The BEST Dressing EVER!

I am always super excited to find new products that make it easier to get the nutrients my body needs without all the time consuming preparation of always eating fresh! The Super Elixir Alkalising Greens by Welleco is one such product that I’ve recently discovered and now  I can not get enough of it! I aim to include a dose in diet every day and as well as helping to keep me healthy, it also brings a dose of flavour when used in smoothies and other basic recipes. 

The Super Elixir Alkalising Greens by Welleco is an all-in-one plant-based daily supplement that has been developed by leading nutritional doctors around the world. During the creation of this supplement, these doctors use only premium, bio-available nutrients from whole foods! What does this mean exactly? Well, bio-available nutrients are those that are alive, intact and absorbable! This means that you are getting all of the good stuff with none of the synthetic nasties!

By using this incredible supplement every day you can expect your overall nutrition to improve and the function of your immune system to become better also! Furthermore, you will notice that your energy levels are much more consistent and that your hair, nails and skin will all have a healthy glow.

One of the things I love most about this supplement is that it is totally vegan and totally gluten-free, which means practically anyone and everyone can use it and benefit from it!

When you consume The Super Elixir Alkalising Greens by Welleco your body will also have the advantage of having the help it needs to keep within a healthy alkaline range. Your body will also enjoy the wealth of Omega-3 and vitamins and minerals contained within – meaning you will have to pay less attention to getting these things from other sources.

Finding fun ways to include healthy supplements in your diet is a great thing to do and my recipe for The BEST Dressing EVER helps you to do just that!

The Super Elixir Alkalising Greens by Welleco2.pngTo make a batch for yourself you will need the following ingredients:

1/2 an avocado
2 tsp. of Super Elixir Alkalising Greens
4 tbsp. of extra-virgin olive oil
60 ml of freshly squeezed orange juice
2 tsp. of apple cider vinegar
1 tsp. of lemon juice
A pinch of salt and pepper

All you have to do is combine all of the ingredients in your food processor and whizz until the dressing is smooth.

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Almond Tofu Curry

You can’t beat a good curry and this super healthy, super tasty recipe is a testament to that! The sweet potato forms just a small part of the recipe but is actually where a lot of the sustenance and nutrition lies! Sweet potatoes are especially high in vitamin A, vitamin B5, thiamin, niacin and riboflavin! They are also high in carotenoids, which is where their fantastic colour comes from!

Adding tofu to this dish also helps to make it a filling, wholesome meal. Tofu contains beneficial amounts of protein as well as being a great plant-based source of calcium. Tofu also contains a type of phytoestrogens, known as isoflavones. These plant hormones have health boosting properties and are thought to protect against osteoporosis, heart disease and certain types of cancer.

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

1 onion, diced
2 chillies, finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
An inch of ginger, finely chopped
1 cup of whole almonds
1 tablespoon of tamarind paste
A dash of water
1 tablespoon of coconut oil
1 block of firm tofu, cut into chunks
400ml of coconut milk
200ml of vegetable stock
1 large sweet potato, cut into chunks
2 cups of broccoli, chopped
1 cup of fresh spinach

Almond Tofu Curry2To get started you must first place the onion, chillies, garlic, ginger, almonds and tamarind paste into your food processor with a dash of water. You can then blitz into a paste. Feel free to add a dash more water if necessary.

Almond Tofu Curry3You can then add this paste to a large skillet with the coconut oil and cook on a medium heat. After a few moments you should then add in the chunks of tofu. Stir the skillet and cook for 15 minutes before adding in the coconut milk and vegetable stock. Continue to stir well and then add in the sweet potato and broccoli. Leave to cook for ten minutes before you add in the spinach and then cook for a further five minutes before serving.

You can either eat as it is or serve over brown rice or quinoa.

This is a recipe from an upcoming course on my e-learning portal, The Flexi Foodie Academy – head there now to check out what’s already on offer!

Sautéed Broccoli with Sun Dried Tomatoes

As the weather slowly starts to warm up, many of us look to find lighter meals that will still provide us with the nourishment we need. This dish does exactly that without compromising on flavour either!

Broccoli is the perfect vegetable to load your plate with during the summer months as it is filling without being heavy. Being low in calories as well as high in essential vitamins and minerals is just one of many great things about broccoli. It is a particularly rich source of vitamin C and vitamin K, as well as folate, potassium and fibre! 

