Friday, 31 August 2012

Green smoothie love

Green smoothie

As readers of this blog will know, I am an advocate of including as much raw food in my diet as possible, particularly important for endo warriors who need super dooper nutrition mainlined into our poorly systems!
As a family we are part of a lovely local Farm Club, and currently on the plot is an abundance of chard. I love this recipe from Raw Diva Tera Warner  (another blog I cannot recommend highly enough) which uses chard and peaches for some super sweet green smoothie action which will send some nutrient dense yumminess your way.

Check it out:

Green Smoothie Recipe: Strawberry & Peachy Green Smoothie


  • 1 cup strawberries
    (leave the green tops on)

  • 2 peaches,
    sliced and pitted

  • 1 frozen banana

  • 4-6 leaves of chard,
    roughly chopped

  • 1 cup of fresh orange juice
    or coconut water
    or spring water

Put the fruits at the bottom then the greens and add the liquid.
Blend and serve.

In your smoothie the peaches and chard are providing fibre, potassium, Vitamins C and B3, E and K, , betacarotene and small amounts of calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, iron and zinc, anti-oxidants,  Chard also helps to regulatie normal blood sugar levels, perfect for endo warriors with hormonal imbalances.

I posted this recipe in a Project Endo daily email this week, and fellow endo warrior Cath had some great advice for making green smoothies: “I drink a green smoothie (around 300-500ml) everyday and have been even before I got diagnosed with endo. It's amazing what they do for your hair, nails, skin and more than anything your energy. What I like to do is buy a whole bunch of ingredients from the markets (chard, kale, spinach, cos/romain, pineapple, banana, peach etc etc etc) plus frozen berries and make up a few different flavour combinations. (spinach & banana / banana berry, tropical kale etc etc). I make enough flavours to last a 1 to 2 weeks. I blitz just the produce ingredients and pop them into zip-lock sandwich bags and freeze them. Then when I want to drink one I pull it out of the freezer break it up (they generally don't freeze 100% solid) and blitz it with water or coconut water. It takes about 30minutes prep on my day off but means I don't have to wash my blender everyday!!! I really feel the difference if I skip a day or 2. “ Catherine Nichols, Project Endo warrior.

I am going to give this a go, and have also signed up for the Green Smoothie Challenge, a free email support for enjoying green smoothies. Want to join me?

Thursday, 30 August 2012

Diva's raw chocolate fudge brownies


Hey Diva readers! In my raw food journey I am experimenting with more recipes and combinations of food.
Here is a little something I concocted yesterday that I think you may like:

Diva's Raw chocolate fudge brownie.
You will need:
1 cup of raw cacao butter, grated/in small chunks
1 cup raw cacao powder
Vanilla essence
Porridge oats
4 or 5 large medjool dates
3 apples

Juice the apples and soak the oats in a bowl with the juice.
Whilst the oats are absorbing the moisture, chop the medjool dates into small chunks.
Using a saucepan and bowl like a bain-marie, heat the shards of cacao butter.
Stir in the cacao powder, and add a few drops of vanilla essence.
The medjool dates will add enough sweetness but in case you want more, add a teaspoon or two of agave syrup.
Stir the chocolate mixture into the soaked oats and dates, and stir well.
Press into a loaf tin and leave to chill in the fridge.

After an hour or so you will have lovely, fudgy, gooey, good for you brownies.

You could also add a few cacao nibs for an extra crunch, or some crushed almonds for more of a nutty texture.

Let me know what you think!

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Yoga Magic

Yoga magic

I have recently been rediscovering the magical properties of Hatha Yoga.

As an endometriosis girl finding ways to complement my energy levels and cardiovascular activities are a challenge; I used to go to yoga before having the Mini Divas, and have been back for the the last 3 weeks for some much needed strength and stretching.

What I love about yoga is the fact that I might have a mind racing full of the day's events, I may feel tired and worn out before a class, yet without fail I come out feeling energised, calm and restored. Hatha yoga for me has been like rediscovering a kind of magic potion, and I never fail to be amazed that this ├╝ber ancient meditation and exercise form can work on so many levels.