Fruit infused water.
Nutrition has become something very important to me. I have always been very passionate about good, home cooked meals from local sources, but it is only this past year I have discovered what it means to really give your body nutrition and the benefits you will receive from doing so. I feel as though having a diet based around large amount of vegetable, seeds, nuts, whole grains, an occasional pieces of responsibly sourced fish and no refined sugars, no artificial drinks, no processed foods has not only improved the way I feel, but the way I look. I say all this because I think it is very important to drink a lot of water and you will see and feel the benefits of doing so. I have already talked about making your own tea but in these hot summer months sometimes something a little cooler is needed. It can be tricky drinking 1.5-2 Litres of water a day, but since I started doing so this year I have seen such drastic improvements in my skin. At first it was tough but soon my body adjusted and now I feel I become thirsty if I do not drink that amount.
I am sure you already know about infused water, but I thought I would share some photographs and combinations that I enjoy. To make infused water, simply cut up slices of fruit and place in a jug of water for several hours. There is no need to crush the fruit as the water will pick up the flavour on its own. They are refreshing in the morning when you wake, or just sat outside on a sunny afternoon. The benefit to making your own, rather than store bought means there are no artificial flavourings or additives, no chemical sweeteners and no refined sugar.
My favourites include:
Mint, cucumber & Lime
Melon & mint
Orange, Blueberries & Strawberries
Of course you can use all sorts of fruits - citrus works well, also certain vegetables such as peppers or even fresh herbs.
Tuesday, 29 July 2014
Monday, 28 July 2014
Sweet Potato Brownies.
240g sweet potato approx. 1 medium sized, chopped
100g pitted Medjool dates
20g chopped almonds
35g buckwheat flour
2 tbsp raw cacao powder
2tbsp pure maple syrup
3 dates, chopped
1tbsp dried cranberries
pinch of salt
Want some healthy brownies? This is a great recipe, there are quite a few online but I modified my own version.
Raw cacao powder is chocolate in its purest form before it has been heat treated to turn it into cocoa, it is something I use in a lot of my raw recipes, and you can buy it in any health food store. I find one 200g bag lasts me a long time. Cacao is an anti-oxidant and superfood. Some of its benefits include lowering insulin resistance, protects the nervous system, it is high in resveratrol, a potent antioxidant also found in red wine, known for its ability to cross your blood-brain barrier to help protect your nervous system and shield nerve cells from damage.
Pre-heat the oven to 190C. Peel & chop the sweet potato into chunks and boil for 10 mins until they have softened, then place in a blender with the nuts and dates. Pulse until you have a chunky mixture, add the flour, cacao, syrup, almond essence and salt and continue to blend until you have an almost smooth mixture with some small chunks. Stir in the dried cranberries and chunks of dates.
Take a 6" squared baking dish and grease using coconut oil, then spoon your mixture evenly into the dish and bake for 20 mins. Remove and let them rest for 10 mins before cutting into 9 equal parts.