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Beetroot and cannellini bean dip

Beetroot Dip

Snack happy with this simple beetroot dip.

Beetroot is an excellent source of folic acid and a very good source of fibre, manganese and potassium. Beets are also one of the richest sources of glutamine, an amino acid, essential to the health and maintenance of the intestinal tract.

The cannellini beans are a good source of protein, fibre and folate (part of the B group vitamins). It has also been linked with promoting good gut health and helping to prevent IBS symptoms.

While the benefits of pistachio nuts include a healthy heart, weight management, protection against diabetes and hypertension, and improved digestion. The vitamins, minerals, fats and protein found in pistachio are all very good for your overall health.

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Quick and easy watermelon sorbet

Watermelon & Mint

Sometimes after dinner I feel like a refreshing, sweet treat. And a freshly made sorbet really hits the spot.

This recipe just needs frozen fruit and a blender, and in a few minutes you will have a healthy sorbet that is dairy-free without added sugar (traditional sorbets usually add a heap of sugar and water).

Watermelon is a refreshing fruit that is soaked with nutrients. Each juicy bite has significant levels of vitamins A, B6 and C, lots of lycopene, antioxidants and amino acids. There’s even a modest amount of potassium and it is a great way to stay hydrated.

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Sinus Fighting Strawberry and Cucumber Smoothie

Sinus fighting

Do you suffer from sinus related allergies, such as hay fever?

Is so, then you know the symptoms all to well – runny eyes, sneezing, itchy nose and eye, sore throat, etc.

Rather than taking tablets that make me feel drowsy, I turn to this sinus fight smoothie with a blend of natural ingredients:

  • strawberries for vitamin C, a natural antihistamine
  • chia seeds to help clear mucus
  • cucumber for its soothing, anti-inflamatory properties, and
  • coconut water for hydration.

This smoothie is a natural antihistamine without the side effects that can be experience when taking tablets, and it tastes great!

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Super Salad: Quinoa, pomegranate, asparagus and squash

Super salad

This super salad can be eaten warm or cold, so it works for an Aussie winter or for a UK summer. It is easy to prepare, keeps well and can be made ahead to take to work or a picnic. The ingredients used will boost your health and satisfy your taste buds.

Quinoa is a complete food, containing all essential amino acids. It is high in protein, iron, potassium and it is easy to digest. It is a gluten-free grain that makes a nice alternative to rice or cous cous.

Pomegranate provides you with vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, iron and a good dose of antioxidants.

Asparagus is loaded with vitamins A, C, E and K and is a very good source of fiber. It is a detoxifier and helps rid your body of free radicals which may help to protect against certain forms of cancers. Asparagus slows the ageing processing as it is packed with antioxidants.

While the butternut squash is a anti-inflammatory vegetable that is a rich source of omega 3 and beta-carotene, both of which are important for a strong immune system to help protect against colds and flu. Read More →