No Bake Energy Boosting Date Balls

Raw food and no baking is becoming very popular. I am always experimenting in different ingredients to make healthy nutritious snacks for my children.

When I was diagnosed with Cancer last year, I researched what food the body needs to help fight those bad cells. As a family we changed our diet and now consume more foods that are not baked and that are raw, with no added GMO and organic. Does it help? I don’t know but it tastes good and we do feel more healthier.

These energy balls are mostly made from medjool dates that are high in fibre and an energy booster. They are simple and quick to make and are super healthy.

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Ingredients:

  • 24 Medjool dates (or similar) de-pitted
  • 2 tbsp refined Coconut oil
  • 1tbsp maple syrup
  • 2tbsp ground almonds
  • 2 tbsp organic cacao powder
  • 3 heaped tbsp organic oats
  • 2 tbsp smooth peanut butter
  • 1tbsp chia seeds

Method:

Place the dates and coconut oil into a blender and blitz to a paste, add in a little bit of water to smooth it up.

Add in the peanut butter and ground almonds and blitz to combine it all.

Empty into a bowl. Mix in the cacao powder, maple syrup, oats and chia seeds.

Place in the fridge for half hour.

These balls are quite oily because of the coconut oil.

Take out of the fridge and take a heaped tsp and shape within the palm of your hands to make a ball.

Wrap each ball in some cling film and store in the fridge.

 

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These balls are ideal for grab and go food as they are stored in the fridge and wrapped in cling film it makes it easy for the children to grab a healthy snack when they need one.

They are high in fibre, minerals and vitamins promoting a healthy bowel. They also provide energy for people who suffer from anemia.

As long as you have the base of the dates and coconut oil you can experiment with adding in different ingredients. Our next one we are going to add in desiccated coconut or even roll the balls in the coconut or cacao powder. You could even add in dried fruit.

Thank you for reading 🙂

 

Golden Turmeric Tonic Anti-Inflammatory Drink

Brighten up your day with this nutrient packed drink. It’s not only refreshing but also good for your stomach, joints and aids digestion. The star ingredient of this tonic drink is Turmeric, which is known for its anti inflammatory and immune boosting properties.

It’s like sunshine in a glass. Ideal for those cold winter mornings, with the added ginger in the drink it gives a little warm kick to it. What’s great about this drink is that it can be drunk warm or cold.

This easy to make tonic is super healthy and tasty too. It makes a great addition to your diet giving you a boost of energy and is packed with natural healing ingredients.

Carrots: Rich in vitamin A which maintains vision. Cleanses the liver. Boost immune system. The Beta-Carotene is a major antioxidant

Oranges: Vitamin C for a healthy immune system. Promotes proper digestion. Protects the cardiovascular system

Turmeric: Prevents inflammation. Controls blood pressure. Prevents cancer growth cells

Ginger: Reduces pain and inflammation. Aids digestion process. Strengthens immune system. Assists in the death of some cancer cells

Lime: Anti inflammatory. Prevents fatigue. Balances PH

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Ingredients:

  • 4 Carrots
  • 2 Oranges
  • 1/4 Lime/lemon
  • Coconut Water
  • 1 Knob of Fresh Root Ginger
  • 1 Knob of Fresh Turmeric
  • 1 tsp Turmeric powder
  • Pepper to taste

Method:

Add all of the ingredients apart from the coconut water and pepper into a blender and blitz together. We used our juicer and threw the oranges and lime in with the skin on, this can give the drink a bitter taste.

Turmeric is a natural dye, so be prepared for all of your equipment and hands to be yellow/orange after.

Add as much coconut water that you want, depending on the consistency of the drink you want. Add some pepper to taste. Stir together.

Enjoy! It’s as simple as that!

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Raw Nutty Date Nutritional Bar Recipe

Looking for a guilt free snack? Well look no further.

These nutty date bars are nothing but full of goodness. They are guilt free, healthy and delicious. What makes them special is that they are made from raw ingredients. There are no artificial flavourings, preservatives, added sugars added into the bars. You get the sweetness from the dates and coconut and a little crunch from the almonds and flax seeds.
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Make them up in batches and store in the fridge ready to grab and go.

Ingredients

  • 20 dates, sliced and de-stoned (medjool dates)
  • 2 tbsp coconut water
  • 3 handful of blanched almonds
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp desiccated coconut
  • 2 tbsp almond butter
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp ground milled flax
  • 1 tbsp flax seeds
  • 1 tbsp cacao powder
  • 3 tbsp organic oats
  • 3 tbsp oat bran

Method:

  • Place the dates and the coconut water together in a processor and mix together until you have a paste.
  • Add in the almonds and mix again, until the paste and almonds are ground together.
  • Place the mixture into a bowl
  • Add in all of the other ingredients and combine together (we added in the oat bran and coconut flour towards the end as it was too sticky)
  • You may need to use your hands to mix well
  • Place the mixture onto a sheet of cling film and model it into a square by pressing down with your fingers
  • Place a sheet of clingfilm ont op and press down. Use a rolling-pin to get it flat and as square as you can.

