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Six ways to improve your gut health + Vegetable Marrakesh Casserole

Written by Lee on . Posted in Blog, Blog Dinner, Blog Lunch, Flavour of the month, Golden Gut Blend, gut healing, gut health, Heal Your Gut, Learn, microbiome, Seasonal, Vegetarian

You know that old saying: ‘happy life, happy wife’? If you want my personal opinion, I think it should be changed to ‘happy tummy, happy mummy’.  As many of you know, the gut is the cornerstone to health and linked to many other bodily systems and parts. It can affect your hormones, immune system, your emotions and mental capacity and of course the way that you absorb and digest food. If your gut isn’t happy, there’s a fairly good chance that you won’t be happy either.

Today I’m sharing six of my favourite tips to improve your gut health, so you can get on with life!

Include Fibre

When considering the health of your gut, consider fibre! Getting the right type of fibre into your diet will help you to create a healthy and diverse community of gut bacteria and regulate your digestion. There are two types of fibre. Insoluble fibre this is the one that doesn’t dissolve in water and helps speed up the passage of food and keep you regular, like some grains, nuts, seeds, beans, fruit and vegetables. The other type of fibre, soluble fibre, dissolves in water and helps form a gel in the body. Foods rich in soluble fibre include oatmeal, psyllium husks, berries, lentils, fruit and vegetables. Insoluble fibres are wonderful for flushing out the body but an excess of these fibres can be irritating. Soluble fibres on the other hand, are the ones you can also focus on for improved gut health.

When you eat the soluble fibres from whole plant foods, your gut bacteria ferment these fibres into short chain fatty acids which act as prebiotics to feed the good bacteria in your gut. When you eat adequate levels of soluble fibre, they pass through the stomach and small intestine and land up in the large intestine where they help grow your probiotic bacteria.  This helps maintain the lining of the gut, improves digestion, increases absorption of minerals and can even increase immune system function.  You can read more about probiotics and prebiotics here or learn abut it in my new book Supercharge Your Gut.

Some foods rich in soluble-fibre include sweet potatoes, carrots and root vegetables, green leafy vegetables, berries, nuts and seedsgrass fed, organic butter and ghee. Some of these delicious prebiotic and probiotic-rich foods can be found in my Marrakesh Casserole below!

Glowing skin is an inside (and outside) job

The skin is the largest and arguably, one of the most important organs in your body, it’s the barometer to measure and notice what is really going on inside. Dry skin brushing is an easy and calming technique that looks after your skin, stimulates the digestive and lymphatic systems, liver and adrenal glands, and assists these organs in decongesting. It also helps to give the body a gentle internal massage to stimulate circulation. Whenever I suggest dry skin brushing to someone when they’re suffering from gut health issues, they often look at me as if I’m crazy – how does brushing my skin make my stomach work properly? Well, by performing this technique you’ll actually be assisting the gut, by stimulating the digestive system, nutrient absorption and detoxification!

All you need to do is invest in a long-handled bath brush which contains natural bristles. Use long strokes, in a circular motion towards the heart. Before you dive straight in to brushing, ensure both your skin and your brush are dry. Begin with the soles of your feet and continue brushing upwards on both sides of your legs, then move to your back, then around to your abdomen where you can work in a clockwise direction following the direction of your colon and then head up towards your heart being careful with the chest region. Then, have a shower to remove debris and dead skin cells. Turns out you CAN brush your way to good gut health – who knew? 

Keeping stress levels at bay

Coming into one of the most frantic seasons this time of year, stress can be at a high. Long-term stress lingers for weeks and can be incredibly damaging to the gut. Evidence shows that our gut bacteria respond in a damaging way to negative emotions and stress out our bodies! When you’re stressed, your body produces hormones that can contribute to the proliferation of bad bacteria in the gut, sending it off kilter and this can lead to cravings, skin disruptions, fatigue and weight gain. In order to keep our guts happy and humming, keeping stress at bay is key. Obviously, decreasing stress can look a little bit different to everybody, so find out what works best for you. A few good stress-busting techniques include calming yoga, walks, ocean swims, meditation, spending time out in the sun, good talks with friends and connecting with nature. I guess it’s time to get your ‘om’ on!

Goodbye sugar-free sweeteners

Of course, there’s more to gut health than the practices we do – it’s also important to look at what you’re feeding your gut. Unfortunately for some of you, this may mean saying sayonara to sugar-free sweeteners. Sugar-free sweets, snacks and diet soft drinks can aggravate the gut and cause bloating because of all the artificial chemicals they contain. These chemicals, that our DNA doesn’t recognise or can’t digest properly, get completely swept up in the digestive tract and end-up in the colon, which is not what you want to happen when healing the gut! Large amounts of these additives can also cause flatulence; definitely another reason to stay away. There are far better ways to blow someone away.

Hydration

I know what you’re thinking, if I hear another nutritionist talk about hydration being the key to good health, I’ll roll my eyes so far backwards they won’t come back to place! But, the simple technique of staying hydrated helps flush out negative bacteria within the gut and balance out the digestive system. This helps your body undergo all the complicated biochemical mechanisms to keep your gut happy and functioning. So yes, drinking water may be simple, but it does remarkable things for your gut health.  I usually stir a tablespoon of my Love Your Gut powder in the mornings into a cup of warm water.  It helps to clean the debris and keep my insides happy.  If you want to stay hydrated throughout the day, my Golden Gut Blend is a great way to mix it up- just add a tablespoon to warm milk of choice; it makes a gorgeous and tasty golden latte!

Stop gulping!

Eating is not a race. And yet, we all tend to scoff down our food so quickly you’d think we were going for gold at the Olympics! Our modern lack of mindful, slow eating and our forever on-the-go approach has a definite link to our gut heath issues. Gulping down food, guzzling down drinks and moving while eating inhibits your body’s ability to digest nutrients properly. Chewing more thoroughly while sitting down to a meal mindfully helps you tune into your body more and send your body into rest and digest mode. You’ll be less likely to overeat when you know you’re full! Plus, when you chew properly, your food is able to mix with saliva and increase the ease of digestibility before it reaches the stomach. This means it’s less hard work for your gut and less chance of that food-baby feeling. 

Getting hungry? Enjoy this prebiotic-rich Marrakesh Casserole, from my book Eat Clean, Green and Vegetarian, slowly and mindfully. If done correctly, it'll nourish your gut, your body and your soul! 

Marrakesh Casserole

Ingredients:

  • 60 ml (2 fl oz/1/4 cup) cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, roughly chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cm (3/4 inch) piece of ginger, minced
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon Celtic sea salt
  • 2–3 teaspoons dried harissa
  • 400 g (14 oz) tin diced tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon rice malt syrup
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup coriander (cilantro) leaves
  • 1/4 cup chopped mint leaves
  • 1 small pumpkin (winter squash), peeled and cut into 5 cm (2 inch) pieces
  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and cut into 5 cm (2 inch) pieces 
  • 3 carrots, peeled and cut into 5 cm (2 inch) pieces
  • 1 zucchini (courgette), cut into 5 cm (2 inch) pieces
  • 400 g (14 oz) tin chickpeas
  • cooked quinoa, to serve
  • coriander (cilantro) sprigs, to serve
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest, to serve
  • mint leaves, to serve
  • 80 g (23/4 oz/1/2 cup) almonds, to serve

Directions:

  • Heat the olive oil in a flame-proof tagine pot or casserole dish over medium heat and sauté the onion for 5 minutes, or until translucent.
  • Add the garlic, ginger and spices and stir well to combine.
  • Add the harissa, tomatoes, rice malt syrup, lemon juice, coriander and mint, bring to the boil and then reduce the heat.
  • Add the pumpkin, sweet potato, carrot and zucchini, stir well so they are all well covered in the sauce and simmer, covered, for 1 hour.
  • Add the chickpeas and cook for a further 5 minutes.
  • Serve on a bed of quinoa topped with the coriander, lemon zest, mint and roasted almonds.

