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Radiant Skin Smoothie Recipe

This spring, we are featuring a delicious new smoothie recipe, the Radiant Skin Smoothie, from the new Spring & Summer Meal Plan with Recipes eBook: an invaluable resource to save you time and to guide and inspire you with fresh, seasonal choices that will support you through the months ahead.

serves 2

seeds from half pomegranate
1 cup raspberries (fresh or frozen)
1/2 cup cashews
1 tsp coconut oil
1/4 tsp vanilla bean paste
1 tbsp flax seeds
2 cups water or coconut water
Optional: flesh of young coconut
Optional: pure organic collagen powder

Why is this smoothie so good for my skin?

  • Hydration is critical to radiant, plump skin. Dry skin has less resilience and is more prone to wrinkling.
  • Flax seeds are the richest vegetable source of omega-3 fatty acid, which is a potent anti-inflammatory and can also help your skin stay hydrated and smooth in appearance, from the inside out.
  • Raspberries and pomegranates have the highest antioxidant values of commonly consumed fruits, to reduce oxidative stress and slow ageing of the skin. They contain anthocyanins and substantial Vitamin C, essential for maintaining a beautiful complexion.
  • Cashews are both the highest iron and zinc nut, and both minerals are important for skin healing and repair.
  • Collagen powder is essentially a quality protein powder providing specific types of amino acids. in particular generous in proline, serine and glycine, all very important for maintaining connective tissue like hair, skin and nails. Lots of people who use hydrolysed collagen protein powders report more hydrated and firmer skin.  When choosing a pure hydrolysed collagen supplement, like a marine collagen or a certified organic grass fed bovine collagen, it’s important to make sure that it is free from artificial sweeteners and preservatives.

 

 

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Paleo Caramel Sauce Infused with Christmas Spices

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As the festive season comes along with many indulgent foods, it can be comforting to know the healthy alternatives to choose from. Our Naturopath Suzie is sharing her passion for deliciousness with everyone – this paleo version of caramel sauce can be drizzled over ice cream,  Christmas cake, pancakes, stewed fruit, caramelised bananas … or whatever you desire!

Ingredients

Method

Combine all ingredients together in a saucepan, simmer oSauce 5ver a low heat for 5-10 minutes allowing the spices to infuse through the sauce.

Serve immediately, or store in the fridge for up to 3 days.

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Fertility Superfood: Maca

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Maca

When it comes to fertility superfoods, Maca certainly stands out from the rest. This Peruvian root is a member of the cruciferous family that resembles a radish or a turnip. Maca is a rich plant source of calcium, magnesium, selenium and iron as well as being relatively high fatty acids and protein. This powerful superfood functions as an adaptogen—a natural substance that produces an adaptive response to stress, supporting our handling of life’s daily stressors. According to Peruvian biologist Gloria Chacon de Popovici, PhD, maca stimulates the hypothalamus and pituitary gland to produce balanced levels of sex hormones including follicle stimulating hormone, oestrogen, testosterone and progesterone, while also regulating the adrenals and balancing stress levels. This is why Maca has been used for centuries as a superfood to boost energy, resilience, vitality and libido, while promoting fertility and overall well being.
Maca is great for individuals with menstrual irregularities, bothersome pre-menstrual symptoms, endometriosis, acne and for reducing the symptoms of menopause. At AYH we also recommend it to couples trying to conceive. We advise taking about 1 tablespoon of the dried root daily. Maca can be purchased at most health food stores and is a simple addition to bliss balls, smoothies, natural yoghurt, oats and healthy baked muffins.
Enjoy this below recipe as well! 

Magic Maca Warrior Balls

½ cup raw pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
½ cup raw almonds
½ cup raw sunflower seeds
1 tbs chia seeds
10 organic medjool dates, pits removed
3 tbs maca root powder
2 tbs water
2 tbs coconut oil (heated if solid) 

Method

In a blender or food processor, blend all the ingredients aside from the  dates and water, until a course consistency is reached.

Add dates and continue to blend. Add water 1tbs at a time until a dough forms.

