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Your quarterly natural health, food & lifestyle magazine.

Why Choose Natural?

The importance of adopting a natural beauty routine

The Brain in Our Belly

Can the brain in our belly influence mood and appetite?

Nutty Benefits

Janey Lee Grace tells us about the benefits of coconut oil

Explore Raw Cookery School Are you interested in learning how to create soulful, inspiring, healthy, gourmet, simple and tasty raw foods? Learn all you need to know about a cleansing, healing raw foods diet.

Gain a certificate from Explore Raw Cookery School

Getting started with raw foods Living with raw foods Entertaining with raw foods Festive eating with raw foods Making juices and smoothies

Master the practice of living a raw foods diet with Stephanie from Explore Raw

This is for you if you want to explore a vibrant living diet but don’t want to give up on taste, flavour, nutrition or social eating! Full programme details will be flexible and can be subject to change. You can take the whole programme or just book on to a specific module. Check the website for full details

Venue All workshops will be held in a modern learning kitchen in Old Street, London. You will get your own workstation so this is definitely a ‘hands-on’ experience.

Call now 07914 399109 to book your place on this unique cookery school.

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Welcome Well, summer issue is here - all be it late in summer, but we’re holding on to those last rays of sun and hoping for a second heatwave in September.

Susan Davies - Editor & Thriver

Our spring issue was a success and we’ve got some great writers on board for this issue and going forward. On (pg 14) we’ve managed to stop ‘The Natural Juice Junkie’ from running for a quick interview - Neil tells us how he got into juicing and what his top three ingredients are for the perfect juice. We’ve also got a great article ‘The Beauty of Beet’ on (pg 20) from Eifion from CISM Ltd including the recipe for a powerful beetroot smoothie. ‘Change of Direction’ on (pg 18) offers some useful information if you’re looking to change careers and train to become a natural health practitioner. Check what courses are available from CNM College.

Jo Williams from Capital CBT shares her knowledge on how important it is to ‘Get Outside’ on (pg 30). Summer is the time to get out in the fresh air and catch some of those rays of sunshine. We’ve got the wonderful Janey Lee Grace from writing us a column each issue. This time she shares her knowledge on the power of coconut oil (pg 37) and how it can heal both our insides and our biggest organ - our skin. We’ve also got our usual features on key Superfoods and six pages of delicious recipes for you to try. We’re excited to bring you a new competition section, where you have the chance to win some amazing products and prizes, including a Foraging Course from none other than River Cottage Cookery School.

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Contents thrive [ issue 2 - Summer 2014 ] NEWS




What’s On

30-31 Getting Outside


Why Choose Natural?

32-33 Competition Time...


Eating Out

34-35 Summer Sneezes

Get yourself along to some of the health events and wellbeing shows on, during Summer 2014.

Qualified Nutritional Therapist - Vanessa May tells us about the importance of adopting a natural beauty routine.

Looking for a 5 star place to grab some top notch grub? Then check out these 3 fabulous local eateries.

How you can take advantage of the summer months to improve your wellbeing.

This is your chance to win some great prizes, including a foraging course form River Cottage Cookery School.

Laura Carpenter - our lovely herbal therapist - looks at the natural remedies available for Hayfever.

10-11 Try Juicing


A Foodies Bookshelf



Janey Lee Grace - Nutty benefits

What’s juicing all about? We give you an introduction into juicing and how it can help to cleanse the body.

True Superfoods

The term superfood has become popular lately but what foods truly deserve the label of ‘Superfood’.

Eight books that’ll change the way you think about your health and wellbeing.

The fabulous Janey Lee Grace from joins us to tell us about the benefits of using coconut oil.

14-15 Becoming a Natural Juice Junkie

38-39 Recipes from PunchFoods

16-17 Let Food be your Medicine

40-43 Recipes from Explore Raw

18-19 Change of Direction

44-45 Ischia Spa Review

20-21 The Beauty of the Beet


Doing Good Things


Foodie Horoscopes

We catch up with Neil Martin - The Natural Juice Junkie, to find out how he got into juicing and his perfect juice recipe.

The Marvellous Superfood team tell us how superfoods such as spirulina and maca can help improve our health.

Looking to change careers and train in natural medicine? CNM have courses to suit all interests.

Beetroot has made a name for itself lately - we find out how beetroot can help with health & sports performance.

22-23 Festival Food

Time to get in the kitchen - try the raw slaw recipe or the raspberry breakfast trifle from Punchfoods.

Time to get in the kitchen - try the Passionfruit Cheesecake or Chinese Stir-fry recipes from ExploreRaw.

Looking for the perfect spa resort? The island of Ischia, Italy has the perfect laid back feel for a relaxing spa break.

We review the latest and greatest natural, ethical products.

Deri Reed - The Ethical Chef drops in to tell us how festival food has come on leaps and bounds over the years.

24-25 The Brain in our Belly

Can the ‘brain in our belly’ influence mood and appetite?


In The Pantry

Seasonal fruit and veg to cook with, this summer.

28-29 Super Juicer - Andy Morris

Super Juice Me star - Andy Morris joins us to tell his story and how he plans to spread the juicy word.


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what’s on

August / September / October

August, September & October are the Food Festival months. The perfect time to try new foods & flavours.

Summer is about harvesting those home-grown crops.

The Cardiff Natural Health Show...

Health, Nutrition & Fitness Exhibition Saturday 25th October 2014 - 10:00am - 17:00pm @EatwellExpo


October 18 & 19th Parc Hotel Cardiff The show is a mix of lectures, workshops, music and demonstrations bringing together a community of amazing teachers, authors, therapist and retailers

Food Festivals coming up... Newport - 4th October Abergavenny - 21st & 22nd September Narbeth - 27th & 28th September Neath - 3rd & 4th October Llangollen - 18th & 19th October Mold - 20th & 21st September Cardiff - 21st June - 6th September

Quote #1614 if ordering..


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Vanessa May BSc Nutrional Medicine

As a Nutritional Therapist, I often find there is more awareness about the benefits of a natural and organic diet than there is regarding the benefits of natural and organic skincare

If you consider how many products you use each day - shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, moisturiser, hair products, not to mention make-up and perfume, it really can add up to quite a combination.

Most people know that food in its natural state, ideally organic, is preferable to convenience foods that are full of unhealthy sugars, salt, additives etc. However, less attention is paid to the equivalent in beauty products ie. natural, organic, ingredients in skincare are preferable to the kind of chemicals that are as unhealthy for our skin as junk food is for our overall health.

In a year, on average, you could be absorbing 5lbs worth of potentially toxic chemicals from your personal care products. The skin is our fourth organ of detoxification after the bowels, kidneys and liver and it needs also to be allowed to do its job as a protective barrier. The skin absorbs around 60% of what we put on it, into the bloodstream. It surely makes sense to avoid skin products containing toxic chemicals - to minimise the amount of potentially harmful ingredients we put into our bodies, by taking as much care over what we put on our bodies as we do when deciding what to put in them.

It is an alarming thought that, on average, women in Britain are apparently ‘hosting’ 515 cosmetic chemicals a day! @vanessaschoice @ vanessaschoice

If a skincare product or cosmetic is marketed successfully, it is easy to focus on what is being promised (such as fewer wrinkles), rather than how natural the ingredients are or indeed whether the product will actually fulfil its promises. But is conventional skincare any better at delivering results than natural skincare?

