Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Zucchini Fettuccine

My little daughter loves cheese so this recipe was a fob off a tomato cheese lovers pasta, and she loved it. It’s simple and delish and could be enjoyed by many. Even though it seems quite decadent the are tons of vegetables hidden in this meal so it’s a great one to eat leading up to a Reboot preparation or into your transition out stage. You can also enjoy this sauce with a regular wholegrain pasta of your choice.

The ‘Digestion-Helper’ Juice

I love grapefruit and lemon in my morning juices! This juice combines fruits and vegetables that give your digestive system and your metabolism a little kick-start first thing. Sour tastes are important for good health, they support clear, healthy skin, help to lower our risk for many diseases and health conditions and may even help with weight loss as part of an overall healthy and plant-based diet. Enjoy this sweet and sour drink the next time you want a new juice for your morning routine.

Why Bone Broth is Hitting the Headlines



Step aside green tea, a new warm drink is getting the spotlight. Even though it’s been around for centuries, bone broth is making headlines. And here’s why.

Cultures around the world have been boiling up the bones, cartilage and connective tissue of cows, chickens and turkeys for thousands of years for medicinal benefits in addition to a healthy diet. Some refer to it as ‘nose to tail’ eating which was always practiced traditionally as no one ever wanted to waste anything. If you think you’ve never had it before, you probably did when you were enjoying Mom’s Homemade Chicken Soup – there’s a reason we have chicken soup when we are sick! Chicken soup has been consumed by many worldwide for illness and convalescence offering possible healing and regenerative properties.

So why the recent craze? It probably has to do with a little rebranding of an old classic, but here are the many reasons why bone broth is believed to be a healthy drink:

1. Heals the gut by supporting and nourishing the lining of the digestive tract
As Hippocrates said, ‘all disease begins in the gut’! Gelatine may help to heal the lining of the digestive tract by re-establishing the very fragile gastrointestinal cells that may become hyper-permeable from medications, long-term use of the oral contraceptive pill, alcohol, poor diet, stress, food intolerances and chronic gut infections combined with poor levels of good bacteria. By improving the lining you will also improve nutrient absorption.

2. Supports a healthy immune system
When our digestive systems become hyper-permeable due to these chronic irritating factors it is said that it can start a chain of events that increase the likelihood of immune-related disorders and food sensitivities. Large proteins absorb through this ultra-permeable lining that shouldn’t be and cause the immune system to attack. The broth minerals and amino acids also support a healthy immune system. Bone broth is often suggested for people who may be suffering with auto-immune diseases and allergies.

3. Supports joint tissue repair and regeneration
Tissue for tissue, this is better than any glucosamine or chondroitin tablet for the repair, regeneration of joint tissue and for the decrease in pain and discomfort. Studies have shown promise with collagen taken orally for the effective treatment of osteoarthritis.

4. Supports bone health
Again the minerals from the bone and collagen are easily re-mineralized into our bones as they are in the optimum ratio.

5. Anti-inflammatory benefits
Bone broth contains high amounts of the amino acids glycine, proline, and arginine which all have anti-inflammatory effects. 

6. Supports healthy hair, skin and nails
Gelatine is consumed for its youth enhancing benefits across the globe, the collagen content of bone broth supports the connective tissue and collagen in the skin thus reducing wrinkles. It also offers increased tissue strength for the nails and hair. One study supports its use against skin aging from sun UV radiation.

7. Contains high amounts of minerals
As the bone tissue is highly mineralised with calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sulphur and others, these minerals are easily absorbed in the digestive tract in this form. When making a bone broth it is imperative to add something acidic to help draw out these nutrients such as apple cider vinegar or lemon.


How to Make Your Own Bone Broth
It is important when making a good bone broth that you use organic grass-fed bones that have been reared in a clean healthy happy environment without the use of hormone growth promotants, antibiotics and GM feed. The benefits of the broth will be directly related to the health (and happiness) of the animal. You certainly do not want to make an antibiotic pesticide artificial growth promotant enhanced broth for yourself.

Here is the recipe:
2 lbs (1kg) organic grass fed bones
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 onion, chopped
1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
2 tsp. Himalayan salt or sea salt
12 cups (1.5 L) water
Optional but highly recommended: add vegetables, and/or the pulp left over from making vegetable juice.

Method
1. Place all of the ingredients into a large pot covered in water and bring to a boil.

2. Once it reaches boiling point, cover the pot, turn the heat down and simmer for at least 12 hours. You can also add the broth to a crockpot and simmer it that way. The longer the better.

