In the summer of 2014, I participated in a project initiated by a nutrition colleague of mine who is based in the US. She had plans to collect a number of yummy and healthy summer recipes from her nutrition buddies and compile them in an eBook. What a great idea!
As you all know, I have a passion for new recipes and hardly a day goes past without trying at least a variation of something.
Whenever I eat out and like a meal, I try and get hold of the recipe (or at least the ingredients) so that I can experiment at home. Eating the same day in, day out just doesn’t appeal to me.
I contributed two recipes that I created- one is a “detox” soup
It is full of nutrients that support liver detoxification in a gentle way: sulphur from leeks, garlics and onions, indole-3-carbinole from broccoli, Omega 3s and amino acids from anchovies and folate and other B Vitamins from leafy greens. If you use real bone broth, this soup is also particularly soothing and healing for the digestive tract. Coconut oil has a myriad of health benefits- from boosting your metabolism to killing off nasty microbes and improving your cholesterol profile. There are many more advantages of using coconut oil; I’m a big fan of it.
The other recipe is a hazelnut bread
I created this recipe in response to the request of a number of clients of mine who were just desperate to have something that remotely resembles a slice of bread… I haven’t eaten “proper” bread for a loooong time (must be nearly 3 years) but I do remember finding it really odd not having my sandwiches, breakfast toasts etc at the beginning.
After a good while, I just got used to a completely new way of thinking and bake bread about once a month now. I totally get that people are missing it, at least at the initial stages of making changes to their diet, and have a good stock of bread recipes now that are low carb and not grain based.
The hazelnut bread is one of them- I love it because it’s moist, has a lovely texture and really tastes like cake to me if I but a good layer of butter on it! Plus it keeps me full for ages. It’s full of good quality protein and antioxidants and will help bring a bit of variety into your bread life. I’d imagine that it would turn well into a cake if you added some dried fruit or good quality honey! Over to you to give it a go.
The eBook contains many recipes that are quite novel even to me
And it’s great to get new inspiration by colleagues. I’ve tried most of them- some of them needed a bit of tweaking because I’m on a ketogenic diet- and they’ve all worked out great.
Some of the other recipes featured include a herb dip, coconut banana bread, a Paleo Alfredo sauce, zucchini pancakes, Thai chicken cabbage wraps and avocado truffles… I’m pretty sure this list has tickled your taste buds enough! To get your collection of nourishing summer recipes created by 15 different dietitians and nutritionists, please leave your name and e-mail in the box below.
A very special thank you to Amy Hager, the initiator of our Summer Recipe project, and for pouring so much of your time and energy into this eBook. Please go to Amy’s website www.beehappylife.com to find more recipes, nutrition inspiration and life crafting tools!