Things I learnt from doing a Food Show

Well hello again,

It’s been a short while since I last posted… as you may know ( or not ) , I attended the free from and allergy show at the Olympia exhibition hall in Kensington, London. Yeah.. I know, big scale things and a long way for little me, BUT I did it! and that’s what has been consuming all my time and energy the last few weeks.
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SO… from this, I wanted to share with you my own experience and what I have taken from doing this.

Firstly, to enjoy every minute. I found I was on a rollercoaster of emotions, as I was running on little to no sleep for the first 2 days of setting up and the first show day… I know. However, I was unbelievably lucky to have my partner in crime helping my for the whole weekend who handled my crazy soul for a whole 5 days, very well. A big thank you again, I couldn’t have done it without.
Once I learnt to let go and just be in the moment rather than worrying if everything was perfect or tasting perfectly, I absolutely loved it. After all, I do love talking…

Secondly, for a food product, packaging is key! I learnt a lot from the friends we made at the show, whether that be customers or other stand holders. Packaging is the main attraction. Unfortunately, you could have a fantastic product but in poorly presented packaging and you’d get nowhere near as far and as fast as if you had eye catching packaging. SO… for me, this is the next step for Raw Bake Station. I hear pouches are the way forward..
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Thirdly, to keep in contact with all the people that you met, again whether that be buyers, consumers or stall holders. Everyone of them will have a purpose and help to flourish your business, especially stall holders. Making friends with people there wasn’t hard, especially when every morning we were both bouncing on in, with a smile on our faces and being (probably annoyingly) energetic as always. These wonderful people are what made the long days so much easier, but not only that, they also gave me some comfort in knowing that I wasn’t alone in all the struggles of starting a business. It’s  so easy to look at someone else’s business or another company and think they’re getting it all right and you’re not. At the end of the day, everyone’s on the same journey, we all have our hurdles and our peaks. Take note of other peoples advice and share your own too. It’s nice to be nice.
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Lastly, to focus on the bigger things than on the smaller things. Moving forward, my main aim of the game is to sort my packaging out and work out a stronger plan. Watch this space!

I’d highly recommend anyone who is in the food world, to get yourselves onto a food show. The contacts, the experience and the future business you create makes it all worth while.

Any questions please feel free to email me !

Much love

Evie X

 

It’s a smoothie thang’

Good morning world,

I wish you all a fabulous weekend and hope it’s even better when you try out my FAVOURITE delicious green smoothie.

So just to recap my rules for the whole juice/smoothie malarkey:

  • no more than 1 piece of fruit per juice/smoothie
  • an add in of a superfood

A green goddess of a smoothie : 

Juice: 2 celery stalks
1/2 cucumber
2 handfuls of spinach
2 broccoli stalks
1 handful of kale
1 chard leaf
4 sprouts (this is the only time you’ll find me consuming these awful balls of veg)

Then blend with half an avocado and 1/2 tsp of spirulina.

This is the ultimate blend of a drink, super creamy and filling.

If you like your drinks less earthy, try with less spirulina and add in either :

– mint leaves
– some ginger
– lime
-half an apple

Any of the above additions will make it an even more delicious drink. My favourtie is ginger!

Because of its high fat and fiber content, this is the PERFECT drink for any time of the day.

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Enjoy lovers.

 

Much love

Evie X

 

A bendy weekend.

What a weekend.

A weekend full of getting bendy.
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So, for those that weren’t watching my one million gazillion Instagram stories, I spent my Saturday morning with the Lulu Lemon crew at their second yoga event in the city!
I had the pleasure of joining in, on the hour of yoga class… which was amazing! The teacher was, by far, the most hilarious yoga teacher I have ever come across, she had the whole room laughing with her crazy lingo and prosecco phrases. Find her at Loft Yoga in Eccles!
I then jumped straight from the yoga to spreading the Raw Bake Station love to all those that came!
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It was a wonderful morning, spending an hour of connecting with my body with another 150-beautiful people. Namaste lovers.
To top that off, on Sunday, I went down to the Magna Pass’ yoga in the city event, situated in an unbelievable space in the old Granada studios! Fortunately, the sun was glistening hard that day so whilst lying in savasana pose, we all had the pleasure of the warm tingles off the sunshine blaring down from the glass roof. Dreamy.

