Kale and Tomato Breakfast Wraps

Breakfast wraps are a great, healthy way to bring some variety to your morning meal. They involve surprisingly minimal preparation and the fantastic combination of ingredients can really help you to start the day in the best way possible! One of the many great things about my breakfast wraps is that you can make them right before you head out of the door and then enjoy them on your way to work!

As you will already know from visiting my blog before, kale is an absolute powerhouse of nutrition and I recommend getting lots of it into your diet! With these wraps you get a whole cup into your body before the day has even really begun! This little leaf is full of so many antioxidants, not to mention high amounts of vitamins A, C and K.

The addition of basil to this recipe compliments the existing flavour as well as providing an additional dose of goodness. This herb has quite a distinct aroma and contains beneficial amounts of vitamin K, manganese and magnesium! Growing basil at home for yourself is so easy to do and you can more than likely grab yourself a plant from your local supermarket with your weekly shop. This will mean that you always have fresh basil to hand, and also that your kitchen will be full of the delicious smell it is loved for.

Kale and Tomato Breakfast Wraps3To make this dish for two people you will need the following ingredients:

2 cups of fresh kale
1 tablespoon of coconut oil
1 small onion, diced
1 large tomato, sliced
1/2 a medium avocado, mashed
The juice of half a lemon
2 tablespoons of fresh basil
2 whole-wheat tortillas

Kale and Tomato Breakfast Wraps2The first step is to heat the coconut oil in a skillet and then fry the onion and tomato at a medium heat. While this is cooking you can take the tortillas and spread the mashed avocado over each one.

Once the onions have started to brown, remove the contents of the pan and spoon onto the tortillas. Add half of the lemon juice to each tortilla with the basil, and then place the kale on top. Fold the tortillas and serve – it’s as simple as that!

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Flaxseed Pancakes

Getting omega-3 into you diet by consuming healthy oils could not be easier thanks to this super yummy pancake recipe. These pancakes are light, fluffy, and utterly delicious!

As we covered in an earlier blog post this week, flaxseeds are fantastic for for your health and full of goodness! Not only do they aid digestion but they’re also good for protecting the body against free-radical damage and disease. Maple syrup is also a healthy addition to this recipe and is what makes these pancakes extra delicious! Maple syrup contains a range of minerals, such as manganese, magnesium, calcium and potassium – all of which are essential to your continued good health! Maple syrup also contains an abundance of riboflavin which aids the metabolic process.

Flaxseed Pancakes 2To make enough pancakes to feed four people, you will need the following ingredients:

1/2 a cup / 5oz / 150g wholewheat (all-purpose) flour
2 tbsp of flaxseed oil plus extra for cooking
1 tsp of baking powder
1/4 tsp of baking soda
1/2 a cup / 4fl oz / 125ml of dairy-free milk
2 tbsp of maple syrup

Flaxseed Pancakes1The first thing you will need to do is place all of the ingredients in a large bowl and beat until the mixture forms a smooth batter.

You can then drizzle a little flaxseed oil into a small skillet (frying pan or pancake pan) and set on a medium heat. When the oil is hot, pour two or three tablespoons of the batter into the skillet so that it covers the bottom of the pan in a thin layer. Pay close attention as the pancake cooks and turn the pancake after approximately four minutes to cook the other side. Once each pancake is cooked you can remove from the pan and repeat with the rest of the batter.

Once all of your batter has been used up, drizzle your stack of pancakes with a little more maple syrup and top with your favourite berries or slices of banana. Serve immediately and enjoy!

This is one of the recipes from my book – Eat Real Foods – which was released this week!!! You can order your copy in the UK by clicking here and order your copy in the U.S by clicking here!

Breakfast Millet

When you want to add a greater variety of grains into your diet, millet is a fantastic choice and it makes the perfect porridge for breakfast. Millet contains a wealth of essential nutrients, including magnesium, manganese, and copper. This amazing grain is easily digestible and is considered to be an alkaline food, which is great for promoting balance in the body.

One especially beneficial fact about millet is that serotonin is naturally present, meaning this food is perfect for promoting a happy mood. Serotonin also has calming properties, making millet a good choice as a breakfast option ahead of a stressful day! Also, millet is free from gluten and doesn’t contain any allergens. This means that there is no limit to who can enjoy this grain as a staple of their diet!

