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Seaweed sandwich, anyone?

If your consumption of sea vegetables thus far on your culinary journey has been limited to a bit of sushi from the supermarket, then you’re missing out. Whether it’s for flavour or health, seaweed is a fantastic food to add to your diet, and best of all, it doesn’t have to be from imported sources at the health food shop or oriental market. Our shores are teeming with varieties of seaweed that are not just edible, but absolutely delicious too.

Even more surprisingly, those of you who are currently thinking that seaweed is the last thing that you would want to eat may change your minds when you taste dulse, one of our most commonly found varieties – it tastes like bacon when it’s cooked. Maybe not as convincing as a bacon sandwich, but still, not exactly what you might expect.

So, what is it, and how do we make the most of this natural harvest right on our doorstep? Dulse is part of a large family of edible saltwater plants and algae that also include more readily known varieties like nori and kelp. Like all edible seaweed, dulse provides a wealth of nutrients, fibre and protein, rich in vitamins, trace minerals, healthy fatty acids, and antioxidants.

It’s easy to buy dried dulse, and as its nutritional value doesn’t degrade after it’s converted into powder or flakes, having some on hand to sprinkle into salads, soups and stews is convenient. Store it in a dry and dark place and it’ll last for at least two years, making it truly a go-to health booster to use in all kinds of ways.

The assumption that seaweed will taste a bit too, well, seaweedy, has doubtless put many people off trying it at all, but with the accessibility, sustainability, and variety of uses, surely it’s something that we need to consider as conscious consumers. The big bonus is in the health benefits – while all natural foods have distinct and purposeful nutrient profiles, seaweed is a truly exceptional all rounder. Just some of the health benefits of dulse include its ability to protect vision, boost the immune system, build bone health, optimise the function of the thyroid gland, increase growth and repair, support the gastrointestinal tract, lower blood pressure, strengthen the brain and nervous system, and boost circulation.

A fantastic food, and a great focus for your next beach visit! To achieve that bacon-like effect, pan-fry some dried whole-leaf dulse with oil over medium-high heat until crisp, then make up your dish or sandwich. Delicious!

Another way to use dulse, or any other seaweed that you have chosen, is to cut strips from a sheet, or take some larger flakes, and allow them to float gently in this lovely broth. Health in a bowl!

Miso Broth

miso paste (authentic paste from an oriental market)
pak choi, each leaf sliced in half lengthwise
sliced greens or cabbage
red pepper, thinly sliced
garlic, very thinly slivered
ginger, very thinly slivered
good quality bone broth or stock of your choice
seaweed strips
chicken, fish, beef or tofu pieces

Pour the required amount of bone broth or stock into a pan, bring to a gentle simmer, and add a teaspoon or two of miso paste, stirring to dissolve. Add the garlic, ginger, meat/fish/tofu, and sliced veg and simmer very gently for a few minutes until the veg is just tender and the meat is cooked through. Add the seaweed and turn off the heat, allowing the seaweed to steep for a couple of minutes. Serve up in big bowls and enjoy!

Getting the real food recipes out….

What a whirlwind life has been since Christmas! Besides being offered a twice monthly radio show (more details soon!), I’ve been busy loading fabulous recipes, health advice and resources onto the Functional Foodie membership, course and recipe hub website in preparation for launch later this month/early February.

Here’s my new logo, looking amazing on an apron that my brother and sister-in-law (coincidentally also my designers and tech wizard, David Jarvis and Tamsyn Jarvis at Skim New Media Ltd) had made for me for Christmas. Such a thoughtful gift – it means my videos are Functional Foodie to the max too!

So, if being health conscious and eating deliciously are your thing, keep a lookout for the launch – with a free membership option, and the full Foodie membership for even more targeted advice, monthly health bundles, resources and recipes, plus a building choice of dedicated courses and programmes to put your health back in your hands, my aim is to make this a one stop shop for delicious, actionable health and happiness!

What is it that you want to know, or want access to as a member? Let me know – the more I know about the information and advice that makes achieving health easier for you, the better I’m able to provide it.

