We're excited to have Sara Bradford - Registered Holistic Nutritionist and owner of Nourish Real Food - on hand to help us pick her favourite gift ideas for the Health Nut. We all want to be one, and we certainly know one. Here are some gift ideas
that your beloved Health Nut will be thrilled to receive!
This is a HOT item these days, and Sara uses her Spiralizer to make “Zoodles” AKA Zuchinni Noodles. Take any hard veg such as zuchinni, sweet potato,
carrot, celery root or beets, pop it onto your spiralizer and crank away. What you are left with is a long noodle like shape made of your vegetable
of choice! Great for staying healthy and keeping away from Gluten. In the winter, raw vegetables are a little harder for the body to digest, so
Sara suggests you simply steam gently and toss in her super-delicious Thai Almond Butter Sauce recipe.
Firstly, why juice? Sara says juicing is a great way to get the nutrients of many fruits and vegetables in one go – especially for people who don’t
love eating their veggies. She recommends juicing primarily green vegetables such as cucumber, romaine, lettuce, celery, broccoli stems and fresh
herbs, and to add fruit as an accent to gently sweeten your juice which helps keep the sugar content down. Juicing vegetables is also alkaline-forming
and helps aid in digestion.
Sara likes the Breville Juice Fountain Compact
because it is the best bang for your buck – especially if it’s your first juicer and price is an issue. Breville makes some of the most powerful
home-juicers on the market, and this model is powerful and doesn’t take up too much counter space. Watch a helpful video Helpful Tip: Make sure
to rinse your machine immediately after using to prevent the parts from clogging! If you follow this tip, cleanup is quick and painless, and your
machine will thank you for it.
Lots of great Green Juice recipes here
on Love & Garnish and check out Sara’s recipe for Green Juice
that will help keep those nasty colds at bay! In the winter, Sara suggests keeping juicing to a minimum, but instead to use the juices to create
sauces and dressings. If you choose to juice, make sure to add some warming elements such as ginger and spices!
Also referred to as the “Fast Slow Cooker” pressure cookers of the past come with a stigma that we need to get past! Pressure cookers have a bad
wrap and the modern versions are very safe with multiple safety features and locking devices. Using a pressure cooker is a cost effective way
to quickly cook dry beans, rice, lentils and grains AND healthy meats and poultry. Pressure cooking retains nutrients while cooking and produces
healthy, flavourful meals that you can easily portion and freeze to take to work or simply defrost at the end of the day when you just don’t
feel like cooking but still want to eat something healthy and nourishing.
Not sure what WMF and BMW have in common? WMF produces parts for BMW, so I guess we could say that the WMF Perfect Plus is THE BMW of pressure
is a wonderful company from
Germany that specializes in producing high quality cookware and beautifully designed and functional stainless steel cutlery and kitchen gadgets.
Read a review of this product here.
Link to cutlery on our site:
Hip Pressure Cooking is a wonderful online resource for finding great recipes to make in your pressure cooker. Did you know you can make Meatloaf
in a pressure cooker? I didn't either, until I found this recipe!
I personally own this Silit Pressure Cooker
and absolutely LOVE IT! (I have used it to make bone broth in 1 hour as opposed to 12 hours!)
If cooking dry beans, Sara wants to make sure that you are soaking your beans overnight to remove any phytic acid that may irritate your gut lining
and produce unwanted gassiness. If you like Risotto but don’t have the time to make it, you’ll want to try this FAST and easy method to
in a pressure cooker!
While we’re on the topic of Healthy Eating, Sara stresses the importance of Meal Planning when she’s helping her clients plan healthy meals. If
you want to SAVE MONEY and EAT HEALTHY, get some great ideas here.
“People just don’t seem to like drinking water” says Sara. “It’s boring!” Staying hydrated is essential for boosting energy levels, keeping
you alert and helping the body flush out toxins. Fruit juices are super-high in sugar and pop or soda is a serious no-no. Sara’s answer
to quenching your thirst with something HEALTHY is creating Spa Water which is infusing water with fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs.
The Infusion Pitcher allows you to make a big batch at a time, and it’s inner chamber holds slices of lemons, cucumbers and fresh mint
and prevents it from being poured out when you pour yourself a glass.
