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

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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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Beetroot Dark Chocolate Brownies…Taste like Oreo’s, only good for you!

beetroot chocolate brownie

If you like Oreo’s you are going to LOVE these beetroot chocolate brownies.  I don’t eat oreo’s anymore…one look at the ingredients stops me in my tracks.  I don’t eat that sh*t, not now, no way jose!  Do you know what’s in an oreo??!  Well let me tell you, it’s CR*P! There’s no nutrition in an oreo…full stop.

Ok, I’ve said my piece, but we all like a chocolate treat don’t we? However, if like me you don’t want to put your health in jeopardy, I have the solution.  These beetroot beauties are gluten free, dairy free and refined sugar free.  They are indeed still a treat, so please don’t think I’m saying it’s ok to sit on the sofa and stuff your face! I have used medjool dates for the sweetness because at least you are getting some nutrition from them, details of which you can find here.  I’m not a vegan so there are eggs in this recipe, but I’m sure any vegan will have a substitute up their sleeve 🙂

For the fat I use coconut oil…you won’t find anything as ghastly as margarine in any of my recipes…just pure, beautiful coconut oil.  Research shows that coconut oil can help protect against Alzheimer’s.  If you’re interested click here to read the article.

For the ‘flour’ part I use almond flour, which is basically ground almonds and coconut flour.

I believe this recipe is a show stopper.  I think you will be impressed and all those people who gloat at me, whilst eating a Ginsters pie, a packet of crips, and a bag of chocolate buttons washed down with a bottle of lucozade (you know who you are)…I challenge you to tell me this recipe doesn’t taste like it’s BAD for you!

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Paleo Inspired Carrot Cake Muffins

Carrot cake

I’ve wanted to share this recipe for a while because it’s one of my favourites and it’s so easy to make.  From a health point of view, there’s no refined sugar, dairy, grains or gluten. However, let me just say this does not compromise the taste in any way.  This is a satisfying recipe even if you don’t have any known intolerances to the foods I’ve mentioned.

The original recipe came from the website Primally Inspired, but as with most recipes I had to tweak it a little bit to make it my own (I can’t help myself!).  The only sweetness in comes from medjool dates, plus the carrots.  You won’t find yukky, inflammatory margarine in these beauties either…just good quality coconut oil.  I prefer to use odorless coconut oil which you can buy here

These are a much healthier carrot cake alternative to feed the family.  They’re tried and tested on Jez and his pilots…I can safely say they went down a treat 🙂

Even the icing is dairy and refined sugar free, it’s a winner!

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Gluten Free Hot Cross Buns for Easter

Since it’s Easter I thought I would share this tried and tested recipe for a lower carb, gluten free version of the hot cross bun.  Ok, in the photo I missed out the cross on the buns, but I guess it doesn’t really matter!

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Since there is no wheat flour and hence no gluten in this recipe, don’t expect them to be just like a normal hot cross bun, they are a bit heavier but the taste is still great, I promise you.  They are delicious toasted with a little goats butter (I cant tolerate dairy, including butter unfortunately).

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How to do Facial Exercise and why I’m giving it a go…

Actually, this is my second time around at facial exercise.  In my haste, I had been doing them incorrectly.  I wasn’t really sure if they were working or not, even though my fiancé Jez thought they were.  Like anything, when you don’t see amazing results as quickly as you’d like, things fall by the wayside.  However, it didn’t make sense to me that they ‘wouldn’t’ work, so I investigated further.  Another email from FACEROBICS dropped into my inbox which led to a video on why the exercises weren’t working for some people.  Peta (the lady in the videos) explained why.  It turned out I had been doing everything wrong.  I had been doing the same exercises for too long, I hadn’t been taking 1 day off per week, I wasn’t following the programme correctly, etc. etc.  It’s kind of good because it means I can give it another go and follow along to the letter.

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Workplace Health Hacks by Lifestylesister & Nuts.com

For this post I’ve teamed up with Nuts.com to bring you some healthy workplace recipes and ideas for staying fit at work.  If you find yourself sitting all day take a look at our Workplace Health Hacks graphic below for some inspiration.  It’s important to be conscious of your health each day.  Over time you will definitely notice the benefits of incorporating some of these ideas!

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There’s no denying that planning and preparation are everything if you want to stay healthy in the workplace.  When your life gets busy and you’re out of the house from 7am-7pm you cant just roll out of bed and wonder what you are going to eat that day…trust me, I’ve been there!  Your meals need to be pre-prepared.

Since I found out I need to avoid Gluten and Dairy, the simplest lunches for me are always a homemade vegetable soup (liquidized as this helps prevent gas!) or a large salad in the spring/summer months.  Your imagination is the only thing holding you back here!

