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Palak (Curried Spinach) | Cherish Recipes | Vegan

With thanks to Veganuary.com for this idea! 

  • ½ cup/70g cashews

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • ½ small red onion
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 inch/2 cm fresh ginger, roughly chopped
  • 2 large garlic cloves, crushed, or ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3½ cups/800g spinach
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg

 

This is so easy!

It goes well with a simple “rice” and a curry sauce. You can also eat it over a salad or use it as a thick dip for sprouted bread/crackers or veggies.

To be honest though, it could easily be a main course on its own – it’s so delicious and filling.

Cooking Instructions

Combine all ingredients in your food processor.  Warm in saucepan with sunflower oil and enjoy!

Done!

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Cherish Nourishment - Macadamia Goji Bliss Balls

Macadamia Goji Bliss Balls

 

A delicious, indulgent-tasting sweet treat that benefits from a range of superfoods and ready in only ten minutes!

  • 10 dates, pitted
  • 50g ground almonds
  • 2 tbsp raw cacao (or cocoa powder)
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tsp solid coconut oil
  • Pinch Himalayan pink salt
  • 30g macadamia nuts, chopped small
  • 30g goji berries
  • 30g desiccated coconut

Preparation

Serves: 12

Cooking Instructions

  • Put the dates, ground almonds, raw cacao, maple syrup and coconut oil in a food processor and pulse on a slow speed to begin with. The ingredients should start to clump together; once this happens you can increase the speed to create a smooth paste.
  • Combine the mixture in a bowl with the macadamia nuts and goji berries.
  • Roll into small balls and coat with the coconut.
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge.

For more on this treat and vegan food click here

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Cherish Smoothies : Vlog | A taste of paradise

 Im not going to lie, I have a killer sweet tooth, and have two root canals as evidence.   These days I try to find an alternative way to satisfy this craving with a more natural fruit based alternative.  If I'm taking in sugars, let them be natural with vitamins to gain too!  

So here was my Facebook Live Sunday Morning Smoothie film inspired by my love of the Bounty chocolate - If you would like to keep up to date with more live demonstrations and videos  be my friend on FB and  click here

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Cherish Nourishment - Golden Detox Drink

Golden Detox Drink

I adore EarthSprout and want to share some of their lovely offerings to the world.  Here is the wonderful Golden Detox Drink.

'Turmeric and its major active ingredient cumin are among the top most clinically studied spices today with many many positive effects on our body’s. The chili, turmeric, ginger and lemon all kicks in to both strengthen and awaken your digestive & immune system, the heart, skin etc. The black pepper helps increasing the bioavailibility of the turmeric so that’s a great addition. This drink is a real anti-inflammatory and cleansing one and when you start incorporating this routine in your life you will notice great effects.' 

  • 2 cup hot water
  • 2 cups cold water
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 small tsp powdered ginger
  • 3 drops Stevia concentrate or 1 tsp raw honey
  • Pinch of cayenne
  • pinch freshly cracked black pepper
  • Juice from 1/2 small organic lemon

Bring 2 cups of water to a boil and while it heats up, put the rest of the ingredients including the 2 cups of cold water in your largest favorite tea cup or jar. Enjoy the drink during the morning or bring any leftovers GDD with you for a boost during the day.

For more on this wonderful idea click here. Thanks Earthsprout!

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The rise of Kidney Stones: Are you at risk?

I have been lucky to avoid kidney stones but I have heard horror stories about people who have had them. I came across this Harvard health article about them and thought I'd share for those also in the dark. Thanks to Robert H. Shmerling MD for the the article.

'In the past, medical textbooks described the typical person unlucky enough to develop a kidney stone as a white, middle-aged, obese man who eats an unhealthy diet and doesn’t drink enough fluids. Those books may need an update.  A new study has found not only that the incidence of kidney stones is going up, but that they are also developing in people not considered high-risk in the past, including children, women, and African Americans.

Why stones?

Kidney stones develop when certain chemicals in the urine, such as calcium or uric acid, form crystals. Risk factors for stone formation include

  • diet, including high intake of animal protein, sodium, and sugar, as well as low intake of fluids
  • certain conditions, such as gout, diabetes, and obesity
  • some medications, including calcium supplements
  • family history and genetics — kidney stones can run in families, although the specific contributions of shared genes versus shared environments and diets are uncertain.

