Natural Remedies for Prevention and Cure

Hey Moms,

I’ve tried to finish this blog for a few weeks now!! 🙂 However we have had lots of family commitments and I had to give social media a little break, such is ‘mom life’. However, I am pleased that I am finally getting to release this blog, because it has some of my favourite natural remedies for prevention and cure, and it’s timely as we enter into the winter months.

I thought it would be good to start with my natural ‘go to’ remedies when sick and then highlight what we use for prevention all year round.

Natural Remedies for when feeling poorly

Before I had Issey I would reach for the standard over the counter remedies when either myself or Rok got sick, however, when I started looking after myself more and paying more attention to the ingredients label, I was a bit taken back with all the ingredients that were in these medications. Rok and I started researching and we were surprised that there are a number of alternatives that we can reach for when we are sick.

These are tried and tested over the years and I am highlighting my top three…  we have found the following remedies really help cut the severity and duration of our symptoms with any illness that you can catch:

altrient-c-liposomal-vitamin-c-by-livon-labs

Vitamin C – Altrient Vitamin C

There are lots of benefits of vitamin C as an antioxidant it can stop free radicals in our body, thereby reducing oxidative stress in our body. This is important as oxidative stress leads to inflammation and inflammation can eventually lead to disease.

So, I got researching and came across not any sort of vitamin C but a ‘liposomal’ vitamin C, from a brand called Altrient. Ideally, we should get our vitamins and minerals from our food, however when we are already sick, and in order to help our body, we have found this particular vitamin C helped us feel better when we caught a cold, sore throat or tummy bug,

What’s interesting about this brand is that it can deliver up to 98% of vitamin C to your cells due its liposomes technology, it comes in a liquid form to be taken with water and it has 1000mg per sachet. What I’ve learned about other vitamin C is if taken just in pill form then not a lot of that gets absorbed into our bodies. Check this brand out in the references below.

allertrex

AllerTrex Natural Respiratory Spray

This little beauty is amazing, it stops that throat tickle in a flash! You know that annoying cough that keeps you up all night? A spray of this and you’re all set, it has also helped a lot of my family members who get a barking cough during the winter. What I love about this spray is that it’s all natural, the AllerTrex product is made up of herbs and essential oils and focuses on keeping the lung, sinus and respiratory tract healthy.  From more info see references below.

 Oil of oregnano

Oregano Oil

Yes, talking about this essential oil again! This packs a punch so you do have to be careful with it. When feeling poorly, we use one or two drops mixed with a carrier oil (olive or coconut oil) and rub on the soles of our feet especially going to bed at night. It’s also good to use in your essential oil diffuser 🙂

It’s important to also make sure you are buying it from a reputable company/brand and that it’s organic, as not all essential oils are created equally. What I love about Oregano oil is that it’s not only antibacterial but also antiviral and antifungal, It truly is nature’s antibiotic!  Please see references below.

Prevention

I think it’s important to also discuss prevention and as they say prevention is better than cure, myself Rok and Issey use the following to ensure we stay healthy all year long. Prevention is so important to me now, having experienced chronic sickness I never want to go back so I put my health as a priority and since I made this decision we have thrived as a family.

Our food and drink 

I believe food matters for staying healthy and therefore we are very conscious of what we eat and try our best to eat a rainbow of fruits and vegetables. I am also on the lookout for new tasty recipes to expand our palette so that’s why when I find a delicious and nutritious recipe I have to share it with you.  Trying out new recipes has become a joy for me, only a few years ago I wouldn’t have had the energy to cook a nutritious meal from scratch, the irony is that now that I eat so well, I have the energy to cook all our meals. I love that I have control over what goes into my body rather than having no clue what might be in some prepared supermarket meal.

Also, in order to stay hydrated, I love using the Pukka brand of tea, my favourites are the cleanse, camomile range and their three tulsi (not to be used if pregnant or breastfeeding). Rok and I drink these throughout the day and it’s a way of getting extra herbs into our bodies.

Berkey

We also drink lots of filtered water from our Berkey Water filter. This has been one of the best investments we have made, as the Berkey filter removes chemicals from our drinking water including fluoride.

