Archive for the ‘Nutritional Therapy’ Category

Lent: Natural Sweeteners on the shelves to substitute as alternatives to sugar

April 2, 2015

It feels poignant to me to write about sugar substitutes at this time, when, I am acutely aware that in under a week’s time it appears that half the population will gorge and double their average weekly Chocolate intake in a single day; Easter Sunday arrives!

However, for the few  of us who have essued the dark stuff since before March (feels almost like 1989…ie a long time!) this is a time for presents in my family, over excessive gifts of sugary sweet confectionary.

We love to Celebrate Easter in my family but since some of them are unwell, diabetic, on medication or simply seeking to not become unwell\overweight etc, we have universally chosen to celebrate rather more demurely, with small Easter gifts to bring great joy instead. I now like my new Easter\Spring shoes and Tea (which I have since becoming less interested in cooked foods, discovered an interest for, later on in life! 😉 )

For those who ‘shouldn’t’ have sugar (inc.most if not all of us…) here is a run down of the chosen alternatives available on the shelves…

  1. Agave – ALERT! I have rarely ever used it as it is a highly refined product (not a ‘nectar!’); v.sweet syrup or powder. I have found it to be a strong stimulant. When I recently asked the Store Manager at Planet Organic in Westbourne Grove, he agreed “it is too much” he stated; “it is simply too much for our system to handle”. Which does he prefer, I enquired {Q} “Date Syrup, Coconut Palm Sugar and Syrup…” He replied
  2. Date Syrup
  3. Sweet Freedom (fruit blend mix) Syrup
  4. Stevia: Syrups and powders (though still processed & refined) pref. natural state ground green leaf. Huhis ndreds of times sweeter than sugar cane or beet. 🙂 My Brighton based colleague grows it in his flat…
  5. Xylitol: Birch Tree sap
  6. Jaggery (conscious foods): I’ve never tried this Indian\Asian sugar but I hear from the followers that it is v.good, with extra vitamins & minerals (so they’d say…)
  7. Coconut Sugar and Nectar \ Syrup: 2 of my all time current favourites: for sweetness and the effect isn’t overly stimulating at all 🙂
  8. My favourite is: Yacon Syrup: I watched these being planted out and sown down out in Monkton Wild Court in Dorset many years ago on a Wild Raw Food Retreat I held over a weekend. These are like the gold of the tuber world! 🙂 Very nice (yet v.expensive in comparison…)

So if you are baking or making sweet creations this weekend (or ever) care to think about the substitutes which can be used instead of the standard sugar, which overly stimulates the pancreas, adrenal glands and overly numbs us as a result (not least robbing us of our vital nutrients).

I am seeking a healthier world view on all these areas, since I quit eating sugar back in 2003 and have rarely eaten it and no chocolate in general since Lent began. I am seeking also to find the best options for alternatives and to utilise them in my own and commercial foods. Less is most definitely, more! 😉

Happy Easter for the Kitchen Buddy friends & crew! 🙂

NEW Recipe Book publishing 2015!

March 11, 2015

green juice 600kb

No, not totally my own work, but a collection of recipes from global Raw Chefs, from around the world, inc Gabriel Cousens MD. My ….. feature alongside those of many other world-renowned teachers, from whom inspiration has been gained. ‘Through the Raw Food Galaxy’ explores a whole range of new recipes from chefs around the world, who have contributed their work for this project.

The ‘Gourmet Makery’ www.gourmetmakery.com group in Germany contacted me last year and the photos are being sent off to them for inclusion in their publication, this week! 🙂

My contributions include a Rejuvenating Spring Green Juice, Spiralised Courgette noodles with fresh tomato sauce and pesto dressing.

More news soon!

International Women’s Month Events

March 6, 2015

International Women’s Month Event March 2015

I am delighted to have been invited to present & demonstration on Women’s Health (Teens – 25yrs), in conjunction with Torridon Rd Library, in Lewisham, SE6.  The FREE event is on: Tuesday 24th March, 7 -9 p.m. BOOKING ADVISABLE

My special recipes for the night include a Vibrant skin Revitaliser Juice and a Chocolate Orange Mousse Cream. Suitable for Vegans, Coeliacs & nut allergies.

