Blog Update

Monday, 20 November 2017

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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. 
If you like yoga I also have a 'sister' blog, Flexiladiesyoga.

I hope you enjoy my posts and will visit the blogs often!

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Please see below for my latest post!







Meatless Monday : Vegan Quesadilla


Wraps are all very well in milder weather but at this time of year it’s nice to have warm food and if it’s spicy too that’s a bonus.  This vegan quesadilla is Mexican inspired with a black bean filling and a cheesy smashed avocado. Mmm 

Vegan quesadilla
Serves 2 

You will need
2 large tortilla wraps
1 tbsp oil
1 red onion, peeled and chopped
2 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced
75g chestnut mushrooms, sliced
¼-½ tsp chilli flakes
½ tsp ground cumin
½ tsp coriander
100g tomato puree
1 tsp pink salt
1 can black beans
Olive oil spray
1 avocado, peeled and stoned
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp nutritional yeast

Heat the oil and cook the onion for 3 minutes.  Add the garlic, spices and mushrooms and cook for a further 2 minutes. Add the tomato puree, black beans, salt and a little water (not too much, the mixture should be thick).  Cook a further few minutes, stirring.



Spray a baking tray with olive oil spray and place a wrap on it.  Spread the black bean mixture over the wrap but not right up to the edge.  Mash the avocado with the lemon juice and nutritional yeast.  Top the bean mixture with the cheesy avocado and place another wrap on top.  Press down lightly and place in the oven for around ten minutes.  Cut into 4 and serve with a side salad. 



Enjoy


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This week on Flexiladiesyoga

Sunday, 19 November 2017


In this week's yoga video on autumn transformation we are moving from a place of resistance to going with the flow.
Yoga sequence and meditation on my 'sister' blog- 
http://flexiladies.blogspot.co.uk/2017/11/autumn-transformation-from-resistance.html

Many of us suffer from back pain at some point in our lives. Over the coming weeks we will be looking at how yoga can help prevent and ease back pain.
Please see an introduction to this series on my 'sister' blog- 
http://flexiladies.blogspot.co.uk/2017/11/back-pain-introduction.html

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Thanksgiving Vegan Peanut Butter Pumpkin Cookie ‘Nice Cream’

Fancy a change from pumpkin pie this Thanksgiving? This nice cream gives a nod to the classic whilst serving up something deliciously different.



Thanksgiving Vegan Peanut Butter Pumpkin Cookie ‘Nice Cream’
Serves 2

You will need


For the peanut butter pumpkin cookies


60g peanut butter

5g stevia 
100g stewed apple (1 medium eating apple, peeled cored and chopped - place in a saucepan with a little water and cook on a medium heat until a puree forms)
120g pumpkin or squash, pureed
150g gluten free flour
1 tsp baking powder
½ tsp powdered cinnamon
Olive oil spray



For the Nice Cream

4 ripe bananas
Cup dairy-free milk of your choice

Cream peanut butter and stevia (if your peanut butter has been in the fridge, you may need to warm it for 30 seconds on high power in the microwave).  Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.  Grease a baking tray with olive oil spray and form the mixture into 8 rounds. Flatten slightly and place in an oven at 200 degrees for about 20 minutes. Cool and then break up into small chunks. 


Chop bananas into chunks, pop them into a plastic food bag, and then leave the bag in the freezer overnight. 

When you're ready to eat the nice cream, put the bananas and dairy-free milk in a blender and blend until smooth. Take the jug off the blender and stir through the cookie chunks. Serve immediately. 




You might have some left over biscuit- but these are lovely to nibble on! 


Have a happy Thanksgiving!


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Meatless Monday : Vegan Taco Pie

Monday, 13 November 2017


This is a recipe everyone can enjoy and if you are feeding a crowd, increase the quantities - it makes a great sharing dish.  

Serves 2

You will need

1 tbsp olive oil 
1 onion, peeled and chopped
2 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced
100g chestnut mushrooms
½ red or yellow pepper, sliced 
½ tsp chilli flakes
½ tsp cumin
½ tsp paprika
½-1 tsp salt
100g tomato puree
1 can black beans
1 large tortilla wrap, cut into small triangles
Olive oil spray
Sprinkle grated vegan cheese

Heat the oil and cook the onion for around 3 minutes.  Add the garlic and cook for a further minute.  Add the mushrooms and spices and cook a further few minutes.  Add the tomato puree and 200ml water, bring to the boil then reduce heat to simmer for a few minutes.  Add the black beans and heat through.  



Place the tortilla triangles on a baking tray and heat in a medium oven until lightly toasted. Allow a minute or two to cool. Transfer the bean mixture to a casserole dish and top with the tortilla triangles so that none of the bean mixture is showing.  Sprinkle with grated vegan cheese and pop back in the oven for a few minutes until cheese is melted.  Tuck in!

Enjoy!

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This week on Flexiladiesyoga

Sunday, 12 November 2017



Autumn is a time for taking stock and letting go of the things in your life that are not serving you which is not easy. This yoga practice and visualisation may help. Please see my 'sister' blog- http://flexiladies.blogspot.co.uk/2017/11/autumn-transformation-from-holding-on.html

At this time of year our immunity needs to be in tip top condition to fight of those annoying colds and more serious flu. 
Please see my 'sister' blog for a yoga sequence to help-http://flexiladies.blogspot.co.uk/2017/11/autumn-yoga-sequence-immune-boost.html


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Herbal help for PMS and menopause


Hormones.  Tiny as they are they can have big effects on you as you will know if you have ever suffered from PMS or experienced the effects of menopause.  But there is a herb that can help – chasteberry otherwise known as agnus castus.
PMS can make one week every month miserable.  Symptoms include mood swings, bloating, nausea, muscle pain, dizziness and restless sleep and food cravings to name just a few. The cause is the change in the ratio of oestrogen to progesterone which occurs just before menstruation and which leads to the breakdown of the lining of the womb.  This is thought to affect neurotransmitters in the brain, in particular, serontin, the ‘feel good’ hormone.  Chasteberry is not a hormone but it acts on the hypothalamus in the brain which links the pituitary (‘master’) gland, attached to the brain, to the endocrine system.  The result is more luteinising hormone which leads to a greater production of progesterone reducing PMS symptoms.  As a bonus if you suffer from hormonal acne it can help with that too!
Chasteberry acts in a similar way to restore hormone balance in menopause, reducing such symptoms as hot flushes, vaginal dryness, night sweats, low mood, sleep issues and fatigue. 
However chasteberry is not a quick fix but you can take it for 6-8 months.

Consult your medical practitioner before taking especially if you are taking medication. As with any herb if you notice any side effects you should stop taking it immediately and see your doctor.  Do not take it if you are pregnant or have a hormonal sensitive problem such as breast cancer. It is also not for you if you are on dopamine related medication such as drugs for Parkinson’s disease or if you are on psychotic drugs.


Be healthy, be happy

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