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ROAST VEGETABLE & CHICKPEA STEW

This has to be one of my all-time favourite dinners to make at this time of year. It’s real comfort food and is perfect if you’re looking for a simple, quick nutritious meal. Plus, it makes getting your 5 a day easier as it’s jam packed with courgette, aubergine, tomato, onion and garlic. I think it tastes great with a simple side of quinoa, wholegrain rice or roasted sweet potatoes.

The chickpeas provide a ton of nutritional benefits too. The high fibre content helps us poop regularly and keeps us feeling full. The high iron content gives us energy, and chickpeas are a low GI food so they’re great for stabilising blood sugar levels.

So, pop on your apron, and let’s dive straight into the recipe.

INGREDIENTS

• 2 courgettes sliced
• 1 aubergine sliced
• 1 red onion sliced
• 3 garlic cloves chopped
• 1 x 400g can chick peas drained
• 2 x 400g can tinned tomatoes
• 2 tablespoon tomato puree
• 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
• Pinch chilli flakes
• Salt & pepper
• Olive oil

INSTRUCTIONS

• Preheat oven 180c fan
• Prepare all your vegetables
• Place in a baking tray with the chick peas
• Add a good drizzle of olive oil, salt & pepper
• Give everything a really good mix
• Bake 35-40 mins
• Place tomatoes/puree, maple syrup, chilli flakes, salt/pepper in pan
• Heat over a medium heat
• Bring to the boil and reduce temperature
• Simmer 10-15 mins
• Once veggies cooked, stir through the tomato mixture and enjoy

MANGO & SESAME QUINOA

This is a great recipe for any time as it’s clean, delicious and nutritious. I love the way this recipe combines the sweetness of mango with the savoury flavours of the tamarin and sesame seeds. The avocado makes this dish lovely and creamy whilst the lemon adds a tang, and it only takes 15 minutes to make too!

INGREDIENTS

  • 120g quinoa
  • 1 mango
  • 1 avocado
  • 4 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 100g pomegranates
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 tbsp tamari
  • Salt & pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Cook the quinoa
  • Allow to cool
  • Peel and chop the mango
  • Peel, de-seed and chop the avocado
  • Half and squeeze the lemon
  • Mix the mango and avocado together
  • Add the sesame, lemon juice, pomegranates, tamari, salt, pepper
  • Add the quinoa and serve

10 AMAZING WAYS TO USE COCONUT OIL

I cannot tell you how much I LOVE coconut oil.

Most people have cooked with it but this Superfood has literally tons of uses. It’s versatile, cost effective plus incredibly healthy. Trust me your body and health will thank you for it.

Read on to find out how many products my one jar of coconut oil has replaced!

Cooking Oil

Coconut oil is high in saturated fat so consuming excessive amounts isn’t advisable for your hearts sake. However, the manufacturing process and chemical properties make it healthier than its counterparts. It isn’t refined, bleached or odorised. But make sure you choose cold pressed and virgin coconut oil to reap these benefits.

Hair Conditioner

Did you know that coconut oil penetrates the hair and prevents protein loss? It sure does. All you do is take a dollop of coconut oil and comb it through your tresses. Not the most glam of looks but I wear a shower cap and sleep with it in. Then the next day I just shampoo and style as usual.

Face & Body Cream

Coconut oil is also a great moisturiser as it’s rich in fatty acids plus it leaves a lovely sheen on the skin. It helps give relief from skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis and will help soften fine lines and wrinkles.

Highlighter & Contouring

Want the Kim Kardashian highlighting and contouring look? use a small amount of coconut oil to highlight your cheek and eyebrow bones. You can also press a small amount of coconut oil on top of your makeup to give a nice dewy glow.

Mouthwash

It sounds weird I know but let me explain why coconut oil is a great mouthwash. It’s called oil pulling which is an ancient Ayurvedic practice to keep tooth decay, bad breath and gum disease at bay. Remember, coconut oil is antibacterial so it’s brillant for our teeth. So how do you oil pull? It’s simple. Take one tablespoon of coconut oil and swish it in your mouth for 10-20 mins until the oil turns cloudy and murky. This is the bacteria being pulled off. Then spit the oil out.

Makeup Remover

The oil nature of coconut oil means that makeup will wipe off easily because it breaks down water resistant substances. I’ve used it to remove my mascara and I have to say it works a treat! Just take a small amount of oil between your palms to warm it up. Glide it across your skin and use a cotton pad to remove the makeup. Keep repeating until your skin is thoroughly cleansed.

