The impact of eating plants and nourishing plant based inspiration

I can not help but think (oh so often) about how much impact there would be on our health system, depression, illness and disease statistics. What would it be like to have children eat a variety of veggies without complaint or any need for coaxing… This week I saw a short video of Stephen Hawkins, the British cosmologist suggested to be the most intelligent man alive. You can find out what he thinks by watching the short video on the link below. His thoughts conclude that this ‘major public health problem’ is beyond his understanding, it is simple in his view as he says “we eat too much and move too little”. In one way he is completely right, but then there are so many environmental and commercial barriers to this simple solution. In my opinion health is simply not a priority and it needs to be for the sake of future generations. You only need to look at the advertising to our most vulnerable targets (kids) the billboards, the fact that the healthy choice can be more often the most difficult choice every where we look including in schools! Joined with the new childhood obesity strategy which leaves so much to be desired…

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/11/30/stephen-hawkin-eat-much-move-little-not-rocket-science/

What I have been eating this week!

What a fantastic and crazy week as per my usual life haha! I spoke to food students at Teeside University this week. They were so lovely and receptive to me, which was great as I had not prepared what I was going to say – oops! I told them why I had become a teacher of food and nutrition, how my journey had progressed and why we need more people passionate about food for health in our country. They were interested in how I became to be a member of the Parliamentary group on Obesity and my thoughts on the child hood obesity plan and so it was an enjoyable half an hour. I wish them so much luck in their future careers. Parent meetings and PhD proposal discussions have resulted in a pretty hectic schedule. It usually means a throwing together of foods as I walk through the door, actually who am I kidding this is what always happens even on less busy weeks. Here are a couple of the recipes I cooked up this week. I hope you are inspired and if I can help in anyway please get in touch.

Simple soups!

Lovely comforting thick soups are so filling and nutritious, it is great to make batches up on a Sunday and freeze some for during the week for lunches. Last Sunday I experimented with two spices I have not really used before. They are both known to be excellent for the digestive system and packed with iron and a vast array of vitamins and minerals. They are caraway and fennel seeds. My husband particular liked the butter bean soup which included both. Enjoy experimenting with spices, herbs and other ingredients to learn your preferences for flavours. I sometimes add a commercial stock and if I do I use Kallo yeast free vegetable, but I do prefer to go as natural as possible, there is more than enough flavour. Nuts are so good in soups and great for thickening. Throwing walnuts in any flavour soup and blitzing together is beautiful, also soaked cashews always add a creaminess to any soup, providing you with a dairy free alternative!

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PassionAtely natural butter bean soup

  • half a red onion – diced
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic – diced
  • 1 tin of butter beans (drained)
  • a bunch of green beans – cut the ends off, wash and chop small
  • tsp of caraway seeds
  • quarter tsp of fennel seeds
  • generous pinch of Himalayan or sea salt
  • enough water to cover all ingredients
  • optional: black pepper

Method

  • fry off the red onion and garlic until sizzling and the smell of the garlic is released (use a cold pressed oil or a tiny bit of water)
  • add the rest of the ingredients and simmer for approx. 10 minutes
  • blitz in a blender, add more water if you want to reduce the thickness

Passionately spicey sweet potato soup

  • half a red onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 small courgette
  • one medium sweet potato – chopped into cubes
  • mixed peppers
  • a handful of cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp of caraway seeds
  • pinch of cayenne
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • a generous pinch of Himalayan or sea salt
  • 1 tbsp of tomato puree

Method

  • chop roughly and then roast all veggies in the oven in a little olive or other cold pressed oil in asking tray in the oven for 10-15 minutes until they are starting to brown and all the lovely smells are being released
  • place all of the ingredients in a pan with enough water to cover all of the vegetables and simmer for 10-15 minutes until all of the ingredients are soft enough to blitz
  • blitz in blender – again add more water if it is too thick

Brain boosting uplifting morning smoothie

Depending on the ingredients I have in and my current superfoods of choice I like to experiment with smoothie flavours. This was one of my green smoothies last week, particularly good for memory boost and uplifting from the Siberian ginseng. The coconut milk adds great fats for glowing skin, the nut butter protein and good fat, the ginger healing and detoxing properties, chia seeds and spinach calcium and protein, spinach – properties for longevity! So many more antioxidants and gut health immunity boost from all ingredients…

  • a handful of blueberries
  • two handfuls of spinach
  • a quarter of a medium banana (add a little more if you prefer more sweetness)
  • half a tsp of beetroot powder
  • tsp of Siberian ginseng
  • tsp of chia seeds
  • 100 ml coconut milk
  • 1 tsp nut butter of your choice (sugar free and preferably oil free)
  • a thumb sized piece of ginger (I chop my ginger and freeze it so I can grab just the right sized piece each morning x)
  • 1 tsp of baobab powder

Method

  • blitz together in a powerful blender and enjoy!

Have a wonderful week, lots of love and health, thank you for reading and please go and subscribe to listen to our podcast and receive a free 3 day self care guide http://www.shineyourlightpodcast.co.uk

lots of love, light and health,

Kelly x

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