When I prepare breakfast smoothies for my children I’ve learned that the trick for immediate consumption is the use of colour – and green is not the colour of choice! Instead, using red or black berries of any variety gives the smoothie that required pink/purple wow factor needed for a thumbs up. Following easter’s sweet fest I felt they needed a much-needed boost of nutrition that did not come out of an easter egg. They just got over a pesky cold so I also wanted to make sure they got a big dose of vitamin C, coupled with some vegetable protein and important omega-3 fatty acids. Smoothies are good that way – you can put all kinds of goodies inside and no one will know!
Top tip! Until the season is here when berries start to grow locally again, buying frozen fruit (organic if possible) is a great way of always being five minutes away from a great smoothie.
Here is what went into this morning’s smoothie! (more…)
“If you are planning to fall off the gluten-free wagon, Germany is a good place to start”
Easter holidays are coming to an end which I dread and welcome in equal measure. Doing the daily school run for another term is daunting when you’ve got used to PJ’s until early afternoons and homework free evenings. But I also welcome the routine which keeps me on the straight and narrow when it comes to sleep and food/drink in particular. (more…)
The Japanese kitchen is one of my favorites and I love discovering new and healthy cafés which incorporates both Japan and health under one roof. Otabé in Putney is such a place and if you ever find yourself in South West London you should try it. Their Matcha Latte is divine as is their brown rice porridge. After my lovely big bowl of vegetable donburi (rice and vegetables) I decided to create one at home which reminded me of Otabé’s version as this is a dish I could seriously have daily. (more…)
Start the way you mean to go on. Old cliché maybe but in the past I have talked about the importance of rituals in my own life and how they may affect the way we carry ourself in the world. Beginnings are powerful as they give us a chance to start fresh and bring new intentions to the table. Finding your own ritual, one that works for your life situation, can be a challenge as we are all so busy. But pursue it, I urge you, as it can make a huge difference to how you feel, both mentally and physically. Rituals can include food and drink choices, exercise and relaxation that you do to be the best person you can be on a daily basis. (more…)
Happy Friday Everyone! We’ve had a solar eclipse over London today which was a bit of a non-event. Too much cloud and not much to be seen but quite exciting even so. Will have to wait until 2026 for the next one. (more…)
Looking for a quick pudding? Here it is. That this mix tastes as good as it does is just a testament to the ability of chocolate to make most things scrumptious. This is a truly HEALTHY pud too as it contains wonderful avocado (omega 3,6 and 9 fatty acids, vitamin B, magnesium and zinc, raw cacao (anti-oxidant superstar), maple syrup (anti-oxidant, zinc) and potassium laden banana. It takes literary minutes to make (including scraping the sides which seems to accumulate some of the mousse) but just a word of caution – a little maple suryp goes a long way, just sayin… (more…)
Went to a very interesting open day at the College of Naturopathic Medicine yesterday with many clever practitioners speaking of their various methods for treating and preventing illness through diet, acupuncture, herbs, irridology and so on. Sitting there, it just confirmed to me how limited our western system of diagnosis and drug treatment really is. Interestingly, a GP and a pharmacist were sitting next to me in the audience which I thought made a lot of sense. We need to be more open-minded as a society when it comes to treatment methods. In Australia for example, naturopaths can be found in a GP’s surgery as par for the course and are not considered quacks as can sometimes still be the case here in the UK. (more…)