Sprouted Radish Seeds

Today’s discovery was just how hot and peppery Radish sprouts are. Tasty – they really are.

All the kick of radishes, available all year round because you buy them sprouted or sprout them yourself and they are crammed with good nutrition.
Sprouted radish seeds have Vitamins A, B, C, E and K. Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Zinc, Carotene, Chlorophyll, Amino Acids, trace elements, Antioxidants and also has a good portion of protein… around 35%.
That is alot of reasons to try some. They add a little heat to salads and sandwiches and have a great red colour which looks so exotic with a salad, with fish, lasagne, and absolutely great next to grated carrot. Mixing with other sprouts, alfalfa for example tones down the heat and adds a little interest for winter salads.
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Chew on this – Sewak roots

Chew on this root with a century old tradition for cleaning and whitening teeth.

Have you ever cleaned your teeth with a stick?

I have. Yes a stick, the Sewak natural brush is a piece of root from the Araak tree (Salvadora Persica). It is really common in the Middle East and resembles a Pomegranage tree, with thorny twisted branches and oval smooth leaves. The tree smells a little like watercress and animals grazing on the Araak tree have pleasantly pungent milk. The roots are the part that are chopped up and used as toothbrushes. By peeling the bark off a centimeter or so and squashing the centre with your teeth to get a sort of brush, you can very effectively clean your teeth. The Sewak is meant be a source of flourine and silicon with a touch of vitamin C. Also the roots contain minerals such as potassium, sodium, chloride, sodium bicarbonate and calcium oxides, all of which are said to whiten and strengthen enamel. It is also claimed to remove stains from coffee or tobacco. Sewak means ‘massage’ and it’s true I enjoyed massaging my gums and poking round my teeth with the stick; in fact, I found it a little therapeutic. The sticks come in 2 flavours, lemon and natural . Both have quite a spicy taste with quite a salty aftertaste, not unpleasant though. Just trim the bristles after or before each use and hey, a ready to use toothbrush, no toothpaste or water needed.
Dare you!

Grass, one of nature’s most complete forms of nutrition

I was recently looking for some supplementation but wanted to go for organic products. Organic, natural nutrition, to give more energy with vitamins, minerals or similar. Something of a natural tonic. Looking among our selection I was drawn to the ‘Green foods’ , barley or wheat grass powder. The Amisa brand are certified organic by the Organic Food Federation.

Barley Grass was everything I was looking for plus antioxidants, amino acids, proteins, active enzymes and chlorophyll, it is an exceptional food and has been recognised as the most nutritious of all plant foods. Testimonials say that after taking powdered barley grass daily for as little as one week, users report an increase in energy, better looking hair, skin and nails and increased regularity – all signs of good nutrition. Barley grass is harvested at about a foot high, at its peak when it contains all the vitamins, minerals and proteins we need. Generally barley grass has 7 times more vitamin C than oranges, 5 times more iron than spinach, 10 times more calcium than cows milk and plenty of Vit B12 and live enzymes including the anti-oxidant superoxide dismutase, the one that is hailed as the anti-aging enzyme. In fact, barley grass powder is the best natural source of this enzyme superoxide dismutase (SOD). It is also alkaline, as opposed to most of what we eat in our western processed food diets which is acidic, so helps our ph balance.
Wheat grass is similar to barley grass in many respects as it contains chlorophyll (nature’s most health promoting nutrient), 20 amino acids, several hundred different unique enzymes, loads of minerals, vitamins and other important nutrients. This nutrition packed powder is ideal for dieters, athletes and people on the go who want to maintain a healthy immune system, those under the weather or with a poor appetite or simply anyone who wants that extra boost.
Green foods are fantastic supplements for those suffering from leaky gut syndrome or similar, as they are generally non-allergenic and ensure you get your amino acids, dietary fibre and other essential phyto chemicals.

Winter warmer lentil soup

Today I’m working at home, the house is a little chilly, it’s getting dark far too early and the frost is in the air. It makes me think of warming soups. I am going to make some to eat now and some extra to freeze in single portion pots for my lunches. Digging around I’ve found this recipe for lentil soup. The chilli gives it a great kick and overall this is a metabolism booster. Perhaps you will care to join me. Home made soups are one of my passions, so if you have any favourite recipes please send them to me.

Ingredients

200g split red lentils
1 medium onion
3 cloves garlic
1 tsp olive oil or coconut oil
1 small piece fresh ginger
1 can chopped tomatoes 1 tsp mustard seeds (whole or ground) / wholegrain (Dijon) mustard1 pinch chilli powder, a chunk of fresh chilli, or 2 tsp of chilli pesto depending on your taste buds1 tsp ground turmeric1 ltr vegetable stock
small bunch fresh coriander leaves/stalks

How to make it

Chop the onion & fry gently in oil till soft. Peel & shed/grate ginger & garlic.When onion is soft, add mustard then cook 1 minute. Add all other ingredients (except fresh coriander).Bring to boil, lower heat & simmer for +/- 20 mins or until lentils start to fall apart. Stir in coriander & blitz with hand blender/magimix until smooth.
How to eat it….mmmmmmmmmmm, just like that.