“Now is a time to replenish our skin and other organs, inside and out. Whether it’s a ‘Dry’ January or another form of ‘detox’ or simply finding the right ratio of work, rest & play, for you, we have a special treat in-store for all our new and existing customers ”

Kitchen Buddy Founder, Theresa Webb BA.DipNT (CNM)

A ray of hope for January ‘Blues’; Case study Treatments & Special Offer

January 26, 2015

Following a ‘Blue’ themed party at a friend’s house on Saturday, to cheer us up from ‘Winter Blues’ l am adding my very own Seasonal speciality; a Special Offer for all those who felt the pinch a week ago, on the unpleasantly titled ‘Blue Monday’, as it was deemed the day which many may have abandoned their health aims & left their New year’s resolutions by the wayside…

This time of year is ideal for beginning our own, personal challenges to conquor and to find some assistance to assist us in these, where necessary.

Recent Case Study: I have spoken to 2 patients in both my Central and South London Clinics, who wish to have just that; support during times of their lives when their health issues are really crying out to be addressed and can be ignored no longer. Both had been prescribed medications through conventional means, though neither had proved effective.

A 1 hr consultation each later and both patients feel satisfied to accept the Naturopathic approach to their Treatment Plans complete with wholesome, easy to follow, individualized recipes sent to them post-session by email.

A new beginning could be just what the doctor ordered & if this is timely & relevant reminder for you, please take advantage of our Special Offer for January 2015.

An initial Naturopathic Nutrition Consultation for 1hr at either my Central or South London Clinic for the price of £64.00 (* 20% saving on standard clinic fees) (90 mins appts by practitioner discretion)

Home Visits from £50.00 (within London)

FREE 15 min consultation available NOW! 

For further details and appointments, please contact the clinics directly, or myself via email or phone (or message me on my blog here)

Friday and Saturday afternoons http://www.healthwisetherapy.com/

Weekdays (Mainly available Wednesday) www.londonnatural.co.uk

Alternatively, visit my main website www.kitchenbuddy.eu for all other routes of inquiry.

** Sessions may vary in length and duration, depending upon the individual medical & symptomatic conditions treated and assessed.

DISCLAIMER 

This information is for guidance only and is not to replace medical appts or advice. This therapeutic approach is unable by regulation, to claim to treat or lay claims to ‘cure’ any diagnosed or undiagnosed disease or condition.

Theresa Webb BA Dip NT. has enjoyed enabling many patients to experience better health through Naturopathic Nutrition appts for over 6 years and qualified from College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2013. She has attended several clinics and also works from home visits, out of regular clinic hours.

Contact experienced Nutritionist Theresa for a non-obligation FREE 15 min consult now! 

Seasonal Beverage: Dairy & Alcohol Free Egg-Nog!

December 23, 2014

smoothie 'egg nog' in glass

I must confess to never having actually ever drunk ‘Egg-Nog’ – a blend of egg, milk and alcohol (I presume…) but I do rather like this alcohol-free version, which is what I’ll be making to drink over the Christmas period and holiday Season.

For those considering giving up or reducing their alcohol over the New Year, this Dairy-Free version is equally, if not more delicious as the original! Plus, it contains ‘Rose-root’ Rhodiola which has the added benefits of calming and de-stressing effects! Find it though a good local natural remedies or herbalist shop.

Ingredients (Organic wherever possible)

Almonds

1\2 Pt fresh water

1 Banana

1\4 tsp Grated\Ground Nutmeg, Cinnamon and Ginger (to taste)

1\4 Rhodiola Powder (Russian Rose Root)

1\4 tsp Vanilla bean powder or 1\2 bean pod (or 2-5 drops of a natural essence)

Method

1. Soak the Almonds in water overnight or for at least 20 mins minimum; soaking removes enzyme inhibitors surrounding the nut, which makes digestion easier and also allows the skin to be peeled off more easily!

