If there is just one superfood you need on your menu to balance those cray cray hormones, it’s maca. Maca is from peru and it looks a bit like a potato, but it does a whole lot more good for your insides and best of all, it balances your hormones. Maca deliveries a big kick of energy to your system and is one food you should be including in your wellness regime. I’ve underlined all the benefits today because there are just so many for you to see! And I haven’t included them all here otherwise the post would go on forever. But know this much – maca may change your life.
Two easters ago, I shared my hot cross bun recipe and it has served me well. Since then, my eating habits have changed quite substantially and so, the recipe has been revisited and revamped. If you’re into a ‘healthy-ish’ hot cross bun version (not gluten free), you can check out the first recipe here. But if you are ready for a ramped up version this one is for you. There is 1 tsp of sugar in this recipe purely to activate the dough. It’s such a small amount, it’s nothing to lose sleep over really.
Nat’s super hot cross buns
1 1/2 cups (375ml) coconut milk
2 tsp (7g/1 sachet) dried yeast
1 tbs sugar
60g of coconut butter, melted
1/4 cup chia seeds
1tbs superfood of your choice – I choose gubinge – this of course is optional
1 egg, lightly whisked
2 1/2 cups (675g) rice flour
2 cups of coconut flour
1tsb baking powder
1 tsp salt
3 tsp mixed spice
1 cup currants
1/3 cup (80ml) cold water
1 egg beaten to glaze
Combine the milk, yeast and 1 tbs of sugar in a small bowl. Set aside in a warm, draught-free place for 10 minutes or until frothy.
Combine the milk mixture, coconut butter and egg in a jug and whisk.
Combine 2 cups (600g) of rice flour and 2 cups of the coconut flour, baking powder, chia seeds, gubinge and salt in a bowl. Add the currants and stir. Make a well in the centre. Pour in the milk mixture and with a wooden spoon stir until just combined, then use your hands to bring the dough together.
Turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 10-15 minutes or until elastic like. Place the dough in a bowl and cover with a damp tea towel. Place in a warm spot for 1 hour or until dough doubles in size.
Preheat oven to 200°C. Grease a square cake tin. Punch the dough down with your fist and again turn dough onto a lightly floured surface, kneading for 2-3 minutes or until dough is smooth and elastic. Divide dough into 16 even pieces shaping each portion into a ball. Arrange dough portions, side by side, in the prepared pan. Set aside in a warm, draught-free place for 30 minutes or until dough has risen 2cm.
Meanwhile, mix the remaining flour and water together in a small bowl until a smooth paste forms. Place in a small plastic bag and snip off the end. Pipe a continuous line down the centre of each row of buns, lengthways and widthways, to form crosses. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 180°C and bake for a further 15 minutes or until golden and cooked through (buns are ready when they sound hollow when tapped on the base).
Whisk final egg. Brush over each bun and place back in oven for a few minutes to cook egg. Once glossy and set, remove from oven, place on a wire rack and when possible turn onto rack to cool.
Serve warm with butter, or toasted.
*these will rise to a lesser degree than regular hot cross buns
Following on from yesterday’s post Fertilise your smoothie – it seems many of you are keen as for the recipe. Don’t be afraid to play around with the ingredients – you can substitute anything your heart so desires – use the powders as a base and switch between the different milks and fruits or veggies.
Sam’s Super Smoothie
1 scoop Sun Warrior Protein Powder
1/2 tbp loving earth cacao powder
1 tbs loving earth mesquite
1 teaspoon loving earth maca powder
1 cup berries
2 cups of either rice or almond milk, or coconut water.
Place all ingredients in a blender and whizz until smooth and serve.
I’ve been on a Salad rampage the past few weeks – scurrying like a squirrel before winter sets in to get in as much ‘cold’ food as I can before my body starts to shut shop on the raw front. You see, Chinese Medicine recgonises that cold food in cold weather doesn’t necessarily do your body any favours. It impairs gut function (since digestion occurs at 37 degrees) and triggers off all kinds of troubles ranging from irritable bowel symptoms right through to period pain and low immunity.
Be mindful and allow your body to slip through the seasons with ease. Sit down to warmer foods as the nights get cooler and winter begins to reveal itself. It’s the little simple things that make the biggest difference.
The balance of protein and quality fats in this salad makes it the perfect fertile salad!
I want to introduce you to Louise. Louise is the owner of Table Tonic a wonderful online homewares (and other treasures) boutique. Previously, Louise was the creative director at Cosmo, Cleo & Dolly magazines, and she certainly knows how to make life beautiful. I met Louise via twitter over a year ago, and quickly discovered not only her chic home stylin’, but her love for natural living. I’m slightly (ok that’s a huge lie, I’m totally) obsessed with her website. On her blog she often shares little tips and tricks she’s implementing for better health not just for herself but for her whole family. I love that her blog isn’t one dimensional, it’s offers style, fashion and health. Follow her – you’ll thank me later.