Wellness + Nutrition

Reboot Food – Broccoli & Green Lentils Turn on your body's inherent healing system

3rd December 2019

One of my health principles is that 2-3 times per year we all need to reboot our health and turn on our body’s inherent healing systems, I recommend a 5 day plan that contain some key ingredients to help your liver to detox, melt away visceral fat, and stimulate stem cell production.

If you are experience some or all of the following symptoms, you may benefit from a REBOOT

  • brain fog
  • fatigue
  • weight gain
  • red, itchy eyes
  • dull skin
  • frequent infections
  • bloating & digestive issues

The following recipe is a perfect dish to facilitate and support your body to REBOOT, and really tasty.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of green lentils, soaked overnight and then rinsed and drained well before cooking in a well salted brine – cook until soft and mushy 🙂
  • 1 head of broccoli, cut into small florets
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon of za’atar spice mix
  • 1 teaspoon of turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon of black pepper
  • juice of 1/2 a small lemon
  • cold pressed olive oil to garnish with
  • Sea salt to taste
  • Spring onions to garnish

Once the lentils are well cooked, drain and set aside.

Then starry the broccoli in the coconut oil for 10. minutes on low heat, add the cooked lentils and all the other ingredients apart from the Olive Oil, stirring frequently and cooking for a further 5 minutes on low – medium heat.

Serve with a generous drizzle of olive oil, and garnish with sliced green onions.

If you need some guidance, please get in touch on retreat@yogakitchen.co.za

Crushes + Product Reviews, Wellness + Nutrition

MSM & Vit. C SUPPLENTS FOR ANTI-AGING

25th November 2019

I am crushing on MSM & Vitamin C!

MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) is an organic sulfur compound that’s naturally derived during the earth’s rain cycle.  Sulfur is present in many natural unprocessed foods, but it’s quickly lost during the cooking process.  MSM is gaining a lot of attention due to the recent focus on longevity and anti-aging technologies.  Here’s a list of 7 impressive benefits that MSM delivers:

1. Improves skin health and complexion

MSM is necessary for collagen production.  Sagging skin and wrinkles, as well as dry, cracked skin are all developed through a loss of collagen.  MSM works together with Vitamin C to build new, healthy tissues.  MSM can normalize collagen formation and radically improve skin health.

2. Improves flexibility

Research has shown that MSM is highly effective in improving joint flexibility.  Additionally, it helps to produce flexible skin and muscle tissue.  This leads to an increase in overall flexibility due to a restoration of the “juiciness” in the tissues.

3. Detoxifies the body

One of the most important features of MSM is that it makes your cells more permeable.  This means that it allows toxins and metabolic waste products to easily be moved out of the cells, while essential nutrients and hydration can be moved in.  It’s a calcium phosphate dissolver, so it has a remarkable ability to break up the bad calcium that’s at the root of degenerative diseases.

4. Strengthens hair and nails

Collagen and keratin and both critical for the production of healthy hair and nails.  MSM is a bonafide “beauty mineral” that provides the sulfur needed to produce collagen and keratin.  It’s also highly noted to contribute to exceptional strength and thickness of the hair and nails, which can be noticed in just a couple weeks of consistent use.

5. Accelerates healing

Lactic acid and other byproducts cause pain and soreness in the body.  MSM increases the ability of the body to eliminate waste products at the cellular level.  This speeds recovery and frees up more energy for rebuilding.

6. Naturally Increases energ

Due to the increased permeability of the cells, less energy is required to deal with the accumulation of toxins.  This results in more energy being redirected towards activity and necessary healing.  Digestion is the biggest energy requirement of the body (Approximately 70-80% of your energy is spent on digestion each day). MSM increases the absorption of nutrients so that the energy expenditure on digestion is vastly reduced.

7. Anti-inflammatory

MSM is a powerful anti-inflammatory due to its ability to allow metabolic wastes to be removed from the cells.  Excess weight on the body is actually inflammation.  The cells of the body are chronically inflamed and retaining the byproducts of metabolic processes.  Sulfur needs to be present In order for these toxins and wastes to be removed from the body.  When these byproducts can be removed from the system, then the cells can also dispose of excess fluids that were being stored as a buffer.  What results is a natural and effective reduction in unwanted weight.

My very favourite supplement brand, The Real Thing  uses only the highest quality ingredients in all their products, and they are a local brand, so I love supporting them and reducing my carbon footprint in the process. You can purchase The Real thing MSM & Vitamin C from Faithful to Nature, or at your local health store or pharmacy.

 

Lunch + Dinner Recipes

Spiritfest Cauli, Pea & Tempheh Coconut ‘Mess’ JOYFUL RETREAT FOOD

13th November 2019

This year is speeding to an end, and inevitably one starts looking forward to cool things happening in the year ahead…. 2020.

