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Savoury Gluten Free Granola

July 30, 2017
Here's one for the weekend: savoury granola!
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In my opinion, sweet granolas (though UTTERLY delicious) are getting a little yawn-tastic these days...
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Aside from the fact I routinely give my gut a break from sweet-tasting foods first thing in the morning, it's also important to change up what you eat regularly so you don't develop intolerances to foods you love! .
To give your gut a break from all the sweet nut-milk-infused granolas, here's a little savoury treat instead. PERFECT with soup, veggie or bone broths, atop salads or eaten on its own, I've included a range of savoury spices to support optimal digestion. Here's what & why:
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✨Cumin - antiviral, anti-inflammatory, improves digestion, supports bones
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✨Garlic - antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, lowers blood pressure
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✨Cayenne - anti-inflammatory, improves circulation & metabolism
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✨Ground Coriander - anti-inflammatory, prevents gas, alleviates cramps & gout
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✨Ground Mustard - alleviates congestion, bronchitis, sore throat & arthritis
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✨Garam Masala - heats the body, improves digestion, eases constipation
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Sea Salt - contains magnesium, calcium, potassium, iron, zinc & iodine
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Ground Onion - natural antiseptic, lowers blood pressure, alleviates asthma & colds
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GUT-TASTIC GRANOLA
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You need:
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1.5 cups gluten free oats
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1 cup desiccated coconut
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1/2 cup dried organic raisins
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1/2 cup smashed cashew nuts OR sunflower seeds
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1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
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1/3 cup ground flax + 1/3 cup water
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1 tspn each: garlic, garam masla, ground coriander, cumin, onion, salt
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1/2 tspn each: mustard, cayenne
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You do:
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Pre-heat oven to 160C/320F. Combine flax & water, leave to thicken.
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In a medium bowl, combine dry ingredients, mix well.
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Add oil into flax mix. Combine with dry mixture.
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Mix with a fork to combine. Flatten mixture about 1/4 inch thick on a baking tray.
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Bake for 25 mins or until edges brown. Remove & break into larger chunks. Place in oven to crisp up further.
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I leave granola in the oven another 10 minutes, until golden brown. Leave out overnight to crisp further.
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Enjoy every spice-induced, savoury crunch! ✌

Here’s one for the weekend: savoury granola! In my opinion, sweet granolas (though UTTERLY delicious) are getting a little yawn-tastic these days…

Aside from the fact I routinely give my gut a break from sweet-tasting foods first thing in the morning, it’s also important to change up what you eat regularly so you don’t develop intolerances to foods you love!

To give your gut a break from all the sweet nut-milk-infused granolas, here’s a little savoury Continue Reading…

Nutrition, Recipes

Banish the Bloat Green Juice Elixir

July 16, 2017
RECIPE BELOW 
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Even after you get your gut garden sorted, it's important to be aware there may be days/times in future when you eat something that's a little iffy, or experience a stressful situation which can directly result in the dreaded bloated belly.
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Meditation & deep breathing exercises are fantastic de-bloating devices when bloating is caused by stress. Don't forget your gut is your second, most important brain when it comes to your emotions and mental health!
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But when your bloating is food related?
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On rare occasions when I eat out - even after I ask the waiter to tweak ingredients to suit my dietary needs - I find I react quite badly when the overall quality of food is poor, the chef hasn't made any of my requested changes (because: ego) and/or the meal includes highly processed, cheap ingredients and rancid oils the restaurant chooses to use (and not tell their customers about) 
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SIDE NOTE: similar to most conventional medicine doctors, did you know most chefs have zero nutritional training/knowledge which means they don't always have your best health interests at heart. Sad but true ‍♀️
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In situations when I'm hit with a case of bloated belly, I go straight to the juice recipe below which I created to support breakdown and elimination of all the bad bits stuck in your system.
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I hope it provides you with all you need - great in the fridge for up to 3 days, just shake it well before serving 
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BANISH THE BLOAT JUICE
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You need:
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✨200g white cabbage
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✨150g pineapple
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✨140g cucumber - skin on
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✨1/3 cup fresh mint
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✨1 mug of boiling water + 2 ginger tea bags, steeped for 10 minutes. After steeping tea, break open one of the ginger tea bags & add contents into recipe.
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You do:
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✨Scrub all veggies well. Add into a food processor (or juicer) and blend on high to pulverise.
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✨Pour through a fine mesh strainer or nut milk bag (I used my @elliesbest nut milk bag) into an airtight, glass jar to serve/store.
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✨Relax!! Before you drink:
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take a deep breath in for 4 counts
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hold for 4 counts
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breathe out for 4 counts
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hold for 4 counts
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REPEAT until you feel centred and calm, then drink & de-bloat

Even after you get your gut garden sorted, it’s important to be aware there may be days/times in future when you eat something that’s a little iffy, or experience a stressful situation which can directly result in the dreaded bloated belly.

