As we dive into week 3 of lockdown I think acceptance is the general feeling now, however our mood changes and cravings are still all over the place. We know we can’t keep baking cakes and eating most of them to help our mood.
Plus Easter eggs will soon be in the shopping trolley. So here are some healthier options and even healing foods to keep our immune supported, energy levels more balanced and our waistline on track as summer and beach-time is just around the corner!
Here are some very simple recipes, where you can substitute a lot of different ingredients, depending on what is available at the moment. Creativity is the way forward, using healthy immune boosting ingredients. In my recent article I outlined nutrients to include over the next few weeks to keep you strong and in good spirits, for a lot of people boredom is setting in and worst still, anxiety. Immune boosting foods also support mental clarity and gut health – all so closely linked.
Also, frequent warm drinks and liquids are key to keep your respiratory pathways clear if you are feeling unwell, so soups and broths are excellent, nutritious options. Also gargling with water and lemon, salt or apple cider vinegar daily protects you too.
Some basic ingredients to include daily are ginger, garlic, local raw honey, coconut oil and sauerkraut.
Fermented foods, including kombucha and cultured veggies have been trending on the wellbeing scene for a while now, and for good reason. They do wonders for your gut bacteria and are a powerful addition to your diet for overall health. The concept of fermenting foods is not a new one, however. This process has been around for thousands of years across a variety of cultures as a preserving mechanism and a health booster. Think Korean kimchi, Japanese miso, and European sauerkraut.
With growing concern about COVID-19 are you focusing on just washing your hands and extra hygiene, or are you considering your overall immune health to protect yourself and loved ones?
In lockdown we will have more time to cook from scratch and nourish ourselves, but obviously shopping and sourcing food and supplements can be more tricky, so just do your best to include some of the key nutrients in your diet.
Rosie Whiteway, UK trained Nutritional Therapist at Ahara Nutrition
With over 10 years in practice as a Nutritionist, Rosie decided to make Mallorca her home in early 2018 and is slowly adjusting to the slower pace of life after many years living in London. She loves that Mallorca seems to have everything, from the hustle bustle of Palma with its fantastic wellbeing scene, to quiet beaches and beautiful nature.
Health food bars can be a great snack when you hit that 3.30pm slump, need an extra boost post-workout, or can feel your ‘hangry’ coming on. But we tend to fall into that trap where we think any energy bar is a healthy bar, and that is very often not the case. What’s more, the taste can leave a lot to be desired. The struggle to find something that tastes good and doesn’t contain more sugar than an iced doughnut is all too real.
This is where Ziggaru energy bars come in.
As an alternative answer to the hectic and often chaotic pace of modern-day life, we’re beginning to look for ways to tune back in with nature and reconnect with our inner wisdom. The practice of Ayurveda was not so commonplace in the West even 10 years ago, but today people are turning to this ancient Eastern holistic medical system to guide them back to a balanced and healthy state.
The global situation regarding food waste is pretty dire. So much so that estimates from the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations say roughly one-third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year (around 1.3 billion tonnes!) gets lost during the manufacturing process or wasted. The environment is hit hard from the greenhouse gases produced by the waste left rotting in landfill. The ‘developed world’ are by far the worst culprits. Per capita waste by consumers is between 95-115 kg a year in Europe and North America.
Yes, the supermarket shelves are loaded with dairy-free milk options now, however, not only are they expensive, the main ingredient – like almond, is less than 10% of the total ingredients and mostly in a processed, not whole food form. There are also a lot of additives (like synthetic cheap vitamins), and even if it’s “sugar free” there are emulsifiers (often fats that need to be refrigerated, not left on the shelf to oxidise), sweeteners and unfermented soy that are shown to be inflammatory, allergenic and just totally unnecessary in our diet. Coconut milk seems to be the safest option. Ecomil seems to be one of the cleanest brands that I find here – but always read the labels!
As I sit here with a bad case of the sniffles I only have myself to blame. My usual morning ritual of vitamins and juicing has gone out the window as of late, and with what seems to be a sudden shift to winter temperatures my immunity has decided to crumble.
For a few months now I’ve been hearing all about the benefits of Ashwagandha, and have been meaning to get my hands on some. The benefits of this superfood are many and varied, one of which is it’s purported to be a fantastic immunity booster. Although I’ve already succumbed to the dreaded lurgy, I’m keen to get on the Ashwagandha train ASAP and reap all its health giving benefits before winter well and truly sets in.
As we move into slightly cooler weather and darker evenings it’s time to start autumnal cooking, and maybe you need some inspiration after the long summer we have had.
