Holiday Special: Raw Pecan Cake

Holiday Special: Raw Pecan Cake

Marry Christmas! What a wonderful occasion to prepare something special and delicious!

As you know, I am a firm believer that we are what we eat. This recipe is special because it consists of winter fruit (cranberries), dried fruit (raisins and prunes) and seeds (flax and pumpkin) that symbolize fertility and the celebration of the upcoming “ripe” and warmer season.

Pumpkin seeds are very high in Magnesium, high in fiber and protein, and give a wonderful nutty flavor to the texture of the dessert.

That recipe requires to leave the dessert in the fridge for a minimum of 6 hours (ideally, 24); but, rather than that, is takes less than 30 minutes to prepare! You only need a blender!

Ingredients

A bowl of buckwheat (about 3 cups dry)

A 1/2 cup of raisins

A 1/2 cup of pumpkin seeds

2 tablespoons of flax seeds

A teaspoon of coconut oil

A 1/2 cup of raw oats

A cup of dried prunes

2 cups of raw cranberries

2 tablespoons of cacao powder

A 1/2 cup of almond milk

A 1/2 cup of warm green tea

3 ripe bananas

A dash of cinnamon and nutmeg

A dash of Himalayan salt

Instructions

First, soak the buckwheat in a big bowl with hot water and some warm green tea (just to cover it, without adding too much liquid). I also add ratings and cinnamon and let it sit for about an hour.

After that, place the buckwheat in your desired plate and add some salt (*optional). I recommend you first layering a teaspoon of melted coconut oil to prevent the texture from sticking.

Now it`s time to make the cranberry sauce!

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In a blender, add your cranberries, almond milk, flax seeds (your binder!), dried prunes, nutmeg and cacao. Blend, by pulsing, so it gets creamy. Pour it on top of the buckwheat and cover with dried oats and pumpkin seeds.

If you like this recipe so far, check out my other desserts!

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Tip* You can always convert this recipe to a homemade granola by skipping the last layer; baking it; letting cool and slicing it to tiny pieces you can grab with you on the go!

Finally, the chocolate sauce!

Very easy! Just add the bananas to what has been left in your blender from the cranberry sauce; add a splash of water; blend…and pour on top! Tastes amazing!

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Let it sit in your fridge for a minimum of 6 hours and share it with your family: it makes a nutritious, filling breakfast!
Marry Christmas! If you are interested in my tips how to have a more mindful holiday celebration – go see my previous post.

~ Ana-Maria

Morning Routine Hacks

Morning Routine Hacks

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Getting up and moving on with our day is simple.  Waking up with constant excitement for life is a bit more complex…Because it requires a daily routine and a commitment

In a matter of fact, any morning routine should begin the night before.

Pre-Morning Routine Tip: Visualize Your Goals The Night Before

Setting the intention for your goals for the next day, prior to falling asleep, primes your brain to get them started once when you wake-up. Works like magic! While you sleep the delta waves of your brain automatically rewind your subconscious mind to your most recent experiences. Chances are you would wake up much happier when you go to bed in a positive mood.

1.  Hydrate First Before Caffeine

Hydration not only stimulates our body to wake up in a natural way but, metaphorically, also cleanses our mind and purifies our thoughts.

In addition, drinking a cup of boiled hot water with lemon juice -before coffee (or other beverages)- not only aids our digestion but stimulates our hormones to prepare us for an awaken and energetic state of being. That way, we are not dependent on caffeine to get us through the day and we are not compromising our adrenals.

2. Enhance Your Coffee And Brain Function With MCT Oil

But for those of us who do drink coffee…Try using MCT Oil!  Adding just the right amount of fatty acids to your coffee balances your sugar levels, speeds up your metabolism, and improves your brain function.


Also make sure to feed your brain with the right nutrition.

If you are more adventerous, add a dash of cinnamon and cayenne pepper.

Cinnamon has proven benefits in balancing insulin as well, and the capsaicin ingredient in cayenne pepper aids blood circulation and speeds digestion.

I mix all of the ingredients together in my small blender and sip on the concoction as I am answering e-mails.

3. If You Are Not A Morning Eater, Try Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting is a way of eating many of us practice, naturally. Essentially, it means prolonging your first meal and allowing your body to spend between twelve and fourteen (*for males, it can go up to sixteen-eighteen) hours in a fasted state where no food is consumed and the body is given a necessary break. Accordingly, we are using this energy to work on our projects with more focus and stamina.

