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Eat from the Earth: Natural eating tips from food bloggers

posted on Wednesday, 22nd April 2015 | find under Nutrition

The natural world – rich in colourful plantation, captivating creatures and challenging training elements – is at the heart of the Spring Summer 2015 Social Butterfly collection. And as we’ve looked deeper into the earth’s natural gifts, ingredients for taste and sustenance also come to the fore. Here Sweaty Betty talks to top food bloggers about the natural ingredients to add to your shopping list, and why they feel healthier when they eat from the earth…

 

Madeleine Shaw

Madeleine Shaw

What’s your favourite natural ingredient and why?

Coconut oil. It smells amazing, is great to cook with and it doubles up as a moisturiser, an eye makeup remover and a hair mask. The most versatile and delicious natural ingredient!


Name your go-to recipe comprising ingredients straight from the earth…

Madeleine Shaw summer salad

As the weather is warming up, I'd say my summer salad from my new cookbook is a definite favourite. It is such a lovely marriage of flavours between sweet nectarine and salty proscuitto.

150g runner beans, ends cut off
2 nectarines
30g watercress
30g rocket
100g parma ham
50g feta cheese, cubed
2 tbsp sesame seeds
3 tbsp homemade honey mustard dressing or oil and vinegar
Salt and pepper

Pop the beans into a pan with a little water and a pinch of salt and steam for 5 minutes.

Cut the nectarines into eighths, put them on a griddle pan over a medium heat and grill for 2 minutes on each side.

Put the watercress and rocket into a bowl and mix them together. Scatter the rest of the ingredients over the top, then finish with the dressing and some cracked black pepper.

How does eating from the earth make you feel, physically and mentally?

It makes me feel happy and connected to the world around me. It makes me feel physically strong and energised to be pumping my body full of nutrient-rich foods. And it keeps me feeling mentally clear and alert; unlike when I eat processed foods, which make me feel sluggish and foggy-headed.

What tricks do you employ to make sure you rule out as many artificial additives and ingredients as possible?

I always read the ingredients lists on foods and go for the products with the fewest number of ingredients. Anything with scientific-sounding ingredients are likely to be chemicals, so I stay clear of those. Finally, I always try to cook from scratch so I know exactly what’s on my plate.

Madeleine Shaw is a health coach who blogs at madeleineshaw.com, plus author of new recipe book Get the Glow.

 


Christine Dunst and Stephanie Rapp, Embody Wellness

Embody Wellness Company Founders

What’s your favorite natural ingredient and why?
 

Avocado! Avocados are nutritional powerhouses and so satisfying. We use them for everything from avocado toast, to decadent chocolate pudding, to quinoa salads and even in our Avocado Mint Soup. You can also substitute avocado in place of mayonnaise on sandwiches, in place of cheese in salads and as a dressing massaged into your kale – as we do in our Kale and Avocado Detox Salad.  We love them as a snack or stacked on cucumbers with olives, turmeric and a sprinkle of lime for a detoxifying party hors d'oeuvres.
 

Embody Wellness Avocado Soup


Name your go-to recipe comprising ingredients straight from the earth…
 

So hard to pick! We will share our two go-to recipes. Quinoa salad we make all the time because it is so easy and fast.  We prepare a big pot of quinoa in the beginning of the week and add in whatever we have on hand: roasted veggies and beans; lentils, avocado, arugula and beets; or even just chopped up raw or sautéed veggies with nuts and seeds. Then drizzle on our favorite homemade dressing: flax oil (or extra virgin olive oil), lemon juice, sea salt and pepper! You can also eat your quinoa salad on the go by keeping it in a mason jar.
 

Veggie noodles and pesto is our second go-to recipe because there are so many creative ways to enjoy them. You can use your spiraliser to make courgette noodles or bake a spaghetti squash and use a fork to scrape out the strands! Then toss the noodles in our pesto:
 

1 cup greens such as spinach, basil, parsley or kale
½ cup olive oil
One clove of garlic
Juice squeezed from half of a lemon
¼ cup nuts such as walnuts, almonds, pine nuts or sunflower seeds
¼ cup of our vegan parmesan cheese or nutritional yeast
Sea salt to taste
 

Blend in a high-speed blender for a few minutes and serve over the noodles. We eat this as a side dish or top it with black rice or quinoa. Get creative! 
 

How does eating from the earth make you feel, physically and mentally?
 

When we eat whole foods (real food that comes from the earth), we feel energized, vibrant, inspired and satisfied. The more we focus on adding in vegetables, fruits and wholegrains and eliminating processed, packaged foods, the more we improve at work, at home, in the yoga studio and on the trails. It nourishes us and we feel satiated and fulfilled versus hungry for more because we are feeding our bodies with nutrient-dense foods.

