Salad in a class Detox smoothie

The first time I tried this smoothie the idea of it made me think of  how Micheal in GTA 5 shivered after drinking his green juice. In the end my first green detox smoothie wasn’t even half as bad as I had thought.

The recipe I will share with you today is one that I’ve come to love and enjoy drinking before heading out to gym. The combination of cucumber and parsley, leaves a fresh taste in your mouth while the pineapple gives it a sweet and sour element. You can add some ice if you like but to me the frozen pineapple makes it cold enough especially during winter months

It is also an easy way to get your greens in without having to chew it

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Ingredients

1 Slice of pineapple (frozen and cut into pieces)

1/2 Cucumber (small)

1/2 cup fresh Spinach

Bunch of parsley(small)

Juice of 1 lemon

1 Cup of water

Note: You can add 2 packets of stevia if you want something sweeter

Throw it all in a blender and blend…. et voila!!!!! Garnish with some parsley, pineapple or mint

What is your favorite Detox Smoothie?

5 Delicious Paleo desserts

Most of these are really easy and relatively low cal. During family holidays its always hard to stay healthy during all the festivities and with all the food laying around. Don’t get me wrong, I love normal old fashioned cake, but with so many unhealthy dishes it might be a good idea to make one or 5 of them that are healthier. Some of the recipe’s aren’t strictly Paleo as Paleo doesn’t call for the use of sugars. In addition if you’re not on a Paleo diet but want to try some of the recipe’s as a healthier option you can most definitely try it.

Pumpkin pie

Its really easy to make and sometimes I even mix equal amounts of pumpkin and sweet potato (yams) to get a pie higher in carbs for the days I do high intensity training and need some more carbs. This recipe is both Paleo and vegan friendly.

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INGREDIENTS

  • Crust:  1 1/4 Cups Walnuts or Pecans

  • 1 Cup of Chestnut or Almond Flour

  • 1 Egg White

  • Sprinkle of salt. (I like to add in a pinch of nutmeg and cinnamon here)

    Filling:

  • 1 1/2 Cups Pumpkin Puree (Roast your leftover pumpkin and blend it) or use 1 full can.
  • 2/3 Cup of Walnuts1/3 Cup Cashews
  • 3 Eggs and 1 Egg White
  • 1/4 Cup Honey + 1/4 Cup Maple Syrup (Or for indulgence, go for 1/2 cup Maple and reduce the water to 3/4 cup)
  • 1 Cup Water
  • Spice Mix: 1 tsp Ginger, 1 tsp Allspice, 1 tsp Nutmeg, 1/2 tsp Cloves, 1/2 tsp Cardamon, 1/4 tsp salt
  • Vegans Omit the eggs and water, Add 1/2 cup Soy/almond milk and 2 TB cornstarch and 1 tsp Arrowroot.

Full instructions at wholefoods.heartspacedundee.co.uk

Raw Apple Pie with Paleo Whipped Cream

Who doesn’t like apple pie. With this Paleo inspired recipe you can keep the calories down, for those on a calorie restrictive diet(not necessarily just for Paleo followers), while getting your daily dose of apples. An apple a day keeps the doctor away…

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INGREDIENTS.

For the Crust

  • ½ cup raw almonds
  • ½ cup raw cashews
  • ½ cup raw macadamias
  • 3/4 cup pitted dates
  • 1 teaspoon each cinnamon, ground cloves and ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice

Filling

  • 6 apples, peeled  (cut 1 of the apples into ½ inch chunks, thinly slice the other 5). I used Pippin apples but Granny Smith or other baking apple would work just fine.
  • 1 cup of pitted dates that have been soaked in apple juice for 30 minutes, then drain the juice into a small measuring cup
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon allspice
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg, ground
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 medium orange, seeded, peeled and pulled apart into segments

Full instructions at nutritionyoucantrust

Strawberry Cheesecake (non-dairy and Paleo)

Who doesn’t love a diet where you can still have cheesecake, even if it is dairy free.

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INGREDIENTS

The crust
The filling
Garnish

Full instructions at the healthy foodie

Paleo Brownies

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INGREDIENTS
  • 57 grams (1/2 cup) finely ground almond flour
  • 50 grams (1/2 cup) Dutch-process cocoa powder* (see note above)
  • 85 grams (1/2 cup) coconut sugar or evaporated cane juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder, homemade or grain-free store-bought
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 113 grams (about 2/3 cup) chopped dairy-free dark chocolate or chips, melted
  • 57 grams (1/4 cup) coconut oil or unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • 85 grams (1/4 cup) honey
  • 3 large eggs (about 150 grams out of the shell)

Full instructions on glutenfreebaking.com

Snickers Pie

(Raw, Vegan, Gluten + Grain Free, Refined Sugar Free)

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INGREDIENTS
Crust
  • 5 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 12 Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 c nut of choice (I like cashews and almonds best, with walnuts shortly behind – you can even MIX nuts if you’re CRAZY)
  • 1 c unsweetened dried coconut
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
Caramel Layer
  • 10 Medjool dates, pitted, soaked in boiling water for 10 min and then drained
  • 3 tsp ghee or coconut oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp unsalted almond butter
Nut Butter Mousse
  • 2 cans full-fat coconut milk, refrigerated overnight
  • 3/4 c peanut butter, almond butter or nut butter of choice
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch sea salt
Additions
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate of choice, for drizzling (optional)

Full instructions at sproutedroots.com

 

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5 Wonderful Cheese Platter ideas.

