The Lowdown on Soaking Nuts and All That Jazz

I know, I know; it all sounds very strange and silly. But the reality is the practice of soaking is very important for keeping your tummy happy (and super easy to accomplish) so stay with me!

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What’s with all the soaking?

Nuts, seeds, grains and legumes all contain a nutritional inhibitor and toxic substance called phytic acid that makes them very hard to digest. Eating too much of these foods without treating them can lead to nasty things like digestive issues, mineral deficiency and bone loss, as the phytic acid latches onto calcium, magnesium, copper, iron and zinc in the intestinal tract and block their absorption and goodness.

You see, in the days of old, after these foods had been harvested, they were stored outside in the open and exposed to the elements, which helped to naturally break down all their bad bits and bring about germination – or sprouting. So, by the time they reached the dining table they were far more digestible! Continue reading

My Everyday Rainbow Salad Bowl

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For those of you who need a healthy, tasty and easy on-the-go option for lunch, this rainbow salad bowl ticks all the boxes! I have a couple of teacher friends I’m thinking of in particular and, during a recent (epic) girls night, they shared with me how they find it difficult to put something creative and yummy together quickly, that will keep their tummies happy and their brains switched on! I make some version of this salad nearly EVERY DAY for lunch and don’t tire of it! Continue reading

Checking In!

As I have mentioned before, there is a regular pattern in my life wherein I do too much all at once and then, well… crash!

This afternoon, I’m checking in – keeping it real, if you will, to admit that I am teetering on the edge. I am spent, and ready for a holiday! Fiji would do the trick… Anyway, I digress.

It has been a full on few weeks; there’s been first birthday prep, sleepless nights (thanks to YOU hot weather…), spring cleaning, one too many sweet binges – albeit the healthy variety – and, on an incredibly sad note, the funeral of someone young and wonderful. Does anyone else find grief to be physically draining as well as emotionally?

Just one of those months where it is both raining and pouring. You know what I’m talking about. I feel like I am just staying afloat rather than moving forward… But I like moving forward so much better!!! Continue reading

Flourless Two Minute Chocolate Mug Cake

I have a problem. My sweet tooth is arguably the worst case the world has ever seen…

Thus, after quitting sugar, I had to become somewhat creative in the sweets department. There have been some mishaps. Epic fails some might say. But this chocolate mug cake is most assuredly not one of them!!! It is, in fact, up there with my most favourite recipes! It’s quick, easy and delicious – and fills my gigantic dessert void – while being healthy nuff for breakfast!

They make a regular appearance on my table, and I hope you enjoy them as much as I have (many, many, many, many, many times). Continue reading

The Real Deal: Superkraut

Back in the good old days when people lived off the fat of the land, wore fancy clothes and made deep dish pies and homestyle fried chicken, lacto-fermented veggies were as common as muck.

Jars as far as the eye could see filled with preserved cucumbers, cabbage, beetroot, radish, carrot – you name it! And all without the use of canning machines or freezers.

Sally Fallon, author of Nourishing Traditions (GREAT read) is a huge proponent of fermenting various fruits and veggies with the help of lactic acid because of its many benefits. Here is an excerpt from her website (www.westonaprice.org): Continue reading