Dairy Alternative

Because of its emulsifying properties it’s a good dairy substitute. Use it on toast as a butter/margarine replacement. Add to coffee instead of milk.

Soap

Again, the anti-bacterial qualities of coconut oil make it a perfect candidate for a soap alternative. And it won’t just kill those nasty germs but it will also leave your hands silky soft.

Shaving Cream

Think about it. Coconut oil is a natural lubricant and so perfect to shave with. Lather it on and you’ll see that your razor will just glide over your skin as you shave.

Cuts & Bruises

Coconut oil just doesn’t have anti-bacterial qualities which makes it perfect for cuts and bruises … it also has anti-fungal properties too. And that means it’s perfect for conditions such as athletes foot.

There are many brands around but one of my favourites is Lucy Bee’s coconut oil. It smells heavenly and 100% pure.

So which use are you going to give a try? Let me know how you get on. Also have you any uses I haven’t mentioned? If you do, please let me know. I’d love to hear from you.

Gaynor x

10 TIPS FOR WEIGHT LOSS

It’s no surprise at all that one of the top new year resolutions is weight loss. Many people make a commitment to themselves to eat healthier, and move more.

Sadly though many fall off the wagon and revert to their old habits. One of the main reasons for this is many folks go to the extreme and have an all or nothing approach.

Why not swap this approach for these 10 simple, healthy tips that are balanced and moderated? That way your more likely to stay on track for the long haul.

  1. PORTION CONTROL

At mealtimes, try putting your food on a smaller plate. Studies show that we’ll finish off the plate in front of us whatever it’s size, and often then overeat.

  1. EAT SLOWLY

Slow down eating. Masticate your food properly, and try putting your knife and fork down between mouthfuls. This allows your stomach time to signal to your brain that you’re full so you don’t over eat.

  1. KEEP IT LEAN 

Cut back on your overall meat intake and opt for fish instead. When you do choose meat have leaner cuts. Ditch the heavy sauces and replace with lots of hearty vegetables.

  1. AVOID CRASH DIETS

Weight loss isn’t just about squeezing into your jeans or looking good in your bikini it’s also about being healthy for life. There are zero shortcuts to losing weight. As boring as it sounds a balanced diet and regular exercise will achieve far more than doing the latest craze.

If you’ve a tendancy to be drawn into faddy diets make sure you check out my blog here on CALORIE RESTRICTED DIETS – HEAVAN OR HAVOC.

  1. BUDDY UP 

Get a mate to lose weight with you. Having a buddy to motivate you will work wonders for you both. Also, remember my GROUP PERSONAL TRAINING.   If your interested, I cannot stress enough getting in touch with me on 07748 298728 as soon as possible. It’s very popular and always gets booked up.

  1. THE POWER OF MUSIC

Load up your playlist with upbeat music. Listening to your favourite tracks will help you push harder, and because you want to hear your entire playlist, you’ll feel more inclined to workout for longer!

  1. CUPBOARD CLEAROUT

Clear out your cupboards. Once you replace the junk food you’re used to indulging in, you’ll begin to make healthier choices going forwards.

  1. GET YOUR SNOOZIES

Sleep is utter bliss and great for your mind, body, and health.

People who get adequate sleep have been shown to lose more body fat than people who get less – so don’t neglect your Zzzzzz time. It’s key to weight loss as it regulates cortisol levels, which is responsible for fat storage, particularly around our tummies.

To learn a bit more about the importance of sleep for weight loss make sure you check out this great little article I wrote on HOW TO LOSE WEIGHT WITHOUT GETTING OUT OF BED.

  1. TAKE BABY STEPS 

Losing weight doesn’t mean cutting out life’s pleasures altogether. Simple swaps can make a huge difference.

Swap sugary drinks for healthy zero-calorie options and you’ll scarcely notice the difference. Instead of ice cream, have frozen dairy-free yoghurt for dessert instead.

When food tastes good you won’t even feel like you’re dieting. This will make a huge difference as we all want to enjoy our food and not feel deprived.

  1. STAY HYDRATED 

Drink water instead of your usual drink. Not only will this hydrate you adequately, but will make you feel fuller so you’re less likely to overeat.

I hope this blog has given you some useful tips and ideas.

Lastly …   If you need help lift up that phone. Call/text me on 07748298728 for a FREE confidential, no obligation chat.