Vanessa May, BSc Nutritional Medicine, BANT, CNHC, is a Nutritional Therapist whose background in health and well-being led her to set up Vanessa’s Choice, a natural and organic online boutique, specialising in carefully chosen skincare, hair products and perfumes.

Artificial fragrances have been linked to headaches, fatigue, allergies, asthma and insomnia. There is research to show that ingredients such as parabens, foaming agents, PEGs, artificial fragrances and petrolatum are linked to various health concerns, skin irritation and ironically, skin aging. Not forgetting perfumes - artificial fragrances have been linked to headaches, fatigue, allergies, asthma and insomnia. It is an alarming thought that, on average, women in Britain are apparently ‘hosting’ 515 cosmetic chemicals a day! Although the skincare industry argues that their ingredients are safe, this does not take into account that most women (and men) do not use a single product in one day, they use a number of them, and it is this cocktail of chemicals which is of greatest concern.


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The Fig Tree, Penarth The Esplanade, Penarth. CF64 3AU The fig tree is in a beautiful setting, located in a stunning restored Victorian beach shelter, on the Esplanade, Penarth. It doesn’t disappoint - even on a windy grey Sunday. It offers a wide range of locally brewed beers and a food ethos that follows suit – with most of the food being sourced from within 30miles of the restaurant. All of the fish available is in season and sustainable plus all of their beef is British and matured for 28 days.

Bar 44, Cowbridge

Bar 44, 44c High Street, Cowbridge CF71 7AG. A classic tapas restaurant based on the high street in Cowbridge, it offers excellent friendly service and the food is exceptional. With a wide selection of dishes on offer, it’s the perfect place for a party style gathering. Choose from the delicious traditional tapas menu and maybe try Fried Potatoes with Chorizo, Piquillo Peppers, Fried Egg or the Spinach Tortilla - Topped with Wye Smoked Salmon and Sour Cream. They even have an onsite deli too!

213 City Road, Cardiff, CF24 3JD Milgi is an eclectic vegetarian restaurant and bar on City Road. With it’s relaxed, quirky décor it attracts an arty crowd but is friendly and suited to any mix of ages. Offering seasonal specials such as Ricotta, Pea & Basil Pot or Butter Bean, Dill & Saffron Cassoulet it’s a great place for seasonal, homecooked veggie food. Milgi also hosts a ‘Supper Club’. Check their website for dates.

Milgi, Cardiff

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Eating Out

Each issue, we’ll be bringing you the low down on where to grab some great grub. This issue we feature three amazing venues that offer super fresh food. So, go check them out.



In Japan the recomendation is seventeen portions of fruit and veg a day.

We are, in fact, what our cells manage to absorb from what we eat.

Na tu ral Juice Junkie

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Juicing has become a popular practice over the past year but there’s key things to remember... We all know that vegetables and fruits are good for our health, yet UK government figures published in 2012 suggest fewer than a third of adults and only one in 10 children are eating the recommended “five-a-day” of fruit and vegetables. Did you know that in Japan the recommendation is 17 portions of vegetables and fruits per day? Based on current eating habits I think the western world has little chance of hitting that target, but what if there was an easy way to get to all that plant-based goodness? Freshly extracted juices are a quick and easy way to increase your intake beyond “five-aday” and deliver concentrated nutrients to your cells in around 15 minutes – a tiny fraction of the time it takes our bodies to digest a typical meal. When we eat solid foods it takes our bodies a number of hours to separate the vitamins and minerals from the fibre and this requires 10

a lot of effort from our digestive system. Whilst the fibre acts as a kind of broom, to sweep clean our intestines and colon. Fibre is important to ongoing health, but high levels of dietary fibre are not required in every meal. Also, the juice of various fruits and vegetables includes soluble fibre, such as pectin, which is found in a range of fresh produce including apples, pears, oranges and carrots. One of the father’s of modern juicing, Jay Kordich, is famous for saying “it is the juice of the fibre that feeds you”. Put another way, it is not strictly true that we are what we eat. We are, in fact, what our cells manage to absorb from what we eat. The condition of our bodies is inextricably linked to how we feed them. Our bodies are constantly changing with 98% of the atoms in the body being replaced in less than a year. It is the nutrients we absorb from our food that are used to build and repair our bodies with new cells.

Some of our organs that could benefit from a juice cleanse...

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1/2 cucumber bunch of mint 2 limes 3 apples

Lime Attack

Green Godess

Beet it Beaut y 1 medium orange, peeled 1 medium apple, cut into wedges 2 large beet, peeled 1 inch piece fresh ginger

Parsley C leanse

3 green apples 2 sticks of celery ½ 1/2 cucumber ½ cup coconut water

handful of parsley 2 sticks of celery 1/2 grapefruit 1 inch piece fresh ginger

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true super foods spirulina

Spirulina is a true super green, a member of the ‘blue-green’ algae family, it is rich in B complex vitamins, vitamin E and also beta-carotene, which our bodies convert into vitamin A (retinol). We need vitamin A to maintain a healthy immune system, healthy skin and vision. Spirulina is extremely high in protein - it’s 50 to 70 percent protein by weight and contains all of the essential amino acids we need.


One of the best sources of chlorophyll available. Wheatgrass juice contains up to 70% chlorophyll, which is important for hemoglobin production. Our blood is 75% hemoglobin which helps to rebuild and replensish our red blood cells, boosting energy and increasing wellbeing. It contains more light energy than any other food element.

Goji Berries

Goji berries are a member of the nightshade family (solonaceae) along with potato, tomato and eggplants. Goji has been used across Tibet and China for centuries but only recently has their benefits been appreciated by Western countries. They are high in protein and vitamin C, along with boosting fifteen times the amount of iron as spinach does. They can be consumed raw on cereals, made into a tea or even used in soups.

matcha green tea

Matcha is an antioxidant powerhouse, just one bowl provides over five times as many antioxidants as any other food. It’s been used for over a millennium by Chinese Doaists and Japanese Buddhist monks as a means to relax and calm the nervous system. Matcha has also been shown to boost concentration and memory, plus it contains theanine, which aids in the production of serotonin and dopamine the feel good chemicals.

Where to Buy Buy wheatgrass from Spirulina and raw cacoa can by bought from

raw cacao

Raw cacao beans come from the Theobroma cacao tree, grown in Mexico and South America, each cacoa pod typically houses bewtween 40 - 60 cacao seeds. They are one of the best sources of magnesium and when eaten raw, as nibs, are a powerful source of antioxidants - important for absorbing free radicals that can lead to inflammation. Cacao nibs are great in smoothies, on desserts and are a good source of fiber.


Health, Nutrition & Fitness Exhibition Saturday 25th October 2014 - 10:00am - 17:00pm

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The aim of The HEART Project is to form the theory for a curriculum of healthy living for children, to tackle the childhood obesity epidemic. Get the children involved in extra curriculum food events. Connect with the children, keep them interested to continue in the groups. Get results. Children learning, adopting and wanting a healthier lifestyle. Set targets for children to monitor their health and reward at the end of the project. Conclude on impact had, develop existing groups and grow more groups. The launch of The HEART Project will be in the Rhondda, and through 2015 we will be rolling this out across much of Wales.



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Do you think that there’s a positive change on the horizon, when it comes to food and lifestyle habits of most people? People tend to over-compensate for the exercise they do, people will say “I spent an hour in the gym and this means I can now go out and eat pizza, chocolate etc”. It doesn’t work like that. But I do think that things are changing, we’re entering a new era in health and food and I think it’s largely down to the power of the internet - people are educating themselves.

