When I was in Barcelona a few summers ago, I fell in love with Tiger Nut Milk and it became a staple to my breakfast. I wasn’t even sure what it was exactly but it was delicious! It has a sweet nutty taste and reminded me of the local soy milk you could get on the streets of Hong Kong. After I left Spain I simply forgot about it until I saw Tiger Nuts on sale in my local health food store. After a bit of research I found that they were chock full of goodness! Great to snack on, I might even attempt to create my own Tiger Nut Milk.
Tiger Nuts Benefits:
Tiger Nuts come from California, Europe, Northern African, and even Florida and have been around for over 4,000 years.
- Full of great protein, carbs, plus have all the Vitamin E that you need,plus Vitamin C and B’s too.
- Contain lots of great minerals such as: iron, copper, zinc, sodium, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, and lots of calcium for strong bones and healthy tissues.
- A great anti-inflammatory agent working well for inflammatory based diseases such as arthritis and inflammation of the GI tract with a astringent action.
-Beneficial to ulcers of the gums, and other mouth inflammation diseases. Tiger Nuts helps with stress by helping the body to stay centered and balanced.
- Are diuretic helping to get rid of excess fluid, and sooth away bladder and prostate inflammation too.
- Good source on fiber, benefitical for constipation and weight loss.
- Stimulate the immune system thus helping to prevent cardiovascular disease, strokes and even cancer as they contains lots of Oleic Acid which helps lower cholesterol, triglycerides, and prevent hardening of the arteries.
- Full of antioxidants combining with free radicals to prevent disease and slow the aging process.
-Tiger Nut oil is very similar to Olive Oil with many of the same health benefits.
‘Tiger Nuts make a very cooling sweet drink called Tiger Nut Milk. It contains Tiger Nuts, water, lemon peel, and cinnamon… and it’s similar to oatmeal drinks and sesame drinks in other countries. And Tiger Nuts are also used in the production of some types of beer, cosmetics, condiments, livestock feed, flour (gluten free), syrups and some looking at Tiger Nuts as a healthy snack food.
There has been a lot of interest in Tiger Nuts because they a cheap source of good nutrition that could feed the world, and Tiger Nut plants grow like weeds.’
Today when I woke up I knew it was going to be one of those days where nothing work related was going to get done. I was so exhausted from the routine of ‘eat,sleep,sew’. So I decided, fuck it, I’m going to have a me-day! I did all the small things I had been meaning to do for ages like:
cook a proper meal (salmon, kale, brown rice and lime dressing- yum!)
make a honey face mask
blend a deliciousness smoothie (apple, blue berries, banana spinach & mint)
skype my sister who is in Sydney
cleaned & rearrange my room cause the feng shui just wasn’t flowing
challenged myself to a 5Km run- done!
At the end of the day I was feeling a little guilty that I hadn’t been working but too often I think we ignore the voice within telling us that we need to give ourselves a break. I just needed to do something for myself. Simple as it may be, I know that everything I did today will make tomorrow a little bit better, brighter and hopefully a little more productive. :)
Looking to replace my supply of Spirulina and Wheatgrass powder, I came across this; The Super Green’s Mix from Napiers’ Herbals Dispensary. The item was on promotion and came with a electric mixer & shot glass. The adorable box has even been recycled into my jewellery’s’ new home :) . Now for the nutritional benefits as described on the leaflet included:
Bursting with nutrients usually missing in the average diet, our Super Greens Mix is a detoxifying and rejuvenating mix of greens and antioxidants.
Spirulina: Known as a super nutrient, Spirulina is full of easily absorbable protein, Vit A B and E, essential fatty acids, iron, iodine, magnesium, selenium, chlorphyll and is nature’s highest vegetarian source of Vit B12. It helps with degestion, the nervous system, cellular function and detoxification.
Chlorella: One of the highest chlorophyll containing plants in the world, it is renowned for alkalizing and cleansing the blood, assisting oxygenation, mineralizing the tissue, and detoxifying industrial pollutants from everyday life.
Alfafa: Alfafa is an astrigent herb which helps to cleanse the tissues of toxins. It also helps the circulatory and urinary systems while also lowering cholesterol levels. It is packed full of minerals, organic acids and amino acids which help repair cells.
Wheatgrass: High in glutathione, essential for liver detoxification. It purifies the blood, netralizes toxins, removes heavy metals and corrects blood sugar imbalances. Wheatgrass contains chlorophyll, vitamins and nutrients that are essential to a healthy body.
Barley Grass: Barley Grass is key to rejuvenation by reducing inflammation and degeneration. It is rich in Vitamin E and K, essential nutrients and enzymes, all of which help to renew the cells.
Ginger: Used for thousands of years , Ginger is the best at assisting digestion and circulation. It helps to assimilate nutrients while warming the body.
Cranberry: Reduces the occurrence of UTIs, Cranberry detoxifies the urinary tract and removes toxins from the blood. It is also a super antioxidant filled with compounds like quercetin.
Blueberry: Another super antioxidant, blueberries are also know for their anti-inflammatory qualities. Antioxidants help to neutralize harmful molecules that can damage the cells. It is also an excellent source of Vitamin C and E.
Goji Berry farm in China
Acai Berries from Brazil
Spirulina Ponds in Hawii
Check out this link for the low down on these magnificent super foods.
