Spring Health & Beauty Tip 16 – Go Green

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Flood Your Body with Goodness with Green Juice

Spring Health & Beauty Tip 16 – Go Green

The thought of drinking a Green Smoothie can be a little scary, mainly because it doesn’t sound great.  It is an acquired taste, but the fruit is essential as it helps balance out the bitterness.

images-5I have found the most wonderful recipe on an awesome website for you to look at, it even includes a Beginners Juice with a softer taste so if you are interested but not 100% sure where to start, you need to visit 100 Days of Real Food.

Honestly, give it a go, it’s not that bad and the benefit is immense – balance your body’s natural pH, flood your body and cells with goodness quickly and effectively, breaking down the fruit and veg in the blender lessens the load on the body’s digestion,

You can make your juice and put it in a jam jar so you can take it with you when on the move..

Happy juicing x

 

Spring Health & Beauty Tip 5 – Clean Banana Pancake

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Be warned, once you try this recipe, you will not be able to stop eating them!

Spring Health & Beauty Tip 5 – ‘Clean’ Banana Pancake

Easiest recipe ever!

  • Take one large banana and two eggs.
  • Mash the banana
  • Whisk the eggs
  • Mix the banana and eggs together
  • Cook like a pancake

photo copyAnd that’s it!  A delicious healthy clean dessert which includes one of your 5 a day!

In this picture I have added a little no-fat yogurt and some blueberries – yum yum yum!

Just one tip – the batter is thicker than a normal pancake mix so make sure you spread it thinly and move it around the pan more – unless you want to do the American style smaller and thicker pancake – this batter is perfect for that.

Happy eating! x

Spring Health & Beauty Tip 2

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This might sound funny but stick with me…

Spring Health & Beauty Tip 2 – Switch Spaghetti for Courgette’s

Honestly this is so yummy!  I heard about this ages ago but only got around to trying it recently and it was amaze balls.  It is really filling as well.  It honestly is just as good as the pasta but so much better or you!

Switching Pasta for Courgette's

Switching Pasta for Courgette’s

I cut the courgette in half and then use a grater to cut it into wafer thin strips.  You can have it raw, the warm pasta source makes it al dente or steam it for a few minutes it you would like it softer.

Happy eating x

Have You Heard of A Girl Called Jack?

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If the answer is yes, how awesome is she?  If the answer is no, you seriously need to get involved.

I first heard of Jack about a year ago in a glossy magazine article and have kept half an eye out for her ever since.  As a single mum living on benefits, sick of the generalisation and stigma of how ‘poor people’ lived Jack started her blog with her first article Hunger Hurts talking about the real impact of poverty on her and her young son, it is heartbreaking and enlightening and I would recommend anyone taking a look at this blog entry: http://agirlcalledjack.com/2012/07/30/hunger-hurts/ (I also don’t want to put to many words into Jack’s mouth and think you should hear it directly from her).

Jack started including recipes on her blog, showing how she tried to keep her son well fed and healthy on a ridiculously small amount of money.  Jack’s blog led to a wonderful budget recipes book and ‘A Girl Called Jack’ hit the bookshelf’s this month.  I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy.

A Girl Called Jack

One of the things I personally love about this cookbook is that you can tell it is written by a mum.  Anyone who has read my blog will know that I am all about looking for ways to get better food into my children and minimal work / things we can freeze for later.  Even though this is done from a  not wasting point of view the same principle applied.  Its not fussy or pretentious, just healthy food that you will leaving you feeling pleased at the end of the meal if your kid has eaten it, knowing they just ate a plate of goodness.

I also love that so many of the recipes are vegetarian.  Again this is done in the book because meat can be so expensive but for me… We know that red meat can increase your risk of Colorectal cancer so am drastically trying to cut down but after 33 years of living as a complete carnivore, I find it hard to make a meal that isn’t centred around meat, but this cookbook has given me numerous options.

