May 21, 2013

Gluten and Sugar Free Protein Cakes

These cakes are so moist and delicious, I couldn't have been happier with the results. They are beautiful as a muffin, toasted as an english muffin or served warm with co yo ice-cream and sugar-free maple syrup for dessert. Made with really clean ingredients, this is an excellent skinny sweet, which is free from gluten, any added sugar and packed with protein and healthy fats.

May 13, 2013

Vegan power porridge

This simple yet satisfyingly delicious breakfast will give you an extra push to get out of bed on a cold winter morning. Easy to make, you can toss a few ingredients together to make a celebratory breakfast any day of the week. Full on nutrients and fuel for your day ahead, this morning meal is one of my absolute favourites.

May 06, 2013

A Simple Brunch - Egg and Bacon Cups

I love making bacon and eggs as a treat on the weekends, but if you are catering for more than two, the thought of multitasking poaching eggs and grilling bacon for a crowd can make you want to crawl back into bed. If you would rather spend your morning enjoying the sunlight and chatting with your companions, this recipe is perfect for you. Within a few minutes, your breakfast will be all prepared, and you can sit and relax while the cooking part takes care of itself. Serve your cute egg cups with whatever accompaniments you like; I picked some beautifully ripe baby tomatoes, and gluten-free English muffins that were topped with mashed avocado, Himalayan sea salt and continental parsley.

May 05, 2013

Banana and Chia Seed Protein Cookies (gluten and sugar free)

This recipe makes delicious sweet and moist cookies that are filled with healthy goodies like omega fats, protein and important vitamins and minerals. Not only are these cookies packed with protein, they are bursting with potassium, which reduces lactic acid, improving your strength endurance and recovery time. You only need a few ingredients and the biscuits are very easy to make. If you don't have a cookie cutter, just roll portions of the dough into a ball and flatten before baking.

May 02, 2013

Apple Seeds are poisonous?

Yes! I had heard green potatoes are toxic, but I never knew an apple seed can be harmful.

Apple seeds contain cyanogenic acids. Cherry pits, and seeds from related fruits, including peaches, plums, almonds, pears, and apricots, all contain cyanogenic glycosides. Your body can detoxify small quantities of cyanide compounds, which means if you ingest a few accidentally, your body can process the compounds without causing you harm. Chewing the seeds makes them much more hazardous for your body as the poisons are released.

How do you know you could be suffering from poison? Symptoms of mild poisoning include headache, dizziness, confusion, anxiety, and vomiting. Larger doses can lead to difficulty breathing, increased blood pressure and heart rate, and kidney failure. Reactions can include coma, convulsions, and death from respiratory arrest! There are several treatment options, but the main thing is to limit the absorption of the chemicals from the seeds.

If eating an apple or pear, just remember to cut out the core and discard; also make sure to de-core your apples and pears before juicing. If you are eating a stone fruit, don't be afraid of the seed, but don't chew or suck on it.