Immunity Shots

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Anyone who’s ever wandered into a juice shop before or maybe even perhaps if your local grocery store has caught on, you may have come across juice shots. Usually they are sold as a potent dose of nutrients in a quick, easy to toss back shot. I remember when wheatgrass shots used to be the only variety kicking about. Nowadays, there are all sorts of different kinds being touted for a variety of ailments.

I’ve been experimenting with lemon ginger variations myself and I absolutely love them for this time of the year. They’re really great to have on hand to keep you feeling well when everyone else around you begins to feel under the weather from the changing temperatures.

I’ve included a couple of extras I also like to add to mine depending on if there’s something specific to target.

Ginger is wonderfully warming and aromatic and helps with cold and flus by promoting detoxification and healthy sweating. It’s also great for the gastrointestinal tract, helping to reduce nausea and upset stomach. Ginger is also a powerful anti-inflammatory making it beneficial for aches and pains of the muscles and joints.

Lemons are very alkalizing for the body. They contain a variety of antioxidants, particularly Vitamin C, which is one of the most important we can find to maintain a healthy immune system. You can try adding half a lemon to warm water in the morning upon rising to wake up your digestion and cleanse the system of toxins.

Together, these two make a potent spicy dose that feels like you’re literally kicking any bugs lurking around right out of your body! Experiment a bit to find the right combination of the ingredients for your ideal shot.

Makes approx. ¼ cup

Ingredients

1 lemon
1 thumb-size piece of fresh ginger

Optional:
2-3 drops of oregano oil (colds/flu)
4-5 drops of grapefruit seed extract (candida/parasites)
1-2 cm piece of fresh turmeric (anti-inflammatory boost)

Directions 

If using organic ingredients, you may choose to leave the skin on. Otherwise, peel away from both the lemon and ginger then juice through a juicer. Enjoy straight away for the best benefits or keep stored in the fridge for up to 3 days.

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Banana Bread Overnight Oats

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Happy Long Weekend!

Labour Day is always the day of that final farewell to summer if only because it means returning back to routines with school and work.

Making that even easier is prepping ahead with easy to make recipes such as this overnight oats breakfast I shared on The Huffington Post today. These really are one of the quickest things to make, ready the night before you wake, and leaving you with more time in the morning.

Ingredients

1 cup of oats (gluten free if necessary)

1 cup of coconut milk (or milk of choice)

¼ cup of water

1 banana

½ tsp. vanilla extract

½ tsp. cinnamon

¼ tsp. nutmeg

Pinch of sea salt

Handful of walnuts

Optional: 1 tsp. maca powder

Directions

  1. Add the oats, coconut milk, water, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and pinch of sea salt to a bowl and mix together.
  1. Take half the banana, mash with a fork, and add to your mixed oats.
  1. Chop the walnuts and add these to the mix. You can also set some aside to add on top in the morning.
  1. Place the bowl in the fridge ready to have in the morning. Alternatively, you can add your oat mixture to a jar with a sealed lid overnight in the fridge.

5. In the morning, add the other half of banana to your oats as well as any additional toppings of your choosing.

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Red Velvet Pancakes

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Happy February!

A favourite day of mine is fast approaching this year: Shrove Tuesday (aka Pancake Day)

Last year, I shared a basic pancake recipe, one that could easily be added to or used as a base for some delicious toppings. This year, the base IS the best part.

I’ve been playing with some recipes to try to create a great tasting fluffy pancake that could also be made vegan for an all-inclusive recipe that anyone can enjoy. I challenge you to see if your friends and family notice it’s gluten free and dairy free too!

These are Red Velvet Pancakes made with raw cacao, maca, chia seeds, hemp seeds, and coconut milk. Don’t be scared off by the addition of chia seeds in place of an egg. These mighty little seeds are full of fibre, calcium, protein, and vitamins and minerals. They will provide your body with a healthy dose of omega-3’s as well. If you don’t have any, you can easily use an egg instead although you might even find that you prefer the vegan version even more!

If you’re looking for something a bit different for Shrove Tuesday, or any day for that matter, try these out!pancakes, pancake day, red velvet, red velvet pancakes, chocolate, raw cacao, vegan, gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free, Shrove Tuesday, February, Valentine's Day, coconut oil, beetroot, veggies, vegetarian, paleo, clean eats, healthy living, healthy foodMakes approx. 8 pancakes

Ingredients:

1 small-medium beetroot

½ cup coconut milk

3 tbsp. hemp seeds

1 tbsp. ground chia seeds + 3 ½ tbsp. water (or 1 large egg)

1 tbsp. melted coconut oil

1 tbsp. maple syrup

1 tsp. vanilla

1 tsp. baking powder

½ cup brown rice flour

3 tbsp. raw cacao powder

Pinch of sea salt

Optional: 1 tsp. maca (I love Organic Burst)

Directions:

  1. Mix the ground chia seeds with the water and set aside to gel.
  2. In a blender, add the beetroot, coconut milk, vanilla, hemp seeds, maple syrup, and coconut oil until smooth (If you’re using an egg, add that into the large bowl as below, then add the ingredients from the blender)
  3. Pour the mixture into a large bowl and whisk in the chia seed gel.
  4. Add the rest of the ingredients and whisk until everything is combined.
  5. Melt a little more coconut oil into a frying pan dropping spoonfuls of the pancake batter, a couple of tablespoons at a time. Cook on the first side until they begin to bubble and the edges firm up then flip them over for another minute or two.
  6. Serve with a knob of coconut oil, maple syrup, fresh fruit, or dairy-free ice cream!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Festive Waffles


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Waffles for Christmas!

