When making stock, soups, sauces, and stews herbs are a great way of adding flavour. Did you know that many herbs we drink as a tea for their beneficial properties can also be added to our dishes when cooking?
Here I've added soursop leaves, sage, and summer savoury herbs to my crock pot when cooking chic peas. Soursop leaves may seem like an odd addition, however I'm mindful when cooking my dishes to maintain good health and prevent illness and as soursop leaves are rich in essential vitamins and minerals, they can be used as an effective remedy for various health problems.
Here are a 11 helpful facts about the benefits of drinking soursop leaf tea...
1. Scientific studies show that soursop leaves have antimicrobial properties, antimalarial, antiparasidic and antivirus properties.
2. The hypoglycemic properties of the leaves can help regulate the blood sugar levels of a diabetic person.
3. The hypotensive properties found in the soursop leaf is said to be an effective alternative for people suffering with hypertension.
4. Soursop leaves contain at least 25% calcium which plays an integral part of keeping the bones strong and healthy.
5. Just like chocolate and other sugary foods soursop leaves can boost your mood naturally.
6. Soursop leaves can be an immediate and natural solution to calming nerves.
7. Thiamine can be found in soursop leaves. This essential vitamin converts the sugar in the human body into energy.
8. Soursop leaves contain potassium which prevents the development of muscle cramps.
9. A great amount of iron can be found in soursop leaves which can support people suffering with anemia.
10. Fibre is present in every soursop leaf to relieve constipation.
11. The niacin found in soursop leaves can help regulate cholesterol as well as boosting the good cholesterol.
Would you like to try Soursop in your tea? Carol's Organic Kitchen will soon be releasing an exclusive range of exotic Caribbean Island Teas. To be notified when we launch these amazing goodies and get exclusive offers, please join here.
If you go to the gym regularly and you like to research foods and drinks to help your results, you’re likely to have come across hundreds of recommendations. Nowadays, it seems as though every single gym-goer has their own secret weapon. If you’re still struggling to find one that works for you, allow me to introduce the almond.
Of course, you’ve heard of this before because it’s a common food. However, it’s one that’s severely undervalued so today I’m going to put this right. As snacks go, you won’t find many better and there are numerous reasons for this.
Benefits of Almonds
As you may know, nuts are all full of nutrients anyway so this is a great starting point. While being loaded with important vitamins, they also contain antioxidants and minerals which can help on both sides of the coin; they can promote weight loss while also building muscle.
To start, we’re focusing on almonds as post-workout snacks because they contain fibre, calcium, and vitamin B. If you’re a gym bunny, almonds should be your best friend because they fit into your gym bag, the fibre content keeps you feeling full and prevents unnecessary snacking. And you don’t have to worry about crumbs falling on the floor!
Whenever you work out, protein is essential because it allows the body to start healing. If you’re trying to build muscle, this becomes even more important and almonds are packed to the brim with protein. If you’re working out regularly, your body is effectively building muscle 24/7 so a good protein source will always be important.
Do They Contain Fat? - Before we continue, we should answer the million-pound question because there’s a common misconception that ‘we should all avoid nuts’. Why? They say the fat content can really harm a diet and promote fat storage. However, I previously described it as a misconception and this is because it is. Although there is fat in almonds, it’s healthy unsaturated fat which actually contributes to keeping you feeling full (time to get rid of the crisps!).
What About Pre-Workout? - Earlier, we spoke about using almonds as a post-workout tool but what about consuming them before exercise? According to a recent study in the Journal of the International Society of Sport Nutrition, there’s a link between almonds and increased endurance. In the study, people who snacked on almonds daily could cycle further and in a quicker time than those who didn’t. Therefore, they really are the magic food you’ve been looking for in a number of different ways.
Not Just the Pros - In certain sports, almonds have become commonplace but they aren't just for the athletes among us. Instead, you and I can see the benefits whether we consume them before a workout, after a workout, or even to stave off hunger during the day. In just a 30g serving, there are 15 essential nutrients and this includes 65% of our RDA of vitamin E.
Even after everything I’ve discussed, almonds can help to stabilise blood sugar levels and improve your digestive system (through the fibre). With a natural detoxification effect, bad bacteria can be flushed away while introducing good bacteria; this leads to a happy belly.
If you’re going to try one food for your gym schedule this year, make it the almond. With no mess, no preparation required, lots of protein, lots of fibre, many vitamins and minerals, and a whole host of benefits for muscle repair, muscle recovery, and increased endurance, it’ll quickly have a positive impact!
