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Supercharged Sweet Potato Toast

Written by lee on . Posted in Autumn, Blog Breakfast, Blog Salads, Blog Snacks, Heal Your Gut, Nutrient Rich, Organic, Seasonal, Spring, Summer, Vegetarian, Wheat Free, Winter, Yeast Free

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Gluten free foodies rejoice!

There’s a new trend dominating the foodie world; Be prepared to replace your bland, lacklustre, mundane breakfast toast for.... *drumroll* Supercharged Sweet Potato Toast! 

Sweet potatoes are very versatile vegetables, and it seems that their uses are infinite.  They can be added to baked goods, mashed and coupled with steamed vegetables, baked as a healthy alternative to fries.... and now they can even be used as a nutritious and delicious gluten free alternative to bread. 

Sweet potato is a complex carbohydrate, meaning that the natural sugars that give it that rich, sweet flavour will release a consistent flow of energy into the body all morning long. These inexpensive, orange hued root vegetables are high in fibre and overflowing with essential vitamins and minerals and, best of all, you won’t find that afternoon bloat after overindulging in bread. 

Despite being cooked in the toaster, the sweet potatoes maintain their soft and moist texture, and they can be toasted with their skin on or off depending upon your preference.

The topping opportunities are endless too, with both sweet and savoury options pairing nicely with these golden, guilt free and gluten-less slices of goodness!

I’ve featured some of my favourite toppings that will leave you lusting for sweet potato toast yearlong.

Supercharged Tip: try to buy a nice round sweet potato, as they’re easier to cut into ‘toast’ shapes.

Give them a whirl and let me know what to think in the comments section below.

Recipe

Method: 

  1. Slice sweet potato length ways into slices about 0.5-1cm thick (this will depend on how much knife control you have as well as the quality of your knifes!) 
  2. Put in toaster for between 2 to 4 rounds on high, making sure it doesn’t burn

Tip: use chopsticks to manoeuvre them out of the toaster if they get stuck!

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Topping #1: Cinnamon Swirl Nut Butter and Berry Chia Jam

Ingredients: 

  • 3 tbsp Nut butter of choice
  • Cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp Chia Seeds
  • 1/2 cup fresh Strawberries or raspberries
  • Squeeze of Lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Rice malt syrup or stevia or raw honey

Method:

  1. To make the jam, mash berries with a fork for a more chunky jam, or blitz quickly in a blender. Add a squeeze of lemon juice and rice malt syrup or stevia. Stir in the chia seeds and let sit for 15 minutes. 
  2. To make the nut butter, add a good pinch of cinnamon to your favourite nut butter and swirl in
  3. To assemble the toast, spread on the nut butter, drizzle with chia jam and top with fresh berries, toasted coconut and an extra sprinkle of cinnamon

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Topping #2: Hummus and Tomato Bruschetta 

Ingredients: 

  • 3 tbsp hummus 
  • 1/4 cup chopped cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup chopped cucumber
  • 1/2 tbsp chopped red onion
  • Chopped coriander
  • 1 tsp olive oil 
  • squeeze of lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste

Method: 

  1. Toss all ingredients except for hummus in a bowl 
  2. To assemble toast, spread with hummus and top with tomato and cucumber mixture

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Topping #3: Smavo and Feta 

Ingredients: 

  • 1/2 a small avocado OR 1/4 of a large one
  • 2 tbsp good quality feta, crumbled
  • Toasted pepitas 
  • Salt and pepper
  • Squeeze of lemon juice

Method: 

  1. Smash avo with a fork into toast
  2. Top with feta, pepitas, salt, pepper and lemon juice
  3. Optional: Add a poached egg on top!

Enjoy 🙂

Lee xo

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Maca and Tahini Latte

Written by lee on . Posted in anti-inflammatory, Autumn, Blog Breakfast, Blog Snacks, Dairy Free, drinks, Nutrient Rich, Seasonal, Spring, Summer, Vegetarian, Wheat Free, Winter, Yeast Free

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I was fiddling around in the kitchen the other day and came up with a new drink that I believe should be on everybody's lips. Move over Golden Mylk (as much as I love you)!  And make way for my Maca and Tahini Latte.

This creamy and warm concoction will support your immune system and revitalise your body, both mentally and physically. It’ll get your metabolism revving first thing in the morning, providing you with more get-up-and-go, reducing fatigue and ensuring your body is functioning at it’s best.

Today’s modern, hardworking men and women can often be seen multi-tasking in the centre of busy cities, hands clutching their morning caffeinated beverage, determined looks upon their faces. For decades caffeine has been viewed as a daily necessity to get you moving in the morning and to ‘switch on’ creativity.

But for many people, caffeine may be doing more harm than good. Overdoing caffeine can cause your blood pressure to swell, burdening your already hardworking heart!