2. Drain away the water and refresh in hot water (to make the skins peel off easier). The skins become easier to rub off; using your thumb and forefinger (and any other way!) press the almond skins to release them and discard. Keep the almonds to one side.

3. Using a blender, add the almond and process together with the fresh water, to make a milk consistency.

4. Keeping the pulp (or strain, if preferred) add all the remaining ingredients into the blender and blend for 60 seconds until creamy, frothy and light.

5. Pour into a glass(es) and serve. 🙂

Nutrition Note: Rhodiola is a pale pink, rose flavoured powder with adaptogenic and calming properties, to calm, soothe, relax and de-stress! Ideal for the holiday season ahead! 🙂

Warm Wishes for a Very Happy Christmas and Healthy and Prospersous New Year 2015 ahead.

Theresa x

wreath on front door star dec 2

The Ecology, Environment and Eating your words in London

November 23, 2014

Saturday morning, I casually interviewed our local farmer’s market assistant trader, Jackie, from Whitegates Farm & Nursery. She is every inch a convert to organic gardening and growing but later in life (some might suppose…)  owing to being brought up in a concrete jungle, in Brixton (South London), she said & her accent hasn’t changed… What’s more she hasn’t eaten fresh produce from a supermarket in 4 yrs and buys her toiletries elsewhere, as to find the brands which are free-from SLS.  and she explained that she’s amazed by just how different the fresh produce tastes! She finds it amazing how much better the home-grown carrots taste by comparison to the supermarket ones; “Flavour versus no flavour!”

Since it’s now Autumn, there are a great array of squashes & patty pan (small squashes, masquerading as miniature pumpkins) but a distinct lack of Horesradish, which was due to the weather. The strong-flavoured roots grow far further down into the soil and owing to the heavy rain, it had become very muddy and somewhat difficult to remove, given the time he (the farmer, Mike) now has, since he began to run the stall weekly and has to dig up more carrots too.  This really brought home the whole farm-to-fork concept of gardening.

Consider the alternatives; whereas  the supermarket culture has us examining our veg all year round, here is a farm where many products are grown, seasonally and annually, only to be directly affected by the weather… of course. It’s much  more easy and practical to pull up several bunches of carrots, than to spend the same time pulling up a single horseradish root, for a few pence more…

As a result of her working for the farm,  Jackie’s friends and family have all become more chemically conscious; she is a marvelous example and  activist (with a v.small ‘a’) for all things eco.

Go & visit them for the farm fresh fruit and veg http://www.weareccfm.co.uk (Manor House Gardens)

A round-up of this week’s other activities…

This week it’s all about food relating to community, cost of living and climate change \ the Earth at large, concepts.

Starting on Tuesday – Our monthly London Permaculture Publicity group meeting held at the South Bank, which is looking gloriously festive with lots of new food stall huts, complete with a maze made out of the type of things I’m not mentioning ’til next month, being as it’s not yet even the month of December … it’s all very pretty. Lola & I went on a little walk about; there is a Scandinavian theme bar area, complete with sofas and rugs and all with a great view of the river from upstairs.

Stefan Gates Food Matters Excel

Wednesday: took the DLR over to Food Matters expo at Excel Centre  – in time to join the audience for a panel discussion\debate with Prue Leith CBE, an MP, an Oxford Uni Prof and a food historian. All debating their views on how to eliminate childhood obesity and malnutrition: A combination of free meals for all, school influence, improving school dinners, banning packed lunch boxes and changing legislation. This was excellent to see a panel of such eminent authorities putting their views forward. I thought they were all great if not a little far fetched. I didn’t think any are totally plausable in current UK political climate. What govt. is willing to make cuts to subsidise these proposed desired changes? It was rather like an ‘If I ruled the world’ type of exploration.

