COCONUT & CACAO TRUFFLES

Only a few days until Christmas and I am SO excited, I can’t wait to be back at my parents in the countryside spending time with my family and of course eating delicious food. And talking of delicious food these raw cacao and coconut truffles are an example of a healthy festive dessert that will be served at our house this Christmas alongside the traditional Christmas pudding. Christmas is all about balance for me, I am going to be indulging of course but its great to have healthier options available and these raw coconut and cacao truffles are so rich and tasty that you wouldn’t even know they are the ‘healthy’ option. They also always last about 5 minutes in my household which I think is testament to just how delicious they are! Also I thought I would mention that I am going to be taking a week or so off blogging so I can spend my Christmas enjoying spending time with my family, The Nutritionista will be back in the new year with lots of exciting new projects and even a little redesign for you all x

Ingredients

  • Medjool dates (I usually find one pack so about 15 dates makes about 5 good sized date balls)
  • 1 tablespoons of raw cacao
  • 1 tablespoons of raw organic honey or coconut oil
  • Half a cup of finely chopped nuts (any kind I usually use almonds, walnuts and Brazil nuts)
  • Desiccated coconut

Instructions

  • Use a blender to make the dates into a sticky consistency
  • Add in the Cacao powder
  • Crush the nuts (either with a blender or food processor or old fashioned put them in a bag and hit them with a rolling pin)
  • Add all other ingredients into a large mixing bowl then add in nuts, coconut oil/honey and mix in
  • Roll the mixture in your hands until they form an even round shape
  • Roll the truffles in coconut until they are evenly covered.
  • Refrigerate these for an hour minimum- I usually leave overnight
  • Enjoy!

 

AN INTERVIEW WITH SVAVA SIGBERTSDOTTIR FOUNDER OF THE VIKING METHOD

You guys probably saw my write up of the amazing Viking Method workout I did this week where I raved about how amazing the workout was (read it here) So following my workout I decided I needed to learn more about the brains behind The Viking Method. Meet Svava the founder, we chat about all things health and fitness from how The Viking Method came about, her exercise regime, favourite eating spots and even some advice for young career women on how to stay fit and healthy. I hope you enjoy reading what this amazing lady has to say x

1. Can you briefly describe what The Viking Method is?

Viking Method  consists of unique functional exercises, worked through within specific time frames. Incorporating a series of switches between functional cardio and resistance exercises, the method forces the body to work to the maximum, achieving your optimum hormonal state; increasing growth hormone , decreasing insulin and cortisol, resulting in mad fat burning. Your metabolism smashes through the roof!

2. Can you describe how The Viking Method came about and where the idea came from?

I have been exercising all my life. Despite all the genres that I did; general weight training, aerobics, kickboxing, yoga, ballet, crossfit, football, I never found that one ultimate type of training that would give me everything I wanted.  There fore I took my life long experience and vast education and combined it with the way training is done in my home country Iceland. Which is all out. High energy, high intensity. Mind over matter.

3. What makes The Viking Method different from other workouts out there?

The Viking Method is different in so many ways. The exercises are different. The way they are done. What I focus on, like hormones and mental aspects.  And it is fun. It is very tough but you will look forward to it. It feels like you are outside just playing with a friend like a child and then BOOM! You have completely smashed a workout and gone further and become more than you ever thought you could. Also what makes it different is that my main objective with my clients is not getting into that dress or down to that weight. That will happen anyway with my method. It is a by-product to me. My main objective is for my clients to experience their power and agility, grace and strength. To become so confident and content with themselves. Happy. To have them feel and know just how magnificent they truly are.

4. How did your love of health and fitness first come about?

I have always loved health and fitness. As soon as I was old enough to do sports, I did. I love playing. Competing. Feeling the power of my body and mind. Once you feel that way, there is no going back.

