Everyday is a Jelly and Juice Party!

(c) Food, the forgotten medicine

Ready for the party of your life?  Let’s get our Jelly and Juice on! 

And unlike our five year old selves, we’re not adding ice cream this time!  You’ll see us adults in the health community reaching for our juice and jelly every day.  (*)

We want our to enjoy our nutrients and supplements efficiently and ideally for them to taste great! 

I like to keep things simple so I wanted to share how we enjoy these wonderful supplements in our home everyday so you can too. 

If you’re juicing, try and stick to a green juice as there’s a tonne of sugar in the fruit packed variety and it really is THE best way to get your greens!  I’ve had clients who have never eaten greens instantly love one of my Green smoothies!  

Also, take a look at how much fruit goes into those ‘saintly‘ shop bought varieties of juice/ smoothie – you just couldn’t physically consume that much fruit in one sitting – there’s a reason for that, neither can your body!  #sugaroverload 

Be a mean green juicing machine!

I use my Nutri-bullet but a hand blender will also work well…

Gorgeous Green Juice Formula 

  • X2 cups of washed greens (spinach or kale are great choices)
  • X1 cup of washed & peeled fruit (mixed or single type depending what you fancy) 
  • X 1 cup of filtered water
  • I either throw in a couple of ice cubes or some of my pre prepped frozen fruit straight from the freezer 
  • Sprinkle of maca powder, flax seeds or chia seeds depending what you feel your body needs today!

Blend, enjoy straight away if you can as the nutrients start to disappear even if left even in the fridge. 

Enjoy Anytime Jelly Shots

We LOVE making jelly.  There are so many brilliant health benefits to using gelatin as a supplement.  

How to do it;

  • 1.5 tbsp Great Lakes gelatin per pint of liquid
  • Boil seasonal fruit like pears, oranges, mangos, apples in filtered water – sieve and retain the water for your jelly (we’re using rhubarb grown in the garden at the moment).
  • Quickly whisk the gelatin into the hot fruity water (you can add some of the fruit back in if you like)
  • Pour into bowls, moulds or ice cube trays
  • Pop in the fridge for a couple of hours until set and enjoy!
Nature's candy!!
Nature’s candy!!

If you needed any more convincing to hunt out those fun jelly moulds and rekindle your relationship with the wobbly goodness…here are some health benefits of gelatin..it’s all about the collagen which;

  • Supports skin, hair and nail growth
  • Is excellent for joints and can help joint recovery after exercise
  • Tightens loose skin and improves appearance including cellulite
  • Improves digestion (it naturally binds to liquid and helps move food more easily though the digestive tract).
  • Is a great source of dietary collagen – this is what’s in your face creams ladies!!
  • Contains specific amino acids which can help build muscle.
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Phewf, after all that work there’s just time to collect our goody bag and play sleeping lions! 😉

I’d love you to share your recipes too!  Thanks for reading and have fun!

Manos

(*) As I’ve mentioned fruit is VERY high in sugar so be sure to build it into your macro allowance.

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Bone Broth-ing with chicken in 5 simple steps

Food, the forgotten medicine (c)

You may have seen more and more articles recently about the benefits of Bone Broth!?  There’s even a cafe serving Bone Broth opened up in New York that’s going down a storm!

Bone Broth plays a huge part in healing our gut thanks to its collagen content.  Another high-value food used by many traditional cultures that’s been somewhat lost in the West, bone broth will improve digestion, allergies, immune & brain health and may even help reduce cellulite AND increase hair growth!

Miraculous!  It’s even been suggested bone broth should be one of the first foods used to wean your baby.

We drink Bone Broth EVERYDAY!

Bone broth helps you grow BIG and strong!!
Bone broth helps you grow BIG and strong!!

Here’s what you need;

  • A slow cooker (ideally, but you could also use a pan and boil on a hob)
  • 2 organic, free range chicken carcasses
  • 1/2 bulb of garlic
  • Vegetables of your choice (I usually throw in an onion & a few root veggies)
  • Salt & Pepper, herbs to taste
  • 2 tbsp Apple cider vinegar (helps break the bones down to release the good stuff!)

