Kale and Lemon Omelette

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The good fats from the coconut oil in this scrumptious omelette will help your body absorb the vitamins and minerals in the kale and eggs. This meal is a good source of iron, calcium and B vitamins. Using the king of greens, kale is anti inflammatory and has at least 10% of you recommended daily omega-3 allowance per portion.

I added chorizo for a smokey, paprikary taste but obviously omit this should you be vegetarian.

This is ideal for breakfast, lunch or dinner and can be served with a mixed green salad, or tomato and red onion.

SERVES 1 | PREP TIME 5 MINS

1 tbsp.coconut oil

2 handfuls curly kale

3 eggs

1 tbsp. chopped parsley

Zest of 1 lemon

1/4 ring Spanish chorizo

2 tbsp. soft goats cheese

METHOD

In a medium frying pan or omelette pan, melt the coconut oil and add the chorizo and kale and sauté for 3-5 minutes. Beat the eggs and pour into the pan, swirling the pan so the base has an even coating of the egg mixture. Add the lemon zest and chopped parsley, and season with a little sea salt and pepper. Cook the mixture for a minute or so on a medium-high heat, using a spatula or wooden spoon to loosen it away from the sides of the pan. Sprinkle the goats cheese onto the top. Transfer the omelette to a pre heated grill for a couple of minute so it cooks the top and middle.

Detox Green Cacao Smoothie

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Its 1st December and I have already had 2 Christmas parties with another 2 to go! As I am getting older it is taking me longer to recover, sometimes 3 or 4 days! Alcohol disrupts your hormone balance so affects your mood, making you feel lethargic, low and motivation to eat healthily certainly goes out of the window. I have decided now that planning ahead and making sure that Monday is a good start to the week with healthy eating and exercise means that the whole week isn’t written off. Going to the gym after work on a Monday evening after work seems to give me an endorphin boost and the motivation to carry on being good all week.

I decided to experiment with another detox recipe so that you can all fill your body with superfood goodness during the party season. Instead of my usual go to almond milk, I decided that for extra detox power I would use fennel tea as my liquid base. That is all I had in my cupboard, fennel does have colon cleansing properties, however you could use green tea, white tea or my favourite at the moment Pukka Detox tea. Just make sure it is well brewed (at least 5 minutes for fennel or detox, 2-3 minutes for green or white tea). Leave to cool slightly and add as your liquid. Use ice cubes in this if you prefer a cold smoothie, but this was a lukewarm and I actually thought it was delicious, especially as it was cold and blowing a gale outside.

Drink this in between meals or as part of your breakfast and it will help your body recover during the festive season.

I admit this one doesn’t look the prettiest, the cacao and greens don’t blend well together to make a photogenic smoothie! But trust me it tastes great.

INGREDIENTS | PREP TIME 10 MINS | SERVES 1

1 handful spinach

3 large Romaine lettuce leaves

1 banana

1 cup brewed fennel|green|white|detox tea

1 tbsp. cacao powder

1/4 tsp. ground turmeric

METHOD

After brewing your tea and leaving to cool slightly, add to the blender with all the other ingredients and blend until smooth.

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Liver Love Beetroot, Apple and Ginger Smoothie

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Love your liver and help your body remove unwanted toxins with this liver love smoothie. Beetroot is powerful for cleansing and aiding liver function due to its betaine content, which encourages the flushing of toxins and defends the liver and bile duct. Beetroots are also great for the cardiovascular system, by dilating the blood vessels and lowering blood pressure.

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Both beetroot and apple contain pectin, which helps the liver flush out toxins and remove them from the body without them being reabsorbed.

With the ginger being soothing on the stomach, this smoothie will de-bloat and detoxify your digestive system. This is a great breakfast meal replacement as it will fill you up as well as giving you at least 3 servings of vegetables in one go!

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PREP TIME 5-10 MINS | SERVES 1

1 medium raw beetroot | washed, peeled and cut into small pieces or grated

1 granny smith apple | washed and cut into small pieces or grated

1 small knob of ginger | peeled and cut into small pieces or grated

2 handfuls spinach

1 heaped tsp. almond butter (or peanut butter)

300ml unsweetened almond milk

Superfood Smoothie Booster

1-2 tsp maca powder

METHOD

Pop the ingredients into your blender and blend until smooth. If your blender isn’t so powerful, grate the beetroot, ginger and apple and add it with half the almond milk and blend, followed by the remaining ingredients and blend again until smooth.

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5 Easy Ways to Help Your Body Cleanse and Detoxify

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Your body is more than capable in dealing with the usual toxins it faces on a daily basis, but there is nothing wrong with giving it a little helping hand with a few little tweaks to your daily routine and diet. Stress, cigarette smoke, pollution, alcohol as well as exposure to viruses and heavy metals can leave your immune system drained and less able to deal with toxins within your body. If your lifestyle isn’t perfect – mine certainly isn’t 😉  then I think that helping your body to boost its immune system, digestion and liver function will leave you reaping the rewards of glowing skin, good hormone balance and a better nights sleep.

