Toasting 2015

Happy New Year everyone! Like me, I hope you all had a wonderful break. I am not the biggest fan of January and February, but I promised not to harp on about that this year, I know it’s cold but the sun is shining away today.

Christmas was really quiet (just me, as Ahmed was in Nicaragua). I feel like a lot has happened on the personal side, Dad turns sixty today, and my father-in-law turns sixty this week. They are both remarkable, I hope that when I am sixty, I too might have the grace and poise they possess. Given that such life events are happening at the moment, it has been a time for reflection indeed.

Ahmed and I had our first wedding anniversary, we hit the spa and then skipped going out on New Year’s Eve and had a lovely evening at home, which is something I have wanted to do for years.

I am feeling quite tired at the moment, which probably has something to do with being a bit lax with food selection. We got back to being alkaline with green smoothies, avocados on Kamut toast and lentils yesterday. Tomorrow I’ll be posting recipes for a three-day plan to get you glowing in no time!

Usually I skip resolutions, but this year I am a little more than taken with Pantone’s colour of the year, Marsala or more so the selection of it, to enrich our mind, body and soul. If there is anything that makes one glow inside out, it is seeking out such experiences, how ever big or small they are.

So that is what I’ll be doing and I hope you’ll join me in raising a glass to such a year. Here is my first recipe for 2015!

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Power Green Smoothie

This concoction is a powerhouse of nutrients. I really slacked off the green juices over the past week, so definitely needed something strong and nourishing this morning. It’s breakfast in a glass, fantastic fuel for workouts and busy (or gloomy) January days!

One banana
A handful of spinach
1 Medjool date
1 cup nut milk (I used cashew)
1tbsp nut butter (I used cashew)
1tsp super greens powder
A few chlorophyll drops

Blitz all the ingredients together until smooth.

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A Time To Renew

When the much awaited summer weather finally comes it makes an all too soon exit and in its’ wake leaves behind a sun soaked haze. As much I love summer, I enjoy it’s neighbouring season, fall, far more.

Perhaps it is something left over from school days but the beginning of September always summons the sense of a new year. While in the UK, autumn brought about back to school momentum, crispy leaves on the pavements, the faint smell of bonfires in the air and the Christmas food adverts from Marks and Spencer.

Yet, I find I anticipate fall in Canada much more. Labour Day holiday, waiting for trees to turn, Thanksgiving, Nuit Blanche, Halloween, the first of the cold weather, pre-Awards film season and the run-up to Christmas. No matter where, this precious season offers a time for renewal.

Perhaps that is why the hubby and I decided to embark on a 21 day adventure in the form of Doctor Junger’s elimination detox. The past few months took away all sense of routine and virtue, the much needed visitors and sun called for BBQ’d meats, hours on patios for the World Cup, lavish picnics, ice creams on warm late nights and all other sins that are thoroughly enjoyed in warm weather.

So today was the first day of our detox. We started the morning with a smoothie, mine was my usual green go to with the additions of wheatgrass and chlorophyll and I finally convinced Ahmed to drink non-dairy milk in the form of a chocolate milkshake. Little did he know he was actually drinking a Paleo inspired superfood smoothie.

To serve one, blend 1.5 cups of unsweetened coconut and almond milk with just over a half scoop of chocolate Vega protein, 1 tsp raw cacao power, quarter of an avocado, 2tsp coconut oil and 1-2tsp organic coconut sugar (optional). You can add little water for a thinner consistency.

We made a load of our coconut lentils without tomatoes (recipe coming soon) and enjoyed some chicken rubbed down with Moroccan spices on a bed of spinach for lunch.

Here are three healthy tips to get you on your way:

Drink a mug of lemon and hot water first thing.

Swap table salt for pink Himalayan salt. It’s really not a gimmick, after giving up salt, we find, that whenever we’ve consumed it whilst eating out or something, the next day we feel terrible.

Adding an avocado to anything, smoothie, a healthy dessert (chocolate mousse), brown rice crackers, salad or meal instantly makes it decadent and nutritious.

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Oh and cheers to you all, it’s good to be back.