5. Can you tell us a bit about your background?

I am from Iceland. I moved to London 10 years ago to study, I first did a BA degree in dance then studied to become a  yoga teacher, Personal Trainer and Nutritionist.  I live with my amazing teenage daughter and I truly am very grateful to where I am  in life. Whatever you want to become, do follow your dreams. It is hard work and you will have to put in more hours than the next to end on top but if you do not give up, you will get there. And it will be worth it all and more.  Never stop just because you got a no. Do not give in. Do not let that be in your nature.

6. What’s a typical day in the life of Svava?

Typical day is that I wake up early, around 5.30, have my clients til around 2.30, go home, do some work on the computer, go back to work for few hours, come back home, spend time with my daughter until she goes to bed and then I plan the next days programs and do admin things. I have never needed much sleep, I operate best on  5-6 hours so will go to bed a bit after midnight.

7. Can you describe the kind of food you eat in a day?

I eat eggs and nuts for breakfast, then my lunch box will have chicken and some veggies, when I go home in the middle of the day I always have a smoothie; vegetables with flaxseeds, spirulina powder, moringa leafs and chia seeds. For dinner I have chicken or tuna or salmon or turkey with veggies. I like just simple things. If it gets too complicated, I then cant be bothered on long days.

8.What’s your favourite meal and do you have any healthy cooking tips?

Do love the healthy fats. Always use coconut oil when cooking. Nuts and seeds are a great snack option.  The healthy fats are so good and they will not make you fat.  I have few; I love chicken, goats cheese feta , avocado and broccoli. That is my favourite dinner. But I also love my cheat meal pizza. And I really go for it, four cheese pizza with cheesy garlic bread. Yummy.

9. Do you have any favourite eating here spots in London?

Because of how hectic work is , I want to be home with my daughter when I am off. Therefore, when we go out , we go out in our area which is Belsize Park. I really like the tuna salad at pizza express which I add avocado to, also there is a café here called chamomile that does the most perfect poached eggs in the whole world. Promise.

10. Can you describe your exercise regime?

I do a lot with me clients as my program is often interactive. With that I train 4 times a week  where I do my method.

11. What’s the best thing about your job?

When a client can do something he/she could do before. The feeling it gives them. When they see results. Become more confident.  That is the reason a do my job. Such huge food for the soul when you see people reaching their goals and witnessing and being a part of brining that amazing positive effect out in them.

12. Do you have any advice for young career women trying to keep fit and healthy?

Don’t always feel you have to do everything. It is impossible. Do not start your health regime by going to the gym in the first week every day for 2 hours a day and doing a 180 flip on your diet. Because then you will do it for few weeks and then stop. And feel like crap that you stopped, which does not do you any good.  You want this to be for long term. Therefore do what you realistically can do every week. Consistency is really the key. That´s why there is the saying for it.  Quality is also more important then quantity. Know what you are doing in the gym. Go hard. Sweat buckets. Be dead when you finish.   And a crucial part, do try to find both training program and a diet program that you actually like.  Have fun in life. We grown ups so often forget that, so at least in the gym, try to grow down a bit and play.

THE NUTRITIONISTA & THE VIKING METHOD

Now I don’t know about you but I just love trying new styles of workouts out. That’s the joy of running The Nutritionista that I get to try out amazing new exercise classes and personal trainers……hard life right? Well someone has to review these places and let you guys know what fantastic workouts are out there! So talking of fantastic workouts say hello to The Viking Method. This particular workout and the amazing founder Svava are helping hands in creating Nicole Scherzingers fantastic body. Have you seen Nicole? She is RIDICULOUS, **girl crush alert**. So when I heard that Svava and her tough Viking methods were behind Nicoles bootay I made sure that I tried this workout for myself.

So above is a photo of me after my Viking Method workout, a few things about this picture. That is not Nicole I know I know its hard to tell the difference (wishes/prays). Unfortunately that is not the Schirzey that is just me, a very sweaty red faced me at that. I don’t think the photo actually shows exactly how much I was sweating but trust me it was dripping off. Not nice or pretty, but shows just how damn hard Svava worked me.

