Super green soup with cashew cream

Happy Monday! 

I have to share with you this wonderful recipe that I found in Optimum Nutrition. Its delightful as well as delicious. This is perfect to get those antioxidants through the fall season and winter months. I know a few of you think green soup, no way, but it’s delicious. 

This is a great recipe by Amelia Freer, nutritional therapist for people like Boy George and Sam Smith. It’s in her amazing recipe book, Cook, Nourish, and Glow. 

  • Olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 head of broccoli, cut into florets
  • 3 handfuls of fresh or frozen peas
  • 3 cups vegetable or chicken stock
  • 1 small bag of baby spinach
  • 1 green chili, chopped to sprinkle on top
  • A small handful of fresh parsley, chopped to serve

For the cashew cream

  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1 3/4 water & 1 1/4 cups hot water 
  • 1 clove garlic
  • Zest of 1 lemon

A few hours before making this soup, prepare the cashew cream. Put the cashews into a bowl, pour over the hot water, and leave to soak for atleast 2 hours. Once the cashews are tender, drain and put into food processor, along with 1 1/4 cups fresh water, the garlic, and lemon zest and blitz until completely smooth and creamy . Set aside. 

Heat one tablespoon of olive oil in a rage saucepan, and sweat the onion until translucent. Add the broccoli and peas to the pan, cook for 5 min, then add the stock. ( the vegetables should be just covered). Bring to the boil. Simmer until the broccoli is tender. ( roughly 4 min). Don’t over cook the vegetables or they will turn a full green. Using a stick blender, start blending the soup , adding a handful of spinach at a time, the spinach will cook as its mixed with the soup. Blend until the soup is smooth and thick, then stir through half the cashew cream. Serve in bowls with a swirl of cashew cream on top and fresh parsley and chili, if using scattered over. Yummy!!!

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Does organic food make a difference? 

Many people these days believe organic food to be healthier for you. An estimated 70 billion has been spent on organic products and the number is growing. 

When it comes to non organic farming, many of the pesticides have been linked to many cancers, and neurodegenerative diseases. Non organic produce has shown to have toxic metals and pesticide residues. This is pesticides you ARE ingesting. 

In a recent study, it has been determined that organic produce had superior nutritional content, and organic tomatoes had shown a 20-30 percent richness in lycopene, and higher levels of antioxidants. When organic strawberries were tested, they had shown a higher nutritional value in terms of antioxidants, and had a richer color than non organic. I’m sure a lot of you are asking yourselves, ” what does organic mean? It really comes down to respecting our environment, and keeping our people healthy. Organic farmers do not use pesticides, fertilizers, growth hormones or GMO’s. Your basically paying more for a higher nutrient product that helps in promoting good health. 

As I feel, organic is the ultimate best. There are some foods that you can get by with buying non organic, but there are the ” dirty dozen”, and these foods are best bought organic. 

  • Apples
  • Potatoes
  • Snap peas
  • Strawberries
  • Spinach
  • Sweet peppers
  • Peaches
  • Nectarines
  • Grapes
  • Celery
  • Cucumbers
  • Cherry tomatoes

These are best bought organic. It doesn’t just stop at fruits and vegetables. Meat should be bought organic . They have higher amounts of linoeic acid and higher omega 3 fatty acids. I know it can be expensive to shop organic, but in the long run , it pays for better health. That’s what we all want correct? 

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Grain free Pumpkin Bars

Hi ladies! It’s pumpkin time, and that means get to baking your favorite pumpkin desserts , but keep it healthy!

I recently checked out the detoxinista.com, and came across an amazing recipe. Talk about yummy! I love making  desserts each fall season. Pumpkin is loaded with tons of vitamins A,C,K, and E. It’s filled with magnesium, potassium and iron.

This is a great recipe to serve at your fall party, or just make for your family to enjoy. I made mine this weekend, and they were a hit.

This recipe fills one 8×8 pan

1/2 cup pumpkin spice

1/2 cup almond butter

1/3 cup honey

2 eggs

2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/4 tsp sea salt

1/2 tsp baking soda

Preheat your oven to 350. Grease your 8×8 Pan with coconut oil or butter. Combine all your ingredients in a medium bowl . Mix well until a smooth batter forms! Enjoy! 

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The benefits of cacao for your health

I want to share with you an amazing product that i feel everyone should be using. It’s the cacao nibs. They are amazing for your health, and delicious at bat. I have recently been using the syrup and adding a little to my morning coffee. It gives your coffee a twist, and is a perfect pairing with your Java.

The benefits of this product are astounding. They have 20 more times the antioxidants than blueberries, and 119 times more the antioxidants than bananas. We all need our immunity, and one of the benefits Of cacao is the immunity boosting love that it gives. It also helps to improve our cognitive thinking, as well as reducing of heart disease. It can also play a huge role in boosting our metabolism. It gives us a load of energy, and increases overall bliss and happiness. Doesn’t it sound perfect? Well it is, and to top it off, cacao nibs are delicious.

This amazing product contains natural chemicals called flavonoids that help with overall balance and good health. You can buy cacao syrup or you can make it with cacao nibs. It’s your choice. It’s such an easy way to good health. 

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Exfoliate the right way with Le-edge.

Hi ladies! 

You are going to want to know about this amazing product. You know how important it is to exfoliate your skin. It gets all the dead skin cells off your face to give you the glow that you have been wanting. 

This product is great. It is a non abrasive product that cleanses your skin the natural way. It’s not harsh, and if you gave naturally sensitive skin, this is perfect for you. It has a rust and bacteria free barrier that Rudd your skin of the harmful skin cells that sit on our skin . Your skin feels amazing once your done with this. 

You will have instant, newer skin in minutes. You can use it when showering or bathing. This is perfect for the quick exfoliation we all need. You can buy one online at Http://www.le-edge.us. This is the newest craze for beautiful skin. 

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