My Breakfast

A really healthy and energising way to start your day.   Get off the junk food cereals and animal nasties.   Do your health some good and feed up a happy, healthy microbiome instead.

It’s way better than coffee.

Into a blender:

15g dried fig
15g currants
dried fruit
14g blueberriesfrozen blueberries are really cheap
28g summer fruit mixraspberries, blackberries, black currants & red currants
1 apple
50g orange
peel an orange and keep remainder in container in fridge
50g raw broccolichop up a whole head of broccoli and freeze it
100g celery
7g
fresh ginger
50g Beetrootchop up fresh beetroot and freeze, leaves and stems included if they’re healthy
30g white mushroomsimportant for b vitamins
50g carrots
70g red cabbage
peel off outer leaves and keep in bag in chill drawer
20g fresh or 2g dried nettle
20g fresh or 2g dried dandelion
1/8 tsp ground ginger
ground ginger has different healthy nutrients to fresh ginger so we always use both
1/8 tsp ground turmeric
1/8 tsp ground amla
amla is Indian gooseberry
.4g dried chiliwhole dried chili is better than pre-ground
0.15g dried kelpfor iodine, absolutely “do not” consume more kelp than 0.15g in a day
.25ml Viridian Liquid D = 1000iu. — add the same to your evening meal to allow better absorption of your 2000iu a day
2.1g flax seeds
2.1g chia seeds
270g boiling water

6g green teaoptional caffeine hit instead of that morning coffee

Blend to smooth and pour into a bowl, then stir in:

27g cooked soya beans
27g cooked chickpeas
27g cooked adzuki beans

…or 80g of any mixed beans cooked in water without salt

Cronometer json file for use in Cronometer.   Click on the three dots to the right of New Recipe title.

492 calories with great levels of nutrition and some delightful caffeine and theophylline to get you going in the mornings.

If you want more calories then add 50g rye flakes or oat flakes soaked in 200g boiling water and a banana or two.

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Tomato Ketchup Recipe

My most favourite accompaniment to air fried chips made with chunky cut Maris Piper potatoes sprayed with a very light coating of cold pressed rape seed oil.   Yes, you can have healthy chips, only use cold pressed rape and don’t go overboard with it, you only need a very light sprayed coating if you use an air fryer.

A super delicious, super healthy, tomato ketchup.

Into a 900ml blender cup place:

80g     Filtered or Bottled Spring Water
250g     Tomatoes (replace 150g with tinned toms for a more tommy taste)
10g     Apple Cider Vinegar
30g     Currants
50g     Celery
20g     Onion
10g     Fresh Ginger
10g     Garlic
50g     Orange
0.7g     Black Peppercorns
0.7g     Whole Dried Chilli
2g     Coriander Seeds
1g     Cumin Seeds
2g     Dried Sage
0.5g     Dried Thyme
1.2g     Star Anise
1.2g     Fennel Seeds
3g     Smoked Paprika
1.5g     Paprika
2.5g     Whole Flax Seeds
2.5g     Whole Chia Seeds

Wherever possible always use whole spices as they’re living seeds and super healthy, the blender will take care of them.   For making good home mixed herb and spice recipes you’ll need something to weigh 0.1g increments.

If you use standard mains water it’s not gonna taste as good.   Seriously people, stop drinking mains water and using it in cooking, it isn’t healthy and tastes shite.

Give it all a good whizz around.

Sooooo much nicer tasting and infinitely more healthy than bottled junk-food ketchup.

Cronometer json file for use in Cronometer.   Click on the three dots to the right of “New Recipe” title to upload.

268 calories with great levels of nutrition:

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Annoying Food Choices — Hot Chocolate

Now this is something i really hate — hot chocolate.