Which 3 ingredients are key to your daily juices? Ginger – I juice ginger every day. It can help with asthma, hay fever and acts as an antihistamine. Ginger is an amazing antiinflammatory too, which helps my body with post exercise recovery.

“Tearing a hole in a pair of my trousers was the final breaking point.”

Leafy greens – it’s hard to find someone who juices that doesn’t include leafy greens; they pack such a punch when it comes to antioxidants.

becoming a

natural juice junkie How did you find out about juicing and what made it stick as a way of life? Just before my 23rd birthday I lost my dad to cancer at the age of just 50 and I came to the conclusion that, at my then young age, I was going to chase the good life. Little did I know at the time that the ‘good life’ isn’t so great after all. It was 10 years later that I started to realise that the life I was living was not sustainable. It was in 2008 that the wake up call came, whilst running around with my kids at a children’s birthday party I felt pain in my chest. With hindsight it was the huge red warning 14

sign that I needed. The following February, my daughter was born and seeing her older brother holding her in his arms was the final wake up call to make a few dramatic changes. I went to see a nutritionist and she gave me some advice on how to clean up my diet. In just a few weeks I felt healthier than I had in years. I become absorbed in healthy eating and researched everything and anything to do with becoming healthy, that’s when I found juicing. For me juicing has become a part of my healthy balanced lifestyle, but it’s a part of it, not the whole focus. The longest juice detox I’ve done is 7 days and I tend to do this a few times a year to reboot the system.

Avocados – they have so many great nutritional benefits and they make juices creamy and delicious.

Running seems to have become a huge passion of yours, how do you make sure you have the energy to go the distance? I tend to drink green juices or smoothies daily and the nutrients I gain from these help me to maintain my energy levels for running. I also gave up eating meat too, I just feel healthier when I don’t eat meat and I recover quicker from exercise too. I was never a sporty person and was always the last kid to be picked for a team. In June 2012 I met a lady who was training to do Ironman, she was not hugely different to

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anyone else and I thought, if she can do Ironman surely I can do a run. I began to find running meditative and I finished the run and signed up to do my first full marathon. I’m now training for the 100 mile run, spread over 4 days, it equates to a marathon a day. I’ll be running it in aid of Maggie’s Cancer Charity, a fantastic charity that offers a support system for a broad range of subjects -from support if you have cancer, to support for family members who need to deal with bereavement. My decline of my health started immediately when my dad passed away, I can’t help but wonder that if there’d been an external support system like Maggie’s available back then, I would have avoided some of the health problems that I had. Part of my motivation is that people living with cancer don’t have the choice to quit - so I won’t quit either.

so critical that you ‘must’ do something and it becomes a reality - it’s even bigger if it’s not just for you, do it for someone else. My whole aim with Natural Juice Junkie is to share my story and to help people change their situations. If it helps just a few people to make a positive change to their health then that’s amazing.

What else is on the horizon for you for 2014/5? From a health focus I have 5 goals: 1 – London Marathon – which I completed in April this year. 2 – 100mile run - September 2014

A juice rich in potassium, vitamin B6, beta-carotene (vitamin A), vitamin C and vitamin E made from sweet potato, pineapple, lemon and ginger. Ingredients 1 sweet potato 1/2 pineapple 1/2 lemon (skin on) 1 thumb sized chunk of ginger (or a bit more if you are feeling brave!) How to Make It Juice all the ingredients (sweet potato, pineapple, lemon and ginger) and then serve over ice.

3 – 1st Tri-athlon 4 – Do more yoga – if you’d said to the younger version of me, I’d be doing yoga,

If you’re aware of juicing then you’ve probably already heard of The Natural Juice Junkie – AKA Neil Martin. We chatted to Neil to find out what led him to juicing... What drives you forward and gives you the motivation to tell your story to others?

I’d have laughed. I love yoga now and I’d recommend that everybody do it. It’s a bit like the distance running - it becomes meditative.

For most people the limitations are only the self imposed ones. At 39 years old I’m not about to become a premiership footballer. But, within reasonable confines there’s not a great deal I couldn’t achieve. I hear all of the time ‘you must have amazing willpower’ but it’s not about willpower - it’s about motivation and commitment. Find the motivation that is

5 – To become a no-meat athlete. I found the more I’ve trained and the healthier I feel then the less I want to eat meat. I don’t describe myself as being vegetarian or vegan as I don’t like rules; I’m a bit of a rebel at heart. I just feel healthier when I don’t eat meat and I recover quicker too.

Neil lost over 75 pounds since he changed his diet and started juicing. Check out his website to find out more about Neil’s recipes for a juicy lifestyle.

Sweet Potato Pie

Before - Neil in 2008

Strickly Roots A delicious root vegetable recipe that is great for promoting a healthy heart. Ingredients 1/2 beetroot 4 carrots 2 parsnips 1 thumb sized chunk of ginger (or a bit more if you are feeling brave!) 1/2 lemon (wax free and skin on) How to Make It Simply juice the beetroot, carrots, parsnips, lemon and ginger and serve over ice.

After - Neil in 2014 15

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believe in the importance of organic products and do all we can to run the company as ethically and environmentally friendly as we possibly can. Marvellous Superfood grew from a need for a high quality superfood blend that was affordable and accessible to all, and this continues to be our priority. We are pleased to offer a discount to those dealing with serious health challenges, and are proud to be affiliated with organisations that support individuals through these challenging times. Our wish is to share the many benefits we have experienced with as many people as possible. Including increased vitality, fewer colds and flues, speedy recovery, healthy digestive systems, clearer skin, greater immunity to help fight and prevent disease, and less cravings for unhealthy foods, to name but a few. After all Health is Wealth as the old saying goes! Whilst our company has only been trading for the last couple of years, our original blend, Wellbeing Blend, was put together many moons ago by Dixey to provide her family, us, with a balance of the essential vitamins and minerals needed for optimum health and wellbeing.

All products are of the highest quality and fully certified organic. For more details please see the 'Shop' page of our website. Please enjoy a 10% discount across our range by entering the discount code THRIVE when shopping online through our website. Blended, packaged and distributed from our home in Ceredigion, Wales. Tel: 01570 493138


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change of direction

Train to become a natural health practitioner with CNM. CNM (College of Naturopathic Medicine) offers a unique approach to health, and a choice of therapies to study. If the growing number of students enrolling nationwide to study at CNM colleges is anything to go by, it’s clear that people are waking up to the power of natural therapies as effective and safe ways to promote health and vitality. With a food supply, environment and lifestyle that are dramatically different to that which sustained our ancestors, there is a clear need for professional therapists who can help educate clients in developing healthy lifestyles. All CNM courses are based on a unique combination of ‘Naturopathy’ or ‘Nature Care’, founded on the body’s impressive capacity to heal itself if given the right conditions, and the latest evidence-based research. Students learn the importance of identifying contributory factors in clients’ ill health, how to view clients holistically and how to support them with effective and appropriate natural therapies which address toxicity or deficiencies. Classroom study is part time and flexible study options are offered. Unless you come from a health background, all CNM Diploma Courses begin with the study of Biomedicine, before specialist training begins in your chosen field. High standards of academic training and hundreds of hours of clinical practice mean that CNM graduates are equipped with the skills, knowledge, and confidence they need to be successful practitioners in their chosen specialism. Interested in studying with CNM? Visit or give them a call on 01342 510 505 18

Where can I study with CNM? There are CNM colleges in London, Edinburgh, Manchester, Belfast, Birmingham, Brighton & Bristol in the UK, plus colleges in Ireland and farther afield. The availability of specific Diploma Courses, Short Courses, and Postgraduate Courses depends on location.

