Almond Milk & Berry Iceblocks

Enjoy these dairy free healthy ice blocks on a summer or spring day.
The tartness of the berries with a hint of creamy sweetness makes this treat a winner.

Berry,almond iceblockIngredients

1 cup Frozen Mixed berries

1 banana

1 -2 cups Almond milk (as required to fill your iceblock molds)

3 tbs Agave nectar

Pour the ½ the frozen mixed berries into a bowl. Add the agave and combine.

Take spoonfuls of the berry, agave mix and fill each iceblock ½ to ¾ full.

Take the remaining berries, banana and almond milk and blitz in the blender until you have a pink mix.

Pour the liquid to fill each iceblock mold and freeze.

Why mix the agave with the berries and not the almond milk? The agave nectar will stay more solid and toffee like against the cold of the berries and provide your iceblock with sweet strands of yumminess around the berry when you bite in.

Zucchini bites

zucchini bitesZucchini bites

Prep/cook time 25minutes
Makes 24 mini muffin size bites
Ingredients

1 cup cheese

11/2 cups zucchini

2 tbs coriander

2 eggs

1 cup gluten free self raising flour

¼ cup soy milk

½ tsp Salt

½ tsp Pepper

 

Preheat your oven to 180C.

Grease a mini muffin tray.

Grate your zucchini and the cheese and place in your mixing bowl.

Chop the coriander and add.

Measure the milk and add to the mix.

Crack your eggs and add to the bowl. Stir all ingredients well to combine.

Add the self raising flour, salt and pepper and combine.

Transfer the mixture to a measuring cup with a lip and fill each muffin space to the top.

Bake for 15-20 minutes – until the top is starting to brown.

Let stand and cool

 

 

 

Paleo mini cupcakes


paleo mini cupcakesThe beautiful Chinese tea cup featured in this photo is from my mum and dad – a wedding gift from my grandparents. And yes, these cupcakes go really well with a cup of tea. (non caffeinated of course for paleo)
The term ‘Paleo’ is common talk around the health community these days so I thought I would feature a beautiful mini cupcake that’s all Paleo and say a few words on behalf of the Paleo diet.

When I think Paleo, I think grain free, dairy free, healthy, wholesome and nutritious.

The diet is based on ‘clean eating’ with a focus on lean protein sources, lots of vegetables and fruit and nuts and seeds.

Processed food, sugars, caffeine, alcohol, and starches are a no go zone on the Paleo plan.

The word ‘Paleo stands for Paleolithic ie the caveman era.  The Paleo diet is based on the hunter gatherer diet ie before the evolution of agriculture and today’s processed diet.

The diet is designed to be used every day. It has many health merits and is a good base to work with for your own diet but speaking as a Naturopath, one diet doesn’t fit all and being vegetarian is quite difficult to maintain on this plan. However this cupcake recipe is a beautiful way to eat Paleo and be vegetarian and gluten free. Enjoy!

Paleo mini cupcakes

Ingredients

½ cup Pumpkin seed /Pepita spread

½ cup Tahini

1/3 cup Apple sauce (you can make your own with 2 medium sized apples cooked in a little water until soft and mash or blitz with a blender)

1 Egg

1 tbs Raw honey/Agave nectar

For Topping

Dried cranberry

Pumpkin seeds

Coconut flakes

Pumpkin seed spread.

 

Preheat your oven to 180C

Grease a mini muffin/cupcake tray

Use a blender to combine all the cupcake ingredients. (1st five ingredients)

Pour or spoon the mixture into the muffin tray. (optional – you can add a few dried cranberries to be baked into the cupcake or leave them plain)

Bake for 10 -15 minutes (test with a skewer when comes out clean in the middle of the cup cake) Leave to stand and cool.

Icing is simply a dollop of pumpkin seed spread with a sprinkle of cranberries, pumpkin seed and coconut  flakes.

Paleo mini cupcakesThese cupcakes can be made a day ahead and kept in a dry storage container. Refrigerating makes the cupcakes too moist.

 

 

 

‘Ice’ them just before serving as the pumpkin seed butter gets a bit soft at room temperature. pale mini cupcake 2These cupcakes are mini for a few reasons, they look cute and like energy balls they are filling, nutrient dense and full of fibre.  One or two will keep you happy for hours.

Savoury sweet potato bites

Savoury sweet potato bitesThis versatile snack can be served for afternoon tea, at a party or picnic . It’s Gluten free and vegetarian too.

Ingredients

3 free range organic eggs

1 Sweet potato

½ cup soy milk or dairy milk

5 tbs gluten free plain flour

½ cup Cheese

½ tsp sea salt

¼ tsp pepper

 

Preheat the oven to 180C

Grease a mini muffin oven tray.

Wash, peel and dice the sweet potato into 1cm cubes.

Put the sweet potato in some water in a saucepan and cook until ¾ cooked. Approximately 5 minutes. Drain and set aside.

Meanwhile, mix the eggs, flour, salt, milk and pepper together in a bowl. Set aside and grate the cheese.

Pour the egg mixture into each shell of the muffin tin until ¾ full.

Add a few cubes of sweet potato to each and sprinkle the grated cheese on top.

Cook in the oven for 15 minutes or until slightly browned on top and cooked through. They will puff up a bit.

Eat them hot or leave to cool and store in the fridge.

The sweet potato bites can be served hot or cold.

Enjoy!

You can add other ingredients like capsicum, corn, sundried tomato and mushroom also.

Natural Remedies for Urinary Tract Infections

Natural remdies UTIMost of us have heard about Cranberry but did you know Corn silk can be your helpful for controlling urinary tract infection?

Urinary tract Infection is very common particularly in women. Most of my female clients over the age of 25 have experienced the symptoms at least once in their life.

If you have ever had a UTI you can attest to not wanting the condition again.

Signs and symptoms include frequency of urination, painful urination, sense of urgency to urinate, urine is cloudy in colour.

Nb: Urinary tract infections which linger more than 24 hrs or occur repeatedly can be very serious. Please seek your health practitioners advice if symptoms persist.

Here ‘s my top 5 suggestions for natural relief for urinary tract infections

Corn silk tea has been known especially in Asia for a long time for urinary health. Corn silk are the fibres inside the ear of corn. These can be made into a tea by boiling the corn (whole) in water and then drinking the liquid hot or cold. You use it as a soup base also. Corn silk in anti -inflammatory,  diuretic and soothing to the urinary tract.

Cranberry juice (unsweetened) is a popular way to prevent and treat UTI. It’s anitbacterial properties are well documented. During acute stages 1 cup consumed over a day in total is beneficial.

Hydration with water, soups and teas is crucial to avoiding the build up of harmful bacteria. A few litres a day is necessary especially during a UTI.

Vitamin C creates  a more acidic urine which stops bacteria overgrowth.  Taking a supplement of vitamin C atleast 500mg at a time in divided doses throughout the day may assist acute UTI . Maximum total levels 4-5000mg/d

Vitamin C in your daily diet through eating fresh fruit and vegetables  will assist the urinary tract to stay healthy.

Wear Cotton underwear to allow the skin to breathe and to avoid the harbouring of harmful bacteria. Avoid Synthetic materials as they will enhance the growth.

Nb: Urinary tract infections which linger more than 24 hrs or occur repeatedly can be very serious. Please seek your health practitioners advice if symptoms persist.