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Gorgeous Green Goodness

Hi and happy Friday.

Hope you’ve all had a good week, it’s certainly been a quick one because of the bank holiday weekend.

My lovely friend Steph from The Vintage Dove suggested last week that I share with you some of my recipes now that I’m trying to be mega healthy!

Let me share a secret (or not so much if you know me) being naturally healthy is not something I find easy at all.  There is so much ‘healthy stuff’ that I don’t like and so it’s a bit of an uphill struggle at times.  I’m talking about a lot of basic salad staples like raw tomatoes, cucumber, rocket and the like.  I can do most salad leaves but I have to have some kind of dressing to enjoy them.  I’m not a huge fish fan and I’m not keen on a lot of vegetables, especially green ones. I even struggle with avocado which I really want to get into as it is full of amazingly good fats for your body.

Thankfully these days we have access to a lot of imaginative ideas from some very creative people such as Kezia at supernaturallyhealthy.org (I know I keep going on about her but she really is very helpful for me as a point of reference and inspiration, and no I’m not being paid to say that).  There is also Deliciously Ella who is more commonly known as she has been around longer and more recently I have been introduced to Livia’s Kitchen.  They are all women who have had to dramatically change the way they eat because of food intolerances etc.

So today I’ve decided to share a simple recipe that is making a big difference to me and also something I didn’t think would ever be part of my daily routine, especially as I’ve already told you about my struggle with most things green!

The Green Smoothie

No one is new to the idea of smoothies these days even if it’s not become a part of your life (yet).  I started having smoothies about a year and a half ago when my lovely Mum gave me some birthday money towards a Nutribullet.  Mr H and myself got right into them, but green was very rarely on my ingredients list until in the end the only kind of smoothie I was having was banana, strawberries, sometimes blueberries some almond milk (the sweetened one) and oats to bulk it out a bit.  They were very nice and much healthier than a lot of breakfast options I was choosing, but they weren’t packed full of goodness.

This one is quite different

Ingredients

A large handful of fresh spinach (or Frozen)

Small handful of kale

1/2 – 1 banana (depending on size)

A large spoonful of peanut butter (yes large)!

1 – 2 medjool dates (depending how sweet you like it)

1 – 2 small spoons of linseeds or chia seeds

1/4 tsp spirulina powder (not more or it will taste like pond scum)

1/2 tsp vanilla powder

Almond milk and water in equal parts

 

Now I’m not sure what your reaction to that little concoction was, but I can tell you that a few months ago mine would have been disgust and now I can honestly say that I love them.  If I don’t have one for breakfast I usually end up having one for lunch or as a snack during the day.  The banana and dates make it lovely and sweet and I love vanilla which helps to mask the unusual flavour of the spirulina which really is from ponds, and lakes and rivers, hence it’s commonly used name, pond scum!  It is however loaded with protein, antioxidants and nutrients.

Without getting all sciency I just want to mention that linseeds and chia seeds are packed full of goodness too.  Both are good for digestion, contain omega 3 and are good for your hearts health.  Linseeds are also a good source of wheat and gluten free fibre.

If you can get beyond the fact that it is so green and to be fair, if I can you can, I’d be genuinely surprised if you didn’t like it. Having said that everyone has different tastes and I know a lot of people don’t like banana but you don’t have to follow this recipe exactly, just leave out what you don’t like and add what you do, it’s a bit experimental.  I chop and change mine depending on my mood and what is in the fridge or freezer.  This week I’ve added kiwi a couple of times which was ok but I prefer without and I’ve added frozen cherries a couple of times.  Also if your into chocolate or coffee or both, you can add coffee or cocoa which gives it a nice twist. All of this smoothie inspiration has come from Kezia not myself.

That’s probably not the kind of recipe you were expecting Steph but I wanted to start there as

  1. It was one of the first things I started doing and I feel so much better for having them
  2. I have made some truly dreadful concoctions in my pursuit of health, but I have also had a few successes so I will start to share some more over the coming weeks

One other thing I was going to mention was Kefir (pronounced ka – fear) which I know is becoming very popular at the moment and I am also adding to my smoothies as the benefits for your gut health are immense.  It’s basically a probiotic, but unlike anything we have been used to such as Actimel and similar.  This is pure, you can make it at home and it has about 50 x more strains of good bacteria.  Again I’m not going to go into it too much as it’s at least a whole post in it’s own right.

