Recipes

  • Don’t skip breakfast!

    Bonjour,

    “Thank you so much, Yves. Since I’ve been strictly following your advice, I’m not tired anymore, I don’t feel hungry all day and I finally start losing weight … I heard it many times before – even my mum told me to never skip breakfast – but your simple few rules and delicious recipes made the whole difference!”. 

    As you know, a wealth of research shows that starting the day with a good nutritious -and delicious!- breakfast is the MOST important thing to do to beat cravings, maintain a healthy weight and give you the focus and energy you need to function properly, whatever your day holds.

    So… DON’T SKIP BREAKFAST. If you take your health and your job seriously, it’s not negotiable – Unless you’re interested in intermittent fasting as explained in my last article, but this is another story!

    So here are two key principles and seven delicious recipes, one for each day!

    Don’t forget to allow some time to enjoy your breakfast.

    Don’t have your breakfast on the go! Take your time and enjoy! breakfast is the most important meal of the day so it deserves all your attention and care.

    Sitting while you eat, chewing to better assimilate the nutrients and enjoying each bite will go a long way towards performing at your best for the rest of the day.

    Allow 15 minutes at least.

    What is a good nutritious breakfast?

    No croissant for a month... Really?

    A croissant is a treat, not a nutritious breakfast!

    Easy! It’s made up of clean protein (yoghurt, eggs, ham, beans, nut butter / all organic), complex carbs (wholemeal bread, sweet potatoes, quinoa, brown rice, hummus), some healthy fat (organic butter, avocado, olive oil, coconut oil) and a (very) limited amount of sugar.

    If you can, add some leafy greens too: spinach, collard greens, rocket or, if you like it, kale. I know that might be a bit challenging for many of us, me included, but give it a go. You’ll notice the difference in your energy level very soon.

    And for all croissants lovers (included me!), remember: croissants are a treat, not a breakfast to have every day! I’ll write an article on this delicacy very soon!

    Here are my favourite breakfast recipes. Bon appetit

     

    BREAKFAST 1: HOME-MADE GRANOLA TRIFLES, BY BONDI HARVEST

    • 1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds
    • 1 tablespoon pistachios
    • 1 tablespoon walnuts
    • 1 tablespoon macadamias
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • finely grated zest of 1 lemon
    • 1/4 spring thyme
    • 1 tablespoon honey
    • 2 cups of natural yoghurt
    • In season fruit

    BREAKFAST 2: CLASSIC

    2 organic poached eggs served with one cup of slightly steamed spinach, some wild-caught salmon (grilled or poached) with mushrooms, some wholemeal bread, some grass-fed butter, a pinch of natural sea salt and pepper. Heaven!

    BREAKFAST 3: FRENCH COUNTRYSIDE STYLE

    • 2 slices of organic ham
    • a piece of real cheese
    • a piece of wholemeal bread
    • one apple

    BREAKFAST 4: HOME-MADE MUESLI/GRANOLA IF YOU ARE ADDICTED TO CEREALS …

    • Coconut oil *(1/3 or ½ cup), rolled oats (1 kg), 250 grs nuts (almonds, walnuts, macadamia), pumpkin seeds): you can change the quantities depending on what you like
    • Fresh berries, fresh fruits, full cream yoghurt, full cream milk
    • Optional: Dried goji berries, sultanas, dried black currant
    • Optional: raw maple syrup (1/3 cup), cinnamon*, rolled amaranth and rolled quinoa (instead of or in addition to the rolled oats)
    Home-made muesli... The best!

    Home-made muesli… The best!

    Directions:

    • Chop all the nuts in small pieces
    • Put rolled oats, nuts (almonds, walnuts, macadamia), pumpkin seeds, cinnamon in a dish (3 to 4 cm)
    • Add coconut oil and mix together until it is moist
    • You also can add the maple syrup; otherwise you can sweeten the muesli with the fresh and dried fruits when you eat it
    • Put the dish in the oven (150 degrees on grill/oven) and mix every 5 minutes until all ingredients are well roasted – not burnt!
    • Let it cool down
    • Store in a container
    • Add just before serving: fresh fruits (in particular fresh berries), some dried fruits such as sultanas, goji berries, dried black currants (not too much as they are loaded with sugar), some full fat milk and/or yoghurt if you want

    Tip: You can also make muesli bars, perfect healthy snack!