These are the perfect breakfast/brunch item to make over the holidays.

Before you think you’re increasing an already growing manic to-do list, these are actually really easy to make. Plus they have lots of sneaky ingredients that are good for you and no one will even know it.

For the skeptics who are weary of the green, you can tell them it’s food colouring and they’ll be none the wiser.

Enjoy these as they are, top them with fresh fruit such as pomegranate seeds or berries or even some of this delicious dairy-free ice cream!

Enjoy and Merry Christmas! x

Makes 8-10 waffles

Ingredients:

2 eggs, yolks and whites separated

1 cup coconut milk

1 tsp vanilla

1 tbsp coconut sugar

2 ½ tbsp. coconut oil, melted

1 tsp wheatgrass (I used Organic Burst)

1 big handful spinach

½ cup buckwheat flour

½ cup brown rice flour

1 tbsp baking powder

Pinch of sea salt

Directions:

  1. Using a hand blender, whisk together the egg whites until thick and fluffy. Set aside.
  2. In another large bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and set aside.
  3. In a blender, add the coconut milk, coconut sugar, spinach, vanilla, and wheatgrass. Blend until smooth.
  4. Add the blender mix to the egg yolks and mix until combined. Add the flour. Add the coconut oil while whisking everything together.
  5. Fold in the egg whites making sure to carefully keep everything light and fluffy.
  6. Use waffle maker according to instructions, brushing the rest of the melted coconut oil before pouring in the batter.

 

 

 

Healthy Halloween: Raw Chocolate Pumpkins

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Raw chocolate.

If you’ve never made your own chocolate, from scratch, you are in for a treat. And seeing as Halloween is right around the corner, I thought it fitting to make it into pumpkin molds.

I shared making raw chocolate a while ago on Instagram by making little cups full of the stuff, topped with chopped nuts, chia seeds, and hemp seeds. They are such a delicious treat and once you have a taste of making your own, you’ll find it hard to go back to anything else.

I used a lollipop pumpkin mold and this recipe made four of them. You can just as easily make this recipe and pop the chocolate into cupcake cases or even spread it out across some parchment paper.

Cacao butter is the main component in making chocolate. I’ve seen a lot of recipes that substitute coconut oil, but I find this is an essential ingredient in creating the right texture and taste. The smell alone reminds me of what chocolate is all about.

I found it easiest to grate the cacao butter, but I have also just eyeballed the amount and let it melt that way. I would recommend measuring everything out the first time round just to be sure. I grated out 2/3 cup of cacao butter, which equals just about 1/3 cup when melted.

You can also add vanilla bean (although it might create more of a grainy texture) but I quite like it.

Feel free to also mix in things such as bee pollen; nature’s sprinkles as I like to call them, are the perfect colours for Halloween with their purple and yellowy-orange granules.

Have fun with it!

Ingredients:

2/3 cup grated cacao butter (approx. 1/3 cup melted)

4 tbsp. raw cacao powder

3 1/2 tbsp. maple syrup

Pinch of sea salt

Optional: ½ vanilla bean or ¼ tsp. vanilla extract, bee pollen, chia seeds, hemp seeds, nuts or seeds to top

Directions:

  1. In a double boiler over just simmering water, melt the cacao butter. Whisk until it is completely melted.
  1. Add the maple syrup and cacao powder (and vanilla if using) and whisk until everything is smooth.
  1. Remove from the heat allowing to slightly cool for a minute or two. Pour into desired mold and mix any additions through.
  1. Place into a fridge to set for a few hours before gently removing from the molds.

These are best kept outside of the fridge once they’ve set as the cacao butter begins to rise to the surface of the chocolate resulting in a white appearance. If you plan on storing them for longer I’d place them in a sealed container, although they never last that long!

 

 

 

 

 

Roasted Red Pepper Pesto Pasta

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I sometimes make this just for myself, roasting one or two peppers, then sautéing some kale with lots of garlic and lemon and eating it altogether.

This pesto is made with cashews and walnuts but you can change it up with nuts or seeds that you like or have on hand. It also contains nutritional yeast, which gives it a cheesy taste without using any dairy, and supplies you with protein, amino acids, and B-vitamins.

For a pasta dish that is entirely gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan, it’s not only delicious and satisfying, but completely  nourishing as well. Top it onto pasta and you’re good to go!

Serves 4

Ingredients:

4 red peppers, preferably organic

1 cup of nuts/seeds total: I used ½ cup cashews and ½ cup walnuts

3 tbsp nutritional yeast

6 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 lemon juice and zest

2 cloves of garlic

Salt and pepper

500g pasta (gluten-free, brown rice, quinoa, whole grain, etc.)

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F. Place the red peppers onto a baking tray – no oil, no seasoning, that’s it! Roast for 20 minutes turning once until they begin to blacken.
  1. When the peppers are done in the oven, remove them quickly and add them to a covered bowl to “sweat”.
  1. In a food processor, add the nuts/seeds and pulse until a crumbs form. Add the nutritional yeast, juice and zest of the lemon, garlic, and seasoning and pulse. Cook your pasta according to the package instructions.
  1. After about 10-15 minutes, take the red peppers, remove the skin and seeds and add them into the food processor blending well. Then with the food processor still going, slowly add in the olive oil until you reach the consistency you like.
  1. Drain and rinse your cooked pasta and add the pesto on top of it while still warm. Stir everything together until the pasta is well coated and enjoy!