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Are you getting ready to hop into Easter?
I have the perfect sweet treat for you this Easter. Some healthy and tasty treats that won't melt while you’re on the Easter egg hunt.
Introducing my Easter Bliss Balls, or as I like to call them LEEaster Balls!
These are the greatest hunter gatherer snack you can find for Easter. They’re nutritious, delicious and won't tie you down in between eating (or overeating) sessions. I like to think of them as a little good thing amongst all the decadence.
Whilst everyone knows that bliss balls are a 'healthy treat', a lot of the time they're filled with a LOT of dried fruit - I'm talking double the quantity you would eat in one sitting! Dried fruit is delicious but it can be hard going on the gut because of the high levels of sulphites and sugars - giving you some unwanted digestive problems.
These balls don’t contain any unwelcome ingredients, which means your tummy won’t be frustrated with you during the Easter holidays. In fact LEEaster balls will make you and your insides happy.
I’ve included two different variations for you – chewy chocolate and anti-inflammatory attack!
When hosting Easter meals, the chocolate balls go down as a terrific treat and for times when you're in need of a health boost, the anti-inflammatory turmeric balls are the way to go.
I’ve also included my Heal Your Gut powder into the mixture for some much-needed gut-loving; a true necessity after the over-indulging we usually do around holiday time. The powder also has remarkable health benefits, improving nutrient absorption and taking care of your hair, skin and nails, not to mention it's absorbable iron content that is wonderful for energy levels. You can watch and read more about the health benefits of it here.
By the way, I forgot to munch-ion that these balls are approved by the Easter Bunny, so please be sure to give them a go!
You can make a big batch and keep a few of these in the freezer for later.
Is a Sunday morning really a Sunday morning without pikelets?
When I reminisce about some of my favourite Sunday mornings, they involve late mornings, lazy tunes, light rain and steaming hot pikelets with toppings galore!
Over the years, I’ve experimented with healthy-fying my old pikelets recipe and I’ve finally come up with a gut-healing recipe I know you all will love...
Yes you read that correctly - green pikelets! Before you wrinkle your nose and squint your eyes at the word 'green' in front of 'pikelets', just trust me on this one. The green aspect of these pikelets take them to the next level.
As you know, I love trying to incorporate veggies into my diet as much as possible. This is why adding spinach, a brilliant green leaf and a great source of folate, iron, vitamins and minerals, is the perfect addition to any pikelet recipe.
I know how hard it can be to get the kids to finish their vegetables, let alone enjoy them, so my pikelets recipe is sure to be a winner for both you and the kids. Hooray!
Even the biggest sceptics won't be able to taste the difference with this recipe. I've trialled and tested it out on my family and even the fussiest one in our bunch loved them. They’re secretly healthy but let me tell you, they're so delicious that will be adored by all.
Pikelets are great for Sunday mornings but really, can be enjoyed for any day at any time! They make for the perfect afternoon hit, busy breakfast, lazy lunch, mid-morning pick-me-up or decadent dessert.
The great thing about these delicious treats is that they can be eaten with savoury and sweet toppings. I say - go crazy!
I love having mine with eggs for a savoury protein hit in the morning. They can also be enjoyed with some of my lemon and blueberry ice-cream, nut butter, simple berries for an antioxidant hit or even on their own!
So what are you waiting for? Let's enjoy some fluffy green pikelets for breakfast this morning.
Place all the ingredients, except the coconut oil or butter if using, into a food processor and combine until smooth.
Remove batter and let sit for 5-10 minutes.
Heat a frying pan over medium heat and add half the oil.
Depending upon the size of the pikelets preferred, could just under ¼ cup mixture into the pan and cook for 5 minutes on one side, then flip over to do other side for about 3 minutes.
Place on a waiting plate and continue until all the batter is used.
Happy cooking! Lee xo
One of the first steps to improved health is educating yourself and I'm super excited to be a part of two new gut events that are happening in March this year.
The Gut Healing Summit created by Kale Brock is bringing together 16 leading experts (including yours truly) to talk about one of the biggest scientific discoveries of all time; one that effects every single human on this planet: the gut and microbiome! The great news is that it’s FREE for everyone.
The gut is the core of our health. It’s the connecting link between both the immune system and our brain. Did you know there are scientific links between poor gut health and mental illness? Looking after your gut means you’re not only moving towards a healthier life, but a happier one too.
Whether you’re a gut-healing ninja or more of a gutsy newbie, you'll gain an extraordinary amount of knowledge and insight from the different speakers on the Summit. The Gut Healing Summit is about empowering individuals to make their own decisions by sharing holistic approaches towards gut health and dispelling common myths around the topic.
In my video I'll be speaking about Fasting your Way to Wellness and the Four Phases of Healing the Gut. It’s something that I could talk about for hours on end and I’m keen to share it with you face-to-face (or rather, video-screen to video-screen).
The Gut Healing Summit is simply about education and sharing knowledge. When you sign up, which is FREE, you’ll receive exclusive access to videos with leading experts, audio interviews and amazing resources. We're on a flight to improved gut health and we're embarking soon; it’s up to you to jump on board. Come and learn something new!
