Month: April 2016

Healthy & Simple Snack Ideas

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I often hear people say they’re too busy to eat healthily, but with so many variations for healthy food these days, it really isn’t difficult to eat well or snack wisely.
Getting out of the habit of snacking on crisps, biscuits, chocolate or cereal bars  can be a challenge initially, but once these things are replaced with healthy, energy-fueling and nutritious foods, it honestly isn’t difficult to give up the less-than-healthy habits.

Raw veggies are always a good option, always. Not only are they a great low-calorie option, vegetables also pack in a ton of nutrients and are essential for our health.
I’ve chosen here;

Cucumber – full of B vitamins and skin-friendly minerals like magnesium & potassium. Cucumber is also great for flushing out toxins and keeping you hydrated.
Celery – known to reduce inflammation, helps to regulate the body’s alkaline balance and is rich in vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, vitamin K, folate and potassium.
Carrots – rich in vitamin K, vitamin A, folate, potassium, iron and manganese, but most importantly; beta carotene – an antioxidant essential for helping the body fight against free radicals and protect against disease.

These three vegetables pack a powerful punch of nutrients and can all be prepared the night before to make it even more convenient. Try with organic hummus; a healthy protein-packed dip which also contains cancer-fighting garlic and sprinkle with cinnamon, which helps to control blood sugar.

One of my favorite sweet treats in the afternoon if I’m peckish is apples and almond butter. There’s something about this combination of sweet and nutty, with the crisp and tartness of an apple that I find literally irresistible.
Apples are full of polyphenols which function as antioxidants, they also contain fiber and vitamin C. It’s important to eat the whole apple, including the seeds (no, you won’t get an apple tree growing in your belly) as most of the fiber is contained in the skin and the seeds contain vitamin B17, which has been show to fight and protect against cancer.

Nuts are not only delicious, they are packed full of protein, fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and omega-3 fatty acids such as a-linolenic acid.

I eat either sliced avocado (which contains very healthy and necessary fats!), or almond butter and sliced apple on oatcakes for a quick and healthy snack if I get hungry before lunch or dinner, which sustains my energy levels and stops my stomach rumbling.

Snacks like these examples are perfect when combined with a cup of Organic Green Tea, which can support a healthy metabolism and most importantly, contains the antioxidant Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG), which studies have shown can reduce the risk of cancer.

Make smart and clean choices about food; eat REAL food and when possible organic. Be kind to your body and it will thank you in return!

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Quick and Easy Veggie Lunch

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Struggling for nutritious ideas for lunch?
Want a healthy alternative to sandwiches?

Try this gluten-free wrap with smoked tofu & sesame seeds, raw carrots, cucumber, avocado and hummus. It was delicious and took minutes to throw together.

Not only do I love mixing flavors with food, I also love mixing textures and I’m sure I’m not the only one, it definitely makes things more interesting. The crunch of the carrots with the softness of the tofu and avocado was deliciously satisfying.
I used a gluten and dairy free wrap for this, which had the added bonus of containing quinoa, chia seeds and flax seeds for added omega 3.

This is an all-round healthy, vegetarian, protein-packed lunch that won’t cause an afternoon slump by spiking blood sugar and should sustain energy levels for the afternoon.

As always, try to eat organic where possible (easy with the veg and hummus.)
I added some falafel because, well they are good for you and I love them.

So what’s even better than eating fresh raw veggies for lunch? Eating fresh raw veggies while sat outside, if you can. Maximise every opportunity you have for fresh air and sunlight, your body will thank you for it.

Natural After-Sun

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We had our first real day of what felt like summer in the UK yesterday.
I was really excited, took all my work outside and sat in the sun for about three hours, basking in the beautiful healing rays and soaking up the vitamin D.
Foolishly though, as I typically don’t wear sunscreen (more on that later), I forgot to regulate my exposure and when I went inside, my shoulders and chest were pink. I wasn’t burned exactly, but definitely pink, which worries me a little as I’m usually good at making sure I don’t burn at all.
I’m two minutes though, I had put together a wonderfully soothing After-Sun Spray and when I woke up this morning, the redness had completely faded.

Here’s what I used:

15ml glass spray bottle
10 drops lavender essential oil (therapeutic grade)
Fill the rest of the bottle with:
1/3 fractionated coconut oil
1/3 aloe vera juice (refrigerated)
1/3 filtered water

Shake to mix ingredients and spray on affected area as needed. Wait to dry before dressing as aloe vera can stain clothes.

I was fortunate I already had all these ingredients as I make a lot of my own products but in an emergency and you don’t have all these ingredients, organic virgin coconut oil (ideally with a few
drops lavender), can make a really soothing balm.

Morning Green – Chlorella Smoothie

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Chlorella is one of my favorite superfoods, it’s bursting with nutrients, great for digestion, clear skin and helps your immune system. It’s also detoxifying and can help your liver to remove alcohol, heavy metals and pesticides.

I blend chlorella with filtered water, celery, spinach, cucumber, ginger, a sprinkle of turmeric and a fruit like blueberries or kiwi. I also add flaxseed for an extra boost of fiber, omega-3 and antioxidants. A healthy, supportive and powerful way to start the day.