So I arrived for my workout with Svava, blissfully unaware that we were going to be training outside (it was a particularly cold rainy day). Thankfully it was taking place in the private gardens opposite the Jumeirah Carlton tower hotel in Knightsbridge. Could be worse places to train outdoors. Svava explained to me she particularly enjoyed training outdoors and how good it was for you. At first I was doubtful, but by the end I was converted and one extremely thankful person of the cold breeze and fresh air.

The workout itself was demanding, high intensity and forced me to push myself to the absolute limit. There was no holding back, or half hearted attempts at moves, no this is full on putting 100% in all or nothing kind of workout. The type that makes it difficult to breathe leaves you shaking and utterly worn out but feeling on top of the world, as you know you have just pushed yourself to the absolute max. That my friends is why The Viking Method is such a success. I mean the proof is in the pudding Svava is one hot instructor, if that doesn’t motivate you then I mean I don’t know what is. She is so toned and strong, exactly what I want my body to look like. If there was a poster girl for the strong not skinny campaign then Svava is your woman. I am girl crushing all over the place in this post haha!

So for the exercises themselves, we did boxing and kickboxing which I had never tried before and absolutely loved! There is something very satisfying about punching and kicking as much as you can, and I ached in places I had never ached before the following day. I truly believe that was the boxing, and from what I have seen boxing and kickboxing is a firm favourite with many of the Victoria Secret angels for a full body workout…..need I say more? There was also a fair amount of crawling, this wasn’t just any crawling this was as low to the ground you could get without touching the floor crawling, in slidey muddy conditions. I felt like spiderman, a spiderman whose whole body was being worked HARD. We then did a variety of full body moves like burpees, running as fast as you can with Svava holding onto my waist, so basically having to pull her along which is a great exercise if you have a gym buddy!

The Viking Method mixed functional training with HIT training , intervals you name it. The workout was fast paced and gruelling and I could totally see why it gets such great results I had never done a workout like it.

So I fell head over heels for the Viking way of training, so much so that Svava has actually put me together a workout plan for me to release my inner Viking when I am working out at my gym. I will let you know how it goes, I can tell you one thing for sure my body won’t know what’s hit it! I have also interviewed the amazing Svava so look out for the interview coming soon on The Nutritionista x

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SPICED POACHED PEAR TART

Let me introduce you to this weeks recipe my ‘Spiced Poached Pear Tart’ which is the perfect winter dessert for these chilly evenings! A perfect balance of spices, delicious poached pear and a nutritious raw tart base…..dreamy!  Pear tarte tatin has always been a bit of a tradition in my household, the weather turns a bit frosty and out comes the rich caramelised pear tart which is always irresistible. So I thought why not see whether I can make one which still incorporates all the rich flavours, carmalised pear and thick tart base but put a bit of a ‘The Nutritionista’ twist on it. So here you have it my ‘Spiced Poached Pear Tart’ or if you fancy my ‘Raw Pear Tarte Tatin’ which is not only delicious in flavour but also good for you. Now theres a dessert which ticks all the boxes.

See below for the recipe 🙂 x

Ingredients

Poached Pear Filling

  • 2 pears
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 1 handful of flaked almonds
  • 1 pinch of cinnamon
  • 1 tsp of raw honey
  • 1 orange

Raw Tart

  • 2 cups of almonds
  • 1 cup of desiccated coconut
  • Approx 5-10 dates depending how sticky you want the mixture
  • 1 tbsp of coconut oil

Instructions for the tart

  • Blend all the ingredients in a blender, once combined press this mixture into a tart tray- making sure to press the mixture down into the tin firmly so it holds