 

Juice Plus capsules, shakes and most recently omegas

I came across this brand and way of life from my beautiful friend AmyBrooke and have discussed these products with you on several occasions. (check out my other blogs here) I can’t recommend enough as if taken regularly can really help out the whole family. We take the trio capsules daily together with the Juice Plus shakes (Issey takes the chewies via the healthy starts programme) and now just incorporated the omegas.

juice plus

Also, for the last 3 months have started to safely detox our bodies with ‘Shredding’ and the results have been amazing. This is a monthly programme that focuses on adding as many whole foods to your body over 10 days and taking a break from some of the things that can be taxing such as gluten, dairy, refined sugar, alcohol and caffeine. I considered myself healthy before I started Juice Plus however now I am thriving, and I am so very grateful.

What I love most is that although our diet is very clean, we can’t get all that nutrition that Juice Plus is giving us which is up to 45 nutrients (inc. the shakes); also there are some days for instance like when we travel where we don’t eat as many fruits and vegetables as I would like but I know I have my Juice Plus and that is peace of mind. The added bonus is that we also get the nutrition from the fruit peels/skins which I wouldn’t eat such as pineapple, oranges and lemons. Interestingly the peel contains so many wonderful nutrients, so I am delighted we are also receiving these. I feel good that I am protecting my family every day.

The best thing is that since taken the Juice Plus I have had not one sick day (so need for my remedies this year ha!), this is huge for me as a mom, as it’s not pleasant looking after a child when you are feeling poorly. For more information see references below.

So, Moms, as always, I love hearing from you, please share your natural remedies or things you like to do for prevention.  If you have any questions please feel free to post in the comments below.

Best wishes and Love,

Lisa XX

References & Further Reading

Vitamin C 

Altrient Vit C 

About Liposomal 

Healthline: Vitamin C & Colds 

Dr Axe Vitamin C benefits 

AllterTrex:

AllerTrex Global Healing Center info

Allertrex UK purchase

Oregano:

Oregano oil

Dr Axe Oregano oil benefits 

Healthline Oregano oil 

Pukka Tea

Pukka Three Tulsi 

Berkey Filter

Berkey Water System

Juice Plus Info

Juice Plus 

 

 

 

Getting ready to Shred!

Dear Moms,

This week I wanted to share with you my plans to do a shred for 10 days starting this Monday. I hear you say first of all what’s a shred and let me tell you I asked the same thing once I first heard about it!!

For me, the word shred initially conjured up images of small pieces of shredded lettuce and shredding my food into tiny pieces. However, this is not the case at all ;0)

What I learned about the shred 10 programme

Firstly, the shred runs for a 10 day period and it’s a time to jump-start your health and ‘shred’ certain foods and habits and focus on cleaner healthier foods thereby flooding our bodies with whole food nutrition.

We use this time to become more mindful of what we are eating and allow our body to have a break and a time to rejuvenate.

It’s part of the healthy living revolution that Juice Plus has rolled out and invites us ‘shredders’ to participate so we can ultimately achieve better health and energy whilst allowing our bodies to safely detox.

Also, this is not a programme that counts calories, there is no deprivation so you can eat as much as you like as you are only consuming whole foods.

Preparation

shakes image

In preparation for this, I’ve purchased the Juice Plus complete shakes (plant-based protein) to try them out before I started the shred. I’ve since purchased another set of shakes as we love them so much. Rok, Issey and I have either a chocolate or vanilla shake every morning for our breakfast. I’m also enjoying one in the afternoon or just before bedtime.

I’ve mentioned before in a previous blog post that I’ve started using the Juice Plus premium blend capsules which is a trio of fruit, vegetables and berry blends. Together with the shakes, my body is taking in over 45 fruits, vegetables and berries! So ensuring only whole foods, eliminating processed food and removing dairy, gluten, alcohol, artificial and refined sugars and caffeine for 10 days, I think my body will be very grateful!

