Raw lemon cheesecake

This recipe makes a perfect dessert that you can enjoy guilt free as it is free from refined sugars. Of course, as with all natural sugars, it should still be eaten in moderation but it’s so satisfying, one slice is enough to curb that sweet craving.

This is also a great dessert to take along to dinner parties as it is vegan, dairy and gluten free. It is also simple to make and can be stored in the fridge for around 5 days.

You will need:

For the base:

  • ½ cup of cashews (soaked overnight)
  • ½ cup of almonds (soaked overnight)
  • ½ cup of medjool dates
  • 1 tsp of natural vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp shredded coconut
  • Dash of pink Himalayan salt

For the topping:

  • 1 cup of cashews (soaked overnight)
  • ½ cup of maple syrup
  • ¼ cup of melted coconut oil
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 1/3 cup of fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp of natural vanilla extract
  • Dash of pink Himalayan salt

Place all of the ingredients for the base into a food processor and blend. Pour into a 6 inch tin and smooth down to form a flat base. Place in the freezer to chill.

Place all of the topping ingredients into the food processor and blend until creamy. Pour onto the base and put in to the fridge for at least 2-3 hours.

Remove from the fridge and decorate if desired. Serve and enjoy. 🙂

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Bach Flower Remedies

Pregnancy and childbirth can be a worrying and stressful time but it’s important that you look after yourself, as well as the baby. Bach flower remedies can be a great therapy to help you get the most from your pregnancy. They can help balance emotions, helping you to enjoy pregnancy and motherhood.

These are some of my favourites:

  • White Chestnut – this can help with constant over worrying thoughts, helping to clear your mind.
  • Olive – the remedy for tiredness, great in pregnancy, during labour or even after the baby has been born when you are feeling exhausted from late night feeds.
  • Mimulus – great for fears, this can be good during labour if you feel scared or apprehensive about the labour, birth or a c-section.
  • Walnut – this is a superb remedy that helps protect you through time of change.
  • Crab Apple – this can help with the physical change in pregnancy if you are feeling negative about the way you look.
  • Red Chestnut – a perfect remedy when worrying about the welfare of others, in this case your baby.  Especially good if you are a worrier and constantly wondering if everything is ok.
  • Larch – great for confidence.  Many new Mum’s doubt themselves, wondering if they will be good enough.  Larch is a great confidence booster.
  • Rescue Remedy – a good all round remedy to have through pregnancy and labour.  Use every time you feel anxious.

All available from www.nelsonsnaturalworld.com

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Recipe – Tomato Soup

Home made roasted tomato and pepper soup 🍅🍅

This is a great soup for boosting immunity and fighting off those winter bugs as it’s full of vitamin C and flu busting ingredients.

You will need:

  • 6 big tomatoes, chopped in halves
  • 2 red peppers, quartered
  • 1 onion, chopped into a quarter
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 400ml of vegetable stock (I use the brand Kallo)

Place the tomatoes, peppers, onion and garlic in a roasting dish and drizzle with olive oil.

Roast in the oven for 30-35 minutes at 180 degrees

Put the contents into a blender and pour in the vegetable stock.

Blend until smooth 🙂

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Recipe – Orange and coconut energy balls

Are you somebody who loves sugar? Maybe you crave something sweet after dinner or get home from the school run dying for some sugar to give you that bit of energy to survive the evening chores. If so, then try these healthy energy balls – free from refined sugar but with all the sweetness. 🙂

Being addicted to sugar is more common than we think, it’s everywhere so there’s no surprise we are consuming it all the time.

I have always had a sweet tooth and I’m not going to lie, I LOVE ice cream and chocolate 🙂 BUT they do not love me if I eat them all the time so it’s all about balance and finding healthier tasty alternatives such as these energy balls.

It doesn’t mean you can’t ever have that piece of cream cake or that glass of wine but as with everything, it’s all about a healthy balance.   If you eat healthy meals and snacks 80% of the time, exercise and respect your body then you can afford to indulge occasionally.

These energy balls are a perfect snack to help curb those sugar cravings and can easily be kept in a small Tupperware pot to carry around in your bag, keeping you away from the sugar laden supermarket snacks.  Not only are they free from refined sugar, they also contain lots of other beneficial ingredients such as almonds, chia and flax seeds that help feed our brain and hemp protein powder that will help keep you fuller for longer.

You will need:

  • 190g dates
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp ground flax seeds
  • 2 tbsp ground almonds
  • Zest of one small orange
  • 1 tbsp hemp powder
  • 4 tbsp coconut oil (melted)
  • Shredded coconut

Blend the dates and coconut oil together.

Add the rest of the ingredients except the shredded coconut and mix until smooth.

Roll into small balls and cover with shredded coconut.

Place in the freezer for an hour and take out 5 minutes before serving. 😃

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Recipe – Banana And Egg Pancakes

Want a quick, simple nutritious breakfast?

Try making banana and egg pancakes 🍳🍌

Mix one egg and one banana and lightly fry in a little bit of coconut oil. Couldn’t be more simple than that 👍

The secret to a good diet is to maintain a good ratio of important food groups.

Eggs are high in protein and good fats, whilst bananas provide energy. Both are bursting with lots of vitamins and minerals including zinc and magnesium important for brain health, mood, memory, skin, fertility, immunity and energy to name just a few.

Top with fruit, chia seeds and almond butter for a nutritious breakfast.

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