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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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Bircher Muesli Bowl +Video

Written by lee on . Posted in Autumn, Ayurveda, Blog, Blog Breakfast, Blog Snacks, Dessert, Gluten Free, Nutrient Rich, Organic, Seasonal, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegetarian, Videos, Wheat Free, Winter, Yeast Free

 

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A sweet little video about a breakfast you can make the night before.

I’m using rolled oats, the standard bircher base plus grated apple but you can swap out for pear if you prefer.

There are other crafty switches you can make too, the apple juice gives it a light sweet flavor, but it can be swapped for coconut milk or almond milk for a much creamier and deeper complexity and consistency.

Crunchiness is a must, so topple on seeds and flaxseed meal or depending upon your personal preference just about any kind of nuts such as chopped hazelnuts or walnuts will give you a bit of texture and crispiness.

Gently stir in some yoghurt of choice during the process remembering to leave some to dollop on top in the morning.

I hope you’ll embrace this bircher and make it a regular part of your breakfast routine.

From my recipe book Eat Right for Your Shape.

And just in case you need it, here's the recipe. 

Bircher Muesli

Serves 1

  • 1 apple, cored and grated

  • 95 g (31⁄4 oz/1 cup) gluten-free rolled oats
  • 125 ml (4 fl oz/1⁄2 cup) apple juice

  • 130 g (41⁄2 oz/1⁄2 cup) sheep’s milk yoghurt, plus extra to serve (optional) 2 pinches ground cinnamon

  • 2 tablespoons pepitas (pumpkin seeds)

  • 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds
  • 
2 tablespoons sesame seeds

  • 1 teaspoon flaxseed meal

  • fresh blueberries, to serve

Method

Combine the apple, oats, apple juice, yoghurt and cinnamon in a bowl and stir well. Cover and refrigerate overnight (or if making the same morning, cover and refrigerate for 1 hour).

When ready to serve, stir through the seeds and flaxseed meal, and top with the blueberries. Serve with extra yoghurt if using.

Let me know what you think about this recipe in the comments section below.

Happy Cooking

Lee 🙂

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Pistachio Truffles

Written by lee on . Posted in Blog, Blog Dinner, Blog Lunch, Blog Snacks, Christmas, Dairy Free, Dessert, Gluten Free, Nutrient Rich, Organic, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegetarian, Videos, Wheat Free, Winter, Yeast Free

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Are you craving something sweet and nourishing just because? It's time to satisfy your tastebuds with my delicious Pistachio Truffles.

If you’re on the hunt for a whole food party offering that is quick and simple to whizz up, then make and take these blissful balls to your next weekend or holiday gathering, they not only look the part, they’ll go down a treat too.

Click on the video to play or see below for the recipe.

PISTACHIO TRUFFLES

MAKES 24

  • 250 ml (9 fl oz/1 cup) additive-free coconut milk
  • 125 g (41⁄2 oz) cashew butter

  • 65 g (21⁄4 oz/1⁄2 cup) coconut flour
  • 140 g (5 oz/1 cup) pistachio kernels
  • 75 g (21⁄2 oz/1⁄2 cup) sesame seeds
  • 75 g (21⁄2 oz/1⁄2 cup) sunflower seeds
  • 21⁄2 tablespoons rice malt syrup

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla powder

  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • pinch of Himalayan salt

  • shredded coconut, for rolling

Pulse all the ingredients except the shredded coconut in a food processor until smooth. Use your hands to roll tablespoons 
of the mixture into balls.

Roll in the shredded coconut and refrigerate until ready to serve.

These can be stored in the freezer too!

This recipe is from my recipe book Eat Right for Your Shape.

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What on earth is Diatomaceous Earth Video

Written by lee on . Posted in Videos

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Looking at your gut health is by far the best way to nudge off a few excess kilos naturally. Click on the video above to learn more.

If you haven’t already tried it or seen it in stores, my Heal Your Gut powder, which is all natural and made from naturopathic grade, organic and fresh water diatomaceous earth is the perfect antidote to weight creep and shaking off those extra kilos.

This all natural food grade ingredient will give your gut that little daily spring clean it craves, particularly after a long-winded eating splurge.

It’s not just our cupboards that need a bit of tender loving care, our hard working colons do too!

Diatomaceous earth is the superfine fossilised remains of fresh water diatoms, a natural type of hard-shelled algae. For hundreds of years our ancient ancestors recognised algae as an incredible food source, holding magnificent health benefits. But for some reason it has taken us a long time to reap those benefits.

The wonders of algae lie in the silicon makeup. Silica provides an abundance of health benefits, from boosting hair growth, to easing skin problems such as redness, acne and eczema. Slowing down the degenerative break down of connective tissue, to increasing calcium deposits to bone.

Getting sufficient amounts of this super mineral is essential. However, it’s not all in the mineral composition, diatomaceous earth holds many other benefits as it’s anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-any nasties in the form of parasites. It helps with increased nutrient absorption, better immunity and improved waste removal.


Due to the texture of this natural sediment, it very gently exfoliates the intestine wall, sweeping away all impurities that sit in your gut.

These unwanted toxins block our bodies from absorbing vital nutrients, and therefore decreasing our general well being, energy and happiness.

Once the junk has been removed from your trunk, you will nourish and glow from the inside out.  It’s easy to take and tasteless too without any additives. It's also suitable for vegans and is gluten and GMO free.

Simply add a tablespoon to water, juice or a smoothie twice a day before meals and scroll down for my favourite gut soothing smoothie.

There's a short video above about the benefits of Heal Your Gut powder,  which can be purchased here.

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Eat Right for Your Shape Video

Written by lee on . Posted in Blog, Videos

I've put together a little video for you, it's just me, no filters, no makeup, no spicy effects or souped-up editing.  

I'm feeling relaxed at home in my kitchen and I'm talking about my new book Eat Right for Your Shape. I hope you'll like it!

This book takes a fresh look at the ancient healing system of Ayurveda and applies it to the way we eat and live.

It's been cooked up in the Ayurvedic kitchens of Kerala, where I spent time last year studying Ayurvedic nutrition and cooking and getting my head around the doshas and supercharged ingredients.

If you want to learn more about the book and see photos of the recipes you can go here.

Or you can click on the video below to hear me talk more about my philosophies behind the book.

If you'd like to buy a copy click here and you'll receive The Renewable Table eBook as a gift.

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My Cauliflower Cheesecake Debuts on Mornings 9

Written by lee on . Posted in Videos

Forget Kale, ditch the quinoa and dump the chia seeds.  The humble cauliflower is the hottest super food on the block and I have found a new use for it.

Click on the image to view the video and find the recipe.

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And here is the final result. Delicious! Make it for yourself and let me know what you think.

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