Superfood Features

WHOLESOMEKAY.COM – BLOG CHANGE

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Hi all,

I am sad but also excited to inform you I have MOVED THIS BLOG over to WHOLESOMEKAY.COM.

My decision to move was due to re-branding, simply put. Whilst I was overseas I had a lot of time to think about the type of ‘blogger’ I wanted to be .. and for me that’s an honest, inspiring and educating one. To do this I had to create a space which was reflective of my plant-based and wholesome lifestyle, and I feel Body of Nature didn’t show this and restricted me to the type of topics and recipes I could post.

IN SAYING THIS I will still be posting regular and interesting posts similar to ones I have already written but with a wider variety of recipes to accompany my newly adopted plant-based diet, such as chickpea cookies, brownies, pumpkin pancakes, banana ice-cream, sweet potato + lentil casserole, gluten and dairy free chocolate cheesecake and many many more; and topics which cover holistic health, fitness, advice, recipe submissions, beauty and resources, to name a few. I also aim in sharing alot more of my personal stories too.

I want to make WHOLESOME KAY a happy, fun and healthy place for all foodies, health goers and anybody who may be or have started their new health journey. So I THANKYOU for your love and kindness on Body of Nature and once again, would love for you to join me and be apart of on this new adventure at WHOLESOME KAY by following/re-following and spreading the word ūüôā

 

– Love, Kaelli

p.s – you can still find me on instagram at @wholesome.k

 

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Acai Berry Icecream | Recipe

It’s time for Superfood Feature: ACAI¬†BERRY: Part 2
 
I know I’ve already featured ACAI in the superfood feature series (I think.. UPDATE: I totally haven’t, I published it as a draft- ops!) but I thought I would do a part 2 because I am OBSESSED!
 
So…..¬†
 
What makes acai berries superfoods?

Acai berries are antioxidant powerhouses which grow in Central and South America. They have 10x the antioxidants of purple grapes and 2x the antioxidants of blueberries.
 
Acai berries contain 10x to 30x more antioxidants than red wine (that’s for you mum); 19 amino acids including a combination of essential amino acids; omega 3s; magnesium and potassium, to name a few.¬†
 
What’s so good about these nutrients?¬†
 
Antioxidants: prevent oxidative stress and cellular damage such as aging and cancer. 
 
Amino acids: are the building blocks of protein. Their primary role is to build and maintain muscle, help fight infection (antibodies), assist with muscle contraction, energy and regulate body temperature and metabolism. 
 
Omega 3 fatty acids: Are poly-unsaturated fats which fight against inflammation, are essential for brain health, lower blood triglyceride levels and blood pressure, hormone production and may prevent the risk of Cardiovascular related issues such as diabetes. 
 
Magnesium: promotes restful sleeping and muscle relaxation, thus providing relief for cramps, muscle soreness and menstrual cycle pain, supports bone health and immune function, and maintains blood sugar levels and blood pressure. 
 
Potassium: is an electrolyte and required in hydration after exercise, Found in bananas and coconut oil, works with magnesium in muscle contraction, maintains eye health and vision, essential for heart health and helps to balance acidity and alkalinity within the body. 
 
You can buy  ACAI in the powder form or frozen. I personally use the powder and like to include a tablespoon in smoothies, bliss balls, combine with coconut milk to make dairy free yoghurt, and, of course, create some summer loving ice cream! 

ACAI BERRY ICE-CREAM 

Dairy Free | Vegan | Gluten Free | Refined Sugar Free
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Ingredients:
2 tbs acai berry powder
1.5 cups coconut cream, whipped (I used a whisk)
2 frozen bananas
¬Ĺ cup blueberries
How to:
> Blend acai powder + coconut cream until smooth.
> Add bananas and blend until mixture is looking creamy and thick.
> Add in blueberries and blend till smooth (if the ice-cream is too soft, freeze for 8-10 > minutes until firm)
> Serve with a garnish of mint + fresh berries.
Leftover? Pour into ice cubs, moulds or freeze proof container for easy access when you have those sugar fixes!
* stores in freezer for up to 4 months
K x

Superfood Feature #1: Apple Cider Vinegar

Ever since the “Raw” lifestyle has become popular, ‘Superfoods’ have become a HUGE market and was voted one of the most popular trends of 2014.

