A simple recipe for these delicious dark hearts (not for the faint hearted!) Ingredients 💛 125g cacao butter 💛 50g cacao powder 💛 50g sweetener; coconut nectar or coconut palm sugar or xylitol - last two giving a crunch 🍊Desired flavours/toppings like citrus zest, pistachio, chia seeds or goji berries Equipment needed Silicon mould Wooden … Continue reading Little hearts of cacao & coconut 💛
Written for Wild Oats Natural Foods, Bristol. You can find the original article on their website here. Puy lentil salad with sprouted chickpeas and sardines; the perfect fresh dish providing protein, antioxidants, nutrients and good fats for glowing skin. You can find my recipe here. The skin is an organ, the biggest organ of the … Continue reading Tips for Ultimate Skin Health
Written for Wild Oats Natural Foods, Bristol. You can find the original article on their website here The perfect fresh dish providing protein, antioxidants, nutrients and good fats for glowing skin. Serves 2 Ingredients 1 cup of puy lentils 150 g of fresh spinach 2 fresh beetroots -or pre-cooked 1 big tomato -sliced 50g sprouted … Continue reading Puy lentil salad with sprouted chickpeas and sardines
Kefir (pronounced "ke-fear") is my current favourite fermented food and as I look forward to drinking it most mornings I just had to share my enthusiasm with you! The origin of the word sums it up really -"keif" in Turkish means "good feeling" 👍🏻 Why is that? Well it tastes yummy and it benefits the body … Continue reading Milk Kefir
Sauerkraut is an affordable, easy and tasty way of introducing probiotics (good bacteria) into your diet. The fermentation process encourages essential bacteria such as Lactobacilli and Bifidobacteria to flourish, aiding digestion as well as improving gut, brain and body health. There are many different ways you can make sauerkraut and lots variations of ingredients, but … Continue reading Sauerkraut
I love the sun in October, it's low and is a sharp light that makes everything beautifully vivid. Vitamin D comes in two forms -D2 & D3. It is a fat-soluble (the liver mainly stores it in fat) pro-hormone which helps balance hormones in the body and supports our immune system. Top up your vitamin … Continue reading Vitamin D -The Sunshine Vitamin 🌞
A fantastic insight into bacteria; the good, the bad and the tasty!
I wrote this long piece about good bacteria for the Sustainable Food Trust, which has given me permission to republish it here (slightly edited).
Thank you, Sustainable Food Trust.
♫ Good, good, good, good bacteria ♫
Recent research on the role of bacteria suggests we need a radical rethink about what makes us healthy.
Thanks to advances in genetic sequencing, scientists are starting to discover, categorise and understand the importance of the vast universe of microbial organisms that lives invisibly on, in and around us.
In May 2015, results from studies conducted by Tim Spector, professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London, showed that a ten-day diet of junk food caused the loss of 1,300 species of beneficial bacteria in the intestines.
Professor Spector said: “Microbes get a bad press, but only a few of the millions of species are harmful, and many are crucial to our…
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Why I love Seasonal Produce I don’t know about you, but when I think of seasonal produce my memory casts back to picking berries and sweet peas in a friend's back garden when I was little and the P.Y.O strawberry sign on the road side tempting us to come in and fill up a punnet … Continue reading Eating with the Seasons
It's that time of year when we crave warm and comforting foods and drinks, so it's good to have some healthy options ready to go in your kitchen. Broth is one that can be in a jug in your fridge and warmed up as a nourishing brew. Boiling bones could be thought of as a … Continue reading Bone Broth
Here's a simple step-by-step guide to making your own delicious almond milk. It makes roughly 500ml. All you'll need is... 110g of almonds 2 medjool dates water blender jug or container for milk Step one of homemade almond milk; Soak 110g of almonds for 6 hours Step two; Take out the stones of two … Continue reading Almond Milk