Golden milk is a traditional drink made from turmeric and milk with anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties. This bullet-proof version combines turmeric with ginger, black pepper and therapeutic coconut oil.
I love adding fresh pomegranates to my salads in Summer. They add a delicious fruity tang and are packed with lots of health supporting nutrients. Pomegranates support cardiovascular health, immunity and have many cancer fighting properties too.
Dhal a traditional staple for many South Asians is now a popular dish in the West. Quick and easy to prepare with so many health benefits. This recipe combines split red lentils with spinach and aromatic spices like cumin and coriander.
Dandelion is packed with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. When combined with ginger and orange, it supports blood sugar/cholesterol management, circulation, digestion and boosts liver and kidney functioning too.
Rosewater, popular in Middle Eastern cuisine imparts a delicate rosy perfume and flavour. When combined with fresh apple juice, rosewater creates an uplifting drink, which helps calm the mind, body and emotions.
Beetroot juice mixed with cooled nettle tea and fresh lemon is a super-charged mineral-rich drink, which nourishes the hair skin and nails. This drink may also help to reduce inflammation and elevated blood pressure and sugar too.
A refreshing, stimulating and cooling juice, made simply by combining cold peppermint tea with freshly juiced apple. This drink helps clear the mind, acts as a digestive tonic and decongestant. It also helps relieve headaches too.
Masala tea also known as chai tea in the West, is typically black tea brewed with therapeutic spices like ginger, cinnamon, black pepper, cloves and cardamom. This delicious drink potentially offers numerous health benefits and is really easy to make.
Dairy-free vegan butter, I'm still looking for a way to develop this further by creating a butter substitute, which combines beneficial coconut oil with cold-pressed monounsaturated oils like avocado, macadamia and olive.
My discovery of clove as an amazing remedy for tooth pain comes from personal experience of dealing with toothache. Cloves contain eugenol, a powerful anaesthetic and antiseptic, which reduces pain. Eugenol is also a potent antiseptic agent, which will helps heal infections.
Tuesday 28th October 7-8:30pm - I'm going to be presenting an interactive gluten-free cooking workshop at the Healthy Spirit Hub Cafe where I will be sharing my recipes and ideas about gluten and how to make some delicious easy-to-make gluten-free breakfasts.
Dietary oxalic acid is often eliminated to help prevent the formation of kidney stones. However this imbalance and many others like arthritis and poor blood sugar management have a common factor of calcium misplacement.
Okra is a tasty vegetable and is one of my favourite vegetarian dishes from childhood. It has loads of health benefits and in particular supports digestive health. This recipe prepares okra in a spicy onion and tomato-based curry.
Kashmiri Tea, a traditional drink made from a type of green tea and full-fat dairy milk. It has an unusual pink colour and is flavoured with salt. My version is lighter in taste and easier to digest by using homemade almond milk.
There's a growing trend for making cakes from pre-cooked beans, grains and seeds. I've been experimenting with making muffins from pre-cooked sprouted buckwheat and I've been pleasantly surprised with the resulting moist muffins.
One of the salad dishes I regularly prepare is made from freshly grated organic carrots, flavoured with fresh ginger, lemon and orange juice. Toasted pumpkin seeds and sunflower sees add a nice crunch and contrasting texture to this salad.
There are so many ways variations of this delicious dessert. Rice is gluten-free and may be cooked in dairy or non-dairy milks. I'm using fresh coconut milk for its flavour and digestive health benefits.
I've been thinking of some more ways to incorporate raw dandelion flowers into the diet. The health benefits from consuming dandelions and the potential for supporting the body with issues like detoxification, blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol are huge.
Prior to cutting my lawn today, I harvested a bowl full of dandelion flowers Dandelions are a source of many nutrients but the bright, sunny yellow flowers in particular are rich in lecithin, which has many health benefits.
I've been wanting to make a sweet treat, which not only tasted good but was therapeutic as well. Coconut immediately came to my mind. It can be used to energise, stabilise blood sugar, boost metabolism whilst being antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral as well.
Spring is also the traditional time for detoxing and working with the liver. With this in mind, I've been making light easy to digest foods for my family, like my salad of lightly steamed broccoli, asparagus and sprouted quinoa flavoured with unpasteurised apple cider vinegar and olive oil.
Continuing with my spring theme of light easy to digest foods, I made a delicious soup from roasting courgettes, red onions, sweet peppers, garlic and mushroom roasted with the Mediterranean flavours of oregano, marjoram and basil.
There are a lot of people out there dealing with recurrent bacterial infections. If these infections are left untreated they can cause some serious damage to the body. My dietary tips can help to speed recovery.
I live in the Northern hemisphere and we are transitioning into Spring. We've just had the Spring Equinox and I've noticed that there's a lot of aches, pains, inflammation , coughs, colds going around my family along with the dreaded constipation!
You have probably heard are even experienced the dreaded castor oil treatment for constipation. Castor oil can also be used topically on the skin. It's anti-inflammatory properties make it an ideal massage oil for relieving joint pain, nerve inflammation and sore muscles.
In the West we tend to eat far too many potatoes. Chips, crisps, then there's mashed potato, roast potatoes, potato waffles, curly fries and so on. So I thought about replacing regular potato in leek and potato soup with sweet potato and green chilli.
Are you confused about sugar and which sweetener to use? There's always some new sweetener coming out so in this blog, I am looking at the main health issues with refined sweeteners and sharing my recommendations for natural whole-food based sweeteners.
Today I would like to share my story which relates to binge eating. Later on in the week I will be sharing strategies which have helped myself and others to overcome eating disorders like binge eating.
I am at the end of a week-long look at turmeric and the best ways to take this spice therapeutically.