Supercharged Savoury Mince

Written by Lee on . Posted in anti-inflammatory, Blog, Blog Dinner, Blog Lunch, Blog Snacks, Gluten Free, Sugar Free, Wheat Free, Yeast Free


When I started living a healthier lifestyle, I wanted to find quick staple meals that were easy enough to swap-out with my older, less healthy and more traditional recipes. Being the full-time, mum that I was, I wanted recipes I could make once and use again… and again… and again. It was just SO HARD to find anything that was both easy and healthy. It seemed like an impossible feat; a tale of two star-crossed lovers who were never meant to meet.

I was stuck.

Cook, they said.

It’ll be fun, they said 😐

I just wanted something simple that was nourishing for my body and versatile. How hard could that be?! You know what I mean – the patty for burgers night that could be re-made into the topping for your salad at lunch, the fillings for your lettuce-cup, an easy fridge snack on it’s own and then the base for a Shepherd’s pie. The filling. I wanted the filling. Because let’s be real, who has time or energy to cook for hours on end just for one small meal?

Nobody. Absolutely nobody.

And this is something that still rings true today for many people. Whenever I cook, I like everything I make to be versatile. I only ever cook something that I can eat for the next week. A Renewable Table as I like to call it (and yes, that was a cheeky plug to The Renewable Table eBook which you can check out here). I'm not trying to say I'm a big deal or anything but, I guess you could say I was into meal prep long before it was cool.

If you’re looking for a healthy swap for your burger patty, a substitution for your meat-balls or a dish to just enjoy on its own – you’ve come to the right place. My savoury mince makes for an easy weeknight meal or weekend communal dinner and delivers a flavour-packed dish that's not only big on taste, but also great for the family and able to be modified into any of your favourite meals down the line.

While the regular ground beef you find at the supermarket is typically low grade, my mince is high and mighty in taste. My savoury mince is a healthy alternative that's filled with only good-for-you ingredients that's ground up into a convenient form. If you’re a lover of all things burger, spaghetti or lettuce cups – I’ve found your perfect filler. It’s comfort food without the pressure of stodgy ingredients.

To add to the meatiness of this mince recipe, I’ve added some mushrooms. Not only are mushrooms high in copper which helps look after heart health, they’re also high in vitamin D. There's been a huge rise in vitamin D deficiency simply because we don’t spend enough time outside (helloooo indoor gym sessions, 9-5 desk jobs and Netflix). Vitamin D deficiency can cause both bone and muscle pain as well as a whole other list of other symptoms. It’s good to try and get at least twenty minutes of sun exposure every day. But, I have a little trick for you. If you want to up your vitamin D intake, leave your mushrooms outside in the sun for 15 minutes before cooking them. I know, it sounds a little bit crazy BUT similar to own bodies, exposing mushrooms to UV rays helps increase the vitamin D. Mushroom magic!

This mince is almost like the cold meat of every salad, sandwich, snack and sushi recipe you can find at the petrol/gas station. Except this time, it's enjoyable for both you and your tummy. 

Supercharged Savoury (Mighty) Mince recipe

Serves 2-3

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves chopped
  • 1 brown onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large carrot peeled and chopped
  • 2 celery stalks sliced
  • 200g button mushrooms, quartered
  • 500g beef or lamb mince (grass fed is good)
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • Pinch nutmeg 
  • Pinch chilli flakes
  • 2 tbs wheat free tamari
  • Squeeze of lemon juice 
  • 1 cup spinach (optional)
  • 1 cup frozen peas  
  • Fresh coriander to serve

Method

  1. Place olive oil, garlic, onion, in heavy based saucepan over medium heat and cook until softened.
  2. Add celery, carrot and mushrooms and cook
  3. Stir until cooked through.
  4. Add mince and break apart with wooden spoon and stir to cook until browned.
  5. Season with spices and add tamari and lemon stirring well. Letting spices infuse and turn heat to low.
  6. Add peas and spinach and cook on low until cooked through
  7. Spoon into bowls and enjoy
  8. Serve with fresh coriander 

Vegan Caesar Salad

Written by Lee on . Posted in Blog, Blog Dinner, Blog Lunch, Blog Salads, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Organic, Seasonal, Supercharged Food Menu, Vegetarian, Wheat Free, Yeast Free

Whether you’re a vegetarian, flexterian, #meatlessmonday follower, vegan or just trying to cut down on your overall meat intake, everyone can benefit from eating meatless meals. Sometimes it's just hard to know the best way to go about this. Is it okay to eat soy? How good are those faux soy meats? Why is my tofu forever-soggy and tasteless?

Ever had a friend that you dig but everyone seems to misunderstand them?

This friend only ever has good intentions; they're always kind and caring. Yet, people seem to create rumours about them and demonise them.

This, my friends, is how I feel about soy.

I think it’s fair to say that as a society, we’ve created a fair bit of fear around soy. I’ve heard some crazy rumours about soy in the past - like that it'll make men grow man-boobs, ruin female hormones and be harmful to heart health.

While I do agree there are soy products that aren’t so good for us, like non-traditional, GMO soy cereals, soy thickeners used to emulsify products or plastic-tasting fake meats, there are good quality and traditional sources of soy that can be beneficial to your wellbeing in moderation.

Organic and non-GMO soy products such as miso, tempeh, natto and tofu are all great sources of protein, vitamins and minerals. Consuming non-GMO soy products is a great way to get a tasty source of protein and minerals in while cutting down on your meat intake. 

There’s a little-known community of people known as the Okinawans in Japan. They follow a plant-based diet which involves low levels of dairy and grains, and a plethora of colourful vegetables and soy products. They have one of the lowest risks of atherosclerosis, hormone issues and hypertension in the world. They’re one of the healthiest communities on the planet and they regularly consume healthy versions of soy - something must be up here!

Tofu's less popular, but definitely better-looking older cousin, tempeh, is also made of soybeans. However, tempeh is made of fermented, cooked soybeans,  meaning it's less processed than tofu and higher in both protein and fibre. This fermentation process makes it easier for us to digest and makes it rich  in probiotics which are key to healthy gut microflora. Probiotics help us break down sugars, control harmful bacteria, fight diarrhoea, relieve indigestion, resist against chronic inflammation and boost immune system function.

Tempeh is also rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties that can help protect blood vessels from oxidative and inflammatory damage. Tempeh is also high in protein so it can be a beneficial addition to your diet if you're trying to lose weight and/or build muscle.  While soy may not contain as much calcium as regular milk, it does contain triple the amount of magnesium which is a great mineral for maintaining bone and muscle health. 

For those of you who've never tried tempeh before, it has a slightly earthy and sweet taste and is firm and chewy in texture.

