Children’s Breakfast Granola

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Here is a surefire winner in the breakfast department at our house. Home made granola. Yes, some batches are better received by the children than others but complaints are generally due to nuts/seeds not being ground up enough. Overall, it is a staple that we are all happy to eat daily. Add to it some creamy organic greek yoghurt and am happy knowing my kids have started their day with nutritious seeds, nuts, fats and gluten-free grains. It is also a fun thing to be making together on a rainy day. My daughter loves finding pretty jars for our granola that we can put ribbons onto and display (proudly) in the kitchen. (more…)

Relaxing Sweet Potato and Red Lentil Curry

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Love a healthy curry, me. If you have a fridge full of veg that you might not want to juice, then you are a one step away from a curry. I liken a curry to a green smoothie (not literally but conceptually), a dish where you are able to fit in lots of nutritionally dense veg and where the whole is always greater than the sum of its individual parts. (more…)

The Art of Preparation

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As we all know, in order for any new regime to take hold we need to make it easy to follow. It’s no good having delicious ingredients if they are not readily prepared when you get the munchies. As boring as it may sound, advanced preparation is key to healthy eating – it is also the best way of ensuring you have the right stuff to make nutritious lunch boxes in seconds and quick snacks when you get the urge. Here are some simple tips to keep you on the straight and narrow: (more…)

Raw Chocolate Smoothie

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This one is for all you chocolate lovers out there. And it is nutritious and filling too…There is a bit of a thing about whether to use cacao or cocoa – sounds the same doesn’t it but there are some differences which are worth knowing about. In short, cacao is the purest form of chocolate you can have as it undergoes minimal processing and retain super high levels of antioxidants.

Cocoa, on the other hand, which is what you buy easily in regular supermarkets and is what most of us know, is heated up to a higher temperature during processing thus loosing nutrients along the way. However, and this is important, they are both good for you and can be used interchangeably if you have one but not the other. (more…)

Rest is underrated

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When faced with indecision, boredom, stress, worry or major life choices, the last thing we do is to run for the meditation cushion and seek stillness. Instead we google, weigh up our options, talk to friends and research ad nauseam about what may be the right next step. Often the future concerns us – will my children do well, will I get that job, where is the money going to come from, where should I live, is there a better life somewhere else, am I liked? In the end we are sick and tired of our own ongoing inner dialogue but we don’t know where the off button is. (more…)

1 Green Juice = A Lot of Green Veg

When you start juicing it may come as a surprise that your carefully laid out vegetables amount to hardly any juice. Fret not. You need a lot of veg to make a green juice and not all veg are the same. Here is my low down on what makes what:

1. Mean greens: Kale, Spinach, Swiss Chard, Cavolo Nero, Parsley, Coriander, ginger, radish. Bring a lot of punch and nutrients but do not warrant a lot of liquids. This is fine as a little ‘shot’ goes a long way. You also need… (more…)

Energy Bites

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Presented with a choice of sweet or savory, I’d go for savory every time. This penchant is probably reflected on the Green Swede blog where juice, salads and main courses dominate.  However, friends have asked me to feature more desserts as there are so many great new recipes for cakes and puddings that replace the traditional flour, sugar, egg combo with healthier alternatives that are actually good for you. (more…)