Feeling fruity on pancake day

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 butter20170228_130103.jpg

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.

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Bottom of the fridge soup!

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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 orange

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.

Ta da!

Bug busting soup

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 for morning glow

20161116_085428Pink 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!

 

 

Autumn Energy Boosters

I am going to list a variety of autumnal foods that will boost you. Today we start with

Porridge.

I eat this almost daily. I eat sprouted oats as they are easier to digest (I use Rude Health). I add in unsweetened almond milk and a drop of cinnamon essential oil. Other options are to stir in nut butter, banana, blueberries or seeds. I sometimes stir in chia seed jam.

Oats are 3% protein so adding in nut butter or seeds (esp chia seeds) will boost its protein content and give more energy throughout the morning, seeing you more easily through to lunch. It’s a slow release carb and carbs will calm you allowing you to be more focussed. Blueberries are lovely when they heat and split, oozing purpley loveliness but other than making your porridge pretty they provide antioxidants.

What do you get if you mix up your veg box orders?

Two boxes in one week is what! I am trying to decide between two veg box companies and thought I had got it sorted with skipping orders on alternate weeks. Apparently not since I had one on Tuesday and another on Wednesday. Ooops.

Well, since it is soup season and I have picked up this bug (and suspect I have kindly passed it onto my husband) I am looking for ways to counteract its effects, particularly the energy sapping ones.

So, here is todays vitamin and energy boosting soup

1 red onion

1 red pepper

1 cup sliced mushrooms

2 carrots

3 leaves of cavolo nero (black kale) you can use any leafy green

A handful of cherry tomatoes

A pinch of garlic salt

Ground black pepper and rock salt

1/2 tsp turmeric

A cheeky shake of cayenne pepper

Brown the onion slow n low (I used garlic infused olive oil) and add in the deseeded and chopped pepper. Cook for five minutes and add in the peeled and chopped carrots. Cook for another five minutes and add in the sliced mushrooms and greens and all the seasoning. Pour in one pint of water and bring to the boil. Simmer for ten minutes and pop the toms in. Leave them for a few minutes until they split then remove from the heat to cool slightly before blitzing in a blender. This soup is chock full of anti-oxidants and vitamins C & D, anti-imflammatories and immune boosters. Get to it!

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Are you B12 deficient?

Don’t Ignore These 7 Warning Signs of Vitamin B12 Deficiency!

B12 is a wonder vitamin. It’s a wonder what we’d do without it! Actually, its one that a deficiency of will get us into a bit of a mess.

The thing with being B12 deficient is that a lot of the symptoms can be mistaken for something else and not recognised. Fatigue: it’s just tiredness; I’ve been busy. Ache and pain: it’s the time of year, everyone is a bit achy. Dizziness: I’m hungry or have low blood sugar; I’ll eat some carbs!

Ringing any bells?

Fatigue of life as we know it

Mutiny of the Soul

An interesting if controversial article. Sure to provoke thought and discussion. Make of it what you will.

Immune Boosting Soup

Well the veg box arrive this morning so I’m souping today!

Lightly Spiced Autumn Soup

3 large carrots scraped and chopped

3 handfuls of kale torn up

2 leeks chopped

1 cup of sliced fennel

1/4 tsp ground black pepper

1/2 tsp rock salt

1/2 tsp ground turmeric

1/4 tsp mixed spice

Pop the leek and fennel in a pan with olive oil and cook slow n low for five minutes. Add in the carrot and kale. Stir until the kale cooks down a little. Pour on a pint of boiled water and add in all the seasonings. I also popped a bit of fresh parsley in.

Bring to the boil and simmer for 2o mins.

Allow to cool slightly (so it doesn’t spit) and blitz in a blender.

Yummy with oatcakes!

Kale is a great source of magnesium which is helpful in managing fatigue. It also has antioxidants, vitamin K, Vitamin C  – immune booster, and B6, B2 and Folate – all useful in dealing with fatigue or nervous issues/depression.

Carrots are a good source of the B vits too and vitamin C.

So, get your soup on!20161018_105632

 

Get Real

And yet another great article from my fave nutrition research peeps advocating real food.

So quit the s**t people and read on for useful info that you should inwardly digest.

If you are looking to cut your sugar intake, maintain blood sugar levels or manage diabetes, or just eat more healthily, this article is for you.

https://authoritynutrition.com/21-reasons-to-eat-real-food/

Finally, some Chronic Fatigue Syndrome research to get behind.

At last, a good start on research for CFS/ME as a physical condition. We are farther away from a belief it is ‘all in our minds’ and the ‘yuppy flu’ days, but not far enough. There is still too much myth surrounding CFS/ME. Lets hope this research continues and gets the respect it needs.

This article is well worth a read. Feel free to share. Lets get the word out there and encourage more research to be undertaken and published.

http://www.treehugger.com/health/study-likens-chronic-fatigue-syndrome-hibernation.html