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So this Tasty Thursday I decided to share my sneaky trick to getting more veggies into James. It can be tricky trying to get your kids to eat their veggies but if you juice for your family its pretty easy to sneak things like celery, cucumber and peppers into a carrot and apple juice without them even noticing!

This will serves 2-3 kids:

  • 4 Carrots
  • 2 Apples
  • 1/2 Cucumber
  • 4 Celery Stalks
  • 1/2 to 1 Pepper

You can also add Tumeric to this to boost immunity. When you are juicing try to use mostly vegetables and only 10-20% fruit. My general rule is juice veg and eat fruit!

Enjoy

Ali xxx

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Rozanna Purcell, natural born feeder, banana bread, recipe, alison canavan, food, nutrition, delicious recipes, roz purcell, tasty thursday,For this weeks #TastyThursday Roz shares her delicious banana bread recipe. This recipe is so simple and great if you’re craving something sweet. When I baked this bread, I left it sit aside until it had fully cooled. It’s perfect for re-heating or eating cool and still tastes just as delicious when reheated 3 days later!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup buckwheat flour gluten free
  • 1 cup wholemeal spelt gluten free
  • 2 eggs separated
  • 5 bananas – 4 mashed & 1 whole
  • 1tsp vanilla powder or essence
  • 1/2cup coconut sugar
  • 12 big medjool dates
  • 1/2 cup dairy free milk – I used coconut

Method

  1. Preheat oven 190ºC
  2. Whisk egg whites till stiff (this avoids using baking powder).
  3. Add all other ingredients into blender except the whole banana. Blend until completely smooth with no bits (especially from the dates).
  4. Fold in the egg whites.
  5. Pour into baking tin (lined or greased).
  6. Slice the banana left and place on top. Glaze with a little honey.
  7. Bake at 190ºC for 40 min. Wait until it has cooled a little before removing it from the tin, however it shouldn’t fall apart its a very sturdy mix

 

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I love this drink and if you ever visit my home with a hint of a sniffle this will greet you with a warm cuddle. It’s also a great elixir on a cold winters morning!!

Turmeric is a powerful antioxidant that fights free radicals and we need as many antioxidants as we can get these days especially if you live in a big city because of every day toxins and pollutants. Tumeric also has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory effects and adding cinnamon which also has anti-inflammatory properties can help to regulate your blood sugar levels too.

We love manuka honey in this house and if my little boy James has a sore throat I always give him a spoonful which he loves! Manuka can help with sore throats and is great for digestive issues also.

So curl up on the sofa and sip on this great comforting winter warmer

Ali xx

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For this weeks Tasty Thursday Maria from Life Cleanse is sharing her delicious recipe for Creamy Vanilla & Coconut Chia pudding.

This Creamy Vanilla & Coconut Chia Pudding is the perfect back to school breakfast for kids (albeit a week late!) and also a simple sweet alternative to sugary cereals given the interest in the sugar crash programme that was on RTE on Monday evening and if you didn’t see it catch it on the Player as its truly eye opening!
This creamy vanilla & coconut chia pudding is a great because:

  •  a sweet, but sugar free, breakfast for kids.
  • It’s also great for busy parents as it can soak overnight leaving zero prep time in the morning!
  • It is rich in antioxidants and provides calcium, magnesium, fibre, omega 3, protein and phosphorus. It also makes a great dessert!

Ingredients:
3 tablespoons organic whole chia seeds
100mls almond milk
Half a tsp organic vanilla extract
1 tablespoon organic coconut flakes.

Method:

Add the almond milk and vanilla extract to the chia seeds in a small bowl or ramekin dish. Stir well with a fork to separate the seeds and leave to soak for 3-4 hours (or overnight). Sprinkle the coconut flakes on top and enjoy!

Time saving tip – these will keep in the fridge for up to three days so you can prep a few at a time for the days ahead.

Each year we get an opportunity to start a new book and write it according to our own hearts desire. I consider new months to be chapters and days to be pages. Each year we store a different volume of our book away and bring with us the positive lessons and growth from the year before.

Making small changes to your diet and lifestyle can make a big difference to your health. A couple of years ago I introduced a nutribullet into my home and it gets used at least once a day. Smoothies are not intended to replace food. For me they are a great addition to a healthy diet and they come in very handy when I’m in a rush to ensure I don’t skip meals.