Caffeine and other energy-enhancing supplements can also overload the endocrine system in the body. Since the endocrine system and the adrenal glands are responsible for the release of important hormones into the body, too much caffeine can result in an imbalance in hormones, such as oestrogen and testosterone. Plus I’m sure I don’t need to remind you about the relationship between hormone levels and mood swings. Eeek.

For someone aiming to maximise their gut health, caffeine can impede progress as it can cause indigestion and incontinence not ideal on a busy working day when you are trying your upmost to be fierce! Diuretics can hinder the absorption of vital nutrients by the gut and can lead to the unnecessary loss of healthy gut microbes.

What is maca powder?

Maca is grown in the Peruvian Andes and is packed with vitamins, minerals, essential amino acids and phytochemicals. It is the root of the Maca plant that is of the greatest nutritional value and it has been used by the Incas for centuries. Generally used to improve energy levels and revitalise the body it is nutrient dense and has a variety of beneficial uses. It can be ground into flour, added to smoothies and drinks and used in baking too.

What are the benefits of maca powder?

- It’s nutritious and is made up of protein, fibre, essential amino acids, vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C and D, iron, magnesium, copper, zinc, sodium, potassium and calcium – oh my!
- Helps to increase energy levels, without causing stress to the endocrine system and key organs in the body
- helps to reduce chronic fatigue
- balances hormones in men and women, as it contains amino acids which are the building blocks for hormones.
- Peps you up! Think elevated mood and a reduction in self perceived anxiety, stress and depression.

My Maca and Tahini latte contains no caffeine, no processed sugar and no pharmaceutical energy enhancers. And this frothy brew boosts energy levels in a balanced and sustainable way, with no stress on the body. Yay for that!

Recipe

Serves 1

Ingredients

1 cup coconut milk
2 tsp maca powder
1 tsp tahini sesame paste
1 tsp vanilla
To sweeten add 1 tsp rice malt syrup to taste (optional)

Method

Place all ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat and stir, whisking until combined and just warm then pour into a heat proof blender and blend for a few seconds until frothy. Garnish with toasted sesame seeds and a little cinnamon on top.

Enjoy!

Lee x

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Happy Feels Mocha + Banana Smoothie Bowl

Written by lee on . Posted in Autumn, Blog, Blog Breakfast, Blog Snacks, Dessert, Gluten Free, gut healing, gut health, Heal Your Gut, Heal Your Gut Powder, Heal Your Gut Powder, micro flora, microbiome, Nutrient Rich, Organic, Seasonal, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegetarian, Wheat Free, Yeast Free

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Are you ready to start your morning with a grin on your face? All it takes is this one simple smoothie bowl recipe to turn the corners of your mouth into a beautiful smile.

Delectably thick and chocolaty, with fruity hums of banana and hazelnuts this is my Happy Feels Mocha + Banana Smoothie Bowl.

People will be wondering what has you so chirpy early in the day and as it’s made with coffee, raw cacao and banana, this flavoursome smoothie bowl will give you a natural hit of dopamine (the happy hormone) 😀

Besides being as ‘happy as Larry’, your ability to focus, be motivated and make considered decisions, will also increase. Think about all of the good fats and complicated carbohydrates found in banana and nuts, then times them by two and you’ll find yourself powering through your day like a Russian gymnast, with effortless backflips, half turns and triple twists.

Mentally boosting and slow energy burning, this smoothie bowl has not finished yet! Both raw cacao and bananas are a great source of antioxidants, and bananas provide 10% of your daily potassium intake and 15% of your vitamin B6.

So please don’t have naughty thoughts eating what seems to be a delicious mocha and banana custard for breakfast, soon enough the dopamine will kick in and you’ll be grinning from ear to ear.  🙂

Want to Supercharge it?

The great thing about a smoothie bowl is that you can add any type of sneaky green, and never taste the difference. Try a handful of baby spinach, kale, avocado or even frozen peas, to get a head start on your veggie intake for the day. Ps you don’t need to add the coffee if you don’t want to! 

Happy Feels Mocha + Banana Smoothie Bowl

Serves 1

Ingredients

  • 1 shot (30ml/1 fl oz) of coffee or use decaf if preferred or dandelion tea (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 Tbsp raw cacao powder
  • 1 Tbsp Heal Your Gut powder (optional)
  • 35g (¼ cup) roasted and soaked hazelnuts (or any nuts of your choosing)
  • 1 frozen banana, sliced
  • 120ml (½ cup/4 fl oz) coconut milk
  • 120ml (½ cup/4 fl oz) of almond milk (or any other dairy free milk)

Method

After brewing a shot of coffee or dandelion tea, add the chia seeds to the liquid and let them sit for a few minutes. Then combine all the ingredients in a blender and blitz until there are no lumps. It can be quite a thick mixture, if your blender is struggling add extra almond milk or water in small amounts to help it along.

