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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Ana-Maria

 

 

 

Why you Need a Berrylicious Diet

Why you Need a Berrylicious Diet

I l o v e berries (blueberries being my favorite).

Not only do they provide you with essential antioxidants but are also very low in calories, making them a nutritious and tasty weight-loss hack. You can add them to your smoothies, oatmeal, chia pudding, home-made desserts, eat them with coconut yogurt, or simply drizzle them with raw coconut flour and sweeten them with stevia.

According to WebMd, blueberries contain the following:

  • Antioxidants. These chemicals, which include vitamins A, C and E, protect cells from damage and possibly from disease. 
  • Resveratrol. This is found in grapes and some other berries, as well as in red wine and dark chocolate. It may help lower inflammation, prevent clogged arteries, and offer cancer protection.
  • Flavonoids. These nutrients give berries their brilliant colors and may help protect against cancer, inflammation, and heart disease. 

 

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Here is my favorite smoothie recipe with blubs:

Blend one large banana with a cup of blueberries, spinach and coconut water and one tablespoon of chia/flax.

If you want to make a smoothie-bowl just use less liquid and you can eat the thicker consistency with a spoon. You can add toppings like dried mulberries,  cacao nibs, coconut flakes, pumpkin seeds and raisins.

The protein powder I use and recommend. 

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If you would like to learn more – check out this post: 

Fortify Your Smoothie Bowl in 7 steps

 

Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric Drink

Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric Drink

If you train a lot, get sick a lot, recover from an injury, or simply want to strengthen your immune system – add turmeric to your daily routine!

WHY -> Turmeric contains curcumin, a substance with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Most studies used turmeric extracts that are standardized to include large amounts of curcumin. Curcumin blocks NF-kB, a molecule that travels into the nuclei of cells and turns on genes related to inflammation. NF-kB is believed to play a major role in many chronic diseases.

WHAT YOU NEED: a cup with boiling hot water, a freshly squeezed lemon juice, a teaspoon of unfiltered apple cider vinegar, a dash of cayenne pepper.

It won`t be very delicious at first but this concoction is my go-to remedy when I need to boost my performance or fight the flu.

I guarantee you would feel better! Give it a try and let me know how you feel!

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The ‘Universe’ on a plate

The ‘Universe’ on a plate

I love making my food look beautiful because I am a firm believer that the colors in food represent different chakras in our bodies so the more vibrant your food is the more vibrant your health is going to be!

It only takes me 10-15min to prepare bowls like this, I hope you are tempted to try this.

To make this one showed in the picture, simply blend bunch frozen (or fresh) kale, one medium cucumber, two small zucchini, a cup of frozen green peas and a bunch of strawberries. When is blended, top it with a tablespoon of raw coconut flour, tons of blueberries and a teaspoon of acai and carob powders.

Here are two other quick-fix recipes:

You need a cup of coconut water, dash of soy milk (optional), basil, chia seeds (a tablespoon), mixed berries, kale&spinach blend (or any greens you have; the more of them the better for your digestion – and, no, you don’t taste them:)) and one small cucumber. You can also add fresh squeezed lime juice and some basil. Blend!:)

Another super easy to make vegan protein shake on the go,  and better than most processed protein bars: a cup of frozen green peas, coconut milk, small pear, blueberries, a tablespoon of hemp seeds and a dash of wheat grass powder for the ‘greens’ kick.

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Hope you enjoy those recipes!

 

Ultimate nutrition in one single meal!

Ultimate nutrition in one single meal!

Blend kale, half of cup of frozen mango, two cups of frozen peas (for plant-based protein) – and top with cucumber slices (for rehydration), cacao nibs (superfood for athletes/hikers providing long-lasting energy and essential micronutrients like Iron and Magnesium) , a tea spoon of hemp,chia (or flax) seeds (for your daily omegas intake), one brazil nut (for daily Selenium) and few prunes (for gastrointestinal health and fiber) 🙂

For sweetener I use stevia, an awesome sugar-free alternative 🙂

This is a great meal for a post or pre–workout refuel, as it has the perfect ratio of carbohydrates, fiber, essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals and protein. 🙂

I usually eat it for dinner as I don’t get to eat very much during the day and smoothie bowls are very easy way to get your daily values in; plus, it looks pretty!:))

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