Love Gaynor x

ACAI & BERRY SMOOTHIE BREAKFAST BOWL

This acai & berry smoothie breakfast bowl will spice up your breakfast repertoire. It’s deliciously sweet and fruity. And the frozen banana makes the smoothie extra creamy which just melts in your mouth. Also, there’s 2 superfoods added called acai and baobab. These are both tasty whilst also adding a serious dose of nutrients.

Acai is similar to a grape/blueberry and is harvested from palm trees found around the Amazon river in South America. It’s rich in antioxidants, closely followed by the berries, which are in abundance in this recipe so each mouthful protects your body from free radical damage that can lead to disease.

The baobab powder naturally forms inside the hard-shelled fruit of the African Baobab tree. It boosts your vitamin C and iron levels whilst also boosting your calcium, potassium and magnesium levels. Interesting fact … did you know that it contains more vitamin C than oranges and more iron than red meat? So not to be overlooked!

And then, of course, we’ve got the almond butter which will give you healthy fats and plant-based protein. And the berries, dates, and banana will give you, even more, vitamins and minerals so that you’re well and truly set up to start your day strong.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • ½ cup blueberries
  • ½ cup raspberries
  • 2 medjool dates
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 heaped tbsp acai powder
  • 1 heaped teasp baobab powder

Tip: add a handful of spinach for the extra greens. It won’t change the flavour too much.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Place all in blender
  • Whizz until smooth
  • Enjoy 😊

10 HERBS & SPICES THAT REDUCE BODY FAT

As well as adding flavour to your food did you know that certain herbs and spices can help you maintain a healthy body weight?

They do this by firing up your metabolism, suppressing your appetite and shrinking fatty tissue.

Not only this they are full of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals and may help fight diseases. In many cases, herbs and spices contain more potent antioxidants compared to many well known mainstream food sources. Let me give you some examples.

Cloves (antioxidants 30% dry weight) and cinnamon (antioxidants 18% dry weight) versus blueberries (antioxidants 5% dry weight). Oregano has 42 times more antioxidants than apples, 12 times more than oranges, and 4 times more than blueberries.

From my experience and research, the top 10 herbs and spices that may support your weight loss goals when added generously to food are:

  • Ginger
  • Black Pepper
  • Cumin
  • Mustard
  • Ginseng
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Turmeric
  • Cinnamon
  • Cardamom
  • Dandelion

Let’s take a closer look at them:

Ginger

If you’ve ever had ginger tea you’ll know it has a very warming and soothing effect. It’s known to help relax your intestinal tract and is very anti-inflammatory. It may have thermogenic properties that help speed up your metabolism, as well as an ability to suppress your appetite.

Black Pepper

Contains a substance called piperine which blocks the formation of new fat cells. It also increases the bioavailability of other foods.

Cumin

Helps with digestion and energy production, and may improve glycaemic control in people with diabetes. Also been found to improve memory and provide stress-relieving benefits.

Mustard

Interesting fact, the mustard plant is actually part of the cruciferous family of vegetables. Mustard seeds have been shown to boost metabolic rate by 25% so you burn more calories. In fact, 3/5 teaspoon of mustard seeds daily may help you burn an extra 45 kcals per hour.

Ginseng

Boosts energy levels, improves insulin sensitivity, speeds up metabolism and so helps with weight loss.

Cayenne Pepper

Capsaicin is the compound that gives peppers their heat. The heat effect increases the thermogenesis in your body, which in turn impacts on metabolism, weight loss and fat storage.

Turmeric

Turmeric is a yellow-orange spice. Curcumin is one of turmeric’s active ingredients, that reduces the formation of fat tissue by suppressing the blood vessels needed to form it, and therefore may contribute to lower body fat.

Cinnamon

This spice may help boost your metabolism so helping with weight loss. It’s been found to significantly reduce blood sugar levels, triglycerides, LDL (bad) cholesterol, and total cholesterol levels, as well as increase glucose metabolism, which would significantly improve your ability to regulate blood sugar. So it’s especially great for diabetics!

Cardamom

Cardamom, an aromatic spice with a spicy sweet flavour, is another thermogenic herb that helps boost your metabolism and may boost your body’s ability to burn fat.

Dandelion

The dandelion slows down your digestion, so making you feel fuller for longer. This in turn helps with weight management. Dandelions are also rich in antioxidants, dietary fibre, beta-carotene, vitamin K1, vitamins and minerals, and are beneficial for normalising blood sugar and cholesterol, as well as cleansing your liver.

