Vegan Stew Recipe + Nutrition tips for Christmas

WOW guys i just realised my last blog post was 20th June 2016….. YIKES! Life has definatley ran away with me and I have been shunted slightly sideways on my path but my compass is now back in alignment and I am heading North instead of West… For those who were with me back in 2013 you will know that my Dharma (Purpose) is to support people towards a happier healthier being through Nutrition education, and while I have maintained my foot in the arena I have been consumed with cooking for which I LOVE but teaching people about the medicinal benefits of food is at the core of my Passion. So I will be back on the net waves sharing some health & wellbeing tips and after being guided to film some stuff too I will also be creating my first ever Vlog VERY SOON. Anyway enough about me lets get to the nitty gritty of Christmas and how we can avoid that January Slug & Slump. Now I am not here to be a party pooper and as a Libran I am a true believer of BALANCE. So for MOST of you Boozing and gorging will be part of the festive season as Food & Drink should be celebrated right, after all it keeps us alive (at least some of it does some of it does the opposite!) Anyway enough of that as I want to keep this returning blog lighthearted, and the purpose is to give you some easy quick tips to keep yourself motivated and energised through the festive period and more importantly Bounce into the New Year with Energy & Inspiration to help you follow your DREAMS (just like I am)

I want to keep these tips simple and accessible to everyone wherever you may be over the next few weeks as I appreciate routines are up routed and we maybe spending time in various different households. (I know I am!)

So here are my Top 3 Nutrition Tips to not only survive the Festive Period but come out the other end shining instead of loafing. Don’t expect some whacky new subscription, or supplement these are Nature’s medicine, accessible to us ALL Everyday. There may be nothing new here for you BUT sometimes its good to go back to basics. How many of you in a work capacity go on a course and think ah I used to do that and get results why did I stop.. Well do you know what the same applies to your Health. What I aim to do with this blog is remind you of some basic daily wellbeing guidance that if we make a Ritual will support our Wealth.. excuse me I mean Health…To me this is the same thing and probably why I accidentally wrote wealth and why i am not not deleting it.

Below is also a super quick easy and affordable recipe to feed all the family between christmas and new year and keep your bellies nourished with goodness between the chocolates and the mince pies. You know that 80/20 rule your sales manager goes on about.. Well it doesn’t just apply to your customers it also applies to your LIFE. So when I say balance if you can eat and drink well 80% of the time with 20% treat time then you will be well on your way to being the Healthiest version of you yet.

Tip No1. Warm Water with lemon EVERY God damn day YES even Christmas Day…. I have literally been doing this for AS LONG as I can remember and I VERY rarely get a cold, or any kind of sickness. The way to do this is not with a measly slice of lemon get half or even a full big lemon squeezed in there. (for those of you who live in Ibiza its Lemon season so they are FREE) “Best things in life are Free” The reason I say Warm not HOT water is because heat destroys some of the Vitamin C which is one of the many benefits we receive from this drink. This drink also helps to flush out toxins, strengthens the liver and aids digestion 3 super important processes ESPECIALLY at the time of year. This is by no means an exhaustive list of the huge benefits provided by this quick, affordable tasty drink. (I add to mine Tbsp Fermented apple cider vinegar & a teaspoon of Raw honey and sometimes Rosemary again found in ABUNDANCE in Ibiza) This is not just for the additional taste AVC can help to boost energy, can aid with weightloss and something I have learnt recently (always eager to share new findings with you guys) is it can help clear a stuffy nose which LOTS of people seem to have right now. It contains potassium which helps thin mucus and the acetic acid prevents germ growth. How amazing right! and again we are blessed in Ibiza with some fabulous local honey products. Good qulaity local and where possible raw honey is more than just a sweetner it helps to counter polen allergies, many of whom suffer with this in Ibiza, it is a Natural energy source, antioxidant powerhouse which helps boost the immune system. (The cheap processed sugar you find in the supermarkets DOES NOT have these benefits these products have been heated and pasturised so much that the benefits true honey provides are discarded which in essence leaves us with a sugar syrup. So in summary this powerhouse cuppa will help you start the day cleaner fresher and more energised.

Tip No.2 Ensure you have Greens EVERY day. Kale, Spinach, Broccoli, Cabbage, Bok choy, Spirulina, Chlorella, whatever takes your fancy keep it GREEN. When I receive a food diary from people the no1 thing which is lacking is GREENS. They are super quick and easy to cook and relatively cheap, why dont we eat more? and why should we?  here are a few reasons why….They contain Vitamin A, C, K & E as well as being packed with Magnesium, Calcium, Potassium and fiber. These are ESSENTIAL Vitamins and minerals for Optimum health & longevity. If you haven’t got time to cook be sure to have a Green smoothie in the morning throw in at least one green and add some Superfoods such as Spirulina to give you an all round nutritional powerhouse start to the day.

Tip No.3 Stay hydrated with WATER, No coffee & wine does not count. By all means drink those but UP your water content. This may sound basic but you wouldn’t believe how many people are dehydrated and this can be the onset of MANY other symptoms including fatigue. In order for your body to be able to flush out the extra toxins you are consuming it needs extra WATER. On my Christmas list is a new water bottle that I can carry with me daily reminding me to drink but also reduces the worlds plastic in the process. Water makes up 60% of your body weight it depends on it to survive so I would say pretty crucial right? So how much should we be drinking – Like many things in nutrition I personally don’t think there is a one fits all answer. But somewhere between 2-3 litres should suffice for most people. Start monitoring your water consumption you might be shockingly surprised at how little you are drinking especially over these next few weeks.

So as promised here is my nourishing butternut squash stew perfect for all the family. (I blend angels up with quinoa so he doesn’t see the kale – Mums it works

 

Butternut Squash Stew. IMG_1389

Ingredients :

1 Butternut Squash

2 cloves garlic

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon ground coriander

1 teaspoon cinnamon

pinch of cayenne

small jar of organic tomatoes (or 3 finely chopped tomatoes)

1 jar of Organic chick peas (or 1 cup dried and soaked overnight)

2 large handfuls of kale.

1 Gluten free vegetable stock cube

1 lime

1 tablespoon Nutritional Yeast (optional)

Quinoa or brown rice to serve

 Heat a teaspoon of coconut oil and fry the garlic for just 1 minute so it doesn’t burn and add all the spices. Chop the butternut squash into cubes and add once you smell the spices add the stock which you have added to 750ml boiling water, and then the Organic tomatoes (if using fresh add them at the beginning before the stock) Bring to the boil and then simmer for around 20 minutes (until Squash is tender) Then add the chick peas, kale, lime & nutritional yeast and leave to simmer for another 10minutes) Above mine is served with mixed red & white quinoa.

This recipe is a perfectly balanced dish, providing plenty of protein from the chick peas & quinoa, carbohydrates from the butternut squash also a good source of of B6 which is essential for our nervous system & immune system and kale which i refer to as the King of greens as it is a nutritional powerhouse high in nutrients and low in calories to name but a few Iron, Vitamin K, and Vitamin C. This is a great meal for all the family Angel now doesn’t like anything green so I blend it all together including the quinoa so he thinks its “Sopa” and he wolfs it down. RESULT.

So I will end this blog wishing you all a VERY Healthy Happy Fun Packed Christmas and New Year and for those of you who do over indulge and need a little detox direction the Lovely Leanna of Yoga Mojo and I will be running a detox retreat style morning on Friday 12th January. So for those of you in Ibiza who are interested please email me on Lisa@strong4lfenutrition.co.uk for more details or whats app or PM me.

Love & Laughter

LISA XXX