Poor the smoothie into a bowl and place more slices of banana and a sprinkle of mixed nuts and seeds on top. All that’s left to do is dig in!

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Strawberry Teacakes

Written by lee on . Posted in anti-inflammatory, Autumn, Blog, Blog Breakfast, Blog Snacks, Dairy Free, Dessert, Easter, Gluten Free, gut healing, gut health, Heal Your Gut, Heal Your Gut Powder, micro flora, microbiome, Nutrient Rich, Organic, Seasonal, Spring, Sugar Free, Supercharged Food Menu, Vegetarian, Wheat Free, Winter, Yeast Free

It’s hard to ignore the growing size of cupcakes and muffins at cafes, bakeries and supermarkets. It seems that many of us have adopted a ‘bigger is better’ attitude towards confectionary.

These monster muffins are often crammed with white flour, refined sugars and added preservatives. Processed carbohydrates and sugars are broken down quickly by the body, causing a rise and then sudden drop in sugar and insulin levels in the blood. This ultimately results in hunger pangs not too long after eating, and a massive drop in energy levels.

Let’s not forget that your gut microbiome isn’t the biggest fan of processing large amounts of sugar, and the outcome of your over-indulgence may linger with you longer than you anticipated.

Conventional sugar-laden treats are all too readily available, making it hard to avoid temptation when you’ve decided to embark on your journey to a healed gut and a zero muffin top.

So what makes my teacakes any different?

Well, I don’t want to burst your muffin bubble, but I do think it’s safe to assume that most muffin and cake recipes out there are more than likely recipes for weight gain! Think of my scrumptious teacakes as a gluten free, fructose free, tummy-loving alternative to those syrupy, lackluster store-bought muffins and ones that are gut health friendly.

Strawberry teacakes taste like the cross between a mini muffin and a scone and the strawberries give a beautiful "jammy" natural sweetness.  And just a note, as we head into berry season, I would recommend using fresh strawberries to give the teacakes a little more moisture if you can.

As a substitute for glutinous white flour, I’ve used almond meal and buckwheat flour, which are released into the blood slowly as an energy source, preventing that sudden peak and then drop in blood glucose levels. You can mix and match whatever flours you have available in this recipe but if you're subbing with coconut flour be sure to add a little more coconut milk.

To make this recipe gut friendly, I’ve popped in my special dinosaur powder, AKA Heal Your Gut powder which gently cleanses and sweeps away plaque built up in your gut over time, resulting in reduced bloating and the perfect environment for healthy microbes to flourish.

You'll notice I've included a touch of rice malt syrup as a subtle sweetener as it doesn’t have an overwhelming sugary taste, but you can omit this altogether if you prefer or just use stevia instead.

Coupled with a warm mug of tea, my teacakes are the perfect treat when you’re entertaining guests. It's time to replace stale, greasy treats from the biscuit tin with these.  I guarantee that your friends and family won’t ever taste the difference.

Recipe
Makes 8


Ingredients 

  • 50g/ 3.5 tbsp organic butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tbsp rice malt syrup
  • Alcohol free vanilla 
  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 1/4 cup buckwheat flour
  • 2 TBS Heal Your Gut powder 
  • 1 tsp baking powder 
  • Pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk (or any milk)
  • 1 cup Strawberries cut into quarters or eighths
  • 180c for 18-20 mins

 Method

  • Preheat oven to 180C 
  • Whisk softened butter and rice malt syrup in a large bowl 
  • Add eggs and vanilla and mix well
    Add to the bowl almond meal, buckwheat flour, HYG powder, salt and baking powder and stir until just combined
  • Fold in coconut milk and strawberries, reserving some for toppings
  • Spoon into muffin pan that has been greased with butter or coconut oil, or use paper muffin liners 
  • Add extra sliced strawberries on top
  • Bake for 18-20 mins
  • Serve with nut butter/ coconut cream/ yogurt and cup or peppermint tea!

Happy gut-healing!

Lee x

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Two Ayurvedic Breakfast Bowls

Written by lee on . Posted in Autumn, Blog, Blog Breakfast, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Nutrient Rich, Organic, Seasonal, Spring, Summer, Vegetarian, Wheat Free, Winter, Yeast Free

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Today I'm introducing to you, two of my favourite Ayurvedic inspired breakfasts.

Mornings are our greatest opportunity to flood our bodies with nutrients, satisfy our mind and set ourselves up for a balanced day.

Studying Ayurveda in India was a wonderful opportunity for me to learn not only what to eat for internal harmony,  but also how and when. One of the key differences I discovered was that we should be leaning towards eating our heaviest meal in the middle of the day when our agni (digestive fire) is at it's peak.

