I see lots of menopausal women in my clinic….& they often ask…is soy ok for me??? This is a simple answer of YES – as a ‘real’ FOOD, not generally a supplement. It’s all about….BALANCE (my favourite word!!)
Edamame (soybeans) are a phyto-oestrogenic food rich in isoflavones. These are compounds that have a weak oestrogenic effect & bind to oestrogen receptors in the body. Including these as part of a balanced diet may help reduce menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes & vaginal dryness, & may even protect you from breast & ovarian cancers.
Soy beans are full of B-vitamins & are particularly rich in choline – needed for brain function & also maintains the myelin sheath which protects our nerve cells. They are jam packed with amino acids….(the building blocks for protein), iron, calcium & Omega 3 EFA’s making them perfect for vegetarians. Your best choice is to buy organic soybeans when you can so you know they’re not genetically modified….& enjoying in moderation.
x1 tin organic chick peas
1/2C shelled organic edamame beans
1C baby spinach
Juice 1/2 lemon
2Tbsp olive oil
x1 clove garlic
2 heaped Tbsp tahini
handful of parsley…& any other herbs you like!
pinch sea salt
top with sesame seeds
Place all ingredients except sesame seeds into food processor & blend till smooth.
Our lifestyle today has seen an increase in heart disease & heart attacks in women – yes…we need to take care of ourselves. Try this combo to boost your antioxidant & vitamin C intake, plus support your cardiovascular & nervous systems.
1C frozen mixed berries
1/2C orange juice/coconut water
1/3C diced cooked beetroot
1/4C Greek yoghurt
2-3 ice cubes
Throw all the ingredients into a blender/food processor, & blend until smooth. Pour into a chilled glass & serve immediately. For an NT tropical twist…..use frozen mango or pineapple!
This vegetarian meal can be switched to replace the tofu with chicken/turkey/prawns if you prefer….& even the noodles can be of your choice…or even brown rice or quinoa if you’d prefer. Add any veggies in the fridge to pack them in there.
2-3 red chilies, finely chopped
1-2 garlic cloves, chopped
2cm ginger, finely grated
3Tbs lime juice
finely grated zest of 1 lime
handful fresh coriander, roughly chopped
300g medium tofu
1/3C coconut oil
150g snowpeas, diagonally sliced
1 bunch broccolini, sliced
3 spring onions, diagonally sliced
1/2 red capsicum, sliced
pkt rice noodles
Combine tamari, honey, lime juice, chili, garlic, ginger & ring into jug & whisk together. Drain tofu, halve & cut into into 1.5cm thick slices.
Heat 2Tbs oil in frypan over medium heat. Cook tofu for 2-3mins on each side or until golden. Pour half of the sauce mixture over tofu &simmer for 1-2mins, till sauce thickens.
Prepare noodles as per packet. Heat remaining oil in wok. Add snowpeas, broccolini, capsicum & spring onions & stirfry for 1min. Add remaining sauce & cook for further 2mins.
Stir through drained noodles with veggies until heated.
Divide noodles & veggies into serving bowls. Top with tofu, coriander & sauce.
If you signed up for Activate NT this year…..did you realise you’re also able to join Louise (nutritionist from Healthy Eating Australia) & myself at one of our three Healthy Eating Workshops for FREE!!!??
Please let me know if you’d like to join us at our workshops….as places are limited!!!
Next one is Sunday 28th May 1-3pm
then, Saturday 10th June 10-12noon
All held at Durack Heights Community Centre at 33 Packard Ave, Durack Heights.
Please let me know ASAP to join us….remember – this is a FREE part of Activate NT!!!
Oh…..& keep up the good work towards your wellness goals!! 😉
Insomnia is something that can hit us randomly when we have busy minds…or for some it can be a nightly occurrence.
There are many causes for insomnia…from various hormonal imbalances, stress, & stimulants such as alcohol, tea coffee, chocolate, & drugs may interfere with our sleep patterns too. As may late night meals, our restless sleeping partner or….shift work.
Now I can’t claim these Wish Balls will ‘cure’ your insomnia….though I’m sure they will enhance a still & mindful mind…& help to maintain some balance.
Nuts are a protein source to help maintain blood sugar levels plus rich in calcium & magnesium to support your nervous system; the dates are rich in tryptophan & iron…& of course the lavender is a well known herb to settle a restless mind & relax the nervous system.
I WISH YOU a restful sleep……
1/2C desiccated or shredded coconut, with extra for rolling in
1C Macadamia nuts (activated if possible – or LSA if no macadamia nuts available)
1C Cashews (activated if possible)
3Tbsp coconut oil, melted
3/4C Medjool dates (I like to soak mine first into water too)