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

 

Raw “Rice” Pudding Breakfast Ideas

Raw “Rice” Pudding Breakfast Ideas

Highly nutritious and fibrous raw breakfast: frozen cauliflower rice (I leave it overnight in the fridge to melt a bit -> tastes like pudding the next day!)

You may use the whole package of 1/2, depending how much volume you want. In a bowl, mix your “rice” with a half of a cup of unsweetened coconut milk, berries of your choice, chia, hemp and pumpkin seeds, protein powder (I like Garden of Life and Vega&Greens), cacao powder and cacao nibs, pecans, goji berries, cinnamon, unsweetened coconut flakes. 🍇🍉🍐

Benefits of coconut milk: a non-dairy source of manganese, copper, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, potassium. Tastes so silky and creamy! 

Absolutely filling and may be eaten before and after workout.

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Eat In Abundance: Quick Guide

Eat In Abundance: Quick Guide

Whether you want to add more color to your diet, eat more fruits and vegetables, upper your fiber, feel more energized and vibrant – I think we all need to consume more plant-based foods!

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Here is my recommended grocery list for you.  You can browse recipes on my blog.

Staples:

  1. Fruits
  • Bananas (Great for snacks and smoothie staples)
  • Berries (Fresh or Frozen: rich in antioxidants and very low in calories. You can eat them in smoothies, on your oatmeal, in a chia seed pudding, on their own).
  • Grapes (One cup equals only 70 calories. Grapes are hydrating and very sweet – very handy to satisfy your sweet tooth)
  • Apples (Rich in fiber and vitamins B. Eat them alone or add them to your oatmeal. You can sprinkle cinnamon on top if you would like; cinnamon naturally balances your insulin)
  • Lemons and Limes (Very detoxifying. I recommend you drink a glass of water with a freshly squeezed lemon/lime juice first thing in the morning. It curbs cravings and speeds your digestion!)

2. Vegetables

  • For smoothies, I recommend spinach or kale. For salads, I recommend lettuce or mixed greens (chopped arugula and kale)
  • Zucchini, Celery and Cucumbers (You can add them to smoothies, to your salad or dip them in hummus)
  • Cauliflower, Brussel Sprouts and Broccoli (I recommend you steam them for a few minutes and add them to your dinner. The fiber in those vegetables will keep you full and nourished due to their protein content.
  • Mushrooms (Not only rich in protein and even vitamin D but also very low in calorie, mushrooms are your best friend while dieting or trying to eat healthily. You can even eat them raw. I recommend you marinating them in coconut aminos for 5-10 minutes for extra flavor. I love spicing them with black pepper, garlic and balsamic vinegar.)
  • Tomatoes (Sweet and rich in lycopene, a cancer-preventative phytonutrient, tomatoes are great to add in salads or eat on their own as a pick-me-up snack. Just remember to stay away from processed dressing – very HIGH in saturated oil, sugars, and sodium! I recommend you using balsamic vinegar, Himalayan salt or coconut aminos and spices to flavor your salad)

3. Seeds

  • My number one choice is Chia, Flax and Hemp seeds: rich in omega 3, and high in fiber and protein
  • For a dressing I like using pumpkin, sunflower and sesame seeds (they all contain your daily source of magnesium, selenium and calcium and, taste-wise, give a great creamy texture to your meal)

4. Grains

  • Oatmeal, Quinoa and Buckwheat (Great choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner and very easy to prepare)

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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!

 

 

 

 

Spirulina Smoothie

Spirulina Smoothie

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Let your mind be free and your body be radiant. 🌺☘️💐

Blend: 2-3 ripe bananas, chard leaves, a scoop of any vegan protein powder, a cup of blueberries, a dash of spirulina and a tablespoon of pb2 (powdered peanut butter with the fat extracted). You can also use regular peanut butter.

Spirulina is blue-algae,  loaded with nutrients that can have powerful effects on your body and brain.

According to USDA, a single tablespoon (7 grams) of dried spirulina powder contains:

Protein: 4 grams.
Vitamin B1 (Thiamin): 11% of the RDA.
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin): 15% of the RDA.
Vitamin B3 (Niacin): 4% of the RDA.
Copper: 21% of the RDA.
Iron: 11% of the RDA.
It also contains decent amounts of magnesium, potassium and manganese, and small amounts of almost every other nutrient that we need.

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You can buy it in a powder form from any big food or health store, and you only need a tablespoon, so it is a good investment! I use it daily in my smoothie. It gives is the tinted dark-blue/greenish color you see in both pictures.

Stay healthy:)

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