Larina Robinson from The Body Dietetics is dedicated to trying to help people have a healthy happy gut! She spends her days treating people with food intolerances; IBS and other nutritional issues so when she says she’s got a recipe your gut will love we listen!
We’re thrilled to share her Lemon Curd Tart recipe with you today and we also sat her down for a Fast Five questions about spring health and beauty.
Fast Five With Larina Robinson
1) A lot of us try to go on a health kick in Spring/Summer, what’s your number one step for a healthier diet this spring?
- Eat more veggies! It sounds obvious, but few of us are actually doing it. If you simply swap out some of the other food you're currently eating for some extra serves of vegetables, your body will thank you.
2) What foods do you love to eat in the Spring/Summer?
- I am obsessed with fresh pineapple, raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries. Green smoothies when it's super hot and roast vegetables mixed with lots of fresh salad ingredients and drizzled with extra virgin olive oil are also huge hits at my place.
3) You’ve been using our tanning treatment to keep your skin glowing throughout winter, what’s your favourite thing about it?
- The tanning treatment is like nothing else I've tried before! It smells good, it looks really natural, but my favourite thing is that it doesn't stain my sheets or my clothes! That is a miracle in itself. I still wake up surprised each time!
4) Do you have any beauty tips for Spring?
- Hydrate not only with water but plenty of water-rich foods including citrus, melons, cucumber, zucchini, lettuce, celery and green cabbage. Proper hydration can help keep pesky fine lines and wrinkles at bay and will help to give you a radiant glow.
- Enjoy a roast tomato with your breakfast, a tomato-sauce based dinner or a cooling gazpacho at lunch. Tomatoes have been shown to help protect our skin from UV damage!
5) You have a new Weight Loss program out, tell us about it? What makes it different to all the other lose weight get Summer ready programs that are always around?
- It's not a fad diet or a quick fix. In fact, there really is no end date. It's a kickstart to a new food relationship. It gives you the insights and practical tips you need to succeed with your weight loss in the short term, but also to keep it off.
The 4-week meal plan component meets the Recommended Dietary Intakes (RDI) of all the essential nutrients for an adult, ensuring what you eat is nutritionally balanced and supportive of great health, while still enjoying a range of different foods. The meal ideas are simple and easy to make, with most not even requiring a recipe!
Nothing is off-limits, you can even enjoy chocolate, wine, cheese, and chips! It's not extremely low in calories and it's not meant to starve you for rapid weight loss. Instead, you'll develop healthy habits, implement practical solutions you can continue with beyond the plan, and be empowered to make the choices that can result in consistent weight loss and help you keep the weight off for good.
Larina Robinson’s Lemon Curd Tart
This amazing recipe is:
• Soothes the gut lining
• Helps regenerate cells
• A source of prebiotics
• Contains zinc, plant based omega 3s, vitamin C
• A source of fibre and protein
YUM! Let’s get cooking.
Lemon Curd Filling
1 cup lemon juice (approx 1 ½ large lemons)
½ tsp ground turmeric
2 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp gelatin (I used Great Lakes)
1 cup coconut milk (I used Light, but full fat works too)
½ tsp fresh, finely grated ginger (packed in well)
1 ¾ cup tigernut flour
⅓ cup finely diced pepitas
¾ cup finely diced walnuts
50g butter, chopped into 1cm x 1cm cubes, plus extra for greasing the pan
¼ cup maple syrup
You’ll need baking beads or dry beans for weights when baking
1. Preheat oven to 170 degrees celsius.
2. Grease a 20 inch tart pan with butter.
3. In a medium bowl, combine all crust ingredients with your hands, blending the cubes of butter into the mix with your fingers.
4. Place crust mix into the pan and press down with your hands until the base is smooth and even, and the edges have an even thickness.
5. Place a sheet of baking paper over the top and pour in the baking beads, weights or beans to keep the crusts shape while baking.
6. Bake for 15 minutes.
7. Meanwhile, whisk eggs, lemon juice, turmeric, maple syrup and melted coconut oil in a medium pan over medium-high heat.
8. Then slowly add in coconut milk.
9. Pour out ¼ of the mix into a bowl, and sprinkle in gelatin. Whisk to combine then pour the remaining ¾ of the mix into the bowl gradually while continuing to whisk. Set aside to cool.
10. Remove beads or weights from crust, and bake the crust again for another 15 minutes or until lightly golden. Let crust cool completely before adding in the lemon curd filling.
11. Once cooled and set in the fridge. Serve topped with strawberries and blueberries, and a little of your favourite ice cream.
For more delicious recipes, nutrition tip bits and information about Larina’s new Weight Loss Program head to her website (https://thebodydietetics.com)