How can I find out more? Come along to our next Open Evening at your nearest CNM college. You can reserve your place on-line, request a prospectus or download one via our website, or call to speak to a helpful Course Consultant. / 01342 410 505


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CNM’s Diploma in Naturopathic Acupuncture

CNM developed Naturopathic Acupuncture to address the needs of today’s clients. Alongside high quality training in Acupuncture and the philosophy of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), students gain a basic knowledge of additional therapies including Herbal Medicine, Nutrition, Homoeopathic First Aid, Naturopathy and Iridology, so that they can maximise the body’s innate capability to heal.

CNM’s Diploma in Herbal Medicine

CNM’s unique course is based on Western herbs incorporating the energetic approach of Ayurvedic and Chinese Medicine. Students also gain a good grounding in Naturopathic Nutrition, First-aid Homeopathy, Chinese Diagnostics, Bach Flowers, Tissue Salts, Naturopathy and Iridology. Combined with a healthy lifestyle and optimal nutrition, Herbal Medicine can form part of a winning formula for a lifetime of health and vitality.


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With the Tour de France having gripped the nation and the Commonwealth games being held in Glasgow, gaining ultimate health and fitness seems to be capturing our attention once more. There are a number of changes that people seem to be making to try and reach their own health targets. One of the things that seems to be high on the list of many health conscious folk is daily smoothies. It’s surprising how much benefit

you can get from including a nutrient packed smoothie into your daily diet. And one of our favourite power packed veg to use is the simple beetroot. Beetroot has made a name for itself lately and deservedly so, this vibrant little veg is packed full of betacyanin which gives it it’s amazingly rich colour. Betacyanin can reduce homocysteine levels, an elevated level can

be associated with heart disease. Beetroot smoothies have become increasingly popular with elite athletes to aid performance and improve endurance. Scientists found that when eight male volunteers aged between 19 and 38 years drank 500ml of beetroot juice every day for six days they were able to improve their exercise endurance, cycling for an extra 92 seconds than when they drank a placebo drink of blackcurrant cordial.(1)

How does it work? Other than a large capacity of antioxidants, beetroot also contains a large amount of nitrates. A 100g beetroot can contain 250mg of nitrate. Through a chain reaction, the body converts the nitrates to nitric oxide, a compound that can enhance blood flow throughout the body and help lower blood pressure, providing us with a larger capacity to improve blood flow and oxygenated red blood cells to the working muscles. A 2009 study found that having beetroot juice prior to a sports performance improved endurance and duration of exercise by 16%. We realise that we need oxygen for our muscles to work for longer and stronger. However, some have been manipulating this for extra gains. For many years the practice of blood doping has been a serious problem in endurance sports. Blood doping is where an athlete will have up to 2pints of blood removed 2 weeks prior to an event allowing the body to rebuild its red blood cell quantity. Then 48hrs prior to the event the blood is reintroduced to augment the red blood cell quantities allowing for greater oxygen to be transported. This method of performance has been outlawed by the World Anti-Doping Agency and all National Anti-Doping agencies. Consuming beetroot smoothies could help give you that natural edge. Following the ingestion of a 100g beetroot, nitrate concentration increases after 1-2 hours. So, try a beet smoothie a day and see if it improves your endurance and stamina.

(1) The study, which was published in the Journal of Applied Physiology, also showed that the participants had lower blood pressure when they were resting.


These smoothies can be pre-made days in advance and frozen. The magic with this smoothie, is that the recipe is relatively simple, but you can adapt it as much as you want. The recipe can be adapted for cold weather by adding a little spice, such as turmeric or cinnamon.

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Choose one dish, and make that dish using the best local, seasonal and organic ingredients to hand.

Deri Reed is The Ethical Chef - he specialises in vegetarian cuisine and is passionate about good food, health and the environment.

Festival food has come on leaps and bounds in the past few years. Forget your cheap and cheerful bacon butties or curry and chips. These have been replaced due to the demand for good quality, tasty food that is locally sourced and ethically prepared. 22

As a nation we are going to have to start eating a diet which involves less meat.

For most, it has been all about stripping back the menu and focusing on one dish, making sure that dish is prepared the way it should be prepared - using the best ingredients available. Well, that’s what we do at Ethical Chef anyway. This year at Glastonbury we cooked up a chilli on a bed of bulgur wheat with local cheese, yoghurt and fresh coriander. Doing just one dish enabled us to source all of our ingredients organically, be able to cook from scratch every morning and it allowed us to cut down on the amount of waste created. This was not only to save money but because we value and appreciate the importance of these wonderful nutritious ingredients. With an ever growing population and a depleting reserve of resources, the price of food is only going to rise and this is especially relevant to the production of meat. As a nation we are going to have to start adopting a diet which involves less meat. When we started Ethical Chef four years ago the idea was to take the chef out of the

restaurant and get them into the farmers markets, where all the finest produce was available direct from the people who grew it. Using these ingredients enabled us to cook simple dishes which showed off the flavours as nature intended. We have now taken this model and applied it to most of the festivals and events that we do. We choose one dish, and make that dish using the best local, seasonal and organic ingredients to hand. If you haven’t been to one of the many pop up street food events that are happening all over the country, then please go and see what we’re talking about. You don’t have to go to a restaurant and pay over the odds for a dish that you could create at home for a tenth of the price. These guys are creating top quality dishes, with the emphasis on ‘cooking right there in front of you’ and are producing dishes of restaurant quality at takeaway prices.

Check out the events & festivals that Deri will be appearing at

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“Festival food has sparked up a lot of passionate entrepreneurs who are clearly very talented in their field”. Some of the food festivals coming up in Wales in 2014 Cardiff Food Festival - 21st June - 6th September Abergavenny Food Festival - 21st & 22nd September Mold Food Festival - 20th & 21st September Narbeth Food Festival - 27th & 28th September Neath Food Festival - 3rd & 4th October Newport Food Festival - 4th October Llangollen Food Festival - 18th & 19th October

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Mix all of the spices together in a bowl and then add to the pan. Give the pot a nice stir and cook off the spices for a minute or so before adding your tomatoes, kidney beans and chopped fresh chilli.

400g pre-cooked Kidney Beans 1 can of Tinned Tomatoes 1 Red Chilli 2 Onions 3 Garlic Cloves Cumin 1/2 tsp Coriander 1 tsp Chilli Powder 1/4 tsp Smoked Paprika 1 TBSP Turmeric 1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper 1/8 tsp Sour Cream 200g Grated Cheese 200g

Start by dicing your onion and adding to a hot pan with a splash of olive oil and a pinch of salt. Cook your onions until they start browning then chop your garlic up and add to the mix.

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Add a splash of water, bring to the boil and leave to simmer for about 15 minutes, while you cook your rice. Garnish with some cheese, sour cream and as much coriander as you’d like.


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in our belly There’s been a lot of discussion recently about the gut brain and how it influences mood and appetite. The little brain in our stomach consists of a network of neurons that line your stomach and your gut wall and in connection with the big brain in our head, can determine our mental state and play a key role in certain diseases that can occur throughout the body. So, it’s vitally important to keep your gut nourished and in good shape inside. The prime way to do this is through the food that we eat. But sometimes your gut may need a little kick start back to health.