Meditation & deep breathing exercises are fantastic de-bloating devices when bloating is caused by stress. Don’t forget your gut is your second, most important brain when it comes to your emotions and mental health!

But when your bloating is food related? Continue Reading…

Nutrition

Oat & Goji Berry Bliss Balls

July 14, 2017
Years ago, when I started making bliss balls, most people thought I was a little cray cray 
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"WHAT are THOSE?" they'd ask in disgust... 
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"Ummm, they're bliss balls" I'd say "...full of protein, fats, vitamins, minerals..." .
By the time I reached "minerals" I'd be met with: .
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"They taste AMAZING, try one" I'd say...
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And the rest is history  Because anyone who popped one of these into their mouth instantly transformed from a hater into a lover ✨
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And I've been bliss ballin' ever since 
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So it goes without saying how THRILLED I am now to see so many iterations of these bliss balls popping up on social media, in cafes, etc. The only issue I have are the astronomical prices (depending upon where you buy them from!) & freshness of ingredients.
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Too many rancid nuts/seeds + rancid oils + lots of dried sulphered fruits can turn bliss balls into bliss-less bombs for your gut ☄️
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This can lead to an overabundance of Omega 6 oils (the naughty oil you DON'T want a lot of in your system) + high amounts of sugar and suphites which can really mess with your body & cause hormonal imbalance, thyroid issues, weight gain, etc.
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And so...with much love I share this very easy, balanced bliss ball recipe with you in time for the weekend, because: PERFECT time to get creative in your kitchen and work on your wellness 
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Goji Berry Bliss Balls
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You need:
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✨1 cup gluten free oats or oat flour
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✨1 & 1/2 cups dried, sulphur/oil-free dates (I used @thedatelady)
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✨1 cup salt-free, organic peanut butter
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✨1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract
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✨¼ teaspoons celtic sea salt
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✨½ cup dried, unsulphered goji berries (I used @absolute_organic)
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✨1 cup organic pumpkin seeds
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✨Pinch sea salt
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You do:
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‍Grind oats into a rough flour in food processor. Add all ingredients & pulse to combine thoroughly. Mix is ready for rolling into balls when you press it together and it sticks.
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‍Remove blade from food processor, grab small handfuls & mold into balls.
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‍Place each ball on a lined tray - pop tray in fridge for up to one hour to set.
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‍Store in an air-tight container in fridge for optimal shape and freshness OR store in freezer for up to one month.

Years ago, when I started making bliss balls, most people thought I was a little cray cray 
“WHAT are THOSE?” they’d ask in disgust… 

“Ummm, they’re bliss balls” I’d say “…full of protein, fats, vitamins, minerals…”. By the time I reached “minerals” I’d be met with: .

“They taste AMAZING, try one” I’d say…

And the rest is history  Because anyone who popped one of these into their mouth instantly transformed from a hater into a lover 

And I’ve been bliss ballin’ ever since

So it goes without saying how THRILLED I am now to see so many Continue Reading…

Nutrition, Recipes

Plaintain Coconut Porridge

July 11, 2017
YUMMO! .
I'm currently enjoying a VERY yummy, nourishing breakfast  whipped up with what little ingredients I have in my pantry at the moment!
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Because it tastes SO good, I'm sharing it with you, in case you're stuck in a breakfast rut & want to try something new 
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When it comes to breakfast, you're literally breaking(your)fast, so it's important to eat foods that are delicious, filling, nourishing and 100% gut-friendly!
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My super simple recipe (below) combines all of these elements PLUS a good dose of:
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✨potassium
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✨omega 3 fatty acids
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✨beta carotene
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✨protein
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✨vitamin B6
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✨vitamin C
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✨dietary fibre
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➕PLUS ➕
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✨a super important gut-friendly ingredient called 'resistant starch' which stimulates the good bacteria in your gut, helping to maintain a healthy balance of the good guys to keep everything - including optimal pooping  in check!
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Where does the magical resistant starch come from? The plantain of course! 
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If you're unsure of what a plantain is, don't stress - you can almost always find one (or ten!) at your local asian market. Look for a banana with black splotches all over its skin - this is what a perfectly ripe plantain looks like (google & take a look!) 
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Plantains begin green and are super hard to cut into. As they age, they soften which is the type needed for this recipe.
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This yumminess is great hot or cold - if you're making & storing overnight, add more liquid in the morning to create a perfect porridge texture 
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COCONUT PLANTAIN PORRIDGE
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You need:
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1 cup full fat organic coconut milk
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3 tbs coconut flour
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2 tbs desiccated coconut
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1 tbs chia seed (or flax seed)
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½ ripe plantain, mashed roughly
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Toppings incl: sliced plantain, dried coconut, chia, cinnamon, crushed nuts/seeds (just not too many because there's already enough healthy fats in the porridge!)
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You do:
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In a small saucepan, combine coconut flour, shredded coconut, chia seed & milk. Stir over a medium heat to warm & thicken - won't take long!
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Turn off heat, add mashed plantain. Stir/whisk/blend to arrive at desired consistency.
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Add more milk (or water) if you want a more runny consistency.
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Top with extras & enjoy

