Baked Berry Porridge

This is ideal for breakfast, desert or snack, a cross between porridge and crumble. Serve with oat cream or soy yogurt.

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You will need:

2 cup Oats (jumbo oats are best)

1 cup of boiling water

1 cup Plant-based milk (almond or oat)

2 ripe bananas

1 punnet of berries (blackberries/blueberries/ blackcurrents)

2 handfuls of raisins

Method:

Place the oats in a pan or large Pirex bowl.

Pour on 1 cup of boiling water and stir for 2 minutes.

Add the remaining water as needed

Slice the banana and stir in

Add the berries and raisins and the milk

Optional: Put slices of banana on top / sprinkle on chia seeds

Bake for approx 20 minutes at 180 (or until bubbling hot)

Saturday Shop.

All organic food shop today.

Here’s what I bought:

Sourdough Spelt Bread

Natural probiotic Soy yogurt

Marinated Tofu x2

Fresh Ginger

Fresh Turmeric

Ground Turmeric

Fresh Garlic

Bicarbonate Soda

Quinoa

Red onions

Spring Onions

Apples

Broccoli

Red Bell Pepper

Kale

Cashew Nuts

Nutritional Yeast

Hummus

Total: 25 Pounds

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Quinoa Pizza Base(Vegan + Gluten-Free)

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You will need:

Quinoa,   Water,    Baking Powder,   Cayenne pepper.

Soak 1 cup of Quinoa for 15-30 minutes.

Drain.

Add 1/2 teaspoon of  backing powder and half of cayenne pepper.

Add 1 cup of water and blend in a nutri-bullet or other high speed blender.

Line a baking tray (with sides) and pour out mixture into tray.

Back at 180 for about 25 minutes or until crisp and golden.

Add toppings as desired!

In this photo I made my own sauce and my home-made vegan ‘Mozzerella’

 

Herbal Cold Remedy

This is made like a home-made herbal tea (most of the spices are things you may already have in your cupboards at home) but it works and is, in my experience, more effective than
western medicine which over time can wreak havoc with our bodies. I’ve made a promise to myself to try to avoid things like parecetemol and ibroprofen and go for more natural solutions or simply endure the pain.

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After suffering with a cold on and off for a good 3 weeks I was introduced to this traditional Ayervedic recipe. I recommend drinking this and sleeping until you feel 100%.

Here is what you need:

1 large saucepan of boiled water

2 teaspoons of turmeric

Turmeric is an anti-inflamotary and antioxidant and is said to be beneficial for every part of the human body.

1 large knob of fresh ginger

Ginger is great for digestion and treating things like nausea and lowering blood sugar. It’s also an excellent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant .

2 teaspoons Cumin

Cumin is high in iron, aids digestions and prevents premature ageing. It is also said to relieve stress, anxiety and is an effective remedy for insomnia.

3 teaspoons cinnamon

Cinnamon lowers blood sugar, protects against cancer and is a powerful anti-fungal and ant-bacterial.

10 black peppercorns

Black pepper is a rich source of manganese, iron, potassium, vitamin-C, vitamin K, and dietary fibre as well as being an excellent digestive aid.

4 cloves or 2 teaspoons of ground cloves

Cloves are known to have antioxidant, antiseptic, local anesthetic, anti-inflammatory, rubefacient (warming and soothing), carminative and anti-flatulent properties.

Pinch of pink salt

Bring to the boil and let it simmer for 15- 20 minutes

Strain into a cup and drink. Then sleep. Repeat.

Recipe for Choc Chip Pie (Gluten-free and Vegan)

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Ingredients and method:

3/4 cup vegan spread (margarine)

1/2 cup brown sugar

3/4 cup coconut sugar

Mix well (beat with a fork)

Now add:

1tsp vanilla essence

flax egg (1 desert spoon of fox seed mixed with 2 desert spoons of water  leave to stand for 5 mins until thick like the consistency of an egg) – prepare this at the beginning.

1 3/4 cup rice flour

3/4 teaspoon baking powder

Milk free chic chips

Stir in and mix well with a fork until mixture is thick.

Grease a pie dish and lay in a sheet of baking paper.

Pou mixture into dish.

Bake at 180 for approx 20 mins.

 

 

 

How to Sleep tight and LOVE mornings

For me getting up early can be invigorating…. OR it can be a nightmare. It all depends on how well you prepare. Being in a hurry is not going to get your day off to a good start; you want to float about your morning, taking part in little joyful rituals as you go, giving you energy and inspiration for the day.

Firstly you need to have an evening ritual. This means adopting the same actions most nights, so whether that be bathing, cleaning your room, reading a book or doing some yoga stretches, for example – do something you enjoy and that relaxes you before getting into bed.

Your bedroom: Make it comfortable, un-clutter it; cluttered rooms affect our subconscious minds and will make deep rest impossible, so clean up and clear out. Make sure your bed is comfortable and clean, spray some room spray, add some pretty cushions, flowers… Make it your haven of peace and calm – whatever that is for you. Invest in your surroundings; they are part of your life and affect your health.

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Your room doesn’t need to look like this, but it might just inspire you to make some changes!

Ban phones and computers and TVs at least an hour before bed if not more! And certainly never check emails, Facebook things like that (they are the worst kind of stimulant) – you have a ritual to attend to!

Try writing things down: If you have trouble with a wandering mind, why not try writing in a notebook every night before bed.  Then you know you won’t forget, as it’s all written down and you can relax!

