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So I have wanted to get Oscar Juicer for a long time now – after I found out that normal centrifuge juicers won’t preserve the enzymes of the vegetables. As I juice every day, I wanted to get all the possible goodness out of my juicing. And got the juicer for my birthday that was a few days ago – am so happy thank you dear Andrew my husband!! 🙂

This juicer not only retains living enzymes and extracts maximum vitamins but you can also make pasta, noodles, baby foods and nut butters with it! I have to start experiencing with it now.

The first juice I made (in the picture) was with ingredients that I found from  my fridge, and I always put everything I have in it to make it as healthy as possible 😀

This one had:

big bag of watercress

beetroot

carrots

ginger

appless

ice

It tasted very healthy but also very good! Watercress especially is good for you, it has significant amounts of iron, calcium and folic acid,  in addition to vitamins A and C. I also read that it is believed help to prevent lung cancer! (and lung cancer is the number 1 cancer for males in the UK, breast cancer for women) And as my husband still smokes, and it makes me worried, so more watercress will be added in my juices!

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I found this lovely recipe for chickpeas from the Choosing Raw- blog, and as I love chickpeas it was a great snack today. I didn’t have any raisins in the house so I substituted for chopped dates . Tastes lovely! And chickpeas are great source of zinc, folate and protein and dietary fibre. The dressing for the salad is made with Tahini, that in turn is a great source of calcium and protein, and copper and manganese.

Pesto Pasta is made fresh basilica, pine nuts, walnuts, sea salt, garlic, olive oil and nutritional yeast flakes. Yeast flakes are rich in B-vitamins, and I use it as a cheese substitute! For pasta I chose this time quinoa spaghetti, that I have bought from France. I haven’t seen it sold anywhere in the UK. But it’s a healthy option (and tastes great!) as quinoa is a source of complete protein, and a good source of dietary fibre, phosporus and is high in magnesium and iron.

Chickpea Salad:

2 cups cooked chickpeas
1 large carrot, grated finely
1/3 cup raisins (dates)

For the dressing:

2 tbsp tahini
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp water
1/2 tbsp tamari
2 tsp maple syrup
1 tsp curry powder

Pesto sauce:

2 cloves garlic

one small basilica plant leaves

pinch of sea salt

olive oil (see how much you like depending how thick/thin you like)

handful of walnuts

small pack of pine nuts (100g)

1 tbsp nutritional yeast flakes

1. mix all together with a food mixer/processor

Enjoy with pasta or quinoa spaghetti!

Quinoa spaghetti pesto

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We had a little road trip down to Devon, where I have never been before. I have seen a lot of North England in the past 3 years when I have lived here, but haven’t visited south of England expect London. Visited Avebury in Wiltshire, which is a neolithic henge monument containing three stone circles. It is the largest stone circle in europe. It was really impressive with BIG stones circling the little village. It is fascinating to think of how little we know of people who created the circle and why they did it.

The next day we went to see the Stonehenge. Driving in and seeing it from distance was the most amazing moment for me – it is that impressive! We were there luckily right in the morning when the site opens up, nowadays you need to pay to “get in”, although you can only circle around the circle as you are not allowed to go and hug the stones. Luckily in the morning because then we didn’t have to queue in and had a peaceful walk around it. A bit later the place was full of people already. Me and my husband have visited many stone circles in UK and in France, and this must be the most impressive. Very happy to have seen it now.

After the archeological attractions we went to Devon and visited friends, and walked with the dog on the beeches of Devon. Muumi- dog caught (found really) a huge eal I think it must be? She didn’t know if she should try eating it or leave it. After a sunny day walking on the cliffs and sea side I burned my face and chest – it was the first real summers day for me and didn’t predict the heat of the day.  Now trying to heal my sun burn with coconut oil – does help!

And lastly, had the best ever Cream Tea in Devon – just look at the picture of the scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream! Superb.

 

ps the picture with a beautiful beach surrounded by sea cliffs – had my first swim there this year (naked) 😉 No pictures of that though!

 

 

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I have to thank my friend Nicola for this recipe, as she made it for us in our study group the other day and I absolutely loved it! It has quinoa in it, which is almost super food – it’s that good or you. It’s very high in protein and is a source of complete protein. (A complete protein is a source of protein that contains an adequate proportion of all nine of the essential amino acids necessary for the dietary needs of humans) It is a good source of dietary fiber and phosphorus and is high in magnesium and iron. Quinoa is also gluten-free!

Spinach Quinoa Soup

1 onion

4 garlic cloves

4 celery sticks

200g spinach

500ml vegetable stock

salt, pepper

1 cup quinoa

1. fry onion gently, add celery and garlic

2. add spinach until welted (chop first or use a machine)

3. add vegetable stock and bring to boil

4. add salt and pepper

5. add quinoa and boil around 10-15min

6. check the taste

Enjoy!

 

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