    Simply add some water to the mixture before putting into the oven, it will make it expand. Mark lines (to make it easier to cut when cooked) and put in the oven. Cook it very slowly.

    BREAKFAST 5: IDEAL FOR THE COLDER MONTHS… and so quick

    Homemade oats porridge with coconut milk. Use quinoa for a gluten-free option. I prepare a batch on Sunday night, heat it up every morning and serve with a few slices of pears or apples or banana, a few almonds or walnuts and a dash of crème fraiche. It only takes 5 minutes.

    BREAKFAST 6: PERFECT MEAL

    • 2 organic eggs
    • 1 cup of spinach or rocket or collard greens or kale
    • 1 medium size sweet potato
    • natural sea salt and pepper
    • olive oil or grass-fed butter
    Eggs, spinach, wholemeal bread ...

    Eggs, spinach, wholemeal bread …

    Directions

    • fill small pot ¾ full with filtered water, put the eggs and bring to low boil. Let it boil on low heat for 3 minutes
    • fill steamer pot with a little bit of filtered water on high heat
    • put sweet potatoes (washed and chopped in small cubes) in steam basket and steam for 5 minutes.
    • put the greens (washed and chopped in 3cm pieces) on top of the potatoes. Steam until they are tender: one minute should be enough. Remove from heat when done.
    • Peel the eggs and put them on a plate over the greens and sweet potatoes. Add salt, pepper and a piece of butter or olive oil on top.

    BREAKFAST 7: ON THE GO… if you have to!

    • 1 large glass of almond milk (1 cup of almonds, 3 cups of water with vanilla extract) + ½ cup of blueberries: Blend and serve
    • A green smoothie if you like this (1 cup spinach, 1 cup parsley, ½ banana, 1 cup coconut milk, filtered water)

    Have a fantastic end of the week.

    Yves

  • Healthy Soups.

    Bonjour,

    Welcome back to my Delicious Sexy Soups Series, part 2! Last time, we talked about bone broth, key ingredient to make healthy soups. Today, let’s explore 5 reasons why soups are one of the healthiest meals, while being read more

  • Let’s celebrate sustainable food!

    Bonjour,

    I know, I’ve been very quiet lately. Many of you wonder why they did not receive my newsletter for the last 4 weeks . Well, as you know, alongside my busy nutrition practice (face to face and Skype sessions with my private clients, read more

  • To Die For Easy Recipes

    Bonjour,

    “I want to get healthier and lose some weight but where do I start?” is certainly one of the questions I am the most frequently asked. Whatever your level of nutrition knowledge, your willingness or willpower, read more

  • What to eat to lose weight – and when!

    Bonjour,

    What to eat to lose weight is definitely one of the most frequently asked questions I get from my clients. There isn’t one simple answer unfortunately: all my clients are different with very specific needs, lifestyles and conditions that I look at very carefully to design totally customised weight-loss programs that provide long-lasting effects.

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  • Chips anyone?

    Bonjour,

    Who said an healthy diet had to be boring, dull and tasteless? Who said you had to give up everything you love? NOT ME!

    Chips anyone?!

    Chips anyone?!

    Pleasure has to be part of the equation if you want any changes in your diet to be sustainable. Many nutrition experts fail to acknowledge the instrumental part it plays in making us healthy. It is however the backbone of the positive attitude to food and life of the French, which contributes to make them one of the slimmest and healthiest countries. 

    Pleasure is a nutritional element requirement, a potent metabolic force and an agent of health. Pleasure catalyses metabolic efficiency. It makes life worth living.” says Marc David, founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating. I could not agree more: my formula Real Food + Pleasure = Health has proven to work with so many of my clients.

    One of the best examples is… chips and fries!

    Yes. Chips. And. Fries.