Breakfast Millet2.pngTo make this breakfast dish for one to two people, you will need the following ingredients:

2 cups / 16fl oz / 450ml of water
1 cup / 70z / 200g of millet, uncooked weight
1 cup / 8fl oz / 225ml of nut milk
1/4 cup / 1oz / 25g of pumpkin seeds
A drizzle of maple syrup
A handful of your favourite berries

Breakfast Millet3.pngThe first step is to place the water in a large saucepan on a high heat and bring to the boil before adding the millet. You can then reduce the heat to low and leave to simmer for 15 minutes, remembering to stir occasionally.

The next step is to add the nut milk and continue to cook on a low heat for five minutes while stirring. After this time you can remove the pan from the heat and stir in the pumpkin seeds.

Finally, divide the millet between two servings bowls and drizzle with maple syrup. For an extra added antioxidant boost, top with your favourite berries (personally, I love blueberries with this one) and serve immediately!

This is one of the recipes from my book – Eat Real Foods – which was released today!!! You can order your copy in the UK by clicking here and order your copy in the U.S by clicking here!

Green Sprouted Oat and Chia Porridge

Starting your morning with a nutritious breakfast is the best way to equip your body and mind for the day ahead. Oats are an amazing low-calorie choice that are great for many functions in the body, not least the health of your heart! The addition of pumpkin seeds, cacao nibs, goji berries, chia seeds and chlorella make this a superfood option that packs a wealth of vitamins, minerals and more!

Chlorella has not featured too much in my recipes before. It is a type of algae that is so nutritious that it is often used to make nutritional supplements and medicine. It is available in powder form and as well as being full of healthy essential compounds it is also high in protein and fiber.

To make this porridge for two people, you will need the following ingredients:

1 cup of sprouted oats (Rude Health is my favourite for this)
1/4 of a cup of chia seeds
1 cup of water
1 tsp. of chlorella or spirulina
Top with pumpkin seeds, cacao nibs and goji berries
*Optional strawberry chia seed jam to garnish

Green Sprouted Oat and Chia Porridge2To get started making this delicious breakfast dish you must first add the water and the oats into a medium sized pan. Turn up the heat and bring the oats and water to the boil before you then leave to simmer for ten minutes. After this time has passed the oats should be soft. At this point you can add the chia seeds into the oats and if it is still not as soft as you desire then leave the oats to simmer for a further five minutes. This will also give the chia seeds a chance to expand.

Once the oats have cooked and swelled, remove the pan from the heat and stir in the chlorella.  After a few minutes you can move the oats into a dish (such as this gorgeous bowl and plate from L’Objet!!) and top with pumpkin seeds, cacao nibs and goji berries. If you have any of your strawberry chia seed jam left in the fridge from last week then, like my eight year old, you might enjoy adding this to your porridge too!

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Cabbage and Raisin Mash

I needed a new twist on the good ol’ cabbage for my kids…. and so as I was cooking the cabbage, this literally came to me! Make it a mash! And that’s exactly what this is – super quick, easy and totally delicious. I think you will love it and if you have kids, so will they!

Cabbage is so so so full of goodness and children often miss out on this fantastic source of nutrition because they are perhaps not fond of the appearance, texture or taste. However, with mash this is no longer a problem and the inclusion of a selection of sweet ingredients ensures that they are more than happy to eat it!

Cabbage’s potential in regards to cancer prevention has been explored extensively with promising results. Close to 500 studies have taken place relating to cruciferous vegetables and cancer prevention, with cabbage proving it is well worth including frequently in your diet. This is mostly because of the high antioxidant count but is also attributed to its anti-inflammatory potential. Cabbage is also an excellent source of manganese and vitamin C – both of which are absolutely essential if we are to maintain optimum health.

To make this meal even healthier, the dash of cinnamon has been included. Cinnamon has been appreciated throughout history for its healing abilities. Among the amazing things it can do for your body are maintaining blood sugar levels, preventing the growth of bad bacteria in the body and also it helps blood to clot properly. All of that aside, it tastes great and is easy to add into your food everyday!

