Author: Claudia Armani

Rice and quinoa spaghetti with raw spinach pesto

Rice and quinoa spaghetti with raw spinach pesto

This pasta, is absolutely delicious and gluten-free. The pesto is incredibly quick to make and full of goodness. The pasta I have used is Bio-Fair and it has been a wonderful surprise, for its taste, and consistency. I have never really liked gluten-free pasta, but I can certainly […]

Salmon, chard, beetroot & heritage tomatoes salad.

Salmon, chard, beetroot & heritage tomatoes salad.

Just in time for your New Year detox, here is a NO cook salmon rainbow salad ready for those days when you have no time. but want to stock up on nutrients. Ready in 5 min. Ready in 5 min Ingredients (serves 2) 2 fillet […]

Post-Christmas detox salad

Post-Christmas detox salad

A very much needed liver friendly post- Christmas salad. Green leaves that are part of the Brassica family like rocket mizuna, mustard greens, are rich in indoles which are believed to help the liver in the detoxification process.

Raw red cabbage and radish (two vegetables still part of the Brassica family), provide vitamin C and additional phytonutrients called anthocyanins that act like a powerful anti-oxidans.

Mustards seeds not only are rich a host of different nutrients, but they are believed to help with digestion too.

The orange, mustard & olive oil vinaigrette is one of my favorites and perfectly counteracts the slight bitterness of some of the vegetables. The extra-virgin olive oil contains polyphenols and vitamin E to add on the anti-oxidants.

Ingredients (serves 2 people)

  • 1 packet of green salad leaves (rocket, mizuna, baby kale, sorrel, mustard or collard green, cos lettuce)
  • 1/4 raw red cabbage
  • 8-10 radishes
  • 2 clementine  (1 x for the salad & 1 x for the vinaigrette)
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • a teaspoon of mustard seeds or wholegrain mustard
  • A dash of lemon juice

Method

  • Simply place the salad leaves in a bowl, add the cabbage and radish finely sliced, and small chunks of orange.
  • Prepare the vinaigrette  mixing the olive oil, mustard, orange and lemons juice. Serve with some turkey leftover and a 1/5 slice of sourdough rye bread.

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The best day to start a detox or a diet

The best day to start a detox or a diet

Most of us tend to start a new diet or detox on Monday, and most of us usually struggle to carry through and abandon their plans of a healthier diet mid-week. Could it be that the timing is just wrong? The answer is yes.  Starting […]

Buckwheat & banana chocolate pancakes (gluten-free, dairy-free)

Buckwheat & banana chocolate pancakes (gluten-free, dairy-free)

This delicious gluten-free and dairy-free chocolate pancakes are perfect for a special breakfast or for moments when you need a special sweet treat. Easy to make a perfect with a drizzle of maple syrup and some strawberries. Ready in 10 min Ingredients  2 medium eggs […]

Pomegranate & orange quinoa salad

Pomegranate & orange quinoa salad

Since the start of this blog I have been fascinated more and more by the Middle Eastern cuisine. Similar in a way to the Italian one, mostly for its use of olive oil and fresh vegetables, it create complexity with the use of intriguing spices and contrasting flavors.

This recipe is vaguely inspired by the Persian cuisine, by the use of pomegranate, and orange. The quinoa, is flavored with both saffron and turmeric, and presents a very fresh and light taste, thanks to the citrus juice and the pomegranate.

Ideal as an accompaniment to meats like lamb, or vegetables like grilled asparagus, this is also lovely as a breakfast bowl.

Ready in 15 min

Ingredients

  • a bowl of quinoa
  • 1 orange
  • 1 pomegranate
  • a dash of saffron
  • a dash of turmeric
  • cumin  seeds ( optional)

Method

  • Cook the quinoa according to the packet instruction, ( usually 2 parts of water for 1 part of quinoa), adding the saffron to the water, and the turmeric half way through.
  • When ready, transfer in a bowl, add half of the orange juice, the pomegranate to taste and the remaining orange, peeled and cut in small chunks. Enjoy!

