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Salmon, Avocado and Lamb’s Lettuce Salad for Omega 3’s

This is one of my favourite meals because it’s so quick and not at all heavy. A good one if you’re pressed for time but don’t feel like pasta.

It’s also high in our good friends Omega 3’s. What are Omega 3 Fatty Acids?

They’re considered “essential” fats – Essential fats are so defined as they are vital for, but cannot be made by, the human body. They are needed for the integrity of every cell membrane in the body so particulalry important for the health of vital organs such as the heart and brain.

Where can you find Omega 3’s? Omega 3′s are found in foods including walnuts, some fruits and vegetables, and coldwater fish such as herring, mackerel, sturgeon, and anchovies.  Fish contain omega 3′s because they eat microalgae that contains omega 3′s. Other vegan sources of omega-3s include canola oil, broccoli, cantaloupe, kidney beans, spinach, grape leaves, Chinese cabbage, cauliflower, spirulina, and walnuts. And obviously salmon and avocado!

Or else, you could also use a product like Udo’s Choice Ultimate Oil Blend and put it in smoothies, drizzle over salads or vegetables. It’s a very wonderful product. I use the ultimate oil blend, it really is wonderful.

For my salad dressing I used grated ginger, chia seeds, olive oil, a dash of baslamic and of course the Udo’s oil.

Happy Friday folks

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Muscovado: A Good Alternative to Refined Sugar

Muscovado is a thick, unrefined sugar that has a rich smell and is moist and thick. The good thing about this sugar is that is contains minerals because it has not gone through the stripping down and processing of other sugars. when it is highly processed, sugar is turned into an ’empty-calorie’ product that contains nothing of nutritional benefit.  Replacing your usual white sugar with muscovado sugar at home can help lower the amount of ’empty calories’ you consume.

The extraction process of muscovado sugar is very simple; the extracted juice from the sugar cane is boiled until it has reduced to about 30 percent. The residue is then dried out and it solidifies to form the sugar granules known as muscovado sugar. In comparison, white sugar undergoes additional heating, filtering and bleaching stages, which removes most of its nutritional content in the process. Another health benefit muscovado sugar has over refined sugar is that it is free of harmful chemicals such as phosphoric acid, sulfur dioxide and formic acid, which may be put in during the additional stages white sugar goes through.

Seriously, do you want to eat bleach? No, that’s what I though.
So, how can you substitute your scary white sugar with this delicous vitamin-filled sugar?
Muscovado sugar is most commonly used in baking. You can also add it to your tea and coffee or substitute it wherever you would normally use white sugar. When substituting your sugar, use exactly the same amount of muscovado sugar as you would white sugar.
For those of you that get worried about spending lots on healthy substitutes, you’ll be happy to know that is really isn’t expensive. I bought a kilo for around 9 euros.For maximum health benefits, try baking carrot cakes, oat and raisin cookies, fruity muffins, apple and cinnamon crumbles and apple strudels. You can also use muscovado sugar in savory dishes such as mustard-glazed gammon, caramelized balsamic steak, and more!
Recipes to come, my lovely readers.
Here and here are some links about why you should be careful of your sugar intake. I always cut down the sugar in my recipes.

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