Sautéed Broccoli with Sun Dried Tomatoes2The rich flavour of sun dried tomatoes is hard to beat and they are also a serious competitor when it comes to their nutritional value. Including them in your cooking regularly is an easy way to up your fibre intake, which can help you to prevent constipation as well as leave you feeling fuller. When it comes to getting minerals into your body, sun dried tomatoes are a fantastic option. they are especially rich in potassium and magnesium, which is good for your nervous system and energy production respectively.

Sautéed Broccoli with Sun Dried Tomatoes3To make this dish for two people you will need the following ingredients:

3 cups of broccoli florets
1 cup of sun dried tomatoes, chopped
1 red pepper, diced
1 small onion, diced
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 tablespoon of coconut oil

The first step is to heat the onion and the garlic in a large skillet with the coconut oil. After a few moments, add in the red pepper and continue to fry for five more minutes. You can then add in the broccoli and lower the heat slightly as you continue to fry for a further ten minutes. Finally, add the sun dried tomatoes into the skillet, fry for five more minutes and then serve into two bowls. 

Sautéed Broccoli with Sun Dried Tomatoes4.pngThis is a recipe from an upcoming course on my e-learning portal, The Flexi Foodie Academy – head there now to check out what’s already on offer!

Superfood Smoothie

Here you have two of my favourite superfoods in one super smoothie! But don’t forget that just like goji berries and raw cacao, you have a few other ‘super’ foods in this one too, such as kale, blueberries, and even lucuma. Essentially, it’s an all-round winner for your health!

Goji berries are one of the best berries you can include in your diet and also bring a touch of colour to recipes. They are especially high in vitamin C and fibre, whilst also being a great plant-based source of iron and vitamin A. They also pack a decent dose of protein and are fairly low calorie.

Blueberries are another fantastic type of berry and are generally more well-known than goji berries. Blueberries are bursting with antioxidants and research has shown that they are particularly good for brain health and the nervous system. Certain studies have even suggested they can help to improve memory function. When you freeze blueberries you will preserve the nutrients within, so it’s always a good idea to stock up when they are in season and enjoy throughout the year. A one cup serving of these berries will provide your body with ample vitamin K, manganese, vitamin C, fibre and copper, among many other health boosting vitamins and minerals.

Superfood Smoothie2To make enough of this super smoothie for one or two people, you will need the following ingredients:

1 tbsp of goji berries
2 cups / 16fl oz / 450ml of coconut water
1 banana, peeled
1 tsp of lucuma powder
1 tsp of raw cacao
1/2 cup / 2oz / 55g of blueberries
A handful of kale

You will first need to pre-soak the goji berries in a bowl of cold water for ten minutes before draining and rinsing. You can then place the berries in a blender with the rest of the ingredients and blitz for one to two minutes, or until smooth. 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!

Apple and Avocado Smoothie

Apple and Avocado SmoothieThis is a great smoothie for a quick breakfast or for an energising snack. Once you try it you will be left with no doubt that this smoothie rocks! Having a healthy smoothie for breakfast is such a great way to start the day and can be much quicker than preparing a meal. It can also help you get large amounts of nutrients from one quick drink!

Although I often use avocado in my recipes and frequently talk about their benefits, I would like to re-touch on the health benefits of eating them every day! Research has shown that people who eat avocados tend to have a much higher nutrient intake than those who don’t and are also likely to have a lower BMI. Check out the following five reasons why you should eat a whole avocado every day!

  • Avocados  are a great source of heart healthy fats. This type of fat can reduce the risk of cardiovascular problems as well as lowering cholesterol levels.
  • Eating an avocado every day can help to manage your weight and even support weight loss. They will leave you feeling satisfied for longer which means you are less likely to snack between meals.
  • Avocados are useful for managing blood sugar levels which means they will help to lower your risk of developing diabetes.
  • Chronic inflammation in the body can cause a wide range of health problems. Eating avocados helps to fight inflammation thanks to the oleic acid contained within. This compound is also found in olive oil.
  • Avocados contain a healthy dose of vitamin K which is essential for building strong bones.

Apple and Avocado Smoothie2Getting avocado into your diet every day doesn’t have to be difficult and including this smoothie will help you on your way!

To make one for yourself, you will need the following ingredients:

1/2 an avocado, peeled and de-stoned
1 green apple, roughly chopped
1 cup / 8fl oz / 225ml of coconut milk
1 cup / 2 1/2 oz / 70g of spinach
Juice of 1/2 a lemon
3 ice cubes

All you have to do is place all of the ingredients in a blender and blitz until smooth. When blending with ice it is best to start on a low speed and gradually speed up. Alternatively you can blitz it first and serve over ice. 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!

