Hey there, I hope you are wrapping up warm here in the UK, although maybe you do not need to if you are reading this from a warmer climate! Comment below to let me know where you are and how the weather is for you.
This week has been more than little busy for me, but that’s generally the way I like it especially when there is an adventure involved! One highlight was speaking at food matters live, and attending the event, meeting so many passionate people producing new foods, vegan, dairy free, gluten free. The health market is exploding which is all very exciting. Many of the products are only available online or places we do not have in my area, but I am absolutely sure it will not be long.
Child hood obesity plan slashed!
Whilst in London, I bumped into Tam Fry, head spokesperson for the National Obesity Forum and adviser to the national ‘Action on sugar’ group. I had met him a few times as we had both been in attendance at the ‘All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on obesity. I asked him if what I had seen on channel 4 dispatches a few weeks ago about the child hood obesity strategy being drastically cut by Theresa May’s government was true (find out more in the links below). He said yes, and had a few choice words to say on the matter. I agree, as I had read all of the preliminary reports on child hood obesity before the plan was released and very few of these well evidenced strategies were included, an example is a report produced by James Cracknell, double Gold Olympic medalist. Tam also talked about the fact that sugar was getting less expensive to source and so extremely attractive to food manufacturers despite a sugar tax. Then he went on to say how many companies are using stevia as a much safer alternative to sugar and artificial sweetener, which is a more positive move forward. It was a fascinating chat and lovely to meet him again.
Food matters live – teen nutrition
The feedback from my speech on ‘engaging teens in nutrition’ was overwhelming, humbling and extremely exciting. I met some of the most lovely people who approached me afterwards doing wonderful work! There are so many of us passionate on driving change for our teens which strengthens my faith so much. I was also invited to speak at ‘the hungry for change’ symposium at The Hague University, Netherlands and so watch this space!
If you are a regular reader you will know that my amazing friend Nicola from @nicolisticonine_ (follow her on Instagram) and I have started a podcast as part of our mission to help as many people shine their lights and create their most wonderful selves! Find our podcast on www.shineyourlightpodcast.co.uk or even better subscribe to our podcast on iTunes. We would love you to be part of #PUREnation and so tweet or hash tag us on any social media platform you like. Also, if you or anyone you know is shining their light in a major way please get in touch – my contact details are below, alternatively comment here or on the podcast website.
P is for powerful, passionate and positive
U is for unlimited – you are unlimited
R is for releasing all fear and negativity
E is for embracing enlightenment
This week we had so much fun interviewing the beautiful Sarah Seed, a life coach who has made
an impact on both of our lives and is now a good friend. Sarah helps woman awaken to who they really are and to the un-limiting possibilities, enabling you to feel balanced, connected and nourished. I know you will enjoy our first interview with Sarah and I am sure there will be a part 2. More exciting interviews to follow.
This weeks recipes
This week it has been extremely quick meals to fit into a busy schedule, sauerkraut and mason jar salads, soups and for dinner scrambled tofu, roasted veggies blended into soups and stir fries have featured heavily. I eat a small amount of fruit during the week and tend to keep the amount of sugars (no refined), even natural sugars low. Therefore, when it gets to the weekend I like to enjoy a few treats. I made a batch of chocolate fudge sauce and almond butter, both dairy free, gluten free, egg free and plant based, here are the recipes.
Want to be reminded why reducing sugar is good and how to stop those sugar cravings?
Plant based choccy fudge sauce
- 20 dates
- half a tsp vanilla extract
- half a tsp cacao powder
- 7 -10 tbsp dairy free milk – almond or coconut work well
*extra optional ingredients: unsweetened coconut, cinnamon, maca powder (for a malty taste and added energising properties, a tsp tahini (for a richer texture and added calcium and protein)
Blitz all of the ingredients together in a powerful blender until smooth, store in a jar in the fridge and use within a week.
super almond butter
There are so many ways to make nut and seed butter and I have posted a few recipes, I often play with methods and ingredients. Here is a nice easy almond butter recipe that I made this morning to add to a vegan cookie recipe and porridge!
- 100g almonds
*roast for five minutes on a baking tray in the oven at approx. 220 degrees celsius
- a generous pinch of Himalayan or sea salt
- a generous dash of almond or your choice of dairy free milk (you can also use water) – just add as much as you need to achieve the consistency you prefer
Blitz all of the ingredients together in the blender until smooth, transfer into a jar and store in a fridge, using within a week.
I wish you so much happiness and joy, you are such a miracle and so take time for you this week.
lots of love and health,
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