6 Nourishing Autumn Recipes

6 Nourishing Autumn Recipes

  Humans beings, like all beings, have always instinctively known how to live in tune with the rhythms and cycles of the year though our deep connection with nature, but generations of living in towns and city’s means so many of us have forgotten (not lost!) our intuitive nature around how our bodies needs change depending on the season. A lovely way to reconnect to this intuitive self care, is to eat seasonally. That’s as simple as paying attention to whats in season near you. Whats growing? Because if you think about it, OF COURSE the foods that grow close by, are exactly the nourishment our bodies need at that time. It just makes sense, doesn’t it?  I also believe you can trust your cravings (to a point). There are valid reasons we want warm soups, and deserts made with stewed fruit in autumn and winter, these foods are easy to digest and when the weather cools down and we want to stay warm and preserve our energy.  The seasons have always been the inspiration behind my recipes, and being Autumn Equinox I thought I would gather a few of my favourites over the last few years together in one place for you. The 22nd of September is the Autumn Equinox this year. The tipping point in the year where light and dark are in perfect balance, before we head into those shorter, darker days. So this is the time to celebrate and give thanks for all that we have harvested this year and I like to think of this not just in terms of food, but as well...
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...
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...
Roasted Winter Salad with Quinoa & Kale

Roasted Winter Salad with Quinoa & Kale

This salad is just ticking so many boxes for me right now. Colourful √ Warm √ Sooooo tasty √ Nutritious √ Good fats √ Protein √ Easy √ ….yes I am using a square root symbol in place of a tick because I cant find a tick! Where there is colour there are protective phytonutrient antioxidants, but I’m actually going to champion this salad for CALCIUM! Calcium is not just important for kids growth.. we all need this mineral to maintain our bones and teeth, but also our nervous system and heart health and whole cardiovascular system. Calcium has also been shown to reduce the risk of colon cancer and help reduce and prevent premenstrual tension. A couple of calcium facts for you. We NEED vitamin D for our bodies to actually utilise Calcium and send it where it needs to go. So if your not getting sunshine, a good vitamin D supplements is important during the winter months. Taking calcium supplements without good vitamin D levels can calcify the soft tissues. Calcium and Magnesium must be balanced. More often than not people have too little Magnesium and this can lead to hypertension, insomnia, stress and in fact tension in both the muscles and the mind.. read THIS POST to see if you are deficient in Magnesium. Did you know that Sesame seeds, Carrots, Kale, Parsley and Cashews are all excellent sources of Calcium? AND they are all more observably and better for the planet than cows milk. Win Win. Aside form all of nerdy stuff, this salad is just yum.. I love the balance between rich roasted & gently caramelised onions, beetroots and butternut.. with fresh and lively...
Cinnamon & Maca Chocolate Mousse Cups

Cinnamon & Maca Chocolate Mousse Cups

I was a shamefully late to the cinnamon and chocolate party, only this year did I learn that these two are really good friends. Now with this little nugget of chocolate wisdom I feel like the possibilities for festive recipes are endless. But I’ll start here, with Cinnamon & Maca Chocolate Mousse Cups! I love Maca, for its flavour, and also it’s benefits for our energy and our hormonal system, but it’s not for everyone and you could easily leave it out of this recipe, it would be just as tasty. These are very decedent, I’ve made them bite sized because thats really all you need.. The base is sweet, nutty with little bitter crunches from cacao nibs, and the mousse is so smooth, silky and delicious!  I love my silicon mini muffin tray for these… if you don’t have one, just be resourceful, I’m sure there is something you can press them into, you could even make it into one big Mousse Tart in a tin.. and just serve up mini slices.    Cinnamon & Maca Chocolate Mousse Cups Base Ingredients  3/4 cup almonds 1/3 cup walnuts 3/4 dates 1 Tbs coconut oil 1 Tbs Raw Cacao 1 Tbs Cacao Nibs 1/2 Tbs Maca Powder  1/2 tsp cinnamon 1 Tbs salt Mousse Ingredients  1/3 cup coconut oil (cold) 1/3 cup maple syrup 1/4 of an nice ripe avocado  1/4 cup Raw Cacao 1 Tsp Maca Powder 1/2 tsp cinnamon  pinch of salt Method: In a food processor, pulse the almonds, dates, walnuts and coconut oil until you have a crumbly texture which is sticky when pressed between finger...
Best Ever Gluten Free Mince Pies

Best Ever Gluten Free Mince Pies

  Seeing as mince pies are all about the pastry, if you’re gluten free, you likely will have had a fair few disappointing mince pies in your time. I’m actually yet to have tasted a really good shop bought mince pie that’s made with regular flour let alone one that’s gluten free.. for me they always have way too much horribly over sweet filling and dry powdery pastry. Well, I’m super excited to tell you, I think we have finally turned a corner in this long run of mince pie disappointments, so I’m delighted to share this recipe with you! This is honestly the best gluten free pastry I’ve ever eaten. I’m not even going to try to be modest. It’s crumbly and buttery (with no butter!) and not dry or powdery. Success!!! I’m really not crazy about mince pie filling to be honest, I don’t like it too sweet and syrupy and I don’t like the dried orange peal bits. I’m pretty fussy. So this year I made my own sans the alcohol and the sugar and with just fresh orange juice and a little zest. I’m really happy with how it turned out, its tastes really good! But if you know of a shop bought mincemeat that you like then go ahead and save yourself the hassle, because lets be honest its the pastry were all here for aren’t we!?   Best Ever Gluten Free Mince Pies The pastry makes 12 mince pies. The filling makes a lot more, so you can freeze what you don’t use right away. Filling ingredients. 1/4 cup raisins 1/4 cup sultanas...