And what I love is that I am getting all this for just €5.80/day (based on 30 days of capsules and shakes) and replacing my breakfast! How amazing is that?!! You know what’s interesting to me is that I used to pay €3.50 for a Starbucks back in my corporate days and sometimes would have two! So I think this option is a no-brainer for me.

juice plus trio

This January I took on a 7-day juice cleanse which was very challenging however this one seems far more achievable to me as I’m still eating food, I’ve also got more support as we have an online community that checks in with one another every day. Also, there is an amazing recipe book with tasty ‘shred approved’ recipes and I’ve also got my whole food capsules and shakes this time.  So I’m confident I’ll make it the whole way through the 10 days.  The only thing that may be difficult for me will be my morning small cup of coffee, so I plan on weaning myself off this slowly.

The key for me will be ensuring that I’ve stocked up on an array of pantry staples, fruits and vegetables and plan out what I will cook every day during the shred for lunch and dinner. This weekend I will be sitting down with Rok to plan this out and ensure we get off to a great start! So please watch this space, I’ll be reporting back soon on how I’m getting on. I’m actually very excited as I do love a challenge however also nervous of which habits might try and get the better of me, however, I’m so grateful that I got my Shred 10 community to check in with.

So, Moms, have you taken on a challenge like this before and if so how did you get on… as always I’d love to hear from you so please feel free to post in the comments below.

Wish me luck!

Love & Best wishes,

Lisa X

Resources

Shred 10 video

Learn more about Juice Plus 

The power of affirmations and how they’ve helped me

Dear Moms,

This week I wanted to talk about the topic of affirmations?!! I think the first time I stumbled upon affirmations was about 3 years ago when I watched a great movie on FMTV called ‘you can heal your life’ which is a Louise Hay film and speaks about how our thoughts and our language can hugely affect our lives. Shortly after that I downloaded some of her books to my kindle app and got straight to reading.

Firstly, I was amazed and humbled about all her work with Aids patients back in the 80s and that affirmation work was very popular back then however as I was merely a young child living in Ireland I hadn’t caught on to this great tool yet ;0

So now as a new mom, I was curious if affirmations could actually work for me. At this time, I was still recovering from chronic fatigue and peripheral neuropathy and was just about to go back to the corporate world full time. What I needed most was more energy and also less body pain so I started using affirmations and soon I found some favourites and here they are:

  • I say yes to life and life says yes to me (one of Louise Hay’s favourites)
  • I am willing to change and grow
  • I love myself just the way I am
  • I am enough
  • I forgive and set myself free
  • I listen with love to my body messages
  • All is well
  • I am in vibrant health
  • Only good lies before me
  • I am happy, calm and relaxed
  • I am always full of energy
  • I am the creator of my own life
  • I do the work I love

After a few weeks, I started to feel a bit lighter and had an increase in energy. I also started using affirmations if I was feeling a bit anxious about a situation and it helped me feel much calmer.  I did affirmation work in the shower, whilst I was driving, commuting on the train and found quite seriously that my mood was much better and also felt more energised.

What I discovered is that affirmations are simply replanting new seeds in our mind. It can be hard to do in the beginning as our mind is simply not believing what we are telling it…  So, from my research, a little trick that can help in this instance is to start with ‘wouldn’t it be nice’

For example,  wouldn’t it be nice if I am happy, calm and relaxed today… Wouldn’t it be nice if I could do the work I love…, wouldn’t it be nice if only good came into my life today? This statement will be accepted by our subconscious mind until we are able to use the ‘I am’ statement…

Where’s the reward?

So, for me, this took a least a month to feel some changes. You must ‘do the work’ and repeat your affirmations throughout the day (unfortunately, there are no shortcuts!) However, the reward is worth it. As Louise herself says ‘when you plant the seeds in the ground you don’t expect them to grow the very next day, you plant the seeds and then wait as you know they will grow in due time’  I know this can be hard, as some of us (including me) are conditioned to want results instantaneously, however, there is an element of trust and the planting the seeds analogy is a great reminder.