To make enough to serve 4-6 people find the following ingredients:

1 head of savoy cabbage,
1/2 a cup of coconut milk
1/4 of a cup of raisins
A dash of cinnamon

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The first thing you’ll need to do is cut the cabbage into quarters and then slice off the stem. You can then take the quarters and cut them into one-inch strips. The next step is to bring a large pot of water to the boil and add in the cabbage. Boil this pan for 3-5 minutes until the cabbage is somewhat soft. Next, place the cabbage, coconut milk, raisins and cinnamon into your food processor and whiz away until smooth. Finally, place the cabbage mash into bowls and then top with a few more raisins and a sprinkle of cinnamon!

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Chestnut Chia Savory Pancakes with Peach Salsa

Pancakes are no longer just a meal for the morning! With this dish you can nourish your body at any time of the day with a combination of savory pancakes and sweet peaches. Peaches are at their freshest during the summer months but they are generally available all year round. This fruit is a rich source of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E as well as several complex B vitamins. Additionally, peaches are a delicious dose of potassium, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, iron and zinc! Peaches will also provide you with a healthy portion of fiber, however, the majority of the fiber is in the skin so be sure to eat this too!

As you’ll be able to tell from several of my previous recipes, I LOVE chia seeds and the benefits they bring to the body are so incredible considering their tiny size! Check out this post to find out all about them! Then, when you’re ready to try these pancakes for yourself, find the following ingredients!

For the Pancakes:

2 and a 1/2 cups of chestnut flour
1/4 of a cup of chia seeds
3 tsp. of caraway seeds
1 and a 1/2 tsp. of ground turmeric
2 tsp. of sea salt
1 small red chilli, de-seeded and finely chopped
2 and a 1/2 cups of water
Coconut oil for frying

For the Peach Salsa:

4 ripe peaches, peeled, pitted and chopped
1 red chilli, de-seeded and finely chopped
1 green jalepeno chilli, de-seeded and finely chopped
3 Tbsp. of fresh lime juice
2 Tbsp. of olive oil
1 tsp. of coconut nectar/syrup or honey
Sea salt and pepper to taste
A handful of fresh coriander, chopped

savory_chia_pancakesAll you have to do to make the peach salsa is to add all the ingredients into a bowl and whisk together.

Then, to make the pancakes, take a large bowl and whisk all the ingredients together except the water. Next, slowly pour the water in, whisking as you go, until a batter is formed. Cover the batter and then let it sit for 30 minutes.

The next step is to heat an 8-inch skillet and melt the coconut oil until it covers the hot pan. After 30 minutes, whisk the batter again and pour about a 1/3 of a cup into the skillet. Cook the pancake for approximately two minutes until the edges start to turn brown. Then using a spatula, carefully flip the pancake over the other side and cook for another two minutes. It doesn’t need to be perfect! Add more oil before cooking each pancake. Once the pancakes are all cooked, serve immediately with the peach salsa.

Green Acai Berry Bowl

Green Smoothies were all the rage last year but for 2014, there’s a new Superhero in town called the BOWL!  Yup, the bowl is prettier and can be decorated easier than a boring glass.  So, here’s a twist on the smoothie:  The Green Acai Berry Bowl.  And trust me, it’s much easier to get your kids to eat this when it’s in a bowl and decorated with pure goodness.

IMG_1314It’s so quick and easy to make so grab yourself these ingredients:

1 banana (frozen is good if you want it nice and cold!)

1/2 cup coconut water

3 dates (pitted)

1 pear

large handful of spinach

1 teaspoon of acai powder (or more if you fancy!)

For the topping:

Well, you can add just about anything you like.  For this post, I added blueberries, coconut flakes and bee pollen!  Yum!

The acai berry is one of the healthiest berries you will ever find!  This antioxidant-rich fruit has been tooted for centuries as a healing, immune-stimulating, energy-boosting fruit.  Hurray!  A foreign relative of the blueberry and cranberry, studies have shown that this antioxidant-rich berry may be able to help in the prevention of diseases associated with oxidative damage, not to mention many other health benefits like digestion and weight loss!  I’m all over this berry……Enjoy!

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Chia Coconut Pancakes

It’s about time I posted a breakfast, right? I was psyched about this one as it’s different but easy to make.  AND the nutritional value is out of this world.  There are a lot of pancake recipes out there that use wholewheat flour, but coconut flour is new and now my new best friend.  Coconut flour is a delicious, healthy alternative to wheat and other grain flours. Ground from dried, defatted coconut meat, coconut flour is high in fibre and low in digestible carbohydrates. A single 2 Tbsp serving of coconut flour delivers 5 grams of fibre with only 8 grams of carbs.  Lovin’ that, right?!