 

LOVE your bone broth FATS.  This is a beef stock, you can skim off the fat to use for roasting root veg!
LOVE your bone broth FATS. This is a beef stock, you can skim off the fat to use for roasting root veg!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s what to do;

  1. Put all of your ingredients into your slow cooker
  2. Add filtered water; enough to cover the ingredients
  3. Turn to high to get going
  4. Turn to low for 18+ hours (it’s ready when the bones have become soft)
  5. Strain and serve, cool pack and freeze for up to three months or keep in the fridge for up to 1 week and use a base for soups
No waste in our kitchen
No waste in our kitchen

Soaking Almonds in 5 Easy Steps

What you need to know

Almonds contain an enzyme inhibitor in their outer skin that protects the nut until it’s ready to germinate.

Like most nuts this makes them difficult to digest and prevents access to all of the nuts nutrients and vitamins.

Clever early humans learned that they could make nuts more digestible and nutritious by soaking or sprouting.

What you need to do

1. Purchase Raw Organic Almonds (budget permitting)
2. Place Almonds in a large bowl or similar
3. For every 1/2 cup of Almonds add 2 cups of filtered water
4. Soak overnight
5. Rinse, drain, and eat within a few days for best results

Top-tipTry a sip of the acrid brown water after soaking if you really want to know why should soak your nuts – just make sure you have somewhere to spit!

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Homemade RAW milk Kefir in 5 easy steps!

Food, the forgotten medicine (c)

We LOVE Kefir in our house!  In terms of fermented and pro-biotic wonder foods it’s an absolute WINNER with trillions, that’s right trillions of tiny GOOD bacteria to help keep your gut healthy.

Read more on the science and benefits here

Since our son was born, my partner drinks it every day and we’re confident it is strengthening his digestive system through her nursing him.

Little Milk Man
Little Milk Man

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’re planning to offer him some too once he’s old enough!

It’s one of the easiest fermented foods to make (promise) … so much so you can do it in 5 steps…

Here’s what you need…

  • Kefir grains
  • Organic whole or Raw Milk if you can get it from a trusted source.
  • A plastic sieve
  • A glass mason jar
One of my milk Kefir Grains
One of my Kefir Grains

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s what to do…

Depending on how strong you like the taste of your kefir you can choose how much milk to add to your grains.  I’m currently working with a x5 grains (*) to 1 pint of milk ratio.

  1. Rinse the grains in a little of the milk through your sieve if you’ve been ‘hibernating’ (**) them or they’ve just arrived.
  2. Add your milk to the kefir grains in a mason jar
  3. Take to your nearest warm spot (we use the airing cupboard)
  4. Leave for between 12-18 hours popping the top and shaking once
  5. Open, sieve, chill and serve!

 

If you give it a go I’d love to know how you get on… you can contact me via my facebook page. 

(*) Kefir grains will multiply the more you feed them… you can read more here

(**) You can hibernate your kefir grains in the fridge in a little milk if you need a little holiday from them.

 

 

Fermented Foods, Homemade Kombucha Tea!

Food is the Forgotten Medicine (c)

Fermented foods are an everyday part of my diet…I make homemade sauerkraut, kefir and this kombucha tea drink everyday.  I wanted to share my method with you to hopefully explain in simple terms how to make fermented wonder foods part of your every day!

 

It's ALIVE!
It’s ALIVE!

These additions to a healthy diet can be SO simple to make and blast all your pro-biotic yoghurt based drinks out of the park in terms of GOOD bacteria!

Kombucha Tea Drink

You will need;

  • Bottled mineral water – x 2 litres
  • Organic black loose leaf tea (you can use organic tea bags if you like, must be black) x 4
  • Organic sugar x 1 cup
  • X1 SCOBY (I can give you this if you’re on one of my plans or you can order from a reputable company online)
SCOBY stands for Symbiotic Colony Of Bacteria and Yeast SORRY Scoobes!
SCOBY stands for Symbiotic Colony Of Bacteria and Yeast SORRY Scoobes!

 

How to do it;

  1. Boil half the mineral water and add to the sugar and tea in a ceramic bowl to infuse for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the rest of the cool mineral water and leave until completely cool.
  3. Strain out the tea or tea bags using a PLASTIC (BPA free) sieve. (Kombucha does’t like metal at any stage of the process).
  4. Add your Kombucha to a clean sterilised jar with your SCOBY. Do not seal completely but drape a clean tea towel or muslin cloth over it to protect from bacteria.  Store in a warm place away from direct sunlight.  Kombucha does not like cold!
  5. Your Kombucha is ready full of probiotics in 5days but in terms of your own personal taste, the longer you leave it the stronger tasting the brew will be! You can keep it on the counter or in the fridge after it’s reached your desired taste.
Your can grab these bottles from IKEA for a couple of quid - great for storing your delicious drink!
Your can grab these bottles from IKEA for a couple of quid – great for storing your delicious drink!

