Tag

nutrients

Browsing

As the Winter chill sets in, there’s nothing quite like warming up with a nourishing meal that not only satisfies your taste buds but also supports your overall health and well-being. I’ve found some amazingly good, hearty and wholesome recipes for you, featuring seasonal ingredients that are perfect for cozying up during the colder months. From hearty soups and stews to soothing herbal teas, these recipes will nourish your body and soul all Winter long.

HEARTY VEGETABLE SOUP

There’s something incredibly comforting about a bowl of hearty vegetable soup on a cold Winter day. Packed with seasonal vegetables like carrots, celery, potatoes, and kale, this soup is rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Add protein-rich beans or lentils for an extra nutritional boost, and season with warming herbs and spices like thyme, rosemary, and black pepper. Serve with crusty whole-grain bread for a satisfying and wholesome meal that will keep you warm from the inside out.

BUTTERNUT SQUASH AND APPLE SOUP

Butternut squash and apple soup is a classic Winter dish that perfectly balances sweetness and warmth. Roasted butternut squash lends a creamy texture and rich flavour, while tart apples add brightness and depth. Infused with warming spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger, this soup is a comforting and nourishing option for chilly days. Garnish with a dollop of Greek yogurt or a sprinkle of toasted pumpkin seeds for added creaminess and crunch.

LENTIL AND KALE STEW

Lentil and kale stew is a hearty and nutritious dish that’s perfect for warming up on a cold Winter evening. Packed with protein-rich lentils, hearty vegetables, and nutrient-dense kale, this stew is a complete meal in itself. Flavorful herbs and spices like garlic, cumin, and paprika add depth of flavor, while a splash of lemon juice brightens up the dish. Serve with a side of whole-grain rice or crusty bread for a satisfying and comforting meal that will keep you full and fueled for hours.

TURMERIC GOLDEN MILK

Turmeric golden milk is a soothing and immune-boosting beverage that’s perfect for sipping on cold Winter nights. Made with a blend of turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, and black pepper, this warm and aromatic drink is packed with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Sweetened with a touch of honey or maple syrup and enriched with creamy coconut milk, turmeric golden milk is a delicious and nourishing way to support overall health and well-being during the Winter months.

NOURISH YOUR BODY AND SOUL

With these nutritious and comforting Winter recipes, you can nourish your body and soul while staying warm and cozy all season long. Whether you’re craving a hearty soup, a comforting stew, or a soothing herbal tea, these recipes are sure to satisfy your cravings and support your overall health and well-being during the colder months. So why not gather your ingredients, cozy up by the fire, and enjoy a delicious and nourishing meal that’s perfect for Winter?

Let me know if you try any!

For a few years I had my family on a gluten free diet because I was trying to heal an issue with one of my kids. It was just easier to put us all on it rather than cook different meals for different people. It helped a little, I will say that, but I’ve since discovered that gluten wasn’t actually the problem.

If you know me, you know that I am a big fan of traditional foods and how our ancestors prepared food, and as I began to dig deeper into the gluten debate I found that it was more likely the manipulation of the wheat grain and how it was being prepared that was causing the problem.

I believe now that, unless you have a serious medical condition that requires you to eliminate gluten from your diet, like celiac disease, or you have specific healing to do to restore the gut (especially the fingerlike protrusions lining the small intestine called villi), gluten and grains can be included in most people’s diet and offer vital nutrients.

I know there are other conditions like irritable bowl syndrome and allergies or sensitivities to wheat and gluten, but from my experience, these things go away once the real problem is addressed. One of the main things we need to look out for is where our grains are coming from, how are they farmed and harvested, are they sprayed with glyphosate and other pesticides, are they GMO, also how are they being stored… And then, we need to know how to prepare them properly with soaking, fermenting and sprouting.

DEBUNKING THE GLUTEN MYTH

Are you tired of hearing about the so-called evils of gluten? Let’s take a different perspective today. It’s time to explore the fascinating topic of how traditional societies prepared grains without any major health concerns!

DID YOU KNOW?

Weston A. Price, a renowned researcher, extensively studied indigenous cultures worldwide and found that grains, when prepared in certain ways, offered valuable nutrients and posed no harm to human health. Let’s dive into some of his fascinating findings, which can be found on westonaprice.org!

TRADITIONAL METHODS OF PREPARING GRAINS

By adopting traditional grain preparation techniques, we can unleash their true potential and potentially enjoy the benefits our ancestors cherished.

SOAKING

Traditional societies understood the importance of soaking grains before consumption. This practice helps break down phytic acid, a natural compound found in grains that can interfere with mineral absorption. By soaking grains in water or a natural acidic medium, enzymes are activated, mitigating potential digestive issues and boosting nutrient availability.

