Category: Recipes

Super Smoothies – Anti-Inflammatory

Turmeric – The wonder stuff!

Turmeric has been used by Indians for thousands of years as a featured ingredient to the national dish, but also for its medicinal benefits.

Turmeric boasts amazing anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, thanks to its main compound curcumin (curcuminoids). Sadly though, the curcumin content in turmeric isn’t very high, and it’s difficult for the body to absorb.

Combining black pepper with turmeric enhances the absorption of curcumin by 2,000%. Curcumin is also fat soluble, so it’s at its most beneficial with a fatty meal, making this healthy smoothie recipe the perfect base to deliver this kind of natural medicine.

The natural anti-inflammatory benefits of curcumin are so strong, that it is known to match the effectiveness of some anti-inflammatory drugs!

Other benefits of turmeric include:

  • Increased brain function
  • Lower risk of brain diseases
  • Lower risk of heart disease
  • Helps to prevent and even treat certain cancers
  • Helps with arthritis
  • A natural antidepressant
  • May have age delaying properties

1 Teaspoon daily is the recommended amount if you want to use it for it’s natural anti-inflammatory properties, but what if you’re not a curry fan?

I’m not a fan of curries much. I’m more of a cocktail kinda gal! So the idea of a healthy, medically beneficial pina colada sounds much better! Everyone seems to have their own version of this smoothie, but here’s mine…

Pina Colada Smoothie

(With hidden anti-inflammatory benefits!)

Serves 2

  • 125g Frozen Pineapple
  • 30g Frozen Mango
  • 1/3 Frozen Lime
  • 85ml Coconut Water
  • 100ml Apple Juice
  • 5 Peppercorns
  • 1/2tsp Turmeric
  • 1tbsp Agave Nectar (Or Honey)

Sources:

  • www.healthline.com
  • www.dole.com

Superhealth – Bone Broth

Why I LOVE This Stuff!


First of all… I am not a nutritional therapist, specialist, chef or dietician. I have no degrees, no qualifications, and no background in this arena and this is not in any way medical advice, and I do advise that you should ALWAYS consult your GP or specialist before making any dietary changes.

However after living with IBS, and having a close family member live with the misery of Diverticular disease (which is f*cking HORRIBLE by the way!) , we did not find any of the above professionals terribly helpful either.

What we DID find helpful, was recipes and changes that were self researched, and through lots of trial and error, we found bone broth in particular to be damn near magical. Sorry Vegans.

Vegans – please look away now, this post is NOT for you!

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Candy & Chrome Pole Dance - Recipe - Blackberry Baked Rice

Blackberry Baked Rice

Seasonal Foraging…

Not sure if you know but I’m one of those woodsy nutter types that go foraging n stuff.  What’s even odder is that most people like this and want to get into it too – but don’t know what to do with the 500lbs of blackberries they picked!


So here’s a quick, easy fave of mine.
It’s warm, gooey, sweety, fruity, filling, comforting and cheap to make  😀

Candy & Chrome Pole Dance - Recipe - Blackberry Baked Rice

Chuck in an ovenproof dish:

50g Pudding rice
250 ml Apple juice
1/2 tsp Vanilla essence
2 tbsp Sugar or honey (manuka if you’re posh) 
A fistfull of Blackberries

Bake until gooey and gorgeous (bout 30 minutes) at 220°c.