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Breakfast, Crushes + Product Reviews, Wellness + Nutrition

Grapefruit Immune Booster

7th May 2018

If you are looking for ways to alkalize and boost your immunity this winter here is one of my top food picks; Ruby Grapefruit by itself on an empty tummy, or paired with a green powder for a fast & fuss free health shot.

Start your morning with a freshly squeezed ruby grapefruit (I make life easier by using a wooden lemon juicer) and add a little green powder, I like using the Health Connections Leafy Green Mix, whisk well and enjoy approximately 15- 20 min before solid food.

 

Or alternatively get yourself a lovely little grapefruit knife and enjoy a grapefruit in segments before breakfast. I have always loved ruby Grapefruit but the hassle of cutting it into easily retrievable segments is quite tricky. This little tool is very handy (see image for double edged knife). The curved side is used the separate the grapefruit flesh along the circumference from the peel, and the other side which has twin blades is used to cut it onto segments which then comes away with a spoon quite beautifully. Definitely worth investing in one of these clever a grapefruit knives if you love grapefruit too.

Here is where you can purchase a wooden lemon squeezer or grapefruit knife of your own.

Product credit: EHK Speciality Kitchenware 

 

Breakfast, Crushes + Product Reviews, Wellness + Nutrition

3 Minute Superfood Smoothie Health Connections Superfood Leafy Green Mix

5th August 2017

These days life seems to more hectic than usual for me, hence my 3 minute green smoothie which nourishes me most mornings without too much fuss.

Just as the 3 minute smoothie I am keeping my post short & sweet.

I have recently fallen head over heels for Health Connections Superfood Green Leafy Powder, it is well priced and easy to get hold of from most supermarkets, but most importantly it has exceptionally nutrient dense ingredients which will add a significant punch to your daily nutrient consumption.

This smoothie isn’t ‘heavy’, and therefore just perfect to drink before your yoga, gym etc.

Here goes

  • 2 oranges – one juiced and the other one peeled and quartered
  • 1 banana
  • two heaped tablespoons of Health Connections Superfood Green Leafy Mix – buy it here from Faithful to Nature

Throw all the above in your nutri-bullet or blender and drink in the car if need be 😉  

Pssst……click here and visit our Faithful To Nature collaboration store on the Secret Supper Club page to purchase your very own Nutri Bullet at a fabulous little discount)

Until next time and always in dedication to your best health,

Marlien x

 

Breakfast, Crushes + Product Reviews

Breakfast just got better. superfood start to the day

1st July 2017

The Yoga Kitchen is crushing hard on Health-Connections new breakfast porridge and cereal range.

There is the delightful Chocolate Chia Oats. Its is simple and quick to prepare, but also delicious and perfect for winter when a warm breakfast is what we yearn for. The ingredients list is pretty perfect, with only 3 ingredients listed; Oats, Cacoa Nibs & Chia Seeds, all of the highest quality and crammed full of real nutrients. There is no sugar, and no preservatives or additives of any kind, this is clean eating of the highest order.

Then for those who are high on Low Carb food options, the Flax & Coconut Porridge is a match made in heaven. Its high in Omega 3 and fibre, two food stuffs that we can all do with more often. I really like the flavour and texture, it’s nutty and although it is a porridge it still has enough texture. To prepare one simply has to add either hot water, or milk/ or any milk substitute that you prefer. I also added the Flax & Coconut porridge to a banana & peanut butter smoothie with a pinch of cinnamon and some almond milk and it worked really well.

But my very best out of these three (difficult as it was) is the Sprouted Buckwheat Cereal, buckwheat has become one of my favourite things this year, it is high in protein and has a delicious flavour. This cereal works really well with a dash of almond or coconut/ rice milk and has sliced almonds and goji berries added into the mix. It has lots of crunch and keeps you going until lunch.

Now I guess there is no excuse not to have a super healthy start to the day.

In dedication to your best health,

Marlien x

 

 

Breakfast, Wellness + Nutrition

Breaking the bread myth Health Benefits Sourdough made from Bio Flour

22nd February 2017

Why has bread, made from wheat flour, been a staple food in Western society for hundreds of years, but suddenly we are all wheat/ gluten intolerant.