Instructions for poached pears

  • Peel the pears then cut into halves- removing any stalks
  • Place a small pan on a medium to low heat and put the coconut oil, honey and cinnamon in swirling the pan to combine the flavours and melt together
  • Once it goes a golden colour half the vanilla pods and scrape out the seeds, then add the seeds and the pod to the pan and continue to swirl
  • Make sure the liquid doesn’t burn by keeping it on a low heat and swirling the pan
  • Add the zest of half an orange
  • Add in the pear slices and sprinkle the flaked almonds over the top
  • Allow the pears to soften in the pan, do this for around 4-5 mins until the pears have soaked up a good amount of the liquid
  • Once the pears have softened take them off the heat
  • Place the pears in the tart and then drizzle over the almonds and the juice, then top with the vanilla pod
  • Then tuck in and enjoy x

THE MODEL METHOD WITH HOLLIE GRANT THE PILATES PT

Let me introduce you too Hollie Grant the founder of Pilates PT. Hollie is a STOTT trained pilates instructor, Sweaty Betty ambassador and the brains behind The Model Method. So what exactly is The Model Method? It’s an exercise routine which combines the weight loss effect of HIIT training, metabolism boosting effect of using weights and the stretching and lengthening effect of reformer Pilates. With such a great combination of exercise and results that speak for themselves The Model Method is fast becoming the workout to try.

So let me tell you now, The Model Method is HARD and Hollie pushes you to your absolute limit. The result, one hardcore super intense workout that leaves your body aching (trust me I struggled to walk the following day). But oh my what a workout, I felt longer, leaner and stronger after just one session. I love the combination of the reformer Pilates, weights and the high intensity workouts. I mean at the time when I was half way through my set of box burpees and feeling as though my body had given up and I had no physical energy left, not so much love. But these high intense sessions are complimented with reformer Pilates which lengthens and stretches out your muscles. Then before you know it you are back doing high intensity whether it is on the TRX or box jumps, plyometric exercises you name it, its hard and you will be sweating.

I love everything about this workout and the combination HIIT training, weights and reformer Pilates is just genius. The combination of these elements tones, lengthens and strengthens your whole body which is what everyone wants, a long lean toned physique. If that sounds appealing then pop in and see Hollie as she is lady for you.

Just to give you an idea of how hard you can push yourself with The Model Method, here are a few stats from my workout, which will probably explain why I was aching so much. Hollie got me wearing a nifty heart rate monitor and stats band which measured my heart rate and calories burnt during our session and here they are; 1hr10 minute session, 656 calories Average heart rate – 79% Max heart rate – 100%

Impressive right? Maximum heart rate 100%, go me!! Well and Hollie she should take the credit really for making me carry on with the burpees when I was ready to give up entirely. After thinking about this great workout and the equally great Hollie I have come to the conclusion that the other element which sets The Model Method apart is Hollie herself. She is the most lovely caring person, and I immediately felt completely comfortable in her presence, like I had know her for years. Whilst working out Hollie supports, guides and pushes you just enough. I think this is so important as you can have the best workout in the world but if the trainer isn’t kind, supportive and puts you at ease then your not going to get the best out of your workout are you? Hollie strikes that perfect balance of a really hardcore, intense workout which pushes you 100%. But all the while supporting and guiding you. And that is what I think makes this workout experience so special. I have included a few action shots from my session with Hollie for you guys to get a little taster into some of The Model Method exercises.
Thanks Hollie for introducing me to your fantastic workout! My aching muscles will thank you too soon enough 🙂 x

Check out Hollies Website for more details on The Model Method along with her Twitter and Facebook

JUICEBABY KINGS ROAD

Say hello to Juicebaby, a cold press juice bar which serves some the most delicious raw food I have tasted so I had to share it with you on The Nutritionista. Juice Baby takes healthy food to a whole new level, which is why I am a little in love with this gem which can be found on the Kings Road. Not only do they sell a varied selection of cold pressed juices they also sell nut milks, I tried the creamy cacao milk and it was honestly one of the best milks I had ever tried, so indulgent and creamy a real chocolatey treat. Whilst sipping on my creamy cacao milk I also indulged in a raw caramel slice, which I had heard such great things about. It would of rude not to right? And boy it didn’t disappoint. You know me I am the biggest fan of raw desserts as a delicious healthy treat once in a while and this raw caramel slice did the trick. Raw chocolatey, caramel richness and a creamy crunchy nutty base. Need I say more?