    If ditching already-made potato chips or fast food fries is not negotiable (true fat-bombs made with pro-inflammatory highly refined oils, one of the main causes of diet-related diseases), there are chips and fries that you definitely should have in your diet: chips and fries made at home with super vegetables, super healthy oils and… love: try these super easy, super quick, super healthy and delicious recipes!

    SWEET POTATOES, BEETROOT AND KALE (yes kale!) CHIPS

    These 3 vegetables packed with nutrients are ideal for chips:

    • Sweet potato: fibre, vitamin C and A, lower GI, anti-cancer phyto-nutrients. Please keep the skin as this is where you have the most nutrients!
    • beetroot: packed with antioxidants, helps detoxify, strengthens immune system.
    • Kale: packed with phyto-nutrients, vitamin A and C, fibre, antioxidants.
    The best chips!

    Beetroot, kale, sweet potato: the best chips!

    You simply need to cut them in fine slices. For the kale, discard the stems. Then toss in organic olive oil for a few minutes. Add sea salt and any other seasoning that you like such as cumin (fat burning), pepper (metabolism booster), fresh herbs (antioxidants) or even parmesan  (helps absorb phyto-nutrients better). Toss again until wet (in particular for the kale).

    Put the raw chips on a tray lined with baking paper in a pre-heated oven (170 to 200 degrees). Cook for 5 minutes. Turn them once to make sure they don’t bake on one side only. Cook for another 5 to 7 minutes or until crisp.

    DUCK FAT SWEET POTATO FRIES from the south west of France.

    This brand of duck fat is available in some health food stores... Delicious.

    This brand of duck fat is available in some health food stores… Delicious.

    Duck fat, one of the healthiest animal fats, is the best to give your fries a to-die-for taste!

    Simply cut the sweet potatoes into finger-shape fries. Again, keep the skin as this is where you have the most nutrients! Toss gently with olive oil, sea salt and pepper. Put on a tray lined with baking paper and bake for 20 minutes in a pre-heated oven (180-200 degrees). Check from time to time and turn. Remove from oven and then toss with duck fat, grated garlic (the more grated the more nutrients you’ll get!) and finely minced fresh herbs (think basil, parsley or coriander). Put the fries back into the oven for 12 minutes. Check them again from time to time: don’t let them burn! Serve hot!

    DO LIKE THE FRENCH: SERVE WITH A GREEN SALAD

    A huge green salad (rocket, baby spinach, dark lettuce) with a healthy dressing (click HERE for recipes) will add a refreshing and alkalising touch to your dish and will enhance the delicious flavour of your chips and fries.

    ENJOY!

    Try these recipes and let me know what you think. Do you have other recipes of delicious chips? Please don’t be shy, share them with us here!

    As always, bon appetit!

    Yves

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  • Sorry, my paleo friends!

    Bonjour,

    Given the current anti-gluten craze, I decided to took a gluten-free 30-day challenge a few months ago. Last week I shared with you the first 5 things I learnt from it (Click HERE to find out more)… Let’s look at the last few things I took out this month without gluten:

    • The only crackers I eat!

      The only no-gluten crackers I eat!

      A delicious new permanent staple in my kitchen. Mary’s Crackers. A pure gem without gluten. Made of brown rice, quinoa, flax and sesame seeds, they have the best rich, nutty flavour and always hold their toasty crunch. Perfect with some grass-fed butter, some real cheese or with your favourite dips. They are of course organic and non-GMO.

    • My crowding-out method works. If you know my approach to nutrition, you’ve already heard of my ‘crowing-out’ method: when you eat more of the good stuff first, you simply don’t have enough room to eat other foods. By eliminating my usually substantial intake of bread, and occasional pasta and cakes, I ended up eating more leafy greens, fresh herbs, nuts, root vegetables, legumes, organic eggs and healthy fats (butter, coconut oil, olive oil). Great benefit for me from avoiding gluten!
    • I damaged the planet. I surprisingly craved meat so I added some more (grass-fed) lamb and beef in my diet. The livestock industry is one of the main causes if not the root of climate change… So I was not very proud of myself, not to mention moral issues that I sometimes have of animals being killed for unnecessarily food.
    •  Did I lose weight…? Yes. I did lose a bit of weight. But again it might be much more because of my increase of foods promoting weight loss than not eating gluten. By not having any bread, and occasional pasta or cakes, I ate a lot more leafy greens, fresh herbs, nuts, root vegetables, legumes, organic eggs, healthy fats and low GI gluten-free grains (see last week missive). I definitely feel lighter.
    • Grumpy Baker -my favourite bakery in Sydney, here I come! At the end of my gluten-free month I honestly couldn’t see any major benefits. One obsession: I can’t wait to have my organic wholemeal bread and a croissant (or 2!) from the Grumpy Baker again. But since then I made sure to eat more greens!  