The Importance of Digestive Enzymes

Digestive related health problems affect approximately one in five people in the UK. If you can’t digest your food well, your cells don’t work optimally. This leads to a variety of health issues including indigestion, acid-reflux, bloating, wind, food intolerances, inflammation and fatigue. People of all ages can benefit from supplemental digestive enzymes. They enhance our ability to get nutrients to our cells. As we age we typically make fewer digestive enzymes. Children with learning, behavioural, digestive or skin issues often benefit from enzyme supplementation. People who have food intolerances or are sensitive to digesting certain foods can often broaden what they eat because they are actually digesting the food properly. Dr. Elizabeth Lipsky says “When working with clients I am always looking for the lever that will push healing into gear. One tool that I have found to be effective is supplemental digestive enzymes”. 24

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What are Enzymes?

Enzymes are catalysts that are used to facilitate tiny chemical changes for virtually every single chemical process that occurs in your body. There are thousands of known enzymes and each has a specific job. We use them to think, create energy, adjust hormone levels and virtually everything else. We cannot use a vitamin, a mineral, a fat, make or break down cells, or control blood sugar without enzymes. Our body makes two main types of enzymes: metabolic enzymes and digestive enzymes. The metabolic enzymes run all body systems. Digestive enzymes are produced in the pancreas and throughout the digestive system to help us break down our foods into molecules that our cells recognise. These enzymes are manufactured from proteins and need to be continually replenished. Each enzyme works on a specific type of molecule. The main types of enzymes are proteases for digesting protein, lipases for digesting fats, amylases for digesting starches and carbohydrates and cellulases for digesting fiber. Food enzymes are introduced to the body through any raw food we eat - such as a fresh apple or a green salad. Any cooking or processing of food can destroy the natural enzymes - so it is the digestive system itself that is called upon to produce the enzymes needed to digest cooked food. This places a burden on our digestive system, which could be helped by supplementing with high quality digestive enzyme.

The use of supplemental digestive enzymes helps to support your body so that you have fewer food intolerance and health issues. Taking a broad spectrum digestive enzyme product such as Digest Gold - a premium digestive formula from Enzymedica UK is a simple way to more fully digest the food you eat so it can be delivered to your cells in a form they can actually use. Enzymedica focuses exclusively on high potency digestive enzymes, leading the way with their patented and innovative technologies. Their supplements are 100% vegetarian with absolutely no fillers.

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Blueberries - these delicious berries are full of antioxidants that help prevent damage to cells and D.N.A.

Zucchini - Also known as the good old courgette and a great source of potassium and fiber.



In the pantry

Summer Sweet basil - related to the peppermint plant, basil has a punchy fragrance and is high in flavonoids, which provide protection for our cells.

Melon - part of the gourd family, melons are high in lycopene which has been seen to protect against cardiovascular diseases.

Galia Melon Sweet Basil

Figs - a member of the mulberry family and rich in fiber and potassium.

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Organics around Wales Free advert “The freedom I’ve gotten from not being stuck to the pharmacological apron strings is amazing”. Follow Andy on twitter @Andrew Morris6 Facebook @andytaffymorris

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How much had you heard about juicing before you applied for the ‘Super Juice Me’ retreat?

from certain drugs, but had never actually read the sheets that come with the drugs I was taking, when I did it blew me away. I think they’d added all of the side effects they could think of as a ‘just in case’.

Well, after going to see my doctor for the umpteenth time for feeling completely out of breath, massively over-weight and exhausted, she recommended I read two books by Jason Vale. At the time I cast them aside thinking My doctor applied to the Jason Vale ‘how the hell is a book going to retreat and documentary on my behalf. help me?’ Then just a couple And I’ll be forever grateful that she did. of weeks later my doctor called me back into her consulting room and said that

Super Juicer I have been spared for something and I think that something is to spread the word about the power of jucing.

Jason Vale was going to film a documentary about how juicing could help heal the body. My doctor applied to the program on my behalf and I’m so grateful that she did.

How many tablets do you take per day since the Super Juice Me experience and how has your life changed?

Did you ever get offered any alternative to the medications before?

Since the retreat I’m only having to take one tablet prescribed by my doctor and the freedom I’ve gotten from not being stuck to the pharmacological apron strings is amazing. I used to walk out with about three shopping bags full of tablets, now I can go and get three months tablets and put them in my pocket.

Yes, I had been previously recommended to attend a centre for chronically ill people in Mid Wales, it had a three year waiting list and involved cognitive training, but when I turned up the first day I was examined by the consultant that run the course and he sent me straight back home, I was too unwell to attend the course.

What was the ‘ah-ha’ point for you in the whole Super Juice Me experience? I had plenty of ‘ah-ha’ moments, but the first real ‘ah-ha’ was on day three, when I was going from my room to the café, where we all had our juices, my head was up and I was breathing easy - at that point I knew something was working.

How did you feel when you read the side affects of the tablets you were on? I’m an Anaesthetic Technician, so due to my medical training I knew a lot about side effects

Andy’s Super Green Juice x 4 apples (organic if possible) x 2 sticks of celery x 1 whole lime x 1 handful of spinach x 1 handful of parsley Juice the apples, celery and lime, then add the parsley and spinach - juice again and serve over ice.

How do you plan to share your story with others and help spread the juicing word? Since the premier was aired it’s as if I’ve started a juicing mission of my own - I want to talk to everyone about the whole experience, it has been my re-birth and I feel I have to tell as many people as I can, as quickly as I can about juicing. I have been spared for something special and I think that something is to spread the word about the power of juicing.

What would you say to anyone who has similar health issues and has never tried juicing? Easy - watch the Super Juice Me documentary!

Super Juice Me...

Andy starred in the documentary ‘Super Juice Me’ by Jason vale.

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How can you take advantage of the summer months to improve your mental health?


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The simple answer is...... get out more. Yes, this is a very simplistic answer but it has merit. Fresh air can naturally improve If you are mental health and can create a feeling of overall wellbeing. Being exposed to affected by stress sunlight can lift mood and your body and feel you need to talk will make more serotonin (the feel about it or find a way to cope good hormone) in response to with it then contact increased tlevels of sunlight. Getting outside and being active can also have great results for mental health, not only will being active improve physical and mental health but it also increases social interaction.

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Socialising with friends or meeting new people has been proven to boost confidence, improve mood and reduce social isolation. With the summer months, come longer days and lighter evenings. This means that many people are tempted to stay up later resulting in less sleep. While the amount of sleep each person needs is varied and individual, a good amount of sleep to aim for is approximately 8 hours a night. Try to resist later nights. Plan something Think about organising a day with friends or family, perhaps visit a local park, gardens or forest. If this seems like too big a task try to get out for 15-30 minutes a day in your garden. With most of us spending over 8 - 10 hours a day in work it is about fitting the outdoors into our lives. This may be the last thing that we feel like at the end of a long day or after a busy week, but it has great benefits for our mental wellbeing; it really is worth it.

