Are you looking for radiant, glowing skin?
The DNA Diet may be for you…
Are you looking for radiant, glowing skin?
Are you looking for radiant, glowing skin?
The DNA Diet may be for you…
4 MSC certified pacific cod fillets
1 piece of fresh turmeric root (can use powdered turmeric)
Coarse ground pepper
4 large sweet potatoes (chipped thinly)
1 tablespoon of finely chopped fresh coriander
1 tablespoon of finely chopped fresh mint
1 finely chopped clove of garlic
How to make
With the cold weather coming it is usual to choose warming, cooked vegetables, and raw vegetables/salads are forgotten about until the sun starts to get back into its groove in the spring. However, raw vegetables contain tons of useful enzymes and vitamins that can get destroyed during the cooking process but can really support gut health and immunity throughout the winter. I like to eat raw salads throughout the winter months, and have lots of dressings in the fridge that are full of additional goodies. Make up some of these superfood salad dressings and freeze so that you have nutritious, perfectly dressed salads to-go. Recipes coming soon
We enjoyed one of the last days of the summery weather with friends in the garden around the fire pit. We had pear and gin cocktails and this warming chicken curry which was packed with immune boosting herbs and nourishing coconut milk.
Ingredients – serves 6
How to Make
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Choosing milder fresh chillies means that you can add colour and an exciting flavour without it being too eye watering and I love using warming fresh root ginger for the anti-inflammatory properties it contains. To finish, I drizzle a little cold organic olive oil to add to the taste and texture and to also provide important essential fatty acids that remain intact, as they are not heated. Remember to use olive oil in a dark bottle or tin as clear bottles allow light in and this damage the integrity of the fats.
Teff with Coriander, Ginger & Red Chilli
Ingredients (serves 2)
100g Teff grain
2 teaspoons of finely chopped root ginger
Half a mild red chilli, finely chopped and seeded
2 teaspoons of fresh coriander, finely chopped
1 teaspoon of reduced salt,organic vegetable bouillon
1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
1 medium red onion, finely chopped
1 teaspoon of raw coconut oil
1 teaspoon of organic extra virgin olive oil
a pinch of Himalayan pink salt
a pinch of ground black pepper
How to prepare
1. Add the teff to a pan and cover with 200g of filtered water.
2. Bring to boil and simmer for 10-15 minutes with the lid partially on
3. Transfer the cooked teff to a bowl or plate and leave to air
4. Add the coconut oil to a wok or pan and set under a low heat.
5. Add the onions, garlic and fry until clear
6. Add the ginger and half of the chilli and fry for a further 3 minutes
7. Add the teff and gently mix the ingredients under the heat for 3 minutes
8. Turn heat off and add the rest of the chilli and the coriander and drizzle the olive oil over it.
*Originally posted on Stand 7
Africa is abundant in nutritious wild plants, which you will certainly come across along your travels on the beautiful continent. From papaya to baobab, many of these plants are known to have therapeutic effects and African ‘superfoods’ are now commonly found in cupboards of health food obsessives across the globe. If you are lucky to be travelling in Africa, you will encounter these nutritious foods at their best – perfectly ripe and just harvested meaning that even more nutrition is kept in tact. Here are 5 top African superfood superstars from across the continent:
1. Raw Coconut Water – with its finely balanced mineral content and just-right levels of naturally occurring sugars, coconut water is a great hydrator and energy booster. You will find young green coconuts in market places or roadside/ beach sellers and unlike pasteurized, shop bought varieties, raw coconut water is full of enzymes that help speed up processes in the body i.e. giving your body less work to do.
2. Baobab – the Hausa populations around the continent have long been aware of the nutritious qualities of baobab and use the protein packed baobab leaves in a traditional soup known as ‘miya kuka’. The rest of the world has only recently caught on to the powers of this amazing fruit, with companies such as Aduna stacking healthy shelves with their baobab from London to New York. The bready/sherbet-like pods of the baobab are mainly found in sub-Saharan Africa and are loaded with antioxidants, which we know are vital in helping combat DNA damaging, free radicals. The mineral composition of baobab also means it is a useful hydrator too, so very helpful if you have had a bout of travellers belly. Suck on the seeds straight from the pods, or stir in a powdered pulp formulation into a drink.
3. Avocado – a sweet, buttery African avocado, tastes like food of the gods and nutritionally avocados are packed with protein, essential fatty acids (EFA), vitamins and minerals. The high EFA content in avocados make these true superstars, as EFA are useful to every cell membrane in your body, which helps them to function at their absolute best. Additionally, the high levels of vitamin E contained in avocados, is useful in supporting the healing wounds from sandy beach/ bush walks to healing mosquito bite scars.
4. Papaya – although papaya is not indigenous to Africa, it has been cultivated for centuries on the continent and can be found in many countries. Due to its high antioxidant load, including vitamin C and flavonoids, eating locally grown papaya can be a great immune support, which may help protect against all sorts of infections. Papaya is also known for its digestive properties, as it is packed with the protein digesting papain enzyme.
5. Aloe Vera – found mainly in northern and eastern Africa, aloe vera is a nutritional and medicinal powerhouse. Aloe is highly effective on soothing sunburned skin so if you choose to use the plant topically, cut the gel-rich, older leaves from its base and apply to the skin. As a dietary supplement, aloe is pretty nutrient-dense, containing vitamins A, D, C, E, minerals, enzymes and most of the essential amino acids. The anti-inflammatory, gut-calming actions of aloe vera along with its ability to aid digestion, may be very useful for travellers acclimatising to new foods. However, only eat food-grade versions and stick with the dosage on the label, as it can have a laxative effect in large doses.
*Originally posted on Hip Africa