Juicebaby also serves a varied selection of nutritious snacks including kale salads, chia seed pots, avocado on toast, spicy nacho salad. They all looked fantastic, so far in my visits I have only eaten the avocado on spelt toast with chilli oil which was delicious, but as avocado on toast is one of my favourite meals I was going to be a happy girl. Next time I will be more adventurous and try some of their other options, all the salads looked great and are packed full of nutritious super healthy ingredients and the variety of raw desserts and treats were enough to keep anyone happy. The only problem is deciding what to eat, with such a wide selection of tasty food on offer Juice Baby makes the art of decision making hard to muster.

Juicebaby is a fabulous addition to Londons wellness scene and is up there with one of my favourite healthy hangouts, you will often find me with my laptop on their comfy sofas indulging in a treat or two. If you do go I recommend the creamy cacao milk and the raw caramel slice because sometimes you just need to treat yourself. So when you do, do it wisely with a Juice Baby treat, healthy, tasty, indulgent, guilt free, full of flavour. Sold.

To see more of Juicebaby’s creations follow their instagramtwitter and their Website which is coming soon x

AN INTERVIEW WITH SADIE MACLEOD FOUNDER OF HIP & HEALTHY

Sadie Macleod is the founder of Hip & Healthy the UK online store for stylish activewear, and one of The Nutritionistas favourite online destinations for all things healthy. Hip & Healthy not only sells amazing activewear it is also a digital wellbeing website which covers a variety of areas including fitness, fashion, travel and recipes. So the brains behind this fantastic brand is Sadie Macleod who is such an inspiration to me and The Nutritionista I love her determination, drive and the success she has had with her wonderful brand. Which is why I was so keen to pick Sadies brains about all things health, fitness and Hip & Healthy related. I hope you enjoy what Sadie has to say as much as I did x

1.Can you describe how Hip & Healthy first came about and where the idea came from?

About 4 years ago, I was lucky enough to be granted a sabbatical from my full time job at a travel magazine to go Hong Kong with my husband. Whilst there, I had the time to think I about what I really wanted to do and having always been into health and fitness (I was a green juice fiend long before they became popular) it seemed like a natural step to re-pitch myself as a health and fitness writer. It was then, whilst researching magazines I could write for, that I realised there weren’t any digital wellbeing publications, so I taught myself how to build a website and embarked on the first version of Hip & Healthy! It wasn’t until a year later though that we launched the activewear store.

2. Can you tell us a bit about your background?

I started my career at Conde Nast Traveller Magazine, where I learnt so much about how magazines were run. I also had once started a very small publication about health in my local town, which was pretty amateur but taught me a lot about how to run a business.

3. Where did your love of health and fitness come from?

My mum has always been into health and I’ve been eating organic food since I can remember, so I’m sure she’s partly to blame. My sister is also really into healthy food, and has her own vegan blog, so I guess it must run in the family! When i was a school though i wasn’t at all into sports (which is crazy as i would love to do them now) and it wasn’t until university that I discovered running which then changed my whole perspective on fitness and now i can’t get enough of it! Im still not great at team sports though!

4. Can you describe Hip & Healthy in a nutshell?

Hip & Healthy is an online health and wellbeing magazine and stylish activewear store. We strive to inspire people to be the best versions of themselves.

5. Have you got any exciting future plans for Hip & Healthy?

We are currently doing a range of inspirational printed vests and t-shirts and we are always signing up new brands to the store that we think our readers will love. Plus, we’ll be doing a bit of a redesign on the website next year to make it much more user and mobile friendly.

