Christmas Time

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Christmas is just around the corner so I thought I’d do a special post giving tips and ideas on how to enjoy this time feeling your best.

Hot chocolate is a comforting indulgence for many at this time of year and helps to warm you through from the inside. The good news is that you can enjoy a delicious hot chocolate by using only nourishing, unprocessed ingredients! I have been loving this superfood hot chocolate lately as it tastes like a hug in a mug. The difference with this hot chocolate is that it is made with raw cacao which is a superfood filled with antioxidants. It has a much stronger flavour than processed cocoa which means you only need 1-2 teaspoons depending on your cup size. To make enough for a teacup, like the one I have here, you simply heat half a cup of almond milk with 1 teaspoon of raw cacao and a splash of sweetener, I used raw maple syrup. If you have a bigger mug, simply double these quantities. I like to add a cinnamon stick for extra festive spice.

On Christmas morning I know some families like to have a Full English Breakfast. Here I have my version of a Full Vegan Breakfast which is delicious and completely satisfying. I use 3 slices of my homemade gluten free nutty loaf which is so health enhancing. You don’t have to make your own bread but if you want to fill your body with goodness be sure to buy a loaf that is unprocessed and contains nuts/seeds which will provide your body with complex carbohydrates and lots of fibre. I use Whole Earth organic baked bean to top my toast which taste great and are so much better for you than the standard tin high in salt and sugar. Beside this are slow roasted tomatoes which are cooked on 170 degrees for about 25 minutes. Finally, sauté sliced mushrooms in salt, pepper and chilli flakes before adding to this healthy feast.

If you are wanting something light in the morning then smoothies are the perfect option! They ensure that your body gets lots of portions of raw fruit and veg so that you don’t need to worry about it later in the day. For a health injection that will nourish your body try blending half a cup of almond milk, 2 handfuls of spinach, a cucumber, a small handful of (frozen) berries, a big banana and a heaped teaspoon of nut butter. This creates a delicious smoothie that has lots of alkalising minerals and will leave you feeling energised for the day ahead. I like to add superfood powders to my smoothies, particularly spirulina, chia seeds and maca for added pizzazz!

Finally, when it comes to your Christmas dinner make sure you enjoy it. Lots of people would call it the best meal of the year and I’m not going to argue with them! And this doesn’t mean it has to be unhealthy. I made this roast dinner which I was very proud of and it was a real crowd pleaser. This is honey glazed gammon with roast carrots, brussel sprout and potatoes which are cooked with lots of rosemary. It has a portobello mushroom in the middle which is stuffed with cooked quinoa. Pomegranate seeds give the dish a lovely crunch and adds sweetness. I made the apple sauce by simply boiling peeled and cubed apples in just enough water to cover for about 20 minutes with some cinnamon and the zest of a lemon. I then mashed the soft apples and drained away any excess water to create the perfect consistency.

There you have four delicious and indulgent recipes that all feel like such a treat yet they all totally nourish your body too so that you can spend this Christmas time feeling healthy, happy and full of energy!

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