    Still feel like going off gluten? Please think twice!

    1- Don’t panic! Even if Australia has one of the world’s highest reported incidences of food allergies, it only affects 2% of the adult population and 1% ONLY are gluten intolerant. Yes, all this fuss about the paleo madness, anti-grain war, carb phobia-  when only 1% of the population is potentially allergic. So please think twice before following the anti-gluten trend. Once again this is nothing but a fad, which ignores the most recent science.

    2- Sorry paleo friends but strong evidence shows that humans used to eat grains more than 4 millions years ago, way before the Paleolithic era, which began about 2.5 million years ago! Then 125,000 years ago, when humans started to use fire and eat cooked grains, they started to get straighter: they literally ‘grew like grains’. The bulk of the science also clearly shows that grains don’t increase inflammation and are consistently found to be healthy: they can help prevent diabetes 2 and cardiovascular diseases while promoting weight loss!

    3- Grains including those with gluten have served to fuel the development of civilisations throughout human history, have been central to Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurvedic Medicine and still provide superior nutrition, sustained energy, vitamins, antioxidants, minerals, soluble fibre, insoluble fiber, lignins…

    4- However all grains are not the same and industrial gluten consumption (which you can find in all processed biscuits, pasta, cereals, but also in ice creams and dairy) is actually directly related to our huge health crisis: the monoculture of mutated modern (GMO) wheat in high quantities and unfermented is at the root of the increasing number of people suffering from gluten intolerance and more importantly the epidemic of diet-related diseases including weight gain and obesity, diabetes, allergies, some cancers, heart disease.

    5- The solution: always go for whole, organic grains (to avoid GMOs). And as always, avoid as much as you can processed foods. So remember one thing before deciding to give up all the delicious foods containing gluten: ‘gluten-free diet is unhealthy for the general population, except for 1% of the population!’ as nutrition expert Dr McDougall put it. So… Croissant, anyone?

    6- Still feel like going off gluten? Just like I do with my clients when they think they are gluten intolerant but aren’t sure, I would encourage you to try the gluten-free month challenge. 

    7- Finally, you might be interested in this great article from Michael Specter published in the New Yorker. Click HERE.

    And you, what is you experience with gluten? Leave your comment or share this article if you liked it.

    All the best and talk to you next week! 

     

    Yves

    PS: another delicious recipe – which happens to be gluten-free!

    Parmesan polenta with prosciutto, tomatoes and goat cheese with asparagus

    Ingredients: soft polenta for 4 (see first recipe), 4 slices of prosciutto, 400 grs cherry tomatoes, 8 asparagus, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, sea salt, freshly ground black pepper

    Pour the soft polenta into a baking dish and refrigerate for 1 hour.

    Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat in a large frying pan. Cut the polenta into pieces half the size of your palm and cook until golden and crisp for 1 to 2 minutes on each side. Place on a plate. Use the same pan and briefly cook the prosciutto, the tomatoes and the asparagus (previously blanched). Top each piece of polenta with 1 slice of prosciutto, tomatoes, asparagus (cut in 4cm pieces) and some goat’s cheese. Add sea salt, pepper, dressing made of olive oil, balsamic vinegar and lemon juice. You can serve with a refreshing green rocket salad and a glass of light red wine (or rose in summer).

    And now close your eyes… Where are you? Yes you’re in Nice on the French Riviera…

    Nice, French Riviera

    Nice, French Riviera

  • My list of fat-burning foods…

    Bonjour,

    After my last week’s post ‘You Can’t Detox, It’s A Myth‘, I received a lot of questions like this one: “I always felt there was something wrong with detoxing… But is there anything I can do to lose the few kilos I put on over the silly season…?”

