These are one of the simplest things to make and are a great super healthy snack or side dish for any main meal or to go with a salad. They will keep for 2/3 days in the fridge ( if they last that long!). They are also a great alternative for all those crisp fiends out there as they have that same texture and saltiness. They also taste a little like seaweed in a Chinese restaurant , but without the fishy taste!
It is important to try and include many types of dark green vegetables alongside all of your main meals for the alkalising properties and the abundance of B vitamins and magnesium they provide in the diet which helps to support energy levels and fatigue. They also contain great levels of fibre to keep our digestion healthy.
Kale is a nutritional powerhouse. Rich in Vitamins A, C, K, Iron, folate and calcium magnesium and it is a great detoxifying food too, rich in sulphur to keep your liver healthy.
Before I put these in the oven, I also like to drizzle ov...
This is one of my twists on Chia pudding that has become really popular for breakfast. These are very filling and the Chia seeds swell and make you feel fuller for longer. No more mid morning snacking! Whatever you add them to they pack a nutritional punch- they are super rich in protein, gram for gram have the same amount of omega 3 fats as salmon and also bone supporting nutrients like calcium and magnesium.
200ml almond or cashew milk
1 chopped pear
1 tbsp. almond or mixed nut butter
1 tsp honey or maple syrup
1/2 banana ( I often use frozen banana in this, I freeze them in slices when they are about to turn)
Blitz in blender/Nutribullet to a smoothie type consistency.Pour into a glass bowl and add 4 tbsp of chia seeds. Cover and leave in the fridge overnight.
In the morning it will be more of a solid consistency, as the chia seeds will have absorbed much of the liquid. Serve 3 tbsp of this with a little granola and live yoghut. Delicious!...
This is my current flavour of the month as I am an avocado and egg lover and always have them in the house! It is such a perfect combination.
It is a great quick and easy lunch or a very nutritious and filling breakfast, full of protein and good fats to keep you fuller for longer. It is also very skin friendly, as well as the good fats in the avocado, eggs are rich in sulphur and protein which is also great for hair skin and nails.
You can garnish with whatever you like, chopped bacon bits as in the picture or I quite like chopped chives/parsley or Tabasaco or Worcester sauce depending on what takes your fancy.
Please don’t worry about the fat content as avocados are full of essential fats which are great for your skin, hormones , heart , metabolism and overall health. Studies have proven that those who include avocados in their daily diets tend to manage their weight better than those who don’t eat them at all. This is to do with t...
This is one of my current favourites as an alternative milk option for your porridge, tea, to use in cooking etc instead of dairy. Nut milks have become very popular of late as people are looking for alternatives to dairy. However I find that most of the shop bought nut milks have very little nuts in ironically ( if you look at the content on the label). This is so easy to make!
Cashews are high in protein and essential fats so will help to provide that satiety at breakfast time. They are rich in “heart-friendly” monounsaturated-fatty acids and essential fatty acids which help lower harmful LDL-cholesterol while increasing good HDL cholesterol in the blood. All nuts are so good for us but cashews are particularly rich in minerals, especially manganese, potassium, copper, iron, magnesium, zinc, and selenium. A handful of cashew nuts a day in the diet would provide enough of these minerals. They are also known as 'brain boosters!
Talking about bowel health is still a general taboo, although in my job as you can imagine it is pretty common place as it is an essential part of determining what is happening in a person’s gut.
The ‘gut’ has often been referred to as the second brain and digestion is in my opinion the cornerstone to good health.
As well as doing the essential job of absorbing our nutrients via our small intestine, we also hold 70% of our immune system in our gut , so it is imperative to look after it to help prevent us from becoming run down and to keep our general health in tip top condition.
Research suggests that the number of people suffering with IBS is higher than first thought and approximately 44% of people who have experienced IBS or other digestive health issues feel that more information and knowledge is required (1). GPs’ often put it down to stress or offer prescription medicine to suppress symptoms often without helping people to get the...
Most of the clients I come into contact with either professionally or friends often have various types of issues with their digestive health whether its not going regularly enough , embarrassing wind, cramps, bloating, reflux and the list goes on. Additionally, 'TATT' ( as I call it ) or otherwise know as 'Tired all the Time' syndrome is very commonplace.
One of the products that I love to have in my fridge at all times for any of the above and also to boost energy levels as well as my immune system (especially if I have been feeling run down) is Aloe Vera Gel. I also regularly recommend it to clients.
We know how good is it is for healing our sunburnt skin or taking the heat out of a rash. However taken internally Aloe Vera gel also has an amazingly wide range of health benefits. You can either drink it as a liquid gel or take a powdered supplement. It contains a wide range of vitamins and minerals, can balance our imm...
Smoothies are a great start to the day or a good mid-morning or afternoon snack and a great way of consuming a good portion of your '5 a day'. They are beneficial as they also come with the extra fibre from the fruit, as you blend the whole fruit rather than simply extract the juice. This extra fibre helps to balance your blood sugar whereas a juice can overwhelm your body with too much sugar in one hit! The other great thing about smoothies is that you can pretty much tailor make your own and hide lots of good nutritious foods in them to set you up for the day ahead. You also feel rather virtuous after having one! I would think about including the following:
Oats - oats are great to use in smoothies to make more of a substantial breakfast and provide the slow releasing carbohydrates to help your energy levels during the day. Use dry oats , these can be mixed with fruit and yoghurt etc to make a healthy liquid breakfast in a hurry!