Get some fresh air at these outdoor events... Dyfryn Gardens - Free open day - 13th September Pay a visit to Dyffryn Gardens for a totally free entry day on 13th September. Explore the house and gardens all day. Take your own picnic to enjoy in the gardens or stop off at the tearoom for a delicious lunch. uk/dyffryn-gardens/visitor-information

Tredegar House - Conservation in Action - 10th September Meet the conservation team and learn about the specialist skills they use to keep Tredegar House in tip-top shape. Get involved and you never know, you might pick up a few gardening tips along the way. Abergavenny Food Festival & Events - September 20th/21st Everything from chef demonstrations, live music, food tasting events and an evening market on the Saturday night. The festival was awarded ‘Best Event in Wales’ by the National Tourism Awards for Wales last year, so it’s one not to miss. Hendrewennol Farm Events - September to October If you’ve not been along to Hendrewennol yet then you have to pay them a visit. Apart from being able to ‘Pick Your Own’ strawberries, raspberries, french beans and even pumpkins, they also have an awesome maze for the kids - big or small and an incredible farm shop stocked with tasty goodies. Cardiff Half Marathon - Sunday October 5th 2014 And if you’re feeling extra fit and want some fresh October air, then sign-up for the Cardiff Half Marathon, you can sign-up on the website but must register before 15th September to enter.

So, that is the summer sorted but what about the rest of the year? There are things that we can do to encourage better mental wellbeing. Some top tips for good mental health all year round include; Get some sunlight - use a light box if necessary during the winter months Be active Socialise Get enough sleep Talk about your feelings Take a break Accept who you are Drink sensibly Ask for help Give something to others Be mindful/ take notice

Hopefully these tips will help you to experience better mental wellbeing. However, should you find you are experiencing mental health problems then talking treatments can help you to cope or better manage the symptoms. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), counselling and psychotherapy are all types of talking therapies that can help with stress and mental health issues.

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Plantain and nettle are both traditional remedies for hayfever...



ura shows us some In the next issue La ies for colds & flu. homemade remed Follow Laura on twitter @herbalist_la ura Facebook @lauracarpentermedic alherbalist

Free herb walks... Sunday 7th September Free herb walk, 2pm – 3pm (Roath Park lake and gardens, meeting outside the cafe). Sunday 5th October Free herb walk, 2pm – 3pm (meeting at the Forest Farm warden’s centre).


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Hay fever (allergic rhinitis) is an allergic condition with symptoms such as itchy eyes, sneezing and a runny nose. It is estimated that one in five people will be affected by hay fever at some point in their lives. Some people are only affected as a child whereas some adults develop the condition later in life. Hay fever is usually triggered by a type of pollen, and lasts while that pollen is in the local environment. Tree pollen is released in the spring, grass pollen at the end of spring/ beginning of summer and weed pollen from spring to autumn.

Elderflower Cordial Recipe:

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The main treatment for hay fever is antihistamines, which counter-act the affects of histamine.

Ingredients 15-20 good elderflower heads, stalks removed 2 large lemons, thinly sliced 1L boiling water 900g sugar Method: Place the elderflowers and lemons in a container. In another container, pour boiling water over the sugar and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Leave to cool until lukewarm and pour the sugar liquid over the elderflowers and lemons.Leave to stand for 48 hours, stirring occasionally. Strain through muslin or a very fine sieve. Pour into sterilised bottles.

Histamine is produced by the immune system to protect the body from infection. In the case of hay fever the body produces too much as a reaction to the pollen, as it’s seen by the immune system as a threat.

Are there any natural forms of antihistamine? There are medicinal plants that have antihistamine effects, nettle for example has been shown to reduce the symptoms of hay fever and is recommended to take as a preventative before the hay fever season. As little as 600mg or 1 teaspoon per day has been found to be effective. This can be taken as a tea, tincture or capsule. Plantain is a traditional remedy for hay fever and has been used for hundreds of years by Native American Indian’s. It is particularly used for reducing inflammation in the eyes and membranes in the nose. This can be taken as a tea, tincture or capsule. Eyebright is another traditional remedy for sore eyes that has been used for hundreds

Herbal References Nettle - Eyebright – Culpeper ‘The complete herbal’ 1653 Review of complementary and alternative medicine in treatment of ocular allergies.:Curr Opin Allergy Clin Immunol. 2003 Oct;3(5):395-9.Bielory L, Heimall J.Department of Medicine, UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, Newark, New Jersey 07103, USA. Plantain - Duke, James A. The Green Pharmacy: New Discoveries in Herbal Remedies for Common Diseases and Conditions From the World’s Foremost Authority on Healing Herbs. Emmaus, Pennsylvania: Rodale Press, 1997 Honey -

Taking a teaspoon a day of a local honey has been shown to be effective in some studies,

Nettle for example has been shown to reduce the symptoms of hay fever and is recommended to take as a preventative before the hay fever season starts. of years and is a keen favourite of medical herbalists. Often given in the form of drops but can be taken as a tea, tincture or capsule.

as the honey contains a small amount of the pollen allergen, which gradually allows the body to build up immunity to the pollen, but

it appears that it does not work for every hay fever sufferer. If you suffer from hay fever and would like to look at your options there is more information available at If you are taking any medication or have other health problems it is important to seek professional advice from a medical herbalist before taking herbal medicine. To find your nearest medical herbalist visit


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A Foodies Bookshelf -

8 books that’ ll change the way you think about your health...

Superfoods - David Wolfe

Clean & Lean - James Duigan

UnDiet - Meghan Telpner


Pandora’s Lunchbox Melanie Warner

Clean Eats - Alejandro Junger, M.D

Intention Experiment Lynne McTaggart

Food Rules - Michael Pollan

Look Great Naturally Janey Lee Grace

Nutty Benefits

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‘Don’t put anything on your skin that you can’t eat’ is my mantra and you can and should eat the world’s best kept beauty secret - coconut oil. Aside from its nutritional benefits it also has amazing benefits for your skin. It can be used just like any other body lotion or simply add a teaspoon of it to your bathwater which makes the water silky and you’ll need less moisturiser after bathing.

creams with their water content struggle to do as effectively). There are naturally occurring antioxidants such as ferulic acid and p-coumaric acid which help prevent free radical damage to the skin and have anti wrinkle properties so it’s protective against sun damage. It’s pretty amazing when your skin moisturiser is both anti-ageing and gives you protection from bacterial infections.

Coconut oil is also a fantastic deep hair conditioner, if you’re not planning a night of passion, lather your hair in coconut oil and wrap in a towel, leave for 10 minutes to let the oil do it’s work (you’ll need to give your hair a couple of washes with a 100 per cent natural shampoo) and everything Not all coconut oil is the same though, will feel very soft and quality is paramount. Always opt for raw silky. Also try lathering cold pressed virgin oil. your hands and feet and cover them with cotton gloves and socks – and The most commonly sold coconut oil is the next morning rinse it all off. Coconut oil refined, bleached and deodorised coconut oil works well as an after sun lotion, is brilliant for known as RBD coconut oil, which is produced stretch marks and is suitable for vegans and from dry coconut flesh (copra) made by vegetarians. drying coconut in the sun, smoking and heating it. During the production process, The effectiveness of organic cold pressed chemicals are used and the oils are heated coconut oil is based on the high concentration to high temperatures where they can form of antioxidants, nutritive antibacterial and anti a certain percentage of trans-fatty acids, inflammatory properties that it contains. The which could contribute to arteriosclerosis, antioxidants could prevent cell degeneration heart disease and diabetes. So, opt for raw which helps with anti ageing and can help to cold pressed virgin coconut oil from fresh regenerate and rehydrate your skin (which coconuts.

All TIANA products are produced using 100% organic and fair trade certified ingredients. Tiana is a well established brand of pure coconut oil which is un-refined and non-hydrogenated. You can buy Tiana coconut oil from

I’m a big fan of TIANA Virgin coconut oil which is 100% cold pressed only from fresh mature coconuts at ambient temperatures without additional heating, it’s classified as 100% raw virgin coconut oil that can provide you with fantastic health benefits.