As promised, I am sharing my mum's turmeric poultice, a traditional remedy for treating aches, pains and strains.
I made a batch of turmeric paste earlier on in the week. Just a reminder that this paste will help your body absorb the active components of turmeric (curcumin) better than just taking turmeric in the form of a powder or capsule!
Today I will show you how to...
Welcome back. This week I will be focussing on the spice turmeric and how to use it therapeutically. I will share my mum's recipe for a healing turmeric poultice, which eased many a sprained ankle during my childhood. I will also show you how to add turmeric to...
I know that most people think of porridge made from oats but have you considered making porridge from other grains like buckwheat, quinoa and wholegrain rice? These are all highly nutritious grains/seeds which are also gluten-free.
By now if you have been following my blogs, you will know that...
I developed a low sugar granola recipe made from wholegrain oats for my daughter Aneesa.
Compared to the average shop-bought granola, my version contains no refined sugar, salt or heat damaged refined oils.
I have been sharing examples of warm breakfasts made from natural whole foods, perfect for the cold weather season. I know there are some who still prefer a cold breakfast like cereal with cold milk. With this in mind I thought of Bircher muesli which is made by...
Fresh fruit with yoghurt and date syrup is such a quick and easy breakfast to prepare. Fruit may be fresh, dried or a combination of the two.
I used fresh apple and blueberries, some dried banana and raisins. I also added a few cashews for some crunch. Use a good quality...
Oats are a versatile ingredient rich in B-vitamins and soluble fibre which helps to prevent constipation and lower excess cholesterol. Rich in silica which supports healthy bone, hair, skin and nails but low in gluten. Oats can get contaminated during the processing stages by high gluten containing grains...
We all love smoothies, have you ever tried one with avocado in it?
Avocados are packed with many nutrients including potassium, vitamin B5, B6 and the anti-oxidants beta carotene, vitamin C and E.
There are numerous health benefits from including avocado in the diet.
Yesterday I made gluten-free oat pancakes, today I am sharing another recipe for gluten-free buckwheat pancakes.
We need to be maximising nutrient content by using whole foods as much as possible in the diet. These pancakes are made from whole grain buckwheat not the ready milled buckwheat flour so...
Yesterday I made gluten-containing whole wheat pancakes, so today and tomorrow I will share a couple of recipes for gluten-free pancakes as some of you have to avoid gluten.
I know you can get packet mixes for gluten free pancakes but these are highly processed products. To support health we...
Some of my ideas for breakfast require planning and preparation but I believe that taking time out to prepare food has many benefits. It helps you to connect with food and become conscious of what you are preparing and consuming.
Breakfast is an important meal to kick start blood sugar and set body energy up for the day!
I have noticed many people who don't feel like eating in the morning. Their usual pattern is to take a stimulant like an energy drink, tea, coffee, a bag of salty...
I am not a fan of processed box cereals apart from porridge oats and the rare good quality muesli-style cereal, which doesn't incorporate highly processed grains, fat, salt and sugar. I'll take you through some issues and concerns I have with these products.
I've been making lamb bone broth everyday this week. It's so vesaltile and can be used to enrich many dishes. So today I am made a Ramen-style soup made from my mineral-dense lamb bone broth topped with vegetables and a boiled egg.
When I make soups I like to accompany them with my savoury gluten-free chickpea muffins.Gluten can be a contributory factor to issues like IBS, leaky gut syndrome and gut fermentation syndrome. It's a protein found in most common grains like wheat, rye and barley. Oats are often cultivated...
I'm passionate about homemade broths made from slow cooking bones, vegetables and seaweeds. These broths are packed with essential minerals for building healthy teeth, bones and for balanced functioning within the body. I like to use these broths whenever I make soups, curries, pasta sauces, rice dishes and...
I have been using Himalayan salt for many years now in my cooking. I love its taste and how it enhances the natural flavours of food. I also use Himalayan salt to make Sole (pronounced solay) a saturated solution of salt with therapeutic benefits for the body.
It's a busy day, things to do, places to go and people to see. I need quick an easy food which is of course nutritious and tasty as well.
With a few pre-prepared items I can make this salad in minutes, perfect for when I am busy or on...
Today I would like to share with you how I chose Natural Nutrition Therapy. Some of you may be thinking that all nutritionists practise nutritional therapy in the same way. Well the short answer to this is 'not really'.
Nutritional therapy, like most complementary and alternative therapies, has many...
I was thinking back to how I used to feel when my lifestyle was hectic and my diet seriously lacked what my body needed. I remember sitting at the kitchen table one morning with a headache, fuzzy head and feeling tired even though I had slept a good...
On cold mornings, I like to have a hot bowl of porridge for breakfast. Porridge made with wholegrain oats is a good example of a warm, comforting and filling food which can help to keep cravings at bay. The way I make my porridge probably differs significantly from...
I am not a fan of 'mainstream dieting' which is being widely promoted in the media at this time of the year. Cold weather, reduced activity and indoor living all take its toll on our bodies.
Cravings for warm, filling, comforting foods increase as our bodies try to adjust...
My birthday is coming up soon and I am looking forward to a slice of cake and some dark chocolate. Eating cake and chocolate will raise blood sugar which could lead to a spike followed by an energy slump. As a form of damage control, I always accompany...
We all know when we have overdone things in the eating and drinking department. Head feels dull, energy lowers and it feels as if digestion is working at a snail's pace.
January is the month when we try to get things back to normal with our eating routines. It's...
In upcoming blogs I would like to share natural remedies which I use on myself, family and friends.
One issue coming up for me at the moment, is a build up of mucous in my throat.
Over the Christmas period there have been a lot of family get-togethers. Food has...