 

 

Italian pasta with broccoli

Italian pasta with broccoli

This is a staple of my witnter menu. Filling and comforting, this pasta dish is great to use up left over broccoli. I often have it on its own, combining it with a freshly squeezed orange or clementine juice, and some walnuts for extra proteins […]

Serrano ham and spinach breakfast eggs

Serrano ham and spinach breakfast eggs

A healthier take on the typical English breakfast, great for a weekend brunch. The bacon has been substituted with the yummy Serrano ham, and the eggs are accompanied by some deliciously green garlic and chili spinach. The idea is also not to fry, but gently […]

Purple & green quinoa salad

Purple & green quinoa salad

Lots of green and purple goodness and vegan proteins with this easy quinoa salad, great for a light lunch, side or healthy luchbox, and great for the whole family. Radish is great to help liver detox, green beans bring lots of fibers for gut health, whilst purple sprouts will provides folates and vitamin K. This dish will also provides all the essential aminoacids ( great for vegans), and some quantity of vitamin A, vitamins B, manganese, potassio and zinc.

Really easy and quick to make!

Ready in 10-12 min

Ingredients  (3-4 people)

  • a packet of purple broccoli
  • a packet of fine green beans
  • 10-12 cherry tomatoes
  • 6-8 radishes
  • 100 grams of quinoa
  • 1 lime
  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • sea salt to taste

Method

  • Light steam the broccoli and green beans ( 4-5 min) so that they are still crunchy, wash and finely slice the radish and cut the cherry tomatoes in half and put in a salad bowl.
  • Add the quinoa, cooked according to the packet instructions, the vegetable finely chopped, the juice of one lime and a bit of olive oil. Stir and serve!

 

Celeriac & thyme mash

Celeriac & thyme mash

It’s getting colder out there, and when the winter comes, so it is the need for stodgy and warming food. Just be smart about, keep those sugars levels in check, add vegetables, and respect the proportions of a good balanced meal. Today I had this […]

Spinach and cherry tomatoes “quinotto”

Spinach and cherry tomatoes “quinotto”

Sometimes the best recipes are the ones that are not planned, but made out of convenience and lack of ingredients. I made this “quinotto” on a day that I was really craving something healthy but cooked, and I had nothing left in my cupboard apart […]

Support your immune system in the winter months

Support your immune system in the winter months

It’s that time of the year again, when the first colds and flu of the season start to appear. Our lifestyle and nutrition can have an influence on our immune system and the way we responds to minor illnesses. Have you ever noticed how we always seems to catch colds and bugs, when we are run down, stressed or overworked? Diet plays a role too, and here are some nutritional and lifestyle advice to support our immune system this winter.

Vitamin C is one of the most important nutrients to support our immune system, but somehow a bit overlooked these days. Kiwis, oranges, pineapples, lemons, berries, raw bell peppers, raw red cabbage, are some of the foods that we can eat this winter to make sure that we stock up in vitamin C.

It is important to notice that Vitamin C is a “water-soluble” vitamin, which means that our body cannot store it and we excrete the amount we don’t use through urine. For this reason it is important to eat Vitamin C rich foods on a daily basis. Vitamin C is also a heat sensitive vitamin, which means that it can be destroyed through cooking, so during the winter months when we naturally relish more cooked foods, it is important to make sure to incorporate this important nutrient in our diet.

Zinc is also a essential element for our immune system. Pumpkins seeds and seafood are some of zinc richest foods, especially oysters. Red meat, poultry, beans and mushrooms are also a good source. You ca try scatter some pumpkins seeds on your soups or breakfast bowl for an easy zinc boost. ( head over to my blog for some easy soups and low sugar gluten-free breakfast bowl)

Gut friendly bacteria. Our guts are the home of trillions of bacteria which play an important role in modulating an immune response,  so looking after our gut health is good too. If you recently have had anti-biotics or have been stressed out, you might want to include some pro-biotics rich foods like yogurt or kefir in your diet.

Exercise. Physical activity is important for a healthy body, but when we feel run down or feel that a cold is coming up, pumping iron at the gym, might not be the best choice. More soothing and restorative activities like yoga or Pilates, might be more indicated.They keep us moving, but they also have a calming effect on the nervous system switching us to the parasympathetic system (the opposite of flight and fight) and stimulating the lymphatic system that help us get rid of toxins, thus tapping into the body natural recovery resources.

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Delicious, healthy soups recipes
A turmeric and spices rich soup, to help during the winter months.

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Healing foods: chili, ginger & garlic kale.

Healing foods: chili, ginger & garlic kale.

