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When thinking of a typical breakfast most of us will imagine smoothies and coffee. Sometimes we don't have time or the stomach to consume all that liquid... To combat this we combined the two into this deliciously sweet yet healthy Wake Me Up Smoothie.

Wake Me Up Chocolate Hazelnut Coffee Smoothie

Ingredients

1 (or 2) shots of certified organic, eco-friendly, Ethical Coffee
1 Whole Banana
1 tbsp Tropeaka Boost Powder
1 tbsp Cacao Powder
1 tsp Pure Harvest Coco2 Cocoa Hazelnut Spread
A hand full of Hazelnuts
A pinch of Cinnamon
A Sprinkle of Coconut shreds
and plant based milk of choice (to desired consistency)

(Check out our Superfood Chia Pudding Recipe to find out the benefits of these ingredients for your health!)

Method

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until liquified.

It is as easy as that!

Tips:

If you need to take your smoothie on the go KeepCups are perfect for on the go and are sure to keep the smoothie cool.

If you are using a straw, make sure it is glass or stainless steel. One-use plastic straws are a huge waste this planet does not need!

We hope you like this recipe and found it insightful. If you did check out our Instagram and Facebook for daily coffee goodness and be sure to check out the EcoCaffe range.!!!

Need something to hype you up before you hit the gym? Quit saying chemical supplements and make coffee your pre-workout of choice.

Before working out it is often important to have a little snack for fuel but most of us couldn't stomach a huge meal. That is where this protein packed smoothie is perfect.

EcoCaffe Protein Vanilla Coffee Smoothie Recipe

Ingredients

1 or 2 x Your fave Ethical Coffee flavour
1 x Banana (frozen or use ice to cool)
1 x Teaspoon Tropeaka Maca Powder
1 x Tablespoon Tropeaka Vanilla Protein of choice
1 x Tablespoon Mayvers Nut Butter (we used peanut)

(Check out our Superfood Chia Pudding Recipe to find out the benefits of these ingredients for your health!)

Method

Place in a blender until liquified.

Tips:

If you need to take your smoothie on the go KeepCups are perfect for on the go and are sure to keep the smoothie cool.

If you are using a straw, make sure it is glass or stainless steel. One-use plastic straws are a huge waste this planet does not need!

We hope you like this recipe and found it insightful. If you did check out our Instagram and Facebook for daily coffee goodness and be sure to check out the EcoCaffe range!!!

Did you know that your current cleaning routine probably incorporates products that are not good for the environment or your health?

Don't worry we've got you covered! Here are 3 simply alternatives to make cleaning more sustainable!

Coconut fibre scrub pad

Coconut fibre scrub pad

I know, I know. What on earth is this and why do I need it? Well, you know those scratchy tools you use, yep they are all made from plastic. Coconut fibre is totally biodegradable and hygienic so you really cannot go wrong!

Biodegradable sponge cloth

biodegradable sponge cloth

When looking for a sponge cloth, search for something not only washable but biodegradable so when your done with it, you can chuck it in the compost and let nature do the work for you!

Clean-cleaners

nontoxic cleaners

It is so easy to simply jump at the cheapest cleaner in the supermarket but when it comes down to the environment and your health you need to read the label. Make sure what you are buy is toxin-free and does not contain ingredients such as palm oil that are destroying our rainforests!

This is especially important for dish cleaners and soaps that can be physically ingested into the body.

We hope you enjoyed these tips. If you did please be sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook for daily eco hacks and be sure to check out the EcoCaffe range.

We are so excited to share our INSANE new SUPERFOOD recipe and a few great variations with you. Plus this post is jam packed full of the health benefits of every ingredient we use.

EcoCaffe Superfood Chia Pudding

Chia Puddings are the "it" breakfast nowadays and we are not surprised.

Chia Seeds are an excellent source of omega 3 fatty acids (help raise HDL cholesterol, the "good" cholesterol that protects against heart attack and stroke), rich in antioxidants, 28-grams contains 5.6 grams of protein and they provide fibre, iron and calcium.

We have combined this awesome superfood breakfast with everyones favourite morning staple COFFEE. Keep reading to find out how...

