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Gluten-Free Pancake

Pancakes like you have never experienced before. Enjoy these delicious treats as a dessert or as a deeply satisfying breakfast.

The Base

First, you will need the base: Blend 2 eggs together with the ingredients in the table below. If you’re a vegan, swop the eggs for 4 tablespoons of soaked, ground flaxseed. (You can soak the flaxseed in water for 25 min.)

You will need one of each of the following food groups in your base. A fruit, a fibre,  a bit of milk, something to bind the ingredients together and something to add a touch of flavour.

Choose one of the ingredients from each group in the below table and blend them together with the eggs or the flaxseed to create your delicious pancake base.

The Fruit The Fibre The Milk The Binder The Flavour
½ Apple 1 Tbsp Chia seed 4 Tbsp of the Milk 30g Protein powder 1 tsp Cinnamon
½ Banana 1 Tbsp Flax seed 4 Tbsp of the Almond Milk 100g Almond flour ½ tsp Nutmeg
½ Pear 1 Tbsp Rolled Oats 4 Tbsp...
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The power of superfoods [part 1]

The word Superfood has been spoken about so much in recent times, as people have become more and more conscious of all things relating to health and wellness. But, what is a Superfood? Is it an elusive expensive sachet filled with micronutrients? Or perhaps, superfoods are easily accessible to everyone! 

What is a superfood?

A Superfood according to the Oxford Dictionary is a nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being. Superfoods have extra-large doses of essential vitamins and minerals in them which can help us ward off diseases and live a longer, healthier life. They can also be a great source of antioxidants, shielding our bodies from cell damage and helping prevent awful diseases in the long run.

As much as there are many particular foods which fall into the Superfood group, there are no set criteria by the FDA and American Heart Association as to what is and what is not a superfood. We do know that certain foods are highly...

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What's so bad about processed foods?

Isn't it all too easy for us to walk through the shops, and pile up our trolleys with foods that are well packaged and attractive, not realising that they could be causing and contributing to a serious level of unwanted illness.

In this blog we will unpack why chemically processed foods have a directly negative effect on our bodies, and why we should avoid them if we want to live a healthy life.

Click here to check out this quick clip on how food can really affect your brain!

Processed Food And The Brain

Our bodies have been designed and made perfectly. Each of us havebeen made with mechanisms in our bodies and brains that are supposed to regulate how much food we eat and how much food we burn, this is known as energy balance.

There is, however, a lot of evidence to suggest that the “reward value of food” can bypass our natural defense mechanism. This causes us to eat much more than we need to. This is also known as the “food reward...

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What are processed foods?

If you walk down the aisle of the shops these days, you will find that most of the food we consume has been processed in some way or another. Whole foods, such as fresh vegetables and fruits, nuts, seeds, and whole grains, have likely been cleaned, trimmed, shelled, husked, ground, or wrapped and this is a type of processing.  

Processed food is any food that has been altered in some way during preparation.

The real question you want to ask is, how has the food you eat been processed? The answer is pretty simple, it is one of two options. There is mechanical processing and then there is chemical processing:

Mechanical processing includes food that has been peeled, cored and/ or cooked, this is a more natural processing method.

Chemical processing is when anything is added to the single ingredient food, for example, sugar, artificial flavours, colourants, etc.)

Processed food can fall on a vast spectrum from minimally to heavily processed.  

Minimally Processed Food

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A healthy life starts in your gut

Our gut is responsible for turning food into fuel for our bodies. It absorbs nutrients that support our body’s functions — energy production, toxin and waste elimination, hormone balance and overall health and wellbeing.

If we have a sluggish, “unhealthy gut” our body will not be able to absorb the nutrients we need for optimal health. This can impact our weight, mood, mental wellbeing and a number of other ailments.

Keeping our gut healthy boosts energy and ensures a healthy immune system.

Let’s talk digestion:

Digestion is how our body turns food into nutrients for the body to use. It starts in the mouth with our first bite. As we chew, we break the food down making it easier for our gut to digest it. At the same time, saliva mixes with our food and begins the digestion process changing our food into a form our body can absorb and use.

Many of us don’t chew our food for long enough, we wolf it down, skipping this important step in...

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Christmassy Mince Pie Recipe

What is Christmas without some deliciously healthy mince pies? These delicious creations are a staple in our households each year. They are super fun to bake, if you have kids, get them baking with you in the holidays. Not only is it a great way to bond with them but it also gets them excited about learning new things in the kitchen.