Another recipe perfect for this cold weather. The anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory & decongestant properties of chili, garlic and ginger, combined with the nutritious green powerhouse of kale, make this simple recipe the perfect side to an omega 3 rich fish fillet, like salmon or mackerel, but […]

Thyme and shallots roast chicken with celeriac chips

Thyme and shallots roast chicken with celeriac chips

Roast chicken, is one of the easiest and straightfoward meals, but this versions has a healthier kick and a different flavour, but still very easy and relatively quick to make. I choose to use the tighs instead of a whole chicken, as they easier to […]

Anti-oxidants rich, pumpkin & turmeric soup

Anti-oxidants rich, pumpkin & turmeric soup

This is my to-go soup for the winter months, when colds and sore throats become a sad reality. Rich in soothing properties, it usually manages to help me decongest a runny nose and support my system when I am run down.

I find it perfect after a yoga class too, to add on to the detoxifying power of yoga. Here is a quick reminder of the healing properties of the herbs and spices presents in the soup.

Turmeric. Anti-inflammatory

Pumpkin. Anti-oxidants

Chili. Decongestant, anti-imflammatory

Garlic. Antibacterial

Ginger. Detoxifying, anti-imflammatory

Extra-virgin olive oil. Anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidants

Pumpkin seeds. Nutrients dense, vegetable proteins.

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Pumpkin & turmeric soup

November 11, 2017
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: easy

A anti-oxidants & anti-inflammatory rich soup perfect for the winter months to stave off colds.

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Ingredients
  • A chunk of pumpkin
  • 1 brown onion
  • 2-3 garlic cloves
  • a small piece of ginger
  • a dash of tumeric
  • a dash of cumin
  • half of Kalo stock (organic)
  • A sprinkle of extra-virgin olive oil
  • Pumpkins seeds ( optional)
  • Some fresh mild chilly for decoration (optional)
Directions
  • Step 1 Remove the skin of the pumpkin and onion, wash, cut in big chunks and place in a pot with some water the stock cube,the garlic, ginger & cumin.Bring it to boil, then let it simmer.
  • Step 2 After 15 min add the turmeric, When ready, blend and serve in a plate with a sprinkle of olive oil.
  • Step 3 Add a little of mild chili at the end, after you have tasted the soup, to make sure that it’s not too hot already.
  • Step 4 Add some pumpkins seeds and enjoy!

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My favorite: rye, cinnamon & yogurt pancakes

My favorite: rye, cinnamon & yogurt pancakes

This are my favorite pancakes, wheat-free, fluffy and a real hit every time I make them. I love the combination of rye and cinnamon, while the yogurt maes them fluffy just enough. They are perfect for sweet treat or for a indulgent weekend breakfast! === […]

Courgettes, watercress & rocket soup

Courgettes, watercress & rocket soup

I love soups. They can be made in advance, frozen and they are a great and delicious way to keep weight under control and to cleanse our systems in a natural way. Luscious and green, this creamy soup is great for the summer too, helping […]

Kale & feta frittata

Kale & feta frittata

I love frittatas, they are ready in 10 min, provide a good source of proteins, and allow you to use up all your veggies leftovers. The combination of eggs and cheese is also a winner, and is great to finish off those little bites of leftover cheese too.

My advice is to use only a small quantity of cheese, just enough to add flavor, but not enough to overload the frittata, so to keep those saturated fats at bay, and the frittata light.

This one made with kale and feta, is great. I would suggest to combine it with a fresh side salad, or to complement a soup, for a vegetables rich meal.

Kale & feta frittata

November 3, 2017
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: Easy

A very easy but tasty eggs frittata, rich in proteins and great to use up kale ad feta cheese leftovers. Have it as starter of as a main with a side salad.

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Ingredients
  • Few kale leaves ( lightly steamed 4-5 min)
  • 2 eggs
  • a few crumbles of feta cheese
  • 1 garlic clove
  • a dash of chili flakes ( optional)
  • A sprinkle of olive oil.
Directions
  • Step 1 Place the kale leaves in a on stick pan with the garlic cut in two a sprinkle of olive oil and a dash of chili flakes ( optional)
  • Step 2 Let the kale warm up in the pan with the garlic and chili,in the meantime whisk 2 eggs ad add the crumbled feta cheese.
  • Step 3 Pour the eggs on the kale, and let it cook though. Serve and enjoy!

