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Monday, 15 July 2019

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Welcome to a blog that is all about wellness for the over 40s. Here you will find blog posts to help you maintain (or restore) your natural state of health. You will also find a vegan recipe each Monday and you can learn about growing organic food from the blog posts on the 40plusandalliswell allotment. 
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Meatless Monday : Vegan smoky tofu chilli with 'cheesy' cornbread



Here’s a funny thing.  In the heat of summer we tend to gravitate to salads and ‘cool’ foods but in hot countries hot, spicy foods are common.  The reason for this is that spicy foods increase circulation and perspiration which cools the body down.  To that end I have created the following recipe for this week’s Meatless Monday.  I hope you enjoy it!
Vegan smoky tofu chilli with 'cheesy' cornbread
Serves 2-3
You will need 
For the 'cheesy' cornbread
120g cornmeal
50g plain flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp nutritional yeast
200ml organic soya milk
1 tbsp lemon juice
For the smoky tofu chilli
Olive oil spray
1 red onion, peeled and chopped
2 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced
½ tsp salt
1 tsp smoked paprika
¼-½ tsp chilli flakes
6tbsp tomato puree
1 stevia tablet
400g firm tofu
½ can red kidney beans

To make the cornbread place the dry ingredients in a bowl and mix.  Mix the lemon juice with soy milk and add to the dry ingredients stirring all the time to make a smooth batter.  Place in a medium pyrex dish and place in the oven at 180 degrees for around 20 minutes until firm and risen.  

Meanwhile make the smoky tofu chilli. Spray a small frypan with olive oil spray and cook the onion for three minutes on a medium heat. Add the garlic, smoked paprika and chilli flakes and cook a further two minutes adding a little water if necessary.  Add the tomato puree, stevia tablet and about 150ml water. Drain the tofu and crumble into the pan. Bring to the boil and reduce heat to simmer for around 10 minutes.  Stir in the red kidney beans and heat through.  Serve with the 'cheesy' cornbread.


Below are two more of my vegan recipes with cornbread. For a few more vegan recipes try a search for 'cornbread' on this blog :-

Vegan Southern Style Beans With Cornbread

Vegan cornbread and sausage traybake
There are vegan recipes, desserts and Meatless Monday recipes on my blog so please take a look! There's also blog posts about health and wellness and some craft ideas too-try a search on this blog! 😀

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The pressure is off

Thursday, 11 July 2019


Often without symptoms, high blood pressure is becoming a problem today. 

Why does blood pressure matter? High blood pressure means that your heart and blood vessels are under strain and this can lead to heart attacks or stroke.  This is why it is important to have regular blood pressure checks.  If your blood pressure is high there are changes in life style that will help BUT always work in consultation with your doctor.  Your doctor will also want to rule out medical conditions that lead to high blood pressure such as kidney disease or overactive thyroid (my mum had high blood pressure due to overactive thyroid). 

Let’s look at diet first.  You may know that a high salt diet is associated with high blood pressure.  On labels you will often see the salt content listed as sodium  To work out the salt content from the sodium level – every 400mg sodium is equal to 1g of salt and there are 5g salt in a teaspoon which is the recommended maximum. If you can cook from scratch so that you can control the amount of salt in your meals. Be careful of snack foods such as crisps, vegan cheese etc  No time to cook?  Many of the meals on this blog are quick to prepare because I often need quick meals too!!  Herbs and spices add flavour without salt as well as having their own health benefits. 

Ideally your diet should include plenty of fruit and vegetables.  These are not only rich in antioxidants which help protect your circulatory system but they are also a source of potassium which can help counteract the sodium in your diet. Beetroot is especially beneficial as it dilates blood vessels making it easier for blood to flow. Avoid saturated fat and include good fats such as avocados, nuts and seeds, coconut oil and olive oil which helps prevent the build up of plaque on arteries which contribute to high blood pressure.  Similarly, a diet high in fibre helps reduce cholesterol which leads to arterial plaques so include oats, flaxseeds, wholegrains such as brown rice and quinoa as well as fruit and vegetables in your diet.  Garlic helps reduce cholesterol so try to include it in your diet or take a supplement.  Ensure you get enough protein in your diet from legumes, beans, tofu as these along with good fats help balance blood sugar.  There is a correlation between high blood sugar and high blood pressure.  This is all to do with osmotic pressure if you are interested in the science.  The sugar draws water into the blood vessels which exerts pressure on the vessels. A diet that is rich in magnesium will help relax blood vessels which in turn reduces blood pressure.  Sources include leafy green vegetables, bananas, beans etc

Avoid stimulants such as caffeine, alcohol and sugar which can raise blood sugar.  Sugary foods can contribute to being overweight – another factor associated with high blood pressure.  Sugar also can lead to glycation in the body which essentially means that your blood vessels may not be as flexible and so contribute to high blood sugar. 

