This smoothie is a great snack or breakfast option. It’s a lovely, vibrant yellow colour and has some terrific health benefits!
These fig and maca balls are a staple in my fridge, whenever I want something a little sweet to go with a cuppa, or a tiny mid-morning snack to get me through to lunch these are what I reach for…
This morning I woke up and it was freezing, okay, probably not in the literal, zero degrees sense, but nonetheless - really cold! The only thing on my mind was a warm breakfast, no smoothies for me today that's for sure. I remembered cold winter mornings, warmed up by a lovely bowl of oats. Now given that grains are out of the question for me at the moment, I had to improvise, and I was actually quite pleased with the result...
Cruciferous vegetables have it all: vitamins, fibre, and disease-fighting phytochemicals.
Broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, kale, cabbage, and bok choy are all members of the cruciferous vegetable family. Phytochemicals found in cruciferous vegetables - sulforaphane - can stimulate enzymes in the body that detoxify carcinogens before they damage cells, and through different mechanisms, two other compounds found in cruciferous vegetables -- indole 3-carbinol and crambene -- are also suspected of activating detoxification enzymes.
Another way cruciferous vegetables may help to protect against cancer is by reducing oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is the overload of harmful molecules called oxygen-free radicals, which are generated by the body. Reducing these free radicals may reduce the risk of colon, lung, prostate, breast, and other cancers.
This soup also has a healthy dose of medium chain triglyceride fats (MCTs) from the coconut milk and oil. Instead of being metabolized through the digestion process like other fats are, MCTs are taken straight to the liver where they act very similar to carbohydrates, providing instant — and well sustained — energy. Read more about the benefits of coconut oil here
Dr Terry Wahls, who developed the Wahls Protocol, an integrative approach to healing chronic auto-immune conditions, recommends eating up to 3 cups of cruciferous vegetables daily. This delicious and detoxifying soup is one way to reach that healthy goal.