Raw Millionaire Shortbread

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Ingredients make aprox 12
For the base:
½ cup walnuts
¼ cup coconut flour
2 dates, pips removed
1-2 tablespoon water
Pinch sea salt

For the caramel:
1 cup dates, pips removed
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 tablespoon water
4 teaspoons luccuma powder
½ teaspoon vanilla
Pinch sea salt

For the chocolate:
¼ cup cacao butter, melted
1 heaped tablespoon cacao powder
1 tablespoon carob powder
1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
1 tablespoon coconut nectar

To make the base:
1. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
2. Pop the walnuts into a high speed blender and blitz to form a fine crumb.
3. Add the coconut flour and salt and blitz to combine.
4. Next add the dates and pulse until a rough dough forms.
5. Add half of the water, blitz and check the consistency by pressing a little dough between your finger and thumb. It should be sticky but not wet. If it is too dry add a little more of your water.
6. Press the mixture into your lined tray using the back of a spoon which has been heated in warm water. You may need to keep wetting the spoon intermittently.
7. Pop in the freezer to set.

To make the caramel:
1. Pop all ingredients except the water in to your blender and blitz to form a rough sticky mixture.
2. Slowly add water a bit at a time to the desired consistency.
3. Spread the caramel onto the base using the back of a warmed wet spoon as with the walnut base.
4. Return to the freezer to set.

To make the chocolate:
1. Melt the cacao butter and oil over a low heat. Take off of the heat and stir in all of the other ingredients.
2. Pour over the caramel layer and pop in the fridge to set.
3. Once set mark our your slices with a sharp knife and cut.

Recipe created by Karen Maidment, Health & Nutrition Specialist and Nutrition Chef, Author of Meals That Heal. http://www.purebodybalance.co.uk http://www.purebodybalanceshop.co.uk

Lemon Coconut Snowballs

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Ingredients make aprox 20
2 ½ cups cashews
1 ½ cups coconut chips
2 tablespoons coconut nectar
2 lemons, juiced and zested
1 cup desiccated coconut, for rolling

To make:
1. Po the cashew nuts into your high speed blender and blend into a fine powder. Be careful not to over blend as it starts to turn into more of a nut butter consistency.
2. Add the lemon juice, rind, and coconut nectar and coconut chips to the blender to combine. The mixture should be tacky and stick together well.
3. Roll into bite sized balls and then roll in the desiccated coconut.
4. Pop them in the fridge to firm up and enjoy as and when.

Recipe created by Karen Maidment, Health & Nutrition Specialist and Nutrition Chef, Author of Meals That Heal. http://www.purebodybalance.co.uk http://www.purebodybalanceshop.co.uk

We had a fab day at our local Farmer’s Market in Stroud on Saturday. The sun was shining and the stalls were overflowing with local, seasonal and organic produce. We were thrilled when we stumbled across a local farmer selling wild boar! This little recipe was thrown into the stock pot and munched in front of a roaring log fire that very evening. Enjoy folks.

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Ingredients serve 6

1 kg Wild Boar (I used shoulder and cut into chunks)

6 freshly foraged UK apples, cut into quarters

2 large onions, diced

250ml organic dry cider

1 sprig thyme

250ml homemade chicken or beef broth

sea salt and black pepper to taste

To Make:

  1. Heat a large pan with a little butter, brown the wild boar on all sides.
  2. Next add the onions and cook gently until translucent.
  3. Add the apples, thyme, salt, pepper, cider and broth. Turn up the heat and bring to the boil.
  4. Turn the heat down to a low simmer and cook for around 2 hours. Until the meat melts in the mouth!
  5. Serve with mashed cauliflower and potato mash and steamed greens. Yum.

Following on from our article; Curb Your Sugar Addiction, we are educating you on the man made toxic, chemical, sugars used in low sugar foods and drinks. Get educated on their names so that you can avoid.

Synthetic Sugar Free Replacements to Avoid:

  • Aspartame aka Amino Sweet
  • Splenda
  • Sweet n Low
  • Saccharin
  • Canderel
  • Hermesetas

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Working with clients suffering from sugar cravings, energy slumps, carbohydrate addiction, weight gain, poor sleep quality, unhealthy looking skin and digestive disturbances we see only too often how an over consumption and addiction to the sweet stuff links to escalating health symptoms and increasing states of disease.

15061081508_c0a4154bcd_mMost people are so confused about what sugars are healthy, which are okay in moderation and which should be totally avoided. Most people have literally no idea where added sugar is hidden and therefore how much they are consuming day to day.

You may be someone who struggles to make it through the day without the sugary cereal or jam loaded toasted, the mid morning biscuits dunked into your cuppa and that afternoon chocolate bar or piece of cake to see through until tea time.

 

 

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Parents worry over the quantity of sweets their children consume without the knowledge that most shop brought breads contain added sugar above and beyond that needed for baking purposes.
We buy are diet coke and sugar free desserts with no idea of the consequences the synthetic sugar replacements contained within are causing to our bodymind.

In nature fruit and vegetables provide valuable energy to the body in the form of glucose (sugar). They come with health promoting vitamins, minerals and enzymes which allow the glucose to be used appropriately. They naturally contain their own fibre, fats and proteins, which help the body to regulate the level of glucose in the blood so that sustained and consistent energy is achieved for both body and mind. Carbohydrates such as fruit and vegetables are essential for the growth and development of the human body and provide a natural sweetness to our diet. Their sweetness indicates their natural state of ripeness and peak nutrient density.

