I adore coffee, unfortunately it’s not mutual.
But I have found a great substitute that is doing wonders for my liver :)

What I forgot to say in the video is that the safe levels for caffeine according to research is 400mg for an average adult and 200mg for a pregnant woman. According to Chemical and Engineering News a Grande coffee from a coffee shop contains 330mg, but this have been disputed by the coffee chain.

The Dandelion coffee that worked for me is the Non Instant Dandelion Coffee from Cotswold Health Products.
I’m sure you can get it online.

XX Lisa

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Make your own nourishing skin cream without any nasty fillers.
What you put on tour skin will end up in your bloodstream and this rose balm is good enough to eat.
X L

 

Gluten Free, Dairy Free Banana Pancakes

3 Eggs, 2 Bananas 1 Cup of Rice Flower and a Teaspoon of Cinnamon is ALL you need to make these yummy pancakes.
I got the recipe from my sister in Stockholm and I’m beyond pleased with the result.
I especially like when there’s only a few ingredients involved.
And since pancakes taste especially good the ay after an extra fun night, I want to keep it simple :)

XL

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I love to start the day with a big proper green vegetable juice, but some days I just don’t have the time or the energy.
That’s when the above mixture comes in handy.
It’s also perfect for fussy eaters like one of my kids who is not keen on thick smoothies.

You need one glass of Coconut Water (without added flavourings!) a handful of green leaves and a handful of frozen berries.
Put it in your blender (a hand blender works fine) and you got a super refreshing and healthy morning drink!

I’m obsessed with by trying to get the kids to eat vegetables before they are off to school in the morning and this drink works really well at the moment!

If you got kids who are slightly suspicious of new things you can add a tiny bit of stevia for extra sweetness until they get used to it.

3 tablespoons of green leaves counts as one serving of vegetables and they are a great source of Magnesium.
Magnesium deficiency is very common and drinking coffee has been associated with increased excretion of this important mineral that you really need especially when you are stressed.

Berries are such goodies, beautiful taste and jammed packed with health promoting antioxidants. I keep bags of organic berries in the freezer for when I need them.

XL

Healthy Apple Crumble

This apple crumble is an all-time favourite in my house, it’s warm, comforting and sweet without using any sugar.

Ingredients list:
4 Apples
3 Tablespoons of juice from an orange
12 Dates
1/3 Cup Rolled Oats
1/2 Cup Desiccated Coconut
1 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
1 teaspoon Coconut nectar (optional)

Directions:
Preheat the own to 170 degrees C
Peel, core and slice the apples
Place a third of the sliced apples in a mixing bowl, put aside for later
Place the rest of the apples, the orange juice and 3 dates in a food processor and mix until it’s like applesauce in consistency, Then add it to mixing bowl and stir with the sliced apples.
Crumble: Put the desiccated coconut, oats, dates, cinnamon and coconut nectar in the food processor until it’s crumbly.
spared the apple mixture in an own dish and the add the crumble on top.
Cook in the own for 20-25 minutes of until the top is golden.

XX Lisa

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There were lot’s of Kale in this weeks veg-box and I had prepped a big bowl of chickpeas at the beginning of the week so making this quick super-nutritious dish was a no brainer, I actually had the leftovers for breakfast this morning!

Who says you can’t have proper food for breakfast, is so much better than cereal or yoghurt and it keep you full for so much longer and.

Kale is a cruciferous vegetable and you probably know how amazing they are.
They are associated with lower risk of developing cancer and are also really important in helping the body detoxifying itself. You should make sure you include cruciferous vegetables in your diet every day.

Chickpeas will keep hunger at bay and is a great source of fiber, protein, folic acid and manganese. Reserchers have also found that a diet high in legymes like chickpeas can prevent diabetes.

There’s also avocado in this recipie which is amazing for your skin :)

Ingredients:
Kale
Chickpeas
1 Avocado
I small red onion
Parsley (not necessary)
Olive oil
Lemon
Garlic
Salt & pepper
Tiny amount of stevia or coconut nectar

Directions:
1.Remove the stalks from the Kale (they can be juiced later) and cut it up into small pieces (I like everything in small pieces).
2. Dice the avocado.
3. Chop the onion into small pieces.
4. If I have I will also add some finely chopped parsley
5. Make the dressing: Mix 3 tablespoons of olive oil with a crushed garlic, lemon juice, salt and pepper and a tiny amount of stevia or coconut nectar to taste.
6. Add Chickpeas (around 300-400g) and everything else into a mixing bowl and toss. Serve or save for later it tastes almost better the day after.
XL

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Do you easily get bruised?
That could be an indication you need to include more flavonoids and vitamin C in your diet.