Join Carol Organic and guests to celebrate Carol's Organic Kitchen 5 year Anniversary! Since quitting her job in the city Carol, Nutritionist & Certified organic Food Grower founded Carol's Organic Kitchen as a vessel for wellbeing and supported many people in achieving their health goals.
You will be joining the 1st biggest vegan BBQ in West London...it's gonna be Big!....it's gonna be bashy and it's gonna be fun! There will be music by Hot96 Radio DJ String. Pimms, Rum, beer and Prosecco are available on the day and a banquet of delicious dishes, including my specialty Quinoa Burger that's been extremely popular with vegans and meat-eaters alike.
All this is included once we've confirmed your payment booking. Tickets are limited and priced at £34.99 per head. Kids under 10 go free! (Kids drinks and menu available) If you'd like to secure your place, hurry as tickets are already being sold!! Submit your payment via secured PayPal payment now to guarantee your booking.
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Date and Time:
Sun, 30 June 2019
13:00 – 18:00 BST
Location Carol's Garden, Shepherds Bush, Near Westfield London, W12
Complete West London address will be emailed to you upon payment confirmation.
Tickets are limited and sold on first-come-first served Basis. Complete West London address will be emailed to you upon payment confirmation.
Are you looking for a new places to eat healthy organic vegan food near you? You might be in luck... Carol's Organic Kitchen is a brand new Alkaline Vegan restaurant in West London, but it's not your typical restaurant, in fact, it's almost a completely new concept, and here's why:
Here are 5 unique things about this restaurant...
A Brand New Way to Eat Out
Carol's Organic Kitchen is a brand new 'homemade vegan restaurant' concept meaning that rather than attending a flashy shop-front location in Central London, all the meals are prepared and served at the London home of the chef; Carol Organic. However, it's not the first of it's kind to exist.
The concept was first created somewhat accidentally by Oobah Butler, owner of 'The Shed' restaurant which was at one point totally fictional, but due to artificially becoming the top-rated restaurant on TripAdvisor bowed to pressure and forced to open for one night only at his London Home.
Carol Fraser, Founder of Carol's Organic Kitchen said "I was shocked...People really enjoyed the experience despite the fact that they were eating horrible microwaved, Iceland ready meals... It made me think, what if someone who loves food was to do this properly with recipes made from healthy organic ingredients? I was already doing plant-based cooking workshops in my community, so I thought, why not give it a try and try and make it better?"
Natural Organic Ingredients
Unlike most restaurants, the recipes at Carol's Organic Kitchen contain only organic ingredients sourced from her local farmer's market. As someone that only eats organic foods at home, you can almost guarantee that whenever you eat out, you're not getting food with the highest possible nutritional value.
Organic foods are free of artificial food additives, and are often processed with fewer artificial methods, materials and conditions, such as chemical ripening, food irradiation, and genetically modified ingredients
Alkaline Vegan Recipes
The recipes prepared by Carol Fraser are extremely unique because they are made almost totally from alkaline vegan ingredients. The Alkaline Diet has become a popular trend for celebrities that want to keep their youthful looks, but for Carol, it's not just a fad, for many years, it's been her way of life.
These exclusive alkaline recipes were crucial to Carol's transition from an obese asthmatic with niggling health problems into a healthier body with vigor and more energy than she's felt since her early 20’s. These mouthwatering recipes are fun and creative with some being realistic vegan adaptations of popular non-vegan foods like Italian Lasagne, American Burgers, and Caribbean fried fish, and others being completely new concepts that tantalize taste-buds with new flavours.
Live Cooking Demos and Recipe Guides
When you visit Carol's Organic Kitchen, you will be greeted with drinks and appetizers whilst you watch your main course being prepared live in front of you. Afterwards your visit, you'll receive an email with the recipes and ingredients listed so you can recreate the recipes at home.
Most restaurants will be reluctant to share their recipes with you as they as determined to keep you coming back, but Carol says although she wants people to come back again; she insists that her main purpose is to share the benefits of these special recipes, and show others that healthy food "doesn't have to be boring, difficult or expensive" it can be vibrant, delicious and easy to prepare.
Very Limited Capacity
Due to Carol hosting this restaurant at her home, the current capacity is limited to just 6 people on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Restaurant goers have to book a ticket in advance which means that the nearest dates often sell out quickly.
Feeling hungry? Visit Carol's Organic Kitchen in person this week. You can see all the available dates and times here: See Available Tickets
Every year, some new diet seems to make headlines, with hordes of celebrities and wellness gurus lining up to tout the benefits of the latest craze. You may have heard famous actresses like Gwyneth Paltrow, Victoria Beckham and Jennifer Aniston discuss their success with something called the “alkaline diet,” the “alkaline ash diet” or the “alkaline acid diet,” but their “new” discovery is hardly a new concept at all. Rather, it has long been a key factor in the field of naturopathic medicine and also happens to be vegan.So, why is it called the alkaline diet?