Ayurveda also teaches us that breakfast is our first opportunity to bring ourselves into balance, and the foods that we choose can be targeted to bring harmony into our body which will increase our mental and physical capacity to achieve what the day requires of us.

If you're of the pitta (fire) dosha, you're likely an ambitious person who has leadership skills. You’ll have vision and drive for what you do; whether you’re a stay at home parent, focused on your career, or an enthusiastic student. However these skills have a downfall, as pitta’s fiery nature can destabilise itself when unbalanced. An unbalanced pitta may find that fiery emotions lead them to feel “burnt out” regularly.

If you’re a kapha, you're an amazing carer, and your day will lead you towards the care and nurturing of others. You love to pour into people through mentoring, teaching, words of encouragement and affirmation, and through quality time and friendship. Kaphas can also become imbalanced with signs of extreme introversion, depression, sluggishness and depression that will block your desire to help others and limits your potential to outwork your calling.

Pittas need to begin their day with soothing, cooling, sweet foods to pacify their fiery body and mind, whilst kapha’s should limit foods that are naturally oily, heavy, or foods that slow them down. You'll love my Bircher Muesli Bowl, as it's a naturally gorgeous way to start the day for pittas and kaphas, containing apples which offer sweetness for pitta and an abundance of fibre for the potentially sluggish digestion of kapha. Oats also speed up kapha’s metabolism and even ward of depression.

My Fig, Cardamom and Quinoa bowl is also a gorgeous way to set up the day for ambitious pittas, as well as vatas who are governed by the element of air, and whose days are filled with energetic and creative pursuits. Vatas make great teachers, artists and speakers. However with an imbalance they can be full of fear and anxiety which sabotages their ability to flow in creativity.

I'd love you to try this wholesome bowl which has a base of grounding quinoa, providing just the right amount of heaviness to bring vatas down to earth in the morning and to offer focus and the ability to prioritise and set goals. Warming and soothing cardamom and the sweet heaviness of almond milk are lovely pacifying ingredients for vatas delivering them straight into harmony.

Enjoy these breakfasts as wholesome and delicious bowls that will help your unique constitution to flourish and bring you a higher capacity for your day.

Fig, cardamom and quinoa bowl

Note: Pittas should use only a small quantity of salt

To balance kapha, replace the almond milk with rice milk and the figs with 1 diced peach

Serves 2

  • 100 g (3 1/2 oz/1/2 cup) quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • 185 ml (6 fl oz/3/4 cup) almond milk, plus extra to serve
  • 125 ml (4 fl oz/1/2 cup) filtered water
  • 1/2 teaspoon alcohol-free vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon Celtic sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 2–3 ripe figs, diced
  • 20 g (3/4 oz/1/3 cup) coconut flakes, toasted

Combine the quinoa, almond milk, water, vanilla, salt and cardamom in a small, heavy-based saucepan and bring to the boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, covered, for 15–20 minutes or until the quinoa has absorbed the liquid.

Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly, them fluff with a fork. Spoon into two bowls, top with figs and coconut, and serve with extra milk if desired.

Give these recipes a whirl and let me know how you go!

Happy Cooking 🙂

Lee xo

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Lemon and Blueberry Ice Cream

Written by lee on . Posted in Autumn, Blog, Blog Lunch, Blog Snacks, Breakfast, Dairy Free, Dessert, Desserts, Desserts, Gluten Free, gut healing, gut health, Heal Your Gut, Heal Your Gut Powder, Heal Your Gut Powder, micro flora, microbiome, Nutrient Rich, Recipe Book, Seasonal, Snacks, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, supercharged food, Supercharged Food Menu, Vegetarian, Videos, Wheat Free, Yeast Free

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The world is a sweeter place with ice cream in it. I must admit I find it very hard to say no to a bowl of that kind of deliciousness when I’m offered it, but a little scratch beneath the surface of what we currently accept as ice cream has turned the traditional version of this gorgeous treat into a colossal turn-off.

Ice cream originated back as far as the second century B.C, with speculation that Alexander the Great enjoyed snow and ice flavoured with honey and nectar. The bible speaks of King Solomon being a fan of iced drinks during harvesting. During the Roman Empire, Nero Claudius Caesar (A.D. 54-86) would send runners into the mountains to collect snow, which he would enjoy flavoured with fruits.

Historians estimate that the recipe evolved into the ice cream we understand today sometime in the 16th century. The Brits and the Italians seem to have discovered ice cream at around the same time. "Cream Ice," as it was called, would appear regularly at the table of Charles I during the 17th century, but it wasn't until 1660 that ice cream was made available to the general public, when the Sicilian Procopio introduced a recipe blending milk, cream, butter and eggs at Café Procope, the first café in Paris.

