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This week I’m chatting to Julianne Ponan who is the owner and CEO of Superfoods brand, Creative Nature. I find Juilanne such a huge inspiration because in 2012 she saw a sinking ship but took the company over at aged just 22 and within 18 months the company was back in profit. Not only did she raise the brand’s profile but they also launched new product lines – and all of this with only two members of staff!!

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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!

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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!! 

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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.

This week I’m chatting to Rosanna Davison whose debut nutrition and cookbook, Eat Yourself Beautiful, is already a number one bestseller and the fastest selling cookbook of 2015 so first of all a huge congratulations on such an achievement.

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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

 

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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.
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I was thrilled when Eskimo-3 kids won the Gold Award for the best Omega-3 product on the market for children at The National Parenting Products awards last month.

Omega-3 fatty acids are the most critical building blocks of the brain; they are considered essential and must be obtained through diet or supplementation. Without these important fats, it can become difficult for children to concentrate, learn new information, and balance their moods properly. Since most children do not eat oily fish on a regular basis, omega-3s are in short supply during the most critical stages of brain development. Eskimo-3 Kids has been specifically formulated for their needs, providing ideal support for their health and helping to achieve full potential at school.

After researching Omegas because of my own journey with depression and anxiety, one of my all time favourite books is “They are what you feed them” by Alex Richardson. They Are What You Feed Them (3) (1)This book discusses how dietary changes can improve behavior, learning and mood. She talks about making the best choices for your children with particular attention paid to Omegas. You can buy her book here FAB RESEARCH and for further research on this topic check out FUTURE OF FOOD

Both James and I take Eskimo Omegas daily because of their quality and effectiveness. I have been giving it to James since he was a baby but if you are struggling to get your kids to take it here’s and article I wrote about sneaking it into their food: 11 simple ways to disguise omegas in your kids food

I was delighted when this testimonial for Eskimo came through and this is not the first time I have heard this:

“Sabrina Leeper – My 12yr old son has Asperger’s, ADHD, add and dyspraxia. I started him on Eskimo-3 at the end of June and by the second week I really noticed a difference in his behaviour and concentration. This is the first year since he started school that he went back without a fuss and is settling really well. Handwriting has improved greatly and he will go to the homework club this year too. He’s also more relaxed with other children so for the first time ever he has friends over after school. Highly recommend these for children. Thank you :)”

HERE’S 5 REASONS TO CHOOSE ESKIMO-3 KIDS:

  1. Nutritional support for child’s development – Children need Omega 3 for every stage of their development. It boosts their brains, strengthens their immune systems and lifts their mood. It is also claimed to improve behaviour, reduce anxiety and helps to improve language. Eskimo-3 Kids features the same pure omega-3 fish oil as Eskimo-3, together with seed oils rich in omega-6 and Omega-9, often lacking in children under 12 years. Eskimo-3 Kids also contains 100% RDA Vitamin D, which is essential for normal growth and healthy bone development in children and also helps support immunity
  2. Trusted by Parents and Professionals – After rigorous testing and research, parents chose Eskimo-3 Kids as their preferred omega-3 supplement for children.
  3. Scientifically Proven – Children who took Eskimo-3 Kids daily for 4 months reported 58% improvement memory, 70% improvement in math’s and 60-70% reduction in common ailments such as eczema, dry skin, upper airway infections and recurrent colds.
  4. Unrivalled freshness – Eskimo-3 products are unrivalled for purity, freshness and stability in many 3rd party independent purity and stability studies.
  5. Delicious – Eskimo-3 Kids is available in two flavours – Tutti Frutti and Orange flavour. Most children enjoy taking the oil off the spoon – James loves the orange flavour and often asks for more. Don’t worry if your child is sensitive to tastes, you can easily hide the orange flavour in many foods – again check out this blog post linked above.

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Eskimo-3 Kids is available in two delicious flavours – Tutti-Frutti or Orange. More information – www.eskimo3.ie or drop into your local health store. Eskimo-3 Kids to suitable 1-12 years, while Eskimo-3 or Eskimo Brain 3.6.9 is suitable from 12+

“Eat your greens!!” How many times have you been told that since you were a kid? But because the whole idea of eating a lot of greens can make our stomachs turn we are leaving out an important source of what I like to call the little soldiers that fight hard against just about every toxin, free radical and chronic disease today. They help boost immunity, protect against cell damage and they are very low in calories.