If you want more vegetarian and vegan recipes, my cookbook Eat, Clean Green and Vegetarian has over 120 delicious and nutritious plant-based recipes. They're seriously good. 

I've spiced up this tempeh and placed it into a delicious caesar salad and let me tell you, your meat-inclined friends won't even know the difference!

 I'd love to know what you guys think! Leave a comment below 🙂

Vegan Caesar Salad

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 block of tempeh, chopped into (1/4 inch) cubes
  • 3 tablespoons wheat-free tamari
  • 1 Cos lettuce, washed, dried and torn
  • 1 small bunch shallots, roughly chopped

Dressing

Method

  • Heat the olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat and fry the tempeh for five to ten minutes, or until golden. Add the tamari and heat until warm. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.
  • To make the dressing, mix all the dressing ingredients together in a bowl.
  • Place the Cos and shallots in a bowl and spoon over the dressing, tossing to ensure the salad is evenly coated. Sprinkle the cooled tempeh over the top and serve.

Savoury Smashed Root Vegetables

Written by Lee on . Posted in Blog, Blog Snacks, Heal Your Gut, Nutrient Rich, Seasonal, Sugar Free, Vegetarian, Wheat Free, Winter

Just a quick question...

Would you choose a ketogenic diet over a lovely bowl of root vegetable mash? 🍠 

I know which one I'd be choosing, and really, who wouldn't want to enjoy tasty prebiotic fibre for good gut health.

*Runs away and takes cover from keto enthusiasts 🏃

Oh and one last thing, mash isn’t just all about spuds. Served either as a light meal on its own or as a side, this tri-coloured bowl of primitive, hulk-inspiring nourishment will have you at hello.

Anyway, later ’taters. 

Enjoy the recipe.

Savoury Smashed Root Vegetables

Serves 4

  • 1 small turnip, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 medium parsnip, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 2 tablespoons cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil
  • 80 ml (21/2 fl oz/1/3 cup) additive-free coconut milk
  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast flakes
  • Sprinkling of Golden Gut Blend or Love Your Gut powder
  • pinch of Celtic sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper

Place the turnip and parsnip in a large saucepan. Cover with water and bring to the boil over medium heat. Boil for 10 minutes, then add the remaining vegetables and boil for a further 20–30 minutes, or until the vegetables are soft.

In a separate, small saucepan, simmer the olive oil, coconut milk and garlic over low heat for 5 minutes.

Drain the vegetables and place in a food processor with the coconut milk mixture and nutritional yeast flakes and pulse briefly, so the vegetables are still chunky. Season to taste with salt and pepper and gut powder if using.

Supercharged Tips for Summer + Four Sizzling Recipes

Written by Lee on . Posted in Blog, Blog Breakfast, Blog Dinner, Blog Lunch, Blog Salads, Blog Snacks, Gluten Free, Vegetarian, Yeast Free

Tis the season to be in the kitchen!

Tra la la la la la la la la.

It’s Summer here in Australia and you know what that means – long days spent at the beach (followed by a slathering of aloe vera on all those burns!), wiping grass off everywhere after lying down in the park, golden tans, endless road trips, arriving too early at the airport for your plane-ride out of here and of course, plenty of holiday feasting.

After months of being wrapped up in blankets and layered in our wooliest jumpers, it can be hard to switch out of hibernation mode. How are we supposed to go from tracksuit pants to bikini bottoms or board shorts within a week?! It seems impossible!

Well, I’m sharing some of my summer tips to help ease you into summer and the holiday season!

It’s so important to give yourself much needed you time. We sometimes get so caught up in our routine - whether it's work, schlepping the kids around, cooking, cleaning or running errands, that we sometimes forget to breathe. Whether it’s a bath, your favourite yoga class or even a massage, I’m giving you permission to slow down. I recommend trying earthing, a natural phenomenon that involves planting your feet on the ground. While this may sound silly, multiple tests have shown that this has proven to lessen stress and make you feel more grounded; go figure! Not only is this so good for our minds, it also enables our bodies time to rest and digest; key to a healthy gut, body and life.

If you’re trying to shed a kilo or two, I recommend increasing your intake of fibre-rich veggies and looking into intermittent fasting, my book Fast Your Way to Wellness has 90 great recipes that can help to keep you trim, supercharge your energy and feel great. I know what you may be thinking – should you be increasing anything when trying to lose weight? Yes! Not only do vegetables keep us full, they’re also high in fibre to help keep things moving in our bodies so we’re less prone to overindulging and unnecessary snacking. Eating veggies doesn't need to be boring. I like experimenting with a range of vegetables to keep me interested. Try out pairing them with different things, like kelp noodles, which are bursting with vitamins and nutrients.

Everyone knows how good it is for us to exercise so I won’t hit you with the hardcore facts but, I just want to send out a little reminder that exercise should be fun! If you hate the gym, try out something else. Maybe sign up with a friend for a new gym class or go for morning walks. Coming into summer it’s also a great time to take advantage of the ocean or to try out something new, I've recently taken up a body balance class which is just that; great for body balancing.

With summer comes an array of beautifully fresh produce and delicious opportunities for all your favourite meals and snacks. Check out some of my latest summer recipes below with staple ingredients from Sprout Market!

Goat’s Cheese, Fig and Peach summer platter

Does anything scream summer louder than a fruit and cheese platter?

I think not.

I’m so excited to see two of my favourite fruits back on shelves - figs and peaches.

Ahhh figs. There’s nothing quite like biting into a lusciously sweet fig that has a chewy flesh, smooth skin and a crunchy seeded centre. While dried figs are delicious and widely available, they’re much higher in sugar and lower in water than their fresher counterparts. Both dried and fresh figs are super high in fiber and a great source of potassium to help lower blood pressure. Plus, they’re so beautiful – an Instagrammer’s dream fruit!

Do you know what makes me extra peachy? Peaches! They’re high in antioxidants which means they help combat free radicals to reduce our disease risk and oxidative damage. They’re also great for supporting the gut and helping move things along the digestive tract.

I’ve featured goat's cheese in this platter, because it's delicious and much easier to digest than many other cheeses. Goat's cheese is known to causes less inflammation in the body than regular cheese and is high in calcium and fatty acids! It also helps us absorb nutrients better than regular cow’s milk. I guess you could say it’s the big cheese.

Combining these three fresh ingredients, alongside a delicious dressing filled with gut-friendly apple cider vinegar, heart-healthy extra virgin olive oil and mouth-watering rice malt syrup makes for one heck of a platter!

Serves 3-4

Ingredients

  • 4 cups mixed leaves
  • 1/2 cup rocket
  • 1 bunch Basil, leaves
  • Bunch fresh mint, leaves
  • 8 figs, washed stems removed and halved
  • 2 peaches, pitted and sliced
  • ½ cup walnuts
  • Pimp my salad superseeded sprinkle mix
  • 1 packet Goat’s cheese sliced

Dressing

Method 

Grab your serving bowl or platter

Lay a bed of mixed leaves and rocket

Top with figs, peaches, walnuts, goats cheese and super seeded sprinkle mix.

Combine the dressing ingredients in a bowl and whisk

Dress the salad and serve!

Baked apple with prune, cinnamon and cardamom

I was going to say I loved apples but then I realized, I don’t think anyone dislikes apples. Seriously, try to find me someone who hates apples... I’ll wait.