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Natural Health Promoting Sweeteners include:

  • Fresh fruits
  • Fresh fruit puree such as apple
  • Fresh vegetables such as sweet potato, carrot and parsnip
  • Organic dried fruit such as dates
  • Date syrup
  • Black strap molasses
  • Maple syrup
  • Coconut Palm Nectar /Sugar
  • Raw organic honey
  • Yacon root syrup

These sugars provide nutrients and macro nutrients along with natural sugars.

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In stark contrast, refined carbohydrates such as white flour and sugar are stripped of their nutritional status. Grains in general break down into simple sugars in the body and are hard to digest creating inflammation. If you are eating a high refined carbohydrate and/or grain diet such as cereal, bread and pasta for breakfast, lunch and dinner you will certainly be depleted in many vitamins and minerals and in turn will have impaired organ and gland function. These types of carbohydrates take more energy out of the body to digest and assimilate than they actually provide, and are known as empty calories. Eating these foods creates a huge burst of glucose into the blood stream which by the laws of science can only fall again. This is the time when most people reach for the cake or coffee to rev them back up again. These peaks and troughs cause an enormous amount of strain on the hormonal system, pancreas, liver, adrenals and thyroid gland and can lead to obesity, chronic fatigue, depression, exhaustion and behavioral problems such as ADHD.

8455823069_104727fe93_mRefined sugar such as white or even brown table sugar, originates from sugar beet or sugar cane. Once refined and processed the sugar is stripped of its naturally high amounts of B vitamins, magnesium and chromium. The body no longer reaches nutritional satiety when eating the sugar and so simply craves more and more sugar in a bid to sustain its nutritional needs. This type of sugar and in fact grain consumption can be linked to the increasing epidemic of Type ll Diabetes and obesity. Obesity and excess stored fat arises due to the liver’s limited capacity to store glucose as glycogen. A daily diet rich in simple sugar will soon fill up the liver’s stores and is then shuttled out to the body’s cells via the blood stream, to be stored as fatty acids in the buttocks, breasts, belly and hips.

 

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‘Natural’ Sugars to Avoid:

  • Agave syrup
  • Brown sugar / cane sugar
  • Stevia
  • Erythritol
  • Xylitol
  • Tate and Lyle Light at Heart

These so called natural sugar provide empty calories with little to no added health benefits.

Top Tips for Curbing Your Sugar Consumption
1. Read the label of any packaged foods you buy. Avoid those that contain synthetic sweeteners and any added sugar (words ending in ose)
2. Throw out all sugars that you add to foods and drinks that are not in the Natural sugar list
3. Swap sweets, baked goods and chocolates for fresh fruits
4. Begin to reduce and cut out all added sugar in drinks, swapping soda drinks for sparkling water with freshly squeezed citrus i.e. lemon and sports drinks for homemade smoothies
5. Ensure you are have some form of saturated fat and good quality protein with each meal, this will help stabilise your blood sugar reducing the onset of a sugar craving attack

So you are spending money on free range / organic food. You filter your water and you avoid processed junk food. But did you know that your cookware could be leaching poisonous and toxic residues into your beautifully cooked healthy meals? Non stick Teflon coating which is literally used in every type of cooking vessel and utensil leaches residues into your food when cooking at high temperatures i.e. when frying and sautéing, and most of us like to cook quick and fast NOT low and slow! Teflon, made by DuPont, has been sued for hundreds of millions of dollars as the chemicals have been linked to birth defects. So what is safe and what should you buy?

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1 – My favourite brand is salad master, made from surgical stainless and coming with a life time warranty, these pans are the Ferrari of the cookware world. needless to say the price tag reflects the quality! http://www.saladmaster.com

2 – My second favourite would be Xtrema it is completely Non Toxic. Xtrema Cookware is made from a special Patented Ceramic, derived from 100% inorganic natural minerals and water. Utilizing a revolutionary natural non scratch cooking surface called Nano-Glaze, Xtrema Cookware is non-reactive, meaning that no gasses, toxins or chemicals are ever produced during cooking. http://www.ceramcor.com

3 – You could also look into cast iron cookware such as Le Creuset which is free from teflon.

4 – Green Pan is a brand that very much looks and feels like conventional lightweight non stick pans but without the carcinogenic teflon coating!

5 – Next up we have natural earth ware, unglazed ceramic pots. you know the types of pots used to make Moroccan tagines.

6 – Finally for everyday roasting why not opt for glass Pyrex type dishes, they are economical and easy to source.

 

I hope you like this recipe, it is one taken from my new Adult Acne Cook Book launching this summer. This is an authentic Thai spicy salad also enjoyed in Vietnam where I first came across it over 10 years ago, there is is served with the local delicacy, sticky rice. This version is made with turkey mince and is best enjoyed with cauliflower rice or a simple side salad.

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Ingredients Serve 4

Prep time: 10min                             Cook time: 15min

½ mug warm filtered water
250g aprox organic turkey mince
2 tbsp fresh lemongrass, finely sliced
3-4 organic shallots, finely sliced
2-3 tbsp organic arrow root flour
Small handful fresh organic coriander, finely shredded
Aprox 10 fresh organic mint leaves
Juice of 1 organic lime
1-2 tbsp organic fish sauce
1-2 tsp organic chilli flakes
½ tsp organic raw coconut sugar

1.    Using a large work or deep sided frying pan/skillet heat the water on a medium heat, once simmering add the turkey mince, stir until the mince has separated and is cooked through, around 10 minutes. Turn the heat off
2.    Next add each of the ingredients in the ingredients list, in the order given. Stirring a few times before each new addition
3.    Serve with my cauliflower rice

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