To be honest, I'm not a huge juicer. I much prefer to eat my fruit and vegetables, and if I do drink them, it's usually in a smoothie. But, I go through stages, especially when I feel my body needs some extra nutrients or boosting in a certain area.
A few weeks ago I was woman down with a cold and it felt like my body was taking forever to get over it. I decided it was time for some juice, I wasn't up for my usual go-to juice (carrot, apple, ginger, lemon), I decided to try out some new combinations. Some were great, some were not so great. Of the combinations I tried, I thought I'd share my three favorites with you. Here are the recipes and I'll tell you why my body loved them just as much as I did.
Gogi berries are said to be one of the most powerful plants in herbal medicine, going all the way back to ancient Traditional Tibetan medicine and Traditional Chinese medicine, where they used the berries to treat a wide range of ailments.
In Tibet they are also known as “the key to eternal youth”; if only it was that easy right?
From Chinese origin, these berries were traditionally cooked and added to soups. This is quite different to the way we know them now. We have come to know gogi berries as a dried up fruit which are added into smoothies, energy bars or eaten by themselves as a snack.
An interesting fact about gogi berries you which you may not know, is that they come from the nightshade family which includes; potato, tomato, eggplant, belladonna, chili pepper, and even tobacco (yes, tobacco!)
Activated charcoal has the ability to absorb tannins (naturally occurring substances which can cause yellowing or discolouration of the teeth) and toxins. It has millions of tiny pores inside of it, therefore making it an ideal ingredient for natural oral care products. For a millennia it has been used as a natural remedy, as it has no side effects and it is environmentally friendly. It not only whitens teeth, but also regulates the pH in the mouth, prevents cavities, bad breath and gum disease.
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Chia Seeds were eaten by Aztec warriors during battle to give them energy and endurance. The very word Chia means “strength”.
I first came across Chia Seeds when I was looking for a vegan source of Omega-3. I was surprised to find a whole whack of other health benefits. Chia seeds help support the digestive system, promote healthy skin and contain a stack of other nutrients. Chia Seeds are easy to come by, available at most health shops and pharmacies, and easily included in your diet. They can be added to salads, smoothies, sauces, and the list goes on. I usually have about 1 – 2 teaspoons a day, one in the morning and if I need a little energy boost before gym in the evening I’ll have a teaspoon of Chia Seeds and Coconut Oil (works like a bomb!).
I recently came to realise that there's a lot of misconceptions about superfoods and that a huge amount of people either don't understand their health benefits or simply don't know how to include them in their diet. Superfoods are a small but very important part of my diet and of course, my health.
I enjoy reading the latest health info, trying new recipes and finding different ways to include superfoods in my diet. This blog series as a space to share my favourite pieces of info and the recipes I've tried and loved.
So, here’s my first favourite superfood – cocoa! I wrote about how much I love this superfood and how good it is for your health not so long ago, check out the blog post here.
Here are two chocolaty recipes I use often, here'es hoping you enjoy them as much as I do.
Choosing seasonal, locally produced fruit is always a good idea! It means that it's usually freshly picked and hasn't been sitting in a storage fridge for months, there's less carbon footprint because of transportation and usually costs less.
We're smack in the middle of mango season at the moment and I'm going mad with all the recipes I've been trying, from breakfast bowls to spicy chicken salads, but this mango and coconut smoothie is my favourite. The base is usually the same and then I play around with different superfoods and nut butters. So, here you go!
A couple of months ago I decided to try and eat as many anti-inflammatory foods as possible. It was pretty easy working my way down the list, until I got to tumeric... To be honest I wasn't really sure how to try and eat this on a daily basis. I started Googling and Pinteresting recipes (as one does). Tumeric latte recipes kept coming up, honestly I wasn't that keen so I kind of just skipped over it for a little while. But, a few weeks ago I decided to just give it a go. The first recipe wasn't as bad as I thought but definitely wasn't sold. I tried another recipe, much better, but still not quite. I made a few changes and ended up with the tastiest tumeric latte!
Tumeric is not only an amazing inflammatory fighter, it balances blood sugar, relieves anxiety and a great energy booster. I've even given up my afternoon cappuccino and make myself one of these instead. So, here's my recipe:
It goes without saying that lymphatic drainage has some real health benefits, especially if you’re like me and have poor circulation in your legs. Lymphatic drainage helps remove stagnant toxins, increase energy, relieve heavy legs, improve oxygen flow and (the best one!) helps get rid of cellulite.
SleekSculpt is a medical device which which uses pressure to force lymphatic fluid towards the lymphatic nodes, very much like a lymphatic drainage massage only better, more effective and less invasive (a big plus for those of us with Fibromylagia).
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These healthy date balls are a great way to add extra nutrients to your diet. Naturally sweet and suitable for vegans, they're also super quick and easy to make! They're the ideal snack, easy to eat on the go, before a workout or added to your children's lunchbox.
My name is Megan, I'm a non-practicing Nutritionist. I live in Cape Town with my husband and two crazy dogs. Read more.