Apples don’t need to just be a lunchbox-regular, they have the potential to be so much more! Apples are so versatile and will love their new makeover with this comforting summer dish. It’s a mix of sweet, spice and everything nice.

I’ve also added prunes to this mix for an extra dose of fibre. They help keep the digestive system squeaky clean and free from toxic build-up.

These baked apples are delicious on their own but could be enjoyed with some Golden Gut-time Soft Serve, coconut yoghurt or regular yoghurt. The options are endless.

Serves 1

  • 1 small apple, cored but left whole
  • 1–2 tablespoons filtered water

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 2 prunes, chopped
  • Stevia, to taste, optional

Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F).

Put the apple in a small baking dish with the water. Combine the cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, prunes and stevia in a small bowl, then spoon into the centre of the apple.

Bake for 35–40 minutes, or until soft. To test, pierce the apple with a sharp knife; it should slide through easily.

Note: The apple can be cooked up to a day ahead. It can be eaten cold or warmed in the oven before eating.

Asian Kelp Noodle Salad

Before I became the gut-loving, health-nerd I am today, I was a takeaway-junkie. Being a single mum and working full-time I found it so hard to manage cooking, working and mumming (I’m not sure if that's a verb but it very-well should be!). I had a special place in my heart for Pad Thai. It was an expensive habit but one that I didn’t feel I could change.The noodles, the oily sauces, the sweet and salty tastes – it was perfect.

It was, however, not so perfect for my gut. Regular Pad Thai is filled with a number of not-so-good sauces with more numbers in them than a phone book! They're often full of MSG, high in sugar and way too hot for summer anyway.

Ever since I started my supercharged journey, I’ve always wanted to enjoy that noodle feeling, just without that post-pad thai feeling (you know what I’m talking about).

My Asian Kelp Noodle Salad is a summer-friendly supercharged version of pad thai that will save you money and heal your body. It’s perfect for an outdoor picnic or BBQ.

This salad is absolutely bursting with flavor and goodness; the crispy cucumber, the iodine-rich kelp noodles and obviously, the delicious sauce. Unlike your regular Thai place, this dressing is made with real and wholesome ingredients. While Sesame oil contains essential vitamins and minerals for our whole bodies, tamari is especially rich in mood-enhancing tryptophan. I've also included limes because of their citrusy taste and ability to improve digestion and rejuvenate skin.

My Asian Kelp Noodle Salad requires less effort, time and money than calling your local Thai place and getting takeaway. Trust me. It’s also great and super adaptable for my vegans, gluten-free and dairy-free friends.

If you do want to make this salad more of a meal, you can add a protein source, like tofu or chicken, of your choice. Or just enjoy it on its own.

How can something so simple, so easy and so minimal be so tasty?

Crazy world, kids.

Serves 3

  • 340 g (12 oz) kelp noodles
  • 150 g (5 1/2 oz) bean sprouts, trimmed

  • 3 medium spring onions (scallions), thinly sliced
  • 1 small carrot, cut into matchsticks

  • 1 medium Lebanese (short) cucumber, cut into matchsticks

  • 1/2 large red capsicum (pepper), cut into thin strips
  • 2 tablespoons chopped almonds
  • 2tablespoons chopped coriander (cilantro)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped mint

DRESSING

  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil

  • 1 tablespoon wheat-free tamari
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice

  • 1/2 teaspoon chilli flakes

  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger (optional)
  • stevia, or honey to taste

Combine the dressing ingredients in a small bowl.

Rinse and drain

Mushroom and Cacao Dessert Drink

You know how there are some foods you can eat in any weather? Let's take ice-cream for example. Even if it’s freezing outside and you need to layer up with blankets, while next to the fire, with all the windows shut, ice-cream is always worth it.

That’s me and hot chocolate. I can have hot chocolate any time of any day, no matter the weather.

When I found out about the medicinal mushroom craze, I thought it was pretty cool... not cool enough to ruin my hot chocolate, but you know, pretty cool. But now, I can officially say I'm a convert! I’m a proud mushroom hot cacao advocate. You must make some shROOM for this hot chocolate.  

This unique hot chocolate blend combines spices and reishi mushrooms to help relieve stress and improve sleep. Reishi is great for balancing our adrenal system to calm us down. The cinnamon and cardamom in this mix can even help combat sweet cravings! It’s also full of cacao which is full of antioxidants and has a high source of plant-based iron. 

A hot chocolate that's perfectly creamy, delicious and somehow super healthy. It’s the ideal treat to satisfy chocolate cravings and help you beat the 3pm energy slump.

It can be enjoyed by anyone and everyone. It’s organic, vegan, paleo and doesn’t contain any additives, gluten, lactose, white sugar or soy.

Ingredients

Method

Dissolve one packet into a saucepan with warm water, and milk of choice. Beat with a whisk until frothy and serve.

Smashed Avo on Golden Gut Loaf

Written by Lee on . Posted in anti-inflammatory, Blog, Blog Breakfast, Blog Lunch, Blog Snacks, Gluten Free, Vegetarian, Wheat Free, Yeast Free

I know what you’re probably thinking… how hard is it to dump some avocado on toast?

I, too, never thought of creating a smashed avocado recipe. That was, until I made this one. 

This smashed avocado is not your regular, run-of-the-mill smashed avocado on toast. This smavo (that’s smashed avocado for all you newbies) is deliciously supercharged. So, what makes my smashed avo so special?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock (and if so, welcome!), you’d know that smashed avo has taken the world by storm. For all you waiters, waitresses, cooks and chefs, those two words are probably the ones you see in your sleep; the ones you’ve heard over and over again. It’s eaten for breakfast, brunch, lunch and even as a snack and it's one of the things that Australians do so well.

The mighty avocado is on the forefront of all our social media feeds, being used from anything from burger buns, to chocolate mousses and even avocado fries!

But, I’ve also heard that some people fear the lovely fruit, saying it’s too high in calories or fat. Is avocado actually a devil in disguise? 

Absolutely not! However, just like everything in life, avocado should be enjoyed in moderation.

Avocado is rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids, meaning it helps boost skin health, reduces LDL cholesterol levels in the blood and can lower risk of heart disease and stroke. It’s also high in vitamin K which increases bone health and assists our absorption of calcium. Vitamin E is another strength of the avocado; an antioxidant that protects our cells from damage.

As I mentioned before, avocado is extremely versatile, making its way in my Berry and Avocado Smoothie Bowl, my Love Your Gut Lassi and Sardine Mash Pot.

So now we're on the same avocado-loving page, let's begin with my smashed avo... 

First thing’s first, we need to find the ripe avocado. When you're at the supermarket or farmers market, I recommend being that annoying person that presses all the avocados - this is a pressing matter after all! Gently squeeze your thumb into the avocado and if it gives a little, it’s the right one.

But, there’s more to smashed avo than just the avo. It takes two to tango... or should we say smavo? Avocado needs its mighty companion - the bread!

I’ve created the most perfect base for your smashed avo. It’s a simple and delicious recipe that will make you fall in loaf with smashed avo on toast. My Golden Gut Pumpkin and Nut Loaf is what you'll need. It's a gluten-free and dairy-free bread that almost tastes too good to be true. I've cooked it with pumpkin which is high in antioxidants and omega-3 rich fatty acids. It also has buckwheat flour in it which gives it a wonderfully earthy taste but keeps it gluten-free and low GI. Naturally, no golden recipe can be completed without my Golden Gut Blend. It’s an all-round winning bread recipe.