More than anything affirmations really helped me bring an awareness to what my daily self-talk was and what language I was speaking, for example, I became more aware/conscious of how I might put myself down, or how I would not accept a compliment. I was also more aware of my negative words and started to catch myself and be mindful of how I spoke about myself and others. Rok and I would try and hold each other accountable so that we didn’t fall into the negative talk trap/spiral.

Around this time, I gave up watching the news as I found it was so negative and energy draining, there was rarely any good news stories. So, I began to choose what information I wanted to hear and see myself. This was and still is very empowering.

Science has proven that affirmations do work by rewiring our brain! A study published in the journal Personality and Social Psychology in 2015 showed that affirmations helped people at work perform better and calm their nerves! So, it’s not ‘woo woo’ stuff, thankfully it’s becoming more mainstream ;0

Nowadays, I still use affirmations, however, l don’t feel the need to use them as much, which shows how mich I have changed my thoughts and beliefs.  I also regularly share Louise Hay’s affirmations in our Mom’s private Facebook group as her work has really helped me and therefore I want to share this with other moms too.

Also, it’s important to point out (and even Louise Hay says this herself), there is no one panacea – affirmations are part of an self-help toolbox, just another tool to help you with your life’s journey. For me I used affirmations in conjunction with many other things like nutrition, exercise, meditation and energy work, a holistic approach!

Firstly, observing our self-talk can really help us get started on the right path and this helps us with other key areas of our life too, like ensuring we eat healthily and work out our body. Starting with the right mindset means we are able to create more successful habits.  Using this approach really helped me change my life both physically and mentally.

So, Moms, have you used affirmations before and if so please let us know if and how they have helped you.  Maybe you have a favourite… please feel free to share 🙂

Love and best wishes,

Lisa X

PS: ‘All is well’

Resources: 

References

A letter to my mom, ten years on…

Moms,

This week I am sharing a letter that I have written to my mom Nuala, she is now 10 years passed – however it still feels like yesterday…

For those of you who have experienced loss and grief I wanted to share how I work through it, part of this process is writing my mom letters, I have done this frequently over the years. For some reason over the last number of weeks, my mom has been in my dreams most nights so I thought it might be a good idea to write to her again – however this time I am sharing this with you all 🙂

Dear Mom,

It’s been over 10 years since you’ve passed and over the last number of weeks, I’ve been having very vivid dreams of you, chatting like old times and planning where we will go out for dinner, therefore it feels like a good time to write you a letter and share how I am getting on after so  many years.

The first thing I can say is grief is always with me – I don’t think it will ever go, it’s not a linear thing, it’s quite bumpy, sometimes forward and then sometimes back! However, I do feel I am able to some degree accept your loss now, it took a lot of soul-searching to finally feel at peace with this.

For me the memories have really helped, I have so many fond memories that I reminisce about (sometimes daily) and am so grateful for all our trips especially to Paris and our last trip to New York, but of course since your passing there are so many important occasions that I  wish you were able to make especially my wedding and the birth of Issey…. however it was not meant to be.

In so many ways you remind me of Issey she has a similar sense of humour and a zest of life, always full of energy and enjoying herself. People always said you were the life and soul of the party. I find that she has this trait. She also loves singing and dancing and would dance until her feet are sore, she loves music so much – just like you. She has the same cheeky giggle and just lights up a room when she enters her energy is so beautiful again just like you.

I know if she had met you, you two would have been best buddies and she would have loved her nanny so much. She, of course, knows about you and we talk about you daily – she also knows how much I miss you and I share this openly so she understands that grief is a human emotion and something we all go through.

Looking back I wish I had savoured every single moment a lot more especially near the end with you. There were times where we would lay down together on the bed while you got your oxygen and just hold hands and not say anything. For those times I wish I had stayed longer with you. I also wish we discussed death more and how your transition would go, however, it never seemed appropriate to bring it up, it almost seemed it was not happening so we didn’t discuss it. I think that’s the way you wanted it.

Knowing what I know now about death I would of said so many things to you before your passing such as it’s okay to let go and don’t worry about your children (as I know you were) and that it’s a beautiful place where you are going and that I know you will visit me frequently on this side in dreams and different synchronicities.  And, I know I will get to meet you again.

