Category Archives: Superfoods

London Baby! Part 2

Where was I?  Oh yes, we were on our way to Raw Press.  If you missed the first part of our trip to London you can find it here.

From Inspiral in Camden, we hopped back on the tube and headed towards Dove Street.  Ben and I had planned in advance and located the street – all we had to do was find Raw Press, and the Delicously Ella goodies.

We found the street quickly, and walked up it looking for number 32.  We walked up and down the street but didn’t see it.  As we came round a hoarding, we laughed together at the store Wolf and Badger – it seemed like a funny name at the time, and the clothes in the window were something to behold (please note, this is an image from Google Maps and is not showing what was in the window at the time).

Image courtesty of Google Maps

Image courtesty of Google Maps

Once we had walked all the way along the street and back Ben decided to check on his blackberry that we had the address right.  I usually hate that thing, but it chose this moment to work, yay! I was grateful.  Turns out that Raw Press is right below Wolf and Badger – oops.

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Raw Ecstasy raw chocolate coated activated almonds: review

Yay, this is the first time I’ve been sent something free of charge to review on my blog.  It rather makes me feel like a real blogger.

I was really excited when Real Foods, offered to send me a sample in exchange for a blog review.  I’ve been shopping through Real Foods for over a year now, and have mentioned them on this blog before.

Raw Ecstasy raw chocolate coated activated almonds

Raw Ecstasy raw chocolate coated activated almonds

I was really keen to try the Raw Ecstasy Activated Almonds after my previous experience activating nuts in my dehydrator.  I learned about the benefits of activating nuts through Sarah Wilson’s I Quit Sugar.

“activated nuts have sprouted, which means their digestive enzymes have been activated, making them easier to digest, but also great for your metabolism overall. The more enzymes you eat, the less of your own body’s enzymes are required to break down food…which keeps you younger”

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Breakfast sweet potato

If anyone ‘likes’ my Facebook page, you will have seen there is a new breakfast on the block!

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Tempeh

Good morning

I discovered a new tempeh brand recently.  Up until now I’ve always had to buy it online – it’s delivered once a week and the cut off point is a Sunday, so I’ve always had to plan ahead.  It was good value – but post and packaging bumped up the price.

So I was very pleased that one of our local health food stalls has started to stock Tempeh – and not just plain, but seaweed, and hemp seed flavours too. Yay!

I even found a frozen version – rather than freezing my own when I realise I’m not going to get round it eating it quickly – after all I am the only one in the house who eats it.

Tempeh

Tempeh

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St Patrick’s Day matcha protein fudge bars

Ok, so it’s a little late for St Patricks Day.  I made them on Sunday, and was able to devour them on St Patrick’s Day – but, sorry, it’s a little late for you!

I saw the recipe on Pinterest and decided to give it a go.

What do you think?

Protein fudge, bars, protein powder

Ok, ok, not quite.  But they were tasty enough…

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Coconut oil

coconut oil, coconut butter

coconut oil

Coconut Oil has been getting a VERY good press.  I even jumped on the bandwagon when I was introduced to the world of I Quit Sugar and Sarah Wilson, some 18 months ago.

But is it really all it’s cracked up to be?

Recenly coconut oil has been reviewed in two of my regular magazines.  And interestingly they both came up with different arguments and different conclusions.  So I thought it would be useful to summarise the arguments:

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Green Tea

I can now say that I am a green tea convert! YAY!

I’ve written about my struggles with trying to like the stuff before.  It’s so good for you, but I couldn’t appreciate the flavour – it tastes like pond water!

BUT that was until my wonderful friend taught me how to brew green tea properly.  Those teabags which tell you to brew it for 3-5 minutes – they don’t know what they are talking about!

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James Duigan Clean and Lean

James Duigan, Clean and Lean, Clean, book

James Duigan Clean and Lean

I got the Clean and Lean book collection for Christmas and I’ve been devouring the information.  I’ve been inspired to make delicious dishes such as:

tempeh, eggs, avocado, tomato

Tempeh and eggs

and this

mushy peas, peas, smushed peas, rye bread, sardines, courgette ribbons

sardines on toast – clean and lean style

Stay tuned for more from Clean and Lean.  In the meantime check out my Clean Eating post, or James’s Bodyism website.

Juice detox

juice detox, juice, fast, detox, fruit juice, vegetable juiceNow it’s the new year everyone is focusing on getting healthier, eating better and exercising more.  The diets start, and it was with this in mind (I guess) that an email popped into my inbox offering a juice detox plan.  With 65% off, I would be sent 6 bottles of freshly squeezed fruit and vegetable juice for 3-5 days! WOW!  I was on the point of signing up, but then…

WAIT – why am I detoxing?

I remembered, I did a detox before Christmas, I ate healthily over Christmas, why do I need a juice detox?

And is a juice fast really the way to go?

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Maca

It’s monday morning and I needed a boost, so I added a little something to my green smoothie today.  What was it?  Well, it doesn’t take Sherlock to work out that it would be MACA – the title of my post.

maca, maqui, powder, superfood,

maca and maqui berry powder

So what is maca?  It is a herb, the root of which is often sold as a powder.  It is said to give you energy without disrupting your hormones, as well as provide good nutrition, including protein, calcium and potassium as well as other trace minerals.

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