Your Kitchen: the real medicine chest

Tuesday night’s event was a hit. I feel that everyone who attended learnt at least one new thing that they did not know about how food can be used as medicine.

Twenty people attended our booked out event and not only learnt about which foods can be used as medicine but also took home some lovely goodies from our sponsors. There was Rawsome Chocolate, Slimbliss Tea, Jacqueline Evans Naturopathic Skincare sample pots and vouchers to use at the clinic.

I made raw super food energy bars, protein cookies and chocolate super food balls. We were lucky to have Organic Origins supply us with organic fruit, which was sprinkled with bee pollen to enhance its amazing qualities. I also made an anti-inflammatory smoothie which everyone couldn’t get enough of (I will share that one with the rest of you in my next blog post). There was also a lemon, honey and ginger syrup as well as a elderberry and apple cider vinegar tonic on sample to show how simple making your own cold & flu remedies can be.

Attendees on the night learnt plenty of take home tips but a couple of the most interesting points the group enjoyed learning about were all of the exciting ways to use the spice rack at home as well as how to activate nuts, and the reason to do so.

I wanted to also share with you some other learning’s from the evening, so here they are.

Garlic. To make the most of the benefits from garlic, it is best eaten in its raw (crushed) state to release its active constituent, Allicin.

You can add garlic freshly crushed into your salad dressings or on top of a slice of apple, which really masks the taste.

Goji berries. Actually contain more protein per serve than red meatI (What?! Yes, really!). They are great to add to a mixed raw nut bag, or you can steep them in hot water and drink as a tea. Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners use goji berries to increase ‘chi’ or ‘vital life’ in a person.

Raw cacao contains 10% antioxidants, which is the highest antioxidant count of all super foods. To fully benefit from these antioxidants, it’s best not to add to milk as studies report the raw cacao then loses some of its antioxidant benefit. Raw cacao has been shown to improve mood (eating 11 raw cacao beans can give a person a sense of euphoria) as well as lower blood pressure, as it is a vasodilator and a great source of magnesium. And did you know, It is usually the magnesium crave during ‘that time of the month’, not the chocolate per say. So making some healthy raw cacao treats minus the refined sugar will be a real benefit.

Bee Pollen. Is high in protein, and contains more amino acids than beef, eggs or cheese of equal weight. Half of its protein content is ‘free’ and more easily absorbed by a person. To benefit from consuming bee pollen, it is best eaten along side fruit as the fibre from the fruit enhances its benefit.

Finally, I’d like to leave you all with my super food bar recipe. Enjoy!

Raw Energy Super Food Bars

 

Ingredients

Makes around 16 bars or cut up into little squares to have as a healthy treat

  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 4 brazil nuts
  • 1 cup pepitas
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup sesame seeds
  • 1/2 sunflower seeds
  • 4 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp bee pollen
  • 15 fresh pitted medjool dates
  • 6 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 4 tbsp raw cacao powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 6 tbsp rolled oats (can omit if you like or use quinoa flakes as a substitute)
  • 1/3 cup goji berries

Note: All nuts used were soaked for four hours prior, and dehydrated to activate them. Normal nuts contain phytates which are anti-nutrients that bind to certain minerals, making those minerals unavailable to absorb.

Method

  1. In a food processor or high speed blender, add in the almonds, walnuts, pepitas, shredded coconut, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds and bee pollen, then pulse a couple of times to roughly chop the ingredients. Place aside in a mixing bowl.
  2. Now add the dates in the food processor, or high-speed blender, along with the coconut oil, cacao and vanilla essence. Blend the ingredients until you reach a smooth consistency. You may need to stop it a couple of times to scrape the sides, and add a little extra coconut oil (or water).
  3. Once you have reached a smooth consistency, add together in the mixing bowl with the dry ingredients. Now also add in the rolled oats and goji berries, and mix it all together .(I first mixed it in my Thermomix then used clean hands to give it a really good mix through).
  4. Once it is well combined, press the mixture firmly into a 11 x 7 inch baking pan and put it in the fridge for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, cut them into bars, and place them in an air tight container (I like to then store them in the fridge). They will keep for a week in the fridge.

 

     

 

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