Sarra Moore is a health heating coach and creator of insanely tasty and healthy plant-based drinks and treats. Based in Watford, England, she uses food to help clients find their mojo, to feel more energised and lose weight naturally. She was also our nutrition guru on Urban Witch Escapes, and introduced us to the world of spiralising vegetables and green smoothies. Her enthusiasm for healthy eating is infectious and I’m sure her tips and recipes below will inspire some experimenting in your kitchen!
Sarra’s passion has always been food. She opened and ran a cafe in Watford for several years, and has been serving up nurturing food to families for twenty years working as a nanny. She studied naturopathic nutrition, qualifying from the Nutritional Healing Foundation in Brighton in 2011 and uses EFT, NLP, visualisations and good old-fashioned listening and healthy eating advice in sessions with clients. Her company Damage Limitation delivers smoothies to the busy people of Watford and on weekends you can find her at markets around North London selling fresh juices, smoothies and vegan treats.
What’s your philosophy on food and eating?
I don’t believe in denying yourself the things you love. Yes we want to eat cake. We want to drink wine and stay up all night dancing, eat out with friends and family at the weekend. We also want loads of energy and oomph to go to that spin class/gym session/party/big walk in the woods. We want to feel happy, really really happy. We want to feel connected with our friends and loved ones.
My philosophy is that by eating a predominately plant-based diet we can do and feel all of this. Healthy eating should be delicious and exciting. I advocate eating more natural food which provides all the nutrients we need to live in vibrant health and seriously limits that damage caused by eating too much meat, dairy, sugar, boozing, and stress caused by burning the candle at both ends. The body is capable of healing itself if we only give it the ingredients it needs and environment to flourish in.
What’s cooking in your kitchen right now?
I’m very lucky to have a sis-in-law with an allotment, so last night we feasted on freshly picked kale, cavalo nero, spinach and rainbow chard lightly fried with lots of garlic to ward off coughs, colds and sniffles, plus a big squeeze of zesty lemon which helps our body absorb all that wonderful iron from the leaves. I also cooked up some top comfort food in the form of a vegan potato dauphinoise. I layered potatoes, onion and garlic then covered in a homemade dairy free white sauce. I used a mix of white and sweet potato which has lower sugar levels and is loaded with beta carotene, a feisty antioxidant immune booster. All topped off with tahini (great for calcium) and nutritional yeast flakes that are packed with B vits and give it a cheesy taste. In these colder months my spicy hot chocolate is very popular in our house!
This time of year is about making sure we’re nourishing ourselves with nutritionally dense food to keep our immune system boosted. Think ginger, turmeric, chilli to keep circulation going and inflammation at bay. These ingredients can easily be added to soups and stews along with some tasty, seasonal root veg and super greens such as kale and chard. Here’s a recipe for an easy roasted butternut squash and carrot soup. Add some lentils and beans for extra taste, protein and fibre – crucial for a healthy digestive system. 70% of your immune system is located in your digestive system so keeping your bowels moving and healthy will help you stay on top form.
Probiotics are another great way to keep your bowels and immunity in good shape. I don’t mean the little sugary dairy drinks you can buy in the supermarket, these are not a good source of probiotics and the sugar and dairy are acidic to the pH balance of the body. Think acidic bad, alkaline good. It’s always best to buy probiotics from a reputable supplement company such as Solgar, Viridian or Cytoplan. You could try making your own sauerkraut, kefir or kombucha to keep your “good” bacteria flourishing. Far yummier! Movement is vital to keep lymph flowing as it tends to slow down in the colder, darker months. Getting outside for a walk in the daylight will get lymph moving and top up on your vit D levels vital for a healthy immune system.
Any tips for eating fresh, organic and affordable?
Keep your eyes peeled when you are out shopping for bargains on fruit and veg. You can buy lots and freeze them. Go at the end of the day to pick up cut price items. Check out your local farmers markets for some bargains but also have a chat with the farmers/traders as their produce may not be labelled organic but it may have been grown without the use of pesticides. It can be very expensive to get all the legal paperwork to be able to use the organic label so often they cannot afford it – worth checking. Check out my blog for my top 15 tips for healthy eating on a budget.
Green smoothies. Talk us through them and why we need them in our life.
Ah the green smoothie! The basics of a green smoothie: 1-2 types of fruit such as berries, banana, peach, mango – add a big handful of greens like spinach, kale, chard, lettuce and avocado. Then add water/dairy free milk/coconut water or milk, and whizz! This is just a basic recipe and can be played around with, I always add cucumber to mine and often soaked nuts for extra protein and creaminess. Check out this video for how to whizz one up. Not only is it delicious in its own right but it’s a great way to get in your extra vitamins, super greens, protein powders etc. Just add them to your smoothie! They’re the ultimate fast food, a great meal replacement, packed with nutrition, antioxidants and fibre for a healthy digestive system. They keep you full for ages and you can make a big batch in the morning and pop the rest in a flask to take with you to beat those 4pm hunger pangs. Waaaay better than a luke warm pasty from the garage!
Watford in three words.
Grey. Green. Home.
Where can we find you over the coming months?
The British Yoga Festival, London
5th to 7th of December 2014
23rd to 25th May 2015
If you’re on the UK festival circuit in 2015 watch out for Sarra’s new partner in crime… her juice van Lou! You can also find Sarra on Facebook and twitter sharing recipes and healthy eating tips. For consultations or more information contact her at email@example.com or visit her website damagelimitation.org