Todays I’m going to share my “Blast the Blues” smoothie with you, which has lots of good fats for mood which will help ease you into the new year and help prevent the january blues!!

BLAST THE BLUES

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Ingredients:

  • Large handful of Kale
  • 1 small Avocado
  • Large handful of frozen mixed berries (I buy them fresh and freeze them as I don’t like warm smoothies and these berries are still my wexford berries as I bought a lot and froze them!!)
  • Either a small handful of mixed seeds or a small handful of mixed beansprouts (The Happy Pear sell them/ Supervalu)
  • 1 Tablespoon of coconova extra virgin coconut oil
  • Unsweetened Almond milk

Method:

  • Put all the ingredients into your bullet or blender and fill to the line with almond milk; Blend and serve!
  • To get the consistency you want; play around with the amount of liquid you add; so if you want to have a thicker smoothie bowl for brekkie add less liquid and then you can add fun toppings like goji berries, coconut shavings, nuts, seeds and fruit pieces.

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE AND MAKE THIS YOUR BEST ONE YET!

ALI XXX

Want a low calorie, centre stage dessert? Look no further than this meringue wreath! A guilt free delight!

This Tasty Thursday Roz shares this delicious recipe with us but recommends making the meringue wreath in advance or the night before as the cooking time is long! Perfect is you have time this evening and you are stuck for a dessert or coming up to the new year if you are planning on having guests over.

INGREDIENTS:

6 egg whites

1 tbsp apple cider Vinegar

2 1/2 granulated Stevia

1 1/2 tbsp cornflour

TOPPING:

250g greek yogurt or Coconut Yogurt

250g mixed berries

8-10 fresh mint leaves

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METHOD:

Preheat oven to 100°C Conventional setting

Add the egg whites into a clean, large mixing bowl.

Beat them on medium speed with an electric hand whisk until stiff, think fluffy clouds!

Turn the speed up and add in the rest of the ingredients starting with the vinegar, then cornflour and add the stevia 1 tbsp at a time.

The mixture should be thick and glossy!

Prepare a flat baking tray with some parchment paper, a clever thick is to use a saucepan as a stencil and draw out a wreath before spooning out the meringue mixture! We dont want any wobbly wreaths!

Place in the oven for 2 and a half hours , no peeking!

Once baked, turn off the oven and let sit in there for another 30 minutes before removing.

Dont assemble until you are ready to serve, Start by placing a dollop of  the yogurt along the middle of the cake.

Toss over the berries and mint leaves to finish.

Wishing you a very healthy and happy christmas xxxxx

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For this weeks Tasty Thursday we look at what to do with all the left over turkey after Christmas day?

This recipe from Roz is simple and quick to make and great to store in the fridge for a couple of days.

Ingredients

4 Servings

  • Left over torn Turkey (4 portions)
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 large onion – cut into rings
  • 2-inch piece ginger peeled and grated
  • 4 scallions diced
  • 4 small garlic cloves diced finely
  • 2 tsp. tamari
  • 750ml chicken stock (try go low sodium if possible and organic)
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 1 medium carrot- grated thick cut
  • 15 g fresh coriander roughly chopped
  • 4 hard-boiled eggs (halved)
  • 2 large courgettes  (washed & spiralized)

Method

  1. In a large saucepan, add the coconut oil over medium- low heat, once melted toss in the onions giving a quick stir before placing on the lid and letting them sweat for 8 minutes, until translucent and soft.
  2. Stir in the garlic, scallions, ginger, tamari and cook for a further 2 minutes turning the heat up to medium.
  3. Pour in the stock, giving a good stir to scrap up any onion stuck to the bottom of the saucepan.
  4. Bring to a gentle simmer, stirring in the courgetti, grated carrot and honey, continue to simmer for 6 minutes until the courgette is wilted slightly. Taste to check the flavor and add more honey or seasoning if necessary (you shouldn’t need much as there is plenty of sodium in the stock and tamari).
  5. Using a ladle, spoon into a bowl and garnish with the left over cooked turkey, a sprinkling of fresh coriander and an egg.

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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.

With Christmas just around the corner, who can resist the traditional mince pie? I love mince pies so was on a mission to make a healthy version. Admittingly, I’m not a hugh fan of mince pies but these are actually delicious and will turn you into a mince pie lover!

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