3. Turn the heat off, let the stock slightly cool. Take out the bones then strain the broth through a sieve and discard the leftover matter.

An Option for Vegetarians and Vegans, Too
I understand that this may not suit everyone so here are some vegan and vegetarian alternatives to bone broth:

Make a soup containing any or all of these ingredients:
Vegetable scraps (great to use vegetable pulp from your juices and vegetable peels), diced root vegetables, celery, onions, garlic, any herbs and spices, a splash of apple cider vinegar, nettle leaves and/or other fresh mineral rich herbs, seaweeds for the extra mineral infusion such as nori, dulse and kelp.

Simmer these ingredients covered in water for up to 2-4hrs and strain. This will have different properties to the bone broth but it will certainly offer nutrient-rich nourishment.

For more vegetable pulp broths see  Vegetable Pulp Broth and Thai Infused Broths. You can certainly add extra ingredients to increase the nutrition in any of these recipes. If you are vegetarian that consumes eggs you can add in organic egg shells, if you are a pescetarian you may want to add in wild caught fish bones and heads. This can be a great alternative to keep in portions in the freezer to use in recipes rather than buying the store bought stock.

No Fruit, No Problem Juice Recipe

I’m a bit tomato-mad lately, which is a good thing considering Sydney is leading up to one of its hottest summers and the days have been intense, hot and sticky. Tomatoes offer specialized antioxidants which provide the skin with natural sunscreen protection against free radical damage from UV radiation. This helps in the reduction of sun spots, wrinkles and anti-aging.

I just finished a 5-Day Juice Only Reboot to give myself a much needed pep up – it always does the trick. I went to a fabulous farmers’ market and grabbed a few bags of ripe looking tomatoes and attacked my awesome vegetable garden that my husband has been working on this year (see image below!). So this juice is as fresh as it gets, and healthy, light and 100% vegetables.

If you like savory juices as much as I do, then you’ll love these too:
Piping Hot Palate Pleaser
Piping Hot Peppers Juice

Bloody Mary
Italian Tomato & Pepper Juice 

Here’s my latest savory juice recipe!

Meatless, Bread-less Monday: Walnut Pesto Chard Wraps

I love making food alternatives that incorporate more vegetables in place of refined carbohydrates. It makes for a lighter meal that has plant compounds and extra antioxidants. Go ahead and add more nutrients to the next sandwich or wrap you make by using chard leaves instead of bread! You can also use this pesto filling with rice paper rolls or toasted seaweed nori sheets.

It’s always nice to use different ingredients in a basic pesto recipe to increase your nutrient profile and add variety to your diet. I used walnuts because they are high in omega-3 fatty acids, and contain fiber, calcium, magnesium, B6, B1 and folate. They have anti-cancer properties, improve weight control, support brain and heart heath. I’d say it’s a good idea to make this for dinner tonight!

 

Top 10 Anti-Aging Superfoods



Our skin is a clear indication of how well we treat our bodies — after all, we are what we eat and the state of our health and our diet is apparent on our body’s largest organ, the skin. Of course heredity factors, sun exposure, skincare and hydration factor in too but if we can look and feel better with a wrinkle-free, smooth, fabulous complexion by eating the right foods, then we might as well try!

What you eat has so much to do with how you look and how well you will age. If you eat rubbish, you will feel and look it too! Inflammation and free radical damage cause collagen breakdown in the skin, while antioxidants in the diet work towards neutralizing these free radicals which will protect your skin strength and health.

As we age the body runs a little less smoothly and we become more susceptible to age-related degenerative diseases. So what can we do about it? A recent study suggests that a Mediterranean diet appears to be associated with longer telemores, an established marker of slower aging. Research has pinpointed specific nutrients that help prevent harm from environmental factors, nutrients that will hydrate your complexion, and keep your skin cells looking their best. A healthy well balanced whole-food diet is very important in reducing the incidence of disease while also reducing the effects of aging, but here are a few foods that really have an anti-aging punch.

These foods will keep your complexion looking smooth by fighting those pesky (skin-damaging) free radicals:

1. Blueberries
These little fruits, 
including other berries such as blackberries, raspberries, mulberries and cranberries, offer large amounts of antioxidants such as flavonols, anthocyanins and vitamin C which helps reduce cellular aging. The darker black and blue colored berries provide the best anti-aging benefits because they have the highest concentration of antioxidants. Blueberries have also shown excellent promise for boosting memory in aging patients.