Onto another exploration of another kind altogether… ‘feeding 9 million +’ read  the blurb on the board, which looked like the most interesting demonstration of some type of food related cookery. An area of research close to my heart & head for campaigning to reduce\eliminate farming of livestock. This was Stefan Gates, author, tv presenter and weird chef (but in a kind of exciting, very active way…) An adventurer and explorer (as he prefers it). He started out by handing round marshmallows and traditional lolly pops to the gathered audience – the public duly popped them into their mouths and onward he went. We watched as he shared video clips from his travel series where he eats many (revolting) things inc animal penises (in China) then he filled a huge long plastic bag with dry ice and explained that it represented how much methane gas a cow emits throughout  a day\annually; which incidentally, is lots (see above). He explained how reducing our meat consumption might help to reduce this gas and instead, suggests we eat insects… & he & his ‘grub’ chums promptly handed round fried crickets which half the audience tasted, whilst the remaining half (moi y inclu) looked on in silent disbelief…

Next, he proceeded to crush beetles into a pestle and mortar as if to illustrate that we, humans, have eaten insects, just unknowingly. The crushed beetles were added into a big vat of water, which duly turned pink; Cochineal \ E120 \ Red food colouring. And the trick? He explored how this innocent sounding food colouring actually ends up into marshmallows and lolly pops, which the audience had gamely eaten earlier. Except myself, for precisely that same reason…. (& the sugar… & the gelatine…)

Thursday – Monty Don; ‘Down to Earth’.  Sadly, I missed the great Monty Don speak about his gardening career locally this week at Blackheath Halls 😦  His twitter account is full of great joys to read though, so I can recommend that as at least a small alternative…) it sounded v.inspiring from what I could tell by the other tweets… I need to find out what I’d missed.

Friday – a UCL talk on Climate Change by @ClimateGeorge; author of a book entitled (something like): ‘Are our brains wired to deny climate change’ ie I think not, it makes sense for us to be ‘wired’ towards sustainability, I felt.  A long & deliriously comic talk, at times, about how the nation should be discussing this topic, why it isn’t, why it should care more, as seen through the eyes of a fossil-fuel activist (ie focused in this fashion; as his ‘lens’).  He went to Brussels to speak to EUMPs there, before I got a chance to ask him a question about his eating habits re-meat & methane production in general. Met some interesting people at the cloisters afterwards though inc. political editor & film maker.

Despite the style of talk, I’ve since discovered that his wife, Annie, writes an exceptionally lovely blog here: http://kitchencounterculture121.wordpress.com/

With thanks to @hedgehoghugh for connecting us together on this matter 🙂

Meanwhile great news in the ‘News’, well, Time Out (which is the news we’d sometime rather read and isn’t so much that but more up-to-the-minute-London-life info) and The Final Word pg columnist, Giles Coren; not known, I’d have previously thought, for his pro-eco stance in the world but here he is, in an article, debating the nations’ love of …. coffee… and milk!  It’s not one that I can understand, personally, since I detest it; its flavour and that of honey (aka ‘bee vomit’ – reinforces adventurer, Stefan Gates!)

To quote him verbatim; ‘and you don’t even like the taste. So you drown (it) in a pint of hot milk and call it a ‘latte’ and … mope wordlessly to work, suckling like a giant toddler on quantities of warm cow’s milk that are healthy only for other cows,newly born and then only for a matter of weeks, delivering levels of insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1) that in adult humans will grow you at best a fat belly and at worst, it is argued, give you cancer…’  

Whoah! Wow! The restaurant critic that is GC has come out as a cow-caring consumer! 😉 Whatever next..? he’s read enough about the dairy industry to learn that it isn’t all hunky-dory to go consuming milk, willy-nilly and is taking up a gauntlet to educate his latte-loving readers. Well done GC & TO, for almost daring readers to become coffee & dairy-free 😉

Back to the great outdoors and the Burgess Park Glengall Wharf Garden: On Saturday, I cycled and bussed over to Burgess pk (off Old Kent Rd) for the main meeting of the London Permaculture Network. There is a lot going on here at this garden and we held a v.productive meeting to discuss future plans and expansions 🙂

Finally, as if that wasn’t enough, the BBC has a good link to a foraging article here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-30015052

London Vegan Fair and Kitchen Buddy Nutrition Talks & Demos

August 23, 2014

Here is, a full, complete and updated version (for the 2nd time of writing as the first, perfect draft, ahem, did not appear to publish…)

The night before saw me finishing the hand-dipping of the organic apricots for the packets of Apricot Thins.

