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Best Broccoli Soup! Easy, Affordable, Delicious

September 22, 2017
Happy first day of Fall 
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This easy peasy broccoli soup would have to be one of my all-time favourite fall recipes to make when Friday rocks around and the hunger pangs start to kick in 
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A private client of mine fills one-half of her freezer with this soup during the colder months! She takes it to work to reheat during days she has no time to prep lunch, + she also adds my plant-based 'meat'balls to it during nights when she has no time to cook.
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It's been a BIG couple of weeks for @benjaminshinestudio and I  All super rewarding, uplifting and exciting stuff, but also slightly exhausting...
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Which is why I just cooked up a big ol' batch of this green goodness to see us through the many days and nights ahead when all we want is optimal nourishment and deliciousness minus all effort.
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I'll add in extra bits and pieces every now and then to change things up - different gluten-free, gut-friendly pastas, grass-fed/pasture-raised proteins, sauteed tofu or tempeh and even just more veggies (steamed, chunky broccoli or pumpkin tastes SO good, as does spiralised veggies noodles like daikon or zucchini!).
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However you choose to enjoy this dish, rest assure it's filled with lots of great plant protein and essential nutrients for your beautiful body which much be nourished daily to support your longterm wellness.
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YOU NEED:
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1/4 - 1/2 cup organic coconut cream. 1/2 cup = nice n' creamy
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1 large garlic clove, minced 10 mins before to increase health benefits
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1 large leek, chopped
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2 medium heads of broccoli including the ends, chopped
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4 cups vegetable stock or bone broth
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2 tbs extra virgin olive oil for sauteeing
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YOU DO:
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✨Saute garlic and leek in a saucepan in oil until leek softens. Add chopped broccoli and stock/bone broth. Cover and simmer for about 30 mins until broccoli is tender.
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✨Carefully transfer to a blender or food processor and blend until very smooth.
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✨Taste and adjust consistency or seasoning if needed, then reheat if necessary to serve immediately, or freeze in BPA-free plastic containers (leaving about an inch at the top to allow for liquid expansion) for 3-6 months.
Happy first day of Fall! This easy peasy broccoli soup would have to be one of my all-time favourite fall recipes to make when Friday rocks around and the hunger pangs start to kick in. A private client of mine fills one-half of her freezer with this soup during the colder months! She takes it to work to reheat during days she has no time to prep lunch, + she also adds my plant-based ‘meat’balls to it during nights when she has no time to cook.

It’s been a BIG couple of weeks for mt beloved and I – all super rewarding, uplifting and exciting stuff, but also slightly exhausting… Which is why I just Continue Reading…

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Healthy Soda made with REAL Food

September 17, 2017
Did you know one can of orange soda 'Fanta' houses:
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23g of processed sugar (the crappy, chemically-treated type of sugar)
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Stuff called: 'Natural Orange Flavourings with Other Natural Flavourings' ❓
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Acesulfame K - an artificial sweetener found in sugar-free gum, alcohol, candy & sweet yogurts. Its main chemical component, 'methylene chloride' may cause nausea, mood disorders, possibly some types of cancer, impaired liver & kidney function, eyesight issues & even perhaps autism.
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Aspartame - a cheap, dangerous sweetener used in more than 6,000 food & drink products + over 500 prescription & over-the-counter drugs. Recently found to have carcinogenic (AKA dangerous & potentially deadly) effects, aspartame is now undergoing further investigation due to the fact it may also impair memory performance & increase oxidative stress in the brain.
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'A source of Phenylalanine' - an ingredient that may be very dangerous to anyone consuming aspartame (). Basically, too much Phenylalanine in the body = neurotoxicity which means it can excite the neurons in your brain to the point of cellular death.
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I could go on & on, but you get the dismal picture...
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I remain utterly disgusted with the company choosing to make & sell this low-grade, unhealthy chemical bomb.
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I offer you (& any children in your life!) this healthier, yummier alternative:
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✨REAL GOOD ORANGE SODA✨
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You need:
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4 medium carrots, skin on, chopped
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1 cup filtered water
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1 tbs organic date or maple syrup
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Juice from 1 x fresh lemon
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1/4 inch piece fresh ginger
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1 x bottle of carbonated water
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You do:
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Add carrots, ginger & filtered water in a blender & blitz until everything is well combined.
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Blend for at least 2 mins before straining into a glass jug using a nut milk bag or fine mesh strainer.
Squeeze pulp to ensure every drop of juice is extracted.
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Add strained juice back into (a well-rinsed) blender. Add lemon juice & date/maple syrup, blend on high to combine. .
Refrigerate for 30 mins to chill, then pour into a glass, stopping halfway. Fill the other half with carbonated water & serve!
Did you know one can of orange soda ‘Fanta’ houses:

23g of processed sugar (the crappy, chemically-treated type of sugar)

Stuff called: ‘Natural Orange Flavourings with Other Natural Flavourings’ 
Acesulfame K – an artificial sweetener found in sugar-free gum, alcohol, candy & sweet yoghurts. Its main chemical component, ‘methylene chloride’ may cause nausea, mood disorders, possibly some types of cancer, impaired liver & kidney function, eyesight issues & even perhaps autism.

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Super Vegetable Soup

September 6, 2017
Sharing my super soup recipe today because I was able to borrow some dehydrating time with a friend who invited me over to teach her how to use her new dehydrator!
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Needless to say, we dehydrated everything but the kitchen sink and it was MUCH fun! 
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Although I don't advocate eating lots of dehydrated foods (you really need to eat whole foods to reap maximum health-supportive benefits) I do support dehydrating real foods to take with you when on the go
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If you've been following me for a while, you know I choose not to eat solid food during flights - instead, I drink copious amounts of water & herbal teas to keep my gut garden hydrated and happy.
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When I land, I fuel my body with food that digests easily, like this yumtastic dehydrated veggie soup pictured.
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This bundle of goodness is my fav 'go to' when I travel. I change it up each time by adding different veggies, organically-grown rice or quinoa + lots of sensational gut-supportive spices.
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Today, I dehydrated:
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✨1 cup each of locally grown & chopped cauliflower, broccoli, potatoes, brown onions & red peppers. I mixed them together, then scooped 1.5 cups of this mix.
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I then added:
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✨25g of organically-grown basmati rice
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✨1 tsp each: ground turmeric, cumin, fennel, caraway & mint
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✨1/2 tsp black pepper
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✨Pinch of sea salt
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I pack this in the coolest BPA-free travel pouch (more info to come next post) that I can easily add boiling water to if there are no bowls around.
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Once water is added, the veggies expand, the rice cooks & the spices work their flavourful, digestive magic - always such a treat to eat 
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My main msg to you today? Try something a little 'left of centre' every now & then!
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Get creative & don't let traveling create anxiety over what to pack & eat, because as you can see, it's actually quite easy!
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As always, I hope this excites & helps you to think outside the box - remember, health-supportive eating should always be fun! 

Sharing my super soup recipe today because I was able to borrow some dehydrating time with a friend who invited me over to teach her how to use her new dehydrator! Needless to say, we dehydrated everything but the kitchen sink and it was MUCH fun! 

