Beverages

The Paleo Isotonic Super Booster

Paleo Isotonic Super Booster

Well with such a boring picture I had to give this an interesting name! This is the ultimate Paleo sports performance drink!

When I first got back into running after having my first two kids I started to drink those awful sugary isotonic drinks, and well I started to learn that they were actually no good for performance and I would often burn out fairly fast. I deecided to switch back to regular water and up my salt intake. This did work well but not well enough. Fast forward 5 years and going strong on the Paleo diet I started to become more familiar with chia seeds and their benefits within sports performance. I also started to become more aware of the roles of carbohydrates, citrus and sea salts aiding in hydration and electrolyte/isotonic balance. That’s when I came up with this little number.

It is super quick to make and will help you blast out a good endurance run or hour and a half of intensive exercise.  This is best consumed about 30 minutes before you do exercise but you can also drink this first thing in the morning as it will hydrate you and help get those adrenals going!

This drink is also ideal for kids – my kids love this because it is nice and fizzy from the bicarbonate of soda! But this drink isn’t just for athletes and kiddies it is great for the elderly and anyone who is suffering from the flu or a stomach bug with symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea.

So what is so great about all of the ingredients in this drink and what do they do?!

  • Carbohydrates from the raw honey will help to replenish your muscle glycogen whilst increasing the intestinal water absorption rate. It also contains fructose, glucose and maltose which all absorb into the bloodstream at different rates thus making it the ultimate energy source for sports performance.
  • The Himalayan pink salt contains 84 minerals and trace elements including the electrolytes sodium, magnesium, potassium & sulfate.
  • The bicarbonate of soda contains sodium chloride which again aids in topping up your electrolytes.
  • The lemon and lime juice is a great substitution for potassium citrate as it contains high levels of both potassium and citric acid. It also chelates calcium which basically means that it stays firmly attached for better absorption.
  • On to my favourite little power houses – chia seeds. Chia seeds are hydrophillic meaning that they love water, so much so in fact that they can hold up to 12 times their weight in water! This again extends your timeframe for hydration. Chia seeds are also hight in omega-3 fatty acids, dietary fibre, protein and antioxidants. These beauties were used by the ancient aztecs and I have never turned back. They fuel you for a good hour or so of exercise.
  • Water… well yes I think we all know what water is good for!

But anyway now onto the actual recipe! Just to let you know these make excellent freeze pops too for the summer!

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

400ml filtered cold water
Juice of 1 lime
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 tbsp raw honey (or maple syrup for Vegan substitution)
1/2 tsp Himalayan pink salt
1/4 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tbsp milled or whole chia seeds

Method:

  1. Start by pouring your water, lemon juice & lime juice into a large glass container and stir.
  2. Add in your raw honey and Himalayan pink salt and leave to sit for 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in your bicarbonate of soda and chia seeds and leave to sit for another 10 minutes to allow the chia seeds to absorb the water thoroughly.
  4. Alternatively you can place all of the ingredients except for the bicarbonate of soda into a blender and blend for a couple of minutes before leave to sit the 10 minutes. You can then stir in your bicarbonate of soda at the end before drinking otherwise the gases will build up and you will be likely to have a little explosion on your hands!!!

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Paleo Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

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Do you ever crave those super syrupy and junk loaded beverages from your favourite high street coffee shops? I know I sure do! So much so that I just had to figure out a solution to this sticky little problem. I often find that I want something simple to make and that doesn’t involve indulging in any real syrup, yes even Paleo syrup. Having said that though this is amazing served with a little drizzle of my Orange Salted Caramel from my Tangerine Dream Truffle Tart.

So by now I am sure that you have all heard of Bulletproof Coffee, it is a genius creation and I have one every morning for my breakfast. In fact I cannot drink a hot drink anymore without adding in some coconut oil and grass-fed butter – it just gives me that brilliant boost that I need to get through the day but also combats depression and improves my sleep. I wanted to apply the same principle to my salted caramel hot chocolate and I really believe that this is what gives it that genuine buttery caramel flavour. If you are Vegan don’t worry you can easily sub the butter for coconut or MCT oil and it will still taste of salted caramel as I have added in a little lucuma powder too for good measure.