There was a hive of activity as stalls set up from everywhere inc Devon, Cornwall as well as local businesses. The Festival takes over the entire building (on 3 levels) and included a wide range of stalls and workshops on all subjects ranging from anarchism, to raw foods, to baby & children’s health.

My stall had a great position in the main hall with enough space and several chairs for people to sit & talk.
James Gorman, Award winning body builder and former Ice Skater and now director or EVOLVE! Campaigns dropped by and told me about his life as a nutritionist and animal rights advocate. An inspirational role model to us all… 🙂  Amazingly, he’s 67 yrs of age but looks at least 10 years younger; he has a very gracious demenour with an inspiring, positive and compassionate approach.  It was an absolute delight to meet and chat to him.

The Ginger squares sold out early and customers enjoyed cinnamon and sour cherry, orange, rose and Apricot thins; they received good feedback. Generally, there was so much sugar to be found though, in cakes and other sweets that some customers felt that they were too bitter! 😉 I felt flummoxed until someone pointed out the effects of the other stalls there; cake & sweets… health is important too u know

At midday my first session in the programme was a talk on Raw Chocolatier – the benefits of raw, sugar-free chocolate, which generated conversations around cacao types and the impact of raw nutrition, enzymes etc. The audience members (approx 25) enjoyed their Handmade samples of Classic Orange, Ginger chocolate and Apricot Thins tasters, made from 75% Fair-Trade Ecuadorian Cacao and Mediterranean Carob.

Immediately afterwards, followed the second session, with Superfood for Super kids – Smoothies. Dairy-free Almond Milk as a base for 2 fresh smoothie drinks; an energising and uplifting ‘Berry Burst’ and a ‘Cool & Calm’ green vegetable smoothie. We started out with a growing group and the room filled to 40 adults and children, and we looked at the ingredients for our recipes we were to use: Pre-soaked almonds for milk, fruit: bananas, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and ground superfood leaf & root powders: passiflora (passion flower), alfalfa, barley grass and I poured 1 dsp flax\linseed oil.

Almond milk is often best made with pre-soaked almonds, in order that they are soft enough to remove the skins from. 2 4 yr olds, a boy & girl started to peel almonds, a few of which slipped a bit and flew around the room to begin with but we gathered the remainder together and each taking it in turns to operate the blender, we made a light frothy milk, followed by the ‘Berry Burst’ with the children taking it in turns to add fresh berries and oil and re blended it up again, to make a fruity smoothie which was very popular.

Finally, the children made a ‘Cool & Calm green vegetable smoothie using a remaining 100 ml Almond Milk, a banana (which we opened up bottom first – in chimpanzee style!) 1\4 cucumber, 4 handfuls of spinach leaves, 1 dsp flax oil and a teaspoon each of passiflora, alfalfa & barley grass powders. The result: a bright green drink which everyone loved, adults & children alike.
Nutrition Notes: Almonds are a rich source of protein, healthy fats and Calcium. Berries are anti-oxidant rich & also in vitamin C. Cucumbers contain cooling properties, sodium and are mostly composed of water, for adequate refreshment and hydration.
Other additions would also be Baobab for energy and Aloe Vera for digestion and skin clearing, healing properties.

During the course of the day, back at the stall, the Festival of Life team handed out fliers (inc Mary, Paz & Chris) Aniel shared a Saf stall in the upper foyer and Tim (from the new Juice Tonic bar) shared that we did not appreciate the alcoholic bar being present and felt it could be nice without it but appreciate that it is appealing to many vegans to have own ferments…

Memorable moments:
After a flying visit around, I enjoyed re-meeting up with Mark from the Third Estate eco clothing & footware shop, Gail & Graham at Braintree clothing, Will from Will’s Shoes, Sophie & Martin -Permaculture gardens in Oxfordshire) Alex Bourke ‘Vegetarian Guide’ with a new upcoming Paris Issue currently in print, an exchange on a new beige SpaRitual nail varnish, more rose and chai nut milks by Helen and the lovely Conscious Cake Caribbean couple! 🙂
A delicious Rainforest Creations wrap for dinner