The TIP at the end of most the recipes are a fab idea too.  They give you information like how long a dish can be kept in the fridge, or if you have any of this sauce left over it can be a pizza topping, or the stock made by cooking vegetables in this dish can be stored and used in this dish… this girl has though of everything!

Every recipe you can see Jack has thought about it, lived it, improved it, seen how it can be made better and cheaper and now all this fantastic knowledge is being passed on to anyone who wants it.

Ignoring the fact that I think Jack is an inspirational and amazing woman who I could learn a lot from, I think, standing alone, this is a fantastic cookbook.  It gives a fresh take on some old favourites and has so many helpful tips it’s an inspiration and much needed addition to my kitchen.

I am going to be starting with Jack’s Simple Fish Pie this evening, will let you know how it goes!

New Years Resolutions – How Are You Doing?

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Leanne

The lovely Leanne Clack

How are you doing with your New Year’s Resolutions?  Well I have been speaking with the fantastic Leanne Clack who has done amazingly well, completing a 21 day detox in January.  When speaking with Leanne just before she started she said

I was nervous about sticking to it but had been feeling so sluggish and put on weight over Christmas so I was determined to do it.

Leanne’s 21 Day Detox meant that she was only going to be eating pure, clean foods.  Basically vegetables, fruit, whole grains and nuts.  I can’t lie I was horrified at the thought.  I gave up alcohol for January and that was enough.  I’m all for eating well, but no coffee?  Step too far for me!

Leanne didn’t just decide I wanted to do it and start there and then.  She planned it and think’s that it was part of that planning that was key in her success.

I cleared out one kitchen cupboard that was just for me and only had food that I could eat inside it.  So when I was feeling peckish and tempted I could just open that cupboard and know everything in there I could eat and snack from and I made sure that it was full of really yummy things.

It also gave me time to go online and hunt out some delicious recipes such as the Mango ‘Ice Cream’ so I still felt like I was having treats.

I am terrible that if I know I am starting a diet or healthy eating plan, I use the time to binge on all the items I am planning on giving up as it will be my last chance to eat them, I have always considered this a fantastic argument but Leanne used to the time to start trying to get used to a healthier way and lower her sugar and caffeine intakes so it wasn’t a complete shock to her body when she cut them out altogether.  When you think about this for longer than a nano-second, clearly makes a lot more sense than my way.

Once on the detox a typical day for Leanne was;

  • Porridge made with water or rice milk with blueberries for breakfast
  • Homemade vegetable soup for lunch
  • Vegetable stir-fry with wholegrain rice for dinner
  • Snacks included fruit, peanut butter (as long as it is 100% natural) and nuts.

I also made sure that I ate plenty of quinoa, humous and nuts for protein.

It wasn’t all plain-sailing though.  I saw Leanne 3 days in and all was not so well.  Complaining of headaches, tiredness and feeling hungry I am sure that this is the point that I would have given in, but Leanne stayed strong and soon really started to feel the benefits.  According to Leanne, that was the hardest part and once she had got through it, the feeling of hunger and cravings for sugar and caffeine based products started to fade.

I was surprised on how quickly the cravings went and after the first few days it got easier and easier as the days went on.

After successfully completing her 21 day Detox, I was desperate to know how she felt, was it worth it and would she be sticking to it at all?

I have lost all the Christmas weight which is great, but more than that, I just feel so much better.  Not so sluggish, much more energy and I am not finding I miss sugar or caffeine now.

I am planning on keeping large parts of the plan because I just feel so much better, but I have introduced chicken, eggs and yogurt.  I really missed eggs and yogurt!

Leanne looks brilliant, she is looking noticeably slimmer but even more than that, she looks SO well.  The white of her eyes looks so white and clear, her skin is glowing and she is radiating health.  I must say I am feeling very inspired.  I have even replaced a couple of morning coffees with hot water and Lemon (which I love and for more information on the benefit of Hot Water and Lemon, click here) and I am cleaning out a cupboard all ready for me.