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  • Put in to the freezer for a couple of hours
  • Take out of the freezer and remove from the clingfilm. Cut up into bar shapes.

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  • Wrap each bar individually in cling film and place back into the fridge ready to eat.

These bars are very versatile and once you have the date mixture you can pretty much add anything you want.

They are perfect for picnics, pack lunches and to add into your bag for some food on the go. They are full of fibre and protein.

 

The Pop of Colour Trail Mix Recipe

It’s National Trail Mix Day on the 31st August, yes, You heard correctly. There is a national holiday all about nuts, fruit and seeds.

The great thing about trail mixes are that you can pretty much add anything you want to together, knowing that they are full of goodness and it will be full of flavour. You will get the sweetness from the dried fruits and the crunchiness from the nuts and seeds.

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Nuts.com have teamed up with Brittany from Eating Bird Food to celebrate with a contest! I have been challenged to create a new trail mix or my own. I had to choose two items from a list and then add other items to the mix. We chose Goji berries and Cacao Nibs (click on Goji and Cacao to go through to the website)

The Pop of colour Trail mix Ingredients:

  • Almonds
  • Pecan Nuts
  • Pistachio
  • Freeze Dried Strawberries
  • Dried Mango
  • Goji Berries
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Coconut Slices
  • Cacao Nibs
  • 1tsp Chia Seeds
  • 1tsp Cinnamon
  • 1tsp Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

Most of the ingredients above can be found at www.nuts.com

Trail Mixes are simple to make. We used 3tbsp of all of the ingredients, but its your choice on however much you want to make. Add all of the ingredients into a plastic zip lock bag, close it up and shake away. Rub the mix together through the bag, ensuring that all of the oil and cinnamon evenly coats the ingredients. Get the children involved in the mixing and choosing the ingredients.

Empty the contents from the bag onto a tray to dry out a little. Once ready, place the mix into smaller snack bags and store in the fridge or a cupboard ready to be grabbed as you leave the door.

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Trail mixes are ideal for snacks on the go, pack lunches, picnics, adding to your breakfast or topping onto a yoghurt.

Nutritional facts

  • Cacao nibs are high in Fibre, magnesium and potassium
  • Goji Berries are high in vitamin A. The blue-red colours found in goji berries are natural anti-oxidants which may help protect the body against oxidative damage. Contains Lycium barbarum polysaccharides which may benefit the immune function, and may reduce fatigue.
  • Almonds are a good source of fiber and protein. Naturally low in sugar.
  • Pistachio nuts are rich in vitamin B6 and E, they are good for your skin and immune system
  • Pecans are a good source vitamin B1, thiamin. Rich in protein and critical minerals for growth and metabolism.
  • Chia seeds are among the healthiest foods on the planet. They are high in antioxidants, fiber, protein and omega 3 fatty acids.
  • Pumpkin Seeds are high in Zinc which is good for the immune system and omega 3 fats. They are rich in vitamin k, E and B. Full of Protein. Contains huge amounts of zinc, a mineral very important in preventing osteoporosis
  • Coconut oil contains fatty acids with powerful medicinal properties

This is our entry into the competition for a chance to be featured on the nuts.com blog, also to win a trail mix selection.

Leafy Spinach Soup Recipe

This lovely leafy soup is flavoursome and a great way of eating your five a day. It is very filling, light and healthy.

I have recently changed my diet due to my diagnosis. All the fresh food that I buy is organic and I have cut out all added sugar produce.

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Ingredients:

  • 450g fresh spinach
  • 1 handful of kale
  • 3 potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped and diced
  • 450ml vegetable stock
  • 3 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • Grated zest of lemon and half lemon squeezed
  • 1/2 tsp of grated turmeric
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Extra virgin coconut oil

Method:

  • Place the onion and garlic in a pan with 1tbsp of coconut oil and cook for 1-2 minutes until the onion is soft. Add in the potatoes and fry for 1 minute. Add in the stock and simmer for a further 10 minutes.
  • Add in the spinach, kale, turmeric and lemon. Place a lid on and cook for 15 minutes or until the spinach has wilted.
  • Allow to cool for 5 minutes.
  • Pour the soup into a blender and blend until smooth. I like it a bit rustic so I don’t blend for too long as I think that it tastes better.
  • You can freeze the soup or reheat it up and serve.

You could swirl in some cream at the end and add salt and pepper to taste or even some chilli.

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Hope you like it 🙂

 

Making Sushi at home

Do you like sushi?

Sushi is so easy to make, not only is it healthy but is also very tasty. Sushi doesn’t have to have fish inside the rolls, you can use a selection of salad, vegetables or just rice on its own. They are ideal for pack lunches or picnics.