Kale and Spinach Pesto

A wonderful twist on the classic pesto! Filled with three amazing greens and using flaxseed oil instead of the traditional olive oil. Flaxseeds are GREAT for your health for so many reasons and I really suggest finding ways to incorporate them into your diet. Many people actually refer to flaxseeds as the original superfood because they have been consumed as a food for many thousands of years.

The most well known benefits of flaxseeds are that they improve your digestion, promote clearer skin, regulate your hormones and also that they work to lower your cholesterol levels. However, consuming them regularly can also help to combat any sugar cravings that you might be experiencing, as well as helping to protect against cancer and encourage weight loss.

Flaxseeds are also often called linseeds and are widely available in both health food stores and normal supermarkets. Just a one ounce serving of flaxseeds (which equates to roughly three teaspoons) will provide your body with 8g of fibre, 6g of protein, 35% of your recommended daily allowance of manganese and 30% of your recommended daily allowance of magnesium. In addition to all of those amazing things, it will also supply you with an ample amount of phosphorous, selenium and a range of other vitamins, minerals and antioxidants! What’s not to love?!

Kale and Spinach Pesto3To make this pesto to serve four people, you will need the following ingredients:

2 cups / 5oz / 140g of kale
2 cups / 5oz / 140g of spinach
2 cloves of garlic, peeled
3 tbsp of almonds
2 tbsp of flaxseed oil
A handful of fresh cilantro (coriander), trimmed and chopped
1 tbsp of lemon juice
1/2 a tsp of pink Himalayan sea salt
1/2 a tsp of freshly ground black pepper

Kale and Spinach Pesto2Place all of the ingredients into your blender and blitz for a few minutes, adding more flaxseed oil or lemon juice if necessary to reach your preferred consistency. And that’s it!

You can serve this pesto with your favourite pasta dish for a tasty meal! I love quinoa and corn pasta but my kids prefer whole wheat, so take your pick and enjoy. Adding a handful of cashew nuts on top isn’t necessary but will give you that extra little bit of nutrition and flavour!

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!

Kale and Spinach Pesto

Raw Coconut Balls

If you are a coconut junkie, then this will quickly become your go-to snack! Packed with superfoods and natural sweeteners, this recipe will also help keep any sweet cravings in check. These balls may be small (which is great for taking them everywhere with you!) but they contain some serious nutrition which makes them the perfect pick-me-up throughout the day. I especially recommend them before and after exercise to give your body the energy it needs!

Lucuma is one of my favourite natural sweeteners and you can buy it in powder form. It is made from a subtropical fruit tree that is native to South America which can reach heights of 50 feet! Not only is this sweetener free from gluten, but it also contains a range of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. It is useful for giving your immune system a boost as well as contributing to the function of several essential functions in the body. Lucuma powder is especially high in potassium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. Using lucuma in your baking instead of regular sweeteners can help to bring about some serious benefits and promote optimal health.

Raw Coconut Balls2.pngTo make 10 – 12 of these balls, you will need the following ingredients:

2 cups / 70z / 200g of desiccated coconut (plus extra for rolling)
2 tbsp of coconut oil
2 tbsp of raw honey
1 tsp of lucuma powder
1 tsp of chia seeds

Raw Coconut BallsThe first step is to place all the ingredients in a blender and blitz for two to three minutes, or until you have a thick, coarse mixture. You can then remove the mixture from the blender and, using a large melon baller or your fingers, scoop and shape the mixture into 10–12 balls.

Roll each of the balls in a little bit of desiccated coconut, and place in the refrigerator to chill for about 20 minutes before serving. This tasty treat will stay fresh in your refrigerator for up to three days. As mentioned previously, these balls are great for taking with you as you go about your busy day and will give you an energy boost when you need it!

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!

Natural Foods for Better Energy

Increasing your energy levels is a concept that the majority of us would love to know more about. As our days become busier and more hectic, finding a way to get through till bedtime is often at the forefront of our minds. I am always excited to discover new ways to manage this naturally and, of course, food is my favourite weapon when it comes to doing so! Altering your diet to include high energy options is arguably the best way to keep yourself motivated and energised during the day. The following foods are easy to work into your diet every day and you will soon feel the health benefits of doing so.

Edamame makes for a great snack and will help your energy levels to soar. Also known as soybeans, they are high in nutrients that work to energise the body. When you eat edamame every day, you will be naturally increasing the B vitamins in your body, as well as your phosphorous and copper levels. It is a great idea to have an adequate amount of B vitamins because they help to break carbohydrates down into glucose, which the body then uses as fuel! They are also a fantastic source of fibre and protein so get them on the menu!

