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...
Turmeric Milk Recipe ~ Liquid Gold!

Turmeric Milk Recipe ~ Liquid Gold!

This beautiful ‘Golden Milk’ is something I have been meaning to try for months now (yes, it really does take me that long to get around to something!). I’m a huge fan of turmeric for it’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant action in the body and I use it a lot in my cooking.. I have also recently rediscovered just how comforting a warm, frothy, milky drink can be, especially on these wintery evenings, and after years of dedication to my beloved herbal teas and infusions (still going strong!) the odd frothy chicory coffee with nut milk has been hitting the spot big time. So this healing delicous-ness of liquid gold was only a matter of time.   Turmeric milk is an old Ayurvedic tradition, used for centuries as a deeply nourishing and healing tonic. Traditionally it would have been made with cows milk, but I prefer to use nut milk, either coconut, almond, or my current favourite; macadamia nut milk. So good.   Turmeric is most widely know for its anti-inflammatory properties due to the compound curcumin. Curcumin works by inhibiting the activation of a certain molecule in the body that plays a major role in ‘turning on’  inflammation. (1) In the short term, acute inflammation is a vital tool of the immune system which is always working to protect us from invasion, but chronic, long term, low level inflammation, caused more often than not by diet and lifestyle, is a driver for most if not ALL chronic illness. So, any foods or rituals you can add into your diet and lifestyle that helps to reduce inflammation, I believe is...
Chicory Caramel Latte

Chicory Caramel Latte

  This post is for the coffee lovers, the ones who are recognising that their addiction, as much as they love it, is not serving their bodies in the way they would like to be. For those looking for a healthy alternative but who adore the flavour, the bitterness, the ritual of coffee and for whom a wishy washy cup of tea or worse, herbal tea, is just not going to cut it, Chicory’s deep and bitter flavour is by far the closest thing I have come across as an alternaitve to coffee. However unlike coffee, which upsets blood sugar, tires the adrenals, stimulates the nervous system, irritates the gut and acidifies the body, chicory has some wonderful health benefits: 1) Stimulates bile flow and so aids digestion and the breakdown and absorption of fats as well as the removal of toxins from the liver. 2) Contains inulin which acts as fuel for our friendly gut bacteria. Inulin is an insoluble fiber which sweeps the lining of the gut helping toxins to be removed from the body. 3) Rich in antioxidants which benefit the cardiovascular, the immune system and help reduce inflammation. I have never been a coffee addict, so I know I don’t fully get it, but I do absolutely love the flavour of coffee, and this recipe is seriously doing it for me right now! If you are one of those coffee lovers who like it black and dark and think we sweet frothy ones have got it all wrong (your probably right!) by all means leave out all the extras and just simply dissolve a teaspoon...
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...
Elderflower Cordial – Hello Summer!

Elderflower Cordial – Hello Summer!

Homemade Elderflower cordial feels and smells like summer to me. Early English summer always arrives with an absolute abundance of pretty, fragrant Elderflower replacing the beautiful pink blossom that joyfully confetiied the world in the Spring. Elderflower cordial is SO easy to make, and there is something so delightful and fulfilling about the beginning to end process of gathering, preserving and then eating or drinking wild edibles. I don’t remember when I first I fell in love with flowers, but I know I must have been very small, because my childhood is filled with flower memories…. I remember the flowers in all my neighbours gardens!  And the ones in between which people said just where weeds, except my dad, who always was so grateful for the multiple tiny fistfuls of weeds I picked for him, and who found makeshift vases all around his house for them. I remember my horror that he would mow the lawn when it was covered in daisies!!! I think at one point I actually wondered whether I could just eat primroses and honeysuckle and nasturtiums…. (very glad I didn’t actually attempt being a floweratarian!) I once found a very old book with flower illustrations and would spend hours and hours copying down ever tiny detail. And I still have my well worn flower fairies books! So when I find a way of combining my love of flowers for my love of making yummy things, you can imagine the joy. On Friday, some friends, Ollie and I did a 15 mile round trip along the Bristol to Bath cycle path to gather Elderflower from the...