A juice a day keeps the Dr away

A quick way to get some nutrients in and still feel light in body and mind is to consume a delicious juice. This is one of my favourites and I’ve named it the G6 as it has 6 of my favourite greens (fruit and veg) in it.

Recipe
1/2 cucumber
3 ribs of celery
1 apple
1 pear
3 leaves of spring greens or dark cabbag

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Quinoa Chickpea and Tomato Soup

If you start with the premise that you treat your body as a temple then you really need some ‘soul food’. My definition of ‘soul food’ would have to be something that nourishes mind and body, makes you feel warm and comforted whilst also being super nutritious.

The recipe I’m posting now is great because it ticks all those boxes and an added bonus is that really it’s made with ‘store cupboard’ standbys so very easy to whip up when in need. 

Quinoa is an excellent source of protein for vegans, vegetarians and meat lovers alike- I love that it was referred to as the “gold of the incas” because it was supposed to increase stamina in warriors, a good way of introducing to children is to tell them the story and get them involved in cooking with it. Quinoa is often found lurking untouched in the back of cupboards; maybe you’ve bought a packet because you’ve heard of the health benefits but have balked at the challenge of introducing it into your diet? As with most new things if you’ve not used it before it can seem daunting however once you have tried a few simple recipes you’ll find the confidence to use it in many more. 

 

Quinoa, Chickpea and Tomatoe Soup

Ingredients 

 

1 small onion chopped finely

dsp fresh chopped rosemary

Tin of chick peas

Tin of chopped tomatoes

Tbsp light olive oil

1/2 cup quinoa rinsed

2 pints of vegetable broth ( cube is fine)

6 cloves of garlic chopped

 

In a small casserole or medium saucepan sauté the onion with some sea salt until it starts to soften- low heat. Add the garlic and sauté for a 3/4 minutes- the aroma will be mouth watering! Add the rosemary and stir into the mix until fragrant- probably under a minute. Add the broth and bring to a boil. Add the quinoa, turn the heat to low, cover and leave for 20 minutes. Take of lid and add the remaining ingredients, allow to cook slowly for 30 minutes. Taste the soup to see if it needs any more seasoning and enjoy.

 

To serve ladle into a bowel, add a drizzle of your favourite oil, a lovely extra virign olive oil really adds to the flavour and helps the body absorb the nutrients in the soup. If you’re not a vegan a liberal sprinkling of parmesan and some black peppre add the final touches.

Dont be afraid to pimp the soup to your requirements. If you don’t like garlic only add 1 clove or omit entirely. Not got chickpeas? Butter beans or cannellini will be lovely. Hate rosemary? Swap for a tsp of sage or a handful of parsley or basil at the end of cooking.

 

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

How has Yoga changed your life?

I am going to post a weekly ‘inspirational’ pic. I like this one because of its simplicity and the truth behind the words- you heard it here first!

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Blessings to all Mothers on Mothering Sunday

Amongst my many favourite books is ” To Bless the Space Between Us” by John O ‘Donohue. I love the beauty and thought behind his writing and this particular book is one to treasure and dip into time and time again for the many lovely blessings contained within. One that is came to mind immediately today is this one called ” For a Mother”

 

Mother,

Your voice learning to soothe

Your new child

Was the first home- sound

We heard before we could see

 

 

Your young eyes

Gazing on us

Was the first mirror 

Where we glimpsed

What to be seen

Could mean.

 

 

Mother,

Your nearness tilled the air,

An umbilical garden for all the seeds

Of thought that stirred in our infant hearts.

 

You nurtured and fostered this space

To root all our quietly gathering intensity 

That could grow nowhere else.

 

 

Mother,

Formed from the depths beneath your heart,

You know us from the inside out.

No deeds or seas or others

Could ever erase that.

 

Happy Mothers day everyone 

Mastering Poses

I think one of the biggest learnings people come to through a regular yoga practice is that ” the study of asana is not about Mastering posture but using posture to understand and transform oneself

One day a pose seems impossible and then another day it comes- but it’s the
Journey between the ‘ almost’ and ‘ I’ve got it’ that offer the greater lesson.

Wellness Brew

We had a fabulous time at my cousin’s wedding on Saturday but as so often happens after a party we all came down with colds.

My go to formula for most colds is a hot toddy of some description. The following recipe is for alcohol free toddy

Serves one

In a mug, stir together a pinch of the following: turmeric, ground ginger and cayenne pepper. Add 1 The juice of one lemon and top up with hot water. Add your sweetener of choice ( I use agave syrup) stir and enjoy.

Just the sight of this warming mellow yellow elixir makes me feel good and it soothes a sore throat like nothing else

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Wedding Bells

My cousin is getting married today,

“be drunk in love, as love is everything that exists ”

❤ Rumi

Across the Pond

It’s half term holidays so no classes for 2 weeks. I love the school holidays, it’s great to be able to lie in, be spontaneous or plan a great adventure without the rigidity of the school day.

Today we have woken up in New York so no homemade juice today but an opportunity to try something new. I love
browsing the isles for products I haven’t seem in the UK. I will post pics of anything exciting !

Buckwheat Porridge

I love porridge with oats but many people find them hard to digest especially if they have a gluten intolerance.

Mum swears that oats flare up her arthritis- because of this I have researched alternatives and have to say that Buckwheat is super delicious.

Recipe:

Leave a cup of buckwheat to soak over night.

In the morning rinse it in a sieve and add to blender with a cup of filtered water milk/ milk substitute of your choice and blend

Bring to a low simmer on the stove stirring constantly to avoid lumps. I add a pinch of salt and a tsp of vanilla extract because I like it.

Add your favourite toppings: cinnamon, chia seeds, bee pollen, nuts, fruit dried or fresh and enjoy

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Happy Valentines

I’ve got my mother staying with me at the moment who constantly reminds me of the saying “you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink”

I love my mother dearly- she has a chronic sugar addiction and despite having type 2 diabetes and a kidney removed because of cancer can’t stop consuming sugar. I am the annoying daughter always trying to persuade her of the benefits of juicing, raw food and exercise. It was very frustrating at first to have my all my suggestions rebuffed and food suggestions grimaced at but everyone has their own path and all you can do is try to inform and hope that one day the person you love will make the choice themselves. So I’m rambling but I made my mum this juice today- I’m calling it “the pink lady”- she grimaced but did drink it! I promise it’s actually very delicious if you like vegetables

2 beetroot
3 carrots
1 sweet potato
2 apples
2 red peppers

Special ingredient love ❤

Beetroot is rich in potassium, antioxidants, and folic acid and has been found to lower blood pressure –

It’s also an amazing boost to the muscles during hi density exercise. I took a shot before running the marathon, did it help? Well I can’t say as I haven’t run one without taking it but I certainly felt strong during the race and recovery afterwards was fine.

The science behind beetroots effect on the muscles is based around a study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology in 2009 – in essence that drinking 500 ml of beetroot juice before exercise improved stamina
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/9226576/Eating-beetroot-may-improve-running-speed-research.html

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