Cherries galore! What to do?
What a beautiful surprise when a friend brought us kilos of beautiful cherries from her cherry trees!
There are only that many cherries you can eat in one sitting, so I needed to find ways to make something delicious out of them.
I made some jam, but then I still had some cherries, so I browsed the web to find some good and easy gluten-free cherry cake recipes.
I landed on this one from the Domestic Gothess and made a few adaptions to make it gluten-free and create a delicious combination with cocoa. I made it into a gluten-free cherry cake for better health. If you want to know why I believe in gluten-free food for better health read on after the recipe.
But first the cake!
This recipe makes a whole cookie sheet of cake.
This is what you need:
200 g plain gluten-free flour
200 g ground almonds
100 g sugar or coconut sugar
100 g xylitol or erythrit
3 ½ tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
2 eggs ( or 2 chia eggs for vegan version)
½ cup olive or avocado oil
1 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk
1 cup apple sauce
1 tsp almond extract (or vanilla)
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
This is how you make it:
- Mix all dry ingredients except cocoa and cherries in a bowl, and mix wet ingredients in a second bowl.
- Add dry mix to wet mix and incorporate briefly just to combine, don’t overmix.
- Pour ½ to ¾ of the wet mix on a cookie sheet lined with baking paper.
- Mix cocoa powder into the remaining dough, and add a little vegan milk if too dry.
- Pour on top of the dough on the cookie sheet and mix a little with a fork to get the marble effect.
- Top with the cherries (or other fruit) and move the tray a little to let them sink into the dough.
- Bake at 160 degrees Celsius (350 Fahrenheit) for 30 – 35 minutes.
- Test with a toothpick in the center. If it comes out clean the cake is ready.
- Let cool before cutting it.
If you make this cake let me know how you liked it! I want to know! 🙂
I want to finish by telling you that I have a good reason to bake with gluten-free flour and am so used to it by now, that I don’t miss the wheat-based recipes at all.
Gluten can be health-disruptive for many of us, many more than is commonly believed. The reason for this is that gluten causes reactions in the small intestine which can lead to a leaky gut, causing inflammation in the body and a whole range of chronic health issues.
If you suffer from chronic symptoms like digestive issues, constipation, bloating, but also from things like migraines, joint pain, high blood pressure, diabetes 2, and many more, then looking into and optimizing the food you eat, combined with some lifestyle modifications, can bring you a lot of relief.
From my own story and that of my clients, I can say that it is worth it to look at the root causes of our chronic symptoms and make the needed changes. It will not only reduce the main symptom but help to improve our overall wellbeing. And what is better than going through life with lots of energy, without pains and discomfort and fuelled by a deep-seated joy, because we feel so amazing?
If you feel ready to start feeling better, book a free Health Clarity session to discuss your next steps. I am looking forward to talking to you and helping you on your health journey!
To your health,
Things have been tough.
We’ve all been through quite a lot over the last two years and it’s still ongoing. It’s hard to get through everything without worry and fear, without feeling overwhelmed. We feel lost and without direction at times.
Taking care of those around us is difficult when we don’t feel well, so we need to try and let the outside world not mess too much with our hearts and with what is truly important to us.
I for sure have those moments where I feel lost and anxious, but I also know that there are things I can do that help me get back to myself and get centered again.
What are those things?
It all has to do with feeling grounded.
I have a few grounding exercises I do when I feel the need to center myself again and to get out of my head and out of the fear. These help me to get back into being in the moment and doing what I am called to do.
I want to share these with you because if you’re reading this you might feel overwhelmed as well. You might feel fearful at times and I am pretty sure you long to get out from those feelings.
Here is what you can do.
Breathing is a very grounding experience because it connects you with yourself. Your breath connects you with life itself and it is something that helps us to be present in this very moment.
This is the first thing to do when you want to calm yourself.
And just stop for a moment and consider this: right now probably everything is fine because right now you might be sitting at your desk in a room, a house, or apartment where you live.
You might have heating and you have enough food in the fridge and the roof over your head is waterproof.
And most likely you have healthy eyes with which to see the beauty of the world, and you have hands with which to hold a loved one and you have a body that is functioning perfectly in most parts. You see, there’s so much to be grateful for!
Therefore, in this very moment, everything is well, right here, right now.
This is what your breath connects you to as well, to this very moment, to your beautiful and resilient body, to all that you can be grateful for.
So, breathe deeply – and breathing deeply means breathing into your belly – let your belly expand when you breathe in and just empty and flatten again when you exhale.
What I love doing is to take 3 deep breaths whenever I feel the need to center myself and become calm.
