Recipes from Spring 2022 issue of True Natural Health
With sugar and salt out of the picture, flavourpacked herbs and spices become much more important when cooking SOS-free. Adding more herbs and spices to dishes can dramatically increase the polyphenolic density of your diet. Polyphenols have been linked to a multitude of health benefits, most of which can be traced back to their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory actions. Seaweeds and seeds also make excellent flavourful and nutrient-packed additions to SOS-free meals.
¾ cup of plant-based milk
½ teaspoon of vanilla seeds fresh from a vanilla pod
½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1 cup of frozen strawberries
½ teaspoon of desiccated coconut and fresh strawberry to serve
To make this sweet treat simply pop all ingredients together and blend.
I usually keep a jar of almonds soaking (‘activating’) in the fridge, so if I don’t have any plant-based milk I’ll add ¾ of a cup of water and a handful of soaked almonds to replace the milk.
Although the strawberries will provide plenty of sweetness, this recipe uses the SOS-free diet ‘trick’ of using sweet spices like cinnamon and vanilla to intensify the sweetness without adding sugar.
Cinnamon also has an insulinlike effect (meaning that it lowers post-meal blood sugar levels), is anti-inflammatory, a powerful antioxidant and has analgesic qualities. The coconut and strawberry sprinkle for serving adds extra fibre and healthy fat to this dish to encourage feeling full on smaller serving sizes.