July 22, 2013

Berry Banana Smoothie

Berry Banana Smoothie
  • 1/2 cup of coconut water
  • 1/2 cup of mixed berries
  • 1 small frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup of ice
  • 2 handfuls of baby spinach
  • 1 tablespoon of chia seeds
Put all ingredients into the blender and mix until smooth.

July 09, 2013

The Skinny Sweets and Treats One Day Detox

If you have had an overly indulgent weekend, an important event coming up, or just simply want to kick start your healthy living, try this one-day-detox to look and feel your best.

July 03, 2013

Roasted Spicy Cauliflower

Roasting vegetables is perfect for cooler months and really brings out the flavours of your veggies, especially when topped with delicious spices and fresh herbs. Cauliflower is one of my favorites and roasting the florets gives a creamy inside and a toasty crust. Simply lay out a baking tray with greased-proof paper and cut up a large cauliflower. Scatter the florets onto the tray and coat with coconut oil spray. Sprinkle with chill flakes, paprika, Himalayan sea salt and some finely chopped parsley. Bake in a moderately hot oven for 35 minutes, until cooked and crisp on top. Serve warm as a side or cool and add it into salads.

Gluten-free Banana French Toast - the healthy way

Sometimes poached eggs and toast jus't don't cut it for breakfast. Savoury breakfasts are not the only healthy option to start the day; you can create your own sweet treat in the morning without the guilt. This french toast for one is super easy to make, quick and so delicious. I served mine with a tablespoon of peanut butter for extra energy. Another yummy accompaniment is plain yoghurt mixed with a tablespoon of vanilla whey protein powder and chopped strawberries. Read on for the simple recipe.

July 01, 2013

To Juice or Blend?

Juicing and blending fruits, vegetables and superfood additions are excellent methods for consuming lots of vitamins and minerals in one quick go. Each method has its merits, with neither one or the other necessarily better.

Juicing is fabulous for packing goodness into one glass by extracting all the vitamins and minerals from your vegetables and fruit and compacting it into a drink. Vegetables are ideal to juice because they are low in sugar yet full of health benefits. To sweeten your juice, add a small amount of fruit like a handful of strawberries, a green apple or a few slices of pineapple.

Blending on the other hand, incorporates all the fibre from the fruits and vegetables to make a rich smoothie. Smoothies let you imagination run wild with combinations and ingredients, such as nut butters, health powders, protein powders, chia seeds and bee pollen. Frozen bananas will also make smoothies extra creamy and sweet.

Here are some of my favorite juice and smoothies recipes:

My Sweet Beet Juice

This juice is colorful and deliciously sweet.

1 beetroot
2 carrots (either purple or orange)
3 stalks of celery
1/4 cup of coconut water
handful of ice cubes

On high speed, filter in the beetroot, carrot and celery to juice. Pour the coconut water into the juice and mix. Put into a glass and top with ice cubes. 

Body+soul Green Renewal Juice

This is an enzyme-rich green juice. It's great for providing energy, detoxifying and alkalising your body.

1 bunch English spinach
1 handful mint
1 handful parsley
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 Lebanese (short) cucumber, cut in half lengthways
A few lettuce leaves
4 celery stalks
2–3 cm (3/4–11/4 inch) knob of fresh ginger, peeled
6 ice cubes

With the motor running, feed all the ingredients except the ice cubes into a juicer one at a time. Pour into a drinking glass, add the ice cubes and sip slowly to enjoy its benefits.

The Wellness Warrior Green Smoothie

3 stalks of kale (discard the tough stalk and use the leaves)
3 leaves of Cos lettuce
1 cup coconut water
1 small frozen banana
A small handful of goji berries or blueberries
1 tsp hemp seeds
1 tsp chia seeds
1 tsp bee pollen
1 tsp maca powder
1 tsp spirulina

Add all ingredients to a blender and blitz until smooth. Use a high speed blender, such as a Vitamix for best results.