One of the biggest issues clients who come to me for health and wellness advice at my workshops in Monaco and the South of France face when they are embarking on a healthier lifestyle and start to cut out the junk from their diets, is that they feel they will be missing out on their treats.
An easy one is my avocado chocolate mousse recipe which will pull you from an afternoon slump, and away from a stack of choc chip cookies almost immediately (and it’s good for you too). Or, as Bethany Meyers suggests, simply melting some antioxidant-rich dark chocolate and dipping strawberries in the bowl is a brilliant, yet healthy, idea when you fancy something sweet. If you’re a fan of espresso coffee, tea, or lattés, maybe switch one a day for a health-boosting matcha drink instead.
You can also whip up this fantastic coconut smoothie to satisfy your sugar cravings and avoid glycation – one of the nine causes of ageing. It’s packed with TWO superfoods, and I’ve even snuck some spinach in there, but you’d never know from the taste!
1/2 cup coconut water
1/2 cup coconut mik
1 frozen banana
1 cube frozen spinach or 1 cup of fresh organic spinach
1 heaped tbs desiccated coconut
1 tbs raw cacao powder
1 tsp lucuma – optional
Garnish with: cacao nibs and extra coconut.
Blend everything in a high speed blender until smooth and creamy.
Pour into a glass, top with cacao nibs and coconut and drink immediately with a gorgeous big smile!
Naomi’s TIP: Freeze your bananas when they are ripe, peel them first, break in half and store in a freezer bag. If you are not using frozen spinach you may want to add more ice to keep it super cool!
Nutritional Nuggets of Goodness:
Coconut milk: A good source of the beneficial fat, lauric acid, a medium-chain fatty acid that’s easily absorbed and used by the body for energy
Coconut water: A source of potassium and electrolytes – great for rehydration!
Raw Cacao: A mood boosting and energising superfood
Spinach: Rich in iron and vitamin C
Lucuma: A skin healing superfood