Raw Rocky Road

After countless requests I have finally got around to putting this recipe online… there are still hundreds more to come and I promise that one day they will all get here. I wish I had more time to update my website but alas, I find myself grabbing at random moments and ending up doing ‘maintenance’ instead of the good fun stuff, like this! Now I’m not sure that this recipe is technically a Rocky Road, but regardless it’s what I refer to it as! I also refer to it as my Paleo Rocky Road, however my favourite version of it does have sprouted buckwheat in it so technically it could be argued that it isn’t paleo. For me sprouted buckwheat works nicely in my diet once in a while, but if it doesn’t suit you it can easily be left out or substituted with something else.

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The Rocky Road process…

One of the nicest things about this recipe is that it genuinely tastes delicious, I find myself going back for more (and more) every time! It’s also extremely easy to make and can be adapted to suit whatever you might find in your cupboard. My kitchen cupboards are never without a bag of raw cacao powder, coconut oil, chia seeds, linseeds and cacao nibs so these tend to be my staple ingredients each time, but the rest changes almost every single time I make it. The only things you absolutely cannot substitute are the cacao powder and coconut oil as rocky road without chocolate is never worth considering, and you need the coconut oil to help it set in the fridge. Other than that, feel free to play around and create your own version! Here’s the one I made today, along with some helpful substitutes… Continue reading

Smoothie No.2 – Spinach & Blackberry

Recently I’ve been trying to make my smoothies more vegetable-heavy as I’m well aware of the sugar content of too much fruit in a smoothie. If I’m honest I haven’t found this a very easy process as I eat so many vegetables with other meals that it really messed with my mind to throw them into a blender instead of a steamer! Equally I managed to make some pretty awful tasting things initially which didn’t Purple Smoothie No.1result in very much enthusiasm towards a veggie blend. With practice now however I’m slowly starting to make up recipes that I find just as easy and tasty as the more fruit-heavy varieties. I’ve recently found some nice british blackberries at the green grocers too however and I’m a total sucker for berries! They’re so delicious and high in vitamins so they are a welcome addition to my diet, and when you can buy local and british it’s even better! When you use berries it really adds a sweet kick to an otherwise vegetable-heavy blend so throughout the summer I think they’re going to become a staple in my diet.

This morning I needed something to keep me going for a good few hours and made up this little number which went down a treat! As always I have a lot of my ingredients split into portions and thrown in the freezer so my smoothie is nice and cold and I get maximum nutrients, but you don’t have to use frozen if you don’t have it prepared already.

Ingredients…

  • Frozen Spinach – large handful
  • Frozen Banana – half
  • Frozen Blackberries – generous handful, probably around 10 blackberries or thereabouts
  • Avocado – half
  • Celery – whole stick cut in pieces
  • Cucumber – 2 inch lump
  • Flaxseeds – sprinkle (also known as linseed!)
  • Green Powder – 1tsp (I use, without fail, Supergreens by Nua Naturals)
  • Bee Pollen – sprinkle, probably around half a teaspoon
  • Almond Milk – a decent glug, you can always add more or less dependant on how thick you want it

Blend it up, drink it down and away you go! Enjoy!
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Smoothie No.1 – Kale, Strawberry, Avocado & Almond

So for ages I’ve been planning on putting recipes, playlists and all sorts on here. Let’s be honest… frankly I’m pretty crap at updating my website but the reason is that I’ve been in the midst of redesigning for so long that I feel I don’t want to update it all that much till it’s done! But new moons have been and gone and I’m still not done so I’m just going to crack on with uploading all manner of new things anyway! So here’s my first recipe… I had this today for breakfast. Smoothies play a massive role in my diet as being a teacher and massage therapist, and moving around from place to place a lot, I often find it quite difficult to make time to eat ‘proper’ lunches and breakfasts. If I eat too much then I’m uncomfortable to practice, teach or do massage, and if I don’t eat enough then I don’t have the energy! I also have quite a particular diet – no sugar, no wheat, no gluten, no dairy, no grains, no legumes (for those in the know, yes I’m paleo, but I won’t go into all the reasons why in this post…it’s health-related and connected to a condition that I have, the long and short of it is that being paleo just works for me). Being paleo means that grabbing snacks on the go is not always easy, so I need to be organised. That means I make homemade healthy snacks and smoothies to drink between classes and clients, things that are healthy, full of nutrients, fuel me well and provide nutrients. Food is fuel people! So all that said, here’s what I made this morning for my breakfast.

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Stop W(h)ining!

20130109-204923.jpgThe other day I came across this Greener Planet wine in the shop and thought I’d give it a go. I have to say, I don’t drink very much or particularly very often, but once in a while I do enjoy a nice glass (or three) of red wine.

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