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!

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

Nutella

 

 

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!

RECIPE: TROPICAL GREEN SMOOTHIE

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One green smoothie a day, keeps the doctor away!  This is, for sure, the motto of every #green-girl and #healthy-girl!

So, here it is… the recipe of a green smoothie that tastes like a tropical vacation in your mouth! I used pineapple from Reunion Island  (my favorite ones!!!!) and passion fruits as well. The end-product was really delicious: A good balance between sweet (with the bananas) and tart (thanks to the pineapple). You have to try it!

 

You’ll need:

1 pineapple

1 or 2 small bananas

2 handfuls of mint leaves

Chia microgreens

1 teaspoon of raw wheatgrass (powder)

1 teaspoon of spirulina

 

Toppings:

Passion fruit, bee pollen, coconut sugar… or whatever you feel like munching on!

 

 

How to make it you’ll ask…? Well, let me tell you: It’s as easy as pie!

Blend your leafy greens with some filtered water in a blender or Vitamix.

Chop all your fruits, add it to your green blend … and blend, baby blend!

Tadaaa…. ready to go!

You can top your smoothie with more fruits, bee pollen, cacao nibs, coconut sugar, aguaymanto, etc. Be fancy!

 

 

Health Benefits:

Pineapple is full of vitamins (eg: B1 – important for the energy production-  and C – important so that the immune system can work properly). Pineapple is also loaded with Bromelain, a live enzyme that helps with digestion and the absorption of the nutrients in the intestinal track.

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

Mint is great to soothe an upset stomach!

Chia microgreens contain fibers, antioxidants and chlorophyll!

Wheatgrass is a great source of chlorophyll, which helps to cleanse the liver and the blood. Chlorophyll can also help to boost your immune system.

Spirulina, the famous blue-green algae, is loved by vegans and vegetarians as their main source of complete proteins (spirulina contains nearly 60% of proteins)

 

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.

 

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.

RECIPE: HOMEMADE ALMOND MILK

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Homemade dairyfree milk, anyone? It is yummy, healthy, lactose free and as easy as pie to make.

 

To create this scrumptious vegan milk, you’ll need:

2 big cups of raw almonds

A pinch of Himalayan salt

1/2 spoon of vanilla bean (powder)

1 spoon of cinnamon (powder)

4  dried figs or dates to sweeten it

 

How to make it?

Soak the almonds in water overnight.

The following day, wash the soaked almonds and throw the water away.

Blend the almonds with filtered water (adjust the quantity of water according to the consistency you’re looking for: the less water you pour in, the creamier it’ll be).

Then add the figs or pitted dates.

Blend again.

You can strain this almond-date/fig milk with a nut milk bag or a strainer.

Now that you have a milk, you can add the pinch of salt, cinnamon and vanilla. Mix a last time.

And finally.. enjoy your yummy milk!

 

 

Alternatives:

Add cardamon and fresh saffron instead of the cinnamon and vanilla combo.

Or try a raw cacao powder and cayenne pepper combo, for a nice morning kick.

 

Recipe: Morning Glow Juice

Carrot Orange Turmeric Ginger Juice

 

 

I love spending time in the kitchen: Experimenting with “unknown” vegetables or fruits, juicing, designing new recipes… and of course tasting my creations.

When I have some time ahead of me (during weekends or on vacation for instance), I love juicing first thing in the morning. Juices are so refreshing, filled with vitamins and so… yummy!

 

To create this delicious morning juice, you will need:

3 carrots

1 juicy orange

A piece of ginger root (or less if you think that the taste of the ginger is too pungent – I love how it tastes, so I throw 1 big stalk of ginger in there)

A piece of fresh turmeric root

You can now juice your ingredients.

Or, if you don’t own a juicer (like me), blend the ingredients together and then strain them.

 

PS1: DO NOT THROW THE PULP AWAY!!! You can reuse it to make some delicious dressing, dipping sauce, cold soup, “carrot cake” oatmeal, etc (or you can even use the pulp as a face mask! More on that in a future post…)

PS2: As always, try and buy organic or local food whenever you can.

 

Health Benefits: 

Carrots are rich in beta-carotene. Well hello bright complexion!!

Oranges are rich in vitamin C, which will boost your immune system and… will help enhance collagen production (= happy skin!!)

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

Turmeric is a potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant root. No wonder that it has great immune boosting qualities!

All in all, this juice may improve your metabolism and help your blood circulation. Drink this juice for a while and you will notice that your skin is more glowing and dewier!

 

Tips:

Do not wait too long before drinking your juice. Try and consume it as soon as you strained it. Otherwise the live enzymes and the vitamins will deteriorate once exposed to air. You will then lose a lot of the nutritional benefits of the juice…

For the lucky ones out there who have a slow masticating juicer, you can store your juice for up to 24 hours  in a refrigerated container.

It’s up to 72 hours for the juices made with a press juicer!!

 

Recipe: Pink Smoothie

Beet Banana Smoothie

 

I do love having smoothies for breakfast, because they are yummy, sweet and easy to make.

Here is a recipe for a beautiful pink smoothie bowl made with beet and banana. You will need (for 1 BIG bowl):

raw beetroot ;

1 banana + 2 frozen bananas ;

the juice of 2 lemons;

1/2 grapefruit

 Blend the beetroot with the lemon juice and a little bit of filtered water, then add the grapefruit, and finally mix with the bananas. 

PS1: I topped my smoothie with some bee pollen and fresh physalis. Yummy yum!

PS2: As always, try and buy organic or local food whenever you can.

 

Health Benefits:

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. 

 

Food Combining “Tip”:

It is a good thing to start your day with your fruits since they are the quickest food to be digested. So by eating them first thing in the morning, on an empty stomach, you avoid traffic jam in the stomach and you avoid then the subsequent aftermath of bad food combining…

Recipe: Watermelon “Sorbet”

Frozen Watermelon

 

As summer is approaching, I’ve been obsessing with a new breakfast option lately… Yes! It’s as simple and scrumptious as half a frozen watermelon eaten with a spoon! 

 

Health Benefits:

Watermelon contains a high amount of water (over 90%) and a small amount of sugar ( less than 10%), which makes this fruit be a fresh and low calorie treat… What a good start, right?

Watermelon is also a good source of:

– vitamin A (which helps maintaining healthy skin, teeth and bones),

– vitamin C (which plays an important role in boosting the immune function and which helps building collagen -important for healthy skin and hair- )

– lycopene (which is a powerful antioxydant and which may help prevent the prostate cancer)

 

Food Combining “Tip”:

Try and eat watermelon (and other melons) by itself first thing in the morning (or between meals).

Melons will indeed be digested super quickly. And so, if you have eaten heavier food just before or simultaneously, you will experience an uncomfortable “gasy” feeling in your digestive tract. Heavier foods (such as nuts and seeds for instance) take more time to be digested, and when melons are blocked by those foods in your stomach, a traffic jam will happen… Bacteria will then ferment your watermelon… and this reaction will cause… gas.

Conclusion: Try avoiding combining melons with other foods (even fruits).

 

PS: As always, try and buy organic or local food whenever you can.