Cold War with the cold sore!

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Its coming down to the final weeks of my diploma and while I don’t consider myself stressed (I happen to adopt the French attitude of work/life balance…more life, less work) I woke up this morning with a dirty rotten cold sore. I have only had 3 in my life so I can’t really complain and I feel sorry for chronic cold sore sufferers, but obviously the (minimal) stress and winter weather have been prime real estate for this bastard to prosper. BUT aside from the aforementioned, I actually think the reason I now have a fat lip (not the Kylie Jenner good kind) is because my diet in the last week has been atrocious. I have smashed foods that I normally wouldn’t…doughnuts, popcorn, ice cream, bread! This has really brought home the fact that our diet and food choices directly impact our body balance.

So to help boost your immune system in the colder months (and all year round really) amp up the vitamin c. Hence the reason for that particularly plain lunch I had today pictured above! And yeh it’s in loads more foods other than oranges…and orange juice…stay away from that! Try adding these to your meals:

Capsicums/peppers, dark leafy greens, kiwi fruit, broccoli, berries, citrus fruits, tomatoes, peas.

 

 

 

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Popeye’s spinach smoothie

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If Popeye was around in this day and age and was a health fanatic, crossfit devotee vegan who milked his own almonds….I would imagine this is how he’d get his daily dose of Spinach.

I was dubious when I first read what was in this recipe as I’ve never believed that chocolate and spinach should be used in the same sentence let alone the same meal, BUT I tried it this morning and it was surprisingly, very very surprisingly tasty. Now not McDonalds chocolate thickshake tasty, but for something so healthy it was quite nice and we all know how gross healthy can be (avocado and chocolate milkshake I’m looking at you)

One tip- I had no ice this morn so it was a little warm, but with either a frozen banana or some ice it is a really great option for a healthy, nutritious, quick start to your day.

Choc Walnut Smoothie – by nutritionist Steph Wearne

Serves 1

1 banana/ or frozen

1 handful of spinach

1 scoop protein powder

1/2 tablespoon cacao powder

1 tablespoon chia seeds

2 tablespoons walnuts

1 cup of milk (cococnut/almond/cows)

1/2 cup water

ice (optional)

Blend all ingredients together at high speed until smooooootttthhhh.

 

Grain free almond & coconut loaf

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When you can no longer eat grain, you’ve gotta get creative.

My wonderful mother has tested and tweaked various recipes like a mad scientist, so that I don’t feel left out in a world full of grain grazers. The tastes are acquired (my boyfriend tried this the other day and looked as if he was chewing on clag glue) but when you’ve got no other options you’ll be amazed at the new ingredients and food combination you try and also begin to enjoy!

This is delish with butter and jam!

Recipe:

2.5 cups blanched almond flour

1 cup coconut flour

1/2 tsp iodised sea salt

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1/4 cup grape seed oil

3 eggs

1 tbsp agave nectar/ honey/coconut syrup

1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar

Combine wet ingredients into dry. Bake for 45-55mins at 300 degrees Celsius

 

 

Sweet zucchini slice of heaven

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Awesome slice for grain free peeps or coeliac’s….terrible for anyone with a nut allergy.

This is great for those moments when you feel like something sweet. High in calories but low in crap and additives. Super healthy and easy to make! (Ps I realise food photography is not my strong point)

RECIPE;

1 large zucchini grated

1 cup organic nut butter (almond, cashew, macadamia, peanut etc)

1/4 cup of coconut syrup

1 egg

1 teaspoon bicarbonate soda

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

dark chocolate (optional)

then mix it all together and bake for 30-35 minutes at 180 Celsius!

 

Let them eat cake

imageIm pretty sure pre-diabetic ballerina’s shouldn’t eat cake…but if it’s a special occasion (like your favourite sisters birthday or you know…a Friday) it is perfectly acceptable. Handy hint: make sure you have enough letters before the shops shut, but if not just improvise and say it with a southern accent.