Yesterday was last day of the Christmas holiday before school and my little foodie wanted to have a slap up Japanese meal. We went down to Kings Road to check out danish/Japanese restaurant Sticks n’Sushi that opened recently. Scandi blogs and magazines are full of interior shots from this restaurant that is one of 4 in London. Without keeping up to date of what’s going on in Stockholm and I would never have heard about it.
The Interior is Scandi, the food is Japanese. A Fab combo as it happens. I ordered kimchi, a miso soup and a seaweed salad. I loved both the salad and the miso soup. The kimchi was good, but I think I make a nicer one at home. My little companion ordered A LOT from the photo-album menu (so good for a small person or someone not familiar with Japanese foods). Of course he could not eat half of it so I had to help him out, as the helpful mum I am. This happens a lot when we go out to eat..
I absolutely love coffee! I’m on and off it constantly. When I’m ON I have one a day. I especially like it on holiday.
If you are not sensitive to caffeine and have a healthy life-style, a small cup of coffee a day it’s not going to pose a health risk to you.
But knowing what could be problematic with drinking coffee empowers us to make good decisions for our health in the long run.
Here are a few reasons why you drink maximum 1 cup a day:
– Coffee makes us loose important minerals that we are likely to be deficient in anyway. To metabolize coffee the body needs minerals. On top of that coffee is a diuretic so more minerals are lost, which can further contribute to nutritional deficiencies.
– Caffeine is a natural insecticide to protect the plant against bugs. Some people are sensitive, and no wonder.
– Coffee is one of the most chemically sprayed crops in the world! (Always buy organic coffee if you can!)
– Coffee stresses the adrenals. When you drink a cup neurons send messages to the pituitary gland which makes the adrenal send out adrenaline and cortisol. Basically your latte send you straight into fight or flight mood. Boom!If you drink several cups a day your nervous system will take a beating.
– Unfortunately de-caffinated coffee is not a solution as it’s not guaranteed to be a 100% caffeine free and nasty chemicals can be used to remove the
– The roasting process creates acrylamide, the chemical which is formed when starchy foods are roasted, grilled or fried. This chemical can case cancer .
Hi there, Hope you are having a great Thursday!
I’ve been battling with tech all day today….grrr. At 5pm I got out of my pyjama to pick up my 10 year old from squash. Now I’m chilling with a cup of Dandelion, Burdock and Hawthorn tea. Great for cleansing the blood and liver and it also comes with anti-inflammatory properties.
I didn’t exactly achieve what I set out to do today.. but hey-ho tomorrow is a new day!
I love the below quote “Worry is a waste of imagination”. I completely and totally agree! Instead of fretting about what I didn’t manage to do today I’m envisioning all the progress that will happen tomorrow.
Believing that things will work out resets the mind so it’s easier to see solutions to problems and to recognise new opportunities.
This is the cover to my “Guided Meditations for Morning and Evening” that I recorded last week. You can download it in the next couple of days. After my little tech problem has been solved.
This weeks recipe is a really nourishing soup and we’re not cooking any of the ingredients but the soup is going to be served warm!
I’m keeping everything fresh and raw, all the enzymes, vitamins and minerals will be just as nature intended and I’m mixing the vegetables with hot water, making the soup warm and toasty!
This soup serves one person and I’m using half an avocado, fennel and celery (so good for detoxing bodies). I’m adding chilies to speed up the metabolism, ginger – really good anti inflammatory and loads of greens like rocket and parsley, 1/2 a freshly squeezed lime adds zing and vitamin C.
You need a blender for this soup. I’m using the Nutribullet, the small container works well for this soup for one.
Warm Uncooked Avocado soup
– 150g cucumber
– 1 celery stick
– 70g fennel
– 1 tablespoon flat parsley fresh
– handful of rocket
– piece of ginger
– 1 tablespoon olive oil
– juice from 1/2 lime
– salt & pepper
– chilli flakes to taste
– 1/2 cup of hot water
Add everything to a blender. Blend until smooth. Serve straight away.
Only a few days left and this fermented recipe is really quick only takes 3-5 days so you can serve it with your Christmas lunch on Sunday.
When you eat fermented vegetables you really do something good for your self and you elevate your health to a higher level.
Fermented foods give you more for your buck as fermented foods have shown to have more nutrients the raw foods.
I really hope you like this recipe, it’s one of my favorites!
Fermented Beetroot and Horseradish Relish Ingredients:
– 500 gram raw beetroot, peeled and grated
– 50 gram finely grated horseradish
– 1 1/2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
– 3/4 tablespoon Himalayan crystal salt or sea salt
– 1/2 probiotic capsule
1. mix the beetroot with the salt and massage for a few minutes until the juices comes out.
2. Add all the ingredients, mix and put them in a sterilized kilner jar.
3. leave for 3-5 days, taste as you go along,
Brunkål is a classic Christmas dish in southern Sweden.
The main ingredient is white cabbage and the name Brunkål (meaning brown cabbage) comes from the normally long cooking time which makes the cabbage brownish in colour.
My slightly healthier version gets it colour from traditional Nordic Christmas spices like cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and ginger and less from frying, as I only let it softened in a pan for about 6-7 minutes.
– 1/2 head of white cabbage
– 1/3 of a leek
– 1-2 table spoons fresh ginger, grated
– 1-2 tablespoons coconut oil
– 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice mix or mix nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and cloves
– 1 teaspoon maple syrup
– tamari to taste
– heat up a pan and let the coconut oil melt
– add the cut upp cabbage and the leek, let it softened for 6 min
– add the grated ginger and the pumpkin spice mix and maple syrup, after 2 min serve