Green Swede Protein Smoothie

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A filling smoothie is sometimes the best solution for time poor, nutrition yearning busy bodies. I certainly know that when I’m rushed – with eating being something I have to fit in rather than linger over – a smoothie is the go-to solution. The beauty of smoothies is that is all works. Continue reading “Green Swede Protein Smoothie”

Vegan Black Bean Brownies

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So I’ve been trying to make vegan and gluten-free brownies for a while now. There are A LOT of recipes out there and I’ve tried quite a few. However, what I’ve found is that most do taste different, as in not as sweet or chocolatey as regular brownies. And as my main audience for these brownies are my kids, that is a problem. Continue reading “Vegan Black Bean Brownies”

Monday Goodness

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After a fab weekend of fun, food and little sleep, my body feels in the need of something wholesome – and green! This smoothie contains a LOT of ingredients but the beauty is that you can sip it as you go about your morning business  – it takes about 30 minutes to finish mine. And I made so much that my afternoon snack is sorted too…

Monday goodness Smoothie – makes about 1 litre 

Handful of broccoli sprouts

1/2 cucumber

1/2 celery

2 large leaves green cabbage

1 banana

Handful of mixed pumpkin/sunflower seeds

1 tbsp ground flax seeds

2 heaped tbsp coconut oil

1″ piece of ginger root

As much coconut water as you like – depending on the consistency you prefer

Blend, drink, enjoy! x

Quinoa Porridge with Chia Seeds

 

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I tend to think of porridge as a collective word – a dish of cooked grains with ‘toppings’ and milk. It could be oats, but then again it could be other grains, for example brown rice or quinoa.  In this wider context, porridge can metamorphose into an interesting and delicious dish with endless possibilities that any health lover or gluten intolerant may want to explore. Although a bit unorthodox, it isn’t such a far-fetched idea – in fact, grains that have been boiled and then covered with milk (dairy, coconut, almond or soy – the pick is yours) taste remarkably similar once you’ve added a few ‘toppings’. Cinnamon, cardamon, ground nuts, chia seeds, flax seeds and fresh berries all do their bit to ensure that whatever porridge you may choose, the end result is not too far removed from the original oat porridge.

Why bother, you may think? Well, as I’m 2/3 into Dr. Alejandro Junger’s book Clean, it is becoming increasingly clear to me that willingly consuming gluten and other ‘toxic’ foods that may in part be contributing to us feeling sluggish, moody, depressed, tired, bloated and susceptible to bugs, may not be such a bright idea. It is fairly recognised that our well-being and immunity starts with a healthy gut flora and Dr. Junger likens our gut to the roots of a tree, a sick root will not make a happy tree. A lot of the foods we eat, therefore, such as gluten, sugar, processed foods, or veggies grown in soil so depleted that there are no nutrients left,  interferes with our bodies’ digestion process. As a consequence,  avoiding that which upsets and disturbs the guts’ way of absorbing nutrients and goodness from the food which we consume, becomes a personal choice. Trouble is, finding substitutes for bread, pasta, wheat and grains takes a bit of thinking, quite a lot of planning and a very open mind. On the upside, making porridge from ‘foodie’ grains such as brown rice or quinoa means that you can use any of last nights left overs for breakfast. Hence this mornings’ Quinoa Porridge:

Quinoa Porridge with Chia Seeds

1 small bowl full of left over quinoa

1 heaped tbsp of coconut oil

1 tsp almond butter

Small dash of coconut cream

5 strawberries, sliced

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground cardamon

1 tbsp ground flax-seed

1 tbsp ground nuts

small handful of pumpkin and sun flower seeds

sprinkling of chia seeds

coconut milk

Heat up the quinoa with the coconut oil and the dash of coconut cream. Once warm and ‘porridge like’ stir in the almond butter, sprinkle on the nuts, seeds, cinnamon and cardamom. Add the sliced strawberries and pour the coconut milk (or whatever milk you prefer) over the whole thing. Enjoy. x