Until 1800, ice cream was a rare and exotic dessert only accessed by the elite classes. Around 1800, insulated ice houses were invented and the ice cream industry emerged in America where it was enjoyed by the masses and increased because of technological innovations, including steam power, mechanical refrigeration, the homogenizer, electric power and motors, packing machines, and new freezing processes and equipment.

After WW2, ice cream became a national symbol for the Americans, and the end to the war was celebrated with ice creams all around. As food technology increased and the supermarket emerged, more pre-packaged ice cream was sold through supermarkets after the 1970’s, and traditional ice cream parlours started to disappear.

These days, rather than the traditional use of cream, whole milk, sugar and egg yolks; ice cream has an ingredients list from another planet. Last time I checked in supermarket freezer section, here are some of the additives I discovered:

A popular vanilla ice cream ingredients label:

Reconstituted Low Fat Milk (56%), Glucose Syrup (Wheat), Sugar, Water, Milk Solids, Cream, Maltodextrin, Vegetable Origin Emulsifiers [477, 471 (Soy)], Vegetable Gum (412), Flavours, Colour (160b).

And a “raspberry” flavoured ice cream creation contained:

Reconstituted Low Fat Milk (53%), Glucose Syrup (Wheat), Water, Sugar, Milk Solids, Cream, Maltodextrin, Raspberry Juice (0.8%), Vegetable Origin Emulsifiers [477, 471 (Soy)], Vegetable Gums (412, 415, 440), Food Acids (330, 334, 331, 327, 260), Flavours, Colours (163, 120, 160b).

Is it just me or is there something seriously wrong with this picture? What have we done to this beloved sweet treat? With fandangle marketing suggesting green fields with cows, and “traditional” “pure” farm motifs, a quick look at an ingredients list on the current top selling supermarket ice creams show that they’re nothing more than a mix of trimmed, skimmed and adulterated ingredients and numbers formed in a chemical laboratory, not a kitchen!

With many people in the modern age struggling with wheat and even dairy intolerances, I’ve made it a bit of a mission to formulate a super speedy but delicious ice cream substitute that’s made from wholesome ingredients, and this is the next best thing to real ice cream prepared the traditional way with cream and full cream milk.

This is a family friendly ice cream recipe that all ages will adore, and is full of antioxidant rich blueberries, gut flora loving coconut milk and delectable creamy avocado which is high in lovely monounsaturated fats that will make your hair shine and your skin glow. It’s also free from sugar, making it a completely guilt free treat at the end of the night that won’t have any negative effects on your blood sugars, or cause any digestive troubles. You’ll just love its creamy sweetness, and trips to the supermarket for a quick sweet-tooth fix will be a thing of the past with this baby up your sleeve!

Here's a little video about how to make it and the recipe is below.

                             

Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 TBS Heal Your Gut Powder (optional)
  • 155 g (51/2 oz/1 cup) frozen blueberries

  • 60 ml (2 fl oz/ 1/4 cup) coconut milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon alcohol-free vanilla extract

  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 
1/2 medium avocado, pitted and peeled

Method

Purée all the ingredients in a blender until smooth and creamy. Serve immediately. 

Enjoy! 

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Layered Berry and Rhubarb Breakfast Pudding

Written by lee on . Posted in Blog, Blog Breakfast, Blog Snacks, Breakfast, Breakfast, Candida Friendly, Christmas, Dairy Free, Dessert, Desserts, Desserts, Gluten Free, Nutrient Rich, Organic, Recipe Book, Seasonal, Sugar Free, supercharged food, Supercharged Food Menu, Vegetarian, Wheat Free, Yeast Free

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Need a break from your regular granola? Why not try my Layered Berry and Rhubarb Breakfast Pudding? The rhubarb/berry mix can be pre-made the night before, so it's easy to pull together during morning rush hour.

Stewing fruit is a kitchen art that has been lost in modern times. Even the thought of the word “stewing” tends to evoke images of a housemaid hundreds of years ago, stirring a large pot slowly over a bubbling stove; something that many of us just don’t feel we have the time for in our rushed modern lifestyle.

But I think culturally it’s so interesting to see the 180 degree cultural shift towards more “artisan” ways of living and preparing food. There’s a genuine desire to get back to the way things were traditionally made and prepared through fermenting beverages such as kombucha, and making sauerkraut and sourdough from scratch. Stewing fruits is a beautiful, simple and frugal way to enjoy the mindful practice of traditional food preparation in your own home.

Stewed fruit recipes were extremely common in the past, before enhanced storage facilities and modern processing techniques. Pre the days of year-round fruit availability in supermarkets, home cooks would savour the flavours of the seasons by preserving fruit in different ways. After a seasonal haul of apricots for example, kitchen folk dried as much as they could and found other ways to plump it up throughout the winter. Fruits could also be extended in their lifespan by cooking and stewing if they were looking like they were passing their used by date.