There are many types of Superfoods (usually vegetates and fruits) but why are they called Superfoods and what’s so super about them, you ask? Well, I’d like to introduce to you a new part of the blog, updated once a week, called “Superfood Features”.

I will feature some of the best superfoods on the market, discuss the history behind each one, list its health benefits, and briefly explore their function within the body. I also aim to include a few recipes + tips on how you can incorporate them into your beauty routines, diet, lifestyle and or general health and wellbeing.

So, let’s kick. it. off with Superfood Feature #1…… (drum roll please)……..

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR 

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Apple Cider Vinegar is a light yellow/brown vinegar made from the fermentation of apple cider. During fermentation, the apples natural sugars are broken down into alcohol and yeast and then into vinegar.

It is anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal and is commonly used as a natural applicant because of its never ending health benefits!

Check em’ out, folks:

apple cider vinegar uses

1) REMOVE DANDRUFF: Dandruff is soooo embarrassing especially when your wearing a black shirt and you get flakes all over your shoulders every time you scratch your head! Commercialised products can be expensive, but with apple cider vinegar, you can be anti-dandruff for less than $5!

Mix¬†¬ľ C water and ACV in a spray bottle and shake. Apply to¬†roots of head after every shampoo wash and let sit for 10-15 minutes before washing out. Repeat twice a week for results.¬†

remove dandruff

2) SOOTH A SORE THROAT: Suffer from chronic sore throats or a dog bark and don’t want to overdose on throat syrup that leaves its mark on your taste buds?

Mix 1 tsp ACV (breaks up mucous and congestion) + 1 tsp cayenne pepper (alleviates pain) + 1 tbls honey (anti-inflammatory) in a glass or warm water and drink. 

sore throat

3)¬†REPULSIVE FOOT ODUR: Okay. I HATE feet so this one is kind of disgusting and disturbing. But I guess some people just can‚Äôt help having smelly feet, right? Well, lets make those feet and toes of yours (or someone you know) smelling like¬†Coco Chanel…

pour 1 C of ACV over baby wipes and leet them soak for 10minutes. Wipe on soles of feet and allow your feet to air until dry. Do not wash off. 

4) INDIGESTION:  IBS? Gas? Constipated? Bloated? ACV may just be the solution to your digestion problems without having to take pharmaceutical medicines that often make your condition worse.

Dilute 1 tbls ACV (stimulates digestive juices) with 1 C water or tea and drink before each meal

indigestion

5) CLEAR SKIN: How annoying are pimples! Thankgod for ACV. ACV helps to restore your skin pH levels to counteract any further skin damage and if left on overnight, can also help reduce the appearance of age spots, bruises, pimples and acne scars. Just incase you try this and wonder why your skin feels smoother, its because the acidic layer covering your skin has absorbed excess oil and dirt.

Soak a cloth/facewasher in apple cider vinegar and squeeze out. Dab onto your face and wash off 1 hour later. For the extra benefits above, leave on overnight.  If you begin to sting for longer than 30 seconds, remove immediately

6) SUNBURN:¬†Starting to look like a dorito¬†after a day at the beach, hey? WHERE WAS YOUR SUNSCREEN? Slip! Slop! Slap! people! Haha….¬†LUCKILY¬†ACV is a lifesaver and can save you! (pun intended)

Add 1 C into your bath and soak in it to neutralise the burn. After 10 minutes the ACV will have started to restore your pH levels and your skin should start to feel cool and soothed! 

sunburn

COOL EXTRA: I use Apple Cider Vinegar in homemade pickles, marinades, and salad dressings. Just add a teaspoon of mustard + honey and tahdah, you have a honey mustard dressing free from added sugar + preservatives and is completely healthy! ūüėČ

Whats your favourite superfood? Let me know in the comments below ūüôā¬† Instagram:@bodyofnature¬†|¬†Facebook:¬†BodyOfNatureNutrition¬†

Kayleigh, x