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Polenta with mushrooms & crushed walnuts

Polenta with mushrooms & crushed walnuts

A gluten-free and vegan autumnal recipe, delicious, super easy to make and ready in 15 minutes! It is perfect for those chilly nights in, when you want something comforting but don’t feel like cooking, and it is a great addition for dinner party, for those […]

Pumpkin & sage risotto

Pumpkin & sage risotto

A delicate yet, delicious pumpkins and sage risotto, just in time for Halloween. Made with olive oil instead of butter, it is light yet full of flavor. Gluten-free.  A real, authentic Italian recipe that will impress your guests at a dinner party.   MENU IDEAS. […]

My favorite green juice

My favorite green juice

A super delicious juice that will satisfy even those that are new to whole juicing thing.

Pineapple, is not only juicy and delicious, but is brimming with nutrients and enzymes, whilst the rainbow chard is a great substitute for spinach and kale, and a super food in its own right.

My favorite green juice

October 21, 2017
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: Easy

A simple & delicious two ingredients green juice, rich in ant-inflammatory properties and nutrients.

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Ingredients
  • 1/2 small pineapple, ( skin and stalk removed)
  • 2 large rainbow or Swiss chard leaves ( stalk removed)---
Directions
  • Step 1 Wash and prepare the pineapple and chard, cut in small pieces and juice. Enjoy!

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Chickpeas & kale turmeric stew

Chickpeas & kale turmeric stew

When we reach the colder season it is natural to start craving warmer and more cooked meals. This turmeric chickpeas & kale stew is comforting enough but extremely easy and quick to make. Rich in soothing spices, this stew is a perfect vegan meal choice […]

Romano peppers & pecorino cheese salad

Romano peppers & pecorino cheese salad

A delicious and full flavored salad that will leave you wanting for more.  This salad is great to have on its own as a starter, or combined with some lean meat. In this case I will propose it with an easy to cook turkey steak. […]

Cauliflower & sage mash

Cauliflower & sage mash

This recipe is the perfect complement to my “Turkey, sage ad Parma Ham rolls” for a dinner that is a perfect for those chilly night in that are coming soon. It is very easy and quick to make, and it perfect for kids and grown ups alike.

This version combines the taste of the traditional mash, with the need of limiting sugars as it is made in equal proportion by cauliflower and potatoes halving the starch content. The sage will fill your kitchen with an inviting aromatic smell, that will make you devour this dish in seconds.

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Cauliflower mash

September 25, 2017
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: easy

A perfect recipe for a winter night in, when you want something soothing and comforting but with half the calories and sugars than the traditional mash.

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Ingredients
  • half of a cauliflower
  • 1 big potatoes
  • a dash of nutmeg
  • few sage leaves
  • freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
Directions
  • Step 1 Clean, wash and steam both the cauliflower and the potato (without the skin) adding 2-3 sage leaves. When soft take them out the steamer and mash either using a blender or a proper potatoes masher.
  • Step 2 Add a dash of nutmeg, and lashings of freshly grated Grana Padano cheese adding a little of warm water if the mash feels too thick. Make sure that you add the cheese when the mash is hot, so that it will melt and blend.
  • Step 3 Serve!

Turkey, sage and Parma ham rolls

Turkey, sage and Parma ham rolls

A quick and easy meal that will make everybody happy in your family. This recipe is perfect for all those evening meals when you want something satisfying but still quick and easy. Aim at putting only a slice of ham, in order not pile on […]

Health Coaching vs Nutritional Therapy

Health Coaching vs Nutritional Therapy

“Lifestyle diseases are defined as diseases linked with the way people live their life. ” This can include conditions like diabetes 2, heart diseases,  obesity, stroke, colon cancer, hypertension and others. It is estimated that illness linked to poor lifestyle choices are costing the NHS 11 […]

My 7 rules for a healthy diet

My 7 rules for a healthy diet

As a health coach and Pilates instructor, I get asked all the time, how do you eat in a healthy way? Many wonder whether I eat carbs at all or if I live off fruits juices. None of the two, I have to say, and if you read this blog you might have guessed that my diet is actually far more wholesome and fads free that you could have imagined.

These are 7 rules that work for me.

  1. Eat the most wholesome, close to nature, seasonal food.
  2. Eat when you are hungry. Hunger is a signal that you need to refuel. Eating when hungry won’t make you fat, but a constant munching and overeating will.
  3. Keep my blood sugar level steady, to avoid insulin rush and cravings.
  4. Eat something raw everyday. Most of the nutrients of vegetables, fats and fruits are better without heat.
  5. Love your colors. Eating food that have different colors, will ensure a good variety of nutrients.
  6. Don’t overload. Whether is coffee, carbs or fats, don’t over do it.
  7. Have an off day. Whether is a lots of soups or smoothies and little else, having a day or two when you “detox” your body, will help to give a rest your digestive system.