YUMMO! I’m currently enjoying a VERY yummy, nourishing breakfast, whipped up with what little ingredients I have in my pantry at the moment. Because it tastes SO good, I’m sharing it with you, in case you’re stuck in a breakfast rut & want to try something new 👌🏻

When it comes to breakfast, you’re literally breaking(your)fast, so it’s important to eat foods that are delicious, filling, nourishing and 100% gut-friendly! My super simple recipe combines all of these elements PLUS a good dose of:
Continue Reading…

Nutrition

What’s In My Kitchen Cupboards?

September 21, 2016
chef shine

Oh how I LOVE the evolution process! I can’t believe I used my oven & kitchen cupboards as storage for excess handbags, shoes, clothes way back when when I was a stressed-out, ex-model-turned-PR-girl who thought 💰= 😃🙈

These days, my kitchen cupboards are packed with Continue Reading…

Chef in the City, Nutrition

Healer: Shaman Durek

September 18, 2016
chef shine

I’m heading home to London today after an inspiring time at mindbodygreen’s #revitalize2016 event. I leave filled with light, love and LOTS of new health and wellness information and ideas ✨

I automatically began taking pictures of the amazing food that nourished me this morning to share with you…but the photo I feel most compelled to post is this one – of a simple hug between myself and an amazing man-healer-lightworker who has impacted myself and my beloved greatly

If you haven’t heard of Shaman Durek, you will do very soon Aside from his legendary hugs, Shaman Durek is working hard to help heal this world. Continue Reading…

Nutrition, Recipes

Chew Your Chia!

September 16, 2016
chef shine

Ahhhhhh, it’s here!! mindbodygreen’s #revitalize2016 event is finally here 🙏🏻✨🙌🏻 I’m waking up in beautiful Tucson Arizona today, filled with excitement to meet, mingle & learn from some of the world’s BEST wellness warriors: be still my healthy little beating heart 💗

And the coolest thing aside from the stellar line up of speakers & presentations?? YOU can be a part of this event too – just visit the mbg website to sign up and BOOM 💥 let the learnings begin 🙌🏻
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Nutrition, Recipes

I’m off to Arizona!

September 13, 2016
chef shine
So this is how I roll when I travel… As mentioned yesterday, I’m off to Arizona with my beloved to be part of mindbodygreen’s #revitalise2016 event which I’m SUPER excited about Aside from all the amazing people I’ll be sharing space with (did I mention I’ll be meditating with Charlie Knoles 🙏🏻 and having my microbiome tested with Dr Amy Shah💫) I just know I’m going to learn so many new and exciting things from some of the world’s leading visionaries, doctors and wellness warriors #thankful!!

Continue Reading…

Chef in the City, Nutrition

Countdown to #Revitalise2016

September 9, 2016
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In t-minus 4 days, my beloved and I are leaving London on yet another adventure… This time, we’re headed to Arizona to attend the much anticipated mindbodygreen event: ‘#revialise2016’. This will be our first time attending in the flesh which is so SUPER exciting – I can’t think of a better way to spend a weekend away than learning, sharing and celebrating new health and wellness information with likeminded people #bringiton

And the best bit? Continue Reading…

Nutrition, Recipes

Terrificly Toasted Coconut

September 7, 2016
chef shine

So I’ve taken a few days off social media since leaving New York and arriving in London – I usually post daily on my instagram site, but I’ve been feeling a little technologically-fatigued lately… I want to be spending more time in the kitchen and less time on my phone, so I’ve decided to post less Continue Reading…