (Recipe adapted from http://afoodcentriclife.com)

More news…

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Today Denise and many other South Pacific College of Natural Medicine third year students have their graduation, it’s a very exciting time to see so many talented and fantastic people ready to take the naturopathic world by storm! We hope to bring you interviews with a few of these talented people in the New Year.

Denise  also had her first paper published in the Avena magazine – Journal of the New Zealand Association of Medical Herbalists.  A fantastic read for anyone wanting natural treatment options for Alzheimer’s disease.

Our Naturopathic services will be up and fully running early in the New Year. watch this space for more details… ;).

And last but not least our heartfelt thanks to you for your readership and feedback. We have listened to your feedback and have made an adjustment to our cleanser container based on what you would like. Early in the new year we will be introducing pump containers for our cleanser so you can feel safe while using this in the shower.

This is our last blog before Christmas our next blog will be on Thursday 31st Just in time to wish you all a very Happy New Year.

Here’s to a joyous, Christmas with lots of scrumptious foods, indulge a little 80% healthy and 20% indulgent (that’s my rule)! Sending you all a Merry Christmas hug full of vitality and cheer!

Me xx