RECIPE: SPICY BANANA BREAD (VEGAN, GLUTEN AND REFINED SUGAR-FREE)

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I was craving something sweet when I came across the recipe of Vegan Banana Bread by Deliciously Ella. I twisted the recipe a little bit according to what I had in my fridge and kitchen closet, so here is my spicy version of this delicious treat.

Ingredients for a yummy and soft banana bread (for 5 people):

– 6 ripe bananas

– 2 cups of chestnut flour

– 1 cup of freshly ground almonds

– 1 cup of buckwheat flour

– 4 tablespoons of ground flaxseeds

– 1 tablespoon of psyllium husk

– 1 pinch of Himalayan salt

– 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder + 1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg powder + 1/2 teaspoon of coriander powder + 1 teaspoon of ginger powder + 2 teaspoons of cinnamon powder

– coconut oil for the cake pan

How to?

Pre-heat the oven at 160°C.

Then mix the ground almonds with the chestnut and buckwheat flours, the ground flaxseeds, the psyllium husk, the salt and the spices.

In a food processor, blend the bananas.

Add this puree to the “flour bowl” and mix all the ingredients together until you have a smooth yet sticky dough.

Oil a cake pan with the coconut oil and pour in the mixture.

Bake it for 1 hour.

Let the cake cool down and “dry” a little bit.

Enjoy!

Options: You can sprinkle some coconut flakes or add some banana slices on top.

RECIPE: VEGAN SUPERMILKS

 

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You’ve strained your precious plantbased milk already and now… what?

Now, well, you could turn this basic milk into a yummy superhealthy shake.

Below are 2 of my favorite on-the-go super shakes:

 

Green milk:

– one cup of plant based milk –recipe HERE

– 1 teaspoon of spirulina

– 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric

– 1 pinch of cayenne pepper

– 1 tablespoon of coconut sugar

Throw everything into a jar.

Shake it and you’ve got yourself a nice on-the-go green milk.

 

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Cacao and vanilla milk:

– 1 cup of plantbased milk

– 1 teaspoon of raw cacao powder

– 1 teaspoon of lucuma

– 1 teaspoon of maca powder

– 1 pinch of vanilla powder

– 1 tablespoon of coconut sugar

Throw everything into a jar.

Shake it and here is your chocolat-y milk!

RECIPE: Go Bananas for Chocolate!

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Guys! Listen up! I have a toothsome recipe for you: some frozen choco-banana bites! Oh so yummy!

To make these delicious treats, you’ll need:

– 1 or 2 bananas (before freezing them, don’t forget to slice the fruits!)

– 12 squares of (100% cacao) chocolate bar (it’s tantamount to about 75 grams)

– 3 table spoons of oat milk

– 1 table spoon of coconut oil

– 1 teaspoon of coconut palm sugar

– 1 pinch of cayenne pepper

– 1 pinch of Himalayan salt

– 1 teaspoon of cinnamon

– 1 teaspoon of vanilla

– 1 teaspoon of maca

– 2 tablespoons of pop-quinoa

Easy as a pie a banana:

The night before, you can freeze your banana slices.

First, melt the 100% cacao bar with the oat milk, the coconut oil in a bain-marie (hot-water “bath”).

Add a tea spoon of water if the chocolate is not runny enough.

When everything has melted together, you can add the coconut sugar, the maca powder, all the spices and the pop-quinoa. Stir it quickly once again.

Dip the frozen banana slices into the chocolate sauce.

You can roll these slices in some more pop-quinoa / raw cacao nibs / coconut flakes / Himalayan salt.

Let these choco-banana bites sit into your freezer for 2 hours.

Enjoy!

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Health Benefits:

– Banana is a good source of vitamin B6, potassium (which may help you improve your brain activity when learning for instance), magnesium and manganese.

Raw cacao is said to protect the nervous system as it is high in resveratrol (a potent antioxidant), to help repair damages caused by free radicals (again thanks to those powerful antioxidants!), to reduce blood pressure and to energize your mood. Raw cacao is also a great source of minerals like magnesium (again: Good for the brain!), potassium, iron and zinc.