I would have also thanked you for being my mom, you were the most amazing and perfect mom for me. I believe I chose you without any doubt to be my mom and I am so grateful for all you did for me, the hours of helping me learn for exams, the encouragement, the love and our hug times.

I would have also shared with you how much I especially loved our catch ups, going out for lunch and dinner and thinking of the next places we would visit. Some of my funniest memories involved you being whisked away by a French man and having the craic while I sat downstairs on my own in a cafe in Montmartre wondering why you were taking so long in the toilet, only to find you laughing out loud and dancing around upstairs in the cafe’s loft.

Or the time in New York on our rickshaw ride when we laughed out loud the whole way back to our hotel and that you tipped our rickshaw guy $50 and asked him if he wanted to have a shower in our hotel as he was sweating profusely from taxing us around that night. Oh, it was such great fun!! My brother, sisters and I still laugh out loud about this 😉

Or how Rok and I were planning on taking you and dad on a surprise trip to Slovenia so you could see where Rok was from and meet his family, however, we never made it there but I now wish I had told you all about this.

Grief is a funny thing somedays I seem to be just fine,  and I think I am finally moving past it, however even 10 years on the grief can just hit me like a tonne of bricks and be all consuming and those days I try and give myself a break and let the sadness in and just be with it. Practising meditation and Reiki has also helped me, it has brought me so much peace. I often think you helped me find these wonderful practices. Of course Rok has been there for me chatting often late into the nights when I found it hard to sleep or just couldn’t make sense of what had happened. My Rok, my family and friends have been there when I needed them, I’ve bended a few ears over the years!!

So mom, please continue to visit me in my dreams and continue sending me signs like feathers, and butterflies as they always help me feel close to you… I will always miss you so much but I know I will see you again.

I LOVE you millions,

Lisa X

Resource: Books that have helped me with my grief

Anita Moorjani – Dying to be me

Anita Moorjani – What if this is heaven?

Mitch Albom – Tuesdays with Morrie 

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Delicious Chocolate cake with home-made ice-cream

Hello Moms,

This week I’m sharing a super easy flourless and eggless chocolate cake.

I made it this weekend for my sister Jean as it’s her birthday. Everyone enjoyed it especially Issey, and the interesting thing is that nobody knew (besides Rok) that it was made with butternut squash, yes that’s right!  And, what’s even more surprising that there is no flour, and no eggs in this, so if you are having a break from gluten, dairy and/or eggs then this one is a super treat for you to enjoy.

It’s really rich so a slice goes a long way and I paired it with some homemade non-diary raspberry ice-cream.  This is a sort of guilt-free dessert and won’t leave you feeling like you’ve overindulged.

My favourite thing about this dessert though is that it contains butternut squash 🙂 Butternut squash is extremely nutritious, it protects the skin, promotes eye health, can reduce chronic disease, improves digestion, lower cholesterol, build strong bones, and lowers blood pressure, what a list!!  What’s more it contains vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, dietary fibre, zinc, protein, folate, potassium, thiamin, niacin, vitamin B-6, pantothenic acid, and manganese.

Not bad having all that in a chocolate cake…. 😉

So you are probably wondering how this cake stays together – so here are the yummy ingredients:

For the cake:

  • 1/2 cup cacao or cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar or brown sugar
  • Filling from a medium (cooked) butternut squash
  • 3/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 dark chocolate cooking bars
  • 3/4 cup coconut oil

For the dairy-free ice-cream:

  • 4 bananas (cut up and frozen overnight)
  • 1 cup of frozen raspberries
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons of almond milk

 

Method

Cake

  1. Turn on the oven to 180 degrees, cut the butternut squash lengthways and rub with coconut oil. Place in the oven for approx 40-45 mins until it starts to go a little brown.
  2. Melt together coconut oil and dark cooking chocolate.
  3. Once butternut squash is cooked and cooled, scoop out the butternut squash and add the cacao, coconut sugar, maple syrup, vanilla, and salt together in a bowl.
  4. Prep an 8in springform pan and grease lightly with coconut oil.
  5. Then whisk in the coconut oil/chocolate with the other ingredients and mix all together.
  6.  Pour into cake pan and bake at 180 degrees for about 35-40 mins.
  7.  Let it cool completely and voila!