Seriously people, look at the list of crap that they use for ingredients in this stuff:

Tesco Instant Hot Chocolate Drink

Sugar, Whey Permeate Powder (Milk), Fat Reduced Cocoa Powder (11%), Dried Skimmed Milk, Coconut Oil, Dried Glucose Syrup, Stabilisers (Dipotassium Phosphate, Guar Gum, Carboxymethylcellulose, Sodium Polyphosphate), Milk Proteins, Emulsifier (Mono- and Di-Glycerides of Fatty Acids), Flavouring (contains Milk), Anti-Caking Agent (Silicon Dioxide)

Options Instant Belgian Chocolate Drink

Whey Powder (Milk), Fat Reduced Cocoa Powder (21%), Sugar, Thickeners (Acacia Gum, Xanthan Gum), Belgian Chocolate (7%) (Sugar, Cocoa Mass, Fat-Reduced Cocoa Powder, Flavouring), Dried Glucose Syrup, Skimmed Milk Powder, Coconut Oil, Whole Milk Powder, Salt, Emulsifier (Soy Lecithin), Sweetener (Aspartame), Anti-Caking Agent (E551), Flavouring, Stabiliser (E340)

And that was just the first 2 i pulled off Tesco’s website.

Don’t people actually give a fuck any more about their health, fitness, wellbeing and longevity?   Obviously not if they’re buying this utterly toxic garbage.

Now i’m not saying don’t enjoy a nice cup of cocoa, everyone should have that pleasure, but there’s nice healthy ways of enjoying it and really crap nasty ways and hot chocolate mixes are really crap nasty ways.

Healthy ways:

Use pure cocoa powder.   Or if you really want to spoil yourself get some organic raw Criollo cacao — either is good and healthy as long as the ingredients on the packet should only list one single ingredient: cocoa or cacao (check the ingredient label to make sure it’s pure cocoa or cacao).   Different cocoas and cacaos have different flavours — just like coffee does).   There’s a few different species of cacao each with their own tastes and then the processing by different producers creates different fat contents, etc., as well, so do try some different ones at different quantities in your drinks until you find the one that you really like.   And don’t worry about the wording, cacao and cocoa are both the same thing.

Sweeteners.   Do not use artificial sweeteners as they are seriously bad for your health.   They ruin your gut microbiome, they ruin your gut wall, they increase your risk of diabetes because they’ve ruined your microbiome and gut wall, they increase your risk of other diseases like cancer, they increase your desires for ever more sweeter products leading to ever increasing obesity because you’ll never be truly satisfied because nothing you ever eat again will be as sweet as these artificial sweeteners can make it.

Let us get one thing straight.   Sugar does not cause diabetes, and anyone telling you it does is either utterly ignorant or looking to profit out of your ill health.   Fat causes type 2 diabetes and dairy causes type 1 diabetes, neither are caused by sugar other than if you over consume loads of refined sugar which your body is then forced to convert it into fat in order to get the sugar out of your bloodstream — once again, it’s the fat that causes the diabetes, not the sugar, and you have to over consume approx 10,000 calories (that’s calories you don’t need) of pure sugar to get your body to produce 1kg of fat.   Yes, absolute fact, your body needs about 10,000 calories of excess calories from carbs to make 1kg of fat — so, let’s be honest, a tsp or 2 in your cocoa is really not going to hurt.

And there’s actually lots of nice natural sweeteners for you to try.   Start with raw cane sugar, i like Demerara in my drinks, but there’s lots of different raw cane sugars out there so try a few, they all have their own unique tastes to bring to your cocoa.   Light cane has the mildest taste whereas Muscovado has one of the strongest with Demerara in the middle-ish.   There’s also other nice natural sweeteners that bring their own unique tastes to your cocoa/cacao drink, like date syrup, agave nectar, maple syrup, etc..   Just make sure that you check the ingredients to ensure that you are buying the pure, natural, raw-cane product and not some adulterated, beet-sugar, toxic garbage.

Warning.   A nasty super market trick is to put sugar labelled as demerara and other brown sugars on the same shelf as the raw cane sugars when they are made from beet sugar with some molasses added to colour it, it is not raw cane but is being sold at raw cane prices.   Lidl’s sells nice raw cane sugar at a decent price.

