Nutrition

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As we move into longer, brighter days, our bodies naturally crave lighter foods than the starchy, comforting cuisine we require during colder weather. For optimum health, it?s important to be able to tune into our nutritional needs and to be aware of how our bodies respond to different foods. In order to do this, it?s good to set aside at least forty five minutes per meal with no other distractions, to chew each mouthful properly and allow the body to absorb and digest the food effectively. This is also a great way to detect food sensitivities which gives you the insight necessary to make the healthiest choices for your body.

Plant-based diets have gained popularity recently and for good reason. Aside from the ethical and ecological reasons people may have for choosing this lifestyle, plant-based living is great for your long-term health. Plant-based nutrition means you are eating food that is closest to it?s natural, live form and this is naturally energising, immune-boosting and alkalising to the body. Try incorporating plant-based principles into your lifestyle and see if you can feel the difference.

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Complementing your diet with more plants is a great way to keep costs down but, for health reasons, where possible, it?s always best to opt for organic. Although it can seem more expensive, this is actually an investment in your health and not somewhere you want to cut corners. If it?s not feasible to be totally organic, at least try to ensure that any apples, strawberries, grapes, celery, peaches, spinach, red peppers, nectarines, cucumber, tomatoes, snap peas, potatoes and blueberries you buy are as these are the most affected by pesticides that are ultimately, extremely harmful to your health.

A spiralizer is a handy piece of equipment to the plant-based kitchen as it allows you to get creative and colourful with vegetables. Make beautiful, fresh salads with little effort using ribbons of Courgettes, Carrots and Cucumber and garnish with herbs, garlic and a little oil. If you are after something heartier, you can spiralize Sweet Potato into noodles and toss in a wok for a few minutes with additional vegetables for a substantial and nourishing stir fry.

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On the topic of plant-based eating, it can be easy to get caught out when you are on the go and in need of a plant-based power snack. Avocados are a great thing to have to hand as they are highly versatile, delicious and nutritious! You can enjoy this beautifying fruit as it is, smashed onto oatcakes/rye bread or blended into this virtuous chocolate mousse:

?You will need:

  • 5 Medjool dates (chopped)

  • 2 ready to eat Avocados

  • A pinch Vanilla powder or 1 tsp Vanilla

    paste/extract

  • 60g Raw Cacao powder (can use Cocoa powder?

    but Raw Cacaohas more nutritional benefits)

  • A pinch of salt

  • A pinch of Cinnamon (optional)

1.) Starting with the dates, combine all the ingredients in a powerful blender. Follow the dates with the Avocados, Vanilla and the Cacao.

2.) Blend for around 30 seconds until you have smooth, creamy consistency.

3.) Taste the mixture and assess whether you need to amend the recipe (sweetness, texture).

4.) Spoon into a bowl or individual ramekins and allow to set in the fridge.

As usual, this recipe is a basic guide so feel free to add in additional superfoods as desired. Maca, Chia seeds and/or Goji berries further complement this divine dessert!

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