 

The benefits!

The main benefits of this tasty elixir as well as it being JAM PACKED full of ANTIOXIDANTS are vast;

1. It contains TONNES of probiotics

2. It can alkalize the body to balance your internal pH

3. It detoxes the liver

4. It will increase metabolism, improve digestion and keep you regular!

5. It can rebuild connective tissue – help with arthritis, gout, asthma, rheumatism

6. Reduce blood pressure

7. Relieves headaches & migraines

8. Heal eczema – can be applied directly to the skin

9. Help clear up candida, yeast infections & group strep b in pregnancy

10. Help with healthy cell regeneration

 

Have fun real food warriors!!

 

Dairy Free – Almond Milk Recipe

Food is the Forgotten Medicine (c) 

My 28 days later programme involves cutting out dairy completely.  I advocate Almond Milk (*) and homemade is best so here’s a method I’ve found works really well..

 

HOW TO; Make your own dairy free Almond Milk 

soak, drain, whiz, strain and your'e there!
soak, drain, whiz, strain and your’e there!

 You will need;

  • Organic almonds
  • Filtered or bottled water
  • A nut bag/ muslin cloth

How to do it;

  • Pre-soak organic skin on almonds (1 cup) for 12hrs
  • Repeatedly drain and rinse at least 3 times over the 12 hours
  • Blend almonds & 1 cup water (depending how watery/strong you like it) for around 2mins in a food processor
  • Strain through muslin cloth (*)
  • Beautiful homemade Almond Milk is yours!
  • Dry almond pulp in oven  – 10-15 mins at 180’c should do it
  • Almond pulp can be used as a cereal substitute or in baking as an almond flour

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Delicious in chai tea!

(*) if you don’t have time for homemade, always buy the ‘unsweetened’ variety and check the ingredients carefully!

(*) you can buy a special nutbag online if you like.  I use this one!

Avocado Cucumber & Variety Tomato Salad

 

“Food is the Forgotten Medicine” ©

 

Tomatoes in box
Tomatoes come in all shapes & sizes!

 

Clients tell me that salads don’t fill them up…and after i look at them blankly for a few minutes, i give them this no hassle recipe! 😉

 

Ingredients:

2 cups Organic cherry or cocktail tomatoes

2 big Organic Heritage tomatoes (available at Lidl)

2 Avocados

3-4 large Organic cucumber

1/2 – 1 cup fresh basil leaves

Optional if you’re looking to impress someone! add Arugula Flowers for a dash of white colour and a lovely Peppery flavour!

Edible Argula flowers
Edible Argula flowers

 

The Dressing:

3 tablespoons olive oil – get the fancy stuff…you’ll be pleased you did!

1 lemon, halved & juiced

1/2 teaspoon pink himalayan salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1/2 clove of crushed garlic

 

Directions:

  • Start by washing the tomatoes and cucumber…yes i know they’re organic….organic produce can pick up chemicals in the packaging & transport process!

 

Spray clean your veg…it’s a 30 second 20pence investment in your health!

 

Take a spray bottle -the kind you’d mist your plants with – fill it with three cups of water and one cup of white vinegar.  Spray just enough to coat the surface — and then rinses it under the cold tap! 🙂

 

  • Slice the tomatoes in different shapes and sizes for variety and textures (half some cherry toms and leave some whole).  Slice & quarter the cucumbers.

 

  • For basil again think variety….some whole leaves some finely chopped!

 

  • Same goes for avocado…some chunky some not so chunky!

 

  • Whack it all in a big bowl and add the dressing and toss with clean hands to coat evenly

 

  • Add salt and pepper slowly to taste and serve!!

 

Best to eat straight away but should keep fairly crisp for around 3days…and if soggy salads are your thing, maybe even a few days after that!

 

Enjoy!

 

If you try this, let me know how much it costs from your grocers or supermarket…i’m always keen to hear about the best place for organic produce in the UK