Coconut cacao face mask Soothing for after sun exposure. 1 tablespoons of raw organic cocao powder 1 tablespoon of virgin coconut oil 1 tablespoon honey 1 tablespoon yoghurt 3 teaspoons of fine oatmeal

Blend all the ingredients, apply and leave for 20 minutes, before rinsing off. Janey Lee Grace is the author of ‘Look Great Naturally without ditching the lipstick’ and runs the website

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Did you know - the phrase “Open Sesame” reflects the distinguishing feature of the sesame seed pod, which bursts open when it reaches maturity.

Sesame seeds are highly valued for their oil which is exceptionally resistant to rancidity.

Superseeds ‘Feel the Heat’ add a spicy asian boost... This crunchy salad is packed full of delicious nuts and seeds providing you with essential proteins and amino acids. ‘Feel The Heat’ Superseeds are seasoned with organic cayenne pepper and smoked paprika giving it an added tangy, fiery kick.


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Raw Asian Slaw with black & white sesame seeds, pistachios & cashews


(serves 4-6) 1 small or ½ a regular sized red cabbage finely sliced 6 large carrots peeled and grated Dressing 4 tbsp Organic Cold Pressed Olive Oil 2 tbsp Organic Tamari 1 large garlic clove (minced) 2 tsp Agave Nectar -2 tsp Japanese rice wine vinegar 1 heaped tbsp white sesame seeds 1 heaped tbsp black sesame seeds ¼ cup shelled pistachios ¼ cup raw pistachios quickly browned Punch Foods’ Feel the Heat Superseeds

how to make... Combine the cabbage and carrots in a large bowl. In a separate bowl combine all the dressing ingredients, whisk and pour over the vegetables. Add the sesame seeds and nuts and toss everything to combine making sure everything is thoroughly dressed. Transfer to a serving bowl and sprinkle with a generous topping of ‘Feel the Heat’ Superseeds for a metabolism boosting kick! (Can be stored in an airtight container and kept for up to three days)

Check out to buy ‘Feel the Heat’ superseeds. Also to buy their delicious ‘Meet Your Maca’, ‘Mega Omega’ and ‘Raw Cocoa Boost’ ranges of seeds.

Raspberries are a rich source of dietary fiber and antioxidants. But you could use blueberries instead.


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1 cup dairy-free coconut yoghur t 1 cup of fresh ras pberries (or blue berries) 1 pack of Raw Co coa Boost seed s fresh berries to ga rnish (optional)

Raspberry, Coconut & Raw Cocoa Boost Breakfast Trifle... First mash your raspberries into a bowl or leave them whole for a less jammy like texture. In a glass tumbler place 30g of Raw Cocoa Boost Superseeds to cover the bottom. Top the Raw Cocoa Boost base with half a cup of yogurt, ensuring it is totally covered. Next spread your raspberry mix over the yogurt. Be careful not to disturb the yogurt too much to achieve those beautiful layers. Top the raspberry layer with the remaining yogurt. Finally, add a generous sprinkling of Raw Cocoa boost Superseeds to form a crumble-like topping and garnish with fresh berries on the side.

You could substitu te dairy free yogh urt for normal organic if not specifically ve ga n. Best served imm ediately.

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Passion fruit cheesecake A delicious passion fruit and shortbread cheesecake

ingredients Base 1 cup desiccated coconut ¼ cup warmed coconut oil 1 ½ cups coconut flour 1 cup softened dried apricots Filling 2 cups raw cashew nuts soaked in pure water for at least two hours ½ cup raw organic cane juice crystals (or coconut sugar) ½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice 1 cup coconut oil (warmed) 1/3 – 1 cup pure filtered water – add this slowly to get the right blend Topping 6 passion fruits - scoop out the pulp

how to make it...

(serves 10) Using a food processor on the S blade, grind the flour, apricots and add the other base ingredients. Add the oil last. Place in a 7” spring form, or other cheesecake, pan and leave to set in the fridge for at least thirty minutes. In a high powered blender blend the cashew nuts (do not use the soak water) and slowly add all other ingredients. Do not use chilled water as this will make your cheesecake filling go lumpy (it will harden the coconut oil) I suggest leaving the water until last and add (room temperature water) slowly to create a moveable consistency that is not too runny. You probably won’t need to use the full cup. Once the filling is ‘lumpless’ and smooth add to the base and leave to set in the fridge, for at least an hour, for the cake to firm. You can put your cake in the freezer but you don’t really need to unless you want to speed things up. I much prefer mine served at room temperature. When ready to serve, decorate with passion fruit pulp. Can keep up to 7 days in the fridge, if it lasts that long!

passion fruit smoothie 1 cup of organic natural yoghurt pulp from 4 passionfruits 2 teaspoons organic honey 2 cup of blueberries 1 ripe banana 1 cup of almond milk DIRECTIONS: Blend until smooth and pour over crushed ice to serve.

Cheesecake recipe taken from Explore Raw’s e-book ‘Raw7 – The Juicing & Raw 7-Day Detox Plan’ available from 40

If you’ve got any passionfruit left over from making the cheesecake then try making this easy smoothie recipe.

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Contains high amounts of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Potassium. The juice also has a calming and relaxing affect because of its somniferous properties.

The passion fruit gives this cheescake a sweet, tangy flavour...


the perfect spring salad

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Savoy cabbage is a rich source of dietry fibre and protein and contains no fat or cholesterol. It’s also rich in vitamin B1, B6 and folic acid too.

Sesame seeds may be the oldest condiment known to man. They are highly valued for their oil which is exceptionally resistant to rancidity.

Topped with goji berries, sesame seeds and alfalfa sprouts.

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Raw Chinese stir-fry A finely sliced raw stir-fry full of fiber and protein

ingredients... Ingredients for the stir-fry: 2 cups enoki mushrooms 2 cups parsnip or courgette pasta (spiralised on ribbon setting) 6 sugarsnap peas ½ green bell pepper 3 mushrooms (peeled) ½ small organic savoy cabbage ½ red cabbage 2 or 3 heads of broccoli 1 tbsp sesame seeds 1 spring onion finely chopped 1 tspn chilli flakes or 1 finely chopped chilli 1/2 cup flat leafed parsley 1 onion sliced into rings and soaked in tamari overnight

Ingredients for the marinade: 1 cup raw (organic, untoasted) sesame oil 3 tbsp. tamari or liquid aminos 2 tbsp maple syrup or other liquid sweetener 2 chopped garlic cloves 1 red chilli chopped (with seeds) 1 green chilli chopped (with seeds) 3 lemons – juiced 1 thumb ginger finely sliced/grated 1 chopped spring onion

how to make it... (serves 2)

Prepare the marinade: Finely slice the ginger and chilies and put all ingredients into a lidded cup. Shake and keep in fridge until required. To prepare the stir-fry, finely slice all the ingredients lengthways (except the enoki mushrooms and the ribbon noodles), finely chop the onion. If you don’t have a sprialiser then you can make noodles by using a vegetable peeler or knife and finely slicing the veggies lengthways. Take your time while chopping and place all ingredients in a large bowl. Pour the marinade over the stir-fry (you will need all of it) and leave to settle for 30 minutes to two hours. I love to spend some time massaging my stir-fry - it really softens the dish and gives it that ‘fried’ texture. Leave for 4 hours for best results. A great tip: Using a lidded bowl or a food storer - make the stir fry in the morning ready for the evening and regularly shake the mix so that the ingredients get a fine covering and a good soaking. The longer you soak, the deeper and richer the flavours become and the softer the stir fry. The cabbage and crunchy vegetables soften and take on all the flavours of the marinade and have that ‘wok fried’ texture. When ready to serve, stir in or sprinkle with sesame seeds, walnuts, herbs, alfalfa sprouts and soaked goji berries.