(This recipe mades 6 -8 delicious mince pies)

Ingredients

You will need (Pastry):

35g raw coconut oil.
200g oat flour.
90ml maple syrup/
1 big pinch of vanilla powder, ground cinnamon or ginger (this is optional)

Add these into the pastry to give it the Christmas feel:

2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon.
1/2 teaspoon of ground cloves.
1/2 teaspoon of ground nutmeg.
1/4 teaspoon of freshly grated ginger, or ground ginger.
1 and a half tablespoons of maple syrup to brush and then coconut palm sugar to sprinkle.

Instructions For Making The Pastry:

  1. Melt your coconut oil, and then leave it to cool for a few minutes.
  2. Combine all your ingredients into a box mixing bowl...
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The Healthy (& Delicious) Gammon Recipe

Hmmmmmmmm, Christmas smells like cinnamon spices, warm summery days with pineapples and most of all, our healthy deliciously juicy gammon!

This recipe serves 8 people, with lots of leftovers for the week after Christmas

Ingredients

You will need:

A nice big gammon, approximately 1.8kg or 2kg.
125ml of rice malt syrup.
4 tablespoons of olive oil.
1 tablespoon of paprika.
2 teaspoons of ground cloves.
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon.
1 teaspoon of sea salt and 1 teaspoon of black pepper.
Zest of 1 big orange.
3 tablespoons of orange juice.

Instructions

Prepare the following on Christmas Eve:

  1. Line your baking dish with baking paper or grease the pan with coconut oil.
  2. Wash your meat and pat it dry so that it is ready to cook.
  3. Combine the rice malt syrup, olive oil along with 4 tablespoons of water into a jug.
  4. Stir in your spices, the salt, pepper, orange juice and orange zest.
  5. Pour the mixture over your gammon and rub it into the meat.
  6. Place your gammon into the baking dish and cover...
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Ginger Biscuit Recipe - A Christmas Favourite!

One of our favourite Christmas time traditions is this deliciously snappy ginger biscuit. These can be baked quickly throughout the month in the build-up to Christmas!

Give these a try, share them with family and friends, we trust your kids will love them too!

Ingredients

You will need:

200g rolled oats (grind them in your Nutribullet or blender)
60g raw honey
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger 
½ teaspoon ground ginger 
10g Coconut palm 
50g softened raw coconut oil 
Sprinkle of ground nutmeg 

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven at 180c and line a baking tray. 
  2. Grind the rolled oats in your blender or Nutribullet. 
  3. Mix all the ingredients together in a mixing bowl.
  4. Roll the mixture into small balls and then flatten them onto the tray.  
  5. Bake these for 20 min, turning them over after 10 minutes, until they are golden brown.

P.S. Ginger is great for balancing blood sugar and is great for your gut as well. 

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Sugar-Free Ice Cream Recipe

We’d love to share our family recipe with you for AMAZING sugar-free ice cream that tastes delicious and avoids the nonsense!

Ingredients

You will need:

1 can full-fat coconut milk or cream
¼ cup honey (maple syrup)
¼ cup almond butter
1 tsp pure vanilla extract 
¼ tsp sea salt

Instructions

1.   Place all the ingredients into a high-powered blender.
2.   Blend on high for 30 seconds, or until the mixture is smooth.
3.   Turn on your ice cream maker.
4.   Pour the mixture directly from the blender into the ice cream maker while it is moving.
5.   Let the mixture churn for about 20-25 minutes until it becomes a firm ball or the ice cream maker stops rotating.
6.   Transfer it into an airtight, freezer-friendly container and freeze that for at least 1 hour, or until it is completely frozen.
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5 guidelines to intuitive eating

With a lot of conflicting movements in the health dialogue over the past little while, we at YOUnique Life have settled in on the concept of intuitive eating.

Intuitive eating is a lifestyle take on health, more than a set of rules to follow, and foods to avoid. It is based on the foundational idea that you know best what your body needs most.

It is a way of thinking about food differently, keeping track of the signals your body communicates to you and then eating accordingly. Intuitive eating is quite simple. When you have the right information available to you it’ll be easy for you to trust the natural way your body responds to certain foods.

Once you have mastered the art of listening to your body, you’ll find yourself with a fresh, new and open outlook on healthy eating and living. 

Here are 5 guidelines to an intuitive eating lifestyle: 

1. Listen To Your Body

Our bodies are designed to tell us when we are hungry and when we are full. It is important...

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