This month I'm also supporting the Gut Health Super Bundle.
If you're the type of person who eats a healthy diet, exercises regularly and yet, still deals with digestive issues, skin problems, a fuzzy brain and low energy then this information could help educate and inspire you.
Gut health impacts your overall health and day-to-day life in more ways than you can imagine and there’s alway more to ‘health’ than meets the eye.
The Gut Health Super Bundle, is helping to make gut health accessible to everyone at an extremely low cost. It’s a comprehensive bundle with 16 eBooks, 15 eCourses, 3 videos and 1 huge summit and covers everything you’ve ever wanted to know about gut health – from the very foundations, to looking at specific conditions and more.
The Gut Health Super Bundle will give you a step-by-step plan to get started, and help you to understand the importance of gut health and get you on your way to choosing a path that resonates with you. You'll start with the basics and then delve deeper into further intensive gut related learning. Don’t worry, I'll be there with you every step of the way!
As part of the bundle, I'll be giving you access to my personal Heal Your Gut Program. My program is designed specifically for you! I’ve made it as uncomplicated and achievable as possible. You’ll enjoy simple and delicious recipes, gain access to a team of experts to help you, receive unguided audio meditations to nurture, and receive videos and emails to educate and guide you along your gut health way.
This bundle is available for just six days, from Wednesday the 22nd of March until Monday night on the 27th of March! After the 27th of March - the sale ends. If you'd like to be part of it, you can find out more here.
I hope you'll enjoy these two gut health events.
Seasons are one of life’s most beautiful designs. I love that as the earth turns and seasons change, there is a completely unique expression of foods and patterns that cause culture and behaviour to shift. In the depths of winter, the earth provides the perfect earthy foods that beckon to be served hot, whilst in the height of summer, there’s the miraculous provision of hydrating fruits that are the perfect solution to a searing heatwave. As a cook, I find it extremely joyous to work with what each season provides me, forming recipes that celebrate and compliment our needs and desires that change at different times of the year. This salad is from my new book Fast Your Way to Wellness.
In following an Ayurvedic philosophy, summertime can cause an overabundance of the fire element within our constitution, which explains why we can get so angry and irritable during a hot day. However nature has its wonderful way of providing the exact kinds of foods that calm this fire; balancing us out and bringing our mind and body back into a happy, ‘cooled down’ state.
The hot months can very easily cause dehydration within our bodies as we sweat more. Apart from keeping on top of our water intake, we can also work with the seasons and capitalise on some of the hydrating and cooling foods that are growing at this time of year, and base our meal planning around these foods. In summer, juicy hydrating foods like berries, cucumbers, tomatoes, mangoes and watermelons are in abundance, and for this reason they’re also really cheap to buy!
We are having an extended Indian summer in Sydney this year, yesterday we spent the day at Bondi Beach to soak up the last rays of the east coast sunshine. To me, summer just screams the name WATERMELON. I love the sound of a knife cutting wedges of juicy watermelon, and the sensation of an icy cold piece of its watery sweetness is something of pure bliss on a day of sweltering heat. Enjoying it straight up is a joy on its own, but I’m definitely a fan of a good watermelon salad! If you haven’t tried watermelon in a salad before, you’re going to be in for a treat with this recipe!
Fellow Cookie Monsters - This one's for you!
Do you ever remember as a child coming home after school to the smell of freshly baked cookies wafting through the house? That feeling when you're floating on clouds and happy at the thought of eating cookies? A feeling that lasted the whole afternoon. Or perhaps it's the childhood memory of a burnt finger with the excitement of releasing your inner-cookie monster and gobbling down a few delicious bites? Or fighting with a sibling over who was going to get the last one?
I'm sure you'll all agree that here's nothing quite as wistfully wonderful and terrifically tasty as cookies that have just been airlifted out of the oven.
That's why I wanted to create a new kind of cookie- a healthier version 2017 style! Not only are they the perfect cookie to have with your afternoon tea, they’re a great balance of equally chewy yet crunchy; a combination any cookie connoisseur will understand. These will leave everyone in the household smiling because of that delightfully homey and oh so nostalgic: we-just-baked-delicious-cookies smell. If that doesn't make for a nostalgically good cookie, I don't know what will!
Different from your regular sugar-laden, gluten-filled, artificially coloured cookies, mine are all the frees and tummy friendly. The main two ingredients are banana and quinoa and they make for a tasty, yet unlikely duo.
I have combined the magical power of protein-packed quinoa with comforting coconut flour to make these cookies gluten-free and because I'm all about gut health, I've added a sprinkle of my magical Heal Your Gut Powder! Just a little bit of HYG powder can really go a long way. Sneaking it into treats, like these cookies, is a great way to give your gut a nice boost without ever having to think about it! I’ve done the all the hard work for you, I'm nice like that 😉
The humble apple is one of my greatly adored kitchen staples and today I'm sharing an apple recipe from my brand new book Fast Your Way to Wellness.