Opting for a whole grain cereal in the morning will help to prepare you for the day ahead when it comes to keeping your energy up. Whole grain cereals are high in fibre and this will help glucose to be released slowly throughout the day, thereby giving you more consistent energy levels. It is not difficult to find whole grain cereals that have been fortified with a range of vitamins and minerals, which means that your body will get even more of a boost!

Keeping a bag of nuts and dried fruit with you at all times is a great emergency go-to when you feel your energy levels begin to drop. Nuts and dried fruit contain an amazing combination of protein, fibre and healthy fat which is exactly what you need in a moment of low energy. It is best to make your own mix of fruit and nuts so that you can select the raw, unsalted varieties. Put together a huge batch and you can then take smaller portions with you each day.

Including these three things in your diet regularly will soon have you bursting with the energy that you need to approach your days full of positivity!

If you want to learn more about how nutrition can help you to maintain optimal health and high energy levels, then head over to the Flexi Foodie Academy!

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.

This is one of the recipes from my soon to be released book – Eat Real Foods! You can pre-order your copy in the UK by clicking here and pre-order your copy in the U.S by clicking here!

Mushroom Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

My cabbage rolls not only look great when served at a party but they taste fantastic too! They are the perfect snack or appetiser when you have guests over. Also, these rolls are stuffed with all good things, so they are bursting with nutrition, and they are so easy to make!

Cabbage isn’t often thought of as an exciting food and is most popularly used in soups and stews. However, there are so many ways that you can be original with it. The fact that cabbage is so good for your body is an additional reason to find ways to work it into your diet regularly. Cabbage contains high levels of antioxidants and is known to stimulate detoxifying enzymes in the body. It is also incredibly rich in vitamin K and vitamin C as well as other vital nutrients.

To make 8 – 10 rolls, you will need the following ingredients:

For the rolls:

1 small white cabbage

For the filling:

1 tbsp of coconut oil
1 medium white onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, peeled and minced
2 cups / 5 1/2 oz / 150g of button mushrooms, washed & finely chopped
Pinch of pink Himalayan sea salt

For the sauce:

1 tbsp of coconut oil
1 clove of garlic, peeled and minced
3 large tomatoes
2 cups / 16fl oz / 450ml of cold water
1 cup /2 1/2 oz / 70g of spinach

Mushroom Stuffed Cabbage Rolls3The first step is to remove 10 outer leaves from the cabbage—being careful not to damage the leaves as you do so. Next, bring a large pan of water to the boil on a high heat before adding the cabbage leaves. Allow to cook for a few moments then reduce the heat. Leave the leaves in the pan on a low heat for a few more minutes or until they have softened. Remove the cabbage leaves and set aside on paper towel to cool and dry.

To make the filling, heat the coconut oil in a skillet (frying pan) set on a medium-high heat. Add the onions and garlic to the pan and cook for 2–3 minutes, stirring gently. Next add the mushrooms and sprinkle over the salt. Cook for a further 3–5 minutes. Remove from the heat and blitz with a handheld blender, or in a food processor, for a few moments or until smooth.

To make the sauce, heat the coconut oil in a large skillet or wide-bottomed saucepan set on a medium heat. Add the garlic and gently fry it on a medium heat for 3–5 minutes. While the garlic is cooking, place the tomatoes and spinach in a food processor and blitz for a few moments or until smooth, before adding to the pan with the water. Leave to simmer on a medium-high heat, stirring frequently, for 8–10 minutes.

While the sauce is cooking, assemble the rolls by placing a tablespoon of the mushroom mixture onto each cabbage leaf, making sure to leave about 1in (2.5cm) around the edge. Then roll each of leaves around the filling to create rolls.

Once all the rolls are ready, use a pair of tongs or a slotted spoon to carefully place the rolls into the pan of sauce, taking care to ensure that the seam of each roll is facing downwards to keep the rolls closed.

Leave to cook in the sauce on a medium heat, occasionally drizzling with sauce. After 10 minutes, reduce the heat and allow the rolls to simmer for a further 10 minutes.

Place the rolls on a plate, drizzle over with the remaining sauce, and serve immediately. To make this dish more of a main meal, serve the cabbage rolls on a bed of brown rice.

This is one of the recipes from my soon to be released book – Eat Real Foods! You can pre-order your copy in the UK by clicking here and pre-order your copy in the U.S by clicking here!

Mushroom Stuffed Cabbage Rolls