All foods produce either an acid or alkaline effect on the body after digestion. Many fruits and vegetables, and some nuts, seeds, and legumes are alkaline-promoting foods. On the opposite side, dairy, eggs, meat, most grains, and processed foods like canned and packaged snacks and convenience foods, are all acidic. To understand why some foods are good for us and why others are bad, it’s important to look at how the body processes these foods. A pH of 0 is the most acidic, while a pH of 14 is the most alkaline. A pH of 7 is neutral, so a diet that balances the alkaline with the acidic foods is key for achieving optimum health. Since the body contains a natural pH balance between 7.35 and 7.45, you want to keep it there as much as possible by eating more alkaline foods and less acidic foods. Based on the aforementioned food list, you can see that vegans already have the upper hand when it comes to choosing a balanced, whole-food and plant-based diet that promotes an alkaline environment in the body. They just need to pay attention to and limit their consumption of wheat, packaged foods and processed snacks — AKA “hybrid foods,” which have been cross-bred at some point and thus contain less vitamins and minerals than alkaline foods.
Compared to alkaline foods, hybrid foods have a higher content of acid and starch. If you consume too many of these foods, the body will become more acidic, making it prime breeding ground for disease. An alkaline diet promotes mood stability, clearer skin, improved digestion, increased energy, fewer sugar cravings and better vitamin and mineral absorption. Eating more alkaline foods reduces your risk of cancer, stroke, hypertension, high cholesterol, memory loss and kidney stones, as well as allowing you maintain a healthy weight, decrease inflammation and in general live a longer, happier life of high vitality. The alkaline diet is a wonderful tool for achieving optimum health, one that all vegans should consider, not just as a quick diet fix, also rather as a healthy way of eating for life. Do you want to look and feel younger? Do you want to maintain a healthy body pH level and help prevent illness and chronic disease? These questions sounds like lines from a quick-fix diet pill commercial, but amazingly they can all be answered by eating more alkaline foods and limiting your consumption of acidic foods — no pharmaceuticals required.
What The Health Next?
Join Carol's Organic Kitchen for a festive Alkaline dinner this weekend.
Sit down to dinner with like-minded people and enjoy an array of healthy Alkaline vegan treats to tantalize any palate!
See superfoods like you've never seen them before as your host, Carol Organic demonstrates how to cook mouthwatering alkaline vegan recipes:
I'm doing something special to promote our NEW series of Vegan Cooking Workshops: Buy ONE Ticket and bring a Guest FREE. Join us for a 4-part workshop presented by Carol's Organic and learn a variety of delicious and nutritious dishes to tantalise any palate. Who said all the best tasting food is bad for you? Not true!
See superfood combinations like you've never seen them before and find out why even vegan sceptics are coming back for second helpings!
THURSDAY, AUGUST 2 Entertaining Guests With Vegan Dishes
Join me in putting on a demonstration of dishes to 'Wow' your guests and tantalise their taste buds. Featuring; Mushroom burgers, Chocolate mouse, Ice cream, dips and dippers that will surprise you, walnut mouse, roti wraps, mocktail, truffles, sparkling ginger beer and kale fritters.
Learn to cater for the whole family with popular favourites using plant based ingredients. Featuring; Vegan omelette, quionoa bolognaise, lasagne with a special cheese topping, crepes with fresh fruits and mint chocolate chip ice cream, easy bake cake, chocolate brownies, meatless meatballs and speciality veggie burgers...time permitting more!
THURSDAY, AUGUST 16Vegan Cooking with a Caribbean Flair
Need something different to tantalise your tastebuds? Join us for a demonstration of culinary delights never shared before to make your mouth water! Featuring; Roti wraps, rice and peas with special grain and mystery peas, Calaloo and spelt fried dumplings, kale fritters, pepperpot soup, vegan fish fritters, meatless caribbean oxtail stew.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 23Nourish Yourself Food Demonstration
Look younger and feel fitter eating delicious foods that nourish your body! Watch us demonstrate how to create milks and delicious recipes for home and on the go using ingredients like baobab, sea moss, bladderwrack, lucuma, cacao, Maca, elderberries, hibiscus leaves, Saraspirilla root, papaya seeds, and butternut squash seeds.