Eating this way also makes us feel connected to the community. It’s rewarding to be socially responsible, and we love meeting and getting to know our local farmers and supporting local agriculture and organic practices.
 

What tricks do you employ to make sure you rule out as many artificial additives and ingredients as possible?
 

Shop at your local farmers’ market, wherever possible. And always shop the perimeter of your supermarket – this is where all the fresh food lives!
 

Christine Beal Dunst and Stephanie Rapp are the co-founders of Embody Wellness Company, US wellness and lifestyle concierge specialising in customisable holistic wellness and nutrition programmes.

 

Saskia Gregson-Williams, Natural Sassy

Saskia Gregory-Williams

What’s your favourite natural ingredient and why?

Since I can remember I’ve been a huge chocoholic. We’re talking more portions of chocolate a day than fruit and veg! When I discovered raw cacao powder, it was the most incredible revelation. I realised that I could eat chocolate without all the added processed ingredients. It’s a true superfood and has ample benefits in every tablespoon, so I always try and add a serving into my day.

Name your go-to recipe comprising ingredients straight from the earth…

My chocolate porridge reminds me of all those indulgent breakfast cereals I loved as a child, but packs in so many more vitamins and antioxidants for a guilt-free start to the day.

Naturally Sassy Porridge

How does eating from the earth make you feel, physically and mentally?

Eating a plant-based diet has completely changed my outlook on food, increased my athletic performance ten-fold, and given me a positive attitude to life. I used to use food as a quick-fix of energy, but now I see it as a vital tool to support me each and every day. I think about what would benefit my body most on any particular day, and then pick the ingredients to suit. So if I’m feeling bloated, tired or on the brink of getting ill, I’ll eat the right foods to help enhance my health. It’s all about gaining the most from the foods we eat, and I try to do that in the most delicious way as possible!

What tricks do you employ to make sure you rule out as many artificial additives and ingredients as possible?

Stock up on the good stuff, and clear your cupboards of all the junk food. If it’s not there, you won’t eat it! Over on my blog I’ve listed all my kitchen essentials, and this is a really good place to start when re-stocking your fridge.

Saskia blogs at naturallysassy.co.uk and is author of the first Naturally Sassy recipe book, available for pre-order before its release on 6 August
 


Natasha Corrett, Honestly Healthy

Natasha Corrett

What’s your favourite natural ingredient and why?

Avocado, as it is so full of natural essential fats and high in vitamin E. It is perfect for making recipes creamy, throwing into smoothies and soups, or making sweet treats like chocolate mousse and cookies. 

Name your go-to recipe comprising ingredients straight from the earth…

Honestly Healthy Curry

There is nothing better than a delicious warming curry and my Cambodian Amouk Curry is definitely my go-to at the moment. It has loads of cauliflower and sweet potato and the healthy homemade paste adds natural creaminess to the dish.

How does eating from the earth make you feel, physically and mentally?

My ethos has always been "eat as Mother Nature intended", which means eating fresh ingredients straight from the ground. If you eat fresh organic produce just picked, you will feel fuller and have much more energy. It really is the best way to eat. It also encourages experimentation – especially as we’re coming into spring and summer, which introduces so many new seasonal foods!

What tricks do you employ to make sure you rule out as many artificial additives and ingredients as possible?

I always buy my veg from a local market or from an organic source, and I cook from scratch every day so know that no sneaky preservatives have made it into my food!  

Natasha Corrett was the most recent nutrition partner for Get Fit 4 Free - take a look back at her Introduction to Alkaline Eating. She blogs at honestlyhealthyfood.com and runs regular nutrition events. Join her in Brighton for her next Supper Club on 12 May.

 


Danielle Copperman, Model Mangetout

Danielle Copperman

What’s your favourite natural ingredient and why?

Avocado, because it’s versatile enough to use it in both sweet and savoury recipes, and makes delicious smoothies (my go-to for an instant fix of nutrients). I also love it as a face mask. You can literally do anything with it!

Name your go-to recipe comprising ingredients straight from the earth…

Model Mangetout Raw Rolo

When you want to impress at a dinner party or indulge in something really sweet without all the processed sugars, my Raw Rolo Bliss Balls are an absolute hit.

How does eating from the earth make you feel, physically and mentally?

Physically it makes me feel cleaner and revitalised. I notice my skin is clearer, my nails and hair become stronger, and my energy levels are consistently high. Mentally I feel more positive, and I feel virtuous in knowing I am eating well for my body as well as the earth.

What tricks do you employ to make sure you rule out as many artificial additives and ingredients as possible?

Fundamental to my diet is the rule that everything I eat must be natural. It must have grown naturally from the earth; meats and fish must have been raised in a natural healthy environment, and fed a natural diet. This helps you eliminate the additives and chemicals that can have disruptive side effects to your health.

Danielle Copperman blogs at modelmangetout.com and is the founder of quinoa-based food brand Qnola.

 

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