Topping: 1 tbsp sesame seeds (untoasted) 1 cup walnuts – crushed into chunks 1 cup finely chopped flat leaf parsley 2 tbsp/soaked goji berries (soaked in coconut water or water for at least 3 hours) 1 cup alfalfa (or any) sprouts

This recipe and the passionfruit cheescake recipe are both from Stephanie from ExploreRaw. More fantastic recipes can be found on her website and you can even book onto her raw cookery school to learn how raw food can be both nutritous and tasty.

Stephanie’s ‘One Day Raw Detox’ e-book can be downloaded from

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Looking for the perfect place to spa? Then look no further than Ischia, Italy for complete relaxation in a beautiful setting. Set amongst the picturesque and authentic port of Ischia Porto is Aragonna Palace hotel. Known on the island as one of the top Spa Terme hotels it’s well placed for anyone wanting the ultimate relaxing spa break on the delightful and friendly island of Ischia.

The island of Ischia... Ischia itself is one of the lesser-known islands off the Amalfi coast and it maintains its authenticity in every way - from the traditional Italian food through to the cobbled streets of the harbour. At only 6 miles by 4 miles it’s a hidden delight compared to the better-known island of Capri. The island itself has much to offer from the natural spring spa parks and gardens at Poseidon, to the amazing architecture and 44

mystery of the Castello Aragonese, with it’s imposing position - way above the port of Ischia Porto.

Ischia Beaches...

dishes, pizza and ice-cream but also try the local fresh seafood such as impeppata di cozze - steamed mussels with pepper or the local, organic rabbit dish coniglio all’ischitana.

As beaches go, Chiaia beach in Forio, on the North West of the island has amazing white sands and shallow waters but can get very busy in high season. If you’re looking for a quiet hideaway beach then head to Cava Grado beach, set just outside the picturesque fishing-village of Sant’Angelo. It’s a small, pretty bay with great views of Sant’Angelo - a great beach for snorkelling too.

The island is known for locally grown tomatoes, rocket, beans, aubergines and courgettes, which all thrive in the island’s fertile volcanic soil. Take your pick from different restaurants dotted across the island, from classic eateries overlooking the sea to trattorias and restaurants up in the mountains. You won’t be disappointed with the food and most certainly not the wine.

Local cuisine...

Aragona Palace...

As for the local cuisine, Ischia is the perfect place for the more obvious pasta based

As soon as you check into the Aragona Palace, you know that the hotel is in the business of providing serious relaxation and comfort.

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The island boasts natural thermal springs including the hot springs of Sorgeto, or the thermal parks and gardens such as Poseidon.

Book direct with the Aragona Palace Hotel at or visit expedia to book both your flight and hotel.

The 4 star hotel is pristine and cool in décor with white washed walls, blue pillars and the most welcoming staff. The Superior harbour view room is just £60 extra for the week and seems like money well spent. The double doors opened straight out onto a small balcony over looking the harbour – what a view both day and night! The rooms are light and airy, decorated with the traditional white washed walls and blue floors it’s definitely got the Italian feel and in true spa hotel style you get your own robe replaced daily. All rooms come with air-conditioning, separate bathroom and free wifi, plus the additional small touches like fresh cakes and juice left on arrival make this hotel the perfect base for exploring Ischia.

Spa treatments... Aragonna palace offers the full spa experience and has a full range of spa packages available, from ‘Techno Ritual Body’ Harmony to ‘Day Spa for Him’, but you could just as easily book into the hotel and just take advantage of the Terme Bath with natural thermal mineral waters and the heated (to 32ºC) outdoor, roof top swimming pool. The indoor thermal bath is simply sublime, it’s a darkened pool area with a small sauna and showers and the actual mineral bath is so soothing, it’s heated to 32ºC also and just seems to have an amazingly calming effect on both the mind and body. The spa area itself has many treatment rooms and the therapists are professional and friendly. Both Ischia and Aragona Palace itself prove the perfect place to switch off and relax in peace.

Getting there... HOW: Fly to Rome or Naples. Take the bullet train to Naples from Rome, or other cities. From Naples airport catch the Alibus to the port. The ferry, or hydrofoil, to Ischia leaves from Beverello. It’s wise to pre book online before travelling. WHEN: Summer can get very busy. Try visiting in May or September, when the waters are warm and people gone. For the saunas and hot springs, it’s a great secret hiding place even in the winter time.


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Summer Horoscopes... Aries








At this time you have a little more fuel for your fire, whatever that happens to be. Refresh your body by adding summer fruits and vegetables packed with vitamins and minerals. Recipe to try: Summer berry trifle

For you right now it’s about listening to your dreams and cravings. For example, if you’re dreaming about fish, maybe it’s time to eat more of it. Recipe to try: Poached cod in white wine

You’ve been working very hard to make things happen, but sometimes pulling back a little allows them to completely manifest. You’re learning to gain control a little at a time, carry this over to your kitchen. Recipe to try: Spinach and Orzo salad

You’re all about work just now, as you put most of your energy into making more money and advancing your career. Pick dishes that titillate your palate. Recipe to try: Pesto Lasagne with spinach


You’ve been considering taking a course of some kind, attending a seminar, or even learning a new language. Take that learning into the kitchen and try making new dishes out of your usual comfort zone. Recipe to try: Napa carrot slaw


You forward-looking folks have your finger on the pulse, sometimes literally, of what’s happening. As your body and mind transform, welcome new tastes into your mouth. Recipe to try: Thai chicken pasta


You have a craving for pie right now, thanks to your visual memories. You may be flashing back to your favorite holiday and wondering how many days before the next holiday comes around again. Recipe to try: Summer sour cherry pie

For you, right now is all about the freedom you feel when it comes to speaking your mind. Foodwise, you’re drawn to dishes that stick to your ribs and support your body. Recipe to try: Buckwheat noodles with salmon

You aren’t thinking about stressful topics, or you’re able to shuffle them to the back of the deck. Why not organise an impromptu gathering at your place and cook up a delicious feast for friends and family. Recipe to try: Ginger and honey chicken

Let old feelings go as you breathe in and out slowly and deeply, then vow to move on. Seek culinary adventures that are a little off the beaten track, like chicken tetrazzini with prosciutto and peas. Recipe to try: Chicken tetrazzini

Aquarius You’re discovering a new way to communicate with friends and family members who are far away. As you investigate these technologies, dig out your old family recipes and see what will make you happy. Recipe to try: Gluten free carrot cake

Pisces You’re getting in touch with your value as a person and a cook right now, as the planets line up favorably. Meanwhile, reward yourself with chocolate brownies, which feature a top layer of chocolate cream. Recipe to try: Vegan Brownies

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THRIVE is a quarterly, natural health, food & lifestyle magazine. A refreshing publication focused on eating for maximum health and energy....

Thrive - Summer 2014  

THRIVE is a quarterly, natural health, food & lifestyle magazine. A refreshing publication focused on eating for maximum health and energy....