How To Stay Healthy Naturally This Fall And Winter

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Ah, fall and winter, a time to snuggle up in your cozy socks, watch movies, enjoy endless cups of tea and…be miserable with a slightly new variety of the cold or flu virus. No thanks!

Getting a cold is not an inevitable consequence of the fall or winter and the start of flu season. If you follow a few simple precautionary measures you can reduce the likelihood of catching a cold or the flu. And if you’re in the unfortunate position of already having a cold, these suggestions will help you get over it quickly!

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Warming Winter Chicken And Chorizo Stew

Warming Winter Chicken and Chorizo StewWell here we are at the end of February and there is still a foot of snow in my garden and I don’t think I’ve seen the grass for a whole month! It’s very beautiful but I’m tired of the subzero temperatures and am yearning for warming days.

Every cloud has a silver lining as they say and this winter I’ve really embraced my slow cooking and oven as I make lots of batches of soup and stews for the family. My Spanish friend brought over some wonderful chorizo for me to cook with and so I immediately got to work with this stew. It’s a type of stew that I had many times when I was living in Spain in my early 20s: tomatoes, beans, chicken, chorizo and spices. It’s simple but warms you up on any snowy winter’s day.

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Warming Morning Elixir

morning elixir

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.

Slow Cooker No Sugar Applesauce

Slow cooker no sugar applesauceWhen I was growing up, the only way my mum could get me to eat meals was to add applesauce. To every. single. plate. Luckily for me, we had apple trees in our garden and my mum was a great cook and made everything from scratch (a great influence on me for sure!) so I was treated to homemade applesauce every day.

I still love the stuff. It requires a bit of prep work but you can make a huge batch on the weekend and store in the fridge or freezer. No preservatives or extra sugars like the store bought varieties often contain. I’m lazy and like to keep the peel on for extra nutrients (no, I think it’s just because I’m lazy) but you can peel the apples too so the sauce is really fine and mushy.

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Pear and Avocado Protein Smoothie

Pear and Avocado Smoothie

I was faced with a glut of pears in my CSA box this week. I love eating pears and so do my kids – in fact, it was their first ever solid food when they were babies and they both love eating pear slices for breakfast or after school snack. Pears remind me of growing up in the English countryside and my Granny and colder weather and the pear tree in our garden that always seemed to produce hard pear bullets year after year that we didn’t quite know what to do with.

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Roasted Cabbage With Spices

Roasted Cabbage with Spices

I’m not really a cabbage person. I occasionally buy them to make coleslaw with in the summer but when I see them in the supermarket, I normally walk right past them and move on to something more familiar like kale or squash. Last week however, I got a cabbage in my CSA box. If you’re not familiar with the CSA model it stands for Community Supported Agriculture and it is a wonderful system of accessing organic fruits and vegetables and supporting local farms. The only slight problem with this model is that you can’t choose what is in your box and sometimes you end up with fruits or vegetables you aren’t quite familiar with or don’t quite know how to cook. Like a cabbage.

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Healthy Organic Hot Chocolate (A Perfect Holiday Gift!)

Healthy Hot Chocolate

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.

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