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And don’t even get my started on Coconut Oil!  Coconuts are everywhere now and I’m loving it!  From shampoo to moisturiser, to cooking and putting into your smoothies (yes!  smoothies!) you can’t go wrong with Coconut Oil!  Listen up!

Here are the Health Benefits of Virgin Coconut Oil:

Coconut oil is made up of medium-chain fatty acids that accelerate and stimulates metabolism, and definitely gives you more energy.  Coconut oil has a good quantity of caprylic acid in it which is well known to kill off excess candida by targeting harmful bacteria.  It is also rich in lauric acid which protects your heart by reducing total cholesterol and increasing the good cholesterol.

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And here is an astounding fact about coconut oil; even though it is a fat, it can actually help with weight loss!  The healthy medium chain fatty acids do not circulate in the bloodstream like other fats; they are sent directly to the liver and are converted into energy. Thus the body does not store the fat in coconut oil as fat; it uses it to produce energy instead.  Loving that one!

Also, it doesn’t produce an insulin spike – instead, it actually helps to control blood sugar by improving the secretion of insulin.  So, good for diabetics!  And lastly, (although there are MANY more benefits!) coconut oil as studies done on residents in the Pacific Islands showed that their diets included 30-60% of their calories from saturated coconut oil and yet they have a nearly non-existent rate of cardiovascular disease!

And don’t even get my started on the topical benefits.  Yes!  You can put it on your skin and hair! It speeds up healing on the skin but is also a great moisturiser as well as conditioner for the hair!

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If you’re wondering how the heck are we going to make pancakes without eggs?!  Well, that’s one of the many beauties of chia seeds…. they can be used as an egg replacement as well!  Yes, C’est vrai!  Simply combine 1 Tbsp of Chia with 3 Tbsp of water and let the seeds expand for about 20 minutes, and voila!  You have a seriously healthy alternative to eggs!  The benefits of Chia Seeds are seriously UNREAL – well, have a look at my other post called ‘Chia Seeds – A Cool Superfood’ and you’ll see why.  With the combo of coconut and chia – this breakfast is super special, nutritious and superfood delicious!  Grab yourself these ingredients!

Makes about 12 silver dollar pancakes:

6 Tbsp chia combined with 18 Tbsp water (let sit and expand for at least 20 minutes)

1/3 cup coconut oil

2/3 cup coconut milk

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/4 cup coconut palm sugar

1/2 cup coconut flour

1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

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You will first need to combine the chia seed mixture, coconut oil, coconut milk, vanilla and coconut sugar in a large bowl. You can then add coconut flour and baking powder. Mix again until lumps are incorporated. Scoop about a 1/4 cup of the mixture onto your hot pan to make your silver dollar pancakes.  YUM!

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Papaya and Coconut Milk Shake

Making a shake can be a great thing to do anytime of the day, whether you want one in place of breakfast or even after a workout, it’s an invigorating way to boost your body. Milk shakes aren’t famous for their nutritional content and, are more of than not, synonymous with fat and unhealthy ingredients. This Papaya and Coconut Milk Shake is the complete opposite of what the name suggests and is a great way to start, continue or end the day.

papaya-and-coconut-shake grassrootsandgrains5To make enough of this milk shake for two glasses you’ll need:

1 banana
1/2 a papaya
1 cup of coconut water
1/2 a cup of fresh coconut meat
1 cup of ice cubes

Take your high speed blender and mix all of the ingredients together, then you’re ready to serve! It’s as simple as that. You can either pour a glass for yourself and save half for later or you can be super generous and make the other glass for someone else!

papaya-and-coconut-shake grassrootsandgrains4The flesh of the papaya is a rich orange colour with round black seeds inside. The seeds are edible, just as the flesh is, however the seeds have a slightly more bitter taste. The papaya fruit contains an enzyme called papain which is essential for the bodies process of digesting proteins. Papain is more relevant in the fruit when it is less ripe, however in any quantity it is great for your system.

papaya-and-coconut-shake grassrootsandgrains3The papaya fruit is rich in vitamins C, A, E and K as well as potassium and fibre. Its many nutritional benefits and antioxidant properties are fantastic for keeping your cardiovascular system in check whilst also helping to keep some cancers at bay. Eating papaya will also help to promote healthy levels of cholesterol in the body as well as encouraging optimum digestive health.

