As readers of this blog will know, I am an advocate of including as much raw food in my diet as possible, particularly important for endo warriors who need super dooper nutrition mainlined into our poorly systems!
As a family we are part of a lovely local Farm Club, and currently on the plot is an abundance of chard. I love this recipe from Raw Diva Tera Warner (another blog I cannot recommend highly enough) which uses chard and peaches for some super sweet green smoothie action which will send some nutrient dense yumminess your way.
Check it out:
Green Smoothie Recipe: Strawberry & Peachy Green Smoothie
- 1 cup strawberries
(leave the green tops on)
- 2 peaches,
sliced and pitted
- 1 frozen banana
- 4-6 leaves of chard,
- 1 cup of fresh orange juice
or coconut water
or spring water
Put the fruits at the bottom then the greens and add the liquid.
Blend and serve.
In your smoothie the peaches and chard are providing fibre, potassium, Vitamins C and B3, E and K, , betacarotene and small amounts of calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, iron and zinc, anti-oxidants, Chard also helps to regulatie normal blood sugar levels, perfect for endo warriors with hormonal imbalances.
I posted this recipe in a Project Endo daily email this week, and fellow endo warrior Cath had some great advice for making green smoothies: “I drink a green smoothie (around 300-500ml) everyday and have been even before I got diagnosed with endo. It’s amazing what they do for your hair, nails, skin and more than anything your energy. What I like to do is buy a whole bunch of ingredients from the markets (chard, kale, spinach, cos/romain, pineapple, banana, peach etc etc etc) plus frozen berries and make up a few different flavour combinations. (spinach & banana / banana berry, tropical kale etc etc). I make enough flavours to last a 1 to 2 weeks. I blitz just the produce ingredients and pop them into zip-lock sandwich bags and freeze them. Then when I want to drink one I pull it out of the freezer break it up (they generally don’t freeze 100% solid) and blitz it with water or coconut water. It takes about 30minutes prep on my day off but means I don’t have to wash my blender everyday!!! I really feel the difference if I skip a day or 2. “ Catherine Nichols, Project Endo warrior.
I am going to give this a go, and have also signed up for the Green Smoothie Challenge, a free email support for enjoying green smoothies. Want to join me?
Hey Diva readers! In my raw food journey I am experimenting with more recipes and combinations of food.
Here is a little something I concocted yesterday that I think you may like:
Diva’s Raw chocolate fudge brownie.
You will need:
1 cup of raw cacao butter, grated/in small chunks
1 cup raw cacao powder
4 or 5 large medjool dates
Juice the apples and soak the oats in a bowl with the juice.
Whilst the oats are absorbing the moisture, chop the medjool dates into small chunks.
Using a saucepan and bowl like a bain-marie, heat the shards of cacao butter.
Stir in the cacao powder, and add a few drops of vanilla essence.
The medjool dates will add enough sweetness but in case you want more, add a teaspoon or two of agave syrup.
Stir the chocolate mixture into the soaked oats and dates, and stir well.
Press into a loaf tin and leave to chill in the fridge.
After an hour or so you will have lovely, fudgy, gooey, good for you brownies.
You could also add a few cacao nibs for an extra crunch, or some crushed almonds for more of a nutty texture.
Let me know what you think!
I have recently been rediscovering the magical properties of Hatha Yoga.
As an endometriosis girl finding ways to complement my energy levels and cardiovascular activities are a challenge; I used to go to yoga before having the Mini Divas, and have been back for the the last 3 weeks for some much needed strength and stretching.
What I love about yoga is the fact that I might have a mind racing full of the day’s events, I may feel tired and worn out before a class, yet without fail I come out feeling energised, calm and restored. Hatha yoga for me has been like rediscovering a kind of magic potion, and I never fail to be amazed that this über ancient meditation and exercise form can work on so many levels. Read More >
I am such a sucker for an infographic but wondered what you Diva Readers think of this one. It arrived in my email to share on my blog, and as it happens it’s quite intriguing. Having read the Fifty Shades trilogy I can see why the sex toy industry is having a boom time; what do you think, are you surprised by the numbers?
Presented by Adam & Eve – Scandalous facts you didn’t know about sex toys
I am thrilled to introduce you to the lovely Sarah Jane Funnell.
I met Sarah through our day jobs, and am so delighetd that she has also managed to publish a children’s book in her spare time – no mean feat! Getting something published can be a real journey, so I asked Sarah all about her new book, Phillipa Knickerbocker Glory and the Ice Cream Castle and how she came to be published.
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I am super pleased to announce a new project I have been working on….
Project: Endo,the endo warriors guide to winning with and living with endometriosis.
This is am email sign up service bringing daily endo tips, help, advice and inspiration for endo sisters globally. I am also launching an ebook soon which shares my story and experiences, plus lots of advice, information and much much more to come!
Find us on Facebook and Twitter too.
Head on over to Project Endo, and sign up for the daily tips. Spread the word with endo sisters. I look forward to taking the Project Endo journey further with you
❤ This week I tried for the very first time to make my own pasta. Now, as you know, I am going for a high raw eating habit at the moment, so pasta won’t be a staple of my diet, but I was so inspired by the Channel 4 series Simply Italian this week that I had to give it a go. My very first attempt was farfelle, the bow tie pasta, and I made it with gluten free flour. I had the little bow ties with home grown chard , garlic, and Udos oil with a large green salad and rocket. YUM. Give it a go! ❤ Next weekend is a much awaited and exciting time, my little brother Tim is getting married! I have an exciting parcel arriving from Girl Meets Dress which I can tell you all about next week, but this beauty from Giant Dwarf on Etsy, the Astral Crown, arrived from the US and made me super excited in the meantime.
Pinterest is a mine of amazing infographics and aesthetically designed statements, and this one by the folks over at mindbodygreen.com really caught my eye.
I am a keen napper, and regularly pop to have a snooze if my sleep needs a top-up ( highly common as a mum of young twins!), and I love my afternoon 40 winks. The knowledge that companies encourage naps is just brilliant, and I think Cherry Sorbet should make sure we have a red sofa with soem chillout music for all our team!
Do you like a nap, or does the thought of taking time out fill you with dread?