Here is a high protein curry, delicious, quick, and can be a main meal or served as a side with a chicken, meat or fish dish.
Who doesn’t love a cold, creamy cone or gelato on a hot summer’s day? A refreshing treat to cool you off, an ice cream break is a time to embrace the indulgences and joys of summer. Unfortunately commercial ice-creams are often packed with E numbers and overloaded with sugar and a synthetic in flavour. If you’re looking to make your icy sweet fix a little more nutritious (yes, nutritious!) then why not make your own ice-cream this summer. It is a great way to get kids in the kitchen too!
Fermentation is “the chemical breakdown of a substance by bacteria, yeasts, or other microorganisms, typically involving effervescence and the giving off, of heat.” The process of fermentation converts compounds, like a carbohydrate, including vegetables and sugar, to carbon dioxide and alcohol to an organic acid.
Fermentation brings out amazing health benefits in certain foods, it helps increase digestion and bioavailability of nutrients, manage and prevent disease, including H. pylori infection, cancer, liver disease, arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and lactose intolerance.
As a born and raised Kiwi it wasn’t uncommon to find a jar of Manuka honey in the pantry at home. Mostly it was just slathered onto a piece of buttered toast without any thought about its health properties. All I knew was that it tasted damn good! These days it’s widely accepted as a wonder product for health and beauty. Kourtney Kardashian swears by it, feeding her kids a spoonful at the first sign of a sniffle, and she’s even a brand ambassador for natural skincare line Manuka Doctor Skincare.
You may see these little golden crunchy granules garnishing your instagram worthy smoothies and salads at healthy cafes, but were you aware that they are a real nutritional powerhouse? In fact bee pollen contains almost all of the nutrients required by the human body to thrive!
A Dahl (Dal, daal, dail or dhal) is the term used in India for dried, split pulses – lentils, peas and beans. It can be prepared in the form or a stew or a soup and is amongst the most important staple foods in South Asian countries. Dahl also has become a staple food in plant-based diets – versatile, simple and nourishing as a meal or side dish, or part of a Thali. Here in Mallorca we can include local market produce – seasonal vegetables and herbs to give it a personal twist (east meets west!).
No doubt you’ve heard of the frothy, green concoction that is matcha tea. So much so that you might have jumped on the matcha bandwagon quite some time ago, only to have jumped off in favour of this months latest green drink craze (celery juice anyone?). But I’m here to encourage you to pick your matcha habit back up again and make it a lasting one!
The festive season can be overwhelming, indulgent, exhausting, full of emotions and all kinds of food! Try not to over-stress during the next week. Take time to rest and relax, and try to only eat when you’re mentally calm.
In November, here in Mallorca the markets and supermarkets are abundant with local pomegranates. Often a cream and pink colour on the outside, yet bursting inside with ruby red seeds (or arils).
They are truly a superfood, and as they are in season now, they are an excellent immune booster as we move into the winter months. Eating foods in season is so crucial to our health, yet so often forgotten these days.
Pomegranates can simply be sprinkled over meals, juiced or eaten as a snack – beautiful and so nutritious!!
When my children were invited to try out Choi Kwang Do (CKD from here on in), I accepted the offer enthusiastically. I was already a fan of martial arts, having done a little karate myself in my younger years. However, what I didn’t expect upon arrival was to be given the chance to join in too!
There seem to be two types of people in the world. The ones that always wake up each morning with a ravenous hunger, and the ones who need a few hours to get their bearings before developing any type of appetite. I fall into the latter. Unfortunately I grew up in the era where it was pummelled into us that ‘breakfast is the most important meal of the day’ and subsequently forced myself to ingest something that constituted a balanced meal before doing anything else. But now things have had a shake up! Intermittent fasting is the new craze, and before you say ‘oh no, another fad’, this one actually has some merit. Here’s the lowdown.
This summer I did something unthinkable. It was in one of those ‘Mummy’s about to lose her cool’ moments. Thankfully not so much that I regret the consequence of my actions. Far from regret, I feel I’ve transformed my house into a happier home because of it. And all I did was unplug the television, carry it downstairs and plonk it in the garage.
When I became a parent, I was thrown in at the deep end. My first born William arrived nine weeks early and I’m not ashamed to say I was a little unprepared. In those first few weeks, I took each day as it came and learned to deal with situations as they arose using that natural motherly instinct we possess. And that’s how I’ve continued…
This heat in Mallorca at the moment is not only exhausting but very dehydrating!
Are you getting bored of drinking water to keep hydrated? It can be tempting to reach for the sugar-laden or alcoholic options to quench that thirst but why not try to nourish your body with flavoured water instead?