What’s changed? The simple answer is; everything. In my opinion one cannot compare a loaf of true sourdough bread made from bio flour, with a store bought loaf of bread. It’s like comparing margarine & butter, margarine is basically one molecule away from plastic (and tastes precisely like plastic should you make it into a soft fatty kind of weird substance). Butter (made from grass-fed cow’s milk) on the other hand is a fabulous natural food with real health benefits and a sublime taste. Its sacrilege to put butter and real bio sourdough bread in the same camp as these products masquerading as food fit for human consumption.

At this stage you are thinking I am one of those radical, fanatical health nuts, or just a hippy/ slash attention seeking scare monger etc. But if you are one of those suffering with wheat/ gluten issues, then perhaps read on.

To explain how everything about bread and wheat has changed, let me sum it up in a nutshell;

First we invented mechanical technologies to turn wheat into barren white flour. Then, we invented chemical and genetic technologies to make it resistant to pests, drought +  blight and easier to harvest, dramatically increasing yield per acre. And, while we were tweaking genetics, we also figured out how to increase glutens for better “baking properties” (fluffier results). Put another way:

We have mutant seeds, grown in synthetic soil, bathed in chemicals. They’re deconstructed, pulverized to fine dust, bleached and chemically treated to create a barren industrial filler that no other creature on the planet will eat. And we wonder why it might be making us sick?

If all of this alarms you, the simple and obvious prescription is “don’t eat wheat”. Hence the gluten-free craze. But, for most of us, there is an alternative solution: don’t eat industrial flour made with modern wheat.”

Do beware of glutenfree products made with other refined flours that are just as   as unhealthfull as refined wheat flour.

The answer for me is buying Eureka Mills Flour which is a NON GMO, stone ground and unbleached flour, crammed full of the excellent nutrition wheat has to offer.

Then there is the other really important question one has to ask about bread; is it a loaf of Sourdough or has it been made with instant Yeast; choosing true sourdough made from bio flour (stone-ground and unbleached off course) has the added benefit of being yeast free. Yeast causes havoc in our digestive system and is to be avoided. Sourdough on the other hand only contains flour and water which has naturally fermented to become the raising agent. And it gets better, during the sourdough raising and baking process the gluten content in bread is broken down…it is a win-win situation.

Really what it all bakes down to is making a choice between a real food and a fake food with no nutritional benefits. Yes, off course baking a sourdough doesn’t sit in everyone’s pants, artesian baking is an art form…but these days most towns and cities have lovely bakeries that use bio flour and uses the sourdough method. Bread freezes well, so perhaps buy a few loaves at once, slice them and then store them in the freezer. A few frozen slices can easily be retrieved and then toasted to serve wiyh with a soup or salad for lunch.

If you can’t (or won’t) bake, or get hold of a bio-flour sourdough loaf, then the next best thing is investing in a good bread machine. Using Bio flour and cutting out all the other unnecessary and scary ingredients found in store bought bread means the only ‘nasty’ your body will have to deal with, is instant yeast, (and you can even replace that with Bicarbonate of Soda in some bread recipes), when weighing up the evil’s of a store bought bread in comparison to such a bread machine produced loaf, it win’s hands down.

Bio-Flour from Eureka Mills is available from most supermarkets these days, I like to support awesome independent local shop’s, like The Country Butcher in Swellendam, who not only stock’s Eureka Mills Flour (and lots of other fabulous goods), but uses it to bake the most sublime Ciabatta’s daily. Find a similar store near you and make a point in visiting it weekly, you will be ticking more than one box.

Bread (even a heavenly bio-flour sourdough loaf) certainly should not be eaten with every meal, but can definitely be indulged in a couple of times a week, once again it comes down to quality above quantity.

Breaking the bread should become a celebration an a conscious choice. Balance, choice and knowledge gives you the power to heal your body.

In dedication to your best health,

Marlien

PS, this article is by no means applicable to anyone suffering from the very real and devastating condition of Celiac’s Disease.