Now we’ve got the avo and toast together; one of the best duo's of all time, it’s time to supercharge this recipe with some seasonings! I've a new found obsession with garlic chips so they've made an obvious feature here. Garlic is part of the allium family and has the potential to control blood pressure,  treat colds and infections and may even benefit blood sugar levels. It’s also damn tasty.  Just be sure to eat it after your first date, rather than before, for obvious smell reasons.

Personally, I love getting hands on in the kitchen. While smashing avocadoes may not be as rewarding as smashing a punching bag in a boxing class, it can be much more therapeutic, less harmful and done in your pyjamas. Forget Mayweather vs McGregor, it’s just you vs. that avocado. 

Let’s take a toast to Smashed Avo on Golden Gut Loaf!

Smashed Avo on Golden Gut Loaf

Serves two

Two slices Golden Gut Pumpkin and Nut Loaf
4 cloves garlic sliced
1 tbs olive oil
1 avocado
1 tbs lemon juice
Pinch of cumin
2 tsp olive oil
1/2 cup feta (cubed) 
Extra olive oil for drizzling 

Coriander or flat leaf parsley to serve

In a small frying pan place olive oil and fry garlic til golden. Set aside
In a small bowl mash avocado with a fork and add lemon, cumin and olive oil
Toast gut loaf and place on plate 
Top with avocado, tumble on feta and add garlic chips
Drizzle with olive oil 
Season to taste (the feta makes it quite salty so black pepper is a good option)
Decorate with herbs of choice 

Repurpose a halloween pumpkin + five delicious recipes

Written by Lee on . Posted in Blog, Flavour of the month, Golden Gut Blend, Halloween, Seasonal, Summer, Thanksgiving, Vegetarian

Halloween is here, and with it comes jack 'o' lantern making and trick or treating. Once the hullabaloo of halloween is over, the question is, what to do with the leftover pumpkins?

I'm taking the horror out of your carved to perfection creations with some not so scary repurposed pumpkin recipes.

At midnight your cinderella coach can be transformed into the crunchiest crisps, spiced up porridge, raspberry studded pie, golden loaf or a hearty salad for the whole family.  

And if you're keen for more recipes and ways to understand your pumpkins better, read my spotlight on pumpkin here.

Here are five delicious tricks for pumpkin treats!  Let me know how you chose to repurpose yours?

 

 

Pumpkin Porridge Recipe here.

Pumpkin Pie recipe here.

Golden Gut Pumpkin and Nut Loaf recipe here.

Lamb and Spiced Pumpkin Salad

Serves 2

Warm salads are colourful, packed with nutrients and wonderful for digestion. The slow-roasted baby tomatoes and spiced pumpkin can be prepared in advance and warmed prior to serving to allow for quick assembly. For a dairy-free option, omit the goat’s cheese.

  • 150 g (5½ oz/1 cup) cherry tomatoes
  • 1 butternut pumpkin (squash), skin on and cut into small wedges
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted, plus extra for pan-frying
  • Celtic sea salt and freshly ground
  • black pepper
  • 3 large handfuls of mixed baby mesclun
  • 250 g (9 oz) lamb backstrap
  • 1 handful of basil leaves
  • 60 g (2¼ oz/½ cup) goat’s cheese

DRESSING

  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • juice of ½ lemon
  • good pinch of Celtic sea salt and freshly
  • ground black pepper

Preheat the oven to 150°C (300°F/Gas 2).
To make the dressing, combine all the ingredients in a jug. Whisk thoroughly, gradually adding a little warm water until the dressing is smooth, thick and creamy.

Place the tomatoes on a baking tray and cook for 2–3 hours, turning every hour or so, until they are shrivelled and bursting with sweetness. This step is best done ahead of time to allow for a very quick assembly. Reheat the tomatoes slightly before serving.

Increase the oven temperature to 200°C (400°F/Gas 6). Place the pumpkin, cumin, coriander, cinnamon and ginger in a bowl and use your hands to mix well. Place the pumpkin on a baking tray, drizzle with the melted coconut oil, and season with salt and pepper. Cook in the oven for 30 minutes, or until golden and crispy.

Season the lamb. Add the coconut oil to a frying pan over medium heat and pan-fry the lamb for 3 minutes on each side (it should still be pink in the centre). Let it rest for
a few minutes before slicing into 5 mm (¼ inch) pieces.

To assemble the salad, make a bed of salad leaves and top with the warm pumpkin, lamb and tomatoes. Drizzle the tahini dressing generously over the top, scatter with the basil leaves and goat’s cheese and serve warm.

A Supercharged Tip
Lamb backstrap is a tender, grade-A cut of lamb that can be prepared simply and easily. Try pan-frying, searing, grilling (broiling), or oven roasting.

Oven-roasted pumpkin crisps

The best way to achieve evenly thin pumpkin slices is by using a mandoline, or the slicing blade on your food processor.

1/2 small pumpkin (winter squash) extra virgin olive oil, for brushing

Preheat the oven to 150oC (300oF/Gas 2). Cut the pumpkin into two or three chunks, then peel, if desired, and seed each chunk. Using a mandoline or the slicing blade on your food processor, cut the chunks into very thin slices, about 2 mm (1/16 inch) thick. Dry the slices on paper towels. The tail ends and odd sizes can be used for other recipes, such as mashed pumpkin.

Place the pumpkin slices in a single layer on two
lined baking trays. Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with a good pinch of sea salt. The salt helps draw moisture from the vegetables, so let them sit for 5 minutes before placing in the oven.

Bake the pumpkin slices for 25 minutes, or until crisp and golden.

Remove from the oven to cool completely — the slices will crisp up as they cool. The crisps will stay fresh in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

Makes lots!

*Supercharged tip If you’re ever buying commercially prepared vegie crisps, check the packet for added flours such as corn and potato, along with artificial colourings and flavourings.

Happy Halloween!

Golden Gut Pumpkin and Nut Loaf

Written by Lee on . Posted in Blog, Dairy Free


I love bread. I always have and no doubt, I always will. I’m not sure if it’s the simplicity of it, the texture or the taste; I just love bread. 

I love how versatile bread can be too – smashed avo? Nut butter? Dipped in a whole load of hummus? The options are endless… and that’s just the toppings.

However, I, like many others, tend to avoid a lot of highly processed loaves so sadly, my love for bread has had to take a back seat. I think in general, many of us have become scared of beautiful baked goods. We’ve become scared of carbs and we’ve totally demonised them. We’ve been taught that we need to live a bread-free life in order to be healthy.

This, my friends, is pure baloney.

We don’t need to deprive ourselves simply because we want to live a healthier lifestyle. You’re not a ticking time bomb if you’re eating bread; you’re a normal human being!

I want to show you a way that you can enjoy bread and make it your friend again. If we could all enjoy bread again, we’d have a much friendlier and happier world... (Take note, If I ever get elected for president, this will definitely be in my election speech).

This is where my Golden Gut Pumpkin and Nut Loaf comes in. It's a recipe that you and your tummy will salivate over. 

I know what you're probably thinking... people who make their own bread have too much time on their hands and are the ultimate hippies. I mean, how do people spend hours cooking bread? Don't they have things to do?

I had these thoughts too until I started out for myself.  I've made bread-making easy. Don't believe me? Check out my hearty Chia and Flaxseed Loaf, my scrumptious Spinach Loaf and my delicious Coconut Banana Bread.