– Maca is a root from Peru that may help balance the hormones, boost mental clarity and help with endurance.

Cinnamon can help to curve hunger and balance blood sugar levels.

Cayenne pepper is regarded as a metabolic-booster: It could be used to burn fat.

HOW TO SURVIVE WINTER?

Remedies

Hello pumpkins! How are you dealing with the cold weather so far?

Around me, I can see (and hear) a lot of people getting sick. And as I don’t want to catch a cold, I work on strengthening my immune system to keep the mean viruses at bay!

Below are my tricks to transform my immune system into Super(healthy)woman… Try them and let me know if you feel rejuvenated.

1- First and foremost, I do my best to stay hydrated (drink baby drink!). To keep things interesting, I mix between herbal teas, cold-pressed juices (eg: green or pink) or thai soups.

2- Then, I’ll get my fill of vitamin C munching on tangerines, grapefruits, kiwis or red bell peppers! My body will stay alert. No virus will be able to weaken it then!

3- I often overindulge in leafy greens in winter as they are rich in fibers, minerals and vitamins… to keep everything going.  I love them in cold-pressed juices (I also love the Nubio brand in Paris), in smoothies and in salads!

4- When I really feel under the weather, I will take some good-quality zinc supplements (with my doctor’s approval of course! :p ). Otherwise, let’s enjoy some pumpkin seeds: yes dear! they are naturally rich in zinc. I enjoy them as my salad  or soup toppings. Yummy yum!

5- Ok… now.. something less glamorous: I will fill my plates with antibacterial garlic (not on a romantic dinner of course.. otherwise you take the risk of watching your date running away as soon as you open your mouth!) and anti-inflammatory turmeric.

6- To purify and clean my mouth and throat, I love the Ballot Flurin Propolis spray. In winter, it’s my best friend!

7- I also often do a cure of Echinacea drink to help my poor immune system fight against all the evil germs!

8- And, of course, I strive to keep practising yoga so that my body remain fit and my mind stay sound and happy! To me, Yoga is necessary to get health on track!

ADRENAL NUTELLA (healthy, yummy, vegan and refined-sugar free)

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Who does not dream of a healthy and superfood-rich nutella?

Come on! Don’t lie! I know you do love chocolate!!
Anyway.. I do… but not any kind of chocolate… I’m crazy about raw cacao and all the yummy treats you can do out of it!

Below, you’ll find the recipe for a supernutella made with raw hazelnut butter, raw cacao, coconut sugar, stevia, spices and superfoods.

Easy-peasy recipe:

Throw together in a bowl 3 table spoons of hazelnut butter, 1 table spoon of raw cacao powder, coconut sugar (according to your taste) and stevia-infused water.

And then, it’s high time you added the spices and superfoods: Vanilla, turmeric, a dash of black pepper (to intensify the turmeric’s effeciency), cinnamon, vanilla, maca and ashwaganda -all of which will prevent you from being stressed!

Toothsome and decadent!
Enjoy!

Keep It Spicy

Keep It Spicy

Dear people, last week I wrote a post for YUJ’s French blog. You can find the translation below.

Enjoy!

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Hello yoginis ! Today YUJ takes you to places far far away… YUJ takes you to eastern regions to talk about… spices. Spices, really? Yes! Since spices are real tasty and healthy marvels! They have potent powers: They can enhance any kind of food, can entertain your taste buds and are remedies against everyday’s aches (such as indigestion, acidity, muscle cramps, etc).

Below you will find a small selection of spices which are not only delicious, but also endowed with interesting health properties! Happy (and tasty) reading!

 

Cinnamon has a sweet and pungent taste that allies well with both sweet and savoury dishes. Cinnamon is well-known to ensure a healthy blood flow and to help the body purify (while creating heat in the digestive system, it subsequently stimulates digestion). Cinnamon is said to stabilize the blood sugar level as well: It could then be a delicious  slimness ally!

