It’s easy to enhance your daily routine by making small changes to the things you do every day.
Whether you want to power through fatigue, add a touch of sweetness or boost your overall wellness, you’ll see that the little things can make a big difference.
So, let us introduce turmeric, spirulina, flax seeds and Manuka honey – 4 nutritional powerhouses that can help you power through your day.
Although more commonly used in curries, this mighty spice is hugely versatile and can be used in many ways. Take turmeric out of the spice rack and place it centre stage with these two simple recipes:
This makes a tasty, healthy dip for your chopped veggies, or a great spread for oatcakes, rice cakes, or pitta bread strips.
Add 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder to a small pot of fat-free real Greek yoghurt. The Greek yoghurt adds a valuable serving of protein to your lunchtime meal, whilst the turmeric provides a nutritional boost. The mild spicy taste pairs well with cucumber, bell peppers, carrots, or cauliflower.
Grab an empty salt shaker and make your own delicious, super healthy spice shaker. This is a fun way to add flavour to any dish, especially rice, vegetables, potatoes, soup or salads.
Mix equal parts of turmeric, black pepper, cumin, and coriander, plus a pinch of pink salt. And the great thing is, you can customise it to include any of your favourite flavours.
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P.S. this one’s for dog owners
We even hear that devoted pet owners give their ageing dogs turmeric as part of a paste to ease aches and pains. Golden Paste combines 125g turmeric powder, 7g ground black pepper, and 70g olive or coconut oil with enough water to make a paste. If you think your best friend would benefit, check with your vet first to get the go-ahead.
It can give you a great energy boost, making it ideal first thing in the morning or just before a work out. It’s also suitable for vegetarians and vegans too.
So, if you’re wondering how you can you easily add this vibrant powder into your diet, here are two fun ways you can try:
Kids will love this - and we think you will too!Spoon a little of your favourite soft cheese or dairy-free alternative into three small bowls. Into one, add a pinch of spirulina powder. Into another, a pinch of turmeric.
And into the final one a splash of beetroot juice. Mix each spread to create separate bowls of blue, yellow, and pink.
Then use them to create rainbow toast, rice cakes, or crisp breads. You could even top your creation with blueberries or sliced strawberries for a nutritional powerhouse of a snack!
With summer around the corner, this homemade lemonade will help keep you hydrated and crush those sweet tooth cravings. Reach for it whenever you fancy a sweet snack.
Juice a lemon and strain it into a large jug, then add 2 teaspoons of spirulina powder and a few drops of sweetener (we like Stevia). Add sparkling water and some ice cubes. Complete the refreshing mix with fresh mint leaves and sliced cucumber. As an alternative, try using limes instead of lemons.
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They are a great source of fibre, protein, vitamins B1, B2 and vitamin E, and the minerals magnesium, phosphorous and copper. They also contain an omega-3 fatty acid called alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which is one of the two essential fatty acids we need to be healthy.
Here are two easy ways you can add more flax into your diet:
Flaxseed Snack Balls
Make a batch of these at the weekend and grab them through the week for a pre-gym snack or a tasty partner for your afternoon cuppa. These tasty high energy snack balls are raw, vegan, and free from added sugar.In a blender, combine 200g dried apricots, 100g raisins, 50g almonds and 50g walnuts with 3 tablespoons of flaxseeds, plus a pinch of cinnamon powder. Form into balls, roll in shredded coconut, and store in an air tight container.
Want to try something different? Try swapping dates for apricots, cranberries for raisins, and any choice of nuts instead of almonds and walnuts.
Flax and peanut butter hot cereal
This delicious, low-carb recipe will set you up for the morning ahead. If you’re not used to eating lots of fibre then try halving the quantities to start off with.
Mix 30g of flax seed and 235ml of boiling water in a heat-proof bowl. Stir in 2 tablespoons of peanut butter and ½ teaspoon of cinnamon. Leave to thicken for 1-2 minutes. Enjoy!
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It has more anti-bacterial properties than regular honey, making it a valuable ingredient against sore throats, skin conditions and digestion. Deeply rich and packed with flavour, Manuka honey can upgrade any recipe.
If you want to introduce this unique honey to your diet, here are two quick and easy recipes:
Orange Honey Butter
This can be enjoyed on toast either at breakfast time or for a mid-afternoon snack.Mix 110g of butter with 110g Manuka honey and 1 teaspoon of finely grated orange peel. Serve at room temperature (as it makes it easier to spread) on a slice of granary loaf or an oatcake or crispbread for added crunch.
Honey roasted cashews
These are a great snack to prepare in advance and take out and about with you.Add 3 tablespoons of honey to a pan and warm over a low heat. Mix in 125g of roasted, unsalted cashews and ½ teaspoon of salt. Spread over a baking sheet and bake for 8-10 minutes at 180o, until the nuts are slightly browner and the honey is almost hard. Leave to cool for 10 minutes.
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