Blackberry and Beet Greens Smoothie

Blackberry and Beet Greens Smoothie

  This Blackberry and Beet Greens Smoothie is the first of two new blackberry recipes this week. We [me, Ollie, my brothers girlfriend Beckie and my sweet little blackberry face niece Ruby] picked a TON of blackberries last week.   Ollie, being the most nimble and un-phased by [read: Proud of] scratches and nettle stings [11 year boys are really excellent like that!] got most of them for us while we directed from ground level. He got to reap the rewards of his hard work later with this smoothie AND with my Blackberry and Apple Crumble bar, YES crumble, but as a bar.. still with custard of course!    But this smoothie though, it’s really, really good, so full of flavour and nutrition.    What I love about smoothies is they are the perfect way to get kids and boyfriends [and yourself, lets be honest] to eat things like raw beetroot tops! All kids of nutrient dense foods can be conveniently sneaked into smoothies.   Blackberries, like most berries, are full of vitamin C and protective polyphenols, a group of antioxidants most know for their ability to slow tumour growth and be protective against cancer. But antioxidants have so many important roles in the body.. they don’t just keep your skin youthful, their role is protective in all parts of the body.. the phrase prevention is better than cure comes to mind when I think of antioxidants. They clean up damaging free radicals and reduce inflammation in the body, and inflammation is the driving force behind basically all chronic disease.    How to know if something contains antioxidants? The...
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...
Christmas Granola ~ Fig & Hazelnut

Christmas Granola ~ Fig & Hazelnut

  Recently, one of my clients told me she was making Christmas Granola which she was going to put in pretty jars for her friends as Christmas presents, I thought it was such a sweet idea I felt inspired to, well …totally steal it and do it myself!! I have had a few attempts at granola in the past, but this is by far the BEST I’ve ever made. I love giving foodie presents, and if you want to do homemade presents food is great option because you can batch cook / prep, but the receiver will still feel that you have put thought and effort into their gift. This batch will fill one large mason jar, probably 4 or 5 bowls full. *Because this granola wasn’t for me to eat myself, I used regular Jumbo oats which are not gluten free, I’m not sure how easy to find gluten free jumbo oats are, but you could replace with gluten free small oats. Christmas Granola ~ Fig & Hazelnut Ingredients ~ Sweet dried figs, hazelnuts, cinnamon, ~ 3 cups rolled Jumbo oats ~ 1 cup chopped figs ~ 1 cup chopped hazelnuts ~ 1/2 cup sunflower seeds ~ 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds ~ 2 tsp cinnamon ~ 2 tsp vanilla ~ 1/2 tsp dried ginger powder ~ 1/2 tsp salt ~ 1/2 cup honey ~ 4 Tbsp Rapeseed oil Method: 1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Chop the hazelnuts and figs, and mix in large bowl with the oats, seeds, cinnamon, ginger and salt. 2. In a jug stir together the honey, oil and vanilla and pour over...
Sweet Stuffed Baby Squash

Sweet Stuffed Baby Squash

  A recipe truly in the spirit of Autumn. I am just in love with all these beautiful, knobbly, wonky little squashes. I’ve been eating pumpkin or squash in one form or another all week. On Wednesday, perhaps the most simple and delicious of all was sadly not very photogenic. Or rather, I took a photo but it was so dark that it was unshareable. Wedges of roasted baby pumpkin with a tahini, lemon, garlic and coriander dressing and a sprinkling of salt. Nothing else, just total yumminess. These little babies were requesting something a little more exciting however, still minimal prep / max joy. I saw a suggestion on a sticker on the bottom of the squash to stuff with sugar, apple and raisins..  My taste-buds gave an instant and resounding, yep! So here we are, minus the sugar and plus some nuts and seeds, of course. Winter squash is rich in immune boosting and inflammation fighting nutrients. It’s particularly high in carotenoids, an important group of antioxidants which support the skin, heart, blood vessels, eyes and immune system. Winter squash also has lots of vitamin C and surprisingly, for a low fat food, a good dose of anti-infammatory omega 3 essential fatty acids. Ingredients: 2 baby squashes, pretty sure whichever you find most endearing will work best. 1 apple grated 1 Tbsp rasins 1 Tbsp pumpkin seeds handful chopped pecans 1/2 tsp cinnamon knob of butter or coconut oil (I used both goats butter and coconut butter) Optional tsp of maple syrup Method: 1. Preheat the oven to 190 degrees. Half the squashes, or take of the...
Simple Green Smoothie

Simple Green Smoothie

This is the yummiest simple green smoothie I have ever tasted if I do say so myself! Actually it is inspired by the very talented McKel over at Nutrition Stripped, who has a magnificent blog with beautiful recipes and who’s food photography actually makes me drool! This is a simplified version, but honestly if there was ever a smoothie to get you hooked on the green stuff this is it! Ingredients: makes 2 portions. 2 very ripe banans 1 apple cored 2 big handfuls of spinach 6 dates 6 brazill nuts soaked overnight Juice of 1/2 lemon2cm chunk of ginger 1/2 -1 cup almond, hemp or coconut milk depending on whether you want to drink or eat it with a spoon…. add more to reach desired consistancy Optional Toppings: Buckwheaties (recipe coming) Deshelled hempseeds Berries Chopped soaked nuts Soaked pumpkin seeds Dried Mulberries aka toffee! Cacao nibs Flowers 🙂 Method: Throw everything in the blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Enjoy my lovelies ox...