NATURES SKITTLES

The other day I caught myself out by saying “oooo if you are feeling sick eat white foods… they are apparently good for your immune system” and then followed by listing off all of the white coloured foods I could think of… Onion, garlic, mushrooms, leeks, cauliflower… and then I stopped realising that I had only ‘heard’ this once and had NO IDEA why or if it was true.

So here is the dirt behind why certain food colours mean certain things to our body and why.

WHITE = IMMUNITY (beta-glucans); Immune system. Ok so I was right here. White foods activate our natural killer cells and reduce cancer risk whilst strengthening our immune systems

RED = HEART (lycopene); improves heart and blood health, supports joints and increases circulation.

ORANGE = VISION (beta-carotene); boosts eye and skin health and may decrease your risk of developing cancer

YELLOW = BEAUTY (carotenoids); stimulates digestion and promotes collagen growth for radiant youthful skin and strong bones

BLUE/PURPLE = AGING (anthocyanins); powerful healing antioxidants for retinal health and vision, assisting with healthy aging and improving memory

GREEN = DETOXING (chlorophyll); powerful detoxers, improves oxygenation and normalises digestion

So now when mum says “eat your greens” you can turn around and say “but what about my reds and whites too?”

K

CARB IT UP

If there is one word in the health and fitness industry that makes people confused and nervous it would have to be CARBS!! Mention the word carbs to a friend or work colleague and you are better get comfy because chances are you are in for an epic convo/essay. Everyone has read some glossy fitspo mag which seems to claim the secret low down on carbs. Only problem is, next months issue will probably be claiming something different. Continue reading “CARB IT UP”

HOW MUCH PROTEIN DO I NEED?

Ok so this is a bit of a controversial topic and depending on what you read you will get a variety of different opinions and answers. Well it’s the case with every topic right? Eat this, don’t eat that. Take this, don’t take that. Continue reading “HOW MUCH PROTEIN DO I NEED?”

BOLOGNESE EGGPLANT STACK

The best part about my delicious Bolognese ragu recipe >>HERE is that it can be used for much more than just your spag bol! Continue reading “BOLOGNESE EGGPLANT STACK”

HOME-MADE SMASHED TOMATO SAUCE

Growing up with an Italian best friend I was always excited when I heard of the upcoming ‘tomato sauce day’. All I could imagine was my friend, her Nonna and huge Italian family standing in buckets of tomatoes squashing them with their feet. Although she constantly reminded me that this was NOT the case and that they had machines to squash the tomatoes now, I always wondered. No where near as fun if you ask me but much more hygienic!!

Alas you don’t have to be Italian or have a Nonna to have your own delicious hand made organic tomato sauce. This recipe is so easy and can be used for soups, pasta sauces, baked eggs, meatballs, gnocchi, pizza sauce and plenty more. Give it a go…

HOME-MADE SMASHED TOMATO SAUCE

1.5kg fresh tomatoes

1 brown onion

3 garlic cloves

small handful of basil or oregano

large pinch of salt and pepper

1 tsp sweetness (honey, maple or stevia)

2 Tablespoons of butter

 

METHOD: In  a large pot fry up the onion, garlic and herbs in butter. Add the tomatoes whole and sautee for 5 minutes. When they are soft and starting to peel themselves, smash them with a fork or potato masher. Or carefully pour mixture into a food processor and blend until smooth.

Leave to cool before transferring to a large jar/jars. You will have lots of tomato sauce to put some into takeaway containers and freeze for later.

K

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