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Support your body over Christmas!

Lisa Cutforth - Friday, December 19, 2008
'Tis the season to be jolly!  Have a GREAT time but remember to support your body! We all like to spoil ourselves over Christmas, it is best not to over do it, but if you do... here are some tips to ease the body burden... Aside from the obvious, stay out of the sun at the hottest part of the day, protect the food from flies and salmonella poisoning, here are 3 winners!
  1. Drink lots of water!  It is really hot, so you need to replenish the water you loose from sweating.  If you are drinking alcohol, it is especially important to drink more water to prevent dehydration and to help your body eliminate toxins!
  2. Support your liver!  It is your main detox organ, so this time of year it tends to work overtime! Milk thistle is a great herbal supplement that aids and protects the liver.  You can buy it from most health shops and chemists (ask the assistant for advice if you are on any medication or you are pregnant or breastfeeding).
  3. Get some fresh food into you.  Watermelon is great this time of year, it's refreshing and full of nutrients!
May you have a very merry Christmas and live to tell the tale! ;o)  

Merry Christmas! My gift to you!

Lisa Cutforth - Wednesday, December 17, 2008
What an exciting fun time of year, the festive season.  Do you remember when you were a kid how much you loved christmas?  This time of year for me is painted with memories of family, friends, good cheer, great food, playing and relaxing.  As an adult though it is easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of activity that starts to take the magic out of it.  We spend too much, eat too much, rush too much, fuss too much and then it's all too much!  Then before you know it, it's over all too soon. So, before you get too caught up in the silly season, try to remember what christmas is really about for you.  My gift for you this Christmas is: a couple of festive (and secretly nutritious) recipies.  A delicious and fresh salad recipe, perfect for Christmas on a summers day and some tasty Date balls (both great tasting and without the added guilt and extra pounds that sometimes accompany the overindulgence of christmas!).  Try this colourful red and green festive salad to accompany your main meal... Beetroot, Pumpkin and Spinach Salad 

The goodies:

 

200g fetta cheese, crumbled

10 small beetroots (600g)

2 tablespoons olive oil or 2 tsp coconut oil

700g peeled pumpkin (1 small butternut), diced into 4cm pieces

150g baby spinach leaves

¾ cup (75g) toasted walnuts, chopped coarsely

 

Walnut vinaigrette:

2 tablespoons walnut oil

¼ cup (60ml) olive oil

¼ cup (60ml) lemon juice

 

The Fun:

 

Destalk the beetroot and cut them into quarters (unpeeled). 

Place in a large shallow baking dish, drizzle with half of the oil. 

Roast, uncovered, in moderately hot oven (about 180o) for 15 minutes.

Add the pumpkin, drizzle with remaining oil. 

Roast uncovered, for about 30 minutes or until veggies are tender.

Remove from oven and allow to cool.

when cool enough to handle, peel the beetroot if desired (the skin will come of easily).

Meanwhile, make the vinaigrette.

Place all the dressing into a large salad bowl, and add the beetroot, toss gently to coat the beetroot.

Just before serving, add the remaining ingredients (spinach, pumpkin, nuts and fetta) and toss gently.

Divine Date Balls:

 

The goodies:

 

1 cup (250ml) pitted dates

½ cup (125ml) walnuts

½ cup (125ml) desiccated coconut

4tbsp (60ml) sunflower seeds

A pinch of salt

2tbsp (30ml raw honey)

¼ cup (60ml) sesame seeds toasted, or desiccated coconut (optional)

 

The fun:

 

Place all the ingredients, except honey and sesame seeds in a food processor and pulse until well-chopped but not pulverized.

Add honey and process for 30 seconds.

Take teaspoonfuls of the mixture and roll into balls.

Roll in toasted sesame seeds or desiccated coconut (optional)

Refrigerate for 30 minutes. ENJOY! Hope you have a wonderful, wonderful Christmas!   

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