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

 

Pecan Delight

Pecan Delight

It is this time of the year when we start to anticipate the taste of grounding foods and spices.

And since we are approaching November (and Thanks Giving), in this post I am sharing with you my favorite recipe with pecans..which is actually not a pumpkin pie!

If you are curious about my sugar-free pumpkin pie recipe, please comment below, and I will happily share it (*make sure to subscribe to get a notification).

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What you need:

  • A cup of cauliflower rice (I buy it frozen and leave it in the fridge overnight to melt down a bit)
  • A cup of blueberries
  • A cup of raw pecans
  • A cup of coconut/almond milk
  • A touch of stevia or, if not a fan, a tea spoon of Maple Syrup
  • 1/2 cup of raw coconut flour

Mix all of the ingredients very well and enjoy this raw pecan pudding: 

Ideal for a light snack, after-dinner snack or a pick-me-up breakfast in the morning.

If you want to make it heartier, you can also add two tablespoons of chia seeds to add fiber, volume and protein and satisfy your hunger for longer.

I hope you liked this recipe and, if you did, check out those two related posts.

~With Love and Care,

Ana-Maria

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HOW TO USE CHIA SEEDS

HOW TO USE CHIA SEEDS

Hi friends,

In today`s post I will share my tips how to soak chia seeds for optimal absorption and health benefits: whether you want to lose weight or simply add more fiber and omega 3 to your meal.

First, what are chia seeds and why they are so versatile? They are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, iron, calcium, magnesium and also protein! (3 grams per tablespoon)

 

You can sprinkle them on your meals or add them to your smoothie. Ideally,  you need to soak them in water (or in a non-diary milk, if preferred) for at least ten minutes. The seeds form a gel that amplifies their size in triple which makes chia seeds very filling and beneficial for your digestion.

Easy breakfast/midday snack recipe with chia seeds:

Chia Pudding

Soak four table spoons of chia seeds in a jar for at least twenty minutes with a glass of unsweetened almond or coconut water, a dropfull of stevia (natural sweetener), a dash of cinnamon, blueberries. You can blend it or eat as a pudding.

Chia Oats

You can also mix a half of a cup of oats with the chia seeds and one small banana. I promise you this recipe will keep you full four hour because of the rich fiber content.

Chia Smoothie

An easy post-workout fuel! Chia seeds, greens, one frozen banana, strawberries, almond milk (or just water).

Enjoy!