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Smoothie

You can’t buy happiness, but you can create smoothies and that’s kind of the same thing!

At YOUnique Life, we believe that your body has been created perfectly. We believe that you just need to look after your body well, and to do that, you need to make sure you put the right nutrients in. The best way to do that is to make delicious meals that you will enjoy, and your body will thank you for. This is why we have put together some amazing recipes just for you!

Smoothies are an amazingly easy way to get the right nutrients into your precious bod. Try this recipe, it will change the way you do smoothies! 

To make the perfect, tasty, rich in nutrients smoothie, all you need to do is choose one item from each group below, chuck it in your blender and enjoy! 

The Protein The Fat The Fibre The Superfood The Liquid The Flavour
30g Pea/Rice Protein ¼ Avocado 2 Tbsp. Rolled Oats Handful of Kale or Spinach 250ml Water 1 tsp Cinnamon
30g Whey Protein Powder...
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Building Blocks of Nutrition: Fats

The truth about Fats, that could change your life 

Fat seems to be the Buzz word these days, is it Good or Bad?  What fats to eat, what fats to stay away from. Knowledge is power. Understanding Saturated, Unsaturated and Trans fats allows you to make better food choices and stay healthy. The truth is there are good fats and there are bad fats. We need good fats as they are necessary for good health and wellbeing. Let’s look at the truth about fats.

Good Fats

  • Make hormones
  • Protect your organs and reduce inflammation.
  • Make us feel full, as they take longer to digest.
  • Suppresses the appetite and signals us to stop eating.
  • Supply fatty acids that are essential for numerous chemical processes.
  • Help the formation and function of membranes.
  • Transport molecules into and out of cells.
  • Are essential for brain function
  • Fats transport and absorb the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K, A

Then there are Bad fats (Trans fats) which you don’t want to be eating,...

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Building Blocks of Nutrition: Carbohydrates

A hot topic ….. are they bad, are they good. I have come full circle on this one. I cut out ALL carbs, to overdoing the carbs, to finding a healthy balance. I spent hours on this topic, wading through the articles and research papers about carbohydrates trying to understand them better. What did I find? Every person’s body is different and will require different carbohydrate intake. It turns out that high or low carb intake is less important than the type of carbohydrate you eat.

The Function of Carbohydrates

  • Carbohydrates provide the body with glucose, which is converted into energy and used to support bodily functions and physical activity.
  • Carbohydrates provide fuel for the central nervous system and energy to working muscles.
  • They prevent protein from being used as an energy source and enable fat metabolism.
  • Carbohydrates are important for brain function.

Carbohydrates are split into two categories 

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Building Blocks of Nutrition: Proteins

Proteins are a fundamental building block of many of the cells in our body. Muscles, hair, skin and connective tissue are mainly made up of proteins. Many important things like enzymes, hormones, neurotransmitters, and even DNA are partially made of protein. I think you are getting the gist, proteins are very, very important for us.

Some functions of proteins:

  • Vital in maintenance, development and repair of body tissue.
  • Hair, skin, eyes, muscles and organs are all made from protein.
  • Protein is a major source of energy.
  • Protein is involved in the creation of some hormones.
  • Enzymes are proteins that increase the rate of chemical reactions in the body.
  • Protein is a major element in transportation of certain molecules.
    • Haemoglobin is a protein that transports oxygen throughout the body.
    • Protein is also sometimes used to store certain molecules.
  • Protein forms antibodies that help prevent infection, illness and disease.

What are Proteins made of?

Proteins are made up of smaller units...

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Building Blocks of Nutrition: Micronutrients

According to the Webster dictionary, a micronutrient is a chemical element or substance that is essential in minute amounts to the growth and health of a living organism.

Micronutrients (like vitamins, minerals and antioxidants) are different from macronutrients (like carbohydrates, protein and fat) because they are only necessary in very tiny amounts. Even with these tiny amounts, sometimes less than 1/1000thof a gram, micronutrients are vital to the proper functioning of all of our body’s systems.

Some functions of micronutrients: 

  • synthesizing DNA
  • facilitating growth
  • producing digestive enzymes
  • helping keep a strong metabolism
  • breaking down carbs, fats and proteins into usable energy
  • aiding in bone mineralization
  • helping with hormone production
  • allowing cells to rejuvenate
  • slowing oxidation damage or signs of aging caused by free radicals
  • allowing muscles to move and helping with tissue repair
  • protecting the brain
  • Every system within the body depends on combinations...
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Hearty Wholesome Porridge

Start the day feeling fantastic with the Hearty Wholesome Porridge!

Sometimes all you need in the morning is a comforting, hearty and wholesome porridge. You can also trust this one to fill all the nutrient needs your body may be craving.

Our porridge is a treat, it is full of nutrients, and it is incredibly simple and easy to palette! 

The Method

  1. Choose one ingredient from each food group in the table below.
  2. Soak your choice of Grain overnight in any milk of your choice or in some water. 
  3. Bring your Grain to a boil in your chosen liquid in the morning and let the porridge simmer for 10 min.
  4. Add your favourite fruit and flavour from the list below.
  5. Sit back, relax and enjoy!!
The Grain The Fruit The Liquid The Flavour
30g Rolled Oats Handful of Nuts 250ml Almond milk 1 tsp Cinnamon
60g Hulled buckwheat ½ Grated apple 250ml Water 3 Drops Stevia liquid
30g Quinoa ½ Sliced banana   1-2 tsp Maple syrup
  ½ Grated...
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The Overnight Pudding

The overnight pudding might just be the healthiest and most delicious pudding on earth! It is also incredibly fun and easy to put together. Use this little treat if you have friends or family over for dinner, they won’t even realise that their pudding is this good for them!

You and your family will love this little creation.

All you need to do is choose one ingredient from each group in the table we have put below.

The Base:

Soak your Base in 120ml water/milk of choice overnight.

The Topping:

Add your Topping, Superfood, and Flavour when you are ready to eat your tasty dessert treat and enjoy with friends and family.

The Base The Topping The Superfood The Flavour
30g Rolled Oats Handful Of Nuts 1 tsp Acai 1 tsp Cinnamon
60g Hulled Buckwheat ½ Grated Apple 1 Tbsp Raw Cacao 3 Drops Stevia Liquid
4 Tbsp Chia Seeds ½ Banana Sliced 2-3 Tbsp Goji Berries 1-2 tsp Maple Syrup
4 Tbsp Ground Flax Seed ½ Grated Pear 1tsp Maca Powder ½ tsp...
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The power of superfoods [part 2]

Just in case you forgot what makes a superfood food SUPER, here is a small reminder:

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 are also fantastic for your gut health, superfoods can be a great source of antioxidants. Antioxidants are incredible as they work at shielding our bodies from cell damage and helping prevent awful diseases.

In this blog, we have listed some of the more ‘exotic’ Superfoods that are available for anyone and everyone! You can incorporate them easily into your diet in many different ways. 

Benefits of Cacao Nibs & Powder

  • Cacao contains the highest concentration of antioxidants in food
  • It is the number one source of magnesium
  • Improves heart health
  • Relaxes muscles
  • Protects your body from disease-causing free radicals
  • Improves cognitive function 

Maca Root

  • Rich in antioxidants
  • Enhances energy, mood, and memory
  • It...
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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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