Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad

This salad looks fantastic as a side dish to a main meal at a dinner party but can also make an indulgent meal for one! Not only does it look amazing but it will also do great things for your body due to the wealth of goodness found within! Brussels sprouts are cruciferous vegetables that contain a unique range of antioxidants. They are super low in calories at just 28 calories for half a cooked cup! Brussels sprouts are also full of fibre which makes them perfect for digestive health as well as preventing constipation and keeping your colon healthy.

The addition of raisins to this salad not only helps to make it look more interesting but also gives the flavour a nice twist. Raisins are known to improve eye health and the health of your bones so double bonus!

To make a huge portion of this for yourself, you will need the following ingredients:

For the salad:

450g of uncooked Brussels sprouts
2 large handfuls of rocket
A large handful of parsley
100g of toasted pine nuts
A large handful of raisins
A large handful of dried cranberries
1 avocado, sliced or cut into cubes

For the dressing:

Juice of 1 lemon
1 Tbsp. of apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp. of honey
1 Tbsp. of olive oil

Using a hand grater or mandoline, grate the Brussels sprouts and then add the shaved Brussels sprouts to a large salad bowl. You can then add the rocket, parsley, toasted pine nuts, raisins and cranberries into the bowl too. And, of course, the avocado. Next, in a small bowl, whisk the dressing ingredients together and pour them over the salad. 

This is wonderful and delicious salad where you and your guests will be surprised that Brussels sprouts make such a wonderful meal!  I also find that it is perfect for American Thanksgiving too!

For more healthy recipes like this one plus some great nutrition advice, head over to The Flexi Foodie Academy!

Top Five Foods to Make Your Skin Glow

There is so much varying advice when it comes to taking care of your skin. Whilst one person swears by one thing, another person might be totally against it altogether! However, even though it can be confusing, skincare is definitely something that we should pay attention to – especially as we age!

As a teenager, I wasted a lot of money using different skin care products, trying to find an amazing product to do absolutely everything I wanted it to do. It’s only when I stopped looking at creams and lotions and turned to food that I found a genuine answer! By eating a well balanced, plant based diet, your skin will soon begin to glow and feel a great deal healthier.

Although eating well and eliminating animal products will get you on the road to having better skin, there are certain foods that you can aim to include to speed the process up. These five foods are my top suggestions!

figs_theflexifoodieFigs

Figs are full of vitamins and minerals that aid the body in the process of removing toxins and mucus from the body. It is only when these things exit the body that your skin will truly have a chance to shine. It’s easy to include figs in your diet and they’re delicious whether eaten on their own or even in a smoothie. Blending them down into a smoothie is actually a great idea as more antioxidants are released as the seeds become pulverised!

cucumber_theflexifoodieCucumbers

The enzyme-rich water in cucumbers makes them perfect for improving the health of your skin. Cucumbers are also packed with B vitamins, calcium, magnesium, potassium and iron. All of these things combine together to create some serious hydration.

rocket_theflexifoodieRocket

Rocket (or Arugula as we know it in the States!) is rich in Vitamin A which has shown to help with acne. It is even thought that a Vitamin A deficiency could be partially responsible for the occurrence of acne. On top of that, rocket is highly alkaline which assists in cleansing and neutralising toxins in the blood system. This in turn contributes to the overall health of our skin!

almonds_theflexifoodieAlmonds

Like most nuts, almonds are a great source of Vitamin E. Vitamin E is the antioxidant found in human epidermal tissue and goes a long way to promoting smooth, supple skin. It is particularly important to up your Vitamin E intake if you have unwittingly allowed the sun’s UV rays to cause damage to your skin.

Red Bell Peppers

Red bell peppers are so incredibly high in Vitamin C that they actually help to regenerate collagen in the body! Although they are technically a fruit, red bell peppers are very low in sugar which makes them perfect to snack on throughout the day. They also contain silicon which has been shown to help keep wrinkles at bay by strengthening the connective tissue!bellpepper_theflexifoodie

So there you have it, five great food choices that will have you positively glowing! Why not include all of these things in one incredible salad to really take advantage of their fantastic benefits!