Easy Healthy Summer Berries “Ice Cream”

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As you all know, I am all about getting the most amount of godness into myself and my kids in the easiest and tastiest ways possible.  So inspired by the Mango “Ice Cream” I mentioned as one of my Easy Quick Healthy Tips and a lack of dessert for my children and their friend’s dinner when my Tesco delivery failed to turn up, I managed to whip up a healthy, Summer Berries “Ice Cream”

  • Half a punet of frozen Summer Berries
  • 200g of Organic natural fat-free Live Bio yogurt (I used Yeo Valley)
  • Splash of Milk
  • All in the blender, but not to much you want it quite thick and ‘Ice Cream’ like
  • Serve!

This was more than enough for 4 children and they liked that it wasn’t too hard like Ice cream can be.  It was seriously yummy too!

Berry Ice Cream

Easy Quick Healthy Tip 22

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Healthy and yummy?!

Easy Quick Healthy Tip 22 – Mango Ice Cream (healthy natural cheat version)

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Mango ‘Ice Cream’

I have stolen this from my lovely friend.  Quite possibly the easiest tastiest naturalist treat – that’s not even a treat, its fruit and rice milk and that’s it!

Frozen Mango in small chunks and rice milk, in a blender = Mango Ice Cream – healthy natural cheat version.

YUM xx

Easy Quick Healthy Tip 21

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Slice of Lemon

Easy Quick Healthy Tip 21 – Hot Water & Lemon

The best time to have this is in the morning before you have anything else and there are some awesome reasons why….

  • The juice from the Lemon is detoxifying and helps clear out the body.
  • Supports the liver and aids digestion.
  • The digestive qualities in the juice from Lemon eases bloating.
  • Lemon’s increase the rate of urination which helps flush out unwanted materials quickly and also helps keep your urinary tract healthy.
  • Lemon’s are high in Vitamin C which we chatted about how fantabulous that is in my earlier blog – Vitamin C
  • It is well known to Aromatherapists that the smell of Lemon’s can brighten your mood, clear your mind, reduce anxiety and depression – also love because they smell like a Mediterranean holiday.
  • Supports the Immune System.
  • Warm water and Lemon replace fluids lost by your body which can help you feel stimulated, energised, concentrate and sleep better, that has to be good right?!
Hot Water & Lemon

Hot Water & Lemon

Easy Quick Healthy Tip 8

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Get Your Juice On!

Easy Quick Healthy Tip 8 – Carrott and Apple Juice

Seriously the most delicious and easiest juice.  I think if you are thinking about starting juicing this is the place to start.  Even my kids will drink this juice and that is saying something (they generally treat vegetables as one would posion).

I tend to use the same amount of carrots and apples, you can alter how much of each goes in to suit your taste but basically 2 apples, two or three carrots, cut then into large churnks, put through the juicer and hey-presto and little cup of nutrients right there!

Carrots (like oats), drag toxins out the bowel as they go through so can really help in giving you a healthier, cleaner bowel…. particularly important for us Bowel Cancer people, but for general health is still as must.

You do need a juicer for this but if you are thinking about a seriously healthy diet you are probably considering getting one anyway?!  Check out websites for 2nd hand ones if they seem a bit expensive to you.

Happy juicing

Nicola

Easy Quick Healthy Tip 6

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The No-Bake Treat!

Easy Quick Healthy Tip 6 – Yummy Frozen Banana Bars

This recipie was given to me by a friend recently so I had to try and share with you straight away!  Frozen Banana Bars.  These are also great for anyone who is on a Raw Food Diet.

Take 2 bananas, 1 cup of dates, 1 cup of cashew nuts, stick them all in a blender until smooth.  Pop into a dish and bang it in the freezer until firm (about 3 to 4 hours).  Cut into small squares and keep in the freezer and you are good to go.

A seriously healthy no bake treat.  Let’s just hope my kids think so too! 🙂

Nicola x