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The Importance of Enzymes Enzyme Rich Foods

19th July 2016

When it comes to adding enzymes to your meal, it shouldn’t have to become a major production, a “less is more” affair will do. I often simply make a green salad of mixed leaves, toasted seeds and avocado, dressed simply with cold pressed olive oil, lemon juice and perhaps a tiny b it of raw honey & crushed garlic.

The importance of Enzymes

Adding Enzymes to your meals are hugely important for good digestion, but did you know just how necessary enzymes are to every cell in your body, in other words, enzymes are essential to all physiological processes, below are some examples:

  • Energy production
  • Absorption of oxygen
  • Fighting infections and healing wounds
  • Reducing inflammation
  • Getting nutrients into your cells
  • Carrying away toxic wastes
  • Breaking down fats in your blood and regulating cholestrol
  • Dissolving blood clots
  • Proper hormone regulation
  • Slowing te aging process

                                                                                                                Reference Mercola.com 

Enzyme Rich Foods:

  • Raw Fruits (especially papaya & pineapple)
  • Raw Vegetables (salad leaves is an excellent choice)
  • Sprouted seeds, grains & legumes

In my book every health checklist for your plate should feature an Enzyme box.

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Skin Nourishing Salad Nourishing salad with plenty of good fat

21st June 2016

This salad has all the ingredients to nourish your skin in winter, the good fats in the avocado, walnuts, seeds and olive oil will help prevent dry skin conditions, and the the carrot and chili provide vitamin A and anti-inflammatory properties. It take 5 minutes to make, so no excuses

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 carrot shredded
  • 1/3 cup of lightly roasted walnuts
  • 1/4 cup of lightly roasted pumpkin seeds
  • Chili sauce (sriracha or a homemade sauce)
  • 1/4 cup of shredded basil
  • 2 tablespoons of cold pressed olive oil
  • pink salt to taste

Simply, lightly roast (7 minutes at 150 degrees celsius) peel and prep the above ingredients, combine and enjoy.

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Moringa Leaf Powder, a powerful Superfood

18th May 2016

The Moringa tree is often described as the Miracle tree, and also known as the drumstick tree and horseradish tree. Its leaves are small and rounded but packed with an incredible amount of nutrition: protein, calcium, beta-carotene, vitamin C, potassium, to name a few.

Moringa leaf powder contains 9 essential amino acids, 27 vitamins, 46 antioxidants, and many minerals. Gram for gram, the fresh leaves of the moringa plant contain:

nutritional_profile_of_moringa

This bright green powder can contribute to your recommended daily intake of fruit and vegetables. It has a mild peppery flavour. Add to juice, smoothies, yoghurt, salad, soups, stews or cooked food.

In this video, Marlien from Yoga Kitchen will teach you how to use this superfood, Moringa leaf powder, in a sauce or dressing. Available from Health Connection Wholefoods.

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Riainbow Slaw with Red Quinoa protein rich salad

15th January 2016

This Rainbow Slaw is my variation of a traditional coleslaw, it is mayonnaise free delicious and nutritious.

Ingredients

  • 1 small/ baby red cabbage
  • 1 small / baby green cabbage
  • 3 medium carrots
  • 1/2 red onion, finely sliced lengthways
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 cup of cooked red quinoa
  • 2 tablespoons of white same seeds, lightly toasted

Dressing:

  • 50 ml of toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons of raw apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1 clove of garlic freshly crushe’d
  • 1/2 teaspoon of pink salt

Simply combine all the sliced and shredded vegetables to a large bowl, add the cooked and cooled red quinoa as well as the the dressing ingredients and toss well.

Dress with the lightly toasted sesame seeds and avocado and serve.

Nourish & glow lovely people.

 

Notes:

  1. follow the package instructions for cooking the quinoa but add some vegetable stock to it for more flavour.
  2. Toast the sesame seeds in a dry pan on medium heat until they become golden, stirring frequently.

 

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super crunch salad summer salad

13th January 2016

Here is a salad that will take on 15 minutes to throw together, offering excellent health benefits and the satifying crunch factor.

  • 1 small head of savoy cabbage, shredded
  • 1 cup of frozen corn, thawed and drained
  • 2 spring onions, sliced fineky lengthways
  • Sprouts (I used beetroot and onion seed sprouts)
  • Cashew nuts, lightly roasted

Dressing:

  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1 clove of garlic, freshly crushed
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Pink salt to taste

Simple add all the above ingredients into a large bowl, along with the dressng ingredients and toss well.

What could be easier. Happy eating!