If you haven’t yet checked out Magna Pass, they are a platform of fitness classes and unique workout sessions.  The best way to find out what classes are around you at that time… aka the bomb of an organiser.

Another hour of yoga to then a break with Raw Bake Station treats.
This was like the dream team morning which I was so happy to be involved in.

So, a totally different way of spending my Bank Holiday weekend but an absolute flower of one. Feeling totally revived for a new week ahead, and woke up this morning with no headache ( thank you, thank you ), no grogginess and body that is feeling totally relaxed.

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Hope you all had a smashing weekend.

Chow for now.

Evie X

Raw Cherry Ripe Bars

A twist of the classic “Cherry Ripe” bar, a sugar filled, gluten disaster of a bar that I fell in love with whilst bumbling around the warm sunny streets of Australia.

In other words, I was obsessed… with bar that is. Oh… and Australia, yes.

So, whilst swirling around on my computer chair, trying to do some work but thinking only of what brain food can I be feeding on next… Well it came to me, a raspberry and coconut concoction to satisfy my cravings and feel me up on the good stuff.

It’s so easy to grab a chocolate bar or even a breakfast bar ( which, yes, they are terrible for you), when you’re in need of a quick fix energy boost and they’re the closest thing lying around.  But what you are actually doing, is feeding an inner demon inside who wont want to stop at just chocolate bar. Not when the sugar kicks in.

So being the whizz kid I am, I’ve created a healthy version of my ultimate dream bar which hopefully you will enjoy too!

 

Ingredients :

Base:

300g Almonds
150g Desiccated coconut
3 tbsp melted Coconut oil
2 tbsp of water
3 tbsp of Cacao
6 dates
Raspberry Layer:

500g Cashews (soaked over night)
100g of Desiccated coconut
3 tbsp of melted coconut oil
1 cap of vanilla essence
3 tbsp of maple syrup
200g of Raspberries

Chocolate décor ( optional)

Either 100g of 70% cacao Dark Chocolate
Or
200g of Coconut Butter
2 tbsp of Cacao
2 tbsp of maple syrup

Method (in the madness)

– using a 25 x 25 cm square spring base tray.
– Blend the almonds, desiccated coconut and cacao in your mixer until combined into larger breadcrumbs.
– Add in the dates, coconut oil and water and whizz away until the mixture starts to collect together and bind as one.
– Scoop out the chocolate goodness into your tray, and press down firmly so you have a nice layer of Chocolate brownie for your base.
– Set in the freezer

– Using a sparkly clean blender, add in the cashews, raspberries, desiccated coconut and the maple syrup and blend.  Blend for about 5 minutes.
– Ensure you scrape down the sides of the blender to get all the loose bits of the ingredients back into the mix. Blend again for another 3 minutes.
– Wonderful. Pour the raspberry mixture onto your chocolate galore base and set in the freezer for around 3 hours.

 

Topping:
– Blend the coconut butter with the maple syrup and the vanilla until it becomes a creamy liquid state.
– Add in the cacao and watch the magic happen.
– Once you’ve combined all the ingredients, you have officially made a raw chocolate mix! Lick the spoon… I dare you!
– Decorate to your desire! I used a piping piece of equipment (aka. My new shiney toy) to produce some fancy swirls and design… after much practice. However, you can simply spread to chocolate over the top of the raspberry layer! Both will taste the bomb.

– Freeze again for another 30 minutes, and then once the time is finally over, cut the beauty into rectangular bars and serve with (or without) some delicious dairy free icecream.

 

By far, the BEST home-made goodie to have on any occasion.

 

Enjoy!

Much Love

Evie Xx

Raw Lasagne

Hello friends,

Is it just me or is this year is flying by??

Quite scary really, whilst I’m trying to get my summer body into play, it seems the retail world is wanting to challenge me with yet another Chocolate fest! Yes we are all guilty of it… using Easter as an excuse to get chocolate rich.