I would be very interested to hear your thoughts about todays blog and if you have any good smoothie recipes or know of other good supplements.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Much love

Kate xx

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recipes

Sweet Potato Cakes

Hello and happy Friday!

I’ve been trying to eat more healthily and be more open to trying things that I might not necessarily try normally. That being said I have had a bit of a chocolate binge lately, but I have been feeling unwell so I’m putting it down to that and trying to start again!

Im sure some of you have heard of Deliciously Ella? She’s a real inspiration and her story is amazing. If you haven’t heard of her here’s a very basic bit of background.  She is a twenty something girl who was so ill that she couldn’t even walk to the end of her street and back again. After lots of medicine and medical advice she decided one day that she would try and eat her way healthy and that is exactly what she has done.

My lovely Mum bought me her latest book and I’ve been really inspired to try some of the recipes. This is the second one I’ve tried. It was lovely. If I’m honest though, it wasn’t quite what I expected (I don’t really know what I was expecting!) While I was writing this I realised she suggests making a dressing of tahini, olive oil and lime juice. I think that would have made quite a difference to the end result. She also suggests serving them on a bed of rocket, I don’t like rocket but some kind of salad would have been good.

Anyway this is what you need to make them

4 sweet potatoes (I only had one big one so halved the ingredients)

2 tbsp brown rice flour

2 tbsp tomato purée

2 crushed garlic cloves

Handful of coriander finely chopped ( I didn’t put this in as not keen on it)

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp chilli flakes

1 heaped tbsp tahini (you can get it in the health store)

Juice of 1 lime

Salt and pepper

Basically you steam the sweet potato until soft. Mash with a fork until nearly smooth then add all the other ingredients and mix together.  Make into patties, oil a baking tray, put the patties on the tray and sprinkle some of the rice flour on top.  Bake in the oven for 20 mins at 220 c or 200 c for fan ovens.

This is what the finished cakes looked like, not as great as they look in Deliciously Ella’s book! (and no that is not copious amounts of mayonnaise but natural yoghurt!)

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Im definitely going to try them again and have some salad and the dressing!

Is it a recipe you think you would try or is it not your kind of thing at all? I’m so pleased that I actually got around to giving it a go.  Hopefully I will be trying lots more recipes.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this weeks post. Looking forward to hearing from some of you.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Sending love ❤️

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kate Makes, Recipes

Cinnamon Sugared Almonds

Hello! How’s things with you guys? My week was a bit of a struggle if I’m honest, I just wasn’t firing on all cylinders, you know what I mean? Which is why I didn’t get around to writing a post before now.

Anyhow I’ve been busy busy creating for the Christmas Fare that is tomorrow! The last thing on my list to make was these cinnamon sugared almonds or candied almonds, depending on where you come from.

I’ve been making these for about 3 or 4 years now. They are fantastic to give as gifts at Christmas but I thought I would make them for my stall and see how they go. The only down side being that almonds and nuts in general, have become very expensive. Anyway, that being said here’s what you need to make these delicious nuts.

Oh and apologies for the use of cups instead of grams or ounces, but I’ve found with so many recipes now that’s what they use so I thought, if you can’t beat them, join them!

1 1/2 cups Almonds (skin on)

1/2 cup sugar

3/4 tsp cinnamon

1/8 tsp salt

2 tbs water

Put all the ingredients, apart from the almonds, in a pan. I use my large frying pan (best not to use your decent one as the sugar really cakes onto it).

Heat on a medium heat until the ingredients melt.

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Continue heating until it starts to boil. It smells heavenly and really gets you in a Christmassy mood!

 

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Now put the almonds in.