Exercise is also essential to reduce blood pressure.  This works to lower blood pressure in three ways.  Firstly it helps with weight issues, secondly exercise releases endorphins which reduce stress (which contributes to high blood pressure) and thirdly exercise strengthens your heart which lowers blood pressure.

Vitamin D helps lower blood pressure due to its effect on the hormone that controls blood pressure – in summer vegans may be able to get vitamin D from sunlight but in winter they may need to take a supplement as there are few vegan sources of vitamin D (mushrooms, fortified non-dairy milks)

Stress as this affects so many of us these days but it is important to deal with it as it sets up inflammation in the body which can lead to many health issues including high blood pressure.  This is because stress leads to blood vessel damage.  There is a great deal of help on this blog and on the yoga blog.  You may  like :-


'How can yoga help with stress?'

Also try breathing techniques to calm your mind and reduce blood pressure,  Please see 'Breathe through anxiety'.


Stay well

There are vegan recipes, desserts and Meatless Monday recipes on my blog so please take a look! There's also blog posts about health and wellness and some craft ideas too-try a search on this blog! 😀

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Vegan lemon and blueberry ‘nice’ cream

Wednesday, 3 July 2019



Happy 4th July!!  Why not celebrate with this lemon and blueberry nice cream?  


Vegan lemon and blueberry ‘nice’ cream


Serves 4 


You will need


6 ripe bananas, chopped and frozen

Dairy free milk – around 200ml

Zest 1 large lemon

100g frozen blueberries, defrosted

Flaked almonds to top


Place the frozen banana pieces in a high speed blender with the milk and whiz up.  Take the jug off the blender base and stir in the lemon zest using a spoon. Divide between sundae glasses, layering nice cream and blueberries.  Top with flaked almonds. 


Enjoy!



There are more vegan 'nice' cream recipes on the blog - try a search for nice cream in the search box.

You may also like my 'vegan burger recipe ideas for 4th July' click HERE

There are vegan recipes, desserts and Meatless Monday recipes on my blog so please take a look! There's also blog posts about health and wellness and some craft ideas too-try a search on this blog! 😀

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Meatless Monday : Vegan Mexican sweet potato and bean hash

Monday, 1 July 2019



With rising energy costs we tend to maximise use of our cooker to prep ahead for meals.  When we were cooking our evening meal in the oven we also baked some diced sweet potato cubes for the following day lunch. This recipe was created to use up the sweet potatoes and was so quick to put together, we will definitely be making it again!


Vegan Mexican sweet potato and bean hash


Serves 2


You will need


Olive oil spray

2 medium sweet potatoes, diced

1 red onion, peeled and diced

½ tsp salt

Pinch cayenne

¼ tsp chilli flakes or to taste

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp cumin

3 tbsp tomato puree

1 can mixed beans


Spray a baking tray with olive oil spray and place the diced potatoes on it.  Bake at 180 degrees for 30-40 minutes until tender (you can do this the evening before, cool and pop in the fridge until needed– see above). 
Spray a fry pan with olive oil spray then add the onion and salt. Cook for 3 minutes. Add the spices, tomato puree and the stevia and cook for a further few minutes adding a little water if necessary.  Stir in the sweet potatoes and mixed beans. Serve.

Enjoy!

There are vegan recipes, desserts and Meatless Monday recipes on my blog so please take a look! There's also blog posts about health and wellness and some craft ideas too-try a search on this blog! 😀

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Don’t leave home without – natural travel first aid

Tuesday, 25 June 2019




I always will choose a natural option where possible in the first instance.  Here are my natural solutions to travel woes. 

Travel sickness – I discovered how effective ginger can be for nausea when I was pregnant but it is equally good for travel sickness.  Pack a flask of ginger tea (please see 'Superfood-ginger' or take ginger capsules or pack some ginger (sugar free) biscuits.  A word of warning – avoid ginger if you are on blood thinning medication.

