Tahini Cacao Balls
These easy to make balls are a great snack for when you’re feeling overwhelmed and on-the-go. Cacao is one of the richest sources of magnesium, known as the stress-busting mineral. Cashews will also help you stay calm as they contain pre-cursors to serotonin. They are also packed with protein and low on sugar.
Chicken Bone Broth
Bone broth is rich in minerals – like calcium and magnesium – and amino-acids which are essential for energy and repair. Plus, the gelatin found in bone broth is highly supportive for the digestion.
Sprouted Buckwheat Courgette Bread
I developed this recipe for Planet Organic using their sprouted-buckwheat flour. Not only is buckwheat flour gluten free but when you ‘activate’ or sprout the grain, enzymes are released which break down anti-nutrients and make the bread more nutritious and digestible.
Beetroot Buckwheat Salad
Bees adore buckwheat. A bonus since I love bees and find this non-grain, non-gluten carb so very satisfying.
It’s a solid source of vegan protein, it improves blood cholesterol and has even been shown to inhibit cancer.
Kedgeree was an indispensable part of the 19th century breakfast table and I think it’s ripe for a comeback. It’s traditionally made with rice, but this version using quinoa is more protein-packed. Plus the turmeric, fish and eggs will fire up your brain for the day ahead.
Steak with Vegetable Polenta
If you enjoy meat now and again – as I do – make sure it’s the highest quality. Organic grass-fed meat is rich in vitamins, minerals and fat-burning nutrients like conjugated linolenic acid (CLA). Beneficial omega-3 fatty acids are also fifty percent higher in organic meat according to a recent study published in the British Journal of Nutrition.
Packed with stress lowering magnesium (from the raw cacao) blueberries for a hit of dopamine plus maca for energy, this will keep you feeling calm, focused and alert.
Turmeric-spiced Wild Hake
This is a flavour packed meal that I make almost every week – it’s the most tasty way to get turmeric into your diet, and get those who ‘don’t like fish’ to reconsider.
Moroccan Lamb and Sweet Potato Stew
‘Sweet potatoes are rich in beta-carotene, an amazing antioxidant which helps protect the body from free radicals. When I make a meat free version I use spinach and chickpeas in place of the lamb.’
Paleo Banana Muffins With Raw Cacao and Walnuts
Forget Starbucks. Take these to work for an instant pick me-up. The raw cacao and walnuts will help lower your stress levels naturally, the honey will feed the good bacteria in your gut and the banana (high in tryptophan) will boost your mood. Yum!
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