Gluten Free Pumpkin and Zucchini Bread

Gluten Free Pumpkin and Zucchini Bread

Gluten Free Pumpkin and Zucchini Bread

Mixing Gluten-Free Pumpkin and Zucchini Bread

This is a lovely gluten free pumpkin and zucchini bread recipe that I bake frequently in muffin sized portions. Using almond flour and coconut flour provides more protein, healthy fats, and fibre. Zucchini provides potassium and  moistness to the bread . Pumpkin provides beta carotene and adds a natural sweetness to the bread. This recipe is influenced by a gluten free pumpkin bread recipe which was given to me by my lovely client Christina.  

Pan-Seared Salmon with Poached Eggs, Sweet Potato and Kale

Pan-Seared Salmon with Poached Eggs, Sweet Potato and Kale

 

This Pan-Seared Salmon with Poached Eggs, Sweet Potato and Kale is simply a plateful of nutrition for energy, fertility, and health!

The deep red colour of salmon shows its high iron levels, necessary for healthy red blood cells. In traditional Chinese medicine diet therapy, salmon nourishes yin which is essential in generating healthy blood, follicles, and cervical fluid. Wild organic salmon is best.

Kale is known for its antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. In Chinese medicine,  kale is great for digestion and promotes healthy growth of cells. It also stops pain, making it a great choice for dysmenorrhoea (painful periods). Kale is also high in iron and calcium which is important for follicular development.

Eggs are a great source of protein, and also contain choline which is essential in brain development and cardiovascular health. The Chinese believe eggs are an essential part of a pregnant or nursing mother’s diet.

Sesame seeds, (black sesame is more potent) are loaded with vitamins, proteins, and nutrients, including fat, protein, glucides (for the central nervous system), vitamins A and E, lecithin, calcium, iron and magnesium. Linoleic acid (unsaturated Omega-6 fatty acid) helps lower cholesterol. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine(TCM), sesame reinforces blood, improves eyesight, acts as a laxative, promotes milk production in lactating women, promotes hair growth and is generally an anti-aging food.  Black sesame is often used in Chinese herbal formulas to regulate female hormones.  

Sweet potatoes are high in vitamin C, B, and vitamin B6. These antioxidants protect against cell damage. They also have an anti-inflammatory effect in the body, balance blood sugar, and provide fibre which helps to eliminate toxins. The ancient Chinese believed that eating sweet potato or yam would help you conceive twins!

Enjoy your Pan-Seared Salmon with Poached Eggs, Sweet Potato and Kale.

Nourishing Creamy Potato Salad

Nourishing Creamy Potato Salad

Your spleen needs careful nourishing and nurturing because Traditional Chinese Medicine considers the spleen to be one of the most important organs in your body. This simple potato salad recipe strengthens the Qi energy and Yin of your spleen, nourishes your blood, and provides the balance and energy movement your digestive system needs for optimal function.

Potatoes are neutral in nature, which means that they neither heat nor cool the body. They are also highly alkaline. Potatoes strengthen or tonify the Spleen Qi and offer a wide range of nutrients, minerals and vitamins. Since most of these are in, or just under the potato skin, you may consider not peeling this vegetable.

Yogurt is low in lactose and the bacteria can benefit your intestinal flora. Parsley stimulates the digestion.

Nourishing Black Bean Sauce

Nourishing Black Bean Sauce

Not only is black bean sauce good for you, it also contributes a distinctive black bean flavour to food. And homemade is so much better than the sauce you can buy off the shelf.

Black beans support your digestive health, especially your colon. As well as being high in protein and fibre they contain the perfect mix of substances to allow bacteria in the colon to produce butyric acid, important for helping your lower intestine function as well as possible. Black beans are also an incredibly rich source of phytonutrients – important agents that stimulate health and well-being.

There is ongoing debate about the benefits of throwing away the water in which beans are stacked prior to cooking, and using it. Current studies suggest that you are probably better throwing out the slacking water and cooking your beans in fresh water. Canned black beans are an excellent option. Unlike canned vegetables, canned black beans are just as nutritious as home-cooked ones, and a great time-saver. I do recommend that you read the label and check if any undesirable ingredients have been added.

Beetroot, Carrot and Apple Salad

Beetroot, Carrot and Apple Salad

Energetics of Spring

Spring energy is about rising upwards and expanding outwards. All around you, nature is growing green shoots and plants are blossoming. The body naturally becomes more active at this time; it is the time of year to rise early with the sun and take brisk walks, this gently activates the body’s energy and is in harmony with the ascending and expanding energy of the season.

Spring is a new beginning; a time to see things in a new way.  Spring is the time to contact your true nature and give attention to your own self-awareness and self-expression.

Food habits for Spring

Spring is the time of year that we naturally eat less, and this can even be a time for fasting, in order to cleanse the body of the heavier and fatty foods eaten during winter.  The foods eaten during spring should reflect the ascending and expansive qualities of the season – fresh greens, young plants and sprouts, plus wheatgrass or other cereal grasses – which can be a way to create a little personal spring within the body.  One way of producing this effect is to combine a little concentrated sweetener with pungent herbs (eg. mint tea with a dash of honey).

Shredded Beetroot, Carrot and Apple Salad

Beetroot, Carrot and Apple SaladSpring is the time to cleanse the body fats and heavy foods of winter and attend to your Liver and Gallbladder, which have been busy working overtime during winter processing the heavy sodium rich foods you were enjoying.

Your diet should become lighter with sweet*,  pungent**  foods emphasizing the Yang, ascending and expansive qualities of Spring, with young plants, fresh greens and sprouts.  This shredded Beetroot, Carrot and Apple Salad combines these properties with some Liver stimulating***  ingredients to really benefit the Liver and Gallbladder. Raw garlic also assists to reduce catarrh(inflammation of mucous membranes) which is beneficial in reducing hayfever symptoms in Spring.