My goal in recipe creation has always been to create simple and delicious recipes that will make people fall in loaf with food again (see what I did there?!). This recipe in particular, will undoubtedly make you fall head over heels in love with food. I just know that every single person will fall in love with it. This is the best loaf I’ve ever made and I’m not loafing around here.

This bread contains pumpkin which is a great source of antioxidants and omega-3 rich fatty acids, meaning it’s an anti-inflammatory bread recipe! Does anyone else find this cool? 
Okay… just me.

I’ve also used buckwheat flour because it’s wonderfully nutty, gluten-free, low GI and high in amino acids, including tryptophan which increases serotonin – our happy hormone! Of course we're going to be happy if we're enjoying bread! It’s also high in fibre and many minerals.

Naturally, no golden recipe can be completed without my Golden Gut Blend. This versatile and delicious blend is the perfect way to give you, your taste buds and your gut some love! It's a raw whole-food blend that's rich in iron, many other minerals and a whole heap of anti-inflammatory properties. It's vegan, sugar-free, gluten-free, paleo, sugar-free, dairy-free and down right delicious.

This bread can be enjoyed with my Bohemian Baked Vegetable Bowl for lunch, my Anti-Inflammatory Spring Pea Soup for dinner, my Sardine Mash Pot for a snack or just on its own.

It's absolutely delicious. It’s perfect for all my friends with gut issues, and even the ones without. Bread-making doesn’t need to be complicated or take hours. It just needs to be made with love... or should I say loaf? 

Golden Gut Pumpkin and Nut Loaf

Ingredients:

  • 3 eggs
  • 100 gms butter or use ½ cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup raw honey (or sweetener of choice)
  • 2 TBS flaxseed meal
  • 2 cups almond meal
  • 60 gms buckwheat flour
  • 2 TBS Golden Gut Blend
  • Pinch sea salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 TBS lemon juice
  • 1 tsp bicarb of soda
  • 100 gms chopped walnuts, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds plus extra for topping
  • 200 gms pumpkin (steamed and mashed well)

Method:

  • Preheat oven to 160 Celsius
  • Place eggs, butter, honey, flax, almond and buckwheat flour into blender and blend for a few seconds.
  • Now add golden gut blend, salt, vanilla essence, lemon juice and bicarb of soda and blend again slowly until mixture resembles a smooth consistency.
  • Using a spatula remove the mixture from the blender into a medium sized bowl.
  • Add nuts and seeds and mashed pumpkin, stir carefully then let the mixture rest for 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile grease a loaf tin and spoon in batter smoothing it over to fill in any gaps.
  • Bake in the oven for 55 to 60 mins until cooked and a skewer comes out clean.
  • 15 minutes before ready, top with extra seeds if using.
  • Remove from the oven and place on a wire rack to cool.
  • Can be stored in the fridge then sliced when need.
  • It’s also nice toasted or warmed in the oven.

Bohemian Baked Vegetable Bowl

Written by Lee on . Posted in anti-inflammatory, Blog, Blog Dinner, Blog Lunch, Blog Salads, Dairy Free, gut health, Heal Your Gut, Organic, Seasonal, Sugar Free, Vegetarian, Wheat Free


If you’re a keen foodie who's always riding with the food trends, there’s no doubt you’ve already jumped on the Buddha bowl bandwagon.

These flawless bowls are bouncing with all the veggies, perfectly-packed protein and avocado that's diced up a little too neatly (Seriously, HOW do they do it?!). 

Here at Supercharged HQ, we're not into the neat and the pretty - the flat-lays of life. We love the messy, the real and the raw (or baked in this case). That's what life is after all. There's beauty in the irregularity and that's why my Bohemian Baked Veg Bowl, brewed in the hinterland of Byron Bay is a forever recipe.

Have you heard of the Bohemian Baked Veg Bowl ever?

Probably not because it's a Supercharged special!  Until someone decides to permanently borrow it of course. (Blogger jokes ;))

The Bohemian Baked Veg Bowl is all about getting real and letting out your true colours. Finding your loosest pair of harem pants, letting down your flowy hair (or at least pretending to) and getting the groovy music going, man. I’m starting a revolution and inviting you to get amongst it, baby!

Viva le bowlolution!

My Bohemian Baked Veg Bowl is also full of nutrients to tell you the truth. It’s truly a melting pot of flavours where everything is welcome and loved, in all it's mess and glory!  

This bowl is aesthetically pleasing (perfect for the keen instagrammer), versatile and well… delicious. Plus, it’s super simple to make and not very time consuming either. Essentially, it’s a bowl with all the good stuff – lots of veggies, greens and seeds. Oh, and let’s not forget a creamy tahini dressing that’s almost too good to be true. *Wipes drool from side of mouth*.

The best part about my bohemian veg bowl is that it’s fool-proof! Yep, almost anyone who knows how to work an oven and shake ingredients in a jar can make this one. Plus, you probably have everything lying in your fridge and store cupboard anyway.

I know you're just as excited as I am by this discovery so let's dive straight to it!

Anti-inflammatory spring pea soup

Written by Lee on . Posted in anti-inflammatory, Blog, Blog Dinner, Blog Lunch, Candida Friendly, Dairy Free, gut health, Heal Your Gut, Organic, Seasonal, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegetarian, Yeast Free

Inflammation.

What does the word even mean?

We’ve all heard the term inflammation before – whether it’s a stiff joint, achy back, fever or stomach issue, many of us at some point in our lives have experienced it too. Mild inflammation is normal and can be good, showing that your body’s natural defences are working properly. 

For example, let's say you're walking or doing some kind of activity and you fall over, hurt your knee and it starts to swell, that's inflammation in action! Basically, what's happening is your body senses the pain, rushes blood to the site and antibodies are produced which causes swelling to occur. Inflammation here is part of the healing process and it's something we require. 

However, when the body starts to overreact to causes of harm, inflammation can be an issue. Inflammation can have a much bigger impact on our bodies than we realise. It has the potential to spread throughout the body, spiral out of control and cause a whole list of health conditions like arthritis, IBS and more!

Houston, we have a problem. 

More often than not, in cases of inflammation, doctors prescribe anti-inflammatory medication which when taken long-term can have unwanted side effects such as gastrointestinal issues, ulceration and liver or kidney problems. In typical Supercharged Food fashion, one way to alleviate inflammation is by looking at what's on your plate. Taking a more natural approach to reducing inflammation through diet can play a HUGE role in reducing inflammation in the body.

Today I'm sharing some of my key ingredients for reducing inflammation;

Let's start with fibre. By eating lots of fibre-rich fruits, like fruit, vegetables and well prepared whole grains; we can help to reduce inflammation. The aim is to eat about 25 grams of fibre per day.

Some of my favourite vegetables high in anti-inflammatory properties include onion, garlic, peas, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts. However, these foods can cause bloating and flatulence in some people so test out small amounts before going full steam ahead.

An easy way to enjoy lots of anti-inflammatory veggies is to sneak them into a hearty soup. Try my  Oven-Baked Veg and Garlic Soup or you might like to the gorgeous Anti-inflammatory spring pea soup down below.