Thank you to all the lovely, kind voluntary volunteers who took great care of all the customers whilst I was off hosting at my workshops, in my absence: Salim, Mary, Samantha, Chris K, James Gorman, and the lovely Festival photographer, Vicky Alhadeff from Happy Dogs & Cats (behaviourist) for taking many lovely pics during the children’s non-cookery Drink demos. You are all wonderful! 🙂

Rawfest UK Wild Food Walks: Foraging at the UK’s no. 1Raw & Living Foods Summer Festival

July 21, 2014

RawFestUK Wild Edibles food foraging 2014

Rawfest UK 2014 comprised of 3 days camping\glamping (4 if you’re a performer\crew) in the East Greenstead countryside; comprising of 1 large main field space with camping and a smarter ‘glamping'(glamorous camping… = individual bell-tent-yurts)plus all the marquees for workshops, talks, performances and traders selling all varieties of foods (Pure on Raw are the inventive & delicious main caterers, along with Rawgeous and Mama Tierra) and a variety of healers. There were other stalls selling Indian & Balinese jewellery, clothing and pictures, fermented products, hemp, coconuts, free imploded water, pea, sunflower & wheatgrass shoots & shots, Veggie power-vehicle oil and a selection of other raw foods (mainly desserts). Healers (Massage, Magic-Hat Reiki Facilities inc toilets, taps etc).

There evolved a busy & very varied programme of daytime & evening activities, including my daily Wild Food Foraging walks and talks (for those unable to attend at the practical times).

Next to the main field were a few others ‘Sacred Space’ designated by law, as they possess a similar energy field to that in Glastonbury areas. Walking into these areas felt so beautiful, many of the healing had set up their spaces in here, which felt utterly blissful, just being in that same area. My London friends and I had arrived last Thursday to set up, ready for campers & visitors on Friday, when fellow speaker & international visitor, Loren Lockman and I took a walk around the sacred space area, to look at the medicinal plant foods growing around there. The grass and plants felt like a soft, springy carpet under bare-foot; a delightful way to explore this open wooded countryside.

We identified the following medicinal & edible plants: Blackberries (to ripen over the coming months), Hazelnuts (edible, though still yet unripe),Self heal, growing in patches, all across the uneven lawn; its pretty, purple flowers, bright like bonnets against the bright green grass. Followed by clumps of Plaintain leaves; their seed heads standing up straight on their stalks, awaiting a ‘seed-pod shooting’ game.
A short, little Mallow bush, bearing pale pink blossoms and many seed heads. The group later found baby Sorrel leaves with a strong lemon flavour.
Several clumps of Nettles and Red and White Clover,.

Going into the next field on the right yielded a discovery of Plantago Major the wide-leaf Plantain with a stalk full of seed head, following a later (group) discovery of Wild Mint, clustered by Thistles and a baby Hogweed plant about to flower. A tangled clump of Cleavers grew around a few more mature Hogweeds.

Recommended further reading: In addition to Food for Free, I’ve also fallen in love with the ‘Wildflower Handbook & Key’ by Francis Rose (a huge thanks to the excellent & widely knowledgeable wildsman, Dougal, for his v.welcome suggestion).

Sadly, my copy of Richard Maybe’s ‘Food For Free’ that I’d leant out to one of the female walkers & her daughter has not been returned; if you have it, please contact me ASAP!

For further info on any of the above, please leave your comments below.
Pictures of our walks, to follow, courtesy of Loren Lockman, with grateful thanks 🙂

Nutritional Therapy Clinic in Central London

April 9, 2014

I am now starting up a new Nutrition clinic space, holding Mid-week appointments slots for busy professionals who need treatment in Central London.

The lovely space at the London Natural Health Centre on Theobald’s Rd is situated 5-10 mins from either Holborn or Russell Square stations and offers a wide range of lovely looking therapies. See more of their details on here: http://www.londonnatural.co.uk/

I am going to be available to recieve patients generally for 1hr – 90 mins at the following times: from 10.30 – 6pm Tuesday – Wednesday.  To arrange an appointment, a patient may first contact me if they wish to discuss anything prior to the session and to receive a food diary and questionnaire to complete in advance of any treatment session, which is sent out by email.

