I grew up with peanut butter sandwiches and I’m still crazy about the nutty spread. Most brands these days are filled with sugar and are really not that good for you. A great way to keep the habit healthy is to make your own. It’s inexpensive, guaranteed to be fresh and has a wholesome taste. You can also adjust the amount of salt or sweetness and deisgn the texture you want. Replace the peanuts with another nut like almonds, cashews, walnuts, macadamia or blend a few different nuts together. Macadamias have a lot more oil to them and work quite well with peanuts. If you don’t fancy making your own, make sure you buy natural peanut butter without loads of sugar added.
Raw Cacao Powder is classified as a Superfood due to the wealth of antioxidants, vitamins & minerals it contains. It is worth highlighting the amazing antioxidant power of cacao beans that include, improving heart health, fighting cancer and mood enhancement.
In addition to improving digestion, salmon is one of the most ideal breakfast foods because it’s rich in protein. Having protein in the morning stabilises your blood sugar levels, which in turn promotes consistent energy throughout the day. This healthy fish is recommended by most health experts and many diet programmes for its easy-to-digest high protein content and omega-3s. This dish may feel unfamiliar as a breakfast meal but it has a warming and soothing quality that your tummy will thank you for.
Bircher muesli is typically heavier on fruit than modern muesli recipes. Typical contemporary muesli is primarily an oat dish with fruit as a component. Bircher muesli should really be thought of as a fruit dish that uses oats for body and texture. You can buy ready-made Bircher muesli, or make your own, using the recipe below. This recipe includes yoghurt and fresh berries for an even more delicious start to your day. Yogurt that contains probiotics helps your digestive system function properly. Not all yogurts are considered probiotic, though, so check the label for ‘live active cultures’. Blueberries are known to prevent constipation. The vitamins, sodium, copper, fructose and acids improve digestion by stimulating the correct gastric and digestive juices to move food smoothly and safely through your gastrointestinal system. Give this scrumptious breakfast combo a go as a super digestive start.
Kefir is a fantastic alternative for milk and milk-based products. It’s a cultured, creamy product with amazing health attributes. Kefir’s tart and refreshing flavour is similar to a drinking-style yogurt, but contains beneficial yeast and friendly ‘probiotic’ bacteria also found in yogurt.
Chia seeds are tiny black seeds from the plant Salvia Hispanica, related to the mint plant. ‘Chia’ is the ancient Mayan word for strength, and the tiny seeds were valued for their energy-boosting properties. So, combining the healthy bacteria in kefir with the power-boosting properties of chia gives you a brilliantly healthy start to your day.
We love everything to do with chickpeas. They’re so versatile, they’re also the main ingredient in hummus and they’re rumoured to help balance blood sugar levels, bone strength and heart health. Add this flavour filled tagine to your menu.
Oat milk is made from pre-soaked oat groats (hulled grains broken into fragments). It’s a great alternative to dairy milk, and has a slightly sweet taste. Many people are opting for it as a way of getting essential nutrition from a natural, lactose-free and sustainable source on a daily basis.
From the tropical fields of Brazil, meet Cassava Flour, your new best friend for life. It’s everything you ever wanted in a flour and less! It’s got the same fluffy texture and mild neutral flavour of ordinary wheat flour; but no GMO, no allergenic wheat, gluten, grains or nuts. So you’ll get none of the bad stuff and loads of the good! It’s the best Cassava on the planet. Recipe supplied by Health Riot.
Move aside drinking straw, we’re turning sips to spoons with the latest trend, the smoothie bowl. What better way to have it than with a veritable amount of superfoods. This is one set to bowl you over. Chia seeds turn your smoothie into more a of mousse texture making it perfect to eat with a spoon in a bowl.
Make this into your summer family favourite, the fresh and crisp effect is perfect for a hot day. Think of fennel as a heart health wonder packed with healthy fibre and phytonutrients. Fibre helps lower cholesterol in the blood and is a goodie for heart health. This, with anti-inflammatory parsley and antioxidant-rich apples makes a powerfully healthy salad.
Be sure to make more than you think you will need as these tasty nuts are usually gobbled up with gusto. They’re dinner party favourites and perfect cocktail additions. Spices add excitement and also help with digestion.
These super cute zucchini bites make a creative starter or a handy snack. Personally, I find them irresistible and love the fact they’re so easy to make and require hardly any ingredients. Zucchini or baby marrows are low in calories, and a dense source of vitamin C, iron and calcium.
Antonia De Luca, owner and founder of Leafy Greens Café, is a vibrant passionate woman brought up as a vegetarian on the farm at Rocky Ridge, South Africa. This lovely inventive grower and recipe crafter has a wonderful hand- crafted raw, and vegan friendly concept in the form of Leafy Greens; a place of health, healing and a peaceful escape paired with fresh air and outdoors. Leafy Greens is a restaurant that grows it’s own produce and supplies the healthiest of choices in every meal. Eat well, do good!
There are a whole lot of people out there that claim eggplant is their most favourite and versatile fruit (it’s apparently confused as a vegetable but is actually a fruit). There’s even a Turkish dish called Imam Bayildi, that roughly translates as ‘the priest fainted’. The Priest was reportedly overwhelmed by the flavour. Eggplant is an excellent replacement for meat. Here’s a recipe that’s just as fulfilling as its meat counterpart.
Take the time to try these delicious guilt-free sweet treat recipes from I Quit Sugar and Simplicious, and you’ll soon come to realise that there’s blissful indulgence to be found in sugar-free eating too. Just remember the golden rule: everything in moderation!
This salad served hot or cold has a powerhouse of nutrients designed to boost your mood. Quinoa is an awesome vegan protein source (providing the 9 essential amino acids we need) and is a gluten free complex carbohydrate with fuel for the brain. The B Vitamins, iron and selenium found in Mushrooms and spinach helps fight depression and anxiety. Saffron is well known for its mood enhancing properties.
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