Stewed fruit is perhaps the best way to use up all of that fruit you've hoarded on a fruit picking excursion. It’s also a great way to enjoy frozen fruit you may have stored as a result of a berry picking session or bargain bulk buy at your local farmers market.

This Layered Berry and Rhubarb Breakfast Pudding recipe is a gorgeous breakfast or dessert that can utilise seasonal berries and lovely fresh rhubarb. As a rhubarb fan I can tell you that there's nothing quite like the tangy taste and radiant rose-red colour that these divine stalks bring to a dish, especially when baked in pies and crumbles or stewed and spooned over porridges.

Stewing the rhubarb and berries slowly together releases the bright red colours; indicating high amounts of beneficial antioxidants such as heart-friendly proanthocyanidins. Enjoy these traditional stewed fruits with the coconut cream for a delightful and cosy dessert, or make extra of the stewed fruits to eat as a snack with yoghurt and toasted nuts and seeds, or if you really can't give it up just yet, spooned over your morning granola.

From my ebook The Renewable Table

Layered Rhubarb and Berry Breakfast Pudding

Serves 4

To make rhubarb:

Ingredients

  • 750 gms rhubarb trimmed and chopped into 2-3 inch pieces
  • 250 gms strawberries
  • 125 gms raspberries (reserve some for topping)
  • 100g coconut sugar or sweetener of choice
  • 1 orange, zested and juiced (reserve some zest for topping)
  • 1 inch knob ginger grated
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean powder
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 270 mls coconut cream

Method

Place rhubarb and berries in large saucepan and place coconut sugar, orange juice and zest, ginger, vanilla and water over the top.

Bring to a boil and simmer gently until soft, about 10-15 minutes until rhubarb/berry mixture is cooked but still holds it shape.

Remove from pan and place layers into a jar. Start with rhubarb mixture and then coconut cream and repeat until all ingredients are used. 

Top with extra berries, orange peel and shredded coconut.

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The U.S Version of Heal Your Gut is here!

Written by lee on . Posted in All, Autumn, Blog, Blog Breakfast, Blog Dinner, Blog Lunch, Blog Salads, Blog Snacks, Candida Friendly, Dairy Free, Dessert, drinks, Gluten Free, Heal Your Gut, Nutrient Rich, Organic, Sauces, Seasonal, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Supercharged Food Menu, Vegetarian, Wheat Free

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Hello U.S and Canadian friends 🙂

I'm so happy to announce that my #1 Selling book, Heal Your Gut, is now available for pre-order in America and Canada.

The book features 90 gut-loving recipes that aim to cleanse, restore and nourish your insides.  It features a four-week treatment program and a natural cleansing regime that will have your insides happy and smiling and your energy levels though the roof!

I'll be heading to the US in October and will be doing events in New York and LA and I absolutely cannot wait to meet everyone in person so stay tuned for event times and locations.

From the bottom of my heart and my healed gut, I thank you so much for your support and hope that you'll love this book just as much as I do.

It's been such a fulfilling journey to bring this book into your hands and I’m so excited to share everything I have learnt along the way with you.

You can pre-order the Heal Your Gut book now at these retailers;

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

IndieBound

Indigo 

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Foods That Boost Happiness :)

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Want to improve your mood?  Did you know that food may be a significant piece of the puzzle?  

The science behind food's effect on mood comes down to chemical and physiological changes in our brain structure which can lead to altered behaviour. Today I'm sharing my favourite mood foods that have been proven to alter your metabolism and brain chemistry, ultimately affecting your energy level and mood.

There is so much hope for your mood in food! The science is showing that you can literally eat your way to happiness, so here are some of my top picks for foods that can boost your emotional health...

Fish oils

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A 2012 study reveals that fish oil increases transmission of serotonin in the brain which controls emotion. Because of their ability to increase serotonin levels, fish oils are a lovely mood food to include in your diet. Sardines are my all time favourite source of omega-3 fatty acids and are an affordable and potent source of mood boosting fish oils. Try them in my smashed sardines with avocado on quinoa and flaxseed loaf for your next breakky option.

Brazil nuts

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Did you know that brazil nuts are the richest source of the mineral selenium, which helps combat depression? Studies have shown that a small handful of brazil nuts everyday can help improve your emotional health. I like to enjoy them as an on-the-go snack, or chopped and sprinkled over yogurt with grated dark chocolate. Enjoy a hit of happiness by throwing some extra brazil nuts in these delightful Coconut and almond bliss balls.

Broccoli

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Broccoli is a staple veg in my diet. It’s rich in B vitamin folate, which is essential for a healthy mood. Low intakes of the B vitamin folate has been linked to depression, and the great news is that Vitamin B also promotes healthy hair and skin, which boosts your self confidence as your complexion glows. I like to steam broccoli and enjoy with white fish, or in a risotto. I also adore cramming in this mood boosting green in my earthy Broccoli soup.

