I love pumpkin at this time of the year and like to stock up my cupboards with handy cans of (organic) pureed pumpkin to pop into soups and smoothies. This is a really simple smoothie to make and is sweetened by adding half a banana. I added some sweet potato too since that’s what we had for dinner last night and it was already roasted and sitting in my fridge. You can play around with the ingredients to make it have more of a pumpkin or sweet potato flavor. This would make a delicious breakfast or lunch.
I organize a lot of food based cleanses and detox programs throughout the year. One of the recipes that my clients love the most is this warming morning elixir. It’s a little bit different to drinking warm water with lemon (although that has amazing health benefits too!) and is a great way to start your detox or any day of the year. It’s also perfect for when you feel a cold coming on. It’s great for your digestion and skin, is very cleansing and has antibacterial properties (the lemon and honey really help!) plus it warms you up in the middle of the winter. Yes, it’s currently snowing outside and I need this drink. The ingredients are listed in the photo above but you could also add a little cayenne for an extra kick or some of the super spice turmeric. Just put everything in a large mug or glass and you are good to go.
I’ve been desperate to make my own hot chocolate ever since our trusty Cadbury’s ran out last week. My children love a little hot chocolate especially as a treat in the cold wintry days after school. I know many store bought brands can be full of sugar and artificially additives and so that led me on the quest to make my own. I had two reasons really: my thirsty children being one of them, and secondly I wanted a pretty gift to give to teachers and friends at Christmas. This recipe fit the bill.
Kate Middleton and I have a lot in common. We’re both English Roses with charming British accents, we both went to St. Andrews University and we both married our Prince Charmings. Ok – so that’s about where our similarities end.
The Duchess of Cambridge is currently on a whirlwind tour of New York City with Prince William. In her fifth month of pregnancy, this could be quite a taxing time for her what with all the appointments, meetings and photo opps just when she may feel like putting up her feet instead and having a cuppa. I was five months pregnant when I did my own whirlwind tour of South America for work – five countries in nine days. Even though the itinerary was pretty intense, I managed to get through it all, enjoy the adventures, the amazing food and even altitude sickness. But I know how demanding traveling for work while pregnant can be, especially when your days start in the hotel breakfast room with colleagues and don’t finish until late at night after dinner and drinks. With all pregnant moms and Princess Kate in mind, here are some of my tips for traveling when pregnant.
You have probably seen lots of people doing it and espousing the health benefits: drinking warm lemon water is definitely the right way to start any day. Hydrating and delicious, it’s a perfect drink to incorporate into any cleanse or detox. I advise my clients to start their day with it and always say if there is one thing you want to do for your health, start your day with lemon water! Try it for a month and see: it has so many health benefits and you will feel amazing.
If you haven’t jumped onto the lemon water bandwagon just yet and are curious to find out more about it, here are the top 5 reasons why I love to kick start my day with it.
Top 5 Reasons To Start Your Day With Lemon Water
1. It flushes out toxins first thing in the morning and maximizes enzyme function in the liver.
2. Lemon water aids your digestive system and encourages the production of bile.
3. It’s a great source of vitamin C which boosts your immunity.
4. Helps you get glowing skin, fewer wrinkles and prevents acne.
5. Helps with weight-loss: lemons have pectin fiber to curb cravings and they support a pH balance in your body for an alkaline diet which is great for weight loss.
Simple Recipe for Warm Lemon Water
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 cup warm water (boil water first and let it cool to a warm temperature)
Mix together and drink!
What does my dentist say about lemon water?
On a recent check up with my dentist in New York, I asked him about lemon water and its effects on tooth enamel. Several of my clients had expressed concern about lemon water being too acidic and harsh on tooth enamel. My dentist works with some of NYC’s top nutritionists and knows the health benefits especially as part of a cleanse or detox program. He emphasized the importance of drinking lemon water through a straw so that it doesn’t come into contact with the teeth. Also, after you drink the lemon water, be sure to flush out your mouth with a glass of regular, filtered water. The worst thing you can do is to brush your teeth after drinking lemon water as the tooth enamel is softer and the brush may scratch or damage the enamel. If you follow these steps, drinking lemon water every day will be one of the healthiest things you can do!
I was recently asked to be a part of UK based Health Embrace’s March smoothie challenge. Andrea is a nutritional therapist in the UK and we were last seen together in our teenage years making delicious food like apple crumble and custard and Christmas cake in our Home Economics classes. Social media reunited us after all these years and our careers have recently taken the same direction into the world of nutrition. We’re also mums with five children between us, so have lots in common!
Andrea asked me to come up with a cleansing smoothie for her smoothie challenge and so I submitted my Green Pirate Smoothie which is very popular in our house and named by my son who is a little bit obsessed with pirates. This is a perfect smoothie for adults and children and I also love to freeze it into popsicle molds for dessert.
Summer’s not over just yet and with lots more beach days and long weekends coming up I thought I’d share one of my favorite summery drinks. Just a few ingredients and something cool and refreshing for your next BBQ or summer picnic! Watermelon is very hydrating and cleansing keeping you cool in these hot summer days of August.
Watermelon-Lime Agua Fresca
What would summer be without watermelon? This is a bright and thirst quenching drink from Mexico.
(Fills one blender)
2 pounds seedless watermelon (1/8th of a good-size watermelon)
1 cup filtered water
2 teaspoons lime juice
(optional 1 tablespoon raw honey or maple syrup but I think this is sweet enough!)
Place watermelon, water and lime juice in blender, sweeten to taste and serve over ice with some chopped up mint leaves.