papaya-and-coconut-shake grassrootsandgrains2Coconuts are frequently over-looked as a health food, especially in some parts of America, however in the right quantity, they can be a great addition to your diet. The nutritional value of your coconut may vary depending on its age and level of ripeness, generally, the younger coconut is better for carbs whilst the more mature ones have a greater protein count. Regardless of its age, a coconut will have a generous amount of dietary fibre, iron, calcium and vitamin A. They are also packed with potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, and manganese – just to name a few!As well as being incredibly flavoursome, coconuts contain an impressive amount of lauric acid which is antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral; making it an all-round amazing addition to your body. It is also thought that coconuts will help you maintain and even lose weight whilst also reducing your risk of heart disease!

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Chia Porridge with Spicy Pineapple Topping

If you tried my Chocolate Chai Chai Pudding then you’ll already know how easy it is to include chia seeds in a delicious dish. Packed with nutrients and full of goodness, chia seeds are a fantastic addition to your morning meal and will give you the boost you may need to get going! Porridge is an amazing choice for breakfast, for so many reasons, and will help you feel fuller throughout the day. If you like to experiment with different toppings for your porridge and are ready to try something a little bit different, then my Chia Porridge with Spicy Pineapple Topping is just what you’re looking for!

chia-porridge-with-spicy-pineapple-topping-grassrootsandgrains (4)To make a bowl for yourself, you’ll need the following ingredients:

2/3 of a cup of porridge oats
1 cup of milk of your choice (I like hazelnut, almond, oat) or water
A dash of freshly squeezed lemon juice (½ a tsp.)
2 tbsp. of chia seeds

chia-porridge-with-spicy-pineapple-topping-grassrootsandgrains (3)Then for the pineapple topping you’ll need:

1/3 of a pineapple (1 pound)
The zest of 1/2 a lime
1/2 a vanilla pod, scraped
1 star anise
2 cardamom pods, crushed in a mortar and pestle
A pinch of Himalayan sea salt (optional)
1/4 of a tsp. of ground ginger
1/4 of a tsp. of ground cinnamon
1 tbsp. of raw honey

chia-porridge-with-spicy-pineapple-topping-grassrootsandgrains (2)To make this dish for breakfast, you have to prepare it the night before! But don’t worry, it’s not a long process and it means you simply have to serve yourself in the morning – no fuss!

chia-porridge-with-spicy-pineapple-topping-grassrootsandgrains (10)So to begin, take your porridge oats, milk, chia seeds and combine together in a jar or a bowl with the dash of lime. Place in the fridge and leave overnight.

chia-porridge-with-spicy-pineapple-topping-grassrootsandgrains (6)Next you can turn your attention to creating the spicy pineapple topping. Begin by cutting your pineapple into chunks which you can then place in a large jar or container.

chia-porridge-with-spicy-pineapple-topping-grassrootsandgrains (5)Then, using your pestle and mortar, crush the whole spices and leave to one side.

chia-porridge-with-spicy-pineapple-topping-grassrootsandgrains (8)Next, add the remaining ingredients into the same container and mash together with the pineapple with a large spoon. This will release the juices of the pineapple but be sure to leave a few good chunks intact! You can then add in the crushed spices from your pestle and mortar.

chia-porridge-with-spicy-pineapple-topping-grassrootsandgrains (7)Cover your container with an airtight lid and then place in the fridge, alongside your porridge, to marinate. This only has to be left for an hour so you can make it fresh before your meal or do it the night before with the porridge. The pineapple mix will last for approximately one week, so totally up to you!

Pineapples are low in calories but contain high amounts of essential minerals and vitamins. Also, there is no saturated fat or cholesterol in the flesh, so it is great for restoring the natural balance of your body. Pineapples are a great source of bromelain which is an enzyme that aids digestion by breaking down protein. Bromelain has anti-clotting, anti-inflammatory and ant-cancer properties and getting a generous amount of it into your diet will help your body keep things like arthritis at bay.

chia-porridge-with-spicy-pineapple-topping-grassrootsandgrainsCardamom pods have many health promoting properties and have a high antioxidant count as well as containing many essential oils for the body. It is also a fantastic source of calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron and manganese, making it great for overall heart health as well as your blood pressure.

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