CAN WALKING IN NATURE REALLY IMPROVE MY HEALTH AND WELLBEING?

By Rani Louise – Personal Fitness Trainer and Nutritional Therapist

bigstock--122440841There’s a popular quote – The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it! – from Sydney J Harris (journalist and author) – that also sums up my attitude to walking in nature.

Taking 20 minutes to re-balance your body and mind by immersing yourself in nature’s electromagnetic field (eg, in the park, by the sea) will give you back Continue reading

RECIPE – NUTRIENT-RICH GRANOLA (grain, gluten, sugar and dairy-free)

By Rani Louise – Nutritional Therapist and Vitality Coach

If you’re keeping your breakfast low-carb and wanting to pack in the nutrients and protein, but still fancy the toasty taste of a nutty breakfast cereal, then have a go at this delicious nutrient-dense granola – it’s grain-free, gluten-free, sugar-free and dairy-free.

Yogurt with baked granola and berries in small bowl, strawberrieThe juicy raisins are the only sweetening – no need for additional sugar or sweeteners. And roasting the nuts and seeds in coconut oil gives a warm, honey-like flavour.

The resulting mix is so rich that you can even serve it simply with some water to make it into a bowl of breakfast cereal. Or add coconut milk, almond milk, yoghurt or fresh fruit to add even more depth of taste!

TIMINGS

  • Soaking time – at least 6 hours
  • Mixing ingredients – 15 minutes
  • Baking – 45 minutes
  • Cooling – 1 hour

INGREDIENTS (Serves 6)

  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes or desiccated coconut
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup raisins (or your favourite dried fruit)

DIRECTIONS

  • In a food processor, break up the almonds just until they are roughly chopped (don’t continue until they are finely ground).
  • Then do the same for the cashew nuts.
  • (It’s important to do the nuts separately because almonds are harder than cashews – if you mix them in the food processor, then the cashews will be ground very finely while the almonds will still be in very big chunks)
  • Mix the chopped nuts in a bowl and add enough water to cover them – add a teaspoon of salt – and leave for 6 to 12 hours.
  • Strain off the water and rinse the nuts a couple of times.
  • Preheat the oven to 135 Centigrade.
  • Gently heat the coconut oil over some boiling water (bain marie) until it is liquid – mix in the vanilla essence.
  • Mix the nuts with the seeds, coconut flakes, sea salt and melted coconut oil.
  • Spread the mixture evenly onto a baking sheet and bake for about 45 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring 2 or 3 times.
  • Remove from the oven, mix in the raisins and press the mixture together to form a tight, flat surface.
  • Allow to cool for about an hour, and then break into chunks. Store in an airtight container for up to a week.
  • Enjoy with fresh berries, almond milk, yoghurt, or coconut cream or milk.

NATURAL SUPPORT TIPS FOR YOUR MENOPAUSE

By Rani Louise – Nutritional Therapist and Vitality Coach

Bird Of ParadiseMenopause is a natural healthy transition that women experience usually between the ages of 45 and 55, although it could be earlier or later for various reasons, such as health conditions or surgical interventions.

Although menopause symptoms are very common, they are not Continue reading

FUSS-FREE FESTIVE FRUIT CAKE RECIPE

By Rani Louise – Nutritional Therapist and Vitality Coach

Pieces Of FruitcakeNot only easy and fuss-free, but sugar-free and gluten-free – the only sweetener is the fruit itself.

A perfect healthy substitute for Christmas cake and all the other sugary temptations around at this time of year!

  • Preparation time = 20 minutes
  • Cooking time = 1 hour
  • Makes about 12 slices

INGREDIENTS

  • 250g mixed dried fruit (raisins, dates, apricots, etc) – ensure they are all free from added sugar, sulphur or other preservatives
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BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM FOR THE WINTER!

By Rani Louise – Nutritional Therapist and Vitality Coach

How wonderful! Sunshine at last!

Sun Shining Down The Golden Forest PathHere in Brighton, after a couple of weeks of warm, wet, windy weather, we’re finally enjoying some cold, crisp, sunny winter mornings.

I find the sunshine so much more inviting to get out there and breathe in lungfuls of fresh sea air, and move my body to get my circulation pumping – both of these will do wonders for your immune system and keep you in tip-top shape for the winter!

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF HAVING A TIP-TOP IMMUNE SYSTEM?

  • Overcome and recover from illnesses, injuries and surgery quickly and effectively
  • Improved Continue reading

TASTY LEEK AND KALE SOUP

By Rani Louise – Nutritional Therapist and Vitality Coach

Welcome to some of this season’s star vegetables – leeks, kale, brussels sprouts, celeriac, celery, parsnip, Jerusalem artichoke, kohlrabi, salsify, sweet potato, turnips and of course pumpkin! What a wonderful choice we have here in the UK to fill our dinner plates and soup bowls.

I’ve chosen two very green Continue reading

HOW WILL THE AUTUMN EQUINOX AFFECT YOU?

By Rani Louise – Nutritional Therapist and Vitality Coach

Beauty Autumn Woman, beautiful fantasy girl, fairy in blowing tr

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While some of us may be wishing for a burst of late summer sunshine, Mother Earth seems to be preparing us early for the approaching the autumn equinox in September – marking the transition from late summer to autumn and winter.

So what is the equinox?

And how can we harness its powerful energy to boost our health and wellbeing?

There are Continue reading