I have always found cheese platters to be one of the easiest and effective appetisers to use for a party. The ingredients are mostly store bought and doesn’t need much prep time. In addition with a mix of fruits, cheese, meats and crackers, there is something for everyone.

The cheese-ball

When serving crackers with your cheese platter, the cheeseball is one of my favourites. You can add some spices, honey and even fruits to give it zing

Pomegranate Jewelled cheese-ball

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ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 10 fresh sage leaves
  • 1 (8-ounce) block cream cheese, softened
  • 4 ounces mascarpone cheese, softened
  • 6 ounces freshly grated sharp white cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup sliced, toasted almonds
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup pomegranate arils
  • crackers for serving

Full instructions here

Pumpkin Shaped Cheese-ball

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 (8oz.) block cream cheese, softened to room temp.
  • 1 (8 oz.) tub vegetable cream cheese
  • 2 tbsp. Hidden Valley Ranch Spicy Ranch mix
  • 3 green onions, diced
  • 1 red pepper, finely diced (save the stem)
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided use*

Full instructions here

Meaty Bites

Quick Salami and Cheese Bites

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INGREDIETNS

 

  • Deli hard salami slices
  • Cream cheese, softened
  • Olives {optional}

Full instruction here

The veggie Cheese platter

Cheese platters are often very rich and creamy so adding some more veggies will help neutralise the creaminess a bit
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 Recipe for Tomato pesto salad

 INGREDIENTS
  • 2 pints grape tomatoes, halved
  • 6 to 8 fresh basil leaves, torn
  • 3 T. drained small capers
  • 2 T. olive oil
  • 3 T. balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 3 T. grated fresh Parmesan cheese

Full instructions here

Italian Marinated Mushrooms

INGREDIENTS

Full Instructions here

Balsamic Berry Vegan Grilled Cheese

As a bread lover I think adding some kind of toasted sandwich will go very well with your cheeseplatter.

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup strawberries, sliced
  • 1 1/2 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinaigrette
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 cup vegan mozzarella cheese shreds
  • salt/pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp vegan butter (1 tsp each spread on sides of the bread)
  • bread of choice

Full instructions here

The next time you’re having a dinner party and want a versatile selection of appetisers, remember the cheese-platter can be exactly that.

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5 Amazing yogurt breakfast ideas

For all the yogurt lovers who are looking for something different from the usual meusli, fruit and yogurt recipes. Here are a few other recipes with yogurt that will have you back for more.

Mango Lassi

For a soothing drink with a full breakfast or on its own, this will give you a refreshing start to your day. This one is easy and super delicious.

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INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups full-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen mango flesh (frozen is the simple choice and is available in most markets)
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • ½ teaspoon cardamom
  • 1 cup crushed ice
  • Mint, for garnish (optional)
  • Chunks of mango, for garnish (optional)

Full Recipe here

Pumpkin Yogurt Breakfast Parfait

Delicious and healthy, what more can you ask for.

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INGREDIENTS

  • 12 oz plain low fat Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup canned pureed pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling!)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • pinch of allspice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 4 tablespoons chopped toasted walnuts, plus extra for garnish
  • 4 tablespoons sweetened dried cranberries

Full Recipe Here

Mango Lassi Greek Yogurt Tarts with Almond Crust

This one takes a little longer than the other recipe’s but is definitely worth the wait.

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INGREDIENTS

For the filling:

  • 2 1/2 cups of sliced champagne mango (around 4 mango’s).
  •  1/4 cup of granulated sugar
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  •  Pinch of salt
  •  Pinch of ground cardamon (a little goes a long way!)
  •  1 tablespoon of cornstarch
  •  2 tablespoons of water
  •  2 tablespoons of greek yogurt (you can substitute for soy yogurt if vegan)

For the crust:

  •  1 stick of butter at room temperature (you can replace for 2 ish tablespoons of coconut oil if vegan)
  •  2 1/2 cups of almond meal
  •  2 tablespoons of brown sugar
  •  1/4 teaspoon of vanilla
  •  Pinch of salt

Full Recipe Here

Blueberry Buckle with Lemon Glaze

Can double as breakfast or dessert

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INGREDIENTS

  • For the cake
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups all-pupose flour
  • 2½ cups fresh blueberries
  • For the topping
  • 1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon grond cinnamon
  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into pieces at room temperature
  • For the glaze
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Juice of ½ lemon, add more if needed
  • 2 tablespoons honey or vanilla flavored greek yogurt (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla

Full Recipe and Instructions Here

Banana Oat Greek Yogurt Muffin

Easy and delicious, its like a banana bread with chocolate.

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup (225 g) plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 medium ripe bananas (200 g or 1 cup mashed)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups (160 g) rolled oats (old fashioned or quick)Advertisement
  • 1/4 cup (50 g) brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup (85 g) chocolate chips, mini or regular

Full Recipe Here

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