Ginger

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Ginger is a gorgeous warming root that has been shown to increase neurotransmitters in the brain. Neurotransmitters are chemicals used by brain cells to communicate with each other. They control your ability to focus, concentrate, remember, and regulate mood, cravings, addictions and sleep.

Ginger increases levels of these important brain chemicals, including dopamine, which is considered the “motivation molecule” that helps you get focused and be productive. It’s also in charge of your pleasure-reward system. Fresh ginger root (especially when sliced into a mug with hot water) also assists in stabilising anxiety and panic. One of my favourite ways to enjoy ginger is in my Stir fried ginger beef; a super speedy and delicious dinner mid week.

Blueberries

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Blueberries can help prevent the release of cortisol, a hormone produced by the adrenal gland during stressful situations, that travels to the hippocampus (a major portion of your brain) and provides emotional responses. Berries can help control and counter the effects of this hormone’s impact on your mood.

Berries are loaded with anthocyanidins, known to boost brain function and antioxidants, which promote brain and nervous system health. Berries are also low in sugar and calories, so pile them on! Enjoy a boost of blueberries in this super antioxidant filled Blueberry and Kakadu plum ice cream which will impress your guests with its unique blend of superfood flavours.

Here's to eating your way to a happy mood!

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Green Bean Subji

Written by lee on . Posted in anti-inflammatory, Ayurveda, Blog, Blog Dinner, Blog Lunch, Blog Salads, Candida Friendly, Dairy Free, Dinner, Eat Right for Your Shape, Gluten Free, Nutrient Rich, Organic, Salads, Snacks, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, supercharged food, Supercharged Food Menu, Vegetables, Vegetarian, Wheat Free, Winter

green bean subji

Whoever said that veggies are boring and time consuming deserves a rap across the pork knuckles!

I’m in total awe of the power of veg and constantly surprised by the depths to which I can go in exploring different ways to express the beauty of these gorgeous ground dwellers.

In India, and particularly the Ayurvedic realm; veggies are prized and highly emphasised, not to mention a handy frugal option with high levels of nourishment.

Today I'm sharing a special dish I discovered when I was studying in Kerala. You can read more about my Indian cooking adventures here or in my recipe book Eat Right for Your Shape.

I’m especially proud of Ayurvedic cuisine for its wholesome and innovative approach to preparing quite elaborate meals out of simplistic veg. This glorious green bean subji is a prime example.

Subji is an Indian term that literally means ‘vegetable dish’- and can be in connection with any vegetable in a variety of different cooking methods. Subji’s can be dry, wet, or in curry form.

This spectacular subji is based on the humble green bean, but is impressively dressed up with a list of medicinal and flavourful Ayurvedic ingredients like cumin, ginger, mustard seeds, shredded coconut for texture and the freshness of coriander leaves. In minutes your regular bean is transformed into an exotic, aromatic vegetarian dish that’ll really blow your hair back and widen your eyes.

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Cheaper Alternatives to Superfoods Plus Four Recipes

Written by lee on . Posted in Blog, Blog Breakfast, Blog Dinner, Blog Lunch, Candida Friendly, Dairy Free, Dessert, drinks, Gluten Free, Heal Your Gut, Nutrient Rich, Organic, Seasonal, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegetarian, Wheat Free, Winter, Yeast Free


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You’ll find no shortage of celebrities endorsing various superfoods all over the world wide web and their social media accounts; which is all well and good until you get a closer look at the price of these super-expensive life enhancers!

WARNING: Beware of the following hash tags when scrolling:

#superfoods #functionalfoods 

But really, you don’t need to burn a hole in your wallet to achieve a healthy and balanced diet. Keep reading for some delicious, healthy, and very affordable alternatives to so called superfoods! I like to call them Supercharged Foods.

Many of you may be wondering, what makes a food a ‘superfood’? Well, to be honest there’s no concrete definition, however, the name ‘superfood’ is actually a marketing term, not a scientific one. A superfood is described as being any food that contains high levels of antioxidants, flavonoids, vitamins and minerals. Antioxidants are well known for their ability to strengthen the immune system, thereby warding off diseases, such as heart disease and diabetes.

The health benefits of these ‘superfoods’ are the result of studies done on specific essential nutrients, that are known to prevent disease and improve immunity, and the foods that they can be found in, in large amounts. If studies show that a specific food contains high concentrations of antioxidants, trace minerals and vitamins, such as Vitamin C, K and B, it can then be referred to as a superfood.