Pop to the local market and stock up on herbs and fruit to pep up the water to make it more appealing for you, your family and visitors!
You can freestyle with the 5 suggestions below. All you have to do is add to 1-2 litres of filtered water, chill and enjoy!
‘Tis the season of ice cream! This month I’m paying tribute to ice cream or to be precise, gelato – Italian ice cream. Though it may not be the most nourishing fuel for our bodies, ice cream is a favourite summer-time treat for kids and adults alike and every now and then there is no harm in indulging in something scrummy!
We all now know that green equals good when it comes to what you put in your body, which is why the trend of drinking your greens in juice form has become so popular. Rich in antioxidants, your green juice habit will have your energy levels up and your skin glowing in no time. Lucky for us on Mallorca we have some amazing juice bars and eateries that serve up these healthy concoctions, and also manage to make them taste delicious!
Summer brings a natural appetite for fruit and vegetables in season, light snacks and cooling foods. We crave anything that keeps us feeling light, hydrated and in tip-top shape.
Stay cool, hydrated and healthy with these refreshing summer treats!
Springtime is asparagus season in Mallorca. One of my favourite sayings is, “What grows together goes together” and I find that to be true with what is being harvested right now on the island. What better way to enjoy asparagus than with other seasonal produce? Hungry? Read on!
One of the most popular questions a chef gets asked is, “What is your favorite thing to cook?”
The Meatless Monday movement is an easy, weekly reminder to take saturated fat off our plates and replace it with nutrient-rich fruits, vegetables, beans and whole grains.
Following on from last month, I will focus on how making a slight change to our eating habits can not only impact our health, but also impact our planet – in a really BIG way.
Plant-based diets can be beneficial for your health. Vegan and vegetarian eating is becoming a way of life for many. No matter your age or reason to stop eating animal products, it is important to make sure that you’re getting enough protein, iron, and B vitamins and sustaining a nutrient dense diet.
We are well into the New Year and I’m sure like most, you have tried to start the year as healthily as possible. It is always difficult to stick to New Years resolutions, particularly regarding your health. This year, try to make these small changes to your eating habits to guarantee lasting and positive effects throughout 2018.
Shop bought jars of chutney are packed with sugar and low in nutrients. Why not make your own this Christmas?
Daylight savings is just one of the changes that can bring you down slightly. Like me, if you suffer from that sluggish, unenthused feeling when the days get shorter and colder, enjoying and incorporating certain foods in your diet during these times can be a way to help change your mental state of mind and wellbeing.
December has arrived and we have really made a shift into winter mode in Mallorca! Chilly evenings and shorter days calls for comfort food that will keep our energy levels up and our immune system boosted.
The change in season has inspired me so I am back in the kitchen and looking forward to cosy evenings and comfort food.
How lucky are we to live on this little Balearic island and feel the forceful beauty of each season?
Santa Maria Market in the middle of Mallorca is made for Sundays. Open from 7am to 2pm, it is a beautiful place to really appreciate autumn in all its mighty flow. Continue Reading…
As the days get shorter and cooler, the autumn or fall is a time to prepare your body for the seasonal changes ahead. Eating seasonal food is so important for our bodies and our minds.
Now for a cheeky and healthy treat! We all love chocolate. This recipe is so quick and easy and unbelievably tasty! It can be served like a gourmet dessert – very impressive, yet still cleansing! Crack some local sea salt over it with sliced Manacor strawberries from the market – a winner every time!
As I start preparation for a yoga retreat my first recipe to bake off is this delicious granola. Everyone loves it!
It’s crunchy and not too sweet like many packaged or other home-made granola’s. It keeps for weeks and is a perfect breakfast staple. Sprinkle it over yoghurt or snack on it with fruit – Autumn offers us local pomegranate, toad skin melon, citrus fruits, figs and grapes, or stew up some apples or pears for a warm breakfast.
I can never get enough of this heavenly fruit!
Fig season is almost over here in Mallorca. Did you know that on the island you can find more than 240 species?
I hope you are able to find one of them and create the following recipe before they are all gone!
I previously explored how yoga and meditation could assist with stress reduction but another technique for controlling stress lies in the foods we eat. We must eat to stay alive and what we choose to put into our bodies for nourishment is up to us. Everything that enters our mouth – food, drink, smoke and pills, can reduce or increase stress. We can consume nutrient rich foods or we can choose nutrient empty foods. We can create a balancing, calming or de-stressing effect or we can create an irritating, stimulating and stressful effect. The choice is ours.