On the next up-coming blog I’m going to give you some super simple ways to incorporate these herbs and spices into your diet. Can’t wait to share 😊

Love Gaynor x

PUMPKIN STEW

This delicious pumpkin stew will not disappoint. It’s highly nutritious and will definitely keep you toasty on the inside and feeling nice and full on these nippy Halloween nights.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 kg pumpkins
  • 1 large onion
  • 4 carrots
  • 4 new potatoes
  • 1-2 red chillies
  • 2-3 garlic cloves
  • 1 mug brown basmati rice
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/4 litres yeast free vegetable stock
  • Handful parsley finely chopped
  • Pinch celtic sea salt or himalayan crystal salt
  • Freshly ground pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Peel the pumpkin, carrots, onions, garlic cloves and potatoes
  • Cut the onion into fine pieces
  • Finely chop the garlic cloves
  • Cut the carrots into slices
  • Cut the potatoes into cubes
  • Deseed the pumpkin and cut into cubes
  • Deseed the chillies and cut into fine pieces
  • Gently fry the onions and garlic in olive oil
  • Add the rice, mix well
  • Add pumpkins, carrots, potatoes and the chillies
  • Cover and steam for about 10 minutes
  • Add the stock
  • Season with salt and pepper
  • Cook on low heat for another 30 mins
  • Stir in the parsley
  • Leave to rest in the open pot for about 5 mins
  • Serve and enjoy

SPICED PUMPKIN PORRIDGE WITH CARAMELISED APPLES & PECANS

It’s officially Autumn and that means squashes and pumpkins are in season. So why not celebrate the new season with this cosy, tasty porridge from Deliciously Ella?

This recipe which serves one is super quick and easy to make. The spiciness of the cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger are a perfect blend and match for the sweetness of the pumpkin puree.

Trust me, this is a must try recipe 😊

INGREDIENTS

Porridge:

  • 80g oats
  • 100ml brown rice milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • Sprinkle ground nutmeg
  • 5 tbsp of pumpkin puree
  • 2 tsp of coconut sugar

Toppings:

  • 1 apple
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 40g pecans

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Peel pumpkin, chop, steam 25 mins until soft
  • Puree pumpkin until smooth
  • Core and slice apple
  • Cook apples/pecans with coconut oil, maple, cinnamon 10 mins
  • Apples to be soft but holding shape
  • Place oats in saucepan with 200ml water and brown rice milk
  • Cook 4 mins stirring continuously
  • Add spices, pumpkin puree and coconut sugar and cook 1 min
  • When porridge cooked, spoon into bowl
  • Top with apples and pecans
  • Serve and enjoy

IMMUNE BOOSTER SMOOTHIE

It’s a well-known fact that during the autumn/winter months our energy, mood and general health take a dip, so we do need to boost our immune system to keep colds and the flu away.

Instead of waiting until you’re in the midst of it all start building up your body’s health defences now.

And I’ve got the perfect antidote …

The Ultimate Immune Booster Smoothie which is crammed full of vitamin C, beta-carotene, zinc to strengthen you up from the inside out and digestive enzymes from the pineapple. It’s nutritious and tastes delicious.

Another tip – freeze your bananas. It makes the smoothie deliciously chilled.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 chopped banana
  • 1 cup mango
  • ½ cup cantaloupe
  • ½ cup diced pineapple
  • ¼ cup slivered almonds
  • 2-3 tsp pea protein

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Whizz it all together in a blender and enjoy

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THE ULTIMATE ANTI INFLAMMATION SMOOTHIE

This recipe is an absolute powerhouse.

Jam packed with nutrient dense ingredients that work.

On top of this …

It’s quick to make, delicious, highly alkaline, and no flashy kit or weird ingredients in sight. Just real simple food.

It also contains 2 of my favourite anti inflammatory ingredients turmeric and ginger. I’ll blog about them soon. Many studies have shown these 2 foods may be more effective than prescription drugs.

I hope this has wet your taste buds. Let’s dive straight into the recipe.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 inch grated fresh ginger
  • 1 inch grated fresh turmeric
  • Handful baby spinach
  • Handful watercress, rocket or arugula
  • 1 small avocado
  • ½ capsicum
  • Handful flat leaf parsley and/or coriander
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • Pinch cayenne
  • Pinch salt

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Add ginger, turmeric, avocado and coconut water to blender
  • Blend to form a base
  • Add remaining ingredients
  • Blend until smooth

Health to enjoy 🙂

Love Gaynor x