Tag Archives: Heart Health

Energy boosting Raspberry & cacao smoothie

When you get that afternoon slump instead of grabbing a bar of chocolate blend up an energy boosting smoothie, if you go out to work, make it in the morning and take it with you just make sure you keep it chilled at work. Simple to make and tastes like velvet, you will get a buzz from the cacao and baobab which will last a lot longer than a bar of chocolate.

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Healthy gluten free porridge recipe

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Breakfast of champions! Gluten free porridge with rice milk and cinnamon topped with linseed, goji berries, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and chia seeds. Great way to start the day.

You can either soak your oats overnight in rice milk/any milk of your choosing or just use them dried.

Serves 4

225g (8oz) gluten free oats

700ml Rice milk

1 tsp cinnamon

Packet of cereal topping (we use crownfield) or you could make your own topping with nuts, seeds and berries.

Pop the oats and milk in a pan on a low heat, add the cinnamon and stir, keep the porridge on a low heat throughout and stir occasionally, after about 10 mins your porridge is ready, if you need to add a drop of milk to stop it being too gloopy, feel free. If you have soaked your oats overnight they will cook quicker.

After serving in bowls, sprinkle the seed/berry mix over the top.

Oats and goji berries are full of slow release energy and fibre, both contain nutrients to help support a healthy nervous system. They are also considered to be natural sedatives, helping to lift low moods and calm the nerves*.

The addition of cinnamon provides a warming quality, it is a great source of manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium too. Cinnamon and linseeds lowers triglycerides (undesirable fats in the blood), reducing the risk of heart attack and strokes LDL cholesterol and total cholesterol and high blood pressure. 1/2 tsp daily of cinnamon reduces sugar levels in Diabetics within 2 weeks.

Pumpkin seeds are high in zinc, great for promoting healthy fertility and preventing prostate problems. A good source of B vitamins, magnesium, iron and protein.

Sunflower seeds are an excellent source of vitamin E, an antioxidant which helps maintain healthy skin and hair, protects cells from damage and has anti-cancer properties. Full of vitamin B too, especially folate.

Chia seeds are great for a healthy heart, they are high in omega-3 fatty acids. They are also high in calcium and magnesium, they promote a healthy gut and stabilize blood sugar.

Goji berries are rich in a combination of antioxidant nutrients that benefit cardiovascular health, muscle health and vision. They also contain a variety of carotenoids, including beta-carotene known to boost metabolic processes and promote good sleep and memory.*

NYR_Healing_Foods* I got this information from this excellent book. Healing foods from Neals Yard Remedies, it has the healing properties of more than 175 ingredients, explained in full detail how they can benefit your health and wellbeing. Also containing over 150 innovative, nutritious recipes designed to heal from within. Easy to uses indexes from illness to ingredients. Also featuring eating plans tailored to target specific health concerns.