2. Leafy Greens
Bet you could have guessed this one! Dark leafy greens, particularly spinach and kale which contain the two antioxidants, lutein and zeaxanthin, have been shown to protect against the negative effects of UV exposure. Every time the skin is exposed to UV light, damage occurs and the cumulative effect of that repeated damage is epidermal DNA damage, persistent inflammation, oxidative stress, and suppression of T-cell mediated immunity. This then contributes to the increased risk of skin cancer and skin aging. A study demonstrated that women who consumed a higher intake of green and yellow vegetables had a lower incidence of wrinkles.

3. Cucumbers
Cucumbers are high in silica which helps form the collagen that supports a wrinkle free face.

4. Guava
Guava fruit contains a very high level of vitamin C which supports collagen production and skin appearance.

5. Tomatoes
Tomatoes are high in lycopene (so are watermelons!) which acts as an internal sunscreen protecting the skin from UV radiation, sunspots and aging. They also contain vitamin C for collagen strength and potassium which regulates the water and nutrient content of the cells in the skin.

6. Avocado
Avocado is such a gorgeous fruit, that also helps make your skin beautiful. Its essential fatty acids support healthy oils within the skin, and it also offers vitamin E and biotin which also offers skin, nail and hair nutrient support.

7. Pomegranate
These amazing seeds contain ellagic acid and punicalagin that support anti-aging by inhibiting free radical damage and protecting and preserving the collagen in your skin.

8. Oily Wild Fish
Oily fish including sardines, herring, mackerel and wild salmon offer omega-3 fatty acids that support skin, hair and nail moisture and skin elasticity by strengthening skin-cell membranes.

9. Walnuts
Walnuts are particularly high in polyunsaturated fatty acids and vitamin E which are naturally anti-aging and anti-inflammatory.

10. Dark {High Quality} Chocolate

Antioxidant flavanols found in dark good quality cacao helps reduce inflammation of the skin caused by exposure to UV light. It may also  increase circulation in the skin and improves its ability to retain moisture, which can reduce the appearance of wrinkles.


Here are some wonderful Edible skincare treatments from masks to scrubs for you to enjoy. Here’s to looking and feeling fabulous forever!

No-Mayo Raw Avocado Slaw

Raw, Vegan Avocado Slaw

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4

Ingredients



I love making creamy, non-dairy based sauces that taste delicious. Sometimes it can take a few tries to get the recipe just right – this avocado dressing took me four attempts! After a couple tries to ‘add this’ and ‘don’t add that’, I think I finally got it just right, so I hope you enjoy it too. Don’t feel like you need to limit the dressing for this specific salad because it would taste wonderful on a variety of vegetables!

If the weather is cold where you are and your body isn’t craving raw foods, it is still very important to continue to consume raw foods such as juices, salads and vegetable-based meals to ensure the consumption of heat sensitive nutrients along with naturally occurring enzymes that plant foods contain. Eat up!

Salad Ingredients:
1 cup (100 g) shredded white cabbage
1 cup (100 g) shredded red cabbage
2 large carrots, shredded
2 large scallions, chopped
1/2 red onion, diced
1 handful of parsley, chopped (extra for garnish)

Avocado Slaw Dressing:
1/2 avocado
2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup (50 g) sliced almonds, blanched
1/2 cup (125 ml) water
1 lemon, juiced (approx. 2 Tbsp.)
1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
1 garlic clove, crushed
sea salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:
1. Wash all produce well.

2. Prepare and chop salad ingredients and set aside in a large bowl.

3. Combine dressing ingredients in a blender or food processer and blend until well combined with a
creamy consistency. Dress as you like (you may want more or less dressing).

Substitutions:
Cabbage – radish, kale, spinach
Carrots – pumpkin, sweet potato, butternut squash
Shallots – red onion, spring onions
Red onion – white or brown onion
Almonds – blanched whole almonds (soaked), cashews
Olive oil – avocado oil, flaxseed or hemp seed oil
Lemon juice – apple cider vinegar

Coconut Turmeric Peach Smoothie

Any excuse to throw in some turmeric to a recipe is a good idea because this spice increases the antioxidant power 10-fold in your drink! For this delicious recipe, I added in the coconut oil to improve the assimilation and activity of the curcumin, as small amounts of fats enhance its antioxidant potential. Turmeric has shown to be anti-cancer, liver enhancing, anti-inflammatory, anti-infective, anti-depressant and has the ability to reduce LDL cholesterol. Read more about the amazing benefits of turmeric here!