Join Carol Organic, organic food grower, consultant and vegan cook from carolsorganickitchen.com and Clarenden French vegan Chef, and Herbalist from Nourish Yourself - both hosts have a vast following built from their sound reputation over the years supporting people suffering from illnesses through food, ancient alkaline herbs, meal planning, talks/workshops and Cheffing in South & West London.
They will provide a powerhouse of knowledge and value demonstrating a wide variety of amazing creative delicious nutritional dishes for you to learn to cook yourself and sample on the day. Learn all you need to know about how foods heal and prevent mucus, inflammation and lifestyle complaints causing common illnesses.
WHAT TO EXPECT ON THE DAY
You will be greeted by your hosts with light refreshments followed by introductionsCarol Organic and Chef Clarendon prepare delicious creative meals for you to enjoy samplingDuring food preparation your hosts will talk you through the nutritional benefits of the dishes i.e. B12, Proteins, Vitamins and Minerals and moreUnderstand how herbs heal and prevent sicknessYou will learn how to tackle illnesses that plague the body today from fatigure, low energy, weight gain, diabetes, blood pressure, prostrate, thyroidism, minor illnesses and more affecting the body through heireditary illnesses, diet and lifestyleQuestions and Answers will be addressed at the end of the session leaving you with a wealth of information to become embasadors of your owh health and those of your friends and family. DON'T MISS THIS...Bring your pen and notebook!
Hemp Seed Milk Hemp seed milk is a plant milk made from hemp seeds that are soaked and ground in water, yielding a nutty cream-flavoured milk.
Hemp seeds has a wide variety of health benefits, including their ability to boost skin and hair health, improve the immune system, build muscle mass, improve heart health, stimulate good digestion, build muscle mass, eliminate insomnia, treat anemia, aid in weight loss, stimulate metabolic activity, reduces symptoms of menopause and menstruation, build strong bones and balance the hormonal levels in the body.
Walnut Milk Walnut milk is made from soaked walnuts and has a rich and nutty flavor.
The health benefits of walnuts include its ability to reduce bad cholesterol, improve metabolism, control of diabetes, boost anti-inflammatory properties, aid in weight management, help as a mood booster.
Sesame Seed Milk Sesame seed milk is a rich source of plant-based calcium with a delicious, flavourful flavour, which is especially good for pregnant and nursing mothers.
Sesame seeds are extremely beneficial for health because they include the ability to increase heart health, help cure sleep disorders, improve digestion, reduce inflammation, boost respiratory health, prevent diabetes, lower blood pressure, build strong bones, protect against radiation, strengthen your oral health, aid in healthy growth, improve circulation, detoxify the body and is a chronic stress buster.
Brazil Nut Milk Brazil nut milk has a rich and creamy taste and is made from the Brazil nut, which is native to South America.
Some of the most impressive health benefits of Brazil nuts are their ability to balance hormone function, improve the immune system, boost male fertility, reduce the signs of aging, improve the digestive process, boost heart health, help with weight loss, aid in skin health, and help stimulate growth and repair.
Brazil nuts have the richest source of selenium (about 2,500 times more than any other nut). According to sources, just two raw to five Brazil nuts accounts for the daily requirement of selenium for humans. That being said, you may want to limit your intake of Brazil nut milk to maintain a proper selenium balance in your body.
Wild Rice Milk Wild rice milk is made from the wild rice grain.
Wild rice has great health benefits including its ability to improve heart health, slows the signs of aging, strengthens your bones, boosts your immune system, protects against chronic diseases, stimulate growth and repair throughout the body, prevents the onset of diabetes, optimizes the digestive process, and helps with weight loss efforts.
Can you name a superfood that is very high in calcium (yet is not a dairy product), high in fiber, iron and manganese?
The only food that checks all these boxes is cinnamon. Even better, it is inexpensive, has no side effects, and has a host of health benefits. Its essential oils make it valued for its warming qualities, as it aids fat burning as well.
A 12-week study found that cinnamon drops A1c levels in diabetics by 7% (Journal of British Diabetic Association). The participants in the study took 2g of cinnamon daily, and it not only helped with blood sugar, but it also significantly reduced blood pressure.
Another study found that cinnamon increased glucose metabolism by about 20 times, which would make a huge difference in your body being able to regulate blood sugar.
Cinnamon goes well in savory dishes like soups and tagines, and is a delicious natural sweet addition in smoothies and baking.
It also shines in deserts, and is your best friend at breakfast. And it may even have some healing properties.
Cinnamon makes us think of Christmas and cozying up at home in the warmth, but whatever you do with cinnamon please, don't try the cinnamon challenge!