6. How do you think the attitudes towards health and fitness have changed in the UK over the last few years?

I definitely think health and fitness has become much cooler in the past few years. When I first started eating healthily and running it was always so much of a struggle to convince my friends that doing stuff that was good for you is a good idea they much preferred the thought of  big nights out and sleeping till noon. But that really has all changed now, grabbing a green juice in a local vegan cafe is way more exciting than going for a coffee in Starbucks these days and much easier to do than ever before because the other big change that we have seen is the dramatic increase in the availability to be healthy with the arrival of superstore Wholefoods, high street lunch places bringing in green and red juices and there are even  more yoga studios, gyms and run clubs than ever before. Its fantastic.

7. What’s a typical day in the life of Sadie Macleod?

Now i have a newborn son my day has changed quite a bit! I like to get a bit of a workout in first thing – a quick jog always starts my day off well.  Then its back home for some brekkie and a green juice before sitting down to a few emails. Ill then head into the office for a half day and get home to my babe just after lunch where i then try and master the art of multi-tasking! When my husband comes home in the evening I will quite often do a bit more work before settling down to a good movie with him or a bath – bliss! It goes without saying though that not every day is like this at all and sometimes its hard to find the time to shower let alone go on a jog or grab a green juice!

8. Congratulations on becoming a mother! How has it been juggling motherhood and work?

I am still relatively new to being a mum so am yet to practice my juggling skills. It is hard work trying to fit it all in but somehow it happens. It helps that I have a amazing girls in the office working their hardest right now for which I am so grateful for!

9. What do you typically eat in a day?

I like to start every day with a hot water followed by a green juice. Then ill have porridge with berries for breakfast. Lunch will include avocado, quinoa and salad most of the time and supper is often fish and lots of delicious veggies or gluten-free pasta with vegan pesto – something easy yet healthy as i don’t get much time to cook these days. And i snack a lot – on healthy nut bars, energy balls, kale chips, chia seed pods and fruit and veg!

10. Do you have any favourite healthy recipes?

Anything cooked by my sister, Saskia!

11. Do you have any favourite eating spots in London?

I love Wild Food Cafe, Detox Kitchen and Retreat Cafe in Soho and Le Pain Quotidian is baby-friendly and organic so brilliant!

12. Do you have a particular exercise routine?

I love to run in the mornings and do yoga in the evenings.

13. What motivates you in the morning?

My job – I love it!

14. Do you have any advice for young entrepreneurs?

Stick at it! We all want things to happen quickly but great things take time. Don’t let a little hard work and patience get in the way of your dream!

15. Do you have any advice for young working women trying to lead a healthy lifestyle?

I think preparation and planning is so important when you are busy and wanting to live healthily. Small things like laying out your running clothes before you go to sleep, or preparing your breakfast ingredients the night before really go along way. Also, schedule your fitness classes – put them in your calendar that way you are less likely to cancel on them or double book yourself. See it as important time for yourself.

To find out more about the wonderful Hip & Healthy head on over to their WebsiteInstagramTwitter and Facebook

THE NUTRITIONISTA GETS INSPIRED BY RENS KROES

Sometimes in our lives and careers we come across people who just inspire us, whether it be through what they do in their job, what they have achieved or maybe just their personalities. As a blogger I often look for inspiration from other like minded people within the health industry from all over the world. I find that there are so many incredible people out there who share the same passions and goals as I do and it can be a really amazing experience to be able to talk to the people who inspired me to start what I am doing today and hear about their wonderful journeys.

Rens Kroes is one of the many wonderful people who have inspired me along the way, I have followed her story through her website and social media for such a long time now, way before I started The Nutritionista and always loved her approach to healthy eating. So I recently got to chat to Rens to discover a bit more about her background, what started her love for health and nutrition her job and much much more.

Firstly let me say that Rens is the most lovely person, I feel as though we could of spoken for hours about all things health and wellness. Which is what I love so much about being in this industry, its the people you meet and being able to share the same interests and passions.

So firstly we chatted about her background, for Rens her journey into health came from a very young age. Surrounded by a family where health and nutrition was of paramount importance. Her grandmother was actually a herbalist, her mother a nutritionist and grandfather was the first organic farmer from the north part of the Netherlands which I am pretty impressed about! Then along with her sister Doutzen Kroes the Victoria Secret model I would say they are one healthy family right? Rens explained that her mother always taught her the importance of healthy eating as a child. It seemed like the passion for teaching about health has passed down the generations.

