All posts filed under: Nutrition

Light Bites | Salsa Verde

Summer is here!!! And not just on the calendar, we are having glorious weather in Ireland. It’s so unusual. I am still shocked every morning when I wake up to sunshine and I can take my morning coffee outside!! It’s such a treat. I’ll cry when it goes ;-( But the sunshine definitely poses some problems in the kitchen. For me anyway, I’m not used to cooking for this weather. My small man wouldn’t eat a salad if I bribed him with all the Lego in Legoland and my big man wouldn’t be that keen either… This evening all I wanted was fresh and light, but filling and something the rest of them would actually eat. And most importantly, I didn’t want to have to turn the oven on for very long (#sweating)! I had all of these gorgeous herbs brightening up my kitchen, thriving away in the sunshine and the staple garlic, strong mustard, capers and olive oil so I hatched a plan to make some Salsa Verde. I grilled some free range chicken …

Basic Hummus | 3 Inspired Flavours

I’m a big fan of hummus. It’s versatile, filling, healthy, tasty…what more could you want? Hummus is a particularly good source of nutrition for women as chickpeas are a good source of calcium and magnesium (good for bone health) and vitamin B6 can help support a healthy nervous system, immune system and boost your good mood factor. As well as the chickpeas, tahini, another central ingredient of hummus, is an excellent source healthy fats and amino acids and can help balance hormones. To keep lunch interesting during the week, I like to make a double batch of a plain hummus base, split it into two or three portions and add other ingredients that I have to hand. This helps to up the nutrient quality of the dish and also helps to make things a little more fancy! This week, I had some gorgeous fresh beetroot with my veg box, so I roasted them to make a Hot Pink Hummus, which was amazing. I had a fresh Coriander plant brightening up my kitchen and as Coriander …

Veg Box | Meal Planning

If you’re like me and the contents of your weekly veg box are a surprise, you’ll know you have be super organised to make the most of it. The beauty of subscribing to a veg box scheme is that you know you are getting “picked yesterday” freshness, you’re supporting local growers and you’re eating as the seasons intended. It’s all really good stuff. There is a teeny, tiny challenge though and that’s avoiding food waste. When your box is a surprise, it really is up to you to get as organised as you are creative. Wednesday’s are veg box days for me, so I do all of my meal planning on this day. I feel I’ve turned meal planning into a bit of an art so let me share my method with you! I assess the contents of my box and let all the gorgeous fresh ingredients inspire me. I look at my families schedule for the week and let that bring me back down to earth πŸ˜‰ I do a quick scan of the …

Juice Box |Vit Hit C

I have a bit of a love/dislike (hate is too strong!) relationship with juicing. I absolutely love how it makes me feel, but I really dislike all the prep and washing the juicer! So I tend to go through phases. Right now I’m into juicing in a big way. I’ve started getting a Juicing Box delivered with my weekly Veg box from Rocket DeliveriesΒ and I can’t help but be super inspired seeing this rainbow coming through my door every week. Keeping my immune system supported is my number one priority right now as there are so many colds and flus doing the rounds I’m in need of some serious nutritional support. Juicing is amazing for boosting your daily intake of nutrients as the body metabolises it much quicker without the fiber. Helpful as well if you are sick with a diminished appetite! This week I had all of the right ingredients to make a juice really high in vitamin C. Heavy on citrus fruits, this juice is super tangy to taste with the added bonus …

The “Anything” Scramble | Thai Style

I frequently find myself scrambling (excuse the terrible pun!) to make myself something to eat. My family schedule is erratic at best, but generally it is completely chaotic. No matter how are hard I try and get organised, I regularly find myself an hour away from a yoga class without having eaten. Everyone else manages to get fed…except for me 😦 So to say I rely on eggs a lot would be a vast understatement. Quick, full of protein, tasty…perfect. But the handy boiled egg and toast scenario can get old pretty fast so I do love spicing things up with whatever eclectic fayre I have in the fridge. Thursdays are always a good day to make my eggs a little more interesting. I have a lot of classes on a Thursday and as it’s nearing the end of the week the energy levels are pretty low, but it’s also Veg Box day (yay!). So this week I had an eclectic mix of shiitake mushrooms (which I was anticipating making a nice soup, see recipe …

Veg Box | Mushroom Soup

I absolutely love mushrooms. They are quick, satisfying, meaty in a non-meaty way and taste delicious. They’re super healthy too, which is always a bonus! Not many people know that mushrooms are one of the very few non-animal sources of Vitamin D. Amazing if, like me, you live in a country which has very little sunshine (thank you Ireland, love you ;-0). If you want to really up the anti in terms of medicinal qualities, shiitake mushrooms are where it’s at. Shiitake “contain lentinan, which has anti – cancer, antiviral, and antibacterial properties” (Healing Foods, Neal’s Yard, pg.91) which provide massive support for your immune system. All very good and very necessary! So whatever way you want to take your mushrooms is good, but eating them in a soup is probably the best. Especially if your going to include shiitake as they normally come dried and a soup is a great way to soften them and get all the good stuff from the water they were soaked in. Below is my take on the humble …

Tomato + Avocado Salsa

Tomato + Avocado Salsa Is there anything more divine than a fresh off the vine tomato? Paired with garlic and avocado you’re onto a winner. If you’re local to the South West Kerry region be sure to make out Kim and her market stall Rocket Deliveries at the Caherciveen Farmer’s Market on Friday and the market at Ballinskelligs on Sundays! Enjoy!! xx Alex

Simple Courgette Salad

  Ingredients 1 Courgette 2-3 Tblsp Pumpkin Seeds Drizzle Good Quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil Drizzle Good Quality Balsamic Vinegar Sea Salt + Black Pepper Method Toast your pumpkin seeds in a non-stick pan on a medium heat. You will know they are done when they start popping. Meanwhile, wash and dry your courgette and grate on the course side of the cheese grater. Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl with your olive oil and vinegar to your taste (about 1 tablespoon of both is perfect) and serve immediately. Great on its own for lunch or as a side for dinner. Health Info Courgettes are a good source of potassium and vitamin C. The skins are a great source of fibre and eating raw courgette is very alkalising. The water content combined with the fibre make this a great low cal, filling option if your looking for something light. Pumpkin Seeds are little powerhouses. They contain magnesium and manganese, copper, protein and zinc and can also have an alkalising effect on the body. …