 

Dairy free ice-cream

  1. Add frozen banana pieces to the blender.
  2. Then add in the almond milk and vanilla extract and blend.
  3. After the mixture starts to become creamy, then add in frozen raspberries.

chocolate cake

So it’s that easy! And once the cake has cooled down I recommend you store it in the fridge overnight, that is if you can wait that long… ;0

Serve with fresh raspberries and yummy dairy-free ice-cream! A winner I say!

So Moms, as always I love to hear from you… and if you give this lovely cake a try please let us know how you get on…

Best wishes and love,

L X

Calories:

Cake: 201 calories per serving (approx 12 servings)

Dairy-free Ice-cream: 77 calories per serving (approx 6 servings)

 

Credit: Show me the yummy 

References

Butternut squash benefits 1

Butternut squash benefits 2

 

3 things I’ve done this year to stop my hay fever…

Hey Moms,

As it’s allergy season, I thought I’d share what’s worked for me this year. I’ve made 3 changes/additions to my lifestyle and this has made a significant difference for me. Normally I should be walking around with red streaming puffy eyes but this year this hasn’t been the case…

Just to give you some background, I developed hay fever at the age of 20! So I’ve had it for 16 years. It was a few months after coming to Dublin, I was on my university work experience and all of a sudden started to suffer badly from hay fever especially in the morning on my way to work. So as you do I went to the pharmacy and was given the standard antihistamines, however, they didn’t seem to work well, initially got some relief but symptoms started to come back and after a few months of trying this together with eye drops and nasal sprays I stopped. Over the years I have tried other pharmaceuticals but nothing seemed to help.

It normally starts late March for me until the end of September, eyes running non-stop and it looks like I am constantly crying… the result sore red puffy eyes. No point in wearing eyeliner and mascara!

My best friend and I refer to this as oh you’ve got runny eye again. At her wedding in September 2016, it looked like I was constantly crying, there were times this was the case ha! however the majority of the time I was suffering from hay fever (aka runny eye).

Nowadays, those of you who know me well know that I always try and reach for a natural remedy first, so this year I implemented 3 changes and I am so very pleased to share that I have no hay fever at the moment!  Yes, none!! Even on the high pollen count days…

So here are the things I’ve tried:

  1. Green smoothies: these have become a habitual morning routine in our household, Issey also loves helping me make these, they are very easy and quick to make.  It only takes approx. 5 mins to assemble and blend –  ingredients I used to include spinach/kale, nut milk or coconut water, seeds, frozen berries (use different ones every day), and banana (optional).  You can also add cacao powder, maca and other additions if you like. The result is delicious, and I strongly suspect it is helping me combat my hay fever symptoms….;0   There is evidence to suggest that increasing fruits and veggies (especially high in vitamin C) really helps with allergies as this produces an anti-inflammatory response in our body which in turns helps our immune system,
  2. Pollinosan by A. Vogel: I came across this as at the start of the hay fever season as I diligently started searching for natural hay fever remedies and this had some great reviews. Pollinosan is made up of all-natural herbs (which is great) I started taking these for a few days at the start of April, however, around the same time I also started taking the Juice Plus capsules which I will discuss below and after a few weeks I realised, my eyes had been clear….  I haven’t taken these tablets regularly though and therefore can’t claim its just down to these.  It’s important to note that that I’ve taken other A. Vogel products in the past and they have worked very well. Also, one of the downsides of Pollinosan is that it’s not suitable for children under 12 years of age.
  3. Juice plus whole food capsules: these little beauties were introduced to me by my friend AmyBrooke, I like to refer to her as my wellness warrior 🙂 she is the epitome of health and I finally decided to try the Juice Plus even though I thought they wouldn’t do much more for me as I considered myself pretty healthy… One of the benefits of taking them is more energy so I said to myself well if these capsules can give me more energy then brilliant (always important with a 4-year-old) I never even thought that these could help stop my hay fever. I’m so impressed with these that after taking them for 3 months I’ve decided to join the Juice Plus franchise as they have provided so many other benefits however that’s perhaps for another blog :0 The good news with these is that they are suitable for children as they have them in a chewable form! The premium blend I am taking contains 30 kinds of fruits, vegetables and berries.

