I just love beetroot, its so nutritious, a great detoxifier and blood pressure normaliser and recent research actually showed an almost immediate improvement in cognitive function in a group of elderly subjects immediately after drinking fresh beetroot juice! So if you are concerned about your memory and drink too much wine, which lets face it is probably most of us, then eat more beetroot! It provides great support for the liver and widens the arteries resulting in improved blood flow to the brain!
I made this recipe last night and it was so delicious, I wanted to share it. Its so simple and so healthy. and can be eaten warm or cold so would be great for a healthy lunch!
1 pack of vaccum packed beetroot (about 300-400g)
1 tin chopped tomatoes or a 4 or 5 fresh tomatoes, chopped
1 onion, finely chopped
1 red pepper, finely chopped
1/4 cup sundried tomatoes
2 medjool dates, pitted and chopped
2 or 3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
1 tablespoon fresh thyme and oregano or 1 tsp dried mixed herbs
1 tsp paprika
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
a few sliced olives to garnish (optional)
1 tablespoon olive oil or the oil from the sun dried tomatoes
Heat the oil in a pan, then add the onion and cook for 5 minutes on medium heat.
Add the chopped pepper and garlic and continue to cook for another 5 minutes.
Add the chopped tomatoes, sun dried tomatoes, chopped dates, beetroot, herbs and paprika and continue to cook on a low heat for around 15 minutes.
I blitzed half the sauce with a hand blender and left the other half chunky for a bit of texture. Season with himalyan sea salt and black pepper then stir in a tablespoon balsamic vinegar.
Serve over spiralised veggies, and garnish with fresh herbs and sliced olives for an extra omega 3 boost!
It would also be lovely on spelt or wholegrain pasta!
A spiraliser is worth investing in, its like a potato peeler or a julienne peeler and just creates thin strips of raw veggies, perfect for courgettes and carrots and a brilliant way of getting more veggies into your diet.
...your health in your hands......
Since the weather has improved and we are all baring our arms and legs in summer shorts and dresses I thought I’d share my fantastically easy sugar scrub recipe. Using this will leave your skin exfoliated, moisturised and smooth as a babies bottom! It’s also great at preventing shaving rash on your legs.
Sugar makes a wonderful scrub, its naturally exfoliating and you can use any kind from demerara to light brown or just standard white stuff, however that’s where the benefits of sugar end!
If anyone ever sees me with a bag of white sugar in my shopping basket, I can assure you it’s to make this scrub!!
I think we are all aware how bad for us refined sugar is. It really has no nutritional value, other than giving us a quick burst of energy which is quickly followed by a slump and a craving for more sweet stuff!
It depletes our immune system, is stored on our body as fat, causes wrinkles, dulls our brain, causes inflammation and is linked with pretty much every chronic disease.
It is also highly addictive, more so than cocaine, as a recent study found so really its best to avoid it as much as you can!
Anyway I digress but I can’t resist the opportunity to spread the word on how damaging sugar actually is!
YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!
Health is about more than what we eat, it’s also about the products we use on our skin. Most people don’t really relate to body lotions and make up causing negative health effects but I can assure you they really do.
What we put onto our skin is absorbed into our bloodstream and from there any artificial ingredients will be stored out of harms way in our fat cells, causing cellulite and eventually leading to other health problems.
Both HRT patches and nicotine patches work in this way, the active ingredients are absorbed through our skin and enter our bloodstream, where they do their job.
When you consider there are hundreds of chemicals used in beauty products, which most of us use daily, then you can see how easily using these products can start to impact negatively on our health.
A list of the most damaging chemicals can be found at http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/
A simple answer is to simplify your beauty routine and make a few products yourself using simple ingredients without any nasty chemicals. This sugar scrub couldn’t be simpler, it works, its cheap, smells divine, saves you time and you won’t be polluting the environment.
It also makes a lovely gift, tied with a ribbon!
Those wee nanoparticles which are used in many upmarket scrubs are awful for the environment and are polluting our oceans so please don’t buy them!!
Nature always has a healthier alternative!
I’m sure most of you already have all the ingredients to mix up a batch of sugar scrub right now. All you need is granulated sugar, desiccated coconut, olive oil and some essential oils or some lemon and lime zest and a glass jar to store it in!
Here is the recipe:
2 cups sugar
1 cup olive oil or sunflower oil
2 tablespoons desiccated coconut (optional)
Finely grated zest of 1 lemon and 1 lime or 20 drops of your favourite essential oil
Simply mix all the ingredients in your glass jar and use daily for soft and glowing skin!
I generally have a shower first, then use the scrub, then rinse it off leaving lovely soft moisturised skin.
My favourite essential oils are:
…Lavender - relaxing and healing
…grapefruit - detoxing and reviving and great for shifting cellulite
…lemon - clears congested and oily skin, lifts the spirits, stimulates the mind and boosts concentration
…rosemary - great for aching muscles and circulation problems, eases headaches and stimulates the memory
Both grapefruit and lemon are phototoxic so avoid direct sunlight for 12 hrs after use.
Word of warning, be careful you don’t slip in the shower after using your scrub!
Dry body brushing is a great accompaniment to using a body scrub.
It will boost your lymphatic system, reduce cellulite and start to shift toxins, which is always good and will also get rid of old dead skin cells.
Do your body brushing on dry skin before you have a shower.
Simply brush your skin briskly towards your heart, starting with your feet and working your way up your body, avoiding any sensitive areas like your chest. You will feel your skin tingling all over!
It’s a simple and a great habit to adopt so give it a go, your body will thank you!!
Here’s to a summer of glowing, healthy skin!
……..your health in your hands…..
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