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The Importance Of Fermented Foods

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The Importance Of Fermented Foods

Many cultures throughout the world include some form of fermented food. In Japan they use miso and kimchi, Germany it’s sauerkraut, Bulgaria it’s kefir, India it’s a lassi etc. Our ancestorsdiet was abundant in fermented foods, but what has happened? If you start talking about fermented food, many people will have no idea what you’re talking about, or think you’re talking about gone off, mouldy food!

Our ancestors used fermented foods to not only preserve foods, but to also help support our intestinal and overall health. We are seeing a rise in digestion and gastro-intestinal issues, but if we go back to this way of eating, many people would see a massive improvement.

So, what are the benefits?

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Healthy Valentines Chocolate Dessert!

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Healthy Valentines Chocolate Dessert!

Happy Valentines Day! 

Forget the unhealthy chocolates and desserts! This chocolate cake is the perfect romantic dessert to treat you, your loved one and your body! Full of nutrients, wonderful texture and rich chocolatyness!

Enjoy on its own or with some homemade 100% banana ice cream :-)

  • 220g mixed nuts and seeds (I used what I had left in the fridge…yes I keep nuts in the fridge!)
  • 450g medjool dates
  • 100% sugar free chocolate (or 85% dark chocolate if you can’t get sugar free)
  • 1 orange juice and zest
  • 4 tbsp coconut oil
  • 6 organic eggs
  • 4 tbsp cacao or cocoa powder

 

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and cover a cake tin with greaseproof paper.
  2. Place the nuts and seeds in the food processor and blitz until they’re flour like.
  3. Slowly add the dates a few at a time until everything’s mixd together. 
  4. Then add all the other ingredients and blitz for a minute or two (you may need to scrap down the sides.
  5. Transfer the cake mixture into the tin and bake for about an hour.
  6. Let the cake cool and either eat as it is, or dust with coconut flour and top with berries.
  7. Enjoy :-)

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Why You Shouldn't Live Off Tinned Foods!

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Why You Shouldn't Live Off Tinned Foods!

This week I got to speak on BBC Radio Derby about tinned food. The presenter, Andy Twigge, was set a challenge to live off nothing but tinned food for a whole week! He almost did it, but caved when offered a Sunday roast! He experienced headaches, fatigue and excessive gas (from both ends!), plus his appetite decreased and just wasn’t fussed about eating (more tinned food anyway!).

The aired interview was shortened quite a bit so a few key points I mentioned were missing, so I thought I would write a blog post explaining in more detail why we shouldn’t live off tinned food!!

Here’s why-

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