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.
It’s that time of the year again when all the shops are full of red and pink candy and boxes of chocolate. Valentine’s Day can be a real problem if you’re trying to stay healthy and stick to your New Year’s Resolutions. I’m here to tell you that you can have chocolate and stay healthy too! This is a decadent chocolate smoothie for your valentine which would be a perfect accompaniment to my strawberry heart gluten free breakfast pancakes. It contains raw cacao, chocolate protein and maca known for increasing libido and fertility. Raw cacao is full of antioxidants and great for heart health and it adds a really delicious deep chocolately flavor to this smoothie too. Make this smoothie and everyone will fall in love with you!
Do you love green smoothies as much as I do? I have one nearly every day, adding in kale, chard, spinach or parsley and watercress into mine. Green smoothies are so delicious and nutritious. If you have digestive problems, it’s the perfect way to add extra greens into your diet.
As temperatures are rising this month and we’re all eagerly awaiting the summer holidays, it got me thinking about how we can stay cool in the heat. During the winter months, we rely on soups, stews and rich comfort food to keep our bodies warm. Right now we need to switch our grocery shopping and cooking around to lighter and fresher meals. Here are my top 3 tips to stay cool this summer so you can stay cool and happy all season long.
- Stay hydrated. This is the number one rule of the summer. As we are more active and sweat more, we need to stay well hydrated every day. Increase the number of glasses of water you drink or try a green juice or smoothie. Coconut water is also very hydrating. Just try to steer clear of iced coffee, soda and alcohol which you may think are refreshing but are actually very dehydrating.
- Eat lighter meals, especially salads and chilled soups. What I love about the summer is not having to use my oven so much. You can make hearty salads like my massaged kale salad or Greek holiday in a bowl and add some smoked salmon or sardines on the side. Why not make a big batch of gazpacho too for lunch throughout the week? Cooling snacks such as watermelon, grapefruit and cucumbers are perfect to beat the summer heat.
- Eat smaller portions. I’m sure you don’t feel like sitting down to a roast dinner or huge curry in the summer. Lighter meals and lots of cooling snacks will hydrate you and give you energy throughout the day.
What are you favorite ways to cool down naturally with food or drink over the summer? I’d love to hear your tips!
We’re experiencing such a beautiful spring here in New York. Blossom is everywhere, the birds are chirping, kids are running around in the new green grass. Don’t you feel a shift in your mood when you can feel the sunshine on your skin and you can finally spend more time outside in nature? Have you noticed that your diet has shifted too? Perhaps you are drinking more water, eating more salads and eating lighter.
I had a beautiful walk around the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens early this morning with my family. We paused to sniff the lilac blossom, passed by rows of tulips and took some cheesy photos underneath the cherry blossom trees. When I came home, I wanted something to drink that was light and reflected the beautiful spring season. So I popped some lemon, apple, ginger and dandelion leaves into my blender and this refreshing green smoothie was born. Dandelion leaves have a high calcium and iron content and support detoxification of the liver which is vital for a good spring cleaning. So refreshing and cleansing. Try one today!
If you’re the parent of a toddler, you know how much snacking goes on during the day. Many toddlers nowadays don’t even sit down to full meals so snack time plays a huge role in getting key nutrients into their little bodies. By buying or making healthy snacks, you are creating healthy palates and setting up great healthy eating habits for life. Toddlers love to help out in the kitchen too, so get them involved with preparing healthy snacks and there is a greater chance that they will eat anything they make.
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.