Raw Chocolate Mousse

Here's a perfect, simple, recipe for those who get choc cravings but want a dairy and refined sugar free option. Makes 4 portions (or 2 bigger ones!) Ingredients 1 large avocado 1 banana 3 tablespoons coconut oil 4 tablespoons raw cacao powder 2 tablespoons honey, agave nectar or maple syrup 1/8 teaspoon sea salt Directions … Continue reading Raw Chocolate Mousse

Epsom Salt Body Scrub

I finally got round to making an epsom salt scrub! I've been eyeing up the ingredients in my bathroom and but just haven't found the time. So here it is, I thought I'd share it with you as it's a fantastic addition to your shower or bath. It leaves your skin silky smooth, as well … Continue reading Epsom Salt Body Scrub

Little hearts of cacao & coconut 💛

A simple recipe for these delicious dark hearts (not for the faint hearted!) Ingredients 💛 125g cacao butter  💛 50g cacao powder 💛 50g sweetener; coconut nectar or coconut palm sugar or xylitol - last two giving a crunch 🍊Desired flavours/toppings like citrus zest, pistachio, chia seeds or goji berries Equipment needed Silicon mould  Wooden … Continue reading Little hearts of cacao & coconut 💛

Tips for Ultimate Skin Health 

Written for Wild Oats Natural Foods, Bristol. You can find the original article on their website here.  Puy lentil salad with sprouted chickpeas and sardines; the perfect fresh dish providing protein, antioxidants, nutrients and good fats for glowing skin. You can find my recipe here. The skin is an organ, the biggest organ of the … Continue reading Tips for Ultimate Skin Health 

Puy lentil salad with sprouted chickpeas and sardines

Written for Wild Oats Natural Foods, Bristol. You can find the original article on their website here The perfect fresh dish providing protein, antioxidants, nutrients and good fats for glowing skin. Serves 2 Ingredients 1 cup of puy lentils 150 g of fresh spinach 2 fresh beetroots -or pre-cooked 1 big tomato -sliced 50g sprouted … Continue reading Puy lentil salad with sprouted chickpeas and sardines

Milk Kefir

Kefir (pronounced "ke-fear") is my current favourite fermented food and as I look forward to drinking it most mornings I just had to share my enthusiasm with you!  The origin of the word sums it up really -"keif" in Turkish means "good feeling" 👍🏻 Why is that? Well it tastes yummy and it benefits the body … Continue reading Milk Kefir

Sauerkraut 

Sauerkraut is an affordable, easy and tasty way of introducing probiotics (good bacteria) into your diet. The fermentation process encourages essential bacteria such as Lactobacilli and Bifidobacteria to flourish, aiding digestion as well as improving gut, brain and body health.  There are many different ways you can make sauerkraut and lots variations of ingredients, but … Continue reading Sauerkraut 

Vitamin D -The Sunshine Vitamin 🌞

I love the sun in October, it's low and is a sharp light that makes everything beautifully vivid. Vitamin D comes in two forms -D2 & D3. It is a fat-soluble (the liver mainly stores it in fat) pro-hormone which helps balance hormones in the body and supports our immune system.  Top up your vitamin … Continue reading Vitamin D -The Sunshine Vitamin 🌞

♫ Good, good, good, good bacteria ♫

A fantastic insight into bacteria; the good, the bad and the tasty!

Real Food Lover

A Kilner jar of sauerkraut made by Real Food LoverI wrote this long piece about good bacteria for the Sustainable Food Trust, which has given me permission to republish it here (slightly edited).

Thank you, Sustainable Food Trust.

♫ Good, good, good, good bacteria ♫

Recent research on the role of bacteria suggests we need a radical rethink about what makes us healthy.

Thanks to advances in genetic sequencing, scientists are starting to discover, categorise and understand the importance of the vast universe of microbial organisms that lives invisibly on, in and around us.

In May 2015, results from studies conducted by Tim Spector, professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London, showed that a ten-day diet of junk food caused the loss of 1,300 species of beneficial bacteria in the intestines.

Professor Spector said: “Microbes get a bad press, but only a few of the millions of species are harmful, and many are crucial to our…

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Eating with the Seasons

  I don’t know about you, but when I think of seasonal produce my memory casts back to picking berries and sweet peas in a friend’s back garden when I was little. Each summer my family and I were tempted by the ‘pick-your-own’ strawberry sign on the roadside. And I also remember the annual Harvest … Continue reading Eating with the Seasons