Goji Berry Ice Cream

Making ice cream absolutely does not have to require an ice cream maker! This recipe shows you how to use your blender to create a tasty yet nutritious sweet ice cream treat. It is the perfect thing to enjoy on a hot summer’s day. This recipe is so great for your kids because there is nothing bad in it but it still tastes just as amazing as regular ice cream – your kids certainly won’t be complaining about this healthy dish!

Goji berries are one of my favourite superfoods. They are super easy to include in recipes and also have a fantastic flavour. They have a gorgeous pink colouring which adds an interesting twist to recipes when you blend them in. Just a quarter cup serving of goji berries contains as much as 180% of your RDA of vitamin A. This natural antioxidant works to protect your body against free radical damage. Vitamin A is also linked to the health of your vision and goji berries are often connected with decreasing the prevalence of age-related loss of sight. These powerful berries are now commonly available in shops and health food stores, making them easy to include regularly in your diet.

Goji Berry Ice Cream2To make enough of this ice cream to serve four people, you will need the following ingredients:

1 ripe banana, peeled and frozen
1/2 cup / 2oz / 55g of goji berries
1/2 cup/ 2oz / 55g of blueberries
1/2 cup / 3oz / 85g of pitted dates
1 tsp of ground cinnamon

Goji Berry Ice CreamThe first step is to pre-soak the goji berries in a bowl of cold water for ten minutes before rinsing and draining. You can then place the berries in a blender with the rest of the ingredients and blitz for two minutes, or until the mixture forms a smooth creamy consistency.

Then all you have to do is spoon the mixture into an airtight container and freeze for three to four hours. It is then ready to be served with fresh fruit or alone for a deliciously simple treat.

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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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Healthy Hot Chocolate

So, some of you may have seen this before but, if like me you’re enduring the miserable weather in London, you’ll be happy to see it again!

A gorgeous cup of hot chocolate is an indulgence that most of us love to partake in. Whether it’s first thing in the morning, after a meal or before bed, hot chocolate is always something to look forward to. However, regardless of how delicious it may be, many hot chocolate products can be full of sugar, calories and saturated fat. For all of you who love this drink but aren’t so keen on the often poor nutrition involved, I have created this recipe for healthy plant based hot chocolate!

healthy hot chocolate grassrootsandgrains1To make enough to serve six, you need only the following ingredients:

1500 ml of plant based milk. Almond is perfect!
8 tsp of raw cacao (120 grams)
20 tsp of coconut palm sugar (300 grams)
1 tsp of lucuma
1 tsp of blueberry powder
1/2 a cinnamon stick
Goji berries as your marshmallows

healthy hot chocolate grassrootsandgrains2So all you have to do is heat your chosen milk whilst whisking in the raw cacao, coconut palm sugar, lucuma and blueberry powder. Once everything is combined and heated then you can add the cinnamon stick and leave to simmer for five minutes.

healthy hot chocolate grassrootsandgrains3Next, simply pour into as many mugs as you require and top with the goji berries and wait for them to go soft before you enjoy!

Goji berries are an amazing addition to your diet and have many great health benefits. Native to China, goji berries have long been used to treat some common problems such as high blood pressure and diabetes. As the goji berry is full of powerful antioxidants it is good for your bodies process of eradicating free radicals and encouraging positive health. Although it has never been proven, many people believe that a diet rich in antioxidants may slow the ageing process. It has also been suggested that goji berries have the potential to improve brain health which could prevent diseases which are age related like Alzheimer’s.

healthy hot chocolate grassrootsandgrains5The use of lucuma powder in this healthy hot chocolate is in place of the normal sweeteners you might expect in such a treat. Lucuma powder is made from the lucuma fruit which is native to Peru. It makes such a great alternative to other sweeteners as it is low on the glycemic index and also contains many nutrients such as beta-carotene, vitamin B3, zinc and iron, it is also rich in calcium and protein.

healthy hot chocolate grassrootsandgrains4Cinnamon can be added to almost anything and is full of goodness. By just including a little bit in your diet each day you will be lowering your cholesterol, regulating your blood sugar levels, boosting brain health and even protecting against some cancers! It is also proven to be a natural food preservative thanks to its anti-bacterial properties!

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Red Velvet Soup

When it comes to getting lots of nutrients into one dish, soup is the perfect way to do it. Within reason there’s no limit to how much goodness you can blend into any recipe and you can also mix in supplements without compromising the taste! Choosing to prepare soup is also a great way to make a lot of food with minimal fuss – which is perfect when you’ve got many mouths to feed at dinner time! This tasty dish takes just five minutes to prep for and a further 40 to cook, meaning you can easily make it fresh in the evening. My eight year old calls this his “favourite meal in the whole wide world” and he can easily polish off seconds and then thirds if there’s any left! To see what all the fuss is about and make some yourself, you’ll need the following ingredients:

red velvet soup grassrootsandgrains12 tbsp. of unrefined virgin coconut oil
1 & 1/2 tsp. of cumin seeds
1 & 1/2 tsp. of black mustard seeds
1 onion, chopped
1 tbsp. of fresh ginger, grated
2 tsp. of turmeric
2 tsp. of ground cumin
Pink Himalayan salt
2 cups of chopped tomatoes
8 cups of veggie stock
2 cups of red lentils, rinsed
1 cinnamon stick
1/2 a lime, freshly squeezedred velvet soup grassrootsandgrains3
1/2 tsp. of agave nectar
1/4 cup of chopped coriander, to garnish

To begin, heat the coconut oil at medium heat in a large pan and add only the mustard and cumin seeds. Sauté the contents of the pan until they begin to pop and then quickly include the onion, ginger, turmeric, ground cumin and a pinch of the salt. Continue to sauté for a further two or three minutes and then chuck in the two cups of chopped tomatoes and an additional quarter tablespoon of salt. Now give your ingredients a quick stir and continue to sauté for another two minutes.

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Now you can include your first half cup of veggie stock and cook until the liquid is reduced by approximately a half. When you can see that this has happened, it’s time to add the red lentils and stir well before adding the remaining seven and a half cups of stock and the cinnamon stick. Next you must turn the heat up to bring your concoction to the boil and then lower the heat again before covering and allowing to simmer for a good 30 minutes.

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After 30 minutes the lentils should be tender so you can now add another quarter tablespoon of the Pink Himalayan salt and leave to simmer again for another five minutes. Now you can remove the cinnamon stick and stir in the juice of your lime and the agave nectar. Then it’s time for the fun part, blending it all up! Pour the entire contents of the pan into your blender and blitz it until it’s smooth.red velvet soup grassrootsandgrains6

You can now serve into bowls, garnish with the chopped coriander and enjoy!

The combination of everything in this recipe will do great things for your energy levels as well as providing many other health benefits. Red lentils in particular are often spoken of as a super food with anti ageing properties. They are incredibly rich in protein and fibre as well as containing high levels of manganese, iron, potassium and vitamin B1. Including red lentils in your diet is a fantastic way to lower cholesterol whilst also maintaining blood sugar levels.

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As we already know, turmeric is brilliant for the system and cumin, coriander and ginger are also amazing ways to give the body a subtle boost. The chopped tomatoes included in this recipe bring a happy dose of lycopene to the table which research suggests prevents many types of cancer.

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