FERMENTING

Fermentation is an age-old technique used to enhance the digestibility and nutrient profile of grains. Traditional cultures commonly fermented grains for extended periods, triggering a biological process where natural bacteria feed on carbohydrates, making the grains easier to digest.

SPROUTING

Sprouted grains are incredibly nutritious as they undergo natural enzymatic changes. The sprouting process not only breaks down phytic acid but also increases the content of certain vitamins and minerals. Sprouted grains offer enhanced enzyme activity, making them more digestible and gentle on our bodies.

Curious to explore more about traditional grain preparation and nutrition?

Check out westonaprice.org, where you’ll find wealth of knowledge and resources on this fascinating topic! Remember, understanding the true nature of grains can help us make informed choices and regain trust in their place within a balanced, wholesome diet.

FREE RESOURCE

https://allnaturalmumma.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/09/Debunking-the-Gluten-Myth.pdf

Disclaimer: Always consult with a healthcare professional or registered dietitian before making any changes to your diet or lifestyle. This post is for informational purposes only.

Electrolytes are minerals that are needed by the body to perform basic life function processes. Two of these functions in particular is to maintain electrical neutrality in the cells and to generate and conduct action potentials in the nerves and muscles.

ELECTROLYTE IMBALANCE

When electrolyte levels in the blood become too high or too low, it can cause an imbalance, which in turn can lead to issues such as:

  • irregular heartbeat
  • muscle weakness or spasms
  • bone disorders
  • convulsions and/or seizures
  • confusion
  • numbness
  • excessive tiredness
  • nervous system disorders
  • change in blood pressure

CAUSES OF IMBALANCE

  • poor diet and severe dehydration
  • prolonged vomiting or diarrhoea
  • loss of electrolytes and hydration after exercise
  • acidosis/alkalosis (imbalance of blood pH)
  • diuretics and other drugs
  • congestive heart failure
  • cancer treatment

ELECTROLYTE DRINKS

Most electrolyte drinks that you will find on supermarket shelves (and even some from healthy places like sports nutrition stores) contain ingredients that are far from being beneficial to the body. High levels of sugar, sodium, food dyes, chemical sweeteners and other additives found in these drinks contribute to health problems. Many popular electrolyte drinks, when consumed regularly, have the potential to lead to diabetes, kidney damage, tooth enamel erosion and weight gain.

Clearly it’s best to avoid this ‘health’ drink and stick to a natural source of rehydration of electrolytes.

HOMEMADE AND HEALTHY ELECTROLYTE DRINK RECIPE

  • 1/2 cup of fresh orange juice
  • 1/4 cup of fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cups of raw coconut water
  • 2 tbl organic raw honey or organic maple syrup
  • 2 pinches of Himalayan salt

METHOD

  1. Put all ingredients in a blender and blend well.
  2. Bottle in glass and refrigerate.
  3. Best served on ice.

For a nice change, substitute the orange juice for 1/4 cup of lime juice!

Strawberries are such a delightful fruit and homegrown, oh my goodness, there is nothing that beats that sweet, juicy taste. We love them in smoothies, as a topper for acai bowls, yoghurt and granola and even just on their own!

Remember to wash thoroughly if you are not buying organic or growing your own. Unfortunately, strawberries are one of the most heavily sprayed fruits in commercial growing.

See here for a list of the Dirty Dozen.

And here are some of the amazing health benefits of strawberries..

VITAMIN C

Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps protect your cells against free-radical damage and it helps form and maintain bones, skin, and blood vessels.

MANGANESE

Manganese helps the body form connective tissue, bones, blood clotting factors, and sex hormones. It also plays a role in fat and carbohydrate metabolism, calcium absorption and blood sugar regulation. Manganese is also necessary for normal brain and nerve function.

FOLATE

Folate is an essential B vitamin that is necessary for the production of red and white blood cells in bone marrow, producing DNA and RNA and transforming carbohydrates into energy.

POTASSIUM

Potassium helps the body maintain normal levels of intracellular fluid and it also helps muscles to contract, supporting normal blood pressure.

Do you love strawberries?

Have you tried growing them at home?

Let me know if they are your favourite fruit!

VITAMIN B COMPLEX

– synthesises and circulates neurotransmitters (brain chemicals) that regulate heartbeat, respiration and digestion.

VITAMIN C + E

– helps prevent degradation of nervous system and brain. Anti-ageing.

MAGNESIUM

– calms the nerves and essential for learning and memory.  Protects against neurological diseases such as migraines, depression and epilepsy.

ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS

– nourish the myelin sheaths that surround the nerves. Help to heal the nerves and nervous system.

VITAMIN K

– improves brain power and cognitive skills.

COPPER

– helps the brain control nerve signals.