Tummy woes – I always think that it is wise to take probiotics for a few weeks before a holiday, during your holiday and afterwards.  This helps your body prepare to deal with any different bacteria that you may ingest on holiday.  If you do get diarrhoea mix ½ cup fresh orange juice, ½ cup coconut water and stir in 1/8 tsp Himalayan salt.  Drink this to rehydrate.  Things can also go the other way and you may have constipation on holiday.  If you know changes of food have this effect on you try taking psyllium capsules.  You need to have these with a full glass of water otherwise they can cause blockage problems in your oesophagus.

Sore muscles –  going on a walking holiday?  A soak in a bath to which you have added some Epsom salts can help.  Arnica cream is known for helping with bruising but it can also bring relief to sore muscles.  I recently walked a lot on holiday and found that grapefruit essential oil diluted in a carrier oil was extremely effective for sore muscles

Travelling on a coach or airplane?  Being cooped up with others can lead to summer colds.  Prevention is better than cure so take echinacea for a couple of weeks before your holiday, during your holiday and for a week or so afterwards.  You can take echinacea for up to eight weeks.  Also, long haul flights or long periods on a coach can increase the risk of DVT so flex your feet, circle your ankles and flex your knees at frequent intervals.  Wear compression stockings and take frequent opportunities to move around a plane when possible.  Also drink plenty.

Keeping the mozzies at bay – essential oils will help keep the bugs at bay – try citronella.  Also please see 'Essential oils for summer'. There are also some natural commercial bug sprays that are effective alternatives to DEET.  If you do get bitten I recommend a five day course of elderberry capsules and cleansing the affected area with tea tree and lavender essential oils.  I was caught out last year by a horse fly bite that got infected and necessitated a week of antibiotics.  Now I am more prepared for the little beasties with all of the above because if you read this blog you will know that I do try to avoid antibiotics.  However, when you consider that horse flies spend a considerable time on horse/cow poo it’s not surprising bites can get infected and if suspect that a bite is infected you should get medical help as soon as possible.

Away from home insomnia – on my last holiday I was woken by a great tit at first light every morning.  He lived in the bush just outside my bedroom window and liked everyone to know it!  Hopefully that won’t happen to you but if you find it difficult at first to settle into new surroundings try drinking camomile tea at bedtime and sprinkle a few drops of lavender essential oil on a tissue then tuck it in your pillow case.

Heat rash – calendula cream is soothing

Don’t let hayfever/allergic rhinitis spoil your holiday.  Right now the grass pollens are causing some people problems.  Try nettle tea or take the homeopathic remedy euphrasia.

Sunburn – aloe vera is soothing if you do slip up but prevention again is better than cure so slap on a natural suncream.  For more on sun protection please see 'Natural travel first aid kit - Sun stressors'.

Please note try a patch of skin 24 hours before use as essential oils may cause skin allergies in some people. Also they are not intended for young children, people who are pregnant or suffering from any health problem. Consult an aromatherapist for advice. Do not use near your eyes.


You may also like:-

Natural travel first aid kit-bug bites

Hope you have a great holiday!


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Meatless Monday : Vegan couscous paella

Monday, 10 June 2019



This recipe came about when we arrived home late for lunch and needed something in a hurry (again!).  It turned out to be a tasty success that we will want to make again!

Vegan couscous paella

Serves 2

You will need

80g dried couscous

½ tsp salt

Olive oil spray

1 red onion, peeled and chopped

2 cloves garlic

1 tsp smoked paprika

½ red pepper, diced

2 salad tomatoes, chopped

Splash lemon juice

1 can chickpeas, drained (tip save the fava, chickpea liquid to make some macaroons – please see ' Coconut macaroons ' and ' Strawberry macaroons - sugar free -gluten free')

To garnish

Lemon wedges

Place the couscous in a bowl with the salt and cover with boiling water.  Cover and leave to absorb the water. 

Spray a small frypan with olive oil spray and cook the onion for 3 minutes.  Add the garlic, smoked paprika, pepper and tomatoes and cook for a further 3-5 minutes adding a splash of lemon juice and a little water if necessary. 

Stir in the couscous and chickpeas and heat through.  Serve garnished with lemon wedges if using.
You may also like:- Vegan paella stuffed marrow Butterbean and buckwheat paella Vegetable paella There are vegan recipes, desserts and Meatless Monday recipes on my blog so please take a look! There's also blog posts about health and wellness and some craft ideas too-try a search on this blog! 😀 If you are enjoying my blogs please consider making a small donation but please do not feel this is a condition of enjoying the blogs. Please see-https://40plusandalliswell.blogspot.com/p/blog-page.html