Well, here we are in autumn and there are hedgerows bursting with fruit waiting to be picked and turned into something delicious. Elderberries are one such fruit and can be easily made into jam, which is not only tasty, but full of health benefits too.
This is a very quick and easy recipe for indulgent but healthy truffles! They are sugar free, dairy free, gluten free and raw, so even if you have a food allergy or intolerance, you can probably eat these. They also make perfect presents to take when visiting friends or family (especially those who are pregnant – read more below) over the festive season. So here’s how to make them…
The festive season can be fun, but can also be incredibly busy and stressful. Family get-togethers can be fraught with tension and sometimes it all gets a bit much. Mindfulness is an ancient Buddhist practice which is very relevant for life today, especially at this time of year. It is a very simple concept. Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgementally. This increases awareness, clarity and acceptance of our present-moment reality.
I have a new favourite kitchen gadget, and I’m strongly suggesting you put it to the top of your Christmas wish list. It’s the amazing NutriBullet (buy here). I’ve always been a fan of smoothies and fresh juices, but recently my wand-like smoothie maker gave up the ghost. I did have a proper juicing machine in days gone by but frankly, it was such a faff to clean, that it pretty soon made its way to the charity shop box. So I came across the NutriBullet late one night on one of those awful shopping channels, with David ‘Avocado’ Wolfe (yes, really he does call himself that!) and I was definitely intrigued. Then one of my clients said her nutritionist had recommended she buy one, so I was convinced and did the same.
We are now officially in autumn but have been blessed with a bit of an Indian summer! I had a happy morning with my children last weekend riding our bikes along an old, disused railway line near where we live. However, we kept having to stop to gorge ourselves on the amazing blackberries, or brambles as we call them in Scotland! Luckily I had a collecting tub with me as I had a recipe in mind which I’d spotted in the Tesco magazine.
I recently became a limited company – Fertility & Pregnancy Ltd, and with that came a new website, business cards, etc. You may have noticed that I chose a pomegranate as the logo and several people have asked me why. So here’s the thinking behind why I chose that image.
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