Flavonoids and Vitamin C help protect blood vessels from rupture or leakage, without them the capillary walls may start to leak and to much protein and fluids escapes.
Researchers believe that flavonoids and Vitamin C they are working together by improving each others antioxidant activity.

If you are a woman and also suffer from heavy periods It can be a sign that you need to eat a lot more fruit and vegetables.

Other symptoms to look out for are breast tenderness, frequent colds and infections, haemorrhoids and thread veins.

Flavonoids are substances found in plants and they are basically responsible for all the brilliant colours of yellow, orange, red, blue and purple in fruits, berries and vegetables.

Good sources are  dark  coloured berries like blueberries, bilberries and blackberries, as well as grapes.

If it got a fab (natural) colour you want to eat it!

There are also a lot of flavonoids in the pith and peel of citrus fruits.

A great way to make sure you get enough flavonoids is so to add some grated lime or other citrus fruit to your soup, stew or in your smothie.
Cooking destroys some of the activity so it’s best to add it at the end.

XL

Kimchi

Hot, spicy and salty the Korean traditional fermented cabbage dish Kimchi is a delicious and super nutritious!
This is how you make it at home:

Kimchi:
1 Chinese cabbage
1 mooli radish or 4 red ones
1 turnip
2 carrots
50g ginger root
5 garlic cloves
6 chillies
1 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp cinnamon
optional: seaweed, fish sauce

XX Lisa

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We all know that to much sugar is bad for us, the more we devour the more insulin the body produce.
This in turn makes us fat, increases our appetite, increase the amount of fat that goes into storage AND it blocks the ability of the body to use stored fat as energy!

And it’s the fructose in sugar which is mostly responsible.

Ordinary sugar contains 50% glucose and 50% fructose. Glucose travels around the body and is used as fuel or is turned into fat but fructose does not travel around, it stays put in the abdomen and the liver turns it into visceral tummy fat….

As you probably know fat can be either stored under the skin or inside the abdomen, the fat in the abdomen that’s covering the organs is the visceral fat that gives an apple shape and it’s very unhealthy.

In a trial a 2 groups were asked to drink beverages on top of their normal diet, one group had their drinks sweetened with glucose and the other with fructose, after 10 weeks both groups had gained the same amount of weight but the glucose group had gained fat evenly around their bodies whereas the fructose group had gained a lot more dangerous visceral fat on the middle.

Fructose is being pushed as a healthy alternative, it has low GI (does not affect blood sugar so much) but this is only because the liver turns it into visceral fat.

There is More:

Fructose can also deactivate leptin, which our bodies produce when we have had enough to eat.
Without it we would feel hungry all the time, and if that was not enough leptin also boosts metabolism AND helps the body use fat stores as energy!

So as you can see calorie counting is such I waste of time It’s all about how the body deals with the food.

The worst fructose out there is High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) a cheep and very sweet substance derived from corn. You’ll find it in soft drinks, cakes biscuits, processed foods basically. HFCS can contain up to 90% fructose.

Bring a magnifying glass when you go shopping!

But what about the fructose in fruits?
Whole fruits are different they come with important fibre and are packed with health promoting nutrients, so you should defiantly include fruits in your diet!
But when juicing think more in the lines of fresh vegetables, berries and herbs and use only small amounts of fruits in your juice.
Especially apple and pear juice on their own contain way to much sugar, but as whole fruits they are great!

XX Lisa

new prod Kit 6 years old!
Hi there, life took over there for a while :) but I’m back!

I found a couple of new helpful and healthy products in my local health food store that I want to recommend.
(For the record I have nothing to do with any of these companies)

The first one are yummy Chia Pods. They come in different flavours like mango, blueberry, banana and vanilla. They are made from fruit purée, coconut milk and chia seeds. Of course it’s beyond easy to make your own, but you have to prepare them a couple of hours before serving. I had a bunch of kids over for a play date the other day and served these pods as a healthy pudding as chia seeds contains important omega 3 fatty acids and fibre.

Apart from butter, we are a dairy free family and rely on rice milk as a milk substitute. I was super pleased to finally find a rice milk made from brown rice! It means there’s a bigger chance some of the nutrients from the rice are still there :) This one is from Rude health. I tastes almost exactly the same as white rice milk and I do like the packaging as well.

Spaghetti made from legumes are popping up all over, I’m big on legumes and beans anyway and this is a fab contribution to my none-gluten-pasta-collection.

I have written about Co Yo coconut yoghurts before, but the raw chocolate flavour was new to me. Blinking hell it was amazing! It contains coconut milk, cacao, tapioca starch and xylitol.

XX Lisa

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