Orange and Cranberry Choc Chip Cookies – gluten free, vegan

Orange and Cranberry Choc Chip Cookies – gluten free, vegan

  I have a thing about pink and green food, I just want to adorn all my food with pink and green, so I have to confess that these orange and cranberry choc chip cookies initially came about solely because I felt like decorating something with pumpkin seeds and cranberries. Luckily this combo not only looks pretty but tastes excellent, and the addition of orange oil and chocolate chips takes them to the next level of tasty, chewy, crumbly cookie goodness. These cookies are adapted from My New Roots, Sarah B’s salt and pepper choc chip cookies which absolutely need no improvement, I think those are hands down the best cookie I’ve ever eaten, so if you haven’t already made those, you must!  But as I said, for personal reasons I just needed to sprinkle cranberries and pumpkin seeds on SOMETHING, and these cookies popped to mind as the perfect carrier for such prettiness. Also, I have a big bag of millet flakes in my cupboard which need using up and I haven’t really fancied millet porridge for sometime.. so into mostly oat based baked goods they must go! The millet really does add something extra delicious to these cookies, but if you do not already have a bag of millet flakes you are valiantly trying to make it to the bottom of, then go ahead and replace the 1/2 cup millet flakes with regular oats.      Orange & Cranberry Choc Chip Cookies    Ingredients  2 cups rolled oats (gluten free if need be) 1/2 cup millet flakes  2 Tbs dried  cranberries  2 Tbs pumpkin seeds  60g dark...
Gingery Blueberry Green Smoothie

Gingery Blueberry Green Smoothie

If you want to add greens to your smoothie, but are put off by the colour, then I have the answer for you – frozen blueberries or frozen blackcurrants. It really is that simple. When berries are frozen, their water content expands as it turns to ice breaking open the cell walls which contain the deep purple anthocyanin antioxidants, this is a win win, the phytonutrients become more available so we receive more nutritional benefit, and the deep purple disguises a multitude of colour sins in your smoothie! [For example, hemp protein which can turn a smoothie a kind of murky brown green] In this smoothie I have added Super Greens powder from BodyMe, this is a mix of spirulina, chlorella, wheatgrass and barley grass as well as a handful of fresh spinach.   Gingery Blueberry Green Smoothie Ingredients 1 cup blueberries 1 banana 1 handful organic spinach 1 cup coconut water 1 small chunk of ginger 2 brazil nuts 1/2 tsp of spirulina Method: Throw all the ingredients into a high power blender and blend until smooth. Last and add more ginger or coconut water to reach your desired taste and...
Hemp and Apricot Energy Bar

Hemp and Apricot Energy Bar

  Something pretty hilarious happened on Monday night.. in an unexpected turn of events I was on the telly! Yep, I made my TV debut, talking about hemp protein and getting my face all glittered up! If you’re wondering about the connection between hemp protein and glitter, don’t worry, there isn’t one! This year I’ve been taking part in a series called Be Fit Bristol Fit.. the lovely people at Troy TV have been following a few Bristolians who are in some way involved in health, sports and fitness, to showcase what this wonderful city has to offer. They approached me, and so far then have filmed me cooking in my kitchen, my little veg patch, and having some sessions with a personal trainer, it’s fun, and is helping me to get over my fear of video and to not take myself so seriously! So on Monday evening, Made in Bristol TV played my Be Fit Bristol Fit episode and asked me to come into the studio for a chat.. luckily it was so last minute that I didn’t have time to be scared and back out! I rushed home, showered and whipped up a quick protein bar because they asked me to bring in something to talk about relating to sports nutrition. And this is how the Hemp and Apricot Energy Bar came into being. There is SO MUCH goodness in this bar. It would be excellent post workout snack to replace glycogen stores, provide good quality plant protein and essential fats to keep blood sugar stable and our support hormones as well as giving the body some...
Wild Garlic Soup

Wild Garlic Soup

  I cant help but have a little chuckle when I pick wild garlic because it gives me the image of my Grandpa who absolutely detested onions and garlic with a passion, so much so they were not aloud in the house. I vividly remember the look of deep (but comical) disgust on his face, when as small children me and brother picked handfuls of wild garlic and waved it under his nose. I wish I could show you his face, I’m laughing now as I think of it!   I took Ollie and his friend to Leigh woods today to forage for wild garlic to make pesto, we found such an abundance covering the slopes of the valley, I filled my basket and decided to make soup too.. pretty sure my Grandpa would run for the hills if he could smell my house (or my breath!) right now.   This is recipe couldn’t be simpler. It tastes like spring and it is such a beautiful bright green. Ollie at first turned his nose up, but after taking a tiny lick of my spoon asked for a whole bowl full.    Wild garlic has all the antimicrobial, antiviral properties of regular bulb garlic, and is even more effected at lowering blood pressure. Garlic is fantastic for the cardiovascular system.   Wild Garlic Soup    Ingredients  1 Tbs butter, ghee or coconut oil 1 onion 1/2 a leek 2 cups of potato (when chopped into roughly 3cm cubes) 2 packed handfuls of kale  2 packed handfuls of wild garlic (about 80 leafs) 5 – 6 cups (or 1.2 litres) of...
Why ignoring your feelings is sometimes an essential act of self love.

Why ignoring your feelings is sometimes an essential act of self love.

  I know. Ignoring your feelings? Really???   Isn’t it self love about honouring how we feel? To get out of our head and follow what feels good, in each moment?   Yes, absolutely it is.   BUT, it’s also often true that self care can look like the very thing you DO NOT FEEL like doing, in that moment.   Do you ever think “My brain is telling me that this thing is going to make me feel better, but I actually don’t feeeeeel like doing it?   Yep. Sometimes self care can be utterly confusing.   You see, the ego has this extremely well honed skill of making us FEEL like we would rather be anywhere else in the world than facing the very thing that will create the movement, growth, healing and expansion of our truest self, because the ego is perfectly happy staying exactly where it is. In control. Keeping you SAFE!   (STUCK = SAFE, as far as the ego can see).   What I’ve noticed, is that we are taught to expect and recognise resistance showing up when we take a leap in our work, our life path, or relationships with others …stretching the comfort zones and ‘pushing’ ourselves to some extent for our own growth can feel really empowering and exciting!   But self care is supposed to feel good, relaxing, fun or deeply nourishing! So it’s easy to think we are doing something wrong when it doesn’t. So I think it’s really important to acknowledge that resistance can show up in our self care  journey TOO! Resistance can show up every...