For me I think (consistently) having my daily smoothie and taking the Juice Plus has been the winner as mentioned I haven’t been consistent with the Pollinosan however, I think it’s still worth a shot as everyone is different and I’m a believer in trying things to see if they can work for you. I have used other A. Vogel products with great success in the past.  And, I will still be bringing these with me on holidays just in case ;0

I will keep you posted on how I get on over the rest of the season and to see if my hay fever is finally gone 🙂 The real test will be on our holidays in Croatia in July – the last time I was there my eyes streamed nonstop!

Watch this space…

Moms, as always, I love to hear from you, do you or your family suffer from hay fever, have you found anything that works for you, if so please share with us as it could be very useful for other families, many thanks!

Best wishes, L X

 

References:

Pollinosan 

Juice Plus

Fruits and vegetables anti-inflammatory

Fruits and Veggies to reduce hayfever & use of Juice Plus:“Reproduced with permission from the Dr. Mitra Ray Newsletter 

Spring allergies

Foods to reduce Hay Fever 

 

 

Baked aubergine with lemon dressing

Hello Moms,

This week I am sharing one of my favourite dishes, baked aubergine with lemon dressing… (or as it’s known across the pond – eggplant)

It’s really delicious and a hit in our household. It’s a perfect summer dish, which you can have as a starter, a side dish or even for lunch.  We normally add some french beans to make it a complete meal (I’ll share the french bean recipe in another post, as I think you’ll enjoy that one too). It’s also very quick to prepare so in no time you’ll have this one whipped up ;0

Lately, I’ve been craving aubergines and I always listen to my body if it’s craving a certain food… I’m so glad I have this recipe ;0

Did you know that the aubergine is actually classed as a berry and not a vegetable…  They are so good for us as they contain a tonne of nutrients, such as manganese, vitamin B1 &  B6, vitamin C, niacin, potassium, folate, vitamin K and copper. And, they are also a good source of dietary fibre.

The flavonoids found in aubergines play an important part in heart health, as they contain phenolic compounds which can actively reduce blood pressure. And, contained in the aubergine skin is a potent antioxidant called nasunin which prevents iron accumulation and neutralizes free-radicals!

So where’s the recipe I hear you say – here it is: 

Ingredients:

  • 2 large aubergines, cut into 1cm rounds
  • 2 tbsp tamari (fermented soy sauce)
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 2 lemons squeezed and half a rind of lemon
  • 200ml of kefir (fermented milk)/yoghurt or
  • For non-dairy/vegan option –  200ml of coconut yoghurt
  • Sea salt and black pepper

Garnish:

  • A small bunch of fresh coriander, finely chopped
  • 2 sprigs of fresh mint, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp of toasted cashew nuts and pumpkin seeds chopped and sprinkled over the dish
  • 1 red chilli sliced (optional)

Method:

1 Preheat the oven to 200°C and line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.

2 Spread the aubergine rounds on the baking tray. Mix the tamari, honey and
sesame oil in a bowl and pour evenly over the aubergine. Or if you have time, it’s nice to marinate in the fridge for a few hours before cooking.  Bake for 20–25 minutes
until soft and golden.

3 Meanwhile, mix the juice of the lemon and the lemon rind with the kefir/yoghurt, salt and pepper.

4 Place the aubergine rounds on a large serving dish. Drizzle over the lemon dressing
and garnish with the coriander, mint, chilli and toasted nuts/seeds.

So that’s all there is to it moms, let me know if you make this dish and what your thoughts are and/or whether you have a favourite aubergine dish in your house?

As always I love to hear from you, love and best wishes,

L X

Calorie Count: 343 per serving (this dish serves 2)

Credit:

Detox Kitchen

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