whole food plant based

Carrot cake inspired overnight oats

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Quick and easy overnight oats inspired by one of my favourite flavour combos, the mighty carrot cake! This will help keep you energised & feeling fuller for longer. The recipe can easily be scaled up to make a bigger batch, and will keep in the fridge for 3-4 days.

Top Tip: Soaking grains, nuts & seeds overnight before eating them helps your body digest them more easily, while also making the nutrients more bioavailable. 

Ingredients (makes 1)

  • 1/2 large carrot, grated
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats (can be substituted for buckwheat groat)
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup OR 1 medjool date chopped up
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Optional add ins: walnuts, raisins, coconut flakes

Method

  • Add all the ingredients to a jar with a lid, stir to combine.
  •  Place in the fridge overnight to soak 
Photos by Claire Fulton Studio

Wholistic vs. Holistic, what's the difference?

I get asked this question a lot, as I refer to myself as a Wholistic Chef. Most people think that I just can't spell! However, it isn't a typo, there is a difference between the two words even though they are essentially quite similar! 

Holism is a term coined by philosopher Jan Smuts. His definition was that "the whole is greater than the sum of its parts". Meaning it's best to focus on the overall picture as opposed to the individual details. It's usually applied to a much broader spectrum of themes and ideas, from philosophy to ecology.

Wholism sees the body, mind and soul (life force energy such as Chi in Chinese medicine, or Prana in Ayurveda) as the whole, and nutrition as one of it's parts. Instead of treating each organ as a separate entity, this view of nutrition sees the body as a fully integrated system. Understanding that there's usually more to illness than treating individual symptoms.

 T. Colin Campbell, PhD explains this in greater detail in his book Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition.

When I discovered I had problems with my liver, I realised all the different effects it had on the rest of my body. My hormones were completely unbalanced, I was feeling depressed, weak, achy, tired, and angry (and I was only 22 years old!). Once I understood how to heal myself through plant based nutrition, regular exercise, and meditation, I started to feel progressively better. I noticed the dramatic difference between how I felt after eating foods which were fresh and minimally processed (more life force energy), than foods which were heavily processed and essentially dead energetically. The minimally processed whole-foods helped heal the cells in my body, gave me more energy, and made me feel happy again. As an added bonus, it was nice to know that my food choices were having a less harmful impact on the environment.

Wholistic cooking looks at the bigger picture. It's about zooming out and consciously understanding that everything is connected: from the cells in our bodies to the ingredients we choose to fuel them with. 

Super Smoothie Bowl

Now that the weather has started to heat up in Doha, I've switched from warming bowls of porridge to smoothie bowls. I prefer my smoothies in a bowl because it stops me from slurping it all up in one go, which can be quite a shock to the system. My theory is that by eating my smoothie one spoon at a time, I give my body some time to digest it slowly. Plus I like decorating my bowls to make them a feast for the eyes as well as my body. It really doesn't matter what you add to the smoothie so long as you have a good high speed blender, I used my magic bullet and it works just fine!

I like to add a mixture of fruits and vegetables and generally try not to add fruits which have a high glycemic index just to keep my blood sugar levels in check. If you do add banana or mango for example, try to add 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon powder to help stabilise blood sugar spikes.

On another note, I'll be hosting a group cooking class at the end of this month focusing on healthful breakfasts, click here for more information.

Finally here's the recipe for my super plant powered smoothie bowl filled with anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, blood cleansing, gut friendly ingredients. This is guaranteed to boost your morning with nourishing, healing goodness!

Ingredients(Serves 2)

Smoothie

  • 1 fresh young coconut, water and meat
  • 1 inch fresh ginger
  • 1 inch fresh turmeric
  • 1 small beetroot
  • 2 cups frozen raspberries
  • Zest of 1/2 a lime
  • Juice of 1 lime

Optional add ins: 2 tablespoons maca powder | 2 tablespoons acai powder | 2 tablespoons Lucuma powder | 1/2 teaspoon spirulina powder

Suggested toppings: 1/2 cup VTH Nutty granola | 1 cup dices strawberries | 2 teaspoons chia seeds | 2 teaspoons hemp seeds | Raisins

Method:

1. Blend the smoothie ingredients, along with the superfood powders if using, in a high speed blender until you have a smooth consistency. 2. Pour into a bowl, and add the toppings. 3. Enjoy the super powerful benefits of this smoothie bowl!