Month: June 2015

Parsley, Walnut and Garlic Millet Bowl

This is one of those dishes that can be eaten as a healthy, nourishing, filling lunch, as a side dish, or with added salad as a dinner. I love the kick of garlic and pepper, the nutty crunch of the walnut and the zing of parsley. The fluffy millet is toasted in coconut oil before boiling to give it it’s classic nutty, popcorn-y taste. Arrhgrhgrh – cue Homer Simpson drool. The yoghurt just works. There really is no other way to describe it. Some things are just meant to be. And that is this delicious millet bowl paired with creamy ripe avocado and sweet yoghurt. Depending on how you cook millet, you can make it lovely and fluffy, like white rice, or creamy, like a bowl of porridge. It’s an alkaline food, making it easy to digest. It’s high in fibre and low in simple sugars, which means it will keep you satisfied for longer, and you won’t have that post-meal slump 2-3 hours after eating from a sugar crash. It’s high magnesium content (around 20% …

Chai Spelt Banana Bread (Vegan)

Moist, delicious and aromatic banana bread subtly infused with cardomom, cloves, pepper and cinnamon with walnuts for the odd crunch. Also, it’s vegan. Sound good? YES. The riper your bananas, the sweeter the bread. I threw in some dates, too, for that extra sweetness. You will find out as I post more on this blog, that I am a bit of a chai nut. I really love chai. It transports me to festival world (where, no kidding, I would happily spend £10 a day solely on chai), where I am warm, happy, carefree and excitable. The aromatic spices used in this bread give it an incredible flavour whilst lending a whole heap of health benefits. Chai spices have been relied on by Ayurveda to soothe digestive problems and act as a revitaliser. Adding cardamom helps to reduce mood swings! I like to think of the spices as ‘soul soothing’ –  grounding, nourishing, warming and sweet. This is so delicious, and it can be eaten in a multitude of ways. You could have it for breakfast, …

Anxiety Taming Blueberry, Nutmeg and Cashew Smoothie Bowl

I’m sorry I haven’t been posting regularly recently. Truth be told, I could string out a hundred different excuses; Monday-Friday job, busy weekends, drivel drivel e.t.c. I currently use the website Tumblr for some everyday mindless scrolling. I was scrolling through the Newsfeed last week and a thread hit home. it was about prioritising the important things and how we all have a bit of a tendency to procrastinate and to put things aside for later. It went along the lines of this: ‘Next time you tell yourself, ‘I’ll call Mum later’, ‘I’ll text my friend back tomorrow’, ‘I’ll start my assignment soon’, STOP your train of thought and replace it with, ‘Calling Mum is not a priority right now’. ‘My assignment is not a priority right now’. ‘Texting back my friend is not a priority right now’. Immediately my thoughts wandered to this blog of mine, which I had been putting off. When I looked at my procrastination from that perspective, I got a good kick up the bum. Of course this blog is a priority. Why …

Kale & Cannellini Bean Stuffed Sweet Potato with an Avocado-Garlic-Cashew Dressing

This is a tasty, simple and filling recipe that will calm your nerves, sooth your knotted stomach, remove that lump in your throat and give you a hug from the inside. Sweet potatoes are wonderful for that. A calming complex carbohydrate full of folate and B6, this will help to ground you and bring back a some balance. Eating foods high in B6 will help reduce your symptoms, irritability and low mood. It has a high level of beta-carotene; diets low in beta-carotene have been linked with chronic fatigue and depression. Rich in iron, sweet potato will prevent that exhausted, weak, achy feeling that comes with low iron levels in the blood. For more iron, fiber, protein and magnesium (all extremely beneficial for treating depressive symptoms), I’ve added kale and cannellini beans to the mix. The magic is in the sauce, however – avocados (yay, tryptophan!), cashews (yay, magnesium and more tryptophan!), garlic and apple cider vinegar makes for a delicious, creamy sauce that’s beneficial for your mind and body. Cashews are an incredible for balancing your …

Say hello back (to the Sun!)

Here is something for you to do the next time the Sun isn’t obscured by clouds: say hello, back. An excerpt from ‘Sun of God’ by Gregory Sams: ‘What can you do now, though, without reference to doctrines or trained intermediaries or learned priests, if you wish to create a connection to the life-giving Sun? First, open your mind to the understanding that this ball of light in the sky that brings us life itself is a living thing.  With eyes closed, face towards the Sun raising your head to spread it’s rays evenly across cheeks and forehead. Feel the light flooding into your closed eyes and the rest of your face as it warms from far away. Feel the silent rays of the Sun as they feel you. And say hello…. back.’ ‘This can be a silent exchange and is one drawing purely on innate skills that are accessible to all, needing neither ritual nor apparatus. The are no rules on how to appreciate the rays of Sun. It feels good because it is good. Just be …