Tasty Paleo Blueberry, Courgette and Chia Seed Muffins & Recipe

Blueberry & Courgette Muffins

Who says muffins are bad for you?  The kind you buy at Costa with your coffee might be detrimental to a healthy diet, but these ones definitely won’t be!  You don’t have to sacrifice taste for healthy food as these muffins will prove, plus I’ve listed just some of the health benefits below.  So, throw away the junk and feast on these gorgeous refined sugar free, gluten free and dairy free muffins…

Courgettes:

  • A good source of Potassium, a heart friendly electrolyte which helps in lowering blood pressure by countering the pressure-effects of Sodium.
  • They contain moderate amounts of folates (important for cell division and DNA synthesis.
  • Contain moderate levels of B-complex vitamins such as Thiamine, Pyroxidine, Riboflavin and minerals like Iron, Manganese, Phosphorius and Zinc.
  • A good source of dietary fibre – helping with food transit through the intestines and offering some protection against certain bowel cancers.

Blueberries:

  • High in phytonutrients functioning as anti-oxidents and anti-inflammatory compounds in the body.
  • Potential benefits for the nervous system and brain health.
  • Evidence they can improve memory with regular consumption.
  • Low on the glycemic index scale (GI), therefore having a favourable impact of blood sugar levels.

Chia Seeds:

  • High in protein
  • High in fibre
  • Contain Calcium, Manganese, Magnesium and Phosporus
  • Contain a decent amount of Zinc, Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Potassium, Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) and Vitamin B2
  • Contain Omega-3 fatty acids

Baobab Powder

  • Very high in Vitamin C
  • Rich in Potassium, Calcium and Iron
  • Contains plenty of B-Vitamins, Magnesium and Anti-oxidants

Medjool Dates

  • Good source of insoluble and soluble fibre – which can significantly lower cholesterol naturally
  • Natural energy booster
  • Good for constipation relief
  • Packed full of vitamins, minerals and fibre

To keep these muffins gluten free I have used almond four and coconut flour.  If you can’t eat almonds they can be made by substituting with more coconut flour and tapioca flour.

I try to substitute sugar for Medjool dates in my recipes because, although they are sweet, the sweetness is natural and they do offer some health benefits, whereas sugar does not.

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Easy Homemade Sauerkraut & Recipe

Saurkraut

Everyone’s talking about probiotics and fermented food so I thought I’d share a Sauerkraut recipe with you.  It’s probably one of the easiest fermented foods to make, especially if you’re just starting out, it’s also incredibly good for you.  Sauerkraut helps to colonise the gut with beneficial probiotic bacteria, which in turn can lower the risk of a whole host of modern diseases.  For anyone who doesn’t know it, about 80% of the immune system is in the gut, so it makes sense to put nutritious food down the hatch!  Eating fermented food such as sauerkraut is also a much cheaper way to get your probiotics, so if you’re on a budget it’s ideal.

For a more in depth look at the health benefits of this wonder food read the article by natural health expert Dr. Axe here

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