We popped to Homesense for the first time in what seemed like ages at the weekend. We were on the hunt for a practical item for Bella, but I couldn't resist looking through their treasure trove of kitchen wares!
I was kind of looking for a heart shape sauce size dish, but instead came across lots of pretty painted bowls in their sale. Ooh, I thought, pretty bowls to eat my cereal from (and for extra pretty blog photos of course)! I picked the best three. Ben looked at me disapprovingly once I caught up with him elsewhere in the store (he was off looking for what we actually went in for), but they made it safely to the checkout!
If you love nutrient rich foods, then you are going to fall in love with Aduna Moringa Green Superleaf Powder. The moringa tree is known as 'the miracle tree' and is native to parts of Africa and Asia. It's leaves contain an absolute wealth of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. These provide numerous health and beauty benefits if consumed regularly. It is said to be one of the most nutrient dense foods on Earth. Wow! I was recently sent a tub to try and just had to write a more detailed blog post about what exactly this amazing superfood is.
Moringa powder is made by harvesting the small green leaves from the tree. These are picked before dawn, cleaned in purified water and shade dried to reduce sunlight damage. This careful process also increases the nutritional content. Once dried, the leaves are ground into a fine green powder. This process ensures the maximum amount of nutrients are retained within the powder as well as superb quality and freshness. As a powder the moringa contains more antioxidants and has a prolonged shelf life.
Moringa is a natural multivitamin. It contains vitamins A, C, E and K as well as B vitamins. There is simply no need to take questionable synthetic multivitamin tablets when nature already provides us with this goodness. It contains the recommended daily allowance of at least 13 vitamins and minerals and is a good source of many more.
Some of the minerals in moringa include phosphorus, zinc, calcium, copper, magnesium, manganese and iron. It is exceptionally high in protein at almost 25% and contains all the essential amino acids required by the body. It's a source of fibre too.
Moringa has a magnificent antioxidant content including phytochemicals. Phytochemicals protect cells against the damage caused by free radicals. This super high nutrient content of essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants has numerous health and beauty benefits for humans. Just some are listed below:
Body - increases energy, improves metabolism & digestion, detoxifies, promotes healthy growth & maintenance of muscle mass, supports healthy bones
Healing & Prevention - boosts immune system, contributes to a normal blood pressure, protects stomach lining, has anti-inflammatory properties
These benefits are really just a few. Just Google 'moringa' and you will honestly find heaps more. Seriously, this stuff is simply amazing! If you are going to make one change to your diet, it just has to be to include Aduna Moringa Green Superleaf Powder. It's nutritional content and potential benefit for human health are truly outstanding.
Be warned however, not all moringa powders are produced in the same way. If you buy from Aduna you can be assured it is 100% organic, raw, pure and sustainable. You will also be supporting rural African communities and female farmers. Aduna support and work in partnership with small scale producers. This really helps to make a difference in people's lives. Plus ten percent of their profits go back into helping these communities even more through The Aduna Foundation.
The Aduna brand and their products come highly recommended. They've certainly made me as passionate about moringa and baobab as they are! For more information, recipe ideas and to purchase just visit www.aduna.com.
Aduna Moringa Superleaf Powder | Green Smoothie Recipe
Aduna recently sent me a tub of their glorious 'moringa' powder to review. I'm a big fan of nutrient rich powders already. I use spirulina and chlorella every day and often add wheatgrass to food. The fact moringa is even better nutritionally than spirulina really intrigued me. It's also supposed to taste nicer, so now I was definitely interested. Spirulina sure has a pretty noticeable and not very desirable sea-water-algae taste to it!
Moringa is packed full of nutrients and can easily be added to a variety of foods for daily consumption. Some of Aduna's recommendations are sprinkling onto salads or veg, baking into bread or cookies, stirring into pasta or stew, shaking into juice or cocktails and blending into ice cream or sauce.
The moringa powder is so green I just couldn't resist making a green smoothie! I made something up on the spot and it's the best tasting green smoothie I've made to date; really thick, luxurious, creamy and delicious tasting! I added two whole teaspoons of Aduna moringa powder to the smoothie and could not notice the taste. So if you're not keen on the leafy taste sprinkled over salads, etc, you can get all the amazing benefits disguised in a delicious drink instead!
Moringa Green Smoothie Recipe:
1 Large Avocado
1 Large Pear
1 Cup of Oat Milk
2 Teaspoons of Aduna Moringa Powder
Just whizz the whole lot together in your blender until smooth. If it's too thick for you, just add more oat milk. Pour and enjoy! Delicious!
I'm going to go into a little more depth in my next blog post which is all about moringa, but for now here are five fab health benefits of taking moringa:
1. Beautifies the skin
2. Boosts the immune system
3. Increases energy levels
4. Promotes good sleep
5. High in antioxidants
That really is just a teeny tiny snippet of the goodness of moringa. Watch out for my next in depth blog post to discover much more! If you can't wait, why not pop to Aduna's own website where you will find a wealth of information, recipe ideas and more benefits here: www.aduna.com
Last week we received purple sprouting broccoli in our Able and Cole veg box. Yep, it really is very purple! The ideal vegetable for purple lovers and so very pretty indeed for broccoli. It looks fab served up and would definitely be a great talking point for a dinner party!
I'd never purchased or tried purple broccoli before this. It's long stemmed which is even better in my opinion. I love all broccoli but I particularly like the green long stemmed version, which is scrumptious cooked in olive oil and sprinkled with chilli flakes!
The nutrient content of purple broccoli is pretty amazing. It is particularly high in vitamin C, but also contains vitamin A and B vitamins. It's mineral content is impressive including iron, calcium and zinc. It also contains good levels of fibre and folic acid. I've found a couple of reports and studies which claim there are higher amounts of antioxidants in the purple version, but they also noted these higher levels depleted quicker from the purple version if boiled.
I served the purple broccoli alongside a baked sweet potato with butter and mixed veg. I simply steamed for ten minutes to cook. Steamed veg sure tastes a lot better than boiled, is far less watery and retains more nutrients, so steam if you can. I found it quite similar in taste and texture to green broccoli. It's no doubt broccoli, but has some slight differences. It has a little more crunch (unless you overcook). It tastes less cabbagey which is a plus. It's also perhaps a little sweeter tasting, though that could have been the overpowering taste of the sweet potatoes tricking me! It's certainly yummy though and the colour is just fantastic.
Have you tried purple sprouting broccoli? It's only in season until May so don't miss out!
Rub a Malteser sized amount over legs and arms whilst in the shower for super smooth skin that lasts days! Be careful though as your bath or shower floor may become rather slippy.
2. Make Up Remover
Rub a pea size amount all over your face and wipe off with a warm wet flannel. It even removes eye makeup! I do this in the shower every morning as it's much easier than over a sink. It also makes your face amazingly soft. If any eye make up is left, I just use a cotton pad with a little coconut oil on afterwards. It's solid, but melts as it touches the face.
3. Lip Balm
It softens my lips whilst used on my face in the shower, but you can add a little extra to your lips at any point for softness and gloss!
Yep, but not how you'd imagine! See my 'oil pulling' blog post by clicking here.
5. Hair Protector
Great for protecting your hair from sun damage. Smooth it through wet beach or pool hair to keep it super conditioned. It will make it rather greasy (for a couple of days from experience) so best saved for beach days only!