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250g organic Brazil nuts or almonds (Soaked overnight and rinsed)

500 ml of pure filtered Water or Probiotic drink (water Kefir)

10 organic Dates or two tablespoons of raw organic honey or coconut sugar

200g of organic Blueberries

1 organic vanilla pod scraped

Probiotics 2 teaspoons (Health force nutritional) or four capsules of Probiotic

Blend the nuts, dates, berries and water to a thick creamy and smooth consistency, pour into a container, add the probiotic powder, and stir. Cover with lid but not an airtight lid, as air is needed. Leave out of refrigerator for up to 12 hours. Then Refrigerate. Eat when cold. This Yogurt will be loaded with health probiotic bacteria at a much higher level than anything you can buy in a store, this will taste delicious and will have amazing feel good benefits for you and your family.

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Over the past 30 years, science has come to a better understanding of bacteria, the effects on the gastro-intestinal (GI) tract, and immune systems. As a result, the use of probiotics has become more widely accepted and practiced than ever before.  About 80% of your immune system lives in your gastrointestinal tract and probiotics can help. Approximately 500 different species of bacteria live inside you. The weight of these bacteria is about two to three pounds. Some of these bacteria are referred to as “good”, but others do not provide any benefit. The ideal balance between them is 85% good, 15% “other”.

This ratio between the “good” bacteria and the other bacteria becomes one of the critical factors determining your optimal health. Helpful bacteria (as found in probiotics) prevent the growth of less desirable ones by competing for both nutrition and attachment sites in the tissues of the colon. These organisms also aid digestion and nutrient absorption — another boost to overall health. The term probiotics comes from the Greek “for life” (which gives you an inkling of what the word “antibiotics” really means). When probiotics are ingested, these living microorganisms replenish the micro flora in your intestinal tract. This results in the promotion of a number of health-enhancing functions, including enhanced digestive function, a sense of well being and strong immunity.

Poor diet and the stress- and pollution-filled environment provide significant challenges to healthy digestion, strong immunity and overall good health. Processed foods also tend to upset the balance of bacteria needed to support overall intestinal health. What’s more, many food products today are pasteurized or sterilized during the production process, and this destroys the helpful bacteria needed to promote intestinal health. To ensure that you have the right balance of “good/bad” bacteria include fermented foods such as natural probiotic yoghurt, kefir, miso, sauerkraut, tempeh, and natto in your diet on a regular basis. Probiotic supplements are also a quick way to replenish beneficial gut bacteria. Look for a powdered probiotic with at least 8 billion organisms per gram. The most important strains of beneficial bacteria are Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria so your probiotic should contain these. Keep your probiotic refrigerated to ensure survival of the bacteria.

Further Reading:

The Importance of Probiotics and Health

How gut Bacteria Help make Us Fat and Thin

Life Change – Gut Flora Health

Darren Maguire is Managing Director of Life Change Health Institute Ltd. Darren is a practicing and accredited psychotherapist with Irish Group psychotherapy Society, a Daka (Tantric guide) at The Institute of Embodied Tantra & Somatic Sexology, Dance facilitator at Conscious Dance & Ecstatic Movement School, Teacher at the Institute of Conscious Parenting Ireland and a Raw Food Chef & Coach.

Contact Darren on 0892550701 or Email Info@LifeChangeHealthInstitute.ie

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Hi Everyone,

Every Thursday will be ‘Tasty Thursday’ on #BeComplete. I have a very simple philosophy on food and that is to keep it real and as fresh as possible. I don’t advocate a certain type of diet because we are all different and I don’t believe you can generalize. I do think we need to adopt an old fashioned approach to our eating habits though and move away from packets and back to making things ourselves at home. On ‘Tasty Thursday’ I’ll have special guests like Roz Purcell sharing delicious recipes and I’ll also be sharing some of my own favourite recipes too. I’m not a great cook but there are a few things I do well like juicing and smoothies. You can’t be good at everything but I’ll give anything a go!

