Fuji Fruit/Persimmon Salad

Introducing the fuji fruit!
Something you have probably seen in the fruit store but perhaps haven’t discovered how to enjoy them yet.

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The Fuji Fruit is also known as Persimmon and is native to Japan and China. It’s botanical name is Diospyrus which means ‘Fruit of the Gods.They have a bright orange skin and orange flesh which is very sweet.

Fuji Fruit ripens at room temperature and it can be chopped into segments and eaten or added to salads or smoothies. It really comes from the berry family and therefore it’s nutritional profile is similar. It contains some antioxidants and beta carotene and lycopene which are protective to our bodies cells through preventing oxidation. It also contains vitamin C and Calcium, Iron, Phosphorus and Manganese.

Fuji Fruit /Persimmon Salad

Prep/Cook time 15 minutes

Easy, delicious and healthy.
The dressing compliments the sweetness of the fuji fruit

Ingredients

3 Fuji fruit/Persimmon

3 cups Rocket greens (Arugula)

150 g Feta

½ cup Walnuts

Dressing

4 tbs Apple cider vinegar

4sp Agave nectar

 

Wash the rocket and assemble on 4 plates or into one big salad bowl.

Chop the Fuji fruit into segments and place on top of the Rocket. (You can peel the skin first if you think it’s too tough.)

Crumble the feta over the top and sprinkle on some walnuts. (If you like you can lightly toast these in a pan.

Measure out the apple cider vinegar in a small bowl or jar and mix in the agave nectar. You can combine with a spoon or put a lid on the jar and shake.

Dress the salad on serving.

Serves 4

 

Fuiji Fruit/Persimmon Salad
Fuiji Fruit/Persimmon Salad

Quinoa Porridge

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1 serving

Ingredients

3 tbs Quinoa flakes

½ cup water

2 tbs frozen berries

1 tbs raw nuts and seeds

Bring the quinoa and water to a boil in a sauce pan and cook until you have a porridge consistency.

Transfer to a bowl and sprinkle the berries and nuts and seeds on top. (I used walnuts, sunflower seeds and pepitas).

Notes: Drizzle with agave nectar or slice up some banana for a little sweetness.

The heat from the quinoa porridge will defrost the berries when you stir them through before eating.

Cacao Energy Balls

Caao energy ballsEvery body seems to be asking about super foods at the moment so today I’m using two of my favourites in this delicious chocalate recipe . Cacao and freeze dried berry powders are two ways you can mop up free radicle damage and preserve those good looks, not to mention a healthier body.

Yes folks, they are high in antioxidants and are great to keep stocked in the fridge for a few days when you are on the hunt for something sweet or chocalatey and they require no cooking.

Cacao Energy Balls.

This is a quick and easy chocolate recipe and a high antioxidant, raw treat.
Prep time 20 minutes
Makes approximately 16 balls

Ingredients

3 tbs Raw Cacao Powder

½ cup Dates deseeded

¼ cup Water

1 cup Raw Walnuts

Freeze dried berry powder for coating (Optional)

 

1) Soak the dates in the water for 5 -10 minutes then blend to a paste.

2) Transfer to a mixing bowl and add the cacao and mix through to combine.

3) Put the walnuts in a blender and process to a fine sand like consistency.

4) Add the walnuts to the cacao mixture and combine.

5) Wet your hands to avoid sticking to the mix and roll teaspoon sized balls.

6) Place them on some baking paper.

7) Pour the freeze dried berry powder onto a plate and roll ½ of the balls to cover.

* Store these in the fridge.

Nb: You could also roll these in coconut or blend up some more walnuts and coat too.

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Happy Feet Foot Bath

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To rescue tired and lethargic feet from long periods of neglect

Ingredients:

            1 large bowl or basin

            (luke warm water)

            2-3 drops of essential oil

            Oil Dispersant or milk

            Marbles or pebbles

      Directions:

                        Add the water to the basin with the marbles or pebbles, and then

                        add your essential oil and milk,

                        agitate the water and soak feet for 10-15 minutes and relax.

Choose from:

                        Sore and tired feet Peppermint  essential oil

                        Anti fungal– Tea tree or Patchouli

                        & massage feet by rolling around on marbles or pebbles.

                        & dry feet and massage in some oil or lotion with added essential oil   

                        like peppermint, citrus, pine, geranium etc

Self Foot Massage

* Sitting down, raise one leg and rotate the ankle five times in each direction.

* Rest your foot on the other leg, make a loose fist and use your knuckles to massage the sole of your foot.

* Use your thumbs to massage the sole of your foot working in lines. Repeat 3 times.

* Massage each toe separately and stretch the toe by tugging at it gently.

* Stretch the top of the foot by bending the toes toward the sole.

* To finish  stroke the foot one hand after the other from toe to ankle.

and Hello Happy Feet!

Nb: Essential oils are potent. If you are pregnant or have low blood pressure or eplilepsy, consult you natural health practitioner before using this recipe.

Please remember to keep your essential oils out of reach from children or pets.

Natural Beauty – Face Scrub Recipe

 

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Becoming a Natural Beauty is easy.

This is one thing you can do for yourself at home to keep skin radiant and fresh. All the ingredients are most likely already in your kitchen.

You will feel good because one, you are doing something for you, two, you are using all natural ingredients which you could eat and are good for you and three your skin will thank you.

Add this to your beauty routine 2 -3 times a week and you will notice the difference.

Facial scrubs are exfoliants. They stimulate circulation and remove dead skin cells leaving the skin soft, smooth and clean.

Facial scrubs can be used up to twice a week.

Nb: Avoid using harsh scrubs if you have sensitive skin. Patch test first.

My favourite – The easy option Salt scrub

Ingredients:

1 tsp of sea salt,

1 tsp almond or apricot kernal oil.

Directions:

Dip fingertips in the oil then dip in the salt and apply to the face rubbing gently in circular motions. Avoid the eye area. Rinse off with tepid water after 1-2 minutes.

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* Choose from the following base ingredients:

Bran, ground almonds, ground dried citrus peel, ground sunflower seeds, oatmeal, salt, sugar or wheatgerm.

Add 1/2 tsp of base to: water, yoghurt, milk or vegetable or nut oil and make a paste.

Nb: Make only enough to use once as mixture will not keep with moist ingredients.

Directions: Apply with gentle upward and outward, circular strokes, avoiding the eye and mouth area. Leave on for 1-2 minutes then rinse in tepid water.

* you can also opt for a couple of slices of cucumber over the eyes and some conscious breathing to enhance the experience.

Do you have a favourite Natural beauty secret you want to share? Feel free to leave a comment.