*Sigh*

Now although I have nothing against chocolate, I decided to play around with some savoury dishes to come up with a new raw recipe to take the edge off my guilty head with all the feasting I’m doing.

I’m not usually one to go for Italian food as it leaves me feeling extremely heavy and sluggish but this dish is so much more than your everyday pizza/pasta… Raw Lasagne is the ‘bomb’. This dish is raw, vegan and free from gluten, dairy, wheat and all of the heavy bloating guilt. Super easy too.

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Shopping list

5-7 courgettes
Bunch of spring onion
Bunch of parsley
Bunch of basil
Bunch of dill
Bunch of thyme
Cherry tomatoes
A bag of spinach
2 chard leaves
A bag of kale
300g of pinenuts

A deep lasagne dish is necessary for this beauty!

Method:

– Slice 5 of the courgettes into thin strips (if feeling rather lazy, you can buy pre sliced courgette) and set to one side
– Add the parsley, basil, thyme, kale, chard leaves ( leave out the stalks), cherry tomatoes, spring onion to the blender and mix for 1 minute until all combined and smelling fresh.
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– Once you’ve made your filling, pour mixture into a bowl and place in the fridge whilst we make our pine nut cheese!
– Now for the creamy goodness : into a clean blender, add in the rest of the ingredients. All of the pinenuts, the spinach, a handful of dill and thyme, the chard stalks, and 2 chopped courgettes.
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– Blend the ingredients all it becomes a creamy thick delicious whirl of pinenut cheese.

– Now for the fun part! Layer the base of the dish with courgette, then add 2-3 spoonfuls of your filling and spread evenly.
– Add another layer of courgette, the filling and now for the creamed pinenut!
– Repeat this layer action until the dish is completely full with the “cheese” layer being last.
– Decorate with cherry tomatoes and pine nuts if you have any left!
– And there you have it! You’re very own raw and vegan lasagne.
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This dish is super filling but extremely healthy for you so don’t be worried about having a big slice! I enjoy mine with a side salad but I’ve known people to want new potatoes with it.

And and the beauty of making this dish is that if you have any left overs of any of the filling or “cheese”, they are perfect with raw flaxseed crackers or to be enjoyed as part of another home-made salad.

God I’m good.

Enjoy and send me in your own creations of this recipe.

Check it out on the YouTube channel also: a more visual guide on how to make this dreamy dish.

Think More. Think Raw

Much love

Evie X

Nuts it.

SO working in the industry I’m in, I guess it’s a written rule that you have to be completely in love and obsessed with nuts. Especially nut butters.

Now being a big sweet treats supplier, the amount of nuts I order in is crazy. I remember the first time I made a big order with suma wholefoods and they rocked up in a huge lorry carrying just nuts… I mean, it’s totally nuts.

Well, now I have tubs (the size of huge baths) full of nuts, I’ve been experimenting with my own nut butters.

I have to say my favourite nut butter of all time is almond butter… I’m literally obsessed and I just can’t make anymore myself nor can I buy it. It’s a sad fact, that if left to my own devices, i’ll devour the whole lot in one afternoon…

I wanted to share with you though, my own recipe for almond butter because if I can’t eat my weight in it, I believe you should be able to.

Ingredients:

210g of unsalted raw or roasted almonds
1 teaspoon of coconut cream
1 tbsp of maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon of salt

Method: 

-Preheat the oven to 250 degrees and wack the almonds in the oven for 10 minutes. This help with the blending and mixing of them as they release all their natural oils once warmed up.
-Add the almonds to your blender and whizz away.
It is normal for this process to take up to 20 minutes so sit back and relax.
-after 10 minuteso f blending, scrape the sides of the blender to ensure all the mixture is getting thoroughly binded.
– Once you can see it’s becoming more of an ‘oily’ mud like state, add in the maple syrup, salt and coconut cream and blend for an extra 5-10 minutes.
-Voila, there you have it! You’re very own gorgeous, home-made almond butter.

Perfect for snacking on with sliced apples

Be Warned. HIGHLY addictive! 

Much love

Evie Xo

 

Excited

I’m extremely and dangerously hyper right now and so I thought I needed to share it with you all.

I’ve just done something quite mad… Something I can’t yet say/announce because it may not really come about.