To do this, simply close your eyes and then take deep breaths, three of them, one after the other, and exhale slowly, emptying the air completely. Then stay a little bit afterward and feel how this impacts your whole body and your mind, how quiet it’s gone inside you and how this exercise regenerates every cell.
Connect with the earth
You might have heard that there are health benefits to being with bare feet on the ground or on the grass. Indeed there are, as connecting directly to Mother Earth means that you are grounding yourself.
This is what happens: there are electrons and ions in your body that will change their charge by aligning with the negatively charged electrons and ions of the earth and this is a very powerful and healing action you can take.
If it’s cold winter and you’re not into walking barefoot in the snow you can simply touch either the ground or even simpler touch a tree trunk when you go for a walk. This creates a feeling of connection and stability that will carry you through your day.
Do this as often as you can. It’s very powerful and it connects you also via your senses with nature. Nature is here for you and it helps you to stay in the moment.
A third way to ground yourself is to trigger one of your 5 senses, the sense of smell.
The sense of smell immediately fires receptors in your brain and goes to the limbic system, connected to memory and emotions. A very powerful way to trigger this sense is to use essential oils, as they can soothe your nervous system.
If you are feeling anxious smelling some lavender essential oil can help to calm you.
If you are feeling depressed then uplifting citrus notes, like lime or orange oil can be of support. I use mostly DoTerra Oils and especially love their PastTense and OnGuard blends.
In case you don’t have high-grade essential oils at home simply cut a lemon open for it to release its refreshing scent or other items from your kitchen, like spices. Or simply smell a flower.
The vagus nerve is the biggest connecting nerve in our nervous system. It reaches all organs, is involved in all systems, and especially important is its function as a bridge between our gut and our brain.
This superpower nerve is involved in regulating many functions in our body and activating it helps to get back into the parasympathetic state, which allows our body to rest and digest.
There are many ways to activate it, one of them is to use your voice and your vocal cords by humming or singing, or gargling.
Lastly, we have food as a way to ground ourselves.
Eating is a very grounding activity, especially if you eat foods that are growing inside the earth like root vegetables such as carrots, beets, sweet potatoes, garlic, ginger. Also, pumpkins are great, so why not make a wonderfully warming carrot-pumpkin soup?
Or roast those veggies in the oven for a comforting meal.
Pumpkin soup is really easy to make, here is a simple recipe for you, so you can ground yourself via your tastebuds.
· 3 Tbsp olive or avocado oil
· 1 large onion – peeled and chopped
· 1 small pumpkin – deseeded and diced
· 4 – 5 medium carrots – peeled and diced
· 3 cloves garlic – peeled and crushed
· 1 inch piece fresh ginger – peeled and grated
· ½ tsp each of ground coriander, cumin, paprika
· ¼ tsp chili powder (optional)
· 2 sprigs of fresh thyme
· 1 liter (4 cups) vegetable stock
· salt and pepper / (non-dairy) milk or cream (optional)
1. Heat oil in a big saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and sauté for 3 to 4 minutes until soft and translucent. Add pumpkin and carrot, and cook for another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
2. Add spices and cook for 30 seconds then add the vegetable stock and stir together. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes.
3. Remove the soup from heat. Blend with an immersion blender until smooth.
4. Stir in (non-dairy) milk or cream and season to taste with salt and pepper. And then enjoy!
All the above are things that you can easily integrate into your daily life.
You need to breathe – shift your mind back to your breath regularly and focus on lengthening the exhale.
You need to eat – choose calming and grounding food, chew well, and focus on the food. Smell the food before you eat, saying thanks.
You need fresh air – go outside and hug or touch a tree.
You need to express yourself – Sing and hum and gargle to your heart’s content and feel joy returning to you and worries fading into the background.
Whenever you feel it’s all getting too much then you know you have this at your fingertips. You have these tools just within reach and can do this anytime.
Don’t forget we will get through this! Stay connected to your heart and take care of your physical and mental wellbeing first, so that you can assist those around you.
I would love to hear from you if this speaks to you!
And if you feel you would like support in reducing migraine and other chronic health challenges naturally, then schedule a free assessment call with me.
Martina is a Certified Health Coach with the vision to help transform the way that chronic diseases are dealt with. Enough of the medication overload that many people are getting into once they are diagnosed with a chronic disease! Most often there are better and safer ways.
She helps sensitive women in their 40ies and beyond to reduce their migraines and other chronic health issues naturally, with the principles of healthy nutrition and functional medicine plus lots of body-mind attention.