We have been so blessed with the sunshine in the UK, I was a little worried about staying in this country for the summer for obvious reasons, but there really is nowhere better to be when the sun has his hat on! Hip hip hooray! (apologies, it is probably all of the vitamin D – ha ha!)
My family and I have spent some wonderful days on and around the beaches of Cornwall and the canals and theatres of Stratford upon Avon. Oh and not to forget some beautiful villages in the Cotswolds. If you follow me on Instagram (passion8nutrition) you may have noticed my not so mild excitement at finding a ‘Wholefoods’ market in Cheltenham, wow wish we had one closer. I was informed that there is another near to Glasgow – well worth a visit, it is an amazing experience just walking around seeing all of the fresh ingredients and natural products.
I hope you have had some fun outdoors and have topped up on your vitamin D, a vitamin important for so many functions in the body – find out more plus recipes in my article in this fab free online magazine. La Belle Vie is a magazine produced by Lucille McLay Bowling and is written by Mums for mums, you will find a whole array of articles relevant to feeling fabulous and supporting you through various parenting stages.
Here are two of the recipes I made this week, they are easy, require only a few ingredients and very little equipment, they can be adapted as always and have immense nutritional content.
Ginger and choccy super smoothie bowl
Ginger is well known for its healing properties and the ingredients within this smoothie make it a perfect snack for any time of the day including breakfast or post workout.
1 frozen banana
1 tbsp pea protein
2 – 3 tbsp of coconut milk
1 thumb-sized piece of fresh ginger
1 tbsp cacao or sugar-free cocoa powder
optional: tsp of vanilla extract
optional toppings: goji berries and chia seeds
Method: Blitz the ingredients well together and add your choice of toppings x
Pea and mint pesto noodles
This produced as a result of me wanting to make the most of the fresh mint and peas from the garden and the beautiful flavour combination that happens when you add them together. Frozen or fresh peas work just as well here. I buy brown rice pasta or noodles and so both are perfect for this dish.
Experimenting with different types of pesto is fun and usually, I would add pine nuts, however as I did not have them this week I decided to make a nut free version. Never fear to go off recipe to trial your ideas, what is the worst that could happen? (Just don’t make too large a portion when experimenting would be my tip)
250g Brown rice noodles or pasta
*Boil water and cook as per instructions on the pack – the noodles only take 5 minutes
10-15 mint leaves
3-4 garlic cloves
juice of half a lemon or a tsp of cider vinegar
pinch of Himalayan or sea salt
3 tbsp of avocado or olive oil
a little water for blending ( just enough to make blending easier)
*Blend all of the pesto ingredients together, whilst the noodles/pasta is cooking
*Drain the pasta or noodles and mix in the pesto – yum!
serving suggestion: sprinkle with nutritional yeast and black pepper
lots of love and health to you,