Although I don’t advocate eating lots of Continue Reading…

Cooking With Jackfruit

September 2, 2017
After a delightful afternoon spent with @julie.montagu and her AMAZING superfood creations we demo'd on facebook live yesterday (did you tune in?) I was feeling inspired to create something new!
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Which is why I ventured to Chinatown lastnight to pick up two cans of jackfruit, one the most versatile fruits I know! 
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I love playing with this ingredient (pictured 'in the raw' if you swipe left above) because there are so many sweet and savoury things you can create with it 
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If you've never tried jackfruit, the time is NOW! 
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Need more reasons to give it a go? Sure! Jackfruit is SO wonderful because it's:
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✨High in fibre
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✨Low in fat
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✨Contains potassium, calcium & iron
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✨Great for digestion
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✨Eco-friendly - often used in place of animal meat.
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Convinced?
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GREAT! Now Make this and enjoy 
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MISO ROASTED JACKFRUIT
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✔️2 x 20oz cans young jackfruit, water (not syrup!)
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✔️2 tbs extra virgin olive oil
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✔️1 teaspoon garlic powder
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✔️1 teaspoon cumin
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✔️Pinch salt
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✔️1/2 cup vegetable broth (or water)
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✔️1 tablespoon sweet miso paste (soy or chickpea)
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✔️2 tablespoons tamari (or coconut aminos)
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You do:
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✔️Preheat oven to 400F/200C. Line a baking tray. Drain & rinse jackfruit. Cut or break into smaller pieces - I like to pull the pieces apart with my fingers.
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✔️Add oil & jackfruit to a large frying pan & heat. Add broth & simmer, covered, for 10 minutes until jackfruit softens & can be easily mashed with a fork.
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✔️Once mashed, add miso paste, spices, tamari & salt. Combine well, then transfer to a baking tray, spread in an even layer, then pop in the oven to roast - this should take about 10-20 minutes depending upon your oven, watch closely & be sure to shuffle pieces around every 5-8 minutes to roast evenly.
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TIP: you'll know it's ready when the jackfruit darkens in colour & a few strands get start to burn - this is perfect!
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Remove from oven & enjoy 'as is', with soup, or eat alongside some sauteed broccoli, kale & cauliflower topped with some toasted pumpkin or sesame seeds

After a delightful afternoon spent with Julie Montagu and her AMAZING superfood creations we demo’d during our fun facebook live yesterday (did you tune in?) I was feeling inspired to create something new! Which is why I ventured to Chinatown last night to pick up two cans of jackfruit, one the most versatile fruits I know! 

 

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I love playing with this ingredient (pictured ‘in the raw’ if you swipe left above) because there are so many sweet and savoury Continue Reading…

Easy Peasy Breakfast Buns

August 15, 2017
Oh happy day! ☀️
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I'm headed out to meet a girlfriend this morning in @centralparknewyork. We're going to take a nature bath, strolling amongst the trees before visiting her local fresh food markets to stock up on some real food provisions 
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Before I head off, breakfast today for me n' my beloved @benjaminshinestudio is toasted chunks of my yummy 'not' cross buns 
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I make these every Easter - they're such a such a fantastic, filling, health-supportive treat you really can enjoy all year 'round (unlike the additive-filled commercial kind that's sold only during Easter time - best AVOIDED like the plague! )
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You want in on this goodness? Be my guest ❤️ Here's the recipe again for you to create, bake and enjoy!
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BEST B'FAST BUNS
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You need:
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✨175g full fat coconut milk
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✨75g organic vegan butter or ghee
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✨10g dried yeast
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✨1/4 cup warm water
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✨1 tsp pure date syrup (I used @thedatelady )
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✨1 flax or chia egg or 1 normal egg
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✨500g gluten free flour mix
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✨70g coconut sugar
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✨1/2 tsp sea salt
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✨50g dried, unsulphured raisins
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✨2 tsp ceylon cinnamon
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✨1 tsp nutmeg
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✨1 tsp allspice
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OPTIONAL add-ins:
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✨50g soy-lecithin-free chocolate chips
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✨75g macadamia nut pieces
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YOU DO:
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Heat milk, add butter and whisk together until melted. Leave to cool.
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Combine yeast, warm water & honey in bowl – whisk to combine, cover with a tea towel and leave for 5-10 mins to become frothy.
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Combine flour, sugar, salt, spices, dried fruit and optional extras. Make a well in the centre, add egg and yeast mixture. Fold together with a wooden spoon. The mixture will be sticky. Cover with a tea towel, leave for an hour to expand.
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Turn out onto a lightly floured bench top and knead – not to knead for 30 secs. Divide into 12 equal pieces and roll into balls. Place dough balls on a lined baking tray and cover again for an hour to rise further.
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Pre-heat oven to 200C/400F and bake for 10-15 mins or until golden brown. If you want white lines across the buns, mix 2 tbs of tapioca flour + 2 tbs water & pipe across the top before placing in the oven OR pipe warmed coconut butter across the buns after baking is complete.

