Vegan Portobello Pizza 

It does still confuse me how the cost of vegan pizzas are so high, but fortunately this high price has encouraged me to make my own, the market will be what the market will be and I can only change that by taking back my power of choice and exercising that power.

I must confess the bases are shopped bought, but if you have time to do so home made pizza bases are the best option by far.

Ingredients:

  • 1 – 10inch pizza base
  • Organic Tomato Passata Sauce
  • Organic Garlic Purée (again you can squeeze your own and boom you’ve stepped up a gear),
  • Organic Sun Dried Tomatoe purée 
  • 1 – Portobello Mushroom
  • 1/4 of a Red Pepper
  • A few Black Russian Kale leaves
  • 1/2 a Red Onion
  • A generous portion of Vegan Cheese (I used the Soy free version)

Method:

Put the purée on the base first then add the Passata, evenly spread over the base. Next add the onions followed by the kale then the portobello mushroom and finish with the pepper and cheese. 

Note you can slice and dice to your liking and you can change the order, I also have a feeling olives, sun dried tomatoes and asparagus would have been awesome with a glug of garlic fused olive oil to cover, be as creative as you like and joyous in the knowledge that it costs less than half the shop or restaurant bought pizzas, plus it’s fresh and lovingly made by you.

To you all in great health.

Matt

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Cherry Chocolate Smoothie BLISS (vegan)

Wow, I managed to make in my humble opinion the best smoothie ever, I mean it can be improved of course, but thus far it’s number 1.

Ingredients:

  • 1 litre of hemp milk (you can make hemp milk, however this time I bought some from the shop)
  • 4-6 tbsp of cacao powder (technically I poured the remainder of the bag into the jug, which I guess is about 4-6tbsp)
  • 2 bananas 
  • 1 punnet of cherries (here’s one way to improve, source them locally and be patient for them to come into season, oops, I was caught out by the devious special offer).
  • 10 squeezes of honey (regular old squeezable honey, here again you could up your game and use wild raw, local honey).
  • 1tsp of wheat grass powder (I used organic freeze dried powder)

Method:

Simply throw it all into a high speed blender, remember to take the stones out of the cherries, apart from that, throw it in with love and due diligence press the power on and whizz until it’s thick a creamy. Then my friends you have the best smoothie ever and bliss will be yours. 😀

  
To you all in great health

Matt

Embracing the elements

It has been a curios exploration over the past year, it was about a year ago i came across the Ice Man, Wim Hof a man with a story and a story that lead him to explore himself in a way that appears crazy to others.

Well not crazy to me and his sharing has helped me over the year to essentially embrace the elements and accept them, which in turn allows me to accept me.

This time last year I was venturing into the cold winter sea and yep I was freezing my butt off, however I was determined to explore deeper within myself and hopefully gain greater insight into my potential, what I did not know then, is it is possible to be at ease with the cold, I need not loose all sensation in my fingers and toes and spend 45 minutes or so trembling and returning back to normal.

That was what Wim shared, that it’s possible to be at peace with the cold and it’s taken a year to fully appreciate and understand what it truly means to embrace and accept the elements.

When your in the mindset of training you unconsciously tense and contract your muscles which creates a resistance, hence we call weight training resistance training, however if you apply enough force or pressure to that resistance it will break and during that journey you will become physically strong and mentally strong, however you will also become stiff and stuck.

When training in the cold the resistance and inner tension rises fast and is obvious, once you have heated your body the tension you have within you is not so obvious, the benefit of being aware of it is this, you can begin to train your mind and body to let go of the resistance you have to the cold, when you do this your body and mind relax deeply similar to a meditative state, once this happens the warmth within you can freely circulate around the whole of your body and the cold is no longer a problem and more importantly you are longer a problem with you.

When you have resistance and tension the cold is a problem and you try and block it from being able to enter you, however if you soften and accept it then it moves freely and allows you to be you, it’s a strange and liberating experience.

This training has taught me a lot about how much tension I was holding onto and how deeply I can relax and yet be very strong and active at the same time.

I feel this training can be of benefit in many areas of a persons life, when I consider many ailments are stress related then the ability to deeply relax regardless of the external environment becomes a vital tool in healing and overal wellbeing.

To sit on the shore with a warm tea and watch the sunrise after a cold dip in the sea is a pleasure indeed.

To you all in great health.

Matt

A Zesty Healer

For those of you who are parents you will know that as one falls ill the dominos tumble down upon all, well it doesn’t have to be that way and of course it’s not, but when it does happen it’s great to have a little champion like the Zesty Healer in your corner who can help bring all the troops back to great health.

There are many useful tools one can use to embrace the common cold, however none pack a punch like the Zesty Healer, ok that’s not entirely true either, but it definitely boosts your immune system.

Please note that this drink is less about taste and more about healing and whilst taste can indeed help heal a person it is not a requirement of this concoction and yet you can take the edge of it by adding more apples or cucumber should you wish.

The curious thing about this healing elixir is this, it is only really palatable when one is not well, my son who is 5 years old and daughter who is 9 months old both have drunk this mix and it’s had its desired effect, however when well it gets rejected.

Ingredients

  • 1 Grapefruit 
  • 4 oranges
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 apple
  • 1/3 cucumber
  • 1 carrot
  • An inch or so of fresh ginger
  • A little less of fresh turmeric root

Method

All the ingredients simply go through a juicer, I personally use a Hurom Slow Juicer. One note remember to take the skin of the oranges and grapefruit and I used unwaxed lemons which meant I could keep the skin on them, everything else cut to size if needed and send it on through. Enjoy.

To you all in great health

Matt