This year, I have completed 27 assignments, 273 student clinic hours, graduated with a distinction average from my nutritional medicine degree…
I’m sure you’ve heard of them before… but have you tried kale chips yet?
Kale chips are a hit in my family and a delicious way to get leafy green veg into the kids’ diet. They are rich in anti-cancer properties too, just like broccoli, cabbage and brussel sprouts.
They’re also really easy!…
I am all for baking! I absolutely love baking… and, let’s be honest, eating my baking. But I no longer have any desire for high-sugar, wheat-filled, inflammatory and unhealthy muffins and cakes! No thank you! Gluten-free whole-food healthy baking and treats for us now.
My intolerances led me to gluten-free baking, but it’s my desire for a healthier lifestyle that has kept me creating new and healthier treats. There is really no need to eat a lot of processed sugar, and we all know it’s not healthy. The less sugar you eat, the healthier you’ll be.
Fruit has the benefit of being the whole package – fibre, vitamins and minerals, in a perfectly sweet package. This allows the slow release of energy over time, keeping us fuller for longer, and without spikes and troughs in our blood sugar (which can lead to disease over time). Using bananas for sweetness is a perfect way to get a tasty treat without added sugar, and some B vitamins for energy, to boot! **And now, a new apple quinoa crumble version below!…
With all types of food intolerance, comes an underlying gut problem. Heal your gut and your body will react less. Your body is reacting to foods because there’s an imbalance of bacteria and ‘leaky gut’. If you have ongoing gut symptoms, emotional problems, skin issues or multiple sensitivities, then a good old gut healing protocol may be just what you need.
I’d be surprised if you said yes! There aren’t many people who do. Some say chemical sensitivity is the only type of food intolerance, others say it’s all about IgG. When in truth, both exist and are very real for the people suffering from them. The key to the riddle is knowing how to test for each type.
Deliciously flavoursome, a little sweet (from the pumpkin) and gently fragrant (from the basil). This easy risotto makes a lovely meal with grilled chicken or fish and some fresh greens. Only takes about 10 minutes to prep and throw everything in, then set and forget.
Works well with substitutions to keep the salicylates moderate. For the rest of us, it’s very sticky and rich and full of vegetable goodness….
These little balls of love are perfect for entertaining or just savouring on the couch after dinner. They are loved equally by kids and adults and they’re easily adapted for various intolerances.
As always, they’re gluten and dairy free and can be made with low-moderate food chemicals. If you’re ok with cacao/cocoa – then please feel free to use it, but the great thing about these bliss balls, is they taste and smell like chocolate, without the chocolate. So if you’re intolerance to amines, or theobromine, or caffeine, you can enjoy a chocolatey treat without the reaction. The cocoa butter smells just like chocolate, so the blissful hormones are triggered before you’ve even taken a bite!
Mix and match with your favourite nuts and seeds and whole food sweeteners, or make just like me, with cashews, carob and rice malt syrup, so anyone with a salicylate or amine intolerance can enjoy a delicious treat, that’s also full of goodness and nutrient-dense. Please enjoy!
Salads don’t have to be boring. It feels good to be healthy – both inside and out. And if you’re a foodie, you have to do it with taste!
Beetroot and pumpkin are delicious roasted – especially if you can get a little caramelisation on the pumpkin. Tossed through with a sweet balsamic and olive oil dressing, some fresh greens and salty goat’s cheese, it’s a delicious, warming autumn salad.
For anyone with an intolerance to salicylates or amines, extra virgin olive oil isn’t a great option….
But being a nutritionist, my self-made mission in life is to turn tasty treats into healthy tasty treats.
These one cover off healthy – tick! – and also intolerance friendly – tick tick! They are packed full of fibre and protein from the chickpeas and more protein and zinc from the cashews, so they’re going to keep you fuller for longer and not send your blood sugar into a spike. They are also made with a whole food sweetener that’s also packed with vitamins and minerals (and not completely devoid of nutrients, like processed sugar). If you’d like a fructose-free option, that there too.
You can mix these up with different nut butters and seeds, but I’ve kept them low in salicylates and amines for those of us who need that. Stay away from those store-bought, sugar-laden biccies that are no good for you, and probably full of palm sugar too (which is leading to deforestation and the destruction of many beautiful animal species). Try these instead. As always, they are super quick and easy, and make the perfect after school snack with a piece of fruit :)…
Who doesn’t love pancakes??? These ones are packed full of nutrition and fibre, are gluten and dairy free and can be made with low – moderate salicylates and amines.
Whole grain flours such as buckwheat, sorghum and brown rice add fibre and B vitamins to your diet and keep you fuller for longer, maintaining even blood sugar (without the spikes you get from white flours). I use bananas for sweetness, and even more B vitamins and fibre, and carrots for a healthy serve of beta-carotene, the precursor to vitamin A, which really does help your eyesight!
Choosing a whole food sweetener on top, such as real maple syrup, rather than refined sugar, gives your body nutrients too. Refined sugar is energy without nutrients, and too much causes a multitude of health problems. Limit your sugar intake for better health, and always choose an unrefined option, such as raw honey, maple syrup, coconut palm sugar or panela, or if you need a low salicylate or low fructose option, rice malt syrup is the best.
Enjoy these dense and healthful pancakes that the family will love….