ZINC

– crucial for nerve signalling.

For healthy foods that contains these beneficial nutrients, head on over to this post:

Top 8 Foods for the Brain and Nervous System

GREEN LEAFY VEGETABLES

– rich in Vitamin B complex, C, E and Magnesium.

FISH (especially salmon)

– rich in essential fatty acids.

DARK CHOCOLATE

– high in flavonols and contains anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

EGGS

– rich in choline and used by the brain to make acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter for memory and brain cell communication.

AVOCADOS

– rich in both Vitamin K and folate. They’re also high in protein and low in sugar. Avocadoes are said to prevent blood clot in the brain and stroke and they also improve memory and concentration!

BROCCOLI

– rich in Vitamin K and glucosinolates that slow down the breakdown of acetylcholine, which has been linked to Alzheimer’s.

ALMONDS

– contain high levels of omega-3s and brain protecting Vitamin E.

PUMPKIN SEEDS

– an excellent source of magnesium, copper, iron and zinc.

Which one on this list is your favourite?

Could you add each one to your weekly healthy eating plan?

Find out why these foods are so good for the brain and nervous system over on this post:

Essential Brain and Nervous System Nutrition

Have you tasted Vegemite before? If you’re not from around these parts there’s a high chance that you haven’t and if you have, you most likely don’t like it!

I’m a born and bred Aussie so of course I have tried Vegemite and all of its commercial alternatives. I grew up to the catchy tune that echoed throughout every Australian home in the 80s. Those were fun times!

I’m not sure it gave me those rosy cheeks though??

Being an all natural mumma now, I’ve chosen not to feed this iconic spread to my children. Ingredients like yeast grown on barley and wheat, and other ingredients like Potassium Chloride (Mineral Salt 508) and Ammonia caramel (Colour 150C), are additives that are best avoided. Here’s why!..

INGREDIENTS TO AVOID AND WHY

YEAST GROWN ON BARLEY AND WHEAT:

High possibility this product is GMO and also contains gluten.

MINERAL SALT 508:

Prohibited in foods for infants. Can cause gastrointestinal and liver issues.

AMMONIA CARAMEL (150C):

Also prohibited in food for infants and is known to cause allergic and hypersensitive reactions and hyperactivity.

FLAVOURS:

This quite literally could be anything! The chemical composition of flavourings can be complex and because of this reason, Food Standards Australia New Zealand exempts companies from fully disclosing, and therefore not labelling, exactly what their “flavour” consists of. There could be 50 or more substances (or ingredients) that make up just one flavour. For a savvy mum making wise choices about the food they are feeding their kids, this presents a real problem. Best to avoid!

WHAT ABOUT THE VITAMINS!!?

It is true that Vegemite is renowned as having added vitamins such as Niacin, Thiamine, Riboflavin and Folate, however unfortunately, these vitamins are synthetic! The body does not absorb and therefore utitilise them, in the same way as it would if they were naturally found in wholefoods.

NOT A HEALTH FOOD PRODUCT

Although we may have fond memories of our childhood and Vegemite playing a starring role, let’s not forget that it was a pantry item created from a waste product. Breweries at the time had a surplus of leftover yeast and so with the help of a chemist, Vegemite was born and marketed to the people as the latest and greatest thing. It was heavily promoted (hence the catchy tune) to appeal to busy mums and fussy kids.

It was never intended to be a health food product.

A NATURAL ALTERNATIVE

When something is super simple to make and it uses all natural ingredients, I want to know about it. A friend recently shared this recipe with me and it is so good, I had to share it with you!

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED

  • 3 1/2 cups organic black sesame seeds
  • 2 tbl organic sesame oil
  • 1/8 tsp rock/sea salt
  • 150g organic Tamari (Soy Sauce)
  • 3 tbl Bragg Nutritional Yeast Seasoning
  • 3 tsp organic Apple Cider Vinegar

STEP 1 – MAKE THE BLACK TAHINI PASTE

  • In a high speed blender, grind up the sesame seeds.
  • Add the sesame oil and salt and blitz again.
  • This makes your Black Tahini Paste. You will only need 210g for this recipe.
  • Store the rest in a glass jar in the fridge for up to one month.

STEP 2 – COMBINE INGREDIENTS

  • Take 210g of your Black Tahini Paste and add it back to your high speed blender.
  • Add the tamari, nutritional yeast and apple cider vinegar and blend well.
  • Transfer to a glass jar and store in the fridge.

THE END RESULT

A delicious savoury, salty spread to put on sourdough and crackers..

You could even add a tablespoon to a hearty stew!

Are you a Vegemite lover?

Even if you’re not, you might like to still try this yummy recipe.

Let me know what you think!

Pin