LOVE YOUR LIVER

Everything you consume is broken down by your liver. Any waste products are excreted through urine, digestive tract or your skin.

Your liver is capable of self cleaning and removing toxins but it can become a little overwhelmed by too many fatty foods, alcohol and over the counter drugs. Your whole digestive system can also not function as it should if you smoke or are suffering from stress or anxiety. Symptoms such as lethargy, insomnia, easily waking up in the night, spots, dry skin or bloating in the stomach may well mean that your liver is in need of a little clear out. To put it bluntly, if you aren’t also regularly emptying your bowels then toxins can build up in your system, causing spots and making you feel really sluggish and lethargic.

Your liver is also the home of your emotions, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine, so if your toxic load is too much for your liver to handle you may also suffer from mood swings, depression, anxiety and being really easily irritated.

Most of us don’t have the time or the want to do a full detox twice a year. So here are 5 really simple tips to easily incorporate cleansing and detoxing into your daily or weekly routine, to stop any stagnation in the liver and digestive tract and get everything back on track:

1. Drink Lemon Water

Lemons are highly alkalising, and if you prepare a warm lemon water every morning it will wake up your digestive system, rehydrate your body and help boost liver function. Simply squeeze half or a full lemon into a cup and top with hot water. Add a teaspoon of honey if you need to sweeten slightly. Do this every morning before you eat breakfast.

2. Dry Skin Brushing

Try doing this daily before you get into the shower, it takes only a couple of minutes. With a fairly stiff bath brush, start at the feet and brush your dry skin in long strokes, always in the direction of your heart. Concentrate around the thighs and buttocks. When you get to your tummy, be gentle and work in a clockwise direction. Work from your hands up your arm and then lift your arm in the air and brush the underside towards the armpit, avoiding the chest area. Not only will this exfoliate your skin and make it softer and smoother, it will also help to wake up your lymphatic system, the home of all your immune system, helping drainage and removal of toxins. Girls, this technique is also great for reducing cellulite, so  grab your brush and get into this 2 minute routine every morning!

3. Epsom Salt Baths

Once or twice a week relax in a bath with 1-2 cups of Epsom Salts. These help remove and draw toxins from your skin and the magnesium will help you sleep.

4. Detoxifying Smoothies

Try and drink a smoothie per day. Green smoothies are the best for detoxification. Try my favourite 3 green smoothies for detoxification:

ULTIMATE DETOX SMOOTHIE

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SPICY WATERCRESS SMOOTHIE

Spicy watercress

PEAR, LIME AND SPINACH SMOOTHIE

Spinach smoothie

5. Exercise

Get outside and go for a brisk walk or jog or get to the gym and sweat! Sweating releases toxins through your skin and will get your cardiovascular system working, breathing in fresh air and oxygenating your blood. Aim for 20 minutes per day. Outside is best as you will also benefit from a dose of Vitamin D – as long as the sun’s out!

 

Honey, Cinnamon and Turmeric Oat Topper

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This is the perfect tonic if you are fighting off any coughs or cold viruses at the moment and is the perfect topping for porridge, overnight oats or yoghurt. As soon as you swallow this gorgeously spiced mixture you will feel it warming up your insides! It takes less than 5 minutes to make, you can prepare this whilst your porridge is heating up.

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Try and use as good a quality honey as possible. Manuka honey is the best. It is produced in New Zealand from bees who pollinate the Manuka bush and has been used for hundreds of years as a traditional treatment for wounds and infections. It is effective for promoting healing and fighting any bacteria.  You will notice on the packaging a number usually ranging from 5 to 20+. This is the Unique Manuka Factor (UMF) and is a quality trademark used only in this type of honey production. The higher the score, the higher the purity, quality and health benefits. UMF 20+ is really quite expensive, you are looking at between £50 and £70 per jar! I usually go for UMF 10 as on the UMF scale 10-15 has useful levels of antibacterial activity.  It is worth the investment and I find it a lot tastier than regular honey.

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The cinnamon will add a lovey sweetness to this tonic, and reduce the effect of the sugar in the honey in the body. It also pairs well with Turmeric, as this has a fairly strong but warming taste. I have used this recipe for a couple of years now, and think I have got the balance right with the amount of turmeric to cinnamon, however if you still find it too strong then reduce the amount of turmeric and add a little more cinnamon.

Perfect tonic for porridge

Perfect tonic for porridge

PREP TIME 5 MINS | SERVES 1

3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp. ground turmeric

1 tsp. good quality honey

1 tsp. hot water

 

 

METHOD

Pop the spices and honey in a small dish. Add the hot water and mix so it loosens the honey and you are able to mix the spices into a thickish paste. Add more water if you feel it is too thick, but usually 1 tsp. is enough. Drizzle over your prepared porridge, overnight oats or yoghurt.

Try topping your porridge with chopped brazil nuts and goji berries

Try topping your porridge with chopped brazil nuts and goji berries

 

Let me know what you think about this recipe!