But now talking about it (to myself) has made feel like I’m on cloud 9 after drinking 20 cups of coffee.

Today is a good day.

Love Evie X

GET VISUAL. STAY FOCUSED

There will be a time in life where we all fall off our pathways, sometimes its actually necessary we do so! Sometimes we need to. Life is a journey so don’t panic if at some point you feel you’re not where you “should” be or “need” to be, just embrace that flippant and unexpected moment/block/time.

 Live in the moment and keep on smiling, as long as you’re happy you’re doing something right!!

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I see a lot of my friends stressed and upset because they’re unsure of the next step or where they’re heading or even feeling under pressure because its not what they had or anyone else had expected for them. Again dont panic, sit back and enjoy the ride. Life is a learning curve, and we’re here to enjoy ourselves, to experiences things and to make the most of it!

I felt a little lost a few years ago, nothing to work for because I had no clear image of what I wanted to do or where I wanted to be. Before I found the power to let go of this pressure, it was an awful time for me. I was stressed and ever so down, I felt left behind in comparison to my friends. But its not about anyone else, this is about your individual journey and what you can do with it.

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Travelling really helped me find myself…as cliche as that sounds.

“the world is a book and those who dont travel read only one page” – Augustine of Hippo

One of my favourite quotes!! The people, the places and the experiences. Travelling will always be a passion of mine and I advise anyone and everyone to get out there and find out things you never knew about yourself and the world around you!!

Anyhow. The point of this post is to assure you that its OKAY to go do things that may not have been on the agenda, that may not have been ‘Mummys’ and ‘Daddys’ expectations, or even your childhood dreams.
The worst thing you can do is feel alone, stressed and  feeling uneasy about the future.

Firstly, if needs be, go and find yourself! Go travel, take up a few crazy hobbies, do something you and no one else would expect you to! It may take a few weeks or a few years to realise what it is you would like to do. It certainly took me around 18 months to realise all I wanted to do was to help others achieve their goals both mentally and physically. And I had the time of my life doing it.

Secondly GET VISUAL.  write down your goals. Long term and short term, and then you have something to work for, something to get excited about.
This idea got thrown upon me by a good friend and its REALLY helped me, I wrote my very own Goals List 2 months ago and I must say most have already kicked off!! Wahoo.
I’d advise to write these goals with the words – I will
For example ;
I will have saved “x” amount of money by this time next year.
I will have travelled to “x” in january.
I will have got the job promotion

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Set your goals and get excited. Life is one big journey. Positive vibes. Positive life.

One of my many goals lists and my pin up vision WALL. Inspiration everywhere 🙌

For those who like to be a little creative, how about doing a Vision board!!!
Lets get back to the primary school days and get daft with the craft..
Im talking colours, cut outs, quotes, drawings, pin-ups. You name it, just board it!
Put your dreams and ambitions up on this magical board and keep re-visiting it.

 TO ACHIEVE IT, YOU MUST BELIEVE IT… now to believe it, YOU MUST SEE IT.

For anyone digging a little deeper, I would recommend reading the book “The Secret” by Rhonda Bryne. I also found this a huge help to me and my outlook on things, Keeps your mind focused and feeling positive and thats the one thing we all need to have in life. Postivity.

Much love, sending positive vibes your way X

Ps. I would love to see your vision boards!! Send me them through and be creative!!!

WAKE UP // SHAKE UP

Bonjour le monde!
The past few weeks I’ve had a fair few people asking me if I can put together a short FAT BURNING exercise routine for them. Potentially my readers too, would like to try out one I have devised. A pure beauty she is.
Now of course for some of you, you may require in depth one on one work  to reach your goals but for most this one off routine should help blast that unwanted fat – It’s more about how much YOU push YOURSELF.
The harder you go, the more you burn!

When wanting to burn fat, the best method to go with is HIIT as I explained in my “Morning Blast” post. A style of training called Tabata is something you should absorb, it is what I use for a lot of my own training.  Note it down and research it later.

Here goes a short devised fat burning beauty;

Firstly take note; we’ll be working at a 2;1 ratio. Working out for 20 seconds, and resting for 10. No more, no less… Aim to keep within the time frames.