Thai is among my favourite types of food. Its fresh, simple and cheap to make. I love the subtle uses of fish sauce with their unique herbs and plenty of lemon & lime. Eating out is inexpensive. Ingredients are freshly brought from markets every morning. You can taste the goodness as it is all natural and organic by default since many of the farmers can’t afford the pesticides (yay!)
Here are a few new food crushes.
Papaya, mango and pineapple are among my favs. They all contain healthy food digesting enzymes so instead of taking my digestive pills for my food intollances I just drink one of these with every meal. YUM!
Another winner is a lemon/lime honey cooler. lemon/lime + raw honey + ice * BLEND* = tada! a masterpiece!
Refreshing & thirst clenching. The raw honey really makes all the difference.
It like an alternative to the half a lemon I usual have in warm water every morning but its just too hot for that here!
PAPAYA SALAD -
An old favourite. Like a fresh fruit noodle drenched in chillie and lime sauce - divine!
Since the resort I am staying in specialises in detox and cleansing. There is a wide selection of vegetarian, vegan and raw food options. Always on the look out to try new healthy options.
Green Smootie & Scrabbled eggs with mixed veg.
Raw Thai Salad
Carrot & Ginger Juice
Pineapple & Mint shake. Sensational!
Now this is a woman that radiates health! What a wonderful pair they make. Couldn’t agree more with everything she said in the following interview:
Christiane Duigan is the inspirational face (and body!) of the James Duigan, Clean & Lean Diet books and is Bodyism’s Director of BodyFood. Here is a recent interview on Christiane from thebeautytonic.com…
I’m a Brazilian born Australian, I live in London and am happily married to the most amazing man!
My most favourite thing is to share a good meal with friends and family. I love to eat and try new restaurants all over the world in a quest to find the best chocolate desserts.
Every day I exfoliate then moisturise with an organic body butter or oil, it keeps my skin hydrated and glowing. Dry shampoo is my new best friend, it gives my hair volume and makes in stay in place, it also only means I only have to wash it once a week. When I do, I use a Kerastase mask to keep it moisturised. I keep my make up super simple. I use Lancome Hydra Zen tinted moisturiser, Benefit’s they’re real mascara and a simple pink blush, then I am out of the door and ready to go. I love my eyelash curler, it’s all about eyelashes, it really helps to open the eyes. In the evening I use Nude’s night oil or a personalised handmade organic one by Georgia skincare. I always have my nails painted in a variety of colours dependent on how I am feeling.
My diet plays a large role in my life as my husband James Duigan is a personal trainer and has written many books that revolve around the ‘clean and lean’ philosophy. This basically means eating lots of natural foods, lean protein, live foods and good fats. Nothing processed at all. You are allowed one cheat meal a week and I really look forward to Sunday which is chocolate and pizza meal day! I take some of the Bodyism supplements in the morning: Bodybrilliance which is a fantastic blend of proteins, supergreens and fibre and Omegabrilliance which are fish oils which are good for so many reasons! I go to the gym once a week and do a yoga and a dance class, when I am away I love to do outdoor activities like hiking, beach walks and surfing.
My mother always told me to stay out of the sun- it really does age you. I am learning the hard way as I love to bathe! She also said that your smile is your business card, so make sure to floss, brush, straighten and whiten your teeth if necessary.
Beauty comes from within, be kind to yourself through words and actions, positivity always shines through. Love is the most beautiful thing you can give and receive, it is the foundation to a loving and fulfilling life.
Being lactose and wheat intolerant is a pain in the ass, temptations lurk at every corner, bread, pasta, milk, CHEESE (how i miss you!) chocolate etc. It is especially difficult when you travel to a new place where the diet is different and everything is unfamilliar, which is why I feel it is important to keep a few snacks on hand.
Here are the things I take with me on my travels:
COCONUT OIL -
Contrary to popular belief, C.O is not bad for you.
‘Nearly 50 percent of the fat in coconut oil is of a type rarely found in nature called lauric acid, a “miracle” compound because of its unique health promoting properties. Your body converts lauric acid into monolaurin, which has anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-protozoa properties.
Coconut oil is also nature’s richest source of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs), also called medium-chain triglycerides or MCTs. By contrast, most common vegetable or seed oils are comprised of long chain fatty acids (LCFAs), also known as long-chain triglycerides or LCTs.’
I use it as an alternative to butter and have religiously taken c.o everyday for almost 2 years. My day just feels a little empty and flat if I don’t. I definitely feel a change in energy levels. Great to cook with at high temperatures because it doesn’t change its chemical structure when heated like olive oil which is susceptible to oxidative damage.
GOJI BERRIES -
Otherwise known as Wolf berries. Pronounced “go-gee”, they contains more
• vitamin C than oranges
• beta-carotene than carrots
• iron than steak
I explain them as red Chinese raisins. I have them in my porridge or just raw. Always wash before use as some companies add red dyes to enhance the colour. Makes me think of my mama, she makes us herbal tea with it.
NUTS & SEEDS-
Always good to snack on. Almonds, Walnuts, Cashew, Pecans and Sunflower seeds are the current winners.
FRUIT BARS -
A recent discovery. Compressed raw fruit ie. dates, figs and prunes. 100% goodness. Try the ‘Nakd Bars’ they come in so many yummy flavours: Berry Delight, Cocoa Delight, Cocoa Mint, Cocoa Orange, Cashew Cookie, Gingerbread, Pecan Pie.
OAT CAKES -
My homage to Scotland! A really good filling ‘good fat’ snack.