Posts

In this video I’m chatting to Maria Donlon from Life Cleanse about choosing the right juicer. I have used a centrifugal juicer for many years and I have a separate Wheatgrass juicer but more recently I have moved to a masticating juicer that has everything in one.
Maria uses and recommends masticating juicers for the following reasons:
  1. Maximise nutrient and enzyme preservation – the slow rotation of the auger in a masticating juicer cold presses the juice and minimises oxidation which help to preserve the nutrient and enzyme content. Put simply because you are introducing as little heat and oxygen as possible you will destroy as few nutrients and enzymes as possible.
  2. Versatility – I juice lots of greens and a masticating juicer will juice leafy greens and wheatgrass whereas a centrifugal juicer can’t deal with these. In addition to juice most masticating juicers make seed and nut pates and butters, healthy ice creams and baby food
  3. Efficiency – The slow process of cold pressing the juice extracts more liquid from the ingredients thus minimising food waste, and saving money on food shopping over time. This is clearly visible from how dry the pulp is coming out of a masticating juicer versus a centrifugal one. They are also much easier and quicker to clean.
  4. Durable – Most masticating juicers are built to last. All of the masticating juicers that Life Cleanse sells come with a 10 year warranty

JUICERS:

Colour white and green.

.Juicer, masticating juicers, centrifugal juicers, life cleanse, alison canavan, be complete, how to buy a juicer, fresh juice, lifestyle choices, health and wellness, wellness coach, video series, wheatgrass juicer

Colours –  polished chrome, red.
silver juicer, Juicer, masticating juicers, centrifugal juicers, life cleanse, alison canavan, be complete, how to buy a juicer, fresh juice, lifestyle choices, health and wellness, wellness coach, video series, wheatgrass juicer
Colour polished chrome
Juicer, masticating juicers, centrifugal juicers, life cleanse, alison canavan, be complete, how to buy a juicer, fresh juice, lifestyle choices, health and wellness, wellness coach, video series, wheatgrass juicer
Happy juicing xx

TASTY Thursday, life cleanse, festive brownies, food, treats, healthy treats, superfoods, maria donlon, alison canavan, be complete, christmas brownies,

Maria from Life Cleanse popped in for tea last week and brought some of her delicious brownies with her and I devoured the lot so we just knew we had to share the recipe with you so you can make them for yourself this christmas.

Marias fabulously festive brownies for Tasty Thursday:

The nutmeg and ginger add a nice festive flavour to these brownies. They’re great as a dessert or a sweet snack with tea. Personally I love them with a cup of the Pukka Revitalise blend to get me in the mood for Christmas!

 

Ingredients: Make 6

1 cup organic dates

1 cup organic sweet potato

1 heaped tbsp organic cacao powder

1 tablespoon organic coconut oil

1 and 1/4 cup organic walnuts

1 tablespoon raw organic honey

2 tsp organic vanilla extract

2 tsps organic ground nutmeg

2 tsps organic ground ginger

2 tsps organic ground cinnamon

Method:

Soak the dates overnight or for 6-8 hours and remove the pits.

Steam the sweet potato for roughly 20 minutes until soft and chop into small chunks. I usually steam sweet potatoes whole as they are much easier to peel and chop once soft.

Put the dates, sweet potato, walnuts, coconut oil and cacao into a food processor and process until smooth.

Add the honey, vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger and process again to allow all of the flavours to mix through.

Spread a teaspoon of coconut oil onto a small baking tray and then add the mix. Use a hot knife to make indentations for 6 brownies and bake at 170 degrees celsius (150 c for a fan assisted oven) for 35 minutes.

Enjoy!

TASTY Thursday, life cleanse, festive brownies, food, treats, healthy treats, superfoods, maria donlon, alison canavan, be complete, christmas brownies,

Boost your brownies – Adding a supergreen powder to sweet treats is a great way to sneak some superfoods into little ones or unsuspecting guests. I added a heaped teaspoon of Moringa leaf powder to these ones. Moringa is a true superfood packed full of 92 nutrients including 46 antioxidants, 18 amino acids, iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, omega 3,6,9 and loads of vitamins! You can add this at the same time as the cacao.

Maria has some great retreats for January up on her site if you feel like renewing and refreshing in the new year!! 

WORKSHOPS AND RETREATS

These healthy hot nuts from Maria at Life Cleanse are great as a snack or sprinkled on salad for some added flavour.

If you are expecting visitors this holiday season they are also the perfect accompaniment for drinks.

They are a good source of energy, protein, omega 3 fatty acids and fibre.

Ingredients:
100g organic walnuts

1 tsp organic cold pressed sesame oil

1 tsp organic paprika

half tsp organic cayenne pepper

half tsp organic garlic powder
Add all ingredients together in a food processor and pulse until the nuts are in small pieces and well coated with flavour.

I popped into Maria yesterday in Life Cleanse on South William Street and as we sat down for tea she asked us would we like to taste her new raw cinnamon and orange superfood squares. Well taste them I did and then I devoured the whole bowl and I just knew I had to share the recipe for todays #TastyThursday

 

CINNAMON ORANGE SUPERFOOD SQUARES, life cleanse, nutrition, treats, superfood treats, juicing, detox, urban retreats,

Cinnamon Orange Superfood Squares

These little chocolate squares are packed full of antioxidants from the acai powder and the wild orange essential oil. (Caroline@honestabouthealth.ie)

Makes 10 small squares.
Ingredients:
Half a cup raw organic coconut oil (I used Vita Coco)
Half a cup raw organic cacao powder
2 tbsp raw organic honey
2 tsp raw organic acai powder
3 tsp organic ground cinnamon
3 drops wild orange essential oil (I used doTERRA)
2 tsp organic vanilla extract

 

Method:
Warm the coconut oil in a small measuring jug or cup over a bowl of warm (not hot) water until it becomes liquid. Once the coconut oil has melted add the honey, vanilla and wild orange essential oil. Mix well with a small whisk or a fork. Slowly add in the dry ingredients mixing well to blend the flavours. Pour the mixture into a small rectangular baking tray or glass pyrex dish. Leave to set in the fridge for about 2 hours.

 

Top Tip: It helps to trace out the squares with a hot knife after about 40 minutes to avoid cracking them when they have fully set!

 

Take it from me they are divine and it looks like this is what I’ll be doing this evening!

 

Maria is also having and urban retreat this weekend which is a one day workshop on all you need to know about detoxing and living a healthier life. If you are interested in joining her for a full day of yoga classes, detox and nutrition talks, juice and a healthy lunch.
BOOK HERE LIFE CLEANSE WORKSHOPS