Important.   Do not use milk from animals as this will destroy all the health benefits of the cocoa/cacao.   Dairy not only causes type 1 diabetes, cancer and a whole range of other nasty diseases, but it also destroys the efficacy of all anti-oxidants that you put in your stomach with it.

If you really must use milk for your cocoa then use a plant milk.   Again, many different ones to try with their own unique flavours, give ’em all a go until you find the one you prefer.   Alpro do a really nice choc soy milk and also a vanilla soy milk — both great for cocoa making.

Alternative.   But why not try drinking it black?   Yes, you can make a delicious cup of cocoa without any type of milk product (just like coffee and tea).   Just simply add pure cocoa/cacao to a mug with a little raw cane sugar (adjust both to taste) and enjoy.

And you can really nice this up by following this recipe for one of the most super healthy drinks there possibly is:

5 tsp cocoa (adjust to taste)
2 tsp raw cane sugar, date syrup, maple syrup, etc. (adjust to taste)
1 peppermint tea bag
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp Ceylon cinnamon
400ml boiling water
Stir well, let settle and cool for a few minutes, stir well again.
Enjoy

Anyways, if you care about your health, fitness, longevity and quality of life, stop with the drinking hot chocolate mixes and mix your own from pure ingredients and make something unique and healthy.

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Annoying Food Choices — Ginger

WTF is with people who peel ginger?

I can’t think of anything more stupid than wasting your time and money peeling something that doesn’t need peeling and throwing away valuable food and nutrients when you send the peel to landfill or compost.

Seriously people, you do not need to peel ginger.   Just rinse any soil off and then chop, slice or grate it as it is.

Stop wasting good food, please!!!

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Where Do You Get Your Calories From

Here’s a list of the calorie balance between carbs, proteins and fats of healthy diets:

My own diet is 85% 8% 7% and my blood tests and health are perfect.

Point to note: this is the percentage of calories from each macro nutrient, it is not by weight or volume.   Use Cronometer as it produces a pie chart detailing these three macronutrient percentages from your complete daily input of food and drink.

Enjoy some great health.

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Coffee, Good Or Bad

Apparently, the latest spin on coffee is that drinking 3-5 cups a day is good for your heart:

“Regular coffee drinkers have ‘cleaner’ arteries”.

No doubt there will be people today rushing to starbucks and costa to grab another coffee to ensure their heart health is improved because they only read the bits of the article that they want to hear.   But is it so clear and cut as they make out?

Firstly, what coffee were they using and how strong was it?   To what extent was it roasted, how much milk, cream, sugar, and other additives, if any, were added.   How was it prepared; instant, filter, espresso, etc..

And also to bear in mind is that the South Korean diet is massively different to the UK, European and USA diet.   So don’t be thinking chugging down 5 large lattes (whatever a latte is) is going to do you any favours as it may make things worse.

This is why studies on coffee show so many mixed findings.   Too many factors are mixed in with coffee consumption that it’s easy to find some studies showing positive results and some that show negative ones.   Note that the BBC haven’t put a link to the full publication of this study for anyone interested to look at this more closely — i wonder why that is?

Anyway, here’s some food for thought (or should that be drink?):

So maybe instead of going for those extra coffees you might go for a green tea without milk.   Although if you’re really concerned about health then try matcha tea instead:

Or cocoa:

Although do understand that it’s made with boiling water and no milk when you want it to be healthy.

If you want the cream of the crop of healthy beverage then i would suggest adding half a teaspoon of powdered peppermint leaves to your cocoa without milk — now that will do your health a whole lot of good:

Sure, there’s better herbals than peppermint, but peppermint is still amazingly healthy and it also goes so nicely with cocoa so that’s what makes it the winner in my book.

Just stay away from the coffee.   If you’re addicted to caffeine, as most people are, then the theobromine in cocoa will fill all the caffeine receptors in your brain as they both belong to the same group of CNS stimulants, Xanthines.   Addicts can replace one with the other, you just won’t get the wired agitated buzz from theobromine.

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