Cardamon is a versatile spice like cinnamon: It can nicely compliment both savoury food, beverages and/or desserts! Cardamon is supposed to soothe stomachaches or digestion issues, to regulate blood sugar levels like cinnamon, and to pacify heartburns.

Coriander (leaves, seeds or in powder) is often used in ayurvedic medicine. It is likely to balance the body and mind: to start fresh both physically and mentally then. Isn’t it beautiful? Coriander also has detoxifying properties… so be generous: Sprinkle it on every of your dishes!

Turmeric, also known as India’s saffran, has a sour -maybe astringent- taste, but once it is combined with a food, its delicious aroma is enhanced! The health benefits of turmeric have been talked about a lot lately: rich in antioxidants and in anti-inflammatory properties; turmeric may help to strengthen the immune system, it may help clean the liver, help fight against cancerous cells and maintain joints in good health -this property can prove very helpful for people addicted to dynamic yoga … such as Ahstanga -. So let’s go! Sprinkle and savor this golden root!

Ginger is a warm and flavorful spice! This root is believed to sooth indigestion and to calm down stomachaches. It may also boost metabolism and maintain the breathing system happy. Its aroma will wonderfully compliment your teas, veggie stews, rice and or sweet dishes!

And now… here are some easy recipes for which you will need one or more of the susmentionned spices:

Fall smoothie: In a vitamix or blender, mix a kaki, a pear, the juice of one lemon and half a teaspoon of cinnamon. Yummy!

Chai tea: Heat a rice and coconut milk. Infuse cinnamon, some rooibos tea and cardamon in it. Then, you can add a teaspoon of raw cacao powder, some stevia or palm sugar or some honey.

Jasmine and cardamon green tea: Infuse some Lov Organic Jasmin green tea with cardamon seeds and you will have the impression that you are cruising along the Vietnamese coasts.

Lemon and ginger herbal tea: Add grated fresh ginger (one thumb of ginger) to 2 cups of water. Boil it for 10 minutes. Add a little bit of lemon juice and some honey (once the tea has cooled down so that you won’t lose the nutrients of the honey).

Detow dressing: Add to your homemade dressing some coriander (in powder or the leaves), some bear garlic … so that you have a nice detox boost while eating your salads.

You can also add to your brown rice turmeric and cinnamon. You can eat it with some steamed vegetables (such as zucchinis, carrots, brocolis, turnips), some coconut milk (flavored with spices such as coriander, pepper, turmeric and salt).

Voilà ! It’s high time that you spiced your dishes… and your life at the same time!

#Namaste

GENTLE AND EASY AYURVEDA-INSPIRED FALL CLEANSE

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Hey psss! Did you read the article I wrote for YUJ’s French blog?

It’s about getting our body ready for the transition from summer to fall. I was inspired by some ayurvedic routines and tried to build a gentle and easy routine to follow, in order to cleanse the body before entering the new season. For those of you who want to practise their French, please, go ahead, and have a look at the post. For the others, you will find the translation of the article below.

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Cold weather is approaching! How to get ready for the change of season?

Dear Yoginis, we know you dread the coming fall, the coming cold and the coming rain! We do too at YUJ!

But come on! We should not feel dejected since fall can also be a “warm” season with the nice twilight, the pumpkins’ warm colors, the cosy sweaters and the steaming herbal teas…

Fall can be a likable time of the year! All the more so as YUJ is launching a new series called “Fall in The City”. You will read 4 episodes in which you will find tips to reenergize the body despite the greyness and the cold.

In this first post, we will share some Ayurveda-inspired tips to get our body prepared for the coming gloomy weather… in a gentle way!

According to the Ayurvedic medicine, external factors -such as climate and seasons- affect our internal balance and our wellness. During these changes of season, it is very important to listen to our body, to cocoon and to be nice to ourselves.

Here is a fall routine we can follow to feel good and grounded:

–      First and foremost, we should use a tongue scraper after waking up to get rid of those bacteria that built up during the night.

–      Then, on an empty stomach, we can drink a big glass of warm filtered water to rekindle our digestive fire… and help eliminate the toxins.