    Great news! You definitely can get rid of these few kilos without having to starve yourself or live off green juices! 

    With my private clients or in my online programs (next program to be launched very soon – stay tuned!), I extensively cover all you need to do to be in a constant fat-burning mode -while still eating for pleasure, critical for sustainable changes. Here is a list of some of my favourite fat-burning foods, which also can help you get healthier. Most of them are part of the traditional French diet that makes the French one of the slimmest and healthiest peoples in the world. Super charge your diet with them and you’ll see result quite quickly – if, of course, you stop indulging too much.

    • Espelette pepper, metabolism booster

    piments-d-espeletteEspelette pepper from the Basque region in the south west of France is one of the best types of pepper, literally worshipped by the best chefs. However the simple cayenne pepper offers the same benefits: it boosts our metabolism helping burning fat.

    • Lemon, your liver’s BFF

    I have posted many times on this but lemons are your best friend when it comes to weight loss. It help you digest and process fat and proteins. The best tip: have some lemon warm water (1/2 lemon juice in hot filtered water) every morning 20 minutes before breakfast to boost and support your liver. Also click here to find out the 20 reasons why this so simple tip has been in my families for generations.

    • IMG_7726Apple, fat trap

    The type of fibres in apples traps part of the fat you eat and eliminates it straight away. Fabulous consumed as a snack (with a piece of cheese) or after eating for maximising its benefits or before to stop hunger.

    By the way, the way the French snack is one of their best secrets to stay slim: find out more in my previous blog ‘Healthy Snacks, the French Way’ here).

     

    • Vinegar, fat-burning champion

    It slows down digestion, balances out blood sugar level and stops fat storage. The best is unpasteurised apple cider vinegar. Use it as much as you can! Salad dressing is one of the best options to have your daily amount of vinegar. Check this traditional French dressing recipe in one of my previous blogs here.

    • Full fat dairy, grass-fed meat, wild-caught fish, organic eggs, beans, lentils… High thermogenic effect!

    All these foods are very high in proteins: not only proteins require a lot of energy to be digested -which help burn fat!- but also make you feel satisfied – which help you eat less. Have some clean proteins (full fat NOT low fat dairy, grass-fed NOT conventional meat, wild-caugh NOT farmed fish, organic eggs NOT free range/caged eggs) at each meal. If you don’t eat  animal products, have plenty of beans, lentils but also quinoa, chia seeds… The choice is endless!

    • Oats, to feel satisfied

    Just like in apples, fibres in oats trap and eliminate part of the fat you eat. Also as they help stabilise blood sugar level, they reduce cravings and am/pm crashes, well known to encourage binge eating. Ideal breakfast (home made porridge or muesli) and snacks… 

    • Coffee, surprisingly a fantastic fat-burning food

    coffee yvesIf you’ve been following me for a while and read one of my previous posts ‘The Benefits of Coffee’ , you know that I LOVE coffee, for its taste but also for its health benefits. And guess what? Coffee has been proven to help burn fat too! However moderation and quality are key just like everything in the French approach to food: organic, fair trade and 2 (3 max) cups a day, otherwise it would trigger stress leading you to store fat (stress is one of the key contributors to weight gain). 

    • Green tea, not so French but…

    Not so French but so helpful. The theine in green tea fastens metabolism and tannin promotes process fat elimination – not to mention the high antioxidant level helping to prevent and fight cancer.

     So…I would love to hear from you now. What is YOUR favourite fat-burning food? Any other ones missing in this list? Tell me!

    Bon appetit!

    Yves

    PS.1. Next week, I’ll show you that kale is NOT the best leafy green vegetable… You’ll be surprised by all the other options!

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  • HNY as in…

    Bonjour,

    2014… Wow! What a year! Filled with great food, new projects, and more importantly so many new fantastic clients, happy to live by my motto: Real Food + Pleasure = Health ®.

