Fruity Frozen Yoghurt

Despite the current climate, I have had mad cravings for fro-yo of late. This recipe is both dairy free and refined sugar free, and it hits the spot every time! It’s sweet, creamy, tangy and ice-cold, and it takes just seconds to whizz up!

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Serves 2 (or, occasionally, one very greedy Courtney)

Ingredients

2 freshly frozen medium bananas
Generous 1/2 cup of frozen mixed berries
1 tbsp vanilla protein (I use a vegan sprouted brown rice protein sweetened a little with stevia)
1/4 cup almond milk
3 heaped tbsp natural coconut yoghurt (I used the delicious CO YO natural coconut yoghurt)

Instructions

Pop everything into your blender and blitz until smooth and creamy! I use an Omniblend blender at home, and to achieve a really smooth and creamy consistency, I start out on low speed until everything is roughly mixed and then give it about ten seconds at full speed. Voila!

This fro-yo would be lovely topped with cacao nibs, carob chips, chopped nuts, goji berries, granola… You name it! I have also been known to add a heaped tsp or two of maca powder to the blender for added superfood benefits.

Love and peace xxx

The Most Scrumptious Creamy Tahini Dressing!

I am not exaggerating when I say that we go through a jar of tahini every. single. week. here at the Elkins mansion. It is one of my best and most FAVOURITE things (to eat) in the world!

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I put it on sprouted toast with turmeric and salt, I add it to smoothies, I put lashings of it over miso spread on rice cakes, I dip figs and banana into it, I put dollops of it on pancakes, pizza, salad… You name it, I’ve probably put tahini on it. Continue reading

The Green Smoothie

Some time ago – never mind how long precisely – I found myself bombarded with talk (and posts) of green juices and smoothies. I wondered if this was just a trend, and not actually as all-important for our health as some were making it out to be, but – being the food/health lover that I am – I looked further into the green revolution. And jumped right on board!

Nowadays, I kick off most mornings with a green juice or smoothie, and I must say I really enjoy the ritual. In fact, the whole family shares a pitcher – my one year old Freddy is the latest addition to the craze… As soon as we pour the green goodness into our glasses, he starts hanging off us – howling with a pitiful fake cry until he has successfully acquired a bright green moustache.

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Salted Choc-Orange Bliss Balls and a Word About Sugar

These bliss balls are like healthy versions of truffles! Rich with sweet jaffery goodness and buttery soft – they go down a treat with an almond milk chai tea or latte – and they are incredibly easy to put together!

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I make some version of these little gems every week, because I know that around  three o’clock every day I’m going to want me some afternoon tea… And munching away on one or two bliss balls (ok, so maybe I don’t always stop at that) not only satisfies my sweet cravings, but gives me a boost of energy and keeps me full until dinner time! Continue reading

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

How it all began…

I very much like the idea of balance in life. Sadly, however, I’ve never been particularly great with creating it. All work, no play. All play, no work. Smashing an entire family size box of Favourites (in my defense I ASSUMED others were eating from the box. They weren’t). Counterbalanced by eating only salad the following day. Boo… Classic Courts.

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 Some important facts about me: I love God, I love people and I love food. In the past, I have had a tendency to be a little ‘all or nothing’ in each of these areas. Not a super helpful way to operate. SO… These days, I’m attempting to find a more healthy balance because I’m aware that how I feel emotionally – nay how I LIVE & INTERACT WITH THIS WORLD – is determined (for better or worse) by whether or not I am keeping my relationships with God, people and food sweet! Continue reading