One of my favorite foods is Avocados. Not only are they scrumptious and mouth-watering, they are a nutrient dense food, which means health for us all! In fact there are so many nutrients in an avocado it’s almost like having a mini vitamin!
I’d like to quickly rant about one of the most life changing superfoods that I’ve ever been blessed with: marine phytoplankton.
I was deeply attracted to it when I learnt that marine phytoplankton has the precise makeup needed for human cells to carry out their metabolization. I then went on to discover that it contains every nutrient needed for the creation and maintenance of new cells!
One person’s superfood may be poison to the person sitting next to them. This is why most fad diets don’t work in the long term. A healthy and balanced diet that works well with your blood type and your level of intolerances to certain foods is what will ensure your health and vitality.
Here’s an absolutely delicious (and healthy!) twist on chocolate pudding. Its main ingredient is
avocado blended with cacao powder, protein powder, vanilla extract, natural sweetener and
coconut milk. This version I created made a smooth and velvety pudding which was beautifully
sweet, while being ‘choc’ full of healthy fats and protein. You can play around with the ingredients if
you like; raw honey instead of xylitol, omit the protein powder if you don’t consume dairy and try
switching coconut milk for almond milk if you prefer.
1 ripe avocado
¼ cup – protein powder, chocolate or vanilla flavour works really well.
¼ cup – cocoa powder
¼ cup – light coconut milk. Any other milk will work well in this recipe.
1 tsp. – vanilla extract
2 heaped tsp. – Xylitol or preferred sweetener. (Adjust sweetener according to taste, it will also
depend on how sweet your protein powder is).
Place all of the ingredients in a food processor and process for 30 seconds to 1 minute, stopping a
couple of times to scrape any mixture down from the sides. – Done, it’s that easy!
I then place my pudding in the freezer for five minutes to thicken the mixture to my liking. This will
be easier said than done depending on your patience.
Top with chopped nuts or slivered almonds - a sprinkling of Himalayan sea salt also works perfectly
you’re a fan of the sweet & salty combo.
Jessie is a young Australian entrepreneur and the founder of *link to www.grandcircle.com.au* Grand Circle, she embraces a Paleo diet and lifestyle, practices mindfulness and is a true believer in chasing your dreams and following your bliss.
My Blog: grainfreeaffair.blogspot.com.au
Also check out my IG page: whole_health where I frequently post healthy Paleo based meals
incorporating lots of fresh produce.
Three weeks ago I turned the switch in my eating habits. I decided, when I was feeling ill and queasy once again, to finally make a change. Because I don’t have a predisposition to obesity, I always thought I could eat anything; but that didn’t turn out to be true. Due to my bad eating habits, I was frequently ill and if I was not ill, one time of cycling in the rain would give me a nasty cough and a sore throat the day after. The changes I made helped me become a healthier person and I would like to share the changes, to illustrate that these few changes can have a great effect.
Julia Childs once said, “you can make things without cream and butter, but then,
Well Julia, I’m sorry, but there are many reasons to bother –
how about his one: You CAN make plenty of delicious recipes and save yourself
the unwanted extra weight. Good enough reason for you?!
Miranda uses it. Giselle uses it. Even Gwyneth and Angelina use it. EVERYBODY is talking about it. If that’s not a sign of a must-have thing I don’t know what it is. All hail the latest ‘It’ beauty product, which doubles as food and about a zillion other things –Extra Virgin Coconut Oil.
You might be surprised to learn that coconut oil is considered the healthiest oil on earth. Strange, seeing as we’ve always been told to go easy on the laksas and other foods containing coconut milk. But in actual fact, coconut oil isn’t stored in the body as fat. As nature’s highest source of medium chained fatty acids, it is used up as energy instead of being absorbed into the lymphatic system.
Coconut Oil is also extremely high in lauric acid, which the body converts into monolaurin. Monolaurin exhibits strong antiviral and antimicrobial properties, helping us to increase our immunity and fight off infections and viruses. All in all, this means that coconut oil, especially the unrefined stuff, works wonders for the body. Not just on the inside, but on the outside as well.
So if you want to make like the models and Hollywood starlets, here are some ways you can add coconut oil to your diet and lifestyle.
*Cook with it. Swap your regular cooking oil for the good stuff. Coconut doesn’t break down at high temperatures like other oils and it adds a subtle coconut flavor to food. Great for Asian dishes.
*Bake with it. Coconut oil is delicious in place of butter or oil when baking cakes, muffins, cookies, desserts etc.
*Add to coffee or tea. An easy way to get the health benefit of coconut oil is adding a teaspoon to your morning coffee or tea.
*Use as a moisturiser. The fatty acids in coconut oil will do wonders for your skin, and you can use it as a face and body moisturiser. Bonus is you’ll smell like an island paradise.
*Use as a hair conditioner. Smooth a tiny amount of coconut oil through the ends of your hair for added strength and shine. Especially good for taming frizzy, flyaway hair.
*Use as a makeup remover. Oil is the best kind of makeup remover and you shouldn’t be scared of putting it on your face. Coconut oil’s incredible antibacterial properties make it especially good.
*Use as a shaving gel. Guaranteed to give you silky smooth pins, with none of the added nasties of mainstream shaving gels.
*Use as a massage oil. A great all natural massage oil for adults and babies as well.
Now what are you waiting for? Go get yourself some extra virgin coconut oil!
BIO: Lauren Shuttleworth is an ambassador with Save Elephant Foundation, an organisation dedicated to raising awareness about the plight of the Asian elephant. She's also an heco-warrior, vintage fashionista, organic beauty addict and everyday blogger/contributer/writer.