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APPLE CINNAMON OATMEAL W. CARAMELISED APPLES + NUTS

APPLE CINNAMON OATMEAL W. CARAMELISED APPLES + NUTS

I’ll sometime make gluten free oatmeal but I always add hydrolysed gelatin powder (also called collagen powder) and coconut oil or butter. This way my oatmeal becomes more than just a carbohydrate rich meal. The gelatin/collagen increases your dietary protein and essential amino acids. Amino […]

SMOOTHIE WITH BLACK CURRANT

SMOOTHIE WITH BLACK CURRANT

This morning I added homegrown black currants from the freezer to my smoothie bowl I was making. I topped it with homemade grain free granola. Delicious and a great boost of vitamin C. The smoothie bowl also contains avocado, banana, collagen protein powder, green powder, […]

WHY AVOIDING MEAT ISN’T A SIMPLE ECO-SOLUTION

WHY AVOIDING MEAT ISN’T A SIMPLE ECO-SOLUTION

The road to a sustainable future isn’t black and white. It’s filled with many different tones of grey. For example it isn’t as simple to avoid meat from your plate. Many people have heard about how polluting meat production is. And that is correct when we talk about large scale factory farming. I don’t advocate for factory farming or (eating) threatened species but small scale and wild meats.

So how does growing vegetable, grains and legumes impact the environment. Again, it’s large scale farming practises. To grow you coffee, tea, kale, broccoli, corn, grains and sugarcane natural ecosystems have been destroyed. In the process millions and millions of species have been killed, lost their habitat and have now been endangered or extinct. It’s many more animals than have been killed to get to your plate. I’m all up for cutting down the meat consumption but if your health deteriorates by taking meat out of your diet, I don’t vouch for that. I don’t believe that any species on the planet has the purpose to suffer. The purpose is to thrive!

Another thing that I like to practise is, not to give certain lifeforms more value than other. Plants are also lifeforms and the whole premise of the planet is that lifesforms turn into other lifeforms. As will I when I die. I’m not saying that I won’t kill a mosquito or a tick that tries to bite me. Also driving your car or spraying your garden with chemicals will kill many lifeforms. Even our own bodies are constantly killing foreign invaders and our own cells die for new ones to take over. Cancer actually starts when cells override the signals that tell them to self destruct.Even though it’s hard, I try to accept the nature and instincts that are inherent in us all.

Instead I focus on consuming lifeforms with the highest quality, which to me is nutritional value and good energy. I trace this back to, if they have eaten the diet they are designed to and have been living a good healthy life in as much in it’s natural habitat as possible. Isn’t it interesting that for example cattle that have been 100% grass fed compared to conventional raised cattle given grains, soy etc. have a fat content similar to fish. We are told again and again how healthy fish are with their high omega 3 content. Conventional raised cattle have a higher omega 6 content. No wonder we are told again and again how bad red meat is for us.

There is of course much more to this issue than what I highlight today but before I end this post, I would also like to address the methane issue. Many people know about the high methane emissions connected to the large animals like cattle, bisons etc. Related to the diet of cattle above, studies show that the methane emission is lower when they eat the diet they’re designed to eat. Secondly, much land storing or with the capacity to store greenhouse gases as methane, carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide has been and is cleared to grow vegetables, grains, legumes, sugarcane, coffee and tea. Coffee alone has cleared much natural habitat to establish coffee plantations. Livestock on the other hand has been used to restore degraded and arid areas when done properly. Pastures also have the possibility to incorporate a higher diversity of plants, insects and other animals than large scale farming land.

You can start this journey by questioning where your groceries come from. How the animals that you eat have lived and have they eaten their natural diet. Don’t look at the problems in back and white, for example only blaming meat production.

 

If you want to dive deeper into this I recommend listening to this podcast

This video also shows you how important predators are on our environment like when the wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park

 

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FIRST WILD FOOD THIS YEAR

FIRST WILD FOOD THIS YEAR

Wild mushroom side dish for lunch. Judas’s ear or Jew’s ear (Auricularia auricula-judae) is an edible mushroom most commonly found on Elder trees (Sambucus nigra). It grows during the cold season. A great way to get wild foods into your diet when there isn’t much […]

GRAIN FREE PANCAKES

GRAIN FREE PANCAKES

We’re enjoying gluten and grain free pancakes this Saturday morning with bacon, stewed apples and raspberries. The bacon is organic and free range. The stewed apples are from our garden and with no added sweeteners. The frozen raspberries are also from our garden. The pancakes […]

FRIDAY SMOOTHIE BOWL

FRIDAY SMOOTHIE BOWL

I felt like “sweetening” this Friday morning with a smoothie bowl and homemade granola.

Blend banana and frozen strawberries, kale, coconut milk, vanilla bean powder, collagen protein powder. I used frozen strawberries and kale from the garden.

The homemade granola is a mix of nuts, seeds and desiccated coconut. Mixed with coconut oil and a little rice malt syrup before roasted in the oven.

 

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SIMPLE GINGER & LEMON TEA

SIMPLE GINGER & LEMON TEA

Lately, I’ve been drinking a simple ginger and lemon tea. It has lots of nourishing and healing properties! I slice the ginger and put it in a mug. Then I pour boiling water in the mug and let it cool so I can drink it […]

SUSHI WITH QUINOA

SUSHI WITH QUINOA

Last nights sushi leftovers for lunch today including for our son in his lunchbox. He was very excited about getting sushi in his lunchbox. First boil the quinoa. Then cool it and mix it with a little apple cider vinegar. Mix tuna with mayo (free […]

GRAIN FREE BANANA BREAD

GRAIN FREE BANANA BREAD

I’m enjoying my homemade grain free and processed-sugar free banana bread topped with coconut cream this afternoon.

This recipe is slightly altered from Sarah HopkinsHealthy Banana Bread and it’s very delicious!

INGREDIENTS

4 very ripe bananas
1/4 cup of organic coconut oil or organic grass fed butter
3 organic eggs
1 tsp vanilla powder
1.5 tsp cinnamon
1/2 (or more) cup coconut flour
1 tsp (heaped) baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
handful Walnuts (optional)

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 180 degrees. You’ll need to take the measurements with a “pinch of salt” as the consistency of the banana bread varies greatly depending on the coconut flour as well as the ripeness and size of the bananas.
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl until combined. If using a food processor or Thermomix, I recommend that you leave out the walnuts until later as you want the walnuts chunky to add texture.
You want the mixture to look like cake batter, that is slightly thick not runny. If yours is runny add more coconut flour to get a thicker consistency.
Pour into a lightly greased bread pan and bake for about 45 mins or until centre is set and top is golden.
Enjoy!

 

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STRAWBERRY + BEET ROLLS

STRAWBERRY + BEET ROLLS

Another little snack for our son’s lunchbox. Dried fruit contains a lot of sugar like fructose so generally I’m not a big fan as I write in this post. That said, I like to sneak beets into this fruit leather like in the Strawberry Fruit […]


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