While a specific cause may be impossible to identify, kidney stones are common, affecting about 19% of men and 9% of women by age 70.

Do stones matter?

Occasionally, kidney stones are discovered incidentally and pass on their own, never causing symptoms or needing treatment. But, when they become stuck somewhere, they can cause pain or blocked urine flow. They can become lodged anywhere in the urinary system, including the kidney, the ureters (the narrow tubes connecting each kidney to the bladder), the bladder, or the urethra (the passageway between the bladder and the outside world). As you might have heard, “passing a kidney stone” can be agonizingly painful — that’s usually when it’s become stuck in a ureter.

In addition to pain and urinary problems, kidney stones can also cause bleeding and kidney damage. They can increase the risk of a urinary tract infection and have even been linked to cardiovascular disease. So, the answer is — yes, they do matter.

This just in

A study just published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology describes an analysis of more than 150,000 people in South Carolina who experienced kidney stones at some point between 1997 and 2012. The study’s major findings were:

  • The frequency of kidney stones increased 16% over the study period.
  • The biggest increases were among children, women, and African Americans.
  • While more men than women had kidney stones (as has been noted in the past), women outnumbered men among those under age 25.

Why the rise?

This study and past research have not been able to determine the reason kidney stones seem to be on the rise. The rising rate of obesity may be playing a role. Another possibility is climate change, as warmer temperatures encourage dehydration. The fact is, no one knows for sure.

What’s a person to do?

If you have symptoms of kidney stones, see your doctor or report directly to an emergency room. The most common symptoms are waves of pain in the back or lower abdomen, pain with urination, or blood in the urine.

If you’ve already been diagnosed with a kidney stone, it’s important to figure out why it happened (if possible) and take steps to avoid recurrence. See your doctor to discuss dietary measures and medications to take (or avoid). The details vary depending on the type of stone you had and the results of your blood and urine tests.

What now?

We need more research to understand the reason — or reasons — kidney stones are becoming more common. If we can figure it out, there’s a good chance we can find better ways to prevent them. Considering how painful and potentially dangerous kidney stones can be, prevention is key. Ask anyone who has had one: kidney stones are definitely worth avoiding if possible'

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7 Powerful Turmeric Health Benefits & Side Effects

Being born into an Indian house hold turmeric is no stranger, it would be in pretty much every other meal growing up as a child.  I was also lucky to have not just powdered turmeric, but my mum would use fresh turmeric for certain dishes too.  It's stains like nothing else, but reading the article below made me realise that extra time needed to brush my teeth is all worth it! Go to your local Indian grocers for your piece of fresh turmeric at a bargain price!

'Turmeric is an ancient root used for its healing properties for centuries. Turmeric comes from the rhizome (rootstock) of the Curcuma longa plant. To manufacture it, the roots of the plant are boiled, dried and then ground into a powder. Traditionally used in Chinese and Indian folk medicine, turmeric benefits  are amazing and able to treat a wide range of illnesses. The powerful anti-inflammatory and antiseptic qualities of turmeric have made it a precious commodity for ages!

Referred to as “Indian saffron” in medieval England, turmeric wasn’t understood or valued for a long time. People used it as natural food dye instead of as the unbelievable healing agent it really is. The many turmeric health benefits are truly incredible!

For more click here'

 

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9 Signs You Have A Hormonal Imbalance

As someone who struggles with hormones this article was very interesting and reassuring.  To otter’s out there you are to alone! 

'When the word "hormones" is uttered, visions of raging menopausal women come to mind for most. That's so sad. Hormonal changes affect everyone from birth to death, yet we seem to have a very negative association with that word.  

For women, the most pronounced changes come in their 40s and 50s, but can been seen as early as their mid-30s. Many more women are having hormonal symptoms earlier, which has a lot to do with not only our lifestyle and diet, but also the pollution, toxins and xenoestrogens (synthetic chemicals that act as estrogen in our bodies) that we're exposed to every day.’ For more on this article click here

We are holding a Yoga and Nutrition workshop if you’d like some support! Click link for more info  

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