Also, if you implement my previous tip for enhanced performance, you may find that adding MCT to your morning coffee blurs your hunger and you actually have more energy. Even though MCT contains calories, it doesn’t trigger an Insulin response which, biochemically, means your body is kept in a “fasted” state.

4. Move Your Body

No coffee or intermittent fasting routine can be as energizing as if compared to exercise. So, so important to move our bodies and set our day right!

If your schedule only allows you to exercise later in the day, of course, plan your day around that.

But if you can do it after you wake up, try implementing an invigorating movement that energizes every cell and muscle in your body: jogging in place,  jumping jacks; planks, vinyasa yoga, active stretching, squats, going for a brisk walk…dancing to your favorite song!

Remember that even 10 minutes is A LOT more than nothing at all.

Nevertheless, regardless when you do it and for how long, please move your body more during the day. Get up every hour and stretch and use your feet more than you use your car/public transportation.

We compromise our spines  A LOT with the amount of sitting we do on a daily basis and it is highly important – for our health – to live our life in a flexible and stress-free body.

 

 

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Turmeric Recipes

Turmeric Recipes

Do you add turmeric to your meals? Did you know it has superb anti-inflammatory properties that fight infection and strengthen the immune system?

In this post, I share with you how to make golden milk and a turmeric salad dressing.

I. Turmeric Latte

I love turmeric latte because it’s warming, grounding and very nourishing for the body when it’s cold outside. The ingredients in this golden milk include cell protective compounds, anti-inflammatory properties and a brain boosting effect.
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Ingredients for one serving:
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– 1/2 cup of non-dairy milk (I think hemp milk works best but you can also use almond, oat or rice milk)
– 1 tsp of turmeric
– 1 small piece of fresh ginger
-1/2 tsp of cinnamon (I add nutmeg as well)
– 1 pinch of ground black pepper*
– A dropfull of stevia or maple syrup (or two dates)
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You can either mix all ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a boil, of blend them together and then add a 1/4 cup of boiling water.
The second method takes less time and tastes just as good.

*IMPORTANT: the curcumin in turmeric is best absorbed in the body in combination with piperine, found in black pepper. 


II. Salad Dressing

Two tablespoons of hemp seeds*

A teaspoon of tahini (even better will be few soaked cashews)

A generous bunch of cilantro

A dash of mustard seed

A tablespoon of nutritional yeast

A pinch of Himalayan salt

A tablespoon of apple cider vinegar

A pinch of oregano spice and garlic to taste 

*The compounds in turmeric are fat-soluble so you need to consume it with a serving of healthy fats.
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The brands I use:

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—~>> The base is spinach, steamed Brussel sprouts and few slightly warmed pineapple chunks.
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Spicy, hearty and sweet = > my favorite combination! 🙌🏻

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p.s I am also a firm believer that the food we eat brings comfort and holistic healing to our physical and energetic body. The color yellow can be used therapeutically to open up the solar plexus and bring vital energy to the spleen, liver pancreas, and stomach.

*If you like to learn more about chakra music and meditation – check this post.

~With Love and Care,

Ana-Maria

 

Refresh Your Morning With A Smoothie

Refresh Your Morning With A Smoothie

This smoothie is my ultimate favorite because it tastes so good and is so nourishing: I am sure you will love it! 

You only need a blender (or food processor) and a few ingredients.

Tip: If you buy them in bulk you won’t have to worry about running short on supplies soon. You can store packets of frozen fruit in your freezer and save a bit of money this way. I also buy larger quantities of seeds and cacao that usually last me for a month. You can even buy bananas in volume and freeze them. Personally, I prefer to skip that when it`s cold outside.

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What You Need

Three cups of spinach

A tablespoon of chia seeds and two tablespoons of hemp seeds (or pumpkin seeds)

A tablespoon of cacao

A half to a cup of almond milk (you can also mix it with water or fresh green tea)

A cup of fresh or frozen berries 

A dash of nutmeg and cinnamon

A banana (or two)

Optional

A scoop of plant-based protein  46511117_2257672464464856_5224111130355433472_n

Voila! It is so easy to make and will leave you feeling energized and nourished. You can eat it as a snack or as a full meal depending on your caloric needs and goals.