–      For breakfast, we should try to eat some sweet fruits instead of the ones that are too tart.

–      Throughout the day, we eat some light spices such as ginger, fennel, cinnamon, turmeric, cumin and coriander. We can consume these spices in an herbal tea, on our morning fruits or on our evening soups. That’s to say, we can use them with and on everything!

PS: Our favorite easy-peasy combo is grated apple + grated pear + cinnamon +  ginger + cardamon.

–      We do not forget to drink, as always! Herbal teas, filtered water -our best friend for a life full of vitality-  or cold-pressed and organic fruit&veggie juices. Your call!

–      With the coming cold, we try and curb our consumption of frozen products and drinks as they slow the digestion process (especially during cold seasons).

–     At night, before curling up in the bed, we can massage our feet and body with sesame oil. In Ayurveda, sesame oil is said to help get rid of the toxins caused by stress, anger, alcohol and pollution.

–     And finally, for those of you who are keen on detox and cleanses, Ayurvedic medicine recommend to clean our body thanks to a 3-to-5-day “fast” (during which we could consume nothing but liquid and nutritious products). Or we could also decide to set one day of detox per week during the whole season. And you know our favorite Detox brand: Nubio. We love their “Intense Cure” which consists of green juices rich in chlorophyll. This cure always does miracles for the complexion!

NAMASTE #yujgirls!

RECIPE: RAW CHOCOLATES

 

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Last weekend I made wonders in my kitchen! I created some scrumptious and healthy sweets made with superfoods such as raw cacao and klamath blue algae! They were oh so yummy! Trust me! You have to try them!

Pure (healthy) decadence! No guilt!

 

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For those little delicious things, you will need:

– 4 tablespoons of raw cacao butter (I used Sol Semilla butter)

– 1 tablespoon of Sol Semilla raw cacao powder (Sol Semilla raw cacao is one of the best I’ve tasted so far!)

– 1 teaspoon of Sol Semilla klamath blue algae

– 2 tablespoons of coconut sugar

– 3 tablespoons of coconut oil

– Orange zest + essential oil

– Cinnamon and cardamon powder

 

As we are using raw products (except for the coconut sugar), we have to be really careful not to heat them too much, so that we don’t lose the nutrients.

To melt the “chocolate”, use a double boiler and melt the raw cacao butter and the coconut oil on a low heat.

When they are melted, turn off the heat and add the orange essential oil (essential oils do not like too warm a temperature!) and the powders (raw cacao powder, klamath, coconut sugar, orange zest and spices).

Then, you can pour your mouthwatering mixture into ice trays and place them in the freezer so that you can have chocolate-to-go!

Enjoy!

 

Health Benefits:

Raw cacao is said to protect the nervous system as it is high in resveratrol (a potent antioxidant), to help repair damages caused by free radicals (again thanks to those powerful antioxidants!), to reduce blood pressure and to energize your mood. Raw cacao is also a great source of minerals like magnesium (again: Good for the brain!), potassium, iron and zinc.

Klamath Lake Blue Green Algae is harvested in the pure waters of the Upper Klamath Lake in Oregon, USA. It is rich in essential minerals such as magnesium, zinc, calcium and iron. It contains a whole bunch of vitamins (A, B, C, E), easy-to-digest amino acids, active enzyms, essential fatty acids and chlorophyll! You got it: This treasured algae is a great superfood that may help us repair our body cells; correct overacidity in our body; boost our concentration and memory skills.

Cardamon is a spice used in ayurvedic medicine to prevent bloating and to soothe other digestive issues.

Cinnamon can help to curve hunger and balance blood sugar levels.

 

 

 

 

RECIPE: Super Bowl Sunday

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How to treat your body like a temple on a beautiful Sunday morning? By nourishing it with a nutritious and scrumptious superfood bowl!

This Sunday I decided to indulge in a smoothie made with veggies, Sol Semilla superfoods, fruits and spices! It was a perfect combo and a great boost of energy!