So what exactly does Rens do? Rens is herself a health coach, she also blogs about healthy eating for Glamour and shares her wisdom through her website. Then on top of all that Rens has released a book called Power Food which is a best seller, which unfortunately not yet available in the UK but is something that Rens is working on, fingers crossed ey. You see what I mean about inspiring, if I was to look at my long term plan for myself and The Nutritionista I would want to follow a similar route too Rens. Nothing like some good long term goals!

We then moved onto to talking about her views toward healthy living and Rens mantra is a great one, she described it as ‘The Triangle’ and the three corners of the triangle are healthy food, exercising and relaxing, Rens stressed to me that for her its all about balance. If someone is too focused on one corner of that triangle its not healthy, if you are really pushing the healthy eating but not exercising and taking time to stop and relax that isn’t a healthy lifestyle. Life is all about balance and this is something that I strongly agree with, you need to be able to strike a healthy balance between all these elements to lead a healthy and happy life and sustain this lifestyle. I am a big fan of the triangle way of thinking and think that we all should focus on making sure we are balanced in our approach to a healthy lifestyle.

So talking of balance how does Rens workout? A combination of hit training, yoga and weight lifting, we spent a while discussing how much we love lifting weights. I am such a convert to lifting weights its my new favourite exercise! So its nice to find another woman with a similar view. Girls go lift some iron, trust me it will change how you exercise!

So finally I asked Rens if she had any advice for young working women who are trying to live a healthy lifestyle. And she had some good advice,

  • Healthy eating takes time its a whole lifestyle, its no quick fix
  • Make a schedule and plan your meals

So there you have it, my wonderful chat with the equally wonderful Rens Kroes. Hopefully this will give you an idea of exactly why I find her so inspiring. Below are two recipes from Rens, they look delicious and I can’t wait to try them.

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Power Food by Rens Kroes

 


 

Recipes by Rens Kroes for The Nutritionista

Kick start 

This is probably the tastiest and healthiest breakfast ever! It’s very filling and is deliciously creamy. It’s a perfect pre-workout breakfast, a quick snack to give you a boost or a kick start for a long, busy day.

Total preparation time

4 hours or overnight

Active preparation time

10 minutes

Ingredients (serves 4)

130 grams whole oats

100 grams raw cashews

80 grams dates, pitted

1 tablespoon coconut oil

2 tablespoons dried coconut

2 teaspoons vanilla powder, unsweetened

Method

Soak the oats and cashews in a bowl of water for at least four hours or over night. Then drain the remaining water and put everything in the blender. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until creamy. You can garnish this breakfast with some berries, if you’d like.

Zucchini boats

The finish product looks so fantastic, which makes it even nicer to eat! How food looks matters. If something looks good, you’re likely to eat more of it. And that’s no problem here since we’re so healthy! 

Ingredients (serves 2) 
200 grams organic chicken breast
coconut oil, for baking

100 grams brown rice
2 large or 4 small zucchinis
1 tablespoon olive oil 
1 small red onions
8 large mushrooms
handful of parsley
handful of basil leaves
2 cloves of garlic
50 ml pre-made, organic tomato sauce
leaves of 4 sprigs fresh thyme 
1 teaspoon of curry powder

1 teaspoon of turmeric

1 teaspoon of laos powder
pinch of cayenne pepper
 
pinch of sea salt and black pepper

Method
Preheat the oven to 180°C. Rinse the chicken with water, cut into small pieces and cook in 1 tablespoon of coconut oil in a frying pan at low heat. Stir well occasionally. Rinse the rice and cook it in water in a small pot with a stock cube. Meanwhile, cut the zucchini in half, length-wise, spoon out the flesh and set aside and brush the four zucchini halves with olive oil. Put them in an ovenproof dish in the oven for about 10 minutes. Next, chop the onion, mushrooms, parsley and basil and put them in a bowl with the zucchini flesh. Then add the chicken, spices, tomato sauce, sea salt and black pepper. Finally, press the garlic into the mixture using a garlic press. Toss the mixture to combine and ensure that all the ingredients are evenly dispersed. Remove the zucchini boats from the oven and fill them with the filling. Put the boats back in the oven at the same temperature for another 10 minutes. Then, remove them from the oven and sprinkle four tablespoons of rice over each of the boats.