Oh happy day! I’m headed out to meet a girlfriend this morning in @centralparknewyork. We’re going to take a nature bath, strolling amongst the trees before visiting her local fresh food markets to stock up on some real food provisions.

Before I head off, breakfast today for me n’ my beloved @benjaminshinestudio is toasted chunks of my yummy Continue Reading…

Easy No-Recipe Stir Fry

July 22, 2017
Question: do you ever have days where you go at break-neck speed to get it all done, then realise it's WAY later in the day than you thought it was?
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That was my day today! 
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After a wonderfully restorative yoga class and catch up with my girlfriend @carolinepicsnyc, followed by helping @benjaminshinestudio move into his new art studio, I arrived home feeling SO tired!
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That's when I realised I'd been running on empty for hours, whoops!
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Practising what I preach, I quickly pulled together a yummy stir fry using leftovers and fresh veggies I got from  @unsqgreenmarket yesterday.
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The point of this post? .
Choose real over fake food every time - even when you're starving and can't be bothered to cook!
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It doesn't take long to throw a few things in the fry pan or steamer.
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Don't sweat it if all you have is veg in the fridge - did you know broccoli, cauliflower, spinach and kale all contain great amounts of plant protein?
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 When you're strapped for time, cook up some veggies and add a handful of organic pumpkin or sunflower seeds with a glug of extra virgin olive oil and you have yourself a well-rounded plant-based, protein-packed meal!! 
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Want to know what was in my meal melange today?
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✨Broccoli - protein, vitamins A, B6, C, potassium
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Carrots - beta carotene, biotin, fibre, vitamins A and K
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✨Red Capsicum - folate, vitamins C, B6, A, E, fibre
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Bok Choy - calcium, iron, manganese vitamins A, C, K, potassium, folate
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✨Onion - copper, biotin, manganese, phosphorous, vitamins B6, C
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Spinach - protein, choline, zinc, copper, folate, magnesium, iron
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✨Pumpkin seeds - protein, manganese, phosphorous, copper, magnesium, zinc
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YUM!!

Question: do you ever have days where you go at break-neck speed to get it all done, then realise it’s WAY later in the day than you thought it was?

That was my day today! 

After a wonderfully restorative yoga class and catch up with my girlfriend Caroline, followed by helping my beloved move into his new art studio, I arrived home feeling SO tired!

That’s when I realised I’d been running on empty for hours, whoops!

Practising what I preach, I quickly pulled together a yummy stir fry using leftovers and fresh veggies I got from Union Square Green Market yesterday.