Roll into balls and store in fridge up to 2 weeks.

Wishing you all peace & happiness. 
Yours in good health,
Tabitha x and Madeleine

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Fertility & Hormone Balancing Banana Icecream

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Introducing… Fertility Friday!

Fertility is not just about making babies, but rather a deeper reflection of
optimal health, nutrition,balance & vitality. Whilst there are infinite variations
on ‘normal’, for the ladies at least , it means experiencing a balanced
menstrual cycle, free of debilitating pain, mood-swings, skin breakouts,
weight fluctuations, and without drive to overeat.

Here at awaken your health, we love nothing more than
harmonised hormones and are dedicated to helping you achieve just that!
Each Friday, we will post recipes, tips,give examples of common
clinical presentations and the latest research
that will help you nurture your hormones and promote optimum fertility.

So, to kick off our first Fertility Friday and to celebrate the
last weeks of summer we are starting with our super simple and delicious

Balance-Banana Ice-Cream

If you haven’t tried making banana ice-cream before, then you are in for a treat!
This recipe is not only gluten, dairy and sugar-free but also contains
essential nutrients & ingredients that help balance hormones and
promote fertility including:

Maca– this South American root vegetable has been used for centuries to boost fertility.
It is a hormone balancing, libido & stamina enhancing superfood that is also
nutrient-rich.
Coconut butter– A rich source of mct saturated fat, which provides the building
blocks needed for hormone synthesis. Not enough fat in our diets can lead to
poor hormone production and hormonal disturbance.
Cinnamon– This super spice is fantastic for improving insulin sensitivity
and balancing blood sugar levels. It also promotes blood flow to the
reproductive organs. Balanced blood sugar levels are essential for
regular ovulation and healthy ormonal balance.
Banana– High in tryptophan, which converts to serotonin or our ‘happiness hormone’
and helps ward off postnatal depression. Bananas are also high in potassium,
an essential nutrient for regulating blood pressure and preventing pre-eclampsia.

Ingredients:
2x frozen bananas (peel, chop & freeze)
1tsp maca powder
1 tbs coconut butter or oil
¾ tsp ground cinnamon

Optional: chopped nuts or seeds of choice – pepitas or cashews are excellent
for their generous Zinc content.

Method
Place all ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend until
smooth and creamy. If bananas are too frozen, add 1 tablespoon of water.
Add chopped seeds or nuts!

Fertility Friday
Enjoy!

Wishing you all peace & happiness. 
Yours in good health,
Tabitha x

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Recipe for Tab’s Brown Rice Salad

A delicious recipe that makes 4-6 lunch or dinner meals

Boil 3 cups of brown rice. While the rice is cooking, heat a large fry pan or wok with1-2 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil

Add to the fry pan:

3 cloves garlic chopped finely
1 bunch shallots chopped finely
2 red capsicums chopped finely
Optional one chile without seeds, chopped finely
(ALL INGREDIENTS ARE CHOPPED TO APPROX SIZE OF A FINGERNAIL)

Once these ingredients have softened, add:

1-2 bunches chopped asparagus
1-2 bunches chopped broccolini
any other chopped green Chinese veggies
1-2 finely chopped carrots
1 cup of frozen peas or corn or both
(for extra taste, add 1 tsp sesame oil and 1-2 tbsp tamari to fry pan)
Add one bunch of finely chopped coriander towards the end
Cook all ingredients until medium soft.
Once the brown rice is cooked, rinse well and put in a large bowl.
Add the stir-fried veggies to the same bowl and stir rice in with veggies well.
Add 1 tbsp of sesame seeds
Add 2 x 185g cans Sirena Tuna in oil or Paramount red Salmon or Mackerel (drain oil)
Optional, add one can red or brown lentils (drained and rinsed) for extra fibre and protein.
Mix all ingredients and eat hot or cold. Enjoy!
Note: This keeps well in the fridge in Tuppaware (transfer to tuppaware only once the food is room temperature – never when hot), and is a great lunch to take to school or work.

Note: Don’t feel limited to the ingredients above – add whatever veggies you enjoy – the more colour, the better.

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