Base Recipe

EcoCaffe Ethical Coffee espresso shot

1 (or 2) shots of your favourite Ethical Coffee

  • biodegradable, vegan, organic, fair trade, no harm to environment
  • protecting against type 2 diabetes, Parkinson's disease, liver disease, liver cancer, and promoting a healthy heart.
  • boost energy, brain function, fat loss, physical performance, happiness, longevity

1 cup plant milk of choice

20-30 grams chia seeds or 2-3 Tblsp

 

Add ons

Ecocaffe superfood chia pudding

Protein Powder of choice

  • aids weight loss, stabilise your blood sugar levels, improve your ability to learn and concentrate, reduce brain fog, boost energy levels, support your muscles and bones and support the absorption of important nutrients.

Raw Cocoa/ Cacao Powder

  • rich in Antioxidants, Highest Plant-Based Source of Iron, Full of Magnesium for a Healthy Heart & Brain, More Calcium Than Cow's Milk.

Maca Powder

  • adaptogenic properties (help the body naturally adapt to stressors like a busy schedule, demanding job or illness)
  • Rich in Antioxidants, Enhances Energy, Mood and Memory, Improves Female Sexual Health, Balances Estrogen Levels, Boosts Male Fertility

Cinnamon

  • Boosts metabolism, Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory properties, protects heart health, helps fight diabetes and some forms of cancer

Toppings

EcoCaffe Coffee Superfood Chia Pudding Recipe

Goji Berries

  • High in Antioxidant, anti-inflammatory properties, promotes healthy skin, stablizes blood sugar, detoxifies liver, keeps energy and mood high, boosts fertility

Banana

  • rich in potassium and fibre, may help prevent asthma, cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and digestive problems.

Coconut Shreads

  • high in healthy fats, protein, fibre (keeping you full for longer), iron and zinc.

Cacao Nibs

  • rich in Antioxidants, Highest Plant-Based Source of Iron, Full of Magnesium for a Healthy Heart & Brain, More Calcium Than Cow's Milk.

Hemp Seeds

  • Rich in Vitamin E. Excellent source of essential fatty acids including Omega 3, 6 and GLA in the perfect balance.

Nut butter, nuts and seeds of choice

Method

Place base recipe and your desired add ins in a jar.

Screw lid on tight and shake until combined.

Store in fridge for minimum 2 hours (or until hard), maximum 2-3 days.

Add preferred toppings just before consumption.

ENJOY.

We hope you like this recipe and found it insightful. If you did check out our Instagram and Facebook for daily coffee goodness!!!

It appears Australia is FINALLY following in the footsteps of other countries when it comes to the ban of one-time use plastic bag.

Plastic Bag Ban Laws Australia wide

South Australia, Northern Territory, ACT and Tasmania have already placed bans on the plastic bag. Western Australia, Queensland and Victoria will follow their lead, implementing their own laws in July. However, New South Wales appears to be lagging behind...

Supermarket chains such as Aldi have never allowed plastic bags but it appears the big two are going to follow. Woolworths on June 20th and Coles on July 1st.

Turtle Plastic Bag Ban

It is a monumental moment for Australia as we finally make a move in reducing our overconsumption of plastic. From July onwards Australians will be forced to bring their own reusable bags to the shops with them and we are not upset about it.

We hope you enjoyed this post. If you did please be sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook for daily eco hacks and be sure to check out the EcoCaffe range.

When you think of mornings what do you think?

Coffee, smoothies, packing food for the day?

Here are our 4 tips to help you start your day off the eco way!

smoothie reusable straw

For many of us breakfast = smoothies and smoothies = straws. The amount of unnecessary plastic these, one time use straws cause is RIDICULOUS!!! If you want to use a straw to devour your nourishes, fruity drink try opt in for stainless steel or glass multi-use choices.

ethical coffee biodegradable coffee capsules EcoCaffe

What's a morning without coffee? If you're making yours from home make sure you are using biodegradable coffee capsules. Check out the ethical coffee range here (P.s. they are also organic, fair trade and vegan WIN WIN!)

keepcup reusable coffee cup

If you're going to a cafe for your takeaway wake me up instead make sure you're bringing a KeepCup. Baristas are all more than happy to replace their one-use cups for a reusable one all you have to do is ask! Buy yours here!

reusable food wrapper

Finally, when it comes to taking your food on the go. Don't simply reach for a plastic zip-lock bag. Not only are these ridiculously expensive but you can now buy reusable options which work just as well and can be used again and again!