The point of this post?  Continue Reading…

Recipes

Anti-Inflammatory Juice for Pain and Inflammation

July 1, 2017
Hi there, how's your week been so far? If you've joined me recently, or reached out to say hello since my appearance with @trinnywoodall, I'm truly touched to know I've ignited a fire within you to find out more about your overall health 
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To celebrate, I've created a very powerful anti-inflammatory elixir - upon request from many of you experiencing joint pain and inflammation
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Your body is an amazing machine, it only needs the smallest of encouragement to begin to soothe and heal naturally. .
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Tart Cherries - contain the highest anti-inflammatory content of any food (). Cherry juice reduces inflammation in your blood vessels by up to 50%!
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Pineapple - contains bromelain, a 'systemic oral enzyme' used to treat pain and problems like arthritis. Bromelain may also help your body fight cancer by dissolving 'fibrin' (cancer cells hide under fibrin to escape detection, cheeky little buggers!). When fibrin is dissolved, cancer cells become uncloaked and easily detected by your immune system 
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Spinach - attacks inflammation from every angle! Rich in carotenoids + vitamins C, E, and K, that protect your body from pro-inflammatory substances.
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Parsley - great protection from rheumatoid arthritis thanks to its SUPER high chlorophyll and Vitamin C content.
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Cacao - contains 'flavanols' which work fast to reduce inflammation and blood clotting.
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Water - enough said!
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☄️Turmeric - an amazing anti-inflammatory, best taken with pepper (see my latest Insta story re: why!)
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Extra Virgin Olive Oil - the source of its distinctive aftertaste (called 'Oleocanthal') has similar effects as synthetic (more harsh) forms of pain relief like ibuprofen 
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ANTI INFLAMMATORY ELIXIR
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1 cup tart cherries, pitted
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1 cup fresh pinneapple, chopped
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1 cup packed, organic spinach
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1/2 cup packed fresh parsley
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1 tablespoon cacao powder
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1/2 tablespoon turmeric + teensy tiny pinch of black pepper
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1/2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
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200mls water
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Combine all ingredients in the blender (in the order above) and blend on HIGH.
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Strain through a nut milk bag and drink immediately to reap the benefits!

Hi there, how has your week been so far? If you’ve joined me recently, or reached out to say hello since my appearance with Trinny Woodall, I’m truly touched to know I’ve ignited a fire within you to find out more about your overall health 🙏🏻

To celebrate, I’ve created a very powerful anti-inflammatory elixir – upon request from many of you experiencing joint pain and inflammation

Your body is an amazing machine, it only needs the smallest of encouragement to begin to soothe and heal naturally. So the goodness in this elixir includes: Continue Reading…

Recipes

My Best Self Podcast Interview + EASY Sauerkraut Recipe

June 2, 2017
Put simply, YOU CAN!
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Earlier today, I had a hearts-wide-open chat with @bestselfmagazine editor and all-round goddess of greatness, @kristennoelwriter 
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We talked all things health n' happiness, and I shared more than I ever have before about my own personal journey to wellness 
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Throughout the chat, Kristen asked me to share my thoughts and advice - words I'd say to my younger self, as well as things I want people to know now...
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On reflection, everything I said stemmed from 'you can' 
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Whether it be healing your body, starting a new relationship with yourself (or others) or learning how to truly love and honour yourself - whatever your own challenges may be...I want you to know YOU CAN 
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More information coming soon about this interview which I'm so very proud of, so stay tuned 
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PS while you wait, be sure to check out the latest edition of @bestselfmagazine - I've shared a super delish, very easy sauerkraut recipe for you to make and enjoy

Earlier today, I had a hearts-wide-open chat with Best Self Magazine editor and all-round goddess of greatness, Kristen Noel. We talked all things health n’ happiness, and I shared more than I ever have before about my own personal journey to wellness. Throughout the chat, Kristen asked me to share my thoughts and advice – words I’d say to my younger self, as well as things I want people to know now…

On reflection, everything I said stemmed from ‘you can’  Whether it be healing your body, starting a new relationship with yourself (or others) or learning how to truly love and honour yourself – whatever your own challenges may be…I want you to know YOU CAN!! More information coming soon about this interview which I’m so very proud of, so stay tuned.

PS while you wait, be sure to check out my sauerkraut recipe in the latest edition of Best Self Magazine – it’s SUPER delish AND great for your gut! 

Recipes

Vegan Apricot Parfait

February 17, 2017
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Sometimes you need a little extra sweetness in your life, ESPECIALLY on your birthday🎈 So, in celebration of another one of my revolutions around the sun, I have whipped up a small batch of my health-supportive, gut-friendly apricot parfait treat 👌🏻

SUPER simple to make, this parfait is made using plant-based gelatine called ‘AGAR’, a minimally processed ingredient I use in sweet parfaits like this one because I 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…