WARM UP

March in place for 10 seconds after each warmup exercise.

Jumping Jacks
Duration: 20 seconds

Toy Soldier
Swing left leg and right arm to touch toes. Repeat on other side.
Duration: 20 sec.

Hackey Sack
Tap left ankle with right hand. Repeat on other side.
Duration: 20 sec.

High Knees 
Duration: 20 sec.

ROUND ONE-
Remember 2:1

Jump rope/Skipping rope  ( if no jump rope, use your imagination! )

rest

Burpees 

rest

Jumping squats

rest

Jumping jacks into squats

rest

Repeat all of above and move straight into –

ROUND TWO

Fast Feet – sprint on spot

rest

Pushup

rest

Quad Touch Jump Squats
Place hands on quads, jump and reach with hands to ceiling. Land in squat position.

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Mountain Climbers

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Repeat all of above and move straight into

ROUND THREE

Skaters

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T Jacks
Start with arms in a T. One touches the floor while the other is still out in a T.

Rest

Single Leg Burpees

Rest

Fast butt kicks

Rest

Repeat all of above and move straight into

ROUND FOUR abs-mazing

Plank Ups
From plank position, place right palm down, then left, to get in pushup position. Then, come back down onto forearms.

Rest

Bicycles

Rest

Supermans

Rest

Crunches

Rest…END

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casually worn out

 

HALLEJUAH. This style of workouts is SO effective when performed to our best ability! Only you can make a change to your body, only you can push yourself to the end! Make it happen. Why not start today?
Get off your bums and put your laptop down, go grab a big glass of water and sweat towel and jump into some comfy clothing. Whizz some pumping music on, and get to work.
20 seconds GOGOGO, 10 seconds rest.
Try this every morning before breakfast if possible and if the timings not all good for you in the morning then do this workout when you can fit it in EVERY DAY.. theres no excuses. You DONT need a lot of time for this and you DONT need a gym.
Give it 2 weeks maximum of doing this routine each morning and I promise you you’ll see and feel the difference phsically and mentally. Not only will fat be dripping off you, your cardio ability will actually improve!!

Double whammy, Enjoy and let me know how you get on!

Much love X

FREE FROM DELICIOUS CAKE

Oh that Sunday feelin’ is here!
Last week I spent my Sunday experimenting in the kitchen (my home kitchen…the one which actually has an oven!) like a mad professor trying to come up with something oh so delicious but also nutritious…. and my oh my did I do it!
Trialling the bad boy I made with my friends, and of course it was an absolute hit!! Therefore, I want to share this magical cake with you to try at home and make your own!

It kind of fits with the whole Christmas spirit at the moment as it actually oozes spice  s and cinnamon flavours. A fruit cake for all… so god damn easy so god damn good.

Ingredients-
170g Gluten free flour
50 g ground almond
80ml orange juice
250 g mixed dried fruit
1 tsp mixed spices (I used my Grandmas own concoction)
200g chopped dates
300 ml water

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Okay so now what you want to do is –

Throw the dates and the water into a pan on a high heat until the water is boiling. Once boiled, lower the heat and allow the mixture to simmer for 10-15 minutes / until the mixture is soft and combined.

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Whilst the dates are stewing, sieve the flour into a large mixing bowl and add in all the other ingredients. Mix all together thoroughly.

Take the dates of the heat and allow to cool for 20 minutes.
Now we can go grab a coffee or make a juice, and await… Time seems to go by rather slowly now but do not pick at the dates… I have to tell myself this, all the time.

Now add the dates into the mixing bowl and use your hands to combine everything together nicely! Oh yes, let’s get sticky!!

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Wash your hand and grease and line a BREAD tin so that its ready for you to scoop on in your beautiful creation. The ‘fruity tootie’ mixture.

Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until the mixture is a golden colour and when you test it with a knife, it comes out clean.

Done?? Yey, smells good eh?

Serve it hot or allow to cool and keep for all the friends and family.
Be warned though, it is very addictive! Do not leave out for creeping hands.

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Send me in your fruity specials!

Much Love

Evie  X