Affordable, nutritious and versatile, they’re a scrumptious fruity must-have that I love to continually replenish within my kitchen. Whether sliced thinly and thrown into salads, baked and stuffed with nuts and oats, stewed and made into apple sauce, or lovingly formed into a classic crumble, apples are the jack of all trades and a loyal friend that awaits transformation into all kinds of delectable creations.
Apples are nutritional ninjas, boasting loads of wellness boosting properties. Did you know that apples are a wonderful ingredient for regulating blood sugar? Recent studies have shown that the polyphenols contained within apples can help to prevent rollercoaster blood sugar spikes. Particular flavonoids like quercetin have the effect of inhibiting enzymes like alpha-amylase and alpha-glucosidase which normally break down carbohydrates into simple sugars. Therefore when you eat apples, your body deals with less simple sugars and releases you from spikes in blood sugar.
I must admit that sometimes, I like to let my inner-Nigella free and venture into the kitchen for some secret midnight snacking!
This is an activity that is totally okay by me... just not something that should happen every single night - especially when it often involves sugar-laden treats that can often leave your tummy feeling uncomfortable, your blood sugar levels sky high and your brain over wired.
So, what to do? Go for the celery stick instead? This moment is one that many people are often plagued with and a time when you might start to question all of the food decisions you’ve ever made up until this point.
I know I’m not the only one who partakes in such activities and so, I thought I'd make myself useful and create something that is okay for an anytime treat. This is a recipe that you can keep in your freezer when hunger cravings strike. It's my favourite gut loving and satiating Turmeric Tummy Bark. These fine chunks of goodness will satisfy your sweet cravings, keep you feeling happy and leave your tummy feeling fine.
This delicious bark is gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, refined-sugar free, nutritious and super scrumptious. I've made sure that it's packed with all the good stuff; turmeric, slivered almonds and my insta-famous Heal Your Gut powder. Just one bite will leave you feeling better, rather than worse after you’ve eaten it, and that to me is a treat worth waiting for.
“Good broth will resurrect the dead,” reads a South American proverb.
Escoffier claimed “Indeed, stock is everything in cooking. Without it, nothing can be done.” A staple and medicinal cure-all in traditional households and the prime ingredient in classic gourmet cuisine, stock or broth made from meat or vegetables is a beautiful meal-base ingredient to always have on hand in the freezer, and has been revered for generations for its ability to nurture the sick and nourish families.
For chefs, stock is the charmed elixir for making soul-warming soups and spectacular sauces.
Vegetable broths made mindfully at home are one of the cheapest and easiest ways to use up leftover veggies, making it a fabulously frugal and environmentally friendly household staple.
If you’re looking to be a more conscious consumer, a homemade stock using up all of your on-hand veggies are the perfect way to enter into the world of frugality, and can help you to justify spending a little extra on quality organic ingredients as you find use for every last skerrick of produce to create delicious meals for you and your family to enjoy.
Beyond adding delicious flavour as the bases of sauces, stocks, soups and stews, they also act as a supercharged “tonic” that are wonderful for adding a dose of healing nutrients that are empowering for health.
Many of the minerals and vital nutrients contained within vegetables are actually bound up within the cell walls of the raw product. Long, slow and gentle cooking actually allows for the breakdown of the cell walls of veggies so that your digestive system can have easy access to the uptake of nutrients.
This is an especially helpful process if you suffer from leaky gut or malabsorption. Adding broths and stocks is an extra insurance policy to ensure that your body is being flooded with easy-to-digest nutrients and it's one of the staples in my book Heal Your Gut and Heal Your Gut online programs.
I love to experiment with different flavours of seasonal vegetables, herbs and scrap leftovers to create nourishing stocks and tasty, nutrient-rich broths that are both delicious and healing.
Lights, camera, action...I'm so happy to announce my brand new 2-Day Heal Your Gut Maintenance program is now live.
If you're thinking about joining, I want to give you some information to help you decide whether it's right for you. I've designed this program specifically for you. I want to make it as uncomplicated and achievable as possible.
You'll enjoy simple yet delicious recipes, get help every step of the way and have access to a team of experts as well as information, videos and daily emails to educate and motivate you.
If you've been suffering with low energy, fatigue, gut issues, weight issues, auto-immune problems, or any condition aggravated by a poorly functioning digestive system this program will really help you to get back on track.
Or if you've already completed our four-week Heal Your Gut eCourse and want to maintain good gut health long term and looking to continue gut maintenance two days a week, this is the perfect way to do it.
Think of it as 5/2 fasting with a gut healing twist!
The great part about joining is that it's affordable and you only need to commit two days a week to create and maintain a healthy gut and still enjoy a balanced lifestyle.
You'll also wave goodbye to any existing tummy troubles, pain and bloating forever and learn ways to never feel weighed down or uncomfortable again!
Read some of our current testimonials from happy HYGr's here.
Make a two day commitment to the health of your gut and you'll be surprised at how good you can feel and the improvements you'll experience in your overall health.
I hope you'll join me in making your gut healthy and happy today.
Join me in healing your gut and look forward to better health and vitality.
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
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!