I am so looking forward yo my Joyful Retreat next year as well as SPIRITFEST at our beautiful guest farm; Somerset Gift.

So in anticipation of a awesome 2020 ahead, I am sharing this recipe for a ‘delicious plant-based mess’  – one of the dishes I will be serving for supper at my SpiritFest food-stall – yes! I am excited to be one of the food vendors. Book your tickets here; Spritfest website.

Im delighted to share this yummy and nourishing recipe with you guys which features on of my most favourite and delicious plant based proteins; Tempheh from Tabu Foods

Without further ado, here is this ridiculously easy vegetable and Tempheh ‘mess’ recipe…because ‘the magic is in the mess”.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of frozen BABY peas
  • 200g of tempheh, sliced into cubes
  • 1 head of coailflower, cut into small florets
  • 1 cup of coconut cream
  • 1 cup of spinach
  • 2 bunches of spring onions, finely sliced
  • herbs & spices: 1 heaped teaspoon of turmeric, 1 teaspoon of paprika, 1 /2 teaspoon of sumac, 1 teaspoon of coriander, 1 teaspoon of dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • sea salt & cayenne pepper to taste

Now simply sautés the spring onion, cauliflower, spinach & tempheh in a large and deep saucepan for about 15 minutes on low heat, seasoning with salt

Next add the coconut cream and all the herbs, spices and frozen peas, season with salt and allow simmering for 15-20 minutes on low heat before serving.

Viola, its as easy as that.

Hoping to see you at Spiritfest, and in the meantime I wish you an abundance radiant health and happiness

Marlien xx

 

 

 

Lunch + Dinner Recipes

Butternut & Kidney Bean Curry Kidney Bean & Butternut Curry

28th October 2019

Summer is around the corner here in Cape Town but the last few days has been wintry and wet, which made me crave a wholesome curry with beans… yes, I crave them.

It was delicious and below you will see the recipes so that you can recreate it at home.

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium red onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of Lemcke cold pressed coconut oil
  • 1 tin of drained & rinsed kidney beans
  • 1 medium butternut, peeled, and cubed.
  • 1 fat clove of garlic, finely grated
  • 1 400g tin of coconut cream
  • 2 cups of baby spinach, roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon each of ground cumin, turmeric & coriander.
  • 1/2 teaspoon each of ground fenugreek & paprika
  • 1 tablespoon of Health-Connection vegetable stock
  • Salt & black pepper to taste

Method:

Simply sauté the onion in a tablespoon of coconut oil until soft and golden.

Then add the butternut pieces, garlic, salt and spices and continue sautéing on medium heat until the butternut start to soften.

Lastly add the drained kidney beans, spinach & coconut cream, stock powder, some more salt if needed and then allow it to simmer on low heat for 30 minutes.

Serve with quinoa, or rice, or just a chopped tomato & spring onion salad.

Happy cooking,

Marlien x

 

 

 

Wellness + Nutrition

Connection with your tribe is the new Kale Friendship is an essential ingredient for a healthy body.

25th October 2019

Friends….

It may be obvious to most of you, but I think the following blog is worth putting out there, as a reminder to myself if nothing else!

Recent research have shown that social isolation is on a par with high blood pressure, obesity, lack of exercise or smoking as a risk factor for illness and early death.

People who are chronically lacking in social contacts are more likely to experience elevated levels of stress and inflammation. These, in turn, can undermine the well-being of nearly every bodily system, including the brain.

Absent social interactions, blood flow to vital organs is likely to be reduced and immune function may be undermined. Even how genes are expressed can be adversely affected, impairing the body’s ability to turn off inflammation. Chronic inflammation has been linked to heart disease, arthritis, Type 2 diabetes and even suicide attempts.

Powerful stuff right? So in light of these discoveries, it is imperative that we put down our devices, often, and reach out to friends and family. It’s not enough to eat your veggies and exercise, we have been ignoring one of the most powerful human wellness ingredients in our pursuit of success. Its simple, just make an effort to hang out with your people and focus on them entirely, be silly, listen and help each other.

If you are already ticking all the boxes of living a healthy living, and yet some nagging issues remain, the answer may lie in your connections with others. We lead isolated lives and its not easy to find your tribe, but there are ways. Join a retreat, or a weekly class, or sign-up to Meetup  – a great app allowing you to find others with similar interests within your area.

It’s all about finding a balance between healthy living & relationships. You need to pursue both and its also worth mentioning that having a ‘buddy’ on your journey to better health will increase your chance of success 100%.

Thank you for reading, I hope this post has inspired you to go out and connect with your special people, or perhaps take the first step towards finding your ‘tribe’.

In dedication to your radiant health,

Marlien x