November 2014 archive

Nuts about granola

Today we’re talking about homemade granola

YFdIoUsRJCAehcoUnQaS_StrawWe know that granola isn’t universally loved – there are those who think it looks like sawdust and therefore must taste like it too, while others appreciate the gorgeousness of this breakfast snack, but are put off by the exorbitant amount of sugar found in many shop-bought varieties.

Before you condemn it for being tasteless and / or unhealthy, we beg you to hold your fire and read on, because you are in for a real treat. We recently stumbled across an amazing recipe for homemade granola, courtesy of the fabulous Ella Woodward of Deliciously Ella fame (check out her website http://www.deliciouslyella.com).

This easy peasy granola recipe is soooo delicious that your friends and family won’t believe for a second that it’s a genuinely healthy snack. Best of all, it’s so jam-packed full of vitamins, it’s perfect for helping to control peri-menopausal and menopausal systems.

What’s not to love?

Ingredients:

  • 2 and ½ cups of oats
  • 1 cup of pecans
  • ½ cup of almonds
  • ½ cup of flax seeds
  • 1 cup of pumpkin seeds
  • 1 cup of sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup of raisins
  • 3 large tablespoons of coconut oil
  • 3 large tablespoons of maple syrup
  • 3 teaspoons of cinnamon

Method:

1. Combine ingredients together in a bowl.

2. Eat. Yum.

Health benefits:
  • Vitamin B – great for protecting and enhancing your memory
  • Omega 3 – controls moods and menopause symptoms
  • Vitamin E – full of anti-ageing antioxidants
  • Selenium – antioxidants
  • Phytoestrogen – reduces menopausal symtoms
  • Zinc – elevates moods, boosts immune system, increases energy levels
  • Magnesium – helps to fight off migraines, prevent insomnia, combat depression and relieves peri-menopausal and menopausal symptoms.

Wow! All of these goodies from a bowl of granola – pass the spoon!

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Get juicing!!!!

juicingChicks, have you ever wondered what the deal is with juicing?

Celebrities are always bigging-up juicing as the answer to their weight loss prayers. So, armed with a new juicer, we decided to see what all the fuss is about.

 We eased ourselves in with fruit smoothies and juices. You can find loads of great recipes online, but our firm favourite is a berry smoothie [worth giving it a name?]: blend frozen mixed berries (cheaper than fresh, but just as healthy) with coconut water, banana, apple, pear and a little milk (preferably soya or coconut milk). Yum. Once you’re making your own juices and smoothies, you’re in total control of the sugar content, and they taste delicious and fresh.

As we got a bit braver, we gave green drinks a try…Please don’t be put off by the thought of kale and greens in a drink; we promise that they can taste amazing and the health benefits are huge. It’s a great way to get veggies into your body – even celery (yuk), which we hate to eat but love to drink as part of a delicious smoothie.

Hand on heart, if I could only give one tip for a healthier body, it would be to GET JUICING.

Carol & Tina

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Where are we going???

Heart for blogToday’s message is all about the different symptoms you may experience during peri-menopause

We want to let you know that you’re not alone; we’ll all go through these changes at some point, so if we deal with them together, and recognise them for what they are – a change, not an ending – we’ll never lose sight of our fabulousness.

Here we go…

Everyone’s heard of the menopause, but not everyone knows about peri-menopause. So let’s start at the beginning. What is it?

Well, it’s the stage leading up to menopause. It usually starts around the age of 40 and lasts between 2 and 6 years, during which time you may start to experience some of the following symptoms:

  • Hot flushes
  • Lack of sex drive
  • Tiredness
  • Night sweats
  • Hair loss
  • Hair thinning
  • Joint pain
  • Drier skin and hair
  • Headaches
  • Changes to your periods
  • Depression
  • Mood swings
  • Forgetfulness
  • Anxiety
  • Low self-esteem.

So, that’s the negative stuff out of the way. Now we know what we’re dealing with, we can take steps to tackle each symptom together, find ways to alleviate them, take back control of our bodies and continue to feel fabulous.

Have a super day

Love

Carol & Tina

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Our blog is born!

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Today was a sad day. Tina and I arranged our Dad’s funeral, but we decided to turn the day into a wonderful day. So we launched our blog…Two hot chicks and the menopause.

Dad this is for you.

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