Archive for December, 2012

Top Loving Leaves moments of the Festive season

1. Gift  from my vegetable-loving sister

2.Gift to my children from my vegetable-loving sister

funky veg

HOW excited am I to plant purple carrots this year???!!!! (Also includes rainbow Chard (yay!) Purple Brussel Sprouts, Stripey tomatoes and yellow courgettes.

I once wrote a “Purple” post  . Not so much write as Google Image cut and paste…..

which is when I discovered purple carrots and when I KNEW I just HAD to plant those one day! Thank you Hannah!

3.Eating these for Christmas breakfast with an awesome juice (apple, orange, lime and ginger, with carbonated water)

raw food mince pie recipe

4.Managing to get the kids to have an apple, orange and strawberry juice before they had these:


Yes, there were chocolate and churros on the Christmas menu, and we are in Wales. I thank you…..

5. I braved the supermarkets on Christmas Eve. Not on purpose, but we forgot foil or something like that…..

I found 5 boxes of bright red strawberries for 39p each, and of course,

in the true Christmas spirit of goodwill to all men, I only took one box I bought all of them.

(See “Apple, orange and strawberry juice”) They tasted AMAZING, unlike most winter strawberries, and they were from the UK, so a carbon footprint success! 🙂

6.Russell James’ AMAZING “Caramelised Onion” gravy that I had atop my Christmas dinner (I ate vegan) He is an amazing raw food creator and he sells his e-books here and he SO generously has a sliding scale if you really cannot afford the higher price. Things like that should be shared!!

7. Reminding myself that you CAN eat healthily and feel decadent and have a taste-sensational experience. Even though I did also have some fudge, because it was grainy like my Mum’s and nobody makes it like that anymore  😉

8.Hauling TONS of gorgeous UK apples for 7p a bag last night. I knew they were good because you could smell them through the bag! I made a big pot of apple puree this morning with 1 of the bags and the kids ate it (unsweetened!!) with gusto. I felt somewhat flabbergasted but rather joyful!

9.I feel rough today, my nose and eyes are streaming. This is not a “top moment” but having lots of apples for pureed cinnamon apples, and celery and lime to go with the apples in juices, IS a great moment for a leaf-loving (blocked-up) blogger.

10.Discovering I like miso soup. I also have my sister to thank for this! I will write about it soon. No, REALLY.

Almost a new year.  A perfect time to turn over a new leaf with your self-care habits! 🙂 Always remembering that every day is also a fresh start, and indeed, each moment.

Happy New Year from Loving Leaves



I once read this article entitled “Monkeys sometimes fall out of trees”. Apparently it is true. …..The point of the article was, when  you embrace a healthy vibrant way of eating and you connect with that, and feel great on it, and then you fall back into old habits on occasion, there is no need to beat yourself up (we all knew that, right?) It happens.

Just recognise that you still know which way of eating gives you most energy (and I don’t just mean physical energy), and climb back up your tree, so to speak. The thing about elevated consciousness is that once you find a way that makes you happier or feel better, you can never go back. I mean, you will fall out of your tree sometimes, because even monkeys do that…but you will always be aware there is a better way for you, and feel a little tug to return to your roots….and leaves. Etcetera…..

I will ever be green, even when I fall out of trees. Because even though I enjoy the taste of certain foods- and that is fine- I can always connect to the different way it makes me feel. For me it is generally physical, I guess I am quite lucky, because I am a slow learner and my body almost always objects if I feed it certain foods. You know, beige stuff….

We are about to enter a season of indulgence. Remember you can still indulge and enjoy eating , without eating until you actually have physical pains, a strange habit us Western humans have, collectively around this time of year…..There are plenty of alternatives….and if not an alternative, you can still enjoy the flavour of your favourite treats in moderate amounts.

Oh dear, this sounds like a sermon, and I do try not to sermonize on here!  Rest assured I can still remember two Christmases ago when I just thought “whatever”, and really paid the price for it. That’s just me….I think I am sermonizing to myself more than anything so I don’t get ill…..  I have been busy creating all sorts of freezer goodies of the alternative kind, and of the more-conventional-but-home-made kind for those who will not want my alternatives (I know! I find it shocking too)


At the end of the day enjoy the time with your loved ones, and count our many, many many blessings and privileges. I will try to update more often now.

PS For those of you who love juices, smoothies, alternative goodies and so on, like me (I WILL be having Russell James’ Amazing Mince Pies this year, they are amazing!) Sign up here for 12 amazing FREE e-books starting this Friday. Merry Christmas!




Yesterday Ellie was at a Christmas party and she said to me “Mum, I’ve finished my party tea. And I ate all my veggies!”

Me: what were your veggies? (thinking-I only saw cucumber on the table and she doesn’t eat that)

Ellie: Cheese and pineapple.  🙂



In fact, there is no chlorophyll on this post at all. But there is kale in my fridge (does that count?)

And I did make this sweet and spicy popcorn today and YES, it’s still very good!

(You can use honey instead of maple syrup (warm it gently so it is less viscous…..and you can use smoked paprika instead of cayenne, this is what I did today)


Time to reconnect to my table and to the earth. Who will join me?!





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