Super Quick Lemony Summer Veg Salad

Uncategorized Jun 22, 2016

On a Wednesday evening, my fridge is usually quite empty. That's because it's the day before Thursday, which is my organic market and farm shop day. So this Wednesday evening I looked in the fridge and discovered some uninspiring left overs.

 

Initially, I have to admit, they didn't look so appealing and I was a bit disheartened. I bet you know the feeling. It's late in the day... you're hungry... and your fridge is basically empty!

 

But I'm a raw food chef, right? Chefs don't give up

 

This is what I found: a half a cauliflower, a bit of coriander, a lonely Romano pepper, one small yellow courgette and half a fennel bulb. 

 

And, I was lucky to also have an avocado... we always have avocado in the house. So here is the recipe, and it was totally delicious!!!

 

Quick Lemony Summer Veg Salad

Serves 1-2 people

 

A small bunch of fresh coriander (cilantro for my American friends)
1/2 cauliflower
1 Romano pepper (those are the red pointed...

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Raw Broad Bean Falafel Recipe

food Jun 18, 2016

Broad beans (also known as Fava beans) are in season in the UK and it's the best time (and actually the only time) to eat them fresh and raw. You can just removed the young beans from their pods and scatter them over a salad or marinate them in lemon juice, cayenne pepper and olive oil for a protein fibre rich addition to your meal.  Broad beans are also rich in folates and B Vitamins, so you can only win with this unique legume.

 

I've been experimenting with falafel lately, as I'm always on the hunt for a new dish that give me a different texture to the usual crunchy vegetables and that allows me to smother it in delicious dressings such as cashew herb mayonnaise, basil avocado guacamole or preserved lemon tahini dressing. 

 

So I'm delighted to share with you my recipe for Raw Broad bean Falafel. Enjoy them as part of a raw food feast, on your salad or just as a quick snack to pop in your mouth when you're on the go. 

 

Raw Broad Bean Falafel Recipe

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1-Day Easy Cleanse

food health Jun 01, 2016

You have most likely heard, read or even done a juice fast. It's a great way to detox, lose weight quickly and give the digestive system a break. 3 to 7 days of just juice a couple of times a year, once in the spring and once in the autumn, is often recommended as a regular cleansing detox. 

 

Some people go for up to 21 days of juicing and if you are healing from a serious health condition you may have considered juicing even longer. Watch my video for a short explanation of the difference between juices and smoothies. 

 

For me and my husband, juicing is now a daily part of our lives. A large green juice is our first meal of the day, supplying our bodies with rapid, easily absorbable nutrition, giving us already a minimum of five portions of veg and fruit early in the morning.

 

Now, if you are on a standard diet, including grains and animal proteins, then juicing will most likely throw you into quite a bit of a detoxification. So...

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Eating the rainbow!

food health Apr 24, 2016

Eating the colours of the rainbow makes me feel alive. It's not just that a colourful plate of vegetables pleases my eyes and makes my mouth water (an important prerequisite to creating valuable enzymes when producing saliva, to help digest food further down). By eating the colours of the rainbow I nourish my body with essential macro, micro and phytonutrients.

 

Phytonutrients were only discovered fairly recently, and more and more are being discovered as I write. Scientists now agree that while phytonutrients alone don't keep us alive, they help us to thrive and may play a significant role in protecting us from disease and making our bodies function optimally.

 

Phytonutrients help us to stay healthy, young and vibrant well into our later stages of life.

If you haven't heard of phytonutrients, you will have heard of antioxidants. Most people now understand that they are important for healthy cells and reducing the risk of cancer, heart...

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Spicy Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie Bowl

food Feb 08, 2016

I don't know about you, but at this time of year (British cold damp weather) my joints definitely make themselves known to me. I'm actually doing really well with my knees, given that I had surgery on my right knee when I was 19 (a whopping 39 years ago) and refused a second surgery a couple of years later. I'm rarely in pain. But recently both knees have been complaining and so has my hip. So it's time to upgrade my food intake to even more anti-inflammatory value.

 

Of course a raw, plant-based lifestyle is already rich in foods that are anti-inflammatory, alkalising, anti-viral and immune boosting, but at times of pain, we can do a little more. So if you find your joints are hurting, try read on and try my recipe below.



 

Papayas contain the enzyme papain which aids the digestion of proteins. They also contain another enzyme called chymopapain. Both these enzymes have anti-inflammatory properties.

 

Papayas are a real powerhouses when it comes to antioxidants,...

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Medicinal Mushrooms for Super Immunity

food health Jan 17, 2016

Medicinal Mushrooms for Super Immunity
 
January 17, 2016
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Gabriela Lerner
 
 
Have you tried using medicinal mushrooms yet? These include chaga, reishi, cordyceps and agarics blaze, with the main benefits being to increase immune function, help to fight viruses and infections and even combat cancer growth.

 

Medicinal mushrooms grow on trees, in fact they have a symbiotic relationship with the tree and are deeply connected with the earth’s energies. They often take a long time to grow, so it’s important to buy medicinal mushrooms from reliable, sustainable sources. As medicinal mushrooms become more popular, the demand increases and often leads to unsustainable harvesting practices that destroy eco systems. See below for good sources to buy your mushrooms.

 

My two favourite mushrooms are chaga and reishi because they are versatile and can be brewed into a tea, used in vegan hot chocolate drinks, can be turned into tinctures or powders to use in a...

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My kids don't like broccoli, my husband wants meat

food Mar 10, 2015

Participants of my raw food retreats are often parents concerned with the food their children eat. This usually leads to conversations about how to get children into better eating habits and also how to enrol the other parent into supporting healthy eating at home.

At one of my retreats a guest had recently decided to upgrade his family’s food intake towards higher nutrition after both his parents had been diagnosed with cancer. It was a wake-up-call for him and after a lot of research he came to the conclusion that the best he could do was to create excellent nutrition for himself, his wife and his young children. Now I usually have people in my class who are already quite familiar with eating raw vegetables and they really enjoy the foods I prepare. I was therefore particularly delighted that this participant openly stated that he didn’t like the food. ‘It all tastes really strange to me’ he said. But then followed it with ‘but I know...

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