Easter is nearly upon us, it's a time we tend to enjoy a little something extra in the way of chocolate! By using organic Cacao powder to make these balls, you're getting antioxidants, magnesium, calcium, iron and the feel good factor all wrapped up in a ball! My philosophy is not about deprivation when you're working on a healthier lifestyle, but making better choices (crowd out those not so good ones) making it so much easier.
GF DF V but not taste free!
I've taken to making little bite sized slices lately, rather than balls as I find it so much quicker, easier and way less mess! If you're not into ginger or don't have any on hand, improvise with something like goji berries, cranberries, walnuts or whatever takes your fancy!
Into food processor 1/2 cup almonds and 1/2 cup sunflower seeds.
Blitz till still chunkish
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup cacao
2 TB chia seeds
Blitz some more till fine crumbs
1 tsp vanilla paste or pure essence
3 TB tahini
3 TB soft coconut oil
1 TB rice syrup (or sweetener of your choice like honey or maple syrup)
Mix well together.
Then stir through 1/4 - 1/2 cup finely sliced ginger.
Press into a slice tin, into the fridge till firm. Slice into small squares or the size you like.
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You're not alone if you're confused by the smoothie and juicing hype and don’t really know why you’d do one over the other. Will this really lead to a healthier life? Or, perhaps you’re wondering what’s the difference? I was recently asked “When you say juicing, do you mean just squeezing the life out of the fruit and veg in a juicer or chopping it up finely in a nutri bullet type thing and drinking all of it? It seems like such a waste throwing out all the pulp.”
Short answer, I do both, depending on how I feel, what appeals at the time, and what I intuitively feel my body needs.
This cake's GF and DF (provided you use DF chocolate) and simple to make.
While you can eat it soon after baking, it goes to a whole new level if you leave the raspberry juice to soak in either overnight or earlier in the day. The cake goes "gooey" and denser once the fruit juice has soaked in.
Also good eaten on it's on with no fruit; maybe a dollop of coconut yogurt or get creative and add your own favourites on top. Perhaps boysenberries or black doris plums.
GF, DF, Veg When you're in those menopausal years, research shows women benefit from a more plant based diet particularly if you've got belly fat you're trying to shift. Our dietary needs are different to men as we go through this stage. If you're estrogen dominant (think stubborn belly fat and more) then steer clear of soy and dairy, making this recipe perfect. Think a low GI, low acidic diet if menopause symptoms are causing you issues.
Here's an easy dinner, great for mid week, make extra and have leftovers for lunch. Get creative, this is a base recipe and you can add what you have on hand in the fridge.
DF GF V - but certainly not taste free!
Enjoying a plant based gluten free dinner doesn't mean NO to a creamy cheese sauce. Eliminating dairy is a real struggle for many who choose to for varied reasons from health to ethics, there's something about cheese! So here's a solution as my theory isn't about deprivation thinking but adding in better choices; finding options that serve me or the people I work with. I don't tend to measure and always think of it later when the dish turns out well! I love being a free range cook – this is one of the greatest gifts my mum gave me, allowing me to experiment in the kitchen from a very young age.
This is a super easy slice, I enjoy changing recipes to match the ingredients I have on hand. Recently I made it with a mix of dates, prunes and goji berries in the base as I didn't have enough dates and going to the supermarket was not an option! If you don't fancy making the icing, simply roll the base mixture into balls. Hope you enjoy.
These crackers are quick and easy, great with my cannellini dip, humus, avocado, tomato, or plain and simple on their own! Have as a snack, take to work, have with soup - loads of options.
Packed with healthy fats, protein from seeds and fibre that our bodies need, keeping us feeling fuller for longer.
This fudge may be gluten, dairy and soy free but it's certainly not taste free! This chocolate fudge is smooth and creamy and packed full of protein and calcium. Quick and easy, it would also make a great base with a dob of coconut yoghurt topped with a fresh raspberry or two plus a sprinkling of freeze dried raspberry powder.
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