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Give it a good stir covering all the almonds. Keep stiring, this bit takes a little while. Eventually the syrup mixture gets thicker, you can feel the difference as your stirring. Once it starts to dry out, turn the heat off. The almonds will change from looking glossy to being dull in appearance as the sugar crystallises.

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Spread out your almonds on a lined baking tray and put them in the oven at about 160 C for 10 mins. Take them out of the oven and allow to cool. Once cooled I put mine in a clip top jar (pre sterilised in the dishwasher) and they last for ages, well they would last for ages if we didn’t eat them so quickly – they are scrummy and also very addictive!!

There’s always some left over ‘cinnamony’ sugar which I like to put in a jar and use in my coffee mmm mmm!

Will you give them a go or do you have another recipe that you prefer? Looking forward to hearing from you.

Have a fab weekend. Much love ❤️

 

Kate Makes, Recipes, Saffie Dog

Healthy homemade dog treats

These delicious dog treats, (so my daughter tells me) have been mentioned previously on one or two of my other blogs so I thought now was the time to share them with you. I’m not a complete dog crazed person (some may disagree) but I do want Saffie to be as healthy as possible so she is with us for as long as possible. It was decided from the beginning that we wouldn’t feed her any ‘rubbish’ but trust me she doesn’t miss out, which is why I decided to bake her treats myself. It’s like anything we cook from scratch, if you make it, you know exactly what’s going in it.

So you need wholemeal flour, peanut butter, coconut oil (really good for dogs general health and their coats) very small amount of milk and a tiny bit of baking soda. I literally throw it all in the magimix – amazing piece of machinery! Once it’s turned into a dough you roll it out and then cut out your shapes. This is the time consuming part. Oven needs to be pre heated to 180 and the biscuits take between 20 and 30 minutes. Obviously that’s just a guide as all ovens vary and it also depends on the size of biscuits you go for. Take them out of the oven, let them cool and voila healthy homemade peanut butter dog treats.

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Healthy homemade dog treat #homemade #dogtreats #lovemydog ❤️

 

The recipe for these was found on Pinterest by a lady named Kim @http://todayscreativelife.com

There are tons of recipes out there to try but of the ones I’ve tried these seem to be saffies favourite (and my daughters) 😉

Let me know if any of you give them a go and how you got on 😀

Recipes

Gluten free

I made pumpkin pie with a bit of a difference last night. I can’t say it was a success, but I’m pleased that I gave it a go. Really trying to eat healthily but at the same time enjoy different foods. I have been gluten free for going on a year now. I am not coeliac and I have never even been diagnosed as gluten intolerant, but I decided to give it a try after talking with a friend who had tried it with good results. There is no doubt about it, since I have given it up I feel healthier, nothing like as much bloating, all the pain I had in my joints i.e knees, fingers, thumbs and toes has gone and I have far less headaches. Good reasons to carry on! I think a lot of people think that being gluten free is, in itself, a healthy way to eat. That is not necessarily the case. You can buy pretty much all the same ‘rubbish’ gluten free but because it is free of gluten, it generally has much more sugar, which is defeating the whole object for me. I want to have a healthier lifestyle in general. I found having the GF versions of bread was helpful for the first few months as I absolutely loved anything remotely bready! Crumpets, muffins,pitta, croissant etc the only thing I have carried on having at times are the GF crumpets – scrummy.
Anyhow back to the pumpkin pie! So for the base I decided to use coconut flour, which I have never used before. For the filling I bought a tin of ready to use pumpkin and followed the recipe for the pie filling. I did tweak it a bit as it called for 6oz sugar which I just find excessive. I used half the amount and it tasted good to me. There is also butter, eggs and evaporated milk in the recipe. Not the healthiest, but I do think if you are having a healthy diet generally a bit of butter etc does you no harm. I also used low fat evaporated milk. So the upshot was that Mr H was not overly keen. I loved the filling and I loved the crust but honestly the 2 didn’t work together 😔 I will have another go with plain pastry made from a basic GF flour. I will also try the coconut flour again but with a different filling. I will let you know how I get on.
If any of you have some good GF recipes or advice re GF eating or indeed other kinds of recipes that you want to share, please do, would love to hear from you ❤️