Avocados are so healthy, they contain fabulous monounsaturated fat that is easily used as energy and keeps you skin looking great!
They are full of health boosting nutrients like vitamin E, K, A, C and the B’s, and contains more potassium than a medium banana.
It’s good for keeping cholesterol levels and blood sugar levels healthy and it has also also anti-inflammatory properties.
Avocados contains the master antioxidant, glutathione, which prevents aging!
I’ve been trying to feed the kids avocados since I started weaning them, but they won’t have any of it!! Until now!!
They of course have no idea this amazing chocolate mousse is based on avocados, so obviously I have to make this pudding when I’m alone in the kitchen.
Avocado Chocolate Mousse Recipe:
2 ripe avocados
1/4 cup coconut nectar (you’ll fin this in health stores)
1 1/2 – 2 tablespoons of cacao powder
juice from 1/2 organge
(put it in the fridge for a few hours before serving )
A gorgeous scented candle is an everyday luxury associated with relaxing me-time, unfortunately that lovely candle might also make your home toxic.
So what’s the problem:
Some candles produce toxic chemicals that cause problems for our health especially for children and for people with asthma and excema and weak immune systems.
Scented candles produce more soot than un-scented ones and with that comes particles of tin, lead and cadmium. It’s also the actual scent that cause problems some of the ingredients have been linked to hormonal and reproductive problems and even cancer. Chemicals in some scented candles might also harm your nervous system, heart and circulatory system.
But all is not lost!!
This is what you can do to minimize the bad health effects:
1. Stay clear of the mass-produced cheap candles made from paraffin wax (a by-product of the petroleum industry), synthetic fragrances and dyes and colourings. These are not good for your health! Unfortunately the majority of scented candles sold in the UK belongs to this category.
2. If you happen to come across a candle with a wick made of metal, bin it, lead can be omitted out into your room.
3. Make sure the candle you burn is made from Beeswax or Soy and that the fragrance is made from natural perfumes. Yes, it means that your candle will be top of the range and expensive!
4. Never ever burn a scented candle around babies and children, not even the natural ones!!
5. Make sure the room is well ventilated. A small bathroom is not an ideal place!
6. Don’t let the candle burn for hours on end, with a good quality candle this should not even be necessary..
Just because I avoid sugar and chemically laden candy doesn’t mean my 2 boys are on the same page, FAR from it!
I would never forbid them to eat candy and cakes when they are with friends but at home I try to come up with OK alternatives.
I have to say I was pretty happy with the Organic Raw Chocolate Covered Mulberries I found in my local health food store the other day.
Dried fruit should be eaten with slight caution because of the high sugar content but Mulberries contains quite large amounts of proteins so they are a good choice.
They are also a good source of Vitamin C, Iron, Potassium, Magnesium and Vitamin K, and Raw Cacao comes with lovely antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
But did they taste any good?
I was sold, so was my 9-year-old, by the time we picked up his little brother, the bag was empty so we don’t know if it was a thumbs up from him as well..
The other day I saw a beautifully cut plain cotton t-shirt from a top end british designer (no names, but she don’t use leather) the t-shirt was made from organic cotton Yay!….BUT it’s dry clean only… It’s so irritating!
Of course you can wash it in 30 degrees, but it’s so annoying these people are not fully onboard.
They make the effort producing a t-shirt in organic cotton, but then they slap a dry cleaning label on when it’s not necessary! So no, I didn’t get it.
There are around 80.000 chemicals on the market and new ones are introduced every year.
Only a small proportion of these have been tested for the long-term effects on our health.
Children are more at risk from these toxins because of rapid cell division when they grow.
One of these hazardous chemicals is perchloro-etylene and this one is introduced to your family when you bring your dry cleaning home.
Actually, to call it dry cleaning is a bit misleading. The process is not really about cleaning but about soaking the garment in a nice little chemical cocktail that draws out stains and make the clothes look nice, but the chemicals are not rinsed away.
Sure, some clothes just can’t be washed in water and the best way to reduce the amount of perchloro-etylene you bring into your house is to remove the plastic covers as soon as you get home and hang the clothes outside for a good old airing. A couple of hours is ideal, but at least until the dry-cleaning smell is gone.
Oh yes, it’s been one of those days when I need to pay extra attention and really concentrate on the above quote
It’s funny how easily the kids eat foods that come in small bite size portions where cutlery are nonessential
On a whim I rolled up quinoa with cucumber and carrot sticks in salad leaves and boy did they gulf it down quickly!
I mixed the tricolore Quinoa with half a grated red onion, some tamari soy sauce and brown rice vinegar.
Cut the carrots and cucumber and rolled it up in salad leaves.
Probably the quickest meal I have ever made!
How I wish I could visit my 15-year old self and tell her everything I have learnt about acne and have to treat it.
I would have told myself to bin all the harsh chemically laden lotions and instead use a light natural face oil all over the face and neck and then the amazing Manuka Honey Gel from Living Nature straight on the spots to reduce the inflammation and redness.
(This gel is also excellent for sun burn and shaving burn.)
This is my super healthy salad that I make as soon as spring has sprung.
It’s detoxifying and beautifying.
Himalayan crystal salt
I absolutely adore Raw Cold Pressed Organic Coconut Oil.
I love the taste, the smell and all its amazing health benefits! It’s a true Super Food!
Coconut oil is a saturated fat made out of medium chain triglycerides.
It’s metabolised in a different way to other fats, It’s basically transported straight to the liver where it’s turned into energy.
The body burns the coconut oil in the same way as it burns carbohydrates and it’s not heading straight for the fat cells like other fats.
It helps stimulate and raise your metabolism and boost your thyroid activity, you will also feel full for longer, so a win win on the keeping lean front
But the benefits don’t stop there!
Coconut oil raises the good cholesterol (HDL) and lowers the bad one (LDL).
It’s helps to protect your liver from toxins.
It’s anti viral and anti fungal, (you can use it both topically and eat it for conditions like herpes and nail fungus).
And since it is a saturated oil it has a high smoke point, meaning you can fry in it without causing damage to the oil.
It’s an excellent moisturizer for your body and a great hair treatment, super efficient and super cheap!
I made this quick cucumber side dish the other day. I found the recipe on Pinterest and modified it slightly.
Cucumbers are full of anti-inflammatory Vitamin K but make sure they are organic!!!
Cucumber is on The Dirty Dozen List,(I wrote aboutit HERE) meaning they have fairly high levels of pesticides and insecticides, which are toxic to the nervous system.
This salad also contains the Scandi-Classic herb dill.
Almost all traditional dishes in Sweden are served with or cooked in dill, which is not a bad thing, dill is super good if you suffer from gas and bad breath and it’s excellent for breastfeeding Mum’s as it increase milk production.
1 Cucumber, thinly sliced.( I used a cheese slicer).
1 Red onion, also thinly sliced.
1/2 cup of chopped dill.
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
1 Tablespoon of Apple Cider vinegar
1 1/2 – 2 tablespoons of Virgin Olive Oil
Himalayan Crystal salt and Black pepper