Raw Chocolate Brownies

Raw Chocolate Brownies

Simple to make sugar and grain free slice. And now with a Christmas twist. 1 ½ cups Almond meal 3 tbsp Coconut oil 1 large Ripe avocado 1/3 cup Raw cacao powder 1 tsp Vanilla essence ¼ tsp Cinnamon ¼ tsp Chili or cayenne pepper Pinch of salt ½ cup Rice malt syrup ¼ cup Cacao nibs Sugar free dark chocolate for drizzling Optional: (To make these a little more Christmas themed I added) ¼ cup pistachio roughly chopped ¼ goji berries Place nut meal, coconut oil and avocado oil in blender and combine. Add cacao powder, vanilla, cinnamon, cayenne, salt and rice malt syrup. Blend. Place sticky mixture into bowl and add cacao nibs +/or pistachio, stir through. Spoon into tray sprinkle with goji berries, extra pistachio and press down then drizzle with chocolate. Freeze for 2 hours. Slice into 12 pieces and allow 10-15mins thaw before serving.

Gut Health

Gut Health

You have heard me say it before – At the centre of it all is Gut Health! When your gut is unhealthy, it can cause more than just bloating or diarrhoea. Approximately 80% of our immune system is located in our gut! And guess where serotonin (feel good hormone) lives An unhealthy gut has been linked to hormonal imbalances, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, anxiety, depression, eczema and other skin conditions along with other chronic health problems. The premise of my work is always to work on gut health – it is the key to nearly ALL symptoms ultimately. All disease begins in the gutHippocrates (father of medicine) 10 Signs You Have an Unhealthy Gut Digestive issues like bloating, gas, diarrhoea Food allergies or sensitivities Anxiety Depression Mood swings, irritability Skin problems like eczema, rosacea Diabetes Autoimmune disease Frequent Infections Poor memory and concentration The 4 (or 5) R Program      1. Remove Remove the bad – get rid of things that negatively affect the gut, such as inflammatory foods, infections, and irritants like alcohol, caffeine, or drugs. Inflammatory foods, such as gluten, dairy, corn, soy, eggs, and sugar, can lead to food sensitivities.  Infections can be from parasites, […]

Healthy Diet or Fad Food

Healthy Diet or Fad Food

Paleo / Flexitarian / Intermittent Fasting So what are these all about? In brief…. PALEO:  Mostly protein , fats, nuts and non-starchy vegetables. No: Dairy (except butter/ghee), grains and sugar Advantages: no processed foods (thus reduced sugar, salt and junk foods) Myth: Leads to weight loss because low in carbs causing body to use glycogen stores Disadvantages: If not followed in original form – low in fibre with no grains, too high protein (which has been shown to increase risk of bowel cancer). Also putting high amounts of  animal fat with coconut products increases the saturated fats – unknown truth of health effects this has in excess. Myth: Paleolithic Era – limited access to red meat on a daily basis. They had a low calorie diet with periods of starvation. Balance: Fill your plate with vegetables not meat. Include some soluble fibre to help eliminate cholesterol. FLEXITARIAN Vegetarian 2 – 4 days per week. Moderate amounts of meat on other days. Advantages: High in fibre. Great variety. It has been shown over and again that a plant based diet is best for all health concerns. It is lower in fat, naturally and greater volume leads to greater satiety. Disadvantages: More […]

Hormones and Weight Gain

Hormones and Weight Gain

  “Insulin shunts sugar to fat. Insulin makes fat. More insulin, more fat. Period.” Dr Robert H. Lustig, MD, UCSF Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology There are well defined biological mechanisms that can explain how the foods we eat disrupt the function our our hormones, which makes us eat more and gain weight. We need to differentiate between the hormones -sex hormones from digestive and what drives weight – they all do! Our stage in life plus our stress levels drive our hormones, along with what we eat and how our bodies deal with the foods we choose. So how do we know where our levels are? And what can we do about it? We can have our hormone levels tested – including our stress hormones along with sex hormones. ACTION: – Choices – Self Control – Balance – Choosing to eat clean. Choosing to eat in moderation. Choosing to eat a balance of our macro-nutrients. For some of us we need to re-balance our hormones first and then continue on a new, fresh dietary approach. For others it is simply letting go of an addiction like sugar. One basic misunderstanding in the spotlight at the moment = SUGAR […]

Almond Hummus

Almond Hummus

– ALMOND HUMMUS – with some little twists Are you a little tired of standard hummus? Or avoiding legumes? Trying the Paleo way? Well here is a little treat for you. Ingredients 250g almonds, soaked overnight 4 tbsp tahini paste 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1/4 cup water 1 lemon, juiced 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1 tsp Celtic salt A pinch of pepper Instructions Soak almonds overnight to ‘activate’ them. Then drain the almonds. Put all ingredients in blender or in a food processor and blend until smooth. Separate into 4 portions. PORTION 1 – Classic Hummus Add some ground cumin and ground coriander. PORTION 2 – Going green Increase your vege intake by adding about 100g of wilted spinach and crumble some feta in too (around 30g). PORTION 3 – Seeing red Roast a red capsicum, skin and mash it. Then blend through – you can add some olives too if you like. PORTION 4 – Spice it up Dice a teaspoon of jalapenos and chop up some coriander with red onion and stir it all up.            I like to serve these dips with radishes, carrot and celery sticks or red peppers. They are […]

Protein Powders

Protein Powders

Do we need protein powders? They are everywhere – on the shelves of supermarkets, chemists, ‘health’ shops etc… People have become dependent upon them as a ‘meal replacement’ in the hope of getting that muscle ripped body, improve performance and/or lose weight. If only it was that easy. Protein powders are expensive, and mostly highly processed. They are often heated to the point that the protein is denatured, which makes it nearly impossible for the body to recognize and use. The result is higher levels of acidity and toxicity in the body, which can lead to plenty of unwanted illnesses and diseases. Do you really think the magic white powder can help you bulk up, slim down and get amazing abs – all at the same time? Please read the ingredients and the look at the manufacturer – Not all protein powders are equal –  Some are often filled with preservatives, GMOs, allergens, and other synthetic toxins like aspartame, saccharin, and artificial flavours. Not to mention sugar – YES – sugar. Some are really just like a chocolate milkshake! The long of the short here is that there are many things to take into consideration – buyer beware.  As most of you […]

Pomegranate Chicken

Pomegranate Chicken

I love pomegranates – the colour, the crunch and the tang. This recipe was a hit with a bunch of teenagers for a quick Friday night dinner served with mashed pumpkin and rocket salad . POMEGRANATE CHICKEN (serves 4) INGREDIENTS 8 Chicken thighs or 4 Chicken breasts 1 Pomegranate seeded 1/2 cup Mint leaves Marinade 2 tbsp Olive Oil 1/3 cup Pomegranate Molasses 1 lemon, juiced 3 garlic cloves, crushed 2 tbsp Dijon Mustard 2 tbsp sherry vinegar 2 sprigs mint leaves sea salt and fresh pepper METHOD: Make the marinade by placing all ingredients in a jar and shaking till blended. Place chicken in a flat dish and pouring marinade over, toss chicken till coated. Marinate overnight if possible. Heat chargrill pan, BBQ plate or heavy based fry pan till hot. Cook chicken for 5 – 6 minutes on each side until golden brown and cooked through. Place on platter, drizzle with extra molasses whilst hot. Then scatter seeds and mint leaves over top before serving. *Pomegranate Molasses is available in Asian supermarkets, just check ingredient list as should only contain the juice and some sugar.