Gorgeous Green Glow Smoothie (3GS)

This is IT! I’m totally psyched to share this with you all!  I’ve spent a lot of time perfecting my perfect smoothie and one that gives me loads and loads of energy AND makes my skin, hair and eyes glow!  Thus the name:  Gorgeous Green Glow Smoothie!!!!  And once you get this totally going and whizzing away, don’t stop there!  Start adding super cool, super foods like:  wheatgrass, spirulina, bee pollen, camu camu, goji berries, chia seeds, lucuma, cacao, maca, hemp seeds, baobab and SOOOO much more!

But if you’re new to green smoothies and are like, ‘I have no idea where to begin or how to do this…’ Well, why not sign up for my 21-Day Green Smoothie Challenge!?!  I’ve helped 100’s of clients get their energy and glow back by simply helping them incorporate green smoothies into their every day life.  I promise you, I will motivate you during the 21-Days and even my inner cheerleader comes through to help get you across that finish line!

Do you answer YES to 3 or more of these questions?

1. Do you wake up in the morning and not feel refreshed?
2. Do you feel unusually tired most of the time?
3. Do you need coffee, soda, or sugary snacks to get going and keep you going?
4. 
Do you feel as if you are aging too quickly?
5. 
Is it a struggle to lose weight in spite of dieting and exercise?
6. 
Do you have gas, bloating, constipation, and/or indigestion?
7. 
Do you often feel depressed or have trouble concentrating and focusing?
8. 
Have you found that little or nothing seems to rejuvenate you?
9. 
Do you lack motivation to accomplish even small tasks?
10.
Do you find that you get ill more frequently and that it takes longer to recover?

What the 21-Day Green Smoothie Detox Will Do For You:

MORE ENERGY!
The more greens people add to their diet, the more enthusiastic and energetic they become! Reducing the demand on your digestive system will boost your physical energy as well as your emotional energy! When your body doesn’t have to process heavy foods and toxins, you will in turn feel energetic and invigorated!

HEALTHIER BODY WEIGHT!
Participants often tell us about weight plateaus that have been broken, workouts that yield better results, and clothes that just become too big! With simple nutrient-dense foods you will feel easily satisfied and overeating is much less likely to happen.

YOUNGER SKIN!
The more greens people add to their diet, the more enthusiastic and energetic they get! Reducing the demand on your digestion will boost your physical and emotional energy! When your body doesn’t have to process heavy foods and toxins, you feel energetic and invigorated!

BETTER DIGESTION
Changing to a diet that consists of fresh food will dramatically improve your digestion! You’ll feel better because food is being processed through your system much more efficiently. What’s going on in the gut has an affect on every part of your overall health and well-being!

BETTER MOODS
You’ll feel less irritable, more interested in spending time with others and less “on the edge of your nerves”. All because your body is feeling rested and peaceful right down to your cells!

BETTER FOCUS
You’ll be able to think clearly, feel more focused and get more done because your attention and energy won’t be tied up with digestion!

You can eat whatever you want, but you just need to drink your green smoothie every morning.

What will I need for the Green Smoothie Challenge?
You need fresh fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, raw nuts and seeds, plant-based milk of your choice, a decent blender and 20 quid and change in your purse, and then you’re ready to ‘sign up for The 21-Day Green Smoothie Challenge

Is this a diet? 
Absolutely not.  You can eat what you like, but while you do that – you’re adding more greens to your diet which seriously helps to ‘crowd out’ the unhealthy foods and all of a sudden you become less interested in those ‘old’ eating habits!

When you sign up for The 21-Day Green Smoothie Challenge you’ll receive:
• Access to other participants, exchange recipes, get support and make new friends!
• My e-Book of 21 Green Smoothies plus 4 bonus ones!
• Daily emails of Healthy inspiration, additional recipes, some great yoga poses and healthy eating and living tips
• And scroll below to see your bonus gift!

Sign Up Now and I’ll send you this additional bonus for FREE:
An awesome guide to a seven day detox program – recipes included!
This e-book is here to gently and safely guide you to a healthier,
more vibrant, and happier you. So, over  7 days, skip the
animal products and greasy, sugary foods, and enjoy the tastes
and great health that vegetables, fruits, legumes and whole grains
can bring.

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