My immune system is pretty solid and I seldom get ill. I think the last time I had a cold or a flu was well over a year ago, and then it was only that one time (sorry if I´m sounding super annoying right now). But I swear it´s because of my diet and the level of immune-boosting ingredients that´s in my daily diet, such as citrus fruits, tons of ginger and daily doses of turmeric… For the past few months, I have religiously been drinking this daily morning tonic, and I swear, not only have I not picked up any bugs or germs; my energy levels are so much better – which is pretty ideal during the darker winter months…
There has been so much about Superfoods these past few years; but what really are they? Technically, they´re described as “a nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being”. Many might assume that superfoods are rare, exotic, expensive and found in specialist shops. But superfoods are (luckily for us) all around us – and can even be found in your local corner shop or supermarket! Here are 6 of the top ones, shared by Nutritionist and Chef, Juliette Bryant.
Anything which reminds me of typically Scandinavian winter flavours – with lots of cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom and ginger – combined with Coconut (one of my favourite foods) – has got my mouth watering in an instant. And when it´s healthy too? Well, it´s pretty much a winner in my eyes. Hence why I just had to share with you one of my go-to sweet dishes during winter, with this delicious Apple & Coconut Crumble. I am obsessed, and hope you will be too.
One of the many things I love about the changing of the seasons, is the switch up with food – particularly when it comes to breakfast (my favourite meal of the day). During the warmer months, I tend to eat pretty simply; boiled or poached eggs with avocado, a creamy smoothie, a bowl of homemade cereal… But come autumn and winter, all I´m craving is big bowl of warming and comforting porridge.
Who doesn’t like a bit of comfort food every now and again? Especially in the form of good old´Mac & Cheese… But why not make it healthy and guilt-free, yet taste just as good (I promise!). And when my husband approves (who is the first to snub his nose up to anything overtly healthy or “clean”) – I knew it was a winner. I hope you love it too.
I am so excited to bring you my new food series, Recipe of the Month – where (surprise, surprise), I´ll be sharing my favourite go-to recipe with you every month! From seasonal salads, go-to breakfast ideas, cakes, dinners, smoothie ideas, and more… All healthy, mainly vegetarian (some vegan too), gluten and dairy free options, accessible and as easy as possible, with hopefully lots of flavour! This new series has been a long time coming, following a lot of reader requests – so I hope you like it!
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I’ve spoken a bit about my daily rituals and routines in the past; but I thought I’d give you a little insight into my new morning routines for the summer months (it’s important to switch things up from season to season), and how I like to inject more energy into my life, whilst making the most of the longer days.
I´m OBSESSED with Matcha. I have it near enough every day. I don´t drink coffee, so Matcha is my daily caffeine fix, always giving me that extra hit and boost of energy. Don´t know what Matcha is? It´s basically finely ground powder of specially grown and processed green tea. So a really condensed version of a regular green tea bag (one single serving of Matcha is the equivalent of 10 cups of regular green tea!). Do you see why I´m addicted?
Anyone who really knows me, will agree that I love to entertain. A lot. Nothing more makes me more excited than preparing a lunch or dinner party, gathering my loved ones and feeding them (yes, I´m a massive feeder too). I am no perfect host by any means, there are times when I totally flap and get stressed, wanting everything to be perfect (did I mention that I am perfectionist too?). But as soon as the party arrives, I crack open a bottle of wine, relax and enjoy the company and food… What life is all about, right?
New York holds a very special place in my heart. Other than it being one of the greatest cities in the world (FACT), it’s also where Sam proposed to me nearly four years ago – so needless to say, NYC will forever be one of my all-time favourites… In celebration of our two-year wedding anniversary (I still can’t believe how fast time flies by!) – we jetted off to NYC last weekend to celebrate…
Happy Easter, wherever you are! I´ve had a lovely relaxing weekend, starting off with an overnight country escape to a spa hotel, followed by gathering with friends, and tonight we´re off to Venice! In celebration of Easter, I wanted to share with you my favourite healthy raw chocolates and recipes, which I guarantee, taste just as good as the naughtier versions… Enjoy!
Smoothies are my thing. I would even go to say they´re one of my favourite things to drink. I just love starting the day with one; as an afternoon snack, pre or post-workout, or even as more “dessert” style version (the BEST). With the right ingredients and additions of superfoods, you can fuel your body with so much goodness – making them the ideal skin and body food!
As my husband is in L.A as we speak for Valentine´s Weekend, we planned an afternoon date up in town last weekend, with a stroll through the streets of Mayfair, ending up with afternoon tea at The Lanesborough, one of London´s most iconic – and beautiful hotels.
I am so excited to share this amazing recipe with you! Without even exaggerating – it’s one of the best (if not the number one) food related discoveries I have ever made! It´s certainly changed my diet completly – I’ve hardly touched real bread since (and haven’t wanted to!). It’s just delicious, and best of all – it’s so good for you! Packed with goodness using whole grains, nuts, and seeds; it’s also super high in protein, rich in fiber, gluten-free and vegan. The best thing about it? It´s SO easy to make!
Now, I know a few of you have specifically requested some of the exact recipes I have posted – so I thought I’d share with you some of my faves (although, these are just a few of the many I like – but definitely my go-to recipes). I have adapted the juices after flavours I like, and particular vitamins I need (I don’t eat meat and suffer from low iron deficiency – so I need more protein and magnesium rich foods, as an example) – these can (and should) be slightly tailored to your own preferences and needs.
I love making my own muesli – without any added preservatives, syrup or added sugar – and the best of all, it is SO easy. You can add whatever oats, flakes, seeds and dried fruit of your preference (although if you’re trying to be careful with the sugar levels, be wary of which raisins you use, as some of these are coated with oil.)
I´m a pescetarian, and am pretty much obsessed with all types of fish and seafood. The majority of my dinner´s involve either prawns, squid, salmon or cod. For weekend comfort food, I love a simple and tasty Seafood Spaghetti! Here´s my take on it…
(based on two people)
Extra virgin oil
5 cloves of Garlic
1/2 White onion
10 jumbo prawns (with the shell
5 pieces of squid rings
A couple of hours before I start cooking, I marinate the seafood – chopping the garlic, pop in the seafood and drizzle over lemon, salt, pepper and parsley.
Then I finely chop white onion and slowly fry with real butter.
When the onion is golden I pop in the seafood on high heat.
When the seafood is cooked I add a bit more butter, lemon and a few spoonfuls of water.
I pop the spaghetti in boiling water and add a pinch of salt.
When the spaghetti is ready I pour it in the pan with the seafood and lightly mix and cook it all together.
Served! Add a few shavings of parmesan, parsley and drizzle over lemon and Extra Virgin oil.