Each time a new study is released shedding light on the health benefits of a specific food, the media runs with this information, publishing their own news stories about these newly researched superfoods. In 2014 kale farmers struggled to keep up with the new demand for kale after several studies reported that kale contained high levels of antioxidants and other essential nutrients, leaving many supermarkets out of stock. The media has a lot of influence over consumers, and with consumers becoming increasingly aware of the benefits of eating healthy wholesome foods, it’s no surprise that supermarkets take advantage of this by drastically increasing the price of these foods!

However, some studies can be misleading, and the results reported can be misinterpreted by the media and consumers. Just because studies have reported that a specific food, such as blueberries, contain large amounts of antioxidants, it doesn’t mean that you have to start eating blueberries every day to maintain vibrant health! Superfoods aren’t the only foods that contain essential nutrients. And by eating a balanced diet that is full of variety, you can guarantee that you’re eating enough essential nutrients without even picking up a superfood. 

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Warm Quinoa Salad with Roasted Sweet Potato and Beetroot

Written by lee on . Posted in Autumn, Blog, Blog Dinner, Gluten Free, Nutrient Rich, Organic, Seasonal, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegetarian, Winter

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Today’s recipe on the blog is absolutely delicious and good for the waistline too!

I was so excited to receive a WW freshbox from Aussie Farmers Direct this week. It was conveniently delivered to our home with enough fresh food and veggies to feed a family of five.

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An abundance of colour was revealed when we opened our box that was filled with fresh vegetables from zucchinis and cabbages to tomatoes and sweet potatoes.

It also included Australian farmed meats as well as garden-fresh herbs, citruses and spices.

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My daughter and I were home when the box arrived so we planned a mother daughter cook up! We both loved how all of the ingredients were 100% Australian made and grown.

Tamsin who is studying philosophy commented, “So mum, this means we’re supporting Australian farmers and manufacturers, and promoting a sustainable life that isn’t detrimental to the environment”. I was really happy that she had thought about that and that it was something she was interested in knowing more about.

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All of the fresh food is delivered in recyclable cardboard boxes and because all of the ingredients are locally sourced product, the carbon footprint of boxes is much less than imported goods that may have travelled from the other side of the world. On top of that with such fresh and healthy ingredients, it really encourages families to eat well and live more sustainable and healthier lives.

Another great thing about the WW freshbox is that you’re not only provided with an abundance of ingredients but also given easy to make recipes that are simple yet healthy, and can be greatly enjoyed by anyone.

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My daughter and I decided to make the warm quinoa salad with roasted sweet potato and beetroot. The recipe was fairly straightforward with only a few simple steps, and took only 45 minutes until it was ready to eat!

I loved this recipe and especially enjoyed the warm quinoa; it is such a nutritious food that is gluten-free, high in protein and one of a small number of plant foods that incorporates all nine essential amino acids.

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Tamsin loved the dish because of the crispy roasted sweet potato and beetroot, which she dutifully sliced and popped into the oven to roast and when they appeared 30 minutes later, claimed they were absolutely mouth-watering. Not only that, sweet potatoes are also a great source of vitamin A…healthy and delicious!

It was super fun spending time with my daughter and sharing time cooking together.

WW freshbox makes eating healthy super easy and convenient with farm fresh produce and recipes delivered directly to your door.

To get $25 off your first order use promo code WWSUPERCHARGED on checkout www.getwwfreshbox.com.au (conditions apply).

Terms & Conditions: For new customers on first order only. Minimum spend $65. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer. See AussieFarmers.com.au for full Terms & Conditions. Valid until 31.10.16

And now for the scrumptious family friendly recipe….

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Warm quinoa salad with roasted sweet potato and beetroot:

  • Serves: 4
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 30 mins

Ingredients

  • 500g sweet potato unpeeled, cut into thin wedges
  • 500g beetroot, trimmed, peeled, cut into wedges
  • 1 cup (200g) quinoa, rinsed, drained*
  • ½ small red onion, thinly sliced
  • ⅓ cup coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 tbs finely chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 1 tbs extra-virgin olive oil*
  • 1 tbs red wine vinegar* (we used Apple Cider Vinegar)
  • 3½ cups (875ml) chicken stock*
  • 50g marinated feta, drained

*From your pantry

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 200°C. Place the sweet potato and beetroot in a large roasting dish in a single layer. Season with salt and pepper and lightly spray with oil. Roast for 30 minutes or until golden and tender.
  2. Meanwhile, rinse the quinoa under cold water and drain. Place in a medium saucepan with 2 and 1/4 cups stock. Use remainder to serve 2. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes or until the water is absorbed and the quinoa is tender.
  3. Add the warm roasted vegetables, onion, parsley, mint, oil and vinegar to the quinoa. Season with salt and pepper and gently toss to combine. Serve topped with marinated feta.

Full disclosure: Please note this is a sponsored post.  Sponsored posts go towards the running of Supercharged Food.

 

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