We hope you enjoyed these tips. If you did please be sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook for daily eco hacks and be sure to check out the EcoCaffe range.

For the majority of the population shopping means going in empty handed coming out with a mound of unnecessary waste (especially plastic)!

Before going on your next food haul keep these handy hacks in mind to reduce your environmental footprint and be an eco-shopper!

1. BRING YOUR OWN BAGS

reusable shopping bags

It seems so obvious, we know, but so many Australians still forget to bring their own shopping bags! Instead, what do they use? Plastic!!!

Our hack! Purchase bags that you can fold up really tight to carry in your everyday bag or leave a stash in your car so you never have an excuse!

2. DON'T PURCHASE PACKAGED FOODS

reusable shopping bags

For some reason supermarkets deem in necessary to package absolutely everything!!! When it comes to fresh produce, opt for small carry bags of your own rather than the plastic tear-off ones they provide and totally avoid anything coated in plastic.

Where possible, buy from organic farmers markets rather than the large chains if you can't find what you want without drowning in waste overload!!!

3. What can I eat?

Glass jars

Typically reducing waste goes hand in hand with healthy living, purely because processed food is typically packaged. However, more and more options are popping up, where you can scoop your own products into your own bags (LOOK OUT FOR THESE).

Where you can, try to find food packed in a material you think you can personally reuse. Preferably search for in glass jars, these are also perfect for future use!

processed packaged food

FUN FACT

Going one step future, you will find most of the processed food or over packaged food have ingredients that aren't good for the environment or for yourself.

Plastic leaking onto products can also put unwanted chemicals into your body and increase Oestrogen so not only will you be helping the environment but also yourself!

We hope you enjoyed these helpful hacks. If you did please be sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook for daily eco hacks and be sure to check out the EcoCaffe range.

Did you know, Ethical Coffee by EcoCaffe is the only certified organic, Fairtrade and vegan, vegetable coffee capsule in the market??? What might also come as a shock is that most other coffee capsules contain Shellac which most people don’t know is made using the Lac beetle and is not vegan.

Lac Beetle Shellac Vegan Facts

So what goes better with organic/ vegan coffee than organic/ vegan chocolate. Here’s our top picks.

 

Loving Earth

Loving Earth is an incredible chocolate brand with a vast range of flavours that we can’t stop eating.

Loving Earth Vegan Organic Chocolate

Jax Cave

Top picks (because we couldn’t pick just one)

Nutty Mr Maple

Want a chocolate with added crunch you can’t go back this sweet dark chocolate backed by crunchy almonds. Try it with Tinto or Peru Soave.

Loving Earth Organic Vegan Chocolate Nutty Mr Maple Ethical Coffee

Turkishly Delightful

Are you a fan of the sweet Turkish treat, this strong chocolate has a berry-licious undertone from sweet dried cranberries to mock a real Turkish delight. Mix it up with a Jenena or Risretto.

Loving Earth Organic Vegan Chocolate Turkishly Delightful

Coffee Ka-pow

We could not neglect the supreme flavour combo itself. What better way to drink your favourite ethical beverage than with a chocolate to match. (Your taste buds will meet heaven with this one).

Loving Earth Organic Vegan Chocolate Coffee Ka-Pow

Pico

Slightly less known, Pico’s organic chocolate range has introduced a vegan selection and they are extremely addictive.

Organic Coconut

Pico Organic Fair-trade Vegan Chocolate Ethical Coffee

 

Sweetened with coconut nectar and made creamy with coconut milk this chocolate utilises nature’s most versatile ingredient to create our new favourite chocolate! Best served with Kikombe or Espresso Forte.

 

Pana Chocolate

With a crazy selection of funky chocolate flavours Pana had to make the list.

Eighty

Pana Vegan Chocolate Ethical Coffee

If you are wanting a chocolate which is, well, chocolatey, minus the hidden sugars and animal products you will love the deep, rich and intense flavours of this strong 80% cocoa chocolate flavour. Our verdict- perfect afternoon treat with your Lungo Classic or Forte coffee.

Search our full range of Organic/ Fair-trade/ Vegan coffees here...

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