Spice it up! There are so many anti-inflammatory herbs and spices you can use in your everyday cooking to reduce inflammation. Turmeric and Ginger are great. Ginger contains anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial compounds, which block inflammation-producing genes. Whilst the golden hued-spice that’s taken the health world by storm doesn’t need much of an introduction. Turmeric shuts down inflammation in the body and can help prevent liver disease and take care of joint problems.  If you’re in need of these two spices in your life, why not make my Golden Gut Oatmeal Cookies or Turmeric Fudge? Both of these magical spices can be found in a delicious and ready-to-go form in my Golden Gut Blend.

If you're looking at lowering inflammation levels, be sure to cut down on refined sugar, processed foods and trans fat as much as you can. These all increase inflammation in the body. When you’re looking to cut out trans fats, look for their secret code word -  hydrogenated!  Hydrogenated is commercial talk for trans fats. Producers sneak it into vegetable oils, cookies and some margarines, and they can be cleverly disguised. Trans fats can cause toxicity, increase blood pressure and of course, increase inflammation in the body.

Never know what oil to buy at the shops? Do you sometimes want to omit it altogether? The truth is, our bodies NEED fat to function properly, so it’s important to choose fats with benefits. Extra virgin olive oil and extra-virgin coconut oil contain anti-inflammatory properties and a good option for everything – from stir fries, baking vegetables or salad dressings, they have multiple uses and add a delicious taste to everything.

My next suggestion is to become acquainted with Omega-3 fatty foods. I'm talking walnuts, chia seeds and fish such as salmon. Chia seeds are more than fancy little superfood seeds that make delicious puddings (although, that’s a pretty good function on it’s own for breakfast on rush hour mornings!). Chia seeds help to reduce spikes in blood sugar which decreases bodily inflammation. Delicious recipe to try is my Chia and Berry Overnight Breakfast Jar.

If you're a fan of fish and looking for a delicious oceanic dinner, salmon is absolutely brimming with Omega-3's! My Smoked Salmon Living Lentil Bowl will have you swearing by omega-3's everyday. 

While inflammation can cause a huge impact on the body, we don’t necessarily need to seek out pharmaceutical remedies all the time, and natural remedies are available in the kitchen. By monitoring the food you eat and adjusting what you eat accordingly, you can be assured that you’ll be helping to reduce inflammation in your body with every mouthful of these key ingredients.

To get you started on your anti-inflammatory way, I’m sharing my Spring Pea Soup. Peas contain dietary fibre and antioxidants so they reduce inflammation AND encourage healthy gut bacteria. They’re also low in calories but high in protein, antioxidants and micronutrients. 

Pass the Peas, Please!

Anti-inflammatory spring pea soup

Serves 4-6

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin coconut oil or ghee
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 litre vegetable stock (preferably home-made)
  • 700 g peas (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • handful of mint, chopped, plus extra leaves to serve
  • handful of flat-leaf parsley, chopped, plus extra leaves to serve
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons Celtic sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • sunflower seeds, toasted in a dry frying pan, to serve

Method:

  • Heat the coconut oil in a large saucepan over low heat. Add the onion and cook for 5 minutes or until softened.
  • Add the stock, increase the heat to medium and bring to the boil.
  • Add the peas and cook for 3-5 minutes or until tender (frozen peas need half that cooking time).
  • Add the lemon juice, herbs, spices, salt and pepper, and stir to combine.
  • Remove from the heat, allow to cool slightly, then purée to your preferred consistency in a blender or food processor.
  • Serve sprinkled with sunflower seeds and topped with extra mint and parsley leaves.

Enjoy this beautiful spring soup and let me know if you love it as much as I do in the comments section below.

Three Allergy-Friendly Blender Recipes for Spring

Written by Lee on . Posted in Blog, Blog Breakfast, Blog Snacks, Gluten Free, gut health, Heal Your Gut, Sugar Free, Vegetarian, Wheat Free, Yeast Free

 

Blue Rust Images

If you're in Australia, you'll know that winter's finally out of here and we're gearing up for everyone's favourite season - summer!  It's time to start prepping for beach days, clearing away the cobwebs from your bathing suits and readying those blenders up for smoothie sipping.

But, even though winter's out, have you noticed that the tissues and sniffles are here to stay?

With the change of season comes great sniffle-sponsibility. Allergy season has hit us big time this year so, it's time to up your immunity. Don't worry, I'll be right here with you!

I've created three perfect recipes to help you move into the light and sunny days of summer, sniffle-free. These three allergy-friendly blender recipes will boost your immune system and keep the teary eyes at bay.  The best part about these recipes is that you can make them your own. If you don’t like dairy, you can swap it out for an alternative milk like almond or coconut, if you’re not nuts about nuts, you can give seeds a go instead.

Because of our increasing dietary needs and desires, the way we’re cooking and shopping is constantly evolving. I recently held a yoga and smoothie bowl making event at Sprout Market, an online store that gives you the ability to shop for groceries in the comfort of your own home (or the work office… ssssshhhh!). They have a whole list of categories to choose from to make shopping that much easier. Hellooo online shopping!  By the way, you don't need to be a member to shop with these guys as non-members are now able to shop as well. If you're hesitant about committing to a membership or simply looking to place a one-off purchase, simply select the regular price option at the checkout page and pay the recommended retail price. For existing members, you'll continue to pay the wholesale price. 

The event was so much fun and I enjoyed a morning doing all three of my favourite things… *Insert Julie Andrews frolicking through flowers over a mountain here*

To kick things off I taught a Hatha-style yoga practice, followed by a deeply calming meditation. I love yoga because it’s the ultimate way to connect your mind, body and spirit. Doing yoga can also help decrease stress levels and increase our chances of a better night's sleep, helping us fight off allergies and those downward dogs keep our immunity up up up!

I then demonstrated my latest, and arguably, one of my most delicious smoothie bowl recipes ever. Everyone who joined me at the event will know how good this bowl tasted and now, you can too! I’m sharing the recipe down below so you can pretend you were right there with me, blending up our bowls together.

First, let’s start off with some frozen mixed berries. Berries are high in antioxidants, low in sugar and they taste delicious. They also help to boost energy. Berries are high in vitamin C so they're just like best friends when it comes to immunity! We couldn’t have a nerdy-nutritionist smoothie bowl without sneaking in some greens – so let’s throw in some spinach. Spinach is a vital component of the smoothie bowl, not so much for its taste (you can’t actually taste it!) but for its nutrient value! Spinach is a great source of plant-based iron and can help gut health. If you don’t like spinach, you can swap it out for another one of your green favourites – I’m going crazy for rocket at the moment.

Staring lovingly at breakfast. As you do.

Speaking of all things green, avocado, the delicious fruit (yes, fruit!), adds a perfect creaminess to a good textured smoothie bowl. Avocado provides a healthy source of fats to help absorption of vitamins and nutrients. Speaking of vitamins and minerals, avocados contain nearly all twenty essential nutrients! And last but not least, just remember, nothing gets likes on Instagram more than the mighty avocado 😉

Bowls at the ready!

To top it all off, add some coconut water or coconut milk to the recipe to keep you refreshed and hydrated all day long.

If we’re going to be real, much like icing is the best part about cake, toppings are the best part about smoothie bowls! At the event, we went totally cafeteria style with the toppings – so pick what you want and take what you feel.

I added some fresh blueberries and strawberries to add some colour.  Berries are also high in antioxidants which means they help protect our cells from damage and, prevent those constant allergy sneezes. 