 

To whip a purple super bowl up, you’ll need:

2 handfuls of leafy greens ( I used collard greens, kale and some celery leaves);

Stevia leaves (I only used about 6 leaves as they are really sweet!)

1 raw beetroot ;

Ginger powder;

Cardamon powder;

1 teaspoon of Klamath;

1 teaspoon of Maca powder;

1 small (ripe!) banana;

200g of mixed berries (I used frozen ones);

Raw cacao nibs;

 

 

Now, start by mixing the leafy greens and the stevia leaves with some filtered water (so that your greens are really well mixed – preventing you from having leafy chunks in your smoothie).

Then, add the beetroot, ginger, cardamon, klamath and maca. Blend again until you have a sludge-like consistency.

Now, you can add the banana and the berries. Mix to get a creamy smoothie.

Done!

You can top it with raw cacao nibs, more fruits, goji berries, aguaymanto, bee pollen, rawnola, etc. Whatever you feel like eating for breakfast! Have fun!

 

PS: As always, try to consume organic produces whenever it’s possible.

 

Health Benefits:

– Ok, everybody knows that we should eat more greens as they are full of minerals, vitamins, fibers, chlorophyll, ie full of super nutrients!

Beets are high in antioxidants (which help protect against free radical damage) and can support with detoxification. They are a good source of manganese (which can protect against free radical damage) and folate (or vitamin B9, which helps with tissue growth and cell function). They may also help your hair and skin look younger and healthier.

Ginger has stomach-soothing and anti-inflammatory properties and is rich in antioxidants.

Cardamon is a spice used in ayurvedic medicine to prevent bloating and to soothe other digestive issues.

Klamath Lake Blue Green Algae is harvested in the pure waters of the Upper Klamath Lake in Oregon, USA. It is rich in essential minerals such as magnesium, zinc, calcium and iron. It contains a whole bunch of vitamins (A, B, C, E), easy-to-digest amino acids, active enzyms, essential fatty acids and chlorophyll! You got it: This treasured algae is a great superfood that may help us repair our body cells; correct overacidity in our body; boost our concentration and memory skills.

Maca is a root from Peru that may help balance the hormones, boost mental clarity and help with endurance.

Berries are rich in antioxidants (which help protect your cells against free radical damage). They are a good source of vitamin C (which boosts the immune system and helps building collagen) and fibers (=happy transit).

Banana is a good source of vitamin B6, potassium (which may help you improve your brain activity when learning for instance) and manganese.

Raw cacao is said to protect the nervous system as it is high in resveratrol (a potent antioxidant), to help repair damages caused by free radicals (again thanks to those powerful antioxidants!), to reduce blood pressure and to energize your mood. Raw cacao is also a great source of minerals like magnesium (again: Good for the brain!), potassium, iron and zinc.

 

Food Combining “Tip”:

It is a good thing to start your day with your fruits since they are the quickest food to be digested. Eat them first thing in the morning, to avoid bloating and bad digestion.

How to regrow food?

 

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Good news guys! You can regrow some food from the scraps you would usually throw away! How cool is that? You can both save money and reduce your kitchen waste!

Here are some examples of food that you can replant and grow from leftovers:

 

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Let the “white” parts of the green onions soak in a glass of water. Keep your glass in direct sunlight for about 10 days. Wait and see for the roots to appear. Nature is amazing!

 

Celery 

Celery

 

Lay the celery bottom in a glass with some water. Place the glass near a window, or under the sun. Before transplanting the celery into the soil, wait for the roots to grow.

 

Pineapple

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Cut the top of the pineapple off and  put it in a glass full of water. Again, keep your pineapple under the sun (and in a warm environment…). When the roots appear, you can transplant it (you will have to wait about 2 years though before picking your first fruit).

Kale

Baby Kale

Cut the bottom of your kale bunch and let it soak in water. Keep it under the sun.

Note: So far, I have only been able to gather baby leaves. But I’m happy with that anyway as they were soft and tasty!

Fennel (similar to the celery)

 

Lettuce (similarly to kale, you will mostly pluck baby lettuce leaves…)