Home Grown Wheatgrass

DSC_2784Benefits of Wheatgrass

Wheatgrass is jam-packed with vitamins, minerals and amino acids. A shot of wheatgrass has copious health benefits due to the high concentration of chlorophyll, Vitamins B-12, B-6, K & C, and beta-carotene.

To learn more about Wheatgrass benefits click here.

DSC_2770What you will need to grow your own:

  1. Wheat Berries, sourced from local Health Food Shop
  2. Tray, to sow wheat berries
  3. Compost (ensure peat moss is an ingredient in the soil you purchase) , half fill tray
  4. Water
  5. Scissors
  6. Wheatgrass Juicer, I have a Manual Healthy Juicer. Click here to view Manual Healthy Juicer.

DSC_2772Growing Method:

  1. Soak wheat berries overnight in water (2 cups).
  2. Rinse and drain seed the next morning, allow to sit in a bowl for 12-24 hours. Rinse the seeds three times. You will see a little tail starting to sprout.
  3. Next day place seeds on top of soil and cover in a thin layer.
  4. Water your seeds and cover them with a black sack for 2-3 days. Water the soil heavily in the morning time for the first 2-3 days and lightly in the evening time.
  5. Remove the cover after two days you will see the seeds have started to grow.
  6. Water daily, soil should be damp (press fingers on top layer to check for moisture). Never leave your wheatgrass in direct sunlight as it can scorch the grass.
  7. Harvest wheatgrass when second blade of grass appears from the seed. Growing time is usually between 7-12 days.
  8. Only harvest your wheatgrass once, it contains the most nutrients. Wheatgrass that has been cut will keep in the fridge for 7-10 days.
  9. Start the growing process over again with fresh seeds and soil.

DSC_2777A fresh shot of wheatgrass has a sweet aftertaste, some people scrunch their face others hold their nose, I like to knock it straight back. The smell of fresh-cut grass lingers in the kitchen after juicing. Wheatgrass can be purchased in powder or tablet form but that takes all the fun out of growing your own.

DSC_2788Eat Real, Great Feel!

Chilli Beef

DSC_2769Chilli Beef

Chilli Beef is a dish that can be enjoyed as a lunch or dinner. It packs great flavours such as garlic, chilli  cumin, garam masala and cinnamon. Chilli Beef is a high protein and low carbohydrates recipe. The meat and beans really boost the protein content.  Red kidney beans are packed with protein; 1 cup contains 15 grams of protein. Kidney beans are low in fat and contain vital nutrients like folate, iron, potassium and magnesium. Chickpeas are naturally low in fat, high in dietary fibre and jam-packed with essential nutrients and vitamins. If you have any left-over pop it in a lunch box and bring it to work. This recipe is gluten-free.

Ingredients

1 lbs Free Range Lean Mince

1 tin Tomatoes

1 tin Red Kidney Beans, drain and rinse

1 tin Chickpeas (I roasted these before adding to the recipe: see below)

1 Onion, chopped

2 Peppers (red or yellow), chopped

1-2 Red Chilli’s, finely chopped (season to taste)

2 Garlic Cloves, finely chopped

1 teaspoon Cumin Powder

½ teaspoon Garam Masala

¼ teaspoon Cinnamon Powder

1 tablespoon Unpasteurised Apple Cider Vinegar

Pink Himalayan Rock Salt & Black Pepper to season.

Method

Roast Chickpeas: drain and rinse, spread out on a flat baking tray, drizzle 1 tablespoon of olive oil and roast at 180 for 25-30 minutes, add to dish at the end. These are also a great addition to a salad.

In a large saucepan add 1 tablespoon of Avocado Oil/Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Sauté chopped onion, peppers, garlic and chilli. Next add mince meat, allow to brown. Add red kidney beans, tomatoes, cumin, garam masala, cinnamon and unpasteurised apple cider vinegar. Allow to simmer for 15-20 minutes, add roasted chickpeas and season with salt and pepper.

Serving Suggestions

 Chilli Beef is delicious served with:

  • Homemade Guacamole.
  • Dollop of Greek Yogurt and sprinkle freshly chopped Coriander on top.
  • Green Salad.

DSC_2764Eat Real, Great Feel!

Are you ready for the ultimate fitness adventure?

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Hey Pesto!

Homemade Pesto

Homemade pesto is great condiment served with eggs, salads, steaks, cauliflower pizza, chicken, and quinoa; basically anything your taste buds feel like. As an alternative to basil you can use coriander, parsley or kale. I like to use walnuts as an alternative to pine nuts. They have a buttery texture and nutty flavour which blends very well. Chilli flakes give it a little kick, however, if you do not like chilli leave it out of the recipe. If you have some left over pop in a glass jar and store in the fridge for a couple of days. This recipe is gluten and dairy free.

Ingredients

Large handful Basil

Handful Walnuts

4 tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 Garlic Clove

Sprinkle Chilli Flakes

Pinch of Pink Rock Salt

Black Pepper

Method

Pop in food processor and blend until all ingredients are combined. Serve with whatever tickles your fancy!

Eat Real, Great Feel!