Pitaya Perfection

The Dragon Bowl, made from pitaya aka dragonfruit

We all know summer has a lot of things going for it: long days at the beach, icy cold drinks, lazy Sunday barbecues. But one of our favourite things about summer is having an excuse to eat fruit for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

In warm weather we often crave lighter, cooler meals, which means it’s the perfect time to up your fruit intake. And while we love our oranges, apples and bananas, sometimes it’s good to try something a bit more… exotic.

One of the most out-there fruits you’ll see this season is the pitaya, which you might have heard referred to as dragon fruit.

Pitaya are a bright, almost fluorescent pink fruit with distinctive green-tipped leaves. Inside, the most common variety has pearly white flesh with tiny black seeds (similar to a kiwifruit).

Now, we should warn you that pitaya don’t taste quite as bold as they look – the flavour is lovely and mild, kind of like a sweet cucumber. The flesh is delicious on its own, and because it’s high in dietary fibre and vitamin C it’s also a great addition to smoothies, juices and fruit salads. 

For a delicious summer breakfast (or lunch – we don’t judge) keep an eye out for Raw Energy’s new Pink Pitaya SuperBowl.

6 Simplified Superfoods You Should Be Eating

Vibrant red goji berries

So you know that superfoods are SUPER, but do you know why? Or which superfood is best for you?

We hear you! There are just SO many superfoods spinning around, promising to offer you optimum health, confusing us with their strange pronunciations (check out this video for some serious superfood pronunciation LOLs).

Our cafes are totally into superfoods but we’re also into making sure you’re gulping down the right superfoods for you. Depending on what your body needs, we’ll help you find your nutrition boost with these six common superfoods – simplified!

1. CHIA SEEDS – A seed native to Mexico.

Chia is known to be packed full of goodness for your heart, bones, digestion and muscles!
These seeds may be little but they’re filled with omega-3, antioxidants, protein, fibre, iron, calcium and manganese.

How to enjoy: Add a scoop of chia to your smoothie!

2. SPIRULINA – A natural blue-green algae, dried into a nutrient-rich powder.

Spirulina contains antioxidant properties, great for your immunity and energy!
This slightly sweet powder is full of protein, potassium, magnesium, antioxidants, B-vitamins, iron and calcium.

How to enjoy: Mix with your favourite juice!

3. MACA – A root vegetable that is dried into a powder.

Maca is known for its nutritional ability to help your mood, endurance and memory!

You’ll find lots of antioxidants, vitamin C, copper, iron, vitamin B6, manganese and potassium in this super powder.

How to enjoy: Pair this superfood with your smoothie bowl base!

4. LSA – A blend of linseeds, sunflower seeds and almonds.

This powerful blend of three contains all the good stuff for your brain, heart and skin!

Bringing linseeds, sunflower seeds and almonds together creates a combination that is full of vitamin E, magnesium, manganese, fibre, B vitamins, protein and omega-3.

How to enjoy: Add a sprinkle to your muesli!

5. GOJI BERRIES – An edible berry widely cultivated in China.

Goji berries have powerful nutrients for your eyes, energy and focus!

With loads of vitamin C, fibre, vitamin A, zinc, iron and antioxidants, these are seriously edible gems.

How to enjoy: Blend into a smoothie or add on top of any breakfast bowl creations!

6. CACAO – Raw cocoa beans, often cold-pressed and ground into powder.

Cacao is packed with all the good stuff for your digestion, skin, mood and energy!

Don’t let the irresistible dark chocolate taste fool you this is one ingredient that’s totally healthy! Cacao is rich in antioxidants, magnesium, vitamin A, zinc, iron, calcium and contains caffeine.

How to enjoy: Blend into your banana smoothie to create a healthy choc-banana shake!

Look out for these six popular superfoods at your local Raw Energy cafes and add them to your order for an extra health boost! You can take a sneak peek at our menu here.

Match(a) made in Heaven

Selection of matcha energy balls, smoothie and latte

– According to legend, green tea was first brewed in ancient China more than 4000 years ago – which means it’s been on the list of healthy drinks for a few centuries or so. But your favourite herbal brew now packs an even bigger nutrient punch, thanks to the growing popularity of matcha green tea.

No, matcha isn’t a new dating app: it’s a finely ground green tea powder made from specially grown and processed tea leaves. Soft, supple young leaves from the top of the plant are carefully picked and dried in the shade.  The stems and veins are removed, and the leaves are ground to create a fine, vibrant powder. It looks like it could be used as eyeshadow in a wacky, jungle-inspired episode of America’s Next Top Model, but instead it’s brewed in traditional Japanese tea ceremonies. It’s also drunk by health-conscious tea lovers the world over. 

Drinking matcha green tea allows you to ingest the whole leaf, rather than just the brewed water. This means a greater dose of chlorophyll and anti-oxidants like theanine, an amino acid rumoured to help reduce stress and boost mental clarity. The traditional brew is made with hot water, but it can also be whisked with milk for a bright, creamy green tea latte – the perfect alternative to your afternoon caffeine fix.

And trust us, drinking leaves has never tasted this good (for you): matcha tea has an earthy, almost grassy flavour and a sweet, lingering aftertaste. Not a tea drinker? You can also add the powder to smoothies, cakes, muffins and even soup for a bright burst of goodness.