Did you know our soil is now deficient in magnesium which means our food is also. Some symptoms of low levels of magnesium are: Sleeplessness, anxiety, twitching muscles, dizziness, fatigue, poor memory, calcium deficiency…. to name a few!Since using a magnesium spray I have had deeper sleeps, calmer dreams and rested much better.  This is the one I’ve been using and I highly rate it!

http://www.betteryou.com/magnesium-oil-original-spray

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Now, once you are in the habit of getting a great nights sleep we can start to focus upon a great morning, great mornings lead to productive days… And who doesn’t want that?

Waking up: Just like going to bed, get into the routine of waking up at the same time everyday. To begin with set an alarm, you will soon find that you will wake up at this time naturally. You can also set your subconscious alarm telling yourself three times ‘Wake up at 6am’ – you’ll wake up at 6am 🙂

Upon waking, do your rituals. Keep them the same as much as you can or have two different routines which you can choose from depending on the day and what you need to do that day. For example a week day ritual and one for the weekend.

Tip: begin with a litre of water, preferably with a lemon squeezed into it, hydration affects the whole body and the way it functions – make sure you get a sufficient start.

Practising deep breathing or yoga first thing can really turn around your day for the better  – but you must make time for it and be strict with your routine! You’ll feel a sense of achievement from it.

Most importantly, be organised, know your goals for the day and know what you need to do in order to achieve them. And…. don’t expect your rituals to go completely to plan everyday, because they won’t but on the days they do, you’ll have great days!

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Have great mornings! X

3 Ingredient ‘Cookies’

No fat, no sugar, no wheat, no dairy!

These three ingredient cookies are quick, easy and nutritious. An ideal snack, post workout bite or a delicious breakfast.

3 ingredient ‘cookies’

What you need: Bananas, Oats, cinnamon (raisins -optional)

Mash 2 bananas in a bowl, add one cup of oats and mix together thoroughly.

Sprinkle in some cinnamon (approx one teaspoon)

(Add a handful of raisins?)

Make small cookie shapes and place on baking tray.

Bake on 180 for 15 mins or until golden and firm.

Keep in an air tight box for up to 2 days max – ideally finish on the same day.

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Natural Skin Care Routine for luminous skin!

Cosmetics today are marketed so cleverly and lead us into thinking we need to lather our bodies in harmful chemical concoctions in order to have ‘perfect’ skin. In fact, skincare products can have a terrible affect not only on our skin but our overall health.

Some to watch out for…!

Parabens (have been found in breast cancer tumours), Benzoyl Peroxide (a possible tumour promoter), Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (used in 90% of skincare products, also used in car washes, to clean garage floors; it can cause depression, skin irritations, eye damage and even death) Tridosan a synthetic antibiotic ingredient and is registered as a pesticide.

There are of course many more of these, but you get the idea… So, if you’re looking for an all natural, inexpensive beauty routine, here it is.

I’m going to share with you part of The Skin guide…

(If you have been using synthetic products for a while, there is a chance you may go through some detox symptoms to begin with -this is a good thing- you don’t want that crap staying in your body.)

What you’ll need:

Raw Organic Cold-pressed Coconut oil (you can now get this fairly inexpensively in the UK but do bear in mind it lasts forever!)

Bicarbonate Soda

Lemons

Step 1: To wash your face/remove make-up + eye make-up: Use a small amount of coconut oil. This works great on getting eye make-up off! Remove with cotton pad.

Step 2: To exfoliate: Take half a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda (take precautions if you have sensitive skin) massage into damp skin in circular motions, rinse with warm water.

Step 3: Splash face with very warm water several times (I do it with the highest temperature I can stand) THEN switch to the coldest water and splash (x 10-15 for each temperature)

You can repeat this process – but always finish with cold splashes and pat dry with a clean towel.

Step 4: Apply coconut oil to your face liberally and leave on overnight.

Once a week: Apply lemon juice to your face and leave to dry – it will tingle/sting for a minute- Lemons contain salicylic acid, an ingredient in acne and anti-aging treatments so lets just get it in its natural form! Yes please!

For problem skin this method can be applied daily.

Just Keep it Simple 🙂

Serious about Salads: Try the Vegetable Challenge!

Can you do the vegetable challenge?

‘What’s the vegetable challenge?’ I hear you ask…. Well, it involves two large salads everyday, thats’s all! Salads are really the most versatile and healthy option there is and you can get as creative as you like. My rule is the base should be greens, (cos lettuce, romaine or mini gems work very well) I then usually mix this with a bit of spinach or darker greens for more minerals. Fill your bowl with greens then add your toppings….

I recommend:

Beetroot, avocado, sweetcorn (organic), Quinoa, beans, lentils, sweet potato, dairy free pesto, dairy free mayo, tofu pieces, hummus….

Some ideas:

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Bed of Greens, beetroot, mange tout, chickpeas (with garlic, cumin, paprika, veg stock  splash veg milk), baked sweet potato pieces, vegan mayo.
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Bed of greens, grated carrot, broccoli (washed in boiling water) tofu, hummus + olive oil + pinch of salt.
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Greens, with avocado dressing, beetroot, mange tout, cucumber slices, quinoa + dairy free pesto, baked sweet potato, hummus.
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Courgetti, spinach, tofu pieces + dairy free pesto.

Feel the Difference when you fill up on raw foods!

The ‘Snickers’ Smoothie

For a drink that tastes just like the chocolate bar ‘Snickers’ I made up this recipe which is dairy free and quite delicious!

Ingredients:

Soy cream 1 +1/2 tablespoons

Water 1 pint

Pitted dates 6-7

Peanut butter teaspoon

Cocoa; 1/2 teaspoon

Maple syrup 1 desert spoon.

Add ice cubes if you wish for a cold drink.

Put ingredients into blender and serve:

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