TO MAKE SUSHI YOU WILL NEED:

  • Sushi rice
  • Nori Sushi sheets (roasted seaweed)
  • Sliced long strips of  peppers
  • Prawns
  • Seafood sticks
  • Sliced strips of cucumber
  • Sliced strips of spring onion
  • Tuna
  • Sliced carrots
  • sliced strips of salmon
  • Rice vinegar

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You will need a sushi bamboo rolling mat, all supermarkets stock these and only cost about £1-£2

INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Boil the rice as per the instructions on the packet. The rice will need to be rinsed before cooked. Bring the rice to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes, turn off the heat and leave for 25-30 minutes with  a lid on the pan. Once cooled down you can season the rice with rice vinegar by folding it into the rice.
  • Place a sheet of Nori onto the bamboo mat
  • Spread out the cooked rice evenly onto the Nori, leaving a 1cm gap at the top and bottom, this is to seal it when rolling. Make sure that the rice is a thin layer as it will roll easier. TIP keep a small bowl of water near by as your finger will get sticky from the rice when touching it.
  • Place the fillings of your choice on the rice in a line across ways, remember you have to roll it so don’t put too much in

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  • Begin rolling the Nori away from you, using the mat to press the roll firmly, this takes a bit of practice but after the third roll we had it spot on. Roll the mat all the way round the Nori and press down firmly all the away along, this compresses the roll and helps to keep the shape. I taught my 11 year old how to do it an dhe found it quite easy

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  • Now you should have a long sausage shape which you can cut along evenly (about 1-2cm) to produce your sushi

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  • Serve with sliced ginger, soy sauce, sweet chilli sauce or if you like it spicy, wasabi sauce

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  • The boys really enjoyed trying to eat their sushi with chopsticks, even the little one had a go

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Our sushi went down well and was all gone in no time. We used one whole pack of rice and Nori sheets and it fed five of us.

Why don’t you give it a go, Hope you enjoy 🙂

Make your lunchboxes Mighty with Walkers Mighty Lights

With 2 weeks left of the summer holidays we have started to think of buying the boys there pack lunch boxes for school and as Oliver goes to a childminder whilst i am at work he couldn’t be left out either. School dinners costing £2.00 per meal it would cost me £20.00 for the week for the two elder boys and i still have to make lunch for the younger one so it just suits me and my budget to make a pack up for them all, including myself!

A balanced pack lunch box should contain

  • Starch foods for energy – Bread, rice, potatoes and pasta
  • Protein Foods for your muscles and organs – Meat, fish, eggs or beans
  • Dairy – cheese, yoghurt or milk drink
  • Vegetables or a portion of fruit.

I am always on the look out for new and exciting items of food to put into their lunch bags, i don’t like to give them chocolate bars and i like to think i pack them quite a healthy selection of food that they will actually eat whilst in school and not throw away in the nearest bin. It’s not the sandwich fillers or fruit ideas that i need help on but the snacks, not only do they need to be healthy but great tasting too. I’m careful as to what type of crisp i give them as i don’t want them to fill themself up on a packet of crisp and not eat any of their sandwhich or fruit. I think i may have found a solution!

Walkers Mighty Lights are the new ridged crisps on the block, with 30% less fat and made from real potatoes with no artificial colours and preservatives they are light and tasty. Mighty Lights come in three different flavours, Cheese and Onion, Lightly salted and Roast Chicken, all of the flavours are suitable for vegetarians and the crisps are also a source of fibre.

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We received a six-pack multipack in each flavour to try out and with one look from the boys they couldn’t wait to taste them. My boys are definitely not shy when it comes to eating food and if their is something new to try they are the first to point them out in the supermarket quickly followed by placing the food into the trolley.

We have had a few days out at the park and up London since receiving the crisps so i threw in a few bags of the crisps in to a bag along with some sandwiches and fruit for us to eat whilst we were there. When we go into London the first thing the boys say when we board on to the train is “What’s to eat Mum?” Our lunch never makes it off of the train! I hand the boys the crisps and wait to hear what they have to say about them, first i get “OOh, these are new!” Then i get “Oh, these are nice” and then i get Silence! Yes, they must be enjoying them as they are not talking but eating lol I hear a few ‘mmmmms’ and ‘num num’ from the youngest one so i believe that they are a hit!

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Superman is Mighty

20130824-082136.jpgOliver liked dipping his crisps into cream cheese and as they are ridged he found it easy to get them into the tub and they didn’t break when he was trying to get some cheese onto them.

Walkers Mighty Lights may be light in fat but they are mighty in taste! The boys said they were very tasty, flavoursome, crispy, crunchy and smooth in taste.

Mighty Lights are available in multipacks from all major grocery retailers.

This is a sponsored Review for Walkers, thoughts and opinions are of my own.