SUGAR-FREE, ANTIOXIDANT-RICH SANGRIA

On those special occasions when you want to enjoy a more healthy celebratory drink, sangria provides a fun and fruity alcoholic beverage based on red wine, which is rich in antioxidants. With homemade sangria you can also avoid added sugar, as the fresh orange juice and fruits are generally enough to provide sweetness.

Ingredients

1 bottle of organic, fruity red wine

Juice of one organic orange

5 organic strawberries, rinsed and sliced thinly

1/2 cup of fresh blueberries

Squeeze of lemon

1 cinnamon stick

6 ice cubes

Extra orange and lemon slices

1. Add all ingredients in a large glass jug and place in the fridge for one to two hours.

2. Give the jug a gentle stir, pour into wine glasses with a few pieces of fruit in each and enjoy!

GLUTEN-FREE, SUGAR-FREE, DAIRY-FREE DIP FOR THE FESTIVE SEASON

Whenever I make this dip for family or friends it’s a big hit and everyone is always surprised to learn that the ingredients are actually healthy! Store-bought dips are usually littered with nasties like trans fats, sugar, preservatives, flavours and colouring. Making your own is ridiculously easy – throw all the ingredients in a food processor and it’s done! This dip is packed with protein, vitamin C, antioxidants, healthy fats and immune boosting nutrients.

1 red capsicum (slice out the seeds)

½ cup almonds

1 clove garlic, peeled

1 tbsp organic apple cider vinegar

1 tbsp sugar-free tomato paste

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

Pinch of sea salt and pepper

Optional: fresh herbs for serving

  1. Add all ingredients to a food processor and mix until smooth.
  2. Scoop into a serving bowl and sprinkle with fresh herbs.
  3. Serve with vegetable sticks, organic corn chips or spread it out to form a bed for meat, chicken or fish dishes.

Happy holidays!!!

GUILT-FREE CHOC CHIA XMAS PUDDING

If you’re looking for an easy, healthy, delicious dessert that you can whip up in seconds this holiday season, I’ve got the perfect recipe for you! With just four natural ingredients, this pudding avoids all the nasty artificial additives, sweeteners and preservatives in most store-bought desserts plus it’s sugar-free, gluten-free and dairy-free! Chia seeds are a fantastic source of fibre, protein, omega-3 fats, minerals and antioxidants. Why not get your nutrients AND an irresistible dessert all in one?

3/4 cup chia seeds

4 cups light coconut milk

3 tbsp cacao powder

Pinch of stevia extract or 1/2 cup rice malt syrup

Topping: cacao nibs, coconut yoghurt and/or berries

1. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl and stir thoroughly until mixture is smooth with no lumps.

2. Place bowl in the fridge for one hour then scoop into shallow glasses.

3. Decorate with topping of your choice (I use either cacao nibs, coconut yoghurt, fresh berries or I make a warm berry sauce) and enjoy!

HEALTHY HOT CHOCOLATE

This healthy, sugar-free hot chocolate recipe will have you wondering why you ever bought the artificial kind when homemade versions are so easy and taste so good! To give you an idea just how bad the commercial stuff is, take a look at the ingredients list of an instant hot chocolate mix from a leading chocolate brand:

If you’re fan of vegetable fat, vegetable oil, artificial flavours,anti-caking agents, dried glucose syrup, stabilisers and bucket-loads of sugar, then this is the one for you! OR if you’d prefer to sip on something that’s actually going to rejuvenate rather than pollute your body, then give my healthy hot chocolate recipe a go!

Ingredients: (serves 1)

1 cup organic, light coconut milk (or sugar-free milk of your choice)

1 tbsp raw cacao powder

Pinch of stevia powder (start small and add more if you prefer it sweeter)

Optional: pinch of sea salt (to bring out the chocolate flavour) and cinnamon (stabilises blood sugar)

Mix all ingredients in a saucepan over the stove until heated, pour into a mug and enjoy!

Note: for a more hydrating version, add half water and half milk

MIND BODY GREEN FEATURE: CREAMY QUINOA, KALE AND ALMOND MILK SMOOTHIE

I’m super excited to feature on Mind Body Green’s site today with my creamy quinoa smoothie recipe…

If you’re after a sugar-free, fruit free, high-fiber, nutrient-dense, protein-packed, super hydrating green smoothie that still manages to taste absolutely delicious, then this is the recipe for you!

In most smoothie recipes you’ll find fruits like bananas and berries for sweetness, fiber and bulk. While these fruits are great sources of nutrients, they’re not so great for those needing to cut out sugars completely (including natural sugars) due to various health issues such as candida or type 2 diabetes.

Luckily there’s life beyond the fruit smoothie! The quinoa in this recipe makes a fantastic green smoothie base that’s packed with fiber, protein and minerals while avoiding the sugar issue. If you’re having this smoothie every morning, I’d suggest cooking up a batch of quinoa to last you a few days and keeping it in the fridge so you can scoop out a portion each morning (this saves you having to cook up a new batch of quinoa every day). Being soft and light in texture, the quinoa blends in well, providing creamy thickness and a slightly nutty flavor.

Click the below link to view the recipe on Mind Body Green!

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-14312/creamy-quinoa-kale-almond-milk-smoothie.html

POMEGRANATE POWER: THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE FREE

During a hike in the rainforest this weekend, we spotted these jumbo-sized red balls hanging from a tree and were ecstatic to discover they were actually enormous pomegranates! I’ve never seen them growing before and couldn’t help but pluck one off and take it home to try.

The best part about pomegranates is that they are absolutely loaded with nutrients, especially antioxidants – those beautiful life-saving molecules that protect our cells from damage and disease. Pomegranates are a particularly good source of vitamin C, which is important for immunity, skin health even detoxification.

It made the most beautiful breakfast this morning simply topped over natural yoghurt with cinnamon. Juicy, sweet, crunchy and creamy, with no artificial colours, flavours or sweeteners in sight.  Delicious taste and pure nutrition all from a little (or in this case big) ball on a tree – the best things in life really are free!

RAW RAINBOW SALAD WITH MUSTARD DRESSING

If you’re looking for a quick shot of nutrients, this salad will do it. Packed with fibre, antioxidants, essential fats, vitamins and minerals, it’s sure to leave you bursting with vibrancy! The mustard dressing is pure and natural and avoids the sugar, genetically modified oils and syrups, flavours and nasty food additives and preservatives you get in store bought salad dressings (such as this one below from one of the most popular brands)…

Water, soybean oil, vinegar, sugar, salt, garlic (dried), xanthan gum, onions (dried), propylene glycol alginate, spice, polysorbate 60, red bell peppers (dried), citric acid, potassium sorbate, calcium disodium EDTA, natural flavour.

Don’t be fooled by the ‘natural’ flavour either, which is generally full of sugar. On the other hand, you can make a super easy, super tasty homemade salad dressing in seconds, that will actually nourish your body instead of harming it! This mustard dressing is just one example but there are thousands of nutritious, natural dressings to try 🙂

Ingredients

3 beetroot bulbs (peeled and grated)

2 carrots (peeled and grated)

1 cup mixed leafy greens (rinsed)

1 avocado (chopped into cubes)

Dressing

1 tbsp organic wholegrain mustard (sugar free)

1 tsp fresh lemon juice

1 tsp apple cider vinegar (organic)

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

  1. Mix salad ingredients together in a bowl and season with sea salt and pepper.
  2. Mix dressing ingredients separately then pour over salad.
  3. Serve as a side salad or enjoy on its own!