To get a fantastic introductory Foodie membership offer, join the Foodie waiting list here: http://eepurl.com/VNBjz

Have a happy, healthy week!

Green smoothies – get a healthy boost in five minutes a day…..

To go with the release of Supercharge, and in celebration of boosting health the right way in five minutes a day with smoothies and juices, I filmed a series of video demos giving some easy hints and tips to all the health-conscious fruit and veg fans out there. You can find them on my Youtube channel here (2 loaded, 1 more to come!) I’d love to hear what you think!

You can grab a free copy of Supercharge for a limited time by clicking here. Enjoy, and get supercharging!

Nourish Renewal from Nourish Retreats, with special guest the Barefoot Doctor

Nourish Retreats

Our mission? The ultimate holistic infusion of nourishment, knowledge and experiences, with plenty of time to just be.

Reboot body, mind and spirit – creative experiences – fabulous facilitators and world class instructors – optional yoga and meditation sessions – time and space to truly unwind – stunning locations – gorgeous food!

Whether it’s Nourish Renewal, Recovery, Health or Soul, one is bound to be just perfect for you!

Nourish Renewal


Rest, replenish, and restore body and mind in the Regency splendour of Sharpham House in beautiful Devon – the ultimate reboot!

Nutrition know-how – real food for real life – daily juice and smoothie masterclasses – intros to vibrational medicine techniques – creative workshops – create flower essences or aromatherapy creams – meditation, mindfulness, and more – the mental makeover with the amazing Barefoot Doctor – optional yoga, plus extensive grounds to explore and enjoy!

Various rooms and rates, subject to availability, from £595 to £1295. Twin shared rooms (single occupancy available at extra cost) with shared bathrooms; 2 triple rooms, one ensuite; small number of ensuite or single rooms; one magnificent four poster double room, with 2 additional double rooms; beautiful views over the park or a charming courtyard.

Secure your place with a deposit today! Full payment required by 1 March 2015. Payment plans available – email or call for details.

Book now! Click here for the Nourish Retreats website. 

Boost your brain with a smoothie!

Whizz up this Brain Boost Smoothie for breakfast if you have a busy, mentally demanding day ahead – the protein, healthy fats, antioxidants, minerals and vitamins will keep blood sugar release steady, brain function sharp, and concentration focused.

Just one of the smoothies in the smoothie and juice mini-book I’m currently writing – taking the fruit acid, calorie and fibre considerations into account, there are ways to utilise the real supercharging value of smoothies and juices as part of broad and balanced daily eating. 

This is also what I’ll be teaching in the morning masterclass at the Nourish Retreats weekend with The Barefoot Doctor in April (you can check it out and book here – http://www.nourishretreats.co.uk/…/nourish-renewal-at-shar…/

So, go ahead and boost those brains! Enjoy!

Brain Boost Smoothie

250 ml organic milk or substitute (or more if you want your smoothie thinner)
125 ml probiotic yogurt
1 banana
frozen blueberries (or berries/mixed fruit of your choice)
a handful of flaxseeds/milled flax and chia seeds
2 spoonfuls of almond/cashew/pumpkin seed butter
cinnamon to taste

Chuck in a blender/smoothie maker, whizz and enjoy!

Serves 2

A new perspective on stress with the Doc!

Big news, all – Lisa and I are so thrilled to confirm our mental makeover expert for the Nourish Renewal retreat at Sharpham House, Totnes, in Aril 2015 will be none other than the amazing Barefoot Doctor!

The Doc has to be the world’s finest expert in dealing with stress, emotions, and just about everything else that can muddle your mind, I can tell you that anyone working with him for the day will leave with a fresh outlook, a different perspective, and a renewed lease of life.

I’m lucky to count him as a friend, and to have seen his incredible skills as a healer and teacher first-hand. With over 45 years as a world leader in Taoism for the modern age, 16 books to his name, and an international following, the Doc is the man! Don’t miss this rare chance to work with him!

Head on over to my sister site, Nourish Retreats, to secure your spot on this fabulous weekend. Come and be nourished…..