Trying to kick your Soda Addiction? We’ve mentioned SodaStream in an earlier Foodie Must-Haves blog post and Sara agrees… The SodaStream
is a great way to finally put an end to drinking high-calorie, sugar-laden pops. Sara loves adding Dillon’s Bitters
to her carbonated water. As your body ages, it produces less hydrochloric acid and it becomes harder for your body to digest proteins and
absorb minerals. Bitters aid in digestion and help the body produce natural stomach acids, so add a few drops of Dillon’s Bitters to your
sparkling water BEFORE you eat!
Shop Dillon’s Bitters on our website here.
This 100% steel pan that is Made in France contains NO harmful pfoa’s and over time, naturally creates a beautiful non-stick patina. Sara
makes savoury crepes – again with no gluten – using either arrowroot or almond flour and whole eggs to produce healthy breakfast burritos.
She also makes delicious flatbread using chickpea flour to use as a bread substitute for making sandwiches when she’s running her
Winter Community Dump.
And of course, don’t forget about sweet crepes filled with fresh fruit and coconut cream whipped cream!
This is quite possibly the BEST alternative to plastic wrap out there! We’ve tried other brands, but Bee’s Wrap
is the best by far and can be used to wrap fruits, vegetables, sandwiches, breads, cheeses and more. Read ALL about the
NEW Bee's Wrap collection HERE!
Bee's Wrap is made with organic cotton muslin, beeswax, jojoba oil, and tree resin. The antibacterial properties of the
beeswax and jojoba oil help to keep food fresh and allow you to use the Bee's Wrap again and again.
Sara eats a minimal amount of gluten, so when she does, she buys 100% Rye Sourdough Bread from Downie St. Bakehouse.
This high quality rye bread is made using traditional methods and contains no wheat, so Sara recommends her clients
eat this type of bread. She wraps hers in Bee’s Wrap to prolong its’ freshness!
7. Le Creuset 5.2 L French Oven $385
Sara uses Le Creuset almost exclusively when she’s whipping up her healthiest stews, currys, soups and sauces. She loves that the enameled cast iron
does not emit any strange chemicals into the healthy food that she tends to cook, and that it will stand the test of time and will become heirloom
gifts that she will pass on to her children.
One of the healthiest recipes that Sara uses her Le Creuset French Oven for is making nutrient dense bone broth. Don’t know what bone broth is? Read about
. Making bone broth is the secret
to unlocking nutrients from chicken, beef, or lamb bones. Bone broth produce a dense liquid full of body-healing nutrients that help heal the gut and
help protect your immune system. Her trick is to add some natural apple cider vinegar because the acid in the vinegar helps draw all the minerals
out of the bones.
Interesting Fact: Flours go rancid unless either used immediately or stored in the freezer. Let’s be honest. Who has the space to store all their flours
in the freezer? Freshly ground flour, according to Sara, is not only fresher tasting, but also higher in nutrients as they are not compromised with
age. Sara buys her grains at The Gentle Rain or Arva Flour Mill and she grinds on demand! For the Cadillac of grain crushers, check this version out!
And why not spread on some local raw, unfiltered wildflower honey from Bare Naked Honey made right here in Stratford, Ontario? We love the beautiful packaging
design by Janet Straker of Cambridge, Ontario and you can get it either at the Soiled Reputation
booth at the Perth County Slow Food Market
on Sundays in Straford, or any day at Your Local Market Co-op.
Sara loves various loose leaf teas, but those little tea strainers can be finicky. This sleek Japanese design from Kinto is easy to use and makes a great
stocking stuffer for any tea drinker.
In Stratford, Sara prefers fennel and peppermint tea to aid digestion, white teas that contain less caffeine, and Hibiscus Heart tea which is a combination
of hibiscus and rosehip which is high in Vitamin C. She gets them all from Tea Sommelier Karen Hartwick of Stratford Tea Leaves
in Stratford, Ontario.
Karen also blends teas specifically for Sara’s Winter Community Dump
which starts in mid-January 2015. Make sure to sign up for upcoming Winter Dump so you are up to date on upcoming "un-cleanses.".
The benefit of having a good lunch box is that it forces you to pack yourself (or your children) healthier litter-less lunches. If you are sending fresh
food that you pack yourself, you are more likely to pack healthful choices. Trudeau’s Bento Lunch Box is easy to open (for small hands), has lots of
compartments for packing lots of variety, is dishwasher safe, stylish and has a 5 year warranty. AND, it’s designed and made by Trudeau - a Canadian
Read our past blog post on packing healthier lunches here!
Thank you for taking the time to read all about Sara's favourite gift ideas for the Health-Nut, and we look forward to helping you choose something special
for that hard-to-buy-for Healthy person on your holiday list!