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Approximately: a serving of this smoothie recipe contains 67g Carbs, 16  grams Fat, 14 grams Protein and 420 calories.

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To make it more liquid add more water/almond milk

The smoothie is rich in potassium, calcium, vitamin C, iron, omega 3 and magnesium. 

The given macros are calculated without adding additional protein sources as the protein powder I personally add as well.

 If you like this post, check out my other smoothie recipes. 

*This information is general and serves to help you estimate the high nutritional value of smoothies. Tailor the amounts to your individual taste and nutritional requirements for optimal wellness. 🙂
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TIP: To create this purple color -add a teaspoon of spirulina or chlorella to your smoothie.:)

If you love blueberries as much as I do, go ahead and make this gourmet vegan cake – a perfect treat for the upcoming holidays. The recipe can be found here.

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With Love and Care,

Ana-Maria

 

 

 

Cranberry Choco Delight

Cranberry Choco Delight

Happy Thanksgiving!

What are you grateful for today? 😊 I am so grateful for being able to share my passion for health and wellness with all of you.

This is my festive recipe for you. I hope you enjoy it.

Ingredients:

  • A cup of soaked almonds (have to be raw!)
  • Half of avocado, three-four medjool dates
  • Two tablespoons of cacao
  • A half of cup of canned coconut milk (it is ticker)
  • A cup of raw cranberries

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Instructions: 🥁

1) Place your pre-soaked almonds (for a minimum of 20 min) in your food processor and leave them to blend for about 10 min or until the almonds release their fat and start to form a buttery consistency.
2)Add the avocado, your coconut milk and the dates and blend by pulsing for about a minute.
3) Add the cranberries. You may also add a touch of stevia or few raisins for extra sweetness. I also add a dash of cinnamon, chili flakes and nutmeg.
4) Decorate with toppings of choice. I used 
mulberries and maca powder.

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Back-To-Basics Smoothie Recipe

Back-To-Basics Smoothie Recipe

I get a lot of requests for simple recipes and here you have it – a basic delicious smoothie that you can do with only three ingredients! 

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Smoothies are portable, packed with nutrients and very hydrating. Plus, it saves you a lot of money to make them at home and take them with you at work or at the gym as a post-workout quick meal. 👉🏻 It best to pour them in a mason jar, or in a non-plastic container.

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For this basic smoothie you only need:

two cups of spinach

one banana

a cup of blueberries.

For the liquid base add a cup of water (or, if you are more e almond milk/coconut water/cold green tea).

 

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If you would like to nutritionalize it even more – add a tablespoon of hemp seeds (very rich in omegas and protein) and few mint leaves (for flavor). If you need extra protein, add more hemp seeds and a scoop of protein. I use @1stphorm (the vegan edition). Just make sure to add more water.

HEALTHY TIP

➡️ Best to drink your smoothie with a straw and actually chew them instead of gulping the liquid to send signals to your digestive tract to release enzymes and absorb the nutrients more efficiently.

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I am curious: Do you drink smoothie often? What is your favorite simple recipe? Comment below and forward this post to a friend who is a smoothie newbie and wants to learn how to do it. Make sure to check out all the recipes I have shared on this blog: type “smoothie” in the search bar.

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Raw Carrot Cake (Nuts-Free)

Raw Carrot Cake (Nuts-Free)

In this post I show you how to prepare a raw carrot cake with few ingredients and no nuts (allergen-free recipe) 🍅🍅🍑🍌

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What You Need:

• Three large carrots
• Two persimmons (or, second best, pears)
• Few dates (if you like it sweeter)
• 1/2 ripe banana
• Two tablespoons of mulberries

• A teaspoon of cacao and carob powder
• A splash of almond milk
• A dash of cinnamon and nutmeg
• A pinch of Himalayan salt
• Two tablespoons of coconut flour

*For extra protein you can add a scoop of protein. I use @1stphorm‘s chocolate flavored one.

Instructions.

1) First, in a food processor gently press the mulberries (no liquid!) until they form a thick paste. Combine with the spices and the cacao.

2) Separately, blend the rest of the ingredients with the carob powder and the almond milk.

3) Let it sit in the fridge for an least and hour and enjoy with love! 💥

Voila! An easy, healthy and delicious raw carrot cake. No fuss to make and also very nutritious!

If you like this recipe, please give it a thumbs up and forward it to a friend who want to learn how to prepare vegan cakes.

 

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