What I will say though is that it may be best to consume this in the evening after your dinner as a dessert as it is quite high in carbohydrates and could easily make you crash out and tired – yes even though it is loaded full of good fats! I think this is my new bedtime bevvy!

The ingredients in this are fairly minimal but the recipe does call for a decent food processor, or even better something like a Nutribullet.

I can assure you that there is nothing out there like this right now that is as creamy and delicious! So why not go give it a whirl?!

Makes: 1 large cup or 2 small cups

Preparation Time: 2 minutes

Ingredients:

3 medjool dates (pitted)
1 tbsp coconut oil (or MCT oil)
1 tbsp raw grass-fed butter (can sub for coconut oil)
2 tsp cacao powder
1.5 tsp lucuma powder
1/4 tsp Himalayan pink salt
1/4 tsp vanilla powder
1/3 cup nut milk (or diluted coconut milk 50:50)
1 cup freshly boiled water

Method:

  1. In your blender add all of the ingredients except for your nut milk and hot water. Blend into a smooth paste.
  2. Add your 1/3 cup of nut milk of your choice and blend thoroughly.
  3. Finally add 1/3 of a cup of your hot water and blend. Repeat this process until all of the water has been used and the hot chocolate is nice and frothy. Pour and serve into your favourite mug! You may want to add a tablespoon of coconut cream and a drizzle of some of my Paleo Orange Salted Caramel I mentioned before!

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Paleo Sunrise White Chocolate Tea

Paleo Sunrise White Chocolate Tea

This is my comfort drink, my bedtime soother, even my pain relief. You literally can’t go wrong with this as it’s ridiculously simple to make.

I didn’t want to call this a hot chocolate as… well… it isn’t one to me due to the fact that it isn’t made largely of milk, and it’s not quite a latte either for that reason so I opted for the name ‘tea’. I guess it is more of a tea as it is full of spice and flavour.

Some of you may know this (some of you may not) but I suffer from an autoimmune disease called Henoch Schonlein Purpura. It’s nothing too serious but when it flares up it can be incredibly painful. Since having my daughter Anya I have come out of remission and have been suffering from my illness for over a year now. I made a conscious decision to try not to take any painkillers and to carry on breastfeeding so I often have to figure out my own ways of pain management. This drink is my anti-inflammatory and analgesic.

Tumeric contains a powerful anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory curcumin. Curcumin can be used to help combat depression, Alzheimers & arthiritis. it can also help to prevent heart disease. Although the levels of curcumin are fairly low in tumeric it is still beneficial to consume. I added in black pepper which aids in the absorption of curcumin into the bloodstream. I also added some ground cinnamon to help regulate blood sugar, cardamom & root ginger for anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant purposes and some raw honey as it is healing, antibacterial and helps to counteract the bitterness of the tumeric. So as you can see this drink really will do you a whole world of good.

The raw grassfed butter and coconut oil not only turn this into the perfect breakfast energy drink by increasing the nutritional density but can also help to aid in weight loss, protect against mental health issues and also reduces inflammation.

I will often drink this a few times in the day (with or without the high fat & without the honey) as a form of pain relief and in the evening I add 1-2 tbsp of Great Lakes Collagen Hydrolysate which aids in a great nights sleep. In fact probably the best sleep that money can buy!

So go on give it a go!!!

Serves: 1-2 (depending upon your cup size)

Preparation time: 1 minute

Ingredients:

1 tbsp raw grassfed butter (or sub with coconut oil)
1 tbsp coconut oil or MCT oil
1 heaped tsp of cacao butter solids
1cm piece of root ginger
1 tsp ground tumeric
1 tsp ground cinnamon
Seeds of 2 green cardamom pods
A generous pinch to 1/4 tsp of finely ground black pepper
1/4 tsp vanilla powder or 1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp raw honey (a few drops of stevia or 1 tsp maple syrup for Vegan option)
Small cup of boiling water
Dash of nut/ coconut milk or 1 tbsp coconut milk powder

Method:

  1. Place all of your ingredients into a blender and blend for 1 minute. Yes it really is that simple! If you are using something like a Nutribullet be sure to use 1/2 of the boiling water and then top up after blending as they are not suitable for hot liquids!

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