Raw Choc Chew Bar

This has taken literally 5 minutes to put together, however for the best results you will want to leave them in the fridge for a couple of hours to harden. Bursting with flavour and wonderfully balanced with fennel, cardamom and mint; a great snack that will not throw you out of balance.

Ingredients:
200g – Cashew Nuts
6 – fresh dates pitted (or dried dates rehydrated)
3 – Cardamom pods
1tsp – fennel seeds
10 – mint leaves (1tsp essential oil of peppermint)
1tbsp – Cacao Powder

Method:
Into a high speed blender go all the ingredients; blend until gooey. Mould mixture into bar shapes place on a plate garnish with desiccated coconut and pop in the fridge.

Yummy

Matt Allen
The Yoga Health Coach

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Wild Flower and Quinoa Salad

Wow the weather has been amazing and along with it the beautiful bounty of wild flowers. It was only a couple of years ago that I first braved eating a flower head and it was the beautiful yellow courgette flower that was to be my maiden voyage. Since then I happily nibble on almost every flower I see from dandelion to borage; when you are in for a treat the sweet nectar is still in the flower Yummy is all I can say, but to add to that I must also mention that whilst tasting the nectar brings a true rush of sweet sensations the true magic of flowers in the salad is found in the colours they bring; from yellow to blue, purple to orange, it truly becomes food for the eyes and your senses.

Ingredients:
1 – cup of quinoa
Handful of wild flowers (yellow wild rocket, orange nasturtium and blue borage among others were present in this one)
Handful of wild rocket leaves and nasturtium leaves (both are very peppery)
1 – carrot (grated)
20 – green olives
1tbsp – sauerkraut
Dulse (quantity to your liking)
Mushrooms
Onions

Dressing:
2-3 tbsp – Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 pinch – sea or rock salt
1 tbsp – tahini
2 tbsp – Apple cider vinegar

Method:
Cook the quinoa (2 parts water to 1 part quinoa). I also cook the onions and mushrooms along with the quinoa. Make your salad dressing, prep your salad and then when the quinoa is cooked (fluffy) combine the two together and mix at this point add your wild flowers and enjoy.

Matt Allen
The Yoga Health Coach

Day 9: Green Smoothie Challenge.

Hi everyone last week I posted a wonderful post on a delicious green smoothie and noted that I had used bananas as an ingredient; I also mentioned that bananas have been receiving bad press recently for many reasons including: making people angry, contributing to constipation and a host of other possible negative effects, one reason for these side effects maybe that bananas are classified as a ‘hybrid fruit’, which basically means they are no longer able to reproduce themselves and need human intervention for the species to survive. Depending on how old you are you may remember that bananas use to have black seeds in the middle of them, where have the seeds gone? Hence a hybrid fruit and when I was in Australia a while back we were near a banana plantation and the locals that we were staying with told us the farmers use growth hormones such as testosterone to increase the speed and size of growth. Those who are aware of the side effects of excess testosterone know that anger is one and one side effect of bananas is anger; coincidence!

I have since had to let go of the bananas I noticed that I was getting angry very easily and the anger rose so much that my nemeses Gout returned, which has meant the last 3 days i have been home bound, however, I let go of the bananas and changed them for watermelon and I also practiced Dahn Yoga meditation techniques and the inflammation (gout) has reduced quicker than ever before (I choose not to take medication to heal this disease, but I do use nettles both as a tea and to simply sting the inflamed area, nature always has the answer).

Here’s my new green smoothie (must admit this one comes out slightly browny orange due to the golden flax colour mixing with the green kale):

Ingredients:

1 – big slice of Water Melon (use the skin as well)

4 – fresh dates (pitted)

6 – Kale leaves

1 – mug of homemade coconut milk (can brought from a shop is great)

1tsp – Flax seed

1tsp – slipper elm bark

Method:

Place it all into a high-speed blender and blend till smooth.

Pour, serve and enjoy.

Matt Allen

The Yoga Health Coach 

http://www.theyogahealthcoach.co.uk

Coconut Green Smoothie Magic

Myself and Adele are taking part in a 30 day green smoothie challenge and as a result we are slowly transitioning from our regular bowl of porridge in the morning to the more exotic smoothies however, everything takes time and i still love my porridge.

This particular recipe is very simple and easy to adapt to your liking. For some it may be to sweet so leave out either the honey or the dates; the bananas can be changed for mango, papaya, apples or even avocado. The greens can be simple using anything from spinach through to deep green leaves such as kale. When you get the balance right WOW a small sip of heaven and the good news is even if you get it wrong it’s still great for you, just your taste buds may be slightly offended.

The link below takes you to a short clip i made to demonstrate how to create an amazing green smoothie. One note: if you do not have a slow juicer like the one i am using in the video then you can use a blender followed by a nut milk bag (muslin cloth/cheese cloth) to strain, or buy a can of coconut milk from the shop. When there is a will there is a way.

Coconut Green Smoothie (you tube)

Ingredients:

2 – Coconuts (replace with 1 can of coconut milk)

2 -Dates (pitted)

3 – Frozen Bananas

2tsp – hemp seeds

1tsp – wild forest honey

1 – pinch of rock or sea salt

1 – bunch of rainbow chard

Method:

to make the coconut milk you will need to coconuts; open them and rinse them, place the pieces of coconut into a litre of spring water and then pass through the slow juicer. If you are using a blender simply add to a blender and blend, then pass the contents through a nut milk bag.

Once you have the coconut milk the next part is real simple: add all the ingredients to the blender (ideally a high-speed blender as hemp seeds are used in this recipe) and blend until smooth. Pour into your favourite glasses and drink your small slice of heaven.

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The bonus of using a slow juicer to make your nut milk is not only a greater yield, but you also get desiccated coconut, which you can use to add to almost everything. Awesome.

this smoothie kept me going for the best part of 4 hours with no need to have a snack or any fluid; I should mention I took part in an 1 hour yoga class in that time and did some long walks.

Some people may question the inclusion of bananas as they are receiving some bad press at the moment; they can contribute to candida and upset hormonal balance in the body leaving the emotion of anger in their wake, they can help with the relief  of constipation for some people, whilst others, have found bananas are the cause of their constipation. I personally have not eaten bananas for some time now and wanted to try it for myself to see how I would react; at the time of writing this post I am a happy man, but i will keep you posted on any changes.

Get involved in the 30 day green smoothie challenge. I would love to see your posts and creations, not to mention how it is making you feel and what changes you are noticing.

To you in great health

Matt Allen

The Yoga Health Coach