On another note, a “healthy diet” is the one that makes your body works at its best and that fit with your lifestyle. Every human being is unique, and what works for one person might not work for another.

Both nutritional therapy and health coaching advocate the principle of bio-individuality which means that nutrition should be tailored to the individual rather follow generic rules. This is due to genetic predisposition, constitution, microbioma composition, age, lifestyle, stress responses, exercise regimes, just to name a few. That is why is recommendable to have the guidance of a professional when making lifestyle changes.

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About the author

Claudia is a certified Holistic Nutrition Health Coach and contributor to a number of wellness and lifestyle online publications. She is available for face to face health & nutrition coaching session in London and Skype coaching sessions nationwide ad internationally. Please text her on 07725741543 or contact her on here to schedule a free consultation call. Want to become a health coach? Read more on here.

Carrots & basil soup

Carrots & basil soup

A nice late summer soup, great for kids and grown ups alike. Perfect to use up all you veggies leftover and gently cleanse your body. Great as a healthy starter, or for a lighter dinner.   _ Looking for other soup ideas? Check out my […]

Green apple, cucumber & lime juice

Green apple, cucumber & lime juice

A refreshing and easy  low sugar green juice for the summer, great for a mild detox and rich in potassium, vitamins B, C and anti-inflammatory and low in sugar.

4 vegetables to add to your salad to aid detox

4 vegetables to add to your salad to aid detox

 

Apart from practicing other ways of detoxifying your body, you can also include some food in your daily salad. Along with nutrition, rocket is peppery and has chlorophyll, aiding liver detoxification. Radish is rich in vitamin C, folates, and riboflavin, thus helping the liver get rid of bilirubin. Dandelion is highly diuretic and helps in kidney detoxification. Potassium and phytonutrients present in cucumber aids in kidney detoxification.

This article was  originally written for CureJoy but I decided to re-publish on here as detox seems always to be one of the hottest topics. Detox is one of the hottest topics in the healthy living community. Our bodies are continually detoxifying but somewhat we are led to believe that periodically, we need to “rinse out” the toxins from our system. We are used to seeking all sorts of detox rituals – many are harmless and others are somewhat extreme and dangerous.

My take is to simply consume some vegetables and spices that aid the natural detoxification process of the body, mainly helping the liver, kidney, and the whole digestive system. One of the simplest ways is to add vegetables that aid detoxification in your daily salad to increase flavor and health.

  1. Rocket. considered as one of the most nutritious green leafy vegetables – with its peppery and distinctive taste – rocket is a wonderful addition to every salad. I would suggest choosing the wild variety and the one of the greenest (deeper in color) as it is the richest in chlorophyll that has been proven to aid liver detoxification. Part of the Brassica family (the same as cabbage and broccoli), it contains glucosinolates that seem to help with phase-2 of liver detoxification.
  2. Radish. This little powerhouse is full of beneficial properties. Another member of the Brassica family, it is a little powerhouse of nutrients too. Rich in vitamin C, folates, and riboflavin, it has a slightly peppery taste that can help with the digestive process. It contains glucosinolates and it seems to be particularly helpful in helping the liver get rid of bilirubin – a bio-product of red cell-waste production.
  3. Cucumber. Light and fresh, cucumber is always a winner in salads. Rich in potassium and other vitamins & phytonutrients, it has shown anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidants properties. It is mildly diuretic and will mainly help the kidney in its daily detox.
  4. Dandelion. greens.Similar to rocket but with a slightly bitter taste, dandelion is full of nutrients and benefits. Highly diuretic; it can help the kidney in its detoxification process, whilst helping the liver regulate the flow of the bile – essential for the digestion of fats. Due to its highly diuretic effect, use in moderation and check its interaction with some medications.

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Salmon with lime and chili “salsa”

Salmon with lime and chili “salsa”

I made this recipe for lunch, with the little leftover vegetables that I had in the fridge. I was craving something zesty and fresh and this chili and lime “salsa” was absolutely perfect. The celery, cucumber, lime and chili are a perfect combination for a […]

Gluten-free turmeric quinoa porridge

Gluten-free turmeric quinoa porridge

I am always o the lookout for low sugar and possibly gluten free breakfast ideas, and if you read my    “4 common  mistakes healthy people do” you might know that many of the pre-prepared cereals or muesli option on the market, (yes even some […]