Recent Patient Testimonials

“It’s the best breakfast I’ve had in a long time!” Kyra. Actress

“I stopped taking my digestive tablets; my digestion is much better and overall my fitness levels have increased. I can cycle further and have more energy; it’s really good.” Alistair

“I’ve lost 3 lbs in 3 weeks and I don’t feel bad for it; the food is really tasty and I’m making for my grandchildren too.”Anne

“I put out fruit and nuts onto the counter and now my little boy is eating better too.” A.R.

Please feel free to forward & circulate this to your friends & collegues.

Thank you. X

 

Wake up from Winter! Superfood Smoothie Talk & Demo at NYR Blackheath

April 3, 2014

Last night, owner Alina & I were joined by a group of 8 female customers from Blackheath Neal’s Yard Remedies for our Talk & Demo Workshop on healing through superfoods with 3 individual, special smoothies & desserts.

Each ‘Superfood’ is a versatile ingredient in its own right. Initially, here’s what we can do with them, at home: Add to salads, dressings, soups, cereals, desserts and tonight: drinks.

These are fun to make at home; they’re not too sophisticated (or complicated).

We made a fresh Almond milk as a dairy milk alternative, to add protein and fat to the drinks and which slows down the sugar release during the day.

Stress Support, Adrenal Adaptogen

A base of almond milk, banana and berries with added Viridian Omega Oil for EFAs (a blend of flax, hemp, avocado & evening primrose oils) and Rhodiola Root. A delicious, deep pink\purple drink with a creamy texture. Supports the adrenal glands to support against stress eg. revision, exams, a busy day or evening ahead.

Alkaline & Detox Beauty Cleanser

This uses the same base but with added Soul Food Greens – a blend of Spirulina, Seagreens seaweeds, Wheatgrass & Barley Grass powders, plus Omega Oil. A deep purple\green colour to aid in alkalising and reducing acidic affect of processed food or fruit sugar. This helps to rebalance us towards pH7.5 a more balanced state internally. They reduce heavy metals and provide minerals inc. Iron, Magnesium, Sodium and Potassium. Alina informed us that this blend (or Spirulina alone) is a useful travel supplement taken on long-haul flights may reduce jet-lag.

Active Energy; Sports & Fitness 

Again, we used the same fruit & nut milk base and then we added additional soaked Gogi berries (in warm water), Chia seeds, Coconut Oil and Baobab powder. This would add Vitamin C for immunity and cell growth, EFAs & energy metabolism, fibre and many minerals inc Calcium and Vitamin K. Coconut Oil contains Lauric Acid to support muscular growth & development and sports performance.  This is a pretty coral\pink\red colour drink\dessert. This was the group’s firm favourite; possibly due to the added fat from the coconut, Baobab fibre and bright colour! Coconut Oil is also antiseptic, anti-microbial and anti-bacterial. As such, we shared that it is also useful as a treatment against head lice in children, a treatment against internal parasites and as a make-up remover and moisturiser!

All the smoothies turned out to be thicker due to the frozen state of the mixed berries (but would be thinner with more added juice eg.apple or water.) They’d also make an excellent dessert, or frozen into ice cream or lollies for children.

When avoiding fruit or bananas, use the superfood powders along with Avocado for chilled soups, with added vegetables (inc. cucumber, celery, kale, herbs etc). We suggest that you could also use other fruit eg mangos, kiwis, orange, peach, plum, plantain or pears instead of bananas.

Participant Feedback from the Talk & Demo:

“I really like the almond milk. It doesn’t taste like dairy (milk) – It doesn’t have that … cloying effect that cow’s milk has, it’s lighter.” Lindsay

“I really enjoyed it”. Rosie

All products may be purchased through NYR.

There will be more talks planned for the coming months.  Shop location here: http://www.nealsyardremedies.com/blackheath-store

Including Raw Chocolate, a sugar-free, locally handmade chocolate that is good for you!