    Without you this would not have been possible! Thank you so much for your incredible support: more than 4,100 followers -passionate about health and delicious food- have now joined my Facebook page, while the number of subscribers to my weekly newsletter is growing by the minute. The success of my online program Bonjour Summer was also totally beyond expectations…  Yes, I absolutely loved 2014… 

    I wanted to do a 2014 wrap-up with some of my most popular articles that you might have missed out on. Read on for some interesting health tips and delicious recipes if you want to look and feel your healthiest you in 2015… 

    My Tour de France 2014

    From the south (Provence) to the west (Ile de Re and Brittany) via the Diner en Blanc in Paris, my annual trip to France proved to be one of the best, with many delicious recipes along the way.

    Part 1, click here / Part 2, click here

    My gluten-free month

    Even if I very rarely recommend a gluten-free diet to my clients (gluten-free doesn’t get along well with the French Paradox theory!) unless they are gluten sensitive or intolerant, I wanted to know if it would have any positive impact on my health and well-being.  A huge challenge for me as it meant I had to give up on bread… I honestly was in panic mode: no bread, really? Wait a minute, no bread? No bread at all?

    Part 1, click here / Part 2, click here / Part 3, click here

     

    The benefits of coffeecoffee yves

    Yes I confess, I AM ADDICTED. I’m addicted to coffee. And I’m not alone: 400,000,000,000 cups of coffee are drunk globally every year. I’m definitely not alone and I wanted to share with you the pros and cons of this delicious beverage. More here.

    I Love garlic

    ‘To be strong and kill all the bad bugs in your gut, eat garlic every day!’ used to say Marguerite, my great grandmother, popular healer and cook in the South West of France in the 1920s.Yes the humble garlic is a true super food but you have to follow a few rules to make the most of it. This article will not only show you how but also will give you a few French cuisine tips to beautifully transform each of your dishes. So easy, so healthy, so yummy.

    Food rules for a beautiful life

    “What should I eat?” is definitely the most frequently asked question I get from my private clients. One of the first advice I give them is to read Michael Pollan’s best-seller ‘Food Rules’. I usually hate rules as they are often bad for happiness. Not Michael’s tough. If there was only one nutrition book to read, it would be this one with no doubt. This article gives a selection of Michael’s beautiful rules – with my personal touch! – for a beautiful life.

    The Mediterranean diet makes you sexy

    The time-tested Mediterranean diet is finally making a huge come-back, offering a sensible alternative to many years of hard-core fads. If Penelope Cruz and so many other celebrities are big fans, so am I! It totally abides by the principle of the French Paradox and is very close to the traditional French diet (no surprise there, given The French Mediterranean coast extends up to 1,000km!). Read the article here.

     

    I hope you enjoyed this 2014 wrap up… The new year is already looking to be even bigger:

    • Next month I’ll be launching BONJOUR 2015, my new online program, directly inspired by last year BONJOUR SUMMER. More to come in the upcoming weeks.
    • I’ve increased the number of spots for one-to-one sessions during the week, before and after work to better suit your needs.
    • I’ll seriously work on my book project. Finally! 

    Happy New Year to you and your loved ones. Be 2015 your year, where you finally look and feel your healthiest you, while having a lot of pleasure along the way! Bonne Année!

    So HNY as in Happy New Year and… Healing Nutrition by Yves! 

    I can’t wait to see you next year!

    Yves

  • 3 beautiful things for your summer diet.

    Bonjour,

    SUMMER, SUMMER, SUMMER… At last! Days are longer, our skin gets browner, the ocean is warmer and people seem happier…

    There are also so many super yummy / super healthy things I love in summer… Beautiful things I would like to share with you, to definitely include in your summer diet .

    Here are the first 3… More to come soon!

     

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    Coconut water, my summer drink of choice!