 NUT FREE SCHOOL LUNCHES:

This week I wanted to focus on nut free school lunches because we received a note home from school. It’s really important if your school has a nut free policy that as parents we support each other. I think if James had a seriously allergy I would be sitting beside him at lunch every day so lets help put other parents at ease and try and understand “NUT FREE” a little better.

Each school will have a different policy but the basics remain the same:

It is vitally important you check your schools policy and do everything to ensure your child’s lunch is nut free. Peanuts are among the most common allergy-causing foods, and they often find their way into things you wouldn’t imagine

Like cakes, muffins, donuts, cookies, granola bars, energy bars, cake icing, sweets, cereals, macaroons, marzipan, nougat, pastries, fried food, fried snack foods, desserts like ice cream, sundae toppings and frozen yogurts and even into things like chili con carne as peanuts are often used to thicken chili.

Peanuts aren’t actually a true nut, they belong to the legume family so the same family as peas and lentils. But the proteins in peanuts are similar in structure to those in tree nuts, which is why people who are allergic to peanuts can also be allergic to tree nuts like cashews, walnuts, hazelnuts, almonds, Brazil nuts, pecans, macadamia nuts and pistachios.

Pesto is also a common ingredient used today on wraps, sandwiches and cold pastas and it is made from pine nuts. A pine nut is actually a seed and not a nut but because of the word ‘nut’ in the name, people with nut allergy often believe that pine nuts must be avoided at all costs. However, pine nuts are not in the same botanical category as tree nuts and many people with nut allergy can tolerate them. However, I personally still feel you should avoid them in the lunches, as there may be a few people that are sensitive to both!!

So as you can see from this it’s easy to make mistakes so as well as making sure that your child has a nut free lunch it’s probably a good idea to teach them not to share or swap their lunches to prevent any unnecessary mistakes happening.

MY TOP 4 TIPS:

  • Teach your child not to share their lunch
  • Explain about food allergies to your child
  • Tell your kids what is in their lunch and explain about different food groups (obviously keep this super simple)
  • Stay away from processed packaged foods that are made in factories with nuts

NEXT WEEK I’LL SHARE SOME IDEAS FOR HEALTHY NUT FREE LUNCHES.

IF YOU HAVE ANY TIPS FOR PARENTS OR YOU ARE A PARENT OF A CHILD WITH AN ALLERGY PLEASE SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS BELOW BECAUSE THE BEST WAY TO LEARN IS FROM EACH OTHER

Ali xxx

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It’s a thing that mums to be are always talking about- pregnancy cravings. Two thirds of mums-to-be experience cravings and I certainly did. For some its ice-cream, chocolate, spicy foods and but for me it was cream donuts, I used to drive to a bakery that was ages away just to get my craving fix. For the majority of mums to be pregnancy cravings happen in the early stages of pregnancy, when you get the dreadful morning sickness.

SpaTone the liquid Iron supplement conducted a survey with pregnant ladies and found out that some ladies have strange cravings such as toothpaste, raw onion, soap, and 18% of the ladies craved ICE. Past research has shown some cravings are related to what the body needs and experts believe the craving for ice can be related to a deficiency of Iron.

Iron is extremely important for all women, but especially during pregnancy as the baby takes nearly all of your iron intake to help its growth and development, so it’s important you increase your intake for mammy’s and baby’s health A woman needs to absorb between 1,5-2 mg of Iron per day. A pregnant woman needs to increase her absorption to 2-4mg in the second trimestre and 3-6mg in the third trimestre. Iron deficiency is common is pregnancy but more so with carriers of twins, vegetarian women and women having children close together.

Mums never stop for one minute and often we neglect ourselves, but Iron is very important for your growing baby and a simple way to get more iron is by using SpaTone. It is a quick, simple, easy to drink liquid which absorbs a lot faster than other supplements, and by diet alone. I swore by SpaTone during my pregnancy with James and honestly never felt better taking it.

Nelsons-Spatone-Apple2-SpaTone comes in a regular flavour and now Apple and its only 13.95 for a months supply.

Honestly ladies its one of the best choices I made during pregnancy.