TANYA’S RAW FOOD CAFE CHELSEA

The other weekend I went for brunch (I say brunch I ate cake, my bad) at Tanyas, now if you haven’t heard of Tanya’s then you need to check it out! So Tanya’s is a raw cafe in Chelsea which is everywhere at the moment, its doing so well. I am a big instagrammer (check out my account here) and I had been noticing pictures of the most beautiful looking raw dishes popping up, and after a bit of research I discovered that the source of these wonderful dishes was Tanyas. So I made it my mission to go along.

So I meet a couple of girls at tanya’s and got me some raw dessert….for brunch, naturally. Now I love raw dessert, in fact its my favourite thing ever. I love nothing more than whipping up a good raw dessert at the weekend and having some guilt free indulgence. I am getting quite distracted dreaming about raw desserts over here. Back to Tanya’s, so I ordered a My Alkaliser which is a green juice made with kale, spinach, lemon apple and cucumber which was delicious! Then after almost an hour of deliberating, I kid you not we looked at the menu and debated for an hour thats how good the menu is. We decided to share a few slices of raw cake because they looked too good to not try. We decided on the key lime cake, and the blueberry cheesecake with a little chocolate raw dessert truffle number. They were divine, I mean crazily good. I would of happily seen off a few slices to myself, luckily I was sharing and was forced to have restraint.

Now although these cakes were heavenly I have never seen such a fantastic menu, I really need to get myself back there. It all looked amazing the breakfast, the lunches, the snacks, everything. And of course its all raw, but that doesn’t mean compromised on taste, not in the slightest if those cakes were anything to go by.

Tanya’s you stole my heart, you made me eat cake for breakfast. I will be back, and I will try and choose something to eat in less than an hour. But I can’t promise anything x

P.S they now do a christmas menu….a raw christmas menu, it sounds amazing!!

PRODUCT OF THE WEEK: LINGONBERRY POWDER FROM FINNBERRY

Last week I introduced my new ‘Product of the Week’ element to The Nutritionista which goes in the review section of my blog. Last week I shared the love for Adunas Moringa powder and the recipe I created using their fantastic products. So its time for my next product of the week and this week its Finnberrys Lingonberry powder. Finnberry are a very young Finnish brand that are about to launch in the UK with their range of Superberrys. Now I am a fan of using superfood berry powders in my smoothies, I mean I just love acai bowls….who doesn’t right? So when Finberry approached me about their new range of products I was keen to try them and see what all the fuss was about. The Lingonberry especially has been getting some good press about its fat burning qualities so I thought I would give it a go in one of my recipes.

So here is an overview of what a Lingonberry is. Lingonberry is a tangy, wild super berry that has been said too help counter the effects of a high-fat diet – they have been said too reduce blood sugar levels and contain polyphenols for fat burning. They’re also packed with vitamins providing exceptional amounts of vitamins E and K, iron, copper, manganese and dietary fibre. Similar to cranberries they help to reduce the risk of urinary tract infections, particularly in women. It is well known in the Nordic countries and recommended for patients with diabetes, blood pressure challenges and inflammatory concerns.

So now we know why it is meant to be good for us, so now what about what it tastes like? I mentioned earlier that it was tangy, and it was indeed the powder was a rich pinky red colour and added a sharp tang to my smoothie bowl which was a pleasant surprise. The powder was packed full of flavour and I loved the way it made my smoothie taste. Not too sweet with a real punch of flavour. See my recipe here.