RECIPE: Got Milk? … Plantbased and dairy-free of course!

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For all the lactose intolerant out there or my vegan friends, here is a delicious recipe of a dairy-free and plant-based milk.

Only simple, whole natural ingredients are used:

– 2 cups of sunflower seeds,

– 2 cups of hazelnuts,

– 6 to 10 dried figs,

– 4 to 5 cups of filtered water,

– 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla powder,

– 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon,

I eyeballed everything… so no exact measurements here… sorry.

1- The day before: Soak your seeds, nuts and figs in filtered water.

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2- The D-Day: Blend them.

3- Using a nut milk bag, strain the nut and seed puree.

4- Voilà! You’ve got yourself some fresh plant-based non-dairy milk.

5- Add some cinnamon and vanilla for some extra flavour.

6- Enjoy your vegan milk with your oatmeal, in a chai or in your smoothie!

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.

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

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: 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: Minty Meets Fuschia Smoothie

Raspberry Smoothie

Dear friends! I have a confession to make: I can’t get enough of having smoothies for breakfast! Actually, I do think that I could live on smoothies for several days! You can create so many different flavors and textures! Yay! Smoothies are my favorites!

To treat yourself with one big bowl of this amazing fuschia smoothie, you will need:

175g of frozen raspberries (I eyeballed them actually…);

1 handful of dates (to sweeten the smoothie… so adjust the quantity to your taste)

1 glass of non-dairy milk (I used a mix of rice and coconut milk)

1 handful of fresh mint leaves (to taste)

 Blend the mint and the non-dairy milk first. Then add the raspberries and blend with love (add more milk if you do not have a high-speed blender). Finally throw some dates in there and slightly blend again (I like being able to find some chunks of dates in my creamy smoothie).

Health Benefits:

Raspberries 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).

Mint is often used to restore an upset stomach or to alleviate digestive discomfort.

Dates may relieve from intestinal disorders and are a great energy booster.

 

 

And… little PS… This very recipe of mine was featured on Shape magazine (as one of the best #caughtbeinghealthy ‘grams!). Hihi! I’m happy!

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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…