I am currently enjoying picking strawberries, loganberries, raspberries, cherries (and waiting slightly impatiently for blueberries -come ooon!). Loving popping them in a fruit salad with some mango and melon and perhaps papaya. Fantastic as this fulsome mix of flavour is, I also pop a drop each of food grade lemon, lime and wild orange essential oil in a tablespoon of filtered water and pour that over, stir and leave in the fridge. Hello sunshine in a bowl with a cool refreshing breeze – sort of! (Oh, use your imagination, will you?).
I’ve been drinking water with lemon essential oil in for a few months now. I think it makes me feel better. Now I know it does me good!
4 large carrots
1 large beetroot
1 litre water
1 tsp pink salt
1 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 tsp chia seeds
Brown the leeks in a tablespoon of avocado oil.
Peel and chop the carrots.
Peel and dice the beetroot.
Add the carrot and beet into the pan.
Cook slow and low for five minutes.
Add in the water and seasoning.
Bring to the boil and simmer for fifteen minutes.
Allow to cool slightly and pour into a blender.
Pour into bowls and sprinkle with chia seeds.
Nom nom nom.
Banana Buckwheat Pancakes but today I topped them with apple stewed in cinnamon, nutmeg and freshly squeezed orange juice. And then drizzled maple syrup over because that, with pancakes, is the law.
1 ripe banana
1 cup buckwheat flour
1 cup almond milk
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp chia seeds
1 tsp nut butter
Blend all in a blender. Heat some coconut oil in a pan and pour in three circles of batter. Cook slow and low and flip as they start to set.
Topping (prep before and leave to one side with the lid on)
Peel and chop two small apples. Slice and juice an orange.
Place the apple in a pan with the juice. Add in cinnamon and nutmeg (freshly grated if you have one). Cook until it softens, stirring occasionally.
Pop the apple on the pancakes and drizzle maple syrup over.
In 2009 I had my chronic fatigue diagnosis. Worst time ever (not that there’s a good time) I’d just gone fully self-employed without the luxury of sick days and reliant only on myself and the finance I was able to generate. No pressure then!
After doing A LOT of stuff wrong, I went to visit a nutritionist, Claire Stone, who gave me some extremely useful pointers about where I was going wrong (quick fixes, carbs, sugar – we’ve all done it!). I took most (sorry couldn’t get on with linseed tea) of what Claire discussed with me on board. It wasn’t easy and took effort, but when I let myself fall off the wagon, boy, did I notice the difference Claire’s suggestions made. Having implemented a lot of changes over a bit of time, I still felt something was missing. Yes, I was addressing my health with nutrition but I wasn’t combining my mental health with my physical health. Knowing, thanks to Claire, that nutrition was key I started my search for a retreat. Having found one that advocated vegan ‘clean food’ and incorporated yoga, I contacted the organisers and told them about my condition. At the time I was walking with a walking stick and not going very far. To cut a long story short, I was amazed at what I was able to do on the retreat under kind and attentive instructors and co-ordinators. I incorporated more of what I learned and today I now class myself as a recovering fatigue. So now I’d like to give something back. I have set up a retreat in beautiful surroundings with private ensuite bedrooms for that all important heavenly night’s sleep. A place for you to rest, recuperate and learn about self love and care. Optional Pilates that can be tailored to you, fantastic whole food, fun, relaxation, mindfulness, meditation, colour breathing which balances and aligns energy centres. This retreat could help you learn what you can be capable of and learn to manage fatigue and/or stress. To help you find freedom in gentle movement and be proud of what you achieve. There are various options, I know it can be scary to commit to a weekend, or finances may not permit, so to make all the benefits accessible and affordable I am offering a two night stay, a one night stay and a day retreat taster. Full details are on the website and you can jump to Dates and Prices.
Energy balls with a twist…the usual recipe but with lavender essential oil and rosewater. Perhaps chill out balls or bliss balls is better! You get these in your room if you come on my retreat
Recipe in my book Eating for Energy on Amazon.
As part of a retreat I am running, I will be offering colour breathing. This isn’t colour therapy and while it took off about a decade ago, it’s become rather an unknown entity, however, it’s powers of relaxation are one of it’s best kept secrets. Based on the simple system of chakras, or if you prefer, energy centres, it is a therapy that balances and aligns using colour and breath – as the name suggests! It really is that simple, it does exactly what it says on the tin.Well, if it’s that simple, can I just stare at a colour and breathe? You may well ask – you can certainly try and the breathing alone may relax you, but this system goes a little deeper. Each chakra is related to emotion, emotions fire our thoughts and both make up our state of mind. Therefore, chakras can become clogged, unbalananced or blocked. Colour breathing uses discs coloured in a specific pattern to give the impression of a vortex and to draw the subconcious in and thus down into your inner most self. It promotes your ability to connect to yourself and the emotional unbalance and helps you release it with breathing in the colour and thinking about certain words – a bit like a mantra. If you want to know more, or experience it for yourself, you best book on the retreat and find out! http://www.rejuvationretreat.com
I tried out my new dehydrator today to make kale chips – a great immune booster. I just coated them in pink salt and paprika to see how they went and they are yummerz! So much more crispy than when they are done in the oven and they don’t go brown around the edges.
Got a couple of recipes to try with sundried tomato and nut coating so I’ll be getting right on that tomorrow. Awesome!
A regular in our house and an excellent way of using up stuff in the bottom of the fridge soup. Todays soup goes like this…
2 sticks celery
3 medium carrots
handful of sundried toms
1 red pepper
1/2 tsp pink salt
2 drops basil essential oil (or bung in fresh/dried basil)
1 tbsp. avocado oil
1 pt water
Top n tail the celery and deseed the pepper.
Peel and chop the carrots.
Heat the oil in the pan.
Chop the celery and cook until soft.
Add in the carrots and cook for a few minutes then add in the pepper.
Slice and squeeze the orange. Add in the juice.
Add in the sundried toms and cook for a few minutes.
Add in the salt and basil.
Add in the water and bring to the boil and simmer for 15 minutes.
Have a look at this retreat in March designed to refresh, rejuvenate and relax you.
2 small sweet potatoes – peeled and sliced
1 beetroot (I used yellow) – peeled and sliced
Half a bag of kale
2 handfuls of cherry tomatoes
1 pint of water
1 teaspoon seaweed salt
1 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 drops black pepper essential oil
2 drops basil essential oil
Pop all in a pan and bring to the boil. Simmer for 15 mins and cool then blitz in a food processor.
Turmeric is a anti-inflammatory.
Beetroot have vit C and B vitamins (for energy)
Sweet potato are high in vitamin C
Kale rocks the C-vit, also has some B.
Black pepper and basil essential oils are great as they have a higher potency than the ground dried variety. Black pepper is a great anti-oxidant and basil is calming; stress is really bad for the immune system.
Pink porridge with blueberries – great antioxidant. Also stirred in a spoonful of coconut oil- great antiviral. And an addition of two drops of cinnamon bark essential oil give this a whole lot of immune boosting properties. Oh, and a spoonful of nut butter for a bit of protein.
What a way to start the day and keep those winter bugs at bay!