I also made sure to include flaxseeds to this master bowl. Flaxseeds, also known as linseeds, are full of Omega-3 fatty acids that help us avoid brain fog, produce energy and strengthen our immune system. They’re also high in fibre to help regulate our bowel movements (sorry for the TMI) and can even help balance hormones, beautify our skin, promote weight loss and reduce sugar cravings.

An underrated but delicious nut, pistachios make for a great smoothie-bowl topper. Not only do pistachios add a satisfying crunch to our smoothie bowl, they also deliver an extra protein boost.  Strong immunity comes from having a well-balanced diet that contains proper amount of nutrients, especially protein.  Pistachios are full of high-quality protein and B vitamins to give us an extra energy boost in allergy season. 

Another superstar topping is tasty granola. Make sure you’re not buying granola that's just a box full of processed ingredients, artificial sweeteners and sugars. Instead, opt for a home-made granola made with ingredients like grains, nuts, Buckinis and yummy spices.

For a little treat, add some dried mango to your bowl. While this tantalizing treat juicy and sweet, it provides a wonderful source of vitamin A to help regulate metabolism.

Berry and Avocado Smoothie Bowl

Serves 2

Ingredients:

Smoothie:

  • 2 cups frozen mixed berries
  • 1 cup chopped spinach (can use frozen)
  • 1 firm ripe avocado, peeled and pitted
  • 1 TBS Love Your Gut powder
  • 1 ½ cups coconut water or coconut milk
  • 6 drops liquid stevia or sweetener of choice (optional)

Topping Suggestions:

  • Handful of blueberries
  • Handful of raspberries
  • 2 tbsp flaxseeds
  • 2 tbsp granola
  • 3 pieces dried mango 

Method:

Add all smoothie ingredients to a blender and blend until creamy and smooth

Divide into 2 bowls

Top with desired toppings

Golden Gut-time Soft Serve

Say goodbye to boring old vanilla ice cream and get ready for my golden take on the creamy dessert. My Golden Gut-time Soft Serve will have you breezing through summer and spring without a care in the world. Goodbye Kleenex!

So, what makes this dessert so nice?  The ingredients!  This soft serve contains only REAL ingredients. It’s rich in a plethora of vitamins and minerals to boost your energy, keep your skin glowing and your tummy happy. It's perfect for any and all dietary requirements too. It doesn’t take hours to churn or require copious amounts of sugar either. I guess you could say it’s soft serve supercharged style.

The best part about making soft serve is that it’s so easy to make - all you need is a blender, a few minutes, some delicious ingredients and you’re good to go!

People who say to not eat food that comes in a package had clearly never seen a banana! Bananas have proven to help maintain blood pressure, stop runny noses and look after our heart health because of their high levels of potassium. They also contain fibre that help speed up our digestion and keep you well-regulated. Bananas are a great pre-workout snack because they help reduce muscle cramps before training. Freezing them makes them the perfect base for our soft serve, providing the perfect amount of creaminess and sweetness.

Of course, the essential component of this recipe – the one that takes it from silver to gold - is my Golden Gut Blend. Golden Gut Blend is a raw whole food blend that does all the hard work for you. It can improve nutrient absorption, regulate metabolism and is full of anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties to fight off any allergy that comes your way. Just think of it as your magical golden fairy dust. You can read more about it and how to use it in your recipes here.

What's next? Ahhh... maca powder! Maca powder can help balance hormones and increase energy. It's a great mood-lifter and can make you feel more awake and energised. The best part about maca? Its taste. Maca adds a caramel and honeycomb taste so it's the perfect addition to this Golden Gut-time Soft Serve. 

You can't have ice cream without a topping... or five. Activated Buckwheat, also known as buckinis, are your Low GI, gluten-free and dairy-free answer to ice cream toppings. Buckwheat is rich in protein and many minerals such as zinc, iron, copper, manganese and B vitamins and lots of heart-healthy fibre.

Supercharged tip: peel the bananas before you freeze them for ultimate soft serve making ease.

Golden Gut-Time Soft Serve

Serves 1-2

Ingredients:

Method:

Blend until desired consistency adding extra coconut milk if required.

Sprinkle with buckinis

Coconut Vanilla Bean Matcha Chiller

Swipe right and find your greatest matcha yet with my Coconut Vanilla Bean Matcha Chiller.

There's nothing I love more than starting my day by sipping on a nutritious matcha chiller. Matcha is popping up at every health store and café and I sure know why! Not only because of the earthy and wholesome taste but because of all the health benefits it provides.

Matcha teas didn’t start off as the funky health drink that we all know and love today. Matcha originates from Japan where it’s drunk as part of a religious tea ceremony. I don’t know about you, but any ceremony which has tea in it is one I want to be a part of 😉

On a nutritional level, matcha is equal to about ten cups of regular green tea. It’s packed full of antioxidants, making it protective against anything from nasty colds to heart disease. It's even great for ageing gracefully (woo-hoo!). Not to mention, matcha can boost metabolism and even lower blood sugar, preventing insulin spikes. This makes matcha amazing in slowing down the development of type 1 diabetes and can help to regulate glucose levels in diabetics.

The thing I love about my matcha chiller is that it provides the lovely ritual of an iced coffee without the not-so-lovely coffee and sugar side-effects. While matcha provides a great boost of energy because of its caffeine content, it contains a specific amino acid which helps calm the mind and avoid those coffee jitters. Say hello to antioxidant-rich, wrinkle-free smiling faces.

I’ve combined the goodness of matcha with a hint of vanilla powder, for the ultimate concoction. Vanilla powder is also rich in many nutrients and minerals and gives our latte a velvety vanilla taste and total immune-boosting power. 

This chiller is silky smooth and just sweet enough to satisfy all your matcha cravings!

Coconut Vanilla Bean Matcha Chiller

Serves 2

Ingredients:

Method:

Place all the ingredients in the blender

Blend until frothy

Pour into two coffee cups and enjoy

Let me know what you think of these three easy allergy friendly blender recipes in the comments section below.

Chia and Berry Overnight Breakfast Jar

Written by Lee on . Posted in Blog, Blog Breakfast, Blog Snacks, Dairy Free, gut healing, Heal Your Gut, Organic, Seasonal, Sugar Free, Vegetarian, Wheat Free, Yeast Free

Are you trying to cut down on your caffeine intake?

Are you ready to take the leap and find a replacement for your morning half-almond, half-soy, no-fat strong latte with half an equal?

When you're in a rush (like, every morning), do you sometimes run out the door, get on the bus or hop into your car and only then, remember that you’ve forgotten to eat breakfast; the meal that you’ve always heard is the most important meal of the day? But hey somehow, you've convinced yourself that that's life - you don't have time for silly things like feeding yourself or sleep anymore and that's okay! It's hard being an adult...

Does it really have to be this way?

What if we can find a way to boost your energy and feed you in the morning all before the craziness of the day begins?

Replace your coffee and get your breakfast fix with a Chia and Berry Overnight Breakfast Jar.

It’s basically pudding for breakfast.

I know what you're thinking... do go on.

This is the kind of breakfast you can make the night before and then wake up and reach for. How easy is that? It’s breakfast-in-a-jar that is not only #instagramworthy but delicious and healthy. It's almost too good to be true. 

So, what is in this creation I speak of?

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  • In the kitchen today working on some new Christmas festivehellip
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