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Bliss Ice-Cream (raw, gluten-free and dairy-free)

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Ice-cream is bliss, especially on the sunny afternoon.

Ice-cream is a dessert that I really missed when I found out I was lactose intolerant. I tried having soya ice-cream instead but it just wasn’t the same.

When I came across this recipe for homemade, gluten and dairy free, ice-cream I was in heaven. It is so creamy in texture that it satisfies your taste buds. And to top it off, it is a true, healthy alternative to the shop bought variety that is teaming with refined sugars and preservatives.

Once you make the ice-cream base you can mix it up and add the flavour of your choice. I have given you a few ideas to start with – let you imagine go wild and create your own signature ice-cream flavour.

You can also add a scope of this ice-cream to your smoothies to add more thickness and keep you feeling full for longer.

Just remember, that as with all desserts, you need to consume it in moderation!  Read More →

Want Radiant Skin: Smoothie on up

Green Smoothie

Smoothies are a favourite in my house, they are nutritious and filling and are great for breakfast or as a post yoga workout in the afternoon.

Smoothies are a complete food, are easy to digest and are a meal in themselves. They will give you a radiant complexion, will set you up for a restful nights sleep, assist with managing cravings for sugary processed foods, can assist with weight loss and improve overall vitality.

By blending your greens and fruit, you are breaking down the fibre to allow your body to more easily access the vitamins and nutrients. Depending on what you add to your smoothies, you can also be boosting your calcium intake – see my previous blog post on this topic.

Smoothies are a great way to increase your intake of fruit and vegetables, especially green leafy vegetables. By combining the veggies with fruit you won’t even be able to taste the greens you have added, so please don’t be put off by the colour.

Ready to get your skin glowing? Follow my four steps to get your smoothies happening.

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Choc Nut Butter to go

Choc nut butter

This nut butter recipe is great as a snack, either on bread or on apple slices or with celery sticks. Or even straight off the spoon.

It can be used as a base to make satay sauce. I also like to add a tablespoon to some of my smoothies, it adds extra flavour and makes for a thicker almond mylk shake.

If you are into raw food cooking, some raw dessert recipes will call for the addition of nut butter to there recipes. Delish.

You can modify this recipe to use the nuts of your choice. You can add cacao to turn it into a chocolate nut butter, or add some chillies to the mix to create a spicy nut butter.

It will last for weeks in the fridge. I like to keep one at work and one at home so that way I always have a healthy snack at hand.

Ingredients

  • 50g chopped roasted hazelnuts
  • 50g almonds
  • 25g macadamia nuts
  • 25g cashew nuts
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons soft brown sugar (or 1 soft, soaked date)
  • 1/2 Tablespoon honey
  • 90ml sunflower oil

Method

  1. Put nuts into food processor and grind nut to smaller pieces
  2. Add all other ingredients except for oil (If you want make it choc nut butter, add some cacao – start with a small amount as it has strong flavour)
  3. With the food processor running on low, slowly add the oil. Let it combine until it forms a paste. If it is too dry add some more oil.

Makes one small jar. Store in the fridge in a clean glass jar. Enjoy.

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Cow’s milk vs Green Smoothie

Cows Milk vs Green Smoothie

Which would you say contains more calcium, a glass of cow’s milk or a green smoothie?

I was brought up believing that calcium, which is essential for strong bones and teeth, was only available from cow’s milk based dairy products.

Was this the same for you?

When I tell people that I am lactose intolerant the first question I often get asked is “where do I get my calcium from” (without taking supplements).  Read More →