That’s the main meal taken care of, but what about the snacks?  Take a look at these healthy snacks by Nuts.com for all occasions, and for that afternoon hunger at work, check out their healthy work snack recipes.  It’s so much better for your health to make everything at home using good quality, organic ingredients. We are what we eat and drink, your energy tomorrow is what you ate and drank today!

Stay well! 🙂

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Make-Up Artistry

Make-up & Hair - bride and mother of the bride

                                             Make-up & Hair/Bride and Mother of the Bride

If you would like more information about my work as a makeup artist and the other treatments I can offer please click here

 

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Natural Deodorant

Nature knows best, volcanic alum for a natural deodorant

Nature knows best, volcanic alum for a natural deodorant

It’s been on my mind for a long time to stop using regular deodorants because of all the chemicals they contain and the links they carry to breast cancer.  It’s important to know that antiperspirants release aluminium ions which enter the sweat glands and block their secretions; whereas deodorants kill the bacteria which create the odour on the skin. The most common ingredient in manufactured deodorant is ammonium alum.  Ingredient labels might lead us to believe that ammonium alum is a pure mineral salt.  However, it is in fact a waste product of the nylon and aluminium factories so there’s nothing ‘natural’ about it.  No-one wants to smell of stale sweat, plus most people don’t know there’s a natural product that works (myself included before now!).  I have to admit I was sceptical before trying this little crystal, having tried natural deodorants before, which were for want of a better word ‘crap’.

My friend Herve gave me this little deodorant crystal, which is actually volcanically formed alum (potassium alum bisulphate).  I have to say it is impressive. It works better than the chemical deodorant/antiperspirants!  It might sound gross but I did a quick check, if I wipe my arm pit in the middle of there day it smells of NOTHING!!  The alum crystal can also be used as a styptic for reducing shaving rash and calming shaving nicks.  Just make sure you wet it before rubbing under your arm pits, it wont work if you try to rub it on dry!!

According to my friend, he said he did ‘pen & ink’ a bit inititally (‘stink’ for all those not au fait with cockney rhyming slang),  but this is to do with your body riding itself of toxin build up.  Personally, I didn’t have this problem…don’t know why but it worked for me straight away 🙂

Amazing natural deodorant!

Amazing natural deodorant!

You can find out more about natural alum at Natural Spa Supplies.

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ALPHA-H Liquid Gold – For Resurfacing, Breakouts, Fine lines & Wrinkles

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A friend of mine recommended ‘Alpha-H Liquid Gold’ to me as  a more natural alternative to Obagi skincare, which tends to be quite chemical based.  I have to admit Obagi has helped my skin, but it’s time for a change.   With all the research I’m doing into Cancer and the Immune System, I’m increasingly worried about the ingredients in the products I put on my skin.  So much so that I have even starting making Homemade body butters!

The friend who recommended ‘Liquid Gold’ has a very sensitive skin and struggles to find products she doesn’t react to.  On the same hand she can suffer with breakouts.  Since using Liquid Gold she’s had no new breakouts, her skin is glowing to the point that her partner commented…something he never usually does!  Since she is a beauty junkie like me I took her word for it and ordered a trial set from Cult Beauty.

My Kit contained;

30ml Liquid Gold Skin Renewal Wash

15ml Liquid Gold Skin Perfecting Daywear

50ml Liquid Gold

30ml Liquid Gold Rejuvenating Cream

30ml Liquid Gold Smoothing and Perfecting Mask

 

The First Night of Use

I used the face wash which you rub into dry skin and then add a little water until it becomes silky.  After this I applied the soothing and perfecting mask which contains Lavender and left on for 10  minutes.  Next it was time for the Liquid Gold, which you dampen a cotton pad with and wipe over the face and décolletage.  If you want an intensive treatment the instructions say not to apply moisturiser – I didn’t notice that bit at the time, so I applied Liquid Gold rejuvenating Cream afterwards.  The correct procedure is to apply liquid gold on alternate nights and Liquid Gold rejuvenating cream on the other nights.

Day 2

After the first night of use my skin seems less botchy and the cluster of spots I have at the moment are a lot less angry and feel as if they are going down – they are those red, under the skin lumps which haven’t come to a head – for me this is as a result of eating dairy!  At this rate they will be gone in a few days…in time for the weekend!! 🙂

This morning I used the face wash and then the Liquid Gold Perfecting Day Wear.  Over this I applied an Obagi moisturiser and then Obagi SPF 50 sunscreen.  It is important to use a sunscreen with Liquid Gold because they contain Alpha Hydroxy Acids which make the skin more sensitive to sunlight.

There is a slight tingling with these products but nothing uncomfortable – and if my friend can use Liquid Gold with her super sensitive skin I’m sure most people can!  Since I’m only on day 2, I will make a new post in a couple of weeks time with some photos and my progress.

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