    1- COCONUT WATER

    I just had my first organic coconut water of the season and it felt so good! I know, coconut water isn’t exactly a part of the French Paradox nutrition concept but it is claimed to:

    • Aid weight loss
    • Aid circulation
    • Fight viruses and bacteria
    • Improve immune system
    • Manage blood pressure
    • Improve skin tone and elasticity
    • Prevent dandruff
    • Break down kidney stones
    • Settle nausea and vomiting
    • Kill intestinal worms
    • Prevent and cure urinary tract infections

    Coconut water is 99% fat-free and is rich in calcium, potassium and magnesium. It’s naturally low in sugar and also has zinc, selenium, iodine, sulfur, manganese, boron, molybdenum, ascorbic acid and B-group vitamins. It is said to be almost identical to human blood plasma.

    However all nutrition experts don’t agree and some even say coconut water doesn’t live up to all its health benefit claims.

    Well I am still a big fan and still await proper research and hard data proving I shouldn’t. Organic coconut water is one of the most refreshing, natural drinks that won’t do you any harm – and may even rejuvenate you…

    At least it is much better than energy drinks, so popular in particular in summer. If you still drink these nasty beverages, PLEASE read this article (click here).

     

    Zucchini flowers: hurry up, it's almost the end of the season!

    Zucchini flowers: hurry up, it’s almost the end of the season!

    2- ZUCCHINI FLOWERS

    Zucchini flowers can be found in abundance at local food markets. They are very delicate, can’t be kept more than 24h and are usually served stuffed with goat cheese and fried. This very traditional French recipe from the south of France is a lighter option and provides a very good balance of healthy fats, proteins and greens. Ideal for your summer diet and to impress your guests!

    Ingredients for 6

    18 zucchini flowers – 2 organic zucchini – 300g mince pasture-fed beef – 2 organic eggs – 1 garlic clove – half a bunch of parsley – 10 leaves of basil – 120g parmesan – 1/2 wholemeal baguette – 10cl extra virgin olive oil – 1 glass of full cream milk – 75cl home-made tomato coulis – organic salad rocket – sea salt

    Directions

    • Pre-heat the oven, 180°
    • In a bowl soak the bread in the milk 
    • Put half of the olive oil with the chopped garlic in a pan for 2 minutes
    • Add the meat and cook for 10 minutes max
    • In the meantime, steam the zucchinis
    • Drain the meat and keep the cooking juice
    • Drain the bread (discard the milk)
    • Chop the meat, parsley, basil and steamed zucchinis. Place in a bowl and add the bread, eggs, salt and parmesan. Mix well to combine. Don’t press the mixture too much
    • Add the cooking juice and mix again
    • Spoon the zucchini flowers and place them on a plate
    • Gently twist the ends to secure and if needed, push wood toothpicks through the petals to hold in place
    • Pour the remaining olive oil on the flowers and put in the oven for 15 minutes
    • Serve with a home-made tomato coulis and -you know me now!- (a huge) rocket salad.

     

    3- CLEOPATRA’S (and my) FAVOURITE

    Both Cleopatra and I can't resist!

    Both Cleopatra and I can’t resist!

    Cleopatra’s favourite fruits, figs are also believed to be the true forbidden fruit of the Garden of Eden by some historians.

    What we definitely know is that figs have a very strong healing power. One of the best sources of fiber and high in potassium, figs can help lower cholesterol, relieve constipation, reduce high blood pressure and drop the risk of heart attacks. The amount of fibre makes you feel less hungry, satisfies sugar craving hence promotes weight loss. However don’t over indulge as they are also quite high in sugar.

    Have you tried ‘les enroulés de figues’, one of my favourite entrees (or light dinner meals)? It is to die for yet very simple and easy to make. Take 4 big ripe figs (1 or 2 per person). Open the top and fill each fig with some organic ricotta cheese. Wrap the figs with prosciutto. Put in the oven at 150/180 degrees until the prosciutto is slightly cooked and roasted. Season with pepper and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar or even better of pomegranate molasses and extra virgin olive oil. I told you: to die for!

    Try this recipe today and let me know what you think!

    Bon appetit!

    Yves

    BSlogoPS. I could not resist sharing with you my last contribution to BODY + SOUL magazine in last week issue.  

    Did you know salt could heal? Have a look at the picture of the column below if you want to relax thanks to one of my great grandmother Marguerite’s secrets!

    My last contribution to Body + Soul (last week issue)

    My last contribution to Body + Soul (last week issue)